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Archives: April 2007

Poll of the Day, 04.30.07

Snow’s First Day Back



  • In a rare move, the gaggle allowed the cameras to be on for the first five minutes.

  • Snow received applause from some reporters when he arrived.

  • Said one reporter: “Where you been?” Another: “Did Rove do a double delete on you?”

  • As he began discussing his cancer, Snow said, “I’ll try not to get choked up.” That didn’t work out so well, as Snow choked up on several occasions and took long pauses to regain his composure.

  • On cancer: “You never anticipate this stuff…it just happens.”


  • He thanked NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell “for the basket.”

  • “Anybody who does not believe that thoughts and prayers make a difference are just wrong.”


  • “Faith, hope and love is a big part of it.”

  • “I’m unbelievably lucky and unbelievably blessed.”

  • His advice to those with cancer: “Don’t go it alone.” “Be of courage.” “You’ve got the gift of life so make the most of it.”


  • Of course, when it was time to get back to the issues of the day, Snow asked that the cameras be turned off and instantly slipped by referring to the “Iran supplemental” instead of “Iraq.” He was able to deflect attention, however, by poking fun at a journalist who recently misspelled Iraq.

  • When asked “Are we winning the war?” Snow sighed, repeated the question and said, “Yeah, exactly, ‘Welcome Back.’”

  • Snow later apologized for not thanking Dana Perino and the White House Press Office in his earlier, televised remarks and said that, with Perino, “a star has been born.” At one point, Perino was so interested in the briefing that she was checking out her split ends. A photographer caught her in the moment and we can’t wait for those pictures to come out.

  • Girl Power at the Pentagon

    From Washington Whispers:

      History is being made inside the Pentagon press room, and the trailblazers in skirts and lipstick say it’s a change for the better. For the first time ever, about a third of the historically male Pentagon press corps is female. The latest addition, Fox News Channel’s Jennifer Griffin, brings the number of regular female reporters to nine (including our very own Anna Mulrine). “It’s better than ever,” says CNN’s Barbara Starr. “The more the merrier,” adds AP’s Robert Burns.

    ABC Welcomes Klein

    ABC’S Paul Mason welcomes Rick Klein in an email to staffers:

      Today we welcome Rick Klein as our new Senior Political Reporter and author of the new version of The Note. Rick will contribute stories to all ABC News broadcasts and platforms including political coverage and analysis on He will work closely with David Chalian, and add his considerable experience in reporting on government and politics to our Political Unit.

      Rick joins ABC News from The Boston Globe where he covered Congress and national politics. He joined the Globe in 2000. Prior to coming to Washington in 2004 to cover the Bush-Cheney campaign, Klein covered the Massachusetts State House and Boston City Hall. He previously worked as a metro reporter at The Dallas Morning News.

      A native of Long Island, N.Y., Klein graduated with a degree in politics from Princeton University, where he served as editor-in-chief of The Daily Princetonian. He lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Laine.

      Please join me in welcoming Rick to ABC News.

    Cox v. Alterman v. Lehmann: The Reenactment

    Haven’t had enough of the Cox/Alterman/Lehmann debate yet? Gawker has reenacted the debate here.


    Morning Reading List, 04.30.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Eggs are the preferred breakfast food of D.C. journos.

  • Mother Jones on the Washington Times’ gala.

  • A reader has beef with WJLA:

      Their webpage is a mess with three gazillion things trying to load at once, including live video/audio and such. Even though I’ve closed all my browsers there’s a live audio stream from some sort of weather report that is still playing on my computer, just in tiny stuttered stops. Is this some evil scheme by Allbritton? What a sh*tty website … And now, its ghosts are living in my computer.

      “Temperatures will be in the … Have a great … have a grr … have a grr … have a grea … have a great day.”

  • Northern Virginia Daily is looking for a General assignment reporter.
  • The (Annapolis) Capital is seeking Education Reporter.

  • It’s Moyers v. Kristol over Vietnam.

  • Deb Howell on “Falling Short On Fairness.”

  • PBS Newshour is looking for Broadcast Desk Assistants.

  • The Center for Community Change is looking for a Writer.

  • Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc. is looking for a Senior Associate Editor.

  • “The Blacksburg tragedy dominated the cable and radio talk airwaves last week as no other story has all year, according to PEJ’s Talk Show Index for April 15-20. The horrific slaughter consumed 63% of the airtime, narrowly eclipsing talk host’s Don Imus firing, which accounted for 61% of the talk menu the week before.”

  • Is David Bass keeping David Corn in check? Check out the Corn & Miniter Show on Pajamas Media.

  • A tipster writes in, “ = on crack. Take note. It already exists in DC.”

  • Cousin TVNewser reports, “More than 2.2 million people watch the first 2008 presidential candidate debate on MSNBC Thursday evening.”

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • Tony’s Back

    He holds this morning’s 10 a.m. press gaggle. More from Peter Baker here

    Mark Halperin Joins Time

    From the release:

      Mark Halperin joins TIME as an editor-at-large and senior political analyst effective May 3, it was announced today by Richard Stengel, Managing Editor, TIME.

      One of the most widely respected political reporters in the country, Halperin will contribute regularly to TIME magazine and have a daily presence on Based in New York, he will also maintain an office in the Washington, DC bureau of TIME and will join the magazine’s reporting team covering the 2008 elections. He will continue to serve as a political analyst for ABC News, where he has been on staff since 1988. For, Halperin founded and edited the online publication The Note, which has been characterized as the most influential daily tipsheet in American politics by publications including The New Yorker, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Vanity Fair. …

      From November 1997 until April 2007, Halperin served as political director of ABC News, responsible for political reporting and planning for the network’s television, radio and Internet coverage. He also appeared regularly on ABC News television and radio as a correspondent and analyst, including for election night coverage, presidential inaugurations and State of the Union speeches. He began working at ABC News in 1988 and has covered five presidential elections.

      Over his nearly twenty years as a journalist, Halperin has covered every major American political story, including working as a full-time reporter covering the Clinton presidential campaign in 1992 and the Clinton White House. He also covered major non-political stories, such as the O.J. Simpson criminal trial and the Oklahoma City bombing.

      Halperin is the co-author of The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and resides in New York City with Karen Avrich.

    BREAKING: NY Times Drops Out Of WHCA Dinner


    In today’s column, Frank Rich drops this subtle line…

      After last weekend’s correspondents’ dinner, The Times decided to end its participation in such events. But even were the dinner to vanish altogether, it remains but a yearly televised snapshot of the overall syndrome. The current White House, weakened as it is, can still establish story lines as fake as “Mission Accomplished” and get a free pass.

    Will anyone else do the same? Or is just the Times being, well, the Times?

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    Rick Klein To ABC

    The Boston Globe’s Rick Klein is leaving the paper to join ABC as a political writer for ABC’s Web site (including the Note). His gig will include television appearances as well.