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Jindal in 2012? Maybe Not, Reveals Chris Matthews Show

TVNewser has obtained a partial early transcript from this weekend’s, “The Chris Matthews Show.” Panelist John Heilemann of New York Magazine relayed an interesting “rumor” about Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal:

I was down in New Orleans, and I heard a great rumor that Bobby Jindal, who we were just talking about as a potential presidential candidate for the Republican party, is thinking about giving up the governorship and running for Senate against David Vitter, or for Vitter’s seat if Vitter doesn’t run. He’s got a terrible budget situation down there. He’s thrown himself into a Republican primary up in Baton Rouge that he’s going to apparently get creamed in. And I think what’s interesting is that that tells you that he’s got the message that 2012 isn’t his year.

We don’t know how Matthews reacted to Heilemann’s Jindal reporting, but wonder if it was akin to Matthews’ reaction when Gov. Jindal gave the GOP response to Pres. Obama’s Address to Congress.

Also on the panel this week — CNN’s Gloria Borger, BBC’s Katty Kay and HDNet’s Dan Rather.

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“60″ in Top 10 Again

Sunday’s “60 Minutes” was the 7th most-watched TV show last week, according to Nielsen. 14.23 million viewers watched Steve Kroft‘s interview with Bernard Madoff whistleblower Harry Markopolos, Anderson Cooper‘s reporting on the drug war in Mexico and Morley Safer‘s profile of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

It was the tenth time in 12 broadcasts the CBS News magazine made the top 10.

The “Oh God” Response, and Reaction

As we reported yesterday, Chris Matthews addressed the “oh God” comment during Hardball last night. See what he said, and some reaction below:

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Howard Kurtz wrote about the comment in the context of Republicans reaction to Gov. Bobby Jindal‘s response speech. “Not very professional,” he wrote of Matthews. “But not very far off from what others — including many conservatives — are saying about the non-SOTU non-response by the governor of Louisiana.”

• The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik thought “MSNBC management had banished Matthews and Keith Olbermann from the anchor desk during grown-up political events.” But, he writes, “There was the partisan Democrat Matthews acting stupid and showing off Tuesday — making his little oh-was-the-microphone-open remark and hopelessly contextualizing anything of value that Jindal might have said. (Not that Jindal needed any help in being a train wreck.)”

• And for something entirely different: FNC’s Red Eye ombudsman Andy Levy offered his take on what Matthews meant when he said “oh God.” Click continued to see the clip…

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“Oh God” Book II: Chris Matthews Responds

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews has responded to his uttering of the words “Oh God” just as Gov. Bobby Jindal emerged to deliver the GOP response last night. TVNewser has obtained some of what Matthews will say on “Hardball” tonight:

I was taken aback by that peculiar stagecraft, the walking from somewhere in the back of this narrow hall, this winding staircase looming there, the odd anti-bellum look of the scene. Was this some mimicking of a president walking along the state floor to the East Room?

Insiders tell us Gov. Jindal was invited to come on Hardball tonight, but he declined.

Earlier: “Oh God” Heard From MSNBC Set…

33.6 Million Watch Obama on Broadcast Nets

Across the Big Four networks, President Obama’s speech averaged 33.6 million Total Viewers from 9 to 10pm, according to Nielsen overnight ratings.

Most viewers, 10.5 million, watched on CBS. CBS’ coverage got an assist from the lead-in of “NCIS” which drew nearly 18 million viewers. NBC was second with 10.2 million, followed by ABC with 8.4 million and Fox with 4.6 million.

In households, NBC won the 9pm hour as well as the 10pm hour which included the final minutes of Obama’s speech, analysis led by Brian Williams, Gov. Bobby Jindal‘s response and, from about 10:37-11, a repeat of “The Office”.

Final numbers for the speech including cable channels will be out later today.

“Oh God” Heard From MSNBC Set As Gov. Jindal Appears for GOP Response

As Louisana Gov. Bobby Jindal approached the camera to deliver the GOP response to Pres. Obama last night, someone on the MSNBC set whispered “Oh God.” But the whisper was loud enough to be heard by anyone who was watching MSNBC.

TVNewser has learned Hardball host Chris Matthews was the anchor who uttered the words. Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow were also a part of the coverage at the time. Some blogs claimed it was Olbermann, but sources tell us it was in fact Matthews.

In addition, Matthews is being criticized for his choice of the word “outsource” when describing Jindal as the GOP’s speaker. Jindal is an Indian-American whose parents immigrated to the U.S. in 1970.

In every area that was touched on, they had to get an outside guy. They had to outsource the response tonight, the Republican party. They had to outsource it to someone who had nothing to do with Congress because the Republicans in Congress had nothing to do with the programs he was talking about tonight or the record he referred to.

> Update: Matthews responds to the “Oh God” comment but not the “outsource” remark…

Plans For Obama Address

Every network will cover President Barack Obama‘s Address to Congress tonight at 9pmET (right after our TVNewser Summit party tonight in NYC — it’s not too late to RSVP). Following Obama’s speech is Gov. Bobby Jindal‘s Republican response:

• ABC — Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos anchor coverage from the Capitol, from 9-10:30pmET. Jake Tapper, Jonathan Karl, George Will and Donna Brazile contribute. Nightline provides additional coverage and analysis at 11:35pmET, with Terry Moran anchoring from D.C.

