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  • Newest VH1 Talk Show Host Supports Boycott of Israel, Defends Hamas

    07/05/2016 11:47:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 7/5/16 | Ronn Torossian
    Reports indicate that a supporter of the anti-Israel BDS movement and a self-proclaimed radical who has supported numerous anti-American initiatives has been named the host of a new late night talk show on VH1. Marc Lamont Hill, a CNN commentator, will launch VH1 Live which will begin airing weekly on the Viacom-owned cable network on Sunday, July 17 at 10 PM. Would a supporter of segregation be rewarded with a talk show? How about someone who is fiercely anti-LGBT? It seems that bigotry is only OK if it is directed at Israel. Hill is a staunch opponent of Israel, a...
  • Ferguson Kids Have a Message About Racism for White People

    09/11/2014 9:37:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    Black Entertainment Televison News ^ | September 10, 2014 | Natelege Whaley
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Six kids from the block where Michael Brown was killed tell the truth about race with some humor in video.Six kids from Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown was shot and killed, have something to say about the state of racism in a humorous video called "Hey White People: A Kinda Awkward Note to America by #Ferguson Kids" created by the T-shirt company "Sometimes white people are like, 'But is racism still a thing?' Spoiler alert: Duh. Just because Beyoncé is on your playlist and you voted for Obama, doesn't mean that our generation has seen the end of racist...
  • 1 dead, 4 hurt after BET Awards party shooting in East Hollywood

    06/29/2014 1:33:54 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 46 replies ^ | June 29, 2014 | Howard Blume
    One person was killed and four others injured after a man opened fire at an overnight party early Sunday in East Hollywood to celebrate the upcoming Black Entertainment Television Awards. The assailant was a lone gunman who is still at large, said Officer Drake Madison of the Los Angeles Police Department. The shooting occurred at 5:17 a.m., when the gunman fired several rounds, Madison said. Ambulances transported three victims to a local hospital, where one died. The two others arranged their own hospital transportation. Investigators have not released information about the victims. The coroner’s office said early Sunday that it...
  • New Hillary Clinton memoir set for June 10 release (Freeper book title contest....)

    04/09/2014 3:04:36 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 52 replies
    New Hillary Clinton memoir set for June 10 release AFP 1 hour ago Washington (AFP) - Hillary Clinton, the former US secretary of state who is contemplating a second run for the White House, will release a new memoir on June 10, her publisher announced Wednesday. A website owned by Simon & Schuster was allowing users to sign up and pre-order the book, which the publisher said would consist of "candid reflections about key moments during her time as secretary of state as well as her thoughts about how to navigate the challenges of the 21st century." The book, and...
  • Let’s nationalize Fox News: Imagining a very different media

    01/19/2014 8:14:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Salon ^ | 1/18/14 | Fred Jerome
    Excerpted from "Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA" Imagine a world without the New York Times, Fox News, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and countless other tools used by the 1 percent to rule and fool. In a socialist society run by and for the working people it represents, the mega-monopolies like Walmart, Halliburton, Exxon-Mobil, and the corporations that run the tightly controlled “mainstream media” will be a thing of the past. It’s not news that the major US media are run by and for big business, or that the major media companies are themselves big businesses. Twenty years ago,...
  • Transgender anchor sues BET for $2.5 million because he couldn’t host segment in drag

    08/08/2013 7:55:33 PM PDT · by Morgana · 40 replies
    Life Site ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    LOS ANGELES, August 8, 2013 ( – Cross-dressing internet gossip columnist and sometime-television personality Brandon Sessoms, who goes by the stage name B. Scott, has filed a $2.5 million gender discrimination lawsuit against Black Entertainment Television (BET) after the network demanded he wear “masculine” attire at a recent awards show. Sessoms, 32, is an openly homosexual man who calls himself “transgender,” because he believes that his “spirit” is neither male nor female. While he admits that “biologically, I am male — as my sex was determined at birth by my reproductive organs,” he says “my spirit truly lies somewhere in...
  • George Soros: Media Mogul (Lefty Businessman Spends Millions Funding Journalism)

