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Tapper Takes Morgan’s Time Slot for a Test Drive

With “Piers Morgan Live” now but a distant memory, the competition for Morgan’s old slot has begun in earnest. Tonight,  Jake Tapper starts a week of double shift duty -he will host both a 4:00 pm and a 9:00 pm version of “The Lead” -in an effort to show that he can be the prime-time star Jeff Zucker is looking for.

While we hear that Tapper is the favorite for the gig, Zucker will also reportedly try out Michael SmerconishBill Weir, and Don Lemon in the hour.

After each potential host has auditioned, Zucker will then subject them all to endurance trials and a gross-out eating contest before forcing them to live together in a house for one month. Only then will Americans have the chance to vote for their favorite.

At least, we’re pretty sure that’s how it works.

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Baby Burnett Out, Tapper In

Jake Tapper (L) gets ready to fill in for Erin Burnett (R) for three weeks in December. (Disclaimer: THESE ARE NOT ACTUALLY JAKE TAPPER AND ERIN BURNETT’S BELLIES!)

Erin Burnett is going on maternity leave, and that means CNN has a big ol’ round hole to fill at her 7:00 PM show. So who is stepping in for hosting duties? None other than DC’s very own Jake Tapper! (And also Don Lemon, but that’s FishbowlNY’s beat, so let’s focus on Tapper.) For the weeks of December 2nd, 9th and 16th, Jake will anchor Erin Burnett Outfront (is that really one word?) from 7 – 8 PM from Washington, according to a press release from CNN. He will continue to host his own show, The Lead, from 4 – 5 PM during that same time.

Don Lemon will then take over hosting duties for EBO the weeks of December 23rd, 30th and January 6th.

ABC’s ‘Scandal’ Gets it Right, Finally

Throughout ABC’s political drama “Scandal,” the second season of which ended Thursday, it’s been apparent that the writers often have little to no idea how the news media based in D.C. actually works.

In one episode you have a high-profile news anchor sitting on a story that involves a president refusing to be seen until all of his hair grows back on his newly-bald head. That would never happen. Bald or not, the story would fly.

In another episode, the news media is seen waiting for Olivia Pope, the show’s main character, outside her client’s home. Pope waits until the top of the hour when all the TV reporters need to go live. She breezily slips past them. Where were the print reporters and bloggers who would also have been waiting? Apparently forgotten about by the “Scandal” writers. Even the TV reporters would have people who would approach Pope even if they couldn’t during their live shots.

But in the finale, the show finally gets it right.

Pope, who has been able to keep her affair with the married President FitzGerald Grant a secret this whole time, is shown in the final scene walking through her apartment building lobby with a satisfied smile on her face before setting out on a run outdoors. She had just quashed the biggest scandal of the season, one that would have likely ended in the impeachment of the president.

As Pope throws open the doors she’s greeted by… Read more

CNN’s Zucker to Meet With NABJ to Discuss Network’s State of Black Journalists

CNN President Jeff Zucker is scheduled to meet today in Atlanta with the leadership of the National Association of Black Journalists to discuss the state of black journalists at the network, FishbowlDC has learned.

Bob Butler, Vice President of Broadcast for NABJ, posted a note on the group’s Yahoo list serve last night saying that he, President Greg Lee and Executive Director Maurice Foster, will sit down with Zucker today.

The meeting comes on the heels of an announcement last week that morning show anchor and NABJ member Soledad O’Brien is transitioning to a new and less visible role at the network producing documentaries.

Speculation continues… Read more

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Quotes of the Day — the Oscar edition

Oscar coverage, attendance

“I just used a port-a-potty while wearing a tux. #glamour#oscars” — WaPo‘s Dan Zak.

“I love that my ticket for the Oscars tonight specifies ‘formal’ attire.” — Garance Franke-Ruta, senior editor, The Atlantic, whose work in ACT UP, the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, was made into an Oscar-nominated documentary, “How to Survive a Plague.”

Editor dreads need for reading glasses

“Getting gray hair didn’t bother me. Hitting 40 was no big deal. But new realization that reading glasses are necessary isn’t sitting well.” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

Sighting: rapper at DCA

“SPOTTED – @2chainz at DCA Washington Reagan National Airport this morning #DMV” — Marky Mark, a.k.a. Mark Wilkins, DC Celebrity. 2 Chainz’ real name is Tauheed Epps. His previous nickname was Tity Boi.

Dana Perino: a slave to travel size products

“Very glad to have found @3floz - products to save a woman traveler’s life. Take THAT airport security lines!” — FNC’s Dana Perino.

“On our way to the Oscars.” – Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, with wife, Elizabeth.

