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ATTENTION SHOPPERS: “They’re just like us!”HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery with the accompanying photograph.

Geraldo’s drunken Yom Kippur

“I’m filled with profound introspection for Yom Kippur fast- drinking baccardi rum and coke zero (no fruit) I am delirious drunk and starving” — FNC’s Geraldo Rivera rolls in with the anti-Yom Kippur. Way to go Geraldo! You better start now for next year.

A warning to drunken journos

“D.C. police will begin administering breath tests for suspected drunken drivers on Sept. 28, mayor’s office says.” — Washington Examiner‘s Alan Blinder.

Arianna has a sweet time in Italy

“Having dessert at the @HuffPostItalia launch party with Montserrat Dominguez.” — HuffPost-AOL’s Arianna Huffington.

Chuck Todd admits he’s biased

“I’m biased about Yom Kippur .. I love the holiday because the idea of atoning is just a refreshing way to soul cleanse.” — MSNBC and NBC’s Chuck Todd.

Tips From The Pool…Into the Deep End

“Motorcade left Kent State at 6:37 for the drive back to the airport. One member of the crowd outside Kent State held up a thumb as if requesting to hitchhike with the motorcade, which, alas, did not stop.” — NYT‘s Helene Cooper in a Wednesday evening White House Pool Report.

Christiane has a polyp 

“Unfortunately I’ve got a polyp on my vocal chord which I am having removed Friday. Wish me luck and a healthy voice!” — CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

Funniest mispronunciation this week: CNN “Reliable Sources” Howard Kurtz‘s pronunciation of the surname of State Dept. Spokesman Philippe Reines: Rinds (as in pork rinds). The actual pronunciation of the “Fuck off” spokesman is Rains. But who knows, maybe Howie was sending a deeper, subliminal message. The screwup came on the heels of Reines blasting CNN for revealing contents of the diary of Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Benghazi.

Ass-y lawyer calls out CNN’s Hamby on Twitter

“@PeterHambyCNN Enjoyed speaking to you for the Ohio article. I’m Mark Weaver, not Mike Weaver. thx.” — Mark R. Weaver, Esq. Really Mike? Did you ever think to just email Hamby and not be such a d–k on Twitter?

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(A Sprinkling of Things we Think You Ought to Know…)

Three “deeps” from CNN’s Christiane Amanpour: From the University of Rhode Island wesbite: “According to Christiane Amanpour, URI class of 1983, ‘URI changed my life forever and it has a deep, deep, deep place in my heart.’”

Guilty as charged! NBC’s Chuck Todd at Washington University in St. Louis spoke on the media covering “political stunts” such as the Mitt Romney etch a sketch. This quote was reported this week in the independently run student newspaper called Student Life: “Do you completely ignore it? Or [do you see it as] the campaigns are engaging on this and it’s your job to cover what the campaigns are engaging on?” Todd said. “You end up guiltily covering some of these petty things.“ Read the full story by Michelle Merlin here.

Has Ifill crossed a line? HuffPost‘s Christina Wilkie reported late Thursday that the Media Research Center, a well-established conservative outlet, is criticizing PBS’s anchor Gwen Ifill for emceeing an event last night at Whitman-Walker Health clinic where Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius will receive an award. In a nutshell, MRC thinks Ifill is crossing a line. Read the full story. Earlier in the day, just after lunch, WaPo‘s Erik Wemple reported that he asked Ifill about it. She said she won’t be endorsing Sebelius, nor did she know who she’d be honoring. “I really do try to do the arm’s-length thing,” Ifill told him. Wemple’s piece doesn’t bash Ifill. Quite the contrary. He says unless he sees an HHS puff piece he is “disinclined to grouse” about her appearance. Meanwhile, elsewhere in WaPo, the event appeared on D.C. Wellness Calendar. The way it reads sounds fishy: “’Be the Care’ Gwen Ifill hosts ceremonies honoring Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Whitman-Walker Health, 1701 14th St. NW. 202-797-3510. www.whitman-walker.org. $150, minimum donation.” Meanwhile, elsewhere in WaPo, around dinner time in a weird meta exercise, “The Reliable Source” gossip column reported Wemple’s news just in case readers missed it earlier in the Opinion Section, which can be found with the new online web navigation tool by scrolling to Gaithersburg and back.

