Please Stop with the "Likes" already

WPTV in West Palm is the latest station to ask their Facebook fans to "Like" a car crash. 

The difference with this one is the crash happened 3000 miles away. 

The accident happened in Southern California, which is a hell of a long way from South Florida, but the station figured it would be another chance to grab some "Likes" on their Facebook page.

Of course, if they got enough "Likes" Facebook would give the station $100,000. Oh wait! Facebook pays them nothing and the "Likes" are worth absolutely zero.

So why the hell do stations do this crap?

Just asking.... 

David Gregory Demanded too Much $$$ From CNN

For the last few years, on election night, David Gregory was watched by millions of people on NBC.

This year he will be seen by almost no one as he covers the election for Yahoo (yes Yahoo does still exist).

On August 14, after NBC kicked David Gregory to the curb, FTVLive wrote, "Don't be surprised when you see CNN announce that David Gregory is joining the cable network."

So, months later, why hasn't CNN announced that they hired David Gregory?

Because, Gregory's huge ego, demanded a huge salary and CNN wasn't going to pay it. Page Six reports that the two sides didn’t reach a deal to bring him onboard because of his big salary demands amid crushing company cost-cutting.

The paper writes that Gregory had met with his onetime NBC champion Jeff Zucker at CNN in August, and the two were then spotted having lunch as Gregory’s embarrassing ouster at ratings-challenged “Meet the Press” became imminent.

“Jeff was really considering hiring David,” a source familiar with the talks told us. “But they could not come up with a number to get him there.”

The source added that staff cuts of around 10 percent at CNN and its parent, Turner Broadcasting, made the deal impossible. “They were meeting around the time of the crazy layoffs at CNN, and it would have looked really bad giving out a huge contract while people were being laid off.”

So, on election night Gregory will be banned to a web portal that no one uses anymore.

That will hurt the old ego a bit. 

Howard Kurtz is Just an Idiot

Look...I totally get that there are many people at Fox News that do not like the President. Just like I get the fact that CNN's Carol Costello is not a Sarah Palin fan.

But, Fox News Media Critic (and obviously Presidential critic as well) Howard Kurtz will blame anything bad that happens on President Obama.

Check out this Tweet he sent out late yesterday:

Really?! What the hell does the rocket and ebola have to do with each other? Kurtz is basically blaming Obama for ebola and the rocket blowing up. And what the hell is "ebola season"? Is it anything like "Toyotathon"?

Howie uses his Twitter feed all the time to bash the President, in fact he does more of that then he does critique the media, which is what we thought he was paid to do.

Howard Kurtz is an idiot.

 

"Stinky" Josh Elliott on Today

Yesterday, former Good Morning America Anchor Josh Elliott popped up on NBC's Today Show as the news reader, filling in for Natalie Morales. 

Elliott is expected to be back on Today this morning.

It appears from Elliott's appearance yesterday on the show, that he might have forgotten to take a shower. Notice how his co-anchors are staying away from him and Actor Jim Carrey is even sporting a mask. 

Or maybe he just has ebola. 

Huh?

Normally in TV news, when a person lands a job across the street at another station, the old station kicks that person out the door ASAP.

Two days ago, FTVLive told you that WIVB Executive Producer Aaron Mason is moving over to WKBW as the station’s Assistant News Director.

But, here's where it gets weird, Mason is staying on at WIVB for a few weeks before heading over to the competition.

This is unheard of and is really strange when it involves a news manager. 

Word inside WIVB is the station is so shorty on bodies and they really need Mason to stick around. Insiders say he was also a very big part of the station's election coverage plans and WIVB really needed him to stick around to help the station in their coverage.

But still, you let the guy that is about to become the Deuce at your competitor still have free run in the newsroom?

Very odd indeed. 

Pittsburgh Anchor Headed to Motown

Speaking of KDKA in Pittsburgh....

Anchor Kimberly Gill is leaving the station and headed to Motown. 

Gill came to the Burgh three years ago after a stint with WEWS in Cleveland. She anchors her last Pittsburgh newscast Nov. 7. before heading off to WDIV in Detroit as a Reporter and fill-in Anchor.

"While this is no doubt a nice opportunity for Kimberly, we will most certainly miss her," said KDKA news director Anne Linaberger in a statement.

Gill currently co-anchors the noon and 4 p.m. news.

