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NY Mag: Fox News Benches Karl Rove, Dick Morris Following Election

According to the always well-sourced Gabriel Sherman in New York Magazine, Fox News has benched analysts Karl Rove and Dick Morris now that the election is over, requiring producers to get permission before bringing them on the show.

The reason for the benching? Rove’s now-infamous on-air battle with anchors Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier, which made for great TV, although at the expense of some FNC staffers, and the heat Morris has taken for essentially admitting that he was not being honest in some FNC appearances.

Both pundits made several appearances in the days after the election, but their visibility on the network has dropped markedly. Inside Fox News, Morris’s Romney boosterism and reality-denying predictions became a punch line. At a rehearsal on the Saturday before the election, according to a source, anchor Megyn Kelly chuckled when she relayed to colleagues what someone had told her: “I really like Dick Morris. He’s always wrong but he makes me feel good.”

A Fox spokesperson confirmed the new booking rules for Rove and Morris, and explained that Shine’s message was “the election’s over.”

FNC Sizes Up Megyn Kelly’s Future

The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz writes about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. There is some familiar territory, but Kurtz adds a little nugget that there might be even brighter things in the anchor’s future:

Kelly has emerged as a breakout star at Fox after a campaign in which she helped moderate a number of high-profile presidential debates. And that has created a bit of a dilemma for the network, as her contract is up next summer.

She is clearly too big a talent to remain marooned at 1 p.m. and would like a more prominent time slot. But with Fox having stuck for years with a winning prime-time lineup of Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Greta Van Susteren, it is not clear where Kelly would land.

Fox News Channel’s primetime lineup of Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren all signed new extensions recently. Van Susteren, who signed an extension in July 2010, is the first one whose contract expires, though it isn’t immediately clear when, or if 10 PM would even be in play. Van Susteren has helped FNC hold a strong ratings lead on the cable news pack in that hour.

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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.

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