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2C - The Index-Journal, Greenwood, S.C. Monday, February 9, 2004 Get used to Dean's scream on news networks NEW YORK (AP) It probably means little now to Howard Dean, but CNN's top executive believes his network overplayed the infamous clip of Dean's "scream" after the Iowa caucuses. "It was a big story, but the challenge in a 24-hour news network is that you try to keep all of your differ-ent viewers throughout the day informed without overdoing it," said Princell Hair, CNN's general manager. The breathtaking media explosion turned the former Democratic presidential front-runner into a punch line and arguably hastened his campaign's free fall. It's also an instructive look at how television news and entertainment works today. Whatever handwringing there may be in retrospect and there's only a little comes with a sense that repeats are inevitable. "It was unfair," said Joe Trippi, Dean's former campaign manager, who lost his job in the fallout. "It was totally unfair. I don't think there was any question about it." Trippi accepts that the footage was newsworthy, but he figured it was a one-day story. Instead, the cable and broadcast news networks aired Dean's Iowa exclamation 633 times and that doesn't include local news "or talk shows in the four days after it was made, according to the Hotline, a Washington-based newsletter. "It shouldn't be an anvil that you keep hammering to destroy his candidacy," Trippi said. "I don't think there was a big conspiracy to do that, but that's what was going on." Sitting in his Manhattan apartment watching the Iowa caucus coverage, Conan O'Brien saw Dean's speech and thought: Ooh, this is odd. The NBC "Late Night" host immediately figured he'd be joking about it the next day, and he did, "interviewing" a raving Dean impersonator. He wasn't alone. David Letterman ran a clip that appeared to show Dean's head exploding. Jay Leno quipped: "I'm not an expert in politics, but I think it's a bad sign when your speech ends with your aides shooting you with a tranquilizer gun." The cable news networks ran and reran the video clip. They analyzed it. They ran footage of the late-night comedians joking about it. They played the instant Internet songs that sampled Dean's shout Virtually overnight, the "I Have a Scream" speech became legend. "With so many competitive 24-hour news channels and so many competitive talk shows, if you add the two together, it's a nuclear reaction," O'Brien said. "Once the core gets so hot, there's no stopping it" It took on such a life, said Paul Slavin, senior vice president of ABC News, that "the amount of attention it was receiving necessitated more attention." Neither Slavin nor Mark Lukasiewicz, NBC News executive producer in charge of political coverage, believe the coverage was overdone. Roger Ailes, Fox News chairman, told ABC News it was "overplayed a bit" While it's impossible to blame any one network or reporter, CBS News President Andrew Heyward said, the cumulative effect was the event was covered more than editorially justified. "It's just inherent in the structure of the news media today, especially with the role that 24-hour cable plays," Heyward said. "Cable thrives on repetition and, let's be kind, exhaustive analysis, which has to constantly be freshened. If there's a powerful piece of video to fuel it it's going to be repeated even more." News networks can do the same thing for footage that many consider positive, like when President Bush landed on an aircraft carrier to declare the combat phase of the Iraq war over, Lukasiewicz said. Only 39 percent of Dean's coverage on the network evening news was positive during the week after Iowa, according to an analysis by the Center for Media and Public Affairs. By contrast, rival John Edwards coverage was 86 percent positive during the same period, and new front-runner John Kerry's was 71 percent positive, the center said. A speech where Dean was showing exuberance not anger was pointed to by rivals as a sign that he didn't have the temperament to be president, Trippi said, and this echoed throughout the media. To Dean's misfortune, the moment crystallized concerns that voters were already having about him, news executives said. "If he made the very same speech three days before Iowa, it wouldn't have resonated," Slavin said. "It wouldn't have resonated because he was the leader there and it did not in any way, shape or form epitomize the campaign in everybody's mind." Trippi regards the argument that the speech received so much coverage because it symbolized the campaign's troubles as a rationalization. "It was like the footage of a heat-seeking missile hitting its target" he said. "Once the press gets that it just gets played over and over again for a week." urn