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President Obama Met Off The Record With Conservative Journalists (HuffPost)
President Obama met Tuesday afternoon with a small group of conservative reporters, columnists and commentators for an off-the-record discussion. The group, according to a source familiar with the meeting, included Wall Street Journal editorial page editor Paul Gigot, National Review Washington editor Robert Costa, Washington Examiner columnist Byron York, syndicated columnists Kathleen Parker and Washington Post columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer. Obama and the journalists talked for about 90 minutes in the Roosevelt room. TheWrap President Obama blamed Republicans in Congress for putting the country on the brink of financial disaster in a Tuesday press conference about the government shutdown that clocked in at more than an hour — but that wasn’t enough time for the president to take questions from TV reporters. Obama answered questions from reporters with the AP, Bloomberg, Huffington Post, Reuters, NPR, New York Times, Financial Times, Roll Call, Agence France-Presse, CBS News (though that was Mark Knoller, who is primarily a CBS Radio reporter) and Real Clear Politics. Slate / Weigel Would the press conference have been improved by some Obamacare questions? Probably. (Having given a bunch of interviews about the topic since mid-September, he was probably ready with a robotic answer.) Is the White House press corps, generally, too inclined to let the president ramble about some existential issue? Sure. Doesn’t change the fact that the shutdown blew the exchanges, and immigration reform, and basically everything else out of the news — and some conservatives predicted that would happen. TVNewser The news conference ended without any of the major broadcast TV network correspondents being called on.
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The calendar has turned to another year, but the 50th anniversary celebration continues hasn’t ended at PBS’ Channel 13. In the second installment of the Pioneers of Thirteen, the 1970s are recalled in detail.
Three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep narrates The ’70s – Bold and Fearless, which takes viewers into an exploration of Thirteen’s second decade on air. It was an era in public television that was defined through creative experimentation. Streep had a connection with PBS before hitting it big in movies (Oscar winner in 1979 for Kramer vs. Kramer). Look for her shining in Wendy Wasserstein‘s first play Uncommon Women and Others from 1978.
Perhaps most important to the 1970s was the political scandal by which all others would be measured going forward–Watergate.
Channel 13 also helped promote the budding career of actor Morgan Freeman (The Electric Company).
The Library of American Broadcasting is marking its 10th year of immortalizing industry greats. The 2012 edition of the Giants of Broadcasting include two career radio executives, pioneering television newsmen, a man who made a weekly commentary “must see TV,” and a man who helped launched the 24-hour news cycle.
That man is Ted Turner. He turned an upstart CNN into a worldwide cable news powerhouse. Within six years, CNN was in the black. There were the Atlanta Braves, eventually broadcast on his new station TBS. Turner also added the Atlanta Hawks to his prospectus.
Turner, who spoke briefly in his acceptance speech, talked about his proudest moment professionally in 1990 as the Gulf War began.
“I took a nap. When I woke up, I knew the war was coming, and I knew we had our people there. I turned on the television and clicked it over to NBC and there was Tom Brokaw talking. I switched over to CBS and there was Dan Rather talking in the studio. I switched it over to ABC and there was Peter Jennings talking in the studio,” Turner boasts. “Then I flashed it over to CNN, and there was the war. As a journalist, as a television news person, wasn’t that the greatest scoop of all time?”
Another major TV executive was recognized for his body of work. Sir Howard Stringer (above) had a 30-year association with CBS. The Wales-born Stringer, after earning his B.A. and M.A. degrees at the prestigious Oxford University, arrived in New York. His first job at the Tiffany Network was an entry level clerk logging commercial times at WCBS-TV/Channel 2.
- Related, TVNewser: Howard Stringer on His Days Running CBS News
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Stringer is chairman of the board at Sony Corporation. FishbowlNY spoke to Stringer at the Giants of Broadcasting event. Watch the video clip after the jump.
If you felt the tremors in midtown around noon, it’s because 55th and Fifth nearly buckled under the weight of all the star power at Michael’s today. Between the Hollywood A-listers (Bette Midler, Blythe Danner, Kate Capshaw), Democratic dynamos (Kerry Kennedy, Betsy Gotbaum) and talking heads (Star Jones), I was getting a serious case of whiplash trying to keep track of it all.
Just when I thought the crowd had settled in, I spied Chris Noth sitting alone at the bar, and I just couldn’t resist going over for a quick chat. While Julianna Marguilies‘ errant TV husband on The Good Wife waited for his pal, producer Fred Zollo, to arrive, I got him to weigh in on the show’s headline-making sex scenes. “Network television can’t go where cable does, but I did do a scene where we showed just enough oral sex in a bathroom while cable news played in the background,” Chris told me. How could we forget? “That stuff gets people talking, I guess.” Yup.
