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David Gregory’s ‘Meet the Press’ Seat Continues Getting Hotter

david gregory_304x200Another new report suggests David Gregory‘s run as “Meet the Press” moderator is drawing to a close.

The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove expands on a New York Post report, writing that Gregory is “toast,” with either Chuck Todd or the Joe Scarborough-Mika Brzezinski tandem in line to replace him.

In multiple conversations that I had with people inside and outside NBC after the [Page Six] item appeared, it was taken as a given that Gregory is toast. According to my sources, Scarborough, 51, a Washington-savvy former Republican congressman from Florida, and Brzezinski, 47, the supremely well-connected daughter of former White House national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, have been aggressively angling for the job in the event of Gregory’s all-but-certain demise. The 42-year-old Todd, who has occasionally clashed with Scarborough on the air, leading some to believe that there’s little love lost between them, has slimmed down in recent weeks to fighting trim. Todd, who wears a goatee, is also deeply knowledgeable about politics and Washington folkways.

This afternoon, Scarborough addressed the rumors on Twitter.

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The Morning Ticker: Reporter Explains, ‘Meet’ Rumors, Kickstart CNN

  • Sky News reporter Colin Brazier, lambasted for rifling through the belongings of those killed on MH 17, offers what he calls “another view” of his reporting. “The crash site is like the set of a horror story. Except that movies are never allowed to show what we saw,” he writes.

  • NBC News is dismissing a Page Six story which, once again, claims David Gregory‘s days at “Meet the Press” are numbered. “We heard the same false rumors and suggest you take them with a grain of salt, as we did,” an NBC spokesperson tells the Post.

  • “The Daily Show” has launched a campaign to crowd-fund the acquisition of CNN. Dubbed “Let’s Buy CNN,” for $10 you can be added to a 21-box, for $10 billion, you get a Martin Savidge couch simulator.

One American Killed on Downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

obama cbsAll three broadcast networks provided special coverage of President Obama’s statement on the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 that killed all 295 aboard.

The president announced that at least one American citizen was killed when the Boeing 777 was shot down. Dutch-American Quinn Schansman was going to Malaysia to join family members on vacation there. Calling it a “global tragedy” that calls for a credible international investigation, the president said, “Evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile that was launched by an area that is controlled by Russian-backed separatists inside of Ukraine.”

ABC News cut in at 11:50amET with David Muir anchoring in New York and chief white house correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from the White House. CBS News cut in at 11:50amET with Scott Pelley anchoring from New York and national security correspondent David Martin reporting from Washington, DC. NBC News cut in at 11:51amET with David Gregory anchoring from Washington, DC and chief white house correspondent Chuck Todd reporting from the White House. Fox broadcast cut in at 11:51am ET with Bill Hemmer anchoring in New York and correspondent Molly Henneberg reporting from the White House.

The first question went to the Associated Press’ Julie Pace. The second went to Reuters’ Steve Holland.

NBC News Boss Thanks Staff for ‘Extraordinary Week’

LauerMiddletonNBC News president Deborah Turness emailed her staff on Friday, thanking them for “driving the success we’ve seen for such great results.” Turness pointed to three big interviews by Matt Lauer last week, including Pippa Middleton, Mary Barra and Amy Van Dyken-Rouen as well as David Gregory‘s headline-making interview with Pres. Clinton, which will be played in its entirety this morning on “Meet the Press.”

“What a week! We should all be so proud of what has been achieved. Thanks to each and every person who made it all possible,” Turness writes. Read the note in full, after the jump…

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David Gregory on What He Thinks Bill Clinton Was Trying to Say During Their Interview

GregoryThis morning, “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory told his colleague Joe Scarborough what he thinks former President Bill Clinton was trying to say on the subject of wealth during their interview yesterday.

In the interview at Clinton Global Initiative America, which will air in full on this Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” Gregory asked Clinton whether wealthy politicians like he and his wife should be viewed as out of touch. Clinton stressed politicians’ policies, not wealth, is what’s most important.

