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More Correspondents Travel to Ukraine

fox ukraineMore correspondents are up and running from Ukraine as Russian and Ukrainian forces remain in a tense standoff in the country’s Crimea region. Secretary of State John Kerry, who flew to Kiev overnight, meets with government officials there today.

Several correspondents are traveling to Kiev with Secretary Kerry, including NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, ABC chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz and CBS State Department correspondent Margaret Brennan.

Fox News’ Shepard Smith is in Kiev, where he will anchor “Shepard Smith Reporting” from Kiev and report across all Fox News’ programs today. Tomorrow he will anchor and report from Crimea.

CNN has a number of correspondents in the region, including Matthew Chance, Anna Coren and Claudia Rebaza in Kiev and Diana Magnay and Ben Wedeman in Crimea.

Also in Ukraine, as we told you yesterday: Terry Moran and Alex Marquardt for ABC, Bill Neely and Ian Williams for NBC, Elizabeth Palmer, Clarissa Ward, and Charlie D’Agata for CBS, Anderson Cooper for CNN, Amy Kellogg for Fox News, and Nick Schifrin, Jennifer Glasse, and Phil Ittner for Al Jazeera America.

Broadcast and Cable Networks Dispatch Correspondents to Ukraine

Ukraine CBS CoverageAs tensions escalate in Ukraine, cable and broadcast networks are ramping up their presence in the region.

Each of the broadcast networks have correspondents in Ukraine: Bill Neely is in Simferopol for NBC News, Alex Marquardt is in Crimea for ABC News and Elizabeth Palmer is in Sevastopol for CBS News. Charlie D’Agata and Clarissa Ward are also reporting from Kiev for CBS.

As for the cable networks: Anderson Cooper is headed to the region for CNN to anchor “AC360″ tonight. Fox News correspondent Amy Kellogg is live from Kiev today, and MSNBC has been using NBC’s Neely for live shots from the region. Nick Schifrin and Jennifer Glasse are on the ground in Simferopol for Al Jazeera America, and Phil Ittner is reporting from Kiev for the network.

Ukraine received extensive coverage on the Sunday public affairs shows yesterday, with Secretary of State John Kerry appearing on all the broadcast shows — except one. “For the record, we invited Secretary of State John Kerry to join us today,” Chris Wallace said on “Fox News Sunday.” “But although the White House put him out on all the other broadcast Sunday shows, they declined to make him available to us or you.”

>Update: Shepard Smith is also traveling to Ukraine for Fox News. He will anchor “Shepard Smith Reporting” and report for the network’s daytime and primetime shows from Kiev.

How Maria Bartiromo Became the Subject of a Joey Ramone Song

Appearing on “Shepard Smith Reporting” this week, Maria Bartiromo told the story of how she struck up a friendship with Joey Ramone that resulted in him writing a song, the aptly-titled “Maria Bartiromo,” about her.

“He used to email me all the time and he used to say, ‘Maria, what do you think about AOL? What do you think about Amazon?’ I didn’t realize it was the real Joey Ramone. I was answering him back, he was a viewer, I was giving him my take on things. And he called me one day and said, ‘Maria, I want you to come down to CBGB’s. I wrote a song about you,’” Bartiromo recalled “…Most people don’t know what a savvy investor Joey Ramone was.” Watch (at about the 4:20 mark):


Did Media Coverage of Controversial Arizona Bill Help Lead to Veto?

BrewerBillAll three cable news networks carried Arizona Governor Jan Brewer‘s press conference last night announcing her veto of a controversial bill that would allow businesses’ and people to refuse service to LGBT people based on religious beliefs.

After the announcement, Anderson Cooper replayed parts of an interview he did the night before with one of the bill’s sponsor, Arizona State Senator Nancy Barto.

Cooper asked her six separate times if she could name one example that had already happened where people of faith had been forced to do something against their religious beliefs.  “I can raise a hypothetical,” Barto said, citing a hypothetical same sex marriage where a photographer who didn’t want to provide service wouldn’t have protection.

