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In Defense of Jake Tapper

jake_tapper_x200Embattled CNN anchor Jake Tapper took to Facebook last night to defend himself against the onslaught of criticism he has received over his Friday interview with former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell.

“We need to have open, honest, and yes uncomfortable conversations about this war,” Tapper wrote. “We can’t do that if any time someone sees things differently they’re accused of hating the troops. Questions HONOR the troops. And our freedom to ask them is what they fight and die for.”

We couldn’t agree more.

Indeed, in this humble blogger’s opinion, the witch hunt provoked by The Blaze‘s Oliver Darcy and Glenn Beck is appalling and the only truly offensive aspect of this whole Jake-Tapper-Hates-the-Troops affair. Tapper did nothing more than ask the kind of questions that many, if not most, Americans are thinking about the War in Afghanistan. Luttrell’s reaction was unwarranted, though perhaps understandable. The faux-controversy being ginned up after the fact is what is actually disrespectful to the memory of the soldiers who died in Afghanistan. Darcy and Beck should be ashamed of themselves for  intentionally obfuscating the story, purely for the sake of driving up page views. Betsy Rothstein at the Daily Caller has a great piece up which expounds in more detail on why this is true -we suggest you go read it.

But no one does a better job of defending Jake Tapper than Jake Tapper, so I’ll let the man speak for himself:

Regarding this controversy…

I’ve spent years reporting on troops and their families so it pains me that my use of the word “senseless” to describe the 19 SEALs and troops killed in Operation Red Wings has become the focus of this interview with an American hero and has been misinterpreted as a reflection of my thinking the deaths meant nothing and than somehow I’m not grateful. 

I would hope that my reporting trips to Iraq and Afghanistan, my book about Combat Outpost Keating, my two CNN documentaries about Medal of Honor recipients, and my continued reporting on veterans and troops and their families would belie that accusation. 

Apparently not.

Read the whole message after the jump.

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FBDC FaceRace: Washington Anchors

facebook_logo-300x300Yesterday we took a look at the social standing of the DC publications, now it’s time to turn our attention to those network anchors who call our fair city home. FishbowlDC analyzed the Facebook pages of some of DC’s biggest television personalities and the results are revealing. First off, the numbers here are a bit more complicated than with Twitter, since some anchors have well-developed personal pages, while others have clearly spent their time developing their shows’ pages. Our analysts decided the fairest way to provide objective rankings was to combine the followers/likes of anchors’ personal fan pages with those of the shows they host. Below are the rankings of Washington-based anchors based on this combined number.

The takeaway: Chris Matthews is the big winner here. George Stephanopoulos technically bests him, but bear in mind that Stephanopoulos is on network TV nearly every day -a fact which no doubt boosts his personal brand. If you compare their DC-based shows side by side, Matthews is way ahead. Moreover, Stephanopoulos is not actually a full-time DC anchor. He spends most of his time in NYC. 

1.) George Stephanopoulos** – 271,633 (Personal – 229,775 followers; “This Week” – 41,858 likes*)
2.) Chris Matthews - 228,810 (Personal – 22,266 likes*; “Hardball” – 206, 544 likes)
3.) Greta VanSusteren - 208,596 (Personal – 198,662 likes; “On the Record” – 9,934 likes*)
4.) Bret Baier 201,125 (Personal – 196,594 likes; “Special Report” – 4,531 likes*)
5.) David Gregory - 168,495 (Personal – 20,288 likes; Meet The Press – 148,207 likes)
6.) Gwen Ifill - 161,851 (Personal – 4,822 likes*; “News Hour” – 157,029 likes)
7.) Howard Kurtz - 128,427 (Personal – 127,000 followers; “Media Buzz” – 1,427 likes)
8.) Jake Tapper - 95,760 (Personal – 92,310 followers; “The Lead” – 3,450 likes)
9.) Wolf Blitzer - 86,866 (Personal – 9,850 likes*; “Situation Room” – 77,016 likes)
10.) Chris Wallace - 68,871 (Personal – none available; “Fox News Sunday” – 68,871 likes)
11.) Candy Crowley - 54,701 (Personal – 9,637 likes*; “State of the Union” – 45,064 likes)
12.) Andrea Mitchell - 53,828 (Personal – none available; “Andrea Mitchell Reports” – 53,828 likes*)
13.) Chuck Todd - 40,013 (Personal – 654 likes*; “Daily Rundown” – 39,368 likes*)
14.) Bob Schieffer - 36,877 (Personal – 10,669 likes*; “Face the Nation” – 26,208 likes*)
15.) Brian Stelter** – 8,036 (Personal – none available; “Reliable Sources” -8,036 likes)

