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Stephen Colbert Skewers Hannity’s Adrian Peterson Defense, Whips Out His Belt

Stephen Colbert took on Fox News’ “senior Nerf football chucker” Sean Hannity last night, spoofing Hannity’s coverage of Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson‘s child abuse suspension.

“I think Hannity is right on this one,” Colbert began. “Adrian Peterson went too far, but the man deserves a second chance. After all, Sean’s dad whipped him with a belt, and he never had to go to a psychotherapist. He just has to have them on his show three times a week.” After whipping out his belt to mock what Hannity had done on Wednesday, Colbert concluded, “keep up the good work Sean. I’ll see you at the group on Wednesday.”

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Sean Hannity: ‘Where’s CBS? Where is all this so-called reporting on NBC and CNN?’

For his first trip to Israel, Sean Hannity had a mission: put the emphasis on what the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has on the average Israeli. As he returns home today from a 4-day reporting trip, Hannity tells TVNewser, “I feel like we gave a good picture, with context and texture about what life is like in these border towns.” The Fox News host phoned us from Jerusalem following his interview with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

TVNewser: This was your first time in Israel, what’s your one takeaway from covering this conflict?

Hannity: There’s a couple things that stand out. I stayed two days on the Israeli-Gaza border and speaking with the mayor of Sderot, and going to an indoor playground because the kids can’t go out, where rockets landed five minutes before the cease fire. It gives you perspective of how dire the situation is. One thing that struck me was when I got inside one of the Hamas tunnels. You see the architecture and engineering that go in to the preparation for the tunnel, just so people can commit terror.

HannityNetanyahuTVNewser: What did Prime Minister Netanyahu tell in terms of how he sees this peace holding?

Hannity: I asked him and he says you just never know. Rocket attacks are nothing new here. To be perfectly honest, I got comfortable with the sirens. On the first night, I was in restaurant and the sirens went off, and people, including IDF soldiers, casually walked into a bathroom, and it was no big deal. And at the end of the day I understood it.

TVNewser: Overall do you think the U.S. media has been balanced in its coverage of the current conflict?

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The Morning Ticker: Just Move, Roberts Threat, ‘The’ Palin

  • Sara Just has been named EP of PBS NewsHour and SVP of NewsHour Productions. Currently the Deputy Bureau Chief at ABC News in Washington, Just will oversee the daily operations of the signature PBS news program. She’s been with ABC 25 years, most of that time at “Nightline.”

  • A New York man has been arrested for stalking “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts. Troy Warren turned up at ABC’s Times Square studios at least eight times in June, at one point threatening Roberts. “When I see her, I’m going to punch her in the face,” he’s accused of saying.

The A.M. Ticker: Reporter Missing, New Network, Colbert Stays

  • Graham Phillips, a stringer for Russian-backed network RT, is missing in Ukraine. RT believes Phillips, a British national, is being held by Ukrainian Security Forces. Phillips was last heard from early Wednesday morning as he was on his way to cover fighting near the Donetsk airport.

  • Venezuelan government-backed TeleSUR is launching an English language news and information network with some of the programming originating from Manhattan. The TeleSUR English Facebook page has more information.

  • The “Late Show” will remain in New York City when Stephen Colbert takes over next year. CBS worked out a deal with New York State that will make the network eligible for $11 million in tax credits as well as a $5 million grant to offset the cost of renovating the Ed Sullivan Theatre.

Stephen Colbert: ‘Clearly I Must Work Harder at Informing You Less’

On “The Colbert Report” this week, Stephen Colbert responded to a study that found his viewers were better informed about campaign finance than viewers of the major news networks. “I did a better job informing the public about campaign finance reform than every other news organization. And CNN,” Colbert joked.

Interestingly enough, Colbert played clips poking fun at all the major news networks except for his future home, CBS. The CBS logo was also excluded from an over-the-shoulder graphic displaying all the broadcast and cable networks’ logos.

“I never intended to be an educator. What’s next, getting paid like one?” Colbert said. “…Clearly I must work harder at informing you less.” Watch:

Is Stephen Colbert More Informative Than TV News?

stephen colbert_304x200Informative might not be the first description that comes to mind when mentioning Stephen Colbert, but a new study suggests his activism during the 2012 presidential cycle trumped TV news.

