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Weekend Show Preview, 3.28 – 3.30

SundayShows12Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked:

Sunday:

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: NCAA Pres. Mark Emert, Frmr. NSA Director Gen. Michael Hayden, Frmr. CIA Michael Morell, Comdr. William Marks of US Navy, Harvard’s David Gergen, David Ignatius from WaPo, PBS’ Gwen Ifill, Carolyn Ryan of NYT, Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA)

“Fox News Sunday”: Sen. Angus King (I-ME), Sen. John Barasso (R-WY), Mike Rogers (R-MI), Karl Rove, NJ‘s Ron Fournier, Kimberley Strassel of WSJ, WaPo’s Charles Lane

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rick Santorum, Rudy Giuliani, Michael Leiter of National Counterterrism Center, Sate Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-NJ),  Peter Baker of NYT, Amy Walter of Cook Political Report; Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick

ABC’s “This Week“: ESPN’s Keith Olbermann, Donna Brazile, David Plouffe, Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard, and Matt Dowd

Univision’s “Al Punto”: Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), immigration activists Juan José Gutiérrez and Jersey Vargas, Cesar Chavez’s son Paul Chavez, aviation expert Fabio Andrade, David Beckham

C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers”: Rep. Steve Scalise (R- LA)

CNN’s “State of the Union“: 9:00: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Bill Burton, Kevin Madden, Darlene Supperville of AP, Kenneth Feinberg 12:00: Fmr. Dir. of Natl. Intelligence John Negroponte, Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA), Fmr. CIA Chad Sweet, aviation consultant Ken Christensen, sonar expert Arnold Carr

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WHCA Elects New Officers

The White House Correspondents’ Association has elected the newest members to their board. Politico’s Mike Allen writes that the newly elected president for the year 2014-2015 will be Christi Parsons from Tribune. Also elected were Ari Shapiro from NPR and Bloomberg’s Margaret Talev. Talev announced on Facebook last night, “Thrilled, along with Christi Parsons and Ari Shapiro, to be joining the board of the White House Correspondents’ Association. Thank you to everyone for your suggestions and your support.”

Parsons told FBDC that what matters most is a job well done and not the infamous White House Correspondents’ Dinner that took a controversial turn for the worse this year.

“It was a good campaign. It’s a sign of health in the organization that all of the seats were contested, and that 210 journalists ended up casting votes,” she wrote in an email. “One thing that was clear in my conversations with people — I talked to most of the active members — was how committed the White House correspondents are to sound journalistic ideals and to vigorous coverage of the beat. The dinner is important, and it’s fun to talk about. But what matters most is our responsibility to do this job well, to constantly push for more information, and people take that very seriously. That’s what the association is all about.”

Asked for her reaction on her win, Talev remarked, “It’s an honor to be chosen by our peers to represent the White House press corps, and I’m excited, with Christi and Ari, to join our colleagues already serving on the board. While our membership draws from competing and diverse news organizations and technology and social media are rapidly changing how we all do our jobs, as a press corps we are united by universal interests — especially the imperative for timely access to the President, other White House decisionmakers and public information.”

Who Will be Your New Nerd Prom Prez?

From L to R: Christi Parsons, Donovan Slack and Margaret Talev.

Now the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner is blissfully receding from most people’s memory and the hangovers have subsided, that can only mean one thing: the campaign is on for three seats on the association’s board. This year’s races could be especially contentious: Christi Parsons (Chicago Tribune/LAT) v. Donovan Slack (Politico) for President. Also, Bloomberg is trying (for the third straight year!) for a seat on the board with their candidate, Margaret Talev.

Balloting is by mail, over many weeks. First, a signup sheet gets posted in the White House briefing room. Candidates sign up and declare their candidacies. Then they send statements to membership. Trust us, the campaigning is already well under way!

Let the contentiousness begin.

