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HuffPost LOVES Sensationalizing With All Caps


Under the Twitter handle @HuffPostMedia, here’s how they sensationalize with all caps:

Today.: Lawrence O’Donnell goes BALLISTIC in wild interview with birther queen Orly Taitz

April 26: Keith Olbermann makes HUGE announcement about new show

April 14: Mika Brzezinski LOSES it, laughs hysterically over spoof

April 13: Anderson Cooper TRASHES Snooki

March 30: CNN anchor TEARS into Donald Trump: ‘ridiculous,’ ‘a joke’

And slamming? They’ve got that nailed too.

April 14: Fox News’ Neil Cavuto slammed as ‘ignorant’ by Dem Rep. in fiery clash

April 8: Bill Cosby slams Donald Trump, stuns Meredith Vieira into silence

April 5: Former NPR CEO Vivian Schiller slams James O’Keefe


Spike Lee Directs New MSNBC Ads

MSNBC debuted new “Lean Forward” ads today featuring the network’s four primetime hosts: Chris Matthews, Lawrence O’Donnell, Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz.

But there’s something different about the ads this time around. They’re directed by Spike Lee, and Oscar-nominated Matthew Libatique, who worked on “Black Swan,” served as the director of photography.

According to a press release, the ads were “all shot completely unscripted” and will appear on television,, and in movie theaters across the country this summer. Separate print ads will run in “major publications.”

“These ads are unlike anything else,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin said. “They are mini-documentaries that express the passion of our primetime hosts. You’re able to truly learn what drives them and why their audience tunes in to watch their shows.”

Check out the new ad campaign here.

Weigel, O’Donnell Talk Tea…Literally

Last night, when Slate‘s Dave Weigel tweeted that he’d be on MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell Show “talking Tea,” we naturally assumed he’d be talking about the Tea Party – a group that he covers extensively. But how wrong we were.

The discussion started with a conversation about budget negotiations, as expected. But then O’Donnell unexpectedly veered off track.

O’Donnell: Let’s talk Tea now.

Weigel: Yes.

O’Donnell: I’m a big fan of Earl Grey. I was just drinking some Earl Grey before the show started.

Weigel: Uhhh…

O’Donnell: I mean, I do like other kinds of tea as well: green tea, iced tea, sweet tea…

Weigel seemed reluctant to jump in to that discussion. He is after all on the record as being a big fan primarily of juice boxes. He begged O’Donnell to go back to discussing politics before he finally relented: “Okay, okay…I’m a fan of Hi-C myself.”

More analysis after the jump…

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Whoops! Lawrence O’Donnell Flubs Corn’s Title

While much of Washington knows that Melinda Henneberger‘s Politics Daily got eaten by HuffPost in the merger with AOL, word apparently hasn’t reached New York.

On MSNBC’s “Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” Tuesday night, O’Donnell ended a segment with Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn by reeling off his title: “Washington Editor of Mother Jones, Politics Daily Columnist and MSNBC Analyst, David Corn, thank you for joining us.” Corn thanked O’Donnell in return and didn’t note the correction. No doubt, that would have been awkward.

Later in the program, O’Donnell got it right with former Politics Daily White House Correspondent Alex Wagner, who now works for HuffPost.

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell: Saint or Satan?

Depending on which account you read of MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, the man is either an angel or the Devil himself.

The Daily Beast‘s Washington Bureau Chief Howard Kurtz paints a picture of O’Donnell as a humble, well-meaning host with passionate views he isn’t afraid to defend.

“Lawrence O’Donnell doesn’t sound like he wants to be talking about himself or his prime-time cable show,” Kurtz writes of the MSNBC host. And later: “You can’t accuse the 59-year-old journeyman of overselling himself.” Kurtz talks about O’Donnell’s even temper as compared to his former colleague, Keith Olbermann, writing that there’s not much “resemblance in their style.” O’Donnell isn’t perfect, but that seems to be what Kurtz finds appealing. Kurtz describes O’Donnell’s tone as “that of a disapproving prep-school headmaster,” but the description seems endearing. O’Donnell is far from “playing the role of infallible host,” having apologized on the show twice in its short time on air, but that only serves to make him greater in Kurtz’s eyes.

Kurtz’s profile makes brief mention of another great O’Donnell trait – “he doesn’t seem overly sensitive to criticism” – with mention of a profile that took a much different look at the TV host: Moe Tkacik‘s New York Observer piece from last month.

