> Rapper Chamillionaire is the latest hip-hop artist to have something to say about Bill O’Reilly: “I don’t get him, man, but I think there’s a method to his madness and the crazy stuff that he says on Fox News…But [when this video came out], I felt it was only right, man. The timing for someone to come up and speak on a lot of that crazy stuff that was going on. And now we on to something different.” You can see the clip here (a little after 05:30). (h/t SOHH)
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CNN will be broadcasting a new special as well as a special series over the next week, both of which appear to be sobering, grave, and other similar adjectives.
Saturday, Don Lemon is hosting a special entitled “Inside Chicago’s Killer Town” about violence in a Chicago neighborhood. A press release states, “He takes us into a neighborhood where Ceasefire, a community group involved in reducing violence, is active and working. We hear from current and former gang members who have been shot and/or are in rehab trying to turn their lives around.”
Then, starting Monday, “AC360″ will be running a special series called “After the Storm” checking in on New Orleans four years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Along with Anderson Cooper anchoring, there will be special reports from Sean Callebs, Drew Griffin, Gary Tuchman and CNN’s senior medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. On Thursday, Cooper will join James Carville in New Orleans for a tour of the city.
Earlier, we wrote about Lou Dobbs and his radio coverage of the so-called “birther” movement which was kicked in to high gear this week due in part to this video from a town hall meeting held by Rep. Mike Castle, R-Delaware, on June 30.
Well, we wanted to find out how the cable news networks have been covering the issue, so we did some more digging.
Media Matters has been covering the coverage of the birthers for more than a month and found Dobbs discussing the issue again last night on his CNN show with fellow radio talk show hosts. “The president, all he has to do is just produce the original birth certificate in a way and be done with it,” said Dobbs.
Other CNN anchors, including Rick Sanchez, have debated the issue. On Sanchez’s show yesterday conservative radio talker Ben Ferguson said, “I banned the topic from my show because I was so sick and tired of talking about it.”
Then last night on “Larry King Live”, after playing the clip from the Rep. Castle town hall, James Carville said, “That lady’s a poor thing, reads all of this goofy stuff that you hear on one of our rival networks.”
We’re not sure which “rival network” Carville is referring to, but Fox News has not covered the story and has not shown the video from the Rep. Castle event. FNC anchor Shepard Smith did bring up the issue during his much-publicized “frightening email” commentary last month.
MSNBC has been covering the birthers, for the most part, from the conspiracy theory angle. On Hardball, Chris Matthews talked to a Republican co-sponsor of a bill on the matter saying, “What you’re doing is appeasing the nutcases.” Joe Scarborough, Rachel Maddow and David Shuster, in for Keith Olbermann, have also discussed the story.
Mary Matalin has signed on as a CNN political contributor.
Matalin will appear on various CNN shows as well as twice monthly alongside her husband, Democratic strategist and fellow CNN political contributor James Carville. Those appearances will be on State of the Union with John King beginning this Sunday. Matalin and Carville appeared together often on Meet the Press during the Tim Russert era.
Matalin was formerly a co-host of CNN’s Crossfire and CNBC’s (later MSNBC’s) Equal Time.
Matalin held White House positions including assistant to President George W. Bush and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney. She was also a strategist in the 1992, 2000 and 2004 Republican presidential campaigns.
> CNBC’s Steve Liesman interviews Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner today on “Power Lunch” at NoonET.
> Tonight on Nightline, ABC’s Terry Moran reveals his predisposition to Alzheimer’s, a disease which runs in his family.
> Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg, who conducted the initial poll with James Carville that led to the Rush Limbaugh focus by the Democrats, goes head-to-head with Sean Hannity tonight.
Rush Limbaugh has been the talk of cable news this week. The latest came in Wednesday’s Politico story claiming that there is a targeted effort by White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and CNN’s Paul Begala and James Carville to keep Limbaugh in the news cycle, due in part to his high negatives.
A short time ago on his radio show, Limbaugh responded.
The White House has its chief of staff playing manipulative games with washed up talking heads, targeting me on the taxpayer dime. This country doesn’t need another administration playing dirty tricks and making enemy lists.
Last night on Anderson Cooper 360, Begala was pressed by Cooper over his involvement. “You didn’t answer the question. Are you working…as part of a concerted effort to do this?” asked Cooper.
“I don’t know what you mean by ‘concerted effort,’” responded Begala. “I guess the short answer is no. I do what I do.”
