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Did CNN Just Help Michele Bachmann Raise Campaign Funds?

A breathless Dana Bash chased after Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann Tuesday trying to get her to respond to comments she made about Pres. Obama’s “lavish lifestyle” at CPAC last weekend. Determined though she was, Bash was not successful, and on top of it all, she probably has shin splints.

Last night on AC360, Bash and Anderson Cooper talked about the chase for answers, and came to the conclusion that just by covering this story, they end up helpping Rep. Bachmann.

“We do struggle in situations like this,” said Cooper, “because we want to call out politicians when they say things that are flat out untrue. With with congresswoman Bachmann it’s a double edged sword. She fund raises off this stuff.”

“We can be transparent with viewers,” said Bash. “We had a real discussion about this today because we know the more oxygen we give this, the more Bachmann will raise money off of this.”

“I wouldn’t be surprised if she uses this program, this report and another one tomorrow or beyond,” said Bash, adding, “But we’re doing our job.”

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Meet the Campaign Off-Airs of ABC & CBS

They’ve been covering the candidates for months, and for some, like those assigned to cover Michele Bachmann, it’s time to move on. But before they all start to return to their regular jobs, here’s a look at the life of an off-air, reporting the inner details of the candidates and their campaigns.

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NBC Apologizes to Michele Bachmann over Jimmy Fallon Flap

NBC apologized to GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann Wednesday over the musical introduction during her appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” Monday night. The show’s drummer Questlove had played the song “Lyin’ Ass Bitch.” Fallon apologized via Twitter on Tuesday but yesterday on Fox News, Bachmann demanded an apology from the network. And she got it. Via CNN:

Bachmann received a letter Wednesday from Doug Vaughan, NBC’s senior vice president for special programs and late night, that apologized for what happened, said Alice Stewart, the Republican presidential hopeful’s spokeswoman.

The issue was also a topic this morning on the “Today” show, with a story from Kristen Welker and this Q&A with John Harwood:

Michele Bachmann Demands Apology from NBC for ‘Late Night’ Song Choice

GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann wants an apology from NBC over what she calls  “a form of bias on the part of the Hollywood entertainment elite.”

Bachmann appeared on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” Monday night, and as she was being introduced the drummer on the show played the song ”Lyin’ Ass Bitch.” Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson says it was a spur of the moment decision and meant no harm. Fallon has apologized and will talk with Bachmann today. But this morning on Fox News, Bachmann went one further and demanded an apology from the network that airs Fallon, NBC.

“This wouldn’t be tolerated if this was Michelle Obama,” Bachmann told Bill Hemmer. “It shouldn’t be tolerated if it’s a conservative woman either.”


Is Wolf Blitzer Ready for ‘Bullies like Gingrich?’

It might look like the three other debates held on CNN this primary season, but the photo above is the stage for tonight’s GOP debate — the 11th of the primary season. CNN is teaming up with The Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute for the debate at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington. Wolf Blitzer moderates and at the podiums above, from left to right, will stand Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, and Jon Huntsman.

In the past few debates — as he’s climbed in the polls — Gingrich has made a point of calling out the style and moderating of the TV debates. Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik has some advice for Blitzer in this regard:

There’s a civil but firm way to deal with bullies like Gingrich in follow-up questions and remarks, and I hope Blitzer will use his stature and intelligence to do that tonight. I’ll put Blitzer’s professional experience and John Hopkins University graduate education in international politics up against Gingrich’s education and intellectual track record any day.

Bret Baier Hosts ‘Fight for Iowa’ Special; Greta Gets interview with Mrs. Herman Cain

Greta Van Susteren won’t be on FNC tonight, but that doesn’t mean she’s not working. Politico reports Van Susteren will sit down for an interview with Gloria Cain, wife of GOP candidate Herman Cain. It’s not known when the interview will air, or where it will take place. On her blog this morning Van Susteren wrote, “I am on a plane – so your turn to blog!”

