Pressed by affiliates and shrinking ratings, NBC has a plan in the works to radically alter its late-night television lineup, restoring Jay Leno to his old spot at 11:35 each weeknight, while pushing the man who replaced him, Conan O’Brien, to a starting time of 12:05 a.m.
NBC executives held extensive discussions with Mr. Leno and Mr. O’Brien on Thursday about the future of the network’s late-night lineup.
And while NBC officially said no final decision on the plan had been made, two senior NBC executives who had talked to the top management about the moves said that under the plan being discussed, Mr. Leno would definitely shift back to 11:35 but in a half-hour format, while Mr. O’Brien would slide back his start time by a half hour and then produce an hourlong show.
“We remain committed to keeping Conan O’Brien on NBC,” the network said in a statement Thursday evening. “He is a valued part of our late-night lineup, as he has been for more than 16 years, and is one of the most respected entertainers on television.”
The third NBC late-night star, Jimmy Fallon, would then begin his show at 1:05 a.m., the executives said. The revised lineup would go into effect after NBC concludes its coverage of the Winter Olympics on Feb. 28. NBC will pre-empt its prime-time and late-night lineup for more than two weeks to cover the Olympics, creating a natural break in which to put the late-night changes into effect.
It looks like suddenly, John McCain is a republican again. McCain is portraying himself the lone wolf in the senate, standing strong and firm against President Obama and his socialist agenda. But what most people don’t know is that John McCain is also facing a strong republican challenger back in Arizona for the Primary. This is the only reason that the sheep in wolves clothing is suddenly becoming a republican again. Here is a link to the latest McCain polls in Arizona.
How much longer will the people of Arizona allow McCain to burn them in the senate? McCain has routinely sided with the democrats, especially when it comes to illegal immigration. For the rest of America that may not be aware of this, Arizona for all intents and purposes, may as well be a part of Mexico. There are more Mexican nationals in Arizona than there are in Mexico.
With any luck this will spell the end Of John McCain’s political career. Perhaps he can become a lobbyist for LULAC or MALDEF. But make no mistake, he has pulled this stunt so many times in the past on the people of Arizona that I can’t begin to count. If McCain is re-elected again, it will serve the foolish voters of Arizona right when the American flags come down and the Mexican flags go up. JD
John McCain has run against Barack Obama before.
He’s running against him again.
With campaign radio ads billing the five-term Republican senator as “Arizona’s last line of defense,” the GOP’s nominee for president in 2008 is attempting to bolster his 2010 campaign for reelection to the Senate with a slam at the president.
“I stand in his way every day,” McCain says. “If I get a bruise or two knocking some sense into heads in Washington, so be it.”
McCain got his own head-knocking in the 2008 presidential election, and now he could be facing a party primary contest from a former Republican congressman, J.D. Hayworth, who is an outspoken critic of immigration reform – an issue which McCain has championed in the Senate, and an issue on which McCain, Obama and some of the Senate’s leading Democrats happen to agree. They support a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants.
But on the radio, McCain and Obama could not be further apart.
“He’s lived through a battle or two, vanquished many a foe,” a narrator says of the retired Navy pilot and admiral’s son who spent five and a half years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. “But perhaps no battle in our lifetime is more vital than the one John McCain fights now… a battle to save America, save our jobs…
“John McCain leads the charge to slash government spending, bloated bureaucracies and ridiculously unaffordable ideas like government run health care.”
In another ad playing on a battle-tested McCain campaign tactic of invoking his days as a POW – reminding voters in Arizona that he could have come home to the U.S. earlier from that prison camp than he did (though Arizona was not home at the time) – the narrator says:
“John McCain is leading the fight against President Obama every day.”
It could get interesting when they get to that immigration bill.
Troubled comic Artie Lange landed in the hospital after stabbing himself nine times in an apparent suicide attempt, sources told The Post. Lange’s frantic mom called 911 Saturday morning after she entered his Hoboken apartment and found the bloodied funnyman, a law-enforcement source said. Lange sustained six “hesitation wounds” and three deep plunges. A source close to Lange’s management team confirmed that the Howard Stern sidekick stabbed himself, adding that his mother had come to visit him that day to drop off food. Surgeons managed to save Lange despite heavy bleeding. “We all have our demons,” Stern said on-air this week, referring to Lange’s past battles with addiction. “Artie has given this show tremendous moments of great comedy. He’s a tremendous contributor. He is a good man. Don’t forget how great he is.”
