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Halperin, Heilemann Headline Bloomberg Election Night Coverage

Mark Halperin and John Heilemann will lead Bloomberg’s election night coverage, dubbed “Election All-Nighter” which begins at 5 p.m. ET with a special edition of “With All Due Respect.” Primetime coverage starts at 7 p.m. ET, with Halperin and Heileman joined by Al Hunt and analysts Kim Alfano, Bill Burton, Lanhee Chen, Fred Davis, Patti Solis Doyle, Anita Dunn, Michael Feldman and John Sununu.

Bloomberg will use a “Decision Desk” to crunch numbers on tight races, and provide full coverage and analysis online, with a live stream of Bloomberg TV’s election night coverage, along with blogging from correspondents in the field and updated results on the network’s “Election Night dashboard.”

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Obama Meets the Press, First Question to FNC’s Major Garrett

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Pres. Obama made a rare appearance at the daily press briefing today taking questions from the assembled White House Press Corps, with the first question going to Fox News correspondent Major Garrett. The second went to ABC’s Jake Tapper.

The last press time Pres. Obama had a full scale news conference was in July. Just yesterday, The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz spoke with members of the press corps who were not happy with the lack of access to Obama. “It’s a source of great frustration here,” said CBS’s Chip Reid.

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> 1:48pm: After the third question, Obama says he’ll take two more questions… “I just want to be sure I’m getting a balance here,” says the president who then calls on NBC’s Chuck Todd. Todd’s colleagues groan. “He’s too good, his questions are going to be too precise,” says a colleague.

> 1:53pm: ABC News Radio’s Ann Compton got the last question. “Thank you for doing this, it’s been a while,” says Compton.

> 1:59pm: Obama takes one more question related to jobs.

> More: The briefing became a Twitterpalooza. As NBC’s Savannah Guthrie snapped a Twitpic of Garrett asking his question, White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton tries to keep the press corps to focused.

> More, more: No Helen Thomas in the front row. “I guess she’s snowed in,” speculates an insider.

The view from Savannah’s seat, after the jump…

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Bill O’Reilly: Does Pres. Obama Hate ‘All Powerful’ Fox News?

O’Reilly Factor producer Jesse Watters is on Martha’s Vineyard covering Pres. Obama’s vacation. At a White House briefing yesterday, Watters asked Obama spokesman Bill Burton why the administration seemed to be “so thin-skinned with regards to Fox News?” Burton didn’t “accept the premise” of the question from Watters, an O’Reilly producer known for his ambush interviews.

Bill O’Reilly used the clip in his talking points memo last night, then brought Major Garrett into the conversation:

And O’Reilly wasn’t finished talking about the media. Later, he compared MSNBC to “the double A baseball team” the Toledo Mud Hens. He even had a poll (labeled NOT A SCIENTIFIC POLL) asking which news agency do you trust the least. You won’t be surprised by the results.

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> Update: Before Keith Olbermann corrects O’Reilly on his show tonight, we’ll do it here. A TVNewser reader tells us the Mud Hens are actually a AAA team not double A.

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With Less Than a Month to Go, Media/Campaign Clashes Heat Up

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• During Hannity & Colmes coverage after Tuesday’s debate, things got heated between Obama communication director Robert Gibbs and Sean Hannity. Bringing up Hannity’s recent special and its use of an interview with Andy Martin, Gibbs said, “Why am I not to believe that everybody who works for the network is anti-Semitic because Sean Hannity gives a platform to somebody who thinks Jews are “slimy.’” Hannity called the statements attributed to Martin (who denies making them) “despicable,” and said, “On Fox, we actually interview people of all points of view, whether we agree or disagree.”

Campbell Brown delivered a commentary during the “Cutting Through the Bull” segment on her CNN program last night, calling on the McCain campaign to “strongly” denounce McCain surrogates who refer to the Democratic nominee as “Barack Hussein Obama” during campaign rallies. “What it is, is race-baiting. And that is what is dangerous,” she said. Brown also took on Obama supporters “up in arms” over McCain using the term “that one” during Tuesday’s debate. “Maybe McCain did mean to be disrespectful,” she said. “But racist? I don’t think so.”

• This morning on Fox & Friends, Obama spokesperson Bill Burton had a lively interview with the hosts, but mostly Gretchen Carlson. In the interview, Barack and Michelle Obama’s relationship with William Ayers and Ayers’ wife came up. Burton placed the blame on the McCain campaign: “They are pretty effectively getting to talking about it and getting me to talk about it on Fox News this morning.” When Carlson responded, “viewers want to know about it as well,” Burton said, “I’m sure you have McCain supporters watching Fox News, that’s not news to anybody.”

Click continued to see the Hannity/Gibbs clip and the Brown commentary (still looking for the Carlson/Burton clip)…

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Bounds and Burton: Through The America’s Newsroom Wringer

America’s Newsroom anchors Megyn Kelly and Bill Hemmer took a fact-check of some recent campaign ads from Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama directly to spokesmen for each campaign. Kelly went first, and took it to Tucker Bounds of the McCain campaign (reminiscent of the RNC Campbell Brown interview that ended in a McCain CNN cancellation — although they eventually made up). Then it was Hemmer’s turn, who worked hard to get some answers from Bill Burton of Obama’s campaign. Maybe Bounds said it best when he was told Burton was up next: “I wish him luck.” (via Johnny Dollar):

Greta Brings McCain, Obama Camps Together

Greta_8.25.jpgIt was their first joint appearance, but it wasn’t even on TV. Obama spokesperson Bill Burton and McCain spokesperson Tucker Bounds appeared together for an impromptu interview with Greta Van Susteren on the FOXNews.com’s The Strategy Room. Prior to the online appearance, Burton and Bounds were both on Fox Report separately at FNC’s workspace/studio at Braun’s Bar & Grill.

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