Posts Tagged ‘Tucker Carlson’
FishbowlDC’s Betsy Rothstein was at last night’s Daily Caller party in Georgetown. The site’s founder, former CNN and MSNBC anchor now FNC contributor Tucker Carlson showed up just as Pres. Obama was taking to the podium. How did the Caller crowd react to Obama and to Fox News contributor Sarah Palin when she spoke on FNC?
“There’s a difference between governing,” says media critic Jane Hall, “and getting elected.”
One year ago today, Pres. Barack Obama began to govern — and the nets and cablers started covering his administration.
So how have they done?
“I think many reporters in the White House press corps have been asking tough questions,” says Hall, an associate professor at American University’s School of Communication and a former Fox News contributor. “I think Obama’s getting more scrutiny out of the gate certainly than [George W.] Bush did, because of 9/11.”
Hall cites ABC’s Jake Tapper as a particularly assertive questioner. “[I]n some ways [he] looks to me as if he’s taken on some of the Sam Donaldson-David Gregory role” in the White House press briefing room.
Overall, tvnewsers “have been more rigorous in their coverage [of Obama] than they were during the campaign,” says Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson, co-founder of The Daily Caller. “Some kind of hangover, breakup — pick your metaphor — is inevitable. The love affair was so intense between the press and Obama the candidate…The expectations were always unsustainable.”
WebNewser reports on the launch of “The Daily Caller,” Tucker Carlson‘s brand new website. In an email, the Fox News contributor tells WebNewser, “We’re not launching this to grind any axes, or in reaction to any other site. We just think there isn’t enough coverage of politics and government, so we’re going to add some.” In a Q&A with paidContent this morning, Carlson described the transition to the web: “I think it’s probably a cousin to television. There are similarities between the ways news moves online and the way news moves on air.”
A fire alarm at Fox News Channel’s DC bureau sent the staff of On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, out the door. Greta was in the middle of a segment with Tucker Carlson when the alarm went off. FNC HQ in New York cut-in and filled the time for one segment until the all-clear was given in D.C.
Van Susteren posted three short iPhone videos on Greta Wire:
• Almost as good as Shepard Smith‘s Studio B fire alarm play-by-play. After the jump…
Don’t look for a Starbucks mug on Willie Geist‘s new MSNBC show.
For one thing, the barista barons aren’t sponsoring “Way Too Early With Willie Geist,” which debuts Monday as the 5:30 a.m. lead-in to Starbucks-studded “Morning Joe.”
For another, the G-Man doesn’t drink java.
Geist’s caffeinated beverage of choice is Mountain Dew. He “power slams” a full can before hitting the “Morning Joe” set. “The stuff glows in the dark,” he says.
Do the Dew, Willie!
In the “Joe” family, Geist is the bratty son, caught in the crossfire of his arguing parents. “Uncle Mike” Barnicle “is usually hung over,” Geist cracks, “but he takes me outside and plays catch.”
With a newborn son and toddler daughter in a two-bedroom apartment, Geist doesn’t sleep, anyway, so losing more z’s is no big deal. But will viewers follow?
First on TVNewser: MSNBC’s Willie Geist is getting his own daily program on the network. The half-hour show will lead in to Morning Joe, on which Geist will continue to contribute.
Insiders tell us Geist’s show, as yet unnamed, will launch June 29, the same day several other new programs are added and the day the network goes HD.
The new show will be an extension of what Geist has been doing for MSNBC for the last four years – a satirical look at the news of the day and, in many cases, the news stories you may not have heard about.
Geist’s show will push First Look off the schedule once again as the network looks for the best possible lead-in for Morning Joe.
Geist joined MSNBC in April 2005 as a senior producer of The Situation with Tucker Carlson. Carlson’s EP, now primetime VP Bill Wolff, put Geist on the air where he began hosting end-of-show segments with a comedic spin on the day’s news.
Geist also hosts the Web show Zeitgeist on msnbc.com.
Will the third network be the charm for Tucker?
After appearances on “Red Eye,” Tucker Carlson made it official this morning becoming a paid contributor to Fox News Channel. His first appearance, coming on his 40th birthday, was on Fox & Friends just after 7amET.
“Life begins at 40 and your Fox career begins at 40 too,” said co-anchor Dave Briggs.
“I’ve waited a long time to get here and I’m glad to be here,” said Carlson. “We’re delighted to have you,” added Alisyn Camerota.
Carlson, a libertarian, spent five years at CNN where he co-hosted “from the right” the long-running “Crossfire” until its cancellation. He joined MSNBC in 2005 spending three years there anchoring a one-hour show until last March. He stayed on through the election as a political contributor. About MSNBC, Carlson tells TVDecoder’s Brian Stelter, “It’s just a different network than it was when I joined, very different.”
Briggs was first to report the Carlson news on Fox & Friends Friday as the anchors promoted today’s show: “Karl Rove is here, Mike Huckabee is here, and Tucker Carlson who is coming to play for our team here at Fox News, congratulations to Tucker.”