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Howard Kurtz and TMZ’s Harvey Levin’s Awkward Sunday Morning Exchange

Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 10.04.32On yesterday’s “Media Buzz with Howard Kurtz” on FOX News Channel, TMZ founder Harvey Levin joined the program to discuss his network breaking stories as it did with video of Ray Rice’s domestic violence incident leading to his indefinite suspension by the NFL.

The conversation quickly turned tense after host Kurtz asked Levin, “How does TMZ get all these scoops?” Levin then pointed out, “We’re a news operation!”

Kurtz went on to ask if breaking stories like Rice helps to change TMZ’s image of being “a raunchy tabloid operation.” Levin quickly turned it around, noting that national interest and coverage of the story resulted from TMZ’s release of the surveillance video. Read more

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Weekend Show Preview – 9.14.14

SundayShows-w-candyWho’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked.

Highlights include James Brown, host of “The NFL Today” on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on “FOX News Sunday” and CNN’s “State of the Union,” and TMZ’s Harvey Levin on FOX News’ “Media Buzz.”

Not all lineups have been announced. But click through for those that have and we’ll continue to update throughout the day.

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For Former Fox 5-er Paul Raphel, Big Risk Equals Big Reward

Many of you may remember him as the boy who made you fall in love with local news, but Paul Raphel isn’t so local anymore. Since the former Fox 5 segment producer and reporter left DC almost two years ago, he’s been with “TMZ Live” and most recently Ora TV’s “PoliticKING” producing his way through LA.

FishbowlDC recently caught up with Raphel to talk about what he’s been up to since relocating to the Hills, what he misses most about DC, and how his perceptions of Washington media have changed since relocating.

FishbowlDC: So what have you been doing since you left DC?
Paul Raphel: I left DC in June 2012 when I moved to California — without a job. I lived on my friend’s couch while searching for work. Professionally, it seemed crazy to leave a perfectly fine, full time job with no real plan but I didn’t want to live with ‘what if’s’ by not taking a chance in Los Angeles – something I always considered doing. A month after moving I was hired at TMZ to be the content producer for “TMZ Live” which, at the time, was their newest show. Our team took the show from two markets to airing on all the major FOX affiliates by September 2013. I have now moved from pop culture to politics and started working for Ora TV in January as a producer on Larry King’s political show PoliticKING. It’s been really exciting to start the year at Ora because it is a very new digital network that airs shows with recognizable names like Larry King and Jesse Ventura.

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The Weinerization of Booker’s Campaign: Stripper Friend Prefers ‘Real Meat’

Unknown-3That she works for a vegan strip club in Portland, Ore. is besides the point.

An interview with TMZ reveals that U.S. Senate hopeful Cory Booker’s online stripper pal, Lynsie Lee, prefers real meat to, say, soy puffs or Nayonaise.

Has Booker, who exchanged private texts with Lee, never heard of Anthony Weiner?

As interviews go, it was pretty in-depth and friendly. TMZ founder… Read more

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Quotes of the Day

 

Madame Secretary can do whatever she pleases

“Guy @ state Dept LGBT event asks attendees to turn off phones, but ‘Madame Secretary, you’re welcome to text any time.’” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein.

Harvey Levin: Is the power of Kim Kardashian disgraceful?

“Do you think politics hit a new low when the US ambassador personally greets Kim K when she arrives in Kuwait? #tmzlive” — TMZ’s Harvey Levin.

Politico reporter dings NYT for poor scoopage

“I’ve worked at the New York Times so I’m unfortunately well aware of its tendency to treat other people’s scoops like they don’t exist.” — Politico‘s Ben White. The backstory: White was referring to the NYT following his scoop that Treasury’s Mary Miller had taken her name out of consideration for SEC chair without crediting him. White also wrote on Twitter: “Freaking UNREAL that NYT fails to credit me on the Mary Miller scoop. NYTimes: Contender for S.E.C. Chief Drops Out” and links to this NYT story. The NYT‘s excuse? They said they hadn’t seen it.

Senator bumps reporter, makes weird joke

“Orrin Hatch accidentally bumping reporter, joking ‘I just like to touch you,’ then blushing. ‘I’m a good Mormon boy!’” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

A faux Twitter fight

The fake fight was between HuffPost‘s Elise Foley and BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynksi.

Foley: I’m always so sad when I miss twitter fights.

Kaczynski: YOU SUCK

Foley: YOU SUCK MORE.

Beck advises how to win Obama in pee keepsake

“E-mail obamapeepee@glennbeck.com and put your bid for #ObamaInPeePee in the subject line WG” — Glenn Beck.

