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Weekend Show Preview – 10.19.14

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

Highlights include CDC director Peter Piot, the co-discoverer of the Ebola virus, on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” and the director of NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” ABC’s “This Week,” CBS’s “Face the Nation,” “FOX News Sunday” and CNN’s “State of the Union.”

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 – 8.24.14

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

Highlights include Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO) on ABC’s “This Week” and CBS’s “Face the Nation” and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on “FOX News Sunday.”

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

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Weekend Show Preview, 6.6 – 6.8

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

Sunday:

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), David Rohde of Reuters, Thomas Friedman of NYT, Peggy Noonan of WSJ, David Gergen of Harvard, Michael Gerson of WaPo, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)

“Fox News Sunday”: Fmr. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Gen. Jack Keane, military parents Cheryl Brandes and Ken Luccioni, George Will, Mara Liasson of NPR, Steve Hayes of The Weekly Standard, Juan Williams

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: preempted by coverage of Premier League soccer

ABC’s “This Week“: Hillary Clinton, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Matthew Dowd, Alicia Menendez of Fusion, Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), Fmr. Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM), Paul Gigot of WSJ, Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight

Univision’s “Al Punto”:  Guatemalan Ambassador to US Julio Ligorria, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Spanish Ambassador to US Ramón Gil-Casares, Enrique Bermudez and Jorge Pérez Navarro of Univision Sports, salsa dancers Beberly Devers and Kevin Tellez

CNN’s “State of the Union: Sec. of State John Kerry, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton of the National Security Network, Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin of the Family Research Council, Gen. James Mattis, Donna Brazile, Jackie Calmes of NYT, Ana Navaro

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Afternoon Reading List 09.26.13

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Ezra Klein should quit: The Daily Caller’s  Matt Lewis doesn’t think it’s all that bad of an idea. According to a story he posted this week, the changes in the media have allowed for a ton of writers, such as WaPo‘s Ezra Klein, to build a brand and then expound upon that brand by taking themselves away from the older media outlets as those fade into obscurity. Lewis’ writes that Ben Domenech, publisher of The Federalist and editor of the email newsletter Transom, believes writers are empowered to bypass traditional media outlets in favor of more entrepreneurial pursuits, and encourages them to do so.

Why you should read it: This is the sort of story that makes you scratch your head and wonder if Lewis is talking to you. The only way to tell is to read the story and see for yourself (especially if your name is Ezra Klein).

Newsweek Daily Beast reporter got punched in face at comedy show: According to Zachary Stieber of Epoch Times, last night Josh Rogin, senior correspondent for Newsweek Daily Beast, got socked in the face a few times by headlining comedian Dan Nainan for allegedly livetweeting the show during his set. Nainan got flustered by this, and before you could say “Dan Nainan is a hack comic with serious punchlines,” Rogin got a knuckle-sandwich. Nainan was arrested for his antics but tweeted at 1:07 a.m. that he “had a blast headlining the DC Improv!” with no mention of the rest of what happened.

Why you should read it: In order to better understand the generally accepted social norms of varying situations (without getting your face punched), go ahead and read this story and see what happens when you do normal journo things outside of a normal journo atmosphere (like live tweeting a comedy show, which is a HUGE no-no).

More on what can we expect next from Anthony Weiner after the jump…

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Afternoon Chatter

Ultimate claim to fame?

“Have not seen it yet- but I have been told that I have a quote in today’s NY Post right next to a pic of Weiner’s umm weiner.” — QGA and former Senate flack Jim Manley.

Sign of the times

“Just emailed a WH aide a question about sequestration; got an auto reply saying he’s on furlough due to sequestration.” — TPM‘s Sahil Kapur.

Flack doesn’t suck at strength training after all

“I am now headed to the gym for strength training with my trainer. I barely feel like I could lift a pencil, let alone a weight. Didn’t suck as bad as I thought I was going to! (@ Vida Fitness w/ 4 others)” — Marta, a Capitol Hill communicator.

WTF With The Week’s Matt Lewis

“Let’s be honest: If it weren’t for sex, a lot of successful men would have little incentive to show up at work, invent something, run for office — you name it. (Please don’t be mad at me for saying this. I didn’t create this truth. But it’s true nonetheless.)” — an excerpt from a new column in The Week by writer Matt Lewis, who also writers for The Daily Caller. He says that a desire to be desired in perfectly natural. Riiiight. Weiner is a perfectly natural piece of meat found in most deli departments. We couldn’t agree more (eye roll). Read the column here.

