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Inauguration 2013: Fox News Coverage Plans

Fox News Channel’s 2013 Presidential Inauguration coverage will begin Sunday morning and continue through Monday night, with Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly behind the anchor desk.

Baier and Kelly will anchor during the private ceremony Sunday at 11 AM, as well as the network’s coverage of the public ceremony Monday from 11AM-3 PM and from 8:40-10PM.

Contributors to the special programming will include Brit Hume, Chris Wallace and “The Five” co-hosts Bob Beckel, Juan Williams and Dana Perino. Karl Rove, Stephen Hayes, Charles Krauthammer and Kirsten Powers will also contribute.

On Monday, Bill Hemmer, Martha MacCallum, Shepard Smith and Neil Cavuto will anchor their programs live from Lafayette Park. In primetime, Bill O’Reilly and Greta Van Susteren will host their shows live.

As has become de rigueur, FNC will also be streaming the event on its website.

Candy Crowley: ‘I Expected Them To Come At Me When I Would Try to Rein Them In’

Tonight’s Town Hall battle was more pitched and pointed than the first, as the two men running for president paced the stage answering questions from undecided voters, and follow-ups from moderator Candy Crowley. After both the Obama and Romney campaigns expressed concern about Crowley’s role, the CNN anchor says, “I expected them to come at me when I would try to rein them in,” adding, “I didn’t take it personally.”

In fact, Crowley says Obama/Romney Round Two was what a passionate debate of the issues should be: “They were so good at sort of being in each other’s face.”

Crowley’s turn is being remembered most for her fact-checking of Mitt Romney who said “it took the president 14 days” to call the attack in Benghazi a terrorist act. But Crowley, referencing a White House transcript noted in Rose Garden comments the day after the attack Pres. Obama said, “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation.”

On Fox News, Charles Krauthammer called Crowley’s correction an “intervention, which is essentially incorrect,” saying Crowley was “supporting Obama on the transcript.” On Fox Business, Neil Cavuto added, “Calling something a terror act is very different than calling it a terrorist act. And then a moderator intervening to defend the president as if he did say that… is a little, you know — and I like Candy a lot.”

Of course, there was bound to be criticism of Crowley just as there will likely be next week when CBS’s Bob Schieffer moderates the final debate.

For Crowley, who went on CNN not long after signing off from her moderating duties, it was a good night: “I thought the first part of the especially was fun to watch, and hopefully enlightening to people.”

Fox News Channel Sets VP Debate Plans

Fox News Channel has solidified its coverage plans for the Vice Presidential Debate on Thursday. As with the first Presidential debate, Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier will co-anchor the special from 8:55-10:30, dubbed “America’s Election Headquarters: Vice Presidential Debate.”

“Fox News Sunday” moderator Chris Wallace, Brit Hume, Joe Trippi, Steve Hayes and Charles Krauthammer will provide analysis, with Carl Cameron, Steve Brown and Ed Henry reporting. Online, coverage will be anchored by Rick Folbaum and Harris Faulkner. Every program from 3PM onward (save for “O’Reilly Factor” at 8 PM) will originate from Kentucky on Thursday.

FNC has a partnership with Twitter for the debates, and will utilize Twitter’s data to bring viewers to gain insight into viewer sentiment, and to present the topics people are talking about on the service.

CNN announced its coverage plans for all of the debates late last month.

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.

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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Washington Caucus Coverage

We know you can’t wait for Super Tuesday, but hold your horses. First, Washingtonians vote tomorrow. Here’s the cable coverage:

  • MSNBC will be producing extended cut-ins during Saturday night documentaries.

Newt Meets the Press; CNN’s Caucus Cam: ‘It’s Just Hideous How the Media has Been Handling this Entire Thing’

After another Mitt Romney primary win — this time at the Nevada Caucuses — Newt Gingrich decided to hold a press conference, instead of a second-place-ain’t-so-bad speech. It was carried live on CNN and Fox News. (MSNBC signed off at 11pmET airing “Lockup: New Mexico.”) A defiant Gingrich brushed off rumors he’ll be dropping out, saying he’s in it until the convention in Tampa. Gingrich says he’ll be able to stay in it state-by-state, because his is a national campaign: “If I am on ‘Hannity’, or I am happy to be in the Associated Press, or if I’m on one of the networks or even in The New York Times that in fact it reaches the whole country.”

