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Weekend Show Preview 1.10 – 1.12

SundayShows12Who’s on the weekend shows this week? Glad you asked:

–CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), John Harris from Politico, Rana Foroohar of  TIME, WSJ’s Gerald Seib, Michael Gerson of WaPo

-”Fox News Sunday”: John Roberts as guest host, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), George Will, WaPo‘s Bob Woodward, Karl Rove, Juan Williams

–NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Rick Santorum, Maria Shriver, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews

–ABC’s “This Week“: Martha Raddatz as guest host, Judy Smith, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), CNN’s Donna Brazile, Matthew Dowd and David Plouffe

–CNN’s “State of the Union“: Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sean Spicer, Karen Tumulty of WaPo

–CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: TBA

–Univision’s “Al Punto”: Frmr. Sec. of HUD Henry Cisneros, Eliseo Medina of SEIU, Juan José Gutiérrez, Sergio García, Carlota Sosa, Leonardo Padrón

–PBS’s “McLaughlin Group”: TBA

–PBS’s “Washington Week“: John Dickerson of SlatePeter Baker of NYTMaggie Haberman of Politico, and WaPo‘s Ed O’Keefe

–BTV’s “Political Capital: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

We’ll update ‘em as we get ‘em.  

Lanny Davis Rips Media on ‘Innuendo Journalism’

Blaming the media has never really fallen out of fashion. Former Special Counsel to President Clinton Lanny Davis is out with an op-ed about what he says is poor and sloppy media coverage of the Clintons. Headline: “The anti-Clinton media: Here we go again.”

Davis shreds everyone from NYT columnist Maureen Dowd for holding the Clinton’s responsible for the Huma Abedin situation, to her colleagues Nicholas Confessore and Amy Chozick on their story about the Clinton Foundation racking up deficits. He complains that the NYT coverage relies on “anonymous sourcing” and “innuendo.” He goes on to knock someone he deems one of Washington’s “best political reporters,” Politico‘s Maggie Haberman. Read more

TNR Grills NYT’s Jill Abramson; Editor Declares Politico ‘Evanescent’ in its Reporting

That story on NYT‘s Jill Abramson by Politico‘s Dylan Byers from April is the one that just won’t die. In it, he predicted her potential demise and wrote that a number of journalists in the newsroom didn’t like her brusque manner. “Just a year and a half into her tenure as executive editor, Abramson is already on the verge of losing the support of the newsroom,” he wrote.

Since then, NYT Washington Bureau reporters have discussed how the story actually helped rather than hurt Abramson, since so many have come to her defense since news of her potential downfall broke. The story has spurred a whole debate about gender in the newsroom — for example, while it’s perfectly newsroom charming for NYT‘s Dean Baquet to punch walls when angry, for Abramson, that might seem unseemly. Or else that brusque thing again.

When The Daily Beast reported that Abramson cried over the story, Byers tweeted it, earning him the title of “grossest” reporter by, ahem, Gawker, which adequately devoured the gross market by writing about Arianna Huffington‘s alleged pooping habits.

On Sunday the story was discussed again as NYT Public Editor Margaret Sullivan called it “unfair” and “unfortunate” and discussed what she perceived was the overuse of anonymous sources. And today, The New Republic’s Editor-at-Large  Michael Kinsley has a Q & A with Abramson that once again addresses themes from the piece. Their headline: “Grill Jill: The New York Times’ top editor on mean bosses, liberal biases, and the Post’s demise.”

Kinsley was quick to addresses her “meanness.” He also asked what she thinks of Politico. She never addresses Byers by name, but gives quite a shout-out to Politico‘s Maggie Haberman. Watch out Politico…they snagged Jonathan Martin. Might Haberman be next? Read more

Politico Upset About ‘Bowel Movements’

Ex-Politico scribe Steve Friess‘s BuzzFeed freelance debut has some Politico reporters bristling in response. Damn that BuzzFeed is stirring up so much trouble as of late.

Friess, who just finished up at Politico last week as a tech reporter, wrote a counter piece to NYT columnist Ross Douthat, who declared that in order for WaPo to succeed Politico has to fail. Friess took issue, saying there is a place for Politico‘s niche reporting and WaPo must find its own way, irregardless of Politico‘s success. His point: WaPo can’t be Politico and shouldn’t try as they’re meant to serve a broader audience. He wrote, “The Post’s mission and mandate is to serve an entire and diverse community; Politico’s is to serve a homogenous and specialized one.”

