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  • Obama's TV Habits: 'Modern Family,' 'Homeland,' 'Boardwalk Empire'

    12/15/2011 11:05:01 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 38 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | December 15, 2011 | Tim Molloy
    One of Barack Obama's favorite shows is about a secret Muslim who runs for office with a possible eye toward harming America from within -- which is exactly what the president's more paranoid critics accuse him of being. Obama has explained, again and again, that he isn't a Muslim and was born in the U.S. He even produced his birth certificate, partly to swat down insinuations that he's a sort of Manchurian candidate with plans to undermine the U.S. -- after establishing his cover, of course, by ordering the death of Osama bin Laden. (Never mind the idiocy of assuming...
  • MTV, Both Sleazy and Sour

    12/10/2011 4:14:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies ^ | December 11, 2011 | Brent Bozell
    Once upon a time, women were considered the "fairer sex," the "better half." Stewardesses were talented and beautiful. Wives were softer and gentler. Men fought for their honor. Feminism crushed all of that. It is a testimony to their movement that in today's post-feminist entertainment media, part of what makes television so corrosive and sour is just how piggish the women have become. The latest study from the Parents Television Council drives this concept home by going to the ugly center of pop culture: MTV "reality" programming. After studying entire seasons of four MTV shows, the PTC concludes: "Females talked...
  • Christmas with a Capital C

    12/06/2011 1:56:19 PM PST · by re_nortex · 4 replies
    GMC (Gospel Music Channel) ^ | December 6, 2011 | GMC Staff
    gmc World Premiere Movie: Christmas with a Capital CChristmas will never be Christmas again if Lawyer Mitch Bright has his way. The Townsfolk of Trapper Falls, Alaska face their toughest challenge as the battle of removing the nativity from the town square tears at the traditional and spiritual fabric of this joyous season. This is more than just a legality or separation of church and state; it is a knife that cuts through the heart of peace and good will towards all men.
  • Republicans vs. Democrats TV survey results: Lefties want comedy, right wingers like work

    12/06/2011 1:33:23 PM PST · by Feline_AIDS · 18 replies · 1+ views
    EW ^ | 12-6-2011 | James Hibberd
    Republicans don’t watch MTV’s Jersey Shore. But they dig ABC’s Castle. Democrats don’t like Discovery’s Deadliest Catch. But they swoon for NBC’s Parks and Recreation. ... In the findings, “sarcastic” media-savvy comedies and morally murky antiheroes tend to draw Dems. While serious work-centered shows (both reality shows and stylized scripted procedurals), along with reality competitions, tend to draw conservatives... LIBERAL-DEMOCRAT FAVORITES: – The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report (Comedy Central): As you might expect. – 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation (NBC): Literate media-savvy comedies score high among Dems in general, notes Experian-Simmons senior marketing manager...
  • Sofia Vergara's Boyfriend Nick Loeb Announcing Senate Candidacy (Republican)

    11/17/2011 12:15:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 58 replies · 6+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | Thursday, Nov 17, 2011 | Brian Hamacher
    Republican businessman, beau of "Modern Family" star entering raceRepublican businessman Nick Loeb will have a little star power at his side when he announces he's running for U.S. Senate in Miami Beach Thursday afternoon. Loeb is expected to be joined by TV star girlfriend Sofia Vergara when he makes the announcement at a 2 p.m. press conference at the Sagamore Hotel. The Emmy-nominated "Modern Family" star is in town to be with her beau and attend the 5th anniversary celebration of the non-profit group BeLive at the Ritz Carlton on South Beach Thursday night. Loeb, 36, is the son of...
  • Sony Considers Internet Rival to Cable TV (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/16/2011 3:14:58 PM PST · by abb · 20 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 16, 2011 | Sam Schechner
    Sony Corp. is considering launching an Internet-based alternative to cable-TV service, people familiar with the situation said, posing the latest threat to the cable and satellite operators that dominate pay TV. The Japanese electronics and entertainment company has approached several big media companies to negotiate the rights to offer their TV channels over the Web in the U.S., the people said. Sony is proposing to beam the channels over Internet connections to Sony-made devices, including PlayStation gaming consoles, TV sets and Blu-ray players, the people said. Sony has sold about 18.1 million PlayStation 3 consoles in the U.S. alone, according...
  • Bill Maher wants Romney to win to stop “the rise of the apes”, referring to Herman Cain

