In this edition: Who pulled advertising from O’Reilly’s show; who’s got a bigger ego than O’Falafel?; NYT embracing user-generated content?; Democrats & the FCC; Scooter Libby trial; ABC’s Barbaro priorities; Fox reporter forgets that Peter Jennings died; Vanity Fair’s political voice; WaPo retreats from Cheney lawsuit; Molly Ivins, RIP; Obama freezes out Fox News; AAR’s new owner; talking billboards?; Call Rita Cosby for a good time; ratings; and so much more...
Thoughts, and Then, the News
What makes a presidential candidate mainstream? It’s a question being asked. My answer? A candidate is "mainstream" if the D.C. news media says so. Race plays a role (see Carney’s "didn’t come from the civil rights movement" swipe), but it’s certainly not the only factor. Nobody in D.C. is taking Dennis Kucinich or Mike Gravel seriously; few think Duncan Hunter has a shot at the nomination. The media treats presidential candidates inequitably, but it has a lot to do with who they know well and/or who talks to them.
Now for the news:
Ex-Philly Inq editor Walker Lundy: Demand that your newspaper raise hell. Amen!
What’s a Senior Administration Official?
Who’s got a bigger ego than Bill O’Reilly?
Catholic League Pres. William Donohue.
No pictures, but Gaza is a dangerous place
"If there are no pictures of the fighting, do we report the story?"
Huckabee and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Dem-Gazette staff protests publication of Huckabee’s op-ed. The former governor is running for president in 2008. He’s whining about the media.
Reaping What Fox Sowed
- Obama to Fox: I’m Not Talking To You... not after the false madrassah report. Fox clearly f-ed up. Every Fox host who peddled the lies should apologize on-air to Obama, and Fox should send Obama a handwritten apology. (FishBowlDC has more) Oh, and props to Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) for calling Fox out on Hannity & Colmes on 1/30/07.
- Lowe’s pulls advertising from O’Reilly Factor because of Bill O’Reilly’s uncalled for comments regarding Shawn Hornbeck.
- Some major media outlets are NOT eyeing the Bush administration’s Iran talk more skeptically than they did the administration’s pre-invasion Iraq talk.
- ABC: Barbaro’s death more important than Iraq
- MSNBC’s Rita Cosby tells her "buddies" at the National Review to call her "for a good time"
- Fox’s Julie Banderas forgets that Peter Jennings died and that Tom Brokaw no longer anchors NBC Nightly news. In the meantime, Bill O’Reilly continues his war against NBC News.
- Judy, Judy, Judy. Howie Kurtz says Judith Miller refused to answer questions about her WMD reporting and criticized what he’d written afterward.
- WaPo drops suit demanding Secret Service logs of visitors to Cheney’s office. You have to wonder if Katherine Graham is rolling in her grave...
- CNN’s Susan Lisovicz tries sucking up to Bush to score an interview. She didn’t get one.
- Jon Friedman: CNBC’s MariaGate is its own fault
- Newsweek calls meth use a ‘trent’ even when meth use was declining
Credit Where It’s Due
- News orgs fight for airing of Libby tapes
- NPR’s John McChesney for following up on a soldier’s question to Bush.
Media People & In the Field
- May she rest in peace. Liberal columnist Molly Ivins died at the age of 62. Condolences to her family. Vid. Clips of Ivins, and some tributes.
- Turkish prosecutors charge 7th suspect in journalist’s murder
- Freelancer Josh Wolf to Remain Jailed for Contempt
- Soledad O’Brien talks to the Boca Raton News about Katrina, Darfur, etc.
- CNN’s Headline Prime celebrates its second anniversary with a party. Seen: Nancy Grace and Glenn Beck.
- NYT Managing Editor Jill Abramson watches The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.
- Also a fan of TDS and TCR, Andrea Mitchell. She even gave props to Samantha Bee.
- Tim Russert doesn’t like Chris Matthews. Libby trial dirt. More here.
News & Notes on Media orgs, Programming, Specials, etc.
- Anchors lament: HD shows all.
- Hatfill lawsuit tossed because Kristof’s columns were "cautiously worded"
- NYT jumping into user-created content
- Vanity Fair and its Passionate Political Voice. An interesting story.
- MSNBC Deploys Campaign-Style Attack Ads on Rival News Channels They’re edgier ads and creative. I saw one and reminded me of the ESPN "This is Sportscenter" ads in that they’re supposed to push the channel’s brand. The style of the ad is also more appealing for younger viewers which is where MSNBC is showing the most growth ratings-wise. Here’s video of one ad.
- Air America has a new owner in Stephen Green’s SLG Radio.
- NYT posts Q4 loss
State of the Media, Trends, Research Reports, Innovations
- Shame on newspaper companies going all the way to China for paper. They could recycle, but they’re going to China.
- Democrats Urge Tighter FCC Rules Those concerned with media ownership issues will want to read this.
- FCC: TV, Mobile Industries Could Change in 2007
- Journalists have love-hate relationship with reader mail
- Newspapers: A "Challenged Platform" and look to web for the future.
- Docs, Ad Industry Clash Over Pharma’s Direct-to-Consumer Ads
- Advice for newspapers: Offer free merchandise ads
- Talking billboards?
The Audience: Ratings, Circulation, & Ad Rates, etc.
- What are the circulations for The Politico, The Hill, and Roll Call? Find out.
- Morning Show Ratings War (Cable Edition): FNC losing ground to CNN and MSNBC in the a.m.
- Microsoft sites draw most global traffic. Google was second; Yahoo was third.
- Sunday Talk Ratings via Hotline 2/1: "For the week of 1/28, NBC's "Meet the Press" won with a 2.8 rating/8 share with 3.970M viewers. CBS' "Face the Nation" and ABC's "This Week" both had a 6 share but "Face" had a 2.4 rating and 3.269M viewers while "This Week" had a 2.0 rating and 2.769M viewers. "Fox News Sunday" came in with a 1.2/3 and 1.538M viewers"
- CNN brags about being tops in 2006 for online news usage
- Greta Van Susteren is the ratings leader in her time slot, but Anderson Cooper is gaining in the demo
- MSNBC brags about rising ratings in the key 25-54 demo. See demo ratings comparisons for all cable news networks between January 2007 and January 2006 here. Total viewers comparisons here.
- Cable News Program Ranker via TV Newser. Top show is O’Reilly. Top CNN show is Larry King Live. Top MSNBC show is Countdown with Keith Olbermann.
- Morning cable ratings: Imus up, CNN’s American Morning down, Fox & Friends down
- Sean Hannity’s airing of Path to 9/11 scenes draw in big ratings.
- Network news ratings: NBC wins again
- Good ratings for ABC WNT’s visit to Detroit
- Arbitron’s People Meters Get Accreditation
- Survey: Some YouTube users watch less TV
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