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Rachel Maddow Tells TV News, Including MSNBC, to Stop Booking ‘Yahoos’ on Iraq

Rachel Maddow IraqRachel Maddow is taking aim at the media, including her network, for giving airtime and voice to former Bush officials and foreign policy pundits known for advocating action in the buildup to the Iraq War.

Paul Bremer in the Wall Street Journal, and on CNN, and here on MSNBC; Paul Wolfowitz on MSNBC and on ‘Meet the Press,” Maddow said last night, rolling off other names she thinks got it wrong on Iraq now reemerging in the media with their prescriptions for today’s violence in Iraq, including Senator John McCain, Fox News’ Judith Miller, Bill Kristol, and the Brookings Institute’s Kenneth Pollack and Robert Kagan.

“Hey Sunday shows, hey op-ed pages, hey cable news, hey everybody…We know you are tempted to keep booking these yahoos on these subjects, but if you keep turning to the people who were famously wrong about Iraq to ask them what to do about Iraq, you at least will be laughed at, and you will be embarrassed that you did this, and you will eventually have to apologize.”

Maddow’s take on the media’s shoddy Iraq coverage starts around the 13:40 mark.

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The Ticker: Couric, Navarro, Carney

  • Katie Couric sat in Jets owner Woody Johnson‘s box at MetLife Stadium for the Super Bowl last night. Other guests in the box? Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Weinstein, Mitt Romney and Dick Cheney. “Football makes strange bedfellows!” Couric tweeted.

Bill Kristol Joins ABC News

Bill KristolLongtime Fox News contributor and editor and publisher of The Weekly Standard Bill Kristol has joined ABC News as a contributor, “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos announced on Sunday morning’s show.

“I’m looking forward to being part of the ABC political team,” Kristol said in a statement. “There’s certainly plenty to talk about!”

“Bill makes our outstanding team of contributors and analysts even stronger,” “This Week” EP Jonathan Greenberger said, calling Kristol an “original thinker with a unique perspective.”

He’ll appear regularly on “This Week” and other special political events. His decade-long stint at Fox News ended last summer after his and Roger Ailes’ relationship reportedly soured.

Upon Kristol’s departure, Fox told Business Insider that Ailes liked Kristol and didn’t recall a “specific or negative incident” between them. Read more

Soon-To-Be MSNBC Host Alec Baldwin Deletes Tweets Critical Of MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough

BaldwinMSNBCActor Alec Baldwin, who will become a host on MSNBC later this month, has a long history with Twitter.

He has deactivated his account a few times after off-the-cuff comments he made there became national news (see the infamous American Arlines incident of 2011), and he has used it as a platform to critique the media, as he did with NBC’s “Today” last year.

The latest installment of Baldwin vs. Twitter involves tweets regarding his soon-to-be colleagues at “Morning Joe.” Baldwin was criticizing that morning’s guest, conservative writer Bill Kristol, but it turned into a critique of Joe Scarborough, who he said was “barking at his guests in that Hannity-esque Catholic school gym teacher style.”

Now, as Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher notes, Baldwin has deleted the offending tweets.

It isn’t clear whether MSNBC president Phil Griffin weighed in on the tweets, as Baldwin suggested he might in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

The Evening Ticker: Kristol, BBC, Dover

  • Bill Kristol is now a free-agent. The conservative commentator was on ABC’s “This Week” for the first time in 14 years Sunday, and he’s scheduled to be on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this week. “I of course remain a huge Fox fan and look forward to continuing to appear there. But now I’ll be free to inflict my insights on viewers of the other networks as well,” writes Kristol.

  • As Al Jazeera America gets set for launch tomorrow, BBC World News continues its expansion in the U.S. The BBC’s 24-hour global news channel has been added to the XFINITY TV in several Florida markets including Miami, West Palm Beach, Ft. Myers and Jacksonville.

  • Elicia Dover is leaving ABC News where she was a digital journalist, and joining KATV (ABC) in Little Rock where she will be a general assignment reporter. The Arkansas native starts at KATV next month.

