Rudy Giuliani: “UK Has The Best Intelligence Services In The World,” Except For Maybe Israel

Rudy Giuliani is making the media rounds again to discuss and mostly commend the police work that prevented a major terror attack from happening in Times Square last night. Talking terror on CNN, Giuliani noted that investigations can only ever be “right 99% of the time,” and compared the success in New York to the London subway attacks of 2005. In making that comparison, he noted that “the UK has the best intelligence services in the world, only equal to Israel.” Uh, is Giuliani forgetting something again?

Giuliani noted that the “police work was excellent” in the incredibly quick effort to catch suspect Faisel Shahzad, with the caveat that he might be a little biased towards the NYPD. But then, in listing the intelligence efforts abroad, he noted that the only country whose intelligence services could match the UK’s is Israel’s. Which begs the question: how well does America rank on Giuliani’s intelligence list?

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CNN Uses Twitter As A Public Opinion Gauge For UK Elections

CNN has always been much more fascinated with Twitter than its cable news competitors. They’ve used it for promotion, breaking news, and, well, anything Rick Sanchez does. Today, to enhance their coverage of the UK parliamentary elections, CNN Digital Producer Phil Han took to the social networking site to breathlessly inform the public that buzz words like “coverage” and, um, “hung” are really “dominating the Twittersphere.”

Credit goes to Han for taking to Twitter with Jim Cramer-level enthusiasm, though you get the feeling that Han is much more excited about what is happening on Twitter than the people actually using it. For example, he emphasizes that “there seems to be a lot of disappointment, at least among Liberal Democrat supporters– utter, utter disappointment.” Having built up to that kind of absolute devastation of morale among millions of Lib Dems, he delivered this tweet: “I really hope these exit polls aren’t right. I’m disappointed.”

Anticlimactic as that was, it’s wonderful to see such ebullience from old media to new, and see CNN continue to build upon it’s innovative affection for Twitter. Once again, many journalists in cable news have been using Twitter as a news feed. Some commentators have been using it to enhance their on-air personality. But it’s really CNN who has started using it as a public opinion monitor and automatic unscientific polling machine.

Han’s Twitter segment below:


CNN Ratings Rise Tuesday With Times Square Bomber Coverage

Cable news ratings, May 4, 2010: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• With two major stories in the news Tuesday, the Times Square bombing plot and the oil spill, CNN ratings improved drastically, most notably in prime time. They weren’t competing with Fox News for first place (although it got close in a couple hours), but they jumped ahead of MSNBC for 2nd place in almost every category. Here’s a breakdown:

Wolf Blitzer’s 6pmET hour of The Situation Room was CNN’s best in the demo, finishing 2nd by just 4,000. John King the next hour more than doubled Chris Matthews in the demo the next hour. All the CNN prime time hosts (Campbell Brown, Larry King) topped their MSNBC competitors in the demo, and Anderson Cooper beat MSNBC in total viewers as well.

Joy Behar on HLN performed well Tuesday also, finishing 2nd at 9pmET (behind just FNC) in the demo and had the most total viewers of all shows on HLN.

Rachel Maddow’s 11pmET repeat topped all other programs on the network in the demo, and finished 2nd in the hour behind FNC.

Bill O’Reilly had the top show on all of cable news – Glenn Beck was #2 in both categories.

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

Beck

532

Blitzer

301

Matthews

146

Showbiz

109

6 pm

Baier

360

Blitzer

356

Ed Show

149

Prime

155

7 pm

Shep

378

King, USA

279

Matthews

132

Issues

180

8 pm

O’Reilly

589

Brown

208

Olbermann

182

Grace

244

9 pm

Hannity

424

King

263

Maddow

230

Behar

268

10 pm

Greta

413

Cooper

324

Olbermann

217

Grace

280

11 pm

O’Reilly

489

Cooper

192

Maddow

238

Showbiz

194

TOTAL DAY 316 225 122 163
PRIME TIME 476 265 210 261
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

