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Palin and Rep. Frank Entertain at Gridiron’s First Tweet-able Dinner

Times are a-changin’ for the Gridiron Club. For the first time in its 124-year history, the Gridiron lifted its “off the record” rule at a dinner and allowed tweeting, CNN reported first (and tweeted).

USA Today‘s Susan Page, CNN’s John King, Time‘s Karen Tumulty, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Chicago Sun-Times and Politics Daily’s Lynn Sweet and one of the Gridiron’s newest members Slate and CBS’ (and avid Tweeter) John Dickerson– just some of the journos at last night’s dinner whose Tweets we were following.

Sarah Palin- who was in town for a book signing- and Rep. Barney Frank were the winter dinner’s Republican and Democratic speakers, respectively.

Palin, who attended with husband Todd, poked fun at herself:

@mitchellreports: Surrounded by newsmen and women -Palin joked she likes being in dc – can see the russian embassy from her hotel room

@lynnsweet: Sarah Palin said she was at the Gridiron journo dinner ” to put a face to all those newspapers I do read.”

@ktumulty: Palin tells #gridiron that if situations had been reversed, biden would be writing memoir called “going rogaine”

@ktumulty: Palin tells #gridiron that in dc “I went out for a jog. Or as newsweek calls it–a photo shoot.”

@susanpage: More #palin at #gridiron: said she was addressing “leading journalists and intellectuals, or as I put it, a death panel.”

And some Frank highlights:

@susanpage: At #gridiron, Barney frank proposes reality tv show for palin-McCain: “John & Sarah minus 8.” says his show would be “king of queens.”

@mitchellreports: Barney doest tweet – says “maybe I lack intellectual curiousity bcuz I’m not that interested in what claire mccaskill had for lunch

And the closer…

@johnkingcnn: Governor Palin joins Gridiron Chorus for dinner final song, a twist on 12 Days of Christmas.

The Gridiron dinners are closed to the media- and club leaders say last night’s tweeting was just an experiment for now.

EARLIER on FBDC… Tonight: Journos’ Gridiron Dinner with Palin and Rep. Frank

RELATED… AP: Palin pokes fun at herself at journalists’ dinner

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An Unlikely Pair Headline Gridiron’s Winter Dinner

The Gridiron Club’s winter dinner is this Saturday and while the President isn’t expected to attend, some big name guests will be there.

For speakers, Sarah Palin, who’s in Fairfax for a book signing Saturday, will represent the Republican party and Barney Frank will rep the Democrats. The Gridiron’s main event is in the spring so at this weekend’s dinner, there will be a few songs, but no extravagant costumes.

A Gridiron representative tells FBDC the President doesn’t traditionally attend this smaller dinner. Though you’d remember President Obama didn’t attend the Gridiron dinner in March, he was the Democratic speaker at the 2004 winter dinner after his election to the Senate.

“Thanks to Sarah Palin and Barney Frank, it looks like we’ll have the biggest turnout in many years,” Gridiron secretary Carl Leubsdorf told FBDC. They expect about 190 guests.

This will also be the Gridiron’s first online journalist’s debut event- Slate’s John Dickerson was welcomed to the club earlier this month.

Tonight’s “Ten @ Ten” Starring…

First Lady Michelle Obama.

“The Jay Leno Show” will be joined by the First Lady via satellite Friday for “10 @ 10,” Leno’s ten rapid fire questions.

Other DC-ers to have participated in the “10 @ 10″ include Rep. Barney Frank, Sen. John McCain, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and TV newser Chris Matthews.

Morning Reading List 10.08.09

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Happy (one-day-belated) 13th birthday to Fox News Channel! What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | MAGAZINES | AWARDS & EVENTS

NEWSPAPERS

The Chicago Sun-Times is a step closer to new publisher.

TV

CNN’s SNL “fact-check” has received some backlash.

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann devoted an hour to his “Special Comment” on last night’s “Countdown.” Tune in here.

Just after CBS’ Lara Logan appeared on “Charlie Rose” to discuss Afghanistan and war coverage this week, Rose hosted NBC’s Richard Engel and Max Cleland, former Senator and head of the Veterans Administration, and Vietnam veteran. That show re-airs tonight at 8pm.

