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Sarah Palin Crashes NBC’s Beverly Hills Shindig

Fox News contributor and former GOP Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin was hanging out in enemy territory last night. Palin and her husband Todd Palin were among the guests at NBC’s annual Summer party at the Television Critics Association Summer press tour, according to multiple attendees.

The Palins joined luminaries like Matthew Perry, Dean Cain and Crystal the Monkey, the star of the new NBC show “Animal Practice” at the event, held by the pool at the Beverly Hilton.

“God has absolutely blessed us with wonderful opportunities,” Sarah Palin told Jam!’s Bill Harris. “One of our mottoes is to live life vibrantly and that is what we’re doing in participating in different forms and formats that have been presented us.”

Todd Palin, as you may recall, is a contestant on an upcoming NBC reality series called “Stars Earn Stripes,” which is being hosted by former cable news regular (and U.S. Army General) Wesley Clark. In addition to Todd’s reality show appearance, the family starred in their own show (“Sarah Palin’s Alaska”) on TLC, Bristol Palin has been a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars,” and currently has a reality show of her own on Lifetime (“Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp”), while Sarah is a regular on Fox News.

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Cable News Regular General Wesley Clark to Host NBC Game Show, Todd Palin a Contestant

Former U.S. Army General, Democratic Presidential contender and TV news regular Wesley Clark is getting his own show on NBC… and it isn’t what you think.

Clark will be the co-host (along with “Entertainment Tonight”‘s Samantha Harris) of a game show on NBC called “Stars Earn Stripes,” which the network describes as “a fierce and emotionally charged new competition show honoring America’s armed forces.”

The series features celebrities pairing up with law enforcement and military officers, with the celebs later put to the test in challenges to see what they learned from their mentors. Among the contestants is Todd Palin, the husband of Fox News contributor and former GOP VP nominee Sarah Palin. Palin will have some tough competition, as he goes up against singer Nick Lachey, actor Terry Crews (The Expendables), Olympic skier Picabo Street, boxing champ Laila Ali, actor Dean Cain, along with someone from “The Biggest Loser” and a WWE “Diva.”

The show is from producer Mark Burnett, who also produced “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” for TLC. Todd and Sarah’s daughter Bristol Palin is launching her own reality show on Lifetime this Summer.

“Stars Earn Stripes” debuts Monday, August 13, the day after the London Summer games ends. In other words, prepare to see a lot of promos for this show during the Olympics.

More details below.

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Robin Roberts to Sarah Palin: ‘Where’s Russia?,’ Palin: ‘I tell ya, it’s not that far away’

“Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts co-anchored the show from a snow-and-ice covered Wasilla, Alaska this morning as she fronted several segments of her interview with Sarah Palin. After a tree-side chat, Roberts went outside and took a ride on one of Todd Palin‘s snow machines, led by 9-year-old Piper Palin.

(Photos: MATT HAGE for ABC News)

After the jump, Palin on her marriage, her family and the criticism she receives. Plus, Roberts throws out a question Palin’s never been asked before.

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Sarah Palin Takes News Nets By Surprise: “This Does Not Feel Like the Act of a Woman Who Wants to Have a National Career”

The breaking news trickled in from Alaska in bits and pieces. First it was: ‘Gov. Sarah Palin Won’t Run for Re-Election.’ Soon enough the cable news networks were scrambling to confirm that Palin would be stepping down as Governor, which she is, on July 25th. As a news conference – without live transmission – was underway at Palin’s Wasilla, Alaska home, the national news media was 4,000 miles away waiting for word.

• At 3:02pmET CNN’s Rick Sanchez reported that Palin would not be running for a second term. He would repeat the news a few more times until 3:29pmET when, sourcing Alaska affiliates, that Palin would be stepping down as Governor.

• FNC reported that Palin would not be running for a second term at 3:10pmET. At 3:34pm Gregg Jarrett broke in again to report that Palin was handing over power to the Lieutenant Governor, again sourcing a local Alaska reporter. At 3:42, Jarrett reported that FNC had spoken to Todd Palin who confirmed the news.

