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ABC Officially Responds to Stephanopoulos-Emanuel Phone Call Questions

rahm_2-5.jpgSince last week’s Politico story about the regular phone calls between former Clinton White House’ers Rahm Emanuel, George Stephanopoulos, Paul Begala and James Carville, several conservative outlets have raised the question of a conflict of interest.

Media Research President Brent Bozell has been one of the most vocal critics (Rush Limbaugh‘s callers also jammed the ABC News phone lines). Bozell, who makes a claim not part of the Politico story that these are “strategy phone calls,” requested ABC respond to the story on Newsbusters and in an open letter. “With each passing day, ABC’s failure to speak to and about this issue tarnishes further the network’s reputation as a legitimate news entity,” he writes.

Today, ABC responded to Bozell and other critics, although they say there have been several prior on-the-record responses ignored by Media Research Center. “To be crystal clear, George Stephanopoulos does not advise Rahm Emanuel nor anyone else in the Obama Administration,” says the letter from SVP of editorial quality, Kerry Smith. “He reports on the Obama Administration. He speaks to Mr. Emanuel, a friend he has known for nearly two decades, as a source, just as he speaks to countless sources across the political spectrum each and every day.”

Politico also later wrote “I don’t think they have the story quite right,” regarding Bozell’s claims.

Click continued to see the full response letter from ABC…

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D.C. Gets Some High Fives

The “Almost Twins” hit D.C. for the Inauguration, and spent their time giving out high fives all over town. Featuring Larry King, Soledad O’Brien, Tucker Carlson, Paul Begala, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski

“Cool” Technology and the “Calm Before the Storm”

blitzer_11-4.BMPMultiple people throughout the CNN newsroom were using the phrase “calm before the storm,” at 5:30pmET last night.

The BPTOT was gathering on the edge of the newsroom as anchor Wolf Blitzer interviewed former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani. Conservative commentator Alex Castellanos and Democratic commentator Paul Begala compared ties (they wore opposite colors). “It’s kind of a George W. Bush tie,” teased Castellanos of Begala’s blue tie.

A few dozen feet away, Soledad O’Brien and Bill Schneider are being given some final training on the huge Voter Analysis screen. The screen breaks down exit polls in what seems to be an unlimited number of combinations. CNN’s political director Sam Feist stops by to watch the preparations. “Isn’t that cool?” he says. “It’s what we’ve always wanted.”

For Castellanos, this was his first election night on the media side of the equation. There’s good chemistry here,” he says. “I didn’t think I’d find a better place to watch the election.”

Overall, he wasn’t confident about the night. You may find me at the bar at Midnight,” he said. Then he was reminded he would have to be on the air at Midnight. “This is the only bar I’ve ever been at where you sit for seven hours with no booze,” he joked.

We also asked both Castellanos and James Carville about their bet regarding the Louisiana Senate race. Both seemed confident in their candidates before the results. In the end, Castellanos owes Carville some dinner. “I hope Democrats don’t eat much,” he said last night.

Related: The New York Times’ Brian Stelter gives the late-night behind-the-scenes at CNN…

Below, a look at the CNN Grill on the 10th floor of the Time Warner center (before it became packed), and after the jump, more pictures from CNN’s newsroom:



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Carville, Myers, Others Reflect on War Room

carville_10-7b.BMPSometime this morning, CNN contributor James Carville and ABC’s This Week anchor George Stephanopoulos will be talking on the phone, as they do every morning.

That piece of information, that Carville and Stephanopoulos still talk every day “between 6:15 and 7:45am,” is one of the revelations in the new documentary from DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, the team that brought “The War Room” to the screen 15 years ago.

Their upcoming film, “Return of the War Room,” looks back at the film that documented Gov. Bill Clinton becoming President. And from that ’92 team came many media figures today. In addition to Stephanopoulos and Carville, Paul Begala (CNN) and Dee Dee Myers (CBS) are now TV News talking heads.

At the film’s premiere at the Paley Center for Media on Monday night, Carville and Myers, as well as the filmmakers and others featured in the film, took part in a panel discussion of the political scene then and now.

A question was asked during the Q&A how Stephanopoulos could remain fair in his role as moderate of ABC’s This Week. Myers said the fact Republicans appear on the show every Sunday is proof enough. “They think he’s fair or they wouldn’t go on,” she said.

In “Return of the War Room,” the filmmakers talk with strategists from the other side of the political spectrum too — FNC contributor Frank Luntz, who worked on the ’92 Perot campaign, and Carville’s wife Mary Matalin, Bush Sr.’s (“Poppy” as she calls him) deputy campaign manager. Matalin’s zingers had the crowd in stitches. What did she think when her then-boyfriend Carville told her he was joining the Clinton campaign? “I really thought I was going to throw up,” she said.

Below, TVNewser talks to Carville about Obama-Clinton comparison, media bias and who may be the media stars who may emerge from these campaigns. And click continued to see which journalist Myers thinks is the “breakout star,” video of the scene at the premiere and more…

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Another Clintonite Joins Fox News

wolfson_7-8.JPGFrom today’s mediabistro.com Daily Newsfeed:

Another of the most visible faces of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign has joined Fox News Channel, reports The Caucus blog on NYTimes.com. Howard Wolfson, one of Clinton’s top strategists, is expected to be announced as a contributor to the network today.

“I thought that Fox’s coverage during the primary was comprehensive and fair and evenhanded,” said Wolfson.

This comes less than a month after another Clinton supporter, Lanny Davis, signed with FNC. That leaves just Terry McAuliffe as the remaining free agent Clinton supporter who made regular appearances on the cablers during the primary season (CNN has Paul Begala and James Carville under contract already).

So, after all the fallout from the Carr column yesterday…it’s the New York Times that breaks a Fox News story?

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