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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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Savannah Guthrie’s Baby to Receive the Non-Stop Coverage America Deserves

Oh joy! Just like in that dream we had that one time, ex-DC journo Savannah Guthrie is starting a blog dedicated to her yet-unborn child! The charmingly alliterative “bouncing baby blog” will feature extensive coverage of Savannah’s abdomen, and -once the baby has grown some thumbs -live Tweets from inside her uterus.*

No word yet on whether NBC intends to live-stream the birth itself -though a birdy tells us they are considering adding a special fifth AND sixth hour of the “Today Show” to cover the final month of her pregnancy.

Other possible baby-centric features under discussion by “Today” producers:

1) A “Mocktail of the Day” segment with Kathy Lee and Hoda aimed at pregnant women who don’t want to be left out on Ladies Night. Kathy Lee and Hoda will drink regular cocktails.

2) A contest open to the public and hosted by Carson Daly to choose the baby’s middle name.

3) Appearances by guest bloggers Prince George of England, North West, and Carmen Gabriela Baldwin.

4) A special late night airing of the conception video.

*This, and most everything else in this post, is entirely made up. The baby blog is real though -find out for yourself.

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.

Congratulations Savannah!

A big FBDC congrats to Savannah Guthrie who is now both preggers and hitched! That actually sounds terrible to us -but we are hedonistic ne’er-do-wells, so what do we know?

The former NBC WH Correspondent made the announcements today on “Today.” As you can see in the video below, her co-workers at 30 Rock were all quite pleased -with the notable exception of Carson Daly -who was super quiet and awkward. Even more than usual. Mayhaps he was super bummed at not being invited to the wedding? Matt and Al were gloating. Or maybe he was just swallowing his despair upon realizing that his elaborate scheme for stealing Savannah from Mike Feldman (what other reason could there possibly be for him to be on the “Today” Show?????) had finally, truly failed.

Or maybe he was gassy. Gass makes us awkward, too.

Here, you decide:

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Afternoon Reading List 10.7.13

morningreadinglistresizedRand Paul grilled on “Meet The Press”: HuffPost’s Katherine Fung posted a piece on Sen. Rand Paul‘s appearance on Sunday’s “MTP.” The appearance wasn’t pretty. NBC “TODAY Show” host Savannah Guthrie grilled Paul over candid remarks he had made over a hot mic regarding the government shutdown. Paul held his own, but Guthrie was out for blood and she declined every available opportunity to lob the senator a softball.

Why you should read/watch it: You really want to see the ‘I Want To Destroy You’ grin that’s painted on Guthrie’s face as she relentlessly throws jabs at Paul. Read/watch more here.

Fox News host doesn’t understand parody: Yahoo! News blogger Eric Pfeiffer caught Fox News’ host Anna Kooiman when she accidentally tried to pass off a tidbit of information from a fake news story (found on a satirical website) on Saturday. The fake news post was written by Paul Horner and it claimed that “Obama had offered to keep the International Museum of Muslim Cultures open with cash from his own pocket.” The claim was designed to entertain using sarcasm, not confirm right-wing conspiracy theories from 2008.

Why you should read it: It really feels like the research team at Fox News just compiles Google search results of zany word combinations, like ‘Is Obama even a little Muslim?’ and ‘Totally, super serious stories about Islam and Obama,’ and ‘What’s the actual definition of sarcasm?’ Read more here.

Check out the political attack ad aimed at Democrats and the media after the jump…

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Morning Chatter

“I look forward to your Twitter following giving me a hard time for the next three weeks.” — CNN’s Piers Morgan to TWT Senior Opinion Editor Emily Miller, who appeared on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live” last night to discuss her new book, Emily Gets Her Gun. Morgan is a heated anti-gun activist.

THE SIX MUSKETEERS? “This was a Wolf Blitzer idea.” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill. (From L to R: Scott Pelley, Ifill, Chris Wallace, Diane Sawyer, Wolf Blitzer and Savannah Guthrie.)

