Carrie Prejean Can’t Handle The Tough Questioning From, Uh, Larry King

prejean_11-12When you agree to an interview with CNN’s Larry King, you better come correct, because that guy will nail you – with softballs.

Author and preachy solo sex tape performer Carrie Prejean found that out last night the hard way, as she fell prey to the ‘tough’ questions from King and almost walked off set.

What really seemed to irk Prejean were King’s incessant questions about why she agreed to the settlement – not, he stressed, what was in the settlement. According to Prejean, her reason for agreeing to the settlement was equally confidential, for some reason. “Larry it’s completely confidential and you’re being inappropriate,” she said.

A somewhat stunned King moved on: “Inappropriate King Live continues, Detroit, hello.”

As he took a call from someone who introduced himself saying, “I am a gay man and I love pageants,” Prejean could be seen mouthing to someone off set that she was “going to leave” and removed her microphone. But she didn’t take out her IFB earpiece, so when she seemed to have a change of heart and stayed sitting in her chair, she could hear King asking her what she was doing and spoke loudly in response, presumably so a studio mic would pick up what she said. The whole thing was bizarre, and only made more so by the fact that she was back after the commercial break for a couple final minutes.

Here’s what happened when King returned:

King: You don’t want to take phone calls right?
Prejean: Yeah that was the agreement you had with my publicist, so…
King: Oh. No one told me. I didn’t know. I didn’t know we weren’t supposed to take phone calls.

The whole thing is much more awkward on video, and is only made more ridiculous by the fact that, while Larry King is a legend, he isn’t known for nor did he present her with hard hitting questions. Then again, it wasn’t exactly the comfort of a Sean Hannity interview.

Here’s the key part of the interview (and as a side note: the new CNN.com is getting very aware of giving the people what they want – the video below was promoted on the homepage and is headlined “Carrie Prejean gets mad!”):

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Lou Dobbs Leaving CNN Immediately To “Engage In Constructive Problem Solving” (VIDEO)

dobbs_8-14In what sounded like the beginning of a campaign stump speech, Lou Dobbs announced on his program tonight on CNN that he was leaving the network, effective immediately.

He said he would “engage in constructive problem solving,” and will “pursue new opportunities – at this point I’m considering a number of options and directions.”

“This will be my last broadcast here on CNN where I’ve worked for most of the last 30 years,” he said. Later: “I will be eternally grateful to CNN, to Ted Turner, and all of my colleague and friends.”

The New York Times broke the story about Dobbs earlier this evening.

More from Dobbs’ comments:

Over the past six months its become increasingly clear that strong winds have changed and begun buffetting this country and affecting all of us. Some leaders in media, politics and business have been urging me to go beyond my role here and to engage in constructive problem solving as well as contribute positively to a better understanding of the great issues of our day.

Dobbs has been rumored to be a possible hire at Fox Business Network. Update 2: An FNC/FBN spokesperson tells Mediaite: “We have not had any discussions with Lou Dobbs for Fox News or Fox Business.”

Dobbs joined CNN when it launched in 1980, as an anchor focusing on business. But more recently he has become a lightning rod with some of his opinions, especially as CNN continues its focus on news, rather than opinion journalism. Dobbs left the network once before, in 2000 to join Space.com, but was back the following year.

CNN declined to comment about Dobbs to Mediaite.

We’ll have more, and video, coming soon.

> Update: Brian Stelter tweets: “NYT learns that Lou Dobbs’ resignation is effective immediately; tonight’s program will be his last on CNN.”

Note: This story has been edited as news breaks.

VIDEO:

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CNN Edges FNC In Demo During Fort Hood Memorial Coverage

Cable news ratings, November 10, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• During Tuesday’s two-hour Fort Hood memorial coverage beginning at 1:30pmET, CNN edged Fox News (310,000 to 305,000) in the A25-54 demographic for 1st place in the time slot. FNC was #1 in total viewers. MSNBC was way behind in both categories (66,000 in the demo).

Bill O’Reilly had the top cable news show again last night, far ahead in both the demo and total viewers.

Larry King had a huge night for CNN at 9pmET, coming within 70,000 of 1st place Hannity in the demo.

Check out all the ratings below, and leave your own thoughts in the comments:

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

 

626

Blitzer

 

184

Matthews

 

143

Prime

 

110

6 pm Baier

 

417

Blitzer

 

147

EdShow

 

168

Prime

 

129

7 pm Shep

 

605

Dobbs

 

208

Matthews

 

198

Issues

 

263

8 pm O’Reilly

 

1078

Brown

 

190

Olbermann

 

374

Grace

 

393

9 pm Hannity

 

739

King

 

668

Maddow

 

267

Behar

 

184

10 pm Greta

 

598

Cooper

 

500

Olbermann

 

230

Grace

 

231

11 pm O’Reilly

 

488

Cooper

 

240

Maddow

 

145

Showbiz

 

184

TOTAL DAY 451 255 131 178
PRIME TIME 805 456 290 259
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

 

2442

Blitzer

 

753

Matthews

 

526

Prime

 

274

6 pm Baier

 

2220

Blitzer

 

746

EdShow

 

578

Prime

 

334

7 pm Shep

 

2444

Dobbs

 

879

Matthews

 

711

Issues

 

679

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3938

Brown

 

786

Olbermann

 

1207

Grace

 

970

9 pm Hannity

 

2534

King

 

1690

Maddow

 

995

Behar

 

551

10 pm Greta

 

2142

Cooper

 

1099

Olbermann

 

681

Grace

 

463

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1703

Cooper

 

695

Maddow

 

404

Showbiz

 

429

TOTAL DAY 1741 841 440 370
PRIME TIME 2872 1194 961 638
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Soundbite: CNN’s Prime Time Spin From The Top

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“People hear what’s being said and it’s branded CNN and (they say), `OK, that’s news. That’s nonpartisan, that’s factual, it’s timely. That’s what we want to deliver around the world. We compete against a lot more than Fox and MSNBC.”


