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ICYMI: Bret Baier Has One Hell of a Poker Face and Other News…

Bret Baier tries really hard to win a charity poker match.

Stories from around the web that you might have missed.

Some poker players wear shades and ball caps to hide their tells whereas others prefer an elaborate array of facial contortions. Bret Baier is the latter. by Janet Donovan at Hollywood on the Potomac.

April is upon us and if you’re a freelance writer, you probably have no idea how to do your taxes. That’s okay. FishbowlNY does. by Aneya Fernando at FishbowlNY.

MSNBC adds Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid, shares Tamron Hall with “Today.” by Jordan Chariton and Merrill Knox at TVNewser.

There aren’t many options available for getting DC a vote in Congress. by Raphaella Baek at WCP.

Facebook email accounts are no more. This will upset one, maybe two people. by Ken Yeung at TheNextWeb.

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MSNBC’s Tamron Hall on What Really Happened During That Tim Carney Interview

From interviewing world leaders to hurling water balloons during a lighthearted segment, Tamron Hall is as at home reporting on the world’s pressing issues as she is doing what “some people would see as fluff.” In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do? interview series, the MSNBC anchor and Today substitute co-host gives her thoughts on objectivity and talks about her infamous on-air ‘throw down’ with Washington Examiner columnist Tim Carney over Mitt Romney’s background.

“I just handled a situation that wasn’t best for my audience and my viewers,” Hall recalled. “We were having a conversation and I was asking a legitimate question, and I felt at the time that we were cheating the viewer with what was just political gamesmanship. I’m not here to judge anyone’s opinions, but I would like to have a question answered. So, for me, it was not about admonishing him or creating a moment or trying to be controversial. My job is to ask questions and get to the bottom of the story or the issue at hand, and I felt that we were being unfair to the viewer in having a conversation that was not about the issue at hand.”

Read the full interview in So What Do You Do, Tamron Hall, Anchor of MSNBC’s NewsNation?

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(A Sprinkling of Things we Think you Ought to Know…)


NPR struggles to define ‘humorist’– Author David Sedaris writes short stories and anecdotes about growing up that are so absurd that anyone with half a brain (you know who you are) should be able to tell at least some parts aren’t completely reality based. He even admits to fudging history for dramatic effect here and there. Yet NPR and Public Radio International news program “This American Life,” both of which regularly feature Sedaris as a humorist, find themselves facing an ethical dilemma: How do they best disclose to listeners that Sedaris’ off-the-wall stories may not be 100 percent true? The issue presented itself after “This American Life” retracted an on-air monologue in March regarding harsh factory conditions in China; it was found to contain numerous factual errors. But Sedaris writes and talks about working as an elf to a Macy’s Santa Clause. He probably deserves some wiggle room.

WTOP wants help from you and your trombone– Ever wonder what a band of 500-plus trombonists might sound like? Yeah, neither have we. But WTOP is partnering with Arena Stage and The Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education to give you the chance you never wanted. In celebration of Arena Stage’s production of “The Music Man,” more than 500 trombonists will gather at Washington National Park to play “76 Trombones.” They’re going for a world record of biggest trombone ensemble and you can help them. Bring your trombone (no rusty ones, please) and join in. Learn more here.

There’s still time to register for NPC’s annual 5kTony Horton, the guy largely responsible for Rep. Aaron Schock‘s (R-Ill.) ripped bod and creator of the “P90X” workout program, is once again leading the NPC’s “Beat the Deadline” 5K run. The run takes place on June 9 and proceeds from registrants goes to NPC’s Journalism Institute, a scholarship program. ABC7′s Cynné Simpson is listed as an “honorary marshal” for the event. Register here.

Howie takes on MSNBC’s Tamron Hall over Carnie cutoff– MSNBC’s Tamron Hall started a stink Friday when she cut the mic of her guest, the Washington Examiner‘s Tim Carney. On his media-watch program “Reliable Sources” Sunday, CNN’s Howard Kurtz advanced the stink. “I’m sorry, it was Tamron Hall who was being insulting by silencing him,” Kurtz said. “Carney was perfectly entitled to say that, in his opinion, the story [they were discussing] was being hyped.”

Correction: An earlier version of this post said “The American Life” is a show produced by NPR. It is not. This post has been updated to reflect that change.

Lawrence & Tamron

The NYP’s Page Six is reporting news of a budding romance. It may not be so “budding” at this point. Rumors have been swirling for months over these two — it’s MSNBC’s Tamron Hall, 41, and Lawrence O’Donnell, 60. Even network insiders have been hearing heavy chatter about it.

NYP posted the news late last night. They say the pair have been “canoodling at downtown haunts.”

MSNBC declined to weigh in on the matter.

