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Jackie Kucinich Joins The Daily Beast

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John Avlon, Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Beast, announced on Monday that Jackie Kucinich, daughter of former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, will join the site as its new Senior Politics Editor.

Jackie is currently a politics reporter at the Washington Post, where she produces original video segments. She was originally hired to serve as co-anchor on the paper’s Web channel, PostTV.

“Jackie is a powerful, positive presence in D.C. circles. She’s covered Republicans in Congress and the 2012 presidential field, boasting an encyclopedic knowledge of all things politics,” said Avlon in a memo to staff. “She brings to the job a combination of enthusiasm and incisiveness that will help sharpen the voice of The Beast’s political coverage as we head into the 2016 presidential cycle — and boost our ability to break big news.”

Previously, Kucinich worked at USA Today and Roll Call. According to Avalon, She will work with Opinion Editor Will Rah at The Daily Beast to “anchor our D.C. team and ensure that The Beast remains non-partisan but not neutral in our politics.”

Good luck from FishbowlDC, Jackie!

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CNN Names Stelter Host of Reliable Sources

It’s official – CNN has named a new host for its DC-based, Sunday morning media criticism show Reliable Sources. The post, vacated by Howard Kurtz back in June, will be filled by New York Times boy wonder and mediabistro alum Brian Stelter.

Stelter emerged victorious from a crowded field of guest hosts including Politico’s Patrick Gavin, NPR’s David Folkenflik, and The Daily Beast’s John Avlon.

“Brian has emerged as one of the top media reporters in the country and will be a great addition to our many platforms,” said CNN chief Jeff Zucker in a statement.  “He grew up in the digital space, and has covered the media industry for his entire career.”

In addition to his weekend hosting duties, Stelter will bid adieu to the Grey Lady to become CNN’s senior media correspondent, reporting daily across all the network’s platforms including CNN.com and CNNMoney.com. His first day at CNN will be November 25, and his first show will air December 1.

Stelter, who in 2004 founded FishbowlDC’s sister blog TVNewser, joined the New York Times in 2007.  Earlier this year he published the NYT best-selling book, Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV.

 

Hoover-Avlon the Next Gen of Bipartisan Coupling?

Looks like superpundits James Carville and Mary Matalin have some competition for the new face of bipartisanship with the likes of John Avlon and Margaret Hoover.  Or maybe this could just be the start of a new reality TV series, “The Battle of Bipartisan Coupling.” As we’ve reported, CNN has tried them out in a pilot — who knows if they’ll get a gig.

Either way, the political-duo seemed at home in the hometown of  Carville and Matalin for the Bipartisan Policy Center’s 4th Annual Political Summit last night in New Orleans.  The annual event… Read more

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Quotes of the Day

Spoken like a true gentleman with bad hair

“Pervert alert. Rep. Weiner is back on twitter. All girls under the age of 18, block him immediately.” — former possible thought about it for 20 minutes GOP Presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

A fitting ending

“Back row by toilet on last shuttle out of Boston to DC – election 2012 version of last helicopter out of Saigon.” — The Daily Mail‘s Toby Harnden.

Important Q to Ponder: “Whats the going rate that the tooth fairy gives for a baby tooth these days?” — ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper.

Compliments from Manhattan

“BuzzFeed DC killing it today, which is good bc some of us are barely functional up here today.” — BuzzFeed Political Editor Ben Smith.

Moving on (sort of, not really)

“State Dept press corps cracking jokes today about how many Congressional hearings on Benghazi we’ll have to cover, fueled by GOP vengeance.” — McClatchy foreign policy reporter Hannah Allam.

And now for the more important things in life…

“Garrett’s Caramel Corn. If you’ve had it, I need not say more. Just raise a hand and smack your lips. Yum!” — NPR’s Michele Norris.

“A fun evening out at @washingtonian‘s Whiskey Fest. Finally got to taste Vermont’s own, Whistlepig Whiskey.” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff.

The Movie Critic?

“OVERRATED 007! Caught show in London last week, Marble Arch. Low budget comes thru on screen, no gadgets, locations by Priceline.com.” — Matt Drudge.

GOP’s eat their own

Bill O’Reilly is totally full of crap in his analysis.” — Conservative blogger and former TWTer Robert Stacy McCain on the FNC host.

