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David Carr: On Election Night Battle Between News And Partisanship, ‘Fox chose news’

The New York TimesDavid Carr uses his Monday column to praise the news team at Fox News Channel, for not taking Karl Rove‘s bait on election night, and putting journalism ahead of partisanship. Carr spoke to FNC’s senior VP of newsMichael Clemente about the now-infamous moment:

“For a half an hour, there was a missing piece that other networks were skating around — why there had been no talk of concession — and we wanted to explore why that was happening,” he said.

He added that once Fox concluded that the numbers from the decision desk were correct, it went with them.

“I knew that a big chunk of our viewers were going to be disappointed in the outcome,” Mr. Clemente said, “but I work on the news side, and the most important thing was getting it right.”

Inside the Book Party for Melissa Francis’ Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter

Melissa Francis jokes that she wants to be writer when she grows up. The Fox Business Network anchor is already on her second career. And with the publication of her memoir, “Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter,” she’s on her way to fulfilling that adulthood dream. Francis was feted last night at Astra, an event space overlooking Manhattan’s East River. The memoir is a brutally honest, sometimes painful, yet touching story of life as a child actor. After dozens of commercials, her first big break came on “Little House on the Prairie.”

In a Media Beat interview this summer Francis told us the book, includes “the typical family dramas, set against the backdrop of a very unusual childhood.”

But last night, no drama, just celebrating. Among the guests, FNC/FBN c0-founder and chairman Roger Ailes, FBN EVP Kevin Magee, anchors Neil Cavuto, Liz Claman, Lori Rothman, Cheryl Casone, Elizabeth MacDonald, Tracy Byrnes, Sandra Smith, Nicole Petallides, Tom Sullivan and Dennis Kneale.

From FNC, we spotted Bill Hemmer and chatted with Megyn Kelly about election night, and the moment that took her from the studio through the bowels of Fox News to the decision desk as they explained calling Ohio for Pres. Obama, giving him the election and giving Karl Rove agita. Following many long months of election coverage and, more recently, of Hurricane Sandy, which left her without power for a week, Kelly was looking forward to taking today off.

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On Election Night, TV Networks Go Back to Basics

If there was an overarching theme of 2012′s election coverage, it was a simple one: back to basics.

With the exception of NBC and ABC’s somewhat dramatic and public coverage, most of the channels refrained from the public displays, and used technological gimmicks sparingly. CBS News coverage, anchored by Scott Pelley for the first time, occasionally relied on augmented reality graphics in Studio 57, but even they were subtle, little more than a modern take on the image that viewers at home see above the anchor’s shoulder. On CNN, gone were the holograms and dozens of analysts that made up the “best political team on television™”. Instead, viewers saw a smaller, tighter, more interesting group of analysts, and the only technology was John King‘s actually helpful “Magic Wall.”

On Fox News the mood was dour, and on MSNBC the mood was gleeful, but both networks kept it simple, with the hosts and analysts sitting behind the desks and talking about the results. After the call, Fox News had what many observers thought was the best TV of the night, with Karl Rove arguing that Ohio could be won, and Megyn Kelly walking to “The Decision Desk” to get their take. No special effects required, just a camera following her down the hallway.

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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: ‘I’m so glad we had that storm last week…’

While Karl Rove was looking silly on Fox News last night, Chris Matthews was making a bit of a fool of himself on MSNBC.

Matthews, who is about as inside as political insiders get, said that he was “so glad” that Hurricane Sandy battered the east coast last week. After Rachel Maddow appeared ready to interject, he quickly added that he didn’t mean in terms of the damage it caused, but his comments made it clear that for him, the most important thing about Sandy was that it helped tip the election.

“I’m so glad we had that storm last week because I think the storm was one of those things. No, politically I should say. Not in terms of hurting people. The storm brought in possibilities for good politics,” Matthews said.

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Update: Matthews tweeted a clarification, saying that he was talking about the bipartisanship that resulted from the storm:

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The Moments People Talked About From Last Night’s Coverage

With s0 many networks covering the election, you are bound to miss some memorable moments. Here are a few of the things that happened last night during coverage that lit up social media.

On Fox News, Karl Rove openly and aggressively disagreed with the network’s call that President Obama would win Ohio, spurring a visit to the “decision desk” by Megyn Kelly. Rove would be proven wrong.


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FNC and Fox’s Election Night Plans

Fox News Channel will have Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier anchoring on election night, while Shepard Smith will be anchoring on the Fox Broadcast Channel.

On FNC, Kelly and Baier will be joined by senior political analyst Brit Hume, “Fox News Sunday” moderator Chris Wallace, as well as contributors Joe Trippi, Karl Rove, Juan Williams, Stephen Hayes and Kirsten Powers. “O’Reilly Factor host Bill O’Reilly  and “On the Record” host Greta Van Susteren will be providing commentary, and Van Susteren will also interview Fox News contributor Sarah Palin during the evening.

