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Entries by Jack Mirkinson from 12/2010

Oprah Announcing New Book Club Pick Next Week

Posted 12.01.2010 | Books

CHICAGO — Oprah Winfrey plans another pick for her popular book club. Harpo Productions said Tuesday that current Oprah's Book Club author Jona...

Cable News Ratings: Top 30 Programs In November 2010 (PHOTOS)

Posted 12.01.2010 | Media

It's not a surprise that Fox News swamped all of the other cable news channels in the November ratings -- it tends to do that every month. However, th...

Rachel Maddow Chastises Viewers For Bad Cocktail Etiquette (VIDEO)

Posted 12.01.2010 | Media

Rachel Maddow took some time on her Tuesday show to set viewers straight about cocktail etiquette -- specifically, whether you should eat the garnishe...

Thomas Roberts MSNBC's 3 PM Host For December

Posted 12.01.2010 | Media

Thomas Roberts, who has been appearing on MSNBC since April -- and who filled in for Keith Olbermann when he was suspended last month -- will host the...

Doug McKelway To Fox News: Anchor Who Threatened To Punch Blogger In The Face Moves To Cable

Posted 12.01.2010 | Media

Doug McKelway, the Washington, D.C. anchor who notoriously threatened to punch a gay blogger in the face, has been hired by Fox News after being fired...

Inside The Communication Between David Paterson And The New York Media: CJR

Posted 12.01.2010 | New York

In March 2010, CJR filed two Freedom of Information Law requests seeking e-mails between journalists and Governor Paterson's two most senior press aid...

Kathleen Parker Threatening To Quit 'Parker Spitzer': New York Post

Posted 12.01.2010 | Media

Kathleen Parker has grown so tired of co-host Eliot Spitzer that she is threatening to leave CNN's "Parker Spitzer," according to a report in the New ...

Tom Brokaw: My Discrimination Documentary Will Cause Controversy

Posted 12.01.2010 | Media

NEW YORK — Tom Brokaw hopes that his new documentary on discrimination will help calm some of the nation's political discord, although he suspec...

Anderson Cooper Demolishes Birther Claims In Interview With Texas Rep. Leo Berman (VIDEO)

Posted 12.01.2010 | Media

Anderson Cooper demolished the claims behind the "birther" movement in an interview with Texas State Representative Leo Berman on his Monday show. ...

Nate Berkus Recovering From Appendectomy

Posted 12.02.2010 | Media

NEW YORK — Sony Pictures Television says Nate Berkus is resting comfortably at home after an appendectomy. The popular designer and talk-show h...

Paul Newman's Foundation Gives $2.2 Million To PBS

Posted 12.02.2010 | Media

PBS and nine of its local stations will benefit from a $2.2 million grant announced Wednesday by the Newman's Own Foundation, a charitable arm of the ...

Beck: WikiLeaks Tied To Soros Conspiracies (VIDEO)

Posted 12.02.2010 | Media

Glenn Beck tied WikiLeaks, and its leader, Julian Assange, to George Soros -- whom Beck has repeatedly attacked as sitting at the center of a vast arr...

Barry Diller Steps Down As IAC CEO

Posted 12.02.2010 | Media

NEW YORK — Barry Diller and John Malone, two media moguls whose partnerships over the past 17 years have been rocky at times, are cutting more o...

Fire Breaks Out Next To Anderson Cooper's Firehouse

Posted 12.02.2010 | Media

Firefighters didn't get any help from Anderson Cooper putting out a fire that broke out in a Greenwich Village apartment Thursday morning next door to...

ABC News Launching Special Series On Afghanistan

Posted 12.02.2010 | Media

ABC News announced the launch of a special series on the war in Afghanistan, "Afghanistan: Can We Win?" The series starts on Sunday, and will examine ...

Katie Couric Making Cameo On 'Glee'

Posted 12.02.2010 | Media

NEW YORK — CBS News anchor Katie Couric is returning to high school for a guest appearance on the hit Fox television series "Glee." A Couric sp...

Vladimir Putin To Larry King: I Don't Want You To Leave CNN (VIDEO)

Posted 12.02.2010 | Media

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told a bemused Larry King that he doesn't want him to leave CNN on Wednesday's "Larry King Live." King interv...

Juan Williams: Extended Jobless Benefits Weaken Values About 'Showing Up, Dressing Well' (VIDEO)

Posted 12.02.2010 | Media

Juan Williams told Fox News' Megyn Kelly that extended unemployment benefits are harmful to peoples' work ethic and basic values. (H/T TPM) The two...

Ann Curry: I Warned George Clooney About How Revealing My New Sudan Special On Him Is

Posted 12.02.2010 | Media

In an interview with The Huffington Post, NBC's Ann Curry said her new documentary following George Clooney's travels through Southern Sudan is so rev...

Bristol Palin Strikes Back At Keith Olbermann For 'Worst Person' Selection (VIDEO)

Posted 12.03.2010 | Media

Bristol Palin struck back at Keith Olbermann after the MSNBC host dubbed her the "Worst Person In The World" for her role as a spokesperson for abstin...

Martha Nelson Named No. 2 At Time Inc.

Posted 12.03.2010 | Media

Time Inc. has revived its long-vacant No. 2 editorial position in a major management reorganization that centralizes a far-flung media empire stretchi...

Piers Morgan Makes CNN Debut (VIDEO)

Posted 12.03.2010 | Media

Piers Morgan made his CNN debut on "The Situation Room" Thursday night, having a friendly chat with Wolf Blitzer about WikiLeaks, the royal wedding, t...

Ben Sherwood New ABC News President

Posted 12.03.2010 | Media

NEW YORK — ABC has selected Ben Sherwood, a former producer of "Good Morning America" who left to write novels and start a website, as its news ...

Holiday TV 2010 Guide: What To Watch This Year (PHOTOS, POLL)

Posted 12.03.2010 | Media

It's an inevitability of life: with the holiday season comes the holiday TV season. Channels at every end of the remote are stuffing their schedules w...

Oprah Winfrey Network's First Commercial Debuts With Music From Will.i.am (VIDEO)

Posted 12.03.2010 | Media

The first commercial for the Oprah Winfrey Network was unveiled on Friday. It will air in movie theaters around the country. The commercial features m...