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President Obama Holds Oil Spill Press Conference

President Obama just wrapped up his first official press conference on the Gulf Coast oil spill. It lasted about an hour.

After about ten minutes of remarks, the President took questions. Up first was the AP’s Jennifer Loven who asked if the President has been personally involved enough. “This has been our highest priority,” Obama responded.

Brian Williams, Harry Smith and George Stephanopoulos anchored special coverage on NBC, CBS and ABC. Chuck Todd, Jake Tapper and Chip Reid all also reported from the WH East Room.

After Loven, Tapper, Todd, McClatchy’s Steve Thomma, Reid, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, Helen Thomas, NYT‘s Jackie Calmes, EFE’s Macarena Vidal and Fox News’ Major Garrett got called on by the President for questions, in that order.

Thomas asked the first non-oil spill question, on Afghanistan. She asked Obama not to give her any “Bush-ist” too (not bullsh*t, calm down everyone). Calmes brought it back to oil spill. Garrett asked about the possible Sestak job offer from the administration- Obama promised an official response shortly, adding that nothing improper took place.

CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC also carried. WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, who’s live-tweeting the press conference, tweeted “tough image for Obama…MSNBC goes with split screen: Obama on one side, oil pipe spewing into gulf on the other.”

White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton took on criticism that the President hasn’t had a press conference in a long time on Twitter today:

@billburton44: politico: photo w/ a caption saying potus hasn’t had a press conf in 10 mos – odd since it’s from his press conf 4 mos ago

@billburton44: Other recent press conf’s: 2/9 (in the WH briefing room – documented in the photo) & 4/13 (in DC at the Nuclear Summit)

And despite press corps complaints that Presidential press conferences have been lacking, Real Clear Politics’ Mike Memoli tweeted this pic, “Low turnout from press for this event. Dozens of empty seats.”

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CBS Anchor and Analyst Take on Prez Obama in Basketball Game, Video Now Included

UPDATE: VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE TO WATCH. See below.

bb.jpeg Harry Smith , co-anchor of CBS’s “Early Show”, and Clark Kellogg, a NCAA basketball analyst for CBS, took on President Obama Thursday on his home turf – the White House basketball court. Clark (respectfully) talked smack before the game, Harry nearly collapsed after the game, and some members of the White House Press Corps had predictions.

They played HORSE, which they (very cheesily) called POTUS. Clark had an early lead but Obama won the game, joking it was just like health care reform, that he came back from behind. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and Obama aide Reggie Love were both cheering on the sidelines, with Gibbs leading “Let’s go POTUS!” chants. Obama said his NCAA bracket was ruined and that Love’s in first place in the WH pool.

Dress code on the court is shirt and slacks – Obama was dressed to leave quickly for an event.

Smith cut out early, Clark’s balding head was glistening and he was somewhat out of breath by the game’s end. But Obama never broke a sweat.

Watch the video here.

This piece aired today on CBS’ webcast “Washington Unplugged”. The rest of the game will air on CBS Saturday before the NCAA tournament.


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CBS’ Guest List for Nerd Prom 2010

The White House Correspondents Association’s annual dinner is a month away but invitations are already making their rounds and A-list guests are being leaked. As usual, FishbowlDC will be all over it.

We already have the skinny on some of CBS’ guests for this year’s Nerd Prom. Attending with CBS this year are Rahm Emanuel, CBS TV stars Julianna Margolis and Chris O’Donnell, Senator Brown’s daughter, American Idol star Ayla Brown, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Mayor Adrian Fenty and his wife Michelle, Congressman Eric Cantor and White House Deputy Social Secretary Ebs Burnough.

Some of the CBSers: Katie Couric, Harry Smith, chief White House correspondent Chip Reid, a very pregnant Maggie Rodriguez from the “Early Show” and Nancy Cordes from the DC bureau.

We’ll keep updating as they roll in…

Early Sunday Show Listings

This Sunday after Thanksgiving…

David Gregory will moderate NBC’s “Meet the Press” with guests Pastor Rick Warren, author of “The Purpose Driven Life” and foundation co-chairs Bill and Melinda Gates.

