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CNN Had 24 Reporters on Election Night, But Did Better With Just One Reporter and a Pizza

B1oTQJVIIAA34NyLast night was “Election Night in America” on CNN, and the network fired up its election set, complete with giant Vista Wall crawling with 24 CNN correspondents–a visual cue that nobody, and they mean nobody, had ever assembled an election night army of reporters like CNN. They were standing by, on crowded risers in the back of ballrooms in hotels from Florida to Iowa. You, home viewer, could sit back satisfied that when something actually happened in one of those ballrooms, CNN would be on it.

Here’s the thing. Nothing happened. Sure, there was a massive political realignment underway across the country, as the nation gradually repainted state after state in Republican red. But all those reporters filling up that 24-box? They pretty much fulfilled the cliche paint-by-numbers part of election night on TV: standing in a room, telling viewers what they could’ve guessed all by themselves: the crowd is excited (or concerned). The band is playing (or the room is emptying out). They’re cautiously optimistic here at clearly-going-to-lose headquarters. The candidate is upstairs, we’ve been told, watching returns.

B1nzFwzIcAEqdq4Every TV reporter has spent a night on one of those risers, and we’ve all repeated those very same boilerplate observations. The only real news that ever happens in one of those ballrooms or sports bars is when the candidate speaks, and often that speech gets carried live, bypassing the reporter in the room altogether. CNN, for its part, pretty much skipped candidate speeches altogether. And that left all of those 24 reporters with very little to offer, other than the promotional value of being there.

So why have the Unprecedented Team of Campaign Reporters? (Did they all even make air last night?) Read more

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In Profile: O’Donnell, Hamby, Tantaros

CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell speaks with More Magazine about handling three small children, her career crossroads and her commitment to reporting the facts.

My contract [at NBC] was up, and I was in discussions with them about what my next role would be. And we were close to an agreement. I enjoyed what I was doing, but I was doing a lot of different things. I was reporting. I was anchor­ing. I wasn’t covering a beat anymore. And I kind of said, ‘Am I really doing what I should be doing?’ I think that I became a correspondent so early because I had clarity of pur­pose. [Something to] strive for. But now I was saying, Well, I’m not hav­ing clarity of purpose here. So I called up my agent and said, ‘You know, before we go any further, I’ve been really thinking about this, and I want to do 60 Minutes.’

CNN’s Peter Hamby earned the nickname “Black Widow” for breaking news that Tim Pawlenty, Jon Huntsman and Rick Perry all dropped out of the running for the presidential nomination in 2012. He also broke the story about Sarah Palin’s resignation as governor of Alaska. Hamby spoke with Richmond Magazine to discuss everything from his background to being embedded on a campaign trail.

The Rick Perry one was cool because I got it from someone nobody was talking to… If you’re a source reporter, this is the stage when you find out the little secrets the campaigns don’t want you to find out. I made an effort to get to know the interns and the field staff.

Fox News’ “The Five” co-host Andrea Tantaros was the featured speaker at the Alachua County Republican Party’s Ronald Reagan Black Tie and Blue Jeans event Thursday night. The Gainsville Sun reportsRead more

In Profile: Muir, Dobbs, Kohn

ABC “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir has a spread in People magazine’s new issue. Much like his episode of MediabistroTV “My First Big Break,” Muir talks about his dream job and when he realized he would be a news anchor.

I get to take on this adventure, and it’s a huge responsibility, but I love it…. I started when I was 13, they kept a growth chart for me in the newsroom [at Syracuse station WTVH-TV].

Fox Business Network anchor Lou Dobbs is featured in the The Boston Globe sharing his secret love affair with the “rancid, thick coffee.”

The most memorable cup I ever had is the first one each morning. That is the start of consciousness. I have to have it. It sets the stage for the day. And without it, it sets an entirely different tone for the day. I’m deeply grateful for that first cup. We have a Keurig coffee maker. We throw the little cups in and off we go. Nothing could be simpler.

CNN contributor and Daily Beast columnist Sally Kohn sat down with Breitbart News Network to talk about big business, the government and why people don’t want to be on welfare.

 I’m actually not a fan of big business and I think we can agree that the greed of some American corporations and some of America’s wealthy is appalling. That includes some CEO pay. Taking that kind of compensation and rigging that kind of golden parachute for yourself is not something I would personally do — especially in this economy. Where we disagree is Read more

The Afternoon Ticker: Hunt, Hamby, Lauer…

  • Kasie Hunt has been named an MSNBC political correspondent. It’s a new position for MSNBC as the network moves to having reporters exclusive of NBC News. Hunt joined MSNBC in January, 2013, and has fronted the “States of Play” series on Morning Joe.

  • CNN’s Peter Hamby is taking viewers into the world of political campaigns through his own personal lens. The weekly CNN.com series Hambycast will provide a candid and casual look at American political campaigns, beyond the stump speeches.

  • NBC News is turning Matt Lauer‘s exclusive interview with Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly into a “Dateline” special Friday night at 10pmET. Lauer also sits down with the doctors who treated Brantly at Emory University Hospital and Brantly’s wife, Amber.

Who Do These TVNewsers Pick to Win the Super Bowl?

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Sports commentators have been making their picks for two weeks, so TVNewser rounded up some network anchors and reporters to get their picks for Super Bowl XLVIII.

“I like the Broncos by 7,” “Special Report” host Bret Baier predicts. “Peyton Manning is too tough- even with Seahawks D. It’s an interesting match-up and for that matter- so is Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers at halftime!”

