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Boybander Heaven: “Looks like a smug hipster had an accident on my TV screen.” — The Daily Caller‘s TV writer Jeff Poor with accompanying photograph.While subbing for MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow last night, Rep. Ezra Klein (D-WaPo) interviews Chris Hayes, Maddow’s long lost twin.

Self-appointed Media Critic

“Warren Buffett and @MorningJoe should get a room.” — Mail Online U.S. Executive Editor Toby Harnden.

Life at White House like bowl of cherries

After White House Press Sec. Jay Carney told FNC’s Ed Henry during a Monday briefing that he was cherry picking numbers, Reuter‘s Sam Youngman had a bright idea: “If there isn’t a jar of cherries in the booth for @edhenryTV by the end of the day, I’ll be disappointed in the wh press corps.”

Important Question to Ponder: “But how does Washington feel about Joan Rivers?” — Politico‘s Dylan Byers. Rivers appeared at Sixth & I Synagogue last night to celebrate the release of her new book, I Hate Everyone…Starting with Me.

Idiots on Twitter: This one’s for you

“I have to admit that I have been stunned by the amount of people who tweet or email opinions about a story who clearly did not read story.” — Pittsburgh Tribune’s Salena Zito.

The Observer

“Just saw a guy with one of those steel suitcases handcuffed to his wrist – Hope Diamond? Nuke codes? Never know in DC.” — FNC’s Shannon Bream.

Arianna weighs in on sleep again

“Maybe we need to expand ‘Friends don’t let friends drive drunk’ to “Friends don’t let friends drive sleep-deprived.” — HuffPost/AOL’s Arianna Huffington, who insists that humans need seven hours of sleep. That’s one more hour than Politico‘s Exec. Editor Jim VandeHei insists upon for avid sleeper Mike Allen.

Real Life Bullsh!%t

“Officially Monday now = full glass of water spilled on mouse pad and my shorts ripped down thigh as they caught on doorknob- lkg fwd to Tues!” — Kathy Jentz, editor of Washington Gardener Magazine. 

Chris vs. Chris: Who is the Better Man?

The next time FNC’s Chris Wallace and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews are contestants on Power Player “Jeopardy,” hopefully producers will pit them against each other. Then we might be able to determine just which Chris is more appealing. In the meantime, we’ll improvise.

In the game show that aired Monday, Matthews played against CNN’s Lizzie O’Leary and former Obama White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. Wallace’s round was broadcast Wednesday. He faced “Dr. Oz” host Mehmet Oz and “BBC World News America” host Katty Kay.

Based on coverage of both nights, Matthews bombed and Wallace crushed the competition. Following Matthews’ poor showing, NewsBusters recalled Matthews hypothesizing in 2008 how well former V.P. hopeful Sarah Palin would perform in the game (in short, he was calling her dumb). The NewsBusters story went viral. Flash to Wallace coverage: almost every story highlighted how well he did.

Jezebel Editor-in-Chief Jessica Coen called Matthews “entirely too slow” for the game show. His MSNBC colleague Willie Geist relentlessly mocked him for not seeming to grasp the answer-in-the-form-of-a-question rule of the game. “Did you see his face?!” Geist said the next morning.

For Wallace, the comments were nicer. “Congratulations to my friend Chris Wallace … for winning DC Jeopardy! tonight,” his colleague Juan Williams tweeted. “Go get ‘em, Chris!” FNC reporter Shannon Bream tweeted in support.

But Jeopardy is just a game, after all. We still need to settle the score between the two men: Who really is the better man?

Here we have Chris Matthews

Age: 66

Hair: Blonde. Gets unruly on long election nights. The mane looks crazier as the night wears on.

Education: College of the Holy Cross

Spouse: Kathleen Matthews, chief communications and public affairs officer for Marriott International

TV behavior: He’s the interrupter. He does it to the point where even his guests roll their eyes and look annoyed as they wait for him to finish diatribes. That said, reporters who go on his program also say they like him and insist that  he’s quite amiable off air.

Best on-air moment: An incredibly awkward interview during the 2004 Republican National Convention in which former Democratic Sen. Zell Miller (who was being questioned via satellite) told Matthews to “get out of my face” and said he wished he could “challenge” him to a “duel.”

Controversy: Matthews has been accused several times of being openly sexist, particularly in regards to Hillary Clinton, who he said didn’t become a U.S. Senator on merit, but because her husband “messed around.” And then there’s the time he “forgot” President Barack Obama “was black for an hour” during the 2010 State of the Union address.

Famous relative: His son Michael‘s father-in-law James Ormonde Staveley-O’Carroll was implicated in a $8.1 million international drug bust. Over 4,000 pounds of pot were found in transit on a boat from Jamaica to the U.S in early 2011. The boat belonged to Staveley-O’Carroll. Also, Matthews’ son Thomas has been cast to play in Aaron Sorkin‘s upcoming HBO drama “The Newsroom.”

