Happy New Hampshire Primary Day Washington! On this day in 1790, President George Washington delivered our first State of the Union. In 1992, Bush 41 puked on Japanese Prime Minister Miyazawa Kiichi, and, in 2006, Tom DeLay resigned as House Majority Leader.
With Bill Kristol’s first New York Times piece yesterday, Marty Kaplanlooks at the evolution of the Times’ op-ed page.
Politico’s Ben Smithreported, “Ted Nalbantian, 19, an Obama supporter from Ridgewood, N.J., has been stationed all afternoon outside the Des Moines media hangout Centro, where his task is to encourage Iowans to caucus for Obama. He approached, in quick succession, me, Maureen Dowd and Ana Marie Cox.” Awwwww.
The New York Times reports, “CNBC and The New York Times have agreed to share material on their Web sites, uniting the main competitive targets of the News Corporation’s new ventures, the Fox Business Network and The Wall Street Journal.”
An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Fourth quarter 2007, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ delivered its best Fourth quarter in three years (2004). In addition, ‘Nightline’ beat CBS’ ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ among Adults 25-54 in the Fourth quarter for the first time in seven years (2000).”
Also from ABC, “Saturday’s ABC News/Facebook/WMUR-TV’s back-to-back Republican and Democratic debates were the most-watched of the 2008 presidential cycle. The Democratic debate averaged 9.36 million Total Viewers and a 2.9 rating among Adults 25-54. The Republican debate averaged 7.35 million Total Viewers and a 1.8 rating among Adults 25-54. Averaged together, the debates garnered 8.36 million Total Viewers and a 2.4 among the key Adult 25-54 demographic.” TVNewser has the full debate ranker for all of the debates to date.
NBC announced, “Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann will anchor MSNBC’s live coverage of the New Hampshire presidential primary Tuesday, Jan. 8, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. MSNBC’s live primary coverage kicks off with a special edition of ‘Hardball with Chris Matthews’ at 5 p.m. ET.”
A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, December 30, 2007 in all categories. On Sunday, the Russert-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 3.594 million total viewers”
An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Fourth quarter 2007, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ beat CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among both Total Viewers and the key Adults 25-54 demographic. The last time ‘This Week’ beat ‘Face the Nation’ in the fourth quarter among Adults 25-54 was seven years ago (4th quarter 2000) and the last time ‘This Week’ outperformed ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers in the 4th quarter was 2002.”
A CNN release announced, “From the new CNN Election Center in New York and from around the state of New Hampshire, lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer and CNN’s political team will guide the network’s special coverage. CNN’s special programming will begin at 8 p.m. (ET)-following wall-to-wall politics on The Situation Room and Lou Dobbs Tonightâ€”and run late into the night. The coverage will lead into a special edition of Larry King Live at midnight (ET) hosted by Larry King and featuring analysis and insight into the election results.”
The Seattle Times’ Ron Juddwrites, “Scoreboard, Baby. That ought to be the election-coverage theme at cable-news giant CNN, which, for the occasion of Thursday’s Iowa caucuses, unveiled its latest Giant-Step-Backward innovation: A bewildering, omnipresent picture-frame graphical display festooned with BIG HEADLINES, multicolored, animated pie charts, spinning circles and zipping text.”
The Houston Chronicle reports, “In Fox’s flock, Shepard Smith rises to anchor of choice”
Check out Nielsen’s Presidential Scorecard for New Hampshire, “reporting on the total number of TV advertising spots run by the Presidential candidates in New Hampshire and the surrounding markets from January 1, 2007 through January 4, 2008.”
Did you catch the midnight broadcast of the CNN Election Express on Larry King Live from a town called Dixville Notch in New Hampshire? It is the site of the first voting in the state.
Journal-isms reports, “Pundits likened Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., to everyone from Ronald Reagan to Harold Washington as New Hampshire voters prepared to go to the polls Tuesday for their first-in-the-nation primary, five days after Obama’s decisive victory in the Iowa caucuses.”
The Washington Examiner reports, “A former BET network personality was charged with possession of a .37 mm launcher after authorities said he used it to shoot flares into the sky during a New Year’s celebration in Northwest Washington.”
TVNewser reported Monday, “CBS Evening News EP Rick Kaplan slipped on some ice while walking to a plane in Des Moines last Friday heading back from covering the caucus. CBS tells us Kaplan ‘suffered a fracture in the hip area but is recovering well.’ In fact, Kaplan is back to work in New York today.”
The Examiner reports, “Redskins coverage to include CSN’s guest Pete Taylor, Billick career to be TV for now”
The AP reports, “An interview with Benazir Bhutto before the former Pakistani prime minister was assassinated was important enough to keep on the cover of Parade magazine, the magazine’s publisher said Sunday — even though the publication had already gone to print when Bhutto was killed.”
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