Archive for January 18, 2013

Linzie Janis to ABC…

Posted in Bloomberg on January 18, 2013 by icn2

TVNewser’s Alex Weprin reports that Bloomberg’s Linzie Janis is bolting for ABC…

Linzie Janis will be joining ABC News in New York as a correspondent. She had been reporting for Bloomberg TV in London for the last four years.


The Hazards of Live TV: #25,186

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on January 18, 2013 by icn2

NewsBusters’ Ken Shepherd reports that Martin Bashir fell for a hoax…

While the mainstream media has been transfixed with the Manti Te’o fake girlfriend story, it seems many outlets in the gullible liberal media were biting on another hoax, this one involving Florida Gov. Rick Scott and a band of Satanists supposedly set to stage a rally expressing their support for the Florida Republican.

Among the journalists taken in by the fake story was MSNBC’s Martin Bashir, who could not wipe the devilish grin off his face as he reported what he thought to be a legitimate news story on his January 14 program, in a segment entitled “Dread Scott.”

“Yes, the Satanic Temple in Florida is organizing a rally next week to support Mr. Scott for signing a 2012 law that essentially would allow student-led prayer in school,” Bashir explained, adding that “We spoke to one of the Satanists today about why they support the law” and that the spokesman, one Lucien Greaves, explained “that the law would prevent the marginalization of Satanism and other smaller religious groups and lead to, quote, a boom in religious diversity.'”

Just a few days earlier, Bashir compared Scott to the late Communist despot Nicolae Ceauşescu, so a story like this, although too good to be true, was just too good to not run, apparently.

But alas, the Satanic Temple is not a real, well, Satanic temple. Bashir’s first clue might have been that there’s no physical address or even mailing address listed on’s website.

Press Releases: 01/18/13

Posted in Press Releases on January 18, 2013 by icn2

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CNN Digital Maintains Top Spot for 2012

CNN Leads Competition Via Web, Mobile and Social Media

CNN maintained its digital leadership position in 2012, beating nearly every news and information website in both unique viewers and page views. Holding its spot behind only the combined Yahoo!-ABC News Network, CNN Digital averaged 62 million unique visitors per month. For 2012 CNN’s average monthly visitors doubled Fox News Digital (31 million) and The New York Times Brand (29 million) and CNN topped the Huffington Post Media Group by 2 million, NBC News Digital by 5 million and CBS News by 22 million.

With 1.8 billion average page views for the year, CNN Digital outperformed HPMG News by 19%, NBC News Digital by 44%, Fox News Digital by 75%, CBS News by 134% and The NYT Brand by 208%. (Source: comScore Media Metrix, Jan – Dec. 2012; average monthly)

Beyond its breaking news coverage, experienced impressive growth in key sections for the year. With 32 million average monthly page views, the site’s Travel section grew 87% YOY. Earning a 48% gain in traffic over 2011,’s Politics section averaged 72 million page views per month and CNN Opinion grew by 52%, World by 33% and U.S. 38%.
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Piers Morgan Interview…

Posted in CNN on January 18, 2013 by icn2

Politico’s Dylan Byers interviews Piers Morgan…

Morgan, who describes himself as “deliberately provocative” and knows he has “a unique ability to rub certain people the wrong way,” doesn’t really care — or, in his native tongue, doesn’t give “a monkey’s cuss.”

“Andrew Sullivan is a dick,” Morgan told POLITICO. “He’s an extremely bitchy, deeply unpleasant, rather confused individual who for whatever reason despises the very spittle I put on the floor. Well, good luck to you, mate. But I couldn’t give a toss.”

On Larry King: “I’ve tried to be very respectful about Larry; he’s a legend, and I feel very proud to have followed him. But I think he just slightly needs to button it, because he’s talking nonsense. The reason we’re different is, I’m a journalist and he’s not. Larry isn’t a journalist, never has been.”

Free for All: 01/18/13

Posted in Free For All on January 18, 2013 by icn2

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