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Top 10 Most Memorable Media Breakups

By Betsy Rothstein, Peter Ogburn, Eddie Scarry and Piranhamous

Relationships are funny. They can last nights, years, or a lifetime. That can mean an eternity of laughs and love and mutual respect. It can also mean that you get stuck in a rut where it just drags on and on and you can’t stand the way the other person fake laughs at your jokes or crunches their cereal in the morning or never actually FOLDS the laundry, they just throw it on the floor. But, breakups happen. Sometimes, it’s no one’s fault — just simple, obvious incompatibility. Other times, it’s personal. Two people united in a vile hatred for each other. Heated blowups, spitting in food, infidelity, rage-filled silence and threats of lawsuits are all common symptoms of a relationship gone south. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, today we bring you the Top 10 Most Memorable Media Breakups of recent times. Enjoy!

10. Keith Olbermann and MSNBC  — Calling Keith Olbermann a “big fish in a small pond” overstates the ratings at MSNBC. He was more like a goldfish in a cereal bowl. But still, he was MSNBC’s biggest fish. So when they split last year, it came as a shock to his fan(s). It was an abusive relationship, for sure. Tales of Olbermann’s temper tantrums are the stuff of legend. The world in which his ego lives is one in where he his popular and influential, the world in which his body lives is the real world. When Olbermann abruptly announced on January 21, 2011, that that night’s Countdown was his last, his fan(s) cried, and throngs of Americans he painted as enemies, laughed. Both knew he would be back, his ego wouldn’t allow him to keep his opinions to his favorite and most loyal audience – himself. He returned to basic cable last fall, on something called Current TV. With production values just this side of public access and an audience almost as small, Keith quickly returned to his abusive habits. After some couple’s therapy, things seem to be going more smoothly. Not audience wise, no one watches Current TV, but at least Keith isn’t abusing the staff anymore.  Winner: MSNBC. They unloaded an angry man for whom no one enjoyed working. Loser: Olbermann. He’s now in the basement (both in ratings and, from the looks of it, his set). His contract with Current TV is technically larger, but based on company stock which, if the black hole that is his ratings don’t improve, is less valuable than a plastic bag filled with chewed gum. — Piranhamous

9. Pat Buchanan and MSNBC — As the closest thing to a Republican as MSNBC will allow on its air, you’d think Pat Buchanan would’ve had some job security simply based on the network’s desire to hold on to the last thread of a plausible claim of credibility and objectivity. If you thought that you’d be wrong. Buchanan, a former Republican and Reform Party candidate for President, was suspended for having opinions that strayed from the progressive orthodoxy MSNBC has sacrificed its objectivity for. Color of Change, the race-based thought police group, with the help of other left-wing groups, paid for an Astroturf campaign against Buchanan, to which MSNBC brass was only too willing to cave. Buchanan has a long history of saying stupid things, but had comfortably settled into the role of “right-wing” dancing monkey for MSNBC’s left-wing organ grinders. When the pennies stopped flowing he was cast aside for a newer, incredibly stupid model – Meghan McCain. While Pat is smart, McCain is not. Pat would probably call it  “affirmative action,” but it’s really, like our credit rating, a downgrading. Pat could make points and use facts that would stump and contradict MSNBC hosts, Meghan confuses the words “modicum” and “emoticon.” Winner: No one. They’re like the couple that should’ve broken up years ago, but stayed together for the kids. The kids are grown now, though they still live at home, so this break-up was a long time coming. Buchanan is ready to retire, and he’d actually have a larger audience if he retired to The Villages and just gave speeches in the rec room. MSNBC now has a pure line-up of progressive mouthpieces, so their audience won’t be threatened by being exposed to opposing viewpoints. It’s win-win. Well, technically it’s lose-lose, but who’s counting? — Piranhamous

8. Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker–  Almost immediately after ex-New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and WaPo‘s Kathleen Parker were teamed up for a primetime show on CNN, there were rumors that things just were cooling between the two. The show, titled “Parker Spitzer,” started in October 2010. Ratings were terrible, usually putting the show in last place in the cable news race. Then,  just four months after its debut, Parker announced she was leaving. A report in the New York Post said that Parker often felt upstaged by Spitzer who was more adversarial in his questioning of guests. The report said Parker “stormed off the set” during one taping of the program in November. But who ever thought Parker and Spitzer, who once had a thing for prostitutes, would make good bedfellows? After Parker scrammed for good, Spitzer was back the following week flying solo with a new program, “In the Arena.” That show itself was canceled nine months later. — Eddie Scarry

7. Politico and EVERYONE – Few media outlets have broken more hearts than the behemoth that is Politico. Last year alone, we saw them lay waste to several high profile reporters. Amie Parnes left her perch as FLOTUS-ass-kisser-in-Chief to cover the White House for The Hill. Chris Frates left Politico last year and jumped to NJ. This was particularly heartbreaking, since Frates had been with Politico since the beginning. Soon enough Politico threatened with threats of a lawsuit after Frates allegedly used a reader list for his new job — a charge NJ has always denied. Nonetheless, he pulled names to appease the situation. Kendra Marr resigned after she was busted plagiarizing the work of NYT writer Susan Stellin. We could go on and on and on with all the reporters that left Politico last year, but the most notable was Ben Smith, who left to become Editor-in-Chief at BuzzFeed. Sure, he’s still associated with Politico, but let’s not kid ourselves. They’re friends with benefits at best. — Peter Ogburn

6. David Shuster and MSNBC – This one goes back to 2010. MSNBC just didn’t know WHAT to do with David Shuster. He was their utility man, filling in for Keith Olbermann and various MSNBC shows. He had his own show with Tamron Hall, but no one could decide on which time slot to put him in. All of the back and forth and non-committal behavior from MSNBC prompted Shuster to explore his options. He filmed a pilot with CNN, which is a HUGE no-no. When MSNBC boss Phil Griffin heard of the news, Shuster was “suspended indefinitely” and later, sent packing. Shuster has landed on his feet after the ordeal. Or maybe he’s just landed. He is at Current TV as the primary substitute host for Olbermann and he hosts a weekend radio show on 1480AM. He also has plans to launch an investigative journalism website. Shuster gushed about MSNBC. Think warm fuzzies. “The breakup with MSNBC was amicable,” he told FishbowlDC. “We parted on mutually respectful terms… and I continue to have many close friends there.  Furthermore, leaving MSNBC opened up some amazing doors for me — a rewarding internet venture, weekly radio gigs that are as much fun as one can have in broadcasting, and the opportunity on Current TV to deliver the kind of analysis/commentary that I’ve always desired.  So, I have no regrets and wish the best to everybody at MSNBC.” — Peter Ogburn

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Sunday Morning Panels: Only Males Need Apply

We took a few weeks off counting up dongs on the morning shows. But in our quest to see how female pundits and journos are considered (or not) by the networks, it’s time to check back in with the Sunday morning political talk show circuit.

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: 2

Andrew Sullivan, Newsweek
Katty Kay, BBC
Michael Duffy, TIME
Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: 0

The Miami Herald‘s Marc Caputo, RCP‘s Scott Conroy and CBS News’s John Dickerson. It must be noted that two guests of the program will be former GOP Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.).

NBC’s “Meet the Press”: 1

Joe Scarborough
Host, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Presidential Historian
Chuck Todd
Political Director, NBC News
Chief White House Correspondent, NBC News

ABC’s “This Week”: 2

Donna Brazile, ABC News Contributor
Austan Goolsbee, Former Chairman, Obama Council of Economic Advisers
Laura Ingraham
Radio Host, “The Laura Ingraham Show”, Fox News Contributor
George Will, ABC News

Hitchens Reading List 12.19.20

With the passing of Vanity Fair Contributing Editor Christopher Hitchens came an outpouring of personal stories by journalists about their relationship with their friend, their mentor, their hero and in one case, someone they had met just once. We rounded them up for you here with a poignant line or excerpt.

Portrait by Patrick Ryan.