But Begala ultimately disputed the Politico story: “I have a long history of disliking Rush…I don’t take orders from Rahm Emanuel.”
Click continued to see the AC360 interview with Begala…
Since last week’s Politico story about the regular phone calls between former Clinton White House’ers Rahm Emanuel, George Stephanopoulos, Paul Begala and James Carville, several conservative outlets have raised the question of a conflict of interest.
Media Research President Brent Bozell has been one of the most vocal critics (Rush Limbaugh‘s callers also jammed the ABC News phone lines). Bozell, who makes a claim not part of the Politico story that these are “strategy phone calls,” requested ABC respond to the story on Newsbusters and in an open letter. “With each passing day, ABC’s failure to speak to and about this issue tarnishes further the network’s reputation as a legitimate news entity,” he writes.
Today, ABC responded to Bozell and other critics, although they say there have been several prior on-the-record responses ignored by Media Research Center. “To be crystal clear, George Stephanopoulos does not advise Rahm Emanuel nor anyone else in the Obama Administration,” says the letter from SVP of editorial quality, Kerry Smith. “He reports on the Obama Administration. He speaks to Mr. Emanuel, a friend he has known for nearly two decades, as a source, just as he speaks to countless sources across the political spectrum each and every day.”
Politico also later wrote “I don’t think they have the story quite right,” regarding Bozell’s claims.
Click continued to see the full response letter from ABC…
Multiple people throughout the CNN newsroom were using the phrase “calm before the storm,” at 5:30pmET last night.
The BPTOT was gathering on the edge of the newsroom as anchor Wolf Blitzer interviewed former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani. Conservative commentator Alex Castellanos and Democratic commentator Paul Begala compared ties (they wore opposite colors). “It’s kind of a George W. Bush tie,” teased Castellanos of Begala’s blue tie.
A few dozen feet away, Soledad O’Brien and Bill Schneider are being given some final training on the huge Voter Analysis screen. The screen breaks down exit polls in what seems to be an unlimited number of combinations. CNN’s political director Sam Feist stops by to watch the preparations. “Isn’t that cool?” he says. “It’s what we’ve always wanted.”
For Castellanos, this was his first election night on the media side of the equation. There’s good chemistry here,” he says. “I didn’t think I’d find a better place to watch the election.”
Overall, he wasn’t confident about the night. You may find me at the bar at Midnight,” he said. Then he was reminded he would have to be on the air at Midnight. “This is the only bar I’ve ever been at where you sit for seven hours with no booze,” he joked.
We also asked both Castellanos and James Carville about their bet regarding the Louisiana Senate race. Both seemed confident in their candidates before the results. In the end, Castellanos owes Carville some dinner. “I hope Democrats don’t eat much,” he said last night.
Below, a look at the CNN Grill on the 10th floor of the Time Warner center (before it became packed), and after the jump, more pictures from CNN’s newsroom:
Click continued to see more pictures of the night…
That piece of information, that Carville and Stephanopoulos still talk every day “between 6:15 and 7:45am,” is one of the revelations in the new documentary from DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, the team that brought “The War Room” to the screen 15 years ago.
Their upcoming film, “Return of the War Room,” looks back at the film that documented Gov. Bill Clinton becoming President. And from that ’92 team came many media figures today. In addition to Stephanopoulos and Carville, Paul Begala (CNN) and Dee Dee Myers (CBS) are now TV News talking heads.
At the film’s premiere at the Paley Center for Media on Monday night, Carville and Myers, as well as the filmmakers and others featured in the film, took part in a panel discussion of the political scene then and now.
A question was asked during the Q&A how Stephanopoulos could remain fair in his role as moderate of ABC’s This Week. Myers said the fact Republicans appear on the show every Sunday is proof enough. “They think he’s fair or they wouldn’t go on,” she said.
In “Return of the War Room,” the filmmakers talk with strategists from the other side of the political spectrum too — FNC contributor Frank Luntz, who worked on the ’92 Perot campaign, and Carville’s wife Mary Matalin, Bush Sr.’s (“Poppy” as she calls him) deputy campaign manager. Matalin’s zingers had the crowd in stitches. What did she think when her then-boyfriend Carville told her he was joining the Clinton campaign? “I really thought I was going to throw up,” she said.
Below, TVNewser talks to Carville about Obama-Clinton comparison, media bias and who may be the media stars who may emerge from these campaigns. And click continued to see which journalist Myers thinks is the “breakout star,” video of the scene at the premiere and more…