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It’s Helen Thomas’s birthday!
You love how slow it gets in August in D.C. Sunday was the birthday of Washington Life’s Michael Clements and Tuesday is the birthday of Taylor Griffin. Which journos can be seen in “Rock the Vote”?BLIND ITEM: What journo ended the latest congressional session by saying, “Session’s over, man. Reid dropped the big one. Adjournment vote. Your gas prices are going nowhere but up”? Deb Howell thinks the Post’s coverage has skewed towards Sen. Barack Obama lately. We asked The Hill what kind of traffic spike resulted in its popular “50 Most Beautiful People on Capitol Hill” feature. Says Hugo Gurdon: “We always get high web traffic on the day that the 50 Most Beautiful comes out, but the feature has an unusual long-term appeal, pulling
in visitors month after month. The uptick on publication day is nice, but the spikes for hard news stories that we break are orders of magnitude higher.” Friday was the birthday of Josie Duckett. A reader sent us this and said, “Never thought I would ever hear Chris Cillizza sing and on top of that, singing well.” Also, a reader tells us, “Check out Cillizza’s out of office reply: ‘I will be out of the country from Aug. 1 to Aug. 10 and will be checking email only occasionally (if at all) during that time. Unless you are Barack Obama or John McCain emailing to give me your veep pick, I won’t likely respond until I return. Thanks, Chris”‘ In a roundtable interview last week, POTUS said, “I’ve got to go to the electronic media, with people who have got beautiful faces.” (Laughter.) Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I hate that lately I keep being given stories on someone else’s beat just because they don’t want to do it now that they have some sort of manager title behind their name. What an ass! Basically, if they think that the story is total B.S., now they just give it to me and stick me with more work to do. Hell, thy name is middle-management.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time.
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Telemundo, MSNBC.com and NBC Mobile — will present more than 200 total hours of live coverage of the Democratic National Convention, Aug. 25-28, and the Republican National Convention, Sept. 1-4. ‘NBC Nightly News’ anchor Brian
Williams leads the network’s four nights of coverage from each convention, while MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews anchor coverage on cable. Tom Brokaw, who has covered every presidential election since 1968, will contribute unparalleled reporting and analysis on both the NBC network and
on MSNBC throughout both conventions.”
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