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Chuck Todd Wanted to be an NBA Point Guard

chuck todd white houseHere’s something you may not know about Chuck Todd: in sixth grade, he had aspirations to be a point guard in the NBA. In a Q+A with The Hill, Todd — “a point guard for NBC News” — looks back at the greatest opportunity in his career and shares another little-known fact about himself:

A turning point in your career: The decision to leave The Hotline for NBC.  I actually hesitated to make the jump and even passed up an interview the first time. But a lesson in life is don’t be too comfortable, and I was simply passing up the NBC opportunity because I was comfortable. So I rolled the dice.

Something that few know about you: I love musicals and show tunes. As a high school and college French horn player, my favorite gigs were playing in pit orchestras for musicals and learning the words to every song in the show. To this day, I think, with just a rehearsal, I could sing the lead (probably not well) to “Brigadoon.”

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TV News Covers Pittsburgh-Area High School Stabbings

All three cable news networks covered a school stabbing spree that happened at a Pittsburgh-area high school this morning, where at least 20 are currently injured after a male student started stabbing people. It isn’t clear yet if he stabbed only students, or a mix of students and adults.

Fox News first reported the news at 8:35amET. Heather Nauert reported school stabbings during a fire drill at Franklin Regional Senior High School.

CNN first reported the stabbings at 8:50amET, with Chris Cuomo talking to Dr. Chris Kauffman, who was treating injured students at the regional hospital, via phone.

Chuck Todd opened “The Daily Rundown” at 9:01amET reporting the breaking news.

On the broadcast side, “Good Morning America” first reported the news at 8:03amET. “Today” first mentioned the stabbings at 8:30amET. “CBS This Morning” didn’t report the news during its broadcast.

NBC News also broke in with a special report on the school stabbing at 10amET with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchoring, and National Correspondent Kate Snow reporting alongside them in New York.

“GMA” and “CBS This Morning” will be updating their shows across the country. Neither broke in with special coverage.

The Ticker: Dancing, Singing, Dribbling

  • “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts is the first of several guest judges on this season’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Roberts has her turn next to Len, Bruno and Carrie Ann tomorrow night on the ABC show.

  • Matt Lauer sits down with entertainment legend Sir Elton John tomorrow on “Today.” John discusses the 40th anniversary of the release of his album, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”

  •  Chuck Todd is featuring his own March Madness bracket: “Presidential Near Misses: 64 Who Almost Made It to 1600.” The competition gives viewers the chance to pick history’s top White House contender who never made it to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Round two starts tomorrow.

‘The Daily Show’ Tells Story of ‘Family That Stays Together’…’Morning Joe’

MJ Daily Show“The Daily Show’s” Samantha Bee‘s infatuation with cable news romance apparently isn’t limited to the “love story” she depicted between Fox News’ “The Five’s” Greg Gutfeld and Dana Perino—she set her sights on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” last night.

Bee told the story of “daddy Joe” and “mother Mika,” who together create a “rocket ship of passion that is middle-aged coupledome.”

She then shared what the fruits of the co-hosts “romance” has produced: boy pundits, listing off “Willie”(Willie Geist), “Marky” (Mark Halperin), “the Toddster” (Chuck Todd), and a cast of other show regulars.

Bee then got emotional as she showed clips of Joe and Mika arguing. “You guys are going to get divorced, aren’t you? Please don’t make me go live with Lawrence O’Donnell… he doesn’t flush the toilet,” Bee cried.

“Morning Joe” is not reciprocating the love. This morning the show opened instead with a “Colbert Report” clip. Now that Bee has told Fox News and MSNBC “love stories” we anxiously await her CNN version.

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Cable Hosts Up Criticism of Competitors’ MH370 Coverage

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The coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has become a story of its own, with news and opinion hosts and producers slamming or defending networks for the nonstop coverage.

Take MSNBC host Chris Hayes. He has not covered the story anywhere near as much as his 8pm CNN competitor Anderson Cooper. (It’s worth nothing that Hayes, normally No. 2 in the hour, has lost to Cooper in the ratings every day since MH370 went missing. Friday March 7 was the last time Hayes beat Cooper).

Last night on his show, Hayes criticized CNN’s coverage, specifically Don Lemon who asked a guest whether a black hole could have sucked in the plane. Hayes also criticized News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch for tweeting speculation that the plane might have been stolen and hidden in northern Pakistan.

“Do not use mystery and its presence as an excuse to further whatever boogeyman you choose to make your audience scared of,” Hayes castigated. “That is the grown-up versions of monsters underneath the bed. And our job is not to fill the air by telling bedtime stories.”

Meanwhile, on “Fox and Friends” this morning, Peter Johnson Jr. criticized the nightly newscasts for leading with the missing plane story for the last 11 days, while ignoring other stories. “Fox is successful, and number one, because it carries the news that people want… on Obamacare, on Fast and Furious, on IRS scandals,” Johnson said.

