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Last Night On Jeopardy!: Chuck Caps Clarence and the Comedian

Last night was night four of the “Jeopardy!” “Power Players” week, which features journalists and Washington D.C. elites playing for charity. The contestants were “Daily Show” regular and comedian Lewis Black, NBC News White House correspondent and MSNBC “Daily Rundown” anchor Chuck Todd, and columnist Clarence Page.

As usual, the “Jeopardy! writers had some fun with the categories, which included “The Daily Rundown” (about important days), “Page Turners” (about books and authors) and “Fade to ‘Black’” (clues where the answer had “black” in the name.

All three were strong competitors, with no real missteps, though Todd this miss a fairly obvious answer in the “Daily Rundown” category about Thanksgiving.

The final category was “Sporting Events,” which seemingly gave an edge to Todd, given his history with outlets such as Sports Business Daily. Nonetheless, every player failed to guess the correct answer, The Kentucky Derby, with Todd and Black guessing the U.S. Open.

Todd had garnered just enough of  a lead over Page so as he couldn’t be caught, even with the wrong answer in Final Jeopardy!, and the result was $50,000 for his charity.

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TV News Well-Represented During Jeopardy! ‘Power Players Week’

Anchors, correspondents and contributors for TV news organizations make up most of the contestants for “Jeopardy!” “Power Players Week.” CNN, NBC News, Fox News and the BBC are all represented, with the contestants all playing for their favorite charities.

The players are:

From CNN: Anchor Anderson Cooper and correspondent Lizzie O’Leary.

From NBC News/MSNBC/CNBC: CNBC anchor David Faber, MSNBC host Chris Matthews, correspondent Kelly O’Donnell and anchor and correspondent Chuck Todd.

From Fox News: anchor Chris Wallace and contributor Dana Perino.

From the BBC: Katty Kay.

Other players are: Read more

That Cooper/Black Panel Video? It’s Here

acpanel_10-14.JPGThanks to all the tipsters who sent in the video link to yesterday’s Anderson Cooper/Lewis Black panel from the CNN/TIME Politics ’08 conference.

We requested the video, mainly because of the fiery exchange between Black and an audience member during the Q&A portion. And thanks to several tipsters pointing to this UStream, from Digital Hollywood (who coordinated the whole conference), as well as this blog, we’ve got the full video.

So if you didn’t catch the panel while it streamed on CNN.com, or the few clips that were appropriate enough to be played on AC 360 last night (and we assure you, there were very few), click continued and watch the whole panel. And to see the back-and-forth we’ve hyped for the past 24 hours, scroll to 35:30…

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CNN/TIME Politics ’08: Greenfield, Graydon and More

greenfield_10-14.BMPThe CNN/TIME Politics ’08 conference kicked off yesterday with Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes saying, “There has never been and never will be a substitute for quality.”

TVNewser twittered the first panel, moderated by Campbell Brown, and featuring this line of from Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter that got the biggest laughs (on trying to book Gore Vidal on TV): “They want him to talk about Marilyn Monroe, he wants to talk about James Monroe.”

The second panel, moderated by the New York Times’ Frank Rich, featured CBS’ Jeff Greenfield, journalist/author Peggy Noonan, CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin and others. Greenfield brought up the way the journalist-politician trust has changed. He reminisced how Lyndon Johnson once said, “If I’ve lost Walter Cronkite, I’ve lost the country,” regarding Vietnam. “Who could you say that about today?” he asked.

Noonan used some descriptive language to talk TV news options. “If you want to take a warm bath in George Bush‘s greatness, you will go straight to Fox,” she said. “If you want to take a cold shower in ‘George Bush is the devil,’ you will go straight to (Keith) Olbermann.”

After the panel, Greenfield grabbed a few of the panelists, including moderator Rich (pictured) for a potential CBS package. We also turned the tables and interviewed Greenfield (after the jump).

panel_10-14.BMPTwo final notes about the TVNewser twittered final panel, featuring a lively interview between Anderson Cooper and Lewis Black (and the audience). If there is a way to get video of Black’s total excoriating of an audience member who blamed big government for the country’s problems, we’ll search for it. Black later somewhat apologized, and said he only got so worked up because of something that happened earlier in the day. But it did leave Cooper slightly uncomfortable. “This isn’t awkward for me at all,” joked Cooper.

Also, an audience member asked the CNN anchor if he ever wanted to just scream his opinion about an issue he was covering. “The last thing anyone wants to hear is some overpaid, blow-dried news anchor giving their opinion,” Cooper said. “I think there’s enough of those already.”

Click continued to see TVNewser’s interview with Greenfield, who talks about the CBS web cast, his prediction for a potentially-long Election Night ’08 and more…

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CNN Politics Conference: Cooper & Black

Day one of the Politics 2008 Media conference sponsored by CNN is coming to an end, but not before Anderson Cooper sits down with comedian Lewis Black.

For updated Twitter coverage from the Politics 2008 conference, click here

Anderson Cooper, Lewis Black and More at Time Warner

black_10-13.jpgcooper_10-13.jpgTVNewser will be attending, “Politics 2008 — The Media Conference for the Election of the President,” co-hosted by Time Magazine and CNN at the Time Warner Center, today and tomorrow (FishbowlNY will be there as well).

After the conference kicks off with a welcome from Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes, TVNewser will Twitter throughout the keynote roundtable beginning at 12:45pmET, moderated by CNN’s Campbell Brown. The panel features CNN/U.S. president Jonathan Klein, Time Magazine managing editor Richard Stengel, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter and Politico’s Jim Vandehei. (Follow TVNewser on Twitter.)

Other sessions today feature panelists ranging from CBS’ Jeff Greenfield to CNN’s Candy Crowley, and things close out with an interview between Anderson Cooper and comedian Lewis Black.

Tomorrow Dan Rather talks media bias, Christiane Amanpour and Wolf Blitzer discuss the global perception of the U.S. and more.

Stay tuned to TVNewser tonight and tomorrow for video, pictures and posts about the conference.