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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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Helen Thomas Has Died

Helen Thomas, who covered every president from Eisenhower to Obama, has died. Thomas, 92, was born in Kentucky to parents who were immigrants from Lebanon. Her first job in journalism was as a copygirl for the Washington Daily News. She joined United Press in 1943 where she would remain for 57 years. Early in her career, Thomas reported on women’s issues and would later cover federal agencies including the Department of Justice and the FBI. She began covering the White House following the election of John F. Kennedy, in the last days of the Eisenhower administration. She left UPI in 2000 and joined Hearst news service.

Thomas left Hearst, and the White House beat abruptly in 2010 following comments suggesting that Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine.”

Thomas had a front row seat — literally — at the White House, front and center in the briefing room. When she left the White House in 2010, Fox News got her front row seat, thanks in part from some lobbying by then-CNN White House correspondent Ed Henry, who is now with FNC.

In recent years, Thomas wrote for the Falls Church News-Press, contributing a weekly column until January, 2012. In its obituary, the paper says Thomas, “came out of a retirement induced by a cascade of criticism from her journalistic colleagues for off-hand comments she was recorded making that were taken out of context in June 2010.”

The AM Ticker: Tennis, FNC, Rock

  • Some of Washington’s most notable journalists played tennis against the people they cover last night at the Washington Kastles Charity Classic. Bret Baier, David Gregory, Ed Henry and Jon Karl laced up against members of Congress and Ambassadors.

  • On “The Daily Show,” John Oliver took aim at CNN “New Day”‘s “Rock Block” segment, which has news headlines and kickin’ beats. As he discovered, Americans apparently love to get their news with a pop accompaniment nowadays. Watch below.

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In Profile: Ed Henry, Rick Klein

  • FNC’s chief White House correspondent Ed Henry, who was married in Las Vegas and owns property there, is profiled in Vegas magazine. He shares his favorite dining locations as part of their “Insider Intel” column.

  • ABC’s political director Rick Klein tells It’s All Journalism that journalists of today have to be “platform agnostic.” “[Y]our personal brand as a reporter depends on reaching people in lots of different ways.”

Rice Checks: Jay Carney, Ed Henry Mix it Up

Fox News White House correspondent Ed Henry and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney mixed it up a bit at today’s press briefing. The Q&A came ahead of President Obama’s announcement that he’s appointing Ambassador Susan Rice as his National Security Adviser and nominating Samantha Power as U.S. Ambassador to the UN, to fill Rice’s seat.

Henry: You described (Rice) as one of the most qualified, experienced foreign policy experts in America. If that’s the case, how did she get the information on Benghazi so wrong five days after the attack?

Carney: Ed, I would welcome the opportunity to correct the record especially for some news outlets who persist in misrepresenting the facts. You have seen the so-called talking points. You have seen the testimony of the deputy director of the CIA and the documents that demonstrate that the central point that they made was drafted in the first instance and every instance thereafter.

Henry: Then why did various intelligence officers say that they almost immediately knew that this was terror and if she’s so experienced why wouldn’t she see that as they saw it?

Carney: So you are suggesting that a senior member of the national security team should disagree with the assessments of the intelligence community because somebody appeared on Fox News and said something?

Ratings: Millions Tune Into White House Correspondents’ Dinner

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner has become must-see TV. Just a few years ago, the dinner was only televised live on C-SPAN, and any funny clips would be shared afterward. Now the clips still get shared, but people are tuning in live in droves.

President Obama and Conan O’Brien spoke during the 10-11 PM hour, and sure enough that is when tune-in was highest. CNN led the way with 1.49 million viewers, including 401,000 adults 25-54. Fox News drew 1.11 million viewers, including 183,000 A25-54, while MSNBC drew 640,000 total viewers, including 176,000 A25-54.

It is important to note that these numbers do not include anyone watching online, nor do they include C-SPAN, which is not rated by Nielsen. We can safely say that at least 3.5 million people watched the speeches live, all told.

From 9-10 PM, when the channels previewed the dinner (and when Ed Henry delivered his speech), the ratings were also strong:

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Broadcast, Cable Channels Cover Presidential News Conference ‘In Honor Of Ed Henry’

It has been two months since President Obama last held a press conference, but this morning he once again returned to the White House briefing room to take questions from reporters. ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC are all carrying the presser.

“I am here to answer questions in honor of Ed Henry, as he wraps up his tenure as the president of the White House Correspondents Association, in honor of that, Ed, you get the first question,” the President said.

