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The Morning Ticker: Will, ‘Hill,’ Pelley

  • The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has dropped Fox News contributor George Will from its columnist ranks after he wrote a column on rape and progressivism. “The column was offensive and inaccurate; we apologize for publishing it,” the paper’s editor wrote.

  • MSNBC airs another edition of “Taking the Hill” Sunday at 1pmET. Host and Iraq War veteran Patrick Murphy interviews actor Martin Sheen—whose brother is a Vietnam veteran—about the importance of group recovery for struggling veterans.

  • Scott Pelley reported from Jordan last night for “CBS Evening News,” where he’s on assignment covering a refugee camp holding Syrian refugees. “Once they saw the cut in the border, they surged ahead, as though one more second in Syria would claim their children,” Pelley said about 300 refugees who trekked to Jordan.

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Which Airline is Like Fox News?

George WillGeorge Will is enjoying life as a Fox News contributor; so much so, he thinks of it like riding a popular airline.

“Fox News is like getting on a Southwest Airlines plane,” Will told Stephen Colbert last night. “Everyone’s happy, they’re at the top of the heap and they feel like insurgents.”

“Wow, that’s great,” Colbert responded. “That sounds almost dangerous.”

For Colbert’s part, he engaged in some TV cloning last night; you could watch him interview Will on Comedy Central while simultaneously seeing him as a guest on the “Late Show with David Letterman.”

Colbert told the man he’ll replace next year that he turned down a 1986 internship offer…from Letterman’s show.

Both interviews after the jump.

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Bill Kristol Joins ABC News

Bill KristolLongtime Fox News contributor and editor and publisher of The Weekly Standard Bill Kristol has joined ABC News as a contributor, “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos announced on Sunday morning’s show.

“I’m looking forward to being part of the ABC political team,” Kristol said in a statement. “There’s certainly plenty to talk about!”

“Bill makes our outstanding team of contributors and analysts even stronger,” “This Week” EP Jonathan Greenberger said, calling Kristol an “original thinker with a unique perspective.”

He’ll appear regularly on “This Week” and other special political events. His decade-long stint at Fox News ended last summer after his and Roger Ailes’ relationship reportedly soured.

Upon Kristol’s departure, Fox told Business Insider that Ailes liked Kristol and didn’t recall a “specific or negative incident” between them. Read more

The Ticker: Farrow, Will, Edson

  • “My feeling . . . is that there’s a frustration in how passive the experience of receiving news can be,” Ronan Farrow tells Page Six about his new MSNBC show. “I think that the time is right to step in with a show that’s all about giving you, the average Joe at home, the tool set on how you can get involved.”

  • FBN Washington correspondent Rich Edson is running the Marine Corps Marathon this weekend in Washington, D.C. “I’m getting anxious and I’m getting nervous,” the first-time marathoner told The Washington Post. “I want to train more. I want to go out [running] more. But fortunately, I’m working quite a lot.”

George Will Makes Fox News Debut

WillFNC George Will made his Fox News debut Friday night on “Special Report with Bret Baier.”

“We know you and your old friend, Dr. [Charles] Krauthammer are huge baseball enthusiasts,” said Baier. “For us this is a home run. Welcome.

Part of the Sunday morning roundtable on ABC for more than 30 years, Will then pulled up a chair on “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.” As the new guy, Will got first dibs on the post-show Panel Plus. WATCH:

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The Ticker: George Will, David Muir, Oprah

  • Per Playbook, George Will will make his debut as a Fox News contributor on “Special Report with Bret Baier” tonight. He will make his “Fox News Sunday” debut this weekend, after more than 30 years with ABC News.

  • After being featured in a report from ABC News anchor David Muir, the Himalayan Cataract Project–a non-profit that helps people with vision problems in developing countries get surgery to help them–says it has raised almost $140,000. ABC News has more.

George Will Jumps From ABC to Fox News

GWillPolitical columnist and author George Will is joining Fox News as a contributor, executive vice president of news Michael Clemente announced today. Will jumps to Fox News after more than 30 years at ABC News, where he was a political commentator and panelist for “This Week.”

“We are delighted to have someone of George’s stature join FOX News. His wisdom is enduring and his achievements are far too long to list,” Clemente said in a statement.

“As all his readers know, George is brilliant. Those of us lucky enough to work with him also know that he’s a consummate gentleman,” George Stephanopoulos told TVNewser in a statement. “I learned from him every week, and wish him all good things.”

He will appear across all FNC programming, including as a panelist on “Special Report with Bret Baier” and “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.”

Sawyer and Stephanopoulos To Lead ABC’s Debate Coverage

ABC News has announced its coverage plans for the three Presidential and one Vice Presidential debates. Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will be anchoring the network’s coverage from 9-11 PM on debate nights. Joining them will be Jake Tapper, David Muir, Jonathan Karl and analysts George Will, Matthew Dowd, Nicole Wallace, Donna Brazile and Austan Goolsbee.

In addition, “Nightline” at 11:35 will have a post-debate wrap up, featuring highlights and more analysis.

Online, debate coverage will be anchored by Amy Walter and Dan Harris from 8-11:30 PM, and will be available on ABCNews.com, all of the network’s apps, Yahoo! News and on YouTube.

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Keith Olbermann Returns to TV Talk on ‘This Week’

Keith Olbermann made his return to TV political commentary on ABC’s “This Week” this morning. Scandals, of the Secret Service and GSA varieties, the “dog wars,” the economy and 2012 polling were just some of the topics of discussion. This was a Sunday morning, not a Wednesday evening Olbermann: no raised voices, no demands, comity if not comedy. The most contentious it got was when Rob Portman‘s name came up as a potential Romney VP pick. Peggy Noonan liked the idea. Olbermann and Donna Brazile shook their heads. “Do you want another businessman on that ticket?” asked Olbermann. “Oh my goodness, yeah that would be just fine,” said Noonan, in the most calm, measured, non-cable news voice ever heard.

George Stephanopoulos ended the conversation talking about something Olbermann and conservative George Will agreed on: baseball, specifically the saving of Fenway Park which faced the wrecking ball in the 1990s and this week celebrated its 100th birthday.

While the show still focused on national politics and policy — and baseball — it originated from far outside the Beltway, at ABC News studios in New York.

Keith Olbermann on ‘This Week’ Roundtable

Keith Olbermann will be part of the roundtable on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” this Sunday. Olbermann joins George Will, Donna Brazile, Matt Dowd and Peggy Noonan. Olbermann was on “Late Show with David Letterman” earlier this month discussing his departure from Current TV. He was fired from Current March 30. Olbermann has filed suit against the network and Current has filed a counter-suit over the parting.

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