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ABC’s Raddatz Skips ‘ZeroDarkThirty’ Red Carpet, Examiner‘s Schwab Walks It

When we first showed up to last night’s screening of ZeroDarkThirty at the Newsuem, Politico‘s Tim Mak was persuading a press handler to let him inside the event. He had a ticket in hand but wasn’t on the list.

“There are already two others from Politico on our list,” the handler told Mak. A few minutes later, however, we spotted a happy Mak walking around with what appeared to be a glass of champagne in hand. The crisis wherein Politico would only have two reporters covering an event was averted.

Much of the news media who showed up to the screening weren’t as lucky. They (FishbowlDC included) weren’t allowed in to see the actual movie, a film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and were limited to red carpet coverage.

Still, there was plenty of weirdness to see.  Read more

CBS’ Bob Schieffer: Most Unmolested Mod?

Of the four debate moderators this election year, CBS News’s Bob Schieffer by far has been the least criticized.

PBS’s Jim Lehrer was thrown to the dogs by Democrats and their supporters for coming off as a pushover and seeming to let GOP Candidate Mitt Romney call the shots in the first debate. ABC News’ Martha Raddatz was hit by the right for not putting a muzzle on Veep Joe Biden‘s toothy grin. And for several days CNN’s Candy Crowley was blasted by Team Romney for her real-time fact checking in the second presidential debate.

With Schieffer, Romney didn’t do the tit-for-tat rule rattling he gained a reputation for in previous debates. (Though he tried once and backed down immediately when Schieffer told him he’d already had his turn.) President Obama wasn’t heard repeating, “Bob. Bob. Bob” as he did with Crowley’s name while trying to interrupt her.

So what gives? Is Schieffer just that awesome of a moderator? Did he outclass the others in pedigree?

Take our Fish Poll below. We’ll post the results tomorrow.

ABC Spox Calls Daily Caller Story ‘Nonsense,’ Tucker Carlson Calls Him ‘Whiney’ and ‘Hardboiled’

An egg tossing contest might be in order for The Daily Caller and ABC News. Although we fear the dry cleaning bill could be quite high.

Jeffrey Schneider, Senior VP and Spokesman for ABC News who also handles communication for a myriad of programs such as “World News with Diane Sawyer,” and “20/20,” has one word for The Daily Caller‘s story on Martha Raddatz‘ relationship with President Obama over the years. As a matter of fact, it’s the same word he uses to describe the publication’s attempt to attack ABC Spokesman David Ford: “Nonsense.”

In a story published early this morning by Daily Caller story by Publisher Neil Patel and Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson, they into great detail about Ford’s attempt to discredit Josh Peterson, the reporter who looked into the story on Raddatz, a longtime ABC correspondent and tonight’s debate moderator.

“When confronted with proof by The Daily Caller months later, ABC made up facts to minimize the appearance of impropriety,” they wrote. “A network flack named David Ford sent a statement to sympathetic liberal news outlets attacking Peterson for daring to question Raddatz’s impartiality. In his statement, Ford claimed that Obama’s attendance at the wedding didn’t mean anything, because ‘nearly the entire law review attended the wedding.’ …When Peterson pressed Ford for just how many Harvard law students went to Raddatz’s wedding, Ford stopped answering. None of this stopped the Huffington Post, Politico or the Daily Beast from dutifully repeating Ford’s whopper with no questions asked.”

Schneider sees The Daily Caller story as uncanny timing for tonight’s debate. “I think they failed to smear Martha and in lieu of that they’re trying to attack David Ford and it’s just nonsense,” he told FishbowlDC by phone today.

When asked to comment on Schneider’s remarks, Carlson replied, “It’s remarkable how whiney these hardboiled newsmen get when held to their own standards. We didn’t try to smear anybody. We just printed a series of verifiable facts we thought our readers had a right to know. That’s called journalism.”

He added, “I’m really struck by how fragile these network people are. It’s like they’ve never been challenged before, and I guess compared to the rest of us they really haven’t. But it’s also clear they know on some level their business is terminal, overtaken by cable and the internet, and it’s just a matter of time before it’s just a memory. I guess I might be hysterical too if I worked at ABC.”

‘Biden’ To Live-Tweet Debate

Though Vice President Joe Biden will be in tonight’s debate alongside Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), “Joe Biden” will be live-tweeting the event.

