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Jon Stewart Confirms NBC News Pursued Him as ‘Meet the Press’ Replacement

john_stewart(6)In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart confirmed that NBC News approached him to replace David Gregory as moderator of “Meet the Press.”

It was first reported earlier this month by New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman that NBC News’ president Deborah Turness pursued Stewart in the network’s efforts to boost the show’s ratings. Sherman cited three unnamed senior television sources, with one saying that NBC was “ready to back the Brink’s truck up.”

Stewart confirmed the offer during a recent interview with Andy Greene, who writes:

In an new interview with Rolling Stone, Stewart confirms that there were indeed discussions. “My guess is they were casting as wide and as weird a net as they could,” he says. “I’m sure part of them was thinking, ‘Why don’t we just make it a variety show?’” Read more

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NBC’s Deborah Turness Reportedly Considered Jon Stewart as ‘Meet The Press’ Moderator

jonstewartBefore deciding on Chuck Todd to replace David Gregory as moderator of “Meet the Press,” NBC News president Deborah Turness apparently considered Jon Stewart.

New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman cited three unnamed senior television sources, with one saying that NBC was “ready to back the Brink’s truck up,” in the network’s effort to do “anything” to get the host of Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” to agree.

Sherman writes:

“It makes sense that NBC would make a run at Stewart. The comedian-cum-media-critic possesses something that broadcast executives covet: a loyal, young audience. And it’s not the first time NBC tried recruiting him. According to sources, NBC Entertainment courted Stewart several years ago for a 10 p.m. variety show (the slot ultimately went to Jay Leno).”

On Wednesday, Todd poked fun at the rumors on Twitter, tweeting a combination of his program’s closing line and a popular segment from Stewart’s program.


Breitbart News Defiant in Attacking Gabriel Sherman’s Mental State

It’s a story that you almost have to read in a pitch-black room, huddled under a blanket with a flashlight.

On Sunday night Breitbart News published a massive hit piece on New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman, who is presently working on a book about FNC and its CEO Roger Ailes. The story appears under the byline “Capitol Confidential” and is mostly a chronicle of the seemingly contentious relationship between Sherman and FNC. But sprinkled throughout are several unsubstantiated “holy shit!”-level digs at Sherman.

One assertion is that Sherman’s book, previously scheduled to publish this past May, has had its release date pushed to next January because the publishing house found the copy inadequate. “In the book world, that’s not a good sign,” the story says. “Typically, it means the publisher deems the manuscript to be unacceptable.” The story makes the additional leap that “desperation is taking its toll on young Sherman’s mind,” as he searches for “new and juicier material.”

Aside from a separate, anonymously-sourced piece in Breitbart that alleges Sherman’s publisher “must be freaking out,” the claim is baseless. One person who works at the top levels of a national book publisher in D.C. told FishbowlDC that any number of reasons can lead to delaying a book’s release. “Most likely, the author missed the deadline,” he said. “That could mean a number of things but a writer needing more time is not uncommon (happens all the time). It could also mean that retailers have asked the publisher for a different date because of potential promotions that can help move the book.”

Asked about the claim and to explain the “Capitol Confidential” byline, Breitbart News provided a statement to FishbowlDC… Read more

Fox News Picky On Who Can Talk Guns

A story by New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman Monday left readers with the impression that FNC was stifling debate on gun control in light of the Sandy Hook shooting. But subsequent stories and coverage of the issue concerning FNC have shown that’s actually not the case.

“It’s by no means universal,” Sherman told FishbowlDC. “It’s more nuanced. They’re just taking a low-key approach.”

Sherman’s initial story said FNC’s weekend producer David Clark had instructed lower producers not to broach gun control, given the current sensitivity of the subject. Despite the email, gun control was discussed several different times that weekend (13 times, by Jeff Poor‘s count at The Daily Caller). Stories in both The Hollywood Reporter and The Daily Caller pointed these instances out, though Sherman’s story did as well.

Since then, a few seemingly contradictory events have taken place in the FNC world… Read more

FNC’s Brit Hume Wants Correction From NY’s Gabriel Sherman; The Outcome: Fat Chance

New York mag’s Gabriel Sherman caused an explosion on the level of Three Mile Island Monday by reporting that FNC weekend Executive Producer David Clark had emailed producers with instruction not to do any segments on gun control. The report came just after the Sandy Hook killing spree at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Friday.

