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RNC Spokesman Defies Gridiron Rules

As of this morning, the Republican National Committee is going against the no-camera rules imposed by the Gridiron Club. Spokesman Sean Spicer has posted a video of the dinner on YouTube.

Watch here.

Spicer, however, isn’t the first renegade on this front. As we reported a few days after the dinner, the Washington Bureau Chief of the Minneapolis Star Tribune also posted footage from the dinner on a Star Tribune blog. Tribune‘s Kevin Diaz, who posted the video, told FishbowlDC, “Welcome to the digital age. It’s 2013, people have iPhones.”

We’ve requested comment from Spicer and Gridiron President Chuck Lewis of Hearst.

UPDATE: Spicer tells FishbowlDC, “I was honored to be invited and hope I haven’t done anything inadvertently that violates the rules.  If I have I apologize and will correct whatever I can.”

UPDATE#2: At the time that we published our post, the video was able to be watched. Spicer has since made it private.

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Minneapolis Star Tribune Beats No-Camera Rule at Secretive Gridiron Dinner

Forget about Minnesota Nice. Try Minnesota sneaky.

A devious source from the Minneapolis Star Tribune pulled a fast one on the Gridiron Club this weekend, as they captured footage of Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) giving her speech at what is typically a fairly secretive affair. The controversial rule has long irked Washington journalists — especially C-SPAN — who cringe at such a perceived antiquated rule at the annual dinner.

And how rich is this? “Video produced by Kevin Diaz,” the Star Tribune states brashly on their web site. Diaz is the newspaper’s Chief Washington Correspondent.

Watch here.

UPDATE: We sought comment from Gridiron Club President Chuck Lewis of Hearst. He declined to comment.

UPDATE #2: The Star Tribune‘s Kevin Diaz, reached by phone, remarked, “There were dozens of people in there who had iPhones. Welcome to the digital age. It’s 2013, people have iPhones. I’m not a member. I’ve only been to a couple of these things before. I inquired and I was told what what they didn’t want was people blogging and tweeting while the show was going on. [Which Diaz said he abided by.] I believe an announcement was made that the President’s quote was let ‘er rip. I was there as an invited guest. I was simply trying to supply something for a blog. Again, it’s 2013. I don’t think the Gridiron Club is going to be able to censor people with devices.”

 

Gridiron Elects New Officers

Gridiron elections were Saturday. The new president is NJ White House Correspondent George Condon. He previously wrote for Copley News Service and the San Diego Union-Tribune. Claim to fame: His bio says he led the reporting team that earned the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for coverage of the corruption of California GOP Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham. Condon isn’t a novice at this sort of leadership role — he’s former President of the White House Correspondents’ Association.

The other officers:

Vice President, Chuck Lewis of Hearst
Treasurer, Robin Sproul of ABC News
Secretary, Carl Leubsdorf of Dallas Morning News.

The speakers at Saturday’s Winter Dinner were Newark Mayor Cory Booker for the Democrats and Tim Pawlenty for the Republicans. The outgoing president is Susan Page of USA Today. The club was founded in 1885.

Exclusive Group of Journos Dine With POTUS

TIPS FROM THE POOL…INTO THE DEEP END


Hearst’s Chuck Lewis noted in a White House Pool Report this afternoon that a small group of journalists were preparing to dine with President Obama. One can only assume  pre-SOTU banter considering the speech questions being asked of POTUS. But where was FNC? Left out in the cold?

Mr. Obama was apparently heading for lunch with TV anchors and pundits.
Seen gathering in the Palm Court earlier were Chris Matthews (MSNBC), Wolf Blitzer (CNN), Diane Sawyer (ABC), Brian Williams (NBC) and George Stephanopoulos (ABC).

We asked Fox News PR for a comment. We’ll see if they answer…

> Update: FNC’s Dana Klinghoffer was a wealth of snotty non-information. She wrote back to our question of whether FNC was left out: “Go ahead and write that…but you’d be wrong, again.”

Gee, thanks Dana.

> Update #2: We’ve learned (from other sources since FNC PR can’t be bothered) that FNC’s Shepard Smith attended the lunch. Also see Yahoo! News’s Michael Calderone‘s report from a few hours ago. Our relatives at TVNewser also have some details.