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Maria Bartiromo Debuts ‘Sunday Morning Futures’

Screen Shot 2014-03-30 at 10.43.54 AMMaria Bartiromo opened the first “Sunday Morning Futures” with a vow to offer Sunday morning viewers something different.

“Unlike other Sunday morning programs who only bring you Washington’s talking heads, we’ll discuss how to recreate opportunity and get America back into a position of economic and financial leadership,” Bartiromo said.

Her first guest, Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove, spoke about the Affordable Care Act sign-up deadline, saying the law will have major effects on health care providers, paying hospitals and insurers less for what they do. Bartiromo spoke to former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers next about the ACA’s impact on the job market. Summers called claims the law is harming the job market “a lot of exaggeration,” and a population that’s fully insured is stronger economically. He stayed on for a second segment, discussing Japan’s consumption tax hike and potential new stimulus in Europe.

Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier was Bartiromo’s third guest, taped earlier in the week, chiming in on how to lower the price of health care. Frazier said Merck is in favor of more access to health care, but it’s too early on in the ACA’s existence to know the results or how it will impact Merck’s business.

Bartiromo turned to a panel next with the original architect of the ACA, Jonathan Gruber, Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer, and Fox News contributor Ed Rollins. Gruber countered claims that premiums are going up under the ACA by pointing out premiums went up before the law. Rollins predicted the Republicans will retain control of the House of Representatives in November’s midterm elections.

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FNC and Fox’s Election Night Plans

Fox News Channel will have Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier anchoring on election night, while Shepard Smith will be anchoring on the Fox Broadcast Channel.

On FNC, Kelly and Baier will be joined by senior political analyst Brit Hume, “Fox News Sunday” moderator Chris Wallace, as well as contributors Joe Trippi, Karl Rove, Juan Williams, Stephen Hayes and Kirsten Powers. “O’Reilly Factor host Bill O’Reilly  and “On the Record” host Greta Van Susteren will be providing commentary, and Van Susteren will also interview Fox News contributor Sarah Palin during the evening.

Correspondent Martha MacCallum will report on exit poll data, with Bill Hemmer manning the “bill-board,” FNC’s touchscreen. Carl Cameron and John Roberts will report from Romney HQ in Boston, with Ed Henry and Wendell Goler reporting from Obama HQ in Chicago. There will also be a number of correspondents in the field (after the jump).

On the Fox Broadcast Channel, FNC contributor Ed Rollins, Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh, and The Hill editor A.B. Stoddard will contribute to coverage.

Online, Jonathan Hunt and Harris Faulkner and Rick Folbaum will anchor video coverage on, while Rick Sanchez will anchor on in Spanish.

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Washington Caucus Coverage

We know you can’t wait for Super Tuesday, but hold your horses. First, Washingtonians vote tomorrow. Here’s the cable coverage:

  • MSNBC will be producing extended cut-ins during Saturday night documentaries.

Ed Rollins Joins Fox News

  • Fox News Channel has apparently lined up another political contributor in advance of the 2012 election season. The New York Daily News Celeste Katz reports that former Michele Bachmann and Mike Huckabee campaign manager Ed Rollins is joining the network. Huckabee is currently an FNC employee, hosting a weekend primetime show on the channel. (h/t J$P)

Keith Olbermann Suspension Big News… On CNN

MSNBC’s suspension of 8 PM host Keith Olbermann has been the talk of the media business today, but it has also been a regular subject on CNN this afternoon.

A TVEyes search shows that CNN discussed Olbermann’s suspension eight times between 2:50 and 5:30 PM. Just before 5:30 the network brought on analysts Roland Martin and Ed Rollins to discuss the incident.

Fox News Channel meanwhile, has not discussed the incident once, although primetime is just a  few hours away…

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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CNN’s SNL ‘Fact Check’ Generates Backlash

cnnsnlfactcheck_10-7.jpgCNN is receiving criticism, of many different kinds from many different places, for a segment Monday on “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” The segment “fact-checked” a Saturday Night Live sketch.

The sketch, which has been deemed the show’s first viral hit of the season, cataloged Pres. Obama’s supposed lack of accomplishments.

The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto called the idea “a bizarre exercise.” The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik wrote, “Fact checking a comedy sketch — I will say no more.” FNC’s Greg Gutfeld showed the clip on Red Eye and joked, “Seriously, reviewing an ‘SNL’ skit for accuracy is like reviewing McDonald’s for their wine list.”

But NYMag’s Daily Intel points out, “political satire isn’t legitimate if it’s not based in truth.” CNN’s own GOP strategist Ed Rollins writes, “Humor with some truth in it is always dangerous. Make no mistake, a drumbeat of belittlement can damage a president.”

Though CNN entertainment correspondent Kareen Wynter anchored the piece, “The SitRoom” was using it as part of a political conversation. When TVNewser asked CNN for a comment about the backlash, a spokesperson reiterated what the segment was about: “The piece was used to set up a panel discussion which included representation from both parties — a liberal and a conservative.”

In any case, the segment has now taken-off as its own Web-meme, according to an Examiner post. “Twitter users have played up CNN’s silliness by creating a hashtag — Twitter-speak for search term category — called #CNNFactCheck, used for tweeting pompous corrections of SNL sketches, well-known hyperbolic metaphors, and other absurdities usually not taken literally.” The post compiled a “small sampling” of tweets using the hashtag. Here are a few favorites:

@DefiantKembro ‘El Nino’ is not Spanish for “the Nino” #CNNFactCheck

@discerning_con CNN Breaking News: Stepping on a crack will not actually break your mother’s back #CNNFactCheck

@thecomeback After checking every river in America, we have not been able to find a motivational speaker living in a van. #CNNfactcheck

@RobbieCooperATX CNN Breaking: Church Lady not particularly pious. Might not actually even be a lady. #CNNFactCheck

@jimmiebjr CNN has obtained a statement from the CDC advising that “more cowbell” is never an appropriate cure for a fever. #CNNFactCheck

@teh_Dede: Warning from the FDA: Cadbury Creme Eggs are not actually eggs. #CNNFactCheck

@pow127 #CNNFactCheck finds that Dr Dre is not licensed to practice medicine of any kind. #psa

@andylevy That wasn’t really Obama – it was actor Fred Armisen! #CNNFactCheck

Both the fact check and the original sketch are after the jump:

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Cablers Talk Couric/Palin

palin_10-1.jpgAfter a back-and-forth on the web about what would be said, tonight it was revealed.

CBS’ Katie Couric asked Gov. Sarah Palin about the Supreme Court, and the answer had the cablers buzzing. CNN, FNC and MSNBC all had discussed the issue by 8:15pmET.

Campbell Brown: Election Center had Joe Klein, Gloria Borger and Ed Rollins discussing the question. Rollins called the series of interviews with Couric “terrible” for Palin.

Bill O’Reilly discussed the questioning with Bernie Goldberg, and although O’Reilly thought it was a “gotcha question,” both agreed she needed to be more well-versed on “complicated” issues.

Keith Olbermann touched on it several times, dubbing her “Silent Sarah,” among other things.

So what was the answer? Click continued to see the VP Question about Roe v. Wade…

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