Category Archives: Politics

Channel 7 Anchor Announces ‘Death’ of Hillary Clinton

joeHours after Hillary Clinton apparently collapsed abruptly exiting the 9/11 ceremony, WABC-TV hit the air for its 6 p.m. newscast. Instead of leading with the pneumonia diagnosis, anchor Joe Torres told viewers about the “death” of the Democratic candidate for president.

Channel 7 spokesman Jim Gorham says, “During a live introduction to a story about the health of Hillary Clinton, Joe Torres inadvertently said “death” when he meant to say “health.”

That’s fine, but a mistake of that magnitude should have been caught immediately by Torres, if not anyone else in the studio or control room.

However, the spokesman says there was no apology because it was “clear from the context of the story, the reporters’ information and graphics on the screen that Secretary Clinton was alive and recovering.”

Actually, that’s not completely true.

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WCBS’ Marcia Kramer Wastes Vital Comptroller Debate Asking Candidates to Sing Favorite Songs

kramerMarcia Kramer has been the political maven of WCBS/Channel 2 for more than 20 years. The chief political correspondent has amassed a plethora of honors, including a handful New York Emmy Awards and a couple of Peabody Awards. But there was no award-winning performance by Kramer as moderator of the New York City comptroller debate last week.

The one-hour debate was filled with the typical financial topics for Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and former governor Eliot Spitzer.

However, Kramer had something more up her sleeve, and not in a good way. Toward the end of the debate, she elected to have lightning round segments for the candidates. But these questions had nothing whatsoever to do with debating, in fact, most elicited a simple yes or no response.

Kramer: “Did you ever take an accounting course?”

For the record, they both said yes.

Kramer: “Should we eliminate the penny?”

Again, a pair of affirmative answers followed.

At least those extraneous questions had something to do with money, but not this odd choice.

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Debating Anthony Weiner’s Mayoral Campaign with NY1 Anchor Errol Louis

weinerEvery year’s election cycle is filled with controversies, but the transgressions of former congressman Anthony Weiner have upped the ante in 2013. The sexual scandal that caused Weiner to resign in 2011 reared its head after he began his campaign for mayor last month.

NY1 is set to televise the latest debate of Democratic candidates for mayor tomorrow night with anchor Errol Louis moderating. He tells Tuned In that the circus surrounding Weiner has dissipated, primarily because the voters have already spoken.

“The reality is that Weiner has not, in my opinion, overly dominated the coverage,” Louis says. “He got his turn in the sun because he was interesting and newsworthy. [Weiner] got his turn at the top of the poll, and now he has yielded that spot.”

Despite losing support from many constituents, Louis believes Weiner will be on the primary day ballot September 10.

“It would just be logistically almost as difficult to end the campaign as to finish it out,” Louis says.

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Good Day Hosts Mulling Election Campaign

WNYW130812070159Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto weren’t just reporting about the election season today. The anchor team is looking to parlay their popularity into a possible run for political office. Kelly and Scotto told Good Day New York viewers about the stunt at the start of today’s show, as they debuted modest campaign signs with their names.

“We’re very close to announcing our candidacies for citywide office,” Kelly said on the WNYW show.

That office wasn’t disclosed, if Kelly and Scotto have even made that determination.

Kelly pointed out that with enough signatures on a petition they could be on the ballot as Independents by August 20.

“We have no agenda yet,” Kelly said.

“Do we have a platform?” Scotto questioned.

“We’ll get to that,” he joked.

They spent a chunk of the “more-relaxed” 9 a.m. portion trying to woo voters on the street, and even guests, to sign their petition.

Scotto suggested going for the “whole gusto” and a run for Mayor.

“That opens us up to all kinds of charges and investigations,” Kelly warned.

He recommended an office that “nobody really cares about.” Asked by Scotto which one, he replied, “You name it. There are plenty to choose from.”

Kelly and Scotto were planning to meet people at a subway station today to gauge interest.

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WABC Holds Comptroller and Mayoral Debates Next Week

wabc2Despite being shut out of this year’s citywide debates by the Campaign Finance Board, WABC-TV has taken matters into its own hands.

Channel 7 will host the first debate in the Democratic battle for New York City Comptroller. Anchor Bill Ritter leads the debate against Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and former governor Eliot Spitzer. The debate, at the WABC studios, will stream live Friday, August 9 at 10 a.m. It will air on WABC, Sunday, August 11 at 11 a.m.

As part of the debate doubleheader, Channel 7 gathers the Republican candidates for New York City mayor August 11 at noon.

“WABC-TV and Eyewitness News are proud to continue our tradition of providing viewers with the most comprehensive information necessary to make a thoughtful and confident decision when they enter the voting booth,” said Dave Davis, president and general manager of WABC-TV.

WABC already broadcast a Democratic primary debate in New Jersey’s U.S. Senate race last weekend.

Channel 7 is a co-sponsor of the debates along with Noticias 41 Univision, the Daily News, and the League of Women Voters of the City of New York.

Former Governor David Paterson Formally Joins Curtis Sliwa on The Answer/WNYM

PatersonIf he keeps this up, we’ll have to call him a radio lifer. Former New York governor David Paterson has been named Curtis Sliwa‘s new afternoon co-host on The Answer 970/WNYM.

Paterson has been in trial mode for the past month from 5 to 7 p.m. with Sliwa. The official announcement reunites VP/GM Jerry Crowley with Paterson, whom he worked for at WOR.

“Curtis and I have a lot of opposite points of view on issues but we are probably two of the leading historians when it comes to radio and music so I have a lot of fun talking with him every day,: Paterson tells Tuned In. “It really makes the two hours we spend fly by.”

Sliwa continues to host mornings on his own.

Paterson was the solo afternoon host on WOR from September 2011 until December 2012.

Gov. Christie Picks Attorney General as Interim Senator, Skipping the ‘No Brainer’ Campaign for Lou Dobbs

LouDobbsBy JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

The death of Frank Lautenberg this week forced Governor Chris Christie into political maneuvering. He decided to call a special October election for the longtime Senator’s seat, after an August primary.

Today, Christie started the process by selecting State Attorney General Jeff Chiesa as the temporary successor.

Prior to the announcement, NY1 political host Errol Louis took to Twitter offering a unique choice to grab the spot.

NY1 Officially Ushers in Election Season with First Mayoral Debate

ny1By JERRY BARMASH

It’s still more than six months away, but the race for mayor takes a big step forward tonight.

NY1 has the first debate among Democratic challengers for the job of the city’s chief executive.

The debate at John Jay College is moderated by NY1 anchor Errol Lewis. NY1 reporters Juan Manuel Benitez and Dean Meminger are panelists. Sister station NY1 Noticias will broadcast a Spanish interpretation of the debate.

The one-hour debate, which begins at 7 p.m., will include six candidates looking to be the next mayor. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and New York City Comptroller John Liu will be joined by Bill De Blasio, Bill Thompson, Sal Albanese, and Erick Salgado.