Question to ponder: “Has anybody asked Condi about Susan Rice? I.e., RICE ON RICE” – Roll Call‘s Steven Dennis.

A real HuffPost headline: “Man arrested for stealing goose, locking it in SUV while he played soccer”

Photog unleashes torrent of hate on Washington Examiner scribe, and HuffPost‘s Ethan Klapper encounters boisterous gentleman outside Metro. Read more

The FishbowlDC Interview With MSNBC and WaPo’s Fashion Conscious Newsman Jonathan Capehart

Say hello to MSNBC Contributor and WaPo liberal op-ed writer Jonathan Capehart. This feature typically runs on Fridays, but what can we say? Capehart is fashionably late and a charmer — we gave him a deadline extension. But worth the wait, he is. Even if just to learn one of his nicknames, which you will find out in his response to “Tell us a secret not many people know about you.” Capehart, born in Newark, N.J. and largely raised in Hazlet, is a unique blend of innocent and stylish to straightforward and serious with a touch of sass. His colleague at MSNBC, Karen Finney refers to him as her “gay husband.” She admits her bias in his favor and more seriously adds, “I have great respect for the seamless and authentic way Jonathan balances his sharp intelligence and wit with good ol street smarts. And his commentary brings a much needed perspective to political and cultural dialog.” Another colleague, MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Willie Geist, also sings his praises and takes special note of his style. “Jonathan’s political smarts and cultural savvy come with something that’s in short supply in our business: grace and class,” Geist wrote in an email. “He proves you don’t have to shout to be heard. More importantly, Jonathan comes with shirts, ties, and pocket squares that make the rest of us look like hobos.” A constant presence on MSNBC, Capehart is known most anyplace he goes. Claim to fame: In 1999 he was a contributor to the New York Daily News team that won a Pulitzer for Best Editorial Writing. Writing may be his forté, but he may want to keep bagel consumption on the DL. In 2009, former MSNCBer Dylan Ratigan seriously irked Capehart’s mother by running a clip of her son downing a bagel during a commercial break. She phoned in to the live show and gave Ratigan a piece of her mind, saying, “Do you have cameras in the bathroom or the dressing room? Who you gonna put on national TV next? Because if you wanted to make a fool out of someone… you could use yourself because it really pissed me off.” She charged on, saying her son is neither a “clown” nor a “kid at a birthday party.” Gawker called Ratigan a “dick” over the incident. The host apologized. Enjoy! (Photo credit: Frank Thorp)
If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be?  San Pellegrino Aranciata
How often do you Google yourself?  About once a quarter. Gotta know what the nasty folks are saying/writing — that they’re not saying on Twitter.
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? Can’t think of anything. Thankfully, I have nothing that even comes close to “worst.”
Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Unfair. I can’ t pick just one.
Do you have a favorite word? Terrific.
What word or phrase do you overuse? I probably say the words “divine” or “superb” a little too much.
Who would you rather have dinner with – ABC’s Diane Sawyer, CNN’s Candy Crowley or CBS’s Gayle King. Tell us why. Gayle King! I know her, but I haven’t dined with her. It would be one long, boozy, laughter-filled  gabfest.
Who has better style Kim Kardashian or Kate Middleton? I mean really — KATE!
What is the most interesting conversation you’ve had recently with a source or a politician? I can’t tell you that.
You’re going to need to use your imagination on this one. The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either first lady Michelle Obama or would-be first lady Ann Romney. We’re also going to go ahead and give you a few other options…Any of Mitt and Ann Romney’s five sons or Anderson Cooper? Who will it be? Um….wow….um….You do realize that under any scenario, we’re looking at extinction, right?
Do you have any funny TV bloopers? You mean besides the bagel incident? Can’t get much funnier than that. Oh, wait, there was the first time I did sports on “Way Too Early.”
Which presidential candidate would you most like to fight with? Break bread with? Go jogging with? Fight with? Assuming you mean a verbal fight, Mitt Romney. Break bread with? President Obama. Go jogging with? I jog alone.
What’s the name of your cell phone ring?  Old phone.
It’s 3 a.m. and you get up to use the bathroom or get a drink of water. Do you check your BlackBerry? No.
You have to watch a Saturday afternoon marathon of one of the following shows. Pick one: FNC’s The Five, CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight or TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo? Honey Boo Boo. Um, would there be vodka?

Morning Chatter

QUOTES of the DAY

“I dunno how politicians wake up each morning and forget every phone everywhere is a multimedia recording device, but thank god they do.”BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

Round 2: Hilary Versus the Romneys?

“The disdain Romney has for those who’ve lived differently than his privileged family flows from every pore. #Sad” — CNN Democratic Political Analyst Hilary Rosen, who links to this story by TPM about Mitt Romney headlined “Devastated.”

