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Awkward Exchange Closes Out White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest's First Briefing - Posted June 23, 2014
On Josh Earnest's first day as White House Press Secretary, members of the White House Press Corps accused the newly minted press secretary of offering "a buried nugget of news" and encouraging him to answer a ... [FishbowlDC]

CBS News Toasts to 50 Years with Bill Plante - Posted June 19, 2014
As if there wasn't enough going on in DC last night (the Congressional Women's Softball Game, ... [FishbowlDC]

RTCA Honors Vic Ratner with Career Achievement Award - Posted June 13, 2014
At last night's Radio and Television Correspondents' Association annual Congressional correspondents' dinner, recipients of several awards were recognized for excellence in areas of television and radio reporting. The evening's comedic guest was Ni... [FishbowlDC]

Networks' D-Day +70 Coverage Plans - Posted June 4, 2014
Broadcast and cable news networks will provide special coverage this week for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France. "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley" is doing a weeklong series, with... [TVNewser]

Bill Plante on His 'Fabulous Vantage Point for History' During 50 Years with CBS - Posted May 29, 2014
On June 1, 1964, 26 year-old Bill Plante reported to work as a new correspondent for CBS News in New York. He'd spend the next five decades with the network, traveling to Vietnam and Iceland, to Moscow and Teheran. He'd cover every presidential camp... [TVNewser]

Bill Plante on His 'Fabulous Vantage Point for History' During 50 Years with CBS - Posted May 29, 2014
On June 1, 1964, 26 year-old Bill Plante reported to work as a new correspondent for CBS News in New York. He'd spend the next five decades with the network, traveling to Vietnam and Iceland, to Moscow and Teheran. He'd cover every presidential camp... [GalleyCat]

How the Evening Newscasts Reported the New Benghazi Emails - Posted May 1, 2014
"CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley" was the only evening newscast last night to not cover newly uncovered emails from White House adviser Ben Rhodes, which provided talking points to former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice... [TVNewser]

Lester Holt, Robin Sproul and Bill Plante Accept RTDNF First Amendment Awards - Posted March 13, 2014
NBC's Lester Holt, ABC's Robin Sproul and CBS' Bill Plante accepted thei... [TVNewser]

Chris Wallace to Host RTDNF First Amendment Awards - Posted January 29, 2014
Fox News' Chris Wallace will host the RTDNF's 2014 First Amendment Awards, held in Washington D.C. in March. Wallace, who recently ... [TVNewser]

Lester Holt, Robin Sproul, Bill Plante Win RTDNF First Amendment Awards - Posted November 13, 2013
NBC's Lester Holt, ABC's Robin Sproul and CBS' Bill Plante are among the 2014 winner... [TVNewser]

Broadcast, Cable Channels Cover Presidential News Conference 'In Honor Of Ed Henry' - Posted April 30, 2013
It has been two months since President Obama last held a press conference, but this morning he once again returned to the White House briefing room to take questions from reporters. ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC are all carrying the presser. "I am here to answer questions in... [TVNewser]

CBS' Bill Plante: White House 'Undercutting the First Amendment' - Posted February 25, 2013
Veteran CBS News senior White House correspondent Bill Plante thinks the administration is bordering on "state run media" as it tries to control the message and the access. On "Reliable Sources" Sunday, Plante was part of a discussion about how the White House press corps was kept out of the loop... [TVNewser]

Inauguration 2013: CBS Coverage Plans - Posted January 16, 2013
It's Pres. Obama's second inauguration, but it'll be the first time CBS's Scott Pelley has anchored an Inauguration Day. Pelley will lead CBS News coverage beginning at 10amET Monday following a three-hour "CBS This Morning" with hosts... [TVNewser]

Bill Plante: Morale at CBS News Is 'Sky-High' - Posted November 9, 2012
It's no secret -- to the satisfaction of innumerable CBS'ers -- that the past year has marked a return to the network's hard news roots. The evolution began in February of 2011, when Jeff Fager became news chairman, and ... [TVNewser]

Behind The Scenes In Tampa - Posted August 28, 2012
With the Republican National Convention finally getting underway in Tampa, there are some great behind the scenes pieces being put out by the TV new organizations covering the event. Here, CBS News veterans Bob Schieffer and Bill Plante--with 91 years of political coverage between them--talk about RNCs past: ... [TVNewser]

CBS News Unveils Plans for Political Conventions - Posted August 20, 2012
CBS News has announced its coverage plans for the upcoming political conventions, which kick off next week in Tampa. Coverage will be led by "CBS Evening News" anchor Scott Pelley, "Face the Nation" anchor ... [Fishbowl NY]

