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TV News Bias? That’s Nothing New – “Your Industry is Wrecking All of Us”

Tomorrow morning, C-SPAN Radio will air new calls from Pres. Lyndon Johnson. They are the latest and last release of his conversations provided by the LBJ Library.

During one call, on August 29, 1968, Pres. Johnson is dressing down then-CBS president Frank Stanton for what he considers biased media coverage of the Democratic convention in Chicago.

“Frank, I wanted to tell you, I hang my head in shame at the industry and particularly at [Walter] Cronkite and — the — what I would say the very unfair personalized reporting of these fellas. And I think that you ought to know that opinion because you are going to be disappointed in me down the road if I didn’t tell you that. I’m just telling ya frankly that I think your industry is wrecking all of us. Now, because I think first of all you all have political motives to serve. I don’t think you do, but I know he does. I’ve looked at the reports on him. I know that some of Paley’s son-in-law does. I know that some of your reporters do, as do NBC. I think you have evil influences working.”

There’s an audio clip after the jump. The new calls will be played on C-SPAN Radio at 10amET available nationwide on XM Satellite Radio and on the Web at c-spanradio.org.

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9pm Battle: Colmes, Ayers on “Hannity,” Clooney, Iseman on “King”

ayers_2-23.JPGIt’s going to be a ratings battle tonight at 9pmET, as FNC and CNN each have unique line-ups.

Alan Colmes makes his first return appearance to the 9pmET hour, and he’ll be bringing his former co-host, Sean Hannity, an exclusive interview — with Bill Ayers. The interview took place in FNC’s Chicago bureau. “It’s a colossal mistake,” says Ayers of President Barack Obama‘s decision to send 17,000 troops to Afghanistan. “And, you know, we’ve seen this happen before, Alan. We’ve seen a hopeful presidency, Lyndon Johnson‘s presidency, burn up in the furnace of war.”

On CNN, Larry King Live will feature four very different segments. The show kicks off with a George Clooney interview (fresh off his meeting with VP Joe Biden at the White House). The show closes with the first TV interview from Vicki Iseman, who recently dropped her lawsuit against the New York Times. In between, King has an exclusive interview with T. Boone Pickens and John Podesta, and a panel discussion featuring Dee Dee Myers, Ari Fleischer and Bob Woodward.

Rachel Maddow
is out with the flu on MSNBC — Alison Stewart will be filling in.

> Update: Cleve Jones, a friend of Harvey Milk‘s (and portrayed by Emile Hirsch in the movie), will be on the Rachel Maddow show to discuss Proposition 8 and Sean Penn‘s speech last night. Jones also created the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

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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