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CNN’s Jake Tapper Asks Question During Edward Snowden’s Twitter Q&A

Edward Snowden‘s Twitter Q&A which began 80 minutes ago has been quite informative and even featured a question from Jake Tapper, host of CNN‘s The Lead.

Below is Tapper’s tweet and Snowden’s reply. Also, a link to a full transcript from the Q&A can be found here.

Q: @jaketapper #AskSnowden Under what conditions would you agree to return to the U.S.?

A: Returning to the US, I think, is the best resolution for the government, the public, and myself, but it’s unfortunately not possible in the face of current whistleblower protection laws, which through a failure in law did not cover national security contractors like myself.

The hundred-year old law under which I’ve been charged, which was never intended to be used against people working in the public interest, and forbids a public interest defense. This is especially frustrating, because it means there’s no chance to have a fair trial, and no way I can come home and make my case to a jury.

Maybe when Congress comes together to end the programs the PCLOB just announced was illegal, they’ll reform the Whistleblower Protection Act, and we’ll see a mechanism for all

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Updates for NBC Washington, CNN @ 11am, and WTOP Mornings

announcementLots of internal news coming out of our top news orgs recently. Here’s some more to round out the week.

NBC’s Alex Wallace will head the network’s Washington bureau according to a memo sent out by NBC Prez Deborah Turness. In it, Turness said, “As SVP News, Wallace will become the General Manager/360 Leader for ‘Nightly News‘ and ‘Meet the Press,’ and will lead all our editorial and political coverage out of the DC bureau.”

CNN today announced changes to its weekday programming lineup. Starting Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, John Berman and Michaela Pereira will co-anchor CNN’s 11am hour of dayside programming. Berman and Pereira will continue to anchor “Early Start” and “New Day,” respectively.

And over at WTOP, starting Monday, Jan. 20, Joan Jones will join Mike Moss to co-anchor WTOP mornings from 5 – 10am.

Larry King: My First Big Break

In celebration of Larry King‘s 80th birthday today, the mediabistroTV crew took the train down to Washington, D.C. to ask the iconic talk show host to look back on his long career and tell us how he got his first big break.

The current host of “Larry King Now” on ora.tv told us a story with names like Ted Turner, Jackie Gleason, Frank Sinatra, Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin that sounded more like a who’s who than your typical tale of “how I got started.” Plus, he may have given us the key to his longevity as a talk show host when he told us, “Listening is as important as asking.”

For more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Politico’s Mike Allen Sees Dead People

Tuesday night’s big party celebrating the return of “Crossfire” was held at the Carnegie Library. As expected, it was QUITE the affair. Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cutter, S.E. Cupp and Van Jones were all in attendance and mingled with all the V.I.P. guests.

Naturally, Politico’s Mike Allen ran through some of the faces spotted in the crowd. Bill Burton, Dylan Byers, Laura Ingraham, Rep. Mark Sanford and his fiancé were there, according to Allen. One name that stuck out in his Tuesday morning Playbook was former “Crossfire” host Tom Braden and four of his children.

The only problem is… Braden is dead. Read more

Chyron of the Day

Yesterday, CNN had a panel of guests try to answer an age old question for us. You’d think the fact that they used one word and censored the either might’ve been a big clue here, but we guess not.

Hat tip to Chris, from Chicago, who grabbed this and posted it to Twitter yesterday.

Light Trash Talking Begins Ahead of Congressional Women’s Softball Game

It’s almost time for the Congressional Women’s Softball Game. It’s the annual event that pits female lawmakers against female journalists in a softball game that benefits the “Young Survival Coalition.” It’s always a fun affair, but it’s not something that participating journalists or politicians take lightly. It’s competitive. They practice for weeks leading up to the game and play hard when it comes around.

This time, they’ve even started talking smack in the lead-up to the big game, which takes place on Wednesday, June 26. It all started with NBC’s Kasie Hunt, who tweeted a shot of herself in the batting cages, telling Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) to “look out.”

Wasserman-Schultz responded. Read more

Marty’d: The Memorial Day Edition

We are All Just News Junkies Online. If you follow Marty Rudolf on Twitter, you’re used to frequent attempts at conversation. Randomly, he’ll ask questions like, “Does any Sports Fans or Journalists/Bloggers feel like chatting?,” or “Any “Y&R”, “Days” or “B&B” Soap Fans on here?” He’s a lovable oddball who will often tweet directly to actors, journalists and anyone else who will listen. Sometimes, they actually respond.

You never know who may give Marty a response. Read more

Twitter Gets Dumb During Breaking News

Ask anyone who watches the news and they’ll admit that this wasn’t the finest hour for the media. CNN botching facts, NYPost putting pictures of innocent men on their cover, InfoWars saying this is a government coverup. OK, it’s a stretch to refer to the jerkoffs at InfoWars as “media,” but, suffice it to say, it got ugly out there.

Welcome to the wee hours of Friday morning, when a manhunt got underway to bring the alleged Boston bombers to justice, and Twitter tried to keep up. It was a great source of breaking news and information. It’s also an incredible way to spread total bullshit very quickly. In the midst of everything, some people just didn’t know WHAT the hell to tweet. We’ve rounded up choice comments that left us scratching our heads and wondering what the hell they were trying to say. Read more

Morning Chatter

The Media Critic

The new Prince book from Toure sounds interesting. – CNN’s Jake Tapper

Spring Fever

You guys, this is the last Friday of the year for which baseball is not an option. - Roll Call’s Meredith Shiner

Never Forget

The song “Friday” by Rebecca Black is two years old this month. – Politico’s Byron Tau

Conversations Between Two Journos

“Somewhere in my family’s junk there is a receipt, signed by Lincoln, for a bunch of fixed roads/sidewalks in dc. No joke.” – Politico’s Ben White

WaPo’s Plumline author Greg Sargent writes back, “uh, dude? might be worth digging that out.” White replied that he’s “been on hunt for some time.” Best of luck, Ben.

Fish Food

(A Sprinkling of Things we Think you Ought to Know…)

CPAC’s Saddest Panel – Now that CPAC is over, Twitter will be a LOT less interesting. I think we’ll kinda miss all the pictures of weirdos wearing “Zombie Obama” face-paint, sad Presidential mascots and Newt Gingrich. One of the sadder events that was featured at CPAC was an event called, ““Stop THIS: Threats, Harassment, Intimidation, Slander & Bullying from the Obama Administration.” Catchy, right?

On the panel was Breitbart’s Ben Shapiro, who has been getting a lot of attention lately. Unfortunately for him, all that attention doesn’t translate into attendance at CPAC. Little Green Footballs snapped this shot of the panel, which looks emptier than minibar in a CPAC hotel room.

WaPo‘s Weingarten thinks he can play baseball and Tapper’s debut…

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