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Chris Wallace Chides White House After Susan Rice Goes ‘On Only One Show’

RiceMTPFox News Channel’s Chris Wallace called out the White House this morning over David Gregory‘s exclusive interview with National Security Advisor Susan Rice on “Meet the Press.” This was Rice’s first appearance on one of the Sunday public affairs shows since being named the president’s National Security Advisor.

“I wanted to ask the Obama Administration about the crisis in Ukraine, but they decided to put National Security Advisor Susan Rice on only one show today in her first Sunday appearance since 2012 when she blamed the Benghazi terror attack on reaction to an anti-Islam video,” Wallace said. “Of course FOX has led the way in questioning how the administration handled Benghazi.  Perhaps Susan Rice didn’t want to answer the tough questions we would have asked.”

For his part, Gregory did ask Rice about those Sunday show appearances back in September of 2012. “When you were last here, Ambassador Rice, it was an eventful morning on the story of Benghazi and the horrible attack on our compound there,” said Gregory. “We haven’t seen you in a while. As you look back at your involvement in all of that, do you have any regrets?”

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‘Reliable Sources’ Draws Second Lowest Demo Number in Nearly Four Years

Brian Stelter Reliable Sources debut_304x200“Reliable Sources” drew its second lowest A25-54 demo number in close to four years on Sunday, as host Brian Stelter interviewed “The Loudest Voice in the Room” author Gabriel Sherman for the show’s first 25 minutes.

341,000 total viewers and 61,000 demo viewers tuned in at 11am, those numbers dropping 20,000 total viewers and 31,000 demo viewers from lead-in “Fareed Zakaria GPS.”

The opposite trend occurred on Fox’s media-counterpart “MediaBuzz” with Howard Kurtz: the show, which didn’t cover Sherman’s book on CEO Roger Ailes, was up 5,000 total viewers and 37,000 demo viewers from lead-in “Americas News Headquarters.”

The performance for “Reliable Sources” was down compared to Stelter’s debut over a month ago: down -15% in total viewers and -48% in demo viewers.

The AM Ticker: Zakaria, Most Embarrassing, VICE News

  • Fareed Zakaria GPS” will air a special Sunday morning at 10amET: “India at a Crossroads.” The show features Zakaria traveling across India to speak to leaders in business, politics, and Bollywood.

  • Vice News released a trailer for its upcoming news channel on Friday. The trailer features in-depth global reporting for the channel set to debut in 2014.

Barbara Walters, Charlie Rose, Diane Sawyer, Matt Lauer Gather for Piers Morgan Book Party

MorganLauer1On a big night of news, many TV news power players took time to drop by The Carlyle Hotel for Piers Morgan‘s book bash.

Morgan’s “Shooting Straight: Guns, God, Gays and George Clooney,” is a diary of his first three years at CNN, since taking over the timeslot of the legendary Larry King. Hosted by British GQ editor Dylan Jones at the swank Carlyle Restaurant, the guest list included everyone from Fareed Zakaria and Jenny McCarthy to Donald Trump and Tony Bennett. “If there’s a cooler man alive, I’ve not met him,” said Morgan of Bennett.

We also spotted Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer, who arrived after updating the West Coast feed of “World News.” And morning anchors, Charlie Rose of CBS, and NBC’s Matt Lauer. Asked what he thought about his new “Today” show set, Lauer paused, then said, “It’s very orange.” It’s taking some getting used to, Lauer added.

Another morning host, CNN’s Chris Cuomo told us reports of troubled times at “New Day” are off the mark. “I’ve never had a closer working relationship with a co-anchor than I have with Kate (Bolduan),” Cuomo said. While ratings are growing — the program was up +29% in viewers and up +15% in the demo in the third quarter — Cuomo admits it’s going to take time to prove the show’s worth. “New Day” launched four months ago today. “Joe (Scarborough) told me it took 15 to 18 months for that show to break out,” he added, speaking of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Back to Morgan who gave a special shout-out to CNN president Jeff Zucker, who’s been his boss twice, first at NBC and now at CNN.

“I had breakfast with Jeff when he was gone from NBC and I said, ‘wouldn’t it be funny if you turned up at CNN?” and he said, ‘Yeah, that’d be crazy,’ … and here he is.”

“I think we all feel a renewed sense of vigor about the place,” said Morgan.

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Iran’s President Woos U.S. Media Outlets

rouhaniThe new president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, is in New York City for the annual UN General Assembly meeting.

Along the way, he has been holding something of a media tour for U.S. outlets, talking to NBC’s Ann Curry and CNN/ABC’s Christiane Amanpour. Rouhani is slated to appear on PBS’ “Charlie Rose” tonight, with excerpts airing tomorrow on “CBS This Morning.”

This morning, according to Politico’s Dylan Byers, Rouhani hosted a veritable “Who’s who” of the U.S. media establishment in New York. Rouhani addressed the question of why he did not meet with President Obama while he was at the UNGA.

