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‘Press is a Modified Petting Zoo’ on Romney Foreign Trip, Says Greta

The foreign interviews with U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney continue. Romney’s sitdown with Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren airs tonight and tomorrow night on her 10pmET show. And while Romney has done interviews with CBS’s Jan Crawford, ABC’s David Muir and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in Israel and NBC’s Brian Williams late last week in London, the press has been kept at bay somewhat during the foreign travels. The campaign originally planned to keep the press out of a fundraiser in Jerusalem this morning, but acquiesced. And on GretaWire a short time ago, Van Susteren writes:

There has been no press access to Governor Romney since we landed in Poland. We (press) are in a holding pattern (I can’t help but feel a bit like the press is a modified petting zoo since we are trapped in a bus while Polish citizens take pictures of us.) Under the headline “Governor Romney won’t like this” we saw a big sign in the crowd for Rep Ron Paul.

> More: While in Poland, Romney will also sit down with FNC’s Carl Cameron. First clips will air Tuesday morning.

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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.

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.

Newt Meets the Press; CNN’s Caucus Cam: ‘It’s Just Hideous How the Media has Been Handling this Entire Thing’

After another Mitt Romney primary win — this time at the Nevada Caucuses — Newt Gingrich decided to hold a press conference, instead of a second-place-ain’t-so-bad speech. It was carried live on CNN and Fox News. (MSNBC signed off at 11pmET airing “Lockup: New Mexico.”) A defiant Gingrich brushed off rumors he’ll be dropping out, saying he’s in it until the convention in Tampa. Gingrich says he’ll be able to stay in it state-by-state, because his is a national campaign: “If I am on ‘Hannity’, or I am happy to be in the Associated Press, or if I’m on one of the networks or even in The New York Times that in fact it reaches the whole country.”

At one point during his Q&A, Gingrich cited Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer‘s comments about  Mitt Romney not quite understanding “conservative philosophy.”

After the newser, Krauthammer told Bret Baier, “I appreciate the shout out but it will not work.” And summing up the news conference, Krauhammer added, “That was the best of Newt and the worst of Newt.”

Stephen Hayes agreed: “This is what flailing looks like. It was not a pretty performance by Newt Gingrich.”

As CNN waited for Gingrich, they kept their Caucus Cam trained on a late gathering of GOP voters, held after sundown to accommodate Orthodox Jews and Seventh Day Adventists. One Caucus-goer, a Ron Paul supporter, bemoaned Paul’s perceived lack of media coverage, even claiming he’s been poorly lit at the debates. “I’ve looked at some of the debates and when they go on Ron Paul, the lighting is dimmer, sometimes they don’t even allow him to talk, they don’t even get him into the conversations,” the woman said, live on CNN. “It’s just hideous how the media has been handling this entire thing.”

Gingrich also revealed he’ll be rooting for the Giants later today. As a Green Bay Packer shareholder — his son-in-law hails from Sheboygan — Gingrich decided it was best to root for the team that beat the Packers on the road to the Super Bowl.

Crowds Make Noise During, and Before, CNN Debate

There was plenty of noise at the start of tonight’s CNN debate, and before it. Erin Burnett hosted her show from the campus of the University of North Florida, with a loud crowd behind her.  “A Ron Paul crowd,” said Burnett. “Pretty passionate and excited.” That included someone who held up a sign through most of the uproarious hour that read: Don’t Believe the Liberal Media. As the debate began and the candidates introduced themselves, the biggest applause went to Rick Santorum who said he brought along a North Florida resident: his 93-year-old mother.

> More: Newt Gingrich calls Wolf Blitzer‘s question about wealth “a nonsense question.” Crowd cheers. Blitzer persists, “If you make a serious allegation against Gov. Romney like that, you need to explain that.” And he did:

Gingrich Blasts CNN, ABC Over Ex-Wife’s Tale: ‘I am astounded that CNN would take trash like that and use it to open a presidential debate’

At the start of tonight’s GOP debate at the North Charleston Coliseum, moderator John King asked Newt Gingrich about the ABC News interview in which Gingrich’s second wife claims Newt asked her to engage in an open marriage. Not only did he deny it, he bawled out King and CNN for daring ask about it:

“I think the destructive vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for public office. And I am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that.”

After much applause, Gingrich continued, “To take an ex-wife and make it two days before the primary, a significant question in a presidential campaign, is as close to despicable as anything I can imagine.”

Gingrich said his two daughters wrote the head of ABC “and made the point that it was wrong, that they should pull it, and I am, frankly, astounded that CNN would take trash like that and use it to open a presidential debate.”

King jumped in, “As you noted, Mr. Speaker, this story did not come from our network. As you also know, it is the subject of conversation on the campaign…”

“John, it was repeated by your network. You chose to start the debate with it. Don’t blame it on somebody else. You and your staff chose to start the debate with it,” Gingrich said, to more applause. “Now, let me be quite clear. The story is false. Every personal friend I have who knew us in that period says the story was false. We offered several of them to ABC to prove it was false. They weren’t interested because they would like to attack any republican. I’m tired of the elite media protecting Barack Obama by attacking republicans.”

With that Gingrich got a standing ovation from the crowd, and King moved on asking each candidate whether this should be an issue in the campaign. While Rick Santorum and Ron Paul gave measured responses, Mitt Romney said: “John, let’s get on to the real issues. That’s all I’ve got to say.”

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Media Bias or Misplaced Phrase? Dana Bashed by Ron Paul Super PAC

Misplaced phrasing has turned into claims of bias against CNN reporter Dana Bash. While covering the Ron Paul campaign earlier this month, Bash said to her husband/host of “John King USA,”

“…I’m sure you talk to Republicans who are worried as well, just like I am, that Ron Paul will continue on, long into the Spring and Summer…”

Turns out that phrase, “just like I am,” should have come earlier in the sentence.

CNN tells TVNewser, “The notion that Dana is anything but objective is preposterous. Dana’s report should be fully reviewed in the context in which she meant it—to reference John’s sources and her sources, not her own opinion.”

Still, the Super PAC dedicated to Paul wants Bash off the air. And they are getting attention from other media outlets, like Fox Business Network, which covered the issue last night on Judge Napolitano’s show. Watch:

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Mike Huckabee Hosts GOP Candidates in South Carolina Town Hall Forum

Four years ago Mike Huckabee was running for president (he stayed in the race until March 4). Now, with a weekend show at Fox News, Huckabee will be hosting the 2012 crop of GOP candidates, except Ron Paul who can’t attend, for a town hall forum at the College of Charleston. Undecided South Carolina republicans will gather to ask the candidates questions this Saturday night on Fox News from 8-10pmET. This is a follow up to a forum Huckabee held Dec. 3.

Huckabee will be joined by Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC). The two talked about it on his show Saturday night:


Rachel Maddow Reports, Corrects Bad Information about Gary Johnson

During Iowa Caucus coverage last night, just after 9pmET, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow who was leading the network’s coverage reported that one-time GOP presidential candidate Gary Johnson who dropped out of the race to run as a Libertarian candidate, “has dropped his bid for the Libertarian nomination and instead will be endorsing Ron Paul.”

“That’s fascinating,” chimed in Chris Matthews. And it would be. If it were true.

Five minutes later, Maddow corrected her report, calling it “a hoax. Sorry. That’ll happen.” Added MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, “That will happen. Live television, ladies and gentlemen.”