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Morning Chatter

“I look forward to your Twitter following giving me a hard time for the next three weeks.” — CNN’s Piers Morgan to TWT Senior Opinion Editor Emily Miller, who appeared on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live” last night to discuss her new book, Emily Gets Her Gun. Morgan is a heated anti-gun activist.

THE SIX MUSKETEERS? “This was a Wolf Blitzer idea.” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill. (From L to R: Scott Pelley, Ifill, Chris Wallace, Diane Sawyer, Wolf Blitzer and Savannah Guthrie.)

The Observer

“On the way to the airport I saw an AZ Highway Patrolman taking a leak in the steak house parking lot. #human” — Jimmy Zuma, Washington Correspondent for The John C. Scott Show and a columnist for the Tucson Sentinel.

Uh oh. Who screwed up?

“So…ABC News says George Zimmerman is in custody and AP says he isn’t. Who’s right?” — Eric Deggans, soon-to-be NPR’s TV critic. When others suggested the facts may pertain to the words “in custody,” he wrote, “I think using the term ‘in custody’ for anything other than arrest is seriously misleading.”

And this…“CNN now reporting that NO GUN was involved in Zimmerman incident. Whuh? Could the media have gotten it wrong about Zimmerman again?” — Breitbart‘s John Nolte.

And this…“So many of y’all clicked the Zimmerman story link it crashed our server!” — TV One morning host Roland Martin.

In conclusion… CNN reporting this morning as of 8:28 a.m. that Zimmerman was detained but not arrested: “After he was initially detained by officers, George Zimmerman was interviewed at the house by detectives, Lake Mary police spokesman Zach Hudson said.”

Overheard in the scrum

“Actual question in press scrum with Rep. Tom Rooney: ‘You seem very somber. Is this tough stuff?’” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

On a lighter note…

“News you can use: CNN goes live with Secretary of State Dennis Rodman calling North Korea leader Kim Jong Un ‘likeable.’” — NPR’s Ken Rudin.

Everything sounds more exotic in French

“Pour voir @HillaryClinton parler de la #Syrie à la Maison Blanche, c’est ici” — AFP‘s Tangi Quéméner. Loosely translated from 6th grade French, former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton‘s coming to the White House.

Important Q to Ponder: “Getting my first professional haircut in 12 years tonight. Do I have to bring a picture of a celebrity or something?” — Chris Wilson, interactive graphics editor for TIME.

White House reporting lingo

“Wolf Blitzed just left from his interview with POTUS went well” — American Urban Radio‘s April Ryan.

3 Shocking Headlines

  • “Hiding in N. Virginia, a daughter of Auschwitz” — WaPo Magazine by Thomas Harding.
  • “Iowa is issuing gun permits to the blind” — HuffPost by Ryan Grenoble.
  • “Thatz Not Okay: Saving Old Titty Pix; My Daughter, Victoria’s, Secret” — Gawker by Caty Weaver.


“With my ankle healing but still quite tender, it’s kinda sick that all I want to do is roll it around in the direction it hurts.” — Alejandra Owens, managing editor of AARP’s blog.


“Love reporters who say ‘coming to you live’ like its a big deal. 100s of reporters in warzones but good on you for being at a Metro station.” – Fake Gene Weingarten, Twitter’s alias for WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten.


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Morning Chatter

Beware: idiot on cell phone

“Coming from the gym tonight, I saw this guy on his smartphone almost walk into an oncoming car while focused on his screen. #deathbyphone” — Attorney and TWT columnist Jeneba Jalloh Ghatt.

Members of Congress and Miley Cyrus

“Members of Congress are outraged over the antics of Miley Cyrus. Sen. Ted Cruz says she should be deported to a foreign country — the U.S.” — NPR‘s Ken Rudin.

The Observer

“The more I think about it, the more surprised/disappointed I am that WH press corps didn’t push Carney today to define opposition in Syria.” — CQ Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner. And this: “I hate myself for it, but I’m enjoying the new Olbermann show on the deuce.”

Powerlessness is…

“Such a bizarre feeling when your site is being hacked & there’s nothing you can do. It’s like being stung by invisible bees.” — NYT columnist Nick Bilton.

