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Weekend Show Preview: 5.23 – 25

Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked!

Sunday:

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.); Sen. John Thune (R-SD); Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.); David Finkel, author of Thank You For Your Service; Col. Tom Manion, author of Brothers Forever; WaPo‘s Dana Priest; Ben Carson, author of One Nation; Jarrett Bell, USA Today Sports; TIME’s Sean Gregory; Steven Silverman, plaintiff’s attorney in NFL lawsuit

“Fox News Sunday”Derek Bennett, chief of staff of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America; Dr. Margaret Moxness, a VA hospital whistleblower; Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)

NBC’s “Meet the Press” : TBA

ABC’s “This Week” : Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; former Utah governor Jon HuntsmanPaul Rieckhoff, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America CEO and founder

Univision’s “Al Punto” José Manuel Mireles, leader of the militia in Michoacán, Mexico; John O. Brennan; director, Central Intelligence Agency; María Antonieta CollinsBarbara Walters; musician Carlos Santana

CNN’s “State of the Union” : Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN); Penny Lee, former director, Democratic Governors Association; Corey Dade, blogger at The Take, The Root, NPR contributor; Alex Castellanos; Wes Moore, Army veteran, advocate, filmmaker

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Your Saturday Guide to White House Correspondents’ Weekend

2013obamahenry660Tonight marks the start of White House Correspondents’ Weekend and we have your Saturday lineup. From the 2014 Annual Garden Brunch to a new and ticketed “Secret” brunch, of course the dinner, and to be followed by “Burgers & Bowties” and MSNBC, here’s what we have on tap.

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Separated at Birth: MSNBC’s Al Sharpton

Today we have a real wild pairing. It’s MSNBC’s Al Sharpton and political consultant Alex Castellanos, a CNN contributor and regular on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

FishbowlDC Interview with Politico’s Ben Smith

Say hello to Politico‘s newly relaunched blogger Ben Smith. Raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan by a lawyer (now judge) for a father and a writer/learning specialist mother, Smith says he’s not sure what specifically drew him to journalism other than a stint at the Jewish Forward. While there he covered a drama-filled state senate race and uncovered news of a candidate taking contributions from a Saudi prince through a shell corporation. That candidate is now New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “I’m basically kind of shy,” Smith said in a phone interview. “I think it’s true of a lot of reporters that it’s an excuse to go out and ask questions you’re interested in.” This week his blog got a makeover as he officially added media to his beat. He says he has always viewed media as part of the political beat. “It seemed like a logical effort,” he said. “I picked it up at the New York Observer that they were part of the same fabric.” Asked if he’s recognized on the street at this point,” he says “never.” Asked what he thinks it means to be successful and he sounds tough on himself. “I tend to be pretty neurotic and basically think I’m as successful as my last story,” he said. “Professional hazard.” Does Smith speak any foreign languages? “I speak a bunch of foreign languages really badly,” he said. “I studied French and I speak some Czech, Russian, Latvian and Spanish. I can read a newspaper in most of those but not conduct an interview at this point.” Does he prefer climbing a mountain or taking a long walk on a beach? “I’m more a mountain person,” he said, remaining calm as I see how many goofy questions it will take to get him riled. By the way, Ben, we’re shipping a few crates of tangerines to your house for your 2-year-old. Enjoy!

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? I guess Coca Cola, but I don’t really drink carbonated beverages.

How often do you Google yourself? Once every few months; I have to admit it’s kind of satisfying to have clawed my way to the top of the “Ben Smith” Google rankings, which wasn’t easy. I’m competing with a musician and a handful of athletes with that name, but benefit from the fact that football, hockey, and soccer careers seem to be shorter than journalists’.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? The best worst thing an editor every said to me was in my first political reporting job, as City Hall guy for the New York Sun. In the third of fourth story after an expose, I’d gone easy on the target. The editor in chief, Seth Lipsky, said with total disgust, “You’ve got an instinct for the capillaries.”

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? I’m not sure I’m allowed, or required, to go with colleagues, but Maggie Haberman and Jonathan Martin are two of the best political reporters I’ve ever encountered. They both have savant-ish, gut understanding of how politics works, and the kind of honesty that compels sources and readers.

Do you have a favorite word? No.

Who would you rather have dinner with – Politico’s Jim VandeHei, Politico’s John Harris or Robert Allbritton? Tell us why. And no, they may not all attend. I’ll go with Harris. He’s the one that brung me.

