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41 Celebrates 90 By Skydiving in Maine

“Today” correspondent Jenna Bush Hager announced live from Maine that her grandfather George H.W. Bush will skydive this morning as a way to celebrate his 90th birthday. Today’s skydive will be a tandem jump with Sgt. First Class Mike Elliott, who has jumped with Pres. Bush in the past, and is one of the “41 on 41″ featured in Sunday’s CNN documentary on the former president. Weather permitting, the helicopter is scheduled to depart from Walker’s Point at 10:45amET.

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Bush Library ‘Had No Editorial Control’ Over ’41 on 41′

41on41AilesTVNewser was at the screening last night for the new CNN Films presentation of “41 on 41,” which will air this Sunday, Father’s Day, on CNN.

The film features 41 people sharing intimate stories about the 41st president, George H.W. Bush, as a politician, a president, a father and a grandfather.  In some cases — like that of Pierce Bush, one of 24 Bush grandchildren — the portrait is very intimate. (Listen closely for the story about what was found on Barbara Bush‘s laptop).

“41 on 41″ is executive produced by President Bush’s former White House speechwriter, Mary Kate Cary, and Rick Kaplan, the former president of CNN, and later MSNBC. “It’s good to have Rick back in the building,” said CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker in his introduction of the screening.

The film is backed by the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library, but in the Q&A following the screening, Cary noted the Library “had no editorial control” of the documentary and only provided funding. “This was made as any other independent film would have been made,” said Cary. She said the “41″ theme played throughout the 10-month film-making process, which included 45-minute sit-downs with the 41 participants. In all, the crew traveled 41,000 miles gathering the interviews.

Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes and NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw are featured back-to-back sharing stories of Pres. Bush’s military service. Cary says while it was a challenge to get the list down to just 41, there are a few people she wished could have made the film, including former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who couldn’t participate due to health reasons, and Tiger Yang, who was assigned to the Bushes during his role as U.S. Liaison to Beijing in 1974-75 and is now a high-ranking Chinese politician. Cary said it was a challenge to get the Chinese government to participate at all in the project.

As for the 41st president, he’s seen the film and enjoyed it. “He was very humbled,” said Cary. “In a Lou Gehrig way, he said, ‘I’m the luckiest guy in the world.’”

The Morning Ticker: 50, 41, 11…

  • The rapper 50 Cent will be a guest on MSNBC’s ‘The Ed Show’ tonight. Michael Eric Dyson will be guest-hosting for Ed Schultz, who is off this week. 50 will talk with Dyson about politics, music, pop culture, and more, live in-studio at 30 Rock.

  • In last night’s HBO documentary, “41″ George H.W. Bush said the media (and this was before FNC and MSNBC) made a difference in the ’92 election: “I know I sound like I’m bashing the press. But there was almost unanimity in the press corps that I should lose, and that they were for [Clinton]. And that makes a huge difference.”

  • Today at 11am, it’s the premiere of “DC Bureau,” a new weekly politics show hosted by Wall Street Journal Washington bureau chief Jerry Seib. The first show, on WSJ.com and WSJ Live, will feature an interview with Pres. Obama’s senior adviser David Axelrod and Kevin Madden, Mitt Romney’s senior strategist.

Brian Williams to interview Bush 41 team before return to Tucson

NBC’s Brian Williams will be anchoring “Nightly News” from Texas tonight where today he interviewed former Pres. George H.W. Bush, as well as other members of the “Bush 41″ foreign policy team: Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, V.P. Dan Quayle, Secretary of State James A. Baker, and Joints Chiefs chairman Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.). The conversation comes on the 20th anniversary of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

After tonight’s show, Williams will head to Arizona where he’ll interview Suzi Hileman, the neighbor of 9-year old Christina Taylor Green who escorted Christina to the event put on by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. This is Hileman’s first interview since the tragedy in Tucson. Williams spent three days in Arizona last week anchoring the broadcast.

Williams’s interview with the Bush team will air tonight on “Nightly” tomorrow on “Today” as well as in a Dateline special Sunday at 7pm ET/PT.  His interview with Hileman will air tomorrow night on “Nightly News.”

Jim Lehrer: ‘I Am Very Bullish on the Future of Journalism’

Alissa Krinsky
TVNewser Contributor

Super.jpg2010 is quite a year for Jim Lehrer.

There are two personal milestones: his fiftieth wedding anniversary, and the fortieth anniversary of his first TV news job (a 1970 gig with Dallas’ KERA-TV).

And this fall, The PBS NewsHour will turn thirty-five, having debuted in 1975 in its original incarnation, The Robert MacNeil Report.

It’s also the year of Lehrer’s twentieth novel. Super is a fictional murder-mystery about the real-life Super Chief, known back in the day as Santa Fe Railway’s ‘Train of the Stars’.

