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Pres. Obama Accepts VA Secretary Eric Shinseki’s Resignation

Broadcast networks provided special coverage this morning for President Obama’s statement on the VA scandal investigation, in which he announced his acceptance of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki‘s resignation.

CBS News broke in at 11:14amET with Margaret Brennan anchoring from New York and CBS News’ Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett reporting from the White House. ABC News broke in at 11:15amET with George Stephanopoulos anchoring in New York and Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from the White House. NBC News broke in at 11:15amET with Savannah Guthrie anchoring alongside “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory in New York; NBC News’ Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd reported from the White House.

“Secretary Shinseki offered me his own resignation. With considerable regret, I accepted,” President Obama said, going on to list Shinseki’s accomplishments as a U.S. soldier and VA Secretary. The president announced Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson will serve as acting VA Secretary until a permanent replacement is found.

The first question went to Leo Shane from the Military Times. The second went to Bloomberg TV’s Phil Mattingly.

Perry Bacon Jr. Named NBC News Senior Political Reporter

Perry Bacon JrPerry Bacon Jr. has been named senior political reporter at NBC News. Bacon comes from NBC’s theGrio.com, where was the political editor and an MSNBC contributor. In his new role, he will continue to report on-air for MSNBC, as well as contributing to NBCNews.com.

In a note to the NBC News DC bureau this morning, bureau chief Ken Strickland and chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd said Bacon will be “one of our leading voices covering the upcoming 2014 and 2016 campaigns and beyond.”

Before joining NBC, Bacon covered politics for TIME and The Washington Post. Read the full note from Strickland and Todd after the jump. Read more

RNC Moves to ‘Dramatically Cut the Number of GOP Primary Debates’ For 2016

fox news debate stageAlthough the next Presidential Election is more than two years away, the RNC yesterday moved to “dramatically cut the number of GOP primary debates” for 2016, Politico’s James Hohmann and Dylan Byers report. A group of 13 members, led by RNC chairman Reince Priebus, have been charged with choosing the date, location and networks for the election cycle:

 In recent months, [Priebus] has met with political directors and bureau chiefs at the major networks — ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and Fox News — to air their thoughts and get a read on the networks’ thinking.

“It’s essentially a listening tour, they’re sharing their general ideas,” said Chuck Todd, NBC News political director and senior White House correspondent. “It was a very open, good conversation. They heard us out, we heard them out.”

Because of last cycle’s circus-like atmosphere, and because of suspicions of liberal bias, some Republican constituents would like to ice out mainstream media journalists altogether. “The people running the debates need to be Republicans,” said Georgia GOP Chairman John Padgett.

Harry Reid: Media’s Coverage is Too ‘Tit for Tat’

ReidSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid is taking on the media for political coverage he thinks tries to point blame at both sides, when only one is at fault.

“One of the problems the press has in modern-day journalism, is everything you do is a tit for tat,” Reid told Chuck Todd in an exclusive interview on ‘The Daily Rundown” this morning.

“You won’t call things the way they actually exist,” Reid added, claiming Republicans have blocked legislation at every turn. Reid’s criticism comes during the same week a new Indiana University media study found just seven percent of journalists identified themselves as Republicans.

Reid’s mouth has produced sound bite gold for the media over the last few years; during the 2012 presidential election campaign, the Nevada Senator created a political firestorm when he took to the Senate floor and claimed “the word’s out” that then-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney hadn’t paid taxes in 10 years (without citing his sources). More recently, he called conservative businessmen, David and Charles Koch, ”about as un-American as anyone I can imagine.”

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White House Correspondents’ Dinner Leftovers

If you were busy watching “Dateline” or “48 Hours” Saturday night, and missed the 2014 White House Correspondents Association dinner, we’ve got a few highlights. Here’s the video shown during the dinner of the VP and the Veep, Joe Biden and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, with acknowledgements of David Gregory and Chuck Todd.

The WHCA also commissioned a video to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the organization, produced, appropriately, by the History Channel with a voiceover from ABC’s Diane Sawyer.

And for dessert, John Oliver has his take on the night, as seen on last night’s “Last Week Tonight.”

“The main purpose of the evening,” Oliver says, “seems to be providing photos of glamorous celebrities completely unaware of who they are standing next to.” WATCH: Read more

Sunday Shows Pivot from Politics to Race

Tip-off of the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors game is in just a few minutes. The NBA Playoff game has been overshadowed for the last 24 hours by the comments made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling. TMZ got its hands on an audiotape of Sterling making racist remarks in a conversation with his mistress. Deadspin has an even longer version of the recording.

