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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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TVNewsers Heading To Haiti

haitimap_1-13.jpgContinually Updated: We’ll update this post as we hear more about who is heading to Hispaniola, either the Dominican Republic or Haiti (if the airport is reopened) to cover yesterday’s 7.0 earthquake.

Anderson Cooper is the first anchor on the ground and is already reporting.

CBS “Evening News” and NBC “Nightly News” are planning to broadcast from the region tonight. Katie Couric arrived in Santo Domingo just before 12pmET, and in Port-au-Prince at 2:30pmET.

ABC’s Diane Sawyer heads there from Afghanistan, so she likely won’t be on air from Haiti until tomorrow.

FNC WH correspondent Wendell Goler was first on Hispaniola because…he was already there. Goler was on vacation in the Dominican Republic when the earthquake struck. He reported for “FOX Report” via phone last evening.

At 2:54pmET, Brian Williams did a live phone interview from Haiti. We’ve also learned that “Nightly News” will be one hour tonight.

On Thursday, Sawyer will anchor “World News” and Robin Roberts will anchor “GMA” from Haiti. George Stephanopoulos will anchor “World News” this evening from New York, which is as previously scheduled due to Sawyer’s Afghanistan trip.

Couric will anchor an hour-long broadcast of “Evening News” for CBS this evening.

ABC “World News” will also be one hour.

> Wednesday Evening Additions: FNC’s Greta Van Susteren will head down during the day Thursday and will host “On the Record” from Miami Thursday night.

Caption Contest: Rachel Maddow and Roger Ailes at Last Night’s White House Christmas Party

MaddowAiles_12.16.jpgMSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Fox News chairman Roger Ailes were among the guests at last night’s holiday party for tvnewsers at the White House. Leave your captions to the priceless photo (just try to keep ‘em clean, please) in the comments section.

Greta Van Susteren blogs about meeting Maddow for the first time and about who else was there:

Jake Tapper of ABC and his wife were there (my money is on Jake for getting the job as anchoring This Week on ABC now that George has gone to GMA and Jake would be great at it)….former CNN colleagues Wolf Blitzer, Ed Henry, Sam Feist (Sam was a student of mine at Georgetown Law School…he earned an A!).

Gloria BorgerTammy Haddad (who knows everyone in Washington and more….Tammy worked at CNN years ago…and here is more trivia, I was an intern years ago for her date, her husband Ted.)…Betsy Fisher (exec producer of Meet the Press)…. executives from Fox Business Channel.

Wendell GolerBret Baier told me earlier in the day he was going but I never saw him….Bill O’Reilly likewise said he was going but I never saw him (and to think he is about 6’5 and I never saw him!)…Mike Emanuel and his wife….I was told there were many hosts from NBC there but missed them (I am short, remember? I don’t get to see everyone!)”

• After the jump, a couple more photos courtesy of CNN contributor Roland Martin‘s Facebook page…

(Photo of Ailes and Maddow from CNN political director Sam Feist.)

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Garrett Named Senior WH Correspondent

garrett_1-13.jpgABC, CBS, NBC and CNN have all named their White House correspondents for the new administration, and now Fox News has made their selection as well.

Major Garrett has been named Senior White House Correspondent today, after following Barack Obama on the campaign trail during the ’08 election (The Huffington Post has the internal memo).

The former chief White House correspondent, Bret Baier, started in his new role as anchor of “Special Report” last week.

There is no word from Fox News on any other D.C. changes. Carl Cameron (who was the chief WH correspondent before Baier and followed John McCain on the trail) remains chief political correspondent and Wendell Goler as a White House correspondent.

Click continued to see the memo (which recalls Garrett’s days at CNN)…

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Obama Calls on Fox News, Finally

Goler_12.3.jpgAfter going 0-5 at his post-election news conferences, this morning Pres.-elect Barack Obama finally called on Fox News. Correspondent Wendell Goler to a question.

According to Michelle Malkin (who watched and listened, we only watched) Goler asked about TARP and joked about Bill Richardson‘s now-shaved beard.