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  • Les Moonves Exposes the Trump Media Game

    03/03/2016 2:10:48 AM PST · by beejaa · 18 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 3, 2016 | Stephen Miller
    The coverage of Trump is so lopsided that it’s impossible to deny any more. ...The problem isn’t that Trump is getting the coverage. Supporters of Trump no doubt see statistics like this and argue that he’s the front-runner and therefore deserves lots of coverage. This is true. But what Trump’s supporters either don’t understand or simply don’t care about is why he is getting it. ...CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves explained it in blunter terms to the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in San Francisco (as The Hollywood Reporter originally reported): “It may not be good for America,...
  • Leslie Moonves and CBS Staff Heard Dismissing Robert Redford's Dan Rather Movie as "Half-Truth

    09/16/2015 10:12:20 AM PDT · by Signalman · 17 replies
    THR ^ | 9/16/2015 | Matthew Beloni
    Before its acclaimed premiere at TIFF, 'Truth' — about the scandal that ended the anchor's CBS News career — was screened for a special viewer: CBS president and CEO Moonves, who was not impressed. Truth, director James Vanderbilt's drama about the "Memogate" scandal that ended Dan Rather's CBS News career, was touted as a world premiere at Toronto. Rather himself turned up at the event to praise the film's accuracy and its (very sympathetic) portrayal of him. But it turns out the movie was shown months earlier to a special viewer: CBS Corp. president and CEO Leslie Moonves. And the...
  • Les Moonves Stiffs Parking Valet Because He Only Carried Huge Wad of 100s

    06/01/2015 5:14:21 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 35 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 1, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Look at the size of that wad! It's huge! And it is all 100 dollar bills! How much you carrying there, Les? $5000? $10,000? $20,000? More? As we have seen, the networks declined to report that their CEOs including CBS CEO Les Moonves who earned over $54 million this past year were "overpaid." Perhaps they were embarrassed to report this. However, even more embarrassing is that Moonves is so cheap that he used a big wad of hundred dollar bills to stiff a restaurant parking valet out of a tip as you can see in the video on the Page Six report of the New...
  • CBS CEO Leslie Moonves: "Football Is Still the Best Thing on Television"

    09/18/2014 7:30:50 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 32 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | September 18, 2014 | Paul Bond
    CBS CEO Leslie Moonves on Wednesday alluded to problems with the NFL — presumably accusations of violence perpetrated by star players Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice — but said the network's ratings for Thursday Night Football were "above expectations."
  • At CBS, a Public Show of Support for Couric (Mooves' Kiss of Death - Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    04/19/2008 11:23:15 AM PDT · by abb · 23 replies · 285+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 19, 2008 | Howard Kurtz
    CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves gave his embattled anchor and her news division a vote of confidence yesterday, telling a staff meeting that Katie Couric "is my anchor today, tomorrow and in the future." But the public display does not change the reality that Couric is likely to relinquish the anchor chair after the election, according to two top network executives who declined to be named discussing a private meeting. Moonves asked to address the Friday staff meeting, held at the CBS News offices in New York and broadcast to network bureaus around the world, out of concern that Couric...
  • War Inside CBS News (Drudge Siren Alert)

    02/15/2005 6:23:14 PM PST · by HRoarke · 345 replies · 16,543+ views
    Drudge ^ | 2/15/05 | Drudge
    THE NEW YORK OBSERVER will report tomorrow: 'Former 60 Minutes Wednesday executive editor Josh Howard has told colleagues that before he resigns, the 23-year CBS News veteran will demand that the network retract remarks by CBS president Leslie Moonves, correct its official story line and ultimately clear his name'... In the event of a lawsuit, Mr. Howard has told associates that he would like to see Moonves put under oath to talk about his own roles in the network's stubborn, hapless defense of the flawed segment on President Bush's National Guard service. Howard has also indicated to colleagues that he...
  • Don Imus Felt 'Forced' to Make Public Apologies

