Don Hewitt died of cancer today, at age 86, according to CBS News. The creator of 60 Minutes had worked at CBS since the 1940s, directing news icons like Edward Murrow and Walter Cronkite. He produced news coverage of the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon debates, political assassinations, and the space race, but raised the bar for journalism and television when he launched 60 Minutes in 1968. The show became a top-10 hit for a record 23 straight seasons.
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Oliver Stone will bring 10 sure-to-be controversial history documentaries to Showtime. Variety reports that the Oliver Stone’s Secret History of America will dedicate each hour-long episode to a specific underreported historical event or political issue, including the decision to drop the atomic bombs in 1945 and America’s global role in the post-Cold War era. The series is slated to air in 2010.
Robert Novak, the legendary syndicated columnist and longtime cohost of CNN’s Crossfire, died at his home in Washington from brain cancer today, according to the Associated Press. He was 78.
The journalist, nicknamed “the Prince of Darkness” for his unabashed conservative views, pitbull pessimism, and take-no-prisoners brand of political commentary, began working for the Associated Press in Washington in 1957, followed by a stint at The Wall Street Journal, and then, in 1962, a partnership with Rowland Evans, which eventually led to a slot on the fledgling CNN cohosting the political talk show, Evans and Novak. The sparring cable shows Crossfire and The Capital Gang followed.
Despite his long career reporting stories about Washington players, Novak became the story himself in 2003 when, acting on a tip, he revealed the name of C.I.A. officer Valerie Plame, which led to a lengthy criminal investigation.
Fox News host Glenn Beck has lost several advertisers from his television program, according to a story in The Hollywood Reporter. Insurance giant Geico has pulled their ads from the program, and other advertisers, including Procter & Gamble, Progressive, and SC Johnson, say their ads ran in error, with Progressive’s rep noting the company tries to “avoid programming that we believe our customers and potential customers might find extremely offensive.” The controversy likely stems from Beck’s July 28 remarks that President Obama is a “racist” who “hates white people.” Fox says the ad buys have been redistributed across their other programming.
Actors Bill Murray, Robert Duvall and James Caan were some of the big Hollywood names to attend a special cermony in Havana on Thursday for fellow actor Benicio del Toro. The Hollywood Reporter says a guild of Cuban artists and writers presented del Toro with the International Tomas Gutierrez Alea Prize in honor of his portrayal of Ernesto “Che” Guevara in the Steven Soderbergh movie Che. The actors’ visit is considered a diplomatic exception to the long-standing U.S. trade embargo against the country, during which most Americans have been banned from visiting or doing business on the island.
Documentary maker Michael Moore revealed yesterday that his new movie is to be titled Capitalism: A Love Story, according to Variety. The film will focus on "the disastrous impact that corporate dominance and out-of-controlprofit motives have on the lives of Americans and citizens of theworld" and will be released on October 2.
The Republican National Committee protested ABC News' plan for an upcoming special on President Barack Obama's health care plan, claiming the network failed to balance the President's message with any Republican response. RNC chief of staff Ken McKay sent a letter to ABC News, posted on The Drudge Report, criticizing the network and citing concerns that "this event will become a glorified infomercial to promote the Democrat agenda." ABC News' senior vice president Kerry Smith responded that the network "will have complete editorial control" of the health care special, slated to air June 24 from the White House. "To suggest otherwise is quite unfair to both our journalists and our audience."
Taping tonight's episode of The Late Show, David Letterman took a few minutes to respond to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who called him "pathetic" in a radio interview after he made her and her family the butt of a recent Top 10 list. The late-night host had drawn particular fire from Palin and some pundits for a joke about one of Palin's daughters being impregnated by New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez during a trip to Yankee Stadium. Camp Palin apparently took the joke to be a crack against Palin's 14-year-old daughter Willow, who had recently attended a Yankees game, but Letterman insisted today that the real target was 18-year-old daughter Bristol.
“We were, as we often do, making jokes about people in the news and we made some jokes about Sarah Palin and her daughter [Bristol]… and now they’re upset with me…” Letterman says on tonight's show. "These are not jokes made about her 14-year-old daughter. I would never, never make jokes about raping or having sex of any description with a 14-year-old girl…. Am I guilty of poor taste? Yes. Did I suggest that it was okay for her 14-year-old daughter to be having promiscuous sex? No." Saying he hopes he's "cleared part of this up," Letterman extended an invitation to Palin to come on the show as a guest.
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NBC's Inside the Obama White House, the most intimate peek at the West Wing since Jackie Kennedy showed off the new Presidential china on CBS in 1962, was a ratings hit last Tuesday and Wednesday, according to AP. Both evenings drew more than nine million viewers to MSNBC, making it one of the week's ten most popular programs.
The two American journalists imprisoned in North Korea were sentenced today to 12 years of hard labor. Euna Lee and Laura Ling were arrested on the border between China and North Korea on March 17 while on assignment from Current TV. According to the New York Times, "Analysts said [Lee and Ling] were pawns in a rapidly deteriorating confrontation between the United States and North Korea."
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