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Greta Talks to Bristol in First TV Interview

FNC’s Greta Van Susteren has been on the Palin family beat both before and after the presidential election, and this weekend she was back in Alaska. On this trip, she talked to Bristol Palin as well, who talks about her new baby, the father, Levi Johnston, and more. It was Palin’s first TV interview since the birth. The interviews air tonight on “On the Record” at 10pmET.

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(picture from Gretawire)

O’Reilly: “When I Come In, I Come In Armed and Dangerous”

oreilly_9-12.JPGTime Magazine’s 10 Questions section welcomes FNC anchor Bill O’Reilly this week, for a timely set of pithy responses to reader questions.

O’Reilly describes his interview style. “It’s not Larry King, with all due respect to Mr. King,” he says. “When I come in, I come in armed and dangerous. But if somebody impresses me, I’ll think about it more, and if I change my mind, I’ll tell the audience.”

But despite that dig at King, O’Reilly says he isn’t opposed to working at CNN. He is asked, “Would you ever consider working for CNN or any news network other than Fox News?”

“I work for people. I don’t work for a network,” he says. “So if there’s a person over there who I respect, and they wanted me to do a certain thing, I would consider it.”

Other topics include what “real conservatives” attack O’Reilly for and the reason for his seemingly-flip-flopping position regarding Jamie Lynn Spears and Bristol Palin.

After the jump, his thoughts on Sen. Barack Obama post-four part interview…

(image by Dennis Kleiman for Time Magazine)

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For Brian Williams, 38,486 Miles and Counting

Gail Shister
TVNewser Columnist

RNC Logo10.pngPregnant, shmegnant. Candidates’ kids are not fair game, says NBC’s Brian Williams.

“Show me the germaneness to their ability to lead the nation,” he said last night, a few hours before Sarah Palin‘s vice-presidential acceptance speech at the G.O.P. National Convention.

As everyone in the civilized world learned this week, Bristol Palin, 17-year-old daughter of the Alaska governor, is with child and without husband.

“Families are messy and complicated and American and normal,” said Williams, notoriously protective of his own. “It’s where public officials kind of close the door behind them. Home is home. Family’s family.”

With situations like Palin’s, “We’re feeling our way,” Williams admitted. “It becomes part of the biographical sketch. Sometimes it bleeds over into politics. I’m comfortable reporting what we know.”

For politicos, it’s an easier line to cross when it’s with those of their own ilk, Williams said.

Republican President Reagan and Democratic Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill, for example, “could be tough customers” on the Hill, Williams said, but after hours, the “twinklely-eyed Irishmen” liked to tip a few. (We can see the headline: Tip Tips.)

“A switch gets thrown when the scene changes.”

In the last eight weeks, Williams has endured more scene changes than a “Law & Order” episode.

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McCain Campaign’s Problem With Brokaw?

Sen. John McCain‘s “love affair” with the media is over, but has the rift hit a new height? Bloomberg’s Heidi Przybyla writes about the recent uproar over Bristol Palin‘s pregnancy, media coverage campaign manager Steve Schmidt called “demeaning” yesterday.

But in the wake of an angry letter delivered from the McCain campaign to NBC News president Steve Capus over, “irresponsible journalism,” it appears McCain was ready to take it to another level.

Przybyla reports, “The campaign even considered pulling out of one of the three presidential debates because it would be moderated by Tom Brokaw, a former NBC News anchorman.”

Maybe that action was squashed. Przybyla writes, “Capus said he spoke with the McCain campaign after he received the letter and ‘there is no issue in terms of a broader problem.’”

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