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Afternoon Reading List 10.16.13

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MSNBC makes it awkward: According to The Hill’s Jonathan Easley, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) got into a pretty charged-up conversation with MSNBC host Thomas Roberts on Tuesday. She repeatedly told him that his remarks were “inappropriate” and staunchly defended her stance regarding the current government stalemate. After the line of questioning reached its most heated moment, MSNBC cut to a press conference being given by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Why you should read it: Honestly, read it so that you don’t have to watch or hear the video clip. Around the 3:02 mark, Blackburn and Roberts decided to loudly make their points clear to each other — and at the exact same time. The writeup is way more comprehensible. Read more here.

Daily Caller is not amused by Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher: Jeff Poor, media reporter at the Daily Caller, just had the sweetest things to say about Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher in a story posted on Tuesday about Christopher asking a tongue-in-cheek question during a White House briefing. Poor’s piece mentioned that Christopher’s name isn’t actually “Tommy Christopher.”

Why you should read it: See the mildly humorous question Christopher asked White House press secretary Jay Carney that Poor declared as the “dumbest question in history of White House press briefings.” Read more here.

Who’s leaving The Guardian for greener pastures and who’s MSNBC’s favorite guy?

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Rep. Sanchez Gets ‘Smacked On the Ass’ In Congressional Baseball Game

Yesterday, Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) revealed on MSNBC while talking about sexual assault in the military that she’d been a victim herself. “Yes, I was in a business situation where I was being sexually harassed and sexually assaulted, unwanted touching and other issues,” she told Thomas Roberts.

Then, last night, her sister Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA),  got a few touches of her own in the congressional baseball game from Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Penn.), according to two Roll Call reporters who saw it happen.

 

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Nancy Pelosi Helps TNR Celebrate New Digs

Three weeks after moving into 529 9th St. in Chinatown, The New Republic officially celebrated its new office space on Friday.

“The convenience of the location played a big part,” Chief Operating Officer Sloan Eddleston told FishbowlDC. The office, which sits over the International Spy Museum, features a newsroom with some 30 computers, a library for reporters seeking a quiet respite and a spacious roof deck with a view of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (another selling point).

Eddleston said the space was renovated before the TNR crew could move in and that changes to the office were paid for by the owners of the building. He said TNR has signed a multi-year lease, but declined to say how many years.

Notably, most of the computers in the office are desktop PCs with only two or three Macs. Asked if any of the staffers gripe over who uses which computer, TNR Editor-in-Chief Franklin Foer said no. Actually, most of the computers go unused. “I think you find that most people have laptops,” Foer said, “and they’re working off Macs.”

Foer said it’s “very sweet to be in a place that is our home and will be our home for a long time.” Previously, TNR was taking up shelter in an office sublet by the American Grain Council.

The party featured two fully-stocked open bars and another bar where attendees could sample different liquors. WaPo‘s media reporter Erik Wemple was spotted taking a shot of something dark before heading out onto the deck. Catering included copious amounts of humus and cheese, veggie spreads and an assortment of chips.

Throughout the early evening, Chris Hughes, publisher of TNR, was seen… Read more

After-Party: MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, Hubby, Pose With MC Hammer

The party was only just getting hopping for many media types when President Obama called it a night just after 10 p.m. Monday night.

After the official Inaugural balls, TV personalities, singers and actors jumped over to the W Hotel for the Electronic Arts’ after-party. It was hosted by singer John Legend along with music producer Pharrell Williams, a very-pregnant actress, Malin Akerman, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

There was a coat check but guests were wise to skip it as the party transpired on the hotel’s rooftop, half inside, half out, where it was cold and really windy. Both Legend and Williams spent the majority of their time, however, tucked away in the cozy, roped-off VIP area inside.

Several notables passed through the small red carpet section just outside the party, including MC Hammer, who posed for photos with the recently married Thomas Roberts of MSNBC, along with his husband Patrick Abner. (Hammer and Roberts pictured above.)

The door leading from the red carpet allowed people in but not out. It was a logistic that led to an ironic moment for MSNBC’s Touré. After he entered, he tried exiting to the area containing the working press. Despite being a fairly well-known TV host, he was told to go around to a separate door. He did so peacefully.

The party boasted two open bars, a waffle-making station and a type of Sims game photo booth.

Notables: actress Rosario Dawson; MSNBC’s Martin Bashir and Craig Melvin; music producers will.i.am and Jermaine Dupri; President of Americans for Tax Reform Grover Norquist; and style critic Phillip Bloch.

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Yahoo Yoho Struggles With ‘Unanimity’

Yoo hoo, Florida GOP Congressman Ted Yoho! We really don’t want to refer to you as “some yahoo” but we can’t help ourselves as we watched you on MSNBC this morning and watched you get terribly tongue-tied over the word “unanimity.”

How are voters supposed to believe the GOP can achieve this if you can’t even say the word?

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Why Washington D.C. Gossip Sucks

As many media types know, WaPo‘s premier gossip column, The UnReliable Sources as we’ve come to call them, are the town’s slowpokes. This afternoon they publish the “news” of MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts wedding to Patrick Abner. Roberts is the first national anchor to wed a same-sex partner. Of course, it’s not news. It’s also not Washington — it’s New York. The wedding was Saturday and has already been reported in the Daily Mail, Mediaite, HuffPost, BuzzFeed and more.

So why not report it Tuesday?

Maybe they figure gossip is like weather, it starts elsewhere and moves here a day or two later. Or maybe this is one of the reasons why Washington D.C. gossip sucks.

Righty Journos Chuckle at MSM’s Expense

The one jab that never fails to elicit laughs from conservatives is the one about MSNBC and how “nobody” watches it. There was a lot of that at last night’s Media Research Center gala.

