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Titans, Moguls and a Presidential Candidate Pay Respects to Mike Wallace

If the news business was like football, Mike Wallace would be its MVP. But if news was a beauty contest, Wallace would never have been Mr. Congeniality.

That’s what hundreds of Mike Wallace’s friends, colleagues and family — four generations of them — learned as they gathered at the Rose Hall at Time Warner Center to remember the “60 Minutes” original who died April 8 at age 93.

Morley Safer and Steve Kroft remembered Wallace’s unrelenting competitive streak. When Kroft had set up an interview with Gov. Bill Clinton in 1988, amidst accusations of an extra-marital affair, Kroft says, “Mike offered me encouragement, while trying to take the story away from me.”

Safer admitted months would go by without the two reporters even speaking to each other. In a taped piece, the late Ed Bradley echoed the sentiment, after Wallace stole a Manuel Noriega interview from him. “You and I didn’t talk for  six months,” Bradley says to Wallace who is unmoved.

“He brought the same zeal to a story as he did to a penny ante poker game,” said Safer.

Wallace even stole a story from his own son, Chris Wallace who, at the time, was working for ABC’s “Primetime.” In the Fall of 1997, young Wallace had set up an interview with comedian Chris Rock. Rock canceled not long before the shoot. Wallace later found out why.

“My old man had stolen the interview!” said Wallace. “And he knew he’d stolen it from me!” Bradley ended up conducting the Rock interview, mostly to make amends for the Noriega theft, but also to keep in good stead with his son.

“He was so exasperating and yet so endearing,” said Wallace choking back tears.

“It took many years for us to find our path to each other,” the Fox News anchor admitted. “He had a good heart. He could be naughty. But he was never mean.”

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Booted Secret Service Supervisor ‘Checking Out’ Sarah Palin; Palin Responds

Sarah Palin did her best Donald Trump last night on Fox News, following revelations that one of the ousted Secret Service supervisors caught up in the prostitution scandal joked on Facebook that he was checking Palin out, “if you know what I mean?”

David Chaney, one of two supervisors forced out of the agency, was a part of Palin’s protection team when she was VP nominee. In January 2009, after a friend commented on a picture of Chaney and Palin, Chaney wrote on Facebook: “I was really checking her out, if you know what i mean?”

In an interview with Greta Van Susteren last night, Palin said the joke is on Chaney: “Well, check this out, bodyguard — you’re fired!” WATCH:


Everyman Donald Trump Finally Has Two Cable News Outlets To Let Him Speak His Mind

Poor Donald Trump.

He is just a normal, everyday billionaire, and all he ever wanted was to have his voice heard. For many years, cable news channels would go more than a week without interviewing him. Sometimes, he would only appear on TV as little as once a month–an eternity for his gold-plated DVR. The horror!

Luckily, Trump has finally been recognized as the political and economic savant that he truly is. There are now two cable news channels that are giving him a chance to speak his mind in a regular segment every single week.

The first is his Monday morning segment on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends.” That one isn’t new, Trump has been calling in weekly to that program since last April.

Now however, a second cable network has generously given Mr. Trump time to share his thoughts. CNBC’s “Squawk Box” (a competitor to “Fox & Friends”) started “Trump Tuesdays” a few weeks ago. The focus tends to be a bit more on the economy, but there is still plenty of politics, as this week’s segment shows:

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Obama: ‘Fed by Fox News, they hear Obama is a Muslim 24/7,’ Bret Baier: No Way!

A new book written by Mother Jones DC bureau chief David Corn alleges that President Obama blamed Fox News for some of his early troubles during a meeting with labor leaders. Corn writes:

Fed by Fox News, they hear Obama is a Muslim 24/7, and it begins to seep in…The Republicans have been at this for 40 years. They have new resources, but the strategy is old,”

Fox News anchor Bret Baier took issue with that quote, and responded on his program, saying “For the record, we found no examples of a host saying President Obama is a Muslim”:


Now, there was a weasel-word in Baier’s statement in the form of “host.” Many guests on Fox News, such as Donald Trump, have insinuated that President Obama is not a Christian, or implied that he a is a Muslim. That said, some FNC hosts, such as Shepard Smith or Chris Wallace, have pushed back against the myth, sometimes strongly.

O’Donnell Calls Trump a ‘Buffoon,’ Trump Responds: ‘Lawrence is the Dumbest Man on Television’

Donald Trump and MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell are at it again.

