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Chris Cuomo Gets Interview with Rielle Hunter

ABC’s Chris Cuomo gets the first post-trial interview with Rielle Hunter, the former mistress of John Edwards.

In an interview to air next Friday on “20/20,” Hunter speaks candidly about her current relationship with Edwards, his relationship with their daughter Quinn, and what she would have said if called as a witness in his corruption trial. Hunter is out with a book, “What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me,” which hits store shelves on June 26. That morning, Hunter will appear live on “Good Morning America” and “The View.”

Cuomo’s ABC colleague Bob Woodruff got the interview with Edwards that, in part, touched off the corruption case against him. In that interview in August, 2008 — six months after he dropped out of the race for the democratic nomination for president — Edwards admitted to Woodruff that he had an extended affair with Hunter, but denied he was the father of Quinn.

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Day Runs Into Night for Matt Lauer

Old habits are hard to break.  Just ask Matt Lauer.

It was a long work day for the morning show veteran, who filled in tonight on Nightly News for the first time in ten years.  Known for his usually near-seamless anchoring, Lauer this evening waged a very human battle with his dayside-nightside references.

It all started when NBC’s chief legal correspondent wrapped up her analysis of the John Edwards trial.  Lauer thanked “Savannah Guthrie, in the studio this morning”.

After a commercial break, Lauer clearly was cognizant of the mix-up. Tossing to correspondent Ron Mott, Lauer said, “Good evening, Ron” – with a heavy emphasis on ‘evening’.

But when Mott completed his live tag and tossed back to the studio, Lauer thanked him for reporting from New York “this morning”.

The rest of the newscast then was smooth sailing…until the closing moments.

“And that’s our broadcast for this Thursday night, thanks for being with us. I’m Matt Lauer in for Brian tonight, and I’ll see you tomorrow morning on Tonight. On Today, excuse me!” he said while laughing.

Update: Checking the KUSA-TV/Denver feed, the Guthrie “morning” reference stayed in…as did the one with Mott. Lauer was able to re-do his farewell, though, telling viewers he’ll see them “tomorrow morning on Today“.

Charlie Who?

On last night’s “CBS Evening News” political correspondent Jan Crawford seemed to have a brief flashback to her days at ABC News.  While discussing John Edwards and Sarah Palin with anchor Harry Smith, Crawford called Smith “Charlie,” harking back to her days of talking legal issues with Charles Gibson at “ABC World News.”

Crawford’s comment comes just after 1:00 in the clip below.

Gibson, like Crawford, left ABC News in 2009.

What CNN’s story on political sex scandals left out: Eliot Spitzer

A TVNewser reader Tweeted at us today:

@tvnewser @HowardKurtz: Did CNN really exclude Spitzer from Malveaux package on Sex Scandals & Politics? Hmm..

The answer: yes it did.

Suzanne Malveaux‘s story, which aired at 2:30pmET, made mention or showed images of politicians ranging from John F. Kennedy to John Edwards; also former Governors James McGreevey and Mark Sanford, and former Sen. Larry Craig and current Sen. David Vitter, former Pres. Bill Clinton, and 2012 presidential candidate Newt Gingrich — their private indiscretions made very public. But no mention of Eliot Spitzer who resigned as Governor of New York after it was revealed he had patronized a prostitution service. Spitzer now hosts CNN’s 7pm show “In the Arena.” We’ve learned the producer/editor on the story, who use their own judgment on what to use and what not to use, chose not to include Spitzer in the story.

CNNPolitics.com has a slideshow of 17 recent political sex scandals. On it, Spitzer is #10.

Elizabeth Edwards Has Died

Just before 5pmET, the cable news channels reported the news that Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of former Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards, had died. Edwards, 61, had been battling breast cancer since 2004.

Fox News was first with the news at 4:57, and has been running “Glenn Beck” in its entirety since. CNN was next to report the news and has been in continuing coverage during “Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer“. MSNBC covered the news for the first segment of  “Hardball with Chris Matthews.”

ABC News’ Diane Sawyer anchored a network special report at 4:59pmET.

Elizabeth Edwards Opens up to Matt Lauer

Edwards_6.25.jpgMatt Lauer announced this morning on the “Today” show that he’ll be interviewing Elizabeth Edwards for the show next week. It’ll be Edwards’s first television interview since separating from her husband, former two timing two-time Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards. The interview is timed as Edwards releases the paperback edition of her number-one national bestseller Resilience, in which she includes a new epilogue reflecting on the separation. The interview airs on “Today,” Wednesday.

> More: Edwards will be on CNN’s “Larry King Live” Wednesday night.

Bob Woodruff’s Big Interview Just Part of a Big Day: “My ‘Alive Day’”

BWoodruff.jpgWhat a day it is for ABC’s Bob Woodruff.

