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Granholm Adds Sparkle to MTP

If you think Fox News is the only place where you can watch an attractive blond say, “I love the smell of democracy,”  then you’re in for a surprise.

Because former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) has officially joined the NBC MTP roundtable, and those were her words Sunday in reaction to host David Gregory‘s question about the Wisconsin public employees’ protests.

Granholm, who, as we reported previously, recently landed at least six appearances at the table,  is fresh off eight years spent running one of the nation’s largest swing states. As such, she’s considered a big get and a shot in the arm for MTP’s occasionally dowdy roundtable.

At least Gregory thinks she is, judging by how thrilled he was to say, “I’m pleased to say [she] will be joining us on a regular basis as a contributor to our roundtable…So, Governor, welcome particularly.”

The newly-minted pundit seemed to fit right in at the granddaddy of talking-head tables, where she was joined by panelists Ed Gillespie, former Rep. Harold Ford (D-Tenn.) and CNBC on-air editor Rick Santelli.

Any lingering confusion about whether Granholm was a misplaced Fox Newsbabe ended when she quoted Shakespeare, telling Gregory that a government shutdown would hurt both parties equally, resulting in “a pox on both your houses.”

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CNBC’s Rick Santelli: Father of the Tea Party Movement?

Author of new book “A New American Tea Party,” John O’Hara tells Washington WhispersPaul Bedard that although CNBC’s Rick Santelli refused to be a spokesman for the tea-party movement, his role was “very important.”

“Santelli said what a lot of people were thinking and afraid to say,” O’Hara says of the reporter’s Squawk Box rant a year ago.

A strategically humble Santelli explained that while he doesn’t think there is a beer summit in his future, “it’s very gratifying that four minutes out of [his] life made a difference.”

Check out Washington Whispers for the full scoop.

Morning Reading List 04.09.09

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Its day 80 covering the Obama administration and week ten for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…



Why the Boston Globe is on deathwatch: With a weekday circulation of about 350,000, the Globe is reported to be on track to lost $85 million in 2009. A high proportion of Boston’s residents are college students, who tend not to read newspapers, and a high proportion of its businesses are financial institutions, which, of course, have gotten hammered over the past two years.

More on Boston Globe from NYT: Perhaps most controversial, the Times wants to do away with lifetime job guarantees for Globe employees who were on board when the Taylor family sold the paper to the Times in 1993. “How long and how hard we negotiate is based on your feedback tonight,” union president Daniel Totten told Guild members at a Wednesday meeting.


It takes a real TV anchorman to cry. The NY Observer’s Felix Gillette writes about this trend in the cover story for yesterday’s paper. “Not long ago, television news was a no-cry zone,” he writes. “The top newsmen were celebrated for their emotional control in the face of gut-punching developments.” Gillette notes Glenn Beck‘s “We Surround Them” special, Roland Martin‘s tears after President Obama’s election, Rick Santelli‘s rant, Chris Matthews‘ “thrill” and Anderson Cooper‘s Katrina reports as just some of the examples of a changing cable news style.

I’ve heard of drunk dialing, but drunk online shopping? MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow buys a TV.


WSJ is planning to launch a “premium iniative” to sell “narrower information services” at a higher subscription rate to subsets of its readership.

Tucker Carlson joined the gang on the Morning Media Menu yesterday. Topics du jour: bailouts (“I don’t think anybody has a right to a federally subsidized job. I certainly didn’t. I bounced around over the past 20 years in journalism and the taxpayers have never stepped in to save my job.”), ratings sensation Glenn Beck (“If you’re doing those numbers at 5:00, you’re doing something remarkable.”) and coverage of President Obama’s Europe trip (“fawning and childish”).

Is Yahoo a better friend to news than Google?


Baltimore Sun sat down with predictions guru and founder Nate Silver: “People like Chuck Todd at NBC are pretty good. But I don’t think the election coverage is all that strong necessarily, in part because people have very short memories… In politics, you may have Capitol Hill correspondents who are thrown on the election trail every four years and maybe don’t have expertise in that area. It’s kind of like Olympic coverage. Where do you find a good curling analyst, you know?”


