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Maddow to Pen Column for WaPo

In something of a backwards move in this day and age, a TV personality is taking on a print gig. Rachel Maddow of MSNBC fame will be writing a monthly column for The Washington Post, according to a memo from Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt:

We are delighted to announce that Rachel Maddow, host of MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” will be joining The Washington Post’s Opinion section as a monthly columnist. We expect that she will bring to Post readers the strong arguments, sharp wit and thoughtful analysis of political and social issues that have made her show an Emmy Award winner.

We can only guess what the big egg-head will write about (everything), but we know she’ll probably be right. She usually is. We just hope she manages to master the delicate art of tone. A newspaper column is a dangerous place for an opinionated loud mouth -just ask Richard Cohen. Plus MSNBC’s legion of mini-Maddows (Hayes, Bashir, Baldwin, Matthews) have all been getting themselves into various degrees of trouble lately. Let’s see if Rachel can make a splash in the Old Media world without making trouble for herself or her network.

Sunday Show Preview

Image courtesy of Salon.com.

Image courtesy of Salon.com.

Who’s on the weekend shows this week? Glad you asked:

–CBS’s “Face the Nation“:  LBJ daughter Luci Baines Johnson Turpin; reporter Hugh Ainesworthy, who witnessed the assassination of JFK, arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald, and assassination of Oswald by Jack Ruby; former AP reporter Mike CochranDr. Ronald Jones of Parkland Hospital who treated Kennedy AND Oswald; Historians Douglas Brinkley and Thurston Clarke; Poli-scientist Larry Sabato; the eminently reasonable David Gergen; and the eminently whimsical Peggy Noonan

–”Fox News Sunday“: WY Senate Candidate Liz Cheney; Former MD Lt. Gov Kathleen Kennedy Townsend; former Representative and current JFK nephew Patrick Kennedy (RI-D), “Power Player” (whatever that means) Scott Hartwig; and the Panel: Brit Hume, Bob Woodward, and George Will (Mumbles, Grumbles, and Doc)

–NBC’s “Meet the Press“: House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA-D) (Did we mention we’re getting wasted with her Tuesday?), Republican Lifeboat Sen. Kelly Ayotte (NH); and the Roundtable: Tom Brokaw (BOOM), Kathleen Parker (sans Spitzer), Mike “Sexy and He Knows It” Murphy, and Chris Matthews (now with washable bib!)

–ABC’s “This Week“: Sen. Kirstin “Stop the Madness” Gillibrand (NY-D); (Do You Recall ) Gov.Scott Walker (WI-R); and the Roundtable: Just Back from Afghanistan Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL-R), Washington’s Busiest Lady Gwen Ifill, Matthew “No Friend of Karl Rove” Dowd, Bizarro Karl Rove David Plouffe, Howard “I Don’t Need No Footstool” Dean, Pulitzer Prize Winning Bret Bret Stephens, and, again, Patrick Kennedy; also Documentary Legend Ken Burns, and Future Warlord Erik Prince

–CNN’s “State of the Union“: To be announced.

–PBS’s “Washington Week“: The crane-like Danz Balz of WaPo; the dashing John Harwood of CNBC and NYT; and the lovely Jeff Zeleny of ABC News

We’ll update as we know more.

Amid Cover Controversy, TIME Ups Duffy And Jones

TimelogoTIME Executive Editor and Washington Bureau Chief Michael Duffy and Executive Editor Radhika Jones have been promoted to Deputy Managing Editors, according to an internal memo from TIME Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs. Duffy, a long-time Washington hand, who has been at TIME since 1985 and Executive editor since 2011, has been in the news recently, defending his magazine’s controversial “Chris Christie is a Big Fat Elephant” cover.

He explained to Chris Matthews yesterday, ”Well, [Christie]‘s obviously a big guy. He’s obviously a big Republican. But he’s also done a really huge thing here this week.” Nice save, Mike.

Duffy has shepherded big cover stories all year at TIME, like April’s story about the “Latino Reformation” and “Bitter Pill” about exorbitant hospital costs.

Jones came to TIME from the Paris Review in 2008 and was also promoted to Executive Editor in 2011. She has taken over their core features such as Person of the Year and the TIME 100. She has also introduced Interview-style interviews to TIME, enlisting Michael Bloomberg to interview Jay-Z and Barack Obama to intervew Tom Coburn, among others.

Gutfeld Compares Matthews to Doorknob

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Man, Chris Matthews just can’t win on Fox News.

