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DC Media Cover Downed Malaysia Airlines Jet

cnn-breaking-news1This morning, a Malaysia Airlines jet flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down along the Ukraine/Russia border.

Anderson Cooper quickly took over coverage for CNN’s John Berman, with CNN’s senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta contributing to the report. The network will reschedule “The Sixties” tonight for special coverage of the crash.

Fox News Channel national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin has been reporting on the matter from the Pentagon.

CBS News’ Major Garrett, Bob Orr, Jeff Pegues have reported from D.C. and the network is sending foreign correspondent Mark Phillips to Ukraine, Seth Doane to Malaysia, and foreign correspondent Elizabeth Palmer to Amsterdam.

ABC News’ Martha RaddatzJonathan Karl, and Jim Avila have each contributed to network coverage. Tonight’s ”World News” will air an extended broadcast tonight to cover the crash from 6:30-7:30 p.m. with David Muir anchoring.

Brian Williams took over for Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie at 12:59 p.m. on NBC.

Malaysia Airlines will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. ET.

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CBS News Toasts to 50 Years with Bill Plante

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As if there wasn’t enough going on in DC last night (the Congressional Women’s Softball Game, 826DC’s ‘How to Make it in This Town’ convo with CNN’s Jake Tapper and NYTimesMark Leibovich, and the Big Money book party for POLITICO’s Ken Vogel) CBS News hosted a party to celebrate White House Correspondent Bill Plante’s 50 year career at the network.

Friends and colleagues gathered at Jose Andres’ Oyamel to fete Plante, a known foodie and wine connoisseur. Highlight (for him): He was gifted with a rare 1964 Chateau Pichon Baron-Pauillac.

Guests included CBS News President David Rhodes, Chairman Jeff Fager and Washington Bureau Chief Chris Isham. as well as Nancy Cordes, Major Garrett, Bob Orr, Chip Reid, and Julianna Goldman.

BREAKING: Jay Carney Hasn’t Finished “House of Cards,” Doesn’t Watch “Scandal”

In a sit-down with Major Garrett at George Washington University today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney covered a wide range of topics, including the impact of social media on news cycles, the prosecution of leakers, and his relationship with the White House press corps. But no revelation was quite as shocking as his admission that he is woefully behind on two of television’s most important Washington-themed shows.

As the crowd looked on in silent horror, Carney expressed dismay that he had never seen “Scandal,” and conceded that he needed to get on that s@%&. Like right now. Carney was also unable to follow a comical reference made by Garrett about the last episode of Season 2 of “House of Cards.”

“I haven’t made it that far yet,” said the Press Secretary. Gasps could be heard from the crowd, mostly made up of students who binge-watched the entire season as soon as it was released. A visibly disturbed Garrett assured him that the reference would make sense if and when Carney ever finished the season.

By contrast, Carney appeared very familiar with “The West Wing.” To the surprise of no one, he said that his favorite character was C.J. Craig and that another, minor character had been named after him by some of the show’s writers.

There was no mention of “Homeland,” though we can safely predict that Carney probably agrees with the rest of America that the third season really jumped the shark.

Major Garrett Goes for a White House Hat Trick

As Politico reported earlier, CBS’s Major Garrett got quite the get today. The network’s chief White House correspondent scored interviews with both Barack Obama and Joe Biden, which will air tonight and tomorrow morning. But he’s not stopping there. Oh no. In an apparent attempt to interview every high-profile member of the Obama administration before the weekend, Garrett will sit down with Press Secretary Jay Carney tomorrow morning at George Washington University for a conversation with the kids at the School of Media and Public Affairs. Topics will include how to field questions in the briefing room, keeping your cool in times of pressure, and tips to stay on message.

Obviously, this will largely be a review for most of those students, since anyone attending a GW School of Media and Public Affairs talk with the White House Press Secretary will have seen every episode of “The West Wing” dozens of times. And we seriously doubt Jay can tell us anything we haven’t already learned from C.J. Craig…

Hey Isn’t That…?

