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Posted Tuesday 1/15/19 at 4:41PM EST
John Kasich debuts on CNN, Claire McCaskill joins MSNBC and NBC News
Republican former Ohio Gov. Kasich is CNN's newest political commentator, while Democrat former Missouri Sen. McCaskill has signed on as a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.
Posted Friday 12/14/18 at 1:29PM EST
Mika Brzezinski apologizes on MSNBC for homophobic slur
The Morning Joe co-host's suggestion on Wednesday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was a "wannabe dictator’s butt boy" caught the attention of President Trump, who tweeted Thursday that a conservative using that "horrible" term "would be banned permanently from television" while "she will probably be given a pass."
Posted Thursday 12/13/18 at 8:23PM EST
Katy Tur announces live on MSNBC she's expecting a baby
Source: Page Six
“I have a baby in my belly. Officially," Tur, who is expecting a boy, announced this afternoon. She added: "“I am tired of the tweets asking. So, I am going to announce it, that is my little guy. He is due in April. Well, now I am going to cry."
Posted Sunday 12/02/18 at 11:37AM EST
George H.W. Bush funeral and memorial service plans announced
President Trump has declared Wednesday a national day of mourning in honor of the 41st president. A memorial service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET., followed by another memorial service the next day in Houston. Bush is scheduled to be laid to rest on Thursday evening. Expect network and cable news coverage of the memorial services and funeral.
Posted Monday 11/26/18 at 11:25AM EST
Morning Joe's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are married
Source: Us Weekly
U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings officiated Saturday's ceremony in Washington, D.C. The longtime MSNBC co-hosts got engaged in May 2017.
Posted Thursday 11/15/18 at 1:35PM EST
Larry King criticizes Jim Acosta, says CNN, MSNBC and Fox News aren't news networks anymore
The former CNN host said in an interview with Law & Crime network that "Jim might have gone a little far" and "you’re not bigger than (Trump). It isn’t about you, it’s about him,” King also said: “CNN has become — as is Fox, and MSNBC — Trump networks. There’s the anti-Trump network, the partial anti-Trump network, and the pro-Trump network. But they’re not news networks.”
Posted Tuesday 11/13/18 at 10:47PM EST
Patricia Cornwell is developing NBC crime drama series Red Stick
The bestselling crime author's crime series is revolves around Dr. Annie Lodge, an original character she created. According to Variety, Lodge is "summoned from New York to her hometown of Baton Rouge, La., after the sudden death of her father, the city’s beloved coroner. Now, as she’s mourning the loss of her childhood hero, Annie finds herself reluctantly stepping into her father’s role to solve an ongoing murder while navigating the complicated waters of Bayou politics, Southern hospitality, and a simmering past romance."
Posted Wednesday 11/07/18 at 9:55AM EST
TV news played it safe on election night until Fox News declared Democrats' House victory
Source: The New York Times
NBC News, CNN, ABC News and other news outlets seemed wary of declaring victory for the Democrats in retaking the House of Representatives. "Then blue-state redemption arrived from an unlikely source: Fox News," reports The New York Times. "In an aggressive call on a night when many television networks played it safe, Fox News was the first major news organization to project that the Democrats would retake control of the House of Representatives, dealing a blow to the channel’s most famous viewer, President Trump...About 50 minutes after Fox News’ call, NBC News followed suit. CNN did not weigh in with a definitive projection on the House until 11 p.m." This year, the Big Three broadcast networks devoted much more time to covering the midterms. As The Times notes, "ABC, CBS and NBC allotted a supersize block of time — three hours in prime time — to feed viewers’ appetite for political news. Usually, midterms only merit an hour of coverage on the Big Three broadcast stations, usually starting at 10 p.m. Cable news networks, whose ratings now regularly beat rival channels like ESPN, constructed glossy new sets for the occasion; Fox News, for instance, built a hub outside its studio on Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan."
