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Friday Links & Open Thread

Latest cable news links [updated through the day]:

In depth: changes at Fox & Friends Weekend.

Thursday's numbers.

Sklar: Give Rachel Maddow weekends? Or not?

Fox haters boo Harold Ford.

Olbermann caught again?

Cavuto surgery: update.

Greta: needles Coop, asks if CNN editors protecting Obama?

Videos: tease for Courtney confined.

FNC's new "attack dog"?

John Seigenthaler resurfaces

Pix: Kenya's endangered migration.

Hotline quotes.

Video: Tony Snow funeral, David Gregory tribute.

CNN's R&D, hi-def scam?

Comcast "conspiracy" contradicted.

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

Fox Fan
What a trash piece of "journalism" that attack dog link is. I posted a comment there indicating the writer's bias. They seem to believe the "Outfoxed" was seen by more than 12 people and that MSNBC's numbers match FNC's and mention 25-54. I call shenanigans!
July 18, 2008, 10:18:16 AM EDT – Like – Reply

david smawley
Tony Snow was truly a remarkable man when you consider the back and forth between MSNBC and FOXNEWS on air rivals. David Gregory and Bill O'Reilly found common ground in tributes to this man. Rather rare these days and a welcomed break from the negative stuff.
July 18, 2008, 10:48:52 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Get Well Wishes for Neil Cavuto. Cavuto is another good guy, makes business news seem very interesting.
July 18, 2008, 12:51:44 PM EDT – Like – Reply

I was intrigued by the following article:
I knew that the New York Times is declining, but I had no idea that it is in this much trouble.
I think this decline and possible death of NYT as we now know it could be significant for the news industry.
I have looked upon the mainstream media )(including to some extent CNN and MSN BC) as being like a group of pack dogs who go after exactly the same stories in the same way. I have always thought that the NYT is the lead dog of the pack . . . that the NYT chooses stories and an approach to stories and the rest of the pack follows,
If you take out the lead dog, and if New York (where the news industry is headquartered) becomes dominated by papers owned by Murdock . . . I wonder what the impact of this will be on the news industry in general and on cable new specifically,
July 18, 2008, 1:39:43 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike C.
It's Murdoch. Sorry, I'm a stickler. Don't take offense.
Re: "hi-def scam?": I agree that the dead-bar area should not be used for advertising, but I don't have the same problem as Cap'n Ken when it comes to paying for HD. As much as I've criticized Cablevision, HD is free with them. I think the same goes for all cable providers, right?
July 18, 2008, 4:49:53 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Haggis Farmer
I know Jon Stewart isn't cable news but Dobbs is and this is extremely funny :lol:
Jon Stewart and the Dobbs-O-Meter
July 18, 2008, 6:52:56 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Haggis Farmer
HD is free with them. I think the same goes for all cable providers, right?
Mike C. | Homepage | 07.18.08 - 4:54 pm |
Murdoch charges us £10 ($20) for HD here in the UK  Greedy..............
July 18, 2008, 7:12:01 PM EDT – Like – Reply

"Fox haters boo Harold Ford."
J$ I'm surprised to see you use these tabloid sort of headlines....These good people are angry at the great harm FN has done to the media in the U.S...That's why they were booing.
July 18, 2008, 7:33:09 PM EDT – Like – Reply

These good people are angry at the great harm FN has done to the media in the U.S
But they should have been cheering because Fox News had had an extremely salutary effect on the media. This says more about the crowd and the mentality of the people at the Netroots convention than it does about Fox.
July 18, 2008, 7:41:47 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Actually what it says is what boors these people are, that they have to heckle and jeer and boo someone as respected as Harold Ford Jr because he used to work at Fox News. "Fox haters", far from being tabloid, is accurate, and if anything euphemistic.
July 18, 2008, 7:43:45 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar | Homepage | 07.18.08 - 7:48 pm |
Harold Ford Jr didn't take long to find out what side his bread was buttered on...He wants to be elected again....Working on Fox News wasn't a good move.
July 18, 2008, 7:48:07 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Maybe maybe not. More democrats watch Fox than any of the other networks. Fox's rep seems to be gaining while mainstream media including network news and NYT (which is about to die) are waining.
Not everyone is from that warped-reality NH world that you hail form.
July 18, 2008, 7:50:49 PM EDT – Like – Reply