OnionPolitics tweeted the announcement last night that “JoeBiden” will assume control of the account starting at 8 p.m. ET. The debate begins at 9 p.m.

Biden is one of The Onion‘s most popular parody characters. In 2009, the mock newspaper ran the memorable headline “Shirtless Biden Washes Trans Am In White House Driveway.” Biden is quoted as saying, “This baby just needs a little scrub down.” A few months later, a fake radio newscast was created. “The streets of the nation’s capital remain empty at this hour and citizens have gone into hiding as Vice President Joe Biden, armed with a potato gun, stalks the city,” says the announcer.

In 2010, The Onion published a story about Biden being banned from a bar in Maryland after destroying a Whac-A-Mole arcade game.

Just last month, the paper ran an article on Biden hitchhiking to the Democratic National Convention. From the piece:

“According to highway sources, Biden, an avid hitcher throughout his 39-year political career, could be seen throughout much of the day perched on the southbound shoulder of I-85, wearing a Marlboro windbreaker and aviator sunglasses as he waved a handwritten cardboard ‘Goin’ My Way?’ sign.”

We can hardly wait to see what “Biden” comes up with tonight.

 

Morning Reading List 10.09.12.

1. Daily Caller attacks ABC flack – In a story today by The Daily Caller brass, Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel, they go after ABC for the choice of Martha Raddatz moderating tonight’s VP debate. After all, President Obama attended her wedding and her then-husband, his. In the piece, they pointedly go after ABC flack David Ford. “ABC flacks refused to answer his questions. They hid the information from public view,” they write, adding, “A network flack named David Ford sent a statement to sympathetic liberal news outlets attacking [DC reporter Josh] Peterson for daring to question Raddatz’s impartiality.” Read the story here. We reached out to Ford for comment on the story and accusations. His email this morning says he’s traveling for the VP debate and will only be checking his email periodically.

2. Women and R-E-S-P-E-C-T — Speaking of Raddatz, this morning WaPo‘s Paul Farhi wonders whether a woman will get more respect than PBS’s Chief Boring Correspondent Jim Lehrer did. Tonight it’s Raddatz, next week we’ll see CNN’s extremely well-liked Candy Crowley take the hot moderator’s seat. Farhi quotes sources who say men will go after a female moderator as easily as they have their male counterparts. He also quotes linguistics prof Deborah Tannen, who says a woman cutting men off may be viewed as “aggressive.” Farhi asks, “Isn’t equality grand?” Read the story here.

3. Love him or hate him, Joe Biden doesn’t change — Craig Crawford, a pundit and blogger, rehashes a story he wrote for the Orlando Sentinel in 1987. It wouldn’t be timely, except the material is more than timely, as are his experiences and observations about VP Biden. “Talking to Joe Biden is a physical contest. First, he stands practically on your toes, stares right between your eyeballs and says loudly, ‘So what’s up?’” The story includes an interesting detail on the warning Jill Biden received from Joe’s brothers before marrying him. Read the story here.

The FishbowlDC Interview With ABC7′s Van Cleave


Kris Van Cleave may be the first person to ever send his responses to our lengthy FBDC Interview off a smartphone. We noticed the “Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4GLTE smartphone” signature on his email and thought 1. Who answers this many questions on a phone?!” 2. Who has a 4GLTE?! He told us he didn’t actually answer all of the questions on his phone, but said his responses “may benefit from a spell check.”

Van Cleave is going on six years as a general assignment reporter for ABC7/WJLA. He has received multiple awards over the span of his journalism career, including a Regional Edward R. Murrow Team Coverage Award for reporting on the the 2009 Metro collision.

Before coming to D.C., Van Cleave was a reporter in San Diego and Colorado Springs. As for his personal life, he kept it brief: “Not married, no kids.” He didn’t always want to work in TV news. “I thought maybe I could be a sports announcer,” he said, “but the desire to eat overwhelmed that.” His family moved to LA before high school and an anchor, Ross Becker, took him under his wing and he remains a close friend and mentor to this day.

Van Cleave said watching the media cover the 1993 Southern California wildfires and the 1994 Northridge earthquake sold him on TV. His dream job: to be a network correspondent. But he says he has a “wonderful situation” at WJLA.

Let’s begin.

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be?

Diet Barq’s…plenty of bite, but fewer calories.

How often do you Google yourself?

Hourly. I also spend time each day looking for a unicorn.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)?