The story took on a new dimension when NBC’s Chuck Todd asked President Obama about it at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur early today.

 

The story was the lead on “Meet the Press,” which included a panel discussion, Bob Schieffer asked two elected officials on “Face the Nation” for their reaction, and “This Week” had a report from Jon Karl, who is also traveling with the president. Karl called it “a little surprising” that Pres. Obama “weighed in so forcefully and so quickly.” The White House press office says the president wasn’t going to bring it up, but when Todd asked him about it directly, he was prepared to give a forceful answer.

Chuck Todd Wanted to be an NBA Point Guard

chuck todd white houseHere’s something you may not know about Chuck Todd: in sixth grade, he had aspirations to be a point guard in the NBA. In a Q+A with The Hill, Todd — “a point guard for NBC News” — looks back at the greatest opportunity in his career and shares another little-known fact about himself:

A turning point in your career: The decision to leave The Hotline for NBC.  I actually hesitated to make the jump and even passed up an interview the first time. But a lesson in life is don’t be too comfortable, and I was simply passing up the NBC opportunity because I was comfortable. So I rolled the dice.

Something that few know about you: I love musicals and show tunes. As a high school and college French horn player, my favorite gigs were playing in pit orchestras for musicals and learning the words to every song in the show. To this day, I think, with just a rehearsal, I could sing the lead (probably not well) to “Brigadoon.”

TV News Covers Pittsburgh-Area High School Stabbings

All three cable news networks covered a school stabbing spree that happened at a Pittsburgh-area high school this morning, where at least 20 are currently injured after a male student started stabbing people. It isn’t clear yet if he stabbed only students, or a mix of students and adults.

Fox News first reported the news at 8:35amET. Heather Nauert reported school stabbings during a fire drill at Franklin Regional Senior High School.

CNN first reported the stabbings at 8:50amET, with Chris Cuomo talking to Dr. Chris Kauffman, who was treating injured students at the regional hospital, via phone.

Chuck Todd opened “The Daily Rundown” at 9:01amET reporting the breaking news.

On the broadcast side, “Good Morning America” first reported the news at 8:03amET. “Today” first mentioned the stabbings at 8:30amET. “CBS This Morning” didn’t report the news during its broadcast.

NBC News also broke in with a special report on the school stabbing at 10amET with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchoring, and National Correspondent Kate Snow reporting alongside them in New York.

“GMA” and “CBS This Morning” will be updating their shows across the country. Neither broke in with special coverage.

The Ticker: Dancing, Singing, Dribbling

  • “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts is the first of several guest judges on this season’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Roberts has her turn next to Len, Bruno and Carrie Ann tomorrow night on the ABC show.

  • Matt Lauer sits down with entertainment legend Sir Elton John tomorrow on “Today.” John discusses the 40th anniversary of the release of his album, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”

  •  Chuck Todd is featuring his own March Madness bracket: “Presidential Near Misses: 64 Who Almost Made It to 1600.” The competition gives viewers the chance to pick history’s top White House contender who never made it to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Round two starts tomorrow.

‘The Daily Show’ Tells Story of ‘Family That Stays Together’…’Morning Joe’

MJ Daily Show“The Daily Show’s” Samantha Bee‘s infatuation with cable news romance apparently isn’t limited to the “love story” she depicted between Fox News’ “The Five’s” Greg Gutfeld and Dana Perino—she set her sights on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” last night.

Bee told the story of “daddy Joe” and “mother Mika,” who together create a “rocket ship of passion that is middle-aged coupledome.”

She then shared what the fruits of the co-hosts “romance” has produced: boy pundits, listing off “Willie”(Willie Geist), “Marky” (Mark Halperin), “the Toddster” (Chuck Todd), and a cast of other show regulars.

Bee then got emotional as she showed clips of Joe and Mika arguing. “You guys are going to get divorced, aren’t you? Please don’t make me go live with Lawrence O’Donnell… he doesn’t flush the toilet,” Bee cried.

“Morning Joe” is not reciprocating the love. This morning the show opened instead with a “Colbert Report” clip. Now that Bee has told Fox News and MSNBC “love stories” we anxiously await her CNN version.

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