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Look Who Just Joined Facebook…

After 10 years, the long wait is over: Matt Lauer has joined Facebook.

Lauer hosted a Facebook live chat with “Today” show fans this morning; one question came from a familiar face.

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Bill O’Reilly: BlackBerrys, iPhones Causing People to Create Their Own ‘Bubble’

While speaking with Matt Lauer this morning, Bill O’Reilly‘s gave his take on Hillary Clinton‘s potential run for president, the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap, and how mobile and second screen devices are causing people to create their own universes.

“They don’t know now,” O’Reilly answered Lauer about young people not knowing the history behind events like today’s D-Day anniversary. “These machines are taking over the world,” O’Reilly continued, suggesting BlackBerrys and iPhones are helping people create their own “bubble.”

The former English teacher also pointed blame at the education system: “Public schools don’t teach history.”

The NBC Ticker: Mancini, ‘Skywire,’ Dads

  • The AP’s John Mancini is joining NBC News as the director of digital newsgathering. In a note to staff, SVP of worldwide newsgathering David Verdi said the hire “is the next step in our transformation to creating content for all our users and viewers no matter how they choose to get their news.”

  •  Discovery’s “Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda,” which was produced by NBC News’ Peacock Productions, is the winner of two 2014 Realscreen Awards. The special was honored this week for Digital and Branded Content – Multi-Platform Project and for Most Original Concept.

  • Leading up to Father’s Day, the “Today” show is dedicating next week to “Modern Dads.” The weeklong series of reports will include interviews with Rob Lowe and Terry Crews, as well as stories from”Today” show fathers Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Willie Geist, Carson Daly and Lester Holt.

Matt Lauer to Jimmy Fallon: ‘I Gotta Get Up Early for the ‘Today’ Show, so Cut the Bullsh*t’

Popping up on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” last night, Matt Lauer grew tired of Fallon ignoring his audience’s wishes.

“Stop beating around the bush, listen to your audience, listen to that man…it’s for his wife,” Lauer implored Fallon, who had been declining his audience’s request to perform the “Gangnam Style” dance.

“I gotta get up early for the ‘Today’ show, so cut the bullsh*t,” Lauer said, raising a boom box with the song blaring. Jimmy finally caved, but didn’t quite meet Lauer’s performance standards.

Is Willie Geist ‘the Next Matt Lauer’?

willie geistSince Willie Geist joined the “Today” show in 2012, rumors have swirled that he is the heir apparent to Matt Lauer, whose current deal with the NBC morning show expires early next year. In a New York Observer profile, Geist addresses the succession speculation:

“I think with respect to people who say that, it’s just that—speculation. It’s totally meaningless,” says Mr. Geist. “It’s fun for people to talk about, but I can tell you honestly that I never had one single conversation about that, ever. Matt is the host, and he’s the best morning show host in the history of morning show hosts, and he’ll be there as long as he wants to be there. So there’s no point in me thinking about it. All I do is try to do a good job in our hour, and when they ask me to fill in for him, I fill in for him.”

And if the powers that be at NBC called him? “I would certainly take the phone calls from my superiors at work, but I’ve never received one like that. If it happens, I’ll answer, and we’ll see.”

Geist also appeared on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” this week, where he was asked about his craziest experience with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hota Kotb. Watch after the jump. Read more

Broadcast Networks Cover Pres. Obama’s Statement on VA Controversy

ObamaThe broadcast networks cut in with special coverage of President Obama’s statement on the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal that left dozens of veterans in Phoenix dead waiting for medical care.

ABC News broke in at 10:57amET with George Stephanopoulos anchoring in New York and ABC Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from the White House.

CBS News broke in at 10:57amET with “CBS This Morning’s” Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell anchoring from New York, and Chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reporting from the White House. NBC News also broke in at 10:57amET with Matt Lauer anchoring from New York and National Correspondent Peter Alexander reporting from the White House.

The president did not announce any firings, announcing Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki is leading an investigation into misconduct at VA facilities in Phoenix and elsewhere. The president vowed that anyone deemed responsible of “cooking the books” at VA facilities will be held accountable, and announced certain employees at VA facilities have been put on administrative leave.

The president took two questions. The first went to the Associated Press’s Jim Kuhnhenn; the second to Reuters’ Steve Holland.

One Year Later, Networks Return to Moore, OK

One year after an EF5 tornado killed 24 people in Moore, the cable and broadcast networks are back in the Oklahoma town to cover the first anniversary of the devastating storm. All the anchors and correspondents in Moore this year also covered the tornado’s aftermath from Oklahoma last year.

Ginger Zee was live from Moore for “Good Morning America” today. Matt Lauer anchored “Today” from New York, but showed interviews from a recent trip to cover the anniversary. NBC News also has Gabe Gutierrez in Moore for the network and for MSNBC. Casey Stegall is there for Fox News, George Howell is there for CNN and Thomas Roberts is there for MSNBC. Roberts hosted “Way Too Early” live from Moore this morning.

Broadcast Networks Cover 9/11 Museum Dedication Ceremony

Broadcast networks broke in for special coverage of the 9/11 Memorial Museum opening this morning, where President Obama and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke.

ABC News broke in at 10:05amET with George Stephanopoulos anchoring from New York. “World News” weekend anchor David Muir reported from the museum.

NBC News broke in at 10:07amET with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie co-anchoring alongside special correspondent Tom Brokaw in studio with them. National correspondent Peter Alexander reported from the museum.

CBS News broke in at 10:10amET with Norah O’Donnell and “CBS This Morning: Saturday” co-host Anthony Mason co-anchoring in New York.

Local New York City stations produced their own coverage for the memorial dedication ceremony.

“A nation that stands tall, and united, and unafraid…because no act of terror can match the strength, or the character of our country,” President Obama said about America. “Like the great wall and bedrock that embrace us today, nothing can ever break us. Nothing can ever change who we are as Americans.”

The president then introduced Alison Crowther, the mother of financial worker Welles Crowther. Welles was a financial worker wearing a red bandana who died while helping evacuate fellow workers on 9/11; that red bandana is enshrined in the museum. His mother spoke after the president, alongside one of the people her son saved, Ling Young.

Special Coverage Planned for 9/11 Memorial Museum Opening

The broadcast networks are planning special coverage tomorrow of the opening of the National September 11 Memorial Museum. Pres. Obama will speak at the dedication between 10-11amET. ABC News has already announced it will carry his remarks live. This morning on “Today,” NBC’s Matt Lauer got a first look inside the memorial with former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is chairman of the museum. Family members of those killed on 9/11/01 will be the first to get a look at the museum. It opens to the public a week from today.

Turness: ‘Homegrown Talent with Perhaps a Few Surprises’ to Fill In For Savannah Guthrie

savannah guthrie_304x200NBC News president Deborah Turness talks to The New York TimesBill Carter about the appointment of Jamie Horowitz, who will take over as SVP and general manager of the “Today” show later this year: “He’s incredibly creative,” she said. “He’s very brand aware, very multiplatform and just a great producer.”

Turness also talked about another topic of recent interest at the “Today” show:

Ms. Turness also addressed questions recently raised about whether “Today” would be inviting its former star, Katie Couric, to fill in as a co-host with Matt Lauer during Savannah Guthrie’s coming maternity leave.

“Savannah has been such a big part of the ‘Today’ show’s momentum over the last few months,” Ms. Turness said. “While she’s with her newborn we’ll keep that momentum going with our own homegrown talent with perhaps a few surprises mixed in.”

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