CNN’s Jake Tapper will interview President Obama on Friday, January 31st -the first person to do so after this year’s State of the Union address. The interview will air on both New Day and during The Lead with Jake Tapper, and will cover issues including economy, immigration, jobs, national security and foreign policy.
Peter Hamby occupies a unique position within CNN. There are now three full time digital correspondents working for CNN, but Hamby was the first -and still the only one covering politics. As such he makes TV hits, and appears in web videos and writes for the web. And for tonight’s state of the union coverage, he will be moderating a “Politi-cast” of the speech via live stream on CNN.com. Hamby will do a sort of “play by play” of the SOTU, with friends Tommy Vietor, a former Obama White House spox, and Tim Miller, a former RNC flack. They will offering running commentary -smartphones in hand -that will tap into live reaction of the speech on Twitter and the immediate impact it is having on other social media.
Coverage begins when Peter and Co. “roll into the set a little bit before the speech and get settled in,” and will go through the Republican and Tea Party responses. The trio will be tweeting during the stream, and if you want to participate in the conversation, they will be using the hashtag #CNNSOTU. Of course, if, for some reason, you just want to watch the speech itself without commentary (BORING!) you can do that to via another CNN feed. Or you could just watch TV.
We talked with Hamby over the phone to get a better idea of what he has planned for tonight’s digital coverage:
Where did the idea for this “play by play” coverage come from?
During the conventions, someone had the crazy idea to let me do a web show from the grill, both in Charlotte and Tampa. And the idea was to just talk about politics and dissect the conventions and the sate of the campaign in a more causal and maybe irreverent sort of vibe. And they gave me the green light to book the guests I wanted. Now I’m 32, I’m not that young, but if you look at the pundit class that appears on the Sunday shows, they all tend to be older, the tend to be former officials. So I got some journalists, people who were working in politics, people around my age. And the conversation felt very authentic and very natural, and it was very fun. So this is replicating that a little bit.
It’ll be me and Tim and Tommy watching the speech, adding informed commentary -it’s going to be a little edgier, a little more irreverent. The feeling we’re going for really is: What people who work in politics do and say as they’re watching an event like this. We’re providing an option for people who want more voices in the room. We’re going to be reading Twitter and making a few jokes and adding our insight to what the president says and the Republican responses after.
Who’s on the weekend shows this week? Glad you asked:
CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX); Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY); Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Homeland Security Committee Chairman; Billie Jean King and Brian Boitano, U.S. Olympic Delegates; WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan; Former White House Chief of Staff and CBS News contributor Bill Daley; WaPo‘s Bob Woodward; and The Weekly Standard‘s William Kristol.
ABC’s “This Week“: Jay Carney; House Counterterrorism and Intelligence Sub-Committee Chair Rep. Peter King (R-NY); ABC News’ Cokie Roberts; Yahoo News national political columnist Matt Bai; CNN “Crossfire” co-host Van Jones; Patriot Voices chair and former Sen. Rick Santorum, Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren; and filmmaker Greg Whiteley.
CNN’s “State of the Union“: TBA
CNN’s “Reliable Sources” : TBA
Univision’s “Al Punto” : Bill Gates; Jay Carney; Luis Videgaray, Mexico’s Secretary of Finance and Public Credit; Norman Quijano, El Salvador’s Arena Party presidential candidate; and Pedro Rojas, Noticias Univision Houston Correspondent; with a special report from Davos, Switzerland with Enrique Acevedo, Univision News Anchor.
PBS’s “McLaughlin Group” : TBA
BTV’s “Political Capital” : TBA
We’ll update ‘em as we get ‘em (email email@example.com).
Lots of internal news coming out of our top news orgs recently. Here’s some more to round out the week.
NBC’s Alex Wallace will head the network’s Washington bureau according to a memo sent out by NBC Prez Deborah Turness. In it, Turness said, “As SVP News, Wallace will become the General Manager/360 Leader for ‘Nightly News‘ and ‘Meet the Press,’ and will lead all our editorial and political coverage out of the DC bureau.”
CNN today announced changes to its weekday programming lineup. Starting Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, John Berman and Michaela Pereira will co-anchor CNN’s 11am hour of dayside programming. Berman and Pereira will continue to anchor “Early Start” and “New Day,” respectively.
ABC’s “This Week” – “And the reality is, things go wrong in an administration. And frankly, you know, he was in campaign-mode at the time, during campaign-mode you miss a lot of things. You’re not paying as much attention. We see that with Benghazi.” - Rudy Giuliani on how Chris Christie could have not known about the Bridgegate scandal.
