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Bret Baier: ‘After I Saw that, I Said ‘We Are Dropping the Ball on that Coverage’

BaierTVSBret Baier is taking a cue from John Oliver.

The Fox News “Special Report” host was watching Oliver’s inaugural show on HBO last Sunday when it hit him that the world’s biggest election — where up to 800 million people in India will be voting — is getting almost no coverage in the U.S. “After I saw that, I said ‘we are dropping the ball on that coverage,’ Baier told us at the TVNewser Show on Tuesday. His team is now working on a story about the election which wraps up May 12.

Baier says shows like Oliver’s as well as “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report,” “can really penetrate on news stories.”

We interviewed Baier for about 20 minutes following his keynote speech. We discussed everything from the 2014 and 2016 elections, to how he engages with “the most fervent critics of Fox News,” and the current state of the media’s relationship with the White House: “I think there is a sense that the president feels like he doesn’t get enough good treatment in a media that has, for the most part, turned a little bit on this White House, in policy and substance.”

I began by asking Baier what he thought about the president’s approval rating, which an ABC News/Washington Post poll released earlier that morning showed it had dropped to 41%.

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ABC News Captures Philomena Lee Meeting with Pope Francis

McFaddenPopeThe Oscar-nominated film Philomena tells the story of Irish woman’s search for her son who was put up for adoption. At the center of the story is the Catholic church. Philomena Lee gave birth to the boy at an abbey in Tipperary. She remained a devout Catholic, even as the nuns at the abbey stonewalled her efforts to help find her son. (We won’t spoil what happens, but go see it!)

Well earlier this week, Lee along with the film’s star and co-writer, Steve Coogan, traveled to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis during his weekly Wednesday audience. “Nightline” anchor Cynthia McFadden and producer Jake Whitman were there too, capturing it all.

McFadden called it a moment “more than 50 years in the making.” And it all came together in about 48 hours. First the flight to Rome. Then, Tuesday night in the hotel, Lee and Coogan sat down for interviews with McFadden. On Wednesday, they all went to St. Peter’s Square for the General Audience. Right after shaking his hand, the team dashed to ABC’s Rome bureau where McFadden did a live shot for “Good Morning America.” Meanwhile, on his laptop, Whitman edited two stories: one for “World News,” the other for “Nightline.” Another version will air Sunday on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

Watch the “Nightline” story, after the jump…

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Robin Roberts and Josh Elliott Meet the Pope

GMAPopeFrom Times Square to Vatican Square, this morning’s “Good Morning America” was weeks in the making, but only came together in the last day. Robin Roberts and Josh Elliott traveled to Rome after Monday’s “GMA” to be in place for Pope Francis’s weekly audience in Vatican City this morning.

As the Pope greeted pilgrims in the Square, Roberts and Elliott waited their turn. It only lasted a few seconds, but will be meaningful for the GMA anchors for the rest of their lives. Roberts told Pope Francis she prays for him every day. Elliott broke out the Italian, then told the first-ever Jesuit Pope, “I’m a Jesuit boy. I went to Jesuit High School.” Elliott graduated from Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

Much of the visit was arranged by Greg Burke, the former Fox News correspondent who is now part of the Vatican communications staff.

 

Greg Burke ‘Would Love to Bring Some Roger Ailes’ To The Vatican

Former Fox News correspondent turned Vatican spokesperson Greg Burke is featured in an in-depth look at the interal working of the Catholic Church by the Washington Post.

Burke had to deal with the fallout from the leaked documents, and helped lead the communications response to the crisis. He cited his old boss at Fox News as having influenced how he conducts business in Vatican City.

“I’m within the 15-minute Roman grace period,” he said in Italian. Burke’s approach to media, like his Italian, bears a strong American accent. “I would love to bring some Roger Ailes into this job,” he said. “The difference is Roger Ailes has a lot of power, and I have very little.”

As for what he did:

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Greg Burke: TV News’ Man In The Vatican

TV news correspondents, anchors and producers are booking their tickets for Rome, planning around the clock coverage of the election of the next Pope as the Cardinals gather for Conclave. This time, however, one of their own is on the Vatican side of things.