    08/19/2011 8:23:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Media Research Center ^ | August 15, 2011 | Dan Gainor and Iris Somberg
    On April 8, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi headlined a Boston conference on ''media reform.'' She was joined by four other congressmen, a senator, two FCC commissioners, a Nobel laureate and numerous liberal journalists. The 2,500-person event was sponsored by a group called Free Press, one of more than 180 different media-related organizations that receives money from liberal billionaire George Soros. Soros, who first made a name for himself in investing and currency trading, now makes his name in politics and policy. Since the 2004 election, the controversial financier has used his influence and billions to push a laundry list...
  • Amazing Race episode set in Hanoi sparks outrage over use of B-52 as prop, communist song

    03/21/2013 11:00:39 AM PDT · by Doogle · 45 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 03/21/13 | FOX
    The popular CBS reality show "The Amazing Race” is under fire for featuring an episode set in Hanoi, Vietnam, where contestants go to a B-52 Memorial, which is the wreckage of an American bomber plane shot down during the Vietnam War, to find the next clue in their televised round-the-world journey. In the episode, the twisted metal of the downed plane is treated as any other prop, with a bright ‘Amazing Race’ ‘Double-U-Turn’ signed planted in front of it, signifying to contestants the next phase of their scavenger hunt. The show also had contestants learn a song that was performed...
  • Who Owns the News Media

    09/21/2012 11:09:41 AM PDT · by B4Ranch · 24 replies
    Who Owns The Media? The 6 Monolithic Corporations That Control Almost Everything We Watch, Hear And Read Back in 1983, approximately 0 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the United States. Today, ownership of the news media has been concentrated in the hands of just six incredibly powerful media corporations. These corporate behemoths control most of what we watch, hear and read every single day. They own television networks, cable channels, movie studios, newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, music labels and even many of our favorite websites. Sadly, most Americans don't even stop to think about who...
  • Reporters attacking Romney for Libyan, Cairo Attacks

    09/12/2012 7:29:53 AM PDT · by pabianice · 106 replies
    Fox News Channel | 9/12/12
    Romney on now regarding yesterday's attacks on the US. Reporters are barking like mad dogs in their rage to hurt Romney, bombarding him with questions about his strong denunciation of the attacks yesterday and Obama's craven apology to the Muslim world. 'Do you feel you were wrong when you denounced the attacks yesterday?' 'Do you feel you were unfair to President Obama in your remarks?' 'How would a President Romney have acted?' Disgusting.
  • Viacom Networks Go Dark on DirecTV

    07/11/2012 4:23:32 AM PDT · by iowamark · 32 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 7/10/2012 | Kimberly Nordyke
    The entertainment conglomerate and the satellite TV giant failed to reach a new carriage agreement before midnight Tuesday. Seventeen Viacom-owned cable channels went dark on DirecTV on Tuesday just before midnight Eastern as the companies failed to reach a new carriage agreement. The channels yanked from the satellite TV giant's lineup include Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, BET, VH1, CMT, Logo, Spike, TV Land, MTV2, VH1 Classic, Palladia, Nick Jr., NickToons and TeenNick, in addition to several HD counterparts. DirecTV has about 20 million subscribers. Including the HD channels, it carries a total of 26 Viacom-owned channels. A Viacom rep wrote...
  • Viacom Channels Risk DirecTV Blackout at Midnight Tuesday .

    07/10/2012 11:17:17 AM PDT · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 31 replies ^ | July 10, 2012 | William Launder
    Viacom Inc. (VIA, VIAB) channels could go dark for DirecTV Group Inc. (DTV) subscribers at midnight in one of the more-significant recent standoffs over television carriage fees. The pending blackout further highlighted mounting pressure on Viacom, which has seen its ratings fall off in recent months for top shows like Nickelodeon's "SpongeBob SquarePants" and MTV's "Jersey Shore." Viacom class A shares fell 2% Tuesday to $49.98, while DirecTV shares slid 0.5% to $48.77. Viacom is seeking an increase of 30%, or more than $1 billion, in carriage fees, DirecTV said in a statement on its website Tuesday. The country's second-largest...
  • Layoffs at Viacom (Hope and Change comes to MTV, VH1, BET, Comedy Central...)

    09/22/2011 5:31:37 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    Adweek ^ | 9/22/11 | 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...
  • I'm with the band: Rock's most famous groupies tell all for VH1 documentary 'Let’s Spend the Night..

