Archive for May 29, 2012

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,163

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

The BBC plays too many video games apparently

Inside MundoFOX

Posted in Miscellaneous Subjects on May 29, 2012 by icn2

TVNewser’s Alex Weprin writes about News Corp.’s new Spanish Language channel, MundoFOX, and talks with its VP of News…

News will be a significant part of the new channel, according to Jorge Mettey, the senior VP of news at MundoFox.

“We have a lot of expectations; we strongly believe that we have a different approach and the right people, the vision and the ability to communicate at a different level,” Mettey tells TVNewser.

The basics: the network will launch with a single news show, an evening news program anchored by Rolando Nichols of KWHY Los Angeles, a MundoFox affiliate. There will be two live half-hours produced every weekday, one for the east coast and a second, customized version for the west coast.

So far, MundoFox has secured affiliates in 40 markets, including L.A., Miami, Dallas, San Francisco and Chicago, and is expected to have deals in New York and Houston shortly, rounding out the top 10 markets. In total, the network will reach around 70% of Hispanic households at launch.

I saw a MundoFOX spot on Fox Soccer Channel yesterday. What was odd is that I got the feeling this was a cable channel because it was telling viewers to call their provider to get the channel. But apparently it’s not a cable channel so I’m not clear why the spot went out with that appeal.

Donald Trump Assists Wolf Blitzer in Destroying Donald Trump…

Posted in CNN on May 29, 2012 by icn2

Read the Mediaite summary here. It was quite possibly the worst shellacking I’ve seen Trump take. I’ve never seen him so feckless and feeble in his lame responses to Blitzer’s questions. Blitzer’s deconstruction of Trump was clinically methodical and surgical. And Blitzer wasn’t even trying that hard really. Trump just kept stepping back into that bear trap and Blitzer naturally slammed it shut again and again. It was brutal. And deserved.

The only thing that sucked about the segment is that CNN will now replay it 50 bazillion times the next 24 hours.

Tamron Hall Interview…

Posted in MSNBC on May 29, 2012 by icn2

Ebony Magazine’s Kristin Braswell interviews Tamron Hall…

EBONY: How have you seen the news industry change over time, particularly in regard to diversity?

TH: If it’s a company that’s moving in the right direction, you will walk into their corporation and see more Black people, more women, more Latinos and diversity in general. News cannot be an isolated island to examine diversity. What I would counter that idea with is to look at the diversity in life, and hopefully we’re seeing everywhere that there is more gender equality and representation of different backgrounds.

EBONY: What do you think are some of the most important topics in our country today that can help move the national dialogue forward?

TH: The economy. This is what we know this will move the election. This is the question that people will ponder when they go to vote in November. We have millions of people without work, people that are at an age when they may never be able to reenter the work force other than with part time or jobs that don’t fit their skill set. Immigration and our dependency on oil are also important topics, but the economy will continue to be at the forefront.

Thomas Roberts: POV Star…

Posted in MSNBC on May 29, 2012 by icn2

Mediaite’s Noah Rothman writes about Thomas Roberts doing his POV thing again…

Roberts first detailed the negative response from Democrats to Romney’s appearance with Trump. He asked Gidley if President Obama had appeared at a fundraiser with comedian Bill Maher, “wouldn’t Republicans be just as outraged?”

“I’m sure they would be,” said Gidley. He went on to characterize the controversy surrounding Trump as “ridiculous.” Gidley said that one of MSNBC’s anchors had asked how Romney could stand on stage with someone who could embarrass him at any moment. “And I’m thinking to myself, well Barack Obama could be embarrassed at any moment by a guy he made Vice President,” said Gidley.

“Hogan, are you really going to throw Joe Biden under the bus,” asked Roberts. “Are you really going to compare Joe Biden, one of this country’s most dignified and greatest political leaders that can cross the bridge getting to both sides of the aisle, and compare him to a Donald Trump? Do you really want to say that?”

I’ve said enough about Roberts, who used to be considered a straight news anchor, already. I’ll just let this exchange stand without further comment…

Update: I tried but I can’t just let it drop. The Biden to Trump analogy is accurate in one important detail, the most important detail. Biden is a serial gaffe magnet. Everyone knows this. He’s a loose cannon. Everyone knows this. He’s not a huge conspiracy theorist like Trump but Gidley wasn’t arguing that point. He was arguing that Biden could embarrass Obama at any given time, just like Trump could embarrass Romney. And he’s right…because Biden’s gaffes have embarrassed the President on occasion.

