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TV News Goes All In on Torture Report Coverage

BrennanCIAThe Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report on CIA torture practices has been dominating news media since it was released. On the heels of massive cable and evening news coverage Tuesday, the reporting isn’t slowing down on the 525 page public summation of the still-confidential 6,000 page report.

CIA Director John Brennan’s news conference was live on all the cable news channels this afternoon. NBC even aired a special report anchored by Lester Holt.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is making the rounds. On FNC’s “Special Report with Bret Baier,” Cheney called the report “full of crap,” and a “terrible piece of work.” Cheney will join Chuck Todd in-studio on Sunday’s “Meet the Press.”

An interesting tidbit about Brennan’s presser is that cameras didn’t show which reporters were asking questions because clandestine members of the CIA were in attendance.

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Proud Father Brian Williams Will Skip Thursday’s ‘Nightly News’

WilliamsPeterPanWith Allison Williams starring in tonight’s “Peter Pan Live!” event, Brian Williams is taking the night off from “NBC Nightly News” to be a proud dad. Lester Holt will anchor in his absence and Williams will be back in his usual chair on Friday.

The special does not have a studio audience, but that won’t stop the NBC newser, who Jimmy Fallon recently called “Pater Pan Senior,” from being front and center for his daughter’s big night.

“We will be watching the broadcast — immediate family only — sequestered in an undisclosed location — close enough to the production as to burst through the stage door the moment the credits roll,” Williams told TVNewser.

“Peter Pan Live!” airs tonight at 8 pm ET on NBC.

‘Wild Misinformation’: Brian Williams Explains the Mike Seidel Liveshot

Brian Williams took a moment on Monday’s “NBC Nightly News” to push back on a social media dustup over a Saturday night liveshot that didn’t quite happen. Mike Seidel appeared on camera Saturday night with his back turned, leading some to speculate the reporter may have been relieving himself.

No so, geniuses:

Social Media owes our friend Mike Seidel an apology. The intrepid and fearless Weather Channel Meteorologist was the victim of some wild misinformation when this happened on the news here Saturday night: Lester Holt threw to Mike’s live report in a snowstorm in North Carolina. Mike had lost cellphone contact with our control room.. so he couldn’t hear through his attached earpiece that he was on the air. He put his back to the storm and the camera.. he had to take off his gloves and re-dial his phone which was tethered to his ear, that’s when the rumors hit the web that he was perhaps writing his name in the snow. It was just Mike working to make it right — which is why we all love working with Mike Seidel.

Mike Seidel Subjected to Ridicule Over Botched ‘Nightly News’ Liveshot

A Saturday night liveshot on “NBC Nightly News” did not go as planned–and that has convinced some that NBC’s Mike Seidel was caught on live television attempting to relieve himself. Seidel, who had his back turned to the camera as NBC’s Lester Holt tossed to him, was not seen on camera doing anything that would suggest he had forgotten the fundamental rules of standing in front of a camera about to go live on network television, but still, Deadspin asks “What else could he have been doing?”

Well, as NBC told the New York Daily News, he could have been looking for a cell phone he dropped. That makes a lot more sense to anyone who has ever done live television, but even the News wasn’t buying it: “As he turns he slightly moves his arm, which may have been an attempt to close an open zipper. He then hurriedly puts his gloves back on.”

Lester Holt Thanks Jimmy Fallon For ‘Dateline’ Shout Outs

HoltLetter304“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has made a habit of mentioning fellow-NBC show “Dateline” whenever possible. For example, during a recent interview with Ben Affleck, Fallon mentioned that “Gone Girl is like ‘Dateline’, the best ‘Dateline’ episode you ever saw.” Well, “Dateline” host Lester Holt has returned the favor by writing Fallon a thank you note, with a special gift. Read more

‘Today’ Anchors Get Fit

After this morning’s “Today” show, the anchors headed down the east coast to Baltimore for the Shine a Light Health and Wellness Expo. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined Lester Holt, Erica Hill, Jenna Wolfe, Dylan Dreyer and WBAL anchors Deborah Weiner and Stan Stovall.

A segment on the expo will air in the morning on “Today.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: ‘These Activities Must be Condemned and Stopped’

GoodellBroadcast networks provided special coverage this afternoon as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held a news conference to answer questions and announce that he won’t resign.

