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Lehrer Steps Down from PBS Newshour

After 36 years, Jim Lehrer is stepping down from his regular anchor role on the daily public television newscast known now a PBS Newshour.  The announcement was made to staff this morning.  Effective June 6, Lehrer will no longer be part of the regular daily anchor rotation  team, but he will still moderate the weekly analysis of Shields and Brooks; syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks.  Lehrer says he will also remain involved in the editorial direction of the PBS Newshour and the program’s producer, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions.

In a statement today, Jim Lehrer said, “I have been laboring in the glories of daily journalism for 52 years…36 of them here at the Newshour and its earlier incarnations…and there comes a time to step aside from the daily process, and that time has arrived.”

Senior Correspondents Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff, Jeffrey Brown, Ray Suarez and Margaret Warner will continue hosting the PBS Newshour on a rotating basis after Lehrer’s departure.

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Gridiron Loosens Rules After 126 Years

In a move that is unprecedented by The Girdiron Club, they are advertising for a Sunday afternoon post-dinner reception and performance through the Harvard Club of Washington, D.C. In past years the exclusive white-tie Gridiron dinner event has been strictly invitation only. “Looks like they’re hurting for money,” said a longtime Washington journo who received the Harvard Club invite.

The reception is set for March 13 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.  — one day after the dinner. Forget the white-tie. Dress for this is business attire.

Completely unrelated side note: Other Harvard Club events include (no joke): “Winter Skin Essentials for All at Kiehls,” a “Valentine Card Workshop” and “Intro to Handwriting Analysis.”

An excerpt from the Gridiron afternoon event: For 126 years, the Gridiron Club has regaled an annual white-tie dinner with satire and songs that skewer Presidents and congressional leaders, lobbyists and sacred cows. Saturday night’s Spring Dinner sponsored by the Gridiron, Washington’s oldest organization of journalists, is attended by 600 people invited by the Club’s membership, which is limited to 65 of the capital’s most respected reporters and columnists.

Now we are opening our Sunday afternoon performance, given for friends and family, to a wider audience that includes members of Washington-based college alumni groups and State Societies. As the incoming president of the Gridiron Club and Foundation, I’m writing to invite your group to participate. The Gridiron’s Sunday Reprise will be on March 13, 2011, in the ballroom of the Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW.

The invitation notes, “We think your members would have a ball at our show, one of Washington’s signature events.”

What journos should they expect to see at the $75 Washington Renaissance Hotel afternoon event? Find out…

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A Few People Who Aren’t Affected By Today’s Twitter Outtages…

C-SPAN has put together this montage of a few people around town who aren’t quite affected by today’s Twitter outtages…

Non or infrequent Tweeters include Bill Press, Mark Shields, National Review‘s Jonah Goldberg, ABC’s Sam Donaldson, Helen Thomas, CBS’ Bob Schieffer, The Nation‘s Christopher Hayes, VF‘s James Wolcott and Newsweek‘s Jon Meacham.

Meanwhile at the Newseum…

On Friday evening, New York’s finest comedians (or those that were free) offered Washingtonians a break from the WHCD hoopla at the Writers Guild East’s “Writers Speak!”

Emceed by Colbert Report’s Opus Moreschi, the event packed the Newseum with journos and DC notables seeking refuge from the Hollywood onslaught. Spotted were Politico’s Roger Simon, columnist Mark Shields and Taxpayer’s Union’s Grover Norquist.

Here are some of the best (by best we mean, suitable for publish) quips from each of the performers:

Matt Goldich (Best Week Ever):
On President Obama: “I really feel like I have a personal connection with him. The other day I was on my roof and the president flew by on Air Force One and waved.”

Bill Scheft (Late Show with David Letterman):
“Nobody in New York has any money. Eliott Spitzer had to put three whores on layaway.”

J.R. Havlan (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart):
“If you are wearing a Bluetooth 24 hours a day you better be a cab driver or trying to kill Jack Bauer.”

Anthony Jeselnick (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon):
“The first thing I look for in a girl is intelligence, that way if she doesn’t have it – she’s mine.”

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Reception on the Terrace at the Newseum (foreground left: Tom Fontana; center: WGAE President Michael Winship)

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Panel discussion (from left to right): WGAE President Michael Winship; Opus Moreschi (The Colbert Report); Tim Carvell (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), J.R. Havlan (The Late Show with Jon Stewart)

Schieffer Lassos Up Journos For Annual Symposium

NYT’s David Brooks, PBS’ Gwen Ifill, CNBC’s Trish Regan and syndicated columnist and commentator Mark Shields are all dusting off the cowboy boots and heading to Texas for the fifth annual Texas Christian Universiy Schieffer Symposium.

