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Presidential Campaigns Still Using Journalists In Attack Ads

For the entire Presidential campaign, there has been some controversy over the campaigns using video of TV journalists in their ads, particularly their attack ads. Despite constant complaining from the TV networks, it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Take this brand new ad from the Obama campaign, which prominently features NBC News correspondent and MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell (h/t Real Clear Politics):

Contrary to some reports, Mitchell was not “in” on the ad, but as with the now-infamous Mitt Romney ad that featured Tom Brokaw, there doesn’t seem to be much Mitchell or NBC can do about it.

Update: Politico reports that NBC asked the Obama campaign to stop running the ad (the same thing they did with the Romney ad). The campaign tells Politico they “received the letter and are reviewing their concerns.” Wink wink nudge nudge.

The First Presidential Debate: Remixed

Politics breeds creative parody, and the response to this week’s Presidential debate is no exception. Some of the prime examples:

The Gregory Brothers did their thing, and autotuned the debate:

The debate gets the Taiwanese animation treatment:
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Jim Lehrer on the Debate: ‘I understand why people were a little stunned by some of it’

Jim Lehrer to critics: Bring it.

PBS’s Lehrer today insisted that he’s unfazed by the avalanche of vitriolic responses to his moderator performance at Wednesday’s presidential debate, seen by an estimated 67 million Americans.

In Lehrer’s 12th presidential at-bat, critics blasted him for being too passive, allowing President Obama and Mitt Romney to steamroll him at will. Critics also said Lehrer’s questions were vague, and that they didn’t cover a broad enough range of issues.

“Everybody is welcome to criticize my questions, or anything else I did,” Lehrer, 78, says. “I have no problem with that. I knew, going in, this was not going to be easy. What the hell. … The next debate, people will tweet, tweet, tweet all over again. That’s terrific.”

Despite being constantly interrupted and talked over, Lehrer pronounced the new debate format — featuring 15-minute, wide-open segments for the candidates to directly address each other – a success.

“The format worked,” he says. “These guys were really talking to each other. Presidential candidates had never done that before. People, including the candidates, and including me, were used to a more controlled format, with two-minute answers.

“I played a different role than in the past. I was still the moderator, but it was a different kind of debate. I understand why people were a little stunned by some it. Over time, they’ll get used to it, and realize it works.”

The downside of the open format, Lehrer acknowledges, is that it’s virtually impossible to steer the candidates in a different direction or to get them to shut up.

“I would hope the candidates themselves would do that,” says Lehrer, ever the optimist. “Certainly,

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Barack Obama’s First Post-Debate Interview Goes To Diane Sawyer

We already noted Mitt Romney‘s first post-debate interview, now it looks like The President has slated his own.

President Obama will sit down with “ABC World News” anchor Diane Sawyer next week. Portions of the interview will air beginning the evening of October 10 on “World News.”

The full interview will be included as part of a series called “Portrait of a President,” which will air later this month. ABC conducted similar “Portrait of a President” segments in 2008 profiling Obama and his challenger John McCain. No word on whether Romney has agreed to sit down for an interview as well.

As Politico notes:

The interview will be his first with a national, English-language news program since the attack in Libya that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Since that attack, the president has given interviews to The View, David Letterman, The Today Show, Telemundo, Univision, and a number of regional outlets in the battleground states.

The Ticker: MoJo Book Awards, Banderas, Morgan

  • One of the most prestigious accolades in publishing is the National Book Awards, and this year there is a TV news twist. As our sister blog GalleyCat notes, the winners of this year’s National Book Awards will be announced on “Morning Joe” October 10.
  • The always shy and subdued Piers Morgan decided to come out of his shell last night, taking credit for Mitt Romney’s performance at the debate, and recommending that President Obama should come on “PMT” to hone his skills for the next one:

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan Head To Friendly Territory For First Post-Debate Interview

GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave his first post-debate interview last night on Fox News Channel’s ‘Hannity.’ Romney was joined by VP nominee Paul Ryan.

