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Archives: April 2009

Adler & Haddad Launch

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Haddad with NBC WH Correspondent Chuck Todd

Tammy Haddad and BizBash Media CEO David Adler announced the launch of their new project, this morning. The two have teamed up with former ABC News producer Linda Schoumacher Rozett, former Variety Bureau Chief Bill Triplett and former 60 Minutes producer Holly Fine to create the website.

The new site is dedicated to covering the reporters who cover the White House and is aimed at giving visitors an insider view of the White House briefing room, the administration’s press office and staff.

“The website will put a spotlight on the White House briefing room – so much has been a mystery until now,” Haddad told FishbowlDC. “We are going to lift the veil between the correspondents and the White House to explain who decides what and why,” she said.

WHCInsider debuted with text and video interviews of Chuck Todd, ABC News’ Jake Tapper and the D.C. Examiner’s Julie Mason. In addition, the site features the briefing room seating chart, a roundup of politically-oriented widgets and news feeds from White House Communications staff and correspondents.

But as LeVar Burton would say…don’t take my word for it. Check out for yourself.

Chron. of Higher Ed Hires New Publisher

In an internal memo this morning, the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Phil Semas announced that the paper has hired Mireille Grangenois as their new publisher. FBDC has the memo:


I’m delighted to announce that we have hired Mireille Grangenois to be our new publisher.

Mireille is a former vice president for advertising at The Baltimore Sun, where she also served as vice president for marketing and interactive media and as general manager of

Before joining the Sun, she was an advertising executive at Washington Post Newsweek Interactive and at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

She has also been a reporter for the Sun, USA Today, and BusinessWeek, and was director of minority affairs at the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

She is currently a managing director at the Burson-Marsteller public-relations firm, where she is responsible for creation of a new
multicultural practice. Her clients include the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the United Negro College Fund, and Hampton University.

Mireille will join us no later than the end of May. I’m sure everyone will enjoy working with her.


Ambinder and McArdle Upped At The Atlantic

The Atlantic has promoted Megan McArdle to the post of business and economics editor, and Marc Ambinder to the post of political editor.

Also this morning, check out Ambinder’s take on last night’s press conference, “A look at what YOU don’t see,” here.

A Family Affair At Q&A Cafe

Photos courtesy of Trish Barba

Washington’s first family of journos joined Carol Joynt in the Q&A Cafe at Nathan’s in Georgetown yesterday. The interview airs on DC Cable- TV 16 tomorrow at 8pm.

Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn accompanied son Quinn Bradlee on this stop of the book tour for “A Different Life.” As you’ve read here before, Quinn has Velo-Cardio Facial Syndrome. On Joynt’s blog, she says, “It’s fair to say the audience got a good glimpse of the Bradlee family dynamic. We also learned about the lows and highs of the struggle.”

And it was a particularly special occasion for Quinn– his 27th birthday. Happy Birthday!

Morning Reading List: 04.30.09

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It is day 101 covering the Obama administration and week 13 for us. Happy Birthday to The Hill‘s White House correspondent Sam Youngman. What we know and what we’re reading this morning after the 100th day…



What exactly does the NYT City Room Bureau Chief do? catches up with Sewell Chan here.

AP reported yesterday The Baltimore Sun laid off nearly 60 people, including veteran editors and managers, columnists, photographers and designers.

Chicago Tribune: “Financially strapped Tribune Co. plans to pay the legal bills of Chairman and Chief Executive Sam Zell, who has been interviewed as a potential witness in the federal corruption investigation of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, according to a company filing Tuesday in bankruptcy court.” Btw, we’re pretty sure Zell’s a millionaire.


About the news crawl… From NYT: In theory, cable networks that keep their news and information tickers rolling during commercial breaks could upset advertisers, which might feel that viewers are being distracted from their message. But media agency buyers and creative executives say they embrace the concept.

Hardball host Chris Matthews, asked by Jay Leno to grade the first 100 days, (h/t Playbook): “The first family has got an A+, as a family. [Applause] Well, I give the dog an A. I’d give [the president] an A-, because I’m still worried about some of these numbers.”


The Daily Beast’s Tina Brown on “The Quake at Conde Nast.”

Folio: Operating income at Time Warner’s publishing division, Time Inc., plummeted 92 percent to $12 million through the end of March.

