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Archives: September 2007

Nancy Trejos to Cover Personal Finance

From the Washington Post’s internal announcement, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    We are pleased to announce that Nancy Trejos will replace Nell Henderson as our personal finance reporter. Nancy joined the Financial staff in February to cover real estate, after an impressive two month rotation in Iraq. During her seven months as a real estate reporter, she has written A1 stories about condo buyers whose projects are unexpectedly cancelled, glitzy condo parties to attract customers and “upside down” home sellers (who owe more on their homes than they can sell them for). Her memorable stories from Iraq include the difficulties of giving birth in Iraq, the return of “enjoyment marriages,” and the plight of women there.

    With her aggressive reporting, lively writing, creativity, energy and interest in consumer issues and pop culture (she lists chick lit and celebrity trivia as hobbies), Nancy has already had a huge impact on our coverage. We are delighted that she wants to expand her base to write about a wide range of personal finance issues. She will write for Sunday Business, the daily Business section and A1.

    Nancy was born and raised in Queens, where she lived with her Colombian father, her Ecuadorian mother and two older siblings. She moved to Washington in 1994 to study at Georgetown University and in 1998 took a Post summer internship in the Southern Maryland bureau. She worked briefly for the Los Angeles Times but then returned to the Post’s Southern Maryland bureau to cover three school districts. She later covered schools in Prince George’s and was a general assignment reporter in Montgomery County.

What Are You Doing This Weekend?


Are you joining the American Spectator for its annual pig roast and bluegrass fest in Madison, Virginia?

Journos Head To The Movies With President Bush

From Cox Newspaper’s Ken Herman:

    White House reporters sometimes are invited to what are couched as “social events” in the building. There are informal receptions, there are lavish state dinners with foreign dignitaries and there are luncheons.

    And there is movie night in the Family Theater crafted out of what was an East Wing cloakroom before it became the White House movie house in 1942.

    Last Sunday, I attended my first movie night, invited, as best I can tell, because of the subject matter of the film being screened. “The Kite Runner” is based on the very successful and moving novel about two childhood friends in war-torn Afghanistan.

    My connection to the tale is professional — I traveled with Laura Bush to cover her 2005 trip to Afghanistan. And I was aboard Air Force One when President Bush made a surprise visit to Kabul. So that’s probably why I was invited to the film.

    Social events at the White House events can be a problem for reporters: On the record or off the record? Nobody said anything about off the record, except, of course, the president during pre-movie conversation with him.

    The bottom line is a conundrum about what’s fair to report from social events at the White House.

    So let’s try it this way and see if anybody yanks my White House press pass: Here’s what it might have been like if you had been invited to movie night.</UL.

    Oh the suspense. Read the rest here.

Poll of the Day

Dan Abrams and Shuster’s Apology

FishbowlDC hears that MSNBC General Manager Dan Abrams asked David Shuster to apologize for Wednesday’s Rep. Marsha Blackburn incident and even wrote the bulk of Shuster’s on-air apology.

We also hear that an on-air explanation of this episode is not expected today, with MSNBC hoping to pretend the entire episode never happened.

Blackburn’s office told Abrams that the congresswoman never received a death notice from the Army for Jeremy Bohannon (that is true). Shuster hoped to acknowledge on air the various complaints received and that MSNBC would look into it further. Shuster is slated to host “Tucker” on Monday and that would provide a proper venue for a follow-up.

Abrams conceded that it was fair for Shuster to ask whether or not Blackburn knew the identity of the last person from her district who died in Iraq (she didn’t), but should acknowledge if he made a factual error in naming Jeremy Bohannon.

But as today’s Memphis Commercial Appeal article suggests, it’s not totally clear that Shuster made a factual error. Yes, Blackburn’s office did not receive a notice from the Army, but Bohannon’s last legal address (and where he lived for a year before joining the Army) was in Blackburn’s district.

Shuster appealed for further time to look into it, but Abrams shipped the reporter to apologize on air during Wednesday’s 6 p.m. hour:

    But according to Pentagon documents, that young man came from a town inside a neighboring congressional district, not from Representative Blackburn’s, and for that, I apologize for that mistake.

Did Abrams cave to Blackburn’s pressure and fail to back his own reporter? Or should Shuster not have mentioned Bohannon’s name and just let it stand that Blackburn didn’t know the identity of the last person from her district to die in Iraq? Or should Shuster not have asked the question at all until the particulars of this situation were completely settled? Let us know your thoughts.