In Tkacik’s piece, titled “The O’Donnell Factor: A Hill Hack Goes Prime-Time Wacko,” the freelancer and former WCP writer isn’t as enamored with O’Donnell. Tkacik writes O’Donnell has “specialized in the sort of news…preferred by people who can’t be bothered to follow the news” which has “proven such a disaster” that some viewers have decided to watch Parker Spitzer instead. (The horror!) O’Donnell is a “vigorously vacuous character whose insipidity of subject matter is matched only by his sanctimony.” Tkacik questions the murky details of O’Donnell’s life story: When did he graduate from college? How old is he? Did he actually write for the Harvard Lampoon? Why did O’Donnell really resign from his job on Capitol Hill? All questions Kurtz fails to ignore in his short paragraph on O’Donnell’s background. Tkacik closes with a debate O’Donnell had with former Florida Rep. Alan Grayson. A debate in which “Mr. O’Donnell was wrong, on his terms as well as those of any sane debate.”

Both Kurtz and Tkacik discussed O’Donnell’s recent interview with Iowa Rep. Steve King, though with differing tones…

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Whose got the ugliest, most loathsome facial/neck/seeping into chest hair in America? Meet America’s non-journalist Ian Murphy, the Buffalo Beast’s prank caller who appeared on MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell Wednesday night. Please, Murphy, buy a razor, this is terrifying.

Number of days since @DCJourno has tweeted: 9 (His/her last utterance was on FishbowlDC with this interview by intern Alec Jacobs. We don’t think Alec’s interview caused the disappearance, but we hope the anonymous D.C. tweeter will return soon.)

Tapper Block Watch

“This is spamming and if u keep doing it i will block you.” — ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper to a follower named @Chani_11 Wednesday. Tapper is known for his no nonsense Twitter personality.

Prank on a prank

“Just got a call from David Koch. What does he want at this hour?:-)” — Syndicated columnist and Strategic Communications Strategist for Bullfight Strategies Karl Frisch in a Wednesday tweet.

Reporter wins the morning, noon & night

Politico‘s @mollyesque wins the morning/noon/night with Vanity Fair shout-out for her lede about Reid and hookers.” — Politico Deputy Congressional Editor Martin Kady goes all out in a Wednesday tweet “Win the BLANK” analogy about reporter Molly Ball, linking to this.

“Man” panel

“Im the least manly person alive, but what the hell/RT@LetsTalkLiveDC We’re gearing up for a “Man Panel”w/Adrian Loving @Bkownacki & @PWGavin” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a Wednesday tweet. Fellow man panel members are Brendan Kownacki (“media adviser, strategist, producer, commentator and self-proclaimed futurist”) and Adrian Loving (self-proclaimed DJ, “social stylist” and graphic design professor. In 2009 he told Washingtonian that he dances in front of the mirror daily.)

TBD fallout

“And, the next shoe drops at @tbd: major layoff.” — Former TBD GM Jim Brady in a Wednesday tweet.

TBD has not failed. A venture has to be given a chance to succeed before it can fail.” — Robert Frost? Not really. These are the words of TBD‘s Community Engagement Director Steve Buttry.

“Really disgusted by some Tweeps gloating over what happened @TBD. We all work in the media. Any one of us could get laid off any day #awful” — The Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab in a Wednesday tweet.

Jim Brady reveals true feelings about Mark Judge

“So let me get this right…Your biggest failing is not being the New York Press?” — Community Journalist Jen Connic in a Wednesday tweet to Jim Brady in reference to Mark Judge, who writes opinion pieces for The Daily Caller. Judge trashed TBD in a story Wednesday in which he wrote about applying to TBD for a job. Brady’s response to Connic: “Apparently. And that I didn’t hire him. He’s lucky I don’t publish the e-mails he sent me before I blew him off.” Another line from Brady: “Best is the “he’s an idiot” part followed by his desire for a job under said idiot. I think that technically makes him an idiot.” And this: “Damn, now I see my mistake. I didn’t listen to a guy who wanted a job at TBD despite my apparent hackery: Silly me.”

A scribe’s dishwasher nightmare

“All-day, Kafkaesque nightmare buying a Sears dishwasher today. And still not done installing it.” — Congressional Quarterly‘s John Donnelly in a Wednesday Facebook update.

