Matt Wolfe joins ABC News Radio as Production Manager. Wolfe was a freelance WGA writer for ABC between 2004 and 2007. For the last few years he’s been working on ABC’s digital audio initiatives.
Mark Bennett has been promoted to VP of Finance for CBS News. In addition to his current responsibilities of supervising CBS News’ Financial Operations department, Bennett will oversee the Financial Planning and Reporting department.
Ari Fleischer‘s CNN deal ended Sunday and by Monday he was on Fox News. The Bush 43 White House Press Secretary tells Politico, “I’ll miss CNN, but now I can get back to the life I had before I joined, where I went on a number of different channels.”
CNN confirms that political contributors James Carville and Mary Matalin are leaving the channel. TVNewser has also confirmed that Erick Erickson will be leaving CNN and joining Fox News as a contributor.
Voters in Michigan and Arizona go to the polls tomorrow. Polls close at 8pmET in Lower Michigan and most of the U.P. And and hour later, at 9pmET, in the Westernmost counties which are in the Central Time Zone. Polls close at 9pmET in Arizona.
FNC will be live from 9pm – Midnight ET with co-anchors Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly reporting the voting results from both states. Martha MacCallum and Bill Hemmer will provided live coverage of exit poll numbers. Also contributing to the network’s primary coverage: Chief Political Correspondent Carl Cameron, correspondents Shannon Bream and Mike Tobin, and Senior National Correspondent John Roberts who will be stationed at the primary locations and candidates’ headquarters.
CNN continues to add to its political contributor ranks in advance of the 2012 election cycle. The latest person to join the team is former George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer.
“Ari’s extraordinary experience in the political arena and in the White House make him an invaluable contributor to the network,” said CNN Washington DC bureau chief Sam Feist in a statement. “We’re thrilled to have Ari on board and our viewers will appreciate his keen insight as we head into this election cycle.”
After leaving the White House, Fleischer started his own communications firm, Ari Fleischer Sports Communications, specializing in communications advice for athletes, leagues and teams.
I find Glenn Beck to be a little weird and a little creepy, but he’s entitled to give a speech on the Mall. How come the press didn’t go nuts when Louis Farrakhan and other out-there groups used the Mall to promote their thinking? It’s called press bias and it’s a double standard.
After some pushback from commenters, he went back in and expanded on his comment:
Today at the Paley Center for Media, the IFC Media Project hosted a panel on how national and international press coverage differs.
Katty Kay of the BBC described the European media’s campaign coverage. “Let’s not pretend that 99.9% of Europe wanted Obama to be president,” she said. “There was definitely a sense that the European media was in the tank for Obama.”
Al-Jazeera English host Josh Rushing is not a fan of U.S. TV news. “Television, I think, absolutely sucks here,” he said. “We exist in our own media island.”
Former Bush administration press secretary Ari Fleischer and DailyBeast.com founder Tina Brown both described the conflict inherent in TV news. “It’s a dramatic medium…It’s totally about conflict,” said Brown, while Fleischer thought “the first and worst bias is conflict.”
Before the panel we talked to Fleischer about which members of the White House press corps are doing a good job, the current cable news landscape and how he’d grade his successor Robert Gibbs 100 days in:
Click continued to see a clip of the first episode, about Al-Jazeera English…
In his first television interview since leaving office, former Vice President Dick Cheney will appear on “State of the Union with John King” tomorrow. The live, in-studio interview will air in the 9amET hour. The former VP will be asked about Pres. Obama’s economic plan, the upcoming 6th anniversary of the Iraq War and the Bush Administration legacy.
Pres. Bush’s first press secretary Ari Fleischer was on Hardball last night. He was booked to talk about the premise that members of the Bush inner circle are doing all they can to prop up his legacy.
The 16 minute discussion started getting contentious four minutes in, when Matthews said “we suffered the worst domestic calamity in history on your watch.”
Fleischer responded, “Chris how dare you. If we get attacked again are you going to say we got attacked on Barack Obama‘s watch?”
“What you just did is shameful,” Fleischer added.
Then the discussion turned to Saddam Hussein, the intelligence failure in the run-up to the Iraq war, and Bill Clinton. Matthews: “Nobody on television was tougher on President Clinton than I was, Ari, and you know it.”
It’s going to be a ratings battle tonight at 9pmET, as FNC and CNN each have unique line-ups.
Alan Colmes makes his first return appearance to the 9pmET hour, and he’ll be bringing his former co-host, Sean Hannity, an exclusive interview — with Bill Ayers. The interview took place in FNC’s Chicago bureau. “It’s a colossal mistake,” says Ayers of President Barack Obama‘s decision to send 17,000 troops to Afghanistan. “And, you know, we’ve seen this happen before, Alan. We’ve seen a hopeful presidency, Lyndon Johnson‘s presidency, burn up in the furnace of war.”
> Update: Cleve Jones, a friend of Harvey Milk‘s (and portrayed by Emile Hirsch in the movie), will be on the Rachel Maddow show to discuss Proposition 8 and Sean Penn‘s speech last night. Jones also created the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
D.L. Hughley Breaks the News features two very different interviews tonight. Former Dallas Morning News journalist Michael Precker talks about the decision to go from working in a newsroom…to running a strip club. Also on the show will be former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, who says “We were wrong,” about WMD’s in Iraq. The CNN program airs at 10pmET tonight.