CBS News Unveils Plans for Political Conventions - Posted August 20, 2012
CBS News has announced its coverage plans for the upcoming political conventions, which kick off next week in Tampa. Coverage will be led by "CBS Evening News" anchor Scott Pelley, "Face the Nation" anchor ... [FishbowlNY]

CBS News Unveils Plans for Political Conventions - Posted August 20, 2012
CBS News has announced its coverage plans for the upcoming political conventions, which kick off next week in Tampa. Coverage will be led by "CBS Evening News" anchor Scott Pelley, "Face the Nation" anchor ... [TVNewser]

No TV Reporters Called on During Obama News Conference - Posted June 8, 2012
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Get Ready To 'Hang Out' With Bob Schieffer - Posted April 3, 2012
Soon, viewers will be able to "Hang Out" with CBS "Face the Nation" moderator Bob Schieffer. At a party last night in Washington, CBS unveiled plans to do monthly Google+ "Hangouts" with Schieffer, correspondents and political guests. People... [TVNewser]

CBS "Face the Nation" Partners With Google, Schieffer Plans on Summer Staycation - Posted April 3, 2012
From the Dept. of Bragiculture...When FBDC showed up Monday at the launch of a new partnership by CBS and Google Plus in Logan Circle, we were greeted with pure, unadulterated love. "I read FishbowlDC everyday," CBS intern Chad Sinclair said. ... [FishbowlDC]

Networks to Carry Pres. Obama News Conference - Posted October 6, 2011
The White House has announced Pres. Obama will hold a news conference at 11amET. Obama's most recent news conference was July 15, during a week in which he had two press availabilities. NBC News will provide a special r... [TVNewser]

Washington Turns Out to Honor Bob Schieffer - Posted September 22, 2011
Quite a turnout last night at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, DC, as Bob Schieffer was honored on his 20th anniversary anchoring CBS's "Face the Nation." More than 500 people turned out to honor Schieffer, including the man... [TVNewser]

Politico Picks '50 Politicos to Watch': Which TVNewsers Made The List? - Posted July 29, 2011
Politico's annual "50 Politicos to Watch" list is out, and this year -- as the 2012 election cycle looms -- it features a slew of Washington, DC-based television folk. NBC anchor David Gregory, who helms the top-rated "Meet t... [TVNewser]

Montgomery Burns Fires CBS's Bill Plante - Posted March 17, 2011
But...it was a fake firing by Harry Shearer, who fired CBS News's Bill Plante on "Washington Unplugged" while using the voic... [FishbowlDC]

NBC, ABC, & CBS All Prepared for President Barack Obama's Presser - Posted December 22, 2010
The Senate is prepared for a final vote on the START arms reduction treaty with Russia today, which will be followed by a White House news conference later today. ABC, CBS, and NBC are all prepared to go live with the news conference. NBC News coverage will be anchored by Brian... [Fishbowl NY]

NBC, ABC, & CBS All Prepared for President Barack Obama's Presser - Posted December 22, 2010
The Senate is prepared for a final vote on the START arms reduction treaty with Russia today, which will be followed by a White House news conference later today. ABC, CBS, and NBC are all prepared to go live with the news conference. NBC News coverage will be anchored by Brian... [FishbowlNY]

Gordon Brown's Washington Book Fete - Posted December 12, 2010
Saturday evening, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown kicked off his five-day book tour in the United States at an event in Washington D.C.. Hosted by Tammy Haddad and Ted Greenberg, Connie Milstein and J.C. de La Haye St. Hilaire, the fete took place at the Jefferson... [FishbowlDC]

Broadcast Nets Cover Pres. Obama News Conference on Tax Cuts - Posted December 7, 2010
President Barack Obama is set to hold a news conference at 2:20pmET to discuss the deal to extend the Bush tax cuts. Obama will speak shortly after Vice President Joe Biden proposes the tax cuts to Senate Democrats at a caucus meeting on Capitol Hill. And, sorry soaps fans, the broadcaste... [TVNewser]

Former President Jimmy Carter Talks WikiLeaks on CBSNews.com's Washington Unplugged - Posted November 30, 2010
Former President Jimmy Carter will be the first U.S. president to appear on a broadcast-network politics Webcast when his exclusive interview with CBS News senior White House correspondent Bill Plante runs on Tuesday's installment of ... [WebNewser - SocialTimes.com]

