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Capitol File Celebrates its 2014 Men’s Issue in Style

Last night at Longview Gallery, Capitol File celebrated its 2014 Men’s Issue with a swanky affair, serving up Belle Isle moonshine and passed hors d’oeuvres by Windows Catering alongside big screens for ESA-provided video games and a Maserati.

“Kill the Messenger’s Jeremy Renner takes the cover of Capitol File’s latest issue. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons are among its contributors. FOX5′s Steve Chenevey is profiled for his on camera style. And Reps. Aaron Schock (R-IL) and Patrick Murphy (D-FL) come together for “Congressional Collaboration.” Read more

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Book Promotion and Publicity Boot Camp

Book Promotion and Publicity Boot CampDevelop a plan for your book's success in our online boot camp, Book Promotion & Publicity! Starting November 3, publishing and publicity experts will teach you the best practices for a successful book launch using various promotional techniques. Register before October 3 to get $50 OFF with early bird pricing. Register now!

Whoopi Goldberg Defends Boston Herald Cartoonist on ‘The View’

In response to a controversial cartoon that appeared in yesterday’s Boston Herald, ”The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg defended the cartoonist on today’s show.

Following information that the Sept. 19 White House fence-jumper made it to the East Room of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue rather than just past the North Portico doors as earlier reported, Jerry Holbert‘s cartoon contribution in yesterday’s print edition portrayed President Barack Obama brushing his teeth with a man behind him asking, “Have you tried the watermelon toothpaste?” and the caption “White House Invader Got Farther Than Previously Thought.”

Critics online described the cartoon as racist, for which Holbert later said he was, ”completely naive or innocent to any racial connotations,” and that he was referencing a flavor of kids toothpaste in his bathroom at home.

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Brian Williams Advice for Aspiring Journos During Q&A on ‘NBC Nightly News’ Facebook Page

Screen Shot 2014-10-02 at 10.56.12For those who missed it, “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams took part in a Facebook Q&A on the show’s page Wednesday night, answering questions for more than two hours on both his personal and professional life, from advice to aspiring journalists and reporting on security breaches to why he doesn’t drink and his favorite place to travel.

A few highlights:

Allen Henry: What’s the best advice you can give to someone whose lifelong dream has been to work for NBC news? Read more

Jon Stewart’s Take on White House Security Breaches, Ousted Julia Pierson’s Testimony

Hours after the resignation of Julia Pierson as director of the Secret Service, Jon Stewart tackled recent breaches to the White House and presidential security, identified Monday by The Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig and preceding Pierson’s Tuesday hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

After showing clips of news coverage since the September 19 White House fence-jumper incident and from Pierson’s testimony, Stewart mocked:

“Here’s how dysfunctional the Secret Service is at this point. Congress had to help them come up with solutions…A lock, an alarm system, or spiky plants. You never want to be in a position where you are charged with guarding the president of the United States and you could be replaced by a plant!”

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A Look at Presidential Approval and Cable News Network Ratings

2013obamahenry660Our sister site TVNewser recently looked at President Barack Obama’s approval ratings and the quarterly averages of primetime and total day ratings of FOX News Channel, CNN, and MSNBC during the same time period.

President Obama had an approval rating of 64% in the first quarter of 2009, which has since fallen to a rating of 42%. FOX News and MSNBC’s highest primetime and total day ratings were seen in the final quarter of 2012, during President Obama’s second election when his approval rating was at 51%. CNN’s primetime and total day ratings peak was during first quarter 2009 at the time of President Obama’s first inauguration when his rating was the highest.

For more, click on over to TVNewser for a full look at the presidential approval and cable news network ratings.

Mediabistro Morning Roundup – 10.2.14

From TVNewser to FishbowlNY, here are your top stories from across Mediabistro.

FishbowlNY NY Times to Cut 100 Newsroom Jobs

TVSpy Orlando Station Admits it Was Wrong

PRNewser How to Fight False Rumors Online

TVNewser Phil Griffin Talks MSNBC Daytime: ‘Tough Stretch’

Lost Remote Spike TV Releases First TV Everywhere App

FishbowlDC HuffPost Hires Star McClatchy Intern Ali Watkins

SocialTimes How Will Facebook’s Atlas Affect the Marketing World?

AllFacebook Facebook Apologizes to LGBT Community for Real-Name Controversy

AllTwitter How to Remove Your Embarrassing Photos from Social Media

Inside Mobile Apps SmartNews Launches in the US on iOS and Android

InsideFacebook Sheryl Sandberg Addresses Atlas, Ello at Advertising Week

GalleyCat Debut Novelist John Kenney Wins Thurber Prize for American Humor

AgencySpy Brave Utilizes the ‘Skip Ad’ Button in ‘Don’t Skip Breakfast’ for EAT

MediaJobsDaily Three Toxic Beliefs to Ditch About Your Career

UnBeige The Business Card of Dorian Gray

Thursday Morning Splash

What’s Happening

— National Journal Live: A Discussion With Charlie Cook at the Newseum, 8 a.m.

— Cyber Leaders: A Discussion with Eric Rosenbach at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, 10 a.m.

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Fishbowl Fun Fact

While he was president, Herbert Hoover would speak Mandarin to his wife to avoid being eavesdropped on.

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Afternoon Lede Check – 10.1.14

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

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HuffPost Hires Star McClatchy Intern Ali Watkins

HCvevMFR_reasonably_smallThe Huffington Post announced Wednesday that Ali Watkins will join its DC bureau as a political reporter.

The 2014 Temple grad’s name may ring as bell. As an intern for McClatchy this past Spring, she was part of the team that broke the story that the CIA spied on computers used by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim made the announcement to staff in a memo this afternoon. In it, he said, “We knew Ali would be a fantastic hire back when she was a college senior and worked on the McClatchy team that broke the news that the CIA was spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee over the panel’s torture report. Ali is a 2014 graduate of Temple University, where she excelled not only in journalism, but as a rower and triathlete as well. Ali will continue her focus on national security and the intelligence community, while covering general politics and Congress as well.

Watkins starts October 20.

WaPo’s Zach Goldfarb Joins Financial Desk as Policy Editor

dc309fe9a6b001125715fcc173f6960d_400x400The Washington Post today announced in a memo to staff that Zach Goldfarb, a staff writer who covers the White House, will join the Post’s financial desk as a policy editor for a six-month term with the option to extend. In this role, he’ll manage Wonkblog and advise Storyline.

“Zach is a consummate Washington reporter whose love for news is equaled only by his deep understanding of public policy,” wrote financial editor Greg Schneider and deputy financial editor David Cho in the announcement. ”He is already a leader on our staff, generously consulting with editors and fellow reporters to make our coverage stronger. As a member of the White House reporting team focusing on economic policy, Zach has had his finger on the pulse of issues before the administration. He will bring that knowledge to the already high-revving Wonkblog crew, and, working with other reporters covering economic policy, will ensure that we continue to have the best, fastest and most insightful policy coverage anywhere.”