- As we suspected might happen, Pres. Obama and Mitt Romney will give interviews tonight during the Eagles/Saints Monday Night Football game. The New York Times reports ESPN’s Chris Berman will interview Obama and Romney at halftime.
- In USA Today today, Michael Wolff asks ‘Who Will Buy Al Gore’s Current TV?’ and sums up: “Current TV is quite a disaster area, never able to clarify its mission, style or business reason for being.”
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A survey from Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism shows that when it comes to covering politics, horse-race coverage remains king, and the network viewers watch take drastically different approaches to covering the candidates.
PEJ surveyed cable news segments between August 27 and October 21, and graded them based on the “tone” of the segment. They found that when it came to coverage of President Obama, a clear plurality of segments on Fox News were negative in tone, while a clear plurality of segments on MSNBC were positive. CNN was split almost down the middle. When it came to coverage of Mitt Romney, an overwhelming majority of segments on MSNBC were negative while a plurality on Fox News were positive. A plurality of CNN segments were also negative. You can read the entire report here.
BuzzFeed has a pair of interesting charts looking at the political persuasions of television viewers. One of the charts compares a handful of TV shows and the other a number of high-profile TV networks, both graph them in accordance with political persuasion, and the likelihood of voting.
Among the findings: Fox News and Fox Business viewers skewed heavily Republican, and were very likely to vote. The Weather Channel and CNBC also skewed Republican. MSNBC and PBS skewed very Democratic, with high turnout. CNN also skewed Democratic. The channels that both parties could agree on were ESPN, Lifetime, Food Network and Discovery Channel.
Among TV shows: HBO’s “The Newsroom” skewed very Democratic, while “Today” was just slightly so. The most Republican-skewing shows were “Deadliest Catch” and “American Pickers.”
As it happens, GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Obama told TV Guide about their favorite TV shows. How do they stack up compared to BuzzFeed’s charts?
MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” had arguably its biggest “get” ever this morning, as the program aired an interview with President Obama taped in Florida over the weekend. With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the eastern seaboard however, the interview is likely to generate far less attention then it would have were this a normal Monday.
“Morning Joe” went through its usual gameplan of sticking to political coverage this morning, providing occasional updates on Sandy from Weather Channel staffers.
Reality TV host Donald Trump launched a new publicity stunt Wednesday in which he said he would give $5 million to a charity of President Obama’s choice, so long as the President releases his school and Passport records “To Mr Trump’s satisfaction.”
Morgan had to begin his interview with a disclaimer, noting that he considers Trump a friend and adding “I’ve known Donald Trump since I won the first season of ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ and appear on the show sporadically.” He asked Trump if the offer was a publicity stunt. “Don’t be ridiculous, this isn’t a publicity stunt, it is a very serious offer,” Trump replied.
Well that settles that. In fairness, Morgan would press Trump a bit on the issue, though the reality host never strayed from his talking points.
An hour later Van Susteren spoke to Trump by phone. After letting him go on about his stunt, she pressed him on the “birther issue,” resulting in him saying to her “I’m really surprised by you, you don’t know anything.”
Today is the first day of November sweeps, and the network morning shows responded accordingly in an effort to draw as many viewers as possible. NBC, CBS and ABC each had a big “get,” and made news in some way.
On the serious news front, NBC’s “Today” had an interview with DC sniper Lee Boyd Malvo, on the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Malvo gave an interview to The Washington Post earlier this month, and last gave a TV interview to–of all people-William Shatner, back in Summer 2010. Malvo told Matt Lauer that his partner in sniping, John Allen Muhammad, sexually abused him. NBC also aired clips from Brian Williams’ interview with President Obama.
On “CBS This Morning,” General Colin Powell was the guest, and made some political news by once again endorsing President Obama. Powell declined to perform a curtain call to his performance of “Call Me Maybe” from June, however. “General, anytime you want to make news, you can come here,” Charlie Rose told Powell at the end of the interview. “Thank you Charlie, I’ll call you, maybe,” Powell quipped in return.
On a softer front, ABC’s “Good Morning America” had arguably its biggest guest yet filling in for Robin Roberts: Oprah Winfrey. The news was announced back in August, and pits Oprah in head to head competition with her best friend Gayle King, who co-hosts “CTM.”
Clips from all three shows, after the jump.
MTV will interview President Obama for a live half-hour special to air on the MTV channels Friday at 5 PM. MTV correspondent Sway Calloway will interview Obama in the White House, while Andrew Jenks will be at a nearby college campus watching with young voters. Jenks will also host an online discussion before and after the interview.
MTV will be soliciting questions from viewers on its Facebook page, with Calloway choosing the best ones to ask the President. As for Obama’s GOP challenger Mitt Romney: ”MTV has invited Governor Romney to participate in a live, 30 minute special as well, and hopes to also conduct a sit down interview with him in advance of Election Day,” said the network in a statement.
Much friendlier than MTV’s cold-hearted colleagues at Nick News. In 2008, Obama participated in a similar MTV forum, while Sen. John McCain declined to appear.
You thought it was over, didn’t you?
You thought after the final debate, you would be able to turn off the political pandering from Mitt Romney and President Obama. Never again would politicians force you to miss “The Voice” or “How I Met Your Mother.” Well, it isn’t over yet.
According to Sports Business Daily‘s John Ourand, the Romney and Obama camps want to make one final push for voters during ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” game on November 5. You may recall that in 2008, Obama and challenger John McCain appeared in interviews during halftime of the “MNF” game before election day (pictured above).
ESPN has not made a final decision yet, but appears likely to have its longtime NFL studio host Chris Berman interview President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney during halftime of the Eagles-Saints game Nov. 5, according to Vince Doria, ESPN’s senior vice president and director of news. The campaigns also have expressed an interest in appearing on ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” morning radio show.
“We’ve been approached and are strongly considering doing it again,” Doria said. “If we do those, we will try to treat the candidates in a fair manner and try to find some questions that have a sports connection but have a substance to them.”
NBC’s “Today” this morning examined what goes on behind the scenes at the debates. Rather than focus on politics, the focus was on the stagecraft. Everything from the ties the candidates wear to the meal they eat beforehand to the zingers that they say “off the cuff” are plotted out in advance.
Elsewhere, the St Louis Post-Dispatch writes about Anheuser-Busch, which plays a key role as the corporate sponsor of the debates. What’s that? You didn’t know that these stalwart elements of democracy had corporate sponsors? Well, they do:
The first two Presidential debates were ratings juggernauts, utterly dominating the TV landscape the nights they aired (it helps that it was on nearly a dozen channels). Tonight is the third and final Presidential debate, but while the anticipation may be high, the competition for eyeballs will be fierce.
Two big sporting events are on tap for tonight, “Monday Night Football” on ESPN, and game seven of the MLB National League Championship Game on Fox. The baseball game will result in one fewer broadcast network covering the debate, and fans of the Cardinals, Giants, Lions or Bears will have to choose between watching Obama and Romney spar yet again, or watching their favorite team take home an important win.
Brian Stelter writes in the NY Times that ESPN is trying to convince viewers that they don’t have to choose, they can watch both!
A pair of ads that started appearing on ESPN on Saturday promote the WatchESPN app, which allows subscribers of certain cable companies to watch ESPN on phones and computers at no additional charge.
“This debate will be settled on the gridiron,” one of the ads says, after referencing the verbal battle that will be taking place on a stage in Boca Raton, Fla. The ad concludes, “Don’t miss a minute of Monday Night Football on ESPN, the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com.”