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CNN’s Don Lemon Demonstrates How Not to Interview Someone About Sexual Assault

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 10.56.37 AMLast night, CNN’s Don Lemon sat down for what turned into a super uncomfortable interview with Joan Tarshis, the woman who recently accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her 45 years ago.

The moment got weird when Lemon awkwardly asked why she hadn’t thought to stop the alleged sexual assault from happening by biting the comedian.

“You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it,” Lemon said.

Hmm, okay… Thanks for the advice, Don!

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Chuck Todd on Awkwardness Over Gregory’s Departure

Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 5.21.48 PMSo… Water under the bridge, right? Ahhhh.

In a HuffPo Live interview with Marc Lamont Hill, Chuck Todd discussed his relationship with former Meet the Press host, David Gregory.

When asked whether interactions with Gregory were still awkward in any way, Todd uncomfortably sighed, “about as awkward as being asked questions about it.”


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Fox News MediaBuzz Scores Its Highest Ratings Ever

On Sunday, Fox News’s MediaBuzz with Howie Kurtz scored its highest ratings ever recorded in it’s short history. According to Nielsen Media Research, some 1.3 million viewers tuned in to the show, which featured Fox Business Network’s Melissa Francis who claims that CNBC “silenced” her from being critical of Obamacare in her coverage for the network.

foxkurtzpost-mediabuzzAmong the 25 to 54-year-old demographic, MediaBuzz had nearly double the viewership of CNN and MSNBC combined for the 11A.M. ET hour, according to Neilsen.

The show launched last September and has since increased its viewership by 53 percent.

FOX 5′s Tony Perkins ‘Out’ As Redskins Fan

After Sunday’s loss to the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers, many Redskins fans were understandably upset with the performance of their beloved football team. FOX 5′s Tony Perkins, however, seems to have renounced his fandom entirely via Twitter.

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As a Redskins fan myself, this is truly blasphemous, however, I can completely sympathize with the frustration surrounding this team.  Although I don’t agree with abandonment, as a hopeless DC sports fan, distancing one’s self emotionally from this team seems prudent, and simply better for one’s own sanity.

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Fishbowl 5: From the War zone with Richard Engel

Engel_KobaneNBC’s chief foreign correspondent and fearless globetrotter Richard Engel spent several days inside the besieged Syrian town of Kobani –embedded with Kurdish fighters—to get an on-the-ground look at  how well the U.S.’s strategy against ISIS is shaping up.

Engel and his team are the first U.S. network journalists to report from Kobani, which has become the symbol of the U.S-led battle against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Engel’s reporting will air tonight in a special segment on MSNBC at 9 p.m. ET. as well as on NBC Nightly News.

Ahead of the special, Fishbowl scored an interview with Engel for our five question and answer series “Fishbowl 5.”


Here’s what he had to say about reporting from the battleground of Kobani.

1. As the first U.S. network journalist to report from Kobani, what is the most surprising or alarming thing you witnessed while being embedded with Kurdish fighters?

“I was surprised at how organized they are. They don’t have many military supplies, food, water or electricity, yet they are sharing what they have.  I was also surprised at their strong secular and feminist ideology.  They spent a great deal of time talking about women’s rights – which is core to their beliefs and was inspiring to see in the Middle East.”

2. What, if anything, is different about this war zone compared to other conflicts you have covered?

“Most warzones share a lot in common: the debris, the destruction, the injured, the falling bombs and bullets, what is always different is the people.  In this case, the people of Kobani, these idealistic fighting feminists, were like no other group I had been with in a conflict in the Middle East.”

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Luke Russert’s Final ‘Daily Rundown’ Sign Off

Luke-Russert2For its last broadcast to originate out of DC, NBC’s The Daily Rundown ended Friday morning with a Luke Russert monologue thanking  Savannah Guthrie and Chuck Todd. Russert said it was honor to guest-host the show.

Starting next Monday, the show, which began in 2010, will be hosted by José Díaz-Balart based out of Miami.

