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Archives: February 2007

New Politico Radio Spot

To Be Fair: Once You’ve Met One Morning Talk Show Host, You’ve Met Them All

From yesterday’s Early Show:

    Julie Chen: Mike Allen is Chief Political Correspondent for, a CBS News partner covering ‘Campaign 2008.’ Good morning, Mike.”

    Mike Allen,, Chief Political Correspondent: “Morning, Hannah.”

    Julie Chen: “It’s Julie, but that’s okay.”

    Mike Allen: “Hi Julie.”

    Julie Chen: “Whatever, it’s early.”

Taking Out The Trash, 02.28.07

  • Hmm… There seems to be a split verdict on Scooter Libby’s guilt. The innocents have it by a hair.

  • Bush Administration FOIA Report Card Hits New Low

  • John Kelly loves letters to the editor.

  • An update to our post yesterday re: beat changes at the Washington Times. Eric Pfeiffer will has been bumped up to the Capitol Hill beat, along with business reporter Sean Langell (they’ll join Christina Bellantoni and S.A. Miller).

  • After accidentally putting perfume, and not contact lens solution, onto her contact lens (thanks to those lovely TSA “3-oz. bottle” rules), WAMU’s Diane Rehm instantly burned “Ninety percent of Rehm’s epithelium (the layer of cells that covers the cornea’s surface).”

  • Left-wing bloggers have a beef with the Politico.

  • And CJR has a beef with John Solomon

  • DCRTV has a Kornheiser rant…

  • More of Bob Woodruff’s conversation with Charlie Gibson from last night.

  • An ABC release announced that “Nightline” “continued its growth trend in both Total Viewers and the key Adults 25-54 demographic” for the week of February 12. This is the highest post in total viewers since October, 2006.

  • Another ABC release announced that “World News with Charles Gibson” was the number 1 evening newscast among total viewers, adults and household for the week of February 19-23 for the second time in three weeks. This is also “the fourth consecutive week the broadcast has placed first among Adults 25-54.”

  • This kind of sourcing confusion could make your head explode.

  • B&C takes a hard look at new vs. old media. “The cuts reflect a grim reality for these media giants: Staying ahead often means cutting heads. As viewers shift their media-consumption habits, TV operations are forced to take a hard look at how they have been run and staffed for years. And in many cases, they’ve realized, they just don’t need the same people they used to.”

  • PEJ News Coverage Index shows that the 2008 presidential campaign was the top story (12%) for the week of February 18-23. The Iraq policy debate finished second (11%) followed by the Anna Nicole Smith story (10%).

  • XM-Sirius Hearing on C-SPAN

    …at 3pm today (and streamed live at

    Politico’s John Harris Makes “An Editor’s Confession”

    From here:

      With a mixture of pride and remorse, I have a confession: I am the author of the Democratic Party’s “slow-bleed strategy” for ending the war in Iraq. …

      But in 20-plus years in the business, I can scarcely recall an instance when words typed on my keyboard have had such a loud and immediate echo.

    The whole thing is worth a read…here.

    Marty Peretz Sells Remaining New Republic Shares

    …but will remain as editor-in-chief (but for how long?).

    Farewell George

    See Rick Snider’s column on outgoing NBC4 sportscaster George Michael here.

    New Ed2010 (DC) Hostess

    Campaigns & Elections’ Theodora Blanchfield (a lucky raffle winner) hass been named the hostess of the Washington, DC chapter of Ed2010, which means you can expect lots more happy hours for young magazine journos…

    Woodruff To Deliver Keynote Address at ICFJ

    From the release:

      ABC News Anchor Bob Woodruff will give the keynote address at the International Center for Journalists’ 10th Annual Awards Dinner on November 13. Tom Brokaw, the former NBC Nightly News Anchor, will receive the Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism at the event, to be held in the Great Hall of News at the newly opened Newseum.

      Woodruff was severely injured last year in a roadside bomb attack in Iraq. After months of rehabilitation, he has returned to work at ABC News. In his 11 years at the network, he has been a lead reporter on such key news events as 9/11, the war in Afghanistan, and the Asian tsunami.

      “Bob Woodruff has shown an astounding level of commitment to covering international issues,” ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan said. “In the course of bringing us the news, he has made enormous sacrifices and stands as an example to us all.”

      At the event, Tom Brokaw will receive an award for journalism excellence in honor of the International Center for Journalists’ three founders, who were dedicated to advancing high-quality journalism worldwide. Last year’s winner, CBS News’ Bob Schieffer, will present the award.

      The International Center for Journalists’ Awards Dinner will take place at the Newseum, which will open its doors to a new, 250,000-square-foot location on the Mall in Washington, D.C. in September 2007.

      Along with Brokaw, three international journalists will be honored for their outstanding work. The Knight International Journalism Fellowship Program gives awards to two journalists. They will be presented by Alberto Ibarguüen, president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Paul Klebnikov Fund for Courage in Journalism honors a journalist from the former Soviet Union.

    Tammy Haddad Wins Gracie Award

    MSNBC VP and Hardball Executive Producer Tammy Haddad has picked up a Gracie Allen Award (NBC picked up four overall). “The Gracies strive to encourage the realistic and faceted portrayal of women in entertainment, commercials, news, features and other programs.” They were announced yesterday by the American Women in Radio and Television. The winners will be presented in New York City on June 18.