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Stephen Colbert: ‘Clearly I Must Work Harder at Informing You Less’

On “The Colbert Report” this week, Stephen Colbert responded to a study that found his viewers were better informed about campaign finance than viewers of the major news networks. “I did a better job informing the public about campaign finance reform than every other news organization. And CNN,” Colbert joked.

Interestingly enough, Colbert played clips poking fun at all the major news networks except for his future home, CBS. The CBS logo was also excluded from an over-the-shoulder graphic displaying all the broadcast and cable networks’ logos.

“I never intended to be an educator. What’s next, getting paid like one?” Colbert said. “…Clearly I must work harder at informing you less.” Watch:

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Is Stephen Colbert More Informative Than TV News?

stephen colbert_304x200Informative might not be the first description that comes to mind when mentioning Stephen Colbert, but a new study suggests his activism during the 2012 presidential cycle trumped TV news.

Apparently, Colbert’s satirical super PAC and faux 2012 presidential campaign did more to inform viewers on campaign finance laws than major news outlets.

According to the authors of a University of Pennsylvania study, watching “The Colbert Report” served as “an extended civics lesson” compared to CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, broadcast evening news, talk radio, and newspapers.

“Colbert did better than any other news source at teaching,” Bruce W. Hardy, the lead author of the study, said. “There were two reasons. First was the narrative structure. He walked us through creating a super PAC and every episode was a continuation of that story. And second was the use of humor and satire.”

1,232 adults over 18 were surveyed over the phone for the study, which took place between December 13, 2012 and December 23, 2012.

Bret Baier: ‘After I Saw that, I Said ‘We Are Dropping the Ball on that Coverage’

BaierTVSBret Baier is taking a cue from John Oliver.

The Fox News “Special Report” host was watching Oliver’s inaugural show on HBO last Sunday when it hit him that the world’s biggest election — where up to 800 million people in India will be voting — is getting almost no coverage in the U.S. “After I saw that, I said ‘we are dropping the ball on that coverage,’ Baier told us at the TVNewser Show on Tuesday. His team is now working on a story about the election which wraps up May 12.

Baier says shows like Oliver’s as well as “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report,” “can really penetrate on news stories.”

We interviewed Baier for about 20 minutes following his keynote speech. We discussed everything from the 2014 and 2016 elections, to how he engages with “the most fervent critics of Fox News,” and the current state of the media’s relationship with the White House: “I think there is a sense that the president feels like he doesn’t get enough good treatment in a media that has, for the most part, turned a little bit on this White House, in policy and substance.”

I began by asking Baier what he thought about the president’s approval rating, which an ABC News/Washington Post poll released earlier that morning showed it had dropped to 41%.

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Which Airline is Like Fox News?

George WillGeorge Will is enjoying life as a Fox News contributor; so much so, he thinks of it like riding a popular airline.

“Fox News is like getting on a Southwest Airlines plane,” Will told Stephen Colbert last night. “Everyone’s happy, they’re at the top of the heap and they feel like insurgents.”

“Wow, that’s great,” Colbert responded. “That sounds almost dangerous.”

For Colbert’s part, he engaged in some TV cloning last night; you could watch him interview Will on Comedy Central while simultaneously seeing him as a guest on the “Late Show with David Letterman.”

Colbert told the man he’ll replace next year that he turned down a 1986 internship offer…from Letterman’s show.

Both interviews after the jump.

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Robin Roberts Tells David Letterman: ‘I’m Healthier and Happier Than I’ve Ever Been’

RobinLettermanRobin Roberts will be signing copies of her new book “Everybody’s Got Something” at Barnes & Noble on 46th Street and 5th Avenue in New York City today at 12:30pm. Stop by if you can.

Last night the ABC News anchor traveled a few blocks up Broadway and appeared on CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” telling Dave, “I’m healthier and happier than I’ve even been.” While Roberts has re-signed with “Good Morning America,” the show tweeted Roberts’ farewell to Letterman who will be leaving “Late Show” next year.

Also on last night’s show, Letterman’s replacement Stephen Colbert who brought a Top 10 list he’d submitted 17 years ago when he applied to be a writer on the show.

Watch both clips after the jump…

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The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual ’35 Most Powerful People in New York Media’

Television news executives and personalities are well represented on The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual “35 Most Powerful People in New York Media” list.

