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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”

Inauguration 2013: CBS Coverage Plans

It’s Pres. Obama’s second inauguration, but it’ll be the first time CBS’s Scott Pelley has anchored an Inauguration Day. Pelley will lead CBS News coverage beginning at 10amET Monday following a three-hour “CBS This Morning” with hosts Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell in Washington, DC.

Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, Wyatt Andrews, Sharyl Attkisson, Margaret Brennan, Jan Crawford, John Dickerson, John Miller, Byron Pitts, Bill Plante and Chip Reid will all contribute to the coverage.

CBS will also broadcast the official swearing-in Sunday at NoonET. The full plan, after the jump…

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Bill Plante: Morale at CBS News Is ‘Sky-High’

It’s no secret — to the satisfaction of innumerable CBS’ers — that the past year has marked a return to the network’s hard news roots.  The evolution began in February of 2011, when Jeff Fager became news chairman, and David Rhodes division president.

Just a few months later, Scott Pelley was named anchor of the CBS Evening News. A revamped CBS This Morning debuted six months later.

TVNewser caught up with veteran White House correspondent Bill Plante in Chicago as he covered his 12th presidential election night. Plante, who has been with CBS since 1964, is among those pleased with the newsier focus.

“Needless to say, the morale of the whole news operation has been sky-high since Jeff and David took over,” Plante tells us. ”It’s represented a new focus on news. And that really excited the people who came into this business to do news.

“And we do a lot more hard news than we used to, both in the morning and evening. And that makes those of us who’ve been in this business a long time really happy.”

Plante has covered every presidential election going back to 1968, and says the political beat is never dull. “Politics is about people and power, and how they relate with one another to achieve it, and what they do with it.

“It’s fascinating to watch. It never ceases to be interesting.”

(Photo: Alissa Krinsky)

Behind The Scenes In Tampa

With the Republican National Convention finally getting underway in Tampa, there are some great behind the scenes pieces being put out by the TV new organizations covering the event.

Here, CBS News veterans Bob Schieffer and Bill Plante–with 91 years of political coverage between them–talk about RNCs past:

“Fox and Friends” went behind the scenes with Sean Hannity this morning:


We will add more interesting behind the scenes videos as we find them.

Update: NBC’s senior VP of news and specials Mark Lukasiewicz gives a tour of NBC’s RNC setup, below.

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CBS News Unveils Plans for Political Conventions

CBS News has announced its coverage plans for the upcoming political conventions, which kick off next week in Tampa. Coverage will be led by “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley, “Face the Nation” anchor Bob Schieffer and “CBS This Morning” co-hosts Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell.

In addition to hosting “Evening News” from Tampa and Charlotte for the duration of the respective conventions, Pelley will helm a one-hour primetime special at 10pmET on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of both the DNC and the RNC. Schieffer will be live from Tampa the Sunday before the RNC and from Charlotte the Sunday before the DNC for “Face the Nation.” Rose will host “CBS This Morning” from Tampa and Charlotte, with co-host Gayle King remaining in New York.

Additionally, Bill Whitaker will report from the convention floor in Tampa and Byron Pitts will report from the convention floor in Charlotte. Jan Crawford travels to Tampa with Mitt Romney, while Nancy Cordes travels to Charlotte with President Barack Obama. Bill Plante and John Dickerson will also contribute to the network’s coverage.

More information in CBS’ release, after the jump.

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No TV Reporters Called on During Obama News Conference

The broadcast networks joined their cable counterparts carrying Pres. Obama’s news conference from the briefing room this morning. The economy — both domestic and global — was the reason for calling the newser. Lester Holt anchored on NBC, George Stephanopoulos and Diane Sawyer on ABC, and Charlie Rose and Erica Hill on CBS.

Normally very punctual, the president started about 20 minutes late. “He’s probably either talking to somebody about something or oblivious to the time,” joked Bill Plante on CBS. “Who is going to tell him? He’s the boss.”

The president began at 10:40amET and by 10:48, the first question went to Caren Bohan, with the president remarking about her upcoming job change.

“I’ll start with Caren, who is with Reuters, but as we all know is about to go get a fancy job with National Journal and we’re very proud of her, so congratulations to you, Caren. You get the first crack at me.”

Other questions went to Jackie Calmes of the New York Times and David Jackson of USA Today. Jackson asked about national security leaks recently reported in stories in the New York Times. None of the TV reporters were called on, but as the president left the briefing room at 11:07, one said: “Can we ask you about Wisconsin?” He didn’t answer.

