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Chris vs. Chris: Who is the Better Man?

The next time FNC’s Chris Wallace and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews are contestants on Power Player “Jeopardy,” hopefully producers will pit them against each other. Then we might be able to determine just which Chris is more appealing. In the meantime, we’ll improvise.

In the game show that aired Monday, Matthews played against CNN’s Lizzie O’Leary and former Obama White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. Wallace’s round was broadcast Wednesday. He faced “Dr. Oz” host Mehmet Oz and “BBC World News America” host Katty Kay.

Based on coverage of both nights, Matthews bombed and Wallace crushed the competition. Following Matthews’ poor showing, NewsBusters recalled Matthews hypothesizing in 2008 how well former V.P. hopeful Sarah Palin would perform in the game (in short, he was calling her dumb). The NewsBusters story went viral. Flash to Wallace coverage: almost every story highlighted how well he did.

Jezebel Editor-in-Chief Jessica Coen called Matthews “entirely too slow” for the game show. His MSNBC colleague Willie Geist relentlessly mocked him for not seeming to grasp the answer-in-the-form-of-a-question rule of the game. “Did you see his face?!” Geist said the next morning.

For Wallace, the comments were nicer. “Congratulations to my friend Chris Wallace … for winning DC Jeopardy! tonight,” his colleague Juan Williams tweeted. “Go get ‘em, Chris!” FNC reporter Shannon Bream tweeted in support.

But Jeopardy is just a game, after all. We still need to settle the score between the two men: Who really is the better man?

Here we have Chris Matthews

Age: 66

Hair: Blonde. Gets unruly on long election nights. The mane looks crazier as the night wears on.

Education: College of the Holy Cross

Spouse: Kathleen Matthews, chief communications and public affairs officer for Marriott International

TV behavior: He’s the interrupter. He does it to the point where even his guests roll their eyes and look annoyed as they wait for him to finish diatribes. That said, reporters who go on his program also say they like him and insist that  he’s quite amiable off air.

Best on-air moment: An incredibly awkward interview during the 2004 Republican National Convention in which former Democratic Sen. Zell Miller (who was being questioned via satellite) told Matthews to “get out of my face” and said he wished he could “challenge” him to a “duel.”

Controversy: Matthews has been accused several times of being openly sexist, particularly in regards to Hillary Clinton, who he said didn’t become a U.S. Senator on merit, but because her husband “messed around.” And then there’s the time he “forgot” President Barack Obama “was black for an hour” during the 2010 State of the Union address.

Famous relative: His son Michael‘s father-in-law James Ormonde Staveley-O’Carroll was implicated in a $8.1 million international drug bust. Over 4,000 pounds of pot were found in transit on a boat from Jamaica to the U.S in early 2011. The boat belonged to Staveley-O’Carroll. Also, Matthews’ son Thomas has been cast to play in Aaron Sorkin‘s upcoming HBO drama “The Newsroom.”

Workload: Hour-long nightly news talk show “Hardball,” half-hour Sunday morning news panel show “The Chris Matthews Show”

Accomplishments: Failed run for the House of Representatives in Pennsylvania as a Democrat; he received 25 percent of the primary vote.

 

And here is Chris Wallace

Age: 64

Hair: Dark and kempt and rarely moves. Fox News must have better hairspray.

Education: Harvard College

Spouse: Lorraine Wallace, author of the cookbook Mr. Sunday’s Saturday Night Chicken and Mr. Sunday’s Soups.

TV Behavior: Folksy. Wallace, unlike Matthews, is annoying in an entirely different way. He’s the school marm, the enforcer of the rules and making sure guests don’t interrupt one another. They might as well hand him a ruler for the show. At least then all his enforcing might be entertaining.

Best on-air moment: A contentious 2006 interview with Bill Clinton in which the former president accused Wallace of asking questions that he wouldn’t “ask the other side [Republicans].”

Controversy: Wallace faced some sexist claims of his own. Last year he asked then presidential candidate Michele Bachmann if she was “a flake” (which he later apologized for). His colleague Greta Van Susteren asked if he would “ask the same question of a man.” And Wallace faced intense criticism for a lack of objectivity when he said if presidential candidate Ron Paul were to win the Iowa Caucuses in January, it would discredit them.

Famous relative: Son of the late CBS reporter Mike Wallace.

