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Jimmy Carter to CNN’s Erin Burnett on Oliver North’s recent comments that Obama is “Jimmy Carter on steroids:

I don’t pay any attention to Oliver North and I’m kind of sorry to hear you quote him. You know, he was a criminal during the Iranian Contra crisis and was convicted of betraying the best interest of our country. And of course he is famous now because he is a constant critic of the democratic party and the democrats. But I don’t worry about that. As of a matter of fact, I don’t think anyone could have moved more strongly against the Soviet Union when they went into Afghanistan than I did.

See the whole interview here.

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National Press Club’s Pub Quiz is a Snooze

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Each month, the National Press Club holds a Pub Quiz - an evening of trivia, food, drink, and prizes – in the Reliable Source’s Truman Lounge for members and guests. What’s not to like, right? Right…FishbowlDC went last night, and here’s how it went down.

6:59pm - Abruptly end call with friend from home so as not to be late to the National Press Club’s Pub Quiz.

7:00 - Immediately regret ending said call.

My first thought is that I’ve come to the wrong gathering. This has to be either a nursing home bingo night or a sober mixer. Nope, it’s Pub Quiz.

7:03 - Introduce myself to the NPC’s Membership Secretary and confirm it’s cool for me to cover. It is, and I immediately stake my claim at a corner seat at the bar overlooking an eager crowd of 40 or so guests.

7:06 - Return to my seat (phone charger strategically placed to save my spot) after stepping away for a minute to two gentleman making my space theirs. Not. Gonna. Happen.

Introduce myself, let them know I was in fact sitting there, and am told they need this spot for their large group that’s soon to arrive. Still…Not. Gonna. Happen.

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BuzzFeed Wonders: Whither the Sunday Show?

Notorious over-GIFer Dorsey Shaw at BuzzFeed thinks that Sunday Shows, as an institution, are doing it all wrong. He’s done some thinking on the matter and come up with some suggestions:

The Sunday show might be here to stay, but the routine of hosts spending the week prepping for one single hour-long show has got to go.

While they wait for the news cycle to decide their show topics, these shows could start producing some quality “web extra” content for the cord-cutters that isn’t just a 10-minute interview with someone who didn’t make the cut for the real show. They could also integrate some more original reporting during the week that then becomes part of the Sunday show.

Finally, the hosts of Sunday shows could actually interact with their audience. Have you seen some of their Twitter feeds? Chris Wallace doesn’t even have a real account. Candy Crowley has tweeted three times since Nov. 24. To his credit, NBC’s David Gregory is actually very active on Twitter and does neat things like#TweetThePress.

We tend to agree. More tweets from Bob Schieffer please! Preferably with selfies included. There is one journo out there, though, that Shaw believes might just be able to save the Sunday Show. Who is it? Find out after the jump…

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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.

Afternoon Reading List 10.09.13

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Tough-ass reporter survives desert: In an AP story published in NYP, reporter Cathy Frye and her photographer husband Rick McFarland were stranded in the vast desert of Texas’ remote Big Bend Ranch State Park. They decided to separate to survive, with her staying put and him trekking into desert for help. Two days after McFarland set out, leaving Frye alone with no food or water and only a small tree to protect her from the dry heat of the Texas sun, he returned with a search party and rescued his wife.

Why you should read it: Because everyone likes to read stories about heroes, especially one with a happy ending. Read more here.

images-2Up in the air with Alec Baldwin Politico‘s Patrick Gavin had a hard task in interviewing MSNBC’s newest host, Alec Baldwin, in that Baldwin seems to have little idea what his show will be or how he’ll do at it. Which all might be good, better to keep expectations dangerously low and go up from there. Interestingly, Gavin reports, Baldwin has done away with his earpiece. He also may not be interviewing people everyone expects him to. What’s more, who knows if he’s any good at it? “It’s been a tremendous learning curve for me because it really is very different,” he said in regards to interviews.

Why you should read it: Baldwin is all over the map and doesn’t seem to know his ass from his elbow about his show. How can that not be a fun read? Why should you watch his show? Three words: Alec Baldwin’s temper. If we even get a glimpse of it once, his show will be well worth a watch. Read the story here.

