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CNN’s Patrick Oppmann: ‘My Cuban Friends Reacted With Joy…Some Cried Tears’

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CNN correspondent Patrick Oppmann used to cover stories like the debut of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and Occupy Seattle. But his move from the Pacific Northwest to Havana gave him a truly one-of-a-kind beat–a bureau that dates to 1997, when CNN became the first U.S.-based news organization in nearly 30 years with a bureau in Cuba.

“I have lived in Cuba for the last three years as the only American TV correspondent based here,” Oppmann told TVNewser, not long after President Barack Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro announced plans to begin talks on normalizing relations. “Despite being 90 miles away from the U.S., it is like covering a country on the other side of the world.”

In November, Oppmann–along with CNN’s Ray Sanchez and Elise Labott–reported that it was not out of the question to think of a possible break in relations between Cuba and the U.S. “Senior administration officials and Cuba observers say reforms on the island and changing attitudes in the United States have created an opening for improved relations.”

That historic process begins now. And what a story to cover. “Many Cubans have had little exposure to Americans,” Oppmann said. “Most of what they read in the Cuban state press is negative and stuck in a Cold War time warp. Still Cubans have treated me, my wife and our two young children with incredible warmth. Today my Cuban friends reacted with joy at the idea of a normalized U.S.-Cuban relationship. Some cried tears. I can only hope – despite their years of struggle – a better future awaits them.” Read more

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CNN Looking to air ‘Political Jeopardy!’ … and Other News From Hacked Sony Emails

FrancoRogenRacially-charged emails regarding Barack Obama, criticism of mega-stars, including Angelina Jolie and Adam Sandler, and private financial documents have already been revealed as a result of the Sony Pictures hack. Now the drama is impacting the news media… and we’re not just talking about CNN possibly getting into game shows.

Academy and Emmy-award winning writer Aaron Sorkin went on the “Today” show this morning to discuss his New York Times op-ed criticizing the media for reporting on the leaks.

It’s ironic, because Sorkin’s op-ed will get anyone up-to-speed on all the leaked data, even if they’ve been living under a rock since the story broke. Now Gawker has taken it a step further, leaking the scene from “The Interview,” in which Kim Jong-un is assassinated. Gawker’s Heather Dietrick, says the less than :30 clip is “squarely protected by the First Amendment.”

Over on “Good Morning America” this morning Seth Rogen and James Franco talked about the controversial film. Both star in “The Interview.” Rogen is also co-director and has a story credit. They say the movie satirizes American culture and the news media just as much as it does North Korea’s leadership. Read more

Jorge Ramos Ends Frenetic Week with ‘Reliable Sources’ Appearance

RamosUnivision/Fusion’s Jorge Ramos is having quite a week. First, he traveled to Nashville to interview Pres. Barack Obama. Then, back to Miami to interview former Pres. Bill Clinton.

Ramos also made his first appearance on FNC’s “Hannity” and ended up sparring with Sean Hannity, and also appeared on CNN’s “AC360″ to discuss the presidential interviews with Anderson Cooper.

And you’ll might see twice the Jorge this morning: on Univision’s publi affairs show “Al Punto,” as well on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with Brian Stelter.

Jorge Ramos, Sean Hannity Battle Over Immigration

Fusion’s Jorge Ramos appeared on ”Hannity” for the first time to discuss the issue of immigration last night. Ramos explains why Latinos are disappointed in President Barack Obama, why immigrants improve cities and the problem with trying to secure the border. The interview is friendly, for the most part, but they spar over numerous issues and it eventually turns into an argument.


Malia Obama on Chuck Todd’s The Stranger: ‘Looks Like a Sad Book’

ObamasPoliticsThe First Family took part in Small Business Saturday by heading out to Washington, D.C. bookstore Politics and Prose. As Pres. Obama, accompanied by daughters Malia and Sasha, checked out, he noticed a book about him. The New York Times reports:

Mr. Obama spotted a new book behind the register, “The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House,” by Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s “Meet the Press.” The president noted that he looked “lonely” on the cover, and Malia asked, “How is he already writing a book?” With a smile, Malia added that her father looked sad on the cover. “Looks like a sad book,” she said teasingly, in a typical family exchange not often seen from the Obamas in public.

