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Michael Moore To Piers Morgan: Storm Coverage Needs To Be Changed

Filmmaker Michael Moore was on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” last night, and he got into a spirited debate with Morgan about CNN’s coverage of the disaster. With regard to Ali Velshi‘s coverage from New Jersey, Moore said:

“I was watching Ali out there, in Atlantic City, and my first thought is, why is CNN trying to kill Ali Velshi?”

Moore also said that CNN should have been showing video from Breezy Point, NY, where over 100 homes were destroyed by a fire. As it happens CNN did have reports from Breezy Point. Velshi would call in to talk to Moore about the reports.

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Piers Morgan’s Big Month

CNN host Piers Morgan has quietly had one of his strongest months yet since joining CNN.

In terms of bookings, Morgan has lined up interviews with guests that are not regulars on cable news, and in some cases only make media appearances once every few years. Justice Antonin Scalia, filmmaker Michael Moore and the former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf have all been on the show, while interviews with New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Senator John McCain and actor Robert Blake have all made news themselves. Tonight Morgan interviews Mitt Romney in London.

In the ratings, Morgan is CNN’s top program in total viewers, and is having its best week since February of this year.

With the Olympics still to come, Morgan is on track to have one of his strongest months editorially and ratings-wise since January of last year, when he started his show off with a bang and some big guests.

Michael Moore (And Bill O’Reilly) Defend Gun Control

Some did it sooner than others, but it seems that the cable news channels have moved on to covering the politics of gun control as it relates to the shooting in Colorado.

On Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” last night, Bill O’Reilly interviewed Rep. Jason Cheffetz, and defended government regulation of some firearms, like machine guns and mortars.

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On CNN, Piers Morgan interviewed filmmaker Michael Moore about Colorado. Moore warned “I am not going to come on another damn TV show either, after the next one of these shootings Piers.”

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Michael Moore tells Reporter: ‘You’re Just Punk Media’

TVSpy reports on Michael Moore‘s stop at Occupy Denver and his interaction with a local reporter for the CBS station there.

“You’re just punk media, is all you are. You lie. You lie to people,” said the “Countdown with Keith Olbermanncontributor to KCNC reporter Evrod Cassimy.

TVSpy has the video.

Monday’s ‘Hardball’ to Feature Debate Panel on Obama 2012 Strategies

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews will host a special live edition of “Hardball” at 7 p.m. tomorrow night called “The Great Democratic Debate.” Matthews will moderate a panel of politicians and political experts that will discuss re-election strategies for President Obama in 2012.

Panel guests include documentary director Michael Moore, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders (I), Ronald Reagan biographer Douglas Brinkey and former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell, who is also an NBC News political analyst.

For Keith Olbermann, Return of ‘Countdown’ Just Phase One of Current TV Transformation

Tonight at 8 PM on Current TV, former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann will return to television, re-launching his program “Countdown” on the cable network founded by former Vice President Al Gore and Joel Hyatt.

For Olbermann, the new “Countdown” is not just a fresh beginning for himself, it is a fresh beginning for the network, which he clearly plans on turning into a direct competitor to MSNBC.

“We are gearing towards eventually becoming a 24-hour news, commentary, analysis and information network,” Olbermann told reporters on a conference call Friday. That is a stark contrast to what Current laid out earlier this year at its upfront presentation, which looked to be part MSNBC, part Discovery Channel. With Olbermann helming 8 PM, and looking to add more hours of news and commentary programming in primetime, the entertainment shows may eventually fade away.

MSNBC is not taking the threat from Current lightly. The NY Times Brian Stelter reports that MSNBC has been paying up to secure deals with contributors, and is developing a new show for Nation writer Chris Hayes. Meanwhile Olbermann has been securing contributors to his show, though many of the bigger names are unlikely to have exclusivity clauses. For his first show Olbermann will host filmmaker Michael Moore and Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas.

Olbermann says the most appealing part of the new program is not having to worry about corporate bosses peering over his shoulder:

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Keith Olbermann Opens Up About Leaving MSNBC

Former MSNBC host and soon-to-be Current TV host Keith Olbermann is back in the spotlight, with a cover story in this week’s Hollywood Reporter, along with a feature in Rolling Stone.

For the first time, Olbermnann talks about leaving MSNBC, while also promoting his new show on Current. Olbermann also announced that another former MSNBCer, David Shuster, will be serving as the primary fill-in anchor for “Countdown” on Current.

