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Weekend Show Preview – 9.14.14

SundayShows-w-candyWho’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked.

Highlights include James Brown, host of “The NFL Today” on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on “FOX News Sunday” and CNN’s “State of the Union,” and TMZ’s Harvey Levin on FOX News’ “Media Buzz.”

Not all lineups have been announced. But click through for those that have and we’ll continue to update throughout the day.

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NJ Restructures Hotline

NJNational Journal EIC Tim Grieve announced this morning a slew of  staffing changes in an internal memo obtained by FishbowlDC.

“I’m not sure how this happened, but 2014 is almost upon us – and 2016 isn’t far off,” wrote Grieve. “We’re making big moves to gear up for both, and I want to share some of the early details with you now.”

Among the changes: Josh Kraushaar, who’s been running Hotline will become Political Editor for National Journal.  Kraushaar’s post at Hotline will be assumed by Steve Shepard.  Under a revamped Hotline beat structure, Kevin Brennan will cover the Senate races; Scott Bland will follow the House; and Julie Sobel will cover presidential campaigns while producing “Wake Up Call.”

In addition, Sarah Mimms will move from Hotline to the Daily.   Alex Roarty will join Hotline as chief political correspondent where he’ll write for “Hotline on Call” and  continue to be a regular presence in National Journal magazine, National Journal Daily and NationalJournal.com.  And Karyn Bruggeman will become Hotline’s governors’ race analyst.

Congrats to all on your new positions.

Kraushaar In, Wilson Out

National Journal‘s Josh Kraushaar will grab the torch of Editor-in-Chief of “The Hotline,” while Reid Wilson moves over to WaPo to head up a new online destination called GovBeat. The news was announced today and is already splattered around the Twitterverse.

“We’re thrilled that Josh has agreed to take the helm of Hotline,” said NJ Editor Charles Green. “He’s everything you’d want in an editor in chief: He commands the respect of politics junkies as one of the smartest political analysts in town; he knows the Hotline operation backwards and forwards; and he’s a digital innovator who will help Hotline evolve in its role as the premier political tip sheet in Washington.”

Kraushaar was managing editor for politics at NJ. Before that, he worked at Politico.

“It’s a tremendous honor to step in as the next editor-in-chief of the Hotline, and follow in the footsteps of the greats who have led the publication over the years – Doug Bailey, Chuck Todd, Amy Walter and my friend and longtime colleague Reid Wilson,” said Kraushaar. “At a time when it’s hard to separate the buzz from substance in political coverage, Hotline’s brand of authoritative aggregation and analysis continues to stand out from the pack. I am excited about the opportunity to cover the 2014 midterms and the 2016 presidential election with a talented team of Hotliners and expect big things in the months ahead.”

As Green wrote in a memo to NJ staff, “We wish Reid nothing but the best in his new job. He’s been a wonderful colleague and talented leader during his tenure at Hotline. We look forward to reading his work in the years to come.”

Wilson has been in the role of editor-in-chief since 2010.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

LAPCHILD ALERT: “Mel Watt has a toddler on his lap, name of ‘Nico.’”Politico‘s Glenn Thrush.

“As I think Mark Twain said, trust leaves on horseback and returns on foot. … A president leads by persuasion, not command.” — Former Defense Sec. Donald Rumsfeld last night on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live” on the current state of White House scandals and the concept of a Benghazi coverup.

Memo to world: Keep your smoke to yourself

“I AM SO SICK OF INHALING YOUR CANCER SMOKE AT BUS STOPS PEOPLE. Have some class. That is all.” — Reuters Amanda Becker.

Important Q to Ponder: “Is it technically plagiarism if they only took half a sentence? How about if they use your half sentence to buttress an incorrect assertion?” — Megan McArdle, special correspondent for Newsweek/Daily Beast.

Deep thoughts with Michael Scherer

“Ironies: Benghazi/IRS may help pass immigration reform; AP subpoena may help pass shield law.” — TIME‘s Michael Scherer.

KATIE WEIGHS IN (so to speak): “A great shot of @morningmika, Katie Couric and Diane Smith during the taping of an hour special on Mika’s book.”

TV Critics/Observers

Shep Smith is a conservative cockblock — going from red meat Obama scandal coverage to Jodi Arias.” — The Daily Caller‘s Jeff Poor.

