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Quotes of the Day

Beauty and the Guido: “Colorado’s rocked so far! At the Steamboat Institute now and hung out with @michellemalkin yesterday.” — Washington’s version of “The Situation” Jason Mattera, Editor of Human Events, in a Friday tweet with the accompanying photograph. We prefer Mattera’s usual wife beater tank to this shapeless snow-patterned purplish T. It looks like he found the elusive Michael Stars – Grimace collection. They tried it once in the mid-90′s but never spoke of it again.

Media elitism

“I go to Whole Foods, other people go to Walmart. There’s a difference.” — The Daily Caller media writer Matt Lewis on media elitism and what it means on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday in response to Texas GOP Gov. and presidential hopeful Rick Perry getting “pounded by the press.” Lewis remarked that this cultural bias is even more prevalent than a liberal bias. Later he opined that President Obama going to “hoity-toity” Martha’s Vineyard doesn’t make for good optics.

Astute observation

“CONNOISSEURS of Sunday-morning TV noticed that ‘This Week’ today revived the more urgent, David Brinkley-era opening music.” — Politico‘s Mike Allen in a weekend Playbook observation.

What is not journalism

“How sad that campaign ‘journalism’ has now devolved into, Is so-and-so going to run?? #thatsnotjournalism” — Media MattersEric Boehlert in a weekend tweet.

And this…

“This is par for the course for Politico. I brought this up on another story and they said they had it first but were just waiting to ‘report out the details.’ Politico, waiting to break news?” — Anonymous Tipster in response to our story, “Politico Behaves Unprofessionally.”

Hairless in D.C.

“There’s a laser hair removal Groupon for the Washington area twice a week, at least. At this rate, #DC should be hairless by 2013.” WaPo Express News Editor Sara Schwartz in a weekend tweet.

Future weatherman

“It’s raining it’s ass off in suburban MD/DC… yeesh!” — Washington Business Journal designer Tim Wong in a Sunday tweet.

En route to Mongolia

“You’ll next hear from us from Ulan Bator, something pooler never thought he’d have the chance to say just a few weeks ago.” — LAT‘s Mike Memoli in a Sunday night VPOTUS Pool Report from China. Ulan Bator is the capital of Mongolia.

Journo Love

“Whole lotta Twitter love for @SavannahGuthrie’s first time filling in on @MeetThePress today.” — NYT Brian Stelter in a Sunday tweet.

Where does Bret Baier shop?

A follower asks FNC’s Bret Baier: “Where do you purchase majority of your shirts/ties from? Good looking combos.” Baier replied, “Most are Brooks Brothers.”

Arianna tweaks Weiner

“And on the pretty geeky side of the news ledger, it was announced that ‘retweet’ and ‘sexting’ have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. No word on whether @RepWeiner feels validated.” – HuffPost/AOL Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington in her “Sunday Roundup.”

Seeing the glass half full…

“So the only good thing about waiting 20 minutes for a train is that I finally got to read about Kim kardashian’s over the top wedding.” — Netcentric editor and writer Elizabeth Brotherton in a weekend tweet. She was formerly an HOH writer for Roll Call.

The media critic

“Peggy Noonan’s wrong that Obama doesn’t have a solid base of people who ‘love’ him. Cheap shot w no data to back up” — NBC’s Domenico Montanaro in a Sunday tweet on WSJ Columnist Peggy Noonan, who appeared on NBC’s “MTP” on Sunday.

Sunday Show Preview: 07.10.11


What better way to end the week and kick off the Sunday Show Preview than by watching “The Week Ahead” with MSNBC’s Domenico Montanaro and Andy Gross?

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• NBC’s Meet the Press: Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner and presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty, former Governor of Minnesota.

• CBS’s Face the Nation: Timothy Geithner, U.S. Treasury Secretary; Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL); Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL).

• ABC’s This Week: Bill Daley and Christine Lagarde.

• CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley: Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) Majority Whip; Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) Ranking Member, Budget Committee; Rick Santorum (R) presidential candidate, former senator of Pennsylvania; James Garvin, chief scientist, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

• CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Toby Harnden, The Guardian; Matt Frei, BBC; Emily Bell, Columbia University; Diane Dimond, The Daily Beast; Lauren Ashburn, Ashburn Media; Tony Blankley, conservative columnist; Katrina vanden Huevel, The Nation

• Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Alexis Simendinger,; Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg News; Greg Ip, The Economist; Yochi Dreazen, National Journal.

• Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI).

• NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show:

• Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Tatyana Ali, Mario Van Peebles, Anna Deavere Smith, J. Anthony Brown, Kym Whitley, Vanessa Williams and Bill Duke.

•Platts Energy Week: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).

• C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).

•Bloomberg & WJLA’s energyNOW!: George McKerrow, CEO of restaurant chain Ted’s Montana Grill; Scott Jenkins, VP of ballpark operations, Seattle Mariners; Jon Jarvis, Director, National Parks Service.

Ideas in Action with Jim Glassman: Steve Largent, President of the CTIA – The Wireless Association and former US Representative from Oklahoma; Gordon Smith, President of the National Association of Broadcasters and former US Senator from Oregon.

Politico’s Turn the Table after the jump.

We’ll update ‘em as we get ‘em.

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Palin, Cee Lo Create Spectacle @ MSNBC After Party

While attendees at another post-WHCD party struggled to gain admittance due to their host’s chronic and unapologetic guest list failures, MSNBC’s guests breezed though check-in and down a sprawling red carpet to the Italian Embassy.  Rather than watching celebrities make their way to an isolated VIP space, MSNBC’s guests rubbed elbows with the likes of Glee’s Jayne Lynch, SNL’s Andy Samberg, Valerie Jarrett, Meghan McCain, Eliot Spitzer, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), Bristol Palin with aunt Molly McCann and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL).

Perhaps the weekend’s best event, MSNBC’s soiree drew a huge array of journalists – many from competitive networks.   CNN was represented by Ed Henry and Shirley Hung Henry, Edie Emery, Peter Hamby, Mark Whitaker, Sam Feist, Roland Martin, David Bohrman, and Christa Robinson.  We spotted ABC’s Rick Klein, Jim Sciutto and Polson Kanneth, as well as CBS’s Christine Delargy.  Fox News anchor Bret Baier was there.   And so was Greta Van Susteren who made quite an entrance when she and husband John Coale appeared with Todd and Sarah Palin.  The family Palin was swarmed by cameras and party-goers only moments before Cee Lo Green took the stage to perform a short set including his hit song “F**k You.”  As Palin posed for what seemed like thousands of photos, Todd, Bristol and Molly conversed with the hoards of guests who circled their table in the room’s far corner.

“We’re still getting used to this,” Sarah’s sister Molly admitted to FishbowlDC.  “I find it kind of exciting but I’m not around it all the time,” she added.

As we turned away, we nearly bumped into WaPo‘s Ezra Klein who was doing a drive-by “Mean Girls” impression.  The liberal blogger laughed out loud and rolled his eyes as he passed by Palin-palooza.  Back on the dance floor, another former governor was getting a different kind of attention from one Kiki Ryan.  The fearless reporter’s blonde ambition must have been in overdrive on Saturday because we hear she tried to persuade Eliot Spitzer to shake his groove thing.  He kindly declined:

From @burgerinfo:
@keeekster(@Italian Em):Mr. Spitzer,would you like to dance?
Spitzer: Dancings not really my forte
@keeekster:Thats not what I hear #winning

Besides our favorite celebrity bartender and TV host Rachel Maddow who spent the evening slinging drinks, NBCers like Luke Russert, Kelly O’Donnell, Domenico Montanaro, Phil Griffin, Tanya Hayre, Ed Schultz, Dylan Ratigan, Erika Masonhall, Betsy Fischer, Savannah Guthrie and Contessa Brewer were among the guests gifted Starbucks swag, a slice of pizza and bottle of Fiji as they left the fete in the morning’s wee hours.

Sunday Show Preview: 03.13.11


But first “The Week Ahead” from MSNBC’s dynamic duo Domenico Montanaro and Andy Gross

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• NBC’s Meet the Press: Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY); Governor Mitch Daniels (R-IN); Michele Norris, NPR’s “All Things Considered”; Dan Balz, Washington Post; Ed Gillespie, Former Counselor to President Bush; Anita Dunn, Former Communications Director to President Obama.

• CBS’s Face the Nation: An interview with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi; Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT).

• ABC’s This Week:

• CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL); Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) Majority Whip; Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) Minority Whip.

• CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Terence Smith, former PBS media correspondent; Alicia Shepard, ombudsman for NPR.

• Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Dan Balz, The Washington Post; Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times; Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post; Peter Baker, The New York Times.

• Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL).

• NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: David Brooks, New York Times; Katty Kay, BBC; David Ignatius, Washington Post; and Kelly O’Donnell, NBC.

• Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Gen Colin Powell; Mayors Kasim Reed of Atlanta, GA, Vincent Gray of Washington, D.C., and Robert Bowers of East Orange, NJ; and Rep. Allen West (R-FL).

•Platts Energy Week: Helix Energy Solutions CEO Owen Kratz.

• C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: This week’s “Newsmakers” guest and reporters are TBD …

•WJLA’s energyNOW!: Daniel Weiss, Center for American Progress; Tyson Slocum, Public Citizen.

•Politico’s “Turn the Table” after the jump.

We’ll update as we get ‘em.

Week Ahead: Obama tries to solve Big 10 problem

It’s been a while since we last posted “The Week Ahead,” MSNBC’s weekly preview of politics, created by our homies Domenico Montanaro and Andy Gross.   But with all the action at NBC this week (*see bureau chief shuffle), we thought we’d give the boys a little love as they preview President Obama heading to Penn State, protests in Egypt and Republicans heading to early presidential states.

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Snow, snow and more snow

By our favorite Twit photographer, CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry

Producer sleeps at office

“@davidgregory I am camping at the office. Attempted Chain Bridge – not moving. Your office couch bigger than mine.” — NBC MTP Executive Producer Betsy Fischer in a Wednesday night tweet.

Producer has unpleasant sleepover

“Sooo not making it home tonight…anyone else having a sleepover at someone else’s place like me? A place with no power… Argh!” — TBD Segment Producer Sara Kenigsberg in a Wednesday night tweet.

Reporter watches sky light up

“Transformer in Kensington blew up ten minutes ago sky lit up blue-green — as bright as noon for 20 seconds. Lights now kaput.” — Politico‘s White House reporter Glenn Thrush in a Wednesday night tweet.

Windows, fog, sh-t

“Windows on newly freed metro bus are fogged to shit.” — The Daily Caller‘s “Daily Baller” Mike Riggs in a Wednesday night tweet.

Scribe rejoices in Uggs victory

“Feeling really great about the decision to wear Uggs to work today #lonevictory” — Politico‘s Meredith Shiner in a Wednesday tweet.

Commutes from hell

“Commute home now hits 5 hour mark. Have gone 3 miles. Stuck on I-66 at Rosslyn. Send more Chuck Berry!” — C-SPAN Communications Director Howard Mortman in a Wednesday night tweet. (Happy Birthday Howard!)

“Snow update. Two hours to drive from Cap Hill 1st/Constitution to 20th/Constitution. Will I ever get home?” — NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell in a Wednesday night tweet.

“Ok, car stuck at bureau. Trying metro. Not looking forward to the half-mile walk but at least I’ve been running for the past 2 mos.” — NBC’s Domenico Montanaro in a Wednesday night tweet.

“Almost killed by cars on 17th and k” — The Hill‘s Publicist Tricia Barba in a Wednesday tweet.

“Braving thundersnow, heading to Metro. If I don’t make it… It’s been a blast, Twitter.” — WCP‘s Managing Editor Mike Madden in a Wednesday tweet.

French-braid weirdness

“Time is bending, curving, french-braiding itself on the Metro tonight. Maybe just stay where you are, tonight! #servicey #thundersnow” — HuffPost‘s Jason Linkins in a bizarre turn of phrase in a Wednesday night tweet. (Really, Jason, time is french-braiding?)

Journos get a little help from their Twitter friends

“Tweeting while driving is bad. But can I tweet while not moving on Roosevelt bridge?” — NBC’s Chuck Todd in a Wednesday night tweet. To which NJ’s Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier chimed in with a warning, “@chucktodd when you get across, don’t take spout run thru ‘hood. Bad wreck. Stay on 29.”

ABC’s Tapper in a moment of mayor-envy

“@CoryBooker how do we draft you to be Mayor of DC? How about just during snowstorms? Can you call Mayor Gray and offer some tips?” — ABC News’s Jake Tapper in a Wednesday night tweet.

Colonic anyone?

“Bizarre: LivingSocial will give me a free colonic if I get 3 friends to buy 1. Who has friends like this?” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles in a Thursday morning tweet.

A congressman’s dirty, smelly times

“We dug out in light of day – crashed at a Rep. Bachmann’s staffer’s house- like Willie Nelson put on my cleanest dirty shirt – Dulles bound” — Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) in a Thursday morning tweet.

