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The FishbowlDC Interview With Politico’s Carol Lee

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Carol Lee photo.jpg Politico White House correspondent Carol Lee isn’t a politician. But she had to recently turn into a politician of sorts to win the contentious at-large seat on the White House Correspondents’ Association Board. The election wasn’t “perf” as she might say – in fact, it turned downright nasty toward the end, with factions supporting and badmouthing one candidate over another. Here, we learn more about the woman who won. She grew up in Levittown, Pa. She attended NYU J-school. She isn’t afraid to cuss at an editor. And no, she doesn’t deem Politico a sweat shop as recent stories suggest. “If anything, I overwork myself,” she says.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Mountain Dew. The more caffeine the better.

How often do you Google yourself? Maybe once a year.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? My editor in Florida was a loud, swearing, barking newspaper guy, and I’m from Philly so we were pretty candid with each other when discussing stories. He once suggested during a staff meeting that I write a story a certain way, and I said, “That’s the stupidest f—ing idea I’ve ever heard.” It may have been too much. He seemed startled.

Who is your favorite working journalist?
Ken Bazinet of the New York Daily News seems to have things figured out.

Do you have a favorite word? No, but I don’t like the word perky.

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Dinner with Sarah Palin and Michelle Obama would be interesting.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Whatever tune is “normal” on a BlackBerry.

When did you last cry and why? When Donovan McNabb left the Eagles for the Redskins.

What word do you routinely misspell? Maintenance. In fact I misspelled it writing it here before spell check intervened.

What swear word do you use most often? I think I answered that with my editor anecdote earlier.

What word or phrase do you overuse? Perf. It’s short for perfect. I’m addicted.

What TV show do you have to watch? I really only have to watch the Sunday news shows. For fun, I’m a big fan of Modern Family.

Where do you shop most often for your clothes? Vintage, thrift and designer discount stores. Shopping is a sport, and they offer a challenge.

Find out what makes Lee angry and about her stint as a restaurant spy after the jump…

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What Did You Do For Lunch?

If you’re certain White House reporters, the answer could be lunch with President Obama…

Politico reports that CNN’s David Gergen, WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, Newsweek‘s Jon Meacham and Howard Fineman, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s Cynthia Tucker, Politico‘s Mike Allen, NPR/Fox’s Mara Liasson, TPM‘s Josh Marshall and NYT‘s David Brooks, Andy Rosenthal, and Gail Collins joined the President, David Axelrod, Anita Dunn, Bill Burton and Robert Gibbs for an off-the-record lunch today.

Lunch apparently lasted two hours and green salad, halibut and pear tart were served.

Morning Reading List 04.15.09

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Its day 86 covering the Obama administration and week 11 for us. Also Tax Day. What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

FishbowlNY: You may have noticed New York Times editor Andy Rosenthal is in the ‘Talk to the Times’ hot seat this week. Romenesko picked up this little gem of a question: “I find it a bit peculiar that the two women columnists, Maureen Dowd and Gail Collins, are satirical and humorous. I adore their writing, and generally think they are spot on, but it is almost like you cannot get a “serious” woman columnist. Do you agree?”

Says Rosenthal: “O.K., so I admit. I’m answering this because it’s a slow, hanging ball… I would be the last person alive to suggest that Maureen Dowd and Gail Collins are not serious columnists. They are indeed, very serious.”

The Chicago Tribune plans to cut another 20 percent from its newsroom staff in an effort to save money.

NYT: Newspaper publishers will start to report first-quarter results this week, but people who follow the industry and have had a glimpse of the 2009 numbers say it is clear that once again, even the most pessimistic predictions were not dark enough.

TV

TVNewser reported first yesterday that John Moody, the executive VP of news editorial for Fox News Channel, is leaving the network for a position with FNC parent company News Corp. Senior VP of news Michael Clemente will now oversee daily editorial duties.

The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik thinks NBC’s David Gregory needs to liven up Meet the Press and pronto… “As one of the first critics to say David Gregory looked like he was going to be okay as the successor to Tim Russert, I have to acknowledge being disappointed in what I saw Sunday from the new host. Simply put, there was little energy and virtually no passion. And that is the opposite of what made Russert so compelling to watch.”

WaPo’s Lisa de Moraes: When pirates kidnapped the news cycle and held it hostage for nearly a week, Viacom was not discouraged by the fact that none of its TV networks had a real news operation. Its Spike TV network announced it had ordered up a reality series pilot in which the U.S. Navy hunts down pirates.

