Chyron of the Day: Matthews Asks If Clinton Is “Master of the Universe”

MSNBC, 5:05pmET:

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This wasn’t so much a chyron as a 14-minute long opening segment lower third. Chris Matthews wants to know: is former President Bill Clinton “Master of the Universe?” I mean, he’s not saying he is…just throwing it out there.

The segment featured guests Dee Dee Myers and Michael Feldman, who both spent time working in the Clinton administration. And while it was fairly glowing, it didn’t outright proclaim the former President as “Master of the Universe.”

Here’s a fun quote from Matthews about Clinton during the segment: “In a way, he’s his own Thanksgiving Day float.”

Do you have a pick for Chyron of the Day? Email me at Steve@Mediaite.com with an image or time/network (and check out all the past Chyrons of the Day here)…

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O’Reilly Triples Olbermann in Total Viewers

Cable news ratings, August 4, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

Bill O’Reilly’s 8pmET The O’Reilly Factor was once again the top-rated cable news show last night, and by a bigger margin than usual. The Factor had more than triple the total viewer total of MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, in 2nd place. It was just short of tripling MSNBC’s 8pmET in the A25-54 demographic.

• In the prime time demo, MSNBC edged CNN for second in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo.

Larry King was the top program for CNN again last night in both categories. It was good enough for #2 in total viewers, ahead of Rachel Maddow.

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

535

Blitzer

310

Matthews

153

Prime

94

6 pm Baier

441

Blitzer

232

EdShow

90

Prime

74

7 pm Shep

407

Dobbs

152

Matthews

207

Issues

149

8 pm O’Reilly

868

Brown

240

Olbermann

339

Grace

239

9 pm Hannity

699

King

313

Maddow

315

Issues

145

10 pm Greta

628

Cooper

300

Olbermann

305

Grace

242

11 pm O’Reilly

541

Cooper

244

Maddow

182

Showbiz

157

TOTAL DAY 344 184 122 117
PRIME TIME 735 284 319 207
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

2350

Blitzer

997

Matthews

498

Prime

326

6 pm Baier

1930

Blitzer

729

EdShow

435

Prime

219

7 pm Shep

1874

Dobbs

642

Matthews

611

Issues

360

8 pm O’Reilly

3672

Brown

915

Olbermann

1133

Grace

660

9 pm Hannity

2667

King

1163

Maddow

1098

Issues

513

10 pm Greta

2199

Cooper

920

Olbermann

790

Grace

494

11 pm O’Reilly

1618

Cooper

771

Maddow

578

Showbiz

415

TOTAL DAY 1331 603 403 294
PRIME TIME 2850 999 1007 548
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

Changing of the “Worst Persons” Guard: Olbermann Debuts Lou Dobbs Caricature

dobbs_8-5Keith Olbermann’s Fox News bashing in the face of a supposed ‘truce’ lasted one night, before changing topics.

Instead, last night he turned his attention to CNN’s Lou Dobbs as the “Worst Person in the World.” There was a new voice, a new caricature and a new vitriol. Almost enough to make you forget all about that Bill-o guy.

On Dobbs’ radio show he called him the MSNBC host “off his meds Olbermann” and a “liar.”

Well this didn’t sit well with Olbermann: “Meds, Lou? CNN’s fading…soft-focus, birther-embracing former star, a man who during the week makes millions off bashing immigrants and especially Hispanics, even though his wife and kids are Hispanics?”

This certainly sounds personal. But beyond the comments, it was the voice and tone of the segment that should be noted. Olbermann’s Dobbs caricature (which sounds like a mix between Kermit the Frog and Darth Vader) is something he hasn’t used when he has previously named Dobbs to his “Worst” list.

Olbermann’s attacks will be scrutinized now in the face of the supposed deal between his and O’Reilly’s networks. This strong tone taken against Dobbs – of course from CNN – could signal the beginning of a new era, and a new cast of opposing caricatures, on Countdown.

Check out the segment:

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O’Reilly Wins at 8pm, But Big Night For Olbermann In Return

Cable news ratings, August 3, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• As usual, Bill O’Reilly was the top-rated cable news host last night in both the A25-54 demographic and in total viewers. But in Keith Olbermann’s return, and in his outright assertion of independence in the face of ‘Truce’-gate, the MSNBC host had a solid rating. 445,000 demo viewers watched, while 1,338,000 total. That was the top show on either MSNBC or CNN.

• The lead-in helped Rachel Maddow’s hour at 9pmET on MSNBC, who saw some of her best ratings recently with 400,000 in the demo and 1,255,000 total. That was good enough to beat every program on CNN.

Sean Hannity held strong for FNC at 9pmET, with the 2nd best show of the night in the demo and total viewers.

• The top show on CNN was Larry King Live, who had an exclusive, and explosive, interview with Griffin O’Neal, Ryan O’Neal’s son.

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

 

635

Blitzer

 

113

Matthews

 

135

Prime

 

97

6 pm Baier

 

447

Blitzer

 

105

EdShow

 

103

Prime

 

111

7 pm Shep

 

366

Dobbs

 

228

Matthews

 

227

Issues

 

131

8 pm O’Reilly

 

788

Brown

 

198

Olbermann

 

445

Grace

 

217

9 pm Hannity

 

668

King

 

342

Maddow

 

400

Issues

 

128

10 pm Greta

 

640

Cooper

 

255

Olbermann

 

302

Grace

 

162

11 pm O’Reilly

 

460

Cooper

 

222

Maddow

 

182

Showbiz

 

159

TOTAL DAY 327 133 132 119
PRIME TIME 699 265 384 163
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

 

2243

Blitzer

 

612

Matthews

 

615

Prime

 

222

6 pm Baier

 

1908

Blitzer

 

456

EdShow

 

551

Prime

 

252

7 pm Shep

 

1648

Dobbs

 

688

Matthews

 

771

Issues

 

325

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3504

Brown

 

652

Olbermann

 

1338

Grace

 

675

9 pm Hannity

 

2720

King

 

1155

Maddow

 

1255

Issues

 

369

10 pm Greta

 

2184

Cooper

 

830

Olbermann

 

785

Grace

 

402

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1419

Cooper

 

613

Maddow

 

532

Showbiz

 

329

TOTAL DAY 1247 578 422 266
PRIME TIME 2804 862 1128 498
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

Geraldo Wins Demo, Huckabee Wins Total Viewers

Cable news ratings, August 1, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• The top rated cable news program in the A25-54 demographic on Saturday was FNC’s Geraldo At Large at 10pmET. #1 in total viewers was the 8pmET program Huckabee on FNC. FNC won every hour from 5pmET-MidnightET in both categories, except in the demo at 11pmET (finished #3).

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 NewsHQ

219

Newsroom

162

Special

243

News

57

6 pm NewsHQ

203

SitRoom

131

Special

178

Prime

46

7 pm Report

220

Newsroom

165

Special

194

Issues

27

8 pm Huckabee

281

Reclaiming the Dream

147

Special

158

Grace

79

9 pm Beck

274

Investigates

106

Issues

125

10 pm Geraldo

315

Newsroom

122

Investigates

170

Grace

105

11 pm JER/FNW

179/193

Reclaiming the Dream

204

Investigates

282

Showbiz

116

TOTAL DAY 208 154 172 223
PRIME TIME 290 139 145 98
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 NewsHQ

842

Newsroom

676

Special

548

News

163

6 pm NewsHQ

844

SitRoom

621

Special

442

Prime

133

7 pm Report

995

Newsroom

661

Special

430

Issues

127

8 pm Huckabee

1488

Reclaiming the Dream

602

Special

396

Grace

279

9 pm Beck

1188

Investigates

272

Issues

393

10 pm Geraldo

1026

Newsroom

575

Investigates

314

Grace

288

11 pm JER/FNW

685/668

Reclaiming the Dream

396

Investigates

468

Showbiz

306

TOTAL DAY 834 525 349 233
PRIME TIME 1234 594 327 305
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

Keith Olbermann Obsessively Defies Truce – On-Air and On Daily Kos

worst_8-3When it came to discussing the ‘truce’ story, Keith Olbermann addressed it on air and Bill O’Reilly did not. No big surprise there.

But Olbermann didn’t just address it – he spent an entire “Worst Persons in The World” segment on the matter. He wrote about it at his online home, the liberal community site, The Daily Kos. He jumped into the comments section until after 3amET this morning, responding to readers. In other words, he assured this story would not go away.

His bronze WPITW went to New York Times reporter Brian Stelter, after previously teasing the segment saying the Times was “carrying water” for Fox News. Stelter tells Mediaite, “Last year Bill O’Reilly said I was ‘in the tank’ for NBC. Now Keith Olbermann says I’m ‘carrying water’ for Fox. Maybe next time I’ll be ‘on the payroll’ at CNN.”

The silver went to Bill O’Reilly – and in a big way. Back was “the name, the photograph, and the caricature” he supposedly “retired” back on June 1. Then, to put an exclamation point on the whole segment, he closed it out with naming News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch as the “worst.” It didn’t sound like the “cease-fire” reported in the NYT, or even the ‘end to personal attacks‘ reported by TVNewser.

But that was just the beginning. Before Countdown even aired, Olbermann was on The Daily Kos, writing about the story. “There is no ‘deal’ between MSNBC and Fox over what we can and cannot cover,” he writes. “This is part of a continuing strategy of blackmail by Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes, that reaches back to 2004, and has as its goal the cancellation of ‘Countdown.’”

He also says “Ailes himself is tonight quoted as saying he tried to ‘broker peace’ by restraining his hosts,” but Ailes is not quoted anywhere discussing this. In the same post, Olbermann gave his thoughts on the Richard Wolffe situation, and announced Wolffe was banned from the show (for now).

Then Countdown ended, and Olbermann began his 15-comment run that lasted until after 3amET. Here’s a sampling.

On the Wolffe situation:

There’s me and the Executive Producer, and when we’re both, uh, preoccupied with larger issues, what we are told by long-term contributors who have changed jobs tends not to get vetted.

On whether Glenn Greenwald should be blamed:

I don’t think he has an axe in this fight. As I tried to tell Stelter, yes, there’s plenty of evidence about, even claims of, a deal. But if one of the people whose performance decides whether or not there is a deal, says he is not party to a deal, then there is no deal.

And then there’s this, which gives people like Greenwald even more fodder for corporate influence discussion:

Pressures ebb and flow on what should be said and what shouldn’t be (see Jujitsu comment in diary). Show executives and network executives are forever in meetings. People horse trade.

Whether this new old program will be the norm remains to be seen. Since Olbermann’s attacks have significantly dialed down since June 1, until last night, this comes across more like a singular outward display of independence than an everyday occurrence. This story isn’t going away, and the signs of a “deal” between the two parties involved cannot be determined after one night. But for the hardcore Countdown fans, most will be satisfied by these shots at Fox News, and seeming autonomy from outside pressures – for now.

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Keith Olbermann Kicks Richard Wolffe Off Countdown

wolffe_8-3We watched Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC and The O’Reilly Factor on FNC tonight at 8pmET to see what each would have to say about the ‘Truce’-gate story. And we’ll have more on that later.

But there’s another story, and it concerns MSNBC contributor Richard Wolffe. Salon’s Glenn Greenwald raised questions about Wolffe’s day job at Public Strategies, Inc., and Olbermann addressed this tonight in a post on The Daily Kos – effectively banning Wolffe from Countdown.

Keep in mind, Wolffe is not just an MSNBC contributor – he was the host of Countdown on Thursday and Friday last week. He’s a regular guest on the program, and he has guest hosted several times before.

Now, he’s persona non grata. Here’s part of what Olbermann wrote on the Daily Kos:

What appears to be the truth here is certainly not what Richard told us about his non-news job. I am confident his commentary to this point has not been compromised – he has been an insightful analyst and a great friend to this show – but until we can clarify what else he is doing, he will not be appearing with us.

This is a strong move by Olbermann. Earlier tonight, an MSNBC spokesperson told Mediaite in a statement: “We should have disclosed Richard’s connection to Public Strategies. We will do so in the future.”

Will it be on Countdown? We’ll see what Olbermann says after he ‘clarifies’ what Wolffe is doing.

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