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A Carefully Planned Media Roll-Out as Secy. Clinton Takes Responsibility for Attack in Libya

Last night Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commented on the Embassy attacks in Libya that claimed the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American members of his staff. “I take responsibility,” Clinton said, noting that she did not want to make the issue a political one.

CNN was the first TV news outlet to report Clinton’s comments. Clinton was doing a series of interviews with U.S. TV networks, and CNN was early on the list. The comments had all the hallmarks of a carefully planned roll-out.

CNN reported Clinton’s comments at 7:30pmET, with Fox News and Fox Business reporting them at 7:43pm. CNBC reported the news at 7:56 citing CNN, while MSNBC reported the comments at 8:54, citing NBC News.

“CBS This Morning” led its newscast this morning with Clinton’s comments to CBS’ foreign correspondent Margaret Brennan. NBC’s “Today” made the comments the top story as well, with ABC’s “Good Morning America” reporting the comments shortly thereafter at 7:06 AM.

CNN Reports Details of Amb. Chris Stevens’ Private Diary; State Dept. Calls it ‘Indefensible’; CNN Punches Back: State Dept. ‘Attacking the Messenger’

The State Department is taking CNN to task for sharing details from Ambassador Chris Stevens’ diary, before returning the journal to his family. Stevens, along with three other Embassy personnel were killed on Sept. 11 when the consulate in Benghazi came under attack.

On Wednesday’s AC360, Anderson Cooper reported Stevens was worried about never-ending security threats, the rise in Islamic extremism, and being included on an Al Qaeda hit list.

On Friday, Cooper explained how CNN came upon the diary and how it factored into Wednesday’s reporting: “The information for that report like all of CNN’s reporting was carefully vetted. Some of that information was found in a personal journal of Ambassador Stevens in his handwriting. We came upon the journal through our reporting and notified the family. At their request, we returned that journal to them.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s senior adviser Philippe Reines, says that’s no explanation: “What [CNN is] not owning up to is reading and transcribing Chris’s diary well

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One Year Later: Special Coverage of the Killing of Bin Laden

One year after the killing of Osama Bin Laden, there will be special coverage this week of the anniversary.

In what NBC is calling a “first for network television,” “Rock Center with Brian Williams” takes viewers inside the White House’s Situation Room. Airing Wednesday at 9pmET/PT, the program features interviews with President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and other top administration officials.

Discovery Channel presents “Secrets of Bin Laden’s Lair,” a one-hour special that will feature what the cabler says is the “very first comprehensive television report” of classified intelligence seized during the Abbottabad compound raid.  Among many other topics, that intelligence gives insight as to Bin Laden’s opinions on American media, including the cable wars between CNN, FNC, and MSNBC. Produced by Peacock Productions, NBC News correspondent Harry Smith narrates the program, Tuesday at 10 pmET/PT.

(Photo: White House/Pete Souza)

Wolf Blitzer’s Joint Interview with Secretaries Clinton and Panetta

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer is on his way on Brussels where he will conduct a joint interview with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta tomorrow at NATO headquarters. Blitzer, who Tweeted out this photo as he was departing this morning, will ask about Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, North Korea and the presidential election. Not sure why Wolf has to go all the way to Brussels to interview two cabinet secretaries when they all live in the same town.

Chuck Todd, Charles Krauthammer make GQ’s ’50 Most Powerful’ List

While two GOP politicians top the list, a couple tvnewsers are among GQ’s “50 Most Powerful People in Washington.” NBC’s Chuck Todd and Fox News’s Charles Krauthammer made the cut.

1) Eric Cantor
2) Mitch McConnell
3) David Plouffe
4) Leon Panetta
5) Hillary Clinton

19) Chuck Todd: “Through sheer ubiquity alone, Todd might be the most important political journalist working today. Throw in the fact that he’s widely liked, not at all flashy, and smart as hell, and it’s no contest.”
45) Charles Krauthammer: “[H]e’s a fixture at liberal stonings on Fox News. His tone-setting attacks against the administration caused the National Review to pen a love letter titled “Critic-in-Chief.”

FNC analyst Karl Rove is also on the list, clumped in with Steven Law and Ed Gillespie at #13. And CBS News president David Rhodes makes the list along with his brother Ben, Pres. Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser, at #20.

(h/t Playbook‘s Mike Allen … who was #40)

Bill asks Bill: ‘Is the American Press Going to Favor Barack Obama over the Republican Candidate?’

Fox News has released a portion of Bill O’Reilly‘s interview tonight with former Pres. Bill Clinton. O’Reilly referenced Hillary Clinton’s primary run against Barack Obama in 2008, saying the press had favored Obama. Clinton agreed, but when asked if he believed the press would favor Obama over the GOP nominee in 2012, Clinton said, “We’ll just have to wait and see.”


Hillary Clinton ‘A Little Surprised’ by Daughter Chelsea’s New Job as NBC News Correspondent

Covering the ASEAN conference in Bali, the network White House correspondents got sit-down interviews with Secy. of State Hillary Clinton, whose daughter Chelsea got a new, very high-profile job this week: NBC News correspondent. In his interview, NBC’s Chuck Todd asked Secy. Clinton about his new colleague:

CNN Rebrands Politics & Election Coverage

For several election cycles CNN has used the branding CNN = Politics and “America Votes” for their political coverage. But as of today, that’s changing.

TVNewser has learned CNN is making a slight rebrand this election cycle. CNN POLITICS replaces CNN = Politics and “America’s Choice 2012″ replaces “America Votes.”

We hear Wolf Blitzer will unveil the new branding in the NoonET hour on CNN.

CNN is also beefing up its contributor roster. As reported earlier, Democratic strategist and Hillary Clinton presidential campaign adviser Maria Cardona and conservative columnist, former Pres. George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum will join CNN as political contributors.

The other international news

While much of the cable and broadcast news time is being spent in Japan, the networks are also keeping their eyes on the situation in North Africa and the Middle East. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, CBS News’ Wyatt Andrews and NBC’s Andrea Mitchell each got sit-downs with Secy. Hillary Clinton today as she travels through the region. Clinton told Blitzer she will not likely serve in Pres. Obama’s cabinet if he’s re-elected next year.

Earlier in the day, as you can see in this screengrab from MSNBC, Mitchell and Blitzer were alongside Clinton during a surprise trip she made to Tahrir square in Cairo. Blitzer will be anchoring “The Situation Room” from Tunis, Tunisia tonight (5pmET/10pm CET). Meanwhile, CNN’s Piers Morgan is anchoring his show from Israel (9pmET/2am IST) and Anderson Cooper remains in Japan where he’ll anchor AC360 (10pmET/11am JST). All three shows are live and will simulcast on CNN/U.S. and CNN International.

> Related: Four New York Times journalists missing in Libya

Beyond Twitter, Where Keith Olbermann Could Land

Phil Griffin & Keith Olbermann at Countdown's 5th anniversary party in 2008.

Whither goest Keith Olbermann?

Though his separation agreement with MSNBC keeps Olbermann off TV for at least six months, it hasn’t stopped rampant speculation about the irascible ‘Countdown’ anchor’s next field of battle place of employment.

Given his nuclear departures from ESPN, Fox Sports and MSNBC (twice), Olbermann’s choices may be limited. Regardless, one popular scenario making the rounds has him going to HBO, where he would create a weekly show to be paired with Bill Maher’s ‘Real Time.’

Premium cable — virgin territory for Olbermann — could end up being the perfect fit for the self-righteous leftie. His politics are compatible with those of Maher, albeit louder, taller and far less subtle.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he [Olbermann] lands at HBO for 2012,” says fellow MSNBC exile David Shuster in an email. “He and Bill Maher would be an interesting combination. I would definitely watch, though I already watch Maher to begin with.”

Robert Thompson of Syracuse University’s Center for the Study of Popular Television, who describes Olbermann’s style as “news journalism in the jazz idiom,” is equally intrigued by the possibility of a tandem with Maher on HBO.

“It’s definitely do-able,” Thompson says. “HBO already has the model and slot to put him in. Olbermann might find it a relief to be on only once a week. And because HBO is not a news network, he wouldn’t always have to be ‘making a statement.’”

Also, with no pesky constraints on language, Olbermann’s “Special Comments” could spin into postal territory. It’s a location he visits frequently with management. To put it another

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