• On CBS, Harry Smith will substitute for Bob Schieffer. Guests on “Face the Nation” include Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), former House Republican Leader Dick Armey, former NY023 Republican congressional candidate Dede Scozzafava and Republican strategist Ed Gillespie.

• And George Stephanopoulos will be in the anchor chair on “This Week.” He’ll be joined by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). The weekly roundtable will be made up of ABC’s George Will and Cokie Roberts, NYT‘s Paul Krugman, political strategist Matthew Dowd and former Iraq Coalition Provisional Authority spokesman and author Dan Senor.

John King will be joined on CNN’s “State of the Union” by Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), Sen. Jack Reed (D- RI), Overstock.com Chairman & CEO Patrick Byrne, Rep. David Obey (D-WI) and CNN’s Donna Brazile and Ed Rollins. Howard Kurtz will have Bill Press, National Review‘s Jim Geraghty, FT‘s Chrystia Freeland and CNBC’s Charlie Gasparino on “Reliable Sources.”

• And more… “Political Capital with Al Hunt” on Bloomberg will have “Enemies of the People: My Family’s Journey to America” author Kati Marton and Robert Merry, as well as Bloomberg’s Han Nichols, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne.

Chris Matthews will host Time‘s Joe Klein, WaPo‘s David Ignatius, WaPo‘s Anne Kornblut and NBC’s Andrea Mitchell on his NBC Sunday show.

• “Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal” will have WSJ‘s David Wessel, AP’s Charles Babington and CNN’s Gloria Borger.

We’ll update the Sunday show listings as we learn them.

“Face” Books Clinton… Hillary Clinton

It’ll be Clinton vs. Clinton in this week’s Sunday show race.

“Meet the Press” has former President Bill Clinton booked on NBC, and “Face the Nation” just announced that CBS too will have a Clinton… Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Harry Smith, who is filling in for Bob Schieffer this week, will also be joined by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

Morning Reading List 09.15.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Happy Birthday to NYT‘s Ashley Parker and former DC-er turned NY-er Adam Aigner-Treworgy! What know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

Two potential buyers of The Boston Globe visited the newspaper in the past couple of days, it reports.

New standards editor at NYT.

TV

“Real World”-ers are heading out of DC, but the “Real Housewives” are moving in. Yeas & Nays reports that the Bravo show is set to begin filming in DC this Friday. The full cast has not yet been released by the Examiner‘s Jeff & Kiki hear McLean socialite/supermom Mary Amons and Lynda Erkiletian, owner of The Artist Agency, have signed on.

Katie Couric will be in DC this week to receive the Fordham University Club Brien McMahon Award for Public Service. The CBS “Evening News” anchor is being honored for her work with the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance to fund new medical research in the disease and to promote early detection.

“Early Show” anchor Harry Smith may have swine flu, he said on the CBS show yesterday morning.

ONLINE

Google released a new-reading service called Fast Flip, which is based on Google News.

NEWS NOTES

The health care debate, including the President’s address to a joint Congress and Rep. Joe Wilson’s “you lie” remark, remained at the top of news coverage last week September 7-13th, according to Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

Tomorrow at 9am, join Hotline editor-in-chief Amy Walter, Hotline executive editor John Mercurio, Democratic Governors Association executive director Nathan Daschle and Republican Governors Association executive director Nick Ayers for Hotline’s Road to 2010- gubernatorial races program at the Watergate. RSVP here.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Is the rumored love affair between President Obama and the mainstream media fizzling? US News & World Report‘s Washington Whispers: According to a study by researchers at George Mason and Chapman universities, 59 percent of press coverage was positive during Obama’s first 100 days in office, but then it dipped to 43 percent from May through mid-August. Especially tough on Obama was Fox News.

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Kennedy Coverage on TV Tonight and Tomorrow

Tonight a “Celebration of Life Memorial Service” will be held for Senator Ted Kennedy at the JFK Library in Boston. Saturday, the Senator’s funeral services will be held in Boston and in Arlington National Cemetery. Here’s how it will be covered (via TVNewser):

CNN: Beginning at 7pmET, Campbell Brown and Wolf Blitzer will anchor coverage the memorial.

