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JFK Death Cult Takes Over the Airwaves

This guy died once.

This guy died once.

John F. Kennedy died today -well not today, rather IT WAS 50 YEARS AGO. Nonetheless the news media are expending all their resources to bring you breathless reporting from That Place In Dallas Where Things Happened Once. Interviews abound with super important people like Woman Who Was In the Crowd When It Happened, Person Who Was Alive in 1963, and Man Who Cried One Time Thinking About It All.

Everyone is being a bit ludicrous today, but two networks have really taken the cake, our friends at NBC and CNN.

NBCNews.com will, ludicrously, be reporting the news today ALL DAY as if it were 1963. Literally from 11:40 AM CT to 11:26 PM CT -we have a press release about it. We suppose they will change their URL to NBCOlds.com as well. What’s more, Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw will be live in Dallas at 1:28 PM ET today to commemorate the Moment JFK Was Shot, AND Brian Williams will be broadcasting the “Nightly News” from Dealey Plaza, AND NBC will air Tom Brokaw’s documentary “Where Were You: The Day JFK Died” for two hours at 9:00. Let’s hope Pete Williams is on stand-by somewhere in case any important news breaks.

Oh, and just in case you have literally nothing to do with your life, NBCOlds.com also has a livestream of the Eternal Flame! NBC, it is literally called the Eternal Flame because it does not change! Livestream not required!

This flame is doing nothing, which is why it is important.

And then there’s CNN, which ran a graphic this morning comparing the approval ratings of President Obama (41%) and President Kennedy (90%). Well what an extremely useful comparison. How do Americans feel about the guy who was President for less than 3 years, 50 years ago, and whose party had massive majorities in both Houses of Congress, versus the guy who is currently President and is mired in the midst of the most bitter partisan warfare of the past, well, ever? What could account for the disparity?

You know what would be even more useful? Let’s throw George Washington into the mix. Surely there must be some profound insights as to why G-Dubs gets a 100% rating versus JFK’s 90%. Maybe, like, time passing?

Oh there’s more, after the jump…

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Sunday Show Preview

Image courtesy of Salon.com.

Image courtesy of Salon.com.

Who’s on the weekend shows this week? Glad you asked:

–CBS’s “Face the Nation“:  LBJ daughter Luci Baines Johnson Turpin; reporter Hugh Ainesworthy, who witnessed the assassination of JFK, arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald, and assassination of Oswald by Jack Ruby; former AP reporter Mike CochranDr. Ronald Jones of Parkland Hospital who treated Kennedy AND Oswald; Historians Douglas Brinkley and Thurston Clarke; Poli-scientist Larry Sabato; the eminently reasonable David Gergen; and the eminently whimsical Peggy Noonan

–”Fox News Sunday“: WY Senate Candidate Liz Cheney; Former MD Lt. Gov Kathleen Kennedy Townsend; former Representative and current JFK nephew Patrick Kennedy (RI-D), “Power Player” (whatever that means) Scott Hartwig; and the Panel: Brit Hume, Bob Woodward, and George Will (Mumbles, Grumbles, and Doc)

–NBC’s “Meet the Press“: House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA-D) (Did we mention we’re getting wasted with her Tuesday?), Republican Lifeboat Sen. Kelly Ayotte (NH); and the Roundtable: Tom Brokaw (BOOM), Kathleen Parker (sans Spitzer), Mike “Sexy and He Knows It” Murphy, and Chris Matthews (now with washable bib!)

–ABC’s “This Week“: Sen. Kirstin “Stop the Madness” Gillibrand (NY-D); (Do You Recall ) Gov.Scott Walker (WI-R); and the Roundtable: Just Back from Afghanistan Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL-R), Washington’s Busiest Lady Gwen Ifill, Matthew “No Friend of Karl Rove” Dowd, Bizarro Karl Rove David Plouffe, Howard “I Don’t Need No Footstool” Dean, Pulitzer Prize Winning Bret Bret Stephens, and, again, Patrick Kennedy; also Documentary Legend Ken Burns, and Future Warlord Erik Prince

–CNN’s “State of the Union“: To be announced.