Amanpour’s Return to CNN is Today

We’re always weary of news organizations who cover their own stories and reporters. For obvious reasons they are not going to be the most hard hitting stories in the crop. CNN spent “a few minutes” with Christiane Amanpour to re-introduce her to the CNN audience. She begins a new stint at her old network today hosting a global affairs program on CNN International.

In the “interview” they ask her six questions. As we said, this is why networks ought not interview their own talent.

  • “CNN is family.  CNN is where I’ve been for decades and it is from here that I’ve seen the world change.  CNN has played a role in all the changes that we’ve witnessed over the last three decades, so for me it was a really wonderful opportunity to come back…” (yawn, yawn and a big stretch)
  • Words of wisdom from Amanpour: She says her interview subjects will not be the usual suspects (hmmm, like the politicians and pundits found on ABC’s “This Week”?). You probably don’t need to attend J-School for this bit of wisdom but we’ll go ahead and share it: “Getting a good interview requires a journalist make certain he or she is well informed. You must do your homework and research – and you cannot be afraid to be disliked or challenged in the pursuit of the truth.  Persistence is at the heart of the best journalism because obviously many people just don’t want to answer tough questions.”

Visit here to read the rest or if you just want to see how long it takes for your eyes to glaze over or your nose to bleed. Actually, your nose bleeding might be more entertaining than anything in this in-house interview.

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At 8:12 p.m. last night, NBC’s Luke Russert once again (this would be approximately 39 reminders) that his “Dateline” special was on msnbc.com. He wrote, “Bored with your TV choices right now? Check out #Conviction on your tablet or computer: on.msnbc.com/pwMWng #NYC”

More Whitney Houston fallout

“Someone on my floor is doing a serious Whitney Houston tribute. I stand ready to do the same for Bobby Brown.” — Reuters campaign reporter Sam Youngman. As one follower put it to him, “That’s your prerogative.”

Christiane’s questionable fashion choice

“In retaliation for losing her Sunday morning gig, Christiane Amanpour tortures @ABCWorldNews viewers w the ugliest shirt ever.” — Publicist and former ABC “This Week” Producer Courtney Cohen. Cohen explained to FishbowlDC last night, “It was a collared oxford cut with a pattern that wanted to be Pucci but wasn’t Pucci. It was purple and blue psychedelic swirls. Thank you for putting that vision back in my head!”

Which female radio personality wore the zebra pants at CPAC? We posed the question to you yesterday. Indeed, as many of you guessed, it was Big Journalism Editor and CNN Contributor Dana Loesch.

Wake-up call

“You know when Oprah has to apologize for a Tweet that public figures/journalists REALLY need to watch themselves on social media.” — Claritza Jimenez, a program officer at the International Center for Journalists. During the Grammy’s Oprah urged viewers to turn on the OWN network, especially those with Nielsen boxes. Neilsen wasn’t pleased. She removed the tweets and issued this apology: “I removed the tweet at the request of Nielsen. I intended no harm and apologize.”

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

Breitbart Lets it Rip on Eve of CPAC

Give Andrew Breitbart a plate of spare ribs and a goblet of red wine and he’s yours for as long as you want him. In fact, he’ll stay up until 5 or 6 in the morning telling you what he thinks about a whole host of things on his mind. Hey, if we’re going to do that, can we at least have some ribs and wine too?

For now, it’s 8 p.m. on Wednesday night — CPAC eve — and Breitbart, a publisher who runs six websites, is just getting warmed up. He’s at home at “The Embassy” (the townhouse he and his business partner, Larry, call “home” in Washington) for a book party on digital kids books that focus on family values like hard work and patriotism. Larry is a little freaked out about by my miniature blue notebook and pen but soon enough he gets over it. No one is talking about those kiddie books. Certainly not Breitbart.

