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Debating the Coverage of the End of the Iraq War

On FNC’s “Happening Now” this afternoon Jon Scott — who also hosts the “FOX News Watch” media analysis show — moderated a debate on the fairness of the news coverage of the end of the Iraq war — which culminated early Sunday morning as the final MRAP vehicle crossed into Kuwait. Alan Colmes and Rich Lowry went head-to-head and it turned into a pretty typical left-right, blue-red debate (apologies for the Hoodie Footie commercial at the top).

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Cabler Connections to the Mumbai Attacks

fbn_11-27.jpgAs networks were looking for correspondents on the ground to cover the attacks in Mumbai Wednesday, FBN had someone to talk to — reporter Jeff Flock‘s daughter, Elizabeth Flock. Flock is in Mumbai working for Forbes Magazine, and called in with reports of the situation.

At the end of the segment, anchor Liz Claman told her, “We just got word from your dad, who’s reporting from O’Hare…He wants you to know that he loves you.”

cnbc_11-27.jpgWhen news of the terror attacks broke, CNBC’s Erin Burnett had flashbacks. Burnett was in India in May, when bombs went off in the city of Jaipur. In fact, Burnett reported from and stayed at two of the places attacked on Wednesday.

BBC World News America was one of the first networks with a reporter on the ground in Mumbai yesterday. Anchor Matt Frei also spoke with one of the hotel guests hiding at the Taj Mahal hotel.

According to a TVEyes search, Fox Business was first to report the story at 1:06pmET Wednesday. Anchor Stuart Varney attributed the news to The Wall Street Journal; MSNBC went into rolling coverage at 1:26; Bloomberg reported the news at 1:31; CNBC at 1:40 and CNN at 1:41 and FNC at 1:46.

Rick Davis Reflects on Palin Media Roll-out

palin_11-14.jpgWith the election over, Sen. John McCain‘s campaign manager Rick Davis is speaking out about the thinking behind Gov. Sarah Palin‘s initial interviews (via Jossip).

The National Review’s Rich Lowry takes a lengthy look at the McCain campaign in the upcoming issue of the magazine, but gives some of Davis’ answers in a blog post on National Review Online.

The reason for putting “Palin out in a big, hostile network interviews,” beginning with ABC’s Charlie Gibson was, “Our assumption was people would not let us release her on Fox or local TV,” said Davis.

As for the second network interview, with Katie Couric, Lowry writes, “Davis says Palin thought [it] would be softer because she was being interviewed by a woman: ‘She was under the impression the Couric thing was going to be easier than it was. Everyone’s guard was down for the Couric interview.’”

“Polar Opposities” and “Different Realities”

olbermann_10-27.jpgTwo of the most high-profile media writers were thinking the same thing over the weekend. The AP’s David Bauder and Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz each write today about the vast difference between MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann and some of FNC’s programs.

Bauder looks at “polar opposites” Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly. “The two men survey the McCain-Obama competition from opposite mountaintops, as kings of cable’s opinion class. They’re the beneficiaries of an increased desire by news viewers to follow stories through their own ideological filters,” writes Bauder.

“Flipping back and forth between Olbermann and O’Reilly would be enough to give most viewers whiplash,” Bauder writes.

Kurtz presents Sean Hannity as the Olbermann foil, something Sen. Barack Obama did as well. “Obama recently questioned whether voters are “seeing two different realities, a Sean Hannity reality and a Keith Olbermann reality,’” writes Kurtz.

Olbermann tells Kurtz, “There is no Sean Hannity reality.” While FNC SVP Bill Shine tells Kurtz, “We try very, very hard to keep it fair and keep it balanced. [Hannity] is balanced out every night by Alan [Colmes] and by other guests.”

Kurtz also discusses Drew Griffin‘s interview, and subsequent controversy, with Gov. Sarah Palin. Click continued to see it…

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Cable Networks Debate VP Debate Moderator Gwen Ifill

This morning the cable networks are discussing a potential conflict of interest related to VP debate moderator Gwen Ifill. Last night, WorldNetDaily published a story about Ifill’s new book “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.” WND reports that in the book Ifill argues the “‘black political structure’ of the civil rights movement is giving way to men and women who have benefited from the struggles over racial equality.”

F&FIfill_10.1.jpgAfter the story was linked on Drudge, the cable morning shows took the political hot potato and ran with it. On Fox and Friends, Gretchen Carlson assembled a panel to discuss it. Republican strategist Rich Lowry says, “It’s problematic. And at the very least she should disclose that she’s written this book so all the viewers will know it.”

AMJoeIfill_10.1.jpgOn MSNBC’s Morning Joe, democratic strategist Bob Schrum says Ifill, “Is going to be very, very fair,” adding “I think republicans are doing this because they want to intimidate her.”

And while the WND story was published at 8:35pmET last night, a TVNewser commenter brought it to our attention earlier in the afternoon. After our exclusive report that Ifill had tripped and broken her ankle Monday night, the commenter noted…

TinafromTampa 18 hours ago

Will the audience be advised beforehand, during or after the debate, about Gwen Ifill’s new book: Breakthrough (In THE BREAKTHROUGH, veteran journalist Gwen Ifill surveys the American political landscape, shedding new light on the impact of Barack Obama’s stunning presidential campaign and introducing the emerging young African American politicians forging a bold new path to political power).

So, we’re asking you:

Should Gwen Ifill disclose thats she is writing “The Breakthrough” at the start of tomorrow’s debate?
( surveys)

TVNewser has reached out to the Commission on Presidential Debates for a comment, but we have not heard back as of this writing. The book is to be released on inauguration day. After the jump, a YouTube clip in which Ifill explains “The Breakthrough”…

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