–PBS’s “Washington Week“: The crane-like Danz Balz of WaPo; the dashing John Harwood of CNBC and NYT; and the lovely Jeff Zeleny of ABC News

We’ll update as we know more.

E!’s Chelsea Handler Lampoons Tom Brokaw

E!’s Chelsea Handler, who has attended the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in the past, cracked on NBC newsman Tom Brokaw on her show last night.

The reason: for bailing on the event this year because he does not like the celebrification that the dinner has become with actresses such as Lindsay Lohan in attendance (she came last year).

“He also announced that he will not be going to Coahchella either because she was also there,” said Handler. “So it’s Burning Man only for Tom Brokaw.”

Handler went on to speak about the ridiculousness of the event. Read more

Who’s Excited for WHCD Now?

After former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw chastised the D.C. press corps. last year for participating in the increasingly glamorized White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the collective national news media has moved to tone things down.

Is that good or bad?

Politico, The Hill and Yahoo! News are all opting not to bring high-wattage Hollywood celebs to this year’s dinner, as had become the norm in recent years. FNC’s Greta Van Susteren, who in the past brought actress Lindsay Lohan and reality TV star Kim Kardashian as guests, is sitting the event out this time. As usual, The Daily Caller‘s Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson won’t attend and will head out of town.

Politico Playbook reported Tuesday morning that an attorney for the WHCA is threatening legal action against a Los Angeles-based marketing firm for using the dinner as a promotional tie for one of its “gift” products. Then there’s Ed Henry, FNC’s Chief White House Correspondent and President of the WHCA, who said last week that he was reworking the event to be less celebrity-centric and more about the scholarships it offers to aspiring journalists.

So what are the expectations for this year’s dinner which takes place Saturday? With a renewed focus on the scholarships and a distinctive step away from the glitz, are people more or less excited? Answer our Fish Poll. We’ll post the results soon.

 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

This is your brain. This is your brain on Salon.

“Reading that Salon article was like killing brain cells without the benefit of alcohol.” — Conservative radio correspondent Dana Loesch.

Maybe a slight exaggeration?

“He makes things difficult for me when he does things like trespassing.” — Jenny Sanford, former loving (?) wife of former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) to the AP in this story. Not that she shouldn’t be irate about the cheating and the lying, but he couple has four sons together. Just maybe that had to do with his “trespassing.”

Political operator feels mixed on new specs

“I can see really well with my new glasses that arrived today…just not wild about how they look on me. Oh well, at least I can see.” — GOProud founder Jimmy LaSalvia (the actual glasses are pictured above).

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:47 a.m.

Advice columnist counsels aides who want to leave Capitol Hill

“Leave on the best terms possible. All your current co-workers — from the crazy one you complain about to Hill Navigator to the one who eats tuna for lunch at a desk 4 inches from your own — will become valuable contacts once you turn in your keys and BlackBerry.” — Roll Call’s “Hill Navigator” writer Rebecca Gale. Read the full column here.

Important Q to Ponder: “Why do TV news anchors say ‘lower extremities’ instead of ‘legs’?” — TWT senior opinion writer Emily Miller.

Writer thinks PETA has questionable priorities

“PETA just announced cows are being abused on a farm. So when Boston, N. Korea, Gosnell and the economy are taken care of, there’s that.” — @HistoricOswald‘s Peter Savodnik, author of The Interloper to be published later this year and formerly a reporter for The Hill.

Journo awed by Thatcher funeral

“There are few things as haunting & beautiful as the voices of boys’ choir in a cathedral funeral service. #Thatcher.” — Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. The funeral aired on CSPAN2 this morning.

Could you care less about this?

“Pet peeve: when people say ‘could care less’ instead of ‘couldn’t care less.’ — Fox News Senate Producer Kara Rowland.

Hollywood on the Potomac interviews NBC’s Tom Brokaw on the Riacin incident.

‘Style Guy’ Finds Tom Brokaw’s Hair ‘Elegant,’ Donald Trump-Brand Clothing Line ‘Sleazy’

GQ celebrated the release of its fall/winter issue last night with a soiree at The Huxley featuring “Style Guy” Glenn O’Brien. The event was hosted by Robert Finfer, Founder and CEO of Integrity Capital Partners and Co-Founder of Tomahawk Capital, LLC.

