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MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry: Presidential Style Is Not the Business of Politics

If there’s one thing MSNBC host and Tulane professor Melissa Harris-Perry dislikes most about this election, it’s all the talk about the candidates’ style. With headlines like “Mitt Romney Narrows Gaps On Likability And Appearing Presidential,” it’s no wonder the outspoken academic thinks it’s a distraction.

“Whether or not President Obama is cool or whether Mitt Romney is likable, I really do not care,” she told Mediabistro. “I assume that Mitt Romney’s wife loves him and Barack Obama’s wife loves him, and they both can probably tell a funny joke when they want to. I mean, really, who cares about style? Some of our greatest presidents have been absolute dorks, and some of our most horrible presidents have been affable, lovely, engaging human beings. That’s not the business of politics.”

Read more in So What Do You Do, Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC Host and Tulane University Professor?

Frank Rich on the ‘Great Theater’ of Politics and Pop Culture

In the final installment of this week’s Media Beat interview, Frank Rich, New York magazine columnist and executive producer of HBO’s Veep, discusses the meshing of politics and pop culture. Having covered Broadway for years, he says the nonstop spectacles, gaffes and minutiae that become “news” just make his job more fun.

“To watch [President Obama and Mitt Romney] grapple on the one hand with the changes in the news media [and] on one hand with the world of The Voice and American Idol, The Daily Show, and SNL, it’s fascinating,” Rich explained. “But people forget this didn’t used to be the case. It was considered a huge deal when Bill Clinton played the saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show 20 years ago. It’s a development that’s spiraling; it’s developing. It’s interesting to watch. It’s great theater.”

Watch the full video for Rich’s take on that supposed liberal media bias and to find out what he thinks the “real danger” in today’s news reporting is.

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Part 1: Veep Executive Producer on DC: ‘Young People Jockeying for Power in Offices that Look Crummy’
Part 2: Frank Rich Compares New York Times and New York Magazine

Miami Herald, Gawker Revive Hume Suicide

Gingrich, Molinari and Paxon in happier times. The infant is Susan Ruby, the couple’s child.

Earlier today the Miami Herald reported on an anti-Gingrich conference call set to transpire today between GOP Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, former Rep. Susan Molinari and former Sen. Jim Talent. They describe the relationship between GOP Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich and Romney backer Molinari as complex. The story by Marc Caputo reports that Molinari’s “hatred” for Gingrich dates back more than a decade. He brings up the longtime rumors of Molinari’s husband, former Rep. Bill Paxon, having an affair with FNC Brit Hume‘s son Sandy, who committed suicide in February 1998. At the time, he was a star reporter for The Hill. Hume had written that Paxon was believed to be a threat to Gingrich.

Gawker picked up where the Florida publication left off, questioning whether Gingrich had spilled the beans on the supposed affair — hence Paxon’s sudden disappearance from Congress and Hume’s death. An excerpt:

“The rumor, in brief, is as follows: In the summer of 1997, the Hill’s Sandy Hume—the then-28-year-old son of Fox News’ Brit Hume—broke a blockbuster story about four GOP congressman who plotted, and failed, to overthrow Newt Gingrich as Speaker. One of those men was Bill Paxon, a New York Republican who was married to fellow Congresswoman Susan Molinari. Another of the plotters, Majority Leader Dick Armey, scuttled the coup when he learned that Paxon, and not he, would replace Gingrich. Armey later disavowed the whole attempt and claimed not to have been involved.”

It’s the Washington mystery few dare to discuss in public.

Morning Reading List 08.07.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

The latest Auto-Tune the News (featuring Pat Buchanan!) above. Plenty of upcoming birthdays to celebrate this morning- Alex Baldinger, Marc Ambinder and David Bass, plus a special birthday we’ll celebrate more on the blog later. For now, what we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | RADIO | ONLINE | BOOKS | NEWS NOTES | REVOLVING DOOR | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

NYT has finally confirmed that the Boston Globe is up for sale.

TV

Judge Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed by the Senate yesterday just after 3pm- what it looked like on cable.

More on Richard Wolffe on and not on MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann.”

And WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz‘s Media Notes on the Olbermann/Bill O’Reilly feud: “Out and a Bout.”

Lastly in TV, why Joe Scarborough is cool.

RADIO

GWU is launching a radio and web-based educational series exploring the role of press in democracy. “This Just In,” produced in association with the Newseum, will air weekly for an hour and will be hosted by veteran network correspondent Sam Litzinger with support from GWU students in the School of Media and Public Affairs. More dets here.

ONLINE

Slate‘s Jack Shafer hasn’t been served enough “Mouthpiece Theater” just yet.

More this morning from Shafer: “Will Marcus Brauchli Please Grow a Spine?

And on that note- Dana Milbank‘s loss has been Andy Cobb‘s gain. Politico reports “Two Dudes and a Web Cam” hasn’t been a wild YouTube success- that is, until Milbank’s beer summit video flopped, opening the door for Cobb’s satire.

FT looks to introduce a pay-per-article system by next summer.

Politico‘s Jonathan Martin‘s filling in for Ben Smith on the blog (h/t Playbook).

