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Tapper: They’re Not Going to Free Members of ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’

Tapper McCainSomehow, a famous Beatles album became part of the discussion this afternoon while Jake Tapper and Senator John McCain discussed the exchange of five Taliban prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

“Senator, they’re not going to free members who are members of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” Tapper said.

“It’s going to be bad guys that are released in exchange for an American,” he added.

“There is a huge difference Jake,” McCain responded, noting these are the top leaders of the Taliban, and that critics claiming he swapped positions on Bergdahl’s release after the fact are “lying.”

“I obviously would have to know the details,” McCain said, stressing that’s what he stipulated before the swap was made. “The details are unacceptable,” he added.

The Scoreboard: Friday, May 30

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 185 | MSNBC: 95 | CNN: 71 | HLN: 105
  • Primetime: FNC: 262 | MSNBC: 104 | CNN: 66 | HLN: 107

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

125

TheFive:

245

Baier:

230

Greta:

214

O’Reilly:

298

Kelly:

279

Hannity:

210

O’Reilly:

239

Kelly:

192

MSNBC
Wagner:

48

EdShow:

79

Sharpton:

96

Matthews:

101

Hayes:

95

Maddow:

88

Lockup:

129

Lockup:

185

Lockup:

252

CNN
Tapper:

73

Blitzer:

79

Blitzer:

69

Burnett:

62

Cooper:

86

Sixties:

77

Spot/Unguard:

42/29

Bourdain:

87

Bourdain:

114

HLN
News:

42

WWYD:

73

DrDrew:

63

Secret:

77

Grace:

68

Files:

93

Files:

160

Files:

250

Files:

307

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DCNewsers In Profile: Greta, Andrea, Jake

  • greta_indecisiongameFNC’s Greta Van Susteren has been deemed one of the 100 most powerful women in the world by Forbes, the only on-air journalist on the list: “As the longest-running cable news anchor in the U.S., Van Susteren has managed to keep On the Record as the No. 1 show in its time slots for more than a decade.” Angela Merkel is #1, Michelle Obama is #8, Oprah Winfrey is #14.

  • NBC’s Andrea Mitchell talks with the Washingtonian about how she got into news: “I was an English major and a violinist at the University of Pennsylvania, and the radio station needed someone. I covered politics for the Ivy League radio network, which led to an internship at NBC’s local affiliate.”

  • CNN’s Jake Tapper talks with AdWeek about his political beliefs: “I don’t believe in inefficient government; I don’t believe in wasting money, but I don’t assume that people come to my show because they want to see their worldview affirmed. We’re looking to have a cafeteria of ideas.”

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.

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