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Fishbowl Five with CNN’s Rachel Smolkin

Rachel SmolkinIn July, CNN announced the hire of Rachel Smolkin as executive editor of CNN Politics Digital. Smolkin came to CNN from POLITICO where she served as managing editor of news.

At the time of her hire, managing editor of CNN Digital Meredith Artley said that Smolkin was brought on to make its work “bolder, buzzier and more essential to audiences in and outside of the beltway.”

FishbowlDC recently chatted with Smolkin, who’s almost two months in, on CNN’s latest hires, coverage for the midterm elections, and of course, her CNN work crush.

 
FishbowlDC: You’re on a hiring spree at CNN – what key journalistic qualities are you looking for in building your digital politics team?

Rachel Smolkin: ”I am so excited to build this great team. We’ve made terrific hires already, with many more to come. I’m looking for smart, original thinkers who want to create memorable work and experiment with their storytelling; for beautiful writers and sharp editors of both text and video; for journalists who can spot news but also know how to separate themselves from the pack. I want to bring together people who are eager to work as a team and to take full advantage of the amazing platform that CNN offers.”

 
FishbowlDC: We’re headed into midterms and you were with POLITICO, one of the biggest names in political news. What drew you to CNN?

Rachel Smolkin: ”I loved the idea of creating something new — a political news start-up, backed by the incredible talent and resources of CNN. The digital space is getting more crowded, and that’s challenging us as journalists to keep innovating. The most powerful, most beautifully told stories are still able to break through the clutter — and those should be a combination of the best traditional and emerging storytelling techniques in text, video and social media. In just a few weeks, we’ve already launched Peter Hamby’s Hambycast, and we’re looking forward to more exciting coverage in the weeks and months ahead.” Read more

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CNN’s ‘Hambycast’ Explores Hillary’s Media Circus

CNN’s “Hambycast” is back, and this time for Peter Hamby‘s trip to Iowa for the Harkin Steak Fry and the media circus that was Hillary Clinton’s visit to it.

Hamby documents the 200+ credentialed media’s obsession with Clinton’s appearance and more so, her potential 2016 run for president.

“One reporter got whacked in the head with the butt of a big television camera. Another photographer dramatically toppled off his ladder while straining to get a shot. It was a little absurd,” writes Hamby in an accompanying post. “When the Clintons approached the media zoo for question time, Bill Clinton leaned in and relished the scene. Hillary kept her distance.”

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Sen. Bernie Sanders at CNN & NJ’s Politics on Tap: ‘If I run, I will run to win’

20140916_190340-2Tuesday night at Sixth Engine, CNN and National Journal reconvened for its second installment of “Politics on Tap.”

Headlining the evening was Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who sat down with CNN’s “The Lead” host Jake Tapper and National Journal editorial director Ron Fournier to discuss a possible 2016 run for president.

“If I run, I will run to win,” declared Sanders. Read more

Peter Hamby Explores Political Campaigns in New Weekly CNN Series ‘Hambycast’

image001CNN Politics and CNN Digital Studios today announced the launch of “Hambycast,” a weekly series with Peter Hamby exploring political campaigns.

“This is the fun part of covering political campaigns,” says Hamby in the debut episode that takes him to a University of South Carolina tailgate with Texas Governor Rick Perry who spent the afternoon “hobnobbing” with donors and Republican legislators. “There’s a lot of speeches and policy rollouts and just sort of road campaign events, but so much of politicking is going to places like this which is essentially a big old carnival.”

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CNN’s Jake Tapper Tweets ‘Lauren would kill me’

Last hour, Gawker noticed two since deleted tweets sent out by Jake Tapper, which read, ”Please don’t make it soubd like I reached out to you” and “Lauren would kill me.”

Presumably, “The Lead” host is referring to Lauren Pratapas, his CNN publicist, but whom were the tweets – likely meant to be sent as direct messages – intended for and in regards to?

A publicist’s job, and presumably that of Pratapas, is to manage and secure press coverage for a brand or person. Were Tapper’s tweets intended for another reporter? If so, as one of CNN’s biggest talents, maybe Tapper should refer, I don’t know, to his publicist?

Pratapas’ satirical tweet in response to Gawker:

And another from CNN national political reporter Peter Hamby:

 

Weekend Show Preview – 8.17.14

On Tuesday we gave you the ratings for the August 10 Sunday Shows in the DC Market.

Who’s on the talk shows this weekend?

Highlights include Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on “Face the Nation,” Gov. Rick Perry on “FOX News Sunday,” Sen. Dick Durbin on “Al Punto,” Ferguson, Mo. Rep. William Lacy Clay on “State of the Union,” and CFR president Richard Haass on “Fareed Zakaria GPS.” 

Not all lineups have been announced. But click through for those that are and we’ll continue to update throughout the day. Read more

Weekend Show Preview – 8.10.14

On Tuesday we gave you the ratings for the August 3 Sunday Shows in the DC Market.

Who’s on the talk shows this weekend?

Highlights include Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein on “Face the Nation,” the CIA’s John Brennan and Ron Patrick on “Al Punto,” and Zalmay Khalilzad, former Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, and the UN on “State of the Union.” 

Not all lineups have been announced. But click through for those that are and we’ll continue to update throughout the day. Read more

John McCain Headlines CNN and NJ’s ‘Politics on Tap’

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John McCain, CNN’s Jake Tapper, and NJ’s Ron Fournier

Last night at Sixth Engine, CNN and National Journal hosted “Politics on Tap,” a joint interview by CNN’s Jake Tapper and NJ’s Ron Fournier’s of Sen. John McCain preceded by a panel discussion with CNN’s Peter Hamby and Brianna Keilar and NJ’s Michelle Cottle on pressing political issues.

The former presidential hopeful covered a lot of topical ground, including the downed Malaysia Airlines flight earlier that day, immigration, Israel and Iraq.

Asked by Tapper who from the Republican Party could run against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, McCain said, “I think we have a long list of people that could defeat Hillary Clinton. I think that Chris Christie is one. Jeb Bush is another. John Kasich is another. We’ve got some very successful governors that have done very well in their states that I think once exposed to the American people could be very competitive.”

For more, click on over to NJ and “The Lead,” and stay tuned to CNN for broadcast of some of the night’s conversation.

Weekend Show Preview – 7.20.14

On Tuesday we gave you the ratings for the July 13 Sunday Shows in the DC Market.

Who’s on the talk shows this weekend?

Full lineups have yet to be announced across the board, but highlights thus far: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on “Fox News Sunday” and Juan Orlando Hernández, president of Honduras on “Al Punto.”

Click through for the full rundown. Read more

CNN and National Journal to Host ‘Politics on Tap’ with Sen. John McCain

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CNN and National Journal are joining forces to explore the midterm elections the best way possible…with a cold one in hand.

Dubbed “Politics on Tap,” the program will feature an interview by CNN’s Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper and NJ’s Ron Fournier of Sen. John McCain followed by a panel discussion with CNN’s Peter Hamby NJ’s Michelle Cottle, and CNN’s Brianna Keilar on the growing divide in the Republican Party and how the changing face of the GOP and Congressional leadership may impact this November’s midterm elections.

Slated for next Thursday at Sixth Engine, the invite (which hasn’t gone out yet) is a steal in that a-the topic is definitely interesting and b-who doesn’t want to drink with this crowd. Only thing that could make it better is if Rep. Aaron Schock were involved.

We’ll be there, and hope to see you there, too!

See the invite – sans RSVP dets (sorry) – after the jump. Cheers! Read more

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