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U.S. News Writer Blasts CNN’s Cuomo for Creating ‘Adolescent Fantasy’

In a recent blog post, U.S. News & World Report‘s Susan Milligan blasts CNN’s Chris Cuomo for what she perceives was a cheap and tawdry interview with Amanda Knox. As Milligan observes, he comes across like he’s the deviant that she’s accused of being.

Sentence by sentence, she rips him to pieces, saying Cuomo refused to believe that Knox was not a “deviant, sex-crazed, freak.” Gawker‘s Caity Weaver also thought Cuomo harassed Knox in the interview. She parodies the interview, writing, “Were you doin’ some sex stuff? Some kinda freaky sex stuff? Some freaky sex stuff like everybody says you like? ‘Zat what gets you off? Sex? You like doing sex?” The Daily Caller‘s TV reporter Jeff Poor called Cuomo’s style “aggressive” and listed highlights of the sexual and drug-related questions he asked.

A particularly damning excerpt from Milligan:

“The irony here is overwhelming. Knox is accused of being a murderer motivated by sexual ‘deviancy’ (never mind who decides what is ‘deviant’). And yet it is Cuomo who seems to have created some adolescent fantasy about the slutty girl and her uptight, English friend. Is this journalism or the working script for a bad porn movie?”

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Brokaw Blasts Nerd Prom, More Journos Follow

On Sunday’s “Meet the Press”, Tom Brokaw was analyzing the Presidential race of 2012 when he took a sharp turn into Curmudgeon-ville to take major swipes at Nerd Prom. He is not pleased about the glittering of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner with stars like George Clooney and Charlize Theron. Some people may argue that at last those stars are politically active and aware of what’s going on the world. The same can’t be said for the likes of Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan.

In any event, reaction started pouring in over Twitter as Brokaw’s comments went viral. WSJ’s Neil King welcomed Brokaw’s comments by saying, “Here’s seconding Brokaw’s takedown of the WH Correspondents Dinner. And here’s predicting the day when POTUS says thanks but no thanks.” Longtime Washington political journo and columnist for the Dallas Morning News Carl Leubsdorf told FBDC, “I think he spoke for many of us.” He went on to say, “Tom is spot on. And as the dinner has become glitzier, fewer seats have gone to actual correspondents and more to corporate executives, advertisers and celebrities. The upcoming 100th WHCA anniversary in 2014 might be a perfect time to consider this, though I’m not too hopeful that will happen.” Something that got the attention of HuffPost’s Michael Calderone was Brokaw’s mention of “taking over the Italian embassy.” It just so happens that was the location of the blowout MSNBC after-party. National Correspondent for The Atlantic, James Fallows also agreed with Brokaw, saying, “Good for Tom B!”

Brokaw is one in a procession of Washington journalists who are trashing what the dinner has become. Late last week we reported on U.S. News & World Report’s Susan Milligan,
who also believes celebs ruin the image of the event. Some may also recall WaPo Dana Milbank‘s take on Nerd Prom last April, in which he says journalists have turned themselves into pimps for the politicians and the stars. He intimated that he grew sickened as he started to RSVP for parties and “made other plans for the weekend.” But Brokaw’s blast is a little bit different. First, he has the highest profile of anyone who has criticized the dinner. Second, he doesn’t seem to differentiate between George Clooney and Lindsay Lohan. He wants Hollywood out of the dinner.

It’s interesting to note that while Twitter was having a field day with Brokaw’s comments, neither Betsy Fischer, Exec. Producer for “Meet the Press”, nor host David Gregory made any comments. Watch Brokaw’s comments in the video below.

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Another Sickened D.C. Scribe: ‘Kim Kardashian, Really?’

U.S. News & World ReportsSusan Milligan offers her acerbic take on what’s really wrong with the White House Correspondents’ Dinner as the Washington press corps. prostrates itself to Hollywood celebs. Unlike some dinner critics, Milligan (a snooty Gridiron member and longtime Washington reporter) doesn’t see a problem with Washington’s coziness with Hollywood, she just doesn’t like the Lindsay Lohans and multitudinous Kardashians of the world.

In her story, Milligan describes what the dinner used to be like — and what it’s like now.

“With each passing year, the dinner is starting to look more like an after party at the Oscars. And what’s worse, the reporters hosting the event end up in supporting roles as groupies, degrading both themselves and the profession. … Kim Kardashian, really? … What was Lindsay Lohan doing at the dinner? Convicted former Reps. Jim Traficant and Duke Cunningham aren’t invited. So why have some actress at the dinner who has been forced to wear an electronic monitoring device around her ankle?”

Unlike many, she says it’s not that there is too much coziness in Washington. She insists there’s not enough. Huh? Read on.