TPM Editor gives Mojo’s David Corn a big warm hug 

“I don’t know the provenance of the tape. It’s apparently been bouncing around on the interwebs before getting published by Mother Jones. But I know David Corn. And he wouldn’t have posted it under his name if he weren’t pretty certain he had the authenticity of the tape nailed. So I’m assuming the tape is legit for the purposes of what I say below.” — TPM Editor Josh Marshall, who said he was on vacation and on “half-watching” the news on Monday.

An intriguing idea

“Starting [today], Romney campaign will allow cameras into fundraisers held at public venues. Up until now, was pen and pad only.” — ABC News Producer Emily Friedman. Or maybe that’s not such a hot idea…“Sound rule of thumb, for presidential candidates and everyone else alike: It’s always worse if there’s video.” — The Hill‘s Niall Stanage.

TV journo gets weight question

“Yep – trying – amazing when you eat better and exercise – what can happen -thnx.” — FNC’s Bret Baier to a follower who asked, “You losing weight?” It just so happens that Baier was recognized as one of the journos in need of a salad in our Summer Superlatives. The other was his colleague, Bob Beckel.

Reporter wonders if she’s the devil

“I have 6666 followers. Does that make me the devil?” — HuffPost‘s Elise Foley. (We’re sorry to break it to you here, like this, Elise, but yes, you might be the devil.)

Chef Geoff gets journo love

“@chefgeoffs Great news. Kid says yours is the best burger of all of the spots we go to. Has already asked to return. (Cheers to Norah)” — Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox.

Convo Between Two Journos

Today’s conversation is between The Atlantic’s David Graham and The Guardian and Salon‘s Jim Newell, who formerly worked at Gawker.

Graham: Worth nothing Newsweek recently let go ace Middle East reporter Babak Dehghanpisheh in Beirut. So instead we get Ayaan Hirsi Ali retreads.

The Fashionista 

“LOVE Chris Matthews special Yom Tov shirt & tie combo! So festive! #hardball.” — Rachel Sklar on Matthews, who wore a red and white striped button down with a red polka dot and striped tie on Monday’s program.

Newell: So is Newsweek now like Gawker where the former writers shit all over it as soon as they leave?

 Graham: I’m really, really trying not to.

The liberal media hater

“Jonathan @capehart on MSNBC mocking @RickSantorum over ‘elite’ comments. This would be funny, if it weren’t so pathetically sad.” — Conservative blogger Robert Stacy McCain. Jonathan Capehart is a left-wing op-ed writer for WaPo and an MSNBC Contributor.

Important Questions to Ponder: “We are discussing Kate Middleton…is the topless photos a big deal as the Royal Family is making it? Would you buy the photos? #tmzlive” — TMZ Founder Harvey Levin. And from FNC’s Greta Van Susteren: “KATE MIDDLETON PICS POLL – did you? or didn’t you? click, read and vote: Take Our poll.” Take Greta’s poll here.

Brrr!

“It’s so cold in my office, my fingernails are purple. This device is clearly ignoring my request.” — Erica Elliott, Comm. Director for House Maj. Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Nothing gets between a Boybander and his jeans

“The only pair of jeans I ever splurged on lasted exactly one year before getting a hole in an embarrassing place. Thanks, stranger.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler.

Washington gossip columnist tells TMZ’s Levin to SHUT UP

“Shut up Harvey! Nobody needs TMZ’s view of the Marine urinating scandal. Stick to big news like Kim and Angelina and Brad.” — U.S. News & World Report‘s Paul Bedard to TMZ Founder Harvey Levin. Read the TMZ story here on the scandal involving Marines peeing on dead bodies.

BFF Alert: Michelle and Gayle

“@michelleobama joining twitter world today love that! And welcome welcome to our First Lady!” — CBS This Morning Host Gayle King.

In other Michelle Obama commentary…

“@michelleobama, For the record, I don’t like it either when people perceive me as an angry black woman.” — SHanntysHair.

The new Ana Marie Cox

“Twelp please: Recommendations for fun stuff to do and where to dine in Milwaukee. Extra credit if it doesn’t involve beer. cc: @lovethebay” — The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox.

Examiner writer gets props for perfect response

“@Drudge_Report: Clark Gable’s Grandson Jailed for Pointing Laser at Police Chopper drudge.” To which the Washington Examiner‘s Philip Klein remarked, “Frankly, I don’t give a damn.”

Actually, there are stupid questions

“RT @HuffingtonPost Diet Coke vs. Coke Zero: So what’s the difference? || Inquiring minds don’t give a s***.” — FBDC and The Blaze‘s Eddie Scarry.

