Archive for March 16, 2012

FBN Daytime Changes…

Posted in FBN on March 16, 2012 by icn2

Investor Place’s Jeff Reeves writes about changes coming to FBN dayside… (via J$)

While Dagen McDowell and Connell McShane will remain anchoring at 11 a.m., the volatile Dennis Kneale will soon join Cheryl Casone to host the noon hour. Melissa Francis – FBN’s newest add – and Lori Rothman will continue co-hosting the 1 p.m. hour, with Tracy Byrnes and Ashley Webster taking over as the new hosts of the 2 p.m. slot.

Nudge, Nudge, Wink, Wink, Say No More…

Posted in MSNBC on March 16, 2012 by icn2

I must have seen MSNBC’s new weekend promo dozens of times now but I really wasn’t paying attention I guess because last night I saw it again and my alarms went off. The spot in question shows Chris Hayes doing his thing, Melissa Harris-Perry doing her thing, and Alex Witt doing her thing. Seems innocuous enough, right? I’m not as sure now.

It was the clip of Witt MSNBC showed that was what threw me for a loop. It showed Witt at her desk saying, “A fascinating look inside the Obama White House and who the President is as a person and as a leader.”

Of all the clips of Witt MSNBC had to choose from to show her as a news anchor and MSNBC chose this one about Obama? MSNBC could have chosen any number of hard news story clips, any number of current affairs issue clips, and yet they chose a clip of Witt talking about a “fascinating” Obama profile?

I try to give MSNBC the same benefit of the doubt that I give FNC but this is just too co-incidental to dismiss as an accident. You have a promo touting MSNBC’s new progressive pundit shows and follow that up with a clip of an MSNBC anchor talking about an inside look at Obama and the White House which just happens to dovetail nicely with the progressive themed shows prior to Witt’s newscast.
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The Hazards of Live TV: # 25,150

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on March 16, 2012 by icn2

One more HOLTV today and it’s a new ICN single day record…come on networks I know you can do it!

NewsBusters’ Ken Shepherd catches Martin Bashir’s show with some poorly thought out creative editing

I know Martin Bashir’s from across the Pond, but surely he knows there’s a difference between Cuban-Americans and Puerto Ricans, right?

During today’s “Top Lines” montage feature on MSNBC’s Martin Bashir program, producers threw together some comments that presidential contender and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) made recently about the matter of whether the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico should enter into the Union as a state. To illustrate their editorial comment on his views, they tossed in a clip of an outraged Desi Arnaz in his Ricky Ricardo persona from the 1950s sitcom, “I Love Lucy.” Here’s the relevant transcript :

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,149

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on March 16, 2012 by icn2

Alphabet Soup…part 2.

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,148

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on March 16, 2012 by icn2

Free for All: 03/16/12

Posted in Free For All on March 16, 2012 by icn2

What’s on your mind?

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,147

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on March 16, 2012 by icn2

Alphabet soup?

Target Sharpton…

Posted in MSNBC on March 16, 2012 by icn2

The Right’s heat on MSNBC continues for Al Sharpton. The American Spectator’s Jeffery Lord does actually add to the narrative by getting MSNBC to respond to his emails asking for comment…

As we said when we hired Rev. Sharpton, we didn’t hire the Al Sharpton of 1989, we hired the Al Sharpton of 2011. As he has said as recently as on last Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” he has changed over the years and no longer uses the heated rhetoric of two decades ago. We have been clear and consistent in our actions, we hold our hosts accountable for what they say on our air.

Related: Mediaite’s Alex Avarez writes about Bill O’Reilly coming out against the boycott/firing call led by Brent Bozell…

One example of his, he continued, is conservative outlet Media Research Center’s recent call for firings at MSNBC. While “guttersnipes on that network have been abusing freedom of speech” for years, said O’Reilly, the marketplace should decide repercussions for controversial or offensive commentary.

“The entire boycott movement is garbage,” he added. “The far-left threatening sponsors who advertise on programs they don’t like is flat-out un-American. So I believe that the Media Research Center is making a mistake, sinking to that level.”

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