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Tuesday Links & Open Thread

Latest cable news links [6:08 pm]:

Pix: Iron Maiden voyage.

Monday's numbers.

MSNBC: Dump the docs!

Brian Stelter: The Big Story is gone.

Karl Rove's phone call, and his retort to Olbermann.

Adam Housley is back.

Who is this? Answered.

CNN's sexpert.

Tonight's Magnolia State schedule.

CNBC fireworks.

Weekend numbers.

NY Times on MSNBC changes. Tucker Carlson is proud.

Hotline quotes.

Abrams 3.0. The Verdict.

Morning Joe wakes up Washington.

Iron Maiden!?!

Still flogging this?

Amanpour blames the media.

Rupert Murdoch's plans for FBN.

The fast five.

Shepard Smith at Ole Miss.

Bret Baier returns to DePauw.

Bill Schneider in Honolulu.

Good riddance, Tucker?

Use our valuable bandwidth to post your comments about any and all cable news topics in today's open thread. Standard rules apply.

Steve L
Charlie Gasparino tells it the way it is! He should have his own show. Great TV!!!
March 11, 2008, 12:33:49 PM EDT – Like – Reply

When is Ingaraham or Powers or even both going to get their own show in Geraldos spot?
March 11, 2008, 1:03:14 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Don't think it's likely. Geraldo does pretty well in that time slot. I'd like to see something at 9:00 pm weekends. My idea is a weekend version of H&C: Bob Beckel & Cal Thomas.
March 11, 2008, 1:19:02 PM EDT – Like – Reply

david smawley
Why not bright, attractive female hosts JD?
March 11, 2008, 2:38:05 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
I'm all for it. And it could work. But a Malkin/Powers pilot that was tried out some time ago didn't make many waves. People have to be sharp, interesting, and skilled to host or co-host a tv program. H&C are both professional broadcasters with years of experience. While Laura has done well with her radio show and had a short-lived MSNBC hour, Powers doesn't have that background. I know Michelle Malkin guest-hosted for O'Reily but does anyone really think she did as good a job as O'Reilly, not speaking content-wise but as a tv host/anchor? I like Powers a lot and she has a lot of promise, but I'm not sure hosting a show is her forte.
Beckel co-hosted crossfire for years. And Cal Thomas has an impressive background with NBC News. They are both fluent and professional in front of a live camera. There's more to this stuff than just being bright. There's a certain skill level and professionalism; if you don't have it, viewers will get uncomfortable and turn away. IMHO.
March 11, 2008, 3:05:38 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Great points JD
March 11, 2008, 3:24:53 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Hmm. FNC called MS for Obama right at 8:00 o'clock. MS and CNN held back with "too close to call". That kind of discrepancy doesn't happen too often.
March 11, 2008, 8:19:35 PM EDT – Like – Reply

david smawley
Laura has an audience of over 5 million people weekly, not one of the people you have mentioned gets close to her reach. I just find the Cal Thomas/Bob Beckel tandum to be a recycled, old media, men only mess.
You can't site me one study that says new faces can't pull ratings. If you could the election HQ tandem would never have been given a chance.
March 11, 2008, 8:28:06 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
I have nothing against new faces, and I don't deny that Laura has the necessary background. Even so, she isn't exactly comfortable sub-hosting the Factor: she talks a bit too much, and is a touch too "hot" for tv. I suspect she'll improve as she gets used to it, and is smoother already than Malkin was.
I wouldn't mind seeing Laura against someone like Beckel, who has real political acumen and a good sense of humor. New faces are nice, but substance is important too, and I think Beckel has more interesting things to say than someone like Powers (whom I still like).
March 11, 2008, 8:34:49 PM EDT – Like – Reply

david smawley
Too Hot for TV? Please spare me from the senior citizen men you want to prevail.
March 11, 2008, 9:07:51 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
I said a "touch" too hot. I like Laura, but she is a bit too pushy and tends to hog the mic especially when guests disagree. Just my opinion. Your mileage may vary. Feel free to disagree, Etc.
March 11, 2008, 9:13:19 PM EDT – Like – Reply

david smawley
I want folks to speak their minds all the time, yes she has strong opinions, but so do we and I am tired of those that hide what they really think. Thanks to you for putting up a site in which we can vent our feelings. Let's hope FoxNews continues to showcase those that have a strong POV!
March 11, 2008, 9:21:39 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Damian G.
I still think that a fair-and-balanced, politics-focussed version of The View would be awesome.
I humbly suggest Michelle Malkin, Kirsten Powers, Monica Crowley and Tanya Acker as the panellists.
And I also want pigs to fly.
March 12, 2008, 12:37:56 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike Chimeri
Replace Michelle Malkin (just writing her name frustrates me) with Margaret Hoover and we're set. But I don't know what people would think of three blondes on one panel.
Along the lines of "The Big Story" indefinitely dropped, I canceled my subscription to "The John Gibson Radio Show" premium podcast. Hearing the same formula every day did me in:
-Obama/Hillary is topic for each hour
-Angry Rich scattered throughout ("[Insert response], John.")
-Clips played, John talks over them
-Callers call John a racist or otherwise
-John shouts at callers before cutting them off
(sarcasm): Yeah, none of that never gets old.
(normal): I only got the podcast to hear unedited KO bashing segments anyway.
March 12, 2008, 1:44:47 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike Chimeri
Correction: "None of that *ever* gets old." Sorry about that.
March 12, 2008, 1:49:31 AM EDT – Like – Reply