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TVNewsers Ignored At Obama Presser

After taking questions from ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN during his first press conference (noticeably absent — FNC), Politico’s Michael Calderone reports no tvnewsers were called on during today’s NoonET presser.

Obama took questions from the Associated Press, Reuters, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and The Washington Post.

Scarborough’s “Girlfriend,” Hillary, and Obama as “The Best Story”

scarborough_11-11.jpgWith the election over, journalists and pundits gathered for a “Media & The Presidency” panel at the Rainbow Room in New York last night.

Portfolio.com’s Jeff Bercovici writes about some of the comments of the panelists, including Joe Scarborough, Dan Rather and Lesley Stahl.

Discussing the perceived bias against Sen. Hillary Clinton, Scarborough joked, “I love Hillary. She’s my girlfriend. We don’t like to talk about it much.” (She already asked him to be her running mate.)

Rather talked about the reason President-Elect Barack Obama got the most favorable coverage. “Journalism loves the new, and Obama was the new,” he said. “Obama represents something newsworthy and historic..It had to do with a bias toward the story. Obama was the best story.”

Scarborough had a different take. “I learned something this year. It’s not ideologically-based. It’s more culturally based,” he said.

Politico’s Michael Calderone attended as well, and writes about Stahl’s take on the growing media. “Now the media is everybody from way over here to way over there, and they’re all included,” she said. “And if they start beating up on somebody, they’re part of us now, because they’re on 24 hours a day. And we all get tarred by it.”

Sam Donaldson: “What Are These Young Kids Like Brit Hume Stepping Down For?”

hume_10-29.jpgAs FNC anchor Brit Hume approaches his impending retirement, one of his former colleagues is hoping he reconsiders. “What are these young kids like Brit Hume stepping down for?” asks ABC’s Sam Donaldson in a Hume profile by Politico’s Michael Calderone. “I think Brit’s at the height of his power.”

He also made a pitch to bring Hume to ABC, saying if he were president of the network, he’d tell Hume, “I understand that you want to step down and all of this. Could we talk about your future?”

Also in the piece, one of the longtime panelists of Hume’s show “Special Report,” Juan Williams, describes the anchor. “That guy brings out the best in my game,” Williams said. “If you’re debating Brit Hume, you better know what you’re talking about. He can be sharp, even arrogant, and angry. If you don’t have your feet on the ground, you’re going to get your ass handed to you.”

While Hume exits FNC full-time after the election, some have questioned whether the election will affect FNC’s dominance in the ratings. The Houston Chronicle’s David Barron talks to VP of news editorial Jay Wallace and Bill Hemmer about the issue.

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Kristol: Palin “Should Do ‘FOX News Sunday’ And Every Show”

kristol_10-26.jpgOn the heels of Ben Smith‘s report on Politico about rising tension in the McCain camp regarding the handling of Gov. Sarah Palin, one of the Veep nominee’s most vocal supporters, Bill Kristol, expressed hope she breaks free from the constraints put on her.

Politico’s Michael Calderone writes about an exchange on FOX News Sunday today, as host Chris Wallace brought up the fact that Palin will end the race without ever appearing on a single Sunday morning public affairs show.

“I’m told she would be happy to do a TV show, if she hasn’t gotten authorization,” said Kristol. “I hope she breaks free this week. She should do ‘Fox New Sunday’ and every show, as far as I’m concerned, next Sunday.”

Palin’s running mate, Sen. John McCain, appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press for the first time in almost nine months (although, as McCain noted, he’s one of the program’s most frequent guests). Tom Brokaw interviewed the GOP nominee on the campaign trail in Iowa.

Click continued to see the beginning of McCain’s interview on Meet the Press

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Cramer’s New Strategy — Sell Everything

cramer_10-6.jpgCNBC’s Jim Cramer appeared this morning on NBC’s Today show, in a downer of an interview with Ann Curry. His advice to some investors — get out now.

“Whatever money you may need for the next five years, please take it out of the stock market right now, this week,” said Cramer. “I do not believe that you should risk those assets in the stock market right now.”

He continued, saying, “I thought about this all weekend. I do not want to say these things on TV.” But, he did anyway — to more than 5 million people.

Politico’s Michael Calderone points out, “Such a bold prediction could have real consequences.”

Calderone also brings up Mad Money’s lengthy disclaimer, which reads in part “You should not treat any opinion expressed by Cramer as a specific inducement to make a particular investment or follow a particular strategy, but only as an expression of his opinion.”

And Clusterstock’s Henry Blodget disagrees completely with the advice and the harsh language. “If Cramer really doesn’t ‘want people to get hurt,’ he should stop telling them to try to pick stocks and time the market and just gradually invest in a globally diversified portfolio of low-cost index funds,” writes Blodget.