“Happening Now” host Jenna Lee agrees. She’s picking the Broncos “There’s simply no other choice.” Lee knows her football. Her dad played in two Super Bowls for the Minnesota Vikings. “I can NOT have a morose and despondent co-anchor on Monday morning.” Colorado native Jon Scott is a MAJOR Broncos fan.

But “America’s Newsroom” host Bill Hemmer is going against his colleagues: “Peyton Manning is once in a generation, it would be great if he wins another Super Bowl. But it seems everyone is going with Denver because of him. Which can only mean one thing: Seattle wins. Fair and Balanced.”

“Who do I want to lose more?” is the way MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki is looking at it. “As a Patriots fan, I’m torn. The Broncos beat my team and I can’t cheer for Peyton Manning, but I still remember when Pete Carroll inherited a great Patriots team from Bill Parcells and ran it into the ground.”

Kornacki’s call: “I’ll take an ugly game that reflects poorly on both teams and ends with Manning getting sacked in the end zone in overtime for a 2-0 Seattle win.”

ABC News correspondent Amy Robach, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy as she fights breast cancer, is rooting for Seattle “for one reason…”

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RNC Seeks ‘Fewer Debates, More Control’ in 2016 Primaries

las-vegas-gop-debate-cnnCNN’s Peter Hamby reports that Republican party officials are working on “a new batch of rules aimed at streamlining a chaotic presidential nominating process” that would include limiting the number of televised debates in the next Presidential election:

One proposal being weighed by the RNC members would involve sanctioning a small handful of debates while penalizing candidates who participate in any nonsanctioned GOP debate by stripping them of one-third of their delegates to the national convention. There is also a “heavy appetite” to have a say over which journalists should be allowed to moderate the debates, said one Republican familiar with the ongoing discussions.

“There is a definitely a consensus for Reince [Priebus]‘s objective to have less debates and have control over how and who we have run our debates, rather than just turning it over to X, Y or Z network and having a guy moderate who’s going to just dog you for two hours,” said the Republican, who requested anonymity to discuss the sensitive and not-yet-finalized rules changes.

There were 20 debates during the 2012 primaries: seven on CNN, five on Fox News, two on ABC News, one each on NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNBC and Bloomberg, and one jointly hosted by NBC and MSNBC.

Kurtz, Sesno Media Criticism at Dawn

Well, it’ll be dawn in Anchorage. When Howard Kurtz‘s “MediaBuzz” debuts on Fox News tomorrow at 11amET, he’ll be going up against his old show, “Reliable Sources” on CNN which this week will be hosted by Frank Sesno, a former CNN DC bureau chief, now director of of the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University.

Syria will be the hot topic on both shows. “Reliable Sources” will also discuss new Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos dropping in on the newsroom this week. Sesno will also discuss political reporting with Peter Hamby, who this week was named national political reporter for CNN digital. His report on the use of Twitter during the 2012 campaign from his fellowship at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard was made public this week. CNN contributor Kevin Madden , who worked on the Romney campaign, and PBS NewsHour’s Christina Bellantoni will also guest.

As for what’s on tap for Kurtz’s first “MediaBuzz,” he talked about it Thursday on Fox News:

CNN Digital Names Peter Hamby National Political Reporter

CNN Digital has named Peter Hamby national political reporter, making him the second digital-first correspondent for the company. Kelly Wallace was the first digital correspondent, reporting on family and career issues. She joined CNN from iVillage in June.

Hamby will cover politics, policy and campaigns across the country, from national elections to state and local affairs. His reporting will appear across CNN Digital and on CNN TV.

“Peter is a scrappy and well-sourced reporter and a swift writer with a big social fan base,” said Meredith Artley, managing editor of CNN Digital in a statement. “That combined with his on-air experience and knack for breaking big news stories make him the perfect person to give this classic CNN beat a new spin.”

Hamby was also recently a fellow for Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. His report from that fellowship, about social media and campaign reporters, was shared widely in TV newsrooms over Labor Day weekend. You can read it here.

More below from CNN…

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Boston Bombings: Tuesday Coverage Notes

Explosions at Finish Line of the Boston Marathon

The cable news networks pivoted to breaking news in Massachusetts shortly after 3pmET Monday afternoon as two explosions went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Fox News was the first cable news network to report the news at 3:06:18 p.m., followed just seconds later by CNN at 3:06:53 p.m. MSNBC reported the news at 3:08:45 p.m. All three cable news networks were several minutes minutes behind the first reports of the explosions on Twitter.

Fox News and CNN are relying on live pictures from Boston local stations. MSNBC has video from New England Cable News, which is owned and operated by NBC Universal.

> More: The broadcast networks also broke in with news of the explosions. CBS News was first at 3:10pmET, followed by ABC News and NBC News at 3:13 p.m. Scott Pelley is anchoring on CBS, Brian Williams on NBC and Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos on ABC.

> More: Matt Frucci, the incoming executive producer of CNN’s new morning show, is doing eyewitness reports from the scene for the network. Wolf Blitzer is anchoring. And on Fox News, Shepard Smith is talking with WGBH’s Emily Rooney, former network executive and daughter of Andy Rooney.

> More: Anderson Cooper is on his way to Boston and will anchor at 8pmET and 10pmET.

> More: Here’s affiliate video of one of the explosions, as seen on CNN:

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