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David Chalian Named CNN Political Director

david-chalianA Friday afternoon announcement within CNN named “Crossfire” supervising producer David Chalian CNN Political Director.

Chalian, who joined the network in July 2013 after serving as VP of video programming for POLITICO, will manage CNN’s political reporters and producers and oversee all political coverage.

Prior to POLITICO, Chalian was the political director for ABC News during the 2008 presidential campaign, Washington bureau chief for Yahoo News, and political editor for PBS “NewsHour.”

Read the full announcement, after the jump.

FROM: Sam Feist and Virginia Moseley

As we head into midterm election season and begin to lay the groundwork for the coming presidential campaign, it gives us great pleasure to announce that David Chalian has accepted the position of CNN Political Director. Over the last year, David has proven himself to be an outstanding political producer as the supervising producer of Crossfire.

David brings to this role a wealth of experience managing network political coverage. David was political director for ABC News during the 2008 presidential campaign and earned an Emmy award for his contribution to ABC’s 2009 inauguration coverage. David has also served as the Washington Bureau Chief for Yahoo News, Political Editor for PBS Newhour, and Vice President of video programming for Politico.

As Political Director, David will manage our extraordinary team of political reporters and producers and will oversee all aspects of CNN’s political coverage including day-to-day reporting, our Polling Unit, Decision Team, and political planning operation.

We can think of no person better prepared to lead our political team throughout the 2014 and 2016 campaigns. David will partner with Ed O’Keefe and the CNNPolitics.com team to make sure that CNN’s political coverage is unmatched on TV and online.

David will report to Virginia and officially moves into his new role on July 1st.

Please join us in congratulating David Chalian on a well deserved promotion.

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Jay Carney Toasts Brendan Buck’s Move from Boehner’s Office to AHIP

brendan-buckIn celebration of his move as press secretary for Speaker Boehner to America’s Health Insurance Plans, Brendan Buck joined with friends Monday evening to toast to his new gig. We hear White House press secretary Jay Carney even stopped by, which is pretty funny given their past Twitter feuds.

The night was hosted by Michael Steel – also of Boehner’s staff. In attendance: Washington Examiner’s Rebecca Berg, POLITICO’s Mike Allen and Christine Delargy, ABC News’ Jonathan Karl and Jeff Zeleny, RNC’s Sean SpicerKevin Smith, Doug Heye, Rory Cooper, CBR’s Brent Swander, Yahoo News’ Olivier Knox, BuzzFeed’s John Stanton, CNN’s Brianna Keilar and Erin McPike, Kevin Sheridan, WaPo’s Paul Kane, Roll Call’s Tom Williams, Crossfire’s David Chalian, NBC News’ Frank Thorp and Shawna Thomas, CBS’s Walt Cronkite, Sue Davis, Scott Mulhauser, Kirsten Kukowski, Brad Dayspring, Laena Fallon, Juleanna Glover, and Becca Glover.

Behind the Scenes on Election Night At CNN

We have a pretty good idea where you guys went to watch the election results come in. And while we desperately wanted to drink as well, we got an invite we just couldn’t refuse: the Crossfire Control Room at CNN.

Sam FeistUpon arriving at the First Street NE bureau we bumped into Sam Feist, DC Bureau Chief. He ushered us into his office where we peered over his shoulder at some early election results. “This is strictly off the record, of course.” Of course.  An excited Feist launched in to an explanation of how off year election coverage differs from a general election just as CNNPolitics.com editor Bryan Monroe walked in.  Monroe grabbed a handful of Jelly Bellies from a crystal bowl before assuring Feist that CNN.com’s election interactive was primed with the first round of voter data.

