Tom Kludt

Tom Kludt is a reporter for Talking Points Memo based in New York City, covering media and national affairs. Originally from South Dakota, Tom joined TPM as an intern in late-2011 and became a staff member during the 2012 election. He can be reached at tom@talkingpointsmemo.com.

Articles by Tom

When Chris Christie was mired in political turmoil, he had a friend in "Morning Joe."

While everyone else on MSNBC gave critical, nearly round-the-clock coverage of the George Washington Bridge scandal, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and the rest of channel's sunrise crew readily provided cover to New Jersey's embattled Republican governor.

As Christie lost much of the goodwill he gained after Superstorm Sandy, "Morning Joe" remained his cable news sanctuary.

Scarborough and Brzezinski have taken thinly veiled shots at their MSNBC colleagues for giving so much attention to the story, and repeatedly splashed cold water on reporting by the New York Times. Christie was their guy, and no traffic jam was going to change that.

But the alliance, like a forbidden romance between members of rival families, was always liable to get rocky.

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When Keith Olbermann returned to ESPN last year, he pledged that his days as a liberal firebrand were behind him. His new show would only touch on politics, he said, if the story also intersected with sports.

"If the House is considering a bill to make (performance-enhancing drug) use a capital offense, we'll cover it," he told USA Today.

Under that rubric, a famous political pundit storming off a sports talk radio show would probably qualify. And if that pundit also happens to be the former MSNBC host's erstwhile nemesis, then it's probably a safe bet that it will make it to air.

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Chuck Todd has made a concerted effort to talk to conservative media outlets since he took over as host of NBC's "Meet the Press." In September, he characterized an interview with Breitbart — during which he was asked repeatedly about liberal bias in the press — as "a step in the rehabilitation of my business.”

Now that he's promoting a book that promises to provide a "gripping account of Obama's White House tenure," Todd is going back to those same sources, and being asked the same questions.

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