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Best Quotes from the Sunday Shows, 2.9.14

ABC’s “This Week” – “But can we acknowledge that this excuse that the speaker used that it’s the president and you know Republicans can’t trust him, can we acknowledge that that was a pretty lame excuse?” — Host Jon Karl to Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) on Boehner’s immigration reversal.

CBS’s “Face the Nation” – “It appears to be another example of the Obama administration imposing its will on the states.” — Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) on Eric Holder expanding rights for gay couples at the Dept. of Justice.

“Fox News Sunday” – “Now they don’t have to work two full time jobs to get their health benefits. And the point I want to raise is that these jobs will be filled. It’s not going to have an impact on our economy. We have people waiting to work.” — Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) on the CBO report that says ObamaCare subsidies create incentives for millions of Americans to work fewer hours or not to work at all.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” – “There is no doubt that I am a primary subject of interest for them. And from time to time, they have also leaked conversations I have that I thought were private.” – U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul on whether he has been the target of Russian spying.

CNN’s “State of the Union” – “The one thing Putin is good at, it’s cracking down on his own country. I think Sochi will be safe.” — Frmr. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns.

Univision’s “Al Punto” – It’s a tie:

“Clearly, there won’t be immigration reform. If someone says otherwise, they’re lying to you.” — Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID)


“Submit the bill to a vote by members. If it doesn’t pass, so be it. But please, don’t tell us it’s dead just because they don’t want to allow a vote. We’re here to work, to deliver. As they say in English, ‘You gotta know how to walk and chew gum.’” — Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA)


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Press secretary spars with reporter: HuffPost reported yesterday that during a heated White House briefing, reporter Jon Karl of ABC News pressured White House press secretary Jay Carney pretty hard for answers regarding the trail of Obamacare applications that are not submitted through the online system. After Carney has had enough, he actually sounds like a fed up middle school substitute teacher when he retorts with, ”Jon, I get it!” as he mockingly copycats Karl’s aggressive finger-pointing and incessant badgering.

Why you should read/watch it: Watch Carney get flustered. It’s hilarious. He takes it with stride, as any professional in his position would, and the back and forth is worth catching. Read/watch more here.

MSNBC host gets sassy: BuzzFeed’s Dorsey Shaw posted a clip yesterday of Abby Huntsman, co-host of “The Cycle” on MSNBC, as she responds to Mark Halperin and John Heilemann‘s gossipy “Double Down,” and its portrayal of her family in the 2012 presidential race (Huntsman’s father, Jon Huntsman Jr., was a candidate vying for the GOP nod). She drops a sass bomb on the authors, but still half-way recommends the book for its bubblegum appeal, because it’s the flavor D.C.’s media loves to chew.

Why you should watch it: Huntsman’s voracious rebuttal is one long insult directed towards Heilemann and Halperin, and she’s sprinkled it with some pleasant imagery as well. Watch more here.

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BuzzFeed Turns Into Political Animals

One of the most anticipated parties of the convention week was the Buzzfeed party that took place on Tuesday evening at Discovery Place in Charlotte. The party, called “Political Animals” promised to the wildest party in Charlotte.

I knew it was a different kind of party when one of the first guests I ran into was this iguana, named Liz. Liz was awfully subdued, so she was either asleep or high. Guests were allowed to touch her, but not hold her. One party-goer was kindly asked not to touch the claws on her feet because “they are very sharp” and it could end badly. The space featured several interactive science exhibits and tanks of fish, jellyfish and other sea life.

Liz was joined by Herbie, this turtle with a camera strapped to his back. While this might have been an elaborate plan to shoot up the ladies’ skirts, it was too dark in the venue to see much of anything. Milling in the crowd were Politico’s Dylan Byers, Juana Summers and Maggie Haberman; Rebecca Schoenkopf and Jim Newell from Wonkette; CNN’s Erin Burnett; White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, Neera Tanden, President of Center for American Progress; Michael Shure of Current TV; ABC’s Jonathan Karl; among SEVERAL others. BuzzFeed’s own talent was there in full force. Editor-in-chief Ben Smith politely chatted up the army of partygoers while Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton stood next to a stuffed grizzly bear that looked a little too familiar.

The party had several accessible bars and served up a fruit and cheese buffet while servers paraded such goodies as fried mac n cheese and lollipops. For those of you wondering, it’s hard to get a salad in this part of America.

