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Archives: July 2013

With Journalistic Implications, Cable News Covers Bradley Manning Verdict

Shortly after 1 PM, the verdict in the Bradley Manning trial came in from a military court in Ft. Meade, Maryland. Manning was prosecuted by the government for giving Wikileaks thousands of secret documents, including State Department cables. The most serious charge was “aiding the enemy,” which almost certainly would have had implications for all working journalists that cover the U.S. government.

Manning was found “not guilty” of that charge, but guilty on most other charges, including theft and espionage.

The three general cable news channels previewed the impending verdict at the top of the hour, with Fox News reporting the verdict at 1:05, followed by MSNBC at 1:08 and CNN at 1:09. No cameras were allowed in the courtroom, and journalists were unable to report the verdict until they were released from the room.

Al Jazeera America Adds Regional Correspondents for 12 Bureaus

Al Jazeera America continues to staff up adding correspondents to report from 12 U.S. news bureaus.

Al Jazeera America will have correspondents in Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

“It is critical for Al Jazeera America to have bureaus strategically placed throughout the U.S. so that we can cover the news from wherever it happens,” said Marcy McGinnis, Al Jazeera America’s senior vice-president of newsgathering. McGinnis says the correspondents will be tasked with reporting on “a wide range of local, state and regional stories within the context of what it means for the rest of the country.”

TVSpy reported yesterday that Allen Schauffler (above, second from left), the weekend anchor at NBC affiliate KING in Seattle for the last 20 years, will head up the Northwest bureau. The network is still looking for correspondents in New York and San Francisco. But here’s who else is joining:

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As Radio Negotiations Continue, Rush Limbaugh Plans Hourlong Fox News Visit

With Cumulus Media saying publicly that it plans to drop Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity at the end of the year, the pair of talkers are calmly making their pitch public. Both Hannity and Limbaugh downplayed the report on their radio programs yesterday, reassuring listeners that regardless of what happens they will be able to listen to them.

We hear that the effort by Cumulus is part of a public negotiating strategy, and the two sides have set an August 1 deadline to strike new deals. As the Time Warner Cable/CBS spat shows, deadlines can be moved.

Tonight, both Hannity and Limbaugh will have an hour each in primetime on Fox News to make their case to viewers. Hannity has his daily 9 PM program, while Limbaugh will be interviewed by Greta Van Susteren on “On the Record” for the entire 10 PM hour.

Limbaugh is an occasional — though not regular — guest on FNC. He called into “The Five” earlier this month to shoot down a story suggesting he told his listeners to stop watching Fox News. And he has been interviewed by Van Susteren in 2009 and again in 2011.

One thing is clear, as the negotiations continue, don’t be surprised if things heat up.

Brian Williams ‘Raps’ Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch’s ‘Good Vibrations’

The crew at “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” once again spliced some “NBC Nightly News” clips together and turned anchor Brian Williams into a rap sensation.

In honor of guest Mark Wahlberg, Williams “rapped” to Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch’s classic “Good Vibrations.”

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Don Lemon Comments Become Part Of Al Sharpton/Bill O’Reilly Debate

MSNBC host Al Sharpton and Fox News host Bill O’Reilly have continued their very public back and forth discussion on race on their respective programs. As we noted last week, Sharpton and O’Reilly dedicated segments on their programs to discussing race in the aftermath of the George Zimmerman verdict, and put each another in a critical spotlight.

CNN’s Don Lemon got involved over the weekend, when he said he agreed with the Fox News host, adding that he didn’t think O’Reilly “went far enough.” He was greeted on Twitter with people replying to him with racist comments.

During his “Talking Points” segment last night, O’Reilly once again focused on Sharpton, and said of Lemon that he was “honest” and “courageous” for speaking out.


While Sharpton and O’Reilly continue to trade barbs, Lemon seems to be taking the high road. We asked CNN if he would chat about the matter, and a spokesperson replied: “We are going to let Don’s reporting stand, so he will not be doing any additional interviews.”

Evening News Ratings: Week of July 22

ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” has won its first week in the A25-54 demo in more than four years, unseating “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” which had won the previous 243 weeks. The royal baby news appears to have been a draw for ABC News over its competitors. “World News” also had Robin Roberts‘ interview with George Zimmerman juror B29 on Thursday. With a +38,000 viewer advantage, this is ABC’s largest demo margin over “Nightly” in five years.

Compared to the same week last year, which included coverage of the Aurora, CO theater massacre and the London Olympics Opening Ceremony, “Nightly” was down -11% in viewers and down -22% in the demo. “World News” was up +2% in viewers and up less than +1% in the demo, and “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was flat in viewers and down -11% in the demo.

