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Networks Get Obama Health Care Interview

TVNewser has been informed that NBC, ABC, and CBS will be getting one-on-one interviews with President Obama tomorrow at the White House to discuss health care.

NBC will have Dr. Nancy Snyderman, host of MSNBC’s two-week-old “Dr. Nancy.” ABC will dispatch Dr. Timothy Johnson, ABC News’ Medical Editor. And CBS will send Dr. Jonathan LaPook, medical correspondent for the “CBS Evening News.”

The full press releases with details are posted after the jump:

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GOP Charge to ABC: “It All Gives the Appearance of a State-Run Television Network”

Westin_6.23.jpgNow some GOP members of Congress, part of a newly-formed caucus, are raising concerns about tomorrow night’s ABC News special on the president’s health care reform plan. The Media Fairness Caucus sent a letter, signed by 40 members of Congress, to ABC News president David Westin which, in part, reads:

The Director of Communications for the White House Office of Health Reform Linda Douglass, left her job with ABC News last year to join the Obama campaign. This does little to alleviate concerns about the objectivity of this event. Furthermore, ABC News’ in-house medical expert Dr. Timothy Johnson, has a long history of promoting government-managed universal health care. It all gives the appearance of a state-run television network.

It’s actually a world-run TV network… Walt Disney World. Anyway, Westin responded: “Contrary to your assertions, this will not be ‘slanted’ in any way – much less a ‘day-long infomercial’ or ‘in-kind free advertising’ as you allege.

Then, this:

Finally, on a note of personal privilege, I entirely reject your attack on my colleague, Dr. Timothy Johnson. Dr. Johnson has established himself over many years as the foremost medial editor on television. His knowledge about health care reform is surpassed only by his commitment to the truth and to fairness.

Westin also corrects the record on Douglass.

Click here to read the letter from the caucus.

Click here to read Westin’s response.

Charlie Gibson & Diane Sawyer to Moderate Primetime Health Care Conversation from the White House

GibsonSawyer_6.15.jpgAs the president continues to sell his health care plan – today in front of doctors at the AMA conference in Chicago – ABC News announced it is hosting a primetime special called “Questions for the President: Prescription for America.”

Next Wednesday June 24 at 10pmET Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer will moderate what ABC News calls “a primetime conversation” with President Obama about the future of U.S. health care.

During the discussion from the East Room, President Obama will answer questions from an audience made up of Americans selected by ABC News. ABC’s medical editor Dr. Timothy Johnson will also take part.

“Good Morning America” and “World News” will originate from the White House next Wednesday and the conversation will continue later on Nightline.

WebNewser has more on how ABCNews.com is taking part in the conversation. The ABC News press release with more details, after the jump…

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Times Square Transformed For ABC Election Night

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After stopping by the CNN viewing party in Duffy Square we headed a few blocks south to ABC’s Times Square studios. As we walked in, GMA Weekend anchor Bill Weir was heading outside to begin live shots for the network’s coverage. On the second floor studio, Charles Gibson was just beginning World News, which lead right in to ABC’s coverage for the night.

We stopped in the green room where ABC News president David Westin was watching coverage along with correspondents Dr. Timothy Johnson, Betsy Stark and Brian Ross. Dr. Johnson, physician first, told us that he’d checked earlier in the day and there is a defibrillator in the studio. “A lot of adrenaline rushing tonight,” he said. Westin was pleased with the final story on World News, which featured ABC’s two off-air reporters following the Obama and McCain campaigns.

In a second green room, on-air guests waited for their turns on air, and, in the meantime, enjoyed the catering, as we discovered in the clip below.

Before we departed we ran into Good Morning America senior EP Jim Murphy who came to watch the coverage, so he knows what to expect first thing in the morning.

More pictures after the jump…

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The Ticker: CBS, CNN, ABC…

> Saturday’s 48 Hours Mystery premiere, featuring an exclusive interview with Shawn Hornbeck, won its time slot in Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo. It was the program’s best delivery in Total Viewers since November 27, 2007.

> HuffPost’s Rachel Sklar previews the upcoming CNN-related Jeopardy! category, which CNN has been promoting. Well, Candy Crowley — What is Super Tuesday?

> There is a new Good Morning America NOW special on ABC News NOW’s 24-hour broadband channel. The one-hour program, hosted by ABC News medical editor Dr. Timothy Johnson, focuses on autism.