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Fusion Deems Bieber Arrest ‘Insignificant Breaking News’

fusion bieberIf you’ve been watching cable news today, you know that Justin Bieber was arrested for DUI last night in Miami Beach. The cable news networks have correspondents reporting live from Miami — Phil Keating for Fox News, Tory Dunnan for CNN and Mark Potter for MSNBC — and all took Bieber’s court appearance live.

One cable news network, however, has a different take on the latest Bieber drama: on its morning show today, Fusion called the story “insignificant breaking news.” (It’s worth noting that despite the catchy tagline, Fusion has reported on the arrest at least three times today.)

The network poked fun at its competitors with a shot of the Miami Police Department described as “sorta live pictures of nothing happening.” Fusion is coincidentally located in Doral, which is where Bieber was taken to jail.

Fusion’s approach has a fan in Dan Rather, who praised the network for its “refreshing candor.” Watch Fusion’s report on the arrest after the jump. Read more

Fusion’s ‘No You Shut Up’ Named to ’100 Best Things in Comedy’ List

Fusion’s “No You Shut Up,” the network’s satrical puppet panel show, was recently named to The Comedy Bureau’s list of “100 Best Things in Comedy” and Nerdist’s list of “The Most Intentionally Funny Videos of 2013.”

In the year-end show, “No You Shut Up” revisited a segment from earlier in 2013 spoofing CNN’s “Crossfire.” The segment features the hosts of “Crabfire!,” a married crab couple of opposite political persuasions who don’t agree on anything. Watch:

Barbara Walters: ‘If You Have Curiosity, Nothing Gets Stale’

Barbara Walters recently spoke to Fusion about the keys to succeeding in TV news.

“If you have curiosity nothing gets stale for you – there’s always a new story, there’s always a new person, there’s always a new scandal,” Walters said. “It’s always new and fresh – and when it no longer is that’s when you should think about doing something else,” Walters says.

Walters emphasizes the old adage of getting your foot in the door and not putting yourself above being a coffee runner on your way to the top.

Chris Matthews to Interview President Obama

Matthews-Chris-CREDITMSNBC1MSNBC’s Chris Matthews will sit down with President Obama in an interview that will focus on healthcare, confidence in government, political dysfunction and voter suppression.

The interview, a town hall-style format at American University in Washington D.C. happening Thursday as part of the “Hardball College Tour,” will air on Thursday night’s “Hardball” at 7pmET. Matthews will be joined by university students, who will get to ask the President their own questions.

Former President Bill Clinton is also making the TV rounds this week—speaking with two Spanish-language hosts ahead of the Clinton Global Initiative’s Latin America meeting in Brazil.

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Fusion CEO Lauds Network’s First Month, Tells Staff to Reach ‘Beyond the Conventional’

Fusion304x200Fusion launched one month ago today, and TVNewser has obtained an internal email network CEO Isaac Lee wrote to the staff praising while urging continuing innovation.

“Our content continues to drive a national conversation,” Lee wrote. “Fusion is already playing a prominent role in shaping our nation’s dialogue.”

Fusion, which is not in enough homes to be publicly rated by Nielsen, is depending on Web traffic. Lee’s email highlights Fusion.net’s traffic—half of which comes from mobile devices—as well as Fusion TV’s headline-grabbing interviews.

Some of those interviews Lee refers to were “Glee” star Alex Newell taking on Bill O’Reilly for calling him “dopey” and an on-air feud between hosts Alicia Menendez and Leon Krauze over who gets to interview actress Jennifer Lawrence first — neither has so far.

He also warned employees to not pat themselves on the back too much:

“We must remember we are one month into a very long journey and we cannot stop here.  The challenges we faced in the days and weeks leading up to launch have not gone away, but the last month has shown me that we are more than ready to tackle them.”

Lee’s email after the jump.

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‘Glee’ Star to Bill O’Reilly: ‘You Can’t Call Kids Dopey’

Glee Star“Glee” star Alex Newell appeared on Fusion’s “Alicia Menendez Tonight” last night, and responded to Bill O’Reilly calling his transgender character “dopey.”

“It’s wrong to call people dopey,” he says. “When it’s something this poignant and such a big part of the society, you can’t call kids dopey because this is something that they’re actually going through, this is what they feel on the inside, there’s nothing dopey about it.”

Newell was responding to comments O’Reilly made about his transgender character, the first transgender teen character in the history of American TV: “If you make it glamorous in a program like Glee, which is undeniably a good program, a lot of these dopey kids are confused about who they are,” O’Reilly said on his show last year.

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Fusion Anchors Feud Over Dream Guest Jennifer Lawrence

Fusion is just three weeks old, and already two of its anchors are getting into it. Leon Krauze has made it very clear that Jennifer Lawrence is his “interview holy grail,” spending a few minutes on his show each week pleading for her to come on “Open Source.” This week Alicia Menendez jumped into the fray, telling Krauze to back off Lawrence. “Let’s be honest: if Jennifer Lawrence is going to be on any show on Fusion, it’s ‘AM Tonight,” Menendez said. Watch:

Josh Elliott’s Marathon Friday: ‘What Could Go Wrong?’

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Here’s one television anchor who is earning his weekend: ABC News’ Josh Elliott, who is hosting three shows and appearing on a fourth today. Elliott was at his usual perch on “GMA” this morning, then guest-hosted “The View.” And his day is not nearly over — he will appear tonight on “World News,” followed by filling in for Jorge Ramos on Fusion’s “America” this evening.

“I’m wheels-up at 1:15am–a time where, Sarina [Elliott's daughter] willing, my weekend hibernation would begin. Instead, it’s just the beginning of a day’s journalism (and Hot Topics), without end,” Elliott tells TVNewser. “What could go wrong…?”

Matt Drudge: Jorge Ramos is ‘The Last Journalist Standing’

After Jorge Ramos‘ tense interview with Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel last night, Matt Drudge called Ramos “the last journalist standing.” On his Fusion show, Ramos pressed Emanuel on several topics, including President Obama’s campaign pledges that he would close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and make immigration reform a priority during his first year in office.

Watch video of Ramos’ interview with Emanuel after the jump. Read more

Diane Sawyer: Interviewing Children ‘Can be Scary Because They See Straight Through You’

Diane Sawyer on Fusion“World News” anchor Diane Sawyer dropped in on the new ABC/Univision network Fusion earlier this week, appearing on “America with Jorge Ramos.” The two anchors — who go head to head on the evening news on their respective networks, albeit in different languages — talked about gun control, the changing media landscape, and how Sawyer prepares for interviews with children.

As the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre approaches, Sawyer talked about children’s access to guns, highlighting the age children are most likely to shoot themselves with a gun at home: “three years old,” she said. The veteran anchor also stressed the importance of finding areas of agreement on the hotbed gun issue.

Ramos asked Sawyer how she approaches interviews with young children differently, with Sawyer acknowledging that “children can be very scary because they see straight through you,” as “they’re dealing in a purer kind of dialogue.”

The two also touched on new media, where Sawyer points to digital media as a catalyst forcing new ways of thinking among traditional journalists.

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