Soon we were off to the control room, where Crossfire Supervising Producer David Chalian was covering for EP Rebecca Kutler.  As we watched on what seemed like hundreds of screens, Van Jones and Newt Gingrich argued amicably, and the normally sedate Donna Brazile laced into the Tea Party with uncharacteristic zeal. Digital producer Eric Weisbrod sat quietly in the front, headset on, watching the screens intently. A nod to new CNN Chief Jeff Zucker’s digital focus?  controlroom

The show wrapped to light applause, and the crowded control room emptied quickly as people scrambled to get dinner –they all had to be back for an 11:30 post-election live hour with Newt and Van. The stars of the show were in a similar mindset. We caught up with them in the hallway as Van called out, “Hey Newt, isn’t there supposed to be free food around here?” Mr. Speaker shrugged, “I think it’s on floor 9?”

In the elevator ride down, Newt, with professorial ease, opined about the state of the California Republican party. Of a Crossfire guest who shall remain nameless he said, “I’m not sure _____ is too comfortable talking about that stuff.” Newt, of course, is comfortable talking about everything. Van was upbeat, even though he just came in from California, where he spends half his time overseeing four non-profits. So upbeat in fact, that he agreed to sit down with FishbowlDC for a quick chat –after his tacos of course. More on that convo to come…

David Chalian Out at Politico

As some may recall, Politico saved David Chalian‘s ass after his messy hot-mic comment and subsequent firing from Yahoo! News as their  Washington Bureau Chief. During the August, 2012 incident for an online ABC News/Yahoo! broadcast, he joked that Republican convention officials didn’t care about African Americans coping with Hurricane Isaac. “They’re not concerned at all,” he said in jest. “They’re happy to have a party with black people drowning.”

And now, after working at Politico for just nine months as their video guru (Veep of Video Programming), he’s leaving, returning to his “roots” at broadcast news. No new job noted, but we’re sure it’ll soon emerge.

What’s fishy is not that he’s leaving — people come to and leave jobs in journalism with swiftness — but rather the super duper upbeat tone of the memo. If everything’s so fantastic, why’s he out of there so fast? And where’s the gratitude? Couldn’t he have stuck it out a year?

As a Politico insider told us, “The stats in this note are deceptive. 45% up from what? Video views are horrible on Politico. You need only look at whether they’re tweeted or Facebooked. Very seldom – because they’re so amateurish and such vanity vehicles for the select few. A 44 percent spike is actually pathetic when you’re making 50 times as much content. This is what Politico would call out in politicians as bad spin.”

See the memo to the “gang” over at PoliticoRead more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Rome unveils a new Pope

“CNBC seems unprepared for #pope coverage. They don’t have anyone translating what he’s saying.” — WSJ‘s Victoria McGrane.

“Remember when we were all watching the chimney and waiting for the reveal of the new pope? #nostaliga” — Politico‘s David Chalian.

“So, another Pope who thinks contraceptives are evil. Good luck with that.” — Blogger and pundit Craig Crawford.

“How did the Pope name himself so fast? Do all cardinals have a papal name short list ready?” — TNR‘s Julia Ioffe.

“The House Science subcommittee hearing on energy subsidies has now been delayed for 45 minutes. I blame the Vatican.” — SNL Energy power and policy reporter Corbin Hiar.

“For the record, I yelled ‘POPE SMOKE’ in my newsroom < 1 minute before we saw the smoke. So, yeah, I’ve got some powers. – NJ‘s Elahe Izadi.

“With the pope jokes winding down, Twitter will return to its bread and butter of poop jokes.” Yahoo! Sports Big League Stew Contributor Dave Brown.

Steak: It’s what’s for dinner at midnight

“It’s absolutely silly to grill steaks at midnight, said no smart person ever.” — The Daily Caller‘s soon to be Daily Mail‘s David Martosko. (Except maybe a cardiologist?)

 

Reporter hopes Kissinger yells at her

“So, last time I spoke to Henry Kissinger he yelled at me. Fingers crossed tonight will be two for two #dreams.” — Roll Call‘s Neda Semnani who had an encounter with him at the Nixon Centennial a few months back.