Tomorrow CNN’s special programming will begin at 10amET with Blitzer and Anderson Cooper anchoring the funeral Mass coverage. John King will be providing additional reports on the ground. Blitzer and Cooper will again anchor for coverage of the Arlington services starting at 4pmET. CNN’s regular programming will feature updates throughout the rest of the day.

Fox News: Shepard Smith will anchor memorial coverage from 7-9pmET followed by a special edition of “The O’Reilly Factor” at 9pmET. “On the Record” will air at 10pmET.

Tomorrow Fox News will have “Fox & Friends” at 7amET with Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson, and Brian Kilmeade until 10amET when Smith will anchor special coverage of the funeral Mass with Martha MacCallum on location in Boston. From 5-7pmET, Chris Wallace will anchor coverage of the Arlington National Cemetery services. At 7pmET, Smith will host a special edition of “FOX Report” until 8pmET.

MSNBC: Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, and Rachel Maddow will anchor coverage of the service from 6-10pmET. At 10pmET, MSNBC will re-air “The Kennedy Brothers” documentary followed by “Headliners & Legends: Ted Kennedy” at 11pmET.

At 8amET, MSNBC will broadcast a special “Morning Joe” with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. Starting at 10amET, Matthews and Olbermann will anchor coverage of the funeral Mass. At 2pmET, MSNBC will again run “The Kennedy Brothers” documentary. From 3-6pmET, MSNBC will have coverage of the burial services.

PBS: The service will be covered on “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” which will feature footage from it in west coast broadcasts.

ABC: Saturday morning, Kate Snow will anchor “GMA” from the JFK Library in Boston. At approximately 10:30amET ABC News will broadcast live coverage of the funeral Mass anchored by Charlie Gibson. At approximately 5:30pmET, Gibson will anchor coverage of the burial service. Throughout the coverage, George Stephanopoulos, Terry Moran, Snow, John Berman, and Susan Milligan will be joining Gibson. Gibson will also anchor “World News” in the evening.

CBS: CBS News will cover the memorial live Saturday morning starting at 10amET with Harry Smith anchoring from New York, and Bob Schieffer, Nancy Cordes and Wyatt Andrews in Washington.

NBC: Starting at 10amET, Brian Williams will anchor NBC News coverage of the funeral Mass. At 5:30pmET, NBC News coverage will resume for the burial service. NBC News’ coverage will be supplemented by reporting from Andrea Mitchell, Anne Thompson, Kelly O’Donnell, Lester Holt, Mike Taibbi, Mike Viqueira, Norah O’Donnell, and Savannah Guthrie.

CSPAN: The Mass will air live 10:30amET-12:30pmET from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Boston and the burial service live at 5:30pmET from Arlington National Cemetery.

Most Recent Sunday Show Ratings

TVNewser: NBC’s “Meet the Press” had a strong first-place showing this week, pulling away from “This Week” by 889K Total Viewers with it’s best number since April 19, 2009.

Among other guests, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow made her first MTP appearance. This was also a week that Jake Tapper filled in for George Stephanopoulos on ABC and Harry Smith was in for Bob Schieffer on CBS.

“Fox News Sunday” had an additional 1.88M Total Viewers on the FNC replays, bringing their total to 3.09M Total Viewers (946K A25-54) for the day.

Here is the ratings breakdown for Sunday:

NBC “Meet the Press” 3.36M / 1.03M

ABC “This Week” 2.47M / 800K

CBS “Face the Nation” 2.45M / 780K

FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.21M / 460K

CBS Pays Tribute To Walter Cronkite


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Katie Couric anchored this special report. CBSNews.com has a special section commemorating the life and work of Walter Cronkite. It includes video from some of Cronkite’s most memorable reports, including his final Evening News broadcast.

Sunday’s “Face the Nation” was guest-anchored by Harry Smith, who was joined by Bob Schieffer, John Glenn and historian Douglas Brinkley to commemorate Cronkite. Check out Schieffer’s remembrances here.

“That’s the Way it Was: Remembering Walter Cronkite” aired in place of “60 Minutes” Sunday, with comments from Pres. Barack Obama, CBS News colleagues Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Don Hewitt and Katie Couric, as well as George Clooney, Robin Williams and Spike Lee. Susan Zirinsky, who once produced for Cronkite, was the executive producer.

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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