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How Al Jazeera America Aims to Cover More Than ‘Political Three-Ring Circuses’


In the latest video from MediabistroTV’s “What’s Your Show?” series, we look at Al Jazeera America’s primetime newscast with TV news veteran John Seigenthaler, which airs at 8pmET weeknights.

The news start-up has many current and former DCers on its roster. Network President Kate O’Brian and SVP of news David Doss used to work out of the nation’s capital. “Inside Story” host Ray Suarez, “America Tonight” host Joie Chen, White House Correspondent Mike Viqueira, and Senior Executive Producer Kim Bondy all currently work from DC.

And Seigenthaler, who is based in New York, tells FishbowlDC that AJAM’s mission is quite “radical”: providing unbiased, in-depth journalism. His show’s Sr. EP, Mary Caraccioli, tell us AJAM offers something different than the cable competition covering the “political three-ring circuses.”

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Quotes of the Day

“Chris I’ve never seen your sailor shirt before, it’s adorable. …It’s fetching.” — MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow to colleague Chris Hayes on her program last night. Hayes’ ensemble was a black blazer over a black and white striped T-shirt. Soon they will be swapping outfits.

Journo spots a star

“Just saw John Lithgow outside of Union Station. Told him I loved his read of Gingrich letter on Colbert. Very nice approachable guy.” — NBC Congressional Correspondent Luke Russert.

Reporter in hot seat over EPA story

“If I WERE wrong, I would’ve corrected story on EPA’s GhG stuff. But, I’m not. — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle. With that, he links to Executive Editor David Martosko‘s second official defense of Boyle. Mother Jones, Salon, WaPo and Politico all reported that Boyle got it wrong. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said he got it right.

Drudge WhoresWashington Examiner‘s Charlie Spiering promotes a Drudge hit for colleague and Online Editor Mark Hemingway. He writes, “Drudge banner for @Heminator.”

Among Vs. Amongst: The Audacity

This week an AnonymASS tipster raised hell about our using “amongst” as opposed to “among.” Another anonymous reader writes in to unload: “Just amongst us, why attack the messenger? Instead of taking the first hit that comes up on Google, wordy asses such as myself use Grammar Girl, a good source for real world usage. She says: Finally, people sometimes ask the difference between ‘among’ and ‘amongst.’ Both words mean the same thing, but amongst is the older form and is more commonly used in Britain than in the United States. It’s considered archaic and overly formal or even pretentious in American English.” Well said, Anonymous. I’m going to go discuss it amongst my friends.

Michelle Obama hits Target

“First Ladies, they are just like us – they shop at Target! Photo of Michelle Obama at Target today.” — CNBC’s Ryan Ruggiero. The AP photograph appeared in the Chicago Tribune, among other publications. It also caught FNC’s Greta Van Susteren‘s eye. She tweeted the picture and informed, “Michelle Obama showed up at a Target store in Alexandria, Va. Thursday. Her office said an Associated Press photographer happened to chance upon the first lady doing some impromptu shopping.” But most commenters on Greta’s blog weren’t so kind. One remarked, “Sympathy backtrack for all the luxuries they lavish in – a case of see I’m just like you bullchit [sic].” Another: “How much did this little photo opt trip cost the tax payers for security and transportation?” And another: “Next there will be a photo op of her and the kids parachuting from it with their lunch bags.” The favorite: “Wait, I think you guys have it wrong. I just took a closer look at the photo and I think it is Barack Obama in the dress, so he can buy a carton of cigarettes anonymously.” Read more hatred here.

A conversation I NEVER thought I’d have with FishbowlMatt

“Were your bras too small?” — FishbowlMatt to me during a debriefing phone call after I interviewed the ‘Bra Whisperer,” a woman who has outfitted Oprah and the Kardashians. I think my response, between laughter, was, “This is too weird, I cannot talk to you about this stuff…” Story to come later…

Memo to Capehart: Dude, I love your tie

“Dude, I need that purple tie. Ref?” — a follower to WaPo editorial writer and MSNBC Contributor Jonathan Capehart. Capehart’s response: “It was navy blue. By Borelli of Naples.” A sample tie by Borelli at left.