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July 18, 2008, 7:51:34 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike C.
I already knew Alisyn was moving back to "F&F Weekend." I learned this Monday. I think it's just what the weekend show needs, no offense to Ainsley.
Updating something I brought up Tuesday, a comment that I posted on Alisyn's blog this afternoon was added. So, things are finally back to normal after I felt displaced and banned by the Fox News blogs.
July 18, 2008, 8:41:46 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Here's the smoking gun...This story shows once and for all how deeply in the tank Fox News are...Imagine one of the families heard how cruelly Brian treated their death...very sad  
July 18, 2008, 8:57:15 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Fox Fan
I think the best sentence of all the links today was in the Comcast conspiracy contradicted one (emphasis added):
"In the TV world, nothing speaks louder than the almighty dollar."  
Mike C. and HF, Comcast charges me $10/mo for HD and DVR. It's the best $10 I spend each month. And those bars on the sides indicate that it's not true HD- it's low definition recorded 4:3 aspect ratio with interpolated pixelation, which converts it to a "fake" HD that requires screen filler to occupy the additional real estate of true HD's 16:9 aspect ratio.
July 18, 2008, 8:59:07 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Aeris Gainsborough
I hope Olbermann gets number one, for Friday numbers, because The Factor put on the sub, who was defeated by the Great Rachel Maddow.
I hope Rachel Maddow leaves the nasty, mismanaged, Air America network, and go to MSNBC.
This will also make room on the "new" XM Left, because the lineup is [censored]ed up right now.
July 18, 2008, 9:27:26 PM EDT – Like – Reply

David Brock who is the founder of Media Matters has confessed to being a liar and a smear merchant. I take absolutely nothing he says or his organization says very seriously.
Certainly, Brock is in no position to criticize Fox News . . . or any other news organization for that matter. I give Weekly World News more credibility than I give to Brock or Media Matters.
July 18, 2008, 9:27:43 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Danny | 07.18.08 - 9:32 pm |
The video is there.....your just hiding from the truth, I'm sorry to say....Brian was well out of order.
July 18, 2008, 9:33:13 PM EDT – Like – Reply

olby sucks
danny, haggis no full and well that media matters are nothing more than anti-heterosexual hating leftists. That's why he likes them and maddow.
July 18, 2008, 9:33:48 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Fox Fan
Aeris Gainsborough | Homepage | 07.18.08 - 9:32 pm | #
People love E.D Hill. So:
1. I predict Olby loses in demo and total
2. Couldn't agree with you more about AA but couldn't care less about Maddow
C. The old XM left will be just as F'd up as the last. I speak from experience, I've listened plenty of times.
July 18, 2008, 9:34:43 PM EDT – Like – Reply

olby sucks
E.D. did an outstanding job on The Factor this evening. She will pummel oralmann.
July 18, 2008, 9:43:43 PM EDT – Like – Reply

People love E.D Hill. So:
Fox Fan | 07.18.08 - 9:39 pm |
But a lot of people lost all respect for her after her fist bump comment....And rightly so.
July 18, 2008, 9:43:57 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Fox Fan
This is another reason why moderation is bad. I wrote 'last' instead of 'new' due to a rewording of the sentence. Now, I have to wait minutes for my correction to go through and it will already be forgotten, questioned, or corrected and my correction will be irrelevant.
July 18, 2008, 9:44:34 PM EDT – Like – Reply