BOOKS

Playbook also reports this morning that Mitt Romney has named his book due out in March- “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness.”

NEWS NOTES

Anderson Cooper had the first interview with Lisa Ling on CNN’s “360″ last night. Ling revealed that her sister Laura Ling and Euna Lee, American reporters for Current TV who were detained in North Korea until this week, did “very briefly” cross into the country.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser

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Weekend Show Preview 06.27.09

NBC’s Meet the Press with David Gregory: Senior White House Adviser David Axelrod, Mitt Romney and Lindsey Graham. Roundtable with David Brooks, E.J. Dionne, Mike Murphy and Dee Dee Myers.

CBS’ Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer: UN Ambassador Susan Rice and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.

ABC’s This Week:

Fox News Sunday: Topics: Health care, with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Iraq, with Gen. Ray Odierno, Commanding General, Multi-National Force, Iraq.

CNN’s State of the Union with John King: Gen. Ray Odierno, Commander, Multi-National Force-Iraq and Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN)on Iraq, Iran and war on terrorism. Mary Matalin and James Carville on health care debate and Obama’s response to Iran and T. Boone Pickens, chairman and CEO, BP Capital on energy.

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WaPo’s Dana Milbank, HuffPo’s Nico Pitney and TWT’s Amanada Carpenter for media analysis. Diane Dimond, former reporter for Court TV, CNBC and MSNBC and pop culture commentator, Toure to discuss the coverage of Michael Jackson.

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Robert Baer, author, “The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower” on Iran and election. NYT’s Paul Krugman and Hoover Institute’s John B. Taylor on economy and health care.

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Dan Rather, HD Net; Helene Cooper, NY Times Washington correspondent; David Ignatius, Washington Post columnist; and Katty Kay, BBC Washington correspondent.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NBC’s Pete Williams, NYT‘s David Sanger, Slate’s John Dickerson and CNN’s Gloria Borger

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and interviews with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger.

Will update as we learn them.

Weekend Show Preview: June 13-14, 2009

The Situation Room w/ Wolf Blitzer: Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) will discuss gas pipeline, Letterman feud, Obama and 2012. Dir. OMB Peter Orszag, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to discuss healthcare, budget and economy and author of “Myths, Illusions and Peace,” David Makovsky.

NBC’s Meet the Press w/ David Gregory: VP Joe Biden and roundtable with Republican strategist Mike Murphy and MSNBC’s Fmr. Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-FL)

ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos: Sec. H&H Kathleen Sebelius, Former MA Gov. Mitt Romney and a roundtable with Dem. Strategist & ABC News Consultant Donna Brazile, Nat Journal’s Ron Brownstein, WSJ’s Kimberly Strassel and columnist George Will to discuss the battle over a public insurance plan, the opposition from Congress over key provisions, and how the President plans to rally public support for reform.

CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) to discuss health care, Guantanamo Bay, the Supreme Court nom. of Sotomayor, and the state of the Republican Party.

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Chris Dodd, (D-CT) / Chairman, Banking Committee with Sen. Charles Grassley, (R-IA) / Ranking Member, Finance Committee. Tom Donohue, President and CEO of the US Chamber of Commerce. Steve Chaconas, National Bass Guide Service.

CNN’s State of the Union w/ John King:Sec. H&H Kathleen Sebelius, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) to discuss health care debate and the latest on H1N1.

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: CNN’s Rick Sanchez, CBS Sportsline’s Gregg Doyel to discuss Twitter: phenomenon or passing fad? TIME’s Mark Halperin, Air America’s Ana Marie Cox and Jim Geraghty of National Review to discuss Palin-Letterman and Obama comedy

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: BBC’s Katty Kay, ABC News’ Claire Shipman, NYT’s Helene Cooper and Norah O’Donnell of MSNBC will discuss why Republicans are struggling to find the right path to oppose Obama

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: WaPo’s Ceci Connolly on health care reform, Bara Vaida of National Journal on health insurance lobbyists, Tom Gjelten of NPR on TARP bailout funds and Politico’s John Harris on VA and NJ gubernatorial races.

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Joe Lieberman on the Middle East peace process, Bloomberg’s Lizzie O’Leary and Christine Harper report on executive pay issues, Hans Nichols on health care reform and Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne discuss Sotomayor’s confirmation process, Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin.

Will update as we learn them.

Sunday Show Preview for 05.31.09

So our headline has become a bit misleading…really should read “Weekend Show Preview.” That said, I think it is just about complete.

NBC’s Meet the Press with David Gregory: Chairman of the Judiciary Committee Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to discuss Sotomayor confirmation hearings.

ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos: Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and John Cornyn (R-TX) and roundtable with former Bush adviser Ed Gillespie, PBS’ Gwen Ifill, New York Times columnist and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman, and ABC News’ Legal correspondent Jan Crawford Greenburg and columnist George Will will discuss the impact of a potential GM bankruptcy, the North Korean nuclear threat, and the rest of the week’s politics.

