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Posts Tagged ‘Helen Thomas’

Al Neuharth: ‘Couric Has Proved Me Wrong’

couricdakota10-9.jpgUSA Today founder Al Neuharth has been proved wrong on something he wrote three years ago. On September 7, 2006, Neuharth wrote: “[Katie] Couric can’t cut it if she stays on the non-news fringe she started out on this week.” This week, Couric traveled to South Dakota where she was presented with the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media. Today, Neuharth writes:

Partly because of CBS’ overall weaker network program lead-ins, Couric still has challenges trying to catch ABC and NBC counterparts in national ratings. But not here in South Dakota. Polls here rate her No.1 among the top three. Not only has Couric “cut it,” but when Diane Sawyer takes over as anchor of ABC World News in January, she has Katie to thank for paving the way.

Past recipients include: Walter Cronkite, Helen Thomas, Tom Brokaw, Larry King, and Tim Russert.

The Video Ticker: Thomas, Ensign, Geist, Stewart

> NBC’s Ann Curry interviews her “inspiration” Helen Thomas on the “Today’ show. (Worth it for Chicago’s “You’re the Inspiration” intro.)

> CNN’s Dana Bash tracked down Sen. John Ensign outside his office for an exclusive interview on the way through his hallway and across the street. The backwards camera-walking deserves to get nominated for something.

> MSNBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman got together with “Way Too Early” host Willie Geist to answer some difficult health care questions. (@williegeist1)

> On the Daily Show, Jon Stewart reviews the media reaction to the IOC’s announcement that Chicago would not be getting the 2016 Olympic games. He also does an impression of CNN’s Ali Velshi. (Starts at the 5:00 mark.)

All the vids after the jump.

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Christiane Amanpour Goes to the Presidential Way-Back Machine

So, Helen Thomas was born on this day in 1920. Barack Obama was born on this day in 1961 (in Honolulu, Hawaii, in case you were wondering).

Earlier this afternoon in the White House briefing room, the president surprised the press, in particular Thomas, by presenting her with cupcakes and a kiss, which led CNN anchor Kyra Phillips to wonder if the 89-year-old can still be objective after getting a wet one from the commander-in-chief. Leave it to Christiane Amanpour to say “yes she can.”

Bob Schieffer on Bernard Goldberg’s Criticisms. Helen Thomas on Being “A Liberal”

Well, it’s Saturday, and while cleaning out the ‘ole inbox, we came across this from SeattlePI.com’s Big Blog – a write-up on Monday’s Bob Schieffer and Helen Thomas appearance at a luncheon in Seattle sponsored by CityClub.

When an audience member asked Schieffer about former CBS Newsman Bernard Goldberg‘s criticism of the mainstream media (documented on TVNewser), Schieffer said, “I don’t think he’s right. I never thought he’s right. He’s found a way to make a living by criticizing CBS news and journalism as a whole.”

Another audience member asked Thomas what she thought of media barons such as Rupert Murdoch gaining control over the news. Thomas responded that it was “terrible,” adding “I’m a liberal and I can’t stand these people. I hate the domination of the ultra-right in all of our opinions.”

Schieffer and Thomas were in Washington this week to receive the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award at Washington State University.

Thomas, Schieffer Honored with Murrow Award

Washington, D.C. veteran reporters Helen Thomas and Bob Schieffer have been named recipients of the 2009 Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award.

Thomas remains on the beat at the White House covering her 10th presidential administration. Schieffer is moderator of CBS’s Face the Nation and the network’s chief Washington correspondent. The Murrow committee says Thomas and Schieffer are being recognized for representing “the best of the Murrow legacy: exceptional achievement in communication and a responsible, ethical, productive career.”

They will receive the award Tuesday, April 7, at the Washington State University Campus, where they will co-keynote this year’s Murrow Symposium.

The legendary CBS Newsman, Edward R. Murrow, graduated from Washington State in 1930. He moved to New York, joining CBS in 1935.

“How Can You Reduce a Day’s Worth of Work Down To Meaningless Sound Bites?”

