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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

Behind the Scenes at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

For the White House Correspondents’ Association, it’s a night to celebrate the free press. For Joel McHale, it’s a night where “a guy like me can stand before the president, the press and Patrick Duffy, and tell jokes without severe repercussions.” And for TVNewser, it’s a night where the people we cover all year — executives, producers, reporters and anchors from every major network — are all together in the same room: the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which we attended this year as a guest of ABC News.

Our night began outside the entrance to the ballroom at the Washington Hilton, where we overheard now-NBC News correspdonent Cynthia McFadden ask for directions to the ABC News party. We followed her in, and a few minutes later we were chatting with Diane Sawyer, who told us she always looks forward to the Correspondents’ Dinner, and James Goldston, who said he was pleased with his first few weeks as ABC News president. In the back of the room, Fox News anchors Ainsley Earhardt and Kimberly Guilfoyle posed for a picture with Sofia Vergara; Earhardt told us afterwards that she’s “having a blast” anchoring “Fox & Friends First,” despite the crazy hours. We spotted Katie Couric chatting with former Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and his daughter, Abby Huntsman, who is a co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle.”

Wolf Blitzer made the rounds with Diane Lane. We saw NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and ABC’s Lara Spencer snap a picture with Tony Goldwyn from “Scandal.” We spent a few minutes with Rebecca Jarvis, and chatted with Alicia Menendez about her participation in the TVNewser Show as well as her Twitter habit.

On the way into the ballroom, we spotted Guthrie and her husband, Mike Feldman, chatting with Bret Baier and his wife Amy. We saw Jessica Simpson and her fiance, Eric Johnson, chatting with fans. Simpson’s ex, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo, was also at the WHCD as a guest of Fox News. Read more

Bret Baier: ‘After I Saw that, I Said ‘We Are Dropping the Ball on that Coverage’

BaierTVSBret Baier is taking a cue from John Oliver.

The Fox News “Special Report” host was watching Oliver’s inaugural show on HBO last Sunday when it hit him that the world’s biggest election — where up to 800 million people in India will be voting — is getting almost no coverage in the U.S. “After I saw that, I said ‘we are dropping the ball on that coverage,’ Baier told us at the TVNewser Show on Tuesday. His team is now working on a story about the election which wraps up May 12.

Baier says shows like Oliver’s as well as “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report,” “can really penetrate on news stories.”

We interviewed Baier for about 20 minutes following his keynote speech. We discussed everything from the 2014 and 2016 elections, to how he engages with “the most fervent critics of Fox News,” and the current state of the media’s relationship with the White House: “I think there is a sense that the president feels like he doesn’t get enough good treatment in a media that has, for the most part, turned a little bit on this White House, in policy and substance.”

I began by asking Baier what he thought about the president’s approval rating, which an ABC News/Washington Post poll released earlier that morning showed it had dropped to 41%.

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NBC Reports Incorrect Information Ahead of Donald Sterling Suspension Announcement

Before NBA commissioner Adam Silver took to the podium to announce a fine and lifetime ban for Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling Tuesday, NBC News Tweeted incorrect information about the fine, quoting a senior NBA official.

NBC reported Sterling would be fined $5 million. Instead, he was fined $2.5 million. Here’s the Tweet:

“Our initial reporting was shy of what Silver ultimately decided,” NBC’s David Gregory said at the end of a NBC News special report.

‘The Drama of TV News’

GregoryAs she often does on her blog, FNC host Greta Van Susteren pulls back the curtain on the TV news business, in an essay about this week’s report, clarification, denial and show of support for NBC’s David Gregory. “Instability at a network, caused by a shakeup in the programming or rumors of it, not only disrupts the direct victim but makes all the others who work at the network nervous, wondering if they are next,” Van Susteren writes.

These recent stories about Gregory are awful – who is planting them or causing them?  who are the anonymous sources? Certainly not Gregory.  If a network wants to, it can destroy a talent.  If a network  wants to fight for that talent, it can, and not just with wimpy press statements — no one buys those – but proving it with what they do with the talent.

David Gregory Calls Psychological Consultant Report ‘Utter Fiction’

david gregoryDuring his weekly appearance on WTOP radio this morning, NBC’s David Gregory called a Washington Post report claiming NBC brought in a psychological consultant to work with him, “complete fiction.”

“There was never any psychological consultant hired. That’s utter fiction, that’s gossip reporting gone wild,” he said, adding, “It’s just complete fiction and has been kind of a runaway train.”

On Thursday, Gregory’s boss, NBC News president Deborah Turness sent a memo of support to Gregory’s “Meet the Press” team. Turness said while the show is undergiong changes, Gregory remains “at the helm … and will lead you and the program on the journey ahead.”

