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Archives: August 2009

Senator’s Kennedy Funeral Today

This is the cover of the program for the funeral this morning of Senator Edward Kennedy, as shared by the family on Twitter and TedKennedy.org.

Four Presidents- Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter- three Vice Presidents- Joe Biden, Al Gore and Dan Quayle- countless Senators and Congressmen, as well of members of the administration- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder- are with the family of Senator Kennedy at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Health.

David Gregory, Tom Brokaw, Al Hunt and Judy Woodruff, Maureen Orth and Luke Russert are among those members of the press attending the funeral as guests.

David McCullough, Tony Bennett, Jack Nicholson and Boston Celtics’ Bill Russell are also in attendance.

“Meet” Interviews Maria Shriver for Sunday’s Show

David Gregory interviewed Maria Shriver, Senator Kennedy’s niece and daughter of Eunice, for tomorrow’s “Meet the Press,” the hour of which will be dedicated to Senator Kennedy. Shriver is a former NBC correspondent.

The Shriver interview will air in its entirety tomorrow. FBDC has these excerpts for now:

Shriver: I think both of them (Ted Kennedy and Eunice Shriver) are incredible testaments to how long it takes– how hard one has to work to accomplish something. And I think we’ve lost sight of that in this country in all professions, whether it be journalism or politics. People expect you to get elected president and solve all the problems immediately. And I think if they look at people like Teddy or like Mummy, they see how long they had to stay in there and keep hammering away and hammering away. And I think that that gives us hope– when people get disillusioned that they didn’t get something done right away. If you look at people like that and say, “Wow– they accomplished a lot but it took a long time.”

And:

Gregory: What was that final year like for him?

Shriver: Well, I think it was, for me, watching this final year was– beautiful. Because I think– you know, there have been a lotta things written about Teddy over the years. And it hasn’t all been complimentary. And I think– for someone to have that kind of love come at you is a very powerful thing that very few people I think ever experience in their lifetime.

Check FBDC’s listings of all this Sunday’s shows here.

>>MORE: Shriver says watching her uncle’s final year was “beautiful.”

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

And after the jump, Shriver discusses the accomplishments of Senator Kennedy and her mother who died just two weeks ago, in a second video clip…

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Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Bob Shrum, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and Maria Shriver

CBS’ Face the Nation: Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Georgetown University sociologist Michael Eric Dyson

ABC’s This Week: Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and a roundtable with Liz Cheney, WaPo‘s EJ Dionne, ABC’s Sam Donaldson, PBS’ Gwen Ifill and George Will

Fox News Sunday: Former Vice President Dick Cheney and a panel with Fox News Washington managing editor Bill Sammon and Fox News contributors NPR’s Mara Liasson, Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Boston Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino, Mayor of Boston Thomas Menino, former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Thomas M. Menino and nephew Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and CNN’s Mary Matalin and James Carville

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Time‘s Joe Klein, WaPo‘s David Broder, former The Boston Globe columnist Tom Oliphant, WGBH “Beat the Press” host Emily Rooney, “Reset: How This Crisis Can Restore Our Values and Renew America” author Kurt Andersen

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Former Secretary of State/Treasury James Baker, VF‘s Christopher Hitchens, “Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy” author Fawaz Gerges, “Left in Dark Times” author Bernard-Henri Levy, “Standing Alone in Mecca” author Asra Nomani and Carnegie’s Minxin Pei

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, CBS’ Bill Plante, Newsweek‘s Howard Fineman and NPR’s Michele Norris

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Time‘s Karen Tumulty, WaPo‘s David Broder, WSJ‘s David Wessel and NBC’s Pete Williams

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) and historian Robert Dallek

Will update as we learn them.

Today’s Most Popular Stories 08.28.09

Each day, Ashley Estill surfs your sites for the most popular stories of the day. Here are the top headlines for August 28, 2009:

Washington Post: Nonprofit Hospital Executive Wary of Health-Care Reform’s ‘Unknowns’

Washington Times: EXCLUSIVE: SC GOP to push for Sanford’s removal

Washington Examiner: Fla. governor taps former campaign manager to replace US senator

N.Y. Times: Consumers Enticed to Spend More in July, Data Say

L.A. Times: Michael Jackson died of ‘acute propofol intoxication,’ coroner says

USA Today: Police had chance 2 years ago to catch kidnapping suspect

CQ Politics: Profile: Next Florida Senator a `Crist Republican’

The Hill: Boxer: Appoint caretaker for Kennedy seat

Politico: Massachusetts mulls place in post-Kennedy era

ABC News: Cops Appologize for Muffing Chance to Rescue Jaycee Dugard in 2006

CBS News: CBS Reporter Injured in Afghanistan

Fox News: Cheney: Obama Team Should Be Debriefing CIA Interrogators, Not Investigating Them

MSNBC News: C’mon health workers, get your swine flu shots

CNN: Girl grew up locked away in backyard sheds

Wall Street Journal: Hacker in Credit Card Data Theft Accepts Plea Deal

NPR: Large Crowds Gather To Bid Kennedy Farewell

Roll Call: Crist Appoints Former Chief of Staff to Succeed Martinez

National Journal: What Steele Left Out

Bloomberg News: U.S. Stocks Fall as Merck’s Drop Outweighs Technology’s Gain

Kennedy Coverage on Radio

SIRIUS XM: Joe Mathieu will anchor POTUS tonight and will be joined by Tim Farley tomorrow from 10:30amET to 1pmET. Live coverage will continue throughout the day and will include reporting on the 5:30pmET burial. There’s also a special tribute of audio clips to Senator Kennedy on the website.