A note of explanation to readers: It’s a crazy system: FNC’s Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry becomes president and will honcho the 2013 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. So if you want good tables or many tables, he’s the guy whose ass you want to kiss for the next year. It takes TWO YEARS upon one’s election as WHCA president before he/she actually takes office. So after these elections are decided, you could have a full two years head start to suck up and as we know, the turtle tends gets ahead by going slow. Longest transition in the western world.

In further annoyingly technical explanation: There are nine seats total on the board. Typically, there are three open seats per annual election. The three elected in the coming weeks/months all take office shortly after election. To be elected president, one has to win both election to a specific seat AND the race for president.

The Ease of the Wet Weather Metaphor

TIPS FROM THE POOL…INTO THE DEEP END

Bloomberg‘s White House Pooler Margaret Talev didn’t have to look far for a “wet blanket” metaphor to descrbe this morning’s wet weather as it relates to POTUS’ whereabouts. She writes, “The planned Marine One flight was scrapped with bad weather cited. Then the rain stopped. As we departed WH, the rain started up again and low clouds hung like a wet blanket.”

In a later report she continues, “POTUS gets an umbrella escort up the steps into the plane. It’s raining hard now.”

AFP‘s Tangi Quemener, a Travel Pooler, took over where Talev left off, writing, “POTUS walked out of his SUV, climbed the stairs under a black umbrella held by an AF1 attendant and was aboard at 9:46.”

BlackBerry Blackout for WH Press in New Delhi

THE DEEP END…TIPS FROM THE POOL

Rules for the media appear to be strict at the presidential palace in New Delhi. McClatchy’s Margaret Talev wrote in a Pool Report that arrived to Washington this morning (we cleaned up punctuation, spelling and capitalizations):

We are at the President’s palace where U.S. Embassy and Indian officials insist there is a BlackBerry blackout. Cells and bberrys must be dropped w police. Hope to file asap afterward they say this nonnegotiable.

> Update: Talev writes into FishbowlDC from India to say hello and explain further: “In my defense, I was literally thumbing it out before they confiscated the berry!). It was quite a hectic scene over at the palace, and those were the house rules. It worked out fine, but we didn’t have advanced warning so it was an uneasy feeling to be on pool with no phone, berry or laptop as a lifeline. Also I wanted to get a note out so the motorcade pool knew the situation they’d be coming into. How accustomed we’ve all become to instant communication!”

Who Will Get Called On Tonight? A Look Back At Obama’s Pressers

Tonight is President Obama’s fourth prime-time press conference, fifth overall. Each presser has lasted about an hour and averages 13 reporters’ questions. Fox did not air Obama’s 100th day press conference, the third, on the network and will not tonight either.

In his first prime-time press conference Feb. 9th, the President called on, in this order: AP’s Jennifer Loven, Reuters’ Caren Bohan, CBS’ Chip Reid, NBC’s Chuck Todd, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, ABC’s Jake Tapper, CNN’s Ed Henry, NYT‘s Helene Cooper, Fox’s Major Garrett, WaPo‘s Michael Fletcher, Helen Thomas, HuffPost’s Sam Stein and NPR’s Mara Liasson.

In his second prime-time press conference March 24th, Obama called on, in this order: AP’s Jennifer Loven, NBC’s Chuck Todd, ABC’s Jake Tapper, CBS’ Chip Reid, Univision’s Lourdes Meluza, Stars and Stripes’ Kevin Baron, CNN’s Ed Henry, Fox News’ Major Garrett, Politico‘s Mike Allen, Ebony’s Kevin Chappell, ABC Radio’s Ann Compton, TWT‘s Jon Ward and AFP’s Stephen Collinson.

In his third prime-time press conference April 29th, the President called on, in this order: AP’s Jennifer Loven, Detroit NewsDeb Price, ABC’s Jake Tapper, CBS’ Mark Knoller, NBC’s Chuck Todd, Reuters’ Jeff Mason, CBS’ Chip Reid, CNN’s Ed Henry, NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny (“surprised, troubled, enchanted and humbled”), Telemundo’s Lori Montenegro, BET’s Andre Showell, Time‘s Michael Scherer and WaPo‘s Jonathan Weisman.

