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Which of President Obama’s 2012 Election Interviews Was the Toughest?

obama stewartWhite House Press Secretary Jay Carney‘s pick for President Obama’s toughest 2012 election interview might surprise you.

“Probably the toughest interview he had was with Jon Stewart,” Carney told CBS’ Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett during a discussion at George Washington University today.

Carney added that Stewart produced the most “substantive, challenging” interview for the president leading up to the 2012 election, and that Stewart packages news in a way that draws young eyeballs, which is who the president was trying to reach by going on “The Daily Show.”

But Greta Van Susteren isn’t laughing at other comments Carney made about Fox News, taking to GretaWire to criticize Carney for suggesting “ridiculous stories” coming from Fox News, like how many times former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared at the White House; Greta also called the White House “delusional” on the issue of transparency.

‘Never been a more transparent administration?’

OOPS! I love to get credit for identifying a falsehood but we are not the only ones. I also know the White House likes to blame Fox News for all their problems, but it is NOT just Fox New that outs the White House about its false claim of transparency.

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President Obama Takes Questions From White House Briefing Room

President Obama visited the White House press briefing room this afternoon to speak about the new enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act and take questions from the press. The broadcast and cable networks all had live coverage of the press conference, which began at 3:40pmET.

On the broadcast networks, Brian Williams anchored for NBC, George Stephanopoulos anchored for ABC and Jeff Glor anchored for CBS.

First question goes to Kathleen Hennessey of the LA Times, who asks about Ukraine.

Second question goes to Maria Pena of La Opinion, who asks about immigration reform.

Third question goes to Tamara Keith of NPR, who asks about the ACA.

Fourth question goes to Edward-Isaac Dovere of Politico, who asks about military options in Ukraine.

Fifth and final question goes to David Jackson of USA Today, who asks about problems with the ACA rollout.

BuzzFeed: Networks Rejected White House Request For Primetime Press Conference

nbc news ACA statementExecutives at the broadcast networks refused to accommodate a White House request for a primetime press conference Tuesday on the Affordable Care Act reaching its enrollment goal, BuzzFeed reports:

Three sources familiar with the request confirmed the White House asked for the primetime slot in their effort both to emphasize a bright moment following the challenging roll out and, more important, to try to reintroduce the country to a law that remains unpopular. One top White House official referred BuzzFeed to another top official for comment on the conversation with networks, but the second official did not respond to a request for comment.

People familiar with the request declined to reveal which network blocked the primetime address, but broadcast networks have traditionally been much more reluctant than cable networks to provide the White House with evening air time.

President Obama instead held the press conference Tuesday afternoon in the Rose Garden. It was covered by ABC and NBC, as well as the cable news networks.

Megyn Kelly Interviews Chris Christie

megyn kelly kelly file 2Megyn Kelly gets the cable exclusive with the embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Kelly will interview Gov. Christie at his office in Trenton tomorrow. Kelly plans to run the interview in two parts: tomorrow night and Monday night.

Earlier today, ABC’s Diane Sawyer interviewed Christie and asked if he felt “clueless” about not knowing about the George Washington Bridge closures.

“Not clueless, but it certainly makes me feel taken advantage of, and also, more importantly, I feel like I let people down by not knowing,” Christie said. “Sometimes, people do inexplicably stupid things.”

NBC News Airs Special Report on Pres. Obama, Pope Francis Meeting

PopeObamaNBC News was the only broadcast news network to provide a network special report of President Obama’s first meeting with Pope Francis this morning.

Matt Lauer broke in at 5:13amET as the president arrived at the Vatican, with correspondent Anne Thompson alongside him in New York and White House Correspondent Peter Alexander reporting from Vatican City.

Many local stations in the eastern and central time zones carried the live pictures as the president and pope shook hands and sat down for what would be a :50 minute meeting.

“Good Morning America” and “CBS This Morning each led with the historic meeting. Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl reported from Vatican City for ABC, while Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett reported live from Vatican City for CBS.

Sharyl Attkisson Not Surprised by Cooperation Between Reporters and White House

SHARYL-ATTKISSON-DOJ-facebookFresh off her departure from CBS News, Sharyl Attkisson chimed in on the story of local CBS affiliate anchor Catherine Anaya who’s come under fire for saying that White House correspondents submit their questions to the press secretary before briefings. Anaya has since retracted the reporting and apologized for it.