Morning Reading List, 09.28.07

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  • 2 Amy’s wins the pizza poll!

  • 2 Clintons, 2 Stories — But Just 1 To See Print

  • Juan Williams: Bill O’Reilly Not A Racist

  • A NBC release announced that “Meet the Press with Tim Russert” “posted an impressive ratings win, outperforming the Sunday morning public affairs competition in all categories during the third quarter of 2007. According to Nielsen Media Research data, the NBC program attracted 3.088 million total viewers during the third quarter,” a 32% lead over ABC’s “This Week”, a 38% advantage over CBS’s “Face the Nation” and a 175% lead over “FOX News Sunday”.

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ beat CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers during the 3Q. This marks the first time that ‘This Week’ beat ‘Face the Nation’ since 3Q 2002. In addition, ‘Meet the Press’s’ 3Q total viewing lead over ‘This Week’ was 35% smaller versus 3Q 2006.”

  • Set your TiVo! A NBC release announced, “In her first-ever live television interview, Jenna Bush sits down with NBC News’ Ann Curry Monday, October 1 on NBC News’”

  • Again: Kurtz v. Silverstein.

  • Washington Post’s “The Post Politics Program,” aired on XM Satellite Radio’s POTUS ’08 program for the first time yesterday. The daily “The Post Politics Podcast” will air each weekday between 2:45 and 3 p.m. ET during “POTUS Live with Joe Mathieu.”

  • A tipster tells us, “Your account of Brad Pitt’s visit to the Post reminded me of a story from 1993, when Denzel Washington spent several days in the Post newsroom preparing for his part as an investigative reporter in the movie version of ‘The Pelican Brief.’ The scene was pretty much the same. Washington used then-National editor Fred Barbash’s office as a base for interviewing various reporters and editors. Barbash asked White House reporter Ann Devroy to take Washington to a White House briefing. Devroy agreed, but as she told some of us later she had absolutely no idea who Washington was until they were walking down 15th Street and passersby started doing double-takes and pointing at the actor. ‘What exactly do you do?’ Devroy asked. Washington explained who he was and what he was doing. ‘Oh,’ Devroy said. ‘I
    couldn’t figure out why people were making such a big deal about the
    new intern.’”

  • 5 Questions for Judy Woodruff.

  • PR Web reports, “Former CNN news anchor and ABC News correspondent Carol Lin has signed with Paul Schur, President of Washington, D.C.,-based PS & ASSOC, to represent her in all areas of public and media relations.”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “Dick and J. Edgar Diss Kay Graham

  • OJR reports, “Markos Moulitsas at DailyKos this week raised an important issue to which all journalists who cover the Web ought to show greater sensitivity. Moulitsas complained about a Wall Street Journal article which claimed that Moulitsas’ website held a position on campaign finance reform that is, in fact, the opposite of Moulitsas’ position.”

  • Poynter Online has a letter from Nancy Schwerzler, former Baltimore Sun Washington Correspondent: “Regarding NY Sun’s article on NSA press briefings: It is hardly surprising that the NSA has conducted ‘seminars’ for reporters in an attempt to influence how they reported on national security issues.” Read the full letter here.

  • CJR asks, “Can the government help the press? Should it?”

  • Economist reports, “Although healthier than newspapers, consumer magazines have problems”

  • Regarding the Washington Times hiring freeze question, a reader tells us, “wash times hiring freeze question — there hasn’t really been one. in recent months they brought on sarah carter, andrea billups, and some others. but might be worth exploring how they are poaching metro desk and moving folks to national.”

  • Can you answer CQ’s Political Trivia this week?

  • Fox 28 reports, “A Pentagon source said Wednesday that certain Time Warner e-mails and Web sites have been blocked on Army computers around the world due to a security breach.”

  • reports, “A US-based copyright watchdog has sunk its teeth into Google by sending a report alleging copyright violations on Google Video to members of Congress.”

  • AP reports, “Microsoft Corp. and its hardware partners are trying to bridge the divide between home computers and TV sets this holiday season with the release of several ‘media extenders.’”

