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How Do You SOTU?

SOTUSure, you can watch the big speech on plain old TV tonight if you want to, but that is by no means the only way to get your SOTU fix this year. Here’s how the political media are covering their “Super Bowl” tonight:

The Atlantic and National Journal will be hosting a State of the Union Congressional Debrief on the morning of Wednesday, January 29.  Molly Ball and Steve Clemons of The Atlantic and Ronald Brownstein of Atlantic Media will be joined on stage by members of congress for a discussion and expert analysis of the President’s speech.  Speakers include Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL).

CNN will start coverage at 7 PM with Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, and Jake Tapper. Guests include Jon Favreau and Karen Hughes. Throughout the night, Jim Scuitto will be reporting from Iran, Tom Foreman will subject Obama’s claims on economic inequality to a “Reality Check,” and Suzanne Malveaux will moderate a focus group in Des Moines, IA. Jake Tapper will lead the post-speech coverage, followed by John King. And of course, Peter Hamby will be live streaming his Politi-cast during the SOTU and the responses at CNN.com.

TIME will stream its first-ever live webcast on the President’s speech and GOP response starting Tuesday at 8:30PM at TIME.com. The coverage will be anchored by TIME Senior Political Analyst Mark Halperin, and joined with analysis from Michael Scherer, Bobby Ghosh, Rana Foroohar, and Callie Schweitzer.

Al Jazeera American begins coverage at 6 PM  with Tony Harris, Ali Velshi, David Shuster and Richelle Carey. Guests will include Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. AJA social editors will live blog the speech at http://alj.am/SOTUJohn SeigenthalerJoie Chen and Ray Suarez take over coverage at 7 PM. Coverage continues at midnight with “America Tonight.”

Roll Call will be hosting a watch party here starting at 8:40 PM. Political Editor Shira T. Center will moderate a Google hangout that features Senior Editor David Hawkings and Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni to preview President Obama’s address. After the speech, Bellantoni will take you live inside Statuary Hall to get instant reactions from members. Center and Hawkings will join the conversation to talk about the implications of the president’s address.

Politico will start coverage at 8:30 PM with Mike Allen, John F. Harris, Anna Palmer, Manu Raju via live stream here. You will also be able to submit questions to POLITICO’s Facebook page after the speech using Facebook’s Q and A feature, for answers from POLITICO Deputy White House Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand. They will also host an event the day after SOTU presented by the Innovation Alliance at 8 AM at the Capitol Hilton. Guests to be announced.

Huffington Post will live stream a speech from Rosanne Barr at 11 PM at HuffPost Live, immediately following the Tea Party response.

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Quotes of the Day

What are you, STUPID?

“Surprised I have to explain this: the President declaring NY+NJ ‘major disasters’ enables those states to expedited federal aid.” — ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper.

Ali Velshi drys out

“OK, got a few hours of sleep & largely dried out. Back on CNN w/ latest from Sandy 7aET” — CNN’s Ali Velshi, who has been receiving widespread concern and criticism for all the time spent in the rising waters of the storm. Today some of his followers appear to be worried for him, asking him when he sleeps and telling him not to tweet while driving.

Deep Thoughts With Nate Silver

“Media reporters are often the very best or very worst journalists at their outfits.” — FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver. To which FakeJimVandeHei RT and CC’d HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone and Politico‘s Dylan Byers.

From the Road…“Campaign life is watching a friend try to walk up to the McDonalds drive thru window at 1 AM. #7 Days” — Politico‘s Juana Summers.

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Memo to CNN: Free Ali Velshi!

Throughout the relentless storm last night, reporters in Washington and beyond expressed deep concern for CNN’s breakout star, Ali Velshi, who spent much of the day and night knee and waist deep in water. On his birthday, no less. At one point shirtless pranksters joined him in the water. TVNewser has the video. Let’s hope the network gave him a change of clothes.

“Ali, I’m glad to see you in one piece, quiet frankly,” remarked CNN’s Soledad O’Brien to Velshi early this morning in an interview with the correspondent who appeared to be in the exact outfit he wore last night — dark sports pants, red pullover, sneakers, baseball cap.

“CNN, please let Ali Velshi live.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

“I’m going to collect donations to help Ali Velshi with what is undoubtedly a serious case of swamp foot. #aliisahero#10hoursinthewater.” — Will Cain, CNN Contributor and columnist for TheBlaze.com.

“Why is CNN having Ali Velshi standing in the middle of a barren intersection?” — CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood.

“Dear CNN, et al: get your reporters out of the water. You look stupid.” — NationalReviewOnline Contributor Greg Pollowitz.