Team Play?

Posted in MSNBC on May 29, 2012 by icn2

Very interesting…NBC’s Today show this morning had a “Today’s Professionals” segment where one of the subjects was Chris Hayes’ “Heroes” gaffe. NewsBusters’ Kyle Drennan writes about it here

During a panel on Tuesday’s NBC Today, liberal pundits Star Jones, Donny Deutsch and Nancy Snyderman condemned left-wing MSNBC host Chris Hayes for suggesting fallen U.S. troops are not heroes. Deutsch was the strongest in denouncing Hayes: “I hope that he doesn’t get more viewers as a result of this…this guy is like a – if you’ve seen him…he looks like a weenie.” [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Jones was clearly appalled by the offensive comments: “…the person that he [Hayes] was talking to was the officer whose job it was to call the families of fallen soldiers. Could you be more inappropriate on Memorial Day?” Snyderman voiced her disgust as well: “To criticize the young men and women who put themselves in harm’s way to protect us and then cheapen it…”

Co-host Matt Lauer actually attempted to defend Hayes: “I’m not sure he was criticizing those young men and women. He was just saying that the word is overused.” The panelists would have none of it. Snyderman declared: “But he’s wrong….Because you know what? The four of us aren’t fighting those wars. So these people are heroes to me.” Jones added: “When it’s a dead soldier, it’s not overused.”

After Lauer quoted Hayes’s apology for the remarks, Snyderman responded: “Where was that eloquence on the front hand?” Jones reiterated: “You don’t say this on Memorial Day.”

The news here isn’t that the panelists ripped Hayes. At this point it would be expected almost. The news is that NBC allowed this segment on the air in the first place. Snydermann is an NBC News employee. Deutsch is an NBC brass favorite. And they just threw one of their own under the bus. Today staffers had to have known, or at the very least guessed, that the segment would go in this direction. Was this a subtle signal from NBC trying to distance itself from Hayes?

One could make that argument. If NBC didn’t want this issue addressed the word would have come down from the execs to Today EP Jim Bell and the word would have been “hands off”. If we add the fact that Hayes himself basically did a complete 180 going from putting out two different tweets (via J$); neither of which could be remotely considered apologetic, to suddenly issuing a full on contrition filled apology roughly 24 hours later, and you seriously wonder if you’re witnessing the invisible hand of NBC News at work.

Such a scenario would probably have gone down like this: NBC forced Hayes to do a full on mea culpa. Then to further distance NBC from Hayes, Today puts on a segment regarding Hayes where people say just how wrong he was. This approaches tinfoil hat territory but I don’t think we can dismiss the possibility out of hand. It’s just too coincidental.

Open Mouth, Insert Foot…Re-open Mouth, Re-Insert Foot…

Posted in FNC on May 29, 2012 by icn2

So you thought the story of Roger Ailes vs. The New York Times was over and done with? Think again. NYU Journalism Professor Jay Rosen discusses

See what Ailes did? In his imavictim mind, he mapped the Ritholtz post onto the Times story about his name surfacing in court documents and created a fiction: that the New York Times falsely indicted him on the front page, relying on some bathroom conversation in Barbados. And for this (imaginary) crime, Ailes called (real) New York Times reporters “a bunch of lying scum.”

Now for the extra twist. Ailes had to apologize for the “lying scum” comment. Well, sort of. Not really. I mean he did it in the most weasely way possible. He got Howard Kurtz of CNN and the Daily Beast to anonymously quote a “senior Fox News executive” claiming that Roger feels bad about the whole thing: Ailes Regrets ‘Scum’ Attack on NYT.

Ailes himself couldn’t apologize, because that’s not the kind of guy he is. But this was before we knew how fictional his front page resentment narrative was. No one can figure out what Kurtz was doing when he granted anonymity to a Fox person for the purpose of apologizing on behalf of the boss (which is not exactly whistle-blowing, if you follow me…) but: there it is!