On a side note: The New York Daily News is reporting today that Kim Kardashian is really a Democrat. Despite all that Fox News on in the household she leans left. “I’m a Democrat,” she told NYDN proudly.  Funniest part of the story is when she refers to Rick Santorum as “Rick Santoro.”

 

Did Barney Make You Cry? Suck it Up.

Former Boston Globe national political correspondent Susan Milligan has a real insider’s take on the mystifying phenomenon of retiring Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) reducing reporters to tears. Her view? Suck it up. She says it sounds like Washington reporters are complaining about someone more like Saddam Hussein — not Frank. And in an ironic twist, she also believes the media has grown increasingly “mean.”

Milligan, a political and foreign affairs reporter for U.S. News & World Report and a regular around the Speaker’s Lobby for years, writes about her own experiences covering Frank in a piece published today.

An excerpt:

As one reporter who had many conversations and interviews with Frank (and he was direct about it when he didn’t like my question), I still have to wonder: how sensitive are some members of the press corps?

Frank made a reporter cry? Seriously? Unless he threw a punch or made an intensely personal and hurtful statement (and no one’s accusing him of that), that journalist needs to rethink his or her career path. If you are a grown reporter and a congressman can make you cry, get out. Don’t look back. It’s professional Darwinism at work. Choose another line of work, because your job as a journalist is to be tough while you’re writing about other people and issues. If a congressman makes a constituent or a child cry, well, that’s newsworthy. If you’re a reporter and he speaks unkindly to you? Suck it up.

Read the whole story here.

Five Journos Bid Farewell in Senate Press Gallery

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The Senate Press Gallery held a small soiree Wednesday afternoon for five journalists who are retiring (or who took bailouts).

A white sheet cake was decorated with their names on it and two garbage cans full of ice and beers were part of the offerings. Those being celebrated include: Congress Daily’s Dave Hess, Lou Peck, Keith White, Mike Posner, and Susan Milligan of The Boston Globe, who, reports HuffPost Hill, is going on sabbatical.

Noted one scribe who attended noticed that the back table in the gallery had been piled with tasty food and drinks all day in prep for the party.

Kennedy Coverage on TV Tonight and Tomorrow

Tonight a “Celebration of Life Memorial Service” will be held for Senator Ted Kennedy at the JFK Library in Boston. Saturday, the Senator’s funeral services will be held in Boston and in Arlington National Cemetery. Here’s how it will be covered (via TVNewser):

CNN: Beginning at 7pmET, Campbell Brown and Wolf Blitzer will anchor coverage the memorial.

Tomorrow CNN’s special programming will begin at 10amET with Blitzer and Anderson Cooper anchoring the funeral Mass coverage. John King will be providing additional reports on the ground. Blitzer and Cooper will again anchor for coverage of the Arlington services starting at 4pmET. CNN’s regular programming will feature updates throughout the rest of the day.

Fox News: Shepard Smith will anchor memorial coverage from 7-9pmET followed by a special edition of “The O’Reilly Factor” at 9pmET. “On the Record” will air at 10pmET.

Tomorrow Fox News will have “Fox & Friends” at 7amET with Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson, and Brian Kilmeade until 10amET when Smith will anchor special coverage of the funeral Mass with Martha MacCallum on location in Boston. From 5-7pmET, Chris Wallace will anchor coverage of the Arlington National Cemetery services. At 7pmET, Smith will host a special edition of “FOX Report” until 8pmET.

MSNBC: Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, and Rachel Maddow will anchor coverage of the service from 6-10pmET. At 10pmET, MSNBC will re-air “The Kennedy Brothers” documentary followed by “Headliners & Legends: Ted Kennedy” at 11pmET.

At 8amET, MSNBC will broadcast a special “Morning Joe” with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. Starting at 10amET, Matthews and Olbermann will anchor coverage of the funeral Mass. At 2pmET, MSNBC will again run “The Kennedy Brothers” documentary. From 3-6pmET, MSNBC will have coverage of the burial services.

PBS: The service will be covered on “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” which will feature footage from it in west coast broadcasts.

ABC: Saturday morning, Kate Snow will anchor “GMA” from the JFK Library in Boston. At approximately 10:30amET ABC News will broadcast live coverage of the funeral Mass anchored by Charlie Gibson. At approximately 5:30pmET, Gibson will anchor coverage of the burial service. Throughout the coverage, George Stephanopoulos, Terry Moran, Snow, John Berman, and Susan Milligan will be joining Gibson. Gibson will also anchor “World News” in the evening.

CBS: CBS News will cover the memorial live Saturday morning starting at 10amET with Harry Smith anchoring from New York, and Bob Schieffer, Nancy Cordes and Wyatt Andrews in Washington.