Henry, the Fox News White House correspondent, asked about Syria, and its potential use of chemical weapons with the first question, and also asked about Benghazi.

CNN’s Jessica Yellin got the second question, and asked about the investigation into the Boston bombing.

Jonathan Karl from ABC News asked question three, and asked whether the President still had “the juice” to push his agenda through Congress.

Bill Plante, from CBS News, asked about the hunger strike in the Guantanamo Bay prison.

Chuck Todd from NBC asks question five, about the healthcare bill.

Antonieta Cádiz from Chilean news agency El Mercurio asked the final question, about U.S. immigration reform.

As he walked off stage, a reporter yelled at Obama about Jason Collins, the President returned to the podium to make a brief statement about Collins.

Cable News Networks Fodder for Obama, O’Brien at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

The cable news networks were a prime target for both President Obama and Conan O’Brien at Saturday night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, held at the Washington D.C. Hilton.

Obama kicked off his remarks by acknowledging Fox News senior White House correspondent Ed Henry, the White House Correspondents’ Association president. “Ed, you’re doing an outstanding job,” Obama said. “We are grateful for the great work you’ve done.”

In his remarks, Obama poked fun at CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. “I know CNN has taken some knocks lately, but I admire their commitment to cover all sides of the story, just in case one of them happens to be accurate,” he said. “David Axelrod now works for MSNBC, which is a nice change of pace considering MSNBC used to work for David Axelrod.” Obama joked that Fox News said it was “an insult to Satan” when an actor in the History Channel’s series “The Bible” was noticed for his resemblance to the President.

O’Brien also took aim at CNN and Fox News in his speech. “Speaking of dinner, tonight’s entrees were halibut and filet mignon. Or as John King reported it, lasagna and cous-cous,” he said. “If the President laughs, everyone laughs. And if the Fox News table laughs, a little girl just fell off her bike.”

O’Brien also made fun of NBC, saying the network has had a “rough go of it” of late. “The ‘Today’ show let go of Ann Curry. After being told, Ann Curry said, ‘let me get this straight: Al Roker tells the world that he crapped his pants at the White House, and I’m getting fired?’” O’Brien said.

Earlier in the day, Tammy Haddad hosted the 20th Annual Correspondents Garden Brunch. FishbowlDC has the details of the event, which was attended by Greta Van Susteren, Savannah Guthrie, Norah O’Donnell and Chris Matthews, among many others.

After the jump, watch the “House of Cards” spoof that opened the dinner, featuring Henry, Charlie Rose and Major Garrett. Read more

Where To Watch The White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Saturday evening the White House Correspondents’ Dinner will be held in Washington DC. As has become de rigueur, the dinner and speeches will be televised on cable news. White House Correspondents’ Association chief and Fox News correspondent Ed Henry will speak, as will President Obama and this year’s comedic guest, Conan O’Brien.

C-SPAN, which was covering the dinner live before it was cool, will kick off coverage at 6:15 PM Saturday with red carpet coverage, as well as full, unedited coverage of the event. C-SPAN will also have some liveshots from BuzzFeed’s counter-programmed BBQ.

CNN is planning live coverage from 9-11 PM, hosted by Don Lemon, along with Brianna Keilar and Nischelle Turner. The first hour will feature “best of” moments from past dinners, with the second hour featuring the key speeches live. There will also be reports from the red carpet during the 6-7 PM hour.

Fox News will be covering the proceedings as part of “Justice with Judge Jeanine Pirro” from 9-11 PM Saturday. There will be some guests to talk about the festivities, and live coverage of the speeches in the 10 PM hour, TVNewser hears.

MSNBC will also have special coverage from 9-11 PM, with the first hour featuring “best of” highlights, and live coverage in the second hour. Craig Melvin will host.
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The Morning Ticker: Al Jazeera Investigates, Sandra Preps, Henry’s ‘Claim to Fame’

  • Pulitzer prize winning journalist Edward Pound will head up Al Jazeera America’s 16-person investigative team. An alum of The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and other pubs, Pound will be based at AJA’s Washington DC bureau. The new channel will launch on the former Current TV.

  • As FBN’s Sandra Smith prepares to give birth to her first child, she tells the Chicago Tribune about the months of back-and-forth between her native Chicago, where her husband lived, and a new job in New York. “Flight delays, snowy weather, tight time schedules made it very challenging. But not once did John complain.”

  • Fox News Channel’s White House correspondent Ed Henry‘s “claim to fame” involved former Pres. Bill Clinton when Henry was a reporter with Roll Call in 1998: “He lied to me first,” Henry says in a profile in MarylandLife.

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