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Archives: January 2010

CNN’s Candy Crowley Calls Sunday the “Sweet Spot”

candy_crowleyNew.jpgCNN’s Candy Crowley will anchor CNN’s Sunday morning program, “State of the Union”. President Jonathan Klein announced today that the senior political correspondent will take the reins of the program beginning Sunday, Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (EST).

The program will continue hosting a political hour of newsmaker interviews with news analysis.

“To me, Sunday morning is a sweet spot-a weekly meeting place to bring the hopes, worries and questions of everyday Americans I talk with along the campaign trail to the people I talk with in the Corridors of Power,” said Crowley, who has been with CNN since 1987.

Sweet it may be. But Crowley will have to wake up really early to get ready for the show. A conversation between current host John King and Crowley on today’s show:

KING: Last time on that side of the table.
CROWLEY: Yes. And I haven’t rethought it, but maybe 10, 20 times since waking up this morning. It’s – I’m excited.
KING: You ready for the 4:00 a.m. wake-up call?
CROWLEY: My children used to tell me I was allergic to mornings because I’m sort of slow. But I’ll try to get quicker. Maybe we just stay up on Saturday nights.

King will head up a weekday 7 p.m. program set to launch in February.

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The Ultimate in “Guido” Press Releases


Joseph V. Del Raso, president of the National Italian American Foundation, believes MTV’s “Jersey Shore” portrays Italians in such a guido-ish way that he does not consider it real reality TV.

Considering how many members of the D.C. media have written, blogged, tweeted and are hooked on the show, we feel this is more than a worthy release to highlight this weekend.

Amid speculation of a possible second season for “Jersey Shore”, Del Raso expresses grave concerns about the show.

An excerpt of his views (but read it all, it’s well worth your time):

“When “Jersey Shore” first aired in December, NIAF expressed concerns about this program because it clearly attempted to connect “guido” culture with Italian American identity. This was blatant throughout the program’s narrative, character development and choice of background imagery, which depicted a beach house decorated with maps of Italy and the colors of the Italian flag. As we noted at the time, “guido” is widely viewed as a pejorative term that reinforces negative stereotypes about Italian Americans.

We were pleased that MTV, feeling pressure from the Italian American community and diminishing advertisers, discontinued using the offensive word “guido” in voice-overs and promotional spots. However the deliberate association between Italian American identity and the term “guidos” persisted throughout the season and was unmistakable in the program’s branding and marketing. Moreover, MTV failed to demonstrate that the “guido” trend transcends ethnic lines. Rather than being a manifestation of Italian American identity, it is a youthful expression and lifestyle predominantly visible in the Northeast. This program and its characters had more in common with the adolescent residents of “Animal House” than with Italian Americans.”

Possibly my favorite line in the entire release is this: “Television personality Joy Behar perceptively remarked, “It makes it hard for young Italian Americans to be taken seriously in the work force.”

Read the entire glorious guido-y release after the jump…

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The FishbowlDC Interview With Margaret Carlson

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Say hello to Bloomberg News’s Margaret Carlson. A longtime figure in Washington, she hardly needs an introduction. She prefers Alec Baldwin to Steve Martin (romantically speaking, that is). She had a strong feeling about that two-timing former Sen. John Edwards long before it was fashionable. And please, she’s not from Sweden.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Dr. Pepper for the pepper part which journalists should have.
What joy to bring tears to the eyes of the Wall Street bankers who destroyed everyone’s 401ks.

How often do you Google yourself?nI Amazoned myself when I had a book out. As for Googling, not much. I just did, however, and learned that I was born in Sweden, have written columns I would rather forget and wore glasses way too large in the 80s.

Who is your favorite working journalist? Michael Kinsley

Did you see “Twilight” and “New Moon?” If so, who is more your type, Edward or Jacob? I’m more concrete in my movie-going. My last was “It’s Complicated.” I want to be Meryl Streep but end up with Alec Baldwin (instead of Steve Martin). This is not because Martin doesn’t have his own charms but because his architect character was the jump-the-shark plot point. Streep’s kitchen was
the most perfect this side of Martha Stewart Living. No one would have
changed as much as a copper pot.

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or bestselling author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Palin to find out if she really doesn’t read newspapers or know the difference between North and South Korea.

When did you last cry and why? For real, when my daughter married the man of her (and my) dreams and at Invictus when Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) wins the World Cup. I’m a sap, if you haven’t noticed.

What word do you routinely misspell? Occasionally. Did I prove my point?

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? It’s a free one from ATT, the only free thing about my account with them.

What swear word do you use most often? Yikes.

What word or phrase do you overuse? Exactly.

What TV show do you have to watch? Morning Joe in, obviously, the morning. At night Law & Oder reruns because you switch on the TV and there it is. The new season of 24 for a dramatic version of Washington and the soothing refrain “Damn it, Chloe.” And John Stewart at 11 which I always regret when I’m too tired to watch the first hour of Morning Joe.

Where do you shop most often for your clothes? J.Crew.

Read more about Carlson and her initially awkward interview with Katherine Hepburn after the jump…

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Sunday Show Preview: 01.31.10


NBC’s Meet the Press: David Axelrod,Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), NYT’s David Brooks, CNBC’s David Faber, WaPo’s Eugene Robinson, U.S. News’ Mort Zuckerman.

CBS’ Face the Nation:

ABC’s This Week: Barbara Walters in the anchor chair with guest Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R-MA).

CNN’s State of the Union: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D), AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and CNN’s Mary Matalin and James Carville.

