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CNN “Crossfire” Party Packs a Punch

“It was terr i fy ying,” said CNN “Crossfire” host Van Jones, careful to enunciate every syllable when asked about his first night on the job.

At least at the Crossfire launch party held last night at the Carnegie Library he could finally let his hair down (so to speak) and enjoy a night with friends, colleagues, booze and a band.

His co-hosts popped in the crowd — Newt Gingrich with his big, shiny helmet of white hair, S.E. Cupp in a purple leather sleeveless dress and Stephanie Cutter in power red.

Meanwhile, others mingled: Newt’s wife, Callista held her own with her perfect, shiny, white-blond bob,  former “Crossfire” host Paul Begala wished the new hosts well, as Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and fiancé, Maria Belen Chapur, attracted flashbulbs on the red carpet while a very thin Caroline Kennedy, President Obama’s nominee for Amb. to Japan, drew stares. Others spotted around the room: WJLA’s Rebecca Cooper, conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, The Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol (who is far shorter in person than we imagined), FNC’s Greta Van Susteren and husband, John Coale, WaPo‘s Jackie Kucinich, ex-TWT Editor Sam Dealey, TWT‘s senior opinion writer Emily Miller, The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas, Politico‘s Dylan Byers, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, CQ Roll Call‘s Abby Livingston, Slate‘s Dave Weigel, TIME‘s Michael Crowley, MSNBC’s Karen Finney, lefty radio host Bill Press, Speaker John Boehner‘s spokesman Michael Steel and wife, Mary Kathryn Covert, lobbyist Jack Quinn and wife, Susanna, Americans for Tax Reform Prez Grover Norquist, NRSC’s fiery Brad Dayspring, and consultant Brian Walsh.

CNNer’s spotted in the crowd: CNN President Jeff Zucker, Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist, Jessica Yellin, Dana Bash, Brianna Keilar, Wolf Blitzer, Gloria Borger, Candy Crowley (without a shred of makeup), Wendell Goler, Matt Dornic, and Edie Emery.

Asked about Cupp, his conservative co-host, Jones said, “S.E. is the most likeable person ever born. I think they created her in a lab. She hypnotizes you and then she goes in for the kill.”

Cupp also had a thing or two to say about Jones. Read more

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FNC Above Rest in Haiti TV Watchers, Geraldo En Route, Jenkins Just Arrived


Fox News is the clear victor in those watching around-the-clock news of the tragic earthquake in Haiti. While ten FNC correspondents have been deployed to the region, including White House Correspondent Wendell Goler, who is still in the Dominican Republic and D.C. correspondent Griff Jenkins, who just arrived today, this weekend viewers will watch Geraldo Rivera join the coverage. (Above right is a shot of him covering an expose on Staten Island in 1972.)

Greta Van Susteren attempted to go to Port au Prince Thursday, but her plane was not permitted to land in the city and she returned to Washington. “I gave Griff my sleeping bag (he also has one) to give to anyone who needs it plus I have given him the supplies I have,” Van Susteren wrote on her blog, explaining that Jenkins drove to Ft. Pierce, Fla. to catch a 4 a.m. cargo flight to Haiti.

Nielsen Ratings for Wednesday, Jan. 13

FNC: 1,501,000 in total viewers (426,000 in A25-54)
CNN: 942,000 in total viewers (337,00 in A25-54)
MSNBC: 449,000 in total viewers (129,000 in A25-54)
HLN: 320,000 in total viewers (137,000 in A25-54)

Nielsen Ratings for Thursday, Jan. 14

FNC: 1,524,000 in total viewers (411,000 in A25-54)
CNN: 913,000 in total viewers (328,00 in A25-54)
MSNBC: 434,000 in total viewers (130,000 in A25-54)
HLN: 335,000 in total viewers (143,000 in A25-54)

Lucky WH Journo Vacationing in D.R.

specreport-20090424-goler.jpgFox News lucked out last night on getting the first interview from a network reporter in the region of Haiti’s earthquake. Haiti was closed off, so everyone heading to the region needed to go to the Dominican Republic. It just so happens that White House Correspondent Wendell Goler was vacationing in the Dominican Republic when the disaster struck. He called into “The Fox Report” live at 7 p.m.

Too bad his vacationed was ruined.
But see the video here. Look for Goler’s report at the end of the video, after the missionary.

