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Andy Cohen Talks Sit Down with Michelle Obama, Erasable-’Watch What Happens Live’

WatchWhatHappensLiveBannerIn The Hollywood Reporter’s July 4th issue, Andy Cohen did a Q&A with the outlet’s TV editor Lacey Rose and it wasn’t always focused on Hollywood.

On the topic of guests he’d like to have on his show which included Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, the Bravo late-night host hinted at a sit down with First Lady Michelle Obama.

“She and I spoke about it, and she said, ‘I think that’s a thing we could do later in Barack’s second term,’ he said. “I loved that answer because what that said to me is, when she comes, she’s going to go for it.” Read more

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Politico’s Mike Allen Recalls Boy Scout Days

UnknownPolitico‘s Mike Allen made the MSNBC “Morning Joe” crew erupt into laughter this morning as he recalled his days as a Boy Scout.

The nearly all-male panel, consisting of New York Magazines John Heilemann, Willie Geist, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinksi, began discussing a story from the San Francisco Examiner about an 18 -foot sea creature found off the California coast.

Just when they were moving onto the next topic, Allen piped up and said…

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Politico’s VandeHei Razzed For Big New Title

chocolate-and-blue-swirl-vase_8-beautiful-vases-for-your-homeEven though Jim VandeHei, the new President and CEO of Politico, isn’t on the journalism wing of things anymore, it didn’t stop him from appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today and discussing politics and the shutdown.

This was his first encounter with the Mika Brzezinksi, Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist since the Sunday evening announcement of his new title. His former position at Politico was Executive Editor.

After Geist made the big announcement, Mika cooed, “So powerful, fancy.” Geist asked, “Do you have, like, expensive rugs in your office now and vases?”

VandeHei took the heat in stride, saying, “My office, it reeks of rich mahogany, yes. I’m going to start speaking in a deep voice [he said, faux deepening his voice]. Clean up my language a little bit.”

NYT’s Jeremy Peters Comforts Mika on Ambien

NYT‘s Jeremy Peters came to MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinksi‘s rescue this morning on “Morning Joe” by admitting to taking Ambien.

“I have and just like you I stopped because of the reasons outlined in this story,” Peters said.

Mika replied, “Thank you! Thank you! Aren’t you a nice person!”

Unfortunately she didn’t press him for details. Moments earlier, she asked the roundtable of guests, “Anyone here take Ambien? I’ll admit it. I did.” No one — Willie Geist, Mike Barnicle and Donny Deutsch — had taken the sleeping med, leaving Mika solo in her stories of Ambien haze, some of which she described in her book, Obsessed. “I ate a big vat of Nutella on Ambien,” she told them. In the book her husband finds her in the middle of the night with the hazelnut spread all over her face.

“Am I really the only one at the table who has taken an Ambien?” she asked. “Come on!”

Barnicle offered moral support, saying, “You are the Amelia Earhart of Ambien.”

Brzezinksi brought up the topic of Ambien because the FDA is being pushed to look at a number of sleep aides, including the aforementioned drug. They want to look at how safely it puts people to sleep, Mika explained, and how safely it wakes them up and if they ought to be driving while on it.

 

 

Carlos Dangerously-Named Journos

Anthony Weiner admitted yesterday to using the online alias Carlos Danger to carry on a strange Internet affair with a 22-year-old woman. If you’re anything like us, that got you wondering how Weiner came up with such a great alias. Already having graced the news media by having the last name Weiner, he’s provided another amazing name to fill headlines and Twitter jokes.

But lets face it, sometimes we all need an alias, whether it’s to ghost-write a book or set up a Swedish bank account to hold mounds of embezzled money. And if you haven’t found your inner-Carlos Danger yet, don’t worry, it’s not hard at all. Yesterday afternoon, Chris Kirk of Slate posted a Carlos Danger Name Generator that figures it out for you. We of course had to figure out the alter-egos of the FBDC staff, as well as a few journos around D.C. Enjoy.

