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New Uber SVP David Plouffe and Uber CEO Join Bloomberg TV’s ‘Street Smart’

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 18.31.15Shortly after today’s announcement that David Plouffe, the former campaign manager of President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential bid, would join Uber next month as SVP of policy and strategy, Plouffe and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick were guests on Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart.”

Bloomberg’s Trish Regan opened by asking Kalanick about his hiring of Plouffe, a recent Bloomberg Television contributor, and what he’ll be doing in his role, and Plouffe, how he’ll leverage national campaign management experience on a global scale.

The anchor then transitioned the focus to accusations from competitor Lyft that Uber ordered and canceled nearly 5,000 rides and that drivers have been upset with ‘changing discount rates.’

Watch the clip, after the jump.

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Afternoon Lede Check – 8.19.14

Ferguson shooting case heading to grand jury (USA Today). Plouffe joins Uber as ‘campaign manager’ (POLITICO). Obama heads back to vacation after unexplained DC trip (The Hill).

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

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Bret Baier and Andrea Mitchell Both Nominate Chuck Todd for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Days after being named the new host (effective Sept. 7) of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Chuck Todd has already been called out twice by his colleagues.

Yesterday, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, who guest hosted “MTP” this past Sunday, and FOX News’ Bret Baier nominated Todd to get wet for ALS.

Baier dumped a bucket of ice water on himself overlooking the Capitol and Mitchell did so seated outside NBC’s Washington bureau.

Mitchell confirmed that Todd is on vacation through next week but has accepted the challenge.

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Uber Lands Former Obama Campaign Manager David Plouffe

David Plouffe, the former campaign manager of President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential bid, was today named SVP of policy and strategy for Uber.

In an interview with POLITICO’s Mike Allen, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick referred to Plouffe’s new role as Uber’s “campaign manager,” likening ‘big taxi cartel’ as ‘the incumbent’ and Uber as ‘the challenger.’

“City Councils are voting on Uber all the time, and we have state legislatures voting on us, on the regular,” Kalanick told Allen. “And there are even some referendums.” Read more

CNN’s Jake Tapper Tweets ‘Lauren would kill me’

Last hour, Gawker noticed two since deleted tweets sent out by Jake Tapper, which read, ”Please don’t make it soubd like I reached out to you” and “Lauren would kill me.”

Presumably, “The Lead” host is referring to Lauren Pratapas, his CNN publicist, but whom were the tweets – likely meant to be sent as direct messages – intended for and in regards to?

A publicist’s job, and presumably that of Pratapas, is to manage and secure press coverage for a brand or person. Were Tapper’s tweets intended for another reporter? If so, as one of CNN’s biggest talents, maybe Tapper should refer, I don’t know, to his publicist?

Pratapas’ satirical tweet in response to Gawker:

And another from CNN national political reporter Peter Hamby:

 

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:

POLITICO Launches Defense Tweet Hub

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 11.05.18POLITICO today announced the launch of its Defense Tweet Hub, a look at conversation pertaining to defense policy, weapons programs, and the Pentagon budget on Twitter. The three panel deck pulls Twitter commentary from 300+ defense reporters, influencers, and policy makers including Kevin Baron, executive editor of Defense One, WSJ’s Dion Nissenbaum, WaPo’s Dan Lamothe, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the United States Mission to NATO.

Defense is the third topic area to be explored as a tweet hub by POLITICO. In November, it launched Energy Insider Tweet Hub, followed by Technology Tweet Hub.

Mediabistro Morning Roundup 8.19.14

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

TVSpy St. Louis Station Apologizes for Showing Home of Ferguson Officer

TVNewser Tamron Hall on Her Guilt Surrounding Sister’s Domestic Violence

Lost Remote Viggle Gives Advertisers ‘Access’ to Highly Targeted Audience

FishbowlDC ‘Page Six’ Reports David Gregory Paid $4 Million to Zip His Lips

FishbowlNY Time Inc. Journalists Rated on How ‘Beneficial’ Their Content is to Advertisers

SocialTimes Facebook, Twitter Test New Features on Users

AllFacebook Facebook Adding Stickers to Comments?

AllTwitter Social Media and Business — Which Platform is Right for You?

10,000 Words SEO and Other Terms to Know for Digital Media Success

Inside Mobile Apps Playdek Reveals New Online Play System for Mobile Gamers

Inside Facebook Facebook Testing Call-to-Action Options on Organic Video Posts

GalleyCat J.K. Rowling Pens 500-Word Piece on ‘Harry Potter’ Character Celestina Warbeck

PRNewser ‘Influence’ vs. ‘Expertise’: Which is More Valuable?

AgencySpy MRY Confirms Tech Layoffs

MediaJobsDaily Five Ways to Get Your Body Moving Away From Sedentary Work

UnBeige Design Students Compete for World Sneaker Championship Title

Tuesday Morning Splash

What’s Happening

— Symbolic Nation-Building in Croatia from the Homeland War to EU Membership at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, noon

— Book Release Party with Nicholas Yost at the Environmental Law Center, 5 p.m.

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President Obama Recognizes Retiring ABC News-er Ann Compton on Monday

During yesterday’s press conference on current events in Iraq and Ferguson, Mo., President Barack Obama took three questions for the White House press corps, including one from ABC News White House correspondent Ann Compton.

Before asking her question, President Obama said, “Ann Compton, everybody here knows, is not only the consummate professional but also a pleasure to get to know. I just want to say, publicly, Ann, we’re going to miss you. We’re very proud of the extraordinary work you’ve done, and we hope you’re not a stranger around here…I expect you might get some cake at some point.”

Asked by the ABC News-er whether he had plans to travel to Ferguson, the president replied, “I have to be very careful about not prejudging these events before investigations are completed.”

Compton is set to retire September 10, 41 years to the day after she joined the network.


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