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Pols, Press Toast Schieffer’s 20 Years of “Face the Nation”

Had you walked through the doors of the St. Regis Hotel at this time last night, there’s a good chance you would have bumped into Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) making a quick exit from the fete for Bob Schieffer’s 20th anniversary with “Face the Nation.”  But a brush with the House Minority Leader was only an appetizer for the smorgasbord of the bipartisan political power that partied inside the hotel’s Astor Ballroom.  Raising a glass to the legendary newsman were current and former Secretaries of Defense Leon Panetta and Donald Rumsfeld, Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX), Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) who has appeared on Face the Nation more than any other guest.  Representing the White House were Dag Vega and Jen Psaki.

In his remarks, a flattered Schieffer joked that when he first got to Washington, Republicans and Democrats always attended parties together.  “But now it’s a big deal,” he told the crowded room.

The Washington press corps were also out in full force for Bob’s big night.  Spotted in the crowd were Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee, Bob Woodward, FNC’s Ed Henry, NBC’s David Gregory and Betsy Fischer, Politico’s Jonathan Martin, Keach Hagey, Mike Allen and Patrick Gavin, Newshour’s Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson, NYT’s David Sanger, WaPo’s Roxanne Roberts, and Steve Chaggaris. Rounding out the room were a slew of CBS talent and staff such as former “Face the Nation” EP Carin Pratt and current EP Mary Hager, Rob HendinKaylee Hartung, Chris Licht, Lara Logan, Jan Crawford, Nancy Cordes, Chip Reid, Bob Orr, Wyatt Andrews, John Dickerson, Christine Delargy, Walt Cronkite (Walter Cronkite’s grandson who now works in the DC bureau), Chris Isham and of course, the evening’s hosts and top network brass Jeff Fager and David Rhodes. Noticeably absent was new CBS News White House correspondent Norah O’Donnell who was in New York City covering the president and UN.

Throughout the evening a video highlighting Bob’s career played in the background – you can check it out here.  And if you missed our must-read interview with Schieffer last week, click here.

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O’Donnell Named WH Correspondent,”FTN” Sub for CBS News

Norah O’Donnell is leaving NBC for a gig as Chief White House Correspondent at CBS News.  In addition to her duties at the White House, Norah will be the principal substitute on “Face the Nation” —filling in for Bob Schieffer on occasions when he is out.

In a memo announcing Norah’s hire, CBS News President David Rhodes said, “Norah’s experience on Washington’s top beats—at the White House, on Capitol Hill, and at the Pentagon—will make her a great addition to our growing Washington team as we approach an election year.”

At the White House, O’Donnell will replace Chip Reid who will become the network’s National Correspondent, based in Washington when O’Donnell starts in July.

That said, does this mean Norah is the network’s pick as the future face of “Face?”

Obama Called on Who?

Today’s presser with President Obama ran 57 minutes. He called on the following reporters:

Ben Feller, AP
Savannah Guthrie, NBC
Mike Emanuel, Fox News
Chip Reid, CBS News
Peter Baker, NYT
Jake Tapper, ABC
Laura Meckler, WSJ
Ed Henry, CNN
Han Nichols, Bloomberg (asked if Obama would invite Speaker presumptive John Boehner (R-Ohio) over for a Slurpee, referencing a line Obama used on the campaign trail over and over again this cycle)
Matt Spetalnick, Reuters

Kurtz Goes Double Dipping on Media Anger

Screen-shot-2010-01-28-at-9.56.24-AM1.png On CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday, host Howard Kurtz led guests into a heated discussion on anger and personal attacks within the media. Guests included: CBS News’s Chief White House correspondent Chip Reid, GWU’s Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs Frank Sesno, former managing editor of USA Today and President of Ashburn Media Laura Ashburn and The Baltimore Sun‘s media writer David Zurawik. Watch it here.

