CNN's Stelter: Blizzard Mobile, Don Lemon Brought Ratings

Brian Stelter, who used to be the CNN media critic, now CNN blizzard Reporter says that Don Lemon's antics in the  ̶D̶a̶i̶r̶y̶ ̶Q̶u̶e̶e̶n̶ Blizzard Mobile was a ratings hit. 

Stelter tweeted out:

What Brian does not seem to understand is that people were watching to laugh at CNN and Don Lemon in particular. Other TV Critics (that were not out reporting on the storm) made mention of Lemon's antics and the Blizzard Mobile that uses aptly initials BM.

Folks tried to set Stelter straight on Twitter. But it seems in CNN's world, they don't care how much they embarrass themselves, just as long as people are watching.

Kind of like the Ted Baxter syndrome. 

Al Jazeera Bans the Words 'Terrorist', 'Extremist,' 'Islamist' and 'militant'

Al Jazeera Bans the Words 'Terrorist', 'Extremist,' 'Islamist' and 'militant'

Al Jazeera is finding it hard to get viewers here in the U.S. and a leaked memo may show one of the reasons why that is. 

In a leaked email from Al Jazeera America, it shows executive Carlos van Meek telling employees not to sure the terms “extremist,” “Islamist,” “militant,” and “terrorist” in their news coverage to “avoid characterizing people.” 

So, while reporting on a man cutting off another man's head, you still can't use the term "Terrorist"?

Van Meek writes  “One person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter.”

And this is why people don't watch or trust Al Jazeera America

The internal email is up after the jump. 

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Driving While Live

We hear about not drinking and driving, or texting and driving, what about Reporting while driving?

Years ago, you needed to stop the news vehicle, park, set up the mast and dial in the live shot. Now technology let's you go live while still the car is moving and of course stations and networks think that's really cool so they do it.

A prime example was MSNBC and Reporter Rehema Ellis who was driving on the Mass Turnpike in awful conditions.

She starts out her live shot by saying, "Andrea, it's a mess out here....We've got, maybe, a quarter of a mile of visibility." She then spends time looking at the camera and often takes her hands off the wheel.

It's cool technology, until someone crashes on live TV.

Let's go to the video:

"It Taste like Throw Up"

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The WXMI (Grand Rapids) morning news crew got to taste Vegemite while live on air. 

"Vegemite is a national condiment or I suppose you could call it a spread," meteorologist Jon Shaner explains to his colleagues. "People compare it to peanut butter, but it doesn't really taste anything like peanut butter."

Watch as the Anchors taste it for the first time and give their thoughts: