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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day


Would You Eat This Crap? “Just had a plate full of CRAZY food for dinner here in Seoul… actually a couple of plates full. It was a buffet. :) ” — NBC Washington cameraman Jim Long in Seoul.

Also in Seoul: “So I have 16 hours left in Korea. and I never got over my jetlag. #UGH” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein.

Don’t worry, Rush is ok!

“Thanks for your good wishes…I’m fine, folks. @mmfa is like jock itch. An irritating chafe. A little baby powder and voila!” — Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh.

Attention grabbing headline in WaPo: “Germantown man convicted of manslaughter in fight over clogged toilet” — Don’t laugh too hard readers. Two housemates got into a squabble over a clogged toilet and one man is dead. Let this be a lesson to everyone to keep their bathrooms clean and their toilet paper stocked. Read the story here.

Journo Love

“The bookers for @CNNSitRoom deserve a raise. Romney, Gingrich & Santorum on same show with @wolfblitzercnn. Nice job!” — CNN Commentator Paul Begala.

A scribe’s gratitude for CNN’s Wolf Blitzer

“Oh good, Wolf is going to tell us about the teenager with the empty pot bag.” — Former Gawker Political Editor and general vagabond for the time being Jim Newell.

Cameras inside the court?

“We should have TV cameras inside the Supreme Court. This is the third branch of government, not the CIA.” — TWT Senior Opinion Writer Emily Miller.

Potentially risqué act

“Should I teach my computer’s spell-check to understand the word ‘Santorum’?” — JRC’s Jeremy Binckes.

Reporter soon heads to Afghanistan

“Thanks for the #MilitaryMonday love. A week from today, I should be blogging from Afghanistan. Hope you’ll follow along.” — War correspondent for Marine Corps Times Dan Lamothe.

Today at 3 p.m.: Syndicated columnist and Bullfight Strategies’ Karl Frisch hosts the Thom Hartmann show. TIME: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Details here.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day


Weingarten appalled.

“I’m appalled at the number of people who interpreted my innocent, joyful left-hand tweet from this a.m. as something masturbatory.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten.

HOH confused for dating site

“Dear person who believes I run an online dating site. HOH doesn’t mean what you think it does … #justsaying.” — Roll Call‘s HOH Columnist Neda Semnani. The backstory: A reader wrote in to ask if they could guest blog on HOH, which they presumed was an African American online dating site.

Congressman mangles Chuck Todd’s name

“Well, Chad, Mitt Romney should be channeling…” — Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) on “The Daily Rundown” this morning. Chad, or Chuck, didn’t flinch and didn’t correct him.

Headline that could raise eyebrows at NBC…“Lunch Break Video: Tuc Watkins and David Gregory wear speedos.” No, not that David Gregory. This is the hunky soap star on One Life to Live.

A trick question from DCist’s Ben Freed: “Examiner, TBD, HuffPost people, what food item, if dropped off for free, would your newsroom go absolutely nuts over?”

The Heckler

“Hey @RickSantorum, I bet U pay a higher tax rate than Millionaire Mitt. He uses offshore tax havens. Ask him why in [today's] #CNNdebate.” — CNN Democratic Commentator Paul Begala.

Talking dirty

“Learned a new TV term today: ‘hot edit.’ It’s not what you think.” — PBS’s Christina Bellantoni.

Excuses that work…

“It is starting to look like my ‘but I can’t file a piece today, the INTERNET IS BROKEN’ excuse will work afterall. #sopa” — The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox.

CNN Adds Frum and Cardona to 2012 Election Team

CNN continued to beef up its roster of 2012 political contributors with the addition Democratic strategist Maria Cardona and conservative columnist David Frum today.

Cardona currently heads the public affairs practice at Dewey Square Group, where she founded the Latinovations practice that focuses on Latino strategic outreach on national, state and local levels. During the 2008 Democratic primary election, she was senior adviser and spokesperson to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and served on the campaign’s Hispanic outreach team.  A former communications director for the Democratic National Committee, Cardona also served as a spokesperson at the U.S. Departments of Justice and Commerce during the Clinton administration.

David Frum is the editor and founder of the conservative website FrumForum.com. From 2001 to 2002, Frum served as special assistant and speechwriter to President George W. Bush. During the 2008 election season, he served as senior foreign policy advisor to the Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign.  He is a former editor of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page and six time author.

Cardona and Frum join the CNN’s existing lineup of political contributors which includes John Avlon, Paul Begala, Bill Bennett, Donna Brazile, James Carville, Alex Castellanos, Erick Erickson, Ari Fleischer, David Gergen, Roland Martin, Mary Matalin and Hilary Rosen.

Morgan Freeman in DC for “Invictus” Screening


Mediocre blackberry pic of Matthews and Freeman by yours truly.

