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Archives: January 2014

DC’s Top Stories, 1.31.14

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FishbowlDC’s round-up of the most popular, most read, and most clicked stories from local news media.

Here are DC’s top stories for Friday, January 31, 2014:

The Washington PostThe hotels Brazil needs for the World Cup never got built

The Washington TimesTHATCHER: Common sense for restaurant-menu labeling

Washington ExaminerState Department gives Keystone XL passing environmental grade

Washington City PaperThat Time D.C. Punks Posed as Prizefighters

USA TodayEx-aide: Christie knew about lane closures on bridge

The Hill: Wyoming most conservative, D.C. most liberal in 2013

POLITICOConfessions of an ex-TSA agent

Roll CallWhy I Put My Political Career on ‘Operational Pause’ | Commentary

National JournalMitt Romney Is the 2016 Republican Front-Runner

Daily Caller: Christie denies allegation from Port Authority official

WTOP: Spring-like temps before winter returns

ABC 7: Numerous chances for wintry weather in D.C. next week

NBC 4: Sheriff: Children Left in Cold Car 90 Minutes While Mother Had Makeup Done

CBS 9: Fire Lt. attempts to retire amid death investigation

Fox 5: AP sources: Super Bowl sex, drug arrests in NYC

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Weekend Shows Preview, 1.31 – 2.2

SundayShows12Who’s on the public affairs shows this weekend? Glad you asked:

CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), WH Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Rudy Giuliani, Harvard’s David Gergen, Michael Gerson of WaPo, Kimberly Stassel of WSJ, and Daily Beast’s Bob Shrum

“Fox News Sunday”: Live from MetLife Stadium: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, John Elway of the Denver Broncos, and QB Archie Manning

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Denis McDonough, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Julian Assange, National Review’s Rich Lowry, Former WH Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, PBS’s Gwen Ifill, Presidential Historian Doris Kearns-Goodwin, and NBC’s Chuck Todd.

ABC’s “This Week“: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), ABC’s Matthew Dowd, The Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol, Donna Brazile, Ana Navarrro, and NYT‘s Paul Krugman

PBS’s “Washington Week” John Dickerson of Slate Magazine and CBS News, Susan Davis of USA TodayChristi Parsons of Tribune Newspapers, Todd Purdum of Politico and Vanity Fair

CNN’s “State of the Union“: Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA), also Jake Tapper’s Obama interview

Univision’s “Al Punto” : Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), President Ricardo Martinelli of Panama, State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-TX), Jan Slattery and John O’Malley of the Archdiocese of Chicago

BTV’s “Political Capital” : John Podesta of the Center for American Progress

CNN’s “Reliable Sources” : TBA


We’ll update ‘em as we get ‘em (email

Citing Growth, The DC Shuffles Senior Staff

dailycaller_editThe Daily Caller announced today that it was promoting from within to fill its top editorial spots. Vince Coglianese has been promoted from Managing Editor to Executive Editor. Former Associate Editor Christopher Bedford will take over as Managing Editor, and another former Associate Editor Paul Conner will become Deputy Editor. The top editorial spot had been empty since the abrupt departure of the controversial David Martosko, who went to the Daily Mail.

There was movement on the business side too. McKenzie Vaughn was hired last May to be Director of Operations and Public Affairs. And Clark Hennessy has been promoted from Deputy Director of Audience Outreach to Director of Communications. Both Vaughn and Hennessy will be the points of contact for media booking requests.

In a press release, co-founders Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel say The DC has doubled its readership since the year before, and that the changes to senior staff “recognize the enormous talent that has driven the site to its position as a top news source.”

Read the press release after the jump…

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WaPo Digital Revamp Continues: Taylor Swiped from BI; Rucker Promoted

WaPo has promoted Philip Rucker from White House correspondent to national politics reporter and has hired Adam Taylor away from Business Insider to contribute to its “WorldViews” foreign affairs blog.

Taylor had been an editor at BI since 2010. His addition to “WoldViews” is part of WaPo editor Marty Baron‘s plan to develop “verticals,” or areas of specialization, within the WaPo website to allow readers to browse content by subject matter.

Rucker’s promotion comes after 8 years of writing for WaPo, and in a memo from Cameron Barr, Anne Kornblut, and Steven Ginsberg announcing the move, he is described as a reporter who “files often and at all hours for our digital platforms, and  an enthusiastic user of social media.”

Both hires are in keeping with Baron’s efforts, announced Wednesday, to prioritize “digital transformation” at the paper. In recent weeks, WaPo has also given gossip column “Reliable Sources” as stronger digital presence, adding two young writers (Emily Heil and Helena Andrews) and a staffer to produce online video. They’ve also hired National Journal‘s Adam Kushner to start up an online magazine and tasked Jim Tankersley with heading a data-driven digital initiative focused on policy analysis.

All these changes come as WaPo repositions itself to compete with a number of new digital news ventures including Walter Mossberg‘s and Kara Swisher‘s Re/code, Nate Silver‘s new FiveThiryEight, and the as-of-yet untitled effort announced Sunday by former Wonkblogger Ezra Klein.

