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MSNBC Forgets the Bleep Button, Again

Toure“The Cycle” didn’t end on a high note this afternoon when MSNBC forgot its bleep button during a segment on marijuana.

“Calm down motherf*ckers, you win by default,” comedian Dave Chappelle said during a clip Touré tossed to during his monologue about New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd‘s recent marijuana column (she wrote about her experience eating a caramel-chocolate bar with a few extra ingredients).

“The Cycle” co-host claimed Dowd’s column put “too much fear in the body politic,” adding she simply ignored her “weed tour guide” on how much was acceptable to consume.

Coming out of Chappelle’s F-bomb clip, Touré quickly wrapped and tossed to “Now with Alex Wagner.”

This isn’t the first time this has happened. Remember this?

>>Update: On her show, Alex Wagner apologized for the mistake: “In the previous hour MSNBC aired a piece of tape with offensive language. The network obviously did not intend for that language to air and MSNBC apologizes to our viewers.”

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Willie Geist DC Party

At the home of NBC’s Norah O’Donnell and chef Geoff Tracy in Washington, DC last night, people celebrated MSNBC’s Willie Geist‘s new book, “American Freak Show,” according to Politico. With a chef at the venue, the food was clearly outstanding. The last time TVNewser saw Geist, he was promoting the book in New York City.

There were a lot of tvnewsers in attendance: NBC anchor David Gregory, journalist Maureen Orth and her son NBC correspondent Luke Russert, NBC correspondent Savannah Guthrie, NBC chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd, CNN senior political analyst Gloria Borger, senior PBS correspondent Gwen Ifill, former MSNBC executive and founder of Haddad Media Tammy Haddad, NBC news analyst Howard Fineman, ABC News’ Ann Compton, NBC Washington bureau chief Mark Whitaker, and MSNBC producer Pam Stevens.

Other notable newsers included, former Newsweek, now NBC News’ Mike Isikoff, The New York TimesMaureen Dowd, TIME.com’s Jay Newton-Small, as well as The Washington Post‘s Mary Ann Akers and Jonathan Capehart.

Maddow/Olbermann Invited to White House Chat with Obama, But Fox Isn’t a News Organization?

Here’s a curious turn in the White House vs. Fox News fight.

On Monday, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow were among several people who attended an off-the-record briefing with Pres. Obama at the White House. Sources tell us other attendees at the two-and-a-half hour chat included Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post, Maureen Dowd of the New York Times, Gwen Ifill of PBS and Gloria Borger of CNN. Perhaps not surprisingly, no one from Fox News was in the room.

This fact quickly turned into ammunition for the folks at FOX. Last night on “Special Report,” Bret Baier revealed the information pointing out that opinion hosts from one channel were being invited to a briefing with the Commander-in-Chief, all the while Fox was declared not a news organization.

And it continued on Fox & Friends this morning, as the troika talked about the back-and-forth ABC News White House correspondent Jake Tapper had with press secretary Robert Gibbs in the morning off-camera gaggle yesterday.

[However, co-anchor Gretchen Carlson didn't have her facts correct when she said, "in this reporter gaggle was Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann who are opinion people over at MSNBC." Maddow and Olbermann were in the off-the-record briefing on Monday not the on-the-record gaggle on Tuesday.]

(h/t HotAir & JohnnyDollar)

Update: The White House has sent TVNewser the complete list of those who attended the off-the-record briefing Monday: Eugene Robinson, E.J. Dionne, Ron Brownstein, John Dickerson, Rachel Maddow, Frank Rich, Jerry Seib, Maureen Dowd, Keith Olbermann, Bob Herbert, Gloria Borger, and Gwen Ifill. Several members of the staff also attended.

Cautious Reviews for New Morning Shows

wuwa_wte.jpgIn the few weeks, NBC-Universal launched two new early-early morning shows, the Weather Channel’s “Wake Up With Al” starring Al Roker and MSNBC’s “Way Too Early With Willie Geist,” which has left at least one reviewer—NYTimes’ Alessandra Stanley—satisfied but skeptical. Stanley finds Roker’s show “pleasant and relaxed” and has this to say about Geist’s debut:

Mr. Geist’s first show got off to a promising start, partly helped by the departing Alaska governor, Sarah Palin, and her acid farewell to the news media on Sunday, in which she exhorted, “So how about, in honor of the American soldier, you quit making things up?” Mr. Geist said with deadpan gravity: “Quit making things up? I can’t agree to that deal.”

But overall, Stanley responds to the pair of new shows with a generous helping of skepticism:

There is an audience for these spinoffs, and Mr. Roker and, to a cable-size extent, Mr. Geist have loyal fans. But both are television personalities who do their best work playing off and even sending up their co-hosts. Neither has surrendered his day job yet, but the danger is that their energy and best efforts will be siphoned to their new gigs.

It’s a narrowing gyre: as soon as regular contributors or co-hosts begin to develop marketable personas, they get their own show. And sometimes, as is the case with Rachel Maddow, who was fun to watch at first but lately has run out of steam, too much is worse than too little.

Speaking of the New York Times, op-ed columnist Maureen Dowd is set to appear in a phone interview tomorrow morning on “Way Too Early” during Geist’s “Morning Buzz” segment.

Journalists, Politicians Toast To Brit

As expected, journalists and politicians packed Cafe Milano in Washington, D.C. last night to say goodbye to FNC’s Brit Hume. The Hill’s Emily Goodin names a few: VP Dick Cheney, Bill O’Reilly, Brian Williams, Maureen Dowd, Bo Derek.

Goodin also writes about the speeches, including this joke from Hume’s: “He joked he hadn’t been this honored ‘since the rumor was going around that I was having an affair with Megyn Kelly.” Some pictures from the event:

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