Colleagues and friends came together for a goodbye party for CBS News former Political Director Steve Chaggaris at Darlington House in Dupont Circle. Chaggaris is going to work for Allbritton as the new director of TV projects and senior executive producer, where he will help launch a new metro website cable channel.
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Earlier today, we reported on Andrew Tyndall‘s list of the most heavily-used network news correspondents from the last decade. Washington journos dominated the last ten years and 2009 was no different.
With 370 minutes of airtime in ’09, ABC’s Jake Tapper easily took the first place spot for the year. CBS’ Chip Reid was the second most heavily-used last year, followed by NBC’s Chuck Todd and Tom Costello who were both in the top 5.
Check out the full list on Tyndall’s site here.
CBS’ Bob Schieffer revived a Walter Cronkite tradition on this morning’s “Face the Nation”– the holiday roundtable. The CBS News team- chief White House correspondent Chip Reid, national security Bob Orr, national security correspondent David Martin and congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes- joined the anchor and chief Washington correspondent for 2010 analysis and predictions. Roundtable video here.
And that wasn’t all… today’s “Face the Nation” was also the CBS debut of chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford. She recently made the move from ABC and kicks off a new year in CBS’ Washington bureau.
Photo via cbsnews.com.
• CBS’ Face the Nation: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
• ABC’s This Week: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) and a roundtable with CFR President Richard Haass, ABC’s and columnist George Will, The Nation‘s Katrina vanden Heuvel and WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan
• Fox News Sunday: U.S. Central Command Commander Gen. David Petraeus, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and a panel with Fox News analysts Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, former White House press secretary Dana Perino and NPR’s Juan Williams
• Washington Watch with Roland Martin: U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), and U.S. Army (Retired) Major General John Hawkins, American Urban Radio Networks April Ryan, Republican commentator Ron Christie, Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons, Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson and News One/Interactive One’s Smokey Fontaine
• CNN’s Amanpour: Afghan President Hamid Karzai
Notes from a briefing room press insider…
7-’11: The point that WH senior administration officials had predicted would be the most “misunderstood” of POTUS’s Afghan address was the focus of many a question in the briefing room. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs identified the July 2011 date as a “transition point” that ensures the Afghans must make progress, and he used the word “incentivize” more than once to describe how this strategy is expected to affect Afghan performance. Fighting the popular criticism that this date-setting might encourage the enemy, RG said it was “highly illogical” that critics were complaining that the Taliban would retreat until that date and then attempt a return. This, RG said, would give us “space” to train Afghan forces to secure such territories. Predictably swearing against engaging in hypotheticals about July 2011 conditions, RG simplified: “A conditions-based drawdown will begin in July of 2011.” And in response to the Defense Secy’s testimony this morning where Gates noted that POTUS could change his mind, RG said he wouldn’t disagree with that (but that the focus should be on POTUS’s words). On offense, he noted that at the end of the two years between summers 2009 and 2011 we will essentially see “triple the resources” in the war.
Happy Holidays to All: The gloomy weather was not confined to the outdoors, as several exchanges today indicated a tense mood in the post-POTUS address briefing. For the third time this week, RG compared a reporter’s temperament to that of his six-year-old son, and twice today he questioned the importance of reporters’ queries. “I’m going to get back to weightier topics,” he said as things heated up over Salahi-gate. “Can we get onto something semi-pertinent?” he asked as Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols and Fox’s Major Garrett asked why the Chamber of Commerce might not be invited to tomorrow’s jobs summit. On the topic of Rumsfeld criticism of war strategy, RG said to ABC’s Jake Tapper, “You go to war with the Secretary of Defense you have, Jake,” to which an agitated Tapper replied: “That’s cute. The question, though….” (There was clarification here that the Obama team’s primary “underresourced war” argument is focused on the 2008 requests — not during Rumsfeld’s term in office — that they say they inherited when their predecessors did not okay them.)
President Obama will address the nation from West Point at 8pmET on his Afghanistan plans. TVNewser reported yesterday that all networks will carry Obama’s primetime address. As far as we know so far, here’s how the nets and cablers will cover…
• 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, Campbell Brown and Anderson Cooper will anchor CNN’s live coverage beginning at 8pmET from NY. John King, Christiane Amanpour, Fareed Zakaria, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Candy Crowley, Michael Ware, Pentagon correspondents Chris Lawrence and Barbara Starr, foreign affairs correspondent Jill Dougherty, and Ed Henry from the West Point, as well as senior political analysts Gloria Borger and David Gergen will contribute.
A special edition of “CNN Tonight” anchored by John Roberts will air at 7pmET, “360″ will air live at 10pmET and “Larry King Live” will air live at midnight. Senior international correspondent Nic Robertson and international correspondents Atia Abawi and Frederik Pleitgen will report live all night from Kabul. Correspondents Deborah Feyerick, David Mattingly and Mary Snow will report on reactions from civilians and troops at US military bases, including Ft. Hood, Ft. Bragg, 29 Palms and others. CNN Radio correspondent Bob Costantini will anchor live coverage from Washington. CNN iReport and the blog “Afghanistan Crossroads” will also have live coverage online.
• MSNBC: Coverage of the President’s speech on MSNBC will be followed by a special live editions of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” at 9pmET, “The Rachel Maddow Show” at 10pmET, “Hardball with Chris Matthews” at 11pmET and “The Ed Show” at 12amET.
• 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.