    12/17/2010 2:04:53 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 40 replies · 1+ views
    LA Times ^ | December 15, 2010 | Gerrick D. Kennedy
    ...Adapted from Pamela Des Barres' bestselling book... the doc follows Des Barres... as she travels across the country reconnecting and reminiscing with the women who lived up to their reputations. ...“Rock 'n’ roll is art, but it also means sex, so it’s just the perfect combination -- especially for the young teenage girl. I remember when Mick Jagger lit me up when I was 15, and I thought, 'OK, I want some of that.' [But] our relationship was purely sexual.” Des Barres was motivated to log her experiences, and those of her pals, because she felt the word "groupie" had...
  • America Prepares to Get Angry at Jon (The Most Influential Man of 2010) Stewart

    10/26/2010 11:17:35 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | 10/26/10 | Elspeth Reeve
    America Prepares to Get Angry at Jon StewartBy Elspeth Reeve | October 26, 2010 11:38am Jon Stewart has begun his tour of the nation's capital with a taping of The Daily Show before a "very, very policy-oriented" audience in Washington, The Washington Post's Dan Zak reports. ("We're not used to people nodding, like, 'Oh, I worked on that bill,' " Stewart said.) Stewart and Stephen Colbert's many young fans are packing their bags and arranging for sofas to crash on as they ready to head into D.C. for the comedians' pro-satire Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. But not everyone's...
  • MTV Denies That Obama Telecast Is Political (No equal time for GOP...)

    10/13/2010 8:09:19 AM PDT · by massmike · 76 replies · 1+ views ^ | 10/13/2010 | Emily Miller
    Viacom networks MTV, BET and CMT are giving an hour of free air time to President Obama less than three weeks before the midterm elections. The so-called “A Conversation with President Obama” will be live and commercial-free on six Viacom networks at 4 p.m. on Thursday. The networks will not give equal time to a Republican before the election, according to a spokeswoman. MTV denies that the Obama hour of TV is political, despite the timing, weeks before the midterm elections.
  • ABC: Casting Call for Audience of Obama’s MTV Town Hall?

    10/08/2010 7:10:39 AM PDT · by maggief · 40 replies
    ABCNews ^ | October 8, 2010 | Sunlen Miller
    When President Obama sits down for his MTV town hall this Thursday, the audience of young people who will ask him questions will have been gathered by a casting call. According to the casting call for the event from talent agency, first reported by National Review Online, the company requests applications for the event, asking what issues the person is “passionate about,” requiring a “short description of your political views,” and also asks for a recent photo.
  • Jon Stewart Rips Fox's GOP Contribution, Ignores Viacom's Dem Donations

    08/19/2010 6:25:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | August 19, 2010 | Noel Sheppard
    Comedian Jon Stewart on Wednesday bashed Fox News for parent company News Corporation's $1 million donation to the Republican Governors Association. Unfortunately, Stewart failed to inform his viewers that Viacom, the parent company of Comedy Central, has so far given disproportionately to Democrats this year. Also missing in the "Daily Show" host's attack of FNC and Glenn Beck was that News Corp. prior to this contribution had historically given more to Democrats than Republicans. Such facts were unimportant Wednesday evening, for Stewart was on another in a long line of Fox News is the devil incarnate rants (video follows with...
  • Google's YouTube wins Viacom copyright case

    06/24/2010 8:29:50 AM PDT · by kingu · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | Thursday, 24 June 2010 08:37 UK
    Google has won a landmark ruling as a judge threw out a $1bn lawsuit brought by Viacom accusing the internet giant of allowing copyrighted material on its YouTube service without permission. Viacom had accused Google of "massive intentional copyright infringement". But the Manhattan judge said Google and YouTube could not be held liable merely for having a "general awareness" that videos might be posted illegally. Media conglomerate Viacom said it planned to appeal against the decision. Google called the ruling "an important victory". 'Safe harbour' Viacom had claimed that "tens of thousands of videos" based on its copyrighted works had...
  • Newsweek’s Alter: Obama ‘Prevented Another Great Depression,’ ‘Sweeping Up’ Bush’s ‘S****’

