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Obama on Matthews: ‘Four years ago, I gave him a thrill up his leg. This time around, I gave him a stroke’

FNC’s Roger Ailes sits behind Pres. Obama, Gov. Romney and Cardinal Dolan at annual Al Smith dinner.

Pres. Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney set aside their political differences for a few minutes to poke fun at themselves, at each other, and at the media, at the annual Al Smith dinner last night in New York City. But the politicians weren’t the only ones to break bread with their rivals at the event, which this TVNewser attended: media executives and personalities from competing networks mingled over dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria.

The candidates, who sat on either side of Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the New York Catholic Archdiocese, were flanked on the dais by some of the television industry’s most famous faces. Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes sat among two people who have him to thank for their start in TV: on his left, Maria Bartiromo, who Ailes hired at CNBC in 1993, and on his right, one seat away, Chris Matthews, who Ailes hired in 1994 at the network that would become MSNBC. Katie Couric and Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson, Jr. were also seated on the dais.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews chats with Roger Ailes.

Both candidates took aim at the media in their lighthearted speeches, which all three of the general cable networks broadcast live.

“I particularly want to apologize to Chris Matthews,” Pres. Obama said of his performance in the first Presidential debate. “Four years ago, I gave him a thrill up his leg. This time around, I gave him a stroke.”

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Matt Lauer Challenges Maureen Orth Over Tom Cruise ‘Vanity Fair’ Story

Maureen Orth, aka Luke Russert‘s mom, has written another juicy page-turner for “Vanity Fair” involving Tom Cruise, dating auditions and Scientology. On “Today” this morning Matt Lauer challenged Orth over some of the sourcing in the piece, including the story of one woman, actress Nazanin Boniadi, who dated Cruise for a few months in 2004 when she was still a member of the Church.

Lauer asked Orth if Boniadi was one of her sources. “If she is part of the article wouldn’t we want to know?” asked Lauer. “You might want to know but I’m not going to tell you my sources,” said Orth. The Church of Scientology has called the story “hogwash.”

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Luke Russert: ‘I Know that I am Responsible Not Only to My Job, But Also to My Last Name’

NBC’s Luke Russert is the subject of a profile in the Buffalo News, hometown newspaper of his late father, Tim Russert. It chronicles Russert’s rough start at NBC in 2008, just weeks after his father had died, to “that watershed Weiner interview” this past June.

While he’s most often compared to his father, Luke Russert also carries the journalistic traits of his mother, Vanity Fair writer, Maureen Orth:

She has passed down to him her “EEEPPP” rule of journalism: energy, enthusiasm, empathy, polite, prepared, persistent.

CBS Newsman Bob Schieffer predicts Russert will end up anchoring a nightly newscast someday: “He just does what

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Tim Russert the inspiration for this week’s ‘Today’ show Vatican Reports

The Russert family in the Vatican Library in June 2008. (Courtesy: Russert family/NBC News)

This morning, about an hour before the “Today” show went on the air, co-anchor Matt Lauer had an audience with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican, a rare event for most anyone. But the groundwork for this reporting trip goes back more than three years.

“Today” show EP Jim Bell tells TVNewser the Vatican was “a particular passion of Tim Russert‘s.” Russert, the Washington Bureau chief for NBC News, had his own audience with Pope Benedict XVI just days before he died, three years ago this month. Russert died of a heart attack in the Washington Bureau. His family — wife Maureen Orth and son Luke Russert — were still in Europe concluding what had been a family vacation.

“Tim and I had been working on a trip for TODAY that he was going to be a part of,” Bell says. But the 2008 election started to heat up. “So we decided to hold off until after the election.” Russert died June 13, 2008.

“A trip to the Vatican and an audience with Pope Benedict still ranked high on the show’s ‘to do’ list,” Bell says. The show had been planning it for this past March, but the news cycle — the Arab Spring and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan — led to another postponement.

Lauer along with Al Roker were in St. Peter’s Square this morning, and afterward shared a private moment with the pontiff and New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan. Today, Dolan will give Lauer and Roker a private tour through the Basilica including a look at Pope John Paul II’s newly installed tomb — the first look for an American broadcast. NBC’s Anne Thompson will examine how the church has embraced social media. Those stories air tomorrow on a split edition of “Today.”

‘Morning Joe’ Rises in Chicago, Oprah Winfrey Interview on Tap


MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” will originate from Chicago this Friday as Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski interview Chicago’s most famous resident (for now): Oprah Winfrey. Joe, Mika and Willie Geist will host the show from RL (as in Ralph Lauren) Restaurant along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

Other guests include Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), former White House adviser and now returning Chicago resident, David Axelrod, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Vanity Fair special correspondent Maureen Orth, and her son, NBC News correspondent Luke Russert.