In her place at 10pmET tonight, Bret Baier hosts a Fox News Reporting special: “The Fight for Iowa.” How the Iowa caucuses work and how they got to be “first in the nation.” For more than a year, FNC crews have been in Iowa following the candidates. The special includes interviews with candidates Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, as well as former VP nominee Sarah Palin, and former GOP candidate Tim Pawlenty.

(Photo: GretaWire, Sept. 2011)

Newsers Left Waiting after Mitt Romney Meets with Donald Trump

First it was Sarah Palin, then Michele Bachmann, and a couple weeks ago Rick Perry dropped by. And today, Mitt Romney went to kiss the ring of TV’s Donald Trump. But news crews stationed outside Trump Tower were left empty-handed, “disappointing a scrum of reporters,” writes ABCNews.com. And from FoxNews.com,

According to Fox News producer Nicole Busch, Romney’s director of operations stood with the media the entire time they waited to catch a glimpse of the former Massachusetts Governor…only to tell reporters and cameras after an hour that Romney had already come and went.

The ever-shy Trump phoned in to FNC’s Neil Cavuto to share details. “Pictures were snapped, but they were snapped privately. So … at the right time,” said Trump.


Sunday Show Ratings: August 21

“Meet the Press” was the top-rated Sunday morning public affairs show last Sunday. But #2 “Face the Nation” with substitute host Norah O’Donnell not only came in second in total viewers, she tied her old network in the A25-54 demo rating (0.6). Compared to the same week last year, “Face the Nation” and “FOX News Sunday” were up, while “Meet the Press” and ABC’s “This Week” were down in both total viewers and A25-54 viewers. O’Donnell wasn’t the only substitute anchor. All four shows had subs filling in: Savannah Guthrie on MTP, Bret Baier on “FOX News Sunday” and Jake Tapper on “This Week.”

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.82M 803K
CBS “Face the Nation” 2.40M 714K
ABC “This Week” 2.12M 675K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.24M 508K

Tim Pawlenty Uses ‘This Week’ Appearance to Drop Out of Presidential Race

Former MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty told supporters this morning that he’d be going on ABC”s “This Week” to announce that he’s dropping out of the race for the GOP nomination. Pawlenty told Jake Tapper:

I’m announcing this morning on your show, that I’m going to be ending my campaign for president. But I’m very, very grateful for the people of Iowa, the people of this country, who I had a chance to make my case to, my supporters and staff and friends who have been loyal and helpful. I really appreciate all of them. I wish it would have been different.

Pawlenty finished a disappointing third in yesterday’s Iowa Straw Poll. Tapper was able to get the first reaction to Pawlenty dropping out from Iowa Straw Poll winner Michele Bachmann“I wish him well,” said Bachmann of her fellow Minnesotan.

See Iowa Straw Poll Winner Michele Bachmann on ALL the Sunday Shows

The news networks are looking pretty prescient right about now.

“Meet the Press,” “Face the Nation,” “This Week” and “FOX News Sunday” had all booked Rep. Michele Bachmann as a guest tomorrow. At 5:41CT this evening, Bachmann was declared the winner of the Iowa straw poll.

The cable news networks carried the live announcement of Bachmann winning with 4,823 votes. Rep. Ron Paul came in second, and Tim Pawlenty came in third.

Bret Baier and a panel including Chris Wallace anchored on Fox News; Chuck Todd hosted a special edition of “The Daily Rundown” with Andrea Mitchell from Iowa on MSNBC and Don Lemon anchored on CNN along with Candy Crowley, who will host “State of the Union” from Iowa tomorrow morning.

In addition to Bachmann, ABC”s “This Week” talks with former Gov. Pawlenty, with Jake Tapper filling in for Christiane Amanpour. And Norah O’Donnell (below, prepping today) hosts CBS’s “Face the Nation” from Iowa. In addition to Bachmann, DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) will be O’Donnell’s guest.

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