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Meet Mobile Mikey

You’ll never be able to escape the clutches of Mike Allen. Not if Politico gets their wish. In this morning’s Politico Playbook, Allen lets us in on the latest in Politico technology.

A first tonight: MobileMikey, a Steadicam that will track Playbook’s movements throughout the night. Airs live on C-SPAN, on POLITICO.com, on NewsChannel 8 in the D.C. area, and on our free iPad and iPhone apps.

You read that right. MobileMikey makes his debut. They are really strapping Allen up with a Steadicam to “track his movements.” Anyone who has ever been in a room with Allen knows that he has the attention span of a chimp on crack, so this might actually make for must-see TV. Who in their right minds wants to track a man’s every movement while he’s reporting? This isn’t like watching Lebron James play basketball. If you don’t think Politico is doing a great job with it’s election coverage, just ask Politico or Politico Publicist David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun.

Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik on POLITICO’s Super Tuesday livestream: “Online political powerhouse a C-SPAN star … I watched Politico on C-SPAN, and thought I had died and gone to a heaven where television provided smart, savvy, real, semi-raw election night coverage again.

Really, David Zurawik, you thought you had “died and gone to a heaven”? I can think of a million things I’d like to see when I got to heaven and Mike Allen wearing a Steadicam isn’t one of them. Either Heaven really sucks, or you need a more active imagination, sir. Personally, I’d take the 70 virgins and honeycakes over Allen and a Steadicam. Then again, that Steadicam might come in handy in that situation.

Follow all of the MobileMikey action right here tonight starting at 6:30pm ET or on C-SPAN starting at 7pm ET.

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A Pissing Match Between Two Media Scribes

A fight between two grown men in media is always worth watching.

In one corner: WaPo‘s Erik Wemple. Dirty blond curly hair. Medium build. In the other: The Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik. Balding. Glasses. Skinnyish.

Are you rrrrready to RRRRumble?

Over the weekend, Wemple castrated Zurawik by critiquing his critique of NBC’s newest star, Chelsea Clinton, on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” Wemple called him “childish and misanthropic.” He said Zurawik’s take on Chelsea was “rehearsed.”

Z’s quote: “Steve Capus, the president of NBC News, in his shameless hype for this journalistically bankrupt decision, said it’s as if Chelsea has been preparing all her life for this thing. Based on the first show we saw, if that’s true, it’s been a largely wasted life. And as mean as that might sound, I don’t take it back, really.”

On Monday Zurawik fired back with a complete ass kissing of CNN “Reliable Sources” host Howard Kurtz, saying that WaPo used to have “best media reporter in the country in Howard Kurtz” in the first line of the story. Now they have that shithead Wemple, he lamented. He also tried to reattach his testicles by making a big stink out of Wemple not calling him for comment. He called Wemple a “water carrier” for the Clintons and suggested that calling him for comment might have at least made him seem like a reporter. As if that would have made Wemple’s analysis of Zurawik’s analysis any different.

(Brief memo to Zurawik: First of all, on which planet is self-pimping Kurtz the best media reporter in America? Kurtz is a longtime media reporter, but the best? Does the best attribute anti-Obama administration quotes to Nancy Pelosi that aren’t hers? Does the best think he’s talking to a congressman when he’s talking to an aide and then try to cover the whole thing up? Does the best wait five days to cover the Weiner sex scandal, reasoning that it’s sometimes prudent to wait? We know you’re a regular on Kurtz’s Sunday show, but WTF Zurawik?)

Getting back to the pissing match, Wemple was riled by Z’s accusation of being in bed with the Clintons. “So I’m now a ‘water carrier’ for the Clintons?” Wemple asked in an interview with FBDC. “It’s clear that Z, the ultimate reporter, perhaps didn’t check out this item and this item.”

He continued, “It’s instructive to follow his logic: If I cite any objection to Z’s stating that Chelsea Clinton has lived a ‘largely wasted life,’ I am carrying water for her. Not, mind you, just sticking up for basic decency. Because anybody who dissents from the notion that Chelsea Clinton has lived a ‘largely wasted life’ is just a suckup for the Clintons.”

The fight continues…Please note, Zurawik phoned us back last night with a reasonable excuse for his tardiness and we returned the call today. If and when the conversation happens, we’ll bring you his remarks. Stay tuned…

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Tapper as ‘Backup’

While Washington continues to chatter on about ABC Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper not getting the nod as host of “This Week,” he’s being painted as someone who could easily take over should the time come. Last week ABC announced that Christiane Amanpour was leaving the show for an arrangement on ABC and CNN. Though George Stephanopoulos once said he couldn’t do both, the former host will double as host of “GMA” and “This Week.”

Will he last?

