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Brian Williams Advice for Aspiring Journos During Q&A on ‘NBC Nightly News’ Facebook Page

Screen Shot 2014-10-02 at 10.56.12For those who missed it, “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams took part in a Facebook Q&A on the show’s page Wednesday night, answering questions for more than two hours on both his personal and professional life, from advice to aspiring journalists and reporting on security breaches to why he doesn’t drink and his favorite place to travel.

A few highlights:

Allen Henry: What’s the best advice you can give to someone whose lifelong dream has been to work for NBC news? Read more

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Two Days Before Moderating ‘Meet the Press,’ Chuck Todd’s All Like ‘Ask Me Anything!’

Meet the Press - Season 67In advance of his debut as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press” this Sunday, Chuck Todd took to Reddit and told users to ‘Ask Me Anything,’ or “AMA,” as it’s referred to on the site.

Todd answered questions on a variety of topics, including pre-interview time with President Barack Obama ahead of this Sunday’s exclusive, which deceased person he wishes he could interview, and the most pressing, whether he uses conditioner.

Asked about the credibility of polling, Todd expressed concern for it and said that “Public polling, methodologically, is a mess.”

“I have less faith in state polls, generically, right now than at any point in my near 25 years covering politics,” Todd wrote. “I think folks that rely on these polls to aggregate figures or do more complicated regression analysis are playing with fire because the original source data is so unreliable. This November could see a LOT of polling mistakes, more than 2012.”

Todd responded to 25 Reddit users. Click here for the full Q&A.

NYTimes Magazine’s Jim Rutenberg Offers Q&A with Former WH Press Sec Jay Carney

carneyIn this weekend’s New York Times Magazine, Jim Rutenberg offers a Q&A with former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. The conversation teeters on funny at times, when Rutenberg asks which cable network Carney will join as a pundit and comments that the he looks 20 years younger than his former boss.

The July 6 magazine cover story – Can the G.O.P. Be a Party of Ideas? - by Sam Tanenhaus explores reform in the Republican party and the faces behind it.

Obviously, the magazine hits newsstands Sunday, but an excerpt of the Q&A between Carney and Rutenberg can be found here.

Hillary Clinton Joins Walter Isaacson for Facebook Live Q&A at Aspen Ideas Festival

featuredFormer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will sit down with Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, today for an “Afternoon of Conversation” at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Those who join the event on Facebook can submit questions for the former Senator and First Lady to be considered to be asked by Isaacson.

The conversation will take place at 4pm ET (2pm local) and live-streamed on Facebook.

Jesse Ventura on His Possible Run for President in 2016

Jesse-Ventura-ArticleWhen Jesse Ventura has something to say, you better believe he’s going to be heard. This Vietnam vet turned pro wrestler and former governor of Minnesota is currently the host of Ora TV’s Off the Grid, where he tackles everything from his disdain for the country’s two-party system to the problem with the mainstream media.

In our latest So What Do You Do article, we spoke to Ventura about why the major networks have “blackballed” him, his friendship with Andrew Napolitano and if he will, in fact, run for president in 2016:

You never say never. I don’t really have an intention of doing it, and if I did do it, I’d have to do it my way. And that would require an extreme grassroots movement. I would run under no party whatsoever. There is no Reform Party anymore; it doesn’t exist. I would run under no party on purpose and here’s why: that would be the essence of my entire campaign. I would challenge the American people to make history and elect the first president since George Washington who does not belong to a political party. Can you imagine that?

For more from Ventura, including his thoughts on the media’s coverage of political issues, read: So What Do You Do, Jesse Ventura, Political Pundit and Host of Ora TV’s Off the Grid?

FishbowlDC Q&A with NYP’s Tara Palmeri

Tara Palmeri pictureMany of you remember former Washington Examiner Yeas & Nays gossip columnist Tara Palmeri as the gorgeous brunette who took DC gossip to a whole new level. In 2010, Palmeri left DC for a job at the New York Post. We recently caught up with her to see what she’s been up to, what she misses most, and New York perceptions of DC media.

