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How Long Has It Been Since Charles Krauthammer Watched a Network Newscast?

Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer gave his take on reliable media sources last night. The network news and CNN aren’t on his viewing menu.

“I have not watched a network newscast on any of the three networks in 20 years,” he told Bill O’Reilly. “I gain nothing from it. I know it’s soft news. I know it’s liberal news.”

About CNN, Krauthammer took aim with some humor. “They’re still looking for the Malaysian plane. I think they’ve actually located Amelia Earhart, who’s going to be a new anchor for them. But who watches CNN?”


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On International Day of Happiness, Dan Harris Learns 10% Happier Will Debut at No. 2

HappierHarris“Good Morning America Weekend” anchor Dan Harris‘ new book 10% Happier will debut at No. 2 on the New York Times non-fiction Best-Sellers list for the week of March 30. That’s made Harris about 75% happier than he was yesterday and one notch ahead of Bill O’Reilly‘s Killing Jesus which is at No. 3 for the week, and now in its 25th week on the list. Other tvnewsers on this week’s list: Charles Krauthammer‘s Things That Matter is at No. 8 and Brian Kilmeade‘s George Washington’s Secret Six is at No. 17.

Harris’ 10% Happier recounts his on-air panic attack and how he got better and happier.

And speaking of happiness, did you know today is the International Day of Happiness? Well it is, and the folks at ABC News — and local TV stations around the country — are celebrating. So if you want to see Barbara Walters, and about 100 other ABC/ESPN/Fusion stars dance to Pharrell Willams‘ Happy, click through. Read more

‘Loudest Voice in the Room’ to Debut at #9 on NYT Best-Sellers List

Ailes bookGabriel Sherman‘s unauthorized biography of Fox News chairman Roger Ailes will debut at #9 on the New York Times Nonfiction Best-Sellers list for the week of February 2. “The Loudest Voice in the Room” went on sale last Tuesday, earlier than planned.

On “USA Today’s” best seller list this week, which collects sales data from the previous Monday through Sunday of all books, not just nonfiction titles, the Ailes bio debuts at #122.

Three other nonfiction titles from Fox News talent remain on the New York Times list: Charles Krauthammer‘s “Things That Matter”, Bill O’Reilly‘s “Killing Jesus” and Brian Kilmeade‘s “George Washington’s Secret Six.”

(h/t Playbook)

The Ticker: Todd, Roberts, O’Reilly

  • Chuck Todd is getting a radio show on SiriusXM. Starting Dec. 7, the MSNBC host and NBC chief White House correspondent will host “Unscripted with Chuck Todd,” airing Saturday mornings on SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S. channel 124.

  • Thomas Roberts will be honored by the the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce tomorrow night. The MSNBC anchor will be honored “for his longstanding commitment to promoting equality for LGBT people.”

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: Muir, Krauthammer, Crowley

  • Ahead of the Monday launch of Fusion, David Muir will anchor “ABC World News” from Miami tonight and tomorrow.

  • Bret Baier anchored “Charles Krauthammer: A Life That Matters” on Fox News this weekend. The Fox News contributor talked about his family and his education, sharing that his father — who spoke nine languages — carried around Krauthammer’s second-grade report card in his pocket. “His motto for us was, I want you to know everything. I want you to learn everything,” Krauthammer said.

  • CNN’s Candy Crowley is pulling for the St. Louis Cardinals to win the World Series. “I’ve always been one of those people that can’t bear to watch. So I keep myself occupied doing other things,” she tells the Charlotte Business Journal. “But definitely rooting for them.”

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.”

Should the U.S. Media Give Equal Time to the Syrian Opposition?

In the last 10 days Syrian Pres. Bashar al-Assad has been given two hours on U.S. television networks. An hour on PBS (with clips on CBS) last Monday and tonight, an hour on Fox News. Following the FNC interview, the network’s State Department correspondent James Rosen said equal time might be in order for the Syrian opposition. Rosen was a part of the “Special Report” panel analyzing the Assad interview conducted by Dennis Kucinich and Greg Palkot.

“I predict that you may see calls from viewers, from critics, et cetera, for us to give a like amount of air time to the Syrian opposition,” said Rosen. “It may be seen as incumbent on us to make sure that the Syrian opposition is heard. If not an equal measure, in some kind of measure.”

“We will talk to the second floor in New York about that,” said Baier, referring to the executive offices of Fox News.

What do you think? Should the U.S. networks set aside an hour of time for an opposition interview?

As for tonight’s interview, Charles Krauthammer had this assessment: “[Assad] spoke for almost an hour. There wasn’t a true word he said including ‘and’ and ‘but.’”

As we reported earlier, Kucinich, an FNC contributor got the interview, but Fox executives only agreed to do it if a Fox News journalist participated.

Dennis Kucinich, Greg Palkot Interview Syria’s Bashar al-Assad for Fox News

On Sept. 7, Fox News Channel contributor and former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) told his bosses at Fox News that he was confident he could get an interview with Syrian Pres. Bashar al-Assad. Kucinich, in his capacity as a member of Congress, had met Assad before.

Fox News then had to decide how to produce an interview, using an interviewer who isn’t a journalist, but rather a politician-turned-pundit. So they called up Greg Palkot, FNC’s Senior Foreign Affairs correspondent.  “I decided that Kucinich should pursue the interview, on condition that FOX News journalists would also be included,” says Fox News EVP Michael Clemente.

Fast-forward 10 days, to yesterday. Kucinich and Palkot are side-by-side, while Clemente is in a control room in the Syrian Presidential Palace (set up temporarily, we’re told, as Assad has been giving several interviews of late). While Fox News used a Syrian camera crew, Clemente says the interview “was conducted with no restrictions on the questions that could be asked.”

News of the interview was first reported by British journalists in Syria, including ITV’s Bill Neely. A few hours later Atlantic Wire wondered: “It’s interesting that Fox News sent Kucinich to interview Assad and not, say, their hard news front man Chris Wallace.”

Clemente straightens that out: “Kucinich was not there in the capacity of a journalist nor was he representing Fox News in that role,” he says.

The interview will air tonight in a 2-hour “Special Report with Bret Baier.” The interview will run from 6:30-7:30pmET followed by analysis from Stephen Hayes, Charles Krauthammer and Juan Williams.

Ed Henry At Center Of White House-White House Correspondents Association Spat

The “golf course incident” is spilling over into the work week. Right now the White House and the White House Correspondents Association are at odds over access.

In case you aren’t caught up: over the weekend the President played golf in Florida with Tiger Woods, among other people. The press was not allowed in to see them play. White House Correspondents Association president (and Fox News correspondent) Ed Henry went public with press complaints about the incident, saying it was emblematic of a larger issue at the White House.

Henry is speaking out on behalf of the WHCA, talking to Politico about the issue, and appearing on competitor “NBC Nightly News” to talk about the dispute. Henry’s FNC affiliation was not included in the chyron.

Politico also published an in-depth, reported piece from Mike Allen and Jim VandeHai titled “Obama, The Puppet Master.” The report looks at the administration’s views on the press, including Obama’s preference to talk to TV reporters over print reporters, and how staffers keep reporters at arms length and beyond:
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