Correspondent Martha MacCallum will report on exit poll data, with Bill Hemmer manning the “bill-board,” FNC’s touchscreen. Carl Cameron and John Roberts will report from Romney HQ in Boston, with Ed Henry and Wendell Goler reporting from Obama HQ in Chicago. There will also be a number of correspondents in the field (after the jump).

On the Fox Broadcast Channel, FNC contributor Ed Rollins, Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh, and The Hill editor A.B. Stoddard will contribute to coverage.

Online, Jonathan Hunt and Harris Faulkner and Rick Folbaum will anchor video coverage on FoxNews.com, while Rick Sanchez will anchor on FoxNewsLatino.com in Spanish.

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The AM Ticker: Woodward, Drought, Fox Map App

  • As he did for his last two books, journalist Bob Woodward is giving his first interview for his new book The Price of Politics to ABC’a Diane Sawyer. Woodward will speak to Sawyer on Monday, September 10, with excerpts running on “World News” and “Nightline.” He will appear in-studio on “GMA” the next day.
  • A sign of things to come? The NBCUniversal News Group is touting special coverage of the terrible drought the U.S. is currently facing. NBC news, CNBC, MSNBC, The Weather Channel, Telemundo and NBCNews.com are all planning special coverage for tomorrow, with an eye toward their particular audiences (i.e. financial impact on CNBC, Latino impact on Telemundo).
  • Fox News is launching a new iPad app, “You Decide 2012 Map” that let’s users predict how the electoral college will shake up during the 2012 election. Mashable reports: “If you’d like an expert opinion along with your own, former George W. Bush advisor Karl Rove and former Howard Dean campaign manager Joe Trippi — both Fox News contributors — deliver their predictions and analysis through the map.” Video of Rove, Trippi and Bret Baier using the app after the jump.

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CNN, FNC Fail in Early Reporting of Health Care Ruling

The expediency of TV news is not meeting well with the depth involved in the ruling on the Affordable Care Act of 2010, more commonly known as Obamacare.

“Be cautious with us, we’re trying to do the best we can,” said Bill Hemmer on Fox News, at 10:11am. “We may need to update our lower third, which may not be correct,” added Megyn Kelly, which stated the court had ruled the individual mandate unconstitutional.

At 10:07, CNN’s Kate Bolduan reported the same: “It appears as if the Supreme Court justices have struck down the individual mandate.”

“Wow, that’s a dramatic moment, if in fact the Supreme Court has ruled the individual mandate is in fact unconstitutional,” said Wolf Blitzer.

In fact, they didn’t and it was more complicated than that.

At 10:11am, a breathless NBC justice correspondent Pete Williams got it right in an NBC/MSNBC simulcast, “They have said that it can’t be upheld under the commerce clause, the individual mandate can’t. But [Chief Justice John Roberts] said it can be upheld under the court’s taxing authority. So the bottom line here is the Supreme Court has upheld the health care law. It is a penalty, not a tax.”

That clear enough?

Probably not. Our suggestion: see how the three evening newscasts report it, or read the New York Times.

As for the broadcast networks:  Matt Lauer anchored on NBC until 10:26am, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos on ABC, with Terry Moran at the court also aired their special report until 10:26. On CBS, Scott Pelley was in Washington along with Jan Crawford at the court with their special report running until 10:30. And FNC’s Jon Scott anchored on FOX stations until 10:27

HLN, CNBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg and C-Span, are also giving the decision extensive coverage.

NBC Defends David Gregory Speaking Before Group That Lobbies for GOP Causes

“Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory is getting some flack for speaking to a gathering of the National Federation of Independent Business. The group, while bi-partisan, lobbies on behalf of Republican causes. ThinkProgress reports, the NFIB “spent over $1 million on outside ads in the 2010 campaign — all of it backing Republican House and Senate candidates.”

Gregory is delivering today’s keynote, and is joined by other conference speakers including former GW Bush adviser Karl Rove and political consultants Charlie Cook and Stuart Rothenberg.

An NBC News spokeswoman tells TVNewser, “David finds it constructive to speak to and take questions from a variety of audiences. He was not compensated.”

Chuck Todd, Charles Krauthammer make GQ’s ’50 Most Powerful’ List

While two GOP politicians top the list, a couple tvnewsers are among GQ’s “50 Most Powerful People in Washington.” NBC’s Chuck Todd and Fox News’s Charles Krauthammer made the cut.

1) Eric Cantor
2) Mitch McConnell
3) David Plouffe
4) Leon Panetta
5) Hillary Clinton

19) Chuck Todd: “Through sheer ubiquity alone, Todd might be the most important political journalist working today. Throw in the fact that he’s widely liked, not at all flashy, and smart as hell, and it’s no contest.”
45) Charles Krauthammer: “[H]e’s a fixture at liberal stonings on Fox News. His tone-setting attacks against the administration caused the National Review to pen a love letter titled “Critic-in-Chief.”

FNC analyst Karl Rove is also on the list, clumped in with Steven Law and Ed Gillespie at #13. And CBS News president David Rhodes makes the list along with his brother Ben, Pres. Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser, at #20.

(h/t Playbook‘s Mike Allen … who was #40)

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