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The Guy Who Tweeted Former CIA Director’s Conversations ‘Won’t Be Doing Any Fox News’

MatzzieMSNBCTom Matzzie, the former DC director of Moveon.org, has already talked with CNN and MSNBC today, but he won’t doing Fox News.

Not that they asked.

Matzzie, whose tweets became news yesterday, tweeted this afternoon, “I won’t be doing any Fox News.”

To get you caught up, Matzzie was on a DC-to-NY Acela yesterday when he encountered “the loud guy on the train” sitting two rows behind him. That guy turned out to be former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden who was giving off-the-record phone interviews, details of which Matzzie began to tweet.

After Hayden’s associates started seeing Matzzie’s tweets, they called the 4-star Air Force General (ret.) who then approached Matzzie. “At that point I clenched myself,” Matzzie told MSNBC’s Peter Alexander. But it all ended well enough. Matzzie even got this photo with his new train buddy.

In her interview this morning (after the jump) CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield challenged Matzzie that as a former Moveon.org director “you have a bigger role in public interest than perhaps you let on…”

As for Fox, Tom Fitzgerald, a reporter at Fox5 in Washington, DC is appealing Matzzie’s no Fox rule. Matzzie is putting it to his Twitter followers to vote on whether he should do the interview.

 

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Here’s The ‘Today’ Scene From ‘The Michael J. Fox Show’

NBC premiered its new comedy series “The Michael J. Fox Show” this week, and as we reported back in May, the team from “Today” makes a guest appearance as, well, themselves.

Early on in the episode, Fox’s “Mike Henry,” a local news anchor, runs into Matt Lauer, who he has a “rivalry” with. Later on, he appears on the morning program, with special appearances by Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Peter Alexander.

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Baby Boom At News Outlets

Babies, babies everywhere! While seemingly every TV news outlet was covering the future monarch born this week, there is even more royal baby news popping out.

NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander and wife WJLA anchor Alison Starling welcomed a new baby girl yesterday. Alexander announced the news the way all births should be handled from now on, with a placard, on Twitter:

Meanwhile, on “New Day” this morning GOP political consultant and CNN contributor Margaret Hoover revealed, alongside her husband and fellow CNN contributor John Avlon, that they are expecting a child.

One Speech, Many Different Approaches

This afternoon President Obama delivered a big speech on the issue of climate change. As it happens, the speech ended up making clear the  filters through which the cable news channels approach a news item.

When the President began speaking shortly after 1:45 PM ET, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and, yes, The Weather Channel, were carrying the speech. Bloomberg and Fox Business also carried it.

MSNBC cut away at 1:49 PM, and brought in correspondents Peter Alexander and Kelly O’Donnell, who went all-out on the politics behind the speech. The channel went back to the President at 1:52 PM as he formally announced his plan, before cutting away for good at 2 PM.

FNC cut away at 1:52 PM, instead choosing to have Megyn Kelly interview a climate change denier. Kelly and her guest didn’t actually cover the President’s plan, but rather focused on the issue.

CNN also cut away at 1:52 PM right after FNC did, Wolf Blitzer threw to political correspondent Jim Acosta, who focused primarily on the political ramifications of the speech. Blitzer then called the speech a “major address” by the President, and told viewers they could watch it on CNN.com as he threw to a commercial. It may have been a “major address,” but not major enough for coverage on CNN TV after that point.

The Weather Channel–which has bet big on covering the effects of climate change in series and specials–covered the entirety of the speech in full and commercial free, saving its analysis for after the speech. Every single guest in the analysis portion accepted that climate change is real.
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NBC’s Mike Viqueira Named White House Correspondent For Al Jazeera America

Al Jazeera America has named Mike Viqueira as its first White House correspondent.

Viqueira joins Al Jazeera America from NBC News, where he was a producer/correspondent covering Capitol Hill and other stories from the DC region.

