President Obama will make his first appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s late-night show when he appears Tuesday in a taped segment from the University of North Carolina. He is expected to discuss student-loan costs, which certainly fits with Fallon’s demo better than Leno or Letterman. Hopefully his segment will go better than Michele Bachmann’s guest appearance on the show in November, when house band The Roots performed the 1985 Fishbone song ”Lyin’ Ass Bitch” as she walked onstage. Fallon and NBC were forced to apologize.
UPDATE 10 PM: Michele Bachmann has received an apology from NBC over the song choice flap during her appearance on the network’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Monday when the show’s house band performed the 1985 Fishbone song Lyin’ Ass Bitch while she was walking out on stage. The apology was made in a personal letter from NBC’s VP late night Doug Vaughan. According to Bachmann’s spokeswoman Alice Stewart cited by the AP, Vaughan wrote that the incident was “not only unfortunate but also unacceptable.” She said Vaughn offered his sincerest apologies and said the band had been “severely reprimanded.”
PREVIOUS 11 AM: The controversy over Late Night With Jimmy Fallon‘s choice of the 1985 Fishbone song Lyin’ Ass Bitch as intro music for guest Michele Bachmann shows no signs of subsiding. Conservative bloggers started the campaign on Tuesday morning, right after the show aired Monday night. Last night, Fallon apologized to the presidential candidate over the phone and via Twitter. “I’m honored that @michelebachmann was on our show yesterday and I’m so sorry about the intro mess,” Fallon wrote on Twitter. “I really hope she comes back.” Appearing on Fox News Channel’s America’s Newsroom this morning, Bachmann said that she accepts the comedian’s apology but insisted that the network that aired the broadcast, NBC, should apologize too. “If that had been Michelle Obama, who’d come out on the stage, and if that song had been played …
CBS News is denying the charge leveled by GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s campaign that the network showed anti-conservative bias yesterday. At issue is a private email about coverage plans for last night’s CBS News/National Journal debate. Correspondent John Dickerson mistakenly cc’ed a Bachmann spokesperson in his response to a note from politics producer Caroline Horn, and the congresswoman posted the exchange on Facebook. In it, Dickerson urged the network not to firmly commit to an interview with Bachmann “in the hopes that we can get someone else” because “she’s not going to get many questions and she’s nearly off the charts.”
To Bachmann campaign manager Keith Nahigian, that’s “concrete evidence confirming what every conservative already knows — the liberal mainstream media elites are manipulating the Republican debates by purposely suppressing our conservative message and limiting Michele’s questions.” But a CBS spokesperson says that’s not true: “It was a candid exchange about the reality of the circumstances — Bachmann remains at 4% in the polls.”
Bachmann wasn’t the only candidate upset with CBS News: Ron Paul’s National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton slammed the network for only giving Paul 90 seconds of speaking time during the hour. “CBS News, in their arrogance, may think they can choose the next president,” he said. “Fortunately, the people of Iowa, New Hampshire, and across America get to vote and not the media elites.”
Lest anyone forget, CBS News has ran afoul of the GOP during presidential …
UPDATE: TV and radio political pundit Dennis Miller on Monday announced that he’s endorsing Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain and will headline a political fundraiser in Los Angeles. Miller also is making donations to the campaign and offering to write for Cain, the recent winner of the GOP straw poll in Florida and now the leader of the entire GOP field in a new Zogby poll of Republican primary voters. Meanwhile, the AP is reporting that Donald Trump has become a “must-stop for GOP candidates hoping to bask in the celebrity real estate mogul’s star power”. All the major Republican presidential hopefuls have sought an audience with the host of Celebrity Apprentice, looking for an endorsement or advice. Mitt Romney is scheduled to meet met with Trump on Monday in New York. Cain’s date with the Donald is said to be upcoming.
Rick Perry already dined with Trump earlier this month at fancy NYC eatery Jean Georges. Michele Bachmann visited Trump’s penthouse atop the Trump Tower in July. Sarah Palin (who’s not yet declared) shared pizza with Trump in Times Square last spring. Trump toyed with throwing his own hat into the ring but would have had to exit Celebrity Apprentice, so he declined. On the other hand, another Hollywood endorsement might not be as welcome to one Republican candidate: that of liberal filmmaker Michael Moore. Moore just told CNN’s Piers Morgan that, of the entire GOP field, “There’s only one who has sanity operating inside of …
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
MSNBC Announces Multi-Year Contract With Rachel Maddow
MSNBC president Phil Griffin, appearing on the cable news network’s Tuesday panel at TCA alongside hosts Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell and Chris Matthews, said the door is still open to “Young Turk” Cenk Uygur, who abruptly left the network July 20. Griffin said he was surprised by the departure, although he does not feel that the host worked in the 6 PM time slot. “We wanted Cenk to stay at MSNBC; he fits our sensibility,” he said. “I don’t think all good people are going to succeed at 6 o’clock. We were working on a new contract to have him on the weekends; I was disappointed that he didn’t stay and hope we will work out that he comes back. … I have nothing bad to say about him. He was terrific.” Griffin said no decision has been made about putting Al Sharpton in Uygur’s former slot but that the civil rights leader “fits into MSNBC.”