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Josh Earnest Has the Perfect Name for a White House Press Secretary

Josh Earnest has a new job, an office with a fireplace, and an upgraded parking spot. (On that last one, he knows he’ll really impress his dad). In exchange, he gets to deal with the White House press corps even more closely than he has been.

Earnest, who is wrapping up his second day as White House press secretary, chatted with Politico’s Mike Allen for the site’s series Open Mike. Will the president take more questions from reporters with Earnest as press secretary? “We’re going to be focused on making the President as accessible as possible, and putting him in an environment where he is able to best defend our priorities.” Here’s more:

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Bret Baier: ‘After I Saw that, I Said ‘We Are Dropping the Ball on that Coverage’

BaierTVSBret Baier is taking a cue from John Oliver.

The Fox News “Special Report” host was watching Oliver’s inaugural show on HBO last Sunday when it hit him that the world’s biggest election — where up to 800 million people in India will be voting — is getting almost no coverage in the U.S. “After I saw that, I said ‘we are dropping the ball on that coverage,’ Baier told us at the TVNewser Show on Tuesday. His team is now working on a story about the election which wraps up May 12.

Baier says shows like Oliver’s as well as “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report,” “can really penetrate on news stories.”

We interviewed Baier for about 20 minutes following his keynote speech. We discussed everything from the 2014 and 2016 elections, to how he engages with “the most fervent critics of Fox News,” and the current state of the media’s relationship with the White House: “I think there is a sense that the president feels like he doesn’t get enough good treatment in a media that has, for the most part, turned a little bit on this White House, in policy and substance.”

I began by asking Baier what he thought about the president’s approval rating, which an ABC News/Washington Post poll released earlier that morning showed it had dropped to 41%.

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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.

Ed Henry At Center Of White House-White House Correspondents Association Spat

The “golf course incident” is spilling over into the work week. Right now the White House and the White House Correspondents Association are at odds over access.

In case you aren’t caught up: over the weekend the President played golf in Florida with Tiger Woods, among other people. The press was not allowed in to see them play. White House Correspondents Association president (and Fox News correspondent) Ed Henry went public with press complaints about the incident, saying it was emblematic of a larger issue at the White House.

Henry is speaking out on behalf of the WHCA, talking to Politico about the issue, and appearing on competitor “NBC Nightly News” to talk about the dispute. Henry’s FNC affiliation was not included in the chyron.

Politico also published an in-depth, reported piece from Mike Allen and Jim VandeHai titled “Obama, The Puppet Master.” The report looks at the administration’s views on the press, including Obama’s preference to talk to TV reporters over print reporters, and how staffers keep reporters at arms length and beyond:
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NBC’s Betsy Fischer Weds Politico’s Jonathan Martin

Congratulations to “Meet the Press” executive producer Betsy Fischer and Politico senior writer Jonathan Martin, who married over the weekend in Virginia. Politico’s Mike Allen officiated the ceremony, and gave the couple a generous shout-out in “Playbook.”

According to “Playbook,” former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw toasted the couple, who were engaged in October, 2011:

“I have been thinking about this union of these two most powerful organizations in American political journalism. It’s … as if a member of the Gotti family married a member of the Gambino family. Jonathan, … the bad news is that I think – I’m counting on this – that David Gregory will now start to impersonate YOU at parties instead of me.

ABC’s Jonathan Karl Fills in for Mike Allen on Playbook

Mike of a Thousand Days he almost was. Mike Allen took a day off from Politico Playbook, the morning political-media-birthday daily digest. And if you noticed a few more links and mentions to ABC News than usual, it’s because ABC correspondent Jonathan Karl filled in.

BREAKING — After 990 consecutive days writing Playbook (including weekends and every holiday), Mike Allen has Gone Fishin’, taking his first day off since August 30, 2009.

This is Karl’s second go and putting together Playbook, the first without Allen virtually looking over his shoulder. The prep started last night, Karl tells TVNewser, “followed by an intense few hours of total-immersion into the day’s news beginning at 4am.”

“It’s great fun to do for a day, but mind-boggling to think Mike has done it for 990 consecutive days,” Karl says.

Did the Obama Campaign Take the Lead from MSNBC with New ‘Forward’ Slogan?

The Obama re-election campaign has a new 7-minute short film called simply “Forward.” The ad begins with the economic meltdown in 2008, with clips from TV news reports by CBS’s Anthony Mason, NBC’s Lester Holt, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos and others.

While declaring, “Republicans were waging a campaign to tear the president down,” images of Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh flash on the screen.

“Then there was the victory no one saw coming,” says the film’s announcer, while showing clips from NBC News’s special report from Brian Williams the night Osama Bin Laden was killed, with more clips from CNN, CBS and ABC.

On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today, Joe Scarborough asked, “Really? That’s it, huh? So is Fox’s slogan going to be — or Mitt Romney‘s slogan going to be ‘Balanced?’ I mean, he’s taking MSNBC’s slogan!”

“Lean forward was taken,” said Politico’s Mike Allen.

See the ad after the jump…

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For Beatles Fan James Rosen, Lennon and McCartney Now Both in the Family

James Rosen.jpgFox News Channel correspondent James Rosen and wife Sara welcomed their second child — a son — early yesterday morning, Politico‘s Mike Allen reports.

Graydon McCartney Rosen joins 3 year-old big brother Aaron Lennon Rosen. Sensing a Beatles theme here? That’s because dad is a big fan of the Fab Four.

“Both Mom and baby are resting comfortably,” the Rosens say in a statement. “We are grateful to God for our profound blessings.”

The Media Divide: Who’s Keeping up with the Joneses?

Politico’s Michael Calderone and Mike Allen take an in-depth look at how the news these days looks different depending on where you watch.

From birthers to tea parties to town halls and – not to mention President Obama’s speech last week to school children and the background of former White House aide Van Jones – issues initially dismissed or missed entirely by the national media have burst, if only fleetingly, onto the national agenda after relentless coverage on Fox News, talk radio and in the blogosphere.

The most recent case of the divide between the right and the so-called mainstream media came yesterday when “World News” anchor Charles Gibson was caught off guard when asked about the ACORN tapes while on a Chicago radio show. Gibson added that “maybe this is just one you leave to the cables.”

“World News” EP Jon Banner tells Politico, “It’s a very different editorial process when you have 24 hours to fill as opposed to 22 minutes,” Banner said, explaining why the show hadn’t reported on the recent ACORN revelations.

“There’s no ideological filter that goes on,” says Chris Isham, Washington bureau chief for CBS News on his network’s coverage. “If it’s a good story, it’s a good story.”

“Clearly, Fox is going to be more aggressive on a story like that, initially, then other media organizations,” Isham says.

Politicos Discuss Who the Next Tim Russert Will Be

Politico08_11.22.jpgFishbowlLA’s Tina Dupuy spent Friday at what she’s calling EOVMWHAWCNCon — the Politico.com conference that looked back at the election and ahead to how the Obama administration will lead.

The final panel included Mark Halperin of Time, John Heilemann of New York Magazine, Mark Barabak of the LA Times, and Mike Allen, John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei of Politico discussing the campaign.

During the Q&A the question of who will be the next Tim Russert came up. See what these journos thought.

And check out all of FBLA’s coverage of the conference here. It’s politics, left coast style.

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