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Get Ready To ‘Hang Out’ With Bob Schieffer

Soon, viewers will be able to “Hang Out” with CBS “Face the Nation” moderator Bob Schieffer. At a party last night in Washington, CBS unveiled plans to do monthly Google+ “Hangouts” with Schieffer, correspondents and political guests.

People that normally wouldn’t be able to be in the same room would be able to participate, with excerpts appearing on the show, which is now an hour long (which means more airtime to fill!).

FishbowlDC’s Eddie Scarry was there, and a has a full breakdown of what went down.

TVNewser hears that among the attendees were CBSers Chris Licht, Norah O’Donnell, Chris Isham, John Dickerson and Bill Plante. Also in attendance: former CBSer and current Googler Daniel Sieberg, FNC’s Ed Henry and CNN’s Jessica Yellin.

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The Ticker: Syria, Atkisson, Valentine’s Polka on ABC

  • CNN, which has been covering the deteriorating situation in Syria more than either of its cable news competitors, according to TVEyes, is planning a primetime special on Saturday on the matter. “Homs: A City Under Siege,” will run on CNN from 10:30-11PM, and will be narrated by CNN correspondent Nic Robertson, who has spent a lot of time in the country this year.
  • CBS News Correspondent Sharyl Atkisson did not attend a controversial award ceremony held by conservative media watchdog group Accuracy in Media at CPAC. CBS News DC bureau chief Chris Isham accepted the award instead, saying that Atkisson was on assignment.
  • On “ABC World News Now” this morning, a Valentine’s Day Polka: 

Thomas Tillman Upped to Deputy Bureau Chief of CBS News DC

Thomas Tillman, a 22-year CBS News veteran, has been named Deputy Washington Bureau Chief. Tillman has been filling in for Jim McGlinchy is now Senior Broadcast Producer for the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.”

Tillman began with CBS in 1989 working as an AP for Newspath. He moved to Politics in 1992 and to the Washington Bureau. In 1998 he would join the special events unit, becoming coordinating producer in 2009.

“This is a great time to be working at CBS News and this bureau is a critical part of furthering the impressive progress we are seeing at the CBS Evening News, CBS This Morning and, of course, Face The Nation,” writes bureau chief Chris Isham in a note to staff. “I am confident that Thomas will be instrumental in making sure that our bureau continues to operate at its highest and most productive capacity.”

Sarah Palin Parties with the Main (or is it Lame?) stream Media

Seeming to put politics aside for a few hours — not one but two GOP governors stopped in to the MSNBC After Party last night at the Italian Embassy in Washington DC: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — often the target of MSNBC’s opinionated hosts — and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (right, meeting NBC News correspondent Luke Russert for the first time). Palin, as we reported yesterday, was the guest of Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren.

As MSNBC host/mixologist Rachel Maddow made a drink for “Glee’s” Jane Lynch, MSNBC boss Phil Griffin, worked the room. It’s his after party afterall. And not missing an opportunity to synergize, Cee lo Green, of NBC’s “The Voice” was the entertainment.

In addition to Van Susteren, we spotted Bret Baier from Fox News chatting with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. NBC News president Steve Capus and “Today” show EP Jim Bell — who’d both just returned from London covering the Royal Wedding and sharing ratings info on his Blackberry. Looks like “Today” was #1 again on Royal Wedding day. (Final numbers later on TVNewser).

Eliot Spitzer in tow with CNN’s chief communicator Christa Robinson; Roland Martin, David Bohrman, and Sam Feist also of CNN and ABC’s Jim Sciutto.

We chatted up CNBC’s Rick Santelli, in from Chicago, Carl Quintanilla and Hampton Pearson. NBC’s Janet Shamlian, and Kelly O’Donnell and MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan and Contessa Brewer, now almost four months along. Ed Schultz was proud to tell us he’s overtaken Anderson Cooper in the ratings at 10pm, in just his third month on the air. “Big news,” says big Ed.

Meanwhile, over at the Bloomberg/Vanity Fair party, tipsters tell us Jake Tapper, Dave Price, John Dickerson, Chris Isham, Gayle King, and Seth Meyers [who'd poked fun at the thought that the Bloomberg party was a hot ticket], were still in full party mode at 2:15am. “The patio is still packed,” we were emailed. “They started serving breakfast snacks.”

CBS News Exec: FBI Informant Accusation ‘Outrageous and untrue’

CBS News VP and DC bureau chief Chris Isham says the Gawker report that he was the ABC News employee that doubled as an FBI informant is “outrageous and untrue.”

