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ABC News Launches on Apple TV

ABC AppleAs of 10amET, ABC News is now available on Apple TV.

Lost Remote has all the details on the new ABC offering, which features a 24/7 livestream made up of news events and anchored reports, a wide variety of video-on-demand-clips, local content from various ABC News affiliates, content from ABC’s 50-year-old archives, and more.

The ABC News Apple TV product also offers an extension of ABC News’ broadcast coverage. For example, as George Stephanopoulos signed off from his broadcast cut-in of President Obama’s Iraq statement last week, he told viewers they could get more on Iraq by “starring this story on the ABC News mobile app.” ABC tells us to expect more of ABC News broadcast pushing viewers to extended coverage on Apple TV.

“We’re not going to be able to cover that [Iraq] all day on the ABC network,” Doug Vance, ABC News VP of Product Strategy, said, using Stephanopoulos guiding viewers to the the ABC News mobile app as a template for how ABC will guide viewers to their Apple TV product.

“It’s a very complementary experience throughout the day. You have TV, you have your phone, and you have this.”

Broadcast, Cable Networks Cover Obama Iraq Statement

In a statement from the White House briefing room this afternoon, President Obama said the U.S. is prepared to take “targeted and precise” military action in Iraq, but reinforced his earlier decision that American troops will not be returning to combat in the region.

The broadcast and cable news networks all had live coverage of the President’s remarks. The press conference was originally scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and was pushed back more than an hour.

George Stephanopoulos anchored on ABC News, with Martha Raddatz in Baghdad and Jon Karl at the White House. On NBC, Brian Williams anchored from New York with Chuck Todd at the White House and Richard Engel in Baghdad. Sharon Alfonsi anchored on CBS with Major Garrett at the White House and Clarissa Ward in Baghdad. Bill Hemmer anchored a special report from New York for Fox affiliates.

On the cable news networks: Ronan Farrow anchored from New York on MSNBC, Jake Tapper anchored from Washington on CNN and Jon Scott and Jenna Lee anchored on Fox News.

Obama took questions from Coleen McCain Nelson of the Wall Street Journal, CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta, Juliet Eilperin of The Washington Post and Peter Maer of CBS News.

Dana Bash: I Tried to Get Eric Cantor ‘Off His Talking Points’

Bash CantorFollowing her “State of the Union” interview with recently defeated Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor yesterday, CNN’s Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash acknowledged her game plan.

“I tried to get him off his talking points. I don’t know how successful I was,” Bash told chief political analyst Gloria Borger (the two filled in for Candy Crowley).

One of Bash’s attempts: “You’re a pol [politician], you’re such a pol,” she said, trying to get more out of Cantor as he suggested it wasn’t worthwhile to evaluate the results of his race against Dave Brat.

Cantor also appeared on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” speaking with ABC’s Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl. “Absolutely, I don’t think anyone in the country thought that the outcome would be what it was,” Cantor said, acknowledging his shock at the results.

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Greta Van Susteren: Stephanopoulos Didn’t Stop Susan Rice From Saying What She Meant

Rice GeorgeA new round of criticism aimed at National Security Adviser Susan Rice for comments she made on Sunday shows; this time about her recent comments on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” On Sunday, Rice said rescued Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction.”

One of those critics is Greta Van Susteren, who blogged in response to statements the White House gave Fox News’ Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry, claiming that in her comments, Rice meant “we should not forget that Bergdahl was serving his country in general.” The White House added Rice wasn’t “necessarily trying to characterize the circumstances of his capture which she said we’d have to learn more about.”

“If Susan Rice MEANT that, why didn’t she say it?” Van Susteren said. “ABC’s George Stephanopoulos never stopped her from saying what she meant. This is clearly a pathetic effort to clean up what she said.”

Rice, of course, became a political lightning rod in 2012 after she went on Sunday morning shows several days after the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. During her appearances, Rice suggested a controversial YouTube video was the prime catalyst for the attack, which was quickly rejected by Republicans, who claimed she knowingly misled the public.

Chris Wallace: White House Still Hasn’t Made Susan Rice Available to ‘Fox News Sunday’

WallaceOn “Fox News Sunday” yesterday, Chris Wallace noted National Security Adviser Susan Rice‘s Sunday show schedule, which didn’t include Fox News.

“National Security Adviser Susan Rice is appearing on two Sunday shows today, but the White House still hasn’t made her available to us since we interviewed her back in September of 2012, just five days after the Benghazi attack,” Wallace said.

Rice appeared on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and “State of the Union with Candy Crowley.”

This is the second time this year Wallace has chided the White House for not making Rice available for “FNS.” In February, Wallace noted that the White House only granted “Meet the Press” an interview with Rice, suggesting “perhaps Susan Rice didn’t want to answer the tough questions we would have asked” on the Benghazi attack.

“We’ve been through all of this, and I’ve had the opportunity to discuss this at great length,” Rice told Crowley on the Benghazi subject, adding she’s focused on her role as National Security Adviser and she won’t speculate about potentially appearing at another Benghazi hearing. For his part, Stephanopoulos didn’t ask Rice about Benghazi, spending the majority of their interview asking her about the ramifications of the weekend prisoner exchange of five Taliban prisoners for U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Pres. Obama Accepts VA Secretary Eric Shinseki’s Resignation

Broadcast networks provided special coverage this morning for President Obama’s statement on the VA scandal investigation, in which he announced his acceptance of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki‘s resignation.

