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Romney is Butt of Late Night, Study Finds

No wonder GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney avoids late night talk shows. The Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University has a new study out today that reveals that late night talk show hosts hit Mitt more than just about all Democrats combined since the party nominating conventions.

From Aug. 27 to Oct. 3, 2012, the Center analyzed targets of jokes about public figures in the opening monologues of the highest rated late night talk show hosts — Jay Leno, David Letterman, Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Fallon.

CMPA Prez Robert Lichter surmised,Romney is leading in the humor race, but being the biggest joke is a race nobody wants to win.

Highlights:

  • Romney was the butt of 148 jokes in late night talk show monologues, over twice as many as President Obama. Obama finished second with 62 jokes.
  • The disparity is greatest seen on David Letterman, who told 44 jokes about Romney and nine about Obama. All four comedians told more jokes  about Romney over Obama.

See how Romney stacks up with the top 10 joke targets after the jump… Read more

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Kitty Kelley’s “Oprah” Hits Tomorrow

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Famed Washington author Kitty Kelley‘s “Oprah” hits bookshelves tomorrow. The unauthorized biography has been causing quite a stir even before its release, allegedly blackballed by Larry King, Barbara Walters, David Letterman and Charlie Rose to name a few? ‘Why?’ you might ask. Apparently, out of respect for the big O.

“Oprah” took four years and 850 interviews for Kelley, a Georgetown resident, to produce. FishbowlDC was lucky enough to get our hands on a copy and although we’re only a few chapters in, we’re fairly certain Kelley can add another “bestseller” title to her roster.

Kelley and her biography will be feted on Friday evening at the home of Marina and Daniel Ein. FishbowlDC will be there to catch up with Kelley after the big release.

Krauthammer and Ailes on ‘Underpants’ Politics

abc_d_PETN_underwear_091228_main.jpgHere’s the scenario: you’re going on a Sunday morning talk show and among a variety of topics, you’ll discuss the guy who had bomb material sewn into his underwear for a Christmas Day flight. So what terminology do you use?

On Sunday columnist Charles Krauthammer and Fox News President Roger Ailes appeared on respective shows – Krauthammer on his usual “Fox News Sunday” panel, and Ailes on ABC “This Week” for the first time with guest host Barbara Walters.

“Now we’re going to have to take everybody’s underpants off,” Ailes told Walters. Krauthammer, meanwhile, remarked about a “guy who had a bomb in his underpants.”

In each case on Sunday, both men used “underpants” to describe the Christmas Day criminal.

Awkward to watch, indeed. The use of “underpants” from either of these stalwarts is tough to hear.

Each journalist/talk show host handles the words differently.

Christmas Day Terrorist Names and References

Captain Crotchfire
Who has said it: HuffPost’s Jason Linkins

Fruit of the Boom
Who has said it: MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow

Christmas Bomber
Who has said it: CNN’s Anderson Cooper

Undie Bomber Fiasco
Who has said it: CBS’s Bob Schieffer

Panty Bomber
Who has said it: MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann

Underwear Bomber
Who has said it: WaPo’s Howard Kurtz

“I fly a lot. I want to know how a guy can get three ounces of plastic in his underwear.”
Who has said it: Democratic Strategist James Carville on CNN.

Fruit of the Lunatic
Who has said it: CBS’s David Letterman, describing the brand of underwear the bomber likely wore.

Airport Crotch Screening
Who has said it: Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert

Henneberger on the Bitch of Schumer’s Remark

bitch-4.jpeg Politics Daily’s Editor-in-Chief Molly Henneberger is sick as a dog (not a bitch) with the flu. But the bitch of it is, she has had to “rouse herself from her sick bed” (the e-mail reports) to take Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) out for his bitch remark to an airline attendant.

She does just that in today’s column in Politics Daily.

Is she bitching about Schumer?

Well, yes, and no. It’s commentary on why the vulgarity affects women badly. She points out the mistruth of New York Democrat Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand sitting next to Schumer, who it appears fibbed about Schumer’s politeness toward the attendant he has since said he called a “bitch.”