Bret Baier: hooked on golf

“Watching the replay of the golf. Was trying to go to bed early but I am hooked. Can’t wait for good weather and green fairways.” — FNC anchor Bret Baier in a Wednesday night tweet. (Baier is more than a decent golfer. He lettered on four teams at DePauw University and is a member at Congressional Country Club.)

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“For the record, everything I type after 10 p.m. should be tagged #latenighttweet and considered accordingly.” — Metro Weekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg in a vital Wednesday night tweet at 11 p.m. (This item was in direct defiance to Metro Weekly writer Chris Geidner‘s request.)

Media assoc. at war with her clothes

“Tried on seven different outfits this am. Bad way to start off the day.” — Rachel Slobodien, senior media associate at Heritage Foundation in a Thursday morning tweet.

The week in birthday wishes…

The Hill‘s Molly Hooper and TWT‘s Ben Birnbaum. Happy Birthday!

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Tschida gets backhanded (?) compliment

“Complained about looking old. Photographer said “Just don’t get another facelift.” ANOTHER? weird but kind of a compliment i guess.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida in a Monday tweet.

Publicist woes: Her head is exploding

“Fever, chills. burning throat and exploding head only made tolerable by the care and snuggling of a soft, purring cat who actually seems to give a damn.” — D.C. Publicist Wendy Gordon in a Monday tweet.

Overly ambitious spell check

“My phone just changed a misspelling of don’t to dong. No, autocorrect. No!” — Politifact founder Matt Waite in a Monday tweet.

Advice for CPAC  sickies

“BTW tip for everyone sick from #CPAC – use that antibacterial stuff after shaking hands with people #campaigntrick.” — D.C. Social Media employee Matt DeLuca in a Monday tweet.

Gossip girl watching – what else? – gossip TV

“Finally catching up on all that #gossipgirl. Yay!” — Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab in a Monday tweet.

Conservative blogger bashes MSNBC’s O’Donnell

“Watching some douchebag on Lawrence O’Donnell. “Hey, let’s do an entire segment about a competing network.” #GeniusProgrammingStrategy” — Conservative blogger and former TWT Editor Robert Stacy McCain in a Monday tweet. (Of course, FNC never does this.)

Bras are so handy

“CPAC11 nerd alert. When business cards fall out of your bra as you unpack because you didn’t have anywhere else to put…” — Houston Chronicle blogger Kat McKinley in a Monday tweet.

Tapper’s wife joins Twitter

“@jaketapper I signed up for twitter for you on V day. Love you!” — Jennifer Tapper, otherwise known as @MrsTapper, in her second ever tweet. She’s the wife to ABC News’s White House Correspondent  Jake Tapper. She was first featured on Gawker Monday for opening the account. To which MSNBC’s Savannah Guthrie remarked: “Well this is a pleasant surprise: @MrsTapper makes her appearance on Twitter. now that’s love. #valentinesday.”

Valentine’s Day Dinner with ‘Stanford

“Deciding where to go for dinner tonight last minute with my Stanford Blatch.” — Pamela Sorensen of Pamela’s Punch blog in a Monday tweet. Stanford Blatch is Carrie’s gay best friend character from “Sex in the City” who has been referred to as the “Fifth Lady.”

Separated at Birth: Lawrence O’Donnell and…

This afternoon we pair the newly installed 10 p.m. MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell (who delivered a whopping emotional devotional to ex-”Countdown” host Keith Olbermann last night) and Colin Firth. A second option: Kelsey Grammer.

(h/t secret FishbowlDC reader)

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The gift bag from the Politico holiday party last night sponsored by Coca Cola at the Corcoran.

Please, no

“Can we all just agree not to say ‘hanging up his suspenders’ re: end of Larry King show?” — The Hill‘s Erica Niedowksi in a Wednesday tweet.

Here’s to you HuffPost‘s Jason Linkins

“Dear email commenters: all caps generally does not lend your thoughts the ring of sanity. Smooches, Lizzie.” — Bloomberg TV’s Lizzie O’Leary in a Wednesday tweet. To which MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan replied, “ Is that so wrong?” (Linkins continually commits the crime of all-caps. And yes, Dylan it is so wrong. Maybe one’s words need to be louder, bigger to overcompensate for a lack of thought.)

Funny line from a party: One partygoer was discussing logging onto Grindr at the Pentagon — he said the whole thing blew up there ( no pun intended). (Grindr is a gay men’s website that allows gay or “bi-curious” men to find one another in any location.)

