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Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly to Co-Anchor FOX News Channel’s ‘America’s Election HQ’

BUG_BUMP_SUPER_TUESDAY_2Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly will co-anchor “America’s Election HQ,” FOX News Channel’s November 4 midterm election night coverage starting at 6 pm. Bill Hemmer will operate the network’s electronic “Bill-board” with Martha MacCallum focused on exit poll data.

Also slated for camera time: senior political analyst Brit Hume, “FOX News Sunday” host Chris Wallace, White House correspondent Ed Henry, chief Congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel, and contributors Bob Beckel, Stephen Hayes, Charles Krauthammer, Dana Perino, Kirsten Powers, Karl Rove, Joe Trippi, George Will, and Juan Williams. Read more

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Quotes of the Day

No South Park for the Dickerson children

“Another successful Documentary Night. Kids loved this NOVA/National Geographic on mystery of da Vinci painting.” — CBS News Political Director John Dickerson.

How a press secretary spends his Sunday

“Nothing like two hours in the office on a bright, warm Sunday afternoon. Blech.” — Sen. Chris Coons‘s press secretary Ian Koski.

Uh, creepy.

Julianne Moore charming (and, uh, low cut) on red carpet, describing how she listened to Palin’s book on tape and tried to capture her” — The Daily Beast/Newsweek/CNN host Howard Kurtz in a recent skeevy tweet from the “Game Change” screening at the Newseum late last week.

Babe. Slut. What’s next — skank?

“Listen, Rush has only called me a babe on the air. So I don’t know if that’s a gateway word to slut, but so far we’re okay.” — Liberal radio host Stephanie Miller on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday.

Arianna addresses daylight savings

“We lost an hour of sleep last night. Bad timing: I had to get up at 5 (body time: 4am ) for a flight to San Fran. How’d you fare? #sleepweek” — HuffPost/AOL’s Arianna Huffington.

Question to ponder: “When did ‘you’re fine’ become an acceptable thing to say to an apology.” — Politico‘s Jake Sherman, who spent the weekend in Alabama. He couldn’t resist a reference to a Grateful Dead song with this: “Alabama getaway.”

Bret takes weekend off Twitter

“Make it a great weekend! I am heading home and turning off my iPhone for a weekend with the fam. No tweeting until Monday! Have a good 1!” — FNC’s Bret Baier. And yes, he stuck to his word! Only one follower remarked on it. MsRoey (teacher by day, mom by night) wrote, “You rock Bret. Have a good one!”

The world is her oyster

“Enjoyed oysters and sparkling wine with my realtors yesterday after a lovely day of house hunting.” — Kimberly Leonard, a health reporter at the Center for Public Integrity.

Self-appointed Media Critics

David Gregory has turned meet the press into the voice of the Democratic Party. Tim Russert would be embarrassed.” — Former U.N. Spokesman and crisis communications specialist and HuffPost contributor Richard Grenell.

“As I watch Sunday Morning shows, can’t distinguish reporters from politicians proving it’s insider game that leaves you on the outside.” — Former CNNer Rick Sanchez.

Rumors and Gossip…A waiter at Mon Ami Gabi in Bethesda recently spilled the beans about Washington tippers. For instance, he said, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton (now a FNC Commentator and senior fellow at A.E.I.) is stingy — a 10 percent tipper — while U.S. Sec. of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano veered in the other direction at 25 percent.

Pssst…a journo tells us Boyd Tinsley of the Dave Matthews band was spotted hanging around Georgetown this weekend.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

NOT Harry and Louise

It’s time again for NOT Harry and Louise, the feature that helps Harry Jaffe and his wife, Louise answer questions from their advice column in Washingtonian magazine. Because, hell yes, they need help. So, here’s a recent question they received from Sister’s Safekeeper…

Dear Harry and Louise:

My sister is in a relationship with a married man who has two kids. He keeps promising to propose to her once he divorces the first love of his life. My sister is an accomplished specialist physician, but she is somehow infatuated with this bogus character. He’s a nobody with a rap sheet of killing a man while driving under the influence of alcohol. He never told her all the complications he had in his life until he ensured that she couldn’t do without him. I have tried my very best to talk her out of it, but she seems charmed by him. Bear in mind that his real life is going on normally with his wife and kids, which makes my sister his spare-time mistress.