The Baltimore Sun‘s Media Critic David Zurawik seemed unsure about that and sees Tapper as someone who can easily step in for Stephanopoulos should the need rise. “Well they have people like Jake Tapper, “Zurawik said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday. “When Christiane got the job I was one of the people who said, you know, Jake Tapper is really doing well here.He could do it and he brings an enthusiasm and he’s so plugged in. … because they have Tapper they have backup. If he’s having a week that he’s really stressed out, they can plug Tapper in and not lose anything. That’s a good thing. I mean, that really is a good thing.”

There are two schools of thought on Tapper. In one, he’s a really nice, genuine, funny guy (the guy the Internet likes) and then the other, a journo with a healthy ego who takes care to monitor his standing around town and who spends his time arguing with bloggers about minutiae. Some believe this “other Jake” explains some of his perceived difficulties at ABC.

FNC’s Ed Henry: ‘Well this is a nice start’

As FNC’s Ed Henry resumed the White House beat this week for his new employer, he received a glowing endorsement today from Baltimore Sun TV writer David Zurawik. In a nutshell, Zurawik writes, of all the dumb things Fox News has done lately, the one smart thing they’ve done is hire the ex-CNNer, whose contract at CNN was not going to be renewed.

Zurawik comes out on Henry’s behalf about as vociferously as anyone could. “Hiring Henry looks like a good move to me in terms of instant credibility and solid reporting. And I dare anyone to call him an ideologue based on his work at CNN.”

Henry was evidently pleased with the media writer’s story. In fact, he tweeted, “Well this is a nice start…” and linked to the story.

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QUOTES of the LONG WEEKEND Part II

We’re back with an unusual second edition of quotes. Bear with us while we catch up from the weekend.

Excuses. Excuses.

“It’s hard for me to get interested in things where other dude’s genitalia are involved.” — The Daily Caller‘s TV writer Jeff Poor in a weekend message to me as to why he hadn’t written about Weinergate. Despite’s Poor’s frankly (get it?) poor attitude regarding Weinergate, The Daily Caller has covered the story.

NPR host gets stuck near restroom. Repeatedly.

“Why does United always put me and my wife, with scads of miles, in last row? Think they’ll replace LAVATORY sign w/ SIMONS.” — NPR’s Scott Simon in a weekend tweet.

Howie says he hasn’t drank the Oprah Kool-Aid

“I’m the only one here who’s not on drugs.” — CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Host Howard Kurtz on his Sunday program after two of his guests began gushing about Oprah and admitting their habit. One guest, Baltimore Sun‘s TV and Pop Culture Critic David Zurawik, admitted to drinking the Oprah Kool-Aid during and after he interviewed her. Another acknowledged mainlining Oprah with an IV drip.

Politico journo gets pensive about life

“I’m at the stage in my life when friends are getting dogs. Next they get wives and husbands, then children, right? #alldownhill?” — Politico‘s Byron Tau in a weekend tweet.

Tapper sticks to Memorial Day, eliciting praise from Weiner

“And on a personal note, our family lost my great uncle David Edwin Palmatier in WWII.” — ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper in a Monday tweet. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), even amidst a stressful Weinergate, tweeted a compliment at him, saying, “Excellent Memorial Day feed going on over at @jaketapper.”

Inskeep offers drug warning

“Lahore airpt anncment: sweet woman’s voice w/ sax music: ‘Drug trafficking is a serious offense that carries the death penalty’” — NPR “Morning Edition” Host Steve Inskeep in a weekend tweet.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“I am in desperate need of a jackfruit bubble drink. Craving solved.” — Metro Weekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg in a weekend tweet. Astonishingly, Bugg wins this award twice in one day. He apparently found his bubble drink at the Vietnamese eatery Banh Mi DC Sandwich.

 

Baltimore Sun Thinks CNN and Wolf Blitzer Are On Fire

Wolfy is smirking for good reason. David Zurawik, TV critic for the Baltimore Sun has some very kind words for CNN about their coverage of the situation in Libya and the Japanese earthquake, and for anchor Wolf Blitzer in particular.

Zurawik doesn’t credit CNN’s spike in ratings with the fact that there’s a lot in the news to cover. And primetime hosts Piers Morgan and Eliot Spitzer certainly aren’t doing the network any favors with their dismal numbers. Instead, Zurawik says CNN International’s managing director Tony Maddox is the one who’s made the difference with an increased use of simulcasts.

The difference, Zurawik writes, is exemplified by the pairing of Blitzer and Isha Sesay, the CNN International anchor based in Atlanta. The pair “provides a near perfect context of seriousness and energy/urgency,” Zurawik writes. “The set crackles with intensity when Blitzer is on with Sesay.”

He continues: “I have long been a fan of Blitzer. I think he is as good as TV journalism gets…when you match [Sesay] with someone like Blitzer and the sense of seriousness he brings to the presentation, it’s a perfect fit.”

Wolf is great, but it isn’t just him. Zurawik says he’s “written many times about CNN’s superior international news-gathering infrastructure” and thinks Sanjay Gupta‘s reporting from Japan was “terrific.”

