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Edwards “Apoplectic” Over Interview Promotion

edwards_8-8.jpgNews of John Edwards affair admission broke onto the cablers just before 3pmET yesterday. Apparently Edwards was not happy about it.

Broadcasting & Cable’s Marisa Guthrie reports the early release from ABC News was at odds with Edwards original hopes — “to control the news cycle by making his admission late on a Friday night when the country was watching the Olympics and the long weekend yawned ahead.”

Writes Guthrie, “According to multiple sources, Edwards was apoplectic that ABC News began promoting the story early on Friday, giving the rest of the media a chance to play catch-up and cite ABC News’ report.”

ABC News spokesperson Natalie Raabe tells Guthrie the agreement was, “promotion of the interview could begin immediately after it was completed.”

Bell: “I’m an Olympics Geek, What Can I Tell You?”

nbcchinalogo_8-4.JPGThe Los Angeles Times’ Matea Gold takes a look at the upcoming Today show coverage of the Olympics.

Anchor Matt Lauer says the network will cover the good and the bad. “We’re going to cover every single aspect of it,” he said. “And I don’t think we’re going to be shy about it. The interesting thing will be what kind, if any, pushback we get.”

Today EP Jim Bell, who describes himself as “an Olympics geek,” (he’s helped to cover six Olympics) is excited to get started. “”I’m really pumped up about it,” he said. “I think the fact that it’s China is going to make it interesting, whether we want it to be or not. And we want it to be.”

Related: Click continued for an update on China access restrictions…

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“It Would Make it More Interesting if Bill Was on And Did It Live”

It was MSNBC’s turn at the TCA today, which has become a hot spot for media stories the past couple of weeks.

Matea Gold of the Los Angeles Times writes about NBC News president Steve Capus‘ response to questions about the dual role of MSNBC’s primary team of Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann. “The audience gets it, and that’s the single biggest factor that I see,” said Capus. “I think their work speaks for itself.”

Olbermann asserted that FNC did the same thing with their primary coverage, where Sean Hannity, Alan Colmes and Bill O’Reilly “were on for lengths of time.” (The FNC personalities never served as anchors of coverage, just as commentators.)

Olbermann was asked if FNC was missing an opportunity by not having O’Reilly on during primary nights.

“It would make it more interesting if Bill was on and did it live,” he said. “Let’s just leave it there.”

The Countdown host was asked how his show would change if Sen. Barack Obama is elected President.

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