“I’m enraged Howard,” Reid jokes, when Kurtz at one point cuts him off to move on to another aspect of the topic. Reid calls CBS News an “island of sanity” in regards to Kurtz’s subject of “The Poisonous Press.”

And in his WaPo column today, Kurtz again tackles the topic of media rage.

FishbowlDC reached out to Kurtz. Should he provide comment we’ll post it immediately. In the meantime, read what he has to say about his own place in the media after the jump…

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President Obama Holds Oil Spill Press Conference

President Obama just wrapped up his first official press conference on the Gulf Coast oil spill. It lasted about an hour.

After about ten minutes of remarks, the President took questions. Up first was the AP’s Jennifer Loven who asked if the President has been personally involved enough. “This has been our highest priority,” Obama responded.

Brian Williams, Harry Smith and George Stephanopoulos anchored special coverage on NBC, CBS and ABC. Chuck Todd, Jake Tapper and Chip Reid all also reported from the WH East Room.

After Loven, Tapper, Todd, McClatchy’s Steve Thomma, Reid, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, Helen Thomas, NYT‘s Jackie Calmes, EFE’s Macarena Vidal and Fox News’ Major Garrett got called on by the President for questions, in that order.

Thomas asked the first non-oil spill question, on Afghanistan. She asked Obama not to give her any “Bush-ist” too (not bullsh*t, calm down everyone). Calmes brought it back to oil spill. Garrett asked about the possible Sestak job offer from the administration- Obama promised an official response shortly, adding that nothing improper took place.

CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC also carried. WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, who’s live-tweeting the press conference, tweeted “tough image for Obama…MSNBC goes with split screen: Obama on one side, oil pipe spewing into gulf on the other.”

White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton took on criticism that the President hasn’t had a press conference in a long time on Twitter today:

@billburton44: politico: photo w/ a caption saying potus hasn’t had a press conf in 10 mos – odd since it’s from his press conf 4 mos ago

@billburton44: Other recent press conf’s: 2/9 (in the WH briefing room – documented in the photo) & 4/13 (in DC at the Nuclear Summit)

And despite press corps complaints that Presidential press conferences have been lacking, Real Clear Politics’ Mike Memoli tweeted this pic, “Low turnout from press for this event. Dozens of empty seats.”

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No Questions Allowed: CBS’s Reid on Freedom of Press Act Signing Ceremony

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CBS White House Correspondent Chip Reid couldn’t help by notice the blatant strangeness of President Obama not taking questions from the press on Monday during the signing of the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act.

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“There was some rich irony at the White House today — President Obama signed the Press Freedom Act, and then promptly refused to take any questions.

…It seemed a good opportunity to showcase press freedom in this country.”

…In the interest of press freedom, would you take a couple questions on BP?” That did elicit a smile, and he told me I was free to ask questions. Someone else shouted, ‘Will you answer them?’”

Read the entire post here.

FishbowlDC Interview With CBS’s Chip Reid

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chip reid.jpg Say hello to Chip Reid, chief White House correspondent for CBS News. He has been described by at least one of his White House Press Corp colleagues as a “genuinely kind human being.” We’ll forgive him this time for considering “jeepers” a swear word. His explanation is pretty reasonable.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Uh-oh — sounds too much like a Barbara Walters question. Sorry.

How often do you Google yourself? Whenever I’m feeling lonely. Alright, serious answer: once. Too scary to go there again.

Who is your favorite working journalist? Edward R. Murrow (I hope he’s still working.)

Did you see “Twilight” and “New Moon?” If so, who is more your type, Edward or Jacob? Time to show how un-hip I never heard of either (until I just Googled them.)

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Both – at the same time.

When did you last cry and why? Last year at my father’s “celebration of life.” He was my hero.

What word do you routinely misspell? Misspell.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Vibrate.

What swear word do you use most often? Jeepers. (I just did the CBS legal department’s annual indecency review and I’m taking no chances.)

What word or phrase do you overuse? “Where’s the men’s room?” (Hey, I”m over 50.)

