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Archives: July 2007

Ann Compton: The FishbowlDC Interview

comptonintpic2.JPG Say hello to ABC’s Ann Compton.

What word do you routinely misspell? In this administration: subpoena.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? silent — the President hates to be interrupted during photo ops. (I misspell interrupted, too.)

What time did you get up this morning? 5:20a

When did you last cry and why? Actually, I can’t remember.

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? afternoon rush hour sometimes 400 — all work related.

What’s your favorite letter? a gentle handwritten apology from Bush41 after he snapped at one of my questions.

Read the rest when you click below…(and see previous FishbowlDC interviews: Julie Mason, David Shuster, Joe Curl, Alex Pareene, Peter Beinart, Jonah Goldberg, Megyn Kendall, Ana Marie Cox, Jim Brady, Howard Mortman, Amy Argetsinger, Jose Antonio Vargas, Chuck Todd, Tom Gottlieb, Kelly Ann Collins, David von Drehle, David Lat, Mark Leibovich, Zain Verjee, David Plotz, Paul Kane, Karen Travers, Mark Halperin, Hugo Gurdon, Greg Kelly,Ken Rudin, John Dickerson, Anne Schroeder, Spencer Ackerman, Bret Baier, Bob Sellers, Greta van Susteren, Danielle Jones, Jonathan Salant, John McCalla, Pam Hess, Ryan Grim, Marc Ambinder, Marty Kady, Jack Shafer, Annie Lou Bayly, Jerry Zremski, Charlie Cook, Dave Hughes, Howard Fineman, Katie Tarbox, Mark Segraves, Chris Cillizza, Tom Sietsema, Bill Triplett, Robin Givhan, David Brody, Norah O’Donnell, Carl Cannon, Jordan Lieberman, David Folkenflik, Molly Henneberg, Ernesto Londono, Brody Mullins, Aaron Blake, Martha Raddatz, Andrew Sullivan, Christina Bellantoni, Shane Harris, Nora McAlvanah, Adam Nagourney, Erin McPike, Mike Memoli, Ju-Don Marshall Roberts, Arthur Delaney, Chris Mincher, Rachel Sklar, Laura Sullivan, Jeff Kosseff, Matthew Cooper, Scott McCrary, Dan Reilly, Jennifer Griffin, Ari Shapiro, Jonathan Kaplan, Rick Klein, Mike Allen, Olivier Knox, Erik Wemple, Nathan Burchfiel, Andrea Mitchell, Mike DeBonis, Anne Kornblut, April Ryan, Amy Morris, Keith Koffler, <strong>Mark Silva)

Also, drop us a line to let us know who else you’d like FishbowlDC to interview. They must work in the Washington area and you must include their email address.

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Is Ed Henry Becoming CNN’s Dana Milbank?

Or at the very least, he seems to get to write about all the cool stuff.

Let’s recap:

Ed Henry on Bono

Ed Henry on Green Day

Ed Henry on Dave Chappelle

And, now
, Ed Henry on President Bush and Gordon Brown being BFFs.

The Blog Girls Break Up!

Could it really be?!? CNN’s Jacki Schechner’s contract was not renewed and she’s no longer with the network, meaning that the tag team of Schechner and Abbi Tatton are no longer.

Instantly, everything else seems meaningless…

Headline of the Day

No booby prizes in this campaign” – Wes Pruden, The Washington Times

(Hat Tip: Wake Up Call!)

NBC, CBS Look To Lobby

Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, LLP has signed on to represent NBC Universal.

And Wiley Rein, LLP has signed on to represent CBS.

Paul Kane’s Life Continues To Improve

First Roll Call, then and now the New York Times!

From The Note:

    New York Times’ Dan Eggen and Paul Kane: “Alaska Senator’s Home Is Raided”

Morning Reading List, 07.31.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • SPOTTED YESTERDAY!!! From a tipster: “Chuck Todd…Seen in Atlanta’s airport pacing back and forth with his cell phone in one ear and his finger in the other.”

  • More on Rep. Stark’s apology to journalists.

  • Dana Bash and John King: Dating!

  • From a tipster (regarding this “Washington Sketch” column) “It’s amusing that Dana Millbank mocks Rep. Jackson-Lee for calling Marc Rich ‘Marvin’ when he himself mis-identifies Linda Sanchez as ‘Loretta,’ don’t you think?”

  • Wendy Buckley, Director of Web Operations for The Magazine Group has recently left that post to join the team as Director of Programming for AOL’s Money.

