What’s Hot/What’s Not: 02/02/14
Joy Reid – Gets her own MSNBC show…
Carol Costello – Costello took on Atlanta’s Mayor right after the city got clobbered by a bad snowstorm and traffic was horribly snarled.
John King – CNN gave King a half hour Sunday show.
Dierdre Bolton to FBN – The network keeps signing on more and more talent and its early days in 2014 still…
Bill O’Reilly – O’Reilly got to interview President Obama before the Super
Bore Bowl. Say what you will about the interview…I thought it was a waste of airtime that changed nothing…it was still a coup for O’Reilly and he made the most of it.
The 2014 SOTU – Hyped to death but it’s already gone and forgotten. I know these are mandated but they’ve become exercises in dead air. Worse, there were three opposition responses. Next year let’s try for four! I know we can do it…
Gremlins? – FNC playing Hannity segments out of sequence one night last week was a big black eye for the show and the network…
Howard Kurtz – Kurtz got called out by Variety’s Brian Lowry for ducking Gabriel Sherman’s Roger Ailes book last Sunday when, according to Lowry, the previous Sunday he said he was going to cover it.
Anchors Away? – FTVLive dropped that CNN was looking to move Kate Bolduan off of New Day. I have yet to see anything from CNN suggesting the story has holes…which in itself is telling.
Martha MacCallum – MacCallum got caught up in a minor bruhaha about women and equal pay.
Tucker Carlson – Carlson got caught in a much more damaging bruhaha about women and equal pay.
More self-inflicted 30 Rock wounds – An anonymous MSNBC staffer put out a tweet that caused a firestorm with the right. The RNC called for a boycott and barred its staff from appearing on the network until Phil Griffin publicly apologized. It didn’t take long at all for Griffin to issue that apology. The staffer got fired.