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Bret Baier: ‘After I Saw that, I Said ‘We Are Dropping the Ball on that Coverage’

BaierTVSBret Baier is taking a cue from John Oliver.

The Fox News “Special Report” host was watching Oliver’s inaugural show on HBO last Sunday when it hit him that the world’s biggest election — where up to 800 million people in India will be voting — is getting almost no coverage in the U.S. “After I saw that, I said ‘we are dropping the ball on that coverage,’ Baier told us at the TVNewser Show on Tuesday. His team is now working on a story about the election which wraps up May 12.

Baier says shows like Oliver’s as well as “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report,” “can really penetrate on news stories.”

We interviewed Baier for about 20 minutes following his keynote speech. We discussed everything from the 2014 and 2016 elections, to how he engages with “the most fervent critics of Fox News,” and the current state of the media’s relationship with the White House: “I think there is a sense that the president feels like he doesn’t get enough good treatment in a media that has, for the most part, turned a little bit on this White House, in policy and substance.”

I began by asking Baier what he thought about the president’s approval rating, which an ABC News/Washington Post poll released earlier that morning showed it had dropped to 41%.

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Dan Lothian Leaving CNN

DanLothianFirst on TVNewser:  CNN White House correspondent Dan Lothian is leaving the network, a CNN source confirms to TVNewser. Lothian is a ten-year veteran of the cabler, and has covered the administration for nearly five years.  Previously he was with NBC News out of its Los Angeles bureau.

This is the second departure of a D.C.-based CNN correspondent in a little more than one week. TVNewser broke the story on October 9 that Jessica Yellin‘s tenure at the network had come to an end.

Jessica Yellin Leaving CNN

JessicaYellinBreaking: TVNewser has learned that CNN correspondent Jessica Yellin is parting ways with the cabler. CNN shuffled its DC correspondent lineup in August sending Yellin from the White House beat to domestic affairs correspondent.

Yellin has been with CNN for 6 years. Previously, she worked at ABC News and at MSNBC.

CNN Ups Keilar, Acosta And Marsh, Shifts Yellin From White House To Domestic Affairs

CNN has made a number of changes to its DC correspondent ranks.

For starters, chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin will be departing the beat to become chief domestic affairs correspondent, and a substitute anchor.

Meanwhile, in the White House, Brianna Keilar and Jim Acosta have been promoted to senior White House correspondents. Keilar was a Congressional reporter before joining the White House team, while Acosta was national political correspondent.

Elsewhere, Rene Marsh has been named aviation and government regulation correspondent. Marsh had been a national correspondent for CNN Newsource since early 2012.

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President Obama Talks Surveillance Reforms At Press Conference

President Obama promised reforms with regard to the oversight of U.S. surveillance measures at a press conference this afternoon.

“It’s right to ask questions about surveillance, particularly as technology is reshaping every aspect of our lives,” Obama says. “It is not enough for me, as President, to have confidence in these programs, the American people need to have confidence as well.”

He proposed more oversight by Congress, more oversight of the FISC court, more transparency, a website to serve as a hub for transparency and forming a group of outside experts.

The conference is being carried live by ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.

Julie Pace from the AP got the first question, who asked about the U.S./Russia relationship. Obama said that he does not support boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

NBC’s Chuck Todd gets the second question, and asks whether Edward Snowden is a whistle-blower because his comments led to the changes today, and also whether his relationship with Vladimir Putin has been strained. he said that he does not believe Snowden is a patriot.

CBS’ Major Garrett gets question three, and asks about who the next Federal Reserve Chairman will be.

Wall Street Journal White House correspondent Carol Lee got question four, and asked why the public should trust him on the surveillance issue.

ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl asked whether Al Qaeda has really been decimated, given the recent embassy closings.

Fox News correspondent Ed Henry asks question six, about the healthcare law implementation and the Benghazi attacks.

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Broadcast, Cable Channels Cover Presidential News Conference ‘In Honor Of Ed Henry’

It has been two months since President Obama last held a press conference, but this morning he once again returned to the White House briefing room to take questions from reporters. ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC are all carrying the presser.

“I am here to answer questions in honor of Ed Henry, as he wraps up his tenure as the president of the White House Correspondents Association, in honor of that, Ed, you get the first question,” the President said.

Henry, the Fox News White House correspondent, asked about Syria, and its potential use of chemical weapons with the first question, and also asked about Benghazi.