“I love doing this program, this is a wonderful program and we have such wonderful support of viewers particularly here in Washington, D.C. and we are just going to continue that and stay on plan,” Gregory said.

Turness: ‘NBC News is Proud to Have David in the Important Anchor Chair of Meet the Press’

david gregoryNBC News president Deborah Turness today sent out a note to the “Meet the Press” staff to “reiterate my support for the show and for David [Gregory].”

“There has been a great deal written about Meet the Press in the past few days, much of it quite ludicrous,” Turness writes. “Unfortunately, some of the chatter has been vindictive, personal and above all –  untrue. NBC News is proud to have David in the important anchor chair of Meet the Press. He is passionate about politics, and is committed to getting answers for our viewers on the issues that matter to them the most.”

Gregory was the subject of a Washington Post profile earlier this week. In the article, Paul Farhi reported that NBC News brought in a psychological consultant to evaluate Gregory; NBC News disputes this account, saying Gregory was interviewed by a “brand consultant.”

The Sunday public affairs shows, once led by “Meet the Press,” have become a tight three-way race between “MTP,” CBS’ “Face the Nation” and ABC’s “This Week.” In her note, Turness called the show a “must-stop place where news is made and critical conversations take place.”

“We will continue that charge while at the same time adapting and innovating with new ideas on all platforms and connecting what’s happening in Washington to Americans across the country. David is at the helm of these changes and will lead you and the program on the journey ahead,” she wrote.

Read Turness’ full note after the jump. Read more

Megyn Kelly Bets David Gregory Isn’t The Only One Being Analyzed

KellyOn last night’s “The Kelly File,” Megyn Kelly took on NBC News reportedly hiring a psychologist for “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory, suggesting Gregory isn’t the only one being analyzed.

“I’m going to bet there are psychiatrists analyzing us on their couches right now, but I’m going to tell you right now, they weren’t hired by Roger Ailes,” Kelly joked, adding that they’re actually Fox watchers concluding “it was all her mother’s fault.”

NBC News told Fox News the same thing they told us yesterday; they hired a brand consultant, not a psychologist, to speak with Gregory, his family, and friends.

And Sean Hannity “has had enough with NBC News,” offering harsher criticism last night for MSNBC’s “left-wing loudmouth” Ed Schultz.

Hannity aired clips of Schultz criticizing Hannity’s coverage of the Bundy-ranch standoff with federal rangers, which Schultz said he should be ashamed of. “Are they going to send 200 armed agents to everybody’s house?” Hannity asked about the federal government’s actions.

He concluded the segment airing a montage of the “buffoon” Schultz, airing some of Schultz’s more over-the-top statements about Vice President Dick Cheney and Laura Ingraham (which Schultz was suspended for). He also took on “mob rat” Al Sharpton.

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David Gregory on the Sunday Morning Battle: ‘We Fight Like Hell’ to be No. 1

GregoryAs NBC’s “Meet the Press” approaches 67 years on the air, its host for the last six says the show needs to shake things up to remain a part of the conversation.

In a profile in today‘s Washington Post, David Gregory says a new format with a faster pace, more taped pieces and shorter interviews “delivers on the core of what ‘Meet the Press’ is,” while widening the scope.

“I’m dedicated to building something that says we’re not just thinking about politics. We’re thinking about who the real influencers are in this country,” Gregory tells Paul Farhi. The show, once dominant on Sunday mornings, has fallen to second or third in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo.

“Do I want to be number one in the ratings? Every week I want to be number one, and we fight like hell to get there. And it’s tough right now. It’s a fight,” Gregory says.

Farhi also reveals the lengths NBC has gone to get to the core of the host:

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‘MTP’ Covers Anniversary of Boston Bombings Without Adrianne Haslet-Davis

The “Meet the Press” panel on the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings aired yesterday with former Boston police commissioner Ed Davis, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and several first responders — but no survivor of the attack — after Adrianne Haslet-Davis canceled her scheduled appearance over whether the bombers would be identified by name.

Haslet-Davis, a dancer who lost one foot in the bombings, says she asked the show not to identify the bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, by name. Haslet-Davis left before the panel discussion began taping; an NBC News spokesperson said on Friday that the show couldn’t guarantee that the name wouldn’t be used and the network regretted “any distress caused by this miscommunication.”

As it turns out, Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s name was said during the panel discussion. “MTP” host David Gregory identified him by name while posing a question to Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey about whether red flags were missed. Watch (at about the 17 minute mark):

Haslet-Davis was also profiled for a CNN special that premiered last week. In an appearance on “CBS This Morning” with Anderson Cooper to promote the special, Haslet-Davis discussed why she won’t say Tsarnaev’s name and what she would like to see happen to him: “I think he did a terrible thing and I support them seeking the death penalty for this case.” Watch after the jump. Read more

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