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Beyonce, Jay-Z and the GOP

Beyonce’s stirring rendition of the National Anthem may go down as the highlight of the Inauguration, but the mere presence of Beyonce and Jay-Z is not going unnoticed by TV news anchors.

“As the strange bed fellows that inaugurations are made, we just had the number three republican in the house (Rep. Kevin McCarthy-CA) taking an iPhone picture of Beyonce and Jay-Z,” said Brian Williams on NBC. A few minutes later on CBS, Scott Pelley added, “Talk about unity. In one shot you have Jay-Z and Paul Ryan. I don’t know under what circumstances you would ever have those men in the same frame.”

The crew on Fox News also recognized the Ryan/Jay-Z shot, with Brit Hume adding, “By the way, she looks stunning!” To which Chris Wallace joked, “Watch out. Brent Musberger got in trouble for that my friend.”

Inauguration 2013: Fox News Coverage Plans

Fox News Channel’s 2013 Presidential Inauguration coverage will begin Sunday morning and continue through Monday night, with Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly behind the anchor desk.

Baier and Kelly will anchor during the private ceremony Sunday at 11 AM, as well as the network’s coverage of the public ceremony Monday from 11AM-3 PM and from 8:40-10PM.

Contributors to the special programming will include Brit Hume, Chris Wallace and “The Five” co-hosts Bob Beckel, Juan Williams and Dana Perino. Karl Rove, Stephen Hayes, Charles Krauthammer and Kirsten Powers will also contribute.

On Monday, Bill Hemmer, Martha MacCallum, Shepard Smith and Neil Cavuto will anchor their programs live from Lafayette Park. In primetime, Bill O’Reilly and Greta Van Susteren will host their shows live.

As has become de rigueur, FNC will also be streaming the event on its website.

Bret Baier Looks Back At Four Years of ‘Special Report’

On January 5, Fox News anchor Bret Baier marked his fourth anniversary as the anchor of “Special Report.” On his program Friday evening, he looked back on the very first day in the anchor chair, when he stepped in for Brit Hume.

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One of the things Baier does differently is to make frequent use of social media. He talked to International Digital Times about how he uses social.

Bob Schieffer’s ‘Light Hand’ Lets Candidates ‘Go At It As Much As Possible’

Before tonight’s presidential debate, on his Fox News show, Bill O’Reilly said “If [Bob] Schieffer doesn’t ask about Libya, he has to retire tomorrow.”

Well, it was the first question Bob Schieffer asked, so the 75-year-old CBS News man doesn’t need to retire just yet. (How each candidate answered the question is another matter).

Unlike the first two presidential debates the moderator this time didn’t make news. Schieffer did what a moderator is supposed to do: ask the question and get out of the way.

During FNC’s post-debate coverage Brit Hume‘s first thought went to Schieffer: “I thought Bob Schieffer did a good job in the same way Jim Lehrer did which was by keeping a light hand in letting the candidates go at it as much as possible.”

Tom Brokaw, who moderated the Town Hall in 2008, says this format — the candidates side by side at a table — is a better way to run a debate. “That’s what I like to see is the moderator sitting across the table from them within reach, both physically and in terms of tone,” said Brokaw during NBC’s coverage.

As for fairness, the time each candidate got couldn’t be much closer. According to CNN’s onscreen tally: of 83 total minutes, Pres. Obama was given :35 seconds more than Gov. Romney.

  • Related: From Twitter: Total volume during the debate: 6.5 million Tweets. Peak moment: 105,767 Tweets Per Minute – 9:45pmET – Obama: “We also have fewer horses and bayonets”

Where to Watch the Final Presidential Debate

Tonight is the third and final Presidential debate of this election cycle. CBS’ Bob Schieffer moderates at Lynn University in Boca Raton. Here’s a round up of what the cable and broadcast networks have planned…

Scott Pelley anchors on CBS from 9-11pmET. With Schieffer moderating, certain CBS programs — including yesterday’s “Face the Nation” and today’s “CBS This Morning” — originate from Florida. Pelley will be joined by Major Garrett of National Journal and Julianna Goldman of Bloomberg, among others.

ABC’s coverage kicks off at 9pmET with Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos anchoring. They will be joined during the two-hour broadcast by VP debate moderator Martha Raddatz, Christiane Amanpour, Jake Tapper, David Muir and Jonathan Karl.

Brian Williams anchors on NBC from 9pm-11pmET. Williams will be joined by David Gregory, Savannah Guthrie, Tom Brokaw, Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and Richard Haass.

PBS’ coverage runs from 9-11pmET, with Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff anchoring and political editor Christina Bellantoni contributing.