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CNN Renews ‘Parts Unknown’ and Two Others Shows


Now, I know that this isn’t a DC story, or even a political one. However, as a huge fan of the man and the show (as I am sure many of you are), I am thrilled to be the 3,823,159th person to announce that CNN has picked up its original program “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” for a fifth season.

From Russia to Iran, Bourdain has taken his audience to places some of us only dream, or fear, to go. His adventures have helped bridge gaps between cultures, and opened our eyes to a world much more complex than we often believe.

Good luck in your new adventures, Tony, we’ll be watching. Oh, and the more Zamir Gotta, the better.

“This is Life with Lisa Ling,” and “Somebody’s Gotta Do it with Mike Rowe were also picked up by the network, but I don’t watch those yet. Sue me.

Next episode: Jamaica. Sunday, November 16 at 9pm ET/PT

Gov. Bobby Jindal on ‘Meet the Press’ this Sunday

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NBC’s Chuck Todd will sit down for an exclusive interview with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Sunday’s Meet the Press. Jindal, an outspoken opponent of the Affordable Care Act and potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016, will discuss his decision not to expand Medicaid in his state, just one day after open enrollment begins for the second time under the health care law.

The governor is also slated to discuss the politics behind the Keystone XL pipeline, as well as the actions President Barack Obama will reportedly take to grant amnesty for millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States.  The crew will also discuss his ambitions for 2016.

Jake Tapper to GOP Senator on Climate Change: ‘What are you talking about?’


On his show Wednesday night, CNN’s Jake Tapper discussed the new deal struck between the U.S. and China to reduce carbon emissions with Senator James Inhofe (R-OK). Inhofe, the likely new chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, unsurprisingly bashed the agreement.

Jake started off by asking the senator, “You say you’re against this plan because you think China is getting off too easy and because you simply don’t believe China will do enough to reduce its carbon footprint. But is that really your issue with the deal? I thought you didn’t think carbon emissions were a problem?”

“No, I don’t think so. In fact, science has totally changed since 2001,” responded Inhofe, not citing the science that had ‘changed,’ “Back then, everything was global warming and we’re all going to die and all that, and then as we realized, Jake, what the cost was going to be.”

Later, Tapper would redirect the discussion back to climate change itself, ”Without getting into remedies, let’s just talk about manmade climate change itself.  There is a scientific consensus overwhelming that climate change is real, that at least partly manmade, that some action must be taken. You’ve called it a conspiracy. What are you talking about?”

Inhofe replied that the notion that the “science is settled and the overwhelming scientific analysis comes to that conclusion” is “just not correct.” The senator went on to claim that there were “not hundreds, but thousands of scientists” who disagree.

Tapper would eventually move on, but not before reiterating, ”Well, the overwhelming majority of scientists disagree with you, but I do want to move on to one other topic in the news.”

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Fishbowl5 + 1 with (Now) CNN’s Maeve Reston

Another big get for CNN Digital Politics today. Maeve Reston, the LA Times political reporter and brains behind #campaignfashionreport, is joining the likes of Peter Hamby and Chris Moody at CNN Digital Politics.  In her new gig she will remain in LA, where she will write big-picture political stories, report on the intersection of Hollywood, politics and money, and contribute to both the net’s television and digital video coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign.  Rather than posting another boring memo, we decided to ask Maeve a few questions for our Fishbowl5 feature.

get-attachment.aspxWhat’s it like to report on politics 3,000 miles from DC?

Incredibly refreshing. If I had my way, political reporters wouldn’t have desks – just a laptop, an aircard, and the freedom to roam the country finding the best stories.

Who gets more starstruck: politicians meeting movie stars, or movie stars meeting politicians?

Depends on the caliber of the politician and the caliber of the celebrity. Generally the politicians try to play it cool, while the celebrities are more honest about being starstruck.

How do you see Silicon Valley’s role in politics changing over the next few years? Read more