Renowned actor Morgan Freeman graced DC last evening for a screening of “Invictus,” which hits theaters December 11th. Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Matt Damon, it’s the story of South African President Nelson Mandela’s campaign to host the 1995 Rugby World Cup event in his first term.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews hosted a Q&A with Freeman at National Geographic after the screening, which received a standing ovation from a nearly full theater that included the likes of Fox News’ Chris Wallace, CNN’s David Bohrman, Kevin Madden and President Obama’s right-hand man Reggie Love.

“You can’t tell Mandela’s whole story in a movie,” Freeman said of the rugby storyline he convinced Eastwood to direct. Matthews first opened questions to South Africans in the audience– “you portray Mr. Mandela very well” and “the movie was emotional,” women at the screening said to Freeman.

The “Invictus” star admits he has yet to see the film, though he will when it premieres. “I’m terrified… I’d much rather believe you when you say it’s good,” he said.

As for who should play Obama in a movie, Freeman definitively says “Denzel,” as in actor Denzel Washington.

Also in attendance: USA Today‘s Susan Page, MSNBC’s David Shuster, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, ABC’s Rick Klein and David Chalian, WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart, CNN’s Gloria Borger, Paul Begala, Sam Feist and Peter Hamby, Politico‘s Mike Allen, Jonathan Martin, Ken Vogel and Kiki Ryan, CongressDaily‘s Erin McPike, Time‘s Jay Newton Small, Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz, CBS’ Laura Strickler, Matthew Cooper, Karen Finney, Lee Brenner, Mark Adelman, Mark Paustenbach, Taylor Griffin and Michael Feldman, among others.

Warner Bros. and Mandela Day hosted the screening.

Uncle Sam Turns to Helen Thomas for Advice

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Uncle Sam turned to veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas for some advice, and she gave it to him like it is (via Funny or Die).

Uncle Sam has also turned to James Carville, Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson- Carville even gave him a dollar, saying he can pay him back “when you get the other 14 trillion paid off.”

(h/t FamousDC)

Morning Reading List 08.27.09: A Kennedy Edition

Good Morning FBDC! Check out front pages of the country’s newspapers at newseum.org.

NEWS NOTES | NEWSPAPERS | TV | RADIO | ONLINE | BOOKS

NEWS NOTES

Yesterday, we saw countless commentators and anchors recall memories of Senator Kennedy in the daytime, and hour-long specials produced in the evening. WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz notes that much of the coverage has a “personal tone” lent to it by the reporters who brought us that coverage. He wrote:

“There was an unmistakably personal tone to the tributes, the anchors and correspondents sounding as though they, and the country, had lost a friend. Diane Sawyer talked about Kennedy’s megawatt smile. Andrea Mitchell called him “the greatest senator of our generation.” Brian Williams, who had flown during the night to Hyannis Port, observed: “I hope his Irishness… isn’t lost in all this.” Geraldo Rivera called him a “mentor.”

…Washington can be the smallest of towns, and many in the media recounted touching encounters with the late senator. Chris Matthews, a Type 2 diabetic, spoke of Kennedy calling him with advice after the “Hardball” host had an attack of hypoglycemia. Paul Begala, a Democratic strategist, recalled on CNN that when his father had received a cancer diagnosis, Kennedy called and “gave me the name of one of the world’s foremost experts in cancer treatment. He said, ‘He’s expecting your call. I just talked to him.’ And he helped pave the way to get my father the treatment that, frankly, saved his life.”"

And from Slate‘s Jack Shafer: “Not everybody in the press adored the Kennedys, of course. But those who did-like famed New York Times reporter, editor, and columnist James “Scotty” Reston-attended to the family’s legend like priests on retainer.”

Politico captured these Kennedy memories from various Washingtonians, including CBS’ Bob Schieffer and former Kennedy press assistant Terri Robinson.

NEWSPAPERS

E&P: The Boston Globe literally stopped the presses at about 1:30am to change the paper’s front page and several inside pages to include the Kennedy’s death yesterday.

E&P‘s blog takes notes of where leading newspapers placed the first mention of the Chappaquiddick accident in their Senator Kennedy obits.

FamousDC poked fun at Politico yesterday for its extensive coverage of Senator Kennedy’s death on the web. Today, the paper was out with a special edition, “Remembering a Legend.” (h/t Playbook)

TV

The Daily NewsDavid Hinckley commentates that yesterday’s cable coverage “lined up as neatly as the punch line in a joke about the alleged political agendas of those channels.” He writes:

“On the left: MSNBC, which went wall-to-wall Kennedy the entire day, interspersing fresh reactions with warm remembrances of his life and times.

On the right: Fox News, where Kennedy was the main story all day – but where it was often used as an opener to discussions of the health-care plan he endorsed, which faces heavy criticism and an uncertain fate.

