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Would Jim Lehrer Moderate Another Debate? ‘No, No, No, A Thousand Times, No’

JimLehrer1He’s known as the Dean of Moderators, having been at the helm of twelve presidential debates since 1988.

But don’t count on veteran newsman Jim Lehrer making another go of it in 2016.

“No, no, no, a thousand times, no,” he tells TVNewser about what he’d say if asked to moderate in 2016.

Lehrer felt the same way when we talked with him 2010. But he ended up moderating the first 2012 presidential debate.

“The only reason that I finally changed my mind [in 2012] was because I was persuaded by the Commission on Presidential Debates to do it, because we were going to try a new format,” he says, referring to the “new, open” approach that enabled the candidates to more freely speak and interact with each other.

Lehrer, 80, was roundly criticized, for not doing enough to challenge candidates, Pres. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, or control their questions.

Would anything change his mind when it comes to 2016?

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Stacey Dash Joins Fox News

StaceyDash1Fox News Channel has hired actress and activist Stacey Dash as a contributor. FNC says Dash “will offer cultural analysis and commentary” across daytime and primetime shows.

“Stacey is an engaging conversationalist whose distinctive viewpoints amongst her Hollywood peers have spawned national debates,” says Bill Shine, EVP of Programming. “We’re pleased to have her join FOX News.”

Dash, an actress who starred in films including “Clueless,” “Renaissance Man,” and “Mo’ Money,” endured criticism for supporting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012. Since then, Dash has continued to stir things up on Twitter and in appearances on FNC.

Sunday Show Ratings: January 5

CBS’ “Face the Nation” was back on top in the first week of 2014, besting NBC’s “Meet the Press” by +30,000 viewers in both ratings measurements. ABC’s “This Week,” which was number one last week, slipped to third.

“Fox News Sunday,” which had an interview with Mitt Romney, delivered its second-highest rated show in the demo since the beginning of 2013.

Compared to the same week last year, ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox are all up across the board. Fox is up the most (+42%) in total viewers and ABC is up the most (+48%) in the A25-54 demo. Univision’s “Al Punto” was up in total viewers but down in the demo.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 2,033,000 total viewers and 365,000 A25-54 viewers. Rebroadcasts of “Meet the Press” delivered an additional 869,000 total viewers and 393,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 50% of the country.

The numbers for January 5:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.45M 1.03M
NBC
“Meet the Press” 3.42M 1.00M
ABC “This Week” 3.23M 959K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.48M 485K
Univision “Al Punto” 926K 335K

Romney Addresses Melissa Harris-Perry Comments: ‘People Make Mistakes’

romney fox news sundayMitt Romney has accepted an apology from MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry after she and several guests mocked a Romney family photo that included his adopted black grandson, the former Presidential candidate said on “Fox News Sunday” this morning.

“I recognize that people make mistakes, and the folks at MSNBC made a big mistake. They’ve apologized for it, and that’s all you can ask for. I’m going to move on from that, I’m sure they want to move on from it,” Romney said. “I’ve made plenty of mistakes myself, and they’ve apologized for this, and we can go on from there.”

When Chris Wallace pressed for further reaction, Romney said, “People like me are fair targets. If you get in the political game, you can expect incoming. But children, that’s beyond the line. And I think they understand that and feel that as well. I think it’s a heartfelt apology and I think for that reason we hold no ill-will whatsoever.”

Romney’s comments come on the heels of an on-air apology by Harris-Perry, who teared up while addressing the comments on her show yesterday. “My intention was not malicious, but I broke the ground rule that families are off-limits, and for that I am sorry,” she said.

Mitt Romney Ignored Adviser’s Plea To Win ‘Media Wars,’ Select Chris Christie As VP

Christie and Romney _480x360On “Morning Joe” today, “Double Down: Game Change 2012″ co-authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann reported an interesting nugget about the 2012 Vice Presidential vetting process: after one of his top adviser’s pleaded with him to choose New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as his vice presidential running mate—in order to recapture the media wars—Mitt Romney declined, citing “too many red flags.”

According to Halperin, Romney campaign senior adviser, Stuart Stevens, urged the Republican presidential nominee to select Christie as his No. 2, depicting the Romney campaign as being in the midst of a presidential “street fight” where they were “losing the media wars everyday in the news to Barack Obama,” and viewing Christie as the savior “street fighter” who could help them win the media battle.

Even with this impassioned plea, Romney declined, concerned with information Christie wouldn’t provide the Romney team during the vetting process, which included lobbying connections Christie had to disgraced financier Bernie Madoff before he was Governor, and a civil settlement Christie’s brothers had with the SEC.

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Ann Romney: ‘I Am Happy To Blame The Media’ For Mitt’s Loss

Former GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney appeared on “Fox News Sunday” alongside his wife Ann. While there was plenty of talk about politics and what the couple are doing next, media coverage also came up as a topic.

When asked  by Chris Wallace why Romney lost, Ms. Romney said that while the campaign could have done   a better job, “It was not just the campaign’s fault.”

“I believe it was the media’s fault as well, in that he was not giving–being given–a fair shake, that people weren’t allowed to really see him for who he was.”

“I’m happy to blame the media,” she added.

Ms. Romney also acknowledged that she was asked to appear on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” but that she declined.

“I did consider it, I love the show,” she said. “I would have loved to have done it, but I am turning 64, and I am not really as flexible as I should be.”

You can watch video from their interview here.

 

Previewing Mitt Romney’s First Post-Election TV Interview

On Sunday Mitt Romney and Ann Romney will speak to Fox News anchor Chris Wallace in their first TV interview since the losing the Presidential election in November. FNC has released a handful of excerpts in advance of the interview.

On life after the campaign trail: “Well, it’s different. But it’s like, you know, riding on a roller coaster. We were on a roller coaster, exciting and thrilling, ups and downs. But the ride ends. And then you get off. And it’s not like, oh, can’t we be on a roller coaster the rest of our life? It’s like, no, the ride’s over.”

On everyone’s favorite topic, sequestration: “Well, no one can think that that’s been a success for the president. He didn’t think the sequester would happen. It is happening, but to date, what we’ve seen is the president out campaigning to the American people, doing rallies around the country, flying around the country and berating Republicans and blaming and pointing.”

Video after the jump.
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Mitt Romney’s First Post-Election Interview Goes To Fox News

On “Fox News Sunday,” moderator Chris Wallace announced that he will interview former Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney next weekend. It will be Romney’s first one-on-one interview since the lost the election to President Obama. The interview will air on “Fox News Sunday” next week, with additional excerpts airing on other Fox News programs on Monday.


This is likely the cause of the weird rumor that Romney would be joining Fox News as a contributor. No, he won’t.

66.8 Million People Watched Election In Primetime, Down From 2008

Nielsen has just released the final primetime ratings tally across all networks. 66.8 million people tuned into coverage leading up to the projection of President Obama’s reelection during the 11 PM hour (from 8-11PM ET). That is down from 2008, when 71.5 million people tuned in during the same time period.

The Nielsen-rated networks covering the election this year were NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, PBS, Univision, Telemundo, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Current TV and TV One.

Among the broadcasters, NBC led the way with 12.12 million viewers, followed by ABC with 10.52 million viewers, CBS with 7.92 million and Fox with 4.93 million. The cable news ratings for primetime can be found here. Fox News was second among all networks in prime behind NBC, followed by ABC, CNN, CBS, Fox and MSNBC.

PBS notes that it had a cume audience of six million, more than its 2004 and 2008 ratings combined, though for the evening it averaged around a million viewers each hour, well below the broadcast competition.

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