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Cameos Galore in “Adjustment Bureau”

Several journos and political media figures make cameo appearances in Matt Damon‘s new movie, “The Adjustment Bureau” in which Damon plays a politician running for a New York Senate seat.

In the film: CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and contributors James Carville and Mary Matalin, “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, and Bloomberg TV anchor Betty Liu.

New York local news anchors Chuck Scarborough (no relation to Joe) and Daniel Bazile appear in the movie as well, along with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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.

The FishbowlDC Interview with Al Jazeera English’s Josh Rushing, a Former U.S. Marine

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Say hello to Al Jazeera English’s Josh Rushing.  He hosts Al Jazeera English’s Fault Lines, an award‐winning show on the Americas. His reporting spans the criminalization of the mentally ill in the U.S. and President Obama’s “surge” approach in Afghanistan, to more recently, a marijuana farmer with seriously big-ass plants that would blow your mind. In June 2007, he released his first book, Mission Al Jazeera: Build a Bridge, Seek the Truth, Change the World. A 15‐year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, he was in the doc Control Room, which depicted his struggles as the U.S. military’s lead spokesperson to the Arab world during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Rushing has a weird phobia. It has to do with “too many people on a floor,” like at a dance club. “I get really freaked out if I think there are too many people on it.” He has no qualms, however, about war zones, public speaking and going on TV. He describes war as “an addiction,” but is glad to no longer be in the military. “I like being in an organization where everyone is dedicated to a single mission,” he says. “The problem in the military is, you don’t get to pick your mission.”

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Clearly some kind of beer. On special, and draft.

How often do you Google yourself? Doesn’t everyone have a Google alert these days?

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? Saying “no” to the director of Al Jazeera English who wanted me to film something. It was something kind of contrived and I just wasn’t comfortable with it. He has moved on to another part of the company – probably not far enough that he won’t call me after he sees my interview.

Who is your favorite working journalist? David Grann. he did a great piece on  guy who was killed on Texas Death Row.

Do you have a favorite word? I don’t in fact have a favorite word.

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Michelle Obama. I find Sarah Palin annoying. She just seems so self aware to the point that it creates a disingenuous quality to the point of being egocentric. All her little catch phrases are annoying. God, that would horrible. Sorry for the rant, deep into a moment about Sarah Palin.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Whatever the IT guy gives me. I’m constantly breaking my BlackBerrys for whatever reason.  When I got out of a car it fell into a puddle, a deep puddle. It could have happened to anyone. There happened to be a puddle right outside my car door. Just don’t tell the IT guy that!

When did you last cry and why? I didn’t cry for a long time. I went to the doctor recently and found out I had dry eye. The last time I was in an interview with a father who watched his son get executed on death row. When he broke down,I cried, my cameraman cried. It was pretty hard not to.  On a flight to Seattle, I cried wildly. The flight attendant had to check on me. I had just broken my foot, was loaded on Vicacdin and headed to Seattle on a book tour. I was watching a movie, “Away from Her.” I was crying in the first act. I think I was scaring people on the plane.

What swear word do you use most often? Clearly fuck.

What word or phrase do you overuse? Clearly fuck. For sure. Particularly when you have little kids. I have three under four and one in college. I’m trying to stop saying that.

What TV show do you have to watch? If I had to watch one, “Mad Men” is one of my favorite shows. Or Texas Longhorns football.

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The Most Powerful People in TV News

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TVWeek has released their “10 Most Powerful in TV News” list today. Who else but Fox News President Roger Ailes (who has long been called the “most powerful name” in news) tops the list. For as much as cable and national news channels squabble amongst themselves, all vying to be on top, they’ve all landed somewhere on this list.

Some numbers have more than one correspondent underneath. For instance, number 10 is soon-to-be ABC “This Week” host Christiane Amanpour and CNN’s Candy Crowley.

Highlights:

2. Steve Capus, NBC News; Phil Griffin, president, MSNBC
3. Jom Klein, president, CNN/U.S.
4. Sean McManus, president, CBS
5. Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart
6. David Westin, ABC News
7. FNC’s Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck
8. Barbara Walters and the Women of “The View”

Read the full story here.

Beck Gifts Norquist his Infamous Blackboard

Washington Examiner’s Yeas & Nays gives us this gem of a detail today about FNC’s Glenn Beck’s blackboard (recently ridiculed by The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart). Beck gave the blackboard to Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

Um, thanks?

Read the full story here.

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Writer Prefers Blitzer, Cafferty to Sanchez

rick-sanchez-01.jpg Doug Clawson of Real Clear Politics is clearly not president of CNN Rick Sanchez’s fan club. In a story today Clawson sees Sanchez as something that’s inflicted upon him in place of his preferred combo of Wolf Blitzer and Jack Cafferty.

Clawson wants his Blitzer “The Situation Room” back!

