TVSpy LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Posts Tagged ‘Arlen Specter’

Cable Differs on Healthcare Meetings

The AP’s David Bauder writes about this afternoon’s cable news coverage, or lack of coverage, of the first of three Pres. Obama town hall meetings this week as he continues to sell healthcare reform.

Fox News Channel cut away from President Barack Obama’s town hall meeting on health care reform Tuesday as he faced
a far more polite crowd than has attended many meetings hosted by
members of Congress recently. CNN and MSNBC carried the session in
full. The loud public debates have been a tonic for cable news
networks during normally quiet August.

When FNC cut away, anchors Trace Gallagher and Juliet Huddy interviewed guests and showed soundbites from Sen. Arlen Specter‘s town hall earlier in the day.

“Any contentious questions, anybody yelling, we will bring it to you here,” Gallagher said. Fox never returned to live coverage. Obama seemed to invite tougher questions toward the end of the town hall. “I don’t want people thinking I just have a bunch of
plants in here,” he said. At the event’s end, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell noted the questions were “not too challenging.”

Earlier on TVNewser: Bill O’Reilly on Why Fox News Ratings are Soaring: “A Major Reason is the Healthcare Debate…

Mediabistro Course

Social Media 101

Social Media 101Get hands-on social media training for beginners in our online boot camp, Social Media 101. Starting September 4, social media and marketing experts will help you determine the social media sites that matter most to you, based on your personal and professional goals. Register now! 
 

Cablers Carry Arlen Specter Town Hall Live

It’s not every day that all three cable news networks air a live town hall hosted by a senator from Pennsylvania. But Fox News, CNN and MSNBC are this morning, Sen. Arlen Specter, the republican-turned-democrat, is holding a town hall in Lebanon, PA.

Nine days ago at a town hall in Philadelphia, Specter along with HHS Secy. Kathleen Sebelius hosted a meeting that put these August recess town halls on the news media map.

Security guards are present inside and outside the town hall meeting this morning in Lebanon. Said one angry constituent to Specter: “One day God is going to judge you and the rest of your damn cronies on the hill.”

FNC_8.11.jpg

CNN_8.11.jpg

MSNBC_8.11.jpg

> Related: Pew’s PEJ has found the town hall meetings have fueled the news media’s coverage of healthcare reform during the last week…

The Ticker: Lauer, Stephanopoulos, King…

> NBC’s Matt Lauer gets the first live interview with Elizabeth Edwards since the release of her new book, Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life’s Adversities. The interview happens Monday morning on the Today show.

> ABC’s “This Week” moderator George Stephanopoulos will be a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart tonight.

> CNN insiders tell us Sen. Arlen Specter has canceled his interview with Larry King tonight, citing scheduling conflicts. There’s no word on when the interview will be rescheduled.

The Ticker: Palin, Couric, Specter…

> Bristol Palin will talk live, in-studio to Chris Cuomo of ABC’s Good Morning America tomorrow morning. She and Cuomo will later both appear at a Candie’s Foundation town hall to discuss teen pregnancy prevention, where Palin is a foundation ambassador.

> CBS’ Katie Couric blogs from Saudi Arabia, where she has been using her Flip cam for upcoming YouTube video. Also: “I’m told I will have to wear my abaya if I don’t want to be harassed. I’m thinking about not wearing it and catching the encounter on my Flip, but maybe that’s not such a great idea!”

> Sen. Arlen Specter will be a guest on CNN’s Larry King Live tomorrow night (along with the previously announced Elisabeth Hasselbeck).

Specter’s Switch: First Stop, Meet the Press

Breaking: Sen. Arlen Specter‘s first interview since crossing the aisle to the Democratic party will be on NBC’s Meet the Press.

TVNewser has learned David Gregory will interview Specter live on Sunday.

> Update: Well MTP may be first, but not by much. Specter will appear on CBS’ Face the Nation as well on Sunday. And a tipster writes: “Senator Specter’s first interview is not Meet the Press — he was on air this morning with Michael Smerconish — just moments before he went to meet the President and Vice President. 7:15am this morning — that’s the first interivew!!” Okay, so first TV interview…

Matthews to Olbermann: “I Love Being Your Lead-in, Bro”

olbermann_4-29.bmpHardball anchor Chris Matthews appeared as the first guest last night on Countdown with Keith Olbermann to discuss Sen. Arlen Specter‘s party switch.

As Olbermann noted, “nobody in television news has a better idea of Pennsylvania politics” than Matthews, who almost was involved in the race himself. “Was [Specter's switch] a factor in your experimentations or explorations?” asked Olbermann. (Matthews said he “had no idea.”)

“I think you would have made a hell of a Senator, you would have made a constant news story, and I’m glad you stayed on Hardball,” said Olbermann, to which Matthews replied, “I love being your lead-in, bro.”

Click continued to see the segment (Matthews interview begins at 6:30)…

Read more

Big Rig Chase Brings Pause to Specter News

cnn_4-28.jpgAt 3pmET today, Fox News and CNN began covering a high speed pursuit along busy I-75 north of Atlanta. This pursuit was unique on several fronts – a big rig was being chased, and its driver was clinging to the back, presumably having been carjacked.

