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Harry Reid: Media’s Coverage is Too ‘Tit for Tat’

ReidSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid is taking on the media for political coverage he thinks tries to point blame at both sides, when only one is at fault.

“One of the problems the press has in modern-day journalism, is everything you do is a tit for tat,” Reid told Chuck Todd in an exclusive interview on ‘The Daily Rundown” this morning.

“You won’t call things the way they actually exist,” Reid added, claiming Republicans have blocked legislation at every turn. Reid’s criticism comes during the same week a new Indiana University media study found just seven percent of journalists identified themselves as Republicans.

Reid’s mouth has produced sound bite gold for the media over the last few years; during the 2012 presidential election campaign, the Nevada Senator created a political firestorm when he took to the Senate floor and claimed “the word’s out” that then-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney hadn’t paid taxes in 10 years (without citing his sources). More recently, he called conservative businessmen, David and Charles Koch, ”about as un-American as anyone I can imagine.”


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U.S. Olympic Uniforms, This Time Made in America

SochiUniforms“Today” show anchors, along with a couple members of the U.S. Olympic curling team, showed off the Opening Ceremony uniforms Amercican Olympians will wear in Sochi two weeks from tomorrow.

And this time, they were made in America.

You may recall shortly after the “Today” show revealed the 2012 Olympic uniforms, ABC News reported the duds were made in China. The uproar was fast and loud. “I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told ABC News at the time.

“We heard it and we wanted to make right,” said a Ralph Lauren executive this morning on “Today.” “We’re just so proud, working with vendors from across America, across every state, people who have such passion to contribute to this team.”

Ralph Lauren designers were inspired by classic Americana patchwork quilts for the handmade, stars and stripes patterned sweaters. You’ll be able to buy them as well, with proceeds going back to the U.S. Olympic team.

CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’ Begins 60th Year

schiefferThis morning, “Face the Nation” begins its 60th year on CBS. The broadcast, which expanded to one hour in many markets in 2012, was the most-watched Sunday public affairs program for the 2012-2013 season. It’s the first time “FTN” was tops since Nielsen’s People Meters were first rolled out in 1987. It also had its best total viewer delivery since the 1992-1993 season.

This morning, in promoting his program on WCBS, host Bob Schieffer joked, “I would like to clear up one thing to those of you who may be wondering, I have not been here for the entire 60 years, only the last 23.” Schieffer’s guest this morning is Senate majority leader Harry Reid.

NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the longest-running series on American TV, will mark 67 years on the air later this year.

Steve Kroft on his Interview with Senate Leaders: ‘They Didn’t Answer Almost Any Questions’

Who had the harder interview tonight on “60 Minutes?” Scott Pelley during his profile of NFL MVP Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers — we learned he’s quite sensitive about his height, and doesn’t want to talk much about the bounty scandal — or Steve Kroft who sat down with Senate leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY)? If you ask Kroft, he did. Exasperating is one way to put it. Here’s Kroft talking about it in “60 Minutes Overtime.”

Government Shutdown Showdown Keeps White House Press Corps Up Late

It was a late night last night for the journalists who cover the White House as Pres. Obama appeared in the briefing room around 10:45pmET. Obama’s three-minute statement followed an 80-minute meeting with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate leader Harry Reid over the budget impasse. The three cable networks carried the statement. Obama took no questions.

Politico reports Rep. Boehner and Sen. Reid are heading back to the White House this afternoon for more negotiations.

Top Democrats Explain Losing Night

Sen. Harry Reid, who surprised many holding his seat in Nevada, has made the rounds on the mornings shows, and tonight ABC News’ Diane Sawyer is claiming the first interview with soon-to-be former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. That interview airs on “World News.” Reid’s “Today” show and “Early Show” appearances after the jump.

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Networks Call Massachusetts Special Election for Scott Brown. Republican Wins Ted Kennedy’s Senate Seat


At 9:21pmET, the Associated Press called the Massachusetts special election for the late Ted Kennedy‘s Senate seat for Republican Scott Brown. Fox News, which was airing “Hannity” and MSNBC airing “The Rachel Maddow Show” have been going wall-to-wall with coverage and sourced the AP with the call. Bret Baier made the call on Fox News.

CNNMass_1.19.jpgAt 9:24pmET on CNN, Larry King interrupted a Dr. Sanjay Gupta live report from Haiti and tossed to Wolf Blitzer in Washington who called the race for Brown. John King and Jessica Yellin are reporting from Boston.

