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The Ticker: Crime Pays, Abramson Speaks, DC Unaware

  • TV reporter Justin Gray was stopped at the Orlando airport because a TSA agent didn’t accept his ID: a driver license from the District of Columbia. “He demanded a passport,” Gray reports on WFTV, “Because he didn’t recognize my ID.”

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The Monday Ticker: Hillary & the RNC, Rita & the Pope, Vector & OMG

  • Republican National Committee spokesman Kirsten Kukowski tells CNN the group is urging ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and Fox News to book Republican guests in response former first lady Hillary Clinton‘s upcoming book tour interviews.

  • WABC Radio, and former FNC and MSNBC host, Rita Cosby got a quick interview with Pope Francis at the Vatican last week. Cosby asked the Pontiff about his role as Mideast peacemaker. “Pray, Pray, Pray,” the Pope said about peace in the Middle East.

  • Former “GMA” senior producer Eric Ortner‘s Ortner Media Group is entering into a strategic venture with Vector Management, a part of Live Nation, forming a management company and production incubator. Ortner’s clients include Soledad O’Brien and Ann Curry.

The Afternoon Ticker: Cosby, Housley, O’Brien

  • Former Fox News and MSNBC anchor Rita Cosby has been named co-host of WABC radio’s “The Ride Home.” The drivetime show, airing from 5-6pm on the New York station, features news, insight and opinion. Pat Kiernan, the morning anchor on NY1, is Cosby’s co-host.

Rita Cosby Fills In On HLN; Is a New Show In Her Future?

RitaCosby080510.jpgLast Friday former Fox News and MSNBC anchor and current “Inside Edition” contributor Rita Cosby filled in for Nancy Grace on HLN.

Now a tipster tells TVNewser that Cosby has been having discussions with HLN about a getting an investigative news show of her own.

A spokeswoman for HLN says that Cosby “did a great job,” filling in for Grace on Friday, but declined to comment if the network was speaking to Cosby for any other role.

Rita Cosby Returns To FNC… This Time As a Guest

Cosby062110.jpg “Inside Edition” correspondent and former Fox News Channel and MSNBC anchor Rita Cosby was back on FNC this month… only this time as a guest rather than host.

Bill O’Reilly had Cosby on “The O’Reilly Factor” last Friday to talk about her book Quiet Hero, about the time her father spent in a German POW Camp during World War II.

(Related: Rita Cosby: Her New Book and Her TV Future)

Earlier this month Cosby appeared on “Fox & Friends” to talk about the book. That segment is after the jump.

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Rita Cosby: Her New Book and Her TV Future

Quiet Hero.jpg“I finally feel like I have my father.”

Rita Cosby is talking about a big change in her life. She now has “the most amazing, most profound, most deep relationship” with her dad — after decades of “sort of an intermittent relationship” ever since her parents’ divorce when she was nineteen.

Cosby, the former Fox News and MSNBC anchor, details her story in a new book, Quiet Hero: Secrets From My Father’s Past, out today. Writing about her personal life was “strange”, she tells TVNewser, after a professional life spent reporting on others.

But she is proud to tell this tale. “I’ve always wanted to be closer to my father,” explains Cosby, who describes her dad, Richard, as having been distant over the years, “never very good with emotions”.

Cosby never knew why.

The father-daughter relationship began to shift in the fall of 2008. Cosby’s mother had passed away, and as Cosby sorted through her personal effects, she discovered “this old, tan, tattered leather suitcase”. In it was a POW tag, with a prisoner number. And a Polish war armband.

“This was my father’s,” Cosby remembers thinking. She knew her dad had emigrated from Poland after World War II, but the items in the suitcase were a mystery.

“I need to know,” she thought, “what really happened.”

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Correspondents’ Dinner: Kim Kardashian holds Court at Tammy Haddad’s Power Brunch


Kim Kardashian with FNC’s Greta Van Susteren and her husband John Coale at the annual Garden Party at the home of Tammy Haddad ahead of tonight’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

What’s a brunch without Kim Kardashian, Sherry Shepard, the Jonas Brothers, Chevy Chase, Rupert Murdoch and a couple hundred DC newsers?

The annual Garden Party at the home of ultimate DC media insider Tammy Haddad and her husband Ted Greenberg draws bigger boldface names with each passing year. This year’s brunch was dedicated to CURE Epilepsy and the Mother’s Day Everyday campaign. Susan Axelrod, wife of Pres. Obama adviser David Axelrod, was honorary chairwoman. The Axelrods’ daughter Lauren lives with uncontrollable epilepsy.