  • Another reader points out this: Could “Chief Strategists BMF and JBB” in a recent Philippe Reines GOTV effort be none other than Philippe Michael Feldman and Jeremy Bash?

  • For those of you wondering whether the NBC/NYT deal will affect any current relationships (such as the one between Washington Post and MSNBC), an NBC spokesperson tells FishbowlDC that “the collaboration will be in addition to, and will not replace, the news organizations” existing relationships with other content partners.

  • Who Said Print is Dead?”

  • Washington Post reports, “The Bancroft family vote on whether to sell Dow Jones & Co. to Rupert Murdoch could be completed Monday with an announcement as early as Tuesday that the sale will go through.” The Wall Street Journal reports that the family had a deadline of 5 p.m. on Monday.

  • B&C reports, “The FCC has decided not to seek full court review of the Second Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling that its ‘fleeting profanity’ findings against Fox were ‘arbitrary and capricious.’”

  • From, “More magazines are looking to the Internet to keep readers interested in their offerings. According to a recent report from the Magazine Publishers of America (MPA), magazines increased their digital initiatives by more than 135% this year.”

  • AdAge reports, “Mags Migrate From Building Content to Buying It.”

  • ComicsDC reports, “Washington Examiner drops all comics”

  • AP reports, “It started with the help wanted ads. Now real estate ads are tailing off. But as the shift in advertising from the printed page to the Internet continues, newspaper executives believe there’s hope for their product.”

  • Beet.TV reports, “The New York Times has just introduced long-form sponsored videos which appear on the paper’s main video page.” The new program launched last week with videos produced by FedEx.

  • reports, “Pearson, the educational publisher and owner of the Financial Times and, on Monday raised its guidance for full-year growth at two of its businesses and expressed confidence in being able to compete with the Wall Street Journal if it was acquired by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp or with a merged Thomson-Reuters.”

  • Wired Magazine reports, “To Save Themselves, US Newspapers Put Readers to Work”

  • The AP reports, “The Associated Press is closing down a 2-year-old premium multimedia service that emphasized nontraditional methods of storytelling, saying that it had failed to gain enough traction with newspaper clients.”

  • David Bauder writes, “Liberal activists are stepping up their campaign against Fox News Channel by pressuring advertisers not to patronize the network.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “Salon’s Walsh shrugs off HuffPo threat”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “…that most basic of journalistic rules was lost on Mirthala Salinas, who remains on unpaid leave while the Spanish-language television network Telemundo decides her fate for dating Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa while she covered him as a political reporter. … But history has shown that it may be premature to write her off.”

  • AFP reports, “NowPublic announced Monday that the fast-growing citizen journalism website has scored 10.6 million dollars ( US) in financing to fuel its drive to become the world’s largest news agency.”

  • A Post reader writes, “Your July 19 obituary of prominent American tenor Jerry Hadley ['Leading Tenor in N.Y., D.C.'] highlighted The Post’s lack of coverage of musical news. Hadley died eight days after shooting himself, yet there was no item on the shooting itself soon afterward.”

  • AdAge looks at David Bauder’s AP story involving MoveOn: “What’s left unsaid in the AP piece is that MoveOn has been pitching this story for weeks now. According to the AP piece, ‘the groups want to first concentrate on businesses running local ads, as opposed to national commercials.’ That seems to contradict the AP’s own story which points out that the groups have been trying, with absolutely no success, to target Home Depot.”


  • MSNBC Interactive News is looking for a Writer/Editor for Politics.

  • PBS Newshour is looking for a Managing News Editor.

  • Southern Maryland Newspapers is looking for a Sports reporter.

  • Capitol News Connection is looking for an Environment & Energy Reporter.

  • Georgetown University is looking for an Associate University Editor.

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

  • Hottest Media Types: The Winners

    Hottest Male, Off Air: Kriston Capps


    Hottest Male, On Air: Bill Press, “The Bill Press Show” (even though Entertainment show EXTRA will profile FNC’s Greg Kelly tonight as one of the most eligible bachelors in the TV industry…)


    Hottest Male, PR: Jonathan Shradar, Department of Energy


    Hottest Female, Off Air: Catherine Andrews, Washingtonian


    Hottest Female, On Air: Pamela Brown, WJLA


    Hottest Female, PR: Jade Floyd, AACTE


    What Happens When You Put The Interns In Charge?

    ABC’s World News Tonight recently found out.

    WSJ/News Corp: “Very Unlikely”

    Get the latest here.