…every journalist in DC on “House of Cards” ????

FishbowlDC caught up with CNN’s Candy Crowley a few days back to chat a bit about her star turn in “HoC” But she was far from the only DC journo to mix it up with the Underwoods this season. We pinged a few more to see what the experience was like:

Morris Jones, News Channel 8

On being sworn to secrecy: “I’m in two different spoiler scenes and I had to sign a non disclosure agreement.  I guess if I revealed any details before the public release, I might be found floating in the Potomac!”

Scott Thuman, ABC 7

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On what question he would ask Frank Underwood: “Easy. Are you looking for a new press guy?”

Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg News

On watching the first season: “The cast was a guest of Bloomberg’s at the White House Correspondents Dinner. I hadn’t seen the show and everyone kept coming up to the actors to talk about the season. So, I binged and basically watched the entire season on a transatlantic flight last summer. I then felt very dark inside.”

Major Garrett, CBS News

On which character he would interview: “President Garrett Walker…My first question: How could you despoil the regal name Garrett with such a weak and vacillating approach to the presidency?”

Catch a video from Nowthisnews.com featuring nearly* every journo who made a “HOC” Season 2 appearance, after the jump…

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Dylan Byers No Fan of ‘HoC.’ So What?

“Sorry to be a wet-blanket, but Washington’s collective celebration of House of Cards seems like a dereliction of our journalistic duty to be critical. We’ve participated in marketing a show to the rest of the country – Washington can’t get enough of House of Cards! – without acknowledging that it’s jumped the shark.”

That’s the conclusion from Politico‘s Dylan Byers on the second season of “House of Cards.” Wet blanket indeed.

We take Dylan’s point that DC journos have been the unwitting (or perhaps witting) marketing accomplices for the show, but so what? It’s not real. Do journalists really have an obligation to be critical of fiction. And pulp fiction at that?

“The second season of Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’ was a pretty big let down.” he says. “The storylines were preposterous. The principle characters were flat and cliched. The efforts at narrative transgression, either violent or sexual, were pathetic and unconvincing.”

One could criticize “Scandal” (and definitely “Homeland”)  for the same reasons. Except why would you? Call us low-brow, but while verisimilitude and believeability are certainly important aspects of a television show, they aren’t the only benchmarks worth measuring by. There’s also good writing, excitement, surprise, catharsis, emotional engagement, titillation, and provocation -all of which “House of Cards” has in spades (ha).

And we’d beg to differ that the characters are any more flat than C.J. Craig or Sam Seaborn or Jed Bartlett -all glorified archetypes of Washington do-gooders. The dialogue in “The West Wing” was patently unbelievable -as was the idea that anyone could possibly be so completely driven by altruism and patriotism and be without serious personality flaws. But those characters were still compelling. Their struggles and travails were still of interest to viewers. And the actors who portrayed them still gave masterful performances. And ultimately, “The West Wing” was entertaining -the only measure that really matters on television in the end. We saw what happens when you try to hew too closely to the truth in a fictitious show about politics and journalism. It’s called “The Newsroom,” and it’s cancelled.

And wethinks Mr. Byers doth protest too much.

“The backslapping enthusiasm that greeted Matt Bai, Julianna Goldman, Major Garrett and other guest-starring journalists on Twitter only reinforces the idea that the Beltway media is self-obsessed,” he says.

Perhaps it is not disgust he feels, but guilt. Politico has, perhaps more than any other single institution, made its name on sensationalizing the oft-boring world of Washington politics and encouraging self-indulgence among journalists (See: This Town). It strikes us as rather rich that he laments the salacious and ridiculous way a fictional Washington is portrayed by Netflix, while his own publication does the same thing in real life. One ought not throw stones in glass houses -even at houses made of cards.