Dropping in on a cocktail party attended by a well-known fashion/style critic, we expected to see guests decked out in their finest attire. And we did. But we also spotted a few questionable choices, like a sequined dress that didn’t fit so well (pictured right).

That’s neither here nor there.

FishbowlDC sat down with O’Brien himself for a quick Q&A to get his expertise on style in the news media world.

FBDC: What’s your media diet like?
GOB: I read the New York Times every morning. I try to watch Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert when I can. But I don’t watch the evening news or anything like that.

FBDC: Who’s the best-dressed man or woman in news media?… Read more

Tom Brokaw Mistakenly Took Ambien

This just in…

The latest on NBC Newsman Tom Brokaw: After feeling lightheaded on “Morning Joe this morning, MSNBC’s Chris Jansing announces that he was taken to a hospital and is in good spirits. She sounded lighthearted about the incident and mused about Brokaw’s great sense of humor. See TVNewser’s early a.m. writeup here. And a brief statement from NBC News after the jump…

Brokaw on Twitter:

Morning Chatter

 Quotes of the Day

“When did fact checking and journalism go their separate ways?” — Comedy Central Daily Show Host Jon Stewart to NBC Newsman Tom Brokaw, who appeared on the show last night. His reply: “Everything is so compressed, everything happens with warped speed.”

Speaking of fact checking…“Unfortunately when you look at some of the fact checking, they’re partisan, which is not what a fact check is supposed to be.”FNC’s Steve Doocy on Wednesday morning. At which point Gretchen Carlson chimed in, “It’s kind of sad when you have to have a fact checker to check the fact checker to check the fact checker, but anyway…

Yeah, anyway, The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball gets snappy about facts, saying, “Why is everyone so sure facts don’t matter? Journo self-loathing? Or do we think voters are stupid & illiterate?”

From one reporter named “Ben” to another: Are we fighting?

“Top #DNC2012 moment: running into @BuzzFeedBen and having him ask: ‘Are we fighting about something on Twitter? I can’t remember.’ No!” — Politico‘s Ben White who is referencing BuzzFeed Political Editor Ben Smith.

Journo takes backhanded stab at the Romneys

“You know what this first lady knows nothing about? The price at the pump when you fill up a couple of Cadillacs.” — MSNBC’s Richard Wolffe.

An Important Q to Ponder: “Michelle has become a terrific speaker. But why should that matter — or whether Ann Romney loves her husband — in picking a president?” — Washington Pollster  Stu Rothenberg.

Reporters geek out on C-SPAN

“There is nothing better than the old convention clips playing on @cspan. Love hearing these old speeches.” — WaPo‘s Aaron Blake.

“C-SPANis running clips of past Democratic keynotes. Gotta say, I’m digging the trip down memory lane as #DNC12 is about to convene.” — Jennifer Dlouhy, energy reporter for The Houston Chronicle and Hearst Newspapers.

Rave Reviews for Michelle

“Michelle speech offers a devasting contrast of where the Obamas came from with Romney’s privilege without uttering one nasty word. #DNC2012″ — WaPo Columnist EJ Dionne.

“Will be surprised if Dems don’t switch to live video from White House of Pres Obama and daughters applauding FLOTUS speech.” — CBS White House Radio Correspondent Mark Knoller.

“Is it gauche to wonder why #FLOTUS beloved dad didn’t try riding #dressage to help alleviate his #MS symptoms? #justasking” — Editorial Promotions Manager at Chronicle of Higher Education‘s Amy Alexander.

“I’ve never heard such a well delivered speech by a first lady ever.” — CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

“Barack Obama always jokes that Michelle gives the better speech. I’m starting to think that’s actually true.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein.

“Notice how FLOTUS makes her strong points without raising her voice. Very effective. #dnc2012″ — Mother Jones D.C. Bureau Chief David Corn.