Workload: Hour-long Sunday news talk show “Fox News Sunday”

Accomplishments: A Peabody and three Emmy awards

Chris & Lorraine Go For Chicken Gold

Lorraine Wallace, wife of Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace, piggybacked on her husband’s Sunday program by writing the book, Mr. Sunday’s Soups. This was a folksy recipe book about what she feeds her husband after he gets home from a grueling day on the Fox News set where he once again prevented Brit Hume and Juan Williams from getting into a bitchy fist fight reminiscent of an episode of Bad Girls Club. As if the dirty looks exchanged aren’t enough stress.

Now the Wallace couple are taking their capitalizing to the next level with a chicken book. On Sunday, June 24 she will emasculate him further as they appear at the Newseum to discuss her new book, Mr. Sunday’s Saturday Night Chicken. These are the bold chicken dishes she serves him the night before he wakes up and courageously heads into a World War II type battle otherwise known as Fox News Sunday. We were going to make a joke about Lorraine choking Chris’s chicken, but maybe that’s too much.

What a weird coincidence!

As it happens,  Lorraine has a little something in common with potential first lady Ann Romney and current first lady Michelle Obama. An announcement for the chicken book reading says she was a competitive horse jumper in the 80s while astonishingly starting her own vegetable, herb and flower garden. Who knew?

Get more specifics on the event here.

As we speak, Lorraine is working on her next book, Mr. Sunday’s Power Breakfast, a book about the pots of peach compote Lorraine forces down Chris’s throat before he leaves for the Fox News studio on Sunday mornings.

Fish Food

(A Sprinkling of Things We Think you Ought to Know…)

Come Set Sail on the USS Annoying – All this week, The Weekly Standard Cruise has been out at sea.  It’s a chance for people to buy an opportunity to vacation with their favorite Weekly Standard pundits. Because nothing sounds more fun than being in the vast expanse of the ocean with political pundits like FNC’s Juan Williams, who also writes a column for The Hill. Or being around reporters who have sea sickness, as revealed in the Standard‘s own dispatches from the boat that they’re calling “Cruise News.” Could it be Matthew Continetti or Stephen Hayes? This sounds about as much fun as my 5th grade trip to a slaughterhouse. Guests had the opportunity to pass through the Bahamas, Honduras and a few other tropical locales.  (HELLOOO Gitmo!)  The cruise arrives back in to port this weekend.  If you missed out, have no fear.  Another Weekly Standard Cruise is in the planning stages for summer of next year.  So, if you absolutely must see Bill Kristol in a speedo, visit their website for details.  Just make sure you steer clear of Fred Barnes at the midnight buffet.  You’re likely to lose an eye.

Newt Should Have the District of Columbia Primary Locked Up -With the Iowa caucuses weeks ago, the GOP candidates have crammed their schedules with as many local appearances as possible. Politico has the lineup of what all the GOP candidates have in store today. Every candidate makes an appearance in Iowa, with some scheduling multiple events throughout the day. With the exception of Newt Gingrich.  He’ll be signing copies of his book at Hudson News bookstore at Gate A in Union Station.

No, BlitzMediaite brings us the video of a confused and/or out of touch Wolf Blitzer on CNN.  When Jack Cafferty reveals that half of American workers have less than 25,000 dollars in saving, Blitzer responds, “Homeless shelters, get ready.” Homeless shelters, get ready?!?! Yeah, Wolf, we’ve all heard those anguished conversations from struggling families:

HUSBAND – “Darling, how’s our savings account looking?”

WIFE – “Only 18,000 dollars.”

HUSBAND – “Oh no!  Dog food for dinner again?”

WIFE – “Please call it hobo chili so the kids don’t know!”

HUSBAND – “I’ll make a fire in an oil drum to heat it up”

Check out the video below

Juan Williams Gets Snippy With Chris Wallace

If you were Juan Williams wouldn’t you tread more carefully on Fox News Sunday considering they took him in after he was shitcanned by NPR for blasting Middle Eastern travelers on airplanes? Wouldn’t you tiptoe around Brit and Wallace and not interrupt, lash out or get all bratty?

Well, you’re not Williams. On Sunday he got snappy with host Chris Wallace after Wallace, the hall monitor, cut him off, insisting the panel had to move on to the unstoppable wisdom of Brit Hume. Williams: “The Republicans in this time of Occupy Wall Street are the protectors of the super rich.” Wallace: “I’m not sure if we should talk about Occupy Wall Street as a plus anymore,” Hall Monitor said, chuckling gravely. Juan objected. To which H.M. asked incredulously, “Really, with all the violence in the streets?” This is when Juan got agitated. “You are getting distracted. And you’re getting distracted by people who are crazy. …The fact is, when you ask most people, is Wall Street getting out of control? They say yes.” At which point Wallace interrupted Juan to scold him like a child. “Juan Juan, there’s a limit. We want to play fair here.” Juan’s angry inner child snapped, “You’re not playing fair, but go ahead.” [Insert weird, pregnant pause here followed by guffaws from other panel members.]