Words to live by

“Rule:Just because you *can* walk around naked in the men’s locker room, doesn’t mean you *should.*” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a Wednesday tweet.

Weingarten addresses women’s eyelids

“Women’s eyelids are really ugly, so it’s great when they paint them the color of eggplants. #Idontactuallythinkthat.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten in a Thursday morning tweet.

Meghan McCain on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

“I just think if you can go and die for this country, it doesn’t matter what you do in your home in your private time.” — The Daily Beast columnist and daughter to Sen. John McCain, Meghan McCain, on “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell.

Tis the season to be…

“Tis the season to be jolly and in Washington it’s always the season to be hyperbolic.” — Former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” Wednesday in a segment called “National Buffoons, Christmas Vacation.”

Middle of the Night Banter

What are journalists like in the wee hours of Election Night? Some attended parties, others did TV hits and still others were holed up in bed with a dangerous combination of champagne and computers (thank you FamousDC for that excellent imagery). To give you a sense, we’ve rounded up the best of the best (or something like that).

NJ‘s Marc Ambinder: “Can I go to sleep yet?” (At approximately 1:43 a.m.)

Politics Daily‘s Matt Lewis‘s bragging rights: “So I’ll actually be on from like 2:35-3:35 a.m. ET.”

C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art safe and sound: “Made it home. Very few cars on the road at 2:30 a.m.”

Politico‘s Kasie Hunt: “Aaand at 2:43a, my BlackBerry has finally gone to sleep. Not me, though.”

Politico‘s Ben Smith leans on Slate‘s Dave Weigel: “I need a Twitter editor at this hour.”

NJ‘s Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier marveling at the new NJ: New and old friends just toasted the first election day in the united NJ newsroom. God Bless Crown Royal (It’s close to 3 a.m.)

ABC News’s Jake Tapper sees a possible political career for a certain situation from MTV’s “Jersey Shore”: “Say hello to Rep.-elect Ben Quayle & former Real World star Rep.-elect Sean Duffy [Door open for Rep. Situation]”

HuffPost‘s Ryan Grim anticipating unoriginal headlines: “How many headline writers will think “up in smoke” is the cleverest way to describe the pot initiative losing?”

National Review Online‘s Kathryn Lopez: “MSNBC is the seat of cockiness right now.”

Bloomberg TV‘s Lizzie O’Leary: “Okay, now for a two-hour nap. See you guys on #insidetrack.” Before that she remarked, “Official: I have been awake 24 hours. #startingtoloseit”

The Nation‘s Editor/Publisher Katrina vanden Heuval: “Like Lawrence O’Donnell on elections. Serious, intense in semi-wonky + saavy way.

The Daily Caller‘s Chris Moody: “Long night. Just downed one of those 5-hour energy shot things. Haven’t eaten. Getting the shakes. #journalism”

Politics Daily‘s White House correspondent Alex Wagner: “For those interested in #Boehner crying jags: they come often.” Wagner suggests this WaPo story.

Politico‘s White House scribe Glenn Thrush: “If Christine O’Donnell doesn’t get a reality show I’m canceling basic cable.”

WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart remarks on his facial hair after a follower scolds him, saying, “OMG, @CapehartJ, you’ve got scruff! #MSNBCafterdark. ” He replies. “LOL. Not my shaving day.”

Donald Edmond, attorney, who wants to take over Politico by starting a publication called Common Sense 2012: “@FishbowlDC You realize you’d overtake Politico in this town if I wrote for you FT right? Black Republican in DC w/humor and insight.” (Note to readers: Edmond is an anti-trust lawyer we were Twitter “arguing/discussing” with well into the morning.)

ABC’s Rick Klein: “@karentravers I will sleep only when @berman14‘s hair gets out of place.” (Travers is an ABC White House reporter; Berman is an ABC News correspondent.)

Mother Jones D.C. Bureau Chief David Corn: “The up side: at least now I can get back to worrying about Charlie Sheen.”

SKDKnickerbocker’s Hanna Rosin: “Man up John Boehner. Stop crying.”

Political Wire‘s Taegan Goddard: “Two things I’ll forever miss on Election Day: Mechanical voting machines and Tim Russert.”

CBS News White House Radio correspondent Mark Knoller: “Haven’t seen anyone smiling at the WH this morning. With good reason.”