CBS Announces Guest List for WHCA Dinner - Posted April 28, 2010
CBS News has announced their guest list for Saturday's White House Correspondents Association dinner. In addition to anchors/correspondents Katie Couric, Harry Smith, Dave Price, L... [TVNewser]

CBS's Goodbye Toast to Michelle Levi - Posted April 15, 2010
CBS News toasted Michelle Levi last evening at the M St. Bar & Grill. She recently joined former CBS'er ... [FishbowlDC]

Inside Washington's RTCA Dinner - Posted March 18, 2010
Politicians and journalists descended upon the Washington Convention Center last night for the 2010 Radio and TV Correspondent's Association dinner. We spoke to CNN's Candy Crowley who was looking forward to sharing the table with Kathy Griffin, but thought the crowd noise might be a problem. She told us, "I'm worried I... [TVNewser]

CBS' "Washington Unplugged" Turns 1! - Posted February 19, 2010
CBS News' weekly webcast, "Washington Unplugged" celebrated its one-year anniversary with a slew of media types at 14K restaurant on Wednesday evening. And though the TVs above the bar were set to CNN, the guests below were rubbing elbows with CBS-ers like Washington Bureau Chief Chris Isham, John Dickerson, ... [FishbowlDC]

Journos Turn Up to Game Change Soiree - Posted January 19, 2010
Savannah Guthrie, Michael Feldman and Game Change authors. On Monday night, Time and New York magazines hosted a party at the W Hotel's P.O.V. bar to celebrate Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's ... [FishbowlDC]

Cheech & Chong Offer Plante a Joint On Camera - Posted January 13, 2010
Celebrity burnouts Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong dropped by CBS News' Washington bureau today for "Washington Unplugged." After an epic interview they offer Chief White House Correspondent Bill Plante a joint...on camera, writes ... [FishbowlDC]

Today in the Briefing Room... - Posted November 11, 2009
Today in the White House briefing room... General David Petraeus did an interview live on CNN, but we hear he declined questions from any other reporters while there. White House correspodent Bill Plante also anchored CBS' webcast "Washington Unplugged" from the briefin... [FishbowlDC]

Is MSNBC Rattled by Imus? - Posted October 15, 2009
Page Six reports that Joe Scarborough is "under intense pressure to perform" now that Do... [TVNewser]

Broadcasters Interrupt Morning Shows for Obama/Brown/Sarkozy Iran News - Posted September 25, 2009
At 8:43am this morning the presidents of the U.S and France and the Prime Minister of Great Britain appeared to make a statement about Iran revealing a second uranium enrichment site. Pres. Obama, French President Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Brown are accusing Iran of concealing the plant. ... [TVNewser]

Gathering for the Walter Cronkite Memorial Service - Posted September 9, 2009
Outside at Lincoln Center, prior to the Walter Cronkite memorial service.At this hour, a veritable who's who of journalists, political figures, and other newsmakers are either on their way to Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York — or have arrived there by now — for the public memorial... [TVNewser]

After Pressure, Much of it from Glenn Beck, White House Green Jobs Adviser Resigns - Posted September 6, 2009
Van Jones, Pres. Obama's green jobs czar, resigned late yesterday amid growing criticism about his past comments. According to the NYTimes, Jones said in a statement released early today, "I cannot in good conscience ask my colleagues to expend preciou... [TVNewser]

"CBS' Resident Foodie" Does DC Restaurant Week - Posted September 3, 2009
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Sunday Show Preview - Posted August 29, 2009
NBC's Meet the Press: Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Bob Shrum, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and Maria Shriver CBS' Face the Nation: Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Georgetown University sociologist Michael Eric Dyson ABC's... [FishbowlDC]

Taking Out The Trash - Posted August 24, 2009
What we almost missed today... ... [FishbowlDC]

The History of Presidential Vacations - Posted August 14, 2009
In case you missed it, CBS's daily webcast "Washington Unplugged" took a walk down Presidential Vacation Memory Lane today, from Kennebunkport, to Crawford to Santa Barbara and Plains, GA with White House correspondents Bill Plante and Mark Knoller. ... [FishbowlDC]

FishPoolDC: Our Insider's Notes from Today's Briefing - Posted August 12, 2009
Grandma's Safe: Health care and yesterday's N.H. town hall -- surprise, surprise -- stole the spotlight at today's briefing. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked whether POTUS's having to explain that the government wouldn't kill Grandma was a sign that it was important to move a bill by the original August... [FishbowlDC]