The Weekly Standard/Daily Caller’s Matt Labash writes for Slate on traveling with Hitchens in Iraq. “After a protracted tussle in which Yacoub demanded Hitchens’ press badges, then after a cooling off in which he gave them back, then after a resumption of hostilities when Hitchens decided he didn’t want his Kuwaiti press badge back as the Kuwaitis were proving themselves the tramplers of liberty, Yacoub screamed that Hitchens would ‘leave Kuwait tonight!’ It’s pretty hard to get kicked out of a war. But Hitchens almost managed.”

David Frum writes about the man he couldn’t resist even after meeting him.

Washington Photographer Patrick Ryan once spent a morning smoking and drinking with the great writer. “He came over to greet me wearing socks and we immediately started talking as though we’d known each other for years.”

Townhall columnist and WMAL’s Derek Hunter writes about the pitfalls of Hitchens’ literal interpretation of everything. Like vodka for instance. Or toads. “Speaking of emails, I remember one that he signed, ‘Wishing you well in this toad-filled season.’ I thought, ‘What the Hell does that mean?’ I Googled it, I asked everyone. I found nothing to explain it. Finally I asked Grover if he knew what it meant, because I didn’t want to ask Hitchens and risk looking stupid. Grover looked up from his desk and said, ‘I don’t know. Maybe he’s just some place with a lot of toads.’”

WaPo syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker wrote about how she “devoured” Hitchens’ writing. Eventually she met him one day in the makeup room of NBC. “To say I was a friend of Hitchens would be an exaggeration, though I did enjoy the pleasure of his company on several occasions. But one needn’t have known a writer to mourn his passing or to feel profound sadness about all the silent days to come. No matter what the topic, I always wanted to know what Hitchens thought about it and, lucky for the world, he seemed always willing to end the suspense.”

Christopher Buckley‘s was fittingly among the first eulogies to emerge on Hitchens in The New Yorker. He starts out, “We were friends for more than thirty years, which is a long time but, now that he is gone, seems not nearly long enough.”

No Such Thing as a Frenemy in Washington

Washington publications love one another about as far as they can hurl them across the Beltway.

We’d love to have been in back room meetings when WaPo and Bloomberg PR each discussed the release on co-hosting a Republican presidential debate on Oct. 11 at Dartmouth College. Whose name would come first on the top line: Bloomberg or WaPo? Or is that WaPo or Bloomberg?

In Parker-Spitzer’s case, CNN let the woman, Kathleen Parker, go first in every sense including leaving the network. In this case, both media outlets declared that they’d be leading this dance thank you very much. In WaPo‘s press release, WaPo leads. In Bloomberg‘s, it’s Bloomberg.

You get the picture.

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Will ‘Parker Spitzer’ Have Chemistry?

If you want to find out, watch a preliminary glimpse of WaPo conservative syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker and former New York Gov. turned TV journo Eliot Spitzer on CNN’s “Larry King Live” Thursday night.

As it reads on the schedule:

TOMORROW: THURSDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER, 9 p.m. ET
Kathleen Parker & Eliot Spitzer
A “Parker Spitzer” preview–Kathleen Parker and Eliot Spitzer sit with Larry King for the hour with a peek at their new CNN show.

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Quotes of the Day

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Meghan McCain – refreshing or a runaway train?

Admission:
“I almost OD’d on Xanax a few days before the election.”
How she looks:
“I was sent to an image consultant. Apparently I have stripper hair and they wanted me to [change] my hair.”
The Secret Service:
“Yeah, they hated me. …They’re supposed to be hot – no, they’re not.”
Obama’s sexiness:
“A bad journalist got that out of me.”
- Meghan McCain, The Daily Beast columnist and daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on NBC’s Jay Leno Tuesday night discussing her newly published book, Dirty Sexy Politics.

Leno questions McCain on Secret Service tactics

“Did you have a code name – pain in the ass?”
- NBC late-night host Jay Leno to Meghan McCain on his show Tuesday night on whether the Secret Service had a secret name for her.

Journo wonders, can Oprah be mayor?

“Oprah’s retiring after this season, right? could she run. It would make a crowded field with her, rahm, burris. blago, ditka and alan keyes.” – HuffPost‘s Sam Stein on Twitter Tuesday on whether the soon-to-retire queen of talk Oprah Winfrey will make a run for Chicago mayor.

Kathleen Parker ends up where?

