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TVNewser’s 2012 Guide To Graduation Speakers

‘Tis commencement season, and so without further ado, we present TVNewser’s fifth annual list of who’s-speaking-where-and-when at America’s colleges and universities (in alphabetical order):

ABC/CNN’s Christiane Amanpour: University of Southern California - Annenberg School of Journalism,  May 11

NBC’s Tom Brokaw: Arizona State University , May 3…Vanderbilt University (TN) – Senior Class Day, May 10

FNC’s SVP of News Editorial Michael Clemente: Warren County Community College (NJ), May 19

ABC’s Katie CouricUniversity of Virginia, May 20

NBC’s Tom Costello: University of Colorado, Journalism & Mass Communication, May 10.

NBC’s David Gregory: Emerson College (MA), May 14

CNN/CBS’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta: University of Michigan, previously on April 28

NBC’s Savannah GuthrieHobart and William Smith Colleges (NY), May 13

MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry: Wellesley College (MA), May 25

PBS’s Maria Hinojosa: Simmons College (MA) – Morning Commencement, May 18

NBC’s Lester Holt: Pepperdine University (CA), previously on April 28

PBS’s Gwen Ifill: Holy Names University (CA), May 12… Bates College (ME), May 26

More after the jump, including Koppel, Lehrer, Sawyer, Schieffer, and three Williamses (Brian, Juan, and Pete)

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Fox News SVP: Heather Childers’ Tweets on Obama Were ‘A Mistake’

Heather Childers is the latest cable newser to find herself at the center of a social media firestorm.

The Fox News anchor tweeted links to several articles from Godfather Politics earlier this week that caused a stir, including one which questioned whether the Obama campaign had threatened Chelsea Clinton‘s life and one that said Obama “Channels Joseph Stalin, Attacks Supreme Court Justices.”

“The tweets have been addressed with Heather and she understands this was a mistake,” Fox News SVP Michael Clemente told Mediaite Tuesday.

After a flood of responses, Childers was quick to offer an apology. “Here’s the thing folks … that ONE topic sure got a lot of you tweeting,” she wrote. “Why? I apologize if the article offended anyone. Very interesting.” She has since protected her tweets.

Mitt Romney Meets with Fox News Executives, Producers, Reporters

The New York Times Caucus blog reports Mitt Romney met with Fox News executives for an off the record meeting in early November. A couple weeks after that meeting, Romney went on “Special Report with Bret Baier” for what ended up being a contentious face-to-face. “I think Gov. Romney didn’t like the way the interview went,” Baier told Politico.

Mr. Romney and some of his staff members stopped by Fox News headquarters in New York for an editorial meeting with Michael Clemente, the executive vice president of news, as well as some anchors, reporters, producers and other management team members.

“This is an informal, off-the-record chance for people to meet one another and talk about any of the current issues,” Mr. Clemente said. “I can say that it went very well from both sides. When people get to meet in person and talk in person, and see the person up close…”

Fox News to Host Two More GOP Debates

Fox News has announced it will host two more Republican presidential debates. One in Iowa the other in South Carolina in the coming months.

“We are pleased to host these additional Republican presidential debates and provide viewers an opportunity to gain more insight into the nominees at such critical junctures in the 2012 election season,” said Michael Clemente, SVP of News. The Iowa debate will be held on Thursday Dec. 15 at 9pmET in Sioux City while Myrtle Beach will play host to a GOP debate on Monday, Jan. 16 also at 9pmET.

Both debates will be moderated by “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier. With 6.1 million viewers, FNC’s Sept. 22 GOP debate was the most-watched this primary cycle.

Bret Baier Gives a Sneak Peek at Tonight’s Debate

Fox News and Google are in the middle of their final preparations for tonight’s GOP Presidential debate. In advance of the debate, moderator Bret Baier shot a video giving a tour and preview of the event, featuring special guest and Fox News executive Michael Clemente:


Charlie Gasparino to Face Off with Arianna Huffington on ABC’s ‘This Week’

Brace yourself, because it looks like ABC’s “This Week with Christiane Amanpour” may have quite the roundtable on Sunday. The Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington will appear, as will Fox Business Network correspondent Charlie Gasparaino. They will be joined by ABC’s George Will and Brookings Institution fellow Alice Rivkin. It is a safe bet that the debt ceiling and the economy will be a big topic of discussion.