“Nightly” was still on top in total viewers with a +249,000 advantage over “World News.”

Numbers for the week of July 22, 2013:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,536,000 7,287,000 5,954,000
• A25-54: 1,879,000 1,917,000 1,506,000

Former ABC News And NBC News Correspondent Herb Kaplow Dies At 86

Former ABC News and NBC News correspondent Herb Kaplow has died at age 86.

Kaplow worked in the world of broadcasting for more than 40 years, beginning his career at NBC News, where he worked from 1951-1972. At NBC he reported on the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling, which desegregated schools, and he had the first U.S. interview with Communist Cuban leader FIdel Castro after his guerrillas toppled the Batista regime. He joined ABC News in 1972, and retired from ABC in 1994.

“Throughout his career, he reported on 10 presidential campaigns, covered 19 presidential conventions, and traveled with Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton,” ABC News president Ben Sherwood wrote in an email to ABC staff.

“Kaplow was no nonsense, a supreme professional but also incredibly gracious to a young intern and later supportive and full of advice when I became the youngest member of the ABC team,” ABC News Radio White House correspondent Ann Compton recalled.

“NBC Nightly News” ran an obituary for Kaplow. Watch it below.
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CBS Pulled From Time Warner Cable, CBS CEO: ‘We Are Now At War’

At midnight ET, after multiple temporary extensions, CBS and Time Warner Cable failed to come to terms on a new retransmission consent agreement, and the companies say CBS feeds will be pulled as soon as possible. Showtime, Flix, The Movie Channel and Smithsonian Channel are also being pulled.

Millions of Time Warner Cable customers will be affected, including those in New York City, Los Angeles and Dallas, three of the largest TV markets in the country. As of 12:15 AM, WCBS was still available on Time Warner Cable in New York City.

“We are now at war with Time Warner Cable,” CBS CEO Les Moonves said to the LA Times’ Joe Flint.

“The outrageous demands for fees by CBS Corporation have forced Time Warner Cable to remove several of its networks,” TWC said in a statement. “We offered to pay reasonable increases, but CBS’s demands are out of line and unfair – and they want TWC to pay more than others.”

Update: Shortly after 12:30 AM Time Warner Cable said in a statement that is returning CBS network signals to subscribers. It is unclear whether this is another temporary extension, or a permanent deal. Stay tuned.

AM Update: CBS will remain available while the two sides continue to negotiate. New deadline is Friday. ”CBS and Time Warner Cable have agreed to continue discussions,” CBS says.

The Scoreboard: Friday, July 26

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 221 | MSNBC: 129 | CNN: 91 | HLN: 78
  • Primetime: FNC: 292 | MSNBC: 130 | CNN: 112 | HLN: 109

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

236

TheFive:

357

Baier:

230

Shep:

183

O’Reilly:

330

Hannity:

342

Greta:

203

O’Reilly:

250

Hannity:

235

MSNBC
Bashir:

122

Matthews:

171

Sharpton:

154

Matthews:

155

Hayes:

166

Lockup:

77

Lockup:

147

Lockup:

215

Lockup:

191

CNN
Tapper:

48

Blitzer:

55

Blitzer:

116

Burnett:

87

Cooper:

128

Morgan:

76

Royals:

130

Cooper:

66

Morgan:

60

HLN
America:

31

Express:

46

Express:

35

Jane:

39

Grace:

118

Mysteries:

114

Mysteries:

82

Grace:

79

Mysteries:

65

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CNN Commissions Hillary Clinton Film

CNN Films has commissioned a feature film based on the life of former First lady, Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Charles H. Ferguson will direct the feature, which will be distributed in theaters and on CNN.

The news comes just after NBC announced that it was producing a miniseries about Clinton.

Politico’s Dylan Byers broke the news, and also notes that, as with NBC, the news editorial side of the operation will have no say in the film. That said, it will likely result in some headaches for the company.

Conservatives will likely criticize CNN for devoting so much airtime to a Democratic candidate, while the Clinton campaign is likely to take issue with the network for dedicating so much of its energy to their candidate, rather than her likely competitors.

“We’re hoping to understand how these concerns would be addressed,” Nick Merrill, Clinton’s press secretary, told POLITICO when asked whether or not he had concerns about the influence the film might have on CNN’s reporting.

Both NBC and CNN are betting that Clinton will run for President in 2016. A number of news outlets are planning some unusual staffing moves around that speculation. The NY Times has a reporter dedicated to covering the Clintons exclusively and TVNewser hears that CNN, NBC News, ABC News and CBS News are all toying with the idea of having a “Clinton correspondent” as well.

Update: The film is official, details below.

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