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Weekend Show Preview – 9.21.14

SundayShows-w-candyWho’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked.

Highlights include former CIA deputy director Michael Morell on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Rep. Peter King (R-NY) on “FOX News Sunday,” and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS.”

Not all lineups have been announced. But click through for those that have and we’ll continue to update throughout the day.

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Weekend Show Preview – 9.14.14

SundayShows-w-candyWho’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked.

Highlights include James Brown, host of “The NFL Today” on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on “FOX News Sunday” and CNN’s “State of the Union,” and TMZ’s Harvey Levin on FOX News’ “Media Buzz.”

Not all lineups have been announced. But click through for those that have and we’ll continue to update throughout the day.

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WaPo Benghazi Tweet Elicits Reader Outrage

Everywhere you look these days, someone is offended about something. So let’s begin with the offending tweet.

 

Washington Examiner‘s conservative columnist Byron York retweeted the offensive nugget and remarked, “Actual WaPo tweet.” A Capitol Hill aide who would only speak on condition of anonymity said, “Hey, let’s dismiss and marginalize those who are concerned about the lives lost at Benghazi!”

They weren’t alone in their outrage. Many others followed suit:

Instapundit: “@washingtonpost Thanks for your constructive response to a national tragedy. Also, filmmaker Nakoula is still in jail.”

Jenna Brockman of Austin, Texas: “@washingtonpost i’m a broke white girl and i’m following every MINUTE of #Benghazi b/c i CARE about THIS COUNTRY. UNFOLLOWING U IMMEDIATELY.”

Marie from Texas: “Hi @washingtonpost I’m in my twenties and I’m a female who is tweeting about #BenghaziHearing. Looks like you’re wrong & also an asshole.”

Jon Gabriel: “Not dead service foreign service personnel.”

LK: “What in the real life fuck?!”

Trish: “@washingtonpost You people are disgusting. No wonder Reagan called you the Washington COMPOST!”

Comfy Paws: “I’m a middle class white woman @washingtonpost. <– hacks.”

Don Surber, editorial writer for the Charleston Daily Mail: “I remember when the Washington Post was a newspaper. Now it it’s a Twitter Trolling Attention Whore.”

Mr. Georgia Pines: “The Washington Post can blow me.”

Townhall‘s Katie Pavlich: “Hi @washingtonpost not only am I tweeting about Benghazi, I’m at the hearing wearing a red dress & heels. Not exactly a rich-middle aged man.”

Tick Tock: WHCD 2013

By Betsy Rothstein, Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner was a blur this year as stars, journalists, nerdy political types — and Psy — rubbed elbows. Well, not Psy, he was busy smoking. But the rest of ‘em fawned and frolicked around the Washington Hilton oohing and ahhing at one another’s evening wear. People watching was admittedly pretty phenomenal. As evidenced by the shrieks coming from young, female bystanders salivating at the mere sight of a star. Each time an actor or well-known journalist walked by, they screamed and barked things out at them like faux paparazzi. In a moment of hilarity, one journalist, who shall remain nameless, was heard biting a security employee’s head off as they kept constantly trying to herd and push a small smattering of people waiting by the door from one end to the other. “I have two tickets, I have a right to be here and I’m not moving,” the person snapped in a display of spectacular irritation. Security immediately backed right down and eased away. And the lesson is? Yelling wins! (By the way, pictured above: actress Kate Walsh.)

4:35 p.m. Betsy tells Eddie she need 15 more minutes. He replies, “Are you trying to squeeze in a size 8 dress again?”

5:42 p.m. Eddie is running slightly behind because he has no idea how to tie a bow-tie and he couldn’t get the Tucker Carlson consult. As usual, Carlson skipped out of town for the WHCD. We learned later in the evening that he’s in New Orleans riding Go Karts with Daily Caller Publisher Neil Patel.

6:13 p.m. Settling in at the lobby of the Washington Hilton for some major people watching. MC Hammer sighting. Girls screaming, “WOO HOO! WOO HOO!”

