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Here Are The TV News Reporters Congress Follows on Twitter

TV news reporters and anchors are terrific sources of news and analysis when it comes to Congress. So it isn’t surprising that members of Congress aggressively follow certain members of the news media on Twitter. New York looked at the outlets and journalists that Congress follows on the social site, breaking it down by party affiliation.

Politico’s Mike Allen is the most followed journalist by both Republicans and Democrats, but things top end up splitting down ideological lines from there.

The top TV news journalist is NBC’s Chuck Todd, who places second to Allen. Fox News’ Chad Pergram is number three, with CNN’s Jake Tapper fourth. NBC’s David Gregory is sixth, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos is seventh, FNC’s Bret Baier is eighth, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough is ninth and CNN’s Dana Bash is 10th.

Republicans and Democrats do differ in their tastes, however. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has more follows than any other TV personality among Democrats, while Andrea Mitchell places sixth. Chris Matthews, Anderson Cooper and Chris Hayes also make the cut in the top 20. Among Republicans, Fox News dominates, With Pergram second, Baier third, Karl Rove fourth and Dana Perino fifth. Sean Hannity, Greta Van Susteren, Megyn Kelly, Mike Huckabee and Neil Cavuto also crack the top 20.

NY Mag has more here.

Pres. Obama: ‘I Have Decided the U.S. Should Take Military Action,’ But Will Seek Congressional Authorization First

In the Rose Garden this afternoon, President Obama said he has decided the United States “should take military action” against Syria, but he said he will wait for an authorization from the out-of-session Congress first.

The Saturday statement, during the long Labor Day holiday sent the news networks into high gear. Wolf Blitzer anchored coverage on CNN, Bret Baier was in for Fox News, Alex Witt anchored on MSNBC and  Richelle Carey anchored on Al Jazeera America. All had their White House and Pentagon correspondents as well as military analysts dialed in for coverage which began before 1pm. CNBC and FBN also carried the statement. The president’s remarks were supposed to have begun at 1:15. He was delayed about 35 minutes.

On the broadcast networks, George Stephanopoulos anchored on ABC along with Terry Moran and Martha Raddatz. On CBS, Jim Axelrod anchored with Major Garrett at the White House and Elizabeth Palmer in Damascus. She is one of the few Western TV journalists in Syria right now. NBC aired two reports during coverage of the English Premiere League. The first anchored by David Gregory at 1:27 previewed with reports form Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and Richard Engel. Gregory broke in again when the president spoke, then quickly returned to soccer following the statement.

CNN reports that Syrian State Television also carried the President’s remarks live.

One member of the press shouted a question as the president departed: “Will you forgo a strike if congress disapproves?” There was no answer.

ABC, CBS, NBC Break In with Pres. Obama Comments on Syria

With cameras clicking and flashbulbs popping, and with the leaders of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia on either side of him, Pres. Obama spoke about the situation in Syria. Obama’s remarks were recorded by the pool and fed out around 2:45pmET. They followed Secy. of State John Kerry‘s remarks earlier with results from an unclassified U.S. investigation into a chemical weapons attack in Syria last week. The president:

“We are looking at the possibility of a limited, narrow act that would help make sure that not only Syria, but others around the world, understand that the international community cares about maintaining this chemical weapons ban. Again, I repeat, we’re not considering any open-ended commitment. We’re not considering any boots on the ground approach.”

Scott Pelley anchored a special report on CBS along with Pentagon correspondent David MartinDavid Muir anchored on ABC along with Martha Raddatz. And on NBC Lester Holt along with Andrea Mitchell reported on the President’s remarks. Christiane Amanpour who splits time on CNN and ABC, was part of the special report on CNN.

Chris Matthews And Wife Kathleen Matthews Fill-In On MSNBC

On the same day that MSNBC revealed that “Hardball” host Chris Matthews would be losing one of his afternoon hours to make way for Ed Schultz, the channel had Matthews fill-in for Andrea Mitchell during the 1 PM hour.

Matthews was not alone however, his wife Kathleen Matthews joined him as co-anchor.

Kathleen is a TV news veteran, having worked for 25 years at ABC’s Washington DC affiliate WJLA. Now, she is the chief communications officer for the Marriott hotel chain. She is apparently very adept at her job, as she manged to work in a line about the vast number of Marriott hotels in the Middle East into the newscast.

While interviewing Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) about the crisis in Egypt, Matthews had this to say:

“Senator Corker, as you may know in my day job, I work for Marriott International, the hotel company. We have about 45 hotels over there in the North Africa region, four of them actually in Cairo,” Matthews said, noting that the Cairo hotels are only at 25% guest capacity. “Tourism, day to day economic life in Egypt is really taking a toll. My company sees it firsthand, I know you have seen it firsthand visiting that region.”

Update: Video of the interview is below.
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Andrea Mitchell Celebrates 35 Years At NBC News

Today marks 35 years at NBC News for Andrea Mitchell. Mitchell, who joined NBC in 1978 as a general correrspondent, has served as Congressional correspondent, White House correspondent and foreign affairs correspondent, among many other roles, and anchors “Andrea Mitchell Reports” at 1 PM on MSNBC.

At the end of her program today, Mitchell was surprised by a phone call from Tom Brokaw, who called in from his cabin in Montana to wish her well on her anniversary.