From the executive ranks: CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes; NBC News chairman Pat Fili-Krushel and president Deborah Turness; and incoming Disney/ABC Television group president Ben Sherwood and ABC News president James Goldston represent the broadcast networks. On the cable side, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker and Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin Smith make the list.

The main anchors for the broadcast networks — Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer and Scott Pelley — are all on the list, as well as morning anchors from each network. For NBC, it’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist; Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell represent CBS; and for ABC, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Lara Spencer. “Good Morning America” senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski and “CBS Sunday Morning” EP Rand Morrison are also named.

As for cable news talent, all three Fox News primetime hosts — Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity — make the list. From MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough; and from CNN, Anderson Cooper.

Other notable additions: Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Bob Costas, Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa.

TVNewser will be at the party celebrating the honorees tonight.

[Images via Hollywood Reporter]

Bill O’Reilly: ‘Hard to Fathom’ Colbert Attracting Conservatives on ‘Late Show’

O'Reilly ColbertWhile wrapping up the “O’Reilly Factor” last night, Bill O’Reilly chimed in on Stephen Colbert‘s ascension to succeeding David Letterman as “Late Show” host when Letterman retires next year.

Calling Colbert an “interesting” choice by CBS, O’Reilly said he finds it “hard to fathom that 40% of Americans who describe themselves as conservatives will watch Colbert,” adding Colbert will have good writers to go up against “high-energy guys” like Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon.

O’Reilly’s prediction on Colbert was certainly more tame than his recent comments on the satirist, who he called a “deceiver” and “one of the biggest mouthpieces for the progressive movement.” O’Reilly’s more critical comments came in response to Colbert mocking him over suggesting President Obama was hurting himself by focusing on equality.

Let the countdown begin to O’Reilly’s first potential appearance on Colbert’s “Late Show,” where Colbert will no longer be playing the faux conservative character that’s won him acclaim.

All the Media News, That’s Fit To Air

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While the three evening newscasts and the network morning shows often look the same — with the same lineup of stories, often airing at the same time — the two media criticism shows, provide two distinct options for news junkies: those who are partial to Fox News and those who tune in to CNN.

Both shows, CNN’s “Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter” and FNC’s “MediaBuzz with Howard Kurtz,” air at the same time, 11amET Sundays. (“MediaBuzz” also gets a re-air at 5pmET)

Yesterday, “Reliable Sources” led with the Stephen Colbert taking over CBS’s “Late Show.” “MediaBuzz” led with how the media covered the departure of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Kurtz got to Colbert :47 minutes into his show. “Reliable Sources” didn’t cover Sebelius at all.

On CNN, Stelter had a 10-minute segment, which included an interview with Sen. Al Franken, on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. Kurtz didn’t cover last week’s merger news, but had two segments with former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who was also on Bill O’Reilly‘s show earlier in the week.

Stelter reported last week’s news of a new ABC News president, Kurtz did not. Kurtz discussed the coverage of Jeb Bush last week, Stelter did not. Both shows gladly covered competitor MSNBC, and the reports that host Al Sharpton was once an FBI informant.

While no one will ever confuse CNN and Fox News, the two programs that cover the media are leading the way in differentiation.

Colbert on ‘Late Show’: ‘I Do Not Envy Whoever They Try to Put in That Chair’

The announcement that Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman as the host of “The Late Show” next year was a hot topic on the Comedy Central last night.

On “The Colbert Report,” Colbert talked about Letterman’s retirement without directly addressing the news that he will be the new “Late Show” host. “This man has influenced every host who came after him and even a few who came before him, he’s that good. And I gotta tell you — I do not envy whoever they try to put in that chair,” Colbert joked. Watch:

“The Late Show” was a repeat last night, but the Colbert announcement was also news on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” — complete with a flashback to old clips of Colbert. Watch after the jump. Read more

Stephen Colbert to Succeed David Letterman as Host of ‘The Late Show’

stephen colbertIt’s official: Stephen Colbert will take over as the host of CBS’ “The Late Show” when David Letterman retires next year.

Specifics of Colbert’s show — including the premiere date, producers and location — will be determined after the timeline is decided for Letterman’s retirement, CBS said. Colbert has hosted his Comedy Central show, “The Colbert Report,” since 2005.

“Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” CBS president and CEO Les Moonves said in a statement. “David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today’s announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night.”

“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” Colbert added. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”

The release is after the jump. Read more

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