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Dick Cheney’s TV News Tour On Iraq Is “Unseemly,” Bill Clinton Tells NBC’s ‘Meet The Press’: Video

Dick Cheney’s TV News Tour On Iraq Is “Unseemly,” Bill Clinton Tells NBC’s ‘Meet The Press’: VideoDick Cheney‘s been much in the news of late, as he continues his Obama Botched Iraq Tour on TV (and in print).  Megyn Kelly made headlines when Cheney tried out his “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many” line on her FNC show, to which she responded: “Now, with almost a trillion dollars spent there, with 4,500 American lives lost there, what do you say to those who say you were wrong about so much at the expense of so many?” — throwing in a, “Time and time again, history has proven that you got it wrong in Iraq as well, sir” for good measure.

NBC News‘s Meet The Press hopes to pour a little more lighter fluid on the situation — and gin up ratings — with an interview airing Sunday, in which former President Bill Clinton dismisses the former VPOTUS’s comments about President Obama’s foreign policy as “unseemly.” More where that came from — watch here:

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Joel McHale Is “The Other Comic” In ‘Meet The Press’ WHCD Post-Mortem: Video

How does NBCU’s Washington show’s roundtable talk about E! and NBC star Joel McHale‘s performance at the White House Correspondents Dinner the next morning? One participant called him “the other comic,” presumably meaning President Obama was the dinner’s lead funnyman:

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NBC News Chief: Reports About ‘Meet The Press’ Host David Gregory “Ludicrous” And “Vindictive”

By | Thursday April 24, 2014 @ 1:35pm PDT

gregoryNBC News chief Deborah Turness sent a memo to her staff today today, dismissing as “quite ludicrous,” “vindictive” and “untrue, ” the press coverage of a news report about a consulting firm hired to help fix ratings on NBC’s Sunday Beltway show. “I wanted to reach out to reiterate my support for the show and for [show host] David [Gregory], now and into the future, as we work together to evolve the format,” she wrote in her memo (see entire memo below).

The Washington Post wrote Monday that NBC had hired a “psychological consultant” to look at Gregory, including interviews with his friends and his wife. The reaction in the media is what is known in journalism circles as Pirahna Discovering Raw Meat. A frenzy of NBC Hires Psychologist to Evaluate David Gregory, and NBC Thinks David Gregory Requires Psychiatric Help press reports ensued. Columnists mulled why Gregory was so hated; Cenk Uygur (aka The Guy Formerly Let Go By NBC) gleefully advised Gregory, “Dude, read the writing on the wall, you’re a goner”; websites ruminated on the death of the Sunday Beltway shows; Rush Limbaugh clucked that NBC should perform psychological tests on its execs rather than on Gregory, and a good time was had by all.

Though NBC News has said it did not dispute the Post’s use of “psychological consultant” at the time, it subsequently issued a statement saying,  “Last year Meet The Press brought in a brand consultant — not, as reported, a psychological one — to better understand how its anchor connects. This is certainly not unusual for any television program, especially one that’s driven so heavily by one person.” The company — New York-based Elastic Strategy — was hired by NBC News’ marketing team a year ago, before Turness was named NBC News chief. On its Web site, that firm says its “expertise is in gaining an objective understanding of the current and potential value of your brand to its various stakeholders.”

Meet The Press is ranked No. 3 among the Sunday Beltway shows, with a season-do-date average of 2.933 million viewers — behind CBS’s Face The Nation (3.320 million) and ABC’s This Week (3.007 million). In the news demo, MTP (849,000) also trails Face The Nation (949,000) and This Week (874,000). MPT used to be No. 1 in the ratings and held on to that spot for many years, back when it was hosted by Tim Russert, who died at  the studio in summer of ’08. Tom Brokaw took over for Russert and anchored the program through the presidential election cycle, after which Gregory — NBC News’ chief White House correspondent — was named Russert’s replacement in December of that year.

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NBC News Keeps Busy Refuting Reports On Ann Curry, David Gregory, Rachel Maddow

2014 is getting off to a busy start for NBC News. No sooner does the division announce its priority is getting Today back up on its feet nbc-news-logo__120406030256with a new tagline “Rise to Shine” that will help viewers forget its bungled dumping of show co-anchor Ann Curry, than a report surfaces that NBC News will not renew Curry’s $12 million contract — the one she got when she was shoved off Today. The network has denied the Radar report, noting that Curry has been given an actual big assignment which, presumably, is what happens when you pay someone $12 mil a year.

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Gregory ToddMeanwhile, the division’s Sunday Beltway show Meet The Press got its fourth quarter numbers, and they’re the franchise’s worst in its history in the news demo. MTP also suffered its smallest fourth-quarter total-viewer crowd since ’91. This news forced the news division to have to insist to Politico that it has no plans to replace anchor David Gregory, because the site’s media columnist had suggested just that.

