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Get Ready for CNN Henry’s Hula Dance Lessons

We couldn’t be more excited by the prospect of CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry in a grass skirt taking Hula dancing lessons.

The White House reporter has been living it up in Hawaii covering President Obama‘s family vacation and getting a lot of attention for it. “We’re taking it to the next level,” he says of the Hula dancing lessons that will air on CNN’s Ali Velshi‘s program today at 2:15 p.m. (ET).

We’ve all heard about Velshi and Henry’s bromance. This should be one to watch.

CNN’ Henry-Velshi Bromance Reignites


When the cat’s away the mice – in this case the mice being CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry and Chief Business Correspondent Ali Velshi – will play. CNN’s Candy Crowley was off on Sunday’s “State of the Union.” Henry filled in and, not surprisingly, welcomed his buddy, Velshi, on for a segment.

Henry and Velshi have been known to horse around on air. The two happily married broadcast journos have a clear bro-mantic affection for each other.

HENRY: When Candy gave me the keys to the show, I thought I’d have a little fun. Do we call it, is this the Ali Velshi segment or is it Bromance Weekend Edition?

VELSHI: You must have won a bet or something. Normally I’m watching this after waking up from a drooling sleep. It’s like a bit of a dream being here today.

Henry and Velshi moved into serious chatter about positive economic news, but eventually returned to their bromance.

HENRY: I sort of like this power shift where I’m the anchor and you’re the reporter.

VELSHI: As long as we’re hanging out together, any way you want to do it.


Watch the segment here.

The Bromance of CNN’s Ed Henry and Ali Velshi

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CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry and Chief Business Correspondent Ali Velshi may live and work in different cities — Henry in Washington, Velshi’s on air from Atlanta Monday through Friday — but their bromance (i.e. a complicated friendship shared by two straight males) has been budding for months.

“The bromance has been going on for three months, but it’s really heated up in the last few weeks,” Henry told FishbowlDC earlier this week.

To watch them on air in a segment known as the “Ed Henry Segment”, a watcher picks up on a sense of frolic as they exchange witty banter over who has more Twitter followers and such. Henry even once made a secret trip to Atlanta and surprised Velshi (for a TV segment, of course).

(By the way, both are unashamed about the bromance. Velshi is married; Henry is newly engaged.) “I think everybody is really secure about it,” Henry deadpanned.

This week Velshi is in Washington and apparently had a bad hotel experience. So Henry did what any self-respecting partner in a bromance would do — he purchased Velshi gifts and presented them to him on air off Russell Building balcony on Capitol Hill. The gifts, from the Union Station gift shop, included White House toilet paper and Rose Garden soap. He also bought him a tie clip as well as cuff links that cost $14.50 (note to Ed: probably best not to reveal the price when so cheap.) It was, however, unquestionably thoughtful – Velshi is a tie aficionado.

(Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) was spotted nearby laughing at the Henry-Velshi segment.)

Watch the video of the pair here.

Henry Stalks Anchors on POTUS’s Off-Record Lunch

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CNNÂ’s senior White House correspondent Ed Henry played reporter today with national news anchors who lunched with President Obama today in a traditional off-the-record meal prior to the SOTU address.

Henry hounded anchors for commentary on the lunch. Most took it as a chance to humorously mess with Henry.

NBC News’s Brian Williams refused to give into Henry’s pestering. “I can’t comment on anything we did or did not have, or whether food was consumed,” Williams deadpanned. A beat later he added, “I’m going to spill all of it to [MSNBC's] Savannah Guthrie, who’s so much better looking.”

CNN’s John King was equally standoffish as Henry followed King and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer to the White House gate. “It’s off the record!” King replied to nearly every question Henry asked. The only aspect he’d discuss was the cuisine. “Beautiful chicken, wonderful pie,” he remarked. (Beautiful chicken?) Even on a softball question regarding his new show, King interrupted Henry and declared: “Off the record!”

