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Who Makes Chris Matthews’ Cut?

In the past week MSNBC “Hardball” Host Chris Matthews has significantly upped his Twitter following by doing one simple act: Tweeting.

For months now, he had one measly message on his feed. In one night — the evening of the GOP Presidential Debate in Simi Valley, Calif, — he increased his following by approximately five thousand. All because he announced on his “Hardball” program that he was going to be tweeting that evening.

Though Matthews’ tweets have so far been boring and bland, he caught flack for it, with FNC’s Ed Henry baiting him with ALL CAPS imitations of how he presumed Matthews, a shouting interrupter in real life, would be. And there were others who couldn’t quite imagine an online world infused with Matthews.

At the moment he’s broaching 20,000 followers (to be exact: 19, 957). He follows 65. So which lucky Washington journalists top Matthews’ list? Being at NBC certainly helps, but it’s not the only deciding factor. Politico‘s Mike Allen is on there as is HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman, C-SPAN’s Steve Scully, ABC’s Christiane Amanpour, USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page, NYT’s Jeff Zeleny, WaPo’s Dan Balz and Anne Kornblut, former CNNer Larry King and White House Spokesman Jay Carney. NBC colleagues include everyone from Joe Scarborough, Savannah Guthrie and Andrea Mitchell to Domenico Montanaro and Luke Russert.

Naturally Twitter is an opportunity for Matthews to offer a more controlled version of himself — a man who reveals himself slowly and thinks before he speaks. But here’s to hoping he unleashes his true self and gives fans what they want.

WSJ Mag at Home With Amanpour

It’s Christiane on her sofa. Or Christiane on her telephone. And 18 hours with the anchor who has been shifting towards a more domestic lifestyle than that of an international journalist. At least so her image might portray.

In the September issue WSJ Magazine visits ABC “This Week” host Christiane Amanpour‘s Manhattan abode. The short story talks about Amanpour being on more of a “domestic frontier.” But there are few marks of that in the story, unless you count two photographs and an interactive version of a clock that shows what she might be doing at any given time in a day.

For instance, if it’s 9 a.m. she’s dropping her son off at day camp. But if it’s 3:45 p.m. she’s chatting with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

See the whole thing, including the interactive here.

Greta Makes Forbes “Most Powerful” List

Nestled right between JP Morgan Chase Asset Management CEO Mary Callahan Erdoes and GM’s Mary Barra on Forbes’ “Most Powerful Women List” is our very own Greta Van Susteren.  The FNC host was named #75 on the list of 100 top ladies from business, media, politics and entertainment.  Forbes credits Van Susteren’s power to unrivaled access to politicians, high cable news ratings and a rabidly loyal pack of supporters.

“The conservative newscaster is fast, fiery and often controversial, and her husband, John P. Coale, has served as an adviser to Sarah Palin,” says the profile.

Other journos on the list include Arianna Huffington at #32, #44 Christiane Amanpour, #47 Diane Sawyer, Ann Curry at #66, #69 Anna Wintour, and Tina Brown in the 81st spot.

You can check out the entire list here.

Mika and Joe to Host ICFJ Awards

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) announced yesterday that Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski will headline their November 1st ICFJ Awards Dinner.  The duo from MSNBC’s “ Morning Joe” will serve as masters of ceremony for the event honoring ICFJ’s Founders Award winner Christiane Amanpour, host of ABC’s “This Week.”

The annual fete brings together more than 500 members of the media and supporters to honor outstanding colleagues whose stories have helped improve societies around the world.  The event will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington DC.  For more info on the dinner, visit the ICFJ site here.

Amanpour With Bloomberg And Happy Couple

This is the first picture of ABC “This Week” Host Christiane Amanpour with Mayor Bloomberg and the couple Bloomberg is marrying this weekend.  The interview airs Sunday on “This Week with Christiane Amanpour.”

Politico Puts Sunday Morning Hosts in Hot Seat

Politico‘s live performance of “Turn the Table” began early Friday morning with a frustrating flurry of activity minus an ability to get a password, despite asking twice. Invite reporters to an event at the Newseum but don’t provide access so they can log on and cover it in “real time?” Hardly winning the morning.

Still, there was breakfast.

For those who don’t know, “Turn the Table” is a Politico‘s weekly feature in which Editor-in-Chief John Harris or sometimes Mike Allen interviews hosts of the Sunday morning talk programs to get a leg up on weekend talk. This was a special live performance of the feature in which Harris played host. Former Sen. Gordon Smith(R-Ore.), now at the National Assoc. of Broadcasters, introduced the event by puffing up the participants — ABC’s Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s Candy Crowley and NBC’s David Gregory. FNC’s Chris Wallace was a no-show. Good thing since that pesky The News of the World hacking topic inevitably popped into the conversation.

