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Archives: April 2009

100 Days and 100 Beautiful People

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As you’ve likely heard, People Magazine debuted its “World’s Most Beautiful People” issue today.

News media folks that made the cut this year are CBS’ Katie Couric, NBC’s Natalie Morales, NBC’s Meredith Vieira and ET’s Mary Hart.

Though Washington wasn’t represented by any media folk(Fingers crossed: Dornic-Delargy 2010), the White House snagged quite a few spots for the city.

White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, White House Speechwriter Jon Favreau, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, White House Chef Sam Kass, Personal Aide Reggie Love and First Lady Michelle Obama are all representing our fair city on this year’s list…

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Pethokoukis to Reuters

Reuters has hired James Pethokoukis as the Washington columnist and blogger for Reuters’ new Commentary Service covering the economy and Washington policy.

James has been a writer and blogger for U.S. News & World Report since 1997, as well a contributor to CNBC. Previously, James worked at USA Today and Investor’s Business Daily.

Reading The Tea Leaves…

Hmmm what network was President Obama referring to when he said this at a town hall meeting in Arnold, Missouri earlier today:

“When you see, you know, those of you who are watching certain news channels on which I’m not very popular, and you see folks waving tea bags around, let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we’re going to stabilize social security. Claire [McCaskill] and I are working diligently to do basically a thorough audit of federal spending. But let’s not play games and pretend that the reason is because of the Recovery Act, because that’s just a fraction of the overall problem that we’ve got.”

YouTube Live Streams Tonight’s Press Conference

In addition to all of these places you can go to for 100 Days coverage and this evening’s press conference, YouTube will also stream President Obama live on the White House’s YouTube channel.

Beet.TV reports the White House had asked YouTube to integrate its live feed from the White House site to be embedded onto its YouTube channel.

Matthews on Specter Switch: “Had No Idea”

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Hardball‘s Chris Matthews was a guest of Keith Olbermann on last night’s Countdown to talk about Sen. Arlen Specter’s party switch.

You’d remember Matthews was speculated to make a run in race himself. “Was [Specter's switch] a factor in your experimentations or explorations?” asked Olbermann. Matthews said he “had no idea.”

“I think you would have made a hell of a Senator, you would have made a constant news story, and I’m glad you stayed on Hardball,” said Olbermann.

Scroll to about 2:30 for the clip. (h/t TVNewser)

Sasha’s Send Off From Print To Glossy

Last night at Poste, friends of Sasha Issenberg gathered to celebrate his move from The Boston Globe to the magazine Monocle. He starts today as a Washington correspondent.

We, unfortunately, weren’t able to make it, but hear these folks did: Peter Canellos, Lisa Wangsness and the Boston Globers, Jay Newton-Small, Jill Zuckman, Kelly O’Donnell, Athena Jones, Lisa Lerer, Bonney Kapp, Tracy Sefl, Mark Salter, Sunlen Miller, Jose Antonio Vargas, Ana Marie Cox, Juliet Eilperin, Mike Madden, Mark Paustenbach, Scott Mulhauser, Brian Weiss, Perry Bacon, Anne Dickerson, Christina Bellantoni and Jonathan Martin.

Also spotted at a nearby table… tennis’ Martina Navratilova.

Diageo/Hotline “100 Days” Poll Results

We told you yesterday about the “100 Days” Diageo/Hotline poll results that were set to be unveiled at a breakfast this morning…

Here are some of the results:

62 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama has done so far, compared to 33 percent who disapprove.

On the issues immigration (42 percent approval), health care (50 percent) and terrorism (53 percent), the Prez’s approval was mixed.

The issue of greatest concern by 69 percent of respondents was the economy. On that issue, Obama’s job approval was clocked at 56 percent.

Americans were split on congressional Democrats and continue to have a negative view of their GOP counterparts, with 56 percent voicing disapproval. Speaker Nancy Pelosi was viewed unfavorably by 44 percent of respondents, compared to 27 percent who see her favorably.

Full results are online as a PDF and will be posted today on The Hotline’s Web site.

The Diageo/Hotline poll surveyed 800 American adults and was conducted by FD on April 22-26. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.

Obama’s 100th Day Media Preview


As you know, TODAY marks the President’s first 100 days in office. FBDC has compiled a list of coverage, events and/or special reports for the event. We’ll continue updating throughout the day so send us your organization’s info and plans to be added to the mix.

Last Night

On ABC’s “Nightline” at 11.35PM, White House correspondent Yunji de Nies looked at Michelle Obama’s first 100 days.



Diageo and National Journal Group’s The Hotline will mark President Obama’s 100th day in office with a new Diageo/Hotline poll, conducted by FD. The results will be unveiled at an 8.30 AM breakfast for reporters, editors, columnists and bloggers at The Watergate.

The Washington Post is running a special print section to include a piece by veteran political journalist Dan Balz. Balz will discuss what can really be understood from a president’s first 100 days and what kind of president Obama is becoming. WaPo’s White House team will present key moments of the administration and decisions made so far. In addition, the section will offer a historical comparison of past U.S. president’ accomplishments in their first 100 days.


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CNN National Report Card – First 100 Days: Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, John King and Soledad O’Brien will head up coverage and open up interactive voting on questions throughout the night. Anderson Cooper 360 Special – CNN National Report Card begins at 11pm.

ABC News will broadcast live coverage of the press conference. Charles Gibson will be joined by George Stephanopoulos and Jake Tapper.

PBS and The NewsHour will provide live coverage of the presser. Ray Suarez will anchor.

