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Former WH Staffer Gets Nod as MSNBC VP of Communications

Rachel-MSNBCRachel Racusen was named the new VP of communications for MSNBC this morning.

Beginning December 8, Rachel will replace Lauren Skowronski, who was promoted to VP of corporate communications at NBCUniversal in July, and serve as MSNBC’s primary spokesperson. She will also handle communications and media strategy while partnering with editorial and business leads at the network.

Rachel previously served as associate communications director at The White House. MSNBC President Phil Griffin, who she will be reporting to directly, said: “I’m thrilled to add Rachel to our senior team. She has great experience, she’s creative, strategic and passionate about our brand. She’ll be a tremendous asset to the network.”

 

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Cable Networks, PBS, Telelmundo, and Univision Broadcasting Obama Address Live

PBS NewsHourWith the major networks apparently too busy tonight with The Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy and The Biggest Loser, only PBS, Telemundo, Univision and the cable networks (CNN, MSNBC and Fox News) will be broadcasting President Barack Obama‘s speech on immigration live at 8 pm ET.

In addition to a special 8 pm broadcast of the President’s primetime address, PBS NewsHour will livestream the speech with commentary from New York Times columnist David Brooks and The Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne.

Watch live in the box below. Enjoy.


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Fishbowl 5: From the War zone with Richard Engel

Engel_KobaneNBC’s chief foreign correspondent and fearless globetrotter Richard Engel spent several days inside the besieged Syrian town of Kobani –embedded with Kurdish fighters—to get an on-the-ground look at  how well the U.S.’s strategy against ISIS is shaping up.

Engel and his team are the first U.S. network journalists to report from Kobani, which has become the symbol of the U.S-led battle against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Engel’s reporting will air tonight in a special segment on MSNBC at 9 p.m. ET. as well as on NBC Nightly News.

Ahead of the special, Fishbowl scored an interview with Engel for our five question and answer series “Fishbowl 5.”

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Here’s what he had to say about reporting from the battleground of Kobani.

1. As the first U.S. network journalist to report from Kobani, what is the most surprising or alarming thing you witnessed while being embedded with Kurdish fighters?

“I was surprised at how organized they are. They don’t have many military supplies, food, water or electricity, yet they are sharing what they have.  I was also surprised at their strong secular and feminist ideology.  They spent a great deal of time talking about women’s rights – which is core to their beliefs and was inspiring to see in the Middle East.”

2. What, if anything, is different about this war zone compared to other conflicts you have covered?

“Most warzones share a lot in common: the debris, the destruction, the injured, the falling bombs and bullets, what is always different is the people.  In this case, the people of Kobani, these idealistic fighting feminists, were like no other group I had been with in a conflict in the Middle East.”

3. Amid the chaos and conflict, what is the most inspiring thing you’ve seen from the people of Kobani?  Read more

Rep. Sanchez Gets ‘Smacked On the Ass’ In Congressional Baseball Game

Yesterday, Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) revealed on MSNBC while talking about sexual assault in the military that she’d been a victim herself. “Yes, I was in a business situation where I was being sexually harassed and sexually assaulted, unwanted touching and other issues,” she told Thomas Roberts.

Then, last night, her sister Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA),  got a few touches of her own in the congressional baseball game from Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Penn.), according to two Roll Call reporters who saw it happen.

 

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Twitter Gets Dumb During Breaking News

Ask anyone who watches the news and they’ll admit that this wasn’t the finest hour for the media. CNN botching facts, NYPost putting pictures of innocent men on their cover, InfoWars saying this is a government coverup. OK, it’s a stretch to refer to the jerkoffs at InfoWars as “media,” but, suffice it to say, it got ugly out there.

Welcome to the wee hours of Friday morning, when a manhunt got underway to bring the alleged Boston bombers to justice, and Twitter tried to keep up. It was a great source of breaking news and information. It’s also an incredible way to spread total bullshit very quickly. In the midst of everything, some people just didn’t know WHAT the hell to tweet. We’ve rounded up choice comments that left us scratching our heads and wondering what the hell they were trying to say. Read more

MSNBC’s Tamron Hall on What Really Happened During That Tim Carney Interview

From interviewing world leaders to hurling water balloons during a lighthearted segment, Tamron Hall is as at home reporting on the world’s pressing issues as she is doing what “some people would see as fluff.” In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do? interview series, the MSNBC anchor and Today substitute co-host gives her thoughts on objectivity and talks about her infamous on-air ‘throw down’ with Washington Examiner columnist Tim Carney over Mitt Romney’s background.

