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Separated at Birth: MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan And…

Here we pair MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan (who hosts Washington scribes with some regularity such as WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart) and actor Mel Gibson.

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Just five more minutes…

“We’d have to buy five minutes from Chris Matthews and he charges too much.” — MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan on his Tuesday show, saying he wanted five more minutes for a segment, but joking that asking his colleague for it would cost far too much.

British editor wanted to get facts straight

“Just for the record (and as a Brit you can perhaps forgive me for having to look it up), you will find the full text of the First Amendment and an explanation here. Worth looking too at Thomas Jefferson’s 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptists where he explains his belief in the need to build a ‘wall of separation between Church & State.” — Reuters Washington Bureau Chief Simon Denyer in his Tuesday “Washington Extra” dispatch on Del. Senate candidate’s Christine O’Donnell’s First Amendment remarks . (To subscribe to the newsletter, go here.)

Journo’s great great grandfather was senator who died violent death

“My great great grandfather died in a duel. He was a U.S. senator in the 19th century.” — Wonkette Morning Editor Riley Waggaman relayed the information at the Daily Caller Party Monday night.

Off-mic memories

“Peggy and I have had our off mic moments – we’re very careful these days.” — A chuckling Chuck Todd on this morning’s MNSBC’s “Morning Joe” with WSJ columnist Peggy Noonan. In a 2008 interview at the GOP Presidential Convention in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Todd, Noonan  and GOP Consultant Mike Murphy were overheard disparaging the V.P. pick of Sarah Palin.

Huffington’s Backyard Book Bash

National Journal’s Matt Cooper hides from the paparazzi behind one of Arianna’s book-themed pillows. 

Arianna Huffington made a splash last night at the home of Tammy Haddad.  Guests such as actress Geena Davis, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Rep. Dennis Kucnich and wife Elizabeth, Richard Wolffe, Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski, White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, Hilary Rosen and  MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan flooded Haddad’s Foxhall backyard to toast Huffington’s new book, “Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning The Middle Class and Betraying The American Dream.” 

The event, which Huffington joked was like an “Obama backyard party” played host to hundreds of the city’s political and media set who mingled over cocktails in the brisk fall weather.  One of the most popular topics of conversation was Howie Kurtz‘s recent announcement that he will leave the Washington Post for a new gig at the Daily Beast.  Several guests agreed that Yahoo’s Michael Calderone seemed like the only viable option to replace WaPo’s longtime media beat writer. 

We caught up with Calderone who admitted that he wouldn’t spill to Fishbowl if he was in talks with the Post but joked that, “Marcus [Brauchli] hasn’t even returned my calls about Kurtz leaving so it’s safe to assume that he hasn’t pursued me to replace him.” 

Also spotted at the backyard book bash were HuffPost’s Peter Cherukuri, Sam Stein and Mario Ruiz, Qorvis’ Kelley McCormick, SKDKnickerbocker’s Emily Lenzner, National Journal’s Matt Cooper and Taylor West, Janet Donovan, Tim Burger, Bloomberg’s Ha Chan, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, NYT’s Jeff Zeleny, Daily Beast’s Kirsten Powers and Dr. Marty Makary, Pamela’s Punch blogger Pamela Sorensen, ABC’sPolson Kanneth, Jim Courtovich, CBS’s Christine Delargy and The Hill’s Emily Goodin.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Arianna Huffington. 

Geena Davis, Michael Calderone and more after the jump. 

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MSNBC’s Ratigan: That’s Mr. Badass to You

ratigan_Bio.standard.jpg Who’s in charge of MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan‘s afternoon talk show? Should be pretty obvious considering it’s “The Dylan Ratigan Show.” But well, it’s Ratigan. Damn it. And if you’re a journalist appearing on his show, you’d better not forget it.

The Washington Examiner’s Associate Editor J.P. Freire received the 411 (on who’s in charge of Ratigan’s show) on Monday afternoon when he appeared opposite WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart. The topic was politics, race and USDA official Shirley Sherrod, who resigned for racially tinged comments she made in the 80s. Capehart, who is black, said he was speaking for himself and not WaPo’s editorial page. He said Sherrod should not have resigned.

Freire criticized Capehart’s column and the NAACP. The NAACP called the Sherrod incident shameful and recently said the Tea Party movement tolerated bigotry. “The mistake they (the NAACP) made was they weren’t condemning the racist elements…they were condemning the racism of the Tea Party movement, overall,” Freire said.

Capehart grew upset. “That’s not true, J.P. That’s not true.” Freire inquired, “Can I get in here?” Capehart snapped, “I’m sorry, J.P., I just could not let you get away with that.”