Want to join Glenn Beck in jumping off a cliff? Also: The gay harassment of FBDC’s Peter Ogburn’s continues… Read more

Can a Married Couple Save CNN?

The dynamic CNN duo of Mark Whitaker and Amy Entelis were at it again Friday, shooting another pilot that they hope could potentially be the savior for a network going through growing pains.

Whitaker, Executive VP and managing editor of CNN Worldwide, and his hire to head program development, Entelis, are joined at the hip in trying to come up with new ideas for the network, desperately hoping the next boss will keep them around when the anticipated senior executive bloodletting comes to pass.

Who is playing Batman and Robin this time? CNN contributors John Avlon and Margaret Hoover an independent and moderate conservative on air, and off, married. That’s right, CNN is seriously thinking about launching a show with a married couple. They’re no James Carville and Mary  Matalin, a big liberal and conservative. Some still find them entertaining.

Avlon, a columnist for The Daily Beast, has fast become a favorite of the CNN suits in New York, especially with Whitaker, a longtime member of the NY/DC media elite who, insiders say, would love nothing more than turn CNN into a TV version of the NYT.

Avlon is the designated independent voice on the network, even though he is a former speechwriter for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. He also has a fantastic head of hair.

Hoover, a middle-of-the-road conservative, also has the kind of pedigree that makes Whitaker salivate. She’s the great-granddaughter of former president Herbert Hoover; an author; and landed at CNN several months ago after failing to come to contractual terms with Fox News. She also brings some of that Fox News hotness, which some think CNN could stand to adopt.

The pilots generated by the program development unit at CNN have left much to be desired as of late, so Entelis reached out to the force behind the CNN Heroes initiative, Kelly Flynn, to helm the pilot. She was a former exec in the program development unit when CNN’s former Executive Director of Program and Talent Development  Joel Cheatwood, who left for Fox News and is now Exec. VP of Mercury Radio Arts, ran the joint. (Boy is he missed!).

Entelis, Flynn, Avlon and Hoover spent all of Friday shooting the pilot in New York, hoping it will be good enough to impress outgoing CNN head honcho Jim Walton, and Phil Kent, head of Turner. With Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes applying the pressure to resuscitate the dying brand, the effort has an urgent feel.

But Avlon and Hoover should beware of mixing it up on the air. The last CNN married couple that was seen daily – John King and Dana Bash – later headed for Splitsville. Sure, she wasn’t a co-host on John King, U.S.A., but she was on so much when it launched that it should have been called the John and Dana Show.

DC’s Top Political Talent Heads to The Big Easy

The Bipartisan Policy Center, led by Capitol Files‘ Most Powerful People in Washington List recipient Jason Grumet is bringing some of the top names in campaign strategy and political media coverage to New Orleans with just under a year to the 2012 presidential election.

CNN’s James Carville and Mary Matalin are co-hosting an impressive political lineup that includes the other political marital duo, The Daily Beast‘s John Avlon and CBS Early Show political contributor Margaret Hoover, CNBC’s John Harwood, Politico’s John Harris, Hollywood film producer, RJ Cutler (Capitol File’s “The September Issue,” “The War Room”), Steve Jobs autobiographer and former Time magazine Editor Walter Isaacson, frequent MSNBC commentator, Richard Wolffe, former Motion Picture Association of America head, Dan Glickman, Former Sen. Trent Lott, Sen. Bob Bennett, former Governors Lingle, Douglas, Henry, Bredesen and Strickland, and more.

The all day political Summit is tomorrow, Wednesday, November 16th on the campus of Tulane University.

And just in case you don’t get enough of Carville in New Orleans, he will have a cameo in the upcoming, “The Muppets” movie by Disney set to release November 23, 2011. That’s right, The Muppets. Is anyone surprised?

CNN Adds Frum and Cardona to 2012 Election Team

CNN continued to beef up its roster of 2012 political contributors with the addition Democratic strategist Maria Cardona and conservative columnist David Frum today.

Cardona currently heads the public affairs practice at Dewey Square Group, where she founded the Latinovations practice that focuses on Latino strategic outreach on national, state and local levels. During the 2008 Democratic primary election, she was senior adviser and spokesperson to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and served on the campaign’s Hispanic outreach team.  A former communications director for the Democratic National Committee, Cardona also served as a spokesperson at the U.S. Departments of Justice and Commerce during the Clinton administration.

