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David Muir On ‘Made in America’: ‘We’ve Hit A Nerve With Americans Who Are Desperate For Solutions’

As David Muir tells it, ABC’s “Made in America” series was borne out of a desire to reflect an American audience worried about a stagnant economy and “hungry for solutions.”

“We can all do the typical pieces on the economy, and the jobs numbers, probably every night,” Muir tells TVNewser. “We were looking for a way that could tell the story of this economy in a way people could relate to and connect to. And everybody knows what the three words ‘Made in America’ mean.”

The ongoing series, which Muir and Sharyn Alfonsi report for “ABC World News,” was launched this spring to showcase American manufacturing, the economy and the ordinary things that can be done to create jobs in the U.S. Read more

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The Ticker: Burnett, Lehrer, Wallace…

> Meet the Press EP Betsy Fischer and CNBC’s Erin Burnett were two of the award recipients at this week’s Women To Watch Awards. Politico has video of the duo telling very different student government stories.

> PBS’ Jeffrey Brown interviews Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner this afternoon about the results of the bank stress tests. It airs tonight on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

> Legendary CBS newsman Mike Wallace turns 91 tomorrow. Check out the original 60 Minutes episode, featuring Wallace, and more at’s “40 Years at the Top” section.

Fear and Jenga at Fox: The Success of Glenn Beck

jenga_4-9.jpg“On March 23, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner unveiled the Obama Administration’s toxic-bank-assets plan. The stock markets cheered the news, sending the Dow up 497 points. This meant one thing: it was time for Glenn Beck to break out the Jenga set.”

Thus begins next week’s media column from Time Magazine’s James Poniewozik. As he looks at the trio of ratings juggernauts at FNC, Poniewozik writes, “O’Reilly embodies anger and Hannity brashness, Beck embraces fear.”

But the Jenga anecdote is even more interesting if you followed Poniewozik’s Twitter feed on March 23. As he watched the Jenga game, you could see the wheels turning on a column. “Glenn Beck and David Asman playing Jenga on-air to illustrate…something…about the toxic-assets plan. Insane, yet compelling,” he began. In a dozen more tweets, he wrote “I want all my news Jenga-fied,” and “Tomorrow: Glenn Beck and Neil Cavuto discuss the AIG bonuses over Hungry Hungry Hippos.”

Say what you want about Jenga and other “low-tech explainer stunts,” the numbers don’t lie. As Poniewozik sums up: “A year ago, with Fox News in an election-year ratings slump, some TV observers (like me) wondered if its conservative commentators could thrive in an Obama era. The answer is yes, and how. Fox roared back and has more viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined.”

The Ticker (Progamming Edition): CNBC, ABC, FNC…

> CNBC’s Steve Liesman interviews Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner today on “Power Lunch” at NoonET.

> Tonight on Nightline, ABC’s Terry Moran reveals his predisposition to Alzheimer’s, a disease which runs in his family.

> Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg, who conducted the initial poll with James Carville that led to the Rush Limbaugh focus by the Democrats, goes head-to-head with Sean Hannity tonight.