Workload: Hour-long nightly news talk show “Hardball,” half-hour Sunday morning news panel show “The Chris Matthews Show”

Accomplishments: Failed run for the House of Representatives in Pennsylvania as a Democrat; he received 25 percent of the primary vote.

 

And here is Chris Wallace

Age: 64

Hair: Dark and kempt and rarely moves. Fox News must have better hairspray.

Education: Harvard College

Spouse: Lorraine Wallace, author of the cookbook Mr. Sunday’s Saturday Night Chicken and Mr. Sunday’s Soups.

TV Behavior: Folksy. Wallace, unlike Matthews, is annoying in an entirely different way. He’s the school marm, the enforcer of the rules and making sure guests don’t interrupt one another. They might as well hand him a ruler for the show. At least then all his enforcing might be entertaining.

Best on-air moment: A contentious 2006 interview with Bill Clinton in which the former president accused Wallace of asking questions that he wouldn’t “ask the other side [Republicans].”

Controversy: Wallace faced some sexist claims of his own. Last year he asked then presidential candidate Michele Bachmann if she was “a flake” (which he later apologized for). His colleague Greta Van Susteren asked if he would “ask the same question of a man.” And Wallace faced intense criticism for a lack of objectivity when he said if presidential candidate Ron Paul were to win the Iowa Caucuses in January, it would discredit them.

Famous relative: Son of the late CBS reporter Mike Wallace.

Workload: Hour-long Sunday news talk show “Fox News Sunday”

Accomplishments: A Peabody and three Emmy awards

Jordin Sparks Has Lipstick Flub at Journo Charity

Jordin Sparks

At Childhelp’s “Capitol CAREaoke” charity event last night, the Fox News crew narrowly beat CNN’s team in most money raised.

FNC’s Shannon Bream, Jennifer Griffin, Jake Serwer, Lanna Britt and Fox Business’ Rich Edson were joined by local Fox reporter Melanie Alnwick to sing “Don’t Stop Believing.”

CNN’s Dana Bash, Lisa Desjardins, Lisa Sylvester, Jill Chappel, Gloria Borger, Peter Morris and Athena Jones performed a sloshy rendition of “Sweet Caroline.”

As Glittarazzi‘s Greg Blakey put it: “Fox did a good ass job.”

ABC 7′s Rebecca Cooper founded the event and told FBDC she started the fundraiser five years ago as an alternative to the usual stuffy black-tie events in Washington. She said they intended for members of Congress to be the performers, but the ones who agreed to sing got cold feet. “So at the last minute I had to recruit all my friends in journalism,” Cooper said. She told us Chris Matthews and his wife Kathleen have been two of the events’ “worst singers.”

Before the karaoke started, R&B singer Jordin Sparks, a celebrity ambassador to Childhelp, posed for pictures and took questions from the media. During the photo op a friend nearby alerted her that she had lipstick on her teeth. STOP THE PRESSES. “Everyone, Photoshop the lipstick off my teeth!” Sparks instructed after clearing it off.

Sen. Jon Kyl

Some attendees participated in a silent auction, which featured two tickets to a Madonna concert and two porcelain miniature lions (valued at $900), among other items.

Fresh FM’s Tommy McFly, Kelly Collis and Jen Richer performed “Love Shack” and thought it would be a good idea to toss frisbees into the audience, which was full of wine glasses and dinner plates. Can you say DUNCE?

The event drew in a total of $310,000 in donations.

Notables

ABC 7′s Kendis Gibson, Natasha Barrett, Kris Van Cleave and Pamela Brown; WRQX’s Aly Jacobs, Brooke Ryan and Chilli Amar; D.C. Councilman Jack Evans; NASCAR’s Paulie Harraka; Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.); LushClick‘s Elizabeth Manressa; Pamela’s PunchPamela Sorensen; Kate Michael of “K Street Kate”; and former Politico reporter Kiki Ryan, now with “Komen for the Cure.”

Quotable

“$18 million for charity at 10 years old? That’s fuckin’ insane.” — Random attendee remarking on child prodigy and violinist Brianna Kahane who performed at the event and has raised that much money for charity.

D.C. TV Types to Sing Against Child Abuse

The national non-profit organization Childhelp is hosting it’s fifth annual Capitol CAREaoke event tonight. Childhelp puts on the fundraiser, which features media figures performing karaoke to raise money for child abuse prevention and treatment.

Big names include CNN’s Brianna Keilar, FNC’s Shannon Bream (photo at right) and SportsNet’s Michael Jenkins (who tweeted that he’d singing Bel Biv Devoe’s 1990 classic “poison”) are scheduled to perform. ABC7 anchor Rebecca Cooper and Washington Capitals announcer Wes Johnson will emcee the event.