D.C. Oscar Observers

  • “Reese Witherspoon says she let her 13-year-old pick out her dress. It shows.” — Roll Call’s Meredith Shiner.
  • “Seacrest, you really don’t need to stoop down to talk to Little Q.” — Conservative freelancer Lisa De Pasquale.
  • “I know everyone loves her… but every time Kerry Washington opens her mouth and I’m watching, I swear I lose brain cells.” — D.C. socialite Katherine Kennedy.
  • “It is now time for me to turn off and stow electronic devices. BUT HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO SEE WHAT ANNE HATHAWAY IS WEARING? Ugh.” — The Daily Caller‘s Taylor Bigler.
  • “Somebody get a box for Ryan Seacrest to stand on.” — Paul Brandus, of West Wing Reports and a columnist for The Week.
  • “Whoever is pregnant lady in the black lace cap sleeve dress, it suits you vvery nicely. you are w/channiing tatum who suits well too. #Oscar.” — NPR’s Kitty Eisele.
  • “OMG, Beasts of the Southern Wild won’t win because it’s too good to win, too good for this world!” — NYT‘s Jonathan Weisman.
  • “John Travolta introducing the muscials tribute is pretty gay.” — BuzzFeed‘s Chris Geidner.

Splish Splash…“Just gave the one-week-old a bath. To thank me, she drenched me with urine.” — BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins.

Um, use the rear entrance

“TONIGHT: Fashion Industry Sunday Party in DC at Huxley w/sexy deep house and live sax. Open bar 8-9pm! Use rear entrance, knock twice!” — Real Housewives of D.C.’s favorite stylist Paul Wharton.

D.C. journo finds a new pet peeve and more D.C. scribes offer Oscar observations, some are even worth reading… Read more

Blogs Point Fingers at Media on Romney’s Libya Views

Both President Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney have had their say on the Libya incident, in which a U.S. ambassador was killed Tuesday. Now several bloggers have loaded their guns and are pointing them at the news media.

Romney was widely criticized for his comments on the Obama administration’s handling of the attacks. He said the administration’s own response to the attacks was an “apology” for America.

NYT editorialized that Romney “showed an extraordinary lack of presidential character by using the murders of the Americans in Libya as an excuse … to attack Mr. Obama…” WaPo called Romney’s critique of Obama’s foreign policies “crude.” USA Today said Romney “erred in moving so quickly to make political hay of an unfolding tragedy.”

In a post today, RedState‘s Erick Erickson argues that the media, led by “group think,” wanted the “focus on Romney” rather than what he saw as the president’s own shortcomings on foreign policy. He took names:

“I get that Chuck Todd is a former Democrat hill staffer. I get that the Politico is riddled with Democrats, some former activists and a former staffer for Debbie Wasserman Schultz. I get that Michael Scherer from Time magazine is a left wing reporter for Mother Jones and Salon.com turned respectable, “objective” journalist. I get that Ben Smith, leading up Buzz Feed, is a left wing journalist paraded about as if he is some sort of objective reporter at a trendy site full of cat photos. [Editor's Note: Totally forgot to include Journolist and have updated to include it] I get that precious Ezra Klein started Journolist so reporters and political operatives could collaborate on the news and narrative and now he sits at the Washington Post and gets trotted out as a fact checker.”

Erickson, however, does credit Slate‘s Dave Weigel for writing that Romney’s comment wasn’t a gaffe, but a consistent view on foreign policy.

Over at WaPo‘s Right Turn blog, Jennifer Rubin largely made the same argument as Erickson: The collective media didn’t concentrate on the real issue at hand, the death of an ambassador, a delayed response from the White House. “What [Romney] said was valid then, as it remains valid in retrospect…” Rubin wrote today. In a separate post Rubin took another swipe at the media, arguing that conservatives have not turned against Romney as some have suggested. “The mainstream media… decided that Romney was ‘isolated’ or in trouble with Republicans,” she wrote. “Perhaps the media don’t know very many conservatives. Or perhaps they thought a few moldy Beltway insiders were representative of the party at large. … If the media are going to rally to Obama, then, by gosh, conservatives are going to rally to Romney.”

Rubin’s liberal counterpart, Greg SargentRead more

Morning Reading List 10.21.09

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Hanson spotting. What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES | AWARDS & EVENTS | REVOLVING DOOR | IN MEMORIAM

NEWSPAPERS

E&P: “Wash Post” Salon Issue Raises Ethics Concerns About Brauchli.

TV

CNN’s Don Lemon joined the Morning Media Menu earlier to talk iReport, Twitter and user generated content.