The Observer

“On the way to the airport I saw an AZ Highway Patrolman taking a leak in the steak house parking lot. #human” — Jimmy Zuma, Washington Correspondent for The John C. Scott Show and a columnist for the Tucson Sentinel.

Uh oh. Who screwed up?

“So…ABC News says George Zimmerman is in custody and AP says he isn’t. Who’s right?” — Eric Deggans, soon-to-be NPR’s TV critic. When others suggested the facts may pertain to the words “in custody,” he wrote, “I think using the term ‘in custody’ for anything other than arrest is seriously misleading.”

And this…“CNN now reporting that NO GUN was involved in Zimmerman incident. Whuh? Could the media have gotten it wrong about Zimmerman again?” — Breitbart‘s John Nolte.

And this…“So many of y’all clicked the Zimmerman story link it crashed our server!” — TV One morning host Roland Martin.

In conclusion… CNN reporting this morning as of 8:28 a.m. that Zimmerman was detained but not arrested: “After he was initially detained by officers, George Zimmerman was interviewed at the house by detectives, Lake Mary police spokesman Zach Hudson said.”

Overheard in the scrum

“Actual question in press scrum with Rep. Tom Rooney: ‘You seem very somber. Is this tough stuff?’” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

On a lighter note…

“News you can use: CNN goes live with Secretary of State Dennis Rodman calling North Korea leader Kim Jong Un ‘likeable.’” — NPR’s Ken Rudin.

Everything sounds more exotic in French

“Pour voir @HillaryClinton parler de la #Syrie à la Maison Blanche, c’est ici” — AFP‘s Tangi Quéméner. Loosely translated from 6th grade French, former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton‘s coming to the White House.

Important Q to Ponder: “Getting my first professional haircut in 12 years tonight. Do I have to bring a picture of a celebrity or something?” — Chris Wilson, interactive graphics editor for TIME.

White House reporting lingo

“Wolf Blitzed just left from his interview with POTUS went well” — American Urban Radio‘s April Ryan.

3 Shocking Headlines

  • “Hiding in N. Virginia, a daughter of Auschwitz” — WaPo Magazine by Thomas Harding.
  • “Iowa is issuing gun permits to the blind” — HuffPost by Ryan Grenoble.
  • “Thatz Not Okay: Saving Old Titty Pix; My Daughter, Victoria’s, Secret” — Gawker by Caty Weaver.

Hmmm…WTF?

“With my ankle healing but still quite tender, it’s kinda sick that all I want to do is roll it around in the direction it hurts.” — Alejandra Owens, managing editor of AARP’s blog.

COMING TO YOU LIVE: FAKE GENE WEINGARTEN

“Love reporters who say ‘coming to you live’ like its a big deal. 100s of reporters in warzones but good on you for being at a Metro station.” – Fake Gene Weingarten, Twitter’s alias for WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten.

 

TIME’s Mark Halperin Working ‘The George’

TIME Editor-at-Large and Senior Political Analyst Mark Halperin‘s strange facial hair, a dark mustache paired with a salt and pepper beard, is getting lots of airtime this week on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Even Al Sharpton tried to get in on the antics this morning, but wound up calling him by the wrong name. MSNBC Contributor and former top aide to President Obama David Axelrod spoke of the serious matters in Syria this morning. Then, amid much laughter on set, added, “I want to welcome Mark back from the back woods where he obviously was chopping wood.”

Earlier in the week, host Joe Scarborough put up a split screen to show how much Halperin was starting to resemble Harrison Ford‘s character “Dr. Richard Kimbel”  in “The Fugitive.” He also took to Twitter to ask, “Critical question of the AM: Does Mark Halperin look more like a bearded Al Gore or Dr. Richard Kimball from the Fugitive?”

But Halperin told NBC “Today Show” host Savannah Guthrie that he was really trying to achieve the look of a different Hollywood actor.

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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

Morning Chatter

 

NO DIGGING FOR GOLD: “My friend Angela spotted me on the CNN feed in her newsroom in Rochester! Glad I wasn’t picking my nose! :-) — ABC12′s Ted Fioraliso.

