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Some of the nation’s biggest TV-news outlets seem obsessed with capturing the feel of a small town.
TV-news junkies seeking to get the opinion of the average citizen on the day’s top issues have been in luck this week. On Fox News Channel Monday, Megyn Kelly hosted a panel of about 30 people – activists, religious leaders, gun advocates and law enforcement authorities – to discuss the issues of police and race in America. CNN has for two days pre-empted regular programming: on Tuesday, it let people talk to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan; and last night, Don Lemon convened an emotional assemblage of families of victims, government officials and others in the wake of the shootings of several police officers in Dallas. The shows are “town halls,” programs that mix traditional news anchors with the average citizens they deliver information to each day.
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- Brian Steinberg
Bill Maher grew up with news headlines ringing in his ears. His father was in radio news, and the events of the day made for natural conversation in his house. “I was born into a family of people who talked about the news,” he said. Other talk-show hosts “are not looking to talk about Brexit and its implications, but it’s second nature to me.”
Maher will have a lot to chat about over the next few weeks. He will keep doing his hour-long “Real Time” show on Friday nights on HBO in the weeks ahead, but as the Republican and Democratic conventions break out and occupy the national interest, Maher and his team will do the same, offering live half-hour shows that examine the Republican event on July 20 and 21 and the Democratic confab on July 27 and 28. That means news aficionados can opt for Maher and his often-lacerating analysis of the political landscape (this is a host »
- Brian Steinberg
The allegation is part of more than 30 tweets detailing Taylor’s difficulties with having her voice heard on cable news, including with her former employers at MSNBC.
“When cable networks tell you they ‘value diversity,’ don’t believe a word of it,” she tweeted.
In her remarks over two tweets about Lemon and CNN, she said: “I am personally banned from a network b/c, ironically enough, I dared disagree w/ a black man publicly abt black life […] I don’t throw rocks and hide my hand. That network is @CNN and the anchor is @donlemon.”
The disagreement over “black life” is likely a reference to a publicized incident in 2013, when Taylor called Lemon a “turn coat mofo” after he made comments supporting Fox News anchor »
- Sonia Saraiya
TV-news organizations scrambled to cover a horrifying series of shootings Thursday night in Dallas in which five police officers were killed and others wounded, setting a nation witnessing a series of escalating incidents of gun violence further on edge.
Fox News, CNN , Cbsn and MSNBC began covering the events Thursday evening and overnight, while the broadcast networks began coverage in earnest in the wee hours of the night, with CBS anchor Scott Pelley already in Dallas Friday morning.
Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, who hosts a 9 p.m. show, was among the first to bring the Dallas events to national television, presenting coverage that she explicitly told viewers was hard to describe with definition. CNN’s Don Lemon began covering the events early in the 10 p.m. hour. MSNBC and NBC News brought Brian Williams on to the cable network at 12:35 a.m. to anchor coverage; Williams would subsequently lead a special report on NBC at 1 a »
- Brian Steinberg and Cynthia Littleton
Sitora Yusufiy, ex-wife of now-dead Orlando mass shooter Omar Mateen, has been outspoken in the days since her ex-husband committed the worst mass shooting in American history, and continued to reveal details of her turbulent marriage to CNN's Don Lemon Tuesday night. In a wide-ranging interview, Yusufiy described the unusual corcumstances that led to their brief marriage, and the immediate change that overcame Mateen once they were married. »
- Tommy Christopher
The nation’s TV-news outlets mobilized to cover a tragedy in Orlando in which a shooter opened fire in a nightclub catering to Lgbt customers, killing what is estimated to be about 50 people.
Lester Holt, Matt Lauer Scott Pelley, Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon and Bill Hemmer were among the high-visibility anchors who were dispatched to Orlando to provide on-the-scene coverage of the mass murder and its aftermath, a signal of the intense interest in an incident which authorities have suggested has terrorist undertones.
NBC planned to devote a new “Dateline” to coverage of the event Sunday and to have Lester Holt anchor Sunday’s “NBC Nightly News” from Orlando. Matt Lauer is expected to anchor “Today” from Orlando Monday morning, NBC News said. CBS said Scott Pelley, Charlie Rose and Gayle King and Josh Elliott would all travel to Orlando to anchor “CBS Evening News,” “CBS This Morning” and the Cbsn feed from Orlando. On Sunday night, “60 Minutes” contained a segment with the latest updates on the story. ABC planned to run a special hour of “20/20” on Sunday evening and dispatched “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir to anchor coverage from Orlando for Sunday and Monday.
