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Mike Huckabee on 2016 Run: ‘I’m Looking at It’

HuckabeeIn a Foxnews.com article, Howard Kurtz details what Fox host and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is thinking when it comes to a 2016 presidential run: he’s “looking at it.”

“I didn’t want any misinformation that I’ve told people I’m running—that’s not the case,” Huckabee told me yesterday. “I wanted to be honest and say, sure I’m looking at it.”

The article reveals the “Huckabee” host has already begun holding meetings with potential donors and supporters.

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The AM Ticker: Jones, Scarborough, Twitter

  • On the day of Twitter’s IPO, CNBC’s Julia Boorstin gets an interview with the company’s CEO, Dick Costolo. Watch it after the jump. Bloomberg TV’s Emily Chang also interviewed Costolo from the NYSE.

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Here’s What the Broadcast and Cable Networks Have Planned For Election Day

fox news election coverageHere’s what the cable and broadcast networks have planned for tonight’s Election Day coverage:

Fox News: Bret Baier will anchor live cut-ins with election results during normal primetime programming. Carl Cameron will be live from Virginia and Eric Shawn will cover the races in New Jersey and New York. Additionally, the network will have a live webcast anchored by Jonathan Hunt from 7-8:15pmET.

CNN: Wolf Blitzer and John King will provide election updates during primetime. Jake Tapper, who is spending the day with New Jersey governor Chris Christie, will host a special at 11pmET. Van Jones and Newt Gingrich will host a special edition of “Crossfire” at 11:30pmET.

MSNBC: The network will cover the election on its regular primetime shows. Chris Hayes will host a live update at 11pmET.

ABC News: The network will cover the election on its regular newscasts, including “GMA” and “World News.” ABC will have coverage and analysis of the races online and will live-stream victory and concession speeches at ABCNews.com/live.

CBS News: The network plans to cover the races during its newscasts, with analysis and live coverage throughout the evening on CBSNews.com.

NBC News: “Nightly News” will update later feeds of the newscast as results come in and will feature extended coverage and analysis on NBCNews.com.

Fox Business: Neil Cavuto will anchor a special edition of “Cavuto” at 8pmET and a special report starting at 9pmET. “Lou Dobbs Tonight” will be live at 10pmET.

Fusion: Special editions of “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos” will air on Fusion at 5pmET and live at 8pmET.  Ramos will be joined by Fusion host Alicia Menendez, ABC News political director Rick Klein, Fusion political editor Jordan Fabian, Fusion digital editor Ted Hesson and Fusion White House correspondent Jim Avila.

‘Reliable Sources’ Tackles The ‘Crossfire’ Disclosure Issue

On CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday, guest-host Brian Stelter (filling for the third time) dedicated the final segment of the program to the “Crossfire” disclosure controversy.

If you aren’t caught up: late last week CNN revealed that it changed its ethics and disclosure policy for the hosts of “Crossfire,” allowing them to fundraise for and donate money to political candidates. The justification was that someone like Newt Gingrich is on the “right,” therefore he is assumed to be supporting Republicans.

CNN declined to answer questions TVNewser asked as to why the policy was reversed so quickly, or what would happen if one of the hosts donated money to someone challenging an incumbent from the same party, support of whom would not be self-evident.

“CNN can do better than this, it can start by debating this very issue of disclosure, on ‘Crossfire,’” Stelter said.

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CNN Tweaks Ethics Policy For ‘Crossfire’ Hosts

CutterGingrichCNN has apparently changed its ethics policy for the hosts of “Crossfire,” after a pair of complaints against hosts Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter were made.

Conservative groups targeted Cutter because she is a former staffer for President Obama’s campaign, and still keeps in touch with many of her former colleagues. She also still works as a consultant for Democratic candidates and causes, including the President.

Liberal groups targeted Gingrich, as his PAC gave money to a number of conservative politicians. One of those politicians, Rand Paul, appeared on “Crossfire” and was interviewed by Gingrich, with no mention of his PAC’s donations.

One of those media watchdog groups, Media Matters, spoke to CNN standards executive Rick Davis earlier this month about the ethics guidelines the “Crossfire” hosts need to follow. Today, Davis told them that they are “clarifying” the policy. The issue in question is whether the hosts need to mention on-air if they are funding or helping a politician or candidate. The new, “clarified” rules say that they do not, because their political position implies support already.

“Crossfire” is a high-profile launch for CNN, which has committed seven figures to securing the four co-hosts to substantial deals with the channel. Given the investment it shouldn’t be surprising that CNN is moving the goalposts with regards to its ethics policy.

