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Cold State, Hot Story For Alaska Transplant Felling

Gail Shister
TVNewser Columnist

Felling_9.10.jpgSomebody lands a job in the 150th market, you send a condolence card.

To rookie Matthew Felling, you send congratulations and a tasteful floral arrangement.

With formerly unknown Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin suddenly a hot commodity as John McCain’s running mate, the entire state — including No. 150 market Anchorage — is media catnip.

“I admit the timing is incredible,” says Felling, 35, who debuts Monday as an anchor at CBS affiliate KTVA. (Palin reported sports for crosstown rival KTUU in the late ’80s.)

“It’s like being called up from the minors to Yankee Stadium on day one.”

Felling’s short run as co-editor of cbsnews.com’s “Public Eye” ended in December when CBS killed the blog. He had spent the previous eight years as communications boss for Robert Lichter’s Center for Media and Public Affairs in Washington.

While on the hunt, Felling appeared frequently on cable — as a fill-in co-host on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe;” a frequent guest on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” and a commentator on various shows. Also, he had a semi-regular gig on NPR.

As a career, TV wasn’t even on Felling’s radar screen. Neither was the 49th state, for that matter. But when the Missouri native saw the Alaska listing, “I was immediately intrigued,” he says.

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The Ticker: Monster, Green, Sources..

> Brother blog PRNewser wonders if the Montauk Monster is really just a publicity stunt. And even if it’s not, marketers and publicists are still using the cable news favorite to push their products.

> Tonight on the Planet Green network’s Focus Earth with Bob Woodruff: the EPA takes on the Bush Administration and what to do about Beijing’s hazy skies with less than a week until the games.

> Former CBS Public Eye editor Matthew Felling makes an appearance Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” The topic? The never-ending, often-contradictory speculation about vice presidential picks.

CNN’s “Hype Machine?”

CBS’s Public Eye co-editor, Matthew Felling, says that “CNN has stretched the definition of news to a nearly incomprehensible level” in promoting tonight’s CNN/YouTube debate. Annoyed, he started counting how many times the CNN networks, mentioned the event: “CNN and Headline News have now discussed tonight’s ‘groundbreaking’ and ‘first of its kind’ debate 92 times today.” And that was only as of 4:18 ET…

>Update: Anderson Cooper with Lou Dobbs: “We were up until about 3 O’Clock this morning” looking at potential YouTube questions for the debate… (okay, so I guess I’m buying into the hype).