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DC Media Cover Downed Malaysia Airlines Jet

cnn-breaking-news1This morning, a Malaysia Airlines jet flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down along the Ukraine/Russia border.

Anderson Cooper quickly took over coverage for CNN’s John Berman, with CNN’s senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta contributing to the report. The network will reschedule “The Sixties” tonight for special coverage of the crash.

Fox News Channel national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin has been reporting on the matter from the Pentagon.

CBS News’ Major Garrett, Bob Orr, Jeff Pegues have reported from D.C. and the network is sending foreign correspondent Mark Phillips to Ukraine, Seth Doane to Malaysia, and foreign correspondent Elizabeth Palmer to Amsterdam.

ABC News’ Martha RaddatzJonathan Karl, and Jim Avila have each contributed to network coverage. Tonight’s ”World News” will air an extended broadcast tonight to cover the crash from 6:30-7:30 p.m. with David Muir anchoring.

Brian Williams took over for Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie at 12:59 p.m. on NBC.

Malaysia Airlines will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. ET.

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CNN Debuts New Daytime Lineup

Starting today, CNN’s dayside may look a little different. Back in January, they announced changes to their lineup, and now we get to see exactly what that looks like. Here are the major changes:

1) A new show, “@THISHOUR,” features “Early Start”‘s John Berman and Michaela Pereira from “New Day” at the 11:00 AM hour.

2) Ashleigh Banfield‘s “Legal View” has moved to 12:00 PM.

3) Wolf Blitzer‘s 1:00 PM show “Newsroom with Wolf Biltzer” has been re-branded as simply “Wolf,” after Blitzer was bitten by a wolf and now has amazingly heightened senses.*

So in short, this is the day time lineup from now on:

9 – 11 a.m.                  Carol Costello
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.        John Berman and Michaela Pereira
12 – 1 p.m.                  Ashleigh Banfield
1 – 2 p.m.                    Wolf Blitzer
2 – 4 p.m.                    Brooke Baldwin

*Just kidding, this is actually the plot to Wolf, the movie starring Jack Nicholson. “Wolf,” the TV show, will continue to focus on politics, breaking news and international news, and will be hosted by a completely human (or at least non-lycan) Wolf Blitzer.

Updates for NBC Washington, CNN @ 11am, and WTOP Mornings

announcementLots of internal news coming out of our top news orgs recently. Here’s some more to round out the week.

NBC’s Alex Wallace will head the network’s Washington bureau according to a memo sent out by NBC Prez Deborah Turness. In it, Turness said, “As SVP News, Wallace will become the General Manager/360 Leader for ‘Nightly News‘ and ‘Meet the Press,’ and will lead all our editorial and political coverage out of the DC bureau.”

CNN today announced changes to its weekday programming lineup. Starting Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, John Berman and Michaela Pereira will co-anchor CNN’s 11am hour of dayside programming. Berman and Pereira will continue to anchor “Early Start” and “New Day,” respectively.

And over at WTOP, starting Monday, Jan. 20, Joan Jones will join Mike Moss to co-anchor WTOP mornings from 5 – 10am.

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Journo gets shushed…“Weird. In Jack Rose bar in DC being told to ‘Shhh’ by everyone as they watch. #BreakingBad” — The Sunday Times‘ Washington Bureau Chief Toby Harnden.

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A compliment (sort of)

“This Sen. Cruz interview on Meet The Press is mindblowingly bad.” And then: “David Gregory might not be much of a journalist, but he did better than usual with Sen. Cruz.” — TechCrunch‘s Alex Wilhem.

Breaking Bad: the fallout

“The ONLY reason I wouldn’t want Walt to die a horrible death tonight is so Vince Gilligan could write some more episodes. #BreakingBad” — conservative author and pundit Ann Coulter.

“As someone who stopped watching Breaking Bad when Walt turned down a job with healthcare, Twitter is really boring me tonight.” — SNL Energy power and policy reporter  Corbin Hiar.

“Miss it already #GoodbyeBreakingBad” — NBC News Associate Producer Ali Weinberg.

“How many of these people gushing over #breakingbad have children, or lives?” — Daily Mail‘s David Martosko.

“I think Skinny Pete summed it up best: ‘I don’t know how to feel about this, morality wise.’” — Reason‘s Peter Suderman.

And the voice of reason? “Jesus, people. Let’s save some boners for HOMELAND.” — Atlantic Cities staff writer Mike Riggs.

imagesMajor Accomplishment

“When you finally kill that mosquito who has been feasting on you for the last three nights.” — The Atlantic Wire‘s Alex Abad-Santos.