2084

Blitzer

769

Matthews

589

Showbiz

228

6 pm

Baier

1865

Blitzer

795

Ed Show

679

Prime

324

7 pm

Shep

1573

King, USA

646

Matthews

629

Issues

408

8 pm

O’Reilly

2436

Brown

602

Olbermann

910

Grace

645

9 pm

Hannity

1888

King

944

Maddow

959

Behar

811

10 pm

Greta

1666

Cooper

951

Olbermann

743

Grace

621

11 pm

O’Reilly

1525

Cooper

524

Maddow

528

Showbiz

466

TOTAL DAY 1202 594 425 347
PRIME TIME 1997 832 871 689
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Bill O’Reilly Returns To Monster Ratings On Monday

Cable news ratings, May 3, 2010: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

Bill O’Reilly was off last week, and the ratings held strong in total viewers, but Glenn Beck surpassed him all week as the top cable news show in the A25-54 demographic. With O’Reilly back Monday, he was back to #1 – by more than 150,000 demo viewers.

• The top non-FNC show in the demo? A rare win for Wolf Blitzer’s 5pmET hour on CNN. In total viewers, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann took that spot.

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

Beck

630

Blitzer

246

Matthews

155

Showbiz

85

6 pm

Baier

423

Blitzer

235

Ed Show

191

Prime

94

7 pm

Shep

444

King, USA

179

Matthews

181

Issues

169

8 pm

O’Reilly

786

Brown

182

Olbermann

232

Grace

212

9 pm

Hannity

638

King

217

Maddow

237

Behar

158

10 pm

Greta

483

Cooper

226

Olbermann

206

Grace

147

11 pm

O’Reilly

405

Cooper

199

Maddow

149

Showbiz

181

TOTAL DAY 322 183 121 138
PRIME TIME 636 208 233 169
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

2202

Blitzer

692

Matthews

529

Showbiz

222

6 pm

Baier

2019

Blitzer

610

Ed Show

623

Prime

212

7 pm

Shep

1831

King, USA

504

Matthews

683

Issues

431

8 pm

O’Reilly

3088

Brown

537

Olbermann

989

Grace

558

9 pm

Hannity

2010

King

744

Maddow

881

Behar

590

10 pm

Greta

1620

Cooper

818

Olbermann

654

Grace

428

11 pm

O’Reilly

1265

Cooper

577

Maddow

469

Showbiz

388

TOTAL DAY 1161 503 432 302
PRIME TIME 1666 699 830 516
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Bill Maher On Extremists: “They Like America And They Feel Guilty About It”

Both sides of the aisle simultaneously love and hate Bill Maher, and his wide-ranging opinions have never been more clear than during an interview with Anderson Cooper last night on CNN.

In fact, Maher, whose name has often been thrown around as a possible permanent cable news personality, made the case why he may be exactly what CNN needs.

On one hand, Maher took a hard stance on the suspected Times Square bomber case. First, it was aimed at the Obama administration (and ultimately Janet Napolitano): “I think we should change the no-fly list to the no-getting-on-the-damn-plane list.”

Then it was his unique and intriguing take on the mentality of the with the suspect himself:

I don’t think the problem is that guys like this hate America. I think the problem is that they like America and they feel guilty about it. They come here, they like eating at Chili’s, and they like the waterslide, they like going to the strip clubs. Then they get on their jihadi websites and they feel terribly guilty about it, and they decide, ‘well if things go bad…’

A knock at Muslim religion and culture to be sure, just like this: “People who want to gloss over the difference between Western and Islamic cultures…do so at their peril.”

Meanwhile, when it came time to talk about the other big story in the news, the oil spill, Maher gave his take on why some on the right decided to deem this “Obama’s Katrina.” “In the minds of those who don’t think too far or too deeply, ‘OK, disaster, Louisiana, OK that’s enough. I don’t have to think any further.”

