tv Radio Television Correspondents Association Dinner Part One CSPAN October 26, 2017 3:45am-4:30am EDT
and, the director of the radio and correspondence calendar. thank you all for being here tonight. alls their staffs who we our gratitude to. thank you for everything you do. thank you for all of your hard work, the political -- the inauguration, everything in between. thank you. i would also like to thank our event planners. this is different this year, right? thank you to everyone to make this event possible.
the radio television correspondents association has 457 member organizations, among 3700 broadcasting. none of them are fake news. to all of our broadcasters, especially to -- those who keep our government accountable, cheers. [applause] >> house speaker paul ryan currently serves as the countries 54th speaker of the house. when i told him i am from wisconsin, he told me things about caribou. i picked a valuable life skills from him at a museum, like this one. [laughter]
ya'll doing?g -- good? [applause] cindy for having me. next meeting meet you, in person. i like to think the executive board of the radio tv correspondents association. i want to know the people i work with -- i want to thank the team at the house radio tv gallery. [applause] speaker ryan: ladies and gentlemen, tonight, i have prepared my remarks in a way that will forever revolutionized .he way that you hear speeches it's going to be organized in a stream of lapointe. -- [laughter] they swore to me that would be a funny joke. [laughter]
i wasn't so sure. thank you for proving me right. [laughter] some of you may be wondering -- never too early for a speaker to work on his first -- next gig, plus i have jokes to work on tonight. i spent about one third of the time working on the president. he gave me a call the next morning, and liked the speech. he told me he watched it on tv and thought it was great, which i thought was weird. the president watches tv? [laughter] this dinner, the rtc a dinner, the first was 73 years ago. you ought to hear the stories about that first night. it was incredible. -- senator pelosi goes on about that first night. it was incredible. [laughter] speaker ryan: i shouldn't risk
shouldn'triffi like that, they are not here this evening. or at the white house. [laughter] speaker ryan: and blame the guy .- that guys get a big job if those 5-7 minute hits on nbc are going to do themselves? [laughter] z.eaker ryan: i mean, jee is a really well-dressed people. they told me this was black tie, which, without you guys were all about relaxing the dress code. [laughter] speaker ryan: that was something, wasn't it? those in the radio tv gallery? this was different when john boehner left the speakership. when it take a look at this, i think about president trump and how he told us that we were and we still have
more progress to make on that front. unless, of course, you are john boehner. [laughter] speaking of getting dressed up, halloween is coming this week. i was going to go with something new. something about scaramucci. [laughter] the tummy and had to keep it clean and family-friendly. this of the record, by the way. what i'm going to do this year is going to halloween in with eddie munster. i've got to tell you. i didn't think half of you would understand this joke, but i thought, carl holtz will be here tonight treaty will understand that joke. [laughter] i'm sorry, i'm moving on. i got a lot to do. thursday mornings, it's yoga mornings premier -- for me. about to go to yoga, that helps
me get through the day. -- in yogand yoga is is "tax reform." [laughter] nevertheless, i wanted to come by. i've seen your latest approval ratings. keep your heads up. all right? [laughter] as low as they are, it could be a whole lot worse. they could be my approval ratings. [laughter] chart, and sure you don't want to take advice from a politician, but i do have one piece. luke russert, wherever you are, take a little more time. [laughter] [applause] way, on the way over, i was going to the president we greatest kidding, i don't read those things. but, so my just don't like talking about.
