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Thursday, January 12, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the AP: Ted Koppel Joining NPR

He will provide weekly commentary.

This in additional to becoming an occasional contributor for the NYT op/ed page and his new work for Discovery Channel.

Still, he won’t have to stay up as late.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor

It appears that this humble blog is one of 800 that MSNBC is using for its ad blitz.

Via the NYT: To Promote a Cable Network, a Plan to Inundate the Internet

Val Nichols, vice president for the creative services group at MSNBC, estimated the campaign would get 114 million viewings in total. Among the 800 blogs that will run the ads are Adrants, Althouse, Curbed, Daily Kos, Gothamist, IndieWire, Largehearted Boy, Talking Points Memo and TV Newser. Buying ads on 800 blogs is a major commitment to that fledgling medium.

And as of a little while ago, the neon chick had been replaced by Elvis pumping gas.

And they wonder why MSNBC is in third.

Maybe they should hire Dan Reeves.

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Monday, December 12, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor

As some have already noted, the MSNBC blogad that started running two days ago has morphed into a new form, advertising now for an upcoming episode of Rita Cosby’s show on internet porn. I shifted the two ads so one isn’t immediately assaulted by the neon silhouette. Since the program airs on the 14th and the ad runs to the 17th, I shudder to think what it will morph into next!

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Friday, October 7, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the BBC: David Frost joins al-Jazeera TV

Veteran UK broadcaster Sir David Frost is to join Arab-language TV station al-Jazeera, the network has confirmed.

Sir David is to appear on al-Jazeera International, the pan-Arab news network’s new English-language channel, due to be launched next spring.

The Qatar-based channel said Sir David, who broadcast his final Breakfast with Frost programme for the BBC in May, would be among the “key on-air talent”.

Sir David was quoted as saying he felt “excitement” about his new role.

“Most of the television I have done over the years has been aimed at British and American audiences,” he said.

How someone with Frost’s pedigree could join up with an organization that has been so clearly a propoganda machine is beyond me.

It is clear that al Jazeera is trying to become more ainstream, so perhaps these kinds of moves will ultimately be a net positive. Still, it strikes me as quite odd.

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Thursday, September 22, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor

I just happened to turn on MSNBC last night to see the end of this drama. In the age of TiVo I rarely surf the channels any more, and had flipped the TV to see if there was any new news on Rita, and the Weather Channel was talking about something else, so I flipped the channel.

I must confess, on one level, watching the event unfold seemed a bit morbid, as there was a real chance that the front landing gear would collapse and the nose of the plane would be driven into the runway. That would have been horrible and while the situation was certainly legitimate news, on the other hand one always has this terrible feeling that the news people are secretly hoping that the worst will happen so that they can capture it on TV.

It was quite appropriate that the event took place in LA, as LA news loves to show this kind of stuff, for hours on end if possible. LA is the land of the most dramatic presentation of the evening news of anywhere I have ever lived or visited. This event reminded me of time one Christmas where we were back visiting family and a bank had been robbed, and the robbers were holding hostages and reportedly had explosives. At least one station kept live cameras on the bank the whole time, while another station, where we were watching a movie, kept breaking in to show us all that yep, the bank hadn’t exploded yet. One got the distinct impression that they were just waiting for the bank to explode.

At any rate, I can’t imagine watching the TV commentary, which, of course, would deal with worst case scenarios, of the event while I was in the plane, yet that is what the JetBlue passengers were able to do: JetBlue Passengers Watched News of Drama

While satellite TV sets aboard JetBlue Flight 292 were tuned to news broadcasts, some passengers cried. Others tried to telephone relatives and one woman sent a text message to her mother in Florida attempting to comfort her in the event she died.

“It was very weird. It would’ve been so much calmer without” the televisions, Pia Varma of Los Angeles said after the plane skidded to a safe landing Wednesday evening in a stream of sparks and burning tires. No one was hurt.

Varma, 23, and other passengers said the plane’s monitors carried live DirectTV broadcasts on the plane’s problems until just a few minutes before landing at Los Angeles International Airport.

The landing gear trouble-the front wheels were stuck in a sideways position-was discovered almost immediately after the plane departed Bob Hope Airport in Burbank at 3:17 p.m., en route to New York City.

On the one hand, more information would be good in that kind of situation, I suppose (certainly I am one who always want more information). On the other, the hand the hyperbolic coverage of your typical able news anchor would hardly be comforting in such a situation.

I will say, the pilots landed that plane in impressive fashion.

Update: More here with photos, commentary from during the event and links to other related items.

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Saturday, September 10, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via CNN: U.S. drops banning media from body hunt

Regardless of whether one thinks that showing the bodies is a good idea or not, or whether there are privacy concerns, or not or even if one thinks that the press is trying to be inflammatory, the bottom line is: the government should not be in the business of determining what the press can and cannot cover when we are talking about public space.

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Friday, September 2, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Ok, I have watched quite a bit of the MSNBC coverage over the last several days, and while I have been impressed with the actual information and reporting (and they have had some of the best pictures). However, I have a few gripes/critiques.

The first one is: there has been a great deal of criticism tonight and last night on both Hardball and Countdown about how the fear that rescue workers felt (which was part of why more relief didn’t come in yesterday, it would seem) was overblown—that the people in the city have not been threatening on balance, but rather quite cooperative.

Ok, fine. But please note: it has been the wall-to-wall cable news coverage that has been accentuating the notion that city has been in utter chaos and the coverage (on all the stations) has especially been underscoring anything involving shootings—including shooting that have often been reported as “unconfirmed.�?

Is it just me, or are there some serious problems, therefore, with the critiques coming out of the mouths of MSNBC reporters, anchors and commentators?

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Saturday, August 20, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the AP: Costas Refuses to Host Show on Holloway

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Thursday, August 18, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the AP: TV Show Host Scarborough Weighs Senate Bid

I know this has been in the air for a couple of days, but I was unaware that he was seriously considering a run-I just thought his name had been floated.

However, he does appear to be mulling:

Scarborough said Wednesday that he has already talked with Sen.
Elizabeth Dole, who heads the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and plans to meet with Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman and White House officials next week about whether to get into the race to unseat Democrat Bill Nelson.

While being in the Senate is one of the pinnacles of US politics, I have to think that it a lot less work (and pays better) to stay on TV.

And as James Joyner noted yesterday, all those hours on TV mean the likelihood of some useful (for one’s opponent) sound bites.

My guess is that he ultimately signs a new TV deal. At the moment it seems far more likely that he is more or less guaranteed 6 more years of employment in TV and radio while he would have to go out and win the Senate seat.

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Sunday, August 7, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Greta Van Susteren Cleans Up in Aruba

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