    06/08/2010 7:14:27 AM PDT · by Justaham · 60 replies · 153+ views ^ | 6-8-10 | Brad Wilmouth
    Appearing on Monday’s The Colbert Report on Comedy Central to promote his book, "The Promise," MSNBC political analyst Jonathan Alter – also of Newsweek – asserted that President Barack Obama had "prevented another Great Depression," and declared that Obama had it more difficult than Franklin Delano Roosevelt because he had to "sweep up" like a "shovel brigade" after President Bush, as he used a word that had to be bleeped out for airing. Alter: "He proceeded to make history almost right away, not only because he was the first African-American elected President ... we were all living history. This man...
  • F-bombs and Women Kissing at the MTV Movie Awards

    06/07/2010 9:59:29 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 64 replies · 155+ views
    F-bombs and Women Kissing at the MTV Movie Awards By Noel Sheppard Created 06/07/2010 - 12:30 As I walked into the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Studios Sunday evening, I had no idea the level of vulgarity I was in store for. Attending my first MTV Movie Awards, I was immediately stunned by the number of F-words in the opening video clip of Tom Cruise recreating his movie executive roll in the film "Tropic Thunder." Little did I know that the evening would be filled with F-bombs from a number of Hollywoodans, so much so that the man that accepted the...
  • TV watchdog group protests Comedy Central development of Jesus cartoon

    NEW YORK--Conservative and religious groups that have long complained about the irreverent treatment of Christianity on Comedy Central have a new target: an animated series about Jesus Christ living in modern-day New York. It's unclear whether the show — one of 28 projects the network listed last month on its slate of potential programs for the coming season — will ever make it out of script development. But that hasn't stopped a coalition of media watchdog groups from launching an effort to persuade advertisers to boycott the project, if it ever comes to fruition. Here's a description of the show...
  • Comedy Central developing show mocking Jesus Christ

    06/01/2010 5:59:27 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 361+ views ^ | 06/01/2010 | John G. Winder
    The 2012 Draft Sarah Committee has produced three videos titled “Summoned” calling for Gov. Palin to run for President in 2012. The videos produced by Randy Highsmith, Chairman 2012 Draft Sarah Committee, and Ron Devito, Publisher, US for Palin, come in 30- and 60-second TV ad spots and 2:51 version
  • Times Square Car Bomb: Police Investigate South Park Link

    05/02/2010 7:09:39 AM PDT · by kristinn · 40 replies · 2,454+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | Sunday, May 2, 2010 | Nick Allen and Gordon Rayner
    Police in New York are investigating whether a car bomb in Times Square was targeted on the makers of South Park over a controversial depiction of the Prophet Muhammad.The device, which failed to detonate, was left near the offices of Viacom, which owns the irreverent cartoon series. Last month postings on an Islamic website warned the creators of South Park - Matt Stone and Trey Parker - that they could face violent reprisals after an episode of the show featured Muhammad in a bear suit. A posting on the website of a US-based group called Revolution Muslim warned Stone and...
  • Cowardly Central

    04/24/2010 3:10:37 AM PDT · by Scanian · 22 replies · 928+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 24, 2010 | Editorial
    For nearly 13 years, the irreverent -- to put it mildly -- cartoon show "South Park" has ridiculed every sacred convention in the book, from major religions and celebrities to gays and the physically disabled. Nearly every bit of over-the-top satire has outraged someone or some group and prompted calls for the show to be boycotted or even banned. And each time, for better or for worse, the program's network, Comedy Central, has stood firmly behind creator-producers Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Except when it comes to Islam and the prophet Mohammed. This week, to mark its 200th episode, "South...
  • ‘South Park’ Creators Respond ("It wasn't some meta-joke ... Comedy Central added the bleeps.")

