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David Axelrod ‘Unsympathetic’ to Bob Schieffer’s Stance On White House Access

MSNBC contributor David Axelrod criticized CBS News’ Bob Schieffer this morning, taking issue with the “Face the Nation” host’s stance on the Obama administration’s handling of the press and the DOJ investigations of the media.

Schieffer criticized the administration’s communications policy on “Face the Nation” this week, noting the show has to go through the White House press office to arrange on-camera interviews with anyone “from the lowest-level worker to a top White House official.”

“So I am glad the President has asked the Attorney General to review whether his investigations into leaks is having a chilling effect on journalists,” Schieffer said. “But it shouldn’t stop there. The president needs to rethink his entire communications policy, top to bottom. It is hurting his credibility and shortchanging the public.”

On “Morning Joe” this morning, Axelrod said while “the notion of naming a journalist as a co-conspirator for receiving information is something I find disturbing,” it should be separate from the issue of press access.

“The notion that the public should be concerned or disturbed, or that the taxpayer’s being cheated because Bob can’t book the guests he wants, I’m unsympathetic to that,” Axelrod said. Watch:

Bob Schieffer Honored with 2013 Walter Cronkite Award

Bob Schieffer, a 44-year CBS News veteran and current moderator of “Face the Nation,” will be the 2013 recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.

“Walter Cronkite is who I wanted to be when I was a young reporter,” Schieffer said. “He is who I still want to be so winning an award with Walter’s name on it means as much to me as any recognition I have ever received.”

With 56 years of reporting experience, Schieffer is the most experienced broadcast reporter in Washington. He’s been CBS’ chief Washington correspondent since 1982 and moderator of “Face the Nation” since 1991.

Schieffer will accept the 30th annual award, given by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU, at a luncheon in October in Phoenix.

Previous Cronkite Award recipients include Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer and Tom Brokaw.

Media Bias Segments On ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ And ‘The Last Word’

Media bias and the press were the subject of two big segments on cable news last night. On FNC’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” Bill O’Reilly sent producer Jesse Watters went to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where he asked attendees whether there was bias in the media. Al Roker, Les Moonves, Bob Schieffer, Chris Matthews and Piers Morgan were all among his “victims.”

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On MSNBC ‘s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” the MSNBC host made the White House press corps the subject of his ire. In a lengthy, 16-minute (!) segment, O’Donnell argued that for the American reporters, the conferences “are more about the press than the President.”

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Baseball Battle Brews On The Sunday Shows

We already noted that Florida Senator Marco Rubio will be appearing on all of the Sunday public affairs programs, but there is a baseball battle brewing too. This weekend the film “42″ is released, about the life of Jackie Robinson.

ABC’s “This Week” is talking about the film and Robinson’s legacy with New York Yankees stars Mariano Rivera and Robinson Cano. Rivera is the last player to wear the number 42, having been grandfathered in when Major League Baseball retired it in 1997. Cano wears number 24.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” has Robinson’s widow, Rachel Robinson, as well as actor Harrison Ford, who plays Branch Rickey in “42,” and Ken Burns, whose PBS series on baseball drew critical acclaim.

Somewhat surprisingly, CBS’ “Face the Nation,” hosted by well-known baseball fan Bob Schieffer, will not be having a segment on the film. Update: “CBS Sunday Morning” did a segment on Robinson last Sunday. Watch below.
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The Ticker: NBR, VP, NAB

  • “Nightly Business Report,” now owned and produced by CNBC, has its first sponsor: The Street Inc., which was co-founded by CNBC host Jim Cramer, gets two 30-second credits at the beginning and end of NBR.

  • Vice President Joe Biden will be a guest as part of a gun control roundtable on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” The segment will air on Thursday’s show.

Bob Schieffer Is a ‘Belieber’

We all know that CBS News “Face the Nation” moderator Bob Schieffer is a big fan of country music. But did you know that he is a big fan of Canadian pop star Justin Bieber?

On “CBS This Morning” Friday, Schieffer expressed concern over Bieber’s recent hospitalization in London.

“It was a big week in Washington, Rand Paul was up, and Justin Bieber was down,” Schieffer said, causing Charlie Rose and Gayle King to crack up. “We are trying to get as much information as we can down here.”

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The Morning Ticker: Vanity, Orman, Hubris…

  • CBS News is partnering with Vanity Fair for an Oscars special. “Vanity Fair’s Hollywood” airs Saturday at 10pmET/PT on CBS. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer of the show. Here’s a preview.

  • CNBC’s Suze Orman will moderate a discussion called “The Cost of Marriage Equality” at NYU tonight. Sponsored by the Respect for Marriage Coalition the panel will also feature Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee.

  • The premiere Monday of Rachel Maddow‘s “Hubris: Selling the Iraq War” was MSNBC’s most watched documentary in 10 years. The doc won its 9pm timeslot in A25-54 viewers and was second in total viewers with 1.46M.

The Afternoon Ticker: Bob/NAB, ‘Time’/CNN, Debate/Candy

  • CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer will be receiving the 2013 NAB Distinguished Service Award at this year’s NAB show in April. The award honors “members of the broadcast community who have made significant and lasting contributions to broadcasting.” Previous recipients included Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, Ronald Reagan and Oprah Winfrey.

  • Time magazine is unveiling its longest cover story ever today, and is partnering with sister company CNN to talk about it. The story, about medical costs in the U.S., will be discussed on “AC360″ tonight, with segments on “The situation Room” and “Starting Point” tomorrow.

State of the Union Coverage: CBS

Scott Pelley will anchor CBS’ State of the Union coverage from Washington Tuesday evening. Pelley will be joined by “Face the Nation” anchor Bob Schieffer and “CBS This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell. Chief White House correspondent Major Garrett and congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes will also contribute to the network’s coverage.

Pelley will also sit down with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) for an interview on Tuesday’s “Evening News,” which will originate from Washington.

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When Should Reporters Disclose Connections?

Let’s get this out of the way: conflicts of interest are rife in the TV news business.

CBS News president (and former Fox News executive) David Rhodes is the brother of one of President Obama’s advisers Ben Rhodes. NBC News anchor Andrea Mitchell is married to former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan. Bob Schieffer‘s brother Tom Schieffer was President Bush’s Ambassador to Japan.

In other words: potential conflicts happen all the time. The question is when should they be disclosed? Typically subjects with a conflict aren’t allowed to cover anything related to that conflict. If they do, a disclosure is a must.

The latest flap involves new CNN anchor Jake Tapper.

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