“Now CNN is making Ali Velshi stand in the hurricane during a commercial break so they can come back to him afterwards. Amazing.” — Washington City Paper Editor Mike Madden at 4:14 p.m. At 10:30 p.m. Madden added, “CNN, seriously. You have tortured Ali Velshi enough. Whatever he’s done, he will never do it again. Let him go inside.”

“I’ve concluded that Ali Velshi has the world’s strongest legs, and a brilliant sound man.” — CNN’s Piers Morgan.

“ALI WE GET IT. IT’S BAD OUT THERE.” — Politico‘s Kate Nocera (who couldn’t get away from all-caps messages throughout the night.)

“I really want to hear Chris Christie’s reaction to what Ali Velshi is doing right now.” — NPR Elections Producer Arnie Seipel.

“Amazing reporting by Ali Velshi from Atlantic City under terrible conditions. (It’s also his birthday.)” — CNN Senior Digital Producer Steve Krakauer.

“Why can’t CNN just put a hologram of Ali Velshi in the middle of all that water?” — Blake Hounshell, managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine.

“I’ve never had a desire to stand in the middle of a storm to tell someone else not to come outside. I can do that from a studio! LOL” — CNN Contributor Roland Martin.

Top 10 Most Memorable Media Breakups

By Betsy Rothstein, Peter Ogburn, Eddie Scarry and Piranhamous

Relationships are funny. They can last nights, years, or a lifetime. That can mean an eternity of laughs and love and mutual respect. It can also mean that you get stuck in a rut where it just drags on and on and you can’t stand the way the other person fake laughs at your jokes or crunches their cereal in the morning or never actually FOLDS the laundry, they just throw it on the floor. But, breakups happen. Sometimes, it’s no one’s fault — just simple, obvious incompatibility. Other times, it’s personal. Two people united in a vile hatred for each other. Heated blowups, spitting in food, infidelity, rage-filled silence and threats of lawsuits are all common symptoms of a relationship gone south. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, today we bring you the Top 10 Most Memorable Media Breakups of recent times. Enjoy!

10. Keith Olbermann and MSNBC  — Calling Keith Olbermann a “big fish in a small pond” overstates the ratings at MSNBC. He was more like a goldfish in a cereal bowl. But still, he was MSNBC’s biggest fish. So when they split last year, it came as a shock to his fan(s). It was an abusive relationship, for sure. Tales of Olbermann’s temper tantrums are the stuff of legend. The world in which his ego lives is one in where he his popular and influential, the world in which his body lives is the real world. When Olbermann abruptly announced on January 21, 2011, that that night’s Countdown was his last, his fan(s) cried, and throngs of Americans he painted as enemies, laughed. Both knew he would be back, his ego wouldn’t allow him to keep his opinions to his favorite and most loyal audience – himself. He returned to basic cable last fall, on something called Current TV. With production values just this side of public access and an audience almost as small, Keith quickly returned to his abusive habits. After some couple’s therapy, things seem to be going more smoothly. Not audience wise, no one watches Current TV, but at least Keith isn’t abusing the staff anymore.  Winner: MSNBC. They unloaded an angry man for whom no one enjoyed working. Loser: Olbermann. He’s now in the basement (both in ratings and, from the looks of it, his set). His contract with Current TV is technically larger, but based on company stock which, if the black hole that is his ratings don’t improve, is less valuable than a plastic bag filled with chewed gum. — Piranhamous

9. Pat Buchanan and MSNBC — As the closest thing to a Republican as MSNBC will allow on its air, you’d think Pat Buchanan would’ve had some job security simply based on the network’s desire to hold on to the last thread of a plausible claim of credibility and objectivity. If you thought that you’d be wrong. Buchanan, a former Republican and Reform Party candidate for President, was suspended for having opinions that strayed from the progressive orthodoxy MSNBC has sacrificed its objectivity for. Color of Change, the race-based thought police group, with the help of other left-wing groups, paid for an Astroturf campaign against Buchanan, to which MSNBC brass was only too willing to cave. Buchanan has a long history of saying stupid things, but had comfortably settled into the role of “right-wing” dancing monkey for MSNBC’s left-wing organ grinders. When the pennies stopped flowing he was cast aside for a newer, incredibly stupid model – Meghan McCain. While Pat is smart, McCain is not. Pat would probably call it  “affirmative action,” but it’s really, like our credit rating, a downgrading. Pat could make points and use facts that would stump and contradict MSNBC hosts, Meghan confuses the words “modicum” and “emoticon.” Winner: No one. They’re like the couple that should’ve broken up years ago, but stayed together for the kids. The kids are grown now, though they still live at home, so this break-up was a long time coming. Buchanan is ready to retire, and he’d actually have a larger audience if he retired to The Villages and just gave speeches in the rec room. MSNBC now has a pure line-up of progressive mouthpieces, so their audience won’t be threatened by being exposed to opposing viewpoints. It’s win-win. Well, technically it’s lose-lose, but who’s counting? — Piranhamous

8. Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker–  Almost immediately after ex-New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and WaPo‘s Kathleen Parker were teamed up for a primetime show on CNN, there were rumors that things just were cooling between the two. The show, titled “Parker Spitzer,” started in October 2010. Ratings were terrible, usually putting the show in last place in the cable news race. Then,  just four months after its debut, Parker announced she was leaving. A report in the New York Post said that Parker often felt upstaged by Spitzer who was more adversarial in his questioning of guests. The report said Parker “stormed off the set” during one taping of the program in November. But who ever thought Parker and Spitzer, who once had a thing for prostitutes, would make good bedfellows? After Parker scrammed for good, Spitzer was back the following week flying solo with a new program, “In the Arena.” That show itself was canceled nine months later. — Eddie Scarry

7. Politico and EVERYONE – Few media outlets have broken more hearts than the behemoth that is Politico. Last year alone, we saw them lay waste to several high profile reporters. Amie Parnes left her perch as FLOTUS-ass-kisser-in-Chief to cover the White House for The Hill. Chris Frates left Politico last year and jumped to NJ. This was particularly heartbreaking, since Frates had been with Politico since the beginning. Soon enough Politico threatened with threats of a lawsuit after Frates allegedly used a reader list for his new job — a charge NJ has always denied. Nonetheless, he pulled names to appease the situation. Kendra Marr resigned after she was busted plagiarizing the work of NYT writer Susan Stellin. We could go on and on and on with all the reporters that left Politico last year, but the most notable was Ben Smith, who left to become Editor-in-Chief at BuzzFeed. Sure, he’s still associated with Politico, but let’s not kid ourselves. They’re friends with benefits at best. — Peter Ogburn

6. David Shuster and MSNBC – This one goes back to 2010. MSNBC just didn’t know WHAT to do with David Shuster. He was their utility man, filling in for Keith Olbermann and various MSNBC shows. He had his own show with Tamron Hall, but no one could decide on which time slot to put him in. All of the back and forth and non-committal behavior from MSNBC prompted Shuster to explore his options. He filmed a pilot with CNN, which is a HUGE no-no. When MSNBC boss Phil Griffin heard of the news, Shuster was “suspended indefinitely” and later, sent packing. Shuster has landed on his feet after the ordeal. Or maybe he’s just landed. He is at Current TV as the primary substitute host for Olbermann and he hosts a weekend radio show on 1480AM. He also has plans to launch an investigative journalism website. Shuster gushed about MSNBC. Think warm fuzzies. “The breakup with MSNBC was amicable,” he told FishbowlDC. “We parted on mutually respectful terms… and I continue to have many close friends there.  Furthermore, leaving MSNBC opened up some amazing doors for me — a rewarding internet venture, weekly radio gigs that are as much fun as one can have in broadcasting, and the opportunity on Current TV to deliver the kind of analysis/commentary that I’ve always desired.  So, I have no regrets and wish the best to everybody at MSNBC.” — Peter Ogburn

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Ali And Ed: Together Again

Watch out Bret Baier. Old feelings resurfaced over the weekend as FNC’s Ed Henry ate prime rib with CNN’s Ali Velshi at Wit & Wisdom in Baltimore. As some may recall, Ali is Ed’s old bromance from his CNN days. We know you’re hot and fresh in Ed’s life, Bret, and we doubt the dinner meant anything more than reminiscing. But first loves can burn strong. And look at their bursting smiles! Actually, er, don’t.

Velshi, in fact, remarked on the bromance, declaring it over. “Eating at Wit & Wisdom. @EdHenryTV picks prime rib; I’m having bison & @NickRagone2 siding w/ him #BromanceIsOver #WhyAreWeInBaltimore.” (Nick Ragone, who snapped and ran the photograph of the couple above, is a TV Commentator in New York.)

Ed remarked on Twitter, “Was terrific to catch up with @alivelshi — now he’s beating me in # of followers so you need to help me out! ha.”

As you can see, competitive as always. Ed has 40K followers; Velshi has nearly 71K. That’s a 30,000 difference. Bret, watch your back.

Top 5 ‘Touching’ Holiday Moments

For many of us, Christmas is a special time of year. Gathering with family. Creating lasting memories for children. Celebrating the religious meaning of the holiday. And luckily for us, several DC journalists let us sneak peeks into their touching holiday moments this year. We’ll recap our favorites in the Top 5 “Touching” Holiday Moments.

5 - CBS Radio’s Mark Knoller spending Christmas in Hawaii. Knoller begins the day wishing us a “Merry Christmas from Honolulu. Sun rising over Waikiki.” Thanks Mark. Many of us are spending the time with insufferable in-laws or obnoxious extended family. Glad you’re having fun. Just to add insult to injury, Knoller tweeted us this picture.

4 - NPR’s Scott Simon and Fox News’s Ed Henry Christmas Bromance. Henry’s something of a whore where bromances are concerned. He had a thing for CNN’s Ali Velshi, which died when he fell hard for FNC’s Bret Baier when he switched networks. Now he apparently fancies Simon. As Christmas Day wound down, Simon tweeted that he was enjoying a dinner of “Cheerios, yogurt and a glass of wine.” So, now we know the recipe for holiday cheer. A continental breakfast and booze for dinner. Henry chimed in and you can see their exchange below.

This is clearly the true meaning of Christmas. Two journos mutually admiring each other for all the world to see.

3MSNBC’s Luke Russert Cares for the Troops. On Christmas Day, Russert declares “Happy birthday Jesus!” and includes this classic clip from Full Metal Jacket. He reminds us to remember the military on “this most cherished day.” Thanks, Luke. I’ll do that right after I finish watching Full Metal Jacket with the kids.

2The Obligatory Holiday Message. There are simply too many to list here, but you KNOW who we are talking about. The journalist who, but takes time out of a busy Christmas morning to wish all their fans a happy holiday. For example, Wolf Blitzer from CNN took time from his Christmas Holiday to say “Merry Christmas. I hope this coming year brings all of us peace, good health and happiness.” Or Jeff Sonderman, former Managing Editor for TBD, who takes time out of his holiday to say “Merry Christmas, everyone. May it be a day of peace and joy in whatever way you desire.” We get it, folks. You want us to have a happy holiday. You could always step away from Twitter and enjoy the holiday quietly, you know.

1Mike Allen’s Christmas Playbook. Just as we were all sitting around to open gifts, the most wonderful gift of all arrived in our inbox. Politico’s Playbook from Mike Allen. We thought that even a robot like Allen would take some down time to enjoy the holidays, but no, he reports to us from “the wilds of Wilsonville, Ore.” He is spending the holiday with his sister and her three children. Can you imagine what Mike Allen must be like on Christmas morning?? Children wildly ripping open their presents. Fire roaring in the hearth. Bing Crosby in the background. And Uncle Mike typing away on his Blackberry trying to win Christmas Day. He takes the time to run through some of the gifts that his nephews received and gives us the gift of a reading list. “7 Ideas for the E-Reader Santa Gave You.” We’ll spare you a list within a list, but the top E-Book that he mentions for us to get is Playbook 2012: The Right Fights Back. That’s right, friends, a holiday book plug. ‘Tis the season for more self promotion! And razorblades, to prepare us for more E-Book mentions in 2012.


AnonymASS Tipster of the Day

It’s always risky doling out this award on a Monday, which is why we’re making it “of the day” and not “of the week.” We want to keep all our options open as the week marches on.

Our tipster writes:

“Why do you guys continue to kiss Ed Henry’s ass? He’s a terrible reporter, not good on air and a blank blank blank.  Please stop kissing his ass. He was cut from CNN for all of the above stated reasons.”

This was sent after we featured FNC Chief White House Reporter Ed Henry in our quotes this morning, observing his perplexing sucking up to his new network over the weekend. We hardly think our writing about Henry’s sucking up constitutes our “kissing Henry’s ass.” The same is true of this story we wrote on him getting bounced by CNN brass. We have written about Henry’s avid picture taking of Hawaiian sunsets and Hula lessons as well as a Twitter alias named “@edspocketsquare.” Not to mention his bromance with CNN’s Ali Velshi and then the more current squeeze Bret Baier. But hey, different strokes for different folks. We welcome all perceptions in the Fishbowl. No matter how much sense they lack.

Quick! Dump the Potato Salad

Note to Clinton Yates: A polite warning. Do not read this item or look at the photograph.

