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Bret Baier: ‘After I Saw that, I Said ‘We Are Dropping the Ball on that Coverage’

BaierTVSBret Baier is taking a cue from John Oliver.

The Fox News “Special Report” host was watching Oliver’s inaugural show on HBO last Sunday when it hit him that the world’s biggest election — where up to 800 million people in India will be voting — is getting almost no coverage in the U.S. “After I saw that, I said ‘we are dropping the ball on that coverage,’ Baier told us at the TVNewser Show on Tuesday. His team is now working on a story about the election which wraps up May 12.

Baier says shows like Oliver’s as well as “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report,” “can really penetrate on news stories.”

We interviewed Baier for about 20 minutes following his keynote speech. We discussed everything from the 2014 and 2016 elections, to how he engages with “the most fervent critics of Fox News,” and the current state of the media’s relationship with the White House: “I think there is a sense that the president feels like he doesn’t get enough good treatment in a media that has, for the most part, turned a little bit on this White House, in policy and substance.”

I began by asking Baier what he thought about the president’s approval rating, which an ABC News/Washington Post poll released earlier that morning showed it had dropped to 41%.

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TVNewser’s 2014 Guide To Graduation Speakers

Class-of-2014. jpgAs is TVNewser tradition, here now is our seventh annual list of who’s-speaking-where-and-when at the nation’s colleges and universities (in alphabetical order):

CNBC’s Guy AdamiQuinnipiac University (CT), May 10

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin: University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication (NC), May 11

ABC’s Richard Besser: University of Michigan School of Public Health (MI), May 1

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: Cansius College  (NY), May 17

Bloomberg’s Michael Bloomberg: Harvard University (MA), May 29… Williams College (MA), June 8

CNN’s Gloria Borger: Colgate University (NY), May 18

FNC’s Dr. Ben CarsonRegent University (VA), May 3

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After Extended Hiatus, ‘Crossfire’ Returns

Crossfire304x200After being off the air for over seven weeks, CNN’s “Crossfire” returns tonight.

The panel-debate show was last seen on CNN’s airwaves March 10, but has been sidelined since as the network aired near nonstop coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

In its place, Wolf Blitzer hosted an extended full-hour “The Situation Room.”

The full hour with Blitzer, which predominantly covered the missing airliner for all of March and much of April, was the most-watched cable news show in the demo at 6pmET twice in March.

The show’s return comes during a heavy political news cycle: newly uncovered emails about the 2012 Benghazi consulate attacks are currently drawing coverage on cable and broadcast news.

And one of the show’s hosts–and former politician himself–Newt Gingrich, is ready to restart the debate.

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The Scoreboard: Tuesday, April 29

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 210 | MSNBC: 125 | CNN: 154 | HLN: 91
  • Primetime: FNC: 281 | MSNBC: 229 | CNN: 187 | HLN: 118

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

165

TheFive:

281

Baier:

247

Greta:

226

O’Reilly:

340

Megyn:

292

Hannity:

212

O’Reilly:

234

Megyn:

156

MSNBC
Wagner:

118

EdShow:

146

Sharpton:

125

Matthews:

211

Hayes:

190

Maddow:

294

O’Donnell:

198

Hayes:

83

Maddow:

121

CNN
Tapper:

134

Blitzer:

185

Blitzer:

229

Burnett:

181

Cooper:

196

Smerconish:

193

Spc.Rpt:

173

Cooper:

193

Smerconish:

128

HLN
News:

39

Detective:

44

Detective:

63

Jane:

100

Grace:

130

DrDrew:

134

Files:

89

Files:

146

Files:

163

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The Scoreboard: Friday, April 25

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 198 | MSNBC: 117 | CNN: 94 | HLN: 87
  • Primetime: FNC: 206 | MSNBC: 158 | CNN: 120 | HLN: 158

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

106

TheFive:

273

Baier:

191

Greta:

133

O’Reilly:

235

Megyn:

204

Hannity:

180

O’Reilly:

211

Megyn:

179

MSNBC
Wagner:

61

EdShow:

132

Sharpton:

116

Matthews:

149

Hayes:

162

Maddow:

199

Lockup:

114

Lockup:

194

Lockup:

238

CNN
Tapper:

90

Blitzer:

126

Blitzer:

105

Burnett:

83

Cooper:

141

Tonight:

142

Spot/Beyonce:

89/67

Spurlock:

138

Spurlock:

127

HLN
News:

45

Detective:

38

Detective:

44

Jane:

80

Grace:

150

Files:

153

Files:

171

Files:

182

Files:

162

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Joe Klein is Turning to Fox News Because CNN Has ‘Gone in the Toilet’

As Time Inc. prepares to spin off from Time Warner, TIME columnist Joe Klein says he can now speak candidly about soon-to-be former corporate sibling CNN.