David Frum is the editor and founder of the conservative website FrumForum.com. From 2001 to 2002, Frum served as special assistant and speechwriter to President George W. Bush. During the 2008 election season, he served as senior foreign policy advisor to the Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign.  He is a former editor of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page and six time author.

Cardona and Frum join the CNN’s existing lineup of political contributors which includes John Avlon, Paul Begala, Bill Bennett, Donna Brazile, James Carville, Alex Castellanos, Erick Erickson, Ari Fleischer, David Gergen, Roland Martin, Mary Matalin and Hilary Rosen.

Shhh…A Private Party at Carville’s Abode

On Wednesday night we hear that James Carville (D) and Mary Matalin (R) held court at their Old Town residence for a private discussion in preparation for their participation in the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Third Annual Political Summit, November 16th in New Orleans.

Amongst the invited guests were the Aspen Institute’s Walter Isaacson, DC political insider and pundit, Kikki McLean, NJ‘s Matt Dowd, former Michigan Gov. Blanchard, and BPC president and 2011 Capitol File Power List’s Jason Grumet. Also spotted mingling at the soiree were several potential sponsors of the event such as CNBC’s John Harwood (we hope he has finally updated his Capitol Hill press pass), Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris, and cable liberal regulars Hilary Rosen and Paul Begala. Word has it that The Daily Beast‘s John Avlon and his Republican author and wife, Margaret Hoover, have signed on.  Carville  practiced political rhetoric on the group Wednesday night before remarking yesterday on CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that the Obama White House needs to ‘panic’ and ‘fire, indict, fight’ to force significant changes to the strategic direction of his Administration.

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QUOTES of the DAY


Journo risks meat purchase at convenience store

“Took a chance on some carne adovada at a convenience store in Alexandria after Dave Alvin show (typically terrific). Adovada almost as good.” — Albuquerque Journal‘s Washington Bureau Chief Michael Coleman in a weekend tweet. For the cuisine-challenged, carne adovada is marinated pork that typically comes in a burrito or taco.

Something easily applicable to Washington life

“My new pet peeve? People WALKING and texting- slamming right into me or stepping on my dog and sometimes onto the bumper of my car! @Oprah” — Comedian Ali Wentworth in a weekend tweet. She’s also the wife of ABC GMA’s George Stephanopoulos.

Bio of the Day

Fake Howard Kurtz: King of all MSM. Philosopher of conventional wisdom: Beltway style. CNN host, former WaPo‘er & now @TheTinaBeast’s bitch. Location: Deep in the Beltway. Twitter debut: June 14, 2011. Goal: Garden variety sarcastic ridicule of Kurtz.

My Source, My Source, My Source

My source told me what my source was told. Did someone misinform my source? I don’t know. It is what it is.” — Conservative blogger Robert Stacy McCain to The Daily Caller‘s Jonathan Strong, who asked McCain, “Is your (anonymous) source 3rd or 4th hand? Just curious.” McCain wrote on The American Spectator blog Friday that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is expected to announce her presidential intentions this week. Palin replied over Twitter, “Really? Hmm, guess they forgot to inform me what I’m ‘expected to do’ next week.” McCain updated his post with the above Palin line and this remark: “OK, fine, governor, but I was reporting what my source had been told. Has my source been misinformed?” We think he’s going to be waiting awhile.

Picking a new Twitter handle for Weiner

“In the spirit of true bipartisanship, let’s help @RepWeiner choose a new Twitter name. Keep it clean (or not) #WeinerGate #Tcot #p2″ — Sean Hannity’s Hair in a weekend tweet on what ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner‘s (D-N.Y.) new Twitter handle ought to be.

A TV journo does Father’s Day

“Woke up to my 4 year old and 1 year old jumping on me! Best morning – breakfast – church and a little batman and iron man play in between.” — FNC anchor Bret Baier in a Sunday morning tweet.

TV bungles

Former CNNer Larry King confuses Saddam Hussein for Osama Bin Laden. He quickly corrected himself with help of CNN Host Howard Kurtz on “Reliable Sources.”

