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Couric on Palin: ‘She Was Done With Me’

Former CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric still doesn’t get why former Gov. Sarah Palin answered the infamous “What do you read?” question in a deer in headlights manner.

This morning at The Atlantic/Aspen Institute Ideas Forum her interviewer, The Week’s Washington Editor Margaret Carlson, asked Couric to reflect on that interview with Palin. “It does kind of bug me when people only remember that question,” she said. (Carlson chimed in, saying she didn’t mean to “bug” her.) Couric went on, “I spent 45 minutes talking to Palin about foreign policy issues. We talked about nation building, Iran, a surge and how it might be effective. It was at the height of the fiscal crisis. It’s funny to me that that one question got so much attention. She was so annoyed with me at that point and just wanted me to be gone. What can I say?”

Couric reasoned at that point Palin hadn’t done much press. “Charles Gibson got to go to Wasilla,” she said. “I was terribly jealous.” FNC’s Sean Hannity snagged the second interview and Couric the third. “When I asked the question about what do you read, I was curious. It was just kind of a spontaneous question. I thought, gee I’m interested. She has such strong political views. Her ideology is so [dramatic pregnant pause] specific. I wanted to know what she read on a regular basis that helped shape her world view.”

Later in the interview, Couric recalled, Palin told her that “People in Alaska read. I was quite aware that people in Alaska read. I still, to this day, don’t understand why she wouldn’t answer that question straight on. I think she was just done with me at that point.”

Read the infamous Couric-Palin exchange after the jump…

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Anchoring 9/11: What Was it Like?

Tonight at 8p.m. Charles GibsonBrit Hume, Dan Rather, and Frank Sesno will  join moderator Marvin Kalb to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the  September 11 attacks to “discuss the subsequent decade that changed the world.”

The Kalb Report is produced before a live audience in the main ballroom of the National Press Club on the 13th floor of the National Press Building, 14th and F streets, NW, Washington, D.C.

Details…The program begins at 8:00 p.m. Guests are advised to arrive by 7:30 p.m. and must be seated by 7:40 p.m. Seating is first come, first seated.

Don’t feel like going but still want to watch it live? Visit online here.

(h/t Chief Washington Cabbage Patch Correspondent)

Gibson to Anchor “World News” from White House, Gets Obama Interview

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President Barack Obama interview with Charles Gibson of ABC News, (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

ABC News’ Charles Gibson interviewed President Barack Obama today at the White House. The interview covered the war in Afghanistan, health care reform, and the economy.

In the interview, President Obama told Gibson that if Congress does not pass health care legislation that will bring down costs, the federal government “will go bankrupt.”

“If we don’t pass it, here’s the guarantee…your premiums will go up, your employers are going to load up more costs on you,” the President said. “Potentially they’re going to drop your coverage, because they just can’t afford an increase of 25 percent, 30 percent in terms of the costs of providing health care to employees each and every year.”

Portions of the interview will air this evening on “World News with Charles Gibson.” For more info, visit ABC News online.

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(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Kennedy Coverage

Network specials and coverage of Ted Kennedy’s death are being announced. Here’s a rundown:

ABC News
ABC News will broadcast an hour special on the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy, anchored by Charles Gibson from Hyannis Port, MA and Diane Sawyer in New York. The ABC News Special, “Remembering Ted Kennedy,” will air at 10:00 PM tonight.

Coverage of Senator Kennedy’s passing will also be featured on “World News with Charles Gibson,” originating from Hyannis Port; “Nightline,” anchored by Cynthia McFadden; ABC News Radio, and on ABC News NOW throughout the day, as well as on tomorrow’s “Good Morning America.” ABCNEWS.com has dedicated a special section, “Ted Kennedy: A Remarkable Life” available here.

CBS News
CBS News will look back at the life and legacy of Senator Edward “Teddy” Kennedy with the primetime special “Ted Kennedy, The Last Brother,” anchored by Katie Couric tonight (8:00-9:00 PM) on the CBS Television Network. Featuring exclusive footage culled from CBS News’ archives, the program is an intimate look at Kennedy – both the public face and the private man – as told through intimate interviews and candid moments captured over the last 40 years.

CNN
Throughout the day, CNN lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer joins regular, dayside programming from Washington D.C. with interviews and reports about the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy. Guests include former Sen. Birch Bayh (D-IN), President Jimmy Carter, former Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN.), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ.) Theodore Sorenson, former adviser to President John F. Kennedy, former Sen. John Warner (R- Va.) and more.