That’s fairly high praise for a network that hasn’t gotten much positive feedback lately. Read the whole column here.

Kurtz Goes Double Dipping on Media Anger

Screen-shot-2010-01-28-at-9.56.24-AM1.png On CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday, host Howard Kurtz led guests into a heated discussion on anger and personal attacks within the media. Guests included: CBS News’s Chief White House correspondent Chip Reid, GWU’s Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs Frank Sesno, former managing editor of USA Today and President of Ashburn Media Laura Ashburn and The Baltimore Sun‘s media writer David Zurawik. Watch it here.

“I’m enraged Howard,” Reid jokes, when Kurtz at one point cuts him off to move on to another aspect of the topic. Reid calls CBS News an “island of sanity” in regards to Kurtz’s subject of “The Poisonous Press.”

And in his WaPo column today, Kurtz again tackles the topic of media rage.

FishbowlDC reached out to Kurtz. Should he provide comment we’ll post it immediately. In the meantime, read what he has to say about his own place in the media after the jump…

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ABC’s Jon Karl: Best Week Ever?

karl_2.jpg Jonathan Karl‘s recent reporting on the Bunning saga and the one-year anniversary of the stimulus for ABC News has garnered praise from his colleagues and media critics alike. One such example is from The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik:

“Against a TV landscape dominated by partisan positioning on the one-year anniversary of the controversial stimulus package, Karl, the network’s senior congressional correspondent, offered this clear-eyed and yes, objective, in the best of that word, report on one slice of the stimulus pie.”

He again praised Jon Karl’s persistence with Bunning in an item last night as “a textbook example of the press functioning as it should.”

Baltimore Sun’s TV Critic Hearts C-SPAN

heart-9.jpegPretty soon we’re going to have to add C-SPAN to the Pledge of Allegiance because news people are literally falling in love with the network all over the place.

First, it was MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, who was happy as pie when the network recently fixed a tape for her, finding missing footage she wanted. This week’s praise comes from Baltimore Sun TV Critic David Zurawik Wednesday in which he devotes his entire column to C-SPAN.

He writes: “President Barack Obama broke his campaign promise to re-invent healthcare in full view of the C-SPAN cameras …
…But that hasn’t kept C-SPAN from doing everything it can to help voters understand how the sausage of healthcare legislation has been made this year. Day and night, 24/7, if the House or Senate was doing business on healthcare, C-SPAN was there getting as close as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi or Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would let the public service channel get with its cameras and microphones.”

In this next part he may go a tad too far with effusiveness, but the man really digs his C-SPAN:
“I have listened to committee debates and floor fights live and in replay at midnight and 2 a.m. so many nights I cannot count. Weekends, too. And I have never felt myself taken so deeply inside Congress as C-SPAN took me on this watershed legislative journey.”

Now that’s a lot of time with C-SPAN.

C-SPAN Spokesman Howard Mortman isn’t surprised by the love. “Many years ago, a columnist said, “C-SPAN’s like Church. I don’t go every day, but I’m sure glad it’s there when I need it.”

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: President’s Council of Economic Advisers Chair Dr. Christina Romer, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI), former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) and CNBC’s Jim Cramer

CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT)

ABC’s This Week: National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and a roundtable with ABC’s George Will, former Bush White House counselor Ed Gillespie, HuffPost’s Arianna Huffington, the Center for American Progress’ John Podesta and American Urban Radio Networks’ April Ryan

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Inex Tenenbaum and a panel with Fox News analysts the Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, Liz Cheney and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Sen. John Thune (R-SD), National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers, CNN’s Donna Brazile, William Bennett and Suze Orman

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: The Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik, “Beat the Press” on WGBH’s Emily Rooney, former NBC “Today” executive producer and former CBS’ “Early Show” senior executive producer Steve Friedman, USA Today‘s Christine Brennan, CBS Sportsline’s Gregg Doyel and pop culture commentator Lola Ogunnaike

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: “The Skeptical Environmentalist” author Bjorn Lomborg, NYT‘s Paul Krugman, “The American Future” author Simon Schama, “Start Up Nation” author Dan Senor and FT‘s Chrystia Freeland

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: HD Net’s Dan Rather, NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell and NYT‘s Andrew Ross Sorkin and Helene Cooper

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny, WaPo‘s Dan Balz, LAT‘s Janet Hook and Politico‘s Eamon Javers

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and Bloomberg’s Rich Miller, Kristin Jensen, Julianna Goldman, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), McClatchy’s Bill Douglas, TWT‘s Deborah Simmons, Democratic strategist Karen Finney, Roll Call TV and Philadelphia Tribune‘s Robert Traynham, Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson and News One/Interactive One’s Smokey Fontaine

CNN’s Amanpour: Top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal

Will update as we learn them.

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