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Archives: November 2010

Today’s Most Popular Stories 11.29.10

Every afternoon we surf your sites for the most popular stories of the day. Here are the top headlines for November 29, 2010:

Washington Post: Foreign governments say WikiLeaks revelations undercut relations with U.S.

Washington Times: GM’s union recovering after stock sale

Washington Examiner: Mask-wearing protestors in D.C. can now be arrested

USA Today: Alarm over U.S. debt creates ‘window’ for tough choices

The Hill: Homeland Security seizes domain names

Politico: WikiLeaks reveals U.S. diplomatic secrets

Roll Call: New Members to Descend on Harvard for Policy-Heavy Orientation

National Journal: WikiLeaks: One Analyst, So Many Documents

Talking Points Memo: Bomb, Bomb Iran: The Top 5 Most Shocking Things About The Wikileaks

Politics Daily: Leaking of Secret U.S. Cables Sparks Diplomacy Crisis

The New Republic: To Mobilize the Indies, We Need Stronger Unions

The Daily Caller: McCain compares Palin to Reagan

Obama Lip Coverage Swells

When President Obama gets elbowed in the mouth at a pickup basketball game at Fort McNair and needs 12 stitches, it’s only expected that media covering him will go wild. But at some point over the weekend, things sped out of control. The media began perseverating on every tissue of POTUS’s lip incident until it bordered  on comical and inane.

First the White House Pooler reported that it was the top lip that got stitches. A future report corrected that erroneous detail, saying it was actually the lower left area of the bottom lip. “The White House says the President received stitches yesterday to the left side of his lower lip — that is, not the upper lip,” wrote Pooler and St. Petersburg Times staff writer Lou Jacobson, who previously referred to POTUS’s “bloody lip.”  At every turn reporters placed POTUS’s lip under the media microscope — could they see the swelling? “Upon reviewing photo pool images taken by telephoto lens, I can report that POTUS’ face looks fine. There’s perhaps a very slight injury visible on the lip itself, but barely, and he’s not wearing a bandage of any kind. He certainly doesn’t seem to be hurting in any way,” wrote Jacobson.

Much was made of Reynaldo Decerega‘s non-apology. Like a game of Clue, it took at least three Pool reports to figure out that the Director of Programs for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute was “the culprit” after body man Reggie Love and Education Sec. Arne Duncan were conspicuously ruled out. Was it Professor Plum with the candlestick in the Library? Or, if playing an advanced version, Miss Peach in the Kitchen with poison? Indeed, it was Decerega on the basketball court with the elbow. Why no explicit “I’m sorry” the press wondered. Was he not sorry? It still wasn’t clear after Decerega released his statement commending POTUS on his basketball skills.

And then, the mother of all telling details – on Sunday, President Obama got “right back on the HORSE, playing hoops with his daughters at the Interior Dept. a few days after elbow to the mouth,” Politico‘s Glenn Thrush observed over Twitter, and played basketball with daughters Sasha and Malia. This, despite the fact that even little elbows can be especially sharp and dangerous. Thrush wasn’t the only reporter who felt the need to point out this telling quick return to basketball. The Daily Caller‘s Jon Ward and New York Daily News‘s Ken Bazinet and WaPo all swiftly noted the swiftness with which Obama returned to the basketball court: “Watch the lip: After taking in a game at Howard University Saturday, Obama is shooting hoops with his daughters this morning,” wrote @postpolitics.

But let’s not stop there. This morning WaPo dissected Mr. Lip Buster further in a feature story by Style writer Jason Horowitz. In it, we learn that Decerega was once voted “most mature” and “most popular.” In college he was dubbed “Nice Guy Rey.” Politico further got in on the bruised lip action with “The List: Obama in Stitches” remarking on everything from the number of search results for “Obama” and “stitches” to the number of stitches.

Time will tell if the media swelling goes down from here.

Norah Gets Press Bump

Maybe it’s her mushy baby food book?

As of late, MSNBC’s Chief Washington Correspondent Norah O’Donnell is getting a press boost. The most recent issue of Washingtonian splashes her on the cover in a story about stress. The story mentions her gratitude for her au pair and nanny. It also allows a reader to take a stress quiz. On Sunday, MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews complimented her during his Sunday morning NBC program. The remark was rapid (it is Matthews) and practically under his breath at the close of the show.