Contributing to the coverage will be senior congressional correspondent Dana Bash, senior political correspondent Candy Crowley and chief national correspondent John King.

At 7pm ET, CNN will air the HBO documentary “Teddy in His Own Words,” which “chronicles Senator Kennedy’s remarkable life from his childhood through his speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.” The two-hour special will be hosted by Campbell Brown.

NPR
From 2:00PM to 3:00PM (ET), NPR congressional correspondent Andrea Seabrook will host an hour-long call-in special. Seabrook will interview guests about Kennedy’s life of service and influential career in the Senate, and invite questions from the audience. Guests include Congressman Barney Frank, former U.S. Senator John Sununu, professor and scholar Ronald Walters and Thomas Oliphant, who covered Kennedy for 40 years for the Boston Globe. Listeners may join the conversation by calling (800) 989-8255 or sending an email to talk@npr.org

Beginning at 7:00PM (ET), NPR will explore Kennedy’s life – his role as a legislative lion in the Senate; his focus on civil rights, and on fighting for the disenfranchised; and his personal life and struggles – in an hour-long program. Host Linda Wertheimer will be joined by a roundtable offering political analysis on the legacy Kennedy leaves behind, with legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, senior news analyst Juan Williams, health policy correspondent Julie Rovner and political editor Ken Rudin.

MSNBC
MSNBC will present a first look at “The Kennedy Brothers: A Hardball Documentary,” tonight at 9 p.m. ET and tomorrow, Thursday Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. ET. “Headliners and Legends: Ted Kennedy” at 11 PM tonight.

*We’ll continue to update as we learn ‘em.

Network Statements On The Death Of Walter Cronkite

ABC News Anchor Charles Gibson: “Walter Cronkite was and always will be the gold standard. His objectivity, his even-handedness, his news judgment are all great examples. He, as much as anyone, is responsible for developing network television news. He set the standard. He told it ‘the way it is’ and all of us who are privileged to work in this business owe him an enormous debt of gratitude.”

Brian Williams, Anchor and Managing Editor, NBC Nightly News: “America has lost an icon, our industry has lost its living giant, and all those who learned about the world from Walter Cronkite have lost an exceptional teacher.

He loved his country and had a profound effect on it. He told us the truth in a plain-spoken manner. He never forgot that he was one of us, and yet we admired him so. That’s why I can’t help but fear that his loss means we’ve lost a tiny bit of who we are. He was a founding father of our profession. Others had done the job before him, and yet no one before or since has had just a mystical hold on the American people. He perfectly reflected his audience and our times. Watching Walter do what he did — better than anyone — was a formative experience. While he was deeply uncomfortable with overstatements of his own importance, those of us watching at home were so comfortable knowing he was in that chair during those years of great change and upheaval.

To use the terminology of his beloved sailboat, he was our national barometer, our compass and our rudder. With Walter at the helm of that broadcast, we knew we would sail through whatever crisis we faced as a country. He always seemed to point the wheel, with a gust of wind in his sails, toward our collective North Star.

On a personal note, Walter Cronkite was the man I grew up wanting to be. Our household, like many, came to a halt when his broadcast came on the air each night, and dinner was served only after he said good night. Knowing Walter was among the great blessings of my life.”

Roger Ailes, Chairman & CEO, FOX News: “Everybody who’s in the news business today was influenced in a positive way by Walter Cronkite. He had ability, humility and integrity, a rare combination.”

Wolf Blitzer, CNN: “Walter was the perfect anchor. He gave us the news and so much more — not because he was a polished news reader but because he was a world class journalist. He knew how to dig and ask the right questions and report the news. In the process, he helped us understand our country and the world and ourselves.

To this day, whenever there is a big story, I always say to myself: I wish Walter Cronkite were around to anchor the coverage. Walter inspired me and so many other journalists, and he will be deeply missed.”

After the jump, statements from David Westin, Steve Capus, Tom Brokaw, Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Jon Klein, Larry King and more…

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Morning Reading List 07.15.09

Good morning FishbowlDC!

Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Happy Birthday to Arianna Huffington and Paul Kane! What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

TV | ONLINE | AWARDS | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

Arthur Sulzberger and NYT Co. CEO Janet Robinson have issued a memo to the newsroom about the company’s debt, and explains the steps that the company is taking to ensure its ability to pay back approximately $1.1 billion to creditors.