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has made a deal to star in NBC’s upcoming summer reality show I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, the network confirms. “Rod Blagojevich will be a participant on the show pending the court’s approval,” said NBC in a statement.

ONLINE

Three longtime media executives, including CourtTV founder Steve Brill, are building an automated system to allow newspapers and magazines to charge for online access, including an “all you can read” subscription called Journalism Online that would allow access to multiple publications.

MAGAZINES

FishbowlLA: Michael Speier, Executive Editor of Variety, has been laid off. More cuts are expected to come at Variety throughout. The parent company of the publication, Reed Business Information, is laying off 7% of their staff.

Time Inc. CEO Ann Moore said yesterday that the company’s dramatic restructuring last fall — during which roughly 600 staffers at the mega-publisher were laid off — has proven to be an unmitigated success.

NEWS NOTES

Spotted at Monday’s season opener at Nationals Stadium by Reliable Source: George Will, Al Hunt, Luke Russert and James Carville. “It’s different… A little sad,” Carville commented on missing his friend Tim Russert at the games.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro, Romenesko

JOBS and REVOLVING DOOR after the jump…

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Morning Reading List, 01.13.09

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We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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Morning Reading List, 02.15.08

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  • You think MSNBC has some serious issues with sexism and obnoxious statements.

  • And, it is close, but more than half of you are in loooove.

    NEWSPAPERS

  • The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “Barack Obama is seen by most Democrats as inspiring and as most likely to bring about change. Hillary Clinton is widely viewed as prepared to lead the country, but also hard to like.”

  • Rochester Paper, WashingtonPost.com Reach Most Adults

  • Regarding this, a reader writes in, “shouldn’t it embarrass the Post newsroom downtown just a little bit that it’s been 10 years and they’re still having the same freak-bouts about .com as they were when it started? Seriously. wp.com ain’t the one with dropping circulation numbers, people — get on board or get off. Short-sighted and silly.” And, another reader says, “Maybe the Posties at 15th and L ought to spend their time figuring out how to beat the competition, rather than eating themselves alive from within — and whining at every turn about how they just don’t understand what’s happening to the news business.”

  • Gannett, NYT, Tribune, Hearst in online ad sales venture

  • Dallas Morning News Managing Editor George Rodrigue writes, “Several readers wrote to ask why we ran a photo of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton at the top of Wednesday’s front page, after Sen. Barack Obama had just won primaries in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. ‘If I just looked at a glance I would have bet the farm that Hillary Clinton had won all the marbles in Tuesday’s primaries,’ said Yvonne Crum of Dallas. ‘Obama wins eight states in a row, yet Hillary gets the front page spread. Fair and balanced? I don’t think so, and I am not even a Democrat,’ said Joe Womack of Dallas. On the photo, we simply made the wrong call. The headline (‘Obama wins three more’) and the photo were out of synch. We should have run the photo of Mr. Obama, which was down-page, in the lead position occupied by the image of Mrs. Clinton. But the fact that our layout desk featured Mr. Obama’s victories in the headline should answer any worries about deliberate bias.”

  • A release announced, “The New York Daily News is preparing to write a new colorful chapter in its rich history with the announcement of its purchase of state-of-the-art, high-volume full-color press equipment. By the end of 2009, the Daily News will become the first major market daily newspaper in the United States to be produced in 100% color on new press equipment manufactured by KBA, a global leader in printing technology. The new Commander CTÃ’ presses will give the Daily News the ability to efficiently produce all copies of all editions in color, reinforcing its future as the country’s leading tabloid and enabling its millions of readers to enjoy the city’s first full-color newspaper.”

  • Forbes.com asks, “Do newspapers still need The Associated Press? And does The Associated Press still need newspapers? Until recently, these would have been ridiculous questions. But print circulation is tumbling. So is advertising revenue. Editors are slashing budgets and making do with less. Readers are moving online, where they get all the national and international news, sports scores and celebrity gossip they can read–for free, updated constantly, and often by AP.”

  • WWD.com reports, “Media observers already are noticing the changes in a Rupert Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal — a British editor for the glossy magazine launch, talk of a sports section, a move to Midtown. Now word around the Journal newsroom is that a prototype is being developed for a culture section, possibly to run weekly. The project is in the very early development stages, and a spokesman for The Journal declined comment Tuesday.”