Michael Leiter, head of the NCTC, set up after 9/11 to battle terror attacks, could be in hot water after remaining on ski slopes following Christmas Day jetliner bombing try.
WASHINGTON – The top official in charge of analyzing terror threats did not cut short his ski vacation after the underwear bomber nearly blew up an airliner on Christmas Day, the Daily News has learned.
“People have been grumbling that he didn’t let a little terrorism interrupt his vacation,” said one of the sources.
The NCTC, the post-9/11 clearinghouse for intelligence to detect terror plots against the U.S., is under intense scrutiny for failing to “connect the dots” on Nigerian bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.
Leiter’s spokesman declined to say when the terror-center chief returned to Washington and fully retook the helm of his analysis agency, which is near CIA headquarters just outside the nation’s capital.
“It is our policy to not make our director’s schedule available to the public,” center spokesman Carl Kropf said in an e-mail.
Leiter has long been well-regarded, and he was not the only official in the homeland security orbit to skip town for vacation during the holidays. President Obama himself stayed in Hawaii until Jan. 4.
But Leiter’s decision to stay close to the ski slopes instead of his headquarters – ground zero for defending the nation against terror – has raised eyebrows among intelligence officials, who have been scrambling since Dec. 25 to figure out what went wrong and plug the holes.
Leiter – appointed by President George W. Bush – already ranked high in the buzz over whose heads could eventually end up on Obama’s chopping block.
Without mentioning Leiter or the NCTC by name, Obama made it plain in a Tuesday speech that there was intelligence in the center’s hands that should have been “fully analyzed and fully leveraged” to stop Abdulmutallab from boarding Northwest Flight 253.
Abdulmutallab, badly burned by his device after it failed to fully detonate, was indicted Wednesday on six counts of terrorism and is expected in federal court in Detroit tomorrow for his arraignment.
Obama also dropped the bombshell Tuesday that U.S. spooks knew the previously locally focused Al Qaeda branch in Yemen aspired to attack the U.S. homeland. The intelligence community “failed to connect those dots,” he said.
“The information was there,” Obama said. “Agencies and analysts who needed it had access to it.”
Officials throughout the government recognized the terror center was the target of Obama’s wrath, since it was the agency set up on the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission in 2004 to analyze terror-threat intelligence.
In yet another colossal blunder by President Obama and in an attempt to save face, President Obama let C-SPAN cover the health debates for one hour. “People were glued to their TV sets for all one hours” said C-SPAN executive programmer Steve Franklin. Franklin was being sarcastic. Obama, who admitted that he lied on the campaign trail by saying that “government would be transparent” is a buffoon. C-SPAN CEO Brian Lamb accused President Obama of using his network as a “political football” during the presidential campaign, citing the president’s broken pledge to televise health care reform negotiations on the nonpartisan channel which is devoted to covering Washington.
Lamb, speaking on liberal host Bill Press’ radio show Wednesday, said Obama had “no right” to assume C-SPAN would cover the talks in the first place. And while he said his network would naturally want to cover the negotiations in full anyway, Lamb expressed disappointment that the White House has not lived up to that commitment.
He said the “only time” the network has been allowed to cover the White House’s involvement in the talks was a “one-hour” event in the East Room which he described as a “show-horse” affair.
“We are an independent journalistic institution, and the president, when he was a candidate, had no right to assume that we would cover anything … That was the first thing. We were used as kind of a political football during the campaign,” Lamb said, according to an audio recording of the interview posted on Breitbart.tv but not available on Press’s radio show’s Web site.
“We obviously would cover these negotiations. … It’s just a gut reaction that if we pay for something, and it’s the public’s business, we ought to be able to see how it’s done,” he added.
The comments were the latest shot in the semi-feud between C-SPAN and Democrats in control of the health care talks.
Lamb wrote to leaders in the House and Senate Dec. 30 urging them to open “all important negotiations, including any conference committee meetings,” to televised coverage on his network.
“The C-SPAN networks will commit the necessary resources to covering all of the sessions LIVE and in their entirety,” he wrote.
The request generated tremendous attention, since Obama, as a candidate, repeatedly said he would televise the talks on C-SPAN but has not followed through since then.
Asked about C-SPAN’s request, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the president’s No. 1 priority is ironing out the differences between the House and Senate bills. But he said Obama does not regret his campaign promises of transparency.