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A Busy Friday for Senator John McCain

As potential U.S. action in Iraq drew saturation coverage on TV news today, Senator John McCain lent his voice.

The Arizona Senator, who has urged President Obama to “get a new national security team,” appeared on cable news five times across MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN.

He started on “Morning Joe” and “New Day” this morning, first telling an MSNBC panel we should’ve left stabilizing forces in Iraq similar to Japan, Germany, Korea, and Bosnia. Speaking with Chris Cuomo, McCain got specific on Iraq: “Airstrikes are something to be considered.”

Next, he appeared on “Andrea Mitchell Reports” in a pre-recorded interview. “I think I’d put David Petraeus on a plane to Baghdad right now to sort all of this out,” he told Mitchell.

On-set in New York, McCain joined Neil Cavuto on “Your World” in the 4pmET hour following an Army press conference updating the condition of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who is now back in the U.S. undergoing treatment. “Right now, he probably deserves a lot of our patience,” McCain said.

McCain rounded out the day back on CNN, appearing on “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” weighing in on which members of the president’s national security team need to go. “The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, number one, the National Security Adviser [Susan Rice], number two…who should probably spend time with her family on Sundays,” he said.

Chris Cuomo on Hillary Clinton: Media ‘Couldn’t Help Her More’

CuomoIn a segment about Hillary Clinton‘s upcoming interview with Diane Sawyer, CNN’s Chris Cuomo suggested the media has helped the potential presidential candidate.

“We couldn’t help her any more than we have,” Cuomo said. “She’s got just a free ride so far from the media…we’re the biggest ones promoting her campaign, so it better happen.”

Cuomo also praised his former ABC colleague, Diane Sawyer.

“I was actually happy that Diane pressed her the way she did,” Cuomo said, adding it was a “dicey” move for Sawyer, whose tough questions could backfire on her if Hillary becomes a candidate.

Sawyer’s interview with Clinton airs tonight at 9pmET on ABC.

CNN Goes Back to ‘The Sixties’

In celebration of the premiere of “The Sixties,” CNN threw a ’60s themed party Wednesday night at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal. The party was held in the same space where the network’s exhibit of ’60s artifacts is on display this week.

The party included entertainment from Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux and 1960s-themed food, including green bean casserole, turkey meatloaf and retro candy, served on TV dinner trays. Guests posed for photos with tie-dye bandanas, retro sunglasses, and inflatable guitars. The exhibit, which features one of Keith Richards‘ guitars, a lifesize replica of Mr. Rogers, and an old television camera belonging to CBS News, was also open to guests.

TVNewser spotted Don Lemon, Ashleigh Banfield, John Berman, Brian Stelter and his wife, NY1′s Jamie Stelter, Christine Romans and Sally Kohn. CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker introduced the Fab Faux before they took the stage around 8 p.m. Also in attendance: Indra Petersons, Allison Kosik, Poppy Harlow, Sam Feist, Dan Abrams, and Chris Cuomo, whose brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, was on hand to open the exhibit at Grand Central on Tuesday.

“The Sixties” is a ten-part series that kicks off the network’s new primetime programming slate. The first installment airs tonight at 9pmET.

Donald Sterling Apologizes, Tells Anderson Cooper: ‘You’re More of a Racist Than I Am’

Cooper SterlingBeing accused of being a racist elicits a strong response from most people, but Anderson Cooper had two words last night.

“How so?” Cooper responded to embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling during their exclusive interview after Sterling said, “I think you’re more of a racist than I am.”

“I’m not a racist, I’ve never been a racist, and I’ll never be a racist,” Sterling emphatically told Cooper, tearfully apologizing for comments he made to his girlfriend V. Stiviano on a leaked audio tape. After apologizing, Sterling made more comments about former NBA star Magic Johnson.

“He acts so holy, he made love to every girl in every city in America, and he had AIDS…” Sterling said about Johnson, later adding Johnson hasn’t done enough for minorities. Cooper corrected Sterling, noting Johnson has HIV, not AIDS.

Before the interview aired last night, Cooper spoke with “New Day” Monday morning, answering Chris Cuomo‘s question on the suggestion Sterling has the early symptoms of dementia. “He’s fully aware of what he’s saying…he seems totally competent,” Cooper said.

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TVNewsers Celebrate 10 Years of TVNewser

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In January 2004, a college student named Brian Stelter started CableNewser, a blog that covered the ins and outs of cable TV news. It quickly grabbed the attention of the people who work in all ranks of TV news: from top news executives, to ground floor production assistants; from anchors and  agents, to producers and directors. In May, 2004 Stelter’s CableNewser was featured in the New York Times. A couple months after that, Mediabistro acquired the site and renamed in TVNewser, to reflect expanded coverage of the broadcast networks. Some of the earliest supporters of the site are still reading today. We reached out to the networks and asked for their thoughts, 10 years on:

Greta Van Susteren, Fox News: “I think if TVNewser goes back in history, they will learn that I was the first one on the national scene to give the site a shout-out. At the time, Brian Stelter was a college student blogging in a dorm room at Towson University. He sent me a nice note thanking me. It was fun for me to help him out and give him the shout-out. Now fast forward and lots has changed and people have moved on in the news business and so has TVNewser. What was once just a college blog has now morphed into a great website. Congrats on 10 years!

Chris Cuomo, CNN: “We need someone to watch the watchmen. Here is to 10 years and a job well done.”

