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‘The Concert for Valor’ in Review

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With attendance estimates tipping 800,000, expectations for last night’s Concert for Valor were high to say the least.  But whatever the turnout, HBO, Chase Bank and Starbucks put on one hell of a show.

As is the case with almost any DC event, the night began with politics. Mayor Vincent Gray welcomed the crowd and viewers at home with a somewhat awkward appeal for DC statehood.  Jennifer Hudson and Jessie J, however, got things on track with a great opening performance. From the very funny hosts Jamie FoxxGeorge LopezJack BlackJohn Oliver and Bryan Cranston, to the awesome musicians The Zach Brown BandBruce SpringsteenDave GrohlMetallicaCarie UnderwoodThe Black KeysEminem and Rihanna, the star-studded lineup did not disappoint.

The event was not without controversy, however.  From Eminem’s slew of F-bombs to a rendition of Creedence Clearwater’s anti-war “Fortunate Son” sung by Springsteen, Grohl, and The Zach Brown Band — the internet had plenty of material to blow out of proportion.

My fav buzzy topic had to be Rihanna’s attempts at patriotism.  As you may recall, during the World Cup this past summer, the pop star was deliberately rooting for any team the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team was playing against,  tweeting out ”Lets go Portugal; Lets go Germany” during matches in which they were playing the US.  Despite her trolling and questionable soccer loyalties, Rihanna kinda killed it with her performance last night, so it’s hard to stay mad.

Overall, the concert seemed to be a huge success.

 

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John Oliver Ends Season with a Bang from the ‘Salmon Cannon’

Ahead of his performance tomorrow at “The Concert for Valor” on the National Mall, John Oliver ended the inaugural season of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” with a segment poking fun at a Washington state news story which featured a cannon that could launch salmon over dams.

Oliver gathered an impressive list of his celebrity buddies being shot in the face with the “Salmon Cannon,” including Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hanks, Dwight Howard, Seth Meyers, Anderson Cooper, Mario Batali, Rachel Ray, David Letterman, Wanda Sykes, Stephen Colbert, Wayne Brady, Meredith Vieira, and Joel McHale. Even Homer Simpson and R2D2 made appearances.

Don’t forget, “The Concert for Valor” is a free event tomorrow on the National Mall in honor of Veterans Day. (Oliver’s wife Kate Norley is an Iraq War veteran.) Click here for more information.

Hundreds of Celebs Urge Fans to #GoVote

For Midterm Elections Day, HeadCount.org teamed up with more than 300 entertainers using their celebrity status to urge fans to #GoVote. Participants, including Rob LoweStephen ColbertJohn LegendDave MatthewsFergieJohn OliverPerez HiltonLauryn Hill, and Conan O’Brien, are photographed holding print or digital artwork that displays a “#GoVote” message.

#GoVote photos are being collected in a dedicated Facebook album by HeadCount, accessible here. Participants will also use their social media platforms throughout the day to share their support and photograph, with a link to www.headcount.org for relevant information.

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Weekend Show Preview, 5.2 – 5.4

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

Sunday:

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, author Richard Williams, CBS’s James Brown and Clarissa Ward, Michele Norris of NPR, Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic, Michael Eric Dyson of Georgetown, William Rhoden of NYT, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

“Fox News Sunday”: Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), FedEx’s Fred Smith, Robert Wolf of 32 Advisors, actor Brian Stokes Mitchell, Brit Hume, Elise Viebeck of The Hill, George Will, Jane Harman from the Wilson Center

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), Mayor of Sacramento Kevin Johnson, Chuck Todd, will.i.am, Anita Dunn, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Kathleen Parker of WaPo

ABC’s “This Week“: John Oliver of HBO, Van Jones of CNN, Laura Ingraham, David Plouffe, Rick Santorum, Cokie Roberts

Univision’s “Al Punto”: Fmr. President of Mexico Vincente Fox, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Oscar De La Hoya, Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti, Sheriff of Maricopa County, AZ Joe Arpaio, Gael García Bernal

CNN’s “State of the Union: Ana Navarro, Donna Brazile, Gwenn Ifill of PBS

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CPAC Candy Coverage Pretty Sweet

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Editors wanting to break into alternative video coverage around town need to take note of Politico’s recent TMZ-style candy video from CPAC. This could be what Washington D.C. sorely needs – go to “serious-minded” events and ask the absurd (but ask it as seriously as possible). Think John Oliver from The Daily Show. Think Stuttering John from Howard Stern.

In this instance, Patrick Gavin and Anne Schroeder Mullins go around with a video camera and ask CPAC booth reps serious questions about their candy – everything from the questionably hygienic Jelly Bellies to Dummy lollipops to miniature Earth-shaped chocolate balls.

Watch for the spunky white-haired woman in the American flag tie who says, “Well, we have mint, peppuh-mint and this looks like buttah-sctoch, and this one is cream, ahaaa! How’s that?”

Funniest questions:

Gavin: “If somebody were to have, say, a bucket of jellybeans exposed to the public, hands going into it all day, is that unsanitary?”
Schroeder Mullins: “What if someone took the whole bowl and ran away?”