Notes from a briefing room press insider…
Afghanistan TBA: In the first day back in the Brady briefing room in two weeks, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs fielded a lot of lingering questions on the Afghan troop decision timeline. Another Sit Room meeting is scheduled for 1.5 hours this evening, and while RG has already ruled out an announcement this week, no further meetings are scheduled. (Yet.) As CBS’s Chip Reid pushed on the “dithering” criticism and whether the WH felt pressured by the angst of U.S. allies, RG flipped the questioning tables to drill Reid on his sources for such a sentiment. Reid said he thought RG should be familiar with such criticism, and an almost Who’s-on-First-like back-and-forth ensued, with RG eventually joking, “We could play the Jeopardy! version of this.” When Reid posed an unrelated follow-up on a critical analysis by Leslie Gelb — shared by “other analysts” — on POTUS’s recent Asia jaunt, RG jabbed, “We’re going to play this game again?”
Quotable: RG, on the odds that health care will make its way through the Senate and reconciliation process before January to meet the WH “deadline”: “You guys are better odds makers than me.” (He also noted that “that’s our hope” and it “continues to be our goal” — which seem like less hearty words than when previously asked this question.)
A True Team of Rivals: After Fox’s Wendell Goler slipped on citing the new WH counsel Bob Bauer, instead referencing Gary Bauer as the new top West Wing lawyer, RG deadpanned, “That might be some news.” (Sure would have helped an otherwise slow, rainy day….)
Each network will get about 10 minutes with POTUS.
CORRECTION: We earlier posted that ABC’s Jake Tapper would be interviewing President Obama but we’re told that ABC gave up their interview spot in Asia because Jake interviewed the President last week at the WH.
Notes from a briefing room press insider…
Chaos in Gibbs-istan: As a skeptical tone continues to rise in the Brady briefing room, Afghanistan ruled the show today as Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was forced repeatedly to bat down the premise that Gen. Stanley McChrystal has earned a POTUS-backed slap on the wrist for breaking the silence on the war’s policy review in a London speech. CNN’s Ed Henry led the charge, with RG more than once accusing him of “many caveats in your question” as he quoted McChrystal; RG, in a common podium defense, said he didn’t know whether POTUS had seen the “Chaos-istan” comment and, in response to whether the speech was appropriate, that he wasn’t in charge of scheduling for each member of the military, later repeating that POTUS is “comfortable with the way the process is and how it’s moving forward.” He chastised reporters: “I get that the Washington game is to do the back and forth,” to which Henry promptly cried: “It’s not a Washington game!” RG called the 25-minute POTUS-McChrystal one-on-one onboard AF1 in Copenhagen “a constructive meeting … not about what’s going on on cable television.” In response to whether NSA Jim Jones was rebuking McChrystal in his comments on the Sunday shows: “Far be it for me to parse the words of a four-star general.”
But What if We’re Thirsty?: POTUS is set to brief Congressional leaders tomorrow on the Afghan review process, which RG says is intended to “walk them through where we are” and “solicit their views.” In the wake of the deadly weekend attack in Afghanistan, he noted that the strategy on the table is to move from such outposts and focus more on the population centers. ABC Radio’s Ann Compton followed up to ask why that strategy had not been implemented if it had in fact been agreed upon “several months ago,” as RG said. She was referred to the five-sided building. As for the hush-hush Af-Pak meetings (a five-part series, so far), RG forewarned that “it isn’t about the number of meetings” and that the fifth meeting might not immediately precede a POTUS announcement. When CBS’s Chip Reid employed the old RG baseball analogy technique to ask what inning it is for the Afghan assessment, RG replied: “You haven’t even gone for your first beer yet.”
Too Cool for School: Bracing ourselves for perhaps the most highly anticipated “beer summit” this town has ever seen, reporters continued to hammer away at press secretary Robert Gibbs on the logistics for this evening’s Gates-Crowley-Obama meet. Multiple requests for a fuller readout or soundbite opportunity were rebuffed. “We’re his students, Robert,” ABC’s Jake Tapper joked, invoking (for the first of many times) the “teachable moment” brand that POTUS introduced. Gibbs noted that press would have an opportunity to take it up with POTUS himself during this afternoon’s Oval meeting with Philippines President Arroyo. “A teachable moment — to learn the schedule,” he quipped. “Is he the teacher?” TWT‘s Jon Ward asked. “All of us are, perhaps, in a moment we hope can teach all in this country that dialogue and communication will always improve a situation,” Gibbs responded. (Always? Except “stupidly,” right?)
The Sun’ll Come Out…: When NYT‘s Helene Cooper asked Gibbs what he hoped Team Obama will have accomplished when he wakes up tomorrow, he deadpanned: “No more questions about what kind of beer they’re going to drink.” (For those keeping “tabs,” RG says the group will have the options rumored to be the preferences of each — Bud Light, Blue Moon, Red Stripe.) Moving to the more serious version of his answer, Gibbs predicted “a far different picture than what we’ve seen to date” surrounding the incident. When CBS’s Chip Reid pointed out that POTUS could get so much more out of the “teachable moment” by making remarks (to say nothing of the prospect of Gates/Crowley media outreach), RG laughed off the suggestion using one of his favorite words: “I appreciate….”
Poll Me This: With the natural presidential polling decline kicking in for Obama just after his six-month anniversary, reporters asked about CBS-NYT and NBC-WSJ numbers that reflect poorly on the WH’s health care publicity efforts. Gibbs noted that the WH doesn’t do its own polls, but “I think the DNC polls,” before writing off the numbers with an age-old WH line: “The president isn’t fixated on the ups and downs of polling.” When RG proceeded to spit back exact numbers of one poll to NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, CBS’s Reid questioned whether they really didn’t pay attention to the polls. “I watch NBC for God’s sakes, Chip,” Gibbs said. “Why?” Reid asked.