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Politics Aside, Bret Baier Finds a New Beat

Special Heart HC Hi Res resAs he rose through the journalism ranks, Fox News’ Bret Baier prided himself on out-hustling his competitors. But the last several years have presented the “Special Report” anchor with a heart-wrenching challenge mostly out of his control.

“I was asking a million questions. I was probably the most annoying father in the hospital,” Baier told TVNewser in an interview about his new book “Special Heart,” which chronicles his son Paul’s battle with congenital heart disease.

While political anchoring carries its own important responsibility, his son’s illness presented much higher-stakes. “The decision-making process is life or death,” he said, noting one important decision after Paul’s birth: wait a week for a top surgeon to return to America and operate, or go elsewhere.  He and his wife Amy “thought about it, prayed about it, and came to the conclusion to wait.”

Throughout Paul’s three open-heart surgeries and seven angioplasties, Baier still had to smile for the camera and stay sharp while reporting both on the road and in studio. “I can’t say I was 100% focused on whatever the issue of the day was,” he says. Today, the balancing act between family and work remains. “The whole experience has given me perspective, and I try to balance more than perhaps I did before.”

And how did that perspective—about family and health—impact his reporting on the Affordable Care Act? “There’s a lot of questions on both sides. The one thing I can conclusively say is that there are amazing doctors and nurses doing amazing things around our country. We all should remember that.” For Baier, there’s one “family” he’ll never forget.

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CNN Acquires George H.W. Bush Film Featuring Roger Ailes, Tom Brokaw, Brit Hume

41on41CNN Films has acquired “41ON41,” a two-hour profile of President George H.W. Bush featuring 41 of his closest friends, relatives and colleagues. The film will air Sunday, June 15, three days after Bush celebrates his 90th birthday.

The film features memories of the former President by a handful of television personalities and executives, including NBC’s Tom Brokaw, who anchored “Nightly News” during the first Bush administration, and Brit Hume, who was then the senior White House correspondent for ABC News. The film also features Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, who was a campaign advisor to Bush 41. Also featured: Bush’s wife Barbara and sons Jeb Bush and George W. Bush.

In a statement, CNN SVP of talent and content development Amy Entelis said the film “offers extraordinary insights to the man behind the powerful office, and his consequential presidency.”

TVNewser’s 2014 Guide To Graduation Speakers

Class-of-2014. jpgAs is TVNewser tradition, here now is our seventh annual list of who’s-speaking-where-and-when at the nation’s colleges and universities (in alphabetical order):

CNBC’s Guy AdamiQuinnipiac University (CT), May 10

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin: University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication (NC), May 11

ABC’s Richard Besser: University of Michigan School of Public Health (MI), May 1

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: Cansius College  (NY), May 17

Bloomberg’s Michael Bloomberg: Harvard University (MA), May 29… Williams College (MA), June 8

CNN’s Gloria Borger: Colgate University (NY), May 18

FNC’s Dr. Ben CarsonRegent University (VA), May 3

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Megyn Kelly, Charlie Rose on TIME 100

Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 7.53.04 AMTIME magazine is out with its annual TIME 100 list of the most influential people in the world.

Megyn Kelly, the anchor of Fox News Channel’s 9pm hour, is a Pioneer on the list while Charlie Rose, the co-host of “CBS This Morning,” is listed as an Icon. The list runs the gamut: from Pres. Obama to Edward Snowden; from Pope Francis to Miley Cyrus. Seth Myers, Jeff Bezos and both Koch brothers are also on it.

Brit Hume, who gets some of the credit for Kelly’s success, writes in TIME, “Ten years ago, my wife Kim, then Fox News’ Washington bureau chief, walked into my office carrying a videocassette. ‘You have got to see this,’ Kim said. It was the audition tape of a local TV reporter then named Megyn Kendall.

About Rose, Michael Bloomberg writes, “Over the years, political commentary on television — from both the left and the right — has grown more and more shrill. Both sides talk past each other in an endless repetition of poll-tested sound bites. And that’s why Charlie Rose matters more than ever.”

Who did TIME overlook? Let us know in the comments…

Did Media Coverage of Controversial Arizona Bill Help Lead to Veto?

BrewerBillAll three cable news networks carried Arizona Governor Jan Brewer‘s press conference last night announcing her veto of a controversial bill that would allow businesses’ and people to refuse service to LGBT people based on religious beliefs.

After the announcement, Anderson Cooper replayed parts of an interview he did the night before with one of the bill’s sponsor, Arizona State Senator Nancy Barto.

