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Joe Scarborough: Most Interesting Morning TV Anchor in The World?

Dos Equis“Morning Joe” revealed an exclusive “Super Bowl” commercial this morning featuring the most interesting morning TV anchor in the world: Joe Scarborough.

The commercial trails Scarborough in the morning before showtime, sleeping through alarm clocks, showering with clothes on, debating Paul Krugman, eating McDonald’s while lying on the street, and commuting to work via wooden motorboat.

“I don’t wake up on time often, but when I do, I’m on ‘Morning Joe,’” Scarborough says, signing off: “Stay sleepy my friends.”

Donny Deutsch claimed The Dos Equis beer spoof was made possible by MSNBC’s president.

“It’s amazing, Phil Griffin. emptied the piggyback. Two thirty second spots, eight million dollar expenditure for the world’s most interesting morning talk show host,” Deutsh said. “Go Phil Griffin.”

An MSNBC spokesperson confirms the segment was sarcastic, and this commercial won’t be running during the big game Sunday… or maybe not anywhere. WATCH:

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CJR: CNBC ‘Rises Above’ Into Advocacy

The Columbia Journalism Review takes aim at CNBC’s “Rise Above” campaign, arguing that the network is using the campaign to engage in an advocacy campaign, a campaign that is decidedly one-sided, even if it has the veneer of balance.

You’ll note that CNBC has not Risen Above for the common good on issues like stimulating a depressed economy, ameliorating the housing catastrophe, or prosecuting its Wall Street sources/dinner partners for the subprime fiasco. But make no mistake: even if it had, it would have been stepping outside the boundaries of traditional American journalism practice into political advocacy. And that’s precisely what it’s doing here, at further cost to its credibility as a mainstream news organization instead of some HD version of Wall Street CCTV.

In the New York Times, Paul Krugman argues that the network is launching the campaign because it is what the audience of the network wants to see:
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CNBC (And Warren Buffett) Respond To Paul Krugman Post

CNBC had Warren Buffett and Alan Simpson on this morning to talk about the economy but while they had these esteemed guests, the anchors used the opportunity to discuss Paul Krugman‘s critique of the network this week.

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Bloomberg TV Has a ‘Battle of the Pauls,’ Paul Krugman and Ron Paul

Bloomberg TV had some “must see TV,” on “Street Smart,” a debate that it was calling “Paul vs. Paul.”

Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and GOP Presidential candidate Ron Paul debated monetary policy, and it was fiery.

The video is an auto-play, so watch after the jump:

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Charles Krauthammer’s Verdict on Tucson, Ariz. Media Response

The Washington Post columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer broke down the recent media frenzie over Saturday’s violence in Tucson, Ariz. into two points in his column today:

1) “The charge: The Tucson massacre is a consequence of the ‘climate of hate’ created by” Glenn Beck and other media figures.

2) “The verdict:” that the media jumped to “unheard of conclusions there were “reckless, so scurrilous and so unsupported by evidence.”

Jared Loughner‘s motivations are still being looked into. But preliminary findings show that — as Krauthhammer wrote — there is “no evidence that Loughner was impelled to violence by any of those upon whom Paul Krugman, Keith Olbermann, the New York Times, the Tucson sheriff and other rabid partisans are fixated.”

The New York Times’ op-ed columnist, David Brooks, wrote a similar piece today titled “The Politicized Mind,” which also called out those who tried to make Loughner’s motives political.

The Tucson Shootings: Media on Media Crime

The cable opinion shows all came out last night, after Saturday’s events in Tucson, and put the blame for the shooting spree squarely on Jared Lee Loughner — but some also pointed fingers at each other for inflaming harsh political rhetoric that has become the bread and butter of cable news.

On “The O’Reilly Factor” last night, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly called out the left for pointing fingers at the right:

Decent people simply do not ascribe motivation to a psychopath like Loughner unless that motivation is proven beyond a reasonable doubt. I can’t tell you how angry this makes me. Far-left loons have attacked me in vile way for years. I have to have security around the clock. Has the “New York Times” ever said a word about that?

