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Anonymous Rant: “When will you note the obvious: that there is nothing remotely new or surprising in ‘This Town?’ Everything is exactly as it appears, and on closer inspection, no more interesting. Tammy Haddad aided a charity to advance her own interests — like everyone else. Andrea Mitchell is married to someone famous and hasn’t broken news in years; Bardella pathetic; The White House passes along Issa gossip but no oppo research; speculation and no reporting on why Jarrett gets security detail; Reid is blunt; Hillary once used the F word while stating the obvious — that the WHCD doesn’t matter; Most of this well-reported years ago, and the rest of no interest to anyone, even inside Washington. (You might be right, Anonymous. NYT‘s Mark Leibovich‘s This Town may not be the book for you. But I didn’t know all those details on Kurt Bardella or Rep. Darrell Issa, the purported car thief. And I never tire of hearing more about how D.C. publicity/mob boss Tammy Haddad operates, insider details on NBC “MTP” Executive Producer Betsy Fischer‘s ever important birthday party (that we were surprisingly invited to), a politician cussing out the WHCD or how this town sometimes runs on the fuel of dripping self-importance.)

Um, seriously Howie: “Buncha?”

“Twitter needs a way to tell you that you have direct messages. How hard can that be? Just discovered buncha old ones.” — Fox News and Daily Download‘s Howard Kurtz. Best response: “Do you not speak to anyone ever?” — HyperVocal and Sirius XM’s Slade Sohmer.

Journo backs Spitzer (well, sort of)

“Love Eliot Spitzer. Bought a flat screen with the page view bonus I got from posting pix of his hookers. Would vote him for anything.” — Guardian‘s Jim Newell.

Scolded.

“I hardly ever respond to trolls, but there’s an amazing comment on my instagram saying I need to ‘start acting like a senators daughter.’” — Daily Beast columnist Meghan McCain. Funniest response: “Wait, did I miss a nip slip or something?” — Christopher Ortiz, co-founder of Newscastic and editor of StuffJournalistsLike.com.

WCP editor wants Leno to vanish

“Wish there was a way to program TV to immediately change channel away from NBC as soon as news ended so Jay Leno just vanished.” — Washington City Paper Editor-in-Chief Mike Madden.

Heartwarming thought of the morning

“Chatted with two young journalists today. Smart, passionate, curious. That they could do anything – and chose journalism – is wonderful” — Paul Brandus, West Wing Reports.

Editor is crazy for cranberries

“Why doesn’t @OceanSprayInc make their own line of yogurt? I would buy all the cran-orange yogurt. Or cran-raspberry or cran-grape or just plain cranberry yogurt! Seriously @OceanSprayInc, you are missing out on a huge opportunity here.” — Atlantic Cities Sommer Mathis.

Anonymous email to FishbowlDC this morning: “Evidently TWT never tires of doing the same things with the same people and expecting a different result.”

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:10 a.m.

 

 

Grandpa Howard Kurtz

Times are getting strange, indeed.

This afternoon, The Hill’s gossip columnist Judy Kurtz (i.e. Howiella, Howlma, Howeesha, etc..) announced on Twitter that she’s expecting a baby. Its expected arrival date: December, 2013.

Congratulations to the Kurtz clan. This is a big year for Grandpa-to-be Howard Kurtz — first he was fired from The Daily Beast/Newsweek, then he was hired at Fox News, and now, a grandchild!

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Kurtz has stuff to figure out

“Thanks for messages and tweets about new Fox show. Still have lots of details to figure out, but what a challenge.” — CNN but soon-to-be Fox News’ Howard Kurtz.

Speaking of openings at CNN…

“If I hate myself, does that make me a media critic? #IhearThereIsAnOpening?” — CNN’s John Berman. Kurtz’ post on “Reliable Sources” will be filled by a rotating cast of hosts that haven’t been named yet.

Kim/Kanye baby name fallout

“Why did Kimye let Sarah Palin name their baby?? #North #wtf#” — The Times of LondonMatt Spence.

“I’m not sure I follow the logic of naming a kid after an airline that no longer exists.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“Are we being pranked? Is this a resurrection of a defunct airline where I still have miles? A DC neighborhood? Apple lkg bttr and better.” — NPR’s Kitty Eisele.