Silvestre Sly: Betsy Rothstein, FBDC

José Jeopardy: Peter Ogburn, FBDC

Pascual Death: Justin McLachlin, FBDC

Lorenzo Distress: Austin Price, FBDC

Now see the rest…

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FishbowlDC Interview With Kate Brown

Say hello to Kate Brown. She’s a CEO and founder of Buzz By Brown, a publicity firm based in Arlington Va. We know, we know. She’s not a journalist, but we’re breaking the rules as we think her experience more than qualifies her to be the subject of our questionnaire. She reps newsmakers, pundits and foreign policy experts. She’s also a former freelance news producer for the BBC, a morning drive producer for Washington Post Radio, and a producer and host for Wisconsin Public Radio.  Brown’s a bubbling wealth of journalism media relations knowledge as she formerly handled media for Foreign Policy Magazine, the New America Foundation and TWT.  Her resumé lists — count ‘em — an unusual 13 references. Her publicity business has been up and running since March 2012. She’s potentially in the market for a new pr gig (hint hint). Here she is pictured with her sometimes gaseous dog, Manfred. Among her fears: Miley Cyrus. Among the subjects of her desires: Sebastian Junger and Don Draper.

Without further delay, let’s begin.

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be? Prosecco – bubbly booze. How can you go wrong?

How often do you Google yourself? I Googled myself once and it depressed me so much, I never did it again. Kate Brown is both a lesbian state senator from Oregon and some chick who does things with yarn on TV. Neither, unfortunately, are me.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)? You’re a bad person and you enjoy it when people fail around you because it makes you feel better about yourself.

You have an intriguing name. What is the story behind it? Um, I don’t think this applies to moi. (Editor’s note: No doubt we meant this for TPM’s Igor Bobic.) 

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Sebastian Junger. He’s fierce. He’s real. He is devastatingly, heartbreakingly honest. “War” blew my mind. “Restrepo” blew it further. I also may have smooched my pillow while thinking about him, but I’ll never tell.

Do you have a favorite word? Fucktard. Pretty much explains everything I need to convey in one utterance.

Who would you rather have dinner with – CNN’s Kate Bolduan, CNN’s Chris Cuomo or CNN’s Michaela Pereira? Tell us why. Whichever one of them hangs out with Willie Geist.

The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either Scandal’s Kerry Washington, any of the women from FNC’s “The Five” or CNN’s S.E. Cupp. Who will it be? (None is not an option.) Well, technically, I prefer boys. But if the end of the Earth is near and I must sacrifice my heterosexuality for the good of the planet, I’d pick S.E. Cupp. She’s cute as hell and likely packing heat. (Editor’s note: Again, we must have tailored this question for Igor Bobic).

What swear word do you use most often? C U Next Tuesday

You’ve just been told the big news: You get to have your own Sunday morning talk show. Who will be on your roundtable? (Pick four journalists or pundits types.) Joe Scarborough. Charles Krauthhammer. Stephen Colbert. Steve Clemons.

On a serious note for a moment, if you could have dinner with a person who has died, who would it be? Carey Grant or Katharine Hepburn. Or if we could reenact Philadelphia Story, both would be ideal. Read more

Sorry, Prince Harry, Savannah’s Off the Market

NBC “TODAY” Show host Savannah Guthrie was all smiles this morning as she revealed her engagement to political consultant Mike Feldman, setting off a flurry of reaction in Washington and beyond.

Guthrie flashed her diamond ring on air. Weatherman Al Roker tweeted that actor Bradley Cooper brought Savannah flowers for the occasion. NBC “MTP” Executive Producer Betsy Fischer remarked, “Two great people — Savannah and Mike — awesome news!” CNN’s Jessica Yellin added, “Wowza. Check out that pic! Congrats guys!” And Co-host Willie Geist assumes his invitation is in the mail: “Two of the greats. Spoiler alert guys: I already grabbed the shower caddy off your registry.” CNN’s Jake Tapper wrote, “Congrats to Savannah Guthrie and Mike Feldman!!!! Xoxo.” NBC Washington’s Angie Goff wrote, “Congrats Savannah! You’ll make a beautiful bride.” And Mediaite founder and ABC Legal Analyst Dan Abrams added his congratulatory note, saying, “Two people I’ve really liked and respected for a long time.”

Savannah had a pointed message for Prince Harry… “Tell him I’m no longer available.”

Even US Weekly splashed it up on their site this morning.

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Politico’s VandeHei to ‘Morning Joe’

Turns out the rumors of the past year and a half are true.