TV

Cable ratings from TVNewser: Fox News Channel ranked at #3 in prime time and #6 in Total Day in all of all of cable last week.

And from 10am-3pmET Monday, when the Sonia Sotomayor confirmation hearings were ongoing, Fox News was the most-watched network for coverage. FNC even beat CNN and MSNBC combined, in younger viewers during that time period. Check out the numbers here.

Also, Evening News ratings.

Both Al Roker and Willie Geist will be getting up even earlier– starting July 20th, Roker will host “Wake Up With Al” on the Weather Channel from 6-7amET and starting July 27th, Geist will host “Way Too Early” on MSNBC from 5:30-6:00amET.

ONLINE

HuffPost comes to Dan Froomkin‘s defense, pointing out that Nielsen numbers suggest he wasn’t the only one at WaPo to lose some audience online.

AWARDS

Nominations for the 30th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards were announced yesterday. PBS picked up the most nominations with 41. CBS News followed with 23; ABC News has 13; NBC 10; CNN 8; BBC America with 3; and MSNBC has 2. “60 Minutes” leads all shows with 15 nominations. “World News with Charles Gibson” has the most nominations for the evening newscasts with 7; “Nightly News with Brian Williams” picks up 5, including for Breaking News coverage of the death of Tim Russert; and the CBS “Evening News with Katie Couric” has 3 nominations, including for Couric’s “Campaign Questions” series during the 2008 election. More details via TVNewser.

NEWS NOTES

More on Judge Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings in Howard Kurtz‘s Media Notes today.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Politico points out the proposed WaPo “salons” wouldn’t have violated White House ethics rules.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, Politico

THE REVOLVING DOOR and JOBS after the jump…

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Morning Reading List 07.13.09

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Happy Birthday to Anne Schroder Mullins! What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

TV | ONLINE | NEWS NOTES | REVOLVING DOOR | JOBS

TV

The 7 Best Moments from Sunday Talk, brought to us by The Daily Beast.

TVNewser: ABC’s Bob Woodruff returned to Iraq today for the first time since being injured by a roadside bomb in January 2006. He is traveling with Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and will be reporting for ABC News’ broadcasts and platforms. His first report will air tonight on “World News with Charles Gibson.”

Woodruff blogs about his decision on The World Newser. “I feel extremely privileged to be back to reporting and to have recovered as well as I did. It is an honor for me to continue to highlight the stories of this conflict to our audience,” he writes.

Fox News Justice correspondent Shannon Bream‘s featured in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. She describes covering the Sotomayor hearings as “great for a legal geek like me.”

WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz profiles CBS The Early Show‘s Maggie Rodriguez.

PBS’ Jim Lehrer will interview Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke, TVNewser reports.

More on Fox News remembering Tony Snow.

More on Anderson Cooper‘s interview with President Obama in Ghana here and here.

ONLINE

NYT: Findings suggested traditional news sites were typically ahead of blogs by two and a half hours when a story line spread.

NEWS NOTES

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the U.S. is now seeking “amnesty” for Current TV journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee who have been detained in North Korea since March.

“I cannot think… of any other politician, not a president, not a vice president, not a candidate, whose children have been so readily focused on and trashed and ridiculed by mainstream media.” That was radio host Michael Medved on Kurtz’s Reliable Sources yesterday on CNN.

Drew Barrymore is shooting a movie in the NY headquarters of the AP this week.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro

THE REVOLVING DOOR and JOBS after the jump…

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ABC = All Barack Channel On Wednesday, June 24th

On Wednesday, June 24th, ABC News will invade the White House for Good Morning America, World News, Primetime and Nightline coverage of healthcare, exclusive interviews and a town hall conversation with the President.

“Good Morning America” will kick off the day from the South Lawn of the White House and will air Diane Sawyer‘s exclusive interview of President Obama. Charles Gibson will then anchor “World News” from the Blue Room of the White House before joining Sawyer as a moderator for a special edition of Primetime “Questions for the President: Prescription for America” that will air at 10pm.

Totally Tubular: ABC News Launches YouTube Channel

Need a quick hit of ABC News? Now you can get your fix on YouTube.