Advice from E!’s Joan Rivers: “It’s time Anthony Weiner used the talents that he’s known for, and pull himself out of the race.”

For any of you “Bachelorette” fans out there…

This is is the blog for you. It’s called Think It and it’s written by @someguyinaustin, who happens to be a funny writer whose writeups we wait for each week as does TWT‘s Emily Miller, who cracks the whip and acts like his editor if he gets lazy and forgets to write. An excerpt: “We finally introduce the guys. What’s always surprising to me is how many of these guys I literally can’t remember even though they’ve been annoying me for weeks at a time. Brandon? He apparently stole Drew’s haircut (and hair gel) and Zak looked so orange I thought he might have jaundice. ”

Terrible spam with particularly atrocious spelling

“Hello, I’m writing to you to tell that I’m interesed in what the lady who wants to get a hunband for 10 000 $ says, I don’t want money, I just have the same ideas about what she thinks. My name is Walid, I’m 23 years old, I’m a student. Just tell me if you want some pictures of me, or any other informations. Cordially.”

Uncle Mikey in Disney World

Politico‘s Playbook takes a particularly zen outlook today as Mike Allen takes us to Lake Buena Vista. “We’re feeding the mouse,” he jokes. Which is actually kind of funny since the building his home office in Rosslyn has a mice problem that they haven’t seemed to be able to get a handle on since last year. Anyhow, nephew Evan is doing wonderfully — Mike says he played his best game ever yesterday in some championship lacrosse tourney. “…Maybe it’s because we’ve spent the week in the cotton-candy capital of the world that we’re more appreciative than ever of meaty journalism that hits pause on the dizzying news merry-go-round: If you run the country or the world, what should you be reading?” He goes on to list a bunch of things that have nothing to do with Anthony Weiner, sexting, Huma or Sydney Elaine Leathers naked butt. In fact, “Today’s Tabloids” don’t come until much further down the page near the Birthday Section, which comes last but certainly not least in This Town.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

WHOSE SHOES? “Footwear of the fashion forward men of POLITICO Video.” — Politico‘s Christine Delargy.  Hints: The guy in yellow has been known to frequent Pete’s, a pizza eatery in D.C.; his colleague showing off his fancy boat shoes, meanwhile, frequents Peregrine in the Eastern Market neighborhood of Washington. We’ll tell you later. But send your guesses and commentary to fishbowlDC@mediabistro.com or to Betsy@mediabistro.com.

“I’m wearing pajama bottoms, you can’t see it.”Daily Caller and The Week‘s Matt Lewis, joking (we think) during his appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning.

Burning the midnight oil

“hey @woodhouseb do you think holder should resign? what if ashcroft had investigated MSNBC reporter? you wld have been ok with it? comment?” — BuzzFeed‘s Michael Hastings to Democratic Party Spokesman Brad Woodhouse. Noteworthy: The tweet was sent at 3:25 a.m.

Just in case you think you’re having a bad day…“Not something you see everyday. A plane sticking out the side of an apt building. @ABC7John is live at 4:32am!” — Sara Van Aernum, executive producer of ABC7′s “Good Morning Washington.” The plane ran out of fuel and had to take a pit stop into this Herndon, Va. apartment building. Can you imagine waking up to this sh-t?

Anxiety-ridden TV watcher

“I need a xanax just to watch this thing.” — NPR freelancer Lizzie O’Leary watching yesterday’s Spelling Bee.

Just a normal day at work in Washington

“We are ALL CLEAR !” just received via email at @wusa9 after bomb threat. Broadcasts never interrupted. No evacuations.Thanks @DCPoliceDept” — WUSA9′s Russ Ptacek.

“Weird coincidence. #Tornado drill in #Senate, while #oklahoma has real thing.” — CQ Roll Call Staff Writer Alan Ota.

Reporter wishes she was better versed in car mechanics

“Wish I knew about cars so when mechanic went on ‘If you don’t give me all your money, you will DIE in a fiery mess’ spiel, I could check him.” — NBC Washington Social Media Editor Cheryl Thompson.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

“I was only reporter to ride 100k over 3 days w/George W. Bush on mountain bikes w/wounded vets on his ranch last week. 4k words posting soon.” — HuffPost‘s Jon Ward. In case you don’t think he’s the most humble reporter in Washington, he is. Just ask him! Read more

Tucker Carlson Asks, ‘Howard Dean is Still Alive?’

