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Posts Tagged ‘Russ Schriefer’

Afternoon Reading List 07.11.13.

Why MSNBC’s ratings suck — MSNBC has been the subject of news rather than just a broadcaster of it lately, due to its sharp decline in ratings in the first half of 2013. National Journal’s Matthew Cooper examines why the network has been grasping for air and ratings and why they keep slipping away. To start with, the second quarter of 2013 was full of breaking news — the Boston Marathon bombings, Cleveland kidnappings and the Oklahoma tornadoes. Known as “The Place for Politics,” MSNBC was struggling to keep up with CNN, known as the place for breaking news, and the network’s ratings dropped 10 percent.. And with Jeff Zucker at the helm, CNN looks like it will continue to draw more viewers. MSNBC’s evening line-up, according to industry insiders, has become too sophisticated for their audience, as well as completely lacking in diversity. On Fox News, Sean Hannity, Greta Van Susteren and Bill O’Reilly are, while all conservative, very different. Some right-wingers are saying the network is falling apart or collapsing, but Cooper suggests it’s just in a vulnerable place at the moment.

Why you should read it: MSNBC’s struggles this summer have been making headlines, and Cooper offers insight into why the network’s ratings have plummeted.

Another fishy list of journalists — A year after the infamous JournoList was shut down (hello Dave Weigel and Ezzy Klein!), a new secret discussion forum made up of political journalists came into being. No, they’re not conspiring to create talking points for their political parties. In fact, they’re completely bipartisan and never discuss politics. The common thread holding them together is their undying and unquenchable love for the band Phish. As TNR’s Marc Tracy reports, the forum began two years ago by Bloomberg TV’s Jake Beckman after he noticed references to the band by political journalist Phishheads on Twitter. Called “Journophish,” its now made up of about two dozen political journalists—and only journalists, no political operators, press secretaries, etc. The group chats about upcoming shows, trades tickets and shares songs and Phish trivia. Some of the list includes National Review’s Robert Costa, Politico’s Jake Sherman (of course), CNN’s Stephanie Gallman, social media folks at MSNBC and The Daily Beast, along with a few others. In addition to his own application to be included in “Journophish” Tracy manages to slip in a “This Town” reference.

Why you should read it: Phishheads are relentless in their efforts to find other Phishheads, and this is quite an entertaining look something that some political journalists probably spend way too much time doing.

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Journos to Show up in Reality Show Trailer by Sex and the City Set Decorator

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Jennifer Sergent, formerly with Scripps Howard, is reporting on her “DC by Design” blog today that journalists and pundits are to take a star turn in the trailer by Sex and the City set decorator Ondine Karady (above).

Karady wants to spruce up DC, and is shopping around a reality show called “Designing D.C.” (Shockingly, Karady believes D.C. lacks style.)

An excerpt from Sergent’s story:
Ondine gave me the video with the condition that I couldn’t post it directly, but I am allowed to describe it. Ondine, who is married to New York Times reporter James Rutenberg, obviously knows many high-profile journalists and pundits in town.

Those said to make regular appearances on the show: Ned Martel, a WaPo editor, Democratic consultant Karen Finney. Those who appear in the trailer: Nina Easton, Washington Bureau Chief for Fortune Magazine and FNC commentator and her husband, political strategist Russ Schriefer. She goes into their home to help with redecorating.

Other possible projects: find a dog house for President Obama; find a chair for V.P. Joe Biden.

Read the full story here.

“News media and politics: an uneasy union”

From the LATimes:

    Some of America’s most prominent political journalists are, quite literally, wedded to the 2008 presidential race: Their spouses work for one of the candidates.

The connections listed in the piece:

  • Los Angeles Times political reporter Ronald BrownsteinEileen McMenamin, chief spokeswoman for Sen. John McCain.

  • Portfolio’s Matthew CooperMandy Grunwald, (chief ad strategist in Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign)

  • Fortune’s Nina EastonRuss Schriefer (media strategy for McCain).

  • NBC’s Campbell Brown “will continue to cover politics after her husband [Dan Senor] rejected overtures to join the campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.”