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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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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Ezzy’s Oops!

FishbowlDC Fan Club Prez and WaPo liberal blogger Ezra Klein set off a firestorm Monday when he declared that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) was sporting facial hair. Okay, so firestorm is a huge exaggeration, but here’s what happened…Tweet 1: Paul Ryan is now sporting facial hair. Tweet 2: The previous facial hair tweet was a false, or at least outdated, alarm. It was from Dec. Ryan is once again clean shaven.

The name of Paul Bedard‘s new column in the Washington Examiner: “Washington Secrets.” His former column at U.S. News & World Report was “Washington Whispers,” a name association that will be tough for Bedard to shake.

Journo succumbs to “The Bachelor” addiction

“I am weak. I’m watching the rest of Bachelor only to find Ben getting schooled on basic kissing skills. It’s about damn time.” — TWT‘s Senior Opinion Editor Emily Miller.

The Complimenter

“TALENT OVERBOARD! Lois Romano has escaped from the Voyage of the Damned RMSTitina. #Vortex of Madness.” — The Daily Caller‘s Mickey Kaus on Politico‘s newest hire, Lois Romano, from The Daily Beast.

The important things in life…

“The ongoing slog from 4995 followers to 5000 seems never ending.” — Politico‘s Jake Sherman, a.k.a Fastbreak!

Bret Baier to the Gov: Who’s your buddy?

Buddy Romer: “Still available for color commentary, Bret.”

Bret Baier: “Governor I promise I will have you on soon – I am good for it.”

Roland’s nightmarish day

“I’ve been called an ape, gorilla & a N-word today. Not the first time. Won’t be last. I’m sure if I retweeted that person wouldn’t be happy!” — Washington Watch Host and CNN analyst Roland Martin, taking heat Monday for joking about “smacking” a dude who gets hyped about a commercial showing David Beckham in his skivvies. The remark referenced a Super Bowl ad Sunday. Some construed Roland’s remarks as homophobic.

Convo Between Two Journos

The following conversation is between The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza and Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith.

Lizza: “Ben r u durnk?”

Smith: “Ryan Lizza, what is this my first ever typo?”

(Smith explained to FishbowlDC, “Can’t quite remember what, but it was a tweet with two typos. Sober.” UPDATE: Smith actually made FOUR typos in one tweet, hence Lizza’s accusation of Ben being on the sauce. The “drunken” tweet reads: Ron Paul’s caucus strategy — for picking up delegates, & for keeping hte media intrested — diddn’t owkr in Nevada.” )

Note of gratitude: We’re ecstatic that the faux @DrJillBiden is now following us, if for no other reason, to find out what U.S. News & World Report‘s “Washington Whispers” will cover next. Tweet from this morning: “Day 1 of arms like Michelle: Noble Peace Prize curls.” We like her already.

Politico Rescues Romano from The Beast

The Daily Beast‘s Howie Kurtz may have convinced longtime WaPo reporter Lois Romano to join him at The Beast in April 2011. But now, not even a year later, she has left him for Politico. In a notice today that appeared on the site’s On Media blog, brass announced that Romano has been hired as a senior political reporter. They call her one of “Washington’s most accomplished” journos.

“Lois’s presence in our newsroom will allow us to do types of stories that in the past might have been out of our reach,” writes Editor-in-Chief John Harris.

Romano spent 28 years at WaPo.

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The Daily Beast Swallows Up WaPo’s Lois Romano

WaPo‘s Lois Romano is leaving the publication after 29 years to go to work for The Daily Beast.

See the extremely flattering internal memo…

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Gibbs Amazed Anyone Cares Who the President Calls On

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says he’s “absolutely amazed that anybody in America cares about who the President picks at a news conference or the mechanism by which he reads his prepared remarks.”

Gibbs sat down with WaPo’s Lois Romano to discuss President Obama’s choices for reporter questions for the latest “Voices of Power.”

Morning Reading List, 01.15.09

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We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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More Post Buyout Updates

Marc Fisher tells FishbowlDC that he’s considering the WaPo’s buyout:

    It’s just sad that the state of the industry has put so many of us in the position of having to choose whether to leave work that we dearly love.

Lois Romano will probably not take the buyout, we hear.

A round-up:

Gene Weingarten: Maybe.

Tamara Jones: Gone.

Susan Schmidt
: Gone.

Tim Page: Gone.

Maralee Schwartz: Gone.

Tom Ricks
tells us “I’ll probably take it, but haven’t yet made a final decision.”

Maybes: Dan Balz and Keith Richburg.

Desson Thomson: Maybe.

Richburg tells FishbowlDC: “I’m going to bali in early may, so I’m going to sit there looking at a white sand beach and the pacific ocean and then make up my mind.”

What about you, Posties: You or your neighbors considering the buyout? Let us know:

In The Loop Page Continues To Evolve

You may have noticed Peter Baker taking a stab at the Post’s “In the Loop” page Monday (which already features Jeffrey Birnbaum, Al Kamen and Lois Romano).

Since Kamen took the buyout, he’s now on contract and one of the
things he wanted to do was scale back from three columns a week to two. Therefore, in order to replace his Monday column, the Post has started a new White House “Loop” column (similar to the K Street “Loop” column about lobbying on Tuesdays by Birnbaum and the On the Hill “Loop” column about Congress on Thursdays by Romano). Michael Fletcher will primarily author the White House “Loop” column, but Baker and Michael Abramowitz will fill in on occasion.

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