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Kelly, Baier to Lead Fox News’ Debate Coverage

Fox News has set coverage plans for the first Presidential debate, which will take place Wednesday night from the University of Denver in Colorado.

Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly will lead the network’s live political coverage, which kicks off at 8:55pmET. The pair will be joined by Brit Hume, Joe Trippi and Charles Krauthammer, as well as FNC correspondents Ed Henry, Carl Cameron and Alicia Acuna. Rick Folbaum and Harris Faulker will anchor live coverage on FoxNews.com from 8:45 to 11pmET.

Hannity will take over with live coverage from 11 to midnight and Greta Van Susteren will be live from midnight to 1amET.

Kelly and Baier, along with Shepard Smith, Neil Cavuto and Sean Hannity, will all host their respective shows from Denver on Wednesday. “The Five” will also be live from Denver.

Bret Baier: ‘Sometimes I think reporters in Washington get caught up in their list of questions’

With the election in the final stretch, Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier reflects on his toughest interviews in Naples Illustrated:

The toughest interviews are the ones, and usually they are politicians, who don’t answer the question you’re asking. It happens a lot, I think a lot more than people sitting at home would like. My mentor was Brit Hume as I mentioned, but I also really liked the late Tim Russert, he was a friend. I liked his style. What I learned most is that it’s about listening, not about talking. Sometimes I think reporters in Washington get caught up in their list of questions and what’s next as opposed to listening to the answer and pressing on that answer to get an answer.

MSNBC Boss: We Praise Republicans, But Fox Doesn’t Praise Democrats

GQ does a Q&A with MSNBC president Phil Griffin who doesn’t like when people says MSNBC is the liberal answer to Fox News.

GQ: Your network was beaten by Fox at the RNC but beat them at the DNC. Is MSNBC the liberal counterpart to Fox?

Griffin: …everybody tries to make an equivalence between us and Fox. You tell me when Fox praises the Democrats! Lawrence O’Donnell said it was one of the best speeches he heard by Romney. Ed Schultz talked about how a star was born with Ryan—even though he disagreed with everything he said. Steve Schmidt the former McCain manager in the ’08 election talked about strategy and helped us understand what they’re doing. We’re totally open to—we don’t have to agree with it but we totally understood it and tried to dissect it and appreciate it for what it is. You never see that at Fox—there’s no equivalency!

Of course, that’s not exactly accurate, and since Griffin asked, here are a few recent examples of Fox news praising democrats.

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Bret Baier on Fans, Ratings and Being a ‘Political Junkie’

Bret Baier is about 15 minutes into “Special Report” when the first fan stops by.

“Love your show. Watch it every night,” she tells him eagerly. “Never miss it.”

Baier, luckily in a commercial break at the time, smiles and waves, abandoning his notes to chat with the woman, who is from North Carolina and proclaims herself his “biggest fan.” She has some competition — by the end of the show, a small crowd will have amassed around the Fox News skybox, on the third floor of the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

“I like it. It doesn’t bother me,” Baier told TVNewser in between shows. “When people come up to you, it’s a big part of being in their living room. They think they know you because you’re in their living room every night. So I think you have to be respectful, and take the picture, and thank them for being a viewer.”

This is Baier’s first convention as the network’s lead political anchor, a role he took over into after Brit Hume stepped down in 2008. So far, his coverage is a success: on Tuesday night, Fox News posted higher ratings than any other network.

“These ratings were great, and we’re excited. Any time that we can compete, and beat, the major networks, that is a huge deal for us,” he said.

Baier, who anchors coverage from Charlotte next week for the Democratic National Convention, said his approach to the two events is “completely different.”

“Both sides say that this is a very stark choice. Viewers and voters are starting to realize that it is,” Baier said. “I think [the DNC] will be a much different tone, a much different atmosphere.”

“Most of all, I’m a political junkie, and this is in my wheelhouse,” says Baier. “If people can see that on the screen, that’s a good thing.”

Mitt Romney To Appear On ‘CBS This Morning’

In his first solo interview since announcing that Paul Ryan would be his Vice Presidential running mate, Mitt Romney will be a guest on “CBS This Morning” tomorrow. Romney will appear live via satellite from Ohio, and will be interviewed by co-anchor Gayle King and CBS News senior business and economics Correspondent Anthony Mason.

Romney and Ryan gave the first interview following the announcement to CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes” on Sunday, with Ryan speaking today with Fox News Channel’s Brit Hume.

Update: Here is the “CBS This Morning” interview.

The Ticker (Paul Ryan Edition): Brit, Greta, Dan

  • FNC’s Brit Hume gets the first sit-down solo interview with GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan. Hume talks with Ryan tomorrow in Denver. Portions will air throughout the day, with the full interview on “Special Report with Bret Baier” at 6pmET.

  • Greta Van Susteren will be hosting tonight’s “On the Record” from her home state of Wisconsin. She’ll be live from Rep. Ryan’s hometown of Janesville. Van Susteren interviewed House Speaker John Boehner in the Central Wisconsin city of Wausau Sunday. Gov. Scott Walker will also be a guest.