Chris Matthews is the whitest cracker to ever come out of the Pillsbury Dough Boy’s rear end. Funny to hear him scream racism.” — RedState Editor and Fox News Contributor Erick Erickson.

“I feel Wolf Blitzer‘s pain, having to transition from WH coverage to Jodi Arias sentencing.” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Josh Kraushaar.

“Modern cable dilemma: will CNN stick w/OJ Simpson, or switch to AG Holder when Judiciary hearing starts?” — CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood.

Deep Thinker 

“Amazing thing abt Angelina Jolie: she managed to keep quiet treatment in @nytimes, & cover Time mag. DC needs her.” — CNN’s Jonathan Wald, who runs Piers Morgan Live.

Putting it all into perspective

“Shitty day? Hey, at least you didn’t get fired by the president of the United States on national television for something you didn’t do.” — Stefan Becket, who handles social media and writes for “The Intelligencer” blog for New York magazine.

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

 

 

 

Mark Sanford Press Coverage: Not Exactly an Equal Opportunity Affair

Like many scandals involving sex, politicians and extramarital affairs, it’s hard not to mention it each time the lawmaker pops up in the news. Think Weiner. Craig. Foley. Edwards. Vitter. Ensign. Condit. Spitzer. Hart. Clinton. Up front, bold and in the most clever manner possible is the way many publications go. But in the case of former S.C. Gov and Congressman Mark Sanford, news outlets appear to be scattered on how to handle the situation.

The Wrap poses a simple, entertaining question in an email promo for a story: “Can Stephen Colbert’s Sister Beat Disgraced Ex-S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford?” Drudge appears to be aligned with some of his GOP colleagues. They headlined it and highlighted the affair, calling him “philandering” in the headline. HuffPost‘s headline doesn’t have anything about philandering. But they do call it a “Race For the Ages” on the homepage.

National Journal, meanwhile, went with the refined, understated “Stephen Colbert’s Sister Could Beat Sanford” promo. The headline was similarly understated: “Why Stephen Colbert’s Sister Could Beat Mark Sanford.” But the deck went for the dirt: “Scandal-plagued candidates have a lousy track record winning elections.” Like HuffPost, NJ writer Josh Kraushaar calls it a “matchup for the ages.” Number of sentences it took before referring to Sanford’s cheating ways: 5. Number of references to the cheating or scandal in the 12-graph story: 8.

WaPo‘s conservative writer Jennifer Rubin humorously plopped down the news with no sensitivity whatsoever. “Well, you can’t say former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford is trying to hide the woman with whom he had an affair and for whom he abandoned his office for several days and ultimately his wife and children,” she wrote in a sentence leaving a reader gulping for air. And later, this: “I can’t wait to hear Sanford explain his position on same-sex marriage and hear his definition of the institution (one man and one woman, a hike, and another woman ?).”

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Here we have the fantasy baby of our own FBDC’s Eddie Scarry and Mark Levine, a determined radio correspondent we affectionately refer to as “Queen Levine” for his dramatic email exchanges with Eddie. We must say, they’d produce adorable offspring. We’ll call her “Levina Scarry.”

Valentine’s Day Success Stories

“The Obamas went to Minibar tonight. That is a serious I-never-have-to-face-the-voters dining option. Also delicious. …How did he get a reservation?” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.

“My parents spent Valentine’s Day at Disney World. Their 1st time w/o kids! How romantic. And cute! I’m super jealous.” — WJLA’s Mike Conneen.

“We were so stuffed from our Valentine’s Day lunch that we had a quiet dinner at home.” — Chairman of Accuracy in Media Don Irvine.

Stupid Question never to Ponder: “Is there a special app that will protect my tweets so morons can’t read them?” — Commentary‘s John Podhoretz. Note to Podhoretz: If you don’t want morons reading you then you shouldn’t be on Twitter.

Uh Oh.

Conservative radio host Dana Loesch: “Pick battles wisely folks so that they move our agenda forward, not back, or cause needless division. We’re all on the same side. Smiles!”

Conservative blogger and author Michelle Malkin: “I don’t get people who lecture me not to engage liberals on Twitter. This is a social ENGAGEMENT tool. For, you know, ENGAGING.”

