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After Statement on Egypt, Pres. Obama Joins Press Secy. Robert Gibbs in Briefing Room on his Final Day

A big day for the White House press office — an end, and unsure start, to a foreign policy crisis, and the end of Robert Gibbs‘s tenure as press secretary. About 15 minutes after he finished his statement on the resignation of Pres. Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, Pres. Obama appeared at Gibbs’ final briefing to give his farewell.

“Obviously Gibbs’ departure is not the biggest one today,” joked the president.

“Robert has not only been an extraordinary press secretary,” said Obama, “But he has been a great friend. And you could not ask for somebody better in the foxhole with you during all of the twists and turns of my candidacy and then the incredible challenges that we faced over the last two years.”

The president returned a tie — in a frame, with a personal note — that he’d borrowed from Gibbs seven years ago, ahead of Obama’s speech to the Democratic National Convention in Boston. See the tie, in action, from the 2004 DNC after the jump…

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MSG Network Scores Best Monthly Average Rating For New York Knicks Since 2004-05 Season

Winning does wonders.

Especially when it comes to the ratings on the MSG Network for the New York Knicks.

The 20-14 Knicks averaged a 2.02 household Nielsen rating for the month of December, the highest monthly average since the 2004-05 season. Prior to 2004, the previous high was in January 2007 (1.59 HH rating). Read more

Cablers Ready for Live 112th Congress Coverage

Today marks the first day of the 112th Congress, which brings with it several ceremonies — including the swearing-in and the election of the Speaker of the House. The cablers are all ready for the coverage.

Update: ABC is planning a special report at approximately 2 PM ET, when Speaker-elect John Boehner takes the gavel from Speaker Nancy Pelosi, officially transferring power to the Republican party. Dianer Sawyer will anchor, with George Stephanopoulos in New York and Jonathan Karl in DC. Jake Tapper and Claire Shipman will also be a part of the coverage.

TVNewsers Help Push ‘James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act’

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg says Jon Stewart, among others, are to thank for the passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act. In a statement after the bill passed last night, Bloomberg said, “We would not be where we are today without the hard work of so many others who are too many to name, but include Representatives Maloney, King, and Nadler; responders, survivors, and their family members; labor and civic leaders; and great New Yorkers like Rudy Giuliani and Jon Stewart.”

Stewart’s entire final show of the year, which aired last Thursday, was dedicated to the bill. He first mocked the media for their lack of coverage. He then followed with a panel of 9/11 first responders, and topped it off with an interview with supporter of the bill and FNC host Mike Huckabee. Most of the show was spent attacking Congressional republicans who opposed of cost of the bill.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs also credited Stewart. “If there’s the ability for that to sort of break through in our political environment, there’s a good chance that he can help do that,” Gibbs told reporters Tuesday. “I think he has put the awareness around this legislation. He’s put that awareness into what you guys cover each day, and I think that’s good.”

Gibbs’ statement didn’t sit well with the hosts of “Fox & Friends” who are adamant that it was their colleague who really was the impetus behind the act being passed.

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WATCH: As Diane Sawyer Turns 65, ABC Colleagues ‘Say a Little Prayer’

Today marks a milestone for Diane Sawyer: it’s her 65th birthday.

No word from the network about the anchor’s plans for celebrating today, but Sawyer sure got a birthday surprise a few days in advance. Last Friday, during what seemed to be another routine day at ABC News, Sawyer was more than a little surprised when her colleagues burst into a song and dance in tribute.

It’s fair to say you may never listen to “Say a Little Prayer” the same way again. George Stephanopoulos served champagne. Brian Ross sported a tux and top hat. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs made a cameo. And correspondents, editors, graphic artists, producers, and writers at bureaus worldwide sang along.

Howard Kurtz Doesn’t Let His Wedding Get in the Way of a Good Story

Finally, Howard Kurtz has a job that matches his metabolism.

Kurtz, who Tuesday announced he’s joining online news site The Daily Beast as Washington bureau chief, put the Energizer bunny to shame during his long run as media critic at The Washington Post.

Even his own wedding couldn’t stop Kurtz. (Bad form, great journalism.)

In 2003, he spent the weekend of his nuptials filing a follow-up to the Jayson Blair-New York Times fabrication scandal, which he had broken. As the newlyweds flew home from L.A., the groom dictated a story – over the airplane phone – about the pressured resignation of Timesman Rick Bragg, who had aggressively defended his use of freelancers and interns.

