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Ex-Playboy CEO Flirts with TV News

CHeffner_3.15.jpgMorning shows are a nice place to visit, but ex-Playboy CEO Christie Hefner wouldn’t want to live there.

Hefner, who popped up Friday on “Good Morning America” as a panelist on George Stephanopoulos‘ “Morning Mix,” says friends have encouraged her over the years to pursue a morning anchor gig.

“They said I’d be pretty good at it, and there aren’t enough really thoughtful interview shows on TV,” explains Hefner, 57, a life-long Chicagoan. “Morning shows are the logical forum for me. They talk about all kinds of issues.”

Not to worry, Meredith, Robin, Maggie, Mika and Kiran.

Though Hefner does guest shots every month or so when she’s in New York on business, she’s not chasing any full-time employment these days. She’s much too busy.

Since leaving Playboy Enterprises in January ’09 after 20 years’ running the empire created by her dad, Hugh Hefner, Hefner fille has been juggling three projects.

She’s on the board of John Podesta‘s progressive think tank, Center for American Progress. She’s working with Canyon Ranch Wellness Resorts to expand their brand. Ditto for Columbia Journalism Review, which offered Hefner the publisher’s post. She declined.

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Laura Ingraham on ‘This Week:’ ‘I Might Not be Invited Back, George;’ Calls Out Charlie Gibson over ACORN Awareness

This morning, the “Roundtable” on ABC’s “This Week” discussed the White House’s war with Fox News Channel.

Referring to comments made by White House Communications Director Anita Dunn, George Will says that Fox News might be “opinion journalism,” but that also “describes The New York Times, and certainly MSNBC.”

Laura Ingraham pointed out that when “esteemed journalist” Charlie Gibson had no clue about the ACORN scandal, there was “a collective gasp across the United States.”

“Charlie has had an amazing career,” said Stephanopoulos. “Let’s set aside that moment.” Much more in the clip:

Meanwhile, CNN’s “Reliable Sources” discussed the issue as well. Huffington Post national editor Nico Pitney, declaring, “By and large, the network is a 24-hour campaign against the Obama administration.” Pitney, like John Podesta on the “This Week” panel, used the talking point about Fox News SVP Bill Shine saying that Fox news is “the voice of the opposition.”

“Reliable Sources” clip after the jump…

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9pm Battle: Colmes, Ayers on “Hannity,” Clooney, Iseman on “King”

ayers_2-23.JPGIt’s going to be a ratings battle tonight at 9pmET, as FNC and CNN each have unique line-ups.

Alan Colmes makes his first return appearance to the 9pmET hour, and he’ll be bringing his former co-host, Sean Hannity, an exclusive interview — with Bill Ayers. The interview took place in FNC’s Chicago bureau. “It’s a colossal mistake,” says Ayers of President Barack Obama‘s decision to send 17,000 troops to Afghanistan. “And, you know, we’ve seen this happen before, Alan. We’ve seen a hopeful presidency, Lyndon Johnson‘s presidency, burn up in the furnace of war.”

On CNN, Larry King Live will feature four very different segments. The show kicks off with a George Clooney interview (fresh off his meeting with VP Joe Biden at the White House). The show closes with the first TV interview from Vicki Iseman, who recently dropped her lawsuit against the New York Times. In between, King has an exclusive interview with T. Boone Pickens and John Podesta, and a panel discussion featuring Dee Dee Myers, Ari Fleischer and Bob Woodward.

Rachel Maddow
is out with the flu on MSNBC — Alison Stewart will be filling in.

> Update: Cleve Jones, a friend of Harvey Milk‘s (and portrayed by Emile Hirsch in the movie), will be on the Rachel Maddow show to discuss Proposition 8 and Sean Penn‘s speech last night. Jones also created the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Fox News Sunday’s Best Ever*

Meet the Press is poised to finished first both nationally and in the nation’s capital last Sunday. Fox News Sunday, meanwhile, scored its best ratings ever in Washington, DC last weekend (*with the exception of a 3.7 rating during a two-hour show the Sunday after 9/11/01).

Fox News Sunday had a 3.5 rating in DC beating CBS’ Face the Nation and ABC’s This Week. Pres.-elect Obama’s transition co-chair John Podesta was a guest. The Total Viewer averages are below.

Washington, D.C.
Meet the Press — 156,000 / 5.0
Fox News Sunday — 105,000 / 3.5
Face the Nation — 88,000 / 2.9
This Week — 72,000 / 2.6

Nationally
Meet the Press — 4,260,000
This Week — 3,980,000
Face the Nation — 3,020,000
Fox News Sunday — 1,424,000

Meanwhile, Face the Nation was up 43% in Total Viewers and up 60% in the A25-54 demo year-over-year. Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was a guest. This Week had its highest Total Viewership in seven years. The George Stephanopoulos-moderated show was #1 in 9 of the top 10 markets according to preliminary numbers.