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Ross Gianfortune

Senior Web Producer Prior to joining Government Executive’s online production staff, Ross Gianfortune worked at The Washington Post, The Gazette Newspapers, WXRT Radio and The Columbia Missourian. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from University of Missouri and a master's in communications from the American University.
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Play of the Day: Obama, Clinton and Snowden

June 17, 2013 The National Security Agency’s surveillance program is still a main topic for late-night television hosts. Tonight Show host Jay Leno tied the program to Barack Obama’s recent statements on gay rights, saying the president wants all Americans to be equal in being spied on. Leno also tied the program to ...

Video: The Daily Show’s Rules For Politicians on Twitter

June 14, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Former Secretary of State, Senator and First Lady Hillary Clinton joined Twitter this week, with the news media taking note across the United States. Thursday night, "The Daily Show" mocked the reaction to Clinton’s decision to join Twitter, with host John Oliver calling it “unnewsworthy.” Like many, Oliver noted Clinton’s ...

Play of the Day: Obama Already Knows What He’s Getting For Father’s Day

June 14, 2013 Despite no new news coming from the story, the National Security Agency’s surveillance program continues to be a main source of jokes from late-night television hosts. Late Night’s Jimmy Fallon connected the program to John Cusack’s most famous scene and the news this week that a man tried to jump ...

Play of the Day: A Leaker, a Dancer and the American Public

June 13, 2013 With each new detail coming out about the National Security Agency’s digital surveillance program, a new joke blossoms for a late-night host. More information about NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s is filtering out, including the revelation that the girlfriend he left had a YouTube channel of her dancing, bringing Daily Show ...

Play of the Day: Hillary Clinton Joins Twitter. Will the NSA Surveil Her?

June 12, 2013 Hillary Clinton joined Twitter this week, prompting late-night hosts to joke about the former senator. Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon both joked about her husband’s Internet usage patterns, while David Letterman echoed an important statement, saying “A politician on Twitter, what could possibly go wrong?” The National Security Agency’s surveillance ...

Play of the Day: Good News! You’re Not Paranoid.

June 11, 2013 With news of the widespread use of telephone data surveillance used by the National Security Agency and the recent news of the PRISM program, late-night comedians had plenty of material. The Late Show’s David Letterman, Late Night’s Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno all took different routes to ...

Play of the Day: Obama Finds Your Correspondence Very Boring

June 10, 2013 With Saturday Night Live on summer hiatus, Friday is a slow evening for late-night comedy. However, The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno spent most of his monologue highlighting the recent scandals surrounding the Obama administration. Leno made reference to the IRS spending scandal by bringing up the famed dancing video and ...

Play of the Day: Yes, The NSA Can Hear You Now

June 7, 2013 With news coming out that the National Security Agency has been collecting telephone data on millions of American Verizon customers, late-night comedians focused on Barack Obama’s role in the program. Jay Leno made a play on the “big brother” term for surveillance government and made a joke about the amount ...

Play of the Day: A Delicious, Dangerous Use for Drones

June 6, 2013 The IRS scandals continue to amuse The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno, as he revels in any pressure on the tax agency after recent conference spending has been put under more scrutiny. In his monologue Wednesday, Leno mentioned a lack of receipts and the irony for those who have been audited. ...

Play of the Day: Great Moments in Dance-Related Government Scandals

June 5, 2013 With revelations that the Internal Revenue Service spent millions of dollars on conferences, scrutiny continues to be aimed at the agency. Even late-night comedians are examining the IRS more. Tuesday, The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno was happy with the new scrutiny, which delighted his studio audience. The Late Show’s David ...