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CBS, NBC Get Advance Copies of Clinton Memoir

ABC News may be getting the first interviews with Hillary Clinton, but NBC News and CBS News were the first networks to get their hands on advance copies of “Hard Choices,” which is set to be released Tuesday. The memoir is published by Simon & Schuster, a division of CBS.

“CBS Evening News” first reported on the book’s details Thursday night, and both “Today” and “CBS This Morning” had details from the book this morning. CBS’ Nancy Cordes reported on the book at 7:11 a.m. and NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell was on the air with her report at 7:13 a.m. Both networks said they bought a copy at a bookstore.

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State of the Union Coverage Plans: Broadcast Networks

obama state of the unionHere’s what the broadcast networks have planned for President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday.

ABC: Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor from Washington, D.C. They will be joined by Jonathan Karl, Martha Raddatz and Jeff Zeleny before and after the President’s speech. Sawyer will also anchor “World News” from D.C.

NBC: Brian Williams will anchor from Washington, D.C. He will be joined on set by David Gregory, Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell. Capitol Hill correspondent Kelly O’Donnell will report from inside the House chamber. Williams will also anchor “Nightly News” from D.C.

CBS: Scott Pelley will anchor from Washington, D.C. He will be joined by Bob Schieffer and Norah O’Donnell. CBS News will also have chief White House correspondent Major Garrett and Congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes reporting during primetime.

PBS: “NewsHour” co-anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will lead coverage. They will be joined by Mark Shields and David Brooks for political analysis.

FOX: Shepard Smith will anchor coverage of the President’s speech. Smith will be joined by “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace for analysis.

Univision: Univision will air the speech on cable network Galavision. Enrique Acevedo will anchor.

Chris Matthews, Sean Hannity, Ashleigh Banfield in ‘House of Cards’ Second Season

In a new trailer released by Netflix for the hotly anticipated second season of “House of Cards,” MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield make cameos in Kevin Spacey‘s political thriller.

“So this goes all the way to the White House,” Matthews asks a guest on his “Hardball” set, asking about Spacey’s Frank Underwood’s illegal political wheeling and dealing.

Banfield interviews Underwood’s wife, wondering if their marriage is really what it appears beneath the surface.

“Some people think that your marriage may be a bit more calculated than you let on,” Banfield says to Claire Underwood, played by Robin Wright.

TVNewser has also learned Sean Hannity and NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell are set to make appearances in the second season.

Season two of “House of Cards” will be released February 14 on Netflix.

Politico Media Panel Agrees Media ‘Leans Left’

Politico PlaybookA Politico Playbook panel with CNN’s Jake Tapper, NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell, the New York Times’ Peter Baker and Mark Leibovich all agreed that in general the news media leans left.

“A certain type of person becomes a reporter,” Tapper said, suggesting since most big city reporters haven’t gone through the same experiences less fortunate Americans have—like poverty and minimum wage work—there is an awareness of that fact in their reporting.

“I rarely talk about politics with my colleagues,” Leibovich said, but suggested conversations in newsrooms drop clues that there is a “leftward lean.”

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How Dana Bash and Kelly O’Donnell Used Social Media to Report on the Shutdown

dana bash shutdownThe AP’s David Bauder takes a look at coverage of the government shutdown, noting the crisis “taught some reporters new benefits of virtually instant communications.” CNN’s Dana Bash and NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell told Bauder social media was crucial to their reports during the three weeks the government was closed:

Social media was a big help, O’Donnell said. She would hear from people outside the Capitol cocoon through Twitter and email, with many raising questions she used in her reporting. She was asked how the shutdown would affect Social Security or back pay for government workers. NBC used a “dearcongress” hashtag on Twitter to encourage questions.

“That was a real-time experience of the shutdown that did not compare to anything in a crisis that we had covered before,” O’Donnell said.

[...] In the past, Bash said she’d often need to plead with producers for time off the air to report. In this case, it wasn’t really necessary: Her sources would text, tweet or email information while she was on the air. When President Barack Obama spoke to the nation on Thursday, Bash had instant reaction from several Republicans minutes after he left the podium.

Production Wraps on ‘The Chris Matthews Show’

The syndicated weekend public affairs program, “The Chris Matthews Show” is wrapping up production after 11 years. And the final three broadcasts, airing over the next three weekends, feature 17 of the show’s most prominent guests.

