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Tom Brokaw’s Phone Alarm Goes Off on TV

BrokawPhoneLegendary NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw was making an appearance on MSNBC’s election coverage when suddenly it sounded like a fire alarm might be going off in the studio. Brokaw then said, “Could that be me? I’m afraid it is, unfortunately.”

Rachel Maddow responded, “It’s not you, its something ambient.” Brokaw then surprised Maddow and pulled out a giant smartphone with the alarm ringing on full blast.

Maddow responded, “I thought you were a fire.”

The veteran TV news anchor then made light of the situation, pretending to answer a call and saying “Yes, I will remember to bring home the milk. Don’t worry about it. And I will remember to feed the dog in the morning, just sleep in. Its going to be OK.”

Brokaw bounced back like a true professional and went on to discuss potential Republican control of the House and Senate. WATCHRead more

BloombergTV Sources CNN and Fox News With Election Calls

Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 8.46.42 PMRule #1 when hosting election night coverage, source your own news organization when calling a race. John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, hosting their first election night for BloombergTV, were discussing the West Virginia Senate race when Halperin said, “Two news organizations, both CNN and Fox News, are predicting that Shelley Moore Capito will be the winner.”

A short time later, Halperin added, “Mark it down, Bloomberg Politics is reporting the apparent winner in West Virginia is Shelley Moore Capito.”

A few minutes after that, Bloomberg cited CNN once again, which had called the Ohio Governors race for John Kasich. Isn’t Bloomberg also a news organization capable of calling elections?

A BloombergTV spokesperson tells TVNewser it’s all part of the strategy of their coverage: “Bloomberg Politics is reporting apparent winners of races based on returns, reporting with party committees, campaigns and election officials, detailed analysis of historical voting patterns and demographic data, as well as projections from other outlets.”

Yes, That Really Is a Wall of 24 CNN Reporters

B1oTQJVIIAA34Ny.jpg-largeCNN wants viewers to know it has the best–and biggest–political team on television. To drive the point home, CNN’s Anderson Cooper has spent much of the evening standing in front of a 24-box on the “Election Night in America” set. On Twitter, plenty of observers have jumped on the icosikaitetragon of reporters:


Chris Matthews: ‘Fox News’ an ‘Oxymoron’

Things between MSNBC and Fox News Channel obviously get tense on election nights and Chris Matthews fired his first shot of the evening… kind of. Just after 7:30pmET, Mathews called Fox News an “oxymoron,” but quickly added “just kidding, great network.” MSNBC hosts were discussing the state of Ohio, and Gov. John Kasich, who used to host his own show on Fox News.

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Here’s Your Guide to Election Night Coverage

bush-gore-hanging-chad-floridaThe cable and broadcast news networks will roll out election night sets, gizmos, and all-hands-on-deck teams tonight as midterm voters go to the polls. And for some races, it could be a late night.

TVNewser will be live blogging all night long covering the coverage, so send us your tips, observations, social media discoveries and screenshots.

Full network-by-network coverage plans, and links to our reports on each network’s lineups of analysts, after the jump.
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Who’s Gonna Win? Who’s Gonna Lose? And Who Cares?

Chuck Todd was on “Colbert Report” last night, pushing his new book “The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House,” and teeing up today’s midterm elections. “I think it could take until January,” Todd says of the final results. “We’ll have runoffs in Louisiana. And a runoff in Georgia in January.”

“Chuck, if I have to keep talking about the midterms after tomorrow night, I will go to Maine and start making out with that nurse.”

Jorge Ramos, Maria Elena Salinas to Lead Univision Coverage of Midterm Elections

maxresdefaultUnivision will produce hourly “Destino 2014″ updates from 4 p.m. ET through 2 a.m. ET on Election Day, with special editions of Univision’s national newscast, “Noticiero Univision” airing from the network’s “Election Center” in Miami at 6:30 p.m. ET and 11:30 p.m. ET. Anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas will lead the coverage, joined by Enrique Acevedo, Felix de Bedout, and Ilia Calderon.

Online, the network’s will have reporting and analysis from Jose Parra and Mercedes Schlapp, along with election infographics produced by Alberto Cairo and journalism students at the University of Miami’s School of Communications. Univision will also feature the political blog “Poll6″, run by Maria Ramirez and Eduardo Suarez, both former correspondents for El Mundo.

Candidate Won’t Talk to Fox, Demanded John Roberts Be Cut as Debate Moderator

RobertsNunnFox News senior national correspondent John Roberts said Sunday a key Senate candidate won’t talk to him because he works for Fox News, and the candidate even demanded Roberts be dumped as moderator for a Senate debate. “Despite my long track record of having worked for Fox, CNN prior to that, and CBS News before that for 14 years, they didn’t like the idea that someone from Fox would be moderating that debate, so out I went,” Roberts said on the Fox program “Media Buzz.”

Roberts also told Howard Kurtz Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn has denied him an interview for months. “For some reason, the Nunn campaign just does not want to talk to Fox News, even though we have been reaching out to them in various ways since about the month of April,” he said.

Update: The Atlanta Press Club pulled Roberts from the debate, they say, because of his Tweets about a lack of access to the Nunn campaign. “The Atlanta Press Club was concerned that sending the tweets so close to the debate may cause people to question whether Roberts would be an impartial moderator to all candidates,” says Lauri Straus of the APC.

Roberts has responded to the response: Read more

Final ‘Colbert Report’ is Dec. 18

You’ll only have about 7 more weeks of “Colbert Report” on Comedy Central, which is probably just fine with Sean Hannity.

“On December 18, my show is ending,” Colbert announced last night, just before a bit on voter apathy about the midterms, which included George Takei. “The 2014 midterms are the most expensive ever, costing $4 billion, and nobody is watching. It’s like the ‘Lone Ranger’ of elections.”

Colbert takes over for David Letterman when Letterman steps down from CBS’s the “Late Show” expected to be in May.

Maddow, Matthews to Host MSNBC’s Election Night Coverage


MSNBC will turn to Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews to host coverage of the midterm elections, under the title “Vote 2014!” Coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET.

Maddow and Matthews will be joined by Steve Kornacki, Chuck Todd, Jose Diaz-Balart, Chris Hayes, Andrea Mitchell, Reverend Al Sharpton, and Kasie Hunt. MSNBC’s Tamron Hall will handle exit poll results throughout the evening.

Beginning at 10 p.m., Ari Melber and Krystal Ball will co-host’s “Digital Decision 2014″, with reporting from correspondents in the key battleground states, and live interaction with viewers.