Soundbite: Tina Brown Gives Sarah Palin And Barack Obama Back-handed Compliments

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“I think that what people are responding to is that great sort of vitality, confidence. It doesn’t matter that the confidence is based on a kind of total ignorance. It’s a vitality about her that people like, an unequivocal, in the present, raw, visceral quality that she has. And the reason people are responding quite so profoundly is we do have a president that does start to feel rarefied, unpassionate, with no bottom line. And I think the juxtaposition of those two things is making the excitement about Palin perhaps even greater.”


Tina Brown, founder of The Daily Beast, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning discussing Sarah Palin.

As Brown juxtaposed Palin with Obama, she seemed to compliment each while simultaneously exposing what she feels are their political weaknesses. Co-host Joe Scarborough asked Brown to explain her “total ignorance,” comment, and later Mika Brzezinski revisited some of what she had to say. “With all due respect, don’t you think there’s a possibility the media is misreading her message, and how she translates with people?” asked Brzezinski.

Brown seemed to defend the legitimacy of Palin. “I think they underestimate how profound the connection is,” she said. “I mean, I don’t think it’s just a celebrity connection. I think the profound connection is about the great discontent Americans rightly feel with how they’ve been stiffed.”

Here’s the clip, including a discussion of Lou Dobbs and his presidential aspiration (Obama vs. Palin vs. Dobbs 2012?):

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Rick Sanchez Dominates Ratings – Compared To The Rest Of CNN Prime Time

Cable news ratings, November 20, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

Rick Sanchez filled in for Campbell Brown Friday night for CNN at 8pmET, and the hour topped Larry King’s 9pmET program (with Dancing With The Star’s Tom Bergeron filling in) and Anderson Cooper at 10pmET for the first time all week in the A25-54 demographic. Sanchez’s hour finished 2nd out of CNN’s prime time shows in total viewers, behind Larry King Live. Fox News had the top show by far in the 8pmET hour, followed by HLN, MSNBC and CNN.

Bill O’Reilly had the top show on cable news for Fox News at 8pmET, in both total viewers and the demo. Sean Hannity was #2.

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

579

Blitzer

126

Matthews

79

Prime

124

6 pm Baier

452

Blitzer

139

EdShow

140

Prime

117

7 pm Shep

385

Tonight

164

Matthews

184

Issues

165

8 pm O’Reilly

911

Brown

187

Olbermann

270

Grace

278

9 pm Hannity

750

King

145

Maddow

244

Behar

138

10 pm Greta

464

Cooper

147

Special

116

Grace

173

11 pm O’Reilly

450

Cooper

157

Special

50

Showbiz

174

TOTAL DAY 406 128 99 139
PRIME TIME 712 160 210 193
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

2404

Blitzer

527

Matthews

423

Prime

271

6 pm Baier

2230

Blitzer

532

EdShow

525

Prime

261

7 pm Shep

1612

Tonight

504

Matthews

640

Issues

463

8 pm O’Reilly

3481

Brown

713

Olbermann

819

Grace

930

9 pm Hannity

2561

King

901

Maddow

828

Behar

441

10 pm Greta

2027

Cooper

529

Special

374

Grace

421

11 pm O’Reilly

1459

Cooper

421

Special

149

Showbiz

367

TOTAL DAY 1526 509 358 323
PRIME TIME 2694 714 674 581
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Saturday Night Fight: Will Fox Carry The Best Coverage Of The Health Care Vote?

110th_US_Senate_class_photoThe senators of this great nation have agreed to give up their Saturday to cast the first vote for health care reform with the initial roll call expected around 8 p.m., according to the Associated Press. But that means a full day’s worth of legislative festivities with the starting gavel coming at 10 a.m. this morning and no end in sight. But where should those engaged citizens hoping to tune in for coverage of the debate turn? It all depends on your obsession level with the United States Senate, health care reform and of course, CSPAN.

The aforementioned Associated Press report provides a solid recap of where we are up to this point, running down the following facts:

  • “The vote will determine whether debate can go forward on Majority Leader Harry Reid’s 2,074-page bill to dramatically remake the U.S. health care system over the next decade.”
  • “The two [necessary Democrat] holdouts are Sens. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.”
  • “After the vote Saturday night, senators will leave for a Thanksgiving recess. Upon their return, assuming Democrats prevail on the vote, they will launch into weeks or more of unpredictable debate on thehealth care bill, with numerous amendments expected from both sides of the aisle and more 60-vote hurdles along the way.”

Elsewhere, Brian Beutler is liveblogging the proceedings at Talking Points Memo, while the New York Times will doubtlessly have coverage on The Caucus blog.

