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Archives: March 2009

WaPo Expands Economy and Business Section Online

WaPo launched a new economy and business section front online today. It also features a new blog “Small Change” by Ylan Mui and Nancy Trejos that will focus on “helping people survive the economic downturn.”

WaPo Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli: “In today’s economic climate, with so many critical decisions being made in Washington, The Post is an essential read. This new section will let readers in this city and around the world not only get the latest news but tap into the policy discussions, the analysis, and the insight that set the Post apart.”

WaPo Launches “The Classical Beat” Blog

WaPo announced “The Classical Beat,” a blog written by The Post’s classical music critic Anne Midgette.

Midgette will offer news items, interviews, links, CD clips, and general musings and opinions on the classical music scene while inviting readers to register opinions, ask questions, suggest topics, interject and contradict.

Check it out here.

Reliable Sources Roundup

TVNewser: Former RNC chairman and counselor to Pres. Bush Ed Gillespie appeared on Reliable Sources Sunday morning to talk about a piece he wrote for National Review Online about how the GOP should respond to “increasingly biased journalism.”

In the NRO piece Gillespie writes, “Too many reporters no longer report; they comment. The lines between news and ‘news analysis,’ and between ‘news analysis’ and opinion, have been all but washed away in the 24/7 Internet-and-cable news environment.” Gillespie singles out MSNBC and host Chris Matthews whom he calls, “a TV-news host now famous for the tingle Barack Obama sent up his leg.”

Howard Kurtz pressed Gillespie on the issue asking, “It’s not only in the liberal direction. You talk about MSNBC, what about Fox News?”

Gillespie: “Well, I would say that Fox in their news hours, their news blocks, as opposed to their opinion shows…are more balanced than MSNBC and their news programming.”

In response, an MSNBC insider tells TVNewser Gillespie’s characterization is, “laughable.”

Also on Sunday’s show, Kurtz spoke with CBS’ Chief White House correspondent Chip Reid, ABC News Radio’s Ann Compton and Ebony magazine senior editor Kevin Chappell. Reid spoke more about the latest presidential news conference.

KURTZ: Were you trying to provoke him a little bit, maybe get him off the script?

REID: Sure. That’s part of what we do. And at one point, during the follow-up question, he did say, look, I’m not going to lie to you, this is going to be really tough. And I think we did get him a little bit off script there, but certainly, you do want to get him away from the talking points, because he is a master of turning whatever question is asked of him into simply a recitation of his talking points, and part of our job is to try to get him off of that.

KURTZ: And that doesn’t make news if he repeats the same thing he said seven times before.

REID: Well, exactly. And I’m not trying to provoke him in a way that gets him angry, but I am trying to provoke him in a way to talk about things in a way that he might not have planned when he walked into that room.

The Gillespie-Kurtz conversation is after the jump.

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Ten Years of Norah O’Donnell

MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell celebrated her ten years with NBC News this Sunday.

Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

Happy Birthday Gibbs!

How did Mike Allen miss this?!

WashTimes’ Christina Bellantoni points out “White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs turned 38 on Sunday to little fanfare.”

Bellantoni asked Gibbs if President Obama presented him with cupcakes like he did for Vice President Biden’s birthday last fall.

His response: “Don’t I wish!”

Fox5′s Holly Morris Joins Cast of Chicago at National Theatre

DC has another local reporter with aspirations for the stage. FOX5′s Holly Morris will grace the National Theatre this Sunday in the play Chicago. Morris joins the cast as one of the ladies incarcerated in the Cook County Jail.

“What a thrill! It is like a dream come true for me! I did musical theater when I was in high school. To this day, going to see musicals is one of my all time favorite things to do. I own too many soundtracks to name and often play them… singing along at the top of my lungs,” Morris says.

“I always say, wouldn’t it be fun to live in a world where everyone bursts into song and dances in unison. My job allows me to do a lot of fun things, but I can assure you, the opportunity to be apart of a professional musical cast will rank among my most memorable!”

Morning Reading List 03.30.09

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Its day 70 covering the Obama administration and week nine for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…



Newser: The NYT, as we know it, has been disappearing for some time. It may — diminishing as though by half-lives — have degraded to the point where, in any practical sense, it has long since ceased to be the leading voice in either journalism or the establishment. Vanity Fair: The NYT and 57-year-old Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. are at the edge of a precipice.

