FishbowlNY TVNewser TVSpy LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser GalleyCat SocialTimes

Posts Tagged ‘Alison Stewart’

WaPo’s Shales Calls Meacham ‘Pompous and Dreary’


WaPo’s Tom Shales was online earlier today chatting harshly on a range of topics. They included Betty White’s SNL appearance (he loves her), PBS host and Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham (he can’t stand him) and seeing Rue McLanahan naked (we’re not sure where he is on this one, but he thinks she’s the weakest of the Golden Girls).

On Meacham:
Need to Know: Do you think part of the problem with the show (also called “Need to Know”) is that Jon Meacham is kind of a pompous guy?
Shales: Pompous? yes. And dreary.

Shales said Meacham looked like he’d been “left out in the rain” while his co-host and NPR veteran Alison Stewart “looked as though she would have been more comfortable in Clinton’s lap.” (This would be former President Bill Clinton, the show’s debut interview.) More Shales’ thoughts on Meacham’s PBS show here in a May 11 post.

On seeing Rue McLanahan in the nude:
Shales: Ah, great details! I have seen Rue naked. No, not at my house. She posed a la Marilyn Monroe for a nudie pin-up before she decided to work in television. Naughty-naughty! I don’t think the nude photo ever really hurt her career. I thought she was the weakest Golden Girl – I mean, the character was so over-drawn, all that sex talk (why I found it embarrassing!!! – hey, I sound like I’m older than Betty White)…

Read the entire conversation here.


Mediabistro Course

Freelancing 101

Freelancing 101Starting December 1, learn how to manage a top-notch freelancing career! In this online boot camp, you'll hear from freelancing experts on the best practices for a solid freelancing career, from the first steps of self-advertising and marketing, to building your schedule and managing clients. Register now!

Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: David Axelrod. Richard Wolffe of Newsweek, Todd Purdum of Vanity Fair and Michelle Singletary of the Washington Post.

  • This Week: Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), Member, Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs; Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Member, Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs; Robert Gibbs and a roundtable with Studio 360′s Kurt Anderson,’s John Dickerson, NPR’s Alison Stewart, and the Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan. Jake Tapper guest hosts.

  • The Chris Matthews Show: Howard Fineman of Newsweek; Michele Norris of NPR; David Brooks of the New York Times; and Norah O’Donnell of MSNBC.

  • Inside Washington: Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, The Washington Post’s Colbert King and syndicated columnists Mark Shields and Charles Krauthammer.

  • Face the Nation: Bob Schieffer, Paul Krugman, David Axelrod, Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn.

  • Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Sen. John McCain, President-elect Barack Obama, Gov. Sarah Palin and CNN founder Ted Turner.

  • Reliable Sources: Amy Holmes, CNN political contributor; Bill Press, radio talk show host; Terence Smith, former PBS media correspondent; and Jessica Yellin, CNN national political correspondent.

  • Fox News Sunday: Laura Bush. Bill Sammon, Jill Zuckman, Fred Barnes, Ceci Connolly.

  • Huckabee: Kelsey Grammer, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Oliver Stone, Richard Dreyfuss, Bill Maher and Joe the Plumber.

  • Morning Reading List, 07.20.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Trader Joe’s is the favorite grocery stop.

  • An NBC release announced that “Meet the Press with Tim Russert”
    “was the No. 1 Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, July 15, 2007.” On Sunday, “Meet the Press” attracted 2.693 million total viewers, 16% more than ABC’s “This Week” and CBS’s “Face the Nation’s” and a 153% lead over FOX’s “News Sunday”.

  • An ABC release announced, “Please note: ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ will not air on Sunday, July 22, 2007 due to ABC’s coverage of the British Open. The show is pre-empted in all markets. ‘This Week’ will resume its normal clearance schedule next Sunday, July 29, 2007.”

  • Another ABC release announced, “ABC News Digital increased unique visitors 13% to 10.9 million in June 2007 versus the same time last year, and ranked in eighth place in the Top 20 of general news sites, according to the Nielsen NetRatings.”

  • Your weekly CQ Political Trivia

  • A look at White House photographer Eric Draper.

  • The Pew News Interest Index shows, “The Iraq war, rather than the policy debate, was the news story the public focused on most closely, but even attention to the war was down substantially from previous weeks.”