The Media Critic…NYT and CNBC’s John Harwood: “Among stranger things about TV news: producers say they’re ‘efforting’ to do something — rather than ‘trying,’ like normal English-speakers.”

Commentary: The Onion debacle

“#theonion is this some kind of social experiment? Trenchant, subtle commentary on media and government? If so, not working.” — NBC’s Mike Viqueira after Capitol Police take an Onion story on a hostage situation at the Capitol seriously.

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D.C. blogger chills out in Caribbean

“Last full day and night in then back to cold and real life!”–Washington/LA “Pamela’s Punch” blogger Pamela Sorensen in a Monday tweet. She’s traveling in Mustique, an island in the southern Caribbean.

More importantly: Coburn’s beard is gone

“Am very disappointed Sen. Coburn decided to shave. Come on senator! The facial hair caucus needs more members.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd in a Monday morning tweet on Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.).

Less importantly: Coburn ‘disgusted’ by media

“I’ve pretty well been disgusted by all the media, right and left, after this episode,” Sen. Coburn declared Sunday on NBC’s MTP.

Networks and outlets compete for preconception

“..Americans increasingly customize their information, picking up radically different perspectives from whichever sources they trust – Fox News or MSNBC, Newsmax or Huffington Post. There is very little shared experience in the nation now; there are only competing versions of the experience, consumed in such a way as to confirm whatever preconception you already have, rather than to make you reflect on them.”– NYT writer Matt Bai in a Sunday “Week in Review” piece.

Not sex, Twitter followers

“Just joined the Mile High Club…by which I mean thank you to my 5280th follower.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler in a suggestive weekend tweet.

Buttry gets anal

“Even I am not anal enough to fix the typo in my last tweet when it was the night before (but still anal enough to let you know I noticed).” — TBD‘s Community Engagement Director Steve Buttry in a sequence of words we’re sure he intended due to his surname. The stinging mistake? “Excellent piece on violence, not viokent rhetoric.” (Considering the sensitive nature of his weekend — “I just had blood drawn and spat into a tube to contribute DNC for a genetics study” he wrote, citing leukemia and MDS in loved ones as the reason — we hope things went as well as possible.)

Blind quote…

“And Pareene? What a d–k…” — A longtime D.C. journo remarking on Salon’s Alex Pareene after we published this item late last week.

Reporter contemplates tattoo

“I wonder what kind of tattoo I should get now that my story assignment has been changed to the DC Tattoo Expo.” — ABC7 Reporter Mike Conneen in a weekend tweet. Conneen told FishbowlDC that he never wound up with one. “I’m still tattoo-free,” he DM’ed me. “But I did get a free bottle of sea salt nasal spray. …Apparently it has some connection to sea salt moisturizer and other products for new tattoos.”

WaPo’s correction of a correction

“Classic: WashPost correction today says that the paper misspelled the Washington Capitals as the ‘Capitols’ in a previous correction.” — U.S. News & World Report‘s Paul Bedard in a Monday morning tweet.

Scribe meets Roller Derby

“First time I’ve ever been to a roller derby. This is pretty cool, though I have no idea what’s going on or who’s scoring.” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Executive Editor Reid Wilson in a weekend tweet.

Journo’s fantasy is shattered

“Just was FB friended by someone named Lani Anderson. For a sec, I thought it was Loni Anderson, and that my boyhood dream had come true.” — former TBD GM and digital consultant Jim Brady in a recent tweet. (This one fell through the cracks. It’s from last week.)

NBC reporter claims he handled White House snack drawer

“Hey @savannahguthrie @chucktodd @athenajones let the record reflect that on 1-15-11 @ 1641 viq did replenish the snack drawer in WH booth” — NBC’s Mike Viqueira in a weekend tweet.

