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George W. Bush on Jenna’s Job: ‘Continuing the Warm Relations the Bush Family Has With the National Press’

All five living presidents are at the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, on the campus of Southern Methodist University, in Dallas this morning. The cable news networks are carrying the event in its entirety, with speeches given by former Pres. Clinton and Pres. Obama. When it came time for Pres. Bush to speak, he made mention of being a first time grandfather, and of his daughter’s job in TV news:

So if you don’t have anything to do in the morning, tune into the “Today” show. Jenna’s a correspondent, thereby continuing the warm relations the Bush family has with the national press.

The national media has descended on Dallas for the event. Pres. Bush has conducted interviews with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, NBC’s Matt Lauer, CBS’s Charlie Rose, FNC’s Bret Baier and Dana Perino and CNN’s John King. Former First Lady Laura Bush has also been giving tours of the Library to several news outlets.

Matt Lauer got the biggest piece of news during a live interview with former First Ladies Laura and Barbara Bush as well as twins Jenna and Barbara Bush. When asked about Jeb Bush getting into the 2016 race, Barbara Bush said, “He’s the most qualified, but I don’t think he’ll run,” adding, “There are other people out there that are very qualified and we’ve had enough Bushes.” When Lauer followed up, “Have you expressed that to him?” Laura Bush, with a look of surprise, jumped in, “Just on the ‘Today’ show.”

The AM Ticker: Velshi, Beckel, Allred

  • TVNewser hears that lawyer Gloria Allred will be on “HLN After Dark” Wednesday and Thursday  Allred on cable news isn’t surprising, but her take on the Jodi Arias trial just might be.

Bret Baier, Dana Perino To Interview George W. Bush For Fox News

Former President George W. Bush may be giving his first TV interview to ABC’s Diane Sawyer and his first morning interview to Matt Lauer, but they will not be his last.

As his Presidential library prepares to open, the 43rd President of the United States is also speaking to Fox News, where he and former First Lady Laura Bush will be interviewed by “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier, and ‘The Five” co-host and his former press secretary Dana Perino.

Baier will anchor “Special Report” from Bush’s Presidential library in Texas Wednesday and Thursday, with the interview airing Thursday on the program. Clips from Perino’s discussion with the President and First Lady (which we hear will be more personal given her prior relationship as his press secretary) will air on “The Five” Thursday.

TVNewser hears that CNN’s John King will also speak to the Bush’s this week Wednesday and Thursday, while C-SPAN’s interview with the former President will air Thursday morning. We will let you know about any other cable news appearances. Update: CBS says that Charlie Rose has interviewed Bush (pictured right), and it will air on “CBS This Morning” Thursday.

Dana Perino, Jake Tapper Channel Jay-Z

Inspired by Jay-Z’s rap response to the controversy over his recent Cuba trip, cable news anchors tried their hand at rapping this week. On Fox News’ “The Five,” Dana Perino — or “Tiny D,” as she christens herself — busted “funky fresh rhymes in a major way”:

And on CNN, Jake Tapper challenged viewers to Tweet him lines that rhymed with “Treasury,” and rapped a suggestion of his own: Read more

Robert Gibbs Joins MSNBC/NBC News

Former press secretary Robert Gibbs made his debut as an MSNBC/NBC News political contributor ahead of his former boss’s State of the Union address last night. He was back on this morning on “Morning Joe.” Gibbs was Pres. Obama’s press secretary from 2009-2011.

He follows in a long line of former press secretaries who’ve made the leap to TV news, including Geroge W. Bush press secretaries Dana Perino, a co-host of FNC’s “The Five,” and Tony Snow, who was with Fox News before joining the White House and with CNN after. Bill Clinton‘s press secretary Dee Dee Myers (1993-94) was the host of “Equal Time” on CNBC, George Stephanopoulos‘s short run as Press Secretary before Myers in 1993 would lead to an association with ABC News that’s lasted 17 years. He’s now the co-host of “GMA” and host of “This Week.” Joe Lockhart (1998-2000) had stints with ABC and CNN.

Going back even further, Bill Moyers was LBJ’s press secretary in 1965-66. He has hosted various shows on PBS over the years.

Current Press Secretary Jay Carney did the reverse. He was a journalist with TIME for 20 years before joining the White House in 2009.

Inauguration 2013: Fox News Coverage Plans

Fox News Channel’s 2013 Presidential Inauguration coverage will begin Sunday morning and continue through Monday night, with Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly behind the anchor desk.

Baier and Kelly will anchor during the private ceremony Sunday at 11 AM, as well as the network’s coverage of the public ceremony Monday from 11AM-3 PM and from 8:40-10PM.

Contributors to the special programming will include Brit Hume, Chris Wallace and “The Five” co-hosts Bob Beckel, Juan Williams and Dana Perino. Karl Rove, Stephen Hayes, Charles Krauthammer and Kirsten Powers will also contribute.

