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DeMint Speechwriter Warns Against Becoming Media-logically Extinct

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Amanda Carpenter, former TWT columnist and speechwriter who works in Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) “Communications DepartMint” (as it reads on her Facebook page, get it?), has issued a warning (more a musing) to the media:

“Wondering how much longer the terms ‘new media’ and ‘social media’ can hold. You are either part of that or, um, ‘extinct media’ by now,” Carpenter writes in a weekend tweet.

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More Flee from TWT: Carpenter to Sen. DeMint’s Office

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TWT reporter Amanda Carpenter, who made frequent appearances on shows like CNN’s Reliable Sources is packing up and moving on from the troubled Times.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) announced today that Carpenter would join his office as a senior communications advisor and speechwriter. In a release this afternoon, Carpenter said:

“I’ve long admired Senator DeMint for the battles he’s waged to limit the size of government and decrease spending,” said Carpenter. “He is a relentless advocate for conservative principles. I’m thrilled to join his team and help promote those ideas.”

Carpenter joins former Times Managing Editor of Digital Jeff Birnbaum as TWTers to leap from editorial to communications. Birnbaum was named president of BGR Public Relations earlier this month.

Sarah Palin At Ease With Bill O’Reilly

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Former V.P. hopeful and former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin was so comfortable with “The O’Reilly Factor” Host Bill O’Reilly last night that you could see her pores relax.

She was happy, smiling, at ease with the host who’s something of a verbal fire starter. CBS’s David Letterman once called him “a goon.” (O’Reilly retorted that Letterman was a “straw man” who no one takes seriously).

But Palin? O’Reilly treated her with care. She got to go off on President Obama’s diminishing poll numbers. (“Of course, they’re sinking,” she said of President Obama’s poll numbers. “It was just a matter of time before more of that reflection of the people’s uncomfortableness that they feel towards this administration is manifesting in these poll numbers.”

It only helped her comfortable-ness that O’Reilly purposefully put her at ease throughout her entire debut as a Fox News contributor and spoke of the evil “liberal media” that he says has “trafficked in” trying to make her look unintelligent.

On Game Change, Palin sliced the authors, saying, “These are the political establishment reporters who love to gin up controversy and spin up gossip.”

O’Reilly told Palin she now has a “forum” on Fox News and “can set the record straight” whenever she wants. She replied with a big kiss for the network. “The public are neutralizing outlets like [CBS's] “60 Minutes,” she said. More and more people are looking at these networks and saying, nah, that gigs up and they are turning into Fox News.”

In reaction to her debut, the media were largely complimentary. A headline in the New York Daily News reads: “Sarah Palin’s debut as Fox News commentator on ‘O’Reilly Factor’goes smoothly.” (Read the story here.)

TWTs Amanda Carpenter tweeted: “Overall, a nice hit for Palin.”

Salon.com’s Joan Walsh seemed to emotionally recoil at Palin’s appearance: “OMFG, Sarah Palin is talking about Nancy Pelosi being out of step with SF? TV. Off. Now,” she tweeted.

WaPo’s Howard Kurtz struck a factual tone only. He tweeted, “Palin on O’Reilly: people don’t give a ‘crap’ about controversies created by pol reporters.”

Note: This photo from the set of last night’s “The O’Reilly Factor” was acquired from the show.

Sunday Show Preview for 01.10.10

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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.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX), Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Susan G. Komen for the Cure founder Amb. Nancy Brinker, NBC’s Chief Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman

CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and CBS medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton

ABC’s This Week: Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and a roundtable with ABC’s George Will, Republican strategist Liz Cheney, Aspen Institute’s Walter Isaacson and former Clinton Labor Secretary and The American Prospect‘s Robert Reich

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO), Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and former director of the National Institutes of Health Bernadine Healy

CNN’s State of the Union: Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), CNN Republican strategist Mary Matalin, CNN Democratic strategist James Carville, California Republican Senate candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: The Weekly Standard‘s Matt Continetti, Salon’s Joan Walsh, Washington Examiner‘s Julie Mason, former ABC correspondent Judy Muller

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Newsweek‘s Maziar Bahari

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Time‘s Joe Klein, WaPo‘s David Ignatius, WaPo‘s Anne Kornblut and MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Time‘s Karen Tumulty, NYT‘s David Sanger, LAT‘s Doyle McManus and Slate and CBS’ John Dickerson

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Senator Carl Levin (D-MI)

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Rep. William Lacy Clay, Jr. (D-MO), Active Health Management’s Dr. Melissa Clarke and a panel with NPR’s Michel Martin, TWT‘s Amanda Carpenter, XM Satellite radio’s Joe Madison, Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson and News One/Interactive One’s Smokey Fontaine

CNN’s Amanpour: J Street’s Jeremy Ben-Ami, American Jewish Committee’s David Harris, Afghan Minister of Interior Hanif Atmar and former Finance Minister; Chairman, Institute of State Effectiveness Dr. Ashraf Ghani

Will update as we learn them.

WH v. FNC: The Debate Continues

Last week, we posted a poll asking you to weigh in on the White House war with Fox News. The response was overwhelming – both in the number of folks that responded as well as the outcome. Based on our poll, only 21% of you thought that Obama’s attack on Fox News was appropriate presidential behavior.

