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Archives: December 2007

Partying in Iowa

From Playbook:

    Guess who, during an hour-long riff in Iowa last night that included a salute to Senator Clinton’s work in Upstate New York, gave a shout-out to “Mr. Russert in the back of the room”?

    Yes, that IS a toughie, so here’s a hint. Also in the back of the room: Betsy Fischer, Chuck Todd, Dan Balz, Chris “The Fix” Cillizza, Mark Halperin (I’m not making this up), Karen Avrich, John F. Harris, Jonathan Martin, Ryan Lizza and Kate Snow?

The Post’s Most Popular Opinions (Read: Froomkin)

Which Washington Post columnists generated the most traffic online in 2007? The paper lists the top ten most popular individual columns.

10. Richard Cohen
9. Dan Froomkin
8. Mohsin Hamid
7. Dan Froomkin
6. Andrew Bacevich
5. William Odom
4. Dan Froomkin
3. Washington Post editorial
2. Bill Kristol
1. Liz Cheney

For links to those individual columns, click here.

Morning Reading List, 12.31.07

Good morning Washington.

Quickly navigate Morning Reading List:


  • Wow. Between drinking, food, money and something about your job (promotion, more money, etc.), most of you did not include any of these in your New Years Resolutions.


  • Mike Allen’s Playbook says “The all-terrain Martin, who has become like the hurricane stuntcasters as he shivers on cable-news stations in increasingly frigid conditions,”

  • Deb Howell’s latest.

  • A release announced, “With the launch of daily telephone tracking polling leading up to the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, the Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby alliance will keep voters informed right through the November 2008 election. The first of five installments of more than 800 likely caucus-goers in Iowa will be released Sunday, Dec. 30, and will continue each day to pull hundreds of new likely voters into the poll, releasing the results daily right through the caucuses. The day after the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 4, we will release our first tracking poll on the New Hampshire primary.” Check it out here.

  • A release announced, “From Saturday, Jan. 5 through Wednesday, Jan. 9, approximately 30 American University students will rub elbows with the presidential candidates, their campaign staffs and the news media in Manchester, N.H., for the 2008 New Hampshire Presidential Primary. The trip is the culmination of Special Topics in News Media: Covering the 2008 Presidential Election,a course offered by AU’s School of Communication.”

  • The New York Times fesses up to a mistake. “A post in The Medium blog that appeared on Monday about the Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul and his purported adoption by white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups contained several errors. Stormfront, which describes itself as a ‘white nationalist’ Internet community, did not give money to Ron Paul’s presidential campaign; according to Jesse Benton, a spokesman for Paul’s campaign, it was Don Black, the founder of Stormfront, who donated $500 to Paul.”

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  • We noticed that MSNBC was the only breaking news email we received about the Patriots on Saturday.

  • Some good bowl games today and DC TV and radio gears up for the playoffs.”

  • On the decision to simulcast the NFL Network Game of the Week, featuring the Patriots and Giants, on the NBC and CBS networks, Richard Ramlall, RCN Senior Vice President, Strategic and External Affairs issued this statement: “This action by the NFL Network seriously devalues the contract between us and we are considering our options. We paid extra for the right to carry this historic game as well as the other games throughout the season. In effect, the NFL Network is making RCN customers pay extra for what others are getting for free. It’s unprecedented that the NFL Network has decided to
    alter a signed contract without negotiation or consideration of the other parties. If this decision was subject to an instant replay call, it would be over turned as a grievous foul of the rules.”

  • In case you missed it, The Des Moines Register has the candidates’ holiday ads.

  • DCRTV reports, “Ledo Pizza’s naming rights deal for all-newser WTOP’s ‘Glass-Enclosed Nerve Center’ comes to an end at the end of the year. A Bonneville source tells DCRTV that the newsroom will no longer have a sponsor. Instead, Annapolis-based Ledo will be an hourly sponsor of WTOP’s sports reports.”

  • The Huffington Post reports, “A study released this month by the Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA) at George Mason University found that Fox News Channel’s evening coverage was more “balanced” than that of the broadcast networks. However, the objectivity of the CMPA, which bills itself as a nonpartisan media watchdog group, is questionable, as the Center for Media and Democracy’s SourceWatch found that ‘nearly all its funding comes from conservative foundations.’” TVNewser has more and check out the study here.

