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Brian Williams’ Exec Producer Previews Upcoming Boehner Interview

FishbowlDC caught up with Bob Epstein, Executive Producer of NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, through a spokeswoman. While we are dying to know if Williams is planning to pull a Barbara Walters and say anything that could spring a few tears out of House Speaker John Boehner in Thursday’s upcoming interview, Epstein wouldn’t go there. He did prep us on the interview set to air at 6:30 p.m. ET.

“At an incredibly unique time in America’s democracy, this is the exact right day and place to do this important interview– from the corridors of the Capitol, on Boehner’s first full work day since being sworn in as Speaker. With “Nightly” being in such a strong position, Brian will have the opportunity to ask the right questions about how Boehner sees the next two years playing out, both in terms of his relationships with the White House and with members of his own party. We’re also looking forward to having the first chance to see inside Boehner’s new office– to see if he’s unpacked his boxes and hung up his pictures since Speaker Pelosi moved out.”

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Obama’s hair getting grayer?

“Superficial side note on Obama on MTV — is his hair grayer now? Did he stop dyeing it?” — Human Events investigative editor Emily Miller in a Thursday tweet.

Journo offers sidelines commentary of fight on “The View”

“Whoopi and Joy almost gave Barbara Walters more heart problems today.” — WaPo‘s Federal Eye Blogger Ed O’Keefe in a Thursday tweet on FNC’s Bill O’Reilly’s appearance on ABC’s “The View” in which hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar stormed off stage when O’Reilly opined on Muslims, the mosque and 9/11.

Reporter feels longing for Facebook

“Sitting alone in the office, waiting to do a radio hit, I feel my first pangs for Facebook since deactivating this weekend.” — Politico congressional reporter Meredith Shriner in a Thursday tweet.

Reuters Bureau Chief brings poem into prose

Curses are like young chicken: they always come home to roost, to quote the title page of Robert Southey’s poem The Curse of Kehama, published in 1810. — Reuters Washington Bureau Chief Simon Denyer in his introduction to his Washington Extra piece Thursday on handling home foreclosures, election watch, the Afghan war and whether the U.S. will take a harder or softer line with China.

Kids say the darndest things

“@chucktodd arent these questions better than he gets in news conferences? College kids rule.” — NBC News’s Andrea Mitchell in a Thursday tweet regarding POTUS’s MTV event.

Reception fare

“The hors d’oeuvres included miniature beef empanadas with tomato salsa, serrano ham croquetas, crab tostada with guacamole & lime, roasted corn, black bean & jack cheese quesadilla, bite size tamales and for desert miniature dulce de leche cheesecakes.” — Ruben Barrera of Notimex in a mouthwatering VP Pool Report Thursday. This was the spread at a VPOTUS  event at the Naval Observatory for Hispanic Heritage Month.

The Most Powerful People in TV News

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TVWeek has released their “10 Most Powerful in TV News” list today. Who else but Fox News President Roger Ailes (who has long been called the “most powerful name” in news) tops the list. For as much as cable and national news channels squabble amongst themselves, all vying to be on top, they’ve all landed somewhere on this list.

Some numbers have more than one correspondent underneath. For instance, number 10 is soon-to-be ABC “This Week” host Christiane Amanpour and CNN’s Candy Crowley.


2. Steve Capus, NBC News; Phil Griffin, president, MSNBC
3. Jom Klein, president, CNN/U.S.
4. Sean McManus, president, CBS
5. Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart
6. David Westin, ABC News
7. FNC’s Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck
8. Barbara Walters and the Women of “The View”

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Kitty Kelley’s “Oprah” Hits Tomorrow

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Famed Washington author Kitty Kelley‘s “Oprah” hits bookshelves tomorrow. The unauthorized biography has been causing quite a stir even before its release, allegedly blackballed by Larry King, Barbara Walters, David Letterman and Charlie Rose to name a few? ‘Why?’ you might ask. Apparently, out of respect for the big O.

“Oprah” took four years and 850 interviews for Kelley, a Georgetown resident, to produce. FishbowlDC was lucky enough to get our hands on a copy and although we’re only a few chapters in, we’re fairly certain Kelley can add another “bestseller” title to her roster.

Kelley and her biography will be feted on Friday evening at the home of Marina and Daniel Ein. FishbowlDC will be there to catch up with Kelley after the big release.

CNN’s Amanpour says YES to ABC

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CNN’s Christiane Amanpour will be the new host of ABC’s “This Week”.

From ABC’s David Westin:
I am delighted to announce that Christiane Amanpour will join ABC News as the new anchor of “This Week.” A highly respected journalist recognized around the world for her reporting, she brings to her new position a wealth of experience and knowledge, as well as a deep commitment to bringing news of the world to the American people. She will also appear on all other ABC News programs and platforms to provide international analysis of the important issues of the day. And, she will be anchoring primetime documentaries on international subjects.

Christiane will join us from CNN where, for two decades she has reported from the worldÂ’s major conflicts, including those in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Rwanda, and the Balkans. She has received every major broadcast journalism award. A formidable interviewer, she has sat down in global exclusives with many of the worldÂ’s leaders and military chiefs from the Middle East, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan to Africa, Europe and the United States.

More than once over the years we’ve talked with Christiane about her joining us in one position or another. Until now, it wasn’t the right time or the right fit. We are fortunate that this time it worked for Christiane and for us.

