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Bloomberg’s Heilemann/Halperin Politics Vertical to Launch in October

John Heilemann and Mark Halperin bloombergCapital New York reports Bloomberg Politics, the multi-platform vertical led by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, will launch in October, just 30 days before the midterms. The pair will helm a half-hour show in the 5 p.m. timeslot:

In a town hall meeting that lasted about two hours, Bloomberg Businessweek editor-in-chief Josh Tyrangiel, who’s been working closely with [Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin] Smith on the media-group strategy, described the show as “much closer to ‘Pardon the Interruption’ on ESPN than ‘Meet the Press,’” according to a partial transcript provided by a source. “One of our biggest advantages in politics is we are not ideological, we are not a sewer.” (Presumably the show will share the name of the site: Bloomberg Politics.)

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The Ticker: Halperin & Heilemann, Walters & Sterling, Shriver & Spielberg

  • Mark Halperin and John Heilemann are the new lead political team for all Bloomberg platforms – TV, radio, mobile, Web, digital and print. The first in a series of new brands, Bloomberg Politics will be led by the two veteran journalists and best-selling authors.

  • On “The View” this morning Barbara Walters talked about her attempt to interview Donald Sterling last week. “He was going to do an interview, and then he didn’t, and then he did… So it’s very erratic. It’s hard to pin down.” Walters’s interview with V. Stiviano took place 35 minutes before “20/20″ went on the air Friday night.

  • To mark the 20th anniversary of the release of “Schindler’s List,” Steven Spielberg talks with NBC News’s Maria Shriver about his new project “I Witness” which tells the true stories of genocide survivors.

Mark Halperin: ‘By His Own Admission’ Bashir Was Out Of Line

Mark Halperin“Double Down” authors and MSNBC analysts Mark Halperin and John Heilemann talked to Larry King about Martin Bashir’s vile comments about Sarah Palin in an interview set to air Thursday.

“Well, he apologized for it, and you know, live TV…” Halperin said, adding, “By his own admission,” Bashir was out of line. Halperin knows what can happen on live TV. The MSNBC contributor was suspended by MSNBC in 2011 for calling President Obama “kind of a dick” live on-air. He was asked his opinion, and thought he’d be “bleeped” but the control room didn’t catch it in time.

Heilemann suggested it’s fine to have passionate arguments on-air, but important to keep things civil, pointing out Palin’s comments linking America’s debt to slavery were out of line too, but the difference is there was no personal attack.

King’s interview airs on RT America Thursday at 9pmET. King’s interview with MediabistroTV: My First Big Break, is after the jump…

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Mitt Romney Ignored Adviser’s Plea To Win ‘Media Wars,’ Select Chris Christie As VP

Christie and Romney _480x360On “Morning Joe” today, “Double Down: Game Change 2012″ co-authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann reported an interesting nugget about the 2012 Vice Presidential vetting process: after one of his top adviser’s pleaded with him to choose New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as his vice presidential running mate—in order to recapture the media wars—Mitt Romney declined, citing “too many red flags.”

According to Halperin, Romney campaign senior adviser, Stuart Stevens, urged the Republican presidential nominee to select Christie as his No. 2, depicting the Romney campaign as being in the midst of a presidential “street fight” where they were “losing the media wars everyday in the news to Barack Obama,” and viewing Christie as the savior “street fighter” who could help them win the media battle.

Even with this impassioned plea, Romney declined, concerned with information Christie wouldn’t provide the Romney team during the vetting process, which included lobbying connections Christie had to disgraced financier Bernie Madoff before he was Governor, and a civil settlement Christie’s brothers had with the SEC.

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Production Wraps on ‘The Chris Matthews Show’

The syndicated weekend public affairs program, “The Chris Matthews Show” is wrapping up production after 11 years. And the final three broadcasts, airing over the next three weekends, feature 17 of the show’s most prominent guests.

The seventeen journalists include Gloria Borger, David Brooks, Elisabeth Bumiller, Michael Duffy, Howard Fineman, John Heilemann, David Ignatius, Katty Kay, Joe Klein, Andrea Mitchell, Michele Norris, Kelly O’Donnell, Clarence Page, Kathleen Parker, Andrew Sullivan, Cynthia Tucker, and Bob Woodward.

It was these, and many other guests who, since 2002, provided the answer to the show’s signature question: “Tell me something I don’t know.”

“The fact is,” says Matthews. “I look at the whole show that way. I am constantly learning when I sit with these caring, thinking, in most cases, hopeful people. No, they’re not just journalists. They’re people – like you – trying to get some grip on this surprise we call life.”

