Uh-Oh! Protestors Turn on Al Sharpton

The people that Al Sharpton claims to "represent" have grown as tired of the man as many others have.

The NY Daily News writes that young black activists from Ferguson had trekked to Washington for Sharpton’s “National Justice for All” march last Saturday, only to find themselves relegated to the backdrop of what looked more like an MSNBC stage production than any genuine showing of grass-roots resistance.

“This whole thing is basically for media,” observed Leon Kemp, a St. Louis activist who tweets under the handle @WyzeChef. After “Black Twitter,” as it’s called, erupted into several days of heated talk about Sharpton’s co-optation, @WyzeChef added: “I didn’t have issue with Al Sharpton as a person. That has changed.”

The levee seemed to break once and for all Saturday evening when Sharpton’s daughter, Dominique, declared the event “Al Sharpton’s March” on Twitter. Though she quickly deleted the offending tweet, activists were already apoplectic.

Sharpton, it seems, has finally worn out his welcome among younger black leaders, who until now had at least been willing to tolerate his presence and the cameras that come with it.

Young black activists of Ferguson and New York, who have put their bodies on the line to foster a nationwide movement against police violence are figuring out that Sharpton’s pernicious influence is much more acute, and damaging.

Many in the black community having been saying for years that Sharpton does not "represent them' and now it's clear that his act is wearing very thin for everyone.

Maybe it's time MSNBC got up the guts and sent the Rev packing.

Just saying...  

Last Of Original Directors Signing off at Turner Broadcasting

Tom Gaut, one of the last Original Directors at Turner Broadcasting is working his last day Today.

When CNN signed on the air on June 1, 1980 at 6PM, just two hours later Gaut was in the Director's chair calling the 3rd hour on that first day. Today he does his last show. 

"It will be a sad day for me.  I'm leaving Turner Broadcasting, after 34 1/2 years," Gaut tells FTVLive. 

For the last 7 1/2 years, Gaut has been directing Morning Express with Robin Meade. Which means two of the nicest people in TV news were working side by side.   

"She is a very special person, I will miss my mornings with Robin", Gaut says.

And we are sure she will miss you as well Tom.

Good Luck!

Is Larry King Trying to Buy a Painting of His Mugshot?

Larry King maybe looking to add to his art collection, but this is one piece we doubt you would see on his wall.

The founder of Ocean Drive magazine, Jerry Powers recently took up pop art, and one of his first paintings was an Andy Warhol-style four-panel acrylic painting inspired by the Miami mugshot of former CNN talker Larry King

Powers says he received a mysterious call from someone who wanted to buy the piece.

“It’s a one-of-a-kind painting,” Powers said. “It’s for sale for $50,000, but this guy who wouldn’t identify himself wanted to give me between $24,000 and $28,000.”

The only identifying information that the caller gave is that he phoned from Los Angeles.

The caller also told asked that, if he bought the piece, Powers would agree not to do King again for at least three years.

In the end, Powers declined to sell — but now, he’s pretty convinced the 81-year-old King had something to do with it.

Said Powers: “After talking to this guy, I’m pretty sure he’s working for Larry.”

King’s 1971 arrest for grand larceny in the Miami has been a constant source of embarrassment for King, who never discusses it and cringes when it’s brought up.

So, for you would be artist that might want to make some money on the side. Here's Larry King's mugshot from 1971. Paint away!

Bernard Goldberg: CNN is a disgrace

Fox News Contributor Bernard Goldberg says that CNN is a disgrace.... it's even worse than he thought.

He points to the CNN hosts with their hands up in the air.

Goldberg writes on his blog,  You can’t put an opinion show on the air under the name of a hard news broadcast. It’s against the rules. But the cable network  has a problem. If you could bottle CNN you’d have a cure for insomnia. So Jeff Zucker, who runs the network, is trying to spice things up. And so he puts four women around a desk – several of whom aren’t bad looking – and tells them to spout off. I get it. But you can’t do that under the banner of a hard news broadcast.  Credibility and trust matter in news, as hopelessly naive as that sounds. 

