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Networks Plan Special Coverage as Voters Head to the Polls in Florida

Primary season continues as voters head to the polls in Florida today, and the broadcast and cable networks have scheduled special coverage for the election results tonight.

CNN’s coverage, hosted by Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett and John King, kicks off at 7pmET. Cooper will host a live “AC360″ at 10pmET, followed by a live “Piers Morgan Tonight” at midnight.

On MSNBC, Rachel Maddow will anchor coverage beginning at 6pmET. She will be joined by Chris Matthews, who will host “Hardball” from Miami today, Al Sharpton, Ed Schultz and Lawrence O’Donnell.

Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier are at the anchor desk on Fox News from 8-11pmET. Sean Hannity takes over at 11pm, followed by a live “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” at midnight.

The broadcast networks will offer special reports as the results come in. Brian Williams will anchor on NBC. Scott Pelley will anchor from Florida on CBS. On ABC, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor special reports together. On PBS, “NewsHour” will broadcast a live primary special at 11pmET, co-anchored by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff.

Elsewhere on cable:

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Eliot Spitzer Guest Hosting ‘Countdown’ on CurrentTV

With Keith Olbermann suffering from bronchitis, a familiar face will be hosting “Countdown” on CurrentTV this week: former CNN anchor Eliot Spitzer.

Spitzer will co-host “Countdown” with Bill Press tonight and tomorrow night, during the network’s Florida primary coverage. (CurrentTV will have a regularly-scheduled primetime lineup tomorrow, with David Shuster reporting live from Florida at the top of every hour.) Although Spitzer has appeared on Current frequently over the past several months, this will be his first hosting gig since he signed off from CNN in July.

It’s possible CurrentTV is testing the waters with the former Governor. Spitzer’s appearances as an MSNBC guest host in 2010 were a precursor to his hire as 8pmET co-host on CNN.

Why MSNBC Analyst Pat Buchanan Won’t be on MSNBC to Promote his Book

He once hosted a two-hour show on the network, but these days Pat Buchanan couldn’t get on MSNBC if he checked in at security under the name Bill Press.

Buchanan is doing the rounds promoting his new book Suicide of a Superpower. He’s been on CNN, with Erin Burnett, and on Fox News, with Sean Hannity and Megyn Kelly and he was on FBN last night (anchor David Asman called it “a terrific new book”). But the MSNBC political analyst has not — and will not — be on MSNBC to talk about the book, which is #18 on the New York Times Best Seller list.

An MSNBC executive told HuffPo‘s Michael Calderone that there had been a conscious decision not to have Buchanan on air because of the views expressed in the book which is described this way on

America was born a Western Christian republic but is being transformed into a multiracial, multicultural, multilingual, multiethnic stew of a nation that has no successful precedent in the history of the world.

The groups CREDO Action and — which took credit for the beginning of the end of Glenn Beck on Fox News — is going one further. Today the groups announced they have delivered 275,000 signatures on a petition demanding the network fire Buchanan for his “long history of bigoted rhetoric.”

So we’re asking you:

The Breitbart-Ratigan-Shuster-Bashir affair … to sell books

Try to keep up.

Andrew Breitbart went on Dylan Ratigan‘s MSNBC show Tuesday. Critics say Ratigan was soft. Breitbart returned to MSNBC Wednesday to tape an interview with Martin Bashir, who wasn’t soft at all. In between there was an interview with former MSNBC anchor David Shuster on the radio show of former MSNBC host Bill Press. That wasn’t so soft either. In fact, Shuster mostly called out Ratigan for his interview. Shuster and Breitbart have a history. It all came to a head last night as Breitbart went on very comfortable turf on FNC’s “Red Eye.” Comfortable enough that he recalled the whole MSNBC episode with some insider details.

But what host Greg Gutfeld really wanted to know was why James O’Keefe did this.

Breitbart, who is promoting “Righteous, Indignation” has also been on with CNN’s Eliot Spitzer and HLN’s Joy Behar this week.

‘MSNBC would love if Keith Olbermann could turn out 300,000 people at the Lincoln Memorial.’


On CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” Saturday’s Lincoln Memorial rally was a hot topic of conversation with liberal pundits Jane Hall and Bill Press and conservative blogger Matt Lewis. The discussion ranged from the impact, the size (somewhere between 87,000 and half a million, including Bill Press), to the promotional platform from Beck’s network: Fox News Channel.

Jane Hall: But again, when you promote it on your network, and the man is drawing people because he has viewers on Fox, it is aligned with Fox. So it’s a distinction without a difference, in my opinion.

Bill Press: Howie, they did pull back toward the end. But let’s face it, this event would not have happened without Fox News. This was a Fox News event.

Howard Kurtz: Well, because Fox gives Beck a platform. But the other hosts were not banging the drums on this.

Press: No. Bill O’Reilly had him on his show to promote it. He was on “Fox & Friends” many times –

Kurtz: Yes, he appeared as a guest.

