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Donna Brazile: Midterm Election Coverage MVP

Between all the broadcast and cable networks covering the midterm elections last night, there were dozens of election “analysts” to go around. But only one appeared on two different channels.

Democratic strategist Donna Brazile appeared as an in-studio analyst for both CNN and ABC News last night. Both networks originated their election coverage from their New York City studios, conveniently located about 10 blocks apart on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Here is Brazile on CNN at 7:10 PM ET, and on ABC at 9:38 PM ET:

Brazile was back on CNN shortly after midnight, according to TVEyes.

Election 2010: ABC News Will be Live All Night for Midterm Coverage

ABC News will have live midterm election coverage all night next Tuesday, though some of it will take place online.

ABC’s coverage will kick off with “ABC World News” at 6:30 OM ET, anchored by Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos. Sawyer and Stephanopoulos will anchor a special live program online from 8-9:30 PM on ABCNews.com, Facebook and through the ABC News iPad app. There will also be election updates on ABC at the top and bottom of every hour.

At 9:30 PM, the network will once again pick up election coverage, running until the late local news, which will be followed  by a special one-hour edition of “Nightline” at 11:35 PM, anchored by Terry Moran in New York, Cynthia McFadden in Chicago and Bill Weir in Los Angeles..

ABC News anchors and correspondents contributing to the coverage include Jake Tapper and Jonathan Karl, with Christiane Amanpour reporting from Connecticut. Analysts will include George Will, Cokie Roberts and Donna Brazile.

ABC News Now will also be covering the elections live all night, with its coverage streaming on Yahoo!, Hulu and mobile platforms.

More information in the press release, after the jump.

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So What Do You Do, Donna Brazile?

For our weekly Wednesday feature, mediabistro.com asked Donna BrazileSo what do you do?” In addition to her work with politicians — she was Al Gore‘s campaign manager in 2000 — The CNN political analyst talked about the polarization in cable news.

“The one thing I would get rid of in the world,” she told mediabistro.com, “would be hyper-partisan political pundits because I think they add more heat than light to the political debate.” And this:

You’ve been a contributor on CNN, ABC News, and NPR. Have you ever regretted something that you’ve said, or has something you said ever been misconstrued?

Oh absolutely. There’s no question when you’re on TV — for example, on Sunday mornings when I’m on This Week — you get graded based on the truthfulness of what you say. I find that to be a challenge, but it helps me put together the very best research before going on a Sunday show. I try to do my research, I try to understand my facts, I try to read the legislation before I comment on it. Does it make me work harder? Yes, because you can utilize talking points, but they’re not the meat and bones of what you try to tell the viewers.

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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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Christiane Amanpour’s ‘This Week’ Debut

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“This Week with Christiane Amanpour” debuted this morning on ABC with the veteran foreign correspondent telling viewers, “After 20 years covering the world, the story in this country is turning into one of the most fascinating.”

The headline from Amanpour’s two headliner guests, Secy. Robert Gates and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, both pre-taped on Friday to accommodate their schedules, was their disagreement on the pace of U.S. troops leaving Afghanistan.

While the host was new, the round-table consisted of three familiar names: George Will, Donna Brazile and Paul Krugman and a new face who fit with Amanpour’s goal of giving the show a more outside-the-beltway feel: from Madrid, Amanpour welcomed Ahmed Rashid, who was billed as “the world authority on the Taliban.” The opening voice-over also featured a new tagline featuring the global focus: “From all across our world to the heart of our nation’s capitol.”

There was new music from trumpeter Chris Botti and a new show open and set backdrop, changing out the blue “This Week” logo with a map of the world in red. The Sunday funnies remained.

Following this morning’s show Amanpour told TVNewser, “It’s great to finally be underway, and I’m so pleased to have had two great first guests and a wonderful round table. I’m excited about having this platform to explore the issues that affect Americans. I want to open the window on the world to help with the understanding of all of the global challenges out there.” Amanpour’s opening welcome after the jump…

Did you watch? If so, what did you think?

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Tapper’s Last ‘This Week:’ Geithner, Christie, Snooki

Sunday marked ABC News White House correspondent Jake Tapper‘s last day as interim host of “This Week.” Next Sunday Christiane Amanpour takes over the role full-time.

Tapper made the most of his last day, talking to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner about the economy and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, about… Snooki.

During the roundtable segment, Cokie Roberts, Sam Donaldson, Donna Brazile and Stephen Hayes discussed the Shirley Sherrod incident. Video of that discussion is after the jump.

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Donna Brazile: ‘It’s Time to Abolish Punditry’

CNN pundit Donna Brazile thinks it’s time to clear out the pundits. “Get rid of the left-vs.-right commentators who are just out scoring points for their team,” she writes in the Washington Post this week, explaining, “If a single move could restore civility to politics, that is it.” She does, of course, think SOME pundits could hang around as political analysts.