like, aaron rodgers injury. as call me right after that as well. he was very, just very thoughtful. he offered to send me jared kushner to send it -- into place. is, he offers a lot of ideas. we talk all the time. he calls me up with a lot of different ideas. he's a big reality tv guy. he keeps tell me these jobs are like reality tv. like been speaker of the house is just like reality tv. shirts hang, man versus wild. swamp people, survival. of course, you've got the biggest loser. that's the president's favorite one. i know this year, there were some issues with immediate access in the capital. want to get dressed for a moment. like all that stuff over in the senate, i know you were thinking is going to be an adult day care center over there or something
like that. sometimes, these things go too far. we we believe in having open access but sometimes you have to watch the limits. like last week, i'm in my office, talking with my staff, and there's chad burgrom outside washing my window. i think we even have a photo of it. you know, give me a break. i go down pennsylvania avenue, i go get a haircut and apparently phil mattingly moon lights as a barber. i know things are rough at cnn but, geez. so this is the one that gets me, how the heck did norah and charlie and gail get into my damn yoga class! what is this? even hunting, the one thing i do to get away from things, the one thing i do to get away from all of this. casey, it is just really not that safe.
so, we all need to be proud in the capital that we set the standard for media access. on a serious note, we are proud that we do set the tone and the tempo for media access in the capitol and we need to strive to keep it that way and as we do, there are a few actual serious thoughts i'd like to leave with you. one of the things you've heard me talk about and those of you on the capitol beat, is that we need to improve our political discourse. yes, there is room for improvement in this category but too many of us in this job, we think we're all infallible. we think that we always, always, always have it right. and i've got to tell you, we are not perfect. we do not always get it right. that fact has been well reported. but even in this room, i think we can admit that the media sometimes gets it wrong from time to time. and then there are times that we
actually just disagree on what is right and what is fair. a little more humility from all of us, from both of us, a little more listening could help, as well. more than anything, we're here to challenge each other. that push and that pull, that makes our system stronger. this makes our system more resilient. this is a feature, not a bug. so challenging one another does not mean we have to give each other license to impugn each other's motives. we don't have to be so obsessed with keeping score. and both sides of this equation, this happens all the time. it doesn't have to be so adversarial. things will never be tranquil. i recognize that. when a former historian tried to trace back the problems between the politicians and the press, he said he stopped when he got to the first congress. the point is this, this relationship is crucial.
this relationship will endure. the institutions will endure. we have a very messy system. but this messy system of government is the best possible system and this messy system of government completely relies on a free and open press. [applause] rep. ryan: our founders understood this and this, too, will endure. our republic does not work without what you do. and beneath all of this scar tissue, beneath all of this assumed cynicism which we have at a high level these days, we all do share a common humanity and we ought to make that just that, more common. we all need to make our vibrant public square something where disagreements are emphasized,
not exploited. we need to make sure our ideas are debated in full, free, open debate but not just in our echo chambers. and we need to make sure that the values we uphold and principles we pass are strong enough to get us through any stormy moment. so the invitation i want to give to you on behalf of us -- i see joni here, a lot of my colleagues. the invitation is put the pen down and let's just stop spinning and let's stop playing gotcha and let's get to know each other just a little bit more and let's just work at remembering each of us have important jobs to do, important roles to play and each of us are human beings and just that little acknowledgment can help us improve the discourse that we have and mutual respect we have for each and every one of each other.
yes, even you. that's basically what i want to say, is we have a phenomenal country with beautiful principles and we are living examples of people who are carrying out those principles. these principles will endure. we simply have to have the confidence in them. we have to believe in one another. and when we do this, we will make this country a better place and this system that is so crucial to our liberty and our freedom and posterity, will endure. thank you very much for having me. really appreciate it. have a great evening. [applause] >> thank you, mr. speaker. serving as tonight's guest master of ceremonies is bobby bones.
