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Shep Smith Sat Next to Wolf Blitzer at the White House Lunch

shep smith white house lunchOn his Fox News program this afternoon, Shepard Smith revealed the real reason why anchors and correspondents like to go to D.C. for the State of the Union: the annual White House lunch.

“It doesn’t matter who the President is,” Smith said. “The one thing that is constant — there is no better food on Planet Earth than what comes out of that White House kitchen. I don’t know how they do it.”

Holding up the menu and his place card, Smith described the meal in great detail throughout the hour, starting with the winter lettuces and reggiano crisp, which he said was “like a cracker with air holes in it and it tastes a little bit like cheese.” He also listed a few of the attendees, including Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams, Scott Pelley, Bret Baier, Gwen Ifill and Wolf Blitzer, who Smith was seated next to.

“Wolf Blitzer likes to separate all the foods into different piles. There was a meat, there was a vegetable, some starchy stuff, and he put them all in a separate pile before eating them,” Smith said. “I was like, ‘Wolf, that is an interesting way to eat.’”

Here’s video of Smith describing the first course and the dessert course.

State of the Union Coverage Plans: Broadcast Networks

obama state of the unionHere’s what the broadcast networks have planned for President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday.

ABC: Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor from Washington, D.C. They will be joined by Jonathan Karl, Martha Raddatz and Jeff Zeleny before and after the President’s speech. Sawyer will also anchor “World News” from D.C.

NBC: Brian Williams will anchor from Washington, D.C. He will be joined on set by David Gregory, Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell. Capitol Hill correspondent Kelly O’Donnell will report from inside the House chamber. Williams will also anchor “Nightly News” from D.C.

CBS: Scott Pelley will anchor from Washington, D.C. He will be joined by Bob Schieffer and Norah O’Donnell. CBS News will also have chief White House correspondent Major Garrett and Congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes reporting during primetime.

PBS: “NewsHour” co-anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will lead coverage. They will be joined by Mark Shields and David Brooks for political analysis.

FOX: Shepard Smith will anchor coverage of the President’s speech. Smith will be joined by “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace for analysis.

Univision: Univision will air the speech on cable network Galavision. Enrique Acevedo will anchor.

Gwen Ifill: Media ‘Lost Sight of the Bigger Picture’ During Mandela Coverage

gwen ifillPBS News anchor Gwen Ifill says the media “lost sight of the bigger picture” while covering the death of Nelson Mandela. In a PBS blog post, she writes the focus was on non-stories, including the fake interpreter tasked with translating the service into sign language:

There is no question it was an insult to the world’s deaf and an international security threat to have a man on stage whose defense for not knowing sign language was that he could be violently schizophrenic. But did that deserve more attention on a day when thousands gathered in Pretoria — in long lines that reminded me of the first free South African elections — to pay final tribute to Mandela?

I never cease to marvel how efficiently we can minimize real news – whether it be rare proof that Washington has a little bipartisanship left, or history unfolding on another continent.

I’d feel a little better if we could at least try to remember the big picture.

[h/t Huffington Post]

Colbert to ‘NewsHour’ Anchors: ‘Do We Need an Hour of News Every Night?’

The first all-female co-anchor team in broadcast news, “PBS NewsHour” anchors  Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, were guests on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” this week. “The PBS ‘NewsHour’ is an hour. Do we need an hour of news every night? I mean, the guys over on the networks — and the girls, and Diane Sawyer — are doing it in half an hour every night plus commercials, and boom, we’re watching ‘Jeopardy,’” Stephen Colbert joked. Watch:

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Iran’s President Woos U.S. Media Outlets

rouhaniThe new president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, is in New York City for the annual UN General Assembly meeting.

Along the way, he has been holding something of a media tour for U.S. outlets, talking to NBC’s Ann Curry and CNN/ABC’s Christiane Amanpour. Rouhani is slated to appear on PBS’ “Charlie Rose” tonight, with excerpts airing tomorrow on “CBS This Morning.”

