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The Ticker: Schieffer, Frei, Wilson…

> Bob Schieffer‘s younger brother has officially kicked off his run for governor of Texas. Tom Schieffer, a Democrat and a former ambassador to Australia and Japan during the administration of President George W. Bush, announced his candidacy in Fort Worth this morning.

> Tonight, BBC World News America begins three days of “extensive coverage looking at the issues facing Pakistan and Afghanistan”, according to a press release. For two of those days — today and tomorrow — the show will be co-anchored by Matt Frei live from Pakistan and Katty Kay in Washington.

> The Radio-Television News Directors Association has announced its 2009 RTNDA/UNITY Awards winners. Among the four news organizations honored: MSNBC, for “Meeting David Wilson“. The documentary tells the story of the meeting of two men: one a descendant of the family that owned the ancestors of the other as slaves in the antebellum South.

NBC News Goes “Inside Obama White House” For Prime Time Special

Brian Williams anchors an NBC News special “Inside the Obama White House” which will air in one-hour installments next Tuesday and Wednesday night at 9pmET/PT.

More than a dozen crews and cameras will be placed throughout the White House this Friday. And Williams will interview Pres. Obama next Tuesday, the day before the president leaves for a trip to the Middle East and Europe.

This is the seventh installment over the last 40 years of this NBC News series. “This is one of the greatest traditions in all of broadcast television,” said Williams in a press release. “We will show aspects of life in the White House — the Obama White House — that no one on the outside has ever seen before.”

NBC’s last “Inside the White House” special was in 2002 during the George W. Bush administration and was anchored by Tom Brokaw.

More information can be found at WhiteHouse.msnbc.com.

Former Adviser to Pres. Bush Joins CBS News

zarate_5-19.jpgJuan Carlos Zarate has joined CBS News as a national security analyst.

Zarate previously served as the Deputy Assistant to President George W. Bush and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism from 2005-2009. He is currently a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“We are very pleased that Juan’s unique insight and expertise will be available to CBS News viewers,” says SVP Paul Friedman in the release.

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Rising Reporters: The Etiquette of Standing Up

obama_5-5.bmpMuch has been made over the last few days over a video posted on the personal blog of former FishbowlDC editor Patrick Gavin. It features the White House press corps staying seated as Pres. George W. Bush entered the briefing room but standing up when Pres. Barack Obama made a surprise appearance last Friday.

CBS Radio News’s veteran White House correspondent Mark Knoller writes about the video on CBSNews.com. “It’s a long-standing practice for reporters to rise when the president enters the East Room for a news conference, but that hasn’t been the case in the briefing room,” he writes. “The principal reason reporters remained in their seats…was not to block the shot of TV cameramen and still photographers in the back of the room.”

So why stand for Pres. Obama? “When some reporters stood up for President Obama last Friday, they forgot about the needs of their colleagues in the back of the room as well as the less formal atmosphere of the briefing room,” writes Knoller.

Today, ABC’s Jake Tapper tweets about this this video of the press corps standing for Pres. Bush’s final appearance in the briefing room.

ABC, NBC, CBS Will Carry Obama News Conference — FOX Won’t

The big three broadcasters will air Pres. Barack Obama‘s news conference Wednesday night at 8pmET, the 100th day of the Obama administration.

But one network will not cover the news conference — FOX. Repeated calls to FOX to check on their plans went unanswered this afternoon, but THR’s James Hibberd has a FOX statement: “Fox’s sister networks, Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network, will air the press conference in its entirety. Fox will be alerting viewers with an onscreen graphic at the top of the 8:00 PM (ET) hour that the press conference is available on Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network.”

Charlie Gibson, Katie Couric and Brian Williams will anchor for their respective networks, with Couric in D.C. and Gibson and Williams in NY. Couric will anchor a live Webcast following the CBS broadcast.

At 8pmET, FOX will air a new episode of “Lie to Me.”

> Update at 5:20pmET: A FOX spokesperson did get back to us and confirmed the network would not be taking the newser.

There is, however, some precedent to the decision by FOX. In October of 2000 FOX chose not to take one of the presidential debates, while FOX (as well as CBS and NBC) chose not to air President George W. Bush‘s speech in November 2001.

From the “Freakishly Partisan” Olbermann to the “Atavism” of Beck

The NYTimes’ David Carr thinks the cable news channels are operating as if they’re still covering the election.

Gorged on ratings from a historic election and still riding on leftover adrenaline, the cable networks have steadfastly remained in campaign mode.

