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President’s Final News Conference of 2013

Obama1213President Obama held his final news conference of 2013 “The most wonderful press conference of the year,” he joked. The broadcast and cable news networks all carried the president’s remarks and the newser.

The president began talking about the growing economy, end-of-the-year congressional compromise and thanked the military for their “service and sacrifice.”

“Jay [Carney] prepared a list of who’s naughty and nice. We’ll see who made it,” said the president as he took questions from:

Julie Pace, the AP, asked whether, given his low approval numbers, “Has this been the worst year of your presidency?” “I got to tell you, Julie, that’s not how I think about it,” said the president.

Mark Felsenthal of Reuters got the second question and asked about the NSA and revelations throughout the year of the extent of surveillance.

Ed Henry of Fox News got the third question and asked further about the NSA, and whether the president had underestimated and was unaware of the scope of the surveillance programs. The president and Henry sparred a bit before the president moved on to…

Jon Karl of ABC News got question four and asked about the poll numbers and asked the president what his biggest mistake has been of 2013. “There’s no doubt that when it came to the healthcare rollout… the fact is it didn’t happen in a way that was at all acceptable. Since I’m in charge, we screwed it up.”

“I promise you, I probably beat myself up even worse than you or Ed Henry does on any given day. But, I’ve also got to wake up in the morning and make sure that I do better the next day.”

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Networks Schedule Weekend Specials on Nelson Mandela

ABC News Mandela speical reportThe broadcast and cable networks are scheduling special coverage on the death of Nelson Mandela this weekend. Here’s what they have planned so far.

NBC’s Lester Holt will anchor the weekend editions of “Today” and “Nightly News” from Soweto this weekend.

CBS News has slated a special “48 Hours” on Mandela’s death for Saturday night. Scott Pelley will anchor “Nelson Mandela: Father of a Nation” at 9pmET. The show will feature historical CBS News footage as well as reports from Bob Simon, Martha Teichner and Wynton Marsalis.

ABC News will have a special “20/20″ tonight anchored by David Muir and Robin Roberts. “Nelson Mandela: A Man Who Changed The World” will air at 10pmET. Tonight’s “Nightline” will also feature additional coverage of Mandela’s death.

“Fox News Sunday” will air an interview former South African foreign minister Pik Botha, who served near the end of the apartheid era. Senior correspondent Greg Palkot, who is reporting from South Africa for the network, conducted the interview.

Discovery Channel will premiere a new documentary, “The Making of Mandela,” Sunday at 12pmET/PT.

MSNBC will air a special on Mandela’s life at 9pmET.

Former President Bill Clinton is doing a round of interviews about Mandela’s death, sitting down with NBC’s Brian Williams, Fox News’ Ed Henry, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Univision/Fusion’s Jorge Ramos and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. CBS aired Pelley’s interview with Clinton on “Evening News” last night.

Ed Henry On Walking Out Of WH Briefing: ‘It wasn’t a protest from me, I had a job to do’

henryFox News White House correspondent Ed Henry explained why he walked out of a White House press briefing on Friday. Henry walked out after Press Secretary Jay Carney did not call on him for a question during the first 40 minutes of the briefing.

“That was unfortunate, but it wasn’t a protest from me, I had a job to do,” Henry said on “Fox & Friend” host Brian Kilmeade‘s radio program this morning.

Henry told Kilmeade that he was trying to make a promised hit on “The Five.”

“I was going to be late,” Henry said. “I would have stayed longer if Jay had called on me. But he didn’t call on me, so I had work to do.”

“If you looked at the video, Chuck Todd was sitting next to me, he got a question or two and then he left,” Henry added. “I didn’t hear anyone saying, ‘Oh my God, he staged a protest or anything’ No, it was because Chuck Todd had to file a piece for ‘NBC Nightly News,’ just as I had to go do a live hit with you on ‘The Five,’ and I had to file my piece for Bret Baier and Special Report.”

Here’s the audio from Fox News Radio.

The Sunday Ticker: O’Brien, Morgan, Henry

  • Former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien contributes to CNN, HBO and Al Jazeera America. Now she can add another channel to her résumé: Sundance Channel. O’Brien will appear in an episode of “Dream School” on the channel Monday, working to inspire kids.

  • CNN’s Piers Morgan tells The Guardian that the HBO drama “The Newsroom” is what inspired him to take a stand against the U.S. gun lobby on his primetime program, and in his new book Shooting Straight.

Woman Tries to Ram White House Gate, Takes Police on Chase Through Capitol Hill


The U.S. Capitol building is on lockdown after multiple gunshots were reported in the area at 2:20pmET.

MSNBC was the first cable news network to report the news at 2:26:08 p.m. Fox News was seconds later at 2:26:26 p.m., followed by CNN at 2:28:28. All three networks went immediately to phone interviews with their reporters in D.C.: MSNBC talked with Luke Russert; Fox News interviewed senior producer Chad Pergram and CNN called in photojournalist John Bodnar.

The Capitol Hill police have issued a “shelter in place” order. According to Fox News senior White House correspondent Ed Henry, Congressional staffers are being told to to “close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows.” Fox News is reporting there are “several people injured.”

> Update: ABC News, CBS News and NBC News are all producing special reports. David Muir is anchoring on ABC, Norah O’Donnell on CBS and Brian Williams on NBC.

ABC News is reporting a female suspect is dead on the scene at the U.S. Capitol.

