I. Pregame Warm-Up
What a morning! On Meet the Press, the mad caricaturist’s match-up between the strangely feline James Carville, an R. Crumb creation out of Fritz the Cat, and, from the Bush camp, a gumdrop-eyed man named Charles Black who evoked Dondi as a 45-year-old. Between them was beaming Tim Russert, watching as Mr. Carville pistol-whipped Mr. Black, who just kept blinking. Next door on Face the Nation, we had a made-for-TV movie in which Bush spokeswoman and Carville girlfriend Mary Matalin mud-wrestled Clinton spin-mistress Mandy Grunwald, who kept smiling and calling the Bush campaign “sad.” This was a fairer fight, due partly to Ms. Matalin’s wildcat passion and her determination to leave no eye unthumbed. By the time, back on NBC, that Mr. Russert asked Mr. Carville to say something nice about Mr. Bush (an invitation that the hypnotic Mr. Black took to be sincere), Mr. Carville sloe-eyed across the channels to CBS and said, “anyone who Mary Matalin likes that much, there must be something good there.”
The New York Times filed a FOIA request with Mayor Bloomberg’s office to see how much of a role nepotism played in the mayor’s choice of interns. Today, after three months of waiting — The Times points out that the Mayor’s office could have been more cooperative — the results have been reported. Read More
After broadcasting the first episode of Meet the Press from its new HD studio in the NBC News Washington, D.C. bureau, David Gregory spoke to his staff, champagne flute in hand.
The host began to cry in the middle of his remarks, while discussing the milestone.
“This is a big moment for me, Read More
On Wednesday night, Joe Scarborough stood in the back room at Michael’s restaurant, and publicly thanked his wife, Susan, who stood a few feet away, for inspiring the evolution of his political punditry at MSNBC.
“The first couple of weeks I was on MSNBC, every night I would come home Read More
Get ready for more of the “Goateed Guru.”
According to multiple network sources, MSNBC is in the process of developing a weekend political show to be moderated by Chuck Todd, the network’s political director and chief White House correspondent.
Last year, in the wake of Tim Russert’s death, network executives seriously Read More
A video gallery of newsmen and women crying. Read More
After more than three decades at NBC News, Phil Alongi has one more day of work left at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
On Friday, February 27, Mr. Alongi will be stepping down as the executive producer of NBC News’ specials unit in order to launch a media consulting firm, called Alongi Media Solutions. Read More
The seemingly epic search for Tim Russert’s replacement as the next long-term moderator of Meet the Press is finally over. This morning, after an interview with President Elect Barack Obama, interim moderator Tom Brokaw welcomed David Gregory into the studio and, over the course of a five-minute segment, officially handed the show off to the Read More
What are people saying about David Gregory, NBC News’ heir presumptive for Tim Russert’s job on Meet the Press? Felix Gillette talks to some who say things like, “He’s got great instincts when it comes to what area of stories to probe…I don’t think there’s much of a learning curve when it comes to Read More
On the morning of Sunday, Nov. 30, David Gregory, NBC News’ ubiquitous robo-anchor, popped up in front of the cameras at Rockefeller Plaza where over the course of several drizzly hours, he held forth on such topics as the dismal weather, Barry Manilow and the world’s largest floating Christmas Tree, which turns out to be Read More