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How Do You SOTU?

SOTUSure, you can watch the big speech on plain old TV tonight if you want to, but that is by no means the only way to get your SOTU fix this year. Here’s how the political media are covering their “Super Bowl” tonight:

The Atlantic and National Journal will be hosting a State of the Union Congressional Debrief on the morning of Wednesday, January 29.  Molly Ball and Steve Clemons of The Atlantic and Ronald Brownstein of Atlantic Media will be joined on stage by members of congress for a discussion and expert analysis of the President’s speech.  Speakers include Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL).

CNN will start coverage at 7 PM with Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, and Jake Tapper. Guests include Jon Favreau and Karen Hughes. Throughout the night, Jim Scuitto will be reporting from Iran, Tom Foreman will subject Obama’s claims on economic inequality to a “Reality Check,” and Suzanne Malveaux will moderate a focus group in Des Moines, IA. Jake Tapper will lead the post-speech coverage, followed by John King. And of course, Peter Hamby will be live streaming his Politi-cast during the SOTU and the responses at CNN.com.

TIME will stream its first-ever live webcast on the President’s speech and GOP response starting Tuesday at 8:30PM at TIME.com. The coverage will be anchored by TIME Senior Political Analyst Mark Halperin, and joined with analysis from Michael Scherer, Bobby Ghosh, Rana Foroohar, and Callie Schweitzer.

Al Jazeera American begins coverage at 6 PM  with Tony Harris, Ali Velshi, David Shuster and Richelle Carey. Guests will include Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. AJA social editors will live blog the speech at http://alj.am/SOTUJohn SeigenthalerJoie Chen and Ray Suarez take over coverage at 7 PM. Coverage continues at midnight with “America Tonight.”

Roll Call will be hosting a watch party here starting at 8:40 PM. Political Editor Shira T. Center will moderate a Google hangout that features Senior Editor David Hawkings and Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni to preview President Obama’s address. After the speech, Bellantoni will take you live inside Statuary Hall to get instant reactions from members. Center and Hawkings will join the conversation to talk about the implications of the president’s address.

Politico will start coverage at 8:30 PM with Mike Allen, John F. Harris, Anna Palmer, Manu Raju via live stream here. You will also be able to submit questions to POLITICO’s Facebook page after the speech using Facebook’s Q and A feature, for answers from POLITICO Deputy White House Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand. They will also host an event the day after SOTU presented by the Innovation Alliance at 8 AM at the Capitol Hilton. Guests to be announced.

Huffington Post will live stream a speech from Rosanne Barr at 11 PM at HuffPost Live, immediately following the Tea Party response.

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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.  

Afternoon Reading List 11.05.13

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Press secretary spars with reporter: HuffPost reported yesterday that during a heated White House briefing, reporter Jon Karl of ABC News pressured White House press secretary Jay Carney pretty hard for answers regarding the trail of Obamacare applications that are not submitted through the online system. After Carney has had enough, he actually sounds like a fed up middle school substitute teacher when he retorts with, ”Jon, I get it!” as he mockingly copycats Karl’s aggressive finger-pointing and incessant badgering.

Why you should read/watch it: Watch Carney get flustered. It’s hilarious. He takes it with stride, as any professional in his position would, and the back and forth is worth catching. Read/watch more here.

MSNBC host gets sassy: BuzzFeed’s Dorsey Shaw posted a clip yesterday of Abby Huntsman, co-host of “The Cycle” on MSNBC, as she responds to Mark Halperin and John Heilemann‘s gossipy “Double Down,” and its portrayal of her family in the 2012 presidential race (Huntsman’s father, Jon Huntsman Jr., was a candidate vying for the GOP nod). She drops a sass bomb on the authors, but still half-way recommends the book for its bubblegum appeal, because it’s the flavor D.C.’s media loves to chew.

Why you should watch it: Huntsman’s voracious rebuttal is one long insult directed towards Heilemann and Halperin, and she’s sprinkled it with some pleasant imagery as well. Watch more here.

Whose biblical insight gave Glenn Beck a run for his money?

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Morning Chatter

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This morning’s conversation is between TIME’s Mark Halperin and media consultant Mike Feldman, a.k.a. Mr. Savannah Guthrie.

HALPERIN: “4th oldest trick in all White House PR playbooks: sr aides ‘confide’ to reporters that the president is ‘furious’ about some mess up.”

FELDMAN: “What are the top 3?”

HALPERIN: “@feldmike 1) Friday doc dump; 2) game changing leak to @nytimes or Drudge; 3) question motives/values of critics

Journo impersonates lawmakers (in a sense)

“Doing my best impression of a member of Congress by taking off Monday.” — Jared Halpern, Fox News Radio, D.C.

images-1Comfort by way of gravy

“Never before has a breakfast buffet so clearly been the solution to all of my problems. #gravy” — Mandy Jenkins, interactives director, Digital First Media.

Spotted: The Romneys in Peru

“Random: friend is in Peru, on her way to Machu Picchu, and who did she see last night in town square? Mitt and Ann Romney, w/ whole clan.” — NYT‘s Michael Luo.

