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CNN: No, We Didn’t Make Dough Off Anti-Obama Birth Certificate Ad

Political commentator Craig Crawford on Tuesday posted an anti-Obama ad to his website CraigCrawford.com, alleging he “just saw” it run on CNN. The ad, with all the gusto of a behind-the-news right-wing blogger, questions President Obama‘s past and rehashes the birther issue. “No one… has seen an actual physical copy of Barack Obama’s birth certificate,” says the ad, produced by the PAC “Conservative Majority Fund.”

Crawford took a shot at CNN for airing the ad, writing that the network should pull the ad and said “even in advertising there ought to be some standards for relative truth.”

In a follow-up post Crawford cites CNN executives as telling him the network “has no control over some of the ads run by local outlets, cable channels or satellite systems.”

Crawford told FishbowlDC the ad came on over his DirecTV satellite close to 4:45 p.m. on Wolf Blitzer‘s The Situation Room.

We asked a CNN spokesperson if they don’t have control over certain ads that means CNN does not receive revenue for the airtime purchased. The spokesperson told us the network does not.

For now, CNN’s hands are clean.

See the ad here.

Morning Oopsies

Mistakes happen. This morning we have a sampling:

Bureau Chief emails a small donkey?

MEDIAWATCH – N.Y. Times Washington bureau chief David Leonhardt emails the buro: “A warm congratulations to Mark Leibovich on his new job at the Magazine, a place where his work has already appeared and that is a wonderful fit for his many talents.” (It’s unclear whether this is Politico Mike Allen‘s journo shorthand for “bureau” or whether he meant to write “burro” which is the term used to describe a small donkey.)

Journo turns Current TV’s Joy Behar into a man

Craig Crawford, on his Trail Mix site, writes about Current TV’s newest host. We’re not sure how joyful “Jay” is going to be about this.

Kardashian Splitsville React-Washington Style

Even John Coale didn’t see it coming.

The sudden newsflash of Kim Kardashian splitting up with her husband after 72 days is rocking Hollywood and, of course, Washington as evidenced by the lame posts in WaPo and The Hill. WaPo enlightened us with the fact that FNC’s Greta Van Susteren, who took Kim as her date to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner two years ago, is staying mum on the matter. The Hill reported on it because how is Kim Kardashian not Hill-related?

Coale, Van Susteren’s husband, attended the wedding with his wife. He’s in what can only be described as a state of sudden faux shock. “You bet!!!” he wrote when I asked if he was in a state of shock. “They seemed to really be in love, but what the f#*k do I know?” Coale said he has seen the couple in Manhattan since the wedding and everything seemed “just peachy.”

Here’s what journalists around town are saying amid the obviously more important 2012 presidential campaign coverage.

Townhall.com columnist and radio host Derek Hunter: Kim Kardashian’s marriage is over. I honestly didn’t know it had started. But Vegas odds makers are breathing a sign of relief today because, even though it only lasted 72 days, it still beat the “under” of 60, which most people took.

Matt Dornic, FBDC, QGA: Like Tareq and Michaele, and Parker Spitzer, Kim and whatshisname will forever be remembered as one of the greatest romances of our time. I hope the media provides them the privacy and respect they deserve to film this incredibly difficult and personal time for international broadcast next year.

The Hill‘s Sam Youngman: I really thought those two would make it. She divorced Reggie Bush, right? What? Oh, well…

The Daily Caller‘s TV reporter Jeff Poor: Kim Kardashian? I didn’t realize she was married until this week.

TWT Senior Opinion Writer Emily Miller: I’m devastated. I thought it was true love. I kid. I don’t know how Kim will find another man who fits into a family of people whose names all oddly start with a “K”, will accept a donated $2 million engagement ring, wants to be on a reality show and is up for making $18 million to be married for two months. Men like Kris Humphries are hard to come by in this day and age.

Trailmix Blogger and political TV contributor Craig Crawford: A couple thoughts. 1. Kim Kardashian got famous with a sex tape. Maybe Cain is onto something. 2. Kardashians burping in each other’s faces is about as appetizing as Rick Perry drooling on himself. And 3. At least the Kardashians got a longer shelf life than Michele Bachmann‘s Iowa straw poll bump.

