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Differing Views on Obama’s Visit to ‘The View’

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Is it beneath President Obama’s dignity to appear on “The View” tomorrow?

Yes, say Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pennsylvania) and Republican Pat Buchanan. They both blasted Obama’s scheduled visit to ABC’s daytime female chatfest, but theirs appears to be the minority opinion. The program is to be taped today.

A sitting U.S. president should do “serious” shows, Rendell argued yesterday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “The View” can be serious, he said, but it also “rocks and rolls a little bit.” Buchanan agreed, saying there should be some “majesty” to the presidency.

“If Buchanan wants majesty, he’s revealing his royalist side,” riffs Charles Bierbauer, dean of the College of Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina and a former CNN correspondent.

“Wasn’t it Nixon who put the White House police in palace guard uniforms? Then again, wasn’t it Nixon who said ‘Sock it to me!’ on ‘Laugh-in?’” in 1968.

Tomorrow will mark the first time a sitting U.S. president has appeared on a daytime talk show, according to “View” producers. Accordingly, matriarch Barbara Walters will return to the set for the first time since her heart surgery in May.

Obama was previously on “The View” twice — in November 2004, as a U.S. Senator, and in March 2008 (photo above), as a prospective presidential candidate whom Walters pronounced “very sexy.”

Alex S. Jones, director of Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, sees no problem with the embattled president sitting in on “The View.”

“Does Obama want to get his message out? Of course he does. If you’re a politician, you go to where the people are going to listen. ‘The View’ is a great place for him to reach a large group of people, a lot of them women concerned about issues like the economy.”

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Ed Rendell Criticizes Obama for Going on ‘The View,’ Compares it to Jerry Springer

Rendell_7.28.jpgHere’s one thing Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pennsylvania) and Pat Buchanan (R-everywhere) agree on: Pres. Obama should not go on ‘The View.’

Rendell: I think there’s got to be a little bit of dignity to the presidency.

Mika Brzezinski: What are you saying, Ed?

Willie Geist: What a horrible insult to “The View.”

Rendell: I think there are some shows. I wouldn’t put him on “Jerry Springer,” too, right? … I think the president of the United States has to go on serious shows. And “The View” is, you can make a case that it’s a serious show, but it also rocks and rolls a little bit. I’m not sure he has to go on “The View” to be open to questions.

The president is taping an interview tomorrow that will air on Thursday’s show.

Meet Tops Sunday Morning Competition

nbc_3-26.jpgNBC’s Meet the Press was the top rated Sunday morning public affairs show last week, and was up week-to-week by more than 600,000 Total Viewers. CBS’ Face the Nation was also up week-to-week.

David Gregory moderated a panel that included Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Govs. Ed Rendell and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The first place advantage was the most since January 4 for MTP, but year-to-year, ABC’s This Week continues to cut into the lead. ABC cut the gap by 36% in Total Viewers and 46% in the A25-54 demo compared to last year — the 8th consecutive week that’s happened.

In the demo, NBC was 1st. ABC and CBS tied for 2nd and FOX finished fourth.

NBC averaged 4,310,000 Total Viewers, ABC 2,980,000, CBS 2,750,000 and FOX 1,220,000.

Brokaw: Matthews, Olbermann “Not the Only Voices” on MSNBC

During a panel this afternoon in Denver about media coverage of the presidential campaigns, NBC’s Tom Brokaw found himself defending MSNBC, once again. Politico’s Michael Calderone attended the panel which was moderated by PBS’ Judy Woodruff with participants Brokaw, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos and CBS’s Bob Schieffer.

Also in attendance, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, who supported Hillary Clinton in the primary. Rendell and Brokaw began debating NBC’s campaign coverage, including the comments by correspondent Lee Cowan as well as MSNBC.

“MSNBC was the official network of the Obama campaign,” Rendell said, who called their coverage “absolutely embarrassing.” Chris Matthews, Rendell said, “loses his impartiality when he talks about the Clintons.”

Brokaw responded saying Matthews and Keith Olbermann are “not the only voices” on MSNBC.

> More: FishbowlNY’s Glynnis MacNicol also attended the panel and writes, “Stephanopolous is the most defensive of the three in terms of the job the press has done…”

Bob Schieffer’s Convention Look-Back

CBSSM_8.23.jpgTomorrow on CBS News Sunday Morning — as he prepares for the Democratic National Convention in Denver — Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer takes a look at political conventions past and present: the good, the bad and the just plain baffling. Schieffer also recounts some his own favorite experiences at the conventions; among them, getting a lesson in meditation from poet Allen Ginsberg in 1972.

Schieffer follows up the Sunday Morning piece by anchoring Face the Nation live from Denver. His guests include Gov. Ed Rendell, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., and one-time VP shortlister Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

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