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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.


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…




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 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.


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.


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
,” from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

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!


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.


“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

“For Fox Sake”

For your Friday viewing pleasure… Jon Stewart continues to cover the Fox News/White House feud and “truce” on “The Daily Show.”

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Morning Reading List 10.19.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…



NYT‘s David Rohde is penning a five-part series on his captivity in Afghanistan and Pakistan and escape from Taliban kidnappers. Part one debuted in yesterday’s paper.


So balloon boy was all a hoax. Police reports cite CNN’s Wolf Blitzer‘s interview with the Henne family on “Larry King Live” that night.

ABC’s Kate Snow meets KISS.

Fox News has apparently fired liberal pundit Marc Lamont Hill.

And TLC is suing Jon Gosselin.


In a radio interview with CBS News, President George H.W. Bush said the tone of the national discourse lacks civility. “I don’t like it… The cables (TV) have a lot to do with it.” The former President also called MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann “sick puppies.” (h/t HuffPost)


Playbook:, the network’s news on-demand source for video licensing, lists “Barack Obama Eating” at the top of its list of “Popular Searches.” Yields 108 results, from “OBAMA EATS WAFFLE” to “OBAMA HOT DOG STOP” to “OBAMA EATS MOUSE” (means “mousse”).

Sarah Palin has joined LinkedIn.

Former-actor-turned-Politico Kal Penn has been laying low at the White House. He blogged recently about President Obama’s celebration of Diwali and his restoration of the White House Initiative on Asian-Americans. (h/t Politico‘s Josh Gerstein)


Motion Picture Association of America Chairman and CEO Dan Glickman has said he’ll step down when his contract ends in September 2010. Politico reports Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Rep. Harold Ford Jr., Universal Music lobbyist Matt Gerson, Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), a longtime friend of Glickman’s, and internal candidates Richard Bates of Disney, MPAA COO Bob Pisano and federal affairs chief Michael O’Leary are among the names of possible replacements.

NYT: With the war in Afghanistan heating up, the coverage grows. “It’s like the Baghdad class of 2003 is now the Kabul class of 2009,” Richard Engel of NBC said.

AP: Military leaders in Afghanistan have backed off an attempt to ban news organizations embedded with the Army from photographing or videotaping images of U.S. personnel killed in the war.

Iran has released a foreign Newsweek reporter on bail this weekend after four months.


Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart paid a visit to GWU Saturday for two standup performances.

This Wednesday, come to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to see you fave DC journos embarrass themselves with bad singing. CBS’ Bob Schieffer, Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz, Hotline‘s Quinn McCord, Mother Jones’ David Corn, Politico‘s Chris Frates, Politics Daily’s Lynn Sweet and Melinda Henneberger, TPM‘s Christina Bellantoni and TWT‘s Stephanie Green and Liz Glover are all taking part in “Karaoke in the Capitol.”

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

(Late) Morning Viewing List

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David Gregory is a lot taller than Jon Stewart. The “Meet the Press” anchor was a “Daily Show” guest last night.

Afternoon Viewing List 09.22.09

Your must-see clips of the day…

First, via Politico, a montage of Tom DeLay dancing clips from last night’s debut on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” where he earned a modest score of 16, placing 4th.

Next up… Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) made an appearance on Jay Leno last night. Leno asked if he had to choose, who Frank would rather have dinner with among Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Ann Coulter. “I guess of the three, I would take Rush Limbaugh, because it would be very painful and he would come with the painkillers, which he always has.” Frank also said that if he could unseat any politician it would be the current governor of Alaska because he misses Sarah Palin. (h/t HuffPost)

And after the jump, Bill Clinton’s appearance on last night’s “Daily Show” with Jon Stewart

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