Governor Brewer, shown above vetoing the bill, had similar phrasing to Cooper during her announcement: “I have not heard of one example in Arizona where business owners religious liberty has been violated.”

Fox News broke into “On the Record” with Shepard Smith reporting on the press conference. “I think Governor Brewer did the right thing,” New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte told Greta Van Susteren when FNC whipped back to “On the Record.”  Megyn Kelly led “The Kelly File” interviewing Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on the news out of Arizona. On Tuesday night, Kelly and Brit Hume wondered whether the bill was an “overreaction” by religious conservatives.

Over on MSNBC, Chris Hayes took over for Chris Matthews coming out of the press conference at 7:51pmET, still during “Hardball.” Hayes spoke with the Arizona Democratic Minority Leader Anna Tovar via phone on her reaction to the veto. Rachel Maddow led her show with news of the veto, covering the other states who are considering similar bills to Arizona. Lawrence O’Donnell noted the media’s impact on forcing a veto: “They got away with it until we focused on it…we the national media.” Read more

At FBN, Maria Bartiromo Looks Beyond ‘Toxic’ Nature Inside TV News

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Maria Bartiromo‘s got a new network, an earlier timeslot and greater perspective about the business of business news. As her 20 years at CNBC wound down, she was frustrated about the limited time given to guest segments. “I’d say, let’s give this person 30 mintues, let’s give this person 20 minutes.” “No” was the short answer. Shorter is better. “And I always had this pressure to have five people on at once,” she adds. This morning, the third edition of her new show, “Opening Bell” Bartiromo interviewed former AIG Chairman Hank Greenberg for most of the 10am hour.

After the show, TVNewser sat down with Bartiromo in her 17th floor office in the News Corp. building — just down the hall from Bill O’Reilly, Shepard Smith and other Fox News notables. We began by asking why now, after 20 years at CNBC, this time was the right time for a move across the street:

Maria Bartiromo: I had done four five-year deals at CNBC and every time I did a new deal I re-signed early. So I never spoke to anybody, even though people would speculate. As I was approaching 20 years, I said to myself ‘you know, this time I probably should just see’ … see if there’s an opportunity to do something where I can give more perspective and longer interviews. So I did. And my boss was great, [CNBC president] Mark [Hoffman] came to me in January of ’13 and my contract wasn’t up until November and they made me a great offer and were as elegant as could be. And I still, from my own heart, I had to say if I go another 5 years doing this, all these guests and so little time, what happens to my brand? I talk to CEOs all the time and they say, “Maria, that was ridiculous, I gave you my time and you gave me 5 minutes.” I wanted so much to say, “I know, you’re right” and I couldn’t do that because I’m not going to show the dirty laundry. And in that period [Fox News Chairman] Roger Ailes comes to me and gives me this fantastic offer, not only two hours daily, but a weekend program on the Fox News Channel.

TVNewser: And what are you going to be doing with the Sunday show [debuting late March at 10amET]?

Bartiromo: Here’s the vision: I feel like every Sunday you see all these politicos and they’re talking about all these issues of the day and it’s all talking points. And so you put on ‘Meet the Press’ you put on Bob Schieffer or whatever and it’s all the talking points. When it first became apparent that I could have a Sunday show on the Fox News Channel, I started looking at Sunday, and I realized all these politicos, no one’s ever connecting the dots, it’s about the economy, it’s about business, it’s about creating jobs, it’s about growth. I want to get business people as part of the conversation on a Sunday and I feel like it’s so genius. I really think this is a real void in the marketplace.

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TVNewser: And so you think there’s an audience craving that on a Sunday morning?

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The Fox Ticker: Smith, Greta, Baier

  • Greta Van Susteren puts on her lawyer hat in a blog post advising Tea Party groups who feel persecuted by the IRS. She says the IRS denying them tax exempt status would be the best outcome so they can then appeal.

  • Bret Baier is apparently the apple of one social media user’s eye: Baier the teddy bear claimed the top spot on a user-generated BuzzFeed Valentine’s Day list.

