‘The hell you say?’ NBC reportedly wanted Jon Stewart to host MTP

http://twitter.com/#!/BecketAdams/status/519951468300754944

According to New York Magazine, that pretty much sums it up:

Unreal. RT @sahilkapur: "NBC was prepared to offer Stewart virtually ‘anything' to bring him over.” http://t.co/KQTSLP7wNx

— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) October 8, 2014

From the Daily Intelligencer:

Before choosing Todd, NBC News president Deborah Turness held negotiations with Jon Stewart about hosting Meet the Press, according to three senior television sources with knowledge of the talks. One source explained that NBC was prepared to offer Stewart virtually “anything” to bring him over. “They were ready to back the Brinks truck up,” the source said. A spokesperson for NBC declined to comment. James Dixon, Stewart’s agent, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Dang. That’s a juicy little news nugget, isn’t it?

The hell you say? pic.twitter.com/FQXbVzyUv6

— Matthew (@Matthops82) October 8, 2014

.@TheDailyShow Can't wait for your segment tearing apart NBC fro trying to hire a comedian to host Meet the Press https://t.co/CHQzub6I4g

— Anthony Eboly (@AnthonyBialy) October 8, 2014

OMG. NBC wanted Jon Stewart to host Meet The Press. Oh journalism, how far have you fallen? That’s just pathetic.

— Heather (@hboulware) October 8, 2014

NBC is a reputable news organization. Tough and completely not biased. That's why they wanted Jon Stewart to host Meet the Press. #wait

— RB (@RBPundit) October 8, 2014

Eh, it’s NBC.

Jon Stewart deadpans to camera at thought of NBC hiring him to host Meet the Press (suggested segment title: Bleat the Press)

— Anthony Eboly (@AnthonyBialy) October 8, 2014

Jon Stewart hosting Meet the Press would mean it's just as unintentionally funny.

— Anthony Eboly (@AnthonyBialy) October 8, 2014

So nothing would really change, then.

Jon Stewart hosting a Sunday morning political show is just as unbelievable as having George Stephanopoulos host one. Oh wait…

— Andrew Johnson (@AndrewE_Johnson) October 8, 2014

If people are dumb enough to get their news from Jon Stewart, does it really matter which channel they tune into to do it?

— A.J. Winkelspecht (@ajwink) October 8, 2014

Good point.

Sure, Stewart is a clown. Maybe MTP would do better with a clown. Didja think of that?

— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) October 8, 2014

They sure as heck couldn’t do much worse.

Kudos to NBC for thinking outside the box w/ the Jon Stewart idea. The old Sunday morning show model is deader than dead.

— jon gabriel (@exjon) October 8, 2014

Jon Stewart is no more a liberal hack than David Gregory. And Stewart is more respectable.

— jon gabriel (@exjon) October 8, 2014

Fair enough!

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Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/10/08/the-hell-you-say-nbc-reportedly-wanted-jon-stewart-to-host-meet-the-press/

‘#NBCFail lives!’ Hashtag returns as NBC skips live feed of Sochi opening

http://twitter.com/#!/JeremytheCamel/status/431790568553725952

As if we needed a reason for the #NBCFail hashtag to make a comeback. But here we are.

http://twitter.com/#!/Phi506/status/431805248319934464
http://twitter.com/#!/ManCaveMMA/status/431805489576689665

The opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics kicks off at 11 a.m. ET, but NBC is skipping the live stream for American viewers and will run a packaged broadcast at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday. Because you need context or something.

Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Sports Group, said, “We want to put context to it, with the full pageantry it deserves.” So tape delay it is.

“We are looking to maximize the viewing experience for our audience,” said Lazarus, noting that NBCU was likely to “put snippets of it out throughout the day” for people curious about the proceedings.

NBCU’s decision to air every athletic contest live ends a longstanding company practice of saving much of the best stuff of the Olympics for broadcast on the company’s flagship network during primetime.

More from Mashable:

NBC Universal executives explained that streaming the grandiose ceremony so early in the day (U.S. viewers on the East Coast would have seen it at 11 a.m.) would be both confusing and underwhelming.

The Verge asks, “Will #NBCFail trend once again?

http://twitter.com/#!/__meggles/status/431789865055686656

Chances are good.

http://twitter.com/#!/mghutty/status/431804087219523584
http://twitter.com/#!/JVSylvester/status/431788659365265408
http://twitter.com/#!/JoseAnd911World/status/431768280182054912
http://twitter.com/#!/MatthewAltamura/status/431787844965642241
http://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJTfor3/status/431796619890008064
http://twitter.com/#!/tornow/status/431802544986525698
http://twitter.com/#!/Kestner01/status/431805052055851008
http://twitter.com/#!/JDigos24/status/431801355242455040
http://twitter.com/#!/carolinepilgrim/status/431801965459156992

Evergreen tweet:

http://twitter.com/#!/mouseymcglynn/status/431792852100599808

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/02/07/nbcfail-lives-olympics-tradition-returns-as-nbc-skips-live-feed-of-sochi-opening-ceremony/

‘Holy crap’: Ole Miss fan has epic meltdown over loss to LSU [video]

http://twitter.com/#!/JohnnyBalok/status/526206309449089024

 

She really hates milk too.

He’s at least sleeping on the couch.

It’s all about the sportsmanship.

Heh.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/10/26/holy-crap-ole-miss-fan-has-epic-meltdown-over-loss-to-lsu-video/