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Posts Tagged ‘Peter Johnson Jr.’

Cable Hosts Up Criticism of Competitors’ MH370 Coverage

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The coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has become a story of its own, with news and opinion hosts and producers slamming or defending networks for the nonstop coverage.

Take MSNBC host Chris Hayes. He has not covered the story anywhere near as much as his 8pm CNN competitor Anderson Cooper. (It’s worth nothing that Hayes, normally No. 2 in the hour, has lost to Cooper in the ratings every day since MH370 went missing. Friday March 7 was the last time Hayes beat Cooper).

Last night on his show, Hayes criticized CNN’s coverage, specifically Don Lemon who asked a guest whether a black hole could have sucked in the plane. Hayes also criticized News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch for tweeting speculation that the plane might have been stolen and hidden in northern Pakistan.

“Do not use mystery and its presence as an excuse to further whatever boogeyman you choose to make your audience scared of,” Hayes castigated. “That is the grown-up versions of monsters underneath the bed. And our job is not to fill the air by telling bedtime stories.”

Meanwhile, on “Fox and Friends” this morning, Peter Johnson Jr. criticized the nightly newscasts for leading with the missing plane story for the last 11 days, while ignoring other stories. “Fox is successful, and number one, because it carries the news that people want… on Obamacare, on Fast and Furious, on IRS scandals,” Johnson said.

And NBC/MSNBC’s Chuck Todd took to Twitter this morning to bemoan another day of “breaking news.” And in response, a CNN producer red flagged Todd for using the same tactics on his show:

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‘Fox & Friends’ Scooter Race Goes Awry

A “Fox & Friends” segment on new toys crashed and burned this morning when several of the anchors attempted to race scooters and skateboards in the studio. Steve Doocy crashed into the camera on his skateboard, Elisabeth Hasselbeck lost control of her scooter and Heather Nauert wiped out and landed “right down on the floor on my stomach.”

On the “After the Show Show,” Peter Johnson Jr. surveyed his colleagues on the extent of their injuries before they agreed to a rematch, although he declined to participate himself. “I’m kind of the Bob Costas. Look at my eyes,” he joked. Watch:


The PM Ticker: FCC, MLK Speech, Murnaghan

  • The FCC is reportedly stepping in to help resolve the dispute between Time Warner Cable and CBS, which has been ongoing since the beginning of the month. TVSpy has details.

  • The Washington Post takes a look at the licensing issues around broadcasting Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech, the entirety of which both CNN and MSNBC are airing today as part of their coverage of the 50th anniversary of the address.

  • On her first day home from the hospital, 11-year-old Sarah Murnaghan, whose family successfully sued to get her an adult lung transplant, gave her first interview to Fox News’ Peter Johnson Jr, who visited her at home in Pennsylvania. Watch it after the jump.

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Fox Fan Weekend at Yankee Stadium

About 1,000 Fox News fans are heading to Yankee Stadium this weekend for Fox Fan Weekend, an annual tradition that the network has expanded to two days this year.  The event, which has been held in past years at Citi Field, gives 1,000 Fox News fans a chance to see the New York Yankees vs. the Minnesota Twins. Fox News talent Tucker CarlsonSteve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, Gretchen Carlson, Patti Ann Browne, Maria Molina, Heather Nauert and Peter Johnson Jr. will also be attending.

Obama on Matthews: ‘Four years ago, I gave him a thrill up his leg. This time around, I gave him a stroke’

FNC’s Roger Ailes sits behind Pres. Obama, Gov. Romney and Cardinal Dolan at annual Al Smith dinner.

Pres. Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney set aside their political differences for a few minutes to poke fun at themselves, at each other, and at the media, at the annual Al Smith dinner last night in New York City. But the politicians weren’t the only ones to break bread with their rivals at the event, which this TVNewser attended: media executives and personalities from competing networks mingled over dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria.

The candidates, who sat on either side of Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the New York Catholic Archdiocese, were flanked on the dais by some of the television industry’s most famous faces. Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes sat among two people who have him to thank for their start in TV: on his left, Maria Bartiromo, who Ailes hired at CNBC in 1993, and on his right, one seat away, Chris Matthews, who Ailes hired in 1994 at the network that would become MSNBC. Katie Couric and Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson, Jr. were also seated on the dais.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews chats with Roger Ailes.

Both candidates took aim at the media in their lighthearted speeches, which all three of the general cable networks broadcast live.

“I particularly want to apologize to Chris Matthews,” Pres. Obama said of his performance in the first Presidential debate. “Four years ago, I gave him a thrill up his leg. This time around, I gave him a stroke.”

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Media Gets Meta In Covering Casey Anthony Coverage

The cable news channels got meta after the verdict in the Casey Anthony trial was handed down. On CNN’s “In The Arena,” Jeffrey Toobin and Howard Kurtz gently criticized CNN sister network HLN for its handling of the trial, comparing it to how Fox News and MSNBC cover politics: with a clear point of view:

On “Fox & Friends,” Peter Johnson Jr. ripped the media coverage, and Grace in particular, calling her a “vigilante host”:

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