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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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The Oval Office: Intolerably Taupe


The most powerful room in America gets new couches, rugs and baubles. And suddenly everyone’s a decorator. The NYT “Home” section featured a story this morning with the headline, “The Audacity of Taupe.” In it, HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington was among those chosen to play decorator. She said it looked like something out of an Embassy Suites. She also said Malia’s seventh grade friends would find aspects of it “lame.”

But the NYT is just one publication in an endless line of outlets around the world weighing in. UK’s celebrity weekly rag Hello! Magazine remarked, “It seems the US president has opted for comfort over tradition…” Others who have little or no business discussing interior decorating have things to get off their chests. Among the armchair decorators are CNN senior political analyst David Gergen in the NYT piece and Lonnie Love, a comedian who went off on Obama’s Oval Office makeover last night in an attitudinal tirade on E!’s late-night “Chelsea Lately” show.

Gergen: Personally, I prefer a more regal office to the muted earth tones of the family den. But so what?

Love: It looks horrible. It looks like my first college apartment. We’re the most powerful nation in the world. it shouldn’t look like a den, and that’s what it looks like. Ok, I mean we need some POWER. Put some COLOR. The economy is BAD. We need some COLOR! Put some REDS, WHITES, BLUE!

Love is nothing if not patriotic. But Gergen? He should stick to analyzing POTUS’ and not office decor, even if he did responsibly stress, “I don’t care how he lives, I care how he leads.”

Funniest Massa Quotes En Masse

eric_massa.jpg The past 24 hours in Washington D.C. has brought a tidal wave of reaction to the latest scandal to blow through town. This one, like all of them, comes with details that are better than fiction. Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.), a freshman lawmaker, talked tickle fights with staff and a purported naked shower chat with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. He mentioned cancer, but the jury (and prognosis) are still out on that.

In the meantime, D.C. journos and media types weigh in:

Kevin Madden, GOP strategist and pundit: “This whole Massa Mess needs some road flares, an ambulance and some highway police to shout: ‘move it along, folks…’ just awful.”

WaPo’s Howard Kurtz:
“Massa tries same faux ‘apology’: Rahm wouldn’t strap his children to a locomotive, he’d strap my children. Was lame the first time.”

ABC’s Jake Tapper:
“The entire DC press corps has descended into a giant tickle fight.”

Mother Jones’s David Corn:
“Has Massa blown his chance to be Sarah Palin’s running mate?”

The Washington Independent’s Dave Weigel:
BREAKING: Video surfaces of Massa’s shower confrontation with Rahm… DEVELOPING… / Spot on.

HuffPost’s Arianna Huffington:
“Having to interview Eric Massa for an hour really made me feel for him [FNC's Glenn Beck],” Huffington told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on “AC360″.

“Relieved Larry King doesn’t somehow have Jermaine Jackson or Carol Channing randomly with him for Massa interview.”

CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen on “AC360″:
“Well, Anderson, people say Washington politics is a freakshow and Eric Massa is writing a whole new chapter.”

Coverage Plans: President Obama’s Tuesday Address

We told you earlier that President Obama would address the nation from West Point next Tuesday at 8pmET on his Afghanistan plans. We’re beginning to hear how the networks and cable will cover the primetime address.

CBS: Katie Couric will anchor CBS’ live broadcast at 8pmET.

CNN: Wolf Blitzer, joined by CNN’s Campbell Brown, Anderson Cooper, John King, Christiane Amanpour, Fareed Zakaria and senior political analysts Gloria Borger and David Gergen, will anchor the cabler’s live coverage beginning at 8pmET. “360″ will air live at 10pmET and “Larry King Live” will air live at midnight.

We’ll continue to update.

What Did You Do For Lunch?

If you’re certain White House reporters, the answer could be lunch with President Obama…

Politico reports that CNN’s David Gergen, WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, Newsweek‘s Jon Meacham and Howard Fineman, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s Cynthia Tucker, Politico‘s Mike Allen, NPR/Fox’s Mara Liasson, TPM‘s Josh Marshall and NYT‘s David Brooks, Andy Rosenthal, and Gail Collins joined the President, David Axelrod, Anita Dunn, Bill Burton and Robert Gibbs for an off-the-record lunch today.