In the middle: CNN, which stayed wall-to-wall longer than Fox and incorporated more Kennedy features, but broke off as well for other stories.”

C-SPAN has already announced that it will air live coverage Senator Kennedy’s Celebration of Life memorial service from 7-9pm tomorrow and on Saturday, the funeral mass from 10:30am-12:30pm and the burial service at 5:30pm at Arlington National Ceremony. We’ll have more coverage plans on FBDC later today.

RADIO

Nancy Reagan joined “The Ron Reagan Show” on Air America last night to discuss Senator Kennedy. You can listen in now here.

And former CBS News correspondent Roger Mudd, who famously asked Senator Kennedy why he wanted to be president just before officially announcing that he would run, called into Sirius XM Radio’s POTUS show. You can listen to that interview here.

ONLINE

WebNewser takes notes of Kennedy video coverage on the web.

And msnbc.com is opening Kennedy coverage to their readers with FirstPerson.msnbc.com.

BOOKS

Senator Kennedy’s memoir “True Compass” will go on sale September 14th, according to the publisher and via NYT. The autobiography has been five years in the making.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

CBS’ Face the Nation: White House senior advisor David Axelrod, Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) and historian Douglas Brinkley

ABC’s This Week: Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and a roundtable with NYT‘s David Brooks, Arianna Huffington, 2008 Nobel Prize Winning Economist Paul Krugman, George Will and Donna Brazile

Fox News Sunday: White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, Minority Whip Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and a roundtable with Fox News contributors senior political analyst Brit Hume, NPR’s Mara Liasson, Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and White House senior advisor David Axelrod, Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Paul Begala, Republican strategist and CNN contributor Alex Castellanos, CNN political contributor and Fellow of the Claremont Institute William Bennett and National Urban League’s Marc Morial

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Politico‘s Roger Simon, The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza, the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Debra Saunders, USA Today‘s Christine Brennan, media commentator Callie Crossley and USA Today Live’s Lauren Ashburn

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, University of Tehran’s Seyed Mohammad Marandi, NYU’s Nouriel Roubini, US News & World Report‘s Mort Zuckerman and “Ascent of Money” author Niall Ferguson

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Newsweek‘s Howard Fineman, NPR’s Michele Norris, Time‘s Michael Duffy and WaPo‘s Ceci Connolly

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NYT‘s Peter Baker, WaPo‘s Michael Fletcher, NJ‘s Marilyn Werber Serafini and WSJ‘s David Wessel

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR) and Bloomberg’s Rich Miller, Kevin Hassett and Margaret Carlson

RELATED: Sunday Show Ratings- July 19th (via TVNewser)

“The War Room” Reunites At Reel Journalism Screening

George Stephanopoulos, Dee Dee Myers and Paul Begala were at the Newseum Monday for a special screening of “The War Room,” as part of Nick Clooney‘s Reel Journalism series.

It was a reunion of sorts- “The War Room” is a documentary on President Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign and the organization who ran it, including the three aforementioned.

Some ancedotes via Politico:

“The Lewinsky thing,” said Begala. “That was hard for everybody, and it was hard for me.”

“When I went to Little Rock” to campaign for Clinton, said Myers, “all of my friends thought I was insane. … It seemed like a great adventure. … It was beyond-my-wildest-dreams interesting.”

“You see the huge cell phones, no BlackBerrys, no e-mail,” said Stephanopoulos. “You got pink phone messages throughout the day. We were wearing handsets. … You were on the phone all day long!”

Read on here.

A Can’t-Miss “Reel Journalism” Event: The War Room

The Newseum and American University will host another Reel Journalism event on Monday, May 18th at the 7PM.

Screening:
“The War Room,” a documentary released in 1993, takes a behind-the-scenes look into the Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign.

Who:
Host Nick Clooney will lead a discussion about the love-hate relationship between candidates and the press with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, CNN’s Paul Begala and former press secretary for Pres. Clinton, Dee Dee Myers.

For more info, click here.

What’s On Paul Begala’s IPod?

Paul Begala is willing to do a lot in the name of Willie Nelson. His music pick on the Daily Beast:

If there’s a better CD this year than Willie and the Wheel, I’ll two-step over to your house, kiss your ass, say it smells like roses- and give you an hour to draw a crowd. As an old Austinite, we have a name for people who don’t believe in Willie Nelson: atheists. Nelson has teamed up with Asleep at the Wheel, the high priests of Western Swing. Ray Benson, the hub of the Wheel, is the real deal, and so is his band. Austin Music City calls Willie and the Wheel “One of the finest albums ever recorded. Download it, uplink it, iTune it or just buy it- it’ll put a spring in your step and beat back the recession blues.

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