Many of the networks have covered the horrific incident since early Sunday. MSNBC, for example, said its coverage began at 4:30 a.m. Eastern. Chris Jansing and Alex Witt anchored coverage in the late morning and early afternoon on the NBCUniversal-owned outlet until making way for Tamron Hall at 2 p.m., then Brian Williams at 3:50. He was expected to continue to hold forth on MSNBC through the evening.
Fox News Channel pre-empted regular programming Sunday morning, giving the anchor reins to Bret Baier at 11 a.m., rather than running the regularly scheduled program at that time, “MediaBuzz,” a media-analysis program hosted by Howard Kurtz. At CNN, Jake Tapper devoted his political-talk program, “State of the Union,” to coverage of the incident, interviewing national-security analysts and Rep. Pete King, among others. Tapper continued to anchor coverage into the early afternoon.
Scott Pelley anchored CBS and Cbsn, CBS’ live streaming-video news feed, in the late morning. Willie Geist, normally on NBC’s air Sunday to anchor “Sunday Today,” led an NBC News special report that started at 10:16 a.m. eastern and led rolling coverage that continued in the late morning and early afternoon. ABC News also broke into programming Sunday morning to cover the incident.
Most of the cable networks have given way to wall-to-wall coverage, and clearly planned to devote the bulk of their coverage to Orlando heading into Monday. Fox News said Bill Hemmer and Greta Van Susteren were expected to anchor live from the scene on Monday to report on the most current developments. ABC said “Good Morning America” will cover the aftermath. with George Stephanopoulos and Amy Robach expected to be on the ground in Orlando on Monday June 13. NBC said Matt Lauer would be in Orlando to anchor coverage for “Today.”
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- Brian Steinberg
CNN has a variety of programs hosted by a diverse group of anchors. Some viewers prefer hosts with a legal background, such as Chris Cuomo, while others prefer polarizing figures such as Don Lemon. So who is the most popular? Here are CNN’s Top 10 daily news programs, based on total viewers during April 2016. “Morning Express” with Robin Meade is technically on CNN’s sister station, Hln, but she is often featured on CNN specials such as “Quiz Show” and averages 282,000 viewers. “Situation Room” with Wolf Blizter remains extremely popular, despite comedian Larry Wilmore ripping it at the recent White. »
- Brian Flood
An EgyptAir flight en route from Paris to Cairo disappeared on Wednesday night, sending news organizations into a frenzy and prompting cable news networks to potentially re-arrange programming schedules. Among the three major American cable news networks, CNN reported the missing Airbus A320 first when Don Lemon went on live at 11:06 p.m. Et Wednesday night. Fox News broke into taped programming at 11:22 Et and MSNBC followed at 11:23 Et. So what are the networks going to do today as we await details of the tragedy to emerge? Check out the information below and be sure to come back often, »
- Brian Flood
Under fire for his performance at Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Larry Wilmore said he wouldn’t want to host again. In an interview with TheWrap Wilmore said, “I don’t think you want to do this type of thing again. I don’t think anybody would ever ask me back for something like this.” Wilmore has been the subject of much debate and some criticism this week in the wake of roast-style jokes at the event, not all of which were well received in the room, particularly his insults of journalists including Wolf Blitzer and Don Lemon. Wilmore »
- Tony Maglio
President Obama’s final chance to roast celebrities, journos and politicos at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner produced strong ratings for CNN on Saturday night.
The annual event, in which reporters mingle with a mix of administration officials, lawmakers and Hollywood and sports stars, averaged 2.313 million viewers from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Et, according to Nielsen — more than double the tune-in for last year (1.031 million). MSNBC’s coverage drew 687,000 from 9 to 11:09 p.m. Et, while Fox News Channel averaged 1.2 million viewers for its coverage from 10-11:13 p.m. Et. (Ratings are not released for C-span, which aired the entire evening’s events, including red-carpet coverage.)
Specifically in the 10 p.m. hour, which featured Obama’s speech, CNN drew 3 million viewers. Fnc ran second with 1.2 million, and MSNBC was third with 945,000.
In the key news demo of adults 25-54 for the 10 p.m. hour, CNN (771,000) beat the combined tune-in »
- Rick Kissell
Updated with video: Larry Wilmore kicked off The Nightly Show tonight explaining he had not called President Obama a “n**ger” at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Wilmore said he had called him a “n**ga.” After which, Wilmore then attacked Mail Online’s U.S. editor-at-large Piers Morgan for having failed to properly “conjugate the slur” in his column about Wilmore’s widely panned Whcd performance. “I hosted little dinner party. With a few friends — me, Don Lemon… »
Speaking on his “Nightly Show,” Wilmore took the British journalist and former CNN personality to task for the way he interpreted his remarks, in which he praised Obama’s tenure as the first African-American commander-in-chief. Morgan chastised Wilmore for using a form of the N-word in his routine. Wilmore responded with a cultural history lesson for Morgan.