    11/15/2011 4:26:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Conservative Guild ^ | November 14, 2011 | Chakam
    Yes, you read that right. Bill Maher, after the mention of Herman Cain’s lead over Romney, says Romney is the only thing standing between us and the rise of the apes. This comment was made during an interview given by George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s Good Morning America, Monday morning. If this doesn’t make the headlines tomorrow, and if this isn’t one of the top stories on the MSM news programs, we will all know for certainty the double-standard hypocrisy of the Leftists. From Newsbusters, via Weasel Zippers. STEPHANOPOULOS: Yet, he’s, he’s still leading the field. Still is. I mean, he’s...
  • Too little exercise,too much TV tied to depression

    11/14/2011 9:39:17 AM PST · by traumer · 7 replies
    Older women who got more exercise and less television time were the least likely to be diagnosed with depression, according to a U.S. study of thousands of women -- with physical activity having the biggest impact. According to findings published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers found that women who reported exercising the most in recent years were about 20 percent less likely to get depression than those who rarely exercised. On the other hand, the more hours they spent watching TV each week, the more their risk of depression crept up. "Higher levels of physical activity were associated...
  • The Real Case Against Sexual Harassment

    11/12/2011 7:49:47 AM PST · by rhema · 19 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11/9/11 | LISA FABRIZIO
    When not busy going after Herman Cain, the media bombards us nonstop with unwanted sexual inuendo, banter, and other forms of lasciviousness. Here we go again. A powerful, intelligent and charismatic conservative black man seeks high office in the United States of America, and is subject to the scurrilous slings and arrows that are always deflected from their liberal counterparts by the shields of the mainstream media. In our nation, where the election of Barack Obama might have signaled the end of endless claims of racism, the oldest stereotype of black men has once again reared its ugly head: it...
  • Andy Rooney, RIP: The Reporter About Nothing

    11/05/2011 4:30:31 PM PDT · by BluesDuke · 30 replies
    Throneberry Fields Forever ^ | 5 November 2011 | Yours Truly
    If it seemed at times as though Andy Rooney was old enough to have been—God help us!—the Father of His Country, well, you can be forgiven for that. He seemed at least to have been old enough to have been the father of CBS, if William S. Paley hadn’t already done the job. For a decent amount of time, he may have been America’s favourite grouse. For an indecent amount of time, he may have seemed just like a grouse with an air-tight contract. For once upon a time, he might have been the model for a certain one among...
  • German TV boldly shows ‘Nazi’ Star Trek episode

    11/04/2011 11:29:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 80 replies · 1+ views
    The Local ^ | 4 Nov 11 11:02 CET
    An episode of the original Star Trek series in which Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock dress up as Nazis to infiltrate a far-right alien regime is to be aired on public television in Germany for the first time ever Friday night. State broadcaster ZDFneo has evidently decided that German viewers are now ready for the episode “Patterns of Force,” 43 years after it was first broadcast in the United States in 1968. The episode, part of the second season of the immensely popular science fiction franchise, sees the Starship Enterprise visit the planet Ekos in the M34 Alpha System to...
  • Catholics Come Home announces ad campaign on major networks

    11/03/2011 6:49:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | November 3, 2011
    Atlanta, Ga., Nov 3, 2011 / 03:31 am (CNA).- Catholics Come Home has announced a major prime time evangelization initiative set to air on American TV networks beginning in mid-Advent and ending after Christmas.The initiative’s advertising campaign aims to reach 250 million television viewers in over 10,000 U.S. cities and in every U.S. diocese.“These inspiring messages are sponsored by 30,000 Catholic families who want to invite neighbors, relatives, and co-workers to the largest family reunion in modern history,” said Catholics Come Home founder Tom Peterson.The ad used in the campaign notes the beauty and history of the Catholic Church....
  • ON AIR – Le « télévangélisme islamique » gagne en audience dans le monde musulman