Logan and other CBS-ers David Martin, Byron Pitts, Scott Pelley and their producers shared stories of their experiences reporting in Afghanistan on last night’s “Evening News.” There was also a voiceover from Cami McCormick, who was injured in Afghanistan this summer. Watch here.

ONLINE

At noon today, C-SPAN will host a live webcast with Sen. Tom Harkin and guest reporters NYT‘s David Herszenhorn and The Hill‘s Jeffrey Young.

Google is also dabbling in books.

MAGAZINES

Five ways to save mags.

AWARDS & EVENTS

Steve Roberts and Cokie Roberts hosted a party at their home last night to celebrated his new book “From Every End of This Earth.” Guests included: George Stephanopoulos, Judy Woodruff, Geoge Will, Andrea Mitchell and Alan Greenspan, Charlie Cook, Rick Klein and Bill Nichols, as well as Rep. Barney Frank and Anita McBride. (h/t Click)

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Barney Frank on Bravo: Bristol’s “Baby Daddy,” Kennedy and Housewives

I’m actually speechless. Rep. Barney Frank called in to speak with Bravo’s Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens: Live.” The two discussed Bristol Palin’s “baby daddy,” the death of Ted Kennedy and then played a round of “House or ‘The Real Housewives’” trivia…

The below video caused my snark-o-meter to explode so I’ll leave the comments to you.

Kennedy Coverage

Network specials and coverage of Ted Kennedy’s death are being announced. Here’s a rundown:

ABC News
ABC News will broadcast an hour special on the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy, anchored by Charles Gibson from Hyannis Port, MA and Diane Sawyer in New York. The ABC News Special, “Remembering Ted Kennedy,” will air at 10:00 PM tonight.

Coverage of Senator Kennedy’s passing will also be featured on “World News with Charles Gibson,” originating from Hyannis Port; “Nightline,” anchored by Cynthia McFadden; ABC News Radio, and on ABC News NOW throughout the day, as well as on tomorrow’s “Good Morning America.” ABCNEWS.com has dedicated a special section, “Ted Kennedy: A Remarkable Life” available here.

CBS News
CBS News will look back at the life and legacy of Senator Edward “Teddy” Kennedy with the primetime special “Ted Kennedy, The Last Brother,” anchored by Katie Couric tonight (8:00-9:00 PM) on the CBS Television Network. Featuring exclusive footage culled from CBS News’ archives, the program is an intimate look at Kennedy – both the public face and the private man – as told through intimate interviews and candid moments captured over the last 40 years.

CNN
Throughout the day, CNN lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer joins regular, dayside programming from Washington D.C. with interviews and reports about the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy. Guests include former Sen. Birch Bayh (D-IN), President Jimmy Carter, former Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN.), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ.) Theodore Sorenson, former adviser to President John F. Kennedy, former Sen. John Warner (R- Va.) and more.

Contributing to the coverage will be senior congressional correspondent Dana Bash, senior political correspondent Candy Crowley and chief national correspondent John King.

At 7pm ET, CNN will air the HBO documentary “Teddy in His Own Words,” which “chronicles Senator Kennedy’s remarkable life from his childhood through his speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.” The two-hour special will be hosted by Campbell Brown.

NPR
From 2:00PM to 3:00PM (ET), NPR congressional correspondent Andrea Seabrook will host an hour-long call-in special. Seabrook will interview guests about Kennedy’s life of service and influential career in the Senate, and invite questions from the audience. Guests include Congressman Barney Frank, former U.S. Senator John Sununu, professor and scholar Ronald Walters and Thomas Oliphant, who covered Kennedy for 40 years for the Boston Globe. Listeners may join the conversation by calling (800) 989-8255 or sending an email to talk@npr.org

Beginning at 7:00PM (ET), NPR will explore Kennedy’s life – his role as a legislative lion in the Senate; his focus on civil rights, and on fighting for the disenfranchised; and his personal life and struggles – in an hour-long program. Host Linda Wertheimer will be joined by a roundtable offering political analysis on the legacy Kennedy leaves behind, with legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, senior news analyst Juan Williams, health policy correspondent Julie Rovner and political editor Ken Rudin.

