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Sean Hannity To Interview RNC Chairman Reince Priebus About NBC, CNN Letters

Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity will interview RNC chairman Reince Priebus tonight about the letters he sent to NBC Entertainment and CNN regarding their respective upcoming Hillary Clinton mini-series and feature film.

Update: Priebus also appeared on Bloomberg TV. Watch both interviews here.

Priebus said that unless the companies canceled the plans to air the features, the RNC would recommend that neither NBC News nor CNN host any GOP primary debates during the 2016 Presidential cycle. CNN responded, saying that “limiting their debate participation seems to be the ultimate disservice to voters.”

Meanwhile, on CNN itself, Jake Tapper covered the letters during “The Lead.” He asked Republican CNN contributor Ana Navarro (as well as Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons and the National Journal‘s Ron Brownstein) about the move:

“When the announcement came out, I lifted an eyebrow, it’s not something that I like,” Navarro said. “We had over 20 debates [in 2012] that were frankly cringe inducing and in many republicans’ minds–including my own–very hurtful for the party. I think that it’s important for the RNC to get control of this debate process so we’re not having one every week and they end up being hurtful to the candidates in a difficult process.”

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Jorge Ramos on the Univision-ABC News Channel: ‘Either we do it, or somebody else is going to do it’

Univision and ABC News flexed the combined muscle of their newly-minted partnership at a breakfast panel at the University Club in Tampa this morning. The event, which examined the surging Hispanic population and its place in American politics, was moderated by ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Univision’s Jorge Ramos and National Journal’s Ron Brownstein.

Before talk turned to politics, however, Sawyer and Ramos took a few minutes to discuss the upcoming launch of ABC and Univision’s joint venture, an English-language cable channel targeting a Hispanic audience.

“Everybody at ABC News is beyond excited. In fact, a producer said last night, ‘I was watching Jorge, and I don’t speak Spanish yet, but he was so fascinating I watched the ten-minute interview,’” Sawyer said, drawing laughter from the crowd of about 100. “It’s going to be a great journey of discovery as we all examine what’s happening.”

The pair talked about the goal of tapping into a rapidly-growing demographic of English-speaking people of Hispanic descent.

“We’re doing great in Spanish, but then we realize about one in four Latinos feel much more comfortable in English than in Spanish,” Ramos said. “Either we do it, or somebody else is going to do it. That’s the future of Latinos.”

It’s a demographic that Ramos, the father of two, is very familiar with personally.

“We’re doing all this simply so my kids can watch me,” Ramos joked. “They don’t watch me. So we asked ABC to help us.”

CBS, ABC Staff Up for 2012 Election Cycle

Both CBS News and ABC News announced key staffing appointments for their political teams today, as the 2012 election cycle looms.

CBS News president David Rhodes announced in an email to staffers that Caroline Horn, who currently coordinates political coverage on “CBS Evening News,” has been promoted to senior producer for politics. The CBS political unit will also depend on senior political producers for the major broadcasts, including Ward Sloane for “Evening News” and former Fox News political producer Mosheh Oinounou for “The Early Show.”

ABC News also announced a new hire: Ron Brownstein, editorial director for The National Journal, will join the network’s political team, according to an email from ABC News president Ben Sherwood. Brownstein will contribute political analysis across all ABC’s platforms. He will also contribute to CNN as a senior political analyst.

The National Journal also has a partnership with CBS News, which Rhodes mentions in his full memo to CBS staffers. Both memos are after the jump.

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Maddow/Olbermann Invited to White House Chat with Obama, But Fox Isn’t a News Organization?

Here’s a curious turn in the White House vs. Fox News fight.

On Monday, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow were among several people who attended an off-the-record briefing with Pres. Obama at the White House. Sources tell us other attendees at the two-and-a-half hour chat included Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post, Maureen Dowd of the New York Times, Gwen Ifill of PBS and Gloria Borger of CNN. Perhaps not surprisingly, no one from Fox News was in the room.

This fact quickly turned into ammunition for the folks at FOX. Last night on “Special Report,” Bret Baier revealed the information pointing out that opinion hosts from one channel were being invited to a briefing with the Commander-in-Chief, all the while Fox was declared not a news organization.

And it continued on Fox & Friends this morning, as the troika talked about the back-and-forth ABC News White House correspondent Jake Tapper had with press secretary Robert Gibbs in the morning off-camera gaggle yesterday.

[However, co-anchor Gretchen Carlson didn't have her facts correct when she said, "in this reporter gaggle was Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann who are opinion people over at MSNBC." Maddow and Olbermann were in the off-the-record briefing on Monday not the on-the-record gaggle on Tuesday.]

(h/t HotAir & JohnnyDollar)

Update: The White House has sent TVNewser the complete list of those who attended the off-the-record briefing Monday: Eugene Robinson, E.J. Dionne, Ron Brownstein, John Dickerson, Rachel Maddow, Frank Rich, Jerry Seib, Maureen Dowd, Keith Olbermann, Bob Herbert, Gloria Borger, and Gwen Ifill. Several members of the staff also attended.

“In The Trenches” With Some DCNewsers

Stephanopoulos_32.17.jpgOur friends from FishbowlDC, in addition to having a party in their honor Saturday night, also attended a book party for Stan Greenberg hosted by Atlantic Media’s Ron Brownstein and his wife Eileen McMenamin.

Among the tvnewsers in attendance: ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, NBC’s David Gregory and CNN’s Jessica Yellin.

TVNewser has also learned that former Pres. Clinton sent a note to Greenberg saying he was sorry he couldn’t attend especially since he is featured in, “Dispatches from the War Room: In the Trenches with Five Extraordinary Leaders.” Clinton was busy in Austin, TX telling Luke Russert what he got Hillary Clinton for Valentine’s Day.