His long-awaited interview with former John Edwards aide Andrew Young is set to air tonight on a special 20/20, and on Nightline.

It’s also Woodruff’s father’s birthday. Plus, Woodruff has a date this evening with his twin nine year-old girls at a father-daughter dance.

And it was on this day four years ago that Woodruff narrowly escaped death. “My ‘alive day’,” he tells TVNewser.

In 2006, the newly-minted World News Tonight co-anchor was reporting from Iraq when a roadside bomb exploded near him and cameraman Doug Vogt. Both suffered serious head injuries. Four years later, Woodruff is feeling good — “I’m lucky,” he says — and he’s right in the thick of things at work.

He has nabbed some of the biggest gets in the Edwards-Rielle Hunter saga, including an exclusive interview with the former Senator and presidential candidate in August of 2008. During that chat, Edwards lied about the possibility of fathering Hunter’s daughter, Quinn.

Woodruff Edwards.jpg“I was pretty shocked” at the denial, Woodruff says. And so were Andrew Young — author of The Politician, out tomorrow — and his wife Cheri, who Woodruff says were “just irritated and furious” at what they heard. They chose Woodruff for their first interview.

Woodruff, who covered Edwards’ 2004 presidential run, finds it hard to believe he’s still covering this scandal, long after the now-infamous 2008 sit-down. “I didn’t think it would be such a big story a year and half later.”

But it is. So big that each network has scrambled for the scoop. Last week, with Woodruff’s Andrew Young interview looming, NBC got an exclusive of its own: a first look at the statement from Edwards admitting paternity.

Woodruff shrugs it off. “I love competition. Go for it, NBC!”

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Getting Ahead of ABC Interview, NBC Gets Edwards Admission He’s the Father of Mistress’s Baby

Next Friday, ABC’s “20/20″ airs a Bob Woodruff interview with former aide to John Edwards, Andrew Young, who is releasing a tell-all called “The Politician.”

But this morning, NBC News stole some of that thunder by getting an exclusive statement from Edwards admitting that he’s the father of a 2-year-old daughter conceived with Rielle Hunter, a campaign videographer with whom he had an affair.

In a written statement provided first to NBC News, the former North Carolina senator and Democratic presidential candidate writes, “I am Quinn’s father.”

In her story on “Today,” NBC’s Lisa Myers got an on-camera interview with Edwards’ close friend Harrison Hickman: “I am speaking for the senator to the extent that anyone can,” says Hickman.

> More: Not to be outdone, ABC News is reporting this morning that Young was asked by Edwards to steal a diaper to secretly check his paternity.

> More, More: While NBC had the statement first, with enough time for Myers to produce a story, the Edwards camp was having it both ways, making sure all the networks had the statement for the lead on the morning newscasts.

The P.M. Ticker: Elizabeth & Tommy, Steve & Ben, Steve & Diane…

> Tonight on CNN’s Larry King Live, Elizabeth Edwards and former HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson will debate healthcare reform. The live debate will be the first time Mrs. Edwards has debated someone on the topic…on TV.

> CNBC’s senior economics reporter Steve Liesman hosts a special from Jackson Hole, WY, site of the Federal Reserve’s annual conference. “Fed, Crisis & Recovery: Live from Jackson Hole” airs tomorrow at 8pmET on CNBC.

> Comedian Steve Harvey made his first appearance as a “Good Morning America” special correspondent this morning. At issue: “Can Men and Women Just Be Friends?”

News Organizations Asked Not To Name “Other Woman” During Elizabeth Edwards Interviews

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What’s in a name?

A lot if you are Elizabeth Edwards, especially if that name is Rielle Hunter.

Edwards began making the rounds last week publicizing her new book. But in three TV interviews – with Oprah Winfrey, Matt Lauer and Larry King – Hunter, “the other woman” in the John Edwards affair, was not mentioned.

The AP’s David Bauder writes about how the networks handled this request from Mrs. Edwards.

On the “Today” show, Matt Lauer said Edwards had asked “out of consideration” that NBC not use Hunter’s name. “We’re a news
show,” he said while interviewing Edwards, “but, and out of consideration, I won’t use the name.” “Thank you,” Edwards replied. Jim Bell, executive producer of “Today,” said the Edwards interview had been booked without this request being made. If it was done as a demand, “Today” would not have done the interview.

In a “Larry King Live” interview on CNN Tuesday, Hunter’s name was not mentioned. King talked about the affair at some length, even asking Edwards whether she was curious about “the woman” and wanted to meet her. (“I don’t think that’s a very useful experience,” Edwards replied.) King said Edwards had requested Hunter not be named “out of consideration,” and CNN agreed.

Bauder writes that his own organization, The Associated Press, would not agree to the demand and was twice turned down for interviews with Edwards. “It’s simple,” said Michael Oreskes, vice president and senior managing editor of the AP. “We don’t let other people edit our wire.”

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