    04/22/2010 3:18:24 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 69 replies · 2,668+ views
    New York Times ^ | 04/22/10 | Staff
    The “South Park” creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, have issued a statement in response to Comedy Central’s decision to alter an episode after a Muslim group’s warning: In the 14 years we’ve been doing South Park we have never done a show that we couldn’t stand behind. We delivered our version of the show to Comedy Central and they made a determination to alter the episode. It wasn’t some meta-joke on our part. Comedy Central added the bleeps. In fact, Kyle’s customary final speech was about intimidation and fear. It didn’t mention Muhammad at all but it got bleeped...
  • "South Park" airs censored episode after threat [Caves to Peaceful Religion]

    04/22/2010 8:31:11 AM PDT · by Scythian · 54 replies · 1,986+ views
    Satirical animated TV show "South Park" beeped out the words Prophet Muhammad and plastered its Wednesday episode with the word "CENSORED" after being issued a grim warning by a U.S. Muslim group. The irreverent comedy show on Comedy Central also substituted a controversial image seen last week of the Prophet Muhammad in a bear outfit with one of Santa Claus in the same costume. It was not immediately clear if the move was a bid to tread carefully following the warning against the "South Park" creators, or if they were poking fun at the fuss.
  • MTV president Van Toffler talks strategy - (MTV says it has not abandoned music, just Gen Xers)

    03/05/2010 11:07:48 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 21 replies · 765+ views
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | March 4, 2010, 03:29 PM ET | Georg Szalai
    NEW YORK -- Music videos are still valuable content for MTV, even though viewers' evolving tastes have required an expansion into reality and other shows, Van Toffler, president of Viacom's MTV Networks Music and Logo Group, said here Thursday. Asked about how good a business his firm's "Beatles: Rock Band" video game is, he said: "I believe it will sell forever, and it will be a good deal." The game has so far sold about a couple of million units, he said. Toffler made his comments during a keynote interview at the Billboard Music & Money Symposium here Thursday. Asked...
  • CBS fights '04 Jackson 'wardrobe malfunction' fine (Janet Jackson SuperBowl event)

    02/24/2010 11:31:45 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 6 replies · 417+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Tue Feb 23, 5:21 | MARYCLAIRE DALE
    After six years of legal wrangling and one Supreme Court review of Janet Jackson's infamous Super Bowl "wardrobe malfunction," CBS argued anew Tuesday that it should not be held responsible for the half-second of nudity. The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia had thrown out the FCC's $550,000 fine against CBS as arbitrary, only to have the U.S. Supreme Court kick it back down for review. The Supreme Court pointed to its ruling in a Fox Television-led challenge, when it said the FCC could threaten fines over the use of a single curse word on live TV. ...CBS was...
  • MTV Show 16 and Pregnant Criticized for Not Promoting Teen Abortions

    02/11/2010 3:58:30 PM PST · by wagglebee · 39 replies · 871+ views
    Life News ^ | 2/11/10 | Steven Ertelt
    New York, NY ( -- The hit MTV television show "16 and Pregnant" is back for its controversial second season featuring a new slate of pregnant teenage girls and their stories. The network has never been one to shy away from abortion but one pro-abortion blogger says she's upset the show doesn't promote teen abortions. Blogger Jessica Valenti shows just how pro-abortion the pro-choice movement is because she's upset the show isn't promoting teen abortions and, instead, profiles girls who keep their baby."Where are the pregnant teens who choose not to stay pregnant? Where are the abortions?" she complains. "If...
  • So far, 2010 is leaving a sour taste

    01/24/2010 9:52:07 AM PST · by Brandonmark · 13 replies · 939+ views
    The Tampa Tribune (Food Editor) ^ | Jauary 24, 2010 | Jeff Houck
    I thought I would be in a better mood in 2010. I mean, you can't do much worse than 2009. But after only 24 days, I'm deeply cranky about several things on the food radar. Watercress-gate: Earlier this month, Food Network aired an episode of "Iron Chef America" starring White House chef Cristeta Comerford competing with Bobby Flay against Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse. The hook: The chefs were to use vegetables harvested from the White House kitchen garden started by Michelle Obama. Only they didn't. Sure, they showed the four chefs tromping through the garden picking and snipping and...
  • Country At the White House (vanity/barf)

    11/14/2009 7:33:48 PM PST · by Global2010 · 19 replies · 1,186+ views
    Nov 14, 09 | vanity
    OK Yall. We turned on the Country Music channel and are watching Country at the White House. Brad Paisley is performing and we are enjoying the intamate lil concert and I blab out to KV that this must be an event for GW/Laura and friends. UHG! There the camera goes (60 inch tv) on Obama Close up and the Michelle too. They then cut to an interview with Brad done in the WH driveway and he oozed with Obama Love. How painful! Music so good but the butt kissing Country Love to obama is horrid. The Grand Ole opry just...
  • President Obama on "Get Schooled" - Tues., 9/8 at 8pm on selected Viacom channels

