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Ann Compton: ‘I Have Seen Barack Obama Really Angry Twice’

ComptonQAAnn Compton, who retired earlier this year after 41 years with ABC News, opened up to C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb about her time covering the White House.

In the interview, which occurred Oct. 30, but re-aired on C-SPAN this morning, Compton says she “was a strong voice for complaining that this particular administration has been more opaque than any I have covered about what the president does in the Oval Office every day.”

Compton says Obama “is the first president with his own journalistic tools. He has his own photographers and videographers. He has a newscast on Friday mornings anchored by his former deputy, now Press Secretary, Josh Earnest.”

Compton revealed she has also seen a side of Pres. Obama, most haven’t:

I have seen, in the last year, Barack Obama really angry twice. Both were off the record times. One profanity-laced, where he thought the press was making too much of scandals that he did not think were scandals. Another was where he took us to task for not understanding the limits that he has with foreign policy and the Middle East, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

“I find him willing to stand up to the press, look them in the eye, and just give us hell.”

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The Morning Ticker: More ‘Sunday,’ Less LeBron, Celebrating Ann

  • Smithsonian Channel will begin re-airing “CBS Sunday Morning” Sundays at 2pmET, after the program has cleared CBS affiliates. The network will also re-air the show up to four times later in the week. Smithsonian Channel is co-owned by CBS Corp. and the Smithsonian Institute.

  • Rachel Nichols gets the first extensive interview with LeBron James since returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, airing tomorrow on CNN. James talks about his extreme weight loss and how he did it: “No carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no refined sugar… Meat. Fish. Veggies. Fruit.”

  • ABC’s Ann Compton was feted last night at the Newseum for her 41 years of service to ABC News. ABC VP of public affairs Robin Sproul threw the bash which was attended by dozens of ABCNewsers including a host of executives and former “World News” anchor Charles Gibson.

The Morning Ticker: Serena’s Slam, Claman’s Workout, Compton’s Clock

  • Serena Williams canceled on “Good Morning America,” the “Today” show and “Live with Kelly and Michael” Monday morning following her U.S. Open win on Sunday. The NY Post reports Williams was beat after celebrating with friend and finals opponent Caroline Wozniacki.

  • FBN’s Liz Claman hosts Start-up Nation today from Silicon Valley. And in between FBN live shots and interviewing various entrepreneurs, she hopes to get in a workout. “I usually stay at the Four Seasons in Palo Alto, and they’ve got a good gym. The one thing about carving out time to work out? You never regret it.”

  • ABC’s Jonathan Karl reminisces with Ann Compton on her ground-breaking, 41-year career as she prepares to retire from ABC News. “I can promise you that on the morning that I first stay home, my alarm clock is not going off at 5:15. And if it does, it’s going right out the window.”

Pres. Obama Makes Second Statement on Michael Brown Killing

ObamaAs the ongoing Michael Brown investigation and protests in Ferguson continue to dominate cable news, broadcast networks provided special coverage this afternoon as President Obama issued his second statement on the killing of the 18-year-old. The president also provided an update on ongoing U.S. military operations in Iraq.

On Iraq, the president announced Iraqi forces have retaken control of Iraq’s Mosul Dam from ISIS and that the U.S. will continue delivering humanitarian aid to the country. Turning to the Michael Brown killing, Obama announced the DOJ has opened a separate federal civil rights investigation into Brown’s killing and that Attorney General Eric Holder will go to Ferguson Wednesday to meet with officials. Obama urged protestors to do so peacefully without looting or violence while cautioning police against using excessive force.

NBC News cut in at 4:24pmET with Cynthia McFadden anchoring from New York and White House correspondent Kristen Welker reporting from the White House. CBS News cut in at 4:24pmET with Scott Pelley anchoring from New York and chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reporting from the White House. ABC News presented its coverage at 4:25pmET with George Stephanopoulos anchoring in New York and chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from the White House.

The first question went to the Associated Press’ Jim Kuhnhenn; the second to Reuters’ Steve Holland. The last question went to ABC News’ Ann Compton, who Obama praised upon news of her retirement, which drew a round of applause from colleagues. Read more

Ann Compton to Retire After 41 Years at ABC

ann comptonVeteran White House correspondent Ann Compton — who has covered seven presidents during her time at ABC News — will retire this fall, Politico Playbook reports this morning. She will officially retire September 10, 41 years to the day after she started at ABC News.