With Christiane we have the opportunity to provide our audiences with something different on Sunday mornings. We will continue to provide the best in interviews and analysis about domestic politics and policies. But now we will add to that an international perspective. All of us know how much the international and the domestic have come to affect one another – whether it’s global conflict, terrorism, humanitarian crises, or the economy. And our international reporting has long been a hallmark of ABC News, part of the legacy Peter Jennings left for us. Christiane will bring the international and the domestic together, in the interviews she does and in the roundtable over which she presides. Our audience has come to us for years to see differing points of views expressed in intelligent and compelling ways; now the different points of view will be expanded beyond partisan politics alone.

Christiane will be joining ABC News in August. Until then, Jake Tapper has agreed to become the regular, interim anchor of “This Week.” Ian Cameron will continue as executive producer. All of us owe a debt of gratitude to him and to Jake, Terry Moran, Jonathan Karl, Barbara Walters, Elizabeth Vargas, and Matthew Dowd for taking up the reins of the program during this transition. Thanks to their hard work and dedication we’ve maintained the high standards set by George Stephanopoulos before he left the program for “Good Morning America.”

Please join me in welcoming Christiane to ABC News.

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Quote of the Day

“I’m sick of this dance. I’ve been down too many of them. …I’m not sick of the gowns. I just want to be clear about that.”
–ABC’s Barbara Walters on hosting the pre-Oscar “Barbara Walters Special”, which she hosted for the last time Sunday night. Earlier that day, she appeared on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”

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Will They Dance; Will He Make Her Cry?


This Sunday takes an entertaining twist on CNN.

Candy Crowley is scheduled to interview former Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) on “State of the Union” — we hope he’ll leave his dancing shoes home. And WaPo’s Howie Kurtz will interview ABC’s Barbara Walters on “Reliable Sources”. (We’re taking bets on whether or not Howie can make her tear up, or what kind of tree should be would be.)

Somehow dance photographs of DeLay never get old.

Fishbowl5 With Jonathan Krohn: 14-year-old on a Mission for Conservative Values

jonathan_krohn.jpg When I arrive to the lobby of the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel, Jonathan Krohn is sitting on a sleek modern sofa next to the bar. Later he’ll pace as he talks, looking stressed. He’s on a cell phone call to his editor at Vanguard Press, the company that’s publishing his book, “Defining Conservatism.” His mother finally lays down the law. She walks right up to him, finger pointed, “Off!” she says.

Krohn, with braces and a disheveled mop of brown hair, rushes up to me, steps on my foot and politely asks for permission to use the bathroom. His rushed fury is understandable. He’s here for CPAC this week and is doing and has done a flurry of press, including FNC’s Neil Cavuto, Fox & Friends, Jim Bohannon and others in the conference’s radio row. When Krohn speaks he talks so fast that he runs out of air. He gets fidgety, pounding his right hand on the couch in karate chops to emphasize his points. “I want to bring Americans back to conservative values,” he says. “I’m not trying to convert people.” He says he wants to attend Princeton to study political philosophy. His mother tells me his IQ is 128 (which she explains is high).

For now, he goes on book tour and is home schooled. On Saturday morning he’ll introduce one of his mentors, Dr. William Bennett, who wrote the forward to his book.

1. How has the D.C. media treated you so far? “There are nice people and mean people. The majority have been nice.”

2. Who is your favorite D.C. anchor? “Well, I’ve met both hosts for NBC, CBS and Fox News. I haven’t met Jake Tapper, the new host of “This Week.” (I tell Jonathan that Tapper has not yet been tapped for it.) He continues, “I think it’s gonna be Jake. He’s not my fave in the world but I think he’s got a bright future ahead of him. I think Sunday shows are a good place for journalists to rise. I think ABC realizes that. I don’t think Barbara Walters is going to get it.”

3. What blogs do you read regularly?Politico’s Ben Smith. I read a lot of the Politico blogs. I read a lot of Washington Post on the web and The Washington Times. I try to get a lot of my stuff from independent sources. If I just read conservative blogs I’ll get thrown under the bus.”

4. How do you think the media treats Sarah Palin? “I think they treat her generally unfairly. I think she’s a great energizer of conservative values. I don’t think Sarah Palin is like the next president of the United States or anything. (Who is?) My personal preference is Mitch Daniels, the governor of Indiana. He’s not an ideologue. He doesn’t alienate people with his conservative views.”

5. What cable networks do you watch? “I try and watch all of them. When I watch Fox News I counter it by watching MSNBC. I try to watch a good dosage of them all.”

‘This Week’ to Try Out Jonathan Karl


ABC’s “This Week” tryouts for “American Idol” continue. Last week we had Barbara Walters. This past Sunday was Jake Tapper. And this coming Sunday is Jonathan Karl, as reported in Politico’s Playbook. Also still in the mix is Terry Moran, who has hosted the show in recent weeks.

Who will ultimately hit that high note and who will be voted off remains to be seen.

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Quote of the Day:

“When he said he couldn’t stay faithful, you didn’t say, ‘Uh oh?’”
– ABC’s Barbara Walters to Jenny Sanford, wife of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, on “20/20″ on Friday night’s show. Jenny Sanford told Walters she’s in a good place in her life, has forgiven her husband is ready to move on in her life.