    11/01/2011 9:38:14 PM PDT · by thecodont · 1 replies
    Le Monde / ^ | 28 octobre 2011 | Le Monde staff
    Known since the 1950s the "televangelists" American Christians these preachers capable of attracting millions of followers with their fiery sermons, made ​​for television. The Economist this week recounts the rise of their Muslim counterparts, especially in Egypt and Indonesia. An example: Moez Masoud, a young and beautiful Egyptian preacher with a shaved head, which brought together recently in Cairo "hordes of teenage girls," the British magazine, one enthused, "shortness of breath, 'I can see, I can see 'through the gate of her niqab. " Like all his colleagues, Moez Masoud did not receive a traditional religious training, which disturbs the...
  • Cablevision loses pay-TV customers (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    10/29/2011 3:41:35 AM PDT · by abb · 23 replies
    Financial Times ^ | October 28, 2011 | David Gelles
    High quality global journalism requires investment. Cablevision, the cable operator servicing New York and the north-east US, reported a loss of pay-television customers but a gain in high-speed internet customers, mirroring Thursday’s results from competitor Time Warner Cable. Revenues were up 8 per cent from a year earlier at $1.67bn, but organic growth was nearly flat. Revenues from pay-television services were up despite a loss in subscribers in the past three months. Cablevision added new internet customers, generating revenues from the segment with the addition of a new broadband operator. “Broadband results, increasingly the cornerstone service for all cable operators,...
  • OWN 'Not Panicking' After Lackluster 'Rosie' Launch, Needs a Hit Soon (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    10/19/2011 10:17:00 AM PDT · by abb · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 18, 2011 | Meaghan Murphy
    Rosie O’Donnell is not exactly the savior Oprah Winfrey’s OWN cable network was hoping for. Despite appearing on the cover of Winfrey’s O magazine and constant promotion on the Discovery Channel network, the October 10 premiere of “The Rosie Show” on OWN produced less than half a million viewers, while “Oprah’s Lifeclass” did even worse, attracting just 333,000 viewers. And both shows lost viewers the night after their premieres, with “The Rosie Show” dropping more than 36 percent, to 317,000 viewers the following Tuesday, while “Oprah’s Lifeclass,” also dropped to just 279,000 viewers. But even with the lackluster ratings, OWN...
  • Peacock looking plucked as NBC cancels shows (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    10/18/2011 7:42:41 AM PDT · by abb · 84 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | October 16, 2011 | Johnathan Storm
    The Peacock is looking like a bedraggled starling at the start of its first fall TV season in Comcast's nest. Three weeks in, overall viewership, according to the Nielsen Co., is up at CBS and Fox, and down less than 1 percent at ABC, vs. year-ago numbers. But at NBC, it's down 6 percent. More ominous: Despite a new entertainment boss and a large bump in spending on program development, NBC has seen the average viewership of its five new series drop a stunning 28 percent from levels achieved by last year's five new series in the first three weeks...
  • Get A Whiff of This: Smell-O-Vision

    10/13/2011 7:56:23 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Mon Oct 10, 2011 03:10 PM ET | Analysis by Nic Halverson
    In our collective consciousness, the French have a reputation for scent. Cut into a wheel of Roquefort, uncork a vintage bottle of Petrus or a flacon of Parisian perfume and you'll smell what I mean. So, it should come as no surprise that French company, Olf-Action, has developed SMELLIT, a device designed to aromatically enhance the video games and movies of your home entertainment system. A cluster of what look like six miniature jet turbines affixed to a stand presumably will blast out synchronized odors that correspond with onscreen activity. SMELLIT hasn't officially been released yet, but it's due for...
  • Sarah Palin says criticism of Hank Williams Jr. is "disgusting"

    10/07/2011 7:08:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 7, 2011 | Corbett B. Daly
    Country music star Hank Williams Jr is the victim of double standard after being dumped by ESPN for comparing President Obama to Hitler, Fox News analyst Sarah Palin said Thursday. "Hank Williams and what he is going through now, I think it's a very clear illustration of a greater societal problem and that is the hypocrisy on the left -- the liberals who can throw these stones at a conservative and they knowing that they're not going to be held accountable," Palin told Fox colleague Sean Hannity on his radio show Thursday. Williams, the son of country music legend Hank...
  • RIP Charles Napier, Famous Character Actor

