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The Ticker (CNN Edition): Gupta, Blitzer, Phillips

  • Dr. Sanjay Gupta will begin recording daily features about medical issues through Cumulus Media Networks. Starting in May, Cumulus will offer four daily features exploring topics relating to health and wellness. Two features are designed for news/talk stations with two features geared to a younger audience on music and entertainment stations.
  • Three of the four remaining GOP candidates will be on with Wolf Blitzer this afternoon on “The Situation Room.” Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich will appear for separate interviews. The candidates are campaigning ahead of the next three primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and DC next Tuesday.
  • Kyra Phillips talked with producer/correspondent Lowell Bergman about his upcoming “Frontline” documentary on Rupert Murdoch and the phone hacking scandal. Bergman says he’s gotten no response from News Corp. “No one will talk — period. The only communication that we had was, off-the-record I thought, with Geraldo Rivera that he blogged about.”

Rick Santorum Calls BS on New York Times; Times Reporter Says Santorum Using ‘The Media as a Foil’

A rope-line confrontation Sunday between presidential candidate Rick Santorum and New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny is making news today. At one point during the nearly two-minute exchange Santorum called Zeleny’s question “bullshit.” A CBS News camera caught the moment which was played out on “CBS This Morning.” Charlie Rose and Erica Hill then interviewed Zeleny who called Santorum losing his cool “a common tactic for Republican presidential candidates or even Democratic presidential candidates to try and use the media as a foil.”

Meanwhile, Santorum, a former Fox News political analyst, went on “Fox & Friends” this morning and summed it up this way: “If you haven’t cursed out a New York Times reporter during a campaign you’re not a real republican, is the way I look at it.”

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Greta Van Susteren Confronts Rick Santorum About ‘Shilling’ Comment

GOP Presiential candidate Rick Santorum was on “On the Record” last night, and anchor Greta Van Susteren confronted him about comments he made yesterday about Fox News “shilling” for Mitt Romney.

“On behalf of my staff, who have been calling Governor Romney every day trying to get him back on our air ever since out last interview in South Carolina, they want to know if you can help them a little bit because they don’t feel like they are shilling, he won’t even do our show!” Van Susteren said.

Santorum clarified that he was referring to FNC’s news programs, though he declined to name which ones:

“Greta, you have been awesome, and Sean [Hannity] has been awesome. When I was talking Fox News I wasn’t talking your show or Sean’s show. your two shows have been exemplar, and even some of the afternoon shows. I am just looking at the news coverage that goes on at that network, and the amount of time that Governor Romney and some of his surrogates have been getting on the air.”

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Rick Santorum: Fox News ‘Shilling’ For Mitt Romney

GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum–who was on the payroll of Fox News until he decided to run for President, says that the channel is “shilling” for one of his competitors, Mitt Romney. Santorum made his comments on the radio show of FNC host Brian Kilmeade:

“He’s had all the organizational advantage,” Santorum said. “He has Fox News shilling for him every day–no offense Brian, but I see it–and yet, he can’t seal the deal because he just doesn’t have the goods to be able to motivate the Republican base and win this election.”

Kilmeade proceeded to challenge Santorum on his claim:

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How the Sandra Fluke Story Unfolded

Before last week, the name Sandra Fluke had only entered the discussion in a column by TIME humorist Joel Stein, before her testimony on Capitol Hill Thursday, Feb. 23

MSNBC covered the testimony that Thursday morning, including talking to Sandra Fluke. They reported on it throughout the day. The following Tuesday, Megyn Kelly reported the story on Fox News: “It hasn’t seen a lot of media coverage so far,” said Kelly, “but there was a congressional hearing late last week that’s now getting some attention.” The next day, on his radio show it got a lot more attention courtesy of Rush Limbaugh. On his radio show, he called Fluke “a slut” and “a prostitute.”

The following day, on MSNBC’s “Ed Show” Ed Schultz , had the first interview with Fluke reacting to Limbaugh’s comments. (Schultz, you’ll recall, served a suspension for calling Laura Ingraham a slut, twice, on his radio show last May.) On Friday, Fluke was interviewed by Matt Lauer on the “Today” show, and returned to MSNBC, on Andrea Mitchell‘s show. Just before her interview with Mitchell, Fluke had taken a call of support from Pres. Obama.