The Fox News personality spent most of his time last night on his usual targets:  New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, the National Organization for Women, and of course, MSNBC:

NBC News allows vicious personal attacks on anyone who doesn’t toe the far-left MSNBC line. The hatred spewed on that cable network is unprecedented in the media.

The #1 story on MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” was “denouncing violence,” which was a continuation of his special comment he made over the weekend over the violent hyperbolic rhetoric that has become the staple of cable news reporting — especially in primetime. Olbermann — like O’Reilly — said there were recent threats to his life.

More on the cablers views and video after the jump…

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Christiane Amanpour’s ‘This Week’ Debut

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“This Week with Christiane Amanpour” debuted this morning on ABC with the veteran foreign correspondent telling viewers, “After 20 years covering the world, the story in this country is turning into one of the most fascinating.”

The headline from Amanpour’s two headliner guests, Secy. Robert Gates and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, both pre-taped on Friday to accommodate their schedules, was their disagreement on the pace of U.S. troops leaving Afghanistan.

While the host was new, the round-table consisted of three familiar names: George Will, Donna Brazile and Paul Krugman and a new face who fit with Amanpour’s goal of giving the show a more outside-the-beltway feel: from Madrid, Amanpour welcomed Ahmed Rashid, who was billed as “the world authority on the Taliban.” The opening voice-over also featured a new tagline featuring the global focus: “From all across our world to the heart of our nation’s capitol.”

There was new music from trumpeter Chris Botti and a new show open and set backdrop, changing out the blue “This Week” logo with a map of the world in red. The Sunday funnies remained.

Following this morning’s show Amanpour told TVNewser, “It’s great to finally be underway, and I’m so pleased to have had two great first guests and a wonderful round table. I’m excited about having this platform to explore the issues that affect Americans. I want to open the window on the world to help with the understanding of all of the global challenges out there.” Amanpour’s opening welcome after the jump…

Did you watch? If so, what did you think?

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Christiane Amanpour on the ‘New Perspective’ She’ll Bring to Sunday

amanpour_3-16.jpgAs we reported earlier today, Christiane Amanpour is leaving CNN after nearly 27 years with the network and heading to ABC News where she’ll succeed George Stephanopoulos as moderator of that network’s Sunday public affairs show, “This Week.”

TVNewser spoke with Amanpour this evening for a Q&A about working on a D.C.-based political show (she’ll still live in New York) and her thoughts about departing the network where she’s been such a prominent figure.

What are your feelings about leaving CNN?

Amanpour: I thought about this long and hard. Clearly, as you can imagine, it was an intense decision-making process. I’ve spent 26 and a half years at CNN and together with my colleagues we’ve built this incredible place. I have a great amount of respect and admiration for CNN.

It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to become a part of this honored tradition that is “This Week” and to build on it with an international perspective, and build on what “This Week” has forged over the years.

What kind of changes are you planning for the program?

Amanpour: The nuts and bolts are a work in progress. This is a show that’s established in viewers’ minds and in their hearts and in their interests. What we’re doing is building on it to include the international perspective. We’ll focus on the vital domestic policies and issues of the day and the international policies and issues of the day. We’ll use the perspective that I’ve gained over the years of being around the world and interviewing world leaders all over the place.

The round table will continue with the amazing people like George Will, who’s a national treasure, Paul Krugman, Donna Brazile and the ABC correspondents, Jake Tapper, Jonathan Karl, Martha Raddatz, who’s had incredibly distinguished career. I’m very very proud to be able to join in a collegial way with all these people.

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Charitini’s Sklar Talks Pirates, Scoops on the Menu

mmm_2-3.gifJoining us on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast is Rachel Sklar of Charitini.com and Abrams Research.

The Menu regular talks about the Amazon Fail yesterday, whether scoops matter in the Internet Age and…well…pirates.

Paul Krugman said yesterday on This Week on ABC, he made a joke about trying to equate the puppies and pirates as a photogenic distraction, and I thought that was inappropriate because at that point Captain Phillips hadn’t been freed,” says Sklar of the tone of some pirate coverage. “You’re talking about people boarding boats with AK-47s.”

Also discussed: another Los Angeles Times ad that’s drawing attention and criticism.

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