  • Wonkette reports, “Last night, ABC and NBC News interviewed Getty photographer John Moore who (along with Farooq Naeem of Agence France-Presse) took the photos I published yesterday. During the interview, they showed one of the photographs I swore mainstream media wouldn’t show you (and the one the editors of the New York Times had the stones to put unedited on the front page above the fold this morning).”

  • ABC reports, “The 87-year-old founder of Comcast Corp. s pay will keep going to his beneficiaries for five years after his death under a new agreement. Ralph J. Roberts’ new salary agreement takes effect on Jan. 1, according to a document the company filed Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The pact succeeds Roberts’ current compensation deal, which expires next week.”

  • Group Calls on MSNBC to Host GOP Candidates Left Out of FNC Forum

  • DCTRV reports, “In a Friday editorial in the NY Post (page 31, not on its pop-up-laden website), 3WT and Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly calls the Washington Post ‘a newspaper densely populated with secular progressives’ who are campaigning for ‘gay marriage, legalized drugs, (and) unfettered abortion.’”

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  • Wonkette writes, “Now, if you’ve been following Andrew Sullivan’s blog the last few months, you’ve noticed that he’s not only supporting Barack — which obvs is fine, go for it — and slamming Hillary in every post for her gutless attacks, but he won’t say a friggin’ word when Barack pulls out the Nasty. Check out how he handled yesterday’s Clinton-Obama repartee, and then someone please tell him to go back to libertarian land, where he belongs.”

  • Check out PolitiFact’s greatest hits here.

  • Slate reports, “‘Tis the season to be jolly. Also to avoid contact with your editor, if you happen to be a newspaper reporter. This is a shame, because after a mad pre-Christmas rush, many subscribers find that during the holiday week itself they have more idle time than usual to linger over their daily newspaper. But in an unfortunate mismatch between supply and demand, this is always the very week during which newspapers have the hardest time filling their columns with anything even vaguely worth publishing.”

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  • CQ Politics explains the caucus process.

  • WWD reports, “Time Inc.’s corporate communications department sent out a media sampling selected by their editors. An Amy Winehouse CD, DVDs of the television show ‘Friday Night Lights” and the Oscar-winning film “The Lives of Others,’ and Khaled Hosseini’s novel “A Thousand Splendid Suns” made the cut.”

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  • The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is looking for a Director, Media Relations.

  • Living Cities is looking for a Director of Communications.

  • Washingtonian Magazine is looking for an Online Advertising Sales Associate.

  • The Virginian-Pilot is looking for a Day News Editor and a Staff Writer/Online News.

  • Global Environment Facility is looking for a Communications Editor/Writer Contractor.

  • National Public Radio is looking for an Associate Producer, Social Media.

  • SAIS is looking for a new communications assistant for the Communications Office. Apply online here.

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

  • Milbank Calls Out Reporters For Anti-Hillary Coverage

    From CNN’s “Reliable Sources“:

      KURTZ: I had the impression it was a camp reunion when I was out there in Iowa. And it is great, the retail campaigning in Iowa and New Hampshire. It is fun to cover and it is real, but it’s — when the votes are counted and we decide who did well — for example, Hillary Clinton, let’s say she doesn’t win Iowa. Let’s say she gets edged out by 1,000 votes.

      Is the press going to savage her as a loser?

      MILBANK: The press will savage her no matter what, pretty much.

      KURTZ: If she wins?

      MILBANK: Well, obviously if she wins by any great margin — the press with Hillary Clinton, it’s a poisonous relationship. And I visited the various campaigns out there. It’s a mutual sort of disregard. And they really have their knives out for her, there’s no question about it out there. So…

      KURTZ: And to what extent do you think that is affecting the coverage of Senator Clinton?

      MILBANK: I think it unquestionably is. And I think Obama gets significantly better coverage than Hillary Clinton does, and given an equal performance he’ll come out better for it.

      KURTZ: Is this because journalists like Obama better than Hillary or…

      MILBANK: It’s more that they dislike Hillary Clinton. There is a long history there, her antagonism towards the press. It’s returned in spades. And it is a venomous relationship that I see out there.

