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Archives: March 2008

Journos Honor Mudd

What you missed on Thursday…a book party held for Roger Mudd’sThe Place To Be: The Place to Be: Washington, CBS, and the Glory Days of Television News.” It was hosted by Bob Schieffer, Chris Isham and Jim Lehrer at the Lehrer home.

Among the guests: Ben Bradlee & Sally Quinn, Alan Greenspan & Andrea Mitchell, Al Hunt & Judy Woodruff, Marvin Kalb, Peter Osnos, John Dickerson, Bill Plante and Jan Greenberg.

Poll of the Day

You think Obama will beat McCain…Hillary’s turn:

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Forthcoming? NYT Mag Piece on Matthews

We hear that Mark Leibovich is working on a piece for the NYT magazine (very likely) on Chris Matthews (Leibo recently followed Matthews to Cleveland’s for the MSNBC debate and was also following him around the DC bureau). Does he have some good deets that justify a NYT mag piece?

“Hardball”‘s ratings continue to lag Olbermann’s “Countdown” and David Gregory’s “Race to the White House” is beating “Hardball”‘s 5 p.m. show.

Kondracke: Give Me Some O’Doul’s!

From the Washington Times:

    “I like RFK better.”

    That was the immediate reaction from Washington print and broadcast journalist Morton Kondracke when we bumped into him in the sprawling concourse of the newly opened Nationals Park during Saturday evening’s exhibition baseball game between the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles.

    Otherwise, Mr. Kondracke, who battled alcoholism during the 1980s, made it clear he had visited an untold number of beverage vendors in the sparkling new stadium — trust us, there are many dozens — and yet none served nonalcoholic beer.

    “You can print this: ‘Mr. Lerner, where is the nonalcoholic beer?’ ” asked Mr. Kondracke, addressing his question to Ted Lerner, whose group of Washington-area businessmen owns the Nationals.

WHCA: More Celebs Named!

Although the Washington Post’s Peter Baker doesn’t note that, well, much of his piece on White House Correspondents’ Dinner celebs has already been reported (that’s kind of how the Post rolls, though…Or is that what is meant by “according to the latest buzz” and “word is already spreading”?), we do learn of some new names attending the April 26th dinner (and sadly, no Obama/Clinton/McCain).

Correcting Corrections Is Catching On

Looks like the Washington Post isn’t the first to make an error within a correction.

Marc Ambinder
jumps in the pool:


Big Cuts At Newsweek

Radar magazine has the news. But fear not, Howard Fineman, Evan Thomas and Jonathan Alter aren’t going anywhere (natch).

Tipsters: Tell us how this affect’s the DC bureau and who’s leaving. To Relaunch Soon (Again)

Remember that “new” promised to us way back in January 2007? Well, over a year later, they’re really promising it this time.

National Journal Group Associate Publisher Alisha Johnson sent out a notice to employees Friday, notifying them that “the new will be relaunching soon.”

    Our redesigned site will feature an updated look, more intuitive navigation, cutting edge search technologies that will speed readers to relevant information, cross-publication content links that highlight stories of interest, easier log-in procedures—including personalized user names and passwords–and greater use of photos, graphics and video. We are confident that when we relaunch, our new site will realize even greater reader engagement, ensuring that your online advertising on, The Hotline and CongressDaily is even more effective. You can see a quick tease of the new site in the attached document. As our relaunch includes the distribution of new subscription activation keys to the new site, our reader services team in The Office of the Publisher has initiated a multi-week effort to distribute those keys and educate readers about our new site. Once that process is complete, we will launch the new Please note that our relaunch will be the realization of significant investment in our web publishing technologies. These investments will enable us to continuously evolve the site in the months ahead and to be increasingly nimble from an editorial perspective. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

What we want: Direct links from Hotline to the original article and archived Wake Up Call and Last Call (instead of always using the same url).

For your own viewing pleasure…

The 2007 promise:



The 2008 promise:


Greatest Correction Ever

From the New York Times:

    Editors’ Note: March 30, 2008

    An article on March 16 profiling three sex workers in the wake of Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s resignation after revelations that he patronized prostitutes misconstrued how two of the women, identified by the pseudonyms Faith O’Donnell and Sally Anderson, said they earned a living. The resulting misrepresentation of the two women’s work included a headline that referred to them as “high-priced call girls”" and a paragraph that said they practiced “the 21st-century version of the oldest profession.”

    The reporter who interviewed them, one of two who worked on the article, never explicitly asked the women whether they traded sex for money or were prostitutes, call girls or escorts; he used the term “sex workers,” a term they used themselves that describes strippers and lap dancers as well as prostitutes. Though Ms. Anderson advertises herself as a “dominatrix with a holistic approach,” he did not ask her whether that meant she also performed sex acts for money, nor did he ask Ms. O’Donnell what her work actually was before characterizing it. He and the editors should have explored whether he had determined these things precisely.

    After the article was published, both women contacted The Times and said they do not perform sex for money; Ms. O’Donnell refused to be specific about what she does.

    Because of an editing error, the article misstated the political work of the New York chapter of the Sex Workers Outreach Project, a group in which Ms. Anderson is active; it advocates the decriminalization of prostitution, not its legalization, arguing that sex work should be regulated through labor law like other jobs but not subject to additional restrictions. Another editing error changed the meaning of Ms. Anderson’s observation that “no one” had come to an event she had helped plan to highlight difficulties faced by prostitutes; Ms. Anderson meant that no journalists had attended.

“Bloodbath” At Voice of America?

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