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At 8:12 p.m. last night, NBC’s Luke Russert once again (this would be approximately 39 reminders) that his “Dateline” special was on msnbc.com. He wrote, “Bored with your TV choices right now? Check out #Conviction on your tablet or computer: on.msnbc.com/pwMWng #NYC”

More Whitney Houston fallout

“Someone on my floor is doing a serious Whitney Houston tribute. I stand ready to do the same for Bobby Brown.” — Reuters campaign reporter Sam Youngman. As one follower put it to him, “That’s your prerogative.”

Christiane’s questionable fashion choice

“In retaliation for losing her Sunday morning gig, Christiane Amanpour tortures @ABCWorldNews viewers w the ugliest shirt ever.” — Publicist and former ABC “This Week” Producer Courtney Cohen. Cohen explained to FishbowlDC last night, “It was a collared oxford cut with a pattern that wanted to be Pucci but wasn’t Pucci. It was purple and blue psychedelic swirls. Thank you for putting that vision back in my head!”

Which female radio personality wore the zebra pants at CPAC? We posed the question to you yesterday. Indeed, as many of you guessed, it was Big Journalism Editor and CNN Contributor Dana Loesch.

Wake-up call

“You know when Oprah has to apologize for a Tweet that public figures/journalists REALLY need to watch themselves on social media.” — Claritza Jimenez, a program officer at the International Center for Journalists. During the Grammy’s Oprah urged viewers to turn on the OWN network, especially those with Nielsen boxes. Neilsen wasn’t pleased. She removed the tweets and issued this apology: “I removed the tweet at the request of Nielsen. I intended no harm and apologize.”

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

Breitbart Lets it Rip on Eve of CPAC

Give Andrew Breitbart a plate of spare ribs and a goblet of red wine and he’s yours for as long as you want him. In fact, he’ll stay up until 5 or 6 in the morning telling you what he thinks about a whole host of things on his mind. Hey, if we’re going to do that, can we at least have some ribs and wine too?

For now, it’s 8 p.m. on Wednesday night — CPAC eve — and Breitbart, a publisher who runs six websites, is just getting warmed up. He’s at home at “The Embassy” (the townhouse he and his business partner, Larry, call “home” in Washington) for a book party on digital kids books that focus on family values like hard work and patriotism. Larry is a little freaked out about by my miniature blue notebook and pen but soon enough he gets over it. No one is talking about those kiddie books. Certainly not Breitbart.

He’s chilling in the parlor in a masculine rich brown leather armchair. His exquisite mop of gray curls sets off nicely against his attire, a pale blue button down, faded blue jeans and dark loafers, and his eyes, a crystalline blue.

For starters, Breitbart in person is not Breitbart online. He dominates every room he enters with his emotional and physical presence, but he’s warm and hospitable — and quite the goofball. He knows the perception is off. “All these bastards in media who meet me like me because they know I won’t lie,” he says. But not all like him, not even on the right, and he knows it. Hence the bodyguard he’ll have as he attends CPAC this week. He doesn’t like to think about danger too much. He jokingly mentions weapons he carries that include a “bazooka, a dog feces catapult and horse urine balloons.” He gives a nod to his publicist on the dog feces line and makes sure she thinks it’s funny. At two or three junctures in our conversation, he prefaces what he is about to say by declaring that THIS will be the most shocking thing I hear from him all night. In those moments, I brace myself for news that he once ate a live chicken including the beak and then he inevitably tells me something comparatively benign.

But Breitbart, even at his least shocking, is anything but benign…

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Tapper as ‘Backup’

While Washington continues to chatter on about ABC Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper not getting the nod as host of “This Week,” he’s being painted as someone who could easily take over should the time come. Last week ABC announced that Christiane Amanpour was leaving the show for an arrangement on ABC and CNN. Though George Stephanopoulos once said he couldn’t do both, the former host will double as host of “GMA” and “This Week.”

Will he last?

The Baltimore Sun‘s Media Critic David Zurawik seemed unsure about that and sees Tapper as someone who can easily step in for Stephanopoulos should the need rise. “Well they have people like Jake Tapper, “Zurawik said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday. “When Christiane got the job I was one of the people who said, you know, Jake Tapper is really doing well here.He could do it and he brings an enthusiasm and he’s so plugged in. … because they have Tapper they have backup. If he’s having a week that he’s really stressed out, they can plug Tapper in and not lose anything. That’s a good thing. I mean, that really is a good thing.”

