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#MHPapology Lights Up Twitter

Outrage abounds over Melissa Harris-Perry‘s mocking of Mitt Romney’s adopted black grandson. The Twitters are by and large denouncing the MSNBC host -though she does have some defenders. Here’s what’s being tweeted about the controversy…

 

 

 

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Morning Chatter

“I look forward to your Twitter following giving me a hard time for the next three weeks.” — CNN’s Piers Morgan to TWT Senior Opinion Editor Emily Miller, who appeared on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live” last night to discuss her new book, Emily Gets Her Gun. Morgan is a heated anti-gun activist.

THE SIX MUSKETEERS? “This was a Wolf Blitzer idea.” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill. (From L to R: Scott Pelley, Ifill, Chris Wallace, Diane Sawyer, Wolf Blitzer and Savannah Guthrie.)

The Observer

“On the way to the airport I saw an AZ Highway Patrolman taking a leak in the steak house parking lot. #human” — Jimmy Zuma, Washington Correspondent for The John C. Scott Show and a columnist for the Tucson Sentinel.

Uh oh. Who screwed up?

“So…ABC News says George Zimmerman is in custody and AP says he isn’t. Who’s right?” — Eric Deggans, soon-to-be NPR’s TV critic. When others suggested the facts may pertain to the words “in custody,” he wrote, “I think using the term ‘in custody’ for anything other than arrest is seriously misleading.”

And this…“CNN now reporting that NO GUN was involved in Zimmerman incident. Whuh? Could the media have gotten it wrong about Zimmerman again?” — Breitbart‘s John Nolte.

And this…“So many of y’all clicked the Zimmerman story link it crashed our server!” — TV One morning host Roland Martin.

In conclusion… CNN reporting this morning as of 8:28 a.m. that Zimmerman was detained but not arrested: “After he was initially detained by officers, George Zimmerman was interviewed at the house by detectives, Lake Mary police spokesman Zach Hudson said.”

Overheard in the scrum

“Actual question in press scrum with Rep. Tom Rooney: ‘You seem very somber. Is this tough stuff?’” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

On a lighter note…

“News you can use: CNN goes live with Secretary of State Dennis Rodman calling North Korea leader Kim Jong Un ‘likeable.’” — NPR’s Ken Rudin.

Everything sounds more exotic in French

“Pour voir @HillaryClinton parler de la #Syrie à la Maison Blanche, c’est ici” — AFP‘s Tangi Quéméner. Loosely translated from 6th grade French, former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton‘s coming to the White House.

Important Q to Ponder: “Getting my first professional haircut in 12 years tonight. Do I have to bring a picture of a celebrity or something?” — Chris Wilson, interactive graphics editor for TIME.

White House reporting lingo

“Wolf Blitzed just left from his interview with POTUS went well” — American Urban Radio‘s April Ryan.

3 Shocking Headlines

  • “Hiding in N. Virginia, a daughter of Auschwitz” — WaPo Magazine by Thomas Harding.
  • “Iowa is issuing gun permits to the blind” — HuffPost by Ryan Grenoble.
  • “Thatz Not Okay: Saving Old Titty Pix; My Daughter, Victoria’s, Secret” — Gawker by Caty Weaver.

Hmmm…WTF?

“With my ankle healing but still quite tender, it’s kinda sick that all I want to do is roll it around in the direction it hurts.” — Alejandra Owens, managing editor of AARP’s blog.

COMING TO YOU LIVE: FAKE GENE WEINGARTEN

“Love reporters who say ‘coming to you live’ like its a big deal. 100s of reporters in warzones but good on you for being at a Metro station.” – Fake Gene Weingarten, Twitter’s alias for WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten.

 

Morning Chatter

“This ad on the Metro certainly caught my attention.”USA Today travel writer Nancy Trejos.

