Archive for April, 2012

Blogus Interruptus…

Posted in Blog Announcements on April 30, 2012 by icn2

Flying to an undisclosed tropical location…unfortunately the same undisclosed tropical location as last year. This time, however, snorkels will be in jeopardy. Remember to kill each other behave yourselves in the comments while I’m away. Blogging resumes May 10th. Sooner if Keith Olbermann lands a new gig…

Note to Ariens: Sorry to dissapoint but you only get the latest chapter in the saga of Spud’s snorkel when it’s a dedicated dive trip…

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,160

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on April 30, 2012 by icn2

MSNBC’s Alex Witt may now be on the set with Al Roker for The Weather Channel’s Wake Up with Al program but that doesn’t mean this is a Hazard free zone…

Free for All: 03/30/12

Posted in Free For All on April 30, 2012 by icn2

What’s on your mind?

News? What News?

Posted in Miscellaneous Subjects on April 29, 2012 by icn2

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Joe Garofoli writes about the lack of news in cable news these days… (via J$)

“Cookie-gate” was the latest in a series of near-daily items that have dominated the presidential campaign recently. Somehow, rocker and outdoors enthusiast Ted Nugent, Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen, Romney’s dog Seamus and President Barack Obama’s long-ago description of eating dog as a child have taken turns dominating the national conversation.

But even though news outlets use these sexy-sounding reports — as well as the latest poll or Twitter feud — as chum to lure readers and viewers, surveys say there is no more interest in this year’s presidential campaign than in comparable years like 1996, the last time a first-term Democratic president faced a GOP challenger.

Nevertheless, get ready for six more months of nonstory stories as the traditional political calendar and the journalistic news cycle have been overtaken by a 24-hour onslaught of information.

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,159

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on April 29, 2012 by icn2

I know Microsoft doesn’t have a stake in MSNBC TV anymore and the MS in MSNBC TV is purely for consistency sake now. But, still, you’d think MSNBC would be able to get Microsoft’s logo correct, wouldn’t you? Apparently not. Microsoft uses a lot of logos but this isn’t one of them.

Ratings Issues at CNBC?

Posted in CNBC on April 29, 2012 by icn2

the New York Daily News’ Gatcrasher writes breathlessly about ratings issues at CNBC and zeroes in in Andrew Ross Sorkin and Maria Bartiromo…(via J$)

According to Nielsen ratings obtained by Gatecrasher, from April 2011 to April 2012, “Squawk Box” is down 16 percent in total viewers and 29 percent in the important 25-54 demographic bracket that advertisers buy.

On Tuesday, the show drew its lowest numbers of the year in total viewers — 99,000.

The source noted that the business-for-breakfast show is in its third straight quarter of ratings decline, and added the drop coincides with the addition of vaunted New York Times Dealbook editor and “Too Big to Fail” author Sorkin, 35, who started with “Squawk Box” on July 18.

Although one source familiar with the situation tells us “Sorkin is working his tail off at the show,” another insider says, “There’s a lot of talk that Andrew is not bringing them what they thought he was going to bring them: ratings and buzz. He’s not bringing them scoops.”

The source adds that CNBC is “up in the air about what to do with Sorkin,” but notes, “They’re coming to the conclusion that he makes a better guest than host.”

Free for All: 04/27/12

Posted in Free For All on April 27, 2012 by icn2

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The Future of Suze Orman…

Posted in CNBC on April 27, 2012 by icn2

Marketwatch’s Jon Friedman interviews CNBC’s Suze Orman, who apparently intends to leave the netowrk…

The widely followed personal-finance guru Suze Orman says she intends to leave her popular CNBC show.

Orman hasn’t set a specific departure date but figures that she is ready for a change and a set of new challenges.

When envisioning her future activities, Orman said: “I wouldn’t be doing my CNBC show.”

Before the tabloids start to concoct any false reports of a feud, though, Orman stressed there are no hard feelings whatsoever between her and the business-television network.

“I love CNBC and my show, and I hope they feel the same,” she said.


Posted in CNBC, FBN, FNC on April 26, 2012 by icn2

TVNewser’s Chris Ariens writes that longtime FNC/FBN staffer Gary Schrier is jumping to CNBC where he’ll helm Maria Bartiromo’s Closing Bell…

Schreier was Neil Cavuto’s executive producer at both Fox News and, later Fox Business. Schreier has been with Cavuto since his days at CNBC and made the jump with him to FNC in 1996. He also helped launch FBN in 2007. An FBN staffer tells TVNewser, “this is a major loss for the network.” Schreier’s last day at FBN is tomorrow.