First, Greta Van Susteren goes after the bigmouth talk show host, saying, “He may be for sale, I am not.” She blasted him after he told Ora TV that hosts on cable networks are forced to slant liberal or conservative.

Now, Greg Gutfeld has a few choice words for him. Read more

Afternoon Reading List 10.16.13

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MSNBC makes it awkward: According to The Hill’s Jonathan Easley, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) got into a pretty charged-up conversation with MSNBC host Thomas Roberts on Tuesday. She repeatedly told him that his remarks were “inappropriate” and staunchly defended her stance regarding the current government stalemate. After the line of questioning reached its most heated moment, MSNBC cut to a press conference being given by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Why you should read it: Honestly, read it so that you don’t have to watch or hear the video clip. Around the 3:02 mark, Blackburn and Roberts decided to loudly make their points clear to each other — and at the exact same time. The writeup is way more comprehensible. Read more here.

Daily Caller is not amused by Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher: Jeff Poor, media reporter at the Daily Caller, just had the sweetest things to say about Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher in a story posted on Tuesday about Christopher asking a tongue-in-cheek question during a White House briefing. Poor’s piece mentioned that Christopher’s name isn’t actually “Tommy Christopher.”

Why you should read it: See the mildly humorous question Christopher asked White House press secretary Jay Carney that Poor declared as the “dumbest question in history of White House press briefings.” Read more here.

Who’s leaving The Guardian for greener pastures and who’s MSNBC’s favorite guy?

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Afternoon Reading List 10.7.13

morningreadinglistresizedRand Paul grilled on “Meet The Press”: HuffPost’s Katherine Fung posted a piece on Sen. Rand Paul‘s appearance on Sunday’s “MTP.” The appearance wasn’t pretty. NBC “TODAY Show” host Savannah Guthrie grilled Paul over candid remarks he had made over a hot mic regarding the government shutdown. Paul held his own, but Guthrie was out for blood and she declined every available opportunity to lob the senator a softball.

Why you should read/watch it: You really want to see the ‘I Want To Destroy You’ grin that’s painted on Guthrie’s face as she relentlessly throws jabs at Paul. Read/watch more here.

Fox News host doesn’t understand parody: Yahoo! News blogger Eric Pfeiffer caught Fox News’ host Anna Kooiman when she accidentally tried to pass off a tidbit of information from a fake news story (found on a satirical website) on Saturday. The fake news post was written by Paul Horner and it claimed that “Obama had offered to keep the International Museum of Muslim Cultures open with cash from his own pocket.” The claim was designed to entertain using sarcasm, not confirm right-wing conspiracy theories from 2008.

Why you should read it: It really feels like the research team at Fox News just compiles Google search results of zany word combinations, like ‘Is Obama even a little Muslim?’ and ‘Totally, super serious stories about Islam and Obama,’ and ‘What’s the actual definition of sarcasm?’ Read more here.

Check out the political attack ad aimed at Democrats and the media after the jump…

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A Book Party for Chris Matthews

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Look for MSNBC President Phil Griffin at a network-hosted book party for Chris Matthews on October 15. Matthews’ new book is Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked. He worked as a top aide to the late House Speaker Tip O’Neill for six years.

The venue is PJ Clarke’s Sidecar, located a stone’s throw from the White House.

By invitation only.

Afternoon Reading List 09.05.13.

Alaskan mayor mauled by mad dog, is also a cat:  Yesterday in The Daily Caller, reporter Robby Soave broke the news of an appalling mad dog attack on a city official in the town of Talkeetna, Alaska.  Yes, the city official happened to be a cat, but that cat is the town’s mayor and has been for the past 16 years. Was the attack an accident? Probably, but could it have been the reactive protests of an oppressed canine underground against a fierce cat-tatorship, the first move made by Talkeetnaan dogs in lieu of an impending political coup? Absolutely not, but what a helluva story that would be, am I right?

Why you should read this article: Not only should you read this article, but you should donate to the cat mayor’s rehabilitation and physical therapy. If he doesn’t run again in November, then we’re hearing that the Green Party ferret will run unopposed and raise the town’s taxes on tuna and scratching posts.

Chris Matthews to Obama: “Oh no, girl you didn’t.”: In TWT this week, news writer Jessica Chasmar wrote a story on Chris Matthews appearance on “Morning Joe” Wednesday, where he blasted President Obama for making Democrat party leaders choose between supporting the President’s potential war with Syria, or breaking from party loyalty and acting on their own code of ethics. Matthews compares this to Democrat loyalty that followed Lyndon Johnson into the Vietnam War. They would eventually turn their backs on newly elected Republican Richard Nixon regarding that same conflict.