“This poor child,” — Roll Call‘s Emily Cahn.

“Also, currently arguing with my 13-year-old sister about the name of this Kardashian kid. Good lord.” — WaPo columnist Clinton Yates.

“Troll West.” — ReutersMegan McCarthy.

“Seven. Seven Costanza. Now THERE’S a name.” — CNN Contributor Kevin Madden.

“If my parents named me North West I’d have to kick my own ass.” — BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski.

“That’s like me naming my child Seth.” — NYT Communications Associate Jordan Cohen.

“Kanye must be trying working some sort of ‘Boy Named Sue’ angle here.” — Free Beacon‘s CJ Ciaramella.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:52 a.m.

AnonymASS and Anonymous Tipsters: 1. “ass holes.” 2. “Marty … need … more … Marty” Memo to #1. We love your candor. Don’t go changing. However, “ass holes” is actually written “assholes.” And #2: Your wish is our command. Never a shortage of material there.

Emotional sports watching

“To the guy wearing a Golden State jersey at game 7: you are an idiot. Oh, oh oh oh shut up.” — The Hill‘s Ian Swanson.

N-word-using Paula Deen sparks N-word debate

“LOL I sound ‘old’ @bdotm for having zero tolerance against the N-word? Good. I’d rather sound ‘old’ and be right than ‘young” and dumb.” — “Washington Watch’s” Roland Martin.

Speechwriter trash talk

“Lovett with no editor and 20,000 followers should scare people almost as much as his refusal to wear pants to work” — Jon Favreau, former speechwriter to President Obama. Now a consultant. His message is directed to Jon Lovett, also a former presidential speechwriter who sometimes writes for The Atlantic.

CNN’s Short, Sweet Farewell to Howie Kurtz

The shortest goodbye note known to mankind just in from CNN to Howard Kurtz. It was reported earlier today that Kurtz is going to Fox News. In short: goodbye and good luck.

“Howie Kurtz has served as host of Reliable Sources for 15 years, developing it into a leading source for commentary and critique on the media. We thank him for all his contributions to CNN, and wish him all the best in this new opportunity. Reliable Sources will continue on CNN, and will be hosted by a variety of people in the coming months.”

Howard Kurtz Has History of Ripping Fox News

How awkward.

As first reported by Mediaite, CNN’s Howard Kurtz is jumping ship and landing on the Good Ship Fox News. Good for him, right? Especially after being canned by Newsweek/The Daily Beast. But what about all those times he’s crapped on FNC over the years? Water under the bridge?

Personally, we can’t wait to hear Kurtz use the “fair and balanced” catch phrase. But first, a little look-see at what Kurtz has said about his new home.

Take Nov. 28, 2012, when Kurtz wrote that “Fox should have let Rick speak” on CNN.com. This was a story about veteran military reporter Thomas Ricks, who went on Fox News and trashed the network for its Benghazi coverage. They cut him off. The segment ended 90 seconds after it began. Kurtz wrote, “Some of those who love to dish it out, it seems, aren’t very big on taking it.”

He went to say this behavior is not limited to Fox News, but conveyed that Fox News was wrong. “Was Ricks being deliberately provocative?” wrote Kurtz. “Perhaps he was, for controversy sells books. And maybe his criticism was overstated. But the fact remains that he was invited as a guest, was asked about the Libya attack and responded in a way that made Fox’s relentless coverage of the controversy part of the story. And that was deemed unacceptable.”

In late March of this year, he did a segment on Zev Chafets‘ book on Fox News President Roger Ailes. “Roger Ailes has built a powerhouse organization — no question about it. But it is probably the most controversial news organization on the air.” He showed a clip of Ailes saying there are no conservative voices on other networks. Howie opined, “That’s not quite true.” Kurtz pressed Chafets hard on the fact that it wasn’t an “authorized biography.” He asked him to name “one critical thing that troubles him ” about Ailes. He couldn’t. “Nothing troubles me,” said Chafets.

He’s also not likely to become bosom buddies with new colleague Sean Hannity anytime soon. Read more

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Howie uses the f-word

“F-word: For those who object to my calling Daily Show fake news, Jon Stewart has used it many times. Doesn’t mean criticisms aren’t real.” — CNN and Daily Download‘s Howard Kurtz. Damn, we thought for a moment he was actually dropping an f-bomb.