“Thanks for sitting in,” he said glancing over to O’Donnell, who was seated to his immediate right. “Everyone loved you last week.”

She smiled in response.

A Big Night for Foreign Policy

Susan Glasser and the crew from Foreign Policy have a lot to celebrate this year – the 40th anniversary of their mag, a successful relaunch of, 1000% website traffic growth (10 million pageviews a month), and a  National Magazine Award.  Add those accomplishments to the release of their second annual “100 Global Thinkers” list and you’ve got good cause for a party.  And that’s exactly what the publication is doing tomorrow evening at the Corcoran Gallery.

Glasser, Don Graham and the editors of FP are hosting an invitation-only fete with two dozen global thinkers from around the world.  Slated to attend are big names such as bestselling author and columnist Thomas Friedman, US Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Sen. John Kerry and Brazilian and Turkish Foreign Ministers.  The event will feature a special discussion with PBS’s Gwen Ifill, a dinner buffet and live jazz.

FishbowlDC will bring you the details of the party on Wednesday but you can check out FP‘s 2010 “100 Global Thinkers” list now.  Click here.

NYT Gets Plug in White House Pool Report


It’s like sneakers. Windbreakers. Or J. Crew. Whatever POTUS and FLOTUS do, say, think, feel, eat, wear — and carry — gets noticed. This past weekend in a White House Pool Report, the Pooler, Isaac Wolf, National Reporter for Scripps Howard News Service, noted that President Obama was wearing Asics and carrying the NYT under his arm. Not a huge surprise — we didn’t expect it to be Playboy or anything. (The 81-year-old Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) was caught reading the illustrious magazine on a recent flight — no doubt he was reading the mag for the journalism not the pictures.)

Potus wore black White Sox  cap, black North Face fleece sweatshirt, white tee shirt, grey sweats and what appear to be Asics sneakers. He was holding a folded over newspaper, appears to be today’s NY Times.

Williams Kicks Off New Season of Reel Journalism

“Reel Journalism With Nick Clooney” kicks off its 2010-2011 film series on December 9, 2010 with “The Pelican Brief” and Fox News political analyst Juan Williams.  Williams, who spent 23 years at WaPo and is a former senior national correspondent for NPR, will discuss the movie and take questions from the audience following the screening.

The event begins at 7.00 PM in the Newseum’s Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater.  Tickets are available online here.

Google and YouTube to Host Party at Newseum

Getting on the guest list might be tough. But next Wednesday afternoon a couple of popular companies are teaming up to replay the most popular videos of 2010 at the Newseum. See the invitation below…

Reuters Staff Worried About ‘Drift and Uncertainty’

In a meeting with Reuters Washington Bureau reporters within the last hour, Washington Bureau Chief Simon Denyer announced his departure for WaPo and India. At the meeting, he admitted to staff that he missed writing and more specifically missed covering India. A source within the bureau who wished to remain anonymous told FishbowlDC that staffers are generally concerned about what this means for the immediate future. “It’s safe to say we’re worried about entering another long period of drift and uncertainty, as we did for a long time before he arrived,” the source said. …”I liked the guy and thought he did a good job.”

Denyer informed staff that his primary reason for leaving was his desire to do more writing and less administration work. He also tried to assure employees that Reuters intends to fill his job as soon as possible so there is a short period of vacancy at the top. Our spy remarked, “It would be nice if what he says is true and the next bureau chief won’t be making more drastic changes.”

More on what Denyer has accomplished

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Reuters’ Denyer to be WaPo India Bureau Chief

An internal Reuters memo reports that Reuters D.C. Bureau Chief Simon Denyer is leaving after nearly two decades to become WaPo‘s India Bureau Chief. He has been at the bureau for a year and a half.

Congratulations to Denyer. We wish him well.

The memo…

Update: See WaPo‘s welcome announcement after the jump…Noteworthy lines: As Reuters Bureau Chief for 20 months he has become an “astute observer of the American scene.” He also speaks fluent French and good Spanish.

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A Little Birdy Says…

We’re hearing that Reuters Washington Bureau Chief Simon Denyer is moving over to WaPo. Details coming shortly…