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NBC News’ Deborah Turness: ‘The time had come’

Meet the Press - Season 67In an interview with Bill Carter for The New York Times, NBC News president Deborah Turness further explained the replacement of David Gregory with Chuck Todd as host of “Meet the Press.”

“The time had come for this to happen,” Turness told Carter.

On Thursday, CNN’s Brian Stelter broke news that the Todd replacement of Gregory would be made within 48 hours. Less than three hours later, Gregory bid farewell to the network on Twitter.

After weeks of speculation, Turness said, “The numbers just didn’t move,” of the network’s attempts to better the ratings of the longest running television program in the country.

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Fusion’s Jorge Ramos Goes Inside the CIA

Screen Shot 2014-06-03 at 14.32.26Airing Tuesday night at 10 on Fusion (available in DC via RCN and Dish) will be a special edition of “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos” featuring interviews with CIA Director John Brennan, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), CIA analysts, and key players in the case against former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, accused of releasing one of the largest leaks of classified information in modern American history.

Recruitment is a major focus of the interview, as the intelligence agency works to bring in younger individuals with a sound technological understanding. Ramos also sits down with Justin Jackson, former deputy director for the National Clandestine Service, and the CIA’s Center for Mission Diversity Director Carmen Middleton who explain “how hiring new faces with different opinions ​actually benefits the organization.”

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NYTimes Bill Carter Previews Brian Williams’ Sit Down with Edward Snowden

WilliamsSnowden-1024x576In advance of a one hour special airing tonight on NBC, The New York Times’ Bill Carter previews NBC’s Brian Williams‘ sit down interview with Edward Snowden.

Williams met Snowden last week at the Kempinsky Hotel in Moscow for his first interview with an American television station since the former NSA contractor was propelled into the spotlight.

“He is blindingly smart,” said Williams to Carter. “Pay no attention to the fact that he only has a G.E.D. from high school…I joked about how, here we were, two guys with high school degrees, both dropouts from the otherwise great American community college system.” Read more

Weekend Show Preview, 2.7 – 2.9

SundayShows12Who’s on the public affairs shows this weekend? Glad you asked:

PBS’s “Washington Week” Janet Hook of WSJJim Tankersley of WaPoHelene Cooper of NYTDoyle McManus of the LA Times.

ABC’s “This Week“: Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), CNN’s S.E. Cupp, David Plouffe, and ABC’s Jeff Zeleny.

CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Sen. Dick Durban (D-IL), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Rep. Pete King (R-NY), 

“Fox News Sunday”: Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), CIA Museum curator Toni Hiley, George Will, AP’s Julie Pace, Laura Ingraham, Juan Williams

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), Jonathan Allen of Bloomberg, Amie Parnes of The Hill, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, NYT‘s David Brooks, WaPo‘s E.J. Dionne, Mona Sutphen, Mike Needham

CNN’s “State of the Union“: Sec. of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano

Univision’s “Al Punto” : U.S. Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID), U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), former Press Secretary of Mexico Rubén Aguilar

BTV’s “Political Capital” : Gen. Jim Jones

CNN’s “Reliable Sources” : CNN’s Christiane AmanpourSally Kohn and Will Cain, The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald, Carl Bernstein, NYT‘s Bill Carter

 

We’ll update ‘em as we get ‘em (email fishbowlpatrick@gmail.com).

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“You really shouldn’t sleep this week. Professionally, it’s unadvisable.”Matt Spence of The Times of London.

Kudos to Boston Globe

“Great work all night by #bostonglobe team covering Watertown/MIT mayhem.” — WaPo Executive Editor Marty Baron, who has to be kicking himself right now for leaving the Boston Globe late last year to come to Washington.

A Social Media editor learns lessons

“I think I learned my lesson to wait for confirmation about what network/cable reporters say their ‘sources’ tell them.” — Reuters Social Media Editor Anthony De Rosa.

Huh?

“‘I don’t know if that’s a fashion statement or what.’–guy on CNN, inspecting sunglasses on face of Boston suspect.#seriously” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

Up all night with Jake Tapper

“When Jake Tapper is at the helm at CNN, CNN is what it’s supposed to be.” — Former White House Speechwriter Jon Lovett.

“God love @jaketapper: Almost everything he says begins with ‘Here’s what we don’t know…’ #JohnKingLesson” — Don Van Natta Jr., Senior Writer for ESPN.

“Hmm. @Jaketapper is really good in this sort of situation. Calm solid presence.” — Daily Caller columnist Mickey Kaus.

Network redemption plan

“CNN took ton of heat earlier, but props tonite-only news net going live w nu photo+MIT shooting. Isn’t that what news net is supposed to do?NYT TV Industry reporter Bill Carter.