MSNBC
MSNBC will present a first look at “The Kennedy Brothers: A Hardball Documentary,” tonight at 9 p.m. ET and tomorrow, Thursday Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. ET. “Headliners and Legends: Ted Kennedy” at 11 PM tonight.

*We’ll continue to update as we learn ‘em.

Minority Broadcasters Lobby Geithner for Aid

More than a dozen minority broadcasters sent a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner today; urging him to provide financial assistance to help them weather the current economic and credit crisis. The letter asks him pay attention to the minority broadcasting industry, which has had difficulties continuing to access the capital markets.

Today’s appeal follows a letter sent in June from several House of Representative members that requested the Treasury department to take actions to support minority broadcasting with:

Enactment of an investment facility similar to the Auto Supplier Support Program to help restore credit flows to the broadcast sector.

Consideration to temporary bridge financing or government-backed loans (with warrants) until the economy improves.

The group lobbying Sec. Geithner includes media execs from National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters, KXTD Gaytan Broadcasting Media, LLC, Lazer Broadcasting Corp., Norsan Media, Carter Broadcast Group, Inc., Access.1, Taxi Productions, Inc., T&W Communications Inc., Cutting Edge Broadcasting Company.

See the letter to Geithner after the jump.

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Is Barney Frank A Glutton For Punishment?

Remember the last time Rep. Barney Frank appeared on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor?” Seems like Frank just may be a glutton for television punishment, as he’ll appear as a guest of Bill O’Reilly’s again tonight.

Rep. Barney Frank Kills CNBC Interview

“Excuse me, but please stop interrupting me. Do you want to lose me!? Do you want to lose me!? I’m trying to respond to your misrepresentation. I apologize but this interview is over. I get three different questions, different angles. I try to respond but you want to interrupt me, you don’t like what I’m saying – you can find someone else to interview.”

That was Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) right before he stormed off camera while talking to CNBC about executive pay this morning. Clip below – it heats up at about 5 minutes and 30 seconds.


Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet The Press: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and a roundtable with CNBC’s Erin Burnett, Chicago Sun-Times’ Carol Marin, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and NPR’s Michele Norris.

  • This Week: Joseph Biden and a roundtable with ABC News’ Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts, and George Will along with ABC’s Donna Brazile.

  • Fox News Sunday: Vice President Dick Cheney.

  • Face the Nation: Kerry Kennedy, Rep. Thomas Reynolds (R-NY), Geraldine Ferraro, Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY), NYC Dept. of Education Chancellor Joel Klein, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and NY1 political anchor Dominic Carter.

  • Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Chairman, Financial Services Committee, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Laura Tyson, former Clinton economic adviser, Carly Fiorina, former chairman & CEO, Hewlett-Packard, Ed Rollins, Republican strategist; CNN political contributor, David Gergen, CNN senior political analyst; former presidential adviser, James Carville, Democratic strategist; CNN political contributor, Tara Wall, deputy editorial page editor, The Washington Times; CNN political contributor, Jessica Yellin, CNN national political correspondent, William Schneider, CNN senior political analyst and Ed Henry, CNN senior White House correspondent.

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, The Washington Post’s Colbert King and syndicated columnists Mark Shields and Charles Krauthammer.

  • Reliable Sources: Michelle Cottle, senior editor, The New Republic, S.E. Cupp, co-author, “Why You’re Wrong About the Right”, Beth Fouhy, politics reporter Associated Press, Whoopi Goldberg, moderator, “The View”; comedian.

  • The Chris Matthews Show: Joe Klein of Time magazine; Helene Cooper, New York Times White House correspondent; John Heilemann, New York magazine; and Katty Kay, BBC Washington correspondent.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Nancy Nord, Consumer Product Safety Commission Acting Chairman is interviewed by Eric Lipton of the New York Times, and Melanie Trottman of the Wall Street Journal.

  • GPS: Zalmay Khalilzad, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author, “The Black Swan”, John Bruton, European Union Ambassador to the United States; former Prime Minister of Ireland, Moises Naim, editor-in-chief, Foreign Policy magazine.

  • The Post Politics Program with Ed O’Keefe and Emily Freifeld: The Post’s Bob Woodward, Ben Bradlee and Lena Sun. The show airs Saturdays on POTUS, Sirius 110, XM 130 at 9 a.m., Noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. John Sununu (R-NH).

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