Matt Lauer Refuses Pay Cut, ‘Today’ Staffers Fired For It?

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It has been a tough year for the folks at NBC, specifically the Today show. The ratings are not do as well as they use to and there have been recent firings. Some of the those firings may be the fault of the lead anchor of Today, Matt Lauer. Radar Online is claiming that the anchor’s alleged refusal to take a pay cut is being blamed for nine staffers getting pink slips. “It has really irked the staff because Matt is the highest paid journalist in the business, and he only works four days a week!” the insider told Radar Online. “If he had agreed to a one percent pay cut, those jobs could have been saved.”

If true, Mr. Lauer would not be a popular man among the staff members at the Today show. His is the highest paid news anchor in the business, earning $25 million a…

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Problem with politics is incessant TV coverage

Media Politics in Perspective

By Bill McCullough, Daily News

Re: ‘Coverage of federal politics is puzzling’ (Daily News, July 26) You think? There’s not much puzzle there. All-day audio and visual news programs are killing insightful news coverage.

In our own TV cable area alone there are four readily accessible 24/7 news networks, all commercially competing for the same fairly brain-dead audience.

Any one of those networks can only hope for favourable market share by ensuring that, at any moment someone tunes in, that listener is going to be riveted by something “newsy.” Something newsy in the way of a sound or vision bite is rarely something in the way of good news.

All day news is attack news about bad things involving both good and bad people.

Worse still, at least two of our own networks tend to scroll news in a way that favours a political bias on the right or left…

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The TV news is an ass, and they proved it tonight in Texas

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From all reports received—on Twitter—the people of Texas just filled our state capitol building and shouted down the Republican majority in the senate as it tried to trample a Democratic senator who’d been filibustering since 11:00 a.m. to stop passage of a bill that would have forced the closure of almost every abortion provider in the state.  It sounds like an incredible thing that I would have dearly loved to witness.

Too bad, because every Houston television station on my cable system that prides itself on being first with the news…kept running its regular programming.  And every cable news network that tries to convince us they’re covering the news continued with their reruns of the evening’s talk shows.

Shame on every one of you.  Worthless!

Now Twitter tells me that the senate voted to pass the bill, but did so after the statutorily-mandated midnight adjournment of the legislature’s special…

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