CNBC’s Dennis Kneale will anchor coverage live from CNBC global headquarters in Engelwood Cliffs, NJ.

C-SPAN 2 will broadcast live from the prez’s presser

Bloomberg will cover the conference live and feature commentary from Former McCain Advisor Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Laura Tyson, former Clinton White House Adviser.

MSNBC will follow the conference and the GOP response with special live editions of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” at 9PM, “The Rachel Maddow Show” at 10 PM, and “Hardball with Chris Matthews” at 11 PM.

Katie Couric will anchor for CBS News’ Special Report.

NBC News’ Brian Williams will anchor coverage on NBC. Williams will be joined by David Gregory and Chuck Todd.


Check out Politico’s video gallery: Obama’s First 100 Days

HuffPo’s 10 in 100: With a little help from some well-known political figures, HuffPo’s Sam Stein compiled a list of the top ten most under-appreciated stories from the President’s first 100 days in office. Find out what made the cut in the categories of health care, communications, education, transportation, cities, Muslim relations, Pakistan, cars, forests and tone by checking out HuffPo here.

ABC News Digital will feature text stories, video highlights and slideshows devoted to President Obama’s first 100 days in office and ABC News NOW; co-anchored by Rick Klein and Yunji de Nies will stream live from the press conference. will host an interactive event for television viewers and online users to grade the President’s first 100 days. Users will instantly be able to give their own letter grades during a brief window of time. Those real-time report cards will appear on-air and online.

CBS News will feature coverage from 9 -10 PM on their political Webcast Washington Unplugged followed by Katie Couric‘s Webcast at 10PM.’s special package will feature a roundtable discussion on Barack and Michelle Obama’s first 100 days in the White House with Dan Balz, Michael Shear and DeNeen Brown. Robin Ghivan will offer commentary on a narrated photo gallery focused on Michelle Obama. The package will also offer an index quantifying how Obama spent his first 100 days in office and what was happening in the world around him.

TIME photographer Callie Shell documents the President’s historic start on the job with a Photo Gallery: Behind the Scenes with Obama.


SIRIUS XM Radio will broadcast “The Power Breakfast,” a special edition of The Joe Madison Show on The Power, XM channel 169 on Thursday, April 30 starting at 6 am ET. XM listeners will hear live panel discussions with Rep. James Clyburn, Rep. John Conyers, Rep. Barney Frank, Rep. Charles Rangel, Rep. Bennie Thompson and Rep. Donald Payne.

WaPo Journos Lunching With Ravindran

Don Graham has been holding journo lunch meetings for Vijay Ravindran, WaPo’s chief digital officer. According to Washingtonian, the lunches are being held to ramp up the former Amazon exec. on the business of news.

WaPo’s Liz Spayd, Joel Achenbach, Dana Milbank, Ian Shapira, Jose Antonio Vargas, Mike Wilbon, Jason LaCanfora, Dan Steinberg, Stephen Hills and David Plotz of Slate met with Ravindran at the last luncheon.

Most surprising is the one person that hasn’t hit Graham’s lunches… Check out Washingtonian’s Capital Comment blog for the full scoop.

Morning Reading List: 100 Days

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Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

It is day 100 covering the Obama administration and week 13 for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…



AdAge: WSJ is threatening to reclaim its weekday circulation crown from USA Today for the first time since September 1999. If USA Today falls another two percentage points while WSJ holds steady, WSJ will once again claim the largest paid weekday circulation in the U.S.


TVNewser takes a look at life after layoffs for broadcast journos.

ABC’s Brian Ross‘ investigative reporting was questioned in an article on the front page of NYT in yesterday’s paper. TVNewser reports NYT’s reporting was questioned but one of the reporter’s sources. Read on here.

“So, if planes go into buildings, well, don’t blame Barack Obama, blame Dana Priest and the chaos that occurred after that, ’cause that was — when her article came out, from that point forward, this secret CIA program was dead on arrival.” -MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough on Morning Joe yesterday in a discussion about torture. Read in context at Media Matters.


Congrats to WAMU’s Diane Rehm, who has again made the cut for “Top 10 Most Powerful Programs On Public Radio,” according to the fall 2008 study by Audience Research Analysis.

AP: Clear Channel Communications Inc., the largest owner of U.S. radio stations, said yesterday it is cutting 590 jobs, including some on-air personalities, in its second round of mass layoffs this year amid pressure from the recession and evaporating advertising budgets.


Vanity Fair studies media Darwinism- which sites will survive? Gives an outlook for Politico, Slate, Drudge, even PerezHilton.


Are there more cuts ahead at Conde Nast?


Politico reports the WH press office blasted out an email yesterday “specifically to reporters that the White House considers focusing mainly on the negative when it comes to ethics issues” under the subject “Fair and/ or Balanced.”


Senators Ted Kennedy and John Kerry, and most of the Massachusetts delegation, have sent letters of support for the Boston Globe to NYT’s Arthur Sulzberger.

B&C: SCOTUS has backed the government’s power to regulate the broadcast of so-called “fleeting expletives” on live television. The decision Tuesday reverses and remands a lower court ruling that the FCC did not justify its change in policy on fleeting expletives.

NYT: The Justice Department has begun an inquiry into the antitrust implications of Google’s settlement with authors and publishers over its Google Book Search service. The inquiry does not necessarily mean that the department will oppose the settlement.

From Reliable Source: “The only thing I have against her is that she threatens to surpass me in attracting the left’s hatred.” -Ann Coulter extolling Sarah Palin in the “Time 100″ ranking of the world’s most influential people, due out next week.

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