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Megyn Kelly Takes on Dobbs, Erickson: ‘Who Died and Made You Scientist-in-Chief?’

Megyn Kelly took on Fox Business host Lou Dobbs and Fox News contributor Erick Erickson for their stances on a new study that finds an increasing number of women are the breadwinners for their families.

The pair appeared on Fox News after participating in a panel discussion on the topic on FBN’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight” earlier this week. The all-male panel drew criticism, including from Fox News’ own Greta Van Susteren, who wondered if the men had “lost their minds.”

Kelly — who is a mother of two with a third on the way — started the interview by asking, “What makes you dominant and me submissive, and who died and made you scientist-in-chief?”

“I don’t describe myself as a feminist, but I will tell you I was offended by your piece nonetheless,” Kelly said to Erickson, who followed up the FBN panel with a blog post on the topic. “I didn’t like what you wrote one bit and I do think you are judging people … I have a whole list of studies saying your science is wrong and your facts are wrong.” Watch after the jump. Read more

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The Morning Ticker: Greta, Amanpour, BBC

  • Christiane Amanpour and husband, former State Dept. official and Bloomberg editor Jamie Rubin, are moving to the U.K. Amanpour will continue to do double duty as ABC’s global affairs anchor and as CNN International anchor from London.

  • The BBC has received more than 150 new allegations of sexual abuse and harassment by dozens of current and former employees since revelations longtime BBC host Jimmy Savile, now deceased, was accused of abusing as many as 300 people over a 40-year-period.

Roland Martin Out At CNN

CNN’s new president Jeff Zucker continues to shake things up at the channel, particularly when it comes to the network’s political contributors. The latest news is that longtime contributor Roland Martin will be leaving the channel when his contract expires in early April.

Martin has been a regular on CNN since 2007, and also hosts “Washington Watch” on African American network TV One. FishbowlDC first reported that Martin’s tenure at the channel might be short lived back in January. He follows Erick Erickson, Mary Matalin and James Carville out the door at the channel.

Erick Erickson ‘Grew Up Wanting to be a Bernard Shaw or a Robert Novak’

Less surprising than the departure of Mary Matalin and James Carville from CNN is the news that Erick Erickson is also moving on. On RedState.com the conservative pundit writes about what he’ll miss:

When I told my 7 year old I had decided to leave, she laid on the sofa for an hour crying that she’d never see Anderson Cooper again. She’s never actually met Anderson Cooper. But I have and I’ll miss him and his team and I’ll miss Wolf and his team, and all the other terrific people I’ve worked with these last three years. I deeply regret never working up the courage to pull on Wolf’s beard.

For all those liberals who lost money thinking Keith Olbermann would outlast me at Current TV, well, sorry.

CNN Political Contributors Carville, Matalin and Erickson Leaving

What a day at CNN.

CNN confirms that political contributors James Carville and Mary Matalin are leaving the channel.  TVNewser has also confirmed that Erick Erickson will be leaving CNN and joining Fox News as a contributor.

The moves follow executive VP and managing editor Mark Whitaker‘s announcement this morning that he would be leaving the company, and the addition of Chris Cuomo to a new morning program.

Our sister blog FishbowlDC first had the scoop.

Carville and Matalin have been political contributors and hosts at CNN for the better part of 20 years, while Erickson joined the channel in March of 2010. The network still has a slew of political contributors, including Paul Begala, Ari Fleischer and Donna Brazile, though the impact had by the DC power couple cannot be overstated.

 

CNN Conservative Commentator Spots Black Panther in His Backyard — The Real Kind

FishbowlDC caught up with CNN contributor and RedState.com editor Erick Erickson this afternoon after he spotted a black panther roaming his Macon, GA neighborhood early this morning:

Erickson said he awoke at 4 a.m. to what he thought was a woman screaming — he thought he was dreaming. He later learned that this is the sound the animal makes. “I went outside and I didn’t know what it was,” he continued. “The dog was agitated. It was this aerodynamically designed animal. I was absolutely scared to death. So was the dog!”

CNN’s Peter Hamby Explains Why He Tweeted Link To Obama Campaign Donation Site

There’s been some outrage on political blogs about the following tweet sent out by CNN political reporter Peter Hamby:

At issue: Hamby links to a donation page for President Obama’s reelection campaign, a page which also notes that the campaign is planning an event in Wisconsin. Some online pundits argued that this one tweet proved that Hamby (and the media as a whole) is in the tank for President Obama.

There is just one problem: Hamby was breaking news, namely that the Obama campaign decided that Wisconsin was now in play politically. The camaign made no announcement of its Wisconsin push, only releasing information on the donation page. The AP published a story at about the same time Hamby did, also based on the event on the campaign website.

CNN contributor Erick Erickson defended Hamby on his blog RedState, and on Twitter:

Hamby himself took to Twitter to explain:
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Reporting the death of Andrew Breitbart

The death of Andrew Breitbart, at the age of 43, came as a shock in TV newsrooms across the country. Breitbart, who suffered from heart problems, collapsed while walking in his Brentwood, CA neighborhood. He was pronounced dead just after Midnight.

Over the last few years, despite his disdain for the mainstream media, Breitbart had become a regular on cable news, taking a conservative stand, defending his latest scoop or just taking part in the conversation. His last national appearance was Tuesday night with Piers Morgan following results of the Arizona and Michigan primaries. “I’ve cleaned up and got my hair into an aerodynamic fashion for you,” Breitbart joked with Morgan.

FNC reported Breitbart’s death at 9:33amET and began a conversation for the next half hour with several of their anchors and contributors including Sean Hannity: “He had a level of courage that is really almost unmatched today in media;” Greg Gutfeld: “He is leaving a powerful legacy. He will be a legend.” Tucker Carlson: “I talked to him last night, seemed totally exuberant as he always does.” And Monica Crowley: “I have known very few people in my life who lived life to the hilt the way Andrew Breitbart did.”

CNN reported the news at 9:34am. CNN conservative contributor Erick Erickson phoned in at 10:19. “He really is like a super nova who has gone dark,” said Erickson. Another CNN contributor, Dana Loesh phoned in at 10:40. Loesch is the editor of Breitbart’s Big Journalism site. “Once you got to know him… to know him was to like him. Regardless of what you thought about his politics.”

MSNBC reported the breaking news at 9:41. Breitbart’s politics did not align with the political leanings of MSNBC, which may be why he always seemed to relish his appearances with anchors including Martin Bashir and Dylan Ratigan, and, when he was with MSNBC, David Shuster. Because of their contentious nature, those interviews often made headlines.

Breitbart, who was prolific on Twitter, sent his last Tweet at 11:26 PT, about 40 minutes before he was pronounced dead at UCLA Medical Center. It was a response to a blogger in Louisiana: “I called you a putz cause I thought you were being intentionally disingenuous. If not I apologize.”

Networks and Cable Channels Roll Out Key Talent For 2011 State Of The Union Coverage

All four major broadcast networks, along with the cable news channels, are bringing out the big name talent for coverage of the 2011 State of The Union address Tuesday evening.

On the broadcast networks, NBC has Brian Williams anchoring along with “Meet the Press” host David Gregory.

ABC has Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos anchoring, joined by a number of correspondents, hosts, and analysts, including Jake Tapper, Christiane Amanpour, Jonathan Karl and Deborah Roberts.

On CBS, “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric will lead the coverage, joined by CBS reporters and analysts.

On the Fox broadcasting network, Fox News Channel’s Shepard Smith will anchor coverage. Smith will be joined by “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace and correspondent Wendell Goler.

On the cable news channels:

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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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