bobby's week day radio program, the bobby bones show, is heard on more than 100 stations nationwide, totaling more than five million viewers per week and also heard on iheartradio. he's a "new york times" best selling author, stand-up comedian and youngest member inducted into the national radio hall of fame. ladies and gentlemen, please welcome bobby bones. [cheers and applause] >> my favorite part about the whole introduction there was this entire table turned their backs as soon as they said my name. yeah, that's ok. i don't know who i am either sometimes. i do want to say wolf blitzer is sitting right there. wolf, i have been tweeting you for like two years. how many winky emojis do i have to send to get an acknowledgment. come on, wolf! thank you very much. thank you for turning around. dana, how are you? this is like everybody i see on
tv -- all in one room. it's like "happy feet," the penguin movie, except all the penguins here arguing about tax reform. there's a story i want to tell that i've never told in public and i think this is the one time to tell it and it's an absolutely true story. about two years ago, it was about 11:00 p.m. and i was watching the news. and it was before president trump was president trump. he was just donald trump, a guy that was talking about running for president and he was wearing a "make america great again" hat and i have a clothing line and i thought, let me see if make america great again is a registered trademark so i go to the government site and i type it in and it wasn't registered. make america great again was unregistered and the president was wearing it on his head.
at the time he wasn't the president and i thought, i'll take that, and i bought it and then i waited. because you don't own it right away and i thought there's got to be something to this. there's no way at the time donald trump is wearing a hat out in front of millions of people and he doesn't own the trademark. so i called my attorney and he said, no one's claimed it. two months later, it popped up on the website. i owned "make america great again." now, you clap. i wasn't clapping about an hour later. because all of a sudden, the attorneys for donald trump at the time were calling me like crazy. saying, hey, we're going to sue you, you know -- i did nothing wrong. business move. so i owned "make america great again" and i started telling
t-shirts with my face on the statue of liberty and donating all the money to st. jude's children research hospital and i said i will sell you make america great again back for $100,000 if you donate that to st. jude's so tmz wants the story, i won't talk about it. president trump's lawyers are blowing me up. it wasn't nice. and so i realized i just didn't want to get sued and i ended up having to give it over to that group and they wrote a check for about $2,000 for it and i learned a lesson, a couple of lessons. one, never want to mess with the legal team of president trump. and two, i didn't want to end up with one of those cute twitter nick names like bobby boner so
i'm glad i got away from it but for a while i was the owner of "make america great again." i've never shared that story until right now and i got to tell it in front of wolf blitzer. wow. let's get to business here because we have a lot to talk about. there are a lot of great people in this room that i have been able to meet and for me it's been fantastic. my radio show, it's not a political show. what i'm able to do every morning is talk to millions of people. i have the privilege of talking to your constituents, your readers, your viewers, every single morning. i try to make them laugh. sometimes i cry with them as was the case a couple of weeks back with the shooting in las vegas. i was there at the festival. the country music community was devastated. i was devastated. but what came out of all the tragedy was something that was super inspiring. people from all over the country with all kinds of political views came together as a community to support and comfort each other, donate money, to
send prayers and thoughts to those suffering and reminded me of the awesome gift and responsibility we all have in the media and public life and that is to keep people safe, people them informed and especially us in the media, keep them informed. i went on the air at 5:00 a.m. and turned everything off except talking to people who were there and affected by it and talking to families and i hope tonight we take that away. for the tv people in front and the radio people they've put very much in the back -- can you guys -- can you get good seats? i heard someone in radio earlier say there's not a bad person in the house. the only person that says that is a person with a bad seat. you never hear someone in the front say, yeah, i'll trade it you. the rtca lifetime achievement award was established to honor the career of a washington
broadcaster who demonstrates a deep expertise of congress, recognizing rare, exceptional careers and signifies the admiration of many broadcasters who follow behind and benefit from the work of the recipient. here to present tonight's career achievement award, the 2016 winner of the jerry thompson award, peter doherty of abc news. [applause] peter: thank you very much. tonight, it is my great honor to present the radio and television correspondents' association's career achievement award to abc's congressional editor, tom shine. [applause] peter: i should note that tom received the unanimous support of his leagues on the rtca executive board.
