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Ann Compton: ‘I Have Seen Barack Obama Really Angry Twice’

ComptonQAAnn Compton, who retired earlier this year after 41 years with ABC News, opened up to C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb about her time covering the White House.

In the interview, which occurred Oct. 30, but re-aired on C-SPAN this morning, Compton says she “was a strong voice for complaining that this particular administration has been more opaque than any I have covered about what the president does in the Oval Office every day.”

Compton says Obama “is the first president with his own journalistic tools. He has his own photographers and videographers. He has a newscast on Friday mornings anchored by his former deputy, now Press Secretary, Josh Earnest.”

Compton revealed she has also seen a side of Pres. Obama, most haven’t:

I have seen, in the last year, Barack Obama really angry twice. Both were off the record times. One profanity-laced, where he thought the press was making too much of scandals that he did not think were scandals. Another was where he took us to task for not understanding the limits that he has with foreign policy and the Middle East, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

“I find him willing to stand up to the press, look them in the eye, and just give us hell.”

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Ed Henry Asks White House About Al Sharpton’s Taxes

HenrySharptonAt today’s White House briefing, Fox News’s Ed Henry asked Press Secretary Josh Earnest about last week’s New York Times story about MSNBC host and activist Al Sharpton and an unpaid tax bill of some $4.5 million. Henry set up the question noting the president’s ties to Sharpton. “He is here at the White House frequently as an adviser to the president, the president spoke at his organization,” Henry said, before asking:

Henry: Is the president concerned?

Earnest: The question you are asking underscores the importance that there is not political interference in tax enforcement. I am confident this administration is allowing whatever enforcement procedures are underway to be carried out.

Henry: An adviser to the president should pay his or her taxes?

Earnest: I think every American should pay his or her taxes

Obama Flights to Alex Wagner’s Wedding Cost Taxpayers $358,490

KassWagnerJudicial Watch reports the Air Force has added up the cost of Pres. Obama’s air travel over Labor Day Weekend, which included attending the wedding of MSNBC host Alex Wagner. The total: more than $1.5 million.

Flights for Obama’s 2014 Labor Day weekend fundraising trips to Westchester, New York, and Providence, Rhode Island, cost taxpayers $527,192.50. Transportation for Obama’s round-trip flight from D.C. to Westchester, New York, to attend a wedding cost taxpayers $358,490.90. The flight for Obama’s trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to speak at “Laborfest 2014” cost taxpayers $653,718.70

Following the fundraisers on the Friday of Labor Day weekend, the president was originally planning to stay overnight in New York, then attend the wedding of Wagner and White House chef Sam Kass. But he changed his plans last minute, flew to Washington for the night – then returned to New York on Saturday. At the time, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the change allowed Obama “to sleep in his own bed, do a little work tomorrow, spend some time with his family.”

Will This Ruin Jon Karl’s Cred?

EarnestKnown for butting heads with the last White House Press Secretary, ABC’s Jonathan Karl apparently now has an admirer at the press podium.

On Bloomberg TV’s new show “With All Due Respect,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked who is “the most consistently delightful reporter” in the press corps.

“Jon Karl is consistently the nicest, friendliest, most direct guy… down-to-earth, friendliest individual you’d ever want to meet,” said Earnest.

It might have been a backward compliment, as Earnest prefaced the glowing comments saying, “That would tarnish the reputation forever if I identified the person; I gotta choose someone I don’t like, so I don’t harm them.”

RELATED: ABC’s Jon Karl on Pushing Beyond Official White House Line

“Josh must be giddy because his KC Royals are winning,” Karl tells TVNewser. Earnest’s hometown Kansas City Royals upset the Los Angeles Angels Sunday night to advance in the ALCS.

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Networks Cover Secret Service Director’s Resignation

GeorgeBroadcast networks provided special coverage this afternoon after Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned in the aftermath of an armed intruder hopping a fence and running into the White House on September 19. More revelations surfaced this week that another armed man—with a criminal record for assault and battery—was able to get into an elevator with President Obama on September 16.

ABC News cut in at 3:20pmET with George Stephanopoulos anchoring, senior justice correspondent Pierre Thomas reporting from Washington, DC, and chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from the White House.  CBS News cut in at 3:28pmET with Scott Pelley anchoring and chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reporting from the White House. NBC News didn’t provide special coverage.

All three cable news networks went wall-to-wall with the news along with airing the afternoon press briefing with Press Secretary Josh Earnest, who answered questions on Pierson’s resignation. Joseph Clancy has been named the acting director of the Secret Service.