There are two schools of thought on Tapper. In one, he’s a really nice, genuine, funny guy (the guy the Internet likes) and then the other, a journo with a healthy ego who takes care to monitor his standing around town and who spends his time arguing with bloggers about minutiae. Some believe this “other Jake” explains some of his perceived difficulties at ABC.

Gawker Backs Jake

By far the most convincing argument for ABC’s Jake Tapper to take over as”This Week” host comes from the most surprising sites of them all – Gawker. In true Gawkerish style, when the rest of the world — including his own network — walked out, they stood by him like a stalwart knight despite having bullied him in the past.

They are first to admit it — they’ve called him a dick, a tool and worse. But something changed along the way and now they adore him. At least they adore the idea of him taking over “This Week” as opposed to George Stephanopoulos, whom they say will be a “disaster” replacement for Christiane Amanpour.

In their most declarative line, they insist, “Tapper is the rightful heir.”

Read the entire post here.

Calderone Gets Scoop on Amanpour

In what has been a very weird news day, in the end, HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone got the scoop that everyone basically already knew: ABC’s Christiane Amanpour is leaving ABC’s “This Week” to start up a new program on CNN International. She’ll remain at ABC.

NYP’s Page Six hinted weeks ago that Amanpour was on her way out the door. But earlier today NYT‘s Brian Stelter committed an online snafu when he tweeted that he’d heard the news from a single source. That was meant to be a Direct Message not a tweet. OOPS! Nonetheless, outlets like Poynter wrote on his premature act extensively and WaPo‘s opinion media blogger Erik Wemple declared him a pioneer journalist.

Soon enough, Calderone weaseled his way in and grabbed the story. We’re not sure who ought to be commended here. Officially Calderone, but unofficially — Page Six?

So now the race is on — will Jake Tapper finally land the “This Week” slot that so many thought he should have already gotten? Come on, Stelter, DM us!

UPDATE: ABC’s George Stephanopoulos will resume hosting “This Week” as well as “GMA.” See the memos from CNN’s Jim Walton and Amanpour after the jump…

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The FishbowlDC Interview with National Geographic Traveler’s Contributing Editor Carl Hoffman

Sometime during the holidays, Carl Hoffman will take off to New Guinea to investigate the disappearance of Michael Rockefeller for a new book, Somewhere in Eden, set to publish in 2013. Authorities declared Michael (son of Nelson) dead in 1963. He either drowned or was killed by locals, Hoffman explains on a cold, rainy morning at Tryst cafe this week. Most days National Geographic Traveler and Wired’s Contributing Editor can be found in faded Diesel jeans on a faded couch there or down U Street at Big Bear. Born and raised in Washington, he graduated from University of Massachusetts/Amherst where he majored in Social Thought and Political Economy. He’s always lived in Washington minus his studies at U. Mass, traveling post college and a year as a ski bum in Vail. “Do you want a bio or something?” he asks helpfully. “I could send you a lot of shit.” Thank you, Carl. We appreciate shit and a lot of it. Hoffman’s bio says he has driven the Baja 1,000, ridden reindeer in Siberia, sailed an open dinghy 250 miles, and traveled to 65 countries. It also says his three children make fun of him often. He recently memorialized his father, Burt Hoffman, who he deems his greatest writing mentor. And rightfully so — his father, who died of lung cancer in Chiang Mai, Thailand, was Editor of the Washington Star and National Journal. Though Hoffman’s clearly at home in Washington, he says it might soon be time to leave. “Might be time to go live in a crowded, exotic, dirty city far away for a little while,” he muses aloud.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Grapefruit soda.

How often do you Google yourself? I don’t. I have a Google alert.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? You’re retarded. How’d that go over? Not well. I come from a long line of burn bridgers.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? I love C.J. Chivers and Anthony Shadid at the NYT. Both are amazing.

Do you have a favorite word? Why.

What word or phrase do you overuse? Why.

Who would you rather have dinner with – ABC’s Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s Candy Crowley or NBC’s Andrea Mitchell? Tell us why. I guess I’d want to have dinner with Christiane Amanpour because she’s been a lot places and she’s seen a lot of things. She must have a lot of curiosity of the nooks and crannies of the world. Definitely not Andrea Mitchell.