The Observer

“Nothing like a Rose Garden pseudo-event when sh-t hits the fan. TK-Steve Kroft walk-and-talk? (‘I know Americans are angry…I am too…’)” — Politico‘s Glenn Thrush.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:41 a.m.

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Important Q to Ponder: “Is Jeff Zucker’s plan to have every media journalist host Reliable so there can be no CNN coverage? That would be very him.” — Kate Arthur, Chief LA Correspondent, BuzzFeed.

Mark Halperin Searches for Inner Journo Children

TIME Editor-at-Large Mark Halperin is nothing if not deep. Maybe it’s his relatively new fully grown facial hair that’s making him so introspective?

Halperin’s Inner Children

We like that he included a woman on here as well as a guy who tweets like a 13-year-old girl.

Andrea Mitchell: NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent

Jonathan Martin: political reporter, NYT

Mike Allen: Politico‘s Chief White House Correspondent

Sasha Issenberg, reporter, Monocle, Slate

Morning Chatter

“Really, it’s for display only.”TIME‘s Mark Halperin on his facial hair this morning as the “Morning Joe” crew again razzed him for him and tried to touch it.

Sighting: Yoko Ono

“Spotted entering Central Park at 6th Ave: Yoko Ono, looking very much like Yoko Ono.” — The Takeaway’s Todd Zwillich.

SMOKING PHOTOG: “How French photographers roll: Fingers simultaneously on shutter and, of course, cigarette.” — Boston Globe White House Correspondent Matt Viser with the accompanying photograph.

Journo wonders about those classified videos

“So much for classified…everyone in the media now has the Sryia / gas CLASSIFIED videos — leaked to us deliberately by admin?” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren.

Saturday night on Twitter…

“Ugh, infestation of ignorance in my TL. Many blocks. Back to Saturday night!” — Salon‘s Joan Walsh.

Anti-Bloomberg sentiment rages on

“That Mayor Mike Bloomberg interview with New York magazine is beyond pathetic. He should apologize to Bill de Blasio and his family. I think someone should stop and frisk Mike Bloomberg for a brain. So Bloomberg is ticked de Blasio has his Black wife & son in ads? If his wife was Becky & son Skippy would that still be an issue?” — TV One morning host Roland Martin. Bloomberg’s exact words to New York Mag: “He’s making an appeal using his family to gain support. I think it’s pretty obvious to anyone watching what he’s been doing. I do not think he himself is racist. It’s comparable to me pointing out I’m Jewish in attracting the Jewish vote. You tailor messages to your audiences and address issues you think your audience cares about.”

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:50 a.m.

Shocker: Franken talks to reporters

“Not sure what’s more newsworthy: Al Franken saying he’s leaning towards supporting #Syria Rez,or that he talked to the press in the hallway!” — Real Clear Politics congressional reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns.

TIME’s Mark Halperin Working ‘The George’

TIME Editor-at-Large and Senior Political Analyst Mark Halperin‘s strange facial hair, a dark mustache paired with a salt and pepper beard, is getting lots of airtime this week on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Even Al Sharpton tried to get in on the antics this morning, but wound up calling him by the wrong name. MSNBC Contributor and former top aide to President Obama David Axelrod spoke of the serious matters in Syria this morning. Then, amid much laughter on set, added, “I want to welcome Mark back from the back woods where he obviously was chopping wood.”

Earlier in the week, host Joe Scarborough put up a split screen to show how much Halperin was starting to resemble Harrison Ford‘s character “Dr. Richard Kimbel”  in “The Fugitive.” He also took to Twitter to ask, “Critical question of the AM: Does Mark Halperin look more like a bearded Al Gore or Dr. Richard Kimball from the Fugitive?”

But Halperin told NBC “Today Show” host Savannah Guthrie that he was really trying to achieve the look of a different Hollywood actor.

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Early Morning Hashtag Blather

Ever get bored when you’re home alone and start rambling to yourself about nothing particular or even that funny? But there’s no one around to hear what you say, so it’s totally, like, okay? Ever do that on Twitter? Yes, some of you do that all the time.

We don’t want you to stop, though. It amuses us endlessly.

Take Talking Points Memo’s Brian Beutler.

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Chuck Todd Lunges at BuzzFeed Over PBS Embargo Fiasco

We can see it now. The 10 angry facial expressions of NBC Political Director Chuck Todd. The 7 safari animals that most resemble Chuck Todd. Chuck Todd with a cornucopia of mustaches and facial hair ensembles — which one is best? Oh wait — in May of last year they already ran a listicle on Chuck Todd’s goatee on everybody.

The old-school newsman is at odds with BuzzFeed this morning. The last 18 hours has been a flurry of controversy ever since BuzzFeed butchered an embargo set by PBS on President Obama‘s appearance on “The Charlie Rose Show” last night. The embargo was set for 11 p.m. BuzzFeed broke it and ran a preliminary transcript of the interview at 3:45 p.m. And soon, others such as WaPo, which sought permission from PBS to break the embargo after BuzzFeed did, followed.

Was BuzzFeed in the wrong? Will Todd get over it and should he?

