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The Iraq War: 10 Years Later

10 years ago, “Shock and Awe” kicked off the Iraq War. It was a made-for-TV war, with explosions rocking the skies above Baghdad, and correspondents reporting live on cable news from their hotel balconies.

TV news not only covered the war, but promoted it as well, regularly featuring guests who beat the war drum, and ignoring those that had opposing views. Sometimes, as The Huffington Post’s Jack Mirkinson notes, it was a vicious circle:

Perhaps the most notorious example of the Washington-media nexus over Iraq came when Dick Cheney appeared on “Meet the Press” in September of 2002. He cited the lead story in that morning’s Times as he talked to Tim Russert (“I want to attribute it to the Times,” he memorably said). The story, by Miller and her colleague Michael Gordon, said that Hussein was busy using aluminum tubes to help build nuclear weapons. The Bush administration had leaked that story to Miller. The circle was complete.

The war has not been forgotten. With the President making his first mideast trip of his second term, cable news is finding time to look back at Iraq. Throughout the week a number of segments about the war are on tap at the “big three” cable news channels, nestled in between the other day’s coverage.

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Before Joining MSNBC, Phil Donahue Almost Joined… Fox News?

Former talk show host Phil Donahue joined MSNBC in 2002, only to be very publicly fired–under controversial circumstances–in 2003. In an interview with The Hill‘s Judy Kurtz, Donahue reveals that before talking with MSNBC, he had discussions with Fox News CEO Roger Ailes about joining that network in a surprising role:

Donahue reveals that before signing with MSNBC in 2002, Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News Channel, called and toyed with the idea of pairing him with the similarly white-haired former Republican House Speaker, Newt Gingrich: “I think he got the hair and thought, ‘Well, this is neat.’ Honestly I think that’s one of the things that motivated him. And I passed.”

Oprah Winfrey Toasts Fellow Daytime Talk Show Hosts

As part of her farewell season, Oprah Winfrey sits down with those who came before — and beside — her on the talk show circuit.

Among the guests on tomorrow’s “Oprah Winfrey Show”: Phil Donahue, who went on to host a short-lived show on MSNBC in the timeslot now occupied by Keith Olbermann. And Geraldo Rivera who, after leaving daytime, went on to host a primetime show on CNBC and is now a mainstay of the Fox News weekend primetime. Sally Jessy Raphael, Ricki Lake and Montel Williams also joined Winfrey to talk about their experiences in daytime television. Jerry Springer and Jenny Jones did not.

(Photo: Harpo / George Burns)

Righting What’s Wrong at CNN

cnn_3-31.jpgWith the bleak Q1 2010 numbers put up by CNN, soon-to-not-be Politico’s Michael Calderone takes the pulse of nearly a dozen TV news anchors, analysts, professors and executives about what is going on CNN, and what can — or should — be done to right the ratings of “The most trusted name in news.”

Aaron Brown, who was replaced in 2005 by [Anderson] Cooper at 10 p.m., said that CNN doesn’t have the “big, broad personalities” that seem to excel these days in the evenings on cable news. Brown included himself in that group, along with Campbell Brown, John King, and Cooper.

“If I were at CNN, the thing that would scare me is not that we’re losing, but that it’s that re-runs are beating us,” Brown said. “At 10 p.m., a two-hour-old ‘Countdown’ is beating my guy, the guy I have invested millions in promotional dollars.”

Another former cable news host, Phil Donahue, who had a show on MSNBC in the early 2000′s hopes CNN does nothing. “At this moment, their competition is more entertaining than they are,” Donahue told Calderone. “And I admire them for holding on and not being seduced by that kind of arm-waving.”

Larry King on Glenn Beck – “That Don’t Impress Me”

Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove attended last night’s party celebrating Larry King‘s new memoir, “My Remarkable Journey.” Among those in attendance, Anderson Cooper, Mort Zuckerman, Phil Donahue, Regis Philbin and Barbara Walters whose guest earlier in the day on “The View” came up in conversation.

Meanwhile, Larry was talking to Barbara about overwrought Fox News personality Glenn Beck‘s uncomfortable appearance on The View earlier in the day.

“Did you hear that he didn’t do his show today? They said he had a cold?” Barbara said happily.

“Glenn Beck – that don’t impress me,” Larry scoffed. “You know what Jackie Gleason told me once? He said, ‘I can put a young couple having intercourse on the air – and I’ll win the night.’ See what I mean?”

For the record, Beck sounded crappy with the cold when he called in to his show last night, with fill-in host Judge Napolitano. The clip is after the jump.

And back on the radio today, still sounding half-crappy with the cold, Beck demanded an apology from Walters. Which leads us to this poll:


What Media Debate is Most Interesting to Follow:(poll)

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Olbermann, Orman Win GLAAD Awards

olbermann_3-30.pngMSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and CNBC’s Suze Orman were two of the winners at Saturday night’s GLAAD Awards in New York City.

Olbermann won for “Outstanding TV Journalism Segment” for his Special Comment about gay marriage. “Accepting the award, Olbermann magnanimously apologized for not having done the segment prior to the Prop. 8 vote,” writes Queerty.com’s Ben Harvey.

Orman won the Vito Russo Award (given to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for the LGBT community). During her speech, she turned her attention towards corporate America. “Do you want to continue to give your money to people in corporations that oppress us, that keep us down?” she asked. “Or do you want to give your money to the corporations who can help us rise and change what needs to be changed in the United States of America today.”

Other winners included Phil Donahue and Tyra Banks.

(image courtesy of Queerty.com)

MLB Moves In to Former Home of MSNBC

MSNBC-MLB.jpgBrian Williams worked there, so did Phil Donahue, Charles Grodin, and Maury & Connie and countless other TV talent. Now the old MSNBC studio in Secaucus, NJ has a new tenant: Major League Baseball.

MSNBC moved out of the facility in October 2007 and into NBC News headquarters at Rockefeller Center. According to NJBiz.com, the state of New Jersey is giving “an incentive grant of $8 million to Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. of New York City and its Secaucus-based firm MLB Network, LLC, in exchange for creating 201 new jobs and investing $54 million in a television-production studio.”

“We have selected the old MSNBC studio in Secaucus on Hartz Way to work out of and will debut the MLB Network on Jan. 1, 2009,” says MLB spokesman Matt Bourne.

Is Web Intolerance “Hurting America?”

RNClogo_8.30.gifPhil Donahue may be long gone from his daytime shows, (or his MSNBC prime time show for that matter). But he was back in the form of Joe Scarborough today at a Huffington Post-sponsored panel about how new media are impacting the 2008 race. The panel was made up of members of old and new media as well as some stradeling both.

MNSBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinkski moderated the panel which touched on issues of blogs as a source of breaking political news, the vitriol that exists on some left and right wing blogs and the concern that the anonymity provided to blog commenters only fuels the hate.

The panel was filled with the likes of Arianna Huffington, Laura Ingraham, Tony Blankley, Frank Luntz and Peggy Noonan. But moderator Scarbourough took the mics into the crowd getting the thoughts of Joe Klein, Margaret Carlson and his MSNBC colleague Tucker Carlson.

Tucker_9.1.jpgCarlson, who was personally called out four years ago by Jon Stewart for hosting a show that was “hurting America,” today said intolerance on the Web is “what is hurting America.”

“And I’m saying this as the former host of Crossfire,” he told the audience of about 100 people at the Nicollet Island Inn in Minneapolis.

We panned the crowd before the panel discussion got underway. And after the jump, more pictures.

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