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Pres. Obama Delivers Statement From White House Briefing Room

President Obama delivered a statement from the White House Briefing Room this afternoon on the economy and Washington gridlock. The cable and broadcast networks had live coverage of the press conference, which included questions from the press after the President delivered his remarks.

“Good Morning America” weekend news anchor Ron Claiborne anchored an ABC News special report, joined by Jonathan Karl. On NBC, David Gregory anchored with Chuck Todd at the White House. James Brown anchored on CBS with Bill Plante at the White House.

The cable news networks also took the President’s statement live: Jenna Lee anchored on Fox News with Wendell Goler at the White House, Krystal Ball anchored for MSNBC with Chris Jansing at the White House, and Anderson Cooper anchored for CNN with Wolf Blitzer in Jerusalem, Jake Tapper in Washington and Michelle Kosinski at the White House.

> First question goes to Roberta Rampton from Reuters, who asked about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

> Second question goes to Bill Plante from CBS News, who asked the President if he’s losing his international influence. In his response, Obama says that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been going on “even longer than you’ve been reporting.”

> Third question goes to Fox News’ Wendell Goler, who asks about the President’s executive orders.

> Fourth and last question goes to CNN’s Michelle Kosinski, who asks if a cease-fire in Gaza is realistic.

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Fox at the White House… Not that Fox

The Wall Street Journal‘s Carol E. Lee has an A1 story about a Fox at the White House. Not Ed Henry, Wendell Goler, or Mike Emanuel, but a red Fox, which, according to Lee has been roaming the White House lawn since the shutdown last fall when groundskeepers were on furlough because of the government shutdown.

“He’s been tripping off alarms in the middle of the night,” Lee reports. “And one time he was spotted by the president himself.” We’re not sure whether the president’s reaction to this Fox, was anything like the other Fox.

(h/t Playbook)

FNC and Fox’s Election Night Plans

Fox News Channel will have Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier anchoring on election night, while Shepard Smith will be anchoring on the Fox Broadcast Channel.

On FNC, Kelly and Baier will be joined by senior political analyst Brit Hume, “Fox News Sunday” moderator Chris Wallace, as well as contributors Joe Trippi, Karl Rove, Juan Williams, Stephen Hayes and Kirsten Powers. “O’Reilly Factor host Bill O’Reilly  and “On the Record” host Greta Van Susteren will be providing commentary, and Van Susteren will also interview Fox News contributor Sarah Palin during the evening.

Correspondent Martha MacCallum will report on exit poll data, with Bill Hemmer manning the “bill-board,” FNC’s touchscreen. Carl Cameron and John Roberts will report from Romney HQ in Boston, with Ed Henry and Wendell Goler reporting from Obama HQ in Chicago. There will also be a number of correspondents in the field (after the jump).

On the Fox Broadcast Channel, FNC contributor Ed Rollins, Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh, and The Hill editor A.B. Stoddard will contribute to coverage.

Online, Jonathan Hunt and Harris Faulkner and Rick Folbaum will anchor video coverage on, while Rick Sanchez will anchor on in Spanish.

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Ed Henry’s hire brings other changes to FNC DC

Ed Henry‘s jump from CNN to Fox News means other changes for FNC’s Washington bureau.

Wendell Goler has been promoted to Senior White House and Foreign Affairs correspondent; Mike Emanuel has been named Chief Congressional correspondent; James Rosen becomes Chief Washington correspondent; and Carl Cameron continues as Chief Political correspondent, covering congressional, gubernatorial, and presidential elections for Fox News.

Goler, who has been with FNC since 1996, will now cover the State Department in addition to the White House. Emanuel, who has been with Fox News since 1997 mostly on the White House beat, will now cover the House and Senate.

Cable Coverage plans for Obama’s Middle East speech

President Obama is making his way to the State Department to deliver a highly-anticipated speech on Middle East affairs.

CNN’s Ed Henry Tweeted this picture of Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, brother of CBS News president David Rhodes, writing parts of the President’s speech at a Starbucks last Friday.

CNN is going big on the coverage with a CNN/U.S. and CNNI simulcast beginning at 11:30amET. Wolf Blitzer, Suzanne Malveaux and Hala Gorani anchor coverage with Fareed Zakaria in Egypt, and Gloria Borger, John King, Henry and Jill Dougherty in DC as well as multiple correspondents in several North African and Middle Eastern countries.

FNC’s Jon Scott and Jenna Lee anchor with Mike Emanuel at the White House. Wendell Goler will anchor a special report for any Fox affiliates who choose to take it.

NBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell anchors on MSNBC with a panel that includes Chuck Todd and Richard Engel.

Pres. Obama will only be doing one TV interview after the speech, and it’s not with an American broadcaster. BBC gets the sit-down with Obama at the White House. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be giving an interview to Katie Couric. This is Couric’s last day with the CBS Evening News. She’ll return to New York this afternoon to anchor her final broadcast.

(h/t Playbook)

Networks and Cable Channels Roll Out Key Talent For 2011 State Of The Union Coverage

All four major broadcast networks, along with the cable news channels, are bringing out the big name talent for coverage of the 2011 State of The Union address Tuesday evening.