    08/15/2007 6:56:14 AM PDT · by jdm · 34 replies · 1,219+ views
    FOX News ^ | August 15, 2007 | By Roger Friedman
    <--snip--> More surprisingly though comes news now about why Imus suddenly turned up on Rev. Al Sharpton’s radio show so quickly after his firing — and did a lot of press that some people feel harmed him and fed the controversy. Some feel all those media appearances led to Imus’ dismissal. Now I’m told that Imus was coaxed into doing them by NBC senior vice president Phil Griffin. Imus, sources say, wanted to just to apologize to the Rutgers women’s basketball team he offended and leave it at that. In fact, they say, he apologized to the team several times...
  • CBS Chief: Rather Comments Were `Sexist'

    06/12/2007 2:18:54 PM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 12 replies · 728+ views
    AP ^ | Jun 12, 2007 | SETH SUTEL
    NEW YORK (AP) - CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves shot back at former CBS news anchor Dan Rather on Tuesday, saying his characterization of the network "tarting" up its newscast with anchor Katie Couric was "sexist." Rather, speaking by phone on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program with Joe Scarborough Monday, said CBS had made the mistake of taking the evening news broadcast and "dumbing it down, tarting it up," and playing up topics such as celebrities over war coverage. The comments subsequently appeared in blogs and in a story published Tuesday in the New York Daily News and the New...
  • (Flashback: Les Moonves on "Opie and Anthony") CBS Corp Q1 2006 Conf. Call

    04/14/2007 7:59:20 AM PDT · by MockTurtle · 15 replies · 464+ views
    Excerpt: For instance, the new Jacked and Spanish formats have shown success in many major markets and this week’s return of Opie and Anthony is a good example of the flexibility of the radio business. We made a quick mid course change and brought in proven talent who we believe should greatly improve the revenue and profit performance of our nation’s largest east coast markets. These guys were number 1 in their day part when they were last on our air in 2002, and we look forward to the new excitement they will bring to the morning beginning with their...
  • Poll: Katie Couric hasn't wowed us yet (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    09/12/2006 8:12:16 AM PDT · by abb · 30 replies · 1,259+ views
    Media Life ^ | September 12, 2006 | Diego Vasquez
    Media buyers see new CBS anchor sinking By Diego Vasquez Sep 12, 2006 Katie Couric's debut as network television's first lone woman anchor is important for a lot of reasons beyond Couric herself, and not the least is what success or failure will mean for network news. A rise to No. 1 for the longtime No. 3 "CBS Evening News" broadcast would surely bring about major changes at NBC and ABC. But a week after Couric's debut, that's probably not going to happen. On her first night, Couric shot up to No. 1 in the ratings, and while she finished...
  • CBS chief says regrets unceremonious Rather exit

    06/21/2006 3:46:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies · 1,104+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jun 21, 2006 | Reuters
    CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves said on Wednesday he was sorry about the bitter departure of newsman Dan Rather, who left the broadcaster after protracted talks to renew his contract fell apart. watchers said Rather appeared to have been slowly pushed off the air... "I'm sorry it ended the way it did," Moonves told executives at a PricewaterhouseCoopers media event. "There was no bigger role for him to play anymore," ...
  • Stern Takes His Case to Hannity & Colmes (March 7-8).

    03/07/2006 5:22:14 PM PST · by Wolfie · 28 replies · 966+ views
    Media Week ^ | March 6, 2006
    Stern Takes His Case to Hannity & Colmes Faced with legal action from CBS Radio, Howard Stern is taking his case to the court of public opinion, beginning with an exclusive interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes show (9-10 p.m. ET) Tuesday and Wednesday, March 7-8. It's Stern's first TV interview since CBS filed suit against Stern last week. Stern is expected to speak with Hannity about a number of issues, including the multi-million-dollar lawsuit against him and his experiences since he left terrestrial radio to join Sirius Satellite Radio. Among the allegations...
  • McManus Replaces Heyward As CBS News Head

    10/26/2005 1:31:18 PM PDT · by BushisTheMan · 9 replies · 398+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/25/05 | DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer
    NEW YORK - CBS on Wednesday appointed its top sports executive, Sean McManus, to replace Andrew Heyward as head of a news division still searching for Dan Rather's replacement and seeking to rebound from last year's discredited report on President Bush's military service. McManus, 50, follows in the path of the late Roone Arledge at ABC as an executive who took over a network news division while still running sports. Heyward will leave two months shy of his 10th anniversary running the legendary news division, a distant third in the ratings in both the morning and evening yet still the...
  • NYT: '60 Minutes' May Be Too Few for All the Stars - CBS Ponders Depth on Bench after Death of Show

