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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,”: “No, I will commit to everything and anything that would provide credible assurances for the international community that Iran is not seeking nuclear weapons, because we are not. We don’t see any benefit in Iran developing a nuclear weapon.”
Attorney General Eric Holder said on ABC’s “This Week” : “The immigration laws are being enforced, though we are faced with an extraordinary situation where thousands of people, young people especially, are fleeing Central America for economic reasons to get away from really endemic violence in their countries…The president has put together a proposal to Congress asking for almost $4 billion. We are surging immigration judges to the border to process all of these people.”
On CBS’s “Face the Nation” with Israel Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer : “Hamas is deliberately targeting our civilians; they want to keep as many civilians in Israel as possible. Thankfully, we have an iron dome to protect our civilians, but as the Prime Minister said, they’re actually using their civilians as human shields…They play missile barriers next to mosques, schools, hospitals, it makes it very difficult for our military to right this war in a surgical way, but we’ll do it and we’ll continue to uphold the highest standards.” Read more
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First Lady Michelle Obama.
“The Jay Leno Show” will be joined by the First Lady via satellite Friday for “10 @ 10,” Leno’s ten rapid fire questions.
Network specials and coverage of Ted Kennedy’s death are being announced. Here’s a rundown:
ABC News will broadcast an hour special on the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy, anchored by Charles Gibson from Hyannis Port, MA and Diane Sawyer in New York. The ABC News Special, “Remembering Ted Kennedy,” will air at 10:00 PM tonight.
Coverage of Senator Kennedy’s passing will also be featured on “World News with Charles Gibson,” originating from Hyannis Port; “Nightline,” anchored by Cynthia McFadden; ABC News Radio, and on ABC News NOW throughout the day, as well as on tomorrow’s “Good Morning America.” ABCNEWS.com has dedicated a special section, “Ted Kennedy: A Remarkable Life” available here.
CBS News will look back at the life and legacy of Senator Edward “Teddy” Kennedy with the primetime special “Ted Kennedy, The Last Brother,” anchored by Katie Couric tonight (8:00-9:00 PM) on the CBS Television Network. Featuring exclusive footage culled from CBS News’ archives, the program is an intimate look at Kennedy – both the public face and the private man – as told through intimate interviews and candid moments captured over the last 40 years.
Throughout the day, CNN lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer joins regular, dayside programming from Washington D.C. with interviews and reports about the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy. Guests include former Sen. Birch Bayh (D-IN), President Jimmy Carter, former Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN.), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ.) Theodore Sorenson, former adviser to President John F. Kennedy, former Sen. John Warner (R- Va.) and more.
At 7pm ET, CNN will air the HBO documentary “Teddy in His Own Words,” which “chronicles Senator Kennedy’s remarkable life from his childhood through his speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.” The two-hour special will be hosted by Campbell Brown.
From 2:00PM to 3:00PM (ET), NPR congressional correspondent Andrea Seabrook will host an hour-long call-in special. Seabrook will interview guests about Kennedy’s life of service and influential career in the Senate, and invite questions from the audience. Guests include Congressman Barney Frank, former U.S. Senator John Sununu, professor and scholar Ronald Walters and Thomas Oliphant, who covered Kennedy for 40 years for the Boston Globe. Listeners may join the conversation by calling (800) 989-8255 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Beginning at 7:00PM (ET), NPR will explore Kennedy’s life – his role as a legislative lion in the Senate; his focus on civil rights, and on fighting for the disenfranchised; and his personal life and struggles – in an hour-long program. Host Linda Wertheimer will be joined by a roundtable offering political analysis on the legacy Kennedy leaves behind, with legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, senior news analyst Juan Williams, health policy correspondent Julie Rovner and political editor Ken Rudin.
MSNBC will present a first look at “The Kennedy Brothers: A Hardball Documentary,” tonight at 9 p.m. ET and tomorrow, Thursday Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. ET. “Headliners and Legends: Ted Kennedy” at 11 PM tonight.
*We’ll continue to update as we learn ‘em.
Former President George W. Bush: “Walter Cronkite was an icon of American journalism who shaped his profession in countless ways during his decades on the air. Tonight, his family is in our thoughts and prayers.”
Former President George H.W. Bush: “Barbara and I join the nation in mourning the passing of Walter Cronkite. As a pioneer in television journalism, he was a towering, respected figure. Many Americans heard it from Walter first that President Kennedy had died, or that man had walked on the moon. He is already missed.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “Walter Cronkite was the face and voice of American journalism for generations. A giant in his field, he set the standard for news even today: fair and thorough.
“From the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, to the war in Vietnam, to the landing on the moon 40 years ago next week, Walter Cronkite delivered the news and provided trusted commentary on the events that shaped our history. Like millions of Americans, he was a fixture in my home.