On the broadcast networks, NBC has Brian Williams anchoring along with “Meet the Press” host David Gregory.

ABC has Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos anchoring, joined by a number of correspondents, hosts, and analysts, including Jake Tapper, Christiane Amanpour, Jonathan Karl and Deborah Roberts.

On CBS, “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric will lead the coverage, joined by CBS reporters and analysts.

On the Fox broadcasting network, Fox News Channel’s Shepard Smith will anchor coverage. Smith will be joined by “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace and correspondent Wendell Goler.

On the cable news channels:

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Another Bill Sammon Memo, This Time on Climate Change, Is Made Public

Liberal media watchdog group Media Matters has released another memo from Fox News Channel VP and Washington managing editor Bill Sammon. Last week the organization released a memo from Sammon ordering FNC’s news anchors to call the “public option” the “government option” or some variation thereof.

This time, the topic is climate change.

On “Happening Now” last December, Wendell Goler reported that 2000-2009 was expected to be the warmest decade on record. Less than 15 minutes later, according to Media Matters, Sammon sent staffers the following memo:

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President Obama Holds Press Conference on the Economy

Just after 11 AM this morning, President Obama made remarks about the economy and unemployment.

The four broadcast networks carried it live, with Harry Smith anchoring for CBS, George Stephanopoulos for ABC, Greg Jarrett for Fox and Matt Lauer for NBC:

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Not surprisingly, the three cable news channels and the three business networks all carried the press conference as well.

Which TV news reporters got to ask questions?

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Major Garrett Leaves Fox News


Breaking: Fox News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett announced today that he is leaving the network “to return to his roots in print journalism.” Wendell Goler and Mike Emanuel will take over joint coverage.

He has been with the network since August of 2002 and became Senior WH correspondent in January 2009, taking over for Bret Baier. Garrett’s departure comes just a month after Fox News was given a front row seat in the WH briefing room, which he lobbied for and played an integral role in. During the White House’s “feud” with Fox News last year, Garrett was often cited by the administration and others as an example of fair reporting.

His last day will be September 3rd.

More: Press release (via Mediaite) after the jump. Excerpted quote from Garrett:

Throughout my television career, I’ve known with certainty I would someday return to my roots in print journalism. That day has come. I will soon announce an exciting new phase of my career — one made possible in no small part by FOX News’ consistent support. It would take a lot — something near perfection — to lure me away from the best job I’ve ever had. Details to come.

Update: NYTimes’ MediaDecoder reports that Garrett has been hired by National Journal editor-in-chief Ron Fournier to be a Congressional correspondent. From the NJ release (which is also available in full after the jump):

“Major Garrett is the embodiment of the new team we’re building here at National Journal,” said Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier. “He is known across Washington as one of the hardest-working journalists in the business, a fierce competitor on his beat, and a good and decent man. It is a rare combination, and one we’re incredibly lucky to be bringing into our newsroom.”

More: From an internal email from FNC SVP Michael Clemente: “We wish him all the best in his future endeavors and we want to give a heads up to those who may find themselves on the receiving end of his questions…get ready. [P]lease join me in wishing Major the best of luck, as he bids farewell here. Michael”

More: Garrett explains his move to WaPo’s Howard Kurtz: “I want to talk less and I want to think more. I always considered myself an accidental TV reporter.”


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The Process Behind Fox News’ Briefing Room Move

briefingroom_8-3.jpgTIME magazine’s Michael Scherer, who’s on the WHCA board, spoke with the Columbia Journalism Review about the process his colleagues went through in filling Helen Thomas’ briefing room seat. Scherer says there was “little controversy in the weeks between the first board meeting on the matter and its second and final meeting,” but admits some aggressiveness sprouted when the process first began:

In one letter sent to the committee, Fox News VP Bill Sammon referred to a verbal agreement from 2007 he made with the WHCA. He wrote, in a letter obtained by Yahoo! News: “Now that Helen has retired, I’m hopeful the WHCA will make good on those assurances and approve Fox’s long-expected move to that seat…”

Noting that the other major networks had front row seats, Sammon described Fox as a “general interest news organization” and Bloomberg as a “financial niche news outlet.” Like a scorned Tracy Flick, Bloomberg hit back by writing, “We don’t believe the seat should be awarded on the basis of seniority, ideology, tradition… or discussions held years ago: it’s not something to be conferred.”

At today’s noon briefing, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs mentioned that everyone had moved into their new assigned seats. Wendell Goler was in the new Fox News seat and got the sixth question. “Wendell, welcome to the front row,” said Gibbs.

“The seat is Fox’s, not mine or Wendell Goler’s or Mike Emanuel’s. Covering the White House is a huge job and a bigger responsibility,” FNC WH correspondent Major Garrett said yesterday. “Moving to the front row doesn’t change that — it only changes our vantage point toward the podium and our rotation in questioning (we’ll be called on earlier).”

FNC carried the start of the briefing live.

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Meanwhile, Bill O’Reilly joked last night that he might sneak down to Washington one day, kidnap Major Garrett, and show up in the front row at a press briefing…

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