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Congressman Gets Bumped from MSNBC for LeBron James News

RussertWhile substituting for Andrea Mitchell this afternoon, Luke Russert cut a Congressman’s interview short to cover the big breaking news of the day: LeBron James returning to Cleveland.

Less than a minute into their interview, which started at 12:38pmET, Russert told Rep. Steve Israel, “We’ll have more from you later in the show, I’m sorry though, King James is making his decision known, and that bumps you out, but thank you so much for joining us.” Russert then went to a phoner with Cleveland sports radio host Mark Bishop.

Russert first reported the news of James’ return to the Cleveland Cavaliers at 12:29pmET.

Fox News Harris Faulkner interrupted an “Outnumbered” panel discussion to break the news at 12:27pmET.  CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield broke the news at 12:29pmET.

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The Monday Ticker: Shares, Emmys, Books

  • At the Time Warner shareholders meeting Friday, an investor challenged CEO Jeff Bewkes, claiming CNN is politically biased. According to THR, Bewkes thought the questioning was “very constructive” and encouraged the shareholder to keep monitoring CNN.

  • Kathy Griffin will host the Daytime Emmy Awards this Sunday. USA Today reports the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences couldn’t come to a deal with a broadcast partner, so the awards will be livestreamed. HLN had aired the awards ceremony the last two years.

  • Luke Russert says writing the new introduction to his late father’s best-seller, “was a very cathartic experience.” FishbowlDC was at the Father’s Day book event during which the NBC News correspondent shared memories of his dad, Tim Russert, who died 6 years ago Friday.

The Ticker: Atop the Rock, Russert, AJ +

  • Deadline reports the New York City Landmarks and Preservation committee will take up a proposal to replace the neon GE sign atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza and replace it with the Comcast logo, which includes the NBC peacock. Comcast also wants to replace the street-side marquees on the building adding one for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

  • This Sunday, Father’s Day, NBC’s Luke Russert will be at Washington, DC bookstore Politics and Prose talking about his father’s memoir, Big Russ and Me. Luke’s father Tim Russert, who NBC’s Washington bureau chief and “Meet the Press” moderator, died 6 years ago today. FishbowlDC will be at the event. Look for coverage on Monday.

  • Capital reports Al Jazeera launched a digital video channel today called Al Jazeera +. The site, which is separate from Al Jazeera America, intends to “give you a fresh take on news, culture and current events from around the world.”

Luke Russert Pens New Introduction to Tim Russert’s ‘Big Russ and Me’

NBC’s Luke Russert has written a new introduction to his father, the late Tim Russert‘s best-seller “Big Russ and Me,” on its 10th anniversary. This morning on “Today,” Matt Lauer asked Luke Russert, now that he works in TV news, if he sees his father’s legacy “in a different perspective.”

“Absolutely,” said Russert. “I love him even more. I was a amazed after working at NBC News for a few years how much of a 24/7 job it is.”

Tim Russert Office Exhibit Gets ‘Final Resting Place’ in Buffalo

TR OfficeAfter more than four years on display at the Newseum in Washington, the contents of the office of the late NBC newsman Tim Russert are moving to his hometown of Buffalo, New York.

“It’s a great final resting place for the embodiment of his career, which is that office,” Russert’s son, NBC News correspondent Luke Russert, tells the Buffalo News. “It captures the history of him growing up in South Buffalo and interviewing popes and presidents and everything in between.”

The office re-creation, which had been classified as a temporary feature at the Newseum, includes items such as Russert’s “Thou Shalt Not Whine” sign, as well as numerous books, papers, and framed photos.  The Buffalo History Museum now will house the exhibit.

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NBC’s Luke Russert, Fox News Prematurely Declare Rep. Bill Young Dead

NBC News correspondent Luke Russert and Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson seemingly got ahead of the news this afternoon, reporting that Rep. Bill Young (R-FL) had died, when in fact he is gravely ill.

Russert tweeted the news at 1:54 PM, garnering numerous retweets from other NBC News reporters.

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Carlson reported the news on-air at 2:05 PM as a “Fox News Alert.” Politico has the video.

Shortly thereafter, Young’s family revealed that he was “gravely ill” and in the hospital, but that he was not, in fact, dead. Russert tweeted an “Update” with the family’s statement at 2:37 PM, and Fox News ran a correction at 2:23 PM.

“I am really sorry to report that earlier we did report that Congressman Bill Young had passed away, and we can now report that was not the case,” Carlson said. “We sincerely apologize for the error, hopefully that will not happen again.”

The PM Ticker: AJAM, Russert, Ashton

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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.

MSNBC Shuffles Around The Cities Of Upstate New York

On MSNBC’s “Martin Bashir,” it appears that someone decided to “remix” upstate New York.

Buffalo, Syracuse and Binghamton were moved away from their actual locations in western and central New York, and placed near the borders of Massachusetts and Vermont. Pennsylvanians can take solace knowing that Scranton was located somewhat closer to its actual location, although it was still off by around 40 miles or so.

After being called out by colleague Luke Russert, Bashir’s program took to Twitter to apologize, saying it was “an honest geographic mistake”:
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In Profile: Luke Russert, Jenna Lee

  • NBC News correspondent Luke Russert is the subject of an extensive profile in The New Republic. “Russert knows how he got in the door at NBC. But he points out that the network is a profit-making enterprise, not an after-school program for the children of celebrities… “They sort of forget the fact that a lot of us could not do that job. It is a specific skill set [to be on TV],” a former Capitol Hill reporter said of Russert-haters. “And he has the skills. He’s good.”

  • Fox News Channel’s Jenna Lee is profiled by Women’s Health, and asks her about her 25-mile Grand Canyon rim hike. “One of the reasons Lee says her experience was such a success was because of her prep. There are just so many things that can go wrong, that you have no control of, when you’re in nature, she says.”

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