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Press held in crappy press space

“We’re outside Albuquerque. many of u will be pleased to know that the press space is in a horse corral, and we are literally walking on dung.” NBC’s Mike Viqueira on Tuesday on Twitter.

Journo sick of Obama phrases

“Can Obama drop “our politics” and “kind of politics” in his speeches in 2012? So tired of the usage.” — RealClearPolitics’s Erin McPike in a Tuesday tweet.

Levi put on the spot

“That’s a girl’s decision.” — Wasilla, Alaska Mayoral hopeful Levi Johnson on MSNCB Lawrence O’Donnell‘s “The Last Word” Tuesday night on how he feels about the Morning After pill. O’Donnell asked Johnston the very questions that CBS’s Katie Couric asked former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

A weird but compelling interview

“Levi Johnston on Larry O’Donnell’s show is so awkward yet so mesmerizing.” — NBC Capitol Hill correspondent Luke Russert on Tuesday night on Twitter.

What a nice surprise…

“Making me smile after busy show tonight: Charlie Gibson stopped by our ABC DC bureau.” — ABC’s Rick Klein on Tuesday on Twitter.

Reporters chit chat about gourmet market

“Listening to producers and reporters gush about Wegmans during a tour of radio and tv gallery’s new digs w/ Louise Slaughter.” — Vince Morris, spokesman to Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), in a Tuesday tweet.

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ABC Fires Back at WaPo’s Tom Shales

WaPo’s TV critic Tom Shales believes the sky will fall for ABC’s pick of Christiane Amanpour for host of “This Week”. And ABC is firing back. Hard.

The more negative Shales is, the more positive ABC says it is about its choice. ABC Senior V.P. Jeffrey Schneider told FishbowlDC: “There have always been all kinds of fretful ink spilled about decisions we’ve made that ultimately turn out quite well for ABC News. If we are being accused of hiring one of the most well respected journalists in the world we proudly plead guilty and are looking forward to having Christiane focus her considerable talents on the Sunday morning landscape.”

ABC sees Shales as a Chicken Little. He doubted that George Stephanopoulos should leave “This Week” for “GMA”. He wrote that “Nightline” would fail after Ted Koppel. And now, in Shales’s column today, he boldly predicts that ABC will reverse its Amanpour pick and “come up with another nominee for the job.”

An excerpt:
Giving Amanpour the “This Week” job seems like one more bitter pill for ABC professionals to swallow, even as they overdose on all the others they’ve been forced to gulp down. After artfully orchestrating a smooth transition from Charlie Gibson to Diane Sawyer on ABC’s “World News,” Westin now seems to have ended his winning streak with a resounding clunk.

Read Shales’s entire column here.

Charlie Sits Down with President in Last Week as “World News” Anchor

ABC’s Charlie Gibson is going out with a bang… in his last week in the chair, the “World News” anchor will sit down with President Obama Wednesday and anchor from the White House for tomorrow evening’s show.

Wonder if he’ll make it to the White House’s press holiday party this evening…

RELATED: ABCNews.com Celebrates Gibson’s Career

ABC’s DC Bureau Says Goodbye to Charlie

We hear Charlie Gibson paid a visit to the Washington bureau of ABC News this week to say some goodbyes. It was announced earlier that December 18th would be the “World News” anchor’s last day in the chair. Diane Sawyer takes over in January.

White House correspondent Jake Tapper tweeted Friday:

@jaketapper: Charlie Gibson came by the DC bureau yesterday to say goodbye. HUGE outpouring, Man is beloved.

More Secretaries Gates & Clinton Interviews

More interview information via Playbook: After today’s hearings, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will do interviews with NBC’s Brian Williams and CBS’ Katie Couric. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will sit down with ABC’ss Charlie Gibson and PBS “NewsHour.”

December 18th…

ABC announced this afternoon that Charlie Gibson‘s last day as the anchor of “World News” will be December 18th.

Executive producer Jon Banner posted this message on the “World Newser” blog:

From Our Newsroom: Charlie to Sign Off From “World News” on December 18

It’s that time of year in this great country of ours when we give thanks for family and friends and focus on the things that matter most to us. It’s no different here in the newsroom, where we are preparing to see our very good friend and anchor off as he begins a new journey.

We’ve known this day was coming; Charlie first told us of his desire to retire in early September. As he said then, it’s the right time for him and his amazing family.

So today I wanted to let you know that Charlie’s last day as anchor of World News will be December 18. We’re going to spend a good deal of time during his final week on the air looking back at the stories Charlie covered, hearing again from some of the remarkable people he interviewed, and paying tribute to our friend and colleague, and the enormous contribution he has made to ABC News over the last three decades.

Coverage Plans: President Obama’s Tuesday Address

President Obama will address the nation from West Point 8pmET tomorrow on his Afghanistan plans. TVNewser reports that all networks will carry Obama’s primetime address. And we’re beginning to hear just how the nets and cable will cover…

CBS: Katie Couric will anchor CBS’ live broadcast at 8pmET.