    09/03/2009 11:19:31 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 12 replies · 1,126+ views
    September is back-to-school time for VH1, as well. An education-centered special, Get Schooled, is set to debut on VH1 and its sister stations on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 8/7c. Check the details below: Want to know what it’s like to work with Kelly Clarkson, LeBron James and President Obama — and what it takes to get there? Then tune in to Get Schooled: You Have The Right on Tuesday, September 8 at 8PM EST. Airing on VH1 and its sister channels (BET, CMT, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV and Spike), this 30-minute special shows how applying oneself during school will greatly...
  • The Pee-wee Herman Show is back....

    08/18/2009 6:17:41 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 79 replies · 4,190+ views
    Houston Examiner ^ | August 17, 2009 | Jenna Trunzo
    If you’ve been waiting since the ‘80’s to see an overstuffed talking chair catapult a suit clad man-child into a fantastic like sketch, you’re day has finally come. The Pee-wee Herman Show  is back and this time, Paul Reubens promises to keep it in his gray polyesters. Reubens said, “It’s time…. I've put part of him away for a long time, but part of him has always been here with me. I think it will be like riding a bike - which is not a bad analogy for Pee-wee, by the way." That’s right; the long-awaited return of Pee-wee Herman...
  • Viacom's 2Q profit falls 32 percent (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    07/28/2009 4:23:12 AM PDT · by abb · 19 replies · 679+ views
    Yahoo Finance ^ | July 28, 2009 | Staff
    Viacom's second-quarter profit tumbled 32 percent as revenue fell amid a weak advertising market, slower video game sales and fewer movie releases. The media conglomerate controlled by billionaire Sumner Redstone earned $277 million, or 46 cents per share, compared with $407 million, or 65 cents per share, in the same quarter last year. Excluding 3 cents per share in severance charges, adjusted earnings were 49 cents in the latest quarter. Revenue slipped 14 percent to $3.3 billion. Analysts projected income of 48 cents per share on sales of $3.5 billion. New York-based Viacom Inc. owns a wide range of media...
  • MTV Networks Drops the Axe (layoffs at MTV, VH1, and LOGO)

    06/25/2009 10:51:47 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 38 replies · 946+ views
    Broadcasting & Cable ^ | 6/23/2009 2:37:49 PM MT | Claire Atkinson
    MTV Networks is axing around 75 staff Tuesday, executives at the company confirmed. The cuts mainly affect mid-level executives in the program development department, digital division and scheduling at the company's music and logo group which houses channels including MTV, VH1 and Logo. A spokeswoman confirmed the news saying the cuts were a result of the recession. "We have been taking a look at our business and how to position ourselves for future growth. It's pretty much the economy," she said, adding that the cuts accounted for less than 1% of MTV Networks' workforce. The executive couldnt discuss how many...
  • SUPRISE!! The Major News Oulets and Networks are Biased

    04/01/2009 6:09:07 PM PDT · by faced · 6 replies · 503+ views ^ | 4/1/09 |
    'New York Times' Spiked Obama Donor Story Congressional Testimony: ‘Game-Changer’ Article Would Have Connected Campaign With ACORN. By Michael P. Tremoglie, The Bulletin Monday, March 30, 2009 A lawyer involved with legal action against Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) told a House Judiciary subcommittee on March 19 The New York Times had killed a story in October that would have shown a close link between ACORN, Project Vote and the Obama campaign because it would have been a "a game changer." Heather Heidelbaugh, who represented the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee in the lawsuit against the group, recounted...
  • Jon Stewart Wrecked Cramer -- Did He Elect Obama?

