HOWARD KURTZ, CNN ANCHOR: The Fred factor. Fred Thompson turns to Jay Leno to ease into the presidential race. Then chats up his favorite cable conservative, Sean Hannity. Can the former actor win the nomination, while largely avoiding mainstream journalism?
The Bill factor. The former president’s latest media blitz — will it help Hillary’s White House bid?
The Oprah factor. Can the talk show queen boost Barack Obama the way she helped sell books?
Never mind, Larry Craig says he may not quit the Senate after all. Is the press treating him fairly after that bathroom bust?
Plus, network versus network. ABC’s Brian Ross on why he’s investigating NBC’s “Dateline” over the collapse of a sting operation on the collapse of child predators.
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