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Will David Gregory Soon be Replaced as Host of ‘Meet the Press?’

Gregory_1.22David Gregory‘s tenure as host of NBC’s “Meet the Press” may soon be coming to an end.

According to the New York Post’s ”Page Six,” Gregory could be replaced following November’s Midterm Elections.

A “Page Six” source from NBC said, “The discussion is whether to make a change before or after the midterm elections. Just after the midterms would give the new moderator time to settle in.”

“Viewership is down a whopping 43 percent compared to when Gregory ascended to the moderator’s chair in December 2008, after the death of Tim Russert. The show finished in third place behind CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’ and ABC’s ‘This Week’ in the second quarter of 2014,” according to the report.

For Gregory’s potential replacements as host of the nation’s longest running television program, click here.

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NBC Leads 6.15.14 Sunday Show Total Viewer and A25-54 Ratings in DC Market

On Sunday, June 15, NBC’s “Meet the Press” was the most watched Sunday Show in the DC market, with more total viewers than CBS’s “Face the Nation” and ABC’s “This Week” combined, according to Nielsen Media Research. Although down 42% in P2+ versus the same Sunday last year (6/16/2013), the NBC program with David Gregory hosted Luke Russert, son of the late Tim Russert, whom hosted the program for 16 years and passed away six years ago the Friday before the Father’s Day Sunday Show airing.

“FOX News Sunday” clocked in a with 43,000 total viewers in the Washington market – second to that of NBC which had 51,000 total viewers in the market – more than doubling its audience from the same week last year (up 59% in P2+). It closed out with Robert De Niro on a collection of paintings by his late father and his HBO documentary “Remembering the Artist.” Read more

NBC’s Luke Russert Remembers His Late Father Sunday at Politics & Prose

20140615_130815On Sunday – Father’s Day – NBC correspondent Luke Russert, son of the late Tim Russert – spoke to an audience at Politics & Prose on his new preface to his father’s book Big Russ and Me: Father and Son: Lessons of Life that pays tribute to Tim’s father, a World War II veteran.

In honor of the book’s 10th anniversary since its initial publication, Luke’s added introduction explores his father’s legacy and the lessons of his grandfather, Tim’s father.

“I wrote the preface in one sitting. I took 6.5 – 7 hours at my kitchen table in one night and just started going. All of these ideas flowed out, and it was a very cathartic experience and one that I’m really glad and fortunate I was able to do. It allowed me to compose my thoughts on how I felt as his son and what he meant to me, and put it into coherent terms.”

Russert went on to add how important it was that his father gave him as much time as he did. Read more

NBC’s Luke Russert Joins Politics & Prose for Father’s Day Convo on Big Russ and Me

Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 15.24.50Today marks the 6th anniversary of the death of 16-year “Meet the Press” moderator Tim Russert. This Sunday – Father’s Day – Tim’s son NBC correspondent Luke Russert will join Politics & Prose for a conversation on his new preface to his father’s book Big Russ and Me: Father and Son: Lessons of Life that pays tribute to Tim’s father, a World War II veteran.

In honor of the book’s 10th anniversary since its initial publication, Luke’s added introduction explores his father’s legacy and the lessons of his grandfather, Tim’s father.

For more on Sunday’s event, click here.

Katie Couric’s First Big Break Came While She Was a Reporter at WRC

Katie Couric‘s life in TV news included stops at WRC in Washington and as a Pentagon correspondent for NBC News. Her current transition from daytime talk show host to global news anchor for Yahoo News, is just another turning point for the journalist best known as co-anchor of the “Today” show. Couric tells us timing and luck have been on her side. But she has one man to thank for her First Big Break:

Author Readies Ezra Klein for Sainthood

images-3On Sunday, the NYT ran a dialogue among readers on “The Rise of Incivility.” Online of course. People are jackasses online – didn’t you know? And lately cyberbullying has been in the forefront of peoples’ minds as some teens are tragically turning to suicide for relief.

Enter the so-called expert in the dialogue: Mitch Horowitz, who apparently hasn’t heard of Google. If he had, he might have a clue what he’s talking about. Instead, he’s just the author of the the forthcoming One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life. And someone who thinks WaPo‘s Ezra Klein is the epitome of “good humor and adult responses within the political discussion.”

Oh really?

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This Town Hits Politics & Prose: ‘I HOPE THIS ENDS AT 8!’

