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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: The IRS Says “Let’s Dance!”

June 4, 2013 After a week away for Memorial Day, late-night comedy shows came back Monday to the continuing scandals surrounding Barack Obama’s White House. Primarily, increased scrutiny brought new revelations about the Internal Revenue Service and its spending. The IRS spent millions of dollars on conferences, which led The Daily Show’s Jon ...

Play of the Day: Everyone Has Awkward Prom Photos, Even the President

May 24, 2013 Time published a few photos of President Barack Obama at age 17 at his prom in Hawaii. The photos show a smiling Obama wearing a white jacket and a lei around his neck with three other Punahou School students in the spring of 1979. Late-night television hosts were all over ...

Play of the Day: Yes, the IRS Did Miss an Important Filing Deadline

May 23, 2013 The scandals surrounding the White House continue to fascinate late night TV writers rooms. On NBC, The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno continues to question what President Barack Obama knew and when did he know it, invoking the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and suggesting the policy shifted to presidential ...

Play of the Day: Obama’s Face and Race

May 22, 2013 The White House scandals have been a problem for the administration of Barack Obama, but late-night comedians have been eating it all up. Jay Leno continues to hammer Obama for the Benghazi reports, comparing the official stories to a Chicago man’s recent record-setting day. Michelle Obama’s recent comments about the ...

Play of the Day: Kids Say The Darndest Things... About Obama’s Scandals

May 21, 2013 President Barack Obama’s terrible run of luck continues. Despite scandals involving the IRS, Benghazi and the Justice Department secretly obtaining phone records from the Associated Press, Obama’s approval ratings are steady. Conan O’Brien noticed and mentioned that scandals don’t register until they involve an intern and some sex. On The ...

Play of the Day: Rounding Up a Tough Week for the White House

May 20, 2013 With three scandals dogging Barack Obama, the president and government functions continue to be a focal point on late-night television. David Letterman went headlong into the jokes, opening with a connection to the 40th anniversary of the Watergate hearings. He also brought baseball, the Republican party and Joe Biden into ...

Play of the Day: The Salad of Obama Scandals

May 17, 2013 With three major scandals continuing to hurt the executive branch, late-night comedy is in its most fertile time. Jay Leno continued to compare President Barack Obama to Richard Nixon, but found the bright side for Obama in such a comparison. Leno also mentioned the failed Obamacare repeals and had a ...

Play of the Day: Is Obama Nixonian?

May 16, 2013 The three scandals surrounding the White House remained the main topics of conversation on late-night television Wednesday. The Late Show’s David Letterman was the only one mentioning one of the scandals, saying that he goes easy on Barack Obama because Letterman values his phone privacy. Letterman also took a shot ...

Play of the Day: A Bad Week for the White House

May 15, 2013 With scandals bubbling up all around Barack Obama’s White House, late-night comedy is taking note. The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno enumerated the scandals, even calling the IRS audit the White House’s “high-tech weapon” in a joke. He also tried to imagine using the same excuses that acting IRS head Steve ...

Play of the Day: The Tea Party's Taxes

May 14, 2013 The revelation that the Internal Revenue Service targeted right-wing groups was the main topic on late-night television. At the start of his monologue Monday, The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno said he was hesitant to mock the president, for fear of getting audited. The Daily Show devoted its entire first segment ...