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Sunday Show Preview: 09.19.10


NBC’s Meet the Press: Fmr. President Bill Clinton and Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.)Fmr. Secretary of State.

ABC’s This Week: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. 

CBS’ Face the Nation: Former President Bill Clinton, WaPo’s Michael Gerson and Republican Strategist Ed Rollins.

CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC).

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard KurtzJohn Avlon, The Daily Beast; CNN political contributor; Craig Crawford, Congressional Quarterly; Debra Saunders, San Francisco Chronicle; Tina Brown, The Daily Beast.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Dan Balz of The Washington Post; Jeanne Cummings of POLITICO; John Dickerson of SLATE Magazine and CBS News; John Harwood of CNBC and The New York Times.

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: NRCC Chairman, Representative Pete Sessions. 

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria:  Noman Benotman, former leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group; Chrystia Freeland, global editor-at-large for Reuters; Bernard-Henri Lévy, bestselling author; French philosopher; Kathleen Parker, co-host Parker Spitzer, syndicated columnist; Dan Senor, adjunct senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies, Council on Foreign Relations. 

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show:  Chuck Todd, NBC News Chief White House Correspondent; Kelly O’Donnell, NBC News Capitol Hill Correspondent; Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune Columnist; Gloria Borger, CNN Senior Political Analyst.

C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius.  Guest reporters are Janet Adamy, Health Policy Reporter for Wall Street Journal, and Susan Heavey, Health Reporter for Reuters News Agency. 

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Back from hiatus. Attorney General Eric Holder and House Majority Whip James Clyburn.   

•Politico’s “Turn the Table” after the jump. 

We’ll update as we get ‘em!

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WHCA Candidates Accused of ‘Garbage Campaigning’


The July 15 race for the at-large seat of the White House Correspondents’ Association is reaching a fevered pitch. The race has gotten so competitive that all three candidates — Politico‘s Carol Lee, Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols and WSJ‘s Laura Meckler — are being accused of a ballot box stuffing form of campaigning.

An e-mail letter circulating the past few days from the Washington Examiner‘s White House correspondent and WHCA at-large board member Julie Mason says all three candidates have been making sure that reporters and editors from their own publications get signed up for the WHCA to garner more votes.

Among those who have signed up in the course of the election: Bloomberg’s Al Hunt is now a member, as are Politico’s top Editors, Jim VandeHei and John Harris. WSJ‘s Gerald Seib is also now a member.

Sources tell FishbowlDC that each candidate has signed up several new WHCA members during this election. According to those familiar with the WHCA, the organization is supposed to be for grunty White House reporters who need a larger entity to give them a voice — not those they charge will do little more than give their own reporter a vote. Sources have also told FishbowlDC that all of the candidates have their downsides — with at least two of the candidates — Nichols and Meckler — having personality deficits that would make them unpalatable to voters.

Nichols had no comment, but instead this automatic e-mail response: “I am out today. Please contact White House editor Joe Sobczyk if it’s urgent.”

Meckler said she didn’t start the practice of encouraging journalists to sign up until she saw other candidates doing it: “I think membership in the WHCA should be limited to people who actually cover the White House,” she wrote in a statement to FishbowlDC. “However, in recent days and weeks, the membership requirements evidently have been relaxed, and many editors and others from Bloomberg and Politico were cleared for membership in the association. I reluctantly concluded that to say competitive in the race, I should inquire whether editors and others at my news organization who are involved in White House coverage were interested in joining the association, and a handful of them joined in the last day or so. I only did this after seeing that others had done it first, and I sincerely wish that none of this had occurred. It’s a huge waste of time and energy.”

Lee, in an e-mail: “Everyone who works at Politico and is a member of the Correspondents’ Association covers the White House, either as an editor or a reporter. The association has a process for approving members and renewing dues, and they went through that process.”

The e-mail written by Mason, who has two years remaining on the board, has been circulating around the bureaus. In it, she expresses her distaste for the campaign…

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Bloomberg’s Al Hunt Loses a Bet (Hence the Sweatshirt)

Several weeks ago Bloomberg‘s Al Hunt and Margaret Brennan made a bet that if the regulatory reform bill wasn’t passed by July 4th, Hunt would wear a UVA sweatshirt (Margaret’s alma mater) on air. Well it hasn’t passed and he’s wearing the sweatshirt today.


Russert Brings Schieffer and Gregory Together

What could possibly bring fierce Sunday show competitors Bob Schieffer and David Gregory together? Baseball and Luke Russert, of course.

The hosts of “Face the Nation” and “Meet the Press” were both guests of NBC’s Russert for Stephen Strasburg’s pitching debut at Tuesday’s Nationals game. CNN contributor James Carville, Fox News’ Chris Wallace and Bloomberg’s Al Hunt were also spotted in the sold-out crowd — Carville actually has seats in the row behind Russert’s.

Hotline to Host 2nd Annual “Political Pursuit”

On Thursday, April 29th, National Journal‘s Hotline will again host “Political Pursuit.” The ultimate political trivia face-off, “Political Pursuit” will feature Hotline Editors Amy Walter and John Mercurio as they attempt to stump broadcast journalists, Members of Congress and print reporters. Check out the teams below:

Broadcast News:
Dana Bash, CNN
Jonathan Karl, Senior Congressional Correspondent ABC News
Chuck Todd, NBC News
Judy Wooduff, The News Hour

Old School:
Chris Cillizza, Washington Post
Al Hunt, Bloomberg News
Stuart Rothenberg, Rothenberg Political Report
Karen Tumulty, Washington Post

Members Only:
Hon. Tom Davis (VA)
Hon. Sherrod Brown (OH)

Glass’s Insider Take on Gridiron

Politico’s Andy Glass, a longtime member of the Gridiron Club, offers his annual take on the off-the-record dinner from this past weekend.