    06/03/2005 6:13:54 AM PDT · by OESY · 23 replies · 816+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 3, 2005 | JACQUES STEINBERG
    A year after it changed executive producers for the first time in its 37-year history, the CBS news magazine "60 Minutes" is in the midst of yet another transition. After the chairman of CBS, Leslie Moonves, announced last month that he was canceling the Wednesday spinoff of the Sunday program because of low ratings, the news division has been struggling to relocate about 75 producers, editors, assistants and others who worked on the weekday broadcast; at least 40 of them are expected to lose their jobs, with the remainder dispersed to other programs, including the Sunday edition of "60 Minutes,"...
  • CBS Cancels Wednesday '60 Minutes'

    05/18/2005 9:10:58 AM PDT · by blogblogginaway · 32 replies · 1,346+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | May 18, 2005 | DAVID BAUDER
    NEW YORK - CBS said Wednesday it is cancelling the Wednesday edition of "60 Minutes," insisting the decision was made because of poor ratings and not last fall's ill-fated story about President Bush's military service Dan Rather, the newsmagazine's lead correspondent, will contribute stories to the Sunday edition of "60 Minutes," said CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves. "This was a ratings call, not a content call," Moonves said Wednesday. The newsmagazine spinoff was where Rather reported last September that Bush skirted some duty while in the Texas Air National Guard and a commander felt pressure to sugarcoat an evaluation of him....
  • Bill Burkett Fights Back: A key player in the Dan Rather Memogate saga sends.........

    02/22/2005 3:36:35 PM PST · by Hillary's Lovely Legs · 25 replies · 1,568+ views
    Salon ^ | 2-22-2005 | Eric Boehlert
    <p>If CBS CEO Leslie Moonves had hoped the investigation by an independent panel into the network's botched "60 Minutes Wednesday" feature regarding President Bush's National Guard duty would be enough to put the controversy behind the media giant, recent days have brought him unsettling developments. Five weeks after the panel issued its 224-page report; those it singled out for wrongdoing are fighting back -- taking issue with the investigation as well as the Viacom-owned network. The new rumblings suggest that the sour taste of CBS's National Guard story may linger for months to come. And it will almost certainly remain beyond the network's planned farewell next month for longtime anchor Dan Rather, who was the on-camera reporter for the story.</p>
  • War in CBS

    02/15/2005 7:46:13 PM PST · by Anti-Christ is Hillary · 29 replies · 1,424+ views
    DrudgeReport ^ | 2-15-05 | DrudgeReport
    THE NEW YORK OBSERVER will report tomorrow: 'Former 60 Minutes Wednesday executive editor Josh Howard has told colleagues that before he resigns, the 23-year CBS News veteran will demand that the network retract remarks by CBS president Leslie Moonves, correct its official story line and ultimately clear his name'... In the event of a lawsuit, Mr. Howard has told associates that he would like to see Moonves put under oath to talk about his own roles in the network's stubborn, hapless defense of the flawed segment on President Bush's National Guard service. Howard has also indicated to colleagues that he...
  • My Fair Leslie (Poor Moonves is doing not a little to bring CBS News into the MTV age.)

    01/20/2005 10:20:15 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 541+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 1/21/2005 | Reid Collins
    By George, he's got it! Yes, Leslie Moonves has hit upon the formula for reversing all that Henry Higgins taught Eliza Doolittle about the king's English. And all some newscasters once held sacred. And not just pronunciation, either; the whole kit & kaboodle -- spelling, usage, construction. You name it, and if your name for it is a bit risqué, what the heck, that's how people friggin' talk nowadays. Moonves, president of CBS for those just back from Mars, is taking the occasion of the news division's embarrassment over the 60 Minutes airing of memos of dubious authorship assailing President...