    03/15/2009 6:51:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies · 2,952+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | March 14, 2009 | Greg Mitchell
    Before he left CNBC's Jim Cramer in the dirt, Jon Stewart had pretty much knocked CNN's "Crossfire" off the air and drawn blood from Chris Matthews and Bill Kristol, among others. But he also played a role in helping to elect Barack Obama. Mainly it was through his show's withering and wicked mockery of President Bush and Vice President Cheney for several years, and much of the same directed at John McCain and Sarah Palin (Stewart suggested that she might be "tagged and released into the wilderness"). Here are just a few of Stewart's highlights for the final year of...
  • Stewart hammers Cramer on 'The Daily Show'

    03/12/2009 8:29:54 PM PDT · by aynrandfreak · 49 replies · 4,344+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 3/12/09 | JAKE COYLE
    NEW YORK – Jon Stewart hammered Jim Cramer and his network, CNBC, in their anticipated face-off on "The Daily Show," repeatedly chastising the "Mad Money" host for putting entertainment above journalism. "I understand that you want to make finance entertaining, but it's not a ... game," Stewart told Cramer, adding in an expletive during the show's Thursday taping. The episode was scheduled to air at 11 p.m. EDT on Comedy Central. It was perhaps the hardest lashing Stewart has given to a TV commentator since 2004 when he called Tucker Carlson and his then co-host Paul Begala "partisan hacks" on...
  • Iron Chef Cat Cora and Her Lesbian Partner Both Pregnant

    03/10/2009 12:17:16 PM PDT · by TaraP · 129 replies · 7,454+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 9th, 2009
    <p>The Iron Chef and her wife both have buns in their ovens.</p> <p>Cat Cora, star of Food Network's "Iron Chef America," announced Tuesday that she was 4-1/2 months pregnant with a boy.</p> <p>But this is where it gets interesting.</p> <p>Cora's partner Jennifer, with whom she already has two sons, is also pregnant, and due in April, three months before Cora.</p>
  • Viacom vs. Time Warner Cable: Is Hulu to Blame? (Cable Networks DeathWatch™)

    01/01/2009 4:01:06 PM PST · by Kevin J waldroup · 10 replies · 926+ views
    Advertising Age today ^ | December 31, 2008 | by Michael Learmonth and Andrew Hampp
    NEW YORK ( -- There's nothing new about fee disputes between TV networks and cable and satellite operators, but now they've got an added wrinkle: Cable operators contending that TV networks should forfeit big fee increases when they put shows online free on their own sites and third-party distributors such as Hulu, Joost and Veoh. That's one of the central arguments being made by Time Warner Cable executives in their dispute with Viacom, which threatens to remove a group of 18 networks that includes MTV, Comedy Central, Noggin and Nickelodeon from Time Warner's 13.5 million subscribers in big markets such...
  • 'Colbert,' 'SpongeBob' may go dark on Time Warner

    12/31/2008 12:14:28 PM PST · by Tanniker Smith · 126 replies · 1,985+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/31/2008 | RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer
    LOS ANGELES – "SpongeBob SquarePants" might get squeezed off Time Warner Cable. Media giant Viacom Inc. said its Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and 16 other channels will go dark for 13 million subscribers at 12:01 a.m. Thursday if a new carriage fee deal with Time Warner Cable Inc. is not agreed upon by then. The impasse would mean "SpongeBob" and other popular shows like Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" and Stephen Colbert's "The Colbert Report" will be cut off on the nation's second-largest cable operator.
  • Viacom may pull MTV off Time Warner Cable (if deal not signed by midnight 12/31.08)

    12/31/2008 6:10:09 AM PST · by yankeedame · 28 replies · 990+ views
    Dayton Daily News ^ | Wednesday, December 31, 2008 | staff writer
    Viacom may pull MTV off Time Warner Cable Shows go if new carriage deal not signed by midnight.LOS ANGELES — Media giant Viacom Inc. is threatening to pull MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon and 16 other channels from Time Warner Cable Inc. if a new carriage fee deal is not agreed upon by midnight today, Dec. 31. If realized, the move could shut off popular shows like "The Colbert Report" and "SpongeBob SquarePants" to 13 million subscribers, said spokesman Alex Dudley, a vice president at Time Warner Cable, the nation's second-largest cable operator. "The issue is that they have asked...
  • Viacom threatens to pull MTV off Time Warner Cable (Comedy Channel, Nickelodeon, 16 others)

