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Hurricane Irene Could Change Coverage Plans for Dedication of MLK Jr. Memorial

The cable networks are planning special coverage Sunday morning for the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C. But Hurricane Irene could scrap some of the outdoor anchor positions the nets had been planning. And while the event will go on rain or shine, the ceremony may be pushed back. Dr. King’s Memorial is on a four-acre plot on the northwest corner of the Tidal Basin.

The dedication comes on the 48th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech from the nearby Lincoln Memorial. Here’s what the nets are planning, weather permitting:

  • CNN’s Candy Crowley, T.J. Holmes and Soledad O’Brien will anchor live coverage from 11amET-1pmET with reports beginning as early as 6amET and a special edition of “State of the Union” at 9amET. Other specials include a Holmes-hosted half hour at 7:30pm Saturday and the O’Brien documentary “MLK: Words that Changed a Nation” Sunday at 8pmET/PT.
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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: NBC News, MSNBC Slate Midterm Coverage Plans

NBC News and MSNBC have slated their coverage plans for the 2010 midterm elections.

On the broadcast network, “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams will lead coverage during the 6:30 PM newscast and a “Decision 2010″ special from 9-11 PM.

Williams will be joined by “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory, former “Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw, correspondents Andrea Mitchell, Savannah Guthrie and Lester Holt, NBC News Washington Bureau Chief Mark Whitaker and NBC News Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd.

As is currently in vogue, NBC is promoting the technology it will use to explain the results, including “virtual reality technology,” iPads and touchscreens.

Meanwhile, MSNBC will have the opinion hosts front and center for its coverage:

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Joe Scarborough Knocks MSNBC’s Primetime

Scarb_8.24.jpgJoe Scarborough has, once again, bitten the hand that feeds him.

This morning on “Morning Joe” he was talking with Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson about Robinson’s column in which he criticizes Republicans for using the lower Manhattan mosque project as a scare tactic and as the American people “being victimized by [Pres. Obama], by the democrats by the muslims, whoever,” said Robinson. Scarborough’s response:

Gene, how is that any different … because I made the mistake of turning on this network in prime time last night and my head almost blew off. How is that any different from what democrats did to George W. Bush from day one, from what Republicans, I will say this, did to Bill Clinton from day one in 1992?

Maddow/Olbermann Invited to White House Chat with Obama, But Fox Isn’t a News Organization?

Here’s a curious turn in the White House vs. Fox News fight.

On Monday, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow were among several people who attended an off-the-record briefing with Pres. Obama at the White House. Sources tell us other attendees at the two-and-a-half hour chat included Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post, Maureen Dowd of the New York Times, Gwen Ifill of PBS and Gloria Borger of CNN. Perhaps not surprisingly, no one from Fox News was in the room.

This fact quickly turned into ammunition for the folks at FOX. Last night on “Special Report,” Bret Baier revealed the information pointing out that opinion hosts from one channel were being invited to a briefing with the Commander-in-Chief, all the while Fox was declared not a news organization.

And it continued on Fox & Friends this morning, as the troika talked about the back-and-forth ABC News White House correspondent Jake Tapper had with press secretary Robert Gibbs in the morning off-camera gaggle yesterday.

[However, co-anchor Gretchen Carlson didn't have her facts correct when she said, "in this reporter gaggle was Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann who are opinion people over at MSNBC." Maddow and Olbermann were in the off-the-record briefing on Monday not the on-the-record gaggle on Tuesday.]

(h/t HotAir & JohnnyDollar)

Update: The White House has sent TVNewser the complete list of those who attended the off-the-record briefing Monday: Eugene Robinson, E.J. Dionne, Ron Brownstein, John Dickerson, Rachel Maddow, Frank Rich, Jerry Seib, Maureen Dowd, Keith Olbermann, Bob Herbert, Gloria Borger, and Gwen Ifill. Several members of the staff also attended.

What’s MSNBC Saying with that FOX Graphic?

hardball1_10-19.jpgToday on the 5pmET edition of “Hardball”, Chris Matthews had a “WHITE HOUSE vs. FOX” graphic in the lower right corner.

While Matthews and guests Pat Buchanan and Eugene Robinson discussed the White House’s feud with “Fox News,” the graphic on the bottom corner simply read White House vs. “FOX” and the accompanying logo was that of the FOX broadcast network, not Fox News.

An MSNBC spokesperson tells TVNewser the FOX logo was used mistakenly and that it should have been the Fox News logo. We’re told the graphic will be corrected for the 7pmET broadcast.

When Bill O’Reilly references MSNBC, he generally uses the umbrella “NBC News” or “NBC’s cable news network” description.

Regardless, the MSNBC graphic is not quite as eye-catching as the rotating White House Watchdog/Anita Dunn‘s head Glenn Beck used last week.

NBC/MSNBC/CNBC Inauguration

NBC News, and its cable properties, announced plans for the Inauguration today. NBC News’ Brian Williams begins anchoring on NBC at 10:30amET, with Tom Brokaw and Lester Holt.

Some notes:

Today will broadcast live from D.C. on Monday and Tuesday with all anchors on hand. Natalie Morales reports on Tuesday from D.C. as well.

