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Morning Chatter

Journo’s 4-year-old hears MLK for first time

“Hearing Martin Luther King’s voice in @michele_norris report, 4yr old asked ‘What’s that sound, daddy?’ So I got to tell her.” — NPR’s Steve Inskeep.

Gasp! No more bikes. Life is over. 

“No worse way to start the morning than going to 2 @bikeshare stations that don’t have any bikes… 1 I could understand but 2 #bikesharefail” — Katherine Kennedy, investor and philanthropist.

BuzzFeed publicist gets promotion

“Hearty congrats to @McCollumAshley, @Buzzfeed’s PR whiz, who’s now the VP of business development & communications.” – NYT‘s Brian Stelter.

Regret is…

“And now I’m regretting tweeting out Director of National Intelligence conference call hold music. Funny, yes. Meaningful, no.” — Yahoo! NewsOlivier Knox.

More Brian Lewis fallout at FNC

“The idea that Fox’s Ailes cannot function w/o Brian Lewis is absurd. But ridiculous to say he was not Ailes’ right arm for nearly 2 decades.” — NPR’s David Folkenflik.

 

 

Who’s Guessing About Bezos and WaPo Today?

Today, the NYT’s Nick Wingfield and Brian Stelter  are the latest to attempt to read the mind of Jeff Bezos, bringing us the latest in a string of technology and innovation will save us type stories. Ironically, they are the two things some newspapers, WaPo among them, have spent much of the last two decades avoiding.

This one is notable because it attempts to paint Silicon Valley as not just a savior, but an altruistic one at that.

“Call it a sense of obligation. Or responsibility. Or maybe there is even a twinge of guilt. Helping print journalism adapt to a changed era is becoming a cause de jour among the technology elite.”

I’m not and editor, but I think can tighten that up: “Rich tech guy bought a newspaper. Hooray!”

Who else has been riding this bandwagon?

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

RAINING IN THE ROSE GARDEN: “Overheard: ‘Melt the Press.’ @MarkLandler of NYT pops out a Georgetown umbrella.” — NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro with the accompanying photograph. And NBC’s Luke Russert: “The #Marines holding the umbrellas at this presser are unbelievably cool, had no idea there’s military protocol for umbrella holding.”

Umbrella memories

“In my first job as a sports reporter, my editor had me hold the umbrella over him & his camera on the sidelines. Good times.” — HotAir’s Mary Katharine Ham.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 5:48 a.m.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

“So much happening-impt stuff must be slipping by for bandwidth lack. Just in my niche, turned in 7 stories in past 4 days & 8th mostly done.” — NYT‘s Charlie Savage.

ABC “Scandal” finale fallout

“So Fitz is porking a black woman to bring diversity to the Republican Party? Wow. #StartedFromATwerkNowWereHere” — Javonni Brustow, Washington editor of The DC Pundit.

“Oh damn Fitz just went rogue! And quotes Dillon Thomas to boot!” — Essence and theGrio.com‘s Sophia Nelson.

“Damn, Fitz just went Bulworth on Mellie! @ScandalABC #Gladiators” — Washington Watch and Tom Joyner Show regular Roland Martin.

“When @tonygoldwyn saw this two page monologue for the first time at the table read, he gasped. Then he dove in.” — Scandal creator and writer Shonda Rhimes.

“Mellie is going to fuck everybody. #Scandal” — @emokidsloveme.

“Liv. #shutitdown and call a locksmith.” — Avid “Scandal” watcher Shawna Thomas of NBC News as Olivia Pope nearly gets killed. And later, after Fitz sees a video in which Olivia, his mistress, has sex with another man, she writes, “OK Fitz. She is not a virgin nor your wife and she didn’t know that guy was charged w/ bedding/protecting her. STOP BEING A CHILD.”

“Can’t even type. This ending kills me! #scandalfinale” — Actress Kerry Washington, who plays Olivia Pope.

“Lemme get this straight, the season finale of Scandal is on during #ScandalWeek? THIS TOWN” — TPM Assistant Editor Igor Bobic.

Brian’s Stelter’s walk on the moon

“I vividly remember my first time watching ‘The Office.’ It was May 2005, on my laptop, on a train from Baltimore to NY.” — NYT‘s Brian Stelter. And were you simultaneously monitoring your Tumblr account, Facebooking, and checking your MySpace?

The power of ass kissing

“The power of @carr2n: He tweets your story and you get 126 clicks in 15 minutes.” — Slate‘s Jack Shafer in reference to NYT‘s David Carr.

Journo annoyed by mouth breather

“This kid who is mouth breathing next to me really needs to get off the train. Can’t deal. #imsoannoying” — Roll Call‘s Emily Cahn.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Intrigued by Cool Ranch tacos tho I’m normally not a Taco Bell fan & hearing cool ranch flavor gets overwhelmed by filling. Anybody tried?” — Washington Examiner‘s Philip Klein.

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Was Rivera Muzzled? A Tale of the Tape

One man’s cut is another man’s dip is another man’s “Sorry, I’m not hearing anything.”

On Monday NYT‘s Brian Stelter reported on a bit from an upcoming book by Bloomberg View‘s Jonathan Alter. The part in question alleges that just days before the 2012 presidential election, nearly two months after terrorist attacks on a U.S. consulate in Libya, FNC CEO Roger Ailes personally called one of his channel’s producers and ordered that Geraldo Rivera‘s mic be cut.

In the segment in which Rivera appeared, he criticized his colleague Eric Bolling for what he said was politicizing the attack. As the segment droned on for seven minutes, Ailes ordered the muzzling of Rivera, according to Alter’s book.

