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Jonathan Alter Accuses Daily Caller Scribe of ‘Racial Animus’ Toward Obama

In Bloomberg View columnist Jonathan Alter‘s new book, he accuses The Daily Caller‘s Neil Munro of having “racial animus” toward President Obama. He also refers to him as “a reporter.”

Alter’s allegation comes after he makes a similar claim of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. “Limbaugh was only the most public face of racial animus toward Obama,” Alter writes in The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies. “When Neil Munro a ‘reporter’ for the Daily Caller, used a day pass at the White House to shout at the president in the Rose Garden while he was speaking, it offended the veteran reporter Sam Donaldson.”

The Daily Caller‘s Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson, also a weekend co-host of Fox & Friends, took a shot at Alter concerning what he wrote about his reporter. He told FishbowlDC this afternoon, “Alter stopped practicing journalism a long time ago, when he went to work as a courtier for the president,” he said. “He’s been sniffing Obama’s throne and churning out propaganda on his behalf for five years. No wonder he’s offended when an actual reporter dares to ask his boss a question. Nor is it surprising that he mistakes journalism for racism. When you worship a politician like a god, all dissent looks like bigotry.”

Munro memorably interrupted a statement Obama was delivering on immigration policy last summer. “Why’d you favor foreigners over Americans?” Munro barked at Obama in the middle of his comments.

Donaldson, a former White House correspondent for ABC News, made a name for himself yelling questions out at past presidents. At the time, Carlson defended Munro by comparing him to Donaldson.

The well-known newsman wasn’t pleased about that.

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Diane Sawyer Talks Amanpour, Fox, and the Pope at Press Club

While her competitors Katie Couric and Brian Williams were chatting with late night hosts David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon respectively, ABC’s “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer sat down with veteran CBS journalist Marvin Kalb at the National Press Club to close the Kalb Report’s 17th season.

The program, “Diane Sawyer: A Life in News,” kicked off the International Women in Media Foundation’s week-long gathering.

What we learned:

  • Sawyer credits the the more conversational tone of “World News” not with any personal style of reporting, but rather with her lack of a strong speaking voice. “I always wish I had one of those,” she said.
  • Asked why she went to report from Japan (seems like a rather obvious question), Sawyer told Kalb it “was a story I had to experience tangibly.”
  • Sawyer doesn’t check the ratings for “World News.” She said: “I know you won’t believe this, but I don’t check them…I’d rather not. I simply don’t want to be held hostage.”
  • She has a lot of respect for Christiane Amanpour. Kalb asked her why she didn’t join Amanpour and other journalists in Egypt to report on location about the revolution. “I wanted to go there,” she said, “but I thought, ‘It’s Christianne Amanpour!’”
  • Of her early days at ABC co-anchoring with Sam Donaldson, Sawyer said: “We were actually a skit on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ we were so bad.” Kalb insisted she wasn’t that bad, to which Sawyer responded: “Then why did you call me and tell me to fix it?” (Kalb and Sawyer were colleagues at the beginning of her career.)

Find out what Kalb and Sawyer had to say about Fox News, Sawyer’s dream interview and the worst part of her day after the jump.

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ABC’s Tapper Comes to Cokie’s Rescue

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Call it chivalry. Or just another voice needed to temporarily quiet the others down.

ABC interim “This Week” host Jake Tapper interrupted a tense back-and-forth between Sam Donaldson and HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington on Sunday’s show to help Cokie Roberts get a word in edgewise.

Donaldson and Huffington were getting into a heated discussion about the situation in Afghanistan and Roberts’ comments kept getting chopped off, to the point where Tapper stepped in.

As you’ll see below, Roberts is as surprised as anyone that she needed any assistance in the first place. Word has it that the interruption got the roundtable “back on track.”