“CNN should replay the interview with Dr. David Schoenfeld for laughs. Every A: “I can’t tell you that.” WHY ARE YOU ON THE PHONE W/CNN?” — Conservative commentator Ann Coulter, who also wrote this morning: “It’s too bad Suspect #1 won’t be able to be legalized by Marco Rubio, now.”

A word of advice: “I don’t actually recommend going back to sleep, just did it, had bad nightmares.” — Dave Stroup, digital director for Aneesh Chopra for Va. Lt. Gov. 

The Observers

“One thing I learned serving in Lebanon is that young men & boys  with guns/bombs can be deadliest as they’ve yet to appreciate value of life.” — Peter Daou, political blogger and advisor.

“If these two are actually foreign trained terrorists, then this is the event we’ve been fearing; small-scale attacks on the softest targets.” — The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg.

In awe of NBC’s Pete Williams (who broke the names of the Boston Bombing suspects)

“Pete Williams is a machine.” — BuzzFeed‘s Rosie Gray.

“Journalism professors take note: @PeteWilliamsNBC has put on a free journalism clinic all week.” — Chris Donovan, producer, NBC News/”MTP.”

“Pete Williams is dominating all the “social media experts” on Twitter by… reporting.” — Andrew Golis, Boston-based director of digital and senior editor at PBS’s “Frontline.”

“Yay Pete.” — PBS’ Gwen Ifill. She later added, “FYI for all new @PeteWilliamsNBC fans, he’s been on this beat for bout 20 years #ExperienceMatters”

“How does @PeteWilliamsNC not have 100K Twitter followers? (Hint, Peter, start tweeting).” — Justin Green, contributor to The Daily Beast.

“Among the many excellent things about @PeteWilliamsNBC this week: Very clear about what he doesn’t know, or is unsure of.”– The Hill‘s Niall Stanage.

“NBC’s Pete Williams proving that reporters don’t always have to be on the ground to get all the scoops and get them right.” — ThinkProgressIgor Volsky.

Meanwhile, Oversharing Sherri goes to Boot Camp

“Going 2 my 2nd #bootcamp session-anything called “bootcamp” scares me to death, but I must put fear of going over the fear of dying #health” — ABC “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd at 7:30 a.m. this morning as news of the bombers dominated the news cycle.

And NBC Matt Lauer’s bad luck streak continues…

“Meanwhile Matt Lauer is shown live in West, Texas – doesn’t look very happy.” – Washington Examiner‘s Charlie Spiering.

Howard Kurtz’s brilliant morning sentiment

“Wish I hadn’t gone to sleep and missed all the action in Boston. Hope that manhunt ends soon.” — CNN, The Daily Beast-Newsweek‘s Howard Kurtz. (Photo credit: Politico)

At least Weingarten was joking: “You people really should have woken me up last night.” — WaPo’s Gene Weingarten. Read more

NBC’s Zucker Out, CNN’s Klein Fired

(L to R): Jonathan Klein and Ken Jautz

Two huge changes today in major network news — NBC’s Jeff Zucker and CNN’s Jonathan Klein are both hitting the road. Zucker informed staff Friday that he was leaving. Klein was fired earlier this week. TVNewser has a copy of the memo Zucker wrote to staff.

Ken Jautz, who heads HLN, will step in to Klein’s post.

An excerpt from NYT‘s Brian Stelter‘s story: “The change is effective immediately. Mr. Klein was fired earlier this week by his boss Jim Walton, the president of CNN Worldwide. In a telephone interview, Mr. Klein said Mr. Walton “told me they wanted to restructure things this way, and thank you very much, and good luck.”

An excerpt from NYT‘s Bill Carter‘s piece: “In an interview at NBC’s executive offices, Mr. Zucker, who is 45, said the decision to leave the only employer he has ever worked for — a decision that he acknowledged was not his own choice — became inevitable after a meeting two weeks ago with Steve Burke, Comcast’s chief operating officer.”

Matthews Re-Signs with MSNBC, Dean Joins CNBC

From TVNewser: The New York Times’ Bill Carter reports MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews is staying with the network, in a deal set to last “at least four years.”

The terms of the deal were not disclosed, and one unnamed executive said, “Whether he took a slight cut or got a slight raise, it’s nobody’s business.”

Matthews had been considering a Senate run in his home state of Pennsylvania, but told his staff January 7 he was staying at MSNBC. Matthews was clear in the article that he hadn’t used the possibility of leaving as a negotiating tool. “I think it’s unfair people think like that,” he said. “That’s sacrilegious.”

Also breaking this morning: Former DNC Chair Howard Dean is now a CNBC contributor, kicking off his new gig guest-hosting this morning. From HuffPost: “The move comes at a time when CNBC is under intense pressure to change its format and criticism for its failures to report or foresee much of today’s economic crisis. In this regard, Dean — who worked on Wall Street after graduating college and has family ties to the financial sector, but has nevertheless been an early critic of the business practices that contributed to the current recession — should be a refreshing presence, particularly for progressive economists.”