If v. Mi - AP photo Democratic presidential hopeful former Vermont Got, Howard Dean yells "YEAHH-HH!!!" while addressing supporters during his caucus night party in West Des Moines, Iowa, Miss America may drop talent routine segment ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) Jittery baton twirlers and sequin-clad tap dancers might be getting the hook. Fed up with declining ratings, ABC is shortening the annual Miss America telecast from three hours to two and could end its talent competition. Miss America officials and pageant fans want to keep it saying the amateur routines distinguish Miss America from other beauty pageants. ABC officials weren't talking, and acting pageant CEO Art McMaster said no decision had Jbeen made. "In the initial sit down, ABC made a comment saying 'By the way, we notice the ratings have dropped on the talent side,'" said McMaster. "They want to change how it's shown on television." Introduced in 1935, the two-minute routines have historically defined the Miss America experience. But to viewers, they're a major tumoff. For years, the 10 semifinalists got to perform their routines on the stage during the annual telecast. In 1999, the pageant cut the number in half, trying to stem viewership losses that occur during the talent routines. In pageant circles, the idea of eliminating talent acts is about as welcome as an off-key Steinway. "It would be a crime," said Bo Mock, director of the Miss Houston Scholarship Pageant a Miss America local. "It's always been what sets us apart." ABC, which saw a record-low 10.3 million tune in for the crowning of Miss Florida Ericka Dunlap last fall, is negotiating a new deal with the Miss America Organization. Network spokeswoman Cathy Rehl had no immediate comment on ABC's plans for this year's pageant. Once the financial terms are complete, Miss America and ABC will turn to talking about production plans for this year's pageant, scheduled for Sept. 18, according to McMaster. The idea, apparently, is to figure out why Miss America talent routines drive viewers away while "American Idol" and other television shows featuring unknown amateurs have proven so popular. "Shows like 'American Idol' and 'Star Search' that are talent-driven have shown that America is interested in seeing regular kids performing talent and becoming invested in that professionally," said Fran Skinner-Lewis, who runs the Miss Illinois pageant. She suggests cutting the number of live talent performances or sprinkling them through the telecast instead of presenting them one after another as a compromises ASTRO GRAPH By BERNICE BEDE OSOL Syndicated columnist Monday, Feb. 9, 2004 In the year ahead, you are likely to be more ambitious than you may have been for some time in the past. Success won't be denied you if you don't put too many irons in the fire and finish what you set out to do. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) Sensibly schedule all the tasks you wish to accomplish today. Once you begin one chore, don't jump to another until what you've started is completed to your satisfaction. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) The grass on the other side of the fence may look a great deal greener to you today, but should you stray , from your own backyard, you'll learn to your dismay that it was a reflection of your lawn. ARIES (March 21 -April 19) It is one thing to make a promise, but the true test of sincerity is following through on it. Should you renege today on a pledge, you'll create ill will that you'll regret. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Today you may think you're quite capable of handling both your responsibilities and engaging in fun pursuits as well. However, as time ticks on, the clock could prove you wrong. . GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - If shopping for a large-ticket product today, avoid jumping at the first item or price offered you. Chances are that you'll run across something far better and end up with buyer's remorse later on. CANCER (June 21 -July 22) Only a solid presentation today will convince others of the merits of your cause. Be sure to do all your homework and lay out a submission plan you know will be worthy of your Your cfflrthday Let buyer beware when choosing credit counseling D , EAR ABBY: I read your sound advice to "Addicted to Spending," the woman who racked up thousands of dollars, in credit card debt She said she couldn't sleep at night for fear her husband would divorce her when he found out You were right that a credit counseling agency can provide valuable assistance, but she needs to be careful which one she selects. The Internal Revenue Service oversees many credit counseling agencies because they are tax-exempt. We have received an increasing number of complaints