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CNN’s Jake Tapper Unites Democrats and Republicans in Praise of Tough, Fair Debate

AP GOVERNOR-FLORIDA-DEBATE A ELN USA FLMaybe we should just have CNN’s Jake Tapper moderate all the debates from now on. Tonight, Tapper showed how a strong moderator can peel political candidates away from their pre-planned quips and comfortably boring talking points. Viewers got to see, well, a real debate. “We asked questions that had not been asked, and tried to knock them off their talking points,” Tapper told TVNewser shortly after the debate ended. “We wanted this, as much as possible, to be a conversation.”

It was a real conversation between Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist, and like conversations between two people who clearly do not like each other, it wasn’t always comfortable to watch. But it was fascinating, and it never felt scripted. Part of the credit for that goes directly to Tapper and his producers, who decided the format would be flexible–less about timing, and more about talking. At times, Tapper sat back, ignored the clock, and let the candidates dig in to each other’s answers. At other times, Tapper interrupted, cutting off talking points in mid-sentence with a friendly but firm “thank you.”

B0gSKMeIEAMDkXGA deftly moderated debate like CNN’s can be risky for candidates, but it was wonderful for viewers and voters. To make it happen, Tapper tells TVNewser he and the debate producers (pictured, left) worked for weeks on debate prep. “We went over and over the questions.” Tapper says it was essential that the candidates understood “you’re not going to get to filibuster, but then also, we’re going to try to get them to answer questions.” As in, you know, actually answering the questions.

To make that happen, Tapper consulted with Florida political reporters, asking for suggestions on issues that needed clarification late in the campaign–but also, asking the Florida press corp for some insight into exactly how the two candidates change the topic. “How has this candidate avoided this question in the past?”
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The A.M. Ticker: Dish, Tapper, Farrow, Menendez

  • CNN and several other Turner networks have been pulled from Dish Network. “It’s unfortunate that Dish is once again operating in a disruptive manner that takes away networks and programming from their customers,” a Turner spokesperson says.

  • Fusion.net will stream Tina Brown‘s ​”​Women in the World Texas​” conference tomorrow. Fusion anchor Alicia Menendez will moderate several panels at the event.

The A.M. Ticker: Brooks Out, CNN Brand, Florida Fan

  • Mike Brooks, a law enforcement analyst who appeared on many HLN and CNN programs going back to 2001, was among those cut during layoffs this week. “I had the opportunity to work with some of THE finest journalists, producers, and bookers,” Brooks wrote on Facebook.

  • CNN has been ranked the world’s leading news brand in the Asia and Latin American markets. The Ipsos survey found CNN reached 40% of upscale consumers and decision-makers. BBC came in second.

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Kentucky Senate Candidates to Debate on ‘Fox News Sunday’

Fox Broadcast Channel and Fox News Channel’s “Fox News Sunday” will host a live debate between the two U.S. Senate candidates from Kentucky, Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Rand Paul. The debate is slated for Sunday, October 3, with anchor Chris Wallace moderating.

The New York Times reports that there will be no audience, and that Wallace will be the only one asking questions. FNC will be partnering with local Fox affiliate Fox 41 on the debate, with the local station hosting the program that week.

Earlier this year, Wallace moderated a debate between the Florida Republican hopefuls, Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio. Rubio won the primary, and Crist is now running as an independent.

First MTP Debate Series Matchup Cancelled

meet-the-press-logo.jpgThe first of Meet the Press‘ in-studio 2010 debate series has been called off.

The kickoff event — a Florida Senate face-off — was to have been held tomorrow, featuring Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek and Republican Marco Rubio (Independent candidate Charlie Crist had declined to participate).

“We have to cancel our Florida Senate Debate this Sunday,” reads an update on MTP‘s Facebook page. “Sadly, Marco Rubio’s dad is very ill. We’ll try to reschedule.”

The Miami Herald reports that Rubio’s 83 year-old father has emphysema and lung cancer and that his health deteriorated this week. “As a result,” a Rubio spokesman says, “Marco plans to stay with his father and family during this time, and will be unable to participate in this Sunday’s debate on Meet the Press.”

Instead tomorrow, MTP will feature its main guests — Sen. Lindsey Graham and political strategist David Plouffe — and a new “all-star roundtable” featuring CNBC’s Erin Burnett, among others.

CNN’s Candy Crowley to Moderate Florida Senate Debate

Crowley_8.28.bmpCNN’s Candy Crowley will moderate a debate featuring the three candidates for U.S. Senate from Florida, just 10 days before the election.

The debate, co-sponsored by the St. Petersburg Times and the University of South Florida, will air during “State of the Union,” Sunday, Oct. 24.

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I), Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) and Marco Rubio (R) will take part in the debate live from USF’s Tampa campus.

Fox News Has DNC Ad Pulled from YouTube

Fox News Channel has made a claim with YouTube that this rapid response ad from the DNC be removed. Late today it was. The ad, which went up on YouTube yesterday, is about the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Florida between Gov. Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio. Because the ad featured copyrighted footage throughout, FNC had enough of an argument to pull the ad.

Since pushing play will do you no good, I’ll tell you what you would have seen: the ad was made up entirely of Crist’s interview with Greta Van Susteren from the other night during which the Gov. criticized Rubio for spending $130 on a haircut and even joked that he may have also gotten a back wax. Cutouts of Rubio pop up with a back wax sound effect.

The latest polling has Rubio up by a whopping 34 points.

Florida Prepares For Fay

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Tropical Storm Fay is moving away from Cuba and heading toward the Florida keys. CNN and FNC carried live a news conference with Florida Gov. Charlie Crist this morning. He is telling Keys residents and tourists to prepare for the potential of a category 1 hurricane when it makes landfall in the next 24 hours.

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Fox And Their Florida Friends

F&FTeen_8.1.bmpFox & Friends isn’t just another news entertainment program that “does some news” (read here for that inference), but the show is also being hailed for helping a young woman get the medical coverage she desperately needed.

19-year-old Caitlin White had extensive brain surgery (her brain was actually falling through the bottom of her skull) but her insurance company was not going to cover the $113,000 bill until FNC’s Peter Johnson, Jr. got involved. Fox & Friends aired several segments on Caitlin’s story, and Johnson went all the way to the top to help the Bartow, Florida teen, calling up Gov. Charlie Crist. Crist’s call to Aetna was enough for the insurer to pick up the tab.

“If a call from the Governor’s office can make a little bit of a difference to help someone like Caitlin, it’s an honor to do that,” Crist said yesterday during an appearance on F&F along with Caitlin and her mother.