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Tables Turned on Megyn Kelly, as She’s Interviewed by Sheryl Sandberg

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was interviewed by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg yesterday at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit in Laguna Niguel, California.

Sandberg says she “just cold called” Kelly last year after the Fox News anchor defended women regarding sexist comments made by Erick Erickson and Lou Dobbs.

“The traditional way that women have anchored news is actually different than what you do,” Sandeberg said to Kelly. “It is a little more eye-lash batting, a little flirtier, a little more demur, and you are not doing that. You are covering serious topics and you are doing it with strength and conviction.”

Watch the full interview below. Kelly appears around the 12-minute point.

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Dan Rather: Fox News Is Not a ‘Propaganda Machine’ for the GOP

Appearing on Larry King‘s RT America show, former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather said Fox News founder and chairman Roger Ailes has helped the Republican Party, but wouldn’t categorize Fox News as part of the GOP.

“Ailes considers himself still a part of the Republican Party, and I think in so far that he’s able to, that he wants his channel to be that way,” Rather said, cautioning against casting a wide blanket over Fox News and praising several of the “pros” he knows there.

“Is it a soul operative and propaganda machine for the party? I’d have to stop short of that,” he concluded.

Shepard Smith: ‘So Cold He’s Turned Into Color Bars’

On “Shepard Smith Reporting” this afternoon, Chicago-based correspondent Garrett Tenney was so cold, he apparently vanished off the screen.

“Garrett would you slide in?’ Smith asked. “We lost him…Garrett is so cold that he has turned into color bars.”

“Cold enough that I can’t stay here in one place,” Tenney said upon reappearing on screen.

New reporter Lea Gabrielle also braved the cold.

“You’re nose is running, isn’t it?” Smith said. “Welcome to reporter-ville.”

‘The Five’s’ Best/Worst Christmas Presents

Five Christmas“The Five” had a lively discussion about the best and worst Christmas presents to give.

“Of course, I’ve given clothing,” Dana Perino said. “What else is there to get guys?” Co-host Eric Bolling countered with advice for all men: there is no bad gift from a woman…even a mani-pedi.

“The mani-pedi…forget about it,” Bob Beckel said, adding a cheese tasting class and watches to his bad gift list.

Greg Gutfeld suggested the best presents are fun instead of falling into the self-help category.

Watch the host’s Secret Santa present exchange after the jump. Read more

Who Covered it More? Typhoon vs. Obamacare

The Pew Research Center had the stopwatch going during cable news coverage of the typhoon in Philippines and the continuing struggles with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Coverage of Obamacare dominated on Fox News and MSNBC while Typhoon Haiyan was covered more on CNN and Al Jazeera America.

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So You Think You Can Spell?

Lawmakers and reporters often spar, but now the two sides will square off in a whole different forum.

FNC’s Ed Henry, CBS’s Major Garrett, and MSNBC’s Howard Fineman are among the DC journos participating in The National Press Club’s Centennial Spelling Bee on September 18 in Washington.  Along with colleagues from Politico, The New York Times, and other outlets, the newsers will compete in a spelling smack down against a team of federal legislators, including Sen. Tim Kane (D-VA) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ).

Held sporadically over the past decades, the spelling bee this year is a celebration of the 1913 NPC event, which also pitted members of Congress against the press, and featured President Woodrow Wilson in attendance.

Tickets are available online, with proceeds benefitting the organization’s nonprofit Journalism Institute, which trains communications professionals and provides educational scholarships.

TVNewser’s 2013 Guide To Graduation Speakers

As is tradition here at TVNewser, we present to you our sixth annual list of who’s-speaking-where-and-when at America’s colleges and universities (in alphabetical order):

CBS’s Sharyn Alfonsi: University of Mississippi-Meek School of Journalism and New Media (MS), May 11

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour: The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (MD), May 23

ABC’s Dr. Richard Besser: University of South Carolina School of Medicine (SC), May 10

FNC’s Shannon Bream: Liberty University (VA), May 11

NBC’s Tom Brokaw: Loyola University New Orleans (LA), May 11

ABC’s Katie Couric: Randolph-Macon College (VA), June 1

ABC’s Josh Elliott: Quinnipiac University-The School of Communications and the School of Health Sciences (CT), May 19

NBC’s Richard Engel: Fordham University (NY), May 18

MSNBC’s Howard Fineman: University of Louisville-Brandeis School of Law (KY), May 11

FNC’s Bill Hemmer: Miami University-Farmer School of Business (OH), May 12

After the jump: Where Lemon, Raddatz, Scarborough, BriWi, and others will be speaking.

