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King’s New Show: “State Of The Union”

king_1-8.jpgIn this morning’s release about Sam Feist‘s new position with CNN was the news he would be overseeing “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” and “State of the Union with John King.” The “State of the Union” name for King’s previously unnamed Sunday show was first reported by Politico’s Michael Calderone.

Last month it was announced King would be taking over the Sunday timeslot from Blitzer, and anchoring a block from 9am-1pmET. This Sunday will be the last “Late Edition” before King takes over the following week.

“The News King” was the choice by TVNewser readers in our poll.

Busy Morning In D.C.

It was a D.C.-focused morning on the cablers, as Roland Burris and President-elect Barack Obama made their way around the nation’s capital. After an Associated Press report said Senate Democrats planned to accept Burris for Obama’s seat, many networks rushed to report the news. CNN held back, as Dana Bash‘s sources said the deal was not done.

Then came an Obama news conference. Politico’s Michael Calderone reports Obama called on Laura Meckler of the Wall Street Journal, Chuck Todd of NBC and Jake Tapper of ABC. And, as Chris Matthews noted, the conference meant Todd “lost his virginity.”

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Next up was the confirmation that the AP report was incorrect. Sens. Harry Reid and Dick Durbin gave a news conference and put the ball back in the state of Illinois’ court.

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Finally, Burris reappeared for a few more questions before heading back to Chicago.

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A Blunderful Media Year

Politico has compiled a list of the top 10 media blunders of 2008 (although, media — you still have 10 more days to add to the list). “There was great reporting, with journalists breaking news and penning terrific profiles of the candidates and the campaigns,” writes Michael Calderone. “TV ratings and Web traffic were through the roof, evidence of huge voter interest. But there were plenty of missteps on the way.”

From “fist jab” to “pimped out,” from the New Yorker cover to the media coverage of the Enquirer’s Edwards story, cast your vote below:

What was the biggest media blunder of 2008?
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Whitaker: “We Can’t Let Up”

whitaker_12-16.jpgFollowing a news conference today in which President-elect Barack Obama dodged questions related to Gov. Rod Blagojevich, NBC Washington bureau chief Mark Whitaker told Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC that journalists must continue to “press them hard.”

“It’s a question that is not going away and he can’t, as he did in the press conference, just tell a reporter that they shouldn’t even be asking the question,” said Whitaker.

Politico’s Michael Calderone reports Obama told Chicago Tribune reporter John McCormick, “I don’t want you to waste your question,” after he asked about the IL Governor.

“Our job as journalists and the fourth estate is to press them hard, ask the tough questions,” said Whitaker. “We can’t let up on that just because these are tough times and he’s had a very successful campaign.”

Click continued to see the portion of the Obama news conference today…

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CNN “Redeploying” DC Bureau Correspondents, McIntyre Leaves Network

cnn_12-12.jpgCNN announced today it is “redeploying some of its Washington-based correspondents” today, making Ed Henry the senior White House correspondent, Dana Bash the senior congressional correspondent and Jessica Yellin the national political correspondent, among others. The full release is after the jump.

In the release, CNN announced correspondent Chris Lawrence as new Pentagon correspondent, with Jamie McIntyre, who has covered the Pentagon since 1992, leaving the network.

In an internal memo, McIntyre wrote he and CNN “were unable to reach an agreement on another assignment, so after a friendly discussion, I decided to pursue other opportunities.”

Although McIntyre wrote “CNN and I both agreed it was time for a change,” he is the latest in a series of departures at CNN since CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein told the New York Observer, “We can afford more people on our air and off our air. So, goddamn it, we’re going to have more people,” on November 18.

Since then, Miles O’Brien has left the network and the entire science, space, environment and technology unit in Atlanta dismantled, correspondent Veronica De La Cruz will be leaving the network and head of on-air hiring Henry Mauldin exited as well, among others.

> Update: Politico’s Michael Calderone has Klein’s internal memo today.

