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Weekend Show Preview, 3.28 – 3.30

SundayShows12Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked:

Sunday:

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: NCAA Pres. Mark Emert, Frmr. NSA Director Gen. Michael Hayden, Frmr. CIA Michael Morell, Comdr. William Marks of US Navy, Harvard’s David Gergen, David Ignatius from WaPo, PBS’ Gwen Ifill, Carolyn Ryan of NYT, Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA)

“Fox News Sunday”: Sen. Angus King (I-ME), Sen. John Barasso (R-WY), Mike Rogers (R-MI), Karl Rove, NJ‘s Ron Fournier, Kimberley Strassel of WSJ, WaPo’s Charles Lane

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rick Santorum, Rudy Giuliani, Michael Leiter of National Counterterrism Center, Sate Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-NJ),  Peter Baker of NYT, Amy Walter of Cook Political Report; Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick

ABC’s “This Week“: ESPN’s Keith Olbermann, Donna Brazile, David Plouffe, Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard, and Matt Dowd

Univision’s “Al Punto”: Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), immigration activists Juan José Gutiérrez and Jersey Vargas, Cesar Chavez’s son Paul Chavez, aviation expert Fabio Andrade, David Beckham

C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers”: Rep. Steve Scalise (R- LA)

CNN’s “State of the Union“: 9:00: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Bill Burton, Kevin Madden, Darlene Supperville of AP, Kenneth Feinberg 12:00: Fmr. Dir. of Natl. Intelligence John Negroponte, Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA), Fmr. CIA Chad Sweet, aviation consultant Ken Christensen, sonar expert Arnold Carr

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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.

State of Union Walloped With Bad Press

To look at Washington D.C. publications today, you’d think tonight’s State of the Union was the Shit of the Union. You’d also think it was already Wednesday considering the way Debbie Downer news outlets are trashing it before it even happens.

“Expect to Hear an Absolutely Forgettable State of the Union Speech” blares a headline from National Journal. George Condon writes, “When President Obama takes to the speaker’s rostrum on the floor of the House of Representatives Tuesday evening, you can expect him to speak for more than an hour. But don’t bet on him saying anything you’ll remember a month later.” He continues, “Don’t blame the speechwriters, though. Blame the occasion.” Party at Jayson Blair’s house? Newsbusters Tim Graham reports that NYT‘s persona non grata Jayson Blair (who left the publication in a haze of plagiarism a decade ago) is hosting a SOTU watch party tonight in Centreville, Va. They say he now works as (no joke) a life coach. And Politico‘s Patrick Gavin just cobbled together “10 SOTU Gripes Hours Before the Speech.” They include third-tier Boybander, Slate‘s Matt Yglesias, already saying “the speech doesn’t accomplish anything.” USA Today, meanwhile, looks at six State of the Union addresses they believe made a lick of difference in American life. Three occurred in the 1800s. The last one they think mattered happened in 2002. It was former President George W. Bush‘s “Axis of Evil” speech. And if this tells you anything, The Daily Caller‘s only story on tonight’s SOTU address is a drinking game they posted at 2:25 a.m. this morning. A sampling: 1. “If Obama says ‘Let me be clear,’ take a shot of vodka or translucent alcohol of your choice.” 2. What’s SOTU without a joke about House Speaker John Boehner‘s orange-hued tan? “If Speaker of the House John Boehner’s complexion looks particularly orange, pour a screw driver.”

Where’s MSNBC resident loudmouth Chris Matthews and CNN wax figure contributor David Gergen when we need them to blather on? It’s just after noon. The speech happens in nine hours. Don’t they have thoughts on the SOTU 2013?

Pundits, Journos Take a Beating

Pundits and journos of opposing political persuasions took their share of punches last night as debate coverage rolled late into the night.

CNN’s Paul Begala: From a follower — “Paul, grow some hair, and get a brain!!”

CNN’s Ari Fleischer: From Ari — “So according to Twitter I’m a magical undead gentle greyhound lizard zombie vampire vulcan. Got it.” This stemmed from follower Emily Pranger, who wrote, “Whoa. Ari Shapiro looks undead.” Chris Dlugosz added, “I never realized until now that Ari Shapiro looks liks a magical gentle lizard.” And yet another Emily wrote, “Presidential debate. This Ari Shapiro guy looks like he’s 15 and 97 all at once. Without a doubt a vampire.”

CNN’s David Gergen: “David Gergen looks like a thumb.” — IowaHawk‘s David Burge.

Breitbart.com‘s and CNN Contributor Dana Loesch: From a follower, Selena Hines — “@DLoesch Oh shut up! I’m about sick of you!! Romney has been disrespectful the entire debate! Your probably racist.”