The Sweet’N Low Police

“Well-dressed old woman trying to steal sweet’n low at my local deli. ‘They fell!’ she says, when caught. They didn’t fall.” — Digital Producer for CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” Steve Krakauer in a weekend tweet.

Tschida is so ‘DOPE’

“Photographer keeps calling me DOPE! but kinda weird. Think it’s a term of endearment. Seems to be enjoying himself. laughing a LOT!” — ABC7′s wild train rider Stephen Tschida in a tweet from last Friday. 

Weird coincidence

“‘Restaurant critics pay in cash,’ the stranger next to me at lunch tells her friends — just as I’m peeling off twenties for my meal.” — WaPo‘s Food Critic Tom Seitsema in a Friday tweet.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Buying thinner socks so I don’t have to go home and change. #tbdnight” — (M. Rumsey i.e. xmattiusx) in a weekend tweet. (A shining example of why local journalism is working so well.)

TV Journo Huffs and Puffs

NBC’s Mike Viqueira was breathing heavily outside the White House this afternoon in an MSNBC live shot just moments ago. He explained why, saying he had been running to get there. The longtime journo got through a lengthy reporting segment on legislative matters, though not easily and not without eliciting reaction.

The male anchor ordered the silver-haired journo to come up for air. “Stop for a minute and take a breath, I don’t want people at home to think I’m trying to give you a heart attack,” he said semi-jokingly.

Viqueira obeyed. The anchor asked, “Speaking of laps are you going to run any later today?” Viqueira grinned and replied, “Believe it or not, I’m getting on a plane to Hawaii” to, of course, cover POTUS.

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Scribe loses voice

“Losing your voice is not a very good thing when it’s your job to ask questions. #lameduckcold.” — Politico‘s Shira Toeplitz in a Tuesday tweet.

TV journo refers to himself as ‘bucktooth fathead’

“Hey must confess. Don’t follow anyone cuz I just don’t know how. I’m really a simple guy. Just me and a very sick puppy.” — ABC7′s wild train rider Stephen Tschida in a Tuesday tweet, explaining why he has 623 followers but so far, follows no one. Later he shows symptoms of enthusiasm about what he’s doing, saying, “Oh, and how do I get rid of this god awful picture? Look like a bucktooth fathead! Who posted it anyway?” (Tschida needs a Twitorial and we’re willing to give it to him in exchange for an interview.)

Reporter takes stock of shoes and forks

“The number of shoes I have under my desk is astonishing. As is the number of forks I managed to hide away in my drawers.” — Politico‘s Jessica Taylor (soon to be NJ) in a Tuesday tweet. We find it nearly impossible to believe she has as many as Roll Call‘s Ali McSherry, who recently filled a huge gray tub with shoes left at the office.

CNN’s Henry Uncovers Obama’s Hawaii Arrival

“CNN obtained FAA advisory saying 10-mile no-fly zone around Honolulu Wed nite, 30 miles of “restricted” airspace starting Wed thru Jan 2.” — CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry in a Tuesday tweet. CNN’s Sam Feist responds to that, saying, “Great reporting: @edhenrycnn figures out that Obama arrives in Hawaii Wed night b/c of quietly issued no-fly-zone there.” NBC’s Mike Viqueira weighs in on Henry’s presence in Hawaii in a Tuesday tweet, saying, “@edhenrycnn I think it would be most accurate to say that you are a slouch for being there with no POTUS in the first place. I’m jealous.”

Politics incites scissor gouging in reporter

“The Democrats endless wake for Dave Obey on the House floor is making me want to gouge my eyes out with scissors. #fb” — Human Events Senior Editor Emily Miller in a Tuesday tweet in what we assume is an expression of angst and not something she actually wants to do.

Journos Raise 75K for CNN Camerman: ‘We Wake up Knowing we Did a Great Thing’

Jerry Thompson (back to camera) embraces John Wallace, a cameraman for Fox News who organized the fundraiser.

