• CBS News Journalist Maria Mercader Dies at 54 After Testing Positive for Coronavirus
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    CBS News Journalist Maria Mercader Dies at 54 After Testing Positive for Coronavirus

    Maria Mercader, a CBS News veteran who worked for over 30 years as a reporter and talent director, died on Sunday after testing positive for coronavirus. She was 54.Mercader worked on-air for CBS News as a breaking news reporter before becoming director of talent strategy, working on expanding the news division’s staff diversity with the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and the National Association of Black Journalists. Mercader had fought multiple health issues for the past two decades, including a bout with cancer, and had been on medical leave prior to the rise of coronavirus in the United States.Also Read: 'Law & Order: SVU' Crew Member Dies at 45 Due to Coronavirus Complications“Even more than her talents as a journalist, we will miss her indomitable spirit,” Susan Zirinsky, CBS News president and senior executive producer, said. “Maria was part of all of our lives. Even when she was hospitalized — and she knew something was going on at CBS, she would call with counsel, encouragement, and would say ‘you can do this.’ I called Maria a ‘warrior,’ she was. Maria was a gift we cherished.”Mercader started at CBS News in 1987 through the company’s page program and soon took positions at CBS’ foreign and national news desks. As a breaking news reporter, she worked on CBS’ coverage of some of the biggest news stories of the 1990s and 2000s, including the death of Princess Diana and the Sept. 11 attacks.Also Read: Terrence McNally, Tony-Winning Playwright, Dies at 81 of Coronavirus Complications“The Maria we are privileged to call family and friend knew better than most the power of relationships, loyalty, faith, kindness, perseverance and a smile, even when a smile defied the darkness of the moment,” Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews, CBS News’ EVP of Strategic Professional Development, said. “Her notable professional contributions are part of the CBS Archives, but it is her magnificent human spirit that touched so many of us, that will stay with us forever.”Maria is survived by her father, Manuel and brother, Manuel.Read original story CBS News Journalist Maria Mercader Dies at 54 After Testing Positive for Coronavirus At TheWrap

  • MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Calls Trump ‘Sick’ for Blaming Media for Coronavirus
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    MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Calls Trump ‘Sick’ for Blaming Media for Coronavirus

    Much of Monday’s “Morning Joe” was dedicated to the coronavirus and President Donald Trump’s handling of it, as Trump himself continued to send tweets on the subject the show’s host called “sick.”“It’s sick, actually, very sick. People are dying and it’s sick, sick that he is doing this,” said MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough as he read his audience Trump’s new tweets, which blamed the media for concerns over the speed of the virus.“The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything within its semi-considerable power (it used to be greater!) to inflame the CoronaVirus situation, far beyond what the facts would warrant. Surgeon General, ‘The risk is low to the average American,'” the president tweeted Monday morning.“So much FAKE NEWS,” Trump posted in a follow-up.Also Read: 2020 Presidential Contenders: Who's Still Challenging Donald Trump and Who's Dropped Out (Photos)In panels throughout the morning, Scarborough hit Trump and his administration officials for their response to the outbreak domestically, where the number of affected individuals grows every day. Some members of Congress — including Ted Cruz — have even self-quarantined as of Monday morning after shaking hands with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 at a conservative event in late February. Trump was also at the event.Scarborough noted the surgeon general has said the United States is past the point of containment. He then criticized presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway for mocking a CBS News reporter Friday when she asked, “are you a doctor or lawyer?”“Actually, the reporter was right,” said Scarborough. “Kellyanne Conway — arrogant, boastful and lying all at the same time. That’s a nice trifecta but what we saw this weekend, the numbers have exploded.”After reviewing how many universities have canceled classes and how many unknowns remain, Scarborough concluded, “The way the Trump administration has handled this has been disastrous.”Read original story MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Calls Trump ‘Sick’ for Blaming Media for Coronavirus At TheWrap

  • CBS News Responds to Gayle King’s Criticism of Network’s Poorly Edited Clip of Her Lisa Leslie Interview
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    CBS News Responds to Gayle King’s Criticism of Network’s Poorly Edited Clip of Her Lisa Leslie Interview