Press: — to promote it. And when you — I think the bigger picture is you couple that and all of the rest of his political activity, if I could just finish, with Sarah Palin is on the payroll, Newt Gingrich is on the payroll, Mike Huckabee is on the payroll.

Matt Lewis: MSNBC would love if Keith Olbermann could turn out 300,000 people at the Lincoln Memorial. He couldn’t do it. Glenn Beck can do it, and there’s the difference.

> Earlier: Live blog & Poll from Beck’s 8/28 Lincoln Memorial Rally

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A Fair & Balanced Discussion of Glenn Beck’s Rally?

Tomorrow Howard Kurtz will be talking about Glenn Beck‘s rally, among other topics, with his panel on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” He’s got liberal talker Bill Press booked, as well as Matt Lewis, a conservative writer for Politics Daily and Jane Hall, who was until last year, a left-leaning Fox News pundit. Hall left Fox News in part because of Beck.

Is this a balanced panel? You decide tomorrow on CNN at 11amET.

The Beck rally and the competing rally held by the Rev. Al Sharpton will come up on the Sunday public affairs shows as well. Beck will be a guest on “FOX News Sunday,” and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is a guest on “This Week with Christiane Amanpour.” Duncan was scheduled to speak at Sharpton’s rally.

On “Reliable Sources” Kurtz will also be talking about former RNC chairman and campaign manager of Bush-Cheney ’04 Ken Mehlman coming out of the closet. Kurtz’s guest: Ross Douthat of The New York Times.

Kathleen Parker, Future CNN Co-Host?

kathleen_6-18.jpgThe NY Post reports that syndicated conservative columnist Kathleen Parker is under consideration for a pairing with Eliot Spitzer on a new Crossfire-esque program in CNN’s 8pm time-slot. Parker merely tells the Post, “”I’ve been talking to [CNN], but there’s nothing to report.”

CNN declined to comment to TVNewser.

Rumors of Spitzer at CNN have swirled in the past month. The former-governor had also become a regular fill-in on MSNBC recently, last appearing for Dylan Ratigan on June 4th.

Parker, who won the 2010 Pulitzer for Commentary, has made numerous television appearances for segments on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, and Fox News.

After the jump, a video from last summer of Parker debating with Bill Press on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” One of the topics: her potential future competition at 8pm, Bill O’Reilly.

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FBN Embracing Its Inner Libertarian

Napolitano061410.jpg It looks like executives at Fox Business Network are taking our advice. A few weeks ago we wrote that in order for FBN to succeed:

It needs to offer a product that is substantively different than what the sister network offers. This is something CNBC and MSNBC do very well, and FBN and Fox News do not.

Today, the New York TimesBrian Stelter notes that FBN has been adding a few libertarian voices to its lineup in the form of Andrew Napolitano and John Stossel.

Stelter also spoke to liberal commentator Bill Press, who quipped about FBN: “I think they’ve just decided to make it the second propaganda channel.”

That comment drew a rebuke from FBN, after the jump.

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Ed Schultz Fills David Shuster’s 3pm Spot

MSNBC_4.5.jpgAs we await word on the future of David Shuster at MSNBC, Ed Schultz is filling the 3pm hour today.

At the moment he’s moderating a debate between Pat Buchanan and Bill Press, who, you’ll recall, had their own MSNBC show, “Buchanan and Press” in 2002-2003.

Buchanan and Press were also once co-hosts of CNN’s “Crossfire.”

Critics Still Taking Aim at Lou Dobbs

Lou_Dobbs_8-14.jpgCNN host Lou Dobbs can’t seem to get himself out of the media crosshairs since the birthers controversy began more than three weeks ago.

Now,’s Jon Friedman is going so far as to claim Dobbs “has sold his journalistic soul to the devil.” In a column today, Friedman writes:

Some observers believe that he genuinely feels and expresses outrage over the failures of the government to safeguard America. But I see his in-your-face broadcasting style as a distinct ratings grab.

Former MSNBC host Bill Press, in a column for the Hartford Courant, mockingly suggests that since CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein suggested the network avoid booking talk radio hosts, first reported by TVNewser Tuesday, Dobbs must go too:

At least this means the end of that pompous, arrogant, and obnoxious Lou Dobbs. After all, Lou Dobbs is also a nationally syndicated radio talk show host. So Klein’s edict — “No Radio Talk Show Hosts on CNN” — must mean the end of Lou Dobbs.

Even Howard Dean‘s brother is getting in on the action. Ealier this week, Dobbs called the former presidential candidate and DNC chairman a “bloodsucking leftist.” Dobbs may be trying to clear the air, but Democracy of America, which Jim Dean chairs, wrote “Lou Dobbs is dangerous. It’s time for CNN and the United Stations Radio Network to take him off the air.”

Dobbs. Beck. O’Reilly. Olbermann. Yeah, August is a slow news month…

> Update: Add Doonesbury to the list of Dobbs critics.