Now couldn’t that make Gillibrand a “lying bitch?” Hennenberger never suggests it; nor does she say Gillibrand had a choice. She writes that Schumer’s admission “made a liar out of” Gillibrand.

Then she brings David Letterman into the mix and calls Schumer and Letterman “boobs.”

And more: Henneberger brings up Helena Andrews (a Politics Daily contributor) whose book, Bitch is the New Black, is becoming a screenplay. She is happy for Andrews, but says bitch is no friend to women.

Noteworthy: Henneberger authored If They Only Listened to Us: What Women Voters Want Politicians to Hear.

ABC News Awarding “Bernies” to Naughty Newsmakers

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On December 30, ABC News will present “Bernies” to the worst-behaved newsmakers of 2009 during a special year-end broadcast of Nightline. This is the network’s first annual presentation of the awards, named after convicted conman Bernard Madoff.

Winners in four categories — politicians, moneymen, stars & wannabes and sick & twisted will be determined via polls on ABCNews.com.

With nominees like John Edwards, the Salahis, Tiger Woods, Blago and David Letterman, there really are no wrong answers. To cast your vote for the “Bernies,” visit ABCNews.com.

Morning Reading List 10.07.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Yesterday’s featured desk was Christina Bellantoni‘s new office at TPM. Ken Hanner is the only FBDC reader to guess it correctly. Today we have Uncle Sam spotted by a reader panhandling for $12 trillion in Dupont yesterday.

What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

TV | ONLINE | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | AWARDS & EVENTS

TV

Tom DeLay has quit “Dancing with the Stars.”

David Letterman‘s apology episode brought in huge ratings.

In that spirit, Mediaite brings us “Top Ten On-Air Apologies.”

Tonight on “Countdown,” Keith Olbermann will present a Special Comment for the full hour on the need for and meaning of health care reform in the United States, “Health Care Reform: The Fight Against Death.”

CBS’ Dave Price joined the Morning Media Menu earlier today to discuss how he’s going to get across the country on only 50 bucks.

WaPo: Jay Leno‘s sinking ratings are causing pain for the NBC stations that air his new show — with at least one striking exception: Washington’s WRC-TV.

Evening news ratings here.

ONLINE

AP is considering selling stories to online customers earlier for a fee.

NEWS NOTES

Fox News’ Shepard Smith is the only newser to make AskMen’s 40 most influential men list. He’s #31– topping the list at #1 is fictional Don Draper from “Mad Men,” beating out even President Obama.

Rush Limbaugh has officially put in a bid for the St. Louis Rams.

HuffPost: NY Post editor Sandra Guzman, who spoke out against a controversial cartoon the paper ran comparing the author of the president’s stimulus package to a dead chimpanzee, has been fired from her job, the paper confirmed.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Politico‘s Mike Allen reported yesterday that David Axelrod met with Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes in NY two weeks ago during the President’s visit to the UN. “The two discussed news coverage and the relationship between the organizations. An FNC spokesperson tells POLITICO that Ailes and Axelrod had a “cordial conversation” over coffee…”

Time‘s Michael Scherer further reports, Axelrod said in an email, “I’ve known Roger for a long time. …We chatted from time to time during the campaign. I was going to be in NY, so we got together for a cup of coffee.”

AWARDS & EVENTS

NJ‘s James Kitfield and Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. have been recognized by Military Reporters & Editors for their coverage of the U.S. military and national security during 2008.

NPC is hosting a political reporting workshop Saturday, October 17th. Keynote speaker is USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page. Dets and registration info here.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico, NJ‘s Wake-Up Call and Last Call!

Morning Reading List 10.06.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Guess who’s moving into their new office and whose desk is featured above. Hints: she’s already tweeted this pic and she’s also the only other cubicle or office space we’ve featured on FishbowlDC since taking over. Send us your guesses and get featured in tomorrow’s Morning Reading List.