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Emails Show White House Anti-Fox News Bias

JudicialWatch.org, a conservative, non-partisan foundation which seeks accountability in government, has obtained emails going back to the Fall of 2009, when the Obama White House was in a battle with Fox News Channel. At issue: whether the Obama White House had excluded Fox News from interviews with Obama Administration officials.

One email, dated Oct. 23, 2009 went like this:

“I’m putting some dead fish in the fox cubby — just cause.”

That was from Jennifer Psaki, Deputy White House Communications Director to Jenni LeCompte, then-Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs in the Treasury Department.

In another email the day before, from Dag Vega, Director of Broadcast Media at the White House, to LeCompte, Vega informs LeCompte that “…we’d prefer if you skip Fox please.”

This goes against the administration’s position that it did not set out to exclude Fox News from getting access to Treasury official Kenneth Feinberg. That denial followed a decision by NBC News, ABC News, CBS News and CNN to stand together and refuse an interview with Feinberg if Fox News was going to be blocked.

The battle really began to intensify earlier that month, when then-White House Director of Communications Anita Dunn went on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” and criticized FNC calling it “the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party.”

The fight headed toward resolution on Oct. 28, when FNC SVP Michael Clemente met with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs at the White House. That same day, Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The results of which — including these emails — were produced last week.

Seems like ancient history now, but during the final week of that month, the Fox News vs. the White House chronicle was the 5th most-reported story of the week.

Roger Ailes Pulls Fast One on Juan Williams

In his new book, “Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate,” our later this month, Fox News contributor Juan Williams writes about his firing last October from NPR and how that was received at Fox News HQ in New York:

“Just after 8:00 a.m. [the day after Williams was fired from NPR with what he calls a 'dismissive late-afternoon call'], I got a call from Bill Shine [Fox News executive vice president of programming]. He told me that Fox CEO Roger Ailes wanted to see me in his office at 10:00 a.m. Since I had talked with Hannity the night before, anxiety and pent-up anger and depression had all pulled at my emotions. I had not slept. At times I had cried over what had happened and over the potential destruction of my career – all because I had spoken my mind.

“When I walked into Roger Ailes’s office, accompanied by Shine and Michael Clemente, the senior vice president for news, Ailes greeted me with a smile and said,

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ABC’s Diane Sawyer Talks Media Bias on Fox News

“ABC World News” anchor Diane Sawyer appeared on Fox News Channel last night, talking to Bill O’Reilly about media bias and the upcoming 2012 election.

O’Reilly argued that ABC News, like most of the media, was overwhelmingly liberal. Sawyer argued that the team at ABC News was fair and balanced, so to speak.


ABC and Fox News talent appear on one anothers networks with some frequency. FNC’s top news executive, Michael Clemente, is a former executive at ABC News.

Fox News Sets Criteria for First GOP Debate

Fox News Channel isn’t letting just anyone into the South Carolina Republican Party debate in three weeks. They’ve set up a criteria that all participants must meet. “Every potential debate candidate must meet all six steps of the following criteria no later than 5pmET on Friday April 29th in order to be eligible for participation in the debate,” says Senior Vice President Michael Clemente.

  • Must register a presidential exploratory committee or have announced a formal campaign for president; and
  • Must file all necessary paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC); and
  • Must file all necessary paperwork with the South Carolina Republican Party; and
  • Must have paid all federal and South Carolina filing fees; and
  • Must meet all U.S. Constitutional requirements; and
  • Must have garnered at least an average of one percent in five national polls based on most recent polling leading up to April 29th, 2011

Not being on the Fox News payroll is another criteria, which the network has already taken steps to deal with. The May 5 debate in Greenville is the first of two debates FOX is presenting in partnership with the South Carolina GOP. The second will be held ahead of the South Carolina primary next year.

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