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Production Wraps on ‘The Chris Matthews Show’

The syndicated weekend public affairs program, “The Chris Matthews Show” is wrapping up production after 11 years. And the final three broadcasts, airing over the next three weekends, feature 17 of the show’s most prominent guests.

The seventeen journalists include Gloria Borger, David Brooks, Elisabeth Bumiller, Michael Duffy, Howard Fineman, John Heilemann, David Ignatius, Katty Kay, Joe Klein, Andrea Mitchell, Michele Norris, Kelly O’Donnell, Clarence Page, Kathleen Parker, Andrew Sullivan, Cynthia Tucker, and Bob Woodward.

It was these, and many other guests who, since 2002, provided the answer to the show’s signature question: “Tell me something I don’t know.”

“The fact is,” says Matthews. “I look at the whole show that way. I am constantly learning when I sit with these caring, thinking, in most cases, hopeful people. No, they’re not just journalists. They’re people – like you – trying to get some grip on this surprise we call life.”

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Media Writers on Keith Olbermann’s Departure

After Keith Olbermann‘s departure from MSNBC last week, media writers have been busy writing their take on it. There is a noticeable pattern of respect for his talent and rumors of his uncooperative temperament.

TIME‘s Joe Klein:

Keith is a brilliant writer, and presenter; I always enjoy watching him, even when he’s occasionally wrong. I hope I’ll have the opportunity to do so again soon.

The New York TimesBill Carter and Brian Stelter:

Even some of those at MSNBC who acknowledged being spurned or insulted by Mr. Olbermann said they remained in awe of his productivity and the effect he had on the network.

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Helen Thomas Reaction: ‘Outrageous, Indefensible’, ‘Just Shocking’

Helen Thomas.jpgThe fallout continues in the wake of comments made last week by veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas.

In an interview with a blogger, Thomas said Jews should “get the hell out” of Israel and “go home” to Poland, Germany, or America. Yesterday, Thomas apologized for her statements.

Reaction this weekend:
• Entertainment agency Nine Speakers, Inc. has announced that it is dropping Thomas as a client. The firm “is no longer able to represent Ms. Thomas, nor can we condone her comments on the Middle East”.

• On FNC’s Huckabee, Mike Huckabee called Thomas’ remarks “outrageous, anti-Semitic, racist, indefensible. She says that the Jews ought to go home? Helen, they are home. Read Genesis 15, Exodus 23, Numbers 34 — that’s why they are where they are. Helen, I’ve got a suggestion: maybe it’s time for you to go home.”

• Thomas was a topic of discussion on CNN’s Reliable Sources this morning, with Howard Kurtz calling Thomas’ comments “just shocking”.

After the jump, more reaction from columnists and tvnewsers…

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Glenn Beck Responds to Sedition Charge: ‘I love my country’

On last weekend’s syndicated “The Chris Matthews Show”, TIME magazine’s Joe Klein charged that some of the speech coming from radio & TV talker Glenn Beck, and others, is seditious:

“I did a little bit of research just before this show – it’s on this little napkin here. I looked up the definition of sedition which is conduct or language inciting rebellion against the authority of the state. And a lot of these statements, especially the ones coming from people like Glenn Beck and to a certain extent Sarah Palin, rub right up close to being seditious.”

Well last night on his show, Beck responded. “I love my country. I don’t even understand how speaking out now can be sedition.”

(h/t Newsbusters & Newsbusters)

Update: NBC News Files Complaint with White House Over ABC’s Access

Obama_1.21.bmp> Update: An NBC News spokesperson tells us, “NBC News did not file a formal or informal complaint about this interview.”

> Earlier: TVNewser has learned that NBC News has filed a formal complaint with expressed concern to the White House press office over the distribution of presidential interviews, specifically that several of the most recent broadcast TV interviews have gone to ABC News — including George Stephanopoulos‘s interview yesterday and Charlie Gibson‘s on December 15.

Complaints reportedly stem from Stephanopoulos’ friendship with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for helping land the interviews. But insiders tell us those decisions are generally left to Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

ABC News spokesperson Jeffrey Schneider tells TVNewser, “We are always aggressive in our booking efforts and we were glad to have an interview with the President on such a big news day.”