AnonymASS Tipster of the Day I: “Dynamite post of the week (then again, it’s onlybMonday [sic]): Spotted: Sen. Harry Reid at City Church. With a great back of the head photo that could have been a zillion other people. Needless to say, I was riveted.” Thanks Ass. So glad you wrote in! Yes, it was only Monday, and actually it was, in fact, Sen. Reid. There were riveting pictures of the front of his face that we didn’t show you.

Reporter wants to shoot up coffee

“It’s one of those just-inject-the-coffee-directly-into-my-veins kinda days.” — National Journal‘s Elahe Izadi.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: Whoa! 5:25 a.m.

AnonymASS Tipster of the Day II: “Do a story about DCRTV Dave Hughes!” Great idea! We have. Gobs of them. See here, here and here. We’re bored of that washed up lizard for the time being, and he hasn’t blatantly stolen anyone else’s copy lately.

Stephen Tschida Condo Update

“Kids the condo quest continues… the first board rejected me because of my boys. This time another problem… 48 hours to make it work!” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida. By his “boys” he means his adorable pooches pictured here.

Sadness is…

“Grim fatherless fathers day here at Casa Frum/Crittenden.” — Daily Beast/Newsweek and CNN Contributor David Frum.

“When I walk into the spare bedroom in my house where Dad frequently stayed when he was sick, I can feel his presence as if he were still suffering there in bed, and I think, ‘Dad, I miss you.’ But then guilt and self-doubt strike. Did I miss you yesterday? Did I even think about you yesterday? Is the memory of you beginning to fade already? Am I sometimes still too busy with work to reserve even a few precious seconds every single day for the man who gave me life? God knows I neglected him enough as his life slowed down and mine sped up.” — Rare Editor-in-Chief Brett Decker in a Father’s Day first-person remembrance. Read the whole story here.

 

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The Observer

“You have to admit, a Senator Geraldo would NOT be dull.” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren on the prospects of her colleague Geraldo Rivera getting plucked for the New Jersey Senate seat upon the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D).

Speaking of whom…

“Flags around the Capitol complex to be lowered to honor the late-Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ).” — FNC’s Chad Pergram.

Weingarten likes big butts!

“Miss The Hunt? Check it out in photos, including The World’s Most Ginormous Butt.” See the WaPo feature that “humor” columnist Gene Weingarten is promoting here. It’s not that surprising that the “ginormous butt” jumped out at Gene considering his daily fixation on the anal area.

Howard Kurtz writes something funny

“Joe Biden cancels summer press party. Crisis for Beltway journalists. Maybe Holder would invite us over instead? I mean, off the record?” — CNN and Daily Download‘s Howard Kurtz.

Actors and lawmakers: soulmates?

“I never understood why Hollywood was always at odds with DC. There are more liars in Hollywood than in Congress. Veritable soulmates.” — Stephen Rodrick, Men’s Journal, NYT Magazine.

Anonymous email to FishbowlDC: “Washington Times shuttle to stop? Maybe they’re instituting hack service.”

Ron Fournier gets emotional

“Get measured today for tuxedo at my daughter’s wedding. (Sniff.) Would it look weird if I cry during the mid-seam measure?” — National Journal‘s Ron Fournier, when he can tear himself away from MSNBC and spend a little time on Twitter (and yes, we’re being facetious).

Congrats to… Justin Snow, who has been named political editor at Metro Weekly. Previously he was a political reporter at the publication.

Morning Love Note

“While the rest of us speculate and guess, @chucktodd reports. Informed insight on @Morning_Joe now.” — NJ‘s Ron Fournier ass kissing NBC’s Chuck Todd.

 Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

 

 

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“Writing is a socially acceptable form of getting naked in public.” — Rio-based author Paulo Coelho.

“Check out this dog’s two toned tongue – wasn’t easy to get pic of it.” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren.

Breakfast anyone?

“I just spit oatmeal out of my mouth. @Morning_Joe @morningmika @JoeNBC #deadlynecessity” — WaPo and MSNBC Contributor Jonathan Capehart this morning.

