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For Former Fox 5-er Paul Raphel, Big Risk Equals Big Reward

Many of you may remember him as the boy who made you fall in love with local news, but Paul Raphel isn’t so local anymore. Since the former Fox 5 segment producer and reporter left DC almost two years ago, he’s been with “TMZ Live” and most recently Ora TV’s “PoliticKING” producing his way through LA.

FishbowlDC recently caught up with Raphel to talk about what he’s been up to since relocating to the Hills, what he misses most about DC, and how his perceptions of Washington media have changed since relocating.

FishbowlDC: So what have you been doing since you left DC?
Paul Raphel: I left DC in June 2012 when I moved to California — without a job. I lived on my friend’s couch while searching for work. Professionally, it seemed crazy to leave a perfectly fine, full time job with no real plan but I didn’t want to live with ‘what if’s’ by not taking a chance in Los Angeles – something I always considered doing. A month after moving I was hired at TMZ to be the content producer for “TMZ Live” which, at the time, was their newest show. Our team took the show from two markets to airing on all the major FOX affiliates by September 2013. I have now moved from pop culture to politics and started working for Ora TV in January as a producer on Larry King’s political show PoliticKING. It’s been really exciting to start the year at Ora because it is a very new digital network that airs shows with recognizable names like Larry King and Jesse Ventura.

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Jesse Ventura Has a New TV Show -And a Holiday Message

Rejoice America! The good folks at Ora.tv -the same people who brought you Larry King Now on RT -are rolling out a new show that will almost definitely save the nation’s soul. Off The Grid with Jesse Ventura, the former Minnesota governor and potential 2016er, is set to debut in January -and if this holiday promo is any indication, it’s going to be awesome.

Ventura, per usual, has no problem mixing up politics and entertainment -talking up a potential 2016 Presidential run even as he launches his new show. His most recent e-mail blast calls on citizens to “be vigilant and vote” to “replace these DemoCRIPs and ReBLOODlicans with independent, free thinkers who aren’t bought by Super PACs and special interest groups.” That outsider message, plus the inclusive, populist appeal on display in the video above could make for a compelling candidacy, should Ventura actually run for President. But if you ask us, Jesse’s primary interest is getting people to tune in.

No word yet if this champion of liberty will, like Larry King, take to the Russian-owned RT channel to broadcast his message.

Larry King: My First Big Break

In celebration of Larry King‘s 80th birthday today, the mediabistroTV crew took the train down to Washington, D.C. to ask the iconic talk show host to look back on his long career and tell us how he got his first big break.

The current host of “Larry King Now” on ora.tv told us a story with names like Ted Turner, Jackie Gleason, Frank Sinatra, Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin that sounded more like a who’s who than your typical tale of “how I got started.” Plus, he may have given us the key to his longevity as a talk show host when he told us, “Listening is as important as asking.”

For more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Afternoon Reading List 10.01.13

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Hill-dawg miniseries scrapped by NBC: According to The Hill’s Rebecca Shabad, NBC’s plans to air a Hillary Clinton miniseries starring Diane Lane were tossed out due to Republican pressure to stay off the topic before the 2016 election time frame. Hillary’s camp also reportedly opposed the idea, as they’ve always been aggressively protective of her image.

Why you should read it: Whether you love or hate Hill-dawg, NBC went ahead and decided for you whether you will ever see this miniseries. Read more here. The NYT also tackled this story. No doubt Clinton Land is in a state of bliss.

Larry King is BACK!: Well sort of. According to Marc Tracy of TNR, Larry King will be covering for Keith Olbermann on ESPN this week from Wednesday to Friday. In an interview with Tracy, King reveals his favorite baseball teams, his dream world series, and his early days in radio.

Why you should read it: Even though the government has all but shut down, that doesn’t mean ESPN will have crummy coverage. Check out the entire interview to catch up on what King is up to. Read more here.

More on the government shutdown…

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Tammy Haddad: Pre-White Streak

Ever tried to imagine what Washington socialite and publicist Tammy Haddad and star in Mark Leibovich‘s new book This Town would look like without that white stripe in her dark brown hair?

Well, the wait is over.  Read more

Larry King to Question Eliot Spitzer

Larry King‘s new Hulu series, “Politicking with Larry King” will feature a new episode with New York Comptroller hopeful Eliot Spitzer. The full episode “Does Eliot Spitzer Deserve a Second Chance?  The Former N.Y. Governor Makes His Case To Re-Enter The Public Arena,” airs today on RT America, at 9 and 11 PM EST.

Cheating will, of course, be among the topics. Is he or is he not having an extramarital affair? According to a promo release, “Eliot Spitzer tells Larry the public’s right to know about his personal life should be limited, including questions about a rumor that he’s cheating on his wife.” He also has thoughts on Hillary Clinton winning the White House and his time as Attorney General.

Watch a clip here.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“Is he about anything other than himself?” — MSNBC “The Cycle’s” Krystal Ball on Lawrence O’Donnell‘s program last night on potential voter trust issues with ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner‘s (D-N.Y.) mayoral bid.

You know your life is out of control when…

“Not remembering whether you’ve said something to public on Twitter, to friends on Facebook, or to self in lipstick on bathroom mirror.” — WaPo feature writer Dan Zak.

Confessional.

“I’m a cynical, grouchy old coot, but I reliably get something in my eye whenever I hear a ‘hero teacher protects kids’ story.” — Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox.

Larry King is on fire

“Back in #Washington – been away a long time – can’t believe how hot it is today but I love this city” — Former CNNer Larry King.

Leaning in (or something?)

“Well-behaved women rarely make history but they do make deadline. Sometimes.” — WaPo arts reporter Katherine Boyle, whose Twitter background color could blind you if you stare too long.