WaPo‘s conservative issues blogger Jennifer Rubin melds ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner and BigGovernment‘s Andrew Breitbart into “Andrew Weiner.” Again it’s Kurtz to the rescue. “Anthony,” he says. Rubin quickly corrects herself and explains that Breitbart was also a central figure in the Weiner scandal.

Media Travel Complaint Desk

“Re my flight debacle, I finally took off from JFK 3hrs late. My PA spent night sleeping on airport floor and just got to LA. Outrageous.” — CNN talk show host Piers Morgan in a weekend tweet. Earlier he wrote, “Two hours on runway. No info re when we will take off. Clear outside, no rain. PATHETIC. Why do people just accept this crap?”

“Witnessed the @UnitedAirlines computer outage craziness first hand picking my brother up at Dulles tonight. Confused reigned.” — The Hill‘s Keith Laing in a weekend tweet.

A boisterous D. Shuster counts down to ‘Countdown’

“2 days and 19 hours until the debut of Countdown with @keitholbermann. Thrilling to be part of the team!” — Current TV’s David Shuster in a weekend tweet. Shuster will serve as a primary guest host for Olbermann when O can’t make it. The program begins on tonight at 8 p.m. on Comcast Channel 107.

Editor backs away from scary fast food line

“Line for Shake Shack at Nats Park was terrifying. Retreating to friendlier ground. #HelloChiliHalfSmoke” — WCP Managing Editor Mike Madden in a weekend tweet. After three weeks of Weiners, we think he should have battled the Shake Shack line and ordered a cheeseburger.

The modern sex scandal

“Digital evidence is the new blue dress.” — The Daily Beast‘s John Avlon on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday.

A weird weekend convo between two journalists

BigGovernment‘s Andrew Breitbart: “@joanwalsh I apologize for being mean to you, yo wanna have sex?”

Salon Editor-at-Large Joan Walsh: “Thanks @AndrewBreibart, I’m just going to choose to take that in the nicest possible way tonight.” (Dear Readers: This was a spoof Breitbart tweet, notice the one “t” — so not from the real Breitbart.”)

 

Sunday Show Preview: 10.31.10

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NBC’s Meet the Press: Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) Chairman, Republican Governors Association; Fmr. Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Chairman, Democratic National Committee; Tom Brokaw, NBC News; Charlie Cook, National Journal; Mark Halperin, MSNBC and TIME; Michele Norris, NPR; Chuck Todd, NBC News.

CBS’ Face the Nation: Representative Pete King (R-New York); Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-Minnesota); Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota); Governor Ed Rendell (D-Pennsylvania). 

• ABC’s This Week: Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) Chairman, National Republican Senatorial Committee; Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) Chairman, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee; Dick Armey, Former House Majority Leader; Donna Brazile, Democratic Political Strategist; Cokie Roberts, ABC News; George Will, ABC News. 

CNN’s State of the Union with Candy CrowleyMichael Steele, RNC chairman; Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Majority Whip; William Bennett, CNN political contributor; national talk radio host; Bob Kerrey (D), former U.S. Senator; former Nebraska Governor.  

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard KurtzArianna Huffington, co-founder, HuffingtonPost.com; Paul Farhi, Washington Post; Michael Medved, Radio talk show host; John Avlon, TheDailyBeast.com; Jim Geraghty, National Review; Julie Mason, Washington Examiner; President Jimmy Carter.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Dan Balz, The Washington Post; Major Garrett, National Journal; Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times; Jeanne Cummings, POLITICO.

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). 

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria:  GPS Special: Lou Gerstner, former chairman of the board & CEO for IBM Corporation; Muhtar Kent, chairman of the board & CEO for The Coca-Cola Company; Eric Schmidt, chairman of the board & CEO for Google, Inc.; and Klaus Kleinfeld, chairman & CEO for Alcoa, Inc.

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show:  John Heilemann, New York Magazine National Political Correspondent; Howard Fineman, Huffington Post Senior Political Analyst; Norah O’Donnell, MSNBC Chief Washington Correspondent; Helene Cooper, New York Times White House Correspondent. 

Washington Watch with Roland Martin

•Politico’s “Turn the Table” after the jump. 

We’ll update as we get ‘em!

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