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Archives: June 2012

CNN Memos on Supreme Court Gaffe: ‘Today we failed to adhere to our own standard’

Executives at CNN and CNN.com sent memos to staff yesterday, promising investigations into exactly what happened when the network incorrectly reported that the Supreme Court had struck down the individual mandate in President Obama’s healthcare bill.

The Washington Post has the memo from CNN DC bureau chief Sam Feist, who told staff:

Today we failed to adhere to our own standard, namely it’s better to be right than to be first. We take mistakes seriously, especially mistakes on such important stories. We are looking into exactly what happened and we will learn from it.

Feist went on to note that the network corrected itself on every platform, and that its coverage after 10:20 was of an extremely high quality.

Poynter has the memo from CNN Digital managing editor and VP Meredith Artley, who said:
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‘The Daily Show’ Tackles CNN and FNC’s Supreme Court Fail

When CNN and Fox News screwed up and reported that the Supreme Court had declared a key provision of President Obama’s healthcare law unconstitutional, it became apparent it would be ripe material for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.”

Jon Stewart didn’t disappoint last night, with most of his ire directed at CNN:

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“The Colbert Report” also dedicated a segment to the gaffes:

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Sunday Show Ratings: June 24

NBC’s “Meet the Press” regained the top spot among Sunday public affairs shows last week. The program led its competition in both total viewers and the key demo of adults 25-54. CBS’ “Face the Nation” was second in total viewers and third in the demo, while ABC’s “This Week” was second in the demo, and third in total viewers.

“Fox News Sunday” was in fourth place in total viewers, but fifth place in the demo, while Univision’s “Al Punto” was fourth in the demo, and fifth in total viewers.

Compared to the same week last year, CBS and Fox were down in both total and demo viewers, NBC was up in total viewers and down in the demo, while Univision and ABC were up across the board.

Cable news replays of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 2.63M total viewers and 602,000 A25-54 viewers..

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour airs in just 65% of the country.

The numbers for June 24:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC
“Meet the Press” 2.75M 796K
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.38M 652K
ABC “This Week” 2.23M 741K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.10M 457K
Univision “Al Punto” 968K 474K

Morning Show Ratings: Week of June 18 and Q2 2012

The “Today” show has now maintained the top spot in the mornings for the last four weeks and wins the second quarter of 2012. The lead on #2 “Good Morning America” for the week was +133,000 Total Viewers.

All three shows are down compared to the same week last year, which was Ann Curry‘s second week as co-host.

For the just completed second quarter, “Today” held a +72,000 viewer lead and a larger +241,000 A25-54 viewer lead. “Today” continues its streak as the #1 show in younger viewers now at 895 straight weeks. But this is closest “GMA” has been in 17 years. “GMA” also experienced its most-watched second quarter since 2005.

The averages for the week of June 18:

  • Total Viewers: NBC: 4.59M / ABC: 4.46M / CBS: 2.14M
  • A25-54 viewers: NBC: 1.84M / ABC: 1.63M / CBS: 759K

The averages for Q2 2012:

  • Total Viewers: NBC: 5.03M / ABC: 4.95M / CBS: 2.43M
  • A25-54 viewers: NBC: 2.16M / ABC: 1.92M / CBS: 950K

Shepard Smith: My First Big Break

In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break,” Fox News anchor Shepard Smith recalls how he got noticed working as a local reporter in Orlando. The story involves puppies, explosions, and Mel Gibson.

For more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, June 27

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 293 | MSNBC: 127 | CNN: 101 | HLN: 63
  • Primetime: FNC: 423 | MSNBC: 252 | CNN: 126 | HLN: 55

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC TheFive: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly: Hannity:
411 428 356 432 427 410 370 289
MSNBC Matthews: Sharpton: Matthews: EdShow: Maddow: O’Donnell: EdShow: Maddow:
154 90 75 199 306 249 182 212
CNN Blitzer: KingUSA: Burnett: Cooper: Morgan: Cooper: Burnett: Morgan:
90 106 136 111 120 147 77 76
HLN Express: Express: VelezMitchell: Grace: DrDrew: Grace: Showbiz: DrDrew:
62 44 73 72 52 41 55 54

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Rupert Murdoch Talks News Corp. Split On Fox News, Fox Business, CNBC and Bloomberg TV

News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch made it official today: the company he oversees will be split in two, with the newspapers and publishing business in one company, and the TV, film and entertainment outfits in another company.

