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Fox News/Google Debate: The Review Roundup

Last night Fox News hosted its latest Republican debate, this time with Google as a co-sponsor. What did the media reporters and observers think of the format and questions?

The Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple was not a fan of the user-generated questions:

The YouTube crowdsourcing, however, didn’t go quite as well. Fox News/Google used an Internet voting scheme to determine what questions from the public ended up in front of the candidates. The scheme is democratic, webby, inclusive, clever — and, in most cases, in­cred­ibly boring…

Give me Brian Williams, give me John Harris, give me Wolf Blitzer. They’re all better than YouTube.

The Washington Times‘s Eric Golub felt much the same way:

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Is May 2 GOP debate still on?

As ABC News announces a GOP debate set for later this year, there is a new report that the first face-off of the 2012 election cycle, may not happen as planned. The first debate has been set for May 2 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and is co-sponsored by Politico and NBC. The NYTimes The Caucus blog reports:

Conversations with Republican operatives this week suggest that there is deep skepticism in several of the potential candidate camps about jumping into a televised debate so soon after getting into the race. And several Republicans said they are nervous about committing to a debate hosted by NBC if the moderator ends up being a television host with an acknowledged liberal bias, like Rachel Maddow or Chris Matthews.

Debate organizers, however, say it will be co-moderated by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and Politico’s editor-in-chief John Harris. Matthews co-moderated the May 3, 2007 debate at the Reagan Library, along with Harris.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough: ‘Scolded’ by Security & ‘Teased’ by Chris Matthews

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough was seen being “scolded” by House security shortly after noon yesterday for using his phone too close to the House entrance — being that there are different rules for members of congress and the media on where they’re allowed to be on the phone.

Chris Licht — executive producer of “Morning Joe” — tells TVNewser what happened:

Joe is polite to a fault and he knew the officer didn’t recognize him from his days in Congress, so he politely stepped away. The door guards started motioning and apologized — but Joe waved them off. The original guard was pretty red-faced when he saw those guards allow Joe to go on floor two minutes later.

Scarborough and his co-host Mika Brzezinski were recognized by a bunch of fans shortly thereafter.

The MSNBC anchor was there for John Boehner‘s election ceremony.

  • Video and details of Chris Matthews‘ “teasing” incident is after the jump…
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    Chuck Todd’s Alarming Interview

    Chuck Todd interviewed Politico’s Roger Simon and Time Magazine’s Jay Carney during the NoonET hour of MSNBC this afternoon. But Simon had some added distraction on his end — a fire alarm going off for the duration of the interview. “Looks like John Harris wants to make sure we all know when Politico’s ready to call a state,” joked Todd. “I’m very impressed with that mechanism.”

    “I stay on TV until it burns around me,” joked Simon:

    Anderson Cooper, Lewis Black and More at Time Warner

    black_10-13.jpgcooper_10-13.jpgTVNewser will be attending, “Politics 2008 — The Media Conference for the Election of the President,” co-hosted by Time Magazine and CNN at the Time Warner Center, today and tomorrow (FishbowlNY will be there as well).

    After the conference kicks off with a welcome from Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes, TVNewser will Twitter throughout the keynote roundtable beginning at 12:45pmET, moderated by CNN’s Campbell Brown. The panel features CNN/U.S. president Jonathan Klein, Time Magazine managing editor Richard Stengel, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter and Politico’s Jim Vandehei. (Follow TVNewser on Twitter.)

    Other sessions today feature panelists ranging from CBS’ Jeff Greenfield to CNN’s Candy Crowley, and things close out with an interview between Anderson Cooper and comedian Lewis Black.

    Tomorrow Dan Rather talks media bias, Christiane Amanpour and Wolf Blitzer discuss the global perception of the U.S. and more.

    Stay tuned to TVNewser tonight and tomorrow for video, pictures and posts about the conference.