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Jill Abramson : ‘What is Next for Me? I Don’t Know’

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The cable news networks covered this morning’s graduation at Wake Forest University. It’s newsworthy because of the commencement speaker: dismissed New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson. MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry — a Wake Forest alum and new professor at the University — is doing live shots from campus as is NBC News correspondent Rehema Ellis. CNN and Fox News too also dipped into Abramson’s address during which she told the graduates, she feels like one of them: “What is next for me? I don’t know. So I’m in exactly the same boat as many of you. And like you, I’m a little scared, but also excited,” Abramson said.

Both media criticism shows — which are both anchored by former print reporters — led off their shows Sunday with Abramson’s firing.

Brian Stelter, who worked for Abramson at the Times, acknowledged that at times, she could be “gruff” and “rude.” When Stelter told Abramson he was thinking about departing for CNN, her attitude “made it easier to leave,” Stelter said.

Over on Fox News “MediaBuzz,” Howard Kurtz, who previously covered media for The Washington Post, talked about the PR nightmare the firing touched off. “They bungled it,” Lauren Ashburn said.

Both clips after the jump…

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TVNewser’s 2014 Guide To Graduation Speakers

Class-of-2014. jpgAs is TVNewser tradition, here now is our seventh annual list of who’s-speaking-where-and-when at the nation’s colleges and universities (in alphabetical order):

CNBC’s Guy AdamiQuinnipiac University (CT), May 10

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin: University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication (NC), May 11

ABC’s Richard Besser: University of Michigan School of Public Health (MI), May 1

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: Cansius College  (NY), May 17

Bloomberg’s Michael Bloomberg: Harvard University (MA), May 29… Williams College (MA), June 8

CNN’s Gloria Borger: Colgate University (NY), May 18

FNC’s Dr. Ben CarsonRegent University (VA), May 3

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The Scoreboard: Sunday, March 30

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 172 | MSNBC: 149 | CNN: 179 | HLN: 112
  • Primetime: FNC: 137 | MSNBC: 160 | CNN: 201 | HLN: 121

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Alt/House:

97

Kurtz:

139

Wallace:

132

Faulkner:

119

Huckabee:

170

Reporting:

133

Stossel:

109

Huckabee:

115

Reporting:

97

MSNBC
Finney:

15

Caught:

78

Caught:

112

Caught:

134

Caught:

160

Methbust:

159

Lockup:

160

Lockup:

218

Lockup:

334

CNN
Nwsroom:

161

Nwsroom:

240

Nwsroom:

226

Nwsroom:

253

Nwsroom:

215

DeathRow:

205

Nwsroom:

182

Nwsroom:

200

DeathRow:

144

HLN
Files:

83

Files:

150

Files:

158

Files:

112

Files:

106

Files:

117

Files:

139

Files:

189

Files:

116

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Maria Bartiromo Debuts Strong on Fox News

BartiromoSummers“Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo” won its timeslot in its debut Sunday. In fact, the new show beat CNN’s Fareed Zakaria and MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry combined in total viewers in the 10am hour. The show was down slightly in total viewers but up in the demo vs. last Sunday’s 10am offering. In fact, Bartiromo delivered FNC’s third-highest A25-54 number for the timeslot this year.

  • 10amET, 4/30 | A25-54 Demo / Total Viewers

FNC: 312,000 / 1,078,000
CNN: 169,000 / 643,000
MSNBC: 168,000 / 391,000 (10-NoonET)

Bartiromo’s debut gave a nice lead-in to Howie Kurtz‘s “MediaBuzz” at 11amET.  With 353,000 viewers, the show scored its highest-rated demo since debuting on the network in September.

  • 11amET, 4/30 | A25-54 Demo / Total Viewers

FNC: 353,000 / 1,006,000
CNN: 189,000 / 674,000
MSNBC: 168,000 / 391,000 (10-NoonET)

In another weekend ratings note: the mystery of Flight 370 continues to be a draw for CNN. The network came in first in the demo on Saturday and Sunday for total day viewing. CNN was also number one in primetime Sunday in the demo.

The Ticker: Marsalis, Baier, Harris-Perry

  • CBS News Cultural Correspondent Wynton Marsalis makes his “60 Minutes” debut Sunday reporting a story on jazz pianist Marcus Roberts. Roberts, who lost his sight as a child, has inspired a generation of jazz musicians.

  • FNC’s Bret Baier hosts another “Fox News Reporting” special looking at Obama Administration decisions on the military, energy policy, the space program and the Internet and asks if they lead to a surrendering of America. 10pmET tonight and tomorrow night.

  • Melissa Harris-Perry returns to her MSNBC show tomorrow morning from maternity leave. Harris-Perry and her husband welcomed their second child into the world on Valentine’s Day, born through a surrogate.

Melissa Harris-Perry Opens Up About Her ‘Miracle’ Baby

MHPMSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry had a very special Valentine’s Day, welcoming her second child into the world on Friday. She opened up this morning on MSNBC.com about the the journey to her “miracle” baby: one born through a surrogate.

