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And Now For the Next Big Live Event… Sonia Sotomayor

As we were live blogging the Michael Jackson memorial service it got us thinking about the next big live news event – the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, which begins Monday.

So far, here’s what you can expect: the cable news channels are planning on taking the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in full beginning Monday at 10am.

The broadcast networks are still deciding, but expect the hearing to be streamed on CBSNews.com and ABCNews.com. PBS has already announced it will provide live coverage anchored by
Judy Woodruff.

• On Fox News, Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly will anchor coverage with panelists Brit Hume, Greta Van Susteren and Juan Williams. Baier and Kelly will also host a special Sunday night at 8pmET on the Sotomayor nomination.

• On CNN, Wolf Blitzer will anchor special coverage beginning Monday at 10amET. Blitzer will be joined by members of the Best Political Team on Television including senior political analyst Gloria Borger, senior political correspondent Candy Crowley, chief national correspondent John King, senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, and national political correspondent Jessica Yellin

Monday’s hearing is expected to include statements from each of the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and possibly Sotomayor’s opening statement. The hearings will continue for several days with questions and answers followed by testimony from other witnesses.

Robin Meade and Former Pres. Bush Jump — And Talk Sotomayor, More

meade_6-12.JPGHLN anchor Robin Meade and former President George H.W. Bush completed their skydive today in Maine, but they also sat down for a lengthy interview before the jump.

According to the transcript, Meade asked the former President what the most important issue in the country was. “Well, I’d have to say as long as people are hurting, the economy, and those who are out of work, can’t find work,” he said. “I think it will get better. I remain optimistic about our recovery.”

He also commented on Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who he initially appointed to the U.S. district court. Although he wouldn’t get into specifics, he said, “She was called by somebody a ‘racist.’ Well, that’s not right. I mean, it’s not fair. It doesn’t help the process to be out there name-calling. So let them decide whether they want to vote for her or not, and get on with it.”

Meade asked him about his son’s legacy. “I’m confident that we had a good administration and good people, and I think the same thing is true of our son,” said Bush. “And you know, he had tough times and all, but he’s doing it right. He’s laying back there and he’s not criticizing the president. And I’m very proud of him.”

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George Stephanopoulos: “I Developed A Thick Skin”

G Stephanopoulos.jpg In the wake of President Obama’s selection of Judge Sonia Sotomayor as a Supreme Court nominee, Marketwatch’s Jon Friedman writes today that ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, a former Clinton advisor, has the advantage of knowing “what it’s like to listen to a sitting president as he arrives at such a crucial decision.”

His experience in politics, Stephanopoulos tells Friedman, has been useful in a number of ways. It “helped prepare me [for TV]…I was used to taking hits and being judged by critics. I developed a thick skin.”

Also in the interview, Stephanopoulos says his ‘dream get’ for This Week would be Pope Benedict XVI.

“I’d ask him, ‘What does he say to critics who see a post-Christian era? Does he agree? Does he see himself as a political leader?’”

The Ticker: Brokaw, Quick, Sotomayor…

> NBC’s Tom Brokaw will be honored at the Library Foundation of Los Angeles awards dinner with The Literary Award tonight in Beverly Hills.

> Squawk Box anchor Becky Quick has a fan in Memphis country group 40 Watt Moon, who have released a song about “the coolest chick.” Check out the song here.

> Beginning today and for the next few days, the CNN flipper will be all Sonia Sotomayor, all the time. The flipper will show decisions and dissents Judge Sotomayor has made from the bench. There’s more on CNN.com.

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ABC’s Rick Klein Talks Sotomayor on the Menu

klein_5-27.jpgToday on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast we talked about new Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor with ABC News senior political reporter Rick Klein.

“I’m struck in the first 24 hours the differences that seem to be emerging on the Republican side,” he said.