6:14 p.m. TIME‘s Zeke Miller enters in a wrinkly blazer.

6:15 p.m. DJ at Atlantic party may have Tourette’s. Ticking and chirping, etc…

6:16 p.m. Fox News Correspondent Peter Doocy sighting. This guy is too tall and everywhere this weekend.

6:17 p.m. Washington Examiner Nikki Schwab sighting. Her hair is in curls this evening. Very pleasant interaction.

6:18 p.m. Woman walks into the Hilton wearing a kimono.

6:19 p.m. It’s Kathleen Turner. The gaggle of girls in the lobby: “Kathleen we love you!!!”

6:20 p.m. Amy Poehler walks by. “Ahh ahh we love you Amy!”

6:21 p.m. CBS’ Gayle King has entered the hotel in a stunner of a kelly green gown by Vicky Tiel.

6:22 p.m. A rando woman who won’t stop yapping is saying to her friends, “I’m walking around the house going, does this match?”

6:23  p.m. The NPR greeter awaiting NPR party guests in the front of the hotel looks like he should be at the airport. He’s a vision of nerdy perfection.

6:24 p.m. Washington Examiner‘s Byron York walks into the hotel and promptly walks down the wrong set of stairs.

6: 25 p.m. It’s Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera! He’s all smiles for anyone who approaches. Up close his mustache is nothing short of thick and amazing.

6:27 p.m. A Jon Huntsman sighting. He walks in with a lovely blonde (presumably his wife) on his arm.

6:28 p.m. We get reprimanded for the second time for standing in the “wrong” place. Is there a right place? Who knows?

6:30 p.m. Holy shit. It’s Nicole Kidman. Bradley Cooper follows shortly thereafter.

6: 32 p.m. House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor is hanging out by the entrance.

6:35 p.m. Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis drawing major stares in the lobby. Wilde’s flowing chocolate brown dress is unbelievable beautiful.

6:37 p.m. A young woman walking with CBS “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley has ample cleavage.

6:40 p.m. Sightings: White House Press Sec. Jay Carney. Chicago Sun TimesClarence Page. Kathleen Sebelius. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

6:41 p.m. Dave Weigel, a big FishbowlDC fan, has been spotted. Later he’ll watch us like a hawk even though we’re not snapping his picture tonight or bothering him whatsoever.

6:45 p.m. The kid from Glee! is here. Wasn’t he at Tammy’s?

6:50 p.m. Publicist and Hollywood on the Potomac blogger Janet Donovan spotted in the bar line at the Atlantic, CBS, NJ pre-party. Janet insists this is her last year doing this. “I’ve been doing this since 1971,” she says wearily. “Enough is enough.”

6:55 p.m. Bob Schieffer holding court at the CBS party. Worlds colliding. Glee! kid spotted talking to Mother Jones Bureau Chief David Corn. WTF?

6:59 p.m. CBS news anchor and producer Julie Chen stands out in bright pink dress that may have been the second best frock of the evening. Olivia Wilde’s gown was hard to beat.

7 p.m. Andy Cohen from Bravo is here. He has some schmutz on his blazer.

7: 05 p.m. Overheard: “He’s very brave here coming with his ugly wife.”

7:06 p.m. Reince Priebus sighting. Later he’ll be a dumb joke in Conan’s monologue.

7:16 p.m. Ed Helms telling his girlfriend that people come here “for the food.”

7:17 p.m. Psy‘s handlers are a bunch of asses. “No, we did red carpet interviews. We’re not doing any more.” Regarding Psy and pictures, guest says, “This isn’t Korea. This is America.”

7:18 p.m. Peter cuts U.S. Treasury Sec. Jack Lew in a line. Way to go Peter!

7:19 p.m. CNBC’s Jim Cramer is yelling. Read more

Ask Piranhamous Anything

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another installment of: “Ask Piranhamous Anything.” And we do mean anything. Send your queries to FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com. This isn’t an advice column — Piranhamous doesn’t know what the hell you should do with your life any more than you do — and worse, he doesn’t care. Try to keep your questions short — we want to keep this fun, simple, funny and insightful.

