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Mitt Romney on ‘Downton Abbey,’ Campaign Massages for ‘With All Due Respect’ Premiere

Screen Shot 2014-10-07 at 09.52.16Monday marked the launch of Bloomberg Politics’ “With All Due Respect” and for it, Game Change and Double Down authors John Heilemann and Mark Halperin sat down with 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney for a live interview of some of the most pressing issues of the day.

Those who watched, walked away confident Romney can identify and name his 21 grandchildren, know that he enjoys watching the downstairs cast more than the upstairs cast of “Downton Abbey,” and that a former masseuse’s question of whether he’s a dancer “was the best complement” he has ever received.

While politics was the topic of conversation for much of the 23-minute program, several segments, including the above mentioned, seemed wildly out of place. Read more

5pm Premiere for Bloomberg Politics’s ‘With All Due Respect’

Don’t forget, 5pm marks the premiere of the much anticipated launch of Bloomberg Politics’ “With All Due Respect,” to be hosted by Game Change and Double Down authors John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. This evening’s program features a live interview with 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

On the eve of the show’s launch, the website for Bloomberg Politics also launched. Visit it here.

The program, which is filmed and produced out of New York, will host a DC viewing party tomorrow, and we’ll make sure to update you on it come Wednesday.

In recent months, Bloomberg Politics has been on an impressive hiring spree, adding Monocle’s Sasha Issenberg, Slate’s David WeigelEsquire’s Mike Nizza, ABC News’ Tom Johnson, and “The Daily Show’s” Pat King to its roster. The program will be taped and produced out of New York City.

“With All Due Respect” premieres tonight at 5pm on Bloomberg TV and will be streamed on the Bloomberg Politics homepage.

Greta Van Susteren Addresses President Obama’s Thursday Digs at FOX News Channel

Screen Shot 2014-10-03 at 11.44.34On Thursday, President Barack Obama offered remarks at Northwestern University on the economy and at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala on immigration reform. While the topic of each speech differed, he was able to weave in one common thread.

“There’s a reason, fewer Republicans, you hear them running around about Obamacare,” said Obama at Northwestern. “Cause good, affordable health care might seem like a fanged threat to the freedom of the American people on FOX News, it turns out it’s working out pretty well in the real world.”

His Twitter handle managed by Organization for Action later reiterated that statement.

While discussing immigration reform at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala Thursday evening, President Obama managed to reference the host of FNC’s “Hannity.” Read more

NBC News Freelance Cameraman Diagnosed with Ebola

Screen Shot 2014-10-03 at 10.01.02On Thursday night, NBC News announced that a freelance cameraman that it hired to be a second cameraman for the network’s chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman reporting in Monrovia, Liberia, was diagnosed with Ebola.

NBC News Deborah Turness wrote in a note to staff Thursday evening:

“We are doing everything we can to get him the best care possible. He will be flown back to the United States for treatment at a medical center that is equipped to handle Ebola patients. We are consulting with the CDC, Medecins Sans Frontieres and others. And we are working with Dr. Nancy on the ground in Liberia.”

“We are also taking all possible measures to protect our employees and the general public. The rest of the crew, including Dr. Nancy, are being closely monitored and show no symptoms or warning signs. However, in an abundance of caution, we will fly them back on a private charter flight and then they will place themselves under quarantine in the United States for 21 days – which is at the most conservative end of the spectrum of medical guidance.”

The 33-year-old Ashoka Mukpo quarantined himself Wednesday after taking his temperature and recording a slight fever. Twelve hours after testing Thursday at Medecins Sans Frontieres, his result came back positive for the virus. Read more

Top 10 Finalists Named for ‘CNN Heroes’

The top 10 finalists for the annual “CNN Heroes” special were announced this morning by Anderson Cooper on “New Day,” a list that includes Arthur Bloom, a professional musician who provides music therapy to injured soldiers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Bloom’s organization MusiCorps, as well as those of the other nine finalists, will receive a $25,000 grant to further his cause. The 2014 Hero of the Year, to be named during a CNN special airing Sunday, December 7 at 8 pm, will receive an additional $100,000.