What TV show do you have to watch? Jeopardy (I told you I’m un-hip.)

If you were trapped on a deserted island, which public official would you want to be trapped with and why? President Obama – because the Secret Service would find us in minutes.

Find out what Chip’s “biggest scoop” is after the jump. Just a clue, it’s not chocolate…

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CBS’ Guest List for Nerd Prom 2010

The White House Correspondents Association’s annual dinner is a month away but invitations are already making their rounds and A-list guests are being leaked. As usual, FishbowlDC will be all over it.

We already have the skinny on some of CBS’ guests for this year’s Nerd Prom. Attending with CBS this year are Rahm Emanuel, CBS TV stars Julianna Margolis and Chris O’Donnell, Senator Brown’s daughter, American Idol star Ayla Brown, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Mayor Adrian Fenty and his wife Michelle, Congressman Eric Cantor and White House Deputy Social Secretary Ebs Burnough.

Some of the CBSers: Katie Couric, Harry Smith, chief White House correspondent Chip Reid, a very pregnant Maggie Rodriguez from the “Early Show” and Nancy Cordes from the DC bureau.

We’ll keep updating as they roll in…

CBS’ “Washington Unplugged” Turns 1!

CBS News’ weekly webcast, “Washington Unplugged” celebrated its one-year anniversary with a slew of media types at 14K restaurant on Wednesday evening. And though the TVs above the bar were set to CNN, the guests below were rubbing elbows with CBS-ers like Washington Bureau Chief Chris Isham, John Dickerson, Chip Reid, Bill Plante, Nancy Cordes, Marc Ambinder, Kaylee Hartung, Christine Delargy, Michelle Levi and Fernando Suarez.

Boozing with the broadcasters were Daily Caller’s Becca Glover, Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich, Emily Miller, Tammy Haddad, Politico’s Kiki Ryan with boy toy Tim Burger, Janet Donovan, Juleanna Glover, Matt Cooper, Cantor Press Secretary Brad Dayspring, Doug Thornell from Cong. Van Hollen’s office, Examiner’s Tara Palmeri, Mark Paustenbach, Politico’s Mike Allen and WH wunderkind Ronnie Cho (wearing pants…sorry ladies).

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Photos by CBS News’ Tom Albano. More after the jump.

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CBS’s “Washington Unplugged” Prepares to Party

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CBS’s Washington bureau is getting ready for tonight’s cocktail party at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza hotel. The party celebrates the one-year anniversary of their daily political webcast, “Washington Unplugged”.

The segment began with Bob Schieffer hosting. It was a weekly webcast that soon expanded to daily. Today CBS News Political Analyst John Dickerson and correspondents such as congressional reporter Nancy Cordes, investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson and national security correspondent Bob Orr share hosting duties with Schieffer.

Guests on “Washington Unplugged have been a mix of bigwigs in Washington and Hollywood – including Zac Efron, Claire Danes, Goldie Hawn, and Woody Harrelson. Favorite guests: Elmo (Schieffer interviewed the popular red fuzzy animal himself) and Cheech and Chong (they offered anchor Bill Plante a joint).

Tonight’s party is sure to attract reporters from publications such as NYT, WaPo, HuffPost, and TPM to Daily Caller, Politico and more.

From CBS: Chief White House correspondent Chip Reid, Dickerson, Atlantic reporter Marc Ambinder, bureau chief Chris Isham, web producers Michelle Levi and Lauren Seifert, digital journalist Fernando Suarez, Christine DeLargy and Kaylee Hartung, who has been doing the “Unplugged, Under 40″ pieces.

And there will be cupcakes. Fresh off their appearance on “Washington Unplugged”, Georgetown Cupcakes is making cupcakes specially for CBS’s party – and the girls will attend.

Remarked Schieffer: “What’s great about Washington Unplugged is that it gives us a place to report those little stories, the delicious little nuggets of news that there is no room for on television.”

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