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The Ticker: Halperin & Heilemann, Walters & Sterling, Shriver & Spielberg

  • Mark Halperin and John Heilemann are the new lead political team for all Bloomberg platforms – TV, radio, mobile, Web, digital and print. The first in a series of new brands, Bloomberg Politics will be led by the two veteran journalists and best-selling authors.

  • On “The View” this morning Barbara Walters talked about her attempt to interview Donald Sterling last week. “He was going to do an interview, and then he didn’t, and then he did… So it’s very erratic. It’s hard to pin down.” Walters’s interview with V. Stiviano took place 35 minutes before “20/20″ went on the air Friday night.

  • To mark the 20th anniversary of the release of “Schindler’s List,” Steven Spielberg talks with NBC News’s Maria Shriver about his new project “I Witness” which tells the true stories of genocide survivors.

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Bill O’Reilly Loves ‘Lincoln’: ‘You Know You’re Gonna Win Best Picture’

Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly gives an enthusiastic two thumbs up for “Lincoln,” the new Steven Spielberg film which documents the final few months of the Civil War as Abraham Lincoln tries to get the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery through the House of Representatives.

TVNewser attended the screening and a Q&A with Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays Lincoln, and screenwriter Tony Kushner moderated by TIME’s Rick Stengel. Stengel called first on O’Reilly who asked Day-Lewis how long it took to prepare for the role. “It took a year,” Day-Lewis says. “It seemed preposterous at first … growing up in Southeast London” to play the 16th president of the United States.

O’Reilly then gave his seal of approval: “You know you’re going to win Best Picture.” Then, to Day-Lewis, “and you’re going to win Best Actor.” And to Spielberg: “And you’re going to win Best Director and [Tommy Lee] Jones is going to win Best Supporting Actor.” Jones plays “Radical Republican” Pennsylvania Congressman Thaddeus Stevens.

Before the screening we had a chance to talk with O’Reilly, author of “Killing Lincoln” on its 55th week on the New York Times Best-Sellers list, this week at No. 5. His “Killing Kennedy” is No. 1 on the list for the second straight week.

We asked the Fox News star if he was excited by the news that FNC chairman and CEO Roger Ailes had signed on for another four years. “Excited? We’d be shocked if he hadn’t,” said O’Reilly.

Other notable tvnewsers at the event, “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl, who had a revealing feature on Spielberg last Sunday, “CBS This Morning’s” Gayle King, Charlie Rose, and EP Chris Licht. MSNBC’s Chris Jansing and Lawrence O’Donnell, who ducked out during the Q&A to make it back to 30 Rock for his 10pm show. CNN execs Mark Whitaker, Ken Jautz and Bart Feder and ABC’s “This Week” EP Sandy Cannold.

And, after an early morning co-hosting “GMA,” Oprah Winfrey also attended. She gave a bear hug to Kushner. Then, exiting the theater — appropriately at the Loews Lincoln Square on the Upper

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Steven Spielberg Talks Lincoln on ‘Morning Joe’

On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning, TIME managing editor Rick Stengel revealed this week’s cover: What Would Lincoln Do? an introspection of the 16th president in terms of this year’s election. It’s also a tie-in to Steven Spielberg‘s new film “Lincoln” which, by design, will be released after the election.

Spielberg was also on the show and talked about Lincoln: the man and the film, adding, Lincoln was “One of the great presidents. Not the greatest looking president in our history. Because the camera wasn’t around it was a little easier to get him elected then.”

TIME is putting on a screening tonight at which Spielberg and Daniel Day Lewis, who plays Lincoln, will do a Q&A. TVNewser will be at that screening. We’ll give you our take tomorrow.

’60 Minutes’ #2 for the Week

The overtime New York Jets – New England Patriots game Sunday afternoon which drew 23 million viewers in its final hour helped propel “60 Minutes” to the #2 show of the week.

The broadcast drew 15.86 million viewers, the CBS News magazine’s highest weekly ranking since December 18, 2011.

Sunday’s broadcast featured Steve Kroft’s report on the medical marijuana boom in Colorado, Anderson Cooper’s interview with the former Goldman Sachs executive Greg Smith and an interview with Steven Spielberg by Lesley Stahl.

Presidential Debates: ‘A Glimmer In The Vast Wasteland’ Of TV

In today’s New York Times, former FCC Chairman Newton Minow writes about the Presidential debates. Minow serves on the Commission for Presidential Debates.

The debates are an institution now, and among the most watched television events in America. They are one place in the modern campaign — perhaps the only place — where the voter is treated with respect. They are the one time when the major candidates appear together side by side under conditions they do not control. They are a relief from the nasty commercials that dominate the campaign, fed by donations that are effectively unlimited and anonymous. Broadcasters provide the television time for the debates, without commercials, as a rare public service.

While the debate may be very high-minded, the analysis and spin is not. As Kevin Drum persuasively argues in Mother Jones, the post-debate analysis can have a significant impact on how voters viewers the candidates.

This is why I always try to write up my thoughts on debates and speeches without listening to any commentary first. If I don’t, it’s nearly impossible to disentangle my own thoughts from those I’ve heard from the TV commentators. That way lies groupthink.

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