CNN’s Jessica Yellin got the second question, and asked about the investigation into the Boston bombing.

Jonathan Karl from ABC News asked question three, and asked whether the President still had “the juice” to push his agenda through Congress.

Bill Plante, from CBS News, asked about the hunger strike in the Guantanamo Bay prison.

Chuck Todd from NBC asks question five, about the healthcare bill.

Antonieta Cádiz from Chilean news agency El Mercurio asked the final question, about U.S. immigration reform.

As he walked off stage, a reporter yelled at Obama about Jason Collins, the President returned to the podium to make a brief statement about Collins.

CNN Plans Two-Day Special Report On Gun Background Checks

CNN is getting political day during a two-day special report on firearms background checks. “Guns Under Fire: A CNN Special Report on Background Checks” will kick-off this evening on “AC360″ as Dana Bash interviews former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Piers Morgan and Wolf Blitzer will also discuss the issue on their respective shows.

Wednesday, the channel will present a number of special reports on background checks, including interviews and analysis on the issue (see all the reports after the jump). The reasoning behind the special report? “According to the latest polls, 9 out of 10 Americans support tougher background checks, so how is it that Congress can do nothing?” the channel says in a release.
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Andrea Mitchell, Jessica Yellin Make ELLE’s Influential Women in Washington List

NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell and CNN chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin have been named to Elle‘s list of the 10 most influential women in Washington.

Elle calls Mitchell the “living, breathing embodiment” of fictional heroines:

Andrea Mitchell idolized plucky heroines like Nancy Drew and Brenda Starr when she was a girl; today, as NBC News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent, she’s the living, breathing embodiment of those fearless investigators, careening daily from Today at the crack of dawn to her own show, Andrea Mitchell Reports, on MSNBC at midday to the Nightly News With Brian Williams, and then back home to her husband, former federal reserve chairman Alan Greenspan (how’s that for a power couple?).

[...] “Andrea is a network-news legend in real time,” says Brian Williams. “She’s a trailblazer who remains in control of the trail.”

The magazine also profiles Yellin, who cleared several hurdles on her path to become the sole female chief White House correspondent: Read more

Surprise! President Obama Comments On Sequester

President Obama made a surprise appearance in the White House press room at 11:39 AM ET to talk about the sequester and the economy. The appearance was announced only about 15 minutes beforehand, forcing networks to scramble a bit for their coverage.

Here in New York City, ABC News and CBS News both produced special reports, with Scott Pelley anchoring for CBS and Dan Harris anchoring for ABC, respectively. NBC stayed with “Access Hollywood Live,” though obviously MSNBC carried the statement.

CNN, Fox News and the business networks also carried the statement live.

The first question, as usual, went to the AP’s Julie Pace, who asked whether he takes any responsibility for the current situation.

The Washington Post‘s Zach Goldfarb got the second question, and asked how he plans on passing legislation.

CNN’s Jessica Yellin got question three, and semi-jokingly asked if he could bring the Republicans into the White house and force them to stay until they had a deal. “Jessica, I’m not a dictator…” he replied…

Christi Parsons of the Chicago Tribune got question four, asking about same-sex couples.

NPR’s Ari Shapiro got question five, and brought the conversation back to the sequester.

State of the Union Coverage: CNN

CNN is treating tomorrow’s “State of the Union” coverage like an election night, loading up on political anchors and analysts. Coverage will be led by Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo, Jake Tapper, Kate Bolduan and Erin Burnett, who will be overseeing a focus group reacting to the speech. Dana Bash will be in the House Chamber while Jessica Yellin reports from the White House. John King will be on “Magic Wall” duty, with John Berman and Tom Foreman in the “virtual studio” to offer “reality checks” of the President’s remarks, and the Republican response.

On the analysis side, former Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich and former Current TV anchor Jennifer Granholm will provide insider analysis, with Gloria Borger, David Gergen, Cornell Belcher, Donna Brazile, Alex Castellanos, Margaret Hoover, Van Jones and Ana Navarro also weighing in throughout the night.

One person who apparently will not be appearing on CNN’s SOTU coverage is the anchor of CNN’s “State of the Union,” Candy Crowley. Crowley hosted her weekend program from DC yesterday, and previewed the SOTU on “CNN Newsroom” yesterday afternoon.

Update: CNN says that Crowley is out of town, caring for her mother. Hence, she won’t be able to participate in the coverage.

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