MRC, a conservative media watchdog org, celebrated its 25th anniversary and presented its tongue-in-cheek Dishonors awards at the National Building Museum.

Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham presented the first two awards, one of which was the “Obamagasm” award. The nominees were MSNBC’s Chris Matthews (“Isn’t it a surprise when you see him talking about Obama and he still has his clothes on?” Ingraham said.), ABC’s Diane Sawyer (“of the perpetually heavy breathing voice”) and CNN’s Piers Morgan (“Britain’s own alien life form”). Matthews won for declaring in July that President Obama is “the perfect father, the perfect husband, the perfect American.”

The second award — the “Vast Right-Wing Knuckle-Draggers” award went to MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, for saying in September 2011 that the GOP wants to build “a time machine, to go back in time…” Ingraham described Roberts as “Thomas no-one’s-ever-heard-of-me Roberts.”

Media bashing was given a rest for the William F. Buckley award for Media Excellence. It was presented by conservative columnist Cal Thomas as a tribute to Andrew Breitbart. The audience gave a standing ovation at the conclusion of Thomas’ remarks.

Two more anti-media awards were given out: The “Damn Those Conservatives to Hell” award (to NBC’s Ann Curry, for her interview with Republican V.P. candidate Paul Ryan in April) and the “Barbara Streisand Political I.Q. Award for Celebrity Vapidity” (to actor Sean Penn, for saying on CNN in October 2011 that the tea party wants to “lynch” Obama).

Finally, MRC President Brent Bozell handed out one last award: “The Worst Reporter in the History of Man” award. This one was chosen by cheers from the audience. It was initially a tie between former CBS anchorman Dan Rather and ABC’s Katie Couric. After a second round of cheers, Couric was named the “winner.” An embarrassing photo of Couric dancing at a private party in 2006 was projected on banners hanging from the ceiling.

The banners were a fixture for awkward photos throughout the evening. To the right was the spaced-out image of RNC Committee Chairman Reince Priebus that displayed when he spoke on stage.

Notables: The Daily Caller‘s Neil Munro, The Heritage Foundation’s Lachlan Markay, Fox News contributor Steven Crowder, The Washington Examiner‘s Philip Klein and Charlie Spiering, Slates David Weigel, The National Review‘s Jonah Goldberg, The Weekly Standard‘s Stephen Hayes, GOP mega donor Foster Friess, WMAL’s Chris Plante and CRC publicists Ashley Morris and Kelley Hudak.

Quotable: “I better put this down.”– An MRC goer who was spotted drinking directly from a champagne bottle. She put the bottle down when she saw us attempting to snap a photo.

Empty Suits Keep Trying Empty Chair Acts

Talking to a chair is hardly ever a good idea. In the course of the last year, the act has been pulled by a handful of media types and each time, it flops.

Last night actor and film director Clint Eastwood was the latest to give the talking-to-an-empty-chair routine a whirl. He did it on the final evening of the Republican National Convention, just before Mitt Romney officially became the party’s nominee for president. How fitting.

Standing at the podium, Eastwood motioned to the empty chair next to him and said he brought President Obama. He then entered into a monologue that got a few laughs but was mostly perceived as bizarre.

Ann Romney appeared on CBS this morning to talk about the convention. “He did a unique thing,” she said of Eastwood’s speech while laughing uncomfortably.

“Bill Clinton introducing Michael Dukakis just went to a distant second place as a bizarre moment,” NBC’s Tom Brokaw told Politico. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, meanwhile, said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe that Eastwood’s speech made him “cringe.”

Then again, this was an 82-year-old man giving an unscripted speech. And the empty-chair routine is a proven bust.

Back in March, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell was set to interview Craig Sonner, the lawyer representing Florida Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman. Sonner bailed at the last minute. Rather than bringing on a contributor who might be on standby or moving to the next segment, O’Donnell asked the chair a series of questions, including: “Who is paying you? Who hired you?” and “Does George Zimmerman have a job?”

Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart noted the stupidity, saying he knows many people in New York City who talk to chairs and “none of them have TV shows.”

Two days later Thomas Roberts, also an anchor on MSNBC, had intended to interview Maggie Gallager, spokeswoman for the National Organization for Marriage. Roberts was unable to make the segment. But guess who was? Read more

MSNBC Anchor Joins The Avengers

There are several reasons why The Avengers shattered box office records this weekend. We’d like to think that MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts is one of them. As TVNewser’s Alex Weprin mentioned last week, there is a cameo from Roberts near the end playing a TV anchor reporting that a group of heroes saved the planet from an attacking army of alien soldiers. Honestly, that doesn’t sound too far off from an actual newscast these days.

Roberts tells FishbowlDC that the shot was filmed at 30 Rock in February of this year. We just assumed Roberts was a comic book fan, but he tells us that he was always more of a “Super-Friends kind of kid.” Roberts saw the movie this weekend and says that he thinks that “the Hulk stole the show.”

In the same scene that we see Roberts, we see recycled footage of a Jay Carney press conference.

Schultz’s Favorite Senator Comes on ‘His’ Show

MSNBC’s Host Ed Schultz may be on standing in the proverbial corner right now for calling Conservative Commentator Laura Ingraham a “slut” last week. But that didn’t stop the liberal host’s favorite senator — that would be Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — from being a guest on The Edless Show last night. MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts was Schultz’s substitute host.

On April 25, Schultz made the big on-air reveal that Sanders is his favorite senator. “I’ve never said you were my favorite senator on this program before, or when I was doing the 6 o’clock, but you are and I want to announce that tonight,” he gushed.

Sanders phoned into last night’s program by telephone. We’re sure Schultz is breathing a major sigh of relief that he didn’t miss a visit from his favorite lawmaker.

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