*These pages are not verified by the anchor or network.

**Brian and George are both married to New York, but cheat with DC on the weekends.

FBDC Tweeterboard: Washington Anchors

Yesterday we took a look at the social standing of the DC publications, now it’s time to turn our attention to those network anchors who call our fair city home. FishbowlDC took a look at the Twitter followers of some of DC’s biggest television personalities, and here’s what we found:

The takeaway: David Gregory is by far the biggest DC anchor on Twitter. He has more than twice as many followers as  Wolf Blitzer, who is on-air five times a week, and almost as many as George Stephanopoulos who hosts the #1 morning show as well as a Sunday show.

1.) George Stephanopoulos** – 1,916,693 (ABC)
2.) David Gregory – 1,644,571 (NBC)
3.) Wolf Blitzer – 685,893 (CNN)
4.) Bret Baier – 434,564 (FOX)
5.) Chuck Todd – 401,637 (MSNBC)
6.) Greta VanSusteren – 384,423 (FOX)
7.) Jake Tapper – 313,717 (CNN)
8.) Chris Matthews – 223,796 (MSNBC)
9.) Brian Stelter** – 213,499 (CNN)
10.) Andrea Mitchell – 206,013 (MSNBC)
11.) Candy Crowley – 200,964 (CNN)
12.) Howard Kurtz – 129,043 (FOX)
13.) Gwen Ifill – 68,919 (PBS)
14.) Bob Schieffer – 51,292 (CBS)
15.) Judy Woodruff – 15,884 (PBS)
16.) Chris Wallace** – 0 (FOX)

**Brian and George are both married to New York, but cheat with DC on the weekends. Also, George is on network TV quite literally every day, which other anchors in this category are not. Chris is based in DC, but does not have a Twitter account. His show, “Fox News Sunday”, does,however, have 74,457 followers.

Jake Tapper Resolves to be More Jewish in 2014

We here at FishbowlDC long ago gave up any pretense at self-improvement. But other DC journos aren’t quite as jaded. Lesser-known Bezos property The Express has talked to some local journos about their new year’s resolutions -and the results are revealing. For example: Jake Tapper wants to go to more Hebrew School, question-mark-guy Matthew Lesko has a brand new tattoo, and NBC 4 anchor Aaron Gilchrist doesn’t actually know the city that well. Here are some of the best resolutions from DC media personalities:

Jake Tapper
“Now that my kids are 4 and 6, I want to spend more time getting involved in our spiritual health, in our synagogue — more Sabbath dinners on Friday night, more attendance at Hebrew school, more participation in holidays and, I think, just more discussion of the mysteries of life.” -Jake Tapper, CNN

 
Cokie Roberts“It’s to be more like my mother. She died this summer, and I have been reading the 1,000 letters I have gotten, from people writing about the incredible things she did for them. She, Lindy Boggs, was a member of Congress for nine terms and then U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. She always treated everyone with great love, respect and dignity. As a reminder, I always wear a ring made out of two of her old rings.” -Cokie Roberts, NPR

 

Jummy Olabanji“Mine is to run my first half marathon. I found a training program online; it’s a 20-week program. Another goal of mine is to stick to the training program so I don’t pass out during the race.” - Jummy Olabanji, ABC 7

 

 

 

More celebrity resolutions after the jump

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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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Journos Convene Secret Year End Meeting To Plot Fate of Nation

A secret cabal of journalists will gather next Wednesday at their lair in Washington, DC, -known as the Newseum -to plot the fate of our nation for the year to come, FishbowlDC has learned. Peter Baker, Mark Leibovich, Kelly O’Donnell, and Jake Tapper will converge upon the Newseum for a “year-end/look-ahead roundtable,” where they will lay out their plans for global domination. This meeting will occur at 8:00 in the morning to evade detection by the sensible people of the world, who will still be drunk/nursing their hangovers.

