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CNN to Relaunch ‘Inside Politics’ With John King

John KingCNN is bringing back “Inside Politics” with John King as anchor. The revamped show, which will feature a rotating panel of political reporters, will debut this Sunday at 8:30amET.

“Inside Politics” ran for more than 20 years on CNN. It ended in 2005 when then-host Judy Woodruff decided not to renew her contract with the network.

“I’m honored to be part of bringing Inside Politics back to CNN, with a focus on ahead-of-the-curve political reporting,” King said in a statement. “It’s a fascinating time in American politics, in Washington and across the country, and we have a remarkable group of journalists committed to sharing their reporting and their insights each week.”

King joined CNN in 1997 and was named chief national correspondent in 2005. Before anchoring “John King USA,” which was canceled in 2012, he anchored “State of the Union,” CNN’s Sunday public affairs program.

This is the second show that CNN has revived after several years off the air. “Crossfire,” also canceled in 2005, was relaunched in September at 6:30pmET.

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Here’s What the Broadcast and Cable Networks Have Planned For Election Day

fox news election coverageHere’s what the cable and broadcast networks have planned for tonight’s Election Day coverage:

Fox News: Bret Baier will anchor live cut-ins with election results during normal primetime programming. Carl Cameron will be live from Virginia and Eric Shawn will cover the races in New Jersey and New York. Additionally, the network will have a live webcast anchored by Jonathan Hunt from 7-8:15pmET.

CNN: Wolf Blitzer and John King will provide election updates during primetime. Jake Tapper, who is spending the day with New Jersey governor Chris Christie, will host a special at 11pmET. Van Jones and Newt Gingrich will host a special edition of “Crossfire” at 11:30pmET.

MSNBC: The network will cover the election on its regular primetime shows. Chris Hayes will host a live update at 11pmET.

ABC News: The network will cover the election on its regular newscasts, including “GMA” and “World News.” ABC will have coverage and analysis of the races online and will live-stream victory and concession speeches at ABCNews.com/live.

CBS News: The network plans to cover the races during its newscasts, with analysis and live coverage throughout the evening on CBSNews.com.

NBC News: “Nightly News” will update later feeds of the newscast as results come in and will feature extended coverage and analysis on NBCNews.com.

Fox Business: Neil Cavuto will anchor a special edition of “Cavuto” at 8pmET and a special report starting at 9pmET. “Lou Dobbs Tonight” will be live at 10pmET.

Fusion: Special editions of “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos” will air on Fusion at 5pmET and live at 8pmET.  Ramos will be joined by Fusion host Alicia Menendez, ABC News political director Rick Klein, Fusion political editor Jordan Fabian, Fusion digital editor Ted Hesson and Fusion White House correspondent Jim Avila.

Report: RNC Pressured To Have Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh Moderate 2016 Debates

The Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard reports that the RNC is being pressured to have some of the 2016 primary debates by moderated by partisans like Fox News host Sean Hannity or radio juggernaut Rush Limbaugh, rather than journalists.

Miffed that their candidates were singled out for personal questions or CNN John King‘s “This or That,” when he asked candidates quirky questions like “Elvis or Johnny Cash,” GOP insiders tell Secrets that they are considering other choices, even a heavyweight panel of radio bigs Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin.

They told Secrets that they are eager to bring in questioners who understand Republican policies and beliefs and who have the ability to get candidates to differentiate their positions on core conservative values.

Politico’s Dylan Byers notes that a lot of DC insiders are very skeptical of the report. We would also note that if Fox News were granted a debate, it is likely they would push for journalists like Bret Baier or Chris Wallace to moderate, rather than Hannity.

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The Afternoon Ticker: Walters, Duncan, Bash

  • ABC’s Barbara Walters gets the first interview with Robert and Gladys Zimmerman, the parents of George Zimmerman. The interview airs tonight on “World News” and “Nightline,” and tomorrow on “Good Morning America.”