“In many ways what I heard Bill Clinton saying was, ‘look, we still think we’re that couple from Arkansas…what he’s saying is your politics, your positions, your policy beliefs, your ideology, ought to speak louder than your wealth,” Gregory said on “Morning Joe.”

He added that Clinton might have wanted to “insert some language” stressing that he gets the fact that his family is very wealthy now, but they’re still committed to “the right things.”

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Pres. Obama: ‘We Will Not Be Sending U.S. Troops Back Into Combat in Iraq’

President Obama delivered a statement on Iraq from the South Lawn of the White House shortly before noon. The broadcast and cable networks all provided live coverage of his remarks on the increased violence in the region.

On NBC, David Gregory anchored from Washington with Peter Alexander at the White House and Richard Engel in Iraq. David Muir anchored for ABC, joined by Terry Moran in Northern Iraq. CBS’ special report was anchored by Scott Pelley in New York with Major Garrett at the White House.

As for the cable networks: Wolf Blitzer anchored on CNN, with Arwa Damon in Iraq. Eric Shawn and Uma Pemmaraju anchored on Fox News, joined by “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier from Washington. On MSNBC, Tamron Hall anchored with Chuck Todd contributing.

Obama said he is weighing the options for U.S. military support in Iraq, but ruled out using ground forces in the conflict. “We will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq, but I have asked my national security team to prepare a range of other options,” he said.

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.

Obama Announces Troop Cuts in Afghanistan

In a statement from the Rose Garden Tuesday afternoon, President Obama detailed his plan to “conclude our combat mission in Afghanistan.” Obama announced a reduction of U.S. troops from 33,000 to 9,800 at the beginning of 2015, and half that at the end of 2015. Then, by the end of 2016 — 15 years after the war in Afghanistan began — the president said the U.S. military “will draw down to a normal embassy presence in Kabul with a security assistance component.”

All three broadcast networks presented special reports: David Gregory anchored for NBC, George Stephanopoulos anchored for ABC and Norah O’Donnell anchored for CBS. Gregory was joined by Peter Alexander and Jim Miklaszewski, Stephanopoulos was joined by Jonathan Karl and Martha Raddatz, and O’Donnell was joined by Major Garrett and David Martin.

The cable news networks also provided live coverage. The president did not take questions from the press.

Glenn Greenwald Disappointed There Won’t be a Sequel Interview With David Gregory

Much to Glenn Greenwald‘s dismay, there won’t be a sequel to last year’s lively exchange between him and David Gregory on this Sunday’s “Meet the Press.”

“That was really disappointing,” Greenwald told HuffPost Live today about Gregory not being the one interviewing him about his new book for Sunday’s “Meet the Press” (Pete Williams interviewed Greenwald instead).

Greenwald added he was looking forward to seeing if Gregory’s views might have changed since their last interview; in that exchange last June, Gregory asked Greenwald why he shouldn’t be charged criminally for aiding and abetting Edward Snowden. Greenwald responded it was extraordinary for Gregory to muse about other journalists’ arrests without evidence.

NBC News sources tell TVNewser Gregory not doing the interview with Greenwald, which was pre-taped today in New York City, was due to logistics, as Fridays are a busy day of show preparation for Gregory in Washington, DC.

The Ticker: Gregory, Merger, Baier

  • The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik praises David Gregory for moderating Maryland’s first debate among the Democratic candidates for governor last night. The “Meet the Press” host “quickly sharpened the focus and heightened conflict among two of the candidates,” Zurawik writes.

  • Executives from Comcast and Time Warner Cable are testifying on The Hill today about the proposed merger between the two companies. “While none of the lawmakers asked federal regulators to block the transaction, both Republicans and Democrats cautioned there were potential negatives in the $45 billion deal,” Reuters reports.

  • On “Access Hollywood LIVE” last night, Kit Hoover revealed her prom date was none other than Bret Baier, “the cute boy … over at Fox News Channel.” Baier was “a gentleman through and through,” Hoover said. Watch after the jump…

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