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Barone Apologizes For Palin Abortion Comment

Barone_11.12.jpgPolitico’s Mike Allen and Andy Barr write about an off-color comment made by Fox News political contributor Michael Barone at the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges annual meeting. The story claims, “A roomful of academics erupted in angry boos” and caused some in the room to walk out.

Barone said, “Journalists trashed Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republicans’ vice presidential nominee, because ‘she did not abort her Down syndrome baby.’”

In an email to Politico, Barone said he “was attempting to be humorous and, as many in public do, went over the line.

“Sorry for that. I was trying to focus on press hostility to Palin.”

At the beginning of the talk Barone did an informal poll about cable news preferences, and found the results to be approximately 55% for CNN, 35% for MSNBC and 10% for FNC. Barone has been a contributor with FNC since 1998.

Will Powell Endorse on Meet?

powell_10-17.jpgGen. Colin Powell will be a guest on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, but what will he say?

Politico’s Mike Allen reports some in the McCain camp think Powell will officially endorse Sen. Barack Obama on the program, but those close to Powell are not saying.

And neither is NBC. A spokesperson tells TVNewser, “We are looking forward to the General sharing his views on a variety of issues in the news.”

Elsewhere on the network Sunday morning shows, FOX News Sunday gets an exclusive interview with Sen. John McCain.

And the First Obama Overseas Interview Goes To…

Logan_7.20.jpgCBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan, who just relocated to Washington DC, was the first correspondent to interview Barack Obama during his just-begun, but much talked-about overseas trip. The discussion happened today in Afghanistan and aired this morning on Face the Nation and on CBS Evening News.

Politico’s Mike Allen reports, of the three network anchors covering the overseas trip Katie Couric will go first, interviewing Obama on Tuesday “in a country that the campaign does not want named for security reasons.” Charles Gibson gets Obama on Wednesday, and Brian Williams will go Thursday. Allen writes, at least one publication is not represented on the Obama press plane:

Forty journalists, including such leading correspondents as Dan Balz of The Washington Post, will be aboard his plane for next week’s swing through Jordan, Israel, Germany, France and England.

The campaign received 200 requests for press seats on the plane.

Among those for whom there was no room was Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent of The New Yorker. The campaign, which was furious about the magazine’s satirical cover this week, cited space constraints in turning him away.

Tony Snow’s Death: The Fox News Sunday Tribute

SnowNewseum_7.13.jpgThe Vice President of the United States, the king of talk radio, White House correspondents and Fox News regulars all gathered this morning on Fox News Sunday to honor the life of and work of the show’s founding host, Tony Snow.

Chris Wallace (who took over hosting FN Sunday in 2003 when Snow decided he wanted to be, as Wallace explains, “the next Rush Limbaugh,”) opened the broadcast with an image from the Newseum, where Tony Snow is being remembered on a giant screen in the atrium. He then aired an interview with Vice President Cheney, taped late yesterday at the VP’s residence. Cheney praised Snow’s service to the president, he lauded his commitment to the fight against cancer and talked about what the future might have held. “I think he could have been a great candidate if he’d wanted to do that. I think Tony had an unlimited future ahead of him,” Cheney said.

Limbaugh phoned in and, while reflecting on what Snow meant to the conservative movement, took the time to criticize AP reporter Douglas Daniel for what he wrote about Snow:

With a quick-from-the-lip repartee, broadcaster’s good looks and a relentlessly bright outlook — if not always a command of the facts — he became a popular figure around the country to the delight of his White House bosses.

“Now, why in the world say something like that on his occasion when it isn’t the case in the first place?,” Limbaugh said. “I think it’s because he took a new tack as a press secretary.”

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Tony Snow’s Death: FNC Programming

Fox News has announced changes to its programming tonight and tomorrow. At 8pmET, Bill O’Reilly anchors a live special edition of The O’Reilly Factor. This is followed by live special editions of On The Record with Greta Van Susteren at 9pmET and Geraldo At Large at 10pmET.

The three programs repeat in order from 11pmET-1amET. Red Eye airs at 2amET.

On FOX News Sunday tomorrow morning, Brit Hume anchors (Chris Wallace is on vacation). Special guests will include Vice President Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh, and a panel is still being assembled to discuss the life of Tony Snow.

> Update: FNC has announced a new lineup for FOX News Sunday. Chris Wallace returns to anchor (Tony Snow was the previous anchor of FNS). Cheney and Limbaugh lead off, and a panel discussion of White House Press Corps. members follow. FNC’s Bret Baier, ABC’s Martha Raddatz and Politico’s Mike Allen will guest.

Brit Hume, Nina Easton, Bill Kristol and Juan Williams serve on a separate panel.

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