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Rachel Maddow Tells TV News, Including MSNBC, to Stop Booking ‘Yahoos’ on Iraq

Rachel Maddow IraqRachel Maddow is taking aim at the media, including her network, for giving airtime and voice to former Bush officials and foreign policy pundits known for advocating action in the buildup to the Iraq War.

Paul Bremer in the Wall Street Journal, and on CNN, and here on MSNBC; Paul Wolfowitz on MSNBC and on ‘Meet the Press,” Maddow said last night, rolling off other names she thinks got it wrong on Iraq now reemerging in the media with their prescriptions for today’s violence in Iraq, including Senator John McCain, Fox News’ Judith Miller, Bill Kristol, and the Brookings Institute’s Kenneth Pollack and Robert Kagan.

“Hey Sunday shows, hey op-ed pages, hey cable news, hey everybody…We know you are tempted to keep booking these yahoos on these subjects, but if you keep turning to the people who were famously wrong about Iraq to ask them what to do about Iraq, you at least will be laughed at, and you will be embarrassed that you did this, and you will eventually have to apologize.”

Maddow’s take on the media’s shoddy Iraq coverage starts around the 13:40 mark.

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The Scoreboard: Thursday, June 12

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 242 | MSNBC: 79 | CNN: 111 | HLN: 86
  • Primetime: FNC: 342 | MSNBC: 127 | CNN: 181 | HLN: 96

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

180

TheFive:

263

Baier:

206

Greta:

229

O’Reilly:

405

Megyn:

319

Hannity:

298

O’Reilly:

280

Megyn:

307

MSNBC
Wagner:

45

EdShow:

109

Sharpton:

155

Matthews:

167

Hayes:

130

Maddow:

131

O’Donnell:

120

Hayes:

56

Maddow:

65

CNN
Tapper:

126

Blitzer:

101

Blitz/Cross:

105/79

Burnett:

114

Cooper:

123

Sixties:

210

Cont.:

Cooper:

114

Sixties:

119

HLN
News:

30

WWYD:

26

DrDrew:

18

Jane:

50

Grace:

89

DrDrew:

87

Files:

114

Files:

165

Files:

219

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Chris Jansing Signs Off ‘Jansing & Co.’

JansingChris Jansing signed off as host of  MSNBC’s “Jansing & Co.” this morning after a four-year run. She begins her new role as NBC News Senior White House Correspondent on June 23.

“Life at MSNBC teaches you that sleep is overrated — though it is possible to sleep while standing or in a coach seat and there’s no such thing as preparing too much!” Jansing tells TVNewser about her time hosting at MSNBC.

Being with the network for almost 15 years, Jansing attributes her success to a strong team. “You learn that you’re as good as your colleagues behind the camera and I’ve been very lucky.” A few years ago, she revealed to us her secret to making it in cable news: “I keep my head low, and I work hard” (watch the video after the jump).

On-air, Jansing thanked MSNBC president Phil Griffin and SVP Yvette Miley, along with Rachel Maddow. “Your commitment to excellence is an inspiration, Rachel, thank you.” She also thanked producers for putting up with her “Type A personality.”

“Thank you for watching. I’ll see you from DC,” Jansing said as she signed off for the final time as host.

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How Cable News Hosts Reacted to Eric Cantor Defeat

Cable news might occasionally be criticized for predictable political coverage, but last night, top anchors and reporters reacted to an unpredicted political stunner: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor‘s defeat in Virginia’s congressional primary.

“His loss marks a huge victory for the Tea Party movement,” Sean Hannity said before his exclusive interview with the victorious candidate, Dave Brat, via phone. “If you go door to door knocking, the American people know the country is heading in the wrong direction,” Brat told Hannity.

“This is a huge, huge moment in the Republican Party; it’s also a huge moment in politics,” Bret Baier said as he took over coverage during the 8pmET hour. “One of the most powerful Republicans on Capitol Hill goes down,” Megyn Kelly added later on her show.

