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NBC’s Brian Williams on DC Baby Boom

Nine months ago was the government shutdown. Sibley Memorial Hospital is now reporting live births are up about three per day. And NBC’s Brian Williams nailed it.

“How long until someone on television points out that during the shutdown the folks in Washington are apparently doing at home what Washington has been accused of doing to the American people,” Williams said. “We’re guessing someone will say that on television before long.”

Diane Sawyer’s One on One with Hillary Clinton Led CBS and NBC in Last Night’s Ratings

DIANE SAWYER, HILLARY CLINTONRatings are in for last night’s ABC News special “Hillary Clinton – Public and Private One on One with Diane Sawyer” and the network led CBS and NBC in viewers for the hour, not too surprisingly though as CBS aired back to back episodes of “Mike and Molly” while NBC aired “American Ninja Warrior.” The previous hour’s “Bachelorette: The Journey So Far” special on ABC garnered 4.0 million viewers and the 9 – 10 pm special with Clinton grew by 53% to 6.1 million viewers overall. It’s second half hour also grew – by 12% – from 5.7 million viewers in its first half to 6.4 million in the second.

Last month’s NBC News interview of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden by Brian Williams averaged 5.948 million total viewers and was ranked #1 among the broadcast networks during the 10 – 11 pm hour it aired in all 18-49 demo ratings (tied with CBS in W18-49) and M/A25-54. Sawyer’s sit down with Clinton placed forth in the same demo at 1.0 million in its respective time slot.

On top in ratings last night was FOX, which aired “24″ and averaged 6.333 million viewers in the 9 – 10 pm hour.

The headline in the original version of this post compared Clinton’s sit down with Sawyer to that of last week’s Williams exclusive with Snowden. The programs aired on different nights (Monday and Wednesday, respectively) and in back to back time slots (9 – 10 pm and 10 – 11 pm, respectively).

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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Final Ratings for NBC’s Snowden Special In, Rep. Pete King Calls Interview an “Infomercial”

WilliamsSnowden-1024x576The final numbers are in for last night’s interview of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden by NBC News’ Brian Williams. Early numbers for “Inside The Mind of Edward Snowden” were released this morning and as of last hour, the final Nielsen report is out.

The NBC special averaged 5.948 million total viewers. It was ranked #1 among the broadcast networks during the hour in all 18-49 demo ratings (tied with CBS in W18-49) and M/A25-54. During the 10pm hour, CBS aired a repeat of “CSI.”

And in case you missed it, Joe Scarborough asked Rep. Pete King (R-NY) on today’s “Morning Joe” whether Snowden deserves any leniency. King referred to Snowden’s claims as a “myth.”

“Unfortunately, Brian Williams almost added to that last night, basically giving him an infomercial,” said Rep. King. “I really wish Brian Williams would have gone after him, and asked him if he had one piece of evidence that shows that the NSA has violated the law in any way.”

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Former NSA Contractor Edward Snowden Sits Down with NBC’s Brian Williams

WilliamsSnowden-1024x576Last night during his first television interview with American media, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden sat down with NBC’s Brian Williams for a 10pm special and made his case for a plea bargain, as well as discussed being stranded in Russia after the US government revoked his passport.

Answering whether he considers himself a patriot, Snowden said that he does.

“Being a patriot doesn’t mean prioritizing service to government above all else. Being a patriot means knowing when to protect your country, knowing when to protect your Constitution, knowing when to protect your countrymen from the — the violations of an — and encroachments of adversaries. And those adversaries don’t have to be foreign countries. They can be bad policies. They can be officials who, you know, need a little bit more accountability. They can be mistakes of government and — and simple overreach and — and things that — that should never have been tried, or — or that went wrong.”

Even though Snowden feels what he did was right, he recognizes that sometimes doing right is not legal.

“Sometimes to do the right thing, you have to break a law…You have to make sure that what you’re risking, what you’re bringing onto yourself does not serve as a detriment to anyone else.”

For a full look at Williams’ sit down with Snowden – which took place last week at the Kempinsky Hotel in Moscow – click on over to NBC News.

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

Wash Life‘s John Arundel Snags Handsome Pic Discussing Death of Philip Seymour Hoffman

Congratulations to Washington Life Associate Publisher John Arundel on sharing his thoughts on the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, whom he met 3 times, yesterday on ”Good Morning America,” CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” NBC’s “Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” and on the front page of The New York Post. During a conversation with Hoffman a mere weeks ago at Sundance, Arundel recounts the actor confessing, “I’m a heroin addict.”

Some are accusing Arundel of grandstanding (see his Facebook post after the jump), a charge he denies. We think his new Facebook profile picture -snapped on set, live, from Good Morning America! -speaks for itself though. Great smile, John!

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Read John’s humblebrag Facebook post after the jump…

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Brian Williams and Paul Ryan to Talk Poverty at Newseum Thursday

Brian_Williams anchorRep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), NBC’s Brian Williams, and a slew of  other journalists are gathering at the Newseum on Thursday to discuss poverty as part of NBC’s “In Plain Sight” initiative. The two part event will start with Williams interviewing Rep. Ryan, who has been travelling the country recently, visiting low income neighborhoods. He has also challenged his party to adopt a new anti-poverty plan to replace what he has called the “failed” war on poverty. Then Williams will moderate a panel of journalists, including:

  • David Stoeffler, Executive Editor of the Springfield News Leader in Springfield, MO
  • Krissy Clark, Senior Reporter on the Wealth and Poverty Desk for “Marketplace” on American Public Media
  • Susan Smith Richardson, Editor and Publisher of The Chicago Reporter
  • John Sharify, reporter for KING-5 TV in Seattle, WA

They will discuss how the news media covers poverty in America. Members of the media can RSVP to Erika Masonhall at erika.masonhall@nbcuni.com. Press check-in will be at the main entrance.

WHAT: Poverty in America: Reporting the Story
WHO: NBC and the Newseum
WHERE: The Newseum, Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater, 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC
WHEN: Thursday, January 9th, 7:30 PM

FBDC’s Winners and Losers of Twitter

FishbowlDC’s Mediabistro cousin AllTwitter has just announced the Top 20 Biggest Brands on Twitter, based on number of followers. That got us thinking, how would the DC media orgs rank up? Below we’ve compiled the most recent follower stats for the biggest brands in DC Journo-Land.

Here are the top take-aways: 1) WaPo has more followers than all other DC-based papers combined; 2) The 44 year old National Journal hasn’t yet cracked 100k, while 4 year old Daily Caller has more than 124k; 3) CNN has, far and away, the most followers out of any news org -Anderson has more followers than FOX and MSNBC combined; 4) Brian Williams doesn’t tweet, but has almost 200k followers; 5) CBS News personalities have some serious work to do in terms of online branding -even FishbowlDC has more followers than Scott Pelley.

DC Papers:

Washington Post: 2,290,181
USA Today: 862,012
Washington Times: 118,615
Washington City Paper: 37,186

Political Pubs/Websites:

Politico: 650,108
The Hill: 391,327
Roll Call: 158,259
Daily Caller: 124, 629
National Journal: 75,524
FishbowlDC: 26,075
Washington Examiner: 15,130

Cables and Networks after the jump…

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