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David Gregory: ‘Laziness in the Media’ Helps Perpetuate Political Gridlock Storyline

NoLabelsGregoryAt the No Labels National Ideas Meeting in Washington, D.C. this afternoon, former “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory talked about the media’s role in the polarized state of politics.

“Sometimes it is an over-simplification to talk about the speed of the news cycle — that is part of the problem. What it is is the attachment to narrative,” said Gregory. “In Washington political journalism the narrative gets set early and then its built on. Things that fight the narrative get harder to report out, often because of laziness in the media.

The media has gotten very attached to the idea that Washington is so dysfunctional and the country is so frustrated with it. There is a self fulfilling part of that that goes along with the fact that some of these issues just don’t have consensus.”

(Photo/Courtesy: Jen Scoggins)

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The P.M. Ticker: Gregory Moderates, Anchors Update, Bartiromo Celebrates

  • All three evening newscasts will produce new West Coast broadcasts following. Pres. Obama’s address on ISIS tonight. For his part Scott Pelley, who is in Iraq, talks with a man who was escaped from a mass grave after being targeted by the terror group.

  • It’s Maria Bartiromo’s birthday and she got a gift this morning from former Home Depot CEO Bob Nardelli, and it was way sweeter than a circular saw.


Chuck Todd’s First ‘Meet the Press:’ ‘This Program Will Continue to Evolve’

MTPToddChuck Todd opened his first “Meet the Press,” surrounded by the press. At a new desk, with Todd at its center, NBC’s political director introduced those around him: MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, Nia Malika Henderson of the “Washington Post,” NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and waiting in the wings, BuzzFeed’s John Stanton and Amy Walter, formerly of ABC News, now with the Cook Political Report.

Said Todd: “Obviously it’s a pretty big honor for me to be sitting in this chair as the 12th moderator of this program following in the footsteps of the likes of Martha Rountree, Lawrence Spivak, Tim Russert and, of course, David Gregory.”

“As you can see, we’re making a few changes around here. As I like to say, we’re living in a house as we remodel it, so the program in this studio will continue to evolve over the coming months.”

Todd began the show with his one-on-one with Pres. Obama on the issue of ISIS. He then got reaction from his guests. The second segment included Todd’s Obama interview as it pertained to domestic issues, and again, analysis from the press, including Walter and Stanton, who, like Todd, sports facial hair: “because we didn’t have enough goatees,” Todd joked.

The next block included a new segment called “Who needs Washington?” Kevin Tibbles reported on how Oklahoma City is just one city moving forward without much help from Washington, DC, followed by in-studio interviews with the mayors of Oklahoma City, Tacoma and Pittsburgh — a republican, an independent and a democrat, respectively.

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Sunday Show Ratings: August 17

sunday shows_304ABC’s “This Week” notched a win in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic on August 17, besting CBS’ “Face the Nation” by +81,000 total viewers and +246,000 A25-54 viewers. “Meet the Press,” guest hosted by Andrea Mitchell after David Gregory‘s mid-week departure from NBC, was third. “Fox News Sunday” and Univision’s “Al Punto” were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Compared to the same week last year, all five shows were up in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. “Fox News Sunday” was up the most in total viewers (+46%) and “This Week” was up the most in the demo (+53%).

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday,” guest hosted this week by Shannon Bream, averaged a combined 2,108,000 total viewers and 487,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country.

The numbers for August 17:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
ABC
“This Week” 3.021M 1.001M
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.940M 755K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.661M 735K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.306M 401K
UNI “Al Punto” 698K 369K

David Gregory Writing Book on Jewish Faith

david_gregoryPolitico reports recently ousted “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory is writing a book on his Jewish faith set to be released next year.

Gregory and publisher Simon & Schuster have reportedly been working on the book since 2011 that will focus on his “personal faith and the spiritual journey people take in their lives.”

“We weren’t planning to announce the book until we’d set the publication date, which will be sometime in 2015, but since Playbook asked, we’re answering now. Let me emphasize that this book has always been intended as an exploration of an aspect of David’s life that viewers rarely see in his journalistic work. The book was never intended as a memoir about his career. That objective hasn’t changed and will not change. This book will be about the inner spiritual journey many of us take in our lives. Simon & Schuster is excited and grateful to be publishing it.”