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A Young David Gregory Shows off Red Hair and Freckles

NBC’s “Today” Show played an embarrassing game of show and tell on Friday by showing school pictures of the hosts.

“My little girl who is at school now, she will not smile, not even on the retakes, she refuses,” NBC “Meet the Press” host David Gregory told the other hosts that included Meredith Viera, Jenna Bush, Tamron Hall and Al Roker. Bush made fun of herself midway through the segment as a picture of her younger self with glasses appeared on screen. “I mean, okay, I can’t even take myself seriously,” she said as the others laughed.

Gregory went temporarily silent as his picture flashed on the screen. “Hey Freckles!” Roker shouted out. Gregory, who didn’t look overly thrilled to have the picture on display, remarked, “That’s Encino Little League. In the valley.” Bush razzed him, saying, “You were a ginger! You were a ginger! You look like a valley kid.”

Watch here on HuffPost from a post earlier today.

Guess Who’s Not Coming to Dinner?

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WaPo‘s Sally Quinn is out of the wedding writing business. And it looks as though she won’t get a chance to revive the genre anytime soon.

This morning Quinn told MSNBC’s dayside anchor Tamron Hall that she and her hubby, Ben Bradlee, are not invited to what’s turning out to be the royal event of the year – Chelsea Clinton’s wedding. She blushed as she said between clenched teeth “We’re not close to the Clintons.” All the while, she offered a hard smile.

Hall was trying to be kind – after all, it’s awkward when you ask someone if they’re going to a party and she hasn’t been invited. A little embarrassed, Hall said, “Well, I know you’ll get the scoop even if you’re not there.”

Sally gritted her teeth again and said, “I hope so.”

As many might recall, Quinn’s final WaPo column, which was called “The Party,” involved dueling weddings in her husband’s family. The column was axed in late February.

Chuck and Savannah’s “Daily Rundown” Coming to MSNBC Morning

They blog, they tweet, they’re on Facebook, all as they report for “Today,” “Nightly” and MSNBC on the biggest beat in Washington.

And now, NBC White House correspodents Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrie will ring in the new year with a new show on MSNBC.

“Daily Rundown” will take over the 9am hour following “Morning Joe.” It’s speculated that the second hour of Dylan Ratigan‘s “Morning Meeting” will move to the afternoon as a lead in to Chris Matthews‘ “Hardball.”

“It fits the rhythm of our day,” Todd, who is also NBC’s political director in addition to chief White House correspondent, told WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz.

>>MORE from an NBC press release: “The Daily Rundown” debuts January 11th and will be seniored by Washington producer Libby Leist.

Ratigan will move to the 4pm hour and “The Dylan Ratigan Show” also debuts on the 11th. David Shuster and Tamron Hall, who anchored from 3-5pm, will remain MSNBC dayside anchors.

NBC-WRC Wins DC Media Softball Championship, Shuster’s Really Proud


Shuster modestly shows off the MMSL championship trophy on MSNBC this afternoon.

David Shuster‘s anchoring MSNBC now, but this weekend he was leading NBC’s softball team to a first place finish in the Metropolitan Media Softball League’s championship– for the second year in a row.

Shuster took the opportunity to show off the trophy on MSNBC this afternoon to the backdrop of Queen’s “We are the Champions.” His co-anchor Tamron Hall was quite amused- “You’re my personal Derek Jeter,” she joked. Domenico Montanaro also got a shout-out from NBC Deputy Political Director Mark Murray, whose liveshot followed Shuster’s trophy lovefest.

WaPo, CBS, Albritton, TWT, ABC, the Examiner, the Express, WTTG Fox, the AP, USA Today, AOL, the National Press Club, Gazette and the Discovery Channel all have teams in the league. The Peacocks beat USA Today 11-0 yesterday for the championship and according to the league’s website, are the fourth team to win back-to-back titles.

But it wasn’t all Shuster- check out the rest of the NBC-WRC team below.

And more kudos– ABC’s Eric Wray was also honored this season with the Dale Solly Award for Sportsmanship and Camaraderie.


Photo from the MMSL website.

More RTCA Dets: CBS Pre-Parties, Maddow Guest Bartends At MSNBC After-Party, Gibbs To Play MC Rove

Ok, we’re kidding about Robert Gibbs playing this year’s MC Rove, but we have learned of a few more legitimate details to share with you about tomorrow evening’s RTCA dinner…

• CBS News is hosting a pre-party on the second floor of the convention center. There will be a live band and expected CBS guests include RNC Chairman Michael Steele, WH Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, also CBS-ers Lara Logan, Chip Reid and Nancy Cordes, among others.

• Those sitting at the dinner’s head table include President Obama and his Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Congressional leaders Steny Hoyer, James Clyburn and Louise Slaughter. RTCA dinner chair Heather Dahl will emcee the night and there are, of course, two awards given at this dinner- the David Bloom and Joan Barone Awards.