ABC: Charlie Gibson will anchor ABC’s live coverage. He will be joined by George Stephanopoulos, Jake Tapper, Martha Raddatz, senior foreign correspondent Jim Sciutto in Kabul and ABC News consultant Ret. General Jack Keane. Terry Moran will anchor “Nightline” from West Point beginning at 11:35pmET. Also at 8pmET, political director David Chalian and senior political reporter Rick Klein will anchor ABC News NOW’s live coverage on abcnews.com. Aaron Katersky, Ann Compton and Steve Roberts will cover it on radio.

CNN: Wolf Blitzer, joined by CNN’s Campbell Brown, Anderson Cooper, John King, Christiane Amanpour, Fareed Zakaria and senior political analysts Gloria Borger and David Gergen, will anchor the cabler’s live coverage beginning at 8pmET. “360″ will air live at 10pmET and “Larry King Live” will air live at midnight.

C-SPAN: Live coverage begins at 8pmET, likely on C-SPAN2 (if Senate is done for the day), plus coverage on C-SPAN Radio and live-streaming on C-SPAN.org.

We’ll continue to update.

Gibson Interviews the Gates in DC


Photo by Fred Watkins/ABC.

ABC’s Charlie Gibson sat down with billionaire philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates in DC today. The Gates are in town for an event this evening at Sidney Harman Hall, “Living Proof: Why We Are Impatient Optimists.”

The interview will air tonight on “World News” and the “World News” webcast. Excerpts here.

Morning Reading List 10.21.09

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Hanson spotting. What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES | AWARDS & EVENTS | REVOLVING DOOR | IN MEMORIAM

NEWSPAPERS

E&P: “Wash Post” Salon Issue Raises Ethics Concerns About Brauchli.

TV

CNN’s Don Lemon joined the Morning Media Menu earlier to talk iReport, Twitter and user generated content.

We told you last week that George Stephanopoulos‘ duties would be increasing at ABC- he’ll be Diane Sawyer‘s primary substitute anchor of “World News” come January when she takes over for Charlie Gibson. Now he’s name is being circulated as Sawyer’s replacement as “GMA” anchor. More in LAT.

Anderson Cooper 360″ correspondent and weekend CBS “Early Show” co-anchor Erica Hill is expecting.

MAGAZINES

A statement from Newsweek on the release of journalist Maziar Bahari: “We are delighted to announce that Newsweek journalist Maziar Bahari has arrived in London in time to witness the upcoming birth of his first child. The editors of Newsweek, Maziar, and his bride Paola Gourley would like to thank the thousands of friends, colleagues and well-wishers around the world whose support over the last few months has helped to make this moment possible. Your efforts have been invaluable, and the family is deeply grateful. They ask only that they be allowed some time alone together now after their long and trying separation.”

NEWS NOTES

Andrew Breitbart is poised to unveil a new ACORN video on BigGovernment.com today.

REVOLVING DOOR

LAT‘s Peter Wallsten is moving to WSJ to cover national politics from DC.

AWARDS & EVENTS

Jimmy Kimmel wil emcee the National Italian American Foundation 34th Anniversary Gala Saturday at the Hilton Washington. CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo, Justice Samuel Alito and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are among those expected to attend.

IN MEMORIAM

AP: Jack Nelson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who covered the civil rights movement and the Watergate scandal for the Los Angeles Times, has died. Nelson, 80, died at home early Wednesday.

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Morning Reading List 10.20.09

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What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | RADIO | NEWS NOTES | IN MEMORIAM

NEWSPAPERS

Cuts at NYT was the topic of discussion on today’s Morning Media Menu with FishbowlNY’s Amanda Ernst.

Duke’s Chronicle catches up with WaPo‘s Dana Priest on investigative reporting.

TV

Booking Wars: Is Don Imus having a hard time booking CNN, MSNBC and CNBC talent on “Imus in the Morning” on FBN?

Former NBC White House and Washington correspondent Kevin Corke has landed a new gig in Miami. He writes on Facebook: “FINALLY GOT A JOB! I am the new main anchor at WTVJ (NBC) in Miami. Thanks to everyone for the well wishes and prayers throughout. Come see me in South Florida!” We’ll have a Q&A with Corke on FBDC later today.

Maryland Public TV celebrates 40 years.

RADIO

NPR’s “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me” is on the road. NBC’s Brian Williams will join the show from Carnegie Hall this week for the “Not My Job” segment.

NEWS NOTES

The debate over health care reform is back as the biggest story last week, according to Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. This is the highest level of coverage since President Obama’s prime-time speech the week of September 7-13. But, obviously, late in the week, “balloon boy” captivated the media.

IN MEMORIAM

CBS remembered legendary CBS newsman Don Hewitt, who died in August, yesterday at the Time Warner Center. Morley Safer, Andy Rooney, Bill O’Reilly, Diane Sawyer, Charlie Gibson, Mike Wallace, Rome Hartman, “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager, Les Moonves, actor Alan Alda and Hewitt family were present. “Don was utterly incapable of small talk,” said Safer. “Don liked to boast he could cut the Lord’s prayer in half and make it better.”

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