NJ Spokeswoman Taylor West: If a sham marriage set up entirely to enrich two shameless fame-whores doesn’t end in true love, what hope do the rest of us have? But hey – at least she didn’t run off with a member of Journey.

Anonymous WaPo reporter: Pathetic. Even Weigel’s relationship with us outlasted that sham marriage. [Referring to Slate's Dave Weigel, formerly with WaPo.]

Politico‘s Patrick Gavin: This is the best news Doug Heye has heard all week.

RCP Washington Editor Carl Cannon: My first reaction was that Ms. Kardashian is taking the NBA lockout too literally. Then I noticed from news reports that Kris Humphries had expectations of his California-born bride contentedly settling down in Minnesota and making babies. I don’t really know the lady, but that curious expectation strikes me as a powerful advertisement for the wisdom of long engagements.

HuffPost‘s Christina Wilkie: I’m pretty sure the whole sad story can be summed up in one poignant tweet, written by a clearly brokenhearted bride on the day she filed for divorce: “Our store #KardashianKhaos is opening tomorrow at 9am at @TheMirageLV We are so excited!! Kardashian Khaos has arrived!”

The Blaze‘s Eddie Scary: I hope they can work through this and keep their marriage intact. I need something to believe in.

Current TV’s David Shuster: I feel kind of badly for Kris Humphries.  I mean, the guy has never been known for his rebounding.

Craig Crawford is Obsessed With This Tie

Longtime Washington journo Craig Crawford was back on C-SPAN this week, and again sported that tie. It’s the neckwear he wears time and time again on the wonky network. The difference between this picture and all the others?  It’s now in HD!

Crawford calls the fancy silk tie that he purchased at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art his “C-SPAN tie.” He told FishbowlDC this afternoon, “I wore that tie the first time I was on C-SPAN some 20 years ago and it just became a habit (didn’t have many ties in those days), never wear it anywhere else. It’s my little token of respect for C-SPAN and the callers.” If you’re dying to hear more about this historical tie, Crawford wrote about it in this self-revealing piece for the Orlando Sentinel in the 1994. Read here.

In 2011:

Circa 1994:

Circa 1993:

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day

Coincidence? We think not. Last night FishbowlMatt and I were texting about a variety of hot topics when he entered the Chipotle and saw this.

Deep Thoughts…

“Sun. Grass. Newspapers. People. A family of teeny mice tiptoe through the shrubs in their own private world. #sittingstill #whatching” — National Geographic Contributing Editor Carl Hoffman.

Luke and Maureen off to see Bruce

“On my way to see Springsteen with Luke. Wrote Newsweek cover story on Bruce exactly 36 years ago this coming week.” — Vanity Fair Correspondent Maureen Orth. (The late Tim Russert‘s favorite musician was Springsteen. The musician gave a surprise performance at Russert’s memorial service in 2008.)

The Political Consultant

“Sen. @DavidVitter uses Twitter to congratulate individual Republicans for winning in Saturday’s La. Election #notnecessary” — CNN Senior Political Editor Mark Preston.

Flashback

“Mechanic told me today my car failed inspection. He had a look of disappointment as I tried to explain what happened #highschoolflashbacks” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

TWT Senior Op-ed Writer Emily Miller‘s reaction to ex-Gov. Mark Sanford being hired by Fox News: “WTF?”

Really?

“I’m so tempted to ad-lib but I won’t.” — TIME‘s Mark Halperin on this morning’s “Morning Joe.” After calling President Obama “kind of a dick” on national TV we’d think Halperin wouldn’t even think about ad-libbing. This involved a reenactment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry‘s interview to Parade Magazine. Willie Geist played Perry. Halperin played the interviewer.

Happy 24th wedding anniversary to WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.

ABC’s Klein welcomes baby into world

“A warm welcome to Max Rubin Klein (9lb 8oz!). Future slugger? Congrats to parents Laine and @rickklein and big brother Jack.” — ABC’s Jonathan Karl.

Reminder: TMZ’s Harvey Levin talks to GWU students and then he’s off to the National Press Club for lunch.