FishbowlDC: So what have you been doing since you left DC?

Tara Palmeri: I’ve been a reporter for the New York Post since 2010 when I left the Washington Examiner to work for famed “Page Six” editor Richard Johnson. Writing for the saucy gossip column was a dream job. I reported daily items for nearly two years on New York’s elite before switching to the news desk to be a general assignment reporter.

My first big assignment was covering the John Edwards trial from Greensboro, NC where I was based for nearly two months.

After the trial, I spent my first year chasing national stories all over the country in cities that I probably would have never visited like Bismarck, Reno, and Boise.

Most recently, I’ve been working on investigative and enterprise stories. So if you have a tip, send it my way!

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Elizabeth Warren Sits Down With ABC’s David Muir

David Muir will interview Sen. Elizabeth Warren for ABC “World News with Diane Sawyer.” The Massachusetts Democrat will talk about her new book, “A Fighting Chance,” and field question about her political future. The interview airs tonight. CBS’s Mark Strassmann interviewed Warren for “Sunday Morning” yesterday.

Obama Presser: 8 Million+ Healthcare Sign Ups, a Deal on Ukraine Emerges

President Obama announced today in a press conference that more than 8 million people had enrolled in healthcare exchanges this year. That is 1 million more than initially predicted by the administration and 2 million more than a revised CBO estimate. He also said Democrats should “forcefully defend” Obamacare in the midterm elections and compared GOP resistance to the law to the 7 stages of grief. Republicans have gone through denial and anger, he explained, but “we haven’t reached acceptance yet.”

The President also lauded an emerging deal between Ukraine and Russia, and expressed cautious optimism that a civil war could be averted there.  Earlier today, diplomats in Geneva came to an agreement wherein eastern Ukraine will enjoy more autonomy from Kiev and Russia will agree to pull back troops back from its border. Obama said that while it was difficult to trust Putin given his past actions, the United States had “no stake in hurting ordinary Russians just for the sake of it,” and that he wanted normalize relations with Russia.


Michelle Kosinski Totally Over British Royals

Mike Allen took a few minutes recently to chat with brand-spanking-new CNN White House correspondent Michelle Kosinski about her new gig. Kosinski had been based in London from 2010 to 2014 as a foreign correspondent for NBC, and it appears she was less than thrilled to have to cover those dang royal people all the time.

“I don’t like covering things like that,” she told Allen. “I personally don’t  agree with covering celebrities the way we cover them. So it’s nice to have a change and cover something that I feel is way more important.”

Check out the video after the jump….

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BREAKING: Jay Carney Hasn’t Finished “House of Cards,” Doesn’t Watch “Scandal”

In a sit-down with Major Garrett at George Washington University today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney covered a wide range of topics, including the impact of social media on news cycles, the prosecution of leakers, and his relationship with the White House press corps. But no revelation was quite as shocking as his admission that he is woefully behind on two of television’s most important Washington-themed shows.

As the crowd looked on in silent horror, Carney expressed dismay that he had never seen “Scandal,” and conceded that he needed to get on that s@%&. Like right now. Carney was also unable to follow a comical reference made by Garrett about the last episode of Season 2 of “House of Cards.”

“I haven’t made it that far yet,” said the Press Secretary. Gasps could be heard from the crowd, mostly made up of students who binge-watched the entire season as soon as it was released. A visibly disturbed Garrett assured him that the reference would make sense if and when Carney ever finished the season.

By contrast, Carney appeared very familiar with “The West Wing.” To the surprise of no one, he said that his favorite character was C.J. Craig and that another, minor character had been named after him by some of the show’s writers.

There was no mention of “Homeland,” though we can safely predict that Carney probably agrees with the rest of America that the third season really jumped the shark.