In the new Fox News First morning newsletter by Chris Stirewalt today is a promo for Fox News media writer Howard Kurtz. To be sure, the newsletter is reminiscent of Politico Playbook in that it highlights their own, including Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry and Karl Rove. Here Stirewalt has Kurtz wondering whether Al Jazeera America, which launches today, can be — cough cough — unbiased. Come on Howie, considering the network who’s wondering, seriously?
AL JAZEERA AMERICA DEBUTS
Al Jazeera, a network that many Americans still associate with Usama bin Laden videos, launches its American channel in about 50 million homes today. The new outfit is spending heavily on bold-face names like Soledad O’Brien. Today Howard Kurtz asks: Can it shake its reputation for bias and fulfill its promise of more serious news and less fluff?
So she informed FishbowlDC recently when asked about the Points of Life Conference at which she danced with FNC’s Karl Rove and Bill O’Reilly. At the conference she introduced Rove and former Obama advisor David Plouffe.
She did what?
That’s right. Brazile is friendly with her pundit pals no matter what side of the aisle they’re on and she isn’t ashamed. On air she might hold fast to her lefty causes, but off, she bonds with all of ‘em — Rove, O’Reilly, Carlson, Will, Begala, Carville and more. (If you don’t believe us, watch her dance with Rove via BuzzFeedhere.)
“Karl and I have been friends for a long time,” Brazile told FishbowlDC. …”Rove is fun especially when he’s not plotting a campaign to defeat you.” She continued on with a flurry of pundit namedropping: “Also have dance pics with Wolf Blitzer. Plouffe gave me a great hug. Oh, add Tucker Carlson, Antonio Villeragosos et al [sic]. Been dancing since I learned how to walk. If the music moves you, you gotta dance.” (Might want to work on that spelling of LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, but we get the picture!)
She wasn’t finished. “I call George Will when I want to attend a baseball game, Ed Gillespie for business tips, Paul Begala for reality checks and James Carville for down home cooking,” she said. “He makes the best Cajun burgers. My motto is to find the good and praise it.”
Brazile says she connects with O’Reilly because he’s passionate about the Wounded Warrior Project – a favorite of her father, a Korean Vet who passed away last year. “My friends span the partisan divide,” she said. “And many are simply non-partisan and dislike politics.”
We’ve documented the twitter habits of Dana Perino, part of the quirky quintet that hosts “The Five” on Fox News several times before. Her tweets almost always fall into the category of self-congratulatory pronouncements or pictures of her hound, Jasper. If it’s not something along those lines, I get very concerned that something is wrong. Her Twitter feed is a steady diet of pics of Jasper in compromising positions. Viewers of “The Five” have even gotten into the act and they send Dana photoshops of the pooch like the one above. Honestly, Jasper looks like he’d fit right in with that pack on “The Five.” Hell, he might even have more intelligent things to say than Bob Beckel. She’s so obsessed with the dog, that when Mary Katherine Ham tweeted that she was going to be on Redeye, another show hosted by Perino’s frenemy, Greg Gutfeld, she told her, “bring up Jasper. He’ll love it. Double dog dare ya.”
She’s also known for just tweeting random thoughts. Read more
If you haven’t watched Karl Rove attempt to throw a giant rotten peach at Fox News’ election coverage Tuesday night, do yourself a favor and watch it here, thanks to Politico.
Rove had predicted that Mitt Romney would handily win the presidential election and threw a toddler-sized tantrum when it started to look like he was wrong. Fox News called Ohio for Barack Obama and instead of commenting on the win, Rove stabbed Fox News in the back by saying that they were calling it prematurely. It. Was. Awkward. It got so weird that Megyn Kelly got up, left the set, and went back into the bowels of Fox News to talk to the Decision Desk, a crew of smart white men navigating the numbers.