WJLA employee on Robert Allbritton‘s sale of the TV station to Sinclair: “”Monday was a pretty big shock to the staff and now we are adjusting to the news. Sinclair has a certain reputation that looms over it, but we’ve been told today’s Sinclair is not the Sinclair of five years ago. There are a lot of questions about what it all means for us. … People in the newsroom have talked about receive messages from people in the business expressing their condolences.” And another WJLA employee: “My initial reaction was dread! ABC7 is the most relaxed, comfortable, fun newsroom I have ever worked in. Sinclair’s reputation is frightening. Those of us who have been around a while are more worried about the younger employees. Afraid of layoffs. But now i am more philosophical, and management is working to sooth fears and reassure employees.”

WEINER’S DOING WHAT? In case you missed the news…BuzzFeed will host Anthony Weiner at “BuzzFeed Brews” on August 12 in Manhattan at The Ainsworth, where Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith will interview Weiner for 45 minutes. They say the topic matter will be “wide-ranging.” Thank God. The interview will livestream on YouTube and BuzzFeed.com.

Unforgettable Thursday headline in WaPo…

See the story here.

NPR hires media critic…According to a release, media critic Eric Deggans is joining NPR News as a TV critic and correspondent. Deggans, a longtime TV and media critic at the Tampa Bay Times, begins reporting fulltime for NPR in October. Today he will be honored at the National Association of Black Journalists annual convention as the recipient of its 2013 Arts & Entertainment Task Force Legacy Award, given to a veteran A&E journalist who has set an example for others in the field.

In defense of two TV journalists

“Yes, I will do everything to defend @SharylAttkisson & @jaketapper b/c they are a dying breed. Don’t give them shit or I will bitch at you.” – Breitbart NewsMary Chastain.

 

 

Kurtz Commended For Facing Fire

Howard Kurtz‘s apology, delivered on live national television Sunday, has been received as any dramatic apology would be. Some people are buying it. Some aren’t.

On his CNN media news program “Reliable Sources,” Kurtz offered his side of the story on what led to the mea culpa in the first place: Deadline pressure and his own lack of due diligence were to blame for his erroneous report last week that NBA player Jason Collins, who had just come out as gay, didn’t disclose that Collins his prior engagement to a woman. Collins had, in fact, been open about the engagement, mentioning it in a column for Sports Illustrated.

On Friday we questioned whether Kurtz would cover his own ass by covering his own ass on the show. He did. And for the occasion, CNN brought in NPR’s David Folkenflik and Politico‘s Dylan Byers to probe him.

There was plenty of in-house love for Kurtz. In a separate segment on the show, attorney Lisa Bloom was on to discuss coverage of the Jodi Arias case. Before offering her legal analysis, she said she would take a second to “go off script.” She praised Kurtz for “raising the bar” for journalistic accountability (while rattling off her own media resume).

“Kudos to Howard Kurtz,” tweeted Kurtz’s CNN colleague Piers Morgan. “He took his Jason Collins-clanger on the chin today like a Mike Tyson right hook.”

The compliments also poured in from elsewhere. FNC anchor Greta Van Susteren wrote on her Gretawire blog that everyone should “stop slapping Howie Kurtz.”

“Not one of us is perfect.  We all make mistakes,” Van Susteren wrote. At the start of the year, Kurtz had to offer a separate apology for wrongly attributing a quote to Van Susteren about then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

At TVNewser, our sister site, Gail Shister wrote after the apology that she hopes CNN head Jeff Zucker will continue to support Kurtz.

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Fox News PR Calls First, Emails Dirt Later

A story published today by Media Matters writer Joe Strupp gets inside the inner-workings of the Fox News PR shop. The piece reports that Fox News PR shop is unusually aggressive with reps instituting odd rules and asking demanding questions, in at least one case asking a reporter to lie. Strupp’s main assertion is that Fox News PR pitches negative stories about other cable networks more than any other network.

