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‘Meet the Press: Volume Two’ is Free eBook Today

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Meet the Press: Volume Two by Terry Golway is today’s Free eBook of the Day.

The interactive eBook is a history of the iconic news television show. It features a video introduction by David Gregory. Check it out:

Meet the Press: 65 Years of History In the Making, Volume Two features such diverse personalities as Herbert Hoover, Lyndon Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Geraldine Ferraro, Ross Perot, Bill Clinton, John McCain, Joe Biden, Robert Oppenheimer, Billy Graham, Jimmy Hoffa, Gloria Steinem, Carl Sagan, Yogi Berra, John Glenn, Bono, Lance Armstrong, Stephen Colbert, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Rudy Giuliani, Condoleezza Rice, and many others.

iTunes has the free download.

For more free eBooks, check out our 10 Websites to Download Free eBooks list, as well as our Free eBook of the Day archive.

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New JFK App Merges Text With Old Newsreels

NBC News, The Perseus Books Group and Vook have a new iPad app about the life of John F. Kennedy called JFK: 50 Days.

The app was created as a companion to the print book, JFK: Day by Day by historians Terry Golway and Les Krantz which was published by Running Press, a member of The Perseus Books Group. It was timed for release just in time with the 50th anniversary of JFK’s winning presidential election.

It combines narrative text with archival newsreels and images from the NBC News Archive. The footage includes JFK’s speeches, press conferences and Kennedy family movies. The app also features a video introduction by Meet the Press moderatorDavid Gregory.

Group Launches “Meet the Facts” to Pressure NBC Show to Bring on Fact-Checkers

MTFacts_4.21.bmpThe Sunday morning fact-check story is getting interesting. A few weeks ago, ABC’s Jake Tapper, who’s hosting “This Week” until Christiane Amanpour joins later this summer, is now having Bill Adair of the group Politifact fact-check his guests on any given Sunday.

A few days later, David Gregory, the moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” responded saying he thought fact-checking is an “interesting idea” but that his program will not follow ABC’s lead.

“People can fact-check Meet the Press every week on their own terms,” he told Howard Kurtz.

Well now comes “Meet the Facts.” Launched this morning, Meet the Facts is a website that describes itself as, “a non-partisan grassroots effort to encourage the NBC television program ‘Meet The Press’ to incorporate a formal fact checking procedure for all statements made on air by its guests. That analysis would then be released to the public, preferably within several days of the broadcast.”

Muck Rack. Tomorrow’s News Today – Twitterized

MuckRack_4.16.gifSawhorse Media, the guys behind the Shorty Awards, launched a new site this afternoon called Muck Rack, which follows leading journalists’ Twitter feeds.

Asking the question, “What if you could get tomorrow’s newspaper today?” the site simply aggregates the Tweets of popular journalists including ABC’s Jake Tapper, NBC’s David Gregory, The Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn and AirAmerica’s Ana Marie Cox.

The thinking goes, what these journalists are Tweeting right now, is the news that will appear in their online piece or broadcast story. Or maybe you’ll just learn what they had for lunch.

The site separates the journalists into the companies they work for, allows you to reply and retweet and has adds links to their Websites. You can also recommend reporters that should be followed on the site.

So far, in it’s two-hour old life, there’s no advertising, but if you read into Sawhorse Media CEO Greg Galant‘s Tweet – “Thanks! We hope to get rich slowly doing it” – that could soon come.

Where David Gregory’s Hair and Dan Abrams’ Bus Ride is Breaking News

Fox News’ late night news/comedy hybrid “Red Eye” debuted a new segment this week from ombudsman Andy Levy (@AndyLevy), called “Twitter News.” Why the need to know the “latest going-ons” on Twitter? “Twitter is now considered by many to be the most important source of news in the history of humankind,” said Levy.

Featured tweets include Rachel Maddow‘s cowering, David Gregory‘s hair and Dan Abrams‘ bus ride:



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Ashton Kutcher Helps Jamie Gangel’s Effort To Get David Gregory to Follow Her

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Jamie Gangel, a Washington based correspondent for the Today show, is putting together a story on Twitter, set to air tomorrow morning. It appears Gangel, who is new to the social networking tool (@jamiegangel / 1,047 followers), has some Twitter-envy. She’s shaming her colleague David Gregory (@DavidGregory / 203,929 followers) in to following her.

Gangel wrote a blog post last night titled “Why won’t David Gregory follow me on Twitter?” And she’s even getting some fellow Twitterers to urge Gregory to give in, including actor Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk / 392,234 follower) who sent the above Tweet earlier today.

And while Gregory has more than 200,000 followers, he’s only following 89 people.

As for Kutcher, he’s approaching 400,000 followers but follows just 56 people – and poor Jamie Gangel isn’t one of them.

> Update: Gangel’s story aired in the 8am hour of “Today.” After the piece, as she tossed back to the anchors in New York, with Gregory filling in for Matt Lauer, she said “David, you know, I’ve been working very hard to get you to follow me. I don’t care anymore. I want Stephen Colbert to follow me.” Colbert was a guest on the show as well. He said, “Done. I am all over you.”

Gangel now has 1,419 followers. She added 100 in the 15 minutes following her story airing on the Today show.

Meet the Press Moderator Gets All Up in Social Networking

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Last week, he went micro-blog by launching a Twitter account. This week NBC’s David Gregory went one further by launching a TypePad blog called, “The View From Here” (davidgregorytv.com). It includes posts on what’s coming up on Meet the Press, his Twitter feed, a section on what Gregory is reading, and a list of his favorite sites (ahem, neither WebNewser nor TVNewser are on the list!)

What’s interesting about the blog is that it’s not associated with msnbc.com, which is the starting point for many of the dispatches from NBC Newsers including Brian Williams’ blog.

In addition to Twittering and blogging Gregory is also becoming staff photographer. After his Today show live shot this morning, he snapped this picture and others in a nearby studio where MSNBC’s Morning Joe was taping. He then uploaded it via Ping.fm to his Facebook Fan page.

Who says old media isn’t evolving?

David Gregory: “Web Content is Going to Become Increasingly Important”

B&C’s Marisa Guthrie chats with NBC’s David Gregory about his new Sunday morning gig and about the future of journalism.

Guthrie: As a reporter, how do you feel about the problems the print press is facing and the massive downsizing there? Do you think it’s dangerous to potentially lose an entire crop of veteran print reporters?

Gregory: It’s unfortunate, there’s no question. I certainly hate to see the difficulties that newspapers are having. We do need as many eyes and as many journalists as we can have. We’re all in a position where we need to get creative as institutions and as businesses in terms of reaching our audiences and fulfilling our mission of keeping government accountable. I definitely worry about that. We need to be creative and find ways to survive in this financial environment and fulfill that mission.

Guthrie: How do you think it will shake out?

Gregory: Web content is going to become increasingly important. We just have to prove thoughtful enough and adaptable enough to reach our audience in all the various places where it is. If we’re just creative about it, we can find new ways to distribute what we do. That’s the constant challenge.