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As Daily Show host Jon Stewart returns Tuesday, four lessons learned from his summer hiatus

Host Jon Stewart return to the Daily Show Tuesday; there's four lessons from his summer break.

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Host Jon Stewart return to the Daily Show Tuesday; there's four lessons from his summer break.

He left us in really good hands.

In the end, that may be the first conclusion one can make about the summertime hiatus Daily Show host Jon Stewart gave himself this year, allowing time for him to direct his first film, Rosewater.Full Story

Tampa couple seeks to win Bravo contest, bring gay wedding to national TV

Pam DiMuccio (left) and Liz Hillen of Tampa hope to win a contest to be married by Bravo star Andy Cohen on his Watch What Happens Live show.

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Pam DiMuccio (left) and Liz Hillen of Tampa hope to win a contest to be married by Bravo star Andy Cohen on his Watch What Happens Live show.

For Pam DiMuccio, it would be the ultimate triumph delivered by one of her favorite TV personalities: To join partner Liz Hillen in a rare, real-life, nationally televised gay wedding officiated by Bravo channel star and executive Andy Cohen in his Watch What Happens Live clubhouse.

And it's not just because she's a Cohen and WWHL super fan. DiMuccio and Hillen live in Tampa — a city within a state where same-sex marriage remains illegal.

So DiMuccio figures winning Cohen's recently-announced wedding contest, traveling to New York and getting married on national television would be a tremendous sign to the country that it's time for marriage equality everywhere, especially in Florida.

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The Media's March on Washington legacy: A struggle to co-opt the universal admiration of Dr. King's movement

Media coverage of the March on Washington in 1963, convened in expectation of violence, instead documented a massive scene of cross-racial cooperation.

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Media coverage of the March on Washington in 1963, convened in expectation of violence, instead documented a massive scene of cross-racial cooperation.

The most amazing and overlooked aspect of today’s commemoration of the March on Washington is how universally admired the event is today.

All the major news networks have announced plans to cover President Obama’s speech to the nation this afternoon. Regular programming will be shunted aside for a deluge of reports reflecting on the March’s significance and the towering impact of its most-remembered speaker, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (See highlights by clicking here.)

Cable news has been drowning in March coverage for at least a week, with MSNBC wrapping its effort around its in-house civil rights activist star, anchor Rev. Al Sharpton. Meanwhile, his ideological opponents on Fox News Channel have offered their own thoughts, from Bill O’Reilly carping on the disintegration of the black family to Sean Hannity asking if race relations have actually improved in this country.

All of this media jockeying among the punditocracy is focused on a single goal: Claiming the beloved status and almost universal admiration for Dr. King’s civil rights movement.Full Story

Fake Man of Steel 2 trailer proves Batfleck may not be such a bad thing

Could this be the new Batman and Lex Luthor?

Could this be the new Batman and Lex Luthor?

An alert reader responded to all the grief I took last week for suggesting Ben Affleck might make an okay Batman by sending along the link to this trailer – the coolest promo for a Man of Steel sequel that never was.

Even though reports that Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston will play Lex Luthor come from a source called Cosmic Book News, I choose to believe them. Mostly because this trailer makes it look sooo darn cool.

Look above to check out the product of one completely obsessed fanboy (or girl), and consider the horrifying possibility that I may just have been right about ol’ Batfleck.Full Story

Fabulous Sports Babe moved to weekends on CBS Radio's 98.7 the Fan

Nanci Donnellan, known as The Fabulous Sports Babe, will be moved to weekends on Tampa's first FM sports talk station.

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Nanci Donnellan, known as The Fabulous Sports Babe, will be moved to weekends on Tampa's first FM sports talk station.

For a time, it looked like the Fabulous Sports Babe might once again be out of a job.

Nanci Donnellan, better known to local sports talk fans as the pioneering radio personality the Fabulous Sports Babe, said Monday she was let go by CBS Radio, just before she was to start her 7 p.m. shift at the Tampa Bay area’s first FM sports talk station.

But a CBS Radio official said Donnellan instead has been offered part-time work on the weekends, freeing up the timeslot for an effort to get better ratings. She's expected to take this weekend off and start the following weekend.Full Story

Cox Radio fires two personalities from "hot talk" station WHPT-FM, including a possible frenemy of shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge

Matt "Spice" Loyd was among two radio personalities fired by Cox Radio Monday.

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Matt "Spice" Loyd was among two radio personalities fired by Cox Radio Monday.

Cox Radio has fired two of its longtime personalities from the “hot talk” station WHPT-FM (102.5 The Bone), including one host who seemingly has a tense relationship with one of the station’s biggest stars, shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem.Full Story

Ex-WFTS-Ch. 28 investigative reporter Alan Cohn to run for Congress

Alan Cohn, a former investigative reporter for WFTS-Ch. 28, will leave journalism behind to run for Congress.

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Alan Cohn, a former investigative reporter for WFTS-Ch. 28, will leave journalism behind to run for Congress.

Ask if he’s leaving journalism for good by running for political office and Alan Cohn equivocates, noting that some figures in cable news have moved from politics to punditry and back again.

But Cohn – a former investigative reporter at WFTS-Ch. 28 who has occasionally filed reports for ABC News as a freelancer – eventually admits that in choosing to run against U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross R-Lakeland to represent Florida’s 15th Congressional district, he’s probably going to leave some kinds of journalism behind.Full Story

VIDEO: Eric Deggans hosts CNN's Reliable Sources, as the critic gets critiqued

One Twitter critic dinged the graying "flavor savor" (sic) goatee during Eric Deggans' stint guest hosting CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday

One Twitter critic dinged the graying "flavor savor" (sic) goatee during Eric Deggans' stint guest hosting CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday

The reviews are in, mostly over Twitter. And some of the feedback is, well, interesting.