President Obama’s fourth presser was during the day, in the briefing room June 23rd and he called on, in this order: AP’s Jennifer Loven, HuffPost’s Nico Pitney (remember this?), Fox’s Major Garrett, USA Today‘s David Jackson, CBS’ Chip Reid, NBC’s Chuck Todd, ABC’s Jake Tapper, McClatchy’s Margaret Talev, EFE’s Macarena Vidal, Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols, American Urban Radio Network’s April Ryan and CNN’s Suzanna Malveaux.

Will the AP’s Jennifer Loven go five-for-five? Will President Obama snub Fox? Will HuffPost’s Nico Pitney get called on again? And who do you want to see called on tonight? Tell us.

RELATED: From US News & World Report: Press Getting More Adversarial With Obama: Some expect Obama’s news conference to take on a more negative tone.

Curl Calls It: WH Press Corps Gets Played

In an article today, TWT’s Joe Curl calls “foul” after the WH press corps got played during yesterday’s news conference. On the presidential presser, Curl says:

Many in the hard-pressed press corps played along throughout the hourlong show, turning the ball over again and again – “accidentally,” of course.

Curl says that as the president dribbled around questions from NBC’s Chuck Todd, USA Today’s David Jackson, Urban Radio Network’s April Ryan, Helen Thomas and McClatchy’s Margaret Talev, the nation’s most respected group of journalists began resembling the “Washington Generals, known for their long-running losing streak against the invincible Harlem Globetrotters.”

So who are Curl’s MVPs? ABC’s Jake Tapper and FNC’s Major Garrett.

Check out Curl’s story for the play-by-play.

President Obama’s Press Conference: HuffPost Called On Second With Iran Question

In today’s press conference in the briefing room, President Obama spoke for about 10 minutes, covering the topics of Iran, clean energy and healthcare at the top. He then took questions, ending the press conference at about 1:25pm, about 55 mins.

AP’s Jennifer Loven got the first question, which is not at all out of the ordinary. What was more unusual is that the President called on HuffPost’s Nico Pitney second- he asked a question from the ground in Iran. Politico is calling this “a clearly coordinated exchange” because of the uniqueness of HuffPost called on second and the topic of Iran.

Fox’s Major Garrett, USA Today‘s David Jackson, CBS’ Chip Reid, NBC’s Chuck Todd, ABC’s Jake Tapper, McClatchy’s Margaret Talev (she asked the President about his smoking habit, to which he replied he sometimes falls off the wagon but is about 95 percent cured), Bloomberg’s Hans Nicols and American Urban Radio’s April Ryan were among those who were called on by the President. CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux asked the last question about Neda, an Iran female protestor who was shot and killed in the streets of Tehran, which was caught on video and on the Internet. President Obama called it “heartbreaking.”

The President noteably did not call on the Washington Post or the New York Times.

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

“The Tea Party People”: While Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has avoided directly addressing the tea parties currently sweeping the nation in protest of taxes and big government, hundreds gathered across the street in Lafayette Park this Tax Day helped put the issue back in the briefing room. As Gibbs repeated that Obama had cut taxes for those making under $250,000, CNN’s Ed Henry noted that many attendees were hard-hit by the cigarette tax. “People make a decision to smoke,” Gibbs argued, adding later: “I guess that depends on the individual consumption of nicotine habits involved in those at tea parties around the country.” (Side note: “Tea party people” now ranks next to “pirates” among giggle-worthy labels in the briefing room.)

Hold the 2012 Stickers: Gibbs joked during one tax reform response that he didn’t want to get into “what we might do in a second term,” and ABC’s Jake Tapper took the opportunity to question re-election plans. “Not today,” Gibbs said, to whether he was announcing a second Obama run. “Give him a couple more years and see if he wants to do that.”