This season, while his co-star Archie Panjabi steams up the screen, his character is trying for a shot at redemption and is running for governor. “I have no idea whether or not he wins,” says Chris. The ardent Democrat tells me he has no interest in running for office himself. “I’m not one of those actors. All my skeletons are out of the closet!” He does, however, have a keen interest in who wins this year’s presidential election. “A lady on the subway asked me to take a picture with me, and I told her I would as long she voted Democrat!” When I told Chris I was lunching with Robert Zimmerman, a Democratic National Committee member from New York and one of the party’s top fundraisers, he perked up. “I have a line I want to give him for President Obama! Can you introduce me?” I was only too happy to oblige.
When I brought Chris over to my table to meet Robert and another smart, savvy Democratic booster, producer Joan Gelman, he told Robert, “I’ve got something for Obama: A half truth is the same as a complete lie, and we’re not even hearing half truths from Romney. You ought to pass this along for the Obama circle for the debate.” Robert assured Chris he would get his comment to the president’s handlers. When Chris went off to his own table, Robert said, “They ought to take his advice; he’s got a higher approval rating than both parties.”
Yesterday’s news that Jim Lehrer‘s name will no longer be in the title for PBS‘ “NewsHour” wasn’t the only change in the non-profit network. “Newshour” was also partnering with digital media news outlet GlobalPost for international stories, and today brings news that PBS’ “Nightly Business Report” program has a new co-anchor to replace Paul Kangas.
Tom Hudson will officially take over the role as co-host on January 4, but will be eased into the transition of reporting with Susie Gharib as early as this Wednesday. Executive editor Rodney Ward was optimistic for Hudson’s arrival, saying that the former talk-radio host brings both “the old school journalistic fundamentals we cherish” as well as a Web-savviness that PBS is striving for.
Full press release after the jump.
PBS is making some big changes to its powerhouse “NewsHour” program. Starting December 7, the show will no longer be “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer”, but “PBS NewsHour”, though longtime host Jim Lehrer will stay on with the show as an executive producer.
But the title of the show and the reduction of the role of its main anchor are not the the only differences for the program: “NewsHour” will also be teaming up with digital news site GlobalPost to supplement its international coverage. With GlobalPost’s host of correspondents from around the world, Linda Winslow, executive producer of “NewsHour”, said the year-old current events site has much to offer the PBS program. “The NewsHour is committed to in-depth coverage of international news, yet we cannot to do it all ourselves,” she said in an announcement about the partnership.
The truth is, publicly funded news can only pay so much for original reporting, and striking a deal with a young digital company to provide content may be the most pragmatic way to stretch the network’s budget. Meanwhile Lehrer is realistic about stepping aside for a rotating cast of new hosts on the show, as he told Howard Kurtz of The Washington Post, “I still have the hunger…I didn’t have the hunger to do it all by myself. But I really have the hunger for it to be done, and done well.”
Press release after the jump.
Read More: PBS, changing ‘NewsHour’ to preserve it –Washington Post
Previously: “Newshour” Gets An Overhaul
NPR announced today that it is planning to launch a new local online journalism venture with $3 million in funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
The funding — $2 million coming from CPB and $1 million from the Knight Foundation — will be used to provide a group of NPR stations with the resources to hire “journalist bloggers” who will focus on a topic that is important to the city where they are based. “Stations will feed their work into NPR’s content management system, where the entire group of participants will have easy access to each others’ work to inform, enrich and add context as they create and present their stories,” NPR said.
In addition, through the two years of the pilot program, PBS‘s “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” will provide participants with an embeddable video player for their Web sites, while also featuring local reporting from selected stations on the “NewsHour.”
NPR said the stations that will participate in the pilot program have not yet been selected. However, they will include a mix of radio/TV operation and public radio stations from around the country.
A full release about the venture, after the jump.
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Last night at his home Atlantic publisher David Bradley hosted a well-attended party to celebrate the publication of Gwen Ifill‘s new book The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the age of Obama. Spotted among the D.C. heavy-hitters in attendence were David Brooks, Jim Lehrer, David Broder, Judy Woodruff, Tom Brokaw, and (time-less) Maureen Dowd.
Ifill, whose brother, sister, and pastor were all in attendance, remarked that when it came to the book “timing was everything.” When she had first taken the idea to her publishers their first reaction was “‘A black president? Yeah, whatever…’” And with regards to the controversy that surrounded her book after it was announced she would moderate the Vice_Presidential debate: “Of course, there was the moment when everyone decided they knew what the book was about before I had even finished writing it. I thought, ‘Well that’s fine. Truth will out. I will just survive it.’ And I did.”
Little bit of trivia: The Bradley’s home is located on Embassy Row and despite rumors floating around that it had once belonged to the Cuban Embassy, however host Katherine Bradley told us that its former occupant was in fact the last U.S. ambassador to Cuba. More pics after the jump.