Wallace had the last word: “It’s called being a moderator.”

While it made for great TV, it also made us worry for Juan. Juan, you must keep your sh-t together because there are only so many times that Bill O’Reilly will swoop in and save you. We like your spunk. But interrupt Hall Monitor at your own peril.

FNC posted Panel Plus, but not the regular old panel to their website. They did allow Juan onto Panel Plus and he was full of smiles, as was Wallace. So we think no residual bad feelings are looming.

NPR Hit With Lack of Diversity Charge

The Juan Williams debacle may be over. But accusations of a lack of diversity at NPR are not. Early this morning The Root‘s Managing Editor and founder of the Nat. Assoc. of Black Journalists  Joel Dreyfuss sent an open letter to Gary Knell, the new chief of NPR, on what he sees are the station’s lingering “diversity” problems.

Drefuss first praises Knell for taking steps to embrace diversity and said he has said “all the right things” since his appointment was announced last week.

But he warned him not to conclude that NPR’s problems with race are over: “Don’t mistake the fiery exit of Williams as just a nasty personnel matter gone nuclear. His departure was a sad commentary on the monochromatic vision of many liberal institutions — a disease that NPR has not escaped.”

He remembered a conversation he had with the now former NPR employee who fired Williams, Ellen Weiss. at a convention of the Association of Black Journalists. He asked her why “All Things Considered” was “so white.” She said it wasn’t — they had Williams. Dreyfuss recalled, “I almost choked on my stuffed mushroom.” He later added this zinger, “NPR has never been comfortable with black voices and brown voices and white voices that challenged conventional liberal thinking.”

Read the full letter here.

We’ve requested comment from NPR. Should they have one we’ll bring it to you.

Sunday Morning Panels: Only Males Need Apply

It’s time once again to check in on how many one-eyed anacondas will hit the political talk show circuit this weekend. Last week we began our series looking at how many females appear on Sunday morning political talk show panels. Last week was rather dismal, with FNC coming in at a big fat zero and the highest showing, two females, appearing on NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show.” Update: It’s official. This Sunday, ABC’s “This Week” claims the most number of female panel guests.

CBS’s Face the Nation: 1

Mark Zandi, Chief Economist, Moody’s Analytics
Norah O’Donnell, CBS News Chief White House Correspondent
John Dickerson, CBS News Political Analyst

NBC’s Meet the Press: 1

Donna Shalala, Former Sec. of Health and Human Services
William Bennett, Former Sec. of Education
Tim Shriver, Chairman and CEO, Special Olympics
Tavis Smiley, PBS

Fox New Sunday: 1

Brit Hume – Fox News Senior Political Analyst
A.B. Stoddard –The Hill
Bill Kristol – Weekly Standard & Fox News
Juan Williams – Fox News Political Analyst

ABC’s “This Week”: 3

Mary Matalin, Republican Strategist
Amy Walter, ABC News Political Director
Donna Brazile, Democratic Strategist
George Will, ABC News, WaPo columnist

CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: 2

WaPo‘s Jennifer Rubin, Current TV’s David Shuster, Craig Crawford, former WSJ reporter Ron Suskind, former Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter Connie Schultz, wife of Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).

NBC’s Chris Matthews Show: 2

The Daily Beast‘s Andrew Sullivan, NYT‘s Helene Cooper, CNN’s Gloria Borger, and WaPo‘s Michael Gerson.

Sunday Panels: Only Males Need Apply

Do you have a penis? Do you know a little something about politics or can you at least fake it? Then the Sunday morning political talk show circuit is for you. This Sunday features a particular abundance of testosterone on Fox News Sunday and most of the other shows. Each week we’re going to keep tabs on the gender breakdown of the panels and guests and see who regularly invites females on their shows and more importantly, who doesn’t.

Take a look.

