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BuzzFeed Highlights Evasive Phrasing in White House Press Briefings

BuzzFeedLogoBuzzFeed’s John Templon yesterday published a piece on elusive phrases offered by White House press secretaries after analyzing 5,000 briefings dating back to the 1993 Clinton White House.

President Clinton’s press secretaries George Stephanopoulos, Dee Dee Myers, Jake Siewert, and Joe Lockhart led their counterparts from the Obama and Bush administrations in their use of “weasel phrases,” as described by BuzzFeed as “I can’t comment on,” “I’m not aware [of/that/etc.],” and “I don’t know.”

Per every 1,000 words, Stephanopoulos and Myers uttered 12.5 and 11.0 “weasel phrases,” respectively, compared to Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer at 3.4

Click through to BuzzFeed for a list of trends as well as each press secretary’s favorite – evasive – phrases.

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Weekend Show Preview – 6.29.14

On Tuesday we gave you the ratings for the June 22 Sunday Shows in the DC Market. TVNewser has the national ratings.

Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked:

Sunday:

CBS’s “Face the Nation” : Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Armed Services Committee; Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Foreign Relations Committee; James Jeffrey, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq; Margaret Brennan, CBS News State Department correspondent; TIME’s Michael Crowley; WSJ’s Peggy Noonan; WaPo’s Michael Gerson; former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers; author Todd Purdum.

“Fox News Sunday”: General Michael Hayden; Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA); Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA); Albert Small, philanthropist and collector; Brit Hume, Fox News senior political analyst; AP’s Julie PaceKarl Rove, former White House senior advisor, Fox News contributor; Kirsten PowersUSA Today / Fox News contributor.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” : Taped interview with former President Bill Clinton. More TBA.

ABC’s “This Week” : President Barack Obama ; Rep. Peter King (R-NY); ABC’s Donna Brazile; ABC’s Matthew DowdBill Kristol, editor, The Weekly Standard; Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher, The Nation; ABC’s Terry Moran; Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick; Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network and National Review Online.

Univision’s “Al Punto” : TBA

CNN’s “State of the Union : Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA); chairman, Oversight and Government Reform Committee; Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); chairman, House Intelligence Committee; William Taylor III, attorney for Lois Lerner; CNN’s Stephanie CutterMattie Duppler, director, Budget and Regulatory Policy at Americans for Tax Reforms; Liz Mair, Republican strategist; Neera Tanden, president & CEO, Center for American Progress.

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Friday Additions for White House Correspondents’ Weekend

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Just when we thought there was only eight White House Correspondents’-related events on Friday, we were wrong. There’s at least eleven.

Yesterday we pulled together a list of known events and we’re back with a few additions. 8am has never sounded so miserable.

POLITICO Playbook Breakfast – Special Celebrity Edition
Friday, May 2, 8am
POLITICO Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen and Cosmopolitan’s editor-in-chief Joanna Coles to discuss Hollywood, Washington, content creation and perception versus reality.
Featuring Kid President Robby Novak, Youtube’s Robert Kyncl, the stars of “Scandal,” David Bucatinsky and Jeff Perry, former White House chief of staff Andrew H. Card, Jr., and former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers.
Presented by Bank of America

The HBO Documentary Film “Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.” Reception and Screening
Friday, May 2, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Hosted by POLITICO
Followed by a discussion with Robert De Niro, film directors Perri Peltz and Greta Gandbhir, and executive producer Jane Rosenthal

 

People and TIME’s Annual Cocktail Party
Friday, May 2, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Hosted by Joe Ripp, CEO, TIME Inc.; Norman Pearlstine, EVP and Chief Content Officer, TIME Inc.; Jess Cagle, editorial director, People; Nancy Gibbs, managing editor, TIME


OFF THE RECORD with Michelle Branch

Friday, May 2, 9:30pm – midnight
Lani Hay, president & CEO of LMT Inc., hosts an event celebrating women in news media
Benefiting Rock the Vote
Featuring Moet & Chandon and Belvedere Vodka
With an acoustic performance by Michelle Branch

ICYMI – POLITICO’s Todd Purdum and Dylan Byers to Relocate to LA

According to an internal memo (via NYMag) from POLITICO Managing Editor Rachel Smolkin, two of the outlet’s top talent – senior writer Todd Purdum and media reporter Dylan Byers - are relocating to LA. Purdum’s wife, former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers, recently took a position with Warner Brothers leading its communications. Byers is said to be relocating with his fiancé.