More in the press release after the jump…

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Willie Geist DC Party

At the home of NBC’s Norah O’Donnell and chef Geoff Tracy in Washington, DC last night, people celebrated MSNBC’s Willie Geist‘s new book, “American Freak Show,” according to Politico. With a chef at the venue, the food was clearly outstanding. The last time TVNewser saw Geist, he was promoting the book in New York City.

There were a lot of tvnewsers in attendance: NBC anchor David Gregory, journalist Maureen Orth and her son NBC correspondent Luke Russert, NBC correspondent Savannah Guthrie, NBC chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd, CNN senior political analyst Gloria Borger, senior PBS correspondent Gwen Ifill, former MSNBC executive and founder of Haddad Media Tammy Haddad, NBC news analyst Howard Fineman, ABC News’ Ann Compton, NBC Washington bureau chief Mark Whitaker, and MSNBC producer Pam Stevens.

Other notable newsers included, former Newsweek, now NBC News’ Mike Isikoff, The New York TimesMaureen Dowd, TIME.com’s Jay Newton-Small, as well as The Washington Post‘s Mary Ann Akers and Jonathan Capehart.

Kennedy Funeral: Guests Arrive

This morning, the cable and broadcast networks spent their time closely watching the parade of political celebrities as they arrived at Sen. Kennedy’s funeral Mass in the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Health. We spotted former-Presidents Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama. Also in attendance were VP Joe Biden and former-VPs Al Gore and Dan Quayle. Some newsers who appear to be there today as guests are David Gregory, Tom Brokaw, Al Hunt, Judy Woodruff, Maureen Orth, and Luke Russert (A reader noticed Hugh Downs as well). We also spotted Tony Bennett, Jack Nicholson, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bill Russell. Here are some screenshots of the coverage:

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TVNewsers To Pack Cafe Milano for Brit Hume Salute

Hume_1.6.jpgThe salute to Brit Hume event at Cafe Milano Thursday night is shaping up to be one of the hottest pre-inaugural parties of the season. The invitation only event is attracting numerous Beltway and TV news bold face names. In addition to a host of Fox Newsies, TVNewser has learned Charlie Gibson, Brian Williams, Bob Schieffer, the late Tim Russert‘s wife Maureen Orth, Gwen Ifill, Ted Koppel, Andrea Mitchell, David Gregory, Sam Donaldson, Claire Shipman and Ann Compton will all be toasting Hume that evening.

Sadly, this TVNewser will not be able to attend, as I am headed to CES tomorrow. But the tip box is open 24/7 if anyone wants to let us know how it went!

Who Was at the White House Christmas Party Last Night?

WHUxmas_12.17.JPGOur spies spotted several tvnewsers at last night’s White House Christmas party — from ABC Kathy O’Hearn and Terry Moran; from CBS Bill Plante and Maggie Rodriguez; from NBC Chuck Todd, Kelly O’Donnell and David Gregory; from FNC John Moody, Gretchen Carlson, and Steve Doocy; from CNN David Bohrman and husband and wife correspondent/anchor team of Dana Bash & John King; from FBN Jenna Lee, Kevin Magee and Ray Hennessey; and from CNBC Matt Cuddy and Nick Dunn.

Several guests brought their kids as escorts including Maureen Orth with son Luke Russert, FBN’s Liz Claman brought her daughter and FNC’s Brit Hume brought his granddaughter.

> More: Maria Bartiromo, Bill O’Reilly and Greta Van Susteren also attended.

Exploring Huffington’s MSNBC Guest Hosting Gig

huffington_11-17.jpgAs first reported on TVNewser, Arianna Huffington will guest host The Rachel Maddow Show tonight on MSNBC.

Huffington writes about some of the guests being lined up, including Bill Maher, Google CEO Eric Schmidt and FiveThirtyEight.com’s Nate Silver.

But the idea of Huffington guest hosting on MSNBC has raised some eyebrows and generated comments around the Web.

Last April, questions arose about whether she was being kept off the NBC networks during her book tour. Huffington had famously feuded with Tim Russert and his wife, Maureen Orth, for nearly 15 years. Her delayed and distant comments after Russert’s death in June drew more attention.

So what’s changed at NBC? Seems like bygones are being left as bygones. An MSNBC spokesperson tells TVNewser: “We’re thrilled to have Arianna filling in for Rachel tonight.”

Huffington guested on Maddow’s Friday program, and the interview included an awkward Huffington misquote about drowning a baby. Click continued to see the clip…

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