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Incest Desk: Newsbusters Gives Krauthammer a Kiss

The conservative media is so amusing sometimes. Every day the narrative is the same as it was yesterday — the liberal media this, the MSM that, the liberal media is in bed with the White House, the Congress and, of course, Alec Baldwin.

This is not to say they don’t sometimes make cogent, rational points. But what about when the conservative media ass kisses its own? What then? Is that also media bias or is that rationalized away as fair game for all the alleged sickening behavior of the MSM (or Lamestream Media as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin might put it)?

Today Newsbusters, an often smart, conservative-minded media website, has an interesting interview with syndicated righty columnist Charles Krauthammer. They even report news that some might not know — which is that the NYT once offered him a column and he turned it down to stay put at WaPo.

But where they lose me is in the first two lines of the story: “One of NewsBusters’ favorite conservative commentators is Charles Krauthammer. We had the privilege of sitting down with him at last month’s Republican National Convention to discuss amongst other things our favorite topic – liberal media bias.”

What’s astonishing is their inability to recognize their own media bias within a discussion on media bias — how meta. Do we need to know Newsbusters plays favorites? Why plant a giant kiss on Krauthammer’s lips at the onset of the interview? One gets the sense that the news outlet is mighty proud to have landed the interview with King Krauthammer.

Let’s move on to media bias. “It hasn’t changed,” Krauthammer says, quickly moving into lengthy incestuous answer in which he smooches his own employer, WaPo. “I think the editorial page of the Washington Post is the best in the country,” he tells Newsbusters. Oh really, Sour-Kraut? Do tell. “I think it’s the best editorial page around,” he continues. “It’s quite balanced.” How nice. We’ve never heard this “fair and balanced” phrasing before. But especially nice is this: “Nobody’s ever edited a word I’ve written (for content) in 26 years. Ever. Except once.” In that instance, he used the word “gay” to mean happy. The love affair just gets deeper and deeper.

Finally in the last sentence of his answer, he finally stops ass kissing WaPo long enough to sort of answer the question and declares that “the Times, newspapers, the networks, NPR, PBS, you go down the line, CNN, MSNBC of course” are all “uniformly liberal.” He goes on to cite a CNN documentary of the Cold War as a prime example of liberal bias.

Later in the interview, Newsbusters staff, the byline for the interview, compliments Krauthammer for his appearances on Inside Washington, saying, “Well, it’s also tag-team wrestling and you’re normally winning.” They conclude the interview with a neck massage: “Thanks, Charles. Keep up the good fight.”

Here’s a thought, Newsbusters. How about just interview Krauthammer, report some news and whatever entertaining and informative things he might say and leave your make out session to off hours.

Washington’s ‘Powerful’ Club

GQ released it’s “50 Most Powerful People in Washington” list today.

Journalists who made the list include NBC Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd (#19). They write, “Through sheer ubiquity alone, Todd might be the most important political journalist working today. Throw in the fact that he’s widely liked, not at all flashy, and smart as hell, and it’s no contest.” The burnt orange hued background on his picture is the least offensive among the backdrops, but it still turns your stomach a little. UPDATE: Todd remarked to FBDC, “I’m feeling a tad self-conscious about my wardrobe. Not sure I could get into GQ for how I dress.” WaPo‘s wonky and obviously stylish Democratic strategist Ezra Klein rolls in at #34. “…[the] not-yet-30-year-old has become a singular journalistic force.” Congratulations Ezzy! We don’t care for the ugly canary yellow backdrop they placed you in, but life goes on. At #38 is WaPo‘s Capital Weather Gang a group of 15 meteorologists/weather geeks. Politico‘s Mike Allen slips in at #40. After dunking his mug in a funky neon green background, they say Playbook is what most people read before they roll out of bed but insist the field of morning newsletters is getting awfully crowded out there. Finally, at #45 is syndicated conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer.

See the full power list here. WaPo‘s “The Reliable Source” wrote up a broader item on this list this morning that included politicians, a chef and event planners Jayne Sandman and Barbara Martin.