The term “n—a,” explained Wilmore, who is African-American, “is a term of endearment some black people use between each other to take back that power.” Morgan’s use of the word in his article, on the other hand, is how “white people used to denigrate, demean and dehumanize black people, »
- Brian Steinberg
If 2015 marked the "fourth quarter" of Obama's presidency — as mentioned at last year's White House Correspondents Association dinner — then 2016 finds him casually tacking on field goals as the clock runs out. Onstage at the annual roast of Washington and its press corps, the president was loose, funny, and completely at ease in front of a crowd that (generally) loves him; his remarks were delivered with the confidence of a man serving the last months of his second term, his approval rating up and his legacy assured. The roast came close to a victory lap, »
Larry Wilmore didn’t hold back during Saturday night’s annual White House Correspondents dinner, calling CNN anchor Don Lemon an “alleged journalist.” “Some of America’s finest black journalists are here tonight,” said Wilmore during his speech which lasted longer than 20 minutes. “Don Lemon’s here too… Alleged journalist Don Lemon, everybody!” The host of Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show” roasted the room of journalists, politicians and celebrities, fearlessly taking on race during much of his address. Also Read: Fight Breaks Out at Whcd Afterparty Between Fox News, HuffPost Reporters (Photo) Watch the entire speech above, and see »
- Meriah Doty
White House Correspondents' Dinner emcee and The Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore delivered the usual poorly-received followup to the President's remarks, one which got him flipped off by Don Lemon and earned him a death stare from Wolf Blitzer that Wilmore probably hasn't seen since the last time he hopped in the back of a New York City cab, but he really left a mark with his parting remark to President Obama: Yo, Barry, you did it, my nigga.” »
- Tommy Christopher
Don Lemon gave Larry Wilmore’s performance the middle finger tonight at the White House Correspondents Dinner while the other 2,699 attendees appeared to wish they’d had the nerve. But, after lambasting the media packed into Washington’s Hinkley Hilton, Wilmore capped his set with a head snapping pivot, paying tribute to Obama’s White House legacy that ended with a gasp inducing, “You did it, my n*gga!” “Welcome to Negro Night here, or as they say at Fox, ‘two thugs… »
“Some of America’s finest black journalists are here tonight. Don Lemon’s here too,” he joked.
Lemon extended his middle finger to Wilmore from the CNN table.
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— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) May 1, 2016
Wilmore also blasted CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, comparing him to a “drone.”
“Ask a follow up question!” he yelled to the news anchor.
Wilmore, host of Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show,” did attack Trump (“He looks like a rich dad on ‘Law & Order’ who’s frat boy son just strangled a hooker.”) but he mostly put the blame on the media, similarly to Obama’s statements, for being so soft on the Gop candidate.
Wilmore also devoted much »
- Variety Staff
It appeared that CNN's Don Lemon didn't think Larry Wilmore was very funny during his speech at Saturday's White House Correspondents' Dinner. During Wilmore's monologue, the Nightly Show host introduced Lemon by saying, "Some of America's finest black journalists are here tonight. Don Lemon's here, too," he added. "Alleged journalist Don Lemon, everybody!" CNN caught Lemon on camera giving Wilmore the finger. Don Lemon.gif pic.twitter.com/mcBZBZRkq3 — Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) May 1, 2016 Wilmore hit CNN hard during his speech, also taking aim at Wolf Blitzer: "Speaking of drones, how is Wolf Blitzer still on
- THR Staff
This has been the most boring Twitter week in recent memory. If this column were about YouTube, I’d have a thing or two to say about BuzzFeed Video’s new content produced by Don Lemon and Ben Carson. But no, I was stuck with Twitter. So stick with me as I parse through Parker Posey’s inability... Read more » »
- Ira Madison III
W. Kamau Bell’s journeys have taken him to a late-night program on FX and to stages around the country. More recently, however, the African-American comic found himself in an even more unlikely position – deep in the woods, face to face with members of the Ku Klux Klan, who were decked in full regalia.
“It went exactly like you think it went,” said Bell. “Eventually, most of them opened up,” he recalled. “Some of them were laughing. I know when I left, a lot of them were like, ‘I think I like a black person now.’”
That scene will be among the first in a series of awkward cultural juxtapositions through which Bell will lead audiences when he hosts a new CNN series, “United Shades of America,” which launches April 24 on the Time Warner-owned cable-news outlet. The comedian will examine clashes of class and race in locales ranging from Alaska to East Los Angeles. »
- Brian Steinberg
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