John Legend will perform at the W’s millionth opening this Thursday (h/t Click‘s nightlife reporter). What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

E&P: No second bidder showed up with an offer to buy the bankrupt parent of the Chicago Sun-Times as a 5 p.m. deadline expired Monday — and another loomed as the newsroom union remained deadlocked with the sole bidder.

WaPo launched The Climate Agenda yesterday, a special report on climate change news.

TV

It’s “Supreme Court Week” on C-SPAN. To commemorate the reconvening of the court, C-SPAN has a series of specials scheduled, including interviews with all the Justices, which is a TV first. Here’s a behind the scenes video from their coverage.

Apparently Wolf Blitzer was the first to break news that David Letterman would address sex allegations– Wolf’s Twitter.

Letterman apologizes last night on the air.

And other late night hosts react to Letterman’s show.

ONLINE

HuffPost is hitting the books and The Daily Beast turns one.

MAGAZINES

Conde Nast said yesterday it plans to shutter Gourmet, parenting magazine Cookie, Elegant Bride and Modern Bride.

NEWS NOTES

International Women’s Media Foundation’s “Courage in Journalism Awards” will be held October 26th at the National Press Club. Winners here.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico, NJ‘s Wake-Up Call and Last Call!

Morning Reading List 09.30.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

A White House reporter used the made-for-SNL-word “strategery” in a question posed to press secretary Robert Gibbs at yesterday’s briefing. Funny man Gibbs, referring to the SNL newbie who dropped the F bomb this weekend, joked, “I’m going to curse in a minute.” (h/t HuffPost)

Where did the month of September go? What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

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TV

Missing the Joe of “Morning Joe?” Joe Scarborough has apparently been recovering from sinus surgery this week.

Fortune‘s profile of Charlie Rose.

CNN’s John Roberts has an awkward moment with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

In “Hollywood” news… HBO’s “Big Love” has been filming in DC– Bill Paxton and Chloe Sevigny have been spotted shooting at Union Station, outside the White House and in Dupont Circle. Jon got the boot from TLC’s “Jon and Kate Plus Eight.” And the “Real Housewives” have no idea who Nancy Pelosi is.

RADIO

NPR’s Vivian Schiller profiled by More.

Barbara Walters interviewed Arianna Huffington on her SIRIUS XM radio show. An excerpt from Arianna: “I’m fine to be called a liberal. My problem is that with the analysis that sees everything is divided as right versus left. When you have major alliances among people who are liberals, people are who are conservatives agreeing on things like reforming Wall Street, on things like not escalating in Afghanistan, on things like providing healthcare for the uninsured. Because many people in business know that they have to carry the cost, and it’s weighing down their businesses.”

ONLINE

TWT‘s Christina Bellantoni: A Facebook poll asking whether President Obama should be assassinated has sparked an Internet uproar – with new polls calling for the offending poll creator’s arrest and other social-networking sites questioning their policies amid an unprecedented level of online vitriol.

Daily Candy (which we LOVE) has unveiled a new look.

BOOKS

The e-book of Sarah Palin’s “Going Rogue” has been delayed by the publisher to apparently stress hardcover sales.

John Dickerson: Sarah Palin took the name of her memoir from this (unflattering) Slate article.

And apparently, David Letterman has an advance copy of Palin’s memoir. (h/t Wake Up Call)

NEWS NOTES

NYT‘s executive editor Bill Keller on pay model in NYO: “In the end, I think it will come down to a gut call about what we think the audience will accept and how we think the market will evolve…Everybody wants it to be a well-informed, well-considered gut call, but it’s a gut call.”

Dan Rather‘s case against CBS has been dismissed.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico, NJ‘s Wake-Up Call and Last Call!

Obama’s “Late Night” With Letterman

Yesterday, Robert Gibbs refused to give the WH press corps a preview of President Obama’s “Late Show with David Letterman” appearance…

Q. Does the President have any funny anecdotes for David Letterman tonight?

MR. GIBBS: Well, I’m not going to preview them here, for goodness sakes.

