That, and other news, in today’s Roundup and Recap.
Update: NBC and ABC said today they will carry President Obama’s news conference on Wednesday, as well as CBS.
Fox did not air Obama’s last press conference, and will not do so this time either. The network issued a press release this afternoon, noting that Fox News and Fox Business Channel will provide coverage. “Fox will be alerting viewers with an on-screen graphic at the top of the 8:00 PM (ET) hour that the press conference is available on Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network.”
The broadcast networks have reportedly balked in the past at Obama’s frequency of press conferences because of the loss of ad revenue, but ABC, CBS and NBC have all aired each of his primetime events. The president is running ahead of his predecessors when it comes to primetime meetings with the media.
The time of the news conference was moved up an hour earlier, to 8 p.m. ET.
White House Visitor: The Apollo 11 crew’s visit to the White House today was followed by a visit from another icon of the 1960s space age: June Lockhart, star of “Lost in Space.” She’s been a regular visitor to the White House press room. Meanwhile, NASA today released a new image of the remnants of the lunar lander from Apollo 11, still intact on the moon just as it was 40 years ago. The photo was taken from an orbiting spacecraft, with part of the Eagle and its shadow still visible in the center of the frame.
Flashback: Last week, Al Franken threw a trivia question at Sonia Sotomayor during her confirmation hearings, asking the “Perry Mason” fan whether she could name the “Perry Mason” episode where TV’s most famous defense attorney lost his only case. Watching the hearings was actress Julie Adams, who starred as the defendant in that 1963 episode, “The Case of the Deadly Verdict.” “It was very amusing,” she said when the episode came up. “I thought, ‘What is this. This is too funny. Crazy world we live in.” She recalls shooting the episode, and noting even then that they all knew “how unique it was.” As for Sotomayor, she said that it was tough watching the confirmation hearings because of the attacks coming at her from Republicans on the Judiciary Committee. “I began to feel very protective of her,” Adams said.
More Cronkite Memories: Karen Ocamb shared her memories about clerking at CBS News during the Cronkite era.