Isham said that as an investigative journalist for ABC, he would occasionally run information by the FBI to try and confirm the facts, “But at no time did I compromise a confidential source with the FBI or anyone else.”

A spokesperson for CBS says the network is investigating the matter internally:

“CBS News has strict standards regarding the handling of source material and we are discussing the facts of the allegations with Chris. The events in question are a matter between the FBI and ABC News.”

Isham’s full statement is after the jump.

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Lara Logan released from Egyptian Military Custody

Lara Logan and her crew have been released from custody one day after being detained by the Egyptian military. Logan was questioned and then detained while outside Israel’s embassy in Cairo. CBS was not commenting yesterday, but in an internal email obtained by TVNewser this morning, CBS News D.C. bureau chief Chris Isham writes:

Lara, Don and Max were released from Egyptian military custody early this morning and are now enroute back to Washington via London. They are scheduled to arrive at Dulles this evening.

New York Times’ Brian Stelter reports Brian Williams and Katie Couric are also returning to the U.S. amid heightened concerns for the safety of all journalists. Couric was in her New York studio last night for “Evening News.” Williams returns today.

As Networks Eye the Bottom Line, Presidential Coverage is Cut

Obamas_5.24.jpgNYT’s Brian Stelter talks with network news bureau chiefs in Washington, DC about the latest cutbacks in coverage: traveling with the President of the United States.

There is growing concern within the press corps that the result of all these cutbacks is less reporting about the president, coming from fewer and fewer sources. In its place, probably not coincidentally, come more shouting heads, meaning that citizens still hear and see their president constantly — but with fewer facts attached.

With seats on a press charter running about $2,000 for a domestic trip, and thousands more on a foreign trip, network execs say the free-spending days are gone.

“The prices are exorbitant,” says David Westin, the president of ABC News. “I’m looking every day at ways we can cut here, cut there,” said Chris Isham, the Washington bureau chief for CBS News. Says Mark Whitaker, the Washington bureau chief for NBC News: “We still cover the president as thoroughly and responsibly as we always have; we just have to look at the best way to do it, both logistically and financially.” “We’re trying to apply a little common sense to how we spend money,” adds David Bohrman, the Washington bureau chief for CNN.

CBS Announces Guest List for WHCA Dinner

CBS News has announced their guest list for Saturday’s White House Correspondents Association dinner. In addition to anchors/correspondents Katie Couric, Harry Smith, Dave Price, Lara Logan, Chip Reid, Bill Plante and execs Sean McManus, Paul Friedman, Rick Kaplan, David Friedman, and Chris Isham here are CBS’s special guests:

Morgan Freeman
Julianna Margulies
Betty White
(one week before her SNL hosting gig)
Chelsea Handler
Ayla Brown, daughter of Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA)
Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel
Attorney General Eric Holder
HHS Secy. Kathleen Sebelius
Energy Secy. Steven Chu
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)
D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

• TVNewser will be in D.C. for the weekend. We’ll be attending the annual Saturday garden party at Chez Haddad, the Dinner parties — pre- and post- and Sunday morning’s brunch and tour of the new “Meet the Press” studio. Check back with FisbowlDC and TVNewser all weekend for coverage.

The Media Divide: Who’s Keeping up with the Joneses?

Politico’s Michael Calderone and Mike Allen take an in-depth look at how the news these days looks different depending on where you watch.

From birthers to tea parties to town halls and – not to mention President Obama’s speech last week to school children and the background of former White House aide Van Jones – issues initially dismissed or missed entirely by the national media have burst, if only fleetingly, onto the national agenda after relentless coverage on Fox News, talk radio and in the blogosphere.

The most recent case of the divide between the right and the so-called mainstream media came yesterday when “World News” anchor Charles Gibson was caught off guard when asked about the ACORN tapes while on a Chicago radio show. Gibson added that “maybe this is just one you leave to the cables.”

“World News” EP Jon Banner tells Politico, “It’s a very different editorial process when you have 24 hours to fill as opposed to 22 minutes,” Banner said, explaining why the show hadn’t reported on the recent ACORN revelations.

“There’s no ideological filter that goes on,” says Chris Isham, Washington bureau chief for CBS News on his network’s coverage. “If it’s a good story, it’s a good story.”

“Clearly, Fox is going to be more aggressive on a story like that, initially, then other media organizations,” Isham says.