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Joy Behar: “I Don’t Want To Do Just a Liberal Show”

behar_6-12.jpgSoon-to-be HLN host Joy Behar gave some insight into what she envisions for her show, in an interview with HuffPost’s Danny Shea.

“I don’t want to do just a liberal show,” she said. “I interviewed Ann Coulter when I was sitting in for Larry King a couple of times, and we have a rapport. I like to talk to her. I think it’s interesting to me to talk to people who don’t agree with me all the time. Rush Limbaugh, let’s get him on the show! Even Dick Cheney is welcome on my show. I’ll have a faucet ready for him but he can come.”

And how about big interview of the day, Gov. Sarah Palin? “I’d love to have Sarah Palin on the show,” Behar said. “She would do very well with me, because I’m not out to get Sarah Palin.”

She also said King called her “as soon as he heard and congratulated me,” but the 9pmET ratings leader Sean Hannity “hasn’t called. “He doesn’t call, he doesn’t send me an email — what’s up with that?” she said.

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Shep Promotes “Glenn Beck Friday”: Doom Room, Fear Chamber and “Ginormous Ratings”

shep_3-13.jpgFox News has been promoting “Glenn Beck Friday” all day today, in anticipation of Beck’s 5pmET special.

During Studio B Shepard Smith promoted the special as only he could. “It’s Glenn Beck Friday — details of the event of the new millennium coming through this hour, we wait with bated breath,” he said to start the show.

Later in the hour: “Glenn Beck will be live with us from his Fear Chamber. I’ve seen that. I don’t know what it is, like I said, I watch, I don’t listen, but it scores in ratings either way.” Indeed, it does. Last night, Beck’s was the the second most-watched show on Fox News in the A25-54 demo.

When FOX News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace joined Shep, Wallace said, “You seem upset by Glenn Beck Friday…I sensed an undercurrent of begrudging.”

“He is the greatest star of all time!,” Shep shot back. “We have the 12 principles, and the 9 things, and the Fear Chamber and the whole darn thing.”

Then Beck (who clarified he was in fact live from the Doom Room) came on to close out Studio B. “It’s stunning to finally realize I’m not alone,” said Smith.

Somehow Wolf Blitzer, Chris Matthews and Coca-Cola product placement were worked in, too. Click continued to see the clips (via Johnny Dollar)…

Related: The Huffington Post’s Danny Shea reports a Beck repeat will begin airing at 2amET next week, replacing Special Report. Beck’s 5pmET show regularly beats the 6pmET Special Report in Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo.

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Klein on Layoffs: “We Actually Have More People Working at CNN Than Worked Here a Year Ago”

klein_12-29.JPGCNN/U.S. president Jon Klein reflects on 2008 in an interview with The Huffington Post’s Danny Shea, and he describes why the recent “layoffs” are actually “tradeoffs.”

“We actually have more people working at CNN than worked here a year ago,” he says. “And we continue, of course, being mindful of the economic environment, we’re cautious as we’ve always been, but we’re continuing to lay our plans for building up our businesses, and yeah sometimes you have to make tradeoffs.”

He also responds to the much-quoted “goddamn it, we’re going to have more people” New York Observer story. “That was misconstrued. I didn’t say we are going to hire more people. I said we are in a position, because we’re a healthy business and a network that’s devoted to journalism, we are able to field more people on the air and off the air than anyone else can,” says Klein.

Click continued to see Klein’s take on the 10pmET A25-54 demo win and why he thinks Campbell Brown “is doing remarkably well”…

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If It’s Sunday…

As we await an official announcement that David Gregory will be the new moderator of “Meet the Press” we want to pull back the curtain about how this story broke.

Gregory was at the top of most lists to take the reins of the show, so the news, if true, is no surprise.

But this is the kind of story that usually appears first in the Washington Post, the New York Times or even the Wall Street Journal. The story is that big. But it didn’t. It was first reported by Huffington Post Monday evening. Danny Shea attributed the news to no one, but rather wrote, “the Huffington Post has learned.”

Other write-ups followed, right until this morning — the New York Times, the LA Times and the Washington Post. The Associated Press story appeared in dozens more newspapers and Websites today. An NBC News spokesperson told The AP’s David Bauder Tuesday, “We have nothing to announce. Just because the Huffington Post says something doesn’t make it true.”

So, was Huffington Post lucky or good?

These announcements are usually well-coordinated press department affairs. Perhaps NBC was, and still is, hoping to make the news real Sunday morning…on the show…with Tom Brokaw handing off to Gregory.

But, as one network insider speculated yesterday, maybe NBC is slighting the paper of record for its unflattering story on NBC News military analyst Barry McCaffrey.

Our call to NBC News today requesting an update on the situation was not returned.

