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Weekend Show Preview, 5.2 – 5.4

Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked:

Sunday:

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, author Richard Williams, CBS’s James Brown and Clarissa Ward, Michele Norris of NPR, Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic, Michael Eric Dyson of Georgetown, William Rhoden of NYT, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

“Fox News Sunday”: Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), FedEx’s Fred Smith, Robert Wolf of 32 Advisors, actor Brian Stokes Mitchell, Brit Hume, Elise Viebeck of The Hill, George Will, Jane Harman from the Wilson Center

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), Mayor of Sacramento Kevin Johnson, Chuck Todd, will.i.am, Anita Dunn, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Kathleen Parker of WaPo

ABC’s “This Week“: John Oliver of HBO, Van Jones of CNN, Laura Ingraham, David Plouffe, Rick Santorum, Cokie Roberts

Univision’s “Al Punto”: Fmr. President of Mexico Vincente Fox, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Oscar De La Hoya, Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti, Sheriff of Maricopa County, AZ Joe Arpaio, Gael García Bernal

CNN’s “State of the Union: Ana Navarro, Donna Brazile, Gwenn Ifill of PBS

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NYT and FiveThirtyEight Differ on Senate Prospects

The New York Times unveiled their new post-FiveThirtyEight, data-driven journalism project today, dubbed The Upshot. The site, edited by NYT Washington bureau chief David Leonhardt (aka Not Nate Silver) is supposed to fill the void left by Silver when he teamed up with ESPN to relaunch his own standalone site. And right off the bat, Leonhardt and Co. are diverging from Silver on the biggest prediction made yet this election season -who will control the Senate.

While Silver says that Republicans are a slight favorite to win, The Upshot has that Democrats are more likely than not to keep the upper chamber. The main difference between the two forecasts seems to be that The Upshot considers Colorado and Michigan to be more likely Democratic wins than FiveThirtyEight does.

Of course, Silver will continue to update his model as the cycle progresses -as will The Upshot. It’ll be interesting to see whether the two methodologies start producing more similar results over time. If they do, it may be that Silver starts to loose some of his prestige as the One True Oracle of Politics. If not, and if Silver hews to his sterling track record and calls most of the races correctly, then it would be a big validation for the beleaguered quant -and a big rebuff to his detractors.

(Photo Credit: The Upshot)

Neil Irwin Ditches WaPo for NYT

Sometimes love just ain’t enough, as they say. Neil Irwin, the economics wunderkind and Wonkblogger who essentially grew up among the florescent lit hallways of the WaPo newsroom, is now spreading his wings and leaving the nest. He will join David Leonhardt in developing NYT‘s new, fancy, “we-don’t-need-no-stinkin’-Nate-Silver” data-driven journalism start up. Irwin has been at WaPo for 13 years, starting as an intern in 2000 and becoming one of the main contributors to the much ballyhooed Wonkblog.

His departure will no doubt fuel speculation about Wonkblog’s editor, Ezra Klein. Reports have surfaced recently that Klein is about to leave WaPo to start his own venture. Wonkblog has been a major boon to WaPo -bringing in more that 4 million page hits per month -and the departure of its chief architects is a significant loss for the paper. Read the memo to staff from Greg Schneider and David Cho announcing the departure after the jump.

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NYT D.C. Bureau All Shook Up

David Leonhardt is out as The New York Times DC Bureau Chief and Carolyn Ryan is in, according to Dylan Byers:

Leonhardt, who was appointed bureau chief shortly after Jill Abramson became executive editor, served in that position for just two years. A Pulitzer Prize-winning economic columnist, Leonhardt was seen as a gifted writer with little editing experience, and thus an unnatural fit to lead the Times’ bureau.

Leonhardt is now expected to oversee a column that will focus on data and polling, effectively replacing Nate Silver, the famed statistician who decamped to ESPN earlier this year. One source described Leonhardt as the paper’s “next Nate Silver,” another as “the new Nate.”

A memo from Executive Editor Jill Abramson also details “an early morning news tip sheet that sets up the Washington day for our readers, much as the popular New York Today report does for our readers in the metropolitan area.” Carl Hulse will be the Managing Editor of the tip sheet and also Chief Washington Correspondent. Former Chief Washington Correspondent David Sanger will now cover cyber warfare and national security. Both Leonhardt’s column and Hulse’s tip sheet have yet to be named. All of these changes will be effective December 15th.

