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Live-to-Tape Goes Very Wrong for CNN

There was an embarrassing mix-up on “ICYMI” last night between Brooke Baldwin and Jake Tapper and ICN was watching.

The two had taped a segment about Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton traveling together on Air Force One to South Africa for Nelson Mandela‘s memorial. Not long after the Q&A started, Baldwin stopped Tapper mid-sentence, gave some instruction about how it should play out, then started over.

That happens all the time in TV newsrooms with pre-taped interviews. But usually the “bad” take is left on edit room floor. Not this time. WATCH:

For Baldwin’s part, she was quick to address the flub on Twitter.

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ABC’s Jonathan Karl to Interview George and Laura Bush in Africa

ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl will sit down with former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush during their trip to Africa. The sit-down is scheduled to happen tomorrow after President Bush and President Barack Obama attend a wreath-laying ceremony in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to honor the victims of the 1998 bombing at the U.S. Embassy.

Portions of the interview will air tomorrow on “World News with Diane Sawyer” and Wednesday on “Good Morning America.” The full extended interview will air Sunday on “This Week,” which Karl will anchor.

In addition to a joint appearance for Bush and Obama, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama will participate in a panel discussion tomorrow at the Bush Institute’s African First Ladies Summit moderated by ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts.

>Update: CNN’s Robyn Curnow also sat down with George and Laura Bush. Watch the interview, which aired on “The Situation Room,” after the jump. Read more

Diane Sawyer to Interview Bushes Ahead of Presidential Center Dedication

ABC’s Diane Sawyer will interview George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush this week ahead of the opening and dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on Thursday. The interview will air Wednesday on “World Diane Sawyer.” Sawyer will anchor from the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, the site of the Center on Wednesday and on Thursday’s show, Mrs. Bush will give Sawyer a guided tour of the Center.

Matt Lauer will interview the Bushes Thursday live on “Today.”

Nielsen: 20.6 Million Watched Inauguration, Ratings Down 46%

Nielsen says that 20.6 million people across 18 networks watched President Obama be sworn in for his second term Monday. As we noted yesterday, NBC led the way among broadcasters, with CNN topping cable news.

The 20.6 million figure was down from 37.8 million viewers in 2009, a drop of 46%. That said, it was an improvement over George W. Bush‘s second inauguration in 2005, which saw a similar percentage drop from his first.

In a post explaining the numbers, Nielsen throws in this factoid:

[V]iewership has historically slid for second term inaugurations. Pres. Richard Nixon is the only president in recent history that has seen an increase; he notched a 22 percent increase during his second term inauguration.

Jenna Bush Hager Reveals Pregnancy On ‘Today’

NBC “Today” correspondent Jenna Bush Hager revealed on the program that she is pregnant this morning. Bush Hager and her husband Henry Hager will be expecting the baby in the Spring.

Her parents, former President George W. Bush (whose nickname with his kids we learned is apparently “popsicle”) and former First lady Laura Bush called into the program after the announcement was made.

“I am fired up! Looking forward to it,” the former President said.

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Studying Stephen Colbert. Seriously, Funny

Nation, Stephen Colbert is not a worthy subject for academic discourse.

Them’s fightin’ words to scholarly members of Colbert Nation like Penn State’s Sophia McClennen, the latest academician to write a book – with footnotes! — about the Comedy Central star.

Its title: ‘Colbert’s America: Satire and Democracy’ (Palgrave Macmillan), though I like to call it ‘I Am Satire (And So Can You!)’ Out in paperback this month, the book is part of what the Washington Post’s Paul Farhi recently labeled as ‘the academic world’s obsession’ with Colbert.

Professor McClennen, who disputes that description, does acknowledge that Colbert’s on-air persona is “a huge deal in academia. On a basic cognitive level, in-character satire is a more complex form of satire. At a rhetorical level, the comedy is more complicated.”

Uh, will there be a quiz?

A self-described ‘Colbert geek,’ McClennen argues that “The Colbert Report” heralds a new era in media culture; one in which comedians increasingly influence the politics and news they satirize.

With his Super PACS and his vocabulary-bending ‘The Word’ segments, Colbert “plays with exercising his power,” she says in an interview.

He represents a “new kind of public intellectual-satirist,” in the vein of Mark Twain, Ben Franklin and Jonathan Swift.

No offense, Professor, but Colbert, like Jon Stewart, would probably have a good laugh at

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CNN Rebrands Politics & Election Coverage

For several election cycles CNN has used the branding CNN = Politics and “America Votes” for their political coverage. But as of today, that’s changing.

TVNewser has learned CNN is making a slight rebrand this election cycle. CNN POLITICS replaces CNN = Politics and “America’s Choice 2012″ replaces “America Votes.”

We hear Wolf Blitzer will unveil the new branding in the NoonET hour on CNN.

CNN is also beefing up its contributor roster. As reported earlier, Democratic strategist and Hillary Clinton presidential campaign adviser Maria Cardona and conservative columnist, former Pres. George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum will join CNN as political contributors.

Who were the Most Influential TV News Tweeters of 2010?

The year 2010 saw great opportunity for tvnewsers to take advantage of Twitter. Klout.com ranked the most influential tweeters in categories such as politicians, tech companies, and music — obviously Justin Bieber reigned in most of them.

Fox News Channel seemed to have dominated not only in the 2010 ratings, but also the Twittershpere. The only tvnewser in Klout’s people category was #4 Glenn Beck — in between Sarah Palin and George W. Bush. President Barack Obama topped this list with Bieber in a close #2.

The only TV news show on the TV show list was #3 “Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld” — topped by ABC’s “Lost” and Fox’s “American Idol.”

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Matt Lauer to Interview Former President George W. Bush

george-w-bush-picture080210.jpegTwo years after the 2008 Presidential Election, NBC’s Matt Lauer will interview former President George W. Bush. NBC will air a primetime interview with Bush Monday Nov. 8, with the former President sitting down for a live appearance on “Today” Wednesday Nov. 10.

Bush’s daughter, Jenna Hager, is a correspondent for “Today,” and conducted an interview for the program in April with former President Bill Clinton.

Since leaving office in early 2009, Bush has largely stayed out of the media spotlight. Now, it seems, he is finally ready to speak out. The appearances mark Bush’s first one-on-one television interviews with an American television network since leaving office.

Of course, the appearances are also tied to the release of his memoir, Decision Points, which will be available November 9.

Why choose NBC? The combination of a primetime network special and an appearance on the top broadcast morning show is sure to draw far more viewers than an appearance on any of the cable news channels, including the top-rated Fox News. When you are trying to sell a book, the size of the audience matters.

The press release is after the jump.

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Tony Snow Remembered

Alissa Krinsky
TVNewser Contributor

Tony Snow.JPGSunday will mark one year since the death of Tony Snow from cancer. He battled the disease, which originated in his colon before spreading, for more than three years.

Snow, a longtime commentator and journalist, anchored at Fox News Channel and later worked for a short time at CNN. In between his TV jobs, he served as White House Press Secretary for President George W. Bush.

This Sunday, TVNewser has learned, Fox News Channel will mark the anniversary of Snow’s death with numerous mentions of him throughout the day, along with thoughts from Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush and from FNC colleagues such as Bill O’Reilly and Greta Van Susteren.

Here now are reflections from several other tvnewsers as they remember Tony Snow:

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