• If you were lucky enough to score an “absolutely non-transferable” invitation to Phil Griffin‘s MSNBC after-party at the Historical Society of Washington, you might also be lucky enough to get served a drink by guest bartender Rachel Maddow. We hear she’ll be mixing drinks at a special upstairs bar. You can also get a preview of her bartending skills after the jump.

• And just who’s on the guest list for this exclusive after-party? We hear David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, Sen. Susan Collins, Eric Holder, Larry Summers, Rep. Aaron Schock and Ken Salazar- all guests of NBC and MSNBC- may make appearances post-dinner.

And NBC and MSNBC-ers Steve Capus, Mark Whitaker, Contessa Brewer, Mika Brzezinski, Savannah Guthrie, Willie Geist, Tamron Hall, Chris Matthews, Andrea Mitchell, Luke Russert, Joe Scarborough, Ed Schultz, Carlos Watson, Chuck Todd and more.

• While we’re sure NBC snagged plenty of tables for that guest list above, a few other shops in town have really cut back. Tammy Haddad‘s blog White House Correspondents Weekend Insider reports PBS is down to two tables (from 15 in years past) and ABC News just one. PBS was still able to land Gen. Jim Jones as a guest- he’ll be sitting with Judy Woodruff and PBS President CEO Paula Kerger. George Stephanopoulos can’t make it so Jonathan Karl will hold court at RTCA for ABC.

• Didn’t score a ticket, but dying to hear what jokes the other guy from the Mac commercials cracks? Don’t worry- C-SPAN will have live coverage.

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Morning Reading List 04.22.09

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Its day 93 covering the Obama administration and week 12 for us. Happy Birthday to the NYT’s Helene Cooper (h/t Playbook). What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | NEWS NOTES | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

AP: The NYT Co. says its first-quarter losses worsened amid a dramatic downturn in ad revenue at its newspapers. The setback was even worse than analysts expected. Revenue for the period totaled $609 million, a 19% drop from last year. Advertising sales plunged nearly $124 million, or 27%.

NYP reports as NYT “tries to bask in the glory of having bagged five Pulitzers, the company is facing a cash crunch that could put it on the path toward insolvency. The Times is having a rough time raising cash, and has few other options.” E&P addsNYT Co. CEO stresses Web site’s ‘good growth’ during earnings call.”

TV

It was more than talent that led Slate’s John Dickerson to join CBS News this week. It was genetic destiny. TVNewser tells us about his relationship with his mother Nancy Dickerson, CBS’s first female correspondent in the days of Edward R. Murrow, Eric Sevareid and Don Hewitt. He chronicled their relationship and her career in his 2006 book On Her Trail: My Mother, Nancy Dickerson (a great read).

LAT: When MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show debuted during the historic campaign of Barack Obama, the program’s ratings soared and made its host a breakout star on cable. But as the president’s administration nears its 100-day milestone, Maddow’s show has seen its numbers cool.

As for the rest of those changes at MSNBC, TVNewser fills us in that after initially tweeting the start date for his 3pmET MSNBC show was this week, David Shuster tweets the program (with co-anchor Tamron Hall) is still “coming together.” Shuster fills in again tonight on Countdown, as Keith Olbermann is recovering from “flu/allergy season.”

ONLINE

TNR asks where in the world is Matt Drudge?

Mark Penn published a story in the WSJ yesterday claiming that almost 500,000 people make their living from blogging. “The best studies we can find say we are a nation of over 20 million bloggers, with 1.7 million profiting from the work, and 452,000 of those using blogging as their primary source of income.” Find out why some are calling shenanigans here.

It’s new, it cool and whoa does it waste time– Google has launched News Timeline.

Mediaweek reports PBS will significantly dial up its online video strategy with the launch of a new video-only channel which will aggregate thousands of full-length episodes from the network’s top series, along with complete seasons of current shows and full back-catalogues of classic series.

WebNewser interviews Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau, whose fictitious Fox News reporter character has recently become obsessed with Twitter, and gives his take on real-life journalists “smitten with the idea of a personal broadcasting system.”

NEWS NOTES

An update on American journalist Roxana Saberi imprisoned in Iran- AP reports yesterday that her eight-year jail sentence may be reconsidered on an appeal and commuted.

Following in Christopher Hitchens‘ footsteps, a Playboy journalist bet he could endure 15 seconds of waterboarding- HuffPost has the video.

A state judge has nixed impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s attempt to appear on NBC’s summer reality show I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. According to MSNBC (via TV Week), the Illinois judge in the case turned down the request because he believed Mr. Blagojevich wasn’t taking his criminal case seriously.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro, Romenesko

JOBS after the jump…

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