Behind the Scenes With Katie at the White House - Posted July 24, 2009
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DC'ers Honor Cronkite at Today's Funeral - Posted July 23, 2009
The funeral service for Walter Cronkite was held in NY today at St. Bartholomew Church. CBSNews.com had a live feed of the service. Bob Schieffer, Bill Plante, ... [FishbowlDC]

Gathering for the Funeral of Walter Cronkite - Posted July 23, 2009
Les Moonves, Katie Couric and Sean McManus at St. Bartholomew church for the funeral for Walter Cronkite. We're keeping our eye on CBSNews.com and the funeral service for Walter Cronkite which will begin at 2pmET. Already at St. Bartholomew... [TVNewser]

FishPoolDC: Our Insider's Notes from Today's Briefing - Posted June 26, 2009
Green Thumbs -- Up and Down: As the monumental House climate change bill awaits its fate on the floor today, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs replied with an "Uh, yes" when asked if he retained yesterday's confidence in its passage. Making a slight variation on a popular Obama team phrase, RG later... [FishbowlDC]

Bill "Big Guns" Plante Gets Gibbs All Wet - Posted June 25, 2009
Members of Congress and press are taking out their aggression on the new administration at a White House luau this evening. Robert Gibbs, Rahm Emanuel and congressional liaison, Phil Schiliro have all agreed to be the targets of a dunk tank on ... [FishbowlDC]

RTCA Dinner Wrap-Up - Posted June 21, 2009
We think the President said it best- "The jokes may not be as good, but neither is the guest list." There were no TomKat or Ashton and Demi sightings. The biggest star (and highest dress slit) in the room was former Miss California ... [FishbowlDC]

FishbowlDC's WH Correspondents Poll: TV Big 5 - Posted June 16, 2009
Over the weekend, HuffPo posted a poll asking their readers to vote for their favorite WH correspondent but only offered up 9 choices and left off a few key players like CBS News' Chip Reid. So we created our own poll to see what FishbowlDC's readers thought about the networks'... [FishbowlDC]

Morning Reading List 06.015.09 - Posted June 15, 2009
Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line. Happy Birthday to ... [FishbowlDC]

FishPoolDC: Our Insider's Notes from Today's Press Briefing - Posted June 12, 2009
Prof. Rice Comes to Washington: To round out his week of guests, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice speak to the class today. She outlined the recently passed resolution on sanctions for North Korea, citing five main points in the document: 1) complete embargo on arms; 2) new... [FishbowlDC]

FishPoolDC: Our Insider's Notes from Yesterday's Press Briefing - Posted May 14, 2009
Sorry, we're a day late due to some technical difficulties... To Release or Not To Release: WH took a 180 in announcing they've drawn new battle lines in a FOIA-initiated lawsuit to release photos of detainee abuse by U.S. personnel. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, who had previously (see: late April) painted the... [FishbowlDC]

Gibbs: "Just Put It On Vibrate, Man" - Posted May 13, 2009
An all too common occurrence in the briefing room- the interrupting cell phone ring- and White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has seemingly had enough. While taking questions on the serious topic of the President's decision not to release detainee abuse photos, Human Events' John Gizzi's cell phone went off. "Just put... [FishbowlDC]

Cell Phones Interrupt Already Contentious White House Briefing - Posted May 13, 2009
The White House press briefing this afternoon has been contentious, with some major give-and-take between CNN's Ed Henry, ABC's Jake Tapper and other correspondents as they pressed press secretary Robert Gibbs over ... [TVNewser]

The After-Parties: Vanity Fair & Bloomberg - Posted May 10, 2009
So just who made the cut at the highly exclusive Vanity Fair/Bloomberg after-party at the gorgeous residence of French Ambassador Pierre Vimont? It was impossible to get in if you weren't on the list- Gossip Girl's Chace Crawford got turned away at first, but we saw him inside shortly after. No pics... [FishbowlDC]

FishPoolDC: Our Insider's Notes from Today's Press Briefing - Posted April 28, 2009
Swine Flu is SO Yesterday: Even with the normal whitehouse.gov monitor on the briefing stage replaced by "cdc.gov/swineflu," the dominant news in the briefing was Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter's explosive party-switching announcement, which blew up the Capitol Hill lunch hour. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the president learned of the news... [FishbowlDC]

FishPoolDC: Our Insider's Notes from Today's Press Briefing - Posted April 27, 2009
Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: A number of questions in today's White House briefing seemed to stump Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, who pledged to return with more information (though he didn't use the Gibbsism "endeavor"). AP's Jennifer Loven, current WHCA president, pointed out that it used to be that "if there was a question to... [FishbowlDC]

