Rick Sanchez Names MSNBC, Olbermann, Maddow To “List U Don’t Want 2 Be On”

On the heels of John King’s MSNBC/FNC related segment last night, his colleague Rick Sanchez threw MSNBC on “The List U Don’t Want 2 Be On” today.

After reading Bill Burton’s quote about MSNBC, Sanchez launched into his monologue about how he’s happy he’s not a White House friend or foe.

Before putting the network on his “list,” Sanchez said he tried to contact Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann for comment, but they weren’t available. Olbermann did respond on Twitter after: “Thanks to everybody who tweeted me about @ricksanchezcnn I had no idea my first fill-in host was back on tv! Way to go, Rick, congrats!”

Back to the segment. “In an effort to praise them, Burton has actually revealed MSNBC’s bias,” said Sanchez. “Or at least what the White House perceives as their bias.”

More, and a knock on both MSNBC and FNC:

Since when is news supposed to have a limited point of view? Only progressive? Oh that’s right. I just remembered. Ever since Fox decided to give mostly the conservative, Republican side, then MSNBC followed suit with mostly the liberal, Democratic side. I guess I forgot.

Sanchez said that, like King, he’s glad he’s at CNN and not part of either side in this. “I wasn’t necessarily liked by the Bush White House, and I don’t think I’m particularly liked by the Obama White House as well,” he said. “And you know what, that’s the way I like it.”

And that’s not some “psycho babble“. Check it out here:

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Olbermann Has Third Different MSNBC Program To Be #1 On Network In Prime Time This Week

Cable news ratings, September 29, 2010: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• On Monday it was Lawrence O’Donnell. On Tuesday it was Rachel Maddow. On Wednesday night, it was Keith Olbermann who had the #1 show on MSNBC, CNN or HLN in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. Will this be the new MSNBC – alternating which host wins the night on the network? We’ll see.

• On Day 3 of The Last Word, O’Donnell beat CNN in total viewers at 10pmET but Anderson Cooper had more viewers in the demo.

TV NEWS RATINGS: 25-54 DEMOGRAPHIC (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm Beck

625

Blitzer

97

Matthews

134

Showbiz

45

6 pm Baier

368

Blitzer

95

Ed Show

192

Prime

44

7 pm Shep

326

King, USA

127

Matthews

195

Issues

95

8 pm O’Reilly

766

Sanchez

230

Olbermann

323

Grace

217

9 pm Hannity

572

King

186

Maddow

259

Behar

98

10 pm Greta

530

Cooper

278

O’Donnell

234

Grace

137

11 pm O’Reilly

508

Cooper

160

Olbermann

230

Showbiz

116

TOTAL DAY 361 138 145 116
PRIME TIME 623 231 272 147
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.
TV NEWS RATINGS: TOTAL VIEWERS (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm Beck

2258

Blitzer

504

Matthews

542

Showbiz

122

6 pm Baier

2004

Blitzer

486

Ed Show

717

Prime

161

7 pm Shep

1773

King, USA

439

Matthews

610

Issues

323

8 pm O’Reilly

3370

Sanchez

570

Olbermann

1215

Grace

628

9 pm Hannity

2349

King

912

Maddow

969

Behar

324

10 pm Greta

2025

Cooper

842

O’Donnell

953

Grace

338

11 pm O’Reilly

1555

Cooper

391

Olbermann

641

Showbiz

273

TOTAL DAY 1444 393 482 263
PRIME TIME 2583 464 1046 420
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data

Update: (Most of) Fox News’ Red Eye Crew Laughs Off James O’Keefe’s ‘CNN Caper’

Aside from several segments on her own network, CNN correspondent Abbie Boudreau’s tale of attempted sexual humiliation by conservative activist James O’Keefe has gotten scant coverage on cable news. Popular Fox News late-night yuckfest Red Eye at least tried to cover the story last night, and while there was some mockery of O’Keefe, the overall effect was to deflect and trivialize what O’Keefe is alleged to have done. The segment begins with a misguided comparison to Stephen Colbert’s congressional testimony, and ends with panelist Ann Coulter lamenting the fact that “narc” Izzy Santa prevented Boudreau from “rolling in the condoms.”

While no one would ever accuse Red Eye of gravitas, there is a way to give O’Keefe’s alleged actions their proper weight, while still being funny. To watch this clip, you would never know that the plan was to strand Abbie Boudreau aboard a sex-prop-filled boat with O’Keefe until she tearfully begged to be let off.


Several prominent conservative media figures have already denounced O’Keefe, including Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell (who called it an “attempted assault”), and leading conservative blogs Redstate and Hot Air. O’Keefe’s high-profile editor, Andrew Breitbart, has yet to weigh in on the controversy, but took steps to distance himself from this incident.