An excerpt:

One veteran reporter said anonymously, “They are in touch more than anyone else, they call or e-mail me with pitches, ideas, some that are positive about Fox but also negative about other people,” said one veteran media reporter who requested anonymity. “Other cable news networks are not like that. That is a hallmark of them; that is a thing they do.”

(That reporter offered e-mail evidence to Strupp that Fox News PR had pitched negative stories on MSNBC and poor ratings on CNN’s John King)

Strupp’s piece cites LAT‘s James Rainey on record as well as Eric Deggans of the St. Petersburg Times. We’ll see if they get blacklisted if they aren’t already.

Oh, and the phone? We know first-hand and from many other reporters around Washington that when pitching negative pieces on other networks they prefer the phone as opposed to e-mail and will relentlessly call from blocked numbers until a reporter picks up.

Not surprisingly, a Fox News spokesperson declined to comment for Strupp’s story. (The above photograph is dirt.)

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Rev. Al Sharpton

CBS’ Face the Nation: Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), CBS News

ABC’s This Week: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani and a roundtable with ABC’s George Will, NYT‘s David Brooks, Mother JonesDavid Corn, PBS’ Gwen Ifill and WaPo‘s Bob Woodward

Fox News Sunday: NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci

CNN’s State of the Union: White House senior advisor David Axelrod, Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D-MT) and CNN’s William Bennett and Donna Brazile

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WMAL’s Chris Plante, The Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik, St. Petersburg TimesEric Deggans, Foundation for the Defense of Democracy’s Cliff May and New America Foundation’s Reihan Salam

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Former CIA officer Reuel Gerecht, Claremont McKenna College’s Minxin Pei, Harvard’s Roderick MacFarquhar and
“The Age of the Unthinkable” author Joshua Cooper Ramo

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan, WaPo‘s Eugene Robinson, BBC’s Katty Kay and Time‘s Michael Duffy

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NYT‘s Peter Baker, NPR’s Tom Gjelten, WSJ‘s Naftali Bendavid and Slate and CBS News’ John Dickerson

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: White House Communications Director Anita Dunn and White House Budget Director Peter Orszag

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: U.S. Army (Retired) Major General John Hawkins, Council on American Islamic Relations National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper; Business and Media Institute Director Dan Gainor, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), WPFW-FM and The Final Call’s Askia Muhammad, Democratic strategist Karen Finney, Urban Radio’s April Ryan, Comcast and Roll Call TV’s Robert Traynham, Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson and News One/Interactive One’s Smokey Fontaine

CNN’s Amanpour: Ha’aretz correspondent for Occupied Lands’ Amira Hass, former U.S. diplomat Aaron David Miller, Center on Law and Security’s Karen Greenberg, Norwegian Defense Research Establishment’s Thomas Heggehammer and U.S. Coordinator for Counterterrorism’s Daniel Benjamin

Will update as we learn them.

Sunday Show Wrap-Up: Obama-Rama

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• Above, on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” yesterday, Howard Kurtz discussed, among other topics, President Obama’s five-Sunday-show-blitz with WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, conservative commentator Amy Holmes and St. Petersburg TimesEric Deggans.

• More from Kurtz in WaPo‘s Media Notes “Saturation Sunday“: “”Anytime is a good time to interview the president,” says “Meet the Press” host David Gregory. “We’re here to get news,” says “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer. But sharing the same guest — even the world’s top newsmaker — makes it harder for them to distinguish their programs.”

Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik‘s Z on TV “President Obama: A weak Sunday TV blitz

NYT‘s Alessandra Stanley‘s The TV Watch “For President, Five Programs, One Message

NYPost‘s Charles HurtOn-the-air prez seems like endless ‘infomercial’“: “During his first eight months in office, President Obama has sat down for three times as many television interviews as his most recent two predecessors combined.”

• Mediaite: “How Rude! President Obama’s Favorite Four-Letter Word To Describe The Media

• Also from Mediaite: “Obama’s Magical Media Tour: Who Had The Best Interview?” (Spoiler: Steve Krakauer says CNN’s John King.)

WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan called President Obama’s Sunday show blitz “boorish” in a roundtable discussion on ABC’s “This Week.” “He’s doing it because he can,” the former speechwriter told host George Stephanopoulos. “The media environment allows a modern leader to be something subtly damaging, and that is boorish. They get their face in your face every day all the time. It’s boorish and it makes people not lean toward you but lean away from you, no matter what the merits of the issue.” (h/t HuffPost)

• A few lighter moments on the Sunday talk show circuit… just before Tom DeLay‘s debut tonight on “Dancing with the Stars,” Gregory asked House Minority Leader John Boehner whether he has a future on that show. Boehner replied, “I’ll pass.” And on CNN, “State of the Union” anchor King played a clip of James Carville getting spoofed on Thursday’s SNL. Weekend Update called the CNN Democratic strategist “skeletor,” and his wife, CNN Republican strategist Mary Matalin came to his defense- “I love this look.”

• Also, this Sunday CNN aired a response to Fox News’ print ad in newspapers Friday. CNN’s response ad says “Fox News, Distorting not Reporting.” Check out Fox News’ print ad and CNN’s video ad (via Media Matters) after the jump…

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Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: President-elect Obama.

  • This Week: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Ron Gettelfinger, President, United Auto Workers, The Wall Street Journals’ Peggy Noonan, the Brookings Institution’s E.J. Dionne, and ABC News’ Cokie Roberts and George Will.

  • Face The Nation: Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman, Senate Banking Committee, Sen. Jeff Sessions, (R-AL), Member, Senate Budget Committee and New York Times’ Thomas Friedman.

  • Fox News Sunday: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Sens. Carl Levin, (D) Michigan and Richard Shelby, (R) Alabama/ Ranking Member, Senate Banking Committee and a panel with Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News and Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post & Time Magazine. The Power Player is Jim Messina, Director of Personnel for the Transition Team of President-elect Barack Obama and is the incoming White House Deputy Chief of Staff.

  • Reliable Sources: Dana Milbank, columnist, The Washington Post; Ana Marie Cox, Washington editor, TIME.com, Jonah Goldberg, editor-at-large, National Review Online, Eric Deggans, television critic, St. Petersburg Times, Andrew Tyndall, blogger, Tyndallreport.com, Michael Wolff, author, “The Man Owns the News: Inside Secret World of Rupert Murdoch”

  • CNN’s After Party: Brian DeBose, editorial writer, The Washington Times, Michelle Cottle, senior editor, The New Republic, Christopher Hayes, Washington editor, The Nation, Stephen Hayes, senior writer, The Weekly Standard; CNN political contributor, Amy Holmes, CNN political contributor; former speechwriter for Sen. Bill Frist, Jamal Simmons, Democratic strategist; president, New Future Communications. Hosted this week by Hilary Rosen and David Brody, CNN political contributors

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, The Washington Post’s Colbert King and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.

  • Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State, Gov. Tim Pawlenty, (R-MN), Gov. Ed Rendell, (D-PA), Ed Rollins, Republican strategist; CNN political contributor, Donna Brazile, Democratic strategist; CNN political contributor, Gloria Borger, CNN senior political analyst, Bill Schneider, CNN senior political analyst, Joe Johns, CNN senior correspondent.

  • Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI)

  • The Chris Matthews Show: Andrea Mitchell of NBC News; Joe Kernen of CNBC; John Heilemann of New York Magazine; and Kathleen Parker of the Washington Post Writers Group.

  • The Post Politics Program: Chris Cillizza, Eli Saslow, Post contributor Paul Light and Jennifer Agiesta.

