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Final Ratings for NBC’s Snowden Special In, Rep. Pete King Calls Interview an “Infomercial”

WilliamsSnowden-1024x576The final numbers are in for last night’s interview of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden by NBC News’ Brian Williams. Early numbers for “Inside The Mind of Edward Snowden” were released this morning and as of last hour, the final Nielsen report is out.

The NBC special averaged 5.948 million total viewers. It was ranked #1 among the broadcast networks during the hour in all 18-49 demo ratings (tied with CBS in W18-49) and M/A25-54. During the 10pm hour, CBS aired a repeat of “CSI.”

And in case you missed it, Joe Scarborough asked Rep. Pete King (R-NY) on today’s “Morning Joe” whether Snowden deserves any leniency. King referred to Snowden’s claims as a “myth.”

“Unfortunately, Brian Williams almost added to that last night, basically giving him an infomercial,” said Rep. King. “I really wish Brian Williams would have gone after him, and asked him if he had one piece of evidence that shows that the NSA has violated the law in any way.”

Click through for Rep. King’s “Morning Joe” segment. Read more

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Morning Joe Razzes Politico’s VandeHei

Unknown-2images-2It’s a real cozy relationship between MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and Politico. This morning, the show’s co-hosts Mika Brzezinksi and Joe Scarborough continued to needle Politico President and CEO Jim VandeHei about his new title.

“I can feel the power sitting one seat away from him and I’m melting,” cooed Brzezinski.

Meanwhile, Scarborough promo-ed the segment saying they didn’t want to go to VandeHei but “Mike Allen wasn’t available.”

Ouch!

Politico’s Mike Allen Recalls Boy Scout Days

UnknownPolitico‘s Mike Allen made the MSNBC “Morning Joe” crew erupt into laughter this morning as he recalled his days as a Boy Scout.

The nearly all-male panel, consisting of New York Magazines John Heilemann, Willie Geist, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinksi, began discussing a story from the San Francisco Examiner about an 18 -foot sea creature found off the California coast.

Just when they were moving onto the next topic, Allen piped up and said…

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Politico’s VandeHei Razzed For Big New Title

chocolate-and-blue-swirl-vase_8-beautiful-vases-for-your-homeEven though Jim VandeHei, the new President and CEO of Politico, isn’t on the journalism wing of things anymore, it didn’t stop him from appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today and discussing politics and the shutdown.

This was his first encounter with the Mika Brzezinksi, Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist since the Sunday evening announcement of his new title. His former position at Politico was Executive Editor.

After Geist made the big announcement, Mika cooed, “So powerful, fancy.” Geist asked, “Do you have, like, expensive rugs in your office now and vases?”

VandeHei took the heat in stride, saying, “My office, it reeks of rich mahogany, yes. I’m going to start speaking in a deep voice [he said, faux deepening his voice]. Clean up my language a little bit.”

Afternoon Reading List 10.02.13

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Alec Baldwin blasts Scarborough, Kristol on Twitter: In a HuffPost piece this morning by Jack Mirkinson, new MSNBC host Alec Baldwin blasts his colleague, Joe Scarborough, and his guest, The Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol on Wednesday morning. Despite the wishes of his new boss, Phil Griffin, the president of the network, who publicly told Alec that he needed to tone down his Twitter fighting, Alec went on his rampage before most people even finished their morning coffee.

Why you should read it: Check out Alec’s tweets and see who he credits for his flagrant disregard for his new boss’s orders. Read more here.

Press to blame for government shutdown? According to Media Matters blogger, Eric Boehlert, members of the press are partially responsible. For using falsely equivalent terms like “both sides” and “Congress” in reporting, Boehlert says the media takes the blame from those who really deserve it. Namely, in Boehlert’s liberal eyes, the Republicans, specifically, the far right-wing faction of the party, (AKA the Tea Partiers).

Why you should read it: This story may be talking about you and the reporting you did that one time about Obamacare and America and people and such. Remember? Well that’s why. Read more here

Who’s up for a beer after the jump?

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Afternoon Reading List 10.01.13

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Hill-dawg miniseries scrapped by NBC: According to The Hill’s Rebecca Shabad, NBC’s plans to air a Hillary Clinton miniseries starring Diane Lane were tossed out due to Republican pressure to stay off the topic before the 2016 election time frame. Hillary’s camp also reportedly opposed the idea, as they’ve always been aggressively protective of her image.

Why you should read it: Whether you love or hate Hill-dawg, NBC went ahead and decided for you whether you will ever see this miniseries. Read more here. The NYT also tackled this story. No doubt Clinton Land is in a state of bliss.

Larry King is BACK!: Well sort of. According to Marc Tracy of TNR, Larry King will be covering for Keith Olbermann on ESPN this week from Wednesday to Friday. In an interview with Tracy, King reveals his favorite baseball teams, his dream world series, and his early days in radio.

