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Justin Bieber Compares Deposition to Being Interviewed by Katie Couric, ’60 Minutes’

It has not been a good few days for Justin Bieber, who was deposed Thursday by an attorney representing the photographer who accused Bieber of ordering a bodyguard to attack him last summer. In the video of the deposition, which was obtained by TMZ, Bieber appears alternately combative and smug, sarcastically calling the attorney “Katie Couric” and comparing the deposition to a “60 Minute[sic] interview.” Watch:

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CNN Adds Jay Leno at 10pm… One Night Only

ObamaLenoCNN is producing another news-focused entertainment special, this time on Jay Leno.

Jay Leno: Mr. Comedy” airs Friday night at 10pmET. CNN’s Nischelle Turner hosts the half-hour special which looks back at how Leno went from comedy clubs to succeeding the legendary Johnny Carson. Leno hosts his final “Tonight Show” (for the second time) Thursday, Feb. 6 on NBC.

Jay Leno at 10pm? Where have we heard that before?

In recent weeks, CNN has produced half hour specials on Tina Fey & Amy Poehler, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber.

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:

At CNN, Balancing Bieber with Baltimore, Bourdain, and More

zucker304x200At the opening of the RealScreen Summit in Washington, DC Sunday, CNN president Jeff Zucker defended his network’s coverage of the arrest of Justin Bieber.

“We devoted almost 24 hours to what happened in Maryland yesterday,” said Zucker referring to the shooting at a Baltimore-area mall Saturday. “[And] we had two hours of interviews with [leaders from Japan, Iran and Egypt]. No other news organization had anywhere near the same amount of coverage. But you don’t ask me about that, because it’s more interesting to ask about Bieber than what’s going on in Iran. CNN is about interviewing world leaders, and covering what happened in Maryland, and about Anthony Bourdain, and about Justin Bieber. We have the ability to do all of that.”

“If we rely just on breaking news, that’s probably not a long-term game,” Zucker said to the crowd made up of producers, writers and executives from the unscripted TV world.

Variety has more on Zucker’s talk.

Greta Van Susteren on Bieber Arrest: ‘I Plead Guilty. I Was Interested’

greta justin bieberAfter some news organizations avoided reporting on Justin Bieber yesterday, Greta Van Susteren explains why she covered the pop star’s arrest in a post on Gretawire:

Sure, there is a part of me that would like to take you all to a refugee camp in Sudan….or even to the Greta Home and Academy in Haiti, but I do that from time to time and frankly, people want more than my special interests.   Viewers want a mixture of stories which varies from day to day, and they want to know what is going on now, right now, today.    And guess what?  Yesterday I paid attention to Justin Bieber stories, too.  I plead guilty. I was interested in Justin Bieber.

Fortunately, there is enough time and space that we in the media can cover it all – some days it will be topics like Syria and other days it will be Justin Bieber or some other irresponsible or reckless celebrity.  We have so many media outlets – many 24/7 cable news, broadcast news, websites, magazines, etc. – that you, the news consumer, are in the driver’s seat when it comes to what you want to follow.   If you want to avoid any topic you can.  If you want to follow any topic, you can.

In other Bieber-related news: during the 3pmET hour, Brooke Baldwin apologized for a CNN banner that indicated Bieber’s blood alcohol content was .08% at the time of his arrest. Bieber’s actual BAC was under .08%, the legal limit for driving in Florida. (Since Bieber is under 21, however, the legal limit for him is .02%.)

Why You Won’t See Bieber’s Arrest on Al Jazeera America

al jazeera americaAt least one cable news network is staying away from today’s Justin Bieber drama: Al Jazeera America has not covered the pop star’s arrest aside from a brief mention in the 8amET hour.

An Al Jazeera America source tells TVNewser: “It didn’t hit the level of top news for us on a day when we have the Syrian talks, the Iranian President speaking at Davos, the West Virginia chemical spill continuing and other stories.”

The network has correspondents on location for each story: Nick Schifrin is in Switzerland for the peace talks, Ali Velshi is in Davos and Jonathan Martin is in Charleston. AJAM is also reporting today on Edward Snowden‘s online chat and the private security firm accused of defrauding the U.S. government by submitting 650,000 applications that were not fully vetted.

Glenn Beck‘s TheBlaze has also declared itself a Bieber-free zone.

Fusion Deems Bieber Arrest ‘Insignificant Breaking News’

fusion bieberIf you’ve been watching cable news today, you know that Justin Bieber was arrested for DUI last night in Miami Beach. The cable news networks have correspondents reporting live from Miami — Phil Keating for Fox News, Tory Dunnan for CNN and Mark Potter for MSNBC — and all took Bieber’s court appearance live.

One cable news network, however, has a different take on the latest Bieber drama: on its morning show today, Fusion called the story “insignificant breaking news.” (It’s worth noting that despite the catchy tagline, Fusion has reported on the arrest at least three times today.)

The network poked fun at its competitors with a shot of the Miami Police Department described as “sorta live pictures of nothing happening.” Fusion is coincidentally located in Doral, which is where Bieber was taken to jail.

Fusion’s approach has a fan in Dan Rather, who praised the network for its “refreshing candor.” Watch Fusion’s report on the arrest after the jump. Read more

@CNNbrk Hits 10,000,000 Followers

Remember a few years ago when the race was on to see who would be the first to get to 1,000,000 followers on Twitter?

At the time, the two biggest accounts were @CNNbrk the breaking news feed of CNN and @aplusk the Twitter handle of actor Ashton Kutcher.

The race to 1,000,000 culminated in April 2009. Chronicled here on TVNewser, just after 2amET on the morning of April 17, 2009 Kutcher was first to cross the million mark.

Fast forward almost four years, and both of those accounts have passed 10 million followers. In fact, Kutcher’s @aplusk has more than 13 million followers while @CNNbrk hit 10 million in the last week. So today, the digital newsroom in Atlanta celebrated.

“To me, the milestone is a signal that our approach is working,” says Lila King, CNN’s senior director for Social News. “Over the past few months we’ve worked hard to fine-tune our voice on Twitter and strike a balance between being authoritative and collaborative, and I’d like to think that 10 million would say it’s right on.”

While Kutcher was the first to 1,000,000 he’s only No. 22 on the list of top Twitter accounts today. Lady Gaga holds the lead with 33,073,438; Justin Bieber is next with 32,974,609 and Katy Perry is third with 32,201,464.

The Morning Ticker: Glor, Ramsey, Karl

  • CBS’s Jeff Glor will moderate a discussion with Marie Tillman, the widow of ex-NFL star turned U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman and the author Jon Krakauer in Chicago today. Marie Tillman opens up for the first time about rebuilding her life after her husband’s death.

  • Dave Ramsey, personal money-management expert, radio personality, and former FBN host will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame in April.

  • ABC’s Jonathan Karl tells The Atlantic Wire what he reads: he likes Mike Allen‘s Playbook and thinks Politico’s David Rogers‘ “fiscal cliff” reporting/commentary is “stellar.” He also has a new-found appreciation for Justin Bieber.

The Ticker: Pastor, Francis, Seacrest

  • One of Spain’s top journalists is joining CNN. Ana Pastor (right) will contribute newsmaker interviews for CNNI and CNN En Espanol.

  • How does Melissa Francis book the guests for her FBN show? Covergirl Francis opens up in the September issue of Resident magazine.

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