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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.

See who after the jump…. Read more

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

Morning Chatter

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.

Fish Food

(a sprinkling of things we thought you ought to know…)


Matt Drudge was up too late—that’s the only thing that can explain this bizarre midnight tweet: “Watching Weiner and Huma Clinton this evening and thinking of Andrew Breitbart…” How many things can you count wrong with that statement? Everyone else must have been as confused as we were, because it got an uncharacteristically low number of replies—just three. And one of those was along the lines of you’re so awesome, how did you come up with the idea for such a great news site? (Yeah, even Drudge gets Marty’D.)

No talking points on MSNBC—”No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, Jay! Is that the truth or not, Jay? Is that the truth or not? You said this was limited to Cincinnati … Don’t give me talking points, because that doesn’t work on this show, and you’ve been here long enough to know, that doesn’t work on this show!” shouted MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, in a segment this morning rehashing Republican talking points about the IRS scandal. They appeared to end on a nice note after an angry few minutes.

New York Post is off its game—There is great sorrow in New York today, but it’s not only because they’ve put a serial sexter at the top of the pile of candidates for mayor, but because the New York Post, having been handed Anthony Weiner on a silver platter yesterday, seems to have just phoned it in with today’s cover. It’s a picture from Weiner’s press conference with wife Huma (Huma Clinton, apparently—according to Drudge) that simply says: “Meet Carlos Danger.” That’s all you got New York Post? Talk about a let down. The disappointment is almost palpable. For example, Mediaite tweeted this morning, “‘New York Post Fails To Achieve Weiner Joke, Disappoints Entire Internet.” If it’s any consolation, the Metro edition went with “Too Hard To Quit.” Better, but not great. Mediaite has a roundup of previous NYP covers on Weiner that, thankfully, went the extra weiner.

Morning Chatter

“He just heard about @RedEyeFNC and how I’m filling in for @greggutfeld. He can’t bear to look.” — FNC “The Five” co-host Dana Perino. What Jasper is really saying: “I’m not a supermodel, Dana. Stop taking my picture. Stop overtweeting about me. I need my beauty rest. I need to fart once in awhile. And I don’t care about Greg Gutfeld.”

Leibo admits his fishiness

“I am a fish. I have chosen to live, work, and raise my family in the murk. This might well be an easier pursuit for a citizen on solid land. But I have no plans to leave. People ask me about that too. Why? It’s not like I’m making lobbyist or TV money. I plead reality: my wife and I have built a good life here.” — NYT‘s Mark Leibovich in the prologue of This Town in response to his own rhetorical question…”What is my story?” The book hit the shelves Tuesday. Of course, we rather enjoyed his first line here.

George Zimmerman trial: the story that will not go away

‘If you…don’t know somebody that has been stopped late at night for driving while black, you just don’t have any black friends.’ — MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:11 a.m.

A K.O. update of sorts

“FYI: KeithOlbermann dot com … *still* owned by the Daily Caller.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

BFF’s at a glance: Mediaite‘s Tommy Christopher and The Week’s Matt Lewis

“My freind [sic] @tommyxtopher weighs in on my latest for @TheWeek on George Zimmerman.”

The first line of Christopher’s story also solidifies their friendship: “My old friend Matt Lewis is out with a thoughtful op-ed on one possible consequence of George Zimmerman‘s acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin: that Americans might stop caring about their communities.”

In other important Christopher news… “I don’t drink coffee. Lipton Tea, extra strong, with Splenda and half-n-half.”

Frum passes boating exam fit for idiots

“Just passed my Canadian boating license exam -a test so easy it makes you frightened to think who *else* is on the water.” — The Daily Beast‘s David Frum.

Jason Mattera: the anti-Rachel Jeantel anti-Christ

“Good grief I’m reading a transcript of the Jeantel interview. Forget storming Walmart, bum rush the public schools she attended.” — conservative radio host Jason Mattera, insulting FBDC favorite Rachel Jeantel, a breakout star from the George Zimmerman trial. And conservative writer Robert Stacy McCain: “Seriously, when you look up ‘stupid’ on Wikipedia, Rachel Jeantel’s photo should be there.”  RSM…she could eat you for lunch, so you might want to shhhh.