Air America Washington: WZAA 1050AM will carry the Funeral live from Boston Saturday. Also online at www.airamericawashington.com.

Kennedy Coverage on TV Tonight and Tomorrow

Tonight a “Celebration of Life Memorial Service” will be held for Senator Ted Kennedy at the JFK Library in Boston. Saturday, the Senator’s funeral services will be held in Boston and in Arlington National Cemetery. Here’s how it will be covered (via TVNewser):

CNN: Beginning at 7pmET, Campbell Brown and Wolf Blitzer will anchor coverage the memorial.

Tomorrow CNN’s special programming will begin at 10amET with Blitzer and Anderson Cooper anchoring the funeral Mass coverage. John King will be providing additional reports on the ground. Blitzer and Cooper will again anchor for coverage of the Arlington services starting at 4pmET. CNN’s regular programming will feature updates throughout the rest of the day.

Fox News: Shepard Smith will anchor memorial coverage from 7-9pmET followed by a special edition of “The O’Reilly Factor” at 9pmET. “On the Record” will air at 10pmET.

Tomorrow Fox News will have “Fox & Friends” at 7amET with Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson, and Brian Kilmeade until 10amET when Smith will anchor special coverage of the funeral Mass with Martha MacCallum on location in Boston. From 5-7pmET, Chris Wallace will anchor coverage of the Arlington National Cemetery services. At 7pmET, Smith will host a special edition of “FOX Report” until 8pmET.

MSNBC: Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, and Rachel Maddow will anchor coverage of the service from 6-10pmET. At 10pmET, MSNBC will re-air “The Kennedy Brothers” documentary followed by “Headliners & Legends: Ted Kennedy” at 11pmET.

At 8amET, MSNBC will broadcast a special “Morning Joe” with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. Starting at 10amET, Matthews and Olbermann will anchor coverage of the funeral Mass. At 2pmET, MSNBC will again run “The Kennedy Brothers” documentary. From 3-6pmET, MSNBC will have coverage of the burial services.

PBS: The service will be covered on “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” which will feature footage from it in west coast broadcasts.

ABC: Saturday morning, Kate Snow will anchor “GMA” from the JFK Library in Boston. At approximately 10:30amET ABC News will broadcast live coverage of the funeral Mass anchored by Charlie Gibson. At approximately 5:30pmET, Gibson will anchor coverage of the burial service. Throughout the coverage, George Stephanopoulos, Terry Moran, Snow, John Berman, and Susan Milligan will be joining Gibson. Gibson will also anchor “World News” in the evening.

CBS: CBS News will cover the memorial live Saturday morning starting at 10amET with Harry Smith anchoring from New York, and Bob Schieffer, Nancy Cordes and Wyatt Andrews in Washington.

NBC: Starting at 10amET, Brian Williams will anchor NBC News coverage of the funeral Mass. At 5:30pmET, NBC News coverage will resume for the burial service. NBC News’ coverage will be supplemented by reporting from Andrea Mitchell, Anne Thompson, Kelly O’Donnell, Lester Holt, Mike Taibbi, Mike Viqueira, Norah O’Donnell, and Savannah Guthrie.

CSPAN: The Mass will air live 10:30amET-12:30pmET from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Boston and the burial service live at 5:30pmET from Arlington National Cemetery.

Upcoming Interviews: Baier in Jerusalem with Israeli Pres., Bloomberg in Texas with Gates

• Fox News’ Bret Baier is traveling to Jerusalem for an interview Monday with Israeli President Shimon Peres on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, life for Israelis residing in Sderot and the future of peace in the region. The “Special Report” anchor will spend the day with the Israeli President and the show will broadcast live from Jerusalem.

• Bloomberg’s Peter Cook will interview Defense Secretary Robert Gates Monday on the looming budget fight and offers his latest assessment of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. That interview will broadcast live from Lockheed Martin’s Joint Strike Fighter plant in Fort Worth, Texas at 10:45am.

CBS News’ Cami McCormick Injured in Afghanistan

A statement from CBS News:

CBS News Correspondent Cami McCormick was injured today in Logar Province, Afghanistan, while on assignment for CBS Radio News.

McCormick was traveling with members of the United States Army when the vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED).

McCormick was initially treated at a field hospital, where she underwent surgery to stabilize her condition, and was then transported to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan for additional treatment.

McCormick is based in New York City and has been with CBS Radio News since September, 1998. She is an award-winning war correspondent who has had several assignments in Afghanistan and Iraq. She was in Afghanistan to cover the recent elections, and the continuing fighting in the region.

Barney Frank on Bravo: Bristol’s “Baby Daddy,” Kennedy and Housewives

I’m actually speechless. Rep. Barney Frank called in to speak with Bravo’s Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens: Live.” The two discussed Bristol Palin’s “baby daddy,” the death of Ted Kennedy and then played a round of “House or ‘The Real Housewives’” trivia…

The below video caused my snark-o-meter to explode so I’ll leave the comments to you.

Media Minxes Flock to Film Screening

Though many in the media were covering the death of Senator Kennedy on Wednesday evening, a few notables still made it out to a special screening of “The September Issue,” a documentary about Vogue Editor Anna Wintour.

TWT‘s Green and Glover
tell us that among the sea of skin-tight cocktail dresses and sky-high stilettos were CNN’s Jessica Yellin, Fox 5′s Will Thomas, CNN’s Michelle Jaconi and NBC4′s Lindsay Czarniak. FNC Anchor Bret Baier‘s wife, Amy attended with Susanna Quinn wearing “matching little white numbers with cleavage practically up to their chins.”

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