Saying “we’re told that this is over,” NBC’s Pete Williams reports the female suspect tried to drive through the White House gate and was chased to Capitol Hill by the Secret Service. The lockdown has been lifted.

> More: Fox News will have an expanded edition of “Special Report with Bret Baier” from 6 to 8pmET tonight.

Cable News Channels Plan Special Coverage For Government Shutdown Showdown

capitol_hill_lgWith the strong possibility of a government shutdown happening tonight, the general cable news channels and the business news channels are planning to have special coverage this evening.

Fox News will have its usual primetime lineup until 11 PM, when a second, live hour of “On the Record with Greta van Susteren” will air. At midnight, there will be a new, live edition of “Special Report with Bret Baier,” featuring contributions from congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel, White House correspondent Ed Henry and Washington correspondent James Rosen.

MSNBC will have its regular primetime lineup, and will be live at 11 PM, midnight and potentially longer if there is a shutdown.

Fox Business will have Neil Cavuto anchoring live at 8 PM.  Rich Edson will be reporting with updates throughout the night. FBN will also start live coverage at 5 AM tomorrow.

Bloomberg will have Bloomberg West and Bottom Line live at 6 and 7PM respectively, with live coverage from Asia from 8PM-1AM. Chief Washington correspondent Peter Cook will be live in DC for updates.

CNBC will have a special edition of “The Kudlow Report” tonight at 7pm focusing on all angles of the potential Government Shutdown. Melissa Lee, members of Congress and reporters John Harwood and Eamon Javers will report from DC.

C-SPAN will have live video coverage from Congress.

As of writing, CNN had not responded to a request for coverage plans. We will update when we have more.

Errors Along the Way During Navy Yard Rampage Reporting

Several media outlets covering the chaos in Washington, DC Monday learned the hard way that lesson from journalism 101: first be right, then be first. With the investigation into the Navy Yard shooting stretching into the evening, until police became confident Aaron Alexis acted alone, parts of the nation’s capital remained on edge.

The first major error occurred around 1pm when CBS News and NBC News reported, then retracted a report that misidentified the shooter. Several hours later a situation outside the White House , at 6:50pm, the team from FNC’s “FOX Report” Tweeted:

A few minutes earlier, White House correspondent Ed Henry went on “Special Report with Bret Baier“:

“I was standing outside and I heard what sounded like at least two gunshots. At first, I thought it was fireworks or something because it’s very extraordinary to hear that obviously on the North Lawn of the White House. But I knew there was something more than just that when I saw at least one secret service officer take out a rather large weapon and start engaging. Then we saw at least one suspect thrown down to the ground.”

It turns out it was fireworks. Baier cleared that up a few minutes later, as did “FOX Report” at 7pm. Here’s the man who was taken into custody:

So You Think You Can Spell?

Lawmakers and reporters often spar, but now the two sides will square off in a whole different forum.

FNC’s Ed Henry, CBS’s Major Garrett, and MSNBC’s Howard Fineman are among the DC journos participating in The National Press Club’s Centennial Spelling Bee on September 18 in Washington.  Along with colleagues from Politico, The New York Times, and other outlets, the newsers will compete in a spelling smack down against a team of federal legislators, including Sen. Tim Kane (D-VA) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ).

Held sporadically over the past decades, the spelling bee this year is a celebration of the 1913 NPC event, which also pitted members of Congress against the press, and featured President Woodrow Wilson in attendance.

Tickets are available online, with proceeds benefitting the organization’s nonprofit Journalism Institute, which trains communications professionals and provides educational scholarships.

The Accolades Ticker: Wallace, Henry, Ward

  • Fox News anchor Chris Wallace is receiving the Paul White Award at an RTDNA conference in Anaheim this weekend. He talks to the OC Register about the honor. ““My dad won it, so that means a lot to me.”

  • Fox News White House correspondent Ed Henry was inducted into the Nevada broadcaster’s Hall of Fame on Saturday. Henry was married in Nevada, and owns property there. He was inducted alongside ESPN’s Colin Cowherd.

  • The name’s Ward, Dr. Clarissa Ward. The CBS News foreign correspondent spoke at Middlebury Language School’s 99th Summer session and was awarded an honorary Doctor of letters degree. She thanked attendees in five different languages.

President Obama Talks Surveillance Reforms At Press Conference

President Obama promised reforms with regard to the oversight of U.S. surveillance measures at a press conference this afternoon.

“It’s right to ask questions about surveillance, particularly as technology is reshaping every aspect of our lives,” Obama says. “It is not enough for me, as President, to have confidence in these programs, the American people need to have confidence as well.”

He proposed more oversight by Congress, more oversight of the FISC court, more transparency, a website to serve as a hub for transparency and forming a group of outside experts.

The conference is being carried live by ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.

Julie Pace from the AP got the first question, who asked about the U.S./Russia relationship. Obama said that he does not support boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

NBC’s Chuck Todd gets the second question, and asks whether Edward Snowden is a whistle-blower because his comments led to the changes today, and also whether his relationship with Vladimir Putin has been strained. he said that he does not believe Snowden is a patriot.

CBS’ Major Garrett gets question three, and asks about who the next Federal Reserve Chairman will be.

Wall Street Journal White House correspondent Carol Lee got question four, and asked why the public should trust him on the surveillance issue.

ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl asked whether Al Qaeda has really been decimated, given the recent embassy closings.

Fox News correspondent Ed Henry asks question six, about the healthcare law implementation and the Benghazi attacks.

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