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Frank Luntz on NBC: ‘I Hope I Don’t Lose a Contract Because of It’

Fox News contributor, the Republican pollster Frank Luntz, who is a former analyst for MSNBC, was back on NBC News this morning. Andrea Mitchell caught up with him at the Capitol and asked about the chances for bi-partisan compromise in Obama’s second term. “This is strange. This is really surreal that I would be standing next to you and on our air. And I hope I don’t lose a contract because of it,” said Luntz.

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The Ticker: King, Antunes, BS

  • Former CNN anchor Larry King will moderate a debate between the 3rd party candidates next Tuesday in Chicago. The debate will stream live online, with Libertarian party candidate Gary Johnson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, the Constitution party’s Virgil Goode and Justice Party’s Rocky Anderson.
  • CNBC has tapped Xana Antunes as executive editor and VP of CNBC Digital. Antunes was most recently editor of Crain’s New York Business, and before that was executive editor of Fortune and
  • Live TV can be a perilous thing, as proven in this clip from Frank Luntz‘s focus group on Fox News last night.

17 Freshman Republicans on “Hannity”

Fox News’ Sean Hannity will have 17 freshman Republicans on “Hannity” tonight. They will be members of a focus group conducted by Frank Luntz ahead of the opening of the 112th congress. As we mentioned earlier, Diane Sawyer will sit down with 10 freshman Republican lawmakers tomorrow. See who after the jump…

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Public Option or Government Option? A Fox News Channel Memo Comes Under Scrutiny

A leaked memo from Fox News Channel VP and Washington managing editor Bill Sammon has been making the rounds online this morning. The memo, which is from Fall 2009, advises FNC’s news employees to use the term “government-run health insurance” or “government option” when referring to the health care proposal more popularly known as the “public option.”

What makes the memo notable is that it came just a few days after Republican pollster Frank Luntz appeared on Sean Hannity‘s FNC show and advised the host to not use the term “public option” and instead to use “government option,” saying that adding “government” to the name makes the public less likely to support it.

Sammon spoke to The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz about the incident:

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‘Hannity:’ ‘Not White House Approved’

Sean Hannity added a new tagline to his show tonight: “Not White House Approved.”

“It seems like the White House is developing an enemies list,” says Hannity. Democratic strategist/FNC analyst Bob Beckel tells Hannity he understands why Obama might not want to appear on “about three hours worth of programming, including this one. When you have Karl Rove and Dick Morris as your medical experts on healthcare reform and Frank Luntz as your pollster? Come on, let’s not kid ourselves. This is an opinion show.”

The Ticker: Robinson, Luntz, Liu…

> Politico’s Anne Schroeder Mullins profiles Hardball star booker, Querry Robinson. “Wherever you go with Querry, you feel like you’re with a celebrity…everyone knows him in this town; it’s hilarious,” said fellow booker Colleen King.

> Is pollster and Fox News contributor Frank Luntz going Hollywood? Yes, writes’s Sharon Waxman. “Reality sucks. It’s mean. Divisive. Negative. What Hollywood offers is a chance to create a new reality, in two hours time,” he tells her.

> Bloomberg TV anchor Betty Liu interviews Warren Buffett, Bill Gates and more for, “Warren Buffett: The Inner Circle.” The special, which also previews this weekend’s annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting, airs at 5pmET tonight.

Inside FBN’s First Election Night

cavutograb_11-5.jpgComing out of a commercial break at 6:33pmET, Neil Cavuto begins setting the scene for when races begin to be called. He describes the Senate races, and the possibility the Democrats could get 60 seats. “A magic number that all but effectively wipes out the opposition. They can do little more than stop by the Senate cafeteria and say, ‘do you want fries with that?’” he concludes after approximately a minute introduction.

In the control room at Fox Business Network, there are chuckles from the crew. The teleprompter has yet to budge, as Cavuto ad-libs the entire introduction.

The FBN anchor has been on the air since his FNC program “Your World” at 4pmET. He wouldn’t leave the air until 12:30amET.

Cavuto is one of the veterans guiding a young, excited business news network just over a year old. “The last two weeks, there has been so much energy,” SVP of operations, Brian Jones, tells TVNewser. “Every time we’re doing something its volunteer. We’re inundated. It’s a tremendous opportunity for them.”

Just after 6:40pmET, director of business news Ray Hennessey and VP of Fox News Digital Jeff Misenti enter the control room. launched its first ever webcast tonight with Cheryl Casone, similar to the Fox News Streams that include The Strategy Room.

cavuto_11-4.BMPHennessey describes FBN’s presidential election push. “The election is a big business story. It’s the biggest business story,” he says.

He also glances up at the competition, and sees CNBC still airing Mad Money as scheduled. “I’m surprised they’re doing Cramer,” says Hennessey.

FNC’s Greta Van Susteren joins Cavuto on set, furthering the partnership between the networks contained in the building. Jones describes the benefits of “shared services,” which means FBN has access to the “Bill Board,” and the “Balance of Power” screen, while FNC uses Alexis Glick‘s reporting from the NASDAQ.

