The Lineup collects the media stories, big and small, that are on our radar each day.(1)
Yesterday, the Times reported, on its front page, that City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn can be loud, pushy and vindictive.(1)
Over the last couple of days, news outlets have been rolling out their plans for covering Barack Obama's second swearing in as President of the United States on Monday at the National Mall, where the crowd this time around is expected to swell as high as 800,000.
Here are the announcements we've received so far. We'll update as we receive more.
The cable news network today is touting gains during the month of November, during which its overall daily programming roster saw its best monthly performance in over a year both among total viewers and those in the 25-to-54-year-old demographic favored by advertisers, according to a press release circulated this afternoon. It also had its best Monday-through-Friday prime-time performance in the 25-54 demo in over a year.
On an average night in primetime, CNN usually draws considerably fewer viewers than Fox News (long the perennial ratings champ) and its other competitor, MSNBC. The persistent low ratings have become a major hurdle for the network. But major news events—hurricanes, earthquakes, elections, etc.—are when CNN get its mojo back on the small screen.
A couple of local celebrities—Piers Morgan and Donald Trump—made use of Sandy to demonstrate (as if we needed further proof) their total jackassery.
And that, even as the total number of viewers across all broadcast and cable networks was lower for this debate than for the two previous ones, with a total of 53.9 million viewers.(2)
The latest addition to the roster is a weekly series called "Inside Man," in which the Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock will "provide an insider’s view into rarely-seen sectors of American life that include gun lovers, marijuana growers, migrant farm workers, and end-of-life caregivers," according to a statement from the network. The show wil debut in April 2013.
Bloomberg is helping Columbia create an Institute for Data and Science, salvaged from their original plan to open a science and technology campus. [CBS News]
It’ll be a 44,000-square-foot building. [Ivan Pereira]
The city’s Parks Department is not releasing crime stats for McCarren Park pool. [John Del Signore]
Stu Loeser, longest serving press secretary in the ciyt’s history. [NY1]
The news was first reported by the Associated Press this morning. CNN followed with a statement saying that Walton's decision to resign "has the support and respect" of Phil Kent, C.E.O. of CNN's parent company, Turner Broadcasting, which is a subsidiary of Time Warner.
Apologies have become a minor art form in cable news these last few years; in lieu of an unscripted explosion they are the surest way to the online water cooler in the form of the viral video. Just this week Fox's Bill O'Reilly apologized for "being an idiot" (he predicted the Supreme Court health-care reform decision wrongly).(4)