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Jordan Chariton is Editor of TVNewser and Lost Remote. He joined Mediabistro in 2013 after four years working in cable news, at Fox News, Fox Business and MSNBC, and over a year as the digital producer at NYC's 92nd Street Y. When he's not reading or writing, Jordan is most likely taking in a movie, museum, restaurant, or binge Netflix watching. Follow him on Twitter @JordanChariton or email him at jordan@mediabistro.com.

Sean Hannity Comes Out Against ‘Repugnant’ Cliven Bundy Comments

sean-hannitySean Hannity has been defending Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy during his standoff with the federal government, but came out strongly this afternoon against Bundy’s controversial comments about African Americans.

“His comments are beyond repugnant to me,” Hannity said on his radio show. “They are beyond despicable to me, they are beyond ignorant to me,” he added.

Bundy had told the New York Times he wonders whether African Americans would be better off as slaves. Hannity went on to say that even though Bundy’s comments were despicable, his supporters against “government overreach” shouldn’t be branded because of Bundy’s “obnoxious”comments.

Hannity became the second Fox News anchor today to denounce Bundy’s comments. Greta Van Susterencondemned” Bundy’s comments this morning.

(h/t Mediaite)

Dylan Ratigan Shooting Pilot for CNN

dylan ratiganFormer CNBC and MSNBC anchor Dylan Ratigan was at CNN yesterday shooting a panel-style show pilot, TVNewser has learned.

Last month, THR reported that Ratigan was among several hosts working on projects for CNN. Network insiders tell us Ratigan’s latest test episode, which is one of many the network is experimenting with, was shot last night at CNN in New York.

Ratigan left MSNBC in 2012, citing his excitement to tell the stories of individuals who “seize new tools and take cultural risks to resolve our challenges.”

If picked up, where a Ratigan show would land on CNN’s lineup is unknown. The network recently announced a primetime lineup that features rotating original series at 9pmET and rotating hosts at for “CNN Tonight” at 10pmET.

Vice News’ Simon Ostrovsky Released From Captivity in Eastern Ukraine

Vice News reporter Simon Ostrovsky has been released from captivity by pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine, Ostrovsky and VICE News announced today.

“VICE News is delighted to confirm that our colleague and friend Simon Ostrovsky has been safely released and is in good health,” the network said in a statement. “We would like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time. Out of respect for Simon and his family’s privacy, we have no further statement at this time.”

Ostrovsky was taken captive earlier this week; he’s been covering the Ukranian crisis since the beginning of March, producing dozens of reports for VICE while also reporting as a guest on shows like MSNBC’s “Up with Chris Hayes.”

Greta Van Susteren ‘Condemns’ Cliven Bundy’s Comments About African Americans

Greta304x200Greta Van Susteren took to GretaWire this morning to “condemn” Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy for comments he made about African Americans in a New York Times interview.

“Let me make this one really plain: I condemn what Cliven Bundy says about African Americans,” read Van Susteren’s headline on her blog.

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” Bundy said to the Times, recounting his drive past a Las Vegas public-housing project.

“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”

Of the big three cable networks, Fox News has been out front covering Bundy’s conflict with federal rangers, which stems from the government trying to collect over $1 million Bundy owes in back grazing fees. Sean Hannity has covered the conflict extensively, and defended his coverage on Monday night, incredulously asking whether the federal government would be sending 200 armed agents to everybody’s house.

Keith Olbermann Won’t Be Getting In a Car With Anyone From MSNBC

ESPN anchor Keith Olbermann‘s departure from MSNBC in 2011 was certainly not warm and fuzzy, and today he compared watching his former network with a very dangerous act.

Earlier this year, Olbermann declined to comment on an MSNBC segment, claiming he hadn’t watched the channel since 2009–when he was still hosting “Countdown.”

The sports anchor returned for a second stint at ESPN last summer, hosting “Olbermann Live” on ESPN2. Before that, he was fired by Current TV, which was eventually sold to Al Jazeera.

The Ticker: CBS News, Webby Awards, Beck

  • CBS News will air the results of a six-month-long investigation on spinal-fusion surgery on tomorrow morning’s “CBS This Morning.” The investigation looked at government databases to see how often doctors have performed the surgeries, and what the results were.