tom has devoted his 40-year career to telling stories of congress. he doesn't write, shoot, edit or produce those stories. he performs the most important role of the journalist, finding the story. tom has this ability to truly get at the heart of what's going on in congress and not just what congress does or doesn't do, or what members say or don't say. tom's stories often start well outside of washington because he knows that's the best way to tell a story, with the people who are living every day so that our viewers can truly understand how they are impacted by that story on a personal level. in working side by side with tom over these 40-some-odd years, i've treasured his warm friendship, wise counsel. but i have become resigned to one fact. despite all the money that abc
spends for computer support, i will always be the one that tom calls when that damn thing doesn't work. tom is a truly remarkable person. not more than 30 minutes ago we were chatting upstairs and tom i should say is well known for his long hours and the boss of bosses said to tom, you're coming in late tomorrow, aren't you? tom said, oh, no, i'll be there early, and he will. so, in the spirit of how one of tom's stories might turn out, here's our story of tom shine. ♪ >> tom shine is an institution in washington, d.c. >> tom shine walked in the door of the abc washington bureau as a desk assistant, may 12, 1973. >> scheduled program to bring you -- >> the next week, the nation
tuned in for gavel-to-gavel televised hearings from the nation's capitol. >> about to begin public hearings on something called watergate. >> a little over a year later, president nixon left the white house and the presidency. an over-excited tom shine there was to cover it from the south lawn, chastised later for cueing his reporter out loud and on air. >> let's see if virginia can tell us some things. go. >> a desk editor, assignment manager for the last 39 years, there behind sam donaldson and frank reynolds in 1981 as they announced the assassination attempt on ronald reagan. >> the president was hit. he was hit in the left chest. >> tom has covered history for abc's news desk more than four decades, through nine presidents, dozens of
congressional leadership teams. >> now congress is not held in such high regard, but tom, your respect for the institution has always been manifest. >> tom's always believed in the importance of good government and responsible journalism. >> the thing that always impresses me about tom is how he's mentored the generations of journalists here at abc, including me. he's simply among the most modern and creative story tellers i've ever known. >> tom understands the policy making of washington politics, with a unique eye on the heart of the deal. >> he has his eyes on stories that affect real people. >> you have been the person who has kept me in line and guided me through my stories. tom, nobody knows more about covering washington news than you do. there's one thing, i do wish you knew a little bit more about baseball. >> outside the newsroom, tom is devoted to family, including his wife of 47 years, mary rae, and
his passion, his photographer, unforgettable, vibrant and serene stills of the capitol. the young man who wanted to be walter cronkite is now an institution in this capitol. >> you should be seeing the live shots. >> tom shine finished the deal, cnn definitely agrees. [applause] peter: so, tom, if you will come up, it will be my honor to present this award to you. well deserved and i cannot think of a better person than i would like to work side by side with. [applause]
peter: congratulations. tom: thank you. well i can't match any of that. and i am really, really honored. i've been at abc for 45 years. that's really long, really long. [laughter] tom: i don't tweet, which is a good thing, i think, these days. yeah. thank you. [applause] tom: i don't know how to tweet
either. that's the other thing about it. [laughter] tom: there. how's that? good? i'm not on facebook, not on instagram and i don't fly. i tell you that because that is how i got a job on the abc television assignment desk. back then, the desk manager was having a difficult time finding a desk editor that would actually stay on the desk, reading "the new york times," "washington post," "the wall street journal" front pages over the phone each day at 7:00 a.m. to sam donaldson was not working. the editors wanted out. they wanted to travel. they wanted to become producers.
but i said to the desk manager, i can solve your problem. i have a fear of flying. i will never ask to go on a trip. i was hired right away. [laughter] tom: on the overnight, but i was hired. a couple of years later, bob murphy, who many of you know, was working on capitol hill in the house radio television gallery. he came to abc news and he decided to restructure the tv desk and he wanted editors not just to do logistics, but editorial work as well. he gave us all a beat. i got capitol hill. that's the best. i really love covering capitol hill. one reason is because from time
to time, i get to cover real people, someone like deborah fuller, who testified before senator claire mccaskill a few weeks ago. it was a forum on opioids. she came to talk and tell the story about her daughter, sara, who ended up in a hospital, where she eventually died because a drug representative joined with a doctor, convinced an on-line pharmacy to get her a new very powerful fentanyl drug. she didn't need that drug. she had back pain. she had neck pain. but she didn't have the pain of cancer that the drug was designed for.