Apparently, Colbert’s satirical super PAC and faux 2012 presidential campaign did more to inform viewers on campaign finance laws than major news outlets.

According to the authors of a University of Pennsylvania study, watching “The Colbert Report” served as “an extended civics lesson” compared to CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, broadcast evening news, talk radio, and newspapers.

“Colbert did better than any other news source at teaching,” Bruce W. Hardy, the lead author of the study, said. “There were two reasons. First was the narrative structure. He walked us through creating a super PAC and every episode was a continuation of that story. And second was the use of humor and satire.”

1,232 adults over 18 were surveyed over the phone for the study, which took place between December 13, 2012 and December 23, 2012.

Bret Baier: ‘After I Saw that, I Said ‘We Are Dropping the Ball on that Coverage’

BaierTVSBret Baier is taking a cue from John Oliver.

The Fox News “Special Report” host was watching Oliver’s inaugural show on HBO last Sunday when it hit him that the world’s biggest election — where up to 800 million people in India will be voting — is getting almost no coverage in the U.S. “After I saw that, I said ‘we are dropping the ball on that coverage,’ Baier told us at the TVNewser Show on Tuesday. His team is now working on a story about the election which wraps up May 12.

Baier says shows like Oliver’s as well as “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report,” “can really penetrate on news stories.”

We interviewed Baier for about 20 minutes following his keynote speech. We discussed everything from the 2014 and 2016 elections, to how he engages with “the most fervent critics of Fox News,” and the current state of the media’s relationship with the White House: “I think there is a sense that the president feels like he doesn’t get enough good treatment in a media that has, for the most part, turned a little bit on this White House, in policy and substance.”

I began by asking Baier what he thought about the president’s approval rating, which an ABC News/Washington Post poll released earlier that morning showed it had dropped to 41%.

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Which Airline is Like Fox News?

George WillGeorge Will is enjoying life as a Fox News contributor; so much so, he thinks of it like riding a popular airline.

“Fox News is like getting on a Southwest Airlines plane,” Will told Stephen Colbert last night. “Everyone’s happy, they’re at the top of the heap and they feel like insurgents.”

“Wow, that’s great,” Colbert responded. “That sounds almost dangerous.”

For Colbert’s part, he engaged in some TV cloning last night; you could watch him interview Will on Comedy Central while simultaneously seeing him as a guest on the “Late Show with David Letterman.”

Colbert told the man he’ll replace next year that he turned down a 1986 internship offer…from Letterman’s show.

Both interviews after the jump.

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Robin Roberts Tells David Letterman: ‘I’m Healthier and Happier Than I’ve Ever Been’

RobinLettermanRobin Roberts will be signing copies of her new book “Everybody’s Got Something” at Barnes & Noble on 46th Street and 5th Avenue in New York City today at 12:30pm. Stop by if you can.

Last night the ABC News anchor traveled a few blocks up Broadway and appeared on CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” telling Dave, “I’m healthier and happier than I’ve even been.” While Roberts has re-signed with “Good Morning America,” the show tweeted Roberts’ farewell to Letterman who will be leaving “Late Show” next year.

Also on last night’s show, Letterman’s replacement Stephen Colbert who brought a Top 10 list he’d submitted 17 years ago when he applied to be a writer on the show.

Watch both clips after the jump…

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The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual ’35 Most Powerful People in New York Media’

Television news executives and personalities are well represented on The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual “35 Most Powerful People in New York Media” list.

From the executive ranks: CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes; NBC News chairman Pat Fili-Krushel and president Deborah Turness; and incoming Disney/ABC Television group president Ben Sherwood and ABC News president James Goldston represent the broadcast networks. On the cable side, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker and Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin Smith make the list.

The main anchors for the broadcast networks — Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer and Scott Pelley — are all on the list, as well as morning anchors from each network. For NBC, it’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist; Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell represent CBS; and for ABC, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Lara Spencer. “Good Morning America” senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski and “CBS Sunday Morning” EP Rand Morrison are also named.

As for cable news talent, all three Fox News primetime hosts — Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity — make the list. From MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough; and from CNN, Anderson Cooper.

Other notable additions: Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Bob Costas, Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa.

TVNewser will be at the party celebrating the honorees tonight.

[Images via Hollywood Reporter]

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