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Several Promotions at the NBC News Washington Bureau

NBC_ArtNBC News Washington bureau chief Ken Strickland and deputy bureau chief Meaghan Rady sent a note staff announcing several promotions.

They include Kristin Donnelly to the White House producing team, working with Chris Jansing, whom she worked with on “Jansing & Co.;” Frank Thorp V as Senate producer and off-air reporter; Alex Moe as House of Representatives producer; and Abigail Williams to the State Department beat.

Strickland and Rady’s memo to staff after the jump. Read more

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‘Meet the Press’ Guest Host Chris Jansing’s Thank You to Staff

Screen-Shot-2014-08-24-at-9.58.45-PMNBC News senior White House correspondent Chris Jansing yesterday guest-hosted “Meet the Press,” and afterward sent a thank you to staff for their support.

“I can’t tell you how your support calmed my nerves and made my prep as good as it could be,” Jansing wrote in the email.

In May, NBC announced that effective in June, Jansing would relocate from New York where she hosted “Jansing and Co.” on MSNBC, to DC for a promotion as senior White House correspondent. Back in Washington covering the White House for less than two months, she’s already guest hosted the network’s most iconic news program.

Last Sunday, Andrea Mitchell guest-hosted “MTP,” days after David Gregory was ousted as moderator, to be replaced Sept. 7 by Chuck Todd.

Click through for Jansing’s thank you to “MTP” staff. Read more

NBC Sources Tell Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove ‘Gregory is Toast’

Gregory_1.22Yesterday, the New York Post’s “Page Six” reported that David Gregory‘s tenure as host of NBC’s “Meet the Press” may soon be coming to an end.

The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove wrote in a follow-up piece that, “In multiple conversations that I had with people inside and outside NBC after the item appeared, it was taken as a given that Gregory is toast.”

Grove’s analysis differs dramatically compared to what an NBC spokesperson told “Page Six’s” Emily Smith Tuesday night, saying, “We heard the same false rumors and suggest you take them with a grain of salt, as we did.” Read more

FishbowlDC Top 5 Stories of the Week

This week’s top 5 stories across the site.

5 – David Muir to Replace Diane Sawyer in ‘World News’ Chair, ‘This Week’ Host Takes New Role

4 – CNN Names Samantha Barry Senior Director of Social News

3 – ‘Vote for Rangel’ Rap Ruins Youtube

2 – Chris Jansing Offers First Report as NBC News Senior White House Correspondent

1 – POLITICO’s Dylan Byers Signs off from Life in DC

Chris Jansing Offers First Report as NBC News Senior White House Correspondent

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 23.45.01Chris Jansing filed her first report as NBC News Senior White House Correspondent on Monday’s “NBC Nightly News,” covering today’s White House Summit on Working Families.

Jansing’s first day coincided with Josh Earnest‘s first as White House Press Secretary. During today’s White House Press Briefing, he welcomed Jansing, saying, ”Congratulations on your first day, Chris…Nice to see you here.”

Jansing’s new position was announced in early May. She joins Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd, White House Correspondent Kristen Welker, and National Correspondent Peter Alexander.

Her last day anchoring MSNBC’s “Jansing & Co.” was June 13.

Check out Jansing’s first “Nightly News” report, after the jump. Read more

Separated At Birth: MSNBC’s Chris Jansing

While watching MSNBC’s Jansing & Co. today we noticed how animated the show host Chris Jansing is. And by “animated” we’re not referring to her having wild hand gestures a la Politico‘s David Catanese. We mean she literally looks like a cartoon.

Today we pair up Jansing and her anime doppelganger Sailor Moon:

Rep. Cleaver’s Lusty ‘Satan Sandwich’ is Media Hit

There are phrases that consume the press with a voracity one might not expect. Rep. Joe Wilson‘s (R-S.C.) “You lie!” comes to mind. Speaker John Boehner‘s circa 2008 “crap sandwich” reference to the Wall Street bailout bill also rings bells. This morning that phrase is “Satan sandwich.”

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), in referring to the debt deal as a “Satan Sandwich,” is getting him a boatload of media attention. Deeply religious, Cleaver is no stranger to injecting biblical references into his political theater. As a United Methodist minister, he prays in his office and apartment several times a day. But Satan Sandwich? “If you lift the bun, what you see is antithetical to everything the great religions of the world teach. Which is take care of the poor, take of the aged,” he told MSNBC’s Chris Jansing Sunday night after first saying the phrase to a Roll Call reporter. “. . . I am concerned about this because we don’t know the details. And until we see the details, we’re going to be extremely non-committed, but on the surface it looks like a Satan sandwich.”

He reiterated his sandwich idea on Twitter this morning: “This deal is a sugar-coated satan sandwich. If you lift the bun, you will not like what you see.”

Mary Petrovic, Cleaver’s press secretary, assured that the quote came directly from Cleaver. “Oh this is a 100 percent original Cleaver quote,” she said. “It’s been very popular. We’ve gotten a lot of visibility on our Social Media sites. I’ve seen it quoted all over the Internet. I think he really nailed it.”

The Satan sandwich, however, is not new. The Urban Dictionary has a definition for it: “The chiefest of hell’s dark delights, it is said that just one bite of it arouses an unspeakable lust of terrific potency.” By early Monday the clever sandwich spread on a myriad of media outlets including MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Mediaite and buzzed loudly on Twitter.