By 6:15 p.m. the folding chairs at Politics & Prose were nearly filled as the mostly elderly crowd got situated for the Leibo Show. Two seats contained “reserved” signs, so we were convinced they had to be for NYT‘s Mark Leibovich‘s parents or someone equally important. Holy f–king shit! Was Tammy Haddad coming? Eventually an older couple arrived and sat down. They weren’t Leibo’s parents at all – just random psychology professors who placed the makeshift signs and went next door to eat. Very sneaky.

On Tuesday night, the crowd came to hear Leibovich read from his newly released book, This Town — the dumb thing that Politico has only written about 18 times.

To be sure, the scene felt less This Town and more Seinfeld, the Del Boca Vista episodes.

“How much did you have to pay for that front row seat?” an older gentleman asked a male friend he hadn’t seen in awhile. “Well,” replied the balding acquaintance, “my wife had to knock some people over.”

Later on, an elderly woman with silky bright white hair and a cane used her outside voice to gripe to the person next to her, “I HOPE THIS ENDS AT 8!” The Q & A was still going on at 8:06 p.m. Still annoyed, she added, “I’LL STICK IT OUT BUT I THINK SHE’S LETTING IT GO ON TOO LONG.”

Aside from this woman, if Leibovich was looking for love amid some of the harsher critiques he has received lately, accusing him of social treason and such, this was the place to be. Jim Butcher of the “reserved seat” fame gave the book two thumbs up. “I laughed so much!” he said. “I hope it was meant to be funny. We watch Morning Joe and they all show up on there. It’s one of the funnier books I’ve read in awhile and I read only serious books.”

Soon enough, the author waltzed in. He’s hard to miss – tall, with a shiny bald head, one sharp-edged ear and wearing a blue subtly checked blazer, dark T-shirt and jeans. A momentary hush fell over the aging crowd.

“Brad and I had to fight over who would introduce him,” said Lissa Muscatine, one of the store’s owners, who went on about how neither she, her husband nor Politics & Prose were mentioned in This Town. “As ex-WaPo reporters, far be it for us to be so petty — really, it’s kind of a good news bad news thing to be mentioned in this book.” She tried to articulate the mixed feelings people have about it, saying, “You laugh and then you scream.” This Town, she says, “is what Mark has chronicled so devastatingly and brilliantly.” Still, she cracked that the new beer and wine sold at the shop may make the talk more interesting.

Leibovich stepped up to the podium. “I’m not such a bad guy,” he said, looking down sheepishly. Then he proceeded to majorly suck-up to the owners, telling everyone to buy their books here. Which they did. Some 75 books sold that night, 200 in the past two weeks, making it their top seller for the moment. He mentioned Amazon briefly and then tried to press the verbal delete key when that was met with minor hostility. “This is not me trying to curry favor with the owners,” he said earnestly. “This is our family bookstore. I say this has someone who truly loves the store.” On a touching note: One of Leibo’s daughters posed with the book at the store. He hesitated to call Lissa, a former aide to Hillary Clinton, a source or a friend or even a “friend source” and instead said, “Lissa has always been offering valuable guidance to me.”

With the niceties complete, he dove into real the reason they were all there: This Town. Read more

PBS’ Gwen Ifill: Washington Is ‘Worst Possible Example’ For Grads

When PBS’s Gwen Ifill spoke at the Wake Forest University commencement last week, she shared the typical message of continuing to learn and making change in the world. But told graduates not to look to the nation’s capital as a good example.

“Here’s a hint: don’t take your guidance from what you see in Washington,” Ifill said. “I hate to say it, it’s often the worst possible example of how to make change.”

Instead of being cynical about politics, the “Washington Week” moderator said she was “skeptical.” Read more

White House Soup of the Day

The White House Soup of the Day, as first reported by MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” is…

Split Pea.

“Every time I host it’s split pea,” said fill-in host Luke Russert. “We’re on the same soup spectrum here.”

On an unrelated but interesting note… among Russert’s guests on the program today was Democratic strategist and pundit James Carville, a longtime friend of his late father, Tim Russert, who appeared often on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

A Little Birdy Tells Us…

Expect to see ex-CNNer James Carville popping up more on MSNBC and ABC’s “This Week.”

We hear Carville is seriously contemplating semi-regular appearances on ABC’s “This Week”, as he did Sunday, and there’s a good shot he’ll try to strike a deal with MSNBC as well. Nothing has been signed on the dotted line. But stay tuned.

As of late, we are seeing former senior political advisor to the Clinton White House on various networks including NBC’s “Today Show,” MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and CBS “This Morning.” As most know, he’s a fee-agent since he and his wife, Mary Matalin, recently parting ways with CNN.

Carville and Stephanopoulos… Read more

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