David Brinkley said Washington is made up of people who think they are important,” Smith began. “This morning we have a treat because this morning a panel of people who actually are important. …Especially for the higher calling they answer to every week as broadcasters.”

Gregory’s higher calling Friday morning was all about stripes. He looked intently down at his red and gray striped tie throughout much of live show. His trousers were a grey on grey stripe. His socks were navy striped. He piped up when the moment suited him and seemed to enjoy regaling the packed room with his subtle humor and revelations of what it’s like to be in his shoes.

Gregory reacted notably to the tables being turned on the anchors. Asked for their personal takes on the debt situation as it relates to President Obama‘s chances in the 2012 presidential race, he said, “I’ll be a little less definitive so I can’t be so easily quoted [laughter from the audience]. History would tell us it’s a jump ball. He could turn around a deal on this … I still think he’s got a strong advantage going in partly because there’s an unsettled field on the right.”

Harris asked the panel to describe Obama’s presidential personality. Crowley looked like she was in dressed for a cruise along the Potomac – black pants and top with an elaborate white shell necklace and striking emerald green bracelet. She remarked, “President Obama always wanted to be president. I think he likes the policy discussion. He has a professor in him. He doesn’t have a lot of tolerance in being challenged. He doesn’t like being interrupted. [As for the budget negotiations]…he doesn’t like this nitty gritty horsetrading.”

Gregory, who glanced warmly at Crowley throughout the show but not so with Amanpour, largely agreed. “Well I think what Candy is alluding to, I don’t think the gladiator part of being President is what he’s all about. The idea that he’s having to lead the discussions and bring people around. … He and [House Speaker John] Boehner had gotten so far along, coming out holding press conferences. I think he’s got more of a sense of the battle now. … I still don’t think he’s leading on economic recovery.”

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Rise and Shine with Live Politico Performance

Politico‘s Turn the Table, the feature in which an editor or reporter interviews the hosts of the Sunday morning shows, is hosting a live performance this Friday morning at the Newseum. The hour is early — 8 a.m. But you know what time Politicos rise on a daily basis, so, in actuality, it’s practically lunchtime.

On Friday, Editor-in-Chief John Harris will be on hand to interview ABC’s Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s Candy Crowley, and NBC’s David Gregory.

The event is largely open to readers and members of Washington’s journalism community. RSVP here.

Amanpour Recalls Memories With her Father

With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday, HuffPost‘s Eric Villency sat down with ABC “This Week” host Christiane Amanpour to talk about her relationship with her father. The series is called “Conversations about my father.”

Amanpour’s father is 96. He fled Iran in 1979 during the aftermath of a revolution. She speaks of her “unspoken support” of her traveling to war-torn countries. He’s also a critic, once calling her and asking, “How could you be so rude to the President of the United States?”

Watch and read here.

Kaplan Returns to ABC News as EP for “This Week”

CBS Evening News EP Rick Kaplan is returning to ABC News where he spent more than 20 years as a producer for “Good Morning America,” “Nightline,” “PrimeTime Live,” and “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.”  In his new role, Kaplan will take the reins of “This Week with Christiane Amanpour.”

Kaplan, who has served as president of both MSNBC and CNN in the past, will be filling the role left by former EP Ian Cameron who left the show last fall.  He will be based in New York and commute to Washington weekly for “This Week.”  Fun fact:  In his 40 years in the news business, Kaplan has won 44 Emmys, 8 Murrows, 4 DuPonts, 2 RFK’s and 2 George Foster Peabody Awards.

Celeb Asks, ‘Oh! Helen Thomas, Is She Still Alive?’

ABC’s pre-WHCD party was one of the places to be Saturday night before the big dinner began.

“Modern Family” stars Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson made an appearance just moments before ABC’s White House correspondent Jake Tapper. On his way out, Stonestreet chatted up Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. We asked the actor which D.C. type he’d most like to meet. His first answer was “the President, obviously,” but we pushed him for something more creative. “Oh! Helen Thomas, is she still alive?”

Also spotted at ABC: the meeting of “Glee” star Jane Lynch and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar; Christiane Amanpour; actress Elizabeth Banks; Attorney General Eric Holder; and “Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos with his comedian wife, Ali Wentworth.

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