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The “Thrill” of Sotomayor, and the Agony of a Bad Graphic

MSNBCBurris_7.13.jpgIt’s been one of those days for Chris Matthews – the kind that gets him on the blogs.

First, during coverage of the confirmation hearings of Sonia Sotomayor, Matthews said, “Well, I’m getting one of those thrills, I get about America. I’m sorry. I shouldn’t say this. But I’m getting it again.”

See the clip here… (h/t Mediaite)

Then, later on Hardball, Matthews was talking about a new Wall Street Journal survey of economists rating Pres. Obama’s handling of the economic crisis. He got a 70 out of 100. Only problem: they used an image of Obama’s Senate successor, Sen. Roland Burris instead of Obama.

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The Ticker: Willard, Glor, Cavuto…

> FBN’s Happy Hour co-host Cody Willard has begun contributing daily installments of his “Where’s My Money?!” segment to multiple programs on the network. Here’s one segment from yesterday.

> CBS News’ Jeff Glor is profiled by his hometown paper, The Buffalo News. Glor has been filling in recently for Katie Couric on the CBS Evening News. “It is a fantastic opportunity,” he says. “But honestly, my focus now is on the reporting.”

> With all the Gov. Rod Blagojevich media saturation, what about his Senate appointee, Roland Burris? FNC’s Neil Cavuto talks to him today at 4pmET.

“Maddow” Premieres on SNL

maddow_1-11.jpgThey’ve done it for Keith Olbermann. Tom Brokaw. Nancy Grace.

And last night, Rachel Maddow was portrayed for the first time on Saturday Night Live. New featured player Abby Elliott portrayed the MSNBC host. The sketch served as the cold open, and featured portrayals of Senate-hopeful Roland Burris and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

“You thought I got away didn’t you? Well, sorry to spoil your party there, Billy Jean King,” said “Blagojevich” to begin the interview.

The first sketch after the monologue featured portrayals of Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb as they uncomfortably began the fourth-hour of the Today show. SNL didn’t release the sketch as an embeddable video, but a short clip is after the jump.

Click continued to see the Maddow sketch and a clip of the Today show sketch…

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Busy Morning In D.C.

It was a D.C.-focused morning on the cablers, as Roland Burris and President-elect Barack Obama made their way around the nation’s capital. After an Associated Press report said Senate Democrats planned to accept Burris for Obama’s seat, many networks rushed to report the news. CNN held back, as Dana Bash‘s sources said the deal was not done.

Then came an Obama news conference. Politico’s Michael Calderone reports Obama called on Laura Meckler of the Wall Street Journal, Chuck Todd of NBC and Jake Tapper of ABC. And, as Chris Matthews noted, the conference meant Todd “lost his virginity.”

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Next up was the confirmation that the AP report was incorrect. Sens. Harry Reid and Dick Durbin gave a news conference and put the ball back in the state of Illinois’ court.

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Finally, Burris reappeared for a few more questions before heading back to Chicago.

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Coulter on NBC: “I Am Very Happy To Be Here”

coulter_1-7.bmpBringing this whole potentially manufactured controversy story full circle, Ann Coulter was interviewed by Matt Lauer this morning on the Today show.

“It took the Drudge Report posting that for the Wednesday invitation but I am very happy to be here,” she said.

Again, after NBC canceled Monday and Drudge Report said Coulter was “banned for life,” Coulter went on “Hannity & Colmes” and knocked NBC’s offer, then went on CBS today and finally decided to go on NBC after all.

“Do you think though that much was made of this and maybe you helped fan the fire a little bit to make a controversy to sell the book?” asked Lauer.

She doesn’t really answer — but she does compare herself to Roland Burris.

Click continued to see the interview today…

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The Ticker: NBC, CBS, CNN…

> NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams appeared on the Bonnie Hunt Show today, who admitted her huge crush on him. Williams also revealed his childhood crush — Joan Embery.

> CBS Early Show correspondent Susan Koeppen gave birth to a baby boy on December 27. Declan James O’Toole weighed 7 lbs, 9 oz. and was 20 1/2 inches.

> WebNewser writes about CNN’s method for tracking Senate hopeful Roland Burris today — broadband.

“What a Fascinating Event We Have Just Watched”

CNN’s Rick Sanchez summed up the proceedings in Chicago this afternoon, saying simply: “What a fascinating event we have just watched.” Despite being under federal indictment, Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to the Senate seat vacated by Pres-elect Obama. Burris took a few questions before bringing up to the microphone Illinois congressman Bobby Rush. Rush then introduced a new element to the appointment fight sure to come: the element of race. Here is some of what he said:

I would ask you not to hang or lynch the appointee as you try to castigate the appointer. Separate, if you will, the appointee from the appointer. Roland Burris is worthy…As far as my colleagues in the Congress. I intend, or we intend, to persuade them or challenge them or to do whatever, beg them, whatever it may take, to get them to reverse their decision. Roland Burris stands heads and shoulders above most elected officials in this nation. There’s no rhyme no reason that he should not be seated in the U.S. Senate. This is a matter of national importance. There are no African Americans in the Senate and I don’t think that anyone, any U.S. Senator, who’s sitting in the Senate right now, wants to go on record to deny one African American from being seated in the U.S. Senate. I don’t think they want to go on record doing that. So I intend to take that argument to the Congressional Black Caucus, I intend to take that argument to the Senators.

Rush got four minutes of national airtime for his remarks as the news conference was carried on CNN, FNC, MSNBC, HLN, CNBC and FBN.


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Related on WebNewser: CNN’s Twitter Followers Respond to Blagojevich Senate Pick

Cablers Get Wish: A Breaking News Surprise!

Happy holidays, cablers — here’s a belated present from the embattled governor of Illinois. Rod Blagojevich has decided to name a replacement to the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

Blago’s choice? Illinois’ former top cop: one-time Attorney General Roland Burris (we had Patty Blagojevich in the office pool).

MSNBC first reported the news (attributed to the Chicago Tribune) around 12:20pmET, then Fox News, then CNN. And the cablers will be getting another gift: a 3pmET live news conference announcing the pick.

The CNN chyron kind of says it all:

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