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Ed Henry Asks White House About Al Sharpton’s Taxes

HenrySharptonAt today’s White House briefing, Fox News’s Ed Henry asked Press Secretary Josh Earnest about last week’s New York Times story about MSNBC host and activist Al Sharpton and an unpaid tax bill of some $4.5 million. Henry set up the question noting the president’s ties to Sharpton. “He is here at the White House frequently as an adviser to the president, the president spoke at his organization,” Henry said, before asking:

Henry: Is the president concerned?

Earnest: The question you are asking underscores the importance that there is not political interference in tax enforcement. I am confident this administration is allowing whatever enforcement procedures are underway to be carried out.

Henry: An adviser to the president should pay his or her taxes?

Earnest: I think every American should pay his or her taxes

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Obama to Voters: I Hear You. Obama to Fox News: I’ve Missed You

ObamaMidtermsNewser21“To everyone that voted,” Pres. Obama said at the start of his post-midterm election news conference today, “I want you to know that I heard you. To the two-thirds of voters that chose not to participate in the process yesterday, I hear you too.”

Carried on all the broadcast networks and cable news networks, the president said he has three priorities where he’ll need the help of the current Congress, before the new Republican-controlled Congress gets to work in January.

1) Ebola funding, 2) a new authorization for use of military force against ISIS and 3) passing a federal budget.

Following his remarks the president took his first question from Julie Pace of the Associated Press, the second question went to Reuters’ Jeff Mason, the third went to Chris Jansing from NBC News, and the fourth to Jon Karl of ABC News. “I would enjoy having some Kentucky Bourbon with Mitch McConnell,” said the president when Karl asked about his relationship with the soon-to-be Majority Leader. The next question when to Phil Mattingly of BloombergTV.

The president next went to Ed Henry of Fox News. “I’ve missed you guys. I haven’t done this in a while,” the president joked. “I know. I miss you,” Henry shot back. Sam Stein of the Huffington Post got the next question.

Major Garrett of CBS News got the next question, saying to the president: “If you do miss us, allow me to suggest we do this every week.”

“We might. Who knows? I’m having great time,” said Obama. Jim Acosta of CNN got the next question. The last question went to Scott Horsley of NPR.

Washington Wonks Get Wet

Have you heard about this? People pouring icy water over their heads to raise awareness and money for ALS? Well, several Washington wonks got in on the action over the last couple of days. CBS’s Bob Schieffer, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and FNC’s Bret Baier all took the ice bucket challenge this week. Schieffer got doused by his colleagues at WUSA. He challenged Scott Pelley and CBS News president David Rhodes. Alan Greenspan did the honors, dousing his wife Mitchell, who challenged Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Chuck Todd. Todd was also nominated by FNC’s Bret Baier, who grabbed the tub himself. Baier also challenged his FNC colleagues James Rosen and Ed Henry. Meanwhile, a former Washington resident got iced this morning on the “Today” show.

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Robin Williams Dead at Age 63

RobinWilliamsThe death of Robin Williams has taken over as the lead story on cable news. Williams took his own life this morning at his home near Tiburon, CA in Marin County. He was pronounced dead at 12:02pmPT. The official cause of death is asphyxia. The actor and comedian had been battling severe depression, his representative said in a statement.

The news broke just before 7pmET. CBS News anchor Scott Pelley reported the news at 6:58pmET at the end of “CBS Evening News.” CBS produced special reports at 7:04 and 7:22. Fox News’s Ed Henry, sitting in for Bret Baier, also reported the news at 6:58. CNN reported the story at 7:06. Don Lemon, filling in for Erin Burnett, then went into rolling coverage. MSNBC’s Richard Lui broke in to “Hardball” at 7:16pm.

ABC News’s David Muir anchored a special report at 7:13pm and NBC’s Brian Williams anchored a special at 7:14. All three evening newscasts will update for the leads of their west coast editions at 8:30pmET.

More: Shepard Smith will pre-empt “Hannity” at 10pm for a Fox News special on Robin Williams; ABC’s “Nightline” will devote tonight’s show to Robin Williams, and there will be a special edition of “20/20″ tomorrow night at 10pm, anchored by David Muir.

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Senator John McCain’s Office Hits Back at Chuck Todd’s ‘Liberal Bias’

chuck todd white houseSenator John McCain‘s office hit back at MSNBC’s Chuck Todd yesterday after a video surfaced Thursday of Todd and Fox News’ Ed Henry talking on a hot mic about McCain’s recent statements.

“Did anybody check John McCain? Is he OK now that David Petraeus came out against doing anything [on Iraq],” Todd said to Henry Thursday as they were waiting for the president to make his statement on Iraq.

“I gotta think McCain must have had heart palpitations…David Petraeus said what?”

“What was funny is McCain was on our air an hour ago saying we should send Petraeus to Iraq,” Henry said, responding to Todd. He [Petraeus] gave a speech yesterday saying we can’t be the Air Force of Iraq.”

“It’s not like further evidence was needed to prove the liberal bias at MSNBC and in the mainstream media,” McCain communications director Brian Rogers told Business Insider. “But Chuck Todd’s ‘hot mic’ comments asking if anyone ‘checked on’ Senator McCain for ‘heart palpitations’ over General Petraeus’ remarks on Iraq show just how quickly the media will try and discredit Senator McCain and anyone who questions President Obama.”

