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Thursday Links and Open Thread

Latest cable news links [updated through the day]:

Does CNBC matter?

Wednesday's numbers: FNC sweeps! More CNN setbacks.

MSNBC plans HD, targets youth.

Why FNC dominates.

Video: Greta on bloggers.

McShane: final four.

O'Reilly Q&A: Fox5, NY Post; video: w/Rachel Ray.

Shuster copies Kos? Santelli balks.

MSNBC's dayside dilemma.

Hotline after dark.

Video: Commie Colmes?!?

Schultz subterfuge? Ed's backstory. Video: DC donnybrook.

Bream: Inauguration Day. Today's conspiracy! Cavuto v Meade.

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

Ed, a real stable guy eh Johnny?
I will say, he ends up with lower numbers then Schuster after 2 months.
Gone by October.
April 2, 2009, 12:19:39 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Thank goodness someone is exposinging the pundit conspiracy.
And before anyone cries, "Oh no! Not another nutty conspiracy theorist!" I think this concluding paragraph shows the writer is on to something:
"Comedians pretending to be real talk show hosts -- like Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and David Shuster -- don't follow the sinister pattern and are obviously not a part of the conspiracy. These noble funnymen may be our only hope at salvation."
April 2, 2009, 12:30:34 AM EDT – Like – Reply

From what I've watched of Ed substituting for Shuster, I like him. He had to have balance on the Shuster show, maybe he will on his own.
But I do predict, where he's concerned, an Olbermann apology by proxy.
April 2, 2009, 12:59:28 AM EDT – Like – Reply

There are more lies and distortions in this post than they do in a week at the Hen House. They are getting desperate.
All they have is their emotional attachment and hate. Sad. Very sad.
April 2, 2009, 1:38:42 PM EDT – Like – Reply

These noble funnymen may be our only hope at salvation."
vstol | Homepage | 04.02.09 - 12:35 am | #  
This kind of adoration plus the American Idol kind of crap say a lot about our education system.
The comedians are just that. Comedians. To think that someone actually takes them seriously as dispensers of news shows how far we have come from Cronkite and Murrow.
Colbert, Stewart and Olbermann spend most of their time insulting people instead of doing anything that is actually newsworthy.
Shultz might be a worthy addition until he goes on one of his irrational tirades.
April 2, 2009, 1:46:03 PM EDT – Like – Reply

That spoof opening that Alan Colmes did for "Hannity" was a hoot. Great job, Alan.
April 2, 2009, 2:22:41 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike C.
I'm hoping that MSNBC's switch to HD does not affect their ratings and FNC continues to pummel them. Hate doesn't deserve to win. I wrote the first sentence at ICN and I just know a barrage of people will swarm in to "politely" disagree with me...and also attack me (but they'll say they're exposing my lies). By the way, I hate Phil Griffin's arrogance.
Re: "O'Reilly Q&A: NY Post": HuffPo's Danny Shea picked up on BOR's admission that he'll be writing a book about President Obama to come out late next year. The comment thread to that post was as disgusting as you'd expect.
April 2, 2009, 3:29:49 PM EDT – Like – Reply

david smawley
I would not worry about Messnbc & HD growing their numbers. Remember, you can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig!
April 2, 2009, 4:21:56 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike C.
Re: embed video (as of 5:12 PM EDT): It's too bad that Cablevision won't listen to people like Billy Mays and Anthony Sullivan and finally add FBN. Let's get real: If it wasn't for News 12, Optimum Online, public access, and the MSG Networks in HD, people would dump Cablevision in a heartbeat.
April 2, 2009, 5:14:42 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike C.
Does CNBC matter? They sure do to Cablevision, as my Cablevision Derangement Syndrome continues to shine through in my comments.
April 2, 2009, 5:26:47 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike C.
Re: "[MSNBC] targets youth": There goes the Phil Griffin arrogance again. I hate him.
FNC has their share of young contributors and non-contributor guests. If you think that FNC is only targeting elderly conservatives, then you must hate the channel. Griffin does and so do all his underlings and moneymakers...I mean primetime stars.
April 2, 2009, 6:41:41 PM EDT – Like – Reply

It was typically O'Reilly stuff to hear him telling Letterman that his leaving that format had helped Limbaugh because he had been his competition and when O'Reilly quit, his audience went there. I hope Limbaugh has sent him flowers or something...
It was interesting (and tiring) reading about O'Reilly's week. This guy is no spring chicken and it sounds like he's probably worked several young interns to death at one point or another.
Here O'Reilly has that sort of schedule and Letterman suggests that Bill is too smart to truly be believing his own rhetoric. Then Dave, on his comedy show, starts making allegations about Gen Patreaus having death squads.
Similarly, Jon Stewart lectured Crammer about the economic melt down.
Does ANY sort tv host NOT want to be a political pundit now?
April 2, 2009, 6:43:19 PM EDT – Like – Reply

I suppose Billy Mays has now finally put to rest the widely held belief that he is congenitally unable to talk at a normal tone.
April 2, 2009, 6:48:47 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike C.
Take it easy on Billy. He's a good guy. And I mean that.
April 2, 2009, 9:17:43 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Fox Fan
O'Reilly on Rachael Ray? Paula Dean on Hannity and Colmes? When does Giada De Laurentiis make an appearance? Yum-O!!!
April 2, 2009, 10:01:05 PM EDT – Like – Reply

that slapchop story billy mays on cavuto alluded to is hot! i saw the shamwow/slapchop guy at the smoking gun. crazy story.
April 2, 2009, 11:16:34 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Somehow, I don't see Shultz and Olbermann getting along very well, if Ed gets a show that actually starts doing in late afternoons for MSNBC (albeit at a much lower level) what Glenn Beck's show has done for Fox in the late afternoon period.
April 3, 2009, 12:47:59 AM EDT – Like – Reply