If you’re up…

Call Trail Mix blogger Craig Crawford on C-SPAN starting at 7:45 a.m.

Democrats: (202) 737-0001
Republicans: (202) 737-0002
Independents: (202) 628-0205
Outside U.S.: (202) 628-0184

Morning Mug Shot

In what we hope will be a new feature, Craig Crawford, formerly with CQ, is going on IMUS on Wednesday morning at the ripe hour of 6:35 a.m. Just to show you what he looks like at this hour, he snapped a morning shot of himself. “Thank the Lord it’s only a phone interview,” he remarked to FBDC. Details…Find out how to watch after the jump.

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Sunday Morning Panels: Only Males Need Apply

It’s time once again to check in on how many one-eyed anacondas will hit the political talk show circuit this weekend. Last week we began our series looking at how many females appear on Sunday morning political talk show panels. Last week was rather dismal, with FNC coming in at a big fat zero and the highest showing, two females, appearing on NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show.” Update: It’s official. This Sunday, ABC’s “This Week” claims the most number of female panel guests.

CBS’s Face the Nation: 1

Mark Zandi, Chief Economist, Moody’s Analytics
Norah O’Donnell, CBS News Chief White House Correspondent
John Dickerson, CBS News Political Analyst

NBC’s Meet the Press: 1

Donna Shalala, Former Sec. of Health and Human Services
William Bennett, Former Sec. of Education
Tim Shriver, Chairman and CEO, Special Olympics
Tavis Smiley, PBS

Fox New Sunday: 1

Brit Hume – Fox News Senior Political Analyst
A.B. Stoddard –The Hill
Bill Kristol – Weekly Standard & Fox News
Juan Williams – Fox News Political Analyst

ABC’s “This Week”: 3

Mary Matalin, Republican Strategist
Amy Walter, ABC News Political Director
Donna Brazile, Democratic Strategist
George Will, ABC News, WaPo columnist

CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: 2

WaPo‘s Jennifer Rubin, Current TV’s David Shuster, Craig Crawford, former WSJ reporter Ron Suskind, former Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter Connie Schultz, wife of Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).

NBC’s Chris Matthews Show: 2

The Daily Beast‘s Andrew Sullivan, NYT‘s Helene Cooper, CNN’s Gloria Borger, and WaPo‘s Michael Gerson.

Fish Food

(A Sprinkling of Things we Think you Ought to Know...)

*Get Ready to Rumble: Former RNC Communications Director Doug Heye will appear on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” this Friday night alongside Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). It’s uncertain who the third panel member will be. But Heye has high hopes. “Apparently it will be three against one – I like my odds,” he told FishbowlDC. “I’m actually looking forward to it, it should be a fun experience and I’m grateful to have been invited.”  Ex-RNC Chairman Michael Steele appeared on Maher’s program in one of his first appearances since leaving the post. His communications department definitely limited his TV appearances. As for whether RNC will be a potential topic (oh, we suspect it will come up) Heye remarked, “I’ll need to prep myself for just about any topic under the sun, so I’m going to start studying tapes like Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed going over Clubber Lang footage.” UPDATE: The third guest on the panel has been announced: Randy Cohen, formerly “The Ethicist” columnist for NYT Magazine.

*Moment of Silence: Today at 2 p.m. we will take a moment to mourn the short life of @PoliticoMouse. The rodent was murdered last week. No formal suspects have been named…but the death was provoked by an email to staff from Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris to cut out the anonymous Twitter accounts. Anyone wishing to provide commentary or a quote for the obit, write to FishbowlBetsy@gmail.com or FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com. Your name isn’t necessary as we pay our respects to this beloved anonymous animal.

