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MSNBC Blowback…

Posted in MSNBC on November 5, 2012 by icn2

We’ve been waiting for it to happen. We’ve speculated it would happen. Now it’s happening. Buried in Jeremy W. Peters’ New York Times article on the political histrionics plaguing cable news this elections season is this nugget…

Such stridency has put NBC News journalists who cover Republicans in awkward and compromised positions, several people who work for the network said. To distance themselves from their sister channel, they have started taking steps to reassure Republican sources, like pointing out that they are reporting for NBC programs like “Today” and “Nightly News” — not for MSNBC.

Tell that to Chuck Todd who has to work there. Tell that to Chris Jansing who has to work there. Tell that to Alex Witt who has to work there. Tell that to all the NBC talent who have to appear on MSNBC’s liberally charged air and put up with the occasional loaded question. Trying to distance yourself from MSNBC isn’t like throwing the baby out with the bathwater. It’s throwing the bathwater out while trying to keep the baby from flying out with it. It’s impossible.

If you want to see a glimpse of what NBC’s future could be, especially if Romney wins tomorrow night, just look at the last few years of the Obama Administration’s relationship with FNC. Peters did.

At Fox News, there is a palpable sense that the White House punishes the outlet for its coverage, not only by withholding the president, who has done interviews with every other major network, but also by denying them access to Michelle Obama.

This fall, Mrs. Obama has done a spate of television appearances, from CNN to “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on ABC. But when officials from Fox News recently asked for an interview with the first lady, they were told no. She has not appeared on the channel since 2010, when she sat down with Mike Huckabee.

There can be no argument that FNC gets punished for its coverage. If NBC News keeps putting its journalists on MSNBC, one day there may be no argument that NBC gets punished for MSNBC’s coverage.


Bloomberg Election Night…

Posted in Bloomberg on November 5, 2012 by icn2

Bloomberg TV announced its election night plans…


Who will lead the United States back to economic prosperity? Beginning tomorrow at 7pm ET, Bloomberg Television presents “Economy Election 2012,” live primetime election coverage focused on the economic impacts of an Obama or Romney presidency and the financial obstacles stifling the nation’s path to recovery.

At 7pm ET, Bloomberg Television will air a special edition of “Bloomberg Surveillance” with host Tom Keene, who will be joined by Sara Eisen and Scarlet Fu in New York. At 8pm ET, Trish Regan hosts “Economy Election 2012,” which will feature a team of reporters, analysts and contributors who will examine the key economic issues at play in the race for the White House.

Regan will be joined by Washington editor Al Hunt, Bloomberg Television political analyst Matthew Dowd, former Senator John Sununu (R-NH), Neil Barofsky, former Inspector General of TARP and Richard Falkenrath, former Deputy Commissioner of Counter-Terrorism of the NYPD. White House correspondent Julianna Goldman will report live from Obama campaign headquarters in Chicago and chief Washington correspondent Peter Cook will be stationed at Romney campaign headquarters in Boston. Washington correspondent Megan Hughes will report from New York with real-time results and chief national correspondent Carol Massar will report from Hamilton County, OH, ground zero for the economy election and a state that could determine the final outcome. In addition, White House correspondent Hans Nichols and economics editor Michael McKee will contribute to Bloomberg’s comprehensive reporting on the intersection of Wall Street, Main Street and K Street.

Bloomberg Television’s coverage will include a substantial multi-platform presence, with special programming available on multiple screens including on-air, via livestream on at and on mobile via the award-winning Bloomberg TV+ iPad app.

Listeners can tune in to Bloomberg Radio at WBBR 1130 AM in the New York metro area, SiriusXM channel 113 and on the Bloomberg Radio+ iPhone app for a simulcast of special election programming.

Free for All: 11/05/12

Posted in Free For All on November 5, 2012 by icn2

What’s on your mind?

Neil Cavuto Interview…

Posted in FBN on November 5, 2012 by icn2

Zap2It’s Kate O’Hare interviews Neil Cavuto about living with MS…

“The biggest thing I try to do,” he says in a voice that has been raspy since MS forced throat surgery a few years ago, “is get engaged in my work and not let what I clearly feel in my body slow me down. I’m well aware of the fatigue issue. Given my hours, I don’t need a reminder of that. But I know the havoc it can play — probably you’re hearing it in my voice — and on my nervous system, as it drags on.

“But what I find interesting about it — I should write a medical thesis on it — and what I’ve noticed talking to other MS patients, when they’re in the throes of their work … A friend of mine, who’s a corporate attorney, when he’s in the throes of a big project, he somehow is able to marshal the resources to do the job. Then, afterwards, when things calm down, he just collapses. His body just gives way. I’ve had those experiences.

“It is a little humbling, because it’s like, I was going and and going and going and then, I get through Election Night, and I get through all the interviews, and I get through everything, and then it’s like my body says, ‘All right, you little effer, I’m through with you.’ And I feel it.