NPR overgifting

“In the past month NPR has given me an NPR pint glass, an NPR coaster, & an NPR beer koozie. What are they trying to do to me?!” — NPR’s LA-based Ben Bergman.

It’s Friday the 13th

“Today is Friday the 13th! 2012 is actually a CREEPY YEAR! We have 3 Friday the 13ths this yr, that’s the most you can have in a single year!” — News Channel 8′s Katherine Amenta.

Brokaw’s first day on Twitter

“At #Todayat60 party – like a great college reunion. … But where’s the keg?” — NBC’s Tom Brokaw. In less than 24 hours he has 7k followers. So far he’s following 20 people. They include NBC’s Chuck Todd, Vivian Schiller, Luke Russert, David Gregory, Richard Engel, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Ann Curry, Brian Williams and, of course, NBC News.

Shit happens when Weingarten’s around

“Was looking for @geneweingarten tweet in time line, easy to spot that sh*t!” — Washington City Paper‘s Darrow Montgomery.

 

Former FishbowlDC Editor is Dead to Us

Garrett Graff, who likes to say he’s the “founding” editor of FishbowlDC, tells us he doesn’t read this site anymore. He let me know in an email Thursday regarding a post I did about about freelancer Tom Barlett who wrote a feature for Washingtonian. Graff is editor of the magazine.

He wasn’t kidding about not reading FBDC. He thought I’d written a post about the Washingtonian having “lost” Bartlett’s contact information. I never wrote that, though I did write that “it seems” the publication lost Bartlett’s information. (Memo to Graff: When writing to complain to a writer about a post you might want to read the post in question.) In fact, I had a perfectly lovely conversation with a female employee at Washingtonian. She said she couldn’t give me Bartlett’s email address when I called but said she’d send it to me when and if she found it.

Graff took issue with that bit and told me I’d been instructed to email the magazine and then they’d email me back. Being that it wasn’t Graff I spoke to when hunting down Bartlett’s email address, and since he doesn’t read FishbowlDC, how does he know about any of this?

We’ve got a cold case on our hands.

On a side note, Graff doesn’t watch TMZ‘s TV show either. He said as much while attending the recent event with TMZ founder Harvey Levin at the National Press Club. Tactfully he said it out of earshot of Levin.

The FishbowlDC Interview With TPM’s Evan McMorris-Santoro

Working with TPM‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro this week has been a trying but endearing experience. Nailing down a deadline for Evan is much like trying to force feed apple strudel to FishbowlMatt: Not appetizing. He told me, “Sorry — you now officially know what it’s like to be any of my editors.” But in the end he came through with flying colors and sometimes that’s all that matters. Born and raised in Chapel Hill, NC, McMorris-Santoro has covered politics for TPM since 2009. Before that, he was a reporter at NJ‘s “The Hotline” covering the 2008 election. He started his career covering local politics at newspapers in Tennessee and his native North Carolina. I asked him to tell me something weird about his childhood. His reply: “I went to Space Camp. Or maybe that’s not so weird.” Evan, while we only wish that you told us Slate‘s Dave Weigel was your bunkmate at Space Camp, this more than suffices.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Bourbon and soda

How often do you Google yourself? Who still Googles himself? With a name like mine, those Google Alerts catch everything.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? Same answer for both: ‘The browser crashed and I lost it.’

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Blatant attempt at a raise alert: I have to shoutout all my colleagues at TPM. They’re some of the hardest-working and smartest in the biz, and I appear better than I am because my work shares the page with theirs. Also ex-TPMer Christina Bellantoni, who taught me everything I need to know about finding food on the road.

Do you have a favorite word? You can’t work with Brian Beutler for two years without developing a healthy respect/fear for “fail.”

What word or phrase do you overuse? “It’s worth noting…” It’s worth noting that, although contextualizing things is a noble goal, I need to find a better way to start those sentences.

Who would you rather have dinner with – ABC’s Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s Candy Crowley or NBC’s Andrea Mitchell? Tell us why. Amanpour, because like all DC political reporters, I don’t know enough about world affairs and I secretly wish I was a war corespondent.

You are ordered to go on a road trip to an undisclosed location. You can go with White House Spokesman Jay Carney or Bo, the President’s Portuguese Water Dog. No ones feelings will be hurt. Who do you take? Comes down to which one is paper-trained.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? ‘Standard.’

It’s 3 a.m. and you get up to use the bathroom or get a drink of water. Do you check your BlackBerry? It’s a Droid thank you very much and yes, definitely.

Whats your favorite swear word? Oh fuck.

Find out what Evan eats when he pigs out…
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