    10/06/2011 5:22:37 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 50 replies · 1+ views
    The actor, who was known for tough-guy roles, also appeared in "Philadelphia," "Silence of the Lambs" and "Rambo: First Blood II." Charles Napier, an actor who was known for his tough-guy roles in movies like Blues Brothers, died Wednesday afternoon at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, according to reports. He was 75. The actor was reportedly found sometime Tuesday morning in his Bakersfield home after having collapsed and was taken to the hospital, where he was put on life support in the intensive care unit. Around 1 p.m. Wednesday, he was taken off life support. The cause of death is unclear, but...
  • Nestle Tempts Dogs With High Frequency TV Ads

    09/30/2011 7:10:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies · 1+ views
    AFP ^ | 9/30/09
    The world's biggest food company Nestle is seeking to conquer the dog food market with special advertising targeted at men's best friend. "Nestle Purina has created the first-ever television commercial especially for dogs," it said in a statement. "The TV commercial to be screened on Austrian television uses different sounds -- including a high frequency tone -- to capture the attention of four-legged friends and their owners," it added.
  • 'There's a woman on my bonnet and I can't get her off!'(Driver w/gf hanging on car calls police)

    09/30/2011 1:22:00 PM PDT · by Stoat · 12 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | September 28, 2011 | RICHARD HARTLEY-PARKINSON
    (edit) Things turned nasty when their relationship broke down and there was a long-running dispute over shared items from their home. Finally, Dicken went to Miss Kift's mother's home in nearby Llandudno, snatched the TV from the hallway and loaded it into the back of his Jaguar.Miss Kift was having none of it, her sister Josie told Llandudno Magistates Court. She got into the driver's seat in a vain attempt to stop him driving away.Dicken dragged her out of the car and threw her to the ground. But when he saw what he described as a group of angry people chasing after him,...
  • Layoffs at Viacom - Cuts hitting across company (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    09/23/2011 10:58:49 AM PDT · by abb · 20 replies
    Adweek ^ | September 23, 2011` | Katie Feola
    Viacom employees have been hit with a round of layoffs, Adweek has learned. Pink slips were handed down Thursday afternoon. A Viacom spokesperson confirmed the cuts, and said that the downsizing primarily took place within the media conglomerate’s music group, which includes MTV, VH1, CMT, and Logo. A number of departments within the music group were affected, including digital, consumer marketing, and on-air promotions. Outside of the music group, cuts were made in affiliate marketing, an area that supports BET Networks and Viacom Media Networks, which counts Comedy Central and Nickelodeon among its holdings. The downsizing took place the same...
  • Chinese Idol-Style Show Riles Censors (Reality Show is Dangerous Democracy)

    09/21/2011 10:16:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Global Post ^ | September 19, 2011 | Patrick Winn
    Fan voting in hugely popular "Super Girl" singing competition seen as promoting democracyIt turns out the Chinese are hellbent on voting… for their favorite singer on an American Idol-style show called "Super Girl." Perhaps they enjoy voting a bit too much. According to the Financial Time, the wildly popular televised singing competition has been cancelled, "following government pressure on a programme that some officials saw as subversive because the audience voting too closely represented Western-style democracy." Anyone with a mobile phone in China can nudge their favorite "Super Girl" towards victory with a text message. The show was viewed by...
  • Suspect In Murder Case Talks to Tulsa's Channel 8 (Interviewed as Bystander at Scene)

    09/20/2011 8:59:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    KTUL ^ | Sep 20, 2011
    A suspect in a Monday morning double homicide was at the crime scene. In fact, he spoke exclusively to Tulsa's Channel 8. Darren Price was watching police conduct their investigation as Tulsa's Channel 8 approached him. Price was eager to talk on camera, even grabbing the mic at one point. "I think it's real crazy. I bring my kids out here to play. It raises a question, is it safe to even walk around this town, people just dying and stuff like this," he told Tulsa Channel 8. Tulsa police arrested 19 year old Price and 21 year Jirao Davis...
  • New TLC show Prison Diaries reveals shocking reality of life awaiting execution