• NBC airs a live, one-hour special at 10pmET, anchored by Williams, showing the inaugural galas and other events.

Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow and Eugene Robinson lead MSNBC’s coverage from the National Mall, from 10am-4pmET. Live coverage continues until 3amET.

• Morning Joe will be live on Monday and Tuesday from the Dubliner Restaurant & Pub on Capital Hill from 6-9amET on Monday and for an extra hour on Tuesday.

• CNBC airs live programming from 7am-5pmET Monday: “CNBC Reports: President Obama & Your Money.”

Click continued to see the all the plans…

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Matthews and Olbermann Will “Host” MSNBC’s Election

olbermann_11-3.jpgWhen Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann were removed from anchoring duties in September, the question of how they would contribute on political nights was raised. It was answered on debate nights already, and we’ll see the plan in action tonight.

It appears the change tonight will be from “anchor” to “host.” The Huffington Post noted yesterday Matthews said during Hardball, “Please join me and Keith Olbermann as we host MSNBC’s election night coverage, and there’s nothing like it anywhere else. Anchored by David Gregory.”

Last night on Countdown, Olbermann mentioned the “host” role twice, saying, “Chris Matthews and I will host for you. David Gregory anchors, Rachel Maddow and Eugene Robinson join us at the desk.”

An MSNBC spokesperson tells TVNewser, “We’ll have a five person desk, with Keith, Chris, Rachel and Eugene, in addition to David. Of those four, Keith and Chris will play the most prominent roles, hence the term ‘host.’”

According to NBC’s original release, “MSNBC’s Election Night coverage kicks off at 5 p.m. ET, anchored by David Gregory with Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow and Eugene Robinson at MSNBC Election Headquarters in New York.”

Brian Williams Along with Brokaw and Mitchell to Anchor from Studio 8G on Election Night

NBCNews_1028.jpgNBC News and cable news networks, MSNBC and CNBC, have released details about their election night programming.

As has been previously reported, Rockefeller Plaza will be turned into “Election Plaza” with an electoral map on the ice rink and, according to the press release, McCain and Obama banners “rising 16 stories up its World Headquarters at 30 Rock, counting up to 270, the number of electoral votes needed to win the presidency.”

TVNewser has also obtained an internal memo from NBC affiliate relations about NBC’s coverage. According to the memo, “Brian Williams will anchor the coverage from Studio 8G, home of Football Night in America. Joining Brian will be Tom Brokaw and Andrea Mitchell.”

8G is just down the hall from Studio 8H, home of Saturday Night Live. NBC Nightly News will air one live broadcast at 6:30pmET from 8G with coverage beginning across the country at 7pmET. On a normal night, Nightly broadcasts from a third floor studio adjacent to MSNBC’s studio space.

NBC News Political director Chuck Todd will use visual reality technology to walk viewers through the possible electoral vote routes and analyze the votes as they are tallied. Todd will appear on NBC and MSNBC (and probably CNBC and Telemundo too, if they ask nicely. Habla español Carlos?)

Election night on MSNBC begins at 5pmET anchored by David Gregory along with Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow and Eugene Robinson. Chris Jansing makes a return to MSNBC to anchor continuing live coverage from 2am-6amET. MSNBC’s election coverage will be available to viewers in 78 countries through the network’s foreign partners.

The press release, which includes programming details for CNBC, msnbc.com, Telemundo and NBC Mobile, is after the jump…

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Last Night in “Talking Points”

factor_7-30.JPGThe soap opera saga that is the Scott McClellan-talking points comments, in which he implied, than denied and apologized, then MSNBC doubted, that Bill O’Reilly and others at Fox News received Bush White House talking points, continued last night.

• O’Reilly replayed his phone conversation with McClellan yesterday on the radio, and ended his “Talking Points” memo (no relation) with: “He was a stand-up guy to come on. He knew it was going to be that way. Finally, here is the bigger picture. I have had enough dishonesty from the media and I’m betting you have to. So we are going to confront blatant deception and go after the deceivers no matter where they are.”

• O’Reilly’s 8pmET foil, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, played the Radio Factor segment but had a bit of a different take, as he spent a segment discussing with contributor Eugene Robinson. “If we’re partners, Scott McClellan owes me money,” Olbermann said. “[O'Reilly] made this deal all about him, that he never got talking points from the White House, but what about his producers, his commentators, what about the other Fox noise machines like [Sean] Hannity. They’re not mentioned here – Are they conspicuous by their absence?”

Alan Colmes, whose name was raised by Dick Morris on Monday as someone who Morris sent Clinton White House talking points to, denied the implication on his blog yesterday. “If someone was sending me talking points, I never saw them,” he wrote. “And, frankly, I have nothing against talking points as long as they’re used with discretion.”

• FNC’s Greta Van Susteren wants her own correction all the way from North Korea. On Gretawire, she wrote, “Now it is my turn…I never got talking points from the White House and I would like McClellan to correct himself. Generalizing is wrong.”

Click here for the O’Reilly segment last night, and continued for the Olbermann segment…

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