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Behind the Scenes at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

For the White House Correspondents’ Association, it’s a night to celebrate the free press. For Joel McHale, it’s a night where “a guy like me can stand before the president, the press and Patrick Duffy, and tell jokes without severe repercussions.” And for TVNewser, it’s a night where the people we cover all year — executives, producers, reporters and anchors from every major network — are all together in the same room: the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which we attended this year as a guest of ABC News.

Our night began outside the entrance to the ballroom at the Washington Hilton, where we overheard now-NBC News correspdonent Cynthia McFadden ask for directions to the ABC News party. We followed her in, and a few minutes later we were chatting with Diane Sawyer, who told us she always looks forward to the Correspondents’ Dinner, and James Goldston, who said he was pleased with his first few weeks as ABC News president. In the back of the room, Fox News anchors Ainsley Earhardt and Kimberly Guilfoyle posed for a picture with Sofia Vergara; Earhardt told us afterwards that she’s “having a blast” anchoring “Fox & Friends First,” despite the crazy hours. We spotted Katie Couric chatting with former Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and his daughter, Abby Huntsman, who is a co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle.”

Wolf Blitzer made the rounds with Diane Lane. We saw NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and ABC’s Lara Spencer snap a picture with Tony Goldwyn from “Scandal.” We spent a few minutes with Rebecca Jarvis, and chatted with Alicia Menendez about her participation in the TVNewser Show as well as her Twitter habit.

On the way into the ballroom, we spotted Guthrie and her husband, Mike Feldman, chatting with Bret Baier and his wife Amy. We saw Jessica Simpson and her fiance, Eric Johnson, chatting with fans. Simpson’s ex, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo, was also at the WHCD as a guest of Fox News. Read more

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Rick Sanchez on Cable News: ‘It’s an ugly, nasty, vitriolic business’

CNN exile Rick Sanchez is not a big fan of cable news.

“It’s an ugly, nasty, vitriolic business,” Sanchez, 53, says from his home in Atlanta. “Every day, it’s a knife fight in an alley, and you don’t walk away from a knife fight without a lot of blood on you.”

That’s why Sanchez, dropped by CNN last October, is about to dive into the less bloody (he hopes) talk-show game.

The Cuban-born newsman is in talks to host a syndicated show out of South Florida, to be shot in both English and Spanish, he confirms. Sanchez would have equity in the program, which will be taped with a studio audience at the Cardozo Hotel in South Beach. Target launch date: fall 2012.

Sanchez’ long-time friend from Miami, Emilio Estefan, husband and producer of singer Gloria Estefan, will also be involved in the project. Not surprisingly, it will feature live music. The couple owns the Cardozo, among several other properties.

As co-host, Sanchez wants “a Hispanic-American female with national name recognition, possibly an actress,” he says. “A Latina Kelly Ripa.” ‘Desperate Housewives’’ Eva Longoria, perhaps? ‘Modern Family’s’ Sofia Vergara? No comment, he says.

Sanchez has other irons in the fire. He’s also talking to Spanish-language MegaTV, based in Miami, about creating programming. He met with the board three weeks ago. “They’ve got some pretty ambitious plans, and I’d love to be part of those plans,” he says.

Beginning in the fall, Sanchez will do radio football commentary for Miami’s Florida International

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Fox's $3 Billion Deal to Televise LA Dodgers Games Could Be in Jeopardy

Fox parent company News Corp. recently agreed to a $3 billion, 20-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers to televise their games. Unfortunately, that deal was cut with Frank McCourt, who has since seen the team been taken over by Major League Baseball.

This morning Bloomberg reports that the trusteee MLB commissioner Bud Selig will appoint to run the team may not take so kindly to the deal:

The trustee would take a very serious look at that deal and could very well void it,” Neal Pilson, a former president of CBS Sports, said in an interview, noting he isn’t privvy to the details. “He may very well think the team can get more money if they put it up for bid.”

Just when you thought the situation with the Dodgers couldn’t get any more ridiculous…