The president hasn’t only spoken to ABC, far from it. Since the Gibson interview in mid-December, Obama has been interviewed by Tom Joyner and April Ryan of Urban Radio Networks, Scott Wilson of The Washington Post, Adam Nagourney of The New York Times, PBS’ Jim Lehrer, Roland Martin of CNN/TV One, Joe Klein of Time magazine as well as reporters from People and Essence.

Last year, NBC News got several days of access at the White House, including sit-down interviews with Pres. Obama for their “Inside the Obama White House” special — a series NBC has participated in for the last 40 years.

> More: It should be noted that complaints are often made to the White House press office when one network feels another is getting too much access.

Cablers Talk Couric/Palin

palin_10-1.jpgAfter a back-and-forth on the web about what would be said, tonight it was revealed.

CBS’ Katie Couric asked Gov. Sarah Palin about the Supreme Court, and the answer had the cablers buzzing. CNN, FNC and MSNBC all had discussed the issue by 8:15pmET.

Campbell Brown: Election Center had Joe Klein, Gloria Borger and Ed Rollins discussing the question. Rollins called the series of interviews with Couric “terrible” for Palin.

Bill O’Reilly discussed the questioning with Bernie Goldberg, and although O’Reilly thought it was a “gotcha question,” both agreed she needed to be more well-versed on “complicated” issues.

Keith Olbermann touched on it several times, dubbing her “Silent Sarah,” among other things.

So what was the answer? Click continued to see the VP Question about Roe v. Wade…

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Is Web Intolerance “Hurting America?”

RNClogo_8.30.gifPhil Donahue may be long gone from his daytime shows, (or his MSNBC prime time show for that matter). But he was back in the form of Joe Scarborough today at a Huffington Post-sponsored panel about how new media are impacting the 2008 race. The panel was made up of members of old and new media as well as some stradeling both.

MNSBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinkski moderated the panel which touched on issues of blogs as a source of breaking political news, the vitriol that exists on some left and right wing blogs and the concern that the anonymity provided to blog commenters only fuels the hate.

The panel was filled with the likes of Arianna Huffington, Laura Ingraham, Tony Blankley, Frank Luntz and Peggy Noonan. But moderator Scarbourough took the mics into the crowd getting the thoughts of Joe Klein, Margaret Carlson and his MSNBC colleague Tucker Carlson.

Tucker_9.1.jpgCarlson, who was personally called out four years ago by Jon Stewart for hosting a show that was “hurting America,” today said intolerance on the Web is “what is hurting America.”

“And I’m saying this as the former host of Crossfire,” he told the audience of about 100 people at the Nicollet Island Inn in Minneapolis.

We panned the crowd before the panel discussion got underway. And after the jump, more pictures.

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Was Scarborough Actually Aiming at Anderson?

cooper_7-24.JPGWhen MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough talked about how “a couple of hosts” ran with the story of Sen. John McCain‘s “gaffe” Tuesday night, many people thought he was talking about Keith Olbermann. Scarborough told TVNewser yesterday, “That is simply not true.” And today, on Morning Joe, he pointed to an anchor on “another network,” as his target.

It seems to indicate CNN’s Anderson Cooper: the only anchor, other than Olbermann, to talk about the story Tuesday night. This morning, Scarborough said, “People thought I was talking about Keith Olbermann. He doesn’t work for another network. I was talking about someone on another network.” (Click here to see the clip)

Said co-host Mika Brzezinski, “I know because we were talking off camera, I know that too.”

On Tuesday’s AC360, Cooper asked his guest Joe Klein. “Let’s talk about the political repercussions, if any…I don’t like to play gotcha, you know, words slip up here and there, I usually tend to ignore it, but how significant a mistake is this?”

But while Cooper spent nearly 20 minutes discussing the McCain comment, he never once mentioned CBS or their editing of the interview.

(Oh and Joe, your blogger jokes are hilarious. We’re sure Brian Williams [Daily Nightly], Willie Geist [Zeitgeist] and…how about Keith Olbermann [Daily Kos] think so too.)

Click continued to see part of Cooper’s segment on the McCain “gaffe” Tuesday…

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