    01/19/2005 1:56:31 AM PST · by kattracks · 10 replies · 774+ views
    New York Post ^ | 1/19/05 | MICHAEL STARR and PAUL THARP
    In its search to replace Dan Rather and regain its stature, CBS might hire several anchors for different cities — but experts think Katie Couric won't be among them. CBS Chief Les Moonves wouldn't comment on Couric, but suggested yesterday he can grow his own stars — at much lower salaries — and create a trendy new format for young TV viewers in the Internet age. Moonves, who discussed his anchor problem publicly for the first time, said young viewers are turned off by Rather's style of "Moses from-the-mountaintop" proclamations. [snip] He said CBS wants to reshape its news...
  • AP: CBS Probe Leaves Unanswered Questions

    01/16/2005 7:23:43 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 933+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/16/05 | David Bauder
    NEW YORK - CBS hoped that the release of an independent probe of its ill-fated story on President Bush (news - web sites)'s military service, painful as it was, would at least lift the cloud over its news division. If only it were that simple. The report, and the network's response to it, left some questions unresolved: _ How does CBS News President Andrew Heyward effectively lead when there's widespread surprise — including, undoubtedly, in his own shop — at how he kept his job when four others were fired for their roles in the news organization's worst embarrassment in...

    01/11/2005 5:00:22 AM PST · by Brilliant · 174 replies · 4,772+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/10/05 | MARY MAPES
    I am terribly disappointed in the conclusions of the report and its effects on the four of us who will no longer work at CBS News.... I am shocked by the vitriolic scape-goating in Les Moonves’s statement. I am very concerned that his actions are motivated by corporate and political considerations -- ratings rather than journalism. Mr. Moonves’s response to the review panel’s report and the panel’s assessment of the evidence it developed in its investigation combine not only to condemn me, but to put all investigative reporting in the CBS tradition at risk. Much has been made about the...

    01/10/2005 5:24:25 PM PST · by Swanks · 108 replies · 3,500+ views
    DRUDGEREPORT ^ | 1/10/99 | DRUDGE
    RATHER STAYS HOME; EXECUTIVES SPLIT; MOONVES LOOKS TOWARDS FUTURE *Exclusive** CBSNEWS veteran Don Hewitt called Dan Rather's disappearance from Monday's Evening News "really stupid" during a damage control meeting on Monday, sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT. One top source inside the CBS Broadcast Center claimed Rather was told to stay off the air on Monday, as a form of punishment! Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer was called in to anchor the damaged ship. CBS staffers were shocked Monday when CBS president Les Moonves suddenly tied Rather's upcoming resignation to the phony document flap, a departure from CBS's official storyline. Moonves...
  • CBS shirks full accountability

    01/11/2005 1:39:48 AM PST · by kattracks · 5 replies · 695+ views
    If they need something to blot up the blood from the floor at CBS News, they can use the independent panel's report on the "60 Minutes Wednesday" debacle. We suggest this for two reasons: 1) At 220-plus damning pages, it includes a lot of blotting paper, and 2) It had scant impact at the highest reaches of the network. Yes, heads rolled, but glaringly spared the guillotine were Dan Rather and CBS News President Andrew Heyward. Rather helped push the bogus charges about George W. Bush's military service onto the air, but CBS gave Rather a pass because, you know,...
  • CBS source: 'We have no juice. We're a dying business'

    01/10/2005 7:23:45 PM PST · by kcvl · 83 replies · 2,770+ views
    'This is a rude awakening for CBS News,' Moonves said, 'and the CBS News culture has to change'... CBS source to Tuesday NY TIMES: 'We have no juice. We're a dying business, and this didn't help us. Some people feel like CBS News could be out of business in five years'...
  • Letter to CBS Employees - results of Investigation

    01/10/2005 7:54:07 AM PST · by ChicagoRighty · 185 replies · 10,844+ views
    Internal Memo | January 10, 2005
    TO: All CBS employees FROM: Leslie Moonves DATE: January 10, 2005 On September ­­22, 2004, we asked an Independent Panel to find out what went wrong in the development, preparation and aftermath of the September 8th broadcast, on 60 Minutes Wednesday, concerning President George W. Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard. Today, those findings have been issued, and may be found on I would now like to offer CBS's thoughts on the comprehensive report issued today by that Panel and to announce what we at CBS intend to do in response to its findings and recommendations. The...
  • Moonves: CBS to review news operation [conduct a top-to-bottom review of the news operation...]

