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Game Change Authors Halperin and Heileman on Palin’s “Uncertain Future” in Time


Time magazine’s Mark Halperin and John Heileman , co-authors of Game Change, give us a story today on former V.P. hopeful Sarah Palin in the ’08 campaign and her new role at Fox News.

The story is online today and in the magazine tomorrow.

An excerpt: “That other McCain aides have kept quiet for so long about Palin owes to two factors. The first is loyalty to McCain … But the second reason is equally significant and a harbinger of the fights to come in the Republican Party: a deep fear of the Palin forces. Intimidated by the rabidness of her supporters, believing that they can’t be swayed by facts and worried about getting crosswise with the most highly energized part of the Republican base, McCainworld has allowed her version of reality to go largely unchallenged-and her rise to continue unchecked.”

Time’s Managing Editor Richard Stengel interviews the authors about Game Change in this video.

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Quote of the Day

“Jeri, I’ll tell you what. You put Sarah Palin up against Barack Obama in 2012 and I’ll see you in the dust.”
– NPR’s Juan Williams on Fox News’s “Hannity” to Jeri Thompson, wife of former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.), who was all rah! rah! Palin, sayin’ Palin was “makin’ money” and gettin’ overall successful. It’s hard to talk about Palin and not to start droppin’ those g’s.

FNC’s Beck’s Definition of “Live” is Questionable

alg_glenn_beck.jpgWhat is up with Fox News’s Glenn Beck?

On this afternoon’s show, in which he interviewed former V.P. hopeful and former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin, he continuously declared the show as “live” with a light outdoors background that included the scene-setting Statue of Liberty. Only (at the time of this item) it’s 5:57 p.m. and it’s DARK outside. How can he be live in a light background if it’s dark outside?

Is Beck living in another time zone (or universe) than the rest of us?

The explanation:
“Glenn misspoke,” said a Fox News spokesperson. “The interview was shot earlier this afternoon to accommodate the governor’s schedule.”

Palin FNC Ratings Sky High

palin2.jpgThe Nielsen ratings are in and former V.P. hopeful Sarah Palin hit the nearly 4 million viewer jackpot last night for her debut appearance on Fox News’s “The O’Reilly Factor” as a Fox News contributor. The count: 3,954,000 people tuned in to watch Palin last night.

That number is up 42 percent from the same night last year, and up 26 percent compared to every other day of the show in January.

Palin’s appearance beat out CNN’s Campbell Brown, who had 999,000 viewers last night. The show also beat every ABC program between 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., which included shows like “Scrubs” and “Better Off Ted.”

In November when Palin appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor” as a guest, the show had an audience of 3,868,000 viewers.

So when will Palin be on Fox News again?
She’s on Glenn Beck’s show RIGHT NOW.

Sarah Palin At Ease With Bill O’Reilly

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Former V.P. hopeful and former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin was so comfortable with “The O’Reilly Factor” Host Bill O’Reilly last night that you could see her pores relax.

She was happy, smiling, at ease with the host who’s something of a verbal fire starter. CBS’s David Letterman once called him “a goon.” (O’Reilly retorted that Letterman was a “straw man” who no one takes seriously).

But Palin? O’Reilly treated her with care. She got to go off on President Obama’s diminishing poll numbers. (“Of course, they’re sinking,” she said of President Obama’s poll numbers. “It was just a matter of time before more of that reflection of the people’s uncomfortableness that they feel towards this administration is manifesting in these poll numbers.”

It only helped her comfortable-ness that O’Reilly purposefully put her at ease throughout her entire debut as a Fox News contributor and spoke of the evil “liberal media” that he says has “trafficked in” trying to make her look unintelligent.

On Game Change, Palin sliced the authors, saying, “These are the political establishment reporters who love to gin up controversy and spin up gossip.”

O’Reilly told Palin she now has a “forum” on Fox News and “can set the record straight” whenever she wants. She replied with a big kiss for the network. “The public are neutralizing outlets like [CBS's] “60 Minutes,” she said. More and more people are looking at these networks and saying, nah, that gigs up and they are turning into Fox News.”

In reaction to her debut, the media were largely complimentary. A headline in the New York Daily News reads: “Sarah Palin’s debut as Fox News commentator on ‘O’Reilly Factor’goes smoothly.” (Read the story here.)

TWTs Amanda Carpenter tweeted: “Overall, a nice hit for Palin.”’s Joan Walsh seemed to emotionally recoil at Palin’s appearance: “OMFG, Sarah Palin is talking about Nancy Pelosi being out of step with SF? TV. Off. Now,” she tweeted.

WaPo’s Howard Kurtz struck a factual tone only. He tweeted, “Palin on O’Reilly: people don’t give a ‘crap’ about controversies created by pol reporters.”

Note: This photo from the set of last night’s “The O’Reilly Factor” was acquired from the show.

FishbowlDC’s “Overexposed in ’09″


Yep, ’tis the season for annual year in review “lists.” And though we too find them annoying, we couldn’t help but to create one of our own. So, we give you “Overexposed in ’09″ – 9 news topics that we’d rather see benched for 2010.

9. Michelle’s Magic Garden: Growing organic veggies is super cool in certain circles but we hope news stories about the First Lady’s au natural tomatoes will take a cue from Smith & Hawken and shut down this year.