P1010204.JPGAdrian Grenier was here, without an entourage, and happily posing for pictures.

The Jonas Brothers pulled up just after we arrived. In addition to Chase, Shepard and Murdoch, with his wife Wendi Deng at his side, DC’s media elite rubbed shoulders under the tents. Kardashian, a guest of Van Susteren and Fox News, kept her mini-fan in hand during the 89-degree day. She’d taken the red-eye in, but stayed and chatted with the crowd for about an hour before heading out.

NBC/MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell has a big fan in the actor Steven Weber. “I watch MSNBC all the time,” said the “Happy Town” star with his former “Wings” wingman Tim Daly nearby.


Brunch co-hosts Hilary Rosen and Tammy Haddad (far left, far right) along with Rupert Murdoch and wife Wendi Deng. In the center is Susan Axelrod, wife of Pres. Obama adviser David Axelrod.

More pictures and the newsers who showed up, after the jump. Plus, check out WHC Insider’s coverage of the party…

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Rita Cosby Suit Given Go-Ahead

rita_cosby_8-14.jpgAnna Nicole Smith‘s former attorney and boyfriend, Howard K. Stern, has been told by a U.S. District Judge that his lawsuit against news anchor and correspondent Rita Cosby can move forward according to Reuters. Stern claims that Cosby’s biography “Blonde Ambition: The Untold Story Behind Anna Nicole Smith’s Death” contains 19 libelous statements in a $60 million suit.

Judge Denny Chin ruled that 11 of the statements could be used for a defamation suit as the case progresses. The judge said:

“Cosby’s actions are extremely troubling, and suggest that she was attempting to obstruct justice by tampering with witnesses.”

Cosby’s lawyer is pleased that the case now has a narrower scope and is “fully confident that a jury will dismiss” the remaining charges. Cosby had been an anchor at Fox News and MSNBC and, most recently, has been a “Special Correspondent” for CBS’ “Inside Edition.”

October Ratings – MSNBC: “We Tamed the Giant of Larry King”

Maddow_10.28.jpgBrian Williams couldn’t do it. Neither could Joe Scarborough, Rita Cosby, Dan Abrams, Ashleigh Banfield, Deborah Norville or Alan Keyes.

But MSNBC’s new 9pmET show did. The Rachel Maddow show topped CNN’s Larry King Live in the ad-friendly A25-54 demo during the month of October. King still wins the Total Viewer crown and FNC’s Hannity & Colmes is #1 in both measurements.

“We’ve never had a performance like this in our history,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin tells TVNewser. “We tamed the giant of Larry King.”

Final numbers, which will include this past weekend, will be out tomorrow. But MSNBC is poised to beat CNN in the demo for three straight hours Monday-Friday — at 7pm (Hardball), 8pm (Countdown) and at 9. “The fact that we did it in the month leading up to the election is so satisfying for everyone who has worked here for the last two years,” Griffin says.

But now the hard work begins. After the election, some viewers will return to routines that don’t include watching cable news every night. “We’ve got to keep doing what we’re doing. We have to be aggressive and we have to stay interesting,” Griffin says. “The audience isn’t going to stay at these levels but we can keep some of that audience. For once, we have a loyal audience.”

Griffin says even he was surprised by Maddow’s explosive growth at 9pmET, up 396% year-over-year. “We knew she was going to be good, but right out of the gate to beat Larry King? That was a dream too far.”

And Griffin will not only need to hold on to those viewers, but maybe his talent too. In January, Chris Matthews will begin covering his fourth administration as host of Hardball. But there is continued talk that Matthews will be leaving TV for his own role in politics. Says Griffin, “I don’t believe he’s going to run. He’s got a platform right here. He has been so focused [this election], and just look at his numbers. It worked.”

The press release is after the jump…

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Rita Cosby Lands with Inside Edition

RCosby_7.15.pngFormer Fox News and MSNBC anchor Rita Cosby is joining Inside Edition. Cosby will be a special correspondent going after the big interviews. She’s talked with newsmakers ranging from Slobodon Milosevic to Michael Jackson.

Cosby worked for FNC from 1995-2005 and at MSNBC from 2005-2007. She’s also the author of the best-selling and controversial book, Blonde Ambition: The Untold Story Behind Anna Nicole Smith’s Death.