Political ignorance in the age of new media: In a Reuters story about George Mason University Law Professor Ilya Somin and his new book, “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Jack Shafer highlights facts and figures that Somin uses to illustrate how little change has come out of the expansion of media regarding American political ignorance. Apparently, the pervasiveness of information in the world and in our daily lives has had little to zero impact on the political education of the average American, and Somin explains why.

Why you should read it: Remember that scene in “Good Will Hunting” where Robin Williams‘ character tells Matt Damon’s character, “It’s not your fault. It’s not your fault, Will,” then hugs him, and Will has a breakthrough? Well, this article is like that scene for anyone in the media who wonders why Americans lack so much information on politics when it’s so freely available. Read more here.

Find out which CNN host is swimming against the current.

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Separated at Birth: CNN’s Erin Burnett

While we don’t know the long-term fate of CNN’s Erin Burnett, she was noticeably passed over for the network’s revamped morning show, which leaves her as host of OutFront. That leaves her future a little murky, but if times get really tough, she could always get a side gig as a look-alike for actress Zooey Deschanel.

How Can I Make It All About Me?

When something of national or global importance happens, many people feel the need to share how they relate. Most people would do this in a journal or a personal blog. Erin Burnett, who is Catholic, did it on CNN from Rome last night. NBC News’s Luke Russert gets to do it on a national news website.

The Catholic church elected a new pope Wednesday. That’s a moment of major significance for Catholics for its religious implications but also interesting to the world because of how old the institution is. Here’s what the moment meant for Russert, in his words on msnbc.com:

 ”I was blessed personally by Pope John Paul II twice: once in my mother’s womb and another time when I was an infant. I attended CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) from when I was six years old till I was fourteen. The church is where I’ve been baptized, confirmed, where I’ve confessed and have even gotten to be a godfather. I graduated from one the world’s preeminent Catholic universities and to this day try to attend Mass (and never miss it on days of obligation). I’m that rare twenty-seven year old that proudly still feels a strong connection to my Catholic faith …”

Russert is rare.

It’s also a serious moment for the congressional reporter to offer some unsolicited sacred advice to the newly elected Pope Francis. 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.

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Rep. Barney Frank Unloads

This is what happens when you’re retiring from Congress. Suddenly the media is your own Dr. Phil confessional for all the bullsh%t you couldn’t admit to before when you were a serious politician who had to be careful.

We knew that Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was gay. Check. We knew he once had a roommate who ran a prostitution out of his apartment. Check.

And now, thanks to his appearance on CNN’s Erin Burnett last night as reported by Mediaite, we know that he once tried a pot brownie and it made him sleepy.

What’s next, and do we even want to know?

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day — the Hollywood edition

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

“Don’t wanna brag but I just got an email from Jessica Alba.” — TPM‘s Sara Libby.

“So, Kelsey Grammer saw a photo of his ex-wife Camille in the open to our show and legged it. Extraordinary. Never had this happen before.” — CNN’s Piers Morgan on actor Kelsey Grammer bailing on the show last night. Various followers didn’t comprehend what “legged it” means.

Obama campaign aides: They manage their own luggage

“Just spotted wheeling his own suitcase down I Street in DC a couple blocks from the White House – Obama campaign advisor David Axelrod.” — Reuter’s Patricia Zengerle.

Jealousy is…

“Someone’s eating fried chicken on my train and I hate them and their deliciousness.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

Words to live by…

“It’s really amazing to me the number of people in this town who think not responding to a reporter is somehow a viable option.” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

Rob Lowe jonesing for former CNN “Aaron”

“Erin Brown carrying some heavy water for President Obama right now on #CNN.” — Actor Rob Lowe while watching Erin Burnett. Some 15 minutes later a follower questioned him, asking, “Erin Burnett?” Lowe fessed up to his error and replied, “Yes. My bad. Missing Aaron Brown I guess.”

Journo Hate Mail

Follower to ex-Mitt Romney aide and Convention Esquire blogger Richard Grenell: “Don’t u have a GOPROUD cocktail party to go to idiot. Romney fired u for being gay, you’re hideous.” Grenell replied, “Liberal tolerance on line 1.”

Current TV’s Behar plays fast and loose with lesbian joke

“On set w/ my lesbian lover Meredith Vieira. Interview airs tonight on @current TV at 6pm ET/PT. Got a photo caption?” — Current TV and The View’s Joy Behar.

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