He then writes, CNN needs to decide what kind of show it wants. If they want to turn “CNN Newsroom” into an opinion show to boost their ratings, fine. But a news organization can’t pretend to be straight news and then have its anchors raise their hands in sympathy with the protestors.

So here’s an idea for CNN: Until you figure out what you want to be, stop lecturing us about how you’re the news organization that’s down the middle; that we can count on you for unbiased news that isn’t driven by ideology. Sanctimony, when it becomes funny, doesn’t work.


Police Release Sketch of Man that Shot Texas Weatherman

The Texas Department of Public Safety released a sketch Thursday afternoon of the man they believe shot 35-year-old KCEN-HD Meteorologist Patrick Crawford.

The search for the suspect has been ongoing since Wednesday morning when Crawford was shot in the KCEN parking lot.

Crawford remains in the hospital but is in stable condition and is recovering well at Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Temple.

"So far he is on target if not moving ahead of schedule," said Dr. Matthew Davis at a new conference Thursday afternoon.

Dr. Davis said Crawford was a little bit sleepy but happy and has had very pleasant interactions with nurses and staff.

Weatherman Says He Does Not Know the Man That Shot Him

A forensic artist is working with KCEN Weather Anchor Patrick Crawford to create a composite sketch of the gunman who shot him yesterday morning in the parking lot of the station.

The sketch could be released this afternoon, Department of Public Safety Trooper D.L. Wilson said.

Crawford remains at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple where he underwent surgery Wednesday.

He told investigators Thursday morning that he did not know the man who shot him, Wilson said.

Scott & White scheduled a news conference at 4 p.m. Today to provide an update on Crawford's condition.

Help us Find The Best and Worst of 2014

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Dan Abrams Leaving ABC Nightline

Word is that ABC Anchor Dan Abrams is leaving late night news show Nightline.

Abrams is staying on at ABC News as Chief Legal Correspondent and will spend more time working on his websites under Abrams media.

 Sources tell FTVLive that Abrams will be replaced by Byron Pitts on Nightline. 

Pitts has been at ABC since 2013, coming over from CBS News. Pitts was the Chief National Correspondent for CBS and continued the same role at ABC News. 

Here is the internal memo that was sent to the staff by ABC News president James Goldston:


I want to share big news for two of our key players, Dan Abrams and Byron Pitts.

Earlier this year Dan came to talk to me about taking on a new role at ABC News and returning to his true passion – running the websites and company he founded, Abrams Media. 

Dan has decided to step back from his full-time role as Nightline anchor after tonight, but I’m very happy to report that he will bring us his brilliant insights as chief legal analyst for ABC News for years to come.  From Trayvon Martin and Bill Cosby to Ferguson and Staten Island, we count on him to provide legal context and scrutiny to important stories that capture national attention. 

As co-anchor of Nightline Dan has showcased some of our best storytelling and been a crucial part of the Nightline team that has taken us to #1 in late night.  On a personal level, I wish Dan great success expanding Abrams Media beyond the impressive milestones they have already achieved.  I’m thrilled that Dan has committed to continue to appear on all our programs and platforms for many more years.

I’m delighted to announce that Byron Pitts will join Nightline as co-anchor.  Byron is a truly passionate storyteller and deep thinker about the critical issues of our time, as his work from Soweto to Ferguson makes clear.

Last week for our “Race. Justice. In America” series, Byron delivered compelling reports told with incredible compassion and his singularly distinctive voice. He reported on the distrust between the public and the police in his hometown of Baltimore, and he delved deeply into how fathers and sons talk about race.

Our chief national correspondent since 2013, Byron has been committed to finding stories and voices rarely heard on the national stage.  He profiled an American lawyer – inspired by Nelson Mandela – helping hundreds of South African orphans go to school; got a closer look at New Orleans’ comeback as the Hollywood of the South; and memorably talked to the self-described pope of Satanism preaching in the heart of the Bible Belt.

I couldn’t be happier we’ll now see even more of his outstanding work on Nightline and all our platforms.