“Let us honor the legacy of Walter Cronkite by remembering the essential role that a free press plays in our democracy, and by protecting the right of journalists to report the news.”
Senator John McCain: “I’m saddened to learn of the passing of Walter Cronkite – one of the most influential newsmen of our time. I will never forget our memorable visit together to Hanoi on the 10th anniversary of the fall of Saigon.”
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Tonight’s the Radio & TV Correspondents Association Dinner. Scroll down FBDC for all the dets. What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…
The Boston Globe union has set a date to vote on a new contract, though no agreement has been met with the newspaper’s owner, NYT.
NYT executive editor Bill Keller on his reporting on Iran in E&P. “Do people in the media crit game really think editors are supposed to be desk jockeys who never go get a sense of the story?” he writes. “Or is the idea that when a big, exhausting news breaks visiting editors should hole up in the hotel?”
Long Live the Nightly News! Fortune: Despite a steady erosion in their collective audience and an aging viewership, the big three nightly newscasts are hardly dead. Actually, they draw an average 21 million viewers every night. Andrew Tyndall says there’s a good reason for that — they’re still the best daily snapshot of news on television.
Vice President Joe Biden just isn’t pulling the ratings for Sunday shows that he used to. TVNewser has the numbers of his last appearances on “Meet the Press” versus past appearances on “This Week” and “Face the Nation.”
Daily Finance “Obama takes on Fox News, loses“: When is Barack Obama going to learn that presidents shouldn’t play press critic? It didn’t work for Richard Nixon. It didn’t work for Bill Clinton or George W. Bush. It didn’t help John McCain win the White House, and it won’t help Obama, who vented his frustration with Fox News Wednesday.
CNN’s keeping tabs on WH Press Secretary Robert Gibbs‘ tardiness. “Gibbs was a total of 13 hours and 46 minutes late to his own press briefings in the month of May alone. Of the 19 briefings held by Gibbs in May, the White House officially pushed the scheduled start time back 14 times (although: one time they actually made it earlier.) That averages out to a delay of roughly 28 minutes a day – a total of 8 hours and 50 minutes for the month.”
There was speculation yesterday that President Obama would make a surprise appearance in Gibbs’ daily press briefing. When he didn’t, a few reporters were left disappointed, including CBS’ Mark Knoller. Read through here.
JOBS after the jump…
Who are the top Washington insiders to follow on Twitter? The Atlantic released a list of their 30 picks today.
Politics Editor, The Atlantic
Blogger, Washington Post: “The Fix”
Ana Marie Cox
National Correspondent, Air America radio
Chief Political Correspondent, Slate
Former Speaker of the House
Host, Meet the Press, NBC
Israeli Consulate General of New York
White House Correspondent, CBS News
Columnist, Washington Post
Host, The Rachel Maddow Show, NBC
Senator from Arizona (Republican)
Daughter of Sen. John McCain
Senator from Missouri (Democrat)
Chair, The Joint Chiefs of Staff
Senator from Florida (Democrat)
Former Adviser to President Bush
GOP strategist, political blogger
Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq
Former Senator, actor
Democratic campaign specialist
Politics reporter, The Washington Independent
West Wing Report
Anonymous: fast, accurate and unbiased coverage of President Obama direct from the White House press room
Solid choices in general but Washington isn’t at a loss for actual “insiders,” so why select folks who don’t actually live or work in DC?
Beyond the Tweets: Iran and same-sex benefits topped today’s WH agenda, and Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was challenged to straddle the president’s reluctance to “meddle” in Iranian affairs while speaking out for the “universal principle” of peaceful protest. Amid calls from some that the WH response has been weak (including ex-would-be-POTUS John McCain), Gibbs cited “many from both sides of the aisle” who deem it “appropriate.” He also noted that the international community has expressed concern over how the election was conducted. While Gibbs confirmed that the WH has (in addition to State) followed Twitter and YouTube reports out of Tehran, the Obama team continues to avoid confirming specific reports, as no reps are on the ground there. (Are envoys drawing straws?)
What is… a WH briefing?: The inimitable Helen Thomas interrupted her own question to inject the philosophical, near-rhetorical, “What is terrorism?” as she hit Gibbs on WH preference in the Iranian election (which, per tradition, they refuse to enumerate). In a more intriguing exchange that didn’t see a tidy conclusion, NYT’s Helene Cooper asked RG why the WH was basing reaction to the protests only on their unchanging national interests– nuclear security and anti-terrorism. Gibbs warned against conflating the issues, to which Cooper replied that the election “has nothing to do with us–that’s what I’m saying!” She argued that Gibbs and POTUS had both implied that because neither of the leading presidential candidates would be much different than the other vis-a-vis U.S. interests, the election process doesn’t much matter. Gibbs hit back on that judgment: Keep the two separate.
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