“It is such an embarrassment to our profession that CNN has gone in the toilet the way it has,” Klein told PBS’ Jeff Greenfield last night at New York City’s 92nd Street Y. Klein recounted coming home, turning on CNN at 6pm to watch Wolf Blitzer, only to be disappointed with nonstop missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 coverage.

“I miss being able to watch a straight newscast, and it turns out the only place you can go to get one at 6 o’clock at night is Fox,” Klein said, adding that the other option is to turn on MSNBC’s Al Sharpton, who he “still considers to be a major criminal.”

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‘Wolf of Vegas’ Gets Anthony Bourdain Into Caesars Palace Suite

Leonardo DiCaprio might have created buzz as the “Wolf of Wall Street,” but CNN’s Wolf Blitzer apparently carries some street cred as the wolf of Las Vegas.

On this weekend’s “Anthony Bourdain: Part Unknown,” Bourdain reveals how name-dropping Blitzer got him into a luxurious suite in Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace.

“I told the casino that Wolf Blitzer was coming,” Bourdain said, adding that the hotel gave him the suite under the assumption that the CNN anchor was coming. “And I plan to live large until they figure out Wolf ain’t coming,” Bourdain said.

“The wolf of Vegas,” Blitzer said this afternoon in response. “I’m going…looks nice.”

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, April 15

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 240 | MSNBC: 113 | CNN: 142 | HLN: 91
  • Primetime: FNC: 379 | MSNBC: 211 | CNN: 217 | HLN: 127

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

205

TheFive:

335

Baier:

360

Greta:

263

O’Reilly:

432

Megyn:

385

Hannity:

319

O’Reilly:

292

Megyn:

240

MSNBC
Wagner:

58

EdShow:

149

Sharpton:

163

Matthews:

168

Hayes:

192

Maddow:

235

O’Donnell:

202

Hayes:

126

Maddow:

118

CNN
Tapper:

142

Blitzer:

175

Blitzer:

199

Burnett:

211

Cooper:

266

Tonight:

176

Spc.Report:

211

Cooper:

155

CNNI:

111

HLN
News:

25

Files:

27

Files:

29

Jane:

55

Grace:

140

DrDrew:

123

Files:

117

Files:

179

Files:

272

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Maria Bartiromo Honored By Italian Embassy

Maria Bartiromo Urbino awardMaria Bartiromo celebrated Tax Day yesterday with a trip to Washington, D.C. to accept the 2014 Urbino Press Award, an Italian prize given annually to an American journalist. The Italian ambassador to the U.S., Claudio Bisogniero, presented Bartiromo with the award at the Italian Embassy.

Bartiromo joined Fox News and Fox Business this year after more than 20 years at CNBC.

“The unmistakable style and exceptional professionalism that she has brought onto the screens of millions of viewers around the world are synonymous with high-quality American and international financial and economic journalism,” Bisogniero said in a statement.

Previous winners of the award include ABC’s Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

Barbara Walters to Don Lemon: CNN Wouldn’t Do Nonstop MH370 Coverage If Not for Ratings

WaltersWhile sitting in as a co-host on “The View” today, CNN’s Don Lemon fielded an onslaught of questions from the chat show’s ladies about his network’s nonstop coverage of missing Malaysia Flight 370.

“You’ve covered this more than any other story that I can remember,” Barbara Walters said. “CNN would not do this if it were not for the ratings.”

“Well, I don’t know if we would do it just for the ratings; we do a lot of things that don’t rate well, but we still do it,” Lemon responded, adding that CNN is giving the audience what it wants.

Co-host Jenny McCarthy asked how Lemon finds the words to continue talking about the missing airliner, day after day. Lemon tipped his hat to a great group of CNN aviation experts. “I rely on them, I don’t pretend that I’m an expert,” he said.

“We [CNN] may not have taken the plane, but we might certainly find it,” Lemon concluded.

Lemon’s colleagues, Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett, and Wolf Blitzer echoed his sentiments while speaking to TVNewser last week. Cooper conceded the network has covered the story a lot, but called it a very “human” story involving “239 souls.” Burnett pointed to security concerns the story raises, while Blitzer raised the still-unknown question of whether criminal activity or mechanical failure was the reason behind the plane’s disappearance.

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