“We will get our house in order first,” Goodell said as he announced enhanced domestic violence and sexual violence education programs for the league’s teams and front office. “These activities must be condemned and stopped,” Goodell said regarding domestic violence, sexual assault, and illegal use of alcohol and drugs. Goodell also announced the formation of a conduct committee.

Goodell, who has been commissioner for 8 years, once again announced he was wrong in his determination of a two-game suspension of former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice.

CBS, NBC and ABC all broke in at 3:15pmET. Scott Pelley anchored on CBS, Lester Holt on NBC and George Stephanopoulos on ABC. ABC dropped out of the news conference first, followed by NBC then CBS. The cable news and sports channels, including NFL Network, also carried the news conference.

The first question went to NBC’s Peter Alexander. The next question came from CNN’s Rachel Nichols; the next from Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager. Other questions came from CBS Sports’ Sharyn Alfonsi, Fox Sports 1′s Mike Garafalo, Columnist Judy Batista, Arise TV’s Andrew Rosario, ESPN’s Dan Graziano, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, and The Associated Press’ Barry Wilner.

The news conference lasted 43 minutes.

Evening News Ratings: Week of August 25

EveningNewsNewIn Diane Sawyer’s final week, which was actually a half-week since her last day was Wednesday, “World News” came within 40,000 viewers of No. 1 “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” with Lester Holt sitting in for the vacationing Williams.

That’s the closest ABC has come to NBC in 5 years, since the week of September 7, 2009, which was the last week ABC topped NBC in the total viewer measurement. Brian Williams has been on a winning streak since.

“World News” took the younger viewer demo for the eighth time in nine weeks, with a +272,000 lead on “Nightly,” its biggest gap in 7 years, since the week of July 2, 2007. Compared to the same week last year only “World News” showed growth.

NBC’s average is based on four days, with Monday excluded because of the Emmy awards. ABC and CBS are based on five days.

Numbers for the week of August 25, 2014:

• Total Viewers: 7,423,000 7,383,000 6,116,000
• A25-54: 1,671,000 1,942,000 1,448,000

Pres. Obama Calls on ‘Big Cheese’ Chuck Todd First, In Todd’s Last Briefing for NBC News

The broadcast networks broke in Thursday afternoon to carry remarks from President Obama. Lester Holt anchored for NBC, Amy Robach for ABC and Maurice DuBois anchored on CBS as Pres. Obama delivered a statement on the U.S. economy, the continued ISIS threat in Iraq and Syria and the crisis in Ukraine. The president then opened it up to questions:

ToddBriefing“I’m going to start with somebody who, I guess, is now a big cheese. He’s moved on. But I understand this is go to be his last chance to ask me a question in the press room. I want to congratulate Chuck Todd and give him first dibs.” (Watch after the jump) Todd, who is moving on to “Meet the Press,” asked about Syria/ISIS.

The Wall Street Journal‘s Colleen McCain Nelson got the second question, asking the president whether today’s military action by Russia is considered to be an invasion of Ukraine. After three more questions, the president started to leave the briefing room, but returned to take a question on whether he’d make any executive actions on immigration reform. Obama: “It continues to be my belief that if I can’t see congressional action, that I need to do at least what I can in order to make the system work better.”

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Pres. Obama: ‘Police Should Not be Bullying or Arresting Journalists’

In a press conference from Martha’s Vineyard this afternoon, President Obama commented on the situation on Iraq and delivered his first public remarks on the escalation of violence in Ferguson, where an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot by police Saturday.

The President addressed the media’s role in Ferguson, which has which has been in the headlines today after two reporters were arrested and an Al Jazeera America crew was tear gassed last night. “Here in the United States of America, police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs and report to the American people on what they see on the ground,” Obama said.

NBC’s Lester Holt anchored a special report from New York with Kristen Welker on Martha’s Vineyard and Ron Allen reporting from Ferguson. Scott Pelley anchored a CBS special report, with Major Garrett reporting from Martha’s Vineyard. On ABC, David Muir anchored with Martha Raddatz in Washington, Jonathan Karl in Martha’s Vineyard and Steve Osunsami in Ferguson.

MSNBC, Fox News, CNN and Al Jazeera America all took the statement live.