At one point during his Q&A, Gingrich cited Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer‘s comments about  Mitt Romney not quite understanding “conservative philosophy.”

After the newser, Krauthammer told Bret Baier, “I appreciate the shout out but it will not work.” And summing up the news conference, Krauhammer added, “That was the best of Newt and the worst of Newt.”

Stephen Hayes agreed: “This is what flailing looks like. It was not a pretty performance by Newt Gingrich.”

As CNN waited for Gingrich, they kept their Caucus Cam trained on a late gathering of GOP voters, held after sundown to accommodate Orthodox Jews and Seventh Day Adventists. One Caucus-goer, a Ron Paul supporter, bemoaned Paul’s perceived lack of media coverage, even claiming he’s been poorly lit at the debates. “I’ve looked at some of the debates and when they go on Ron Paul, the lighting is dimmer, sometimes they don’t even allow him to talk, they don’t even get him into the conversations,” the woman said, live on CNN. “It’s just hideous how the media has been handling this entire thing.”

Gingrich also revealed he’ll be rooting for the Giants later today. As a Green Bay Packer shareholder — his son-in-law hails from Sheboygan — Gingrich decided it was best to root for the team that beat the Packers on the road to the Super Bowl.

Chuck Todd, Charles Krauthammer make GQ’s ’50 Most Powerful’ List

While two GOP politicians top the list, a couple tvnewsers are among GQ’s “50 Most Powerful People in Washington.” NBC’s Chuck Todd and Fox News’s Charles Krauthammer made the cut.

1) Eric Cantor
2) Mitch McConnell
3) David Plouffe
4) Leon Panetta
5) Hillary Clinton

19) Chuck Todd: “Through sheer ubiquity alone, Todd might be the most important political journalist working today. Throw in the fact that he’s widely liked, not at all flashy, and smart as hell, and it’s no contest.”
45) Charles Krauthammer: “[H]e’s a fixture at liberal stonings on Fox News. His tone-setting attacks against the administration caused the National Review to pen a love letter titled “Critic-in-Chief.”

FNC analyst Karl Rove is also on the list, clumped in with Steven Law and Ed Gillespie at #13. And CBS News president David Rhodes makes the list along with his brother Ben, Pres. Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser, at #20.

(h/t Playbook‘s Mike Allen … who was #40)

Networks and Cable Channels Roll Out Key Talent For 2011 State Of The Union Coverage

All four major broadcast networks, along with the cable news channels, are bringing out the big name talent for coverage of the 2011 State of The Union address Tuesday evening.

On the broadcast networks, NBC has Brian Williams anchoring along with “Meet the Press” host David Gregory.

ABC has Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos anchoring, joined by a number of correspondents, hosts, and analysts, including Jake Tapper, Christiane Amanpour, Jonathan Karl and Deborah Roberts.

On CBS, “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric will lead the coverage, joined by CBS reporters and analysts.

On the Fox broadcasting network, Fox News Channel’s Shepard Smith will anchor coverage. Smith will be joined by “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace and correspondent Wendell Goler.

On the cable news channels:

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Charles Krauthammer’s Verdict on Tucson, Ariz. Media Response

The Washington Post columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer broke down the recent media frenzie over Saturday’s violence in Tucson, Ariz. into two points in his column today:

1) “The charge: The Tucson massacre is a consequence of the ‘climate of hate’ created by” Glenn Beck and other media figures.

2) “The verdict:” that the media jumped to “unheard of conclusions there were “reckless, so scurrilous and so unsupported by evidence.”

Jared Loughner‘s motivations are still being looked into. But preliminary findings show that — as Krauthhammer wrote — there is “no evidence that Loughner was impelled to violence by any of those upon whom Paul Krugman, Keith Olbermann, the New York Times, the Tucson sheriff and other rabid partisans are fixated.”

The New York Times’ op-ed columnist, David Brooks, wrote a similar piece today titled “The Politicized Mind,” which also called out those who tried to make Loughner’s motives political.

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