Does Ben Smith have a middle name? What is it? Eli

You are ordered to go on a road trip to an undisclosed location. You can go with White House Spokesman Jay Carney or Bo, the President’s Portuguese Water Dog. No ones feelings will be hurt. Who do you take? I don’t know Carney well, but we’ve always gotten along. We both have red-headed sons named Hugo.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? I usually have it on vibrate.

How do you balance your job with being a family man? I operate under the belief, or fantasy, that my core readers arrive at work at nine and clock out at five, and I try to get most of my reporting into their reading time. I also have some office space about 10 minutes walk from my house, where I work when I can.

It’s 3 a.m. and you get up to use the bathroom or get a drink of water. Do you check your BlackBerry or iPhone? No.

What word do you routinely misspell? Judgment. Really.

Find out what scares Ben Smith after the jump…And no, it’s not Jim VandeHei.

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CNN Adds Frum and Cardona to 2012 Election Team

CNN continued to beef up its roster of 2012 political contributors with the addition Democratic strategist Maria Cardona and conservative columnist David Frum today.

Cardona currently heads the public affairs practice at Dewey Square Group, where she founded the Latinovations practice that focuses on Latino strategic outreach on national, state and local levels. During the 2008 Democratic primary election, she was senior adviser and spokesperson to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and served on the campaign’s Hispanic outreach team.  A former communications director for the Democratic National Committee, Cardona also served as a spokesperson at the U.S. Departments of Justice and Commerce during the Clinton administration.

David Frum is the editor and founder of the conservative website FrumForum.com. From 2001 to 2002, Frum served as special assistant and speechwriter to President George W. Bush. During the 2008 election season, he served as senior foreign policy advisor to the Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign.  He is a former editor of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page and six time author.

Cardona and Frum join the CNN’s existing lineup of political contributors which includes John Avlon, Paul Begala, Bill Bennett, Donna Brazile, James Carville, Alex Castellanos, Erick Erickson, Ari Fleischer, David Gergen, Roland Martin, Mary Matalin and Hilary Rosen.

Haddad White House Correspondents Brunch: “Best Yet”

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L: CNN’s Jill Chappell chats up Chase Crawford. R: Politico of past, Yahoo writer Michael Calderone with girlfriend.

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NBC Washington bureau chief Mark Whitaker and Alexis Gelber.

Everyone from the Jonas Brothers, Gayle King and Chase Crawford to FNC White House correspondent Major Garrett, Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich and Politico’s former Michaels – Yahoo’s Michael Calderone and HuffPo’s Michael Falcone came out for Tammy Haddad’s annual White House Correspondents brunch on Saturday.

The event and the day couldn’t have been a lovelier way to celebrate causes CURE – Epilepsy and Mother’s Day Every Day. Co-hosted by Ted Greenberg, Hilary Rosen, David Adler, Jim Courtovich, Alex Castellanos, Debra Lee, Steve McMahon and Franco Nuschese, the fete was called the “best yet” by many brunch-goers.

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L: Tammy Haddad and Susan Axelrod take the stage. R: Story Partners’ Amos Snead and wife, Whitney Drew.

Morning Reading List 10.16.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Congrats to WUSA’s Lindsey Mastis, who announced on her blog that she’s engaged to her boyfriend of six years, Patrick.

Tweet-of-the-day: @jackieraytapper: @thenote just know i have more followers than several journalists and some pols — and i just pooped my pants.

What we know and what we’re reading this rainy Friday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | WEST WING REPORTAGE | AWARDS & EVENTS

NEWSPAPERS

Massive cuts at Gazette newspapers. Check out the memo to staff here.

Philip Anschutz, new owner of the Examiner, is paying a visit to DC. Politico: What is he looking for?

TV

Roland Martin was named “Broadcaster of the Year” by Rainbow PUSH Coalition. He’ll be presented with the award by Rev. Jesse Jackson at the 10th annual “Creating Opportunity” conference in Atlanta.

Who are some of DC’s TV newsers favorite guests? Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jon Stewart are among their picks.

MSNBC will air an encore presentation of Keith Olbermann‘s program-length Special Comment on health care tonight.

CNBC’s John Harwood had an exclusive with Larry Summers yesterday for “The Kudlow Report.”

WaPo‘s Tom Shales on NBC’s possible “Comcastic” deal.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer filled in on “Larry King Live” last night, where he had an exclusive interview with the Henne family, during which Falcon said, “We did it for the show.” Hmmm…

@McCainBlogette: “I would like to thank CNN for running a special segment on my twitphoto drama, you guys are #3 in the ratings for a reason.” Ouch. CNN’s segment on McCain’s twit-photo drama here.

