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Sunday Media Shows Cover Bergdahl Prisoner Swap

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The Sunday media shows both led yesterday covering the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap.

“Thank you Bill O’Reilly for demonstrating how to conduct a smear campaign against a military family,” Brian Stelter said after playing a clip of O’Reilly noting Bowe’s father, Bob, has learned to speak Pashto and “looks like a Muslim.” He then turned to MSNBC’s “resident conservative” Joe Scarborough: “I confess I almost threw my remote control at the TV at one point this week,” Stelter said after playing a clip of Scarborough and Chuck Todd‘s heated exchange about Bob Bergdahl, where Scarborough called him a bad father.

Stelter also noted Fox News’ James Rosen report that Bergdahl had converted to Islam during his captivity. “That has not been backed up by other sources,” Stelter said. His guest, the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, praised Rosen as a reporter, but suggested his report “does not meet the bar”: “This is hearsay from terrorists passed through an ex-felon and then to the American people” (Rosen responded to Lizza via Twitter).

Over on “MediaBuzz,” Howard Kurtz referenced Rosen’s report, noting the part about Bergdahl being locked in a cage for weeks had been confirmed. Kurtz also chimed in on MSNBC’s Ari Melber claiming the media was “swiftboating” Bergdahl. “I would argue, lots of news organizations that would not be described as conservative organizations have been going out and finding out information from the soldiers and other sources about Bergdahl’s conduct.”

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Terry Moran Wins White House Correspondents’ Association Award

ABC’s Terry Moran will be presented the Merriman Smith Award at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner later this month. Moran, who is not a White House correspondent, is being honored for his coverage of the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act. According to Mike Allen‘s playbook, judges found that Moran “calmly guided viewers through the complexity, contradictions and nuance of the ruling while explaining what it means for the president and his political fortunes.”

Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker wins for journalistic excellence.  The awards will be presented at the annual dinner April 27. Fox News White House correspondent Ed Henry is the current president of the WHCA. This is the fourth year in a row the WHCA has honored an ABC correspondent. Jake Tapper won it the last three years. Tapper is now with CNN.

Health Care, Tiger’s Return on Tap for ‘Reliable Sources’

Today’s healthcare showdown in the house is topic A on CNN’s media-on-media show “Reliable Sources.” CBS News chief White House correspondent Chip Reid, political analyst Amy Holmes, and The New Yorker Washington correspondent Ryan Lizza are Howard Kurtz‘s guests.

Also, Jim Gray and Christine Brennan are booked to talk about Tiger’s return to golf, beginning with The Masters which begins two weeks from tomorrow.

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And the First Obama Overseas Interview Goes To…

Logan_7.20.jpgCBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan, who just relocated to Washington DC, was the first correspondent to interview Barack Obama during his just-begun, but much talked-about overseas trip. The discussion happened today in Afghanistan and aired this morning on Face the Nation and on CBS Evening News.

Politico’s Mike Allen reports, of the three network anchors covering the overseas trip Katie Couric will go first, interviewing Obama on Tuesday “in a country that the campaign does not want named for security reasons.” Charles Gibson gets Obama on Wednesday, and Brian Williams will go Thursday. Allen writes, at least one publication is not represented on the Obama press plane:

Forty journalists, including such leading correspondents as Dan Balz of The Washington Post, will be aboard his plane for next week’s swing through Jordan, Israel, Germany, France and England.

The campaign received 200 requests for press seats on the plane.

Among those for whom there was no room was Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent of The New Yorker. The campaign, which was furious about the magazine’s satirical cover this week, cited space constraints in turning him away.