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Obama to O’Reilly: ‘These Things Keep on Surfacing Because You and Your TV Station Will Promote Them’

ObamaOReillySuperBowlThe handful of questions Bill O’Reilly asked in his pre-Super Bowl interview with Pres. Obama came from a shortlist of the last couple years of White House blunders including healthcare.gov, the attack in Benghazi, and the IRS scandal. Toward the end of the 10-minute interview the president even called out O’Reilly and Fox News.

“These kinds of things keep on surfacing in part because you and your TV station will promote them,” said the president.

O’Reilly began with the with Healthcare.gov glitches and why the president “didn’t fire Sebelius” speaking of HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius, charged with implementing the Affordable Care Act. “I promise you we hold everyone up and down the line accountable,” said the president. “But our main focus is how to make this thing work.”

O’Reilly then asked if it “was it the biggest mistake of your presidency to tell the nation, over and over, if you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance?”

“Oh Bill, you’ve got a long list of my mistakes,” said the President.

Things got more contentious when O’Reilly asked about the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi and the IRS scandal. “So there was no mass corruption?” O’Reilly asked about the 2013 IRS debacle. “There were some boneheaded decisions,” said the president, “[But] not even a smidgeon of corruption.”

“I know you think maybe we haven’t been fair, but I think your heart is in the right place,” said O’Reilly to Obama.

As he was getting the wrap from Fox Sports producers, he tried to get the president to pick a Super Bowl winner. “I think it’s going to be 24-21. But I don’t know who’s going to be 24 and who’s going to be 21,” said Obama.

A second interview, which will air on tomorrow’s “O’Reilly Factor,” was recorded after the live interview. Watch today’s interview after the jump…

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The Big Gets: Knox, Rodman, Pres. Obama

KnoxSome exclusive gets across TV news this morning, including an emotional Amanda Knox who vowed to fight her second guilty murder verdict in an interview with Robin Roberts; Dennis Rodman invited Chris Cuomo on a trip to North Korea with him; and President Obama wouldn’t give a Super Bowl (or 2016 election pick) to Jake Tapper in Obama’s first interview since the State of the Union address.

“I will never go willingly back to the place…” a teary eyed Knox said this morning on “Good Morning America,” struggling to finish her sentence. “I’m going to fight this until the very end. It’s not right, and it’s not fair. I need a lot of help. I can’t do this on my own, and I can’t help people understand this on my own,” Knox added. She told Roberts she isn’t prepared for potential extradition to Italy and will take her case as far as the Supreme Court.

Over on CNN, Rodman spoke with Cuomo from rehab. It was during an interview earlier this month with Cuomo that prompted an inebriated Rodman to get help. He also invited the CNN anchor to North Korea.

“I will take you over there and introduce you to him (Kim Jong-Un),” Rodman proposed. “I would love for you to come back here and tell the world…is he a nice guy.”

“I’ll take it, I take the invitation,” Cuomo said accompanied by a hand shake, pointing out he’d be surprised if North Korea allowed him to come.

And yesterday, Jake Tapper traveled to Wisconsin to interview President Obama, where the president detailed his his 2014 agenda and talked Super Bowl.

“I can’t wait. And the American people can’t wait,” Obama said, referring to his SOTU declaration that he will bypass Congress through executive orders when Congress doesn’t act.

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Jake Tapper Gets First Post SOTU Interview With Pres. Obama

r-JAKE-TAPPER-large570CNN’s Jake Tapper will interview President Obama for the president’s first interview after his State of the Union address.

As we reported last night, the interview will air Friday, with parts of it playing on “New Day” in the morning and on Tapper’s show “The Lead” at 4pm.

Tapper teased the exclusive this morning.

CNN’s chief Washington correspondent will ask the president about the economy, immigration, jobs, national security, and foreign policy, according to CNN.  Tapper’s Friday interview comes two days before Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly sits down with the president on Super Bowl Sunday at 4:30pmET. Read more

President Obama Delivers 2014 State of the Union Address

President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address is being broadcast tonight on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, Fusion, Al Jazeera, Fox Business, CNBC, Bloomberg and C-SPAN, as well as the Spanish-language networks.

Brian Williams, Scott Pelley, Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopoulos and Shepard Smith are in Washington D.C. anchoring on the broadcast networks. (They all attended the White House’s annual pre-SOTU lunch for journalists today.) For more on who’s anchoring where, here are the plans for the broadcast networks and the cable networks.

9:20 p.m.: Here’s a look across the cable networks as the President’s speech gets underway:

9:34 p.m.: #foxnewsCHAT, #TheBlazeSOTU and #NBCPolitics are trending on Twitter.

10:20 p.m.: Obama wraps up his speech. On CNN, Jake Tapper announces he will interview with the President this week. Tapper’s interview will air Friday on “New Day” and “The Lead,” two days ahead of Bill O’Reilly‘s pre-Super Bowl sit-down with Obama.

We’ll have more, including ratings, tomorrow.

State of the Union Coverage Plans: Broadcast Networks

obama state of the unionHere’s what the broadcast networks have planned for President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday.

ABC: Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor from Washington, D.C. They will be joined by Jonathan Karl, Martha Raddatz and Jeff Zeleny before and after the President’s speech. Sawyer will also anchor “World News” from D.C.

NBC: Brian Williams will anchor from Washington, D.C. He will be joined on set by David Gregory, Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell. Capitol Hill correspondent Kelly O’Donnell will report from inside the House chamber. Williams will also anchor “Nightly News” from D.C.