    11/30/2004 3:15:24 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 88 replies · 1,497+ views
    Moonves: CBS to Review News Operation Associated Press NEW YORK - Dan Rather's exit as "CBS Evening News" anchorman is giving executives the chance to conduct a top-to-bottom review of the news operation, CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves said Tuesday. Rather announced last week that he would leave the third-rated evening news broadcast in March. Moonves said he expected the network to decide on a replacement after the first of the year. "We're spending a lot of time looking at it and looking at the future of news," Moonves said. He said the evening newscast was in no danger of being...
  • CBS's Moonves Eyeing Fox News Success?

    11/24/2004 1:41:43 PM PST · by kattracks · 60 replies · 1,932+ views ^ | 11/24/04 | Carl Limbacher
    Reacting to the announcement of Dan Rather's departure as "CBS Evening News" anchorman, Viacom co-president Les Moonves said he'd look for a replacement who could help the network keep pace with the Internet and the all-news cable channels like Fox. "It's a different era now, with both Brokaw and Rather leaving," Moonves told the Los Angeles Times. "When they came in, there was no CNN, no Fox News. People didn't get their news on the Internet." Moonves and other CBS execs are said to be desperate to rescue the "CBS Evening News" from the ratings cellar, a position that was...
  • NYT: Courage, CBS News -- With the Departure of Dan Rather, Some See a Fresh Start for the Network

    11/24/2004 5:49:41 AM PST · by OESY · 43 replies · 1,406+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 24, 2004 | BILL CARTER
    For some veterans of CBS News, the departure of Dan Rather from the network's evening newscast represents a kind of coda on a long, sad song of decline from greatness. The news organization that did the most to define broadcast news from the early days of radio through the golden age of television in the 1950's and 1960's has gone through a marked falloff in the last 15 years, probably suffering more than any other network from the shrinking of resources that matched its shrinking audiences. But the notion that Mr. Rather's decision to give up his anchor job is...

    10/09/2004 10:45:48 AM PDT · by forest · 23 replies · 1,364+ views
    Fiedor Report On the News #320 ^ | 10-10-04 | Doug Fiedor
    Last week, Cliff Kincaid, Editor of the Accuracy In Media Report[1], wrote that at least two in Congress have considered a Rathergate hearing. Actually, the way I heard it was that Rep. Chris Cox requested that House Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Barton (R-TX) schedule a hearing but Barton was not overly enthused with the idea. Rep. Barton is quoted as saying, "A news organization's responsibility is to facts and truth, but the oversight of network news generally is a matter best sorted out by the viewing public and the news media." I wholeheartedly agree. There is a simple reason most...
  • Inquiry Into CBS Unlikely to Finish Before Election

    10/06/2004 6:01:04 AM PDT · by OESY · 26 replies · 619+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 6, 2004 | JOE FLINT
    CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves said the independent panel investigating the network's report on President Bush's National Guard service probably wouldn't complete its work before the presidential election. The Sept. 8 report on CBS's "60 Minutes" news magazine relied on now-discredited documents. While the scrutiny of Viacom Inc.'s CBS has faded somewhat, some media pundits warn that the longer the panel's inquiry takes, the more unsettled it leaves CBS. And against the argument that the report should come after the election to avoid any unintended influence or distraction, some counter that a delay makes the network seem to be dragging its...
  • CBS: We only do things that affect the election the way we want

    10/05/2004 4:14:17 PM PDT · by jmstein7 · 15 replies · 1,295+ views
    We should have expected this. The money quote: Les Moonves, the co-president of CBS parent company Viacom, told an analyst meeting that the review of the CBS “60 Minutes II” report being done by former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh and retired Associated Press chief Louis Boccardi had no timetable for completion. But he said he did not want it to interfere with the Nov. 2 election. “Obviously, it should be done probably after the election is over so that it doesn’t affect what’s going on,” he told a Goldman Sachs media conference in New York. Here is a good question:...
  • Why All the Black Eyes?