Why you should read this article: Democrats have feelings, and Matthews stands up for those little guys who want to have their cake and eat it, too. Is it too much to ask that these conflicted party members just be allowed to believe in what the party does while they remain loyal to their leader without following his lead?

Scarlett Johansson after the jump…

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Morning Chatter

“You can take the sexual piece out. That is a funny story for a child.” — BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” discussing his interview with New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner and the reaction of his kids to the story. Specifically, he was referring to taking a picture of your penis and putting it on the Internet.

EGG ON HIS FACE: “Really, because all this time I thought you were paid to spit on a camera lens.” — Daily Show’s John Oliver on MSNBC “Hardball” Host Chris Matthews claim that “this is what I do” in terms of predicting presidential candidates that he has consistently gotten wrong. Matthews predicted former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) would be nominated in 2012. This time his money’s on Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

Journo avoids barfing in cab

“Had to get out of a taxi and take the subway home for the first time because I was going to vomit from car sickness. 1st time for everything.” — BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski.

In awe of Rob Lowe

“Amazing @RollCallAbby: Rob Lowe just retweeted me. If the 14-year-old in me had any clue what Twitter was, she would faint.” — CNN’s Laura Bernadini, supervising producer for CNN’s White House unit.

In anticipation of Sydney Leathers

“I am interviewing Sydney Leathers when I sit in for Geraldo tomorrow morning. What would you ask her if you were me?” — WMAL and Breitbart‘s Larry O’Connnor last night.

Just a little light abortion tweeting

“Human life does not magically become life whenever a pro-choice woman conveniently thinks it becomes life. #ScienceSaysSo” — Breitbart Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro.

 

Morning Chatter

LET SLEEPING DOG LIE: “Someone is very happy to be home and sleeping in a bed unlike those barbarians at doggy boarding.” — Politico’s Christine Delargy, who formerly wrote for FBDC

Was it really OTR?

“It was definitely on record. We’ve had two senior editors from our organization who scrutinized ever aspect of this story. There’s no question it was an on the record conversation.” — TPM‘s Hunter Walker, author of the story in which New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner‘s Spokeswoman Barbara Morgan called ex-campaign intern Olivia Nuzzi a series of insults that are now part of her Twitter feed, as pictured here. Walker told the above to MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell last night on his program.

Eavesdrop Cafe

“Adventures in weird first date eavesdropping: ‘you’re just not into topography enough’” — BuzzFeed D.C. Bureau Chief John Stanton. He added, “I mean, who has map reading as a relationship deal breaker? I have my orienteering merit badge but that shit ain’t a fetish.”

Please, Politico, can he do this?

“If it were socially acceptable to Tweet nothing but Seinfeld lines I’d do it. And drape myself in velvet.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

The Observer

“My Twitter feed seems drunker than usual tonight. People sprung early for the impending congressional recess?” — Garance Franke-Ruta, senior editor, The Atlantic.

AC confusion?

“Air conditioning debate rages – if one says turn it down, that can mean make it warmer (as in turn down the fan).” — Dana Perino, Co-host of FNC’s “The Five.” She explained, “Husband asks why I don’t say ‘reduce’ the air conditioning …but that also can be confusion and mean make it colder! #ack!”

Father Glenn

“Now entering the lives being destroyed phase of the Weiner crack-up. Anyone getting their jollies off of this now is pretty much a sadist,” Politico‘s Glenn Thrush, whose Twitter feed has taken a decidedly preachy turn as of late. We love his passion.

Journo has karaoke advice

“The next time you think of kareoking Jason Mraz’s ‘I’m Yours’, don’t. Leave it be.” — Political blogger Dave Catanese. As some may recall, Catanese once won the highest award at a karaoke contest so he may know what he’s talking about.

Navarro says Matthews out of line…

“I’m no fan of Cruz, but this is way over the line.” — CNN’s Ana Navarro on MSNBC’s Chris Matthews calling Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) a “political terrorist.”

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:29 a.m.

Coworker Love

“Why @NikkiSchwab is the best co-worker ever: She sends out all-staff emails letting us know about #FreeSmoothieDayDC tomorrow!! :D ” — Red Alert Politics News Editor Kelsey Osterman on Nikki Schwab.

Confessional.

“ICYMI: ‘Anthony Wiener is a needy little bitch.’ (Not judging, b/c so am I.)” — The Atlantic‘s Scott Stossel, linking to Sydney Elaine Leather‘s appearance on the Howard Stern show in which she calls Weiner a “needy little bitch.”

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