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Archives: November 2006

Taking Out The Trash, 11.30.06

  • Brunettes are clearly sexier, for now, but we have a feeling this may turn into a good old fashioned cage match.

  • Monday, December 4, at 11:15 a.m., C-SPAN, C-SPAN Radio and will begin airing the SCOTUS oral arguments “of two affirmative action cases that the Court is scheduled to hear that morning: Parents Involved v. Seattle School District No. 1 and Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education.”

  • Tonight at Politics and Prose — x-rated cartoons! Ok, well not really, but the New Yorker cartoons editor Matthew Diffee will be there at 7 p.m. for his new book, The Rejection Collection, cartoons that “were deemed too risque, too weird, or otherwise inappropriate for publication in the magazine.”

  • Michael Getler’s Got-her back. (Judy Woodruff that is)

  • Michael Petrelis calls into question the Washington Post’s disclosure policy. Should Thomas Ricks have included in today’s story on the Iraq Study Group, that he was among those the group consulted?

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    Media In Politics, Politics in Media

    Earlier today, Shanto Iyengar, director of the Political Communication Lab at Stanford University was online over at to discuss his new book “Media Politics: A Citizen’s Guide,” which deals with the role of media in the political process.

    Some excerpts:

      Liverpool, UK: Do you think spin-doctoring, 24hr news cycles and emphasis on ensuring that all politicians are ‘on message’ is undermining the democratic process? Or, is it making politics more accessible to people?

      Shanto Iyengar: Undermining the process for sure. In order to maingtain their popularity, politicians cannot afford to prescribe “bitter medicine.” Policy is adopted not on the merits, but on the basis of “does it sell.” Pandering to public opinion relaces leadership as the modus operandi of government.

      Atlanta, Ga.: In your opinion, does the media do enough to help properly inform people of these things? Are they doing anything wrong?

      Shanto Iyengar: The media is preoccupied with making a buck. One of the reasons Americans are much less informed about public affairs than citizrens in other countries is the performance of our press.

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    FishbowlDC Readers Are The Best

    We awoke this morning to discover that an anonymous FishbowlDC fan had gotten us an early Christmas present:

    From the email:

      It seemed like such a shame that evil domain squatters stole Imagine what could have been done with that domain! I mean, you could…umm…urrr….okay, I’m not the creative type. But it was a good idea.

      Such a good idea, I just bought

      But not being the creative type, I don’t know what to do with it. Seeing as you were the one who came up with the idea, though, I figured I would give it to you.

      So, congratulations, you are now the proud registrant of All the details are at the bottom of the e-mail.

      I’m not sure what you would want to do with it. Personally, I’d give it away to the person who came up with the best suggestion of what to do with it, but seeing as it is yours now, it’s up to you. If you don’t do anything with it, I really don’t mind — at least it won’t be stolen for some nefarious purpose.

    Party With The Leader

    If you like basketball, hockey and concerts — and the Capitol
    Leader — see what kind of perks can be tossed your way by a paper owned by a billionaire.

    A source tells us that tickets for the WJLA/Channel 8/Capitol Leader
    luxury suite in the Verizon Center are available. A full list when you click below…

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    Interns Needed (from Ed2010):

      …that is looking for spring interns to assist the Web Content Editor with research, reporting and blog posting. Candidates must demonstrate a serious desire to work in the field of online lifestyle journalism and have familiarity with Strong writing, reporting and fact checking skills are imperative, along with an interest is fashion and lifestyle topics. Applicants should be sophomores or older with school newspaper/magazine experience and/or relevant internships in online or print journalism. Interns will be compensated through school credit, if applicable. This internship is unpaid. The application deadlines for the spring semester is Dec. 15. Those interested should send a cover letter, one-page resume and published clips to or mail them to: Sarah Schmalbach, DLG Media, 141 League St., Philadelphia, PA 19147.

    DC Magazine (from Ed2010):

      …that DC Magazine, a city luxury lifestyle magazine with a 50,000+ circulation, is looking for spring interns. The magazine covers fashion, beauty, home design, dining, nightlife and the arts. Duties primarily include fact-checking, research, coordinating calendar listings, generating story ideas, party coverage and short front-of-book reporting assignments. Interns are expected to work at least 15 hours a week. Internship is UNPAID, but the experience more than makes up for that. The office is in downtown Washington, at 15th and K Streets, NW. Please contact Rebecca Heslin at with cover letter, resume and any clips.

    Dutt/Hamilton: The Announcement

    From The Post:

      November 30, 2006

      New Weekend Editor

      After more than eight years leading the financial staff, Jill Dutt is becoming AME/Weekend, supervising the Sunday and Monday papers. As AME/Financial, Jill transformed The Post’s coverage of business, finance and economics. She led the charge to explore the rise of technology firms in the Washington economy. She made her staff the hub of consumer journalism in The Post, from real estate to video games. Along with Sandy Sugawara, she reinvented the daily Business section as a home of visually arresting and creative journalism. Jill’s Business section was about more than money. Building a talented and diverse staff, she seeded A1 and her own section with innovative pieces about immigration, air security and the cultural impact of technology, as well as first-rate coverage of corporate crime and globalization. Her broad expertise makes her an ideal editor to supervise our largest and most important newspaper of the week. Jill will continue her role as coordinator of the changes in the Home, Food and Health sections. As weekend editor, she will also manage our schedule of major enterprise pieces. We will move immediately to select Jill’s successor in Financial.

      New National Politics Editor

      Bill Hamilton
      , who had added the responsibilities of weekend editor this fall to his varied portfolio as AME/Enterprise, is becoming the national politics editor. Working with Susan Glasser and Scott Vance, Bill will direct our politics coverage as it expands to meet the challenges of an incredibly rich and intriguing period leading to the 2008 elections. Nobody in the business brings more intelligence, experience and wisdom to organizing political journalism. Bill had a stellar run as political editor on National in 1992, followed by his tenure as national editor. As enterprise editor for the last six years, Bill has elevated the quality of stories throughout the paper and edited some of our most decorated projects. Bill will remain an assistant managing editor and continue to supervise Jon Cohen’s polling operation.

    Jill Dutt Steps Down

    Jill Dutt announced today that she is stepping down as the Washington Post’s AME/Financial.

    Word is that she’s taking Bill Hamilton’s job as Assistant Managing Editor for Enterprise (a fancy way of saying overseer of A1 Features for the Sunday edition). We also learn that Hamilton will become the permanent national politics editor (not just temporarily, as announced last week…).

    Who will replace Jill on Financial? Her #2, Sandy Sugawara, would have to be on the short list. And it’s widely known that Rajiv Chandrasekaran wants off the continuous news desk.

    Poll Of The Day, 11.30.06

    Foreign Affairs Mag #1

    From the release:

      Foreign Affairs, published by the Council on Foreign Relations since 1922, has again been ranked #1 in influence by U.S. opinion leaders in a recent national study conducted by Erdos and Morgan, the premier business-to-business research firm. The findings place Foreign Affairs ahead of all media, both print and broadcast, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist, and the Washington Post.

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    Congrats Post

    You’ve won “Today’s Papers”‘ (Slate) Headline of the Day:

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