I thought that your buddies at NH (and probably at media matters as well) told us that videos can distort the truth . . . that's why we should not pay attention to the Wright videos.
What's wrong? Can't you get your story straight?
July 18, 2008, 9:47:04 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Fox Fan
HaggisFarmer | 07.18.08 - 9:48 pm | #
By "a lot of people", do you mean people that already didn't respect her?
I don't personally know anyone who thought anything of it in my non-online life, and I interact with a lot of people every day.
July 18, 2008, 9:50:19 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Keith Olbermann Can't Even Tell the Truth About Himself!
Top notch olbermannwatch...That video editing software really isn't that difficult to master.
July 18, 2008, 9:51:10 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Fox Fan
HaggisFarmer | 07.18.08 - 9:56 pm | #
If a NH can do it, anyone can!
July 18, 2008, 9:57:34 PM EDT – Like – Reply

So when conservatives use videos, they are untrustworthy. But, when liberals use them, they are gospel.
I get what you are saying.
July 18, 2008, 9:58:26 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Come on olbermannwatch fans admit it....Keith never once said "get out of the race"....It wouldn't surprise me if a Bronze or even silver WPitW is not winging your way as we speak.
July 18, 2008, 10:03:24 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
He never said it, and he never even suggested it? Telling someone they are not fit to be president is not a suggestion that they shouldn't be in the race? Is that your claim?
July 18, 2008, 10:08:14 PM EDT – Like – Reply

You are completely oblivious to the fact that when you say that videos are untrustworthy . . . you have completely undermined your earlier argument, aren't you?
July 18, 2008, 10:08:46 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Telling someone they are not fit to be president is not a suggestion that they shouldn't be in the race?
johnny dollar | Homepage | 07.18.08 - 10:13 pm |
You know very well why Keith said that...It was after Clinton hinted about staying in the race in case something happened to Obama...Like assassination.  
"insist that these threads discuss what you want to discuss?"
I'm not...I'm just chatting about cable news....Sorry about the link....But I needed to point folk in the direction of the video.
July 18, 2008, 10:16:02 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike C.
I'll go with the flow: For all I know, HD is only free with Cablevision and Time Warner. I don't know about Bright House Networks, Cox, etc. I'm sorry you guys don't get it for free on Comcast.
I have yet to watch the Tony Snow funeral video link, but I did a search on the FOXNews.com video page for "Tony Snow" and got many videos, including his last FNC appearances on "The Factor," "America's Election HQ," and "F&F." Then, came the videos from Saturday through today.
July 18, 2008, 10:18:05 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike C.
I forgot to finish my point. I have RealPlayer and they let you download flash video (FLV) files. So, I downloaded all those Tony Snow videos.
July 18, 2008, 10:47:53 PM EDT – Like – Reply

olby sucks
But a lot of people lost all respect for her after her fist bump comment....And rightly so.
HaggisFarmer | 07.18.08 - 9:48 pm | #  
And oralmann degrading jews, blacks and women is okie dokie, right? Gotcha.
July 18, 2008, 11:30:30 PM EDT – Like – Reply

But a lot of people lost all respect for her after her fist bump comment....And rightly so.
E.D. Hill calling the fist bump a "terrorist bump" lost her credibility (and apparently her show) but Olbermann calling the entire Republican Party "terrorists" is no big deal. I.e., what happened to Olbermann?
Such is the status of the shifting standards of the American news media circa 2008.
July 19, 2008, 12:04:44 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Vince P
ED Hill was just quoting from Time Mag/Human Events when she said the Fist Bump comment.
Why they didnt' emphasize that in their defense I'll never know.
July 19, 2008, 12:28:57 PM EDT – Like – Reply

I think bcasts is a little long. I have never seen a news show before where the two host are constantly manipulating their laptops. It's unique, and it's an interesting idea.
Elsewhere . . . I notice that Ellen Brodsky is attending the netroots convention. Whenever she makes a fool of herself and/or says something particularly stupid about cable news, I hope this site will keep me informed.
July 19, 2008, 2:31:46 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
That job would keep an entire staff of writers working around the clock 365!
July 19, 2008, 2:43:15 PM EDT – Like – Reply