Nielsen ratings for February report that “Rick’s List” (3-5PM EST) averaged 560,000 viewers – down a whopping 43 percent over last year. In the 25-54 demographic, the program lost more than half of its audience and was down 52 percent, averaging 111,000. The show, a month and a half old, launched January 18th and took over for Blitzer’s show.

Jon Stewart also went all anti-Sanchez Monday night. Watch his comments here. Stewart remarked, “Like a guy at a party who’s doing a lot of coke, who traps you in a corner, who explains really intensely how an ant is the strongest animal on earth.”

An excerpt of the RCP story:
“On a scale of 1-to-10, grading the myriad cable-news programs out there, Blitzer’s show was a solid four. That would be at least three notches ahead of whatever it is this Sanchez guy is doing on the air.”

…”So when I was clicking through the news channels on Saturday afternoon to get an update on the earthquake in Chile, there was Sanchez effortlessly, but unwittingly turning this very serious news story into a complete joke.”

Then Clawson pulls out his claws: “Since I first saw him on the screen, I have tried to understand why he is in front of the camera peddling news, and not behind it keeping his big mouth shut.”

Read the full story here.

Stewart to Stephanopoulos: “Go Home George!”

george.jpgComedy Central’s Jon Stewart razzes ABC’s GMA host George Stephanopoulos over his omnipresence on the network. “Is George Stephanopoulos now on every show on ABC? I wake up at 6 a.m. and he’s there, I go to bed at midnight — he’s still there!” Stewart grumbled on his show last night. “Go home George!”

This morning’s segment had co-host Robin Roberts and Bianna Golodryga laughing on the couch beside Stephanopoulos. The trio, a little while later after some news, moved into a segment on dog tricks, complete with dogs jumping high into the air to catch Frisbees on set. “I just want to say hello over here,” said Stephanopoulos to one of the jumping pooches. “She’s a sweetie.”

Stephanopoulos joked that he’d soon appear on “Lost,” but first remarked on Stewart’s assessment, saying, “Ali would agree with that.” (That would be Ali Wentworth, Stephanopoulos’s wife.)

Watch a GMA video clip here.

Morning Viewing: “Daily Show” Does Salahis

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Jon Stewart: “Frequently when we’re away on vacation we hear of distressing news… so when I came back to work today, I was so excited to look under my pillow and see what the news fairy had left me and I was kinda disappointed to find a golf club and some broken glass, and this two idiots…” And so the clip begins.

Also, “Daily Show” correspondent Aasif Mandvi on his invitation to the State Department lunch, not dinner. “I got to meet Kal Penn… again.”

And did you know Jason Jones was there? “I don’t need invitations, I’m a white guy with a tux and a hot blonde wife,” the “Daily Show” correspondent ribbed.

There’s even a special appearance by new senior news correspondent Edward R. Brokaw-Amanpour.

Vice President Biden to “The Daily Show”

Set your Tivos… Vice President Joe Biden will be a guest of Jon Stewart‘s on “The Daily Show” next Tuesday.

This will be Biden’s sixth appearance, but his first time back since being elected Vice President. His last appearance was when he was still a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in August 2007.

Morning Reading List 11.12.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Long-time CNN anchor Lou Dobbs has decided to leave the cable network. He made this announcement on last night’s show and this is effective immediately. TVNewser has more details and Hotline has the text of his announcement. Looks like NYT‘s Media Decoder broke the story. And here’s how Media Matters reacted. Could Dobbs be considering a future run for political office?

Happy Birthday to Pamela Dornic! What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…

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CNN’s Dana Bash was the keynote speaker at the 20th Annual Washington PR Woman of the Year ceremony. On changes in journalism, Bash said, “I’m on CNN.com all the time,” she says. “Most of my TV pieces are online – there is almost no difference.” (h/t Local Kicks)

Fox’s Sean Hannity to Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart: you’re right about video.

Cuts at Al Gore’s Current TV.

US TV viewing reached an all time high in 2008-09.

MAGAZINES

Gawker hears about layoffs at Newsweek. Politico has editor Jon Meacham‘s memo to staff.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is on the cover of Latina magazine.

NEWS NOTES

Fort Hood coverage dominated the news week, according to Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

TMP: Are former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley looking to launch a consulting firm?

“A Lesson in Journalism
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On a lighter note… Pamela’s Punch’s Pamela Sorensen on “The Wide World of Washington Gossip.” FBDC and some of our friends get shout-outs!

WEST WING REPORTAGE

More Helen Thomas today… From Washington Whispers: “I think the press is very confused about who is Obama. What are his convictions? Why doesn’t he fight?” she asks. For her part, Thomas says she has firm convictions and thinks she could even do a better job in the Oval Office. “If elected, I will serve,” she says with a smile.

AWARDS & EVENTS

“Inside Tim Russert‘s Office” opens at the Newseum Friday the 20th, but the press are invited for a sneak peek of the exhibit Wednesday the 18th from 10am to 2pm. Highlights of the exhibit.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

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