The line that offended reporters such as Politico‘s Maggie Haberman and Ken Vogel? “Ross Douthat of The New York Times kicked this parlor game into high gear on Sunday by declaring the Post’s fatal sin as an alleged failure to fully embrace the internet and deploy the sort of kinetic, report-every-bowel-movement coverage of official Washington that has turned Politico into a juggernaut,” wrote Friess. He also wrote that Politico wasn’t profitable until a few years ago when they launched Politico Pro, calling other parts of the publication the “dessert” that created the brand while Politico Pro is the vegetables that feed their bottom line. He also revealed other vanilla details about Politico newsroom parlance, but nothing all that harsh.

Still, after getting flack about his story, Friess took to Twitter: “Amused that ex-colleagues see @BuzzFeed piece as insult. It’s in no way critical of @politico.” Haberman retweeted that with, “Seriously??” Vogel also retweeted, adding, “report-every-bowel-movment.”

VOGEL: “Comparing our journalism to covering ‘bowel movements’ isn’t criticism? Fine to criticize, of course, but own it when you do.”

FRIESS: “Ask any journalist in Las Vegas who followed my blog if I’m shy about owning my own criticism. There’s none in that piece. …That’s colorful writing, not criticism. I’m repeatedly admiring & complimentary of @politico. It’s just different than a newspapr. … Believe me. When I do, I will. But obsessing on a phrase at the expense of an entire piece is… well… very Politico of you.”

VOGEL: “Which is not criticism either, right?”

FRIESS: “Naw. That’s just trolling. You need to brush up on your lingo.”

VOGEL: “Thanks for your advice and insight.”

Indeed there were compliments for his old employer in his piece. For instance, “Politico is a niche publication that does a terrific job focusing on a topic of great and growing interest. But it does not pretend to want to cover all of the myriad and important topics that a general-service newspaper does, nor should it.”

Friess directly disputes Douthat’s premise that WaPo wins if Politico loses, writing, “But we already have a Politico, and it’s a good thing. If the Post becomes Politico, we all lose.”

Asked for comment on the matter, Friess told FishbowlDC… Read more

Summer Superlatives 2013: Most Respected Journalist in Washington

This is a tough category. But today we ask you to help determine who is Washington’s most respected journalist. The lineup of contestants includes USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page, WaPo‘s Dan Balz, CNN’s Jake Tapper, WaPo‘s Paul Kane, WSJ Washington Bureau Chief Gerald Seib, CBS’ “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer and Politico‘s Maggie Haberman. A Capitol Hill aide remarked to FishbowlDC, “On the Hill, Paul Kane’s integrity is unquestioned.” Of Page and Balz, a journalist tooted their horns, saying, “I don’t know a single person — politician wise — who would say no to either one of them.” May the most respected journo win!

Afternoon Reading List 07.31.13.

Weiner lasting more than four months is doubtful — When Anthony Weiner announced his bid for New York City mayor, his campaign was about a fresh start and using his past to learn from his mistakes. He had mostly been laying low, and it appeared that NYC voters were in support of Weiner’s political comeback. But, as Politico’s Edward-Isaac Dovere and Maggie Haberman report, July has not been a good month for the Weiner as another sexting scandal emerged with the now infamously porntastically-named Sydney Elaine Leathers. Most recently, his dismissal of the opinions of the Clintons, who Dovere and Haberman label “the first family of Democratic politics, cements his nose dive that he has little chance of stopping before the Sept. 10 primary. A recent poll puts him in fourth place and shows that 53 percent of New Yorkers want him to drop out of the race.

Why you should read it: Weiner’s campaign has definitely suffered from continued blows, and this piece looks at how he went from a strong mayoral candidate to a running joke.

About those Twitter messages — Speaking of Weiner, Charles C. Johnson of The Daily Caller reports on the varying accounts of the mayoral candidate’s communication with a then-17-year-old girl in 2011. The girl, Margaret Henning, and her family offer differing accounts of just how many messages Weiner sent Henning and what the contents of those messages were. Henning’s mother says he sent two messages, an unnamed family member says he sent three and Weiner says he sent five. Wow, did he foolishly high ball that one that? Leading up to the communication, Henning had made public on Twitter her obsessive love of Weiner, tweeting things like “HE IS MINE ALL MINE HE LOVES ME AND NO ONE ELSE ILY ILY ILY!!!” She also made public her love of caps lock and lack of punctuation. After expressing her Weiner love, he followed her on Twitter until he was called out by Twitter users, but followed her again after multiple tweets begging him to do so. The Daily Caller also pulled some pretty great pictures from Henning’s Facebook page to publish with the story.