The latest brouhaha started when Trump was asked by CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield this week which cabinet position he would want in a hypothetical Romney administration. On Wednesday’s “The Last Word,” O’Donnell scoffed at the notion that Trump would even be nominated: “Romney knows you’re a buffoon, an unconfirmable joke,” O’Donnell said.

Trump fired back on Twitter yesterday, using his 140 characters (and then some) to excoriate O’Donnell as “a poor man’s Ed Schultz.”

Lawrence O’Donnell will soon have another cancelled show to go along with his three cancelled TV series, “Mister Sterling”, “The Kill Point” and “First Monday” … Without clips of me, his show would be completely dead and he knows it. As I have said many times before @Lawrence is the dumbest man on television. He is only angry because I would never have wasted my time doing his completely irrelevant show.

O’Donnell’s response:

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Cable Networks Cover Donald Trump Endorsement

At 3:45pmET, MSNBC, CNN and Fox News went live to the Donald Trump press conference in Las Vegas, where the real estate mogul — and frequent cable news guest — endorsed Mitt Romney for President.

The Trump endorsement has been fodder for cable news all day, with early reports speculating that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich would get the nod. Citing “sources with knowledge of the endorsement,” CNN was the first to confirm that Trump would actually endorse Romney.

Trump called in to Fox News for a phone interview with Neil Cavuto after the press conference was through.

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Gingrich: No More Journalists Moderating Debates

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says that if he becomes the party nominee, he won’t participate in any debates in which reporters are the moderators. We are sorry to break the news to you Bret Baier, Bob Schieffer, Wolf Blitzer and Brian Williams, but according to Gingrich you guys just can’t be trusted.

Politico reports on what Gingrich said:

“As your nominee, I will not accept debates in the fall in which the reporters are the moderators,” he said, “because you don’t need to have a second Obama person in the debate.”

Gingrich never specified exactly who would moderate the debates instead of journalists. Maybe Donald Trump?

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Donald Trump, Dave Barry, but no Mitt Romney on Hour-Long ‘Face the Nation’

At the start of “Face the Nation” this morning Bob Schieffer, anchoring adjacent to Jungle Island in Miami, followed up on his offer to the Gingrich and Romney campaigns to debate during today’s special hour-long edition. “Romney wanted no part of that,” said Schieffer. But Gingrich agreed, so Schieffer interviewed him on his campaign bus Friday. Schieffer also interviewed Donald Trump who isn’t finished with politics. “If I don’t see a person that, number one, is going to win — that’s tantamount — I would certainly think about doing it after [The Apprentice] ends,” said Trump. “You’re telling me you’re really serious about it, and you may — depending on what happens — you may get into this thing after all?, asked Schieffer”

“I hope I don’t have to. But I may — absolutely,” said Trump during their interview taped Saturday at Trump’s club Mar-a-Lago, beside a roaring fire. (The high temperature in Palm Beach was 79 degrees.)

Later on the show, humorist Dave Barry joined the bayside roundtable. “What a courageous patriot. The man is willing to maybe give up his TV show to run… Thank you Donald Trump. America thanks you. Just like Abraham Lincoln, gave up his TV show…”

Donald Trump Pulls Out as Newsmax/Ion TV GOP Debate Moderator

Reality show host and businessman Donald Trump has pulled out as moderator of the upcoming GOP debate to be hosted by Newsmax and Ion TV. The debate had been slated for December 27. Update: a source tells TVNewser that the debate’s status is still uncertain. It may be canceled, or it may happen with a new moderator.

Trump said that he refuses to rule out running as an independent, and as a result the Republican party is reluctant to back him as debate moderator. Trump dedicates the entire first sentence of a prepared statement exploring the possibility that he may run early next year “sometime after the final episode of ‘The Apprentice’.”

“I would like to thank Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum for having the courage, conviction, and confidence to immediately accept being a part of the Newsmax debate,” said Trump in a statement. “I believe this would not only have been the most watched debate, but also the most substantive and interesting debate!”

Trump’s full statement, after the jump.

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Greta Van Susteren, Al Sharpton Parodied on ‘Saturday Night Live’

On the cold open to last night’s “Saturday Night Live,” Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren (as played by Kristen Wiig) had on as guests GOP candidates “Newt Gingrich” and “Rick Santorum,” and were joined by the moderator of the upcoming Newsmax/Ion TV debate, Donald Trump (played by Darrell Hammond).

Also last night, SNL took on Al Sharpton‘s MSNBC program “PoliticsNation”:

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