H/T Pittsburgh Post Gazette 

Carolina Weatherman Dies Suddenly

WCTI (Eastern Carolina) Chief Meteorologist Skip Waters died suddenly in his home.

Waters passed away at his home from what appeared to be natural causes, Trent Woods Police Chief Tony Lee said Tuesday evening.

WCTI Vice President and General Manager Lyle Schulze recalled seeing Skip Monday afternoon. Skip initially said he was not feeling well.

"He called me [Monday] night at 7 o'clock and said he was feeling much better and he was looking forward to coming in to work [Tuesday]," said Schulze.

"Our hearts are saddened with the news of Skip's passing," Schulze continued. "The WCTI family is a tight-knit group who works hard to bring news and weather to all of Eastern North Carolina and Skip was a huge part of that family. There are no words to describe his loss to the WCTI family."

 He was 61 years old.

H/T WCTI

CNN to Use Empire State Building for Election Night

CNN's latest election night gimmick will be using New York landmark Empire State Building in their election coverage. 

This is what CNN had to say in their press release: 

As the Senate results are projected and allocated to candidates, a vertical LED illuminated “meter” located atop the spire of the building will ascend in either red or blue—reflective of the party. Once an illuminated color—red or blue—reaches the top of the spire, that party will take control of the Senate.

Mediaite points out that it’s kind of like counting down to the New Year, only with politics.

If the LED stops halfway and flashes green up it means they found the missing plane. 

Sarah Palin: CNN's Carol Costello Invigorates Me

Sarah Palin was on the Fox Business Network and she had a message for CNN's Carol Costello and her other “haters."

Palin said, “bless their hearts those haters out there they don’t understand that it invigorates me it wants me to get out there and defend the innocent…So, hey the more they’re pouring on the more I’m going to bug the crap out of them by being out there with a voice, with the message, hopefully running for office in the future too.”

You betcha.... 

MSNBC Continues to Shed Viewers

MSNBC had it's lowest rated month in almost a decade.

The network continues to shed viewers at an alarming rate.

Comparing Oct. 14 to Oct. 13, MSNBC lost almost 50% of their demo and 40% of their viewers in primetime. 

The "lean forward" network is leaning way back in the ratings.

CNN also saw their ratings drop from last year and if it wasn't for MSNBC totally sucking gas, the CNN numbers would not be considered very good. The brightest spot for CNN is that morning show "New Day" knocked off MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

No surprise, Fox News won the cable news race in a walk. The highlight for FNC was Greta Van Susteren's "On the Record" had it's best demo month ever.

Rev. Al Sharpton Drops Pounds As Fast as MSNBC Drops Viewers

The Rev. Al Sharpton has never met a camera he didn't like, he used to be the same with sweets.

And while Rev. Al will never give up his appetite for the spotlight, he did give up the sweets.

Even at his own birthday party at the Four Seasons, Sharpton did not have one bite of his own birthday cake.

It’s not simply that he hasn’t had any sweets in years. He hasn’t had dinner in years, either.

The NY Daily News says you can call it “the Al Sharpton Diet,” but this once-rotund reverend has dropped from 305 pounds to exactly 129.6 pounds. The precise weight was recorded this week on Sharpton’s bedroom scale at 5 a.m., when the man of the (much less) cloth begins his day.

Sharpton has shed 60% of his much-mocked weight — and he did it without surgery, diet pills or a single Weight Watchers meeting.

“I could take all the cartoons in the tabloid newspapers, but I couldn’t take my daughter punching me in the belly and asking why I was so fat,” Sharpton recalled. “That was my inspiration to lose the weight. And probably the last time anyone hurt my feelings.”

That incident with his daughter happened nearly 15 years ago, when she was 12. But it wasn’t until more recently that Sharpton devised his strategy to drop the pounds — just stop eating.

That’s only a minor simplification.

Around six years ago, Sharpton cut out red meat. A year later, he did away with chicken — no small feat for a guy who ate fried fowl three times a day (with grits and eggs for breakfast and on a sandwich in the afternoon, plus a half-chicken for dinner).

Eventually he cut out so much food that he was subsisting on a single lunchtime salad (albeit with one perk: a chopped egg). That’s when the weight really started coming off, at a rate of about 2 pounds a week. And as he got thinner, he found he missed food less and less.

“I’m conditioned now so that I never get hungry,” he explained.

Read more on his diet at the NY Daily News