He’s chilling in the parlor in a masculine rich brown leather armchair. His exquisite mop of gray curls sets off nicely against his attire, a pale blue button down, faded blue jeans and dark loafers, and his eyes, a crystalline blue.

For starters, Breitbart in person is not Breitbart online. He dominates every room he enters with his emotional and physical presence, but he’s warm and hospitable — and quite the goofball. He knows the perception is off. “All these bastards in media who meet me like me because they know I won’t lie,” he says. But not all like him, not even on the right, and he knows it. Hence the bodyguard he’ll have as he attends CPAC this week. He doesn’t like to think about danger too much. He jokingly mentions weapons he carries that include a “bazooka, a dog feces catapult and horse urine balloons.” He gives a nod to his publicist on the dog feces line and makes sure she thinks it’s funny. At two or three junctures in our conversation, he prefaces what he is about to say by declaring that THIS will be the most shocking thing I hear from him all night. In those moments, I brace myself for news that he once ate a live chicken including the beak and then he inevitably tells me something comparatively benign.

But Breitbart, even at his least shocking, is anything but benign…

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Tapper as ‘Backup’

While Washington continues to chatter on about ABC Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper not getting the nod as host of “This Week,” he’s being painted as someone who could easily take over should the time come. Last week ABC announced that Christiane Amanpour was leaving the show for an arrangement on ABC and CNN. Though George Stephanopoulos once said he couldn’t do both, the former host will double as host of “GMA” and “This Week.”

Will he last?

The Baltimore Sun‘s Media Critic David Zurawik seemed unsure about that and sees Tapper as someone who can easily step in for Stephanopoulos should the need rise. “Well they have people like Jake Tapper, “Zurawik said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday. “When Christiane got the job I was one of the people who said, you know, Jake Tapper is really doing well here.He could do it and he brings an enthusiasm and he’s so plugged in. … because they have Tapper they have backup. If he’s having a week that he’s really stressed out, they can plug Tapper in and not lose anything. That’s a good thing. I mean, that really is a good thing.”

There are two schools of thought on Tapper. In one, he’s a really nice, genuine, funny guy (the guy the Internet likes) and then the other, a journo with a healthy ego who takes care to monitor his standing around town and who spends his time arguing with bloggers about minutiae. Some believe this “other Jake” explains some of his perceived difficulties at ABC.

Gawker Backs Jake

By far the most convincing argument for ABC’s Jake Tapper to take over as”This Week” host comes from the most surprising sites of them all – Gawker. In true Gawkerish style, when the rest of the world — including his own network — walked out, they stood by him like a stalwart knight despite having bullied him in the past.

They are first to admit it — they’ve called him a dick, a tool and worse. But something changed along the way and now they adore him. At least they adore the idea of him taking over “This Week” as opposed to George Stephanopoulos, whom they say will be a “disaster” replacement for Christiane Amanpour.

In their most declarative line, they insist, “Tapper is the rightful heir.”

Read the entire post here.

Calderone Gets Scoop on Amanpour

In what has been a very weird news day, in the end, HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone got the scoop that everyone basically already knew: ABC’s Christiane Amanpour is leaving ABC’s “This Week” to start up a new program on CNN International. She’ll remain at ABC.

NYP’s Page Six hinted weeks ago that Amanpour was on her way out the door. But earlier today NYT‘s Brian Stelter committed an online snafu when he tweeted that he’d heard the news from a single source. That was meant to be a Direct Message not a tweet. OOPS! Nonetheless, outlets like Poynter wrote on his premature act extensively and WaPo‘s opinion media blogger Erik Wemple declared him a pioneer journalist.

Soon enough, Calderone weaseled his way in and grabbed the story. We’re not sure who ought to be commended here. Officially Calderone, but unofficially — Page Six?

