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JFK Death Cult Takes Over the Airwaves

This guy died once.

This guy died once.

John F. Kennedy died today -well not today, rather IT WAS 50 YEARS AGO. Nonetheless the news media are expending all their resources to bring you breathless reporting from That Place In Dallas Where Things Happened Once. Interviews abound with super important people like Woman Who Was In the Crowd When It Happened, Person Who Was Alive in 1963, and Man Who Cried One Time Thinking About It All.

Everyone is being a bit ludicrous today, but two networks have really taken the cake, our friends at NBC and CNN.

NBCNews.com will, ludicrously, be reporting the news today ALL DAY as if it were 1963. Literally from 11:40 AM CT to 11:26 PM CT -we have a press release about it. We suppose they will change their URL to NBCOlds.com as well. What’s more, Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw will be live in Dallas at 1:28 PM ET today to commemorate the Moment JFK Was Shot, AND Brian Williams will be broadcasting the “Nightly News” from Dealey Plaza, AND NBC will air Tom Brokaw’s documentary “Where Were You: The Day JFK Died” for two hours at 9:00. Let’s hope Pete Williams is on stand-by somewhere in case any important news breaks.

Oh, and just in case you have literally nothing to do with your life, NBCOlds.com also has a livestream of the Eternal Flame! NBC, it is literally called the Eternal Flame because it does not change! Livestream not required!

This flame is doing nothing, which is why it is important.

And then there’s CNN, which ran a graphic this morning comparing the approval ratings of President Obama (41%) and President Kennedy (90%). Well what an extremely useful comparison. How do Americans feel about the guy who was President for less than 3 years, 50 years ago, and whose party had massive majorities in both Houses of Congress, versus the guy who is currently President and is mired in the midst of the most bitter partisan warfare of the past, well, ever? What could account for the disparity?

You know what would be even more useful? Let’s throw George Washington into the mix. Surely there must be some profound insights as to why G-Dubs gets a 100% rating versus JFK’s 90%. Maybe, like, time passing?

Oh there’s more, after the jump…

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BuzzFeed’s Malinowski Defends Himself Against NYT Magazine

Talk about not getting it.

Yesterday we highlighted a NYT Mag piece calling out several prominent journalists for helping spread false information via social media in the days following the Boston bombing, information that incorrectly labeled an innocent, missing kid as a terrorist.

One of those named was BuzzFeed sports reporter Erik Malinowski.

Later on Monday, Malinowski posted a defense of himself on Tumblr in which he manages to not only not take a single ounce of responsibility, but to cast himself as the victim. He says he’s been dragged “unfairly and falsely” into the story because NYT made a “major error”—they got the time of his first tweet off by a couple hours. This is apparently more of a bad thing than the “major error” he committed when he spread the false information in the first place because even his Buzzfeed editor felt compelled to contact NYT to explain this to them. In Malinowski’s world, these couple of hours mean he had absolutely nothing to do with the entire debacle.

Let’s take a closer look at just what role Malinowski played, shall we?

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Separated at Birth: Pete Williams

Yes, yes, we get it. NBC’s Pete Williams is a God of News. Throughout last week’s manhunt for the bombers of the Boston Marathon, Williams seemed to be among the few trusted journalists in America. While many outlets got the story wrong, Williams remained steady.

With Williams getting SO much airtime, we realized that he looked eerily similar to HuffPost’s Howard Fineman, who is also often seen on MSNBC. Upon further examination, both men could also pass for Mrs. Doubtfire.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day


Reporter’s bus driver drops f-bomb

“Was that my bus driver? ‘This is a one-way street! F— you, b—-!’” — Washington Examiner‘s David Freddoso.

TV reporter gets tortured at dental visit

“Dental hygienist dressed in blue. Should of been black leather. Subjected me to 45 minutes of torture. But my teeth look great!” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida in a recent tweet.

Journo love

“My colleague Pete Williams, whose knowledge I’m constantly in awe of, says healthcare law is ‘in trouble’” — NBC Congressional Correspondent Luke Russert.

A White House correspondent praises his wife

“Happy Anniversary to Saintly Wife! Seems like just yesterday I was reading her answer to my online personal ad…” — Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox.

Quote Taken Out of Context

“I know, but I had a bad experience with a wisdom tooth that I left in too long :( Don’t wanna see you down too!” — NBC Washington Social Media Editor Cheryl Thompson.

A mean note to BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith

“Someone needs to tell Ben Smith that it’s not really an exclusive if NO ONE ELSE IS INTERESTED IN YOUR LAME-ASS STORIES. #TanningBedOnStupid” — Breitbart.com‘s John Nolte

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“I really like broccoli.” — Politico‘s Jake Sherman. Of course his comment stemmed from Day 2 of the Supreme Court’s oral arguments surrounding President Obama’s healthcare legislation. Justice Antonin Scalia asked, “Why couldn’t the government make its citizens purchase, say, broccoli?” This is the Shermanator’s first FishbowlDC award of this nature and we’re banking that it won’t be his last.

 

Morning Blooper: ‘Hi Samantha!’

This morning MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” reported on a Supreme Court challenge to President Obama‘s health care law. Co-Host Savannah Guthrie introduced NBC’s Justice Correspondent Pete Williams to discuss the subject.

Savannah: “Pete, Good morning!”

Pete: “Hi Samantha!” [Pause followed by laugh, laugh, laugh.] “That’ll go on a blooper roll. I have to stop calling you that in the hallway.”

C0-host Chuck Todd closed the segment with a dose of revenge: “Alright, Pete Williams at the Supreme Court for us this this morning. Peter, or whatever we’ll call you later today. Alright, Paul Williams at the Supreme Court.”

