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GMA Gets William Ayers Exclusive

ayers_11-13.jpgFirst on TVNewser: William Ayers has stayed largely silent during the nearly two years of election coverage, even as his name was mentioned in many forms.

But the Chicago activist who has been tied to President-elect Barack Obama is breaking his silence tomorrow when he appears on ABC’s Good Morning America. Chris Cuomo conducts the live interview.

During the exclusive interview, Ayers will talk be asked about the re-issue of his 2001 memoir “Fugitive Days” and his life as a founder of the radical group the Weather Underground.

(image courtesy of Chicago Magazine)

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With Less Than a Month to Go, Media/Campaign Clashes Heat Up

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• During Hannity & Colmes coverage after Tuesday’s debate, things got heated between Obama communication director Robert Gibbs and Sean Hannity. Bringing up Hannity’s recent special and its use of an interview with Andy Martin, Gibbs said, “Why am I not to believe that everybody who works for the network is anti-Semitic because Sean Hannity gives a platform to somebody who thinks Jews are “slimy.’” Hannity called the statements attributed to Martin (who denies making them) “despicable,” and said, “On Fox, we actually interview people of all points of view, whether we agree or disagree.”

Campbell Brown delivered a commentary during the “Cutting Through the Bull” segment on her CNN program last night, calling on the McCain campaign to “strongly” denounce McCain surrogates who refer to the Democratic nominee as “Barack Hussein Obama” during campaign rallies. “What it is, is race-baiting. And that is what is dangerous,” she said. Brown also took on Obama supporters “up in arms” over McCain using the term “that one” during Tuesday’s debate. “Maybe McCain did mean to be disrespectful,” she said. “But racist? I don’t think so.”

• This morning on Fox & Friends, Obama spokesperson Bill Burton had a lively interview with the hosts, but mostly Gretchen Carlson. In the interview, Barack and Michelle Obama’s relationship with William Ayers and Ayers’ wife came up. Burton placed the blame on the McCain campaign: “They are pretty effectively getting to talking about it and getting me to talk about it on Fox News this morning.” When Carlson responded, “viewers want to know about it as well,” Burton said, “I’m sure you have McCain supporters watching Fox News, that’s not news to anybody.”

Click continued to see the Hannity/Gibbs clip and the Brown commentary (still looking for the Carlson/Burton clip)…

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CNN, FNC Reject Ayers Ad

The Associated Press’ Jim Kuhnhenn writes about a new ad from the American Issues Project aimed at Sen. Barack Obama.

The ad focuses on Obama’s relationship with William Ayers, a founder of the Weather Underground.

But don’t expect to see the ad on your cabler anytime soon — Kuhnhenn writes the ad was rejected by Fox News, and The New York Times’ Jim Rutenberg reports that CNN rejected the ad as well.

“Fox News Channel said Thursday night that it would not accept the advertisement amid questions about its legality,” writes Rutenberg. “That raised the possibility that other stations and networks could have similar issues, but Mr. Pinkston said he was confident the advertisement would have healthy exposure in the two states. CNN also said it turned the group down, citing a ban on negative advertisements from outside groups during the party conventions.”