Head Scratcher

“I’ll never understand conservatives who spend all day railing against GOP establishment then freak out when reporters point out party divide.” — BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins.

“, bitch.”NYT social media associate Jordan Cohen.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:12 a.m. (With a lovely birthday shout-out for Honey Boo Boo)

Journo gives it back to follower

“I know you’re like, TOTALLY OBSESSED with me, Jay, but c’mon. Criticize me for something worthwhile.” — TWT‘s Jessica Chasmar in response to a follower named “SsMokinJay” who criticized her, saying, “Write something worthy of reading, and, they will read.”

Politics and Bad Jokes: Inauguration Edition

Tonight at 7 p.m., Sixth & I presents NPR’s Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan (pictured here) and Political Junkie Ken Rudin host an evening of all things politics—trivia, puzzles, and bad jokes, plus interview with newsmakers about past inaugurations and what lies ahead.

The FishbowlDC Interview With NPR’s ‘Political Junkie’ Ken Rudin

ken.jpg Say hello to NPR‘s Political Director Ken Rudin, whose “Political Junkie” blog appears on the website. Something few might know: Rudin is crazy for political buttons. He has a collection that’s 70,000 strong. So… NPR employees do their interviews in the nude? Who knew? We’re not sure if Rudin wrote this when he was in the nude, but so be it. However you need to do it, just meet our deadline, I say. Seriously, thanks to Rudin for giving us many laughs on a Friday afternoon.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? I would say Orangina. True, it’s not as carbonated as soda, but it’s not flat like, say, Sunny Delight. It’s a compromise. Boy, if that’s not a John Kerry answer, I don’t know what is.

How often do you Google yourself? This question begs the predictable, and dirty, answer, and I won’t give in to it.

Who is your favorite working journalist? Some people, of course, will say that’s an oxymoron; not me, however. While I tend to gravitate towards those who cover campaigns for a living – and I don’t have one favorite – I will say that I have deep respect and admiration for those journalists who volunteer to work out of a war zone, be it Afghanistan, Iraq, places like that. It takes an incredible amount of courage to cover stories like that. I know I couldn’t do it.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? I once said I thought Barbara Boxer had bad hair.

Do you have a favorite word? Yes.

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Michelle Obama, but not for ideological reasons. I would love to talk to Sarah Palin about what 2008 was like for her and what her thoughts are about 2012. But ultimately I don’t think she’d ever be off her script, off message. … whereas I’ve read some absolutely charming interviews with the First Lady where she is surprisingly and refreshingly candid. But if there is anyone in fairly recent history I could have dinner with, it would be Bobby Kennedy. I would have loved to listen to him talk about what he went through between his brother’s assassination and his decision to challenge President Johnson in 1968, the anguish, the pain. I can’t read enough about that.

When did you last cry and why? Usually when I cry it’s when I’m watching a scene in a movie that on the surface has nothing to do with me directly but nonetheless touches a spot that brings me back to something emotional in my past. Or I’m listening to a song that reminds me of someone or a special time. I have found it harder and harder to cry at real-life things since 9/11; I’m almost numb to reality.

What word do you routinely misspell? This sounds crazy, but for some reason I constantly misspell Eyjafjallajokull, the Iceland volcano that erupted a few months ago. I don’t know what’s wrong with me.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? I just checked. It says “Verizon.”

What swear word do you use most often? Glenn Beck.

What word or phrase do you overuse? ‘I’m sorry, I won’t ever say (or do) that again, I promise.’

What TV show do you have to watch? From its first airing back in 2001, I couldn’t miss “24,” as infuriating and ridiculous as it was. (I mean, seriously, a BLACK president???) I spent the last nine years screaming at the TV once a week. “Meet the Press” used to be a must-watch program but, sad to say, I stopped watching after Tim Russert left us.

Read more Rudin after the jump. Find out which summer camp newspaper gave him his start in journalism…

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Kennedy Coverage

Network specials and coverage of Ted Kennedy’s death are being announced. Here’s a rundown:

ABC News
ABC News will broadcast an hour special on the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy, anchored by Charles Gibson from Hyannis Port, MA and Diane Sawyer in New York. The ABC News Special, “Remembering Ted Kennedy,” will air at 10:00 PM tonight.