Lunch apparently lasted two hours and green salad, halibut and pear tart were served.

Taking Out The Trash

What we almost missed today…

Politico‘s Patrick Gavin and Amie Parnes caught up with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, TWT‘s Christina Bellantoni, the Examiner‘s Julie Mason and CBS duo Mark Knoller and Bill Plante for advice on how the First Family should unwind in Martha’s Vineyard this week.

David Gergen is also working on a book about the Obama administration, the Observer reports.

• Sirius XM radio host Pete Dominick is a longtime comedian- his show airs on POTUS from 3-6pm Monday thru Friday. And he also serves as the warm-up act for “The Colbert Report” audience. Dominick interviewed Stephen Colbert this week- tune in here.

Where Are Your Fave DC Journos Delivering Commencement Addresses?

Alissa Krinsky at TVNewser has compiled this thorough list of where and when your favorite journos will deliver commencement addresses this year.

In alphabetical order…

• MSNBC’s Jonathan Alter: Western Connecticut State University (CT), May 24

• CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: St. Bonaventure University (NY), May 17

• NBC’s Tom Brokaw: Fordham University (NY), May 16…College of William & Mary (VA), May 17

• CBS’ Katie Couric: Princeton University (NJ) – Class Day ceremony speaker, June 1

• CBS’ Kimberly Dozier: Wellesley College (MA), June 5

• CNN’s David Gergen: Old Dominion University (VA), May 9

• FNC’s Lauren Green: St. John Fisher College (NY), May 9

• CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta: University of Michigan Medical School (MI), May 8

• Bloomberg News’ Al Hunt: Along with wife Judy Woodruff, Gettysburg College (PA), May 17

• PBS’ Gwen Ifill: Howard University (DC), May 9… Marymount University (VA), May 10… Simmons College (MA), May 15… Georgetown University (DC) – Georgetown College (undergraduate Arts & Sciences), May 16

• NBC’s Matt Lauer: Harvard University (MA) – Senior Class Day speaker, June 3

• PBS’ Jim Lehrer: East Central University (OK), May 9

• CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux: Gannon University (PA), May 9… Montgomery College (MD), May 22

• MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: Saint Joseph’s University (PA), May 16

• CBS’ Erin Moriarty: The Ohio State University (OH) – Distinguished Service Award at Pre-Commencement Dinner, June 13

• CNN’s Soledad O’Brien: Florida A&M University (FL) – 6 p.m. undergraduate ceremony, May 3

• MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell: Marywood University (PA), May 10

• CBS’ Scott Pelley: Texas Tech University (TX), May 9

• CBS’ Randall Pinkston: Jackson State University (MS), May 9

• CBS’ Byron Pitts: North Carolina A&T State University (NC), May 9… Delaware State University (DE), May 17

• CBS’ Dave Price: Sacred Heart University (CT), May 17

• HDNet’s Dan Rather: Michigan State University (MI) – Advanced degree commencement, May 8.

• CNN’s John Roberts: University of Colorado at Boulder (CO), May 8

• CBS’ Bob Schieffer: Maryville University (MO), May 2… The University of Mississippi (MS), May 9… Hofstra University (NY), May 17

• PBS’ Ray Suarez: Lewis and Clark University (OR), May 10… California State University-Monterey Bay (CA), May 16

• PBS’ Margaret Warner: Sweet Briar College (VA), May 16

• PBS’ Judy Woodruff: Saint Mary’s College (IN), May 16… Along with husband Al Hunt, Gettysburg College (PA), May 17

• CBS’ Susan Zirinsky: American University (DC) – School of Communication, May 9

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Newsweek’s Jon Meacham and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin

CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), WaPo’s Bob Woodward and The Daily Beast’s Tina Brown

ABC’s This Week: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and a roundtable with ABC’s Donna Brazile, Matthew Dowd and George Will, Financial Times Chrystia Freeland and NYT’s David Sanger

Fox News Sunday:

