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Carl Bernstein Joins CNN as a Contributor

Carl BernsteinCNN’s political additions continue with legendary Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein joining as a contributor, substitute anchor John Berman announced on “AC360″ last night.

Bernstein was an analyst for CNN during the 2008 election season and will now appear across the network’s programs giving political commentary.

He has previously appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on occasion, and had a memorable exchange with Bill O’Reilly on Fox News last year over the GOP’s role in the government shutdown.

In his first appearance as a contributor, Bernstein—who wrote a biography on Hillary Clinton—offered his take on revelations that the former first lady called Monica Lewinsky a “narcissistic looney toon.” WATCH: Read more

Hillary Clinton Takes a Shot at FOX In Super Bowl Tweet

She doesn’t tweet much — 3 times in January — but during the Super Bowl, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used Twitter to take a shot at FOX, but it was interpreted as shot at Fox News.

The tweet got thousands of favorites and even more retweets, not all supportive. @GOPMommy responded, “I know of 4 guys in #Benghazi that got ‘blitzed,’ it’s too bad you weren’t sacked for that.”

A few hours before Clinton’s Tweet, FOX aired a live Bill O’Reilly interview with Pres. Obama during which the president was asked about Benghazi, the IRS scandal and the healthcare.gov debacle. “These kinds of things keep on surfacing in part because you and your TV station will promote them,” the president said to O’Reilly.

Barbara Walters’ Most Fascinating Person of 2013: Hillary Clinton

walters304x200In her final “Most Fascinating” special, Barbara Walters named Hillary Clinton the Most Fascinating Person of 2013. On running for President in 2016, Clinton tells Walters: “I still haven’t made up my mind.” The special drew its biggest overall audience in 3 years, since the 2010 edition. “Most Fascinating” was the most watched show of the night with 8.8 million total viewers. It was also No.1 in the A18-49 and A25-54 demos.

Also on the list was “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, who talked about her battle with MDS. “It was hard, because so much was unknown,” Roberts said in the emotional interview. “I was scared. For the first time, I was truly frightened.”

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Live-to-Tape Goes Very Wrong for CNN

There was an embarrassing mix-up on “ICYMI” last night between Brooke Baldwin and Jake Tapper and ICN was watching.

The two had taped a segment about Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton traveling together on Air Force One to South Africa for Nelson Mandela‘s memorial. Not long after the Q&A started, Baldwin stopped Tapper mid-sentence, gave some instruction about how it should play out, then started over.

That happens all the time in TV newsrooms with pre-taped interviews. But usually the “bad” take is left on edit room floor. Not this time. WATCH:

For Baldwin’s part, she was quick to address the flub on Twitter.

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Joe Scarborough: ‘I Really Need to be Calling My Agent’

On “Morning Joe” today, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski got into it over the RNC considering shutting out NBC and CNN from primary debates in 2015/16 because both networks are planning to produce films about Hillary Clinton, who may or may not be a Democratic candidate for president.

The discussion, as it often does, turned to the politically polarized cable news channels. Brzezinski called Fox News, “a mouthpiece for the republican party.”  Scarborough then questioned, “What do you think MSNBC is at night?” Mika responded, “I don’t think so.”

“Of course you don’t think so because you are a democrat,” Scarborough said, adding, “Whereas I am fair minded and down the middle and in so much trouble right now I really need to be calling my agent.”

(h/t HotAir)

The Weekend Ticker: Obama & Telemundo, Clinton & PBS, Faulkner

  • Following his Las Vegas speech about immigration reform Tuesday, President Obama granted Telemundo’s José Díaz-Balart an interview. It will air on “Enfoque” tomorrow at 11:55amET.

Barbara Walters’ ‘Most Fascinating’ Boosts ABC

The ABC News primetime special “Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People Of 2012″ helped boost ABC’s ratings last night.

The special drew 7.66 million viewers, according to preliminary national ratings from Nielsen. It also drew a 2.7 rating/6 share in the adults 25-54 demo. The program placed ahead of NBC’s “Chicago Fire” during the 10 PM hour in both total viewers and the demo, though CBS juggernaut “CSI:” held on to the top spot in both categories.

Among the people that made the list this year were New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, actor/director Ben Affleck and Olympian Gabby Douglas. The “Most Fascinating” person was former General David Petraeus.

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)

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