Jordin Sparks is billed as a special guest and will also perform.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) will be awarded as Congressional Champions for Children.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building.

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Quotes of the Day

Sour grapes

“Only an hour until WH ‘women’s forum’ and I still haven’t rec’d invite yet! How dehumanizing. Ahh…the Obama glass ceiling 4conserv women.” — Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham.

FNC reporter going on a cruise. Bad luck?

“Really – did they have to re-release Titanic just as I’m leaving on a cruise? Ha! #BadTiming” — Fox News Supreme Court reporter Shannon Bream.

Classy quote of the day…“All best to Matt Lauer. Thanks for holding the bar so high every morning.” — ABC GMA and “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos.

TV reporter short on Zzzzz’s, long on jitters

“After four hours of sleep, caffeine is my friend this morning. But now I’ve got the too-much-coffee jitters. Eeeek!” — WJLA’s Mike Conneen.

Workplace no-no’s

“No one lets me say ‘quiet day’ where I work. #jinx” — Prince George’s PD Media Relations Director Julie Parker, a former reporter for ABC7.

Supreme Court judge parties down at Cracker Barrel

“Clarence Thomas says he celebrated his 60th birthday with three non-lawyer buddies at Cracker Barrel #HotlineSort” — NJ The Hotline’s Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson.

Noteworthy: ABC “This Week” will be hosted by White House Correspondent Jake Tapper this week for Easter. He writes on Twitter, “Easter exclusive with @RickWarren! Hope you’ll tune in.”

Fresh Weigel, a delicacy in Washington: “7 am, waking up in the morning. Gotta be fresh. Gotta go downstairs.” – Slate‘s Dave Weigel on being fresh.

Clarification and correction: Brian Darling was not “terminated” from Human Events, as was reported yesterday. Darling is Senior Fellow for Government Studies at the Heritage Foundation and has been for more than seven years. He writes a weekly column that Human Events ran until management recently dropped it. He is currently in talks it to move it to The Daily Caller and/or Townhall.com. While his “Legislative Lowdown” column won’t be in Human Events anymore, Darling hasn’t missed a paycheck because he wasn’t paid by them. He was paid by his employer.

 

Daily Caller Piles Into Top of the Hill

Daily Caller staffers and about a trillion (exaggerating slightly) other people piled into Top of the Hill last night at the Pour House on Capitol Hill. The reason for the party (as if the Daily Caller really ever needs a reason) was to welcome new members of Congress and their aides to Washington. Topics of conversation included how crowded the room was, Congress stuff and political musings, the fantastic open bar, and Daily Caller spokeswoman Becca Glover Watkins‘ birthday (which, as FBDC noted earlier, is today).

As is the case with any good party, people got fairly drunk. A pleasant, fun kind of drunk. Editor-in-chief Tucker Carlson took notice, and also addressed how crowded the Top of the Hill had become. “I’m not try to encourage people to drink, but there’s a lot of alcohol downstairs as well,” he said.

A number of congressmen were in attendance, but we spotted one  freshmen for sure: Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.).

Also at the party: Publisher Neil Patel, executive editor Megan Mulligan, Mary Katharine Ham, reporters Jon Ward, Chris Moody, Jonathan Strong, Jeff Winkler, and Mike Riggs (the “Daily Baller” wasn’t doing anything too crazy though), and online editors Julia McClatchy, Chad Brady, and Pat McMahon (who demanded to be mentioned “or else”); Fox News’ Shannon Bream and her husband Sheldon; ABC News’ Ann Compton, her husband, Dr. Bill Hughes, and her daughter, the Atlantic‘s Annie Hughes; Chris Bodenner, also of the Atlantic; WaPo‘s Katherine Zaleski; Washington City Paper‘s Mike Madden; Chris McGreal of The Guardian; C-SPAN’s Howard Mortman; Dan Hirschhorn of Politico; CNN’s Brianna Keilar; Washington Examiner “Yeas and Nays” columnist Nikki Schwab; Christina Wilkie and A.B. Stoddard of The Hill; Moe Tkacik; Kurt Bardella, spokesman for Rep. Darrell Issa and the bain of Daily Beast‘s Howard Kurtz‘s existence; Speaker of the House John Boehner‘s spokesman Michael SteelTony Blankley, Executive Vice President at Edelman; and NYP‘s Charlie Hurt.

Lots of love among Daily Caller staffers. Reporter Jeff Winkler goes in for a kiss with online editor Pat McMahon. Spokeswoman Becca Glover seems to enjoy it.

WCP‘s Mike Madden, however, didn’t enjoy it. (We don’t know that he was watching the kiss, but it’s entirely possible.)