  • Jericka Duncan has been named a correspondent for CBS Newspath. Duncan joins from CBS-owned KYW-TV in Philadelphia where she’d been a reporter since August 2010. She’s already on the job with her first story, about an Indiana sand dune that swallowed a 8-year-old.

‘New Day’ Review: CNN’s New Morning Family Grills, Overdone

The debut of CNN’s “New Day” this morning can be summed up with my favorite Oscar Wilde quote: “Everything in moderation, including moderation.”

As promised by senior executive producer Jim Murphy, the hyper-promoted 6-to-9amET broadcast – sorry, Soledad O’Brien — had tons o’ news and, at times, a “comfy and conversational tone,” but both were presented in wretched excess.

With gray-suited Chris Cuomo sandwiched between Christmas co-anchors Kate Bolduan (green dress) and Michaela Pereira (red dress), segments ran at a dizzying pace. That’s heavy voltage before breakfast.

Moreover, CNN dragged out practically its whole roster of correspondents for live talk backs. By my count, there were eight in the first eight packages alone. It was overkill, even for network boss Jeff Zucker.

The lead story was about a new CNN poll that showed Pres. Obama’s plummeting popularity. Cuomo chatted up John King. One story later, “New Day” went to that well again, this time with Dana Bash as Cuomo’s partner. Let’s hear it for moderation.

Lest we forget, HLN’s Nancy Grace popped up at about 8:20 to rant about two missing-child cases. She did not disappoint. In her usual high dudgeon, she acted like a “Saturday Night Live” parody of herself. I hope she never ups her meds.

As for the “comfy and conversational” aspect, that, too, was overdone. While Bolduan and Pereira gabbed like girlfriends around the glass table, the uber-intense Cuomo seemed uneasy and out of place. Face it, the guy can make a lost-kitten story sound like a mass murder.

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CNN Goes All-Out With Homegrown Talent For ‘New Day’ Debut

CNN’s new morning show “New Day” debuted this morning, and there were plenty of familiar faces (and voices).

Christiane Amanpour and John King filed reports, and Nancy Grace–who was for a long time a regular on ABC’s “Good Morning America–delivered some legal analysis. Actor James Earl Jones, who voices the “This is CNN” slogan, also welcomed viewers to the new program by saying “This is ‘New Day,’ with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan and Michaela Pereira.”

Insiders tell us they cannot remember King or Amanpour appearing on the CNN morning show in recent years, at least on any regular basis, but that the new mandate is that the day now starts at 6 AM at CNN, and you can expect to see the network’s biggest guns, including Fareed Zakaria, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Wolf Blitzer, Jake Tapper and Rachel Nichols all appearing regularly.

In other words, CNN is making sure all hands are on deck to make sure the show is a success. CNN president Jeff Zucker described what he was looking for in a morning show last month:

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Chris Cuomo Surprises Michaela Pereira On Her Last Day at KTLA

With the launch of CNN’s “New Day” just three weeks away, Michaela Pereira is packing her bags and moving to New York. But there was one last surprise in store for the KTLA morning anchor on her last Los Angeles broadcast: a surprise visit from “New Day” anchor Chris Cuomo.

“I know it’s hard to have somebody with the energy and the passion that Michaela has leave. It’s hard,” Cuomo told Pereira’s KTLA co-anchors. “But I gotta tell you — guys, look at it this way: I really need her. I need her more than you need her. You guys are #1, you’re #1 forever, I need her!”

The KTLA co-anchors offered to swap Pereira for Wolf Blitzer or John King. “I’d have to go to [Jeff] Zucker, to see if maybe he would do both jobs, because he’s the only guy with enough star power,” Cuomo joked. Watch the video after the jump. Read more

Cable News Networks Fodder for Obama, O’Brien at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

The cable news networks were a prime target for both President Obama and Conan O’Brien at Saturday night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, held at the Washington D.C. Hilton.

