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Your Saturday Guide to White House Correspondents’ Weekend

2013obamahenry660Tonight marks the start of White House Correspondents’ Weekend and we have your Saturday lineup. From the 2014 Annual Garden Brunch to a new and ticketed “Secret” brunch, of course the dinner, and to be followed by “Burgers & Bowties” and MSNBC, here’s what we have on tap.

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Katie Couric’s First Big Break Came While She Was a Reporter at WRC

Katie Couric‘s life in TV news included stops at WRC in Washington and as a Pentagon correspondent for NBC News. Her current transition from daytime talk show host to global news anchor for Yahoo News, is just another turning point for the journalist best known as co-anchor of the “Today” show. Couric tells us timing and luck have been on her side. But she has one man to thank for her First Big Break:

Jon Bon Jovi, Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie Honored for Service

MDD_14_4USA WEEKEND held their Make a Difference Day Luncheon today at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, with special guests Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Jon Bon Jovi.

The event was hosted by Jenna Bush Hager, special correspondent for the Today Show, who honored 14 grassroots community efforts with $10,000 awards for their volunteer efforts in 2013.

Lauer and Guthrie were also honored for their advocacy of Today’s Shine a Light campaign promoting volunteerism in the community. Bon Jovi was recognized for his work with the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation.

Make A Difference Day is sponsored by USA WEEKEND Magazine (a Gannet company) in partnership with Points of Light and Newman’s Own. This year, Make A Difference Day will be celebrated on October 25.

O’Bama’s St. Paddy’s Day Statement on Ukraine

Notably drunk and with lips as green as a leprechaun’s pecker, President Obama raised a glass to “those crazy a$$#@%#s in Crimea” at a short press conference today on the Ukrainian crisis. He also gave a “special shout-out” to Russian President Vladimir Putin who he said “acted all hard and s#%t,” but was in fact “fronting” and would “get his real soon.”

Media analysts across the spectrum rushed to interpret Obama’s remarks. We here at FBDC think MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell had it about right when she said the following to Matt Lauer:

“The President is understandably wasted right now. I mean come on Matt, the man just got finished with two wars and now he’s going to have to start another one -this time with the very real prospect of nuclear annihilation for one or more European allies. If I weren’t a gin girl, I’d be hitting the Jamie pretty hard right now too.”*

Erin go bragh, y’all!

*We made this up entirely. Here is what really happened.

Savannah Guthrie Getting Strange Shout-Outs

Last week Wendy’s fast food restaurant chain took notice of her new red-hued locks. “Welcome to the club,” they wrote on Twitter. Even The Christian Post got in on the action, writing a spot piece on her new hair color and one day wanting children with fiancé Michael Feldman. This week it’s HBO’s “The Newsroom” for her dancing and height. Whatever the case, NBC “Today” show co-host Savannah Guthrie is drifting into the spotlight with mentions in the least obvious places.

“How’d the date with the Giant last night?” Will McAvoy (played by Jeff Daniels) asked Sloan Sabbith (Olivia Munn) in last night’s episode of “The Newsroom.” Sloan replied, “Not that good. He did ditch me around midnight but I did end up dancing with Savannah Guthrie for awhile. That girl can dance. Have you seen the sheer length of her legs?”

The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox verified Guthrie’s dancing abilities. Read more

Nancy Pelosi Helps TNR Celebrate New Digs

Three weeks after moving into 529 9th St. in Chinatown, The New Republic officially celebrated its new office space on Friday.

“The convenience of the location played a big part,” Chief Operating Officer Sloan Eddleston told FishbowlDC. The office, which sits over the International Spy Museum, features a newsroom with some 30 computers, a library for reporters seeking a quiet respite and a spacious roof deck with a view of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (another selling point).

Eddleston said the space was renovated before the TNR crew could move in and that changes to the office were paid for by the owners of the building. He said TNR has signed a multi-year lease, but declined to say how many years.

Notably, most of the computers in the office are desktop PCs with only two or three Macs. Asked if any of the staffers gripe over who uses which computer, TNR Editor-in-Chief Franklin Foer said no. Actually, most of the computers go unused. “I think you find that most people have laptops,” Foer said, “and they’re working off Macs.”

Foer said it’s “very sweet to be in a place that is our home and will be our home for a long time.” Previously, TNR was taking up shelter in an office sublet by the American Grain Council.

The party featured two fully-stocked open bars and another bar where attendees could sample different liquors. WaPo‘s media reporter Erik Wemple was spotted taking a shot of something dark before heading out onto the deck. Catering included copious amounts of humus and cheese, veggie spreads and an assortment of chips.

Throughout the early evening, Chris Hughes, publisher of TNR, was seen… Read more

Media Beat: Brian Stelter on Being Matt Lauer’s Nemesis

Brian Stelter, who launched TVNewser almost 10 years ago, is now a published author. “Top of the Morning,” out today, lays bare a tumultuous year for network morning news shows which saw one anchor pack her bags, another face a serious health issue, a ratings leader fall — and lose a quarter of its audience — and an entirely new show launch.

In his first interview for the book, Stelter tells us about the secrecy behind “Top of the Morning,” the access he got, and what he thinks about being called Matt Lauer‘s nemesis.

  • Part II, tomorrow: What happens when Brian Stelter Tweets something he shouldn’t?

