NBC is for some reason promoting the idea that Jimmy's the one behind moving it back here from Burbank, even while promoting the idea Fallon was trying to keep his head down and his mouth shut while the whole thing played out.
The Lineup collects the media stories, big and small, that are on our radar each day.
I've been on a bit of a Netflix streaming binge in anticipation of tonight's return of "Parks and Recreation," and it really struck me how so much of the funniest stuff is about the tortured relationship between government official Leslie Knope and the voracious, 12-hour Pawnee news cycle.
Bill O'Reilly vs. Matt Lauer on who's responsible for Houston's death; Murdoch in London, Myler in New York, CNN in Syria
"Bill, I have seen dozens of stories over the years detailing the addiction, the erratic behavior, the denial of addiciton," said Lauer.
"But they were sensationalized stories," O'Reilly replied. "They were sensationalized to exploit the woman's condition. Not to try to help her. You know what we do in the media? We wink-wink it. We Snoop Dog it. We Willie Nelson it. 'Hey, oh yeah they're stoned. That's fine!' And what message does that send? That it's OK."
In this extended preseason to the actual primary, it hasn't been much easier for the media to get a grip on the story than it has for the candidates: surging second-tier candidates have to be taken seriously until they don't; Mitt Romney looks set to pull away from the field until, time after he time, he doesn't.
For better or worse, the caucuses tomorrow will produce an actual result, kicking off the process of narrowing the field down to a single challenger.
And media outlets now must begin to contend in earnest with the rigors of the Campaign 2012 roadshow. What follows is a list of who's covering what in 2012 for a bunch of different news organizations we wanted to find out about.(2)
"When you take America out of the equation, what kind of country does it become?" asked The New York Times' foreign editor Joe Kahn. "We're not going to stop covering the country because the American military has pulled out. We'll continue to watch the story."
He said the Times would, for the foreseeable future, maintain the current rotation of three full-time correspondents in addition to a "large network" of local stringers to cover the country after withdrawal.(2)
When Conan O’Brien quit his hosting duties on "The Tonight Show" last year, it kicked off a drama involving Jay Leno and NBC in which O’Brien was the undisputed victim and good guy.
It’s a dynamic the new documentary Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop playfully sets up using a Taiwanese news program’s animated representation of events. The film then takes the sympathetic, pitiable image of O’Brien that the clip sets up and reinforces it, again and again.