“We take agreements with sources very seriously. In this case, there wasn’t one,” BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins told FishbowlDC early this morning. When pressed, he added, “An embargo is an agreement, not a command.”

Todd aggressively disagreed. “Come on. It’s a crappy thing to do to PBS,” he wrote on Twitter last night. “It’s Charlie Rose’s interview. Not mine. Not BuzzFeed’s. The entire thing airs tonight.”

He went deep with it, talking about honor and manners. “This is not a legal dispute,” he wrote. “It’s about basic manners … it’s about whether there’s any honor left.” He spoke of old, worn established media rules. “Many news orgs are respecting PBS 11 p.m. ET embargo on the Rose POTUS interview. Some have chosen to ignore. Who changed the ‘rules?’ Wow, so in the obsessive world of trying to get clicks, we have news orgs no longer respecting embargoes. Can we have some rules respected?”

Todd has had a mostly warm relationship with BuzzFeed and has had the outlet’s reporters on his program, MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown.” But he has bristled at the name, saying repeatedly that he doesn’t like it. In November of last year, theGrio.com‘s Perry Bacon praised BuzzFeed on “The Daily Rundown” and Todd cracked, “I’m not crazy about the name. I agree, I agree, the work is good, but the name sort of bothers me. BuzzFeed. BuzzFeed? Sounds like electroshock [unintelligible word] therapy.”

Others quickly jumped on Todd’s embargo bandwagon. TIME‘s Mark Halperin wrote on Twitter, “history + digital + fast food, hit-and-run culture. Forward an embargoed email to your non-pro cousin, have ‘em email back. Presto.” Mark H. Anbinder, contributing editor at TidBITS, added, “There’s a generation of reporters (I hesitate to say ‘journalists’) without proper training who don’t know what an embargo is.” And James David Dickson, op-ed editor for The Detroit News, answered Todd’s thoughts on honor, saying, “You live in Washington and ask if ‘there’s any honor left’ No, Chuck. There isn’t.”

But even those with time in the business don’t all agree with that. Commentary‘s John Podhoretz, among others at BuzzFeed, remarked that no agreement existed, and Todd argued that the “golden rule applies.” Still, Podhoretz insisted, “If PBS sends out transcripts that simply state there’s an embargo, no agreement exists on embargo.”

Which happens to be BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith‘s take on off-the-record interviews. Ever since his days of manning a blog at Politico, he has consistently vocalized his staunch belief that they are agreements to be forged, not assumptions. “Is this like implied off the record?” he asked on Twitter last night. Coppins backed him, saying, “Is it that crazy? I see the golden rule arg, but if we never agreed to an embargo, why are we bound?”

Officially bound or not, a longtime Washington editor declared BuzzFeed “wrong” and had this ominous thought: “What BuzzFeed did was wrong, and they will pay the price by not getting embargoed transcripts in the future. There has to be an agreement for speaking on background or off the record. The same principle doesn’t apply to embargoes.” And Eric Koch, a Democratic strategist and flack who formerly worked on Capitol Hill, warned, “Issue is flacks (like me) will probably just stop sending stuff out and giving people time to plan.”

With that very real prospect in site, some scribes are not pleased by this apparent new way of doing things. A political reporter who spoke to FishbowlDC anonymously said it was a “pretty shitty” thing for BuzzFeed to do. Read more

Fish Food

(A sprinkling of things we think you ought to know…)

New WaPo executive editor is “human Ritalin”-- Martin Baron, executive editor at WaPo, is profiled by National Journal’s Chris Frates. Except “profiled” is usually a word reserved for people who let you in and see at least some of what makes them tick. Baron won’t say what makes him tick. He’ll hardly say anything. It’s even a wonder he agreed to have a story written about him. “Baron is almost a kind of D.C. antimatter,” Frates writes. “He does not talk about himself. He does not discuss much of himself, his personal life or, more important, how he runs The Post…” But what readers do learn about Baron is that he’s a middle-of-the-road, no frills “newsman” in every traditional sense of the word. “Human Ritalin,” as Frates describes it.

“Morning Joe” is “what’s wrong” with MSNBC?– Salon‘s Alex Pareene has a thing for “Morning Joe.” Namely, he hates it. He regularly calls the show’s main host Joe Scarborough a hack, but then again he has an annual hack list in which lots of journalists are hacks. He picks up on any controversial remark. There’s nothing discernibly nice that Pareene has ever written about the show. That pattern continued Monday when Pareene wrote that the reason for MSNBC’s recent decline in overall ratings can be encapsulated in “Morning Joe.” “Every other TV morning show is mostly fluff and weather,” Pareene writes. “’Morning Joe,’” instead of entertainment news updates, has a former member of Congress wave a newspaper at Mark Halperin for a while. MSNBC’s target audience may just be much less interested in listening to people talk about politics in spring 2013 than they were during an election year.”

Former CBS White House Correspondent was once lifted into the air by Shaq– In a column for The Atlantic, co-host of CBS’s “This Morning” Norah O’Donnell details her media diet. Somewhat arbitrarily included in the column

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