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Cupp performs verbal abortion on Olbermann

Keith Olbermann is a huge dick.” — GBTV’s S.E. Cupp on “Real News.” She added, “You once suggested that my parents never should’ve had me. I am very sorry that your television career has just been aborted.”

Reader calls Fishbowl Peter a ‘moron’

“Or maybe we could just call you a Selective Moron.  Assuming, of course, that you aren’t one all the time.  I guess we’ll have to give you the benefit of the doubt on that. I’m not particularly interested in the Congressman’s sex life (or lack thereof), but the fact that he believes in abstinence prior to marriage but hasn’t necessarily lived up to his own ideals doesn’t make him a hypocrite.  This is the lame charge that people use to attack those who profess virtue.  If you’re not sinless you’re not allowed to ever make a moral statement?”  — evstok. We think it’s rather harsh of you to refer to FBDC’s Peter Ogburn as a “moron.” He has feelings, you know, and knowledge. “Considering I grew up going to a SOUTHERN BAPTIST church 4 times a week, I think I can speak with SOME authority,” he wrote me early this morning. “We were SUPER religious..  While we weren’t exactly snake handlers, we knew where to get them on short notice.”

Lizzie has kisses for Alec Baldwin

“Dear @alecbaldwin, The Daily News is not owned by Newscorp. Kisses.” — CNN’s Lizzie O’Leary. This was in response to Alec tweeting this: “Is there a Murdoch alive who can get that rotten old man out of there and get rid of that GOP cabin boy, Roger Ailes?” And this: “Can anyone save NewsCorp?”


“My 3 yo decided to cannonball into the lake today at his grandparents. No, he doesn’t know how to swim. His mom had to dive in.” — Editor and CNN Contributor Erick Erickson.

Journos spotted at Bruce Springsteen concert Sunday night: Twitter’s Adam Sharp tells us, “Spotted from my vantage point on the floor for tonight’s Springsteen show at the Verizon Center: Chuck Todd, Luke Russert, American Bridge’s Bradley Beychock, WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, C-SPAN’s soon-to-be new co-CEO Rob Kennedy, and I am 99% sure NYT‘s David Brooks.” Others: MSNBC and Mother JonesDavid Corn, Poliitco’s Patrick Gavin, WaPo‘s Joe Heim, Vanity Fair‘s Maureen Orth, CNN’s Dana Bash,

Noteworthy: In a late Monday night tweetathon, Zeke Miller of BuzzFeed tweets out scoops of Politico Mike Allen‘s new eBook, prior to midnight release. “I got it at 11:25pm when it went live on the iBooks store,” Miller said in a late night email to FBDC. “I’m still waiting for my Kindle copy to come through. Still only about half-way though.” Miller follows on the heels of Alex Pappas from The Daily Caller, who previously obtained a copy of the book. His story published on Monday morning at 11:36 a.m.

Fun fact: For less than a year in 2009, The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle, who’s hanging out in Sanford, Fla. this week working on the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman story as we speak, interned at the Sanford Herald. His internship lasted less than a year. UPDATE: Since Boyle wouldn’t answer our simple questions such as if the internship has helped him with Trayvon story coverage and other simplicities, we weren’t able to bring that to you. He was, however, able to tweet that he’s no longer in Sanford. Would have been much simpler had he had the nerve (if that’s what it takes these days) to answer a few questions just as he expects from the lawmakers he interviews.

A special Happy Birthday to… Barbara Powers Allen (Allen’s mom). Allen gave his mother her own line today in Playbook. No “Birthweek” though.

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The FishbowlDC Interview with C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb

Today we bring you a special edition of The FishbowlDC Interview. Say hello to C-SPAN’s now former CEO Brian Lamb. He recent stepped down to be Executive Chairman of the C-SPAN board. When we spoke with him the other day, he sounded completely at ease with the shift, saying it was time to move on and let others, namely Rob Kennedy and Susan Swain, step up. “I have had it planned for sometime,” he told me in a phone interview. “It’s time to pass it on to two people who can lead this place for the foreseeable future. I feel great about it. I don’t feel the least bit emotional about it. I had my run. I’m still going to see the people everyday. This is a natural evolution after 35 years.” He was more jangled about the FishbowlDC interview. Which, as everyone who has done it knows, is a cake walk. Lamb is actually something of a lamb. His profanity (at least what he’ll admit to) consists of “gosh darn” and he pigs out on chocolate frozen yogurt. Look for Lamb on Q & A, which he will continue to host. In the meantime, read on.