Rebecca Jarvis, ABC News: “Happy Birthday. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years. Thanks for all the valuable information. The stuff we hate to love and love to hate.”

Chris Wallace, Fox News: “It is remarkable to think TVNewser didn’t exist a decade ago. Now, a day doesn’t go by that I miss checking the site to get my fix about the industry.”

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Kate Bolduan Expecting First Child

“New Day” co-anchor Kate Bolduan and her husband private equity investor Michael Gershenson are expecting their first child. “You all, without probably knowing it, have put up with some pretty gnarly morning sickness,” Bolduan said.

“You’ll have to deal with another baby,” John Berman said, pointing at Chris Cuomo. “I know, I’ve already got one,” Bolduan laughed while leaning on Cuomo.

And a fellow morning anchor who is also expecting, sent her congratulations.

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TV News Covers Pittsburgh-Area High School Stabbings

All three cable news networks covered a school stabbing spree that happened at a Pittsburgh-area high school this morning, where at least 20 are currently injured after a male student started stabbing people. It isn’t clear yet if he stabbed only students, or a mix of students and adults.

Fox News first reported the news at 8:35amET. Heather Nauert reported school stabbings during a fire drill at Franklin Regional Senior High School.

CNN first reported the stabbings at 8:50amET, with Chris Cuomo talking to Dr. Chris Kauffman, who was treating injured students at the regional hospital, via phone.

Chuck Todd opened “The Daily Rundown” at 9:01amET reporting the breaking news.

On the broadcast side, “Good Morning America” first reported the news at 8:03amET. “Today” first mentioned the stabbings at 8:30amET. “CBS This Morning” didn’t report the news during its broadcast.

NBC News also broke in with a special report on the school stabbing at 10amET with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchoring, and National Correspondent Kate Snow reporting alongside them in New York.

“GMA” and “CBS This Morning” will be updating their shows across the country. Neither broke in with special coverage.

Should ‘Today’ Have Called George W. Bush Interview Exclusive?

jenna and george bushThis morning on “Today,” Jenna Bush Hager interviewed her father, former President George W. Bush, about an exhibition of his portraits of world leaders that opens tomorrow at the Bush Presidential Library in Dallas. Although the “Today” show was careful to disclose the relationship between the two, the interview was billed as “exclusive” — a word that has an increasingly nebulous meaning in television news today.

“Contributing correspondent Jenna Bush Hager — notice one of the names there — got an an exclusive first look. Good get, Jenna!” Matt Lauer quipped while introducing the segment on “Today” this morning.

It’s certainly not the first time a television news personality has interviewed someone related — last year, CNN’s Chris Cuomo was criticized for interviewing his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, on “New Day.”

We want to know what you think: should the “Today” show have called the Bush interview “exclusive?” Let us know in the comments.

Here’s the Reason Behind CNN’s ‘Poaching’ From ABC

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The New York Post reports on a Disney shareholder who asked Disney CEO Bob Iger whether his ABC News division is becoming a “training ground” for talent who eventually flee to CNN. Jake Tapper, Chris Cuomo, Bill Weir, and John Berman have all left ABC for CNN in the last 18 months. Rachel Nichols also left Disney-owned ESPN for CNN.

One key reason for the departures, which was not mentioned in the NYPost story, is that former ABC News VP of talent and strategy Amy Entelis is now head of talent and content development at CNN. Others who’ve made the move to CNN include SVP Vinnie Malhotra who spent 15 years at ABC and ESPN, and Andrew Morse who also spent 15 years at ABC and is now CNN’s SVP of domestic newsgathering.

Iger is unfazed by the departures, telling shareholders ABC has “a deep bench,” adding “in some cases we were trying to make way for a new generation, a new crop of talent.” The Post reports Iger singled out ABC News reporter David Muir, who is rumored to be a contender to replace Diane Sawyer on “World News.”

Did Media Coverage of Controversial Arizona Bill Help Lead to Veto?

BrewerBillAll three cable news networks carried Arizona Governor Jan Brewer‘s press conference last night announcing her veto of a controversial bill that would allow businesses’ and people to refuse service to LGBT people based on religious beliefs.

After the announcement, Anderson Cooper replayed parts of an interview he did the night before with one of the bill’s sponsor, Arizona State Senator Nancy Barto.

Cooper asked her six separate times if she could name one example that had already happened where people of faith had been forced to do something against their religious beliefs.  “I can raise a hypothetical,” Barto said, citing a hypothetical same sex marriage where a photographer who didn’t want to provide service wouldn’t have protection.

Governor Brewer, shown above vetoing the bill, had similar phrasing to Cooper during her announcement: “I have not heard of one example in Arizona where business owners religious liberty has been violated.”

Fox News broke into “On the Record” with Shepard Smith reporting on the press conference. “I think Governor Brewer did the right thing,” New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte told Greta Van Susteren when FNC whipped back to “On the Record.”  Megyn Kelly led “The Kelly File” interviewing Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on the news out of Arizona. On Tuesday night, Kelly and Brit Hume wondered whether the bill was an “overreaction” by religious conservatives.

Over on MSNBC, Chris Hayes took over for Chris Matthews coming out of the press conference at 7:51pmET, still during “Hardball.” Hayes spoke with the Arizona Democratic Minority Leader Anna Tovar via phone on her reaction to the veto. Rachel Maddow led her show with news of the veto, covering the other states who are considering similar bills to Arizona. Lawrence O’Donnell noted the media’s impact on forcing a veto: “They got away with it until we focused on it…we the national media.” Read more

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