Blogus Interruptus…

Posted in Blog Announcements on November 1, 2015 by icn2



Back in two weeks.

The Day After…

Posted in CNBC on October 30, 2015 by icn2

CNN’s Brian Stelter writes about CNBC the day after the debate from hell…

There was simultaneous crowing and cringing on Thursday. Employees who spoke on condition of anonymity for this story wished for a “do-over” and pointed fingers of blame for the chaotic production. Some pointed all the way up to CNBC president Mark Hoffman, who was also aboard Wednesday night’s charter.

“Everyone feels pretty embarrassed,” one veteran staffer said.

But some of the same employees also said they were proud that the moderators had pointedly challenged the GOP candidates and potentially changed the course of the presidential race.

They wondered aloud: Will people remember the gripes about Quintanilla, Quick and John Harwood? Will they remember the audience’s boos and the analysts’ comments that CNBC “lost control” of the debate?

They second-guessed the opening question of the debate, when Quintanilla asked each candidate, “What is your biggest weakness and what are you doing to address it?” Did it start the debate off on the wrong track?


As the day went on, there was less and less talk about the debate on CNBC. According to one of the employees, producers were given internal guidance to move on.

At CNBC’s sister news outlets MSNBC and NBC News, producers were advised not to “pile on” the moderator controversy, according to people there.

Strange Inheritance Season Two To Launch

Posted in FBN on October 28, 2015 by icn2

FBN announced that season two of Strange Inheritance will debut Nov 11…

NEW YORK, Oct 28, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) — FOX Business Network (FBN) will debut the second season of the hit story-driven reality series Strange Inheritance, on Wednesday, November 11 [th] with a four episode marathon from 9-11PM/ET.

Hosted by Jamie Colby, the series chronicles unusual stories of inheritance and debuted earlier this year as the highest rated show launch in the network’s history. This season will feature another 26 episodes ranging from Winston Churchill’s teeth to George Washington’s lost wallet and air back-to-back on Mondays in the 9PM/ET hour, with encore episodes airing Tuesday through Thursday at 9PM/ET.

Strange Inheritance is produced by Towers Productions, which is known for such programs as The History Channel’s Gangland, National Geographic’s Inside 9/11, The Weather Channel’s Storm Stories and A&E’s American Justice.

FOX Business Network (FBN) is a financial news channel delivering real-time information across all platforms that impact both Main Street and Wall Street. Headquartered in New York—the business capital of the world—FBN launched in October 2007 and is available in more than 70 million homes in major markets across the United States. Owned by 21st Century Fox, the network has bureaus in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, DC and London. On the web at

Working For a Living…Working!

Posted in MSNBC on October 28, 2015 by icn2

When I heard about Melissa Harris-Perry’s ludicrous PC out of control commentary on the term “hard worker” I just rolled my eyes but that’s about all I wanted to do. The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple does considerably more…he goes through Marissa Harris Perry’s past brushes with the term “hard worker”…

In none of those instances did Harris-Perry uncork any lectures about the historical context of hard work or hard workers. Perhaps that’s because those discussions didn’t fit into the framework of “relative privilege,” which the host cited as the trigger for her outburst against Aguilar. Some clarification on just when guests on Harris-Perry’s show may reference hard workers appears to be in order, given the vague parameters laid out by the host. Yesterday this blog contacted MSNBC in search of an interview with Harris-Perry but was rebuffed. No comment.

Until we get further word, we’ll have to trust the record: When folks who share Harris-Perry’s ideology reference hard work, they’re fine. When a guy who doesn’t share Harris-Perry’s ideology references a top Republican’s hard work, he’s not so fine. “I think she saw me as the conservative on the panel and she let me have it,” Aguilar told this blog.

Faulkner vs. Habro: Hasbro Responds…

Posted in FNC on October 27, 2015 by icn2

Deadline’s Dominic Patten writes about Hasbro’s response to Harris Faulkner’s lawsuit over a toy named “Harris Faulkner”… (via J$)

Almost two months after Fox New Channel anchor Harris Faulkner went after the toy giant for a hamster that shares her name and, she says, her look, Hasbro has stopped playing games. In paperwork filed in federal court Monday, the company wants the multiple Emmy winner’s multimillion-dollar lawsuit dismissed – at least partially.

“Because name-sameness is not enough to state a claim for a violation of one’s right of publicity under well-established law, and because Ms. Faulkner’s attempt to claim that the hamster toy misappropriates her likeness is implausible on its face, Ms. Faulkner’s Third Cause of Action alleging a violation of her right of publicity fails to state a claim for which relief can be granted and should be dismissed with prejudice,” say lawyers for Hasbro in a filing October 26 (read it here).

Press Releases: 10/27/15

Posted in Miscellaneous Subjects on October 27, 2015 by icn2



Interview to Air During Special “Morning Joe” Live from Wichita on Tuesday, November 3

NEW YORK – October 27, 2015 – In a rare, exclusive interview, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski will sit down with billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. The interview will take place in the Koch’s childhood home in Wichita, KS and will explore the role of money in politics.

“Morning Joe” (weekdays, 6-9 a.m. ET) will air the joint interview in a special live broadcast from Wichita State University on Tuesday, November 3, one year out from Election Day 2016.

October Numbers: MSNBC…

Posted in Ratings Related on October 27, 2015 by icn2

MSNBC is noting its October ratings…


“Morning Joe” Tops CNN in Total Viewers, Ties in A25-54 Demo

MSNBC Continues to Gain Momentum in A25-54 Demo and Total Viewers

NEW YORK – October 27, 2015 – “The Rachel Maddow Show” tops CNN for regularly scheduled shows in total viewers (953,000 vs. 547,000) and the A25-54 demo (171,000 vs. 159,000) for the month of October 2015. “Morning Joe” also tops CNN in total viewers for eight consecutive months (463,000 vs. 351,000) and ties in the A25-54 demo for the past two months. Additionally, “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” are all ahead of CNN in total viewers for October 2015.
Continue reading


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 257 other followers