Interesting to note, McCain’s office only criticizes Todd in their statement, with no mention of Henry, who Todd was speaking to during the hot mic exchange.

We’ve reached out to MSNBC for comment from Todd, but have not yet heard back.

Greta Van Susteren: Stephanopoulos Didn’t Stop Susan Rice From Saying What She Meant

Rice GeorgeA new round of criticism aimed at National Security Adviser Susan Rice for comments she made on Sunday shows; this time about her recent comments on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” On Sunday, Rice said rescued Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction.”

One of those critics is Greta Van Susteren, who blogged in response to statements the White House gave Fox News’ Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry, claiming that in her comments, Rice meant “we should not forget that Bergdahl was serving his country in general.” The White House added Rice wasn’t “necessarily trying to characterize the circumstances of his capture which she said we’d have to learn more about.”

“If Susan Rice MEANT that, why didn’t she say it?” Van Susteren said. “ABC’s George Stephanopoulos never stopped her from saying what she meant. This is clearly a pathetic effort to clean up what she said.”

Rice, of course, became a political lightning rod in 2012 after she went on Sunday morning shows several days after the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. During her appearances, Rice suggested a controversial YouTube video was the prime catalyst for the attack, which was quickly rejected by Republicans, who claimed she knowingly misled the public.

The Fox Ticker: Perino, Smith, Henry

  • “The Five” co-host and former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino has signed a book deal for a “candid self-portrait” combined with practical advice. “And the Good News is…” will be published in May, 2015.

  • “Outnumbered” regular and FBN correspondent Sandra Smith talks to NOLA.com about her initial reaction to the show idea. “I loved it! I knew this was an opportunity to tackle the news in a different way.” And so far, so good: “It [the show] flies by. We have a great time.”

  • Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry writes for Capitol File about The White House Correspondents’ Association at 100. “The media used to be more interested in holding the powerful accountable than rubbing elbows with them,” Henry writes.

Is Ed Henry Getting Teased by Other White House Reporters?

HenryA little nugget in the middle of Bill O’Reilly‘s Thursday night interview with Fox News’ Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry that jumped out at us. It was about the coverage, or lack of it, of new emails about the 9/11/12 attack in Benghazi. Henry says he occasionally gets flack from colleagues for Fox’s coverage.

“Other reporters will kind of tease me about the idea that this is a Fox story, and what about Benghazi that we’re just going to shout that at the president randomly,”

Henry also told O’Reilly he doesn’t appreciate White House Press Secretary Jay Carney‘s dig that suggested they’re trying to prove a conspiracy theory. “I take offense at [that], because I’m not,” Henry said about Carney’s Fox insult.

Bret Baier: ‘After I Saw that, I Said ‘We Are Dropping the Ball on that Coverage’

BaierTVSBret Baier is taking a cue from John Oliver.

The Fox News “Special Report” host was watching Oliver’s inaugural show on HBO last Sunday when it hit him that the world’s biggest election — where up to 800 million people in India will be voting — is getting almost no coverage in the U.S. “After I saw that, I said ‘we are dropping the ball on that coverage,’ Baier told us at the TVNewser Show on Tuesday. His team is now working on a story about the election which wraps up May 12.

Baier says shows like Oliver’s as well as “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report,” “can really penetrate on news stories.”

We interviewed Baier for about 20 minutes following his keynote speech. We discussed everything from the 2014 and 2016 elections, to how he engages with “the most fervent critics of Fox News,” and the current state of the media’s relationship with the White House: “I think there is a sense that the president feels like he doesn’t get enough good treatment in a media that has, for the most part, turned a little bit on this White House, in policy and substance.”

I began by asking Baier what he thought about the president’s approval rating, which an ABC News/Washington Post poll released earlier that morning showed it had dropped to 41%.

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Bill O’Reilly Slams Press for Not ‘Giving a Damn’ on Benghazi, ‘CBS Evening News’

O'ReillyBill O’Reilly led the “O’Reilly Factor” last night taking on the “disgraceful” media for not caring enough about the newly uncovered emails from White House adviser Ben Rhodes providing talking points to former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice before her Sunday show interviews several days after the 2012 U.S. consulate terror attack in Benghazi, Libya.

“ABC should have led with it,” O’Reilly said on “World News” covering the story 10 minutes into its broadcast Wednesday night. He went on to note “CBS Evening News” didn’t cover the story that night, and that “NBC Nightly News” did a 30-second reader. “The Obama administration was completely derelict in the Benghazi terror attack, and was dishonest in the aftermath…and the national press doesn’t give a damn? Disgraceful,” O’Reilly concluded.

Later in the show, O’Reilly spoke with Fox News’ Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry–who was on the receiving end of a barb about Fox News from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney at yesterday’s press briefing–about a “curious” connection between CBS News and the White House.

“Who’s running CBS News?” O’Reilly asked Henry, who answered Jeff Fager and David Rhodes, who is CBS News’ President. “And who’s David Rhodes?” O’Reilly followed up. “He used to work at Fox News, he’s related to Ben Rhodes…I think that’s what you’re trying to get at,” Henry responded, adding that they’re both honorable people. “I’m not casting aspersions, and certainly Mr. Fager is top of the line, but something is going on,” O’Reilly concluded.

Last night, “CBS Evening News” and “NBC Nightly News” didn’t cover the Benghazi emails story. “World News with Diane Sawyer” did a 45-second voice over covering retired Brigadier General Robert Lovell testifying in front of Congress on the attacks.

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