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Happy 15th Birthday MSNBC!

MSNBC President Phil Griffin and wife, Kory Apton

Former Democratic PA Gov. Ed Rendell and NBC’s Andrea Mitchell

MSNBC’s top brass pulled out the metaphorical pom poms Thursday night for the network’s 15th birthday party in downtown Washington. MSNBC President Phil Griffin dramatically climbed stairs, looked out at the crowd and profoundly praised some of the network’s top stars such as Andrea Mitchell, Chris Matthews, Ed Schultz and Chuck Todd.

On Schultz: “Honesty he’s got more heart than anyone on TV.”  On Todd: “Honestly the best political show in the morning after the 9 o’clock hour,” Griffin told a chuckling audience, making a clear reference to the popular “Morning Joe.” On Matthews: “He’s the heart and soul of MSNBC.” He praised Mitchell for being to go all over the world and back just to meet a deadline.

Matthews arrived at 7:45 p.m., an hour and a half after the party began, and left within 25 minutes. While awaiting his turn to speak, he folded his arms tightly to his chest and had a sourpuss look planted on his face — this is typical Matthews. Grumpy. Impatient. Glancing skeptically around the room.  He did manage dry humor. “Thank you for letting me speak freely, mostly,” he said pointedly, eying Griffin. Matthews then gave a shout-out to former Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell, a star in this D.C.-centric crowd. “He’s skinnier than he should be,” Matthews said. “I liked it better when he was fat.” At the end of his speech, his speech turned into a one-man pep rally with each passing word getting louder and LOUDER to the point where people turned to look at one another.

During Griffin’s speech, one chatty D.C. writer got the evil eye as he told the vast crowd to quiet down. “It’s like I am in high school. I was always getting yelled at for talking during the program,” the writer whispered to FishbowlDC.

Moving on to more unusual party topics: the Casey Anthony trial and CNN’s dumping of Eliot Spitzer. FishbowlDC polled a wide swath of journos at the party. We asked, “What did you think of the Casey Anthony verdict?” Most were happy to respond, even if their answer was that they purposefully stayed as far away from story as possible.

“That and synchronized swimming,” said MSNBC Contributor Richard Wolffe, naming topics besides the Casey Anthony trial that he doesn’t readily discuss. “Justice is blind and so am I.” Onto the topic of Spitzer, Wolffe remarked, “Inevitable. That was so predictable. Smart guy, but the show never took off. I don’t think you can find redemption  by anchoring a cable TV show. Redemption requires good deeds, community service and charitable work.”

Strangely, Schultz went mute on the topic of the trial and would not say a single word about that or anything. His amiable wife, Wendy, tried to coax him out of his shell. “This is a fun little event,” she said eating chips and guacamole. “Come on Eddie.” No budging. No speaking. Wendy kindly responded to our questions. She said neither she nor Ed followed the trial in any in-depth way.

The couple, who have been married for 13 years,  lives part-time in Detroit Lakes, Minn. and the rest in Manhattan. Wendy prefers Minnesota. She says she offers her husband feedback, but always makes sure it’s supportive. “I give him honest feedback,” she said. “A lot of it is pillow talk. I’ve always encouraged him.”

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Morning Apologalooza

It’s just after 9 a.m. and the morning is already dripping with apologies and regret.

Shortly after 6 a.m., TIME‘s Mark Halperin called President Obama a d*ck  on “Morning Joe.” Politico‘s Andy Barr and Patrick Gavin were first in Washington to tweet on the matter. “I thought he was a d*ck yesterday,” Halperin told the morning panel. Scarborough immediately called out for a delay. “Delay that, delay that,” he said. Not even an hour later the apologies began flowing and at 7:07 a.m. a full story appeared on Politico‘s website by Tim Mak. Halperin took “full responsibility” for his gaffe and apologized.

But on cable TV one apology is never enough, as evidenced by Ed Schultz‘s recent on-air apology fest to Conservative Commentator Laura Ingraham for calling her “a slut.” Just after 8 a.m. more apologies ensued on “Morning Joe.” This time, however, it was more of a family apology as the entire show took responsibility for Halperin’s use of profanity. “We goaded you into saying it, we didn’t think you were going to say it,” co-host Mika Brzezinksi reasoned. At this point viewers listening closely could hear an audible and defensive “Well…” out of co-host Joe Scarborough, who then trailed the others into a sort of collectively awkward apology zone and said Halperin wanted to be “totally clear.”

This set the stage for yet another Halperin apology: “I want to be totally clear. I can’t explain why I did it. It was inappropriate. It was disrespectful. I’ve already apologized. I will again to the President and say, I’m sorry. I’m sorry to viewers. It was the kind of thing that I can’t really explain, but I take full responsibility for it. It was a mistake and as I said, disrespectful, and I shouldn’t have said it.”

