Well, That Feel Good Story went South Quickly

A man contacted KXLY (Spokane) over the weekend, wanting publicity for his "Give Project" campaign.

The station aired a report showing the man they called "John Doe" handing out wads of cash to homeless people.

"A lot of people with money end up giving to large charities as you guys know, you never see any of that money for the most part, right? No. So it's a lot better if we can get money directly into your hands where you can actually use it," Jarzabek told KXLY Monday. “So every week as long as I can do this I'm going to try to hand out $5,000 or more."

It was a feel good story for the holidays.

But, it turns out that John Doe is really Edward Carmine Jarzabek and he's a  convicted felon, who was just released from prison in Idaho and is on parole on Grand Theft charges. And while he's busy passing out cash in Spokane, court records indicate that he still owes more than $10,500 in court costs in Idaho dating back to 2009.

In addition to the crime for which he served prison time, Jazrabek's extensive criminal history includes numerous traffic offenses, failing to register vehicles and leaving the scene of an accident where someone was injured without rendering aid. He also filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy collection in Idaho in 2004, listing nearly $50,000 in debt to 11 pages worth of creditors.

KXLY's feel good story on Monday, became their top story "exclusive" yesterday.

Don't you love sweeps.


'Fuck It, I Quit' Reporter Fights Subpoena

Former KTVA Reporter Charlo Greene is taking some time away from toking to fight a subpoena that was issued against her.

The "fuck it, I quit" Reporter is fighting a subpoena from the state panel that enforces election laws.

The AP writes that the Alaska Public Offices Commission wants to know whether Charlo Greene used crowdsourcing funds to advocate for a ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

The commission is trying to determine whether money that was spent would trigger reporting requirements, said Thomas Lucas, its campaign disclosure coordinator for groups. Alaska's ballot measure was mentioned on the crowdfunding website, according to a printout included in exhibits with the case file.

Greene is the professional name used by Charlene Egbe, who considers the commission action to be harassment. In an email responding to a subpoena of records last month, Greene said that if the panel continued to bother her, she would "most certainly" sue.

Greene, in responding to the subpoena last month, said the "freedom and fairness fight" was about helping medical marijuana patients have safe access to their medication and is a "global entity," not confined to Alaska. If the commission wants documents from the crowdfunding site, it should direct their inquiries to the site, she said. She claimed constitutional protections against having to disclose requested information.

Watch What you Say Al

The NY Post's Page Six continues to pile on NBC's Today Show.

The gossip page now claims that amid all the turmoil at “Today,” NBC News chiefs have staged an “Al Roker intervention” after finally getting fed up with all the silly things the weatherman says, a source tells Page Six.

The affable Roker was recently summoned to a meeting with NBC brass and ordered to start thinking before he speaks, following a series of cringe-worthy live gaffes.

Classic Roker-isms that left “Today” producers wincing include when he insulted a woman by asking if her husband was her father, and telling a mother in the crowd on the “Today” plaza on Oct. 15 that her crying baby looked like a “Japanese anime.”

Then there was last year’s infamous confession about him soiling his pants at the White House.

A source told Page Six, “He was saying weird things and becoming too idiosyncratic. They asked him to act more like a traditional weatherman.”

The source added, “Al took their comments to heart and is playing ball.”

An NBC rep said, “Al would have had a comment, but it was inappropriate and over-the-top, so we decided we couldn’t release it.

FTVLive Comment: If NBC was really worried what Al Roker was going to say, do you think they would have put him on camera for 34 hours straight?

Someone is feeding Page Six a bunch of crap and they are printing it.

Just saying....

Diane Sawyer's Husband Dies Suddenly

ABC Diane Sawyer's husband Mike Nichols died suddenly last night from cardiac arrest. 

The 83 year old Nichols was an award winning director and entertainment icon. 

Nichols’ death was announced in a statement by ABC News President James Goldston.

“He was a true visionary, winning the highest honors in the arts for his work as a director, writer, producer and comic and was one of a tiny few to win the EGOT-an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony in his lifetime,” Goldston said in the statement.