CBS'ers Mingle with Hill and White House Staffers - Posted March 26, 2009
CBS Washington bureau chief Chris Isham hosted a cocktail party last evening at the posh 14K as a meet and greet for his new White House and Hill teams and various staffers. Chip Reid and his producer Rob Hendin are new to the White House press corps a... [FishbowlDC]

FishPoolDC: Our Insider's Notes from Today's Press Briefing - Posted March 25, 2009
Welcome Back, Bill: Sitting and standing room were packed today (disgruntled reporters who didn't get a question at last night's presser?), and a few front-row seats were filled by substitutes for the regularly scheduled correspondents (who might still be recovering). CBS veteran Bill Plante was among those making a return to... [FishbowlDC]

CBS' Bill Plante Challenges White House Press Secretary over ABC's Inauguration Night Exclusive - Posted January 22, 2009
CBS's Bill Plante just now at Robert Gibbs' first White House press briefing, questioned the administration over ABC's inauguration night exclusive with President Obama... Plante: How is it tra... [TVNewser]

Morning Reading List, 01.07.08 - Posted January 7, 2009
Good morning Washington. Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line or let us know in the tips box below. We've got your morning mix of media Muesli after the... [FishbowlDC]

Who Was at the White House Christmas Party Last Night? - Posted December 17, 2008
Our spies spotted several tvnewsers at last night's White House Christmas party — from ABC Kathy O'Hearn and Terry Moran; from CBS ... [TVNewser]

This Week In Pool Reports - Posted July 25, 2008
Hey tourists! Were you on a Tourmobile staring at the Jefferson last week? Look to your left next time -- that was the President. More after the jump... "Unlike Tucson, where curious crowds gathered, there is little acknowledgement of the presidential motorcade as it speeds through the sprawl from Ellington Field toward downtown."... [FishbowlDC]

Newseum: The Exhibits, Part 1 - Posted April 8, 2008
Spotted at the Newseum today: Bill Plante and Mark Twain Andrew Ferguson (who was sucking down an impressively large lunch). No word on whether Plante enjoyed the wine selection offered in the food court. Join us for a photo tour after the jump... ... [FishbowlDC]

This Week In Pool Reports - Posted November 12, 2007
Protestors just seem to be as fun as they used to be, Bill Plante is a snazzy dresser and the POTUS breaks his own precedent. "While answering audience questions that were read by a moderator, Vice President Cheney was heckled by an anti-war protestor wearing a T-shirt that said: 'End the War... [FishbowlDC]

Plante Discusses "If You're So Smart" Comment - Posted August 20, 2007
From CBS Public Eye: Matthew Felling: This week, you asked a question, it got uploaded on the web, it got broadcast everywhere. Did you see any increased polarization or partisanship in the responses you received? Bill Plante: Yes, the response was instant because of the Internet. In this case, my question got put... [FishbowlDC]

Plante On His Question - Posted August 14, 2007
Bill Plante discusses his now infamous question from yesterday, first reported on FishbowlDC. But judging by some of the reaction, you'd think I had been shouting obscenities in church! "Unprofessional;" "Inappropriate;" "Unbecoming;" "Doesn't show much class;' "y... [FishbowlDC]

Bill Plante's Having None of This Garden Party - Posted August 13, 2007
As Karl Rove embraced President Bush today following an emotional farewell announcement on the South Lawn, the solemnity of the moment was shattered by Bill Plante of CBS, who bellowed to Bush: "If he's so smart, how come you lost Congress?" ... [FishbowlDC]

"Plante to press corps: Drop dead." - Posted July 6, 2007
From yesterday's press gaggle: MR. SNOW: Okay, good morning. Nothing on the President's schedule today and tomorrow, official schedule. Let me just -- Q How come? MR. SNOW: Because he so chooses. Let Let me also say -- either to dash hopes or create a sense... [FishbowlDC]

Bush Flirts With Plante - Posted April 3, 2007
From Public Eye: At President Bush's press conference today, CBS News White House correspondent Bill Plante, upon hearing his first name called, began to ask a question. Reporter Bill Sammon of the Examiner was standing next to him, and he started talking as well. So Plante paused and asked, "which Bill?" "You," the... [FishbowlDC]

This Week In Pool Reports - Posted March 23, 2007
What do you do when you are in an accident with the motorcade? Ask an elderly man and woman in Maryland. And President Bush gave GOPers a much needed pep talk. "Potus strode briskly across the enormous plant floor as his guides explained what was going on. Plant workers gawked from a... [FishbowlDC]

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