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President Obama’s Year-End News Conference Features ‘Naughty or Nice’ List

ObamaPresident Obama’s year-end news conference comes on the heels of an action-packed news week, including a breakthrough with Cuba and elevated tension with North Korea.

As usual, all of the cable news networks have been fixated on the news conference. MSNBC is airing a special report with Chris Matthews.

NBC News will provide a Special Report with Chuck Todd and Senior White House Correspondent Chris Jansing providing insight from D.C. Over on CBS,  Anthony Mason is anchoring from New York with Major Garrett at the White House and Bob Schieffer in Washington.

On ABC, George Stephanopoulos leads a special report from New York and Jonathan Karl report from the White House with Pierre Thomas from Washington. We will provide information on the coverage by other networks as we receive it.

After an opening statement, President Obama revealed that his “naughty or nice” list will determine who gets to ask questions.

The first question went to Carrie Budoff Brown of Politico, who asked about cyber attacks.

President Obama made it clear he isn’t happy with Sony pulling “The Interview” and said the United States “will respond” to North Korea. He also joked about Seth Rogen and James “Flacco.” Obama went on to ask Budoff Brown about her upcoming move to Europe.

The second question goes to Cheryl Bolen of Bloomberg. Up third, Julie Pace from the AP asked about Cuba and whether or not North Korea was acting with another country. The fourth question goes to Lesley Clark of McClatchy Newspapers. ”World news Tonight” anchor David Muir just received a shout out from the president.

The fifth question goes to Roberta Rampton of Reuters. Colleen McCain Nelson was up next, asking about executive actions. Juliet Eilperin gets the next question, asking about the Keystone pipeline. April Ryan of Urban Radio Networks gets the last question, asking about the “state of black America.”

It appears only women will be allowed to ask questions, forcing us to assume that all the male reporters in D.C. were “naughty” in Obama’s eyes.

Time political reporter Zeke Miller sent the following Tweet regarding the all-women presser.

 

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Who Was at the White House Holiday Party Last Night?

GretaTree“CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley and executive producer Steve Capus were among the tvnewsers at last night’s White House media holiday party.

Also spotted, Chris Licht, VP of Programming for CBS News, morning anchors Norah O’Donnell from “CBS This Morning,” “Morning Joe’s” Joe Scarborough, CNN “New Day” anchor Chris Cuomo and “Good Morning America’s” George Stephanopoulos. CNN anchors Candy Crowley and Wolf Blitzer were there, as were Fox News anchors Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Greta Van Susteren, and Greta’s husband John Coale.

CNN executives Jeff Zucker and Andrew Morse, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, PBS’s Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, MSNBC anchor Joy Ann Reid (with her eldest son in tow), Haddad Media’s Tammy Haddad, and DC correspondents including FNC’s Shannon Bream, CBS’s Bill Plante, CNN’s Joe Johns, and NBC’s Chris Jansing and Kelly O’Donnell.

(Photo: via Greta)

Sunday Show Ratings: December 7

sunday shows_304CBS’s “Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer” fell behind ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulosin both total viewers the key A25-54 demo for the first time this season on Sunday, Dec. 7.

“This Week” saw increases in both categories compared to the same week last year, up +1% in viewers and +17% in the demo. “Face the Nation” was down -14% in viewers and -15% in the demo. “Meet the Press” also had substantial growth, up +20% in viewers and +18% in the demo from a year ago, to deliver the highest numbers since Chuck Todd took over in September.

“This Week” is leading NBC’s “Meet the Press” by its largest margins during a season in 18 years in viewers (+149,000) and in 22 years in the demo (+115,000)– since the 1996-97 and the 1992-93 seasons, respectively. Stephanopoulos spoke with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday’s episode.

“Fox News Sunday” was up slightly in viewers but down -6% in the demo, while combining with cable replays for 3.5 million viewers. Replays on FNC averaged a combined 2.030,000 total viewers and 388,000 in the demo.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 55% of the country.

The numbers for December 7:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.13M 881,000
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.87M 888,000
ABC
“This Week” 3.14M 1.010M
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.46M 448,000
UNIV “Al Punto” 618,000 274,000

Joaquin Phoenix Tells ‘GMA’ He Was Joking on Letterman

This morning on “Good Morning America,” actor Joaquin Phoenix admitted to George Stephanopoulos that he was only joking when he recently told David Letterman he was engaged.

“I just want the audience to like me and they really like people that are getting married,” Phoenix said.



George Stephanopoulos Hosts Town Hall on Race and Justice

GStephWilsonABC’s George Stephanopoulos will moderate a town hall Wednesday as part of the network’s week-long look at race and justice in America. The town hall, on ABC’s Facebook page, will feature a panel of experts discussing the ramifications of the grand jury decisions in Ferguson, MO and Staten Island, NY.

Additional reports will air across the digital platforms as well as on “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight,” “Nightline,” ABC News Radio, and affiliate service NewsOne.

Sunday Show Ratings: November 30

sunday shows_304CBS’s “Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer” was first among Sunday shows in viewers and in the A25-54 demo on Sunday, Nov. 30.