Still, Attkisson, a veteran of the Washington beat tells Philadelphia radio station WPHT, “I wouldn’t be surprised if sometimes there is that sort of level of cooperation with some questions that want to be asked.” Attkisson says when she couldn’t get answers from the White House, she’d redirect her questions to CBS’ White House correspondent, who would then ask White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. Carney, she says, whould instruct the correspondent to ask the question at the White House briefing.

“I wouldn’t be shocked if there’s sometimes more coordination,” she continued. “It’s almost as if we’re all in the same type of club, and we’re supposed to protect each other a little bit,” Attkisson continued, citing an example from a few years ago, when she got blowback for publicly sharing that a White House official screamed at her when she inquired about the “Fast and Furious” gun-walking scandal.

Attkisson also opened up about her resignation.

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Local News Anchor Causes National Stir Over White House Reporting

Catherina Anaya of CBS affiliate KPHO was part of one of those local news junkets to the White House on Wednesday. But in the span of one sentence during her 5pm liveshot, she, in her own words, “made two major mistakes:” Anaya reported things that were supposed to be off the record, then declared that White House correspondents give their questions to press secretary Jay Carney in advance.

“It was very informal and off the record,” Anaya said, before reporting what happened. “[Carney] talked about how he gets his day started, all the information he needs to be aware of in case he’s asked certain questions in the daily press briefings.”

Anaya then caused an uproar with this statement: “One of the things I found interesting is reporters and correspondents, unless it is breaking news, they provide questions to him in advance so he is already preparing for the answer.” The press secretary, and the press, fired off Tweets in response:

 

 

Last night, Anaya apologized for her “bad reporting.”

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President Obama Authorizes Sanctions on Russian Officials

Speaking from the White House press briefing room shortly before 11amET, President Obama announced he is authorizing sanctions against Russian officials over this weekend’s Crimea vote.

“As I told President Putin yesterday, the referendum in Crimea was a clear violation of Ukrainian constitutions and international law and it will not be recognized by the international community,” Obama said. “Today I am announcing a series of measures that will continue to increase the cost on Russia and those responsible for what is happening in Ukraine.”

The broadcast networks offered special reports, with Matt Lauer anchoring for NBC News, Josh Elliott for ABC News and Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell for CBS News. Fox News, CNN and MSNBC also had coverage of the President’s remarks, with Bill Hemmer anchoring on FNC, Wolf Blitzer anchoring on CNN and Chris Jansing anchoring on MSNBC.

Mika Brzezinski ‘Won’t Let’ Joe Scarborough Run for President

ScarboroughJoe Scarborough was absent from “Morning Joe” this morning following a weekend in New Hampshire promoting his book, “The Right Path.” Scarborough was also a speaker at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference, which only heightened speculation he’s running for office.

The Atlantic reports organizers of the NRLC planned to include Scarborough in a straw poll, but left him off at the request of MSNBC.  Kentucky Senator Rand Paul won the poll.

Either way, Scarborough tells Politico, “I have no plans to run for office. I do plan, in my free time, to continue a book tour focused on getting the Republican Party back to its winning ways and talking about the economic revival in America’s future if Washington starts getting a few things right.”

For her part, co-host Mika Brzezinski said she’s not letting Joe run for office either. “I won’t let him…because I love my job,” Brzezinski said on this morning’s show.

The show ran clips of Scarborough speaking in New Hampshire, where he delivered his message that the road map to the GOP’s revival is running a presidential candidate that can get both Senator Ted Cruz and General Colin Powell‘s vote (speaking of the latter, did you see the 60-year-old selfie he posted last week?)

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White House Happy with Results of Pres. Obama’s ‘Between Two Ferns’ Appearance

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President Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett says it wasn’t hard to persuade the president to take part in Funny or Die’s “Between Two Ferns,” a web series that’s an homage to old, bad local TV and cable access talk shows.

“No, it wasn’t hard to get him to participate. And yes, so far it has been overwhelmingly successful,” Jarrett said on “CBS This Morning.” “I was checking how many hits were on the site last night when I went to bed. It was 10 million, which I’m sure breaks all kinds of record. But more importantly than that, the traffic on [healthcare.gov] has gone up 40% between yesterday and today, and that was the goal.”

The “Today” show featured the segment from the Orange Room Tuesday morning, while on his show last night, Bill O’Reilly took issue with the timing of the President’s appearance. “Abe Lincoln would not have done it.” All three videos after the jump…

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