And one more CNN note… The network will, going forward, disclose contributor Alex Castellanos‘ ties to America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), according to NYT.

ONLINE

E&P: Yahoo, CNN and MSNBC still topped the chart, but in one surprising shift The Huffington Post surpassed Washingtonpost.com in unique users in the month of September, new data from Nielsen Online reveals.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) will join C-SPAN’s Newsmakers webcast.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Author-in-chief? GQ‘s Barack Obama’s Work in Progress.

AWARDS & EVENTS

CJR announced its four “Encore” Fellows- the fellowships, first of its kind, “provide downsized professionals with a writing position as well as support to help them choose how best to use their experience in the years ahead. Their work will be featured in the magazine and on CJR.org over a nine-month period beginning in late October.”

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

CBS’ Face the Nation: White House senior advisor David Axelrod, Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) and historian Douglas Brinkley

ABC’s This Week: Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and a roundtable with NYT‘s David Brooks, Arianna Huffington, 2008 Nobel Prize Winning Economist Paul Krugman, George Will and Donna Brazile

Fox News Sunday: White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, Minority Whip Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and a roundtable with Fox News contributors senior political analyst Brit Hume, NPR’s Mara Liasson, Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and White House senior advisor David Axelrod, Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Paul Begala, Republican strategist and CNN contributor Alex Castellanos, CNN political contributor and Fellow of the Claremont Institute William Bennett and National Urban League’s Marc Morial

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Politico‘s Roger Simon, The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza, the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Debra Saunders, USA Today‘s Christine Brennan, media commentator Callie Crossley and USA Today Live’s Lauren Ashburn

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, University of Tehran’s Seyed Mohammad Marandi, NYU’s Nouriel Roubini, US News & World Report‘s Mort Zuckerman and “Ascent of Money” author Niall Ferguson

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Newsweek‘s Howard Fineman, NPR’s Michele Norris, Time‘s Michael Duffy and WaPo‘s Ceci Connolly

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NYT‘s Peter Baker, WaPo‘s Michael Fletcher, NJ‘s Marilyn Werber Serafini and WSJ‘s David Wessel

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR) and Bloomberg’s Rich Miller, Kevin Hassett and Margaret Carlson

RELATED: Sunday Show Ratings- July 19th (via TVNewser)

More Sotomayor Coverage Notes: CNN

Wolf Blitzer will anchor CNN’s special coverage of the confirmation hearings on Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination beginning Monday at 10am. Blitzer will be joined by CNN’s Gloria Borger, Candy Crowley, John King, Jessica Yellin, Jeffrey Toobin and CNN contributors Alex Castellanos and Maria Echaveste. Dana Bash and Brianna Keilar will report from the Hill.

And yes, King will make use of the magic wall to, according to the release, “report on Sotomayor’s relevant decisions, legal briefs and other documents from her years on the bench.”

CNN.com will also stream the confirmation hearings live in their entirety.

Previously Announced: C-SPAN, PBS

Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Fred Thompson and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), and a roundtable with Washington Post’s David Broder, NBC’s David Gregory, NPR’s Michele Norris and NBC political director Chuck Todd.

  • Face the Nation: Obama strategist David Axelrod, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

  • This Week: Axelrod and McCain manager Rick Davis, and a roundtable with Time’s Mark Halperin, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, former Bush strategist Matthew Dowd and George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Davis, Obama manager David Plouffe and Karl Rove and a panel with Brit Hume, Fox News Washington Managing Editor, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • Late Edition: Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), VA Gov. Tim Kaine (D), Republican strategists Alex Castellanos, Ed Rollins and Leslie Sanchez, Democratic strategists Donna Brazile, Paul Begala, Hilary Rosen, former White House adviser David Gergen, and James Carville, CNN’s Candy Crowley, Campbell Brown, John King, Bill Schneider, Howard Kurtz, and Gloria Borger, Washington Times’ Tara Wall. Note: This is a special three hour show.

  • The Post Politics Program with Emily Freifeld and Ed O’Keefe: Govs. Jim Douglas of Vermont, Butch Otter of Idaho and Ted Strickland of Ohio and washingtonpost.com’s Francine Uenuma and Chris Cillizza.

  • Chris Matthews Show: Time’s Joe Klein, BBC’s Katty Kay, Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson and MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell.

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) and Democratic strategist Tad Devine.

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.

  • Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: T.J. Rooney, Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairman; Jeff Jubelirer, Republican media consultant; and Shira Toeplitz and Emily Heil of Roll Call.

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