Compared to the same week last year CBS also showed the most growth: up +15% in viewers and up +57% in the demo. NBC’s “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd” was second in both viewers and the demo. MTP was up +12% in the demo, and flat in viewers. ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” was up +4% in the demo, but down -2% in viewers. “FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace” also saw double digit growth in both measurements: +15% in viewers and +26% in the demo. Univision’s “Al Punto” also saw year-over-year growth: up +2% in viewers and up +36% in the demo.

Replays of “Fox News Sunday” on FNC averaged a combined 1,781,000 total viewers and 280,000 in the demo.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 55% of the country.

The numbers for November 30:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.388M 1.145M
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.799M 806,000
ABC
“This Week” 2.636M 769,000
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.388M 456,000
UNIV “Al Punto” 757,000 417,000

ABC News Refutes New York Post Story about Muir, Stephanopoulos Beef

MuirThe New York Post has stirred up drama at NBC News and criticized CNN’s Ferguson coverage over the past few weeks. Now, it’s apparently ABC’s turn to defend itself to the tabloid paper.

ABC News has already dismissed the Post‘s story that “World news Tonight” anchor David Muir is “fuming” over fellow ABC newser George Stephanopoulos landing the first sit-down interview with former police officer Darren Wilson. ABC News issued a statement denying the behind-the-scenes drama reported by “Page Six.”

This is totally ridiculous. David and George are a great team. And David remains focused on the viewers, giving ‘World News Tonight’ its most competitive fall in 18 years.

“Page Six” describes Muir as frustrated that the Wilson interview went to his colleague, and it goes on to claim that Muir has “expressed frustration to ABC executives that he didn’t land the interview.” Other sources tell the Post that it wasn’t ABC’s decision to have Stephanopoulos do the interview and that Muir was “extremely complimentary to George.”

The Post also reports the same source says Muir  ”has made it very clear to the suits that he doesn’t want to be just behind the desk reporting the news, he also wants to be in the field.” This is interesting, as Muir has already reported from the Syrian border, Cupertino, Atlanta, L.A., Boston, Bethlehem, Michigan and Indiana since taking the job on September 1.

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour Is the Journalist Most World Leaders Follow on Twitter

Amanpour If you ask the world’s leaders which journalists they follow on Twitter, the name you’ll hear more than any other is CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

The PR firm Burson-Marsteller analyzed the most followed Twitter accounts by 647 heads of state and government and ministers of foreign affairs and their institutions. Amanpour was first, followed by 69. Amanpour reacted with surprise on Twitter, saying “Really? Cool!”

Amanpour’s CNN colleague Fareed Zakaria was second in the world leaders survey, with 43. Anderson Cooper had 24, Wolf Blitzer had 22, and ABC’s George Stephanopoulos was followed by 20.

When it comes to most-followed news organizations, The New York Times (@NYTimes) took top honors, which is followed by 22 percent of world leaders, followed by @Reuters, @CNNbrk, @theeconomist and @BBCworld.

Sunday Show Ratings: Nov. 23 and Sweeps

sunday shows_304CBS’s “Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer” was first among Sunday shows in viewers and in the key A25-54 demo last week, despite  being down -3% overall and -8% in the demo compared to the same week last year.

ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos“ was second in both categories, up +5% in the demo. NBC’s “Meet the Press” came in third and was preempted a year ago for coverage of Formula 1 racing.

“Fox News Sunday” was down -9% in the demo but totaled 3.4M viewers when combining broadcast numbers with cable replay. Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” on Fox News Channel averaged a combined 2.06 million total viewers and 397,000 in the demo.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 55% of the country.

The numbers for November 23:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.79M 1.04M
ABC
“This Week” 2.99M 923,000
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.83M 868,000
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.40M 413,000
UNIV “Al Punto” 1.09M 622,000

As for November Sweeps, “Face the Nation” finished first in total viewers and the demo, although it was down -7% in the demo since November sweeps in 2013. By contrast, “This Week” was up +7% in the demo and claimed its first November sweeps Total Viewers victory over “Meet the Press” in 18 years.

“Face the Nation” was first in all these measures for the third consecutive November sweep.

November 2014 Sweeps:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.45M 970,000
ABC
“This Week” 2.78M 822,000
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.73M 746,000
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.37M 439,000
UNIV “Al Punto”*  —–  —–

*TVNewser will add “Al Punto” Sweeps information once it becomes available.

‘No Question Off Limits’: ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Interviews Darren Wilson

ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos has interviewed Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, releasing a photo of the interview this afternoon via Twitter.

Several network news anchors are believed to have met with Wilson in the hopes of doing his first interview after the grand jury’s decision in the death of Michael Brown, though sources tell TVNewser CBS News anchor Scott Pelley, who had been named as having had a face-to-face with Wilson, in fact did not.

GStephWilsonMore: Edited excerpts will air on “World News Tonight” and “Nightline” Tuesday, and Wednesday’s “Good Morning America.” The full interview will post on ABCNews.com tomorrow.

ABC broke into programming around 2:35pmET with Stephanopoulos anchoring a special report to promote the interview. “I’ve spent over an hour at a secret location with officer Darren Wilson,” he said, adding, “I asked him directly, I pressed him, I said, ‘would this have gone down any differently if Michael Brown were white?’ He said ‘absolutely not.’ He says he has a clean conscience over his actions that day.”

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