The Hill‘s Ian Swanson: “Cleaver is winning the AM”

TPM‘s Brian Beutler: “Bacon-coated Satan sandwich.” He added, “If we’re being honest, sugar isn’t a very good sandwich coating, no matter what’s between the bread.”

ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper: “Hold the Mayo”

NJ‘s Joshua Green: “Think I’ll skip lunch today.”

@WestWingReport: “What is this Satan Sandwich? Sounds like a hell of a good lunch. Is it deviled ham?”

Ben Shapiro, a conservative syndicated columnist who wrote 12 tweets on the Satan sandwich, came up with the “Rep. Cleaver Deli” and offered side dishes such as Lucifer roasted potatoes. The references grew weirder as he moved along. He began by saying he was “super confused” by Emanuel and wondered if the sandwich had deviled eggs in it.

After a female follower suggested it might be a  “sewage coated booger sandwich made by Satan” he presumed that the congressman gets drunk. “Maybe @repcleaver always substitutes Satan for ‘s—’? So when he gets drunk before he votes, he’s Satan-faced.” Shapiro also played devils advocate, asking, “Wouldn’t a Satan sandwich be a good thing? After all, it means we’ve killed and roasted Satan, and presumably coated him in sugar.”

Note to readers: The top Satan sandwich was first spotted on PajamasMedia from a reader.

Capehart Says Gyllenhaal is Good Catch (yes, that one)

MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing asked WaPo editorial writer Jonathan Capehart for comment on a subject  late this morning that doesn’t usually float his way. That would be whether singer Taylor Swift, 20, is appropriate girlfriend material  for actor Jake Gyllenhaal, 29. The pair are rumored to be romantically linked.

“I know a lot of gay men across the country who are deeply disappointed,” said Capehart, who said Swift is of age to make whatever decision she wants. “…I’m not hatin’ on her. Jake Gyllenhaal? That’s not a bad boyfriend.”

Roll Call’s Heil Does the ‘Washington Read’

heil.jpg It’s still difficult to entirely separate Roll Call‘s Emily Heil from HOH, Roll Call‘s well-read gossip column that she led for years. She’s not officially on the gossip beat anymore, but covers features for the publication.

In a segment that aired this morning on MSNBC, Chris Jansing, the anchor, incorrectly introduced the longtime Washington scribe. “Emily Heil is a writer for Roll Call who writes the column, Heard on the Hill,” said Jansing.

It was a tricky TV moment – was Heil supposed to correct the anchor on the spot? She didn’t and rallied on.

Jansing asked about The Daily Beast‘s Meghan McCain’s Dirty Sexy Politics. Heil cracked that the book, unfortunately, isn’t so “sexy.” She also explained something known as the “Washington read.”

Heil was amused by McCain taking stabs at former VP hopeful Sarah Palin on last night’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno. “We want them to have a cat fight in a hot tub somewhere,” Heil says. “It’s unfortunate, but that’s the reality of it. And honestly, I was disappointed. There wasn’t that much dirt and there wasn’t that much sex for salacious readers like me. She (Meghan) said she avoided sex on the campaign for what it could cost her father.”

Heil admitted to skimming the book. “I did the Washington read,” she explains. “We just flip through, we’re looking for proper names and I’m looking for sex, drugs. That’s what we do in Washington. And then we start over and maybe read a little bit more.”

Update: Heil remarked to FishbowlDC, “It was one of those interviews where afterward, I think, ‘Did I really just say that?’

TV Coverage Plans For Michael Jackson Memorial Service

Michael Jackson‘s memorial service is tomorrow at the Staples Center in LA. Here’s how the nets and cable will cover the service, via TVNewser:

• ABC: Charlie Gibson will anchor live coverage “Remembering Michael Jackson” at 1pmET, joined by “Nightline” anchor Martin Bashir. Some updates: Diane Sawyer, in NY, and Barbara Walters, at the Staples Center, will co-anchor a special edition of “20/20″ at 9pmET. Sawyer and Elizabeth Vargas will also co-anchor “Primetime: Family Secrets,” a report on Michael Jackson’s children at 10pmET. Cynthia McFadden will also anchor “Nightline” from the Staples Center.

• CBS: Maggie Rodriguez and Harry Smith will anchor the “Early Show” from the Staples Center tomorrow. Katie Couric will anchor special coverage of the memorial at 1pmET and the CBS “Evening News” from the Staples Center. Couric will also do “48 Hours” at 10pmET.

• NBC/MSNBC: NBC will televise the memorial service at 1pmET, anchored by Brian Williams. Chris Jansing will anchor MSNBC’s live coverage. Meredith Vieira will broadcast live tomorrow at the Staples Center for “Today” and Williams will anchor “Nightly News” from LA Tuesday.

• CNN: Anderson Cooper, Larry King, Don Lemon and Soledad O’Brien will host coverage live from LA, with Campbell Brown and Roland Martin anchoring live from New York, starting at NoonET on CNN and simulcast on CNN International.

• HLN: Robin Meade, A.J. Hammer and Jane Velez-Mitchell will anchor live coverage for HLN.

• Fox: Shepard Smith will anchor live coverage of the memorial service on Fox News starting at 1pmET. Megyn Kelly will anchor live coverage of the memorial on FOX broadcast also beginning at 1pmET. Greta Van Susteren will also be in LA on Tuesday, and will host her show from there Tuesday night.

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