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Watch Live: Presidential Turkey Pardon

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The annual pre-Thanksgiving tradition is finally upon us. In the tradition’s 25th year, President Barack Obama will pardon two lucky turkeys, named Mac and Cheese, in the Rose Garden this afternoon.

Happy Thanksgiving from FishbowlDC!

Watch live at 2:15 PM/ET via PBS NewsHour.

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FOX and CNN’s Ratings Surge Covering Ferguson

foxnews031111Fox News and CNN are certainly benefiting from their coverage of events in Ferguson, MO this week. On Monday, the two news networks enjoyed the highest ratings among cable television coverage, with FNC having the edge in primetime (8-11pmET) total viewers (5,563,000) while CNN took the younger demo (2,627,000).

TVNewser has the full ratings scoreboard from Monday night.

PR News Names This Year’s Top Women in the Biz

PR News Online just released the first-ever list of women named to its new Top Women in PR Awards program–and most of the names won’t surprise you.

Women who made the cut for this inaugural awards program span across all areas of the industry—from representing major media networks like CNN, to behemoth contracting firms like Lockheed Martin, as well as running smaller PR shops with big-name clients.

Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 11.37.25 AM“Women have long been at the forefront of public relations, creating communications strategies for brands, nonprofits and government agencies—managing crises, developing brand messages, protecting and building brand reputations and creating content for digital platforms PR News’ Top Women in PR Awards will celebrate those women who have made bold advances in these areas in the last year for their own organizations or for clients,” PR News said in a statement on its website. Read more

CNN’s Moody On The Border With King and Bachmann

In some non-Ferguson related news… CNN’s Chris Moody spent time with Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Congressman Steve King last week at the US-Mexico border. Chris discussed President Obama’s new executive order on immigration with the two staunchly opposed representatives.

King and Bachmann, whose districts are 1,000 miles from the border, have been adamant in their opposition to the President’s move, believing that it will encourage further illegal immigration. In July, the two visited a spot outside of Roma, Texas that overlooked the Rio Grande, where they supposedly captured footage of a pregnant woman crossing the river, as well as what they claimed were narcotraffickers.

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Chris at dinner with King and Bachmann. ¡Salud!

Returning to the location with Moody last week, King stated, ”It just occurred to me, the pregnant mother who was put off on the side here, she surely had the baby. That little baby is an American citizen. Last night Barack Obama gave that little baby’s mother amnesty. She now has amnesty. Lawless, unconstitutional amnesty.”

However, King and Bachmann must’ve chosen a slow traffic day when returning with CNN, because this time, they were unable to find any border indiscretions.

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Public Memorial Service Planned for DC’s Mayor-For-Life, Marion Barry, Jr.

Mourners of the late Marion Barry, Jr., DC’s four-term mayor who passed away on Sunday, can pay their respects next Saturday, Dec. 6, during a public memorial service at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.marionbarry

According to The Washington Post,there will be a series of memorial events next week for Barry leading up to the Saturday service.

The late former mayor and council member will lie in repose at the John A. Wilson Building on Thursday, Dec. 4. On Friday, there will be a prayer service at Temple of Praise church, then the events will conclude on Saturday with the memorial service which is expected to be attended by thousands.

 

The city is expected to hold a press conference this afternoon with more details. Stay tuned.

 

Hey, Isn’t that…

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CNN’s John King was spotted at the Washington Wizards-Atlanta Hawks game last night. King, a fellow Wiz fan, is one of many recognizable faces from the DC press that are regulars to the Verizon Center, including FOX News’ Bret Baier and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer .

Unfortunately, the Wizards fell to the Hawks 106-102 in somewhat of a sloppy performance.

Let’s go Wizkids! #dcRising

Wednesday Morning Splash

What’s Happening

— Thanksgiving, Thursday

— “Yes, Virginia” Family Day at the Newseum, Saturday at 9 a.m.

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Fishbowl Fun Fact

Only male turkeys gobble. Female turkeys, called hens, cackle.

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ABC’s Stephanopoulos Gets First Interview With Darren Wilson

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ABC’s George Stephanopoulos has apparently landed the first interview with officer Darren Wilson following news that he will not be indicted.

The chief anchor and political correspondent for ABC was among many news hosts vying for the first televised interview with Wilson. Stephanopoulos was the rumored frontrunner in the interview sweepstakes, however, he has now confirmed via Twitter that the hourlong sit-down has already been taped.

No word yet on when the interview will air.

MSNBC’s Karen Finney To Join Media Matters

7c923c012a044aa0b63973cfce8aca8eAccording to Dylan Byers of POLITICO, Karen Finney, former DNC spokesperson and MSNBC commentator, will join Media Matters For America as a senior fellow and consultant. The liberal watchdog group told POLITICO that Finney, “will write regular commentary pieces for Media Matters in addition to continuing her independent consultancy and other projects.”

Finney, who left MSNBC earlier this month, said, ”Media Matters does indispensable work exposing lies, misinformation, and vitriol from conservative media. I’m thrilled to be working with them.”

Finney previously worked in the Clinton White House as well as Hillary Clinton‘s first New York Senate race. She was also the first African-American spokeswoman for the DNC and has been an MSNBC commentator and guest host since 2009.

NYT Scoops Up Former NPR Exec Kinsey Wilson

NPR’s former vice president and and chief content officer, Kinsey Wilson, who was ousted in October, will be the first ever editor for innovation and strategy at The New York Times. Wilson, who has served in top roles at other major national media publications like USA Today, Newsday and Congressional Quarterly, will take on a newly created position that focuses on expanding the Times’ mobile and digital strategy. He starts his new role in February.

Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 12.15.18 PM ”He will be the newsroom’s main liaison on digital matters to the business side of The Times Company,” the Times said in a statement. 

Wilson, who led and transformed NPR’s digital strategy over the last six years, was let go last month as part of a major reorganization at the organization.

“Over the past 20 years Kinsey has been a pioneer in digital journalism and directed news organizations at the highest level. During his time at NPR he oversaw the network’s worldwide news-gathering, programming and digital operations,” Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times wrote in a memo obtained by CapitalNewYork. He drove the development of the NPR One mobile app, which pioneered a new, personalized digital listening experience. Before joining NPR, Kinsey led USA Today’s digital news strategy and, as executive editor, helped oversee its daily news operations. Before that — starting in the mid-1990s — he played a lead role in developing Congressional Quarterly’s early online strategy. Kinsey was also a reporter for seven years at Newsday. On a personal note, I’ve known Kinsey for more than a decade, and he will be a wonderful colleague.”

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