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A Big Weekend for ‘Face the Nation’

This is a big few days for the CBS Sunday public affairs show “Face the Nation.” Today the show launched a shiny new website, which is heavy on graphic elements. On Sunday the guest will be Vice President Joe Biden, a big get for any show. And of course the biggest thing: on Sunday “Face the Nation” expands from a half-hour to a full-hour, putting it on par with its competition on NBC, ABC and Fox.

Moderator Bob Schieffer spoke to the AP’s David Bauder about the move, saying he “almost fainted” when he got the news that the show would be expanding:

“Tim [Russert] was the best of the best,” Schieffer said. “But the fact of the matter is what propelled them to No. 1 is they went to an hour and they were the first to do that. When they did that, it left us in the dust.”

Schieffer repeatedly nagged his bosses to follow suit. He made the same speech when Jeff Fager and David Rhodes took over last year, not expecting much. When they gave the go-ahead, Schieffer said, “I nearly fainted.”

Update: For what it’s worth, the first show to actually go an hour was “This Week with David Brinkley,” back in 1981.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” is responding by tweaking its own format. With moderator David Gregory on vacation, Savannah Guthrie will conduct the newsmaker interviews.  Joe Scarborough will moderate the political roundtable, which will include his “Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski as well as David Brooks, Tom Friedman, Jon Meacham, and Harold Ford, Jr.

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Mark Halperin calls Pres. Obama ‘Kind of a Dick’ on ‘Morning Joe’

This morning former ABC News political director, now senior political analyst and editor-at-large for TIME, Mark Halperin, called President Obama a “dick” 7 minutes into “Morning Joe.”

It wasn’t off the cuff. In fact, Halperin asked if the control room had the “7-second delay button” ready. Apparently, they didn’t because this is what went out over the air:

“I thought he was kind of a dick yesterday,” said Halperin, referring to Obama’s “posturing” during his news conference.

Joe Scarborough jumped in saying: “Delay that. Delay that. What are you doing? I can’t believe … I was joking. Don’t do that. Did we delay that? Did that work?”

“I hit it. I hope it worked,” said Alex, the producer, from the control room.

The conversation with Joe, Mika, Willie and Harold Ford Jr. continued for another 10 minutes, as the show tried to figure out if the delay, where Halperin’s use of the word would be ‘bleeped,’ had worked.

It didn’t.

17 minutes after he said it, Halperin apologized: “Joking aside, this is an absolute apology. I became part of the joke. It’s no excuse. I shouldn’t have said it. I apologize to the president and the viewers who heard me say that.”

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Mika Brzezinski shows her value at book party

Mika Brzezinski and "Morning Joe" EP Chris Licht

Monday night, Michael’s Resaturant was the scene of a party for Mika Brzezinski and her new book “Knowing Your Value.”

Miles Nadal, the CEO of MDC Partners and The Daily Beast/Newsweek‘s Tina Brown hosted the night. Guests included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Arianna Huffington, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, NBC News “Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, former CNN host Kathleen Parker, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, CBS News’s Lesley Stahl, IAC chairman Barry Diller, former Rep. Harold Ford Jr., MSNBC/The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capeheart, and Daily News‘s Mort Zuckerman.

Mika’s “Morning Joe” partner Joe Scarborough was not in attendance following the death of his father last week. EP Chris Licht, who is expected to announce in the coming days he’s leaving the network for an executive position at CBS News, was on hand.

  • More pictures after the jump…

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Cable News as a Breeding Ground, and Stopover, For Once and Future Politicians

MSNBC calls itself The Place for Politics, but the NBC news channel as well as Fox News, CNN, and CNBC are under the microscope for paying politicians to be analysts, who are out of office now, but may not be for long.

Sarah Palin
, Mike Huckabee, Chris Matthews, Larry Kudlow, Harold Ford, and Lou Dobbs are just a few of the analysts and show hosts who’ve either held office or have contemplated a run for office.

Brian Stelter writes about it in today’s NYTimes:

The benefit for the part-time, but highly paid, pundits is clear: it increases their visibility. “It makes sense for candidates to seek out positions in niche cable, because it is a direct pipeline to voters,” said Jonathan Wald, a former senior vice president at CNBC and an adjunct professor at Columbia’s journalism school. “It’s an automatic affinity group.”

The benefit to the viewers is less clear. Some experts say the arrangements can cloud the objectivity of the news organizations.

“As long as they are still newsmakers, there is a strong potential for conflict,” said Andy Schotz, the chairman of the ethics committee for the Society of Professional Journalists. At the very least, it can amount to an advantage for the analysts, and create a perception of favoritism.

Does Jim Cramer Know Jimmy Carter is Still Alive?

CramerMSNBC_7.31.jpgThis morning on MSNBC, during an appearance on Morning Joe, CNBC’s Jim Cramer got his deceased presidents confused. Seriously.

Joe Scarborough and Cramer were talking about what $100,000 means today and what it meant when Jimmy Carter was president.

Cramer: Carter being… you know, again I always have to say the same thing because I am a sweet guy. May he rest in peace. It’s just not fair….

Scarborough: He’s still alive. Jimmy Carter? He’s still alive.

Cramer: Okay scratch that.

Scarborough: Gerald Ford‘s gone, Jimmy Carter is still with us.

Cramer: I get confused for heaven’s sake. It was a bad era, I like to put it past…

Mika Brzezinski seemed aghast at the comment: “um, what are you…what…?” While David Shuster and Harold Ford Jr. simply looked stunned.

Meanwhile, over on CNBC this week and next, they are going back in time, just one year, marking Cramer’s Rant Heard ‘Round The World, and the beginning of the credit crisis.

The press release is after the jump…

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Wolfson Debuts on FNC, Murphy This Sunday

wolfson_7-11.JPGNew FNC contributor Howard Wolfson made his debut last night on Hannity & Colmes.

Sean Hannity was the first FNC personality to welcome Wolfson to the team. “Welcome aboard as a contributor,” he said. “I don’t think we’ll be agreeing often, but I don’t agree with guy next to me that often either.”

“That’s what makes for good television,” Wolfson said.

And on the other side of the ticket, former Sen. John McCain adviser Mike Murphy makes his debut as NBC News contributor this Sunday on Meet the Press. Murphy will be part of the panel featuring Harold Ford, Jr. and Andrea Mitchell.

Click continued to see part of the segment, where Wolfson, Hannity and Alan Colmes discuss which of the three did not support Hillary Clinton‘s presidential bid…

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