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CNN/TIME Politics ’08: Toobin Talks TVNewser

After all the stories coming out of the CNN/TIME Politics ’08 conference this week, we’ve got one more today. The Huffington Post’s Rachel Sklar has posted her array of videos from the conference, including CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin giving TVNewser some advice (although he does check “18 times a day” anyway). After the jump, Toobin and Peggy Noonan discuss a “good journalistic question,” according to Noonan, asked by FishbowlNY‘s Glynnis MacNicol (playing the role of camera operator):



Click continued to see the “good journalistic question” and answer…

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CNN/TIME Politics ’08: Greenfield, Graydon and More

greenfield_10-14.BMPThe CNN/TIME Politics ’08 conference kicked off yesterday with Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes saying, “There has never been and never will be a substitute for quality.”

TVNewser twittered the first panel, moderated by Campbell Brown, and featuring this line of from Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter that got the biggest laughs (on trying to book Gore Vidal on TV): “They want him to talk about Marilyn Monroe, he wants to talk about James Monroe.”

The second panel, moderated by the New York Times’ Frank Rich, featured CBS’ Jeff Greenfield, journalist/author Peggy Noonan, CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin and others. Greenfield brought up the way the journalist-politician trust has changed. He reminisced how Lyndon Johnson once said, “If I’ve lost Walter Cronkite, I’ve lost the country,” regarding Vietnam. “Who could you say that about today?” he asked.

Noonan used some descriptive language to talk TV news options. “If you want to take a warm bath in George Bush‘s greatness, you will go straight to Fox,” she said. “If you want to take a cold shower in ‘George Bush is the devil,’ you will go straight to (Keith) Olbermann.”

After the panel, Greenfield grabbed a few of the panelists, including moderator Rich (pictured) for a potential CBS package. We also turned the tables and interviewed Greenfield (after the jump).

panel_10-14.BMPTwo final notes about the TVNewser twittered final panel, featuring a lively interview between Anderson Cooper and Lewis Black (and the audience). If there is a way to get video of Black’s total excoriating of an audience member who blamed big government for the country’s problems, we’ll search for it. Black later somewhat apologized, and said he only got so worked up because of something that happened earlier in the day. But it did leave Cooper slightly uncomfortable. “This isn’t awkward for me at all,” joked Cooper.

Also, an audience member asked the CNN anchor if he ever wanted to just scream his opinion about an issue he was covering. “The last thing anyone wants to hear is some overpaid, blow-dried news anchor giving their opinion,” Cooper said. “I think there’s enough of those already.”

Click continued to see TVNewser’s interview with Greenfield, who talks about the CBS web cast, his prediction for a potentially-long Election Night ’08 and more…

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CNN/TIME Politics ’08: Late Afternoon Sessions

martin_10-13.BMPThe 10th floor of the Time Warner Center was packed with journalists, college students and others today, as CNN and Time Magazine co-hosted their Politics 2008 conference.

TVNewser twittered two of the sessions, and we’ll have more on these and others tomorrow.

With three panels going on at a time in some instances, the late afternoon saw a split of two active sessions. In a religion and politics session, CNN contributors Roland Martin and Amy Holmes joined others in the discussion. When moderator Steve Waldman introduced Martin, identifying him as from the “left,” Martin immediately countered. “That introduction is part of the problem with the religion conversation,” he said. He also had some qualms with the name of the panel, which called for a discussion of the “‘new’ new rules” of religion and politics.

Holmes, who described herself as both a “non-believer” and a “blue state girl with red state politics,” said race has been a hot issue during the campaign, but religion has been less covered. “The media loves to talk about race, but I would ask to keep your eye on the religion issue,” she said.

In another room, CNN’s Candy Crowley, former Hillary Clinton strategist Mark Penn, Time Magazine’s Mark Halperin and others were discussing the media’s performance in the 2008 campaign. The overwhelming response — not good.

“The press is suffering,” said Penn. “Now they’re seen as increasingly partisan.” Crowley was asked if “people hiss at you” on the campaign trails. “Sure, but that’s not new,” she said.

The most biting critique was Halperin’s, who moves between ABC and all the cablers regularly as an analyst. He described the “irresponsible job the press has done when given access” during this election cycle. “We’ve done a bad job,” he said.

Below, TVNewser’s interview with Halperin after the panel. He expands on his critique of the media, and we ask what he thinks of being cited often in the first session as someone who understands new media during the first panel (and he gives some props to TVNewser):



Click continued to see which panelist appeared to be the most popular today, according to some unscientific research this afternoon…

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Leaked Footage Shows GOP Analysts Bashing Palin

Leaked footage from a commercial break during the NoonET hour of MSNBC showed up on YouTube this afternoon. After Chuck Todd tossed to a break with guests Mike Murphy and Peggy Noonan on set, all three can be heard expressing surprise over the Gov. Sarah Palin VP pick with Murphy and Noonan dismissing the pick as “cynical,” and “about narratives.” So — how did the tape get leaked onto YouTube just hours after the conversation took place?

> Update: Peggy Noonan responds.

Is Web Intolerance “Hurting America?”

RNClogo_8.30.gifPhil Donahue may be long gone from his daytime shows, (or his MSNBC prime time show for that matter). But he was back in the form of Joe Scarborough today at a Huffington Post-sponsored panel about how new media are impacting the 2008 race. The panel was made up of members of old and new media as well as some stradeling both.

MNSBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinkski moderated the panel which touched on issues of blogs as a source of breaking political news, the vitriol that exists on some left and right wing blogs and the concern that the anonymity provided to blog commenters only fuels the hate.

The panel was filled with the likes of Arianna Huffington, Laura Ingraham, Tony Blankley, Frank Luntz and Peggy Noonan. But moderator Scarbourough took the mics into the crowd getting the thoughts of Joe Klein, Margaret Carlson and his MSNBC colleague Tucker Carlson.

Tucker_9.1.jpgCarlson, who was personally called out four years ago by Jon Stewart for hosting a show that was “hurting America,” today said intolerance on the Web is “what is hurting America.”

“And I’m saying this as the former host of Crossfire,” he told the audience of about 100 people at the Nicollet Island Inn in Minneapolis.

We panned the crowd before the panel discussion got underway. And after the jump, more pictures.

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