Archive for October, 2012

Free for All: 10/30/12

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

What’s on your mind?


Soledad O’Brien Profile…

Posted in CNN on October 30, 2012 by icn2

The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove profiles Soledad O’Brien…

If O’Brien’s shtick is appreciably more acerbic than conventional morning fare, her ex-boss, former CNN/U.S. president Jonathan Klein, praises “her tough questioning and lean-in demeanor, her ability to get people to open up to her, and her relentless drive to make everything as good as it possibly could be.” Klein left the once-dominant cable outlet in late 2010 amid chronically low ratings, and the management shake-ups continue to this day. But O’Brien, who dropped out of Harvard in the late ’80s for an entry-level job at Boston’s NBC station (she went back to Harvard a decade later and completed her degree), is keeping her head down and screening out the “noise.”

When she launched Starting Point in January, it was a return to morning television after five years of making award-winning documentaries. (In 2007 Klein pulled her from American Morning, CNN’s previous effort in the troubled time slot.) These days O’Brien is an unignorable factor in the presidential campaign. It was on her program, which runs a distant third to Fox News’s Fox & Friends and MSNBC’s Morning Joe, that Romney blurted that “I’m not concerned about the very poor” (a gaffe that immediately went viral) and Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom likened his candidate to an Etch a Sketch (a comparison that persists in the media-political bloodstream).

In recent weeks, O’Brien has tangled with a posse of Republican talking heads—most memorably with frequent guest John Sununu, who, when she challenged his assertions about Medicare, advised her to “put an Obama bumper sticker on your forehead.” She’s also twitted the odd Democrat or two.

The Hazards Of Live TV: #25,177

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

The Cycle has a flat…


Posted in Blog Announcements on October 29, 2012 by icn2

Getting my bearings again after 11 days of running around two islands dealing with Mantas, volcanoes, Tsunami Alerts, and, naturally, lost snorkel gear. Only this time it wasn’t my snorkel that got claimed by Mother Ocean…it was Spudette’s. More on that in the months to come I’m sure…

Blogus Interruptus…

Posted in Blog Announcements on October 17, 2012 by icn2

No you don’t have double vision…
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Free for All: 10/17/12

Posted in Free For All on October 17, 2012 by icn2

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The Hazards of Live TV: #25,176

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

Ahhhhh…focus groups. You get a wide variety of people. You get some who can bite their tongue and you get some who…uh…can’t.