  • Fareed Zakaria, GPS: General Hamid Gul, former Pakistan Intelligence Chief, Shuja Nawaz, Author, author, “Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army and the Wars Within”, Lt. Gen. Talat Masood, Pakistan Army Corps (Ret.), David Kilcullen, author, “The Accidental Guerilla”, Ernesto Zedillo, former President of Mexico

  • Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), BP Capital Management founder/chair T. Boone Pickens and a roundtable with New York Times’ Tom Friedman, BBC’s Katty Kay, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and PBS’ Tavis Smiley.

  • Face the Nation: Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), Newt Gingrich and Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA).

  • This Week: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) and a roundtable with New York Times’ Paul Krugman, Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts and George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Sen. Jon Kyl, (R-AZ), Sen. Byron Dorgan, (D-ND), Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), Fmr. Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, Candidate for RNC Chairman/ (R) Fmr. Lt. Gov. of Maryland, and a roundtable with Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Charles Krauthammer, Syndicated Columnist & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Rep. Charles Rangel, (D) New York, Ted Turner, Author, “Call Me Ted”, Leslie Sanchez, Republican strategist; CNN political contributor, James Carville, Democratic Strategist; CNN Political Contributor, and CNN’s Ed Henry and Suzanne Malveaux.

  • The Chris Matthews Show: Newsweek’s Howard Fineman, CNBC’s Erin Burnett, Time’s Michael Duffy and NPR’s Michele Norris.
  • Reliable Sources: Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik, Washington Examiner’s Julie Mason, AP’s Beth Fouhy, KTVA Anchorage News’ Matthew Felling, Washington Times’ Tara Wall, CNN’s Lola Ogunnaike, St. Petersburg Times’ Eric Deggans, Washington Post’s Steve Pearlstein and New York Times’ Joe Nocera.

  • GPS: Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns, author Stephen Cohen, counterterrorism expert David Kilcullen, author Barnett Rubin and author Shirin Ebadi.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Rep. John Larson (D-CT) will be interviewed by Hartford Courant’s Jesse Hamilton and Politico’s Martin Kady.

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Republican governors Charlie Crist of Florida and Mark Sanford of South Carolina.
  • Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Rudy Giuliani, Bob Woodward and NBC’s Chuck Todd.

  • Face the Nation: Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano (D), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), former MA Gov. Jane Swift (R) and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).

  • This Week: Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), McCain Victory chair Carly Fiorina, former Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan and a roundtable with George Will, Democratic strategist Paul Begala, Time’s Jay Carney and ABC’s Claire Shipman.

  • Fox News Sunday: Former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles (D), Alaska Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell (R-AK) and Karl Rove. The “Power Player” is Pentagon Memorial Fund president Jim Laychak.

  • Late Edition: Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R), New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Republican strategist Alex Castellanos, Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen and Washington Times’ Tara Wall.

  • The Post Politics Program with Ed O’Keefe and Emily Freifeld: Segments of Bob Woodward‘s May 2008 interviews with President Bush, Retiring Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr., Jennifer Agiest and Chris Cillizza.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) will be interviewed by New York Times’ Edmund Andrews and Wall Street Journal’s Damian Paletta.

  • The Chris Matthews Show: Mark Whitaker, NBC News Washington Bureau Chief; Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta Journal Constitution; Patrick Healy of the New York Times; and Katty Kay, BBC Washington correspondent.

  • Reliable Sources: Houston Chronicle’s Julie Mason, Washington Post’s Anne Kornblut, CNN’s Frank Sesno, St. Petersburg Times’ Eric Deggans, Kansas City Star’s Aaron Barnhart and truTV’s Lisa Bloom.

  • Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: DNC communications director Karen Finney, Republican strategist Rich Galen, Roll Call’s David Drucker and Roll Call’s Emily Heil.

  • Fareed Zakaria’s GPS: New York Times’ Tom Friedman, Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens, Council on Foreign Relations managing editor Gideon Rose, NYU’s Moral Courage Project director Irshad Manji, and author Greg Mortenson.

  • This Is America with Dennis Wholey: Reg Weaver, former President of the National Education Association.

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