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Archives: August 2006

Woodruff in Capitol File

In the latest issue of Capitol File, Judy Woodruff discusses “how her friendship with Andrea Mitchell has deepened through their shared commitment to the Spina Bifida Association.”

Also pick up the magazine to read Wolf Blitzer’s own personal update on how things are going at “The Situation Room.”

Post Protest

We ABSOLUTELY LOVE The Washington Post this morning for one very important reason:

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(No, it was not written by Laura Sessions Stepp)

But not everyone loves the Post. At least eight of you were outside The Washington Post’s 15th St. building last night protesting the paper for “taking money from war profiteers!”

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The protest was organized by the DC Anti-War Network and they handed out flyers saying:

    Washington Post editorials have supported U.S. attacks on Serbia, Afghanistan and Iraq as well as U.S.-backed attacks on Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. Its news reporting emphasizes government excuses for war and only belatedly and reluctantly exposes the lies and propaganda leading to those wars. It supports the Bush administrations war on terrorism and does little to expose the anti-Arab and Muslim agenda of government and private organizations that is inflaming bigotry in this country.

    Washington Post reporters who truthfully report on controversial stories may be silenced. The NY Sun recently reported the Post rebuked Thomas Ricks for televised comments about U.S. military allegations about deceptive Israeli strategies in Lebanon. That is just one of many allegations by media watch dog groups like Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting and Palestine Media Watch.

    Even as two-thirds of Americans now think the Iraq war was a mistake, based in part on lies, the Post supports the U.S. staying in Iraq. As we approach the August 31 U.S.-coerced deadline for the cessation of Iranian nuclear enrichment, Post editorials and Op Eds overwhelmingly support the possibility of a U.S. military attack on Iran. The free press is supposed to help guard the public against unjust and unnecessary wars, not provide propaganda cover for those wars!

    Why does the Post support pro-war policies? Could it be that its top management has forgone objectivity and acquiesced to the economic and political agendas of corporate advertiser? Do the full page ads placed by military contractors and other private businesses supporting an aggressive foreign policy influence the Post’s editorial outlook?

    WE DEMAND:

    * The Washington Post stop running display advertisements from military contractors.

    * The Washington Post run more articles about the anti-Iraq war sentiment shared by the great majority of Americans.

    * The Washington Post discover and emphasize the administration’s false charges and lies excusing their drive for a military attack on Iran.

    * The Washington Post widen the range of debate with more Op Eds by the broad spectrum of anti-war Americans.

    * The Washington Post Board of Directors set aside one seat for a spokesperson for peace and non-interventionism.

Taking Out The Trash, 08.30.06

  • Washington needs some desperate R&R this weekend with nearly everyone claiming to be “miserable and over-tired as usual.”

  • A reader writes in: “re ‘Misdirected anger’ post: And as for Style section reporters not ‘know[ing] how to write on deadline if their lives depended on it…’ — that report on the State Dept. IG’s investigation of Kenneth Tomlinson (which Farhi wrote for the Style section in Wednesday’s Post) was not released until late Tuesday afternoon. So Farhi definitely had to write that story on deadline.”

  • Are print pubs bitter that our cousin, TVNewser, scooped them?

  • The Wall Street Journal opines it’s time to “put the Plame conspiracy to its final rest. … Fess Up, Mr. Armitage.”

  • WaPo’s Peter Baker on the legacy of John Wilson: “If you want to see his impact, you need only look at newsrooms across the country where the young reporters and editors he hired and trained over the years have fanned out to many important positions shaping our collective enterprise.”

  • Media Ink reports that Newsweek “will shake up its top editorial ranks right after Labor Day.” According to sources, editor Mark Whitaker “will move upstairs and hand the reins to Jon Meacham, currently the managing editor.” It is unclear “what role Whitaker will play,” but he is “expected to stay with Newsweek.”

  • NPR is creating “a major digital music service to extend the significant role that public radio stations, networks and producers currently hold in music discovery and create a unified place to showcase all genres on present and future media platforms.” According to the release, the service will “roll out in the first half of 2007.”

  • Tucker Carlson on the Kyra Phillips flub:

      CARLSON: Excuse me. I can’t breathe from laughing. Breaking news over at CNN. Kyra Phillips’s brother is married to a woman who is a control freak.

      I’m sorry. I’m laughing, partly out of nervousness, because I, like everyone who works in television, knows it’s only a matter of time before this happens to me. But you’ve got to wonder right now what Kyra Phillips’ brother’s wife is doing.

      I bet she’s mad. Poor Kyra Phillips.

  • Gov. Blanco of Louisiana chokes while being interviewed by Wolf Blitzer on Late Edition. Wolf keeps his cool. Of course he does. He’s Wolf Blitzer.”

  • Tomlinson Vigorously Defends BBG Actions

  • AboveTheLaw.com Debuts

    Blog Genius Elizabeth Spiers today announced her latest project (Dealbreaker.com was her last): AboveTheLaw.com. The website will be headed by one-time Wonkette’r (and Underneath their Robes) David Lat (BIO).

    Writes Spiers:

      Today is Warren Buffett’s 76th birthday. And as a gift to the father of value investing, we’ve made him a very special LAW WEBSITE.

      It’s called AboveTheLaw.com and it’s written by David Lat, ex-of Wonkette.com and Underneath Their Robes. And it is now LIVE.

      That’s http://www.abovethelaw.com.