The Daily Caller‘s Matt Lewis: From Lewis — “An angry reader ends an email to me with this: ‘May God have mercy on your soul.’”

MetroWeekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg had feedback for CNN as a whole. Or else a confessional. He wrote, “CNN just hurts my eyes before I can even get to any sort of judgment about their journalism.” And Barron‘s Washington Editor James McTague agreed, saying, “Small wonder CNN ratings are so low.”

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

A RELAXED ROLAND: “Somebody’s tuckered out.” — Video journo Liz Glover with accompanying photograph of CNN Contributor and TV ONE’s Roland Martin.

“I’m already all shook up. In anticipation. Brand new tissue box: check.” — author Terry McMillan during the speeches last night.

A little too gushing?

“Biden is one of the best liked people in politics — on both sides. And he has earned that affection. #CNN” — CNN’s David Gergen. At a time when CNN is trying to paint MSNBC as too in love with Democrats, this was a peculiar thing to say.

Humblebrag: Rosario grabbed my Snickers!

“Hey! @rosariodawson just grabbed my last Snickers. What a great way to end the great @ABC/ @YahooNews convention coverage.” — ABC News Producer and Digital Journalist David Meyers.

The Team Player

“Partisan people on both sides seem to not like when their side gets fact-checked, but love when the other side does. CNN fact-checks both.” — CNN Piers Morgan Tonight staffer Steve Krakauer.

Do they think he stinks?

“Street vendors selling Obama air fresheners. I kid you not.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

The Speeches. Kerry. Biden. Obama.

Sen. John Kerry

“Punditry correction: predicted that Senator Kerry would flop. Was wrong.” — BuzzFeed‘s Michael Hastings.

“ROCKY IV DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE A PARTISAN PUNCH LINE. SHAME ON YOU” — a uncharacteristically dramatic HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

“John Kerry’s speech was so good, this entire arena is fired up, ready to go avenge Apollo Creed’s death.” — NJ “The Hotline” Polling Editor Steve Shepard.

Veep Joe Biden

“There is literally no heaven.” — NY Daily News’ Josh Greenman.

“It’s about healing. And putting a bullet between the bastard’s eyes.” — David Frum.

“I think Joe Biden looks FAB in his infomercial. I also like his voice. See, I said something nice!” — Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham.

“My Dad is live-blogging Biden’s speech to me via text… Never should’ve gotten him that iPhone.” — Yahoo! News‘s Chris Moody.

“Joe Biden loves him some ‘literally’. Literally. #dnc2012″ — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

“Joe Biden is off to a really personable start with all the kiddos. snff snff” — HuffPost‘s Christina Wilkie.

President Obama

“Obama not just criticizing GOP. He is mocking them, again and again.” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

“I’m not only the Hair Club president, I’m also a client.” — WaPo‘s Felicia Sonmez.

“Time for Biden to rush out shirtless in pirate garb swallowing a torch of fire.” –  TV pundit, blogger, author Craig Crawford.

“I am bored to death. #figuratively” — Reason magazine’s Nick Gillespie.

“Crowd definitely not as jazzed either. Better than in Tampa, though, where the noise died within about 30 seconds of Romney’s speech ending.” — Times of London‘s Matt Spence.

“Is it just me, or are the applause lines falling much flatter than I presume he intended?” — Townhall‘s Kate Hicks.

“If This doesn’t pick up soon, the obituaries are going to start flowing. I give it 10 more mins before the impression is locked.” — Mediaite‘s Noah Rothman.

“Four more beers.” Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

“Obama says he’s mindful of his own failings. I wish we could hear his honest discussion of what he could have done better.” — NYT‘s Jodi Kantor.

On another note…“Joe Biden’s daughter’s dress is AWESOME. #notapoliticalstatement” — Politico producer Leigh Munsil.

And what’s a night without a little media bashing? “Even MSNBC is looking disappointed tonight. Though they are trying to cover it up. But you can see the heartache in their eyes.” — Breitbart.com editor Jon Nolte.

The Sea Has Finally Parted

“Psst, journos: conventions are OVER. Sleep cometh soon! #DNC2012 #GOP2012 — WaPo manager of social media & engagement Natalie Jennings.

 Journo gets emotional about FLOTUS’s seating

“Not sure if I find it heartening or depressing that Michelle Obama appears to be sitting on the same hard plastic chairs the press is.” – LAT political writer Matea Gold.

A shout-out for the FGOTUS

“I love the first grandma, Mrs. Robinson seems so dope.” — Myles Miller, a political reporter.

