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Rula Jebreal on MSNBC Cancellations and ‘Tragic’ Middle East Coverage

Rula Jebreal 304After causing a cable news firestorm earlier this week, former MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal spoke to TVNewser this morning about her MSNBC appearance cancellations, contract status, and coverage criticisms.

It was your typical cable news booking scenario for Jebreal on Monday. Sitting in the makeup chair before her appearance on “Ronan Farrow Daily,” she says she was approached by producers from another MSNBC daytime show and booked for the following day. But things changed following that fiery exchange with Farrow, during which she criticized MSNBC for uneven coverage of the Israel-Gaza crisis,  specifically calling out Andrea Mitchell.

Less than an hour after the Farrow appearance, she received an email from a producer cancelling her next-day booking. She would only say it was an MSNBC show with a female host. “I told the anchor I would not mention her name because I like her personally,” Jebreal told TVNewser. “She was not the person emailing me; her producers emailed me. And we talked in the evening when she found out what happened on social media, and she was very upset about it… actually she’s one of the people I admire and respect deeply.”

Jebreal responded to the email, asking if the cancellation decision was due to her on-air criticism, but didn’t receive a response. Yesterday, MSNBC issued a statement on Jebreal’s cancellations, claiming her Tuesday daytime appearances were cancelled to re-air parts of Chris Hayes‘ Monday night exclusive interview with a 15-year-old Palestinian American beaten by Israeli forces.  We reached out to MSNBC for this story, but did not hear back.

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MSNBC Responds to Rula Jebreal’s Claims of Cancellations, Uncertain Contract Status

Hayes RulaAfter criticizing MSNBC’s Gaza coverage on-air Monday, Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal says she’s unsure of her future with the network.

“I have no idea…I still don’t know” she said on “Democracy Now” today when asked if she’s lost her job as an MSNBC contributor (watch after the jump).

“My contract is up, and we’re negotiating still,” she continued, also claiming that following her heated interview with Ronan Farrow Monday, where she criticized Andrea Mitchell‘s coverage in particular, producers cancelled her upcoming appearances.

This afternoon, MSNBC issued a statement on Jebreal’s contract status and cancellation claims.

Regarding the claim of cancelled appearances: Jebreal’s pre-booked daytime appearance on Tuesday was bumped to accommodate the re-airing of Chris Hayes’ exclusive interview with Tariq Abu Khdeir, a 15 year old Palestinian American beaten by Israeli forces. Jebreal was a guest on “All In” with Chris Hayes on Tuesday night. While we don’t publicly discuss contract specifics, Jebreal’s contributor deal with MSNBC officially ended last month when she said she wanted to pursue new opportunities. We’ve welcomed her back on MSNBC several times since. Her voice is one of many Palestinian voices on MSNBC.

On why Jebreal was labeled an MSNBC contributor during Monday’s interview with Farrow if her contract ended last month, MSNBC tells TVNewser: “She was labeled incorrectly on Monday’s show due to a production error and we corrected that for Tuesday’s ‘All In’ appearance.”

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MSNBC Contributor Slams Media, Andrea Mitchell, for ‘Disgustingly Biased’ Coverage

Rula Jebreal 304During a segment on “Ronan Farrow Daily,” MSNBC contributor and Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal took on the media–and MSNBC–for “disgustingly biased” Middle East coverage.

“We are ridiculous. We are disgustingly biased when it comes to this issue,” Jebreal said, noting she thinks biased media coverage has helped U.S. officials stay silent when they’re opposed to some of Israel’s actions.

“Look at how much airtime Netanyahu and his folks have on air on a daily basis. Andrea Mitchell, and others–I’ve never seen one Palestinian being interviewed on these same issues,” Jebreal continued. When Farrow pushed back that MSNBC has had Palestinians on-air, Jebreal said “maybe for 30 seconds, and then you have 25 minutes for Bibi Netanyahu.”

She then brought up NBC’s decision to pull foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin last week from Gaza, suggesting that because he was “covering the Palestinian side” in a “too pro-Palestinian” way, he was pulled from Gaza, and only reinserted because of social media pushback. Farrow again pushed back that Mohyeldin is now back on-air, and that MSNBC was currently offering airtime to her.

We reached out to MSNBC for Mitchell’s response to accusations of bias, but haven’t heard back.

Broadcast, Cable Networks Cover Obama Iraq Statement

In a statement from the White House briefing room this afternoon, President Obama said the U.S. is prepared to take “targeted and precise” military action in Iraq, but reinforced his earlier decision that American troops will not be returning to combat in the region.

The broadcast and cable news networks all had live coverage of the President’s remarks. The press conference was originally scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and was pushed back more than an hour.

George Stephanopoulos anchored on ABC News, with Martha Raddatz in Baghdad and Jon Karl at the White House. On NBC, Brian Williams anchored from New York with Chuck Todd at the White House and Richard Engel in Baghdad. Sharon Alfonsi anchored on CBS with Major Garrett at the White House and Clarissa Ward in Baghdad. Bill Hemmer anchored a special report from New York for Fox affiliates.

On the cable news networks: Ronan Farrow anchored from New York on MSNBC, Jake Tapper anchored from Washington on CNN and Jon Scott and Jenna Lee anchored on Fox News.

Obama took questions from Coleen McCain Nelson of the Wall Street Journal, CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta, Juliet Eilperin of The Washington Post and Peter Maer of CBS News.

MSNBC Confuses Its Famous Housekeepers While Reporting Ann B. Davis’ Death

While remembering “The Brady Bunch” actress Ann B. Davis this morning, who died Sunday at 88, “Jansing and Co.” momentarily confused its famous housekeepers.