    09/26/2004 12:51:17 PM PDT · by NewMediaFan · 2 replies · 451+ views
    Newsweek / MSNBC ^ | Oct. 14 issue | Johnnie L. Roberts
    In a tongue-in-cheek video intended to warm up a crowd of advertisers in May, CBS president Leslie Moonves strolls into a bar. He meets a notorious bunch, including actors playing Martha Stewart and Steve Bartman, the Cubs fan who possibly cost the team a trip to the World Series, and they try to one-up each other over who had the worst year. CBS, of course, had piled up a string of controversies—including Nipplegate at the Super Bowl and "The Reagans'' movie. But CBS figured it could afford a chuckle or two at its own expense. That, of course, was before...
  • Moonves:'We Are Risk-Taking. When You Extend Yourself, it Sometimes Becomes Controversy.'

    09/26/2004 7:09:51 AM PDT · by Brian Mosely · 13 replies · 352+ views
    # NEW YORK, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- CBS President Leslie Moonves vehemently argues that there are no common threads among the string of controversies that have piled up at the network-including Nipplegate at the Super Bowl and "The Reagans" movie, according to a report in the current issue of Newsweek. And he proudly notes the network's lead among broadcasters, with top-rated shows like "CSI" and "Survivor." "We are risk-taking," Moonves tells Newsweek. "When you extend yourself, it sometimes becomes controversy."(Photo: ) He emphasized that the current "60 Minutes" crisis is profoundly different from other episodes. "Clearly errors were made,"...
  • Ill-Timed Visit (Les Moonves drops in on CBS...)

    09/12/2004 10:49:13 AM PDT · by mabelkitty · 5 replies · 1,123+ views
    New York Post ^ | 9/12/2004 | Richard Johnson
    snip ILL-TIMED VISIT HEADS swiveled at the Disney/ABC Burbank campus on Friday morning when CBS/Viacom chief Les Moonves (inset) was spotted. "I was stunned to see him the same day we were rocked by [Disney CEO Michael] Eisner's retirement announcement. Well, not really rocked so much as grateful," said one Mouseketeer. "Unfortunately I didn't have my camera phone with me." Moonves was mentioned as a possible successor to Eisner in a research report released the same day by the Bernstein investment firm. But he wasn't there being interviewed for the top job. Moonves, Bob Iger of ABC and Gail Berman...
  • Les Moonves Abrogates Responsibility to Stockholders (or) Viacom is The Target for CBS Fraud

    09/10/2004 9:29:57 PM PDT · by PresidentFelon · 11 replies · 739+ views
    My Poor Brain ^ | 09/10/04 | PresidentFelon
    As most of us know, a corporate officer such as a CEO, Chairman, or other officer or Inside Director is required by law to act, at all times, in the best interests of it's Shareholders. Consider the case of Sumner Redstone, Chairman and CEO of Viacom, and Leslie Moonves, President and COO of CBS Television. The most recent Pew Media Research Survey showed CBS News with a 13% favorability rating among those identifying themselves as Republicans. That's right, a whopping 87% of Republican respondents to the Pew Media researchers dislike CBS News. Of course nobody here is surprised but the...
  • The Serpent in the Garden: Viacom and the Amish

    08/04/2004 8:16:11 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 13 replies · 611+ views
    BreakPoint with Charles Colson ^ | July 29, 2004 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. Twelve years ago, Viacom’s MTV network put a group of young people in a controlled and easily manipulated environment and turned on the cameras. They called it The Real World. The success of The Real World inspired reality TV imitations around the world, especially within the Viacom family. The latest version, premiering this week on Viacom’s UPN network, takes the idea to new depths. This time, Viacom is more than an instigator-slash-peeping-Tom. It’s the serpent in the garden. The show is called Amish in the City. It’s an adaptation...
  • Trump Towering Over Moonves (Reagan basher gets bashed)

    01/30/2004 6:55:26 AM PST · by mgist · 2 replies · 162+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/16/04 | Sara Hall
    Trump Towering Over Moonves Fri Jan 16, 1:20 AM ET   By Sarah HallThe Donald is taking on the Les. Moonves, that is.   E! Online Photo     Flush from the success of his reality hit, The Apprentice, Trump has been using his renewed celebrity status to make jabs at the CBS boss. Trump referred to Moonves as "the most highly overrated person in television" at a recent promotional appearance. "If Les Moonves was a contestant on [Apprentice], he would have been fired by the third episode," Trump told a group of television critics, who reportedly responded with...