But the television front is where things get most interesting, especially when it comes to the cable news wars. Two weeks ago, when the bill passed in the House, Fox News made a valiant and concerted effort to show their newsiness, interrupting pre-recorded programming for live highlights from the House floor, including notable speeches and the final vote. And they were rewarded in the ratings. CNN and MSNBC, meanwhile, both missed Nancy Pelosi’s speech, though the MSNBC online video player was streaming coverage all day.

When it comes to all day coverage for the truest obsessives, CSPAN is the only sure bet and no one would dare question it. But with the rest of the networks vying for more, er, entertaining coverage, it will be interesting to see if the other stations will have adjusted their strategy since Fox’s domination two weeks prior. You can be sure we’ll be watching.


Ratings Upset: Sean Hannity’s Sarah Palin Interview Beats Bill O’Reilly’s

Cable news ratings, November 17, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• He may be the top-rated cable news host, but more people watched Sean Hannity’s interview with Sarah Palin Wendesday night than watched Bill O’Reilly’s interview with Palin Thursday night. Hannity had 4,200,000 total viewers while O’Reilly got 4,120,000 (he has two more parts, tonight and Monday). In the A25-54 demographic, Hannity had 1,149,000 while O’Reilly had 1,069,000.

• In the demo, HLN finished 2nd in prime time, followed by MSNBC and CNN. In total viewers during prime time, MSNBC was 2nd and CNN was 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 Beck

 

689

Blitzer

 

138

Matthews

 

108

Prime

 

126

6 pm Baier

 

525

Blitzer

 

118

EdShow

 

102

Prime

 

121

7 pm Shep

 

477

Tonight

 

148

Matthews

 

175

Issues

 

195

8 pm O’Reilly

 

1069

Brown

 

193

Olbermann

 

316

Grace

 

359

9 pm Hannity

 

744

King

 

258

Maddow

 

240

Behar

 

188

10 pm Greta

 

571

Cooper

 

216

Olbermann

 

208

Grace

 

259

11 pm O’Reilly

 

519

Cooper

 

151

Maddow

 

127

Showbiz

 

145

TOTAL DAY 420 149 116 142
PRIME TIME 795 222 255 265
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

 

2730

Blitzer

 

627

Matthews

 

554

Prime

 

261

6 pm Baier

 

2359

Blitzer

 

617

EdShow

 

540

Prime

 

280

7 pm Shep

 

2078

Tonight

 

578

Matthews

 

597

Issues

 

450

8 pm O’Reilly

 

4120

Brown

 

695

Olbermann

 

1188

Grace

 

1018

9 pm Hannity

 

2871

King

 

980

Maddow

 

877

Behar

 

654

10 pm Greta

 

2113

Cooper

 

585

Olbermann

 

584

Grace

 

522

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1691

Cooper

 

462

Maddow

 

382

Showbiz

 

412

TOTAL DAY 1656 548 417 328
PRIME TIME 3035 753 883 718
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Most Blatant Advertainment Award Goes To NBC Universal

joe_11-20Morning Joe was all about volunteerism and New Orleans today.

But it really wasn’t. It was about Starbucks, their integrated brand sponsor that is finding new and unique scenarios to work its way into actual news content on the show. It’s something NBC does best (or worst, depending on your point of view).

The Morning Joe team was live from John Mcdonogh High School in New Orleans today as part of Starbucks “Brewing Together” Day of Service. Starbucks made a hefty donation to the high school, others donated time and money as well, and volunteerism was put on the forefront of many discussions during the three-hour show. The focus and the donations shouldn’t be diminished by any means – it was an important show on an often ignored subject that really could use the spotlight again. Real, productive work was accomplished today, because of MSNBC and Morning Joe.

And, of course, Starbucks. You see, Morning Joe isn’t just “sponsored by” Starbucks, they’re “brewed by” Starbucks. Which means lots of Starbucks references on air, Morning Joe’s very own coffee flavor, aesthetic integration and of course, frequent consumption. If you look at the Morning Joe website, you’ll see the smiling faces of Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist…right next to a piping hot mug of Starbucks coffee.

Look – we get it, to some degree. Everyone needs to make money in this ever-changing, and seemingly ever-declining, media climate. Morning Joe like many cable news networks not named Fox, have seen ratings declines this year.

And so as not to appear in a glass house, we should note we aren’t above sponsored content here at Mediaite. In fact, if you’d like to sponsor some, please contact Jenny Smith at Jenny@Mediaite.com.

But today was an infomercial for Starbucks, mixed in with some news and volunteerism discussion, a dash of guests from N’awlins, a sprinkling of jokes – stir, taste, chug.

But Morning Joe is really just one example of the lengths NBCU goes when it comes to corporate integration. In May, the company announced an “unprecedented commitment to health and wellness.” That’s seen on many platforms, including Dr. Nancy Snyderman’s MSNBC show. And it also means Green Week. That’s happening now, and showed up completely blatantly last night in NBC’s prime time comedy shows. James Poniewozik of Time magazine broke down all the shows, with Community and 30 Rock incorporating Green week directly into the plot of their shows.

The initiative will inevitably draw comparisons to Obama administration goals too – GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt’s involvement in the administration only aids those who make the leap. While the goals of NBCU are admirable, the questions it raises as the boundaries between editorial and corporate influences become more murky will continue.

Here’s a clip from Morning Joe, and on the next page watch the full episodes of Community and 30 Rock from last night:

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Sarah Palin Interview Gives Sean Hannity Second Best Ratings of 2009

Cable news ratings, November 16, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

Sean Hannity’s interview with Sarah Palin last night – her cable news first during the book tour – gave the 9pmET FNC show it’s 2nd highest total viewer average of 2009. It also gave Hannity a rare cable news ratings victory in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. He had more demo viewers than his cable news competition had in total viewers.

• The top non-FNC show was Nancy Grace’s at 8pmET for HLN in the demo and Keith Olbermann’s at 8pmET for MSNBC in total viewers.

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

651

Blitzer

123

Matthews

107

Prime

86

6 pm Baier

472

Blitzer

117

EdShow

118

Prime

116

7 pm Shep

452

Tonight

135

Matthews

132

Issues

202

8 pm O’Reilly

1065

Brown

126

Olbermann

288

Grace

355

9 pm Hannity

1149

King

208

Maddow

273

Behar

152

10 pm Greta

747

Cooper

171

Olbermann

162

Grace

197

11 pm O’Reilly

599

Cooper

117

Maddow

129

Showbiz

149

TOTAL DAY 451 119 113 150
PRIME TIME 989 168 241 231
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

2512

Blitzer

538

Matthews

502

Prime

183

6 pm Baier

2235

Blitzer

546

EdShow

495

Prime

256

7 pm Shep

1980

Tonight

589

Matthews

625

Issues

500

8 pm O’Reilly

3868

Brown

569

Olbermann

1041

Grace

1036

9 pm Hannity

4200

King

835

Maddow

957

Behar

537

10 pm Greta

2283

Cooper

611

Olbermann

575

Grace

499

11 pm O’Reilly

1774

Cooper

409

Maddow

361

Showbiz

370

TOTAL DAY 1693 470 401 339
PRIME TIME 3490 672 860 675
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


O’Reilly’s Demo Rating Tops CNN and MSNBC’s Total Viewers Tuesday

Cable news ratings, November 17, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

Bill O’Reilly had the top rated cable news show again last night, in total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. His demo average of 1,012,000 viewers gave him more a higher demo rating than CNN and MSNBC’s total viewer rating.

Nancy Grace had the top non-FNC show for HLN at 8pmET, in 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

 

628

Blitzer

 

116

Matthews

 

166

Prime

 

167

6 pm Baier

 

524

Blitzer

 

138

EdShow

 

122

Prime

 

148

7 pm Shep

 

558

Tonight

 

151

Matthews

 

162

Issues

 

253

8 pm O’Reilly

 

1012

Brown

 

147

Olbermann

 

256

Grace

 

463

9 pm Hannity

 

711

King

 

168

Maddow

 

211

Behar

 

223

10 pm Greta

 

564

Cooper

 

268

Olbermann

 

198

Grace

 

298

11 pm O’Reilly

 

520

Cooper

 

209

Maddow

 

105

Showbiz

 

197

TOTAL DAY 416 126 108 182
PRIME TIME 763 195 222 321
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

 

2663

Blitzer

 

552

Matthews

 

635

Prime

 

268

6 pm Baier

 

2337

Blitzer

 

586

EdShow

 

458

Prime

 

300

7 pm Shep

 

2094

Tonight

 

563

Matthews

 

649

Issues

 

592

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3741

Brown

 

596

Olbermann

 

1004

Grace

 

1069

9 pm Hannity

 

2678

King

 

629

Maddow

 

893

Behar

 

493

10 pm Greta

2077

Cooper

 

647

Olbermann

 

685

Grace

 

583

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1610

Cooper

 

527

Maddow

 

373

Showbiz

 

421

TOTAL DAY 1567 478 420 358
PRIME TIME 2832 624 861 697
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.