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Jonathan Karl Asks Josh Earnest About President’s Knowledge of @BarackObama

Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 14.16.23Jonathan Karl posed a question to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest at today’s press briefing on the topic of a ‘Throwback Thursday’ Tweet by @BarackObama referencing “when a woman—not her boss—made her own decisions about her health care.”

“Does he even read the others?” asked Karl about ones not signed with his initials. “Does he know they’re going out? Are they reviewed by senior people at the White House or is that just simply OFA doing something on his behalf?”

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CNN Names Samantha Barry Senior Director of Social News

RvsetKiKJust in time for midterm coverage, CNN has named Samantha Barry its new senior director of social news. Originally from Ireland, Barry is a former media trainer for the U.S. Department of State and was most recently in London with BBC World News where she advanced its TV and digital news coverage through social platforms.

In her new role, Barry will manage the social teams in DC and at all of the CNN bureaus and work closely with VP of CNN Politics Ed O’Keefe as he pushes his editorial strategy of social-mobile-video. She’ll be based in New York and report to Meredith Artley, VP and managing editor of CNN Digital.

Rather than a traditional press release of the announcement, CNN issued a Q&A with Barry, referred to internally as “Sam.” Check it out after the jump. Read more

Help Us Advise Tommy McFly On Turning 28

Today is Tommy McFly of FreshFM’s last day being 27 and the radio host took to Facebook to solicit advice from friends before turning 28. Well, we’re here to help him out and want to make sure he’s advised as well as he can be before venturing into his 28th year on planet Earth.

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So send us yours (to fishbowlnick@gmail.com or via the anon tip box at fishbowldc.com) and we’ll include in a birthday post tomorrow. My advice, after the jump.

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Trump: ‘If you don’t win, people aren’t going to follow you.’

Screen Shot 2014-05-27 at 13.08.01Members of the National Press Club today were invited to a luncheon conversation led by chairman and president of the Trump Organization Donald Trump on building his brand.

In response to advice at the time to break the deal for the yet-to-be-aired “Apprentice,” Trump explained that, “It’s all about, winning…Leadership and branding and all of that kind of success to a large extent it’s about winning. If you don’t win, people aren’t going to follow you.”

Trump went on to explain his thoughts on social media and media relations. “You look at branding, and you look at what’s happening – and I told you the story about Trump: The Art of the Deal. I told you the story about “The Apprentice.” And I will tell you today, you have Twitter, you have Facebook, and you have Instagram…I have millions of followers. Millions! I don’t do press releases anymore. If I want a press release, I just put it on Twitter. And I’ve got  a press release. It’s so great. It’s like owning the New York Times without the losses, if you think about it.”

FBDC FaceRace: Washington Anchors

facebook_logo-300x300Yesterday we took a look at the social standing of the DC publications, now it’s time to turn our attention to those network anchors who call our fair city home. FishbowlDC analyzed the Facebook pages of some of DC’s biggest television personalities and the results are revealing. First off, the numbers here are a bit more complicated than with Twitter, since some anchors have well-developed personal pages, while others have clearly spent their time developing their shows’ pages. Our analysts decided the fairest way to provide objective rankings was to combine the followers/likes of anchors’ personal fan pages with those of the shows they host. Below are the rankings of Washington-based anchors based on this combined number.

The takeaway: Chris Matthews is the big winner here. George Stephanopoulos technically bests him, but bear in mind that Stephanopoulos is on network TV nearly every day -a fact which no doubt boosts his personal brand. If you compare their DC-based shows side by side, Matthews is way ahead. Moreover, Stephanopoulos is not actually a full-time DC anchor. He spends most of his time in NYC. 

1.) George Stephanopoulos** – 271,633 (Personal – 229,775 followers; “This Week” – 41,858 likes*)
2.) Chris Matthews - 228,810 (Personal – 22,266 likes*; “Hardball” – 206, 544 likes)
3.) Greta VanSusteren - 208,596 (Personal – 198,662 likes; “On the Record” – 9,934 likes*)
4.) Bret Baier 201,125 (Personal – 196,594 likes; “Special Report” – 4,531 likes*)
5.) David Gregory - 168,495 (Personal – 20,288 likes; Meet The Press – 148,207 likes)
6.) Gwen Ifill - 161,851 (Personal – 4,822 likes*; “News Hour” – 157,029 likes)
7.) Howard Kurtz - 128,427 (Personal – 127,000 followers; “Media Buzz” – 1,427 likes)
8.) Jake Tapper - 95,760 (Personal – 92,310 followers; “The Lead” – 3,450 likes)
9.) Wolf Blitzer - 86,866 (Personal – 9,850 likes*; “Situation Room” – 77,016 likes)
10.) Chris Wallace - 68,871 (Personal – none available; “Fox News Sunday” – 68,871 likes)
11.) Candy Crowley - 54,701 (Personal – 9,637 likes*; “State of the Union” – 45,064 likes)
12.) Andrea Mitchell - 53,828 (Personal – none available; “Andrea Mitchell Reports” – 53,828 likes*)
13.) Chuck Todd - 40,013 (Personal – 654 likes*; “Daily Rundown” – 39,368 likes*)
14.) Bob Schieffer - 36,877 (Personal – 10,669 likes*; “Face the Nation” – 26,208 likes*)
15.) Brian Stelter** – 8,036 (Personal – none available; “Reliable Sources” -8,036 likes)

*These pages are not verified by the anchor or network.

**Brian and George are both married to New York, but cheat with DC on the weekends.

FBDC Tweeterboard: Washington Anchors

Yesterday we took a look at the social standing of the DC publications, now it’s time to turn our attention to those network anchors who call our fair city home. FishbowlDC took a look at the Twitter followers of some of DC’s biggest television personalities, and here’s what we found:

The takeaway: David Gregory is by far the biggest DC anchor on Twitter. He has more than twice as many followers as  Wolf Blitzer, who is on-air five times a week, and almost as many as George Stephanopoulos who hosts the #1 morning show as well as a Sunday show.

1.) George Stephanopoulos** – 1,916,693 (ABC)
2.) David Gregory – 1,644,571 (NBC)
3.) Wolf Blitzer – 685,893 (CNN)
4.) Bret Baier – 434,564 (FOX)
5.) Chuck Todd – 401,637 (MSNBC)
6.) Greta VanSusteren – 384,423 (FOX)
7.) Jake Tapper – 313,717 (CNN)
8.) Chris Matthews – 223,796 (MSNBC)
9.) Brian Stelter** – 213,499 (CNN)
10.) Andrea Mitchell – 206,013 (MSNBC)
11.) Candy Crowley – 200,964 (CNN)
12.) Howard Kurtz – 129,043 (FOX)
13.) Gwen Ifill – 68,919 (PBS)
14.) Bob Schieffer – 51,292 (CBS)
15.) Judy Woodruff – 15,884 (PBS)
16.) Chris Wallace** – 0 (FOX)

**Brian and George are both married to New York, but cheat with DC on the weekends. Also, George is on network TV quite literally every day, which other anchors in this category are not. Chris is based in DC, but does not have a Twitter account. His show, “Fox News Sunday”, does,however, have 74,457 followers.