Morning Reading List, 07.17.08

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Morning Reading List, 01.23.08

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  • You are calling it right now – The Patriots are going to win the Super Bowl.

    NEWSPAPERS

  • Looks like lots of people are making this mistake.

  • The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs will host “Reporting from Iraq: the View from the Ground Up,” a forum on news reporting of the war featuring journalists who reported from the scene. It is this Thursday 8-10:30 p.m.

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  • TV Decoder reports, “As previously noted, Fox appears best positioned to weather the writers’ strike. ABC, on the other hand, may be hurt by it the most. Why? ‘Because it has the biggest scripted hits — and because its audience, heavily female, is most susceptible to being stolen away by ‘American Idol,” Bill Carter reported in Saturday’s Times.”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “In the latest fallout from the writers strike, CBS has trimmed its development slate, letting go of about 20 projects, most of them dramas.”

  • Fortune reports, “Headlines about Oprah Winfrey last week focused, quite rightly, on the icon’s plans to start her own cable television channel. But there’s another story to be told about Winfrey’s partner in the venture, Discovery Communications, and how its relatively new CEO is on a mission to remake the company.”

  • Variety reports, “Media and entertainment stocks have been sluggish for months, but things could well take a turn for the worse today. Bearish signs were everywhere Monday despite U.S. markets being closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Major plunges in markets in Europe and Asia suggested a boomerang hit Stateside today. Stock index futures pointed to a grim start to the week, possibly a loss of 400 points or more for the Dow. One mark being watched closely is 20%. With a particularly rough session, the market could register a 20% pullback from its peak in October, which would statistically qualify this as a bear market. The current bull market began in 2002.”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Poynter Online’s Steve Klein reports, “Since I first looked at the new White House blog, Trip Notes From The Middle East (which debuted on Jan. 8 with a couple posts by White House Press Secretary Dana Perino), there have been eight more posts by Ed Gillespie, Counsellor to the President; Stephen Hadley, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs; Bill McGurn, Assistant to the President for Speechwriting; Joshua Bolten, White House Chief of Staff; and on Jan. 16, none other than George W. Bush — well, you know who he is!”

  • UPI reports, “The New York Times agreed Monday to offer it’s online Web content to AT&T wireless customers at no extra charge to subscribers. According to Nielsen Online, NYTimes.com registered 17.2 million unique visitors in December 2007, helping secure its place as one of the country’s leading newspapers. Based in San Antonio, AT&T, similarly, is the country’s largest wireless company, bizjournals.com reported.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Yahoo! Inc., owner of the most- visited U.S. Web site, will cut about 700 jobs, or 5 percent of its workforce, as it reorganizes to compete with Google Inc., according to a person with knowledge of the plans.”

  • The Washington Note reports, “Facebook is no longer a college kid rolodex. It’s becoming part of emerging new media in the country — a distribution network for causes as well as news and opinion.”

  • Regarding this, The New York Post reports, “That three staffers — a writer, a photographer and an editor, former lobbyist Megan Carpentier — have been fired at Wonkette since Ken Layne took over the political Web site in DC. ‘He’s putting in place his own team,’ said owner Nick Denton.” And from Eat The Press: “Another Gawker Media Staff Shake-Up: Wonkette Editor Fired”

  • A tipster points us to this, the District Taxi Fare Estimator. “The estimator will help you determine if your cab fare in the District will cost more or less under the time and distance meters, which are scheduled to replace zones in April. You may choose one of our sample routes, or try your own by entering starting and destination addresses, or by dragging the green and red map markers. Remember, these are estimates. Actual fares will vary, depending upon how much time is spent stopped or slowed in congested traffic.”

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    RADIO

  • A release announced, “At noon, Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, WAMU 88.5′s weekly look at local politics will change names and broaden focus. Newly renamed, The Politics Hour with Kojo and Jonetta now will include comprehensive coverage and analysis of both local and state politics in Maryland and Virginia, in addition to the news and newsmakers in District politics. The monthly ‘Virginia Politics Hour’ and ‘Maryland Politics Hour’ episodes of The Kojo Nnamdi Show will be incorporated into the newly revamped Politics Hour, giving listeners a weekly source for the latest news from the Washington, D.C., suburbs and the statehouses in Annapolis and Richmond.”

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    JOBS

  • Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America is looking for a Director of Public Affairs.

  • Campaigns & Elections’ Politics magazine is looking for an Editorial Assistant.

  • Northern Virginia Daily is looking for a bureau chief.

  • NewsUSA is seeking a Manager Editor.

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