    09/20/2011 5:46:56 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 33 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12:03 AM on 21st September 2011 | Daisy Dumas
    A chilling look inside the minds of female prisoners unfolds on Thursday with the premičre of the new TLC show, Prison Diaries. The first episode of the series focuses on Emilia Carr, one of just 63 women on death row in the U.S. Carr is seen in ankle chains and handcuffs, led by a burly, fully-armed female guard as she leaves her cell. She wears bright orange overalls and trainers, her long, dark hair allowed to fall around her hunched shoulders.
  • Dish Network (vanity)

    09/13/2011 7:04:34 PM PDT · by cowtowney · 50 replies
    Anyone experiencing outage on their Dish Network?
  • 'Palestinian Authority' Television honors HER

    09/04/2011 3:04:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 9/5/11 | staff
    'Palestinian Authority' Television, which is controlled by 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen, has once again honored Ahlam Tamimi, who drove the suicide bomber to Sbarro's in Jerusalem ten years ago, and then calmly went and broadcast the whole story on 'Palestinian' television. Palestinian Authority TV has chosen to honor two more terrorists serving multiple life sentences for murder in its continuous glorification of Palestinian prisoners in Israel. Terrorist Ahlam Tamimi drove a suicide bomber to the Sbarro pizza shop in Jerusalem in August 2001. 15 people were murdered in the attack, 7 of them children. Muhammad Wael Daghlas...
  • President Obama still covets TV time, but the medium is no longer loving him back

    09/02/2011 11:05:32 PM PDT · by neverdem · 66 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | September 2, 2011 | David Zurawik
    For all its alleged Internet acumen, Team Obama struggling with media With this week's skirmish over whether President Obama or a debate among the GOP presidential candidates would dominate prime time Wednesday night, a couple of observations seem impossible to ignore... --snip-- But here's the other observation: Not only isn't Obama the gifted TV performer he seemed to be during the 2008 campaign, TV is now one of his worst enemies. --snip-- But as I looked at the screen, I couldn't help thinking how diminished Obama looked and how thin his voice sounded. I wondered if there actually was something...
  • ABC receives complaints about Chaz Bono's addition to 'DWTS'

    08/31/2011 8:41:39 AM PDT · by Justaham · 55 replies ^ | 8-31-11 | Tim Molloy
    "Dancing With the Stars" aims for provocative casts, and Chaz Bono's addition to the show has already yielded strong reaction -- some of it ugly. Bono, the only child of Sonny Bono and Cher, was born a woman but legally changed his gender and name last year. The announcement Monday that he would join the highly rated ABC dance competition immediately made him one of the highest-profile transgendered people in the world. It also brought to the surface prejudices about Bono and others who have changed their gender, judging from the "Dancing With the Stars" message board. In hundreds of...
  • 'Eureka' canceled, sixth season plans dropped -- EXCLUSIVE

    08/09/2011 2:10:24 AM PDT · by tlb · 36 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | Aug 8 2011 | James Hibberd
    The 13-episode fifth season that was ordered last year, which includes a holiday special, is going to be the final season of Eureka. Here’s a statement from Syfy: “After painstaking consideration, we have had to make the difficult business decision to not order a season six of Eureka. But Eureka is not over yet. There is a new holiday episode this December and 12 stellar episodes set to debut next year, marking its fifth season and six memorable years on Syfy. The 2012 episodes are some of the best we’ve seen, and will bring this great series to a satisfying...
  • Violent Riots Ravage Tottenham After Shooting

    08/06/2011 11:58:51 PM PDT · by expat1000 · 20 replies
    Sky News ^ | Sunday August 07, 2011 | Breaking News
    Petrol bombs were thrown, shops looted and eight officers injured during violent riots in Tottenham following a protest over the fatal shooting of a man by police. A crowd of around 300 set fire to buildings, bins and vehicles, while missiles and petrol bombs were thrown in Tottenham High Road on Saturday night and into Sunday morning. Eight police officers were taken to hospital and at least one suffered head injuries. By the early hours of Sunday, many protesters had moved to nearby Tottenham Hale retail park, where some were spotted looting PC World and JJB Sports. Sky's Simon Newton,...
  • Sex and Television: How America went from 'I Love Lucy' to 'Playboy Club'