  • His Extreme-ness writes, “The U.S. Department of Journalism under assault — from another branch of government!”

  • Wall Street Journal’s The Numbers Guy reports, “Election Handicappers Are Using Risky Tool: Mixed Poll Averages”

  • Radar’s Full Court Press writes “The estimable Warren P. Strobel of McClatchy Newspapers, who has a fine record of questioning all of the Bush administration’s lies on the way to the war in Iraq. But this time he seems to have been a bit sloppy. Strobel wrote that Weekly Standard editor and New York Times columnist Bill Kristol is part of ‘McCain’s foreign-policy team.’ But Strobel didn’t bother to confirm this with Kristol. When Times editorial page editor Andy Rosenthal asked Kristol about it, he flatly denied it.”

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    TV

  • A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, February 10, 2008 in all categories. On Sunday, the Russert-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 4.497 million total viewers”

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of February 4, 2008, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ continues to close the gaps with CBS’ ‘Letterman’ and NBC’s ‘Leno’ among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54. The program posted 3.6 million total viewers and 1.75 million Adult 25-54 viewers, its best performance since the week of December 3, 2007. Among Adults 25-54, both CBS’s and NBC’s leads over ‘Nightline’ have declined for the 5th consecutive week.”

  • TVNewser asks, “Did ‘Blurred Lines’ Lead to Shuster Suspension?”

  • The Horses Mouth reports, “MSNBC Spokesperson: Shuster Will Not Be Fired And Will Return To Network”.

  • TVNewser reports,Hillary Clinton Confirmed for MSNBC Debate”

  • “Legendary broadcast journalist Daniel Schorr will speak about and sign his book, Come to Think of It at a luncheon program co-sponsored by the English-Speaking Union on Tuesday, February 19 at the Woman’s National Democratic Club. … The cost of the program is $30. For tickets, contact the English-Speaking Union at esuwdc.net/(202) 234-4602, or the Woman’s National Democratic Club at (202) 232-7363.

  • Chris Matthews blasts Clinton press office

  • “TVNewser obtained an email that American Morning EP Edward Litvak sent last night to the A.M. staff: ‘Chez Pazienza has left ‘American Morning’ and CNN. We wish him well in all of his future endeavors.’ A CNN insider tells TVNewser Pazienza was let go because, “he did not get permission to publish personal writings. Those personal writings come from The Huffington Post, where Pazienza has been blogging since January 23. His most recent post, on February 10, took on the controversy surrounding MSNBC correspondent David Shuster.”

  • Brand Republic reports, “News International is considering taking The Sunday Times compact, as part of a planned series of major changes to the title.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Comcast Corp., the biggest U.S. cable-television provider, may have to buy back more stock or pay a dividend to satisfy investors after a 35 percent drop in the shares last year.”

  • The New York Observer asks, “MSNBC’s David Shuster: Defender of Clinton Family Honor?”

  • TVNewser asks, “What Could Tucker Possibly Be Referring To?” Check out the video here.

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Mediabistro.com asks, “So What Do You Do, Paul Steiger, Editor-in-Chief, ProPublica?”

  • Inside Cable News says goodbye. “I can’t keep ICN going in its current form anymore. If you’d noticed it’s been slipping a bit this week as I floundered to try and ‘do it all’. That was a wake up call. Time to call it a day. Time to reclaim those five hours a day of of my life that are devoted to doing something I like but which I can’t make a living off of. And then there’s my real job which pays me more than I could probably make blogging.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “Yes, MSNBC consistently has the lowest ratings among the cable news channels. But all is not lost. It does stand out in one underappreciated category: embarrassing, mealy-mouthed apologies.”

  • AlwaysOn reports, “We all know VCs and startups have to be bullish about 2008, despite a rocky economy, but when a top analyst says digital media M&A will be up, even after an explosive 2007, it’s worth another look.”

  • The Boston Globe reports, “Veteran journalist Philip S. Balboni, who built New England Cable News into the nation’s largest regional news network, is leaving the station next month to start the first US-based website devoted exclusively to international news. The site is expected to launch early next year with correspondents in nearly 70 countries. The company, Global News Enterprises LLC, will have its headquarters on the historic Boston waterfront at the Pilot House on Lewis Wharf.”

