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Is ABC News Hogging White House Dinner Guests?

Stephanopoulos_4.30.jpgThe Hill reports on next weekend’s White House Correspondents Association Dinner – the party of the year where the media elite, politicos and Hollywood stars come together.

But, The Hill reports, “news outlets are grumbling” about ABC’s guest list. “Several people pointed to ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos‘s close friendship with [Obama Chief of Staff Rahm] Emanuel, and questioned how the network got so many big names.” Those names include Emanuel, adviser Valerie Jarrett, CIA Director Leon Panetta and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.

Rice was an easy get. Her husband is the Executive Producer of Stephanopoulos’ Sunday show.

But ABC says its other stars including Terry Moran and Jake Tapper booked many of the Obama staffers while Stephanopoulos was only involved in securing one guest…

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Anchor Chairs: The White House Seating Chart

As part of a TIME photo essay — “Obama’s First 100 Days: Behind-the-Scenes Photos” — Time.com features a pic of the seating chart used for February’s White House press luncheon.

The guest list included ABC’s Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos, CBS’ Katie Couric and Bob Schieffer, NBC’s Brian Williams and David Gregory, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and John King, FNC’s Bret Baier and Chris Wallace, and PBS’s Jim Lehrer.

The chart shows that Gibson was seated next to the President on his left, with Williams to his right, and Stephanopoulos directly across from him. It also shows the seating locations of press secretary Robert Gibbs and senior adviser David Axelrod.

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(Photo: Callie Shell/Aurora for TIME)

A Cup of Sunday Morning Tea

face_4-20.bmpThe Tax Day Tea Parties were a topic on every Sunday morning show, but the way they were discussed varied between programs.

The most talked about tea party quote came from President Obama’s senior adviser David Axelrod on CBS’ Face the Nation. “The thing that bewilders me is this President just cut taxes for 95% of the American people, so I think the teabags should be directed elsewhere,” he said. Later in the morning, Axelrod’s comments were discussed on CNN’s State of the Union.

thisweek_4-20.bmpOn ABC’s This Week, the panel spent nearly nine minutes discussing the parties. “The coverage itself was so politically charged,” said Peggy Noonan. “Liberal newspapers were subtly dismissive, conservative cable news houses were more than subtly supportive.”

David Gregory brought the tea parties up several times on NBC’s Meet the Press, including during his interview with National Economic Council director Larry Summers. “I’ve been surprised by these tea parties,” he said.

On FOX News Sunday, Chris Wallace asked his guests, Sens. Lindsey Graham and Claire McCaskill, for their take, but also brought it up during the panel.

Brit Hume noted it was “ignored by some in the media,” while Juan Williams said, “I think a lot of it is media generated.”

And on Reliable Sources, a heated debate took place over the tea parties. Click continued to see the clip…

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Morning Joe Broadcasts From White House

MSNBC’s Morning Joe will broadcast live from the White House tomorrow, and the show will feature several members of the Obama administration during the three-hour show.

Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist will interview senior advisor David Axelrod, press secretary Robert Gibbs and more. A major focus of the show will be President Barack Obama‘s Address to Congress tomorrow night.

“‘Morning Joe’ is excited to be the first news show to broadcast from Barack Obama’s White House,” Scarborough tells TVNewser. “These are historic times and as much as any news program, ‘Morning Joe’ has been at the center of the political discussion. We are pleased that the White House encourages the free exchange of ideas and has agreed to host us tomorrow.”

> Update: After Morning Joe, MSNBC will continue to broadcast from DC throughout the day…

9a – David Gregory
10a – Chuck Todd (from the White House)
11a – Norah O’Donnell
12p – Chris Matthews
1p – Andrea Mitchell
2p – Savannah Guthrie
3p – Norah O’Donnell
4p – Andrea Mitchell

The Ticker: BBC, RLTV, DC…

> Dr. Maya Angelou will give the final video message of BBC World News America’s “Notes to Obama” series. The essay airs Monday at 7pmET on BBC America.

> Retirement Living TV reached agreement to be carried on Comcast digital television service. MSNBC’s Alex Witt and other former anchors host shows on the network.

> FishbowlNY, FishbowlDC’s Patrick Gavin and FishbowlLA are all down in D.C. for the inauguration, and are twittering the experience. Find out what David Axelrod said to Chris Buckley and more (and follow TVNewser on Twitter, where we’ll be following all inauguration coverage as well).

The Ticker: King, Jakes, Folbaum…

> CNN’s premiere “State of the Union,” anchored by John King, will be live from the Newseum and feature interviews with Obama adviser David Axelrod, Bush WH press secretary Dana Perino and WH counselor Ed Gillespie. King’s interview today with Obama airing on The Situation Room will also be shown Sunday.

> Broadcasting & Cable reports MSNBC has agreed to run a series of specials with evangelical preacher T.D. Jakes. The three roundtables will take place in March.

> New York Daily News’ Richard Huff reports former FNCer and current anchor at WNYW FOX 5 in New York, Rick Folbaum, “anchored his final show at Ch. 5 last night.” In December we reported possible cuts coming at WNYW in early 2009.

A Holiday Sunday Schedule

FishbowlDC’s Patrick Gavin has the entire Sunday show schedule for this weekend.

Some highlights include David Axelrod on NBC and CBS, Robert Gibbs on ABC and Laura Bush on FOX.

Click here for the full schedule.

The Ticker: Wallace, Cramer, Sawyer…

> FishbowlDC’s Patrick Gavin has a name for the joint David Axelrod and Rick Davis appearance on last weekend’s Chris Wallace-hosted FOX News Sunday: “Greatest Sunday Showdown Ever.”

> The Kansas City Star’s Aaron Barnhart thinks FBN is “working,” now that they’ve found “enemies.” One of those enemies, and someone who Barnhart picks as not working: Jim Cramer.

> Good Morning America co-anchor Diane Sawyer got a surprise this morning from Sam Champion. During his 8:30amET weathercast (from Louisville today), he brought on Sawyer’s mother to join him.

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