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Morning Shows Go Pink to Kick Off Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Today is the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and anchors and correspondents across the morning shows were decked out in pink this morning for the cause. NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, CBS’ Charlie Rose and Nancy Cordes, Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt and Elisabeth Hasselbeck and ABC’s Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer, George Stephanopoulos, Amy Robach and Jennifer Ashton all participated. On “Good Morning America,” which kicked off a monthlong series of ABC News reports on Breast Cancer Awareness this morning, Robach, 40, got her first mammogram (video is after the jump).

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Interviewing Assad. Then Interviewing the Interviewer

Now that the two cable news media criticism shows go head-to-head we’re starting to see some of the same coverage on each show, even at the same time. An interesting thing happened yesterday during week two of Howard Kurtz‘s MediaBuzz on Fox News. At 11:08am, as Kurtz was talking about Charlie Rose‘s big get last week with Bashar Al-Assad, his old show, “Reliable Sources,” was talking to Rose. Politico’s Patrick Gavin hosted “Reliable Sources” and interviewed Rose.

As for interviewing Assad, the NYT’s Brian Stelter has an interesting story about how Assad’s advisers are carefully choosing his interviewers. Last Monday, four days after Rose’s interview, George Stephanopoulos traveled to the region to interview Assad.

But Mr. Assad must have had a change of heart, because once Mr. Stephanopoulos was in Beirut, the interview was called off. Mr. Stephanopoulos returned to the United States empty-handed. (On the bright side, he quickly scored another big interview, this time for real: he sat down with Mr. Obama in Washington on Friday.)

Mr. Stephanopoulos’s 11,000-mile journey demonstrated the Syrian government’s sometimes-effective, sometimes-confounding strategy toward communicating with the West through major news media outlets.

Checkpoints, Armed Guards, Bullet-Proof Vests for Charlie Rose on the Road to Damascus

Charlie Rose was back in the anchor chair of “CBS This Morning” today talking about how he landed that wide-ranging interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. As we reported yesterday, Rose and CBS News chairman Jeff Fager, Rose’s producer for the interview, traveled to the region late last week and secured the interview Sunday morning.

“I must say that Jeff and I found them, once we got there, they didn’t make any effort to change content, there was nothing off the record. There was no sense of, you can’t talk about this. None. I said, “This is going to be a very tough interview.” And they said “The president would like you to be that way.”

Rose says they crossed several check-points driving from Beirut to Damascus and had bullet-proof vests, but did not wear them. “But we didn’t have armed guards and all those kinds of things,” he told colleagues Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell.

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Coverage Plans for President Obama’s Speech

The broadcast and cable news networks have planned special reports ahead of President Obama’s primetime address tonight. Here’s what they have planned for the speech, which is scheduled for 9pmET.

NBC News: Brian Williams will anchor a special report beginning at 9pmET.

CBS News: Scott Pelley will anchor live coverage of the speech, with chief White House correspondent Major Garrett contributing.

ABC News: Diane Sawyer will anchor coverage beginning at 9pmET.

PBS: Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will anchor. They will be joined after the speech by “NewsHour” analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks.

Fox Broadcast NetworkShepard Smith will anchor beginning at 9pmET. Read more

U.S. Govt. Learned of Charlie Rose’s Assad Interview the Same Time Everyone Else Did

With a choice of having Anthony Weiner, Lady Gaga or Bashar al-Assad on his morning show, CBS News president David Rhodes will take door number 3 any day.

“If we wanted a more stark demonstration of the differences in these shows, I think this morning is a perfect example,” Rhodes tells TVNewser. “We have done more Syria on this morning show than anyone,” says Rhodes. “And we’ve been rewarded for it by viewers.”

That “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Charlie Rose got the interview should not come as a surprise. He’d interviewed Assad before, and has been working for months to secure this interview as the Syrian civil war intensified. “He’s had a track record on this story for a long time,” says Rhodes. The entirety of the interview will air tonight on Rose’s PBS program.

Rhodes’ boss, CBS News chairman and “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager put on another hat this weekend: as Rose’s producer. “When you have a situation like this, you don’t know what you’re going to find when you get there,” says Rhodes. “There’s no substitute to having people there with the experience and confidence to confront that. That Jeff was able to go, is great”

Rose and Fager spent Saturday night in Damascus, before heading to the presidential palace Sunday morning. Hours later Rose was in Lebanon phoning into CBS’s Bob Schieffer breaking the news of his interview. That’s also around the time the White House first learned about it.