Separated at Birth: Charles Krauthammer

Today we pair Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist and FNC panelist Charles Krauthammer with Orlando Criminal Defense Attorney Mark NeJame, who has appeared on everything from FNC’s Greta Van Susteren‘s “On the Record” to Dr. Phil. Krauthammer also has a pinch of Grinch. Note the frightening similarities.



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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Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers


ABC’s White House Correspondent Jake Tapper: “An honor for me to meet a man like Daniel Hernandez” The photograph was posted on Twitter by Tapper.

ABC7′s Stephen Tschida offers warning

“If traveling on foot be careful kids. just saw a woman wipe-out on a bike. very slick in d-c. icy sidewalks=breaks, bumps and bruises.” – ABC7′s wild train rider Stephen Tschida in a Wednesday tweet.

Journo notes all-male panels on networks

“So far the all-male panel on CNN has a much bigger problem w/ pep rally atmosphere than the all-male panel on Fox News.” – Business Insider Editor/The Wire‘s Glynnis MacNicol in a Wednesday tweet.

WaPo‘s The Fix is a crier?

“Wow. This a tearkjerker of a speech. But @thefix is a crier, like John Boehner.” – WaPo‘s @TheFix in a Wednesday tweet.

Journo wants another man’s voice

“Not gonna lie: really wish I had Tom Brokaw’s voice.” – The Nation‘s Washington Bureau Chief Chris Hayes in a Wednesday tweet. (No arguments here.) Hayes occasionally fills in for MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. He recently remarked that he was glad to watch her rather than be her sub that evening.

Krauthammer’s name gets bludgeoned by Droid

“Droid rendered Krauthammer as Crutnacker. (You can’t make this stuff up. At least, I can’t.) #verysmartphone” – Lex Alexander, a writer, editor and publicist in Greensboro, NC (and a major exception to this feature). He is, of course, referring to conservative columnist and FNC contributor Charles Krauthammer.

Arianna says: ‘Stick your neck out’

“To succeed, you’ve got to stick your neck out. This new book shows how to do it w/o getting your head chopped off.” – HuffPost‘s Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington in a Wednesday tweet regarding this book. As of late, Huffington has been getting hammered for a bizarre BlackBerry altercation aboard a United Airlines flight to D.C. that resulted in a whole lot of nothing but a blustery fellow flier who became unhinged over her alleged BlackBerrying. The above book is about how to conquer anything that stands in your way – and maybe that includes that uptight flier who still thinks tapping away on a BlackBerry could bring down an airplane.

TV journo gives herself time out

“And now this brief word: I am suspending myself from Twitter temporarily, after @jamiedupree pointed out I tweeted “Gillerbrand”.” – CNN Radio reporter Lisa Desjardins in a Wednesday tweet referring to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

And the Bradley Prizes Go To…

michael-barone-1-sized.jpg The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation today named the winners of the Bradley Prizes for “outstanding achievement awarded annually to prominent scholars and engaged citizens.” Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony in Washington on Wednesday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. Each award carries a stipend of $250,000.

The 2010 Bradley prize winners are: Michael Barone, senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner, and resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute; Paul A. Gigot, editorial page editor of WSJ and winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize in Commentary. Other winners include Bradley Smith, a law professor at Capital University, and a former member of the FEC; and John Taylor, an economics professor at Stanford.

The ceremony is to take place at the Kennedy Center.

Who chose the winners? See the judges after the jump…

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Stewart Questions Fox News Sunday’s Krauthammer’s Heart

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The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart took a swipe at Fox News Sunday roundtable contributor and WaPo conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer Wednesday night on his show for a statement he made on “humanitarian crisis” in the Middle East.

“..If you can’t even look at Gaza and agree that there is suffering there that needs to be alleviated no matter whose to blame, then your heart is so dead that tourists go there to float on their backs in it,” he said of Krauthammer’s assessment that there really is no “humanitarian crisis” going on in Gaza.