More on beat-sweetener’s from Slate: “At a time when readers are abandoning newspapers and magazines in droves, it hardly behooves reporters to bore them” with pieces designed to suck up to government officials, says Tim Noah. “What’s the value of access if you have no public to share it with?”

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Morning Reading List 03.03.09

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Its day 43 covering the Obama administration and one month down for us. Happy Birthday to Patrick Gavin.

What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…



WaPo tops Fortune’s most admired companies 2009 list in the publishing, newspapers and magazines industry. NYTimes follows.

More on George Will‘s column on global warming and omsbudsman Andrew Alexander‘s response on a science blog The Loom, “When Fact-Checking Is Not Fact-Checking.”

Future “health czar” Nancy-Ann DeParle is married to NYT reporter Jason DeParle, the paper disclosed yesterday. Jason does not cover healthcare and Politico reports Washington bureau chief Dean Baquet does not foresee any issue, saying DeParle is “one of the most important people in the bureau.”

A look at the future of newspapers, “What Comes After a Golden Age,” including five reasons why the death of print is not impending.


TVNewser wants to know “Where are TV’s Women Chief White House Correspondents?” All the major TV nets and cablers- ABC, CBS, NBC/MSNBC, CNN, FNC -have male Chief White House Correspondents. Is this significant? Sam Donaldson thinks “it’s a big deal,” Ann Compton calls it “a quirk of the moment,” and Andrea Mitchell finds it “unusual.”

Media Matters asks, “Matthews’ ‘Oh God’ vs. Santelli’s rant: Which told us more about the press?” “…the idea that the [Chris] Matthews live-mic moment should be pounced on as an “aha” moment for the unprofessional press corps is absurd. Not when Rick Santelli, a reporter for CNBC, went on live TV and uncorked an anti-Obama rant and then paraded around on right-wing radio shows for days while concocting stories about being targeted by the White House. Despite crossing all normal bounds of journalism, Santelli was celebrated in the press as a populist… And CNBC seemed to do everything it could to market and hype the rant.”

NY Magazine calls ABC’s Jake Tapper a tool here.


In today’s Media Notes, Howard Kurtz contends the “White House Lets Rush Limbaugh Be Voice of GOP Opposition.” He calls Limbaugh a “master at drawing media attention,” filling a vacuum in the Republican party since the election.


A discussion on fair use from the NYT here. Copyright and infringement cases against bloggers and online publishers seem to be increasing. An interesting quote from Arianna Huffington, “we are at the beginning of developing the rules of the road” online and Times piece says she said the site’s editors were “constantly talking” about appropriate excerpting conduct.


From Newsweek, “Confessions Of A Pundit, Economic commentators may be insightful, but they’re not neutral. Market forces shape their views.”

In an interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl former First Lady Laura Bush commented that she wasn’t getting her newspaper on time in the morning. It’s actually security that’s the problem, not her hometown paper, the Dallas Morning News. The paper’s publisher and chief executive tells Dallas News, “Because the police won’t let anyone past the roadblock near the Bush Dallas residence without security clearance, we leave the paper with the police guards near the house bright and early every morning.”


Slate is looking for an editorial intern.

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Gibbs Blasts Cable News

WH Press Secretary Robert Gibbs blasted cable news and responded to Rick Santelli‘s outburst on CNBC about President Obama’s mortgage plan.

In response to a question from CBS’ Chip Reid:

“I also think that its tremendously important that for people who rant on cable television- to be responsible and understand what it is they’re talking about. I feel assured that Mr. Santelli doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”

And on cable news:

“If I hadn’t worked on the campaign but simply watch the cable news scorekeeping of the campaign- we lost virtually every day of the race…”

“If I would have just watched cable TV- I long would have crawled into a hole and given up this whole prospect of changing the country.”