- Sean Hannity was noticeably absent from Fox News' election coverage after appearing on stage with Trump
- CNN had the best presentation on election night
- Beto O'Rourke dropped the F-bomb on live TV while giving his concession speech
- Ted Cruz's victory prompted Stephen Colbert to break the glass for his "emergency drink"
- Seth Meyers had a more upbeat election night reaction compared to two years ago
- Olivia Wilde's mom loses Congressional race to an alleged "devotee of Bigfoot erotica"
# TOPICS: 2018 Midterm Elections, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, Beto O’Rourke, Chris Wallace, Olivia Wilde, Sean Hannity, Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, Ted Cruz, Cable News, Late Night, Trump Presidency
Posted Tuesday 11/06/18 at 8:55PM EST
In praise of MSNBC's Steve Kornacki, the only good thing about election night
"Not to sh*t on CNN’s John King, but Kornacki is the best board monkey in the game," says Ashley Reese. "He has the eager, earnest excitement of a labrador retriever and a genuine love of polls, numbers, and everything else that makes me want to launch myself out of a window. Kornacki breaks all this electoral dysfunction down into easy to chew, bite sized pieces with a touch of absolute f*cking chaos that makes me feel like Kornacki and I are sharing the same caffeine drip. He’s also a welcome reprieve from the back and forth banter between the network’s talking heads who sometimes seem more interested in hearing themselves talk than actually dispensing news."
Posted Tuesday 11/06/18 at 4:37PM EST
MSNBC screws up by airing Florida gubernatorial race results on Monday night
“Quick clarification here,” said All In host Chris Hayes on his show Monday. “Just want to say, earlier this hour, uh, we showed a graphic of the Florida gubernatorial race. May have caught your eye because our system had inadvertently populated some test numbers. Obviously, we do not yet have any vote totals here, the night before the election. That was a misfire. Don’t worry. I was pretty confused when I saw it up there, to see it there myself.”
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 9:44PM EST
Maps are the real stars of election night on cable news
Source: The New York Times
CNN's John King, MSNBC's Steve Kornacki and Fox News' Bill Hemmer explain how their interactive maps have become game-changers in covering elections. CNN's Magic Wall technology, for instance, was designed by the CIA, not CNN.
Posted Thursday 11/01/18 at 12:44PM EDT
Nearly four years after scandal, Brian Williams is grateful for his MSNBC "comeback," which he considers "uniquely American"
Source: Los Angeles Times
“I think I’m the recipient of something that is uniquely American,” says the host of MSNBC's The 11th Hour. “People like a comeback.” Williams was suspended for six months in February 2015, and ultimately stripped of his NBC Nightly News anchor job, for lying about his involvement in the 2003 Iraq invasion. “All I will say … is you have to go deep to properly examine everything,” he says. “I would not diminish the fact that this company saw me in a new and different role. I’m professionally happy and grateful in equal measure.”
Posted Thursday 10/25/18 at 6:46PM EDT
Megyn Kelly's NBC News exit negotiations may bring up Ronan Farrow's Harvey Weinstein reporting
Kelly's new attorney Bryan J. Freedman, one of Hollywood's top talent-side litigators who was hired late last night, is scheduled to begin exit negotiations with NBC News on Friday. TMZ reports that with nearly two years left on her three-year deal, Kelly is demanding a $50 million settlement or she'll file a lawsuit. Multiple reports say she wants Ronan Farrow to attend the meeting as a witness. Last month, Kelly questioned NBC News' handling of Farrow's reporting on Weinstein, and even contradicted NBC News chairman Andy Lack's insistence that Farrow didn't have an on-the-record interview with Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan. She even called for an independent investigation of NBC News. “Is this retaliation? That’s what this is about,” a source tells Vulture. Sources tell Variety "that NBC News chairman Andy Lack disapproved of Kelly aggressively covering stories about sexual harassment on her show, particularly related to NBC and disgraced anchor Matt Lauer." Kelly's attorney is also expected to bring up MSNBC anchor Joy Reid's old homophobic blog posts and Real Housewives of New York star Luann de Lesseps dressing in blackface as Diana Ross for Halloween. “Both of them still work there,” a source tells Vulture. “All Megyn did was talk about it and apologize.”
- More celebrities, including Ron Howard and Gary Sinise, canceled on Megyn Kelly Today -- while staffers were told Thursday to prepare for a few days off and that they would be moved to new jobs if the show is canceled
- Is there any possibility of Megyn Kelly staying at NBC?
Posted Wednesday 10/24/18 at 3:17PM EDT
NBC News unveils "Signal" streaming service
NBC News Signal is scheduled to launch in the middle of next year featuring programs hosted by Steve Kornacki, Katy Tur and other MSNBC/NBC News stars.
Posted Thursday 10/11/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Kanye West holds an impromptu press conference while speaking with President Trump in the Oval Office
In what some are saying may be preview of this week's SNL cold open, cable news captured the bizarre spectacle of Kanye West meeting with President Trump in the Oval Office. Following a marathon speech while sitting across from Trump, West was asked questions from the media about his past comments denouncing former President George W. Bush. West ended his visit by giving President Trump a hug. "I love this guy right here," West said.