FNC’s James Rosen donating cartoon sketches for the cause.

Ed Henry, CNN, guest bartender

This was one night when TV journos let go of ratings and any thought of fierce competition. Last night TV journalists from CNN and Fox News came together at Cuba Libre to raise 75k for ailing longtime former CNN cameraman Jerry Thompson. He has been diagnosed with a second brain tumor. “He’s now on a new medication and fighting as hard as he can,” says a Facebook page created for him by friends.

Celebrity bartenders included NBC’s Mike Viquira and Wendy Rieger as well as CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, John King and wife and CNNer Dana Bash (who tended bar together) and Ed Henry. The board of the White House Correspondents’ Association personally donated $1200 that came from their own pockets. Money will go to a trust for Thompson’s children. (See names of WHCA Boardmembers who made donations after the jump…)

A personal e-mail note of thanks from FNC’s John Wallace to attendees portrays the deeply felt sentiment behind the cause:

Thank you for what you did tonight. I’m sorry I did not have the time to thank each of you individually but with out you tonight may have happened but on a much smaller scale.
All of you stepping up to plate immediately opened many doors for me. It gave the night instant credibility. Bob Gallo, co-owner of the Cuba Libre restaurant group was really taken by Jerry’s story and moved by the response from all of you. That’s what did it.

We had a great night and wake up knowing that all of us did a good thing.
We raised over 75K for Jerry’s children last night and the even better news is that we haven’t even gotten the bar receipt numbers from all of your hard work and our colleagues penchant for enjoying an alcoholic beverage or two.
You are all great people.

Again, thank you.

See The Hill‘s write-up and pictures here.

Anyone wishing to learn more or to make a donation, go to the Facebook site here.

Check out Blitzer’s bartending after the jump…

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Press held in crappy press space

“We’re outside Albuquerque. many of u will be pleased to know that the press space is in a horse corral, and we are literally walking on dung.” NBC’s Mike Viqueira on Tuesday on Twitter.

Journo sick of Obama phrases

“Can Obama drop “our politics” and “kind of politics” in his speeches in 2012? So tired of the usage.” — RealClearPolitics’s Erin McPike in a Tuesday tweet.

Levi put on the spot

“That’s a girl’s decision.” — Wasilla, Alaska Mayoral hopeful Levi Johnson on MSNCB Lawrence O’Donnell‘s “The Last Word” Tuesday night on how he feels about the Morning After pill. O’Donnell asked Johnston the very questions that CBS’s Katie Couric asked former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

A weird but compelling interview

“Levi Johnston on Larry O’Donnell’s show is so awkward yet so mesmerizing.” — NBC Capitol Hill correspondent Luke Russert on Tuesday night on Twitter.

What a nice surprise…

“Making me smile after busy show tonight: Charlie Gibson stopped by our ABC DC bureau.” — ABC’s Rick Klein on Tuesday on Twitter.

Reporters chit chat about gourmet market

“Listening to producers and reporters gush about Wegmans during a tour of radio and tv gallery’s new digs w/ Louise Slaughter.” — Vince Morris, spokesman to Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), in a Tuesday tweet.

POTUS Goes Rogue on Poolers to Attend FDOTUS’s Soccer Game

soccerball.jpg A White House pool report from this weekend by Bloomberg News’s Nicholas Johnston shows that President Obama strayed from the known schedule Saturday to attend his daughter’s soccer game, leaving pool reporters in the dust.

“The president left the White House at approximately 9:20 to attend one of his daughter’s soccer games at 40th and Chesapeake NW. A pool was hastily called at around 9:35 and drove north at 9:43 to catch the president before the game ended. We didn’t make it. The President returned to the White House at 10:17. The pool returned at 10:30. We now return you to your regularly scheduled pool call time.”

