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Hillary Clinton Responds to Criticisms by Jill Abramson on Media Expectations

logo2During an interview with guest host John Harwood on NPR’s “On Point,” Hillary Clinton admitted that she might expect more than she should from her relationships with members of the media.

Clinton’s comments were made in response to criticism by Jill Abramson in a POLITICO Magazine piece in which the former New York Times editor said, “Hillary is incredibly unrealistic about journalists…She expects you to be 100 percent in her corner, especially women journalists. She got angry with me because when I became the top-ranking woman at the New York Times, she thought I should be loyal. An editor is going to be independent, always.”

Abramson’s comments were made more than two months after the media blitz surrounding the release of Hard Choices began, first with a taped television interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, a live interview with Robin Roberts for “Good Morning America,” a joint interview by Fox News’ Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren, and a slew of other interviews, conversations, town halls, and book signings in Washington and throughout the country. Read more

Washington Post Tehran correspondent Jason Rezaian Believed to be Detained in Iran

imrs.phpThe Washington Post‘s Tehran correspondent Jason Rezaian is believed to be detained in Iran, the Post is reporting. Rezaian and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, are among four individuals – including two unnamed American freelance photojournalists – detained without explanation.

“We are deeply troubled by this news and are concerned for the welfare of Jason, Yeganeh and two others said to have been detained with them,” Washington Post foreign editor Douglas Jehl said in a statement.

According to The Washington Post:

“Rezaian, 38, holds American and Iranian citizenship. Yeganeh, an Iranian citizen who has applied for U.S. permanent residency, works as a correspondent for the National, a newspaper based in the United Arab Emirates.”

Rezaian – who’s been based in Iran since 2008 and with the Post since 2012 – published his most recent piece - “World powers agree to extend talks with Iran“ on July 18.

For more, click here.

Afternoon Lede Check – 7.25.14

American among 116 aboard plane down in Mali. 2 dead and 20 injured in fierce Va. storm. ParkingTicket.com offers to fight DC parking tickets FREE on behalf of FOX 5 viewers.

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

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Former Senators Kent Conrad and Judd Gregg Join Edelman’s Public Affairs Practice

bronze_doorEdelman today announced that former Senators Kent Conrad and Judd Gregg will join the firm as strategic advisors. In the newly created roles, the former senators will provide public policy advice and communications counsel to on a per client basis.

“This opportunity enables us to provide Edelman’s clients with a better understanding of Congress and how best to communicate on a wealth of complex public policy issues,” said Sen. Gregg, who represented New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate from 1993 – 2011, and prior to that, served two terms as governor of New Hampshire and four terms as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The news comes days after an announcement that White House director of broadcast media Dag Vega is set to join Burson-Marsteller as managing director of its Washington office. Vega’s last day with the White House is Friday, June 25 and he’ll join Burson in early August.

Vega is succeeded by Andrea Purse, coming to the White House from American Progress, where she served as vice president of communications.

Hey Isn’t That…NBC4′s Angie Goff on MSNBC’s ‘First Look’ ?

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This week, NBC4 weekend anchor Angie Goff has been filling in for her NBC colleagues on vacay on the sets of NBC’s “Early Today” and MSNBC’s “First Look.”

Looking hot as ever, check her out live from the Big Apple tomorrow before returning to the District this weekend to resume her reporting and anchoring duties with NBC Washington.

Members of Congress Pitch Their Town as Host for DNC Convention

As the Democratic National Committee is making site visits to potential host cities for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, The Washington Post’s Jackie Kucinich visited Capitol Hill to hear from several Members from finalist cities on why their town should be chosen.

Philadelphia’s Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA) entices with the “real” Philadelphia cheesesteak. Brooklyn’s Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) touts the new Manhattan as the home of Jay-Z. Birmingham’s Rep. Terri Sewell promotes that “magical things happen” in her town. And Phoenix’s Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) promises that everyday in Phoenix is a great hair day.

Also in the running as host city for the Democratic National Convention: Columbus (Ohio) and Cleveland, which was selected earlier this month as host city for the 2016 Republican National Convention. Philadelphia, Chicago and Miami have all hosted both conventions in the same year, most recently being Miami in 1972.

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AP Makes Changes Within Its Video Leadership

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The Associated Press today announced several changes within its video leadership. Denise Vance, deputy director of U.S. video, will be head of U.S. video and radio, and Vaughn Morrison, a former CNN and Fox executive, was named earlier this month head of U.S. video production. Both are based in DC.

The announcement also named Derl McCrudden, previously head of video newsgathering, head of international video news for The Associated Press. He is based in London.

Debora Gorbutt, head of video content development, will now have a hand in the AP Middle East Extra, a new video service offering video content centered on news most relevant to the region.

For the full announcement, click here.

NBC Sources Tell Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove ‘Gregory is Toast’

Gregory_1.22Yesterday, the New York Post’s “Page Six” reported that David Gregory‘s tenure as host of NBC’s “Meet the Press” may soon be coming to an end.

The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove wrote in a follow-up piece that, “In multiple conversations that I had with people inside and outside NBC after the item appeared, it was taken as a given that Gregory is toast.”

Grove’s analysis differs dramatically compared to what an NBC spokesperson told “Page Six’s” Emily Smith Tuesday night, saying, “We heard the same false rumors and suggest you take them with a grain of salt, as we did.” Read more

Call for Nominations – FishbowlDC 2014 Summer Superlatives

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It’s back…the news you’ve all been dreading waiting for. FishbowlDC Summer Superlatives 2014.

Something about the horrible heat and humidity brings us back to high school – senior year – when you voted for your classmates for how they’ll be remembered in the yearbook, forever.

Now flash forward to the real world. Replace your classmates with your colleagues. The yearbook with FishbowlDC. And let’s forget about the story someone broke or epic interview they conducted. It’s all about who’s hot, has the best hair, and is the most #basic this time around.

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Know someone who’s boyish good looks should have landed him in a boy band rather than DC media? Let’s cast them!

Have a colleague who carries so much drama they make the Kardashians look like they’re better suited for daytime on PBS? Help us help them launch their reality show!

Does your heart skip a beat every time you turn the dial and hear that person’s voice or when you receive an email from that publicist? Us too, probably, but let us know!

Over the next few days, we’ll be gathering nominations of those ohh so lucky to be included in this year’s superlatives. All nominations are anonymous and can be submitted via email (fishbowlnick@gmail.com) or the Anonymous Tip Box.

Be nice – or not – and let the games begin. But remember, it’s all in good fun.

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2014 Superlative Categories

  • Future/former Boy Band Member
  • Most in Need of a Reality Show
  • Hottest TV Personality
  • Sexiest Radio Voice
  • Best Writing
  • Hottest PR Guy/Girl
  • Cutest Couple
  • Most #basic
  • Best Hair
  • Biggest Troublemaker

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