Fox News’ Fox News Sunday: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn), Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). Round table: Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, columnist Charles Krauthammer and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Lauren Ashburn, managing editor and executive producer, USA Today Live; Lola Ogunnaike, pop culture commentator; Robin Liss, president and CEO,; Steven Levy, author, “The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness.”

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Director of National Economic Council Larry Summers and Iran Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: PANEL: CNBC’s Jim Cramer, The Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan, NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell and Newsweek’s Katie Connolly.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: WaPo’s Dan Balz, NYT’s Peter Baker, CNN’s Gloria Borger and Politico’s John Harris.

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), Sec. Ray Lahood, Bloomberg’s Erik Schatzker , Hans Nichols , Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne .

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education Arne Duncan.

CNN’s Amanpour: Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive; Michelle Montas, Haitian journalist and acting chief of the UN mission to Haiti; Amy Wilentz, author of ‘The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalie’ and Leader of the UK Conservative Party, David Cameron.

C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers”: Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Roll Call’s David Drucker and Politico’s Eamon Javers.

We’ll update as we get ‘em.

Today’s Most Popular Stories 01.29.10

Each day, Ashley Estill surfs your sites for the most popular stories of the day. Here are the top headlines for January 29, 2010:

Washington Post: School system in Va. won’t teach version of Anne Frank book

Washington Times: Maryland lawmaker wants DUI plates for repeat drunken drivers

Washington Examiner: Has Obama become bored with being president?

USA Today: Kurt Warner announces his retirement after 12 NFL seasons

CQ Politics: Bayh Is A $13 Million Guy

The Hill: Clyburn: House Dems do not trust the Senate

Politico: Democrats cry injustice

ABC News: Ex-Wife Says Kerrigan Brother ‘Capable of Killing’

CBS News: Obama Spars With Harshest Critics in GOP

Fox News: Pregnant N.J. Woman Vanishes Days Before Due Date

MSNBC News: GDP data overstates economy’s health

CNN: Gay dating site’s Super Bowl ad rejected by CBS

Wall Street Journal: Obama, Republicans Spar at GOP Event

NPR: Can Bosses Do That? As It Turns Out, Yes They Can

Roll Call: Obama Enters GOP Lion’s Den, Answers Critics

National Journal: Anger Management

Bloomberg News: U.S. Stocks, Commodities Retreat as Dollar, Treasuries Advance

Gallup.Com: In U.S., 35% Would Rather Work for Gov’t Than for Business

Talking Points Memo: Sen. Webb Challenges Obama On Key Initiatives At Critical Juncture For Democrats

Politics Daily: NATO Apologizes After Western Troops Accidentally Kill Cleric in Afghanistan

Reuters: U.S. first lady leads charge against obesity

The New Republic: Obama’s Dull, Cheap, Successful Speech

Peake and Skotzko Join CQ‘s BillTrack Team

In an email to staff this evening, CQ‘s John Dineen announced changes to the BillTrack team: Dan Peake has been named a deputy editor and Stacey Skotzko from Vantage Point will take the spot left by Ben Weyl who joined the Legislative Action team.

See Dineen’s full memo after the jump.

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CQ‘s Nylen to Main Justice

Leah Nylen of CQ‘s Legislative Action team is leaving to become managing editor of Main Justice, a blog that covers legal news and the Department of Justice. CQ Exec. Editor John Dineen announced the news in an email (after the jump) today.

Sources say Nylen is the seventh staffer to leave CQ in the last two months.

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Dealey to Take TWT Editor Gig

Our pal, Paul Bedard of U.S. News‘ “Washington Whispers” reports that Sam Dealey is expected to be named executive editor of Wash Times on Monday.

Dealey is a contributor to U.S. News and has written for Reader’s Digest, GQ, Details and the NYT.

Check out Bedard’s post for more details.

WHCA to Add Foreign Press to Pool

The White House Correspondents’ Association plans to include a member of the foreign press in pooled events related to international issues at the White House.

In a message to the WHCA and Foreign Press Advisory Group, WHCA President Ed Chen of Bloomberg News outlined the requirements for participation:

To join, you need to meet the criteria we developed in collaboration with an advisory group of international reporters.

For starters, the arrangement is open only to Washington-based correspondents who regularly cover the White House. Participants should be members of the WHCA and holders of hard passes or be in the process of applying for one.

Participants also are expected to follow all guidelines for pool arrangements as set forth recently by the WHCA. These include the timely writing of pool reports and careful attention to detail.

The new foreign pool will commence sometime after February 28th.

WBJ Announces Newsroom Changes

Just before the WBJ‘s “Book of Lists” bash last night, Editor Douglas Fruehling announced some changes to the Biz Journal‘s newsroom.

“Working the Room” and “Back Page” writer Jen Nycz-Conner will continue that role but has also taken on the role of media strategy manager aka “buzz generator-in-chief.” Associate Editor Tim Burn will become the BizSmarts editor and writer. Commercial real estate staff reporter Melissa Castro is will transition into a new role as senior staff reporter for features and “Inner Loop.” Vandana Sinha who has covered biotech, energy and environment will now focus on Web and evening editing. Staff reporters Tierney Plumb and Sarah Krouse are teaming up to cover all of the commercial real estate in the region.

Though it was not mentioned in Fruehling’s note, FishbowlDC confirmed that technology reporter Darlene Darcy is no longer with WBJ.

The entire staff memo is available after the jump.

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