CBS’s “Face the Nation” -“I don’t think it’s possible for all of those people to be involved and know and for the governor to absolutely have no communication. Remember, this was in the midst of his reelection campaign. Any governor running for reelection is going to want to know about problems that come up. If for no other reason, to know how to respond when asked a question.” - New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski on why Chris Christie did know about the Bridgegate scandal.
“Fox News Sunday” -”Congressman Southerland, you’re getting the stuffing beat out of you in Florida’s second congressional district over your proposal to require work for people that have food stamps.” – Guest host John Roberts to Rep. Steve Southerland (R -FL).
NBC’s “Meet the Press” – “You said in May of 20– you’re the one who brought up the president and the I.R.S. as a comparison. You said there, “There’s no denying he, the president, he created a culture in his administration that encouraged the targeting of these groups.” There’s not evidence to prove that linkage. That’s your assertion. But if it’s good, if that’s your assertion about tone there, why isn’t it true of Governor Christie setting the tone?” – David Gregory to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.
CNN’s “State of the Union” – “I think there might actually be some merit to having greater use of waivers, for example, in work force development and combining those programs with metrics and outcomes so you deliver results. But this notion that somehow by capping the dollars that the federal government puts into feeding hungry children, that somehow that will miraculously multiply the bread and fishes is poppycock.” Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD) on Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) plans to reform the “War on Poverty.”
Embattled CNN anchor Jake Tapper took to Facebook last night to defend himself against the onslaught of criticism he has received over his Friday interview with former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell.
“We need to have open, honest, and yes uncomfortable conversations about this war,” Tapper wrote. “We can’t do that if any time someone sees things differently they’re accused of hating the troops. Questions HONOR the troops. And our freedom to ask them is what they fight and die for.”
We couldn’t agree more.
Indeed, in this humble blogger’s opinion, the witch hunt provoked by The Blaze‘s Oliver Darcy and Glenn Beck is appalling and the only truly offensive aspect of this whole Jake-Tapper-Hates-the-Troops affair. Tapper did nothing more than ask the kind of questions that many, if not most, Americans are thinking about the War in Afghanistan. Luttrell’s reaction was unwarranted, though perhaps understandable. The faux-controversy being ginned up after the fact is what is actually disrespectful to the memory of the soldiers who died in Afghanistan. Darcy and Beck should be ashamed of themselves for intentionally obfuscating the story, purely for the sake of driving up page views. Betsy Rothstein at the Daily Caller has a great piece up which expounds in more detail on why this is true -we suggest you go read it.
But no one does a better job of defending Jake Tapper than Jake Tapper, so I’ll let the man speak for himself:
Regarding this controversy…
I’ve spent years reporting on troops and their families so it pains me that my use of the word “senseless” to describe the 19 SEALs and troops killed in Operation Red Wings has become the focus of this interview with an American hero and has been misinterpreted as a reflection of my thinking the deaths meant nothing and than somehow I’m not grateful.
I would hope that my reporting trips to Iraq and Afghanistan, my book about Combat Outpost Keating, my two CNN documentaries about Medal of Honor recipients, and my continued reporting on veterans and troops and their families would belie that accusation.
Read the whole message after the jump.
Looks like Dana Bash isn’t the only one to leave John King. (ZING!) His beloved Magic Wall has run away to New York and into the arms of Chris Cuomo. Clearly tired of the rigors of campaign reporting, the Magic Wall has started a new life as the world’s largest Magna Doodle. As you can see, it is now helping Chris answer some burning questions Americans have about the Bridgegate scandal like, “How Not Know?” and “Why?”
Why, indeed, CNN. Why, indeed.
Bret Baier sits down and puts on his seat belt for a mobile interview with Tom Bevan and Charlie Stone of Real Clear Politics about his five years as host of “Special Report.” Not sure how we feel about this “Morning Commute” interview format. It’s like “Cash Cab” but there’s no prize for sitting through the whole thing. Nonetheless, here you go, dear readers. Enjoy:
NBC Washington /WRC Vice President of News Michael Goldrick announced today that former CNN Pentagon correspondent Chris Lawrence will become a weekend anchor for Channel 4′s evening news. Lawrence will be anchoring the weekend versions of News4 at 6 and News4 at 11, and will also contribute to other newscasts during the week. Lawrence has worked at CNN for the last 10 years. Prior to that, he covered local news at WXYZ-TV in Detroit, WTVH-TV in Syracuse and WDBB-TV in Tuscaloosa. He has spent time as an anchor, a general assignment reporter and a consumer/investigative reporter. Lawrence also served as a correspondent for CBS Newspath where he covered national and international news for local CBS stations around the country.
His first day will be January 20th. Congrats on the new job Chris!