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Wow! Lesley Stahl’s Online Surprise?: ‘That We’re a Success’

LS_9.1.jpgWhen will “60 Minutes” get another full-time female correspondent, Lesley Stahl?

“Good question,” says Stahl, who joined “60″ in 1991. “I have no idea. They [my bosses] know I think we should have more women. I think it would be wonderful. It would be great for the audience.”

Over 40 seasons, Stahl is only the third full-time woman correspondent to have broken into “60′s” boys club, along with Diane Sawyer and Meredith Vieira. At 67, she is the second-youngest member of the crew, behind Steve Kroft, 64.

With face time already at a premium, it may be a while before executive producer Jeff Fager adds a full-timer of either gender.

Still, Stahl says she frequently suggests names of “accomplished women,” not all of them correspondents. “This is kind of a running subject – who’s out there? It’s something that’s tossed around all the time.”

Stahl knows from tossing. Her demanding travel schedule limits her time for wowowow.com, the Web site she co-founded and co-owns.

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Two Thumbs Down: Roger Ebert Rips O’Reilly

oreilly_4-8b.jpgebert_4-8.jpgChicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert turned away from the screen to focus on TV’s Bill O’Reilly, writing a scathing open letter to the Fox News host on his Website.

Ebert was responding to O’Reilly’s inclusion of the Sun-Times in his “Hall of Shame” recently. Writes Ebert: “To be in an O’Reilly Hall of Fame would be a cruel blow to any newspaper.”

Ebert also addressed O’Reilly’s syndicated column, which the Sun-Times recently dropped. “That newspapers continue to run your column is a mystery to me, since it is composed of knee-jerk frothings and ravings,” he writes. Ebert’s choice for a conservative columnist? FNC contributor Charles Krauthammer.

Before closing with a “famous story” that probably can’t be repeated here, Ebert writes about O’Reilly’s recent interview with Liz Smith: “Bill, I am concerned that you have been losing touch with reality recently. Did you really say you are more powerful than any politician?”

O’Reilly: “Nobody Could Have Possibly Predicted Success At This Level”

oreilly_4-6.bmpThe Bill O’Reilly “100 months at #1″ media tour continues, with an interview with WowOWow.com’s Liz Smith.

Smith has known O’Reilly for “almost 40 years,” and admits she “had no idea you’d turn out to be such a big deal.” Says O’Reilly: “I always knew I would succeed but nobody could have possibly predicted success at this level…I’d give it about a million to one given my personality and the fact that I never kissed anybody’s butt.”

Smith asks O’Reilly about jobs outside his current role — he says he would “never” take an executive role but would “consider” public office.

Click continued to see O’Reilly describe his “liberal” positions…

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60 Minutes Creator Don Hewitt Hospitalized

hewitt_3-18.jpgDon Hewitt has been hospitalized with pancreatic cancer, reports Liz Smith on WowOWow.com.

The 60 Minutes creator and longtime EP of the program is 86.

Last year he received the Edward R. Murrow lifetime achievement award in broadcast journalism.

> Update: According to a CBS News internal memo obtained by TVNewser, Hewitt is not hospitalized. Instead, he is “at home,” and “going to Sloan-Kettering this weekend for tests to determine if he should have surgery on a small growth discovered on his pancreas.” The full note, after the jump…

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The Ticker: O’Reilly, Alaska, Surface…

> The New York Post’s Cindy Adams describes, in general terms, Bill O’Reilly‘s upcoming book, “A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity,” from her “embargoed, not for sale, uncopyedited, bound manuscript.” O’Reilly’s “mantra” from the book: “Living well is not the best revenge. Succeeding in your career and humiliating your critics is.”

> The Today show’s Alaskan American Story, reported by Bob Dotson, aired today. TVNewser reported last month about the goal of finding a place reporters, “haven’t found,” and with the Gov. Sarah Palin VP pick, the special report has new meaning.

> CNN has the “Magic Wall,” FNC has the “Bill Board,” and now MSNBC has their own fun piece of technology — the Microsoft Surface. It is the first time the public gets to see the device in use. Click continued to see one of the first reports using the Surface, with Chuck Todd playing the John King/Bill Hemmer role…

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