This morning, according to Politico’s Dylan Byers, Rouhani hosted a veritable “Who’s who” of the U.S. media establishment in New York. Rouhani addressed the question of why he did not meet with President Obama while he was at the UNGA.

Also in attendance at the meeting were  ABC News president Ben Sherwood and anchor Diane Sawyer, Bloomberg News editor-in-chief Matt Winkler; CNN president Jeff Zucker and host Fareed Zakaria; Foreign Affairs editor Gideon Rose; Nation publisher and editor Katrina vanden Heuvel; New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., executive editor Jill Abramson, and columnist Tom Friedman; NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell; PBS host Gwen Ifill; POLITICO Magazine editor Susan Glasser; Reuters president and editor-in-chief Stephen Adler; Time Magazine managing editor Nancy Gibbs; and Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron and columnist David Ignatius.

Coverage Plans for President Obama’s Speech

The broadcast and cable news networks have planned special reports ahead of President Obama’s primetime address tonight. Here’s what they have planned for the speech, which is scheduled for 9pmET.

NBC News: Brian Williams will anchor a special report beginning at 9pmET.

CBS News: Scott Pelley will anchor live coverage of the speech, with chief White House correspondent Major Garrett contributing.

ABC News: Diane Sawyer will anchor coverage beginning at 9pmET.

PBS: Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will anchor. They will be joined after the speech by “NewsHour” analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks.

Fox Broadcast NetworkShepard Smith will anchor beginning at 9pmET. Read more

Jorge Ramos: Why Wasn’t Univision Granted an Interview with President Obama?

President Obama makes his case for military intervention in Syria today with interviews on six networks: ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN and Fox News. Univision anchor Jorge Ramos took to Twitter to ask why his network wasn’t a part of the media blitz:

A Univision spokesperson told Politico’s Hadas Gold that the network “did everything possible” to get an interview with the President.

This Was Wolf Blitzer’s Idea

CBS’s Scott Pelley, PBS’s Gwen Ifill, Fox News’ Chris Wallace, ABC’s Diane Sawyer, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and NBC’s Savannah Guthrie ahead of their interviews today with Pres. Obama. Ifill tweets, “This was an @wolfblitzer idea.”

Caption contest in the comments… keep it clean.

Pres. Obama Continues Syria Push with Network Interviews

The New York-based network news anchors heading to Washington, DC this morning to interview Pres. Obama.

The interviews are back-to-back beginning at 3:55pmET. Each network gets 7 minutes. And the interviews are embargoed for air until 6pmET. Drawing from a hat, the order had been determined as this:  NBC, CNN, CBS, Fox News, ABC and PBS.

ABC’s Diane Sawyer and CBS’s Scott Pelley will anchor their shows from Washington today. Savannah Guthrie will conduct the interview for NBC as Brian Williams, still recovering from knee replacement surgery, cannot travel. DC-based Chris Wallace of Fox News and Wolf Blitzer of CNN will conduct the interviews for their networks. Gwen Ifill, who tonight becomes the permanent co-anchor with Judy Woodruff of “PBS NewsHour” gets the PBS interview.

 

Pres. Obama Gives Interviews Ahead of Address to the Nation on Syria

President Obama is sitting down with anchors from six networks Monday as he pushes his case for strikes on Syria. ABC’s Diane Sawyer, CBS’s Scott Pelley, NBC’s Brian Williams, PBS’s Gwen Ifill, Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace, and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer will interview the president Monday afternoon. The Fox and CNN interviews are set to air in the 6pmET hour of “Special Report” and “The Situation Room,” respectively. President Obama is also planning to address the urgency of targeted strikes in a televised speech Tuesday.

Also today, CNN’s Jake Tapper got a hold of the videos that the Obama administration is showing lawmakers to prove their case for striking Syrian weapons sites. The videos, very graphic in nature, show the aftermath of a chemical attack, but still do not prove who was behind the Aug. 21 attack.

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