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MSNBC Promo Describes Rachel Maddow As a ‘News Anchor’

140305_2754126_Rachel_Maddow__Ike_BarinholtzYou won’t likely see MSNBC host Rachel Maddow filling in for Brian Williams on “NBC Nightly News.” While Maddow is usually described as the “host” of a cable news show, she is rarely called a “news anchor.” Her own NBC bio describes her as a “host”–and never even uses the word “journalist.”

So it’s worth noting that a new MSNBC promo flips the script, describing Maddow as a “news anchor with a big personality. She’s smart, funny and passionate.” Conservative critics immediately jumped on the promo, noting that previous “Lean Forward” promos for MSNBC included hosts like Maddow talking about their passion for progressive issues. “Given the MSNBC host’s long track record of pushing her agenda it’s hard to imagine anyone seriously considering Rachel Maddow anything more than a liberal commentator with a cable news show,” writes Jeffrey Meyer at NewsBusters.

A story by NBC News on MSNBC’s “Lean Forward” promos noted that “left-leaning anchors” like Maddow and Ed Schultz have made the network “increasingly identified with a rising tide of progressive political sentiment. The new branding campaign, while not overtly political, implicitly embraces the network’s progressive identity.”

In a 2011 Glamour interview with Katie Couric, Maddow dodged the question of whether she’s a journalist or not: Read more

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The Ticker: Escobar, Turner, Couric

  • Marina Escobar has been named VP of the ESPN visual technology group. The newly-created group works closely with engineering and infrastructure to integrate and support new visual tools for all screens.

  • Gillian Turner made her debut as a Fox News contributor this morning. Turner is a foreign policy expert having worked as the acting director of the White House National Security Council in 2009-10.

  • At 1pmET, Yahoo’s Katie Couric hosts a town hall on race in America. Former NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly, and two of Eric Garner‘s children are among the panelists.

Ubiquitous Jon Stewart’s Next Stop is ‘The O’Reilly Factor’

400JONBILLJon Stewart has been on pretty much every news channel recently (TV and Web) to promote his film “Rosewater.” But tonight’s appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” has the potential to make news for other reasons. Because, well, it always seems to make news when Stewart and O’Reilly  get together.

Last month, Bill O’Reilly  was on Stewart’s show to promote “Killing Patton,” where they got into a debate over White Privilege. The longtime frenemies have been frequent guests on each other’s shows since 2001 and even had a debate back in 2012.

Stewart’s visit to Fox comes the same week the “Daily Show” host had a verbal spat Fox Newser Sean Hannity.

Here’s Your Guide to Election Night Coverage

bush-gore-hanging-chad-floridaThe cable and broadcast news networks will roll out election night sets, gizmos, and all-hands-on-deck teams tonight as midterm voters go to the polls. And for some races, it could be a late night.

TVNewser will be live blogging all night long covering the coverage, so send us your tips, observations, social media discoveries and screenshots.

Full network-by-network coverage plans, and links to our reports on each network’s lineups of analysts, after the jump.
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David Gregory Joins Yahoo for Election Night

david gregoryDavid Gregory is joining Yahoo for midterm election night coverage, the NYTimes reports. Gregory, who left “Meet the Press” in August, will join his former NBC News colleague Katie Couric at the Yahoo News anchor desk for election night coverage. Gregory is not joining the company, but these appearances often can lead to more permanent placements. Matt Bai, who left the New York Times for Yahoo last year, and Politico’s Mike Allen are also a part of Yahoo’s coverage.

The Morning Ticker: Knapp, Crawford, Couric

  • Just who was it that broke the news of Dr. Nancy Snyderman breaking her quarantine? WaPo’s Erik Wemple reveals it’s a former Times of Trenton reporter who took a buyout and launched her own blog called Planet Princeton.

  • CBS’s Jan Crawford got the first interview with Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill Oregon woman who has chosen physician-assisted suicide rather than the painful end her cancer portends. Maynard says she doesn’t want to die. “If anyone wants to hand me a magical cure… I’ll take them up on it,” she says.

  • Yahoo’s Katie Couric sat down with Susan Mellen who was recently released from prison after 17 years. Mellen was convicted of the murder of Rick Daly, a transient man she once dated. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge threw out the conviction last week.

The Afternoon Ticker: Panetta Book, CNN Suit, Walters Talks

  • Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is making the TV rounds for his memoir “Worthy Fights.” His first morning interview went to Matt Lauer for “Today,” his first cable interview was with Gloria Borger on CNN, the first online interview is with Katie Couric for Yahoo! and his first primetime interview is with Bill O’Reilly tonight on Fox News.

  • Former CNN staffer Stanley Wilson has filed a $5 million wrongful termination lawsuit against Turner Broadcasting and his former boss. The 17-year CNN veteran, a Los Angeles-based field producer and writer, says he was discriminated against, defamed and retaliated against. Deadline has more.

  • ABC’s Barbara Walters is the featured speaker tonight at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Walters, who celebrated her 85th birthday last week, was born in Boston. In her autobiography Audition, she wrote about having an affair in the 1970s with then-married Massachusetts Senator Edward Brooke.

Katie Couric to Bill O’Reilly: ‘Why Do You Keep Killing People Bill?’

CouricIn an interview earlier this week for Yahoo!, Katie Couric spoke with Bill O’Reilly about his new book “Killing Patton.”

“Why do you keep killing people Bill?” Couric asked about O’Reilly’s four books about the murders of Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Jesus, and now George Patton. “People want to know about history in an entertaining way,” O’Reilly answered, adding his new book is interesting because he believes General Patton wasn’t accidentally killed like the U.S. army told the world.

The two also touched on President Obama’s actions toward ISIS and the media coverage of the shooting of Michael Brown and subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri.”The media coverage convicted the police officer. And that’s wrong. But I said many times, if the police officer did shoot — Michael Brown unnecessarily, and that should be able to be proven by all the FBI and all the state of Missouri people we have in there, he should go to jail for the rest of his life,” O’Reilly said.

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The Week of the International Gets

With world leaders in New York for the U.N. General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative happening at the same time, TV news anchors have been busy getting gets.

Who did we miss?

The Ticker: Scots Vote, Tall Shoes, New Film

  • FBN will pre-empt “Imus in the Morning” tomorrow for “Special Report: Scotland’s Vote for Independence” anchored by Neil Cavuto. Coverage begins at 5amET with Cavuto and  FBN’s Ashley Webster live from Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • On Jimmy Kimmel last night, David Muir talked about the “tall shoes” he’s filling on ABC’s “World News Tonight,” and about why he plans to take the show on the road more often.

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