Does President Obama Watch ‘Fox News Sunday’?

In his Wednesday press conference, President Obama cited “some Republican commentators” who have indicated the party should consider a tax hike on the wealthy. The Wall Street Journal‘s Jason Riley connects the dots from Obama’s answer to Fox News contributor Bill Kristol, noting that “President Obama won’t agree to be interviewed on ‘Fox News Sunday,’ but he apparently watches the show”:

The president also noted that there’s support even among conservative pundits for hiking taxes on the rich. “As we’ve heard from some Republican commentators, a modest increase in taxes on the wealthy is not going to break their back,” said Mr. Obama.

That may have been a reference to recent remarks by Bill Kristol, a former GOP strategist and “Fox News Sunday” regular. “It won’t kill the country if Republicans raise taxes a little bit on millionaires,” Mr. Kristol said on Sunday. “It really won’t, I don’t think.”

“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace has been vocal about Obama’s long-standing invitation to appear on the program, which he has not done since 2008. He has not appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” CBS’ “Face the Nation” or ABC’s “This Week” since 2009.

Campbell Brown: U.S. Senator?

Memo to Campbell Brown: The Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol has a suggestion on what your next career move should be:

Brown is now a free woman, she’s a well-spoken and impressive one, she lives in New York, and she has moderate political views. And she’s a patriot who wants to serve her country. Campbell Brown should accept a draft (which I hereby launch!) to be the Republican nominee for the Senate against Chuck Schumer.

Obama Meets With Conservatives (And Liberals) Ahead Of Inauguration

kudlow_1-14.jpgLarry Kudlow revealed a few details this morning on “The Call” about the off-the-record meeting last night between President-elect Barack Obama and many prominent conservatives held at ABC News contributor George Will‘s house.

“This was a good conservative group, and we just had a great back and forth,” he said. “And he wants to keep the dialogue going with conservatives.”

Also at the dinner were Peggy Noonan, Paul Gigot and FNC contributors Bill Kristol and Charles Krauthammer. “He is charming, he is terribly smart, bright, well-informed, he has a great sense of humor,” said Kudlow.

Meanwhile Politico’s Michael Calderone writes about a meeting today between Obama and liberal commentators. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was among those in attendance.

Kristol: Palin “Should Do ‘FOX News Sunday’ And Every Show”

kristol_10-26.jpgOn the heels of Ben Smith‘s report on Politico about rising tension in the McCain camp regarding the handling of Gov. Sarah Palin, one of the Veep nominee’s most vocal supporters, Bill Kristol, expressed hope she breaks free from the constraints put on her.

Politico’s Michael Calderone writes about an exchange on FOX News Sunday today, as host Chris Wallace brought up the fact that Palin will end the race without ever appearing on a single Sunday morning public affairs show.

“I’m told she would be happy to do a TV show, if she hasn’t gotten authorization,” said Kristol. “I hope she breaks free this week. She should do ‘Fox New Sunday’ and every show, as far as I’m concerned, next Sunday.”

Palin’s running mate, Sen. John McCain, appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press for the first time in almost nine months (although, as McCain noted, he’s one of the program’s most frequent guests). Tom Brokaw interviewed the GOP nominee on the campaign trail in Iowa.

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Kristol Reports: Colin Powell To Endorse Obama

Breaking: Fox News and New York Times contributor Bill Kristol reports George W. Bush‘s former Secretary of State Colin Powell is expected to endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president.

From FoxNews.com:

“He may well give a speech at the Democratic convention explaining his endorsement of Obama,” Kristol said, citing inside sources. “For whatever reason I think he has decided he’s going to endorse Obama. I think [Powell] has a high respect for Senator McCain, they go back a long way.” Kristol continued, “This is not an absolute done deal, but these people are very confident that Powell will endorse Obama.”

> Update: Powell tells ABC News: “I do not have time to waste on Bill Kristol’s musings. I am not going to the convention. I have made this clear.” But Powell did not take any follow-up questions about whether he would endorse Obama.

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