CBS’s Katie Couric also wouldn’t dish. “It was very nice,” she said. But she wouldn’t talk about it. “It’s pretty much off the record.” CBS’s Bob Schieffer was friendliest but also wouldn’t gab. “The president is a very interesting person to talk to … I always get a thrill out of being here.”

Correspondent Ali Velshi, who didn’t attend the lunch but who headlined the segment in which Henry’s feature ran, gave Henry crap about Henry having more Twitter followers than he does. “What happens is he’s got more than I do,” said Velshi, pleading viewers to also follow him.

Watch Henry’s feature video here.

Treasury Secretary Geithner Discusses WaPo Op-Ed

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CNN, Fortune and Time Magazine are co-hosting a half-day economic summit in New York today.

The keynote conversation was with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and moderated by Time managing editor Richard Stengel. Geither discussed his op-ed in today’s WaPo, co-written with Larry Summers.

Geithner: “What we’re trying to do is focus on the things that were at the core of our problems we saw in the first place. There are a range of other aspects of our system that you would not put in place today if you were starting from scratch. There are a bunch of things that would be nice to do if we had time and if we had capital. But we’re trying to focus on the practical issues that were at the core of those problems.”

Other speakers at today’s summit include T. Boone Pickens and Christie Todd Whitman; CNN’s Chief Business correspondent Ali Velshi, Fortune’s managing editor Andy Serwer and CNN’s Christine Romans are all on hand to moderate these discussions. You can tune in live from DC here.

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It is day 108 covering the Obama administration and week 14 for us. Happy Birthday to NBC’s Mark Murray! What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…



NYT: Amazon has introduced a larger version of the Kindle, pitching it as a new way for people to read textbooks, newspapers, and documents. It also offered limited information about new partnerships that are intended to put Kindles in the hands of more university students and newspaper readers.

More follow-up on The Boston Globe: The proposal that the Boston Globe‘s largest union will present to its members tomorrow calls for an 8.3 percent wage cut and an additional five-day unpaid furlough, according to a person briefed on the negotiations. Together, the two measures amount to a roughly 10-percent wage cut.

Reporters at The Baltimore Sun are withholding bylines to protest recent cuts.

Rupert Murdoch says News Corp. will start charging for newspaper websites.


TVNewser reports Dylan Ratigan is staying with NBC. Multiple sources say the former CNBC anchor, who disappeared from the air in March, is expected to turn up next on MSNBC. One insider says NBC “moved heaven and earth to keep him in the fold.”

HuffPost outlines “CNN’s Five Most Annonying ‘Personalities,’” which includes Lou Dobbs, Ali Velshi, Rick Sanchez, TJ Holmes and Soledad O’Brien.


The 50 most popular newspaper blogs- NYT has the most blogs to make the list with 22, LAT has 9.


AP: The government could provide tax breaks for newspapers or allow them to operate as nonprofits to help the industry survive, Sen. John Kerry said. Without newspapers, Kerry and other lawmakers said, there will be too few journalists investigating governments, companies, and individuals.

WaPo‘s Dana Milbank‘s take here. Opening line: “They came as if to their own funeral.”

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Morning Reading List 04.10.09

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Its day 81 covering the Obama administration and week ten for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…



From the NYT: Boston Globe employees reacted with a mix of resignation and anger Wednesday on learning of the pay and benefit cuts and the lost job security that The New York Times Company wants them to accept as the price of keeping the money-losing Globe in business.

The LA Times carried a front-page ad yesterday that tiptoed along the traditional line between news and commercial message. The one-column ad, for a new NBC cop show, simulated a news story or critic’s review. It had a headline and included a line about “this reporter” following along with police officers in a night that ends with a shooting. The 11th and last paragraph of the story then mentions the premiere of the new TV series, called Southland.

A petition has been reportedly signed by 100 LA Times staffers so far. It reads: “the journalists of the newsroom strenuously object to the decision to sell an ad, in the form of a phony news story, on the front page of the Los Angeles Times. The NBC ad may have provided some quick cash, but it has caused incalculable damage to this institution.”

