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Chris Matthews Signs with William Morris

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews has a new agent. Matthews has signed with William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.

“Chris’s insight and expertise has become a mainstay in national politics,” said WME Co-CEO Ari Emanuel, brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. “We look forward to utilizing his unparalleled political experience and singular perspective to build on his iconic brand.”

In addition to “Hardball”, Matthews anchors NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show,” and is a best-selling author.

Signing with WME means Matthews will also soon have his own entourage.

Update: NBC News Files Complaint with White House Over ABC’s Access

Obama_1.21.bmp> Update: An NBC News spokesperson tells us, “NBC News did not file a formal or informal complaint about this interview.”

> Earlier: TVNewser has learned that NBC News has filed a formal complaint with expressed concern to the White House press office over the distribution of presidential interviews, specifically that several of the most recent broadcast TV interviews have gone to ABC News — including George Stephanopoulos‘s interview yesterday and Charlie Gibson‘s on December 15.

Complaints reportedly stem from Stephanopoulos’ friendship with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for helping land the interviews. But insiders tell us those decisions are generally left to Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

ABC News spokesperson Jeffrey Schneider tells TVNewser, “We are always aggressive in our booking efforts and we were glad to have an interview with the President on such a big news day.”

The president hasn’t only spoken to ABC, far from it. Since the Gibson interview in mid-December, Obama has been interviewed by Tom Joyner and April Ryan of Urban Radio Networks, Scott Wilson of The Washington Post, Adam Nagourney of The New York Times, PBS’ Jim Lehrer, Roland Martin of CNN/TV One, Joe Klein of Time magazine as well as reporters from People and Essence.

Last year, NBC News got several days of access at the White House, including sit-down interviews with Pres. Obama for their “Inside the Obama White House” special — a series NBC has participated in for the last 40 years.

> More: It should be noted that complaints are often made to the White House press office when one network feels another is getting too much access.

White House Goes to the Top to Secure Network Prime Time

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WaPo’s Howard Kurtz has a fascinating story about what lengths the White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel went recently to secure network time for the president’s news conference.

Rather than calling ABC, the White House chief of staff phoned Bob Iger, chief executive of parent company Disney. Instead of contacting NBC, Emanuel went to Jeffrey Immelt, the chief executive of General Electric. He also spoke with Les Moonves, the chief executive of CBS…

Kurtz writes, “Some calls had little impact. Emanuel reached GE’s Immelt, a member of Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, after learning that NBC chief executive Jeff Zucker was traveling. But Immelt told him that it was Zucker’s decision, and a subsequent call to Zucker yielded an agreement that NBC would provide live coverage.”

And beyond the CEOs, what do the network news bosses think about Obama’s potential over-exposure?

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Brian Williams On White House Access: “We Were Pretty Stunned At How Much We Were Able To Record”

Williams Obama.jpgIn advance of the NBC News special “Inside the Obama White House” — set to air tomorrow and Wednesday at 9pmET — Brian Williams tells The Washington Post‘s Howard Kurtz that among the 150 hours of footage shot for the program, “there’s stuff we’ve never seen of how the White House operates…we were pretty stunned at how much we were able to record and how natural events seemed to be.”

Williams talks of “walking through the West Wing and Secretary [Hillary] Clinton drops by to see the president. To be in the hallway when the president walks by with a handful of M&Ms, popping them in his mouth as he goes to visit his chief of staff — it was unbelievable.”

“Inside the White House” is part of a forty-year NBC tradition of giving viewers behind-the-scenes insight into a new president’s day-to-day life. Kurtz reports that “Williams had to make the sale” to get access, though, “a lobbying effort that began before the election.”

Williams also says WH Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gave permission for crews to chronicle various meetings of senior staff, although “Rahm closed the door in front of our crew eight times.”

Stephanopoulos Talks “Vegas” Night in D.C., Who Will Break His Heart

This Week anchor George Stephanopoulos appeared last night on The Daily Show, and talked with Jon Stewart about the White House Correspondents Dinner. “It’s literally like, one night it’s Vegas, anything goes,” said Stewart.

In an interesting final question, Stewart asked, “Pick the guy on the Obama team that’s going to break your heart. Who’s the guy that you’re going to have on the show…and he’s a friend of yours and [you find out] he lied to your face?” Stewart guessed Rahm Emanuel, but Stephanopoulos leaned another way.

