That, and other news, in today’s Roundup and Recap.
Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” bested the other broadcast networks’ coverage of President Obama’s primetime press conference. The reality show was watched by an average of 7.3 million viewers, more than any other networks’ coverage of the press conference. A total of 16.5 million viewers watched the press conference on ABC, NBC and CBS, compared to the 18.8 million who tuned into his last media gathering on April 29. The press conference drew 24.7 million viewers across all 11 networks that carried it. More than 28 million watched Obama’s April press conference.
Gates Day Two: Maybe I spoke too soon on the impact of Obama’s pointed response to the question at the press conference about Henry Louis Gates. It’s been a big topic on cable news, not too surprisingly, and Obama softened his remarks today yet still defended them, noting that Gates is not exactly threatening as he uses a cane. Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post wrote that the answer “threatens to overshadow the chief executive’s messaging on the urgency of health care reform.” Ever ready to grab the “law and order” mantle, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is sending out releases to local Massachusetts media criticizing the remarks. Bill Cosby said he was a bit “shocked” by Obama’s comments, but later gave him the benefit of the doubt.
Angelina in Iraq: Angelina Jolie toured refugee camps in Baghdad on Thursday, and said that this was the “most critical time” in the country. She told CNN, “I think this will make the difference in the future of Iraq and in the future of a country that is so crucial to our world and our security and this region in the world. It is in the hands of the government to now really step up.”
Cronkite Funeral: Andy Rooney was among those who spoke at the funeral for Walter Cronkite today at St. Bartholomew’s Church in midtown Manhattan, and he recalled meeting the legendary anchor in London when they were reporters covering World War II. Dan Rather, Barbara Walters and Tom Brokaw were among the other news personalities present. More here.