Shepard Smith Bets ‘Every Penny I Will Ever Make at this Network’

White House press secretary Josh Earnest made his first visit to “Shepard Smith Reporting” this afternoon. The 7-minute interview focused on the White House messaging about the mission to take out ISIS in Syria and Iraq and, in Earnest’s words, “the Muslim-led countries who are part of the coalition.”

“Like Saudi Arabia’s going to have some boots over there? or Jordan?” Smith asked in jest. “There will be no commitment from those two, on this I will bet every penny I will ever make at this network.”

“That’s a substantial bet,” Earnest said.

“And it’s a good bet because it’s not going to happen,” Smith shot back. Smith reportedly earns north of $7 million a year. That’s a lot of pennies.


Has Media Played a Part in Bad Presidential Optics?

FNCDuring his interview with Chuck Todd yesterday, President Obama acknowledged the theatre of the presidency doesn’t come naturally to him while also saying he’d love a “vacation from the press.”

This afternoon, Fox News debated whether the media has played a part in any of Obama’s negative optics. “Well maybe he should have thought harder about whether he was qualified to be president,” Fox News contributor Jim Pinkerton said regarding president’s struggles with optics.

Alan Colmes responded that the media is assigning labels to the president that are off the mark. “This narrative that he’s somehow indecisive or not focused or given up or doesn’t care is just not accurate, and that’s the thing that the media has glommed onto for the last couple of weeks,” Colmes said, citing U.S. airstrikes on ISIS (watch after the jump).

During this afternoon’s White House press briefing, which Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN all took, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced the president will outline his plan against ISIS in a speech Wednesday.

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American Journalist Steven Sotloff Reportedly Beheaded by ISIS

Steven SotloffTwo weeks after James Foley was beheaded by ISIS, American journalist Steven Sotloff has reportedly been executed by the same group.

In a new video posted online today, Sotloff, in the same orange Foley wore, addressed the camera: “I’m sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing,” he said before being beheaded.

ABC News cut into broadcast coverage with George Stephanopoulos anchoring and Brian Ross reporting. Ross reported the executioner said, “Obama, I’m back” while Sotloff asked the president why he was paying the price for American “interference in Iraq.” NBC News cut in at 1:48pmET with Brian Williams anchoring and Andrea Mitchell reporting. CBS News didn’t provide special coverage.

Wolf Blitzer first reported the news on CNN at 1:24pmET, going to foreign correspondent Karl Penhaul while showing stills of Sotloff next to a man who seems to be the same British ISIS member who executed Foley. “Obama back off and just leave us alone,” Penhaul reports the executioner said in the video. ABC News’ Foreign Editor Jon Williams tweets the executioner threatened British citizen David Haines‘ life at the end of the video. MSNBC’s Krystal Ball, filling in for Ronan Farrow, reported the news at 1:28pmET; Fox News’ Jon Scott reported at 1:33pmET. None of the networks aired the video.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest sent his condolences to the Sotloff family during an afternoon briefing while also stipulating the U.S. government has not yet verified the video’s authenticity. Last week, Sotloff’s mother, Shirley, sent a video message to ISIS pleading for her son’s life. Foley was a freelance journalist for TIME magazine and Foreign Policy.

Chuck Todd Signs off ‘The Daily Rundown,’ But Not on ‘The Daily Rundown’

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Chuck Todd‘s farewell to MSNBC wasn’t seen on MSNBC. The end of “The Daily Rundown” was pre-empted this morning by remarks from British Prime Minister David Cameron. But Todd recorded it anyway (after the jump). In it he talked about how TDR came to be: “It was a show that MSNBC president Phil Griffin, Savannah Guthrie and I conceived over lunch in Washington one day.” Todd thanked Griffin for not “micromanaging us. He let us be the driving force. Not a lot of executives do that.”

Earlier in the show — and this did make it on TV — Todd was surprised first by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest and then by his former co-host Savannah Guthrie, who Skyped in from maternity leave. Todd begins his role as moderator of “Meet the Press” September 7. Andrea Mitchell hosts this Sunday. WATCH: Read more

The Saturday Ticker: Coast, Flight, Launch

  • “CBS Sunday Morning” heads to the coast for its annual summer-at-the-shore edition tomorrow. Lee Cowan anchors the broadcast from the former home of Katharine Hepburn in Old Saybrook, Conn.

  • Tuesday night, CNN airs the special report “Witnessed: The Crash of TWA Flight 800″ which reconstructs the events that unfolded over Long Island on that fateful day in 1996 and the four year investigation that followed.

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