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Archives: November 2007

Party Photos: CQ’s Bash At Carnegie Library

(Earlier: “CQ Politics Party Tomorrow“)

From last night:





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A Sad, Sad Day

All of Washington’s journalists send their deep condolences to Bloomberg’s Jonathan Salant, whose wife, Joan, passed away unexpectedly last night. There is a service on Sunday.

Please keep Jonathan, Joan and their families and friends in your thoughts.

The Courage To Confront Clinton?

Today, Howie Kurtz touches on a story touched on by TNR’s Michael Crowley three weeks ago: That not all reporters are in love with the Clinton campaign’s press access.

We’re more interested in this, however: The reporters willing to go on the record with their complaints, risking future relations with the powerful Clinton contingency.

Those named in Kurtz’s piece:

ABC correspondent Kate Snow
Newsweek’s Andrew Romano
Boston television reporter Joe Battenfeld

Poll of the Day

Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibibi says “I mean this whole notion of journalism school–I can’t believe people actually go to journalism school. You can learn the entire thing in like three days.”

What do you think?

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Shuster, Ifill, Taylor Weigh In On “Imus” … Sort Of

We’ve been keeping a tally of which 2007 Imus guests will go back on Don Imus’ program when it returns. Out of the previous D.C.-based guests on Imus’ program in 2007, we’ve heard back from Howard Fineman, Craig Crawford, Chris Wallace, Chris Matthews, Ana Marie Cox and David Gregory.

Three more have gotten back to us:

Gwen Ifill: “I have no thoughts.”

David Shuster: “I subscribe to the Howard Fineman way of thinking about this — I will follow company policy. However, I don’t know what NBC/MSNBC policy is and I haven’t asked yet. So, I don’t know.”

Stuart Taylor, Jr.: “If Imus calls, which he has not done in several years, I expect that I would say I’d be glad to go on, but with the understanding that I might say that those of us who are critical of the excesses of racial victimology need to be especially careful to avoid anything close to a racial slur or racist remark. The reasons are to avoid any insult to African-Americans as a group and to avoid giving openings to those who are quick to charge ‘racial insensitivity’ to divert attention from the important issues of race in this country. I feel especially strongly about these dangers given that my recent book happens to focus on an episode in which white Duke lacrosse players – who are good guys — were victims of lying and character assassination by a mob including many black (as well as many white) abusers of power.

We’ll let you know when we hear from the rest of Imus’ 2007 DC guests.

CNN’s Mixed Bag

On the one hand, CNN is happy because their last two debates have rocked the house ratings-wise.

On the other hand, “CNN Admits Holes in Screening of Questioners.”

Hillyer & Citizens United Threaten Legal Action Against CNN

From an email sent from Hillyer to CNN Senior Producer Melissa Dunst Lipman, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    Dear Ms. Lipman:

    I write to register strenuous objections to your highly unprofessional hit piece last night (Broken Government — “Campaign Killers,” hosted by Campbell Brown ) against David Bossie and Citizens United, and to demand an on-air retraction of part of it, along with corrections made in any future showings. In particular, if a retraction of the defamatory words “fringe militia” is not offered publicly by CNN, and soon, I will advise Mr. Bossie to consider legal action.

    All of us here at Citizens United object to numerous aspects of CNN’s conduct.

    Ms. Brown referred to Mr. Bossie and Citizens United as being one of several “fringe militias.” Not only is Citizens United hardly a “fringe” group (unless consistent and open association with the former Speaker of the House, a current leading presidential candidate, and numerous other leading Republicans can be considered “fringe”), but to refer to it as a “militia” is a clear and obvious falsehood. We demand a retraction.

Read the rest of the letter after the jump…

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Chaggaris Promoted, Ambinder Named CBS Chief Political Consultant

Former CBS Deputy Political Director Steve Chaggaris is now the network’s director of political coverage, replacing Molly Levinson. And Marc Ambinder has been named Chief Political Consultant (he’ll keep his Atlantic/National Journal gigs).

TVNewser has the full memo.

Friday Fightin’

Lots of hair flying in the blogosphere today.

Two fights a’brewin:

  • Is Perry Bacon Serious? Obama story has no place in the Washington Post

  • The Washington Times John Mitchell called the Post’s Len Shapiro a “racist, conniving skunk.”

  • Morning Reading List, 11.30.07

    Good morning Washington.

  • You think Facebook is stupid (but admit it — you secretly love it).


  • The Examiner announced the addition of two reporters — Leah Fabel who most recently worked on a web-based project on the role of faith in American and Freeman Klopott who for the past 14 months has been covering city government, environmental issues and general assignments for the Keene (N.H.) Sentinel.


  • How about some straight talk to go along with newspaper transformation?”

  • Editors say news in print will stay


  • The AP reports, “The desire for greater control over how search engines index and display Web sites is driving an effort by leading news organizations and other publishers to revise a 13-year-old technology for restricting access. Currently, Google Inc., Yahoo Inc. and other top search companies voluntarily respect a Web site’s wishes as declared in a text file known as ‘robots.txt,’ which a search engine’s indexing software, called a crawler, knows to look for on a site.”

  • Washington Post reports, “AOL has begun flooding the Web with dozens of new and updated products, many of which do not even bear its famous name, in an attempt to expand its network and reach people wherever they may be. With a partner, it runs edgy celebrity gossip site TMZ. It recently started Bluestring, a site that scours the Internet for one’s photos, videos and music and stores them in one place online. And it has unveiled a video search engine called Truveo used by Microsoft’s Web sites, the technology portal CNet and others.”

  • Check out the latest Washington Social Diary.

  • Salon’s Joan Walsh on “Integrity and slime, in old media and new


  • Big local tv news: “WJLA Grabs Top Spot At 11 p.m. From WRC”

  • Matthew Felling wonders why Ann Coulter is on C-SPAN (perhaps it’s because she wants to be the WH press secretary)

  • A look at PBS’ Newshour.

  • reports, “The four US television networks in a pay dispute with Hollywood television writers over online video advertising are in line to generate $120m of revenues in 2007 from free web streaming of their content, according to a leading media buyer.”

  • The Chicago Tribune reports, “With little time to spare for Tribune Co., the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission proposed regulatory relief Wednesday that would help Chicago billionaire Sam Zell close the $8.2 billion deal to take the media conglomerate private by year’s end.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Coming off a setback at the hands of the cable television industry, the head of the Federal Communications Commission moved to reassert himself on Wednesday by proposing that the commission quickly adopt a rule that would prevent Comcast, the nation’s biggest cable company, from becoming larger, commission officials said.”


  • His Exrtreme-ness tells us, “A rare night out for Extreme Mortman yesterday as we joined the steadfastly magnificent folks at Reason magazine to hear ‘Confessions of a Political Hit Man: An Evening with Roger Stone.’ We found the literary libertarian company pleasing — and Roger Stone even more pleasing still.”

  • Jon Fine’s media predictions for 2008.


  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Schedules Researcher, Committees Reporter and an Assistant Documents Editor.

  • Thompson Publishing Group is looking for an Experienced Editor and an Editor/Writer.

  • Northern Virginia Daily is seeking a Bureau Chief.

  • Voice of America is looking for a Web journalist.

  • The Bay is looking for a Local/Breaking News Reporter.

  • The Navy League of the United States is seeking an Assistant Editor.

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