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Who Needs a Studio When You Have a Living Room?

We are truly living in a technological wonderland. For cable news pundits, new technology also makes their jobs much easier. Now they can do a quick hit on “Morning Joe” before taking the kids to school, and then pop onto an afternoon news show before picking them up… all from across the country.

The Washington Post highlights one of the latest trends in punditry: the home studio. Figures as varied as Sarah Palin and David Gergen to the CNN power couple James Carville and Mary Matalin all have the deal.

In the Carville-Matalin house, CNN’s team of techies mounted a smallish camera — called a Cisco link — that gets steered and focused by engineers in D.C. or Atlanta or Hong Kong or whichever CNN nerve center has booked either half of the power couple.

“This is an option that turns out to be cost-effective and also smart for the contributor and the network,” Feist said.

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Networks Slate Special Coverage of Super Tuesday

Voters in 10 states head to the polls tomorrow to weigh in on the next GOP Presidential candidate. Here’s the plan for Super Tuesday coverage on the broadcast and cable news and business networks.

The broadcast networks:

  • “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams will helm a one-hour special on NBC News from 10-11pmET. Williams will also present live updates on the voting results between 7-10pmET as news dictates. “Nightly” will be updated for later feeds throughout the evening.
  • Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulous will anchor special reports on ABC beginning at 7pmET. “World News” will also be updated for later feeds. At 11:35pmET, Terry Moran will anchor a special edition of “Nightline.”
  • On CBS, Scott Pelley will provide live primetime updates throughout the night.
  • Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will anchor a live “PBS Newshour” at 11pmET.
  • On FOX, Shepard Smith will anchor live updates from 8-11pmET.

The cable networks:

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Network Plans for the Arizona and Michigan Primaries

Voters in Michigan and Arizona go to the polls tomorrow. Polls close at 8pmET in Lower Michigan and most of the U.P. And and hour later, at 9pmET, in the Westernmost counties which are in the Central Time Zone. Polls close at 9pmET in Arizona.

More Political Coverage for Cable Networks as Week-Long Maine Caucus Concludes

Another weekend of political coverage is underway as Maine’s week-long GOP caucus concludes this evening. Although Maine’s caucus is non-binding, the cable networks will devote special coverage to the results in prime time tonight.

Chris Hayes will anchor two hours of coverage on MSNBC beginning at 6pmET. He will be joined by Melissa Harris-Perry.

CNN’s caucus special will be anchored by Wolf Blitzer, John King and Candy Crowley from Washington, DC. Coverage will begin at 7pmET after a special 6pmET edition of “The Situation Room.”

Fox News will feature regularly-scheduled Saturday night programming — “America’s News Headquarters” with Eric Shawn and Arthel Neville at 6pmET and “Fox Report” with Harris Faulkner at 7pmET.

King on Gingrich Question: ‘It was my judgment, my decision, and mine alone’

Much reaction following the first question at Thursday night’s CNN/Tea Party debate in South Carolina. John King weathered a blistering attack from Newt Gingrich after King asked about Gingrich’s second wife’s accusation that he’d asked for an open marriage before divorcing her in 1999.

“I have been covering politics for 25 years,” King told Anderson Cooper after the debate. “I understood that if I asked the question, he was not going to be happy with it, and he was going to turn on me. Knew that coming in.”

“It was my judgment, my decision, and mine alone,” King said. “If we’re going to deal with it, let’s deal with it up front, let’s not try to sneak it into the middle of the debate somewhere. And people at home either agree with that or disagree with that. You make the decision, you ask the question, and this is politics.”

David Gergen weighed in calling it, “one of the most explosive moments that we have seen in debate history,” and “also one of the harshest attacks we’ve had on the press that I can remember in a long, long time.”

For his part Gingrich told Cooper he thought “it was a terrific debate for all of us.”

“I thought the audience was really appreciative. I thought John did a great job. It was direct. It was tough.”

Which CNN Political Analyst Went Skinny Dipping With George Clooney at His Lake Como Villa?