Curiously, Boudreau’s story has gotten little coverage, outside of CNN and a blogosphere that was hungry to gobble O’Keefe up. According to TV Eyes, the only other mention of the story was on MSNBC’s Hardball. A Google News search reveals little coverage by the mainstream press, either. The Washington Post’s Reliable Source blog posted an item, but most of the coverage has been on web outlets. Considering the attention O’Keefe has gotten previously, and the explosive, titillating details of this story, it’s hard to explain why it hasn’t gotten more heat from the mainstream media.

Update: Red Eye Ombudsman (and my friend) Andy Levy points out that I completely missed his commentary on Redeye’s “Halftime Report,” in which he makes many of the points that I made here. He even goes as far as saying that O’Keefe’s plan “might well be criminal.”

While the other Redeye panelists continue to argue the point with Levy, he holds his ground. I deeply regret having omitted Andy’s pitch-perfect commentary, and include it now. (also h/t Johnny Dollar)


Anderson Cooper To Host Syndicated Talk Show In Fall 2011; Re-ups With CNN Too

Anderson Cooper is adding a daytime talk show to his busy schedule, signing a deal to host a one-hour syndicated program for Warner Bros. and Telepictures beginning in Fall 2011.

He stays on with CNN, and according to CNN President Jim Walton, he’s “extended his relationship” with the network in a new multi-year deal. All the details after the jump:

The news was first reported by James Hibberd of The Live Feed.

According to the WB release:

Cooper will address water cooler topics and interview the real people, populist newsmakers and celebrities behind these stories. From undercover investigations to hidden camera experiments, the show will give the audience new perspective in an effort to gain insight into relevant issues and social trends affecting women’s lives. In addition, Cooper will hold town hall meetings on hot button issues from race to infidelity to Internet predators.

The full release is below.

CNN released this statement from CNN Worldwide President Walton: “I am pleased that Anderson Cooper has extended his relationship with CNN and will be with us for years to come. I am also pleased to congratulate Anderson on his new relationship with Telepictures. We think it will be good for Anderson, good for CNN and good for Time Warner.”

And Cooper says, “I remain as committed as ever to my program on CNN, and will be with CNN for years to come.”

Earlier this month we talked to Cooper about hosting daytime talk shows. Check it out here. Also, this ends all speculation about him going to CBS to host the Evening News, but no word yet if he will continue what would now be a third TV job – contributing to 60 Minutes.

We’ll continue to examine the implications for Cooper and CNN, but for now, here’s the full details:

Anderson Cooper has signed a deal to host a new, one-hour daily daytime strip, set for national syndication launch in Fall 2011, it was announced today by Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, and Hilary Estey McLoughlin, President, Telepictures Productions.

“Over the course of the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a number of daytime programs,” said Anderson Cooper. ” It’s fun and interesting to work in daytime television. The format is unique and you can really go in-depth on a wide range of fascinating and compelling stories. With this new program I hope to relay important information and relate to people and the audience in a completely different way. It’s an exciting opportunity to show another side of myself and create something worthwhile and special in daytime.”

“There is a great opportunity in the marketplace for this type of show,” said Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. “Fall ‘11 begins a transition period when long established franchises are leaving the air and making way for a new generation of shows. Anderson Cooper is one of the most distinctive voices of the next generation of television. His popularity and skills uniquely position him to be the next big syndication franchise.”

“The hallmark of Telepictures’ success has been attracting iconic talent and building franchises based on their personalities. From my early days working with Rosie through our success with Ellen, we have been able to identify great talent at the right time that fills a void in daytime. Anderson fills that void today, and I’m thrilled that we’ll be welcoming him to the Telepictures family. Anderson is one of those rare talents that has a relatable and authentic persona, a keen sense of humor and intelligence and has already demonstrated his ability to resonate with daytime viewers,” said Hilary Estey McLoughlin, President, Telepictures Productions.

Cooper will bring his passionate voice and personal perspective to a topical daily talk show that will tell the stories that are capturing the daytime audience’s attention. The show will have a broad palette that will cover social issues, trends and events, pop culture and celebrity, human interest stories and populist news. Cooper will tap into his compassion and fascination with the human condition and share compelling and provocative personal stories and tackle the issues that will stir debate while bringing his humorous take on what is top of mind for the daytime audience.

Cooper will address water cooler topics and interview the real people, populist newsmakers and celebrities behind these stories. From undercover investigations to hidden camera experiments, the show will give the audience new perspective in an effort to gain insight into relevant issues and social trends affecting women’s lives. In addition, Cooper will hold town hall meetings on hot button issues from race to infidelity to Internet predators. When there is breaking news, he will take the audience along with him right into the eye of the storm, as he goes beyond the headlines and into the lives of those affected. The show will feature audience participation both in the studio and live chats with home viewers. Like his predecessors Oprah Winfrey and Phil Donahue, Anderson Cooper will create a daily destination for multiple generations of women looking to be informed and entertained, gain perspective, and stay connected to each other and the world around them.

