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CNN’s Jake Tapper Unites Democrats and Republicans in Praise of Tough, Fair Debate

AP GOVERNOR-FLORIDA-DEBATE A ELN USA FLMaybe we should just have CNN’s Jake Tapper moderate all the debates from now on. Tonight, Tapper showed how a strong moderator can peel political candidates away from their pre-planned quips and comfortably boring talking points. Viewers got to see, well, a real debate. “We asked questions that had not been asked, and tried to knock them off their talking points,” Tapper told TVNewser shortly after the debate ended. “We wanted this, as much as possible, to be a conversation.”

It was a real conversation between Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist, and like conversations between two people who clearly do not like each other, it wasn’t always comfortable to watch. But it was fascinating, and it never felt scripted. Part of the credit for that goes directly to Tapper and his producers, who decided the format would be flexible–less about timing, and more about talking. At times, Tapper sat back, ignored the clock, and let the candidates dig in to each other’s answers. At other times, Tapper interrupted, cutting off talking points in mid-sentence with a friendly but firm “thank you.”

B0gSKMeIEAMDkXGA deftly moderated debate like CNN’s can be risky for candidates, but it was wonderful for viewers and voters. To make it happen, Tapper tells TVNewser he and the debate producers (pictured, left) worked for weeks on debate prep. “We went over and over the questions.” Tapper says it was essential that the candidates understood “you’re not going to get to filibuster, but then also, we’re going to try to get them to answer questions.” As in, you know, actually answering the questions.

To make that happen, Tapper consulted with Florida political reporters, asking for suggestions on issues that needed clarification late in the campaign–but also, asking the Florida press corp for some insight into exactly how the two candidates change the topic. “How has this candidate avoided this question in the past?”
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The A.M. Ticker: Dish, Tapper, Farrow, Menendez

  • CNN and several other Turner networks have been pulled from Dish Network. “It’s unfortunate that Dish is once again operating in a disruptive manner that takes away networks and programming from their customers,” a Turner spokesperson says.

  • Fusion.net will stream Tina Brown‘s ​”​Women in the World Texas​” conference tomorrow. Fusion anchor Alicia Menendez will moderate several panels at the event.

The Awards Ticker: Ward’s Award, Damon’s Honor, Ramos’ Best

  • CBS News correspondent Clarissa Ward will receive the 2015 Murrow Award for International Reporting from The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State.

  • CNN foreign correspondent Arwa Damon will be honored with the International Women’s Media Foundation’s 2014 Courage in Journalism Award at a ceremony Wednesday.

CNN’s Anchors Find Their ‘Roots’

CNNRootsAfter a year in the making, CNN’s one-week series Roots: Our Journeys Home premiers on Sunday night at 9 pm ET.

Over the next week, 13 of CNN’s most prominent hosts will set out on a journey to find their “roots.” From Anthony Bourdain’s Paraguayan ancestors, to the story of how Sanjay Gupta’s parents met, CNN is giving unique access to the background of its anchors.

To wrap up the week, Anderson Cooper and Michaela Pereira will host a two hour special featuring 12 of the stories on Monday, Oct. 20 at 9 pm ET.

The schedule goes as follows:

Sunday, Oct. 12
Anthony Bourdain – (9 pm ET)

Monday, Oct. 13
Michaela Pereira – (6 am ETy)
Anderson Cooper – (8 pm ET)

Tuesday, Oct. 14
Chris Cuomo – (6 am ET)
Jake Tapper – (4 pm ET)
Erin Burnett – (7 pm ET)
Don Lemon – (10 pm ET)

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Tapper, Blitzer to Moderate FL, NH Debates

BlitzerCNN is partnering with two local stations to simulcast two upcoming political debates.

On Tuesday, Oct. 21 Jake Tapper, alongside WJXT-TV anchor Kent Justice, will moderate a debate between Florida Governor Rick Scott and Democratic contender (and former Republican Gov.) Charlie Crist. Two days later, on Oct. 23, Wolf Blitzer, alongside NH1 News anchor Paul Steinhauser, will moderate a debate between New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Republican challenger (formerly Massachusetts Sen.) Scott Brown.

Both hour-long debates will begin at 7pmET

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, Sept. 17

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 261 | MSNBC: 79 | CNN: 122 | HLN: 78
  • Primetime: FNC: 401 | MSNBC: 111 | CNN: 159 | HLN: 73

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

148

TheFive:

273

Baier:

302

Greta:

258

O’Reilly:

447

Kelly:

415

Hannity:

339

O’Reilly:

293

Kelly:

199

MSNBC
Wagner:

85

EdShow:

71

Sharpton:

123

Matthews:

128

Hayes:

92

Maddow:

124

O’Donnell:

110

Hayes:

64

Maddow:

57

CNN
Tapper:

145

Blitzer:

128

Blitzer:

142

Burnett:

147

Cooper:

171

Cooper:

167

Tonight:

140

Cooper:

152

CNNI:

87

HLN
Now:

40

Files:

16

Files:

40

Jane:

54

Grace:

63

Dr.Drew:

60

Files:

97

Files:

163

Files:

260

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The Scoreboard: Monday, Sept. 15

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 259 | MSNBC: 76 | CNN: 107 | HLN: 80
  • Primetime: FNC: 402 | MSNBC: 109 | CNN: 127 | HLN: 60

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

249

TheFive:

341

Baier:

311

Greta:

296

O’Reilly:

504

Kelly:

437

Hannity:

266

O’Reilly:

226

Kelly:

183

MSNBC
Wagner:

43

EdShow:

66

Sharpton:

88

Matthews:

127

Hayes:

100

Maddow:

127

O’Donnell:

97

Hayes:

86

Maddow:

112

CNN
Tapper:

112

Blitzer:

120

Blitzer:

176

Burnett:

155

Cooper:

148

Cooper:

141

Tonight:

93

Cooper:

89

CNNI:

67

HLN
Now:

30

Files:

21

Files:

51

Jane:

44

Grace:

60

Dr.Drew:

47

Files:

72

Files:

154

Files:

193

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In Profile: Bartiromo, Tapper, O’Reilly, Alexander

  • Maria Bartiromo talks with Adweek about her media diet and how she starts her day: “Usually I’ll check the performance of the international markets. Then I’ll look online and through Wall Street research reports to figure out what is setting the tone for the markets that day.”

  • Jake Tapper talks about his morning routine with Bon Appetit: “As soon as I wake up, I read my email to see what news developed overnight. Then I go to Twitter and do the same thing, see what’s happened in the rest of the world. Finally, I go to Facebook to get the developments on my friend’s lives. And then I get out of bed. This is all before coffee.”

  • Bill O’Reilly talks with the Cindy Adams about his latest book: Killing Patton. “Wartime things exist of which we have no idea. Our side wasn’t all good. Eisenhower and Patton, who had mistresses, were glory seekers, not buddies. In this book they’re human beings.”

  • Peter Alexander turned the “Today” show lens on his sister Becky Alexander discussing her memoir, Not Fade Away, which tells the story of how her world is changing because of a disorder called Usher Syndrome Type III, causing her to go blind and deaf.

The Saturday Ticker: Weather, Russert, Tapper

  • Two of the the Weather Channel’s three owners may be looking to sell. Blackstone Group and Bain Capital acquired the company, along with NBCUniversal, in 2008. The deal could see the TV channel and the company’s weather data service sold separately, Bloomberg reports.

  • Luke Russert is joining “Meet the Press.” “Luke has an impressive love for politics and has proven himself on the Capitol Hill beat,” moderator Chuck Todd wrote in a memo to staff. Russert, the son of the late “MTP” moderator Tim Russert, will contribute both on-air and on the “MTP” digital platform.

  • CNN’s Jake Tapper will be honored with the “Tex” McCrary Award for Excellence in Journalism today in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tapper’s award comes for his book, “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor,” which tells the story of a deadly American battle in Afghanistan.

Are TV News Anchors Blurring the Line Between Reporting and Opinion in Ferguson?

TapperPolitico writes about whether the media coverage in Ferguson has shifted from reporting to opining.

On Monday night, CNN’s Jake Tapper blasted the authorities’ heavy-handed response to the demonstrations, which he deemed nonsensical. Don Lemon, on the air for CNN, even offered personal assistance to the parents of Brown. “If any of you ever need anything, you know how to get in touch with me personally,” he told them during an interview.

“There is nothing going on on this street right now that merits this scene out of Bagram,” Tapper said Monday. “What is this? This doesn’t make any sense!” Earlier in the day, Lemon was pushed back by police during a live shot. “Now you see why people are so upset here…we’re on national television, so imagine what they’re doing to people who you don’t see on national television; the people who don’t have a voice like we do.”

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