As the first polls close at 7pmET, FBN has high profile guests, including former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card. In the green room sits Frank Luntz, Steve Forbes and Byron York.

“We’ll be here to the last speeches,” Jones told us. And they were.

Related: The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul J. Gough goes behind-the-scenes at FNC HQ.

Click continued to see more pictures from inside and outside the News Corp. building, including Griff Jenkins interviewing “Bill O’Reilly“…

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Hollywood Insiders Rip MSNBC

msnbclogo_10.28.gifTHR’s Paul Bond attended a discussion among TV industry insiders Monday, many of whom were not pleased with the cable news coverage of the election. Some in the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors directed their ire at MSNBC.

Writer, producer and Bill & Hillary Clinton BFF Linda Bloodworth-Thomason said the channel is “completely out of control.”

Michael Reagan, son of President Ronald Reagan, said he no longer will appear as a guest on MSNBC because, he says, “I actually get death threats.” Reagan’s brother Ron was a fixture on MSNBC during the 2004 election and once hosted a show on the network.

And pollster Frank Luntz, now on FNC but who once brought his focus groups to MSNBC, told the group the channel is “the only network with more letters in its name than viewers.”

Well not so much. The network is doing something right, at least when it comes to drawing viewers. For the first time ever MSNBC beat CNN for an entire month at 9pmET in the A25-54 demo.

Carville, Myers, Others Reflect on War Room

carville_10-7b.BMPSometime this morning, CNN contributor James Carville and ABC’s This Week anchor George Stephanopoulos will be talking on the phone, as they do every morning.

That piece of information, that Carville and Stephanopoulos still talk every day “between 6:15 and 7:45am,” is one of the revelations in the new documentary from DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, the team that brought “The War Room” to the screen 15 years ago.

Their upcoming film, “Return of the War Room,” looks back at the film that documented Gov. Bill Clinton becoming President. And from that ’92 team came many media figures today. In addition to Stephanopoulos and Carville, Paul Begala (CNN) and Dee Dee Myers (CBS) are now TV News talking heads.

At the film’s premiere at the Paley Center for Media on Monday night, Carville and Myers, as well as the filmmakers and others featured in the film, took part in a panel discussion of the political scene then and now.

A question was asked during the Q&A how Stephanopoulos could remain fair in his role as moderate of ABC’s This Week. Myers said the fact Republicans appear on the show every Sunday is proof enough. “They think he’s fair or they wouldn’t go on,” she said.

In “Return of the War Room,” the filmmakers talk with strategists from the other side of the political spectrum too — FNC contributor Frank Luntz, who worked on the ’92 Perot campaign, and Carville’s wife Mary Matalin, Bush Sr.’s (“Poppy” as she calls him) deputy campaign manager. Matalin’s zingers had the crowd in stitches. What did she think when her then-boyfriend Carville told her he was joining the Clinton campaign? “I really thought I was going to throw up,” she said.

Below, TVNewser talks to Carville about Obama-Clinton comparison, media bias and who may be the media stars who may emerge from these campaigns. And click continued to see which journalist Myers thinks is the “breakout star,” video of the scene at the premiere and more…

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Debating the Debate: The Pundits

So who won the debate last night — Sen. Joe Biden or Gov. Sarah Palin? That depends on who you ask (or who you poll). But one thing appeared clear: the prediction on the cablers of a fireworks-filled gaffe-fest was greatly overblown. As Chris Wallace put it on FNC minutes before the debate, people were wondering “which driver is going to run their car into the wall at turn three.” A round-up of pundit post-mortem:

• The Los Angeles Times’ Mary McNamara sums it all up. “The vice presidential debate scheduled for last night didn’t happen — at least not as envisioned by media observers with their characteristic mix of glee and dread,” she writes. She points to the “most memorable” debate moment as the “look of confusion on the face of the network commentators after the debate they had spent days rattling on about failed to materialize.”

David Bauder of the Associated Press highlights the change in tone from before and after the debate. “The absence of train wrecks led some pundits to wonder whether the contest, probably the most anticipated vice presidential debate in history, will quickly be forgotten,” he writes. Bauder also notes the difference in instant polling, noting on Frank Luntz‘ FNC panel “almost everyone picked Palin,” as the winner, and “a click away on CNN,” the panel, nine out of 10 made their mind up to vote Obama after the debate.

• FNC anchor Greta Van Susteren gave her take of snap punditry on Gretawire: “Why does the public hate us?” she asks rhetorically of journalists. “In large part arrogance.” She took umbrage with a Washington Post headline written within an hour of the debate concluding, that read “Palin Delivers, But Doubts Linger.”

And along the lines of quick declarations, Rudy Giuliani, appearing on Hannity & Colmes, also within an hour of the debate concluding, said that this was “one of the best debate performances” he’d ever seen. “Only the liberal media could deny her this victory,” he said.