The network announced their YouTube channel, YouTube.com/ABCNEWS today. The site will offer visitors breaking news and highlights from “Good Morning America,” “World News with Charles Gibson,” “Nightline,” “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” “20/20″ and “Primetime.”

The channel will also house ABC News’ webcast “Quick Fix” featuring correspondents Bill Weir, Juju Chang, John Berman, Dan Harris and ESPN’s John Anderson.

Check it out for yourself here.

Obama’s 100th Day Media Preview

UPDATED:

As you know, TODAY marks the President’s first 100 days in office. FBDC has compiled a list of coverage, events and/or special reports for the event. We’ll continue updating throughout the day so send us your organization’s info and plans to be added to the mix.

Last Night

On ABC’s “Nightline” at 11.35PM, White House correspondent Yunji de Nies looked at Michelle Obama’s first 100 days.

Today

PRINT

Diageo and National Journal Group’s The Hotline will mark President Obama’s 100th day in office with a new Diageo/Hotline poll, conducted by FD. The results will be unveiled at an 8.30 AM breakfast for reporters, editors, columnists and bloggers at The Watergate.

The Washington Post is running a special print section to include a piece by veteran political journalist Dan Balz. Balz will discuss what can really be understood from a president’s first 100 days and what kind of president Obama is becoming. WaPo’s White House team will present key moments of the administration and decisions made so far. In addition, the section will offer a historical comparison of past U.S. president’ accomplishments in their first 100 days.

TELEVISION

Embedded video from CNN Video

CNN National Report Card – First 100 Days: Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, John King and Soledad O’Brien will head up coverage and open up interactive voting on questions throughout the night. Anderson Cooper 360 Special – CNN National Report Card begins at 11pm.

ABC News will broadcast live coverage of the press conference. Charles Gibson will be joined by George Stephanopoulos and Jake Tapper.

PBS and The NewsHour will provide live coverage of the presser. Ray Suarez will anchor.

CNBC’s Dennis Kneale will anchor coverage live from CNBC global headquarters in Engelwood Cliffs, NJ.

C-SPAN 2 will broadcast live from the prez’s presser

Bloomberg will cover the conference live and feature commentary from Former McCain Advisor Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Laura Tyson, former Clinton White House Adviser.

MSNBC will follow the conference and the GOP response with special live editions of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” at 9PM, “The Rachel Maddow Show” at 10 PM, and “Hardball with Chris Matthews” at 11 PM.

Katie Couric will anchor for CBS News’ Special Report.

NBC News’ Brian Williams will anchor coverage on NBC. Williams will be joined by David Gregory and Chuck Todd.

ONLINE

Check out Politico’s video gallery: Obama’s First 100 Days

HuffPo’s 10 in 100: With a little help from some well-known political figures, HuffPo’s Sam Stein compiled a list of the top ten most under-appreciated stories from the President’s first 100 days in office. Find out what made the cut in the categories of health care, communications, education, transportation, cities, Muslim relations, Pakistan, cars, forests and tone by checking out HuffPo here.

ABC News Digital will feature text stories, video highlights and slideshows devoted to President Obama’s first 100 days in office and ABC News NOW; co-anchored by Rick Klein and Yunji de Nies will stream live from the press conference.

CNN.com will host an interactive event for television viewers and online users to grade the President’s first 100 days. Users will instantly be able to give their own letter grades during a brief window of time. Those real-time report cards will appear on-air and online.

CBS News will feature coverage from 9 -10 PM on their political Webcast Washington Unplugged followed by Katie Couric‘s Webcast at 10PM.

WaPo.com’s special package will feature a roundtable discussion on Barack and Michelle Obama’s first 100 days in the White House with Dan Balz, Michael Shear and DeNeen Brown. Robin Ghivan will offer commentary on a narrated photo gallery focused on Michelle Obama. The package will also offer an index quantifying how Obama spent his first 100 days in office and what was happening in the world around him.

TIME photographer Callie Shell documents the President’s historic start on the job with a Photo Gallery: Behind the Scenes with Obama.

Tomorrow

SIRIUS XM Radio will broadcast “The Power Breakfast,” a special edition of The Joe Madison Show on The Power, XM channel 169 on Thursday, April 30 starting at 6 am ET. XM listeners will hear live panel discussions with Rep. James Clyburn, Rep. John Conyers, Rep. Barney Frank, Rep. Charles Rangel, Rep. Bennie Thompson and Rep. Donald Payne.

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