    08/05/2011 11:01:31 AM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 42 replies
    Deseret News ^ | July 30, 2011 | Hal Boyd
    In a bright-pink tank top, a light-haired girl crosses the student parking lot of West Beverly Hills High School. She walks past a Bentley and a blue mini-cooper before she stops suddenly as she spots a friend nervously entering his SUV. "Oh my (goodness), there's Ethan," she says. She checks out her reflection in a nearby car window, and from the way she fusses with her hair, it's clear she wants to impress him. Smiling broadly, she begins walking toward the teenager's car. Ethan, however, is in no position to say hello. His attention is focused on another teenage girl,...
  • 2011 List of TV networks which most promote homosexuality

    08/04/2011 4:23:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 4, 2011 | THADDEUS BAKLINSKI - The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has released its new listing of TV networks rated according to “quantity, quality, and diversity” of pro-homosexual propaganda shown during primetime programming. “Primetime programming on the five broadcast networks was evaluated as well as original primetime programming on 10 major cable networks,” says GLAAD in introducing their latest “Network Responsibility Index.” According to the report, The CW network leads the five major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX, and NBC) in primetime programming hours containing either homosexual characters or the discussion of homosexuality, with 33% of its primetime programming...
  • My mother didn't beat me - it was just a joke says Fergie as she backtracks on abuse claims

    07/31/2011 4:28:25 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 62 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12:16 AM on 31st July 2011 | By Sharon Churcher
    Just two months ago, she accused her mother of horrific abuse in an emotional outpouring on American TV. Her late mother, Susan Barrantes, regularly beat her, the Duchess of York alleged during her reality show Finding Sarah. 'When she used to hit me because I didn't sit on my potty or wouldn't eat, a little vein would come up on the centre of my head near my red hair,' she said, adding that her mother called it the 'sign of the devil' and would shout, 'I'm going to beat that devil out!'
  • Cord-Cutting On Rise, 10% Of Homes By 2015 (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    07/21/2011 8:22:08 AM PDT · by abb · 19 replies
    Media Daily News ^ | July 21, 2011 | David Goetzl
    A new report estimates about 4.5 million, or 4%, of U.S. homes will have only over-the-top delivery of video service by the end of this year. That figure, according to SNL Kagan, is projected to rise to 12.1 million over the ensuing four years, which would be about 10% of homes. They would rely on Netflix and Amazon for content. Kagan says over-the-top consumers "impacted the subscriber counts for multichannel service providers in 2010." They are expected to "exert competitive pressure going forward." Executives at cable providers say there is scant evidence of cord-cutting, and reductions in subscriber rolls are...
  • Fox paid $4.8 billion in taxes, MSNBC $0 (story worse than headline)

    07/16/2011 2:21:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 15, 2011 | Don Surber
    The parent company of Fox News — News Corp. — paid the U.S. government $4.8 billion in taxes over the last four tax years (2007-2010). GE, which owned most of MSNBC until late last year, paid zero taxes in 2010.In fact, GE received a $3.2 billion welfare check from Uncle Sam.From Pulitzer Prize winner David Cay Johnston: (Reuters) — Readers, I apologize. The premise of my debut column for Reuters, on News Corp’s taxes, was wrong, 100 percent dead wrong.Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp did not get a $4.8 billion tax refund for the past four years, as I reported. Instead,...
  • HBO, you're busted

