BriWi Taps Out on Gig Honoring Veterans

NBC’s lying Brian Williams has withdrawn from hosting a broadcast honoring those who support U.S. veterans and military families.

Williams was set to host the inaugural Lincoln Awards, which are scheduled to air Friday on PBS. The concert was filmed in January, Williams asked to be removed from the PBS broadcast because he didn’t want to be a distraction.

Although, it would have been a great chance for him to talk about getting shot down in Iraq again, he decided against it. 

 First lady Michelle Obama is stepping in to film an introduction instead.

H/T Page Six

Gone in an Instant

While ABC Anchor George Stephanopulos is still taking heat for his undisclosed donations to the Clinton's another network anchor did a disappearing act before another controversy started.

Up until late Tuesday afternoon, CNN's Jake Tapper was listed on the Clinton Foundation website (screen shot right)  as a "speaker" at a Clinton Global Initiative event scheduled for June 8-10 in Denver.

After USA Today called CNN to ask about Tapper's involvement, Tapper's name was swiftly removed from the Clinton Foundation website.

Tapper wouldn't comment on the record. A CNN spokesperson, who asked not to be named, said Tapper was improperly listed as a speaker on the foundation website; he is scheduled to interview former president Clinton at the event and later moderate a panel discussion. The spokesperson said the network-approved interview will be televised. There will be no restrictions on the questions, and Tapper will not be paid by the foundation. Other details are still being negotiated.

So if all of this was on the up and up, why won't Tapper comment on the record? And why doesn't the CNN spokesperson want to be named?

This one is not passing the sniff test.

Just saying.... 

Fargo Anchor Talks about Being in an Abusive Relationship

WDAY morning Anchor used the last day of the May ratings book to talk about her time as a domestic abuse victim at the hands of her ex-boyfriend. 

Lane Zyvoloski is letting people in on the yearlong verbal and physical abuse she said she endured at the hands of a now ex-boyfriend—abuse that included shoving, bruising, hair pulling, threats, put-downs and manipulation. It all resulted in a charge of domestic violence, to which he pleaded guilty.

"My parents would shudder to know this, but I do feel like there were moments that my life was on the line," said Zyvoloski, 24.

She said the abuse was in full swing when she was named to the morning show position, but no one—viewers included-- suspected anything was amiss.

No one knew of the mental games to which she was subjected—at least one occurring as she left early one morning for work.

She said her boyfriend shoved her as they argued, but he quickly tried to twist things and say she had instead slipped, and he was simply trying to catch her.

"I was like, 'What? Did we just experience the same moment?' " she recalled about the incident.

She left their apartment and cried as she drove to work in the darkness, telling herself to suck it up, get it together and do her job.

It was a composed front she maintained while trying to summon the courage to leave the relationship—something that took time and a small network of friends to accomplish.

Zyvoloski hopes talking about what happened to her will help others who feel like they're trapped.

"Staying silent is not going to help anybody," she said.

"No matter how long you've been in it and no matter what your situation is, nobody deserves to be treated that way," she added.

Friends wonder where Zyvoloski would be now if she hadn't reached out for help, and they fear it wouldn't have been a good place.

"You never know if Lane would still be here," Lebak said. "You hate to talk like that, but it's very true."

H/T InForum 

Tampa Anchor Signs Off

Longtime WFLA Anchor Gayle Sierens signed off from the station yesterday and it also happened to be the last day of May ratings. We're certain that was just a coincidence and not planned.

How big of a deal was it that Sierens signed off?

Well WFLA News Director Bill Berra posted a tweet about it and included a picture of him on the set with the retiring Anchor.

This was Berra's first tweet since January 17th.

And there are some people that don't think these old News Directors get social media.

Pfffftttt?

I Need More Time

You would think that actor Danny Glover would know how satellite tours work.

The actor most likely has done hundreds of them to promote his movies.

But this time, Glover was doing satellite hits in support of the postal worker’s union, which is looking to drum up support since the contract with the USPS expires next week.

While Glover was talking to KTVU viewers about his mom and dad, who were postal workers, anchor Tori Campbell cut him off mid-thought, saying they were almost out of time. She quickly asked Glover what his goal was.

“Well, you should have given me more time. That’s the first thing,” said Glover. “So why don’t you go on. If you don’t have enough time, then why bother? Just don’t give me two minutes.”

Let's go to the video:

H/T Kevin Eck @TVSpy

The Final Gimmicks to Goose the Ratings in Chicago

FTVLive told you yesterday that WMAQ is this/close to beating Chicago blowtorch WLS in the late news ratings.

But, it appears that WLS is not going down without a fight.

Robert Feder writes that in a last-ditch effort to stave off defeat, the ABC O&O is pulling out all the stops — and some of the commercials — from its 10 p.m. newscast.

On Monday and Tuesday night, the ABC-owned station dropped two commercial breaks from its late news, postponing its first interruption until 10:21 p.m. It’s a maneuver designed to retain audience ratings by discouraging viewers from channel surfing.

WMAQ which has used the ploy in the past, responded by dropping its commercial breaks until 10:22 p.m. Tuesday. The NBC-owned station is poised to overtake WLS among viewers between 25 and 54 — a key demographic driving advertising revenue.

Feder says that as of Wednesday, WMAQ continues to lead at 10 p.m.

It might be time to break out, "My Daughter is a Stripper and so am I" sweeps story to end the ratings.

Just saying....