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Archives: September 2014

Afternoon Lede Check – 9.30.14

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

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FOX News Channel Wins Weekday Primetime Basic Cable for 3Q 2014

FoxNewsChannel_1For the third quarter of 2014 and the first time since the network’s debut in 1996, FOX News Channel was the most watched network on weekday primetime basic cable (7 – 11 pm), ahead of ESPN, USA, and TNT, according to Nielsen Media Research. FNC was also number one in basic cable from 8 – 11 pm for the first time since the first quarter of 2003.

Additionally, FOX News Channel was third in total day viewers among all cable networks, behind Nickelodeon and Adult Swim, while CNN and MSNBC ranked 18th and 26th, respectively.

“Special Report with Bret Baier” and “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” were both the top watched program in their respective time slot during Q3 2014 across all of basic cable, as was “Fox & Friends,” “America’s Newsroom,” “The Five,” and “The O’Reilly Factor.”

For a full look at third quarter 2014 ratings, click on over to TVNewser.

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez Dodges Questions on Prospect of Replacing Eric Holder

perezLabor Secretary Thomas Perez, a potential replacement for Attorney General Eric Holder who on Thursday announced his plans to step down, joined HuffPost Live today to discuss Holder’s legacy and paid maternity leave, among other topics.

“I think Eric Holder will go down as one of the best Attorney Generals in the history of the department,” said Perez, in conversation with HuffPost’s Marc Lamont Hill. “And I say that because he put the ‘J’ back in DOJ…His work on behalf the defense of the Marriage Act – history will write that he was the Thurgood Marshall of that aspect of the movement because without his leadership, we would not have seen the movement in this. You look at that issue at LGBT equality – we’re moving a warp speed… and Eric Holder played a huge role there.”

One topic Perez wasn’t willing to delve into was whether he might succeed Holder as Attorney General. The Labor Secretary dodged each of Lamont Hill’s questions about the prospect. Watch him tip toe around the idea after the jump. Read more

‘House of Cards’ Kevin Spacey on Lawmakers’ Support for the Arts

house-of-cards-kevin-spaceyKevin Spacey, who portrays Frank Underwood on ”House of Cards,” was in town last night for a benefit concert at the Shakespeare Theatre and The Washington Post’s Reliable Source Helena Andrews snagged five minutes for a Q&A with the actor.

Spacey, who founded the Kevin Spacey Foundation to provide funding for talented artists, shared with Andrews what he thinks lawmakers can do to support the arts:

“They can do much more in getting money into the arts. Arts and culture are not a luxury item, they’re a hugely important part of our lives. It’s nice to see that there are now lots of arguments being made in this country about how we can take S.T.E.M [Science, Technology, Energy and Math] and turn it into S.T.E.A.M. [Science, Technology, Energy, Arts and Math]. I think it’s a fantastic idea. While the sciences are hugely important, let us not leave behind a child’s imagination.”

For the full Q&A, click on over to the Reliable Source.

NOTE: STEM refers to ‘science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,’ not energy as quoted from the Post piece.

George H. W. Bush Jokes with Former Adviser Turned Inspiration for ‘Scandal’s’ Olivia Pope

Judy Smith, co-executive producer of ”Scandal” and a former deputy press secretary to President George H. W. Bush, recalled a conversation she had with 41 before the show’s premiere at last week’s Nantucket Project when she called to give him a heads up on the storyline. The character of Olivia Pope, inspired by Smith, engages in an affair with the show’s president, a made-for-TV and fictional twist from the real life relationship between Bush and Smith.

Bush returned Smith’s call, only to reach her voicemail, and in one, said, “Love you. Want you. You left me! And by the way, this is the former leader of the free world. Call me.”

When Smith finally reached the former president, in true Olivia Pope-fashion, she recalled telling him, “You need some talking points. You need to stay on message.” But to Smith’s surprise, Bush told her he was going to “confirm the affair.”


Bill and Hillary Clinton Join for Hospital Departure with First Granddaughter

New mother Chelsea Clinton and husband Marc Mezvinsky left a Lenox Hill hospital Monday night with their first daughter Charlotte after giving birth on Friday. The three with seen leaving with overjoyed grandparents Bill and Hillary Clinton.

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Heads Up: Bloomberg Politics to Host ‘With All Due Respect’ Viewing Party

Bloomberg Politics will host a viewing party for “With All Due Respect,” its long-awaited television show hosted by Game Change and Double Down authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, on Tuesday, October 7th at 5 pm. The program debuts the day prior and will air daily at 5 pm on Bloomberg TV and online.

In recent months, Bloomberg Politics, which next week will also launch its website, has been on a hiring spree, picking up Monocle’s Sasha Issenberg, Slate’s David WeigelEsquire’s Mike Nizza, ABC News’ Tom Johnson, and “The Daily Show’s” Pat King. The program will be taped and produced out of New York City.

For those who missed the invite but don’t want to miss, send a suck up email to Bloomberg News’ Emma Angerer.

We’ll see you there.

Bloomberg Politics - Launch Party Invitation 10.7.14

Mediabistro Morning Roundup – 9.30.14

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

TVNewser MSNBC Already Planning to Carry 2015 Global Citizen Festival

FishbowlNY Latest New Yorker Cover is a Gif

SocialTimes Roxie: A Keyboard for Emoji-Lovers

FishbowlDC CNN Politics Digital’s Latest Hire: WaPo’s Jeff Simon

TVSpy Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader Realize KWGN Reporter Hasn’t Seen Their New Movie

Lost Remote Are You The One? Fans Get Match Machine Reboot Ahead of Premiere

AllFacebook Facebook Launches Its Revamped Atlas Ad Program

AllTwitter Minimum Age Requirements: Facebook, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat

10,000 Words Gamifying Current Affairs: Al Jazeera Launches ‘Pirate Fishing’ Game

Inside Mobile Apps PlaceUs Releases Location Sharing App on Adroid

InsideFacebook How To Deal with Negative Facebook Comments on Your Brand’s Page

GalleyCat Stephen King Predicts that Physical Books Are Here to Stay

PRNewser 18 Brands That Got Buzzed for #NationalCoffeeDay

AgencySpy We Hear: Hill Holliday, W+K Discussing Merger?

MediaJobsDaily Four Signs to Stay Away from Job Search Scams

UnBeige At NYC’s French Embassy, New Bookstore Celebrates ‘La Joie des Livres’

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— Data Transparency 2014 at the JW Marriott, 9 a.m.

— BRAIN Initiative Awards at the National Press Club, 10 a.m.

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WaPo’s Carol Leonnig Writes White House Fence-Jumper Made it into the East Room

whitehouseThe Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig published a piece Monday afternoon on how far the White House fence-jumper actually made it into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on September 19.

Leonnig writes:

“After barreling past the guard immediately inside the door, Gonzalez, who was carrying a knife, dashed past the stairway leading a half-flight up to the first family’s living quarters. He then ran into the 80-foot-long East Room, an ornate space often used for receptions or presidential addresses.”

Secret Service earlier said that Omar Gonzalez was detained by officers after jumping a fence and running approximately 100 yards just past the North Portico doors to the White House, a claim now disputed by “three people familiar with the incident.”

Leonnig’s report comes on the eve of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson’s Tuesday hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

For more, click on over to The Washington Post.