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Hillary Clinton: ‘Definiton of Talking to Americans’ Not Confined to Sunday Shows

clintonPOLITICO reports exclusive excerpts from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s upcoming book “Hard Choices,” specifically the chapter on the 9/11/12 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Clinton addresses criticism that she didn’t appear on Sunday morning shows several days after the attack.

Clinton takes aim at people who “fixate on the question of why I didn’t go on TV that morning, as if appearing on a talk show is the equivalent of jury duty, where one has to have a compelling reason to get out of it. I don’t see appearing on Sunday-morning television as any more of a responsibility than appearing on late-night TV. Only in Washington is the definition of talking to Americans confined to 9 A.M. on Sunday mornings.”

The potential presidential candidate writing about her lack of responsibility to appear on Sunday shows adds to previous statements she’s made about the platform: last year during her Benghazi testimony, she “confessed” that going on Sunday shows “is not my favorite thing to do.”

For her book, Clinton is seemingly more favorable to weeknights and weekday mornings. Her first interview goes to Diane Sawyer in a primetime special on June 9; her second to Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” June 10. She’ll also do a joint interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren on June 17.

Bret Baier, Greta Van Susteren Get Joint Interview with Hillary Clinton

GretaBretAs part of her book tour, former Secy. of State Hillary Clinton will be sitting for a joint interview with both FNC’s Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren. The half-hour interview on June 17, will air first on Baier’s 6pmET show “Special Report” and continue into Van Susteren’s 7pmET show “On the Record.”

Nothing is off limits: from the 2016 presidential election to the 2012 attacks in Benghazi. Clinton’s most recent interview with Fox News, conducted by Van Susteren, was in January, 2013.

Clinton’s book, “Hard Choices,” comes out June 10. Her first interview will be with ABC’s Diane Sawyer as part of an ABC News special airing June 9.

The Top Cable News Shows in May Were…

Fox News had the top 14 programs in total viewers and the top eight programs in the key A25-54 demographic in May 2014. As usual, “The O’Reilly Factor” was the number one program in cable news in both total and demo viewers, averaging 2,136,000 total viewers and 308,000 demo viewers. “The Kelly File” was second in total viewers, with 2,337,000, followed by “The Five,”  “Special Report with Bret Baier” and “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.” In the demo, “The Five” was second, Kelly’s program was third and Baier’s program was fourth.

CNBC was the only network other than Fox News to have a show in the top ten among the A25-54 demo: “Shark Tank,” which averaged 210,000 A25-54 viewers, placed ninth overall. “Shark Tank” also led CNBC in total viewers, averaging 442,000 viewers and placing 23rd overall.

MSNBC’s highest-rated show was “The Rachel Maddow Show,” which placed 14th overall in total viewers and 11th overall in the demo. Maddow’s program averaged 738,000 total viewers and 176,000 demo viewers.

Anderson Cooper 360″ was the top CNN program in total viewers and the demo, placing 21st and 19th, respectively. The show averaged 452,000 total viewers and 145,000 A25-54 viewers for the month.

“Forensic Files” led HLN in both ratings measurements, placing 38th in total viewers and 20th in the demo with 323,000 and 142,000 viewers, respectively.

The top-rated show in total viewers on Fox Business was “Imus in the Morning,” which ranked 89th overall. “Stossel” led the way in the demo, ranking 87th.

The full rankers, after the jump. Read more

May 2014 Ratings: Fox News #1 For 149 Straight Months

fox news logoFox News marked its 149th consecutive month as the most-watched cable news network in May, beating MSNBC and CNN combined in total viewers and ranking sixth among all ad-supported cable networks in both total day and primetime. The network had the top 14 shows in total viewers and the top eight shows in the demo in all of cable news. But despite its strong hold on the top spot, Fox News hit a series of 13-year lows among younger viewers this month.

The ratings for May 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 1,455,000 total viewers / 221,000 A25-54
  • Total Day Mon-Sun): 902,000 total viewers / 177,000 A25-54

Fox News, like all the cable news networks, was down compared the same month last year: the network was down -27% in total viewers and -25% in the A25-54 demographic in total day and -26% and -28%, respectively, in primetime.

In both total day and primetime, Fox News delivered its lowest ratings in the A25-54 demographic since August 2001, before the network took over as the number one cable news network. “Fox & Friends,” which leads the cable news morning shows in both total viewers and the demo, also had its lowest demo delivery since August 2001.

All the network’s primetime shows are down double-digits year-over-year. “The O’Reilly Factor” is down -28% in total viewers and -30% in the A25-54 demo. “The Kelly File” is down -17% in total viewers and -27% in the demo compared to the 9pmET hour last year and “Hannity” is down -30% and -23%, respectively, compared to the 10pmET hour last year. (Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity debuted in the respective 9pmET and 10pmET timeslots in October.)

The newest addition to the Fox News lineup, “Outnumbered,” averaged 851,000 total viewers and 163,000 A25-54 viewers in the 12pmET hour. The show ranked 14th in total viewers and 15th in the demo among all cable news programs. And “The Five” and “Special Report with Bret Baier” both celebrated milestones this month: “The Five” has been number one in its timeslot for 35 consecutive months and “Special Report” has been number one in its timeslot for 65 consecutive months.