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Shepard Smith Weather Special at 10pm

SmithNewsDeckShepard Smith is bringing the News Deck to primetime tonight to cover several days of severe weather up and down the east coast. Smith will anchor the 10pmET hour, pre-empting Sean Hannity‘s show, focusing on the snow, freezing rain and ice mixture stretching from Georgia to Maine. Smith will also do some weather cut-ins during “The O’Reilly Factor” this evening. Winter storm Pax, as the Weather Channel has dubbed it, has dropped 15 inches of snow in Baltimore, canceled thousands of flights, cut power to hundreds of thousands in Georgia and the Carolinas, and has left at least 14 dead across the South.

Super Bowl Boulevard Festivities in Full Swing

lara spencer ginger zee tobogganWith just a few days to go until the Seattle Seahawks face the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium, the Super Bowl festivities are in full swing in Times Square. One of the attractions on Super Bowl Boulevard, which runs right past the “Good Morning America” studios, is a 60-foot toboggan run, which Lara Spencer and Ginger Zee raced down on the show this morning (video after the jump).

Zee and Spencer were out there a little earlier than CNN’s Andy Scholes and Christine Romans, who arranged to meet at the toboggan after “Early Start” this morning. But they may have overlapped with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade and Maria Molina, who also participated in a toboggan race thismorning on “Fox & Friends.”

With three days to go until the Super Bowl on Fox, “Shepard Smith Reporting” and “Hannity” will both broadcast from Super Bowl Boulevard today. “The O’Reilly Factor” was scheduled to broadcast from Times Square, but will now originate from his Fox studio.

At the top of his show today, Smith introduced viewers to Super Bowl Boulevard: “I don’t know. The Weather Channel tries to name storms, I guess Fox Sports can name a street of they want to,” he joked.  Watch here.

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President Obama Delivers 2014 State of the Union Address

President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address is being broadcast tonight on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, Fusion, Al Jazeera, Fox Business, CNBC, Bloomberg and C-SPAN, as well as the Spanish-language networks.

Brian Williams, Scott Pelley, Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopoulos and Shepard Smith are in Washington D.C. anchoring on the broadcast networks. (They all attended the White House’s annual pre-SOTU lunch for journalists today.) For more on who’s anchoring where, here are the plans for the broadcast networks and the cable networks.

9:20 p.m.: Here’s a look across the cable networks as the President’s speech gets underway:

9:34 p.m.: #foxnewsCHAT, #TheBlazeSOTU and #NBCPolitics are trending on Twitter.

10:20 p.m.: Obama wraps up his speech. On CNN, Jake Tapper announces he will interview with the President this week. Tapper’s interview will air Friday on “New Day” and “The Lead,” two days ahead of Bill O’Reilly‘s pre-Super Bowl sit-down with Obama.

We’ll have more, including ratings, tomorrow.

Shep Smith Sat Next to Wolf Blitzer at the White House Lunch

shep smith white house lunchOn his Fox News program this afternoon, Shepard Smith revealed the real reason why anchors and correspondents like to go to D.C. for the State of the Union: the annual White House lunch.

“It doesn’t matter who the President is,” Smith said. “The one thing that is constant — there is no better food on Planet Earth than what comes out of that White House kitchen. I don’t know how they do it.”

Holding up the menu and his place card, Smith described the meal in great detail throughout the hour, starting with the winter lettuces and reggiano crisp, which he said was “like a cracker with air holes in it and it tastes a little bit like cheese.” He also listed a few of the attendees, including Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams, Scott Pelley, Bret Baier, Gwen Ifill and Wolf Blitzer, who Smith was seated next to.

“Wolf Blitzer likes to separate all the foods into different piles. There was a meat, there was a vegetable, some starchy stuff, and he put them all in a separate pile before eating them,” Smith said. “I was like, ‘Wolf, that is an interesting way to eat.’”

Here’s video of Smith describing the first course and the dessert course.

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