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CBS News’ Margaret Brennan Covers Iraqi Air Force Training In Arizona

vUiq_Y0TWith the Iraqi Air Force currently training with US forces in Arizona, CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan traveled to Tucson for a report that aired on “CBS This Morning.”

The DC-based foreign policy reporter sat down with several individuals involved in the program, including Iraqi fighter pilot, Mohammed Hama. ”Meet the next top gun of the Iraqi Air Force,” Brennan began the segment, referring to Hama.

Head of his class at one of the US’s premier schools for fighter pilots, run by the Air National Guard in Tucson, Hama is learning how to fly F-16s – a $60 million, American-made fighter jet with speeds over 1,500 miles per hour. ”Being up there is, I mean, I can’t describe it to you. You’ve got to be up there so you can feel the rush,” Captain Hama told Brennan.

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Cillizza On the Vilification Of Chris Hughes

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Amid all the bashing of The New Republic owner, Chris Hughes, following a wave of massive shake-ups at the magazine last week, The Post’s Chris Cillizza took a moment yesterday to remind everyone that Hughes is not, in fact, the worst person in the world.

A lot has been said about the moves. Everything from eulogies for The New Republic to Daniel Snyder comparisons have been launched in a shaming campaign against the magazine’s owner. But as he wrote yesterday afternoon on “The Fix,” Cillizza poses the question: “Have we gone overboard in the “Chris Hughes is the worst person ever” sweepstakes? And, if so, why?”

The answer he seems to give is ‘yes,’ highlighting several key issues as to why. Firstly, Cillizza points out that people love Frank Foer and hate Chris Hughes. The former roommate of Mark Zuckerberg has cast himself as “the Montgomery Buns figure,” while Foer would inevitably play the role of “the forever-altruistic Ned Flanders.”

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A Lesson in Manners: DC Press Covering Royals Told to Dress Properly

6120Buckingham_palaceThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, are set to visit New York and Washington on December 7 and 8, and apparently, there is worry that the generally underdressed and informal American press won’t be appropriately attired to greet the royals.

In anticipation of their early December holiday, Buckingham Palace issued a reminder to our oft unceremonious reporters:

“Journalists wishing to cover Royal engagements, whether in the United Kingdom or abroad, should comply with the dress code on formal occasions out of respect for the guests of The Queen, or any other member of the Royal Family,” politely states the British Monarchy’s official website, ”smart attire for men includes the wearing of a jacket and tie, and for women a trouser or skirt suit. Those wearing jeans or trainers will not be admitted and casually dressed members of the media will be turned away. This also applies to technicians.”

You hear that, guys? Let’s not let our well-mannered brethren down.

Iran Plays Down Hopes of Journalist’s Release

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Despite a brief sense of optimism last week following reports that Washington Post correspondent, Jason Rezaian, could be ‘freed in less than a month,’ it appears these hopes were premature.

According to Reuters, a senior Iranian official has dismissed reports that the release of the Iranian-American journalist from his detention in Tehran is imminent.  Rezaian, who has been detained since July 22, is being held without charge.

Analysts say Rezaian is being used by Iranian hardliners to impede the Rouhani administration’s negotiations with the West over its nuclear program.

Rezaian is one of 36 journalists said to be imprisoned in Iran, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Jonathan Salant Joins Star-Ledger’s DC Team

Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 3.14.03 PMThe Newark Star-Ledger has named veteran political reporter, Jonathan Salant its new Washington Correspondent.

Salant, a former National Press Club president, was laid off from Bloomberg in August. He has previously served in reporting and editing roles at Bloomberg News, the Associated Press and Congressional Quarterly, among other publications.

Pew Research Compares Reporter, PR Specialist Salaries in 2013 vs. 2004

U.S. Coins and Paper MoneyBased on 2013 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Pew Research Center analyzed journalism and public relations salaries last year compared to 2004 as well as the number of individuals in those professions.

“In 2013, according to BLS data, public relations specialists earned a median annual income of $54,940 compared with $35,600 for reporters,” wrote Alex Williams, a Google Journalism Fellow at the Pew Research Center, on Monday.

That number equates to reporters earning 65 cents for every dollar earned by PR practitioners in 2013, down compared to 71 cents earned by journalists in 2004.

In terms of how many persons are full- or part-time employees in each respective profession, for every 1 reporter, in 2013 there were 4.6 PR specialists, up from 3.2 in 2004.

For more on the findings, click on over to the Pew Research Center’s Fact Tank.

CNN’s Jake Tapper Speaks to WSJ Reporter in Gaza on Strike that Left 4 Children Dead

On this afternoon’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” the CNN host spoke over the phone with The Wall Street Journal’s Middle East correspondent Nick Casey for what proved to be a very intense interview.

Casey was located near where a recent strike took place in Gaza that left several dead, including four children.

“Their names were Ismail, Mohammed, Zw-Karia, and Ahed,” Tapper said during the program. “They were 8 years old, 10, 10, and 11. One moment they were playing soccer on a beach. The next, they were dead. Forget for a moment what you think of Hamas or the Netanyahu government. Forget the questions you have about the tactics or the prospects of peace. Just think for one second about four little boys going to the beach to play soccer and being killed. Killed by the Israeli Military…And while you’re thinking of these Palestinian boys, maybe also take a moment to think about the Israeli children killed by Palestinian terrorists in this conflict. Say for instance, the kidnapped three teenage boys, one of them with American citizenship. Is there room in your heart for all seven of these boys, Jewish and Palestinian alike?”

See Tapper’s interview with Casey, below.

Hearst Television’s Hallie Jackson to Join NBC News as Network Correspondent

HallieJacksonAn internal note from NBC News SVP of worldwide newsgathering David Verdi announced that Hearst Television’s Hallie Jackson will join the network as a correspondent. Jackson covered political and national events in Washington, D.C. for 26 Hearst affiliates since 2012.

Verdi highlighted her ability to work in digitally-integrated environments across platforms in his memo to staff, after the jump.

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CQ Roll Call Launches Healthopolis to Cover Health News in Congress and Fed Agencies

Healthopolis_1-2CQ Roll Call today announced the launch of its fourth Policy Pulse blog Healthopolis, to be led by Paul Jenks, author of CQ HealthBeat’s ‘Morning Take’ since 2007. The new vertical will cover health news in Congress, federal agencies, and elsewhere.

Healthopolis joins The Container, Five By Five and Technocrat on the Policy Pulse roster.

NBC News Team Safe and Unharmed After Caught in Crossfire in East Jerusalem Today

niPSLRwgAn NBC News team including foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin was caught in crossfire today in East Jerusalem. Mohyeldin is a former desk assistant at the NBC News DC bureau and a graduate of American University.

He posted video of rubber bullets fired and stun grenades thrown in the direction of Palestinian protesters and his team wearing gear labeled ‘press’ by Israeli forces to Instagram. NBC reports that Mohyeldin and his team are safe and unharmed. Read more

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