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New Black Panther Party Voter Intimidation Story on ‘Reliable Sources’

Tomorrow, CNN’s Reliable Sources is going to examine Fox News’s coverage of the voter intimidation case involving the New Black Panther Party. Host Howard Kurtz will ask whether the story has been over-reported by FNC or under-reported by other media outlets.

Kurtz will talk with Bob Schieffer, chief Washington correspondent and host of CBS’ “Face the Nation” who was criticized this week by Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly for not asking AG Eric Holder about the case when he was a guest on “Face the Nation” last weekend.

Kelly herself made headlines when she challenged NY Post columnist and FNC political analyst Kirsten Powers over the case:

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CBS News’ Jim Geraghty and CNN Political Contributor Roland Martin will also be on to discuss the story.

TVNewser has learned Kurtz called Fox News to make them aware he’d be covering the topic. “Reliable Sources” airs Sunday at 11amET.

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Tracing the “Talking Points” Comment

mcclellan_7-29.JPGIt all started at 5:22pmET last Friday.

That’s when former White House press secretary (and best-selling author) Scott McClellan told Hardball’s Chris Matthews the Bush White House would send Fox News commentators “talking points.”

McClellan made the distinction, “between the journalists and between the commentators,” but when pressed by Matthews if “people say, ‘call Sean [Hannity], call Bill [O'Reilly], call whoever,’” McClellan concurred.

“Certainly it wasn’t necessarily something I was doing, but it was something we at the White House, yes, were doing in getting them talking points and making sure they knew where we were coming from,” he said, although he qualified, “I think that happens both ways when people go on other networks that are favorable to Democrats.”

Next, the story got picked up by Countdown Friday night. “It’s one of those things you kind of assumed to have been true all along, and yet you are shocked when hard confirmation actually shows up on your door,” said Keith Olbermann.

Then, on Sunday, the story made an appearance on CNN’s Reliable Sources. Host Howard Kurtz discussed the Hardball segment with National Review’s Jim Geraghty and commentator/author Keli Goff: “Has McClellan kind of ripped the lid off a seamy situation here, where the Bush White House was funneling its message, its talking points, to the likes of Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity?”

Then, on The Radio Factor yesterday, and on his show last night, O’Reilly addressed the notion — and called out the “idiot” McClellan.

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