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Morning Reading List 06.17.13.

European Parliament wants to be Congress — A poll released by Gallup last week showed that only 10 percent of Americans approve of Congress, the lowest ever recorded. The Daily Caller’s Alex Pappas, however, reports from Strasbourg, France that the legislative body is much more popular across the Atlantic. In fact, many in the European Parliament are looking to emulate the political and legislative system of America. Some have even called for the establishment of a controversial new political system, which is being called the “United States of Europe.” Europe apparently even has their own Ron Paul, as Pappas labels him. Daniel Hannan is a conservative member of the European Parliament who essentially doesn’t think the body, or any type of European integration, should exist. Secretary General of the European Parliament Klaus Welle said while most in the European Parliament do want to replicate Congress, one thing they don’t want to emulate is the approval rating.

CNN making itself more relevant — CNN is further broadening its lineup to focus on long form docs instead of politics, and, as Michael Wolff writes in his USA Today column, that’s a good thing. New shows from Morgan Spurlock (the Super Size Me guy) and Ridley Scott launched Sunday and continue the break from its traditional 24/7 news format. Americans, as Wolff says, have become apathetic with politics. Jeff Zucker, the new leader of CNN, is focused on human interest, and believes that will get people watching between the breaking news stories that Wolff says is the network’s “meat.” In between these stories of war, crime, weather and other general mayhem, the news audience drifts to their respective sides to watch talking heads on MSNBC or Fox News, leaving CNN grasping for viewers. With more action and more subjects, such as America’s fascination with marijuana (the subject of one of Spurlock’s Inside Man episodes), Zucker, and Wolff, believe it will draw a larger audience of people who are tired of hearing about politics and more interested in things that they can personally relate with, such as pot.

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Quotes of the Day

D.C. book shop takes pride in Petraeus mistress video

“Kind of weird that the video circulating in most news reports of Paula Broadwell is of her reading from her Petraeus bio at our store.” — Politics & Prose.

Petraeus scandal fatigue

“*Yawn* Call me when they find pantless photos.” — Washington freelancer Sam Knight.

TV exchange turns Cillizza into toddler

On Monday afternoon WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza appeared on NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Andrea Mitchell‘s MSNBC program.

Mitchell: “I’m not sure if that was Grover Norquist or Grover from Sesame Street.”

Cillizza: “Ahhh, poopyhead!” (Cillizza is referencing Norquist’s assertion that President Obama portrayed Mitt Romney as a “poopyhead.”)

Mitchell: (What appeared to be authentic laughter)

Reporter proposes new online law

“Tweeting a link to the 2nd or later page of a story should be punishable by death.” — HuffPost health care reporter Jeff Young.

Journo warns against bullshit spam

“Here’s a warning: stay away from opening anything from Zoosk, some bullshit social network thing, that will spam everybody you’ve ever known.” — Michael Wolff, contributing editor to Vanity Fair.

Sting is so dreamy

“To me, Sting is one of the hottest men ever to live.” — former Herman Cain Spokeswoman Ellen Carmichael.

Does General Petraeus sex scandal story have, ahem, long legs?

“I must say, Julian, that your notion of this story not having long legs is chalk full of raw irony.” — Fill-in host Michael Eric Dyson to Democratic strategist Julian Epstein, who appeared on MSNBC Monday afternoon and said he didn’t think the scandal had long legs (wink wink!).

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Quotes of the Day


Father’s Day Treats: “Cleaning the pot after making rice krispy treats.” — Mr. Norah O’Donnell (i.e. Chef Geoff, husband to CBS Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell.)

Painting the town brown

“Hi. You mind if I talk to you for just a minute? I just want to say a few words about diarrhea.” — WaPo feature writer Dan Zak.

Important question to ponder: “When did this whole meme thing start?” — NYT‘s Mark Leibovich.

Herman Who?

“I love how @morningmika forgot @THEHermanCain’s name on @MorningJoe today. #999 #thepizzadude.” — HuffPost‘s Sara Kenigsberg. MSNBC “Morning Joe” Host Mika Brzezinski reamarked, “I can’t even remember 999′s name” and called him a “clown show.”