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ABC News Debuts New Look for 2012

ABC News introduced today new branding for its political coverage of the 2012 election cycle and beyond – “Your Voice, Your Vote.”  The new graphics debuted this morning on “GMA” during Jon Karl‘s piece about Rick Perry’s surge in the polls.  What do you think of their new look?

ABC’s Karl Takes on Jon Stewart

Earlier this week on “World News with Diane Sawyer” Jon Karl tried the creative tactic of using 100,000 pennies to illustrate the breakdown of the nation’s budget.  Last night, The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart took a shot at Karl and the team at “World News” on his program.

“That doesn’t help us at all,” cracked Stewart of the penny tactic.

Today Karl and Rick Klein fired back on ABC News’ Top Line. Klein specifically takes a stab at Stewart. Key word: tries.

Worth a watch here.

Fishbowl5 With CNN’s Dana Bash on Pursuing Bunning

Dana Bash.jpg Today we talk with CNN’s Dana Bash, who, like many other Capitol Hill journalists this week, attempted to land an interview with the cantankerous Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.). Here, she takes us step by step through the process.

1.You’ve been running around Capitol Hill for years. What have your experiences been with Sen. Bunning in the past? Has he been cordial, crusty? It’s hard to believe seeing the images over the past week of him flashing frustration, but there are times – usually off camera – when Senator Bunning is cordial. But the crusty times leave the more lasting impression.

Love him or hate him, you have to give Senator Bunning points for being consistent. He has never seemed all that concerned about what reporters think of him, and when you ask his colleagues, some say it’s not much different for them. After all, on the floor of the Senate last week, he said “tough sh**” to one of them!

2. What has it been like to chase down Bunning this week? Please describe your experiences and specifically where the quest for an interview with Bunning has taken you? It was in the Hart Senate Office building where the now infamous elevator incident occurred. I got to his office early with a camera crew and just waited until he finally snuck out a door on a different floor, and we all bolted to find him.

The next day, I happened to be in the Capitol subway and saw that Bunning was headed back to his office. I took a short cut to get there seconds ahead of him and tried again to ask him some questions as he got off the elevator. That time I stuck with him walking towards his office, until he closed the door in my face.

To be fair, I saw him a few other times in the Senate hallways this week without our camera, and he was more responsive. (Not very responsive, but more responsive.)

3.Does Bunning behave differently toward male and female anchors or is the senator an equal opportunity curmudgeon? Well, between [ABC's] Jon Karl and me at the elevator, you had both Mars and Venus. He seemed mad at both of us. Yet, the next day my colleague Ted Barrett had an extended conversation with him on the Senate subway. Ted is 6 foot 7 inches.

Maybe it’s a tall thing, not a gender thing.

4.What is your technique (if you have one) to getting a senator to discuss a topic he or she does not wish to discuss? I remember you following Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) outside on Capitol Hill one day during the tense aftermath of his extramarital affair. Are these moments awkward? Sure, those moments are sometimes awkward, but I always try to be polite and respectful – and most of all fair. I think it’s my job to walk my beat and find the people I cover who have questions that should be answered. In the case of Senator Ensign, it was allegations that he broke Senate rules, and maybe even the law, that we were pursuing.

One of the things I love most about the Capitol Hill beat is that I have regular access to the lawmakers I cover.

5. There must be days when the job is extremely stressful. How do you manage to keep a seemingly genuine upbeat demeanor on your face at all times on air? Cable TV? Stressful? Never. The honest truth is that I work with an incredible team of people who are not only first rate journalists, but good friends who always try to keep me laughing.

And, I love what I do.

The following is a video of Bash’s latest brush with Bunning.
“I’ll bet you do,” the senator testily replies when Bash tells him she has questions. Watch it here.

ABC’s Jon Karl: Best Week Ever?

karl_2.jpg Jonathan Karl‘s recent reporting on the Bunning saga and the one-year anniversary of the stimulus for ABC News has garnered praise from his colleagues and media critics alike. One such example is from The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik:

“Against a TV landscape dominated by partisan positioning on the one-year anniversary of the controversial stimulus package, Karl, the network’s senior congressional correspondent, offered this clear-eyed and yes, objective, in the best of that word, report on one slice of the stimulus pie.”

He again praised Jon Karl’s persistence with Bunning in an item last night as “a textbook example of the press functioning as it should.”

Morning Reading List, 09.25.08

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