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Monday Links & Open Thread

Latest cable news links [6:47 pm]:

Friday's numbers. Countdown network special tanks.

CNBC "cashing in" (via TVN)

Cable news: profitable perks.

Q&A: Charlie Gasparino (via TVN).

Adam Housley is back home.

Dumping on Dobbs.

Mort Kondracke: teetotaler.

Glenn Beck D.A.R.E.S. to speak. Chris Matthews commences. Puff piece imminent?

King coverage.

Page Hopkins sighting!

Wedding bells for Molly Henneberg.

Video: Prominent Democrat praises Fox News! Outrage ensues.

Cable news: non-stop noise?

Perceptive pixels.

Keith Olbermann: vile and nasty?

Prognosis: a looser American Morning.

WSJ politics.

CNN producer reveals her Asperger's Syndrome.

Foxes on Fox. Part deux.

FNC's success: are they filling a gap?

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
I hope "Morning" doesn't get too loose. Judging from F&F, Morning Joe (to some extent) and the local shows, it would seem to be that most viewers prefer pablum and giggling in the morning. That is when I find it the most irritating. Of course, I wake up in an awful mood. That mood seems to improve with the quiet and restraint of "Morning," before I have to jump in the car for a commute with "Morning Edition," even quieter and more restrained.
March 31, 2008, 10:09:01 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike Chimeri
I'll bet when John Roberts referred to "American Morning" viewers wanting "real, actual news," he was really saying "Take *that*, 'Fox and Friends'!"
I completely empathize with the CNN producer that learned she has A.S. I share nearly all the traits she has. I'm going to hold on to that link. "I am married (wow!) ..." I'll get to that stage eventually.
Clearly, Howard Kurtz hates Fox and all things News Corp. Now, that includes the WSJ.
"Foxes" link: As we unfortunately know, Laurie Dhue was let go by FNC two weeks ago. Also unfortunately, I bet most of them are "off the market" or at least dating. As I type, I see the "part deux" link was more of the "foxes." Dari Alexander is with Fox 5 (WNYW), but no longer FNC. I like the following women listed whose relationship status I don't know: 15, 17, and 18.
Earl Pomerantz doesn't like Fox either.
Okay, I'm done for now.
March 31, 2008, 12:59:31 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike Chimeri
Page is back!   
Anyone know the overnight ratings at 7:00 ET last night? I'm hoping the "Countdown" 5-year propaganda anniversary show was trounced by Kansas/Davidson/"60 Minutes," "America's Funniest Home Videos," and whatever Fox network had on.
Never mind about not knowing the relationship status of #17 in that "foxes" list. She's engaged according to GretaWire. So, yeah, there isn't a single woman at FNC. They're all dating, engaged, or married with or without kids.
March 31, 2008, 1:34:27 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike Chimeri
Starting today, I recorded F&F on my DVR. I just got up to Gov. Rendell praising FNC's fair coverage of the campaign. Good for him. I wish more Democrats felt the same way. I'd guess that the closer a Democrat is to the center, the more they feel FNC's coverage is fair. Otherwise, they want to get Great Thanksed, if you know what I mean.
March 31, 2008, 2:39:46 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Your wish is our command. A link to the ratings of special network Countdown has been added. Read it and enjoy.
March 31, 2008, 2:40:34 PM EDT – Like – Reply

I don't keep track of this so closely that I have the numbers right at hand but it seems that KO in the big time only garnered less than a 1/2 more viewers than BOR has for The Factor on a cable channel.
There will be weeping, wailing and teeth gnashing at all the fan girl sites. What will Becky and Marie do?
March 31, 2008, 3:20:30 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike Chimeri
I enjoyed it. Unfortunately, Robert Seidman doesn't seem to like BOR. (sarcasm): Yes, only old people watch "The Factor." (normal): I think Keith's viewers are primarily young radical leftists combined with older ones.
March 31, 2008, 3:28:12 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike Chimeri
I was responding to Johnny's comment at 2:45, not Grammie's. So, don't think I was saying I enjoyed "Countdown."
By the way, OlbyWatch still isn't working.
March 31, 2008, 3:29:33 PM EDT – Like – Reply

I'm glad you corrected yourself, Mike C., before I got out my whupping stick.  
We could have had so much fun at OW these last few days if Bob had gotten it all done a bit earlier. I wish he would occasionally give us a progress report.
March 31, 2008, 3:47:47 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Right now he can't post at all. The site was up today briefly but that didn't last asproblems were still there. They are working on it and I'm confident OlbyWatch will be back in business soon.
March 31, 2008, 3:52:53 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Thanks for the plug.
Laying A Blog
March 31, 2008, 4:17:01 PM EDT – Like – Reply