Former Vermont Gov. and Presidential hopeful Howard Dean went on a nutty rampage against the media this morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and gave some news outlets a swift kick in the teeth. As he and Co-host Joe Scarborough bitched and moaned about how unfair newspapers can be — Scarborough criticizing his hometown paper’s “powerful” editorial board, and Dean blasting the NYT for being too opinion-based in its news stories — he did make a valid point about how thin-skinned the media is.

And then he went haywire. He set his wrath on two publications in particular: The Daily Caller and National ReviewWhen he learned that Daily Caller columnist Matt Lewis, a “friend of the show,” said on Twitter that Dean needed to lay off the caffeine, saying, “Time for Howard Dean to switch to decaf,” Dean’s horse brain snapped. He called The Daily Caller “a right-wing propaganda machine.” (Psst… case in point on the caffeine?)

When asked about it, Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson asked FishbowlDC, “Howard Dean is still alive? Where is he?”

But The Daily Caller wasn’t alone. Dean also sunk his canines into National Review. Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“I don’t know where zoftig ends and Dunkin Donuts begins.”HuffPost and MSNBC’s Howard Fineman on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie weight loss in reaction to an intro from Touré who used the word “zoftig” to describe the governor even thought the word is supposed to apply to pleasantly plump women. In Yiddish, the word means “juicy.” Fineman continued, “I would bet that he does master it because having the desire to be President is even stronger than the desire to eat donuts. So I think he will do that and it’ll help make him a good story, at least initially.”

Bachmann bails on Congress 

“Shorter Michele Bachmann: I’m smart enough. I’m good enough. And doggone it, people like me.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.

“Just me, or does Michele Bachmann’s music and cadence here channel Delta’s in-flight safety video?” — Daily Caller and The Week‘s Matt Lewis.

“In a rare 6:05AM appearance, @mikeallen joins us to discuss Michele Bachmann.” — Morning Joe.

“How cool would it be if Bachmann could ride out of Congress on a giant eagle?” — Politico‘s Glenn Thrush.

Weiner Police Returns

“I can’t even have a conversation on this set without you all losing it.” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” Co-host Mika Brzezinksi on broaching the topic of ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) running for mayor of New York. Mika turns into the Weiner Police whenever Weiner’s name is on the rise. One thing is clear: Mika is just not that into Weiner.

Ask Judy Today at 1:30 p.m.

“Questions for @JudyWoodruff? She’ll answer during a live chat tomorrow at 1:30 pm ET. #AskJudy” — PBS NewsHour.

Blogger finds girls to be a mystery 

“Right. My eldest daugher [sic] graduated summa cum laude, but I don’t understand girls.” — Conservative blogger Robert Stacy McCain.

Producer in search of propane

“So here I am. Racing the clock to get more propane while a partially-cooked red snapper hangs out on the grill awaiting my return.” — FBDC and Bill Press‘ Producer Peter Ogburn.

Who could it be?

“Overheard: ‘I’m writing a story…what they they called … the little ones…’ ‘Blog post?’ ‘Blog post!’ — Politico lobbying and campaign finance reporter Byron Tau.

TV correspondent gets weight-conscious

“My German childhood nickname translates to ‘FAT.’ Sso when a co-worker asked ‘what do you weigh… 190?’ you can understand my angst.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida.

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On BuzzFeed, Boogers and Ethics

Writing a story about someone else’s booger feature is no easy task. On some email requests I put a simple, bland, “request for comment.” On others, I went for shock value: “BuzzFeed’s booger post.” It wasn’t plotted. I imagined some might find it funnier than others.

On Tuesday night, BuzzFeed‘s Benny Johnson took Washington’s political and media worlds by surprise by creating a GIF feature about House Speaker John Boehner allegedly checking out his boogers. BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins promoted the story, even guided readers to it on Twitter.

The headline reads: “John Boehner Looks at His Boogers During the State of the Union.”