The debate continued this weekend on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with Howard Kurtz. HuffPo’s Nico Pitney, TWT‘s Amanda Carpenter and Jane Hall, a former FNC contributor, joined Kurtz to hash out the topic further.

Not surprisingly, Pitney said that taking on Fox News was the right thing to do. “If the Republican National Committee had a television network, how would it be any different?” he argued.

While Hall said, the battle makes the White House “look like a bunch of whiners.”

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice and a roundtable with NYT‘s David Brooks, WaPo‘s E.J. Dionne, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Republican political consultant Mike Murphy

CBS’ Face the Nation: National security advisor Gen. James Jones, Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), former CENTCOM Commander Gen. Anthony Zinni and Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MS)

ABC’s This Week: Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and a roundtable with former Bush strategish Matthew Dowd, The Nation‘s Katrina vanden Heuvel, ABC’s Cokie Roberts and ABC’s George Will

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and a panel with Fox News analysts Brit Hume, NPR’s Mara Liasson, NPR’s Juan Williams and Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol

CNN’s State of the Union: National security advisor Gen. James Jones, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Republican strategist Mary Matalin and Democratic strategist James Carville

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WaPo‘s Amy Argetsinger, CNN’s Lisa Bloom, Turner Classic Movies’ weekend host Ben Mankiewicz, TWT‘s Amanda Carpenter, CBS’ Byron Pitts and Salon’s Joan Walsh

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Report of the UN fact finding mission on the Gaza Conflict author Richard Goldstone, “Facts are Subversive” author Timothy Garton Ash, NYT‘s Roger Cohen, Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Reuel Marc Gerecht and Colombia President Alvaro Uribe

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: WaPo‘s Bob Woodward, NYT‘s Elisabeth Bumiller, Newsweek‘s Howard Fineman and BBC’s Katty Kay

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal:

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Mark Warner

Washington Watch with Roland Martin:

CNN’s Amanpour: Iran’s Chief Nuclear Negotiator Saeed Jalili, Tehran University’s Mohammad Marandi, CFR’s Ray Takeyh, former UN advisor Ken Menkhaus, and Oxfam International’s Nicole Widdersheim

Will update as we learn them.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: National Economic Council Director Larry Summers, “The Battle for America 2008″ authors Haynes Johnson and Dan Balz, former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN) and former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK)

CBS’ Face the Nation: National Economic Council Director Larry Summers and a roundtable with WaPo‘s Bob Woodward, NYT‘s David Brooks and columnist Kathleen Parker

ABC’s This Week: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan and a roundtable with Bloomberg News’ Al Hunt, “Culture of Corruption” author Michelle Malkin, WSJ‘s Gerald Seib and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Cynthia Tucker

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Mike Pence, (R-IN) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and a panel of Fox News consultants Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, Weekly Standard‘s Stephen Hayes and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers Christina Romer and CNN contributors William Bennett, Donna Brazile and Council of Economic Advisors former chairman Professor Joseph Siglitz

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: NPR’s Michael Martin, TWT‘s Amanda Carpenter and TNR‘s Michelle Cottle

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s John O’Sullivan, former CIA deputy director John McLaughlin and “The Devil We Know” author Robert Baer

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Newsweek‘s Howard Fineman, WaPo‘s Eugene Robinson, MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell and the AP’s Jennifer Loven

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: WaPo‘s Dan Balz, NJ‘s Alexis Simendinger and AP’s Charles Babington

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), White House advisor Valerie Jarrett and Bloomberg’s Indira Lakshmanan, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Will update as we learn them.

RELATED: Sunday show ratings for July 26th, courtesy of TVNewser.

TWT Scores Air-Time via CBS News Partnership

Yesterday was a big day for the Washington Times. First, the paper got a plug from a very unlikely source – Nancy Pelosi. Then, they scored big by partnering with CBS News on a made-for-TV version of Amanda Carpenter‘s investigative piece about Legal Services Corp.

A quick visit to CBSNews.com today offers a fresh TWT story filed under the “CBS Investigates” section of the site. Could a second day of “TWT for CBS” signal a tighter partnership than conveyed in Solomon’s staff memo about the deal?

Last night’s joint video venture below and John Solomon‘s memo to staff after the jump.


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DC Journo Face-Off: Pitney V. Milbank

HuffPost’s Nico Pitney and WaPo‘s Dana Milbank appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz yesterday to further discuss Pitney’s Iran question at President Obama’s press conference last week.

Pitney said he was given a heads up from the White House, but said, “From beginning to end, there was no planning involved. I was the one who posted that I was going to be soliciting — that I was soliciting questions from Iranians. I chose the question.”

Milbank: “What I have never done in my life, Howie, is worked in collusion with an administration, whether it’s this one or another one. I believe that whether it’s Nico Pitney, with ‘The Huffington Post,’ or whether it’s Carl Cameron, with Fox News, the White House should not be calling somebody the night before saying, we are going to call on you if you ask a question on a particular subject asked in a certain way.”

And as things heated up, Pitney called Milbank “pathetic” for posing multiple questions to the President at a campaign stop about how he looked in a bathing suit. At one point Kurtz had to warn them, “You two are going to have to take this outside.”

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