And NBC/MSNBC’s Chuck Todd took to Twitter this morning to bemoan another day of “breaking news.” And in response, a CNN producer red flagged Todd for using the same tactics on his show:

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Coverage of Pres. Obama’s Statement on Ukraine

NBC News Obama special report_304x200President Obama will make a statement at 11amET on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

NBC News will break into NBC’s broadcast network with a special report from Savannah Guthrie with Chuck Todd reporting. ABC News will break in with Josh Elliott anchoring and Martha Raddatz and Jonathan Karl contributing. Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell will anchor for CBS News’ broadcast coverage.

The big three cable news networks will air the president’s statement live.

>More: President Obama spoke for five minutes, announcing new sanctions on Russian government officials and a Russian bank. He also announced an executive order that gives him the authority to impose additional sanctions on specific sectors in Russia’s economy.

Cable News Networks Cover NYC Explosion

The cable news networks turned to breaking news in their backyard this morning as a building explosion near Park Avenue and 116th Street rocked Harlem.

Fox News was the first to report the explosion at 9:54 a.m. For a few minutes, FNC dipped into local coverage provided by Fox-owned WNYW and anchored by Greg Kelly. Kelly, the son of former NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly, is a former “Fox & Friends” anchor.

MSNBC’s Chuck Todd was next to report the explosion at 9:56 a.m., turning it over to Chris Jansing when her show began at 10 a.m. MNSBC also simulcast coverage from its local affiliate, NBC owned WNBC.

CNN reported the news at 10:05 a.m., interviewing CNN senior producer Adam Reiss, who was on his way to the scene along with CNN correspondent Poppy Harlow.”We haven’t seen this kind of smoke in a fire here in New York City in a very long time,” Reiss said.

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When Babies Don’t Like Brian Williams

A sad but humorous YouTube video is up showing one American toddler breaking down at the mere sight of “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams.

President Obama first appears on screen, with no response from the baby. Next comes “Daily Rundown” host Chuck Todd, again eliciting no response.

It’s when Williams appears, the baby loses it. “He’s gone, it’s just a hurricane now,” the baby’s father says to soothe his crying son. “I’m sorry, we’ll turn him off,” the dad continues.

We’re giving Williams a pass here, as the father seems to goad the little boy into the anti-Williams horror: “Uh-oh, it’s Brian Williams,” he starts.  At 10 months old, wouldn’t you be scared?

Watch and decide for yourself.

The Ronan Reviews Are In…

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Ronan Farrow Daily” is about to take to the air for its second outing. Here’s what media reporters are writing about the first:

  • Entertainment Weekly‘s Darren Franich thinks cable news is in need of saving, but Farrow is not yet its hero. “But Farrow is also young — and looks younger, and sounds even younger — and so the debut of ‘Ronan Farrow Daily’ was also an awkward mix of tones.” The EW review also suggested Farrow’s attempts at humor are part of the problem, as his joke about growing up with Murrow, Cronkite, and Colbert only emphasizes he is too young to have real newsmen to admire. Franich’s overall grade: C-
  • The New York Post’s Michael Starr notes a lack of fireworks in the premiere—particularly no mention from Ronan about father Woody Allen and sister Dylan Farrow‘s recent back and forth over Dylan’s molestation charge. Even without a buzzworthy moment to offer “something we haven’t seen before,” the Post credits the show with not embarrassing itself, and Farrow for looking quite comfortable on camera.
  • Variety‘s Brian Steinberg writes about Farrow’s “detached,” “bemused” stance toward the stories he reported on, observing that the 26-year-old did not come off as a “cheerleader” for any one cause. Noting that Farrow targeted a younger audience with numerous social media mentions, he still might have a problem reaching the youth: “Farrow’s challenge will be to gain momentum during a time slot that is not known for luring the millennials who might form his natural audience.”

Chuck Todd and Nicole Wallace Argue Over Christie Coverage: ‘Not on My Show’

Todd WallaceOn a segment this morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Chuck Todd and former White House Communications Director Nicole Wallace got into it over Todd’s coverage of the ongoing New Jersey bridge scandal.

After Todd played down Joe Scarborough‘s thought that Governor Chris Christie had “a good day” yesterday, Wallace lost it.

“C’mon, oh my god!” Wallace said. “Stop stop, Rachel’s (Maddow) not on till nine.”

After Todd said he thought people praising Christie’s speech in Chicago yesterday were “overdoing it,” Wallace criticized the fact that there’s been so much time spent covering every “non-news event” surrounding Christie. “Not on my show,” Todd shot back.

“Well on the network on which you appear, and I appear,” Wallace responded. Todd concluded he is simply not treating Christie as presidential candidate right now. “Who cares what he is in your mind…as a journalist you should cover a day like yesterday,” Wallace countered.

As Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher noted, former White House senior adviser David Axelrod also highlighted some of MSNBC’s shows that have “pummeled” Christie. Read more

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