27 Responses to “What’s Hot/What’s Not: Submissions…”
HOT: Coverage of the Chris Christie GWB scandal. By far the best reporting on cable news has been by Rachel Maddow and Steve Kornacki and by MSNBC in general. This is starting to show up in increased demo ratings for the network.
Maddow was the first to cover the story as more than a local news event and has done great in depth coverage and analysis of each days revelations.
Kornacki knows many of the leading players in the story personally and is probably the most knowledgeable expert on New Jersey politics on cable news today. His hour long discussion this morning on ‘UP with Steve Kornacki’ was the most informative discourse on the subject I’ve seen so far on cable news.
HOT — Maddow Lying about the Koch Brothers, Christie talking his way out of BRIDGEGATE, Former Secretary of Defense reveling his boss was willing to sacrifice the lives of soldiers and make decisions affecting their safety for pure political reasons.
NOT — Gabe Sherman book. The Loudest Dud in The Store.
HOT: MSNBC coverage of Chris Christie Bridgegate.
NOT: FNC’s coverage amounts to “But, Obama!!!”
HOT: Zucker tells it like it is – FNC is a political operation.
NOT: The weather. It was straight up cold this week.
NOT – reporting this week on Obama’s failed foreign policy should have amped up more than it did.
All his efforts either have failed, are failing or are soon destined to fail. Osama may be dead, but his offspring are legion.
NOT: TWC complaining about DTV and adding a countdown clock on screen to when DTV might drop them.
Is it a carriage dispute iceman or is it a response to DirecTV’s addition and heavy promotion of this Weather Nation?
The Weather Channels contract with DTV is up on January 13th and they don’t have a new agreement yet.
TWC is putting the blame on DTV saying DTV could drop them on the 13th and tell DTV to keep TWC.
If TWC is that concerned about people losing their channel they could just extend the deadline and keep the channel on DTV while they work on a new contract.
I don’t have DTV so I don’t know if they are doing their own ads saying you can get weather 24/7 on WeatherNation and weather on the local broadcast stations.
Sounds like another deal where the networks are demanding an increase in carriage fees. I’m totally on DirecTV’s side – means they’re fighting to keep rates the same instead of just accepting carriage increases and raising their prices.
It’s about time the cable companies start fighting back.
Weather Nation is right under DirecTV on the lineup – channel 361 I believe. I noticed it because it stood out quite obnoxiously on the TV guide the way DTV has it listed.
WeatherNation launched on DirecTV Channel 361 on December 16, 2013.
Some are saying that was a clue that DTV might drop TWC if there was no new carriage agreement.
I’m on DTVs side to. TWC can’t claim people are going to miss out on vital information when TWC does no live weather shows 8pm to 4am weekdays and 2pm-4:30am weekends.
Who cares? The Weather Channel sucks anyways. I seen their ads about how TWC is live-saving. Yeah, if there’s a major storm, CNN and MSNBC will cover it. If there’s weather in my area, I’ll get it on my iPhone and iPad. The Weather Channel doesn’t offer emergency weather information in local areas anyways.
HOT: According to Maddow, the Koch brothers donated to a group that donated to another group that donated to another group that pressured Christie into Bridgegate because they wanted to punish single-mother minorities.
NOT: Maddow’s definition of “journalism”.
Not so Hot: WEATHER NATION
Segment hosted by Al Sharpton proves tornados engineered by Republicans and snow is racist.
NOT: Today’s RELIABLE SOUCES, 34 minute hatchet job on Roger Ailes that could easily have appeared on MSNBC for the interview and followup guests who did not even discuss the interview. The guests immediately switched to how outrageous conservative radio is and liberal radio fails because “liberals are more tolerant.” Tell me the grinning host could not have come up with someone as a guest who might have given a critical assessment of the author’s interview, and I’ll call you a liar.
No, I had to take a shower after watching the feigned “compliments” to Roger, “and Hitler rose from a mere corporal to the leader of his nation, what persistence”, to swat him with murder threats and anonymous gossip.
Sherman and Stelter would have looked more at home behind the counter of an adult book store, leering at the merchandise.
LUKEWARM — Brian responds to me:
I’m sorry you felt that way. The purpose of the interview with the “Outrage Industry” authors was to broaden out the conversation beyond just Fox. The author’s comments about conservative vs liberal outrage were rooted in years of research. –Brian
HOT: The Great Media Conspiracy to bury the Robert Gates book isn’t working at all. Long segments on Meet The Press on NBC, and Disrupt with Karen Finney on MSNBC. Oops.
Isn’t appearing on ‘Disrupt’ the very definition of Buried?
HOT: afternoon naps!
“The Great Media Conspiracy to bury the Robert Gates book isn’t working at all.”
^^I noticed the right is changing it’s tune re the Gates book now that longer and less partisan quotes are coming out and that the book is actually quite positive about Obama and his administration. Who Gates really hates is Congress, particularly the House Republicans.
On Media Buzz today Brit Hume was quite critical of Gates and I predict that when the book comes this week out FNC and the right wing blogs will have a whole different POV of Gates and his book. They certainly won’t be saying the Christie GWB affair is a distraction from coverage of the Gates book.
Fritz, the FNC guys aren’t the dogmatic water carriers the MSNBC people are.
I noticed the right is changing it’s tune re the Gates book now that longer and less partisan quotes are coming out