Naturally, Rove’s performance elicited reaction from journalists and here we give you the best offerings… Read more
A peculiar welcome wagon awaited Brit Hume and Karl Rove outside Fox News’ Washington bureau on Wednesday night. Before they could enter the studios for their respective hits, both Fox Newsers were forced to pass by some 200 guests of CNN’s New Guard fete. Awwwwkward.
“Rove looks like he could use a drink,” remarked one party goer. “Call him over,” suggested another.
But unfazed by the clinking of glasses and rumble of voices, neither FNC personality gave more than a glance at the crew who had congregated on the patio of Johnny’s Half Shell, right in front of Fox’s North Capitol Street headquarters.
Former top President Bush aide Karl Rove and President Obama’s press secretary Robert Gibbs ran into each other Sunday in the green room of FNC’s Washington bureau. Despite their opposing politics and clashing tie colors, “Everyone was very cordial” FishbowlDC heard from folks in the “Fox News Sunday” green room. Here is the behind-the-scenes photograph to prove it.
Chris Wallace interviewed both Gibbs and Rove in separate segments (they each had one-on-one interviews with Wallace). Gibbs went first, followed by a segment with Rep. Chris Van Hollen, (D-Md.) and Rep. Eric Cantor, (R-Va.) followed by the Rove segment and the Sunday panel.
National Journal revealed its Insiders Poll this afternoon on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” The announcement was followed by a sneak peak in Hotline On Call.
As it turns out, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) is among those lawmakers who insiders would like to see muted (but no, she’s not #1). On the R side, the list includes Fox News’s Glenn Beck (who got play last night on Barbara Walters 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009) and GOP Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachman.
Members with the brightest future: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Creative thinkers: Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA). Best political strategists: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and President Bush’s former top aide Karl Rove.
The publication reveals full polls Friday in the Dec. 12th edition.
Happy Birthday to John Harris (h/t Playbook). And Kaylee Hartung who celebrated at Cleveland Park Bar & Grill Saturday with CBS friends, including Bob Schieffer, who sported a TCU “Schieffer” football jersey.
What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…
Jake Tapper will sit down with the President this afternoon. The ABC White House correspondent’s interview will air on “World News” and “Nightline,” as well as ABCNews.com. Tapper tweeted his “television exclusive” this morning asking: “What would you ask him?”
Reuters also has an interview with the President.
Margaret Warner had an exclusive interview with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, which will air on “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” today.
LAT: At least one Democratic political strategist has gotten a blunt warning from the White House to never appear on Fox News Channel, an outlet that presidential aides have depicted as not so much a news-gathering operation as a political opponent bent on damaging the Obama administration.
• Conflicts between the White House and Fox News remained a topic of discussion on the Sunday shows this weekend. This is after White House communications director Anita Dunnappeared on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” last week and said of Fox, “Let’s not pretend they’re a news network…”
On “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” senior advisor David Axelrod said of Fox News, “It’s not really news. It’s pushing a point of view. The bigger thing is that, other news organizations, like yours, ought not treat them that way… We’re going to appear on their shows, we’re going to participate. But understanding that they represent a point of view.”
White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” with John King and said, “While it’s clear what the white house and what Anita said, the concentration of the white house isn’t about what Fox is doing.”
On FOX News Sunday former adviser to President Bush Karl Rove said, “This is a White House engaging in its own version of the media enemies list. And it’s unhelpful for the country and undignified for the president of the United States to so do.” (h/t TVNewser)
And B&C‘s Marisa Guthrie weighed in on Howard Kurtz‘s show on CNN: “Fox News doesn’t thrive on access from the administration. They’re the opposition. They thrive on agitation.”
National Journal published the results of its most recent poll that asked a panel of Congressional and Political Insiders to rank, one-through-five, those columnists, bloggers, and television or radio commentators who most help to shape their own opinion or worldview.
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman received more points than anyone else, with support from both Democrats and Republicans.
Thomas Friedman Total points (T): 335 Dem. Points (D): 230 Rep. Points (R) :105