The seventeen journalists include Gloria Borger, David Brooks, Elisabeth Bumiller, Michael Duffy, Howard Fineman, John Heilemann, David Ignatius, Katty Kay, Joe Klein, Andrea Mitchell, Michele Norris, Kelly O’Donnell, Clarence Page, Kathleen Parker, Andrew Sullivan, Cynthia Tucker, and Bob Woodward.

It was these, and many other guests who, since 2002, provided the answer to the show’s signature question: “Tell me something I don’t know.”

“The fact is,” says Matthews. “I look at the whole show that way. I am constantly learning when I sit with these caring, thinking, in most cases, hopeful people. No, they’re not just journalists. They’re people – like you – trying to get some grip on this surprise we call life.”

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One Speech, Many Different Approaches

This afternoon President Obama delivered a big speech on the issue of climate change. As it happens, the speech ended up making clear the  filters through which the cable news channels approach a news item.

When the President began speaking shortly after 1:45 PM ET, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and, yes, The Weather Channel, were carrying the speech. Bloomberg and Fox Business also carried it.

MSNBC cut away at 1:49 PM, and brought in correspondents Peter Alexander and Kelly O’Donnell, who went all-out on the politics behind the speech. The channel went back to the President at 1:52 PM as he formally announced his plan, before cutting away for good at 2 PM.

FNC cut away at 1:52 PM, instead choosing to have Megyn Kelly interview a climate change denier. Kelly and her guest didn’t actually cover the President’s plan, but rather focused on the issue.

CNN also cut away at 1:52 PM right after FNC did, Wolf Blitzer threw to political correspondent Jim Acosta, who focused primarily on the political ramifications of the speech. Blitzer then called the speech a “major address” by the President, and told viewers they could watch it on CNN.com as he threw to a commercial. It may have been a “major address,” but not major enough for coverage on CNN TV after that point.

The Weather Channel–which has bet big on covering the effects of climate change in series and specials–covered the entirety of the speech in full and commercial free, saving its analysis for after the speech. Every single guest in the analysis portion accepted that climate change is real.
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Surprise 50th Party for Joe Scarborough

Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC president Phil Griffin and the UAE’s Ambassador to the U.S. Yousef Al Otaiba threw a 50th birthday bash for Joe Scarborough last night in Washington, DC.

According to Politico, Scarborough thought they were coming to D.C. for a speech, instead, on the rooftop of 101 Constitution Ave., Scarborough was treated to a “this is your life” with friends and family. “We have your life covered here completely, from Boston to Los Angeles to Florida to New York to Washington. Everybody is here,” said Brzezinski.

“You can sit back and relax and just hang with your family because, actually, we are going to talk tonight — and you’re not going to say a word.”

Among the guests: NBC/MSNBC’s Willie Geist, David Gregory, Luke Russert, Mike Barnicle, Andrea Mitchell, Kelly O’Donnell and Lawrence O’Donnell. “Morning Joe” EP Alex Korson and former EP Chris Licht and Licht’s boss’s boss at CBS, Jeff Fager. Also, Walter Isaacson, Dan Senor, Nicolle Wallace, Bob Woodward and more.

(h/t Playbook)

State of the Union Coverage: NBC News

NBC’s coverage of President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Address will begin at 8:45 PM Tuesday with an online web show at NBCNews.com, with network coverage kicking in at 9 Pm ET.

“NBC Nightly News” and “Rock Center” anchor Brian Williams will anchor the show, joined by David Gregory, Savannah Guthrie, Andrea Mitchell, Chuck Todd and Kelly O’Donnell in the House chamber.

The network is planning full live coverage of the address and the Republican response, which will be delivered by Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. After Rubio’s comments, Williams will interview Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA). There will also be active coverage on social media.

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Bash, Raddatz, O’Donnell and Crawford Pose in Capitol Rotunda

As politicians set aside their differences today to celebrate President Obama’s second inauguration, reporters from competing networks are following suit. CNN’s Dana Bash tweeted this photo of her with CBS’ Jan Crawford, ABC’s Martha Raddatz and NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell in the Capitol rotunda this morning:

Bash was reporting from the rotunda for this morning’s swearing-in ceremony and tweeted about many of the arrivals. “Things I never thought I’d say: John Mayer and Katy Perry just walked by us in the Capitol rotunda,” Bash wrote at one point.

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