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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford Named Analyst for Fox News

Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor, who survived calls for impeachment in 2009 after it was revealed he was having an affair with an Argentinean woman, has been named a political analyst for Fox News.

The New York Times Caucus blog reports, “While [Sanford] is certain to appear prominently at the debate Fox News is holding in South Carolina in January, he will appear well before that and will stay on with Fox even beyond the general election.”

Sanford, a Republican, was ultimately censured after his affair with Argentinean journalist Maria Belén Chapur was revealed. Sanford’s wife, Jenny Sanford, told her story to Barbara Walters last year, coinciding with the publication of her memoir.

Sanford left office in January, when his term expired. Later that month he was spotted with Belén Chapur in the resort town of Punta del Este, Uruguay.

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What CNN’s story on political sex scandals left out: Eliot Spitzer

A TVNewser reader Tweeted at us today:

@tvnewser @HowardKurtz: Did CNN really exclude Spitzer from Malveaux package on Sex Scandals & Politics? Hmm..

The answer: yes it did.

Suzanne Malveaux‘s story, which aired at 2:30pmET, made mention or showed images of politicians ranging from John F. Kennedy to John Edwards; also former Governors James McGreevey and Mark Sanford, and former Sen. Larry Craig and current Sen. David Vitter, former Pres. Bill Clinton, and 2012 presidential candidate Newt Gingrich — their private indiscretions made very public. But no mention of Eliot Spitzer who resigned as Governor of New York after it was revealed he had patronized a prostitution service. Spitzer now hosts CNN’s 7pm show “In the Arena.” We’ve learned the producer/editor on the story, who use their own judgment on what to use and what not to use, chose not to include Spitzer in the story.

CNNPolitics.com has a slideshow of 17 recent political sex scandals. On it, Spitzer is #10.

Barbara Walters to Interview Jenny Sanford

WaltersSanford_11.12.jpgBarbara Walters gets the exclusive with Jenny Sanford, the first lady of South Carolina whose husband, Governor Mark Sanford disappeared and then revealed his extramarital affair with an Argentinean woman in June.

Walters is featuring Jenny Sanford in her annual “10 Most Fascinating People” special that will air Dec. 9 on ABC, during which a brief interview will air.

A longer interview will be included in a primetime special that you’ll have to wait five months to see — it’ll be broadcast in April, 2010, timed to coincide with the publication of Jenny Sanford’s memoir.

(Photo: Steve Fenn/ABC)

TV News Devotes 28 Hours to Michael Jackson; 93% of Cable Airtime

The death of Michael Jackson dominated the news coverage late last week but wasn’t the #1 story, the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism found.

Early in the week the media gave ongoing attention to protests over the Iranian election. And by the end of the week Iran filled 19% of the newshole, making it the No. 1 topic of the week. By Wednesday attention shifted to the third biggest story of the week – the affair of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.

But the passing of the “King of Pop” on Thursday, the #2 story of the week, dominated late week coverage. The TV nets devoted more than 28 hours to Jackson’s life and death. The cable nets devoted 93% of their airtime to Jackson on Thursday and Friday.

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Evening News Ratings: Week of June 22

A week after two evening newscasts set all-time lows, the big three broadcasters bounced back during a big news week that included Iran, the Mark Sanford affair and the death of Michael Jackson. NBC Nightly News won the week averaging 8.4 million Total Viewers and topping 10 million on Thursday night with the Jackson news. ABC World News was just shy of 7 million, and the CBS Evening News brought in 5.6 million. All three shows gained 500k+ viewers from the week prior. World News was preempted on KABC in Los Angeles last Thursday due to the Jackson story. Nightly and Evening News did air in LA that night. Los Angeles represents about 4.94% of the national audience.

Total Viewers: NBC: 8,379,000 / ABC: 6,994,000 / CBS: 5,566,000

25-54 rating: NBC: 2.1 / ABC: 1.6 / CBS: 1.3

A Booking Battle … Over Joe Scarborough?

Joe_6.26.jpgFor the second time this week, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough has apparently gotten in deep with his NBC colleagues. Page Six has an item about how Scarborough was all set to appear on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday to talk about his new book.

But on Wednesday night, [host George] Stephanopoulos was alerted there might be a problem. Scarborough is said to have informed him, “I’m terribly sorry, but David Gregory had a fit.” Yesterday morning, Scarborough canceled his appearance, leaving Stephanopoulos scrambling to find a replacement guest.

The ABC booking was precipitated by Scarborough’s co-host Mika Brzezinski via “a handwritten note and a copy of Scarborough’s book, ‘The Last Best Hope,’” reports the Post. (Why Mika is booking Joe on other shows is another issue).

Inside MSNBC they have their own take on all this: “This is clearly the work of someone at ABC just trying to make something out of nothing,” an insider tells TVNewser.

Last night, Gregory hosted a book party for Scarborough in DC. Politico’s Mike Allen, who attended, tells TVNewser, “David hosted a sumptuous celebratory dinner for Joe, and welcomed guests with a warm and clearly sincere toast.”

On another issue – and another anchor – earlier in the day Scarborough, the former Republican congressman, commented about some of the cable news coverage of GOP Gov. Mark Sanford that seemed to be directed at Keith Olbermann. ICN has the backstory which resulted in Scarborough saying on air, “I was embarrassed by some cable news hosts, some frankly on this network. Unbridled glee.”

Fox News Identifies (R) Gov. as a (D)

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During his news conference this afternoon, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford was identified as a (D) on Fox News. Not only is he not a (D) he was, until today, the head of the RGA – Republican Governor’s Association. The (D) on the lower third banner appeared for about 7 seconds. The banner was then switched to quotes Sanford was giving before the correct (R) designation was inserted.

And this is not the first time this has happened. In Oct. 2006, Fox News mislabeled disgraced Florida GOP congressman Mark Foley as a Democrat.

> More: Johnny Dollar found FNC’s flubs go both ways

Gov. Sanford Vacation Explanation: “I Have Been Unfaithful to my Wife”

The cable news channels are carrying the news conference from South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford during which he just announced: “I have been unfaithful to my wife.”

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• Politico has a viewer’s guide to the Gov. Sanford saga.

The AP has more on the news conference.