      KURTZ: Interesting.

    Other notable quotables from Milbank:

      MILBANK: Well, I look at it — the press, I call them the Greek chorus, which in turn is sort of from the cult of Dionysus. If you know from reading the Greek plays…

      KURTZ: Is there going to be a pop quiz here?

      MILBANK: Well, there will be at the end. But basically the chorus is always jumping in and singing and dancing and drawing attention to itself instead of the actual figures in the action. So that’s what I call — the Washington journalists are the chorus.

      KURTZ: But you’re singling Kristol out as an Iraq war cheerleader and kind of suggesting that he doesn’t deserve his success. But there are a lot of other people who supported the Iraq war, even on the liberal side.

      MILBANK: Absolutely. No, no, no, I picked many. I picked some from the conservative side, everywhere from Jeff Gannon, speaking of a particular kind of prostitute, but to Fred Barnes and Bill Kristol at “The Weekly Standard” in a much more respectable way. ….


      KURTZ: Aren’t 99 percent of Washington journalists hard-working folks who aren’t whack jobs or cheerleaders for one side or the other?

      MILBANK: I don’t — not sure it’s 99 percent, but there are a lot of hard-working…

      KURTZ: More than a majority?

      MILBANK: There are a lot of hard-working, honest journalists in this town, by I would exclude them from the “Homo Politicus” frame I’m using here.

      KURTZ: They’re not members of the tribe…

      MILBANK: No, they are not admitted to the tribe. If they are fair and balanced, they are not going qualify as a Potomac man.

      KURTZ: OK.

    Happy Hour

    Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Mike Huckabee and Barack Obama.

  • Face the Nation: John Edwards, CBS’s Lara Logan and Politico’s John Harris.

  • Fox News Sunday: Fred Thompson and David Yepsen with a panel of Fred Barnes, Mara Liasson, Bill Kristol and Juan Williams.

  • This Week: Sens. John McCain and Hillary Clinton with a roundtable of David Brooks, Donna Brazile and George Will.

  • Late Edition: Sens. Chris Dodd and Joseph Biden , Sam Nunn, former Georgia Senator, William Cohen, former Defense Secretary and Mark Halperin, Time Magazine.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman, Fergus Cullen will be interviewed by Politico’s Senior Editor, David Mark, and Christian Science Monitor Correspondent, Gail Russell Chaddock.

  • Chris Matthews Show: Joe Klein of Time magazine; Andrea Mitchell of NBC News; Howard Fineman of Newsweek; and Michele Norris of NPR.

  • Reliable Sources: CNN’s Jessica Yellin, Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, Politico’s Roger Simon, Des Moines Reister’s David Yepsen, author and political analyst Keli Goff and blogger and founder of Mike Krempasky.

  • Howard Kurtz Facebook Update

    Howard Kurtz added 13 friends this week, brining his total to 1,041. He also had two status updates which included:

      Howard is grateful for Chinese restaurants that stay open on Christmas.

      Howard is wondering who thought a caucus two days after New Year’s was a good idea.

    If you’d like to add Howard as a friend, click here.

    Fishbowl DC is also on Facebook now. It took a while, but now we’re hooked.

    Poll of the Day

    Show Us Your O (Really…) Face

    We’re a big fan of watching and seeing which talking head makes the most serious, “stop me before I think again” face.

    This week’s installment: Byron York.


    Go over there yourself and send us your best screen shot.

    Howell: “We’re Not Here To Be Loved”

    From an internal posting by Washington Post ombudsman Deb Howell, obtained by FishbowlDC:

      My column for Jan. 6 is going to say that though while I cringe at venomous e-mail and comments and I take my share every week, that I think it’s time for us to ignore them. They’re not going away and it takes too much emotional energy to fret over them. We’re not here to be loved. I quote a couple of staff members (Farhi and Fisher) who say they’re not bothered by them. I mention that many staffers dislike them intensely and don’t read them. I’m looking for someone to quote on the record about that. Any takers? Please reply in e-mail, which I will be checking while I’m out of town from this afternoon to Jan. 3. I’ll be happy to show you the column pre-publication as well. HOWELLD 12/28/2007 10:38:28 AM