The Ticker: Lehrer Released, TMZ Reports, Cooper Presents…

By Chris Ariens 

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> PBS’ Jim Lehrer has been checked out of Mass General Hospital following heart surgery. TVNewser has learned Lehrer will be staying at a Boston hotel continuing his recuperation before heading back to Washington, DC which should happen in the next few weeks.

> FishbowlLA has the story from B&C that, yes newsers, TMZ is a “bona fide” news program. Oh, and there’s more. Entertainment Tonight has been a news program since 1988.

> FishbowlNY liveblogged last night’s Ellies (the Oscars of the magazine industry) at which Anderson Cooper and Charlie Rose presented and (son of Mike) Matt Taibbi won an award for political reporting.