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Al Roker Rants About Mayor de Blasio, School Snow Policy

Al Roker went on a Twitter rant this morning, blasting Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city’s department of education for allowing schools to be open — and then ultimately closing early — today.

Roker wrote that “It’s going to take some kid or kids getting hurt before this goofball policy gets changed.” When schools announced they were closing, he said “And how about all the parents and caregivers who have to scramble to get their kids home? Is there no one there with any common sense?” He also tweeted that the Mayor’s office had no right “throwing NWS [National Weather Service] under the bus.”

Finally, Roker issued a damning prediction:

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Meredith Vieira Wonders: When Was Last Time Russian Police Choir ‘Got Lucky’

This morning’s Today show reprise of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs choir covering Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” looked and sounded even better than the group’s smash-hit performance during Sochi’s opening night. With the added, sideline benefit of a dancing Al Roker and other NBC show personalities, crew.

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During an interview with choir conductor General Victor Eliseyev (translated by NBC News Moscow bureau chief Albina Kovalyova), Savannah Guthrie suggested that it won’t be long before some enterprising booking agent brings the group stateside. The choir performs around 200 dates every year:

“When we first made the collective, I had a dream to perform in Japan, France and the U.S.A.,” explained the general. “We’ve performed in Japan and France, and we’ve still not been in the U.S. And it’s my greatest dream.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Grantland Under Fire | BBC Host Dead | Roker Feeling The Heat?

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ESPN Responds to Criticism of Grantland’s ‘Dr. V’ Story (BuzzFeed)
ESPN issued a statement Sunday in response to continued controversy and criticism over a Jan. 15 Grantland article about a transgender physicist and golf club inventor. The story in question, “Dr. V’s Magical Putter,” profiled Dr. Essay Anne Vanderbilt, the inventor of the Oracle GXI smart putter club — and ultimately outed Vanderbilt as a transgender woman, against her wishes. At the end of the piece, author Caleb Hannan wrote that Vanderbilt killed herself. Slate / CultureBox Over the last few days, Twitter has bubbled over with arguments about what Hannan did and didn’t do. At one extreme are the people calling Hannan a murderer, alleging that a trans woman killed herself because she believed a reporter was about to out her. At the opposite pole are those who say Hannan did what journalists are trained to do: report out a story until he unearths the truth. Glittering Scrivener It is not the mandate of a writer to keep pursuing a private citizen’s secrets (secrets which have exactly no impact on the product you are writing about) until they kill themselves. This is not an honorable act. Jezebel It appears from the story’s tone that there was zero ethical concern whatsoever concerning the trans status. This is the sort of stuff that comes up, by the way, in 101 ethics classes: Say you’re called to cover the story of a hero who saved a drowning man from an icy river, and in the course of reporting you determine the hero is also gay, and would prefer to remain anonymous for privacy reasons. Do you report on it? The answer, of course, is no, you don’t report that detail, because the hero being gay is irrelevant to the story. But real-life scenarios are not so simple. Shakesville This is one of the most cavalier, irresponsible pieces of journalism I have read in a very long time. New Republic An inquiry to Grantland’s editors was redirected to an ESPN spokesperson. He said that Bill Simmons, who runs Grantland, will respond via Grantland soon, and wrote: “We understand and appreciate the wide range of thoughtful reaction this story has generated and to the family and friends of Essay Anne Vanderbilt, we express our deepest condolences.” Hannan did not reply to a request for comment. Nieman Storyboard I spoke to Hannan Sunday afternoon. He told me he has been following the reaction to the story, and that he is working with his editors to prepare a statement. He said he will discuss the story when he and his editors feel the time is right.

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TODAY Show Delivers New Meme: #Rokering

Oh man, this is hilarious. Even more so when you consider that all that is needed to participate is “a lamp and an angry face.”

On this morning’s TODAY show, weatherman Al Roker did his own, accidental version of photobombing. Something more akin to “video scowling.” As he subsequently explained, he had no idea at the time that the spot he chose behind investigative reporter Jeff Rossen positioned him perfectly next to a lampshade.

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Joanna Coles, Wendy Williams and the Inside Story on the New JFK Book

LunchAtMichaelsForget about having to dig out a coat for the first time this season to ward off this morning’s chilly temps, the real sign of fall here is that the power lunch scene is back in full swing at Michael’s. Today the dining room was full of famous faces (Al Roker and wife Deborah Roberts at separate tables, Wendy Williams, Star Jones); entertainment bigwigs (Tad Smith, Nick Verbitsky); social swans (Margo Nederlander and pals); and more spinmeisters than there are Kardashian tabloid covers on any given week. You get the picture.

