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Archives: April 2007

Hitchens: Virginia Tech a “non-story”

From FishbowlNY:

    “Virginia Tech is a non-story,” said the British-born Hitchens, who said he took his oath as a U.S. citizen earlier in the day. “There were no implications” of anything bigger, explained Hitchens, who compared the shootings to a “traffic accident.” When one editor suggested the massacre pushed gun control to the forefront of the American conversation, Hitchens argued that the laws in Virginia were adequate — shooting people is already illegal, Hitchens said.

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Found: The Next Jayson Blair

From a Washington Post correction:

    One of the poems that KidsPost published as part of its poetry contest on Tuesday was not written by the child who submitted it. The poem that appeared as “Who Am I?” was actually written by J. Patrick Lewis and published in his book “Monumental Verses.” The child who sent the poem to KidsPost said she didn’t realize that entries to the contest had to be original. But copying something that someone else wrote without giving them credit is plagiarism, and it’s wrong.

(Hat Tip: Last Call)

Bret Baier Update

Our friend Bret Baier recently reached a milestone on his journey of weightloss — dipping below 200 lbs.

He’s even recalibrated his goal from a total loss of 30 lbs. to a total of 35 lbs.

Apparently due to his weightloss, Bret spent most of his time at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner pulling up his pants. In a strange way, that’s good to hear. Keep up the good work, Bret. We’re all pulling for you.

This Week’s Literary Events Calendar

Check it out here.

This Week’s “Reliable Sources”

From CNN:

    The D.C. madam has been talking to ABC News about her escort service, and a top administration official fingered as a client has already resigned. We’ll ask ABC’s Brian Ross about this breaking story.
    The media and the maverick. John McCain back on the campaign bus, are journalists all but writing off their formerly favorite presidential candidate? Have they turned against the senator because he backs the war?

    And Jon Stewart takes on McCain. What happened to the comedy?

    War stories. Army officials are caught lying about Pat Tillman’s death from friendly fire and Jessica Lynch’s heroics turned out to be fiction. Has the wartime press fallen down on the job?

    Plus, Rosie pulls the plug. Was her high-decibel act just too controversial for “The View?”

Read the rest here.

Hotline Profiles Lawrence

From their Friday Feature:

    Jill Lawrence is the nat’l political corr. for USA Today. She also co-authors the paper’s “On Politics” blog. She was a columnist for the AP and a free-lance magazine and newspaper writer before joining the newspaper in July 1996. But today she’s our Friday Feature:

    What’s your most embarrassing on-the-job moment? (Or as embarrassing as you’d like to reveal?)

    One that ranks near the top was when I accidentally dropped my laptop off the top level of a camera stand. It was around midnight, the last event of the day in the last week of the Kerry campaign. That was the end of that computer.

    What’s your favorite political book and why

    “The Feminine Mystique,” by Betty Friedan. It helped unlock possibilities for half the population, and is probably the reason I am able to have a job as a political reporter.

    What is your biggest weakness (and not your job interview biggest weakness)?

    I am uncomfortable making speeches. Give me a good Q-and-A any time.

Read the rest here.

Note To Re-Launch on Wednesday

From here:

    Rick Klein is the Senior Political Reporter and primary author of the The Note set to launch Wednesday, May 2, 2007. Rick will contribute political stories to all ABC News broadcasts and platforms including analysis and political coverage on ABCNews.com throughout the day.

“Inside the Virginia Tech Media Pack”

From the Post’s Ian Shapira:

    All I remembered seeing was a huge scrum of reporters encircling a student outside the Inn at Virginia Tech, and then my legs revved into motion.

    With a notebook at the ready, I scurried outside the inn and headed over to The Pack, my mind buzzing over an array of questions: Who’d they get? Why didn’t I get this guy first? Geraldo’s here? And then: How pathetic is this?

Read the rest here.

Audit Bureau of Circulations Releases New Circ Figures

The Washington Post saw their circulation decline 3.5 percent (to 699,130) for the six-month period ending in March…The percentage changes are from the comparable year-ago period.”

See the full list here.

Rehm, Gregory to Speak at AU

From American University’s The Eagle:

    David Gregory, chief White House correspondent for NBC News, will speak at the School of International Service and School of Communication’s joint graduation May 13. More than 750 graduates are expected to attend the ceremony, at which Gregory, an AU alumnus, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, according to information in an e-mail from Presidential Chief of Staff David Taylor.

…and…

    Diane Rehm, host of the WAMU-based NPR program, The Diane Rehm Show, will speak at the College of Arts and Sciences’ May 13 graduation. Rehm will also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the ceremony, which more than 400 graduates are expected to participate in, according to the e-mail.

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