Also in attendance at the meeting were  ABC News president Ben Sherwood and anchor Diane Sawyer, Bloomberg News editor-in-chief Matt Winkler; CNN president Jeff Zucker and host Fareed Zakaria; Foreign Affairs editor Gideon Rose; Nation publisher and editor Katrina vanden Heuvel; New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., executive editor Jill Abramson, and columnist Tom Friedman; NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell; PBS host Gwen Ifill; POLITICO Magazine editor Susan Glasser; Reuters president and editor-in-chief Stephen Adler; Time Magazine managing editor Nancy Gibbs; and Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron and columnist David Ignatius.

The Morning Ticker: Stahl, Zakaria, Amanpour

  • “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl will host this year’s Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame induction ceremony Oct. 28. Among the inductees, Univision CEO Randy Falco, TIVO CEO Tom Rogers and Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek.

  • The Clinton Global Initiative returns to New York next week. Ahead of the annual gathering, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria sits down with Pres. Clinton to talk Syria, the budget and his wife’s 2016 presidential ambitions. The interview airs on “Fareed Zakaria GPS” Sunday at 10amET.

  • Next week is also the gathering of world leaders at the United Nations. ABC/CNN’s Christiane Amanpour is getting the first interview with new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during his trip to New York.

CNN Goes All-Out With Homegrown Talent For ‘New Day’ Debut

CNN’s new morning show “New Day” debuted this morning, and there were plenty of familiar faces (and voices).

Christiane Amanpour and John King filed reports, and Nancy Grace–who was for a long time a regular on ABC’s “Good Morning America–delivered some legal analysis. Actor James Earl Jones, who voices the “This is CNN” slogan, also welcomed viewers to the new program by saying “This is ‘New Day,’ with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan and Michaela Pereira.”

Insiders tell us they cannot remember King or Amanpour appearing on the CNN morning show in recent years, at least on any regular basis, but that the new mandate is that the day now starts at 6 AM at CNN, and you can expect to see the network’s biggest guns, including Fareed Zakaria, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Wolf Blitzer, Jake Tapper and Rachel Nichols all appearing regularly.

In other words, CNN is making sure all hands are on deck to make sure the show is a success. CNN president Jeff Zucker described what he was looking for in a morning show last month:

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Five Years of ‘Fareed Zakaria GPS’

Fareed Zakaria GPS” celebrates its fifth birthday today. In the five years since his CNN show launched, Zakaria has interviewed almost 600 different guests from almost 60 countries and 35 heads of state (see highlights here).

We’ve strived to bring a global perspective to the major issues and challenges of our times to viewers around the world. We’ve also tried to offer a window into the role of world’s most powerful nation, the United States, as the modern global landscape of power, finance, and security constantly changes,” Zakaria told TVNewser. “I’m really proud of the work that our team has done over the last five years – we look forward to many more.”

Tonight’s program (pictured here during the taping) features discussions on Syria, the state of the GOP and the current White House scandals.

The Afternoon Ticker: Blitzer, Molina, Hugs

  • CNN’s Wolf Blitzer is devoting today’s 6pmET hour of “The Situation Room” to North Korea. The hour will be simulcast on CNN International. Blitzer, who reported from North Korea in 2010, will be joined by Christiane Amanpour and Fareed Zakaria, among others.

  • FNC’s Maria Molina tells Latina.com she’s wanted to be a meteorologist since age 5, after Hurricane Andrew hit her family’s home: “I learned how dangerous weather can be at a young age and since then knew that I wanted to forecast and warn people of severe weather.”

L.A. Cop Murder Suspect Cites A Slew Of TV News Hosts In Manifesto

CNN says that it received a package from Christopher Jordan Dorner, a former Los Angeles police officer turned murder suspect. The package was  addressed to Anderson Cooper. “Inside was a note, DVD, and a coin shot thru with bullet holes,” Cooper tweeted. ”AC360″ will address it tonight.

Dorner also wrote a rambling manifesto attempting to justify his crimes, and cites a number of TV news personalities and other entertainers in it.

Dorner is accused of killing one police officer and shooting three others. He is also believed to be behind the murder of the daughter of another police officer.

Dorner’s manifesto starts somewhat cohesive but rambles off when he starts sending notes to politicians, TV news personalities and entertainers. He praises New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former President George H.W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Charlie Sheen, Larry David and Ellen Degeneres, among others.

Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough, (KCBS anchor) Pat Harvey, Brian Williams, Soledad Obrien (sic), Wolf Blitzer, Meredith Viera (sic), Tavis Smiley, and Anderson Cooper, keep up the great work and follow Cronkite’s lead. I hold many of you in the same regard as Tom Brokaw and the late Peter Jennings. Cooper, stop nagging and berating your guest, they’re your (guest). Mr. Scarborough, we met at McGuire’s pub in P-cola in 2002 when I was stationed there. It was an honor conversing with you about politics, family, and life.

Willie Geist, you’re a talented and charismatic journalist. Stop with all the talk show shenanigans and get back to your core of reporting. Your future is brighter than most

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