Oh no she didn’t! Jo Anne Reed (a.k.a. Mrs. Ralph Reed) kicks Obama to the curb during FLOTUS’ convention speech: “Michelle Obama loves her husband more today than four years ago…well at least someone does…we don’t!!”

Meanwhile…CNN’s Lisa Desjardins announces that FLOTUS’s pretty orange sleeveless frock was designed by Tracy Reese. And HollywoodLife.com Editor-in-Chief Bonnie Fuller puts in a giant plug for the First Lady’s well-toned arms: “Michelle Obama has set sleeveless trend 4 all of female newscasters.”

The Eyebrow Observer

“Tim Kaine’s eyebrow is out of control.” — The Daily Caller‘s Matt Lewis.

The Random But Nonetheless Poignant Observer

“I see both Malia and Sasha are rocking skinny jeans after 10pm.” — ABC7′s Jummy Olabanji.

Funky reporting admission

“A source told me tonight that he has ‘personal knowledge’ of everything he told me. That’s comforting.” — Politico‘s Jake Sherman.

 

Empty Suits Keep Trying Empty Chair Acts

Talking to a chair is hardly ever a good idea. In the course of the last year, the act has been pulled by a handful of media types and each time, it flops.

Last night actor and film director Clint Eastwood was the latest to give the talking-to-an-empty-chair routine a whirl. He did it on the final evening of the Republican National Convention, just before Mitt Romney officially became the party’s nominee for president. How fitting.

Standing at the podium, Eastwood motioned to the empty chair next to him and said he brought President Obama. He then entered into a monologue that got a few laughs but was mostly perceived as bizarre.

Ann Romney appeared on CBS this morning to talk about the convention. “He did a unique thing,” she said of Eastwood’s speech while laughing uncomfortably.

“Bill Clinton introducing Michael Dukakis just went to a distant second place as a bizarre moment,” NBC’s Tom Brokaw told Politico. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, meanwhile, said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe that Eastwood’s speech made him “cringe.”

Then again, this was an 82-year-old man giving an unscripted speech. And the empty-chair routine is a proven bust.

Back in March, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell was set to interview Craig Sonner, the lawyer representing Florida Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman. Sonner bailed at the last minute. Rather than bringing on a contributor who might be on standby or moving to the next segment, O’Donnell asked the chair a series of questions, including: “Who is paying you? Who hired you?” and “Does George Zimmerman have a job?”

Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart noted the stupidity, saying he knows many people in New York City who talk to chairs and “none of them have TV shows.”

Two days later Thomas Roberts, also an anchor on MSNBC, had intended to interview Maggie Gallager, spokeswoman for the National Organization for Marriage. Roberts was unable to make the segment. But guess who was? Read more

Tom Brokaw Pimps His Own Anniversary

Seriously Tom Brokaw? Even you pimp out your anniversary details?

From the Dept. of Bragiculture and more specifically this morning’s Politico Playbook, the longtime NBC newsman, typically low-key and sophisticated, takes a page out of Newsweek/The Daily Beast/CNN’s Howard Kurtz‘s pimpilicious playbook. The absolute worst of it: namedropping in the guise of a terrible joke (“We would have invited the President to the reception, but…”).

We’re giving you shoes we typically give Kurtz when he pimps himself out each week over Twitter. Enjoy them while you can because we’ll have to return these “ultra pimp” ridiculously expensive bad boys to Howie. And just think, they may be fantastic for your next trek across America when you’re talking to ordinary Americans who aren’t contemplating inviting presidents to their wedding receptions.

From Playbook:

EMAIL DU JOUR, from Tom Brokaw: “50 years ago [today, Aug. 17, 1962,
John F. Kennedy]  made his only trip as president to S.D. (to dedicate
the massive Oahe Dam [in Pierre,] on the Missouri River). It was front
page news in the Yankton Press and Dakotan, my hometown paper. On what
passed for the society page, a photo and account of the marriage of
Meredith Auld and Tom Brokaw. We would have invited the President to
the reception but we had heard the White House press corps’ appetite
for free booze and food knew no limits, a fact I confirmed as a member
13 years later in the Nixon/Watergate White House.”

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