The Daily Show’s John Oliver spent a day as a member of the White House press corp recently, and the segment aired last night. Included is Oliver asking CBS’ Chip Reid, “How can you reduce a day’s worth of work down to meaningless sound bites,” and White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, “What’s your favorite dodge?” Also featured: CNN’s Dan Lothian and press corp mainstay Helen Thomas:

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Related: “Where Are TV’s Women Chief White House Correspondents?

Notes from The East Room: “Another Shift in the Ever-Evolving News Media Landscape”

SamStein_2.10.jpg- The New York Times, Jeff Zeleny: President Obama on Monday evening became the 10th American president to call on Helen Thomas at a White House news conference. And he was the first to call on Sam Stein, a reporter for The Huffington Post, whose Internet publication sprung to life during Mr. Obama’s candidacy…It was not the answer but the very fact that he took a question from Mr. Stein that created a buzz and signaled yet another shift in the ever-evolving news media landscape.

- The Washington Post, Howard Kurtz: Obama made a bit of history by calling on the first blogger at such a session, Sam Stein of the liberal Huffington Post. Stein asked about a cause popular on the left, the creation of a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate Bush administration wrongdoing.

Vote in the FishbowlDC Poll: Where Did You Watch?

Ratings on the broadcast nets: 36.9 million viewers watched on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. According to Nielsen fast-nationals ABC led with 11.5 million viewers, followed by CBS with 9.78 million, NBC with 9.75 million and Fox with 5.9 million. (Those numbers may change when final ratings are released).

The First Press Briefing: Plante, Thomas, Henry…

The cable news networks all carried Robert Gibbs‘ first White House press briefing this afternoon.

Among the new crop covering the Obama administration: Chuck Todd for NBC, Chip Reid for CBS, Jake Tapper for ABC.

Helen Thomas, who’s been covering presidents since Kennedy, asked Gibbs about torture…which he may soon be feeling himself from some in the press corps who were accused of going easy on candidate Obama and pledge to be tougher on President Obama.

PlillipsHenry_1.22.jpgBefore the briefing got underway, CNN’s new chief White House correspondent Ed Henry explained to anchor Kyra Phillips that when the briefing room was renovated in 2007, CNN got in a seat in the front row, while “another cable network” is still in the second row.

Henry: That was based mostly by seniority, because CNN had been around a little longer than another cable network that shall go nameless.

Phillips: I already saw Major Garrett in the second row there. As long as Fox is behind you…

Henry: He is, and he’s turning red right now.

Phillips: Tell him I said ‘hi’ and I miss him working for CNN.

Henry: Okay. Kyra Phillips says hello. I think we probably should get ready for this presser now, Kyra.

Phillips: (laughter) Okay see you in a little bit. Thank You. You’re a trooper. Oh boy. I hope I keep my job.

Also getting in a question to Gibbs: Bloomberg News’ Julianna Goldman (aka Mrs. David Shuster).

So, did you watch? How do you think the new press corps did on day one? Leave your comments below…

Earlier on TVNewser CBS’s Bill Plante Challenges Gibbs Over Potential “Pay to Play” Deal with ABC

A Look Into The Fishbowls

• FishbowlDC’s Patrick Gavin has the video of Helen Thomasreturn to the White House.

• FishbowlNY’s Glynnis MacNicol takes a look at the fake New York Times’ published today that the cablers have been covering.

• FishbowlLA’s Tina Dupuy writes about Harold Meyerson‘s open letter to Fox News in The Washington Post today.

Nets to Carry Bush Newser

President Bush will hold a news conference in the White House briefing room at 10:20amET. ABC, CBS and NBC will all carry the news conference, as will the cable news networks and, considering much of it will be focused on the economy, expect the business networks to carry some of it as well.

One person not in attendance: the dean of the White House press corps, Helen Thomas. Insiders tell us 87-year-old Thomas, who has covered every president since Kennedy, has not been feeling well the past few weeks. Her seat in the front row will be empty.

> More: In the New York market Fox station WNYW (Fox5) stuck with regular programming (day two of the limited run Wendy Williams show). News Corp. owned WWOR (My9) carried the Bush news conference.

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