Garrett Defends Obama’s FNC Availability

garrett_11-3.jpgThe Huffington Post’s Danny Shea obtained an email of the original rundown for today’s Fox & Friends, as well as correspondent Major Garrett‘s issues with one of the segments.

The segment involved a discussion with Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell. The rundown, sent to producers, anchors and correspondents at 7:59pmET last night, describes the Bozell segment as: “WILL OBAMA TRY TO CONTROL THE MEDIA? EXAMPLES HE’S ALREADY DONE- KICKED REPORTERS OFF PLANE, IGNORE FNC, BIDEN FL AV INTVIEW.”

Garrett responded to the email at 9:23pmET:

In the context of the 6:15 am B Block “IGNORE FNC” segment, may I point out Obama has done 5 interviews with me and one with Chris Wallace, one with Brit Hume and one with Bill O’Reilly. That’s 8 interviews. Would I like more? Yes. Would Chris Wallace? Yes. Would Brit and O’Reilly like more? Of course…Just a note to add some real numbers and a grain of context. Apologies if I left out any other big interview of Obama of Clinton on our network.

When Bozell appeared on the show at 6:25amET, the segment had changed with Bozell talking about Obama’s “coal” comments. Co-host Brian Kilmeade started the interview by saying, “Brent, we were going to talk about something different…this is now [the] big headline.”

In March it was Wallace who called out F&F on air for its Obama coverage, saying, “Two hours of Obama bashing is enough.”

FNC’s Growingly Expensive Lineup

fnclogo_10-23.jpgJust in the last three weeks, Fox News Channel re-signed Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, arguably its two biggest stars, to expensive new contracts. They also added a new big name, Headline News’ Glenn Beck.

The New York Times’ Bill Carter looks at how they’re going to pay for everything.

FNC is still the number one cable news networks, which helps. “There will still be support for all three cable news networks,” said John Rash, director of media analysis for Campbell Mithun ad agency.

The network’s high subscriber fees help as well. “They’re awash with money,” said Andrew Tyndall of the Tyndall Report.

Another contract issue popped up on The Huffington Post today, regarding apparent contract negotiation issues with Fox & Friends anchor Brian Kilmeade. HuffPost’s Danny Shea writes, “According to sources, Kilmeade attempted to play hardball in his latest contract renewal negotiations and overplayed his hand with a series of ridiculous demands…Within hours, Kilmeade and Berger returned with their tails between their legs and their hat in their hands, and Kilmeade signed on to another contract with only a nominal raise.”

Michael Mand of CAA, where Kilmeade is represented, tells TVNewser: “Brian’s deal was closed nearly 18 months ago, with no complications and a very positive result. Now in his 12th year, he couldn’t be happier working for Fox News.”

The Ticker: CNN, MSNBC, CBS…

> Beet.TV caught up with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Campbell Brown for video interviews about bias and the media. Check out Blitzer and Brown.

> Chris Matthews made some big impressions at Hofstra University last night. Some thought it was like seeing Santa Claus, and others wished he would clean up his lunch.

> The Huffington Post’s Danny Shea watched Katie Couric‘s webcast last night, and called it the, “Most Fun 45 Minutes Of The Night.” He picked the highlights; click continued to see the whole thing…

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Obama Campaign Wants You To Watch CNN Tonight

ObamaText_9.26.jpgYou know that text message the Obama campaign sent out to announce their VP pick? Well, the campaign is still sending out texts to many of those who subscribed, including HuffPo’s Danny Shea. Here’s one they sent out this afternoon:

Watch Barack debate John McCain tonight at 9pm Eastern on CNN. Also, remind friends to register to vote at Please forward this message.

Um. A campaign asking voters to watch on a specific network? Could you imagine if the McCain campaign had asked voters to watch Fox News? And shouldn’t the Obama campaign say “watch on MSNBC” since that network is supposedly ‘in the tank’ for the candidate? Or is the campaign in the tank for CNN?

Anyway, Shea asked the Obama campaign about it. An Obama staffer said it was “shorter than saying ‘on cable news,’” and that they were “not trying to make news.” Nice try.

> Update: A couple emailers have sent a text message the Obama campaign sent out, which updates the CNN-related text message: “Watch Barack debate John McCain tonight at 9pm ET on any of the major networks or cable. REPLY to this msg with your 5 digit ZIP CODE for local Obama updates.”

The Hamptons: Bringing TVNewsers Together

The Huffington Post’s Danny Shea has the photo breakdown of this weekend’s “A Taste of the Good Life” party in The Hamptons. All cablers were represented, as MSNBC’s Dan Abrams, CNN’s Alina Cho and FNC’s Geraldo Rivera were in attendance (ABC’s Gigi Stone was also at the party).