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It’s the birthday of Minnesota’s Mall of America (Also: Hulk Hogan). Howard Kurtz explains the media’ silence on John Edwards’ affair. Jay Rosen asks, “Do you have any idea why The Politico has no White House beat, columnist, blogger? Wanna bet if Obama wins they will find one?” PunditWatch reports, “Tom Ridge is the former Governor of Pennsylvania and was the first director of Homeland Security. According to Chris Matthews he’s the guy McCain ‘really wants to pick.’” Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus made her first appearance on Fox News Sunday yesterday. Washington Post Ombudsman Deborah Howell writes, “An anonymous secondhand quotation from Sen. Barack Obama at a closed House Democratic caucus meeting on July 29 caused an uproar among partisans; it is an excellent example of how the pernicious use of unnamed sources, so pervasive in Washington, can backfire on journalists and sources.” Ken Vogel celebrated a birthday over the weekend (Hat Tip: Playbook) and today is the birthday of Chris Berry and Pam Sorensen. BLIND ITEM: What journo “survived the continuous 20-hour deadline that is V-Fest”? Rachel Sklar tweets, “Thought: Brian Ross is sort of like Javert.” Joshua Stecker tweets, “It’s funny watching tourists taking pics of Tom Brokaw in the background in Beijing. I mean, it’s Meet the Press, not the Today show!” Jeff Jarvis tweets, “I’m really surprised at how few of the people I’m following in the US or elsewhere are saying anything at all about the Olympics”. Tech Crunch reports, “Why Twitter Hasnâ€™t Failed: The Power Of Audience”. AP’s David Bauder reports, “Foreign correspondency on the fake news of ‘The Daily Show’ usually amounts to someone standing in front of a video screen on the New York set, a few steps away from Jon Stewart‘s desk. But to coincide with the Olympics, the show’s Rob Riggle went to China. Really. His skewed travelogue unfolds this week on the Comedy Central hit.” Bloggasm reports, “LA Times blog editor Tony Pierce responds to criticism about National Enquirer story”. FishbowlDC tweets, “Based on bob costas‘ surprisingly pointed intw with pres bush, perhaps Bedard was onto something w the Costas for ‘Meet’ host rumors.” (Speaking of Bedard, he’s making more honey.) And, Ana Marie Cox, is being Ana Marie Cox-y. If any reporter sees Erin McPike in Denver WITHOUT her Etch-A-Sketch, please alert the FishbowlDC authorities. In case you were wondering what to get Chuck Todd for his birthday…click here. Can you guess the 100 most common words in the English language? His Extreme-ness asks, “Big Media: Where Are They Now?” Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry that I have lived long enough to see the ‘National Enquirer’ do a better job of reporting the news than the ‘New York Times’ or the ‘Los Angeles Times’.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time.
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Q: Jane Mayer is the author of The Dark Side, headline-making book.
It’s the inside story of how the war on terror turned into a war on
American ideals. You know her from the New Yorker and some incredible
books, including Strange Justice, The Selling of Clarence Thomas.
Remember that book, Jane?
Q: Well, on this book that has come out just two weeks ago, we are so
thrilled to have you. It is called The Dark Side, and in so many ways
it is dark in that you take us inside and answer a lot of questions
about how this administration conducted the War on Terror behind the
scenes, torture, water-boarding, all of these issues. But I want to
start with a question about the White House. Have you heard from them
since the book has come out?
Mayer: No, there has been just plain radio silence. Though, I can
say, I’ve actually heard from some of the sources. I-this book is not
just based on talking to critics of the administration. It’s talking
to lots of people on the inside: inside the White House, inside the
CIA and the FBI and the military. And it’s been really gratifying.
I’ve actually gotten some really wonderful phone calls from people
who’ve said, “you know, you got it. Thank goodness someone told the
story.” So that actually has really made me feel good.
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