that some of these agencies charge high fees, offer poor repayment plans, and provide little in the way of education and counseling. We have stepped up our audits of credit counseling agencies and, where warranted, will revoke their tax exemption,. . , , In addition, we have issued a consumer alert With the' federal ' Trade Commission andstate j regulators, warning consumers to check carefully before signing up with a particular program. A few tips: ( 1 ) Beware of high fees or "voluntary" contributions. (2) Carefully read any written statements before you sign, and make sure your creditors will work with the agency you want. (3) Watch carefully the claims made in TV ads. - MARK W. EVERSON, COMMISSIONER OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE DEAR COMMISSIONER EVERSON: I know my tax DEAR ABBY JEANNE PHILLIPS Syndicated Columnist dollars are being well spent when the highest collection officer in the land reaches out to help people with money troubles. Everyone has heard the phrase, "Let the buyer beware." ("Caveat emptor.") However, it is especially discouraging to think that people who are vulnerable and trying to move their lives in a positive direction would be victimized by predators. No doubt many' readers will thank you tor the warning, (keadervyeu can find the IRS commissioner's alert by visiting the Web site: www.irs.govnewsroom.) DEAR ABBY: I have been married for more than 20 years. My wife and I have been friends with a certain couple, "Claude and Maude," for 15 years. On New Year's Eve we all went out to dinner and a few drinks. I was the designated driver, so I did not drink. When we returned home, all three, my wife, Claude and Maude, proceeded to get trashed to the max. Maude got sick and passed out; my wife went to bed. Claude and I sat up and watched the ball drop and a couple of other programs. I fell asleep about 1:30 a.m. and assumed that Claude would, too. Around 2 a.m., I got out of my chair and walked to my bedroom. Claude was sitting on the bed next to my wife, putting his pants on. My wife was passed out, so I don't know what happened. It has bothered me so much since then that I can't sleep and-don't know what to do. jf ever there . was a reason for rrje to become! 1 violent, that was it but I kept my , cool. The next morning, my wife could remember nothing at all. What do you think I should do? - OUTRAGED IN HOLLYWOOD, MD DEAR OUTRAGED: In view of the fact that a 15-year friendship is at stake, talk to Claude. It's possible that he was so loaded that he didn't know where he was, and nothing happened. The best advice I can offer now is that Claude, Maude and your wife should all do something about their drinking. Let this serve as a wake-up call. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. MvWvsbAuDViRri ii.):is STATELY TRIO Now Available at FRAMING 318 Montague 229-0055 CALENDAR GlglS 1:55, 4!25, 7:05, 9:30 VOU GOT SERVED M-lii 2:05, 4:05, 6415, 8:05,10:05 IHt bl(j bUUNU (PG-13 10:00 (H(8hHtMfN,FC, 2:0(1. 4:0(1. 1:0(1.8:1)1) MIRACIE (PC) 2:45, 5:30, 8:30 THE BUTTERfLY EffECTdO ' 2:20, 4:40, 7i00, 9:35 CATCH THAT KID (PC) 2:30, 4:30, 7:10, 9:10 TORQUE IPG-Hi 2:10,4:10,6:10, 8:10,10:10 THE PERFECT SCORE (PC-13) 2:35, 4:45, 7:25,9:45 COID MOUNTAIN it, 3.00,6:25,9:20 ;ezt arras ttffi mhsls 4 win .m v " wmm. nil? 1 iTwvT-r mrrem TV INDEX Monday, February 9, 2004 enterprise. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You may have to deal with someone today who you've not forgiven for something done in the past. Unfortunately, an old grudge could cloud your judgment and prove costly. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Expensive involvements in nonessential activities or interests could do your budget a great disservice today. Try not to be wasteful with funds that are earmarked. for important items. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) Personal achievements will be denied you today if you lazily proceed toward your objectives in a haphazard fashion. Give yourself a chance at succeeding by planning every move dlt6dcl SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) If you're unduly suspicious or mistrustful of the motives of others today, It will be inevitable that you'll find something to distress you, even if you have to make up erroneous fdCtS SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) Try to avoid acquaintances today who you know from past experience have a tendency to be users. Should one rub you the wrong way, you could jump to conclusions and overreact. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) In any association today that calls for a collective effort, be sure that you keep your ideas in harmony with the other people involved. Unity is a must if the group is to prevail. Copyright 2004 Newspaper Enterprise Assn. wMFH Tna NewsHour With ETV Road Show: Is- Antiques Roadshow I American Experience The Rise and Fall of Tavis Smi- World Jim Lehrer 76828 lands and Mt. Pleas San Francisco 47267 Tupperware! Jim Crow 60118 ley News OWGN Homelmp Will Will Homelmp Kojak: Arlana ('89) 731286 News (CC) 710793 Becker Becker n wvpf News NBC Ent-To- Inside Fear Factor Couples Las Vegas (8:59) (N) Average Joe: Hawaii News Tonight jWTi-r (00)460 New night Edition (N) (S) (CC) 6335 (S) (CC) 9967267 (9:59) (N) 13696199 9077422 show OHBO Captain Ron (6:15) PG-13 26713847 Murder by Numbers R (S) 928064 Femme Fatale (R, '02) (CC) 201809 OWBSC Brown Brown Judge Mathls (N) (S) 7th Heaven 584644 Everwood 564880 WiM Frasier Elimldate Spin City n uucpa New8 CBS New" Evfy- I Be a Mil- Yes, Dear Still Every- I TwoHalf CSI: Miami Slow Burn News Late Show " vvjr" 6373 Raymond llonalre ' (N) 1737 Standing Raymond Men (iTV) (N) 95248 3057606 (N) OWASV Rlckl Lake 12002 Harvey Parkers Parkers Eve 2080 Girl Half News Klng Knq Raymond C3WIS News (S) NBC News (S) Entertain Fear Factor 52557 Las Vegas (TV14) Average Joe: Hawaii News (S) Tonight tPWGGS Eve Time Embrace Bible In Search Nlteline 92199 Praise the Lord (CC) 51354 (B WHIMS 70s Show Friends Friends Seinfeld 70s Show 70s Show Big Fat Fiance Carolina News Seinfeld Dharma CE1 Wine; News ABCWId Wheel of Jeopardyl The Mummy Returns ('01) k (Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz) News Niqhtline 6793 News Fortune 6557 (Premiere) (S) (CC) 778335 9007712 (CC) IB BET 106 & Park: BET'S Top 10 Live BET com Soul Food C97) 364538 Comicview 376373 News MonTe SD CARTOON Dragon-Z Dragon Totally Dexter "Jackie Ed, Edd Pokemon X Men Justice Justlce Family Futurama 89 CNBC Bullseye 8950118 Maria Bart romo The News on CNBC Dennis Miller (N) Cover to Cover The News on CNBC " eSINSP Changing Hagee Hlckey Cerullo Brkthrgh IBamC. Your Day Life To Today lnsplrtio7Tin8pirtionl Missions Si HGTV Before Building- Curb House " Smart Decorat Mission Design Design Design House Ground BP A&E City Confidential American Justice Biography 586002 House of Dreams Airline (N) Airline Third Watch 720644 8D DSC Prosecutors-Justice MythBusters 582286 Monster House (N) Street Racing American Chopper Monster House 6BTLC Clean Sweep (TVG) In a Fix (N) 923170 Resident Life (CC) Resident Life (TVPG) SexChange Capital Resident Life (CC) BtOUTD Fishing Fishing Hunter's Outdoor-Saltwater Fish Fishing Pattern Bass Fishing Fishing I Fishing EB WTBS Homelmp Seinfeld j Seinfeld Friends Analyze This ('99) (PA) 1876267 iGhostbusters (10:10) 23419828 EB USA Cats & Dogs , (01) (CC) 127373 westmlnster Kennel Club Dog Show Opening Night 725731 Law AOrder BP TNT Charmed (S) 536793 NBA Basketball: Celtics at Cavaliers NBA Basketball: Spurs at Rockets B ESPN SportsCenter (CC) College Basketball College Basketball: Kansas at Okla. St. ISportsCenter (CC) S3ESPN2 SIxWeeks-NFL NFL Reporters PBA Bowling U.S. Open. (Taped) 8181267 1 2003 Poker 2003 Poker 6BFOXSP NASCAR ACC Live Women's College Basketball NASCAR FOX One S Sports Late Best-Sports SD GOLF Lessons Golf Golf GoU Academy Live Golf-Academy Lessons Champions Center Bag IGoll QD HISTORY True-Gladiator Modern Marvels Mall Call Mall Call Unconventional Warfare (CC) 4899538 Hlstorv-Hollv CBGAC Made In America Celeb. Kitchen Classic 1701286 CRL 1781422 Top 20 9829151 CD TNN Real TV RealTV star Trek Gen. Star Trek Gen. WWE Raw (N) (S) (CC) (TV14) 8384489 Henson Extreme CBAMC Urban Cowboy (5:15) 50401793 9to 5 ('80) (Jane Fonda) 1207170 Heartburn (10:15) ('86) 56857557 : EBTCM Mogambo (NR, '53) 9794809 The African Queen NR 9799354 Private Benjamin (R, 80) 8844422 " 03 LIFE Unsolved Mysteries Golden Golden Nanny Nanny The Devil's Child (TV1 4, '97) 908335 Golden iGolden" QD FOOD Minute Martha Saras Choco Emerll Live 8183625 Unwrap Unwrap Top 5 (N) Top 5 Unwrap Good B) NICK U-PIck (S) Arnold Rugrats Sponge Oddpar Sabrlna Full Hae. fuII Hse. Cosby Cosby Rose Rose 68 TSOUTH S. Living Oft Menu Liars 3 Day She Wore a Yellow Ribbon ('49) 4725267 Inter. Off Menu Bluebird Cafe SDTVL Cheers Cheers Munsters Griffith Burnett AII-Famlly Sanford Bewitch Grlfflth Leave FamTtles I Cheers ED FX Married... I Married... Copa (S) Cops (S) Rounders ('98) (Matt Damon) 7848731 cops (S) Rounders 7839083 EBCOM Late Night 8945286 Dally Flack Sheep ('96) (CC) 2797422 South Jay Mohr 171,7847 Dally Tough ED NGEO Fit Culs Fitness Fitness Fitness Bodies ln Shape Workout Fitness Peak Performance Bodies In Shape C3FIT TV Dogs Dogs As Danger Forbidden Rites Taboo: Marriage Klngdom-Maya Us Danger The numbers listed In today's TV Index are for Northland Cable systems In Greenwood and Ware Shoals. Check Sunday's TV Index book for Conversion charts for other cable systems In the area. -

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