So now the race is on — will Jake Tapper finally land the “This Week” slot that so many thought he should have already gotten? Come on, Stelter, DM us!

UPDATE: ABC’s George Stephanopoulos will resume hosting “This Week” as well as “GMA.” See the memos from CNN’s Jim Walton and Amanpour after the jump…

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The FishbowlDC Interview with National Geographic Traveler’s Contributing Editor Carl Hoffman

Sometime during the holidays, Carl Hoffman will take off to New Guinea to investigate the disappearance of Michael Rockefeller for a new book, Somewhere in Eden, set to publish in 2013. Authorities declared Michael (son of Nelson) dead in 1963. He either drowned or was killed by locals, Hoffman explains on a cold, rainy morning at Tryst cafe this week. Most days National Geographic Traveler and Wired’s Contributing Editor can be found in faded Diesel jeans on a faded couch there or down U Street at Big Bear. Born and raised in Washington, he graduated from University of Massachusetts/Amherst where he majored in Social Thought and Political Economy. He’s always lived in Washington minus his studies at U. Mass, traveling post college and a year as a ski bum in Vail. “Do you want a bio or something?” he asks helpfully. “I could send you a lot of shit.” Thank you, Carl. We appreciate shit and a lot of it. Hoffman’s bio says he has driven the Baja 1,000, ridden reindeer in Siberia, sailed an open dinghy 250 miles, and traveled to 65 countries. It also says his three children make fun of him often. He recently memorialized his father, Burt Hoffman, who he deems his greatest writing mentor. And rightfully so — his father, who died of lung cancer in Chiang Mai, Thailand, was Editor of the Washington Star and National Journal. Though Hoffman’s clearly at home in Washington, he says it might soon be time to leave. “Might be time to go live in a crowded, exotic, dirty city far away for a little while,” he muses aloud.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Grapefruit soda.

How often do you Google yourself? I don’t. I have a Google alert.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? You’re retarded. How’d that go over? Not well. I come from a long line of burn bridgers.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? I love C.J. Chivers and Anthony Shadid at the NYT. Both are amazing.

Do you have a favorite word? Why.

What word or phrase do you overuse? Why.

Who would you rather have dinner with – ABC’s Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s Candy Crowley or NBC’s Andrea Mitchell? Tell us why. I guess I’d want to have dinner with Christiane Amanpour because she’s been a lot places and she’s seen a lot of things. She must have a lot of curiosity of the nooks and crannies of the world. Definitely not Andrea Mitchell.

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? Honestly it’s really hard to travel with a dog, especially the places I go. I’d probably pick neither. It’s much better to travel alone – always more interesting. Although the dog, if you got hungry you could always eat.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? It’s silent.

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? Absolutely.

What word do you routinely misspell? There’s so many. Every word with an i and an e. Handwriting spelling I always got D’s in. Actually, now I’m a pretty good speller because of spell check.

What swear word do you use most often? Definitely fuck.

Find out why Hoffman gets weepy often…

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Washington: The Punching Bag

Yesterday we brought you NJ Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier cracking on Washington for its treasure trove of political sex scandals. Today we have HuffPost/AOL‘s Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington picking on Washington for stagnation.

Huffington writes an editorial headlined, “‘Right-to-Rent’: A Simple, Sensible Idea That Dysfunctional Washington Is More Than Happy to Let Die.” In it, she takes us behind the scenes of ABC’s “This Week” With Christiane Amanpour and a snapshot of House Speaker John Boehner showing her a laminated copy of his jobs legislation.

An excerpt: This is the latest clownish manifestation of a growing Washington phenomenon. It’s now a monthly ritual: jobs numbers for the previous month come out, they’re labeled “disappointing,” and there’s a lot of hemming and hawing and throat clearing and pronouncements about how “something really must be done,” and about how vitally important it is to “get America back to work.”

Read the full piece here.

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