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Monday Links & Open Thread

Latest cable news links [7:35 pm]:

Friday's numbers.

Roger Ailes to the Hall of Fame, joins Associated Press.

Rev Wright fallout, blowback.

Video: Daryn Kagan on Fox & Friends.

Brock stretching it?

Is Hannity relocating?

Papal flight.

Ten most powerful? Not so fast...

Profile: Megyn Kelly.

Q&A: Jim Acosta (via ICN)

Alan gets mail, responds to NewsBusters.


Fox fusion.

Pix: Baghdad cats.

CNN's "push-poll"? David Gregory's grumpiness?

Video: attempted Rove punking.

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

On The Mark
The weekend F&F situation is a mystery to me. I watched a few moments on both days, and it is truly bad. Awful. Mindless, endless chatter that tends to reveal the educational deficiencies of the hosts more than anything else. Not the slightest news value. Maybe, I am missing something, but is this just some sort of competition for who has the whitest teeth?
The Compassion Forum was fascinating. I'm not sure I grasped the point, the motivation in its entirety, but in the context of the forum, Brown and Meacham asked some tough, probing questions. But, not "gotcha" questions. A glimmer of some real journalism. I hope this novel approach catches on. Clinton and Obama both did well, and I have to wonder why McCain declined to appear. I know he is not particularly grounded in a church and that he is reticent to talk about faith. Perhaps, he felt he could not carry on a conversation on these topics. I tend to think he would have done well, and I know he missed an opportunity. If nothing else, the forum underscored a point some of the Religious Right have obscured: critical questioning, even doubt are important elements in faith. They tend to make faith even deeper. This was some pretty bold programming, and I expect the ratings were awful. A good viewer opportunity, however.
April 14, 2008, 7:41:12 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike Chimeri
Howard Kurtz seems to be jealous Megyn Kelly's seemingly rapid ascension at FNC.
And TV Week seems to hate FNC and BOR.
April 14, 2008, 12:49:16 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike Chimeri
I had no idea Melanie Morgan was fired. That's a shame.
I would think that Sean will still be heard on WABC, whether he's with Citadel-ABC or not. And he'll probably remain on Citadel-ABC-owned stations in the biggest major cities, like WLS in Chicago and KABC in Los Angeles. (These are all AM stations, by the way.)
April 14, 2008, 1:32:20 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike Chimeri
That is an excellent article from the Cable Gamer. I had never thought of that theory before. And if you think about it, Rev. Wright has entered Olber-territory. Not only did he bash FNC, BOR, and Sean Hannity, but he said "Fixed News" [ding!].
April 14, 2008, 7:40:03 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike: Although Citadel is running the ABC radio stations into the ground, don't believe all you read.
Brian Maloney (Radio Equalizer) is not the best source for radio rumors such as the Sean Hannity departure. Last year he erroneously predicted that O'Reilly would immediately leave radio.
And I do Miss Melanie Morgan every morning on KSFO. Glad she occasionally appears on FNC.
April 14, 2008, 7:43:31 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Well TRE has added an update suggesting that maybe the Hannity move won't take place after all. I guess we'll see, but I'm glad I posted the link with a question mark at the end!
April 14, 2008, 7:48:06 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike Chimeri
Well, I first heard about it on the New York Radio Message Board as mere speculation. The last time I saw Maloney on "The Factor," I found him a little irritating; no offense to him.
April 14, 2008, 8:21:57 PM EDT – Like – Reply

"obama is like Reagan, teflon-esque."
You gotta wonder where a person that makes these kind of comments gets his news.
April 14, 2008, 9:06:39 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike Chimeri
I basically said the same thing to myself, but pessimistically. "Oh, nothing'll affect him. He's like Teflon. The Teflon-a Obama."
And now, I'm off to read Johnny's recap...
April 14, 2008, 9:17:01 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike Chimeri
By the way, I may end up getting Daryn Kagan's new book. And I'll be holding on to that video link.
April 14, 2008, 9:17:55 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Two of my favorites, Johnny.
Megyn Kelly- smart as hell!
Daryn Kegan- REAL as hell.
Thanks for the links.
April 14, 2008, 10:56:57 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike Chimeri
My creation in TextAloud is on display at OlbyWatch.
You'll love it.  
April 14, 2008, 10:59:37 PM EDT – Like – Reply

It's a little creepy, Mike. If the computer gone wild "Hal" could be possessed by the demon from The Exorcist, he'd sound like that. :D
BTW, nothing as snicker producing as hearing a computerized voice say "fat ass"...
April 14, 2008, 11:21:26 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike Chimeri
It's only creepy if you're not used to speech synthesizers. It's funny to me, and yes, hearing the voice say "fat ass" as "fa-tass" is hilarious.
April 14, 2008, 11:29:03 PM EDT – Like – Reply

hahahaha, Mike!
"Natural voices software" is certainly a misnomer (unless you live in MinneSUEta).
April 15, 2008, 9:17:12 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike, that is a kick. I really enjoyed it. I'm so glad you mentioned it here b/c I read the recap before that was on it.
My two favorites are KO, which becomes Koh, and Ding.
April 15, 2008, 9:59:04 AM EDT – Like – Reply

A computer generated voice certainly misses the concept of onomatopoeia, fer sure, Grammie. (ding)
I think it would be wonderful if Johnny recorded himself reading his Countdown summaries.
How about it, JD? At least once?
April 15, 2008, 10:58:01 AM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Request denied. The voice that's up there now is better than what I'd do!
April 15, 2008, 10:59:00 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Well, heck, Johnny.  
In that case, for our amusement, maybe Mike could make the computer generated voice reading more fun by adding a few four-letter words to your summary.
We're easily entertained.
April 15, 2008, 11:07:48 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike Chimeri
I'm glad you enjoyed it, Grammie. If you guys want, I could do this for more recaps in the future. Only if you want.
I think the voice I've used is provided by voiceover artist Rick Adamson.
The "ding" is always great and shows that exclamations aren't acknowledged.
By the way, here's the link to get the TextAloud software:
Okay, on to today's thread.
April 15, 2008, 12:27:58 PM EDT – Like – Reply

It would always be fun to hear an audio cast of Johnny's recaps.
April 15, 2008, 3:11:30 PM EDT – Like – Reply