It is possible, however, to thwart these scheming journalist’s nefarious designs on America. It falls upon the young people of the world to stay vigilant, to take stimulants, to do whatever is necessary to remain awake and alert on the morning of December 18th. Under the guise of “attending a Politico Playbook breakfast”, said young people can infiltrate the journalists lair, observe their meeting, learn of their plans, and report them back to the nation. We here at FishbowlDC would go with you, good young people, but we are far, far too old and sensible to wake up in time to attend 8:00 meetings.

Good luck, youth! May God smile kindly upon you during this harrowing  journey, and know that the whole nation is praying for your safe return.

Politifact Lie of the Year: “You Can Keep It”

Suck it Obama! You done been called out! Jake Tapper labeled Barack Obama “Liar-in-Chief” just moments ago on his show, “The Lead”. Well actually it was Politifact (and 59% of the country) who bequeathed the title upon POTUS, declaring that the now-infamous phrase, “If you like your plan, you can keep it,” was 2013′s lie of the year. Interestingly, this very same statement was called a “half-truth” by Politifact in 2012. Back then, they wrote:

Obama has a reasonable point: His health care law does take pains to allow Americans to keep their health plan if they want to remain on it. But Obama suggests that keeping the insurance you like is guaranteed.

In reality, Americans are not simply able to keep their insurance through thick and thin. Even before the law has taken effect, the rate of forced plan-switching among policyholders every year is substantial, and the CBO figures suggest that the law could increase that rate, at least modestly, even if Americans on balance benefit from the law’s provisions. We rate Obama’s claim Half True.

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FishbowlDC Interview with Cap File‘s Elizabeth Thorp

Elizabeth Thorp has been in DC for 21 years (she moved here when she was 10, y’all), and thought she was perfectly happy working in PR and politics (and creating the upscale travel site Poshbrood.com) till, she says, a great opportunity just fell in her lap. She’s been Editor-in-Chief of the best luxury and life-style magazine in town, Capitol File, since September and has been having a blast. Niche COO Katherine Nicholls and Capitol File Managing Editor Mandi Norwood wooed her to the job, and since then she has been hard at work bringing more depth and substance to the famously glitzy pub. Recent articles have included a piece by Jake Tapper on the Newseum’s Anchorman exhibit, and a profile of vegan, Hindu Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). We asked Mizz Thorp to answer a few questions for our latest installment of the FishbowlDC Interview. And, btw, if you wanna check out the new issue of Capitol File, click away!

Describe yourself in haiku.

Happy working mom

Too weary to produce

A fabu Haiku

You’re about to be served your last meal. What will it be? Champs and an In & Out Burger, Animal Style. Also raw cookie dough

What three words describe your editorial vision for Capitol File? Politics, Power, Philanthropy wrapped in Chanel

Who should TIME make 2013 Person of the Year? BatKid, no contest.

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be? Why? Fresca – bubbly, snarky, fun, smarter than you might think.

You’re developing a signature scent. What would you call the cologne? Eau de Bethesda or Trois Filles No. 7 just because it sounds fancy, I have three girls and my birthday is on the 7th.

More after the jump.

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DC Journo-Land: It’s Not All Meanness and Backbiting

Tis the season y’all! The holidays bring out the best in everyone (except Uncle Ray, in which case the holidays just bring out conspiracy theories) and DC Journo-Land is no exception. Some of DC’s biggest names -and their families -are shelling out for the latest Share Our Strength culinary event: Cookies! And custard!

Hosts include: Bret Baier, Jake Tapper, Susanna Quinn, Juleanna Glover, Norah O’Donnell and their families.

If you’d like to purchase tickets, ranging from $250 – $2500 per family, RSVP here.

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