  • The 18th Annual Webby Awards voting closes tomorrow, with this year’s winners set to be announced on April 28. Al Jazeera’s “The Stream,” “60 Minutes Overtime,” and CNN are some TV news outlets nominated for digital awards.

  • On his radio show today, Glenn Beck recounted an email from former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, apologizing for never thanking him for the gift–a first-edition copy of George Washington’s farewell address–Beck sent during the 2012 campaign. Romney’s reason for never sending a thank you note: his son never gave him the book.

Which Airline is Like Fox News?

George WillGeorge Will is enjoying life as a Fox News contributor; so much so, he thinks of it like riding a popular airline.

“Fox News is like getting on a Southwest Airlines plane,” Will told Stephen Colbert last night. “Everyone’s happy, they’re at the top of the heap and they feel like insurgents.”

“Wow, that’s great,” Colbert responded. “That sounds almost dangerous.”

For Colbert’s part, he engaged in some TV cloning last night; you could watch him interview Will on Comedy Central while simultaneously seeing him as a guest on the “Late Show with David Letterman.”

Colbert told the man he’ll replace next year that he turned down a 1986 internship offer…from Letterman’s show.

Both interviews after the jump.

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U.S. State Department Asks Russia to Release Vice News Reporter

SimonThe U.S. State Department has asked Russia to release Vice News reporter Simon Ostrovsky, who’s being held captive by pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine.

“We call on Russia to use its influence with these groups to secure the immediate and safe release of all hostages in eastern Ukraine,” State Dept. spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Wednesday.

Ostrovsky, along with five other journalists, were detained this week. The other five have have been released, leaving Simon as the only journalist being kept. He’s been reporting on the Ukrainian crisis for VICE since early March.

VICE News has also issued a statement: “VICE News is aware of the situation and is in contact with the US State Department and other appropriate government authorities to secure the safety and security of our friend and colleague, Simon Ostrovsky.”

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes covered Ostrovsky’s captivity on last night’s “All In.” ”We’ve been relying on his reporting,” Hayes said about Ostrovsky’s reporting for the show.

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The Scoreboard: Monday, April 21

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 239 | MSNBC: 116 | CNN: 125 | HLN: 80
  • Primetime: FNC: 415 | MSNBC: 197 | CNN: 141 | HLN: 94

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

166

TheFive:

282

Baier:

246

Greta:

230

O’Reilly:

499

Megyn:

410

Hannity:

335

O’Reilly:

294

Megyn:

238

MSNBC
Wagner:

121

EdShow:

159

Sharpton:

197

Matthews:

149

Hayes:

158

Maddow:

276

O’Donnell:

158

Hayes:

121

Maddow:

142

CNN
Tapper:

90

Blitzer:

101

Blitzer:

181

Burnett:

173

Cooper:

179

Tonight:

137

Spc.Rpt:

108

Spc.Rpt:

137

Cooper:

154

HLN
News:

12

Detective:

14

Detective:

65

Jane:

62

Grace:

103

DrDrew:

82

Files:

98

Files:

88

Files:

137

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The Scoreboard: Sunday, April 20

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 126 | MSNBC: 125 | CNN: 138 | HLN: 117
  • Primetime: FNC: 99 | MSNBC: 211 | CNN: 281 | HLN: 151

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Hannity:

100

Kurtz:

130

Wallace:

143

Colby:

117

Huckabee:

97

O’Reilly:

90

Hannity:

111

Huckabee:

73

O’Reilly:

86

MSNBC
Finney:

21

Caught:

74

Caught:

145

Caught:

81

Caught:

173

SexSlaves:

183

SexSlaves:

278

SexSlaves:

225

Lockup:

242

CNN
Nwsroom:

113

Nwsroom:

104

Nwsroom:

108

Nwsroom:

121

Bourdain:

310

Bourdain:

319

Spurlock:

214

SpcRpt:

129

Bourdain:

116

HLN
Files:

102

Files:

100

Files:

93

Files:

164

Files:

157

Files:

106

Files:

191

Files:

178

Files:

186

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