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Jon Stewart: ‘That Is The Greatest Thing I’ve Ever Seen The President’s Press Secretary Do’

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Last night on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart made reference to a question posed by ABC News’ Chief White House Correspondent, Jonathan Karl, that seemed to have White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, a bit flustered.

“Can you tell me the fact that she helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the president’s reelection campaign had nothing to do with her appointment? You can’t say that, can you?” asked Karl, referring to the appointment of former soap opera producer, Coleen Bell, as ambassador to Hungary.

Earnest responded, “I can tell you that’s not the reason she was chosen. I can tell you that the reason she was chosen.. ahhh frankly, I was not part of this decision making process.”

With eyes popping out of his head, Stewart reacted to the clip, “What??? You can’t do that! That is the greatest thing I’ve ever seen the president’s press secretary do. His entire job, his only job, is built around trying not to go ‘ehhhh look, I just f#%^ing work here.’”

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WATCH LIVE: Josh Earnest to Deliver 12:45pm Press Briefing

White House press secretary Josh Earnest will deliver a briefing to the press corps around 12:45pm Wednesday afternoon.

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WATCH LIVE at 1pm: White House Press Briefing with Josh Earnest

At 1pm Wednesday afternoon, White House press secretary Josh Earnest will deliver a press briefing before the White House press corps.

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Josh Earnest Learns During WH Press Briefing of Reports that Steve Sotloff was Beheaded

Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 14.44.15During today’s White House press briefing with Josh Earnest and moments after initial reports that American journalist Steve Sotloff was beheaded by ISIS, TIME’s Zeke Miller asked Earnest about the reports or for reaction, which the White House press secretary had yet to learn or see.

“This is something that the administration has obviously been watching very carefully since this threat against Mr. Sotloff’s life was originally made a few weeks ago,” said Earnest this afternoon. “Our thoughts and prayers, first and foremost, are with Mr. Sotloff and Mr. Sotloff’s family, and those who worked with him. The United States, as you know, has dedicated significant time and resources to trying and rescue Mr. Sotloff.” Read more

WATCH LIVE: Josh Earnest’s White House Press Briefing Thursday at 1pm

At 1pm Thursday afternoon, White House press secretary Josh Earnest will deliver a press briefing before the White House press corps.

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President Obama at the Podium

ObamaIn a recent POLITICO piece, Edward-Isacc Dovere and Carrie Budoff Brown highlight Obama’s recent habit of addressing press and answering questions from behind the podium:

“This never used to happen in the Obama White House, a place so obsessed with message control that the president could go months without talking with the press corps. However, in the past seven weeks, Obama has taken questions an average of once a week.”

The change in protocol comes around the same time that White House press secretary Josh Earnest took over for Jay Carney after his June 20 departure.

“The shifting media strategy is part of a new White House effort to jolt its communications operation, especially as Obama fights weak poll numbers and wages an intense campaign to keep the Senate in Democratic control this November.”

For the full story, click on over to POLITICO.

President Obama Set to Dine with Four Who Wrote from Kansas City

A video posted to The White House YouTube channel today highlights four Kansas City residents set to dine with President Barack Obama this evening.

“The President loves getting 10 letters a night, that he reads every night, where he can hear from everyday Americans about how they’re affected by the policies that he’s fighting to implement here in Washington,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest says in the video. “The president’s been traveling across the country meeting with these individual people who’ve written him letters. He’s gonna do the same thing in Kansas City.”

The video continues with Earnest calling individuals – including Becky, Victor, and Valerie – who have written to Obama letting them know that they’re invited to dine with the president.

“Would you be willing to have dinner with the President on Tuesday night,” asks Earnest, to which one woman replied, “Ohh yes, yes…That sounds like a blast.”

ABC News reports that the President will dine with “a man who thanked Obama for student loan help he received, a single mother who described her challenges raising children and running a business, a teacher in a GED program and a woman who is active in her neighborhood association.”

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Josh Earnest Sits Down with CNN’s Brian Stelter for First Sunday Show Appearance

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 13.02.51On Sunday’s “Reliable Sources,” CNN host Brian Stelter sat down in the White House briefing room with White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest to discuss a variety of issues including the Administration’s ‘transparency’ and how he’s settling into his new role in his first Sunday Show appearance.

On the topic of transparency, Earnest said, “If there’s ever a day when the White House press corps sits back and says, ‘You know, we’re getting all the information that we need from the White House Press Office,’ then everybody in the White House press corps would not be doing their jobs, right?”

For those who missed, click through for the full conversation, which also touched on whether he’s dreaded any days he’s had to speak at the podium, if the briefing should remain televised, and what his media diet entails. Read more

Weekend Show Preview – 7.13.14

On Monday we gave you the ratings for the July 6 Sunday Shows in the DC Market.

Who’s on the talk shows this weekend?

“Fox News Sunday” has Amb. Dennis Ross. Rick Santorum is headed to NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Attorney General Eric Holder is slated for ABC’s “This Week.” And CNN’s “State of the Union” landed Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Donna Edwards (D-MD), Aaron Schock (R-IL), and Beto O’Rourke (D-TX).

Click through for the full rundown. Read more

FishbowlDC Top 5 Stories of the Week

fishbowlThis week’s top 5 stories across the site.

5 – Atlantic Media Launches ‘State & Local’

4 – Yahoo News’ Olivier Knox Offers Look at President Obama’s ‘Secret Schedule’

3 – Jonathan Karl Asks Josh Earnest About President’s Knowledge of @BarackObama

2 – Shawna Thomas to Join NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ as Senior Editor

1 – Claim: Klein Misrepresents Clinton Photo

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