  • Dan Senor, the husband of former NBC and CNN anchor Campbell Brown, becomes a senior adviser to Rep. Ryan. Politico reports, Senor “will be serving in a much broader role with Ryan, helping on things like debate prep and the convention speech.”

Sunday Show Ratings: July 15

A big win for ABC as “This Week” topped the A25-54 demographic and placed second in Total Viewers behind CBS’ “Face the Nation.” NBC’s “Meet the Press” came in third in both ratings measurements, posting its lowest number of Total Viewers in 18 years.

Compared to the same week last year, “This Week,” “Face the Nation” and “Al Punto” are all up, with “This Week” posting the biggest gains: +19% in Total Viewers and +29% in the demographic. “Meet the Press” and “Fox News Sunday” (hosted this week by Brit Hume) are both down double-digits: -14%/-12% and -15%/-20%, respectively.

Cable replays of Fox News Sunday averaged a combined 2,338,000 Total Viewers and 393,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour airs in just 69% of the country.

The numbers for July 15:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.69M 755K
ABC
“This Week” 2.50M 835K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.33M 753K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.06M 364K
Univision “Al Punto” 895K 404K

Titans, Moguls and a Presidential Candidate Pay Respects to Mike Wallace

If the news business was like football, Mike Wallace would be its MVP. But if news was a beauty contest, Wallace would never have been Mr. Congeniality.

That’s what hundreds of Mike Wallace’s friends, colleagues and family — four generations of them — learned as they gathered at the Rose Hall at Time Warner Center to remember the “60 Minutes” original who died April 8 at age 93.

Morley Safer and Steve Kroft remembered Wallace’s unrelenting competitive streak. When Kroft had set up an interview with Gov. Bill Clinton in 1988, amidst accusations of an extra-marital affair, Kroft says, “Mike offered me encouragement, while trying to take the story away from me.”

Safer admitted months would go by without the two reporters even speaking to each other. In a taped piece, the late Ed Bradley echoed the sentiment, after Wallace stole a Manuel Noriega interview from him. “You and I didn’t talk for  six months,” Bradley says to Wallace who is unmoved.

“He brought the same zeal to a story as he did to a penny ante poker game,” said Safer.

Wallace even stole a story from his own son, Chris Wallace who, at the time, was working for ABC’s “Primetime.” In the Fall of 1997, young Wallace had set up an interview with comedian Chris Rock. Rock canceled not long before the shoot. Wallace later found out why.

“My old man had stolen the interview!” said Wallace. “And he knew he’d stolen it from me!” Bradley ended up conducting the Rock interview, mostly to make amends for the Noriega theft, but also to keep in good stead with his son.

“He was so exasperating and yet so endearing,” said Wallace choking back tears.

“It took many years for us to find our path to each other,” the Fox News anchor admitted. “He had a good heart. He could be naughty. But he was never mean.”

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Bill O’Reilly Takes On Pres. Obama, NBC News and … Brian Stelter?

It was another media Monday on “The O’Reilly Factor.” Bernard Goldberg was on as usual, discussing NBC News’s internal investigation into the editing of a “Today” show story in the Trayvon Martin case.

“I think it was a mistake from a show producer,” O’Reilly surmised, adding, “Obviously that can’t stand.”

NBC News tells TVNewser this morning, “the investigation is still ongoing at this point.”

Later in the show, O’Reilly put New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter — founder of this blog — in his reality check. In a story yesterday about Mike Huckabee getting a radio show, Stelter wrote O’Reilly had “failed” at his attempt at a radio talk show. O’Reilly gave up radio in 2009 and last night took issue with the reporting saying, “The Radio Factor” “was among the most profitable radio programs in the country.”

“Here’s some advice for Brian Stelter. Northwestern has a good journalism program. They will teach you to source articles and deal with facts,” said O’Reilly. “Oh, and they’ll also teach you to keep your ideology out of your reporting.”

Stelter tells us that kind of criticism, “Comes with the territory.”

And leading off the show, there was some role playing: Bill O’Reilly played Pres. Obama and Brit Hume played a White House correspondent — which he was many years ago for ABC News.

Watch after the jump…

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The Afternoon Ticker: O’Donnell, Baier, Current TV

  • CBS News correspondent Norah O’Donnell is one of Elle’s “10 Most Powerful Women in DC.” “‘The more I think about it, the more convinced I am that Norah O’Donnell’s departure…may be the biggest defection NBC has endured in nearly two decades,’ wrote one wonk”
  • FNC’s Bret Baier talks to Michigan Avenue about tonight’s Illinois primary, as well as who his mentors were in television: “My mentor Brit Hume was always someone I looked up to. I also looked up to Tim Russert in the way he conducted interviews and the preparation and effort he put into all of his interviews on Meet the Press.”
  • Current TV’s new morning lineup will debut Monday, March 26 at 6 AM. The new lineup features simulcasts of radio programs hosted by Bill Press and Stephanie Miller. In addition, Current will break into the programs at the top of every hour to provide two-minute political news breaks.

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