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TVNewsers Atop ‘Talkers’ ‘Heavy Hundred’

Talkers magazine, the magazine of the talk radio business, has released its annual “Heavy Hundred” list. As has become commonplace, the list is chock full of TV news personalities, particularly towards the top.

Rush Limbaugh may be number one, but Fox News’ Sean Hannity was number two, and former FNCer Glenn Beck was number four. MSNBC’s Ed Schultz came in at number six, while Current TV’s Stephanie Miller held the number 12 slot and Alan Colmes was at 16.

Other TV news personalities on the list include Andrea Tantaros (24), Don Imus (35), Mike Huckabee (46), Herman Cain (59), Geraldo Rivera (62), Tom Sullivan (65) and Al Sharpton (90).

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Cain and Carville On The ‘Factor’

Now that James Carville and wife Mary Matalin are no longer CNN contributors, they are free to appear on other networks. During Super Bowl week they both appeared on “CBS This Morning,” and last night Carville appear on CNN competitor Fox News on “The O’Reilly Factor.” Bill O’Reilly spoke to Carville in front of the familiar bookshelf in the couple’s Louisiana home.

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Also on the “Factor” last night, new FNC contributor Herman Cain made his debut on the network’s highest-rated program.

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Former Obama Adviser David Axelrod Joining NBC News/MSNBC

Former Obama adviser David Axelrod is joining NBC News and MSNBC as a senior political analyst, the network says. Axelrod will contribute on all NBC platforms, and appear on shows for both channels.

He joins former John McCain adviser Steve Schmidt, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and former RNC chairman Michael Steele as NBC News/MSNBC contributors. Last week NBC/MSNBC named another former Obama stafferRobert Gibbs–as a contributor.

Viewers may also recall that Axelrod famously shaved his signature mustache on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” back in December.

It has been a busy few weeks for political insiders. In addition to Axelrod and Gibbs, Herman Cain and Scott Brown joined the political contributor ranks at Fox News.

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Herman Cain Joins Fox News as Contributor

Fox News Channel has hired former Republican presidential candidate and Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain as a contributor. Cain will provide political and business analysis and commentary across FNC’s daytime and primetime programming, as well as on Fox Business Network.

“Cain’s impressive resume makes him a valuable addition to the FOX News and FOX Business lineup,” said EVP Bill Shine. “As a political expert with business savvy, he brings an important voice to the nation’s debates.”

FNC announced earlier this week that former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown was joining on as a contributor. Last month, the network cut ties with onetime GOP VP nominee Sarah Palin.

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Fox News’ ‘Hannity’ Takes Aim At MSNBC Again

Like the tick tick tick of a clock, only so much time can go by before the politically partisan primetime hosts at Fox News and MSNBC take aim at each other. Last night, right on time, Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity decided to dedicate a segment to attacking MSNBC. FNC and MSNBC would routinely dedicate segments on one another last year and earlier this year, but with the Presidential campaign in high gear both networks have pulled back a bit in recent months.

Hannity called Ed Schultz “Fast Eddie” and brought on former GOP candidate Herman Cain to say “Chris Matthews, with all due respect, you are a pathetic excuse to call yourself a journalist.”

The more things change, the more they say the same.

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Also last night, Bill O’Reilly dedicated his “Talking Points” segment to why the big losers from this week’s debate were the moderator, and the American people.

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Herman Cain Talks CainTV On CNN

Former GOP Presidential contender Herman Cain has formally launched his new Internet TV network CainTV. As expected, it is a doozy, with shows like “We Are Not Stupid,” and “Street Smarts,” which is hosted by a homeless man named Lou. Cain appeared on CNN this morning to talk about the channel, which he describes as being “Not overtly political, but covertly conservative.”

Cain also reveals that Lou passed away since filming the show, but that his team will be seeking out other homeless people with strong opinions for future episodes.

 

Watch “Street Smarts,” after the jump.

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Herman Cain Launching His Own Web TV Network

Former GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain wants a piece of this Internet TV action. Cain is launching a new web-TV network called “Cain TV” on July 4. The official Facebook page has some details on the venture, as well as a long and… interesting… trailer.

The logline of Cain TV? “Whether you are looking for commentary, comedy, or culture, CainTV delivers it all in an Informed, Inspirational, and INtertaining way.”

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Former Fox News host Glenn Beck has found success with his own web-TV venture GBTV. Looks like Cain wants in too, although unlike Beck, he doesn’t seem to have a signature program to launch with. There will be lots of Herman Cain though.

(h/t Mediaite)

CNN Preps for Arizona GOP Debate

John King, along with Arizona State University students playing the parts of Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich, is doing a run-through today ahead of tonight’s GOP debate in Mesa, Arizona. This is the 20th, and likely final primary debate. The first face-off on Fox News last May, also featured four candidates — only one of whom, Ron Paul, is still in the race. The other attendees were Herman Cain, Gary Johnson and Tim Pawlenty.

Tonight’s debate will feature the candidates at a table instead of podiums. Playbook reports CNN last used this set-up for a GOP debate on Jan. 30, 2008, at the Reagan Library. Sitting at the table then were candidates John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Romney and Paul.

The Arizona debate airs on CNN at 8pmET.

Herman Cain’s Next Step: TV Analyst?

With the news that former GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain is no longer in the race, the door is open for the next logical step in the political machine: TV news analyst. Cain appeared on Sean Hannity‘s Fox News program last night, and acknowledged that a TV or radio gig could very well be in his future:


“I have no doubt that there is a TV, radio future if you wanted one,” Hannity told Cain.

“Well obviously the doors to radio or TV, those doors are open,” Cain replied. “What I am doing over the next several days is considering all of these options.”

What do you think, should Herman Cain hop on the political analyst gravy train? Let us know in the comments.

Tom Brokaw on Donald Trump, the 2012 GOP Primary and ‘Rock Center’

Donald Trump “is an utterly shameless self-promoter” and the media should stop enabling him, says Tom Brokaw.

The recent announcement of Trump’s moderating a Republican presidential debate Dec. 27 triggered a media tidal wave, but in terms of news value, it deserved no more than one line, according to Brokaw.

“The fact of the debate is not much news,” says the veteran NBC newsman, making the publicity rounds for his new book, ‘The Times of Our Lives.’ “Just because Trump attaches his name to something doesn’t make it newsworthy.”

To Brokaw, the Iowa debate is “one more chapter in Trump’s extraordinary and tireless efforts to keep Donald Trump in the news. I’m perpetually astonished at how many people play Trump’s game. It’s amusing. He has a lot of enablers, including us [media.]”

How does Brokaw resist Trump’s siren song? “I don’t fall into it. I just say no. I’m spending too much time talking about him right now.”

Regardless, Brokaw, who moderated an Obama-McCain debate a month before the 2008 election, remains bullish on the process. In his view, it provides valuable insights into how candidates think and how they handle tough questions.

With Rick Perry, for example, viewers learned “he was not as much in command of the facts as he appeared to be when he got on stage,” says Brokaw. With Herman Cain: “He had some real issues with personal behavior.”

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