Fall also means the launch of a plethora of “important” titles and made-for-gift-giving books. I was joined today by Steve Koepp, editorial director of Time Home Entertainment, the book publishing division of Time Inc., who gave me the inside story on the company’s impressive and incredibly diverse fall list. He came toting three books to illustrate the point: the just-published Zoom: Surprising Ways to Supercharge Your Career by Daniel Roberts, born out of Fortune‘s compulsively readable “40 Under 40″ annual list and featuring original interviews from headline-making top execs, including Marissa Mayer and Under Armour founder Kevin Plank; LIFE‘s bookazine The Wizard of Oz: 75 Years Along the Yellow Brick Road; and JFK: His Enduring Legacy (published by Time as both a book and bookazine).

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Steven Koepp and Diane Clehane

Between bites of Cobb salad, Steve told me the book business is, in fact, thriving over at Time Inc. thanks to the company’s multi-pronged approach to reaching all different readers with books that often connect them back to those people and eras that “resonate” and seem to grow more iconic over time. This is certainly true with The Day Kennedy Died from Life, which Steve described to me as “magisterial.” Certainly sounds like it. Due out Oct. 15, ahead of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the book is full of fascinating reporting, artifacts and images from Nov. 22, 1963. In fact, there is so much material that has been thoughtfully assembled that the book comes with a magnetic closure to hold a full-size exact replica of the issue of Life published immediately after Kennedy’s assassination as well as a gatefold with the entire Zapruder film — all 486 frames — published for the first time. Reporting includes the “centerpiece” of the book: a narrative by Dick Stolley, then the magazine’s Los Angeles bureau chief who flew into Dallas after the shooting and recounts his experience covering the event that made the world stand still. Read more

Will Sasso Brings His Vine Act to The Today Show

Master of Vine comedy Will Sasso is in town for a Wednesday Today Show appearance. As a result, today’s TMP Podcast was taped solo from a New York City hotel room:

“We’re going to do some dumb Vine stuff. It turns out Al Roker and the gang over at NBC’s Today Show really like the Vine and they like my Vine stuff…”

If you’ve yet to catch up to Sasso’s Vine brilliance (compilation below NSFW), be sure to DVR tomorrow’s network appearance. The MADtv and Three Stooges alum has recently used  the six-second social video platform to showcase his hilarious impression of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Kathie Lee Gifford Wanted to Publish an Ad Defending Matt Lauer

The extensive bashing of Matt Lauer has left him with few fans, but Kathie Lee Gifford — in her own goofy way — wanted to make sure everyone knew he still had friends at the Today show. The New York Daily News reports that her plan was to buy a full page ad in USA Today, featuring signatures from “hundreds” of Today staffers.

The idea of a pity party didn’t sit well with Lauer, so he asked her not to do it. Instead, she told the Daily News all about it, and now everyone knows about the ad anyway. Well done.

Here’s the ad’s cheesy copy:

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Al Roker: My First Big Break

Al Roker, weather guy for NBC’s “Today” Show, can sum up the secret to his success in a sentence, “Don’t be a jerk!” Roker has his own show “Wake Up with Al” on The Weather Channel, owns his own production company “Al Roker Entertainment,” has co-authored three mystery novels, written a couple of cookbooks, and a has penned a couple of New York Times Bestsellers.

So how did America’s favorite weather guy go from being a flannel shirt and overall wearing student at SUNY Oswego to media kingpin? Al said his first big break came from being in the right place at the right time when someone said the wrong thing at the wrong time.

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Al Roker: My First Big Break

Al Roker, weather guy for NBC’s “Today” Show, can sum up the secret to his success in a sentence, “Don’t be a jerk!” Roker has his own show “Wake Up with Al” on The Weather Channel, owns his own production company “Al Roker Entertainment,” has co-authored three mystery novels, written a couple of cookbooks, and a has penned a couple of New York Times Bestsellers.

So how did America’s favorite weather guy go from being a flannel shirt and overall wearing college student to media kingpin? Al said his first big break came from being in the right place at the right time when someone said the wrong thing at the wrong time.

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Funny Guys | Secret Wrapping | Blessed Mess

TVNewser: Willie Geist and Al Roker kissed on Today this morning. How weird, right? And funny! Two guys kissing is just so silly!

AppNewser: Durex has launched an app that allows users to have condoms discreetly delivered to them. It could be argued that if you insist on discreetly delivered condoms you probably aren’t mature enough to have sex, but alas…

AgencySpy: An ad agency convinced a priest to bless their website. That’s almost as exciting as someone convincing priests to stop molesting kids, but not quite.

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