Please help me find a way to break them up without hurting my sister, for she entrusted me with her heart, and I can’t support her, nor can I think of a way to keep him away.

Am I the only person thinking that they are starting to stage their questions? Has this not been the plot line for hundreds of movies? What’s next? Let me guess…

“Dear Harry and Louise, I am a protagonist loner who longs to find the love of my life. I have met someone who comes from a different way of life and culture than me. Will society ever accept us? Will our love endure the test of time despite those around us not giving us their blessing?”

Before we wade into the murky waters of relationship advice…

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Rick Sanchez Releases Statement Saying he has ‘Nothing but Highest Regard’ for CNN

The PR reps for Rick Sanchez have released the following statement.

They preface it by saying: “The following is an official statement from Rick Sanchez regarding his departure from CNN. We kindly request that you use this statement in its entirety. No further comments are available at this time.” CNN fired Sanchez last week after calling Comedy Central host Jon Stewart a bigot.


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Dust has no bounds

“The Smithsonian needs to dust their exhibits so I’ll stop sneezing on their factoid cases.” — Syndicated columnist, comedian and FishbowlLA Editor Tina Dupuy in a tweet during a weekend Washington visit. She hadn’t read Roll Call’s recently fascinating piece on dust at the Postal Museum or she’d have been up to speed. Later she added, “The Smithsonian is clearly not sponsored by Swiffer.” (Find Tina’s site here.)

Did someone say Shuster?

“Frankly I think CNN could’ve let Sanchez off with a MSNBC-style mysterious disappearance a la Shuster.” – TPM’s Brian Beutler referencing former (or still temporarily suspended with no end in sight) MSNBCer David Shuster on CNN’s firing of Rick Sanchez.

A grand invitation

“Anyone else want to see Social Network at 9:10 tonight?” — Slate‘s David Weigel in an invitation to EVERYONE on Twitter Friday night.

Rahm – one hell of a flack

“One of the great press secretaries we’ve ever had.” — WaPo‘s Dana Milbank on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday referencing former White House COS Rahm Emanuel.

Editor stumbles on bad luck

“What an awesome weekend of being sick & then being well just long enough to get clipped on my bike. #myfacelooksawesome .” — Phoebe Doris, web editor of The American Prospect in a weekend tweet.

Scribe plans to be annoying

“Heading to Madison, WI. Gonna annoy some people by asking them about politics during Packers game.” — Scott Conroy of RealClearPolitics in a weekend tweet. To which GOP Pundit and communications strategist Kevin Madden replied, “So long, front teeth.”

NBC’s Todd talks ‘palace intrigue’

“BTW, something to ponder #westwing palace intrigue folks, Rahm’s departure means Bill Clinton doesn’t have a WH direct line when he wants.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd in a weekend tweet.

Wolf Discusses SNL Impersonation

This afternoon CNN’s Rick Sanchez brought D.C. anchor Wolf Blitzer onto the show to discuss the resignation of Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.). At the end of the interview, Sanchez sneaked in a question to Blitzer about the SNL impersonation that aired of the bearded correspondent this weekend. Impersonators of CNN’s Jack Cafferty and Gloria Borger also appeared in the skit.

Here’s the awkward exchange:

Blitzer: It’s not the first time he’s done me.
You got the clip?
Sanchez: What? Got the what?
Blitzer: The clip.
Sanchez: No.
Blitzer: Do I really mumble like that?
Sanchez: No, you’re fine. You’re a good sport. That’s why I love you like a brother.

Within a minute, guess what happened? The clip showed up.

FishbowlDC’s Brag Book: Brendan Kownacki

Meet brag book’s latest- Brendan Kownacki. On his last big project, Kownacki worked on Inauguration with the Broadcast Management Group, a subsidiary of Mason Media Group, where he served as the Director of Strategy and Development for two years. Prior to that, he worked with “America’s Most Wanted” and, where he created and managed web content.