Tom Brokaw to Receive Nation’s Highest Civilian Honor

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President Barack Obama has chosen NBC News special correspondent and former “Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The medal is the nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals “who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

Brokaw, along with eighteen other honorees, will receive the award in a ceremony at the White House on November 24:

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Michael Wolff: MSNBC’s Phil Griffin ‘Has Painted Himself Into a Corner’

2009+Winter+TCA+Tour+Day+9+RnrzO9gD_1plIn a column in USA Today, Michael Wolff has described MSNBC boss Phil Griffin as, a man without a clear strategy at a failing network. Describing MSNBC as dated and difficult to watch, Wolff wonders if Griffin can survive. “MSNBC now has a lineup of ever-righteous and often sulky defenders of President Barack Obama, who seem, not just to conservatives but to many liberals, too, bizarrely tone deaf and lost in time.”

Compared to the consistent ratings power of Fox News, MSNBC, Wolff argues, did not rise to the top with President Obama, but has slipped as the president’s popularity has waned. Ratings for the midterm election were down:

Griffin is no Ailes. And MSNBC is not Fox, with its ability to direct as well as portray the political drama. A poor political operative, Griffin has painted himself into a corner like political parties so often do, losing the base, and yet without the philosophical wherewithal to appeal to a larger group. There is the broken clock theory of politics and cable programming, in which, if you just keep doing what you’re doing, the zeitgeist returns to you. But politicians and media executives, swimming against the tide, usually lose their jobs before their hour returns.

Happy 60th Birthday ‘Face the Nation’

FTN60Pres. Barack Obama and his predecessor President George W. Bush will be Bob Schieffer‘s guests Sunday as “Face the Nation” celebrates its 60th anniversary.

The CBS News public affairs show debuted 60 years ago today, Nov. 7, 1954. It was originally broadcast Sunday afternoons at 2:30pm. The first host was Tedd Koop. The first guest was Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy, a month before McCarthy was censured by the Senate.

Schieffer has moderated the show for more than a third of its existence, since 1991. Previous hosts include Lesley Stahl (1983-1991) and Howard K. Smith (1960-1961). Yesterday NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the longest running show on television, celebrated its 67th anniversary.

Would Jim Lehrer Moderate Another Debate? ‘No, No, No, A Thousand Times, No’

JimLehrer1He’s known as the Dean of Moderators, having been at the helm of twelve presidential debates since 1988.

But don’t count on veteran newsman Jim Lehrer making another go of it in 2016.

“No, no, no, a thousand times, no,” he tells TVNewser about what he’d say if asked to moderate in 2016.

Lehrer felt the same way when we talked with him 2010. But he ended up moderating the first 2012 presidential debate.

“The only reason that I finally changed my mind [in 2012] was because I was persuaded by the Commission on Presidential Debates to do it, because we were going to try a new format,” he says, referring to the “new, open” approach that enabled the candidates to more freely speak and interact with each other.

Lehrer, 80, was roundly criticized, for not doing enough to challenge candidates, Pres. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, or control their questions.

Would anything change his mind when it comes to 2016?

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Diane Sawyer Interviews Gov. Christie, Scott Pelley Interview Pres. Obama

Two of the big three network anchors have big gets lined up.

diane sawyer_304x200ABC’s Diane Sawyer sits down with Governor Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat today at their home in New Jersey. It’s Christie’s first television interview since his January news conference on the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal. The interview will address the Governor’s internal review which will be released today. The interview airs tonight on “World News,” and all ABC News platforms.

Pelley State of the UnionCBS’s Scott Pelley is going one-on-one with President Barack Obama tomorrow in Rome. Pelley will also anchor the “CBS Evening News” live from Rome tomorrow night, with coverage of the President’s trip to Europe and his first meeting this morning with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

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