“Wow (boss who won’t be named), you’re the same age as my parents!”

Who is your favorite working journalist and why?

Martha Raddatz—she’s one of my news heroes. Her reporting is fearless — she goes to some of the most dangerous places on earth time and again. Her coverage of U.S. troops abroad and here at home has been compelling, heartfelt, and powerful. Plus, she’s gracious and more than willing to help a younger reporter get better.

Do you have a favorite word?

Schweinefleisch! Hard to work into a sentence, but fun to say.

Who would you rather have dinner with – FNC’s Bill O’Reilly, NBC’s Brian Williams or ABC’s Diane Sawyer? Tell us why.

Diane. I haven’t had the opportunity to meet her yet. Brian Williams would be a close second. When I was in college he let me shadow him for part of a day. I’ve always been grateful for that.

The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either CNN’s Candy Crowley or FNC’s Greta Van Susteren (significant others will understand). Who will it be?

How quickly are we dying out?

What swear word do you use most often?

The one that starts with F and its many variations.

You’ve just been told the big news: You get to have your own Sunday morning talk show. Who will be on your roundtable? (Pick four journalists or pundits types.)

Let’s make Sunday morning TV something to see…Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter, Bill Maher and Rachel Maddow. Perhaps we could have Pugil Sticks?

On a serious note for a moment, if you could have dinner with a person who has died, who would it be?

Either of my grandfathers. I never got meet them.

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A Message for Today’s Journos From Michelle Fields

Over the holiday weekend, C-SPAN brought us a gift that we will always cherish: An interview with “Video Journalist” Michelle Fields from The Daily Caller. It’s an hour long, but really worth the time to sit down with the ones you love to see one of the rising stars of journalism showing people how it’s done.

C-SPAN‘s founder, Brian Lamb, interviewed her. Lamb begins with a softball and asks her to describe what she does for a living. Michelle admits, ”What we’re doing is almost like citizen journalism. Which is basically when an individual who doesn’t have that much training in journalism has the tools of modern technology to capture a live event, but doesn’t’ have a background in journalism.” Hear that kids? Screw school and hard work. Get an iPhone and go capture yourself a job in journalism. Really, Michelle. You’re off to a super start. There’s 58 and a half more minutes to go. At this point I should make a stiff drink for this compelling next hour on the state of journalism. C-SPAN had the audacity smart sense to bill this as a discussion that would contrast today’s journalism versus the days of WaPo‘s Ben Bradlee and Bob Woodward (yes, that Woodward, the one who handled Watergate). Who better to enlighten us than Fields? She met them at a recent book party for MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.

Michelle continues her line of thinking on what makes her so different. When talking about her reporting on the Occupy movement, she says, “We’re not doing what a typical journalist does. Which is they go..  They have their mic, they do their standup, maybe interview two or three people, put together B-Roll.” Hear that, Martha Raddatz? All those trips to Iraq PALE in comparison to the time that Michelle braved the front lines of Wall Street. Later in the interview, she opines on the differences between the today’s reportage and yesterday and tells us that “people want biased journalism.  They want people to tell them what their opinion is.” Lamb follows up and asks her what she thinks of that mentality. She says, ”It’s impossible to not be biased.  I don’t think there’s a need to try and not be biased.  Because it’s impossible.  I don’t see the problem with biased reporting.” I must have been asleep during that portion of my journalism classes. The part where they tell aspiring journos to give people their opinions and put as much bias in your reporting as you want.

As the interview winds down, Lamb asks where Michelle would like to see her career go. She says she would like to be “in the media. As a journalist. Maybe an anchor.” Let’s not get carried away, Michelle. Reality can be a dear friend sometimes. Lamb asks if America is ready for an anchor who gives opinions and Michelle doubles down on her journalistic philosophy. “I think people want opinions.  People want someone to tell them what to think.”

And who better to tell me what I think than Michelle Fields? She graduated from college in May. She boasts to Lamb about the millions of page views her clips attract and says fans write her and tell her she’s the only journalist they trust. The whole interview is so unintentionally hilarious. Please invest an hour and watch below. You might even learn something.

Sunday Morning Panels: Only Males Need Apply

This week we once again assess the number of ding-a-lings scheduled to appear on the Sunday morning talk show roundtables. This feature appears to be catching on. At a Cartoons & Cocktails event at the Newseum last night, a FishbowlDC reader asked about the frame for our beautiful artistic penis picture. It was a proud moment. More importantly, let’s hope the powers that be remember to put more women on their panels in the weeks to come. The numbers this week are pretty dismal. But as usual, NBC’s Chris Matthews has his usual 50 percent female panel.