Full memo after the jump.

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NYT Taps Coral Davenport for Climate Beat

Coral DavenportWashington-based Coral Davenport will take over the climate and energy beat at The New York Times from John M. Broder. Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt explains in a memo posted on Times columnist Andy Revkin‘s Tumblr. Hat tip to Playbook:

Paul Volpe and Bill Hamilton used to work with her. John Broder competed with her. Carl Hulse knew her as a Hill reporter. I was simply one of her readers, and Elisabeth met her only recently. But we all had the same reaction: Coral Davenport is the perfect person to replace John as our climate-and-energy reporter in Washington. After a lunch interview with her, Elisabeth came back to the bureau and pronounced: “We should hire her immediately.”

Hire her we have.

Coral will start next month, joining us from National Journal, where she has written one great story after another. She writes fast and smart for the Web. She breaks news. She writes enterprise and magazine pieces that you read all the way to the end. Above all, she sees climate as a story about everything – politics, economics, foreign policy, science and, of course, the environment.

Before joining National Journal, Coral worked for Congressional Quarterly, Politico and the Daily Hampshire Gazette, in Massachusetts. She has also spent three years as a journalist in Greece. The daughter of a Foreign Service officer, she grew up in Korea, Japan and Greece. Food Club alert: She is a devoted cook who has written many a restaurant review.

Coral arrives the first week in December.

Separated at Birth: NYT’s David Leonhardt

This morning we’re mixing and matching NYT‘s Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt and Take Action News radio host David Shuster. Leonhardt is decidedly more low-key than Shuster, but looks-wise, might be tough to tell one from another in a certain light.

Atlantic’s Econ Summit Invites Scary Sperling

On Wednesday, the always imposing National Economic Advisor to President Obama Gene Sperling will be among the panelists at The Atlantic‘s 2013 Economy Summit at the Capital Hilton on K Street. He is scheduled to personally threaten all journalists in attendance.

Other guests include: Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board Paul Volcker, Americans for Tax Reform Prez Grover Norquist, Former Sec. of the Treasury Robert Rubin, Former Nat. Economic Advisor to President Bush Lawrence Lindsay, Fix the Debt Founder Maya MacGuineas, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, Sheila Blair, Former Dep. Chairman, Federal Reserve Board Alice Rivlin, NYT Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt, Publisher of Naked Capitalism Yves Smith, Co-founder of The American Prospect Robert Kuttner, Sens. Joe Manchin, John Hoeven and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Interviewers and moderators include: The Atlantic‘s Steve Clemons, Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson, Financial TimesEdward Luce, WSJ’s David Wessel, The Atlantic Editor-in-Chief James Bennett, The Atlantic‘s Derek Thompson and NJ‘s Ron Fournier.

The event runs from 8:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., at which point there will be a “festive” reception. Drinks to include “Sequester on the Beach” and “Old Fashioned Debt on the Rocks.” (Only in Washington…)

To attend, email sclemons@theatlantic.com or call 202-266-7338.

How to Make it All About Me

President Obama‘s outgoing strategist and advisor David Plouffe recently made his smashing debut on Twitter. So far, 10 tweets and thousands of immediate followers. But among those tweets, he manages to do what Washington does well, which is to inject yourself into a big news story. In this case, the story was Sen. Tom Harkin‘s (D-Iowa) announcement to retire. It’s not nearly as grotesque as others sound when they do it.

Plouffe does admit he is in need of “serious detox” from his former job. This morning he writes, “1st day post WH. Minor ice closes/delays schools. First instinct is to think if announcements on the level. Need serious detox.”

The former advisor has just 35 followers and 8,515 followers. Which journalists are among the handpicked 35? They include NYT‘s Nate Silver, Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt, National Political Correspondent Jeff Zeleny, Politico‘s Jonathan Martin (this could get interesting with Martin’s teenage girl tweeting style), CBS Political Director John Dickerson, NBC “MTP” host David Gregory, WSJ tech columnist Walt Mossberg, WaPo‘s Capital Weather Gang, and NBC Political Director Chuck Todd.

