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The Afternoon Ticker: Panetta Book, CNN Suit, Walters Talks

  • Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is making the TV rounds for his memoir “Worthy Fights.” His first morning interview went to Matt Lauer for “Today,” his first cable interview was with Gloria Borger on CNN, the first online interview is with Katie Couric for Yahoo! and his first primetime interview is with Bill O’Reilly tonight on Fox News.

  • Former CNN staffer Stanley Wilson has filed a $5 million wrongful termination lawsuit against Turner Broadcasting and his former boss. The 17-year CNN veteran, a Los Angeles-based field producer and writer, says he was discriminated against, defamed and retaliated against. Deadline has more.

  • ABC’s Barbara Walters is the featured speaker tonight at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Walters, who celebrated her 85th birthday last week, was born in Boston. In her autobiography Audition, she wrote about having an affair in the 1970s with then-married Massachusetts Senator Edward Brooke.

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Martha Raddatz to Host New Show for ABC News/Yahoo!

Starting this Friday, ABC’s chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz will host a weekly show for ABCNews.com called “On the Radar.”

The show will offer viewers a look at the defense, intelligence and foreign affairs worlds through the lens of U.S. policy. The debut episode includes an interview with out-going Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in Italy.

“On the Radar” joins other web shows in partnership with Yahoo News which feature ABC News talent. It  replaces “Political Punch with Jake Tapper.” Tapper left ABC News at the end of the year, and will join CNN at the end of the month.

Wolf Blitzer’s Joint Interview with Secretaries Clinton and Panetta

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer is on his way on Brussels where he will conduct a joint interview with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta tomorrow at NATO headquarters. Blitzer, who Tweeted out this photo as he was departing this morning, will ask about Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, North Korea and the presidential election. Not sure why Wolf has to go all the way to Brussels to interview two cabinet secretaries when they all live in the same town.

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)

Erin Burnett Gets OutFront on Wrong Foot

Erin Burnett flanked by her CNN bosses, EVP and managing editor Mark Whitaker, left, and EVP in charge of CNN Ken Jautz, right.

We’re thinking CNN’s Erin Burnett is eying a large Margarita when she gets of the air at 8pm tonight. Maybe during the show. Maybe right now.

Her premiere week — at least from where the critics stand — was not good. As for the ratings, more on that in a minute.

It was about :30 seconds, of a three minute story, in her (so far) four hours of programs on CNN. But if you printed out the criticism of Burnett’s coverage Monday from Occupy Wall Street, it could stretch from one end of Zuccotti Park to the other.

“Erin Burnett was way too dismissive and condescending of these protesters,” wrote Forbes’ Eric Jackson, who, 24 hours after posting his story, Tweeted that his take on Burnett was his 8th most popular story ever on Forbes.com.

The pile-on was swift.

  • From the Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik: “Burnett’s problem runs much deeper from what I have seen — it runs straight through to the persona, if not the person herself.”
  • Variety‘s Brian Lowery writes: “Burnett does appear to have been a terrible choice for her new role, on a program oddly titled ‘Erin Burnett OutFront.’ Out front of what, exactly?”
  • Salon’s Glenn Greenwald called Burnett, a “spokesperson for Wall Street; it’s basically what her ‘journalistic’ career is.”

After all the criticism Atlantic Wire‘s Adam Clarke Estes got this statement from CNN: “We support Erin and the OutFront team and we respect that there will be a range of opinions on any given story.”

Burnett and crew couldn’t even catch a break on the title of segment they like to call “Seriously!” Watch this NYMag.com clip for more on that. MediaMatters thinks Burnett should apologize.

Don’t count on it. We hear the plan is full-steam ahead; taking pride in what else happened during her debut week: interviews with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner; talking politics with GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and women’s health issues with model Christy Turlington.

As for those ratings…

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Is ABC News Hogging White House Dinner Guests?

Stephanopoulos_4.30.jpgThe Hill reports on next weekend’s White House Correspondents Association Dinner – the party of the year where the media elite, politicos and Hollywood stars come together.

But, The Hill reports, “news outlets are grumbling” about ABC’s guest list. “Several people pointed to ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos‘s close friendship with [Obama Chief of Staff Rahm] Emanuel, and questioned how the network got so many big names.” Those names include Emanuel, adviser Valerie Jarrett, CIA Director Leon Panetta and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.

Rice was an easy get. Her husband is the Executive Producer of Stephanopoulos’ Sunday show.

But ABC says its other stars including Terry Moran and Jake Tapper booked many of the Obama staffers while Stephanopoulos was only involved in securing one guest…

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