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Saturday, August 6, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Nick Gillespie of Hit and Run notes the following:

CNN has suspended Novak indefinitely. Which is no way to treat the guy who just delivered the only interesting bit of video on that flagging network since Jon Stewart called Tucker Carlson a d*ck on the now-cancelled Crossfire. And before that, it was what, Peter Arnett touring Iraqi baby milk factories like he was visting Willie Wonka’s chocolate plant?

Indeed.

This is the most attention that CNN has gotten in some time-which says a lot about their programming and reporting, yes?

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By Dr. Steven Taylor

Mickey Kaus has a theory on Novak’s ealry exit from the other day.

I must admit, it is quite plausible.

He also points to a Josh Marshall interview with Carville that is of interest.

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Friday, August 5, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the AP: Novak Apologizes for Swearing on CNN Air

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By Dr. Steven Taylor

The man known for being the “Mr. Grumpy” of pundits got hacked off at James Carville, dropped a BS bomb on air and walked off the set of Inside Politics yesterday. Perhaps he is still upset that Crossfire was cancelled.

Yes, Carville was a being smarta**, but that’s Carville’s shtick. Indeed, it isn’t as if Novak isn’t well acquainted will his “debate” partner’s style. One wonders what the deal was.

If you haven’t see the clip, Kevin Alyward has the link.

Update: I’m with Michelle Malkin on this one:

I don’t get what Novak was so agitated about-did a producer say something in his ear? Because Carville didn’t seem anymore rude or crude than he normally is.

Indeed. In fact, he wasn’t even crude and by the standard of this TV chatfest slapdowns, he wasn’t even all that rude.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Mark Williams of Dem bloggers notes that PoliBlog was mentioned on CNN’s Inside Politics yesterday (he has audio and video as well).

The amusing thing (to me) is that they didn’t actually comment on a post, but on a response to a comment to a post that had nothing to do with Rove. They were looking for bloggers who weren’t commenting on Rove, and noted my comment on this post.

No transcript online. It looks like they aren’t archiving the IP transcripts the way they had been doing.

Of course, my favorite part of the report was when they referred to me as a “big name blogger.”

Who knew?

And yes, I will be commenting on Rove, probably today.

Update: Dr. Rusty Shackleford (also part of the same “Inside the Blogs” segment) comments.

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Thursday, June 30, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via this NYT piece (Talk Show Washout Tries Again) comes the line of the day”

These kinds of programs may not hurt the country, but they do seem to weaken the intellectual standing of their hosts. When Mr. Carlson, who started as a writer at The Weekly Standard, began on “Crossfire” he seemed like a brainy young contrarian, brought in to challenge liberal pieties - a Junior Miss version of George Will. Time and the ever-shortening attention span of cable news have turned him into a George Will o’ the Wisp; his opinions are loud but ever more vaporous.

Indeed and hylarious.

I must confess, I have had exactly zero interest in even trying Carlson’s new show. I found him annoying on Crossfire, and have no need to give him a second chance. Of course, the last time I could tolerate Crossfire, Michael Kinsely was still on.

On balance, I must confess, this is true:

Washouts often get a second chance on MSNBC and its sister channel, CNBC, but it is mostly a last chance. Recent fallen stars on CNBC include Tina Brown, John McEnroe and Dennis Miller. Mr. Carlson had to step over the departed Deborah Norville to get his 9 p.m. slot.

What I find especially amusing is that the last time I really found CNBC (back when it was more like MSNBC is now, at least at night) was when Roger Ailes ran the place (and not because of any conservative slant-there wasn’t on). One may wish to criticize Ailes, but he seems to know what he is doing vis-a-vis political talk shows. CNBC/MSNBC seems to have been wandering in the wilderness for some time. The only shows I even watch on occasion now are Hardball and Countdown and neither qualifies as “must see” TV.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Student Randy Reed e-mails from Washington where he is interning to let me know that PoliBlog was on MSNBC’s Connected Coast-to-Coast today (thanks for the tip).

They don’t have a page up directly about today’s show, but PoliBlog is linked from MSNBC in the producer’s post about what was going to be on the show (along with OTB): Tony’s tabs.

The funny thing is that all of the electrons I have spilled this week on lengthy posts, the one they picked (on raising the retirement age to 69) was a quickie I entered this morning whilst breaking my fast before heading to school to teach.

But hey: exposure is exposure! Indeed, I clearly need to rev up the PR machine, as I have been slowly devolving in the TTLB for a few weeks now. So, bring on the links, people. ;)

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Wednesday, June 8, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor

From Amnesty International’s Willim Schulz on Fox News Sunday this past weekend:

WALLACE: Is it possible, sir, that by excessive rhetoric or by your political links, that you have hurt, not helped, your cause?

SCHULZ: Chris, I don’t think I’d be on this station, on this program today with you if Amnesty hadn’t said what it said and President Bush and his colleagues haven’t responded as they did. If I had come to you two weeks ago and said, “Chris, I’d like to go on FOX with you just to talk about U.S. detention policies at Guantanamo and elsewhere,” I suspect you wouldn’t have given me an invitation.

WALLACE: So you’re saying if you make irresponsible charges, that’s good for the cause?

SCHULZ: I don’t believe that they’re irresponsible.

In response, Howard Kurtz asks:

Excuse me, but did Schulz say that it’s okay to unleash words like “gulag,” even if it’s not an “exact or literal analogy,” because it gets him booked on Fox News? Is that the new standard? Yes, Chris, I called the president a war criminal because it was the only way I could get on Hardball?

Indeed.

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Friday, June 3, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Daniel Schorr has an interesting column which reflect on the early days of CNN at the CSM: CNN’s infant, improv days.

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Thursday, May 12, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor

CNBC cancels ‘Dennis Miller’

CNBC is canceling “Dennis Miller” in an attempt to revive the network’s struggling primetime, according to Variety.

“Dennis Miller” will be replaced with a second airing of “Mad Money With Jim Cramer” at 9 p.m. ET.

It’s bad enough to get cancelled, but getting replaced by a re-run’s gotta hurt.

I like Miller (except on MNF) and found the show to ok, but, to be honest, I came across it the other night and thought “wow-I thought they had cancelled that.”

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