• MSNBC first reported the news that Palin would not be running at 3:13pmET. An hour later MSNBC broke in again, this time with the tape of Palin announcing her plans.

FNC’s Chris Wallace wondered why the soon-to-be former Governor made the announcement with such little fanfare, asking: “Wouldn’t you have scheduled it in a way that all of the national media could get up there with satellite trucks and broadcast it live and we could be broadcasting it instead of talking about it? This does not feel like the act of a woman who wants to have a national career.”

Meanwhile, CNN’s Sanchez has his own questions about the step-down:

What Does the Future Hold For Greta Van Susteren?

Greta_5.25.jpgIn today’s NYTimes, Brian Stelter wraps up much of the chatter that’s been out there about Fox News host Greta Van Susteren – about her husband advising Sarah Palin, and FNC hosting Todd Palin at the White House Correspondents dinner. But there’s also speculation about Van Susteren’s future with Fox:

Ms. Van Susteren’s contract will end next year, if it is not renewed. Megyn Kelly, a morning co-host who is considered a rising star at Fox, is the leading candidate to replace Ms. Van Susteren at 10 p.m., according to three people with knowledge of the deliberations, which were intended to be private.

Like Ms. Van Susteren, Ms. Kelly has a legal background and Washington reporting experience. [FNC SVP Bill] Shine said the depiction of Ms. Kelly as Ms. Van Susteren’s replacement was “100 percent inaccurate.”

Ms. Van Susteren declined to say how long she expected to stay at Fox, saying, “I really enjoy what I’m doing” but adding, “there’s a lot more to life than this.”

Van Susteren, who often uses her Fox News blog GretaWire to respond, extrapolate on or counter stories about her, is so far mum on Stelter’s story.

> Update: Greta wrote a blog post on all this, early this afternoon. She even has a poll asking: “What do YOU think is most likely to happen?” TVNewser also hears Megyn Kelly is filling in for Greta tonight.

A Look Back at WHCD Weekend, With FBDC

mmm_2-3.gifToday on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast we were joined by FishbowlDC editor Matt Dornic.

Dornic gave us all the details about the weekend’s big festivities — the White House Correspondents Association Dinner Saturday night. We talk about the parties, the jokes and more. And what were the big stories D.C. will be talking about today?

One thing that wasn’t talked about — the recession. “It was just as glamorous and just as exciting as any other year,” said Dornic.

He also described his encounter with FNC’s Greta Van Susteren and Todd Palin. “Greta’s charming and incredibly intelligent and she was a blast to be around, and Todd Palin was wonderful as well,” he said. “I think it was a good move on the Palin’s part to have Todd join Fox News since Sarah was unable to attend.”

And Dornic revealed his “politi-crush”: Meghan McCain (“She was absolutely phenomenal”).

Also discussed from the newsfeed: WSJ’s micro-payments and Hulu’s success.

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

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Greta Van Susteren: Todd Palin’s “Handler”?

greta_5-10.jpgMany TV networks had celebrity guests at their White House Correspondents Association Dinner tables, but FNC’s Greta Van Susteren seems to have taken the task of making Fox guest Todd Palin feel welcome a step further.

With Gov. Sarah Palin in Alaska, Palin was flying solo. But Politico writes Palin “was being led around [Tammy Haddad's annual] brunch by Fox’s Greta Van Susteren, who is apparently his host AND handler.”

Carol E. Lee writes she “started to chat with Alaska’s ‘first dude’ when Van Susteren intervened. The host of On The Record told us this brunch was ‘off the record.’”

As CNN’s Kate Bolduan reported from the red carpet last night, Palin and Susteren b-roll played at one point, leading anchor Don Lemon to ask about the duo. “That is a very odd date,” said Lemon. “Not sure about that journalistic…presidential candidate’s husband, vice president.”