Why you should read it: Even though the government has all but shut down, that doesn’t mean ESPN will have crummy coverage. Check out the entire interview to catch up on what King is up to. Read more here.

More on the government shutdown…

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TIME’s Mark Halperin Working ‘The George’

TIME Editor-at-Large and Senior Political Analyst Mark Halperin‘s strange facial hair, a dark mustache paired with a salt and pepper beard, is getting lots of airtime this week on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Even Al Sharpton tried to get in on the antics this morning, but wound up calling him by the wrong name. MSNBC Contributor and former top aide to President Obama David Axelrod spoke of the serious matters in Syria this morning. Then, amid much laughter on set, added, “I want to welcome Mark back from the back woods where he obviously was chopping wood.”

Earlier in the week, host Joe Scarborough put up a split screen to show how much Halperin was starting to resemble Harrison Ford‘s character “Dr. Richard Kimbel”  in “The Fugitive.” He also took to Twitter to ask, “Critical question of the AM: Does Mark Halperin look more like a bearded Al Gore or Dr. Richard Kimball from the Fugitive?”

But Halperin told NBC “Today Show” host Savannah Guthrie that he was really trying to achieve the look of a different Hollywood actor.

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Joe Scarborough Embraces TNR

TNR‘s Editor-in-Chief Franklin Foer should probably go on “Morning Joe” more often, if for nothing else, to hear all the praise that host Joe Scarborough has to shower on him.

Sure hope Scarborough hasn’t forgotten about his first love: Politico.

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Afternoon Reading List 08.26.13.

Morning has spoken — MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski and CBS’s Gayle King usually spend their mornings talking alongside Joe Scarborough and Charlie Rose to television viewers. But the two spent a late morning recently talking with NYT‘s Philip Galanes over an early lunch. As Galanes notes, lunch comes mid-morning when your day starts at 3:30 a.m. The trio discussed the differences in dynamics between themselves and the co-hosts of Brzezinski’s “Morning Joe” and King’s “CBS This Morning.” They also talked about their favorite interviews they’ve done and about parenting, with Galanes guiding the conversation. Overall, it reads like a few friends chatting about work and life over brunch.

Why you should read it: Galanes is as much a part of the piece as King and Brzezinski, which makes for an quirky, entertaining dynamic. When he suggests Mika is just a sidekick to Joe, Gayle jumps in and says Mika is no “mouseburger.” Galanes’ interview offers glimpse into their lives outside the studio. Plus, bonus points on the headline: “For two female news anchors, morning has spoken.” Read more

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Your daily dose of wisdom

“The best reporters get angry when they’re lied to, not when they’re criticized.” — Former HuffPost scribe Dan Froomkin.

Journo likes Cohen’s column on infidelity

“So. I quite like that Richard Cohen column, actually. #NotASlatePitch” — The Hill Associate Editor Niall Stanage. If you haven’t read it and want to, find it here.

TV host braces herself for nasty tweets

“The tweets about how I look or my weight frames exactly the pressure on women in this industry- I rightfully gained weight and here it comes.” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” Co-host Mika Brzezinksi, who wrote the book Obsessed, in which she opens up about her volatile relationship with food. National Journal‘s SVP of Advertising Mark Walters weighs in…”You look great @morningmika screw the haters!!” And from Co-host Joe Scarborough: “There may be a lot of angry people on Twitter but they are on the extremes. Ignore the haters and focus on the new friends you can make.”

Journo stuck in more ways than one

“If there’s anything worse than being stuck in traffic and needing to use the restroom, I don’t want to know about it!” — C-SPAN Digital and Social Media Specialist Jeremy Art.

Words to live by….“Newsprint’s biggest advantage? The battery never runs low.” — Baron‘s James McTague.

Newsflash: “By contract Washington Post management stays in place at least a year.” — Bruce Johnson, anchor for CBS’s WUSATV-9.

Important Q to Ponder: “Is Jay stealing all our news conference questions for later this week?” — Reuters White House Correspondent Steve Holland.

Quote Taken Entirely Out of Context

“@DanaPerino u are a weiner enabler. Obviously u have drugged jasper and forced him into a life of porn. #sick” — FNC’s Greg Gutfeld to colleague Dana Perino.

Obama cancels meeting with Russian Prez Vladmir Putin

Politico breaking news alert: 9:14 a.m.

NYT‘s breaking news alert: 9:53 a.m.

Convo Between Two Journos: The Vagina Monologues 

This morning’s conversation is between Take Part Live Host Jacob Soboroff and The Washington Examiner’s Justin Green.

SOBOROFF: “Just said the V word on @TakePartLive. It’s the fault of Texas police for searching for weed there.”

GREEN: “Vagina. It’s not that hard to say.”

Reporter having TV troubles

“My flat screen is completely going to sh*t. Where should I get a new one?” — TheBlazes‘s Eddie Scarry. Anyone want to donate a new flat screen to Scarry? Get in touch and we’ll get it to him. Write to fishbowldc@mediabistro.com.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:51 a.m.

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