Communities Digital News Splits Off from TWT

We reported earlier this month that The Washington Times was planning on dumping its “Communities” page, much to the chagrin of Communities Editor Jacquie Kubin. Well now it’s official. In a press release today, Kubin announced that the old “Washington Times Communities” page was splitting off to form its own entity called Communities Digital News, or

From the press release:

The decision by Communities management to end its relationship with the Washington Times is two-fold.

First, it allows Communities Digital News to broaden its editorial voice and become more inclusive of a wide variety of political and social viewpoints, covering all aspects of any given event or story without restraint.

Second, it allows Communities Digital News more business independence and flexibility, allowing for greater reader and revenue growth including syndication.

The Washington Times Communities page is still up, but it seems no content has been updated there since January 9th. The move comes a day after AOL Patch, a social news service similarly fueled by cheap or free content from community writers, axed up to two-thirds of its employees.

See the whole statement from Comm Digi News after the jump…

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NFL’s Brad Smith Calls Richard Sherman ‘A Great Player’


Just like in politics, sports drama can often deflect attention from bigger, more important issues. In Richard Sherman‘s case, his Super Bowl-bound team had just won the NFC championship. Awesome news that nearly got overshadowed by Sherman’s emotional post-game comments about Michael Crabtree. This morning Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Brad Smith, in town to promote his “Design for Brad Smith” competition, spoke to MediabistroTV about the competition and gave us a player’s perspective on the Sherman incident.

Check out our interview with Smith below:

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ICYMI: CNN Tells the Future; AOL Patch Says ‘Goodbye’

Image via Shutterstock.In case you missed it…

A way cool futuristic new program, Dataminr for News,  unveiled by CNN yesterday uses Twitter to get tipped off about breaking stories hours before anyone else knows about them. Our friends at TVNewser covered the event:

Dataminr uses an advanced algorithm to home in on similar sets of tweets around the world, thus alerting its clients to trends—or breaking news— potentially from the moment it’s first tweeted about…

“…We think it is revolutionary for newsgathering,” SVP of K.C. Estenson said, jokingly calling it to “bionic vision for our reporters.”

The network has already been testing the program for six months, using it on-air for about two stories a day, including this past weekend’s Maryland mall shooting, and during the Nelson Mandela memorial service, when Dataminr alerted CNN to the most shared Mandela photos online. CNN then used those photos on-air.

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FishbowlDC Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

DC’s Top Stories, 1.30.14

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Our round-up of the most popular, most read, and most clicked stories from local news media. Here are DC’s top stories for Thursday, January 30, 2014:

The Washington Post: Four words in the ACA could spell its doom 

The Washington TimesChristian film stripped of ‘Best Song’ Oscar nomination

Washington ExaminerHouse immigration reform could be tackled in eight, bite-sized pieces

Washington City PaperIs Dan Snyder Just Trolling Everyone?

USA Today: House GOP unveils immigration principles

The Hill: Obama flexes executive power in measured State of the Union address

POLITICOThe day we lost Atlanta

Roll CallWhy I Put My Political Career on ‘Operational Pause’ | Commentary

National JournalThis Is Rand Paul’s Moment

Daily Caller: Stanford law prof: Second Amendment is about restricting gun rights

WTOP: Officer shoots son after son attacks wife

ABC 7: Fire Lt. assigned to desk duty after death near fire station

NBC 4: Officer’s Wife, Son Dead in Domestic Dispute

CBS 9: Police: Mom left kids in cold car to get makeup done

Fox 5: AP sources: Super Bowl sex, drug arrests in NYC

SOTU By The Numbers: NBC and Fox Outperform the Competition

Only 33.3 million Americans watched the State of the Union on Tuesday -that’s the lowest number since 2000. But for those who did tune in, the competition for their eyeballs was fierce.

The numbers are in on SOTU coverage -and on the analysis programming that came after -and the big winners are NBC among the networks and Fox News on cable. Though CBS had the most viewers for the speech itself -7.5 million -they lost about 1 million of them after it was over. By contrast, NBC held relatively steady with just under 7 million viewers for the speech and post coverage. They also won the 25-54 demo during the speech, and actually improved on those numbers during post-SOTU coverage, when the networks really differentiated themselves.

On cable, Fox News far out-performed it’s cable rivals. As noted on our sister site TVNewser, their 4.5+ million viewers were more than MSNBC’s and CNN’s combined. Post-speech coverage was no different, with Fox News winning overall and in the demo.

The numbers from Tuesday night:

State of the Union Coverage

1. CBS: 7,580,000 total viewers / 2,269,000 A25-54

2. NBC: 6,984,000 total viewers / 2,467,000 A25-54

3. ABC: 5,569,000 total viewers / 1,990,000 A25-54

4. Fox News: 4,718,853 viewers / 1,197,554 A25-54

5. MSNBC: 2,292,169 viewers / 752,054 A25-54

6. CNN: 2,081,431 viewers / 762,450 A25-54

Post-SOTU Coverage

1. NBC: 6,702,000 viewers / 2,537,000 A25-54

2. CBS: 6,558,000 viewers / 2,015,000 A25-54

3. ABC: 5,565,000 viewers / 2,047,000 A25-54

4. Fox News: 4,513,177 viewers / 1,106,000 A25-54

5. MSNBC: 2,167,242 viewers / 704,000 A25-54

6. CNN: 2,081,431 viewers / 663,000 A25-54