Blogger appreciates booze-free outings

“I heart impromptu escapades w/new & old pals that actually don’t leave you hungover.” — Pamela’s Punch blogger Pamela Sorensen. On May 29, she wrote, “At @BOURBONSTEAKDC drinking a G&T bc I freaking need one.”

Journo has advice for ex-Obama aide, journalists

“Time for my meds. Y’all have a good one. All except you, @davidaxelrod. Reflect. Ask yourself how much you’ll sacrifice for bromance.” — Former Reuters political reporter Sam Youngman. And this: “DC journos, break the cycle. Self-importance is an addiction. [NYT's Frank] Bruni’s column today is straight freaking heroin. Put it down. Back away.”

Kurtz clarifies what “no injuries” means

We thought CNN and Daily Download‘s Howard Kurtz was taking a little break from tweeting to smell the roses and breathe after parting ways with The Daily Beast amid a bunch of weird errors? Well, not really. On Saturday he felt some need to promote a WaPo story about a plane crashing into a Herndon apartment building. He wrote, “Incredible story (and picture) of Cessna crashing into a Virginia home and no one hurt. Just missed sleeping child.” Except that there were people hurt — at least two people, in fact. Kurtz corrected himself, writing, “Meant to say no one was killed when Cessna crashed into Virginia home. Three injured. But still a miracle if you look at the pictures.” The story reports that the pilot was seriously injured and that the passenger was treated for minor injuries on the scene. That adds up to two. A photo caption for the story does report that “authorities say” three people suffered minor injuries but the story doesn’t back that up. Scratching our heads on who that third injured person was, but glad that six WaPo reporters were on it.

Journo prefers “clueless” over “stupid”

“Email this morning: ‘You are either clueless or plain stupid.’ I opted for the former.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

Uh oh.

“My roommate just wished me good luck as she left our apartment for her boyfriend’s place. Ugh. #death.” — Stacy Lambe, a male freelancer for VH1.

A convo between two journos… Read more

Should News Orgs Attend DOJ Meeting?

The list of news outlets that won’t be attending a meeting organized by the Justice Department for Thursday is growing by the hour. Are they right to decline the invite?

After it was discovered in May that the DOJ secretly seized the phone records of Associated Press staffers in 2012, reporters cried foul, saying it was a moved that threatened the freedom of the press and closed ranks. In the heat of the scandal, DOJ said it would invite several national news outlets to a meeting to discuss revisions to its policies regarding government leaks to the media.

The problem: the meeting would have to be off the record, a deal-breaker for many news heads.

Among those who decided they wouldn’t attend, citing the off-the-record stipulation, include HuffPost, NYT, FNC, CNN, AP, CBS News and McClatchy. Those who have opted to attend include Politico and WaPo.

Media critic Howard Kurtz, who works for CNN, seems to disagree with those who are choosing to skip out. “Seems like the ‘cool’ media position now is to blow off Eric Holder, a departure from usual Beltway practice of wanting exclusive briefings,” he tweeted Thursday.

So, what’s the deal? Are news outlets right to boycott the meeting unless it’s on the record or are they being little drama queens? Vote in our Fish Poll:

 

Joe Scarborough Wants You to Know His Show is Doing Just Fine!

After Alex Pareene‘s Monday takedown story in Salon, which essentially laid all of “what’s wrong” with MSNBC at “Morning Joe’s” feet, Joe Scarborough is biting back.

Was he feeling touchy or just being proactive?

It seems like Pareene may have struck a nerve when he wrote that Scarborough’s show “is representative of everything wrong with contemporary political elite thinking.” He then swiped at the show’s April viewership, calling it “the lowest rated of the big three cable news morning shows.”

“Congratulations to the ‘Morning Joe’ team!” Scarborough tweeted Tuesday evening. “More people watched ‘Morning Joe’ in May than CNN, Headline News, CNBC and Fox Business. Way to go!!” What followed was a self pat on the back in the form of retweets that was so hard, it’s a wonder Scarborough can still stand up straight.

A sampling of Scarborough’s sticky-sweet RTs:

  • “Best morning show ever!”
  • “Great cast, solid reporting and realistic insight. Congrats!”
  • “This is a total given, considering Morning Joe is the best morning show on tv in my opinion and has the best anchor team.”

This continued on for an additional 22 tweets.

And it didn’t stop on Twitter… Read more

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