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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.

The Revolving Door

Know someone starting or leaving a job? Let us know.

Fishbowl Fun Fact

Billboards are banned completely in the state of Vermont.

Front Page of the Day

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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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Afternoon Lede Check – 8.18.14

County: Brown shot from front, had pot in his system (The Washington Post). Obama: Holder going to Ferguson (USA Today). Fmr. sec. of Va.: Maureen McDonnell was ‘very diva-ish’ (WUSA9).

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

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Paul Steinhauser Set to Depart CNN for NH1

profilepictureCNN DC bureau chief Sam Feist today sent a note to bureau staff announcing that CNN political editor Paul Steinhauser will soon join NH1 as political director and anchor.

Steinhauser has been with CNN for 28 years in a plethora of roles, including assignment editor, producer, and show EP.

See Feist’s note to staff after the jump. Read more

WATCH LIVE: Obama on Iraq and Ferguson at 4pm Monday

President Barack Obama will deliver a statement on recent developments in Iraq and Ferguson, Mo. today at 4pm at the White House.

WATCH live via NBC News:

Sunday Morning Show Quotes – 8.17.14

Gov. Jay Nixon (D-MO) on “This Week” on the situation in Ferguson: ”The overmilitarization, the IMRAPs rolling in, the guns pointed at kids in the street, all of that I think instead of ratcheting down, brought emotion up. And that’s why I made the unique decision to bring in our highway patrol, to have a local leader, Captain Johnson from that community in that community, which he has been, and to put a much different face on law enforcement there, and I think it has paid off while respecting and allowing the appropriate first amendment rights for people to grieve and to speak.”

Gov. Nixon on “Meet the Press” on surveillance video being released: “Yeah. Everyone can rest well assured that we’ve had very serious discussions about that action and how much we felt that it was not the right way to handle the victim’s family, which I had a chance to speak with. They were deeply troubled. And when you see your son gunned down in the street and then you see a police chief begin an attempt to attack his character…That’s just not the way to operate. And we’ve made that clear to everyone. And our hope and expectation is that now that our folks are in charge of security, and we have these dual investigations going on, that, that bump is behind us, hopefully.” Read more

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