Harris-Perry details how after her first “easy” pregnancy, where she delivered her daughter Parker naturally, having a second child became difficult.

I spent years suffering from the agony of uterine fibroids. Finally, in 2008, after fighting back with an arsenal of homeopathic and medical weapons, I decided to have my uterus removed. I wept for the children I would never have and made peace with the idea that one is enough.

She recounts her husband James and her decision to try In Vitro Fertilization, overcoming initial trepidation to eventually find a carrier for her second child. Read more

Joy Reid: ‘Fascinated’ by Conservative POV, ‘Cable Should Be a Debate’

Joy_Reid-304From her early career working in radio and TV in Miami, to running the African-American site TheGrio.com, to most recently serving as one of MSNBC’s go-to guests and fill-in hosts, Joy Reid says she’s ready for “The Reid Report.” And she has some MSNBCers to thank.

“When I first started off, my ultimate goal was to get on ‘Hardball, ‘” Reid told us during an interview at 30 Rock Thursday. “I love Chris Matthews. We sort of have a mutual admiration thing going on,” Reid says. She is also proud to be one of a handful of African-American hosts in cable news and praises MSNBC for having the most diverse audience. “Providing that is not niche marketing, it’s just smart business,” she says.

Taking a page from most other cable news shows, Reid says “The Reid Report,” debuting at 2pmET on Feb. 24, will play to a specific audience that wants more than headlines.

“The cable landscape is difficult. You have a polarized audience. You have an audience that is looking for alternatives to television and cable, including the internet and social.”

CNN is still trying to do “voice of God news,” while Fox News has carved out ownership of a “very Republican” audience, Reid says.

MSNBC’s tilt to the left, which began in the waning days of the George W. Bush administration, doesn’t mean her show will be all liberal, all the time. As Reid tells us in the video portion of our interview, she’s looking forward to bringing on conservative voices: Read more

MSNBC Fires Author of ‘Unacceptable’ Tweet, Phil Griffin Apologizes to RNC Chair

MSNBCLogo304x200Responding to RNC Chair Reince Priebus‘ demand for an apology over an offensive tweet suggesting conservatives are against interracial marriage, MSNBC has fired the author of the tweet, and network President Phil Griffin has apologized to Preibus.

Here’s the statement from Griffin:

The tweet last night was outrageous and unacceptable. We immediately acknowledged that it was offensive and wrong, apologized, and deleted it. We have dismissed the person responsible for the tweet.
I personally apologize to Mr. Priebus and to everyone offended. At msnbc we believe in passionate, strong debate about the issues and we invite voices from all sides to participate. That will never change.

Griffin’s apology comes after Priebus banned all RNC officials from appearing on MSNBC.

MSNBC’s swift action in response to this online comment comes after a string of controversial on-air comments in the last months of 2013: Melissa Harris-Perry‘s panel mocking Mitt Romney’s African-American grandchild, Martin Bashir‘s resignation after making vile comments about Sarah Palin, and Alec Baldwin and MSNBC parting ways after the actor hurled anti-gay slurs toward a photographer.

>Update: Priebus will appear on “Hannity” tonight to talk about the incident.

Phil Griffin: Recent Controversial Comments Don’t Define MSNBC

phil-griffin-msnbcSpeaking to The Hollywood Reporter, MSNBC President Phil Griffin said he won’t allow his network to be defined by a recent collection of controversial comments.

“These were judgment calls made by some of our people,” Griffin tells THR. “We quickly took responsibility for them and took action. They were unfortunate, but I’m not going to allow these specific moments of lack of judgment to define us.”

“We handled them,” says Griffin. “We were transparent. That is our philosophy: Be factual, and step up when you make a mistake. And I don’t see that among our competition, whether it’s getting something wrong on a major story or when there are clear inaccuracies and they’re not corrected.”

Griffin also suggests the comments that caused the departures of Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin (and caused a flurry of negative reaction for current host Melissa Harris-Perry) are not representative of a larger problem. Read more

How Far is Too Far for MSNBC Hosts?

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Jon Friedman, writing for the New York Post, thinks MSNBC is in “a mighty mess” following a lackluster 2013 in the ratings department and the messy departure of two high-profile hosts — Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin — and the apology of another, Melissa Harris-Perry, following controversial comments she made about Mitt Romney‘s family.

“We took the appropriate actions,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin tells Friedman. But a crisis-management expert says MSNBC and its parent company might have to rein in outspoken hosts to avoid having additional embarrassing situations.

“Comcast needs to show that everyone at MSNBC, from the president on down, must be held accountable from now on and that this [behavior] cannot continue to happen,” said Mike Paul, a 25-year public-relations strategist known as “The Reputation Doctor.”

“We live in a society where sensationalism is often rewarded. That has to be factored in when we consider why people are constantly crossing the line.”

As MSNBC increases its opinion programming to most hours of the day, the network is putting in guidelines to prevent a repeat of some of the missteps of 2013.

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