Journo Love

The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball: “I hope everyone appreciates the greatness of @sarahlyall. Everything she writes is fantastic.”

NYT‘s London-based correspondent Sarah Lyall: “What an extremely nice thing to say! Thank you.”

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:23 a.m.

Erick Erickson trash talks MSNBC

“MSNBC shocked the new Pope is Catholic.” — FNC Contributor and RedState Editor Erick Erickson.

Quote Taken Way Out of Context

“Everything is terrible.” — BuzzFeed‘s Rebecca Berg.

Important Q to Ponder: Can we ever get enough of Marty Rudolph? Read more

Ask Ms. Politico: ‘Smith is a Jerk, Jones is Toast’

Ever since we got our hands on Politico‘s hot new ethics manual, we’ve been staying up late at night memorizing the lines. Here’s one we like…”If you find yourself heading into a problem area, it is a lot easier to ask for guidance in advance than to scrape off your shoe after stepping in it.” In what, dog shit?

We like to keep manual under our pillows, hoping the wisdom will seep in by osmosis. Today we continue with our advice column, Ask Ms. Politico, in which we ask the knowledgeable woman a question and she answers us directly from the ethics manual. While the questions are the ones we invent, her answers are real. To see past questions and answers, see here and here. We’re working our way through this as slow as we possibly can. Or as NBC’s Luke Russert might say, we’re “slow-walking” our way through it. We like to take our time with national treasures.

Q: Hi there Missy. I seem to have a terrible problem with popping off. I have opinions and sometimes it’s hard to keep my big fat mouth shut. Also, I have these horrible friends, Smith and Jones. They are both jerks. But Jones in particular is a real nobody. What should I do?

See Ms. Politico’s response…

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Media Expert Publishes ‘Bible’

Asked if Paula Broadwell or Jill Kelley could benefit from reading his new book, Brad Phillips said yes, sort of. “There’s an entire section about managing a media crisis,” he told FishbowlDC. But he said he had broader things in mind as opposed to just sex scandals.

After three years, Phillips, editor of the “MrMediaTraining” blog, has finished his first book: The Media Training Bible: 101 Things You Absolutely, Positively Need to Know Before Your Next Interview.

He said the number 101 just sounded more compelling than 95. “It was easy to come up with a few more lessons to meet that number, since some ideas couldn’t be contained in just two pages,” he said.

Phillips calls his book a “Bible” so we put him to the test…

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Politico Snags David Chalian

Ever since his hot mic flub, it was a mystery where longtime Washington journo David Chalian would wind up. This morning the cat’s out of the bag: He’s headed to Politico to be their VP of Video Programming to guide their expanding video efforts.

Chalian is the former Yahoo! News’ Washington Bureau Chief. The company immediately fired him after an incident in August in which he made a racial joke against Mitt Romney at a news event and the mic picked it up. “They’re not concerned at all. They’re happy to have a party with black people drowning,” Chalian joked during an ABC News/Yahoo! News webcast.

See the internal memo from Executive Chief Operating Officer Kim Kingsley

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What’s Gene Tweeting?

I’ll say this about Gene Weingarten. The man is entertaining. The problem is, I’m not sure if he’s losing his mind and we’re laughing at him, or if he is pulling an Andy Kaufman-esque stunt on us and laughing with us. The Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist for WaPo spends a fair amount of time on Twitter. His tweets range from sad attempts at comedy to random observations on everyday life. Gene even lets us in on the life of his dog, Murphy.

Leave it to Gene to take in a dog even weirder than he is. But, that’s hardly the weirdest thing that Gene tweets. He also spends plenty of time tweeting about pee. He tweeted, “I have said this before but it bears repeating: Write your name on the cup first, THEN pee.” I’ve found it always makes sense to take life advice from a man with a pile of poop as his Twitter avatar.