(image via HuffPost)

> Update: Greta responds on her blog, calling the Politico reporter “print paparazzi,” before going after CNN:

Here are some of CNN’s guests: Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Val Kilmer, Kyra Sedgwick, Brad Cooper, Tyra Banks…but Fox is the one with an “odd date?” Are they kidding? The CNN anchors should do some homework before they make cracks about others…to quote CNN, “not so sure about the journalistic…” Yeah, right, CNN…keep kidding yourself. No one else is fooled.

…and here is a really fun “tongue in cheek” thought, CNN must still want me on CNN, they are still trying to get viewers with me because they are still putting me on their air and talking about me!! That is very funny. I accept the complement.

Did McCain Campaign Pull CNN Guest Due To Palin Story?

RSanchez_10.21.jpgSources tell TVNewser CNN anchor Rick Sanchez got in some hot water last week after a segment on his midday show looked into the Alaskan Independence Party. The segment discussed Todd Palin‘s seven-year membership in the group. It turns out not only was the McCain campaign peeved, but sources tell us Sanchez and his EP got a talking-to from the bosses, too.

Well, yesterday Sanchez and his producers had scheduled an interview with the McCain campaign’s Maryland chairman, Daniel Zubairi. At a McCain rally this weekend, Zubairi, who is Muslim, was trying to calm other Muslim voters after they’d been confronted by a McCain supporter who was telling rally-goers about Barack Obama‘s “Islamic background.”

The exchange was caught on tape by Davin Hutchins, a producer from the American News Project

Zubairi had been scheduled to appear on Sanchez’s show Monday to discuss what happened at the rally. Sanchez tells HuffPo’s Sam Stein the campaign pulled Zubairi at the last minute.

“Wouldn’t you think they would have wanted him to come on?” Sanchez asks. “What the guy did was courageous. I called him heroic. I’m mystified why they wouldn’t embrace him for his actions.”

The ANP video from the McCain rally is after the jump…

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“Friendliest Interview I’ve Seen Since Keith Olbermann Sat Down With Obama”

During Howard Kurtz‘ weekly online Q&A on Washingtonpost.com this morning, Kurtz was asked about last week’s highly rated Sean Hannity interview with Gov. Sarah Palin (an issue also discussed during yesterday’s Reliable Sources).

“It was incredibly soft. The friendliest interview I’ve seen since Keith Olbermann sat down with Obama,” wrote Kurtz.

He was also asked if Sen. John McCain will “sit down with Keith Olbermann,” now that Sen. Barack Obama has with Bill O’Reilly: “Ah — don’t hold your breath. McCain has been interviewed a number of times by Chris Matthews, though.”

Related: The Los Angeles Times’ James Rainey dismissed both Hannity’s interview with Palin and Greta Van Susteren‘s interview with Todd Palin as “infotainment.” Rainey compared Hannity’s sit-down to “the women of ABC’s ‘The View’ [who] wriggled in their seats and giggled gleefully as Obama visited last spring.”

> More: A cable insider questions Rainey’s credibility. “Did Rainey miss Olbermann’s softball interview with Obama or did he just choose to ignore it, unable to critique both sides?”

Greta/Todd Done, Sean/Sarah Up Next

greta_9-17.jpgGreta Van Susteren‘s two part interview with Todd Palin, the first since his wife was named the VP nominee, garnered big ratings for FNC.

The 10pmET program had a two-day average of 665,000 viewers in the demo and 2,712,000 in Total Viewers. Yesterday’s broadcast was the 2nd highest in the demo in all of cable news (behind The O’Reilly Factor and edging its lead-in of Hannity & Colmes).

Tonight, Sean Hannity sits down for his own two-parter with Gov. Sarah Palin for her first cable news interview since the Veep pick.

Some excerpts: Discussing politics and the economy — “Well, there is a danger in allowing some obsessive partisanship to get into the issue that we’re talking about today.”

And — “First and foremost, taxpayers cannot be looked to as the bailout, as the solution to the problems on Wall Street.”

Also, Jossip reports Hannity asked her about Tina Fey‘s SNL impression, which Palin calls “hilarious.”

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