Donna Brazile Thinks Larry King is a ‘Hottie’

On today’s “Morning Mix” on “Good Morning America,” Democratic strategist Donna Brazile called CNN’s Larry King “a hottie.” George Stephanopoulos, along with ABC’s Sam Donaldson, USA TODAY’s Christine Brennan, and Brazile also discussed some of the week’s most talked about stories, including Ben Roethlisberger and the Supreme Court vacancy.

Christiane Amanpour on the ‘New Perspective’ She’ll Bring to Sunday

amanpour_3-16.jpgAs we reported earlier today, Christiane Amanpour is leaving CNN after nearly 27 years with the network and heading to ABC News where she’ll succeed George Stephanopoulos as moderator of that network’s Sunday public affairs show, “This Week.”

TVNewser spoke with Amanpour this evening for a Q&A about working on a D.C.-based political show (she’ll still live in New York) and her thoughts about departing the network where she’s been such a prominent figure.

What are your feelings about leaving CNN?

Amanpour: I thought about this long and hard. Clearly, as you can imagine, it was an intense decision-making process. I’ve spent 26 and a half years at CNN and together with my colleagues we’ve built this incredible place. I have a great amount of respect and admiration for CNN.

It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to become a part of this honored tradition that is “This Week” and to build on it with an international perspective, and build on what “This Week” has forged over the years.

What kind of changes are you planning for the program?

Amanpour: The nuts and bolts are a work in progress. This is a show that’s established in viewers’ minds and in their hearts and in their interests. What we’re doing is building on it to include the international perspective. We’ll focus on the vital domestic policies and issues of the day and the international policies and issues of the day. We’ll use the perspective that I’ve gained over the years of being around the world and interviewing world leaders all over the place.

The round table will continue with the amazing people like George Will, who’s a national treasure, Paul Krugman, Donna Brazile and the ABC correspondents, Jake Tapper, Jonathan Karl, Martha Raddatz, who’s had incredibly distinguished career. I’m very very proud to be able to join in a collegial way with all these people.

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Plans For Obama Address

Every network will cover President Barack Obama‘s Address to Congress tonight at 9pmET (right after our TVNewser Summit party tonight in NYC — it’s not too late to RSVP). Following Obama’s speech is Gov. Bobby Jindal‘s Republican response:

• ABC — Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos anchor coverage from the Capitol, from 9-10:30pmET. Jake Tapper, Jonathan Karl, George Will and Donna Brazile contribute. Nightline provides additional coverage and analysis at 11:35pmET, with Terry Moran anchoring from D.C.

• CBS — Katie Couric anchors from 9-10:30pmET, with a live Webcast on CBSNews.com and CNET.com immediately following. Bob Schieffer, Jeff Greenfield, Nancy Cordes, Lara Logan, Anthony Mason, Chip Reid and Dan Bartlett contribute.

• NBC — Brian Williams anchors from 9-10pmET. He will be joined by David Gregory, Chuck Todd, and Kelly O’Donnell.

• FOX — Shepard Smith anchors from Washington, D.C., beginning at 8:55pmET. Chris Wallace provides analysis and Shannon Bream reports from Capital Hill.

• CNN — Wolf Blitzer, Campbell Brown, Anderson Cooper and John King lead coverage from the Election Center in New York. Members of the BPTOT, including Gloria Borger and Roland Martin, will contribute. Shortly before the 9 p.m. address, Blitzer will introduce the address. A two-hour edition of AC 360 starts immediately after the address. “Larry King Live” airs live at MidnightET, with special guest, Sen. John McCain.

• FNC — Bret Baier anchors, beginning at 8:55pmET. Bill O’Reilly hosts a live O’Reilly Factor from 8-8:55pmET. On the Record with Greta Van Susteren airs live from 10:30-11pmET, followed by a Sean Hannity hosting a live “Hannity” from 11pm-MidnightET. Brit Hume joins Juan Williams, Nina Easton and Charles Krauthammer for post-address analysis, Major Garrett, Carl Cameron, Brian Wilson and Chris Wallace report for the coverage.

• MSNBC — Keith Olbermann introduces the address after Countdown, and a special edition of Countdown airs at 10pmET. The Rachel Maddow Show airs live at 11pmET and Hardball with Chris Matthews is live at MidnightET.

• CNBC — John Harwood and Larry Kudlow anchor the pre-speech coverage and a panel of guests join Harwood after the address. Also — Brian Williams will be on “Street Signs” at 2pmET after his lunch at the White House with the other anchors.

• FBN — Neil Cavuto anchors coverage, which includes Rich Edson and Peter Barnes reporting and Mack McLarty, former chief of staff for President Clinton, providing analysis.

• Bloomberg — Peter Cook anchors, with Al Hunt and Kathleen Hays contributing. Roger Altman and Frank Lavin provide analysis.

• PBS — Jim Lehrer anchors with Mark Shields and David Brooks providing analysis.

• C-SPAN — Airs the address live, with coverage beginning at 8pmET and a re-air at 11pmET.

> WebNewser has the coverage plans on the Web

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