Scarborough interjected, “And Mika and I certainly apologize to the viewers.”

But Halperin wasn’t done. He had more to add. “What I said was disrespectful to the President, but it also lowers our discourse and coarsens our discourse and it’s just not appropriate on any level,” he said.

Scarborough also soon jumped back on the apology boat. “This was a mistake on a variety of levels,” he continued. “We all share it and we all apologize.” The camera then turned to co-host Willie Geist, who also, inexplicably, apologized. “We pride ourselves on not being that kind of show,” he said in what was assumed to be a wrap-up of the apology segment. “Today there was a slip by Mark Halperin. He’s a great reporter, and we won’t bore you with the whole back story, but he didn’t intend to say it on television. We apologize for the entire show.”

Next up: Apologies from the control room. Let’s begin with Alex, the employee likely to get a severe seven-second delay button training later today: Scarborough: “Just say you’re sorry, Alex.” Alex, with obvious fright in his voice, dutifully replied, “I’m profoundly sorry as well.” But Scarborough couldn’t leave it alone and this was probably the most comical part of Apologalooza. “What about TJ? We usually blame TJ for everything.”

The camera panned to a rather unemotional TJ in the control room.

“Sure, I’m sorry,” he said, in what was the most lackluster apology of the show.

UPDATE: MSNBC has suspended Halperin indefinitely.

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From one reporter to another

“@aburnspolitico Sorry, I can’t find the part in that story about his penis.” — Politico‘s Molly Ball to her colleague Alex Burns in a Wednesday tweet.

It’s roasting outside

“People wearing dark suits in the sous vide bath that is DC’s pre-summer swelter. Huh.” — WaPo‘s J. Freedom du Lac in a Wednesday tweet.

A Weiner joke where you least expect it

“It’s easier to get an email from Weiner than to get you on.” — Former CNN host Larry King on “The Daily Show” last night explaining how hard it was to get Jon Stewart on his program.

Weiner Parental Guidelines 101

“Prediction: Weiner child not allowed to use Internet for a lonnnng time.” — National Review Online’s Jonah Goldberg in a Wednesday tweet.

New kid on the block

We came across a brand new reporter on the scene this week. His name is — get this — Michael Mayday. There are too many jokes here to boil it down to just one, but let’s just say screaming “MAYDAY! MAYDAY!” during an interview with him could prove to be amusing. So would directing you to a video like this one. Or this one. But we’re going to cut him some slack. The young Michiganian has been on the job one week. Publication: The Daily Caller. Welcome to the Fishbowl Mayday!

HuffPost Hill has quite an imagination

“Satan prepared his acting reel to audition for the part of ‘Anthony Weiner’ in the inevitable Lifetime original movie about this whole mess.” — Wednesday’s edition of HuffPost Hill Edited by Eliot Nelson. So who would play Weiner and Huma and the cast of characters in a Lifetime movie? If specific actors come to mind, let us know at or

Ezzy likes salad

“Just found out a Chop’t opened a block away from my office. Life, or at least lunch, will never be the same. #firstworldbenefits.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein in a Wednesday tweet. We’re delighted for him and now we know where to find him at lunchtime.

The name of “The Daily Show” segment on Weiner last night: “The Wangover”

Ahh memories…

“One of the bratty boys I babysat when I was 13 is apparently in prison. I remember complaining to his sad mom that he chased me with knives.” — Laura Donovan, an editor at The Daily Caller, in a Wednesday tweet.

Schultz gets emotional about Weiner and wife, Huma

“For me and for many of us behind the scenes producing, the Anthony Weiner story is undoubtedly as sad as it gets.” — MSNBC’s Ed Schultz on his Wednesday night program. Schultz has called for Weiner’s resignation. “Please resign. Please do it. …the fact that your wife is pregnant is awesome.”

Weiner’s ex-girlfriend attacks Maureen Dowd

“For the record, a blackjack dealer and porn star are not lesser people than an aide to Hillary Clinton, as Maureen Dowd disgustingly claims.” — The Daily Beast Columnist, Fox News Democratic Political Analyst and Weiner Ex-Girlfriend Kirsten Powers in a Wednesday tweet. This is what Powers found so offensive in Dowd’s NYT column this week: “The weenie Weiner married up to Hillary Clinton’s aide, the glamorous and classy Huma Abedin, and only 11 months later got caught e-dating down with a Vegas blackjack dealer, a porn star and a couple of college students.”

