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CNN’s Don Lemon Presents Tuesday Town Hall on Race in America

CNN’s Jake Tapper and Don Lemon reported from Ferguson, Mo. Monday night, amid clashes between protesters and police. Earlier in the evening, Tapper questioned the level of police involvement given the number of protesters in the vicinity.

“Now I want you to look at what is going on in Ferguson, Missouri, in downtown America, okay? These are armed police, with — not machine guns — semi-automatic rifles, with batons, with shields, many of them dressed for combat. Now why they’re doing this? I don’t know. Because there is no threat going on here. None that merits this. There is none, okay? Absolutely there have been looters, absolutely over the last nine days there’s been violence, but there is nothing going on, on this street right now that merits this scene out of Bagram. Nothing.”

As the evening progressed, the scene changed. Tapper and his crew retreat after a tear gas canister was shot in their direction following objects being thrown at police. CNN’s Lemon then interviewed Leo York, a freelance photographer whom Tapper came across minutes earlier after York was hit with a can of tear gas. By day’s end, two protesters were shot and 31 people were arrested.

Tuesday night at 10pm, Lemon will host a live town hall on the topic of race in America following the August 9 shooting death by police officer Darren Wilson of Michael Brown in the Missouri town.

WATCH, coverage from Monday night:

NBC News President Confirms Chuck Todd to Replace David Gregory as ‘MTP’ Host

Meet the Press - Season 67NBC News president Deborah Turness announced to staff in an internal memo this hour that Chuck Todd will replace David Gregory as host of “Meet the Press.”

“His unique ability to deliver that passion with razor sharp analysis and infectious enthusiasm makes him the perfect next generation moderator of this beloved broadcast,” said Turness. “Chuck will ensure that Meet the Press is the beating heart of politics, the place where newsmakers come to make news, where the agenda is set.”

Turness also confirmed that after 20 years with NBC News, Gregory bids farewell, which he announced earlier in the hour on Twitter.

Todd will take reigns of the program on September 7. Andrea Mitchell will moderate this weekend.

See the full memo after the jump. Read more

David Gregory Tweets Farewell to NBC

Less than three hours after CNN’s Brian Stelter reported that NBC’s Chuck Todd will replace David Gregory as host of “Meet the Press,” Gregory tweeted his farewell and thank you to viewers.

MSNBC Ticker: ‘Chuck Todd Named New ‘Meet the Press’ Host’

MSNBCToddLess than an hour after CNN’s Brian Stelter reported that Chuck Todd is set to replace David Gregory as host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” a headline appeared in the “Latest Stories” ticker on MSNBC live programming claiming such. This before any official announcement from NBC.

TVNewser reported last hour, that “NBC News reps, we’re told, are in meetings this afternoon and not able to answer our questions about any changes at ‘Meet the Press’.”

h/t Talking Points Memo

 

NBC to Announce Chuck Todd as Host of ‘Meet The Press’ Today or Friday

Meet The PressCNN’s Brian Stelter is reporting that David Gregory‘s reign as NBC’s “Meet the Press” host has come to an end and that Chuck Todd has been tapped to replace him, with official word from NBC to come today or Friday. Todd is NBC News’ chief White House correspondent and political director.

“The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment on the record,” Stelter wrote for CNN Money. “One said that the transition will be swift — so swift that Gregory will not even host ‘Meet the Press’ this weekend.”

WaPo’s Wesley Lowery Responds to Joe Scarborough’s Criticism on CNN

MSNBCNNFergusonThis morning on CNN, Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery, who was arrested, assaulted and released without charges, paperwork or the names of the arresting officers last night in Ferguson, Mo. with HuffPost’s Ryan Reilly, addressed comments made by Joe Scarborough today on “Morning Joe.”

Scarborough said, “I’ve been in places where police officers said, ‘All right. You know what? This is cordoned off. You guys need to move along.’ You know what I do? I go, ‘Yes, sir,’ or ‘Yes, ma’am.’ I don’t sit there and have a debate and film the police officer unless I want to get on TV and have people talk about me the next day.”

Lowery began by encouraging Scarborough to “get out of 30 Rock where he’s sitting there sipping his Starbucks smugly” and “do some reporting on the ground.”

WATCH Lowery’s response to CNN’s Kate Bolduan after the jump. Read more

Trish Turner Named Washington Senior Producer of ‘CBS This Morning’

Trish TurnerFormer Capitol Hill producer for the FOX News Channel and CNN Trish Turner has been named Washington senior producer of “CBS This Morning.” Turner will fill the role previously held by Jill Jackson, who yesterday, we wrote, is set to join “Face the Nation” as senior producer.

Earlier in her career, Turner was with CNN as a Capitol Hill producer, before joining FOX as a White House producer and senior Capitol Hill producer. In 2012, Turner relocated to New York to manage political coverage of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.”

In an email to staff yesterday, “CBS This Morning” executive producer Chris Licht said, “Trish has extensive experience managing editorial direction, covering campaigns, editing scripts, field producing big events and leading a team—all skills vital to the senior producer role in Washington. As many in our DC bureau who’ve battled against her in the field can attest—it is good to have her WITH us and not AGAINST us.”

FOX5′s Kevin McCarthy Trades Career with Robert Griffin III

Today on FOX 5′s “Good Day DC,” the network’s entertainment and film critic Kevin McCarthy visited Robert Griffin III this week at team training and attempted to trade careers with the football star.

In the segment, RG3 rated “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and almost successfully taught McCarthy to throw the perfect spiral.

WATCH:

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Pre-dawn Wake Up Calls for ‘GMA,’ ‘Today’ On-air Talent

morningschedgeIt’s after noon, and already, George Stephanopoulos has been up for 9.5 hours. Savannah Guthrie’s alarm went off at 3am. And late-riser Matt Lauer woke at 4:10am.

Variety’s Brian Steinberg explores the battle between “Good Morning America” and the “Today” show and the wake up times and morning routines of some of their top talent.

Check out the full story, but a word of caution. All of the times you will read will be alarming.

Bloomberg’s Jeanne Cummings Promoted to Deputy Managing Editor

POLITICO’s Dylan Byers reports that Bloomberg’s Jeanne Cummings has been named deputy managing editor. In this role she’ll manage communications between Washington and New York, where Bloomberg’s new daily politics show with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann - slated to launch in October – will be produced.

“The new role gives Cummings the lead Washington role in Bloomberg’s flagship politics site heading into the 2014 midterms and 2016 presidential election, though she will continue to report to the D.C. management,” wrote Byers of Cummings promotion from Bloomberg News deputy editor.

Prior to joining Bloomberg, Cummings was with The Wall Street Journal and later an assistant managing editor at POLITICO.

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