Viqueira had been on the White House beat for four years, but when Peter Alexander joined Chuck Todd and Kristin Welker there in December, he was shifted back to Capitol Hill, where he had been based since 1998. The AJA gig returns Viqueira to the White House beat.

“This is a great opportunity, both because of Al Jazeera America’s commitment to the kind of straight-forward, hard-nosed journalism that all good reporters value, and because it’s tremendously exciting to be building something that will fill today’s critical need for real, unfiltered and fact-based news,” Viqueira said in a statement.

Viqueira joins other prominent hires, including CNN’s Ali Velshi, and Thomson Reuters executive John Meehan, who will oversee the channel’s business coverage.

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Alexander, Starling Expecting

NBC News White House correspondent Peter Alexander and WJLA anchor Alison Starling are expecting their first child in July. Starling and Alexander were married in April. The couple met while they were both reporters in Seattle, he at KCPQ (FOX) and she at KIRO (CBS). We’re thinking of giving them one of those cute celebrity couple names like Aliter or Peterson or Starxander. Thoughts?

(Photo: Greg Gibson Photography)

NBC’s Mike Viqueira Returning To Capitol Hill

NBC White House producer/correspondent Mike Viqueira is returning to Capitol Hill. He will still be covering politics on The Hill (and occasionally at the White House), but will also contribute to general assignment coverage. With Chuck Todd and Kristen Welker not going anywhere, and Peter Alexander joining the White House team, the beat became a bit crowded.

Viqueira had been covering politics the Obama administration for nearly four years, and before that was a Congressional producer.

 

Peter Alexander Named White House Correspondent for NBC

NBC News is adding to its on-air staff at the White House.

Peter Alexander, who had covered the Romney campaign, has been named White House Correspondent, joining Chuck Todd and Kristen Welker on the beat. Todd continues as NBC News Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent, as well as anchor of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown.”

Alexander joined NBC News in 2004. Before NBC, Alexander worked at KCPQ-TV in Seattle,  KHQ-TV in Spokane and WKYT-TV in Lexington, KY.

Alexander is married to Alison Starling an anchor at WJLA-TV in Washington, DC.

Barbara Walters Makes Return to NBC

Not sure who had the remote control for those huge monitors at the Romney campaign site in Boston — the ones that kept changing all night. But it made for fun viewing for us.

During an ABC liveshot with David Muir, Fox News was on the monitors. Later, during a liveshot with NBC’s Peter AlexanderABC was on. At the end of the report, Brian Williams said, “Peter Alexander, and for a time, Barbara Walters and Cokie Roberts. Thank you all.”

NBC gets the bragging rights for being the first to call the election for Obama at 11:12pmET. An Ohio victory put the president over the top. CBS followed at 11:15, then Fox News, CNN and at 11:25pm ABC News.

After A Long Campaign, Correspondents At Romney HQ Ready For A Long Night

GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney‘s campaign headquarters is about to start filling up in Boston, Massachusetts. For correspondents covering the Romney campaign, today has been a relatively uneventful one in the grand scheme of the campaign, though that will soon change.

“This is the first quiet day we have had in I don’t know how long,” NBC’s Peter Alexander told TVNewser. “Everything has been said, now you just wait and see what America says.”

As the polls close across the country, the network correspondents in Boston are gearing up to try and take the temperature of the Romney camp. While viewers at home get a larger perspective, the view in the campaign headquarters is a unique one.

“The advantage is that you have right at your disposal key people inside the campaign who are telling you what is going on,” CNN’s Jim Acosta told us. “Of course you are being spun, but it is a ringside seat not many people have, and a vantage point that you can share with the world.”

For tonight, correspondents are ready to expect the unexpected, and to go late if need be.

“Just when you have conventional wisdom building or predictions that come into focus on election day, you have to wonder, what will the surprise be tonight,” ABC’s David Muir told us, noting that this campaign has been rife with surprises, from Hurricane Sandy to the “47%” tape.

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