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Why Did Roger Ailes’ Brother Talk with Gabe Sherman?

Ailes bookThe Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple called up Robert Ailes Jr. the brother of Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, the subject of an unauthorized biography from Gabriel Sherman.

According to Sherman, he interviewed Robert Ailes seven times between December 2011 and March 2013. Wemple asked the 76-year-old older brother of Roger why he cooperated with Sherman. “Well, I was caught off guard, to tell you the truth. I didn’t know Gabriel Sherman from George Washington.” Ailes tells Wemple he hasn’t read the book, and doesn’t know how he’s quoted in it.

Another bit from the book making the blog rounds, is about a now-shuttered site about the cable news industry called The Cable Game. In his book, Sherman writes:

[Ailes] set up an anonymous blog called The Cable Game that took shots at his rivals. Ailes assigned Fox News contributor Jim Pinkerton to write the entries. “The Cable Game was Roger’s creation,” one person close to Ailes said

ICN which closely follows the cable news industry, writes, “I do consider it telling that the blog just up and died without even a farewell message. We’ll never know for sure if The Cable Game was indeed an FNC Trojan Horse Blog. But it would not surprise me if it was.”

Sherman was a guest on “The Colbert Report” last night where Stephen Colbert began by saying, “I have sources at Fox News… this person says, you’re not a good guy. Defend yourself. Are you a good guy?” WATCH:

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Al Jazeera America Anchor Tells Colbert: ‘Wasn’t Radicalized’, Not Part of Al Qaeda

ColbertSeigenthalerPrimetime Al Jazeera America anchor John Seigenthaler appeared on “The Colbert Report” last night, and assured Stephen Colbert he hasn’t been “radicalized” and AJAM has no connection with Al Qaeda.

“Who got to you, and how?” Colbert asked. “Who turned you, when were you radicalized?”

Playing along, the former MSNBC and NBC Nightly News anchor detailed his path to AJAM.

“I wasn’t radicalized, but this summer they approached me and asked me to anchor their primetime newscast.”

“Do they have your family members some place?” Colbert asked. “If this is Stockholm Syndrome, just blink and breathe.”

After assuring Colbert his family is safe, Seigenthaler attempted to bust myths about AJAM’s affiliation with Al Qaeda. Watch after the jump.

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Colbert Mocks ‘Today’ Prostate Exams: ‘I Will Not Be Out-Sweep-Swept by the Today Show’

Stephen Colbert took on the “Today” show this week, mocking Matt Lauer and Al Roker‘s on-air prostate exams as a sweeps stunt. Declaring he would not “be out-sweep-swept by the ‘Today’ show,” Colbert brought out John Lithgow, the Black Keys and former “Today” host Katie Couric — who underwent an on-air colonoscopy after her first husband died of colon cancer — to help him with his very own “November Sweeps Prostacular.” Watch:

Colbert to ‘NewsHour’ Anchors: ‘Do We Need an Hour of News Every Night?’

The first all-female co-anchor team in broadcast news, “PBS NewsHour” anchors  Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, were guests on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” this week. “The PBS ‘NewsHour’ is an hour. Do we need an hour of news every night? I mean, the guys over on the networks — and the girls, and Diane Sawyer — are doing it in half an hour every night plus commercials, and boom, we’re watching ‘Jeopardy,’” Stephen Colbert joked. Watch:

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Chris Matthews: ‘When Are we Going to Have the Book Killing O’Reilly?’

Bill O’Reilly was on Comedy Central two nights in a row this week: interviewed by Jon Stewart on Tuesday and comedified by Stephen Colbert last night. Both shows discussed O’Reilly’s latest book “Killing Jesus.”

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who also has a new book out, “Tip & the Gipper,” was on “Colbert” last night (video after the jump) and took the opportunity to take a shot at his Fox News rival: “Unlike Bill O’Reilly, who gets it from up there, I kept notes,” said Matthews of his book research, adding, “When are we going to have the book we’ve really been waiting for: Killing O’Reilly?