You are ordered to go on a road trip to an undisclosed location. You can go with White House Spokesman Jay Carney or Bo, the President’s Portuguese Water Dog. No ones feelings will be hurt. Who do you take? Honestly it’s really hard to travel with a dog, especially the places I go. I’d probably pick neither. It’s much better to travel alone – always more interesting. Although the dog, if you got hungry you could always eat.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? It’s silent.

It’s 3 a.m. and you get up to use the bathroom or get a drink of water. Do you check your BlackBerry or iPhone? Absolutely.

What word do you routinely misspell? There’s so many. Every word with an i and an e. Handwriting spelling I always got D’s in. Actually, now I’m a pretty good speller because of spell check.

What swear word do you use most often? Definitely fuck.

Find out why Hoffman gets weepy often…

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Washington: The Punching Bag

Yesterday we brought you NJ Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier cracking on Washington for its treasure trove of political sex scandals. Today we have HuffPost/AOL‘s Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington picking on Washington for stagnation.

Huffington writes an editorial headlined, “‘Right-to-Rent’: A Simple, Sensible Idea That Dysfunctional Washington Is More Than Happy to Let Die.” In it, she takes us behind the scenes of ABC’s “This Week” With Christiane Amanpour and a snapshot of House Speaker John Boehner showing her a laminated copy of his jobs legislation.

An excerpt: This is the latest clownish manifestation of a growing Washington phenomenon. It’s now a monthly ritual: jobs numbers for the previous month come out, they’re labeled “disappointing,” and there’s a lot of hemming and hawing and throat clearing and pronouncements about how “something really must be done,” and about how vitally important it is to “get America back to work.”

Read the full piece here.

Amanpour Scores For Being Distinguished Iranian

ABC “This Week” host Christiane Amanpour is getting noticed for being a “distinguished” and “accomplished” Iranian American. On Sept. 18, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans is honoring her along with a small group of notable  Iranian Americans, including Anousheh Ansari, the first Iranian woman in space, and Nazanin Boniadi, an actress who appeared in “Charlie Wilson’s War” and on the ABC soap “General Hospital.”

The hosts of the event, being held at GWU’s Lisner Auditorium, are Iranian American comedian Maz Jobrani, and former CNN anchor Rudi Bakhtiar.

Who Makes Chris Matthews’ Cut?

In the past week MSNBC “Hardball” Host Chris Matthews has significantly upped his Twitter following by doing one simple act: Tweeting.

For months now, he had one measly message on his feed. In one night — the evening of the GOP Presidential Debate in Simi Valley, Calif, — he increased his following by approximately five thousand. All because he announced on his “Hardball” program that he was going to be tweeting that evening.

Though Matthews’ tweets have so far been boring and bland, he caught flack for it, with FNC’s Ed Henry baiting him with ALL CAPS imitations of how he presumed Matthews, a shouting interrupter in real life, would be. And there were others who couldn’t quite imagine an online world infused with Matthews.

At the moment he’s broaching 20,000 followers (to be exact: 19, 957). He follows 65. So which lucky Washington journalists top Matthews’ list? Being at NBC certainly helps, but it’s not the only deciding factor. Politico‘s Mike Allen is on there as is HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman, C-SPAN’s Steve Scully, ABC’s Christiane Amanpour, USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page, NYT’s Jeff Zeleny, WaPo’s Dan Balz and Anne Kornblut, former CNNer Larry King and White House Spokesman Jay Carney. NBC colleagues include everyone from Joe Scarborough, Savannah Guthrie and Andrea Mitchell to Domenico Montanaro and Luke Russert.

Naturally Twitter is an opportunity for Matthews to offer a more controlled version of himself — a man who reveals himself slowly and thinks before he speaks. But here’s to hoping he unleashes his true self and gives fans what they want.

WSJ Mag at Home With Amanpour

It’s Christiane on her sofa. Or Christiane on her telephone. And 18 hours with the anchor who has been shifting towards a more domestic lifestyle than that of an international journalist. At least so her image might portray.

In the September issue WSJ Magazine visits ABC “This Week” host Christiane Amanpour‘s Manhattan abode. The short story talks about Amanpour being on more of a “domestic frontier.” But there are few marks of that in the story, unless you count two photographs and an interactive version of a clock that shows what she might be doing at any given time in a day.

For instance, if it’s 9 a.m. she’s dropping her son off at day camp. But if it’s 3:45 p.m. she’s chatting with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

See the whole thing, including the interactive here.

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