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Posts Tagged ‘Abby Huntsman’

Afternoon Reading List 11.05.13

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Press secretary spars with reporter: HuffPost reported yesterday that during a heated White House briefing, reporter Jon Karl of ABC News pressured White House press secretary Jay Carney pretty hard for answers regarding the trail of Obamacare applications that are not submitted through the online system. After Carney has had enough, he actually sounds like a fed up middle school substitute teacher when he retorts with, ”Jon, I get it!” as he mockingly copycats Karl’s aggressive finger-pointing and incessant badgering.

Why you should read/watch it: Watch Carney get flustered. It’s hilarious. He takes it with stride, as any professional in his position would, and the back and forth is worth catching. Read/watch more here.

MSNBC host gets sassy: BuzzFeed’s Dorsey Shaw posted a clip yesterday of Abby Huntsman, co-host of “The Cycle” on MSNBC, as she responds to Mark Halperin and John Heilemann‘s gossipy “Double Down,” and its portrayal of her family in the 2012 presidential race (Huntsman’s father, Jon Huntsman Jr., was a candidate vying for the GOP nod). She drops a sass bomb on the authors, but still half-way recommends the book for its bubblegum appeal, because it’s the flavor D.C.’s media loves to chew.

Why you should watch it: Huntsman’s voracious rebuttal is one long insult directed towards Heilemann and Halperin, and she’s sprinkled it with some pleasant imagery as well. Watch more here.

Whose biblical insight gave Glenn Beck a run for his money?

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Huntsman, Manchin Take Besties Photos

After dropping out of the presidential election and a two season-long Republican bashing media tour, Jon Huntsman is ready to lead along with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). The pair, along with Republican Strategist Mark McKinnon, are founders of “No Labels” a project aimed at fostering bipartisanship in Congress.

Huntsman and Republicans haven’t seemed to mesh since he ran for president. In April, Huntsman curiously compared the party to communist China. And as someone who saw him deliver an obviously scripted “unscripted” speech at George Washington University, I can say he’s not that inspiring.

On Sunday Huntsman and Manchin traveled to New York City to announce No Labels’ initiative to recruit 75 members of Congress as “problem solvers.” Some of the worst doughy, white, male, political photos surfaced along the way… Read more

Favorites From Forbes‘s ’30 Under 30′ List

Forbes released it’s annual “30 under 30″ lists today. Featured on the media list are names you’d expect and those for which you’d need to suspend critical thinking to comprehend how this could’ve happened.

But for better or worse, we’ve picked our favorite additions to this year’s list with our own reasoning.

WaPo’s Ezra Klein– Because it’s become increasingly clear that you can’t have a list about media figures without including Klein. Hell, we even made our own entirely dedicated to Klein and his evolving hairstyles.

HuffPost Live‘s Abby Huntsman– Because when you make a list of highly-accomplished media professionals, Abby leaps to the forefront of America’s conscious. But not that America. The other America that former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards was always talking about… Read more

We Watch So You Don’t Have To: HuffPost Live

With all the hype surrounding the launch of HuffPost Live, we were expecting to tune in to see an extravaganza like nothing we’d ever seen before. Imagine the shock when I tuned in this morning to see a young, diverse staff on a stylish set talking about news of the day. The news, when I tuned in, was Julian Assange being granted asylum in Ecuador. The hosts, Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, Abby Huntsman, and Marc Lamont Hill, sat on a comfy set with a giant leather sofa. (We hope that’s faux-leather to avoid pissing off the base.) Analysis from the team doesn’t dig too deep in the issues. At one point, Huntsman chimes in that since her father, former GOP Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, was ambassador to China, this issue of asylum was “very sensitive” to her. Sure, Abby..  We’re sure this is REALLY tough for you.

The program has an unpolished quality that you will either find refreshing or amateur hour, depending on your mood. While the hosts haven’t fully committed to any kind of real look, Shihab-Eldin is a pair of suspenders away from being classified as a full blown hipster. One of the best features of the broadcast is watching the running commentary from viewers as the show runs live. While the hosts will read some of the comments on air, they didn’t read this one, from Hashhero. Hash says, “I’m logging off until Abby’s off camera. She reminds me of Elizabeth Hasslebeck, who is also very annoying.”