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Dan Berman Will Join National Journal; Ben Pershing Promoted

National JournalDan Berman will be joining National Journal as an assistant managing editor, announced Editor-in-Chief and President Tim Grieve today in a staff memo.

Berman most recently worked as the White House editor for POLITICO, and will now oversee coverage of Congress, the White House and policy for NJ.

“This is a great hire for us,” said Tim Grieve in the staff memo. “I know Dan’s skills first hand: He worked hand-in-hand with me in creating Politico Pro, first as Energy Editor and then as Deputy Managing Editor. In those roles, he was an energetic advocate for and creator of high-quality, high-impact journalism. And Dan has continued to be that kind of editor even as he’s grown through different positions in his post-Politico Pro life — first as Politico’s Money and Politics Editor and now as its White House Editor.”

Additionally, Grieve announced the promotion of Ben Pershing to editor of National Journal Daily.

“Dan will work very closely with Ben Pershing, who is taking on a big new role as Editor of National Journal Daily,” continued Grieve. “As many of you have heard, Sophie Yarborough is leaving us this month to take a new position at The Washington Post. We have asked Ben to take on the role of Editor of NJ Daily to lead the effort to reimagine the publication for a new era. Ben is a natural for this. He has worked wonders with our Congress team since arriving at National Journal earlier this year, and he’s a veteran journalist with a deep understanding of Congress and the kind of reporting that will have an impact inside the Capitol and around the country.”

Jana Winter Joins DC-Based The Intercept

p5Zyt0riJana Winter will be joining The Intercept, according to an announcement on their site today.

Winter, who previously worked as an investigative reporter at Fox News, is best known for her refusal to reveal her sources during the James Holmes story, the infamous movie-theater shooting two years ago in Aurora, CO, in which she reported that Holmes had sent a notebook to his psychiatrist containing depictions of violence before his deadly rampage.

She will be brought on board as a national security reporter for the DC-based online media outlet. 

Jonanthan Capehart Makes Mediaite’s ‘Top 9 Rising Stars of Cable News’

Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 1.14.33 PMMediaite released a list of its ‘Top 9 Rising Stars of Cable News” today, comprised of the three major cable news networks (CNN, Fox and MSNBC).

Although the Washington contingent was scant, one DC-based journalist was able to make the cut — MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart. An opinion writer for The Washington Post and MSNBC contributor, Capehart recently had a major interview with Attorney General Eric Holder “that elicited some frank language about the situation in Ferguson.”

So, a big Fishbowl congrats to Jonathan for representing DC media well!

Cheney, Rove On Sunday Shows: Bush Knew About Enhanced Interrogation Techniques

Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 10.32.55 AMFormer President George W. Bush knew of the enhanced interrogation techniques before 2006, said two high ranking officials of his administration yesterday on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace and “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd.

Senior advisor to the Bush White House, Karl Rove, and former VP Dick Cheney combatted doubts that the former President was unaware of the program’s harsh methods on the DC-based Sunday programs, respectively.

“The report says President Bush didn’t know about these enhanced interrogation techniques until 2006. You were there. Was that true?” asked ”Fox News Sunday”‘s Chris Wallace on the show.

“No. In fact … his book describes how he was briefed and intimately involved in the decision,” said Rove. “He made the decision. He was presented, I believe, 12 techniques, he authorized the use of 10 of them, including waterboarding.”

Similarly, Chuck Todd posed a question to the former vice president on “Meet the Press” asking how the former president was briefed on the matter of the EIT’s, to which Cheney bluntly responded, “he was briefed.”

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Weekend Show Preview — 12.14.14

SundayShows-w-candyI apologize for the lack of Weekend Show Previews in recent weeks… We promise to start doing them again. Without further adieu, here we go:

Highlights will include President Barack Obama on “Al Punto”; former President George W. Bush on “State of the Union”; Senator John McCain on “Face the Nation”; Karl Rove on ”Fox News Sunday”; and former Vice President Dick Cheney on “Meet the Press.”

Sunday: 

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Former VP Dick Cheney; Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Select Committee on Intelligence; Director, University of Chicago’s Institute, David AxelrodDan Senor, Co-Founder, Foreign Policy Initiative; Helene Cooper, Pentagon Correspondent, The New York Times; and NBC News’ Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Andrea Mitchell.

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) of the Armed Services Committee;  Intelligence Committee Vice Chair, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA); Intelligence Committee Chair, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); Sen. Angus King (I-ME) of the Intelligence Committee; Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal and CBS News Contributor; Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times; The Root’s Charles Ellison; and Michael Gerson of The Washington Post.

“Fox News Sunday”: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI); Karl Rove, former top White House Advisor to President George W. Bush; Syndicated Columnist and Fox News Contributor, George Will; White House Correspondent for The Associated Press, Julie PaceMichael Needham, CEO, Heritage Action for America; Charles Lane, editorial writer for The Washington Post and Fox News Contributor; and Jose Rodriguez, former Director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service.

