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Archives: December 2009

Vanity Fair’s Wolff on CNBC Power Lunch

wolff-11.jpegAt 12:20 p.m. Vanity Fair Columnist Michael Wolff is scheduled to be a guest on CNBC’s “Power Lunch.”

Word has it he’ll be discussing “Cable Wars.”

Wolff writes a monthly column on media and politics.

Matt Cooper Takes a Break from Journalism

Famed reporter Matt Cooper is making a major change for 2010. Most recently with TPM and The Atlantic, Cooper is taking a break from journalism to take a senior adviser position with the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. In his new role, he’ll be “advising bipartisan panel investigating financial crisis, assisting with investigation and writing.”

Explaining his motivation for the move, Cooper told FishbowlDC, “I covered the financial crisis at Conde Nast Portfolio, which was a itself a victim of the downturn. Like everyone, I want to know more about what happened and why.”

We’re told Cooper’s break will last at least until the end of 2010, when the commission’s report is due.

Blitzer Getting Blissed Out

yoga-11.jpegClearly CNN’s Wolf Blitzer is enjoying a little R&R.

“Just spent 45 minutes spinning at gym,” he tweeted. “A great sweat. And last night did Yoga. A new me coming back to SitRoom next Monday.”

While it’s hard to imagine Blitzer doing Sun Salutations or Parsva Bakasana (don’t ask), we applaud Blitzer’s efforts to add some Zen to Washington.

Good Morning FishbowlDC

bluefish-9.jpegQuote of the Day

“As I’ve said previously, we reserve the right to screw up your day at a moment’s notice, so I’d just stay tuned. We’ll let you know.”

– From a White House background briefing on Flight 253 intelligence failures. Reported in Politico’s Playbook and on

Foley on Facebook: “I Was Wrong”

foley-11.jpeg Not a day after opening up to Politics Daily’s Emily Miller, making charges against Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) for alleged drunkenness on the Senate floor and driving him out of Washington, former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) has apologized to Baucus on his Facebook page.

Politico’s Click reported on it first late Tuesday night.

Sunday Morning Shows Take a Beating

gregory-11.jpegOnline media writers have taken a baseball bat to Sunday morning’s roster of political talk shows, but most brutally, to NBC’s “Meet the Press”, hosted by David Gregory.

First, by Jay Rosen ( and Tuesday night by HuffPost’s Jason Linkins.

Linkins is nastier in tone, at one point tweeting, “Another way to improve MEET THE PRESS is to cover David Gregory in delicious, applewood-smoked bacon.”

Rosen suggests a mid-week fact check of the show and directs his idea to MTP’s Producer Betsy Fischer: “Whoever was bullshitting us more could expect to hear about it from Meet the Press staff on Wednesday,” Rosen writes, noting that Fischer never gets back to him on anything.

Linkins agreed, saying, “Surely it’s possible to have a small army of fact-checkers at the ready during the broadcasts…”

Linkins charged that MTP is more about “Pressing the Meat” and buttering up government officials than the show’s name suggests.

Developing…FishbowlDC will report responses as they are provided.

*Update: NBC has no comment on the matter.

Today’s Most Popular Stories 12.29.09

Each day, Ashley Estill surfs your sites for the most popular stories of the day. Here are the top headlines for December 29, 2009:

Washington Post: Obama blames ‘human and systemic failures’ in Detroit incident

Washington Times: Farms-to-forest plan worries Vilsack

Washington Examiner: Sen. Dodd, D-Conn., slashed aviation security funding for pet constituency

USA Today: Leach files for injunction to allow him to coach Texas Tech in bowl game

CQ Politics: Four More GOP House Seats Now Rated Safe

The Hill: Senate climate change fight looks as tough as healthcare reform bill

Politico: Handling problems the Obama way

ABC News: Muslim Cleric Anwar Awlaki Linked to Fort Hood, Northwest Flight 253 Terrorist Attacks

CBS News: MSNBC Criticized For Response To Terrorism Story

Fox News: Underwear Bomb Revealed as Terror Suspect Warns More Attacks Coming

MSNBC News: Key security agencies lack permanent leaders

CNN: Source: CIA failed to circulate report about bombing suspect

Wall Street Journal: The Man Who Wired Silicon Valley

NPR: Intellectually Disabled Student Wins Dorm Suit

Roll Call: Stark Faces Ethics Probe

National Journal: Hoekstra Fundraises Off Detroit Terror Incident

Bloomberg News: GMAC Said to Discuss $3 Billion or More in U.S. Aid

Gallup.Com: Prior to Bomb Scare, Worry About Terrorism at 39% in U.S.

Talking Points Memo: Senators Lieberman, McCain And Graham Ask Obama To Halt Transfer Of Yemeni Gitmo Detainees

Politics Daily: Mark Foley Accuses Max Baucus of Delivering Senate Speech Drunk

Reuters: Employers see uptick in hiring in 2010

MSNBC’s Hardball Guest: Matthews’s wife, Kathleen Matthews

ck-11.jpegThis just in.

For a segment called “What I Really Think”, MSNBC’s “Hardball” Host Chris Matthews invited his wife, Kathleen, on as a guest on this afternoon’s show in New York.

Matthews joked that his wife was a little “rusty” on air. Kathleen Matthews, who has filled in on his show before, is the former co-anchor of ABC 7. She covered news in D.C. for more than 25 years. She’s now the Executive V.P. of Global Communications and Public Affairs at Marriott in Bethesda.

Coming off the break, Matthews noted that he and his wife have been married for 30 years.

Henneberger Piece Foreshadows Trouble in Rove’s Marriage

1108154029_345e0ad973_o.jpgPolitics Daily prints an excerpt of a “rare” interview that editor-in-chief Melinda Henneberger had with Darby Rove (soon to be ex-wife of Bush Advisor Karl Rove) in 2000 when she wrote for The New York Times.

In this foreboding quote from Darby Rove, Henneberger reveals possible trouble in the couple’s marriage: “He’s learned to lay back a little bit when he and Andrew play chess,” she told me, “but even in croquet he’d be hitting my ball so far I was crying on vacation.”

Read more about the Roves here.

Sullivan’s Really Dark Afternoon Post

flower-11.jpegThe Daily Dish’s Andrew Sullivan writes a particularly noire post this afternoon: “For some reason, I’ve been much less suicidal this holiday season than usual,” he writes.

Read the entire item here, including a cartoon of a cemetery and the story of a Minnesota professor’s father who died the day after Christmas. And please, everyone, hide the razorblades.