Allen rounds up some thoughts from Compton’s ABC News colleagues:

BEN SHERWOOD, co-president, Disney/ABC Television Group, calls Ann “the pride of Virginia … pioneer, ceiling shatterer, and radiant soul. Her stats read like Babe Ruth (7 presidents, 50 states, etc.) Our first reaction when she shared the news: ‘Say it ain’t so.’ Our next: ABC News has been blessed every single day since she first walked in the door in 1973. We love her, we thank her, we wish her the very best, and we know she’s going to have a blast with Dr. Hughes and her wonderful family. She will always have a home in our White House booth and ABC News.”

ROBIN SPROUL, ABC News Washington bureau chief: ”She is a reporter of boundless energy who brings her A-game every day … She simply loves the beat. … She has a flair for storytelling, for capturing the day’s moments, and she knows as well as any other reporter in town how Washington works. … Ann is also a generous colleague who has helped many a new reporter covering the White House learn the ropes. … We will miss Ann so much. She is simply irreplaceable.”

>Update: Steve Jones, the vice president and general manager for ABC News Radio, sent the following note to the radio division about Compton this afternoon: Read more

Former ABC News And NBC News Correspondent Herb Kaplow Dies At 86

Former ABC News and NBC News correspondent Herb Kaplow has died at age 86.

Kaplow worked in the world of broadcasting for more than 40 years, beginning his career at NBC News, where he worked from 1951-1972. At NBC he reported on the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling, which desegregated schools, and he had the first U.S. interview with Communist Cuban leader FIdel Castro after his guerrillas toppled the Batista regime. He joined ABC News in 1972, and retired from ABC in 1994.

“Throughout his career, he reported on 10 presidential campaigns, covered 19 presidential conventions, and traveled with Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton,” ABC News president Ben Sherwood wrote in an email to ABC staff.

“Kaplow was no nonsense, a supreme professional but also incredibly gracious to a young intern and later supportive and full of advice when I became the youngest member of the ABC team,” ABC News Radio White House correspondent Ann Compton recalled.

“NBC Nightly News” ran an obituary for Kaplow. Watch it below.
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TVNewsers take TIME to Party

Last night People & TIME hosted their White House Correspondents’ Dinner cocktail party at the St. Regis in DC. The event drew a mix of celebs and media.

Several tvnewsers from ABC, CNN, NBC, MSNBC and FNC showed up including: Norah O’Donnell (below, left with Arianna Huffington, Savannah Guthrie (below, right), Ed Schultz, Wolf Blitzer, Dana Bash, Kelly O’Donnell, Chris Wallace, Greta Van Susteren, Betsy Fischer, Kelly O’Donnell, Ann Compton, Michelle Jaconi and Sam Feist.

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Blitzer, Ellis, Leventhal, Raddatz, many more honored at tonight’s RTNDF dinner

Russ Mitchell, anchor of the “CBS Evening News,” Sunday Edition, and correspondent for “CBS News Sunday Morning,” will emcee tonight’s Radio Television Digital News Foundation’s First Amendment Awards Dinner at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, DC. Honorees include ABC’s Martha Raddatz and Ann Compton; from CBS, Byron Pitts and Charlie Kaye; CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Jeanne Meserve, FNC’s Rick Leventhal, and NBC’s Rehema Ellis. The 9/11 Tribute Awards will be presented at the 21st annual black tied dinner put on by the journalism organization.

Willie Geist DC Party

At the home of NBC’s Norah O’Donnell and chef Geoff Tracy in Washington, DC last night, people celebrated MSNBC’s Willie Geist‘s new book, “American Freak Show,” according to Politico. With a chef at the venue, the food was clearly outstanding. The last time TVNewser saw Geist, he was promoting the book in New York City.

There were a lot of tvnewsers in attendance: NBC anchor David Gregory, journalist Maureen Orth and her son NBC correspondent Luke Russert, NBC correspondent Savannah Guthrie, NBC chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd, CNN senior political analyst Gloria Borger, senior PBS correspondent Gwen Ifill, former MSNBC executive and founder of Haddad Media Tammy Haddad, NBC news analyst Howard Fineman, ABC News’ Ann Compton, NBC Washington bureau chief Mark Whitaker, and MSNBC producer Pam Stevens.

Other notable newsers included, former Newsweek, now NBC News’ Mike Isikoff, The New York TimesMaureen Dowd, TIME.com’s Jay Newton-Small, as well as The Washington Post‘s Mary Ann Akers and Jonathan Capehart.

President Obama Holds Press Conference on the Economy

Just after 11 AM this morning, President Obama made remarks about the economy and unemployment.

The four broadcast networks carried it live, with Harry Smith anchoring for CBS, George Stephanopoulos for ABC, Greg Jarrett for Fox and Matt Lauer for NBC:

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Not surprisingly, the three cable news channels and the three business networks all carried the press conference as well.

Which TV news reporters got to ask questions?

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