Bureau Chief: Outraged by Poopy Cruise

“CNN has a ‘sweet home Alabama’ cryon for the poop cruise. I want those responsible put in a sack and thrown off a bridge.” — BuzzFeed D.C. Bureau Chief John Stanton.

Washington sex terms

“Lots of Washington terms are appropriate for Valentine’s Day: Holds, Mark up, Pocket veto, Rider, Score, Whip, Yield.” — Paul Brandus of WestWingReports.

Valentine’s Day Downers

“Totally having a 2 star meal at Brasserie Monte Carlo tonight. I’ve been bumped by the waitstaff at least a dozen times.” — Ben Harris, Rockville-based communications professional.

“When your boyfriend does last minute Valentine’s Day shopping you get a card in Spanish.” — National Journal‘s Ben Fishel. (Actual card at left.)

“Oh angry, loud single ladies getting drunk and wearing fake mustaches at this bar, Happy Valentine’s Day.” — Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner.

“So much sappy music on the cab radio tonight. Can’t imagine why.” — Greenwire‘s Jessica Estepa.

“What a nightmare. Not one not two but three separate accidents and TWO lanes closed for roadwork on 395.” — Fox News Producer Kara Rowland.

The Media Critics

“CNN led am show with cruise nightmare OVER Russian meteorite!” — NJ‘s Josh Kraushaar.

“If a Free Beacon reporter asks your group for tax forms you don’t want to provide, tell Politico you’ve been assaulted by racists #protip.” — Newsweek-The Daily Beast‘s Eli Lake.

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National Journal Finds its Edge

National Journal isn’t known for edgy prose. It’s generally more wonky than that. But perhaps they’re hoping to alter that perception by introducing readers to The Edge, a daily newsletter that will show up in your inboxes around 4 p.m. That’s not a set time, but it hits dangerously close to HuffPost Hill‘s publishing time. We’re sure they’ll welcome the competition.

The newsletter will be written by Matt Cooper, Ron Fournier, Chris Frates, Michael Hirsh, Jill Lawrence, Josh Kraushaar, and other top NJ journalists with “high-utility summaries of the day’s often-chaotic events, and original looks at what’s trending each evening.” The Edge, according to a statement, will also feature “National Journal’s unique take on the most important news of the day, breaking news, and engaging new features such as Bedtime Reading, Top Tweets, Key Indicator, and Reality Check.”

Features will rotate and won’t appear in every newsletter. Bedtime Reading won’t actually be Fournier reading you a bedtime story in his pajamas. It will be a good book or article that is recommended for readers. Reality Check will be a truth squad segment, pointing out any falsehoods, or things that require correction. Key Indicators will highlight a specific poll/piece of data/statistic that merits attention or perhaps went overlooked in the news media. Top tweets will showcase “funny or poignant tweets” discovered by the NJ editorial team.

NJ has a variety of newsletters… Read more

Fishbowl Charleston

Filing from the bar of Husk restaurant in the Holy City – this is Fishbowl Charleston. As the state prepares to vote in the GOP primary this Saturday, we trudged through the beautiful weather and fine dining to bring you a report from the front lines.

Our Thursday began with a slow start when the closest thing we could find to a D.C. celebrity was Bob Livingston, disgraced former Speaker-designate of the House, trolling radio row of the Southern Republic Leadership Council at the TD Arena. Once we left, we saw a blurry eyed John Roberts from Fox News entering the arena, presumably for J.C. Watts‘s speech to the Council. Walking back to the hotel, we spotted Perry Bacon, from the Grio in an animated phone conversation outside of iconic Charleston restaurant, Jestine’s Kitchen. Considering we saw a reporter named Bacon outside of a restaurant well known for it’s pork laden dishes, we were quite pleased with ourselves.

After an uneventful afternoon, we decided to spice things up with a Rick Santorum speech. Upon arriving, we saw pundit extraordinaire, Michael Barone. While chatting with him, we ALMOST missed the diminutive Lindsey Graham, on his way to fire up the DOZENS of people who had showed up to see the “Sweater Vest of Truth”, Santorum.

Oh, and Perry Bacon was THERE, too. Before Santorum began his speech, we were treated to the arrival of Herman Cain himself. We were tipped off when we saw THIS guy hanging around outside, cigarette firmly ensconced in his mouth, naturally.