Roger Ailes owns another newspaper.


More on the crying men of television from the BBC here and Time Mag here.


Today the Morning Media Menu was joined by ABC Nightline anchor Terry Moran. Listen in here.

CNN’s Ali Velshi was on the mediabistro podcast yesterday to talk about what’s new in financial coverage. Listen here.

Microsoft and Google find themselves in yet another sharp-elbowed battle to be the one to strike a commercial search advertising deal with Twitter, many sources with knowledge of the situation said, as they jockey for position to evaluate the potential of the much-hyped microblogging start-up.

AdAge- Liberal Bloggers to Dems, Advertise With Us. Or Else: “Call it hush money, or call it smart marketing. In some cases, there isn’t much of a difference. Political action groups shouldn’t view advertising on these blogs in the traditional sense of advertising. Besides, we all know banner ads don’t work at all anyway. They should consider advertising on these blogs as an investment in customer-relationship management. And a cheap one at that.


Why are J School applications up? HuffPost’s Rob Fishman: “Of course, no one should blame Columbia for teaching the old ways. As has been painfully evident over the past year, no new model for journalism yet exists. Where one can fault the J-School — and by extension, journalism as a whole — is in its superficial embrace of ‘new media,’ understood at 116th Street as a crash-course in web design as an addendum to the regular curriculum.”

Do Scoops Still Matter in the Digital World? Marketwatch’s Jon Friedman: “How much do scoops still matter in the thick of the digital revolution? Not so much, I’m afraid. With the exception of a Watergate-like bombshell, news exclusives don’t mean as much as they used to, I’d argue, with hand over heart. How long does a scoop last nowadays on the Internet? Ten seconds, maybe? Things have changed.”


Our gal pals at the Reliable Source call out “State of Play” (opening in theaters next week) on a few DC inaccuracies.

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Morning Reading List 03.05.09

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Its day 45 covering the Obama administration and one month down for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…



Can’t a guy go gray in Washington without everyone noticing (think Howard Fineman)? Both the NYT and WaPo has pieces today about President Obama’s graying hair.


PRNewser takes notice of all the action at the White House daily press briefings lately- “Robert Gibbs vs. CNBC, Part II.”

Fox’s Brit Hume also took notice of CNBC’s Jim Cramer, as well as CNN’s David Gergen, in a commentary on “Special Report” last evening. TVNewser has the clip.


NPR’s Claudio Sanchez has been awarded first place in radio in the Education Writers Association’s 2008 National Awards Contest for his piece “The Student Loan Crisis.” Other contest winners here.

Rush Limbaugh has challenged President Obama to a debate, “So let’s have the debate! I am offering President Obama to come on this program — without staffers, without a teleprompter, without note cards — to debate me on the issues. Let’s talk about free markets versus government control. Let’s talk about nationalizing health care and raising taxes on small business.”

HuffPost reminds us, CNN’s Campbell Brown challenged Limabaugh to a debate with chief business correspondent Ali Velshi, but that somehow never came to be.

Time’s Michael Scherer on team Obama’s “Petty Limbaugh Strategy” here.


From FishbowlNY: “The Recession Goes Interactive Courtesy of”

BBC College of Journalism is actually offering classes on how to Twitter. We hear David Gregory’s a guest lecturer.

Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection has applied for the web domain “.eco,” according to Politico.


Will the Kindle destroy or save the book business? Find out here.

Phoenix Books answers “Why We Gave Rod Blagojevich a Book Deal.”


On the Daily Beast, “Looking for Mr. Far Right” by Meghan McCain.

The New Arms Debate” by Carol Joynt in the New York Social Diary, if only for the first line, “Woe be the Washington woman who has some sex appeal, and double woe if you happen to be First Lady.”

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Morning Reading List, 01.23.09


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Morning Reading List, 01.09.09


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