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Pres. Obama Delivers Statement From White House Briefing Room

President Obama delivered a statement from the White House Briefing Room this afternoon on the economy and Washington gridlock. The cable and broadcast networks had live coverage of the press conference, which included questions from the press after the President delivered his remarks.

“Good Morning America” weekend news anchor Ron Claiborne anchored an ABC News special report, joined by Jonathan Karl. On NBC, David Gregory anchored with Chuck Todd at the White House. James Brown anchored on CBS with Bill Plante at the White House.

The cable news networks also took the President’s statement live: Jenna Lee anchored on Fox News with Wendell Goler at the White House, Krystal Ball anchored for MSNBC with Chris Jansing at the White House, and Anderson Cooper anchored for CNN with Wolf Blitzer in Jerusalem, Jake Tapper in Washington and Michelle Kosinski at the White House.

> First question goes to Roberta Rampton from Reuters, who asked about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

> Second question goes to Bill Plante from CBS News, who asked the President if he’s losing his international influence. In his response, Obama says that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been going on “even longer than you’ve been reporting.”

> Third question goes to Fox News’ Wendell Goler, who asks about the President’s executive orders.

> Fourth and last question goes to CNN’s Michelle Kosinski, who asks if a cease-fire in Gaza is realistic.

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Networks’ D-Day +70 Coverage Plans

D-day_Normandy_Nara_26-G-2343Broadcast and cable news networks will provide special coverage this week for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France.

“CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” is doing a weeklong series, with correspondents Jim Axelrod, Mark Phillips and Dean Reynolds speaking to World War II veterans about their stories from the invasion. Phillips and Senior White House Correspondent Bill Plante, fresh off a cycling tour of France, will provide coverage from Normandy on Friday’s 70th anniversary.

Brian Williams will anchor special editions of “NBC Nightly News” from the site of the American cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach on Thursday and Friday. Joining Williams on-the-ground in Normandy will be special correspondent and author of “The Greatest Generation,” Tom Brokaw, chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd, and national correspondent Peter Alexander. And on the evening of the anniversary Friday, NBC News will air an 8pmET primetime special, “Brian Williams Reporting: Journey to Normandy,” spotlighting four World War II veterans as they make their return to Normandy.

On Friday, “World News with Diane Sawyer” will air the story of 90-year-old Cosmo Uttero, who is traveling to Normandy this week for the first time since he and the Allied troops invaded Normandy on June 6, 1944. Chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl will also report from Normandy on Friday, as he covers President Obama’s speech.

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Bill Plante on His ‘Fabulous Vantage Point for History’ During 50 Years with CBS

BPlanteCBSOn June 1, 1964, 26 year-old Bill Plante reported to work as a new correspondent for CBS News in New York.

He’d spend the next five decades with the network, traveling to Vietnam and Iceland, to Moscow and Teheran.  He’d cover every presidential campaign from 1968 on, and serve as a White House correspondent for four Presidents.

On the occasion of his 50th anniversary with CBS, Plante spoke with TVNewser, telling us his work has given him “a fabulous vantage point for history and for watching politics. I love it.”

So much so, he has no plans to retire. “I don’t have one of those wall calendars where I’m ‘x’ing’ out the days until I can go to an island somewhere,” Plante jokes.

He’s enjoying his job and proud of a news division he feels is re-energized by a return to its hard-news roots.  “All of us who’ve been around here for a long time have lived through the various phases of CBS News, some of which we liked better than others. The current phase,” he pauses to emphasize, “we like a lot.”

He cites the “CBS Evening News,” helmed by network homegrown Scott Pelley, as an example. Plante also mentions “CBS This Morning,” adding that the show’s competitors are ”all kind of doing entertainment.”

“I learned from people like [Mike] Wallace, [Walter] Cronkite, from many others,” he reflects. “I learned what was expected of good reporters. It isn’t something you can commodify easily, but you watch them work, and you see what their standards are…and you hold yourself to those same standards.”

He says CBS News maintains that journalistic integrity, declining to comment specifically about accusations of political bias at the network by former colleague Sheryl Attkisson.  ”I think we make a major effort to play it down the middle,” Plante says about the news division in general.

“I’ve never had anybody, in the last five years of covering this administration, or for that matter, the previous one, suggest that we go easy or go hard [on a particular President].”

The White House beat, and his time on the campaign trail, have provided some of the most memorable moments for Plante, along with covering the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War.

But the years of travel came at a price.

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How the Evening Newscasts Reported the New Benghazi Emails

ABCBenghazi“CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was the only evening newscast last night to not cover newly uncovered emails from White House adviser Ben Rhodes, which provided talking points to former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice before her Sunday show interviews several days after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya in Sept., 2012.

Rhodes’ email to Rice advised her to stress that the Benghazi attacks were rooted in a controversial YouTube video, “and not a broader failure of policy.”

CBS did cover the emails 10 hours earlier on “CBS This Morning.” White House Correspondent Bill Plante also mentioned that Ben Rhodes is the brother of CBS News President David Rhodes. A CBS News spokesperson also says Plante reported the news on CBS News Radio and CBSNews.com, adding, “There also was a thorough editorial discussion about it at ‘CBS Evening News’ and David Rhodes was not involved.”

ABC’s Jonathan Karl, who got into a heated exchange with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney over the emails, reported a 2-minute story for “World News with Diane Sawyer,” while “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” produced a :30 voice-over story on the emails.