Cooper asked her six separate times if she could name one example that had already happened where people of faith had been forced to do something against their religious beliefs.  “I can raise a hypothetical,” Barto said, citing a hypothetical same sex marriage where a photographer who didn’t want to provide service wouldn’t have protection.

Governor Brewer, shown above vetoing the bill, had similar phrasing to Cooper during her announcement: “I have not heard of one example in Arizona where business owners religious liberty has been violated.”

Fox News broke into “On the Record” with Shepard Smith reporting on the press conference. “I think Governor Brewer did the right thing,” New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte told Greta Van Susteren when FNC whipped back to “On the Record.”  Megyn Kelly led “The Kelly File” interviewing Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on the news out of Arizona. On Tuesday night, Kelly and Brit Hume wondered whether the bill was an “overreaction” by religious conservatives.

Over on MSNBC, Chris Hayes took over for Chris Matthews coming out of the press conference at 7:51pmET, still during “Hardball.” Hayes spoke with the Arizona Democratic Minority Leader Anna Tovar via phone on her reaction to the veto. Rachel Maddow led her show with news of the veto, covering the other states who are considering similar bills to Arizona. Lawrence O’Donnell noted the media’s impact on forcing a veto: “They got away with it until we focused on it…we the national media.” Read more

The Tale of Bret Baier’s Wrinkled Pants

Bret Baier, who celebrated his fifth anniversary as the anchor of Fox News’ “Special Report” on Monday, talked with Real Clear Politics this week about the milestone. He recalls a very funny story about viewer reaction to his wrinkled pants after he made his debut:

Baier also talked about the moment he learned he had been picked to succeed Brit Hume: Read more

Bret Baier Marks 5 Years as Anchor of ‘Special Report’

bret baierBret Baier will celebrate his fifth anniversary as anchor of “Special Report” tonight. Baier began at Fox as the network’s Atlanta bureau chief in 1998, running the operation out of his garage with a fax machine and a cell phone. He took over for Brit Hume as anchor of “Special Report” when Hume transitioned into his current role as the network’s senior political analyst in 2009.

It has already been a big year for Baier: he was recently elected to the Gridiron Club, the oldest association of journalists in Washington. He also plans to write his first book, Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Courage and Love, this year. The book will detail his experience with his six year old son Paul, who suffers from a rare heart condition. Baier will donate his author proceeds from the book to pediatric heart research.

“Special Report” consistently ranks in the top five cable news programs, finishing 2013 fourth in total viewers and fifth in the A25-54 demographic. Baier’s team has put together a look back at his five years in the anchor chair, which will air tonight.

How Did Fox News Become Fox News?

FoxNewsLogoBill Hemmer will take a look at Fox News’ history for a special airing tonight at 10pmET.

“Fox News: Our Story” features interviews with Brit Hume, Sean Hannity and Shepard Smith, who recalls he initially didn’t think the channel could succeed: “Not a chance, no way, no how. And what that shows is that I didn’t know the boss,” Smith says. “I can remember [Roger Ailes] telling me distinctly, we will win … I love what Roger and our folks have accomplished. I’m very proud of it.”

Watch a preview at Fox News Insider.

The Ticker: Krauthammer, CNN Scenes, ‘Katie’

  • Politico profiles Fox News’ Charles Krauthammer: “While he intellectually operates at a very high level, he speaks simply and clearly and compellingly,” Brit Hume says of Krauthammer. “You don’t have to be a genius to know what he’s talking about.”

  • CNN.com has launched a new gallery of correspondents’ photos from behind the news reports. “Scenes From the Field” will be refreshed regularly and produced by the network’s Atlanta-based International Desk.

  • Katie Couric‘s talk show has launched a weeklong “Challenge For Change” this week. Correspondent Cameron Hughes will travel to Denver, Detroit, New York, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. to spotlight local charities making a difference in those cities.

The Ticker: Farrow, Will, Edson

  • “My feeling . . . is that there’s a frustration in how passive the experience of receiving news can be,” Ronan Farrow tells Page Six about his new MSNBC show. “I think that the time is right to step in with a show that’s all about giving you, the average Joe at home, the tool set on how you can get involved.”

  • FBN Washington correspondent Rich Edson is running the Marine Corps Marathon this weekend in Washington, D.C. “I’m getting anxious and I’m getting nervous,” the first-time marathoner told The Washington Post. “I want to train more. I want to go out [running] more. But fortunately, I’m working quite a lot.”

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