• CBS — Katie Couric anchors from 9-10:30pmET, with a live Webcast on CBSNews.com and CNET.com immediately following. Bob Schieffer, Jeff Greenfield, Nancy Cordes, Lara Logan, Anthony Mason, Chip Reid and Dan Bartlett contribute.

• NBC — Brian Williams anchors from 9-10pmET. He will be joined by David Gregory, Chuck Todd, and Kelly O’Donnell.

• FOX — Shepard Smith anchors from Washington, D.C., beginning at 8:55pmET. Chris Wallace provides analysis and Shannon Bream reports from Capital Hill.

• CNN — Wolf Blitzer, Campbell Brown, Anderson Cooper and John King lead coverage from the Election Center in New York. Members of the BPTOT, including Gloria Borger and Roland Martin, will contribute. Shortly before the 9 p.m. address, Blitzer will introduce the address. A two-hour edition of AC 360 starts immediately after the address. “Larry King Live” airs live at MidnightET, with special guest, Sen. John McCain.

• FNC — Bret Baier anchors, beginning at 8:55pmET. Bill O’Reilly hosts a live O’Reilly Factor from 8-8:55pmET. On the Record with Greta Van Susteren airs live from 10:30-11pmET, followed by a Sean Hannity hosting a live “Hannity” from 11pm-MidnightET. Brit Hume joins Juan Williams, Nina Easton and Charles Krauthammer for post-address analysis, Major Garrett, Carl Cameron, Brian Wilson and Chris Wallace report for the coverage.

• MSNBC — Keith Olbermann introduces the address after Countdown, and a special edition of Countdown airs at 10pmET. The Rachel Maddow Show airs live at 11pmET and Hardball with Chris Matthews is live at MidnightET.

• CNBC — John Harwood and Larry Kudlow anchor the pre-speech coverage and a panel of guests join Harwood after the address. Also — Brian Williams will be on “Street Signs” at 2pmET after his lunch at the White House with the other anchors.

• FBN — Neil Cavuto anchors coverage, which includes Rich Edson and Peter Barnes reporting and Mack McLarty, former chief of staff for President Clinton, providing analysis.

• Bloomberg — Peter Cook anchors, with Al Hunt and Kathleen Hays contributing. Roger Altman and Frank Lavin provide analysis.

• PBS — Jim Lehrer anchors with Mark Shields and David Brooks providing analysis.

• C-SPAN — Airs the address live, with coverage beginning at 8pmET and a re-air at 11pmET.

> WebNewser has the coverage plans on the Web

Gustav Aftermath: Surveying the Cabler Scene

gustav_9-2.JPGAs Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is saying in a presser taken by all three cablers this morning, there are no reports of widespread flooding in the Gulf Coast. Luckily, the damage seems to be minimal, which means focus appears to be shifting back to the RNC. Let’s take a look at the aftermath of cabler coverage:

• The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul J. Gough focuses on two of the “network stars,” at the forefront of the coverage, NBC’s Brian Williams and FNC’s Shepard Smith. Both described “polar opposite” response between Katrina and Gustav. “Smith, who drew praise for his coverage of Katrina in 2005, agreed that it was a different New Orleans and Gulf Coast that dealt with Hurricane Gustav,” wrote Gough.

• The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi explains the weather coverage creed: “participation is mandatory.” He describes some of the stand-out live shots from yesterday, including CNN’s Rob Marciano getting, “nearly blown off a New Orleans rooftop,” and “champion weather-interacter,” Geraldo Rivera.

Alessandra Stanley writes in the New York Times about the more subdued coverage as compared to Katrina. “Conceding on the evening news that the storm was not as bad as expected, Mr. Williams, his shirt dry, his hair only gently ruffled by wind, downscaled Gustav to ‘a sizable weather event,’” she wrote.

Extended on Cable, Special on Broadcasters As Gustav Roars Toward Shore

gustav_8-29.jpgThe hurricane keeping the President and VP away from the Republican National Convention is getting wall-to-wall coverage on the cablers.

Currently Gov. Bobby Jindal is speaking on all three cable networks — the Veep potential has also announced he will not be at the RNC.

FNC has employed a permanent lower third, even during commercial breaks, of Gustav information and a radar map. MSNBC announced it has replaced doc block from 7-9pmET with hurricane coverage.

Kate Snow
anchored a special report on ABC News at around 12:40pmET, with coverage of President Bush’s press conference on Gustav.

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Sunday Show Preview

And now, St. Paul.

• On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace speaks with Sen. John McCain. It will be McCain’s first sit down interview since announcing Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.

• On CBS, Bob Schieffer sits down with Rudy Giuliani, who is a keynote speaker at the RNC. Also, on Face the Nation, Sen. Joe Lieberman and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, as Gustav and possibly Hanna, head for his state.

• Gov. Tim Pawlenty is Tom Brokaw’s guest on NBC’s Meet the Press. And the roundtable of Doris Kearns Goodwin, David Gregory, Andrea Mitchell and Mike Murphy.