Every news network likes to claim the mantle of “the most trusted name in news,” and a new Brookings and Public Religion Research Institute poll seeks to demonstrate who actually does and does not deserve that claim. Among many insights we can take from the survey, perhaps the most interesting is that, among all TV news sources, MSNBC is identified as “most trusted” by the fewest people.The New Republic looked at the data and gleaned that Fox News, while the “most trusted,” also had the most deeply polarized fanbase, largely made up of “the Republican Party’s most conservative members.” Self-identified Democrats spread their “trust” among most TV news outlets (with Fox at only 6%), while Republicans are largely concentrated on Fox News (unsurprising if you followed the emergence of conservative media and “media bias” discussions in the 1990s). The survey also demonstrates a disparity between how most … [Read more...] about MSNBC the Least Trusted TV News Source Among All Americans
While some people seemed very surprised that ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos had failed to disclose $75,000 in donations to the Clinton Foundation, there is nothing surprising about his close relationship with Bill and Hillary Clinton. That’s because, before starting his career in journalism, Stephanopoulos spent four years in the Clinton White House as a senior adviser and communications expert. But despite what it may have seemed like over the last couple of weeks, Stephanopoulos is not the only major TV news anchor who got started in politics before moving into the media sphere. And we’re not just talking about political operatives who are paid to promote their party’s agenda on air. Cable news and the Sunday shows are full of “analysts” like James Carville and Karl Rove who have never pretended to offer an objective view on the news. Then there is someone like Roger Ailes, who taught Richard Nixon how to effectively use the medium of … [Read more...] about Not Just Stephanopoulos: TV News Anchors Who’ve Worked in Politics
Life & Style has reported that Amal Clooney wants to become a television reporter. A “source” told them that, “She wants to become a top CNN or BBC correspondent, like Christiane Amanpour. She feels she can do more good for refugees, political prisoners and human rights causes worldwide as a TV personality rather than as an attorney.”She’d be great at it, certainly. She’s a charismatic, world-renowned human rights lawyer who is married to George Clooney. She’s articulate, educated, and beautiful. She’d definitely get viewers to tune in.Beyond being all of that, though, she’s also not interested in being a reporter.Gossip Cop busts the rumor by saying this: [A] reliable source exclusively tells Gossip Cop that Amal isn’t trying to become a TV news personality, and the outlet’s entire report is simply “not true.” Of course, we have repeatedly called out Life & Style for publishing lies … [Read more...] about Wait, Amal Clooney Wants to Become a TV News Reporter?
the New York Times report (which is basically just a more extensive version of a LawNewz exclusive from yesterday) that Fox News Channel has recently settled an explicit sexual harassment claim against its long-time superstar host Bill O’Reilly, by former on-air personality Juliet Huddy. The allegations are specific and, if true, a troubling case of a woman being punished in her career by a powerful man because she allegedly rebuffed his sexual advances.There are solid reasons to both believe, as well as be skeptical of, Huddy’s claim.This is not the first time Fox has settled a lawsuit in this realm against O’Reilly (on whose show I have appeared as a guest multiple times, but not since 2009). Huddy’s allegations have a level of specificity consistency. She clearly had extensive on-air contact with him and then, just as obviously, had her career suddenly take a dramatic nose-dive. She is very attractive, but also of the perfect age and stature to be a … [Read more...] about Here’s the Real Reason Sexual Harassment Claims Within TV ‘News’ Are Now Commonplace
Sometimes being in TV news isn't all it's cracked up to be.Dead air, accidental sexual innuendo and on-air F-bombs are among the many flubs and bloopers that took place this year on live newscasts. PHOTOS: Hollywood's Memorable Mea Culpas A new YouTube video compiles 15 minutes of the most hilarious and uncomfortable. The video, from NewsBeFunny, has amassed more than two million views since hitting online Thursday. A.J. Clemente, whose F-bomb during his first day on the job at a North Dakota NBC affiliate made him Internet famous, appears early in the video, which also features reporters being knocked over, anchors drawing penises and plenty of mispronounced words.Watch the video below. … [Read more...] about Best TV News Bloopers of 2013 (Video)
"The Future of News" survey, sponsored by the Radio-Television News Directors Foundation and conducted by Ball State University professor Bob Papper, flies in the face of conventional wisdom that says audiences and ad dollars are flying out of local TV in favor of new media. The survey of more than 1,000 adults -- including half younger than 25 -- finds that local TV news remains the No. 1 source of news with 65% saying that is how they get their news. That compared with 28% for newspapers and national TV, 15% for radio and 11% for the Internet.But for all the talk of new media, the RTNDF study finds that it hasn't yet made major inroads into news consumers' lives. Less than 5% of those studied had ever watched news on a small screen and only a few more (10%) said that they had be interested in it. Blogs were only visited daily by 3% of those surveyed; two-thirds either didn't read blogs or even know what they were. The study's author said that was a mixed bag for TV stations."People … [Read more...] about Study shows local TV news still No. 1
The Xinhua News Agency said its reporters across China and in more than 110 countries will produce domestic and international news that will be delivered to customers around the world at TV stations, Web sites, outdoor screens and to mobile users.The move comes as the People's Daily, the staid daily that chronicles the activities of the Communist Party leadership and publishes editorials praising official policies, also expands its international coverage.Xinhua would "interpret global events objectively and impartially from a Chinese angle and bring novel perspectives to foreign audiences," the agency quoted its president, Li Congjun, as telling an inauguration ceremony.He said Xinhua would strive to become "an important TV news supplier for the world's users." That would potentially make it a competitor to news agencies such as The Associated Press and ThomsonReuters which already provide television footage along with text stories and photographs to worldwide customers.The service … [Read more...] about China’s Xinhua tries English TV News