ABC’s “This Week“: Former CIA Director, Gen. Michael HaydenEric Fair, visiting Professor at Lehigh University and contract interrogator in Iraq in 2004; Foreign Affairs Columnist for The New York TimesTom Friedman; Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Rep. Keith Ellison (D- Minnesota); CNN Political Commentator and Former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich; Syndicated Radio Host and ABC News Contributor, Laura Ingraham; and CNN and SiriusXM host, Michael Smerconish.

Univision’s “Al Punto” : President of the United States of America, Barack ObamaFrancisco Dominguez, Attorney General of the Dominican Republic; José Manuel “Chumel” Torres, Host and Writer of “El Pulso de la República”

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Chuck Todd On Torture Report: Americans ‘Very Forgiving’ On This Front

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In more “torture report” related news… “Meet the Press” host, Chuck Todd, appeared on “Morning Joe” today ahead of his scheduled interview Sunday with former Vice President, Dick Cheney.

Referring to the American public’s initial support of anti-terror prevention through the use of extreme tactics, Joe Scarborough said to Todd, ”like in a time of crisis, Americans throw the niceties out. They leave it to Columbia Law School Professors to talk about legality. They’re like ‘keep us safe.’ You know?”

“No, it is,” Todd responded in agreement. ”It’s always one of those — and I’m sure you’ve had votes like that — where in the moment, it’s one thing, ten years later you look back and, ‘Hmm, should we have thought about that better? Should we have thought about that differently?’ And I think that’s the fairest, sort of defense in all of this is … you’ve got to remember the way things felt in the moment”

Todd went on to say, “Americans are very forgiving on this front. The thing that this report is damaging is relationships overseas.”

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FP’s David Rothkopf To Discuss New Book With Wolf Blitzer

DJR_TWITTER_5Wolf Blitzer will have David Rothkopf, CEO and editor of Foreign Policy magazine, on “Wolf” at 1 PM ET this afternoon to discuss his new book “National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear.”

Detailing a post-9/11 America’s sense of vulnerability following the terror attacks, Rothkopf’s book addresses the challenges faced by two very different presidents and their administrations in a era of great change and need for rapid adaptation by the American superpower — touching on topics such as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the financial crisis, dysfunction in Washington, the rise of China, and the dawn of the era of cyber warfare.

 

 

Jake Tapper To Former CIA Director: ‘You’re Really Defending Rectal Rehydration?’

Tapper and HaydenOn “The Lead” with Jake Tapper yesterday afternoon, former CIA director, Michael Hayden, stopped by the show to share his thoughts on the recently released “torture report.”

Things got a little tense, however, when Jake directed the conversation toward the “unauthorized activities” mentioned in the report, citing the always fun subject of rectal rehydration – one of the more talked about aspects of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report.

“No, stop! That was a medical procedure,” said the former director. “That was done because of detainee health — that the people responsible there for the health of these detainees saw that they were becoming dehydrated. They had limited options in which to go do this. It was intravenous with needles, which would be dangerous with a non-cooperative detainee; it was through the nasal passages..”

“Pureeing hummus and pine nuts and,” Tapper sarcastically interjected.

Hayden quickly responded, “Jake, I’m not a doctor and neither are you, but what I am told is this is one of the ways that the body is rehydrated; these were medical procedures. To give you a sense …”

“You’re really defending rectal rehydration?” Tapper asked with a smirk of disbelief.

“What I’m defending is history,” said Hayden. “To give you a sense as to how this report was put together — this activity, which was done five times and each time for the health of the detainee, not part of the interrogation program, not designed to soften him up for any questioning. The committee, the Democrats on the committee, have used one half-assed unwarranted comment in one e-mail to justify the story that you have now bought hook, line and sinker that we use this to abuse other human beings.”

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Pulitzer Winner And WaPo Photojournalist, Michel du Cille, Dies At 58

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Three time Pulitzer winner and Washington Post photojournalist, Michel du Cille, tragically died yesterday while on assignment in Liberia from an apparent heart attack.

The photographer, who won two Pulitzers with the Miami Herald in the 1980s and one with the Post in 1988, had recently been documenting the ravages of Ebola in Liberia.

The 26- year veteran of the newspaper never shied away from covering the more dangerous, war-torn regions of the world. From Sudan and Afghanistan to the civil wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone in the 1990s, and finally returning to west Africa to cover the Ebola outbreak, Mr. du Cille selflessly put himself in harms way to shed light on the struggles of his fellow human. He was a true journalist and will be missed.

Friday Morning Splash

What’s Happening

— Inside Media: NYT Magazine’s Mark Leibovich at the Newseum, 2:30 p.m.

— Walter Isaacson Discussion with Leon Wieseltier at Kesher Isreal, Sunday at 7 p.m.

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