  • CNet reports, “The first of the Webcast presidential dialogues put together by MySpace and MTV will debut on Thursday, September 27, with an appearance by former Democratic Sen. John Edwards as he meets with students at the University of New Hampshire.”

  • Multichannel News reports, “News Corp.’s Fox News group, in an overhaul of its online video strategy, is expanding the quantity of video content on and plans to debut enhanced ‘community’ features on the site of the forthcoming Fox Business Network channel.”

  • E&P reports, “Ever since seven newspaper companies announced with much fanfare an alliance with Internet giant Yahoo in November 2006, scant detail has emerged concerning the revenue upside newspapers expected to reap. More outfits have joined the deal — as of now 17 companies and roughly 400 newspapers — and there is still questions about when the partnership will find its legs.”

  • CNet reports, “Social-media sites are visited mainly by early technology adopters and pose thorny privacy problems but are an increasingly viable channel for news distribution for overwhelmed Internet consumers, panelists at the Emerging Technology Conference said on Wednesday.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “The U.S. Federal Communications Commission should review the practice of advertisers paying television programmers to feature products in shows to make sure disclosure rules are followed, two lawmakers said.”

  • CNN is dealing with some fall out from the “happy negro” comment.


  • BNA is looking for a Reporter for Pension & Benefits.

  • University of Maryland University College is looking for a Journalism & Photojournalism adjunct professors.

  • The Free Lance-Star Publishing Companies is seeking a Passionate Visual Journalist.

  • The Distilled Spirits Council is looking for a PR Manager.

  • Slate’s Washington D.C. office is hiring a one-year editorial assistant. More details on Craigslist.

  • International Center for Journalists is seeking an Editor.

  • National Public Radio is looking for an Editor for All Things Considered.

  • Stars and Stripes is looking for a Web Assistant.

  • Hanley Wood, LLC is looking for a Graphic Designer.

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

  • Phelps Leaves Newsday For LATimes

    From LAObserved:

      Timothy M. Phelps, the Washington bureau chief at Newsday, moves down the hall to the Times bureau as the Washington investigative editor.

    Read Doyle McManus’ memo here.

    Snow Recalls First Day: “Sphincter Tightening Terror”

    Last night, for White House Press Secretary Tony Snow made his first appearance on NBC’s Tonight Show.

    He first talked about his cancer treatment, saying that he feels good, but that he’ll be on and off chemotherapy for the rest of his life until they come up with a cure.

    President Bush also apparently offered to be Snow’s “phone buddy” while he was in the hospital, but Snow evidently passed on the offer, saying “Well, there are probably other things you have to do…”

    On the subject of dealing with the press, Snow admitted “If I hated reporters, I wouldn’t have been one for so many years…I liked having fun with them. I knew when they were jerking me around, so I jerked them around.”

    When Jay Leno asked why he quit, Snow bluntly said “I ran out of money. I know, people say ‘$168,000, Mr. Big Shot ran out of money…’ Well, I did.” He also said that he and his family ran out of money in August, but wanted to stay in the administration through the testimony of General David Petreaus and had to sell off some things in order to do so.

    Snow had a curious answer when Leno asked what it was like on the first day as press secretary, saying ‘sphincter-tightening terror.’

    The conversation then turned to Press Corps mainstay Helen Thomas, and Snow admiringly said ‘She’s 87, and she heckles….I want to be 87 and heckling somebody.”

    When asked if the President’s gaffes such as “Childrens do learn…” cause him to spit out his coffee, Snow admitted “Well, there are some days when it’s like chewing on tin foil.” Fellow Tonight Snow guest Ben Stiller quipped “You probably do it more than most…”

    “I dunno…the Clinton guys would probably give us a run for our money,” Snow retorted.

    Snow also said he plans to hit the campaign trail this election season.

    This Can’t Be Good For Journalists

    From First Read (via Wake Up! Call):

    We were a little distracted here… The Daily Show’s crew, like we said, is on site, and we might wind up in a couple of these shots! They want to know where all the journalists are, which is something we noted earlier.

    Did Tim Skip WTOP For The Boss?

    A tipster tells FishbowlDC:

      NBC’s Tim Russert canceled a regularly scheduled live shot on WTOP today. Staff at TOP didn’t know why he wouldn’t be able to make his weekly 8 am appearance until they spotted him in the front row of Springsteen’s Concert on the Today show.

    Natural follow-up: Do you blame him?