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Posts Tagged ‘Ed Henry’

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.

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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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Fox at the White House… Not that Fox

The Wall Street Journal‘s Carol E. Lee has an A1 story about a Fox at the White House. Not Ed Henry, Wendell Goler, or Mike Emanuel, but a red Fox, which, according to Lee has been roaming the White House lawn since the shutdown last fall when groundskeepers were on furlough because of the government shutdown.

“He’s been tripping off alarms in the middle of the night,” Lee reports. “And one time he was spotted by the president himself.” We’re not sure whether the president’s reaction to this Fox, was anything like the other Fox.

(h/t Playbook)

Ed Henry Eats a Cricket on ‘Happening Now’

Ed Henry took a break from his post at the White House to fill in on “Happening Now” Friday, something he may not have done had he known what co-anchor Julie Banderas had planned for him. Following a report by Alicia Acuna about a Utah business that uses crickets for a “low-fat, protein-dense” flour, Banderas produced a cricket and made Henry eat it.

The verdict? “Crunchy” but “pretty nasty.” Watch:


State of the Union Coverage Plans: Cable Networks

obama state of the union 2 Here’s what the cable news networks have planned for President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Fox News: Bret Baier will take over from Bill O’Reilly at 8:55pmET. Baier will be joined by chief White House correspondent Ed Henry, chief Congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel and Shannon Bream, who will report on Bing Pulse results throughout the night. Baier will anchor until 11pmET, at which point Megyn Kelly will take over with a live edition of “The Kelly File.”

CNN: Chris Cuomo will host “New Day” live from Capitol Hill Tuesday morning. For the network’s evening coverage, Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper will anchor beginning at 7pmET. They will be joined by a host of CNN correspondents, including Jim Sciutto from Iran, Tom Foreman from the virtual studio and Suzanne Malveaux, who will moderate a focus group in Des Moines. Tapper will helm late night SOTU coverage solo. CNN en Español will also broadcast the address with anchor Fernando del Rincón and correspondent Juan Carlos López.

MSNBC: Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews will host beginning at 9pmET. They will be joined by Chris Hayes, Al Sharpton, Steve Schmidt and Ed Schultz, who will be live from Washington, D.C. Matthews will anchor an additional hour of live coverage from 12am-1amET.

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President’s Final News Conference of 2013

Obama1213President Obama held his final news conference of 2013 “The most wonderful press conference of the year,” he joked. The broadcast and cable news networks all carried the president’s remarks and the newser.

The president began talking about the growing economy, end-of-the-year congressional compromise and thanked the military for their “service and sacrifice.”

“Jay [Carney] prepared a list of who’s naughty and nice. We’ll see who made it,” said the president as he took questions from:

Julie Pace, the AP, asked whether, given his low approval numbers, “Has this been the worst year of your presidency?” “I got to tell you, Julie, that’s not how I think about it,” said the president.

Mark Felsenthal of Reuters got the second question and asked about the NSA and revelations throughout the year of the extent of surveillance.

Ed Henry of Fox News got the third question and asked further about the NSA, and whether the president had underestimated and was unaware of the scope of the surveillance programs. The president and Henry sparred a bit before the president moved on to…

Jon Karl of ABC News got question four and asked about the poll numbers and asked the president what his biggest mistake has been of 2013. “There’s no doubt that when it came to the healthcare rollout… the fact is it didn’t happen in a way that was at all acceptable. Since I’m in charge, we screwed it up.”

“I promise you, I probably beat myself up even worse than you or Ed Henry does on any given day. But, I’ve also got to wake up in the morning and make sure that I do better the next day.”

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