NBC: Starting at 10amET, Brian Williams will anchor NBC News coverage of the funeral Mass. At 5:30pmET, NBC News coverage will resume for the burial service. NBC News’ coverage will be supplemented by reporting from Andrea Mitchell, Anne Thompson, Kelly O’Donnell, Lester Holt, Mike Taibbi, Mike Viqueira, Norah O’Donnell, and Savannah Guthrie.

CSPAN: The Mass will air live 10:30amET-12:30pmET from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Boston and the burial service live at 5:30pmET from Arlington National Cemetery.

Battle of the DC Book Party

On any given night in DC, champagne flutes are raised for a new book by a journo, a politico, and last night was no exception.

Boston Globe editor Martin Baron and Washington Bureau Chief Peter Canellos hosted a book party at the office for “Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy.”

In attendance: Susan Milligan, Lisa Wangsness, Sasha Issenberg, Thomas Oliphant, Ana Marie Cox, Mike Allen, Michael Scherer, Lynn Sweet, Karen Tumulty, Nancy Youssef, Jonathan Martin, Robert Schlesinger, Richard Stengel, Nora McAlvanah, Erin McPike, Nina Easton and George Condon.

Across town at Ristorante Tosca, Playbook tells us about a party hosted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rahm Emanuel, James Carville, Mary Matalin and George Stephanopoulos for Stanley B. Greenberg’s “Dispatches from the War Room: In the Trenches with Five Extraordinary Leaders.”

In attendance: Rahm Emanuel, Senator Dodd, Michael Feldman, Mandy Grunwald, Walter Isaacson, Joel Johnson, Eileen McMenamin, John Podesta, Hilary Rosen, Rick Stengel, Jessica Yellin, and Jill Zuckman.

This Week In Pool Reports

The new briefing room gets christened by Helen Thomas; POTUS and FLOTUS do a party drop-in for Dan Bartlett; it’s July in D.C. — yes, it is hot; and POTUS is not exactly a good luck charm for the Nats.

  • “POTUS was in fine fettle this morning as he, FLOTUS, and WHCA President Steve Scully performed the ceremonial ribbon-cutting at the spanking new Brady Briefing Room. Before a stand-room-only crowd of reporters and SAOs, Scully made introductory remarks, noting that nowhere else does the press sit this close to the head of state. He also reminded that Nixon tried to bump the press operation into the OEOB, and were it not for the efforts of UPI’s Merriman Smith and Helen Thomas, there we would surely be. Helen’s still with us in the front row, just to make sure.” — Linda Feldmann, Christian Science Monitor

  • “POTUS, wearing a dark suit and lovely magenta tie, then took the podium: ‘Welcome back to the White House. We missed you — sort of.’” — Feldman

  • “The motorcade pulled up alongside Joe and Freddy Slyman’s Restaurant, at St. Clair and 31 St. The sign proclaims it the home of ‘Cleveland’s Biggest Corned Beef Sandwich.’ The place, a tiny neighborhood joint in a part of the city that appears now to be largely Asian, was packed to the gills even before your pool squeezed in. The president posed for pictures with the proprietor, urged your pool to ‘make sure you all buy some sandwiches,’ and then sat down at a long table with aides including Rove and Hagin. A waitress said the corned beef sandwiches are ‘this high,’ holding her fingers about two inches apart, and said they sell for $8.25. Your pool was then returned to our vans, where we are working our way through some of these Slyman’s sandwiches. We’re holding.” — Maura Reynolds, Los Angeles Times

  • “The POTUS and the FLOTUS walked (in excessive heat) across the street from the White House to Blair House to attend Dan Bartlett’s going-away party. Both members of the First Couple in dark suits (Mrs. Laura Bush in pantsuit, for fashion writers). The POTUS was asked about a possible troop redeployment. He smiled at your pool and waved. The POTUS and FLOTUS were preceded by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who arrived by SUV. Karl Rove walked in after the First Couple entered the building. The POTUS and Mrs. Bush stayed about 15 minutes, then walked back across the street to the White House.” — Susan Milligan, Boston Globe

  • “The main thing is that it was hot. The press corps was in a pen to the west of the Portico; … The president went to the east (furthest from the entrance) end of the visitors’ pen and commenced several minutes working the rope line, shaking hands and posing for pictures. When he reached the west (closest to the entrance) end, he said ‘Gotta go! and entered the White House at 1:07 p.m. It was still hot.” — Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun

  • “POTUS visited the final game of the Cubs vs. Nats series tonight, watching the home team lose a few runs to the boys from
    Chicago but going back to the White House before the ninth inning. Final score, four Cubs, two Nats. … Sitting in a skybox between 425 and 426, POTUS and company snacked on peanuts, crackerjacks, all-beef hot dogs, nachos, chicken tenders, soda and water. … This was the fourth Nats game POTUS attended at RFK since baseball returned to the District in April 2005. The Nats are now 2-2 with POTUS in attendance.” — Zachary Goldfarb, Washington Post