“I just handled a situation that wasn’t best for my audience and my viewers,” Hall recalled. “We were having a conversation and I was asking a legitimate question, and I felt at the time that we were cheating the viewer with what was just political gamesmanship. I’m not here to judge anyone’s opinions, but I would like to have a question answered. So, for me, it was not about admonishing him or creating a moment or trying to be controversial. My job is to ask questions and get to the bottom of the story or the issue at hand, and I felt that we were being unfair to the viewer in having a conversation that was not about the issue at hand.”

Read the full interview in So What Do You Do, Tamron Hall, Anchor of MSNBC’s NewsNation?

Sargent Not Sold on Axe’s Clean Upper Lip

On Friday morning, David Axelrod appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program and had his mustache shaved off. This all stems from an electoral bet between Axe and host Joe Scarborough. While Axelrod WON the bet, he agreed to shave the ‘stache anyway since Joe and Mika Brzezinski helped raise a million dollars for his charity. It’s the first time that Axelrod has had a hairless upper lip in 40 years.

Sure, it was a little hokey to see it all play out, but a million dollars for a charity is a BFD, so we can live with it.

Apparently, it’s too much for some people. One of them is WaPo’s liberal blogger, Greg SargentRead more

The Many Hairstyles of Ezra Klein

On MSNBC last night, WaPo‘s Ezra Klein sat in as a guest on Rev. Al Sharpton‘s Politics Nation. We have no idea what he was talking about because we couldn’t stop looking at his freshly buzzed head.

Klein has had some pretty fashionable styles over the years. Some good. Some bad. Some lasting longer than others. Some that appear to have happened by complete accident.

In honor of the many hairstyles of Ezra Klein, a comprehensive look at his fun ‘dos.

The Klein Part: A simple comb back, finished with an off-centered part

The Klein Lick: It’s like a cowlick, but at the front of Klein’s head

The Klein Slick: Sort of combed back, sort of combed forward, fused with a hair product that offers shine

The Klein Static: Haphazardly combed backward and then rubbed with a balloon near the back

The Klein Mix: A combination of previous Klein ‘dos

The Klein Toss: Flipped, switched, swooshed and tossed

The Klein Thick: Grown out, feathered to taste

The Klein Cover: For those bad hair days

Is Sharpton’s Twitter on the Fritz?

On Saturday MSNBC host Rev. Al Sharpton apparently really wanted people to know what he was up to here in the nation’s capitol. Repeatedly. We’re glad to hear he had friends to chill with in D.C. before his NBC “MTP” appearance, but is there something wrong with his Twitter? More details and namedropping next time though, okay Rev.?

At 3:09 p.m.: “Just landed in DC after a good rally in Harlem this am. I am going to hook up w/ friends and do Meet the Press in the morning.”

Then three minutes later at 3:12 p.m.: “Just landed in DC, after a good rally at NAN in Harlem this AM. I am live on Meet the Press in the morning. Chillin w/ friends tonight.”

Bipartisan Bald Couple on Daily Rundown

Before getting down to the serious business of discussing the fiscal cliff, RNC Spokesman Sean Spicer and DNC Spokesman Brad Woodhouse showed up on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” this morning to show off their newly shorned locks.

Over the weekend, the odd couple turned up on ABC’s “This Week” to have their heads shaved by ABC’s Jonathan Karl for a good cause: St. Baldricks, an organization which raises money to cure childhood cancer. Spicer made a presidential campaign bet with Woodhouse and lost. Ultimately both agreed to shave their heads to donate funds.

“That’s a scary sight,” cracked Woodhouse as he watched a replay of ABC “This Week” segment in which Karl shaved them. “I’m never making a bet without consulting Nate Silver,” Spicer chimed in.

Host Chuck Todd couldn’t resist razzing them. “It’s a good thing you’re both already married,” he said, examining their new look.

Woodhouse shot back, “They shave celebrity heads. They would shave yours, I’m sure. I have clippers in the car.” Todd quickly moved on to the fiscal cliff.

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