Gene also offers up advice to recently fired Yahoo! News Washington Bureau Chief David Chalian. He tweeted at Chalian, saying, “I don’t know you but I get this joke. It’s at the expense of liberal media, not the Repubs. You should make that clearer.” Weingarten followed up with his followers by saying, “Yahoo! shouldn’t have fired this guy. It was clearly a joke not intended to be public. I’d say same if target was Dems. ”

Chalian hasn’t responded to Weingarten, obviously. When you’re in a hole, it’s probably best to stop digging.

Morning Chatter

QUOTES of the DAY

“You can’t hear me. Isn’t that convenient?” — MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Wednesday night during an interview in which he snapped at Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on immigration policy. Brewer said she couldn’t hear him and questions were translated through a third party. Needless to say, something was lost in translation.

Yoohoo Robert Allbritton, you listening?

“I’m not a TV person. They don’t give me a fancy wardrobe budget, I’m a real American.” — Politico Executive Editor Jim VandeHei on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Wednesday morning. During the segment, Mika and Joe ragged on him for his black New Balance sneakers. Above is how he responded.

Yahoo! News‘s Washington Bureau Chief David Chalian on the joke that got him canned Wednesday: “I am profoundly sorry for making an inappropriate and thoughtless joke.”

Wisdom is…

“People say dumb stuff constantly. Do you read Twitter???” — BuzzFeed Political Editor Ben Smith.

Vandalized?

“Rising GOP star Mia Love’s #Wikipedia page vandalized overnight with racist and sexist slurs fxn.ws/OsaMsm” — Fox News. Was the page stabbed?

GOP Convention Security Vs. The Media

“I swear to god they change the security check points every hour to fuck with the reporters.” — Salon‘s Irin Carmon.

In a moment of sister solidarity…

“I want to know WHO the sister SECRET SERVICE AGENT is who is assigned to @PaulRyanVPshe has a cute BOB! FIERCE! Do it girl! #sistersupport” — Sophia Nelson, columnist for USA Today, Essence and theGrio.com.

As well as true admiration…

“@GOPconvention security guy just told me he’s hit the beach in Clearwater every day this week#RNC2012 #imdoingthisallwrong” — Roll Call HOH’s Warren Rojas.

Gov. Christie noshes on the media

“I understand that folks in the media have nothing better to do but to do that stuff they want to see controversy I understand that because these conventions have become per packaged shows and you all want have something different to talk about.” — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in a Wednesday night interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan on the floor of the Republican National Convention on the extreme critiques of his speech from the night before.

John Harwood needs lifetime supply of Rolaids

“How spell relief? Fixing audio prob, finishing convo floor live shot 1 sec before delegates start nat’l anthem. #nickoftime #rolaidsmoment” — CNBC and NYT’s John Harwood. In December of 2011, he had another R-o-l-a-i-d-s moment when he wrote, “Nothing spells relief like being late for a school concert — to find you are just in time for your kid’s performance.”

Gwen’s pen explodes

“When u watch my @NewsHour intvu w @marcorubio tonite, know an ink pen exploded all over minutes before cameras rolled. #glamor” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill.

Ryan Speech Fallout

“Oh fuck Ryan listens to Zeppelin too, oh fuck how did he turn out like this?” — InTheseTimes labor journo Mike Elk.

Reporter admits spoiled ways

“I’m so spoiled riding in motorcades with the roads closed, I’m now sitting in traffic not understanding why the police don’t clear the way.” — Politico‘s Ginger Gibson.

Star Sighting: Sissy Spacek

“In other news, pool reporter spotted actress Sissy Spacek standing outside Obama’s campaign office in Charlottesville today.” – HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

Huckabee now ‘wallows’ in the media

“Oh it’s true, I’ve fallen from the high perch of politics and now I wallow in the mum of the media, but I still know as a country we can do better.” — Fox News host Mike Huckabee rips not one but two of his careers in a speech last night at the GOP Convention.

 

 

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