*Journo gets Unsolicited Sex and Beach Tips: A reader had tips for CQ-Roll Call‘s Craig Crawford who has declared himself on “Spring Break” this week. No, he’s not in Cancun or South Padre Island (Texas). He’s in Connecticut and headed to a casino today. On the Trail Mix Blog: “No matter how drunk they get, 20-year old co-eds are NOT interested in you. Stick to the 30-something cocktail waitresses.” And this: “Best time to go to the beach is early AM. All the college kids, who might otherwise laugh at how you look in a swimsuit, will still be asleep.” See if you can spot Crawford in the picture here…

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

QUOTES of the DAY

WaPo’s Dan Zak in Cali: “Cheeky Hollywood hotel thermostat”

Pre-Oscars

“What’re u wearin for Oscar night? I’m sporting Basic Edition by KMART, accessories by 7-Eleven.” — CQ Roll Call‘s Craig Crawford in a Sunday tweet.

“Confession: I love the Oscars. Have watched them every year since I was 10 after successful lobbying campaign to suspend bedtime.” — Politico‘s Kasie Hunt in a Sunday tweet.

“Just so you know, my shirt this evening was designed by Under Armour and my pants by Mr. Carhart.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a weekend tweet.

“Who am I wearing? Thanks for asking, Robin. This is from Ralph’s Big & Tall.” — CBS White House radio reporter Mark Knoller in a Sunday tweet.

“DVD copy of The King’s Speech keeps skipping and stopping. #irony” — FishbowlDC intern Alec Jacobs in a Sunday tweet.

“Every time I see Ryan Seacrest on TV I say to people “that man is worth more than a quarter of a billion dollars.” nobody believes me.” — MSNBC’s Luke Russert in a Sunday tweet.

“I have only two wishes for Oscar night: 1. To make my deadline. 2. To meet Charlie Sheen.” — WaPo‘s @ReliableSource in a Sunday tweet.

R-Rated Oscar coverage

“I appreciate that whoever designed Cate Blanchette‘s dress accommodated her breasts with that hole in the front. #oscars” — GQ‘s Ana Marie Cox in a Sunday tweet.

“Sorkin’s speech: An oratorical attempt to suck one’s own dick. #Oscars” — WCP‘s Benjamin Freed in a Sunday tweet.

Bold Oscar observers

“Franco really should have skipped the bong tonight.” — National Review Online‘s Jonah Goldberg in a Sunday tweet.

“I think Gwyneth‘s husband doesn’t WANT to appear in public with her.” — Former ABC “This Week” production coordinator Courtney Cohen in a Sunday tweet. She now works at the public affairs firm Dewey Square Group.

“Maybe I’m high?” — Bloomberg TV’s Lizzie O’Leary in a Sunday tweet.

Vital Oscar observations

Aaron Sorkin‘s hair just won best adaptation award.” — Washington Examiner‘s J.P. Freire in a Sunday tweet.

“Feed suggests those who are most hostile to this stilted show from Hollywood are those who put on stilted shows in Washington.” — The Takeaway’s Capitol Hill radio Correspondent Todd Zwillich in a Sunday tweet.

“It took 25 minutes for a Charlie Sheen joke?” — Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger in a Sunday tweet.

Wishful Oscar thinking

“A little surprised Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban don’t listen to @cspanradio.” — C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art in a Sunday tweet. (Kidman and Urban were asked what they listened to on the way to the Oscars.)

Journo honesty

“Trying to pretend I am still interested in a basketball game where my son’s team is losing by 30 points.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty in a weekend tweet.

Media Matters employee suffers hangover

“Alka Seltzer= best hangover cure in the business.” — Media MattersTyrone Gayle in a weekend tweet. (Is this winning the weekend Tyrone?)

Update/Correction: Cohen recently left DSG. “I’ve created a Jewish girls take on Jersey Shore’s GTL,” she wrote. “I do GLS: gym, lunch, shopping.”

CQ Roll Call’s Crawford Shows Off C-SPAN Tie

CQ Roll Call Columnist Craig Crawford discussed Egypt, the Obama Administration and his C-SPAN tie in an interview on “Washington Journal” this weekend with C-SPAN Senior Executive Producer Steve Scully.

“This is my C-SPAN tie by the way,” Crawford said. “…Only place I wear this tie.” The columnist said he first wore the tie in 1989. “Hopefully it’s been cleaned since then,” Scully remarked.

Watch here.

> Update: Crawford has gotten a lot of use out of this tie. He wore it on C-SPAN in ’93, ’94 and ’95. See pictures…

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