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Newseum to Display Pharrell Williams’ Mountain Hat Through October 26

Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 10.54.47A new piece of history is slated to arrive and be on display as of this Friday, August 22, at the Newseum – Pharrell Williams’ Mountain hat.

The most appropriate of times for a h/t, The Washington Post reports that the Vivienne Westwood hat he donned at the 2014 Grammy Awards was purchased by Arby’s from Williams for $44,100 – then donated to charity – and will be on display in the news museum through October 26 of this year. Drawing similarities to its logo, Arby’s tweeted to the “Happy” artist after its appearance at the Grammys, “Hey @Pharrell, can we have our hat back?” Read more

Valerie Jarrett Explains Why Obama Isn’t Headed to Ferguson

politicologoIn a piece published to POLITICO Tuesday evening, Todd S. Purdum explores why President Barack Obama isn’t headed to Ferguson, Mo. amid racial tensions captivating national news headlines.

On Monday, during a press conference from the White House, Obama announced that he would send Attorney General Eric Holder to the Missouri town, to monitor demonstrations and police interactions with protesters after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death by policeman Darren Wilson earlier this month.

“The circumstances determine the reaction, and it isn’t appropriate for the president to speak up emotionally in the midst of an ongoing investigation by the Justice Department,” said White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett to Purdam via phone. “He wants the attorney general and his team to be able to conduct an independent investigation without any thumb on the scale one way or another. I think the president’s goal is to add his voice in a way that is calming, so the violence ends, and to send a message to the government officials on the ground about what his expectations are in terms of freedom to assemble, freedom of speech and freedom of the press — and also to signal to the people who have been looting and shooting that that’s not an acceptable way to honor the death of a young man.”

For the full piece, click on over to POLITICO.

Mediabistro Morning Roundup – 8.20.14

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

TVNewser Nora Zimmett Named SVP of Programming at The Weather Channel

TVSpy FOX Philadelphia Launches Interactive Weekend Morning Newscast

Lost Remote Women Lead Social Buzz During Record-Breaking Shark Week

FishbowlDC Uber Lands Former Obama Campaign Manager David Plouffe

FishbowlNY New York Post: Women Should ‘Deal With’ Catcalls

SocialTimes In the Future, You Can Power Your Smartphone With Sweat Tattoos

AllFacebook ALS Challenge on Facebook: 28M Posts, Comments, Likes; 2.4M+ Videos

AllTwitter U.S. Social Commerce — Statistics and Trends

10,000 Words How Should Publishers Assign Value to Writers?

Inside Mobile Apps PromptSmart Launches Smart Teleprompter App on iOS

Inside Facebook Facebook’s Buy Button and the Future of Global Commerce

GalleyCat How to Submit to the London Book Festival

PRNewser 14 Words and Phrases PR Pros Need to Stop Using

AgencySpy BBH Promotes Neil Munn to Global CEO

MediaJobsDaily Study: States Experienced Minimal Savings by Cutting Unemployment Benefits

UnBeige Watch: On the Art and Craft of Art Forgery

Wednesday Morning Splash

What’s Happening

— Governance or a New Era Discussion at the National Press Club, 9:30 a.m.

— Communicating a Crisis at George Washington University, 10 a.m.

— Magna Carta Lecture Series: Selecting and Preserving Primary Sources at the Library of Congress, 1 p.m.

The Revolving Door

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Fishbowl Fun Fact

In Utah, it’s illegal to swear in front of a dead person.

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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.

WATCH Baier:

WATCH Mitchell:

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:

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