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Sharpton: ‘We Are Engaged in Immediate Conversations’ With WH Over Holder Successor

SharptonResponding to the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder today, MSNBC host and President of the National Action Network Al Sharpton suggested he’s in direct contact with the White House regarding Holder’s eventual successor.

In a statement, Sharpton lauded Holder while looking forward.

“The resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder is met with both pride and disappointment by the Civil Rights community. We are proud that he has been the best Attorney General on civil rights in U.S. history and disappointed because he leaves at a critical time when we need his continued diligence most. We are engaged in immediate conversations with the White House on their deliberations over a successor whom we hope will continue in the general direction of Attorney General Holder.

Sharpton later spoke to Business Insider to clarify the NAN’s involvement: “We did not say we are in the decision making. We are in conversation to reach out to them to have meetings about what we want to see in a successor.”

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Journalists Under Close Watch at Clinton Global Initiative

Clinton GlobalThe New York Times’ Amy Chozick reports journalists haven’t been given much breathing room at this week’s Clinton Global Initiative event in New York City. Chozick, who is on the Hillary beat, was even escorted when nature called.

But, for me, perhaps the person who stands out is the friendly 20-something press aide who the Clinton Global Initiative tasked with escorting me to the restroom. She waited outside the stall in the ladies’ room at the Sheraton Hotel, where the conference is held each year.

An escort is required wherever we go, lest one of us with our yellow press badges wind up somewhere where attendants with an esteemed blue badge are milling around. When asked about the practice, Craig Minassian, a spokesman for the initiative, directed me to a press release about American Standard’s Flush for Good campaign to improve sanitation for three million people in the developing world. “Since you are so interested in bathrooms and C.G.I,” Mr. Minassian said.

Erin Burnett was among the tvnewsers to interview former Pres. Clinton at CGI this week. Last night, Burnett moderated a special CNN town hall with the 42nd president. Topics ranged from U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria, to the Ray Rice domestic violence suspension.

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The Week of the International Gets

With world leaders in New York for the U.N. General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative happening at the same time, TV news anchors have been busy getting gets.

Who did we miss?

Eric Bolling, Anthony Weiner Spar on Twitter over Weiner’s Fox Comments

Eric Bolling doesn’t agree with former Congressman Anthony Weiner‘s categorization of Fox News as conservative. And he let him know this afternoon on Twitter.

What ensued was a good old-fashioned Twitter spat.

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A Strange Day for the White House Press, and the Secret Service

WhiteHouseSearchIt was an unusual Saturday morning following an equally precarious Friday evening at the White House.

Just before 8:30amET, the White House pool reporter for the day sent a note that they were not being allowed into the White House. “The plaza in front of White House is shutdown. The AP Photographer uploaded photos of a shoulder to shoulder sweep of the north lawn at 7:30 am and then the uniformed officers moved to do the same shoulder to shoulder search across the plaza and into Lafayette park,” the pool note read. “There appear to be dozens of officers in the search”

About 15 minutes later, the Secret Service allowed the pool access to the White House. Even longtime members of the press corps say this morning’s activities were out of the norm.

They follow last night’s incident in which a Texas man jumped the fence around the North Lawn and made it through the door of the White House portico.  In another incident this afternoon, a New Jersey man approached a White House gates on foot. He later drove up to another gate and pulled into the vehicle screening area. When he refused to leave, he was arrested and charged with unlawful entry.

Scarborough Wonders if MSNBC Will Cover a Christie Exoneration As Much as Charges

JoeWhile discussing new reports that federal investigators have found no link between the George Washington Bridge fiasco and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Joe Scarborough wondered how his network will cover it.

“12 nights in a row on a certain network,” Scarborough said sarcastically after co-host Mika Brzezinski said there should be 24 hours of coverage if it comes out that Christie had no knowledge of the bridge closures beforehand. Scarborough’s sarcasm was is in reference to MSNBC’s wall-to-wall coverage earlier this year of the bridge closures and possible connection to Christie.

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How Does the Obama Administration Block Information to the Press?

the_white_house_0The Associated Press’ Sally Buzbee writes about the eight ways the Obama administration keeps information from the media:

1) As the United States ramps up its fight against Islamic militants, the public can’t see any of it. News organizations can’t shoot photos or video of bombers as they take off — there are no embeds. In fact, the administration won’t even say what country the S. bombers fly from.

2) The White House once fought to get cameramen, photographers and reporters into meetings the president had with foreign leaders overseas. That access has become much rarer. Think about the message that sends other nations about how the world’s leading democracy deals with the media: Keep them out and let them use handout photos.

The list goes on to cite court filings the public can’t see, intimidation of sources, the Freedom of Information Act coming “under siege,” and the administration trying to exert control over what information state and local governments give out. What do you think?

Rupert Murdoch Won’t Go After Time Warner ‘In A Hostile Way’

Rupert Murdoch was a guest during FBN’s special coverage of the vote in Scotland this morning.

The Chairman of News Corp. and 21st Century Fox phoned in to Neil Cavuto where he was asked about today’s independence vote in Scotland, the 2016 U.S. elections, the global terror threat on the markets and his withdrawn offer for Time Warner.

Murdoch said he hasn’t had any discussions since withdrawing the Time Warner bid in early August, and won’t go after a deal “in a hostile way.”


David Gregory: ‘Laziness in the Media’ Helps Perpetuate Political Gridlock Storyline

NoLabelsGregoryAt the No Labels National Ideas Meeting in Washington, D.C. this afternoon, former “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory talked about the media’s role in the polarized state of politics.

“Sometimes it is an over-simplification to talk about the speed of the news cycle — that is part of the problem. What it is is the attachment to narrative,” said Gregory. “In Washington political journalism the narrative gets set early and then its built on. Things that fight the narrative get harder to report out, often because of laziness in the media.

The media has gotten very attached to the idea that Washington is so dysfunctional and the country is so frustrated with it. There is a self fulfilling part of that that goes along with the fact that some of these issues just don’t have consensus.”

(Photo/Courtesy: Jen Scoggins)

Pres. Obama’s ISIS Speech Ratings: FNC #1

ObamaISIS304During President Obama’s speech last night, which lasted just shy of 15 minutes, Fox News beat CNN and MSNBC combined in total viewers and tied them combined in the A25-54 demo.

Megyn Kelly anchored with Bret Baier appearing before the speech. On CNN, Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper co-anchored. On MSNBC, Rachel Maddow anchored with a panel featuring Chris Hayes, Chris Matthews, Al Sharpton, and Andrea Mitchell.

Here are the numbers. FNC and MSNBC’s are from 9-9:15pmET; CNN’s from 9:02-9:16pmET

Network Anchor Total Viewers A25-54
Fox
Megyn Kelly 4,447,000M 994K
MSNBC
Rachel Maddow 1,890,000M 361K
CNN Wolf Blitzer/Cooper 1,827,000M 633K

And our full scoreboard is here.

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