FNC’s Bill Hemmer, Orlando Salinas and Steve Harrigan are all en route to the Dominican Republic.

FishPoolDC: An Insider’s Notes from Today’s Press Briefing

Notes from a briefing room press insider…

Afghanistan TBA: In the first day back in the Brady briefing room in two weeks, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs fielded a lot of lingering questions on the Afghan troop decision timeline. Another Sit Room meeting is scheduled for 1.5 hours this evening, and while RG has already ruled out an announcement this week, no further meetings are scheduled. (Yet.) As CBS’s Chip Reid pushed on the “dithering” criticism and whether the WH felt pressured by the angst of U.S. allies, RG flipped the questioning tables to drill Reid on his sources for such a sentiment. Reid said he thought RG should be familiar with such criticism, and an almost Who’s-on-First-like back-and-forth ensued, with RG eventually joking, “We could play the Jeopardy! version of this.” When Reid posed an unrelated follow-up on a critical analysis by Leslie Gelb — shared by “other analysts” — on POTUS’s recent Asia jaunt, RG jabbed, “We’re going to play this game again?”

Quotable: RG, on the odds that health care will make its way through the Senate and reconciliation process before January to meet the WH “deadline”: “You guys are better odds makers than me.” (He also noted that “that’s our hope” and it “continues to be our goal” — which seem like less hearty words than when previously asked this question.)

A True Team of Rivals: After Fox’s Wendell Goler slipped on citing the new WH counsel Bob Bauer, instead referencing Gary Bauer as the new top West Wing lawyer, RG deadpanned, “That might be some news.” (Sure would have helped an otherwise slow, rainy day….)

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FishPoolDC: Our Insider’s Notes from Today’s Press Briefing

Notes from a briefing room press insider…

Bipartisan Reform? Ole!: Press Secretary Robert Gibbs competed with a South Lawn rehearsal for tonight’s WH-hosted Fiesta Latina (Fox’s Wendell Goler, interrupting his own line of questioning: “Is that Sheila E. I hear?”) as he tackled a number of health care questions on d-day for Senate Finance. WH’s Republican godsend Sen. Olympia Snowe tallied her committee vote just in time for RG to gloat, “We have, today, a bipartisan bill,” in response to a question about whether the oft-cited “choice and competition” was more important than bipartisanship. (POTUS had just given a shout-out to the Maine Sen. in pre-briefing remarks with Spanish PM Zapatero.) RG says (again) that WH will wait for Congress to merge bills before weighing in, and that POTUS remains confident he’ll sign reform this year.

The New Af- Strategy: The Afghanistan Sit-Room strategy sessions (a 5+ -part series) were the focus of several questions as the WH preps for another three-hour meeting tomorrow morning. RG continued to beat back impressions that the WH is stalling on firming a new plan, explaining that analysis of the region and, separately, of individual countries has made for a long process. “There are many pieces that all have to fit together,” he said. While RG rejected that the Afghan election outcome might be a deadline for the strategy announcement, he underlined the importance of that result on the new policy. As for today’s WaPo story highlighting some forgotten troop numbers, RG said the 13,000 support troops were allocated under the previous admin.

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Press Corps and Gibbs Plan “Beer Run”

Fox News’ Wendell Goler with other rowdy members of the press corps and White House press secretary Robert Gibbs had this priceless exchange in today’s otherwise quiet press briefing…

Q: Okay. And another subject, Officer Crowley is drinking Blue Moon, we hear Professor Gates is drinking Red Stripe or Becks — what’s the President drinking?

MR. GIBBS: The President had a Budweiser at the All-Star Game, so — why are you looking at me like that? That’s what he drank.

Q: We’re talking Blue Moon, Red Stripe, Becks –

MR. GIBBS: What’s wrong with Budweiser? Why do you hate Budweiser? (Laughter.)

Q: Well, he could get –

MR. GIBBS: Why do you hate Budweiser, Wendell? (Laughter.) Wendell, how about this — how about you and I, we’ll go pick out the beer, we’ll do the beer run. Uh-oh, hold, please. (Laughter.)

Q: I’m happy to do that.

MR. GIBBS: The mortgage services meeting is tomorrow. Apparently this has nothing to do — (laughter) — unclear whether beer will be served at that meeting and what it will be. (Laughter.) So we’ll go on the beer run together and pick it up in anticipation of the meeting.