When first reporting on the death of Davis, who played lovable housekeeper Alice Nelson on the TV classic, MSNBC showed a photo of Henriette Mantel (pictured on the left), who played Nelson in the 1995 “The Brady Bunch Movie.”

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“And there’s the Ann B. Davis we know and love,” Chris Jansing said upon returning from commercial break, airing the correct photo (pictured on the right). “Our apologies, because we showed a picture of the woman who played Alice in ‘The Brady Bunch Movie.”

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TVNewsers Honored at TIME 100 Gala

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Barbara Walters and Charlie Rose at the TIME 100 Gala. (Getty Images)

TVNewsers turned up last night to celebrate TIME’s 100 most-influential people. This year, CBS’s Charlie Rose and FNC’s Megyn Kelly made this list. Former honorees Rupert Murdoch, Matt Lauer, Katie Couric, Mehmet Oz and Barbara Walters made an appearance at last night’s event to mingle with the eclectic crowd of politicians, activists, scientists and entrepreneurs.

“Feels great, [I'm] honored, I love it,” Rose told us about his appearance as an Icon in this year’s TIME 100. However, he wasn’t quite sure if “Icon” was the appropriate designation: “It sounds like a lifetime achievement thing, and I think I’m in mid-career,” he quipped. Read more

April 2014 Ratings: MSNBC Third in Total Day

MSNBC slipped to third in total day this month, delivering its lowest average in nearly seven years — since October 2007. In primetime, the network managed to hang on to second place in total viewers, but placed third  in the A25-54 demographic.

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

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 612,000 Total Viewers / 173,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 356,000 Total Viewers / 112,000 A25-54

Compared to the same month last year, MSNBC was down -12% in total viewers and -19% in A25-54 viewers in total day. In primetime, the network was down -10% and -26%, respectively. Although April 2013 was a busy news month with the Boston Marathon bombings, MSNBC did not see much of a bump this time last year.

MSNBC’s daytime programming struggled in April.  The newest daytime programs — “Ronan Farrow Daily” and “The Reid Report” — have so far failed to move the ratings needle. Farrow’s program averaged 238,000 total viewers and 67,000 A25-54 viewers and Joy Reid‘s averaged 266,000 and 72,000, respectively; in total viewers, it was the lowest rated month in the 1pmET timeslot since 2007 and in the 2pmET timeslot since 2010.

“Morning Joe” slipped to third among the cable news morning shows in April, delivering its lowest-rated month in total viewers since December 2009.

All three of MSNBC’s primetime shows were down across the board compared to April 2013: “All In with Chris Hayes” was down -7% in total viewers and -27% in the demo, “The Rachel Maddow Show” was down -4% in total viewers and -32% int the demo, and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” was down -19% and -33%, respectively.

Ronan Farrow Reports Death of Former Texas Legislator, Airs Wrong Photo

More growing pains for new MSNBC host Ronan Farrow this afternoon.

While reporting on the death of former Texas state legislator, Ray Hutchison, who was the husband of former Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, “Ronan Farrow Daily” showed a photo of Bailey Hutchison with former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Fifteen minutes later, Farrow aired the correct photo: “A moment ago, we did show you a picture of the senator with Secretary Ray LaHood when we were talking about her husband. We wanted to show you the correct photo of Ray Hutchison, who we remember today, with the senator.”

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As for LaHood, he was quick to declare himself still with us.

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Ronan Farrow Takes Heat for Malaysia Airlines Tweet, Doesn’t Air Footage

After taking heat for a tweet he sent out this morning teasing an exclusive with the partner of the only American adult on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Ronan Farrow deleted the Tweet, then decided not to air the footage on his show.

Farrow tweeted this morning: “1pm @RonanDaily exclusive: we were on camera with the partner of Phillip Wood as she received the wrenching new finding that no one survived.”

A CNN editor was among those who called out Farrow.

After deleting the original tweet, Farrow sent out another tease for his 1pmET show.

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Amy Robach Inspires at NLGJA Gala, Plus a TV News Selfie

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ABC’s Amy Robach lit up the room last night as host NLGJA’s Healdines & Headliners event. Robach, who has three more chemotherapy treatments in her fight against breast cancer told the crowd that we all have battles to face, but it’s how you fight that will determine the win.

“Until it hits you here,” she said to the crowd, pointing to her heart, “you don’t really know what it’s like to be in battle. And once you get in there and get your hands a little bloodied and you see your comrades next to you, you become so powerful.” Robach told us the support she’s gotten since her diagnosis in November has been nothing short of overwhelming.

Robach, accompanied by her husband Andrew Shue, was among 300 attendees, including dozens of TV news anchors, reporters and producers who turned out for at the annual event. “They gave me the night off,” said CNN’s Richard Quest who has been front and center for the network’s Malaysia Airlines coverage.

MeredithVieiraAmyRobachWe chatted with Shepard Smith who was trading Miami stories with his former local news colleague, now Weather Channel meteorologist Bryan Norcross. And there was a cross-network, lead-in pairing as CNN’s Noon anchor Ashleigh Banfield was accompanied by MSNBC’s 1pm anchor Ronan Farrow. Farrow told us he’s getting more comfortable each day hosting his “Ronan Farrow Daily.” The cable news newbie says he’s getting good advice from TV veterans.

Tamron Hall told us she’s still adjusting to her new schedule. The new 9am “Today” show co-host is now doing double morning duty with her MSNBC show at 11am, giving her about 45 minutes to prepare for the second show. “I have very good producers who make sure it comes together,” Hall said.

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