Coverage of Senator Kennedy’s passing will also be featured on “World News with Charles Gibson,” originating from Hyannis Port; “Nightline,” anchored by Cynthia McFadden; ABC News Radio, and on ABC News NOW throughout the day, as well as on tomorrow’s “Good Morning America.” has dedicated a special section, “Ted Kennedy: A Remarkable Life” available here.

CBS News
CBS News will look back at the life and legacy of Senator Edward “Teddy” Kennedy with the primetime special “Ted Kennedy, The Last Brother,” anchored by Katie Couric tonight (8:00-9:00 PM) on the CBS Television Network. Featuring exclusive footage culled from CBS News’ archives, the program is an intimate look at Kennedy – both the public face and the private man – as told through intimate interviews and candid moments captured over the last 40 years.

Throughout the day, CNN lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer joins regular, dayside programming from Washington D.C. with interviews and reports about the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy. Guests include former Sen. Birch Bayh (D-IN), President Jimmy Carter, former Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN.), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ.) Theodore Sorenson, former adviser to President John F. Kennedy, former Sen. John Warner (R- Va.) and more.

Contributing to the coverage will be senior congressional correspondent Dana Bash, senior political correspondent Candy Crowley and chief national correspondent John King.

At 7pm ET, CNN will air the HBO documentary “Teddy in His Own Words,” which “chronicles Senator Kennedy’s remarkable life from his childhood through his speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.” The two-hour special will be hosted by Campbell Brown.

From 2:00PM to 3:00PM (ET), NPR congressional correspondent Andrea Seabrook will host an hour-long call-in special. Seabrook will interview guests about Kennedy’s life of service and influential career in the Senate, and invite questions from the audience. Guests include Congressman Barney Frank, former U.S. Senator John Sununu, professor and scholar Ronald Walters and Thomas Oliphant, who covered Kennedy for 40 years for the Boston Globe. Listeners may join the conversation by calling (800) 989-8255 or sending an email to

Beginning at 7:00PM (ET), NPR will explore Kennedy’s life – his role as a legislative lion in the Senate; his focus on civil rights, and on fighting for the disenfranchised; and his personal life and struggles – in an hour-long program. Host Linda Wertheimer will be joined by a roundtable offering political analysis on the legacy Kennedy leaves behind, with legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, senior news analyst Juan Williams, health policy correspondent Julie Rovner and political editor Ken Rudin.

MSNBC will present a first look at “The Kennedy Brothers: A Hardball Documentary,” tonight at 9 p.m. ET and tomorrow, Thursday Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. ET. “Headliners and Legends: Ted Kennedy” at 11 PM tonight.

*We’ll continue to update as we learn ‘em.

Morning Reading List, 11.20.08

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Morning Reading List, 09.03.08


Good morning Washington.

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Journos in Iowa for New Years

The Extreme-ness has done it again: He’s asked all sorts of political reporters, “How will you celebrate New Year’s Day in Des Moines?”

Our favorite answer? NPR’s Ken Rudin.

    “For me, this New Year’s Eve won’t be any different from previous New Year’s eves, now that my hotel in Des Moines has porn.”

Somewhere, Mara Liasson frowns disapprovingly.

Rudin On Little

From NPR’s Ken Rudin:

    LITTLE DID HE KNOW: If you missed the opportunity to watch comedian Rich Little’s performance at Saturday’s White House Correspondents Association dinner, you missed an amazing and exciting show. You have no idea how well Little’s impersonations of Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon and Johnny Carson went over with the hundreds of journalists. Just the other day, one of them said to me, “I sure hope Rich Little does his Reagan, Carter, Nixon and Carson impressions.” As one who sat in the audience, my only regret was that I found myself wishing Little would have been even more topical, with jokes about Billy Sol Estes, Quemoy & Matsu, and Ezra Taft Benson.


    My God, it was one of the worst performances I had ever seen in my life. I know, I know, there was considerable discomfort last year during comedian Stephen Colbert’s routine, which I thought was mean-spirited and not especially funny. But as I found myself stunned listening to Little’s stale jokes on Saturday, I wondered which was worse. Could they not have gotten Joey Bishop or Norm Crosby? Even the Elving-Rudin podcast would have been funnier. Well, maybe.