On The Mark
Dobbs is truly reprehensible. He joins other unsavory, repulsive media characters like Buchanan, Hannity and O'Reilly. Lest this turn into some sort of Irish Catholic smack down, however, there are Barnicle and Matthews. In other words, the individuals, not the classification .... Of course, no chance Buchanan, Dobbs, Hannity or O'Reilly will ever see that.
March 31, 2008, 4:27:12 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
So let me get this straight? You put serial plagiarist Barnicle above the eeevil O'Reilly?
'Nuff said.
March 31, 2008, 4:47:05 PM EDT – Like – Reply

On The Mark
Absolutely. In fact, I put Generalissimo Francisco Franco above O'Reilly, dead or alive.
March 31, 2008, 4:52:01 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mark, as far as I'm concerned, your leftist drivel is WAY off target!
March 31, 2008, 5:58:11 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike Chimeri
OlbyWatch is working again...for the moment.
March 31, 2008, 6:11:40 PM EDT – Like – Reply

On The Mark
BA: Who knows? You just might be right. I don't think so, but, again, who knows?
March 31, 2008, 6:43:16 PM EDT – Like – Reply

david smawley
I know this, when you post opinion as fact, you will rarely hit the target. OTM, you are a legend in your own mind.
March 31, 2008, 7:09:06 PM EDT – Like – Reply

On the Mark
DS: My posting is obviously my opinion. There was no other intention than to express my opinion, and there is no other reasonable reading of my post. Sometimes, I think you Hannity/O'Reilly fanatics are a bit too thin-skinned and defensive. That is, of course, my opinion as well.
March 31, 2008, 8:21:23 PM EDT – Like – Reply

david smawley
Defensive regarding the pathetic posts you put up here. Opinions are like "you know what". The joke on you is that we don't buy the drivel you put out on a daily basis. Just my opinion, but you don't know your ass from a hole in the ground. I don't think that is defensive, I think it is "On THE MARK!".
March 31, 2008, 8:41:40 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike Chimeri
Johnny, with OlbyWatch back up, are you doing a recap for tonight?
March 31, 2008, 8:56:24 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike Chimeri
It's been 14 minutes and there's no recap. So, I'll take that as a no.
March 31, 2008, 9:14:53 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Sad to say, the site is back up but I still cannot post. They are working on that and I hope they can get a fix for it soon, but it looks like my brilliant insights will be denied to the vast interent audience tonight.
I am going to do a little research about one aspect of tonight's Countdown and something may come of that one way or another. Beyond that my lips are sealed.
March 31, 2008, 9:18:26 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike Chimeri
Well, I just went to the "Countdown" website and...well, all I can say in jest is "That'll teach Gov. Rendell to praise FNC!" He was Worst Person tonight.
Oh, apparently they have video of WPITW from the special show last night. Guess who can be seen at the tail end of the preceding segment? Lewis Black, known Fox hater. Go figure. Anyway, how many of you think Keith actually cares about that injured former Walmart employee that was sued by the company?
I can't wait for OlbyWatch to be back to normal so I don't have to go to the show's website to see what propaganda Keith spewed.
March 31, 2008, 9:31:45 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike Chimeri
Okay, now I saw the full segment. Keith called Gov. Rendell an idiot and no friend of Hillary, using opinions from guests or commentators as opinions of anchors, reporters, and production staff. You know what? I'm just going to go ahead and say it. I hate Keith Olbermann. Go ahead, Keith. Make me Worst Person. Botch my last name, use a picture of me when I was heavy, and do a lousy impression of me based on airchecks on my website.
March 31, 2008, 9:38:20 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike Chimeri
By the way, I hope he doesn't read comments here. Otherwise, I sealed my fate.
March 31, 2008, 9:39:22 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
I think you're safe in that regard!  
By the way, does anyone know what Olbermann was talking about when he said Fox News was implicating Hillary in the murder of Vince Foster? And did so within the last three months?!? I keep a pretty close eye on FNC and I don't know what he's referring to.
March 31, 2008, 10:10:55 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike Chimeri
Oh, thank goodness.
Maybe he was talking about "The Clinton Chapters" series on "Hannity's America." That's what the feature is called, right? I've hardly watched "Hannity's America" since its infancy last year. Either way, what do you expect from Keith Joseph Goebbels Olbermann?
March 31, 2008, 10:25:44 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike Chimeri
I just read the Asperger's link more closely. When I first read it this afternoon, I didn't realize the person was speaking anonymously. I'm the opposite; I'm quite open about having it. I'm Mike Chimeri and I have Asperger Syndrome. I don't have all the traits listed in that link, but I do have many of them.
March 31, 2008, 11:02:46 PM EDT – Like – Reply