Smolkin squashes any notion of an expansion to California, as it recently did in New York when its parent company Albritton Communications purchased Capital New York.

We’re not sure we believe you, Ms. Smolkin.

Sunday Morning Panels: Only Males Need Apply

We’ve taken a few weeks off our penis project. But we’re back this week to keep an eye on how many johnsons are scheduled to appear on the programs this weekend. As usual, NBC’s “Meet the Press” is weak on estrogen while “The Chris Matthews Show”  is a steady 50/50. Also as usual, PBS’s Gwen Ifill has a strong showing of female guests.

NBC’s Meet the Press: 1

Dee Dee Myers, Democratic Strategist
Mike Murphy, Republican Strategist
Eugene Robinson, Columnist, WaPo
Ed Gillespie, Former Chair, Republican National Committee

PBS’ Washington Week with Gwen Ifill: 3

Major Garrett of National Journal
Jeanne Cummings of Bloomberg News
Deborah Solomon of The Wall Street Journal
Joan Biskupic of USA Today

ABC’s This Week: 1

Matthew Dowd, ABC News Political Analyst
Paul Krugman, NYT
Peggy Noonan, WSJ
George Will, ABC News

CNN’s Reliable Sources: 3

Marisa Guthrie,The Hollywood Reporter; Eric Deggans, St. Petersburg Times; David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun; Sarah Ganim, Harrisburg Patriot-News; Nia-Malika Henderson, The Washington Post; Robert Costa, National Journal; David Shuster, Current TV

CBS’s Face the Nation: No panel. Three male pols … Sens. Toomey, Manchin and Rep. Ron Paul are the guests.

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: 2

Dan Rather, HDNet
Helene Cooper, NYT
John Heilemann, New York Magazine
Lizzie O’Leary, Bloomberg

FNC’s Fox News Sunday: 1 Proudly blacklisted by FNC PR since June 2010. We’ll scrounge and find out.

UPDATE: Juan, Brit, A.B. Stoddard and Bill Kristol.

A Rare Joint Sister Appearance

Vanity Fair Contributing Editor Dee Dee Myers, the first female White House Press Secretary and author of NYT bestseller Why Women Should Rule the World, and her sister, Betsy Myers, senior adviser to Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign and Obama’s COO, are launching a new book: Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You.

The “superstar sisters” will be together for what is being dubbed a “rare joint sister appearance” and book launch this Friday at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Tyson’s Corner.  The event, hosted by executive women’s organization Success in the City, is sold out, but there’s still room for media.

How did those tickets disappear like hotcakes? “Before we could even get this event up on the website, a savvy sponsor acted fast and purchased half our tickets (those smart cookies),” the host site explains. “That means there is very limited seating for this once-in-a-life-time event. We expect this event to sell out in days (if not hours) so don’t wait to reserve your seat.”

They also know that the Myers sisters, despite being “superstars”, may not be known by all. They write, “On the off chance that you don’t know who these high-level women are, we’ve attached highlights.”

One of the sponsors is Pillsbury so the event might involve those famous crescent rolls along with the obvious morning coffee. The publicist didn’t deny it.

Ed Henry Recalls Being Told to ‘Zip it’

Four former White House Press Secretaries joined former CNN White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief Frank Sesno at George Washington University last night for candid conversation.

Press secretaries from the Clinton administration – Dee Dee Myers (now a contributing editor for Vanity Fair) and Mike McCurry – joined Bush 43 press secretaries Dana Perino (now a FNC contributor) and Ari Fleischer at the university’s Lisner Auditorium. Another Clinton flack, Joe Lockhart, planned to attend, but couldn’t due to complications following surgery.

The event, broadcast on C-SPAN and P.O.T.U.S. radio, opened with remarks from CNN’s current White House correspondent, Ed Henry (he and Lockhart are fellows at GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs this year). Henry spoke about “sparring” with several press secretaries during his five years at the White House, and recounted a story about the late Tony Snow, who once lost his temper in a briefing and told Henry to “zip it.” The next day, they put it behind them. It’s important, he said, for the press secretary and the press corps to have a “healthy dose of respect” for one another.

With that, the press secretaries were introduced, and Sesno posed the first question: Was President Obama’s sit-down with Bill O’Reilly before the Superbowl a good idea or a bad one? All agreed it was a “great” idea. “Everyone in America’s in a good mood,” Perino said. Fleischer thought Obama “scored some points for going over to the lion’s den.”

