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Archives: May 2014

10:15 Meeting – President Obama and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki

925272_247729215428390_231041769_aOn this morning’s “LIVE with Michael and Kelly,” President Obama foreshadowed a 10:15 am meeting he has scheduled for today with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

“I’ll have a serious conversation with him about whether he thinks he’s prepared and has the capacity to take on the job of fixing it, because I don’t want any veteran to not be getting the kind of services they deserve.”

Secretary Shinseki has been under pressure to resign after at least 40 veterans died awaiting health care in Phoenix.

Video of Obama’s sit down on “LIVE with Michael and Kelly,” after the jump. Read more

Morning Splash

What’s Happening

— The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas with Anand Giridharadas at Politics and Prose, 7 p.m.

— Inside Media: Bret Baier at the Newseum, May 31 at 2:30 p.m.


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Fishbowl Fun Fact

There are more plastic flamingos in the U.S. than real ones.


Front Page of the Day


Mediabistro Morning Roundup – 5.30.14

From FishbowlNY to TVNewser, here are the top stories across Mediabistro.

FishbowlNY Prometheus Global Media to Acquire Mediabistro

SocialTimes What’s Next for Apple and Beats?

10,000 Words Muck Rack Adds Feature to Track Social Shares

AllFacebook RadiumOne Examines Six Myths of Social Sharing

TVNewser Brian Williams’ Edward Snowden Interview Draws Nearly 6M Viewers

TVSpy KRIV Points Out Maya Angelou Won’t Be Appearing in Houston This Week

Lost Remote Vimeo Announces Its First Original Series: High Maintenance

FishbowlDC Michael Grass to Join Government Executive as Senior Editor

AllTwitter Twitter, Omnicom Announce $230 Million Mobile Ad Deal

Inside Mobile Apps China Will Overtake US in Smartphone Revenue This Year

Inside Facebook Should You Optimize Facebook Ad Campaigns for Reach or Engagement?

GalleyCat Reading Rainbow Team Raises $1.4M on Kickstarter for Digital Library

PRNewser 5 Great PR Lessons We Can Learn from Mark Twain

AgencySpy Working Not Working Lists Most Desirable Full-Time Gigs

MediaJobsDaily Aflac Workplaces Report Shows Employers Focusing on Controlling Costs

UnBeige Cooper-Hewitt Appoints Brooke Hodge as Deputy Editor

WSJ’s Jon Hilsenrath to FOX Business Network

OB_9AM_10FOX Business Network this afternoon announced the hiring of the Wall Street Journal’s Jon Hilsenrath as a contributor to the network. Hilsenrath serves as the Journal’s chief economics correspondent. For FOX, he will appear on both FNC and FBN.

Before joining WSJ, Hilsenrath was freelance for The New York Times and TIME as well as a finance reporter for Knight-Ridder Financial News.

Final Ratings for NBC’s Snowden Special In, Rep. Pete King Calls Interview an “Infomercial”

WilliamsSnowden-1024x576The final numbers are in for last night’s interview of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden by NBC News’ Brian Williams. Early numbers for “Inside The Mind of Edward Snowden” were released this morning and as of last hour, the final Nielsen report is out.

The NBC special averaged 5.948 million total viewers. It was ranked #1 among the broadcast networks during the hour in all 18-49 demo ratings (tied with CBS in W18-49) and M/A25-54. During the 10pm hour, CBS aired a repeat of “CSI.”

And in case you missed it, Joe Scarborough asked Rep. Pete King (R-NY) on today’s “Morning Joe” whether Snowden deserves any leniency. King referred to Snowden’s claims as a “myth.”

“Unfortunately, Brian Williams almost added to that last night, basically giving him an infomercial,” said Rep. King. “I really wish Brian Williams would have gone after him, and asked him if he had one piece of evidence that shows that the NSA has violated the law in any way.”

Click through for Rep. King’s “Morning Joe” segment. Read more

Afternoon Lede Check – 5.29.14

Lawmakers: Shinseki must go! Thunderstorms tonight and showers through Friday morning. And San Fran’s copycat philanthropist here in DC!

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

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The Bushes Go All ‘Game of Thrones’ on Newsweek Cover

Here in the Fishbowl, once a week we plan to feature a weekly or monthly magazine cover and this week we’re going all “Game of Thrones” on you. Newsweek’s latest cover portrays George H. W. Bush, along with George W. and Jeb in a GoT-esque setting, exploring whether the Bushes can become America’s next political dynasty.

Check out the below cover and the accompanying cover story, Can Jeb Bush Win at the Game of Thrones?


FNC’s Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren Snag Hillary Clinton Interview

GretaBretWhat sounds more fun for Hillary Clinton than sitting down for an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier? Adding Greta Van Susteren into the mix, of course!

Baier and Susteren will jointly interview the former US Secretary of State, Senator, and First Lady as part of her upcoming book tour.

Hard Choices is set to release by Simon & Schuster on Tuesday, June 10. In the book, Clinton offers an “inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America’s 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future.”

The half-hour interview will air Tuesday, June 17th from 6:45 – 7:15 pm, closing out Baier’s “Special Report” and opening Van Susteren’s “On the Record.” Read more’s Perry Bacon, Jr. Promoted to Senior Political Reporter

perry.jpgAn internal memo distributed to the DC bureau of NBC News today names Perry Bacon, Jr. the network’s newest Senior Political Reporter. Bacon will work closely with Chuck Todd and Mark Murray and lead in coverage of the 2014 and 2016 campaigns.

Bacon most recently was political editor for and contributed to MSNBC. He’s well poised for his new role, having led theGrio’s coverage of the 2012 election and President Obama’s second term. Prior to that, he covered politics for TIME and The Washington Post.

The promotion is effective immediately.

See the full memo, from DC bureau chief Ken Strickland and Todd, after the jump. Read more

Huff Post’s Michael Grass to Join Government Executive as Senior Editor

This afternoon, Atlantic Media has announced the hire of Michael Grass as senior editor of its state and local brand – Government Executive. Well known in DC as a founding co-editor of, Grass was most recently with The Huffington Post where he covered local DC, Maryland, and Virginia news. Prior to that, he was an editor at the Washington City Paper, managing editor of the New York Observer’s, and local editor of the Washington Post Express.

EVP and editor-in-chief of Government Executive Media Group Tom Shoop said of Grass, “His pedigree in digital journalism and passion for state and local issues makes him the perfect person to launch our state and local coverage.”

Set to launch Summer 2014, the state and local initiative will be in digital and for mobile and incorporate events.

Click through for the full announcement. Read more