Why you should read it: Henning had a very high school-like crush on the then-congressman, which Weiner apparently couldn’t resist after seeing his Twitter handle in so many tweets. Make sure you read the tweets at the end.

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Huma Abedin: The Clinton’s ‘Surrogate’ Daughter

Politico‘s Maggie Haberman, the queen of anonymous sourcing this week with an impressive 16 ways to express anonymity, appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today. She spoke about the Clintonland response to he Anthony Weiner scandal, specifically their concern for the candidate’s wife, Huma Abedin.

We were struck by Haberman’s use of the phrase “surrogate daughter.” We know candidates have “surrogates” on the campaign trail. But in the political sense of the word, could anything sound more impersonal and more This Town? Haberman is right — according to news reports former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton has said, “I only have one daughter. But if I had a second daughter, it would [be] Huma.”

“The Clintons are very tired of him. …They didn’t like him since the scandal. They didn’t like that he was name dropping Bill Clinton constantly when he first got into the race. They made it really clear they weren’t getting involved. They are very worried about Huma Abedin who is, you know, like a surrogate daughter to them.”

Anonymous Sourcing: Haberman Style

The more creative anonymous sourcing gets the harder it is to guess who may be doing the talking. And in Washington, it’s rampant as many sensitive spokespeople hardly ever want to go on the record about anything no matter how important or absurdly innocuous the information may be.

In Politico this morning is a whopper of an insider story by Maggie Haberman published at 4:59 a.m. on Huma Abedin, the victim-scorned wife of New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner. The larger point of the story is that Huma’s friends, who once had her “support,” now have their “concern.” In short: What the hell is she still doing with him? They don’t come out that boldly, but just enough to get their point across. While her friends are “concerned,” the media, writes Haberman, has gone from “sympathetic” to “savage.” The piece uses mostly anonymous sourcing outside of Clinton Camp intimate and CNN Contributor Paul Begala. Here is the impressive variety of anonymous descriptors she used:

1. “her friends.”

2. “their worry”

3. Our favorite: “The feelings about Weiner in Clintonland are unequivocal, according to one someone close to the couple: ‘Everyone’s done with him.’”

4. “Multiple sources familiar with the Clintons’ thinking”

5. “Everyone loves her to death,” said a Clinton ally who’s worked with her.

6. “sources said”

7. “Clinton insiders and allies insist they don’t believe Abedin has become a liability for the former Secretary of State…”

8. “Within Clinton-world…”

9. “’Two years ago [it was] caring about Huma, and now it’s concern for Huma,’ said a second Clinton ally, who, like almost everyone interviewed, asked not to be identified.”

10. “said one senior Democrat, who asked for anonymity”

 11. “One Clinton insider…”

12. “One source”

13. “Another source”

14. “Several other people with ties to the Clintons say…”

15. “Clinton aides say…”

16. “Several Clinton allies pointed out…”

Is Politico’s John Harris Comfortable Sitting Like a Pretzel?

Who knew John Harris was an amateur contortionist?

Every few days, some of the more high-profile reporters (“star reporters” as they refer to each other) at Politico produce a video of themselves sitting at a roundtable giving on-camera analysis of the day’s news.

They’re fairly boring, given that they’re essentially recaps of what’s already been written on Politico‘s website, which you have to wade through to get to the videos. But the one posted Wednesday night offered a rare glimpse of Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris in his natural habitat. Read more

A Little Birdy Tells Us…

That Politico‘s Maggie Haberman was in Washington Tuesday and sitting at — hope you’re sitting down for this — Jonathan Martin‘s old desk. Wait a second… is the New York City-based scribe who has the exact same title that JMart had going to officially fill his shoes? If you missed the pictures of Messy Martin’s war-torn workspace yesterday, see here. Thankfully for Haberman, who doesn’t seem like she’d tolerate a lot of clutter or ever get ambushed by the team on “Hoarders,” the desk was clean.

“I wondered whose polka dot bag that was. Let the rumors and gossip begin!” a colleague remarked.

Not to go all woo woo here… Read more

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