What’s Hot/What’s Not: 01/12/14

What’s Hot:

Bulletin Board PR: Example #1 – Looks like the network cross warfare is heating up again. FNC took out a full page ad throwing some quotes from the presidents of CNN and FNC back in their faces.

Christine Romans and Christi Paul – Romans and Paul got named to CNN’s morning programming; Romans to Early Start and Paul to CNN New Day Weekends.

Roger Ailes – Ailes is hot because of Gabriel Sherman’s forthcoming book and all the fallout that is ensuing…

What’s Not:

Charles Maddow in charge – A dumb article came out on National Review Online about how Rachel Maddow is essentially getting her way over everything MSNBC does, even if it doesn’t involve her. Uh…yeah, right.

Bulletin Board PR: Example #2 Speaking of Bulletin Board PR, I’m sure Jeff Zucker’s shots at FNC at the TCA on Friday got filed away.

Glass Houses – CNN kept pushing, with a big assist from Mediaite, the narrative that MSNBC’s crime docs are juicing its ratings. So what does CNN do at the end of the week? Announce a new true crime series. Oh…and the block of crime tape the network ran last night doesn’t help its case either.

Not settled – MSNBC doesn’t have a clear choice for 12pm so it’s going with rotating hosts to see who sticks…

The Weather Channel’s campaign against DirecTV – The Weather Channel launched an incredibly stupid PR offensive on DirecTV. That it wants to fight to keep itself on DirecTV isn’t the issue…in fact its a necessity. The problem is with the method the channel has chosen to mount its offensive; namely saying it’s essentially a necessary service akin to a public utility and that people’s lives will be put in danger if it’s taken out of a mere 20 million homes. HA!

9 Responses to “What’s Hot/What’s Not: 01/12/14”

  1. “and all the fallout that is ensuing”


  2. Nixon - niila niihpikiiookwa meentwasiaani Says:

    Christi Paul is a nice looking lady. Roger Ailes is not. That should straighten things out a bit.

  3. “Not settled – MSNBC doesn’t have a clear choice for 12pm so it’s going with rotating hosts to see who sticks…”

    ^^I think they already have the winner picked but, for whatever reason, don’t want to name them yet.

    Aside from Joy Reid, Ezra Klein has always been on everyone’s short list for a show at MSNBC. The recent news that Klein may be leaving the WP to start his own media website, based on explanatory journalism, may partly explain why he hasn’t been given one of the recent openings at the network and will be unlikely to get the upcoming noon slot. Just sayin’.

  4. Nixon - niila niihpikiiookwa meentwasiaani Says:

    Fritz, the permanent host may be under contract elsewhere. So they are going with rotating hosts until the replacement is available. They wouldn’t be the first to go this route.

  5. The fallout might be the crumbling off the stature of RELIABLE SOURCES.
    I expect Spud to rise to the occasion, but since he didn’t, here is a comment left by “John” on the RELIABLE SOURCES blog that pretty well spells it out:

    “I watch Reliable Sources regularly as I saw the show as an objective review of media coverage. The January 12th episode was certainly a disappointing low point. The Kitty Kelley–esque content by Sherman in the past seems to have continued with this Ailes book – and Brian Stelter treated this author as if he were a credible journalist. Sherman’s work is usually poorly sourced gossip – which is fine when not treated like serious journalism. The fact that he was given such a prominent and unchallenged portion of this week’s show was odd considering what I thought was the context of the program. I have no problem with the Ed Schultz and Sean Hannity types as they are honest about their intent and the editorial nature of their efforts. I usually don’t watch FoxNews or MSNBC because of this type of gossip-as-serious-news approach, and I’ll not watch this Reliable Sources again.”

  6. Ronan Farrow, ladies and gentlemen. #GoldenGlobes

    @RonanFarrow Missed Woody tribute. Was part where woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?

  7. Nixon - niila niihpikiiookwa meentwasiaani Says:

    I am guessing, Joe, that Ronan is not a Woody fan. Can’t blame him, the guy is a creep. However, I did like “Zelig” with Mia co-starring.

    Now I have that song “Chameleon Days” stuck in my head.

  8. Gabriel Sherman: “I consider Roger Ailes the biggest media story of the last 50 years.”

    Brian Stelter promised an in depth interview with the author, then presented it. It was fascinating.

  9. Woody, Roman Polanski — liberals forgive their friends for anything and their enemies for nothing.

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