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Rush Cites TVNewser Interview with Terry Moran; Moran Responds

Rush Limbaugh kicked off his Friday show calling out ABC’s Terry Moran after Moran’s interview on the Morning Media Menu podcast.

There’s a blog out there called mediabistro.com, TVNewser and so forth, and the TV people read it religiously. I mean not too many other members of the public do, but it’s big in the TV business. They have a show on there; it’s a web radio show. Terry Moran of ABC’s Nightline was the guest. This is what he said about President Obama.

mmm_2-3.gif“In some ways Barack Obama is the first president since George Washington to be taking a step down into the Oval Office. From visionary leader of a giant movement, now he’s got an executive position that he has to perform in, in a way, and I think the coverage reflects that.”

“Yes, you heard right, a step down for Lord Barack Obama, the Most Merciful,” said Limbaugh. “He was leading this giant movement, a la George Washington. Now he’s had to take a step down. What did I tell you people? He’s too big to fail.”

Moran sent us two Tweets responding to Limbaugh:

“Rush didn’t get the joke. Or the point. As usual,” he wrote in one. In the second: “I said like only Washington, Obama came to office as more than a politician, a visionary leader for many. Now he’s got a job.”

The full quote from Moran concluded that Obama, as president, is “getting more regular scrutiny, as is necessary.”

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Moran Talks Aggressive White House Reporting, Air Force One Tweeting on the “Menu”

moran_2-20.jpgABC’s Terry Moran joined us this morning on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast to talk about covering Obama, Twitter and more.

The Nightline anchor described the decision to tweet from aboard Air Force One last week. “It was a great opportunity to take people on board Air Force One…just something that was immediate and that was two way,” he said. “When I Twittered the breakfast menu someone got back to me and said okay, ‘What’s the music on board?’”

Moran interviewed President Obama several times in the lead up to the election, and talked to him last week as well. “In some ways Barack Obama is the first president since George Washington to be taking a step down into the oval office. From visionary leader of a giant movement, now he’s got an executive position that he has to perform in, in a way, and I think the coverage reflects that,” he said.

Before Nightline, Moran spent six years as chief White House correspondent for ABC. “There’s something in the White House press corp, which is healthy, where you’re judged by your peers to some extend on how tough you can be, how sharp your questions are, how aggressive your coverage is,” he said. That’s the standard for success among White House reporters…For many White House reporters, they wake up thinking, ‘How do I take a pound of flesh out of the President today?’”

Also discussed: Moran’s reaction to the New York Post’s semi-apology, the reason so many former journalists are joining the Obama administration and Nightline’s Web plans for Tuesday’s Obama address.

You can listen to the podcast live every morning at 9amET on BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321. You can also subscribe to the iTunes feed of the podcast by clicking the “iTunes” button.

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From “Best Political Team” To a “King of Comedy”

hughley_11-10.jpgThree days after TVNewser was in the CNN Election Center studio on Election Night, we were back in a drastically changed environment. Gone were the BPTOT, in was a studio audience. Temporary walls blocked off the studio from the rest of the newsroom. And the man at the helm was not anchor Wolf Blitzer but an Original King of Comedy.

D.L. Hughley Breaks the News is CNN’s newest, and most unique, programming. The 10pmET show airs Saturday and Sunday, and moves between serious interviews and lighter ones, comedy sketches and more serious monologues by Hughley.

During Friday’s taping, the usual exit poll location for Soledad O’Brien and Bill Schneider was replaced with a green screen and an actor dressed as George Washington for a fake hologram segment. Interviews ranged from a group of Kenyan comedians, to actor/comedian Tim Reid to Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. Within the interviews there were serious and comedy elements — amid Jackson, Jr.’s answer about how he’d be “honored” to named Pres.-Elect Barack Obama‘s replacement for U.S. Senate, he joked, “I’m willing to bet I’m one of the few United States Senators, if appointed, to ever be willing to even do your show!”

hughleyshow_11-10.BMPThe show is taped in segments, which leads to a portion of downtime. Comedian Corwin Moore warms up the crowd between blocks. “It’s bizarre, but its fun and exciting,” he says of working on the CNN show. “It’s not one thing for me. I’m just amazed to see his face on the monitor.”

Hughley, who called Tuesday’s election “the most emotional thing I’ve ever been a part of,” is relishing the opportunity. “I enjoy it a lot. As long as people are watching we’re going to keep doing it,” he said.

And people are. The show regularly gets more than 600,000 viewers in the A25-54 demo and 1.4 million Total Viewers, putting it in competition on a nightly basis as the top prime time weekend program.

“For an organization not build to do a comedy show, CNN has been fantastic,” says the show’s EP, Mitch Semel.

It does have its critics as well, with some saying it “reinforces black stereotypes.” Semel says it’s not for everyone. “Good comedy doesn’t do that,” he said. “It’s very much like him doing his act on stage. Just remember, it’s a comedy show.”

(pictured top right: comedian/actor Donnell Rawlings (who appears on the show), Hughley and stage manager Bruce)

Click continued to see the interview with Jackson, Jr. from last weekend’s show…

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