Q. Well, so we can get ready. (Laughter.)

MR. GIBBS: So that you can get ready? Well, that was first and foremost on the President’s mind this morning. No, he’s had a good rapport with David Letterman for quite some time. We did this before he became a senator and again on the presidential campaign, so it should be – I think it will be fun. But I also think, again, I think it’s a way of talking to people that may not get their news all from traditional outlets. So I think that’s an important way to continue the conversation.

But well before the airing, details of the taping hit the web… topics ranged from the First Family’s summer vacation to health care, Afghanistan, Iraq and the economy – where he even made some news on unemployment (Reuters ). “Your job is more difficult than my job, that’s what I learned here tonight,” Letterman ribbed.

The infamous Top 10 List was reasons the President agreed to come on the show, spilled over Twitter:

10. Heard the lady with the heart-shaped potato was going to be here (more on that here)

9. Thought it would be fun to watch someone else get heckled

8. Has something to do with that whole “cash for clunkers” thing

7. Everyone since President Teddy Roosevelt has been here

6. In this economy, someone offers you $600, you take it

5. We told him Megan Fox would be here

4. Needed a place to hang out until check-in time at this hotel

3. Honestly, I have no idea

2. Said “yes” without thinking, like Bush did with Iraq

1. Wanted to congratulate Dave on the big Emmy win(sigh, he actually lost)

And on race, the President reminded everyone, “First of all, I think it’s important to realize that I was actually black before the election.”

More clips at CBS.com.

Morning Reading List 09.21.09

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The Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce toasts Kiki Ryan’s new position with Politico at the Silver Spring home of Jessica Hoy on Sunday.

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Happy Birthday to Kiki Ryan, on her first day at Politico with Click! What know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

WaPo interviews Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

WaPo ombudsman Andrew Alexander examines the paper’s ACORN coverage after they were flooded with angry callers prompted by Fox News’ Glenn Beck. “It’s tempting to dismiss such gimmicks. Fox News, joined by right-leaning talk radio and bloggers, often hypes stories to apocalyptic proportions while casting competitors as too liberal or too lazy to report the truth. But they’re also occasionally pumping legitimate stories. I thought that was the case with ACORN…”

TV

Tom DeLay makes his debut on “Dancing with the Stars” this fine evening.

“So you’re trying to ambush the ambusher?” Friday at the Values Voter Summit, a ThinkProgress.org staffer caught up with FNC producer Jesse Watters, known for his ambush interviews which end up on “The O’Reilly Factor.” TVNewser has the video.

NYT‘s Brian Stelter caught up with CBS’ Katie Couric, who says she’s staying in the anchor chair, and also will start hosting a weekly interview webcast on CBSNews.com, beginning tomorrow. Her first guest will be Glenn Beck.

The night after he hosts the President, David Letterman will have a second President, when Bill Clinton joins him on “The Late Show” Tuesday. Obama tapes “The Late Show” today around 4pm.

ONLINE

A study by the University of Maryland reveals, shockingly, that the vast majority of politicians’ tweets are about themselves.

MAGAZINES

Bloomberg has submitted its bid for BusinessWeek mag.

Esquire named its 75 Best People in the World- journos whos make the cut include Fox News’ Shepard Smith, CBS’ Lara Logan, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Pat Buchanan, NBC’s Lester Holt and Rupert Murdoch.

NEWS NOTES

Journos are losing jobs at three times the rate of average workers.

WaPo: The Federal Communications Commission’s proposal of new rules to prevent companies such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from deliberately blocking or slowing certain Web traffic is expected to advance with three votes out of the five-member agency, according to sources.

Reliable Source noticed a documentary film crew following Van Jones this weekend.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

The pool reported yesterday that NYT‘s Tom Friedman played a round of golf with President Obama yesterday, prompting all sorts of “the green is flat” jokes in our Twitterverse.

IN MEMORIAM

WaPo: Irving Kristol, 89, a forceful essayist, editor and university professor who became the leading architect of neoconservatism, which he called a political and intellectual movement for disaffected ex-liberals, like himself, who had been “mugged by reality,” died Friday.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Daniel Lippman

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