“I am happy that Jim Lehrer was willing to ask us our positions on issues, and we could describe those so it was not a big ‘gotcha’ night from the moderator,” Romney told Sean Hannity.

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Debate Ratings Update: Final Numbers Boost Broadcasters, As ABC Tops All Networks

Fast National Numbers from Nielsen moved the needle upward from the preliminary numbers we reported earlier, much to the benefit of the broadcast news organizations. All told 63.5 million Americans watched the debate last night on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Univision and Telemundo.

Update: Nielsen now says that 67.2 million people watched the debates on the rated TV networks, the most for the first debate since 1980.  That number does not include viewers watching online, or on unrated networks like C-SPAN.

In the latest debate ratings, ABC was the most-watched network during the debate, followed by NBC and CBS, with Fox News Channel fourth.

9-10:30 PM Debate:

ABC: 11.25 million total viewers

NBC: 11.07 million total viewers

CBS: 10.58 million total viewers

Fox: 6.89 million total viewers

10:30-11 PM Post-debate:

ABC: 8.86 million total viewers

NBC: 8.72 million total viewers

CBS: 7.01 million total viewers

You can see the cable debate ratings here.

2.6 million viewers watched the debate on Univision, and 248,000 on Telemundo.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, October 3

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 726 | MSNBC: 456 | CNN: 478 | HLN: 62
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.160 | MSNBC: 1.488 | CNN: 1.855 | HLN: 75

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10:30p: 11p: 12a:
FNC TheFive: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Debate: Greta: Hannity: Greta:
454 512 546 771 2.943 2.342 1.547 936
MSNBC Matthews: Sharpton: Matthews: Preview: Debate: Analysis: Analysis: Analysis:
237 292 410 775 1.859 895
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Preview: Preview: Debate: Analysis: Analysis: Analysis:
143 230 372 796 2.372 2.402 1.290 466
HLN Express: Express: VelezMitchell: Grace: DrDrew: Grace: Showbiz: DrDrew:
37 65 89 108 55 63 37 33

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Debate Ratings: Fox News Tops Cable News For First Debate, As More People Tune In Than 2008

More than 58 million people watched the first Presidential debate last night between President Obama and Mitt Romney, up substantially from the first debate in the 2008 election cycle, which had 52.4 million viewers.

Fox News was the most-watched cable news network during the debate, and will likely be the most-watched network on TV, though final broadcast numbers will not be released until after 4 PM.

Update: Finals are in, and ABC was the top network during the debate, followed by NBC and CBS. Fox News ended up fourth. Finals numbers can be viewed here.

Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, Fox and CBS are all up from the same debate in 2008, while CNN and ABC are down. In the adults 25-54 demo, FNC and MSNBC are up compared to 2008, while CNN is down.

The 58 million figure (and the 52.4 million figure) does not include coverage on PBS, Univision, C-SPAN, the cable business networks or online.

The numbers:

From 9-10:30 PM

Cable:
FNC: 10,421,380 total viewers, 2,932,907 adults 25-54
CNN: 6,045,109 total viewers, 2,368,589 adults 25-54
MSNBC: 4,710,511 total viewers, 1,852,629 adults 25-54

Broadcast (based on Nielsen Fast Nationals, which could change in finals):
CBS 10,176,000 total viewers
ABC 10,117,000 total viewers
NBC 9,914,000 total viewers
FOX 6,977,000 total viewers

From 8-11 PM, which includes pre- and post-debate analysis:

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PBS CEO: Romney Attack On Funding Inappropriate

During last night’s Presidential debate, GOP candidate Mitt Romney said that he would cut the subsidy for PBS, saying:

“I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you, too. But I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it.”

PBS CEO Paula Kerger appeared on CNN this morning, where she responded to the comment, saying that it “was not about the budget, this has to be about politics.”

“With the enormous problems facing the country, the fact that we are the focus is unbelievable to me,” Kerger said. “We are America’s biggest classroom, we touch children across the country in every home.”

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Kerger dodged questions about Jim Lehrer‘s debate performance.

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