    07/03/2011 10:21:48 AM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 23 replies
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | July 3, 2011 | Mary McNamara
    Although it has not quite recaptured the magic of "The Sopranos," there is no denying that HBO is once again in full stride. With Emmy-winning movies, a panoply of well-done documentaries, successful comedies and dramatic hits both popular — "True Blood" — and critical — "Boardwalk Empire," "Treme" — the premium network bursts with so much justified confidence that it took on the perilous realm of fantasy with the well-received "Game of Thrones." So maybe it's time to tone down the tits. I write the word knowing it is going to render my editors and readers apoplectic — why not...
  • Internet-Connect TV Soars, Clicks With Mainstream Audience (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    07/01/2011 11:17:50 AM PDT · by abb · 19 replies
    Internet-connected television sets have been growing fast, and by the end of the year -- for the first time -- there will be more connected TVs than videogame consoles. By the end of 2011, some 52 million connected TV sets will be sold globally -- from Samsung, LG and Sony versus 37 game consoles in the market from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony --Xbox, PlayStation and Wii respectively. This is according to U.K.-base Informa Telecoms & Media. "Until now, many online video services were launched primarily with the game console in mind, mainly because console users innately understand how to connect...
  • Women's Groups Appeal to NBC's Legal and Corporate Responsibility Asking for a Halt to 'The Playboy

    06/29/2011 8:37:00 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 20 replies
    Christian News Wire ^ | June 22, 2011 | Lesley Bateman
    "The Playboy Club," described as a "provocative new series" about a "visionary who created an empire and an icon who changed American culture," glorifies the objectification of women and violates the spirit of FCC licensing laws according to several women's groups. FCC licensing laws require broadcasters to serve "public interest, convenience and necessity," to protect people from exploitation of their valuable public utility. NBC is appearing to defy FCC laws, while contributing to sexualization/victimization of women, which results in trafficking, rape and prostitution. "NBC has stockholder responsibility to produce enriching programming," stated Tiffany Leeper, President of Girls Against Porn &...
  • Red Eye Has Best Ratings Quarter Ever In Demo; Greg Gutfeld Explains Success To Mediaite

    06/29/2011 6:57:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Mediaite ^ | June 29, 2011 | Frances Martel
    Fox News’ 3 AM news/comedy show Red Eye just capped it’s best quarter ever in the 18-34 demographic– celebrating its 1,000th program with its highest ratings ever, and beating CNN primetime according to Nielsen. Mediaite caught up with host Greg Gutfeld to chat about this achievement, what it means for the competition, and how to keep viewers glued to the screens (and their Twitter pages) for another 1,000 episodes. Congratulations on both your 1,000th episode and your best quarter ever in terms of ratings. How do you think the show distinguished itself after so many years on air that it’s...
  • Cable Suffers Customer Loss, Telco Up 24% (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    06/24/2011 5:40:26 AM PDT · by abb · 80 replies
    Media Daily News ^ | June 23, 2011 | Wayne Friedman
    Cable TV distribution continues to lose customers in the top 15 markets, with telco companies sharply rising and satellite TV companies seeing little change. There was a 3.8% decline in the first quarter of 2011 versus the same period in 2010 in the top 15 markets, slipping to 23.2 million customers, per SNL Kagan. New York City, the biggest TV market, dropped 3.4%; Los Angeles, at No. 2, sank 4%; and Chicago, the third-largest market, slipped 5.1%. The biggest declines in major markets were in Atlanta (eighth-biggest), losing 8%; Dallas (fifth place) gave up 7.7%. Seattle (13th place) lost the...
  • Hollywood Reporter: Tea Party Starts a Television Drama

    06/23/2011 7:16:29 PM PDT · by stand_your_ground · 2 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 6-23-2011 | Paul Bond
    Two members of the Pasadena Patriots we know are launching Colony Bay Productions with their maiden voyage -- Courage, New Hampshire, the Road to Revolution.
  • The Numbers Are In: Anthony Weiner Is Ready for Prime Time

    06/14/2011 12:31:00 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 13 replies
    ATLANTICWIRE ^ | 6-14-11 | HUDSON
    The Numbers Are In: Anthony Weiner Is Ready for Prime Time By John Hudson 01:31 PM ET The numbers are in: Rep. Anthony Weiner is in prime position to follow his political forebears and secure a job on television. Pew's Project for Excellence in Journalism quantified the biggest political scandals of the last four and a half years, finding that Weinergate ranks right behind the scandals of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich (the biggest scandal, accounting for 28 percent of the newshole at the time), former New York governor Eliot Spitzer (23 percent of the newshole) and former Idaho senator...
  • Sarah Palin As Role Model (Are the Lady Democrats finally coming around?)

