- PRNewser: Breaking down Fox News’ response to having its Twitter account hacked.
- AllTwitter: Speaking of Twitter gaffes, Joe Biden just joined the social network. We’re setting the over/under for days until he tweets something dumb at 11. Taking the under is a smart bet.
- SportsNewser: Here’s a video of Chris Berman singing with Huey Lewis because it’s the day after a holiday so that’s all we’ve got.
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Yesterday, a sharp-eyed blogger accused New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd of reprinting a sentence pulled from Josh Marshall‘s Talking Points Memo blog in her Sunday column without any attribution.
A few hours later, Dowd responded to the accusations through an email to the Huffington Post. She blamed the oversight on a friend, claimed it was inadvertent and promised to set things right with added attribution on the Web version of the story and a correction in the paper today.
Dowd acted fast to correct the problem after it was discovered, but the question remains: will this mistake effect Dowd’s credibility moving forward?
The Daily Beast and Morning Joe crews jointly hosted a well-attended (though tricky to-get-to courtesy of a myriad of road blocks) brunch this morning at the Council on Foreign Relations building. While plenty of bold-faces mingled the room imbibing “Obamimosas” and quiche, the star of the hour had to be David Axlerod whose hand everyone wanted to shake.
We bumped into Peggy Noonan who told us that after the pilot on her US Airways flight from New York yesterday came on to announce they were departing for Washington D.C. the entire plane had burst into applause.
Jay Carney, who is departing Time to be Joe Biden‘s director of communications showed us his transition Blackberry (they get a new one next Tuesday) and said that there will be no AIMing in the Vice President’s office, either (Joe will have to give up his Berry, also). He also said that he doesn’t foresee himself coming back to news reporting after his stint in the government, though “maybe as a columnist.” Of course what journalism will look like in four to eight years is anyone’s guess! Pics from the brunch after the jump.
Is this the media equivalent of going through the looking glass? Jay Carney, Time‘s Washington bureau chief, contributor at Swampland, and regular guest on This Week (along with his wife Claire Shipman. Question: will she be allowed to cover the White House for ABC after his switch?) has announced he is departing the magazine to become Joe Biden‘s communication’s director. Let the liberal media bias claims begin! Actually Carney covered the McCain campaign and was far more criticized by the left-wing chorus than the right.
Over at Politico Michael Calderone has some reactions from the Time camp. Says Joe Klein: “I didn’t even know Jay was a democrat…Really, he has great Republican sources from his days covering the Bush White House and he’s one of those guys who always seemed pretty balanced at editorial meetings when it came to evaluating the latest developments. (Which I guess is a quality you want in a communications director.)” Indeed. Time editor Rick Stengel was quick to point out that this was not a measure of print’s uncertain future. Of course if you had the choice between the Obama administration and an industry that is tanking at alarming rates, what would you do?
Hmm. Looks like Sarah Palin isn’t the only one avoiding the press these days (actually truth be told, Obama isn’t so press friendly either — notwithstanding magazine covers, that is). In fact, turns out just as Palin seems to be warming up ever so slightly to the liberal media elite Joe Biden, everyone’s favorite gaffe-machine, has gone silent (sort of). ABC’s Jake Tapper notes:
The Delaware lawmaker has not fielded questions from supporters since a Sept. 10 rally in Nashua, N.H., at which he said that Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., might have been a better vice presidential pick than him.
Shocking that they’re trying to keep him quiet. But also sad. We often think that the fact Joe Biden has managed to retain the ability to speak his mind after thirty odd years in Washington is nothing short of a political miracle. Free Joe Biden! Of course, the fact that this is somehow making Sarah Palin look like the bastion of accessibility is a bit rich.
— DIANE CLEHANE
What recession? The joint was jumping at Michael’s today. Media mavens, television types and fashionistas were still trying to digest the week’s head spinning events but, in true New York style, weren’t letting a worldwide tanking economy get in the way of a good time. There was plenty of buzz about last night’s debate — a few folks in the dining room today watched the whole thing go down at Denise Rich‘s house. The verdict: Obama won and will win.
The ‘other side of the aisle’ was more than represented when Loreal Sherman, Michael’s tireless and terrific maitre d’, launched into a dead-on imitation of Gov. Sarah Palin for departing diners Joy Behar and CNN’s Jon Klein. Ducking inside the coat closet after donning some clear square framed glasses and using the door as her debate podium, Loreal had the gathering crowd in stitches as she improvised a performance of Palin’s indelible one-liners from her debate with Joe Biden last week. Afterwards, when I told her I marveled at her ability to do spontaneous stand-up, Loreal confessed she’s a professionally trained performer who once sang at Carnegie Hall. Memo to Tina Fey: You can’t be everywhere, so if you’re ever in need of a stand-in (who even looks like you!) Loreal is your girl. You know where to find her.
Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:
1. Star Jones, who called minutes before noon after “a really important meeting” for a table for herself and her entourage. The mood was pretty upbeat (we overheard Star cracking some Sarah Palin jokes) and there was wine all around. When I asked the usually chatty Star about what she was dishing about with her pals, she slipped on her shades and said, “Business, Business,” before sauntering out with nary a look in Joy Behar’s direction.
4. New York’s First Lady Michelle Paterson with Alexa Eaton and Debbie Bancroft. Word is Mrs. Paterson is “not pleased” with New York magazine’s cover story on her husband. Well, we’ll say this, the cover line “David Paterson Didn’t Ask For This” was perfect.
We took a stroll around the Internets this morning to see what Joe Klein, Peggy Noonan, Andrew Sullivan and other powers that be were saying about last night’s debate. The general consensus? Palin exceeded her extremely low expectations. Also? SNL got lots of new material.
Peggy Noonan (WSJ): As far as Mrs. Palin was concerned, Gwen Ifill was not there, and Joe Biden was not there. Sarah and the camera were there. This was classic “talk over the heads of the media straight to the people,” and it is a long time since I’ve seen it done so well, though so transparently. There were moments when she seemed to be doing an infomercial pitch for charm in politics. But it was an effective infomercial.
David Brooks (NYT): When nervous, Palin has a tendency to over-enunciate her words like a graduate of the George W. Bush School of Oratory, but Thursday night she spoke like a normal person. It took her about 15 seconds to define her persona — the straight-talking mom from regular America — and it was immediately clear that the night would be filled with tales of soccer moms, hockey moms, Joe Sixpacks, main-streeters, “you betchas” and “darn rights.” Somewhere in heaven Norman Rockwell is smiling.
Tonight’s Palin-Biden VP debate may be the most-watched VP debate ever, actually, we hazard a guess there is a chance it could be the most watched debate period — who could have imagined twelve months ago that this is where we would be?! We suspect tonight is either going to be so good in terms of Joe Biden gaffes, and Sarah Palin blanks (“In what respect, Charlie?”), or(!), everyone will behave themselves and Palin will end up looking good, because, really, can the bar get any lower?
Anyway, once again, we will be liveblogging the entire glorious spectacle, along with HuffPo’s Rachel Sklar, and Clusterstock’s John Carney, and whoever else we can manage to rein in between now and 9pm. In the meantime, if you can stand it (and full disclosure, we couldn’t quite make it through) here is Palin talking (not really) about the Supreme Court. One can only hope that somewhere out there Hillary Clinton has access to some hard liquor.
We’re only ten or so hours away from tonight’s must-see Palin TV! (Also known as the liveblog.) Wondering how you’ll pass the time before the big showdown? The folks over at Politico have some ideas. They’ve created not one, but two VP video games, one for each candidate: shoot flying pigs over Russia with Sarah Palin, or help Joe Biden shoot the foot out of his mouth. Hey, it’s better than taking it out on the wolves.
So Biden it is. The news arrived late this evening about twelve hours ahead of the much ballyhooed text and/or email we were all supposed to personally receive from Barack Obama informing us of his choice. In the end the campaign was scooped by CNN’s John King, CBS’s Steve Chaggaris, the AP, and Marc Ambinder, in that order. Word has it the official text will arrive sometime in the am.
The VP stakes have become an increasingly prominent story line this week as the conventions gear up and the Olympics slow down. Joe Biden was considered a favorite last weekend, along with Evan Bayh, though the story kicked into high gear tonight as word came down the wire via Andrea Mitchell that both Bayh and Tim Kaine had been notified they were out of the running. Later it was confirmed — making moot some late-game theorizing — that Hillary was also out. This half of FishbowlNY happened to be without Internet on a plane to Denver along with Rachel Sklar and Keli Goff when the news started to break (the last time FishbowlNY was on a JetBlue plane the news of Tim Russert’s death broke).
Anyway, we like Biden — those of you who slogged through the twenty or so Dem liveblogs we participated in over at HuffPo will know that this decision makes us very happy. We have a long-time soft spot for the Democratic senator from Delaware. As for why he got the nod, Ambinder says that “what impressed Obama about Biden is that Biden gets things done. He’s a man of action. He’s not a bullshitter.” The lesson here? If you want to own the story probably best to jump on the send button once the MSM surrounds your super-secret VP choice’s house with camera crews.