1. What do you think about covering interns working at Washington’s newspapers. Acceptable or not? Also: Do you find it hypocritical that WaPo journos like Gene Weingarten get incensed about so-called mocking of interns when WaPo itself has called for them to be mocked?

As much as it doesn’t seem like it, interns are people too. As such, they should be treated accordingly. They’re fairly worthless at work, but who else is going to crash parties, get drunk and potentially hook up with editors? OK, the second point could be any journalist, and the third point too. But the first one, well, journalists are generally invited to the parties, so no crashing for them. Look, I’ve never thought interns were “special” and should be treated with kid gloves. If they’re willing, they’re adults. It’s getting to the point that we treat everyone up to retirement age like they’re a baby bird. Time to get over it and join the real world.

2. Name a few journos you think are worth reading: One male and one female please.

Byron York is always a good read, always has been, as is FBDC’s Betsy (a little ass-kissing never hurts). But I probably spend the most time reading Dave Weigel at Slate and Tim Carney at the Examiner. Call me a sexist all you want but I don’t really notice the genitals of the journos I’m reading.

3. What did you think of the NYT story on Mitt Romney in the home section? Should MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough be embarrassed for saying John Kerry didn’t get such treatment in 2004 when, in fact, he did on A1?

I don’t remember many stories about President Obama’s neighbors in 2008, mostly because they are people like Tony Rezko and Bill Ayers and the media didn’t really want to point that out. So I think the criticism is valid. MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough should be embarrassed for a lot of reason, not the least of which is working at MSNBC, but not this. The fact that stories were written about John Kerry isn’t as relevant as the fact that no one remembers them without a Google search. That they were written about it one thing, that they were not hyped or covered repeatedly on cable news is another. Therein lies the difference.

 

 

Will You Read Ed Klein’s ‘The Amateur’?

At the start of this week Edward Klein‘s latest tell-all book The Amateur was published. It is a biography on Barack Obama‘s presidency filled with all the dirty details and shocking claims expected from Klein who has written similar books on Hillary Clinton, Katie Couric and Jackie Kennedy.

So far, claims picking up buzz from the book, which is purportedly based on 200 interviews, include an alleged bribe of Obama’s former pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright to keep quiet during the 2008 election, a feud between Obama’s wife Michelle and Oprah Winfrey and former president Bill Clinton calling Obama an “amateur.”

Predictably, the White House has pushed back. “Nobody in their right mind would believe the nonsense in this one, especially since both Secretary Clinton and President Clinton have been loyal and supportive of the president at every turn,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz has said of the book.

On FNC Friday conservative columnist Byron York said “[Klein's] last book in 2005 about Hillary Clinton was extremely controversial, claimed that she was a lesbian and all sorts of kind of out-there stuff.” He added, “It was denounced as a whole pack of lies by everybody involved.

Even so, excerpts from Klein’s book have been picked up by the WaPo, New York Post, Washington Examiner, New York Magazine, The Daily Caller and by the news site I also write for, The Blaze.

Let us know what you think about Klein’s book in our Fish Poll below. We’ll run the results tomorrow.

Daily Caller and ATR Bask in Breitbart

Apparently Ann Coulter isn’t the only one who sends her book covers to Matt Drudge for approval.

Last night, at a party for Andrew Breitbart‘s new book “Righteous Indignation” hosted by The Daily Caller and Americans for Tax Reform, Breitbart admitted to doing the same.

Drudge told Breitbart he looked “like [he] went 10 rounds and won.” He also sought the advice of former Daily Caller columnist S.E. Cupp of GlennBeck.com, who said, “You look like Rip Torn when he got caught with his D.U.I.”

In brief speeches at the soiree, ATR’s Chris Butler said the book was “wonderful” and that he’d “devoured it,” while Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson called the night an “opportunity to bask in the glory of Andrew Breitbart.”