Read the story here.

With Glass’s story comes an accompanying video below. AP’s Edith Lederer is particularly outspoken and worth watching. Other journos chime in: CNN’s John King, ABC regular Sam Donaldson, Bloomberg’s Al Hunt, MSNBC’s Savannah Guthrie.

Fiscal Times Fete Yields Big Names


Last night, Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute and Fiscal Times Founder Peter G. Peterson feted the launch of The Fiscal Times with a cocktail soiree at the Newseum.

Joining Fiscal Times EIC Jackie Leo and DC editor Eric Pianin were media power players like NBC News Washington Bureau Chief Mark Whitaker, Examiner’s J.P. Freire, HuffPo’s Peter Cherukuri, ABC’s Emily Lenzner and Rick Klein, The Hill’s Christina Wilkie, Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson and Al Hunt, Politics Daily & Chicago Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet and Norah McAlvanah.

Also spotted mingling and partaking in the open bar were Dan and Meg Reilly, Amos Snead, Ron Bonjean, Michael Steel and media party circuit fixtures Politico’s Kiki Ryan, Tim Burger and CBS News’ Christine Delargy.

Check out the Fiscal Times here.

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Fiscal Times’ Eric Pianin.

Graham, Hunt, Woodruff Dine in Teatro’s ‘Power Booth’


Spotted at Washington’s downtown upscale eatery Teatro Goldoni Wednesday night at about 10 p.m. were WaPo’s CEO Don Graham, Bloomberg’s Al Hunt and his wife, Judy Woodruff, of PBS’s “The Newshour” with Jim Lehrer. They sat in what the publicist of Teatro Goldoni calls a “power booth.”

Power booth 5, as it’s dubbed, “is where the heavy hitters sit”. The late Jack Valenti (longtime head of the Motion Picture Association) often sat there. Democratic radio host Bill Press has sat there as has Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

All those dining at table 5 Wednesday night appeared to be in fine spirits.

Sunday Show Preview 02.07.10


NBC’s Meet the Press:

CBS’ Face the Nation: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Today Analyst Shannon Sharpe, NFL on CBS Announcer Jim Nantz, NFL on CBS analyst Phil Simms

ABC’s This Week: Sec. Treasury Timothy Geithner, ABC’s George Will, Bloomberg’s Al Hunt, WaPo’s Ruth Marcus, WSJ’s Peggy Noonan, Center for American Progress CEO John Podesta

CNN’s State of the Union: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Fox News’ Fox News Sunday: Sarah Palin, National Tea Party Spokesman Mark Skoda, Weekly Stabdard’s Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, FNC’s Laura Ingraham, NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: HuffPo’s Arianna Huffington, syndicated talk radio host Hugh Hewitt, CNN’s James Carville

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: King Abdullah II of Jordan and John Yoo, author of “Crisis and Command”

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: NYT’s Andrew Ross Sorkin, MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell, TIME’s Michael Duffy, WaPo’s Kathleen Parker

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NYT’s Jackie Calmes, TIME’s Michael Duffy, ABC’s Martha Raddatz, NBC’s Pete Williams

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), NFL Films President Steve Sabol, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, National Urban League’s Patrick Gusman, Prime Movers Media founder Dorothy Gilliam, Frank Gilliam, dean of the UCLA School of Public Affairs and professor of public policy and political science. Roundtable with former WaPo reporter Dorothy Gilliam, CBS’ Michelle Miller, and Danny Bakewell, Sr., publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel and chairman of the National Newspapers Publishers Association.

CNN’s Amanpour: former U.S. National Security Advisory Zbigniew Brzezinski, FP’s David Rothkopf, former Chinese foreign ministry official Victor Gao, former Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council Victor Cha, former Mexican foreign minister Jorge Castaneda, Consul General of Mexico in New York Ruben Beltran

C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers”: David Axelrod, Senior White House Advisor to President Obama, WaPo’s Anne Kornblut and WSJ’s Gerald Seib.

We’ll update as we get ‘em.

Sunday Show Preview for 01.10.10


NBC’s Meet the Press: Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA), RNC Chairman Michael Steele, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell & Chuck Todd

CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) and a roundtable with NYT’s Peter Baker and CBS News’ Jan Crawford.

ABC’s This Week: Christina Romer, Chair of Council of Economic Advisers and roundtable with ABC’s George Will, Liz Cheney, Bloomberg News’ Al Hunt, PBS New Hour’s Judy Woodruff and Robert Reich of The American Prospect.

CNN’s State of the Union: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Christina Romer of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, Dem. Strategist Donna Brazile, Liz Cheney

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WaPo’s Anne Kornblut, Margaret Carlson of Bloomberg News and TWT’s Amanda Carpenter followed by WaPo’s Mike Wise and Buzz Bissinger of Vanity Fair

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, “The Edge of Disaster” author Stephen Flynn, Exec. Dir. 9/11 Commission Philip Zelikow and NYC Deputy Commissioner of Counter-Terrorism Richard A. Falkenrath.

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Time’s Joe Klein, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, NYT’s Elisabeth Bumiller, David Ignatius of the Washington Post

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NYT’s Peter Baker, Tom Gjelten of National Public Radio, Nat Journal’s Jim Barnes and Ceci Connolly of WaPo.

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt:

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Austan Goolsbee, staff director and chief economist on the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board and Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) with panelists Robin Givhan of WaPo, Air America’s Ana Marie Cox, XM’s Joe Madison, Black America’s Deborah Mathis, Roll Call TV host & Philadelphia Tribune columnist Robert Traynham and News One’s Smokey Fontaine

CNN’s Amanpour: General David Petraeus

We’ll update as we get ‘em.