CNN’s State of the Union: Senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), CNN’s Mary Matalin and James Carville, former Clinton White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, former Reagan White House Chief of Staff Ken Duberstein, CNN’s David Gergen, and Chief Official White House photographer Pete Souza

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: CNN’s Dan Lothian, WaPo’s Chris Cillizza, Salon’s Joan Walsh,’s David Frum and Perez Hilton

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: WSJ’s Peggy Noonan, “The Wise Men” author Walter Isaacson, Newsweek’s Jon Meacham, “The Ascent of Money” author Niall Ferguson and “Outliers” author Malcolm Gladwell

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: NYT’s David Brooks, CNBC’s Trish Regan, Chicago Tribune’s Clarence Page and WaPo’s Anne Kornblut

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NYT’s Mark Mazzetti, WaPo’s Dan Balz, USA Today’s Joan Biskupic, Politico’s Jeanne Cummings

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel

Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Comcast’s “Voice of Reason” host Larry Kane

Will update throughout the day as we learn them.

FP Snags Nightline Producer Dianna Pierce

Looks like FP’s full-speed ramp up efforts are going as planned. In a memo obtained by FBDC, Foreign Policy Publisher Amer Yaqub announced the hire of Nightline Producer Dianna Pierce:

I am thrilled to announce that Dianna Pierce has joined FP as our new Marketing and Public Relations Manager.

Dianna brings a wide range of experience and accomplishments to this role. Most recently, Dianna worked for more than ten years at ABC News/Nightline in various positions leading up to Senior Live Segment Producer. During this tenure, she won five Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award and the Thurgood Marshall Journalism Award. Before that, Dianna worked as a researcher at U.S. News & World Report preparing David Gergen‘s weekly columns/speeches. She continued her work with Mr. Gergen at the State Department and the White House where she served as his special assistant for eighteen months. At the White House, among many highlights, she was responsible for the press advance for Presidential trips to Latvia, G-7 meetings in Italy and NATO talks in Brussels. The icing on the cake is that she has been a loyal FP reader for many years!

Dianna has a degree from Boston College in English/Human Development and just returned from living in South Africa for three years. She and her husband live in Washington D.C. with their four year old daughter.

Please join me in welcoming Dianna to the FP family and please introduce yourself to her when you can.

Amer Yaqub
Foreign Policy Magazine

Morning Reading List 03.05.09

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Its day 45 covering the Obama administration and one month down for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…



Can’t a guy go gray in Washington without everyone noticing (think Howard Fineman)? Both the NYT and WaPo has pieces today about President Obama’s graying hair.


PRNewser takes notice of all the action at the White House daily press briefings lately- “Robert Gibbs vs. CNBC, Part II.”

Fox’s Brit Hume also took notice of CNBC’s Jim Cramer, as well as CNN’s David Gergen, in a commentary on “Special Report” last evening. TVNewser has the clip.


NPR’s Claudio Sanchez has been awarded first place in radio in the Education Writers Association’s 2008 National Awards Contest for his piece “The Student Loan Crisis.” Other contest winners here.

Rush Limbaugh has challenged President Obama to a debate, “So let’s have the debate! I am offering President Obama to come on this program — without staffers, without a teleprompter, without note cards — to debate me on the issues. Let’s talk about free markets versus government control. Let’s talk about nationalizing health care and raising taxes on small business.”

HuffPost reminds us, CNN’s Campbell Brown challenged Limabaugh to a debate with chief business correspondent Ali Velshi, but that somehow never came to be.

Time’s Michael Scherer on team Obama’s “Petty Limbaugh Strategy” here.


From FishbowlNY: “The Recession Goes Interactive Courtesy of”

BBC College of Journalism is actually offering classes on how to Twitter. We hear David Gregory’s a guest lecturer.

Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection has applied for the web domain “.eco,” according to Politico.


Will the Kindle destroy or save the book business? Find out here.

Phoenix Books answers “Why We Gave Rod Blagojevich a Book Deal.”


On the Daily Beast, “Looking for Mr. Far Right” by Meghan McCain.

The New Arms Debate” by Carol Joynt in the New York Social Diary, if only for the first line, “Woe be the Washington woman who has some sex appeal, and double woe if you happen to be First Lady.”

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro, Romanesko