Jim Walton, President of CNN Worldwide, in an AP article about the network’s sagging prime time ratings and overall strategy.

Walton continued to hammer home a point made by other CNN executives as the prime time numbers drop – the lower ratings are not affecting the bottom line. “But the fact is, (CNN) is a vibrant, healthy company that’s growing in an industry where we’re pretty much one of one,” he says.

Still, ultimately, Walton asks the rhetorical question CNN must be wondering as an entire entity: “Will people sit down in the evening and find news reporting interesting?” As FNC, MSNBC and HLN cement their place in the prime time universe, the jury is still out.

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CNN Back In Fourth In Prime Time Demo

Cable news ratings, November 9, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• Fox News was #1 in prime time in the A25-54 demographic topping the competition combine, followed by MSNBC, HLN and CNN. It was the 90th time in 2009 CNN finished 4th. CNN was 3rd in total viewers in prime time, with HLN 4th. Bill O’Reilly had the top show in both categories.

• HLN’s 8pmET host Nancy Grace had the top non-FNC show in both total viewers and the demo.

Check out all the ratings below, and leave your own thoughts in the comments:

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

610

Blitzer

138

Matthews

163

Prime

75

6 pm Baier

612

Blitzer

114

EdShow

214

Prime

109

7 pm Shep

636

Dobbs

165

Matthews

197

Issues

206

8 pm O’Reilly

1023

Brown

177

Olbermann

285

Grace

328

9 pm Hannity

663

King

215

Maddow

259

Behar

173

10 pm Greta

487

Cooper

235

Olbermann

281

Grace

218

11 pm O’Reilly

396

Cooper

227

Maddow

156

Showbiz

180

TOTAL DAY 402 160 138 155
PRIME TIME 725 209 275 234
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

2585

Blitzer

673

Matthews

578

Prime

235

6 pm Baier

2535

Blitzer

621

EdShow

700

Prime

280

7 pm Shep

2455

Dobbs

707

Matthews

748

Issues

644

8 pm O’Reilly

3515

Brown

661

Olbermann

1105

Grace

1031

9 pm Hannity

2359

King

713

Maddow

928

Behar

531

10 pm Greta

1769

Cooper

745

Olbermann

684

Grace

458

11 pm O’Reilly

1347

Cooper

574

Maddow

456

Showbiz

403

TOTAL DAY 1564 572 451 367
PRIME TIME 2551 706 906 654
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Mike Huckabee Has Top Cable News Show On Sunday

Cable news ratings, November 8, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

Mike Huckabee’s 8pmET Fox News show was the top-rated program on cable news Sunday, in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. FNC as a whole topped the cable news competition combined in prime time.

Check out all the ratings below, and leave your own thoughts in the comments:

TV NEWS RATINGS: 25-54 DEMOGRAPHIC (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm 211 80 131 66
6 pm 249 73 59 41
7 pm 320 111 100 63
8 pm 387 131 115 99
9 pm 275 120 151 90
10 pm 237 118 145 98
11 pm 151 94 159 108
TOTAL DAY 256 121 120 105
PRIME TIME 300 123 137 96
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 1088 439 255 200
6 pm 1252 446 172 206
7 pm 1480 548 251 219
8 pm 1689 448 290 322
9 pm 1003 480 372 320
10 pm 1093 407 316 255
11 pm 601 329 290 242
TOTAL DAY 1015 461 240 248
PRIME TIME 1261 445 326 299
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.




Fox News Wins With Saturday Night Live Health Care Coverage

Cable news ratings, November 7, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• Fox News was the top cable news network Saturday, as the health care bill was debated and eventually passed through the House of Representatives. When the bill was passed during the 11pmET hour, FNC had its biggest ratings of the night in the demo. CNN which was also live for much of Saturday with coverage, finished 2nd, and MSNBC, in periodic live coverage, finished 3rd.

Check out all the ratings below, and leave your own thoughts in the comments:

TV NEWS RATINGS: 25-54 DEMOGRAPHIC (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm 261 188 104 77
6 pm 253 215 126 84
7 pm 287 210 110 117
8 pm 295 300 202 85
9 pm 305 267 223 64
10 pm 318 254 190 127
11 pm 461 278 152 136
TOTAL DAY 295 210 119 100
PRIME TIME 306 273 205 92
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 1288 692 351 196
6 pm 1242 698 387 244
7 pm 1483 652 280 272
8 pm 1549 928 386 311
9 pm 1373 884 400 232
10 pm 1405 902 334 244
11 pm 1296 939 306 299
TOTAL DAY 1167 727 274 249
PRIME TIME 1442 905 373 296
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.