she didn't know it was fentanyl. her mother didn't. her dad didn't. several months later, she was dead. when her mother testified, she told senator mccaskill that it was massive fraud by the pharmaceutical company that caused her daughters death. and her daughter's death certificate should have read, "death due to corporate greed." you know, tomorrow the president is going to give an opioid speech. the question is, what will happen after the speech? will congress do anything? how will it be covered? and talking about congress, in the next couple of months, they
plan to pass at least one big bill. what will be in that bill? i don't have to tell any of you how to do your jobs, because you know it better than i do. but i want to encourage everyone, please keep asking the questions, keep on top of everything. make sure the public knows what's in the bill. you have to do that. you just have to do that. i thank you very much, jon, for the award. [applause] tom: thank you. i want to thank the rtca. i want to thank heidi jensen at abc who put together that video. [applause] tom: she used a lot of pictures
that i gave her of when i was young and you know i was young at one time. it was very nice. thank you. i want to thank robin sprou, who is here. she was the bureau chief of abc for many, many years. she always encouraged me. i thank you very much, robin. and jonathan greenberger, who is now the bureau chief, who is allowing me to cover these types of stories, thank you. and i have to mention my colleagues at the desk. dee cardin, joe sanchez and peter dougherty, who introduced me. and perhaps the biggest thanks should go to mary ray because she's my wife. she's at the table with my oldest daughter, chris.
carrie, my other daughter, couldn't be here, but she's always, always supported me. always. [applause] tom: and i'll stop. thank you. thank you, all of you, very much. thanks. [cheers and applause] >> that was a fantastic speech, and, again, it shows how important the jobs are that we do. i think all of us got a little emotional. one more round of applause,
because that really was fantastic. [applause] >> i think our jobs are very important because it's a public service to others. we're there to inform. we're there to educate. for me, i didn't always have awesome jobs. i did golf course maintenance for a while. i worked at a marina for a while. i finally got a job at hobby lobby, which is a craft store. and i thought it was going to get me a lot of girls until i had to answer the phone, "hobby lobby, this is bobby." and i got no girls. [laughter] >> still don't have any. they told me tonight when i was coming, this is the nerd prom. i thought that was unfair. there is is more like the nerd wedding of your uncle the third time he gets married. [laughter] >> everybody is so rich. talking about twitter. i'm on twitter all the time. i saw where president trump tweeted out that he's going to
release the j.f.k. assassination files, which have been classified for decades. further more, he is going to ask for the secret recipe of k.f.c. to be released. very important. [laughter] >> we're going to take a break for you to enjoy your meals at this point. i want you to eat. i want you to -- we'll take like 30 minutes. have your food. for me, i'm happy to be here with such great people. before i sit down, i'll say this. it is a very divisive time in our country and it feels like everyone is on constant edge and at times we're extremely divided. and i, like you, am very upset that the kardashians keep having babies. [laughter] enjoy your meal. see you in a second. thank you. [applause]
>> this is on "q&a." >> there was showing and jostling. the target was charles moran. i was a little behind him. it looked like he was going to fall to the ground. he was a 74-year-old man. i did what any decent human being would do when you see a 74-year-old man on the verge of falling. i grabbed him by the arm. it was a large, i don't know how many, but i was fearful of being separated from them. that is when it all turned on
me. somebody pulled my hair. >> middlebury college professor alison stanger discusses the violent protest on campus following a scheduled lecture by political scientist charles murray. watch sunday night at 8:00 eastern on c-span's "q&a." >> c-span, where history unfolds daily. it was created by america's cable companies and is brought to you by your cable's ally cable costsa -- satellite provider. >> nancy pelosi talked about proposals to rewrite the tax code. this is 35 minutes.