Byron joins the Nightline team in its strongest position yet in its new time period; in November they won the third consecutive sweep in Total Viewers.  Turning in their best results ever at 12:30 A.M., they showed us once again that great storytelling leads to great results.  With Roxanna, Dan Harris, Juju and Byron leading the way, I know there are even more great days ahead.

Please join me in congratulating Dan and Byron on their new roles.


The Daily Show Smacks Around Fox News and Sean Hannity

Jon Stewart got a bit worked up over a tease and story that was done by Sean Hannity on his Fox News Channel show 'Hannity.'

Hannity referred to rapper Jay-Z as a "Former crack dealer" and The Daily Show thought that over stepped the line.

So they fired back at Hannity and Fox News:

Robin Meade Does Sin City

If you're missing HLN Morning Anchor Robin Meade, just head out to Sin City.

Vegas Baby!

Meade is spending two weeks on the stage at the Sands Showroom at the Venetian.

Meade is preforming with with the group Human Nature until Christmas Eve. 

Several months ago, Human Nature – Andrew and Michael Tierney, Toby Allen and Phil Burton – invited Meade, who has two albums on her resume,  to sing with them in their first-ever Christmas outing for 11 performances between Dec. 12 and Dec. 24. She also guests on “Sleigh Ride” on the group’s “Human Nature: The Christmas Album.”

During the live show, it’s one of five songs Meade performs with the guys, along with a seven-piece band and the Bella Electric Strings quartet.

Singing in front of concertgoers in a 742-seat showroom doesn’t faze Meade, who is as natural on stage as she is in front of the camera. She’s eager to run through some of her songs during sound check, a ritual that Human Nature still engages in before every performance, and is especially excited about bringing a souped-up version of “Run Rudolph Run” to the evening.

Meade returns to HLN on December 29th.

Here's some video of her preforming in Vegas:

H/T Atlanta Journal Constitution 

Search for the Shooter Continues (Update)

Although no arrest has been made in the shooting of KCEN Weatherman Pat Crawford, cops do say they have a suspect in custody.

Crawford was shot multiple times in the station's parking lot after police say words were exchanged between him and the shooter. He was able to drive away and asked a construction worker for help. 

Law enforcement officials say have taken a man who was hold up inside of a house into custody. They are calling him a person of interest in the shooting of Crawford. But they are not saying whether or not he is the shooter.

KCEN says that Crawford is at Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Temple after undergoing surgery. He is in stable condition and resting.

Patrick's wife, of just over a year, Heather Crawford, who is also a KCEN employee, has been with him at the hospital.

Crawford has been with KCEN for two years after leaving the NBC affiliate in New Orleans. 

Police continue to stand guard at KCEN while the investigation continues.

Update: Police say the man they have in custody is not the shooter and does not speak English. He had been seen running from the area because he had warrants out for his arrest.

The suspect remains on the loose.

What's Up with the Weather Anchor in Birmingham?

Although the station isn't talking, it appears that WIAT main Weather Anchor Gene Norman is out the door.

Norman has been at the station for only a year and a half, coming from KHOU in Houston. He left that station under cloudy circumstances (see what I did there? Cloudy....and it's a story about a weatherman).after being demoted at the station.

On the day the demotion....errrrr...schedule change was announced at KNOU, Norman tweeted out:

“blondie which referred to Weather Anchor Chita Johnson)  moves to morning, morning moves to 4, 5. I am reduced” to 6 and 10.

Later in the day, Norman tweeted, “It appears my twitter account was hacked today be careful on social media,” and the tweets regarding the assignment changes were removed. 

No long after that Norman was gone from the Houston station. In April of 2013, Norman resurfaced in the much smaller market of Birmingham and WIAT.

But now, Morning Weatherman Mark Prater is filling in on Norman's spot and his bio has been scrubbed from the station's website. 

His last post to his Facebook page was on December 10th and his last to Twitter was December 11th.

Then again, maybe hackers have control of those pages again.

Stay tuned....