    06/06/2011 8:50:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Tucson Citizen | June 6, 2011 | Jacquelyn Jackson, MSW
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  • Online Video Start-Ups Seek to Carve Out a Place Beside YouTube (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    06/06/2011 5:52:35 AM PDT · by abb · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 5, 2011 | Brian Stelter
    For many Internet users, YouTube is synonymous with online video. But Mike Michaud and several friends who live in suburban Chicago are trying to change that. Mr. Michaud co-owns Channel Awesome, an aspiring Viacom of the online video world, which promotes online shows about video games, comic books and assorted realms of popular culture. He was a casualty of the recession, having been laid off by Circuit City, the electronics retail chain that later was closed, and now he is a beneficiary of the advertising rebound, having doubled his revenue last year, enough to employ seven people full time. “People...
  • TV Networks See Key Audience Erode (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    06/02/2011 3:17:10 AM PDT · by abb · 33 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 27, 2011 | Sam Schechner
    Fewer young people watched TV on traditional sets over the past television season, the second consecutive year of decline as viewers face a proliferation of ways to watch TV shows. U.S. TV networks marked the official end of the TV season on Wednesday with a flurry of widely viewed send-offs, including the last episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and the season finale of "American Idol." But those big programs are closing out a TV season in which few new shows became hits, and ratings for the four most-watched networks fell. At any given time of day, about 25.1 million...
  • Direct TV or Dish Network? Need help deciding.

    05/31/2011 5:06:16 AM PDT · by 30Moves · 96 replies
    I am new to Television - have only had cable for 2 years and the price keeps inching up. I want to change to satellite TV and I keep getting the ads for both Direct TV and The Dish. I can't make heads nor tails of the offers and wanted to know if anyone could point me in the right direction? I am a techno-peasant so please be gentle with me. Thanks.
  • New Book Mark Levin Calls a "Must-Buy" Hits Market

    05/27/2011 5:50:57 PM PDT · by UltraConservative · 15 replies ^ | May 27, 2011 | Ben Shapiro
    Ben Shapiro announced today on Twitter that his new book, "Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story Of How The Left Took Over Your TV," comes out on Tuesday. Mark Levin calls it a "must-buy and a must-read." Ann Coulter says "Get deprogrammed -- read Primetime Propaganda." David Limbaugh calls it the most incisive book ever written about the Hollywood community. Andrew Breitbart says, "For forty years, Hollywood has pretended that left-wing McCarthyism does not exist in the television industry. In Primetime Propaganda, Ben Shapiro blows that lie apart, proving over and over again that Hollywood stole the American narrative and...
  • Univision plans three new cable TV channels

    05/19/2011 5:39:09 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 19, 2011 | Meg James
    Spanish-language media giant Univision Communications Inc. plans to launch three new cable television channels next year in a bid to tighten its grip on the growing Latino market and diversify its revenues. Univision is expected to announce Thursday that one of the channels will offer soccer and other sports, one will be devoted to news and information, and a third will showcase the spicy Spanish-language soap operas, or telenovelas, that fuel Univision Network's prime-time ratings. The new channels are part of an increasing trend by media companies to increase their investment in Spanish-language TV. Recently released census findings show that...
  • ‘Family Guy' actor's mom says show is corrupting today's youth, hopes to see program canceled

    05/11/2011 7:47:55 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 95 replies
    The Destin Log ^ | May 11, 2011 | Matt Algarin
    As a member of the Parents Television Council (PTC), Barbara Warburton’s goal is to do whatever it takes to keep children from watching “corrupting” television programs such as Family Guy — even if it means butting heads with her son. “The wrong messages are out there and that’s my main concern,” said Warburton, a Destin resident whose son Patrick voices the character Joe Swanson, a paralyzed cop, on the hit FOX TV show. “Shows like these are leading toward the destruction of morality… nothing seems sacred anymore.” Through the PTC, Warburton and thousands of others with like-minded beliefs filed a...