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Weekend Show Preview – 10.5.14

SundayShows-w-candyWho’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked.

Highlights include the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci on CBS’s “Face the Nation” and “FOX News Sunday,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on CBS, Univision’s “Al Punto,” and CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” and Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent, on “FNS.”

Not all lineups have been announced. But click through for those that have and we’ll continue to update throughout the day.

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Weekend Show Preview – 9.7.14

SundayShows-w-candyWho’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked.

Sunday marks Chuck Todd‘s first as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” with an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger will be on CBS’s “Face the Nation” and NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday.” Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) will join “FOX News Sunday.”

Not all lineups have been announced. But click through for those that have and we’ll continue to update throughout the day.

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Weekend Show Preview, 4.25 – 4.27

Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked:

Sunday:

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Rick Santorum, Peter Baker of NYT, Bobby Ghosh and Joe Klein of TIME, Nia-Malika Henderson of WaPo,  

“Fox News Sunday”: Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN), Jennifer Gratz from the XIV Foundation, Shanta Driver of BAMN, George Will, Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report, Karl Rove, Juan Williams

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Tony Blair, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Rich Lowry of National Review, author Mallory Factor, Neera Tanden from CAP, Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic

ABC’s “This Week“: Sec. of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Matthew Dowd, Bill Kristol, Paul Krugman, Robin Roberts, Alicia Mendez of Fusion

Univision’s “Al Punto”: Anthony Weiner, Univision’s María Antonieta Collins, Reverend José Eugenio Hoyos of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Former Priest of the Archdiocese of Mexico Alberto Athié, Columbian President Juan Manuel Santos, director Diego Quemada-Díez

CNN’s “State of the Union: 9:00 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Matt Bai of Yahoo News, S.E. Cupp, L.Z. Granderson of ESPN, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken; 12:00 – Dr. Hana Ashrawi of the PLO, Stephen Sestanovich of the Council on Foreign Relations, Fmr. US Ambassador to Russia Thomas Pickering

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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: 1.24 – 1.26

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

CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX); Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY); Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Homeland Security Committee Chairman; Billie Jean King and Brian Boitano, U.S. Olympic Delegates; WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan; Former White House Chief of Staff and CBS News contributor Bill Daley; WaPo‘s Bob Woodward; and The Weekly Standard‘s William Kristol.

“Fox News Sunday”: White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff; and Billie Jean King, U.S. Olympic Delegate.

ABC’s “This Week“: Jay Carney; House Counterterrorism and Intelligence Sub-Committee Chair Rep. Peter King (R-NY); ABC News’ Cokie Roberts; Yahoo News national political columnist Matt Bai; CNN “Crossfire” co-host Van Jones; Patriot Voices chair and former Sen. Rick Santorum, Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren; and filmmaker Greg Whiteley.

CNN’s “State of the Union“: TBA

CNN’s “Reliable Sources” : TBA

Univision’s “Al Punto” : Bill Gates; Jay Carney; Luis Videgaray, Mexico’s Secretary of Finance and Public Credit; Norman Quijano, El Salvador’s Arena Party presidential candidate; and Pedro Rojas, Noticias Univision Houston Correspondent; with a special report from Davos, Switzerland with Enrique Acevedo, Univision News Anchor.

PBS’s “McLaughlin Group” : TBA

PBS’s “Washington Week” : WaPo‘s Dan Balz; NBC News’ Pete Williams; RealClearPolitics’ Alexis Simendinger; and Bloomberg News’ Indira Lakshmanan.

BTV’s “Political Capital” : TBA

We’ll update ‘em as we get ‘em (email fishbowljames@gmail.com).

Garance Franke-Ruta Joins Yahoo News as Washington Editor

Garance Franke-Ruta joins Yahoo News as Washington Editor the company announced today. In her new role, Franke-Ruta will work with Yahoo News’ team of reporters to further develop and grow original content and political news coverage.

Franke-Ruta was most recently with The Atlantic where she was a senior editor covering national politics.

“Garance has the creativity, passion and experience that Yahoo News needs to break news and create conversation with our political coverage,” said Megan Liberman, editor in chief of Yahoo News, in today’s announcement. “She also happens to be one of the smartest and most social media savvy political journalists in the business. I am delighted to have her guiding our Washington bureau.”

Franke-Ruta has also worked at The Washington PostThe American Prospect, the Washington City PaperThe New Republic and National Journal magazines. She was named one of the top 140 Tweeters of 2013 by TIME magazine and in 2012 led the Atlantic politics team, editing coverage that contributed to TheAtlantic.com receiving the 2013 National Magazine Award for Best Website.

Yahoo recent hires include tech columnist David Pogue, Yahoo News editor in chief Megan Liberman, national political columnist Matt Bai, and the addition of Katie Couric as Yahoo News’ Global Anchor.

What He Said…

Jeeze Louise, we haven’t seen this much self-congratulatory B-S about a dead guy since…well I guess since the whole “OMG It Just Dawned On Us That JFK Died 50 Years Ago” fiasco of November 2013. At least one DC journo feels our pain…:

 

 

Where Are They Now? New York Times Edition

The New York TimesHuffPo’s Michael Calderone wonders if the The New York Times has a retention problem. The answer: “Good Lord, Yes!”

In just the last few months, he notes, the list of former high-profile Timesmen and women has swelled to include:

Nate Silver (now at ESPN/ABC), Brian Stelter (CNN), Matt Bai (Yahoo News), Megan Liberman (Yahoo News), David Pogue (Yahoo News), Jeff Zeleny (ABC), Susan Saulny (ABC), Lisa Tozzi (BuzzFeed), Judy Battista (NFL/NFL.com), Howard Beck (Bleacher Report), Rick Berke (Politico), and Eric Wilson (InStyle)

From Calderone’s article:

The Times has long enjoyed a position atop the media pecking order and the cachet of working at the “Paper of Record” remains both a draw for recruiting talent and keeping it. But it’s no longer the case that the Times can rely on prestige alone as talent fields competitive offers from both TV networks and also online sites that can pay significantly more money, provide greater journalistic freedom and offer multi-platform visibility — or some combination of the three.

Read the whole thing here.

 

Matt Bai to Yahoo News

Matt BaiMatt Bai is leaving New York Times Magazine for Yahoo News, where he will serve as National Political Columnist. Bai, who is known for connecting his political coverage to larger trends in technology and pop culture, has covered the last three presidential campaigns for the Times Magazine.

“Matt has an ideal voice for Yahoo News,” said Megan Liberman, editor in chief of Yahoo News in a statement.   “He has a singular ability to write about politics in a way that will connect with Yahoo News’ broad readership and bring in younger readers who aren’t always attracted to political commentary. I’m thrilled he is joining us.”

Bai is the latest in a series of high profile new hires for Yahoo News, most recently preceded by New York Times columnist David Pogue, as it continues to build a team of new editorial voices. He will be based in the DC bureau and report to Liberman.

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