…and the questions are rolling in. Currently, over 3,600 questions have been submitted for Republican candidates for President. You can submit your own questions here.
November 23, 2007
Former CNNer Ken Bode in the Indianapolis Star criticizes both CNN and FNC’s campaign coverage for things you may or may not agree with…
But the biggest CNN sin was in selecting the commentators who followed the debate to tell America who won and lost. On the panel, with no disclosure to the viewing audience, were two men who had once been on the Clinton payroll. David Gergen, worked as an adviser and communications specialist in Bill Clinton’s White House. The other commentator, James Carville, managed Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign, is a maxed-out contributor to Hillary, considers her a close personal friend, talks to Bill regularly, and holds them both in great affection. Jonathan Klein, the CNN president, said of Carville, “He’s not on the Hillary payroll, but he’s on the Hillary bandwagon, and that should have been disclosed.” Not enough, Mr. Klein. Their association with the Clintons should have been enough to keep both Carville and Gergen off the panel of post-debate analysts.
The sins of Fox News are of a different sort. That network has all but formally endorsed Rudy Giuliani. Roger Ailes, the network’s president, has been a Giuliani pal and political ally for more than 20 years. He was the media adviser for Giuliani’s first mayoral campaign. The mayor then presided at Ailes’ wedding. When Fox News was getting started, Giuliani used his political clout to help Ailes and Rupert Murdoch get a cable station in New York City. This is probably the closest thing to a blended political-media partnership that America has ever seen. Ailes is indifferent to the perception. “When I took this job,” he says, “I didn’t give up my American citizenship.”
This morning on CNBC, David Faber had an exclusive involiving online stock broker E*TRADE…
ETRADE, THE BELEAGUERED ON-LINE BROKER, IS IN TALKS TO SELL ITSELF, ACCORDING TO PEOPLE FAMILIAR WITH THE SITUATION.
THE COMPANY IS SPEAKING TO A NUMBER OF RIVAL FIRMS ABOUT A SALE OF THE ENTIRE COMPANY OR OF ITS BROKERAGE OPERATIONS AND WHILE BANKERS TELL ME THERE IS PLENTY OF INTEREST AND SOME MOMENTUM BEHIND THE TALKS, IT IS FAR FROM CLEAR ANYTHING WILL GET DONE.
THE KEY ISSUE, OF COURSE, IS WHAT TO DO WITH ETRADE’S BANK, WHOSE FORAY INTO THE MORTGAGE MARKET HAS BROUGHT DISASTROUS LOSSES FOR THE COMPANY AS IT HAS BEEN FORCED TO WRITE DOWN ITS PORTFOLIO OF MORTGAGES.
WHILE THE PRESENCE OF THOSE MORTGAGES ON ETRADES BALANCE SHEET PRESENTS PROBLEMS FOR WOULD BE ACQUIRERS, BANKERS TELL ME THAT AMONG THE FIRMS LOOKING AT ETRADE THERE ARE THOSE WHO KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH TROUBLED FINANCIAL ASSETS.
AMERITRADE AND CHARLES SCHWAB ARE AMONG THE FIRMS BELIEVED TO BE TALKING WITH ETRADE.
NPR’s David Folkenflik profiles Keith Olbermann. But I’m noting this interview with MSNBC SVP Phil Griffin…
Olbermann’s success doesn’t mean that MSNBC is banking left. Officials there swear it. MSNBC Senior Vice President Phil Griffin has known Olbermann for more than two decades and says he’s betting on his host’s personality and sensibility, not his beliefs. It’s a question of branding, he says.
“Keith Olbermann is our brand; Chris Matthews is our brand,” Griffin says. “These are smart, well-informed people who have a real sense of history and can put things in context.”
Clearly, though, the brand is evolving. Conservative Joe Scarborough is being moved to the morning to replace Don Imus. MSNBC opened talks — since aborted — with outspoken liberal comic Rosie O’Donnell. But what about MSNBC’s other conservative talk-show host, Tucker Carlson? Is he part of that same brand?
“He is right now,” Griffin says.