Wow. Just wow…

Bashir vs. O’Reilly (vs. Mitchell)

Posted in FNC, MSNBC on April 26, 2012 by icn2

Mediaite’s Noah Rothman writes about Martin Bashir going after Bill O’Reilly for criticizing Andrea Mitchell as biased…

On Thursday, Martin Bashir defended his colleague Andrea Mitchell from Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly who accused Mitchell of liberal bias on his program. Bashir took O’Reilly to task for a flimsy attempt to tar Mitchell and he landed a punch when he responded to a challenge by O’Reilly to point out a Fox News political reporter who had ever crossed the line and exhibited bias. Bashir proved he was up to the challenge.

Forget what Bashir said since he and it are irrelevant because this falls into “consider the source” territory given his POV track record. More importantly, there’s a far more damning argument that can be used to rebut Bill O’Reilly: the words of Bill O’Reilly…

Five years ago Mitchell was a guest on O’Reilly’s show and O’Reilly repeatedly stated how fair and not at all biased she was. ICN was the only blog to record this moment for posterity…

Example #1

O’Reilly: Now I want everybody to know that you’ve been a correspondent over there for thirty years at NBC and we checked you out thoroughly…we couldn’t find any bias in your reporting. None. Okay? So, I don’t have a problem with you. I do have a problem with NBC News. Tell me where I’m going wrong.

Example #2

O’Reilly: …like, I have it in for NBC. I’ll admit it. I don’t like you guys. I like you. I like the Today Show. But I think your management made a conscious decision to go to the left…

Example #3

O’Reilly: I’m giving you way too much of a hard time. I am. And I apologize. It’s not your fault.

Mitchell: I don’t think it’s fair to describe journalists as liberals or conservatives.

O’Reilly: I do. Because I think that it’s filtered through a prism. But I want to apologize to you. I’m giving you way too hard a time. It’s not your fault. And your book is excellent. And I have to tell people to buy your book because you are fair. You are balanced. You are accurate. And you have had a window on history for the last thirty years that none of us have had. And you can learn a lot from reading your book. But I am distressed…and I am…about what’s happening over where you work. And I’m sorry that I had to take it out on you.

So excuse me if I take with a bit of skepticism…oh…what the hell…a whole lot of skepticism…anything negative Bill O’Reilly now says about Mitchell given how he bent over backwards for her so far he would wind up being able to see his own belt buckle.

Free for All: 04/26/12

Posted in Free For All on April 26, 2012 by icn2

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Should Shield Law Apply to Joe Muto?

Posted in FNC on April 25, 2012 by icn2

Poynter’s Steve Meyers writes about whether New York’s Shield Law is applicable to Joe Muto…

A key legal issue, Leslie said, is whether Muto is being investigated for breaking the law by taking something from Fox News or for publicizing what he obtained. “If they’re going after him solely because he went to Gawker, then … that’s when the privilege would kick in. The privilege would help him more if what he did wasn’t illegal per se, but they didn’t like that it was publicized.”

So it would be easier for Muto to argue for the protection of information he obtained while at Fox News – say, his knowledge of what it’s like to work with Hannity, or photos of the bathroom – than materials taken from the company without permission, such as videos. The search warrant says that Fox News believes that Muto accessed and edited more than 10 videos like the ones that were posted on Gawker. (Leslie doesn’t know what Muto’s employment agreement specified.)

Even so, Leslie said, “Fox should tread very lightly before saying someone who works for a private company or another organization has a duty to never disclose that.” Employees’ decisions “of when to disclose information is very beneficial to journalists, even Fox News journalists.”


Posted in FNC, MSNBC on April 25, 2012 by icn2

New America Foundation’s Elixabeth Weingarten writes about a panel discussion tonight regarding FNC and MSNBC changing American politics…

Ailes’ decisions are particularly striking because of how passionate he is about the Republican party outside of TV, Sherman noted. Ailes has worked for former presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. “He has a tension at the core of him. He’s a TV guy and a political person…those things are sometimes in concert and sometimes in conflict.”

Ailes hired Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee, for example, so Fox would corner the market on conservative commentary, not because he supported their presidential runs. “In private, he lobbied Chris Christie to get into the race because from a political and image standpoint Christie was a more compelling candidate,” Sherman said. “He runs a TV channel, but in private, he wants people of substance, compelling candidates, to run. But the fact that Christie didn’t get into the race is because the political environment has been turned into a circus because of Fox.”

And that’s a critical point, one that Sherman made again later: “Ailes has created a political environment that has hurt the actual party he has devoted his life to.”

Margaret Brennan Out at Bloomberg…

Posted in Bloomberg on April 25, 2012 by icn2

TVNewser’s Chris Ariens scoops that Margaret Brennan is departing Bloomberg TV. In addition Ariens reports on other changes happening to the business channel…

Margaret Brennan, who has been with Bloomberg TV for nearly three years, is leaving the network, TVNewser has learned. Brennan joined Bloomberg from CNBC in 2009. Brennan’s departure, described as mutual, comes as the network plans changes to its morning lineup later this Spring.

Andrew Morse, head of U.S. TV for Bloomberg, says the changes are a continuation of Bloomberg’s “evolution into a digital, multi-platform news organization.” The changes have included a round of staff cuts as well as the posting of new positions, last month.

Robert Frank Joins CNBC…

Posted in CNBC on April 25, 2012 by icn2

Nik Deogun, Senior Vice President and Editor in Chief along with CNBC Business News and Kevin Krim, CNBC’s Digital General Manager sent out an internal memo announcing that Robert Frank would be coming over from the Wall Street Journal and be an editor and correspondent…

CNBC prides itself on delivering cutting-edge news, information and analysis for the most affluent, influential and educated audience. Few journalists have profiled and penetrated this audience as adroitly as Robert Frank, so we are delighted to announce that he will be joining the network as an editor and correspondent, effective May 14.

Robert is a best-selling author, award-winning journalist and leading voice on the topic of American wealth. He has been with The Wall Street Journal for 18 years as a reporter, columnist, editor and blogger. He was a foreign correspondent in London and Singapore, and later covered Wall Street and mergers and acquisitions. Eight years ago, Robert created a new beat covering the culture and economy of the wealthy and has become a widely cited authority on the subject—with two books, a popular blog, regular features and frequent media appearances.

Robert, along with CNBC’s team of reporters, producers and writers, will provide in-depth features, reporting and analysis about the world of the wealthy and how it shapes our economy, markets and government. CNBC will bring viewers, both online and on-air, inside the lives of the global rich—who they are, how they got there, and how they spend, invest, give away and fight over their fortunes.

Robert will report to Nick Dunn, managing editor of CNBC, and Allen Wastler, managing editor of Please join us in welcoming him to CNBC.

More on the Zimmerman NBC Edit…

Posted in MSNBC on April 25, 2012 by icn2 has a story up regarding new information in the NBC Zimmerman 911 call edit…

insiders have told us WTVJ reporter Jeff Burnside was fired last Friday for allegedly editing the Trayvon Martin 911 tape, the same tape NBC aired on ‘Today’ in early April. Allegedly, his firing wasn’t announced internally and so far there is no information whether NBC made a conclusion if the edit was misleading on purpose or if it was an oversight.

Free for All: 04/25/12

Posted in Free For All on April 25, 2012 by icn2

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The Long Arm of….FNC?

Posted in FNC on April 25, 2012 by icn2

Poynter’s Julie Moos has a nice roundup of what happened to Joe Muto this morning…

In a series of tweets, the Gawker blogger who worked at Fox News until he was outed as a mole announces this morning that News Corp.’s legal threats were not just talk.

The really fascinating story here is not going to be Muto’s legal mess but how FNC leaned on the DA and got them to bite so quickly. BTW, which DA is this?

Worst 2012 Predictions…

Posted in Miscellaneous Subjects on April 24, 2012 by icn2

Salon’s Jim Newell writes about the worst predictions of Campaign 2012. Why is this being linked here? Go down the list. Just about every one of them ate up considerable airtime on cable news. If the predictions proved woefully off the mark, what’s that say about cable news?

The dirty little secret about political punditry, that is not actually a secret to anyone who watches and reads it, is that it’s all lies. It requires very little knowledge or skill, and there are no consequences for being wrong. For a major newspaper to fire one of its columnists for getting something wrong would bring down the whole pundit industry, as that logic would necessitate the firing of them all. Every election pundit is wrong about everything, nearly all the time, and there’s usually a direct correlation between a pundit’s frequency of wrongness and his or her status — see the Washington Post’s stable of columnists for a prime example. The entire punditocracy is a sham, but thank you for reading anyway.

Press Releases: 04/24/12

Posted in Press Releases on April 24, 2012 by icn2

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Vladimir Duthiers takes on Nigeria post for CNN

Vladimir Duthiers is to take on the role of CNN international correspondent based in Lagos, Nigeria, the network announced today.

Duthiers will join CNN’s contingent of Africa-based correspondents across the continent, as the network reaffirms its commitment to Nigeria. CNN currently has key bureaus in Lagos, Nairobi and Johannesburg – all headed up by bureau chief Kim Norgaard – as well as three weekly programs on CNN International focused on the continent: Marketplace Africa, Inside Africa and African Voices.

