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What Would You Do, Again?

wwyd_1-5.jpgThe Associated Press’ David Bauder writes about the upcoming “What Would You Do?” series on ABC, returning tomorrow at 10pm. The program was the “highest-rated newsmagazine among younger viewers” during its five installments last year.

This season, ABC airs 10 hour-long episodes.

“It’s the kind of insightful television that makes you think, the water-cooler stuff you talk about the next morning,” said host John Quinones to Bauder. “It’s pretty powerful, and a reminder that you’re not in this world alone. You have to look out for your fellow human beings.”

Also, we wonder what Chris Hansen thinks of this sentence: “Now [Quinones] spends most of his time on concocted social situations, a few steps up in class from NBC’s ‘To Catch a Predator’ series.”

In a Knot Over Brian Williams

williams_11-28.jpgThe Associated Press’ David Bauder calls attention to a blog that pays more attention than most to one specific aspect of NBC Nightly News — Brian Williams‘ ties.

The Brian Williams Tie Report Archive is a snarky, occasionally appreciative and flat-out funny read that will have you looking at Williams as never before,” writes Bauder.

Here’s Wednesday’s entry about Williams’ selection (pictured):

Debut Tie. Oh! my dear Brian Williams. You have given me much for which to be thankful on tomorrow’s Thanksgiving Day! That lush, deep verdant cravat — with its tasteful trios of narrow pearlescent stripes widely spaced upon its grassy field — helps to close that Fashion Gap in your Tie Wardrobe. Can…paisley be next?

What does the anchor think of the site? “I’m flattered,” he tells Bauder. “But with all due respect, I’ve got to keep my eye on the ball.”

“Polar Opposities” and “Different Realities”

olbermann_10-27.jpgTwo of the most high-profile media writers were thinking the same thing over the weekend. The AP’s David Bauder and Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz each write today about the vast difference between MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann and some of FNC’s programs.

Bauder looks at “polar opposites” Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly. “The two men survey the McCain-Obama competition from opposite mountaintops, as kings of cable’s opinion class. They’re the beneficiaries of an increased desire by news viewers to follow stories through their own ideological filters,” writes Bauder.

“Flipping back and forth between Olbermann and O’Reilly would be enough to give most viewers whiplash,” Bauder writes.

Kurtz presents Sean Hannity as the Olbermann foil, something Sen. Barack Obama did as well. “Obama recently questioned whether voters are “seeing two different realities, a Sean Hannity reality and a Keith Olbermann reality,’” writes Kurtz.

Olbermann tells Kurtz, “There is no Sean Hannity reality.” While FNC SVP Bill Shine tells Kurtz, “We try very, very hard to keep it fair and keep it balanced. [Hannity] is balanced out every night by Alan [Colmes] and by other guests.”

Kurtz also discusses Drew Griffin‘s interview, and subsequent controversy, with Gov. Sarah Palin. Click continued to see it…

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Debate Reaction: Debating Schieffer

schieffer_10-16.jpgThe final debate of 2008 (49 in total) is over, and there are just 19 days until the election. In the general election, we’ve debated Lehrer, Ifill and Brokaw. One more left — CBS’ Bob Schieffer:

• The Associated Press’ David Bauder writes Schieffer gave, “a smooth and unobtrusive performance.” He writes Schieffer was also able to bring, “the most personal and illuminating conversation between the two men,” with his question about campaign ads.

Jessica Heslam writes in the Boston Herald about how Schieffer was able to get the candidates to do “something last night that the other moderators failed to do — debate each other.” As for his stated goal before the debate to keep the candidates off their talking points, Heslam writes Schieffer, “did a decent job.”

Robert G. Kaiser, associate editor of the Washington Post, calls Schieffer the “best moderator,” of this election cycle in an online Q&A this morning. “He tried the hardest to keep the debaters on topic, and to evoke some new responses,” he writes. Still he doesn’t think the moderator deserves all the credit: “The table does too,” he says of the format.

Debate Reaction: Debating Brokaw

brokaw_10-8.jpgIn the first debate with a different format, allowing for questions from the audience and from the web, the role of moderator was slightly modified. How did Tom Brokaw do? Some reaction:

• The Associated Press’ David Bauder writes, “After Gwen Ifill seemed frustrated at losing control of last week’s vice presidential debate, Tom Brokaw seemed determined not to let that happen.” Bauder described how Brokaw had to act like a “schoolmarm trying to keey unruly students at bay” at times, since “the rules seemed routinely violated.”

Jessica Heslam writes in the Boston Herald about the strong beginning to the moderating performance. “It started off with potential, with Brokaw telling John McCain and Barack Obama that the world had changed a great deal from the last time they debated,” she wrote. But the candidates seemed determined to change the rules: “‘I’m just the hired help here,’ an exasperated Brokaw said at one point.”

• The Hartford Courant’s Stan Simpson writes, “I like and respect Tom Brokaw, but he lost control of this second presidential debate.” Simpson cited Brokaw’s loosening of the rules as a factor. “Brokaw was too deferential and it resulted in a tepid debate,” he writes.