CBS News broke in at 11:14amET with Margaret Brennan anchoring from New York and CBS News’ Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett reporting from the White House. ABC News broke in at 11:15amET with George Stephanopoulos anchoring in New York and Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from the White House. NBC News broke in at 11:15amET with Savannah Guthrie anchoring alongside “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory in New York; NBC News’ Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd reported from the White House.

“Secretary Shinseki offered me his own resignation. With considerable regret, I accepted,” President Obama said, going on to list Shinseki’s accomplishments as a U.S. soldier and VA Secretary. The president announced Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson will serve as acting VA Secretary until a permanent replacement is found.

The first question went to Leo Shane from the Military Times. The second went to Bloomberg TV’s Phil Mattingly.

ABC News Has Best May Sweep Since Roone Arledge was In Charge

Goldston_Sawyer_Walters304ABC News is taking a victory lap after the network’s newscasts finished in first place in either the key news demo or total viewers, or, in the case of “Good Morning America,” both.

It was ABC’s best May sweep since since 1995, when legendary ABC News president Roone Arledge was in charge. As we reported earlier this week, “World News” won the A25-54 demo for the first time in more than six years. “Good Morning America” won the month in both Total Viewers and A25-54, with the largest demo lead over NBC’s “Today” in 20 years.

“This Week with George Stephanopoulos” finishes #1 in the A25-54 demo, its first win in that demo in nearly 21 years.

“Nightline” won its first sweeps period ever in Total Viewers in its new time slot out-delivering NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and CBS’ “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” (Meyers still takes the younger demos).

And “20/20″ wins the A18-49 demo in the Friday 10pm time slot and had its strongest May sweep in 7 years in Total Viewers, since May 2007.

Arledge is credited with building a formidable team of on-air journalists including Peter Jennings, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, and David Brinkley during his tenure as president of ABC News from 1977 – 1998, putting ABC News in a competitive position for the first time with stalwarts CBS News and NBC News. Arledge passed away in 2002.

The May wins come as a transition in leadership is underway at ABC News with James Goldston (pictured above with Sawyer and Walters on Wednesday) taking over as news president in April from Ben Sherwood who is now president of the Disney/ABC TV group.

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Obama Announces Troop Cuts in Afghanistan

In a statement from the Rose Garden Tuesday afternoon, President Obama detailed his plan to “conclude our combat mission in Afghanistan.” Obama announced a reduction of U.S. troops from 33,000 to 9,800 at the beginning of 2015, and half that at the end of 2015. Then, by the end of 2016 — 15 years after the war in Afghanistan began — the president said the U.S. military “will draw down to a normal embassy presence in Kabul with a security assistance component.”

All three broadcast networks presented special reports: David Gregory anchored for NBC, George Stephanopoulos anchored for ABC and Norah O’Donnell anchored for CBS. Gregory was joined by Peter Alexander and Jim Miklaszewski, Stephanopoulos was joined by Jonathan Karl and Martha Raddatz, and O’Donnell was joined by Major Garrett and David Martin.

The cable news networks also provided live coverage. The president did not take questions from the press.

Broadcast Networks Cover Pres. Obama’s Statement on VA Controversy

ObamaThe broadcast networks cut in with special coverage of President Obama’s statement on the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal that left dozens of veterans in Phoenix dead waiting for medical care.

ABC News broke in at 10:57amET with George Stephanopoulos anchoring in New York and ABC Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from the White House.

CBS News broke in at 10:57amET with “CBS This Morning’s” Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell anchoring from New York, and Chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reporting from the White House. NBC News also broke in at 10:57amET with Matt Lauer anchoring from New York and National Correspondent Peter Alexander reporting from the White House.

The president did not announce any firings, announcing Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki is leading an investigation into misconduct at VA facilities in Phoenix and elsewhere. The president vowed that anyone deemed responsible of “cooking the books” at VA facilities will be held accountable, and announced certain employees at VA facilities have been put on administrative leave.

The president took two questions. The first went to the Associated Press’s Jim Kuhnhenn; the second to Reuters’ Steve Holland.

Broadcast Networks Cover 9/11 Museum Dedication Ceremony

Broadcast networks broke in for special coverage of the 9/11 Memorial Museum opening this morning, where President Obama and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke.

ABC News broke in at 10:05amET with George Stephanopoulos anchoring from New York. “World News” weekend anchor David Muir reported from the museum.

NBC News broke in at 10:07amET with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie co-anchoring alongside special correspondent Tom Brokaw in studio with them. National correspondent Peter Alexander reported from the museum.

CBS News broke in at 10:10amET with Norah O’Donnell and “CBS This Morning: Saturday” co-host Anthony Mason co-anchoring in New York.

Local New York City stations produced their own coverage for the memorial dedication ceremony.

“A nation that stands tall, and united, and unafraid…because no act of terror can match the strength, or the character of our country,” President Obama said about America. “Like the great wall and bedrock that embrace us today, nothing can ever break us. Nothing can ever change who we are as Americans.”

The president then introduced Alison Crowther, the mother of financial worker Welles Crowther. Welles was a financial worker wearing a red bandana who died while helping evacuate fellow workers on 9/11; that red bandana is enshrined in the museum. His mother spoke after the president, alongside one of the people her son saved, Ling Young.

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