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All A-Twitter: Benghazi is The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Journos from across the political spectrum are taking to Twitter (again) to air their grievances with /sing the praises of David Kirkpatrick‘s NYT piece on what really happened in Benghazi on Sept 11, 2012.

 

 

 

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Afternoon Reading List 09.24.13.

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MSNBC host misplaces Kenya: Yesterday afternoon, HuffPost didn’t let a gaffe made by MSNBC’s Touré go unmentioned. While the host was giving the viewing audience a “Monday geography refresher” regarding the Kenya’s whereabouts, he completely botched the region. In no way did he describe Kenya’s geographical location, nor did he come close. Andrew Kaczynski from BuzzFeed called out Touré first VIA Twitter while utilizing a picture of a highlighted Kenya in its actual African location.

Why you should read it: Although these slip ups happen to everyone from time to time and they’re always accidental, they’re also always hilarious and fun to watch!

Sarah Palin demands names: MediaMatters’ blogger Oliver Willisrecently posted a story about Fox News contributor/Russian coastline enthusiast Sarah Palin, regarding her rogue tweet aimed at Fox News Sunday host, Chris Wallace. Wallace announced during the show that he would use “the unsolicited research and questions” of several top Republicans to “hammer” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in response to the efforts Cruz has recently been making in trying to defund Obamacare. Upon hearing Wallace’s plan, Palin took to the tweets and demanded he surrender his “top Republican” sources to be “fair and balanced.”

Why you should read it: Sarah Palin is still trying to be relevant as she attempts to shake down a Fox News reporter through Twitter for some (possibly made up) sources, and it is adorable! Check out the video to see exactly what Wallace said to set Palin off.

More on the AP’s leak to plead guilty after the jump…

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“I don’t know where zoftig ends and Dunkin Donuts begins.”HuffPost and MSNBC’s Howard Fineman on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie weight loss in reaction to an intro from Touré who used the word “zoftig” to describe the governor even thought the word is supposed to apply to pleasantly plump women. In Yiddish, the word means “juicy.” Fineman continued, “I would bet that he does master it because having the desire to be President is even stronger than the desire to eat donuts. So I think he will do that and it’ll help make him a good story, at least initially.”

Bachmann bails on Congress 

“Shorter Michele Bachmann: I’m smart enough. I’m good enough. And doggone it, people like me.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.

“Just me, or does Michele Bachmann’s music and cadence here channel Delta’s in-flight safety video?” — Daily Caller and The Week‘s Matt Lewis.

“In a rare 6:05AM appearance, @mikeallen joins us to discuss Michele Bachmann.” — Morning Joe.

“How cool would it be if Bachmann could ride out of Congress on a giant eagle?” — Politico‘s Glenn Thrush.

Weiner Police Returns

“I can’t even have a conversation on this set without you all losing it.” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” Co-host Mika Brzezinksi on broaching the topic of ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) running for mayor of New York. Mika turns into the Weiner Police whenever Weiner’s name is on the rise. One thing is clear: Mika is just not that into Weiner.

Ask Judy Today at 1:30 p.m.

“Questions for @JudyWoodruff? She’ll answer during a live chat tomorrow at 1:30 pm ET. #AskJudy” — PBS NewsHour.

Blogger finds girls to be a mystery 

“Right. My eldest daugher [sic] graduated summa cum laude, but I don’t understand girls.” — Conservative blogger Robert Stacy McCain.

Producer in search of propane

“So here I am. Racing the clock to get more propane while a partially-cooked red snapper hangs out on the grill awaiting my return.” — FBDC and Bill Press‘ Producer Peter Ogburn.

Who could it be?

“Overheard: ‘I’m writing a story…what they they called … the little ones…’ ‘Blog post?’ ‘Blog post!’ — Politico lobbying and campaign finance reporter Byron Tau.

TV correspondent gets weight-conscious

“My German childhood nickname translates to ‘FAT.’ Sso when a co-worker asked ‘what do you weigh… 190?’ you can understand my angst.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida.

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The Media Critic

The new Prince book from Toure sounds interesting. – CNN’s Jake Tapper

Spring Fever

You guys, this is the last Friday of the year for which baseball is not an option. - Roll Call’s Meredith Shiner

Never Forget

The song “Friday” by Rebecca Black is two years old this month. – Politico’s Byron Tau

Conversations Between Two Journos

“Somewhere in my family’s junk there is a receipt, signed by Lincoln, for a bunch of fixed roads/sidewalks in dc. No joke.” – Politico’s Ben White

WaPo’s Plumline author Greg Sargent writes back, “uh, dude? might be worth digging that out.” White replied that he’s “been on hunt for some time.” Best of luck, Ben.

After-Party: MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, Hubby, Pose With MC Hammer

The party was only just getting hopping for many media types when President Obama called it a night just after 10 p.m. Monday night.

After the official Inaugural balls, TV personalities, singers and actors jumped over to the W Hotel for the Electronic Arts’ after-party. It was hosted by singer John Legend along with music producer Pharrell Williams, a very-pregnant actress, Malin Akerman, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

There was a coat check but guests were wise to skip it as the party transpired on the hotel’s rooftop, half inside, half out, where it was cold and really windy. Both Legend and Williams spent the majority of their time, however, tucked away in the cozy, roped-off VIP area inside.

Several notables passed through the small red carpet section just outside the party, including MC Hammer, who posed for photos with the recently married Thomas Roberts of MSNBC, along with his husband Patrick Abner. (Hammer and Roberts pictured above.)