The report also suggests Gregory is available for speaking gigs in the fall, where he will touch on “life in the media firestorm and how it impacts politics and culture.” “Meet the Press” paid tribute to Gregory this past Sunday.

The Ticker: Jansing, Melvin, Barnes

  • NBC’s Craig Melvin, who joined NBC three years ago, has been named national correspondent for the “Today” show. Melvin had been anchoring MSNBC weekends as well as reporting for NBC News. This week he’s been covering events in Ferguson, MO.

  • As FBN covers the annual Jackson Hole Economic Conference this week, correspondent Peter Barnes will interview five standing Federal Reserve Bank Presidents. The interviews will take place tomorrow and Friday.

‘Meet the Press Makes a Lot of History, and a Great Deal of it Was With David at the Helm’

Andrea Mitchell David GregoryOn “Meet the Press” this morning, Andrea Mitchell said a few words about David Gregory, who moderated his final show last Sunday. “Meet the Press makes a lot of history — and a great deal of it was with David at the helm since he started in December 2008,” she said:

In twenty years with NBC News, David has done it all: The OJ Simpson trial, Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing, TODAY show guest hosting and, when the cameras weren’t rolling, dead on imitations of everyone from Presidents of the United States to Tom Brokaw. Through all the years, David has been true to the traditions of the program and NBC News.

… As he leaves NBC News for his next adventure, I will miss him as a daily colleague, but know he will always be a friend.

Chuck Todd takes over “Meet the Press” September 7.

Deborah Turness on ‘MTP’ Change: ‘The Time Had Come For This to Happen’

david gregory_304x200In the wake of the host change at “Meet the Press,” which became official yesterday as David Gregory bid goodbye to NBC and Chuck Todd was officially announced as the show’s new moderator, NBC News president Deborah Turness talks to The New York Times‘ Bill Carter:

[Gregory] will leave the network after a two-decade career, the president of NBC News, Deborah Turness, said in an interview on Thursday. “The time had come for this to happen,” Ms. Turness said. She said she had decided on the change after trying to reshape the show under Mr. Gregory. “The numbers just didn’t move,” Ms. Turness said, referring to ratings for the program.

Carter reports that the production side of “Meet the Press” will not see changes “for the moment at least,” with Rob Yarin staying on as executive producer. Yarin has been the EP of “Meet the Press” since Betsy Fischer Martin left the show in 2013.

As Gregory leaves NBC, his colleague Ann Curry — who was ousted from the “Today” show in 2012 — took to Twitter to send him some support: Read more

It’s Official: Chuck Todd Named Host of ‘Meet the Press’

chuck todd mtp 2As expected, NBC News has announced that Chuck Todd will be the next moderator of “Meet the Press.” His first show will be September 7.

“Chuck will ensure that Meet the Press is the beating heart of politics, the place where newsmakers come to make news, where the agenda is set. We have some exciting plans to evolve and update the broadcast under Chuck’s leadership that we will be sharing with you shortly,” NBC News president Deborah Turness wrote in a note to staff this afternoon.

Todd joined NBC as political director in 2007 and was named chief White House correspondent in 2008. Todd will continue as political director but “hand over his roles” as WH correspondent and as MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown” anchor, according to Turness.

Turness praised David Gregory, who confirmed he is leaving “Meet the Press” and NBC News earlier today, as “an outstanding journalist whose sharp intellect and quick sense of humor have made him a pleasure to work with.”

Andrea Mitchell is slated to host this weekend and “will continue to be a central figure of the broadcast, along with some new names that we will announce in the coming days,” Turness says.

The full note is after the jump. Read more

David Gregory: ‘I Leave NBC as I Came – Humbled and Grateful’

David Gregory has confirmed that he is leaving “Meet the Press” and NBC News:

Still no official announcement from NBC, which is expected to announce Chuck Todd as the new moderator of “Meet the Press” this afternoon or tomorrow. (MSNBC has effectively already confirmed the news.) >Update, 4:50 p.m.: It’s Official: Chuck Todd Named Host of “Meet the Press”

Gregory, who joined NBC News in 1995, has hosted “Meet the Press” for six years, since the death of Tim Russert in 2008. During Gregory’s tenure, the show slipped in the ratings, first losing ground to CBS’ “Face the Nation,” and, more recently, frequently placing third behind “FTN” and ABC’s “This Week.”

No word yet on what is next for Gregory, who was recently spotted meeting with CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker.

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