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Debate Reaction: Debating Lehrer

lehrer_9-27.jpgThe first presidential debate, and which candidate won, has been discussed on TV, in print, in focus groups and more. But how did moderator Jim Lehrer do? Some reaction:

• Politico’s Michael Calderone writes about the difference between Lehrer and past moderators this political season. “Moderator Jim Lehrer didn’t grandstand like other high-profile journalists during the primaries, and engaged the candidates, courteously pushing them to provide more specifics on what they would actually do in office,” he writes. “There weren’t any ‘gotcha’ questions to trip anyone up, or cause a major gaffe.”

Joanna Weiss writes in the Boston Globe about the staging and Lehrer stepping out of his comfort zone. “This was a setting meticulously designed for statesmanship…red carpet, blue curtain backdrop, a giant eagle hanging from the wall, and Lehrer at a desk, sober and refreshingly personality-free,” she writes. “Except that Lehrer clearly didn’t want it this way. He may be the quintessential even-keeled PBS anchor, but he knows good TV — and compelling debate — when he sees it. And in his quiet, understated way, he tried his best to goad the two into battle.”

• The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank describes the “lukewarm” debate. “When they opened their mouths, what came out was neither hot nor cold, but a tepid gruel,” Milbank writes. “McCain was controlled. Obama was succinct. And both were so mild that moderator Jim Lehrer didn’t know what to do. ‘Talk to each other,’ he urged. ‘Say it directly to him,’ he pleaded.”

FNC Sends Cease and Desist Over McCain Ad

mccainad_9-19.JPGPolitico’s Michael Calderone reports Fox News has sent a cease and desist letter to the Sen. John McCain campaign, demanding they remove the voice of anchor Major Garrett.

The audio clip used is from a report by Garrett, the correspondent covering the Sen. Barack Obama campaign, on Wednesday.

Part of the letter reads: “As Mr. Garrett is a non-partisan news correspondent covering the Obama campaign for Fox News, it is highly inappropriate, among other things, of your campaign to use him in your ad.”

Just last week CBS demanded a clip of Katie Couric be removed from a McCain ad.

Click continued to see the McCain ad in question…

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Brokaw: Matthews, Olbermann “Not the Only Voices” on MSNBC

During a panel this afternoon in Denver about media coverage of the presidential campaigns, NBC’s Tom Brokaw found himself defending MSNBC, once again. Politico’s Michael Calderone attended the panel which was moderated by PBS’ Judy Woodruff with participants Brokaw, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos and CBS’s Bob Schieffer.

Also in attendance, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, who supported Hillary Clinton in the primary. Rendell and Brokaw began debating NBC’s campaign coverage, including the comments by correspondent Lee Cowan as well as MSNBC.

“MSNBC was the official network of the Obama campaign,” Rendell said, who called their coverage “absolutely embarrassing.” Chris Matthews, Rendell said, “loses his impartiality when he talks about the Clintons.”

Brokaw responded saying Matthews and Keith Olbermann are “not the only voices” on MSNBC.

> More: FishbowlNY’s Glynnis MacNicol also attended the panel and writes, “Stephanopolous is the most defensive of the three in terms of the job the press has done…”

Milbank “Began Contract Talks a Month Ago”

milbank_8-6.JPGPolitico’s Michael Calderone writes about the Dana Milbank-Keith Olbermann messy TV divorce, with more details about how it came to an end.

A source familiar with the situation told Politico that Milbank had been unhappy on the show for a couple of months and expressed this sentiment to friends. During the first week of July, Milbank spoke to executive producer Katy Karp about why he had not been on the show for a couple of weeks. At that point, Milbank was told that there was an issue among staff with something positive he said the previous month about Charlie Black, a McCain senior adviser.

An MSNBC spokesperson confirmed to Politico the conversation took place, but said the producer was joking. Milbank also told Politico, “I had long aspired to work at CNN and began contract talks a month ago. I have high regard for my friends at ‘Olbermann’ and regret that they are so angry about my departure.”

One note: Katy Karp is a producer on Countdown. Izzy Povich is the executive producer.

The Ticker: Nas, China, VF…

> Politico’s Michael Calderone reports hip-hop star Nas will be delivering a petition to Fox News tomorrow at 2pmET, urging the network to “stop its racist smears against the Obamas and other Black Americans.” In unrelated news, Nas’ new album, which blasts FNC, dropped last week.

> CNBC’s special on China, “The People’s Republic of Profit,” hosted by Melissa Lee, premieres July 30 at 9pmET. This is not to be confused with Ted Koppel‘s China special, “The People’s Republic of Capitalism,” from earlier this month.

> FishbowlDC notes the Vanity Fair parody of the much-talked-about New Yorker cover. Think Obama stereotypes, except…McCain. Click continued to see the mock cover…

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