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Ratings: NFL Helps Power Emmys To Best Ratings Since 2005

65th_emmy_awardsLast nights Emmy Awards telecast on CBS featured a slew of upsets, from Stephen Colbert topping Jon Stewart to Jeff Daniels topping, well, almost everyone.

It was also a ratings bonanza for CBS. The program drew the highest ratings for an Emmys telecast since 2005, and the best adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 demo numbers since 2006. All told, an estimated 17.63 million viewers tuned in live for the three-hour awards show. Approximately 40 million people tuned into at least part of the program.

While it was up against NFL football on NBC (and the penultimate episode of “Breaking Bad” on AMC, which itself drew record ratings), the Emmys also benefited from a terrific NFL lead-in, with the New York Jets/Buffalo Bills game ending at 7:59 PM.

Your TVNewser senior editor talked about the Emmys on Mediabistro’s 2013 Emmy Postgame Show. Watch it, after the jump.
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Fake News Anchor Will McAvoy Takes Home Real Emmy

Jeff Daniels EmmyJeff Daniels, who plays anchorman Will McAvoy on HBO’s “Newsroom” took home the Emmy for best actor in a drama tonight. Daniels wins the top award in his first year of eligibility. The second season of “Newsroom” concluded last Sunday and HBO has already given the green light for a season three. Daniels was up against tough competition from co-nominees “Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, “Mad Men’s” Jon Hamm, Damien Lewis of “Homeland,” Hugh Bonneville of “Downton Abbey” and Kevin Spacey of “House of Cards.”

Later, the “Colbert Report” took home two awards, including outstanding variety series, besting “The Daily Show” which had won the award for the last 10 years. “I personally have to thank my friend and my brother, Jon Stewart,” said Stephen Colbert. “Jon never told me how good this feels, actually.”

Colbert also won for outstanding writing for variety series. Since 2008, Colbert Report and The Daily Show have traded off winning the top writing award. Colbert won in 2008 and 2010, Daily Show won in 2009, 2011, and 2012.

Stephen Colbert Takes Aim at Eric Bolling

Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert went after Fox News’ Eric Bolling this week. Colbert took issue with Bolling’s claim on “The Five” that the suicide of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, who was sentenced to life in prison, saved taxpayers money. By Bolling’s math, it would have cost $780,000 to house Castro in prison over the course of his life.

“That’s a good point,” Colbert joked. “Justice is expensive. Imagine how much we could have saved if we never caught him!” Watch:

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Meet the New President of ABC News. He’s 26

Today — and today only — there will be a new President of ABC News.

Ben Sherwood is swapping jobs with ABC’s Senior Social Media Editor Andrew Springer as part of the MVP program ABC News launched earlier this year. Each week a “most value-able player” is chosen and is provided with the opportunity for a job swap, shadow, or other exchange that enables them to see and learn more about another part of ABC News.

Springer was among the first MVPs and he wanted to be the boss. Springer’s fist tasks: ABCNews.com now looks like Buzzfeed and Stephen Colbert will anchor “World News.” (We kid.)

“He may only be 26 years old, but Andrew is a great mentor,” says Sherwood. “Today is exciting and a little nerve-racking because I know that I will have a much tougher time filling his sneakers than he mine.”

Springer led ABC’s morning editorial call and later this afternoon Sherwood will give a presentation on ABC’s performance on Facebook to the digital team.

Says Springer: “You gotta love working in an organization that is open to having the President switch jobs with the Senior Social Editor for a day.”

How Jake Tapper Met Stephen Colbert

One of the first guests on Jake Tapper‘s new CNN show will be “Colbert Report” host Stephen Colbert. Tapper and Colbert met nearly 10 years ago, when the latter was a correspondent for “The Daily Show.” Tapper recalls the meeting here, and watch a preview of Colbert’s interview below.

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