Geraldo Rivera, the hyperbolic field reporter
with the fluffy mustache, is nursing his wounded pride
and considering legal action against the
venerable newspaper The New York Times after that paper's
television critic Alessandra Stanley quipped
about Rivera's reporting from New Orleans.
In a story published in the September 5 edition of the Times, Stanley said that Rivera
"nudged an Air Force rescue worker out of the
way so his camera crew could tape him as he
helped lift an older woman in a wheelchair to safety."
Rivera then called NY Times reporter Alessandra Stanley the "Jayson Blair of the Style section," referring to disgraced NY Times reporter Jayson Blair. Blair was fired after it came to light that he fabricated sources ...Read more
Fox correspondent Tony Snow has been named the new White House press secretary, it was announced last night. Snow takes the place of outgoing press secretary Scott McClellan.
Snow is the host of The Tony Snow Show on Fox and the former anchor of Fox News Sunday. In recent episodes of his show, Snow has praised President Bush's "brilliant foreign policy" and called antiwar politicians like Rep. John Murtha, a war veteran who called for the US to pull out of Iraq, the "cut and run crowd."
In the past, Snow has been critical of the President's education and Medicare policies. In a column from November, 2005, Snow wrote that "the President has become an embarrassment."
At a press conference this morning, Bush joked that when he asked Snow about the criticism, Snow replied, "You should have heard what I said about the other guy."
Snow began his ...Read more
News Corp. has taken over the programming of a giant screen in Times Square and has started offering news, sports, and other content from across its operations.
News Corp. said it won the screen deal from NBC as of October 1 under a 10-year agreement with One Times Square, with Panasonic of North America serving as a sublessee of the screen.
News Corp. will deliver at least three hours of live programming daily on the Panasonic Astrovision Screen, including an hour each of Fox 5's Good Day New York, as well as Fox News' Fox and Friends and Fox Report With Shepard Smith.
The media giant said it also will deliver live feeds from Fox Sports, including Major League Baseball's League Championships and World Series, the NFL, and NASCAR's Daytona 500.
The remaining programming time on the screen, which operates from 7 p.m. to 2 a ...Read more
With issues of domestic spying and the war in Iraq keeping Washington abuzz, the networks will devote hours of coverage to President Bush's State of the Union address Tuesday night.
The president is scheduled to speak before a joint session of Congress shortly after 9 p.m. EST. The broadcast networks plan to begin coverage at 9 p.m. and then offer analysis and the Democrats' response from Virginia Governor Tim Kaine. The cable channels will offer extended coverage.
Bush has been devoting more time to making the public case for the war in Iraq, with a number of his speeches carried live on cable channels. It's likely that he'll devote a fair amount of the speech to Iraq and the war on terrorism.
Viewership for the State of the Union speeches has been declining in recent years. Last year's speech--Bush's fourth while in office--was ...Read more
Fox News Channel has agreed to pay $225,000 to settle a claim filed against it by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of four women who had sued the network, charging that they had been in a sexually hostile workplace.
Fox must also revise its antidiscrimination policy and train its managers. The case, filed in Federal District Court in New York in November, involved alleged improper language made by a Fox News advertising and marketing vice president to women in the advertising and promotion office in New York.
Hurricane Katrina coverage helped boost ratings at the four cable news channels in the third quarter (which ended September 25), with CNN and MSNBC posting their best viewership levels since the Iraq war started in the second quarter of 2003, according to Nielsen Media Research data issued Tuesday.
Fox News, which was already having a standout summer, jumped 31 percent over the year-ago period in total day to 1.2 million viewers and 29 percent in primetime to 2.3 million viewers, Nielsen said.
CNN averaged 693,000 viewers in total day (up 39 percent) and 1.1 million in primetime (up 29 percent). MSNBC averaged 300,000 viewers in total day (up 11 percent) and 471,000 in primetime (up 12 percent).
It was a split decision for MSNBC, which has been suffering under an assault from the newly rejuvenated ...Read more