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Surprise 50th Party for Joe Scarborough

Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC president Phil Griffin and the UAE’s Ambassador to the U.S. Yousef Al Otaiba threw a 50th birthday bash for Joe Scarborough last night in Washington, DC.

According to Politico, Scarborough thought they were coming to D.C. for a speech, instead, on the rooftop of 101 Constitution Ave., Scarborough was treated to a “this is your life” with friends and family. “We have your life covered here completely, from Boston to Los Angeles to Florida to New York to Washington. Everybody is here,” said Brzezinski.

“You can sit back and relax and just hang with your family because, actually, we are going to talk tonight — and you’re not going to say a word.”

Among the guests: NBC/MSNBC’s Willie Geist, David Gregory, Luke Russert, Mike Barnicle, Andrea Mitchell, Kelly O’Donnell and Lawrence O’Donnell. “Morning Joe” EP Alex Korson and former EP Chris Licht and Licht’s boss’s boss at CBS, Jeff Fager. Also, Walter Isaacson, Dan Senor, Nicolle Wallace, Bob Woodward and more.

(h/t Playbook)

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Weekend Ticker: Howie & Tina, Sunday Five, Katie

  • Tomorrow on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” Howard Kurtz talks to his boss, Newsweek/Daily Beast’s Tina Brown about Newsweek ending its print edition.

  • Fox News Channel’s “The Five,” which continues on a ratings roll, is doing a live show tomorrow at 9pmET to preview Monday night’s Presidential debate.

  • On Tuesday’s “Katie,” MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and ABC News’ Nicolle Wallace, who is one of Katie Couric’s closest friends, recap the debate.

Nicolle Wallace Joins ABC News

GOP strategist Nicolle Wallace is joining ABC News as a political analyst and contributor.

Wallace, former White House communications director for Pres. George W. Bush, was an analyst with CBS News during the 2006 election cycle. Wallace returned to politics in 2008 as an adviser to the John McCain campaign, working closely with VP nominee Sarah Palin in the early days of the ticket.

“Nicolle is a savvy expert who has been tested by fire in many campaigns,” says ABC News president Ben Sherwood in a note to staff.

Earlier this year, when “Game Change” — the HBO adaptation of the best-selling book about the 2008 campaign — came out, Wallace wrote on ABCNews.com that watching the movie, “is like reliving the most tumultuous professional roller coaster ride on which I’ve ever been.”

Nicolle Wallace Calls Sarah Palin’s Description of Couric Interview ‘Fiction’

Wallace_11.18.jpgAs we reported last week, in her new memoir “Going Rogue” Sarah Palin writes about the campaign interviews she gave to Katie Couric. Palin contends McCain aide and former CBS News political contributor Nicolle Wallace “pushed for Katie Couric and the CBS Evening News:”

Nicolle went on to explain that Katie really needed a career boost. “She just has such low self-esteem,” Nicolle said. She added that Katie was going through a tough time. “She just feels she can’t trust anybody.”

I was thinking, And this has to do with John McCain’s campaign how?

Nicolle said, “She wants you to like her.”

Hearing all that, I almost started to feel sorry for her.

Well now we’re hearing from Wallace, who tells a producer from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show:

The whole notion there was a conversation where I tried to cajole her into a conversation with Katie [Couric] is fiction… I am not someone who throws around the word ‘self-esteem.’ It is a fictional description. Katie Couric was selected because we did evening anchors… I did not advocate an interview for anyone I am friends with.

The Maddow clip is after the jump…

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Sarah Palin on Katie Couric: ‘I Almost Started to Feel Sorry for Her’

goingrogue11-13.jpgThe Drudge Report has a leaked excerpt from Chapter Four of Sarah Palin‘s new book, Going Rogue: An American Life. In it, Palin describes being stifled by the McCain campaign’s “media blackout” and the pressure she says she received from McCain staffer Nicolle Wallace to sit down for an interview with Katie Couric.

From the beginning, Nicolle pushed for Katie Couric and the CBS Evening News. The campaign’s general strategy involved coming out with a network anchor, someone they felt had treated John well on the trail thus far. My suggestion was that we be consistent with that strategy and start talking to outlets like FOX and the Wall Street Journal. I really didn’t have a say in which press I was going to talk to, but for some reason Nicolle seemed compelled to get me on the Katie bandwagon.

Wallace was a political consultant at CBS News until 2008 when she left to work on the McCain campaign. Palin continues:

Nicolle went on to explain that Katie really needed a career boost. “She just has such low self-esteem,” Nicolle said. She added that Katie was going through a tough time. “She just feels she can’t trust anybody.”

I was thinking, And this has to do with John McCain’s campaign how?

Nicolle said. “She wants you to like her.”

Hearing all that, I almost started to feel sorry for her. Katie had tried to make a bold move from lively morning gal to serious anchor, but the new assignment wasn’t going very well.

“You know what? We’ll schedule a segment with her,” Nicolle said. “If it doesn’t go well, if there’s no chemistry, we won’t do any others.”

TVNewser reached out to the Couric camp for a response. There’s no comment at this time. Going Rogue goes on sale Tuesday.

Update: A spokesman for Couric tells TVNewser, “The interviews speak for themselves.”

“MSNBC Would Be Well Served to Air Morning Joe for 12 Hours a Day”

So, “F” bombs notwithstanding, Morning Joe has become a daytime hit for MSNBC. Washington Whispers crunched the numbers and found Joe is doing better than the show it replaced amid a crisis more than a year ago.

Imus, booted for making racially insensitive comments in mid-2007, averaged 358,000 viewers; Morning Joe just hit 547,000.

And the show is a success with friends from both sides of the aisle. Says incoming White House press secretary Robert Gibbs (a regular), “Doing Morning Joe is the most fun I have all day on the campaign. And former McCain campaign spokeswoman Nicolle Wallace adds, “MSNBC would be well served to air Morning Joe for 12 hours a day.”

As for the “F” bomb dropped on today’s show, MSNBC spokesman Jeremy Gaines says, “Joe made a mistake this morning and apologized to his viewers immediately. As he noted, the language he used was completely inappropriate.”

If you missed it, here’s the clip