“Shocking is an overused term in our political discourse, but this news tonight earns the term,” Rachel Maddow said while interrupting a pre-recorded “All In with Chris Hayes” (Hayes came back live at 8:38pmET). “This is the single biggest political upset I’ve ever seen in my life,” Steve Kornacki, host of “Up,” said via phone. Chuck Todd called it a “major upset,” and suggested an important ripple effect: “immigration [reform]…dead.” Todd interview Brat this morning on “Daily Rundown.”

“A seismic shift,” CNN chief congressional correspondent Dana Bash called it as Anderson Cooper broke the news. “Republicans who weren’t running scared may now start running scared,” chief political analyst Gloria Borger said.

Eric Cantor Loss is ‘Shocking,’ ‘Stunning’ and All-Encompassing on Cable News

VARaceJaws dropped in network newsrooms across the country tonight as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his congressional primary to Tea Party challenger Dave Brat.

Cable news networks went into overdrive with the stunning news. At 8:06pm MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow interrupted Chris Hayes‘ show, which had been pre-recorded. Maddow called it “a shocking development in American politics.” (Hayes returned live at 8:38pm). CNN’s Anderson Cooper called the race at 8:11pm and FNC’s Trace Gallagher broke in to the O’Reilly Factor at 8:14pmET, before Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly picked up coverage and filled out the 8pmET hour.

As vote totals came in in the 7pmET hour, the news networks began speculating that Cantor looked to go down to defeat. Dana Perino in for Greta Van Susteren on Fox News reported Cantor was trailing Brat, as did Erin Burnett on CNN, and Lou Dobbs on FBN.

The Scoreboard: Thursday, June 5

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 256 | MSNBC: 84 | CNN: 99 | HLN: 109
  • Primetime: FNC: 422 | MSNBC: 150 | CNN: 176 | HLN: 116

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

141

TheFive:

246

Baier:

287

Greta:

229

O’Reilly:

434

Megyn:

469

Hannity:

361

O’Reilly:

339

Megyn:

333

MSNBC
Wagner:

48

EdShow:

68

Sharpton:

126

Matthews:

151

Hayes:

131

Maddow:

180

O’Donnell:

140

Hayes:

98

Maddow:

65

CNN
Tapper:

51

Blitzer:

45

Blitz/Cross:

59/63

Burnett:

85

Cooper:

143

Sixties:

265

Sixties:

121

Cooper:

149

Sixties:

164

HLN
News:

63

WWYD:

69

DrDrew:

60

Jane:

87

Grace:

93

DrDrew:

109

Files:

144

Files:

200

Files:

282

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The Scoreboard: Tuesday, June 3

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 207 | MSNBC: 84 | CNN: 79 | HLN: 99
  • Primetime: FNC: 346 | MSNBC: 128 | CNN: 127 | HLN:137

4p: 5p: 6p 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

144

TheFive:

255

Baier:

197

Greta:

256

O’Reilly:

366

Kelly:

375

Hannity:

295

O’Reilly:

228

Kelly:

196

MSNBC
Wagner:

72

EdShow:

106

Sharpton:

149

Matthews:

164

Hayes:

106

Maddow:

170

O’Donnell:

107

Hayes:

70

Maddow:

50

CNN
Tapper:

43

Blitzer:

80

Blitz/Cross:

105/96

Burnett:

88

Cooper:

140

Cooper:

124

Tonight:

117

Cooper:

107

Cooper:

71

HLN
Now:

33

WWYD:

46

Dr.Drew:

43

Jane:

73

Grace:

132

Dr.Drew:

128

Files:

150

Files:

213

Files:

228

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The Top Cable News Shows in May Were…

Fox News had the top 14 programs in total viewers and the top eight programs in the key A25-54 demographic in May 2014. As usual, “The O’Reilly Factor” was the number one program in cable news in both total and demo viewers, averaging 2,136,000 total viewers and 308,000 demo viewers. “The Kelly File” was second in total viewers, with 2,337,000, followed by “The Five,”  “Special Report with Bret Baier” and “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.” In the demo, “The Five” was second, Kelly’s program was third and Baier’s program was fourth.