 

Morning Chatter

QUOTES of the DAY

Is this war?

“The Breitbart crew’s terrible reporting on Boehner makes a great case for the value of the traditional media that the site hates.” — Politico‘s Alexander Burns.

Howard Fineman’s rant against ESPN, Luke Russert

HuffPost and MSNBC’s Howard Fineman, usually a mild-mannered Washington journalist, went on quite a tirade last night against what he believes to be the shoddy reporting of ESPN and the apparent stupidity of NBC’s Luke Russert. 1. 9:25 p.m. “Luke Russert u have no idea what you are talking about.” 2. 9:43 p.m. “Luke Russert nobody cares about ice hockey, and I say that as an alum of hockey-mad Colgate. Frozen Four gets two back page columns in NYT.” 3. 9:45 p.m. “ESPN announcers continuing to make excuses for lame Florida and trash Louisville. Also they keep misusing the word ‘disinterested.’” His rant went on after midnight. 4. 12:16 a.m. “I’m sorry. The lackadaisical, grudging ESPN coverage of Louisville’s dismantling of Florida was infuriating, at least to me.”

NYT Bureau Chief praises D.C. area Sichuan

“I remain pleasantly surprised by Sichuan quality in DC burbs.” — David Leonhardt, Washington Bureau Chief for the NYT.  Last night Leonhardt was discussing the Asian cuisine with Reuters finance blogger Felix Salmon, who wrote, “Sushi Yasuda. And NY’s Szechuan chefs move around a lot.” And added, “I went to Lan Sheng today, spectacular. And Hot Kitchen is still amazing too. Not sure if GS is a chain.” (By the way, both Sichuan and Szechuan are acceptable spellings of the word, so neither journalist got it wrong.)

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

Frustrated reporter after the jump…

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Morning Chatter

Quote of the Day

“Um, ABC?”WSJ‘s Jonathan Weisman on ABC report on male orgasms. Weisman was responding to this: “Karezza: Men Say Best Sex Comes Without Orgasm” Read here.

Munro stays.

“In other news, the WH Correspondents Assn says it won’t punish the Daily Caller reporter who heckled Obama at Rose Garden event last month.” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery on The Daily Caller‘s Neil Munro, who heckled President Obama during a speech.

Journo Travel Complaints

  • “What’s w/ DC power? Stuck on Acela 5 minutes from Union Station. Grrrr.” — The Daily Beast‘s Robin Givhan.
  • “Looks like I spoke too soon – Bad weather hit as we were taxiing and now my @Delta jet is sitting on the tarmac, getting rained on – #weep” — NRA News’ Cameron Gray.

Pooler writes of Second Lady’s ‘midsection’

VPOTUS Vegas Pooler Tovin Lapan, of the Las Vegas Sun, dared to write about Dr. Jill Biden‘s “midsection” in a Pool Report Tuesday, writing, “The second lady, wearing a yellow dress with a large bow around the midsection, and matching yellow jacket, also greeted everyone.” He addressed Veep Joe Biden‘s attire, saying, “Temperatures in Las Vegas surpassed 100 degrees, and Biden ditched his jacket from his navy blue suit after his speech…With his sleeves rolled up, and wearing a navy blue tie spotted with white sailboats, the vice president shook the hand of every veteran…”

Breitbart.com Editor Takes Another Whack at Buzzfeed

“Buzzfeed is the TMZ of left-wing politics: Creepy, petty, and mean. Ann Romney in erectile dysfunction ads, stalking fundraisers. My God.” — Breitbart.com’s John Nolte, who has been relentlessly hammering away at Buzzfeed backing Team Obama for several months. Smith had no comment on Nolte’s remark, but instead directed me to his piece this morning on trolls and the business of engaging them. See here. Ahh…timeliness, we love that!

Dare to dream…

“A Chinese-style high-speed train between NY and DC would take 1 hour and 40 min.” — NYT Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt.

Take Note: At high noon Politico‘s wild bunch of LIVE journos — With Exec. Editor Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen in charge, what could possibly go wrong? Juana Summers, Patrick Gavin, Reid Wilson, Charlie Mahtesian and First Politico Son James Hohmann will hopefully be hamming it up for today’s livestream show. Watch here.

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