    12/30/2008 8:11:47 PM PST · by Libloather · 52 replies · 2,683+ views
    KFSM ^ | 12/30/08
    Viacom threatens to pull MTV off Time Warner CableAssociated Press - December 30, 2008 10:33 PM ET LOS ANGELES (AP) - Viacom is threatening to pull MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon and 16 other channels from Time Warner Cable if a new carriage fee deal is not agreed upon by midnight Wednesday. A Time Warner spokesman says Viacom is seeking "an exorbitant increase in their carriage fees." Viacom has asked for fee increases of between 22 and 36% per channel, adding up to tens of millions of dollars per year, an amount that Time Warner says would cause an increase...
  • Nick Jr. Blocks Christmas

    12/16/2008 11:47:50 AM PST · by bloodmeridian · 128 replies · 3,664+ views
    Through a looking glass ^ | 12/16/2008 | D.
    My son was playing on Nick Jr.'s Free Draw making a Christmas tree and when he went to write 'merry Christmas' The program would not allow him to type the word Christmas on his drawing. The error message was "Word Blocked" (also blocked where the words and phrases: Savior, Pope, Blessed virgin Mary, St. Nick, Hark the herald angels sing, Silent night, Away in the manger, no crib for his head, and even 'Obama is the AntiChrist', but I think it was because of the word Christ, not Obama, because I was able to write his name alone.) I was...
  • CBS’s Smith Reviews Harvey Milk Movie: ‘A Must-See’

    12/11/2008 1:30:22 PM PST · by Zakeet · 101 replies · 3,162+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | December 10, 2008 | Kyle Drennen
    On Wednesday’s CBS Early Show, co-host Harry Smith interviewed actor James Franco, who stars opposite Sean Penn in a new movie about gay San Francisco politician Harvey Milk: "Actor James Franco is here to talk about his role in the much-talked-about new movie, 'Milk.' He is amazing in it." At the end of the show, Smith thanked Franco for being a guest and offer this review of the movie: "James Franco in 'Milk,' amazing performance. Sean Penn, off the charts. It's a must-see for everybody." On November 30, CBS’s Sunday Morning offered a similar glowing description of the film, describing...
  • Layoffs, Layoffs & More Viacom Layoffs (MTV, Paramount - Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/03/2008 3:47:25 PM PST · by abb · 14 replies · 1,185+ views
    Deadline Hollywood Daily ^ | December 3, 2008 | Nikki Finke
    They're just around the corner, with 100 personnel at Paramount and 300 staffers at MTV to be fired. (See my previous, MTV Networks Hiding News Of Layoffs)
  • MTV to host inaugural ball in Washington for Obama

    11/25/2008 8:24:10 PM PST · by CPC24 · 50 replies · 1,539+ views
    NEW YORK (AP) -- MTV is throwing an inaugural ball for President-elect Barack Obama. The network announced Tuesday that it will host the "Be the Change Inaugural Ball" at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington on Jan. 20.
  • Pro-Life Ads Coming to MTV

    11/25/2008 6:13:22 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 631+ views
    Dakota Voice ^ | Tuesday, November 25, 2008
    With the large amount of time people--especially young people--spend watching television, if you want to reach the culture, that's where to go. So it is that Virtue Media is headed into one of the central arenas where young people are found to bring the message of life: MTV. In small markets where they've run ads before, they've seen significant reductions in abortion rates. A large ad campaign at MTV is sure to get young people exposed to information they'll likely never hear about from the "mainstream" media. And maybe some lives will be saved because of it. I was pro-abortion...
  • A Hulu for Cable Networks? (Cable Networks DeathWatch™)

    11/11/2008 7:11:36 PM PST · by Kevin J waldroup · 7 replies · 252+ views
    adage ^ | November 11, 2008 | By Andrew Hampp
    A Hulu for Cable Networks? Not Any Time Soon How Free Online Video Threatens Pay-TV Model By Andrew Hampp BOSTON ( -- Now that Hulu is an out-of-the-box success story for broadcast TV, when will cable get its one-stop online video site? If two panels at the Cable Telecommunications Association of Marketing Summit in Boston on Tuesday are any indication, not any time soon. he prospect of major cable groups such as Viacom, Discovery and NBC Universal following the likes of NBC, Fox, ABC and CBS to streaming full-length episodes of current shows online has always seemed like a long...