    CBS News responded Thursday after morning anchor Gayle King tweeted about backlash she received from her Wednesday interview with Lisa Leslie. The network said it is “addressing the internal process that led to this” after King blamed CBS News for only posting a shortened clip of the exchange.“Gayle conducted a thoughtful, wide-ranging interview with Lisa Leslie about the legacy of Kobe Bryant,” the network said in a statement. “An excerpt was posted that did not reflect the nature and tone of the full interview.  We are addressing the internal process that led to this and changes have already been made.”“I’ve been up reading the comments about the interview I did with Lisa Leslie about Kobe Bryant,” King said in a video posted to Twitter Thursday morning. “I know that if I had only seen the clip that you saw, I’d be extremely angry with me, too. I am mortified, I am embarrassed and I am very angry. Unbeknownst to me, my network put up a clip from a very wide-ranging interview, totally taken out of context and when you see it that way, it’s very jarring.”Also Read: Washington Post Reinstates Reporter, Now Says Her Kobe Bryant Tweet Didn't Violate RulesKing trended on Twitter Wednesday as viewers tore about her interview with Leslie, a former professional basketball player and current studio analyst for Fox Sports Florida’s Orlando Magic broadcasts. In the clip that trended, King presses Leslie on Bryant’s 2003 sexual assault case. In the aftermath, the majority of anger directed at King from the public stemmed from Bryant’s inability to speak for himself on the subject, as he died in a helicopter crash last month.The journalist said she was “advised to say nothing,” but felt she had to speak up about what she felt was an out-of-context clipping and posting of a small moment in a larger interview.A representative for CBS News did not immediately return a request for comment.My perspective (1/2) pic.twitter.com/tUYK0yGh9q\- Gayle King (@GayleKing) February 6, 2020Read original story CBS News Responds to Gayle King’s Criticism of Network’s Poorly Edited Clip of Her Lisa Leslie Interview At TheWrap

  • Sean Hannity’s Pre-Super Bowl Trump Interview Scores Record 10.3 Million Viewers
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    Sean Hannity’s Pre-Super Bowl Trump Interview Scores Record 10.3 Million Viewers

    Fox News’ Sean Hannity netted his highest-rated broadcast ever when he spoke to President Donald Trump ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl, which aired on Fox networks this year.According to early Nielsen data, the one-on-one interview during Super Bowl LIV’s preshow brought in 10.3 million viewers. Of those 10.3 million, 4.2 million viewers were in the advertiser-coveted 25-54 age demographic and 3.3 million were in the 18-49 demo.In 2019, CBS News’ Margaret Brennan interviewed Trump in that same 3:30 p.m. ET slot, bringing in a little over 8 million viewers ahead of that network’s broadcast of the NFL championship game. Of those viewers last year, 3.2 million were in the key 25-54 demo and 2.8 million were between 18-49.Also Read: Fox News' Sean Hannity Says Howard Stern 'Does Not Understand' Power of Believing in GodSuper Bowl LIV itself drew 102 million viewers on Sunday, according to Nielsen, which counted Fox broadcasting and Fox Deportes as well as Fox’s, the NFL’s and Verizon’s digital properties. Fox’s broadcast channel racked up 99.9 million of the 102 million total average viewers, while Spanish-language sports channel Fox Deportes brought in another 757,000 viewers.Super Bowl LIV had a 41.6 household rating, and was watched in an average of 50.2 million homes. That’s 69% of the homes that had televisions in use at the time.Fox beat CBS in Super Bowl ratings as well as preshow presidential interview ratings, too. Sunday’s all-in audience was about 1.3% higher than 2019’s comparable number, when the big game aired on CBS’s network.Read original story Sean Hannity’s Pre-Super Bowl Trump Interview Scores Record 10.3 Million Viewers At TheWrap

  • CBS News ‘Deeply’ Regrets Mixing Up Congressmen Elijah Cummings and John Lewis
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    CBS News ‘Deeply’ Regrets Mixing Up Congressmen Elijah Cummings and John Lewis

    CBS News apologized Monday night for mistakenly showing viewers a photograph of the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) during a segment on Rep. John Lewis’ recent cancer diagnosis.“Tonight on the 6:30 p.m. ET broadcast of the CBS Evening News, one photograph was misidentified as Congressman John Lewis. We have replaced the photo in all broadcasts and platforms. We deeply regret the error,” tweeted the CBS Evening News account after the program.Replies to the apology used words like “unacceptable” to describe the mistake. One asked, “Seriously?”Also Read: Rep Elijah Cummings, Baltimore Democrat and Key Figure in Impeachment Inquiry, Dies at 68Cummings, who was chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee as well as a Democratic target of President Donald Trump’s tweeted ire this summer, died in October at age 68. A 23-year veteran of the House of Representatives, he emerged as a key player in the impeachment inquiry into Trump.In July, Trump lashed out at Cummings, calling his Baltimore district “rat and rodent infested” and a “very dangerous & filthy place” where “no human being would want to live.”Cummings and Lewis have Trump attacks in common: Trump mocked the Georgia representative in 2017 for boycotting his inauguration and questioning the legitimacy of Trump’s election.Of course, what Cummings and Lewis — a key figure in the civil rights movement who worked with Martin Luther King Jr. — also have in common is that they’re black, which prompted sarcastic, condemning tweets from users who “guess all African Americans still look alike… “Read original story CBS News ‘Deeply’ Regrets Mixing Up Congressmen Elijah Cummings and John Lewis At TheWrap