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If you can’t stand the heat…

“Forecast: Sunny, hot, humid. Heat advisory – noon to 8. It will feel like 100-105. Code Orange. #dc #weather” — WTOP in a morning tweet.

Women, power, Weiner messes

“Women in power don’t get into Weiner messes bc being in power is enough to satisfy their self esteem.” — Writer Susanna Quinn in a Tuesday tweet.

More Weiner scandal fallout

“If we can’t get the truth out of politicians then what do we have for a government?” — MSNBC’s Ed Schultz on his program last night.

Hot dogs on the rise

“The hot dog’s accidental PR. Seeing lots o’ hot dog tweets that are sure to boost sales.” For example, “WTOP’s Debate: ketchup on a hotdog?” — Publicist Kelley McCormick in a Wednesday morning tweet. (Incidentally, the number of hot dog pictures we’ve looked up online is becoming obscene.)

Scarborough offers self-praise for near Weiner-free show

“That was our attitude yesterday. We did not dive into this Weiner scandal. Actually Afghanistan was more important. The budget showdown, more important. … We had a lot of people thank us.”  — MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough on “Morning Joe” this morning. Frankly (pun intended) we were disappointed. The move drove us to Fox & Friends that morning. This morning, thankfully, they didn’t deprive us and covered Weiner’s potential expulsion from the House. “What about just flat out being a creep? Get out,” Mark Barnicle remarked this morning.

Coulter’s Magical Self-Promotional Tour

“Tonight I’m on CNN’s Piers Morgan show, Inside Edition and ABC’s Nightline. Tomorrow: Fox and Friends and The View.” — Conservative Commentator Ann Coulter in a Tuesday tweet.

Do rules change in the middle of the night?

“I refuse to believe that any one cares about twitter spelling and grammar between 2-5 am. Nothing good happens then.” — TBD‘s Jeremy Binckes sometime in the middle of the night last night.

TV host copes with insomnia with Pentagon Papers flick

“Can’t sleep. Watching the doc: The Most Dangerous Man In The World: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.” — Washington Watch’s Roland Martin in a Tuesday tweet.

Morning Laugh

TWT‘s Water Cooler scribe Kerry Picket reports that a Howard Stern Show staffer showed up to the Weiner presser. Picket is a former Stern Show intern and employee. A must-watch here.

Schultz Cast as Best Apologizer in TV History

Here’s a new one. Call a conservative colleague a “slut” one week. Then be applauded for giving what some say is the “most heartfelt and emotional apology that a cable news host has ever given.”

So congratulations Ed!

Tonight Ed Schultz makes his “triumphant return” to his show on MSNBC after calling Conservative Commentator Laura Ingraham a “slut” and a “talk slut” on a recent radio program. We’ll see if it’s a new Ed. This will be the first time Schultz has spoken publicly since the Amazing Apology.

We’ll see how much a man can change in one week’s time.

The Nerdy Shore: Casting Call

The debut cast of The Nerdy Shore: From L to R: Beutler, Weigel, Klein, and Yglesias.

Slate‘s Dave Weigel kept his hands off Weinergate this weekend. Instead, he was busy with some light beach reading: “The sun sets in OBX [Outer Banks] as I read about Alexander Hamilton,” he informed on Twitter.

Weigel, we love it that you took a break from comic books and showed off your intellectual side in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where, incidentally, WaPo‘s Ezra Klein was also vacationing this weekend. A coincidence? We think not. Which sprouted an idea: The Nerdy Shore, a reality show about Boy Banders that encompasses The Real World, Jersey Shore, Revenge of the Nerds and The Rachel Maddow Show all rolled into one. It would be the shittiest reality show ever (and I’m fully aware of the entirety of Bravo’s prime-time line-up). But life is about chances. The boys will swim in the surf and do live shots while Ed Schultz screams pejoratives at women in skimpy bikinis who refuse to “know who he is.” They’ll make outrageously gourmet dinners of vegetarian goulash and figs and do live shots while Weigel and Cenk collect turtles and prep for their 90-minute taping. The video will replace waterboarding in enhanced interrogation techniques of terror suspects. After 20 minutes of that, ANYONE would talk. They’ll argue about the debt ceiling and do live shots as they all gather ’round and watch Klein draw charts in the sand. You get the idea. And don’t be surprised if there’s not a cameo or two by former MSNBCer Keith Olbermann, who’s like a fake father to these young men, much like Darth Vader was a father to Luke Skywalker.

