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10. Russert to Be First Broadcast Journalist Admitted to Gridiron?
Media and Washington D.C. elites will rub elbows "off the record" tonight. No independent journalists or bloggers allowed.

Russert to Be First Broadcast Journalist Admitted to Gridiron?

Saturday nights Gridiron Club dinner will be, as usual, off the record. But your reporter talked his way into a rehearsal this afternoon at the Capital Hilton, a few blocks up from the White House.

Heres what you will see at the white-tie affair: Senator Barack Obama and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Washingtons new it guests.

Heres what you will not see: Any bloggers, young journalists, or TV reporters.

Check that: The Gridiron group is allowing NBC star Tim Russert to take part this year; the members are granting him a special exemption. Sources say he will be inducted into the Gridiron on Saturday night. If so, he will be the first broadcast journalist allowed into the club.

The Gridiron is officially initiating six print journalists: Dan Balz of the Washington Post, Chris Casteel of The Oklahoman, Carol Stevens of USA Today, Robert Timberg of the Baltimore Sun, Vicki Walton-James of the Chicago Tribune, and David Westphal of McClatchy Newspapers. Its also initiating Captain Jason Fettig, assistant director the US Marine Band.

Every president since Benjamin Harrison has attended the Gridirons satiric review, except for Grover Cleveland. But last year President George Bush, who had attended previous dinners, dissed the show. Word is he refused to sit next to Al Hunt, last years club president.

Bush is scheduled to show tomorrow night and sit next to club president Richard Ryan of the Detroit News.

The finale, after 22 song-filled skits, is about Karl Rove, delivered by the Providence Journals John Mulligan, to the tune of Doo Wah Diddy Diddy.

He looked smug, he looked dim/How we gonna win with him?

And the answer:

We signed up some cutthroat/Veterans of the Swift boat.

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