Changes at CNN as Carville, Matalin, Bennett, Erickson, Whitaker Ouste

January 30th, 2013 10:52 AM
When Jeff Zucker became president of CNN earlier this month, some people in the mainstream media feared that this might be the end of “the last bastion of television journalism” since the former head of NBC Universal was expected to make many significant changes in the network personnel and schedule. Those changes took off on Tuesday, when ABC's Chris Cuomo, who had served as…

CNN Internal Memo: Obama Got More Debate Time Because He Speaks Slowly

October 18th, 2012 1:13 PM
According to an internal email, obtained by TMZ, CNN's Candy Crowley allowed Barack Obama more time to speak at the debate because "he speaks more slowly." The email sent out by CNN's Managing Editor Mark Whitaker began with him cheering, "Let's start with a big round of applause for Candy Crowley for a superb job under the most difficult circumstances imaginable.…

Former Newsweek Editor on Why He Didn't Run Lewinsky Story: 'We Didn't

November 6th, 2011 9:41 PM
Former Newsweek editor Mark Whitaker said Sunday he chose not to run the story that former President Bill Clinton had an affair with Monica Lewinsky because he and his staff didn't feel they were on firm enough ground. "If we had gotten that wrong," Whitaker told CNN's Howard Kurtz on Reliable Sources, it "could  have been a mortal blow to Newsweek's reputation…

Fareed Zakaria: Fox Viewers Don't Watch CNN - Our Competition is NPR a

July 2nd, 2011 2:44 PM
CNN's Fareed Zakaria made a bit of a Kinsley gaffe Friday. On NPR's "Morning Edition," Zakaria said, "The people who watch Fox are not going to watch CNN...Our competitors should properly be The New York Times, the BBC, NPR" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

CNN’s New Executive VP Argued Not Raising Taxes Hikes Deficit: ‘Re

January 28th, 2011 12:54 PM
In picking Mark Whitaker, Washington Bureau Chief for NBC News, as its new Executive Vice President and Managing Editor (TVNewser post), CNN has selected someone with a liberal outlook who presumes not raising taxes can be blamed for an increase in the deficit. On election night last year, Whitaker channeled a liberal argument in favor of hiking taxes, declaring during live NBC News…

NBC's Gregory Blames Angle's Loss on...Dissing the News Media; Whitake

November 3rd, 2010 2:59 AM
Just after NBC News called Nevada for incumbent Democratic Senator Harry Reid, Meet the Press host David Gregory credited his victory to how “Tea Party-backed” Sharron Angle disrespected journalists, citing how she “made some very unwise decisions, namely, saying things like 'I'm not going to give any interviews until after I'm elected.'” Gregory…

Nets Which Promoted NAACP’s Attack on Tea Party Treat Sherrod as Vic

July 21st, 2010 9:23 AM
ABC and CBS last week jumped to advance the NAACP’s charge of racism within the Tea Party movement with friendly stories which provided corroboration for the allegation as neither identified the left-wing group’s ideology. On Tuesday night, however, the ABC and CBS evening newscasts had a sudden concern for the accuracy of the racism charge leveled against a USDA official via video posted by…

NBC DC Bureau Chief Blames Obama's Troubled Year on 'Meanness and Mayh

December 28th, 2009 8:09 AM

Bozell Column: News Executives In The Tank

July 8th, 2009 2:10 PM
The network news divisions are enjoying the unprecedented coverage they're providing President Obama, not just because they support him, but because White House specials are cheap and do well in the ratings. "Obama should change his middle name from Hussein to Nielsen," quipped longtime TV reporter Gail Shister in a story by David Bauder of the Associated Press. It seems like a never-…

Guthrie Decides Obama Gave a Great Speech -- On MSNBC My Boss Told Me

April 14th, 2009 9:31 PM
The insular world of NBC News and MSNBC. In her Tuesday NBC Nightly News story on President Barrack Obama's status of the economy speech, reporter Savannah Guthrie emphasized how “the White House billed today's speech as a 'major' one” and so it was “carried live on cable” where “analysts said it was short on rhetoric and long on policy.” Guthrie's expert “analysts” turned out to be one analyst,…

Matthews Panel Frets GOP Will Fight Obama’s ‘Great Things,’ But

December 1st, 2008 8:02 PM
On Sunday’s Chris Matthews Show, host Matthews led the panel in a discussion over whether conservatives would choose to cooperate with the Obama administration in making "historic changes" to repair the economy, rather than stand in opposition to his programs. The premise of the discussion seemed to be that times are too serious for conservatives to dare dissent from Obama’s plans. At…

NBC Exec: Obama's Skin Color Gives Him More Legitimacy Than Any Americ

November 30th, 2008 1:35 PM
The number two man at NBC News believes Barack Obama's skin color gives him more legitimacy around the world than possibly any American leader in history.For those unfamiliar, Mark Whitaker is the Senior Vice President that succeeded the late Tim Russert as NBC's Washington Bureau Chief, and currently oversees national and international reporting for all the network's news programs including the…

NBC Honcho: Obama 'Lifted Himself Up From the Streets of Hawaii

November 2nd, 2008 9:45 AM
Mark Whitaker, head of the NBC News DC bureau, got off today's unintentional laugh line when he described Barack Obama as having "lifted himself up from the streets of Hawaii."Oh those mean streets of Hawaii. You know, the sort pictured here at the Punahou school that Obama attended from 5-12th grade.  While attending Punahou, Obama lived with his grandparents.  Readers will recall that…

Consult Doctor if NBCer's Joke Lasts More Than Four Hours

September 10th, 2008 2:18 PM
You could see this one coming.  After Harry Smith called Sarah Palin "Geritol" for McCain, some MSM wag was sure to take things the next step. I'd say it just happened. NBC News DC bureau chief Mark Whitaker was chatting with Andrea Mitchell at 1:27 PM EDT today.MARK WHITAKER: [People] want to see passion. They want to see that Obama, and the same thing is true of McCain, and we've seen…