  • And from another reader, “You best give props to Paul Kane, who stayed at the Capitol until 2:30 a.m. to blog for his ‘Capitol Briefing’ at, then was up to Washington Post Radio at 7 a.m., and MSNBC at 9 a.m., in addition to filing TWO more blog postings the morning after. Say nothing of the fact that he co-bylined the main Post A1 lead on the debate.”

  • Check out City Paper’s rendition of Date Lab — “Can an LNSer and a Hipster Get Over Themselves?”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Two U.S. congressional subcommittees are investigating whether Google Inc.’s $3.1 billion purchase of DoubleClick Inc. will stifle competition in the online advertising market.”

  • The Washington Post reports on the YouTube debate, “CNN will sort through the submissions to select the two dozen or so that Democrats in Charleston will answer after watching them on a 25-by-18-foot screen.”

  • Check out Linda Roth PR’s Carrie Foster on the small screen.

  • Reuters reports, “The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission plans to file civil charges against Dow Jones & Co. Inc. board member David Li over an insider trading probe linked to News Corp.’s bid for the media company, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.”

  • Inside Cable News looks into the “buzz” surrounding the Vitter “saga on Countdown with substitute host Alison Stewart.”

  • Government Executive reports, “Criticism of proposed rules on fees for obtaining documents under the Freedom of Information Act has prompted the CIA to establish a definition of “news media” that could include bloggers.”

  • reports, “Dow Jones & Co., whose board approved News Corp.’s $5 billion bid for the company Tuesday, posted a 27% drop in second-quarter net income on stock-compensation and restructuring charges.”

  • Eric Boehlert writes, “It’s Roger Ailes and Neil Cavuto the WSJ should fear”

  • TVNewser reports, “CNN and Fox News Channel waited until the end of their signature evening broadcasts to extensively cover the steam pipe explosion in New York City on Wednesday. Incredibly, CNN’s Lou Dobbs didn’t mention the transformer explosion at all during his 6pm newscast.”

  • Variety reports, “Rupert Murdoch is poised to land one of the biggest catches of his empire-building career. But now that the question of whether he can acquire Dow Jones is near resolution, the next issue becomes pressing: What will he do with it?”

  • CNN reports, “The House on Wednesday evening overwhelmingly rejected President Bush’s plan to eliminate the $420 million federal subsidy for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.”

  • Information Week reports, “Big Fish Games has found a new distribution channel — a partnership with National Geographic Ventures. The deal, announced this week, calls for two of Big Fish Games’ most popular products to be delivered through National Geographic’s online and physical contacts.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Richard A. Smith knows something anyone considering buying a newspaper company needs to know. He’s taking his advertising dollars somewhere else.”

  • AP reports, “The Rev. Al Sharpton, who urged the Imus’ firing, wouldn’t object if the radio personality returned to the airwaves.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “A Senate committee is expected to support legislation that would authorize regulators to enforce a nearly zero-tolerance policy on the broadcast of certain expletives that was struck down last month.”

  • TVNewser reports, “The St. Pete Times is reporting the site of the Sept. 17 CNN/You Tube debate has been chosen. The renovated Mahaffey Theater in downtown St. Pete will host the event. Anderson Cooper will moderate among republican presidential candidates in what the Times calls a ‘hip new format.’


  • The Baltimore Examiner is looking for a General Assignment News Reporter.

  • The Catholic Review is looking for a Seasoned Staff Writer.

  • The News and Advance is looking for a Page Designer/Copy Editor.

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • So That’s Where Alison Stewart Went Off To…


    From NPR:

      Emmy and Peabody-Award-winning broadcast journalist Alison Stewart and NPR reporter Luke Burbank have been named hosts of NPR’s upcoming news and information on-air and online programming for Adults 25-44, to make its premiere on all media platforms in September 2007. The centerpiece of the new 24-hour service, announced in January 2007, will be a daily two-hour morning drive time news magazine hosted by Stewart and Burbank and available through terrestrial, HD digital and satellite radio; free streaming online audio through station websites; a podcast, and by mobile on-demand.

      The program will be produced at NPR New York. Sample segments and show ideas are already available for listener feedback through under its working title, “The Bryant Park Project.”