      Sure, a law blog has nothing to do with investing and nothing to do with Mr. Buffett, but it’s the thought that counts, right? And if Buffett doesn’t like it, well that’s just shameful ingratitude.

      So Happy Birthday, Mr. Buffett.

    Lat tells FishbowlDC, “I’m thrilled about the launch of Above the Law. Contrary to popular belief, the legal profession isn’t boring — at least not all the time. It’s populated by colorful characters, and it’s full of fascinating backstories just waiting to be told. But it’s also a profession that takes itself very seriously — sometimes too seriously. Above the Law seeks to offer some good-natured humor to lighten up the proceedings. We hope that people never look at law the same way again.”

    Some of AboveTheLaw’s features include:

      1. Legal Eagle Wedding Watch. We review the New York Times wedding announcements each week, pick out some couples with lawyers, and score them — on their resumes, families, balance, and beauty (if pictured). Then we calculate overall scores and declare a winner. FUN! (We’ve been at this for a few weeks now; click here and scroll down for the Wedding Watch archives.)

      2. Lawyerly Lairs. Real estate and shelter porn for the J.D. set. We take you inside the lavish homes and resplendent offices of America’s top lawyers and judges. Don’t blame us if your keyboard ends up covered in drool. (Previously covered: Greta Van Susteren and John Coale’s New York digs.)

      3. The Eyes of the Law: Legal Celebrity Sightings. When you called your sister from Starbucks, in a tizzy after seeing Ted Olson, she asked: “What about Mary-Kate and Ashley?” But don’t despair; we understand.

      4. Advice for the Lawlame. We take the painfully earnest questions submitted to the popular career advice columns at NYLawyer.com — and offer up responses of our own (examples here and here).

      5. Hotties Contests. And lots of ‘em. You get to vote on the hottest judges, law professors, and legal journalists — among many others. (First up: ERISA lawyers. Don’t say we didn’t warn you — NSFW!!!)

    Greta Interviews Steve and Olaf

    From last night’s interview.

    Full transcript when you click below…

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    The Revolving Door, 08.30.06

    Some movement at the Washington Times:

  • Business Desk promoted editorial assistant Kara Rowland to be the technology and media reporter.

  • Two other new hires on Business Desk: Sean Lengell — transportation and labor. Greg Lopes — health care, starting September 11

  • The National Desk has an opening with the departure of Assistant National Editor Max Zimmerman who left The Times to be with his wife, who is in the military and assigned to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

  • Misdirected Anger?

    Did Michael Wilbon misplace his anger recently when he picked on Style section writers generally and Paul Farhi specifically?

      They wouldn’t know how to write on deadline if their lives depended on it, in some cases. …So, when the first piece ran I said some rather harsh things about the writer, which I neither regret nor take back even though I have enjoyed his work, lots of it.

    By our estimations, Paul Farhi is easily among the most prolific writers in the section (besides the regular columnists or film critics).

    Our rough byline count from the past 60 days puts Fahri at 16, well ahead of some of his comrades:

    J. Freedom du Lac: 14
    Teresa Wiltz: 12
    Hank Stuever: 11
    Jacqueline Trescott: 10
    Linton Weeks: 10
    Gene Weingarten: 10
    William Booth: 10
    Jose Antonio Vargas: 10
    David Segal: 8
    DeNeen L. Brown: 7
    Darragh Johnson: 7
    Libby Copeland: 6
    Jennifer Frey: 6
    Lynne Duke: 5
    Wil Haygood: 5
    David Montgomery: 5
    Neely Tucker: 5
    Lonnae O’Neal Parker: 4
    Laura Sessions Stepp: 3
    Lisa Frazur: 1

    Poll of the Day, 08.30.06

    Kelly O’Donnell Can Sing

    From yesterday’s pool report:

      The first stop after leaving the school was the storm-ravaged house of Fats Domino, who had lost, among other things, his National Medal of Arts, awarded to him by President Clinton, during Katrina. Bush disappeared inside his home — a modest and low beige structure in the Lower 9th Ward with pink and yellow trim and a massive satellite dish in the yard — and emerged a short while later with Mr. Domino himself. They stood on the porch for photos for a few minutes, along with other guests listed below, before Bush brought his new friend down the front steps and onto the sidewalk about 20 feet in front of the pool.

      “How about it? Fats Domino,” Bush said, by way of introducing Fats.

      Kelly O’Donnell of NBC bravely tried to break the awkward silence that followed by singing a line from “Ain’t That a Shame.” But Fats, dressed in a white shirt and a hat and proudly wearing his medal, was a quiet honoree. Dana Perino said he had not been able to travel to Washington for his original award in the ’90s for health reasons; this one, obviously, is a replacement.

    Where Are The Hooker Ads?

    parlorads.jpgLooks like Deb Howell might pull more weight around the Post newsroom than we previously thought.

    # of “massage parlor” ads:

    Monday, August 21: 12
    Friday, August 25: 11
    Sunday, August 27: Howell’s column encouraging the Post to drop massage parlor ads comes out.
    Monday, August 28: 9
    Wednesday, August, 30: 7

    Of course, maybe it’s because there are simply less prostitutes available?

      “Law enforcement officials yesterday announced the arrest of 31 people who they said were involved in running an internatinoal prostitution ring that operated at least 19 brothels in the Northeast…Many of the houses in what officials described as a ‘network of Korean-owned brothels stretching from Rhode Island to Washington, D.C.’ claimed to be legitimate businesses like massage parlors, health spas and acupuncture clinics.”

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