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On BuzzFeed, Boogers and Ethics

Writing a story about someone else’s booger feature is no easy task. On some email requests I put a simple, bland, “request for comment.” On others, I went for shock value: “BuzzFeed’s booger post.” It wasn’t plotted. I imagined some might find it funnier than others.

On Tuesday night, BuzzFeed‘s Benny Johnson took Washington’s political and media worlds by surprise by creating a GIF feature about House Speaker John Boehner allegedly checking out his boogers. BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins promoted the story, even guided readers to it on Twitter.

The headline reads: “John Boehner Looks at His Boogers During the State of the Union.”

Who among us would have the mental fortitude to look away from a Boehner booger post? “It looks like a first-step by BuzzFeed into honest coverage,” said former TWT Editor and Public Affairs exec Sam Dealey. “After all, everyone — the Speaker, the public and evidently BuzzFeed’s reporter too, was bored by the speech and looking for anything even remotely more interesting.”

Boogers are interesting. But by and large, the editors and journalists around town that we interviewed opposed the booger post. “Dumb and dumber; political coverage as booger op? What next: beaver shot?” asked Washingtonian‘s media writer Harry Jaffe. WTOP’s Jim Farley also expressed journalistic outrage. “I believe it is over the top,” he said. “It would have been like showing video of George H.W. Bush throwing up on the Japanese Prime Minister at a State Dinner. A private moment.  Would we show video of Michelle Obama’s skirt blowing up on a windy day?”

Um, there’s actual video showing Bush throwing up? As it turns out, there is.

And by the way, there’s no judgment here. We’ve written about everything from Larry King passing gas on air and a journo popping a zit at a party to females showing ample amounts of cleavage and breasts on TV. Suffice it say, BuzzFeed can write about the Speaker’s alleged boogers if they want to and there won’t be any ethical bitching from us.

And yet we couldn’t help but wonder, is this, in part, the psychological result of our miniscule attention spans and around-the-clock reporting? That we now require boogers to grab our collective attention?

“Poking fun at people in power has always been been part of political journalism,” Coppins told FishbowlDC when asked to comment on the matter. “Dead-tree newspapers used to do it with political cartoons; now the internet does it with GIFs and memes. What actually struck me most about this State of the Union was how many other news sites were competing with us on that front. A year ago, we would have been the only ones GIFing Marco Rubio’s reach for the water bottle; this year we were racing with The Atlantic‘s Twitter feed.”

But some journalists thought BuzzFeed had slipped beneath themselves. “That’s certainly a headline you don’t see every day,” said a longtime Washington editor who preferred to remain anonymous. “But regardless, this is over the line. A classic example of something that gets hits, but is in poor taste. The post appeals to the 10-year-old in all of us, and that’s not a good thing. BuzzFeed is better than this.”

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Ask Piranhamous Anything

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another installment of: “Ask Piranhamous Anything.” And we do mean anything. Send your queries to FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com. This isn’t an advice column — Piranhamous doesn’t know what the hell you should do with your life any more than you do — and worse, he doesn’t care. Try to keep your questions short — we want to keep this fun, simple, funny and insightful.

1. With the avalanche of DUMB stories surrounding the Presidential race, should we force future campaigns to take the summer off?

People who run for, or are, President already think the world of themselves and project to the world an image that the bathroom smells like a wildflower meadow when they’re done dropping a deuce, so the stupid season is a good thing. It serves as a reminder that these people are just human beings who do and say stupid things and are just as capable of wallpaper-peeling stink as any one of your drunken uncles at a family reunion. Humanity imposed on them, even if they never acknowledge it, is important, lest people buy too much into the presented image of perfection.  In 2008 we had an image of perfection presented to us in the form of President Obama and that can be dangerous. After three and a half years of gaffes and stupid statements, we now know he has to light a match when he’s done too. And Romney, while he probably has a better diet, isn’t a perfectly programmed robot on the matter.

And if you don’t think that’s enough of a reason to support a long campaign, just imagine all of the money they raise concentrated into a smaller window of time in the form of speeches and ads. It would be like eating a big hunk of peanut butter at once rather than having it spread over a piece of bread – it’s much harder to chew and there’s less of a chance of choking on it.

2. It’s hot as hell these days. I’m curious to know your take on seersucker.

Seersucker is a great concept – a suit that lets air flow through it to cool you down in the hot summer months. But why can’t they make them less ugly? No one should want to look like the sweaty fat guy fanning himself with his hat while sitting on a big porch drinking a glass of lemonade in every movie set in the south. Has technology really not progressed to the point that we can’t make a blue, brown or black suit that breathes? Now that we’ve pretty much ended most of NASA’s work of launching people into space, can’t we reassign some rocket scientists to this important project?

3. What do you think about Larry King interviewing Meghan McCain?

This much dumb in one place is more dangerous than what crossing the streams in Ghostbusters could have caused. Larry could get more intelligent answers from his suspenders than Meghan McCain. So what do I think of it? I try not to.

 

Huntsman Daughters Chat With Dinosaur Larry King

Larry King‘s Hulu-based series Larry King Now couldn’t sink any lower after his recent girl talk interview with MSNBC’s Meghan McCain — even if he added another 40lbs to his guest. You can only go up from there.

Elizabeth Huntsman, daughter to former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, posted the above photograph to Facebook yesterday in which she and her sisters, Mary Anne and Abby, pose with the inevitably gropey King. The caption reads “Just had quite an entertaining sit down with Larry King! Will let everyone know when it airs.”

Let’s hope it went better than McCain’s. An excerpt of her interview via Business Insider:

“I’m a single woman. I’m very blonde. I own my sexuality and the kind of life I live which is not a common thing for a woman in America, let alone in Republican politics,” McCain said. “I think I represent something new, which is a reflection of the fact that they represent something dying.”

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