This Town fallout?

“That hardhitting report based on my eavesdropping on a staff conversation. #partylikeajournalist” — Dylan Scott, staff writer for GOVERNING.

And our Anonymous Ranter has more to say: “This Town”: Unlike most Wash gossip that aspires to wisdom and world-weariness, this one pulls it off with good writing. But I confirm my view that there is no news in the book, by which I mean something that constitutes scandalous behavior, which confirms the penumbra of suspicion of corruption that the book has cast. Andrea Mitchell went to parties but apparently never had a conflict of interest. People worship and fear the Clintons. Most public figures are egotistical. Some of the small details are nice and underplayed (e.g. Duberstein tried to run McCain’s transition planning then endorsed Obama) but nothing really newsy and Nothing but nothing that seems surprising.

Important Q to Ponder: “If a magazine can’t risk being irresponsible, what’s the point?” – Reuters‘ media writer Jack Shafer.

Morning Oopsy: ” One of Politico’s three “DC Hipsters,” Audrey Gelman, lives in New York.” — Washington Examiner‘s Rebecca Berg. See the list here.

Advice to Eliot Spitzer: Stay away from CNN’s “The Lead”

“Watched @jaketapper interview Spitzer. Ouch! Why Spitzer doing ntl tv, beats me. Advice: if caught screwing around, don’t do Jakes’s show.” — CNN Contributor Ana Navarro. Spitzer appeared on the show Thursday.

Email nightmares

“7 am when I haven’t had coffee yet wasn’t the time to be confronted by yet another gmail redesign” — Jessica Taylor, digital reporter for MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” and NBC Politics.

Sometimes it pays to find out what your coworkers will wear to work

“Clash of the anchor patterns on #TODAY Stripes? Check. Checks? Check. Plaid? Check. More plaid. Check and check.” — NBC TODAY Show co-host Savannah Guthrie.

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between NBC Politics’ Mike O’Brien and BuzzFeed’s Evan McMorris-Santoro.

O’BRIEN: You’re missing my point. I’m not talking about today’s filing, which is basically the last five notes of a 3-hour symphony.

MCMORRIS-SANTORO: I don’t think I’m missing your point. I think you’re missing my point, which is better than your point, haha.

 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“Smoke was coming out of my phone yesterday.” — NBC “TODAY” Show’s Savannah Guthrie on announcing her engagement to Michael Feldman Monday.

Editor wants to prank house sitter

“Friend stayed @ our house while we were away. Thinking of removing all furniture & taking photos, telling him, ‘You forgot to lock the door!’” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles.

Postcard to DOJ

“Dear DOJ: my email password is “GoScrewYourselves’” — Daily Beast Contributor Justin Green in reaction to news that DOJ secretly obtained phone records of AP reporters and editors.

Important Q to Ponder: “Can’t we just ban talking points altogether? Or would that just confuse everyone?” – NYT‘s Mark Leibovich, who has a book coming out this summer that isn’t worrying anyone (wink wink).

Journo followed strange source rules

“In Belfast, had source who wouldn’t let me call or email. Ever. I had to go to house, but not park o/side. Got to know his wife & kids well.” — Toby Harnden, Washington Bureau Chief of The Sunday Times.

The Fashion Hound

“No one on television has better ties than Brian Williams. (And that’s what really counts.)” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

WORST HEADLINE OF THE WEEK

By HuffPost‘s Jason Linkins

Paranoia Strikes

  • “Someone walking n th bldg behind me who asked wt floor I live on last time. If they do it again I’m running down th hall yelling STRANGER!” — Editor of The DC Pundit Javonni Brustow.
  • “Have never been this terrified of the sound of an approaching ice cream truck. Got the feeling it’s secretly a black helicopter.” — Justin Green.

Words to live by or casting call for Bad Girls Club?

“I love bad bitches.” — Meghan McCain.

World crumbles as reporter’s TV show is not on and, by far, the strangest news of the day concerning a Politico reporter.

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