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Live-to-Tape Goes Very Wrong for CNN

There was an embarrassing mix-up on “ICYMI” last night between Brooke Baldwin and Jake Tapper and ICN was watching.

The two had taped a segment about Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton traveling together on Air Force One to South Africa for Nelson Mandela‘s memorial. Not long after the Q&A started, Baldwin stopped Tapper mid-sentence, gave some instruction about how it should play out, then started over.

That happens all the time in TV newsrooms with pre-taped interviews. But usually the “bad” take is left on edit room floor. Not this time. WATCH:

For Baldwin’s part, she was quick to address the flub on Twitter.

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Jimmy Carter on CNN: ‘Glenn Beck and others on Fox News, I think, have deliberately distorted the news’

Former United States president Jimmy Carter sat down with Howard Kurtz on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” to talk about his relationship with the press during his presidency and what he thinks about today’s media. When Kurtz asked Carter about cable news, the former president said,

“The talk shows with Glenn Beck and others on Fox News, I think, have deliberately distorted the news.  And it’s become highly competitive.  And my Republican friends say that MSNBC might be just as biased on the other side in supporting the Democratic Party, the liberal element.”

When explaining to Kurtz the harsh words in his book about the press, Carter said:

“I came in at a time when the press was in the post-Watergate period, and when two reporters in ‘The Washington Post’ had become famous because they had revealed some secrets that had brought down the Nixon administration. And when I got there, shortly thereafter, I think a lot of the reporters were looking for something within my administration that might be scandalous or put them in the headlines as very notable investigative reporters.”

The CNN video is after the jump…
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Road to Midterm Elections Dominates News Cycle Last Week

The upcoming midterm elections dominated the news cycle for the week of September 27-October 3, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism’s News Coverage Index.

The election coverage took up 26% of the newshole, generationg more than twice as much coverage as the economy which was the second most covered story of the week.

Election coverage was particularly popular on cable news, where it took up 40%of the total newshole. The network newscasts only covered the elections 17% of the time.

While the economy was #2 for the week, it is still the most covered story of 2010.

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Barbara Walters to Make ‘Final’ Larry King Appearance

BWaltersLarryKing092010.jpgCNN’s outgoing 9 PM host Larry King announced his lineup of guests this week, and it is a veritable who’s who of people in entertainment, politics and news.

Among the guests is ABC’s Barbara Walters, who will be appearing Tuesday in what CNN is billing as her “final interview” for “Larry King Live.”

Tonight, King will welcome former President Jimmy Carter, who has been making the rounds this week.

Wednesday, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who will be in New York for the annual UN confab, will sit down with King.

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John Harwood Is Taken By Pres. Obama’s Fly-Killing Skills

Jimmy Carter would have totally asked for a swatter:


Related: Politico highlights some comments made by Pres. Obama in the interview about FNC.

Campbell Brown Returns: No More “No Bias, No Bull”

brown_6-2b.jpgCNN’s Campbell Brown returned from maternity leave last night to her regular 8pmET timeslot. The show had a new name, a new look, a new EP, and, perhaps most notably, a new opening: “This is your only source for news. CNN prime time begins now.”

The show has dropped “No Bias, No Bull” from the title. “It was a way to emphasize the distinction between us and the partisan programs at 8pm, and we feel like we accomplished that and don’t need to continue to spell it out,” Brown tells TVNewser.

Last night’s program featured an exclusive interview with former President Jimmy Carter (clip after the jump) and several new segments, like “The Great Debate” and an opening “mash-up” of news stories.

Brown says she came up with the changes while away on maternity leave. “There is plenty of opinion out there,” she says. “When I had the opportunity to step away and to try to look what was on at 8pm as a viewer, what I was craving was more straight news, and hard news especially. That’s what we want to be able to deliver.”

Her lengthy interview with Carter is a sign of things to come. “My goal is to try to give smart people, interesting people, more time to get beyond the sound bite and get into the substance of a given issue,” she says.

CNN’s ratings at 8pmET have continued falling, finishing fourth in Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo (behind FNC, MSNBC and HLN) for another month in May. Now Brown takes over once again. “We look at the overall ratings, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t, [but] at the end of the day, what I can do is try to focus on whether we did a smart, interesting program,” she says.

As for tonight’s show, Mitt Romney is interviewed, “The Great Debate” looks at whether America is “too pro-Israel”…and baby pictures.

Click continued to see part of the Carter interview…

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Huckabee to Coulter: “Do You Think I’m Stupid?”

huckabee_1-12.bmpAnn Coulter appeared this weekend on FNC’s “Huckabee” and the former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee conducted one of the more contentious interviews he’s had (which still means it was fairly mild for a Coulter interview). He started by playing some of Coulter’s past statements about him, including “a stupid Christian,” “they’d like him better if he still weighed 600 pounds” and (gasp) “the Republican Jimmy Carter.”

“Do you think I’m stupid? Look at me in the face, Ann,” said Huckabee.

“No you are not, you are the wittiest and the quickest,” she said.

After discussing Coulter’s claims point-by-point, Huckabee said, “This a terrific book, the next time you write one you have to get all this stuff cleared up about me.”

Click continued to see part of the interview (via Hot Air)…

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The Election on TV: The Night Georgia Melted

The AP’s David Bauder writes about what viewers can expect tomorrow night by looking at elections’ past. Before the magic wall there was…

…in 1976, when NBC built a giant map of the country as a backdrop in their studio. The states were lit in white, and were turned red if Democrat Jimmy Carter won, blue if they backed Republican Gerald Ford. After some early glitches – the plastic Georgia almost melted from a hot light in rehearsal – the map became an instant hit.

Four years later, all three broadcasters had big maps. The colors eventually became uniform to what they are now: blue for Democrats, red for Republicans.

Gibson To Anchor Special Hour of 20/20

On Friday, August 10th, “World News” anchor Charlie Gibson will go primetime with his special report: “Pastor to Power: Billy Graham and the Presidents.” The 20/20 special takes an indepth look at “the world’s most famous evangelist” and his special access to the world’s most powerful men: the presidents of the United States.

Look for Gibson’s “remarkable, exclusive round table discussion with Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.”

And in a revealing interview, Hillary Clinton confides that during the worst days of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, she turned to Graham. “He was someone who could understand both Bill and me, and there aren’t many people who can,” she said.