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Hillary Clinton Grants Fox News Exit Interview, As Bill O’Reilly Talks To Colin Powell

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is granting an exit interview to Fox News Channel’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”

Clinton and President Obama gave a joint interview to “60 Minutes” last night, but this will be the Secretary’s first solo interview since the Inauguration, as well as the Congressional hearings examining what happened in Benghazi, Libya. Update: Clinton will also be giving interviews with NBC, the BBC, CNN and ABC before leaving office on Friday. Andrea Mitchell will interview her for NBC, and Cynthia McFadden for ABC. Kim Ghattas will interview her for the BBC. For CNN, Jill Dougherty and Elise Labott will conduct the interview.

Clinton and FNC have not always had the friendliest relationship, including last year when a number of FNC hosts questioned her illness. Van Susteren stood up for Clinton, and criticized her own colleagues.

It will also be her first interview with Fox News since February, 2011 (save for an appearance in on “On the Record” special about Haiti earlier this month). Update: Wendell Goler in fact interviewed Clinton in October, 2012, and Ed Henry spoke to her in November, 2011.

In addition, FNC says that Bill O’Reilly will be interviewing former Secretary of State Colin Powell today, with the interview to air tomorrow. It will actually be O’Reilly’s first interview with Powell.

NBC’s Brian Williams Takes Aim At ‘Irresponsible’ Colleague Donald Trump

Reality TV host Donald Trump, who for whatever reason is taken seriously as a political pundit by many TV news outlets, was called out by NBC News anchor Brian Williams after he sent a series of ridiculous tweets last night.

After Mitt Romney‘s loss was apparent, Trump took to the social network to vent his frustrations:

Trump also called for a “revolution” because at the time Romney was winning the popular vote. Once it became clear that Obama would likely win the popular vote, Trump deleted his tweets about revolution and the popular vote. On NBC’s coverage last night, Williams said “Donald Trump, who has driven well past the last exit to relevance and veered into something closer to irresponsible here, is tweeting tonight,” before reading some of Trump’s tweets and adding “that happened.”

Update: Trump has responded to Williams, check it out after the jump.


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Piers Morgan On Jeff Zucker, Donald Trump, and Bill O’Reilly

CNN’s Piers Morgan gives an interview to The Hollywood Reporter‘s Marisa Guthrie. He talks about his favorite interview (Robert Blake) his move toward voicing his opinion more on his show, his thoughts on Donald Trump (he’s a fan and a friend) and many other topics.

When asked if he watches other cable news channels, Morgan replied:

I love Bill O’Reilly, even though a lot of it drives me bonkers. I think it’s great television. I think he’s a class act. I think it’s just like a comfortable pair of angry slippers. I think Rachel Maddow is very good at what she does. It’s not my kind of thing; it’s a very kind of a cerebral, left-wing rant, but it’s good TV. She’s smart, and she’s been great for MSNBC.

Morgan also thinks that former NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker would be a fine fit at CNN:
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How The Networks Handled Trump’s Publicity Stunt

Reality TV host Donald Trump launched a new publicity stunt Wednesday in which he said he would give $5 million to a charity of President Obama’s choice, so long as the President releases his school and Passport records “To Mr Trump’s satisfaction.”

Trump appeared on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” and FNC’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” to talk about his ridiculous offer. Obama himself responded on “The Tonight Show” (see below).

Morgan had to begin his interview with a disclaimer, noting that he considers Trump a friend and adding “I’ve known Donald Trump since I won the first season of ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ and appear on the show sporadically.” He asked Trump if the offer was a publicity stunt. “Don’t be ridiculous, this isn’t a publicity stunt, it is a very serious offer,” Trump replied.

Well that settles that. In fairness, Morgan would press Trump a bit on the issue, though the reality host never strayed from his talking points.

An hour later Van Susteren spoke to Trump by phone. After letting him go on about his stunt, she pressed him on the “birther issue,” resulting in him saying to her “I’m really surprised by you, you don’t know anything.”

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Donald Trump & the NBC News/Entertainment Industrial Complex

On CNBC this afternoon, John Harwood said of reality TV host Donald Trump:

“Yesterday Donald Trump was on our air saying he would have a major announcement about the race. It wasn’t major at all, turned out just to be another publicity stunt by Donald Trump appealing to the crackpot fringe of American politics that raises questions about Barack Obama’s American-ness.”

On MSNBC just after 12 PM, host Alex Wagner called Trump “a nutty conspiracy theorist dressed up as a real estate mogulist for Halloween.”

The cause of the comments was the “announcement” from Trump (hyped on CNBC and Fox News before they knew what it was) that he would donate $5 million to a charity of President Obama’s choice if the President releases his college and passport records.

The comments on CNBC and MSNBC are particularly relevant, because NBC and the NBC family of networks are by far Trump’s biggest booster in the media.

