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Jake Tapper Honored With 2014 Patriot Award

Jake-Tapper-CNN-2CNN’s Jake Tapper is among the recipients of 2014 Congressional Medal of Honor Society Patriot Awards.

Other honorees are Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, CBS Golf Commentator David Feherty, and actor Mark Wahlberg.

“As a convention committee, we nominated all awardees last year and are thrilled they have been approved by the Society’s board of directors for their outstanding achievements within their fields and for their commitments to the US military,” said Joe Thompson, co-chairman of the Knoxville Medal of Honor Convention Committee.

Tapper will be honored with a “Tex” McCrary Award for Excellence in Journalism, with special recognition for his book “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor,” which tells the story of a deadly American battle in Afghanistan.

The awards will be handed out in September at a convention in Knoxville, Tennessee.

CNN’s Drew Griffin: Missing Plane Coverage Bought Us Time for VA Story

GriffinCNN correspondent Drew Griffin tells POLITICO that his network’s wall-to-wall coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 gave his investigative team more time to do the legwork on alleged misconduct at a Phoenix VA Hospital that left dozens of veterans dead waiting for care.

“Quite frankly, the plane coverage bought us some of that time, so that in April when we finally had it, I mean we didn’t sit on it very long … we were all over it,” said CNN Senior Investigative Reporter Drew Griffin of the Veterans Affairs report. “Once there was a news hole opening we were ready to go.”

Yesterday, Griffin told Jake Tapper he was caught off guard by President Obama’s statement on the VA controversy, sensing a disconnect between what he’s seeing and hearing in the country and what the president was talking about.

CNN Reporter ‘Caught Off Guard’ by Pres. Obama’s VA Statement

GriffinCNN correspondent Drew Griffin, whose investigation into dozens of veterans’ deaths at a Phoenix VA facility put a spotlight on potential wider spread misconduct, told Jake Tapper he was surprised by President Obama’s statement on the VA controversy earlier today.

“I was a little caught off guard by what apparently is a disconnect by what’s happening out here in the country and what the president is talking about,” Griffin said following Obama’s statement.

He added that Government Accountability Office reports already lay out the problems of dangerous patient backlogs at VA facilities, and no further studies are necessary.

Griffin said the veterans he talked to wanted more direct action by the president. “I was a little confused by the president’s remarks today,” he added.

Jake Tapper Grills White House Chief of Staff

Jake Tapper grilled White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough Thursday on “The Lead” over the VA scandal that left dozens of veterans in Phoenix dead waiting for care.

“How many stories like this, how many letters like this, how many dead veterans do you need before somebody asks the question within the White House–maybe this guy [VA Secretary Eric Shinseki] isn’t the best steward of these veterans?” Tapper asked McDonough about the head of the VA, who’s fallen under heavy criticism for mismanagement of the veterans healthcare system.

Tapper pressed McDonough futher, noting potential federal crimes might have been committed in the Phoenix scandal due to alleged off-the-books waiting lists created to hide long appointment wait times for sick veterans.

Personally, Tapper has shown his dedication to the U.S. military. In March, he adopted an Afghanistan soldier through “Homefront Hugs,” sending him a care package. And in 2012, he authored “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor,” which chronicled the 2009 attack on Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan.

The Scoreboard: Monday, May 5

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 242 | MSNBC: 83 | CNN: 96 | HLN: 89
  • Primetime: FNC: 291 | MSNBC: 107 | CNN: 105 | HLN: 124

4p: 5p: 6/6:30p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

171

TheFive:

270

Baier:

270

Greta:

269

O’Reilly:

334

Megyn:

289

Hannity:

249

O’Reilly:

247

Megyn:

197

MSNBC
Wagner:

57

EdShow:

83

Sharpton:

96

Matthews:

111

Hayes:

95

Maddow:

111

O’Donnell:

114

Hayes:

92

Maddow:

61

CNN
Tapper:

124

Blitzer:

136

Blitzer/Cross

135/83

Burnett:

126

Cooper:

103

Tonight:

96

Spc.Rpt:

115

Cooper:

96

Tonight:

69

HLN
News:

16

Detective:

19

Detective:

18

Jane:

50

Grace:

112

DrDrew:

118

Files:

142

Files:

156

Files:

166

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The White House Hears From Jake Tapper ‘More Than Any Other Cable Host’

Jake TapperAs part of Politico Magazine’s Media Issue, Reid Cherlin profiles Jake Tapper, examining whether the anchor of “The Lead” is “CNN’s future — or it’s past.” Tapper, who joined CNN from ABC News last year, tells Cherlin how he incorporates his White House correspondent skills at the anchor desk:

“I still do a lot of reporting,” Tapper tells me, reclining in his office chair, his lunch salad untouched in front of him. “The White House will tell you that I besiege them with calls and complaints and accusations and whatever.” He smiles his trademark smile, more defiant than apologetic. “At more godly hours.” (As ABC’s correspondent, he was known around the White House press office for reliable 6:55 a.m. phone calls to make sure he had the very latest for his standup on Good Morning America at the top of the hour.) “We still hear from him a lot,” a White House official says, mentioning frequent emails. “Certainly more than any other cable host.” The official adds wryly: “He also seems to serve as his own booker.”

The Ticker: Fuse, Oliver, Tapper

  • Fuse News, which was initially produced by former ABC, CBS, and CNN executive Rick Kaplan, has been cancelled. “We reached an agreement to sell Fuse to SiTV Media, and these changes are part of that transition,” a spokesperson tells TVNewser.

  • New HBO host John Oliver tells The Daily Beast covering cable news is like absorbing poison, and CNN perplexes him. “What CNN are doing at the moment is more baffling to me. At least Fox are efficient at what they’re trying to do…I find that whole world very dispiriting.”

  • CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper” will air Tapper’s interview with former President George W. Bush this afternoon. Tapper will speak with the former president about veterans’ issues.

As Missing Plane Coverage Continues, ‘Crossfire’ Vanishes

Crossfire304x200One of CNN’s signature political shows remains off the air, despite the easing up of near-nonstop coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Today marks one month since “Crossfire” last aired. But it’s not for a lack of political news: the Affordable Care Act sign-up deadline, which lends itself to fiery debate, came and went; there have been primaries in several states leading up to the 2014 midterms, not to mention the jockeying for 2016, and then there’s the politics of foreign policy: Russia, Ukraine, the Middle East and beyond.

A CNN spokesperson tells TVNewser the 6:30pmET show “will remain on hiatus this week, but will be back soon.”

CNN clearly sees value in the brand. Today at its Upfront, which TVNewser will be attending, the network will announce that “Crossfire Reloaded” is among the series from the new CNN Digital Studios.

The TV version of “Crossfire,” however, “is not easily adaptable to a single breaking news story, especially a missing airliner,” former senior executive at CBS, Fox, and Telemundo, Joe Peyronnin, tells TVNewser. Peyronnin says there’s a difference between “Crossfire” and news shows like those anchored by Jake Tapper, Wolf Blitzer, and Anderson Cooper.

“To allow ‘Crossfire’ to run at the height of viewer interest [in the missing plane story] would risk losing many viewers and break CNN’s coverage momentum,” Peyronnin says.

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The Scoreboard: Monday, April 7

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 238 | MSNBC: 101 | CNN: 178 | HLN: 66
  • Primetime: FNC: 374 | MSNBC: 154 | CNN: 219 | HLN: 92

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

149

TheFive:

319

Baier:

308

Greta:

294

O’Reilly:

465

Megyn:

332

Hannity:

322

Hannity:

287

Megyn:

228

MSNBC
Wagner:

48

EdShow:

114

Sharpton:

167

Matthews:

226

Hayes:

151

Maddow:

187

O’Donnell:

125

Hayes:

62

Maddow:

101

CNN
Tapper:

132

Blitzer:

215

Blitzer:

174

Burnett:

233

Cooper:

228

Tapper:

208

Spc.Rpt:

220

Spc.Rpt:

267

Cooper:

207

HLN
News:

19

Files:

55

Files:

74

Jane:

90

Grace:

143

DrDrew:

77

Files:

54

Files:

110

Files:

124

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Awards Season: Peabodys, Headliners, Christophers

PeabodyIn addition to the Peabody Awards announced today on “CBS This Morning,” the Christopher Awards, which honor media “that affirm the highest values of the human spirit,” were announced. And earlier this week the National Headliner Awards “recognizing journalistic merit in the communications industry,” were announced by the Press Club of Atlantic City. Here are some highlights of all three:

  • Peabody Awards: CBS for Charlie Rose‘s interview with Bashar Assad; CNN’s “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown;” Al Jazeera America for “Faultlines;” PBS won multiple Peabodys and a personal award is going to Tom Brokaw: “the anchor emeritus has only enhanced his reputation since he left the desk in 2004,” Peabody judges found.

  • National Headliner Awards: CNN and Al Jazeera America will take home several awards in the broadcast category. CNN wins first place awards for coverage of a major news event for Jake Tapper‘s coverage of the Boston bombing, for continuing coverage of a major news event for coverage of Egypt Unrest, and for news magazine program for Gloria Borger‘s “Marriage Warriors: Showdown at the Supreme Court.” AJAM wins multiple first place awards for investigative, business/consumer, environmental and health/science reporting.

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