A CNN political analyst recently spent some time at Lake Como, Italy with actor George Clooney, filing this report about late night shenanigans that took place at Clooney’s villa:

I lost track of time, but by 2 a.m. or so — when I was hammered and was reasonably certain that others were, too — we had become raucous. Out of nowhere, Clooney jumps out of his chair and starts climbing a fence that overlooks the lake below. From the top, fully clothed, he counted, One… two… and jumped. I heard three just before hit the water. Within seconds, he was challenging our masculinity. Okay, guys, let’s see your stuff. One other guest was next up and jumped. Hell, I thought, I have an early morning plane and I don’t want wet clothes. So… what choice did I have? I stripped down to my skivvies, climbed that darn fence…. And whoa, it seemed like I was 30 feet above the water. One… two… I was in the water by three. It was very dark, a little cold, but terrific. So we kept jumping.

Eventually we repaired to his kitchen in bathrobes, trying to warm up. Out came a bottle of limoncello, and the conversation flowed on until I finally crawled up to bed at 4:30.

Who was it? Find out, and read about a practical joke Clooney played on Walter Cronkite, after the jump.

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Networks and Cable Channels Roll Out Key Talent For 2011 State Of The Union Coverage

All four major broadcast networks, along with the cable news channels, are bringing out the big name talent for coverage of the 2011 State of The Union address Tuesday evening.

On the broadcast networks, NBC has Brian Williams anchoring along with “Meet the Press” host David Gregory.

ABC has Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos anchoring, joined by a number of correspondents, hosts, and analysts, including Jake Tapper, Christiane Amanpour, Jonathan Karl and Deborah Roberts.

On CBS, “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric will lead the coverage, joined by CBS reporters and analysts.

On the Fox broadcasting network, Fox News Channel’s Shepard Smith will anchor coverage. Smith will be joined by “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace and correspondent Wendell Goler.

On the cable news channels:

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Election 2010: Technology Front and Center for CNN’s Midterm Election Coverage

CNN has announced its coverage plans for the 2010 midterm elections. As in previous elections, new technology will be a major part of the coverage, with returning favorites like the “magic wall” and “data wall’ being joined by the “CNN Election Matrix,” which will break down data in a visual way.

The network already revealed it will be adding more “virtual objects” to its coverage.

“We are taking capabilities of the Data Wall and quadrupling it in order to report the story in the clearest way we can,” said CNN senior VP and Washington bureau chief David Bohrman in a statement. “Viewers are ready for a rich meal of election items and with CNN’s technology on air and online, paired with the Best Political Team, we will serve an unparalleled election night experience.”

Wolf Blitzer will lead the network’s coverage, and will be joined by Anderson Cooper, Candy Crowley, John King and Soledad O’Brien. Other anchors, reporters and hosts that will be contributing to the program include Jessica Yellin, Dana Bash, Brianna Keilar, Ed Henry, Dan Lothian, Suzanne Malveaux and new 8 PM hosts Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker.

More information after the jump.

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Anderson Cooper Revisits Earlier Tea Party Comments

On CNN’s AC360 last night, during a discussion about the growing influence of the Tea Party movement:

David Gergen: “The federation also reflects their frustration at what they feel has been, uh, media misrepresentations over a long period of time.”

Anderson Cooper: “And fair enough on that, and I include myself on that, probably, early on.”

Here’s what Cooper was referring to. From just about a year ago, also during a conversation with Gergen.

The Ticker: Wallace, Gergen, King

> Fox News’ Chris Wallace was featured in the latest issue of Capitol File magazine — along with Winston, his yellow lab — where he talked about how he spends his free time. He also says he recently learned to fire a shotgun so he could go shooting with Karl Rove in Texas. (PDF here.)

> CNN political analyst David Gergen is the latest to start writing an Obama administration book, which was revealed by his editor at Simon & Schuster.

> Larry King has an exclusive interview with Kate Gosselin tomorrow at 9pmET.

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