Archives: May 2010
Time to cue up some more speculation pieces. MSNBC has Eliot Spitzer filling in for Dylan Ratigan today and all next week, according to a tweet from Ratigan. Spitzer has filled in for Ratigan on a few occasions before, but typically for no more than a day or two. His name has also been brought up in discussions about who could take over CNN’s 8 p.m. program.
NBC News “Today” show contributor Tiki Barber is a father again, to twins born to his estranged wife, Ginny, on Monday.
Barber made news last month when it was revealed he’d left his pregnant wife for a former NBC intern.
Of course, both could be true: that Barber was not there when the twins were born, but saw the newborns shortly after.
Either way, it took several days for the news to break — a lifetime in the New York gossip world. Ginny Barber‘s spokesperson Jesse Derris told the Daily News late yesterday, “For privacy reasons, we decided to not make the announcement until now.”
Update: Beck calls the comments “a stupid mistake.”
Original post: Fox News’ Glenn Beck is facing some heavy (and justified) criticism following comments he made about Malia Obama. HuffPost’s Jason Linkins has a thorough rundown of what transpired, but here is the short version:
Just a few days after Beck spoke out against mocking the children of public figures in an interview with Fox News contributor Sarah Palin, he proceeded to mock President Obama’s daughter Malia on his radio show.
Liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America has the audio, which we are embedding after the jump. In the clip, Beck does an impression of Malia, while co-host Pat Gray imitates President Obama.
So, to revise the central tenets of Beck’s “leave the families alone” credo, people should only criticize the children of public figures of people whom Glenn Beck doesn’t like, including the ones who are stillborn.
While the rest of the segment mocked Obama (Who certainly deserved it. Using your kids as a political ploy is trashy when Palin uses it and it’s definitely trashy when the president does) with lines like “Daddy, I know you didn’t plug the hole yet but did John Podesta? ‘Cause he’s the guy with the real power, daddy. Mommy told me,” the education line is making fun of the Obama daughters specifically.
The clip, and Beck’s response late today, after the jump…
FishbowlDC has more on how Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) was moved to action by the examination of American-born terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki.
Wolf’s letter to the FBI citing the Fox News investigative report can be found after the jump.
“Both Mom and baby are resting comfortably,” the Rosens say in a statement. “We are grateful to God for our profound blessings.”
More: Zaitchick sat down with mediabistro.com for a “Hey, How’d You Do That?” feature interview to discuss it earlier this year.
When will television news anchors ever learn? Just because it is on the TelePrompTer does not mean you should say it. Read the words first.
HuffPost’s Danny Shea has the video of Fox News’ Clayton Morris calling himself Steve Doocy… twice. Morris was taping the Fox Flash web feature for “Fox & Friends” when he made the rather serious error of calling himself the wrong name.
The worst part? After the embarrassment of actually saying what he said, Shea reports that Fox News execs “didn’t find it amusing.”
And why would they, there is absolutely nothing funny about this story. For TVNewser, this is Steve Doocy…
Update: Apparently Morris was not reading from a TelePrompTer but was making a “hilarious” joke. What a laugh riot.
No, you weren’t seeing things. The photo above left is from last night’s “Anderson Cooper 360″ and the photo above right is from this morning’s “Live with Regis and Kelly.”
Anderson Cooper, who has been down in the Gulf Coast covering the oil spill this week was guest co-hosting the program Friday with Kelly Ripa. Before you start criticizing Cooper for leaving the Gulf to host an entertainment show, know that Friday’s “Live” was pre-taped before Cooper left New York.
Not to mention that Cooper’s show ended at midnight on the east coast. It is hard to be “morning show host chipper” if you have to travel from Louisiana to New York overnight.
NBC’s “Tonight” show was the most watched late-night program last week. All three programs increased their viewership average over the five days compared to the week prior.
ABC’s “Nightline” has drawn the second-most viewers of the three programs for nine-weeks. Year-to-year, “Nightline” has cut into the total viewer and A25-54 gaps with NBC by -73%.
Note: ABC ratings are based on 30-minute broadcast, while CBS and NBC are based on one hour.
The numbers for the week of May 17: