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2008-09-10 03:00:00

In the "How Are We Going to Be Able to Tell?" category, cable network MSNBC has announced that Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann will, henceforth, be "commentators" rather than news anchors at political events. Great! Now they can tell us what they really think! Apparently, the jaw-dropping bias of Matthews and Olbermann was even too much for MSNBC, which has found a niche at the bottom of the television ratings for leftist propagandizing. The only question is: Why'd it take so...

2008-09-09 06:00:20

By Brian Stelter MSNBC tried a bold experiment this year by putting two left- leaning hosts in the anchor chair to lead the cable news channel's coverage of the election. That experiment appears to be over. After months of accusations of political bias and simmering animosity between MSNBC and its parent network NBC, the channel decided over the weekend that the NBC News correspondent and MSNBC host David Gregory would anchor news coverage of the coming debates and election night. The...

2008-09-06 12:00:11

By David Bauder Associated Press NEW YORK -- As a television draw, John McCain was every bit the equal of Barack Obama. The GOP presidential candidate attracted roughly the same number of viewers to his convention acceptance speech Thursday as Obama did before the Democrats last week, according to Nielsen Media Research. It marked the end of an astonishing run where more than 40 million people watched political speeches on three nights by Obama, McCain and Republican vice presidential...

2008-09-03 18:00:00

"Decision '08 Dashboard" Page Views Soar Past 67 Million; Live Video Streams Surge to More Than 1.2 Million REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 3, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Msnbc.com's "Decision '08 Dashboard," a one-of-a-kind destination for politics available at www.politics.msnbc.com, saw traffic skyrocket throughout the Democratic National Convention with more than 67 million page views during the week ending August 30, 2008.* This record breaking total was the Politics destination's...

2008-09-02 09:00:22

By Dusty Saunders You can't accuse 9News, CBS4 News and Denver's 7 of ignoring the drama surrounding Barack Obama's 42-minute acceptance speech. Once it ended, the three bumped network programming at 9 p.m. and went for the local angles with hourlong specials, centering on reactions to the speech and reviewing the day at Invesco Field. 9News' coverage was simulcast on KTVD-Channel 3, its sister station. The CBS-owned station also aired a simulcast with KBDI- Channel 12, which left...

2008-08-29 15:00:32

To: POLITICAL EDITORS Contact: Alana Johnson, +1-646-654-8391, or Anne Elliot, +1-813- 366-3556, both of The Nielsen Company NEW YORK, Aug. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Day four of the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, August 28, 2008 featured the acceptance speech by Presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama and a celebration featuring a number of entertainers. The convention was carried live during prime time on ten networks -- ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX News Channel, MSNBC, BET,...

2008-08-29 12:00:58

By Dusty Saunders Sam's No. 3 regularly offers traditional hearty breakfast fare like bacon, eggs and pancakes. But this week's menu also contains a saucy side dish designed for customers - and TV viewers - who have hearty political appetites. Morning Joe, MSNBC's rising- in-popularity early-weekday talk show, has been broadcasting live from the popular diner at 15th and Curtis streets. Obviously, Sam's No. 3 is not a soundproof TV studio. Joe Scarborough and co-hosts Mika Brzezinski...

2008-08-29 12:00:57

By Dusty Saunders The executives of the broadcasting networks should be embarrassed. They failed to cover, live, a Monday night event that could be one of the defining moments of the Democratic National Convention. At 7:15 p.m., Caroline Kennedy spoke in emotional terms about her uncle before introducing a 10-minute documentary tribute. On cue, at 7:30 p.m., Sen. Ted Kennedy, fighting brain cancer, strolled onto the podium and amid cheers began an impassioned, cogent, 8-minute speech....

2008-08-28 21:00:22

By JESSICA HESLAM Bay State Gov. Deval Patrick may be one of U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's top allies, but the major TV media snubbed him the other night when he took center stage at the Democratic National Convention. Patrick began speaking shortly after 10 p.m. - a key hour when the three major networks went live with DNC coverage. But those watching the big three and the national cable news channels were lucky if they caught a glimpse of Patrick in the background as the anchors and...

2008-08-28 15:00:44

By Dusty Saunders Cable and public television again was the place to be Tuesday night for political junkies. At 7:59 p.m., Virginia governor Mark Warner ended his keynote address and ABC, CBS and NBC joined convention coverage, thus assuring they'd be around for - as CBS' Katie Couric called it - "Hillary Clinton night." I'm old enough to have lived during Television B.C. (before cable) when the networks thought keynote coverage was important. Clinton's 22-minute address ended at 9:08...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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