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Obama to Heckler: ‘I’ve Been Respectful to You. I Want You to be Respectful to Me’

ObamaHecklerImmigrationDuring his remarks in Las Vegas this afternoon explaining his immigration executive action, President Obama was heckled by a student who says the plan doesn’t go far enough.

“Not everybody will qualify under this provision,” Obama said directly to the student. “That’s the truth. That’s why we’re still going to have to pass a bill. So listen…” Obama said, as the crowd’s cheers drowned out the insistent heckler. “I heard you you and what I’m saying is we’re still going to have to pass a bill. This is the first step. It’s not the only step. We’re still going to have to do more work.

So, I’ve heard you. I’ve heard you young man. I’ve heard you. And I understand. I’ve heard you. But what I’m saying is this is just a first step. So young man, I’m talking to a lot of people here. I’ve been respectful to you. I want you to be respectful to me.”

As Networks Pass on Immigration Address, Local Stations Produce Special Reports

While ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX chose not to interrupt primetime with Pres. Obama’s immigration executive action remarks, many local stations interrupted network programs anyway, producing their own specials. NBC stations in Washington, DC and New York produced special reports, so did ABC’s WLS in Chicago, which meant pre-empting the “Grey’s Anatomy” “winter finale.” FOX produced an optional special report anchored by Shepard Smith but aired broadly across the country in markets including New York, Boston, Washington, Atlanta, Detroit, and Miami.

Because of the timing, during the local evening news in the Mountain and Pacific time zones, many of those stations incorporated the remarks in their newscasts. CBS’s Scott Pelley anchored a special report that aired on many western stations including KCBS in Los Angeles, KCNC in Denver and KOVR in Sacramento.

Obama Flights to Alex Wagner’s Wedding Cost Taxpayers $358,490

KassWagnerJudicial Watch reports the Air Force has added up the cost of Pres. Obama’s air travel over Labor Day Weekend, which included attending the wedding of MSNBC host Alex Wagner. The total: more than $1.5 million.

Flights for Obama’s 2014 Labor Day weekend fundraising trips to Westchester, New York, and Providence, Rhode Island, cost taxpayers $527,192.50. Transportation for Obama’s round-trip flight from D.C. to Westchester, New York, to attend a wedding cost taxpayers $358,490.90. The flight for Obama’s trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to speak at “Laborfest 2014” cost taxpayers $653,718.70

Following the fundraisers on the Friday of Labor Day weekend, the president was originally planning to stay overnight in New York, then attend the wedding of Wagner and White House chef Sam Kass. But he changed his plans last minute, flew to Washington for the night – then returned to New York on Saturday. At the time, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the change allowed Obama “to sleep in his own bed, do a little work tomorrow, spend some time with his family.”

Rick Perry to Chuck Todd: ‘You Will Probably Not Be Invited’ to Moderate a Pres. Debate

ChuckToddRGA “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd found himself between two ferns and several Republican governors at their annual confab in Boca Raton Wednesday.

The New York Times reports Todd spent 28 minutes of the one-hour session talking about immigration, much to the ire of two governors and the gathered crowd.

“We have an hour,” said Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. “We’ve now spent 30 minutes talking about the president breaking the law.”

The crowd here at the annual meeting of the Republican Governors Association erupted in applause.

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas issued his own form of rebuke to Mr. Todd for focusing on the issue.

“Here’s what I’m thinking: You will probably not be invited to do a moderation for a presidential debate,” he declared to laughter.

(h/t Playbook / Photo: @The_Rga)

White House Didn’t Ask For Broadcast Network Airtime For Immigration Speech

ObamaImmigrationPresident Barack Obama will announce his highly anticipated plan to deal with millions of illegal immigrants tomorrow night. While the cable news networks will carry the 8pmET announcement, the broadcast networks — deep into November sweeps — will not.

According to network insiders, the White House did not request time from the networks for tomorrow night’s primetime speech. But because it comes at 5pmPT the network evening newscasts will have to update their programs.

Are News Networks Trying to Make Politics ‘As Fun As Wrestling’?

hannity_gregory_blitzer-620x412Writing at Salon, AlterNet’s Marty Kaplan accuses the news networks of “treating news as entertainment,” and specifically trying to make politics into a personality-driven soap opera:

It’s in the economic self-interest of the news media to make politics as fun as wrestling and as risky as a high-wire act. That’s what drives ratings. But we pay a steep price for the pleasures of circus and spectacle.

The price, Kaplan suggests, is a public that’s truly informed. Treating politics as entertaining spectacle means, like a soap opera, never being too far away from crisis and conflict. The story requires drama far more than informative discussion of issues. “In this way, every dispute, even over matters of fact, becomes a contest of power – loudest, best funded, most persistent voices win,” Kaplan writes.

ABC News Sent 10 Million Election Day Push Alerts While Avoiding ‘Extreme Overkill’

abc_your_voice_your_14F6424_wblogOn Election Day, ABC News sent a staggering 10 million push alerts to users of the ABC News app who’d signed up for alerts. Peter Roybal, Head of Mobile for ABC News, knew full well that volume of information risked extreme overkill.

But in the weeks leading up to Election Day, the network prompted users to select just how much of that information they wanted to receive–anywhere from merely one key race to the full firehose. “Users who told us they wanted everything received about 45 alerts to their phone’s lock screen informing them the instant the ABC News Decision Desk projected a key race, when we had live video starting of victory or concession speech, or when we determined a race would go to runoff,” Roybal tells TVNewser. “Users who told us they wanted a key update alerts got an editorially curated subset of about 30 alerts.” Read more

Fox News Parts Ways with Dr. Ben Carson

CarsonHannityAs Dr. Ben Carson considers a run for the White House, Fox News has had an amicable partings of the ways with the conservative commentator, reports WaPo’s Eric Wemple.

Dr. Carson, most recently on “Hannity” Monday night, has been an FNC contributor since Oct. 2013. This afternoon he began promoting a new biographical TV special called “A Breath of Fresh Air.” Produced by Armstrong Williams, the infomercial takes a look at Dr. Carson’s “rise from born to a single mother with a poor childhood in Detroit to director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins.”

This is not the first time Fox News has cut ties with paid contributors who sought higher office: in 2011 the network suspended Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich who later ran for the 2012 GOP nomination.

C-SPAN Caller Uses N-word on Live TV

A C-SPAN viewer called President Barack Obama the N-word before being kicked off the air on Thursday.

“This is about race. The Republicans hate that n—– Obama,” said the caller who identified himself as a Republican from California.

C-SPAN doesn’t use a delay, even when they are taking live calls from viewers. Host Steve Scully immediately hung up, saying, “We’re not gonna use that kind of language. You can certainly make your point, but you cross the line when you use language like that,” he said. “And so to our viewers and listeners, I want to apologize.”

Bernie Goldberg: Election Results Ended ‘Phony Liberal War on Fox News’

On Fox News’ “O’Reilly Factor,” Bernie Goldberg said Tuesday’s election results proved the “phony liberal war on Fox News” was officially over. “It’s just a convenient argument. One of the biggest takeaways of this election, in my view, is that the voters have finally rejected this phony war business–and add to that, the phony liberal war on Fox News. It just feels tired.”