Which means it came as news to Rhodes’ younger brother, Ben Rhodes, who is the White House Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communication.

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Anthony Weiner Dismisses Questions About His Wife in Defiant ‘Today’ Interview

While “CBS This Morning” was airing Charlie Rose‘s interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and “Good Morning America” was prepping for a performance by Lady Gaga, Anthony Weiner was repeatedly dismissing Savannah Guthrie‘s questions about his wife on “Today,” blaming the media for “a fascination about making it a soap opera.”

“Savannah, I gotta tell you, we’re going to leave it now,” Weiner said. “We’re going to leave it now. In the interview the other day on ‘Meet the Press,’ you asked me seven questions about Huma. You’ve asked me every question about Huma. She’s my wife, I love her deeply. But I have to tell you something, I’m the candidate tomorrow.” Watch:

Charlie Rose Interviews Bashar al-Assad

“CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose got an interview today with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. This is Assad’s first TV interview since President Obama asked Congress to approve the use of force against the Syrian regime for use of chemical weapons. Rose, now in Beirut, called in to “Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer

“He denied that he had anything to do with the attack. He denied thad he knew, in fact, that there was a chemical attack, notwithstanding what has been said, and notwithstanding the videotape. He said there’s not evidence to make a conclusive judgment. He would not say, even though I read him the lead paragraph of the New York Times today, in a story about their chemical weapons supply. He said ‘I can’t confirm or deny we have chemical weapons.’ He did say, if we do in fact have them, and ‘I’m not saying yes or no.’ they’re in centralized control, so no one else has access to them.”

When Rose asked him if he expected an attack, he responded, “I don’t know.”

The interview will air tomorrow on “CBS This Morning” and on Rose’s PBS show tomorrow night.

Morning Show Ratings: Week of August 26

“CBS This Morning” still trails its morning show competitors by millions of viewers, but it was the only morning newscast to show growth compared to the same week last year.

CTM grew its total viewer audience +14% and its younger viewer audience +8% and closed the gap with NBC’s “Today” show by 388,000 viewers. “Today” has stemmed its losses and was down -1% in viewers and -2% in the demo. “Good Morning America” marked 54 weeks as the most-watched morning show — the longest stretch at No. 1 in more than 21 years. The ABC show was flat year-over-year among total viewers and down -3% in younger viewers.

The averages for the week of August 26:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.357M / NBC: 4.439M / CBS: 2.670M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.909M / NBC: 1.782M / CBS: 925K

The Best Interviewers on TV, According to Mika Brzezinski and Gayle King

“Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski and “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King, who first met 20 years ago while working at a local Hartford station, recently sat down for lunch with The New York Times’ Philip Galanes. The freewheeling conversation — which covers Brzezinski’s recent Russell Brand interview, sleep aids, King’s friendship with Oprah Winfrey and many other topics — eventually finds its way to Brzezinski and King’s respective co-hosts, Joe Scarborough and Charlie Rose:

PG: Who is the best interviewer on TV today, not including either of you or Charlie or Joe?

GK: That rules out a lot of good people.

MB: I’m going to break the rule and say Joe. One of the reasons I sit next to him is because he does fascinating interviews and finds a way to get right to the point in a way I’ve never seen before.

GK: You’re going with Joe Scarborough over Charlie Rose? I have to respectfully disagree.

PG: And you’re going to go with Charlie Rose?

GK: Yeah.

President Obama Praises Andrew Cuomo, Gives Exclusive Interview To Chris Cuomo

It is shaping up to be a Cuomo-filled week for President Obama.

Today Obama is in Buffalo, New York, to start a bus tour about colleges and education. The tour will continue through central New York and down to Pennsylvania. In Buffalo this morning, Obama called New York Governor Andrew Cuomo “one of the finest Governors in the country.”

Also today, Obama will sit down with Governor Cuomo’s brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, for an exclusive interview to air tomorrow on “New Day.” The two will “discuss his plans to lower college costs, as well as, the major international and domestic stories affecting American security and life,” per CNN.

Charlie Rose interviewed the President in June, and Obama appeared on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” for an extended interview earlier this month.

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