CBS’ Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer: Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and roundtable with WaPo’s Bob Woodward and NYT’s David Brooks

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill: Peter Baker of The New York Times, Joan Biskupic of USA Today and James Kitfield of National Journal will have analysis of the Obama administration’s efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and secure a new arms reduction treaty with Moscow.

Bloomberg’s Political Capital w/ Al Hunt: World Bank president Robert Zoellick will discuss global financial conditions.

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) with Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

CNN’s State of the Union with John King: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to discuss Obama’s Sotomayor nom., the economy and the future of the GOP.

Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Rachel Brand, Former Assistant Attorney General; Emily Pierce, David Drucker and Emily Heil from RC newspaper.

The Chris Matthews Show: NY Mag’s John Heilemann, NYT’s Helene Cooper,NBC DC Bureau Chief Mark Whitaker, WaPo’s Anne Kornblut will discuss Sotomayor and the Prez’s trip to Egypt.

CNN’s Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer: David Axelrod & Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)on Sotomayor, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA)on Penn Senate race, Alberto Gonzales on interrogation investigations and Richard Ben-Veniste on his new book “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS: Henry Kissinger on diplomacy with rivals, Selig Harrison and Charles Prichard on N. Korea tests, Joshua Cooper Ramo and Niall Ferguson on global recession.

Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet The Press: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and a roundtable with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, BBC World News America’s Katty Kay, Al-Arabiya’s Hisham Melhem, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and The New York Times’ David Sanger.

  • This Week: Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY), U.S. Senate Appointee Roland Burris (D-IL) and a roundtable with The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel and ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, Cokie Roberts, and George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Former President George H.W. Bush and a panel with Brit Hume, Washington Managing Editor of Fox News, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Saeb Erakat, chief Palestinian negotiator, Gov. Jon Corzine (D), Governor of New Jersey, Gov. Mark Sanford (R), Governor of South Carolina, Mitt Romney (R), former presidential candidate; former Governor of Massachusetts, Ed Rollins, Republican strategist; CNN political contributor, James Carville, Democratic strategist; CNN political contributor, Amy Walter, CNN political contributor; editor-in-chief, The Hotline, Gloria Borger, CNN senior political analyst and Ed Henry, CNN senior White House correspondent.

  • Chris Matthews Show: Erin Burnett of CNBC; David Brooks of the New York Times; Joe Klein of Time magazine; and Norah O’Donnell of MSNBC.

  • Reliable Sources: Jonathan Martin, Politico, Carol Marin, anchor, WMAQ Chicago, Michel Martin, host, “Tell Me More” NPR, Jim Warren, former managing editor, The Chicago Tribune, Phil Bronstein, executive editor, The San Francisco Chronicle, Len Downie, executive editor, The Washington Post and Jessi Klein, writer and comedian.

  • C-SPAN’s In Depth: Author and journalist Bill Gertz

  • Inside Washington: Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, The Washington Post’s Colbert King, Politico’s Jeanne Cummings, and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.

  • Fareed Zakaria — GPS: Sam Palmisano, CEO, IBM and Gilles Kepel, author, “Beyond Terror and Martyrdom”

  • Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet The Press: IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan, MI Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D), former MA Gov. Mitt Romney (R), former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Wal-Mart Pres./CEO Lee Scott, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and a roundtable with Chicago Sun-Times’ Mary Mitchell and NBC political director Chuck Todd.

  • Face The Nation: Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Georgetown University’s Michael Eric Dyson.

  • Fox News Sunday: Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and a panel with Brit Hume, Washington Managing Editor of Fox News, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News. The “Power Player” is Worcester Wreath pres. Morrill Worcester.

  • This Week: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and a roundtable with PBS’ Gwen Ifill, the New York Times’ Paul Krugman, The Wall Street Journal’s Gerald Seib, and ABC News’ George Will.

  • Late Edition: Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), former Clinton economic adviser Gene Sperling, Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore, Republican strategist Ed Rollins, Democratic strategist James Carville, former White House adviser David Gergen, CNN’s Dana Bash, CNN’s Bill Schneider and CNN’s John King.

  • The Post Politics Program with Ed O’Keefe and Emily Freifeld: The Post’s Chicago bureau chief Peter Slevin, Post’s Kari Lydersen, Jeff Smith and Jerry Markon and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).

  • Chris Matthews Show: Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson and Washington Post’s Ceci Connolly.

  • After Party: New Republic’s Peter Beinart, Townhall.com’s Amanda Carpenter, Chadderdon Group’s Liz Chadderdon, Washington Times’ Brian DeBose, Feehery Group president John Feehery and Nation’s Christopher Hayes.

  • Reliable Sources: Chicago Tribune’s Clarence Page, Chicago Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet, Chicago Tribune’s John McCormick, Hollywood Reporter’s Ray Richmond, wax-word.net’s Sharon Waxman and filmmaker Rod Lurie.

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

  • GPS: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas and syndicated columnists Mark Shields and Charles Krauthammer.

  • Comcast Kickoff: Molly Henneberg, the FNC correspondent and lifelong Red Skins fan, will be a guest on the Comcast Kickoff show this Sunday before the Red Skins game. The show airs from 11AM to 1PM ET.

  • Morning Reading List, 09.03.08

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

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