Making Savannah’s Mom’s Day

“Thank you @mikeallen for making my mom’s day #nancy’sbday” — MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown” Co-host Savannah Guthrie in a Thursday morning Tweet. Politico‘s Mike Allen gave Nancy Guthrie the high honor of mentioning  Savannah’s mother’s birthday in this morning’s Playbook (h/t Savannah Guthrie).

Sunday Show Preview: 12.19.10


Kicking off your Sunday show preview this week are the zany duo of MSNBC’s “The Week Ahead” – Domenico Montanaro and Andy Gross.

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NBC’s Meet the Press: VP Joe Biden, Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D); Mark McKinnon, Republican Strategist;Andrea Mitchell, NBC News; Joe Scarborough, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

• CBS’ Face the Nation: Senator Carl Levin (D-Michigan); Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina); Senator Jeff Sessions; (R-Alabama); Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota).

• ABC’s This Week: Sen. John Kerry (D-MA); Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN); Rajiv Shah, USAID Administrator; Chrystia Freeland, Thomson-Reuters; Rajiv Chandrasekaran, The Washington Post; Donna Brazile, Political Strategist; George Will, ABC News.

CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY); Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and to Iraq; Adm. William Fallon (Ret.), former commander, U.S. Central Command; Gen. Richard Myers (Ret.), former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Fredric Rolando, President of National Association of Letter Carriers.

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Katrina Vanden Heuvel,The Nation; Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review;  Wagner, Politics Daily; Soledad O’Brien, CNN anchor and special correspondent; Ian Shapira, The Washington Post.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Janet Hook of The Wall Street Journal, Pete Williams of NBC News, Martha Raddatz of ABC News, Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times.

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Maryland Representative Chris Van Hollen.

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Howard Fineman, Huffington Post; Norah O’Donnell, NBC News; Joe Klein, TIME Magazine; and Katty Kay, BBC will appear on this week’s edition of “The Chris Matthews Show.”

Washington Watch with Roland Martin:Gary Locke, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

•Platts Energy Week: Michael Eckhart from the American Council on Renewable Energy.

•Politico’s “Turn the Table” after the jump.

We’ll update as we get ‘em!

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MSNBC Spoofs the Cheating Chilean Miner

In this episode of the MSNBC’s “Week Ahead,” Domenico Montanaro lays out the coming week’s schedule while producer Andy Gross pulls out the hard hat and pretends to be the 34th Chilean miner.

Gross’s Spanish-speaking “little lady” and mistresses show up to yell at him.

Watch here.

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Reporter channels inner Mary Poppins

“Didn’t have an umbrella so nice hotel doorman gave me one. Thing is, it’s like 4 ft long…I feel like Mary Poppins.” — TWT White House reporter Kara Rowland in a Wednesday tweet from Manhattan

Angry journo

“Seriously, Pepco. you suck! how are we w/o power again!!! Worst. Energy. Company. Ever.” — NBC political reporter Domenico Montanaro in a Wednesday tweet.

Hazard of writing job: weird guy singing

“You had to be there: Guy whips out iPod at top restaurant last night and, along with his companions, starts SINGING in otherwise quiet room.” — WaPo‘s restaurant reviewer Tom Sietsema in a Wednesday tweet.

Rahm not naked

“Repeat after me, the King has clothes on and they’re lovely.”  — WSJ‘s Jonathan Weisman in a Wednesday tweet, writing in code and referring to a story he wrote on White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel running for Chicago Mayor.

Touched by the White House

“Some things never get old, like marine 1 lifting off from wh south lawn. Seen here this afternoon.” – NBC News political correspondent Mike Viqueira in a Wednesday tweet. (Please note: We typically reserve these sorts of pictures for CNN’s Ed Henry, who is prone to taking White House sunrise shots. We are not betraying you with Viqueira, Ed, we promise.) See Viqueira’s picture after the jump…

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MSNBC’s ‘The Week Ahead’ in its Full Glory

After nearly a month off, NBC Producer Andy Gross is back and badder than ever with MSNBC’s Domenico Montanaro and “The Week Ahead.”

Among the topics: Hurricane Katrina, political primaries in Louisiana (how will Sen. David Vitter’s (R-La.) cheating scandal affect his campaign?) and more…

Things are about to take a turn. Domenico’s off next week. Which means, ahem, Andy’s in charge. Domenico seems a bit frightened, but Andy is full of confidence.

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