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Archives: October 2008

Wiltz Leaving Style

Teresa Wiltz is leaving the Washington Post’s Style section, FishbowlDC has learned. Style’s Deputy AME Steve Reiss tells staffers, “She’s going tobe writing for The Root and working on a couple of book projects.”

Poll of the Day

The Obama Plane: The Victims

So which reporters were denied a seat on the Obama plane (the story is all the rage today)?

From the Washington Times, it was Christina Bellantoni.

From the New York Post, it was Geoff Earle (random side note: Earlier Charlie Hurt was booted from the plane after the campaign objected to a column of his).

From the Dallas Morning News, it was Todd J. Gillman.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that it’s political” says one reporter familiar with the Obama campaign’s recent reporter manuevers. “This is like what the Bushies do..”

>UPDATE: The Dallas Morning News is up with its own reaction.

Tale of the Email Tape: Fed Cuts Rates

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Portfolio Changes Skip DC

Lots of coverage today about Portfolio magazine’s recent woes, but a spokesperson tells FishbowlDC that any internal changes won’t affect anything in Washington, where Matt Cooper resides and writes for the magazine.

Priest To Anchor

We told you earlier about the Washington Post’s coverage plans for Election Night.

Now, we’ve learned that Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Dana Priest will anchor washingtonpost.com’s live online video coverage. This is her first time doing so.

UPDATE: Lois Romano will also assume co-anchor duties alongside Priest.

Phil Singer, on Hillary’s 08 Press Operation

Hotline’s Nora McAlvanah profiles former HRC 08 flak Phil Singer in the latest Politics magazine.

Some choice bits:

    “With the exception of [press aide] Jay Carson, they had the worst press operation–for their candidate as well as for the media–of any Democratic campaign I’ve covered in 25 years. Their job was to help reporters, not antagonize them with arrogant behavior and complaints to editors,” says Newsweek Senior Editor Jonathan Alter.

    More than anyone else, Singer came to symbolize the underlying problem of Clinton’s ill-fated bid: a notion of inevitability, combined with hostility toward the media. Singer has been accused of everything from bringing NBC’s Andrea Mitchell to tears to spreading a false rumor that political reporter Anne Kornblut was fired from The New York Times. Singer now plainly admits his failings. “I yelled at more reporters than I ever dreamed I’d yell at,” he says. “Honestly, I deeply regret it because not only was it wrong, but it got in the way, it made me less effective.”

    With his candidate down and having burned his bridges with members of the press and his staff, the last few months of the election were difficult at best. The open attitude the press shop hastily adopted in January deteriorated almost as quickly as it started. By March, when the campaign had moved into Texas , traveling reporters were forced to file their stories on Clinton’s Austin town hall event in a men’s room at a separate community center. Right or wrong, Singer got the blame for much of this treatment. “Because of Phil’s professional reputation, he probably got blamed for a lot of things he didn’t do,” Burton says. “And because of his skills, he probably never got blamed for a lot of things he did.”

    By the end of the campaign, Singer wasn’t on speaking terms with four national reporters at The Washington Post, and three members of his own staff say they weren’t speaking to him.

Read the rest here.

WaPo Earnings Plummet

More bad news from around the journalism community:

    The Washington Post Co. today reported an 86 percent decline in third-quarter earnings compared with the same period last year, as a significant loss at the flagship newspaper offset gains at the company’s education and cable divisions.

    For the quarter, The Post Co. had net income of $10.3 million ($1.08 per share) on $1.1 billion in revenue, compared with net income of $72.5 million ($7.60) on $1 billion in revenue in 2007.

Read the rest here.

Roll Call Touts “Congressional Election Center”

From the release:

    With days remaining until the election, Roll Call, Capitol Hill’s leading news source for coverage of the people, politics and process that shape the legislative landscape today announced a bold initiative to create a unique congressional election center on Congress.org that will serve as an information resource for politically engaged visitors. …

    Access to Roll Call content on Congress.org is provided through the generous support of EcoDrivingUSA (www.ecodrivingusa.com) sponsored by the Auto Alliance. …

    Roll Call’s Congressional Election Center will remain on Congress.org through election week, providing more readers with comprehensive election results and analysis.

    Roll Call’s Congressional Election Center will feature:

  • Original Roll Call election coverage;

  • Complete 2008 Roll Call Road Ahead Policy Series; and

  • State-by-state analysis of every House and Senate race.

Atlantic Intern Has The Worst Day Ever…Even For An Intern

From Global Security Newswire:

    The FBI arrested a California man yesterday for allegedly mailing packages with sugar packets labeled as anthrax, the Associated Press reported

    Marc Keyser, of Sacramento, Calif., is accused of mailing sugar packets labeled as anthrax in an apparent effort to warn of the dangers of bioterrorism

    The packages contained a compact disc with the label “Anthrax: Shock and Awe Terror” and included a sugar packet labeled “Anthrax sample” and displaying a biohazard symbol. …

    The FBI initiated its investigation Monday after one of the packages arrived at The Atlantic magazine in Washington, AP reported.

    After an Atlantic intern opened the package — marked with Keyser’s return mailing address, a Web site address and a phone number — supervisors assessed that the letter appeared to be a poorly crafted publicity effort for a documentary film.

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