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Henry Becomes CNN Senior WH Correspondent

henry_12-12.jpgFirst on TVNewser: Ed Henry will become CNN’s new senior White House correspondent. John King previously served in that role.

Also Jill Dougherty has been named foreign affairs correspondent.

We hear more DC staff changes are coming as well. with possible cuts at the bureau. Stay tuned…

Previously:

• ABC names Jake Tapper its WH correspondent
• CBS names Chip Reid its WH correspondent
• NBC has not named a new WH correspondent

> Update: Politico’s Michael Calderone reports Jamie McIntyre is leaving the network.

> More: More movement at DC bureau, from FishbowlDC.

Is CNN Still Relying on “Sources”?

kurtz_12-8.jpgPolitico’s Michael Calderone writes about the four-hour news block to be hosted by John King starting next month, including how Howard Kurtz‘s program, “Reliable Sources” will fit in.

During Kurtz’ online chat today on WashingtonPost.com, he addressed the issue. “‘Reliable Sources’ will continue as an hour-long media program at 10 a.m. eastern on Sundays, just as it had been,” he wrote. “It will be part of this broader, four-hour block of programming anchored by John King (who, I might point out, was a heckuva reporter for the AP before he made the transition to television).”

Calderone reports Washington bureau chief David Bohrman said on a network conference call that Kurtz “would be used predominately in the 10 a.m. hour.”

During The Situation Room this afternoon, Wolf Blitzer talked with King about the new program. King said “Reliable Sources” would “absolutely” continue. Insiders tell us King will play a role in the program as well.

As for what to call the four-hour show, King said to Blitzer: “We’re working on the name now. We should have a contest.” We’re ahead of you John. TVNewser has already thought of that.

Related: U.S. World & News’ Paul Bedard talks to Blitzer about why he left his weekend role.

> Update: Click continued to see King and Blitzer discuss the new program on The Situation Room today…

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Matthews is Staying With (Or Leaving) MSNBC

matthews_12-8.JPGIn the continuing saga over whether MSNBC’s Chris Matthews will leave the network to pursue a Pennsylvania Senate seat, two dueling reports suggest Matthews is closer to signing a new contract and closer to leaving.

Politico’s Michael Calderone reports Matthews is, “expected to sign a long-term contract to remain as host of MSNBC’s ‘Hardball.’”

In the Philadelphia Inquirer, Thomas Fitzgerald writes “signs are growing that he wants to be” a Senator.

Regarding the Politico report, an MSNBC spokesperson tells TVNewser, “There’s nothing to it.” We’re hearing there is no announcement imminent about whether Matthews will be staying or leaving. The speculation continues…

Who Gets to Ask a Question at News Conference, Day 3?

For the past couple days, as President-elect Barack Obama has held daily news conferences, we’ve been keeping track of which journalists get to ask the questions. Politico’s Michael Calderone takes a closer look at why certain journalists get chosen.

How did NBC’s Savannah Guthrie get picked to ask a question yesterday? “Before Tuesday’s press conference, incoming Press Secretary Robert Gibbs assigned numbers to CBS, NBC and ABC, then he had an aide select a number from one to three,” writes Calderone.

As for why no FNC reporters have gotten called so far, Gibbs said there is “nothing nefarious” going on.

Today’s news conference begins at approximately 9:45amETCT (10:45amET). Matt Lauer anchors a special report on NBC. ABC News NOW will carry it, but not the network. We’re waiting to hear from CBS.

> Update: CBSNews.com will carry the special report.

Who Got the Questions Today?

Politico’s Michael Calderone gives the rundown of which reporters got to ask the questions at today’s President-elect Barack Obama press conference:

- NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie
- Chicago Tribune’s Peter Nicholas
- Andy Shaw of WLS-TV (Chicago’s ABC affiliate)
- McClatchy’s Steve Thomma

Earlier: At yesterday’s presser, no tvnewsers got to ask a question.

> Update: FishbowlDC reports there will be another news conference tomorrow.

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