8. Bo-ring: Sorry Bo, but you’ve become exhausting. We love dogs but the FDOTUS domination during Barbara Walters‘ interview with Michelle Obama pushed us over the edge. Unless Bo knocks up one of Paris Hilton‘s pooches, we don’t want to hear about it next year.

7. The Helen Thomas Diaries: her upcoming book, her anniversary, her birthday, her seat in the WH briefing room. A legend? Yes. But we’ve written her name more times in 2009 than we care to count.

6. Bronzed Boner: No further mention of House Minority Leader John Boehner‘s (R-OH) bronzed bod or the pronunciation of his surname would be most appreciated. We know his last name is not pronounced “Boner” and we’re fully aware of his tendency to tan.

5. Newsertainment: Say what you will about Glenn Beck but we’re over the media frenzy around the Fox News shock jock. Lesson learned – opinion programs blur the line between entertainment and information but covering Beck’s every comment only validates the importance of his “opinions.”

4. Salahi Scams: Not much would surprise us about the Salahi’s at this point. If you’ve done business with them, they probably screwed you. If you’ve spoken to them, they surely lied to you. Oh, Tareq and Michaele…we’ve had fun but it’s time to move on.

The top 3 topics after the jump.

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Palin and Rep. Frank Entertain at Gridiron’s First Tweet-able Dinner

Times are a-changin’ for the Gridiron Club. For the first time in its 124-year history, the Gridiron lifted its “off the record” rule at a dinner and allowed tweeting, CNN reported first (and tweeted).

USA Today‘s Susan Page, CNN’s John King, Time‘s Karen Tumulty, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Chicago Sun-Times and Politics Daily’s Lynn Sweet and one of the Gridiron’s newest members Slate and CBS’ (and avid Tweeter) John Dickerson– just some of the journos at last night’s dinner whose Tweets we were following.

Sarah Palin- who was in town for a book signing- and Rep. Barney Frank were the winter dinner’s Republican and Democratic speakers, respectively.

Palin, who attended with husband Todd, poked fun at herself:

@mitchellreports: Surrounded by newsmen and women -Palin joked she likes being in dc – can see the russian embassy from her hotel room

@lynnsweet: Sarah Palin said she was at the Gridiron journo dinner ” to put a face to all those newspapers I do read.”

@ktumulty: Palin tells #gridiron that if situations had been reversed, biden would be writing memoir called “going rogaine”

@ktumulty: Palin tells #gridiron that in dc “I went out for a jog. Or as newsweek calls it–a photo shoot.”

@susanpage: More #palin at #gridiron: said she was addressing “leading journalists and intellectuals, or as I put it, a death panel.”

And some Frank highlights:

@susanpage: At #gridiron, Barney frank proposes reality tv show for palin-McCain: “John & Sarah minus 8.” says his show would be “king of queens.”

@mitchellreports: Barney doest tweet – says “maybe I lack intellectual curiousity bcuz I’m not that interested in what claire mccaskill had for lunch

And the closer…

@johnkingcnn: Governor Palin joins Gridiron Chorus for dinner final song, a twist on 12 Days of Christmas.

The Gridiron dinners are closed to the media- and club leaders say last night’s tweeting was just an experiment for now.

EARLIER on FBDC… Tonight: Journos’ Gridiron Dinner with Palin and Rep. Frank

RELATED… AP: Palin pokes fun at herself at journalists’ dinner

An Unlikely Pair Headline Gridiron’s Winter Dinner

The Gridiron Club’s winter dinner is this Saturday and while the President isn’t expected to attend, some big name guests will be there.

For speakers, Sarah Palin, who’s in Fairfax for a book signing Saturday, will represent the Republican party and Barney Frank will rep the Democrats. The Gridiron’s main event is in the spring so at this weekend’s dinner, there will be a few songs, but no extravagant costumes.

A Gridiron representative tells FBDC the President doesn’t traditionally attend this smaller dinner. Though you’d remember President Obama didn’t attend the Gridiron dinner in March, he was the Democratic speaker at the 2004 winter dinner after his election to the Senate.

“Thanks to Sarah Palin and Barney Frank, it looks like we’ll have the biggest turnout in many years,” Gridiron secretary Carl Leubsdorf told FBDC. They expect about 190 guests.

This will also be the Gridiron’s first online journalist’s debut event- Slate’s John Dickerson was welcomed to the club earlier this month.

Oprah to Interview Vicki Kennedy

Just after a big week- an interview with Sarah Palin that drew big ratings and an announcement that she’d end her talk show in 2011- Oprah has some more news today.

In her first interview since Senator Ted Kennedy’s death, his widow Vicki Kennedy will sit down with Oprah Wednesday, AP reports. Her stepson, Ted Kennedy Jr., and her two children from a previous marriage, Caroline and Curran will join her.

Newsweek‘s Meacham Responds to Palin Cover

Palin newsweek.jpg “We chose the most interesting image available to us to illustrate the theme of the cover, which is what we always try to do,” Newsweek‘s Jon Meacham told the Huffington Post in response to attacks on the mag’s “sexist” cover featuring Sarah Palin.

See HuffPo for the full story.