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Herman Cain's video made at least the NBC and ABC newscasts.

OnMedia: JS Online shoots Herman Cain video to networks


Herman Cain sat down with members of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial staff Monday, and gave the paper's JSOnline a five-minute clip that got plenty of buzz, and crossed over from cable news to the networks.

It was the number two story on NBC's "Nightly News."

Anchor Brian Williams opened the story thusly: "Herman Cain took a stumble on camera."

The National Review offered a transcript of the question and answer opening with Cain's first attempt at a response to whether he agreed with the president's Libya policy:

"Okay, Libya. … President Obama supported the uprising, correct? President Obama called for the removal of Qaddafi. Just wanted to make sure we're talking about the same thing before I say yes, I agree, or no, I didn't agree.

"I do not agree with the way he handled it for the following reason … no, that's a different one …I gotta go back, see … got all this stuff twirling around in my head. Specifically, what are you asking me that I agree or … disagree with Obama?"

Here's the clip from the Journal Sentinel:

To be fair, the Journal Sentinel lucked into the interview – the Cain campaign offered the candidate for a 30-minute session. And the question should have been easier for the guy who's been the front-runner.

The smart move was to take that five-minute clip – far longer than a TV clip – and quickly post it on JS Online. Thinking digitally paid off.

On TV: So far, it looks like "Community" is off NBC's mid-season schedule. That's bad news for Milwaukeean Dan Harmon's innovative, but gives a home to returning "30 Rock." "Up All Night" moves to 8:30 Thursdays, while the abysmal "Whitney" goes to Wednesdays in January.

  • Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton has been hired by NBC News as a special correspondent. Former first daughter Jenna Bush already reports for NBC's "Today."
  • CBS' "Rules of Engagement" has been cut back to 13 episodes. CBS had originally ordered 18 episodes.
  • There's talk. just talk so far, of Howard Stern replacing the departing Piers Morgan on NBC's "America's Got Talent."

The Regis era ends: We're already getting the goodbyes for Regis Philbin, who ends his morning show run Friday. And we have the first two two-week fill-ins: Jerry Seinfeld and Neil Patrick Harris.

Speaking of tributes, here's Jimmy Fallon's:

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beefsupreme | Nov. 23, 2011 at 7:09 p.m. (report)

grouping ron paul with a bunch of liars is unfair. he is proven right pretty regularly about our money and our foreign policy. i don't see anyone else you mentioned predicting things like he has. his foresight alone qualifies him as an outstanding leader. i'll agree that there are hard times ahead no matter what.

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sandstorm | Nov. 16, 2011 at 11:17 a.m. (report)

i've never seen a show drop in quality like Community did from season 1 to season 2. from crazy good to crazy bad over one summer.

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buck | Nov. 16, 2011 at 10:05 a.m. (report)

whitney panders to dolts, and up all night panders to people who have nostalgia about having a baby. neither are funny (free agents was much better than up all night, but nobody watched it). community is too different for the mass audience that expects a certain formula. it probably would have been better off on cable. at least 30 rock is finally back, but i wish it wasn't at the expense of community.

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alwaysrocking | Nov. 16, 2011 at 9:04 a.m. (report)

I am surprised that cbs is gutting back on the number of episodes of Rules of Engagement. The ratings so far this season for it have been really good.

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sandstorm | Nov. 16, 2011 at 9:01 a.m. (report)

i agree with Wisco on Always Sunny. Charlie just might be the funniest TV character ever in fact. also Parks and Rec has dropped off a bit from the highs of last season but is still one of the funnier sitcoms out there.

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