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We have our first ever (sort of) NSFW Hazard and it comes courtesy of FBN and some not very well thought out camera angles. I assume there’s an article on the other page and that’s why it was open…
(NSFW Hazard after the jump.)
TVNewser’s Mark Joyella tries to float a leaden trial balloon…a two hour Brian Williams show on MSNBC from 8-10pm.
I don’t think I could have come up with a more unlikely, cringe-worthy scenario if I tried.
Shall I rattle off why this won’t work, could never work, and would not even be considered?
– NBC is not going to pay Williams $50 million to work at MSNBC. Can you imagine the ad copy for that kind of move? NBC can. You think CNN had to wither through that multi-million dollar PR campaign number for Anderson Cooper that FNC and MSNBC flung in CNN’s face repeatedly? Just wait. This would be a lot worse.
– But let’s say for argument’s sake that NBC and Comcast collectively generate the biggest combined brain fart in TV history and decide to put Williams on MSNBC. For two hours? Nobody does two hours. You can’t book for two hours in prime. Hell, even the morning shows have stopped booking seriously past the first hour. The second hour is filled up with filler that you can generate and book quickly. And, here’s the thing, the morning shows have a fleet of staffers at their disposal to do this support stuff. Williams, if he were to get a 2 hour show, will have a staff that is nowhere close to that.
– Move Maddow to 10? You really want to mess that up…put all three prime hours at risk? No. You don’t move Maddow when you are messing with other parts of primetime. And since you don’t move Maddow, Williams doesn’t get two hours unless they want to bookend her show. CNN can get away with it because it’s doing news. Williams wants to be Jay Leno.
– Williams would, correctly, consider this a huge demotion. This is worse than a starting NFL quarterback being demoted to backup…or even third string. This is a starting NFL QB being sent to the European Football League as a third string backup. Williams will never go for this.
– And because of that, this means it’s Nightly News or nothing. Williams knows it. NBC knows it. Everyone out there should know it. This is why the odds are severely stacked against a Williams return to NBC. He wants the one thing that will mean the death of NBC News as a functional growing entity.
The Daily Caller’s Betsy Rothstein writes about Ed Schulz winning the lawsuit filed against him. It’s definitely worth a read…not because Schultz won (though that is news). It’s worth it to watch Rothstein go incredulously apeshit over the verdict…
Judge Beryl Howell, an Obama appointee and donor, clearly played favorites. She had previously heard the case and ruled in favor of Schultz. Queen appealed her judgement — and won. The D.C. Circuit Court sent the case back to Howell’s court for a jury trial. She was unable to hide her contempt about dealing with the case all over again — and it showed.
She seethed. She scolded. For an entire week, she glared and grimaced her way through the trial and behaved in a completely demeaning manner toward the plaintiff and his counsel. Anyone watching the trial could see a stark difference between how she treated the plaintiff’s Catfish Abbott, a country style lawyer, and Schultz’s John Hayes, a corporate, uptight type whose only human moment was announcing that he changes his glasses.
Shots Fired! (via CNNC)
BTW, the video’s poster overstates things in the title. Blasts isn’t the word I’d use here. The language would have to a a lot stronger than that to qualify for “blasts”…
Let me recommend for your weekend reading, or for your weekday reading if you’re seeing it then, a detailed study by Bruce Bartlett called “How Fox News Changed American Media and Political Dynamics.” You can download the 18-page PDF from this site of the Social Science Research Network.
The idea that Fox News operates with different aims and by different norms from those of, say, the BBC is familiar. But this presentation is notable for two reasons.
The first is its source—for those who don’t know, Barlett is a veteran of the Reagan and Bush-41 administrations and was an influential early proponent of supply-side / tax-cut economics. He also worked for Ron Paul. Since then he’s harshly criticized the Bush-43 administration, but in no sense does he come at this as a Democratic party operative.
The second and more important reason is Bartlett’s accumulation of detail showing (a) that Fox’s core viewers are factually worse-informed than people who follow other sources, and even those who don’t follow news at all, and (b) that the mode of perpetual outrage that is Fox’s goal and effect has become a serious problem for the Republican party, in that it pushes its candidates to sound always-outraged themselves.