Fox News Sunday: 0

Bill Kristol, The Weekly Standard and FNC contributor
Paul Gigot, WSJ
Juan Williams, FNC political analyst
Evan Bayh, former U.S. senator and governor from Indiana and FNC contributor

NBC “Meet the Press”: 2

Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI)
Alex Castellanos, Republican Strategist
Mark Halperin, TIME: “President Obama was a dick yesterday” (Seems relevant)
Helene Cooper, NYT White House Correspondent

ABC’s “This Week”: 1

George Will, WaPo, Cokie Roberts, NPR, Jonathan Karl, ABC, Michael Beschloss, American historian

The Chris Matthews Show: 2

Major Garrett, NJ
Kelly O’Donnell, NBC News
Michael Duffy, TIME Magazine
Katty Kay, BBC

CNN’s Reliable Sources: 1

Steve Roberts, The George Washington University
Michelle Cottle, The Daily Beast
Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review
Jeff Zeleny, NYT
Ben Smith, Politico

Paul Carr, TechCrunch

Coulter’s Love-Hate Bond With NYT

GOP pundit and author Ann Coulter was recently interviewed on the mean streets of Washington. Or was it mean Coulter interviewed on the streets of Washington?

The Daily Caller‘s Ginny Thomas interviewed her, but you won’t see Ginny on camera or even hear her pose the questions. It’s Coulter, Coulter and more Coulter rallying on about her love-hate relationship with MSNBC and NYT. She hates it.  She loves it. She loves Matt Drudge and she hates the NYT some more: “The NYT is a great newspaper besides getting the enemy playbook delivered to my door every morning. … You put that aside, and they really are great reporters. It’s frustrating to those of us who like the informative parts of the New York Times.”

Her heroes include FNC’s Brit Hume and Juan Williams and comedian Dennis Miller.

The interview is not as out there as Coulter can go, but still decent. But even The Daily Caller doesn’t give it top billing. In the morning roundup, it’s #10 on their list of priority reads/watches. That’s three slots before news of Elizabeth Olson allegedly turning down a role in a possible “Sex and the City” film.

FNC’s Wallace Turns Into Sunday Babysitter

FNC’s Chris Wallace would get eaten for lunch in a pre-school setting. But on his Fox News Sunday panel, he’s got it all under control. Well, mostly.

Wallace, who has a strict, no-interruption rule, often plays the part of school marm as he diplomatically shuts guests up so that others may speak. This past Sunday was more difficult than usual. The panel was: FNC’s Juan Williams, former State Department official Liz Cheney and President of Center for American Progress John Podesta.

Everything came unglued when Cheney said, “This president has added more to the debt than all previous presidents combined.” Williams’ face transformed. His eyes turned into cold slits and his face twisted  into an awful scowl. He turned to Cheney with that scowl and kept asking the same question, each time angrier than the last. “Were we in an economic crisis, Liz, when he came into office? Were we in an economic crisis? Were we in an economic crisis?”

This is when School Marm Wallace began wailing his “waits.”

“Wait..wait wait wait wait wait” he said. He even lightly touched Wallace’s arm by the elbow and scolded, “Juan, Juan, stop it!” He gave the floor to Cheney. “Now ga’ head,” he told her.

Moments later Wallace called for a Zen-like calm. “Wait wait wait, okay, everybody calm?”

NPR’s Vivian Schiller is Out

NPR’s President and CEO Vivian Schiller has resigned.

In a release from NPR just moments ago, the board has accepted Schiller’s resignation:

The NPR Board of Directors announced today that it has accepted the resignation of Vivian Schiller as President and CEO of NPR, effective immediately. Board Chairman Dave Edwards said: “The Board accepted Vivian’s resignation with understanding, genuine regret and great respect for her leadership of NPR these past two years.”

In the meantime…Joyce Slocum, SVP of Legal Affairs and General Counsel, will be appointed to the position of Interim CEO. The Board will establish an Executive Transition Committee to develop a timeframe and process for the recruitment and selection of new leadership.

UPDATE: Schiller was supposed to be at Web Brand’s Mediabistro offices today in Manhattan to tape a MediaBeat interview. That was canceled yesterday. TVNewser reports in a story today: “An NPR publicist informed us yesterday that Schiller’s trip to New York was “cut short” and that the interview would be postponed for a second time.”

UPDATE #2: Schiller’s publicist told Mediabistro: “So sorry about this, but we will need to cancel Vivian’s Media Beat interview tomorrow.   Unfortunately she has to cut her NY trip short and now will not be up tomorrow. My apologies!  We can reschedule at a later date – perhaps in late March or April.” This is the second time Schiller had to cancel. The last was after the whole Juan Williams fiasco — and we know how that turned out. Timing is everything.

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