"Fuck CNN" Seems to be a Popular Theme in Ferguson

CNN has had trouble with many people protesting the events in Ferguson yelling "Fuck CNN" live on the air.

We love the fact that CNN's Anderson Cooper hears the people yelling "Fuck CNN" says, "Seems like  people are now playing for the camera...."

And believe us, no one knows more about playing for the camera, than Anderson.

Just saying....

Let's go to the video:

Sinclair to Offer Conservative Newscast in St. Louis

Sinclair owned KDNL (St. Louis) is getting back into the news game....sort of.

The station says it is going to start doing a newscast once again, but that it will have a conservative slant.

The station will produce "The Allman Report,"  which it describes as a non-traditional newscast and airing at 5 and 10 p.m. weeknights, in January.

Jamie Allman (pictured), formerly with KMOV and a conservative radio host in town will anchor the show while keeping his radio gig.

In a statement, Scott Livingston, vice president of news for KDNL owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, said:

"This will be a unique news program focusing on comprehensive analysis of stories that impact the community. The goal is to go beyond the headlines and provide context and perspective of a particular issue. We know that there is an appetite for a more in-depth conversation on the issues. We want to engage our viewing audience and get St. Louis talking."

Look for the newscast to go belly up right after the 2016 elections.

Just saying.... 

H/T St. Louis Post Dispatch 

Phoenix: Another Day Another Anchor

FTVLive was the first to tell you about some major anchor changes in Phoenix. Last week we reported that KTVK AM anchor Kaley O'Kelley is headed to Dallas. Then we told you that primary anchor Carey Pena is leaving over failed contract negotiations. 

At KNXV, AM anchor Connie Colla is out.

The primary seat isn't even cold at KTVK and sources say KPHO investigative reporter Heather Moore is likely taking over. She used to work at 3TV but was canned. She left for San Diego and then came back to Phoenix at CBS 5. Moore is reportedly Meredith duopoly GM Ed Munson's favorite (and we can see why).

Still no word on who will be occupying the AM co-anchor seat at KTVK. With O'Kelley and Pena exiting, the only remaining veteran is Scott Pasmore.

Over at KSAZ FOX 10, weekend anchor Kristin Keogh has left the building. Word is she's doing something on Youtube? Good luck with that!

Geraldo: "You Little Pieces Of Shit."

No one can ever accuse Geraldo Rivera of not speaking his mind. We're just wondering if as he gets older, his common sense filter is broken?

Rivera got bent over the responses of some of his followers to his posts about President Obama's Immigration policy on Facebook (Click the link if you want to read the 1000+ comments). In true Geraldo fashion, he called them 'little pieces of shit'.

But he didn't stop there. He threatened to send their posts to Fox News and Facebook authorities. OOOoooooooo...... that'll fix those basement dwellers.

I don't know about anyone else, but I'm more afraid of Geraldo's half-naked photos.

h/t Politico

Someone Tell Sales We're In 'Breaking News'

Knowing the GM of KSHB is considered a pretty smart guy in the industry, we're going to assume that some sales guy was trying to make sure he made his BMW payment this month? Either that, or the news department has been threatened to make sure these tweets run 100x per day?  Kinda like making sure you pull the airline commercials during coverage of a plane crash.


Don't Worry, You Won't Miss DWTS (Update)

Taking a cue from the "Did they really say that" playbook, WTVC-TV in Chattanooga thought it would be a good idea to tell viewers the Ferguson announcement would have no impact on Dancing With The Stars.

As you can imagine, Twitter went crazy. What's worse, whomever was responsible for the @NewsChannelNine Twitter feed, kept trying to fix it. It got so bad, the Sinclair station was tweeting individual apologies.

As FTVLive has shown countless times, it's important that stations have an adult overseeing social media. Check out some of the tweets courtesy of BuzzFeed.com and read more in The Hollywood Reporter.

(UPDATE) You gotta give a GM credit not only for knowing how to use Twitter, but for trying to save their station from a social media tailspin. Unfortunately, WTVC's Mike Costa was either 1) tweeting through Siri or 2) so mad that he made some big typos. Once again, the twitter-verse responded.


Ferguson Coverage Turns Dangerous for Journos (UPDATE)

Covering a race fueled protest can get pretty crazy. Just ask CNN's Sara Sidner (picture right) who was hit in the head with a rock during a LIVE shot.

CNN's Stephanie Elam also had stuff thrown at her and Jake Tapper recommended she get to a safe area.

Over at FOX, Steve Harrigan had a close call with a looter wearing a mask. The guy yelled, "Hey man, fuck you!" and knocked Harrigan's camera to the ground. (UPDATING with Video)

Apparently the protestors took President Obama's statement to heart when he said, "There is inevitably going to be some negative reaction, and it will make for good TV".  He should have added, "Especially during Sweeps."

We're glad no one was seriously hurt as we watched from the 'safe room' of the FTVLive Headquarters.  Here's a timeline from Deadline.