On Monday, Bill Hemmer, Martha MacCallum, Shepard Smith and Neil Cavuto will anchor their programs live from Lafayette Park. In primetime, Bill O’Reilly and Greta Van Susteren will host their shows live.

As has become de rigueur, FNC will also be streaming the event on its website.

A Different Side of the Conventions for Dana Perino

Dana Perino has been to many political contentions in her life, but her trip to Tampa this week was a first: her inaugural convention as a member of the press. Perino, who signed on as co-host of Fox News Channel’s “The Five” after two years as George W. Bush‘s press secretary, talks about the experience with GQ:

She loves doing the show, she said repeatedly, perched at a café table in the museum where Fox has set up camp. But returning to the biggest party in Republican politics has been anticlimactic.

“If you’re gonna keep up with politics,” she said, sipping at a small bottle of water, “you’re doing it all day long every day anyway. So by the time you get to Thursday night, it’s gonna take a lot to wow you.”

Dana Perino: ‘Fearless’ Co-host of ‘The Five’

MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes about the “star quality” of Dana Perino, co-host of Fox News Channel’s “The Five.” Perino’s charismatic trademark is her fearlessness, Friedman determines:

Perino comes by her fearlessness honestly. In a world where people are said to dread public speaking more than death itself, Perino’s ability to appear unflappable stems from her tenure as President George W. Bush’s press secretary from 2007 to 2009, when he left office. She lived and worked in a cauldron. She had the charge of conducting the daily White House press briefings.

When she spoke for Bush, you’d get the feeling that she could melt stainless steel with a glance. Perino stressed that her work now was certainly “different — but good!”

She and I talked Tuesday afternoon on the set of “The Five,” sitting around the same table shown on the show. What struck me about our interview was how self-critical Perino could be. “I don’t think I risk enough,” she said.

5 Questions for ‘The Five’

Fox News’s “The Five” has gone from zero to 2.1 million (viewers) in just the last year and is now FNC’s third most-watched show. So we wanted to hear from the hosts about what makes the show successful. Here are 5 questions for “The Five” hosts, plus 2 bonus questions for the alternates.

TVNewser to Eric Bolling: What is the one ingredient of the show that is making it click with viewers?

Eric Bolling: I think the secret ingredient is that we all get along extremely well. That’s real, not forced and I suspect the audience can sense that. Mr. Ailes came up with a unique show idea and that was impressive. Then he found a group of people who get along and enjoy each other’s perspective and input. For that Ailes is a genius!

TVNewser to Kimberly Guilfoyle: After your role as prosecutor in a San Francisco dog mauling case, you started getting TV offers from CourtTV, CNN, MSNBC before joining Fox in 2006. What do you miss most about your life as a prosecutor and how often do you find yourself using those skills on The Five?

Kimberly Guilfoyle: I think what I like the most about my change in profession from a prosecutor is that I am able to be an advocate for families, victims of major crimes, or individuals who do not normally have a voice or someone to speak for them and get the story out to the public. As a prosecutor, you are always arriving at an issue or case after the injustice has occurred. As a host and journalist on The Five and a legal and political analyst at Fox News I am able to tackle issues and stories and bring them to the public’s attention especially when the mainstream isn’t covering a story.

TVNewser to Greg Gutfeld: Since the show is live at 5pm (not taped and airing at 3am) how often to you have to check yourself before saying something that might not go over well with the audience or your co-hosts?

Greg Gutfeld: I never do. The whole point of doing something live is the risk. And I figure if you run something by someone, you ruin the spontaneity of the moment.  But If I think that what I might say might hurt their feelings, then I won’t do it.  Like yesterday,  I was going to bring up something that happened before the show. There was a group of school kids in studio for a tour. One of the children had asked Dana if he could take her picture. Dana said, “Do I go to your school and ask to take a picture of you?” Dana had a point, but that didn’t stop the child from crying. I was going to bring that up on the show, but I didn’t want to embarrass Dana, despite her obvious insensitivity towards America’s youth.

TVNewser to Dana Perino: Which do you like better: being a member of the media or keeping the press in check, which was part of your job as White House press secretary?

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The Morning Ticker: WSJ, Perino, Kelly

  • The Wall Street Journal is expanding its online video service in the coming weeks, adding a political talk show based in Washington, according to a memo obtained by Jim Romenesko. “WSJ Live” has had production quality comparable to many cable news programs. “There’s much more to come,” writes Alan Murray in the memo.
  • Fox News contributor Dana Perino is profiled by Woman Around Town. Her favorite New York City moment? “Memorial Day weekend as we walked by Times Square, the United States Marine Band was there jammin’ with songs from the Rolling Stones and Soft Cell. They performed right in front of the Armed Services recruiting station, and I will never forget the tears of joy and pride that spilled over as we cheered them on.”
  • “Live with Kelly” is still looking for a replacement for Regis Philbin, and it could be… you? Yes, the show is looking for normal people to serve as guest co-hosts for a day in the “Coast to Coast Co-Host Search.” You can read the rules and enter here.

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