Being an author is a means of expression for Lehrer. It “gives me a way to go beyond the other part of my life, the journalism part,” he told TVNewser while in Chicago on his book tour.

Lehrer loves writing so much he’s already working on his next book, about his experiences moderating eleven presidential debates. Often called the “Dean of Moderators“, Lehrer will also include reflections from the candidates themselves. In fact, the tome’s working title — Tension City — is a phrase he says was once used by former President George H.W. Bush to describe how Bush felt about the matchups.

The next set of presidential debates will be held, of course, in 2012 — but Lehrer says he’s not sure he’ll partake in another round. “I can’t imagine I would do another one. But I only answer those questions when the time comes, so we’ll see.

“I’ve done eleven of them, and I’m thinking that maybe the time has come to rest on my darts and my laurels and move on. We’ll see. Never say never.”

More from Jim Lehrer after the jump, including his advice for CNN as the cable news wars rage.

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Bush Calls Olbermann, Maddow ‘Sick Puppies’

lh_george_hw_bush.jpgCBS News reports that, today in a radio interview, former President George H.W. Bush shared his opinion about the current tone of discourse in the country:

“I don’t like it. The cables (TV) have a lot to do with it.”

Mr. Bush said the volume of criticism aimed at him when he was president was not as “day in and day out.” The Republican elder statesman said, “It’s not just the right.” He complained, “there are plenty of people on the left.”

While he said he does not believe in personal name-calling, he singled out MSNBC personalities Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow calling them “sick puppies.”

TVNewser has responses from MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow to the former president’s remarks. Olbermann tells us, “Since Rachel and I are indeed both under the weather, we appreciate President Bush’s kind concern.” Maddow added, “Grrr… cough cough… grrrrrr.”

Update: After the jump, video of Olbermann and Maddow delivering a much more thorough response on “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

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Tony Snow Remembered

Alissa Krinsky
TVNewser Contributor

Tony Snow.JPGSunday will mark one year since the death of Tony Snow from cancer. He battled the disease, which originated in his colon before spreading, for more than three years.

Snow, a longtime commentator and journalist, anchored at Fox News Channel and later worked for a short time at CNN. In between his TV jobs, he served as White House Press Secretary for President George W. Bush.

This Sunday, TVNewser has learned, Fox News Channel will mark the anniversary of Snow’s death with numerous mentions of him throughout the day, along with thoughts from Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush and from FNC colleagues such as Bill O’Reilly and Greta Van Susteren.

Here now are reflections from several other tvnewsers as they remember Tony Snow:

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Meade Jump With Former Pres. Bush Gives HLN Best Demo Ratings

meade_6-17.JPGHLN anchor Robin Meade and former President George H.W. Bush completed their skydive Friday afternoon, and the live coverage drew viewers to the network.

For the 1:45pmET quarter hour time period, HLN averaged 187,000 A25-54 demo viewers. FNC was 2nd with 157,000, followed by CNN and MSNBC.

Meade’s “Morning Express” Website saw a huge jump in hits from the skydive and interview with the former President, up 1,084% from Thursday-Monday over the entire month of May.

Robin Meade and Former Pres. Bush Jump — And Talk Sotomayor, More

meade_6-12.JPGHLN anchor Robin Meade and former President George H.W. Bush completed their skydive today in Maine, but they also sat down for a lengthy interview before the jump.

According to the transcript, Meade asked the former President what the most important issue in the country was. “Well, I’d have to say as long as people are hurting, the economy, and those who are out of work, can’t find work,” he said. “I think it will get better. I remain optimistic about our recovery.”

He also commented on Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who he initially appointed to the U.S. district court. Although he wouldn’t get into specifics, he said, “She was called by somebody a ‘racist.’ Well, that’s not right. I mean, it’s not fair. It doesn’t help the process to be out there name-calling. So let them decide whether they want to vote for her or not, and get on with it.”

Meade asked him about his son’s legacy. “I’m confident that we had a good administration and good people, and I think the same thing is true of our son,” said Bush. “And you know, he had tough times and all, but he’s doing it right. He’s laying back there and he’s not criticizing the president. And I’m very proud of him.”

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Robin Meade & Fmr. Pres. Bush in Tandem Parachute Jump

Meade_6.9.jpgHLN anchor Robin Meade is going to jump out of a perfectly good airplane alongside former president George H.W. Bush.

Meade, who anchors “Morning Express” will participate in a tandem parachute jump with President Bush this Friday in Kennebunkport, Maine. The U.S. Army Parachute Team, the “Golden Knights,” will be conducting the jump which will take place near the Bush family compound as the family gathers to celebrate the former president’s 85th birthday.

“It’s not every day one gets the chance to tandem jump alongside a former president, with the Army’s Golden Knights; it is both a thrill and an honor,” said Meade.

CNN, HLN, and CNN.com will all feature coverage of the jump, including an exclusive interview Meade will conduct with former President Bush before the jump.

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