Ratings: ‘Crossfire’ Debut Second in Demo, Third in Total Viewers

The debut of CNN’s “Crossfire” averaged 582,000 total viewers and 169,000 A25-54 viewers Monday evening. In the 6:30pmET half hour, “Crossfire,” hosted last night by Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter, was third in total viewers and second in the key A25-54 demographic in cable news.

The show’s average was up +44% in total viewers and +21% in the demo compared to the prior four Mondays. Compared to the same day last year, the show was up +82% and +41%, respectively.

By comparison, Fox News’ “Special Report” drew 2.40 million total viewers and 384,000 A25-54 viewers from 6:30 to 7pmET. MSNBC’s “Politics Nation” had 617,000 total viewers and 116,000 A25-54 viewers, and HLN’s “Evening Express” averaged 248,000 and 127,000, respectively, for the half-hour.

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Turning Down the Volume for ‘Crossfire’ 2.0


New “Crossfire” hosts (l-r) Stephanie Cutter, Van Jones, S.E. Cupp and Newt Gingrich.

When last we saw CNN’s “Crossfire,” it resembled a scene from “Animal House,” minus the togas.

Eight years later, “Crossfire” has learned its manners, according to CNN. Hosts will use their indoor voices, and will allow each other to finish sentences. The experiment begins at 6:30 tonight, with Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter on set with two guests.

“You have to wait for someone to finish, then make your point,” says CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist, who began his CNN career as a “Crossfire” intern in 1989. “We get that. Obviously, it’s something to be mindful of. At the same time, we want to have passionate conversations.”

Even with what’s being billed as a kinder, gentler “Crossfire,” the question remains as to whether the conservative-vs.-liberal roundtable, launched in 1982, matters anymore in a radically altered cable topography.

Given that Fox News and MSNBC have become so polarized, a political program with both sides equally represented is more important than ever, says Charles Bierbauer, Dean of the University of South Carolina’s College of Mass Communications and a CNN correspondent for 20 years.

“Whatever happened to the guy in the middle?” he opines.  “I, as a viewer, like more than one point of view on issues. We’ve evolved, or devolved, to the notion that tuning into Fox gives you a right wing, conservative perspective and tuning into MSNBC gives you a left wing, liberal perspective.”

Going a step further, Feist says CNN “is the only cable-news channel that is capable of hosting “Crossfire” in an authentic way…. We’re bipartisan. Our job is to represent all points of view. It’s hard to imagine viewers would trust other channels to offer a debate program with equally balanced hosts and guests.”

“Balance” often leads to a deafening decibel level. Toward the end, this was “Crossfire’s” hallmark, fueled even more by a vocal studio audience. In his infamous 2004 appearance, Jon Stewart decried the cacophony, which led, in part, to ex-CNN chief Jonathan Klein’s decision to euthanize the show.

“Crossfire’s” approach was emblematic of the time’s ‘argument culture,’ says Amy S. Mitchell, new director of Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

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Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cutter Set to Host ‘Crossfire’ Debut

Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter are the two hosts for the debut edition of “Crossfire” Monday night, CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist revealed on a conference call with reporters this afternoon. Van Jones and S.E. Cupp are slated to host on Tuesday.

The nightly program will feature two hosts and two guests each night. Each half-hour show will focus exclusively on one topic, which Feist said will give the show “a great deal more depth.”

“None of us are known for shying away from a good debate. But we’ll get beyond the talking points. We’ll get beyond the one-liners,” Cutter said. “We are debaters. We like to discuss the issues. At times, we may get fiery. But we’ll always get beyond the talking points and get to the heart of the matter.”

Look for more on the “Crossfire” debut from TVNewser columnist Gail Shister on Monday.

The Ticker: Bloomberg, CNN, Morrison

  • Digiday looks at the success of Bloomberg TV’s online video productions, which contributed to a record number of global unique visitors and streams in July.

  • CNN’s Chris Cuomo will host a live town hall on Syria tonight at 9pmET. “Crossfire” co-host Newt Gingrich and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld are among the participants.

Debut of ‘Crossfire’ Moved up One Week

CNN’s relaunch of “Crossfire” is moving up a week to take advantage of the Congressional debate on the White House resolution to use force in Syria. The show’s debut had been planned for Sept. 16. Instead, the first new episode will now air Monday, Sept. 9 at 6:30pmET, the day Congress returns from recess. Newt Gingrich, who is among the hosts, was a part of CNN’s coverage yesterday. The news was first reported in Politico Playbook.

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