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White House Happy with Results of Pres. Obama’s ‘Between Two Ferns’ Appearance

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President Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett says it wasn’t hard to persuade the president to take part in Funny or Die’s “Between Two Ferns,” a web series that’s an homage to old, bad local TV and cable access talk shows.

“No, it wasn’t hard to get him to participate. And yes, so far it has been overwhelmingly successful,” Jarrett said on “CBS This Morning.” “I was checking how many hits were on the site last night when I went to bed. It was 10 million, which I’m sure breaks all kinds of record. But more importantly than that, the traffic on [healthcare.gov] has gone up 40% between yesterday and today, and that was the goal.”

The “Today” show featured the segment from the Orange Room Tuesday morning, while on his show last night, Bill O’Reilly took issue with the timing of the President’s appearance. “Abe Lincoln would not have done it.” All three videos after the jump…

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Al Sharpton: ‘Mr. O’Reilly and Others Can Be There or Not, But I’ll Be There’

SharptonAl Sharpton responded last night to President Obama’s shout-out to him and Bill O’Reilly during the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative speech held yesterday at the White House.

“Yes, Bill O’Reilly and I have differences…and we will continue to,” Sharpton said on “PoliticsNation.”

“What is more important to me, is not who I differ with, but who I can stand up for and stand up with.”

The differences between Sharpton and O’Reilly played out last summer, when the two hosts engaged in a back-and-forth over race.

Sharpton added that people must stand together to help men of color: “Mr. O’Reilly and others can be there or not, but I’ll be there, if I have to be there by myself.”

On the “O’Reilly Factor,” O’Reilly didn’t mention the president’s shout-out to Sharpton and him, but had an extensive interview with Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, giving her his ideas on how to make the program work.

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Why Bill O’Reilly Wants Michelle Obama on His Show

JarrettOReillyFollowing his appearance in the White House audience for Pres. Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper inititiave, Bill O’Reilly sat down with Obama’s senior adviser, Valerie Jarrett. “I was pleased you invited me to this,” said O’Reilly in his first ever interview with Jarrett. “You shocked a lot of people — people were fainting when I walked in.”

O’Reilly gave his ideas of how the program could work: “You’re going to have to get people like Jay Z, like Kanye West, all of these gangsta rappers, to knock it off. That’s number one.”

O’Reilly then told Jarrett he’d like Michelle Obama to come on his program: “And I want Michelle Obama to look into that camera and say you teenage girls, you stop having sex. You stop getting pregnant. This is wrong. I want her to do that right here. Do you think she would?”

“Well,” said Jarrett, “I think what’s more important than Michelle Obama coming on Fox News is for her to spend time with young girls, which she does. She’s had a mentor-ship program for young girls since she first took office.”

The two also talked about the president’s poll numbers and military cuts. WATCH:

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Valerie Jarrett Enters the No Spin Zone

JarrettFor the first time ever, Pres. Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett will be a guest on “The O’Reilly Factor” tonight.

Bill O’Reilly was at the White House today for the president’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative. As we reported earlier, Obama even gave the Fox News host a shout-out. The focus of O’Reilly’s interview is on the program.

Jarrett, you’ll recall, was part of the White House offensive against Fox News early in President Obama’s first term. “Of course they’re biased, of course they are,” Jarrett told then-CNN anchor Campbell Brown of Fox News in Oct. 2009. “When we see a pattern of distortion, we’re going to be honest about that pattern of distortion,” said Jarret, adding, “This isn’t anything that’s simply directed at Fox.”

Pres. Obama Drops By Martha’s Vineyard Home of Comcast CEO

After golf and before his statement on Libya, Pres. Obama stopped by the Martha’s Vineyard home of Comcast CEO Brian Roberts. That’s the motorcade, right. Comcast is the majority owner of NBCUniversal. From the pool report, on Politico:

The presidential motorcade on Martha’s Vineyard peeled out of Blue Heron Farms at 5:15 p.m. with the president and Valerie Jarrett in tow. …Obama and Jarrett arrived at West Tisbury home of their friends, Brian and Aileen Roberts, spokesman Josh Earnest informs us. It was 5:30 p.m. Roberts is chairman and CEO of Comcast.

Mika Brzezinski To Publish Book Number Two

MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski has inked a deal with Weinstein Books to publish her second book, Knowing Your Value, in April, 2011.

The book will feature interviews with notable women, including former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, “The View” and HLN host Joy Behar and author Nora Ephron.

Our sister blog GalleyCat has much more on Brzezinski’s book deal.

Roger Ailes and James Murdoch Break Bread at RTCA Dinner

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Rumors of a feud between Fox News chairman Roger Ailes and the children of Rupert Murdoch seemed to be put to rest last night.

Spies tell us News Corp.’s James Murdoch was seated at Roger Ailes‘ table at the Radio & Television Correspondents Dinner in Washington, DC. Murdoch and Ailes were friendly and cordial throughout the entire evening, making their way through Fox’s cocktail party and the dinner that followed.

37-year-old James Murdoch, the fourth of Rupert Murdoch’s six children, is Chairman and CEO of News Corp., Europe and Asia, overseeing British newspaper company News International, SKY Italia and STAR TV.

Pres. Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett was among other high profile guests of Fox and was also seated at Ailes’ table.

More: FishbowlDC reports an MSNBC analyst had to be escorted out of the Fox News pre-party…

Obama Adviser Valerie Jarrett Among Guests of Fox News at RTCA Dinner

FishbowlDC’s Betsy Rothstein got her hands on the Fox News guest list for tomorrow night’s Radio & TV Correspondents dinner in Washington.

Among their invitees Obama Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowksi, and Sec. of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

Fox News has purchased 34 tables at $2,520 a pop (quick math: $85,680). FBDC’s got the complete list, including which Fox Newsers will be on hand.

Keep an eye on FishbowlDC.com and their Twitter stream for updates. Both Betsy and Matt Dornic will be on hand, as will TVNewser’s Kevin Allocca, his rental tux is pressed and ready to go.

Pres. Obama Chastises Adviser for Watching Too Much TV

Women_3.15.jpgDuring this weekend’s Women in the World event hosted by The Daily Beast, Pres. Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett admitted to a daily cable television habit. “I watch Morning Joe every morning,” she told CBS’ Lesley Stahl.

Not surprisingly, she had some harsh words for a Fox Newser: “I don’t watch Glenn Beck. I watched it once, but I couldn’t finish the show. I was not entertained,” Jarrett said.

Jarrett says Pres. Obama calls her out for watching so much TV. “He chastises me regularly, saying ‘Turn it off. You’re making me crazy, just stop it.’” When Stahl asked Jarrett if she watches her show, “60 Minutes,” Jarrett said, “Yes. Everybody watches 60 Minutes. That’s serious journalism.”

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