“Parker Gets Top Billing In New CNN Show: After months of speculation and fodder, Parker ends up on top.” – @NationalJournal in a tweet Tuesday on CNN naming its new show, “Parker Spitzer” that features hosts Kathleen Parker and Eliot Spitzer. And just think, this is only the beginning of a fresh new wave of Spitzer sex jokes…

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CNN Names Producer for Spitzer & Parker Show

LMcGuirk_7.30.jpgLiza McGuirk has been named Executive Producer of CNN’s new 8 p.m. so far unnamed debate program with co-hosts Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker set to launch this fall.

Senior Veep of Programming Bart Feder made the announcement. Most recently, McGuirk has been executive producer of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria: GPS.”

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WaPo’s Parker Puckers Up to Ezra, Post and Other Journolisters

396014220_fc8bd9496f.jpg WaPo conservative columnist and soon-to-be right-wing CNN talk show host Kathleen Parker took time over the weekend to kiss up to WaPo liberal blogger Ezra Klein and anyone who believes the contents of the Journolist ought not go public.

As Parker acknowledges in her column, there were “mean quotes” on Rush Limbaugh, Fox News and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on the Journolist, she dismisses their importance. “Scandalous? Sure, if you want it to be,” she writes.

She paints D.C. journalism as an atmosphere in which one day you’re hunting, and one day, you’re hunted. “Do we resign ourselves to the new reality — that no one is ever to be trusted — and keep our thoughts to ourselves?” she asks. “The answer implied by the events here described suggests a country in which few of us would want to live.”

Parker, who calls Klein a “prodigal blogger,” and “ripened” journalist who has become “high level,” fails to mention Klein’s own leaky behavior regarding Journolist.

As we reported last week, Klein (just last week) outed The Hill‘s Gautham Nagesh as a former Journalister while at The Daily Caller.” In a separate post, Klein revealed presumed private e-mails from The Daily Caller‘s Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson. Klein wrote that the exchange with Carlson was not private — but the e-mails between Klein and Carlson were presumed to be private.

(Is this that so-called world in which Parker does not want to live?)

To get the real take on what the Journolist controversy even is, Parker puckers up to yet another WaPo colleague, Howard Kurtz in a story entitled, “Getting the message on Journolist’s controversial postings.”

Spitzer and Parker Get CNN Spot

Politico‘s Mike Allen reporting that ex-NY Gov. and Slate contributor Eliot Spitzer and WaPo conservative columnist Kathleen Parker will in fact slip into CNN Campbell Brown‘s old slot.

Allen writes: “Spitzer is controversial and Parker is spicy.”
(Although Spitzer certainly carries his own spice.)

CNN made the announcement today.

Read more about it here.

Pulitzers Announced, WaPo Wins Big

The Pulitzer board released the names of prize winners today.

WaPo reels in several awards:

International ReportingAnthony Shadid . The prize was for his reporting on the lasting scars and legacies in Iraq of the American invasion and occupation. Shadid won the 2004 Pulitzer for International Reporting for coverage of the impact of the U.S invasion on Iraq’s people. Shadid left WaPo in 2009.
Feature WritingGene Weingarten. He won for “Fatal Distraction”, a report on parents who accidentally leave their children in cars, often resulting in death.
CommentaryKathleen Parker. The prize was for her twice-weekly column that runs in WaPo and 400 other newspapers.
CriticismSarah Kaufman. The prize was for what WaPo calls her “refreshing, original and conversation-kindling critical essays on dance”.

WaPo’s contributing editor David Hoffman, a former assistant managing editor for foreign news, won a Pulitzer for his book The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy

WaPo was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for its reporting on the Fort Hood massacre, a rampage against the U.S. Army carried out by one of its own officers, Maj. Nidal M. Hasan.

National ReportingMatt Richtel and members of The New York Times Staff

Hank Williams received a posthumous citation for his “craftsmanship as a songwriter who expressed universal feelings with poignant simplicity and played a pivotal role in transforming country music into a major musical and cultural force in American life”.

To see all the award winners from around the nation and to read the winning pieces visit here.

JOURNALISTS WEIGH IN WITH KIND (and otherwise) COMMENTS AFTER THE JUMP…

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