Clinton Yates, Local News Editor for WaPo Express, had a rough Tuesday morning. “There’s an 84% [chance] that something I ate last night is gonna make me barf today. Argh,” he wrote on Twitter.

Sure enough, he was right. But it wasn’t easy getting him to spit up what happened.

Me: So what did you eat last night? Don’t leave anything out, please.

Him: That sounds dirty! It was the potato salad, I think, that did me in.

Me: What sounds dirty? I want the whole rundown. What, hot dogs, hamburgers, pickles? Sour cream?

Him: I told you, I think it was the potato salad.

Me: Can’t I get the whole menu? Did you actually get sick or was it just the threat of it?

Him: I was puking for the better part of the morning.

Me: Hope you’re feeling better. And throw out the potato salad!

Me: Sorry. One last question. At home or work?

Him: At home. Took a sick day as a result.

Could this be catching? This morning Rachel Sklar, Editor-at-Large of Mediaite and former Editor of FishbowlNY and HuffPost‘s “Eat the Press,” greeted the day by writing, “Good morning. Food poisoning. Ugh.” She later directed a message to CNN’s Ali Velshi, saying, “Your show is comforting me as I barf from food poisoning. Thank you!” We caught up with Rachel this morning in between her bouts of vomiting and learned that she did not ingest any of Yates’ dreadful potato salad. “Either from olives from Olives (bar at W Hotel Union Square) or a giant Chipotle burrito,” she wrote FBDC. “That was awwwwwwful. But had CNN on in the background so at least I’m all caught up on Casey Anthony!”

Calling all journalists: Have any food poisoning stories you’d like to share with us? Write to FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com or to FishbowlBetsy@gmail.com.

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QUOTES of the DAY: The Ed Henry Edition


Obnoxious at a glance

“We love the RTs, but you know, you could read a lot of these stories by simply feeding 75 cents into a corner newspaper box.” — WaPo‘s seriously attitudinal @postlocal in a Thursday tweet. But maybe shame is the new model for selling newspapers.

Being famous is a full-time job

“Saw Ed Henry at reception for HRH Prince Edward at Capitol last night. Hard to tell who had bigger throng around him: Henry or the Prince.” — Politico‘s majestic Roger Simon in a Thursday tweet.

Gossip writer wants Ed Henry in Bermuda’s

“Hey @EdHenryTV – would you mind sending me a picture of yourself in Bermuda shorts? I need art for the column! #kthanxbye” — Washington Examiner gossip girl Nikki Schwab in a Thursday tweet.

The Observer

“Cantor’s press people are very eager to let press know that the boss has pulled out of debt talks.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein in a Thursday tweet referencing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

Random behavior tip

“Avoid using ‘air quotes’ at all costs.” — D.C.’s Grooming Lounge in a Thursday tweet.

Maturity is…

Jack Shafer had best beware his high horse. That first step is a doozy.” Journalism Prof and consultant Jeff Jarvis in a Thursday tweet. To which Slate‘s media writer Shafer shot back, “Takes one to know one.”

Is Bret Baier Ed Henry’s new bromance?

“@Bret_Baier Who knew you had great ratings even for 4am repeat too?” — Ed Henry in a Thursday tweet. Henry has had a very open, public bromance with CNN’s Ali Velshi. We’re thinking Velshi may soon be playing second fiddle to Baier.

A Convo Between Two Journos

There’s been much chatter this week about Henry’s leap from CNN to Fox News. Within 24 hours of his announcement on Monday and a lengthy farewell to colleagues and friends, his Twitter handle switched from @edhenrycnn to @edhenryTV even though he was to finish out the week at CNN. And why not have Fox News in his name as he did CNN? Finally, some answers. We have options for Ed should he want to eventually incorporate his new employer into his name: @foxyedhenry, @edthefox, or just simply, @edfoxy. 


Mother Jones’ David Corn: @edhenryTV why not @edhenryFox? too suggestive? ;)

FNC-bound Ed Henry: DavidCornDC I’d be glad to take EdHenryFOX but a jokester took it on Monday so he could be funny — not sure why you think it is big deal.

 

Suzanne Malveaux Settles on Atlanta

CNN Executive VP Ken Jautz announced this morning that CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux is going to anchor “CNN Newsroom” from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. starting Jan. 31.

Malveaux will move to Atlanta, a CNN spokeswoman said.

Malveaux has worked in CNN’s White House unit for nearly a decade. According to the network’s Pressroom blog, she joins CNN’s Kyra Phillips, Ali Velshi and Brooke Baldwin, who will continue to anchor CNN Newsroom from 9-11 a.m., 1-3 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. respectively.

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