Who among us would have the mental fortitude to look away from a Boehner booger post? “It looks like a first-step by BuzzFeed into honest coverage,” said former TWT Editor and Public Affairs exec Sam Dealey. “After all, everyone — the Speaker, the public and evidently BuzzFeed’s reporter too, was bored by the speech and looking for anything even remotely more interesting.”

Boogers are interesting. But by and large, the editors and journalists around town that we interviewed opposed the booger post. “Dumb and dumber; political coverage as booger op? What next: beaver shot?” asked Washingtonian‘s media writer Harry Jaffe. WTOP’s Jim Farley also expressed journalistic outrage. “I believe it is over the top,” he said. “It would have been like showing video of George H.W. Bush throwing up on the Japanese Prime Minister at a State Dinner. A private moment.  Would we show video of Michelle Obama’s skirt blowing up on a windy day?”

Um, there’s actual video showing Bush throwing up? As it turns out, there is.

And by the way, there’s no judgment here. We’ve written about everything from Larry King passing gas on air and a journo popping a zit at a party to females showing ample amounts of cleavage and breasts on TV. Suffice it say, BuzzFeed can write about the Speaker’s alleged boogers if they want to and there won’t be any ethical bitching from us.

And yet we couldn’t help but wonder, is this, in part, the psychological result of our miniscule attention spans and around-the-clock reporting? That we now require boogers to grab our collective attention?

“Poking fun at people in power has always been been part of political journalism,” Coppins told FishbowlDC when asked to comment on the matter. “Dead-tree newspapers used to do it with political cartoons; now the internet does it with GIFs and memes. What actually struck me most about this State of the Union was how many other news sites were competing with us on that front. A year ago, we would have been the only ones GIFing Marco Rubio’s reach for the water bottle; this year we were racing with The Atlantic‘s Twitter feed.”

But some journalists thought BuzzFeed had slipped beneath themselves. “That’s certainly a headline you don’t see every day,” said a longtime Washington editor who preferred to remain anonymous. “But regardless, this is over the line. A classic example of something that gets hits, but is in poor taste. The post appeals to the 10-year-old in all of us, and that’s not a good thing. BuzzFeed is better than this.”

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Convo Between Two Journos: BFF’s discuss Adele, Chris Brown, Rihanna

NBC’s Luke Russert: “Loved how Adele didn’t even acknowledge Chris Brown before her hug to Rihanna. #Grammys”

Politico‘s Jake Sherman: “Good. Guy is scum.”

Female journos outraged over Fun’s capris pants

“So, man capris are not ok. We need a national conversation about that, for Fun.” — HuffPost‘s Elise Foley.

“After tonight, we shan’t speak of this again.” — NBC White House Producer Shawna Thomas.

NPR correspondent’s daughter succumbs to Justin Bieber

“For the first time ever, Kayleigh uttered the name Justin Bieber tonight. I pray it is the last we hear of him.” — NPR’s Andy Carvin.

Dating a woman from BuzzFeed means…

“My boyfriend who is not on Twitter: ‘Please don’t send a tweet to all your friends about this conversation.’ #doesthiscount#hellneverknow.”  — BuzzFeed Publicist Ashley McCollum.

Politico Playbook publish time: 7:53 a.m.

Guiding Sophia’s Light

“The reason we don’t stay committed today and love forever is because we analyze, think 2 much, & give up 2 quickly. #LostValentine” — theGrio and Essence’ Sophia Nelson.

Weekend party hazards

“When white girls go ‘WOOOO!’ and throw up hands it’s a eye hazard for tall bamas like me. #giantproblems #ouch” –BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

Hooked on ‘Homeland’: NBC’s David Gregory

“Only Homeland has given me as many headaches as the Wire from watching episode after episode without a break. ‘You feel me?’” — NBC “MTP” Host David Gregory.

Editor encounters enigma of city living

“Randomly oracular statements from lightly medicated schizophrenics u pass on street is one of the curious elements of urban life.” — TPM founder Josh Marshall.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Started Cycle with @cyclemeter at 3:30 PM, on a new route, see cyclemeter.com/74b1bad6b8971c…, Cyclemeter will speak your replies to me.” — DCist‘s Ben Freed. Speak your replies? Do our ears deceive us? We just may have to try this, because why wouldn’t we want to converse with Ben Freed while he’s “cycling” around town?

Why Gov. Christie’s heft is a plus (no pun intended)… Read more

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