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Chris Jansing Named Senior White House Correspondent for NBC News (TVNewser)
Changes are coming to NBC’s Washington bureau. NBC News president Deborah Turness has named Chris Jansing as the new senior white house correspondent and Peter Alexander as national correspondent. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Jansing, who will report primarily for NBC Nightly News, will relocate from New York to Washington and will stop hosting her MSNBC show Jansing & Co. The network said her replacement will be announced in the coming weeks. Variety Both Jansing and Alexander will work as part of a unit that also comprises Chuck Todd, the NBC News political director and chief White House correspondent, and Kristen Welker, who will continue to report for NBC Nightly News and Today. HuffPost It will be the latest of a string of changes at that network, which has recently reshuffled its daytime lineup and added Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid to its roster. Deadline Hollywood Jansing joined NBC News in June 1998, and has also anchored Jansing & Co. on MSNBC since October 2010. She anchored MSNBC’s coverage of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 as the events unfolded, extensively covered several presidential campaigns for both NBC News and MSNBC and hosted a series of reports called Battleground America.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Lands Second Opinion Column

ShutterstockKareemAbdulJabbarWOFOn sports talk radio this week, more than a few callers were dropping the name of the Lakers all-time blocks and personal fouls leader as a potential candidate to replace Mike D’Antoni. But the way things are going, Kareem is going to be way too busy asking questions as a journalist to entertain the idea of answering them as an NBA coach.

On the heels of joining the Los Angeles Register as a Wednesday columnist, the master of the sky hook has been afforded some similar, bi-monthly real estate with Time. Abdul-Jabbar will appear online, in print and in a regular video series. He will also, this weekend, be sitting at Time‘s White House Correspondents Dinner table alongside actress Lupita NYong’o, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and others.

Although Kareem might have glossed over in his first Time contribution one key aspect relating to release of the Donald Sterling audio recording, it is the reaction to that great overall piece that led the magazine to bring him on as a regular columnist. We’re referring to the fact that Kareem did not mention V. Stiviano‘s adamant claims that she was asked by Sterling to record the conversation as part of a larger, “archivist” role. From Kareem’s piece:

Shouldn’t we be equally angered by the fact that his private, intimate conversation was taped and then leaked to the media? Didn’t we just call to task the NSA for intruding into American citizen’s privacy in such an un-American way? Although the impact is similar to Mitt Romney’s comments that were secretly taped, the difference is that Romney was giving a public speech. The making and release of this tape is so sleazy that just listening to it makes me feel like an accomplice to the crime.

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Seth Meyers Hopes to Welcome Hillary Clinton as His First Show, Second Guest

Ha ha. That’s apparently the running gag between Meyers and his already-booked February 24 Late Night show opening interview Amy Poehler. They would both love, Bizarro World-style, to have someone huge follow her as the number-two guest.

Meyers’ chat this week with Dan Patrick touched on all sorts of other great topics, including the best SNL audition Meyers ever witnessed (Kristen Wiig), the rumored biggest-diva host (Steven Seagal) and the failed franchise payoff of his and Poehler’s “Little Sleuths.” Meyers also reminisced about one reason (besides President Obama’s hearty laughter) the portion of his 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner jokes about The Donald worked so well:

“Trump didn’t laugh, which was the best. I got so lucky that he didn’t laugh, and that the camera knew where he was.”

“Such an awful shot of him too. If there’s one thing I feel bad about – he had like that “Old Man in the Mountain” framing, of just a profile. In a sea of laughing faces. Just a perfect shot to catch, like… a solitary tear.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Ms. Magazine Editor Dies | HuffPost Live Goes Cable | AOL Music Axed

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Former Ms. Magazine Editor Mary Thom Dead at 68 (AP / Huffington Post)
Prominent feminist Mary Thom, a writer and former editor of Ms. magazine who also was an avid motorcyclist, crashed while riding on a highway and was killed, her nephew said Saturday. She was 68. NYT Thom joined Ms. magazine in 1972 as an editor, rising to become executive editor in 1990. She was known as a journalistic virtuoso who shaped the writing of many of the feminist movement’s luminaries, including Gloria Steinem.  Ms. “We who are Mary’s friends and family haven’t absorbed her loss yet; it’s too sudden,” said Women’s Media Center co-founders Robin Morgan, Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda in a statement over the weekend. “Ms. magazine, the Women’s Media Center, the women’s movement and American journalism have suffered an enormous blow. Mary was and will always be our moral compass and steady heart.” FishbowlNY Thom lived for decades in New York City and served as an editor for Ms. for nearly 20 years before leaving the feminist magazine in 1992. The glossy, which began as an insert in New York magazine, became a feminist powerhouse read in the 1970s but struggled to leverage commercial success with its ideological voice. Read more