    11/25/2003 12:45:51 AM PST · by kattracks · 7 replies · 214+ views
    New York Post ^ | 11/25/03 | ADAM BUCKMAN
    <p>November 25, 2003 -- THE president of Show time had some strong words yesterday for the chairman of CBS about the ill-fated miniseries about Ronald and Nancy Reagan that was cancelled by CBS, then dumped on Showtime by their parent company, Viacom. "If [CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves] didn't know what movie he was getting, that's not the fault of the producers, the director or anyone associated with the film," said Robert Greenblatt, president of entertainment for Showtime Networks, in a telephone news conference yesterday with TV critics.</p>
  • Defend Reagan Committee Fights Showtime Smear of Reagan

    11/20/2003 5:16:33 PM PST · by Impeach98 · 9 replies · 327+ views
    Defend Reagan Committee - ^ | 11/20/2003 | Howard Kaloogian - Defend Reagan Committee
    Viacom & Showtime Shut Down E-Mail Systems !! TO: Supporters of the Defend Reagan Committee FROM: Howard Kaloogian Chairman, Defend Reagan November 20, 2003 &#8211; 5:35 P.M. PSTThank you very much to the thousands of you who joined in our latest efforts to protest Viacom-Showtime&#8217;s attack on President Reagan with their upcoming broadcast of the hitpiece, &#8220;The Reagans.&#8221;So many of you wrote to Viacom and Showtime to complain that they shut down their email systems. Apparently Viacom and Showtime want everyone to hear what they have to say about President Reagan (even though much of it is totally...
  • CBS chief denies pressure led to 'Reagans' cancellation

    11/10/2003 2:35:38 PM PST · by Onelifetogive · 12 replies · 127+ views
    Worldnetdaily ^ | 11/10/2003 | Worldnetdaily
    Did CBS chairman Leslie Moonves cave in to political and economic pressure when he canceled 'The Reagans' miniseries? The network honcho vehemently rejects the suggestion, calling it an "absolute lie." "It was a moral decision, not an economic or a political one," Moonves stressed in an interview with Daily Variety. "And I don't know how more plainly I can state that." A network statement issued last week following the cancellation of the controversial miniseries similarly insisted the decision had nothing to do with the backlash from Reagan supporters. "This decision is based solely on our reaction to seeing the final...
  • "Gutless at CBS" - Column by Jonathan Alter

    11/07/2003 4:39:03 AM PST · by Livy · 28 replies · 212+ views ^ | 11-4-03 | Jonathan Alter
    The Article LinkGutless at CBS The network’s decision to yank ‘The Reagans’ was just a craven—and short-sighted—bid to keep advertisers happyNEWSWEEK WEB EXCLUSIVE Nov. 4 — Hallelujah! The Gipper is safe and the hated liberal media humbled. It’s a big victory for the “Elephant Echo Chamber,” the unholy trinity of conservative talk radio, conservative Internet sites and the Republican National Committee. The decision by CBS late yesterday not to air “The Reagans” meant, Matt Drudge exulted, “a tremendous night” for his team. ... Look, I’m not defending “The Reagans.” I have neither read the script nor seen it. (No one...
  • CBS President: Reagans Miniseries Biased

    11/06/2003 9:24:40 AM PST · by mgist · 5 replies · 116+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 11-6-03 | Yahoo
    CBS President: Reagans Miniseries Biased 2 hours, 45 minutes ago   NEW HAVEN, Conn. - In his first public comments since CBS canceled "The Reagans" miniseries, network President Leslie Moonves said the film was too biased for broadcast television, the New Haven Register reported in Thursday's editions.     After taking "The Reagans" off its schedule in the face of political pressure, CBS said Tuesday it would license the film to Showtime, a corporate cousin and pay cable network with about one-fifth of CBS' audience. "We had promised the public that we would do a fair version of the...