Hug a Paper, Part Two: Following on yesterday’s Wash Times story that pointed to controversial language in a DHS report on extremist groups potentially recruiting returning veterans, the paper’s Jon Ward asked if it was on the POTUS radar. Gibbs noted that while he hadn’t spoken to Obama specifically on this issue, DHS head Janet Napolitano would be issuing a related statement today. In a tiny shout-out, Gibbs told Ward, “I, on occasion, read the Washington Times.”

Just Like the Smelly Kid: When asked whether Obama was prepared to sit with Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez at the upcoming Summit of the Americas, Gibbs shot back that “If we didn’t sit in the same room with people who were critical of this country, we’d probably be sitting in a room all alone.”

Say Whaaa?: In a rare show of briefing room tag-teaming, McClatchy’s Margaret Talev followed on a lengthy back-and-forth by NPR’s Mara Liasson to press Gibbs on an answer to the possibility of taxing health insurance premiums. The visibly agitated press secretary repeatedly told them to consult the transcript, while reporters preferred the “Play it again, Sam” approach. The stare-down ended with the classic Gibbs-ism calling on everyone to wait until the bill’s through Congress before scrutinizing a possible presidential veto on specific healthcare measures.

Did You Make Obama’s Cut?

There are so many journalists eager to join Sen. Barack Obama on his European trip that the campaign simply can’t accommodate all of them on the plane.

Lynn Sweet blogged a few days back:

The Obama campaign plane, a 757, will have only about 40 journalists on the manifest. More reporters wanted to travel with the Obama campaign; some have been told not to pack their bags, one notified to be on standby. I’m told hundreds of news outlets were interested in making the trip with Obama, very popular in Europe. There are fewer seats available for reporters than usual because the campaign is taking on more staff than routinely flies with Obama. Secret Service agents also travel on the campaign plane.

Two U.S. based reporters for foreign newspapers who I talked to today said they were told no foreign journalists–even from the countries Obama is visiting–will be on the plane.

We hear that there are some upset journos, because some regular reporters have been kicked off the plane for this trip, with the campaign citing space reasons. The Washington Times wasn’t given a seat. Neither was The New Yorker (pissed about the recent cover?). Or the Sunday Times of London. Of course, space is especially tight because of all the superstar reporters interested in this trip.

As a result, some reporters are doing portions of the trip on their own, not in the campaign bubble.

Among the outlets on the plane: ABC, New York Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg, AP, USA Today, Fox News, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, McClatchy, Sun-Times, Politico, Time, Newsweek (and various network embeds).

Who you might see on the plane: Candy Crowley, Jake Tapper, Major Garrett, Karen Tumulty, Margaret Talev, Jeff Zeleny, Lynn Sweet, Mike Dorning, Dan Balz, Caren Bohan, Julianna Goldman, Carrie Budoff Brown, Richard Wolffe, Sunlen Miller, Don Gonyea, Chris Welch, Maria Govrolic, Bonney Kapp, Athena Jones, David Espo, Lee Cowan, Mark Hudspeth, David Wright, Glen Johnson.

Playbook says that over 200 requests were made by reporters to the campaign.

In a Washington Post op-ed Sunday, Der Tagesspiegel D.C. bureau chief Christoph von Marschall says “he has almost completely refused to answer questions from foreign journalists. When the press plane leaves tonight for his trip, there will be, as far as I know, no foreign media aboard. The Obama campaign has refused multiple requests from international reporters to travel with the candidate.”

On the trip, Carrie Budoff Brown talks about the new dress code issue by the Obama campaign.

Newsweek’s Holly Bailey also looks at media coverage of Obama/McCain trips abroad.

Rachel Sklar: “Anchors Away! (On Obama’s Overseas Adventure)

AP’s David Bauder asks: “Is media playing fair in campaign coverage?”

After the jump, the first pool report from the trip (from Chicago Tribune’s John McCormick)…

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