7:51 AM, Apr 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
NBC has been so alarmed at Meet the Press's decline, the network hired a "psychological consultant" to assess the host, David Gregory. The Washington Post reports:
Last year, the network undertook an unusual assessment of the 43-year-old journalist, commissioning a psychological consultant to interview his friends and even his wife. The idea, according to a network spokeswoman, Meghan Pianta, was “to get perspective and insight from people who know him best.” But the research project struck some at NBC as odd, given that Gregory has been employed there for nearly 20 years.
Around the same time, the network appointed a new executive producer at “MTP,” Rob Yarin, a veteran media consultant. Yarin, who had worked with Gregory on an MSNBC show, “Race for the White House,” during the 2008 campaign, succeeded Betsy Fischer Martin, who reigned over “MTP” for 11 years. Fischer Martin had helped Russert soar to glory, but had disagreed with Gregory over matters of style and substance (she was promoted to oversee all of NBC’s political coverage).
UPDATE: NBC spokesman Meghan Pianta emails this statement to clarify this note:
"Last year Meet the Press brought in a brand consultant—not, as reported, a psychological one—to better understand how its anchor connects. This is certainly not unusual for any television program, especially one that’s driven so heavily by one person."
'Honesty--you can only go so far in Washington when you're employed.'11:14 AM, Mar 16, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Dan Pfeiffer, an advisor to President Obama, wasn't telling the truth:
Feb 24, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 23 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Last week, South by Southwest—the hugely influential technology and music festival held in Austin every spring—announced its keynote speaker for 2014. The keynote speaker last year was Elon Musk, of PayPal, SpaceX, and Tesla Motors fame. Other South by Southwest keynotes in recent years have been given by a litany of cultural and business superstars including Mark Zuckerberg, Bruce Springsteen, and Twitter CEO Evan Williams. This year, though, organizers have selected Chelsea Clinton to keynote the event.
7:18 AM, Feb 5, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Richard Engel reported last night on NBC that all visitors to the Sochi Olympics are getting hacked as soon as their electronic devices connect to any Russian network:
12:22 PM, Sep 27, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
NBC announced today that it would be launching a week of programming to help Obamacare get off its feet, according to a press release sent out by the network. The law has been widely opposed by all Republicans and supported by most Democrats, including President Obama.
The headline of the press release reads:
10:20 AM, Sep 19, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In an unaired portion of an interview with NBC correspondent Ann Curry, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani did not refute his predecessor's claim that the Holocaust perpetrated by Nazi Germany was a "myth."
"President [Mahmoud] Ahmadeinejad said that the Holocaust is a myth," said Curry, wearing a head scarf. "Do you agree?"
1:43 PM, Sep 18, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
NBC's Ann Curry donned a head scarf to interview Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, according to a picture released by the Iranian leader:
9:23 AM, Aug 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Republican National Committee says it's putting its money where its mouth is by running paid ads against CNN and NBC over the networks' plans to run a documentary (CNN) and mini-series (NBC) on Hillary Clinton ahead of the 2016 presidential election, a spokesman for the RNC says.
"The odds of dying in a terrorist attack are a lot lower than they are of dying in a car accident, unfortunately."
8:50 PM, Aug 6, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama tells comedian Jay Leno that "We don’t have a domestic spying program." He made the comment during a taping of Leno's TV show.
10:14 AM, Jul 7, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
NBC's Chuck Todd said this morning that "the White House doesn't see a path" to passing an immigration bill by the end of this year:
12:16 PM, Jan 28, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
On MSNBC today, two employees of NBC, Chuck Todd and Michael Isikoff, revealed that the Obama campaign group, Organizing for Action, is actively asking NBC's parent company, Comcast, for money:
4:32 PM, Jan 21, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The vice president stole NBC's show of the Inaugural parade when he ran over to shake weatherman Al Roker's hand:
3:57 PM, Jan 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Over thirty minutes, NBC news reported on Twitter that Hillary Clinton had left the hospital:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has left NY Presbyterian Hospital. She was admitted Sunday for treatment of a blood clot in her head.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 2, 2013
Twenty minutes later, NBC offered only this sorry retraction:
UPDATE: Early reports mistakenly saying Hillary Clinton was released from hospital have been confirmed to be untrue.