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Governor Rick Perry Says He Loves ‘Fair and Balanced’…on CNN

Blitzer PerryIn a discussion with Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s “The Situation Room” tonight, Texas Governor Rick Perry seemingly snuck in a subtle endorsement for Fox News while talking about Ted Nugent‘s controversial comments about President Obama.

“Good for you, I love fair and balanced,” Perry said in response to Blitzer conceding that Bill Maher has said some “disgusting” things of his own (Maher recently told Forbes working at CNN was “never, going to happen” for him).

“When Democrats say sick, obnoxious things, we report that as well…we’re not shy about that,” Blitzer added. “As well you should,” a giggly Perry responded.

Blitzer acknowledged Nugent’s comments rubbed him the wrong way: “He’s gone way over the top on this. It just gets me a little agitated.” For Perry’s part, he said he had a problem with Nugent calling the president a mongrel.

Blitzer’s exchange with Perry continues his weeklong coverage of Nugent’s comments. Blitzer and “Crossfire” co-host Newt Gingrich got into it Tuesday night.

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And Then There Were Four. Crews Dismantle Fifth Podium at Site of CNN Debate

While Rick Perry was in North Charleston, SC dropping out of the race for the GOP nomination — and giving his endorsement to Newt Gingrich — at the nearby North Charleston Coliseum crews took down one of the podiums for tonight’s debate on CNN. A reader sent us this picture. There will now be four candidates taking part in the debate which begins at 8pmET and moderated by John King.

Hours Before CNN Debate, Rick Perry Drops out of GOP Race

The TV networks are reporting Rick Perry will hold an 11amET news conference at which he will announce he’s dropping out of the race for the GOP nomination for president. The week started with six candidates and by tonight’s CNN debate in South Carolina there will be just four on the stage: Gingrich, Paul, Romney and Santorum.

CNN’s Peter Hamby was first with the news, with the network reporting it at 9:11, Chuck Todd on MSNBC reported “the chatter” about Perry at 9:18 (getting confirmation at 9:33), Fox Business also reported the news at 9:18, citing CNN, and Fox News reported the story at 9:24am getting confirmation at 9:40.

The Perry news came just hours after reports that Rick Santorum did, in fact, get more votes — 34 more — in the Iowa Caucus than Mitt Romney. With Perry dropping out, his likely endorsement of Newt Gingrich and the interview with Marianne Gingrich — second wife of Newt — scheduled to air later today on ABC, Santorum’s win in Iowa will likely be overshadowed most of the day.

One Less Candidate for Tonight’s Fox News Debate

The news that Jon Huntsman would be dropping out of the GOP race for president came just as Huntsman was about to take the stage in a GOP forum in South Carolina, which was taped Saturday. Fox News added a lower third graphic with the news at 9:32pm — as Rick Perry was taking part in the Mike Huckabee-hosted forum — and it remained up through Huntsman’s portion a few minutes later.

Huntsman’s withdrawal, to be announced at 11am in Myrtle Beach, means there will be one less participant in FNC’s GOP debate tonight also in Myrtle Beach.

MSNBC reported the withdrawal at 9:32pmET and CNN at 9:34pm Sunday night, with the news having originated on Twitter 20 minutes earlier.

This should mean more time for the remaining five qualifying candidate during the 2-hour Fox News debate. On Friday the network announced it was also increasing candidate speaking time by 30 seconds. Fox News will also be using Twitter to measure viewer reaction to each of the candidates’ answers.

Tom Brokaw on Donald Trump, the 2012 GOP Primary and ‘Rock Center’

Donald Trump “is an utterly shameless self-promoter” and the media should stop enabling him, says Tom Brokaw.

The recent announcement of Trump’s moderating a Republican presidential debate Dec. 27 triggered a media tidal wave, but in terms of news value, it deserved no more than one line, according to Brokaw.

“The fact of the debate is not much news,” says the veteran NBC newsman, making the publicity rounds for his new book, ‘The Times of Our Lives.’ “Just because Trump attaches his name to something doesn’t make it newsworthy.”

To Brokaw, the Iowa debate is “one more chapter in Trump’s extraordinary and tireless efforts to keep Donald Trump in the news. I’m perpetually astonished at how many people play Trump’s game. It’s amusing. He has a lot of enablers, including us [media.]”

How does Brokaw resist Trump’s siren song? “I don’t fall into it. I just say no. I’m spending too much time talking about him right now.”

Regardless, Brokaw, who moderated an Obama-McCain debate a month before the 2008 election, remains bullish on the process. In his view, it provides valuable insights into how candidates think and how they handle tough questions.

With Rick Perry, for example, viewers learned “he was not as much in command of the facts as he appeared to be when he got on stage,” says Brokaw. With Herman Cain: “He had some real issues with personal behavior.”

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Is Wolf Blitzer Ready for ‘Bullies like Gingrich?’

It might look like the three other debates held on CNN this primary season, but the photo above is the stage for tonight’s GOP debate — the 11th of the primary season. CNN is teaming up with The Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute for the debate at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington. Wolf Blitzer moderates and at the podiums above, from left to right, will stand Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, and Jon Huntsman.

In the past few debates — as he’s climbed in the polls — Gingrich has made a point of calling out the style and moderating of the TV debates. Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik has some advice for Blitzer in this regard:

There’s a civil but firm way to deal with bullies like Gingrich in follow-up questions and remarks, and I hope Blitzer will use his stature and intelligence to do that tonight. I’ll put Blitzer’s professional experience and John Hopkins University graduate education in international politics up against Gingrich’s education and intellectual track record any day.

Herman Cain Supporters Target Media in ‘High Tech Lynching’ Ad

The superPAC “9-9-9 Fund” which supports Herman Cain‘s run for the White House has a new ad which rips the media — echoing the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearing 20 years ago — over the coverage of the sexual harassment accusations against Cain. CNN reports a shorter version of the video will run as a paid commercial on Iowa TV stations next week. The ad includes clips of support from Fox Business Network and clips from detractors on MSNBC and CNN. And while the ad directs its ire at the “liberal” media, Cain himself has pointed the finger at the campaign of his GOP rival Rick Perry for revealing the decades-old charges.

Matt Lauer on Bill O’Reilly’s Book: ‘I’m going to get the title out, because I know you haven’t mentioned it on your show’

Bill O’Reilly, not much a fan of NBC News, went on the “Today” show this morning to talk Obama leadership, 2012 politics — including a plug for his interview with Gov. Rick Perry tonight — and his best seller “Killing Lincoln.”

Newsers Left Waiting after Mitt Romney Meets with Donald Trump

First it was Sarah Palin, then Michele Bachmann, and a couple weeks ago Rick Perry dropped by. And today, Mitt Romney went to kiss the ring of TV’s Donald Trump. But news crews stationed outside Trump Tower were left empty-handed, “disappointing a scrum of reporters,” writes ABCNews.com. And from FoxNews.com,

According to Fox News producer Nicole Busch, Romney’s director of operations stood with the media the entire time they waited to catch a glimpse of the former Massachusetts Governor…only to tell reporters and cameras after an hour that Romney had already come and went.

The ever-shy Trump phoned in to FNC’s Neil Cavuto to share details. “Pictures were snapped, but they were snapped privately. So … at the right time,” said Trump.