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Schwarzenegger Pulled ‘I Can’t Hear You’ Trick

In cased you missed it over the weekend, Arnold Schwarzenegger took time out of his schedule to do something rather unremarkable — he gave yet another interview about his tell-all book Total Recall to David Gregory on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Blah blah…more on the infidelity, the maid, the kid, the perfect wife, Maria.

Our cousins over at TVNewser pulled out an interesting media aspect of Sunday’s interview — turns out when NBC’s Matt Lauer interviewed Arnold in 2003 he wasn’t prepared when asked about disclosing his tax returns. So he pulled the old “I can’t hear you” trick and Lauer was forced to close the interview and cite technological difficulties.

“You actually heard just fine didn’t you during that moment?” Gregory asked. Arnold replied, jokingly, “I can’t remember.”

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Ask Piranhamous Anything

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another installment of: “Ask Piranhamous Anything.” And we do mean anything. Send your queries to This isn’t an advice column — Piranhamous doesn’t know what the hell you should do with your life any more than you do — and worse, he doesn’t care. Try to keep your questions short — we want to keep this fun, simple, funny and insightful.

1. In light of the new disclosure about ex-Politico White House Correspondent Joe Williams being on probation, should newspapers be doing background checks before they hire reporters? Should reporters be forced to tell their employers if they are arrested? Poor Joe Williams, whining about big, bad conservative journalists who’ve reported on him, um, “issues.” One wonders what Joe can see from his cross. But he’s the perfect example of why background checks should be an option. But it’s less about their personal lives than it is about their professionalism, or lack thereof. Williams is an angry, defensive left-wing jackass. He didn’t just become one last week, he’s always been one. He was just so irrelevant no one noticed. He made the mistake of making bigoted comments that he’s undoubtedly made countless times in private, in public and on TV. The rest of his life came out as a result. The lesson for aspiring “Joes” out there is this: if you call half the country bigots for the “crime” of disagreeing with you politically, don’t be surprised if they look into your life. Do I care that he’s been canned? Yes. But only because it makes me laugh. Should reporters be forced to tell their bosses they’ve been arrested? No. But they probably should…if they like having a job.

2. What do you think ought to happen with NBC’s Today Show? DId you think it was right of them to give Ann Curry the ax? Babe Ruth was the best player in baseball…until he wasn’t. His time had passed, and so has Today’s. At least as currently configured. It’s a horrible show. No one in history has ever thought, “Man, I can’t wait to hear what Matt Lauer has to say about this.” no host should ever stick around long enough for the audience to realize they’re an idiot. Too many have and are still there. Ann seemed nice enough, but she may look back on this time the way people how got off the Titanic in Ireland look at their luck. What should happen to Today? Turnover, less hackivism, some dissenting voices and some *gasp* real journalism. I realize that’s a pipe dream when talking about an NBC property, but that’s also why NBC properties are seeing their ratings hit an iceberg.

3. You have to spend a full 24 hours watching one show and here are your choices: FNC’s “The Five,” MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” or CNN’s John King USA? What do you choose and why? And no, sleeping is not allowed. You’re evil. I’d go with “John King USA.” The reason being it’s no longer on the air. “The Five” isn’t good. It’s Dana Perino and Bob Beckle, two people who’ve worked in government, and three other interchangeable Chatty-Cathys with long, bare legs whose job is to talk about news they’ve never covered or been a part of. It’s like an uninteresting conversation happening at the table next to you; you might listen in every once in a while, but you’ll never learn anything you didn’t already now and you’ll wonder later why you wasted your time. Still, it’s better than “The Cycle” on MSNBC…but then so is Penicillin resistant syphilis. And speaking of Penicillin resistant syphilis, there’s “Morning Joe!” I’m just kidding, Morning Joe can not suck, just not that often because Mika only gets so many vacation days.

Examiner‘s Bedard Wipes Jelly From Lips

It’s National Doughnut Day, or as we like to call it in the Fishbowl, Paul Bedard‘s favorite day of the year (or as they call it in New York City, “Half-a-Doughnut Day”). The Washington Examiner columnist is a well-known doughnut enthusiast, often bringing in boxes of doughnuts to the office for his coworkers.

We asked Bedard how he’s celebrating this glorious day. “I am wiping the raspberry jelly off my lips right now,” he said, perhaps oversharing and telling us for the second time that the Dunkin Donuts in Leesburg, Va., “makes the best” doughnuts (we’re starting to think he’s under contract with that branch). “Because it is a national holiday I will also be celebrating with a chocolate glazed from 7-Eleven and a plain glazed from Shoppers Food Warehouse, which makes huge doughnuts,” Bedard said.

This puts Bedard in direct contrast with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg who appeared this morning on NBC’s Today in an interview with Matt Lauer, who wasn’t having any of his two-faced sugar philosophy. Bloomberg said despite his support for a ban on over-sized soft drinks, he’s celebrating Doughnut Day, that women delivered doughnuts to the troops and he thinks it’s a worthy cause. He suggested, however, that people celebrate with just one. (Lauer clearly thought he was full of shit and told him so. Nonetheless they concluded the interview on pleasant terms.)

As a heads up, Krispy Kreme is giving away one free doughnut to each customer. No purchase necessary. But Bedard, who’s rather serious about his doughnuts, warns: “They have to give them out because they suck. I wouldn’t give my dog a [Krispy Kreme] doughnut.”