Spotted: journos at Target

“Have seen three other former and current journos in the past 10 minutes. Target is the place to be.” — Greenwire“s Jessica Estepa.

What are the chances?

“Taylor Carney and I literally ran into each other on 17th Street while texting the other to try and find each other.” — Politico‘s Jedd Rosche. Carney is a staff officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency.

imagesUh oh, possible hair disaster

“Why do I keep having impulses to dye my hair comic villain red? Like poison ivy in the shitty bat man movie? #shouldidoit?” –Daily Beast columnist and senator’s daughter Meghan McCain.

Was this a trick question? “If I can’t finish the last season and a half of Breaking Bad by tonight, do I have to stop reading Twitter for awhile?” –former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau.

Playbook cuteness: Published at 7:34 a.m., Politico‘s must-read morning notebook addresses the shutdown by referring to a very high ranking government official, saying, “A tippy-top Democratic official tells us…”

And in case you have nothing better to do… “No matter what tweet about, use the hash-tag #EarlyStart….it’s important for ratings or something.” — CNN’s John Berman.

press hatThe uptight in D.C. award of the weekend…goes to Bill McQuillen, a former reporter for Bloomberg who declares that he is NOT a journalist. “CORRECTION: I am not a journalist,” he snapped on Twitter over the weekend. Although he was one for Bloomberg for 15 years and 5 months, he now works at JDA Frontline as VP of Public Affairs, which is apparently the gospel truth. However, he might want to have a quick look at his bio because in the second line (of the first graph) it says he’s “recognized as a top international economics, trade and labor JOURNALIST and an expert covering major aspects of politics, elections and government.” His LinkedIn profile, funny enough, lists him as a “Legal Affairs Reporer” [sic] for Bloomberg News from 2008-2010. He might want to fix that — or not. And if he really hates being referred to as a reporter he may want to look into having that reworked — or not. Whatever floats his boat. McQuillen is the newly eloped husband to WaPo‘s Amy Argetsinger who emoted on Twitter over the weekend. From the looks of it, he had no real problems with our Friday item, at least not that he could articulate.

 

 

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Might want to dress in black for this one

“Depressing milestone: I’ve been on Twitter for five years as of today.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

Miley Cyrus Vs. D.C. traffic

“What is in worse taste? The Miley Cyrus assault on a foam finger, or Washington gridlock? DC makes Miley look like Swan Lake.” — CNN’s John Berman.

Which begs the question…

“@DylanByers boooo you used ‘begs the question’ incorrectly. I’ll forgive you this ONE TIME.” — Logan Dobson, a researcher for the Tarrance Group, a Republican polling firm.

Andy Carvin is not a little green martian

“Breaking: I am a little green Martian. (Not really, but I’m about to test the tweet retraction tool Retwact, so please bear with me.)” — NPR’s Andy Carvin.

Nerdy talk

“The icons are still hideous. But the notifications bar and the lock screen are gorgeous.” — National Journal‘s Brian Fung.

 

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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.

It’s a ‘New Day’ at CNN

CNN filled the world in on new details about its morning show today. The show will be called “New Day” and, as already announced, it’ll be hosted by Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan with Michaela Pereira.

The program will launch June 10. It’ll broadcast live from CNN in New York City from 6 – 9 a.m.

Jim Murphy is the senior executive producer and Matt Frucci is the executive producer. CNN’s John Berman and Zoraida Sambolin will continue to anchor “Early Start” from 5-6 am ET.

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CNN ‘Starting Point’ Staffers Brace Themselves

The announcement that CNN is totally revamping its morning show and scrapping Soledad O’Brien‘s “Starting Point” has sent shivers through her staff.

Insiders tell us Executive VP Ken Jautz and VP Bart Feder addressed the staff after the show went off the air today. Suffice it to say, the era of Jeff Zucker is underway.

In a nutshell, the execs said they have no answers for the staff and were unable to address most of their questions. Members of the staff were assured their jobs were safe, but one veteran of the changing show carousel at CNN says they would be naive to believe that.

“Every single one of these people should be preparing their resumes and trying to get out of that building as fast as possible,” a network insider told FishbowlDC, explaining that staffers are worried for their jobs. The prevailing feeling is that O’Brien, who previously worked with Zucker at NBC, will end up in another role.

For the month of January, “Starting Point” drew an average of 264,000 viewers. MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” drew 468,000 and FNC’s “Fox & Friends” drew 1.07 million. “Morning Express” on HLN drew 218,000. The broadcast shows (CBS, ABC, NBC) drew millions more than any of the aforementioned programs. In other words, “Starting Point” is behind everyone except its sister network HLN, and HLN is getting close.