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Greg Burke Joins Vatican Communications Staff

Greg Burke has left Fox News Channel, where he’s been a Rome-based correspondent since 2001, and is joining the Vatican’s communications staff as a senior advisor.

It was just last month that TVNewser interviewed Burke in Italy, where he discussed his newly-obtained dual U.S.-Italian citizenship, and why he valued being stationed in Rome.

“There are more than a billion Catholics, and you have the Vatican here,” he told TVNewser at the time. “You’re always going to have some news out of the Vatican.”

Now Burke will be switching roles, helping the Church with communications strategy.

“I’m a bit nervous but very excited. Let’s just say it’s a challenge,” he tells the AP.  “You’re shaping the message, you’re molding the message, and you’re trying to make sure everyone remains on-message. And that’s tough.”

Burke says he was offered the job twice before but declined both times.  An FNC spokesperson confirms with TVNewser a mutual parting of ways, and says that London-based correspondents Amy Kellogg and Greg Palkot will take the lead on future regonal coverage.

After the jump, WATCH TVNewser’s video interview with Burke in May…

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When In Rome: Tales From a Foreign Correspondent

Why should a news organization have a reporter based full-time in Rome?

According to FNC’s Rome-based correspondent Greg Burke, it’s a no-brainer. ”There are more than a billion Catholics, and you have the Vatican here,” he told TVNewser during this writer’s recent vacation to Italy. “You’re always going to have some news out of the Vatican.”

Not to mention that despite the recent political departure of Italy’s never-dull prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, the country “produces good, colorful stories.” For example: the trial of Amanda Knox, and the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner.

Important storylines could originate from Italy this summer as well, considering the shaky state of the eurozone. It’s evidence of what Burke predicts will be a news “comeback” for Rome, which experienced its greatest recent media crush in 2005, when Pope John Paul II passed away. The city, Burke says, “is important for a lot of reasons.”

Italy is a second home to Burke, who’s been there for nearly twenty years – first working for Reuters, then for TIME magazine.  Just a few weeks ago, in fact, he obtained dual U.S.-Italian citizenship. One benefit: near-seamless travel within the European Union.

More, including a video interview with Burke, after the jump.

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TVNewser’s 2012 Guide To Graduation Speakers

‘Tis commencement season, and so without further ado, we present TVNewser’s fifth annual list of who’s-speaking-where-and-when at America’s colleges and universities (in alphabetical order):

ABC/CNN’s Christiane Amanpour: University of Southern California - Annenberg School of Journalism,  May 11

NBC’s Tom Brokaw: Arizona State University , May 3…Vanderbilt University (TN) – Senior Class Day, May 10

FNC’s SVP of News Editorial Michael Clemente: Warren County Community College (NJ), May 19

ABC’s Katie CouricUniversity of Virginia, May 20

NBC’s Tom Costello: University of Colorado, Journalism & Mass Communication, May 10.

NBC’s David Gregory: Emerson College (MA), May 14

CNN/CBS’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta: University of Michigan, previously on April 28

NBC’s Savannah GuthrieHobart and William Smith Colleges (NY), May 13

MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry: Wellesley College (MA), May 25

PBS’s Maria Hinojosa: Simmons College (MA) – Morning Commencement, May 18

NBC’s Lester Holt: Pepperdine University (CA), previously on April 28

PBS’s Gwen Ifill: Holy Names University (CA), May 12… Bates College (ME), May 26

More after the jump, including Koppel, Lehrer, Sawyer, Schieffer, and three Williamses (Brian, Juan, and Pete)

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