CBS Evening News has been criticized for not aggressively covering the Benghazi story. Last May, now former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, said “there hasn’t been an appetite” for the stories she offered on Benghazi. CBS launched an internal review after Lara Logan‘s discredited Benghazi report on “60 Minutes” last October. Logan remains off the show.

The new Rhodes emails first hit the Web on Monday published by JudicialWatch.org. The story started getting traction on Fox News on Tuesday and on CNN and MSNBC on Wednesday.

Lester Holt, Robin Sproul and Bill Plante Accept RTDNF First Amendment Awards

bill plante RTDNFNBC’s Lester Holt, ABC’s Robin Sproul and CBS’ Bill Plante accepted their First Amendment Awards from the RTDNF last night at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C. The awards ceremony was hosted by Fox News’ Chris Wallace.

In his speech accepting the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award, Holt recalled advice from his mentor, the late Jerry Nachman, former vice president of MSNBC.

“The most important thing he told me was that the highest calling in what we do is being a reporter, and that has been really the guiding principle throughout my career,” Holt said. “You can call any fancy title you want — principal anchor, executive producer, news director — at its essence, we are all reporters. That’s what we should be, that’s what we should aspire to be, and that’s what makes us good at what we do.”

Robin Sproul, ABC’s Washington bureau chief, said in her speech accepting the First Amendment Service Award that the “time in which anyone can be a broadcaster” has raised many more questions and challenges to the First Amendment.

“All of these issues require vigilance and constant attention even as news bureaus in DC — those that watch the government — shrink because of the changing news business models, more challenges of the digital age,” Sproul said. “But these are good fights to have. And as Thomas Jefferson wrote, ‘Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.’”

CBS News senior White House correspondent Bill Plante, who was honored with the RTDNF’s Lifetime Achievement Award, reflected on how the news business has changed since he began his career at CBS in 1964. Read more

Chris Wallace to Host RTDNF First Amendment Awards

Chris-Wallace2Fox News’ Chris Wallace will host the RTDNF’s 2014 First Amendment Awards, held in Washington D.C. in March. Wallace, who recently celebrated 10 years as the host of “Fox News Sunday,” was last year’s recipient of the RTDNA Paul White Award.

NBC’s Lester Holt, ABC’s Robin Sproul and CBS’ Bill Plante are among the honorees this year. Holt will be presented with the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award, Sproul wins the First Amendment Service Award and Plante is the recipient of the RTDNF Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lester Holt, Robin Sproul, Bill Plante Win RTDNF First Amendment Awards

bill planteNBC’s Lester Holt, ABC’s Robin Sproul and CBS’ Bill Plante are among the 2014 winners of the RTDNF’s annual First Amendment Awards.

Holt, the weekend anchor of “Nightly News” and “Today” as well as the anchor of “Dateline,” is the winner of the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award, given annually to someone who has made a”major contribution to the protection of First Amendment freedoms.” Sproul, the longtime vice president and Washington Bureau Chief for ABC News, wins the First Amendment Service Award, given to someone who works in an off-air, behind-the-scenes capacity.

“It is a tremendous privilege to work every day in a field that treasures our first amendment rights, and I am honored to receive the award on behalf of the terrific team working with me at ABC News,” Sproul tells TVNewser.

Plante will be honored with the organization’s lifetime achievement award for his “outstanding contributions to journalism and press freedom.” Plante has worked at CBS since 1964 and has covered every Presidential campaign since 1968.

The Associated Press and Gannett Broadcasting president David Lougee will also be honored with First Amendment Awards. The group will be presented their awards at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in March.

Broadcast, Cable Channels Cover Presidential News Conference ‘In Honor Of Ed Henry’

It has been two months since President Obama last held a press conference, but this morning he once again returned to the White House briefing room to take questions from reporters. ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC are all carrying the presser.

“I am here to answer questions in honor of Ed Henry, as he wraps up his tenure as the president of the White House Correspondents Association, in honor of that, Ed, you get the first question,” the President said.

Henry, the Fox News White House correspondent, asked about Syria, and its potential use of chemical weapons with the first question, and also asked about Benghazi.

CNN’s Jessica Yellin got the second question, and asked about the investigation into the Boston bombing.

Jonathan Karl from ABC News asked question three, and asked whether the President still had “the juice” to push his agenda through Congress.

Bill Plante, from CBS News, asked about the hunger strike in the Guantanamo Bay prison.

Chuck Todd from NBC asks question five, about the healthcare bill.

Antonieta Cádiz from Chilean news agency El Mercurio asked the final question, about U.S. immigration reform.

As he walked off stage, a reporter yelled at Obama about Jason Collins, the President returned to the podium to make a brief statement about Collins.

100 Years of Presidential Press Conferences

This week marks a milestone anniversary in politics and journalism: the 100th anniversary of the Presidential press conference, which was held on March 15, 1913. On “CBS This Morning” Friday, veteran senior White House correspondent Bill Plante took a look back at the Presidential tradition:

CBS’ Bill Plante: White House ‘Undercutting the First Amendment’

Veteran CBS News senior White House correspondent Bill Plante thinks the administration is bordering on “state run media” as it tries to control the message and the access. On “Reliable Sources” Sunday, Plante was part of a discussion about how the White House press corps was kept out of the loop when the president played golf with Tiger Woods last week. Plante, who has covered the White House for 30 years says, “This administration has the tools to reach people on their own. They don’t need us as much.”

The concern is, Plante says, that if the White House press corps is left out of the equation, then the administration is “undercutting the First Amendment which guarantees a free press through many voices. If they put out their own material. It’s state-run media”

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