He gave the first interview to Fox News and Fox Business anchor Neil Cavuto, around 11 AM. The interview was simulcast on both networks. Murdoch talked about the Supreme Court healthcare decision, as well as the move:


Underscoring the significance of the move, Murdoch did something else he rarely does: he went on networks owned by his competition. CNBC and Bloomberg each secured an interview with him after his Fox appearance (watch them after the jump). Why? Fox Business is still far behind CNBC during the daytime hours ratings-wise, and Murdoch likely wanted to get his message across to as many investors and traders as possible. Bloomberg TV isn’t rated by Nielsen, but it does have a following among the C-level set. Murdoch even made some news on CNBC, saying the Wall Street Journal could be renamed “WSJ.”

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Dave Price Joining Fox Station in New York

Former “Early Show” weather and features reporter Dave Price has been named co-anchor of “Good Day New York,” the morning show on Fox-owned WNYW.

Price exited CBS News in December 2010 after eight years with “The Early Show.” TVSpy reports he will be paired Rosanna Scotto on the morning newscast.

Price, who worked at WNYW as a weather anchor before joining CBS, said in a statement that he is “raring to go.” His first day is Monday.

Katie Couric on Ann Curry’s ‘Today’ Exit: ‘It Really Broke My Heart This Morning’

During a Spreecast interview this morning about the launch of her talk show, Katie Couric took questions from viewers, including one about Ann Curry‘s departure from “Today.” Couric, who co-hosted the program from 1991-2006, offered some candid thoughts on Curry’s exit:

A lot of people have asked me this on this chat, and it really broke my heart this morning to see Ann, because I know she’s suffering and is feeling a lot of pain with this transition. And I know that it’s really hard for everyone on the show. I still have a lot of great friends that I made over those 15 years on the “Today” show, and this kind of tumult is really hard for everyone. But I do think Ann is a great reporter and loves covering those important international stories, as she said this morning, what’s going on in Syria and the face of the new poor in this country. And I think she cares deeply about those issues, and I think that she’ll do a great job in that venue. I think she did a good job on the “Today” show, but for whatever reason, and I’m not on the inside anymore, they didn’t feel that the show was on all four cylinders or everybody was clicking properly.

Couric went on to say that she thinks “some of the morning shows need to be a little more hard-hitting.” Watch the full interview here (her comments start around the 39-minute mark).

President Obama Thought He Lost Health Care Ruling Because He Was Watching Cable News

Even the President was fooled.

ABC’s Jake Tapper reports that President Obama learned about the Supreme Court’s healthcare ruling by watching cable news… and initially thought that the law had been overturned because of the erroneous reports on CNN and Fox News.

Standing with White House chief of staff Jack Lew and looking at a television in the “Outer Oval” featuring a split screen of four different networks, the president saw graphics on the screens of the first two cable news networks to break the news — CNN and Fox News Channel — announcing, wrongly, that he had lost.

Senior administration officials say the president was calm.

A couple minutes later, White House counsel Kathy Ruemmler came to Outer Oval and gave him two thumbs-up. Ruemmler had gotten the correct information from a White House lawyer at the Supreme Court and from SCOTUSblog.com.

Update: more from the NY Times.

Mr. Obama, one official said, was absorbing the news with a quizzical expression on his face. Jack Lew, the White House chief of staff, stood next to him. When Ms. Ruemmler told him that court had upheld the ruling in a 5-to4 vote, he broke out in a broad smile and gave her a hug. The networks continued to report a negative ruling, though with the sound turned off, Mr. Obama paid no attention.

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