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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.

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"Morning Joe" can get pretty crowded.

In fact, there are times when the MSNBC program trots out so many columnists, lawmakers and thought leaders that only a fraction of the panel can appear on the screen at once. And then there are times like Tuesday, when the show's hosts simply forget who was still on the air.

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These days, Roger Goodell could use a character witness or two.

The latest blow to the embattled NFL commissioner's credibility came on Friday, when former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice won the appeal of his indefinite suspension. The former federal judge who handed down the ruling concluded that Rice did not lie about the domestic violence incident with his wife when he was interviewed by Goodell in June — contradicting Goodell's claim that Rice had misled the league about what happened inside an Atlantic City hotel casino earlier this year.

But none of that mattered to Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt, who was more than happy to vouch for Goodell's character on Monday.

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Bill Cosby's interview earlier this month with the Associated Press provided a glimpse into the comedian's efforts to control the media's coverage of the sexual assault allegations that have dogged him in recent weeks.

When the reporter first asked about the claims, the former sitcom star said flatly, "No, no, we don't answer that." The AP was told, Cosby insisted, that those questions were out of bounds.

Once the interview ended, Cosby asked to have the part about the rape allegations "scuttled."

Court documents obtained by the New York Times provide another example of how Cosby managed to strong-arm a media outlet back in 2005.

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