Political editor David Scott wrote in a memo to staff, “For months during the last presidential campaign, Peoples was a fixture in the living rooms and coffee shops where the New Hampshire primary is won and lost…In recent months, even as he continued covering GOP contenders, Steve took it upon himself to keep the AP’s political reporting team organized and on point, leading story discussion meetings and organizing coverage of key moments of the off-campaign year. His assistance has been invaluable to me as I get up to speed in Washington.”
Tuesday night at Sixth Engine, CNN and National Journal reconvened for its second installment of “Politics on Tap.”
Headlining the evening was Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who sat down with CNN’s “The Lead” host Jake Tapper and National Journal editorial director Ron Fournier to discuss a possible 2016 run for president.
“If I run, I will run to win,” declared Sanders. Read more
Big news in the land of Michelle Fields. She’s officially joined FOX News as a paid contributor.
Some personal news— I’ve officially joined the Fox News team: http://t.co/WWo80NlJeI
— Michelle Fields (@MichelleFields) September 15, 2014
As far as Field’s public aspirations to host a show go, a well placed insider called that notion “highly far fetched.”
Eric Bradner, a trade reporter for POLITICO Pro, is set to join CNN as a reporter on the CNN Politics Digital breaking news team, we’ve learned. He joined POLITICO in August 2013 from the Evansville Courier & Press where he was the Statehouse bureau chief.
Bradner told FishbowlDC, “I’m excited about the move and about CNN’s vision for its digital politics team. This is a chance to play a role in building something special, right from the start. As a guy who came up in newspapers, it’s also a tremendous opportunity to learn a ton about video and social media alongside some really talented people. I can’t wait to get started.” Read more
CNN and National Journal are back with their second installment of its Politics on Tap series, with this time, a focus on the upcoming midterm elections and the top issues facing candidates.
To start, CNN’s Dana Bash will sit down – brew in hand – with National Journal’s Congressional leadership reporter Tim Alberta and Washington editor Ben Pershing on the fight for control of the Senate as well as which races to watch. CNN’s Jake Tapper and NJ’s Ron Fournier will then join Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to discuss the top issues of the cycle. Will he announce his candidacy for president (see this Washington Post article)? Who knows! Is an open bar event the perfect venue for him to do so? Definitely!
The invite has yet to go out, but we’ve posted it after the jump, RSVP dets omitted (sorry). It should go out later today or tomorrow, but should you not receive, try sucking up to your CNN and NJ friends to be added to the list. Read more
In a follow up email to staff after executive editor Rick Berke announced his resignation, POLITICO president Jim VandeHei spoke of “very big plans for expanding POLITICO here and elsewhere.” On Monday, The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone reported those plans are in Brussels, Belgium.
“On Monday morning, Politico CEO Jim VandeHei told senior editors that the company’s plans for Europe are ‘much bigger than anyone is thinking’,” wrote Calderone via a politico familiar with the Rosslyn-based political news outlet’s plans.
Read more from Calderone here.
“In a world where people say with all due respect when that is not at all what they mean comes a new show that fuses popular culture, the political world, and TV…and translates what people are actually saying,” the movie trailer-like longer promo of the two says in its opening.
The daily politics show premieres Monday, October 6, at 5pm on Bloomberg TV and BloombergPolitics.com.
But seriously, with all due respect…
In its continued revamp of NBC’s “Meet the Press” and the network’s political coverage, NBC News today announced that “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough will join the peacock network as a senior political analyst and regular contributor to “MTP” while remaining a co-host Mika Brzezinski at MSNBC. In addition, the former Florida Republican Congressman will join NBC’s election coverage team and offer political news analysis across network programming.
“Joe has one of the best political minds in the NBC family,” said NBC News political director Chuck Todd, in advance of his first Sunday as moderator of “Meet the Press.” “His love of politics and passion for debate will guarantee the kind of robust conversation that has always been a hallmark of ‘Meet the Press,’ and I look forward to the reported analysis he’ll bring to the table.” Read more
CNN Politics and CNN Digital Studios today announced the launch of “Hambycast,” a weekly series with Peter Hamby exploring political campaigns.
“This is the fun part of covering political campaigns,” says Hamby in the debut episode that takes him to a University of South Carolina tailgate with Texas Governor Rick Perry who spent the afternoon “hobnobbing” with donors and Republican legislators. “There’s a lot of speeches and policy rollouts and just sort of road campaign events, but so much of politicking is going to places like this which is essentially a big old carnival.”
In a post to Slate Tuesday afternoon, political reporter David Weigel announced his September 19 departure for Bloomberg Politics, days ahead of the expected October 6 launch of the Bloomberg Politics site, to feature a daily politics show with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.
“This is still my favorite magazine and I’m only leaving it because Bloomberg’s putting together — I will try to avoid corporate-speak — an ambitious political magazine run by the sort of geniuses who made Bloomberg Businessweek into a great print mag, and New York‘s political coverage a daily must-read,” wrote Weigel. Read more
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