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Archives: September 2008

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Row for Snow

From the Washington Times:

    The memory of former White House spokesman Tony Snow will endure upon the choppy waters of the Potomac River.

    The West Potomac High School Crew Boosters are currently holding weekly raffles to purchase a rowing shell to be christened the “Tony Snow,” named in honor of the former presidential press secretary and longtime Washington journalist, who died in July at age 53.

    And get this: last week’s raffle winner was none other than Jay McConville, a neighbor, close friend and bandmate of Mr. Snow’s.

    All the more appropriate, considering Mr. Snow’s rock ‘n roll band, “Beats Working,” played only one year ago at a West Potomac crew team benefit. Mr. Snow’s daughter, Kendall, rows on the girls’ varsity shell.

Creative Loafing Files for Bankruptcy Protection

…that’d be the owner of the Washington City Paper.

Erik Wemple writes:

    In a conference call with top company officials, Ben Eason, the company’s CEO, said that the step would allow the six papers in the Creative Loafing portfolio to establish a greater online presence while the company reorganizes its operations.

Wemple tells FishbowlDC:

    Together with the news about bankruptcy comes the news that our edit cuts won’t have to go as deeply as we’d feared. That doesn’t mean there’ll be no pain whatsoever in our near future; we still have to meet our targets. But it won’t be nearly as drastic.

This Week’s “Reliable Sources”


    HOWARD KURTZ, HOST (voice-over): The debate that almost wasn’t. After McCain threatens to pull the plug, how are the media framing the first presidential face-off? Which mistakes and missteps are getting big play? And is the coverage more about sound bites than substance?

    Silent Sarah. Palin holds photo-ops with foreign leaders and tries to ban reporters, even from the small talk. Plus, Katie Couric tries to pin her down.

    Taking on The Times. McCain aides rip the New York newspaper as in the tank for Obama. Why are they running against the press?

    And war over Wall Street. The press flips on the treasury bailout plan after liberals and conservatives begin denouncing it. Were journalists too slow to ask the tough questions?

Read the rest here.

Who’s The Media Critic?

From Salon:

    When Karen Price, a 50-year-old writer, joined Facebook, she was immediately friended by a prominent D.C. media critic. Soon she learned he had been comparing her attractiveness and datability with that of other women. “I’m sure he has no idea I was e-mailed that by the Compare People app folks,” says Price, who was thoroughly weirded out. “I wondered why he was comparing me with another woman in media,” she says. “And then why he found me prettier but another woman more datable. I told myself I shouldn’t wonder about any of this silliness, but … I wondered. It was like finding out your name had been written on the boys’ room wall in high school. I mean, we live in different cities. He’s married. It’s not really about socializing or thinking about dating people, it’s just — wow, after all this time, when none of that stuff is realistically in question … um, it’s in question?”

This Week’s Literary Events Calendar

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Poll of the Day

Fact-Checking The Fact Checker

A correction in Sunday’s WaPo:

    The Fact Checker column in the Sept. 27 A-section should have noted that a statement by Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to Fox News that the removal of all combat troops from Iraq by 2010 “could be very dangerous” was not referring specifically to Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama’s plan to withdraw all U.S. combat forces in that time frame.

Speaking of corrections, one has to assume that former newspaper publisher Nancy Maynard would not approve of how the New York Times botched her obituary. Celebrates Web Milestone

Last week, editor Jim Brady told staffers in an internal email that “we surpassed our previous monthly record for page views on That’s quite an achievement, considering this is a 30-day month and we still have four-plus days left before we hit October.”

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