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by Debra McDuffee, posted Aug 25th 2008 9:24AM
Bill O'Reilly in his younger daysBe honest: who doesn't let out a good guffaw when watching somebody famous snap on TV? Or better yet, screw up?

Apparently, Bill O'Reilly is a big offender, since he is practically the star of the "outbursts" section of 30 Hilarious TV Meltdowns, Outbursts and Blunders, a collection of video clips highlighting these funnies. In classic American Idol style, an auditioner from the X Factor goes off on Simon Cowell and friends when she is rejected. Whoo-boy.

My favorite meltdown has got to be when Bill Clinton loses it in fits of laughter when Boris Yeltsin calls a reporter a disaster, after the reporter claims their summit was one. Or is it when a bunch of kids pelt a reporter with snowballs?

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Telemundo reporter suspended

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 3rd 2007 2:02PM

Mirthala Salinas; Antonio VillaraigosaEgad, it's like a real-life telenovela in Los Angeles.

Here's what happened last month: Mirthala Salinas, a reporter for Telemundo station KVEA, Channel 52 in Los Angeles was suspended for two months after an investigation revealed she had been having an affair with Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Salinas herself, previous to the affair being exposed, reported the separation of Villaraigosa and his wife on the air. She was suspended for violating "conflict of interest" policies.

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Dan Rather to appear on Dirty Sexy Money

by Adam Finley, posted May 17th 2007 1:41PM

dan ratherThat's Dirty Sexy Money, an upcoming drama on ABC, just to clarify. I didn't want you to think the U.S. Mint was printing up a new type of currency with Dan Rather on the bill in place of one of the presidents.

Although, that would be interesting. "Give me seven quaraters and two pennies for a Rather," you would say. The Rather would be worth $1.77 for some reason.

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Say hello to a mini Anderson Cooper

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 5th 2006 1:04PM

Anderson CooperTV Newser (or maybe a reader of the site) found this promotional site for CNN's Anderson Cooper 360. It has all the usual stuff you'd find on such a site: a bio of the host, video, behind the scenes info, etc. But this one is hosted by a talking, mini Anderson Cooper himself!

Cooper walks into the right side of the screen and tells you about the show, and when you click the various categories he gives you a little introduction to what your'e about to see. If you click on "About Anderson" he explains how he's bored of talking about himself. If you click on "Behind AC360," he says they've edited out all the yelling and screaming that goes on behind the scenes of the show. You can even buy Anderson Cooper shirts and hats and pens! Unfortunately, he doesn't have anything funny to say about this, the link just goes to the Turner Networks store.

You can even find out what Cooper has on his iPod. He seems to like Elvis Costello, Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead, Johnny Cash, Sugar, and The Hives.

[via TV Newser]

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Studio 60: Shouldn't Martha O'Dell have been taking notes?

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 17th 2006 2:34PM
Studio 60 castLast night's episode of Studio 60 wasn't bad, now that I've had an overnight to think about it; it had its cringe-worthy moments, and the traditional "Sorkinalogue" got in the way of the funny a few times. I still don't think Harriet and Matt have any chemistry. It had a lot of good moments, though, especially the "Jack and Jordan argue over a reality show" storyline.

But what struck me was that the fictional Vanity Fair reporter, Martha O'Dell (who is apparently modeled after one of Sorkin's old girlfriends, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd) was getting this interesting and probing information from the people on the show and she wasn't recording the interviews or even taking any notes.

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Bob Woodruff eases back in at ABC News

by Anna Johns, posted Sep 15th 2006 10:44AM
bob woodruffBob Woodruff, the ABC News anchor who was seriously injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq last January, will soon start appearing in some primetime newscasts. His first assignment is to report on himself-- the attack and his recovery. ABC is calling his recovery "miraculous". He spent the summer recuperating with his family, where his wife says he played tennis, drove the boat and even did pilates with his sister-in-law.

ABC says Woodruff will slowly return starting this fall, but he's not getting his anchor chair back. That's all Charlie's now. Do you think there's an awkward relationship there? Bob didn't even have his anchoring gig for a month before the attack.

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CBS reporter walks out of the hospital -- UPDATE

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 5th 2006 5:33PM
kimberly dozierKimberly Dozier left a Maryland hospital this week, two months after nearly getting killed when a car bomb exploded nearby. Two of her colleagues, cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan, were killed in the attack. Dozier suffered serious injuries to her head and legs. She was treated in Iraq, then moved to Landstuhl in Germany, Bethesda in Maryland, and finally to Vernon hospital in Maryland. When she left the hospital this week, she thanked the Army's 4th Infantry Division for treating her immediately after the attack and paying tribute to her fallen colleagues.

Amazingly, Dozier plans to return to work as soon as possible. She still has a few more surgeries on her legs.

