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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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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

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