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Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper to Anchor CNN’s ‘Election Night in America’

best_wb_ac_10.03.12-300x168Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper will lead CNN’s coverage of the Tuesday, November 4 midterm elections, being billed as “Election Night in America.” Coverage will start at 5pm and Blitzer and Cooper will be joined by “The Lead” anchor Jake Tapper for analysis and chief national correspondent John King operating the “CNN Magic Wall.”

Also slated for air time: Gloria BorgerDavid GergenDana BashCandy CrowleyMichael Smerconish, Paul Begala, Jay Carney, S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter, Newt Gingrich, Van Jones, Kevin Madden, and Ana Navarro.

In addition to televised and online coverage, New Yorkers can turn their attention to the Empire State Building where CNN has affixed a “vertical LED-illuminated ‘meter’” on the top of the building’s spire. As nationwide Senate results come in, red or blue lighting on the meter will indicate which political party has gained control of the Senate.

And at 9 pm on CNN en Español, the network will broadcast “Voto Latino 2014,” to be anchored by Juan Carlos LópezPatricia Janiot and Fernando del Rincón.

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So Long CNN’s ‘Crossfire’

Crossfire304x200CNN officially canned “Crossfire” today, as first reported by TVNewser.

The program, which has been on hiatus, was relaunched in September 2013 with co-hosts Newt GingrichVan JonesStephanie Cutter, and S.E. Cupp. But after its 2013 revival, it was pulled from the network’s lineup in March for coverage of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, to return in May, only to be removed from programming again in July for coverage of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight in Ukraine.

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So Long to CNN’s ‘Crossfire’

Crossfire304x200Where is CNN’s “Crossfire” you ask? Not on CNN as of late. And it hasn’t been for a considerable amount of time.

The Daily Caller’s “The Mirror” exclusively reported a CNN publicist saying, “The program is on extended hiatus” and citing “common sense” to predict its demise.

TVNewser reported on the show’s absence from programming earlier this month, a year after its network reintroduction with co-hosts Newt Gingrich, S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter and Van Jones.

Click on over to The Daily Caller for Betsy Rothstein‘s full scoop.

Weekend Show Preview, 5.2 – 5.4

Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked:

Sunday:

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, author Richard Williams, CBS’s James Brown and Clarissa Ward, Michele Norris of NPR, Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic, Michael Eric Dyson of Georgetown, William Rhoden of NYT, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

“Fox News Sunday”: Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), FedEx’s Fred Smith, Robert Wolf of 32 Advisors, actor Brian Stokes Mitchell, Brit Hume, Elise Viebeck of The Hill, George Will, Jane Harman from the Wilson Center

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), Mayor of Sacramento Kevin Johnson, Chuck Todd, will.i.am, Anita Dunn, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Kathleen Parker of WaPo

ABC’s “This Week“: John Oliver of HBO, Van Jones of CNN, Laura Ingraham, David Plouffe, Rick Santorum, Cokie Roberts

Univision’s “Al Punto”: Fmr. President of Mexico Vincente Fox, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Oscar De La Hoya, Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti, Sheriff of Maricopa County, AZ Joe Arpaio, Gael García Bernal

CNN’s “State of the Union: Ana Navarro, Donna Brazile, Gwenn Ifill of PBS

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Weekend Show Preview, 2.28 – 3.2

SundayShows12Who’s on the public affairs shows this weekend? Glad you asked:

Sunday:

CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand‎ (D-NY), Michael O’Hanlon of Brookings, Danielle Pletka of AEI, CBS’ Margaret Brennan and David Martin

“Fox News Sunday”: Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), George Will, Elise Viebeck of The Hill, Scott Brown, Evan Bayh

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Kathleen Parker, Tina Brown, Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID), Chuck Todd of NBC/MSNBC

ABC’s “This Week“: Ben Affleck, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), CNN’s Van Jones, Rich Lowry of National Review, ABC’s Cokie Roberts, Nate Silver

Univision’s “Al Punto” : President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto, Michelle Obama, wife of a Venezuelan political prisoner Lilian Tintori, Roni Kaplan of Israeli Defense Force, actor Eduardo Verastegui

CNN’s “State of the Union“: Rick Santorum, Former WH Deputy Press Sec. Bill Burton, NYT‘s Ross Douthat, Amy Walter of Cook Political Report

More guest listings after the jump…

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Weekend Show Preview: 1.24 – 1.26

SundayShows12Who’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.

“Fox News Sunday”: White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff; and Billie Jean King, U.S. Olympic Delegate.

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

PBS’s “Washington Week” : WaPo‘s Dan Balz; NBC News’ Pete Williams; RealClearPolitics’ Alexis Simendinger; and Bloomberg News’ Indira Lakshmanan.

BTV’s “Political Capital” : TBA

We’ll update ‘em as we get ‘em (email fishbowljames@gmail.com).

Stephanie Cutter Working for the Old Boss Again

Cutter with co-host Van Jones.

Crossfire‘s Stephanie Cutter has a side gig. President Obama appointed her yesterday to serve  on the Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. The fluffy position probably won’t distract Stephanie too much from her main job, which is good because Van Jones can’t be expected to take on S.E. Cupp and Newt Gingrich all by himself!

We were also surprised to see that Kal Penn is dipping his toe again into the Washington waters as part of the Committee as well. Here’s the gist from Deadline.com:

Obama Tuesday named his former Deputy Campaign Manager as a Member for the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities…A low impact patronage post, the Committee traditionally has the current First Lady as its Honorary Chair and Michelle Obama serves in that capacity for her husband’s administration…Cutter isn’t the only small screener to be named to the Committee lately. On Monday, former House star Kal Penn was appointed to Committee on the Arts and Humanities by the President. Leaving Hollywood for a spell, the Harold and Kumar actor worked for the administration in its early years and spoke at last year’s Democratic National Convention.