Obviously TPM‘s Brian Beutler, lefty blogger Matt Yglesias, Wired‘s Spencer Ackerman and The Nation‘s Chris Hayes have fairly secure spots on The Nerdy Shore. But who else should only be so lucky to live in his summer nerd house? This is where you come in dear readers. What other Juicebox Mafioso members are in your ideal cast, what themes should they try and who should get to visit? Write us and let us know at or

Schultz’s Favorite Senator Comes on ‘His’ Show

MSNBC’s Host Ed Schultz may be on standing in the proverbial corner right now for calling Conservative Commentator Laura Ingraham a “slut” last week. But that didn’t stop the liberal host’s favorite senator — that would be Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — from being a guest on The Edless Show last night. MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts was Schultz’s substitute host.

On April 25, Schultz made the big on-air reveal that Sanders is his favorite senator. “I’ve never said you were my favorite senator on this program before, or when I was doing the 6 o’clock, but you are and I want to announce that tonight,” he gushed.

Sanders phoned into last night’s program by telephone. We’re sure Schultz is breathing a major sigh of relief that he didn’t miss a visit from his favorite lawmaker.

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Congressman employs skinny dipping metaphor

“I said it many times. This is like skinny dipping. Somebody has to be the first one in the pool and it’s real lonely when you’re the only one in the pool. Paul Ryan is in the pool. We want the rest of the town to come along.”  — Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) on MSNBC’s “Hardball” Thursday afternoon discussing the idea that Republicans and Democrats should come together and negotiate on Medicare. Matthews laughed all the way through the metaphor.

A plea for a Baby Bjorn

“Long shot but worth a try: Does anyone have a Baby Bjorn Babysitter 1-2-3 they don’t need?” — The Guardian‘s Richard Adams in a Thursday tweet. (If anyone has one, get in touch at and we’ll connect you.)

Journo spends day building sandcastles

“Spent nearly three hours at the beach with the kids today. Kayleigh kept building sandcastles and Sean kept knocking them down.” — NPR’s Andy Carvin in a Thursday tweet.

Slut humor

“Now waiting for Dan Aykroyd to apologize to Jane Curtain. Just kidding, folks.” — The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Sam Youngman in a Thursday tweet referencing MSNBC’s Ed Schultz calling Conservative Commentator Laura Ingraham a slut earlier in the week on his radio program.

Flack gets inside scribes’ heads

“Reporters are saying to themselves, ‘Did Portman’s press shop fall asleep for a few hrs, wake up + finally hit send on 5 releases in 5 mins?’” — Sen. Rob Portman‘s (R-Ohio) Spokesman Jeff Sadosky in a Thursday tweet. Update: He must have been really busy because he just got back to us, saying, he wasn’t really napping yesterday. He “just had a bunch of things waiting for votes and/or approval.”

Ed Schultz Slut-Gate Forges on But Should it Die?

MSNBC Host Ed Schultz has apologized to Conservative Commentator Laura Ingraham for calling her a “slut” on his Tuesday radio program. He has agreed to a brief unpaid leave and Ingraham has accepted his apology.

End of story, right?

Well, wrong. Not when others haven’t finished chewing on that word “slut.”

The ladies of ABC’s “The View” weighed in this morning, with the revelation that Joy has called Barbara a “slut” on the show. But apparently that’s the funny use of “slut,” the ladies concluded, so who cares? Elizabeth was adamant that the National Organization for Women is going to get fired up about it. Whoopi, meanwhile, was more affected by weight loss fiber pills being pushed by Dr. Oz. The catch? They cause major gas.

FNC’s Greta Van Susteren, who has the 10 p.m. time slot opposite Schultz, gave her two cents on her blog today. Her view may surprise folks: “Let it go,” she wrote this morning. “No one died, someone just acted really boorish.” She also had a warning: “I think he got the message. It is easy to jump him if you don’t like him but remember that the next really stupid thing could be said by someone you like.” But Greta isn’t Schultz’s guardian angel. She stressed, “PS: I am not suggesting you watch him (watch ON THE RECORD at 10pm!) — only that you let it go because his apology seems genuine.”

But Media Research Center Prez Brent Bozell, a conservative activist, isn’t ready to give up “slut” so soon. “His apology was full, unequivocal and a breath a fresh air,” he said in a statement sent to FishbowlDC. “We wish Ed would have shown the same remorse when saying we should ‘rip out’ Dick Cheney’s heart, when he called Liz Cheney ‘shooter’s little girl,’ or when he said Republicans enjoyed watching people with cancer die. MSNBC should have demanded apologies for the litany of offenses in Ed’s past.”

Laura Accepts Ed’s Apology

After milking the post “slut” fallout for the last 24 hours, Conservative Commentator Laura Ingraham has finally accepted MSNBC’s Ed Schultz‘s several apologies from last night. She wrote simply on Twitter: “Apology accepted.”