The Grossest Thing You’ll Read Today 

“Pee-filled diapers sitting around give off a sweet, sickening, Honey Nut Cheerios scent after several days, if you must know.” — Slate‘s Farhad Manjoo.

Journo takes online hate into own hands

“Ok, so, I’m just going to block/report spam without warning. Easier that way.” — WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart.

Congrats to… Reason‘s Mike Riggs on his new gig at Atlantic Cities. He was formerly with The Daily Caller.

Media Takes Sides on Zimmerman Decision

After continual media coverage of the George Zimmerman trial in the shooting of Trayvon Martin and more than 16 hours of deliberation by the jury, Zimmerman was acquitted of charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter over the weekend.

Since the shooting occurred last year, the case has been heavily followed by the media, with some outlets taking clear, strong stances. Now that the not-guilty verdict has been announced, some publications are being even more outspoken on the matter. We looked at a wide array of news organizations to analyze each publication’s own verdict of the case.

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“Breathing is difficult because of the fire at Frager’s. The sun is still up but some part of Cap Hill look like nite.”Andrew Mollenbeck, WTOP.

Minor Morning Oopsy!

“Another smart take from @HotlineJosh : ‘GOP Struggles With Its Silver Linings Playbook’” — NJ‘s Ron Fournier. The Hotline’s Josh Krashaar, however, corrects the record, saying, “@ron_fournier was actually @Alex_Roarty piece.”  To which Fournier replied, “Alex doesn’t seem like a ‘Silver Linings’ dude. Great piece.” Read the story here. Alex Roarty is a politics writer for NJ. We sure hope Fournier isn’t getting Howard Kurtz Syndrome, an affliction caused by being being heavily distracted while reading shit online too fast.

Editor stresses out on deadline, needs Cheerios, champagne and rest

“This is going to be one ballbuster of a deadline. Not to mention everything else that has to get done. #needsmycheerios” – Metro Weekly Editor-in-Chief Randy Shulman. Thankfully he writes, “In two weeks, I will be sipping champagne at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. #bgh @BigGayHoliday.”

TWT writer gets writer’s block

“I’ve hit the wall on writing my first book. Curling up in the fetal position seems only option now.” — TWT‘s Emily Miller. Uh oh. She later added, “I might just leave the country so my publisher can’t find me.”

Bickering is…

FNC’s Dana Perino, 7:52 p.m.: “Greg Gutfeld since I’ve met you, I’ve never laughed so much. At you.”

FNC’s Greg Gutfeld, 7:53 p.m.: “Dana Perino you just proved my point. No wonder your closest friends are four-legged.”

Jasper Perino (yes, her dog), 7:54 p.m.: “Greg Gutfeld, Dana Perino, at least her closest friends are not mythical creature.”

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between Washington Examiner’s Justin Green and BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins.

GREEN: “The cronut thing proves New Yorkers are terrible.”

COPPINS: “If DC got cronuts they’d shut down the city in celebration. Then everyone would go to the 2 other good restaurants in town.”

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

Tucker Carlson Asks, ‘Howard Dean is Still Alive?’

Former Vermont Gov. and Presidential hopeful Howard Dean went on a nutty rampage against the media this morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and gave some news outlets a swift kick in the teeth. As he and Co-host Joe Scarborough bitched and moaned about how unfair newspapers can be — Scarborough criticizing his hometown paper’s “powerful” editorial board, and Dean blasting the NYT for being too opinion-based in its news stories — he did make a valid point about how thin-skinned the media is.

And then he went haywire. He set his wrath on two publications in particular: The Daily Caller and National ReviewWhen he learned that Daily Caller columnist Matt Lewis, a “friend of the show,” said on Twitter that Dean needed to lay off the caffeine, saying, “Time for Howard Dean to switch to decaf,” Dean’s horse brain snapped. He called The Daily Caller “a right-wing propaganda machine.” (Psst… case in point on the caffeine?)

When asked about it, Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson asked FishbowlDC, “Howard Dean is still alive? Where is he?”

But The Daily Caller wasn’t alone. Dean also sunk his canines into National Review. Read more

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