Plans for the cable networks after after the jump. Read more

Fox News Channel Sets VP Debate Plans

Fox News Channel has solidified its coverage plans for the Vice Presidential Debate on Thursday. As with the first Presidential debate, Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier will co-anchor the special from 8:55-10:30, dubbed “America’s Election Headquarters: Vice Presidential Debate.”

“Fox News Sunday” moderator Chris Wallace, Brit Hume, Joe Trippi, Steve Hayes and Charles Krauthammer will provide analysis, with Carl Cameron, Steve Brown and Ed Henry reporting. Online, coverage will be anchored by Rick Folbaum and Harris Faulkner. Every program from 3PM onward (save for “O’Reilly Factor” at 8 PM) will originate from Kentucky on Thursday.

FNC has a partnership with Twitter for the debates, and will utilize Twitter’s data to bring viewers to gain insight into viewer sentiment, and to present the topics people are talking about on the service.

CNN announced its coverage plans for all of the debates late last month.

Kelly, Baier to Lead Fox News’ Debate Coverage

Fox News has set coverage plans for the first Presidential debate, which will take place Wednesday night from the University of Denver in Colorado.

Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly will lead the network’s live political coverage, which kicks off at 8:55pmET. The pair will be joined by Brit Hume, Joe Trippi and Charles Krauthammer, as well as FNC correspondents Ed Henry, Carl Cameron and Alicia Acuna. Rick Folbaum and Harris Faulker will anchor live coverage on FoxNews.com from 8:45 to 11pmET.

Hannity will take over with live coverage from 11 to midnight and Greta Van Susteren will be live from midnight to 1amET.

Kelly and Baier, along with Shepard Smith, Neil Cavuto and Sean Hannity, will all host their respective shows from Denver on Wednesday. “The Five” will also be live from Denver.

Bret Baier: ‘Sometimes I think reporters in Washington get caught up in their list of questions’

With the election in the final stretch, Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier reflects on his toughest interviews in Naples Illustrated:

The toughest interviews are the ones, and usually they are politicians, who don’t answer the question you’re asking. It happens a lot, I think a lot more than people sitting at home would like. My mentor was Brit Hume as I mentioned, but I also really liked the late Tim Russert, he was a friend. I liked his style. What I learned most is that it’s about listening, not about talking. Sometimes I think reporters in Washington get caught up in their list of questions and what’s next as opposed to listening to the answer and pressing on that answer to get an answer.

MSNBC Boss: We Praise Republicans, But Fox Doesn’t Praise Democrats

GQ does a Q&A with MSNBC president Phil Griffin who doesn’t like when people says MSNBC is the liberal answer to Fox News.

GQ: Your network was beaten by Fox at the RNC but beat them at the DNC. Is MSNBC the liberal counterpart to Fox?

Griffin: …everybody tries to make an equivalence between us and Fox. You tell me when Fox praises the Democrats! Lawrence O’Donnell said it was one of the best speeches he heard by Romney. Ed Schultz talked about how a star was born with Ryan—even though he disagreed with everything he said. Steve Schmidt the former McCain manager in the ’08 election talked about strategy and helped us understand what they’re doing. We’re totally open to—we don’t have to agree with it but we totally understood it and tried to dissect it and appreciate it for what it is. You never see that at Fox—there’s no equivalency!

Of course, that’s not exactly accurate, and since Griffin asked, here are a few recent examples of Fox news praising democrats.

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Bret Baier on Fans, Ratings and Being a ‘Political Junkie’

Bret Baier is about 15 minutes into “Special Report” when the first fan stops by.

“Love your show. Watch it every night,” she tells him eagerly. “Never miss it.”

Baier, luckily in a commercial break at the time, smiles and waves, abandoning his notes to chat with the woman, who is from North Carolina and proclaims herself his “biggest fan.” She has some competition — by the end of the show, a small crowd will have amassed around the Fox News skybox, on the third floor of the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

“I like it. It doesn’t bother me,” Baier told TVNewser in between shows. “When people come up to you, it’s a big part of being in their living room. They think they know you because you’re in their living room every night. So I think you have to be respectful, and take the picture, and thank them for being a viewer.”

This is Baier’s first convention as the network’s lead political anchor, a role he took over into after Brit Hume stepped down in 2008. So far, his coverage is a success: on Tuesday night, Fox News posted higher ratings than any other network.

“These ratings were great, and we’re excited. Any time that we can compete, and beat, the major networks, that is a huge deal for us,” he said.

Baier, who anchors coverage from Charlotte next week for the Democratic National Convention, said his approach to the two events is “completely different.”

“Both sides say that this is a very stark choice. Viewers and voters are starting to realize that it is,” Baier said. “I think [the DNC] will be a much different tone, a much different atmosphere.”

“Most of all, I’m a political junkie, and this is in my wheelhouse,” says Baier. “If people can see that on the screen, that’s a good thing.”

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