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Archives: February 2007

Fox News in DC

Fox News celebrated an anniversary this past Sunday: It marked the sixth consecutive month that they’ve beaten “This Week.”

Happy 65th, VOA

From here:

    This weekend [Saturday, February 24], the Voice of America will quietly observe a milestone. While many here in the United States see turning 65 years old as a time to retire, the Voice of America plans to continue working well into the 21st century.

Poll of the Day, 02.28.07

Washingtonian Launches “After Hours”

We’re willing to bet that there are so many blogs nowadays that only Mike Grass can keep up with them all, and even he has burned holes through the elbows of his ever-present tweed sports coat trying to keep up…

Washingtonian magazine has launched “After Hours.” Written primarily by former DCist writer (and one of the original founders) Catherine Andrews, the blog aims to “bring you the latest on what’s useful and fun in Washington–whether it’s a great show at the 9:30 Club, the best happy hour, the trendiest boutique, or the hottest place to dance the night away.”

What Did The Note Say?

From here:

    After posing their first question of the weeklong deliberations in the CIA leak trial, jurors told a federal judge Wednesday: Never mind.

    Jurors passed a note to U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton at the end of the day Tuesday. Walton took the bench Wednesday morning and, without saying what the question was, said he didn’t understand it.

    He passed a message back to the jury asking for clarification. Jurors responded with another note.

    “After further discussion, we are clear on what we need to do,” Walton said, reading the note in court. “Thank you, we apologize.”

Read the rest here.

Cartoon Of The Day

We’re instituting a new feature where we’ll, uh, feature, an editorial cartoon that touches on journalism and the media, in some way (we hope…if not, just laugh anyway). Feel free to send us links to ones you come across.

For the first installment, we have this:


Soldiers: Ssssh…

From the Army Times:

    Soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Medical Hold Unit say they have been told they will wake up at 6 a.m. every morning and have their rooms ready for inspection at 7 a.m., and that they must not speak to the media.

    “Some soldiers believe this is a form of punishment for the trouble soldiers caused by talking to the media,” one Medical Hold Unit soldier said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

    Read the rest here. (Hat Tip: Huffington Post)

ABC’s 2008 Coverage

From the release:

    Continuing an election year tradition, ABC News today appointed a group of new reporters to cover the 2008 presidential candidates. The off-air political team will report extensively from the campaign trail as they travel with the 2008 candidates and their spouses. Their reporting will appear on all ABC News broadcasts and platforms including ABC’s political daily internet digest “The Note.”

    This announcement comes on the heels of the announcement that ABC News will host six 2008 presidential forums and debates, and following the first presidential forum of the 2008 election in Carson City, Nevada last week moderated by ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.

    “Each presidential election, our off-air reporters assigned to cover individual campaigns from beginning to end are a cornerstone of ABC News’ political reporting. We are fortunate to have so many talented, dedicated people whom we can commit to giving our audience all the stories of the campaign,” said ABC News President David Westin.

ABC News’ 2008 Off-Air team when you click below…

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Jill Barshay Leaving CQ

From an internal CQ email:

    I’m sorry to say that Jill Barshay is leaving CQ after more than five years here reporting on tax policy, lobbying, the relationship between the two, and many other subjects. Jill will be the New York bureau chief for American Public Media’s Marketplace radio show, which airs daily on public radio stations across the country.

    Jill came to the Weekly from the Wall Street Journal in October 2001 at which point she immediately jumped in to help us cover the reshuffling of government and its priorities after Sept. 11. The following year, Jill was one of the early participants in our integration of the daily, weekly and real-time news operations, covering the proposal and passage of the Bush tax cuts for the economics and finance domain. It is here where Jill’s training in economics and her background as a business reporter really paid off.

    After she became a writer dedicated to the Weekly, Jill continued to write about these topics and has produced some excellent, in-depth pieces such as her cover story on foreign companies’ lobbying in Washington and the piece she did last September on how U.S. tax policy has left the Treasury high and dry on drug company profits and has resulted those profits going overseas. In fact, this piece got the attention of other media, including (guess who) Marketplace, which interviewed Jill on the topic. The producers there later asked her to work with them on a radio documentary about Congress and lobbying. Obviously they saw her eye for a good story and her reporting abilities, too, and they decided to persuade her to
    become one of their employees. It is a big gain for Marketplace and a big loss for us, both personally and professionally.

More LSS

For the die hard Laura Session Stepp fans, check her out in the latest Glamour magazine.