Slate’s Jack Shafer says its time to kill the idea that newspapers are essential to democracy: “I so love daily newspapers that I subscribe to four of them out of my own pocket, so please don’t lump me in with the haters. But I can imagine citizens acquiring sufficient information to vote or poke their legislators with pitchforks even if all the newspapers in the country died tomorrow.”

Does President Obama hate our important newspapers?


The Daily Beast bring us the “Top 6 Moments from Sunday Talk.” It was a big week- President Obama was a guest on Face the Nation, Secretary Timothy Geithner was on Meet the Press and This Week, and Secretary Robert Gates was on Fox News Sunday.

Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren ripped Politico on her blog for alleging she advises Gov. Sarah Palin, calling it “silly.” Find the Politico piece here.

Howard Kurtz: With Fox Nation, an opinionated HuffPo-like Web site that launches this morning, Fox News is hoping to leverage its brand online. “We felt that giving people a real destination to go and express themselves would give them a feeling of belonging,” says SVP Joel Cheatwood.

AP: CNN is poised to finish March third in the prime-time weeknight ratings behind Fox News Channel and MSNBC, the first time this has ever happened for the channel that pioneered the cable news genre nearly three decades ago. TVNewser: CNN’s Jon Klein / MSNBC’s Phil Griffin verbal battle as CNN cedes second place in prime to MSNBC.

CBS Early Show launches Backstage Live.

This Wednesday is NBC4′s Miguel Almaguer last day before becoming a national NBC network correspondent. He tells DCRTV: “When I came here, I wanted to be in the heart of the nation’s country…I’ve had the ability to cover some of everything — whether it’s government, local politics, crime. There’s a little bit of everything that the Washington area offers to a reporter, and that has been a great thing to experience over the last three years.”

In memoriam: Susan Myers, ABC News.


NPR is considering a pledge drive to assist a projected $8 million budget deficit.


HuffPost has launched a non-profit investigative journalism venture, bankrolling a group of investigative journalists and directing them at first to look at stories about the nation’s economy. The site is collaborating with The Atlantic Philanthropies and other donors to launch the Huffington Post Investigative Fund with an initial budget of $1.75 million.

A Gridiron Dinner for bloggers?


NYT: Obama Brings Flush Times for Black News Media. “For the nation’s black magazines, newspapers, and television and radio stations, the arrival of the Obama administration has ushered in an era of unprecedented access to the White House.”

Variety: Obama reaches out beyond DC, View of President different outside of bubble.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro; Romenesko, Playbook

JOBS after the jump.

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WaPo’s Ombudsman: “The Road Will Get Bumpy on Monday”

How to read WaPo Monday:

The daily Business section is being folded into the A section. Daily stock listings will be trimmed. Six comics and several games will move online. The television schedule will be reduced.

But “why are you doing this to my newspaper?” WaPo’s ombudsman Andrew Alexander explained in Sunday’s paper that the core reason was to save money. “A single page of newsprint in the daily Post, with its 650,000 circulation, costs roughly $2,500. A single page on Sundays, with its 870,000 circulation, costs about $3,500. Shaving two pages from each daily and Sunday paper can save close to $2 million a year.” Stock listings, comics, games and television listings were what Alexander called easy targets.

More from Alexander:

There are more changes coming for the newspaper. A major redesign is in the works. Post readers should keep their seatbelts fastened. And Post editors can provide a smoother ride by explaining not just what, but why.

Karen Feld & Campari Beaten By 3 Bearded Ladies

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Okay, they weren’t bearded ladies…they were men but the rest is true. So says the $110 million lawsuit filed by the gossip column alum of Roll Call, the Washington Times and the Examiner.

Check out a choice excerpt from the most “entertaining” WaPo article this year:

Former gossip columnist Karen Feld alleges that her businessman brother, Kenneth Feld — whose family-entertainment conglomerate includes the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus — authorized her forceful removal from their aunt Shirley’s shiva service. Karen Feld claims that a trio of “large, aggressive” bodyguards working for Kenneth beat her and threw her into an elevator, along with her ever-present toy poodle, Campari.

Her suit alleges that the beating aggravated a brain tumor that later had to be removed, and caused her emotional distress, “symptoms of Tourette Syndrome” and “seizure-like episodes.” For those and other alleged injuries, Karen Feld wants $110 million in damages from her younger brother.

The must-read article is available here.

Taking Out The Trash

What we almost missed today…

The three network anchors- Brian Williams, Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric- will travel to London next week for the G20 Summit.