McCurry, along with the rest of the panel, lamented allowing TV cameras in the briefing room, which he said had turned briefings into political theater and weren’t good for public discourse. “It was an idiot who allowed TV cameras” into the briefing room, he joked. (He was the one who first introduced the cameras.)

Each panelist spoke about the relationship the press secretary has with the press. You always see the press secretary defending the president, Perino said, but “you never see” him or her “defending the press to the president,” which is a big part of the job. Others agreed.

But the relationship isn’t always friendly. “Reporters play the aggressive role,” Fleischer said. He charged they also demand an unrealistic amount of access. “They won’t be satisfied till there’s Oval Office cam.” McCurry agreed: “They’re always bitching and moaning about something.”

A few specific reporters were mentioned…

Also: Find out what Perino thinks of AOL/HuffPost

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Remillard Takes Reins at C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal”

Veteran TV producer Michele Remillard became Executive Producer of C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” this week.

A veteran of Fox News for 11 years, Michele launched “Beltway Boys” and was a top producer at “Special Report with Bret Baier.” Earlier in her career, Michele helped launch “Hardball with Chris Matthews” at CNBC, where she also produced “Equal Time” when Dee Dee Myers and Mary Matalin hosted. She was also producer at “The McLaughlin Group.”

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign manager David Plouffe, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, “Where Men Win Glory” author Jon Krakauer and NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski and Andrea Mitchell

CBS’ Face the Nation: White House senior advisor David Axelrod and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT)

ABC’s This Week: Senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett and a roundtable with NJ‘s Ron Brownstein, former Bush White House counselor Ed Gillespie, former Clinton White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers, ABC’s George Will and Rev. Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network.

Fox News Sunday:

CNN’s State of the Union: Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) and CNN’s James Carville and Mary Matalin

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: CNN’s Barbara Starr, former WaPo Baghdad bureau chief Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Terry Smith, Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson and WSJ‘s John Fund

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, Matthew Hoh, FT‘s Martin Wolf and Yale’s Robert Shiller

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Newsweek‘s Howard Fineman, BBC’s Katty Kay, NBC’s Mark Whitaker and WaPo‘s Mary Jordan

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Slate and CBS’ John Dickerson, McClatchy’s Nancy Youssef, The Economist‘s Greg Ip and NJ‘s Marilyn Serafini

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Democratic strategist and pollster Cornell Belcher, LA Sentinel Danny Bakewell, Urban Radio’s April Ryan, commentator and contributing writer to theroot.com, essence.com and HuffPost Sophia Nelson, Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson and Interactive One Chief Content Officer Smokey Fontaine

CNN’s Amanpour:

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Weekend Show Preview 06.27.09

NBC’s Meet the Press with David Gregory: Senior White House Adviser David Axelrod, Mitt Romney and Lindsey Graham. Roundtable with David Brooks, E.J. Dionne, Mike Murphy and Dee Dee Myers.

CBS’ Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer: UN Ambassador Susan Rice and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.

ABC’s This Week:

Fox News Sunday: Topics: Health care, with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Iraq, with Gen. Ray Odierno, Commanding General, Multi-National Force, Iraq.

CNN’s State of the Union with John King: Gen. Ray Odierno, Commander, Multi-National Force-Iraq and Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN)on Iraq, Iran and war on terrorism. Mary Matalin and James Carville on health care debate and Obama’s response to Iran and T. Boone Pickens, chairman and CEO, BP Capital on energy.

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WaPo’s Dana Milbank, HuffPo’s Nico Pitney and TWT’s Amanada Carpenter for media analysis. Diane Dimond, former reporter for Court TV, CNBC and MSNBC and pop culture commentator, Toure to discuss the coverage of Michael Jackson.

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Robert Baer, author, “The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower” on Iran and election. NYT’s Paul Krugman and Hoover Institute’s John B. Taylor on economy and health care.

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Dan Rather, HD Net; Helene Cooper, NY Times Washington correspondent; David Ignatius, Washington Post columnist; and Katty Kay, BBC Washington correspondent.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NBC’s Pete Williams, NYT‘s David Sanger, Slate’s John Dickerson and CNN’s Gloria Borger

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and interviews with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger.

Will update as we learn them.

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