Cooper will continue to anchor CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” a provocative alternative to the typical network evening newscast, airing weeknights at 10 p.m. ET. Cooper joined CNN in December 2001 and served as CNN’s weekend anchor before moving to prime time in March 2003 following the war in Iraq. In addition to reporting for CNN, Cooper, an award-winning journalist, also provides reports for CBS’s “60 Minutes.” Dispatches from the Edge, Cooper’s memoir about covering the South Asia tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and other news events, topped the New York Times Bestsellers List and other bestseller charts. Before joining CNN, Cooper was an ABC News correspondent and host of the network’s reality program, “The Mole.” He anchored ABC’s live, interactive news and interview program, “World News Now,” as well as providing reports for “World News Tonight,” “20/20″ and “20/20 Downtown.”

Cooper graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He also studied Vietnamese at the University of Hanoi.

The show will be based in New York City and produced by Telepictures Productions in association with StrongChild Productions and Anderson Cooper will serve as an Executive Producer.

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John King Manages To Slam FNC, MSNBC And Pres. Obama In 90 Seconds

Yes, that John King! The CNN anchor took on some recent cable news-related comments by the Obama administration in a quick, sarcastic and brutally accurate segment on John King, USA last night.

“Sometimes you feel sad to be left out of a big debate,” he said. “This is not one of those sometimes.” And then he found a way in.

King started with Pres. Obama’s comments that Fox News was a “destructive force” in America, playing some of the more anti-Obama comments from Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. He followed that by noting Bill Burton had called MSNBC “an invaluable service” – and proceeded to play some of the most vitriolic clips from Ed Schultz and Keith Olbermann.

When King got back on camera, all he needed to say was, “got it?”

The moment felt a little like this famous showdown between Campbell Brown and former McCain campaign adviser Tucker Bounds – a fantastic interview that made some step back and say, ‘That was Campbell Brown?!’ That led to some semi-commentaries from Brown, later dubbed “Cutting Through The Bull,” that were sometimes successful and other times seemed forced.

It would do a smart move for King to try to establish himself as an objective observer in this battle between the Obama fans and foes, if for no other reason that it secures an identity for his program. The 7pmET timeslot is a valuable one on CNN – even more so starting on Monday when it needs to serve as a solid lead-in for new program Parker Spitzer. King’s ratings started low and have been steadily declining all year.

This could signal a new, potentially successful, direction on the John King, USA roadmap.

Here’s the segment:

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Anderson Cooper Tops Lawrence O’Donnell On Day Two Of The Last Word

Cable news ratings, September 28, 2010: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• While his debut gave him the best show on MSNBC, CNN or HLN, Lawrence O’Donnell didn’t have the best show at 10pmET on day two in the A25-54 demographic. Anderson Cooper topped O’Donnell. O’Donnell had the top 10pmET program in total viewers. Rachel Maddow had the top show on MSNBC in both categories.

TV NEWS RATINGS: 25-54 DEMOGRAPHIC (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm Beck

566

Blitzer

151

Matthews

81

Showbiz

41

6 pm Baier

400

Blitzer

135

Ed Show

119

Prime

58

7 pm Shep

374

King, USA

130

Matthews

169

Issues

113

8 pm O’Reilly

775

Sanchez

137

Olbermann

275

Grace

165

9 pm Hannity

664

King

151

Maddow

300

Behar

143

10 pm Greta

568

Cooper

251

O’Donnell

218

Grace

104

11 pm O’Reilly

775

Cooper

177

Olbermann

185

Showbiz

116

TOTAL DAY 339 145 118 197
PRIME TIME 669 180 264 135
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.
TV NEWS RATINGS: TOTAL VIEWERS (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm Beck

2161

Blitzer

568

Matthews

489

Showbiz

176

6 pm Baier

2049

Blitzer

430

Ed Show

711

Prime

217

7 pm Shep

1744

King, USA

421

Matthews

663

Issues

375

8 pm O’Reilly

3154

Sanchez

412

Olbermann

999

Grace

561

9 pm Hannity

2306

King

420

Maddow

1018

Behar

378

10 pm Greta

2115

Cooper

560

O’Donnell

860

Grace

279

11 pm O’Reilly

1430

Cooper

283

Olbermann

593

Showbiz

276

TOTAL DAY 1284 393 419 256
PRIME TIME 2525 464 959 396
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data