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Jon Stewart’s Take on White House Security Breaches, Ousted Julia Pierson’s Testimony

Hours after the resignation of Julia Pierson as director of the Secret Service, Jon Stewart tackled recent breaches to the White House and presidential security, identified Monday by The Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig and preceding Pierson’s Tuesday hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

After showing clips of news coverage since the September 19 White House fence-jumper incident and from Pierson’s testimony, Stewart mocked:

“Here’s how dysfunctional the Secret Service is at this point. Congress had to help them come up with solutions…A lock, an alarm system, or spiky plants. You never want to be in a position where you are charged with guarding the president of the United States and you could be replaced by a plant!”

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Monday’s ‘Special Report with Bret Baier’ Earns Second Highest Ratings for 2014

bretfourMonday night following Carol Leonnig‘s Washington Post piece that the September 19 White House fence-jumper made it to the East Room of the White House, FOX News Channel’s ”Special Report with Bret Baier” posted its second highest rated program of the year with nearly 2.6 million total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. Monday’s broadcast numbers were the program’s second to the July 17 coverage of the Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot down over Ukraine.

“Special Report” had 2,583,000 total viewers and 371,000 in the A25-54 demo Monday night, more than the combined numbers of CNN’s “Situation Room” and MSNBC’s “Politics Nation.”

Ratings: Monday, September 29, 2014

FNC’s “Special Report” : 2,583,000 in P2+ (371,000 in A25-54)
CNN’s “Situation Room” : 611,000 in P2+ (184,000 in A25-54)
MSNBC’s “Politics Nation” : 518,000 in P2+ (95,000 in A25-54)

WaPo’s Carol Leonnig Writes White House Fence-Jumper Made it into the East Room

whitehouseThe Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig published a piece Monday afternoon on how far the White House fence-jumper actually made it into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on September 19.

Leonnig writes:

“After barreling past the guard immediately inside the door, Gonzalez, who was carrying a knife, dashed past the stairway leading a half-flight up to the first family’s living quarters. He then ran into the 80-foot-long East Room, an ornate space often used for receptions or presidential addresses.”

Secret Service earlier said that Omar Gonzalez was detained by officers after jumping a fence and running approximately 100 yards just past the North Portico doors to the White House, a claim now disputed by “three people familiar with the incident.”

Leonnig’s report comes on the eve of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson’s Tuesday hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

For more, click on over to The Washington Post.

DC Journos Rack Up Polk Awards

polkawardThe winners of the 2013 George Polk Awards were announced Sunday and DC journalists were well represented among them. Out of 30 journalists honored, 8 were from DC. WaPo did particularly well, with their journalists taking home awards in 3 of the 13 categories.

The George Polk Awards in Journalism are conferred annually to honor special achievement in journalism. The awards, which place a premium on investigative and enterprise reporting that gains attention and achieves results, were established in 1949 by Long Island University to commemorate George Polk, a CBS correspondent murdered in 1948 while covering the Greek civil war.

 

Below is a list of all the winners from the DC area:

Best National Security Reporting: WaPo‘ s Barton Gellman for  ”U.S., British intelligence mining data from nine U.S. Internet companies in broad secret program” about the Edward Snowden leaks. This award was shared with Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras of The Guardian.

Best National Reporting: WaPo‘s Eli Saslow for ’Waiting for the 8th“ about the lives of the people who receive assistance from the federal food stamp program.

Best Political Reporting: WaPo‘s Rosalind S. HeldermanLaura Vozzella and Carol Leonnig for ”McDonnell apologizes, repays loans“ about the scandal that led to the indictments of Gov. McDonnell (R-VA) and his wife.

Best Business Reporting: Center for Public Integrity’s Alison Fitzgerald, Daniel Wagner, Lauren Kyger, and John Dunbar for After the Meltdown” demonstrating that regulators and prosecutors have failed to hold a single major player on Wall Street accountable for the reckless behavior that sparked the 2008 financial crisis.

Great job, y’all! And keep up the good work!

 

Morning Chatter

Inside Mother Jones D.C. HQ…

“Bottom animal cracker is clearly a hippo. But wtf is the top one?” — Mother JonesNick Baumann, who also writes for The Economist. We’re pretty sure it’s in the Cheetah family.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:27 a.m.

Convo Between a Journo and a Weiner

NY Observer’s ROSS BARKAN: “@anthonyweiner absolutely melts down at voter in Boro Park. Story coming.”

ANTHONY WEINER: “@RossBarkan if by melt down you mean stood up to a heckler. Yep. Did that. That’s what Mayors have to do sometimes.”

Uh oh.

“Hey somebody at @HuffingtonPost should get back to @tressiemcphd about using her blog post w/o permission. cc @ryangrim @ariannahuff” – Mother Jones Co-editor Clara Jeffrey. D.C. Bureau Chief Ryan Grim got right back to her, saying, “Flagging it for the blog editors.”

Bezos convenes with Posties

“Post’s new owner Jeff Bezos: ‘Should it be as easy to buy the Washington Post as it is to buy diapers on Amazon? I think it should.’” — WaPo reporter Carol Leonnig.

Double the fun?

“Occasional memo: follow @johndickerson for links to my articles and appearances. Remain on this line for everyhting [sic] else.” — CBS Political Director and Slate‘s John Dickerson.

Attempted weed sale

“My neighbor’s kid just tried to sell me weed while I was taking the trash out. Good night, everyone!” — FBDC and BP Show’s Peter Ogburn.

Excellent advice for Washington journalists

“Reporters should follow @anthonyweiner around *after* the mayoral race because you know that’s when it’s really going to get good.” — CNBC Contributor Tony Fratto, a former U.S. Treasury and White House official.

Say hello to the President of Eli Lake’s fan club 

“I’m serious. @EliLake has helped cause more evil, suffering, and death than all the serial murderers of the past century combined.” — I’m a Monkey Mom. (as RT by Daily Beast-Newsweek‘s Eli Lake)