The Ticker: Clinton/ABC, Ifill/ANWC, CNBC/FNC

  • Hillary Clinton‘s first interviews to promote her new book, “Hard Choices,” go to ABC News. Diane Sawyer will interview Clinton for a primetime special that will air June 9 and Robin Roberts will interview her live on “GMA” June 10.

  • PBS anchor Gwen Ifill was honored with the Excellence in Journalism Award Monday at the American News Women’s Club Annual Roast. Richard Prince has details in his Journal-isms newsletter.

  • Joe Kernen revealed on CNBC recently that he watches Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier” at 6pmET, calling the newscast “good, balanced, not one way or the other.” Video after the jump.

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The Ticker: Gregory, Merger, Baier

  • The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik praises David Gregory for moderating Maryland’s first debate among the Democratic candidates for governor last night. The “Meet the Press” host “quickly sharpened the focus and heightened conflict among two of the candidates,” Zurawik writes.

  • Executives from Comcast and Time Warner Cable are testifying on The Hill today about the proposed merger between the two companies. “While none of the lawmakers asked federal regulators to block the transaction, both Republicans and Democrats cautioned there were potential negatives in the $45 billion deal,” Reuters reports.

  • On “Access Hollywood LIVE” last night, Kit Hoover revealed her prom date was none other than Bret Baier, “the cute boy … over at Fox News Channel.” Baier was “a gentleman through and through,” Hoover said. Watch after the jump…

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TVNewser Show… in a Minute

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As we start planning for the next TVNewser Show & Media Job Fair, here’s a look back at last week’s event at which more than 900 people gathered to talk shop, learn about the future of the business, or find a job… and there was cake.

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Behind the Scenes at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

For the White House Correspondents’ Association, it’s a night to celebrate the free press. For Joel McHale, it’s a night where “a guy like me can stand before the president, the press and Patrick Duffy, and tell jokes without severe repercussions.” And for TVNewser, it’s a night where the people we cover all year — executives, producers, reporters and anchors from every major network — are all together in the same room: the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which we attended this year as a guest of ABC News.

Our night began outside the entrance to the ballroom at the Washington Hilton, where we overheard now-NBC News correspdonent Cynthia McFadden ask for directions to the ABC News party. We followed her in, and a few minutes later we were chatting with Diane Sawyer, who told us she always looks forward to the Correspondents’ Dinner, and James Goldston, who said he was pleased with his first few weeks as ABC News president. In the back of the room, Fox News anchors Ainsley Earhardt and Kimberly Guilfoyle posed for a picture with Sofia Vergara; Earhardt told us afterwards that she’s “having a blast” anchoring “Fox & Friends First,” despite the crazy hours. We spotted Katie Couric chatting with former Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and his daughter, Abby Huntsman, who is a co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle.”

Wolf Blitzer made the rounds with Diane Lane. We saw NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and ABC’s Lara Spencer snap a picture with Tony Goldwyn from “Scandal.” We spent a few minutes with Rebecca Jarvis, and chatted with Alicia Menendez about her participation in the TVNewser Show as well as her Twitter habit.

On the way into the ballroom, we spotted Guthrie and her husband, Mike Feldman, chatting with Bret Baier and his wife Amy. We saw Jessica Simpson and her fiance, Eric Johnson, chatting with fans. Simpson’s ex, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo, was also at the WHCD as a guest of Fox News. Read more

Bret Baier: ‘After I Saw that, I Said ‘We Are Dropping the Ball on that Coverage’

BaierTVSBret Baier is taking a cue from John Oliver.

The Fox News “Special Report” host was watching Oliver’s inaugural show on HBO last Sunday when it hit him that the world’s biggest election — where up to 800 million people in India will be voting — is getting almost no coverage in the U.S. “After I saw that, I said ‘we are dropping the ball on that coverage,’ Baier told us at the TVNewser Show on Tuesday. His team is now working on a story about the election which wraps up May 12.

Baier says shows like Oliver’s as well as “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report,” “can really penetrate on news stories.”

We interviewed Baier for about 20 minutes following his keynote speech. We discussed everything from the 2014 and 2016 elections, to how he engages with “the most fervent critics of Fox News,” and the current state of the media’s relationship with the White House: “I think there is a sense that the president feels like he doesn’t get enough good treatment in a media that has, for the most part, turned a little bit on this White House, in policy and substance.”

I began by asking Baier what he thought about the president’s approval rating, which an ABC News/Washington Post poll released earlier that morning showed it had dropped to 41%.

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Thanks for Helping Celebrate 10 Years of TVNewser

On Tuesday we celebrated 10 years of TVNewser at the TVNewser Show and Job Fair. More than 900 job seekers and seminar participants packed the New Yorker Hotel for a day of hot TV news topics: there were drones and there was cake. We talked about the future of Aereo, the state of local media, and diversity in the newsroom — and on the air. The day kicked off with a keynote from “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier, followed by a Q and A with the Fox News anchor. We’ll be writing up that conversation in the coming days, as well as posting several video interviews with, among others, NBC’s Tamron Hall, Fusion’s Alicia Menendez and Tribune Media president Larry Wert. In the meantime, here’s a slideshow of some of the highlights.

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