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Washington Wonks Get Wet

Have you heard about this? People pouring icy water over their heads to raise awareness and money for ALS? Well, several Washington wonks got in on the action over the last couple of days. CBS’s Bob Schieffer, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and FNC’s Bret Baier all took the ice bucket challenge this week. Schieffer got doused by his colleagues at WUSA. He challenged Scott Pelley and CBS News president David Rhodes. Alan Greenspan did the honors, dousing his wife Mitchell, who challenged Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Chuck Todd. Todd was also nominated by FNC’s Bret Baier, who grabbed the tub himself. Baier also challenged his FNC colleagues James Rosen and Ed Henry. Meanwhile, a former Washington resident got iced this morning on the “Today” show.

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Larry King Gets Back at Conan O’Brien for Challenging His Handshake

Larry King doesn’t like the quality of his handshake being challenged, and he let Conan O’Brien know it last night.

“I’m ticked!” King said on “Conan” before O’Brien played a previous interview he had with actor Will Arnett in which he equated shaking hands with King to that of a “lab skeleton.” “Stand up!” King said, challenging O’Brien to a do-over.  “Alright, alright,” O’Brien grimaced after the duo locked hands. “It’s a strong handshake.”

Noah Ritter is a Star

Have you met Noah Ritter? You probably have.

He’s the 5-year-old Pennsylvania boy who was that quintessential “man — or boy — on the street” interview at the Wayne County Fair over the weekend. But it’s how he answered the question from a WNEP-TV reporter, that has made him an internet sensation. As the video started going viral, Gio Benitez traveled to Pennsylvania, even sat Noah’s sandbox, for a feature story for “World News.” This morning, Noah told Michael Strahan live on “Good Morning America” that, despite Strahan having played for the Giants, his grandfather “brainwashed” him into liking the Steelers. He’s also been featured on NBC’s “Tonight Show” and “Today” show, Fox News, MSNBC and countless local news programs.

But it all started on WNEP, the ABC affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and a simple question from reporter Sofia Ojeda:

Let’s Play Hardball…in Canada?

MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” is known for a no-nonsense approach to politics, but Funny or Die’s Canadian spoof of the show probably falls into the opposite category.

In a video posted today, the comedy site debuts its “Hardball” Canada version. A Canadian maple leaf replaces the NBC peacock on-screen and a cast of comedians mockingly play Matthews, Ann Coulter, actress Kathleen Turner, embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, and the hit Canadian indie/pop duo of Tegan and Sara. “Frankly, like most people, I know nothing about Canada…” faux Matthews says to open the show.

Who Makes Fareed Zakaria Nervous?

He hosts his own CNN show, but it was an interview with Jon Stewart that gave Fareed Zakaria jitters.

“I’m a little nervous because I realize I might be speaking to my future boss,” Zakaria jokingly said to Stewart at the beginning of an interview Thursday night. He was referring to Stewart’s “Let’s Buy CNN” campaign. “I hope that you end up getting CNN. I think it would be a fascinating challenge for you,” he continued.  And how would Stewart fill the remaining airtime left after “The Daily Show’s” two hours per week. “I’ll just let Wolf Blitzer fill in.”

Jon Stewart Tries to Get Hillary Clinton to Declare Candidacy for President

Jon Stewart began his interview with Hillary Clinton last night asking a few questions around the edges, hoping to get her to announce she’s running for president:

“Do you like commuting to work or do you like a home office?… Do you have a shape for that office?… do you like corners?… Do you prefer to sit in traffic or cause it?”

Clinton says she’s gotten used to the constant criticism, having been in he public eye for nearly a quarter century.

To that, Stewart said, looking inward, “It’s just these talking heads, sitting around, picking out every little thing, making fun of it. It’s just not right.”

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Quite the Dinner Date Between Seth Meyers and ‘Dateline’s’ Keith Morrison

For those who love telling dating horror stories, NBC “Late Night” host Seth Meyers might have you beat after his dinner date with “Dateline” correspondent Keith Morrison.

Morrison wasn’t exactly the dream-date: sneaking up on Meyers, reading the Olive Garden dinner menu out loud, and lunging skee balls at the arcade machine. “Oh dear God,” Meyers concludes at the end of the date.

John Oliver’s New Take on the News-Comedy Genre

John OliverVariety examines how HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” fits into the news-comedy landscape, concluding that Oliver’s show is “shaking up the genre anew, providing a sort of investigative journalism that is not seen in any of the other comedy-news hybrids on the air”:

In recent weeks, Oliver has presented a segment lasting than 13 minutes on the “net neutrality” debate and one of more than 16 minutes about the troubles of dietary supplements pitched by luminaries such as Dr. Oz. He eviscerated FIFA, the governing body behind the World Cup, in a bit lasting 13 minutes and 14 seconds, according to a video posting from HBO on YouTube.

How different are Oliver’s content pieces? The typical segment on the often hard-hitting “60 Minutes” typically comes in between 11 minutes and 13 minutes, according to a spokesman for the CBS newsmagazine. Producers at “Last Week Tonight,” declined through an HBO spokeswoman to comment.

“I see Oliver as the next logical extension of the genre,” said Dannagal Young, an assistant professor at the University of Delaware who studies the use of political satire. Oliver, she said, “is going beyond traditional satire to give audience members specific directives that allow them to take action on the issues he deconstructs on the show.”

At the TVNewser Show in April, Fox News’ Bret Baier praised Oliver for his coverage of the elections in India: “After I saw that, I said ‘we are dropping the ball on that coverage.’ And it’s something that people, I think, need to know about, just for the betterment of us,” he said.

Jon Stewart Has Something to Say About the ‘Exclusive’ Hillary Clinton Interviews

After Hillary Clinton wrapped up the television interviews for her book tour this week, Jon Stewart poked fun at CNN and Fox News, both of which called their interviews “exclusive” — despite the fact that Clinton talked to the two networks back-to-back on the same day.

“Wow, imagine that! Two news networks expressly promoting exclusives with Hillary Clinton … on the same day! It’s like words have no meaning anymore,” Stewart quipped. “But good get! They should be proud of themselves to score an exclusive interview with the Salinger-like recluse Hillary Clinton, a woman who’s secretive nationwide book tour had restricted her access to NBC, CBS, ABC twice, and the Arltington, Virginia Costco.” Watch:

[h/t Washington Post]

Stephen Colbert to Jay Carney: When are You and Jonathan Karl Going to ‘Get a Room?’

CarneyIn his final 24 hours as Press Secretary, Jay Carney answered questions from Stephen Colbert—including what his post-White House relationship will be with one of his most prominent sparring partners.

“You two had some tense moments,” Colbert said of the occasional barbs traded between Carney and ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl in the briefing room.

“When are you guys gonna just get a room?” Colbert followed up.

Carney answered that Karl and other White House correspondents are just doing their jobs when grilling him on politics of the day. Last month, Karl told us “of course” he’d miss Carney, and “it was never personal” between he and Jay.

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