There were too few female guests. A final thought on race-baiting in media included a plug for my own book. Guests didn’t have enough time to talk. And one fan tweeted that my goatee – referred to as a “pasty white flavor savor” (sic) – was distracting.

After an incredibly fun and fast-paced hour guest hosting CNN’s media analysis show Reliable Sources Sunday, I found out what it was like to get reviews instead of give them. And sometimes, it’s a lot more comfortable being on the other side of the snarky tweets.Full Story

How Saturday's March on Washington may have cemented Al Sharpton's blend of cable news anchoring and activism

MSNBC anchor Toure (left) spoke about his experience covering the march Saturday.

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MSNBC anchor Toure (left) spoke about his experience covering the march Saturday.

WASHINGTON D.C. -- At first, I wasn’t sure if the Rev. Jesse Jackson had even seen me.

Trailing behind the other civil rights reverend capable of galvanizing a media crowd – MSNBC’s anchor/activist Al Sharpton – Jackson threaded his way through a surging crowd Saturday at the 50th annual commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr’s March on Washington like a man fighting a riptide in the sea.

Security guards stood in front of Sharpton, parting the adoring but insistent crowd for the pair, as the MSNBC anchor shook hands and acknowledged his fans but moved as if addressing no specific person, passing by the closed monument to Martin Luther King Jr. where he had led throngs from a daylong rally at the Lincoln Memorial.

But when I told Jackson I was there for CNN -- gathering material for my stint guest hosting the channel’s media analysis show Reliable Sources at 11 a.m. Sunday -- he stopped and shared his feelings on the massive rally we all had just seen.Full Story

Dispatch from a fanboy: Four reasons why Ben Affleck might not be a bad Batman

What a poster for a Superman movie featuring Batman might look like.

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What a poster for a Superman movie featuring Batman might look like.

Comic book fanboys woke this morning to jarring news: That the star of Argo and more importantly, the awful superhero film Daredevil, would be the new Batman in a film intended as a sequel to this year’s Superman movie, Man of Steel.

But there's a few reasons why fanboys should put away the razor blades and harsh Twitters messages for just a moment.Full Story

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Brad Culpepper and wife Monica Culpepper among contestants on CBS' Survivor this fall

The cast of Survivor: Blood vs Water

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The cast of Survivor: Blood vs Water

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and Tampa Bay area attorney Brad Culpepper has been named among the contestants on the latest edition of CBS’ reality show Survivor, competing alongside his wife, Monica Culpepper.

This fall’s cycle of Survivor, subtitled, Blood vs Water, features contestants with past connections to the show competing with relatives or romantic partners. During the show, they will have to decide whether to support or betray the people who are closest to them.

Monica Culpepper appeared on Survivor: One World in 2012, voted out of the show before proceeding very far into the game. Back then, she said producers were initially interested in her husband; now both are competing in an edition of the show which was filmed earlier this year. …

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What would you like to see me cover on CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday?

CNN's Reliable Sources telecast from the Tampa Bay Times Forum during the RNC last year.

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CNN's Reliable Sources telecast from the Tampa Bay Times Forum during the RNC last year.

Even in the dog days of summer, there’s no shortage of media news.

From scores of layoffs at AOL Patch to the detention of journalist Glenn Greenwald’s partner in a move which seems aimed at chilling his journalism, there’s lot of news out there about those of us to report the news.

Still, as I prepare for a stint this Sunday as guest host of CNN’s media analysis show Reliable Sources, I’m wondering what’s on your mind.Full Story

Breaking Bad recap: Everyone's broken now

Breaking Bad's final episodes center on the corrosive effects of meth makers' mad dash for cash.

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Breaking Bad's final episodes center on the corrosive effects of meth makers' mad dash for cash.

If Breaking Bad’s episode eight days ago was about the fallout for DEA agent Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) from finding out his brother-in-law was the biggest meth dealer in New Mexico, then Sunday’s episode was about what happens to everyone else.Full Story

As Al Jazeera America tries redefining cable TV news, will Tampa Bay audiences miss the experiment?

Al Jazeera America debuts in 48 million cable households Tuesday, but many Tampa By area viewers may not see it.

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Al Jazeera America debuts in 48 million cable households Tuesday, but many Tampa By area viewers may not see it.

Out of the network TV news business for years, onetime CNN and CBS News correspondent/anchor Joie Chen wasn’t necessarily hot on the idea of returning to the land of the 30-second sound bite and endless debates over the future of Obamacare.

Until she got an offer from a cable news channel promising to do things a different way: Al Jazeera America.

“I had turned down a few jobs in television; I didn’t want to do some of the things I had already done,” said Chen, who had worked everywhere from CNN International to CBS Sunday Morning. “But our mandate (at Al Jazeera America) has been to look for the underreported story; look for the story we can go deep into. Stories that don’t typically (surface) in broadcast news…What we’re doing with our reporting, is actual reporting.”

If you're unfamiliar with the current, disappointing state of cable TV news, it might seem like a joke -- a news channel aiming for success by addressing a niche viewer they see has been underserved by America's cable landscape:

People who want actual news reporting on their cable news channels.Full Story

Weekend funny: Jimmy Fallon gets Brian Williams to rap Marky Mark, NWA and Young MC

NBC late night host Jimmy Fallon features news anchor Brian Williams "rapping" in a host of viral videos.

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NBC late night host Jimmy Fallon features news anchor Brian Williams "rapping" in a host of viral videos.

This may be why Jimmy Fallon winds up killing it as the new Tonight Show host in February.

He has a unique ability to craft comedy bits that cut across generations, appealing to the heart of Millenials while breaking off a bit of funny for the rest of us.

And there may be no better example than the Brian Williams Raps.Full Story