DONALDSON: If we get out now, who comes back, the Taliban quite
clearly comes back.
HUFFINGTON: The Taliban is not our enemy.
ROBERTS: Then we really prove that the United States –
DONALDSON: Then we throw in them.
TAPPER: Let Cokie talk for one second.
ROBERTS: Thank you, Jake. That’s never happened before. The — we really prove at that point that America is a worse friend than enemy if we pull out at this point from Afghanistan.

Glass’s Insider Take on Gridiron

Politico’s Andy Glass, a longtime member of the Gridiron Club, offers his annual take on the off-the-record dinner from this past weekend.

Read the story here.

With Glass’s story comes an accompanying video below. AP’s Edith Lederer is particularly outspoken and worth watching. Other journos chime in: CNN’s John King, ABC regular Sam Donaldson, Bloomberg’s Al Hunt, MSNBC’s Savannah Guthrie.

Ambinder’s Tickling Stories

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Tickling is no laughing matter these days (well, actually, it’s always sort of a laughing matter). The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder set off some alarm bells in the Twitter universe when he joked that when he worked at ABC that Sam Donaldson had once tickled him. Turned out it was the Education Secretary.
Politico’s Amie Parnes has the story.

Read it here.

Sunday Show Preview: 02.28.10

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NBC’s Meet the Press: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), WH Director of Health Reform Nancy-Ann DeParle, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), President and CEO of National Urban League Marc Morial, BBC’s Katy Kay and Atlantic Media’s Ron Brownstein.

CBS’ Face the Nation: Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Politico’s Jim Vandehei

ABC’s This Week: Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), NYT’s Paul Krugman, ABC’s George Will, Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts.

CNN’s State of the Union (with Candy Crowley now): Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Fox News’ Fox News Sunday: Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Dale Earnhardt Jr. and a panel with Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, Liz Cheney and NPR’s Juan Williams.

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WaPo’s Dana Milbank, David Frum of FrumForum.com, The Nation’s Katrina Van Heuvel, ABC News’ Brian Ross, Fred Francis.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: John Dickerson of SLATE Magazine and CBS News, TIME’s Karen Tumulty, WSJ’s Naftali Bendavid, David Shepardson of The Detroit News

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: The Soros Foundation’s George Soros, Columbia University’s Simon Schama, FT’s Lionel Barber

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: NBC News Capitol Hill Correspondent Kelly O’Donnell, Washington Post Columnist David Ignatius, TIME Assistant Managing Editor Michael Duffy, Washington Post Columnist Kathleen Parker

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), Bloomberg’s Mike Firn, Lizzie O’Leary, Julianna Goldman, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne.

CNN’s Amanpour: Ehud Barak, Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense

C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Sunday at 10:00 AM / 6:00 PM
This week’s guest is George Miller (D-Calif.). Guest reporters are Perry Bacon of WaPo & Steven Dennis of Roll Call.

We’ll update as we get ‘em.

Sunday Show Preview 01.24.10

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NBC’s Meet the Press: Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY, )WaPo’s E.J. Dionne, BBC’s Katty Kay, Peggy Noonan of WSJ and NBC Chief WH Correspondent Chuck Todd

ABC’s This Week: Senior White House Adviser David Axelrod, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and a roundtable with ABC News columnist George Will, Sam Donaldson, former Bush strategist Matthew Dowd, and ABC’s Cokie Roberts

CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and a roundtable with CBS’ Nancy Cordes and Jan Crawford

Fox News Sunday: WH Press Sec. Robert Gibbs, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) plus a panel with FNC’s Brit Hume, NPR’s Mara Liasson, Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: David Axelrod, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dem. pollster Celinda Lake and Rep. pollster Neil Newhouse

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: NBC News Chief Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman and National Enquirer’s Barry Levine

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, author Robert Caro, The Aspen Institute’s Walter Isaacson, WSJ’s Peggy Noonan

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show:

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Joan Biskupic of USA Today, Nat Journal’s Alexis Simendinger, ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, John Harwood of CNBC and NYT.