Q: Pretzel or chips?

MR. GIBBS: Say again?

Q: Pretzel or chips?

MR. GIBBS: We’re just going to go straight beer. No sense in diluting it.

Morning Reading List 07.23.09

Fox News’ Wendell Goler, CBS’ Chip Reid, ABC’s Jake Tapper and NBC’s Chuck Todd get ready to go on-air just before the President’s prime-time presser last night. Photo by Christina Bellantoni.

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Happy Birthday to BBC’s Andrew Jones! What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…



AP: The New York Times Co. said Thursday its second-quarter profit climbed nearly 85 percent, as it cut costs aggressively to deal with a worsening decline in advertising. Its stock jumped in premarket trading.

Things got a little tense at a Metro press conference yesterday when Metro’s general manager had some criticism of WaPo‘s coverage. Get the scoop from WUSA here.


Who is America’s most trusted newscasted? Brian Williams? No. Charlie Gibson? No. Katie Couric? No. According to a Time poll, it is actually Jon Stewart.

“Birthers” are back in the news. TVNewser: CNN is separating itself from the radio commentary of one of its lead hosts, Lou Dobbs, who seemed to support the validity of thinking President Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. A CNN spokesperson says: “On CNN, Lou is an independent reporter who covers stories that people are talking about.”

More on how cable’s been covering this story on TVNewser.

And The Daily Show‘s take on birthers- Stewart to Dobbs, “Do you even watch CNN?”

CNN’s “Black in America 2″ went live in Times Square last evening.


Time’s cover story is a special report, “The Final Days of Bush and Cheney.”


Politico‘s Playbook fills us in on what White House spokesman Reid Cherlin got for his birthday- “Burton serenaded him with the Stevie Wonder version of ‘Happy Birthday’… Pfeiffer shined his shoes… Nick Shapiro added two of Reid’s fave movies to his Netflix queue. We made great progress on health care reform.”

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REVOLVING DOOR and JOBS after the jump…

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FishPoolDC: Our Insider’s Notes From Today’s Press Briefing

<bI Don't Really Wanna Fight No More: The briefing room cooled considerably from yesterday’s >exchange over how Press Secretary Robert Gibbs helps orchestrate the presidential newsers, as today’s class opened with a detailed discussion of how not to omit the press from tonight’s dunk tank fun at the WH luau for Congressional members and families. Fox’s Wendell Goler lobbied for video of Bobby G’s dunk tank performance, and a tentative deal was reached to offer charity money for a video. (Several reporters offered moderately low-dollar bids.) Gibbs pledged to throw in some free pitches from the press, and advised the corps to “pick your best arm.” Tryouts TBD….

Gambling Against Omaha: One of the (several…) briefing delays was due to POTUS’s Rose Garden comments on climate change, as a dramatic vote looms in the House. Gibbs had no details on whether POTUS had spoken recently with Warren Buffett, whose outspoken criticism of the bill might derail the effort. “We like where we are now, and I’d bet on the president,” Gibbs said.

Immigration Nation: Claiming again that he owns no crystal ball (methinks the Gibbs doth protest too much?), Gibbs declined to make a WH promise on getting immigration done this year, as a bi-partisan group of 30 members climbed down from Capitol Hill to help “launch a policy conversation,” as the WH statement reads. He did make clear, though, on the potential for a 2009 bill: “We’d like that.”

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FishbowlDC’s WH Correspondents Poll: TV Big 5

Over the weekend, HuffPo posted a poll asking their readers to vote for their favorite WH correspondent but only offered up 9 choices and left off a few key players like CBS News’ Chip Reid. So we created our own poll to see what FishbowlDC’s readers thought about the networks’ faces from the White House…and to give Reid a fair shot at winning Fishbowl gold. What do you think?

Who is your favorite TV White House correspondent?(polls)

Goler’s Self-Indulgent Ringer ID’ed

We told you yesterday in our new FishPoolDC report that Fox’s Wendell Goler‘s cell phone went off, disrupting Robert Gibbs‘ daily press briefing.

We couldn’t immediately identify the ring, but a friend in the briefing room tells us Goler’s ringtone was Arrested Development’s “Mr. Wendell.” And that it was hilarious.

Sorry Wendell, but that’s not nearly as cool as ABC’s Martha Raddatz‘s “Ridin’ Dirty” ringtone.