Daily Rundown Tackles On Record, On Background, Off Record and Hazy Netherworld of Phrases in Between

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MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” ran a segment this morning that many journalists and their sources find perpetually confusing – the rules on sourcing information.

“In my view, the term ‘On the record’ everyone can understand,” said NYT reporter Mark Leibovich who appeared in the segment. “Beyond that, any of the gradations…mean nothing.”

Albert Oetgen, managing editor of NBC News’s Washington bureau, has studied the topic and wrote a story on it with “Daily Rundown” co-host Chuck Todd in the The Atlantic that published Monday. The piece’s headline: “When ‘Bite Me’ is ‘Off the Record.’”

Oetgen stressed that terms mean little and reporters should reach a personal understanding with those they cover. “You have to ignore the terms and make the agreement with the people you interview,” he said.

But there’s a wrinkle. The terms mean different things to different people….

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NBC Breaks Kagan News When Toobin Could Have Called

vert.toobin.jpg CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin missed the boat on getting the scoop on Solicitor General Elena Kagan being chosen as President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. “I guess that makes me less than a journalist,” Toobin said on CNN late Sunday night after NBC broke the news.

Toobin explained on air that he knows Kagan personally because she was his Harvard Law School classmate, but said he chose not to use his personal connection to phone her and ask. To be sure, his tone was light-hearted, not painful regret. (He did, however, talk with CNN.com about knowing her previously. Read the interview here.)

One question:
CNN: You knew her at Harvard. What is she like?
Toobin: Smart, funny, self-confident, extremely intelligent but not obnoxious about it. She’s always been a well-grounded person who brings out the best in others around her.

Behind the scenes of this breaking news story is another story of how the news was not broken. Politico‘s Mike Allen reported that the White House may give the news to AP’s Ben Feller to break “on the later side of Sunday.”

But on Sunday night, it was NBC’s Pete Williams broke the story. CNN gave proper credit to NBC during the segment with Toobin.

Sunday Show Preview 02.07.10

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NBC’s Meet the Press:

CBS’ Face the Nation: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Today Analyst Shannon Sharpe, NFL on CBS Announcer Jim Nantz, NFL on CBS analyst Phil Simms

ABC’s This Week: Sec. Treasury Timothy Geithner, ABC’s George Will, Bloomberg’s Al Hunt, WaPo’s Ruth Marcus, WSJ’s Peggy Noonan, Center for American Progress CEO John Podesta

CNN’s State of the Union: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Fox News’ Fox News Sunday: Sarah Palin, National Tea Party Spokesman Mark Skoda, Weekly Stabdard’s Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, FNC’s Laura Ingraham, NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: HuffPo’s Arianna Huffington, syndicated talk radio host Hugh Hewitt, CNN’s James Carville

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: King Abdullah II of Jordan and John Yoo, author of “Crisis and Command”

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: NYT’s Andrew Ross Sorkin, MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell, TIME’s Michael Duffy, WaPo’s Kathleen Parker

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NYT’s Jackie Calmes, TIME’s Michael Duffy, ABC’s Martha Raddatz, NBC’s Pete Williams

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), NFL Films President Steve Sabol, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, National Urban League’s Patrick Gusman, Prime Movers Media founder Dorothy Gilliam, Frank Gilliam, dean of the UCLA School of Public Affairs and professor of public policy and political science. Roundtable with former WaPo reporter Dorothy Gilliam, CBS’ Michelle Miller, and Danny Bakewell, Sr., publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel and chairman of the National Newspapers Publishers Association.

CNN’s Amanpour: former U.S. National Security Advisory Zbigniew Brzezinski, FP’s David Rothkopf, former Chinese foreign ministry official Victor Gao, former Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council Victor Cha, former Mexican foreign minister Jorge Castaneda, Consul General of Mexico in New York Ruben Beltran

C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers”: David Axelrod, Senior White House Advisor to President Obama, WaPo’s Anne Kornblut and WSJ’s Gerald Seib.

We’ll update as we get ‘em.

The FishbowlDC Interview With Savannah Guthrie

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SG.jpgSay hello to Savannah Guthrie. She is one of NBC’s two White House correspondents and co-host of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” each morning at 9 a.m. alongside the network’s other White House correspondent, Chuck Todd.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? I am not sure of the deeper meaning of this question, but Fresca is delicious.

How often do you Google yourself? I don’t have to! Bill Burton has a Google alert on me and keeps me informed. (He has one on all the WH correspondents.)

Who is your favorite working journalist? Hands down: NBC’s Pete Williams.

Did you see “Twilight” and “New Moon?” If so, who is more your type, Edward or Jacob? No, my teen viewing habits are confined to American Idol. And I am devastated about Simon Cowell.

When did you last cry and why? See previous answer.

What word do you routinely misspell? embarassed to say.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? “life ruiner”

What swear word do you use most often? @#$%!

What word or phrase do you overuse? @#$%!

What TV show do you have to watch? I am so glad you asked! “The Daily Rundown” with Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrie. 9am ET/6a PT on MSNBC!

If you were trapped on a deserted island, which public official would you want to be trapped with and why? This is a sad, sad Washington question.

Who has been your mentor? My brilliant mother. She has her masters’ degree in journalism. She also has the natural ability to zero in on the one issue you’re trying to avoid.

Read more about Guthrie after the jump…

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Washington TV Newsers Dominate Airtime

andrea-mitchell1.jpg News consultant Andrew Tyndall added up the airtime of the nation’s top network news correspondents (anchors excluded) over the last decade. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell topped the list with 2,416 minutes of airtime. NBC’s David Gregory, CBS’ David Martin and NBC’s Pete Williams all placed in the top five. DC boasts 7 of the top 10 and 12 of the top 20 most heavily-used newsers of the decade.

Check out Tyndall’s full list here.

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