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Friday Links & Open Thread

Latest cable news links [updated through the day]:

An insult to Tim Russert's memory?

Thursday's numbers.

Frank Luntz changes course.

Dan Abrams's new gig.

Greta's deleted post re Howard Kurtz ressurrected.

Video: Coop with Leno, O'Reilly with Jon Stewart.

Reviewed: Bold Fresh, Call Me Ted.

Hotline quotes.

MSNBC's bad week. Time-Warner troubles.

Secret "memos" exposed!

Blue blogger fact-checked.

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

Mike C.
Here's what I picked up from "Bold, Fresh" review in The Rocky Mountain News:
1) The reviewer, Verna Noel Jones (credited as "Special to the Rocky"), has BOR growing up in Westbury and not Levittown. Though technically correct, it was still Levittown when he grew up. Otherwise, Ms. Jones is basically following the [please-God-don't-make-him-Senator-elect] Al Franken meme.
2) "After continually annoying his classmates, never shutting up ..." No point in writing the rest of that sentence.
3) "... claiming to have been forced by his father to attend a strict Catholic high school, ..."
4) "Cons: The book loses steam quickly toward the end, trailing off into weakly written commentary on various people with power and odd things the author considers 'mysteries of the universe.'"
5) "Final word: While tales of O'Reilly's boisterous youth are entertaining, his life story is told a bit too breezily, and one suspects that he's holding back." I'm sure your pal in thought, Keith Oralmann, is chomping at the bit to tell you what "he's holding back." I'll guess by writing the first letters of words or names he'll utter: Andr. M.! [Ding!] Loof.! [Ding!] Fal.! [Ding!] S. harr. suit! [Ding!] Am I in the ballpark?
November 14, 2008, 2:28:46 AM EST – Like – Reply

Mike C.
Re: "MSNBC's rough week": I hope that line in parentheses about giving Rachel Maddow "as much air time as possible" was sarcastic.
November 14, 2008, 2:32:39 AM EST – Like – Reply

Mike C.
At 2:59 on FNC, there was a 60-second Fox News Alert as wildfires rage (present tense because it's ongoing as I type) through the Montecito area in Southern California. After the alert, "Red Eye" began...with a fake Fox News Alert! Oops! The fake alerts from Andy Levy are the present cold open format for the show. Previous cold opens include a disclaimer from one of the guests of a given night's show.
On a serious note, Dennis Miller lives in Montecito. I hope very much that his house was not affected. If any of you are Dennis Miller Zone members, go to DennisMillerRadio.com at 10:05 this morning to hear if he's on and/or how he and his house are doing. Then, comment back here.
November 14, 2008, 3:11:25 AM EST – Like – Reply

david smawley
With the elections now in our Rear View Mirror, FoxNews folks can now see MSNBC & CNN ratings in the same RVM on a daily basis.
November 14, 2008, 8:44:11 AM EST – Like – Reply

Mike C.
I listened to my podcast of the first few minutes of "The Dennis Miller Show. It sounded like Dennis was preparing to evacuate at the time. I think the fires have since ended.
Dennis interviewed Don Rickles on Thursday, and Don admitted he's a regular "Factor" viewer, especially for Miller Time.  
November 15, 2008, 2:20:27 AM EST – Like – Reply