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Network Sunday Morning Shows Go to Iowa for Straw Poll Coverage

With the Iowa Straw Poll set for Saturday, August 13, the network Sunday public affairs shows are heading to the state to get close to the action.

CBS and ABC will also be without their usual anchors this weekend. on CBS, Norah O’Donnell will fill in for Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation,” while Jake Tapper fills in for Christiane Amanpour on ABC’s “This Week.” Both Schieffer and Amanpour will be on vacation for a few weeks, and O’Donnell will be filling in as long as both are gone.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” will have its usual moderator David Gregory in-state, and the show will originate from the main stage at the Coliseum where the straw poll will be held. “Fox News Sunday” will also be in Iowa.

So, who is the biggest “get” so far?
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A Tale of Three Interviews: Michele Bachmann Edition

Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann has wasted no time making the TV news rounds since announcing her intention to seek the Republican Presidential nomination.

Bachmann appeared on all three network morning shows, with each interview having an identity all its own.

On NBC’s “Today,” Bachmann talked to Matt Lauer about repealing the healthcare legislation passed by President Obama, as well as cutting back on spending:

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Contrast that with her appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” which saw George Stephanopoulos arguing with her about whether the founding fathers “worked tirelessly” to abandon slavery, and whether John Quincy Adams was in fact a founding father:
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Chris Wallace calls Michele Bachmann to Apologize. Apology Accepted

Growing up in the Midwest, if the phone rang at dinner time (aka supper time) you didn’t answer it.

Well last night, Iowa native and Minnesota representative Michele Bachmann‘s phone rang right in the middle of supper. It was Fox News’ Chris Wallace calling to apologize for asking Bachmann on his show Sunday if she’s a flake. Bachmann told Sean Hannity last night:

“I got a call at supper time this evening from Chris Wallace and he offered his apology to me directly. I had not heard from him until supper time today. When he called, he did apologize and I was happy to accept his apology and we’ll move on.”

There. Now that’s settled. Wallace can continue to enjoy his vacation and Michele Bachmann can continue running for president.

CNN Slates Criteria, Candidates for GOP Debate

CNN has announced the criteria and participating candidates for its Republican Presidential primary debate, which will be held a week from tomorrow in new Hampshire. John King will serve as moderator of the debate, which will be produced in conjunction with WMUR, and the New Hampshire Union Leader.

CNN set specific criteria that candidates had to meet in order to participate, and those that made the cut are former House Speaker (and ex-Fox News contributor) Newt Gingrich, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Senator (and ex-FNC contributor) Rick Santorum.

Chris Matthews to Jay Leno: ‘I want to be somewhat nonpartisan’

“Hardball” host Chris Matthews went on with Jay Leno last night talking about the aftermath of the earthquake, what to do in Libya and the 2012 presidential race. When Leno asked him about potential GOP candidates, Matthews got no thrills up his leg.

  • Mitt Romney: “He gives a bad name to empty suits.”

By the end of the political discussion, Matthews said: “That’s too mean. I want to be somewhat nonpartisan.”

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CNN To Carry Tea Party Response Live

CNN will be the only cable news channel to carry the Tea Party response to the State of the Union live this evening. Rep. Michele Bachmann is scheduled to deliver the response after Rep. Paul Ryan delivers the official Republican Party response.

MSNBC will be covering the Tea Party response after the fact, but neither it nor Fox News Channel plan on carrying it live.

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TVNewser Recap: Week of October 4

A few of the most popular stories on TVNewser this week:

The Video Wall: Miller, Smith, Kids, Olbermann…

> Dennis Miller talks/criticizes CNN, MSNBC, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity on “The O’Reilly Factor” using 17 different metaphors.

> FNC’s Shepard Smith has evidence the world is coming to an end.

> Those kids are back. CNN invited the students from the Ron Clark Academy (of super-viral, “You Can Vote However You Like” fame) back to the studio for a performance about health care. Many of the videos online — unlike the one below — fail to include the clip where one of the young students makes a case against the president’s health care proposal.

> Keith Olbermann opens his Special Comment hour about health care with personal perspective. Full episode here.

Video wall*:

*Welcome to the next decade, people.

Rep. Michele Bachmann Says MSNBC Hosts Are ‘Stalkers,’ One of them Responds

On “The O’Reilly Factor” last night, Minnesota GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann talked about having “personal stalkers” alluding to certain, though unnamed, MSNBC anchors.

O’Reilly: “Does it bother you that NBC News is using its cable arm to make your life difficult?”

Bachmann: “You know, not really I grew up with three bothers and that’s the best preparation for politics that anyone can have.”

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann responds to TVNewser, “Having had an actual stalker myself, I think the Congresswoman needs to apologize to women (and men) whose lives are blighted and ruined by such terror and threat. Not even in the mildest of senses – of journalists whose aggressiveness might verge colloquially into ‘stalking’ – is she anywhere close to being such a victim.”

bachmann_10.8.bmpBachmann, a two-term Congresswoman, made headlines last October during an appearance on “Hardball” when she said, “I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out if they are pro-America or anti-America.”

The O’Reilly clip from last night is after the jump…

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“Hannity” Goes HD, Embraces New Media

han2_1-13.jpgSince the network launched in October 1996, Fox News Channel has had just two programs at 9pmET — “Hannity & Colmes” and the two-day-old “Hannity.”

Sean Hannity‘s new solo program premiered on Monday to strong ratings, with an interview of President George W. Bush highlighting the show.

For those who expected “Hannity & Colmes” minus Alan Colmes (who’s leaving the show but remaining at Fox News to work on other projects), they were in for a surprise.

The new show, airing in one of Fox News’ new HD studios (12J), looks very different to its predecessor — and its competition. The opening interview Monday with Newt Gingrich featured various shots of Hannity talking to Gingrich on a large HD screen, as b-roll played next to the guest. The Great American Panel featured three opinionated guests (Rev. Al Sharpten, Rep. Michele Bachmann and, well, Meatloaf) who argued with each other while Hannity stayed partly out of the fray. “We’re happy with the first night,” FNC SVP of programming Bill Shine tells TVNewser. “Obviously it is a work in progress and we’re going to do tweaks along the way.”

Of the panel: “It got a little loud at one or two points. If the mission was to feel different and look different, to throw some curve balls in the mix with Meatloaf and Rev. Al, we accomplished the goal.”

hannity_1-14.jpgBut one of the changes will not be seen on the small screen — it comes on the Web. Fox News has made a push recently to expand their reach on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and the blogosphere, and “Hannity” will be no exception.

“I can’t tell anything specific, but most of the answers are yes,” says Shine. “New media and digital are certainly not the direction we went with Hannity & Colmes, but we’re going to go down that road now. Obviously it is a new and exciting way to reach out to our audience. Every day the news audience in America wants more of that so we’ll be giving it to them.”

And the signs are already there. The behind-the-scenes picture on the left comes from Hannity’s new blog, so far written by producers, and Hannity fans can friend the host on Facebook.

What else is in the works at 9pmET, and for the new FNC lineup in general, after the jump…

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