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NBC’s Russert Goes Nuts in Radio Rant

Don’t even get NBC Capitol Hill correspondent Luke Russert started on the Washington Wizards. Because he’s not happy with their performance this season. Not happy at all.

On Tuesday, Russert phoned into the Mike Wise and Holden Kushner sports radio show on 106.7FM to unleash his fury over the “abomination” that has become the Washington Wizards. In the style of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, Russert called this season’s Wizards roster “fundamentally awful.”

WaPo‘s sports blog transcribed Russert’s radio rant:

“My family has [had seats] since 1994. There have been a lot of bad Wizards teams since 1994. This one is so fundamentally awful, I can’t give the tickets away. I couldn’t give my tickets away for [Monday]’s game. That’s the first time that’s ever happened to me as a Washington Wizards fan.”

It looks like the Wizards may have lost their last two fans: Russert and his mom, VF‘s Maureen Orth (whom he said also has season tickets).

FBDC emailed Russert to ask if he tried selling his tickets on Craigslist or if he plans on buying season tickets next year if the team’s roster doesn’t change. Stay tuned. We’ll update if he responds.

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Reid Replaces Wilbon at WaPo Sports

Redskins reporter Jason Reid has been named new Sports columnist for WaPo, filling the spot vacated by veteran writer Michael Wilbon who recently signed off to pursue his gig with ABC/ESPN full time.  Reid’s Redskins beat is temporarily available but Sports editor Matt Vita suggests in an internal memo that a strong external contender for the position has been identified.  Memo announcing Reid’s promotion below:

“I am very happy to announce that Jason Reid will become a columnist for Sports. Jason is one of the most hard-working, conscientious and thoughtful sports writers in the country who has covered the NBA (Clippers), MLB (Dodgers) and NFL (Redskins). In his four years at the Post, Jason has become the dominant beat writer on the Redskins with impeccable sources in the locker room, front office, among player agents and around the league. His tireless work leading the Redskins Insider has helped grow the audience for the blog in each of the last three seasons. This past year, Jason demonstrated his considerable skills as an analyst and observer in writing weekly On Football columns that routinely were among the most widely read Redskins stories on the website. I am confident Jason has the experience, work ethic and drive to become a top-flight commentator on sports and their role in society, and will be a welcome addition to Tom Boswell, Sally Jenkins, Mike Wise and Tracee Hamilton as the best lineup of sports columnists in the country.

Jason’s new responsibilities create an opening on the Redskins beat. A strong external candidate has emerged but we are open to hearing from others in the newsroom interested in taking on the mantle of chief Redskins blogger and Redskins news hound on one of the most high-profile and demanding beats at the Post.”

Matt Vita

WaPo Suspends the Wise Guy

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WaPo sports columnist Mike Wise has been suspended for a month for fabricating news Monday. What got him into hot water came in the form of invented tweets.

Wise delivered news of his suspension on his radio show Tuesday.

His last tweet was written 22 hours ago when he wrote, “I just got an e-mail about The Post’s guidelines on the use of Twitter. Weird. I wonder why?”

Read the details here.

WaPo Sports Columnist Mike Wise Turns Into Literal Wiseguy

wisebio.jpeg How does a journalist up his Twitter fan club following these days?

One option is to dot your copy with the word p—y, as expertly done by WaPo humor columnist Gene Weingarten. (He was mimicking author Buzz Bissinger, who has an affinity for dirty tweets and often dropping the f-bomb.) Another is to outright fabricate stories, which is how WaPo sports columnist Mike Wise tried to tackle Twitter.

The sports site, SBNation.com’s Mike Prada has the details on Wise’s phony tweeting. Wise was trying to play a joke on readers – namely by inventing sports facts and hoping more readers would follow him. He even bragged about it on his radio show.

Wise’s Twitter handle is: @MikeWiseguy. And the handle appears to be fitting.

SBNation.com reports that Wise fessed up and tweeted this apology:

“As part of a bit on my show today, I tried to test the accuracy of social media reporting. Probably not the best way to go about experiment. But in the end, it proved two things: 1. I was right about nobody checking facts or sourcing and 2. I’m an idiot. Apologies to all involved.”

Sunday Show Preview for 01.10.10

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NBC’s Meet the Press: Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA), RNC Chairman Michael Steele, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell & Chuck Todd

CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) and a roundtable with NYT’s Peter Baker and CBS News’ Jan Crawford.

ABC’s This Week: Christina Romer, Chair of Council of Economic Advisers and roundtable with ABC’s George Will, Liz Cheney, Bloomberg News’ Al Hunt, PBS New Hour’s Judy Woodruff and Robert Reich of The American Prospect.

CNN’s State of the Union: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Christina Romer of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, Dem. Strategist Donna Brazile, Liz Cheney

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WaPo’s Anne Kornblut, Margaret Carlson of Bloomberg News and TWT’s Amanda Carpenter followed by WaPo’s Mike Wise and Buzz Bissinger of Vanity Fair

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, “The Edge of Disaster” author Stephen Flynn, Exec. Dir. 9/11 Commission Philip Zelikow and NYC Deputy Commissioner of Counter-Terrorism Richard A. Falkenrath.

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Time’s Joe Klein, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, NYT’s Elisabeth Bumiller, David Ignatius of the Washington Post

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NYT’s Peter Baker, Tom Gjelten of National Public Radio, Nat Journal’s Jim Barnes and Ceci Connolly of WaPo.

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt:

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Austan Goolsbee, staff director and chief economist on the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board and Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) with panelists Robin Givhan of WaPo, Air America’s Ana Marie Cox, XM’s Joe Madison, Black America’s Deborah Mathis, Roll Call TV host & Philadelphia Tribune columnist Robert Traynham and News One’s Smokey Fontaine

CNN’s Amanpour: General David Petraeus

We’ll update as we get ‘em.

Wise Gets Face Time at Half Time With Pres. Obama

That’s President Obama at the Wizards game last weekend with WaPo sports reporter Mike Wise, who has “the magic Crisco touch,” according to colleague Dan Steinberg.

In the D.C. Sports Bog, Steinberg says, “When Obama went to the Wiz game on Friday, only a handful out of the 20,000 people in the building got genuine Presidential face time. There were the few folks sitting in his immediate section. There were the very very few people who walked past before the Secret Service shut that avenue down. And, of course, there was Mike Wise.”

Here’s how Wise narrates their meeting:

MW: “Mr. President, good to see you again. Mike Wise from the Washington Post.”

BO: “Good to see you, Mike.”

MW: “Looking forward to playing hoops at some point, Sir.”

BO: “Definitely.”

MW: “Oh, how’s Dan Hale?”

BO: “Dan’s great, thanks.”

MW: “Enjoy the game.”

BO: “Thank you.”

Mike Wise: “I’m happy I’m not widely despised”

Check out this interview with Post sports writer Mike Wise.

Congrats Mike!

Mike Wise took home top honors for “Best Feature Story” in the 2006 Associated Press Sports Editors contest.

See the full roster of winners here.