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Posts Tagged ‘Sarah Palin’

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.”

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Coming Soon: Sarah Palin’s ‘Rogue TV’

sarah palinFox News contributor Sarah Palin is launching a digital video channel on Tapp, the service founded by former CNN president Jon Klein and former NBC entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin, Capital New York’s Alex Weprin scoops:

Palin’s channel will feature video commentaries from the former Republican vice-presidential candidate, discussing current events and political issues. “Think of it as a video version of her Facebook page,” the source said.

That said, Rogue is also expected to feature footage of Palin and her family in Alaska, much as the 2010 TLC reality series, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” did. (TLC’s parent company, Discovery Communications, is an investor in Tapp.)

It will also have advice and guidance from Palin, such as tips for parents and recipes. There are also tentative plans to have subscribers engage in regular video chats with Palin.

Gaspin told Bloomberg TV Tapp would feature “personality based” channels “with people who have super fans.” Palin’s channel, tentatively titled “Rogue TV,” is expected to be one of the first to launch on the service this spring.

Former CNN Chief Jon Klein & Former NBC Exec Jeff Gaspin Launch TAPP

GaspinKlein304Former CNN president Jon Klein and former NBC entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin are launching TAPP, which stands for TV App. TAPP will be made up of dozens of channels for which subscribers would pay $10 per month.

“They are going to be personality based with people who have super fans,” Gaspin tells BloombergTV. Gaspin says TAPP is for “viewers and users who cannot get enough of these particular personalities to the point where they want a more intimate relationship with these personalities than current TV and online offerings afford.”

“We are not talking about specific talent,” Klein added when asked who would have TAPP channels. “I will tell you that Sarah Palin is the kind of personality who has a massive social presence, and a core group of followers and supporters who hang on to her every word. That is exactly the characteristic that these channels are looking for.”

“This is not like Netflix, where you pay a subscription and get a plethora of content,” says Gaspin. “These are not general interest networks. These are very specific for very specific fan interests.”

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Joe McGinniss, Author of ‘The Selling of the President,’ Has Died

JoeMcGinnissAuthor Joe McGinniss has died.

McGinniss wrote the New York Times bestseller, “The Selling of the President,” an inside look at the 1968 presidential campaign of Richard Nixon and the team Nixon assembled to improve his image. On that team, a young Roger Ailes, now chairman of Fox News.

Ailes, who knew McGinniss for almost 50 years, said in a statement today: “Joe McGinniss will be remembered as a talented man. He changed political writing forever in 1968. We differed on many things, but he had a good heart. My prayers are with his family.”

Later, McGinniss wrote the true crime thriller “Fatal Vision.” The 1983 book was developed into a 1984 NBC mini-series. In 2011, he published “The Rogue,” a biography of Sarah Palin. During the writing of the book, McGinnis, in an effort to get a closer look at the 2008 GOP VP nominee, rented a house next door to Palin’s in Wasilla, Alaska.

McGinniss, 71, died Monday following complications related to prostate cancer.

The Morning Ticker: Palin, Happiness, Syria

  • Former CNN president Jon Klein is one of the principals behind a new subscription-based streaming network. The NYPost reports the network is looking for big name talent, and has eyes on Sarah Palin.

  • ABC “World News with Diane Sawyer” begins a series tonight tied to ABC anchor Dan Harrisnew book “10% Happier” about how an on-air panic attack led to a healthier lifestyle for the “Good Morning America” weekend anchor.

  • NBC News is devoting 48 hours to the impact of the humanitarian crisis resulting from the civil war in Syria, now entering its fourth year. The NBC News “live documentary” will feature a continuous stream of reporting on air and online from inside and outside Syria.

MSNBC Fires Author of ‘Unacceptable’ Tweet, Phil Griffin Apologizes to RNC Chair

MSNBCLogo304x200Responding to RNC Chair Reince Priebus‘ demand for an apology over an offensive tweet suggesting conservatives are against interracial marriage, MSNBC has fired the author of the tweet, and network President Phil Griffin has apologized to Preibus.

Here’s the statement from Griffin:

The tweet last night was outrageous and unacceptable. We immediately acknowledged that it was offensive and wrong, apologized, and deleted it. We have dismissed the person responsible for the tweet.
I personally apologize to Mr. Priebus and to everyone offended. At msnbc we believe in passionate, strong debate about the issues and we invite voices from all sides to participate. That will never change.

Griffin’s apology comes after Priebus banned all RNC officials from appearing on MSNBC.