  • Reuters reports, “Time Warner Inc’s Internet division AOL and IAC/InterActiveCorp’s Citysearch site will announce on Thursday a partnership to share local content and advertising resources. Under the deal, Citysearch will provide its local business reviews, videos from merchants and promotions for AOL Web sites such as AOL CityGuide, AOL Local Search and MapQuest.”

  • Tech Crunch reports, “At the start of the Microsoft/Yahoo saga we reported that News Corp. was scrambling to put together a bid to compete with Microsoft, but backed down because they were unable to find outside funding to make the deal lucrative enough (the sorry state of the debt markets contributed to the problem). Yesterday Silicon Alley Insider reported that talks between the two were continuing. We’ve confirmed the rumor — Yahoo and News Corp. are in the middle of marathon discussions, and have more details.”

  • “CNN’s iReport.com Makes Its Debut”

  • Kim McLarin writes about “Surviving on a blackness-only diet.”

  • Slate’s Timothy Noah explores Michelle Obama’s Reuters Halo!”

  • Huffington Post’s Eat The Press reports, “In yesterday’s review of MSNBC’s primary night coverage, Alessandra Stanley made one huge, glaring error that proved to anyone even casually watching the coverage that she had no credibility on the matter, at all. The error was this: Attributing the slogan ‘the best political team on television’ to MSNBC and not CNN, where that slogan is shoehorned into pretty much every segment, debate, pre-commercial sign-off and available chyron. It is a constant refrain, one which I find I can’t read without hearing Wolf Blitzer’s voice awkwardly intoning it in my head.”

  • Private Equity Hub reports, “Tributes.com, a new spinout from Eons, has raised $4.3 million in funding from Dow Jones, Eons and other strategic backers. VentureWire reports a post-money valuation of $8.9 million. Tributes.com is an online content company focused on obituaries and related information, which means it will compete with sites like Legacy.com. Eons is a social network for the baby boomer set, and has raised $32 million in VC funding to date.”

  • Folio reports, “Time Editor: Someday There Will Be People Who Don’t Know There’s a Print Version”

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    MAGAZINES

  • Folio reports, “Traffic to Magazine Web Sites Grows 8.1 Percent in Fourth Quarter”

  • FishbowlNY reports, “Vanity Fair’s JFK Love Child Goes Public”

  • On Tuesday, Ronald Brownstein, the Political Director of Atlantic Media, will discuss his latest book at The Aspen Institute from 12:00-2:00 pm.

  • New York Post reports, “BUSINESSWEEK, the McGraw-Hill flagship magazine that was rattled by pre-Christmas layoffs in the editorial department, has pushed another 20 people with contracts closer to the door. Last Friday, Executive Editor John Byrne on a conference call told the contract workers they were being reassigned to a contract with Kelly Services.”

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    RADIO

  • The AP reports, “The Justice Department on Wednesday approved the $19.5 billion sale of Clear Channel Communications Inc., the largest U.S. operator of radio stations and the world’s largest billboard company.”

  • Also from The AP, “The owner of a radio station that promoted a rock concert where pyrotechnics ignited a deadly blaze reached a tentative $22 million settlement with survivors and victims’ relatives, according to court papers filed Wednesday. The deal with Clear Channel Broadcasting is the latest in a series of settlements stemming from the Feb. 20, 2003, fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick that killed 100 people and injured more than twice that many.”

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    JOBS

  • Home Front Communications is looking for a Web Producer.

  • Jane’s is looking for a Maritime Reporter.

  • Voice of America is looking for a News Division /writer.
  • National Public Radio is looking for a Senior Editor (Copy), News & Information.

  • National Geographic is looking for a Specialist, Int’l Children’s Magazines.

  • American Society of Landscape Architects is looking for an Advertising Sales Manager.

  • FOX News Channel is looking for a Producer.

  • American Society of Landscape Architects is looking for a Director, Public Relations and Communications.

  • Greenpeace is looking for a Senior Video Producer.

  • The Associated Press is looking for an APTN Editorial Assistant.

  • Retirement Living Live show is seeking a Creative Producer.

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  • Kristol To Pen NYT Column

    The Huffington Post broke the news of the New York Times’ hiring of Bill Kristol as a columnist, calling it “a move bound to create controversy.” (See the Times’ confirmation here.)

    Editorial page editor Andy Rosenthal tells the Politico’s Michael Calderone:

      “The idea that The New York Times is giving voice to a guy who is a serious, respected conservative intellectual — and somehow that’s a bad thing,” Rosenthal added. “How intolerant is that?”

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