Dr. José A. Vicente, Elizabeth Bejar, Alberto Carvalho, Soledad O'brien, Jorge Plasencia, Gaby Pacheco, Brent Wilkes , Dr. Pedro Jose Greer - 'I Am Latino In America' conversation and speaking tour at Florida International University presented by Northwestern Mutual at Florida International University - Miami, Florida, United States - Monday 28th September 2015
Soledad O’Brien - Soledad O'brien attends and hosts the 'I Am Latino In America' conversation and speaking tour at Florida International University presented by North-Western Mutual at Florida International University - Miami, Florida, United States - Monday 28th September 2015
Like any other new cable network that launches without ratings, Al Jazeera America will premiere on Tuesday with only a handful of advertisers. But the network, which is being funded from the deep pockets of the Qatar government, faces a heavy burden of advertiser distrust given the Arab-language network's efforts to present the opinions of terrorist sympathizers, including Osama Bin Laden, with those of moderates in The Middle East. Today's (Monday) New York Post quoted one unnamed advertiser as saying, I wouldn't give them a dime, especially as we are in New York [where the most devastating 9/11 attacks took place]. Another advertiser said he's not touching that one. Still another worried about so much backlash from consumers. I'd never advise anyone to buy it, he said. The network has insisted that it is committed to airing unbiased, in-depth news reports from solid, primarily American, journalists, including ex NBC News anchor John Seigenthaler, CNN anchor Soledad O'brien, and former CNN business anchor Ali Velshi.
atings results for the first week of CNN's new morning show New Day came in well below those for the programs it replaced, Early Start and Starting Point. Among total viewers, numbers were down 20 percent to 302,000 from 379,000 during the same time period in May. Among those in the key 25-54 age group, the numbers were down 37 percent to just 122,000 against 162,000 in May. On the other hand, ratings were significantly higher than they were a year ago when an average of just 198,000 watched the CNN morning show hosted by Soledad O'brien. The cable news leader during the morning hours remained Fox News's Fox and Friends with 1.1 million total viewers and 255,000 in the 25-54 bracket. Meanwhile, CNN said on Monday that it will attempt to boost its audience at the other end of the day by airing specials titled Self-Defense or Murder? The George Zimmerman Trial every night at 10:00, hosted by Anderson Cooper and also featuring MARK GERAGOS, Marsha Clark, and Jeffrey Toobin.
As of this morning (Friday) Tropical Storm Isaac appeared to be picking up speed as it drove past the Florida Keys and headed into the open Waters of the Gulf of Mexico, where it was expected to spare the city of Tampa but draw attention away from the Republican convention as it moves on towards New Orleans. It already has drawn some reporters away from the convention, among them, Fox News's Shepard Smith and CNN's Anderson Cooper and Soledad O'brien, who were assigned to New Orleans in advance of Isaac's expected arrival there on Wednesday. NBC said that the decision on the number of people it will move from Tampa to New Orleans will be made on a "moment by moment" basis. By the time Isaac makes landfall, wherever it turns out to be, the warm waters of the Gulf are expected to have transformed the storm into a category-2 hurricane, packing winds of at least 100 mph. Over the weekend, the television networks, which would ordinarily have been devoting their lead stories to the convention, were already focusing on Isaac and its potential for destruction. CNN said it would be able to cover both stories adequately. "We certainly can walk and chew gum at the same time," CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist told Bloomberg News. Nevertheless, the prospect of having scenes of destruction juxtaposed with scenes of celebrations at the convention must certainly pose a dismaying scenario for the GOP. "An uncomfortable split-screen image," is the way The New York Times described it.
Continue reading: Isaac Vs. Romney
Former CNN staffers and on-air personalities are shedding few tears publicly over the firing of Jon Klein as U.S. president of the cable news network. Miles O'Brien, who had once co-anchored American Morning with Soledad O'brien but was sidelined two years later, given fill-in work by Klein, who fired him only last week, tweeted on Monday, "There is Justice in this world. You just have to be patient." Former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs told TVNewser's Gail Shister that he regarded Klein's firing as a birthday present. "I'm sure it's just a coincidence that doay is my birthday ... but you'd have to confirm with CNN management that it's a coincidence." Former CNN correspondent Jamie McIntyre wrote "The fact is Jon Klein has overseen the slow, and sometimes not-so-subtle tabloidization of CNN, as he has systematically shed programming that aspired to provide context and perspective, in favor of ratings-seeking formulas aimed more at fanning the flames of outrage and emotion." And former anchor Aaron Brown, now an instructor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, told Politico.com that he couldn't figure out why Klein was being fired now. "It makes no sense to me. It makes perfect sense that they'd blow him up. They have the worst ratings in 10 years. But I'd have blown him up a year ago."
Continue reading: No Lost Love Among Ex-cnn'ers For Klein
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