Obama kicked off his remarks by acknowledging Fox News senior White House correspondent Ed Henry, the White House Correspondents’ Association president. “Ed, you’re doing an outstanding job,” Obama said. “We are grateful for the great work you’ve done.”

In his remarks, Obama poked fun at CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. “I know CNN has taken some knocks lately, but I admire their commitment to cover all sides of the story, just in case one of them happens to be accurate,” he said. “David Axelrod now works for MSNBC, which is a nice change of pace considering MSNBC used to work for David Axelrod.” Obama joked that Fox News said it was “an insult to Satan” when an actor in the History Channel’s series “The Bible” was noticed for his resemblance to the President.

O’Brien also took aim at CNN and Fox News in his speech. “Speaking of dinner, tonight’s entrees were halibut and filet mignon. Or as John King reported it, lasagna and cous-cous,” he said. “If the President laughs, everyone laughs. And if the Fox News table laughs, a little girl just fell off her bike.”

O’Brien also made fun of NBC, saying the network has had a “rough go of it” of late. “The ‘Today’ show let go of Ann Curry. After being told, Ann Curry said, ‘let me get this straight: Al Roker tells the world that he crapped his pants at the White House, and I’m getting fired?’” O’Brien said.

Earlier in the day, Tammy Haddad hosted the 20th Annual Correspondents Garden Brunch. FishbowlDC has the details of the event, which was attended by Greta Van Susteren, Savannah Guthrie, Norah O’Donnell and Chris Matthews, among many others.

After the jump, watch the “House of Cards” spoof that opened the dinner, featuring Henry, Charlie Rose and Major Garrett. Read more

George W. Bush on Jenna’s Job: ‘Continuing the Warm Relations the Bush Family Has With the National Press’

All five living presidents are at the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, on the campus of Southern Methodist University, in Dallas this morning. The cable news networks are carrying the event in its entirety, with speeches given by former Pres. Clinton and Pres. Obama. When it came time for Pres. Bush to speak, he made mention of being a first time grandfather, and of his daughter’s job in TV news:

So if you don’t have anything to do in the morning, tune into the “Today” show. Jenna’s a correspondent, thereby continuing the warm relations the Bush family has with the national press.

The national media has descended on Dallas for the event. Pres. Bush has conducted interviews with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, NBC’s Matt Lauer, CBS’s Charlie Rose, FNC’s Bret Baier and Dana Perino and CNN’s John King. Former First Lady Laura Bush has also been giving tours of the Library to several news outlets.

Matt Lauer got the biggest piece of news during a live interview with former First Ladies Laura and Barbara Bush as well as twins Jenna and Barbara Bush. When asked about Jeb Bush getting into the 2016 race, Barbara Bush said, “He’s the most qualified, but I don’t think he’ll run,” adding, “There are other people out there that are very qualified and we’ve had enough Bushes.” When Lauer followed up, “Have you expressed that to him?” Laura Bush, with a look of surprise, jumped in, “Just on the ‘Today’ show.”

John King: Mistakes Last Week Were ‘Embarrassing’

CNN’s John King appeared on Washington DC talk radio station WTOP this morning, and the subject of his reporting last week was a big part of the conversation.

King, among other reporters at other outlets, reported that Boston police had a suspect in custody. A half hour later, as other outlets (notably NBC’s Pete Williams) contradicted that report, King and CNN contributor Fran Townsend began to walk it back.

In the WTOP interview, as transcribed by Politico’s Dylan Byers, King said the error was “embarrassing”:

“The bigger part, beyond being personally embarrassing, is it’s tough for your viewers, who you want to trust you,” he continued. “So the one thing you do have to do is look in the camera and say, ‘We were wrong,’ and try to explain why we were wrong. In this case we had two reputable sources — one of mine, one of a colleague’s of mine — who have been reliable in the past, who simply had bad information. We had two — you never do that with one — and we went with it, and we had to correct it.”

It was also personal:
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