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Eric Cantor Loss is ‘Shocking,’ ‘Stunning’ and All-Encompassing on Cable News

VARaceJaws dropped in network newsrooms across the country tonight as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his congressional primary to Tea Party challenger Dave Brat.

Cable news networks went into overdrive with the stunning news. At 8:06pm MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow interrupted Chris Hayes‘ show, which had been pre-recorded. Maddow called it “a shocking development in American politics.” (Hayes returned live at 8:38pm). CNN’s Anderson Cooper called the race at 8:11pm and FNC’s Trace Gallagher broke in to the O’Reilly Factor at 8:14pmET, before Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly picked up coverage and filled out the 8pmET hour.

As vote totals came in in the 7pmET hour, the news networks began speculating that Cantor looked to go down to defeat. Dana Perino in for Greta Van Susteren on Fox News reported Cantor was trailing Brat, as did Erin Burnett on CNN, and Lou Dobbs on FBN.

Chris Cuomo on Hillary Clinton: Media ‘Couldn’t Help Her More’

CuomoIn a segment about Hillary Clinton‘s upcoming interview with Diane Sawyer, CNN’s Chris Cuomo suggested the media has helped the potential presidential candidate.

“We couldn’t help her any more than we have,” Cuomo said. “She’s got just a free ride so far from the media…we’re the biggest ones promoting her campaign, so it better happen.”

Cuomo also praised his former ABC colleague, Diane Sawyer.

“I was actually happy that Diane pressed her the way she did,” Cuomo said, adding it was a “dicey” move for Sawyer, whose tough questions could backfire on her if Hillary becomes a candidate.

Sawyer’s interview with Clinton airs tonight at 9pmET on ABC.

CBS, NBC Get Advance Copies of Clinton Memoir

ABC News may be getting the first interviews with Hillary Clinton, but NBC News and CBS News were the first networks to get their hands on advance copies of “Hard Choices,” which is set to be released Tuesday. The memoir is published by Simon & Schuster, a division of CBS.

“CBS Evening News” first reported on the book’s details Thursday night, and both “Today” and “CBS This Morning” had details from the book this morning. CBS’ Nancy Cordes reported on the book at 7:11 a.m. and NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell was on the air with her report at 7:13 a.m. Both networks said they bought a copy at a bookstore.

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First Bad News From Megyn Kelly, Then an Arrest Warrant From Police

It’s been a rough 24 hours for losing South Dakota senate candidate Annette Bosworth.

First, she learned of her South Dakota senate primary loss live on “The Kelly File” Tuesday night: “That’s news to me…I didn’t know that,” Bosworth said after Megyn Kelly reported the results. 24 hours later, Trace Gallagher reported more bad news about her: police issued an arrest warrant for Bosworth, alleging she was not present when people signed petitions for her Senate run, but instead, on a missionary trip to the Philippines.


Joe Scarborough, Chuck Todd Battle Over Bob Bergdahl’s Parenting Skills

ScarboroughToddChuck Todd and Joe Scarborough got into a shouting match over the parenting skills of Bob Bergdahl, the father of just-released American POW Bowe Bergdahl. It started when Scarborough held up an image from today’s TIME magazine, and was questioning Pres. Obama putting his arm about Bob Bergdahl, following Saturday’s announcement, who had been “reaching out to pro-Taliban forces” during his son’s captivity.

“Don’t criticize the parents, here. Don’t criticize the parents,” Todd interjected from Brussels, where he is traveling with the president. “Oh, my God Chuck,” Scarborough shot back. ”Any good father would not tell their son to ‘follow their conscience,’ and…”

Chuck: So he’s a bad father?
Joe: Yes. Yes, he is!
Chuck: Wow!

Mika then got involved… Watch: Read more

When Candidates Learn They Lost…Live on Cable News

For Megyn Kelly, it was a particularly unique breaking news situation on last night’s “The Kelly File.”

“That’s news to me…I didn’t know that,” South Dakota senate candidate Annette Bosworth told Kelly at the top of their interview after Kelly reported that former South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds won the primary. “Really, I found out on national television,” Bosworth continued.

“I’m sorry to break the news to you,” Kelly responded.


And the CBS News Interview with Hillary Clinton Goes To…

Jane Pauley will interview Hillary Clinton on “CBS Sunday Morning” on June 15 as part of Clinton’s book tour for “Hard Choices.” The CBS interview rounds out the big three broadcasters, as well as CNN and Fox News, that have confirmed interviews with the presumptive presidential candidate. So here’s the order:

Hillary Clinton to Hold Town Hall on CNN; Cynthia McFadden Gets NBC Interview

hardchoicesHillary Clinton‘s calendar is filling up with more TV news interviews tied to her new memoir. This morning CNN announced the former Secretary of State will take part in a live town hall meeting that will be moderated by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. Not long after that announcement, NBC News let us know that Clinton will be sitting down with NBC’s Cynthia McFadden for an interview that will air one week from today, June 10.

The CNN event, to take place June 17 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. will be the only network televised town hall as Clinton pushes her new memoir, “Hard Choices.”

In addition to Amanpour’s questions, Clinton will take questions from the American public with nothing off limits. The town hall will air on CNN two weeks from today at 5pmET and be simulcast on CNN International and CNN en Español. It will re-air on CNN at 9pmET.

Clinton’s first interview is with Diane Sawyer Monday, June 9. Then on the morning of June 10 the former First Lady will sit down with Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America.” Mrs. Clinton will also sit down with FNC’s Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren in a joint interview on June 17.

Will ABC’s Jonathan Karl Miss Jay Carney?

With today’s surprise announcement that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is resigning, ABC’s Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl is temporarily without a “flack jacket” to spar with.

The two men had the occasional contentious exchange which created for memorable moments. But for Karl, it was never personal.

“Will I miss Jay? Of course,” Karl tells TVNewser. “He’s been a spirited advocate for the President who was never afraid to take the tough questions. To borrow one of Jay’s favorite phrases, ‘I appreciate that.’ And as heated as it sometimes got in the briefing room, it was never personal. Jay is a pro.”

Last year, Karl spoke to us about pushing beyond the White House line when reporting on a story.

Hillary Clinton: ‘Definiton of Talking to Americans’ Not Confined to Sunday Shows

clintonPOLITICO reports exclusive excerpts from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s upcoming book “Hard Choices,” specifically the chapter on the 9/11/12 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Clinton addresses criticism that she didn’t appear on Sunday morning shows several days after the attack.

Clinton takes aim at people who “fixate on the question of why I didn’t go on TV that morning, as if appearing on a talk show is the equivalent of jury duty, where one has to have a compelling reason to get out of it. I don’t see appearing on Sunday-morning television as any more of a responsibility than appearing on late-night TV. Only in Washington is the definition of talking to Americans confined to 9 A.M. on Sunday mornings.”

The potential presidential candidate writing about her lack of responsibility to appear on Sunday shows adds to previous statements she’s made about the platform: last year during her Benghazi testimony, she “confessed” that going on Sunday shows “is not my favorite thing to do.”

For her book, Clinton is seemingly more favorable to weeknights and weekday mornings. Her first interview goes to Diane Sawyer in a primetime special on June 9; her second to Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” June 10. She’ll also do a joint interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren on June 17.

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