Watch the video below:

Morning Reading List 07.10.09

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 Shawna Thomas and to Garrett Graff, who celebrates tomorrow. Kudos also to Jill Jackson, Brian Haefeli and Mark Preston who also correctly guessed where the C-SPAN bus was parked. We asked you earlier this week what you thought of the latest National Review cover- 92% say just fine, 8% think it’s too much.

Happy Friday! What we know and what we’re reading this morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | NEWS NOTES | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

NYT‘s considering a $5 a month web-access fee, according to Bloomberg.

Ten questions for NYT‘s Bill Keller via Time: “It was partly the insatiable desire for scoops people in the Administration were feeding about the potential threat in Iraq,” said Keller of The New York Times’ coverage ahead of the Iraq War. “But a lot of it was just that we floated along with the conventional wisdom, the worst enemy of journalism.”

TV

Twenty questions from The Hill for Fox News’ Shannon Bream. “Q: What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you on-air? A: How do I narrow that down? I think honestly the worst thing is when you cannot find a word that is incredibly common but for some reason you have a brain freeze. I remember doing a report outside a restaurant about E. coli, and I couldn’t remember the word meat.” More on her reign as Miss Virginia 1990, her resume in local news and outlook for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s hearings next week here.

Congrats to MSNBC’s Willie Geist and his growing family who welcomed baby George William this wee.

NEWS NOTES

The Daily Show‘s John Oliver made a visit to DC this week, taking the opportunity to rip on a few TV newsers, including Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Wolf Blitzer. Check out TWT‘s take here.

Katie Couric, Cindy McCain, Elizabeth Edwards and Kate Gosselin are lined up to attend Maria Shriver‘s annual Women’s Conference this fall.

How did the media do covering the Michael Jackson “saga?” MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman takes a look.

What does Ana Marie Cox really think of Politico? Washington Whispers gets the scoop here.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro

JOBS after the jump…

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FishPoolDC: Our Insider’s Notes from Today’s Press Briefing

CNN must have jinxed the briefing start today when they announced at 2:05 that it would start “shortly.” The 2:30 start was pushed back a half hour at 2:15, leaving several reporters outside the briefing room to sigh, “too late to go back” to their offices before the actual event…

School’s (Not?) Out for Summer: In answer to Lynn Sweet‘s query about the president’s suggestion during education remarks this morning that he would advocate for a longer school day or school year, WH Press Secretary Robert Gibbs noted that this is a proposal that has been discussed in the education community for the last decade, though he did “hope that my son didn’t hear that portion of today’s speech.”

Summer Reading?: Gibbs was asked to compare POTUS and VPOTUS remarks on opening talks with elements of the Taliban. When he suggested that all reporters take a look at the transcript, he was challenged on whose he was referencing. “I’d certainly read both,” he said to much laughter. “That’d be awkward, wouldn’t it?” he added, and then promptly retracted from the potential for some obvious Biden-verbosity jokes.

Name that Tune: He had almost made it through the briefing, but Fox’s Wendell Goler couldn’t reach the trigger quickly enough to silence his ringing cell phone. “Busted!” he joked. Though the entire room was amused by the ring tone, this reporter among others was sad to admit that we are obviously not hip enough to recognize the tune. Wendell wouldn’t tell. The incident led some to amusingly recall when ABC’s Martha Raddatz accidentally played a little “Ridin’ Dirty” during a Tony Snow briefing in the Bush Administration.

“Happy Day 50!”: The corps has joked before about the n-th day of the administration (one of the many statistics that is tallied reliably by the legendary Mark Knoller of CBS Radio), and today it was ABC Radio’s Ann Compton who referenced the “50th day” as she asked whether the president was irritated by the constant criticisms that he might be trying to tackle too much at once. Gibbs chuckled that he’d have to reference his chart on presidential happiness back at his office. “Can you release that?” Knoller asked. “We’re not that transparent,” Gibbs quipped.

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Who Will Be This Year’s Break-Out Star? Daily Show‘s at the White House to Find Out

“Will it be the boyish Jake Tapper? The chiseled Chip Reid? The guy who manages Flight of the Conchords?” -The Daily Show’s John Oliver.

This is a must see.

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Daily Show Takes the Show to the White House

The Daily Show is on the loose at the White House… yesterday afternoon John Oliver taped segments in the briefing room with various correspodents.

Our friends at Yeas & Nays spotted Oliver sticking around for press secretary Robert Gibbs‘ daily briefing, standing modestly at the back of a very crowded press room. “A source on the scene tells us that after the briefing concluded, Oliver taped a segment from the briefing room, asking a series of seven mock questions. The last one was “How am I doing?”

“The Gaggle” Premieres

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From here:

    Political comedy was in the spotlight at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival Saturday morning as industry and other folks turned out for “The Gaggle,” an on-stage opinion talk show created and produced by former festival director Craig Minassian that is being workshopped for potential TV show development.

    Comedian Marc Maron and Ana Marie Cox, the Washington editor for Time.com, co-hosted the show with The Washington Post’s Shalaigh Murray, Republican political strategist Mike Murphy and “Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver as guests.

    “We’re testing it as a TV show and will take what we did here and cut it into a pilot presention,” said Minassian, who has a first-look deal with HBO.

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