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Fundraiser for Veteran CNN Cameraman Jerry Thompson & His Family

A lot of notable tvnewsers will be at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar in Washington, DC next month, all to help out CNN cameraman Jerry Thompson and his family: Wolf Blitzer, John King, Dana Milbank, Candy Crowley, Major Garrett, Dana Bash, Mike Viqueira, Jill Dougherty, Claire Shipman, Jamie McIntyre, Chris Plante, Ed Henry, Lisa Sylvester, and Brett Baier are just a fraction of the names set to be at the event.

The 25-year TV veteran was diagnosed with brain cancer and lost his job at CNN when his medical leave expired. The event will raise money for Thompson and his three children. Celebrity bartenders from CNN, Fox News, NBC, ABC, The Washington Post and National Journal, and entertainment from, Suspicious Package, the Washington all-journalist band. Tickets for the event, which will be held November 17 from 7-10pm can be purchased through Eventbrite.

More information about the event is after the jump…

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Toyota & Healthcare on Reliable Sources

Tomorrow on Reliable Sources (11amET on CNN), Howard Kurtz talks with ABC News correspondent Brian Ross and his former NBC colleague Fred Francis about the media coverage of the Toyota recalls and congressional testimony.

Also, WaPo’s Dana Milbank, former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum and The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel talk about TV news coverage of Thursday’s healthcare forum.

Dana Milbank vs. Nico Pitney: It’s On.

This morning on CNN’s Reliable Sources, the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank and Huffington Post’s Nico Pitney faced off over Pitney’s question last week at Pres. Obama’s news conference.

Milbank’s point: “I believe that whether it’s Nico Pitney, with ‘The Huffington Post,’ or whether it’s Carl Cameron, with Fox News, the White House should not be calling somebody the night before saying, we are going to call on you if you ask a question on a particular subject asked in a certain way.”

Pitney held his own trying to explain the White House involvement, but then the conversation turned to Milbank’s reporting during the Bush administration.

At one point, host Howard Kurtz said, “You two are going to have to take this outside.” A CNN edited version of the segment below:

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The Weekend Ticker: Chopra, Pitney, Woodruff…

> This morning on Good Morning America Weekend Deepak Chopra will share a recording he’d been working on with Michael Jackson. Last night on MSNBC, Chopra said that in 2005 Jackson asked him for a prescription for Oxycontin.

> The Huffington Post’s Nico Pitney is on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” tomorrow to talk about the prearranged question he asked at Pres. Obama’s news conference this week. WaPo’s Dana Milbank weighs in too.

> Tonight’s ABC News production “Focus Earth with Bob Woodruff” looks at eco-terrorism. Woodruff highlights the emergence of the groups ELF and ALF which have caused more than $150 million in damages trying to stop deforestation. The show airs tonight at 6:30pmET on Planet Green.

Debate Reaction: Debating Lehrer

lehrer_9-27.jpgThe first presidential debate, and which candidate won, has been discussed on TV, in print, in focus groups and more. But how did moderator Jim Lehrer do? Some reaction:

• Politico’s Michael Calderone writes about the difference between Lehrer and past moderators this political season. “Moderator Jim Lehrer didn’t grandstand like other high-profile journalists during the primaries, and engaged the candidates, courteously pushing them to provide more specifics on what they would actually do in office,” he writes. “There weren’t any ‘gotcha’ questions to trip anyone up, or cause a major gaffe.”

Joanna Weiss writes in the Boston Globe about the staging and Lehrer stepping out of his comfort zone. “This was a setting meticulously designed for statesmanship…red carpet, blue curtain backdrop, a giant eagle hanging from the wall, and Lehrer at a desk, sober and refreshingly personality-free,” she writes. “Except that Lehrer clearly didn’t want it this way. He may be the quintessential even-keeled PBS anchor, but he knows good TV — and compelling debate — when he sees it. And in his quiet, understated way, he tried his best to goad the two into battle.”