And click continued to see a Politico compilation of “The Best of Brokaw”…

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Debating the Debate: The Pundits

So who won the debate last night — Sen. Joe Biden or Gov. Sarah Palin? That depends on who you ask (or who you poll). But one thing appeared clear: the prediction on the cablers of a fireworks-filled gaffe-fest was greatly overblown. As Chris Wallace put it on FNC minutes before the debate, people were wondering “which driver is going to run their car into the wall at turn three.” A round-up of pundit post-mortem:

• The Los Angeles Times’ Mary McNamara sums it all up. “The vice presidential debate scheduled for last night didn’t happen — at least not as envisioned by media observers with their characteristic mix of glee and dread,” she writes. She points to the “most memorable” debate moment as the “look of confusion on the face of the network commentators after the debate they had spent days rattling on about failed to materialize.”

David Bauder of the Associated Press highlights the change in tone from before and after the debate. “The absence of train wrecks led some pundits to wonder whether the contest, probably the most anticipated vice presidential debate in history, will quickly be forgotten,” he writes. Bauder also notes the difference in instant polling, noting on Frank Luntz‘ FNC panel “almost everyone picked Palin,” as the winner, and “a click away on CNN,” the panel, nine out of 10 made their mind up to vote Obama after the debate.

• FNC anchor Greta Van Susteren gave her take of snap punditry on Gretawire: “Why does the public hate us?” she asks rhetorically of journalists. “In large part arrogance.” She took umbrage with a Washington Post headline written within an hour of the debate concluding, that read “Palin Delivers, But Doubts Linger.”

And along the lines of quick declarations, Rudy Giuliani, appearing on Hannity & Colmes, also within an hour of the debate concluding, said that this was “one of the best debate performances” he’d ever seen. “Only the liberal media could deny her this victory,” he said.

Luke Russert on the Big “Get” and the New Job

russert_9-15b.jpgJust one correspondent interviewed both Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama last week — and he’s a few months out of college.

NBC News’ Luke Russert is profiled by the Associated Press’ David Bauder, and discusses his interviews last week with the presidential candidates about service and the transition to his new gig.

“He’s one of the rookies of the year,” said NBC News president Steve Capus. “Here’s a man at the worst possible time in his life who stepped into the spotlight with great poise, strength and a sense of humor, with a love of politics and a love for NBC.”

And Russert is showing up all over the NBC properties — with reports on Nightly News, the Today show, MSNBC and even guesting on Late Night with Conan O’Brien last week.

Russert also talks about overcoming the whispers of nepotism. “The last thing I want to do is appear not qualified, to appear that it was just a nepotism hire, to appear that everything was just handed to (me),” he said. “I certainly acknowledge that the last name doesn’t hurt. But at the end of the day I don’t think a company like XM or NBC would be willing to spend money on me just for the sake of nepotism. I actually have to produce.”

Click continued to see Russert’s Today show report with both candidate interviews…

(photo by Virginia Sherwood)

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The News of the Games

The AP’s David Bauder writes about what might be in store for the networks of NBC Universal next week with the Michael Phelps show near an end. Bauder also writes about the off-the-field news and how NBC has reported it:

During the first week, NBC has done little to upset its hosts. Two of the biggest stories — the stabbing of two Americans by a suicidal man and revelation that a cute girl singing during the opening ceremony was a lip-syncher — were covered during the daytime. But the stabbings were only briefly mentioned during prime-time and the lip-synching wasn’t mentioned at all. Attendance problems at venues also hasn’t drawn notice.

Except for a Tom Brokaw retrospective on opening night and Bob Costas’ thorough interview with President Bush, the focus has been almost entirely on sport. Mary Carillo has kept her travelogues light. Mark Mullen‘s hard look at China’s effort to groom Olympic stars was shown on the “Nightly News.”

Terry Moran Gets Obama In Baghdad

moranobama_7-21.JPGA day after CBS’s Lara Logan got an interview with Barack Obama in Afghanistan, ABC’s Terry Moran gets the sit-down interview with Obama in Baghdad. It will be Obama’s only television interview from Iraq.

Portions will air on World News with the entire interview on Nightline.

Moran also got the first sit-down with Obama (pictured) in March after the candidate’s race relations speech.

And if you’re keeping track at home, of Obama’s foreign interviews, the AP’s David Bauder has the run down: Katie Couric gets Obama in Jordan tomorrow, Charles Gibson‘s Obama interview happens in Israel on Wednesday and Brian Williams gets Obama in Germany on Thursday.

In the lead-up to the trip, CBS’s Jeff Greenfield offered up his perspective on the coverage. From last Friday’s Evening News:

This saturation of coverage has already led the conservative blogosphere to offer blistering critiques of a liberal media slavishly treating Obama as a pop star. But, of course, Katie, the sheer presence of media in no way guarantees favorable coverage. In some ways, it makes the possibility of a misstep that much more dangerous.

Paula Zahn, The Day After

zahn_7.25.jpgThe write-ups are in on the Paula Zahn resignation, reported first on TVNewser. Zahn tells TVWeek’s Michelle Greppi, “I wanted to move on and he (CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein) wanted to move on.”

To Jacques Steinberg of the NYTimes, “when you look at the landscape, particularly in the 8 o’clock hour, it seems pretty obvious the audience is drawn to opinion-driven shows. That is not what I do.”

And on the persistent rumors surrounding the demise of her show, Zahn told the AP’s David Bauder “You’re not going to survive very long in this business if you internalize every rumor that is out there. To a certain extent, my staff and I were able to drown out the noise and do what we were expected to do.”

In his note to the CNN staff, Klein wrote, “throughout the coming weeks, we will be utilizing substitute hosts at 8pm leading up to the November launch of a new program anchored by Campbell Brown.”

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