Get Ready To ‘Hang Out’ With Bob Schieffer

Soon, viewers will be able to “Hang Out” with CBS “Face the Nation” moderator Bob Schieffer. At a party last night in Washington, CBS unveiled plans to do monthly Google+ “Hangouts” with Schieffer, correspondents and political guests.

People that normally wouldn’t be able to be in the same room would be able to participate, with excerpts appearing on the show, which is now an hour long (which means more airtime to fill!).

FishbowlDC’s Eddie Scarry was there, and a has a full breakdown of what went down.

TVNewser hears that among the attendees were CBSers Chris Licht, Norah O’Donnell, Chris Isham, John Dickerson and Bill Plante. Also in attendance: former CBSer and current Googler Daniel Sieberg, FNC’s Ed Henry and CNN’s Jessica Yellin.

Networks to Carry Pres. Obama News Conference

The White House has announced Pres. Obama will hold a news conference at 11amET. Obama’s most recent news conference was July 15, during a week in which he had two press availabilities.

NBC News will provide a special report anchored by Brian Williams in Washington, DC. Williams is there for The Atlantic‘s Ideas Forum and was to interview VP Joe Biden. Instead, David Gregory will interview Biden. ABC News will produce a special report anchored by George Stephanopoulos in New York. And Bob Schieffer will anchor for CBS News from Washington, DC. Scott Pelley is returning from London this morning. He’d been reporting from Afghanistan earlier in the week and anchored CBS’s Steve Jobs special report from London at 12:46amBST/7:46pmEDT.

> Update: Obama made a 7-minute statement, then took questions:
First question to Ben Feller of the Associated Press.
Second question to Chuck Todd of NBC News.
Third question to Jackie Calmes of The New York Times.
Fourth question to Jake Tapper of ABC News.
Fifth question from Hans Nichols of Bloomberg.
Sixth question to David Nakamura of The Washington Post.
Bill Plante from CBS News gets the seventh question.
Eighth question went to Matt Spetalnick of Reuters.
Ninth and final question (a 3-parter) went to Aamer Madhani of National Journal, who wasn’t expecting to be called on. “Caught you by surprise, huh?” said Obama.

Washington Turns Out to Honor Bob Schieffer

Quite a turnout last night at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, DC, as Bob Schieffer was honored on his 20th anniversary anchoring CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

More than 500 people turned out to honor Schieffer, including the man who’s guested more times than anyone else: “I gotta say one word about the person who has been on ‘Face the Nation’ more than any other person in the history of the broadcast,” said Schieffer. “He’s actually older than me, not by much: John McCain over here.”

CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes threw the party which was attended by elected officials, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), below, and current and former administration reps, including Donald Rumsfeld, below, as well as Schieffer’s CBS colleagues including Jan Crawford, Chip Reid, Lara Logan, Bill Plante, and Nancy Cordes and from other networks, FNC’s Ed Henry, CNN’s Gloria Borger, NBC’s David Gregory and Betsy Fischer and PBS’s Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff, and Jim Lehrer. Also on hand Carin Pratt, who helmed the show for 18 years.

“We just love Carin,” said Schieffer. “I really appreciate your coming back and being with us tonight.”

Mary Hager … is now the [executive] producer. And Senator McCain remembers Mary Hager when the two of us were chasing up and down the halls of Congress. And Mary has actually worked with me, I guess, more than 20 years. And she started very, very young — she asked me to say that.”

(H/T Playbook / Photos for CBS News: Chris Usher)

Politico Picks ’50 Politicos to Watch’: Which TVNewsers Made The List?

Politico’s annual “50 Politicos to Watch” list is out, and this year — as the 2012 election cycle looms — it features a slew of Washington, DC-based television folk.

NBC anchor David Gregory, who helms the top-rated “Meet the Press,” is first on the list in the “Television Faces” category. Gregory is joined by former NBC colleague Norah O’Donnell, who recently stepped into a new role as chief White House correspondent for CBS, and Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier, who is the anchor of “Special Report.” The “Television Faces” category is rounded out by two men who are better known for their work behind the cameras: MSNBC president Phil Griffin and CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist.

CBS News picked up another nods in the “White House Deans” category, which features veteran White House correspondent Bill Plante.

View the full list here.

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