Read the whole story here.

Van Jones: “Sleep is for Mortals”

cufflinksSo who sports the super-patriotic cuff links? If you guessed Van Jones from CNN’s Crossfire, you win! Actually none of you guessed Van Jones, so none of you win. But that’s okay, even the man himself admits they’re uncharacteristic.

“My liberal friends get mad at me for wearing them,” he told us through a mouthful of chicken tacos after his 6:30 show last night.

He’s not exactly a wrap-yourself-in the flag kinda guy after all. Indeed, his appeal on Crossfire is as an unapologetic, anti-war, anti-gun, pro-social welfare Progressive. Add to that a stint as Obama’s “Green Jobs Czar,” and detractors are quick to label him as one of those people trying to “destroy America.”

VanJonesVan himself isn’t bothered by such accusations. “You know, I think there are only two parties in this countries -the ‘Give a Damn’ Party and the ‘Don’t Give a Damn’ Party. Me and everyone I work with, we’re part of the ‘Give a Damn’ Party.”

We asked Van where co-star Newt Gingrich fell on that spectrum. “Oh Newt is great! You know I think I’m the only other person in the country besides his wife, Callista, who has read every single one of his books.”

Even the alternative fiction? “Okay, every non-fiction book.”

That’s what we thought.

“Working with Newt is a privilege though. The man knows everything. You never know when he’ll turn to you and say something like, ‘President Reagan once gave me some advice about life…’ How often do you get to have access to a resource like that?”

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Behind the Scenes on Election Night At CNN

We have a pretty good idea where you guys went to watch the election results come in. And while we desperately wanted to drink as well, we got an invite we just couldn’t refuse: the Crossfire Control Room at CNN.

Sam FeistUpon arriving at the First Street NE bureau we bumped into Sam Feist, DC Bureau Chief. He ushered us into his office where we peered over his shoulder at some early election results. “This is strictly off the record, of course.” Of course.  An excited Feist launched in to an explanation of how off year election coverage differs from a general election just as CNNPolitics.com editor Bryan Monroe walked in.  Monroe grabbed a handful of Jelly Bellies from a crystal bowl before assuring Feist that CNN.com’s election interactive was primed with the first round of voter data.

Soon we were off to the control room, where Crossfire Supervising Producer David Chalian was covering for EP Rebecca Kutler.  As we watched on what seemed like hundreds of screens, Van Jones and Newt Gingrich argued amicably, and the normally sedate Donna Brazile laced into the Tea Party with uncharacteristic zeal. Digital producer Eric Weisbrod sat quietly in the front, headset on, watching the screens intently. A nod to new CNN Chief Jeff Zucker’s digital focus?  controlroom

The show wrapped to light applause, and the crowded control room emptied quickly as people scrambled to get dinner –they all had to be back for an 11:30 post-election live hour with Newt and Van. The stars of the show were in a similar mindset. We caught up with them in the hallway as Van called out, “Hey Newt, isn’t there supposed to be free food around here?” Mr. Speaker shrugged, “I think it’s on floor 9?”

In the elevator ride down, Newt, with professorial ease, opined about the state of the California Republican party. Of a Crossfire guest who shall remain nameless he said, “I’m not sure _____ is too comfortable talking about that stuff.” Newt, of course, is comfortable talking about everything. Van was upbeat, even though he just came in from California, where he spends half his time overseeing four non-profits. So upbeat in fact, that he agreed to sit down with FishbowlDC for a quick chat –after his tacos of course. More on that convo to come…

CNN “Crossfire” Party Packs a Punch

“It was terr i fy ying,” said CNN “Crossfire” host Van Jones, careful to enunciate every syllable when asked about his first night on the job.

At least at the Crossfire launch party held last night at the Carnegie Library he could finally let his hair down (so to speak) and enjoy a night with friends, colleagues, booze and a band.

His co-hosts popped in the crowd — Newt Gingrich with his big, shiny helmet of white hair, S.E. Cupp in a purple leather sleeveless dress and Stephanie Cutter in power red.

Meanwhile, others mingled: Newt’s wife, Callista held her own with her perfect, shiny, white-blond bob,  former “Crossfire” host Paul Begala wished the new hosts well, as Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and fiancé, Maria Belen Chapur, attracted flashbulbs on the red carpet while a very thin Caroline Kennedy, President Obama’s nominee for Amb. to Japan, drew stares. Others spotted around the room: WJLA’s Rebecca Cooper, conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, The Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol (who is far shorter in person than we imagined), FNC’s Greta Van Susteren and husband, John Coale, WaPo‘s Jackie Kucinich, ex-TWT Editor Sam Dealey, TWT‘s senior opinion writer Emily Miller, The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas, Politico‘s Dylan Byers, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, CQ Roll Call‘s Abby Livingston, Slate‘s Dave Weigel, TIME‘s Michael Crowley, MSNBC’s Karen Finney, lefty radio host Bill Press, Speaker John Boehner‘s spokesman Michael Steel and wife, Mary Kathryn Covert, lobbyist Jack Quinn and wife, Susanna, Americans for Tax Reform Prez Grover Norquist, NRSC’s fiery Brad Dayspring, and consultant Brian Walsh.

CNNer’s spotted in the crowd: CNN President Jeff Zucker, Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist, Jessica Yellin, Dana Bash, Brianna Keilar, Wolf Blitzer, Gloria Borger, Candy Crowley (without a shred of makeup), Wendell Goler, Matt Dornic, and Edie Emery.

Asked about Cupp, his conservative co-host, Jones said, “S.E. is the most likeable person ever born. I think they created her in a lab. She hypnotizes you and then she goes in for the kill.”

Cupp also had a thing or two to say about Jones. Read more

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