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October 24, 2011 in broadcast news, pop culture news, tv ratings | Tags: ABC News, Bin Laden killing, Christiane Amanpour, CNN, Daniel Pearl, execution of Qaddafi, Geneva Convention, George Stephanopoulos, Good Morning America, Modern Family, Muammar Qaddafi, Nicolae Ceausescu, Pan Am 103, Snuff film | by Shelley Ross dailyXpress | Leave a comment
Watch this video at your own risk of emotional upheaval, sleep disturbance, nausea, possible desensitization to human suffering and other serious side effects. Or not.
So soon after all the navel gazing of whether or not to broadcast the Michael Jackson autopsy photo of the superstar lying on a medical examiner’s table so painfully thin, naked and lifeless, CNN somehow embraced a marathon film festival featuring the violent killing of the deposed Libyan dictator.
UPDATED 10/27:THE NEW LIBYAN GOVERNMENT HAS VOWED TO PROSECUTE QADDAFI’S KILLERS FOR THE CRIMES U.S. NEWS ANCHORS FAILED TO MENTION.
Once upon a time, we let these images live online and not enter our homes uninvited. This week, however, marked a watershed moment for emotional assault by violent news video.
And it wasn’t just CNN. They just happened to be the network that caught me off guard first.
I had selected CNN for this story cycle early on, when my morning sampling showed their coverage was immediate, smart and very measured.
I had switched over from ABC News after George Stephanopoulos delivered the unofficial report that Muammar Qaddafi had been killed and, after a brief interview with Christiane Amanpour, moved off the story for a Lara Spencer interview with one of the young actresses from ABC’s comedy hit, Modern Family.
CNN, in contrast, was live from the Pentagon and Libya as they set out to verify the breaking news which, in that part of the world, is often riddled with half-truths and propaganda, occasionally disseminated by our own officials. Case in point: the fairy tales of Pat Tillman and Jessica Lynch.
During the Arab Spring we first heard Mubarak’s sons were safe in London. Then they weren’t.
CNN certainly captured a classic exchange as their reporter pressed the Libyan Minister of Information who, while refusing to provide an official statement, seemed to confirm many of the details of Qaddafi’s demise.
History was in the making and I was glued to the set. But despite having spent nearly 20 in network news, I was completely ill-prepared to see the Qaddafi “cell phone” footage which CNN obtained and rushed to air. There was no warning that I was about to see a snuff film.
June 12, 2011 in broadcast news, politics | Tags: anthony weiner, calls to resign, clinic, George Stephanopoulos, Harvey Levin, House of Representataives gym, House Rules, huma abedin, impulse control, mental health, naked congressman, naked photos, new nude photos, sex addiction, sex offender, sex scandal, sex tweetment, TMZ, tweet pix, U.S. constitution, weinergate | by Shelley Ross dailyXpress | 4 comments
CALLING STEPHANOPOULOS AND OTHER WEINER SYMPATHIZERS
Well, if this batch of TMZ pictures isn’t the end of the road for NY Rep. Anthony Weiner, we’ll have to re-write the House Rules, the Articles of Impeachment and maybe the U.S. Constitution to offer us justice, domestic tranquility, and a common defense against exposure to any more narcissistic, self-possessed, self-absorbed, self-snapped photos of Anthony Weiner. I don’t know which tweet repulses me more: the original photo of his nipples or of the newest release where the naked congressman is seen using his penis as a towel hook in front of a mirror in the gym in the House of Representatives. If ever there was proof that all men are not created equal, it is an elected official who worships his own body as if it had served as Michelango’s model for the statue of David. Read the rest of this entry »
April 19, 2011 in broadcast news, morning tv, pop culture news, tv ratings | Tags: ABC World News, Brian Stelter, brian williams, CBS Evening News, credibility low, David Muir, David Rhodes, Diane Sawyer, errors, George Stephanopoulos, katie couric, mistakes, NBC Nightly News, Nielsen ratigns, TVNewer | by Shelley Ross dailyXpress | 5 comments
PRINTING LAST WEEK’S NIELSEN RATINGS FOR THIS WEEK? REALLY! YOU’VE SUNK TO A NEW CREDIBILITY LOW
For many months since launching daily Xpress, I haven’t been able to resist pointing out the many inaccuracies of the weekly ratings reported by TVNewser, the once respectable “must read” during the tenure of the great Brian Stelter who was blogging while still in college and was quickly hired by The New York Times after graduation.
I miss those days with Brian who was sadly replaced by reporters with fuzzy math, conflicts of interest and reckless disregard for the truth, much of which I’ve detailed in previous posts.
But now, get this error. Today TVNewser has posted the ratings for the evening news shows for the week of April 11th, beginning their story:
“It was par for the course for the network evening newscasts the week of April 11.”
I guess so. TVNewser has posted last week’s ratings by mistake! How embarrassing is that! Read the rest of this entry »
January 14, 2011 in broadcast news, morning tv, tv ratings | Tags: Chris Wragge, Dave Price, demo, Diane Sawyer, Early Show, Erica Hill, first place, George Stephanopoulos, Good Morning America, Harry Smith, Jeff Glor, Julie Chen, last place, Maggi Rodriguez, Marysol Castro, morning show competition, morning show ratings, paint by numbers, Russ Mitchell, The Early Show 50 anniversary, Today Show, Today Show 60 anniversary year | by Shelley Ross dailyXpress | 1 comment
The Surprising (Week #1) Success of the New Early Show Team
TODAY CONTINUES HOT STREAK — AT 60,
EARLY FINDS GLIMMER OF HOPE — AT 50.
Friday marked the beginning of the 60th year of the Today Show and they have more to celebrate than anyone in network news. It’s a great show and a successful one. I’ve estimated the show has made well over a billion dollars for NBC since 1994/5, when they first overtook Good Morning America in the middle of the O.J. Simpson case.
My pal and former competitor, Jim Bell, has done a great job keeping the show in first place as, in tv, all good runs usually come to an end… except, it seems, for the Today Show.
AN ODD MILESTONE
At the other end of the spectrum, The Early Show (and its ‘earlier’ incarnations) has been in third place for all of their 50 years, not a very happy golden anniversary over at CBS, for sure.
But the first indicator of viewer interest surrounding the new anchor team is at least a reason for hope: the Nielsens. Take a look at the change in the demo year to year!
YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: JANUARY 3rd (A25-54)
Early + 20,000 Today -150,000 GMA -300,000.