Speaking of Time, the magazine with the 100 list hits stands tomorrow. Managing editor Richard Stengel: “We tried to… match our subjects with pitch-perfect writers: Oprah Winfrey on Michelle Obama, Ted Turner on T. Boone Pickens (and vice versa), Roger Federer on Tiger Woods, Angelina Jolie on Cambodian activist Somaly Mam.”


TVNewser live-blogged the President’s press conference last night.


Time Warner filed a report yesterday that confirmed rumors that AOL is going to be spun off into its own company. “Although the Company’s Board of Directors has not made any decision, the Company currently anticipates that it would initiate a process to spin off one or more parts of the businesses of AOL to Time Warner’s stockholders, in one or a series of transactions.” (h/t MediaJobsDaily)

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro, Playbook

JOBS after the jump…

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Who Was Called On?

President Obama’s news conference this evening lasted pretty exactly an hour as promised to the networks, and he took questions from 13 reporters (lucky 13- President Obama took 13 questions at a previous primetime press conference).

In this order: AP’s Jennifer Loven (three for three being called on first), The Detroit News’ Deb Price, ABC’s Jake Tapper, CBS Radio’s Mark Knoller, NBC’s Chuck Todd, Reuters’ Jeff Mason, CBS’ Chip Reid, CNN’s Ed Henry, NYT’s Jeff Zeleny (“surprised, troubled, enchanted and humbled”), Telemundo’s Lori Montenegro, BET’s Andre Showell, Time’s Michael Scherer and WSJ’s Jonathan Weisman.

And who didn’t get called on this time? Fox News.

Taking Out The Trash

What we almost missed today…

• Tonight’s primetime press conference is a costly one. B&C reports that according to the latest ad pricing data from Nielsen, this 8-9pm Wednesday slot generates around $21.5 million for the big four. Maybe that’s why Fox is only carrying it on cable.

• NYO’s Felix Gillette reports today that the NBC Washington Bureau is considering renting out some space, possibly to neighboring American University.

• E&P reports the Newspaper Association of America is cutting its staff by 50% and will no longer print its magazine Presstime.

• Al Jazeera is coming to a TV near you. WaPo reports that through an agreement with MHz, Al Jazeera English “will become available today to households throughout the Washington area, and to cable and broadcast viewers in 20 other cities in a few months.”

• The Roosevelt Institute has pulled together a bunch of media types and progressive advocacy people as contributors for a new progressive economics blog, New Deal 2.0. Regular contributors include The Nation‘s Chris Hayes, The New Yorker‘s Hendrik Hertzberg, NYO‘s Joe Conason, The American Prospect‘s Robert Kuttner and more.

• Just who does Dan Froomkin think should be covering tonight’s press conference? Find out here.

The President And The Press.. TMI?

Most Americans say the news media has devoted too much coverage to President Obama’s family and personal life in the first 100 days, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. Guess we shouldn’t start the countdown to Bo the Dog’s 100th day tomorrow…

The information comes from the weekly News Interest Index survey. Just over half (53%) of the public says there has been too much coverage of Obama’s family and personal life, while 40% say the amount of coverage has been about right. Just 4% say there has been too little on this topic.

But the study also found that the public believes news organizations are devoting the right amount of coverage to Obama’s leadership style and the way he is managing his job. But again, his policy proposals are getting “too little” coverage, 27% say, while 58% say it’s the “right amount.”

Which brings us to this… from Hotline: “As other news outlets tracked Michelle Obama’s gowns and “guns,” the Hotline has been meticulously tracking the commander-in-chief’s neckwear selections. Many headlines today will highlight Pres. Obama’s first 100 days in office, but we bring you The First 70 Work Days Analytical Tie Spectacular.”

Spoiler: the President has worn a blue tie 51% of work days and a red tie 29% of work days. Read about his color choices the other 20% of the time for yourself here.

CNN Covers The President’s Swagga

CNN’s Kyra Phillips and T.J. Holmes discuss the President’s swagga. Who knew cable TV anchors were so fly…

Someone at HuffPost did not enjoy this segment at all. Check out Alex Leo‘s reaction here.

Specter To Do Two Out of Three Sunday Shows

Coming off his party switch announcement this week, Sen. Arlen Specter will appear on this Sunday’s Meet the Press with David Gregory and CBS’ Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer.