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CNN Political Contributors Carville, Matalin and Erickson Leaving

What a day at CNN.

CNN confirms that political contributors James Carville and Mary Matalin are leaving the channel.  TVNewser has also confirmed that Erick Erickson will be leaving CNN and joining Fox News as a contributor.

The moves follow executive VP and managing editor Mark Whitaker‘s announcement this morning that he would be leaving the company, and the addition of Chris Cuomo to a new morning program.

Our sister blog FishbowlDC first had the scoop.

Carville and Matalin have been political contributors and hosts at CNN for the better part of 20 years, while Erickson joined the channel in March of 2010. The network still has a slew of political contributors, including Paul Begala, Ari Fleischer and Donna Brazile, though the impact had by the DC power couple cannot be overstated.

 

Who Needs a Studio When You Have a Living Room?

We are truly living in a technological wonderland. For cable news pundits, new technology also makes their jobs much easier. Now they can do a quick hit on “Morning Joe” before taking the kids to school, and then pop onto an afternoon news show before picking them up… all from across the country.

The Washington Post highlights one of the latest trends in punditry: the home studio. Figures as varied as Sarah Palin and David Gergen to the CNN power couple James Carville and Mary Matalin all have the deal.

In the Carville-Matalin house, CNN’s team of techies mounted a smallish camera — called a Cisco link — that gets steered and focused by engineers in D.C. or Atlanta or Hong Kong or whichever CNN nerve center has booked either half of the power couple.

“This is an option that turns out to be cost-effective and also smart for the contributor and the network,” Feist said.

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‘Shepard Smith’ Interviews the Romneys on ‘SNL’

On “Saturday Night Live” last night, a creepy, bizarro-world version of Fox News anchor Shepard Smith interviewed “Mitt and Ann Romney,” as well as their “kids.”

It was, well, creepy.

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Also, CNN’s “James Carville” stopped by “Weekend Update” to talk about Rush Limbaugh:

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Showtime Orders Dick Cheney Doc From ‘The War Room’ Director R.J. Cutler

Showtime has ordered a documentary looking at the life of former Vice President Dick Cheney. The doc is from R.J. Cutler, who famously chronicled Bill Clinton‘s campaign to become President in 1992 and put George Stephanopoulos and James Carville on the map.

The new doc “The World According to Dick Cheney” (working title) will chronicle Cheney’s life, from his early days in the Ford White House, to the legacy he forged as Vice President. “Cutler will offer up a measured, layered profile of the polarizing, controversial former vice president,” said Showtime in announcing the series.

Election 2010: Technology Front and Center for CNN’s Midterm Election Coverage

CNN has announced its coverage plans for the 2010 midterm elections. As in previous elections, new technology will be a major part of the coverage, with returning favorites like the “magic wall” and “data wall’ being joined by the “CNN Election Matrix,” which will break down data in a visual way.

The network already revealed it will be adding more “virtual objects” to its coverage.

“We are taking capabilities of the Data Wall and quadrupling it in order to report the story in the clearest way we can,” said CNN senior VP and Washington bureau chief David Bohrman in a statement. “Viewers are ready for a rich meal of election items and with CNN’s technology on air and online, paired with the Best Political Team, we will serve an unparalleled election night experience.”

Wolf Blitzer will lead the network’s coverage, and will be joined by Anderson Cooper, Candy Crowley, John King and Soledad O’Brien. Other anchors, reporters and hosts that will be contributing to the program include Jessica Yellin, Dana Bash, Brianna Keilar, Ed Henry, Dan Lothian, Suzanne Malveaux and new 8 PM hosts Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker.

More information after the jump.

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Cable News’ ‘Crossfire Culture’ Gets Analyzed

RS080210.jpgThe Washington Post‘s Howard Kurtz writes about the “Crossfire Culture” of cable news, and journalism in general. While ostensibly it is about the current state of journalism, it is hard to ignore the focus on cable news pundits:

Cable news channels were pioneers in vituperation, as politicians learned they were more likely to get invited back by breathing fire. The rise of highly opinionated hosts at Fox and MSNBC helped fuel the trend, as has the invasion of pols-turned-pundits — Sarah Palin, Karl Rove, Pat Buchanan, Newt Gingrich, James Carville, Eliot Spitzer — who have blurred the distinction between us (the journalists) and them (those we cover).

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[Bill] O’Reilly regularly portrays his network as the antidote to hopelessly biased rivals: “If you want to know what’s really happening in America, you have to come here because you will not get it in much of the mainstream media.” His chief antagonist, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, said Sherrod’s reputation had been “assassinated by Fox News” and “that scum Breitbart,” but he did not spare what he called “the cowering media, this network included.”

The article seems to draw from a discussion Kurtz had on his Sunday CNN program, “Reliable Sources:”

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Tom Hanks Impersonates James Carville

On today’s “Good Morning America” “Morning Mix,” Tom Hanks delivers a pretty great impression of famed Democratic strategist and CNN political contributor James Carville. He seemed to have everyone in the studio cracking up.

Carville on Ailes: ‘In Terms of the News Business… There is Him and Then There is Everybody Else’

Ailes_1.9.jpgA great read in tomorrow’s New York Times is online now. David Carr and Tim Arango profile Fox News founder and chairman Roger Ailes, and the power he wields both inside his company and out.

In addition to being the best-paid person in the News Corporation last year [$23 million in salary], he is the most successful news executive of the last 10 years, and his network exerts a strong influence on the fractured conservative movement.

At a time when the broadcast networks are struggling with diminishing audiences and profits in news, he has built Fox News into the profit engine of the News Corporation. Fox News is believed to make more money than CNN, MSNBC and the evening newscasts of NBC, ABC and CBS combined. The division is on track to achieve $700 million in operating profit this year, according to analyst estimates that Mr. Ailes does not dispute.

Ailes spoke with The Times in late December from his office. “I built this channel from my life experience. My first qualification is I didn’t go to Columbia Journalism School. There are no parties in this town that I want to go to.”

In fact, Ailes lives north of New York City in rural Putnam County.

A sign outside his house shows an illustration of a gun and advises visitors that it is under video surveillance. His movements now are shadowed by a phalanx of corporate-provided security. He travels to and from work in a miniature convoy of two sport utility vehicles. A camera on his desk displays the comings and goings outside his office, where he usually keeps the blinds drawn.

Ailes’ success is lost on no one in the worlds of both media and politics. “If he were a Democrat, I think there would be 67 Democratic senators right now,” said CNN contributor and Democratic political consultant James Carville. “In terms of the news business, the cable television business, and the political business, there is him and then there is everybody else.”

‘This Week’ Replacements Line Up; Stephanopoulos ‘Getting Jay Leno’d?’

stephtw_12-10.jpgPage Six hears that a few established newsers are competing for George Stephanopoulos‘s spot on “This Week” should he leave once he starts his “Good Morning America” run: “ABC White House correspondent Jake Tapper is vying with ‘Nightline’ co-anchor Terry Moran amid rumors an approach may be made to ‘Washington Week in Review’s’ Gwen Ifill.”

For now, as TVNewser reported, Stephanopoulos will continue to host his Sunday public affairs show, even though he’s accepted the ‘GMA’ offer.

Politico’s Michael Calderone spoke to one of Stephanopoulos’ old pals, James Carville, about the move:

While Carville doesn’t doubt Stephanopoulos will be successful on “GMA,” he noted that his friend had “a good life on Sunday morning” and will be letting go of a strong political journalism franchise in Washington.

“I teased him, ‘You might be getting Jay Leno’d here,’” Carville recalled. “You’re doing fine and then someone comes up with this brilliant idea.”

Tapper, Ifill, and Moran were some of the top vote-getters in our recent “This Week” poll. Graph after the jump.

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CNN’s King & Carville in SNL Send-Ups

A couple of tvnewsers got the SNL treatment last night. Larry King, “the suspenders are prescription, they hold in my organs,” and James Carville, “When I play monopoly and I win the beauty contest people don’t yell ‘hey you can’t win a beauty contest, cryptkeeper. You ugly.’”

After the jump, Bill Hader‘s “cryptkeeper” Carville on Rush Limbaugh

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