The foursome will sit on a panel Wednesday hosted by CBS’ Bob Schieffer titled “Obama and the Press: Is the media doing its job?”

Schieffer is a 1959 graduate of TCU and the namesake of the School of Journalism.

Taking Out the Trash

What we almost missed today…

Bloomberg’s Al Hunt presented Sen. Ted Kennedy with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award last night at the Senator’s 77th birthday celebration at the Kennedy Center. DC journos in attendance included Wolf Blitzer, Cokie Roberts, Rita Braver, Ed Henry, Chris Matthews and Mark Shields.

“Have the Republicans reverted to a party with so little to say that they are reduced to making feeble jabs at Michelle Obama’s biceps? Are they so afraid of the new Obama era that the First Lady’s arms are a enough of a symbol of power that they cower before them?” Bonnie Fuller responds on HuffPost to NYT’s David Brooks remarks in a Maureen Dowd column this weekend we told you about earlier today.

FamousDC wants to know, “Politico: Are You Serious?” regarding the on-going Gov. Bobby Jindal/30 Rock’s Kenneth the Page comparisons.

Coverage Plans For Obama Address

From TVNewser

Every network will cover President Barack Obama’s Address to Congress tonight at 9pmET. Following Obama’s speech is Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Republican response.

Each network’s coverage plans after the jump.

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Friends in High Places

Last night at Rep. John Dingell’s ceremony in Statuary Hall, instead of keeping the media in the back of the room with the cameras, reporters were unexpectedly directed up to the “catwalk” that surrounds the room.

What was interesting, though, is some of the media DID get in the room to mingle with guests. Our sources tell us it was “mostly older, mostly establishment types.”

Spotted: Tammy Haddad, Al Hunt, Mark Shields, Charlie Cook and Nancy Bagley.

“Getting There is Half the Fun; Being There is All of It!”

Did you know Bob Schieffer‘s favorite film is Being There?

Quite fittingly, it’s the story of a man who simply regurgitates everything he’s heard on TV, and in doing so, becomes the star of the Washington political elite.

As part of the Capitol Classics series, The Week’s Margaret Carlson hosted a dinner and a screening of Schieffer’s favorite last night at the Phillips Collection. Carlson introduced Schieffer mentioning his budding music career, which prompted him to recite a few lines of his signature song “TV Anchorman” before introducing the movie.

Few attended the film after dinner, but those who did were full of laughs.

To steal the 1979 release’s tagline, “Getting there is half the fun; being there is all of it!” Having all the fun last night was Chris Matthews, Andrea Mitchell (with Alan Greenspan), Tammy Haddad, Luke Russert, Betsy Fischer, Christopher Isham, John Dickerson, Mark Shields, Charlie Cook and Doyle McManus.

Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers, House Minority Leader John Boehner and a roundtable with New York Times’ Thomas Friedman, NPR’s Michele Norris and Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes.

  • This Week: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and a roundtable with former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina, the New York Times’ Paul Krugman along with ABC News’ Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts, and George Will.

  • Face the Nation: Vice President Joe Biden (Live).

  • Fox News Sunday: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a roundtable with Brit Hume, Fox News Senior Political Analyst, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: House Majority Whip, Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) will be interviewed by David Lightman, Congressional Corrspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, and Perry Bacon of the Washington Post.

  • State of The Union with John King: Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I-NY), Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), Jeff Zeleny, White House reporter, The New York Times, Chip Reid, chief White House correspondent, CBS News and Geoff Morrell, Pentagon press secretary.

  • Chris Matthews Show: Bob Woodward of the Washington Post; Kelly O’Donnell of NBC News; Howard Fineman of Newsweek; and Anne Kornblut, Washington Post White House correspondent.

  • Fareed Zakaria, GPS: Ashraf Ghani, former Afghan Finance Minister, Barnett Rubin, Center on International Cooperation, Steve Coll, New American Foundation, Rory Stewart, author, “The Places In Between”, Michael O’Hanlon, Brookings Institution and David Kilcullen, author, “The Accidental Guerilla”

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel.

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, The Washington Post’s Colbert King and syndicated columnists Mark Shields and Charles Krauthammer.

  • Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Dan Balz of The Washington Post, Pete Williams of NBC News, Karen Tumulty of TIME Magazine and Martha Raddatz of ABC News.

  • Huckabee: Nina Gilbert and her 70 students from Ivy Preparatory Academy will share video of their trip to DC. Also, FOX Business Network’s Liz Claman and Tracy Byrnes, Financial Advisor Dominick Tavella.

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