Breitbart then took the mic. Some of the best quotes:

  • After cursing a few times: “My enemies are those who wouldn’t allow these expletives at a conservative party.” Carlson shouted “Fuck yeah!”
  • “I know you’re supposed to be polite in this town.”
  • MSNBC’s Martin Bashir “planted the seed of suicide in Michael Jackson‘s head.”

The party, at ATR’s downtown office, featured an open bar and free copies of Breitbart’s book, which he signed: “Fight the man!”

Among the hundreds of guests: Politico‘s Mike Allen, HuffPost‘s Jon Ward, Weekly Standard‘s Stephen F. Hayes, Republican pollster and CNN contributor Kellyanne Conway, NMS’ and formerly Washington Examiner‘s J.P. Freire, Cullen Murphy of the Atlantic, Human EventsJason Mattera, Tony Blankley, CNN contributor Amy Holmes, recent Daily Caller hires Ginny Thomas and Publicist Kurt Bardella, ATR’s Grover Norquist, and Washington Examiner‘s Byron York, Tim Carney, and “Yeas & Nays” columnist Nikki Schwab. Also in attendance were TWT’s Liz Glover and Wonkette‘s Riley Waggaman, who were hoping to speak with Breitbart about the recent Wonkette controversy over a story the site published mocking Trig Palin.

We hope they made it home safely.

UPDATE: Waggaman emailed to clarify that Glover was there representing TWT, not Wonkette, and that her editors had other questions for her to ask Breitbart. He also said he had no plan to ask Breitbart about the Wonkette story. “When I am at an event with Breitbart, my primary objective is to get a silly photo with him, or maybe even let him squeeze my ass,” he wrote.

Presumed Gloatfest for Conservative Journos

The Weekly Standard and Washington Examiner are scheduled to hold a post-election panel in which political editors and writers will analyze midterm election results and the new political landscape.

Event organizers are presuming that come election day Republicans will take control of the House. The release states, “the Washington Examiner’s senior political and congressional reporters, along with The Weekly Standard’s Fred Barnes will analyze the 2010 election results and look ahead to how President Obama will deal with a likely Republican-controlled House, what Tea Party candidates will do in Congress, and how the results will shape the GOP presidential field for 2012.”

The Panel

Bill Kristol (moderator), Editor, The Weekly Standard
Michael Barone, Senior Political Analyst, Washington Examiner
Byron York, Chief Political Columnist, Washington Examiner
Susan Ferrechio, Chief Congressional Correspondent, Washington Examiner
Fred Barnes, Executive Editor, The Weekly Standard

When/Where

Friday, Nov. 5 at 11:30 a.m. at the National Press Club, 529, 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20045

More information: Contact Dan Wilson at dwilson@sbpublicaffairs.com.


Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

QUOTES of THE DAY

Journo suggests Slurpee summit

“When the midterm elections are over, Obama should host a Slurpee summit with Republican Leaders.” — CBS News Radio White House correspondent Mark Knoller in a Thursday tweet.

Enamored by the French (sort of)

“Love the way this French philosopher on Parker-Spitzer is pronouncing Sarah Palin‘s name: [SAH-ruh pa-LEEN]” — CNN’s T.J. Holmes in a Thursday tweet.

The French perspective from BHL: ‘Obama is more American than Mrs. Palin.’ — Washington Examiner‘s Chief Political Correspondent Byron York in a Thursday tweet.

Alluring fried aroma rattles reporter

“There is something unfair about running six miles and then getting into an elevator that smells of Five Guys. Do the gods want me fat?” – AP‘s Phil Elliott in a too irresistible not to print tweet from Thursday.

Byron Irked by Lack of Formality

The Washington Examiner‘s Chief Political Correspondent Byron York wants more formality in our political banter. In a tweet just moments ago, he wrote:

“Can we have CoS whom journalists don’t refer to by first name? In earlier WHs, didn’t talk of Josh/Andy/John/Leon–can we go back to that?”

He is of course, referring to Rahm (that would be Emanuel), who is reportedly leaving his post Friday.

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