Also rare, was CNN’s airing of the chase live. The network has historically left the reporting of high speed pursuits to HLN, which also carried the chase live. MSNBC began taking the chase at 3:05pmET after a live interview with Sen. Joe Lieberman about Arlen Specter‘s jump to the democratic party.

It was about that time that CNN stopped airing the chase live. Minutes later, the presumed driver of the truck jumped to safety as the truck rolled to a stop. The suspect was pulled out of the cab surrounded by more than two-dozen officers and taken into custody.

fnc_4-28.jpg

Sen. Arlen Specter’s Party Switch. Bloomberg First With the News

Bloom_4.28.jpgBreaking: Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter is switching from the GOP to the Democratic party and will run as a democrat next year.

BloombergTV was first to report the news at 11:57amET. CNN’s Dana Bash was first with the “seismic” news on CNN at 12:02pm, telling viewers, “this has been rumored all morning but he did just confirm it.”

MSNBC and FNC were broadcasting comments from Pres. Obama at the time, as Obama responded to the Air Force One flyover in New York City yesterday. MSNBC reported the news at 12:05 sourcing WaPo’s Chris Cillizza. Cillizza reported it on The Fix at 11:51am. FNC confirmed the news a few seconds after the MSNBC report.

CNN_4.28.jpgCNN’s Ed Henry reports that Pres. Obama was made aware of Specter’s decision at 10:25amET.

And with all the rushed reporting, it’s not clear if any one reporter got the scoop. Specter announced his decision via a statement:

I have decided to run for re-election in 2010 in the Democratic primary. I am ready, willing and anxious to take on all comers and have my candidacy for re-election determined in a general election.

Last year, MSNBC host Chris Matthews explored the possibility of running in the 2010 Pennsylvania Senate race. Matthews is from Pennsylvania.

Sen. Specter Responds to Possible Chris Matthews Run: “I’ll be Prepared, Whoever My Opponents Are”

Blitzer_11.30.jpgOn CNN’s Late Edition today, Wolf Blitzer asked Sen. Arlen Specter about one of his potential challengers next year. Blitzer also spoke with New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez who’s head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

BLITZER: …you’ve seen these reports out there that Chris Matthews, the anchor for MSNBC, is think of running in his home state of Pennsylvania as a Democrat against you when you’re up for re-election in 2010. A, do you believe these reports? B, what do you think?

SPECTER: Well, I’m going to have an opponent. In fact, I’m going to have two opponents, Wolf, one in the primary where I always have a tough race, and again in the general. I long ago adopted the philosophy of Satchel Paige, the old pitcher, and that is I never look over my shoulder, never look behind. Somebody may be gaining on me. I run with blinders. Wolf, I’ll be prepared, whoever my opponents are.

BLITZER: Are you ready to try to get him defeated, Senator Menendez? You’re in charge of getting Democrats elected to the Senate. If Chris Matthews decides to throw his hat in the ring, are you going to be with him?

BLITZER (to Menendez): You’re in charge of getting Democrats elected to the Senate. You’ve heard these reports about Chris Matthews. Do you believe him? Have you spoken to him? Have you spoken to intermediaries on his behalf?

MENENDEZ: I haven’t spoke on the Chris or to intermediaries as to whether reports are true or not. You’ve been in the business a long time, Wolf, and we’ll see when there are announcements and then we can judge them.

BLITZER: Go ahead, Senator Specter.

SPECTER: Wolf, I don’t know what anyone else is doing, but I know what one man is doing — Arlen Specter is running.

BLITZER: I know you are. We also wish you the best of health, Senator Specter.

Related: Politico.com: Matthews Staffing for Senate Run

Chris Matthews Meets with PA Dems About Possible Senate Run

CMatthews_11.26.JPGIn the words of Chris Matthews — HA!

But this is no laughing matter. The MSNBC talk show host is apparently seriously considering running for U.S. Senate from his native Pennsylvania. The LATimes reports Matthews, “has been toying with a run for months, and this week he sat down with state Democrats to discuss the prospect” of challenging five-term GOP senator Arlen Specter.

TVNewser first reported on the possibility back in January, during the New Hampshire primary when Matthews was overheard telling a local politician, “Nothing will get done in Washington until there is a large enough majority in the Senate – maybe I’ll run for Senate.” Well, that democratic majority in the Senate has grown, and could increase even more in the coming weeks depending on the outcomes of races in Georgia and Minnesota.

In February, Matthews told TVNewser, “I’ve always dreamed of being a senator from Pennsylvania and everybody I know knows it. But, I also have the greatest and most perfect job for a guy like me and I have no plans to change that.”

We’ll see.

(via ICN)

> Update: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette poll on the race compiled by Quinnipiac University (Nov 19-24): Republican incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter leads TV commentator Chris Matthews, a possible Democratic challenger, 45-33 percent. Sen. Specter leads 72-9 percent among Republicans and 45-27 percent among independent voters, while Matthews leads 55-25 percent among Democrats.

NEXT PAGE >>