And MSNBC has had to refute a report in National Review that Rachel Maddow dictates the cable news network’s editorial direction and has a lot to say about personnel decisions. This after MSNBC anchors Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin got the hook over separate incendiary comments, and a teary apology by Melissa Harris-Perry for an episode of her program in which she and a bunch of comics poked fun at little black grandson Kieran sitting on Mitt Romney’s knee in the family’s Christmas photo.

Related: Will MSNBC’s Host Apology Streak End As Mitt Romney Accepts Latest Mea Culpa? Read More »

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ABC’s ‘This Week’ Beats ‘Meet The Press’ In Sweep Demo For First Time Since 1993

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOSThe last time that This Week beat NBC’s Meet The Press in a November sweep in the 25-54 demo, ABC host George Stephanopoulos was working closely with Bill Clinton in the first year of the new President’s administration and David Brinkley was fronting the show. Otherwise, July 1993 is looking a lot like November 2013 for the pubic affairs show. For this year’s November sweep, the now-Stephanopoulos hosted This Week bested Meet The Press for the first time in 20 years. With a by 21,000 viewer margin of victory in the key news demo, This Week had 787,000 viewers in the demo over the sweep to NBC’s 766,000. back in the summer sweep of 1993, the Brinkley hosted This Week had 1.388 million in the 25-54 demo compared to Meet The Press‘ 1.135 million. Fast forward to 2013, it is worth nothing that the November 24th edition of Meet The Press was preempted by coverage of Formula 1 racing on NBC. Of course it is also worth noting that neither the ABC show nor the NBC took the Sunday political talker top spot. That No. 1 went to CBS’ Face The Nation, which pulled in 1.037 million among adults 25-54 and 3.582 million viewers overall. In terms of total viewers, Meet The Press was No. 2 with 3.002 million over the sweeps period while This Week had 2.911 million. That total audience was the best the ABC show … Read More »

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NBC News To Air ’63 ‘Meet The Press’ Broadcast With Martin Luther King, Jr. On Washington March Anniversary

By | Wednesday August 21, 2013 @ 12:13pm PDT

NBC News will rerun the August 25, 1963 broadcast of its Sunday Beltway show Meet The Press this Sunday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The broadcast featured an interview with Martin Luther King Jr, three days before he delivered his I Have A  Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial; the episode will be broadcast in its entirety, except for the tease for the next week’s episode — in ’63 (check out a clip below). Meet the Press Special Edition: Remembering The Dream will air on NBC’s 10 owned-and-operated stations, New England Cable News, and numerous NBC affiliates. As of now, nearly 80 stations, covering more than 62% of the country, were on board. but in most places it will preempt local news or local political affairs shows. In most markets, the half-hour program will air immediately before or after the regularly scheduled broadcast of Meet The Press; viewers should check local listings for exact times. The regularly scheduled Meet The Press, anchored by David Gregory, also will be devoted to the anniversary of the March. Just three days before delivering his iconic speech, King joined Meet The Press to discuss the march’s call for civil rights legislation, jobs, freedom, and social equality.

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R.I.P. Jack Germond

By | Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 7:11am PDT

The jovial longtime political columnist, a familiar presence on TV newscasts, died this morning at his home in West Virginia at age 85. Jack Germond “was one of the great happy warriors of political reporting,” NBC’s Chuck Todd said in a tweet. In his 50-year career chronicling presidential campaigns and political life, Germond frequently appeared on TV shows including Meet The Press and The McLaughlin Group, and played himself in the 1996 film Independence Day. Saturday Night Live’s Chris Farley parodied Germond in a send up of The McLaughlin Group. Germond ultimately tired of the combative format, and his disagreements with John McLaughlin, resigning in 1996 with a fax that cited the host’s sign-off line: “bye-bye.” Germond retired in 2000, disenchanted with what he perceived as the diminishing quality of candidates and political journalism. That was reflected in two books Germond wrote with his longtime colleague, Jules Witcover: Wake Us When It’s Over about the 1984 presidential campaign and Mad As Hell: Revolt At The Ballot Box, 1992. Germond wrote two memoirs: Fat Man In A Middle Seat (1999) and Fat Man Fed Up (2004).

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Rob Yarin Stepping In As Executive Producer Of NBC’s ‘Meet The Press’

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 12:57pm PDT

Betsy Fischer Martin was promoted in March to Senior EP at Meet The Press and Managing Editor of Political Programming at NBC News. As she transitions to the latter gig full time, Hardball veteran Rob Yarin joins the venerable Sunday morning program from Frank N. Magid Associates, where he’d been SVP Programming since 1999. Before that, he was the Executive Producer of Hardball With Chris Matthews when the show aired on CNBC. Yarin was instrumental in the show’s reformatting, which led to higher ratings and an expansion to one hour. He also has had producing stints at Fox News and WBIS+/Dow Jones and was a local news producer at stations including network O&Os in Los Angeles. Yarin will take over at Meet The Press on August 4, reporting to NBC News SVP Antoine Sanfuentes.

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