NBC’s Mike Viqueira was working the weekend and in an e-mail alerted the White House Press Corps. about the the rogue Obama: “Good Morning. Ms. Hogan informs us moments ago that the president left the white house about 15 minutes ago to go to one of the girls’ soccer games. Katie now scrambling to get us caught up. Will inform as news develop.”

Then came word of an apology via e-mail about White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs:

“The press secretary sent NBC (travel pool today) an email, apologizing for leaving the pool behind this morning when Potus went to watch soccer. Gibbs says it was a miscommunication between the president and his staff. He says the oversight was unintentional. Just so ya know!”

Separated at Birth: MSNBC’s Viqueira and Nat. Security Council’s McDonough

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NBC News producer and Capitol Hill correspondent Mike Viqueira and National Security Council Chief of Staff to President Obama Denis McDonough, who appeared on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” today.

Kennedy Coverage on TV Tonight and Tomorrow

Tonight a “Celebration of Life Memorial Service” will be held for Senator Ted Kennedy at the JFK Library in Boston. Saturday, the Senator’s funeral services will be held in Boston and in Arlington National Cemetery. Here’s how it will be covered (via TVNewser):

CNN: Beginning at 7pmET, Campbell Brown and Wolf Blitzer will anchor coverage the memorial.

Tomorrow CNN’s special programming will begin at 10amET with Blitzer and Anderson Cooper anchoring the funeral Mass coverage. John King will be providing additional reports on the ground. Blitzer and Cooper will again anchor for coverage of the Arlington services starting at 4pmET. CNN’s regular programming will feature updates throughout the rest of the day.

Fox News: Shepard Smith will anchor memorial coverage from 7-9pmET followed by a special edition of “The O’Reilly Factor” at 9pmET. “On the Record” will air at 10pmET.

Tomorrow Fox News will have “Fox & Friends” at 7amET with Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson, and Brian Kilmeade until 10amET when Smith will anchor special coverage of the funeral Mass with Martha MacCallum on location in Boston. From 5-7pmET, Chris Wallace will anchor coverage of the Arlington National Cemetery services. At 7pmET, Smith will host a special edition of “FOX Report” until 8pmET.

MSNBC: Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, and Rachel Maddow will anchor coverage of the service from 6-10pmET. At 10pmET, MSNBC will re-air “The Kennedy Brothers” documentary followed by “Headliners & Legends: Ted Kennedy” at 11pmET.

At 8amET, MSNBC will broadcast a special “Morning Joe” with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. Starting at 10amET, Matthews and Olbermann will anchor coverage of the funeral Mass. At 2pmET, MSNBC will again run “The Kennedy Brothers” documentary. From 3-6pmET, MSNBC will have coverage of the burial services.

PBS: The service will be covered on “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” which will feature footage from it in west coast broadcasts.

ABC: Saturday morning, Kate Snow will anchor “GMA” from the JFK Library in Boston. At approximately 10:30amET ABC News will broadcast live coverage of the funeral Mass anchored by Charlie Gibson. At approximately 5:30pmET, Gibson will anchor coverage of the burial service. Throughout the coverage, George Stephanopoulos, Terry Moran, Snow, John Berman, and Susan Milligan will be joining Gibson. Gibson will also anchor “World News” in the evening.

CBS: CBS News will cover the memorial live Saturday morning starting at 10amET with Harry Smith anchoring from New York, and Bob Schieffer, Nancy Cordes and Wyatt Andrews in Washington.

NBC: Starting at 10amET, Brian Williams will anchor NBC News coverage of the funeral Mass. At 5:30pmET, NBC News coverage will resume for the burial service. NBC News’ coverage will be supplemented by reporting from Andrea Mitchell, Anne Thompson, Kelly O’Donnell, Lester Holt, Mike Taibbi, Mike Viqueira, Norah O’Donnell, and Savannah Guthrie.

CSPAN: The Mass will air live 10:30amET-12:30pmET from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Boston and the burial service live at 5:30pmET from Arlington National Cemetery.