“No one was more passionate about his craft than Mike."

Nichols is survived by his wife, children Daisy, Max and Jenny, and four grandchildren.

CNN's Lemon in Full Spin Mode

It appears that even Don Lemon has figured out that he crossed the line with his interview last night with Joan Tarshis, one of the women that has accused Bill Cosby of rape.

 Lemon told the accuser, "You -- you know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn't want to do it."

Social media was aghast that Lemon would basically blame a rape victim for being raped.

Now, Lemon is doing his best to spin his comments. Today on CNN, Lemon said, "“I would never want to suggest that any victim could have prevented a rape."

But that is exactly what he was saying.

Lemon could not even be straight up with his apology. 

"If my question to her (Tarshis) struck anyone as insensitive, I am sorry, as that was certainly not my intention,” Lemon said.

You can't put the toothpaste back in the tube Don. Even if you use your teeth. 

Twitter Tees off on Don Lemon

Earlier Today, FTVLive told you about the head shaking comments by CNN's Don Lemon, when he basically told a woman that is accusing Bill Cosby of rape that it was her fault and she should have fought (bit) back.

Lemon told the accuser, "You -- you know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn't want to do it."

He was telling the victim she could have bit Cosby's penis and the rape would have stopped. 

Needless to say, Lemon's comments were idiotic and stupid and now the Twitterverse is weighing in with the hashtag #DonLemonReports.

Here are just some of the tweets directed at CNN and Lemon: 

Big Snow, Big Ratings in Buffalo

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Buffalo TV stations are bringing in big ratings thanks to 6 feet of snow and no one is able to leave their homes.

If you combine all three early evening newscasts, the rating was equal to or exceeded what a Buffalo Bills game normally receives.

The big winner was WGRZ the Gannett owned station. 

WGRZ was the only station to stream their all day coverage of the Internet. 

The station dominated in the early morning over WIVB and WKBW.

At 2:30 in the afternoon, main Weatherman Kevin O'Connell (pictured) said that the station was on the air with extended coverage for 3 reasons, "We care about you, we care about your family and we care about your safety," O'Connell said.

Of course he could have also said, "we care about ratings, we care that it's November sweeps and we care about crushing the competition." But, we're guessing that would not have played as well to the viewers as his "we care about you" line.

At 5:30PM WGRZ pulled a 20 ratings and beat the other two stations combined. All the Buffalo stations are seeing their numbers rise almost as fast as the snow piling up outside. 

With another 2 feet of snow expected by Friday, Buffalo News stations are getting an early Christmas present from Mother Nature. 

Report: Natalie Morales, Willie Geist Fired From the Today Show (Update x2)

Rumors have been swirling for quite a while that Natalie Morales is out at the Todays Show, now US Magazine is reporting that to be the case.

US reports that Co-hosts Willie Geist and Natalie Morales "were recently told they were fired," an NBC source tells the magazine.

US says that Morales, 42, is now in talks with ABC and Geist, 39, has lined up a gig at CBS, the insider tells US.

But then US backtracks on the report by saying, "But soon after those radical cuts were made, NBC removed general manager Jamie Horowitz, the most vocal proponent of the changes. In a memo obtained by Us Weekly, NBC News' Deborah Turness explained Horowitz — on the job since September — was simply "not the right fit.” Now it’s unclear whether Geist and Morales will indeed be exiting or whether the current regime will try to woo them back."

So, in other words the magazine's "exclusive" report says that Morales and Geist have been fired and then says maybe they haven't.

In other words, US is the CNN of magazines.

Just saying... 

Update: NBC says that, "Willie and Natalie were never told they were fired." Sources say that Jamie Horowitz floated the idea, but that no one else at NBC signed onto it. NBC claims that their current Anchor team is in place for a longtime to come.

Update 2: This is the statement from NBC President Deborah Turness: i

"NBC’s TODAY has the best anchor team in morning television," she wrote. "The entire TODAY show anchor team -- Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Willie Geist, Carson Daly, Tamron Hall, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb -- are incredibly talented, valued and have our support. In response to the false rumors that have been circulated about our anchor team, NBC wants to be absolutely clear: The rumors are wrong -- period. This is the team we are committed to. And this is the team that our viewers turn to in the morning."

