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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: How Effective is the NSA Spying Program?

June 21, 2013 The NSA surveillance program continues to be a popular topic on late-night television. The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno wondered in his monologue if the program really works if it can’t clear up the details of the Miley Cyrus/Liam Hemsworth romance. The Late Show’s David Letterman put up the recent viral ...

Play of the Day: ‘Ich Bin Ein Kenyan’

June 20, 2013 NASA’s program to crowdsource solutions to find dangerous asteroids was released this week and Jimmy Fallon took note. The Late Night host noted that the prize would be human survival on Earth and also compared the previous plan to an arcade game. President Barack Obama’s falling approval rating was a ...

Play of the Day: The Behemoth Immigration Bill

June 19, 2013 The National Security Agency’s surveillance program continues to be a topic on late-night television, with Ralph Nader’s recent criticism of Barack Obama over the program making The Tonight Show monologue. Late Night’s Jimmy Fallon noted Obama’s comments about his relationship to the previous administration and Late Show’s David Letterman wondered ...

Play of the Day: Farewell, Ahmadinejad

June 18, 2013 President Barack Obama is in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland for the 2013 G8 summit this week, giving Late Show host David Letterman opportunity to wonder why there still isn’t a universal electrical plug for household appliances. Obama’s trip also found its way into The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno’s monologue, with Leno ...

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 ...