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Tabloid Wars coming to Bravo

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 22nd 2006 8:58AM
tvEvery time I write about a new reality show, a part of me dies. Literally, a body part shrivels up, falls off, hits the carpet in a cloud of dust, and is immediately sucked into my Roomba vac. This post is actually being written by half-a-head on a torso. That being said, Gregory Gittrich, who is deputy metropolitan editor of the Daily News, claims the new six-part program from Bravo about the inner workings of his newspaper is not your typical reality show, so I just might give it a chance. The series will follow reporters as they try to get the scoop before the New York Post does, and the daily problems they face trying to get the story.Gittrich further asserts that the show should debunk certain myths about all tabloids being sleazy super market rags. Tabloid Wars premieres Monday on Bravo at 9 p.m.

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CBS reporter's recovery is "miraculous" -- UPDATE

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 17th 2006 9:33PM
kimberly dozierFrom the Good News department comes word that CBS reporter Kimberly Dozier is making a "miraculous recovery". Those are the words used by CBS News president Sean McManus, who is not a doctor. Still, two-and-a-half months after being critically wounded in Iraq, she's about to be released from Bethesda Naval Hospital. Dozier sustained shrapnel injuries to her head and legs on May 29 when a bomb detonated near the convoy she was traveling with in Baghdad. Her cameraman, Paul Douglas, and soundman James Brolan were killed in the blast. McManus said that Dozier will have full use of her legs and she apparently didn't suffer any brain injuries because he describes her as "sharp as a tack" and says she plans to return to Iraq.

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Dan Rather: Now in Hi-Def!

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 17th 2006 10:12AM
dan ratherSince CBS no longer needs his services, Dan Rather is reportedly mulling over an offer to host a weekly news program for HDNet. The network is owned by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. The deal would establish Rather as the host and producer of a one-hour news program. Rather told The New York Times that he also has offers from two other networks but he's leaning toward the HD thing.

I don't have HDTV so I've never seen the network but, I have to wonder, does 74-year-old old-fashioned newsman Dan Rather match with the network?

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Bob Woodruff visits ABC newsroom

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 14th 2006 9:14PM
bob woodruffABC has a short story with video on its website (scroll down to the Entertainment section) of former World News Tonight anchor Bob Woodruff's surprise visit to the newsroom on Tuesday. In the video, Woodruff is all smiles and looks pretty good, if not a little beat up. The explosion in Iraq that injured him and a photographer in January did damage his face, head and body.

As you can see in the picture, Woodruff now has a little hair on what was once a shaved head, where doctors performed several surgeries to save his life. (His wife is the blonde woman in the background) Woodruff told his colleagues that he was unconscious for 36 days after the explosion. He spent three months in the hospital and is now receiving out-patient rehabilitation at a New York clinic. Charlie Gibson has been named anchor of World News Tonight and Woodruff's future with ABC News is still uncertain.

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Brian Williams wary of on-demand

by Adam Finley, posted May 23rd 2006 10:32AM

brian williamsWhat was that old line William S. Burroughs spouted in those old Nike ads, something about the purpose of technology not being to confuse the brain, but to serve the body? Well, NBC news anchor Brian Williams is worried that portability and on-demand technology might not be doing much for the brains of citizens at all, claiming it allows people to filter out the bad news that is also important in keeping us informed. Part of a journalist's job, he claims, is to provide a "civics lesson." So what do you guys think? Is being able to pick an choose the information we receive a good thing or not? I have a tendency to think people have always done this, but that now it's just more convenient.

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Former anchorman Bill Beutel dead at 75

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 19th 2006 1:26PM
bill beutel obituaryBill Beutel may be most recognizable to New Yorkers, as he anchored the WABC evening newscasts for 30 years, right up until January of 2001. He briefly returned to WABC as a reporter after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. His trademark sign-off was, "Good luck and be well." He also briefly hosted the morning program on ABC that eventually became Good Morning America. Beutel won several Emmy awards and a coveted Peabody.

Beutel died at his home in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

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Seacrest debuts on E! News tonight

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 13th 2006 1:32PM

ryan seacrestAs Anna mentioned previously, Ryan Seacrest, the hardest working metrosexual in show business, signed on with E! News as a co-anchor and managing editor. Well, tonight is his big debut, so we'll get to see just how adept he is at making the trivial sound exciting, which is pretty much the only criteria for being an entertainment reporter: "Queen Latifah was seen yesterday wearing a BLUE HAT!" Oh yeah, Idol fans need not worry. Seacrest is still sticking with the show, as well as his many other TV and radio duties. Of course, now the question is how long Seacrest can maintain this workload before he actually loses his mind on the air. I think I just gave myself a reason to tune in.

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Apprentice loser heads to CNBC

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 10th 2006 1:36PM
rebecca jarvisRebecca Jarvis, who lost out during last season's Apprentice, has been hired by CNBC as an associate reporter. The 24 year old will begin work at the cable business channel on April 3 and is apparently jumping in feet first (or is that "head first?" Well, whichever sounds better to you). She'll be working alongside every department, as well as developing and reporting on stories of her own. Jarvis first got into the news biz at the age of sixteen when she worked on Whatever, a news show for kids that still airs here in Minneapolis.

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