Reporters get props from questionable character

“Wow. There is a legit meth head wandering around the press filing room thanking reporters for their work. #dnc2012″ — Business Insider political reporter Grace Wyler.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“I am on Twitter silence until POTUS speaks at 10ish. I gotta get some stuff done so I can watch and hear his every word.” — Essence and theGrio‘s Sophia Nelson.

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

 

 

The FishbowlDC Interview With CNN’s Dot Com Maven Meredith Artley

Say hello to CNN.com’s Managing Editor Meredith Artley. Today we’ve abandoned the traditional Fishbowl interview for a relatively more serious peek into a major network’s online world. Artley was in town recently for a journalism conference. We met up with her at Founding Farmers to drink bacon martinis and yak about a range of topics that included how journos ingest their news these days, which news sites are must reads and whether it’s goofy or chic for couples to sit on the same side of a booth in this country (she thinks it’s making a comeback).

How long have you been at CNN? Two years and change.

What was your first job in journalism? Intern at Cox Broadcasting on North Capitol!

Living in Atlanta. Blessing or a curse? I love it here. The people, parks and pace are all great. Atlanta has this real funky, creative side that I never heard about til I moved here.

What is something fun and something tedious about your job? Email.

What’s your New Year’s resolution for CNN.com? We have a lot of content pulsing through our site every day. We don’t need more, we need to make what we have as good as it can possibly be. So a big theme of the year, as the whole CNN Digital team knows from our staff huddles, is that we are focusing on craftsmanship of every piece of journalism we do. It’s all about the storytelling.

I understand that Opinion is one of the fastest growing sections on your site.  For a network that prides itself in staying center, do you find it odd that your readers are gravitating toward that section? I don’t find it odd that audiences are flocking to intelligent perspectives on some of the hottest topics of the day.  Our opinion section is not only one of our fastest-growing sections, but it’s our most social in terms of shares and retweets. And that’s saying a lot, since CNN has more followers and friends than any news org out there.

There’s been a recent debate in online media circles about the censorship of comment sections.  Where do you stand on the issue and how do you address inappropriate commenters on your site? Open it up, baby. It’s a community moderated world. We trust our audiences, and we use every piece of technology we can to give a space for our smart commenters to tell the trolls to buzz off. We fight the good fight to create a fast-flowing discussion on nearly every piece of content we generate. We often join in those conversations as CNN staff. And every day, the best of those comments become content in their own right, via our daily “Overheard” column.

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Quotes of the Day

The Keen Observer

“Did Ari Fleischer come directly from a crack house? I’ve got Samsonites smaller than those bags under his eyes.” — Reason Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Nick Gillespie. Gillespie was on quite the roll. He also wrote, CNN’s “John King = generic human Ambien.” And this: “Gergen thinks in full fragments,” referring to CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen. And this: “Listening to most dull pundits is like drinking from a broken water fountain; listening to Gergen like drinking from broken fire hydrant!”

More on Ari…

“I think I speak for everyone still awake when I say we need a closer shot of Ari’s face.” — The New Yorker‘s Washington Correspondent Ryan Lizza.

Newt’s split personality

“Thing about Newt Gingrich is you never know who is going to show up. Right? It could be the good Newt, the smart Newt, the full of good ideas Newt, or it could be the negative, nasty, anti-media Newt Gingrich. I think we saw the first Newt Gingrich.” — CNN’s Gloria Borger.

Uh oh.

“Troubling metaphor? While frantically filing for second edition, cleaning staff turns out the lights in the bureau.” — USA Today’s Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page. About two hours earlier there were also difficulties. She wrote, “Our CNN feed keeps flickering on and off. This could make covering the debate more, um, difficult.”

What does a male sports anchor know about lipstick?

“Wow, Bachman went extra heavy on the lipstick .. #toomuchmakeup” — NBC4 sports anchor Dan Hellie on GOP Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann.

A reader writes in…

“Betsy, sweetheart, you need therapy. Please don’t try to work out your issues on your blog. It’s sad to watch, honestly. Take care.” –Sent to us by am anonymous reader shortly after we published “Why Washington D.C. Gossip Sucks” regarding the self-analysis of The UnReliable Source in a TBD story. Hmmm…fishy. Wonder who could have written that, someone with the initials A.A.? Read the item that incited this here.

Debate Bloopers by FishbowlMatt

“Herman Cain just called @wolfblitzercnn ‘Blitz’ instead of ‘Wolf’ Oops.”

“Oh Santorum! Africa’s not a country. #samedifference?”

“Call me whatever you want.” — CNN’s Wolf Blitzer to CNN’s John King post debate.

