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Today we delicately pair TBD‘s Arts & Entertainment Editor Andrew Beaujon and Phili radio host and MSNBC Contributor Michael Smerconish. Anyone complaining that their only likeness is their balding, my response is: true. A clear, contributing factor, without a doubt. But it’s the glasses and eyebrow shape, too. The brows are equally thick and fuzzy. Beaujon doesn’t appear too sensitive about his balding…he has mentioned it on his blog and compared himself to the late Telly Savalas. Note to readers: In case you think your eyes are playing tricks on you, they are not. We needed to switch out our original photograph of Beaujon because WCP has certain photo ownership rules and that picture was taken by Darrow Montgomery. We think this one works just as well.
The White House Soup of the Day, as told to us by MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” is…
Co-host Chuck Todd sandwiched the soup segment within a race by race feature and an announcement. He said Philadelphia-based radio reporter Michael Smerconish would interview President Obama at 11:40 a.m.. Todd said they’d “exclusively simulcast the interview.” He added, “Maybe before the President sits down with that, he’ll sit down and have some White House Soup of the Day, potato and leek, and maybe he’ll leak it out to us. [Slight Pause] See, that joke never gets old.”
President Obama will sit down with conservative radio host Michael Smerconish at the White House tomorrow, Politico‘s Playbook reports this morning. Smerconish will also broadcast his afternoon show from the White House- the first radio show of this presidency to broadcast live from 1600, Mike Allen notes.
Smerconish said today: “I am proud and excited to be the first radio broadcaster on the watch of this President to be invited into the White House to interview the President of the United States and include telephone calls from my listeners… There are no ground rules. I am not prescreening with the White House on what the subject matter will be. I run my radio program with dignity and respect for this president and other public officials. I do not intend to take calls from listeners who want to offer platitudes, nor take cheap shots against the President. I used the last portion of today’s program to seek out listeners with pointed direct and substantive questions about Health Care. We’re looking for questions that have not already been asked.”
The Washington Times kicked off a partnership WHFS-1580 AM today that will provide listeners with a ‘top of the hour’ newscast plus 30-second features from TWT’s newsroom.
The TWT newscasts will air from 6-9 AM, Monday-Friday.
An iconic group from Capitol Hill, K Street, NIH and the media gathered at the home of Marina and Daniel Ein‘s home on Thursday to celebrate the publication of Michael Smerconish‘s new book, Morning Drive: Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Talking.
Folks chattered about Pennsylvania politics (Senator Arlen Specter‘s chances for re-election post-party swap…deemed “excellent” by most) and swine flu. MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews extracted an “I’m not running for the Senate” from popular Democratic Pennsylvania Congressman Patrick Murphy while former Senator Ted Stevens talked up WaPo’s MaryAnn Akers.
Chris Matthews and Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA)
Chicago Sun Times Washington Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet and Biographer Kitty Kelley
Chris Matthews and Michael Smerconish
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Its day 91 covering the Obama administration and week 12 for us. Happy Birthday to Politico’s Carol Lee. What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…
Former Senator Rick Santorum makes $1,750 per column at the Philadelphia Inquirer.
On the Daily Beast, 7 Best Moments From Sunday Talk.
ABC’s Sam Donaldson on This Week says he’s like to ask Fidel Castro before he dies if he killed President John F. Kennedy. “In his dying breath I’d like to be at [Castro's] bedside and say, did you do it? Meaning November 22, 1963.”
Is PBS “recklessly promoting” Al Jazeera? Via Romenesko: Fox News’ Eric Shawn is concerned about public TV’s “WorldFocus” airing reports from Al Jazeera English, while PBS ombud Michael Getler isn’t so bothered. “I think it is a plus for American viewers to see and understand what is on Al Jazeera English, and that viewers of public broadcasting are quite able to make up their own minds about whether what they are watching has news value or is propaganda.”
Radio talk show host and regular cable news guest Michael Smerconish was on CNN’s Reliable Sources this weekend to talk about his new book “Morning Drive: Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Talking.” Check out his dish about Fox News’ Glenn Beck, NBC’s David Gregory and CNN’s Larry King here.
NYT‘s David Carr: Cable news stations have been criticized for “event-izing” all manner of minor news occurrences — President Obama’s first news conference comes to mind. But the Tax Day Tea Party was all but conceived, executed and deconstructed in the hothouse of cable news wars.
Is the Nanny getting a cable news show? Find out at Washington Whispers.
A lesson in proper Facebook etiquette via FishbowlLA.
TWT’s “Anguish of story can haunt journlists“: Journalists who peer into the abyss of war, crime, and natural disasters as part of their jobs can end up as emotionally scarred as the victims they never imagined joining. “Journalists can experience powerful frustration and demoralization,” said Dr. Frank M. Ochberg a psychologist who specializes in trauma.
Also from TWT- a sitdown with “State of Play” director Kevin Macdonald. “There have been plenty of Washington-set political thrillers, so he tried to make his new by ‘approaching the characters in a different way” and “showing Washington in a different way.’”
More on “State of Play” from DCRTV: Longtime DC sportscaster Frank Herzog gets a part. Also, Chris Matthews, Lou Dobbs, Jim Vance, Jule Carey, Chris Gordon, Eun Yang, and Denae D’Arcy play TV “reporters” in the movie.
NBC’s Meet the Press: White House National Ecomonic Council Director Larry Summers and a roundtable with Fmr. Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN), Fmr. House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX), Time’s Rick Stengel, WaPo’s Steven Pearlstein, and Fortune Magazine’s Nina Easton
CBS’ Face the Nation: Senior White House Advisor David Axelrod, Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA) and NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre
ABC’s This Week: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, House Republican Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and a roundtable with ABC’s George Will, Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts and WSJ columnist Peggy Noonan
Fox News Sunday: Former CIA Director Michael Hayden, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Power Player of the Week opera singer Denyce Graves
CNN’s State of the Union: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) and Gov. David Paterson (D-NY)
CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WashTimes’ Amanda Carpenter, Air America and The Daily Beast’s Ana Marie Cox, CNN’s Frank Sesno and “Morning Drive: Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Talking” author Michael Smerconish
CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, U.S. Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke and “Jihad” and “Taliban” author Ahmed Rashid
Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Former-communications director for the Republican National Committee Danny Diaz, former-communications director for the Democratic National Committee Karen Finney and Roll Call’s Emily Heil
Will update throughout the day as we learn them.