Photos courtesy of Wonkette‘s Elizabeth Glover.

Esquire.com’s Legally ‘Blond’ Interview

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The very blond Shannon Bream

An interesting headline on Esquire.com today as it mentions the hair color of Shannon Bream, the FNC Supreme Court correspondent who is the interviewee. The headline: 10 Questions for Fox News’ (Blond) SCOTUS Reporter

Moving on (past the hair color). Let’s wade through an array of semi-serious questions and land on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s sexuality.

ESQ: Speaking of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, what do you make of this intense curiosity over Kagan’s personal life? And how do you report that?
SB: As a straight news correspondent I would never make an issue of someone’s personal life unless they have put it out there for public consumption. She clearly has not. She seems to be a very guarded person, and her friends and her close associates around her don’t discuss her personal life. So for me as a reporter, it’s not somewhere I would ever go. But if she at any point, like any other public figure, did want to make an issue of it, certainly we’d report on it.

Now, let’s conclude with a blond question so we can justify making it the headline. (By the way, Esquire.com’s senior web editor Matt Sullivan who authored this blond masterpiece is a brunette. Obviously that’s important.) Bream, a blond (did we all get that yet?), skips along with the blond discussion without a hitch.

ESQ: So when are we going to get a blond on the Supreme Court?
SB: You know, I think Megyn Kelly would do an excellent job. I think she has an excellent legal mind, but I think that she likes to stir things up, too, and the Court could use a little extra life.

Read the whole interview here.

Best News of the Day

“If u saw me bawling on Metro this morning it’s b/c Jen Griffin is officially cancer-free!! PTL!” — FNC’s Supreme Court/Capitol Hill correspondent Shannon Bream.

FNC’s Jennifer Griffin was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer last year. She had a double mastectomy on April 6.

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Griffin with her husband, NPR’s Greg Myer, and their children.

FNC’s Pre-Dinner Soiree to Entertain Obama Officials, Valerie Jarrett Tops Guest List

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No matter that the Obama Administration was once at odds with Fox News, officials are on the guest list and set to attend the only pre-party to the RTCA dinner Wednesday night. Those planning to be FNC guests for the evening include Obama’s Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowksi, Domestic Policy Council Advisor Melody Barnes and National Security Adviser Jim Jones, Special Master for TARP Admin Kenneth Feinberg and Sec. of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

We hear FNC’s exclusive invitation-only bash will be a room decked out in Spring. And what’s a party without famous faces in the crowd like Geraldo Rivera and Bill O’Reilly? (See list of Fox News talent to attend below.)

Other confirmed party guests: Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.); Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.); Gov. Ed Rendell; Rep. Elijah Cummings(D-Md.); Mo Elleithee, former Clinton campaign spokesperson; former Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.); Austan Goolsbee, Council of Economic Advisors; Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.); Deborah Hersman, Chair of National Transportation Safety Board; Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), Democratic strategist Joe Trippi; former Sen. John Breaux (D-La.); Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.); and Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.).

Talent to Attend
O’Reilly; Shepard Smith; Bret Baier; Chris Wallace; Bill Hemmer; Megyn Kelly; Carl Cameron; Jennifer Griffin; Catherine Herridge; Shannon Bream; Rivera; and Alisyn Camerota

Morning Reading List 07.13.09

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The 7 Best Moments from Sunday Talk, brought to us by The Daily Beast.

TVNewser: ABC’s Bob Woodruff returned to Iraq today for the first time since being injured by a roadside bomb in January 2006. He is traveling with Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and will be reporting for ABC News’ broadcasts and platforms. His first report will air tonight on “World News with Charles Gibson.”

Woodruff blogs about his decision on The World Newser. “I feel extremely privileged to be back to reporting and to have recovered as well as I did. It is an honor for me to continue to highlight the stories of this conflict to our audience,” he writes.

Fox News Justice correspondent Shannon Bream‘s featured in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. She describes covering the Sotomayor hearings as “great for a legal geek like me.”

WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz profiles CBS The Early Show‘s Maggie Rodriguez.

PBS’ Jim Lehrer will interview Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke, TVNewser reports.

More on Fox News remembering Tony Snow.

More on Anderson Cooper‘s interview with President Obama in Ghana here and here.

ONLINE

NYT: Findings suggested traditional news sites were typically ahead of blogs by two and a half hours when a story line spread.

NEWS NOTES

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the U.S. is now seeking “amnesty” for Current TV journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee who have been detained in North Korea since March.

“I cannot think… of any other politician, not a president, not a vice president, not a candidate, whose children have been so readily focused on and trashed and ridiculed by mainstream media.” That was radio host Michael Medved on Kurtz’s Reliable Sources yesterday on CNN.

Drew Barrymore is shooting a movie in the NY headquarters of the AP this week.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro

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