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Archives: July 2010

First Lady’s Flack to Leave White House

Johnston_Bloom_3084.jpg Camille Johnston, Director of Communications for the First Lady, is leaving the White House for a job in the private sector.

Statement from First Lady Michelle Obama: “Camille has become a trusted advisor to me and to the entire East Wing. From our first day in the White House when we opened the doors and greeted visitors, she has led a communications team that has developed creative and effective strategies for the Let’s Move! campaign, our work on behalf of military families, arts and cultural events in the White House and our international agenda. Her dedication, calming presence and expertise have been invaluable. She will be missed, but we wish her all the best.”

Statement from Johnston after the jump…

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NYT’s Dowd Says ‘Real Housewives’ Lack Power


What does NYT‘s Maureen Dowd think of Michaele Salahi and Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of D.C.”?

Well, not much.

Dowd has written a review for this week’s issue of TV Guide Magazine. She doesn’t find the Real Housewives so real or so powerful, and refers to Michaele as the “blond Skeletor.” (On the show, Micahaele is discussed as having a weight issue, meaning that she’s a Size 0 and in what another (catty) housewife calls “dangerous territory.”)

An excerpt
The fantasy cast of The Real Housewives of Washington D.C. would feature Michelle Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton and the fearsome Cheney sisters. Not only do these women wield real influence in the capital; they’re also the ones youÂ’d want on your side if you ever found yourself in a knife fight in a Hong Kong alley.

But on Bravo, connections are less important than claws. So instead, interspersed with shots of the Washington monuments, we get five women on the periphery of the periphery of power, so far outside the marbled inner sanctum that it required a Watergate caliber break-in-now known as Salahing-to breach the gates.

Read the full story here.

The Hill Closes Down Comment Section to Protect Beauties


In an unprecedented move for the publication, The Hill has locked down its “Comment” capabilities for the 50 Most Beautiful People of Capitol Hill feature. This means readers who don’t find the beauties that attractive will not be able to write in what can be really ugly commentary. Speaking of which, where’s HuffPost‘s Jason Linkins‘s biting commentary this year? He hasn’t yet written his traditional review that dissects beauties on everything from hair to makeup to attire. But perhaps this horrible self-nomination makes up for Linkins’s disappearing act.

The Hill‘s Editor Hugo Gurdon remarked to FishbowlDC on the publication’s reasoning for taking down the Commentary tool: “We think it’s fine for people to comment on our reporting and on the politicians we write about. But 50MB is supposed to be fun, and there’s no reason to expose participants to the kind of comments that sometimes get posted on an open site.”

A few samples of Linkins’s past reviews after the jump…

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Musical Energy Beat: E&E’s Berman at Politico

More musical chairs on the energy and environment beat… We told you that Roll Call‘s Josh Kurtz was leaving for a gig at E&E Daily. A month ago Coral Davenport took a gig at Politico but has already resigned for a role at National Journal. Now we’re told that after nine years with E&E, Dan Berman has taken a job at Politico.

It’s getting tough to keep them all straight.

What Can We Expect From Amanpour?

Politico‘s Mike Allen chats with ABC “This Week” host Christiane Amanpour on the debut of her show this Sunday in the publication’s “Turn the Table” video feature.

What themes will she be pushing?

“What I want to do is try to broaden the conversation to really take into the account not just the politics of what goes on in Washington inside the Beltway, but what about the policies that affect the people … and how they are implemented or not?” said Amanpour. She stressed that she wants to avoid the “he said, she said, left-right” conversation. She said the program will occasionally travel to big stories around the world.

See the rest of “Turn the Table” here.

MoveOn Joins Campaign Against FNC Getting Helen’s Seat; NPR Rejects Campaign


The heated campaign against FNC getting Helen Thomas‘s front-row White House seat is escalating. has issued a letter to members backing the progressive group CREDO Action’s petition against FNC. Like CREDO, they’re backing NPR for the seat. But now, NPR has released a statement saying they won’t back the effort against FNC that supports NPR getting the seat: “NPR would like to make it clear that we are not involved in any way in the petitions now circulating that encourage the White House Correspondents’ Association to select NPR for the lead White House correspondent seat.”

The MoveOn statement begins, Dear MoveOn Member…

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Politico Injects New Blood Into Click

Politico is bringing new faces to Click. Earlier this week, we told you that Washington Life‘s Karin Tanabe has been hired. The second hire is Natasha Lennard, a recent Columbia Journalism School grad who has been ambitiously interning with both the NYT and this summer.

While Tanabe is a native Washingtonian, Lennard is British and hails from England. She was an ambitious intern across the pond as well, where she worked for both The Times and Daily Mail. Tanabe begins on Aug. 18; Lennard begins just after Labor Day on Sept. 7.

See the official announcement after the jump…

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PolitiFact to Continue Fact-Check with Amanpour

PolitiFact, the fact-checking service run by Bill Adair, Washington Bureau Chief of the St. Petersburg Times, has announced that it will continue the feature with Christiane Amanpour, who debuts as the new host of ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.

The fact-checking feature began at the direction of interim host Jake Tapper.

“We’ll keep checking the guests – and the pundits – every Sunday,” Adair told FishbowlDC.

An ABC News spokesperson said the decision to continue to fact-check the show came easily: “Our viewers have responded well to what we are doing with PolitiFact. Everyone here is very supportive and there wasn’t a question as to whether we will keep doing it.”

Bye Bye Bara: NJ‘s Vaida Takes Buyout

National Journal‘s Bara Vaida announced via email that today was her final day with the publication, saying only “I am leaving to pursue other opportunities.” Vaida has been with the news group for a whopping 12 years.

Sunday Show Preview: 08.01.10


NBC’s Meet the Press: Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I); Alan Greenspan, Fmr. Federal Reserve Chairman; Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA); Doris Kearns Goodwin, Presidential Historian; Mark Halperin, Editor-at-Large & Senior Political Analyst, TIME.

ABC’s This Week: Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Speaker of the House; Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense; Donna Brazile, Democratic Strategist; Paul Krugman, The New York Times; Ahmed Rashid, Author, “Taliban”; George Will, ABC News Columnist.

CBS’ Face the Nation: Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ); Richard Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations; Thomas Saenz, President, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley: Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Lauren Ashburn, former managing editor, USA Today; Frank Sesno, The George Washington University; David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun; Chip Reid, chief White House correspondent, CBS News; Bill Keller, The New York Times.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Pete Williams of NBC News; WaPo’s Karen Tumulty; Martha Raddatz of ABC News.

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Husain Haqqani, Pakistan Ambassador to the United States; Chrystia Freeland, Reuters; Ross Douthat, The New York Times; Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker.

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Dan Rather, HDNet Global Correspondent; Richard Stengel, TIME Magazine Managing Editor; Helene Cooper, The New York Times White House Correspondent; Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press Washington Correspondent.

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence.

C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Chief Deputy Minority Whip; Kathy Kiely, National Correspondent for USA Today; Lisa Mascaro, Congressional Correspondent, Tribune Newspapers.

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: hiatus until the fall.

We’ll update as we get ‘em!