Congrats on Challenging Your Guest Howie

Cenk Uygur and Matt Lewis (who I challenged) on the Daily Caller reporter who heckled Obama during immigration speech.” — CNN’s Howard Kurtz. No kidding, Howie! Good job on doing your job.

And in a twist of irony there’s this…“Ironically, Howard Kurtz interrupts @mattklewis to ask Q’s about ‘decorum’ of asking Q’s” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle. And another thing goddamn you Howie, “Hey @HowardKurtz – Why’d you axe segment on #FastandFurious, Eric Holder contempt/resignation calls?   Rescheduling?”

Speaking of otherworldly…

“Today is 69th birthday of @newtgingrich, famous media critic and lunar realtor.” — pourmecoffee.

Nose Out of Joint

  • “They weren’t kidding about massive rate hike. My @dcwater bill more than doubled since last month.” – Washingtonian‘s Carol Joynt.
  • “Hello, motherfucker who took my computer and just went on an iTunes shopping spree. We’re hunting you.” — Wonkette and Salon Contributor Jim Newell.
  • “Dear @Expedia…in 3 minutes i will have been on the phone for an hour with your customer service people trying to change a flight. WEAK.” — ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper. Tapper spent the weekend at his Dartmouth college reunion in Hanover, N.H.
  • “Rained-on electronics in Brunswick; overheated electronics in Newark. Tough day to type on the trail.” — RealClearPoliticsErin McPike.

Mediaite WH scribe smooches TV host

“Oh, yeah, a Happy Rookie Father’s Day to you, @chrislhayes. Next week, you’ll have a necktie to wear. #uppers” — Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher, who moonlights as the Chairman of the I Love Hazy Foundation. Chris Hayes is an overcaffeinated host on MSNBC. Wait, don’t we already have one of those? (cough, cough, Chris Matthews.)

Female journo spots flasher

“Tonight’s PSA by Nikki – there was definitely a flasher outside @thehamiltondc. ‘Ladies be careful,’ he said before showing his youknowwhat.” — The Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab.

Convo Between Two Journos

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: “This #Nats #Yankees game is very good but could be better. #Natitude.” InTheseTimes Magazine writer Mike Elk: “Fuck u wolf go nats.”

“It’s hard work, but that’s what we’re here to do.” – NBC Washington cameraman Jim Long with accompanying photograph from Los Cabos, Mexico, where President Obama is traveling today.

Convo Between Two Journos II

Politico‘s Ben White: “We just met and this is crazy, but if you play that song again I’ll shoot you in the face for sure.”

Politico‘s Jonathan Allen: “Ben, things that aren’t crazy include giving phone # to someone you just met. Been happening since phones invented #dumblyrics”

Self-Appointed Media Critic

“Truly stupid NYT article on Anna Wintour by Jeremy Peters, makes you want to kill yourself. Why do we bother, if this is what can be written.” — Vanity Fair Contributor Michael Wolff. Read the story here.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

Mediaite Takes Kurtz to Woodshed

Mediaite‘s White House reporter Tommy “I want to punch Wonkette’s dick writers  in the balls” Christopher dismissed CNN’s Howard Kurtz‘s coverage of the Wonkette Trig debacle on “Reliable Sources.” He called it “skin-deep” and “disappointingly superficial.”

Kurtz’s program had three journalists — WaPo‘s Jennifer Rubin, Adweek‘s Michael Wolff (who called Wonkette “tone deaf”) and Syndicated Columnist for the Chicago Tribune Clarence Page — all denouncing the Wonkette story on Trig Palin, which has since been removed from Wonkette’s site after some advertisers dropped them.

But Christopher, a father of two special needs children, wasn’t impressed.

“Cumulatively, the effect was a failure to convey the true character of the Wonkette post, which was ‘tone deaf’ in the way that a punch in the balls is ‘impolite,’ and the apology, which was of debatable sincerity and completeness,” he wrote.

If you haven’t read Christopher’s  entertaining emails to Wonkette Editor Ken Layne, here’s an excerpt…

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Michael Wolff Remarks on Huffington, Sulzbergers and More…

mblogoz.jpgOur friends at Webnewser are at the We Media conference in Miami. Author, media critic and Newser founder Michael Wolff opines on a number of people in the business such as HuffPost’s Arianna Huffington, Rupert Murdoch, Tina Brown and the Sulzbergers.

