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Scott Walker on this morning's "Squawk Box" on CNBC.

OnMedia: The governor gets up early for some television


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker had the two-hour 6 a.m. shift on CNBC this morning, guest hosting "Squawk Box," and he found a comfortable place to repeat much of what Wisconsinites have been hearing for half a year.

Looking relaxed in shirt-sleeves and a bold red tie, he predicted his poll numbers would go up. Demonstrating that this was not going to be a confrontational session, co-host Joe Kernen offered his own view of the Madison protests, and how the national media covered the story.

"Did it bother you just in the way the media covered a lot of what happened. I didn't see any of the protesters that were carrying Che Guevera or communist signs. They were everywhere. And yet I saw New York Times pieces that the senators, the guys that left, that bolted, which were essentially AWOL, when they came back they were conquering heroes."

Walker responded that he spent eight years of as Milwaukee county executive and dealt with "pushback."

The governor closed his session pushing his changes to education in the state.

"The biggest thing we did, that gets under-covered in Wisconsin, is we didn't just make a change for the budget. We actually got rid of seniority, tenure, school districts can now pick the best and brightest based on merit, and ultimately award them payment on performance. That didn't get covered a whole lot, but that's probably the longest, long-standing, long-term improvement, that we can finally pay for performance."

Here's a clip:

The return of Keith Olbermann: "... As I was saying," was Keith Olbermann's opening to his new Current TV version of "Countdown" nearly half a year after he left MSNBC.

And it was a good opening, since the new show is the old show, with lefty filmmaker Michael Moore as his first guest, and John Dean and Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsos on the list as well.

Early in the one-hour show - which airs live weeknights at 7 p.m., with numerous repeats on Current - Olbermann took to his traditional "special comment" segment, to explain the goal of his show.

"This is to be a newscast of contextualization and it is to be presented with a viewpoint: that the weakest citizen of this country is more important than the strongest corporation, that the nation is losing its independence through the malfeasance of one political party and the timidity of another; and that even though you and I should not have to be the last line of defense, apparently we are. So we damn well better start being it."

The one point I'd quibble with is his use of the word "newscast." While the show deals with events in the news, it's an entertainment and opinion show, like Fox News Channel's "O'Reilly Factor," which it again faces in the 7 p.m. hour.

The ratings won't be surprising, and really won't determine the show's success or failure. Current, which has Al Gore among its owners, is trying to remake its identity (which was pretty amorphous), and this show is the beginning of that effort.

Current is a little-watched channel and, in Wisconsin, isn't available on Charter Cable. On Time Warner in southeast Wisconsin, it's on Channel 226. Head to the show's website for other ways to watch the show.

On TV: The weekend's premiere of Steven Spielberg's "Falling Skies" on TNT was the biggest cable premiere of the season, with nearly 6 million viewers.

  • Meanwhile, the season finale of "The Killing" on AMC pulled in 2.3 million for an episode that left many regular viewers dissatisfied.
  • After his death Monday in an auto accident, the G4 Channel has pulled "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn's new show "Proving Ground."
  • Comedy Central has axed Norm MacDonald's sports/comedy show and "The Onion Sports Dome."
  • The networks are starting to roll out their fall premiere dates. The CW Network is the first, saying it'll launch its season with "90210" on Sept. 13 in the 7 p.m. Tuesday slot. Deadline.com posts the complete list.
  • ABC News' Christiane Amanpour has picked up this year's Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism from Arizona State University's Cronkite School of Journalism and Communications.
  • CNN senior White House correspondent Ed Henry has jumped over the Fox News Channel for the same job.
  • Marie Osmond is going to guest on CBS' "The Bold and The Beautiful" later this year, according to ET Online.

The Jon and Chris show: Daily Show fake journalist Jon Stewart went on Fox News Sunday over the weekend to talk about what he does with real journalist Chris Wallace and the conversation.

Here's part one of the unedited video:

Here's part two:

Talkbacks

wiscoleeds | June 21, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. (report)

Never has so much be given by so many to so few with such little end product...ding, dong, the union's dead. Something different must be done and only time will tell if this path is better than the last dead end path. Cheers Wiscoleeds

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drumeez | June 21, 2011 at 1:50 p.m. (report)

It's funny how fake journalism is more accurate. Especially in comparison with Fox. As a taxpayer I think it's funny when people announce they are taxpayer's since most of us are. Some how you are more important because you pay property taxes like every renter and homeowner in WI. Scott Walker believes the majority of voters want to move on and not have recall elections that would be true if he didn't keep giving people reasons to recall him and others. I respect his resolve that seems to go to the point of ignorance.

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rabid652 | June 21, 2011 at 1:37 p.m. (report)

Why is it the the biggest fools like to call themselves "taxpayer" something or other online?

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rabid652 | June 21, 2011 at 12:45 p.m. (report)

It's the race to the bottom, Later, led by Republicans and unprevented by Dems.

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Later | June 21, 2011 at 12:13 p.m. (report)

Just trying to figure out how the school systems are going to pay for performance when the governor cut almost $1 billion from education? Plus he has limited their salary increases to inflation - after slashing them about 8% due to newly requred pension and health insurance contributions (not even getting into how deductibles are going up $2,000 per year). So a new teacher starting at $25,000 can, if they MERIT it (based on the whims of a principal trying to oversee a school and a staff of 30) get a cost of living increase - maybe. That's the BEST they can do. Who on earth is going to go to college and pay $60,000 for a degree so they can make $12/hour the rest of their life? Good luck with that plan, governor. I suspect we have beaten down education so much in one year that it will take a generation to recover. I feel really bad for this generation of kids. We may never recover from this.

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