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Pres. Obama Delivers News at Tucson Memorial: ‘Gabby opened her eyes’

During the “Together We Thrive” memorial service, all of which was carried on the cable news channels and some of which was carried on the big four broadcast networks, President Obama delivered his own news about Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who he and Mrs. Obama visited in the hospital earlier today:

“A few minutes after we left her room and some of her colleagues from Congress were in the room, Gabby opened her eyes for the first time. Gabby opened her eyes,” repeated the President to a cheering crowd, “so I can tell you she knows we are here.”

President Obama’s remarks, which ran about 35 minutes with applause, were the culmination of the event at the University of Arizona. Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer spoke, as did Arizona’s former Governor, now DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, who read from the book of Isaiah. Two Supreme Court justices, Justice Anthony Kennedy and retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor sat in the front row along with Daniel Hernandez, hailed a hero for tending to Rep. Giffords in the moments after she was shot, and Rep. Giffords’ husband, the astronaut Mark Kelly. Arizona’s two U.S. Senators, John McCain and Jon Kyl, sat just behind them in the second row of dignitaries.

About the political rhetoric, Obama said: “At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized; at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do, it’s important to pause for a moment and make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.”

FOX broadcast coverage with Shepard Smith began at 8:30pmET, NBC’s Brian Williams, live in Tucson, began at 8:38. ABC’s coverage with Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos began at 8:40 and CBS with Katie Couric in Washington, began coverage at 8:41. The networks returned to regular programming when the president concluded around 9:20pmET.

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Fox News’ Exclusive Trip with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano

Fox News Channel went on an exclusive New Years Eve trip with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

National correspondent Catherine Herridge, Justice Department producer Mike Levine, and cameraman Steve Shelton traveled exclusively with Secretary Napolitano during her week-long trip to Afghanistan, Qatar, Israel, and Belgium.

“Seeing is worth a thousand words,” Napolitano said after the tour. “This all involves safety and security in this part of the world. And that is something that has direct connection as well to the United States.”

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Jasper Schuringa Makes the TV Rounds, Exclusive or Not

Jasper Schuringa, the hero of Northwest Airlines flight 253, continued telling his story today. After an exclusive interview on CNN yesterday, he gave an exclusive broadcast morning show interview to ABC News. But the three-minute interview with Bill Weir on “Good Morning America” Weekend. did not include the grainy cell phone image CNN purchased the rights to yesterday, which helped secure their interview with the Dutch man.

FNCJS_12.27.jpgSchuringa also appeared on Fox & Friends Weekend, via the CNN clip. FNC, like ABC and NBC last night on their nightly broadcasts, will argue fair use of the image, should CNN make a claim.

• Other notes on the terror scare:

— Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was a late add to “Meet the Press” and “This Week.”

— CNN’s “Reliable Sources” was shortened by 15 minutes this morning (10:15amET-11amET) so “State of the Union” could update viewers with the latest news on the terror attempt at 10am.

Power Problems Persist at NBC News Washington

Napolitano_11.16.jpgNBC’s Washington bureau has been having power problems all day. Politico’s Michael Calderone emailed bureau chief Mark Whitaker about it this morning. Whitaker writes, “somehow the bureau lost power and the electrical system froze in transition to the backup generator.”

Insiders tell us the phones haven’t worked for most of the day, e-mails aren’t going through, shows are being moved and guests, including DHS secretary Janet Napolitano (pictured), are having to do live shots from outside.

DC-based Andrea Mitchell anchored her 1pmET MSNBC show from New York while David Shuster is anchoring the 4pmET show from MSNBC’s studios on Capitol Hill (the same building as Fox News Channel’s DC bureau.) Chris Matthews will anchor “Hardball” from Los Angeles.

Supremes Author on the Supreme Pick

Gail Shister
TVNewser Columnist

Toobin.jpgIt doesn’t happen every year and there are no (visible) shoulder pads, but covering the search for a new Supreme Court justice is “the Nerd Super Bowl” for CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin.

Explain yourself, counselor.

“The [judges'] written opinions can seem esoteric. It’s fairly abstract stuff,” says Toobin, a Harvard Law grad and author of ’07 bestseller The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court.

“It’s not like a political campaign, where candidates are giving speeches — red meat — to the public,” he continues. “Most people don’t read actual opinions or see the Supreme Court in action.”

Toobin, King of the Nerds, does both. The challenge, he says, is to decode the legalese into language that “brings the issues before the court alive in a meaningful way for people who are not lawyers.”

Translation: Convey the enormity of the stakes without putting viewers into REM sleep.

Gender will be a big factor in President Obama’s choice of nominee for David Souter‘s seat, Toobin says. He puts the odds at 80-20.

It puzzles Toobin that there have been only two female Supremes in the history of the high court — Sandra Day O’Connor, who retired in 2006; and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, 76 and battling pancreatic cancer.

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Did DHS Secretary Set Pre-Conditions For Morning Show Interviews?

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano made the morning show rounds today, hitting all six programs for brief interviews from Mexico. Napolitano was on to talk about Pres. Obama’s trip south of the border, but the anchors and show hosts also wanted to talk about this report regarding “right-wing extremists.”

Following her interview on MSNBC, Joe Scarborough said he got a call saying “we can only ask one question about this story.” And so, he complied.

But what about the other morning shows?

During her Fox News interview, Napolitano was asked four follow-ups about the report. On CBS, NBC and ABC there was one follow-up about the report (although the ABC question and follow-up were about terrorism in general). CNN asked about the report, but no follow-up.

Here’s the Morning Joe segment: