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Archives: May 2011

Daily Caller’s Ham Spoofs Maddow

At The Daily Caller, making fun of an anchor on MSNBC is a daily national pastime. Today we have Mary Katharine Ham in a bright blue hard hat (you know where this is going) doing a dramatic dog park depiction of Rachel Maddow‘s Lean Forward ad. Please, Daily Caller, spoof the Chris Matthews ad too when you get a chance. We think Tucker Carlson or else Pat McMahon could play a mean Matthews talking about the 2012 election and what political candidates ought to say.

Watch here.

Sunday Show Preview: 05.29.11


• NBC’s Meet the Press: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY); Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY); David Brooks, New York Times; Ruth Marcus, Washington Post; Harold Ford, Jr., former Congressman (D-TN); Alex Castellanos, Republican Strategist.

• CBS’s Face the Nation: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) & DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).

• ABC’s This Week: Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) and Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN).

• CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley: Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army; Tim Tetz, The American Legion; Paul Rieckhoff, Founder and Executive Director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America; Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA); Dale Beatty, co-founder of Purple Heart Homes.

• CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: John Aravosis,; Christina Bellantoni, CQ Roll Call; Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review; Lola Ogunnaike, pop culture commentator; David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun; Chris Licht, vice president for programming for CBS News.

• Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Helene Cooper, The New York Times; Major Garrett, National Journal; Dan Balz, The Washington Post; Joan Biskupic, USA Today.

• Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC).

• NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Joe Klein, TIME magazine; Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Beast; Gloria Borger, CNN; and Elisabeth Bumiller, New York Times

• Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Major General Vincent Brooks, commander of the 1st Infantry Division; First Sergeant Albert Curley (ret.), one of the last surviving Buffalo Soldiers.

•Platts Energy Week: AAA’s John Townsend.

• C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Sen Tom Coburn (R-OK).

•Bloomberg & WJLA’s energyNOW!: U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-LA); Actor and activist Harry Shearer.

Ideas in Action with Jim Glassman: James W. Owens, former Chairman and CEO of Caterpillar; Greg Brenneman, Chairman of CCMP Capital Advisors and Executive Chairman of Quiznos Corporation; Floyd Kvamme, Partner Emeritus of Kleiner, Perkins Caufield and Byers venture capital firm and co-founder of National Semiconductor.

•Politico’s “Turn the Table” after the jump.

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CQer Leaves Poignant Farewell Note

Today we find in our inbox a touching, personal goodbye note from CQ Roll Call Senior Political Analyst Bob Benenson, who leaves the publication after 30 years.

It’s worth a look…

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C-SPAN as a Sleeping Pill

The Cartoonist Group brings us this cartoon mentioning C-SPAN. Just like the comedians, they automatically link C-SPAN with sleep.

On a Lighter Note…

The fantastically-named Michael Goon, a pr rep for Cafe Press, writes us to say that “sex sells.”

To that end, he sent a breakdown of scandal merchandise based on a handful of politicians who have cheated on their wives.

THE BREAKDOWN: Former President Bill Clinton’s scandal with Monica Lewinsky happened years before CafePress was founded, yet makes up a whopping 66 percent of all Political Sex Scandal T-shirt sales. Ex-Sen. John Edward’s affair generates 13 percent of sex scandal T-shirt sales. CNN Host Elliot Spitzer’s “Client 9” status drives over 7 percent of scandal T-shirt sales. Ex-Gov. Mark Sanford and his scandal along the Appalachian Trail accounts for 8 percent of scandal T-shirt sales. What, no ex-Sen. Larry Craig bathroom wear?

Goon even comes bearing charts:

From the Road

CBS Radio White House Correspondent Mark Knoller is on the President’s European tour this week. We caught up with him somewhere between Ireland and London to bring you his thoughts from the road. The above photograph is Knoller in the U.S. TV workspace in London.

1. Did you see any volcanic ash on your way out of Ireland and did news of it scare you? Haven’t seen a bit of ash. Inside the filing center all day. Sort of a self-contained ash hole.

2. What has been the most exciting part of your voyage so far to Ireland and London? Ireland’s beautiful. Most verdant country on the planet. Nothing really exciting yet, unless the it was the fast-paced, live-on-the-razor’s edge world of World Leader Ping Pong. President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron played “table tennis” as doubles against a couple of school kids.

3. What is the best/worst thing you’ve eaten? My palate runs to the tastes of an 11 year old. Rarely try new things. Peanut butter crackers and Slim Jims are all you need on a presidential trip. But the worst food I ever heard of on a presidential trip but wouldn’t try on a bet: On a Bill Clinton trip to Moscow in 1994, we were told that the dinner menu at Pres. Boris Yeltsin’s dacha included – still have trouble saying it – moose lips.

4. Tell us something interesting about any of the places you’ve stayed so far. Can be some detail about the room or an example of foreign hospitality or anything else you care to share. There was no clock in the hotel room in Dublin. Tick tock. Happily, I travel with three timekeeping devices: my watch, Blackberry and cell phone.

5. What is the most unusual thing you’ve witnessed on this trip? Back to the Ping Pong table at Global Academy in London. Can’t recall ever seeing two foreign leaders share one side of a table tennis table.

6. What is the most heartening thing you’ve observed? Still on the lookout for something heartening. If you had asked for irritating, there’s plenty. 2:45 a.m. bus call Thursday leaving London. UK will make us go through their TSA screening. France made us get finger-printed for a visa.

7. Who has made the biggest impression on you during this trip and why? White House Travel Director Ashley Tate-Gilmore. She puts up with a whiney, complaint-ridden press corps and gets us from venue to venue almost flawlessly. She does a great job and deserves more of our gratitude than she gets.

8. What do you think of ‘Is féidir linn,’ President Obama’s Irish version of “Yes we Can?” It was a good line line – though it’s always risky to insert foreign words into a presidential speech. It’s ripe for a trip-up. But not this time. It was one of two top soundbites of the day. The other: “My name is Barack Obama – of the Moneygall Obamas.”

Washington Jewish Week Brings on a New Editor

Washington Jewish Week has hired veteran journalist Phil Jacobs to become its new editor. He follows Debra Rubin, who left WJW in February after heading the paper for 11 years. Before this, Jacobs was executive editor of the Baltimore Jewish Times.

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TBD Titanic Loses Judkis to WaPo

Maura Judkis, arts writer for TBD, is going to work for WaPo. The offer comes on the heels of another TBDer, Editor Erik Wemple, who has taken a job at WaPo as a media writer. “I’m really excited to be joining the staff of the Washington Post, and I’m looking forward to meeting the arts team at the end of June,” Judkis told FishbowlDC.

But before she starts at WaPo she’ll complete a short fellowship for arts journalism in LA sponsored by the NEA and the Annenberg School at USC.

Judkis said she has no regrets about working at TBD, which has seen a lot of bleeding of employees as of late as journalists head for the door. “I’ve had a blast at TBD, and feel lucky to have played a role in building something new, with a super-talented group of people,” she said.

Congratulations to Judkis!

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Congressman employs skinny dipping metaphor

“I said it many times. This is like skinny dipping. Somebody has to be the first one in the pool and it’s real lonely when you’re the only one in the pool. Paul Ryan is in the pool. We want the rest of the town to come along.”  — Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) on MSNBC’s “Hardball” Thursday afternoon discussing the idea that Republicans and Democrats should come together and negotiate on Medicare. Matthews laughed all the way through the metaphor.

A plea for a Baby Bjorn

“Long shot but worth a try: Does anyone have a Baby Bjorn Babysitter 1-2-3 they don’t need?” — The Guardian‘s Richard Adams in a Thursday tweet. (If anyone has one, get in touch at and we’ll connect you.)

Journo spends day building sandcastles

“Spent nearly three hours at the beach with the kids today. Kayleigh kept building sandcastles and Sean kept knocking them down.” — NPR’s Andy Carvin in a Thursday tweet.

Slut humor

“Now waiting for Dan Aykroyd to apologize to Jane Curtain. Just kidding, folks.” — The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Sam Youngman in a Thursday tweet referencing MSNBC’s Ed Schultz calling Conservative Commentator Laura Ingraham a slut earlier in the week on his radio program.

Flack gets inside scribes’ heads

“Reporters are saying to themselves, ‘Did Portman’s press shop fall asleep for a few hrs, wake up + finally hit send on 5 releases in 5 mins?’” — Sen. Rob Portman‘s (R-Ohio) Spokesman Jeff Sadosky in a Thursday tweet. Update: He must have been really busy because he just got back to us, saying, he wasn’t really napping yesterday. He “just had a bunch of things waiting for votes and/or approval.”

Live from Licht’s Book Bash: Meacham, Brzezinski & Scarborough

Just because you weren’t invited to Chris Licht‘s book party at the Jefferson Hotel tonight, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on Jon Meacham‘s interview with the author and new VP of programming for CBS News.  Meacham’s chat, as well as remarks from Licht’s former colleagues and MSNBC “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and  Mika Brzezinski, will be streamed live to the Web, courtesy of

The program will begin at 7:00 pm and end at 7.30. You can watch the LIVE video in the player below or on  To read an excerpt from Licht’s  “What I Learned When I Almost Died,” click here.

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