Morning Media Newsfeed: Ravens Cut Rice Following TMZ Video | Todd Wins on MTP

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Ray Rice Cut by Ravens Following TMZ Video Release (TVNewser)
At 4 a.m. ET Monday morning, TMZ posted a video showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking out his fiancée Janay Palmer — now his wife — in an Atlantic City elevator last February. By 2:30 p.m., Rice had been suspended indefinitely by the NFL and cut by the Ravens. PRNewser The NFL’s SVP of communications Greg Aiello explained things to CNN: “We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator. That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today.” Mashable The video shows a man believed to be Rice and a woman in a lobby at the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Feb. 15, 2014. The woman is believed to be Palmer, now Janay Rice, whom Rice married in March. After entering an elevator, the two briefly scuffle. The man then hits the woman with his left hand, causing her head to appear to hit the handrail in the elevator. The woman then slumps to the ground and does not move. The man then proceeds to drag her out of the elevator while she still appears to be unconscious. Security arrives after that. Variety ESPN host Keith Olbermann has accused the NFL and commissioner Roger Gooddell, among others, of covering up the Rice domestic violence situation. Rice was given a two-game suspension by the NFL last month over the incident, but on Monday, the league suspended the football player indefinitely as a result of the graphic video. Mediaite TMZ founder Harvey Levin said Monday that none of this would have happened, and Rice would have gotten away with it scot-free, had TMZ not put the video online.

In His Debut, Chuck Todd Gets Meet the Press Ratings Win (TVNewser)
So far, so good for Chuck Todd and Meet the Press. Preliminary ratings are in for Todd’s debut Sunday, and according to Nielsen’s fast program ratings for September 7, MTP won in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo. FishbowlDC Final numbers will be released Thursday morning, but early numbers show that MTP, which aired an exclusive sit-down with President Barack Obama, averaged 2.977 million total viewers. MTP also won the coveted A25-54 demo with 804,000 viewers. NBC’s Sunday morning win was the first time the program was No. 1 in total or demo viewers since February 2014. FishbowlDC The program featured two new segments, “Who needs Washington?” and “What everyone in Washington knows, but is afraid to say.” Deadline Hollywood Against Todd, CBS’ Face The Nation logged 2.864 million viewers, ABC’s This Week posted an average of 2.559 million and Fox News Sunday scored 1.522 million. In news demo viewers, Todd’s debut posted a big spike from the previous week’s 684,000. Ratings from Todd’s competition for the same week: Face The Nation, 768,000; This Week, 763,000; and Fox News Sunday, 438,000.

Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s Bloomberg TV Show Gets Debut Date (TVNewser)
True to the title of their best-selling book, Game Change, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann aim to alter the political debate on TV. With All Due Respect, hosted by the duo, will premiere on Bloomberg TV Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. ET. FishbowlDC Bloomberg Politics unveiled two promos for the program Monday. “In a world where people say ‘with all due respect’ when that is not at all what they mean comes a new show that fuses popular culture, the political world and TV… and translates what people are actually saying,” the movie-trailer-like longer promo of the two says in its opening. Mediaite In the first trailer for the show, politicians like Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton are seen using that infamous political phrase, from which the name of the show was derived. FishbowlNY Halperin and Heilemann joined Bloomberg Politics in May.

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