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John Heilemann Makes Lindsey Graham Joke on ‘Morning Joe;’ Edited Out of 8am Reair

Just after 6am, on “Morning Joe” this morning, Joe, Mika and guest John Heilemann were talking about yesterday’s New York Times article about “the three amigos” Senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham, who have bonded over the last decade through international travel putting themselves at the center of the foreign policy debate at home.

With Lieberman leaving the Senate, McCain and Graham have brought in another “amigo” Senator Kelly Ayotte. That prompted Heilemann to make a bad joke, at the expense of Graham:

Heilemann: They need a third amigo at all times. So now they have — now two of the three are women — now at least one of the three are women.

That drew hysterical laughter from Scarborough who had to turn his chair around. Mika Brzezinski took over and brought in Andrea Mitchell as Scarborough and Heilemann composed themselves.

The line was edited out of a re-air at 8amET. You’ll recall it was “Morning Joe” regular Mark Halperin, Heilemann’s co-author on “Game Change” who drew a suspension 17 months ago for his “Morning Joe” comment about Pres. Obama being “kind of a dick.”

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Charlie Rose Meets the Press, a Lot of Them, in Post-Debate Show

If you’re looking for the most ecumenical post-debate coverage tonight, check out Charlie Rose‘s PBS show. The “CBS This Morning” co-anchor is up late with a live debate wrap up with guests spanning many TV networks and publications, including:

Chuck Todd, NBC News
John Dickerson, CBS News
Martha Raddatz, ABC News
Gwen Ifill, PBS Newshour
Mark Halperin, Time Magazine
John Heilemann, New York Magazine
Tina Brown, Newsweek/ Daily Beast
Albert Hunt, Bloomberg News

‘Game Change’ Review: Cliché with Compassion

“Game Change” is not a flawless docudrama. Neither is it, in the words of a conservative blogger, “a heinous piece of propaganda” for Obama.

What “Game Change” is, at its essence, is a wildly-entertaining cautionary tale about presidential politics. Moral of the story: Be careful what you wish for.

“Game Change,” which debuts on HBO Saturday, follows Sen. John McCain‘s disastrous decision to name then-unknown Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his Republican running mate in 2008. It’s based on the best seller of the same title by reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, both of whom served as consultants.

McCain and Palin, among others in their respective camps, have made so much noise about the alleged inaccuracies of “Game Change” (sight unseen) that HBO included a letter in its media kit, defending Danny Strong’s script. For HBO, that is not an everyday occurrence.

This much is beyond dispute – Julianne Moore and Ed Harris give remarkable performances as Palin and McCain.

Moore, a four-time Oscar nominee, perfectly mimics Palin’s speech in its distinctive rhythm, pitch, and scrappin’ of consonants. She doesn’t go too far, however, allowing her to avoid the level of parody by Tina Fey on “Saturday Night Live.” (In a nice touch, Moore is shown watching the “SNL” clips.)

Harris is equally impressive in his McCain incarnation. The actors’ eyes alone speak volumes, particularly in the scene where his Alpha-dog chief strategist, Steve Schmidt (played to the

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Who Else is in ‘Game Change’?

The other day we told you about some of the tvnewsers who, via clips from their networks, make cameos in the upcoming HBO docudrama “Game Change,” which is based on the best-selling book by cable news mainstays John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. In addition to Sean Hannity, Anderson Cooper, Bill O’Reilly and Wolf Blitzer, there are shots of Katie Couric and Charles Gibson (with a body double, above). Couric, with CBS at the time, and Gibson with ABC, got sitdown interviews with Sarah Palin, whose story features prominently in the film.

CNN’s Gloria Borger, Jack Cafferty, and Dana Bash make appearances. FNC’s Juan Williams also shows up in clips as does and PBS’ Gwen Ifill who moderated the VP debate in 2008.

“Game Change” premieres on HBO three weeks from tonight. Here’s the trailer.

Joe Scarborough Moderates ‘Game Change’ Discussion in New York

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough was the moderator for a sit-down with the authors of “Game Change” the new book about the 2008 election from Mark Halperin, former ABC News political director, now with TIME and John Heilemann of New York Magazine. Mediabistro.com had the event covered with Joe Ciarallo of PRNewser, Amanda Ernst, editor of FishbowlNY and GalleyCat editor Jason Boog in the room.

About political life in Washington, DC, Scarborough, the former congressman, joked, “You can lie to the press, that’s good sport, but you can’t lie to each other.” Scarborough was talking about how the McCain campaign had lied to him on the early morning of Aug. 29, 2008 — the day Sarah Palin was chosen as McCain’s running mate.

• FishbowlNY: Game Change Authors Talk Reporting, Reaction To Their Book

• GalleyCat: Halperin Poses with NYT Bestseller List – Game Change at #1

• PRNewser: Halperin To PR: Know ‘When To Fight And When To Let Go’

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