Weekend Show Preview 12.27 – 12.29

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

–CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Guest Host: Major Garrett, Frmr. Dir. of NSA Michael Hayden, WaPo‘s Barton Gellman, NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, Snowden legal advisor Jesselyn Radack, TIME‘s Jefferey Kluger, James Fallows of The Atlantic, NPR’s Laura Sydell, Seth Fletcher of Scientific American

–”Fox News Sunday“: Howard Dean, AEI resident fellow Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Rep Mike Rogers (R-MI), Rep Adam Schiff (D-CA); Panel: Brit Hume, NPR’s Mara Liasson, Scott Brown, Joe Lieberman

–NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Rep Darrel Issa (R-CA), Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX); Round table: Jon Huntsman, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Robin Wright and WaPo‘s Eugene Robinson

–ABC’s “This Week“: George Stephanopoulos reviews “2013 Game Changers”

–CNN’s “State of the Union“: Candy Crowley features the top 10 political stories of 2013 with  S.E. Cupp, Donna Brazile, Republican strategist Ana Navarro, and Center for American Progress’ Neera Tanden

–PBS’s “Washington Week“:  Gwen Ifill reviews top stories of 2013 with 16 of her panelists

–BTV’s “Political Capital: Author Michael Novak

We’ll update ‘em as we get ‘em.  

Weekend Show Preview 12.20 – 12.22

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

–CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell; authors Terry McMillan, Michael Connelly, George Saunders, and Rick Atkinson; Major Garrett, David Martin, Nancy Cordes and Margaret Brennan of CBS

–”Fox News Sunday“: Former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee; pastor Joel Osteen; Founder of “Wreaths Across America” Morrill Worcester; George Will , Charles Krauthammer, and Juan Williams of Fox; Kirsten Powers of The Daily Beast

–NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Managing director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)

–ABC’s “This Week“: House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Senate Intelligence Committee member Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO), Donna Brazile of CNN, Matthew Dowd of ABC, Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard, Steven Rattner of NYT and Fox’s Greta Van Susteren

–CNN’s “State of the Union“: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL), WaPo‘s Dan Balz, NYT‘s Mark Lebovich, Mark Halperin of TIME, and Newt Gingrich

–PBS’s “Washington Week“:  Dan Balz of WaPo, Susan David of USA Today, Pete Williams of NBC, Greg Ip of The Economist

–BTV’s “Political Capital: Senator Rob Portman (R-OH); Margaret Talev, John WalcottRich Miller of Bloomberg News; Margaret Carlson and Lanhee Chen of Bloomberg View

We’ll update ‘em as we get ‘em.  

Sam Youngman’s Goodbye Soirée is ‘The Other Side of This Town’

photo-25A sizable gathering of journos packed into the dimly-lit Oyster Bar of Old Ebbitt Grill last night to bid farewell to Sam Youngman, who’s headed to Lexington, Ky. to shake things up at the Kentucky-Herald Leader.

“It’s so easy to sh-t all over this town, and I will continue to do so with great relish,” Youngman told FishbowlDC by email today. “But last night was a reminder that there are so many wonderful and talented people here, and I’m fortunate to know them.”

Kevin Madden, a CNN Contributor, pointed out last night, “This is the other side of This Town.” You hear that Mark Leibovich?

The party was meticulously organized by CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, who regularly frequents Old Ebbitt and is something of a star there. (We resisted the terrible urge to give Garrett an impromptu spelling test. He assures that he can spell fairly well, just not in a Spelling Bee format.)

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How Howard Fineman Spells Rhinoceros: ‘Rhinocerus’

It was at times an intense standoff last night as nine Washington journalists squared off against nine members of Congress in a Spelling Bee at the National Press Club.

Throughout the evening, Politico Deputy White House Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand (pictured here alongside Kaine) seemed to have the whole thing locked up. Calm and cool, unlike some of the other journalists, she stepped right up and spelled her words correctly, without a lot of hesitation.

That is, until the end, when, in a standoff with the unassuming Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), she lost and he won on “nonpareil.” Read more

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