Olbermann tells the Reporter that he has not spoken to Rachel Maddow since he left MSNBC, and that when he began his last show in January, he was not even certain it would be his last:

In fact, when Olbermann went on air at 8 p.m. EST on January 21, neither he nor his staff knew this was his final broadcast. Olbermann had prepared two endings for the show; one with two readings from James Thurber, and another with a Thurber reading and his farewell to viewers. “As far as anybody knew,” says Olbermann. “I was doing the two Thurber stories.” Meanwhile, huddled off camera at Countdown’s Studio 1A Up, above the Today show’s Studio 1A, were Olbermann’s representatives (two ICM agents and Michael Price, Olbermann’s manager) and MSNBC president Phil Griffin and an NBC lawyer. At the 8:30 p.m. break, the parties agreed to release Olbermann out of his contract and he told his staff for the first time.

Olbermann also talks about his payday (THR cites a source that says it is $10 mil a year, in addition to the money MSNBC still owes him, as well as equity in Current) and a meeting he had with CBS CEO Les Moonves. He  also says that contributors like Michael Moore and Markos Moulitsas will be compensated in “untraditional ways.”

In the Rolling Stone interview, Olbermann pulls out a note Tom Brokaw sent to him, a note he received a few months before the former “NBC Nightly News” anchor criticized him:

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Michael Moore, Ken Burns Tapped as Contributors for Keith Olbermann’s Current TV Show

“Countdown” will return to TV on Current June 20, and host Keith Olbermann is lining up a stable of contributors to appear regularly on the program.

TVNewser has learned that filmmaker Michael Moore, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, comedian Richard Lewis, Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas and National Association of Free Clinics executive director Nicole D. Lamoureux are among those on board as contributors.

Update: Olbermann just tweeted that he expects to have around 20 regular contributors in total. More to be announced at a later date.

Update 2: It’s Official, announcement from Current TV after the jump.

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Who Needs MTV When You Have CNN?

Earlier today, Judy McGrath, the CEO of MTV Networks resigned.

No reason was given, but here is a theory: she was mad that Beyonce‘s cover of “God Bless the USA” would not be debuting on the music channel, but on MTV’s arch-rival, CNN.

Yes, on the day that President Obama visits Ground Zero in New York, CNN will premiere the song during “Piers Morgan Tonight.” Proceeds from the cover will go to the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund.

Beyonce’s opening act on “Piers Morgan”? Filmmaker Michael Moore, of course.

If you don’t want to wait until the end of Morgan’s show, you can hear Beyonce’s version of “God Bless the USA” here.

Wisconsin Senate Vote takes Cable Nets by Surprise

Three weeks of political discord in Wisconsin came to a surprising head tonight.

“A FOX urgent now from Wisconsin where republicans apparently are trying to do an end run around democrats,” said Jon Scott on FNC 7:19pmET. By 7:30pm the vote had occurred. With democratic senators still out of the state, Wisconsin’s GOP-led senate passed restrictions on collective bargaining for public employees. FNC’s Scott, along with Mike Tobin from Madison, reported the news of the vote, while the revolt was beginning outside. “Listen closely, you can probably hear the demonstrators outside of the senate chambers,” said Tobin.

CNN’s John King reported the news at 7:41 and the coverage continued into the 8pm hour on “In the Arena.”

MSNBC was first to report the news at 6:45pm that a vote was going to occur. NBC’s Mike Taibbi reporting from Madison, telling Cenk Uygur that a “moderate republican told me that the governor had met with his republican conference in the senate this afternoon and all but locked in a compromise with the unions on the subject of collective bargaining but that the hard liners among senate republicans decided a short time ago to have a vote anyway.”

Chris Matthews broke in to his taped edition of “Hardball” at 7:48 after the vote had happened, and was joined by Ed Schultz: “Chris, we are on the verge of a legal battle in Wisconsin of epic proportion,” Schultz predicted. The coverage continued through the 8pm hour with Lawrence O’Donnell and into the 9pm hour with Rachel Maddow who called the vote “a desperation move.” Maddow spoke with filmmaker Michael Moore in studio who’d led a rally in Madison on Saturday.

By 10pm, Fox News anchor and Wisconsin native Greta Van Susteren reported, “guards have given up guarding the main entrance to the Wisconsin state capitol. Thousands are pouring into the capitol and those who can’t get in are taking to the streets.”

On his MSNBC show at 10pm, Schultz spoke with 10 of the so-called Wisconsin 14 democratic senators. They vowed to return to Wisconsin, “but not tomorrow.”

And while the story was front and center on Fox News and MSNBC for much of the night, CNN’s Anderson Cooper chose a different lead at 10pm: “We begin with direct evidence that Moammar Gadhafi is killing civilians,” said Cooper who spent 38 minutes on the situation in Libya, before reporting the news from Wisconsin.

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