If cable news channels are experts at anything, it is killing time. There are always guests willing to come on and talk about whatever the story of the moment is, and sometimes props too. Remember the chunk of pipe that made the evening news rounds during the Gulf oil disaster?
Yesterday CNN, which has been ahead of the curve in the gimmicks department with its virtual objects, holograms and magic walls, apparently called in the Warner Bros. Movie Studio prop department as it featured a replica of the capsule that the Chilean miners would be returning to the surface in.
Tony Harris and Rafael Romo explained the capsule to viewers yesterday, as the network waited for something new to happen in Chile.
Former-USDA employee Shirley Sherrod is still making headlines this morning across the news nets. Sherrod was pressured to resign Monday after an edited video of remarks she made led to allegations of racism.
After reviewing the tape thoroughly, the NAACP, which had initially denounced Sherrod, released a statement yesterday evening saying, “With regard to the initial media coverage of the resignation of USDA official Shirley Sherrod, we have come to the conclusion we were snookered by Fox News and Tea Party Activist Andrew Breitbart into believing she had harmed white farmers because of racial bias.”
CNN’s Campbell Brown conducted an aggressive interview NAACP’s Hilary Shleton on her program Tuesday night, asking if those who aired the video should really be to blame for the NAACP’s quick judgment:
This morning, “Fox & Friends” co-host Steven Doocy said, “For anybody to say that Fox News pressured her out, that is simply a lie.” Last evening, Fox News’ Bret Baier and the panel on “Special Report” also discussed the circumstances surrounding this “snookered” statement, which was in part directed at their network…
An article in today’s Cleveland Plain Dealer catalogs the many tv newsers who came out of that market, which includes Claman (WEWS), Roker (WKYC), and Harris (WJW), who hosted Channel 8′s “P.M. Magazine.”
“I don’t think it’s just magic that we all ended up at Fox,” Claman said. “I think it’s because Cleveland is a big, grown-up city and a big market that tests your skills and your personality. I know that I learned more in Cleveland about relating to an audience than I did anywhere else.”
Jon Stewart‘s favorite piñata — CNN — got whacked last night until the last piece of candy dropped.
Last night’s 11-minute excoriation on “The Daily Show,” which really began in 2004 when Stewart went on that long-ago show “Crossfire”, ranged from rants on the SNL fact check segment; tearing into John King for wrapping a segment early: “You’re out of time? Your show’s four fucking hours long!” Then calling out Tony Harris, Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer and other anchors for ending their segments with, “we’ll have to leave it there.”
“You have 24 hours in a day! How much more time do you need?” Watch:
> Ahead of his sermon at Yankee Stadium later that day, mega-church leader Joel Osteen appears Saturday morning on CBS’ The Early Show. He’ll discuss “Night of Hope,” the first non-baseball event at the new ballpark.
Michael Jackson gave a (very short) news conference today, and the cablers were there to cover the commotion. MSNBC and CNN took live shots of the bus as it approached the arena in London throughout the morning. “The man loves an entrance,” said MSNBC’s Courtney Hazlett. On CNN, Gawker noted anchor Tony Harris‘ obvious aversion to the story (although he did make time for an impression — video after the jump). All three cablers took a part of the short press conference live. “This is it“:
Click continued to see Harris’ Jackson impression…
One of the stories on the cablers has been potential voting issues in states ranging from Connecticut to Florida. In Philadelphia alone, two reporters encountered some interesting happenings at two polling locations.
FNC’s Rick Leventhal has reported several times from a polling location where a voter said he had been intimated by a Black Panther. Throughout the morning, the police were called to remove Leventhal from the area, then he returned after it was deemed he could legally report more than 10 feet away from the door. “I want to make very clear that we don’t have any information that any voters were denied entrance to this polling facility,” he warned in a recent report. He also interviewed one of the Black Panthers:
CNN’s Brian Todd interviewed a voter from the Philadelphia area, Ron Jones, this morning about the long lines. At the end of the short interview, Jones said he “decided to come back and vote a couple times.” It’s not clear if he was joking, but Todd played it off, saying “I think that’s against the law, but it’s okay,” while throwing it back to Tony Harris in the studio. Of course, he could have just misspoke, and meant that he decided to come back a couple times and vote:
CNN.com Live‘s Melissa Long anchors the Web-only show from a studio adjacent to the CNN.com newsroom.
No trip to Atlanta would be complete without a stop at CNN. So this TVNewser, taking a couple days away from the blog, dropped in at the CNN Center for the grand tour. We were taken through the newsroom/studios for CNN en Espanol and the newsroom and control room of CNN International, where World Sport was airing.
In the CNN domestic newsroom/studio Tony Harris was in the middle of anchoring his two hour show. We spotted Richard Quest, in Atlanta anchoring segments related to the financial crisis; anchor Kyra Phillips was talking with her producers about an upcoming segment on her show; Rick Sanchez was taking a break from Twittering and grabbing some lunch before his 3pmET hour; and we met CNN’s director of programming, Scott Matthews, now 10 months into his new job.
We stopped in to the live control room and finally, down several floors to the CNN.com newsroom, which is much larger than we expected it to be. And insiders tell us they are always looking for new ways to expand so it could soon grow even larger.