Greg Burke, who until last Summer was Fox News Channel’s Rome-based correspondent, is now working in the communications department of the Vatican. “You’re always going to have some news out of the Vatican,” Burke told TVNewser last year. He wasn’t kidding.

Burke made the TV news rounds this morning, calling in to talk to his old colleagues at “Fox & Friends,” as well as “‘CBS This Morning” and NBC’s “Today.” Expect to see and hear him quite a bit on U.S. TV over the next few months.

After the jump, a video interview TVNewser conducted with Burke, where he talks about his love of Italy and Rome.
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Greg Burke Joins Vatican Communications Staff

Greg Burke has left Fox News Channel, where he’s been a Rome-based correspondent since 2001, and is joining the Vatican’s communications staff as a senior advisor.

It was just last month that TVNewser interviewed Burke in Italy, where he discussed his newly-obtained dual U.S.-Italian citizenship, and why he valued being stationed in Rome.

“There are more than a billion Catholics, and you have the Vatican here,” he told TVNewser at the time. “You’re always going to have some news out of the Vatican.”

Now Burke will be switching roles, helping the Church with communications strategy.

“I’m a bit nervous but very excited. Let’s just say it’s a challenge,” he tells the AP.  “You’re shaping the message, you’re molding the message, and you’re trying to make sure everyone remains on-message. And that’s tough.”

Burke says he was offered the job twice before but declined both times.  An FNC spokesperson confirms with TVNewser a mutual parting of ways, and says that London-based correspondents Amy Kellogg and Greg Palkot will take the lead on future regonal coverage.

After the jump, WATCH TVNewser’s video interview with Burke in May…

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When In Rome: Tales From a Foreign Correspondent

Why should a news organization have a reporter based full-time in Rome?

According to FNC’s Rome-based correspondent Greg Burke, it’s a no-brainer. ”There are more than a billion Catholics, and you have the Vatican here,” he told TVNewser during this writer’s recent vacation to Italy. “You’re always going to have some news out of the Vatican.”

Not to mention that despite the recent political departure of Italy’s never-dull prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, the country “produces good, colorful stories.” For example: the trial of Amanda Knox, and the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner.

Important storylines could originate from Italy this summer as well, considering the shaky state of the eurozone. It’s evidence of what Burke predicts will be a news “comeback” for Rome, which experienced its greatest recent media crush in 2005, when Pope John Paul II passed away. The city, Burke says, “is important for a lot of reasons.”

Italy is a second home to Burke, who’s been there for nearly twenty years – first working for Reuters, then for TIME magazine.  Just a few weeks ago, in fact, he obtained dual U.S.-Italian citizenship. One benefit: near-seamless travel within the European Union.

More, including a video interview with Burke, after the jump.

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Network Plans for Pope John Paul II Beatification

While the U.S. networks have big plans for next Friday’s royal wedding (or hadn’t you heard), a mere 48 hours and 1,100 miles away in Vatican City another big event will unfold: the beatification of Pope John Paul II. Beatification is the first step to Sainthood.

  • FNC will carry the Beatification Mass beginning at 4amET Sunday, May 1. Jamie Colby and Eric Shawn will anchor the Mass from New York while religion correspondent Lauren Green will report from Vatican City. Rome-based correspondent Greg Burke will report and FNC analyst Father Jonathan Morris makes a return to Rome to contribute.
  • MSNBC’s Chris Jansing who will be covering the royal wedding, travels from London to Rome Saturday morning and will begin appearing on MSNBC Saturday. Jansing will anchor live coverage of the Beatification Mass beginning at 4amET. She’ll be joined NBC’s Vatican analyst and author George Weigel and Vatican Art Historian Liz Lev. Jansing covered the death of Pope John Paul II and the election of Benedict XVI in 2005.
  • CNN/U.S. and CNNI will broadcast the Mass Sunday with Jon Mann anchoring. Jim Bitterman will be the correspondent at the Vatican and author John Allen will provide analysis. CNN en Espanol will cover with Jose Levy.
  • ABC’s David Wright is the correspondent for TV and other platforms. ABCNews.com will live stream the Mass with ABC News San Francisco-based producer Ariane Nalty reporting. (Interesting note: Nalty’s brother is Monsignor Christopher Nalty who worked at the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy. Ariane’s father-in-law is Charles Zewe a former correspondent for CNN).