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Archives: November 2007 Launches “Campaign Tracker”

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Hollywood Ruvs Joe Lockhart

From Nikki Finke:

    Here’s an interesting writers strike PR nugget I just found out: Turns out both sides, first the Hollywood moguls and then the WGA, wanted to hire former Clinton White House press secretary Joe Lockhart as their official mouthpiece. Lockhart, now founding partner and president of the consulting firm Glover Park Group specializing in advocacy advertising, gained fame for flacking the Clinton impeachment trials. The mutual feeling was, if he can handle that, then a Hollywood strike will be a cakewalk.

Only One Question, Les?

In the DC Fishbowl, this is actually news: Les Kinsolving asked only one question today at the White House. He’s famous for always having two.

    MS. PERINO: No, no, no, no.

    Q One question –

    MS. PERINO: One?

    Q The day after tomorrow, December 1st, is the World Day on HIV/AIDS. I’m wondering if President Bush is going to address this crucial issue and if he would like to make any statement, since this health crisis is –

    MS. PERINO: The President will be –

    Q — for the U.S. population.

    MS. PERINO: The President will be making a statement tomorrow at an event in Mt. Airy, Maryland. He will mark World AIDS Day, and Mrs. Bush will be with him.’s Comments Rear Its Ugly Head Again

There have been some nasty reader comments on articles about Sean Taylor’s death, prompting these comments by Posties on the Post’s internal message system, obtained by FishbowlDC:

  • why do we continue to embarrass ourselves w reader comments on things like the sean taylor stories? one typical exchange on wilbon’s article: To all the white people po … ”

  • We are ABSOLUTELY embarrassing ourselves. And our readers know it. Here is a portion of an email I received this week: I am all for freedom of speech, but someone needs to moderate your comments section more carefully for hate speech. There are a number of people who post extremely hateful and rude comments, especially to other commentors. I do not enjoy being called names or receiving veiled threats just because my opinion differs from theirs. That is a common problem on the internet, but I do expect more from a publication like the Washington Post. Please do better to remove hateful and hurtful comments as soon as they are posted.
    Thank you.

  • sorry — didn’t at all realize we had let that stuff on line; thought Neely meant it was email feedback R

  • the comments to the stories on the District’s tax scandal have also been very hateful. i had to stop reading them.

Shea Named Post’s Deputy Editor of Book World

From an internal email, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    I’m delighted to report that effective Monday, Dec. 3, Rachel Hartigan Shea will be the new Deputy Editor of Book World. Rachel has been commandeering a wide range of cultural coverage for us since she joined Book World in 2005. In the short space of two years, she has made herself an indispensable part of the conceptualizing and engineering of the section.

    Juggling her many roles of assignment editor, ideas person, cultural maven, red-pencil nitpicker, and stylish reviewer, she has shown herself to have all the makings of a great deputy editor.

    We were fortunate to hire Rachel away from US News & World Report several years ago. Her editorial chops, graceful writing, perceptive observations, deep love of books, and easy collegiality are greatly valued by her colleagues, not only at Book World but throughout the world of book people, where she has made solid alliances.

    I greatly look forward to working closely with Rachel in her new position.

3rd Grader Bests XM Radio

From LATimes:

    The new subscription channel is an ultimate fix for political junkies, all-politics all-the-time. Producer Joanna Welch was opening the mail this morning and came upon a unique letter that had some spiling errers but made a very valid point.

    It was from Sophia McCrimmen, who turns out to be 8 years old and an avid politics and POTUS fan who lives in Mechanicsville, VA. “I love lisning to your shows!” she wrote. “I love politics so much! I just have one problem, you are underestimating the number of days until the election! You are forgeting that 2008 is a leap year!…Plese add one day too your total to acount for leap day. Keep up the good work.

    “P.S. Can you mabie read this on the radio? That would be super cool!!!!

    “P.P.S. If you have time. I don’t want to mess you up.”

    You can imagine how little time it took for Welch to check the calendar. Guess what? Sophia was right. The pros had been counting the days to the ’08 election incorrectly. It didn’t take long to get Sophia on the phone. You can hear her three-minute on-air interview with POTUS’s host of “1600″ Rebecca Roberts by clicking here.

Poll of the Day

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O’Donnell Switches Beats

TVNewser’s Chris Ariens got his hands on an internal NBC email, announcing that Kelly O’Donnell is leaving the White House beat to become a Capitol Hill correspondent. John Yang replaces her at the White House.

    She will be joining the producing team of Ken Strickland and Mike Viqueira who continue to provide unparalleled coverage on the Hill. …

    O’Donnell replaces Chip Reid who moved to CBS News in August. Back at the White House, David Gregory remains Chief correspondent while new hire Savannah Guthrie picks up Saturday duties covering the President and Kevin Corke is ‘Sunday White House Correspondent.’

Corke is also FishbowlDC’s favorite side-to-side looker.

But Ms. O’Donnell timed her timing perfectly: We spotted her at the White House this morning indulging in all those delicious goodies put out by the First Lady’s office for the media preview of the 2007 holiday decorations and food.

It’s Official: Reiss to EP “Hardball”

From the release:

    John Reiss
    has been named executive producer of “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” it was announced today by Phil Griffin, Senior Vice President, NBC News and Executive in Charge of MSNBC. Reiss will also play a critical role in MSNBC’s political coverage throughout the election year. The appointment is effective immediately. …

    Reiss, a nine-time Emmy Award winner, most recently served as executive producer of “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” from 2005 until March of 2007. During his tenure, “Nightly News” received more high-level journalism awards than any network evening newscast has in years. The awards included: four Emmy Awards, a duPont-Columbia Award, a Peabody Award, a Polk Award, six Edward R. Murrow Awards, including two for “Best Newscast,” sixteen National Headliner Awards including two for “Best Newscast,” two Gerald Loeb Awards for financial reporting, two Sigma Delta Chi awards and two Gracie Awards. Reiss was previously the senior broadcast producer of “Nightly News” from 2002 – 2005.

    Prior to joining “Nightly News,” Reiss was a producer and senior producer at “Dateline NBC” from 1994 – 2002. At “Dateline,” he was a member of the senior staff and supervised many projects, including two award-winning hours, “The Roots of Rage,” on the U.S. and Islam after 9/11, and “The Plane Truth,” on the airline industry.

    Before joining NBC News in 1994, Reiss was a producer at ABC’s “Good Morning America” from April 1991 – July 1994. At GMA, he produced a variety of stories, focusing on hard news and filled in regularly both as head of the field producing unit and as a line producer, overseeing the entire week’s programming.

    From 1983 – 1988, Reiss was a writer and later head writer for ABC’s “World News this Morning,” and for GMA’s news segments. From 1988 – 1991 he was ABC’s morning news editorial producer, during which time he covered many stories, including the 1988 US-Soviet summit in Moscow and the 1989 democracy movement in China. Reiss was in Tiananmen Square on the night of the government’s crackdown.

    He began his journalism career in print journalism and radio. He worked as a news clerk at “The New York Times’” Washington bureau and wrote and reported for Buffalo’s only all-news radio station and for “The Buffalo Evening News.”

    He graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

Meet the Press: More Powerful Than You Thought

…cuz it’s making CBN News’ David Brody TIVO church.

From his latest email blast:

    The Brody File will be on Meet the Press this Sunday. I need to stop talking in the “third person.”

    Hope you can tune in. I’ll TIVO Church. Can you do that?

    David Brody
    CBN News