Confirmed: US magazine is the CNN of magazines. 

WKBW News Staff Stranded at Police Station

The snowstorm in Buffalo has many people stranded on roadways and confined to their homes.

3 members of WKBW's news staff spent the night at the  Lackawanna Police station.

Over 6 feet of snow has fallen in some areas and another 2 feet is expected. WKBW says that a 15 people including a bus driver and 3 of their staff members had to spend the night in a local police station. 

A station News Photographer sent this picture back to the station after waking up this morning. 

CNN's Don Lemon REALLY Said This

CNN's Don Lemon has said some controversial stuff, but this time he has crossed the line. Lemon told Joan Tarshis, one of the women that has accused Bill Cosby of rape, how she could have avoided it. 

Lemon told the accuser, "You -- you know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn't want to do it."

Lemon is basically saying you didn't have to get raped and you could have stopped it.

Absolutely unreal!

It will be interesting to see how Don Lemon and more importantly his boss Jeff Zucker try and get out of this one. 

Here's the exchange between Lemon and Tarshis:

CNN Under Fire for Coverage of Terror Attack

The Jewish Press says that CNN hit a new low this week by focusing on the deaths of two terrorists in the midst of their killing spree Tuesday morning in Jerusalem.

The news network headlined its report “Israeli police shot dead two Palestinian civilians” to describe the horrific terror attack that left blood flowing in a synagogue.

Terrorists used hatchets, guns and knives to butcher their way through men at morning prayers in the Kehillat Bnei Torah Yeshiva synagogue on Agassi Street in the Har Nof neighborhood.

Shouting “Allah HuAkbar!” the terrorists began by stabbing worshipers before they opened fire. Two police officers fought back; one paid the ultimate price for his bravery.

Yet somehow, a CNN reporter managed to reach the conclusion that “Israeli police shot dead two Palestinian civilians.”

Although the attack clearly happened at a synagogue, CNN's first headline to flash over the network was “Deadly attack on Jerusalem mosque.” That was followed by, “4 Israelis, 2 Palestinians Killed in Jerusalem.”

The plain fact is, those two dead terrorists were Israeli Arab cousins from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukabar. One of them worked in the nearby grocery store. And but hardly civilians, given their actions.

Hours later, CNN posted a curt apology for the “mistake” :

“As CNN updated its reporting on the terrorist attack on the synagogue in Jerusalem earlier today, our coverage did not immediately reflect the fact that the two Palestinians killed were the attackers.  We erred and regret the mistake.”

Some think the skewed report was not a "mistake" at all. 

Report: Matt Lauer Behind the Firing of Today Show Executive

Matt Lauer can put another notch in his gun belt.

It looks like Ann Curry isn't the only person that Matt Lauer has fired from the Today Show.

According to Page Six, Lauer was behind the firing of top “Today” executive Jamie Horowitz after he found out about a plan to replace his co-anchor Savannah Guthrie with Hoda Kotb.

The gossip page reports that Lauer went to NBC News President Deborah Turness amid an anchor revolt sparked by rumors that, under a possible plan by Horowitz which had been discussed with NBC brass including Turness, Guthrie would be replaced by fourth-hour co-host Kotb and Natalie Morales could be eventually unseated as news reader by Josh Elliott.

An NBC source said: “Savannah, Natalie and Willie Geist heard about the plan and talked to Matt, who went to Turness and told her, ‘I want to keep these people,’ so she fired Jamie. Once again, Matt Lauer calls the shots at ‘Today.’ The idea of bringing Jamie in was to bring change to the show to help beat ‘GMA,’ but how can you fix it if nobody can make any changes?”

NBC will have to pay Horowitz about $3 million for the remainder of his contract.

When asked about the anchor uproar, Turness said, “We have the best anchor team and the best show in morning television, and we are solely focused on the future.”