That’s right, Mark Block is BACK. We asked him if he tires of posing with his now famous cigarettes. He says he’s “gotten used to it,” but one person in New York recently asked him to SIGN a cigarette butt. The most interesting part of the Mark Block story is that when we made our way into the arena, he sat down just a few seats away from Josh Kraushaar from National Journal. It wasn’t long ago that Block famously butchered the relationship of Kraushaar to Cain sexual harassment accuser KAREN Kraushaar in the news. Block claimed on Fox News that she was Josh’s mother. (They aren’t related at all.) We asked him about that incident when it happened.

Kraushaar even acknowledged the weirdness on Twitter.

 

Mark Block a couple rows back in crowd as Herman Cain readying to address audience. Still haven’t heard from him since the Hannity botch.

— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) January 19, 2012

We settled into our seats in the arena, which wasn’t hard. The place was nearly empty. We’ll give a conservative estimate and say there were roughly 150 people there. Easily half were reporters. As we settled in, we noticed a loud rustling behind us and turned to spot 11 members of the Duggar family, from TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting, filing in to catch the Santorum address.

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Fishbowl5 With NJ’s Josh Kraushaar

Last Tuesday GOP Presidential hopeful’s Herman Cain‘s Chief of Staff Mark Block went on Fox News and declared that Josh Kraushaar was the son of Cain accuser Karen Kraushaar and a reporter for Politico. Karen Kraushaar is a communications specialist at the Treasury Dept. Politico is the pub that broke the Cain sexual harassment story. Block’s point was plain — Politico is corrupt and employs the offspring of Cain’s accusers, right? As we all quickly learned, Block was apparently smoking something when he made those comments. Kraushaar works for NJ. He’s a former reporter at Politico who covered Congressional politics from its inception in 2007 to June 2010. He bears no relation to Kraushaar. We caught up with him to find out how his newfound fame has impacted his life.

1. First off, how do you pronounce Kraushaar? Krauss-haar, the syllable is between the ‘s’ and the ‘h’. It’s apparently Yiddish (and German) for curly hair – of which I have none.

2. Just for shits and giggles, how have people or companies butchered your name in the past? Any way you can imagine.  Kraush-aar is the most common mispronunciation, but it’s pretty much an accepted fact that anyone unfamiliar with my last name will mispronounce it. I was also once called “John Kraushaar” on NPR once.  One of the hosts pronounced my last name impeccably, but somehow misread my first name.  Very awkward.

3. How and when did you first realize you were being accused of being the son of a Herman Cain accuser? I was swarmed with e-mails almost instantaneously when Mark Block made the accusation on Sean Hannity’s show — mostly from friends, colleagues and other reporters inquiring about the connection and wondering my reaction after hearing what Block had said.  And, there were a handful of rants from random people, but those were few and far between. Fortunately, I had anticipated that there might be some confusion when Cain’s accusers’ name came out, so I preemptively Tweeted that there was no family connection at all.  And I happened to be at a computer at the time, so was able to effectively do “damage control.”

4. Come on, admit it. Did any part of you think, wow this is cool, instant celebrity? Nope. Was relieved that I was around to rebut the allegations, but I had absolutely no interested in being brought into the Cain scandal.  I’ve never sought celebrity for the sake of celebrity – rather would have my work get the attention. I guess the one benefit is that cable TV viewers are learning to pronounce “Kraushaar,” but truth be told – different network reporters have pronounced it differently.

5. What do you think of Mark Block. You think he’s an idiot? As I told the Poynter Institute, it was profoundly irresponsible of him to go on national television and make an accusation which was outrageously false – and without even doing basic fact-checking beforehand.   I e-mailed him immediately after he went on air, telling him he got his facts wrong.  He never responded with an apology or even a mea culpa – a simple common courtesy, given his mistake.  Still haven’t heard back.

 

NJ’s “Political Pursuit” Returns

National Journal’s “Political Pursuit” is back again this year.   Hotline Editors Reid Wilson and Josh Kraushaar will host the newsgroup’s annual trivia face-off between media, Members of Congress and political insiders on Wednesday, April 28, 2011 at the Newseum.  Playing for the media team this year are  NBC’s Chuck Todd, CNN’s Dana Bash, Amy Walter of ABC News and WaPo’s Chris Cillizza.  For more info or to RSVP, click here.  Space is limited.

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