Read the post here.

Vanity Fair’s Wolff on CNBC Power Lunch

wolff-11.jpegAt 12:20 p.m. Vanity Fair Columnist Michael Wolff is scheduled to be a guest on CNBC’s “Power Lunch.”

Word has it he’ll be discussing “Cable Wars.”

Wolff writes a monthly column on media and politics.

Beltway Boys: VF On Politico


Politico channels “Reservior Dogs,” as pointed out by Patrick Gavin via Twitter. Photo from VF.

Todd Purdum‘s Sarah Palin piece isn’t the only Vanity Fair article getting some play this week. Michael Wolff profiles Politico‘s Beltway Boys- executive editor Jim VandeHei, editor in chief John Harris, publisher Robert Allbritton, and chief White House correspondent Mike Allen.

Comparing Politico to CNN in its heyday, Wolff says, “Politico brings the news cycle down to about 15 or 20 minutes.”

It is constant, unrelenting, second by second. It exalts, and fetishizes, in breathless, even orgiastic news flashes, the most boring subject in the world: the granular workings of government bureaucracy. It is, arguably, in its hyperbolic attentions and exertions, in its fixations on interests that could not possibly interest anyone but the person doing it and the writer writing about it, something like a constant parody of itself.

Wolff even attributes some of Washington’s rediscovered popularity to Politico (and, of course, President Obama).

…much of the country may still find politics to be an execrable and mind-numbing proposition, but Politico has built a far-flung network of actual and armchair political professionals who find it not just exhilarating but habit-forming. They’re on the edge of their seats. Politics may not be the national sport again, but it’s a niche sport with the right audience.

DC’s must-read of the day, you can find the VF article in full here.

Morning Reading List 04.23.09

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Its day 94 covering the Obama administration and week 12 for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | NEWS NOTES | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

Peter Kaplan, the longest-serving editor of The New York Observer, announced he is resigning from the newspaper effective June 1st. Kaplan joined the newspaper in 1994, after working as a magazine editor, the executive producer of The Charlie Rose show, and as a reporter for NYT.

From NYT: A number of staffers at The Observer said that a push for shorter articles and a desire for cuts in an already small newsroom budget helped Kaplan decide it was time to go. And the NY Post: Jared Kushner is rumored to be trying to unload the salmon-colored weekly.

Fifty-three newsroom employees were laid off at the Chicago Tribune. From the Trib: Editor Gerould Kern said in a letter to staff that cuts are part of a newsroom reorganization that “will focus us more clearly on our core mission” going forward with a newsgathering team of around 430.

TV

Shepard Smith dropped the “F” bomb on FoxNews.com’s Strategy Room yesterday and WebNewser has the clip.

HuffPo’s Danny Shea reports Fox News has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of Homeland Security seeking the entire report on “right-wing extremist groups” identified as a national security threat.

Do CBS and NBC have plans to team up on a Kabul bureau? NY Observer’s Felix Gillette takes a look here.

ONLINE

Michael Wolff asks Why Do Liberals Still Care About Matt Drudge? “I do not think [Matt] Drudge has disappeared. I think he is dead. Certainly the Drudge Report has been on automatic pilot for several years… Drudge doesn’t count for anything. He’s from another time — a leftover. In fact, his disappearance might just be a mid-life crisis.”

This is astounding- In the last year, people somehow found a way to spend 73% more time on Facebook and other social networking sites. In February, Nielsen found, people used social network sites more than they used Web-based email for the first time ever.

NEWS NOTES

Check out the collection of photographs on the walls of the White House, commentated by John Dickerson on Slate here.

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Morning Reading List, 12.29.08

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We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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Morning Media Menu: David Gregory, Politico/Reuters and Regan/Wolff

On this morning’s mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu, TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer, FishbowlNY’s Glynnis MacNicol and I discussed David Greogry‘s debut on “Meet the Press,” the Politico/Reuters partnership and the Judith Regan v. Michael Wolff fiasco.

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