Archive for November 19, 2012

Uh…Thanks…I Guess…but Seriously…ME?

Posted in Miscellaneous Subjects on November 19, 2012 by icn2

Ok…sure it was water cooler material, and I guess it’s nice to be thought about. But come on…I am NOT one of the 13 best Media Reporters in the country.

Look at some of the people on that list…Brian Stelter…Michael Calderone…Jim Romenesko…David Zurawik… We’re talking serious reporters here…people working hard to tell important stories in the TV News world. Me? I lob hand grenades from a Barcalounger cloaked in anonymity. I’m not saying anything that any bozo couldn’t say if they paid close attention to this industry and how it functions/disfunctions. Whether that itself is an indictment of others covering the beat or not, I leave for others to decide.

I will say, honor or not, it’s hard to take this list too seriously given that both Gabriel Sherman and Howard Kurtz didn’t make the cut. ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?!!??! I know Kurtz is polarizing, and I’m not always a fan of what he does, but he has the kind of insider access that some of the writers on Mediaite’s list would kill for. Controversial or not, that alone is enough to put him on the list in my book. And Sherman? Read this. It’s two years old but nobody has come close since it was published to putting out a story with that many revelations and must read nuggets in a single article.

I would gladly and humbly relinquish my inclusion to either of these men.

p.s. And I didn’t like the cheap shot thrown at TVNewser either. Yes, it’s the USA Today of media sites and doesn’t take many positions on anything. But that’s not its charter and it wasn’t its charter even when Stelter was running it (less so when Stelter had Cablenewser).

One more thing: Yes, the blog has seemed the past few months to be running at half speed or as Mediaite put it “seems to be on “hiatus” as often as he is writing”. This development has not been lost on me. I can’t pin this down on any one thing. Part of it is me back working again the past six months (though still a temp). Part of it is also due to the way I blog. I blog when I have something worth noting or something that’s got me worked up. There was a time many years ago when I’d write about anything tangentially cable news related regardless of how banal it was. I just can’t do that anymore. It feels too much like going through the motions…blogging for blogging’s sake. If ICN was a for profit blog, I’d have no choice but to blog as much as possible. But this is still just a hobby for me and as such I can “soul blog” and be true to myself.


Maddow and Last Word #1 in Demo Last Week

Posted in MSNBC on November 19, 2012 by icn2

MSNBC aanounced that last week it was #1 in the demo last week at 9 and 10pm…


“The Rachel Maddow Show” and “Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” Rank #1 in Post- Election Week among A25-54

NEW YORK –November 19, 2012 – During the first week post-election, MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” at 9 p.m. ET and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” at 10 p.m. ET were both #1 in the A25-54 demo, topping both Fox News Channel and CNN. For the week of November 12-16, Maddow was #1 with 480,000 A25-54 while FNC’s “Hannity” was second with 439,000 A25-54 and CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” placed third with 181,000 A25-54. “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” at 10 p.m. had 396,000 A25-54. FNC’s “On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren” was second with 362,000 A25-54 and CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” was third with 178,000 A25-54.

MSNBC primetime (8-11p) placed second for the week with 420,000 A25-54 (FNC was first with 454,000 A25-54).

Update: The fact that MSNBC comfortably beat FNC at 9 and 10 and still managed to get pasted by 34,000 in primetime’s demo last week underscores how powerful O’Reilly and how weak Ed Schultz were in their respective Demos last week. The disparity between Ed and Bill had to have been greater than the roughly 60,000 Demo swing required to put FNC on top.

Free for All: 11/19/12

Posted in Free For All on November 19, 2012 by icn2

What’s on your mind?

CNNI Launches New Asia Pacific Morning Show…

Posted in CNN on November 19, 2012 by icn2

CNN Observations writes about a new morning show for CNNI’s Asia Pacific region…

CNN International will launch a new morning news program for Asia-Pacific viewers from this coming Monday.

CNN Newsroom Live from Hong Kong is described by CNN as an “essential morning briefing … reporting on the top stories from Asia Pacific and across the world, from business to sport, weather, technology and entertainment.”

The new program, anchored by Andrew Stevens and Patricia Wu, airs weekdays between 6:00am and 8:00am (Hong Kong).

Cooper and Blitzer in Israel…

Posted in CNN on November 19, 2012 by icn2

CNN announced that Anderson Cooper and Wolf Blitzer will be broadcasting from Israel…

Blitzer, Cooper Travel to Middle East to Report on Israel-Gaza Conflict

As tensions rise in the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas, anchors Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper will broadcast live from the region beginning Monday. Blitzer will report live from Jerusalem while Cooper will report live from Gaza. Their programs, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper 360°, will air live from their respective locations.

CNN continues to cover the deadly attacks in Israel and Gaza with reporters positioned all around the Middle East, including Christiane Amanpour, who will anchor Amanpour from Jerusalem on Monday for CNN International. Additional deployments include:
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