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NBC News Announces DC Producer Moves

nbcnews304NBC News has made several behind-the-scenes personnel moves in its DC bureau.

Kristen Donnelly has been promoted to the NBC News’ White House team, moving over from her role as senior producer on  MSNBC’s 11amET hour. Frank Thorp V will take over as Senate producer. Thorp has produced for Luke Russert and Kelly O’Donnell in recent years.

Alex Moe has been promoted to NBC News’ House of Representatives producer. Moe started out as the network’s Tim Russert fellow in 2010, moving on to being a campaign embed for Newt Gingrich‘s 2012 presidential campaign and producer in the North East bureau. And Abigail Williams will become State Department producer, working with Andrea Mitchell. She had been a general assignment producer.

The network also formerly announced Kasie Hunt‘s move to MSNBC, where she will be the network’s political correspondent. Hunt had been NBC News’ Senate producer.

The full memo from Deputy Bureau Chief Meaghan Rady after the jump.

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The Afternoon Ticker: Liesman & Obama, Castiglia & CBS, Newt & the Root

  • He may have passed on Jimmy Kimmel, but President Obama will be sitting down with CNBC’s chief economics correspondent Steve Liesman tomorrow. The discussion will stick to money matters: taxes, minimum wage and the economy, among others.

  • Danna Castiglia has been named VP of Business Development for CBS News. A 17-year CBS veteran, Castiglia will manage business-related transactions within CBS News in this new position. Most recently, she served as CBS’s VP of Corporate Development.

After Extended Hiatus, ‘Crossfire’ Returns

Crossfire304x200After being off the air for over seven weeks, CNN’s “Crossfire” returns tonight.

The panel-debate show was last seen on CNN’s airwaves March 10, but has been sidelined since as the network aired near nonstop coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

In its place, Wolf Blitzer hosted an extended full-hour “The Situation Room.”

The full hour with Blitzer, which predominantly covered the missing airliner for all of March and much of April, was the most-watched cable news show in the demo at 6pmET twice in March.

The show’s return comes during a heavy political news cycle: newly uncovered emails about the 2012 Benghazi consulate attacks are currently drawing coverage on cable and broadcast news.

And one of the show’s hosts–and former politician himself–Newt Gingrich, is ready to restart the debate.

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‘Cosmos’ Sequel EP Seth MacFarlane ’100% With’ CNN’s Newt Gingrich on Moon Base

CosmosToday might as well be a national holiday for space junkies as the classic TV series starring Carl Sagan “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage” returns on Fox for a sequel, “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.”

Our sister-site Lost Remote reports on the social media buzz that developed earlier this week during the premiere event featuring host Neil deGrasse Tyson, EP Seth MacFarlane, and other series producers and writers.

And for those that don’t know, CNN “Crossfire” co-host Newt Gingrich highlighted U.S. space expansion as one of his big policy initiatives while he was running for president in 2012.  “Cosmos” EP MacFarlane told the Los Angeles Times he is completely with Newt.

And then in 2012 Newt Gingrich suggested we should have a moon base and everyone thought he was crazy. And I was thinking, I’m a liberal Democrat but I’m 100% with this guy. He’s exactly right. They thought this would happen 10 years ago and here he is making this suggestion and suddenly he’s a crackpot. I think that’s one reason to get back on track.

“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” debuts tonight at 9pmET on Fox.

Governor Rick Perry Says He Loves ‘Fair and Balanced’…on CNN

Blitzer PerryIn a discussion with Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s “The Situation Room” tonight, Texas Governor Rick Perry seemingly snuck in a subtle endorsement for Fox News while talking about Ted Nugent‘s controversial comments about President Obama.

“Good for you, I love fair and balanced,” Perry said in response to Blitzer conceding that Bill Maher has said some “disgusting” things of his own (Maher recently told Forbes working at CNN was “never, going to happen” for him).

“When Democrats say sick, obnoxious things, we report that as well…we’re not shy about that,” Blitzer added. “As well you should,” a giggly Perry responded.

Blitzer acknowledged Nugent’s comments rubbed him the wrong way: “He’s gone way over the top on this. It just gets me a little agitated.” For Perry’s part, he said he had a problem with Nugent calling the president a mongrel.

Blitzer’s exchange with Perry continues his weeklong coverage of Nugent’s comments. Blitzer and “Crossfire” co-host Newt Gingrich got into it Tuesday night.

