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Archives: September 2006

This Week In Pool Reports

A quality week for poolers. Jim Rutenberg tries to be of the people…or is that just sleep deprivation? Regardless, good work Jim.

  • “AF1 was wheels up at 8:10 and the consensus in the press cabin was that that lift off was at full throttle because potus wanted to get home fast. Wheels down at 8:57 p.m., thanks to pilots with mad skilz. It should have taken an hour and five minutes.” — Rutenberg, New York Times
  • “We thought the scenery was dramatic when we headed up the private drive and saw the top of a huge structure at end of a straightaway. That was when we thought we were looking at the Wexner mansion. It was apparently just a guest house. We did not get a great look at the actual home several yards on down the road (which seemed from afar more like a complex of red brick buildings, a village unto itself) because we were diverted left to the barn while the president was driven into the main drive to the right. So the Limited must be doing pretty well.” — Rutenberg
  • “Potus saw more friendly peeps on way out, including a gaggle of girls who screamed as if Potus was all fab four wrapped up in one. We arrived at the airport at 8:04, engines firing up and we’re ready to roll.” — Rutenberg
  • “The president watched while a worker pumped 8 gallons of fuel into a white police Chevy Tahoe. ‘What we got here?’ the president asked as he approached the pumps. He spoke with a police officer, largely out of pool’s hearing, but in response to something the officer said, the president said ‘good pickup’ and motioned with his right hand to suggest a car driving off quickly. Then, as the fuel was flowing into the Tahoe, the president looked at the digital display — there was no price display on the pump — and said, ‘pretty good deal.’ Then, he leaned on the pump with his left arm. At this point, Tony Snow approached the pool and, referring to the pump and nozzle, said, ‘It’s magic. You squeeze the thing and fuel comes out.’ It was a joke. A joke. A JOKE.” — Jim Gerstenzang, Los Angeles Times

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  • More Troubles For N. Geo…

    The downsizing continues…

    Four people have been laid off from National Geographic’s writing staff this week (including Michael Klesius, featured in 2003′s Best American Science Writing book).

    It Was One Year Ago…

    That Ms. Run Amok herself was released from jail

    Woodward Gets Scooped

    The first place you can see Bob Woodward’s new book? On the front page of today’s…

    New York Times? The Times is the first to break the good nuggets of Woodward’s latest (which Woodward himself was set to unveil Sunday on “60 Minutes” and in the Post/Newsweek), which David Sanger secured by — gasp! — actually buying the book himself.

    “Well, supersleuth Bob Woodward has himself been scooped,” says Howard Kurtz.

    Perhaps this is just the Times’ revenge for getting scooped on their own Judith Miller story…

    Journos in Corn/Isikoff Book

    We know how Washingtonians are notorious for doing the “Washington Read.” But (in a first?) David Corn and Michael Isikoff have made your Washington Read even easier in their book, “Hubris,” by actually sorting (a lot of) the names by profession in the front of the book’s “Character List.”

    So, naturally, we bring you those listed under “News Media” :

    Robert Novak
    Judith Miller
    Howell Raines
    Bill Keller
    Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr.
    Matthew Cooper
    John Dickerson
    Michael Duffy
    Bob Woodward
    Walter Pincus
    Michael Allen
    Tim Russert
    Chris Matthews

    It’s Only A Matter Of Time…

    …before our local TV outlets get punked

    Toles on DC

    The Post cartoonist sits down with Buffalo’s ArtVoice:

      AV: Compare the environment for journalists in DC to the environment in Buffalo.

      TT: In terms of local issues, it’s not much different–in fact it’s very similar. In terms of national issues, it’s very, very different. In some ways good and some ways not so good. When you’re doing national issues from a distance you get a perspective on them that sometimes you lose when you’re right here.

      On the plus side of being here, it’s hard to describe the level of interest and the flow of information in this city—overtly and in casual conversations–to the degree that you have a highly different sense of what’s going on, who the players are, how they’re relating to each other, and an audience that is eagerly attuned to all of this inside baseball. I’ve likened it to sitting in the front row of the movie theater. It’s good and bad in all the same ways: You can see the nostril hairs here much more clearly, but there is a certain distortion that comes with being so close.

      Another aspect–I mean, there are many–but the social network here does tend to add another level of distortion. So many people here know so many of the other people involved so well that sometimes, I think, objectivity suffers. There comes to be a language with which issues are spoken of. It’s a circumscribed language, in that certain points of view just aren’t represented. They become sort of off-limits, as if they’re in bad form. You hear discussions, back-channel discussions–so-and-so said such-and-such to somebody; these things often throw additonal light on what’s going on. But then again those channels are often abused and disinformation is sent out through those. The density of information and interest is so high here–you can find out a lot, but the context of everything is sometimes quite confusing.

    Jim Stewart Retiring

    From CBS’ release (via TVNewser):

      Jim Stewart, a veteran journalist of 37 years, will retire, effective Nov. 16. Stewart, who joined CBS News in 1990 and was based in the Washington, D.C. bureau, has covered the Justice Department, FBI, CIA and counter-terrorism issues since 1994. He has broken some of the biggest stories on his beats during a time when the nation was focused on the war on terrorism.

    Lamb Honored (With A Cartoon)

    Invites are out for the American News Women’s Club’s Annual Gala. This year, they’re bestowing the “Helen Thomas Award for Excellence in Journalism” upon “a journalist who has been a leader in the profession.” This year, that honor goes to Brian Lamb, who’s been cartoon-ified on the invitations. Bob Schieffer will host the event and Westwood One Radio talk show host Jim Bohannon will be the master of ceremonies.


    Litter In The Press Gallery

    Capitol Hill journalists — their own contribution to the destruction of trees notwithstanding — are becoming a bit peeved with what some see as “trash” or “pollution” in the Senate gallery.

    Heard on the Hill reports that Democrat advocates have been leaving pictures on the chairs of Senate reporters showing various scenes intended to embarrass Republicans. The photos don’t seem to be having the intended effect, however, as they only seem to be irritating the recipients.