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On ABC, CBS and Fox, a Whole Lotta Cross-Pollination Going On

"Eureka!" we're sure this producer must have shouted -- at least in his or her head -- knowing that Krugman was scheduled to appear on Russert's CNBC show anyway this weekend to discuss his book. The producer offered Krugman the opportunity to be that person; he agreed, a show rep assured the TV Column.

According to a transcript of their "conversation," a copy of which was given to the TV Column, it was everything you'd expect.


ABC's "20/20" will interview Victoria Gotti about "Growing Up Gotti," which premiered on A&E. (Jim Cooper -- AP)


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O'Reilly called Krugman a "quasi-socialist"; Krugman called that "slander" and said if he is a quasi-socialist then O'Reilly is a "quasi-murderer"; O'Reilly pronounced Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" a bit of "Nazi propaganda" that reinforced all of Krugman's "paranoid delusions"; Krugman insisted Moore's flick was "flawed" but was made by "a guy who really does love this country"; Russert hardly got a word in edgewise; and a good time was had by all. One of those exchanges that make you so proud to be a journalist.

During their give and take -- okay, maybe it's more accurate to say push and shove, or slap and smack -- O'Reilly would periodically accuse Krugman of not letting him get in a sentence, or words to that effect.

So we counted and, according to The Washington Post TV Team Transcript Tally, O'Reilly actually got in 321 sentences during the "debate," to Krugman's 258.

Remember when Oprah was going to do her daytime gabber only a couple of years into this millennium? And then she changed her mind and said she'd do it only through 2008? Well, she has cried wolf again, this time signing up to do the show through 2011.

In a news release from Oprah's Harpo production company and Viacom-owned King World, which distributes the show, Oprah said she decided to extend her cutoff date because "the thought of taking the show to its 25th anniversary is both exhilarating and challenging" and because "the years ahead will allow me to continue to grow along with my viewers and will give my production company the time and opportunity to use the show as a launching pad to create and develop additional projects and potential future shows."

Personally, we think it's because she finally started reading Leo Tolstoy's 838-page novel "Anna Karenina," the latest book she has picked for her Oprah's Book Club reading list, and has come to the realization that it will take her the three extra years to get through it.

Lucky she didn't pick Tolstoy's "War and Peace," which comes in at a denser 1,472 pages, or we might have learned today that she'd re-signed through 2020.


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