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President Obama News Conference Amid Government Shutdown, Debt Limit Crises

ObamaCNN1President Obama will make a statement and take questions from the news media at 2pmET, says the White House. The broadcast and cable news and business networks will carry the news conference. This is day 8 of the government shutdown, while another potential crisis, the debt ceiling, is fast approaching.

NBC News will provide a special report anchored by Natalie Morales with Chuck Todd at the White House. (Brian Williams is scheduled to interview Jeb Bush at Education Nation). On ABC George Stephanopoulos will anchor and Jon Karl will report from the White House. Scott Pelley will anchor a special report for CBS with Major Garrett at the White House.

2:29pm: After a 14-minute opening statement about the budget negotiation stalemate, and the lack of a deal on raising the debt ceiling, which the president called “a lousy name,” he took the first question from the AP’s Julie Pace.

> The second question goes to Julianna Goldman of Bloomberg.

> Sam Stein of Huffington Post gets the third question.

> Roberta Rampton of Reuters is fourth.

> Ari Shapiro of NPR got the fifth question. He asked about a Supreme Court hearing on  campaign finance law.

> Mark Landler, of the New York Times, went sixth.

> Seventh question when to Richard McGregor of the Financial Times in the waaaay back of the briefing room. The president punted his question to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.

> Steven Dennis of CQ Roll Call got the eighth question and had a meaningful back and forth with the president.

> Before the ninth question, some reporters began asking questions without being called on, to which the president said, “I’m just going through my list guys, talk to Jay (Carney, his press secretary).”

> Mark Knoller of CBS Radio News asked question 10.

> The final question went to a “persistent,” unnamed female reporter in the third row.

3:20pm The news conference ends, without any of the major broadcast TV network correspondents being called on.

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The Ticker: Rock Center, Claman, Stein

  • NBC’s primetime newsmagazine “Rock Center” is once again moving to a new timeslot. Starting January 31, 2013, “Rock Center” will vacate Thursdays at 10 PM to make room for drama “Do No Harm,” and will move to Fridays at 10 PM February 8.
  • Fox Business anchor Liz Claman is being honored as a “woman to watch” by Jewish Women International. Her colleagues, including Bret Baier, are expected to attend the ceremony Monday in Washington.

Obama News Conference: Who’s Taking?

President Obama holds a news conference at 11amET on his negotiations with Congress on the nation’s debt.

The cable networks will carry the news conference. We’ve also learned CBS News will produce a special report with Scott Pelley anchoring and Chip Reid at the White House. Today is new CBS News chief White House correspondent Norah O’Donnell‘s first day at CBS. She’s getting acquainted with CBS News this week and will begin appearing on air next week. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos anchors a special report from New York with Jake Tapper and Jonathan Karl reporting from Washington. NBC’s Brian Williams will anchor a special report from New York. Martha MacCallum is anchoring a FOX special report.

> Obama called on:

First question: Ben Feller, Associated Press

Second question: Chip Reid, CBS News

Third question: Rich Wolf, USA Today

Fourth question: Sam Stein, Huffington Post. Obama on HuffPo’s slant during a follow-up on raising the retirement age: “I am probably not going to get into the details of negotiations, Sam. I might enjoy negotiating with you but I don’t know how much juice you have in the Republican caucus.” Stein held up his fingers to show “this much.” “That’s what I figured,” said Obama.

Fifth question: Lesley Clark, McClatchy newspapers

Sixth question: George Condon, National Journal

Last question: April Ryan, American Urban Radio Networks

Williams on Nightly’s Bounce: “We Haven’t Seen These Numbers In a Long Time”

Gail Shister
TVNewser Columnist

Williams_2.12.jpgThe prince of the Peacock feels your financial pain.

“I’ve had no desire to walk into any store but a grocery store for months,” says NBC’s Brian Williams, who makes an estimated $10 million a year.

“It’s just not cool right now to be ostentatious. It doesn’t look right. It doesn’t feel right. It’s not very sensitive to all the suffering that’s happening.”

To that end, the Williams family plans to forgo a vacation in ’09. “We were going to try to get away,” he says, “but it didn’t feel right this year.”

On the up side, the lousy economy – and a new President — are doing wonders for NBC

Season-to-date, “NBC Nightly News” is averaging 9.3 million viewers – up three percent over the same period last year. It’s cracked the 10 million mark, on average, the last four weeks. Charlie Gibson‘s “World News” is at 8.6 million (down two percent); and Katie Couric‘s “CBS Evening News” at 6.7 million (up one percent).

Among A25-54, “Nightly” has grown 10 percent over last season, while “World News” is up 1 percent and CBS remains flat.

“It’s Back to the Future,” Williams says. “We haven’t seen these numbers in a long time.

“If we were any other industry, we’d have a trade association. Maybe in retirement I’ll run one.”

Before you apply for Social Security, Bri, how do you explain NBC’s having the largest surge?

“I’d love to say it was the result of a grand strategy. It isn’t. We’re covering the same stories and broad themes. I would like to think having a financial network [CNBC] at our disposal has helped us report on this economy every night.”

On another note, Williams supports the inclusion of HuffPost blogger Sam Stein in President Obama’s inaugural press conference last week. He even got to ask a question.

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Notes from The East Room: “Another Shift in the Ever-Evolving News Media Landscape”

SamStein_2.10.jpg- The New York Times, Jeff Zeleny: President Obama on Monday evening became the 10th American president to call on Helen Thomas at a White House news conference. And he was the first to call on Sam Stein, a reporter for The Huffington Post, whose Internet publication sprung to life during Mr. Obama’s candidacy…It was not the answer but the very fact that he took a question from Mr. Stein that created a buzz and signaled yet another shift in the ever-evolving news media landscape.

- The Washington Post, Howard Kurtz: Obama made a bit of history by calling on the first blogger at such a session, Sam Stein of the liberal Huffington Post. Stein asked about a cause popular on the left, the creation of a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate Bush administration wrongdoing.

Vote in the FishbowlDC Poll: Where Did You Watch?

Ratings on the broadcast nets: 36.9 million viewers watched on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. According to Nielsen fast-nationals ABC led with 11.5 million viewers, followed by CBS with 9.78 million, NBC with 9.75 million and Fox with 5.9 million. (Those numbers may change when final ratings are released).

The Ticker: Couric, Lehrer, Logan…

> The New York Times’ Steven McElroy reports Katie Couric will be participating in the upcoming roast of Matt Lauer. Other roasters include Meredith Vieira, Jeff Zucker and Brian Williams.

> The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein talks to PBS’ Jim Lehrer about his upcoming moderating duties. “This has the potential for being one of the most exhilarating experiences a person can have and I’ve had it at times. But it also has the potential for being a negative experience too if you blow it,” says Lehrer.

> Broadcasting & Cable’s Marisa Guthrie visited the office of CBS’ Lara Logan as part of B&C’s 60 Minutes 40th anniversary coverage. Click continued to see her video tour…

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