And if that wasn’t enough for a spot on “Divorce Court,” three weeks later, on his honeymoon in London, Kurtz covered his third Times’ bombshell: The resignation of executive editor Howell Raines.

“I’m like a fireman who jumps into his boots when the bell rings,” says Kurtz, 57, who starts his new job Oct. 18. “There’s no way I’m not going to jump.”

Kurtz’ jump to the digital world put him in the eye of a 24-hour media hurricane. It was a jarring experience for a guy who logged three decades at the Post on the other end of interviews.

“I completely underestimated how much attention it would get,” he says. “I was surprised by the volume and intensity. I watched it with a mixture of amusement and amazement, getting calls from the New York Times and NPR and so many other places.”

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Shirley Sherrod Watches Gibbs Briefing, While on CNN


CNN had a very interesting booking this afternoon during White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs‘ briefing: the woman who is dominating the news cycle at the moment, fired USDA staffer Shirley Sherrod.

CNN even put Sherrod and Gibbs in a double box as she sat mostly stone-faced, while the White House press corps pressed Gibbs about the circumstances around her firing Monday.

Sherrod flashed a smile when ABC News White House correspondent Jake Tapper said to Gibbs, “She’s watching this briefing, Shirley Sherrod, on CNN right now. Is there anything you want to say to her? (laughter) I’m being quite serious. She’s watching you…”

Gibbs jumped in, “The secretary [of Agriculture Tom Vilsack] is trying to reach her. I hope that the secretary reaches her soon and they have an opportunity to talk. The secretary will apologize for the actions that have taken place over the past 24 to 36 hours and on behalf of the administration, I offer our apologies.”

Earlier: News Nets Dig In to the Shirley Sherrod Story

Where’s Gibbs Watching Tonight’s Presidential Address?

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says he’s going to be watching his boss on Fox News Channel tonight… at least that’s what Gibbs told Steve Doocy this morning as he made the morning show rounds.

(via J$P)

• After the speech — and your late local news — “Nightline” would like you to watch as Terry Moran anchors from Washington, DC tonight, with a “Report Card” from GMA co-anchor George Stephanopoulos.

Gibbs Makes Morning Rounds Ahead of Tonight’s Address


White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs made the morning show rounds today, appearing on “Good Morning America,” “The Early Show,” the “Today show, “American Morning,” “Fox & Friends,” and “Morning Joe” all between 7-7:30amET.

The appearances come ahead of the president’s first Oval Office address, which will be carried in special reports by the four major broadcast networks as well as the cable nets. Coverage info here.

Gibbs to Kurtz: ‘I don’t think many people have to watch Fox to understand the political slant that they have’

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs is a guest on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” this morning with the cable news channels a hot topic.

HOWARD KURTZ: Let me ask you about Fox. The — the White House campaign against Fox News. Did that end when Fox’s Bret Baier was invited into the Oval Office who a lot of people have called, “The interrupt-athon interview?”

ROBERT GIBBS: Well, I’ll let Fox determine whether or not they got out of that interview what they wanted to get out of it based on the fact that — I mean, I think the uniqueness of having an interview with the president is getting a chance to sit as close as we are and getting that insight.

I mean, he could — remember the last interview the president did before something as historic as healthcare passed (ph)? I don’t think historians will look back on that interview and think, “Boy we really got a sense of what the president was thinking right before such a historic achievement”…

KURTZ: But has the White House moved on from its criticism of Fox?

GIBBS: Howard, I’ll say this. That — that we are, as you said, we — we live in a town in which you have to play the game. And — and we’re happy to put guests on. We’re happy to do interviews. Obviously I take questions from their correspondent each and every day in the briefing. I — I don’t think many people have to watch Fox to understand the — the political slant that they have.

KURTZ: You mean the news coverage as well as the opinion shows?

GIBBS: I think — let me use a good example. The president signed the START treaty last week. And there was a lot of debate about whether us reducing our nuclear warheads was making this country less safe. And then the anchor disappeared. And for several seconds there was a 1960s video footage of a nuclear test and a mushroom cloud.

Now what you didn’t see was — you — you didn’t see in any of that where the last time we are familiar with seeing pictures of START treaties being signed, are that of Ronald Reagan. Or when the president makes a pledge to end nuclear weapons on our planet…

Kurtz also asked about the White House view of MSNBC…

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