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5 Questions for… Michael Smerconish

Smerconish304CNN’s Michael Smerconish prides himself on not following party lines. He’s liberal on certain issues, conservative on others and often polarizing nonetheless. A diverse career has included substituting for both Bill O’Reilly and Chris Matthews on MSNBC. Yes, he’s filled in for both O’Reilly and Matthews.

While many people know him from radio, Smerconish has written numerous books and currently hosts “Smerconish” Saturdays on CNN.

TVNewser: The most recent Pew Research poll focused on political polarization and media habits. Where does CNN fit in today’s world of media polarization?

Smerconish: The Pew data is a total confirmation of what I’ve been saying for years – the 80% of us who are not guided by a doctrinaire ideology have ceded the debate to the 20% who are consistently conservative or consistently liberal, and it has taken the country in a hyper-partisan direction We need to take it back. Real political power in this country rests in the middle, not in the extremes, but right now, “rests” is the operative word. CNN is perfectly situated to be the go-to source for this segment of society, and indeed, in Pew’s category of those with “mixed” political views, CNN is their main source for news which is why the network is a perfect fit for me.

TVNewser: Why do some partisan political shows have a hard time making it in this landscape?

Smerconish: Hard time? I’d argue the partisan political shows that push a singular point of view have too easy of a time making it in this landscape. The rote, paint by numbers form of broadcasting gets rewarded by cultivating support from very loyal, not necessarily very numerous, supporters. Passion takes precedence. That’s the same problem we have with the electorate.

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The Ticker: Piers & Guns, Tantaros & Radio, Bush & Christmas

  • Piers Morgan Tonight” will have a LIVE “Guns in America” special tonight addressing the tragedy in Newtown, CT. Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker, former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, Tucson survivor Daniel Hernandez, and others affected by recent gun violence will participate.

  • FNC’s “The Five” co-host Andrea Tantaros will host a new radio show called, “The Andrea Tantaros Show” on Talk Radio Network Entertainment. Jason Mattera of Human Events will join her.

  • Tomorrow night NBC’s Meredith Vieira hosts a special look at Christmases past and present in, “A White House Christmas: First Families Remember.” “Today” contributor and former White House resident Jenna Bush Hager talks about her favorite White House holiday memories.

Arrest in Times Square Bomb Attempt

Here’s how the cable news networks reported the overnight arrest of a suspect in the Times Square bomb plot.

MSNBCArrest_5.4.jpgMSNBC reported the arrest at 12:06amET with NBC’s Pete Williams breaking the news, along with WNBC anchor Lynn Berry who has been filling in on MNSBC. Williams was first to ID the suspect as Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad. WNBC investigative reporter Jonathan Dienst as well as reporter Ida Siegel in Connecticut joined in MSNBC’s coverage before and after the 1:30amET news conference from Attorney General Eric Holder.

CNNArrest_5.4.jpgCNN interrupted a Larry King Live re-air at 12:21amET with the news, interestingly during an earlier interview about the plot with former DHS secretary Tom Ridge. CNN began a simulcast of CNN International with anchor Asieh Namdar and including CNN domestic correspondents Susan Candiotti and Deborah Feyerick at JFK, where Faisal was arrested around 11:45pmET, trying to get on a flight to Dubai.

FNCArrest_5.4.jpgFox News reported the story at 12:25amET with Ainsley Earhardt, eventually being joined by anchor Gregg Jarrett just before 3amET. Correspondent Catherine Herridge and anchors Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren contributed from Washington, D.C. by phone.

The Ticker: Kangas, Matthews, Schieffer…

> Paul Kangas, co-anchor of Nightly Business Report on PBS, will be leaving the program at the end of the year after 30 years with the show.

> Tom Ridge sits down with one-time potential challenger Chris Matthews today on Hardball — his first interview since announcing he would not seek the Republican nomination for Senate.

> Bob Schieffer‘s Twitter feed revealed who would be his guest on Face the Nation this Sunday — former VP Dick Cheney.

Andrea Mitchell and the “Balloon Wielding Thugs”

mitchell_9-5.jpgFollowing the conclusion of Sen. John McCain‘s speech on MSNBC, anchor Keith Olbermann threw it to various reporters around the Convention. But when he went to Andrea Mitchell for what was supposed to be an interview with Tom Ridge, a successful balloon drop got in the way.

Mitchell tries to begin her report, but admits she’s getting, “bombarded by the balloons,” and throws it back to Olbermann.

Olbermann calls it, “the reporting equivalent of Chuck E. Cheese,” and instead goes to Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw, who continue the jokes. Williams warns of the, “balloon wielding thugs,” on the floor. “Free Andrea Mitchell!” he says.

Click continued to see the balloon-laden report…

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