Below is the Stephanopoulos interview, and after the jump, Dan Rather contributes to a sketch about the media’s fascination with Pres. Obama and VP Biden’s trip to the burger joint:

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Is ABC News Hogging White House Dinner Guests?

Stephanopoulos_4.30.jpgThe Hill reports on next weekend’s White House Correspondents Association Dinner – the party of the year where the media elite, politicos and Hollywood stars come together.

But, The Hill reports, “news outlets are grumbling” about ABC’s guest list. “Several people pointed to ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos‘s close friendship with [Obama Chief of Staff Rahm] Emanuel, and questioned how the network got so many big names.” Those names include Emanuel, adviser Valerie Jarrett, CIA Director Leon Panetta and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.

Rice was an easy get. Her husband is the Executive Producer of Stephanopoulos’ Sunday show.

But ABC says its other stars including Terry Moran and Jake Tapper booked many of the Obama staffers while Stephanopoulos was only involved in securing one guest…

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Which TVNewsers Are Invited To Washington’s “Off-The-Record Dinners”?

Gwen Ifill.jpg The Washington Post‘s Howard Kurtz reports that for the past year, there have been a series of “off-the-record dinners” for top newsmakers and journos, organized by David Bradley, owner of the Atlantic Media Company.

The get-togethers are held at Bradley’s office and give, as Kurtz says, a “rarefied level of access.” Among the attendees (“as A-list as they come”): White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

And “among those in regular attendance” — along with numerous print reporters — are tvnewsers such as NBC’s David Gregory, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, and PBS’s Gwen Ifill.

“I launched it for the romance of it,” Bradley says. “It’s more book club than it is clubhouse.”

What Fox News Show is the White House Senior Staff Watching “Every Night”?

baier_4-13.jpg“Special Report” anchor Bret Baier is profiled in the News & Observer (N.C.), and relays a story about a recent run-in with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

Baier says Emanuel told him “the White House senior staff” watches his FNC show every night.

After expressing his doubt, Baier says Emanuel said: “Now sometimes we have the volume down, but we watch it every night.”

Says Baier: “It told me the administration knows we’re there and it’s in their best interest to watch us.”

Baier also talks about the tone shift from Glenn Beck‘s program at 5pmET to “Special Report” the next hour. “When the clock strikes 6, it’s a news program,” he says. “I’m not weighing in…It’s a great balance coming off Beck’s commentary hour.”

In Defending Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich Swipes Chris Matthews

The Michael Steele-Rush Limbaugh storyline continued this morning on Meet the Press.

David Gregory asked Newt Gingrich whether Limbaugh is “helping or hurting the Republican party.” Gingrich responded, “Rush Limbaugh, in the long run, is an interesting radio personality who — it’s like saying — does Chris Matthews help or hurt the Democratic party?” Gregory’s question was a follow-up to something Gingrich said earlier this week about Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. Today, Gingrich added, “I just think either Emanuel has to change or the president has to understand he’s going to have a very partisan administration.”

Meanwhile, last night SNL did their send-ups of the Limbaugh-Steele verbal bout (below) and Rahm Emanuel’s White House role (after the jump).

Related: How many listeners does Limbaugh have, anyway? WaPo’s Paul Farhi looks into it

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Limbaugh: White House “Playing Manipulative Games With Washed Up Talking Heads Targeting Me”

begala_3-5.bmpRush Limbaugh has been the talk of cable news this week. The latest came in Wednesday’s Politico story claiming that there is a targeted effort by White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and CNN’s Paul Begala and James Carville to keep Limbaugh in the news cycle, due in part to his high negatives.

A short time ago on his radio show, Limbaugh responded.

The White House has its chief of staff playing manipulative games with washed up talking heads, targeting me on the taxpayer dime. This country doesn’t need another administration playing dirty tricks and making enemy lists.

Last night on Anderson Cooper 360, Begala was pressed by Cooper over his involvement. “You didn’t answer the question. Are you working…as part of a concerted effort to do this?” asked Cooper.

“I don’t know what you mean by ‘concerted effort,’” responded Begala. “I guess the short answer is no. I do what I do.”

But Begala ultimately disputed the Politico story: “I have a long history of disliking Rush…I don’t take orders from Rahm Emanuel.”

Click continued to see the AC360 interview with Begala…

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