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Former Ms. Magazine Editor Mary Thom Dead at 68 (AP / Huffington Post)
Prominent feminist Mary Thom, a writer and former editor of Ms. magazine who also was an avid motorcyclist, crashed while riding on a highway and was killed, her nephew said Saturday. She was 68. NYT Thom joined Ms. magazine in 1972 as an editor, rising to become executive editor in 1990. She was known as a journalistic virtuoso who shaped the writing of many of the feminist movement’s luminaries, including Gloria Steinem.  Ms. “We who are Mary’s friends and family haven’t absorbed her loss yet; it’s too sudden,” said Women’s Media Center co-founders Robin Morgan, Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda in a statement over the weekend. “Ms. magazine, the Women’s Media Center, the women’s movement and American journalism have suffered an enormous blow. Mary was and will always be our moral compass and steady heart.” FishbowlNY Thom lived for decades in New York City and served as an editor for Ms. for nearly 20 years before leaving the feminist magazine in 1992. The glossy, which began as an insert in New York magazine, became a feminist powerhouse read in the 1970s but struggled to leverage commercial success with its ideological voice.

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White House Correspondents’ Dinner Tables, Ranked By Expected Drunkenness

Everyone’s favorite ass-kissing event — the White House Correspondents’ Dinner — is right around the corner. With guest lists piling up, we thought it was time to rank them; and guessing which tables will have the drunkest guests was a good way to do that.

All of these people come courtesy of WWD, so head there if you want a more thorough (and less scientific) analysis.

White House Correspondents’ Dinner Tables, Ranked by Expected Drunkenness

1) The Huffington Post – Guests include Jon Bon Jovi, Chris Christie, Shaq and Scarlett Johansson. Everyone will be forced to get wasted once a visibly tanked Bon Jovi starts saying things like “You know, ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’ doesn’t get the respect it deserves” and “I think it’s completely okay for a 51-year-old man to have highlights in his hair.”

2) ABC – Guests include Sofia Vergara, Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere. Those at this table will certainly overindulge as they attempt to convince one another that their respective shows aren’t complete garbage.

3) The Wall Street Journal – Guests include Michigan’s governor Rick Snyder; Washington Nationals owner Ed Cohen; and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. We’ll be surprised if anyone at this table full of old white guys is awake long enough to get drunk.

More Info on White House Correspondents’ Dinner Tables

The New Yorker is trying to give Newsweek/The Daily Beast a run for its money. Not by publishing creepy covers, but by having cooler celebrities at its White House Correspondents’ Dinner table. FishbowlNY has Newsweek/The Daily Beast in the lead as of now, but as WWD points out, The New Yorker’s table is going to be bursting with star power.

A quick rundown: Newsweek/The Daily Beast is going to have Viola Davis and J.R. Martinez, while The New Yorker is going to have Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, the co-creators of “Portlandia,” and Jason Schwartzman and Aziz Ansari.

We’re still giving the edge to Newsweek/The Daily Beast, but the dinner isn’t until April 28, so there’s still time for another magazine to unseat the Tina Brown title.

However, if a glossy announces that they’re bringing the entire cast of the underrated show “Hard Time on Planet Earth” with them, then that’s a wrap; that magazine wins.

Guessing The Best Table at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is a joke and everyone knows it. It’s nothing more than a chance for media types to mingle with Hollywood types and talk about how fantastic they all are. Since no real news ever comes out of the dinner, let’s take an early look at who might have the best guests at their table, via WWD.

Time:
George Clooney and Girlfriend of The Moment Stacy Keibler

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Seth Meyers Zings Aggregators and Huffington Post at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Donald Trump wasn’t the only one roasted at Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Seth Meyers, the SNL comedian who by all accounts nailed his remarks, also took a shot at aggregators like the Huffington Post.

Quipped Meyers:

“The New York Times [after] party used to be free, but tonight, apparently there’s a cover. So, like everyone else, I’ll probably just go to the Huffington Post party. And the Huffington Post party is asking people to go to other parties first and just steal food and drinks and bring it from there.”

The crowd goes wild at this, and even President Obama cracks up.

For those of you who haven’t checked Meyers’ speech, the video is after the jump. The joke about the Huffington Post is around the five minute mark.

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Journalists, Celebs Swarm DC For WHCD Weekend

whcd.pngNothing gets New Yorkers to jump on a bus faster than a party, especially a party where the guest of honor is the Barack Obama. For the second time this year, journalists and celebrities flocked to the Beltway to party it up with the prez–this time for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday.

Our colleagues over at FishbowlDC have extensive coverage of the weekend in the capitol. They hit all the fashionable pre-parties including ones hosted by The National Journal and The Atlantic and CBS. They hung out with celebs like Connie Britton, Ellen Burstyn, Tim Daly, Dana Delany, Kerry Washington and Rachael Leigh Cook at the Creative Coalition’s Thursday night fete and spied Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Rashida Jones, Jon Bon Jovi, Owen Wilson, Jason Bateman, Natalie Portman, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Brad Hall, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Dennis Leary, Glenn Close and BJ Novak at the Vanity Fair/Bloomberg after-party.

Of course, FBDC correspondents were also at the main event. If you missed it, you can watch Obama’s full (and pretty funny) speech here. Our favorite part of the President’s speech was when he teased Rahm Emanuel with a Mother’s Day jab: “He’s not used to saying the word day after ‘mother.’”