This is when things got weird…

(Will Freire be invited back? Find out after the jump…)

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The Nerve! Roll Call’s Heil Gets Bumped for BP


Roll Call‘s HOH writer Emily Heil was all dolled up, all ready to go for her appearance on MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan program Thursday when something unforseen happened — they bumped her. That’s right. The network had the audacity to bump her for the “news” of Congress questioning BP Chief Exec Tony Hayward on Capitol Hill.

But it wasn’t so bad. There was a silver lining. Heil had charity auction that evening, so getting a free MSNBC make up job by the network’s makeup artist Patty MacFarlane was helpful.

Heil remarked, jokingly, “I can’t imagine why anyone would find the BP hearing more newsworthy than me!”

Dylan Ratigan in a Yellow Convertible


MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan was off Monday with ex-N.Y. Gov. Eliot Spitzer filling in for him on his 4 p.m. show. Ratigan is scheduled to be back on his show today.

But where was he over the weekend? HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington offers this twitpic of Ratigan cruising around in this yellow convertible in Los Angeles. Huffington tweeted Monday: @DylanRatigan in his yellow convertible in LA over the weekend! Ok, it was rented…”

Helen Thomas Sneaks in a Nap During WHCA Dinner

Helen 1.jpgIf White House reporter rock star Helen Thomas wants to take a little catnap at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, well, who can blame her?

The evening is long. The weather is that humid, uncomfortable hot. NBC weatherman Al Roker keeps getting bombarded by flashbulbs wherever he goes. Foreheads are shiny. MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan is breaking into a sweat. ABC “The View’s” Sherrie Shepherd has sweat prints on her dress. Hell, the week is long, with party after party after party. And then the main event with pre-parties – 6 p.m. until ? – in which we have a hunk of steak to get through, small talk overload, speeches, awards, movie stars and many others we can’t recognize but they must be important, monologues and then, boom, another year has passed.

And there we have Thomas, sitting on the dais taking a brief snooze somewhere between steak and dessert. Next time we should make her comfortable — at least give her a pillow. No doubt, there’s no reason to stay awake for this whole thing.

Dylan Ratigan on Complex ‘Truth to Power’ Mission

Dylan.jpg MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan is funny and animated and has a lot of complex thoughts – one simple one being that he has zero plans to ever insult any fellow MSNBC host, especially not Keith Olbermann on air (he’s no Donny Deutsch). “Especially Keith,” Ratigan said, explaining that “he should have influence” within the network because his ratings are high.

Just before dinner, FishbowlDC caught up with Ratigan before descending the final escalator of The Hilton to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The host stood out in his dark suit and stark white Chuck Taylor’s that conspicuously had no shoe laces. “They’re slip ons,” Ratigan explained to a discerning Sam Stein of HuffPost. The host explained that he owns several pairs of slip on sneakers.

Onto more important subjects. Ratigan said he believes his show represents a “truth to power” brand. Come again? “If you’re in favor of game rigging in government, I will come after you,” he warned.

How about phrasing that so regular people can understand? “Truth to Power,” Ratigan said, repeating the mantra. “We’re trying to make a business out of telling it how it is. America is like a country that is going to have a heart attack in five years. My job is to prepare. I think game riggers are scum.”

Okay then.

So who does Ratigan admire? First off, he thinks NBC’s Matt Lauer (who also attended the WHCD) is one of the most underrated interviewers “in America” today. Secondly, he regularly watches Glenn Beck‘s show on FNC? “Absolutely I watch Glenn Beck,” he said. “I look at the entire right as having valid concerns. I think Glenn Beck is observing a horrible problem and doing nothing to help it.”

Ring Ring: Steny Gets Call During TV Interview

cell-phones.jpgHouse Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) received a phone call in the middle of his live interview with MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan. He didn’t move to silence it, so it rang three times before going quiet. Hoyer continued talking about healthcare.

Ratigan asked him if it was the president calling. Hoyer chuckled and said, “Oh no, it’s not the President, it’s probably one of my daughters or granddaughters.”

Chuck and Savannah’s “Daily Rundown” Coming to MSNBC Morning

They blog, they tweet, they’re on Facebook, all as they report for “Today,” “Nightly” and MSNBC on the biggest beat in Washington.

And now, NBC White House correspodents Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrie will ring in the new year with a new show on MSNBC.

“Daily Rundown” will take over the 9am hour following “Morning Joe.” It’s speculated that the second hour of Dylan Ratigan‘s “Morning Meeting” will move to the afternoon as a lead in to Chris Matthews‘ “Hardball.”

“It fits the rhythm of our day,” Todd, who is also NBC’s political director in addition to chief White House correspondent, told WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz.

>>MORE from an NBC press release: “The Daily Rundown” debuts January 11th and will be seniored by Washington producer Libby Leist.

Ratigan will move to the 4pm hour and “The Dylan Ratigan Show” also debuts on the 11th. David Shuster and Tamron Hall, who anchored from 3-5pm, will remain MSNBC dayside anchors.