Politico‘s Executive Editor Jim VandeHei is getting the hell outta there and heading to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” He has wanted to make his exit for awhile and TV is where he set his sights. MSNBC took notice after seeing the video that VandeHei narrated about how he breathed the very breath of life into Politico and how it has taken the journalism world — and the world — by storm. Some may have noticed VandeHei’s extensive appearance on “Morning Joe” last Thursday while regularly hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough were on vacation.

VandeHei will slowly phase into Willie Geist‘s third-tier co-host role as Geist concentrates on the “TODAY Show.”

Politico had no comment at this time. Editor-in-Chief John Harris was heard wailing in the Politico newsroom. James Hohmann, a reporter, was spotted handing him tissues. Mike Allen, practically VandeHei’s brother, could not be found. Sources say he has fled to Argentina to drown himself in a thick, juicy steak and red wine.

Politico Publisher Robert Allbritton, when reached at his mansion… Read more

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Quotes of the Day

Bachelor Fallout: “My wife just asked me if I’m ‘here for the right reasons.’ The Bachelor is now starting to affect my marriage.” — NBC TODAY Show host and MSNBC “Morning Joe’s” Willie Geist

Editor has ties to the interloper

“Worked with @TimRosaforte back in the day. Who knew he would become ace White House reporter, scooping on pres golf with WH press shutout.” — NYT‘s Carl Hulse on the writer who scooped and pissed off some members of the White House press corps. this weekend as President Obama went to Florida to golf with Tiger Woods.

Tough choice: Eating cheesecake Vs. urinating

“I would give up cheesecake for life if it meant I never had to pee again.” — Laura Donovan, Associate Culture Editor at PolicyMic and formerly of The Daily Caller.

Deep Thoughts With AP’s Lederman

“I’ve never understood what is so “fun” about the smallest possible size of candy.” — White House reporter Josh Lederman.

Journo says good riddance to Alec Baldwin

“I am so glad 30 Rock is over. Learning that Alec Baldwin is a huge racist would’ve ruined it otherwise.” — Reason magazine’s Mike Riggs.

Russert serves as decoy for athlete

“Perkins signed my ball, then bought me a coke at the bar and used me as an excuse to discontinue convos w women for an hour.” — NBC’s Luke Russert who attended an all-star game and met retired pro-basketball player Sam Perkins. And this reference to his father, Tim Russert: “Pictures of athletes my dad kept in his office: Yogi Berra, Luke Easter, Cookie Gilchrist and Michael Jordan.”

White House scribe feels little sympathy for Jackson Jr.

“Hard to feel sorry for Jesse Jr and his $43k Rolex, King of Pop cape and mink stole. Feel sorry for the hard working constituents he screwed.” — Politico‘s Glenn Thrush.

Journo Hate Mail

“Jamie Weinstein you are the biggest douche-nozzle of your generation. Nicely done creep.” — “mitteatsdicks” — RT by The Daily Caller‘s Jamie Weinstein, who appeared on the HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” panel Friday night.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:55 a.m.

Political, Full House Dreaming…“Last night’s dreams: I had a pug that could talk; my CIA (spy not food) dorm room was broken into, laptop stolen; John Stamos was my brother.” — Carol Blymire, a writer in Takoma Park, Md.

Floridian website crashes

“The website has crashed at the Floridian, where Obama is staying this weekend. POTUS visits tend do that.” — HuffPost‘s Christina Wilkie with accompanying picture.

GASP! A BuzzFeed detractor

“This is what young members of the ruling class do these days: dumb down politics even more.” — Dan Kennedy, Media Nation blogger and journalism instructor at Northeastern University.

Howard Kurtz’ take on what same-sex couples should be called in news stories? Read more

NBC’s Willie Geist Keeps It Real, Uses Subway

He’s still Willie from the block. NBC Today‘s Willie Geist has settled into his new cushy gig as co-host of the show’s 9 a.m. but the promotion apparently hasn’t gone to his head.

Many hosts and anchors in the network TV business opt for a car service to and from work. We’re told, however, Geist was spotted this morning at 10:30 a.m. riding the 1 train in New York City somewhere by 50th St. He was seen toting an iPhone and an unidentified book.

Geist on the dirty subway system. Just like a regular Joe.

We’re happy to see that Geist hasn’t forgotten the little people.

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