The door leading from the red carpet allowed people in but not out. It was a logistic that led to an ironic moment for MSNBC’s Touré. After he entered, he tried exiting to the area containing the working press. Despite being a fairly well-known TV host, he was told to go around to a separate door. He did so peacefully.

The party boasted two open bars, a waffle-making station and a type of Sims game photo booth.

Notables: actress Rosario Dawson; MSNBC’s Martin Bashir and Craig Melvin; music producers will.i.am and Jermaine Dupri; President of Americans for Tax Reform Grover Norquist; and style critic Phillip Bloch.

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Boob Expert Shows up to Gutfeld Book Party

Walking into the Breitbart Embassy last night was sort of what one imagines walking into Michael Jackson‘s old home: Stationed in the living room was an ice cream stand with the Good Humor man. Outside was a petting zoo with ducks, bunnies, an alpaca and a tiny horse. And walking around the whole house was Nancy Leonard, an accordionist dressed in traditional Swiss clothing, who prides herself on being able to walk and play music at the same time.

“Do you know what the difference between an accordionist and an entertainer is?” Leonard asked FishbowlDC. “An entertainer can walk and play. Most accordionists have to sit and read the music.”

Leonard is a former breast implant specialist for the FDA. “I helped all kinds of people,” she said. “I helped men, women, transvestites… anybody.”

Also roaming around the zoo was former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.).

The Embassy was hosting a party for FNC The Five‘s Greg Gutfeld who has a book coming out next month. Gutfeld’s book, The Joy of Hate, is dedicated to the late Andrew Breitbart. It’s a commentary on the knee-jerk reaction people have to cry foul at anything and everything. Gutfeld said young and old people as well as “people that are not young or old” should read the book.

Party invitations inexplicably featured an old ’90s TV screenshot of Gutfeld from when he worked for Men’s Health. In the photograph, a buff Gutfeld is in a tank top and has a high-top haircut. “How dare you,” he said when we brought it up.

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Cy-Fi: Toure Proves He’s From the Streets

Where we watch MSNBC’s The Cycle and Fox News’ The Five so you don’t have to…

On The Cycle yesterday co-host Toure — a black man with about as much street cred as Barbara Walters — delved deep into the controversial stop-and-frisk police practice that goes on in parts of New York City. (It’s somewhat less controversial in West Village.)

Toure’s colleague Krystal Ball introduced the segment by first telling viewers that Toure has “two kids and a loving wife.” (Viewers are never spared the fact that Toure is married… to a woman!) Ball then kicked it to Toure himself who says he “took the opportunity to make a package very seriously” about stop-and-frisk in Brooklyn. He said it’s “something that my neighbors deal with and something that I fear.”

The video package, straight out of a Scruff McGruff anti-crime PSA, begins in black and white with all 120 lbs. of Toure walking down a sidewalk. “Dramatization” displays in the upper-left corner, presumably for the sake of any color blind people watching. Another black man steps into the frame and yells “Police! Get up against the wall!”

Summoning the acting finesse of Mariah Carey in Glitter, Toure pushes himself up against a brick wall as he’s tenderly frisked by another man. The mock policeman (who we later learn is a retired officer) asks Toure where he lives and what his name is.

And cut. That’s it.

The black and white filter fades away and Toure tells viewers what just happened: “It’s called stop, question and frisk and it happens hundreds of thousands of times each year.”

In the next scene, Toure talks to some guys who probably have experienced this. The conversation happens on a stoop outside of an urban apartment and Toure looks like he couldn’t be less comfortable if he were standing on his head.

The package ends and Toure in-studio says, “It’s a complicated issue. I think about the time I got stopped for real… and it made you feel like you were guilty until proven innocent.”

From there, viewers are left feeling like that they’ve just relived the L.A. Riots; assuming the riots happened in the Hamptons and no one was actually assaulted.

Watch the segment here.

Correction: Sparkle, Glitter — is there a difference? Well, actually there is and we flubbed the name of Mariah’s movie. It is indeed Glitter, not Sparkle.

Weekend Show Preview 06.27.09

NBC’s Meet the Press with David Gregory: Senior White House Adviser David Axelrod, Mitt Romney and Lindsey Graham. Roundtable with David Brooks, E.J. Dionne, Mike Murphy and Dee Dee Myers.

CBS’ Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer: UN Ambassador Susan Rice and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.

ABC’s This Week:

Fox News Sunday: Topics: Health care, with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Iraq, with Gen. Ray Odierno, Commanding General, Multi-National Force, Iraq.

CNN’s State of the Union with John King: Gen. Ray Odierno, Commander, Multi-National Force-Iraq and Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN)on Iraq, Iran and war on terrorism. Mary Matalin and James Carville on health care debate and Obama’s response to Iran and T. Boone Pickens, chairman and CEO, BP Capital on energy.

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WaPo’s Dana Milbank, HuffPo’s Nico Pitney and TWT’s Amanada Carpenter for media analysis. Diane Dimond, former reporter for Court TV, CNBC and MSNBC and pop culture commentator, Toure to discuss the coverage of Michael Jackson.

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Robert Baer, author, “The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower” on Iran and election. NYT’s Paul Krugman and Hoover Institute’s John B. Taylor on economy and health care.

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Dan Rather, HD Net; Helene Cooper, NY Times Washington correspondent; David Ignatius, Washington Post columnist; and Katty Kay, BBC Washington correspondent.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NBC’s Pete Williams, NYT‘s David Sanger, Slate’s John Dickerson and CNN’s Gloria Borger

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and interviews with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger.

Will update as we learn them.