CNBC was the only network other than Fox News to have a show in the top ten among the A25-54 demo: “Shark Tank,” which averaged 210,000 A25-54 viewers, placed ninth overall. “Shark Tank” also led CNBC in total viewers, averaging 442,000 viewers and placing 23rd overall.

MSNBC’s highest-rated show was “The Rachel Maddow Show,” which placed 14th overall in total viewers and 11th overall in the demo. Maddow’s program averaged 738,000 total viewers and 176,000 demo viewers.

Anderson Cooper 360″ was the top CNN program in total viewers and the demo, placing 21st and 19th, respectively. The show averaged 452,000 total viewers and 145,000 A25-54 viewers for the month.

“Forensic Files” led HLN in both ratings measurements, placing 38th in total viewers and 20th in the demo with 323,000 and 142,000 viewers, respectively.

The top-rated show in total viewers on Fox Business was “Imus in the Morning,” which ranked 89th overall. “Stossel” led the way in the demo, ranking 87th.

The full rankers, after the jump. Read more

May 2014 Ratings: MSNBC Reclaims #2

With the search for Malaysian Air Flight 370 dying down, MSNBC reclaimed the outright second-place spot on the cable news leaderboard in May, besting CNN in both total day and primetime. But the network hit a series of seven-year lows in both total day and primetime this month.

The ratings for May 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 536,000 Total Viewers / 153,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 327,000 Total Viewers / 103,000 A25-54

Like its competitors, MSNBC was down compared to May 2013: the network was down -5% in total viewers and -10% in the A25-54 demographic in total day and -1% and -13%, respectively, in primetime. MSNBC was down the least of all the cable news networks for the month.

In total day, MNSBC delivered its lowest ratings in total viewers since December 2007 and in the A25-54 demo since June 2006. In primetime, the network had its lowest demo delivery since July 2006.

In primetime, “All In with Chris Hayes” and “The Rachel Maddow Show” were both up in total viewers but down in the demo compared to the same month last year: Hayes’ program was up +6% in total viewers and down -13% in the demo and Maddow’s program was up +3% and down -16%, respectively. “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” was down -16% in total viewers and-12% in the A25-54 demo.

It was also a mixed bag for MSNBC’s early evening programming. “The Ed Show” and “Politics Nation” were both down in total viewers but up in the demo. They were the only two cable news shows to grow in the 5pmET and 6pmET timeslots. At 7pmET, “Hardball with Chris Matthews” was up in total viewers but down in the demo.

“Morning Joe” reclaimed the second-place spot among the cable news morning shows for the month, growing +13% in total viewers and +39% in the demo compared to May 2013.

MSNBC’s release, after the jump. Read more

Jorge Ramos: ‘I’m Not Seeing Tough Questions Asked on American Television’

Jorge Ramos 2Politico’s Dylan Byers profiles Jorge Ramos, the “startlingly blunt” Univision and Fusion anchor who “makes no apologies for his outspoken stance on immigration reform.” Ramos — who recently confronted Speaker John Boehner over immigration — talks about his disappointment in the mainstream media:

“The Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci used to say that for her, an interview was like a war,” he said over lemonade at Johnny’s Half Shell, a restaurant near the Capitol. “I get the sense that we’ve forgotten that here in the United States. You turn on the TV, and you see very bland interviews. Journalists in the United States are very cozy with power, very close to those in power. They laugh with them. They go to the [White House] correspondents’ dinner with them. They have lunch together. They marry each other. They’re way too close to each other. I think as journalists we have to keep our distance from power.”

“I’m not seeing tough questions asked on American television,” he added later. “I’m not seeing those correspondents that would question those in power. It’s like a club. We are not asking the tough questions.”

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