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: 0

Kevin Madden, GOP Consultant
John Dickerson, Slate, CBS News Political Analyst

(Noteworthy: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is one of the guests)

NBC’s “Meet the Press”: 1

David Brooks, Columnist, NYT
Harold Ford, Jr., Former Congressman (D-TN)
Jack Welch, Former Chairman and CEO, General Electric
Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News

(Noteworthy: Sec. of State Hillary Clinton is one of the guests.)

ABC’s “This Week”: 2

Martha Raddatz; ABC News; Rick Stengel, TIME Managing Editor; Donna Brazile, Democratic Strategist; Matt Dowd, ABC News; Frank Luntz, Republican Pollster; Jake Tapper, ABC News; George Will, ABC News.

FNC’s “Fox News Sunday”: 1 (Proudly blacklisted by Fox News PR since June 2010. We’ll get you the names as soon as we can hunt them down.We may have to rely on our Cabbage Patch friend Matt Mackowiak when he reveals the FNC guests in Politico Mike Allen’s Saturday Playbook.)

UPDATE: The panel: Brit Hume, David Drucker, Kimberley Strassel and Juan Williams

(Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and GOP Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann appeared on the program.)

NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show”: 2

TIME‘s Michael Duffy and Kelly O’Donnell, NBC News
David Ignatius, WaPo
Gloria Borger, CNN

CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: 1

Jim Lehrer, PBS

(Amy Holmes appeared on the program.)

WETA’s “Washington Week with Gwen Ifill”: 2

ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, Doyle McManus, LAT, Dan Balz, WaPo, and Gloria Borger, CNN. (Airs on Friday and repeats on Saturday.)

We’ll update as we receive the info.

 

Sunday Morning Panels: Only Males Need Apply

It’s that time once again to see how many meat popsicles are appearing on the Sunday morning political talk show circuit. Last week fared a bit better than the week before. This week isn’t looking so good for the female population.

 

 

NBC “Meet the Press”: 1

Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Vice Chairman, House Democratic Caucus
Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction
Mike Murphy, Republican Strategist
E.J. Dionne, Columnist, WaPo
Peggy Noonan, Columnist, WSJ

The Chris Matthews Show: 2

Nia Malika Henderson, WaPo, John Heilemann, NY Magazine, Rana Foroohar, TIME, David Ignatius, WaPo.

ABC’s “This Week”: 1

Matt Katz, Statehouse Reporter, Philadelphia Inquirer
Mark Penn, Democratic Strategist
Howard Schultz, CEO, Starbucks
Jake Tapper, Senior White House Correspondent
Nicolle Wallace, Republican Strategist, Author, It’s Classified
George Will, ABC News, WaPo

Fox News Sunday: 1

Brit Hume, FNC, Mara Liasson, NPR, Bill Kristol, The Weekly Standard, Juan Williams, FNC

CBS’ “Face the Nation”: No roundtable, 0 female guests

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.)
Gov. Haley Barbour (R-Miss.)

CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: 2

Lauren Ashburn, founder, Ashburn Media Company
John Avlon, Newsweek/The Daily Beast
David Frum, FrumForum.org
Erin Burnett, anchor, OutFront
Eric Deggans, media critic, St. Petersburg Times

Note to Readers:  On ABC’s “This Week,” Jonathan Karl did not end up appearing on the program. The above report has been changed to reflect this. He was originally scheduled to appear on the program but in a subsequent schedule was taken off. Chrstiane Amanpour interviewed Martha Raddatz, who was not on the panel, but reported in from Afghanistan.

Jon Stewart to Headline Woodruff Event

The Bob Woodruff Foundation announced today that “The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart will emcee this year’s Stand Up for Heroes event. The 2011 Grammy Award-winning band Train will perform live.

The event is scheduled for June 16 at the Ronald Reagan Building. The release says Washington’s “most powerful” and “influential” people will be on hand. The evening will be hosted by Bob and Lee Woodruff and will include a reception and dinner. WaPo‘s Bob Woodward, ABC News’ Martha Raddatz and PBS’s Judy Woodruff will attend in addition to more than 60 wounded warriors and their caregivers.

Proceeds will aid the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

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