Bush In Primetime: Notes & Quotes

By Brian 

> ABC’s Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas were seen anchoring together for the first time since Dec. 5’s World News Tonight announcement. Could someone send a screen grab?…

> 9:25: Tim Russert on MSNBC: “He basically said ‘I need your patience.’ Will they give it? That depends on how things go on the ground in the next six to nine months.”

> 9:24: “This is the fireside chat that he should have, I think, delivered periodically throughthe course of the war,” Mort Kondracke said on FNC. “It was a short speech; it didn’t take people very much time to tune in and try to find out what’s going on here, and he had in it elements of humility.”

> 9:20: CBS dropped out first, followed closely behind by ABC and NBC.

> 9:19: On NBC, protesters screamed “liar” as Kelly O’Donnell reported from the WH lawn…

> 9:01: FNC, CNN and MSNBC dropped the ticker for the speech. FNC put an “address to the nation” banner on the screen. The other two cablers put “presidential address” logos in the corner of the screen.

> 9:00: On CBS, Bob Schieffer anchored from the Face the Nation set.

> 9:00: Keith Olbermann on MSNBC: “We are seeing [Bush] more now than we saw Regis Philbin during the height of the ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’ craze.”

> 8:45: CNN placed a countdown clock on one of the screens in The Situation Room.

> 8:40: Maybe Bill O’Reilly should read the New York Times before he attacks it. On the Factor tonight, he said he hadn’t heard that the Times held its spying story for a year.