There seems to be a focus on two key comments Sotomayor has made, one on video about the role of the appellate court, and the other in writing about life experience. “The fact that one is on video will answer which one we’ll see more,” he says. “I think both of them are going to be in wide circulation. They are, for a lot of folks, killers and absolute game-changers. There is, I think, compelling and interesting explanations behind each of those pieces of information.”

Also discussed: Klein’s regular Fox News appearances, the New York Times’ new social media editor (Klein is on Twitter as well) and the success of a personalized magazine.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

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Geraldo Rivera’s “Goosebumps” At Nomination of Sotomayor to High Court

Gail Shister
TVNewser Columnist

Rivera_5.26.jpgWhen Geraldo Rivera heard today that Sonia Sotomayor was the Supreme Court nominee, he saw the light.

Literally.

The Fox News host was so excited about the high court’s first Hispanic nominee that he leapt from his chair in his home office and bopped his head on a low-hanging light fixture.

“This is as important to us as Obama was to the African American community. I have goosebumps,” says Rivera, 65, born to a Catholic, Puerto Rican father and Jewish mother. He defines himself as the former.

In an interview from his North Jersey home, Rivera says there’s only been a few times in his life he felt this pumped: When the Mets won their first World Series; when he passed his bar exam and when his kids were born. (He has five, ages 3 to 29.)

“It finally happened. Wow. Look how the Puerto Rican community came up with someone so world-class,” says Rivera of Sotomayor, 54, a federal Appeals Court judge in New York and the product of a South Bronx housing project.

The nomination of Sotomayer will help dispel, in Rivera’s view, “the whole poverty-pimp mentality that afflicts the Puerto Rican community in New York. Elected officials go around blaming ‘the man.’

Though no longer a proponent of affirmative action, Rivera supports Sotomayor’s vote earlier this month to uphold New Haven, Conn.’s decision to eliminate a set of fire department promotion tests because no minority candidates finished at the top of the list.

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Cablers Cover Prop 8 Court Ruling

CNN, FNC and MSNBC have mixed in coverage of the Sonia Sotomayor selection with the multifarious ruling out of California this hour. The state’s Supreme Court upheld the ban on same-sex marriage, while also declaring approximately 18,000 couples married before the ban took effect will stay wed. On the cablers, many of the legal correspondents on to talk Supreme Court were back to discuss the ruling.

Of course, the question on everyone’s mind: what does Miss California Carrie Prejean think about all this? She’ll likely discuss the ruling when she co-hosts Fox & Friends tomorrow morning:

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Menu: Did the NYT Miss a Chance to Break the Watergate Story?

mmm_2-3.gifToday on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast we’re joined by new FishbowlNY editor Amanda Ernst.

Did the New York Times have the Watergate scandal tip even earlier than Woodward and Bernstein put the pieces together for the Washington Post? So says a New York Times article. We’ll discuss the implications, as well as a couple other stories from the newsfeed: Twitter’s new TV show and Republicans flocking to HuffPost.

Also discussed: the breaking news of Pres. Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor.

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Sotomayor Announcement Covered on Every News Network

As former TVNewser editor Brian Stelter tweeted this morning: “The summer’s first hit reality show, ‘Battle for the Supreme Court,’ is premiering on CNN, Fox and MSNBC simultaneously.” President Barack Obama named Sonia Sotomayor his Supreme Court pick to replace Justice Souter in a packed East Room speech at 10:15amET, and began what will be extensive coverage on the cablers today and beyond. VP Joe Biden and Sotomayor stood with the President, and Sotomayor spoke after. Besides the broadcast networks, all the cablers took the speech as well — including HLN, CNBC, FBN and Bloomberg. The Spanish language networks covered it live as well:

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Nets to Carry Obama Supreme Court Announcement

ABC, CBS and NBC will all air network-wide special reports at 10:15amET for Pres. Obama’s announcement of his Supreme Court pick. Matt Lauer anchors for NBC, Diane Sawyer and Chris Cuomo will anchor for ABC and Katie Couric for CBS. News organizations are reporting Obama will nominate Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the seat held by retiring Justice David Souter.

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