What working journalist do you most admire and why? I’ve been a fan of Anderson Cooper since he was hosting “The Mole” on ABC — I think he’s very thorough and takes and intelligent approach to his work. I really appreciate his embrace of new media tools, andreaching out to interact with viewers online, in real time. In a world where citizen journalists are becoming increasingly more important, I think CNN (both A.C. and Rick Sanchez) has recognized that fact and takes it into account every day when they tackle the day’s headlines.

Proudest moment in your career? Election season 2008, pushing all the way forward until Inauguration day in January 2009, was the busiest I have ever been at work and is easily my proudest ‘moment.’

What is something that most people don’t know about you? As a kid I remember that Tom Brokaw was my favorite ‘character’ on television. Growing up in the Midwest, I felt very removed from the possibility of one day working in TV, and then one day, I was with my Dad at a shopping mall and we ran into Marc Summers (from “Double Dare,” and now Food Network), and that was the first time it really hit me that people in television were just like everybody else, and that I too could get there one day.

Check out some recent work here and here, and Kowancki on LinkedIn here. You can reach him by email.

Q&A is continued after the jump…

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The “Blitzmeister” Joins the Twitterverse

A certain “Situation Room” anchor is getting pretty tech-savvy. No, CNN hasn’t turned him into a hologram (yet), but the venerable Wolf Blitzer has joined the slew of DC journos on Twitter.

The “Blitzmeister,” as Rick Sanchez calls him, was welcomed to the Twitterverse on CNN today:

SANCHEZ: Hey, I understand you’re going to join this whole social media craze now?

BLITZER: I’m following in your footsteps, Rick. Guess what?


BLITZER: I’m on Twitter as of yesterday. I just started Tweeting
and it’s — it’s a lot of fun.

SANCHEZ: That’s fantastic…

BLITZER: I did Tweet about ZZ Top. I got a — ZZ Top came to see me yesterday here in THE SITUATION ROOM…

SANCHEZ: Do we have that picture?

BLITZER: We’ve — we’ve got a picture that — that’s up there, as

Check out Wolf on Twitter, and that photo on FBDC here.

Clip Of The Day

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CNN’s Rick Sanchez interviewed his mom in her kitchen today about Judge Sonia Sotomayor. We love CNN’s characterization of it- A “wise Latina woman” weighs in.

Morning Reading List 06.18.09

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Roll Call celebrated a 54th birthday this week. Happy birthday to CNN minx, Meryl Conant (clearly added by MD)!! What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…



One of the new bidders for the Boston Globe says he will work with the union.


CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla is the new father of twin girls.

NBC’s Ann Curry, CNN’s Rick Sanchez, FNC’s Clayton Morris and Today show producer Ryan Osborn talked social media and foreign reporting yesterday at the 140 Characters Conference in New York. TVNewser has the dets.


Bob Sullivan‘s blog “The Red Tape Chronicles” hit a milestone this week: its 100,000th reader comment. Congrats Bob! (h/t WebNewser)

C-SPAN’s has a redesign.


NYT: The visas for many of the foreign journalists in Iran are expiring this week, depriving the world of independent sources of information about the violent protests that erupted after the disputed presidential election.

Larry Kramer on The Daily Beast says the media can profit from Twitter’s big week, Jack Shafer on Slate says we shouldn’t get carried away about Twitter’s role in Iran’s demonstrations.

YouTube is still blocked in Iran.


Fox News anchors are responding to comments that President Obama made in an interview with CNBC’s John Harwood earlier this week- “I’ve got one television station entirely devoted to attacking my administration,” Obama said. “You’d be hard-pressed, if you watched the entire day, to find a positive story about me on that front.”

Steve Doocy: “Look, we are just balancing things out. When you watch the other channels, the news channels, it’s all — you know, you don’t hear a lot of the criticism.” And Greta Van Susteren on her blog: “I don’t think the President is afraid of Fox – he is a very smart and tough man – but I do think he holds a grudge. There is a huge Fox audience that he represents since he is the President of all Americans.”

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