• The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank describes the “lukewarm” debate. “When they opened their mouths, what came out was neither hot nor cold, but a tepid gruel,” Milbank writes. “McCain was controlled. Obama was succinct. And both were so mild that moderator Jim Lehrer didn’t know what to do. ‘Talk to each other,’ he urged. ‘Say it directly to him,’ he pleaded.”

On The Way to a Subdued RNC

We are now in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, or if you’re Bob Schieffer, St. Paul/Minneapolis (he joked about it this morning on Face the Nation). Anyway, we kept up to date on Hurricane Gustav and on the RNC during and in between flights.

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On the Delta flight to Atlanta, CNN Sunday Morning had the latest overnight movements of Gustav.

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And by the time we got to Atlanta, Howie Kurtz was anchoring an abbreviated Reliable Sources from the floor of the RNC. Guests discussed media coverage of Barack Obama‘s speech with Dana Milbank joking about “another network.” That other network? The one he used to work for.

Milbank was talking about this comment from Bill Maher Friday night: “The coverage that I was watching, from MSNBC. I mean, these guys were ready to have sex with him.”

CNN’s Politics Reminder

Maybe it’s all that coverage from Beijing, or Georgia, or Beverly Hills, but CNN would like to remind you they are still covering the presidential campaign. The network just sent out a press release touting their “Key Political Experts” who will “Span [the] Spectrum of U.S. Politics for CNN.”

The sort-of new commentators include David Brody, Alex Castellanos, Dana Milbank, and Hilary Rosen.

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Milbank “Began Contract Talks a Month Ago”

milbank_8-6.JPGPolitico’s Michael Calderone writes about the Dana Milbank-Keith Olbermann messy TV divorce, with more details about how it came to an end.

A source familiar with the situation told Politico that Milbank had been unhappy on the show for a couple of months and expressed this sentiment to friends. During the first week of July, Milbank spoke to executive producer Katy Karp about why he had not been on the show for a couple of weeks. At that point, Milbank was told that there was an issue among staff with something positive he said the previous month about Charlie Black, a McCain senior adviser.

An MSNBC spokesperson confirmed to Politico the conversation took place, but said the producer was joking. Milbank also told Politico, “I had long aspired to work at CNN and began contract talks a month ago. I have high regard for my friends at ‘Olbermann’ and regret that they are so angry about my departure.”

One note: Katy Karp is a producer on Countdown. Izzy Povich is the executive producer.

Olbermann and Milbank Respond

olbermanntv_8-5.JPGKeith Olbermann responds to Dana Milbank‘s statement to TVNewser that his departure from MSNBC, “predated” a column he’d written about Barack Obama and that “nothing occurred along the lines Keith described.”

Olbermann tells TVNewser:

Dana appeared with us the night before his column appeared with the truncated Obama quote — and did so under the terms of his contract which both he and MSNBC obviously considered still in force. After the column, he contacted us, joking he was glad I hadn’t put him on the “Worst Persons” list, and then discussing with the producers coming on to clarify or explain what he wrote. Out of appreciation for his work for us, I had delayed a permanent decision on whether he should again appear on Countdown. Dana used this time to make another deal, which he told us about the day before he appeared on another network.

Milbank also responded to FishbowlDC’s Patrick Gavin, and seems to take a swipe at Olbermann: “The CNN contract was negotiated long before the Obama column. It’s just that CNN’s a better fit for me and my philosophy of holding all parties to account.”

A CNN spokesperson confirms Milbank’s hiring as a “political contributor.” Milbank will appear on Campbell Brown: Election Center as well as during special election coverage.

SVP of programming and Washington bureau chief David Bohrman tells TVNewser: “Dana not only brings an amazing breadth of political reporting to the table but often a different and intriguing perspective, with an alternative view to the staid commentary. He’ll be a great addition to the CNN political team.”

Olbermann v. Milbank: The Poll

By now you know WaPo’s Dana Milbank has ended his four-year stint as a contributor on Countdown with Keith Olbermann and has joined CNN. So, what do you think:

Will You Watch Dana Milbank Now That He’s On CNN?
( polls)

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