Another network insider with a vantage point to this morning’s meeting said it was hilarious to watch Jautz and Feder address the “Starting Point” staff, considering they were two of the main culprits who contributed to the potential demise and dismantling of the show.

From day one, “Starting Point” was in disarray, according to multiple sources aware of the drama going on behind the scenes of the show. It wasn’t supposed to debut in January, 2012, but the decision was made to rush it on the air to coincide with the Iowa caucus. From its launch the show was never fully staffed; all the promises of branding and promotion never materialized; and the constant executive in-fighting over what to do with the show angered its host and staff.

Former CNN Managing Editor Mark Whitaker, who announced his resignation Tuesday, loved the panel format because he desired the show to have the same buzz as MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” But Jautz hated the panel, resulting in it being downsized from 7-9 a.m. to 7:30 to 9 a.m. And when Soledad was off, the panel was only on from 8-9 a.m.

Jautz also detested a single-anchor format. He preferred a two-anchor format, even going as far as focus-group testing Brooke Baldwin and John Berman when O’Brien was away.

So as Whitaker and Jautz waged a constant battle over who would control the destiny of CNN – a scenario set up by then-CNN President Jim Walton when he divided up the duties of Jon Klein when he was canned – “Early Start” and “Starting Point” were ground zero for their battle.

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Quotes of the Day


“Getting ready for my new gig at @CNN. Is @wolfblitzer ready for THIS?!?!” — CNN’s newest employee John Berman, who is going to work on CNN’s morning program “Early Start.”

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“Wearing today.. Awesome gift from sis. Necklace that doubles as a looking glass.” — NBC Washington’s Angie Goff.

In Seersucker Hell

“At a summer wedding in Georgia. There is seersucker here. Kill me.” — RedState.com Contributor Jeff Emanuel.

 

Douchey or Doocy?

“Pistachios- smart snack on a NY to DC train? The man next to me seems to think so #AreWeThereYet? #Amtrak” — FNC’s Peter Doocy. We’re calling Doocy on this one. Pistachio eaters are the WORST.

Journo Love

“@washingtonweek Gwen, has anyone ever told you that you have really awesome reporters on your roundtable?” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty to PBS’s Gwen Ifill.

And Journo Hate

“Good luck @michellemalkin finishing 3rd grade. Your classmates wouldn’t sound as stupid/uninformed on TV as you did today on FNC.” — Current TV’s David Shuster to Conservative Commentator Michelle Malkin. He continued, “Maybe @michellemalkin didn’t bother to read anything on today’s topic because the words had too many syllables for her.” Shuster got his panties in a twist about Malkin saying that “the privilege claim proves Obama was at center of F&F. She was wrong + should apologize.” Last week Shuster attacked MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell for running what many have deemed to be a shortened, biased clip of a Mitt Romney campaign speech involving Wawa convenient stores.

Spotted: If journos wanted to interview D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton this weekend, they would have found her at Home Depot Saturday afternoon buying flowering plants. She was solo, dressed in beige with dark shades and appeared to be in good spirits.

Spotted: Sen. Schumer’s flak Brian Fallon

“Spotted @brianefallon going into fudruckers. Apparently flaking makes you hungry for fried mounds of delicious pink slime.” — Outgoing Roll Call reporter and new Buzzfeed D.C. Bureau Chief John Stanton.

Journo to airline: F&@k you!

“Fuck you, United Express pilot and your low-altitude hard bank turns on final. I’ll punch you in your face.” — Mother Jones National Security reporter Adam Weinstein.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Rather improbably, I seem to be listening to a new Smashing Pumpkins album.” — Slate‘s second-tiered Boybander Matt Yglesias. He could have also easily won the prize for this: “New personal first: used duct tape to repair a duct.” Hey Matty, how about wrapping it over your typing fingers?

 

CNN Trying to Poach ABC’s Jake Tapper

CNN is trying to lure ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper away from ABC. FishbowlDC has learned that Executive V.P. and Managing Editor for CNN Worldwide Mark Whitaker and CNN Senior V.P. Amy Entelis have been making serious overtures to Tapper and his reps. We hear the network is trying their best to figure out a “game changer” and have their eyes on Tapper.

Entelis obviously has a strong tie to ABC — she was a 30-year network veteran who was V.P. of talent and strategy. She left ABC in January. Tapper is presently under contract with ABC. CNN is also trying to recruit ABC News Correspondent John Berman to do news on a morning show.

Tapper is legally bound to ABC until his contract runs out, but it is not unusual for other networks to begin the poaching process well before future contractual decisions are locked into place.

Industry sources say the collective wisdom is that Tapper is waiting patiently in the wings to one day host of “This Week.” We’ve requested comment from both CNN and ABC.

 

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