Voting for the competition is open through Sunday, Nov. 16.

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Whoopi Goldberg Defends Boston Herald Cartoonist on ‘The View’

In response to a controversial cartoon that appeared in yesterday’s Boston Herald, ”The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg defended the cartoonist on today’s show.

Following information that the Sept. 19 White House fence-jumper made it to the East Room of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue rather than just past the North Portico doors as earlier reported, Jerry Holbert‘s cartoon contribution in yesterday’s print edition portrayed President Barack Obama brushing his teeth with a man behind him asking, “Have you tried the watermelon toothpaste?” and the caption “White House Invader Got Farther Than Previously Thought.”

Critics online described the cartoon as racist, for which Holbert later said he was, ”completely naive or innocent to any racial connotations,” and that he was referencing a flavor of kids toothpaste in his bathroom at home.

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Brian Williams Advice for Aspiring Journos During Q&A on ‘NBC Nightly News’ Facebook Page

Screen Shot 2014-10-02 at 10.56.12For those who missed it, “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams took part in a Facebook Q&A on the show’s page Wednesday night, answering questions for more than two hours on both his personal and professional life, from advice to aspiring journalists and reporting on security breaches to why he doesn’t drink and his favorite place to travel.

A few highlights:

Allen Henry: What’s the best advice you can give to someone whose lifelong dream has been to work for NBC news? Read more

Jon Stewart’s Take on White House Security Breaches, Ousted Julia Pierson’s Testimony

Hours after the resignation of Julia Pierson as director of the Secret Service, Jon Stewart tackled recent breaches to the White House and presidential security, identified Monday by The Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig and preceding Pierson’s Tuesday hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

After showing clips of news coverage since the September 19 White House fence-jumper incident and from Pierson’s testimony, Stewart mocked:

“Here’s how dysfunctional the Secret Service is at this point. Congress had to help them come up with solutions…A lock, an alarm system, or spiky plants. You never want to be in a position where you are charged with guarding the president of the United States and you could be replaced by a plant!”

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A Look at Presidential Approval and Cable News Network Ratings

2013obamahenry660Our sister site TVNewser recently looked at President Barack Obama’s approval ratings and the quarterly averages of primetime and total day ratings of FOX News Channel, CNN, and MSNBC during the same time period.

President Obama had an approval rating of 64% in the first quarter of 2009, which has since fallen to a rating of 42%. FOX News and MSNBC’s highest primetime and total day ratings were seen in the final quarter of 2012, during President Obama’s second election when his approval rating was at 51%. CNN’s primetime and total day ratings peak was during first quarter 2009 at the time of President Obama’s first inauguration when his rating was the highest.

For more, click on over to TVNewser for a full look at the presidential approval and cable news network ratings.

Monday’s ‘Special Report with Bret Baier’ Earns Second Highest Ratings for 2014

bretfourMonday night following Carol Leonnig‘s Washington Post piece that the September 19 White House fence-jumper made it to the East Room of the White House, FOX News Channel’s ”Special Report with Bret Baier” posted its second highest rated program of the year with nearly 2.6 million total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. Monday’s broadcast numbers were the program’s second to the July 17 coverage of the Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot down over Ukraine.

“Special Report” had 2,583,000 total viewers and 371,000 in the A25-54 demo Monday night, more than the combined numbers of CNN’s “Situation Room” and MSNBC’s “Politics Nation.”

Ratings: Monday, September 29, 2014

FNC’s “Special Report” : 2,583,000 in P2+ (371,000 in A25-54)
CNN’s “Situation Room” : 611,000 in P2+ (184,000 in A25-54)
MSNBC’s “Politics Nation” : 518,000 in P2+ (95,000 in A25-54)

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