“Even in Montana, in a remote cabin where I am sitting right now, that story is reverberating across America,” Brokaw quipped. “Congratulations my friend, I hope that crazy Al [Mitchell's husband, former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan] will have a special dinner planned for you this evening.”

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Mitchell then threw to Tamron Hall, who also wished her well with her production team.

“You are a hero and an inspiration to all of us, especially us ladies, thank you Andrea,” Hall said.

“[S]he is truly a pioneer for women in journalism and has served as a remarkable role model to so many aspiring to follow in her footsteps,” NBCUniversal News Group president Pat Fili-Krushel wrote in an email to staff this afternoon. “We are very fortunate to call Andrea one of our own. I know you will all join me in congratulating her on this milestone in her career.”

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Production Wraps on ‘The Chris Matthews Show’

The syndicated weekend public affairs program, “The Chris Matthews Show” is wrapping up production after 11 years. And the final three broadcasts, airing over the next three weekends, feature 17 of the show’s most prominent guests.

The seventeen journalists include Gloria Borger, David Brooks, Elisabeth Bumiller, Michael Duffy, Howard Fineman, John Heilemann, David Ignatius, Katty Kay, Joe Klein, Andrea Mitchell, Michele Norris, Kelly O’Donnell, Clarence Page, Kathleen Parker, Andrew Sullivan, Cynthia Tucker, and Bob Woodward.

It was these, and many other guests who, since 2002, provided the answer to the show’s signature question: “Tell me something I don’t know.”

“The fact is,” says Matthews. “I look at the whole show that way. I am constantly learning when I sit with these caring, thinking, in most cases, hopeful people. No, they’re not just journalists. They’re people – like you – trying to get some grip on this surprise we call life.”

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Correspondents Don Gas Masks To Cover Escalating Protests In Turkey

Protests in Istanbul, Turkey have been slowly escalating all day, with the police lobbing tear gas at the protesters, and the protesters responding in kind by lighting fireworks in the direction of the police.

CNN has been simulcasting CNN International for an hour or so now, with Arwa Damon on the ground in Taksim Square and Nick Paton Walsh above the fray (though not above the gas). Damon donned a gas mask to report on the clashes, and it makes for riveting video.

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On MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” Richard Engel also wore a gas mask to report on the clashes from Taksim Square.

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Will Wolf Blitzer’s Air Time ‘Be Getting Shorter and Shorter?’

The Daily News’s gossip item about Wolf Blitzer today contradicts current reality, a CNN spokesperson says. The story, sourced to a CNN insider claims the longtime DC anchor’s “air time may be getting shorter and shorter.”

 “Wolf is going to be gradually phased out and replaced with a younger, hipper host,” one CNN insider dishes to Confidential. “The decision has been made that people want to look at beautiful people, and although Wolf is no beast, they’re thinking younger.”

The spokesperson tells us, ”"The ‘CNN insider’ must not be watching CNN air. Wolf has been anchoring additional hours as of late.” Blitzer, who hosts the 5 and 6pm hours, has also anchored the 1pm hour with a run of breaking news stories and live planned events.

An Arrest in Boston Blasts? Depends Which Network You’re Watching

Around 1:30 this afternoon, CNN’s John King went on the air reporting from one of his sources that a suspect in the Boston blasts has been identified. Fox News’s Catherine Herridge reported the news moments later: “Fox confirming that the feds have an image which would suggest that a suspect at that second bombing site.” But on MSNBC, NBC’s longtime Justice correspondent Pete Williams broke in to Andrea Mitchell‘s show, to temper reports: “It bears repeating perhaps because of some reporting that’s going on about a suspect … we’re told they’ve identified a number of people in these pictures they’ve looked at that could be potentially folks they want to pursue… but to say they have a suspect is not correct at this point.”

That didn’t slow the reporting on CNN and Fox News. By 1:50pm, Wolf Blitzer, along with King, was reporting an arrest had been made. Fox News, too, reported an arrest. NBC News went so far as to produce a network special report, anchored by Brian Williams — which aired on MSNBC — with Pete Williams again reporting, “No arrest has been made.”

Williams added, “It’s rather confusing at this point. Partly because of the nomenclature here. One person’s item of interest is another person’s suspect. I would take a step back and say whatever is going on, it is a promising development.”

Stay tuned.

> Update: At 2:21 on Fox News, Megyn Kelly reported: “This is the situation we find ourselves in, folks. We got different law enforcement officers telling us different things. Two said to (Foxnews.com) that an arrest has been made. And now two are telling us no arrest has been made.”

> Update: At 2:28 on CNN, former FBI assistant director Tom Fuentes contradicted CNN’s reporting: “I have actually three separate sources, but two that are very highly placed and close to the investigation that have just told me that there has been no arrest, and, in fact, a suspect has not been identified by name yet, that they have — they’re looking for someone, but don’t have anybody in custody yet and don’t have an identification.”

> Update: John King on CNN at 2:46: “Part of this reflects on us, part of it also reflects on people you talk to, reliable sources, and Fran Townsend is one of our finest people, Boston law enforcement source saying we got it. When you have people who have been reliable sources if they’re ahead of themselves, we need to circle with them. We need to figure this out ourselves.”

> More: A CNN spokesperson tells HuffPost’s Michael Calderone: “CNN had three credible sources on both local and federal levels. Based on this information we reported our findings. As soon as our sources came to us with new information we adjusted our reporting.”

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