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Entries by Jack Mirkinson from 09/2010

Cable News Ratings August 2010: CNN Viewership Plummets, Fox News Still On Top

Posted 09.01.2010 | Media

The dog days of summer took their toll on cable news in August, as ratings for all three of the main channels were down this month. Even so, there wer...

Ernest Withers, FBI Informant: Famed Civil Rights Photojournalist Helped FBI

Posted 09.14.2010 | Media

A veteran freelancer for America's black press, Withers was known as "the original civil rights photographer," an insider who'd covered it all, from t...

Dylan Ratigan: 'I Consider Myself A Conservative' (VIDEO)

Posted 09.14.2010 | Media

It may have come as a surprise to some of his viewers, but Dylan Ratigan said he sees himself as a conservative. On his MSNBC show Monday, Ratigan ...

Olbermann Blasts Media For Ground Zero Mosque Reporting

Posted 09.14.2010 | Media

Keith Olbermann named the entire media his "worst person in the world" Monday for what he called a failure to report that there were two places where ...

Rachel Maddow To Interview Joe Biden

Posted 09.15.2010 | Media

Rachel Maddow will sit down with Vice President Joe Biden today for an interview that will be broadcast on tonight's show. In an announcement, MSNBC ...

Brian Wilson, Fox News Anchor, Leaving Network

Posted 09.16.2010 | Media

Brian Wilson, a longtime Fox News anchor and correspondent, is leaving the network under a cloud of rumors about his temper. FishbowlDC reported Wedn...

Rush Limbaugh Falls For Wikipedia Hoax About Judge Roger Vinson

Posted 09.16.2010 | Media

Rush Limbaugh fell for a hoax about a federal judge based on an erroneous Wikipedia entry, according to the New York Times. The paper reports that,...

Egyptian Newspaper Alters Photo To Show Mubarak In Front Of Obama

Posted 09.16.2010 | Media

An Egyptian state newspaper is coming under fire after it was revealed that it altered a photo of President Hosni Mubarak to place him at the front of...

Portland Press Herald Apologizes For Showing Muslims Praying On Front Page Of 9/11 Issue

Posted 09.16.2010 | Media

A Maine newspaper has apologized for running a front page story about Muslims celebrating the end of Ramadan on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. ...

Lanny Davis Attacks Maddow For Clinton Criticism: 'Worst Element Of Our Party'

Posted 09.16.2010 | Media

After President Bill Clinton struck back at Rachel Maddow for her criticism of his presidency, former Clinton aide and high-profile Democratic insider...

Harvey Weinstein Documentary Gets A Distributor

Posted 09.16.2010 | Media

Making its third acquisition during TIFF, IFC Films has picked up worldwide rights (but excluding Canada) to "Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Proje...

Fox News Sues Robin Carnahan Senate Campaign For Use Of Footage In Ad

Posted 09.16.2010 | Media

Fox News filed a suit Wednesday against the campaign of Missouri's Democratic candidate for Senate, Robin Carnahan, saying unauthorized footage from i...

John Roberts Snaps At Kiran Chetry Live On-Air: 'Would You Mind Not Doing That While I'm Talking?'

Posted 09.16.2010 | Media

John Roberts had a testy live exchange with his "American Morning" co-host Kiran Chetry last week—while he was conducting an interview (h/t Mediaite...

Roland Martin Creates Own Line Of Ascots

Posted 09.17.2010 | Media

CNN analyst Roland Martin is famous for wearing ascots — Jon Stewart even devoted an entire segment of his show to mocking Martin's fashion sense. N...

Al D'Amato Unloads On Fellow Guest On Fox Business: 'Racist Bullsh*t' (VIDEO)

Posted 09.17.2010 | Media

Former Senator Al D'Amato (R-NY) let loose with a string of profanities as he blasted a fellow Fox Business Network guest for his comments about Afric...

'Good Morning America' Seeks Advice Guru

Posted 09.20.2010 | Media

NEW YORK — Not content to simply offer viewers news and a little entertainment, "Good Morning America" now wants to dispense some advice. ABC's...

ABC's 'Detroit 1-8-7' Uses City As A Character

Posted 09.20.2010 | Media

DETROIT — When "NYPD Blue" veteran James McDaniel signed on for a new ABC cop show called "Detroit 1-8-7," he served as cheerleader-in-chief in ...

Deseret News, Mormon Paper, Draws Fire For Its Stance On Immigrants

Posted 09.20.2010 | Media

The News's push for a more liberal embrace of undocumented immigrants has led to a collision between its editorial mission and its conservative, mostl...

Martha Stewart Struggles After Move To Hallmark Channel

Posted 09.20.2010 | Media

"The Martha Stewart Show," which premiered exclusively on the Hallmark Channel on Sept. 13, attracted only an average of 199,000 viewers in its initia...

Rick Santelli: Tea Party Rant 'Best 5 Minutes Of My Life'

Posted 09.20.2010 | Media

CNBC's Rick Santelli is claiming that his infamous rant on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange that started the Tea Party movement was the be...

Brian Williams Loves Jon Hamm A Little Too Much (VIDEO)

Posted 09.20.2010 | Media

Jon Hamm said that Brian Williams wrote an angry note to "Saturday Night Live" after he noticed Hamm rehearsing a sketch he thought was intended for ...

TV Guide Faces Future As A Smaller Magazine: NYT

Posted 09.20.2010 | Media

There was a time years ago when TV Guide's fall television preview issues were hundreds of pages thick. Studios would clamor to get their ads placed n...

Fall TV 2010: Monday's Premieres (PHOTOS)

Posted 09.20.2010 | Media

Monday night marks the real kickoff of 2010's fall TV season. There are five new network shows premiering, and seven shows returning. So far, most of ...

Elisabeth Hasselbeck Compares O'Donnell Witchcraft To Rev. Wright (VIDEO)

Posted 09.20.2010 | Media

The women of "The View" clashed repeatedly over Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell's comments that she "dabbled into witchcraft." O'Donnell's 1999 ...

Katie Couric Behind The Scenes At 'Stand Up To Cancer': Celebs, Fellow Anchors Show Up To Benefit (VIDEO)

Posted 09.20.2010 | Media

Katie Couric shared some behind-the-scenes footage from the recent "Stand Up To Cancer" benefit--which drew a wide array of celebrities, along with Co...