By then Limbaugh doubled, then tripled down, for the next two days talking about the amount of sex Fluke must be having. By Saturday, he’d apologized. But by then, the Fluke story was factoring into the GOP primary and it certainly would come up on the Sunday morning public affairs shows.

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Huckabee Hosts Another GOP Forum

The debates may be behind us, but Fox News Channel host Mike Huckabee — who, four years ago at this time, was running for president himself — will host the GOP candidates for another forum Saturday night.

This will be Huckabee’s third presidential forum. So far three candidates, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, have committed. Ron Paul has still not decided, the New York Times reports.

The forum, from 8-10pmET, will originate from Ohio, the biggest of the Super Tuesday states. Huckabee announced on his show last Spring, that he would not be running this time around. He has yet to endorse any of the current GOP candidates.

The Contraception Question

At tonight’s GOP debate,  John King asked a question submitted to CNNPolitics.com: “Since birth control is the latest hot topic, which candidate believes in birth control and if not, why?”

The crowd didn’t like it. They boo’d. The candidates didn’t much care for it either, except Newt Gingrich who used it as an opportunity to go after his favorite targets: the media and Pres. Obama.

“You did not once in the 2008 campaign, not once did anybody in the elite media ask why Barack Obama voted in favor of legalizing infanticide,” said Gingrich. “So let’s be clear here. If we’re going to have a debate about who the extremist is on these issues, it is President Obama.”

Then Mitt Romney jumped in: “John, what’s happened — and you recall back in the debate we had George Stephanopoulos talking out about birth control, we wondered why in the world is contraception — why is he going there? We found out when Barack Obama continued his attack on religious conscience.”

> More: In the post-debate wrap up, Gloria Borger asked Rick Santorum his reaction to those who say he is “spending way too much time talking about divisive cultural issues.” His response: “As John King tried to do on contraception and other things that are outrageous questions, and then the next question is ‘why are you talking so much about social issues?’ They ask and then they say, ‘you’re talking about social issues all the time.’ Look, I understand the game. and we’re just going to go out and continue to stay on message.” King responded later, “I understand the game as well, and I don’t think it’s out of bounds to ask a presidential candidate about something they said in a presidential campaign.”

Bill O’Reilly on Whitney Houston, Ellen DeGeneres and ‘What’s Up With That?’

Bill O’Reilly is on the West Coast, and after taping his show in LA yesterday, he dropped by “The Tonight Show.” O’Reilly and Jay Leno talked politics, including what might come up at tonight’s CNN debate: “CNN is definitely going to bear-bait him into this contraception thing, there’s no doubt,” said O’Reilly of Rick Santorum. And on whether Sarah Palin might jump into the race: “The governor is happy where she is, making a fortune on the Fox News Channel and shooting moose, or doing whatever she’s doing,” O’Reilly joked.

Leno and O’Reilly also talked about the coverage of the death of Whitney Houston, O’Reilly’s defense of Ellen DeGeneres and his appearance on “Saturday Night Live” during “What’s Up with That?” Watch:

CNN Preps for Arizona GOP Debate

John King, along with Arizona State University students playing the parts of Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich, is doing a run-through today ahead of tonight’s GOP debate in Mesa, Arizona. This is the 20th, and likely final primary debate. The first face-off on Fox News last May, also featured four candidates — only one of whom, Ron Paul, is still in the race. The other attendees were Herman Cain, Gary Johnson and Tim Pawlenty.

Tonight’s debate will feature the candidates at a table instead of podiums. Playbook reports CNN last used this set-up for a GOP debate on Jan. 30, 2008, at the Reagan Library. Sitting at the table then were candidates John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Romney and Paul.

The Arizona debate airs on CNN at 8pmET.

Sunday Show Group Think

Jay Rosen, the NYU journalism professor and keeper of the Press Think blog, noticed some group think going on on the Sunday shows.

First. Pres. Obama’s Chief of Staff Jack Lew was on all the shows yesterday, while Rick Santorum was on three of them: “Meet the Press,” “This Week,” and “State of the Union.”

Rosen watched the Santorum interviews and found some similarities.

Two of the shows, “Meet the Press” and “This Week” asked about the same passage in Santorum’s book “It Takes a Family,” while two shows, “This Week” and “State of the Union,” played the same clip from a 2006 Rick Santorum for Senate ad, with essentially the same follow-up.

Kind of makes it easy for the candidate when you get the same questions from different reporters.

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