We told you last week that George Stephanopoulos‘ duties would be increasing at ABC- he’ll be Diane Sawyer‘s primary substitute anchor of “World News” come January when she takes over for Charlie Gibson. Now he’s name is being circulated as Sawyer’s replacement as “GMA” anchor. More in LAT.

Anderson Cooper 360″ correspondent and weekend CBS “Early Show” co-anchor Erica Hill is expecting.

MAGAZINES

A statement from Newsweek on the release of journalist Maziar Bahari: “We are delighted to announce that Newsweek journalist Maziar Bahari has arrived in London in time to witness the upcoming birth of his first child. The editors of Newsweek, Maziar, and his bride Paola Gourley would like to thank the thousands of friends, colleagues and well-wishers around the world whose support over the last few months has helped to make this moment possible. Your efforts have been invaluable, and the family is deeply grateful. They ask only that they be allowed some time alone together now after their long and trying separation.”

NEWS NOTES

Andrew Breitbart is poised to unveil a new ACORN video on BigGovernment.com today.

REVOLVING DOOR

LAT‘s Peter Wallsten is moving to WSJ to cover national politics from DC.

AWARDS & EVENTS

Jimmy Kimmel wil emcee the National Italian American Foundation 34th Anniversary Gala Saturday at the Hilton Washington. CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo, Justice Samuel Alito and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are among those expected to attend.

IN MEMORIAM

AP: Jack Nelson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who covered the civil rights movement and the Watergate scandal for the Los Angeles Times, has died. Nelson, 80, died at home early Wednesday.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

TV Coverage Plans For Michael Jackson Memorial Service

Michael Jackson‘s memorial service is tomorrow at the Staples Center in LA. Here’s how the nets and cable will cover the service, via TVNewser:

• ABC: Charlie Gibson will anchor live coverage “Remembering Michael Jackson” at 1pmET, joined by “Nightline” anchor Martin Bashir. Some updates: Diane Sawyer, in NY, and Barbara Walters, at the Staples Center, will co-anchor a special edition of “20/20″ at 9pmET. Sawyer and Elizabeth Vargas will also co-anchor “Primetime: Family Secrets,” a report on Michael Jackson’s children at 10pmET. Cynthia McFadden will also anchor “Nightline” from the Staples Center.

• CBS: Maggie Rodriguez and Harry Smith will anchor the “Early Show” from the Staples Center tomorrow. Katie Couric will anchor special coverage of the memorial at 1pmET and the CBS “Evening News” from the Staples Center. Couric will also do “48 Hours” at 10pmET.

• NBC/MSNBC: NBC will televise the memorial service at 1pmET, anchored by Brian Williams. Chris Jansing will anchor MSNBC’s live coverage. Meredith Vieira will broadcast live tomorrow at the Staples Center for “Today” and Williams will anchor “Nightly News” from LA Tuesday.

• CNN: Anderson Cooper, Larry King, Don Lemon and Soledad O’Brien will host coverage live from LA, with Campbell Brown and Roland Martin anchoring live from New York, starting at NoonET on CNN and simulcast on CNN International.

• HLN: Robin Meade, A.J. Hammer and Jane Velez-Mitchell will anchor live coverage for HLN.

• Fox: Shepard Smith will anchor live coverage of the memorial service on Fox News starting at 1pmET. Megyn Kelly will anchor live coverage of the memorial on FOX broadcast also beginning at 1pmET. Greta Van Susteren will also be in LA on Tuesday, and will host her show from there Tuesday night.

Early Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Programming Note: Meet the Press will not air Sunday, July 5 due to NBC’s coverage of the Wimbledon tennis finals. We will return at our regular time on July 12.

CBS’ Face the Nation: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

ABC’s This Week: Vice President Joe Biden and a roundtable with former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Liz Cheney, ABC’s Matthew Dowd and George Will and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and ABC News contributor Cynthia Tucker

Fox News Sunday: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and a panel with Weekly Standard and Fox News’ Bill Kristol, AP’s Jennifer Loven, Weekly Standard and Fox News’ Stephen Hayes and NPR and Fox News’ Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: Former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell, Her Majesty Queen Noor, Chair, King Hussein Foundation and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: CNN’s Don Lemon, TMZ’s Harvey Levin, TheWrap.com’s Sharon Waxman and the Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: UK Foreign Minister David Miliband, “Dead Aid” author Dambisa Moyo and “The Blue Sweater” author Jacqueline Novogratz

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: WaPo‘s Bob Woodward, The Daily Beast’s Tina Brown, Time‘s Joe Klein and CNN’s Gloria Borger (The panel will discuss the future of print journalism.)

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: ABC’s Martha Raddatz, WaPo‘s Dan Balz, WSJ‘s Naftali Bendavid and USA Today‘s Joan Biskupic

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)

Will update as we learn them.