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Current TV’s newest star doesn’t swear much, but when he does, “shit” is at the top of his profanity repertoire. The word came flying out of his mouth this morning as he spilled Greek yogurt on his desk during a commercial break. Somehow he let me into his freezing Capitol Hill radio den for three and a half hours to observe.
“Oh shit, oh God,” he said.
Lucky for Bill Press, his new employer, Current TV, which is now simulcasting his morning radio show, has an eight-second delay if it ever happens while on air. This morning the network ran his radio program for the first time. The upshot: More exposure for his show with a budding network; brand new viewers who call in from around the nation from places like York, Pa. and Hollywood, Calif. The downside: “MSNBC hasn’t called in three weeks,” said Press, noting that the network that most frequently invited him on as a guest won’t likely call again anytime soon, nor will Fox News. Press doesn’t seem to mind. “The word [Current TV President] David Bohrman kept using was voyeuristic,” he tells me in an interview after the show, explaining the premise behind airing his radio show on TV. “I’m now the morning show on Current TV and happy as a clam.”
The cursing came during a commercial break as Press gulped down yogurt and sipped on coffee out of a plastic black and white Current TV thermos.
To be clear, the network ought to be more fearful of Press’s longtime producer Peter Ogburn, who also happens to be a FishbowlDC Contributor. He may glare me down while I write this, but anyone who knows Ogburn even a little knows that his language is riddled with profanity so intense that we’re not going to be able to repeat it here lest his small children read FishbowlDC this afternoon, which they have been prone to do with their milk and cookies. Needless to say, with him “shit” is the least of Current TV’s worries.
The Bill Press team, which consists of Ogburn and Dan Henning, starts obscenely early. They’re in well before 6 a.m. when everything kicks off. Airing Press’s radio program on TV doesn’t require many changes — the biggest is powder. Each of the men must don powder because, says the Current TV publicist on hand, who wants to see shiny heads?
Press was a little more orange-hued than he may have originally intended this morning. A viewer wrote on Twitter, “Just turned Current TV on — it’s a giant orange BP head. Looks like he just left the tanning booth.” WaPo national political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson, a guest in studio this morning, also noticed Press’s sun-kissed face and said he looked like Soul Man. The powder might explain things. The one he used was called “Sandy.” Ogburn begrudgingly “schmeared” the gunk on at about 5:40 a.m., saying, “I’m going to look like Divine when this is over.” He thought better of it. “I’m going to look like the world’s cheapest prostitute.”
Henning returns from powdering himself and strangely looks to Ogburn for approval. “Peter, does my makeup look alright? I don’t look like a cheap whore do I?” Ogburn replies, “Well, Dan….” his voice trails off in a non-response.
Ogburn doesn’t necessarily like having the cameras peer down on him during the show, but he’s learning to accept what it feels like to be a Kardashian. “That shit is always on me,” he says with a glance toward the corner camera. “It’s terrifying.”
In segment two, Press dons a dark Trayvon Martin-inspired hoodie (as pictured above), which apparently went over swimmingly in the Los Angeles control room… Read more
Nowadays lefty radio host Bill Press and “Team Press”, which consists of Associate Producer Dan Henning and Executive Producer Peter Ogburn, must be conscious of how they look as well as how they sound.
The Bill Press Show is now being live streamed, allowing listeners to watch the jocular all-male trio banter about the news and jab at one another. They encouraged readers to call in, even if just to complain about Press being “off the wall” or incessantly wearing a black tie.
“Look at your radio,” Press urged listeners. “If you see something, say something.” Ogburn (the blonde below) laughed. “We are just like an act of terror,” he said. In spectacular unison they declared: “If you see something, say something.”
Henning (at left) was somewhat discombobulated. “You awake Dan?” asked Press. Henning confessed,”I only have half my coffee this morning because I spilled it, I spilled it getting out of the car.”
“It’s a tough day,” Press cracked. “Go back to bed and come back.”
Press mentioned POTUS’s speech in North Carolina on Wednesday. The hall had no AC. “It was like a sauna,” he said. “It was steaming.” Ogburn wondered seriously, “Why would they have no air conditioning?”
But more troubling to him was the idea of CBS White House radio reporter Mark Knoller in a boiling room. Apparently Knoller had informed Press about the AC issue. Ogburn was beside himself. “I’m just saying, if there is one person I don’t want to get stuck with in a hot non-air-conditioned room it might be Mark Knoller,” he said. Press intervened, “Careful here.”
Obgurn snickered, “I like Mark. I’m just saying, he looks like he knows how to sweat, I’ll put it that way.”
Indeed, he does.
“I have been losing a lot of sleep,” Rangel said in his speech in which he went into great detail about the deals he has been offered. …When the President said that he wanted me to end my career in dignity, he didn’t put a time limit on it.”
The House Ethics Committee has charged Rangel with 13 counts of ethics violations. “The Ethics Committee won’t even tell me when I’m going to have a hearing,” he said. …”I don’t want to die before the hearing.”
Here’s the speech from C-SPAN:
Man of hour Bill Press and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer
Press hugs Lanny Davis with Rep. Clyburn nearby
Despite POTUS’s Office address, Media Matters partied down Tuesday night by hosting a book party at its downtown HQ for lefty radio host Bill Press, author of Toxic Talk.
“Was a great time,” remarked Dan Henning, Press’s spokesman. “Awesome speeches by [House Majority Whip James] Clyburn and [Sen. Byron] Dorgan and Media Matters President Eric Burns.”
Also there: Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (was to speak but was late, “skipped down his long list of evening events to make sure he got to BillÂ’s”, said his aide; Rep Maxine Waters (D-Calif.); Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.), WaPo‘s E.J. Dionne, Mother Jones‘ D.C. Bureau Chief David Corn, Politico‘s Patrick Gavin, ABC 7′s Leon Harris, XM talk show host Joe Madison, Karl Frisch; Media Matters founder David Brock, former Clinton WH Counsel Lanny Davis, even conservative commentator Ron Christie; and David Shuster showed up at the end.
“Media Matters throws a solid party,” Henning added. Cuisine included “lobster, some sort of mushroom quesadilla contraption that was amazing, bacon wrapped scallops, etc. Two good bars, too. Lots of books sold, Politics & Prose was there.”