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Rachel Maddow on ‘Late Night,’ Judge Napolitano on ‘The Daily Show’

Some familiar cable news faces made the rounds in late night last night: MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow appeared on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano visited “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

Maddow and Meyers talked about their shared love for the Boston Red Sox and comic books, as well as why the Chris Christie bridgegate scandal continues to be captivating. “It’s still unexplained at the heart of it, and I think that’s the main reason it’s not going away. Also, it’s so salacious,” Maddow said. “…It’s so gangster. It’s very Sopranos.” Watch (at about the 22 minute mark):

Meanwhile, on “The Daily Show,” Judge Napolitano locked horns with Stewart over the necessity of the civil war. Read more

John Oliver Doesn’t Want CNN’s Slogan

The trailer for former “Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver‘s new HBO show “Last Week Tonight” is out, and Oliver brushes off the suggestion he use CNN’s long-term slogan.

“John Oliver…the most trusted name in news,” the trailer’s narrator says. “That’s CNN’s slogan,” Oliver shot back, seeming uninterested in stealing CNN’s thunder.

“The most relied upon name in news,” the narrator tried. “That’s a synonym,” Oliver again disapproved.

This isn’t the first time Oliver has joked at CNN’s expense: last summer, while filling in for Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show,” Oliver mocked “New Day’s” “rock block” segment for having rock music playing while reporting “unrocking” news like Pentagon department cuts and new cancer study information.

“Last Week Tonight” premieres April 27 at 11pmET on HBO.

Ronan Farrow Tells Jon Stewart His ‘Tirades’ Are ‘Exactly What Cable News Needs’

Farrow Daily ShowAppearing on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” last night, incoming cable news host Ronan Farrow praised Jon Stewart for his ongoing cable news critiques.

“Your tirades against cable news are exactly what cable news needs,” Farrow said, adding he’s going into his MSNBC debut Monday “not knowing how to do cable news right at all.”

“Actually, I’ve learned a lot watching your show,” he added. “Lord help you,” Stewart responded.

Farrow also hints at trying to mobilize people with his show, giving viewers a menu of important stories to “go out and do something about.”

“Ronan Farrow Daily” debuts on Monday at 1pmET. Watch the clip after the jump…

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Jon Stewart Takes on CNN, MSNBC Over Bieber Coverage

The debate over coverage of Justin Bieber continued on “The Daily Show” last night in a segment Jon Stewart called “Where Are We Now?” Stewart skewered MSNBC and CNN for the time they devoted to Bieber’s arrest, saying, “Unless Justin Bieber caused an earthquake in Japan, I doubt it was worth it.” Watch:

Is Cable News to Blame For Partisan Politics?

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The Economist examines whether the country’s political divide is the result of the rise of cable news networks, specifically Fox News and MSNBC:

Those who blame Fox and MSNBC for dividing the country should check their sums. Markus Prior of Princeton University has dug into data, much of it unpublished, from ratings companies who remotely track viewing habits in sample households. His conclusion is that Americans fib about what they watch, and that large majorities simply shun cable news. Perhaps 10-15% of the voting-age population watch more than 10 minutes of cable news a day, a share that rises modestly before exciting elections. For most individual news shows (including hybrids like Jon Stewart’s satirical “Daily Show”), 2m viewers counts as a wild success. That is the equivalent of 0.8% of voting-age Americans.

In 1969 half of American homes tuned into the big networks’ evening newscasts (it helped that their cautiously high-minded, eat-your-greens reporting was all there was to watch at dinner-time). The advent of cable gave those bored by politics somewhere to flee. If obsessives now dominate political debate, Mr Prior suggests, the real culprit is not Fox but choice. Fiery partisans continue to watch lots of news, but other Americans prefer football or “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”.

[h/t J$P]

Jon Stewart Mocks Media ‘Over-Hyping’ Danger

Jon Stewart took on the media last night for the “perpetual state of fear” it puts viewers in.

Using the “Knockout game,” driving selfies, car surfing, and students backslapping each other as examples, Stewart mocked the media for exaggerating the perils behind several stories.

“Could the news media by over-hyping the danger? Stewart joked. “They’ve never done that before…well, there was that all the time.”

Megyn Kelly Explains White Santa

On her show tonight, Megyn Kelly explained her comments earlier this week about Santa being white. Kelly included clips from cable competitors MSNBC and CNN, as well as Jimmy Kimmel. Jon Stewart had some fun with it last night too.

Kelly began: “Humor is part of what we try to bring to the show. Sometimes that’s lost on the humorless.” She then explained that the comments derived from the fact that through movies and TV “we continually see St. Nick as a white man in modern day America.”

“By the way, I also did say Jesus was white. As I’ve learned in the past few days, that is far from settled.”

“The fact that an offhand jest I made about whether Santa should be replaced by a penguin has now become a national firestorm says two things: race is still an incredibly volatile issue in this country and Fox News and yours truly are big targets for many people.”


Santa Claus Joins Cable News Wars

The cable news wars between Fox News and MSNBC escalated this week, with Fox News and MSNBC taking shots at each other over everything from deceptive editing to Santa Claus.

On “The O’Reilly Factor” Tuesday, Bill O’Reilly called Al Sharpton a “flat out deceiver” after Sharpton aired a clip of O’Reilly calling Nelson Mandela a “communist” but left out the part where he also called him a “great man”:

Last night, O’Reilly’s 8pm counterpart Chris Hayes offered some holiday jeer for Megyn Kelly, calling her comments that Santa and Jesus were white “bizarre” in an interview with the author of the Slate article that prompted Kelly’s segment: Read more

Paul Begala Returns to ‘Crossfire’

Paul Begala Crossfire bmpFormer co-host of “Crossfire” Paul Begala returned for the first time to the revamped rendition last night to debate Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips over the recently passed budget deal.

Begala’s stint as co-host of the early 2000s “Crossfire” is most remembered for Jon Stewart‘s on-air onslaught against the show, claiming its “partisan hackery” was hurting America.

But last night, Begala took a more assertive tone. Read more

‘I Went to the New York Times to Find Out Why Those TV A**holes Wouldn’t Cover It’

The Daily Show’s Samantha Bee went searching for answers last week into why no one covered a shady but perfectly legal deal brokered by private equity firm Blackstone.

“How much coverage has this incredibly egregious behavior gotten on the 24 hour news networks?” Jon Stewart asked Bee. “Zero. Bupkis. “Really? 600 television channels three 24-hour news networks…”

“And nothing.” Not the New York Times, not BuzzFeed, but almost Pat Kiernan.

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