MSNBC’s swift action in response to this online comment comes after a string of controversial on-air comments in the last months of 2013: Melissa Harris-Perry‘s panel mocking Mitt Romney’s African-American grandchild, Martin Bashir‘s resignation after making vile comments about Sarah Palin, and Alec Baldwin and MSNBC parting ways after the actor hurled anti-gay slurs toward a photographer.

>Update: Priebus will appear on “Hannity” tonight to talk about the incident.

Melissa Harris-Perry Apologizes for Poking Fun at Romney Family Photo

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry apologized this morning via Twitter for her show poking fun at a Romney family photo that included his recently adopted African-American grandchild.

She’s also written a more formal apology on MSNBC.com.

The offensive comments came on her show Sunday when Harris-Perry and her panel played a caption contest with a Romney family photo. One panelist pointed out the Romney’s African-American grandchild Kieran standing out among a majority of white grandchildren by singing lines from the Sesame Street song: “One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others.” Read more

Mainstream Media Lands on Hannity Biggest Losers List

On his end-of-year awards audience panel show Thursday, Sean Hannity picked the mainstream media as one of his top five losers.

Rolling an opening montage of the losers, “Hannity” aired the vile comments Martin Bashir made about Sarah Palin that ultimately led to his resignation, as well as fellow recently-departed host Alec Baldwin‘s confrontation with a local reporter.

Hannity also took a jab at MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, showing the “Hardball” host defending President Obama.

Others who made the list include Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, former Congressman Anthony Weiner, President Obama’s cabinet, and the president himself.

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The 10 Biggest TV News Stories of 2013

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How to describe a year in which TV news had more turnovers than Pepperidge Farm? Business as usual.

The dramatic departures and arrivals of A-List talent weren’t the only big story of 2013, of course. Two new networks launched. Fox News made some major changes in its prime-time lineup. Serious health issues affected at least three anchors. And CBS’s venerable ‘Sunday Morning’ continued to kick ass on the Sabbath.

Herewith my choices for TV news’ Top 10, in no particular order:

Open mouth, insert foot.

Hosts Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin both left MSNBC after making what could charitably be called offensive comments.

On his November 15 broadcast, Bashir suggested that someone should defecate in the mouth of ex-vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin because of remarks she had made about slavery. Instead, it was Bashir who was forced to eat doo-doo. He resigned Dec. 4.

Actor-activist Baldwin hit the bricks Nov. 26, two weeks after he was caught on video calling a paparazzi a ‘cocksucking fag.’ His weekly show, ‘Up Late,’ lasted exactly five episodes. Maybe replacing ‘Lockup’ was bad karma.

Lara’s theme.

Ace ’60 Minutes’ correspondent Lara Logan was forced to take a leave of absence after her October 27 piece on the Benghazi attack was discredited. Politico says she’ll return early next month. CBS isn’t talking.

A CBS internal inquiry labeled Logan’s report ‘deficient in several respects.’ Among them: Over a full year’s reporting, she and her team somehow missed the fact that her major source, security contractor Dylan Davies, was a liar. Oops.

In a dubious distinction, Logan’s story led to ‘60’ winning Poynter’s Error of the Year award. If you call that winning.

A pair of newbies.

While other networks endured layoffs, two new cable channels debuted — Al Jazeera America on August 20 and Fusion on October 28.

AJA hired hundreds of journalists and staff – including many from U.S. networks. Among them: CNN chief business correspondent Ali Velshi, its first big-name hire; CNN International’s Joie Chen; MSNBC exile David Shuster and NBC’s John Seigenthaler.

AJA, whose corporate parent is based in Qatar, boasts 12 domestic bureaus and three broadcast centers. It reaches about 48 million homes.

Fusion, a joint production of Disney-ABC and Univision, features news and pop-culture fare targeted at English-speaking millenials. Based outside of Miami, it represents Univision’s first major foray into English-language programming.

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Alex Wagner Moving to 4pm on MSNBC

AW HeadshotFirst on TVNewser: Alex Wagner will be the new 4pmET host on MSNBC starting January 13, TVNewser has learned.

Wagner takes over the hour from Martin Bashir who resigned earlier this month following vile comments he made about Sarah Palin.

Wagner debuted as the host of “Now,” which airs at NoonET, in November, 2011. The show is a panel-format with political journalists and commentators as guests.

Before joining MSNBC, Wagner was a reporter at the Huffington Post covering politics and business. Wagner’s move to 4pmET opens up the noonET spot on MSNBC.  The network recently added Ronan Farrow to its lineup, who is set to debut in January at an as-yet-unannounced time.

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