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Jack Welch ‘Not Sorry For the Heated Debate’ Over Jobs Numbers

Former GE Chairman and CEO Jack Welch is defending his position questioning the September jobs report. On Friday, Welch Tweeted:

“Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can’t debate so change numbers.”

That Tweet — more than the numbers themselves — became the story on cable news. No stranger to cable news watchers, Welch did interviews on CNN, Fox News, CNBC and MSNBC, (the last two networks part owned by the company he once ran.) The debate continued on the Sunday public affairs shows as Obama adviser Robert Gibbs on “Meet the Press” said Welch “embarrassed himself.” NBC’s White House correspondent Chuck Todd  added: “The idea that Donald Trump, Jack Welch, rich people with crazy conspiracies, can get traction on this is a bad trend.”

Well, today in an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal (since he’s not writing for Fortune and Reuters anymore), Welch explained what he couldn’t in 140 characters.

As I said that same evening in an interview on CNN, if I could write that tweet again, I would have added a few question marks at the end, as with my earlier tweet, to make it clear I was raising a question.

But I’m not sorry for the heated debate that ensued. I’m not the first person to question government numbers, and hopefully I won’t be the last. Take, for example, one of my chief critics in this go-round, Austan Goolsbee, former chairman of the Obama administration’s Council of Economic Advisers. Back in 2003, Mr. Goolsbee

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The Ticker: Couric, Avlon, CNN Debate App

  • Katie Couric is taking her daytime talk show out of the studio Monday. Couric will host the Oct  1 edition of her show from her house, with guests Jimmy Fallon, Donald Trump, Andy Cohen and Sunny Anderson stopping by for segments and interviews. “Katie shares sleeping tips from her bedroom, skincare tips from her bathroom and learns all about how to make healthier meatloaf in her own kitchen”
  • CNN contributor John Avlon is launching a series on “OutFront” called “The Final Four Factors.” The night before each opf the four debates, Avlon will report from a swing state: Colorado, Ohio, Nevada and Florida are on the list. In each location Avlon will talk to voters, and figure out the issues that are important to that state, and what Mitt Romney and president Obama will need to do to win them over.
  • CNN is also launching some interactive elements for the debates. Viewers will be able to stream the debates live on their computers, or on their iPhones and iPads, with clip and share video editing features. In other words, if one of the candidates says something controversial, users can clip it and share the video with friends instantly, right from the app. More information after the jump.

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Bill O’Reilly Needs To Learn How To Do The Wave

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly was at the Yankees game last night with cable news regular and NBC reality show host Donald Trump. building off of a home run by newly-minted Yankee Ichiro Suzuki, the stadium got together and did “The Wave.” Even Trump got into the act. O’Reilly could have showed a bit more enthusiasm, however.


(h/t HuffPost Media)

The Ticker: Trump Trump Trump, CNN International, Lauer and Deutsch on CNN

  • Cable news just can’t get enough Donald Trump. After his grilling on CNN yesterday, Trump appeared on Fox News Channel’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.” The tone was much more collegial, even as Van Susteren pressed Trump on the “birther” issue. Video of the appearance is after the jump.
  • CNN International is profiled by the Financial Times (subscription required): “By the time viewers turn on the television, they already know what’s going on,” says Mr Whitaker, CNN’s managing editor. “They are looking for, ‘OK, what’s next?’” His strategy: bolster international coverage across the entire network with a premium not just on breaking news but on analysis, investigations and features.”
  • It will be a very NBC evening on CNN, as Donny Deutsch guest-hosts CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” this evening. His lead guest? NBC “Today” anchor Matt Lauer. Deutsch is a regular on “Today,” particularly in the “Today’s Professional” segment that Lauer hosts. Deutsch is also a regular on MSNBC, and a former host on CNBC.

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Blitzer: ‘Donald, You’re Beginning to Sound a Little Ridiculous.’ Trump: ‘I Think You Sound Ridiculous’

Wolf Blitzer and Donald Trump just had a ridiculous conversation on CNN. With each calling the other “ridiculous,” and Trump also taking a shot at CNN’s ratings. The two sparred over the “birther” controversy during a live interview on “The Situation Room.”

TRUMP: Well, a lot of people don’t agree with that birth certificate. A lot of people do not think it’s authentic.

BLITZER: But if the state of Hawaii authorizes it, if the state of Hawaii says, this is official, he was born in Hawaii on this date, here it is, why do you deny that?

TRUMP: A lot of people do not think it was an authentic certificate.

BLITZER: How can you say that if the…

TRUMP: Now, you won’t report it, Wolf, but many people do not think it was authentic. His mother was not in the hospital. There are many other things that came out. And, frankly, if you would report it accurately, I think you would probably get better ratings than you’re getting, which are pretty small.

Video after the jump…

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