Idiot Watch

“Proof many Ron Paul fans are stupid? I tweet one thing about Ron Paul tonight, it’s positive, and Paul fans complain.” — Editor-in-Chief of RedState.com and CNN Contributor Erick Erickson.

Pick one: The Debate or Dancing With the Stars?

“Wonder what % of #CNNdebate viewers flip to #DWTS. Afterall, very similar: voting system bureaucracy, dancing around issues, fake hair/smiles.” — WJLA-TV reporter Mike Conneen.

National Press Club Exec. Dir. strikes back against suspended member

“It’s not like Sam Husseini can go to the White House, Congress or the State Department and ask a question. We’re about the only place in town he can go and ask a question. We are his meal ticket. For him to say we’re censoring is ridiculous.” — National Press Club Executive Director William McCarren on club member Sam Husseini‘s suspension and charge that the club is censoring him. Husseini was suspended after he allegedly behaved in a disruptive manner at a recent press conference with a Saudi prince. Missed the report published late Tuesday? Read here.

Anderson Cooper to Spice Up Tuesday’s Debate

CNN anchor and daytime’s new heartthrob Anderson Cooper will moderate the Tuesday, Oct. 18 debate presented by CNN and the Western Republican Leadership Conference.

The debate, which will air live from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. (ET), will broadcast from The Venetian Resort in Vegas. Voters from the 16 states and territories that make up the Western region of the U.S. will be in audience to pose questions directly to the candidates. Let’s hope Newt Gingrich doesn’t give them the Chris Wallace treatment.

Eight presidential contenders will participate in the debate: Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Gingrich, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

CNN’s live and on-location coverage surrounding the debate will begin with CNN Newsroom on Saturday, Oct. 15 and continue through American Morning on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Programming from Sin City along with Cooper will include Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett, John King, T.J. Holmes, and Carol Costello. CNN political contributors and analysts also on hand will include Gloria Borger, Ron Brownstein, Alex Castellanos, Ari Fleischer, David Gergen and Mary Matalin. CNN en Español’s Washington anchor Juan Carlos López will host live analysis on that network before the debate starting at 7:45 p.m. (ET). At 8 p.m., CNN en Español will take the debate live with simultaneous interpretation followed by more analysis with CNN en Español’s team of political contributors. The debate will also be carried live on CNN International.

CNN Adds Frum and Cardona to 2012 Election Team

CNN continued to beef up its roster of 2012 political contributors with the addition Democratic strategist Maria Cardona and conservative columnist David Frum today.

Cardona currently heads the public affairs practice at Dewey Square Group, where she founded the Latinovations practice that focuses on Latino strategic outreach on national, state and local levels. During the 2008 Democratic primary election, she was senior adviser and spokesperson to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and served on the campaign’s Hispanic outreach team.  A former communications director for the Democratic National Committee, Cardona also served as a spokesperson at the U.S. Departments of Justice and Commerce during the Clinton administration.

David Frum is the editor and founder of the conservative website FrumForum.com. From 2001 to 2002, Frum served as special assistant and speechwriter to President George W. Bush. During the 2008 election season, he served as senior foreign policy advisor to the Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign.  He is a former editor of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page and six time author.

Cardona and Frum join the CNN’s existing lineup of political contributors which includes John Avlon, Paul Begala, Bill Bennett, Donna Brazile, James Carville, Alex Castellanos, Erick Erickson, Ari Fleischer, David Gergen, Roland Martin, Mary Matalin and Hilary Rosen.

David Gergen is not Dead

National Review Online‘s Jonah Goldberg was apparently being witty this morning when he presumed that CNN’s David Gergen was six feet under. “The news is so confusing. If only David Gergen was still alive to explain it all,” Goldberg said on Twitter early this morning.

Good thing Gergen, a professor at Harvard Kennedy School, was already awake and kicking. “I am alive and well. Thank you!” Gergen replied.

Jonah? “Huzzah!” he replied back.

The exchange caused a brief flurry of tweets to Gergen making sure nothing tragic had happened. Goldberg has made it a practice to occasionally tweak Gergen, a former presidential advisor who served in four administrations. He’s Editor-at-large for U.S. News & World Report and a Senior Political Analyst for CNN. “I’ve been making fun of Gergen for a while on Twitter,” Goldberg told FishbowlDC this morning. “He’s a nice and honorable guy. I actually worked with him on a PBS series once when I was a whippersnapper. He’s just such a fixture of conventional wisdom.”

In short, Goldberg stressed, he was just joking around.

But there’s more. Goldberg’s feelings for Gergen run cold. He can easily envision Gergen on the cover of Boring White Men Monthly

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