If you were a combined carbonated beverage, which would you be? I would be sparkling flavored water.

How often do you Google yourself? I don’t.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)? Uh man….you mean I’m not going to get a raise?

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Oh, boy, I don’t know that I have one. I really don’t. I better not go there.

What swear word do you use most often? Gosh darn.

You’ve just been told the big news: You get to have your own Sunday morning talk show. Who will be on your roundtable? (Pick four journalists or pundits types.) I would pick Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post and Mona Charen. Wow, it’s so dangerous to do this. I’d have Doug Brinkley, a historian at Rice University and Richard Norton Smith, a professor at George Mason University.

Now for a really serious moment: What is your dream job, money and practicalities aside? Probably being a concert violinist. It will be a dream job until I am gone.

When you pig out what do you eat? Frozen yogurt. Chocolate.

What is your absolute favorite item of clothing in your closet? We want the fabric, the brand, the store and the price if possible. If it’s a certain kind of underwear we don’t want to know about it. A blue suit. That’s all I have in my closet.

Pick one: Kim, Khloe, or Kourtney? I wouldn’t know a Kardashian if she walked through the door.

Have you ever had a tarot card reading? No.

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Brian Lamb Steps Down as C-SPAN CEO

C-SPAN CEO Brian Lamb is giving up day-to-day oversight of operations. But he will continue to “engage in the overall direction setting” and “plans to continue to host” his weekly interview program, “Q and A.”

In a statement released tonight, C-SPAN’s Board of Directors today announced that on April 1, 2012, C-SPAN co-presidents Rob Kennedy and Susan Swain will become co-CEOs of the public affairs cable TV network. Lamb, who has served as CEO since the company’s founding in 1978 and as chairman of the C-SPAN board since 1985, takes on the new role of Executive Chairman of the C-SPAN Board.

C-SPAN Has a Band – Who Knew?

RobKennedy.jpg Just in case you need a little music in your life, the big Cable Show was happening this week in Los Angeles. And C-SPAN was all over it. One evening involved eight bands in a “Battle of the Bands” fundraiser. The way it was described: “The bands jam hard in front of a panel of celebrity judges.” (Yes, terrible description, but read on anyway…don’t kill the messenger.)

One reason not to read on: Bob Guiney (GSN’s “GSN LIVE” and the ex-yet still a douchebag Bachelor from the fourth season) was there and we didn’t stomach him very well the first time we had to watch him. (He’s the one Trista ditched on “The Bachelorette” for the fireman and far better looking Ryan Sutter). Something else working against Guiney: he published a book in 2003 called: What a Difference a Year Makes: How Life’s Unexpected Setbacks Can Lead to Unexpected Joy.

We digress. The Cable Show cause was a great one – it was for A Place Called Home – an L.A.-based youth services organization.

One of the eight bands that competed in the concert fundraiser featured C-SPAN co-president Rob Kennedy, on keyboards.

Kennedy’s band is called TV Rejects.
TV Rejects lineup:
Mike Grebb (CableFax) on guitar.
Tim Hermes (Broadband Gear Report) on drums.
Rob Kennedy (C-SPAN) on keyboards.
Seth Arenstein (CableFax) on trumpet.
Jim Clark (C-SPAN) on drums.
Tommy Bullough (Retirement Living) on bass guitar.

Watch a post-rehearsal interview with the guys here.

Find out which songs the TV Rejects played and who won the contest after the jump…(Also see what Guiney looks like in case you forgot which one he is…)

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C-SPANers Celebrate Ten Year Anniversaries

C-SPAN executives Brian Lamb, Susan Swain and Rob Kennedy will host a dinner tonight at the Hyatt Regency to celebrate the ten year anniversaries of a number of C-SPANers.

Congrats to Tanya Chattman, Rick Clyburn, Debbie Davenport, Carl Foster, Doug Hemmig, Dallas Hill, Jon Kelley, Tony Laboy, Paul Loeschke, Wes Mangum, Garrette Moore, Paul Munson, Al Porter, Leslie Rhodes, Peter Slen, Art Tiller and Ellen Vest.

They’ll also get a “lovely Crystal Capitol dome” to commemorate the occasion.