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), Bloomberg’s Rich Miller, Julianna Goldman, Heidi Przybyla, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod, AP’s Sonya Ross, Roll Call TV host Robert Traynham, Democratic pollster Cornell Belcher, Democratic strategist Karen Finney and News One/Interactive One Chief Content Officer Smokey Fontaine

CNN’s Amanpour: Managing Director of IMF Dominique Strauss-Kahn, author Edwidge Danticat, U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmont Mulet

We’ll update as we get ‘em.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: David Axelrod, Dr. Howard Dean MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, Markos Moulitsas of the DailyKos.com, Rep. Strategist Ed Gillespie, PBS’s Tavis Smiley

CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Sen. Olympia Snowe (D-LA) and Se. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

ABC’s This Week: David Axelrod, Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and roundtable with George Will, Donna Brazile, Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts

Fox News Sunday:

CNN’s State of the Union: David Axelrod, Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I-NY), Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WaPo’s Ceci Connelly, New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, The Weekly Standard’s Matt Continetti

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Nathan Myrvold, founder and CEO, Intellectual Ventures and Vali Nasr, author of “Forces of Fortune”

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show:

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: WaPo’s Ceci Connolly, John Dickerson of SLATE Magazine and CBS, Economist’s Greg Ip and Chuck Babington of the Associated Press

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt:

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), American Urban Radio Networks White House Reporter April Ryan, Sirius XM Radio Host Joe Madison, Republican commentator Ron Christie, Politico White House reporter Nia-Malika Henderson and News One/Interactive One Chief Content Officer Smokey Fontaine.

CNN’s Amanpour: Tina Brown, Founder/Editor of The Daily Beast Tina Brown and Harold Evans, former editor of the Sunday Times and The Times

We’ll update as we learn them.

UPDATED Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey, Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS), Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA), NYT‘s David Brooks, WaPo‘s E.J. Dionne, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Republican strategist Ed Gillespie and NBC’s Tom Brokaw

CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Republican political consultant Ed Rollins

ABC’s This Week: DNC Chairman Tim Kaine, RNC Chairman Michael Steele and a roundtable with Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, Republican Pollster and Consultant Frank Luntz and ABC’s Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts and George Will

Fox News Sunday: Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) and a panel with Fox’s Brit Hume, Fox/NPR’s Mara Liasson, Fox/Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol, Fox/New York Post‘s Kirsten Powers

CNN’s State of the Union: Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey, Virginia Governor-Elect Bob McDonnell (R), Republican pollster Bill McInturff, Democratic pollster Peter Hart, CNN’s James Carville and Mary Matalin and former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Time‘s Joe Klein, AP’s Beth Fouhy, “Googled” author and The New Yorker media columnist Kevin Auletta

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Aspen Institute’s Walter Isaacson, “The Years of Lyndon Johnson” author Robert Caro, WSJ’s Peggy Noonan, “Creating Black Americans” author Nell Irvin Painter and former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: The Atlantic‘s Andrew Sullivan, NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, New York Magazine‘s John Heilemann and WaPo‘s Kathleen Parker

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: WaPo‘s Ceci Connolly, NJ‘s James Barnes, Politico‘s John Harris and ABC’s Martha Raddatz

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: House Minority Whip Eric Cantor

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: RNC Chairman Michael Steele, DNC Chairman Gov. Tim Kaine, Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), commentator and author Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, WaPo‘s Michael Fletcher, Democratic strategist and pollster Cornell Belcher; Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson, syndicated columnist and author Deborah Mathis, Comcast Network’s, Roll Call TV’s and Philadelphia Tribune‘s Robert Traynham and News One’s Smokey Fontaine

Will update as we learn them.

Sunday’s “World Exclusive”

“Meet” had Secretary Tim Geithner, “Face” had David Axelrod, “This Week” had Valerie Jarrett, but this Sunday’s “world exclusive” interview was on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”

Howard Kurtz “twinterviewed” reporter Roland Hedley of Doonesbury fame. Sam Donaldson even gets in on the fun.

The cartoon reporter is actually out with a new book “My Shorts are Bunching. Thoughts? The Collective Tweets of Roland Hedley.”

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