    11/06/2003 1:44:20 AM PST · by kattracks · 10 replies · 113+ views
    New York Post ^ | 11/06/03 | Post Wire Services
    <p>November 6, 2003 -- CBS' canceled "The Reagans" miniseries was too "biased" for broadcast TV, network president Les Moonves admitted yesterday. "We had promised the public that we would do a fair version of the Reagans' life," Moonves said in a Yale speech reported by the New Haven Register.</p>
  • Not Ready for Prime Time (WSJ on CBS)

    11/05/2003 5:56:17 AM PST · by OESY · 4 replies · 104+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 5, 2003 | Editorial
    <p>Throughout his career, Ronald Reagan was always dismissed by elite opinion as a "Grade B movie actor" who had trouble distinguishing fantasy from reality. Now that same accusation has been lodged against the CBS mini-series "The Reagans." In response to complaints that this TV portrait of the Gipper is based on words his family and associates say he never uttered, CBS announced yesterday the network wouldn't be airing the series after all.</p>
  • Hill nixed CBS drama on Reagan (Interesting take on this story)

    11/04/2003 9:44:10 PM PST · by Jean S · 11 replies · 113+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11/5/03 | Jonathan E. Kaplan
    Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who ignited a conservative grassroots brushfire that spread across the country forcing CBS Television executives to shelve the network’s controversial two-part miniseries on former President Ronald Reagan, yesterday praised CBS for its decision. Cantor, who fired off the first letter to CBS President Les Moonves protesting the film on Oct. 22, said Moonves “ought to be congratulated for doing the right thing. He took to heart the protests gathering across the country, so I congratulate [him].” CBS, which is owned by Viacom Inc., announced yesterday that it will air the mini-series on Showtime, its subscriber-based, pay-cable...
  • CBS Nixed 'Reagans' Following Letter from Rock Hudson's Ex-Lover

    11/04/2003 7:23:44 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 78 replies · 545+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 11/4/03 | Limbacher
    CBS's decision to pull the plug on its mini-series "The Reagans" came on the heels of a letter to the network from Rock Hudson's ex-lover, who complained that the portrayal of the 40th president as a virulent homophobe was provably false. "The notion that President Reagan was a homophobe strikes me as silly beyond belief," wrote Marc Christian, in a letter to CBS entertainment chief Les Moonves made public Tuesday by her friend, conservative commentator Tammy Bruce. "Not only did he have several gay men on his staff when he was Governor of California," said Christian, "he called my lover,...
  • CBS may cancel Reagan mini-series

    <p>LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -- Drawing Republican fire over the accuracy of its upcoming mini-series "The Reagans," CBS appears ready to present a kinder, gentler portrait of the ailing former president than originally produced -- if the network airs it at all.</p>
  • Feeling the heat, CBS sees the light

    11/04/2003 5:27:05 AM PST · by mikeb704 · 31 replies · 130+ views
    Oak Lawn (IL) Reporter | 11/6/03 | Michael M. Bates
    Fresh from congratulating itself for 75 years of broadcasting wonderfulness, CBS now finds itself in some difficulty. Its planned miniseries, "The Reagans," was scheduled for airing later this month. Now the project is in jeopardy. Details of its slanted, heavily unflattering portrayal of the couple emerged. So did opposition from Reagan friends, loyalists and just average Americans who are acquainted with the very impressive Reagan record of achievements. Now the series may be postponed. Or even cancelled. Or possibly sold to the cable channel Showtime. (After this was written, the Drudge Report stated that CBS was giving the program to...
  • Listen To Howard Stern Talk About Les Moonves

    11/03/2003 9:43:32 AM PST · by BillyJack · 19 replies · 855+ views
    Howard Stern Show | 11/03/03 | Howard Stern
    Listen To Howard Stern Talk About Les Moonves
  • Les Moonves, the Movie (TV Movie About CBS Chairman Behind "The Reagans" TV Movie)

    11/02/2003 2:38:06 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 25 replies · 414+ views
    Laissez Faire Electronic Times | November 3, 2003 | P.J. Gladnick
    INT. LES MOONVES' LUXURIOUS PENTHOUSE SUITE—NIGHT The front door opens. Les Moonves and his bimbo girlfriend, Julie Chen, enter. MOONVES (screaming): I hate that lousy manipulative control freak, Nancy! What a bitch! CHEN: Well, at least you'll be getting your revenge on her in the upcoming CBS movie, "The Reagans." MOONVES: No, you idiot! I don't mean Nancy Reagan. I'm talking about my wife who filed for divorce---Nancy Moonves. CHEN: Good! That means you will be able to go out with me without cheating. MOONVES: Good for you but bad for me. My wife hired one of the top...