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CNN Goes Back to ‘The Sixties’

In celebration of the premiere of “The Sixties,” CNN threw a ’60s themed party Wednesday night at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal. The party was held in the same space where the network’s exhibit of ’60s artifacts is on display this week.

The party included entertainment from Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux and 1960s-themed food, including green bean casserole, turkey meatloaf and retro candy, served on TV dinner trays. Guests posed for photos with tie-dye bandanas, retro sunglasses, and inflatable guitars. The exhibit, which features one of Keith Richards‘ guitars, a lifesize replica of Mr. Rogers, and an old television camera belonging to CBS News, was also open to guests.

TVNewser spotted Don Lemon, Ashleigh Banfield, John Berman, Brian Stelter and his wife, NY1′s Jamie Stelter, Christine Romans and Sally Kohn. CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker introduced the Fab Faux before they took the stage around 8 p.m. Also in attendance: Indra Petersons, Allison Kosik, Poppy Harlow, Sam Feist, Dan Abrams, and Chris Cuomo, whose brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, was on hand to open the exhibit at Grand Central on Tuesday.

“The Sixties” is a ten-part series that kicks off the network’s new primetime programming slate. The first installment airs tonight at 9pmET.

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Profiling: Gutfeld, Hasselbeck, Kohn

  • Greg Gutfeld continues his Not Cool book tour, promoting his new book. The Pensacola News Journal caught up with Gutfeld in North Florida: “Stationed in the children’s section of the bookstore, he wisecracked with young and old alike, even threatening to call child protective services on one young mother, though still drawing a laugh.”

  • Elisabeth Hasselbeck is featured in Ladies Home Journal. On leaving “The View” for “Fox & Friends,” Hasselbeck says, “It was like going from hanging out with your sisters to playing catch with your brothers. I don’t think I am or will ever be the best at what I do but I try really hard.”

  • CNN contributor Sally Kohn–previously a Fox News contributor–writes for The Christian Science Monitor about her experience as a “liberal talking head on Fox News.” “It was a turning point for me to meet people such as Mr. Hannity, Karl Rove, Monica Crowley, Sarah Palin, and so many others,” Kohn writes. “Though we certainly disagree profoundly on political issues – they’re personable and kind and human. Just like me.”

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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Mia Farrow, Mother of MSNBC Anchor, Criticizes CNN’s Coverage of Malaysia Airlines

Actress Mia Farrow tweeted (since deleted) her thoughts on the coverage of the Malaysia Airlines mystery: “Has TV ‘news’ gone completely crazy,” she wrote, attaching an image of some of CNN’s coverage. CNN contributor Sally Kohn fired back:

Farrow’s son Ronan, hosts a daily show on MSNBC. He has led his show with several minutes of coverage of the missing plane every day this week.

Sally Kohn, Ben Ferguson Share Their Fox News-MSNBC Experiences

RSOn Sunday morning’s “Reliable Sources,” former Fox News contributor Sally Kohn and radio host Ben Ferguson talked to host Brian Stelter about appearing on networks that carry far different ideological viewpoint than theirs following a Columbia Journalism Review piece that suggested Fox News is more welcoming to opposing views.

Both pointed out the deck being stacked against them: “Wasn’t worth it…it was usually three-on-one,” Ferguson said about MSNBC, adding it wasn’t worth putting makeup on to be used as a punching bag.

“It was often three on one…my favorite was fifteen-on-one,” Kohn said of her time at Fox News, highlighting a Hannity panel where she was the only liberal in a sea of conservatives. Outnumbered or not, Kohn saw a benefit to appearing on Fox.

“In a show like Hannity…from my perspective, as a liberal, as a progressive, I don’t want that to go unquestioned, unchallenged,” Kohn continued about wanting to offer Fox viewers a liberal counterpoint to its conservative hosts.

This morning, Howard Kurtz has a piece on Foxnews.com on the Columbia Journalism piece, answering why liberals come on Fox—and why Fox spends good money on acquiring them as contributors.

“Well, it’s good television, and more interesting for viewers when everyone doesn’t agree. I used to argue with Keith Olbermann when he had an MSNBC show that it would be less predictable if he would sometimes debate people on the right. He said he didn’t like such fake debates — but the result was, in those years, endless Bush-bashing.”

And Fox News might have some new competition ahead from the right: Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy talked to Stelter about plans to launch Newsmax TV in June, suggesting his company is already bigger than Fox News.

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In Profile: Wagner, Ratigan, Kohn

  • MSNBC’s Alex Wagner and her fiancé, White House chef Sam Kass, are profiled in Vogue. “Alex has that one rare quality that is imperative for success in this business,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin says. “She is totally authentic on the air. She’s smart, genuine, and connects with her audience.”

  • Men’s Journal talks with “one of the great shouters,” former MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan. “I was exhibiting more and more aggressive behavior in a more public forum, and that was beneficial in the short term and utterly self-destructive in the long term,” Ratigan says of his time as a cable news host.

CNN to Sign Sally Kohn as Contributor

Sally JohnFormer Fox News contributor Sally Kohn will sign on as a political contributor to CNN, TVNewser has learned.

A former community organizer, Kohn had been an exclusive contributor to Fox News in 2012, but started appearing on several cable news programs throughout 2013.

Kohn filled in on “Crossfire” earlier this week, where she told Newt Gingich to “slow your roll, Peach Pit” on the subject of President Obama apologizing. WATCH:

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It’s Sally Kohn Day in Allentown

HayesKohnThe mayor of Allentown, PA has presented political pundit Sally Kohn — “a resident of our area who has become renowned far beyond the borders of this community” — her own day. That day, today, Dec. 4 was actually declared Sally Kohn day last December, but we’re pretty sure once you get a day in Allentown, it’s always your day in Allentown.

Anyway, Kohn did a Q&A with the TED blog about her move from being Fox News’s progressive talking head, to a free agent. She has appeared on MSNBC four times in the past week, and not at all on Fox. Still, the move from FNC was amicable, both sides say.

Of her appearances on a network that more closely espouses her personal political beliefs, Kohn says, “When I’m on MSNBC, I want to be modeling the tone that I think all liberals should take — call it sharp-elbowed civility or disagreeing without being disagreeable. Everything that’s embodied by ‘emotional correctness.’ We all need to do it more, myself included. So whether I’m talking about Obamacare to an audience that loves it or hates it, I’m still practicing my own emotional correctness.”

(h/t J$P)

When a FoxNews.com Story Turns into an MSNBC Segment

Sally Kohn‘s exclusive contributor contract with Fox News ran out at the end of 2012. She still appears on the network — all very amicable an FNC spokesperson tells us — and she writes for FoxNews.com. But she’s freed up to appear on other networks. So last night the progressive political pundit went on Chris Hayes‘ show on MSNBC. The segment was predicated on Kohn’s story for FoxNews.com, where she successfully, if frustratingly, signed up for Obamacare. Hayes began the segment with a series of clips of news reporters from Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and local news — none of whom need Obamacare — trying to sign up:

Sally Kohn: ‘FNC’s Geraldine Ferraro’

The New York Times profiles liberal Fox News contributor Sally Kohn, who FNC executive Michael Clemente compares to former Vice Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro.

“Sally is like Gerry: she says whatever’s on her mind,” Mr. Clemente said in a telephone interview. “She has some fresh thoughts,” he said, adding, “She’s not part of the pack.”

Kohn, a lawyer by training, was introduced to television by another Geraldine, Geraldine Laybourne, a TV executive involved in the creation of Nickelodeon and Oxygen. She hopes to eventually get her own cable show.

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