2ND UPDATE, 5:07 PM: Well, Univision got what it wanted from President Obama…sort of. Almost a week after the network and its marquee anchor Jorge Ramos took President Obama to task for omitting Spanish-language news divisions from his Syria whistle-stop network news tour, rival Telemundo said today it has landed an exclusive interview with Obama. The NBCUniversal-owned network is claiming its Obama’s “first interview to a Spanish-language television network since asking for congressional approval for a military strike against the Assad regime in Syria”. Excerpts of the sit-down, to be conducted by news anchor José Díaz-Balart, will be broadcast on Noticiero Telemundo on Tuesday at 6:30 PM ET. The interview, expected to focus on immigration reform, Obamacare, the latest on the Syrian crisis and other subjects of interest to the Hispanic community, will air in its entirety on Enfoque Con José Díaz-Balart on Sunday at noon.
UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 9 PM: Now the network itself has chimed in. Earlier today Univision’s Jorge Ramos posted some displeased tweets over not being one of the anchors interviewing Barack Obama about possible military action in Syria. Calling the lack of an interview “disappointing,” Univision has expanded on that view with the statement below.
What happens in Syria is important to Univision News’ audience. As the fastest growing demographic in the U.S. the decisions that are made by our government on issues like this one have a direct impact in their lives and their future. The U.S. Hispanic community has the right to be well informed and receive all the news and information they need from the news source they trust the most. It’s disappointing to see the lack of interest to reach our audience on this important issue.
UPDATE, 11:45 AM: Today co-host Savannah Guthrie will be sitting down at the White House today to talk Syria with President Barack Obama for NBC News. She’s stepping in for NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams who is unable to travel to Washington due to recent knee surgery, an NBCU spokesperson confirmed. This is the third time Guthrie has interviewed Obama and her first time directly for the nightly news. Williams is the only anchor of the Big 3 not to be interviewing Obama himself. ABC’s Diane Sawyer and CBS’ Scott Pelley are all in DC for their sit-downs with Obama and helming their 6:30 PM broadcasts from there tonight. Randomly picked as is common in these circumstances, NBC will be the first of the broadcast and cable news networks to talk to Obama about potential military action against Syria at 12:55 PM today. Each interview will be 7 minutes long. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer will go second followed by CBS’ Pelley, Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace, Sawyer and PBS’ Gwen Ifill. FNC and CNN plan to air their interviews with Obama at 6 PM ET when the agreed upon embargo ends as does PBS NewsHour.
PREVIOUSLY, SEPT. 7: As a Congressional vote on military action in Syria looms, you’ll be seeing a lot of President Barack Obama on TV next week.
UPDATE, 9:45 AM: The possibility of U.S. military action against Syria means that President Barack Obama won’t be coming to LA on September 9 after all for a fundraiser at the home of Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman. A source tells me that the White House wants the Commander-in-Chief in Washington for an expected Congressional vote next week on the proposed action, and subsequently the Democratic National Committee has postponed the event. Though no new date has been set, the fundraiser will be rescheduled, the DNC says. Patrons who purchased the $32,400-per-person tickets for the small gathering with Obama will be refunded if they don’t want to attend the rescheduled event. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10-7 Wednesday in favor of the use of military force against the Assad regime. Full Senate and House votes on the matter will likely come early next week.
PREVIOUSLY, AUGUST 27 PM: EXCLUSIVE: Producer Marta Kauffman is inviting a good friend over next month. The Friends co-creator/executive producer and her composer-husband Michael Skloff will be hosting President Obama at their LA County home for a DNC fundraiser on September 9, Deadline has learned. Though Obama’s trip was revealed by the DNC on Monday, all details were kept under wraps. Now described as a “roundtable” discussion by one insider, the one-hour event (take a look at the invite here) comes at a price of $32,400 per guest and is expected to raise over $1 million for the party. In what is being set up as a smallish gathering of around 30 people, Obama will take direct questions from the big money ticket buyers, I’m told. A longtime Obama and DNC supporter, Kauffman most recently donated $50,000 to the president’s second inauguration. The visit comes just more than three weeks after Obama’s last trip to LA, when he appeared on The Tonight Show and had a private dinner with DreamWorks Animation boss Jeffrey Katzenberg.
He helped bankroll Barack Obama’s re-election and now the DreamWorks Animation CEO is aiming to take out the Senate Minority leader in next year’s midterms. Jeffrey Katzenberg today sent an email to fellow local Democrats urging them to turn up and hand over checks for Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes during her fundraising visit to LA on September 25-26. “Alison is the antidote to McConnell and all he represents. She can win, and she will win if she gets the support she needs,” said Katzenberg. “There is no more important election being held next year in this country,” he also wrote. The DWA boss and top Obama bundler said he’s already given all he legally can to Grimes’ campaign but asked for donors to hand over $5,200 and $10,000 to the Democrat. Politico first reported the Katzenberg letter. The only scheduled event planned so far is a lunch at Il Moro on September 25 but an insider tells me that a full mogul itinerary is being put together to introduce Grimes to all the major players and donors. She’s going to need every dime they give her. Expecting a strong challenge in 2014, Senator McConnell has already amassed a campaign war chest of almost $10 million according to fundraising report records – and that’s without RNC support and other third party backers.
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