CBS: Scott Pelley will anchor from Washington, D.C. He will be joined by Bob Schieffer and Norah O’Donnell. CBS News will also have chief White House correspondent Major Garrett and Congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes reporting during primetime.

PBS: “NewsHour” co-anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will lead coverage. They will be joined by Mark Shields and David Brooks for political analysis.

FOX: Shepard Smith will anchor coverage of the President’s speech. Smith will be joined by “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace for analysis.

Univision: Univision will air the speech on cable network Galavision. Enrique Acevedo will anchor.

State of the Union Coverage Plans: Cable Networks

obama state of the union 2 Here’s what the cable news networks have planned for President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Fox News: Bret Baier will take over from Bill O’Reilly at 8:55pmET. Baier will be joined by chief White House correspondent Ed Henry, chief Congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel and Shannon Bream, who will report on Bing Pulse results throughout the night. Baier will anchor until 11pmET, at which point Megyn Kelly will take over with a live edition of “The Kelly File.”

CNN: Chris Cuomo will host “New Day” live from Capitol Hill Tuesday morning. For the network’s evening coverage, Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper will anchor beginning at 7pmET. They will be joined by a host of CNN correspondents, including Jim Sciutto from Iran, Tom Foreman from the virtual studio and Suzanne Malveaux, who will moderate a focus group in Des Moines. Tapper will helm late night SOTU coverage solo. CNN en Español will also broadcast the address with anchor Fernando del Rincón and correspondent Juan Carlos López.

MSNBC: Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews will host beginning at 9pmET. They will be joined by Chris Hayes, Al Sharpton, Steve Schmidt and Ed Schultz, who will be live from Washington, D.C. Matthews will anchor an additional hour of live coverage from 12am-1amET.

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Bill O’Reilly to Interview President Obama

Obama-OReilly-SuperBowlFox News host Bill O’Reilly will interview President Obama before this year’s Super Bowl, which will be broadcast on Fox. O’Reilly told a crowd in Boston Saturday night that he secured the Obama interview with a handshake deal last month. Now, the details have been squared away.

The interview will take place at the White House, live around 4:30pmET on Super Bowl Sunday.

Following the live interview, O’Reilly will conduct an additional taped portion that will air Monday, February 3 on his Fox News show. This is O’Reilly’s third interview with President Obama, and his second pre-Super Bowl chat.

Gov. Christie Spent 15 Minutes on the Phone with Mika Brzezinski Following Bridge Apology

AMJoeChristieCoverage of bridgegate continues on MSNBC — and NBC, where a Savannah Guthrie, Joe Scarborough interview was simulcast on “Today” and “Morning Joe.”  Following MSNBC’s interview Saturday with Mayor Dawn Zimmer of Hoboken, NJ who alleged New Jersey’s lieutenant governor used strong-arm tactics over Hurricane Sandy funds, the Governor fired back, calling MSNBC a “partisan network.” (His lieutenant governor said this morning the mayor’s story is “false and illogical,” and Zimmer has already responded to that claim).

Meanwhile, the coverage of the coverage continues. The New York Times has a story about how MSNBC’s reporting on the governor has changed since the story broke. MSNBC’s “on-air romance” with the governor was “forged over chummy strolls along the Jersey Shore and heart-to-hearts in the studio about everything from overeating to education,” the Times writes. Over the years, Christie also developed close ties to MSNBC anchors including Mika Brzezinski. He even showed up at her recent book signing. And this:

Immediately after Mr. Christie concluded his apologetic news conference about the controversy last week, he spent 15 minutes on the phone with Ms. Brzezinski as he prepared to face Fort Lee, the small community crippled by gridlock from the lane closures, she said. On Sunday, Ms. Brzezinski still spoke fondly of Mr. Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, “whom I have the biggest admiration for,” she said.

 

Reporters Spend 30 Minutes Questioning Jay Carney on Details of ‘Duty’

CarneyGatesIt’s not just Fox News pushing back against a controversial new book today. At the White House this afternoon, all the cable news channels covered Press Secretary Jay Carney‘s response to allegations in the new memoir from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Reporters spent more than a half hour peppering Carney with questions about the book.

In “Duty,” Gates criticizes Pres. Obama’s national security team for routinely phoning military commanders, calling the micromanagement “unthinkable.” Gates singles out Vice President Joe Biden, saying he has been “wrong on nearly every foreign policy and national security decision of the last four decades.”

“The president and the rest of us here simply just disagree with that assessment,” Carney said today. “As a Senator and as a Vice President, Joe Biden has been one of leading statesmen of his time… he’s played a key role in every major national security and foreign policy debate and policy discussion in this administration.”

Carney went on to say President Obama greatly appreciates Gates’ service. Differing opinions is what the president sought when he picked a “team of rivals” for his foreign policy team, Carney says.

Greta Van Susteren: Media ‘Beat Up on’ Pres. Obama

GretaIn a roundtable discussion on Sunday’s ABC “This Week,” Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren had strong words about President Obama‘s—and the media’s— performance at Friday’s end-of-year news conference.

“The president’s most powerful weapon as president has been his ability to inspire, that’s his greatest strength,” Van Susteren said. “He comes out last Friday in the press conference, he was depressing, he was like, pathetic, he sucked the oxygen out of the room, the media beat up on him, the media had bad questions, they kept punching him,” Van Susteren said.

She concluded that the president was so depressing, you almost “want to slit your throat.”

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