…the cable networks are loaded with red meat eaters and cud chewers. MSNBC is pretty much wall-to-wall politics with a roster to match — the obsessive Chris Matthews, the freakishly partisan Keith Olbermann and the reliably left-leaning Rachel Maddow.

Fox, too, sees politics everywhere, with Bill O’Reilly on the hunt for new enemies every day and Glenn Beck’s increasingly popular atavism. And CNN still has all manner of political boots on the ground – panels stacked like cordwood even though the election is long past.

Based on my experience working in cable news, this isn’t entirely new. In early 2001 the cable news channels covered George W. Bush‘s first 100 days just as intently, hoping to hold on to the viewership gains from the unresolved 2000 election. But Obama is not Bush, in more ways than 100. And the volume of news is much greater now than eight years ago. Recall that it took the EP-3E incident over Hainan Island in April 2001 to turn the cablers attention away from the newness of the Bush administration to how it would handle this first of many foreign policy challenges.

Cafferty on the “Menu”: “The American Public is an Impatient Group”

cafferty_3-26.jpgToday on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu we were joined by CNN’s Jack Cafferty, author of the new book, “Now or Never: Getting Down to the Business of Saving Our American Dream.”

He says he decided to write the book as a response to the Bush administration. “I just felt like the country was badly damaged following the eight years of George W. Bush and that collection of morons that he had around him running this country into a ditch, so without the recession we were in enough trouble,” he says.

Cafferty thinks those who are already criticizing President Barack Obama are jumping the gun. “That’s convenient for everybody to say, ‘Oh it’s the media,’” he says. “But the fact of the matter is the American public is an impatient group of people and always has been.”

As for the Cafferty Files, he says the viewer interaction is good. “I hear from thousands of people every day, so I’ve got a pretty good ongoing sense of the mood of people. So that’s helpful,” he says.

Also discussed: how Obama did in Tuesday’s news conference, what it means for the President to appear at the Univision awards tonight and NCAA brackets.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

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TVNewsers Attend Gridiron Dinner

gibson_3-23b.jpgWhile the President was not in attendance, there were still plenty of politicians and journalists at the annual Gridiron Dinner in Washington, D.C. this weekend.

One tvnewser who graced the Gridiron stage was NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, who appeared “in a bear costume introducing a number that lampoons her husband, former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan, to the tune of ‘What I Did for Love’ from ‘A Chorus Line.’”

Another was CBS’ Bob Schieffer, who “donned a Stetson to play George W. Bush.” “He’s in the White House now — not my problem now,” he sang to the tune of “In the Jailhouse Now.”

FishbowlDC has more highlights from the event, including some shots by VP Biden at President Obama.

(image of ABC Charlie Gibson and Tammy Haddad by Dominic Bracco II — The Washington Post)

The Ticker: Kagan, Kaplan, Friel…

> In addition to a new role contributing to Oprah Radio, Daryn Kagan writes this week for U.S. News and World Report about her recent trip to Africa. “Off I went for one of the most meaningful Christmases of my life, just after the U.S. elections, during a real period of hope in Kenya,” she writes.

> Huffington Post has the video of Rick Kaplan‘s appearance during last weekend’s HBO airing of “Your Welcome America.” Find out why Will Ferrell (playing former Pres. George W. Bush) nicknames Kaplan, “The Liar.”

> Courtney Friel starts her Q&A with SoupCans with this answer to how she got the Fox News job: “Well…I went on a date with Roger Ailes.” Of course, she continued, “I’m joking!! Actually — the process was pretty standard. My agent sent FOX a DVD.” She also talks about her husband, Carter Evans (who works at CNN) and puts to rest rumors of a feud with Julie Banderas.

Roland Martin to Sub For Brown at 8pm

martin_2-25.jpgWhen Campbell Brown takes maternity leave in early April for eight weeks, CNN contributor Roland Martin will fill in as host at 8pmET.

“Roland is a solid journalist and a terrific communicator,” said a CNN spokesperson in an email today. “He’s been a regular part of the No Bias, No Bull family and our audience knows him well. He has also served as a contributor/analyst for CNN, and in fact, he’s been transparent about whom he has supported for president, whether it was George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush or Barack Obama. We look forward to Roland’s smart, energetic and spirited reporting in this role, and in the future on CNN.”

The spokesperson also said CNN “plans to develop a weekend program with Roland” once Brown returns.

“Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull” CNN at 8pmET was down 6% in Total Viewers and 21% in the A25-54 demo during February ’09 compared to last year (CNN Election Center, with rotating hosts) — the only 8pmET news program to decline. It finished fourth in both categories. Brown took over in mid-March ’08.

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