Newt Gingrich Criticizes Wolf Blitzer for ‘Selective Media Outrage’

Gingrich BlitzerAppearing on “The Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer last night, Crossfire co-host Newt Gingrich criticized Blitzer for “selective media outrage” over rock star Ted Nugent calling President Obama a “subhuman mongrel.”

“I’ve always loved selective media outrage,” Gingrich said, acknowledging that what Nugent said was wrong but citing a double standard in the face of “stupid things” Democrats like Vice President’s Al Gore and Joe Biden have said in the past.

“Democrats are stupid too,” Blitzer shot back, saying if any Democrat viciously attacked a Republican, he’d call them out.

Sean Hannity Leaves Big Tip Following State of the Union Get-Together

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Sean Hannity was among a group dining at Ruth’s Chris in Washington, D.C. following the State of the Union last month. The diners, which included “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson, CNN’s Newt Gingrich, and Sen. Ted Cruz, racked up a $5,000 bill.

TMZ reported the “Duck Dynasty” star picked up the bill and gave the wait staff a 100% tip. But sources tell TVNewser, it was actually Hannity who paid the tab and added the $5,000 tip. Hannity knows from service industry work: during college he worked as a dishwasher, bartender and short order cook.

Larry King: ‘CNN’s Got Problems’

Larry KingLarry King said he occasionally misses CNN, but he’s not ignoring his longtime network’s ratings woes.

“I miss it when there’s big stories but on a day-to-day basis I don’t,” King said in an interview with HuffPost Live today. The former network star also addressed their struggles: “CNN’s got problems,” he said. “I don’t know what they’re going to do.”

“Cartoons” he joked as advice for CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker. “Put ‘Spongebob’ on CNN— 24 hours— until a big story breaks. Then we break into ‘Spongebob,’ and go to the hurricane, and then back to ‘Spongebob.’” (Speaking of big breaks, King told us about his last year.)

King also didn’t shy away from Fox News and MSNBC.

“Fox News is so successful, but obviously, ‘fair and balanced,’ cmon…who we kidding?” King said. “I like Roger (Ailes)…but they are certainly not an impartial news network.”

Answering host Marc Lamont Hill‘s question on MSNBC, King said it was pretty much as “knee jerk” as Fox, but that it doesn’t “go out and hire guys who’ve run for office on the Democratic ticket.” Read more

Republicans Dominated Sunday Shows in 2013

Rachel Maddow show blogThe Sunday shows booked more Republicans than Democrats in 2013, according to research done by “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

10 out of the top 13 guests appearing across the main Sunday shows were Republicans, with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich) leading the way with 27 appearances (he was prominent during the NSA/Edward Snowden news cycle).

Former presidential candidate and Arizona Senator John McCain was next at 24 appearances, with CNN “Crossfire” co-host Newt Gingrich and Illinois Senator Dick Durbin tying for third place. Read more

David Zurawik Has ‘Lost Faith’ in ’60 Minutes’ and CNN

obamaKroftBaltimore Sun television critic David Zurawik delivers blistering commentary on the state of the news media in his latest column. “After decades of writing about television and media, this is the year that I have lost faith in two TV news institutions in which I have long believed: ’60 Minutes’ and CNN,” he writes. “…I used to believe in and ferociously defend what I thought of as the high end of TV news. But I don’t have a fast answer anymore as to where TV viewers should turn for trustworthy information.”

Zurawik writes that his faith in “60 Minutes” began eroding after the 2008 election, noting that in multiple interviews with President Obama, Steve Kroft allowed the President to “control the conversation.”

The newsmagazine that debuted in 1968 had long played this kind of softball game when it came to celebrity profiles, but not with a president who was regularly using the telecast as a political tool. To me, that’s as serious an abrogation of journalistic duty as there is — especially when you are one of the 10 most popular shows on TV with an audience that regularly tops 10 million viewers a night.

[...] The one-after-another sequence of mistakes in the past couple of months suggests something deeper is now at play — a senior management team that has lost its way and has stopped listening to anyone outside the bunker. Barring any more Benghazi-like debacles, the ratings will probably hold for “60 Minutes.” But not my faith in its journalism. That’s gone.

As for CNN, Zurawik directs his criticism at CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker, who took the helm of the network this year: Read more

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