After a follow-up story by The Hollywood Reporter challenging the accuracy of Sherman’s piece, FNC Contributor Brit Hume demanded that Sherman issue a correction. “The Hollywood Reporter story covers a lot more than Fox News Sunday, & demolishes your original story,” Hume tweeted to Sherman. “Time for a correction.”

Try as it might, THR‘s story doesn’t exactly change anything about Sherman’s original report. It does cite “Fox News insiders’ (which Sherman cited in his own story, though surely different ones ) who dispute the charge, noting that Fox News Sunday hosted a discussion on gun policy.

Sherman’s story, however, also stated that fact.

The big development in THR‘s story comes at the very endRead more

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Quotes of the Day

NPR’s Fresh Air Gives the World the Middle Finger

“To people who write in and say we’re dumbing the show down when we air TV interviews, you have the option of turning us off.” — @nprfreshair in the most refreshing tweet of the day.

Perino brags: ‘I knew more’

“DANA PERINO on DC press corps: ‘I always knew more than they did.’” — NY Mag’s Gabriel Sherman of the former Bush White House Spokeswoman and Fox News Political Analyst.

Why a reporter loves his job…

“Another reason I love this job: Desk just told me I have to go to New Orleans for a story. Tonight. Scrambling for flight now! #neverdull” — CNBC’s Eamon Javers.

Boybander goofs off while working

“Getting a really good recording of the college kids in front of me who are flirting instead of listening to the strategy session.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel, who, er, clearly wasn’t listening either?

Major Brownie Points

“1:22 PM, at home with my beloved Annie. Married life is a blessing.” — NJ‘s Yochi Dreazen.

Bulimic journo on the loose?

“‘I’m going to have like nine slices. Is that okay?’ — famished journo vets his pro-gorging strategy before attacking Armand’s pizza buffet.” — Roll Call HOH Writer Warren Rojas.

But more importantly…

Bret Baier was in the Minneapolis Airport Tuesday and a follower had a great suggestion for him: “You should visit the infamous Larry Craig bathroom stall while you’re there!” The anchor replied, “I’ll pass on that attraction thanks.”

Hey! Where’s our fleece goddammit?!

“Big thanks to @HowardMortman for sending a @CSPAN #Campaign2012 fleece to keep me warm in Iowa next month!” — Facebook’s Andrew Noyes.

Birthday shout-out to… FishbowlDC’s new addition Peter Ogburn who didn’t BOTHER to tell us it was his birthday yesterday. What, no Playbook mention? Happy Birthday to Peter. (h/t Clearly an enemy.)

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“I am the world’s most talented procrastinator.” — Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner.

TNR Declares WaPocalypse

tnr_Page_1.jpg “Inside the messy collapse of a great newspaper.” That’s the sub-headline of TNR‘s fiery article about the Post “apocalypse” that FishbowlDC previewed this evening.

From Susan Glasser‘s rise and fall as editor of the the national desk, the birth of Politico and Katharine Weymouth‘s “salon” fiasco to the hire of Marcus Brauchli and the “mad bitch” beer scandal, the five-page piece by Gabriel Sherman tracks the events leading up to what he describes as a major “identity crisis.”

Sherman says, “the Post seems to be paralyzed – and trapped. It can’t go completely local because the local news in Washington is, in many respects, national; and its status as the paper of record for national politics is under assault from numerous competitors – competitors it isn’t clear the Post can defeat.”

While the piece draws no clear conclusions, the painful recap of the paper’s hardships is sure to get some attention.

Allbritton to Launch DC Metro News Website

The New Republic reports that Robert Allbritton, owner of Politico has plans to launch a DC Metro news site. Allbritton is putting former editor Jim Brady in charge of the new site, sources told TNR.

TNR‘s Gabriel Sherman says that new site will feature a mix of original reporting, aggregation, and GPS-map features. Hmmm…

Morning Reading List, 11.12.08


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Morning Reading List, 08.07.08


Good morning Washington.

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