Parisa Khosravi, Senior Vice President for CNN Worldwide in charge of International Newsgathering, said: “Vladimir’s passion for journalism, impressive business background and his knack as a natural storyteller make him a fantastic choice to cover such a vibrant country and region.”
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Free for All: 04/24/12

Posted in Free For All on April 24, 2012 by icn2

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Posted in MSNBC on April 23, 2012 by icn2

TVNewser’s Chris Ariens writes that Jeremy Gaines, MSNBC’s Vice President of Communications, is leaving the network to take up a position at Gannett…

After 14 years with MSNBC, Jeremy Gaines is leaving the NBC News channel and joining McLean, VA-based Gannett where he will head up corporate communications for the 30,000-employee company which includes 82 daily newspapers, 23 TV stations,, and more.

Gaines has been VP of communications at MSNBC for the last 9 years. His departure coincides with that of Lauren Kapp who leaves her post as head of marketing and communications for NBC News for the Huffington Post Media Group where she joins as SVP of global strategy.

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,158

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on April 23, 2012 by icn2

Name trouble…

Free for All: 04/23/12

Posted in Free For All on April 23, 2012 by icn2

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Betty Liu Gets Radio Show…

Posted in Bloomberg on April 23, 2012 by icn2

Talking Biz News reports that Bloomberg TV’s Betty Liu will be getting her own show on Bloomberg Radio…

Betty Liu, an anchor on Bloomberg Television, will have her own radio show beginning next week.

This coming Monday, Bloomberg Radio will launches “In the Loop At the Half” with host Liu. It’s a new radio show airing at 12 p.m, to 12:30 p.m. ET featuring a look at market activity and what investors can expect in the afternoon as they head to the close.

What’s Hot/What’s Not: 04/22/12

Posted in What's Hot/What's Not on April 23, 2012 by icn2

What’s Hot:

FNC hangs on to O’Reilly and Hannity – Preserving its primetime lineup until 2016 at least…

What’s Not:

Bob Beckel: Serial profanity machine – Beckel is probably the single most profane person working in cable news today. Nobody else come close in the number of on air gaffes.

Joe Muto Gawker vs FNC: Round 2 – Gawker published some internal FNC emails sent to O’Reilly Factor staff. And just how did they get their hands on those, hmmmmmmmmmm?

Correcting The Record…

Posted in Miscellaneous Subjects on April 23, 2012 by icn2

The New York Times’ David Carr writes about the dearth of on air TV News corrections out there and uses NBC’s Zimmerman edit as exmample #1…

I called Steve Capus, the president of NBC News, prepared to do battle over the lack of on-air remediation. Even though Mr. Capus had personally investigated the error, issued two statements on the matter, taken disciplinary action against six employees and led a series of meetings to remind people of best practices, nobody on the “Today” show had explained what happened, or apologized for it, to the audience.

That seemed wrong to me. A network’s primary contract is with the viewers who tune in to its shows every day, one that is more important than any obligation it feels to journalistic pundits or Beltway politicos.

“You’re probably right,” Mr. Capus said right away.

Gee, I hate when that happens. All of the arguments I had rehearsed were suddenly defused. We talked some more anyway.

“The reality is that we didn’t try to hide from it,” he said. “We did an awful lot of work after it happened. We did an exhaustive investigation, I did interviews with a lot of publications to get the message out, but we probably should have done it on our own air.”

Mr. Capus said that they were so busy cleaning up the mess “inside our own halls,” that they neglected to loop in the audience. In that sense, the process was probably too “self-reflective,” he added.

Out of Thin Air…

Posted in FNC on April 22, 2012 by icn2

Talking Points Memo’s Sahil Kapur writes about Steve Doocy incorrectly quoting Barack Obama…

Fueling that characterization was Steve Doocy of Fox News, who while interviewing Romney on live TV Thursday, quoted Obama as saying, “Unlike some people, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.”

But Obama never prefaced his statement with the words “unlike some people,” as evident in the video of the speech (9:22 minute mark). The words do not appear in the official transcript either.

Regardless, the unspoken words were imputed to Obama in a Washington Post article, a New York Post editorial and conservative blogs after Doocy’s segment.

What’s Hot/What’s Not: Submissions…

Posted in CNN on April 21, 2012 by icn2

Post your nominations for thie week’s What’s Hot/What’s Not. I’ll post the finalists on Sunday night…

New FBN Dayside Rotation Starts Monday…

Posted in FBN on April 20, 2012 by icn2

Zap2It’s Kate O’Hare reports that FBN’s new dayside lineup starts Monday…

As of Monday, Dennis Kneale joins Cheryl Casone (above) as co-host of the noon hour. Recent FBN hire Melissa Francis and Lori Rothman — who was a guest in the “leg chair” on FNC’s “RedEye W/Greg Gutfeld” last week — will continue as co-hosts of the 1 p.m. hour, with the fiery Tracy Byrnes and British-born, Los Angeles-raised Ashley Webster taking over as hosts of the 2 p.m. slot.

Can you say “FBN leak”? I knew you could…


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