Watch the show here. The part on Krauthammer starts at 6:55.

This is not the first time Stewart has skewered Krauthammer. Watch a 2009 clip here.
“Ahh..national interest is a fickle little bitch,” Stewart cracked, remarking on what he perceived to be Krauthammer’s flip flopping on torture.

A GOP Lawmaker Asks WHAT?

Which GOP lawmaker asked this questionable Q last night at the Radio & TV Correspondent’s dinner?

“Who’s that man in the wheelchair?”

Oops! That man would be Charles Krauthammer, a well-known conservative columnist and a regular on the “Fox News Sunday” roundtable.

(We’ll never tell who the lawmaker was, but we will make fun of
him about it when we see him next.)

Krauthammer and Ailes on ‘Underpants’ Politics

abc_d_PETN_underwear_091228_main.jpgHere’s the scenario: you’re going on a Sunday morning talk show and among a variety of topics, you’ll discuss the guy who had bomb material sewn into his underwear for a Christmas Day flight. So what terminology do you use?

On Sunday columnist Charles Krauthammer and Fox News President Roger Ailes appeared on respective shows – Krauthammer on his usual “Fox News Sunday” panel, and Ailes on ABC “This Week” for the first time with guest host Barbara Walters.

“Now we’re going to have to take everybody’s underpants off,” Ailes told Walters. Krauthammer, meanwhile, remarked about a “guy who had a bomb in his underpants.”

In each case on Sunday, both men used “underpants” to describe the Christmas Day criminal.

Awkward to watch, indeed. The use of “underpants” from either of these stalwarts is tough to hear.

Each journalist/talk show host handles the words differently.

Christmas Day Terrorist Names and References

Captain Crotchfire
Who has said it: HuffPost’s Jason Linkins

Fruit of the Boom
Who has said it: MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow

Christmas Bomber
Who has said it: CNN’s Anderson Cooper

Undie Bomber Fiasco
Who has said it: CBS’s Bob Schieffer

Panty Bomber
Who has said it: MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann

Underwear Bomber
Who has said it: WaPo’s Howard Kurtz

“I fly a lot. I want to know how a guy can get three ounces of plastic in his underwear.”
Who has said it: Democratic Strategist James Carville on CNN.

Fruit of the Lunatic
Who has said it: CBS’s David Letterman, describing the brand of underwear the bomber likely wore.

Airport Crotch Screening
Who has said it: Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Former President Bill Clinton, NY Governor David Paterson (D), Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA)

CBS’ Face the Nation: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

ABC’s This Week: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and a roundtable with WaPo‘s Bob Woodward, NYT‘s Tom Friedman, ABC’s Martha Raddatz and ABC’s and columnist George Will

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO), Virginia Gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell (R), filmmaker James O’Keefe and a panel with Fox News analysts former White House press secretary Dana Perino, NPR’s Mara Liasson, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and CNN’s Mary Matalin and James Carville

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz:
“The View” and HLN’s Joy Behar, CNN’s Ed Henry, Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson, WaPo‘s Kathleen Parker, USA Today Live’s Lauren Ashburn

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: CNBC’s Trish Regan, Time‘s Richard Stengel, NYT‘s Andrew Ross Sorkin and WaPo‘s Kathleen Parker

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: LAT‘s Doyle McManus, Time‘s Karen Tumulty, McClatchy News’ Nancy Youssef and Politico‘s John Harris

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Presidential adviser John Podesta

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Vice President Joe Biden, Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) and a panel with WaPo‘s Kevin Merida, syndicated columnist and author Deborah Mathis, American Urban Radio Networks’ April Ryan, Comcast Network Washingtong bureau chief and Philadelphia Tribune columnist Robert Traynham, TWT‘s Armstrong Williams and Interactive one’s Smokey Fontaine

CNN’s Amanpour: President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, U.S. Special Representative Richard Holbrooke, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe

Will update as we learn them.