NBC’s Norah O’Donnell reported at 9:47pm that Pres. Obama phoned Scott Brown to congratulate him on his win.

At 9:54pm, Sean Hannity reported that Senate leader Harry Reid has recognized the win and announced that Brown “will be seated when the proper paperwork is received.”

Still to come tonight: at 10pmET on Fox News, two hours of “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” live from Boston.

MSNBC will produce live hours of Countdown at 10pmET, Maddow at 11 and Hardball at Midnight. Maddow and Chris Matthews are in Boston.

After two hours of AC360, Larry King will return live at Midnight.

And ABC’s George Stephanopoulos heads back to Washington and will get the first post-special election interview with President Obama. The interview happens tomorrow and will air first on “World News with Diane Sawyer.”

> More: In his acceptance speech, Brown said of his wife Gail, who is a reporter at ABC affiliate WCVB-TV in Boston and was not allowed to campaign with him, “She didn’t stay neutral today. She actually voted for the winner!” Sen.-Elect Brown also said his two daughters were “available,” then clarified saying only Ayla (a former “American Idol” contestant) was available.

Busy Morning In D.C.

It was a D.C.-focused morning on the cablers, as Roland Burris and President-elect Barack Obama made their way around the nation’s capital. After an Associated Press report said Senate Democrats planned to accept Burris for Obama’s seat, many networks rushed to report the news. CNN held back, as Dana Bash‘s sources said the deal was not done.

Then came an Obama news conference. Politico’s Michael Calderone reports Obama called on Laura Meckler of the Wall Street Journal, Chuck Todd of NBC and Jake Tapper of ABC. And, as Chris Matthews noted, the conference meant Todd “lost his virginity.”

Next up was the confirmation that the AP report was incorrect. Sens. Harry Reid and Dick Durbin gave a news conference and put the ball back in the state of Illinois’ court.


Finally, Burris reappeared for a few more questions before heading back to Chicago.


No Bias, No Bull: Brown Chats with TVNewser

campbell_10-7.jpgCNN’s Campbell Brown was profiled in the New York Times last weekend, saying, unlike her competition at 8pmET, “You’re not going to see me ever be partisan.” But that doesn’t mean you won’t see her take a stand. Her recent “rant” about the McCain campaign’s restrictions on Gov. Sarah Palin became an internet hit, and her Tucker Bounds interview set in motion a series of tough interviews for the campaign spokesperson. And TVNewser talked to Brown in St. Paul about her on-air take of Sen. Harry Reid‘s “shrill” comment after Palin’s speeech at the RNC.

Today at 3pmET, Brown will be here to answer your questions, as part of a TVNewser live chat. Come stop by, or start emailing your questions to We’ll be talking tonight’s debate, last week’s VP debate and more.

Past live chats:

FNC’s Greta Van Susteren

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow

FBN’s Alexis Glick

Campbell Brown on Sexism and Sarah Palin

RNC Logo9.pngAs the mother of an 8-month-old, CNN anchor Campbell Brown can relate to Gov. Sarah Palin. “I love the idea of a mother in the campaign and bringing some of those issues to the forefront,” Brown told TVNewser this morning at the CNN Grill.

But those issues, faced by millions of working mothers across the nation, have special significance for Palin and for Brown. As Palin campaigns, Brown reports, trying to find out more about the GOP VP nominee.

Critics went after Brown Monday night after she pressed McCain spokesperson Tucker Bounds about Palin’s qualifications for the VP slot. “Despite what some people have said, there was a recognition from most people that I was doing my job,” Brown says. “She’s new to the political scene. There are a million questions to ask about her. It’s our job.”

brown_9-4.JPGThen last night, Brown found herself, in a way, standing up for Palin after Senate majority leader Harry Reid described Palin’s speech as ‘shrill.’ “Several of the women on the panel had a very strong reaction to it,” Brown says. “There are words that set off alarm bells for women.”

Brown’s point? Attacks from democrats could backfire if perceived as sexist. “Just in the same way that many of Clinton’s people charged sexism,” Brown predicts, “I think you’re going to see Republicans in certain cases when she’s attacked, charging sexism.”

For Brown, it’s all just another day at the office. The former NBC News anchor knows it comes with the territory. Motherhood just puts it all in perspective.

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