This echoes the dichotomy of Maher’s opinions last week, when he praised Western culture as “better” on Friday and drew connections between racists and the Republican party (but didn’t call all Republicans racist) on Sunday.

The point is – he isn’t “right” or “left.” He doesn’t straddle one particular talking point put out by either the Democratic or Republican party. He’s unique and hard to peg politically (I realize the right, almost universally, thinks he’s a hardlined liberal, but it hasn’t always been this way, especially during his Politically Incorrect years). He can be the sort of personality boost CNN needs. Yes, he’s a comedian. But one of Fox News’ big stars used to be a radio morning zoo host. One of MSNBC’s top rated hosts was a longtime sports anchor. It’s not so extreme to throw a “day job” comedian into a news slot and see what happens, especially someone as politically interesting as Maher.

Here’s the full interview:

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CNN’s Don Lemon Describes UVA Lacrosse Murder Suspect’s Connection To Duke “Sex Scandal”

The lacrosse player murder killing at UVA (by a fellow lacrosse player) has become a major news story as details continue to emerge.

Now a connection has been found between the player charged with murder, George Huguely, and the last big lacrosse story – involving Duke University and some false charges (that apparently one anchor thinks is a “sex scandal”).

In 2006, Huguely was quoted throughout a lengthy Washington Post story about his thoughts on the Duke lacrosse case. He had gone to high school with several members of the team. Looking back now, the quotes take on an entirely different meaning:

I sympathize for the team. They’ve been scrutinized so hard and no one knows what has happened yet. In this country, you’re supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. I think that’s the way it should be

Well CNN’s Don Lemon discussed this story during the 1pmET hour, and he had an interesting description for the Duke situation:

He went to the same prep school of several of those Duke University lacrosse players involved in a sex scandal. In 2006 he actually spoke to the Washington Post defending them.

Is a sex scandal a sex scandal if it’s proven there was no sex scandal at all?

Here’s Lemon’s report on the UVA case, and the Washington Post quotes:

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Brownie Stops By CNN Too – Blasts President Obama…And President Bush

After Press Secretary Robert Gibbs attacked Fox News for providing a platform for former FEMA director Michael Brown and his ‘White House wanted the oil spill’ theory.

Well it didn’t take long for Brownie to complete the cable news Full Ginsburg – he was on MSNBC with Chris Matthews and later with Anderson Cooper on CNN. Here’s how the CNN interview went.

In his “keeping them honest” segment, Cooper aired a pre-taped interview with Brown, in which he allowed the FEMA director during Katrina to expand on his conspiracy that Pres. Barack Obama wanted the spill (but not the ultimate scope and ensuing damage), while also holding his feet to the fire to produce some evidence of the claims. It was one of the major criticisms Gibbs had of Neil Cavuto’s FNC interview – although the other major criticism was having Brown on at all, and obviously CNN and MSNBC provided the platform as well. “What evidence do you have of that?,” asked Cooper early in the interview. “As a former government official, I would think you’d choose your words carefully, what evidence do you have this is basically a plot to shut down oil?”

Here is Brown’s new, hedged answer: “Nobody, including the President, wants the oil to spread into the wetlands or around the coast. I said it would. They want to use the crisis.”

Cooper pressed back. “You can argue he wants extreme stipulations on it but again you haven’t provided any evidence and in fact you’re now denying a statement you made yesterday,” he said.

But right at the end of the interview, Brown introduced a new theory – this oil spill is like Katrina, because the President in each situation was such a failure. Yes, Brownie blasted George W. Bush:

What were they doing in the meantime? They left the Coast Guard out there without the additional resources that the Coast Guard, needed just like President Bush left me down in Katrina without the additional resources that I needed, because they were dilly-dallying around back in Washington D.C.

Whoa Brownie. Heckuva job introducing the next storyline that will get you back on cable news today.

Here’s the Cooper interview:

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