Stelter wrote that he sought comment from FNC, which never returned his request (not unusual for the channel’s illustriously choosy PR department). Instead, a spokesperson for FNC went to Mediaite and gave them their side: It was that FNC Executive Vice President of Programming Bill Shine, who called up the producer and ordered not Rivera’s mic be cut, but that the show’s hosts move on to another, less emotionally-charged subject. (The next segment was on immigration, not at all an polarizing topic).

Rivera denied Alter’s account in a tweet. Alter replied, asking why Rivera’s “office” didn’t deny the claim when he called to ask about it. “Specifically to Jonathan Alter, I like you mate,” Rivera countered, “but you never spoke with me about Benghazi and you never asked if Roger Ailes cut my mic.”

Mediaite‘s Andrew Kirell posted the full video from the segment in question, noting that “At no point during the segment is Rivera inaudible.”

Oliver Willis over at the anti-FNC Media Matters disagreed. He also posted the full video, claiming to hear “a change in Rivera’s microphone volume.”

What you can take away from watching and listening to either clip… Read more

Media Beat: Brian Stelter on Being Matt Lauer’s Nemesis

Brian Stelter, who launched TVNewser almost 10 years ago, is now a published author. “Top of the Morning,” out today, lays bare a tumultuous year for network morning news shows which saw one anchor pack her bags, another face a serious health issue, a ratings leader fall — and lose a quarter of its audience — and an entirely new show launch.

In his first interview for the book, Stelter tells us about the secrecy behind “Top of the Morning,” the access he got, and what he thinks about being called Matt Lauer‘s nemesis.

  • Part II, tomorrow: What happens when Brian Stelter Tweets something he shouldn’t?

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Morning Chatter – April Fool’s Edition

MSNBC Host Pities the Fool

“April 1: A.K.A. Amateur Night at the Twitter-prov” – Chuck Todd

Gotcha

“Already tricked twice today. And it’s only 8:45. Happy April Fools Day everyone” – NYT‘s Brian Stelter

Dylan Judges You

You guys are supposed to be reporters. Stop effing about with fake news stories, holiday be damned.” – Politico‘s Dylan Byers

Sourpuss

“April Fools’ Day is stupid.” – HuffPost‘s Amanda Terkel

Finally: The Ezzy Show?

Our prayers may soon be answered. A story by NYT‘s Brian Stelter over the weekend hints that our Ezzy (a.k.a Rep. Ezra Klein (D-Washington Post) may land his own program on MSNBC. One thing’s for sure, he’s our pick over MSNBC Boybander Chris Hayes, who has a show, a book and a staff goddammit. Note to producers: We’re thinking politics with a dash of cooking.

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Morning Reading List 10.08.12.

1. Tucker, bow-ties, page views and the NYT — On Sunday NYT media writer Brian Stelter had a story that’s likely to creep under the skin of some in Washington media. It’s an extremely favorable yarn about The Daily Caller‘s success with a news peg on last week’s 2007 video of President Obama, which some dismissed as over-hyped. The piece states that traffic-wise the outlet has surpassed The Hill and is gaining on The Washington Times. They regard WaPo as among their chief competitors. Memorable line: Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson — “It took me 20 years to realize that wearing a bow tie is like wearing a middle finger around your neck.”

2. Rich Man Poor Man — WaPo, for all its digital irritations, has a great infographic out this morning detailing members of Congress and their wealth. With the click of a mouse, we can see a lawmaker’s net worth and how, for better and worse, they handle their finances. We’re hardly nerds but we could play with this for at least an hour. See here.

3. Our Ezzy turns heads –  Columbia Journalism Review has an absolutely glowing profile out on WaPo‘s Ezra Klein. Via the Politico Playbook, we learn that author Matt Welch writes that Ez is “handsome enough to make the ladies turn their heads, and affable enough that their boyfriends compete for his attentions, too.” The headline on the story by Matt Welch is perfection: “The Boy in the Bubble.” We particularly love that Welch unleashes a Boybander explosion in the second graph and quotes one of Klein’s best buds: “He is just a good explanatory reporter and writer,” says David Weigel of Slate. But this is peculiar: There is one small graph on Klein’s JournoList, which Welch says Ez still defends though he doesn’t offer any quotes from him on it. “If anything, his professional rise has only accelerated in the wake of this kerfuffle,” writes Welch, unable to contain his unstoppable admiration for his story subject.

Should CNN’s King Adopt C’est La Vie Attitude?

CNN axed its 6 p.m. show John King USA this week, effectively demoting John King, the host. NYT‘s Brian Stelter broke the news. The network, which is facing serious ratings issues all around, said it would be replacing the program with an extra hour of The Situation Room and King would become lead national campaign correspondent.

We’ll see how long that lasts.

King is a veteran TV journalist with years of experience covering politics. He hosted two Republican primary debates this election. Yet, here he is now without a show to call his own so close to the election. We hear his contract is up before the year is out. What should he do?

Answer our Fish Poll. We’ll run the results on Monday.

Politico Editor Suggests Roberts is Gay

Why did ABC News’ Robin Roberts score the big interview with President Obama about gay marriage? Lots of folks, from the NYT‘s Brian Stelter to Politico‘s Dylan Byers, have weighed in with their analysis.

But Politico Deputy Breaking News Editor Ryan Kearney went there, suggesting that Roberts is, in fact, gay herself.

“The question no one’s asking: Will Robin Roberts clarify her stance on gay marriage?” tweeted Kearney.

It’s one thing to speculate privately that Roberts is gay — as Gawker reports through anonymous sourcing at the network, it’s long been assumed by many — but to do so publicly both exhibits a.) a bit of chutzpah b.) a bit of inappropriateness and c.) begs perhaps the most important question: Are Kearney’s bosses at Politico okay with an editor throwing out such sensational charges with no sourcing whatsoever?

We reached out to VandeHarris for comment.

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