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GQ‘s “50 Most Powerful in DC” List: One Degree of Obama


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Forget Kevin Bacon.

President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden may be excluded from GQ‘s “50 Most Powerful in DC,” but looks like most of the list’s top half are one degree of separation from the West Wing.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag, Senior Advisor David Axelrod, Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner and National Economic Council Director Larry Summers (tie), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, former VP Dick Cheney and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts round out the top ten. The list may be a changing-of-the-guard from the Bush administration, but it’s a DC no-brainer.

Your DC media types are represented by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos at #31, Politico‘s John Harris #43 and The New Yorker‘s Jane Mayer and NYT‘s Scott Shane tied at #27.

Politico points out White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, though #20 on the last list, did not make the cut this time around.

The mag will celebrate the list with a party tonight at 701. And though obviously overlooked for “50 Most Powerful,” FBDC will be there. Check back tomorrow for dets.

The complete list, as polled by “journalists, congressmen, lobbyists, think tankers, and influence peddlers,” can be found here.

Senator Kennedy’s Death Comes One Year After Historic DNC Speech

AgencySpy: Senator Ted Kennedy died exactly one year after he gave a rousing speech at the Democratic National Convention in support of then Senator Barack Obama.

Morning Reading List 08.04.09

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Happy Birthday to President Barack Obama and Helen Thomas! What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…

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We really can’t keep up with this story– FNC vs. MSNBC.

TV Week interviews CBS’ chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan. She says, “this was never about a job or a career for me, or ‘being on TV.’ It was what I believed in – it was who I am. I became a journalist because of what I saw or could not see in South Africa. Because we all believed something had to be done to make things right in my country, and letting the world know the truth was the way to do that.”

PBS Sunday announced three new programs for 2010 on religion in America- “The Buddha,” “God in America” and “The Calling.” (h/t B&C

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Greg Sargent weighs in on President Obama’s availability to White House reporters. “If reporters fail to ask Obama questions that get him to make news, it’s hard to see how this is the White House’s fault. But that aside, if the networks don’t want to cover pressers because they’re losing money or because they think the pressers aren’t newsworthy enough, maybe they should just, you know, not cover them.”

NEWS NOTES

NYT: Newsweek is escalating its pressure on the government of Iran to release Maziar Bahari, a prominent journalist who was detained there during the country’s post-election protests in June. The newsmagazine is strenuously objecting to Bahari’s treatment in the country, where he has yet to receive access to a lawyer.

A rumor that Sarah and Todd Palin were divorcing circulated this weekend– but is CNN to blame?

Five Quick Questions from Mediaite for NBC’s Luke Russert. “Obligatory Twitter Question: Describe yourself in 140 characters or less (hash tag optional!) and A: Independent. Proud American. Devout Catholic. Huge sports fan. Lover of politics and American History. Groupie for Springsteen & Jack White.”

And five more from Mediaite for AFP’s Oliver Knox. “Either, Or (you gotta pick one!): White House or Camp David? A:
The White House. Q: Brady Briefing Room or Air Force 1? A: Air Force 1 (the briefing room is good for flights of fancy, though.)”

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

REVOLVING DOOR and JOBS after the jump…

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CBS Pays Tribute To Walter Cronkite


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Katie Couric anchored this special report. CBSNews.com has a special section commemorating the life and work of Walter Cronkite. It includes video from some of Cronkite’s most memorable reports, including his final Evening News broadcast.

Sunday’s “Face the Nation” was guest-anchored by Harry Smith, who was joined by Bob Schieffer, John Glenn and historian Douglas Brinkley to commemorate Cronkite. Check out Schieffer’s remembrances here.

“That’s the Way it Was: Remembering Walter Cronkite” aired in place of “60 Minutes” Sunday, with comments from Pres. Barack Obama, CBS News colleagues Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Don Hewitt and Katie Couric, as well as George Clooney, Robin Williams and Spike Lee. Susan Zirinsky, who once produced for Cronkite, was the executive producer.

Statement From President Obama

President Barack Obama issued this statement on the passing of Walter Cronkite tonight:

For decades, Walter Cronkite was the most trusted voice in America. His rich baritone reached millions of living rooms every night, and in an industry of icons, Walter set the standard by which all others have been judged.

He was there through wars and riots, marches and milestones, calmly telling us what we needed to know. And through it all, he never lost the integrity he gained growing up in the heartland.

But Walter was always more than just an anchor. He was someone we could trust to guide us through the most important issues of the day; a voice of certainty in an uncertain world. He was family. He invited us to believe in him, and he never let us down. This country has lost an icon and a dear friend, and he will be truly missed.

Morning Reading List 06.19.09

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Tonight’s the Radio & TV Correspondents Association Dinner. Scroll down FBDC for all the dets. What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

The Boston Globe union has set a date to vote on a new contract, though no agreement has been met with the newspaper’s owner, NYT.

NYT executive editor Bill Keller on his reporting on Iran in E&P. “Do people in the media crit game really think editors are supposed to be desk jockeys who never go get a sense of the story?” he writes. “Or is the idea that when a big, exhausting news breaks visiting editors should hole up in the hotel?”

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Long Live the Nightly News! Fortune: Despite a steady erosion in their collective audience and an aging viewership, the big three nightly newscasts are hardly dead. Actually, they draw an average 21 million viewers every night. Andrew Tyndall says there’s a good reason for that — they’re still the best daily snapshot of news on television.

Vice President Joe Biden just isn’t pulling the ratings for Sunday shows that he used to. TVNewser has the numbers of his last appearances on “Meet the Press” versus past appearances on “This Week” and “Face the Nation.”

ONLINE

Today was TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer‘s last day on the Morning Media Menu. Listen in here.

NEWS NOTES

It appears the legendary Walter Cronkite is gravely ill. He is 92.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Daily Finance “Obama takes on Fox News, loses“: When is Barack Obama going to learn that presidents shouldn’t play press critic? It didn’t work for Richard Nixon. It didn’t work for Bill Clinton or George W. Bush. It didn’t help John McCain win the White House, and it won’t help Obama, who vented his frustration with Fox News Wednesday.

CNN’s keeping tabs on WH Press Secretary Robert Gibbs‘ tardiness. “Gibbs was a total of 13 hours and 46 minutes late to his own press briefings in the month of May alone. Of the 19 briefings held by Gibbs in May, the White House officially pushed the scheduled start time back 14 times (although: one time they actually made it earlier.) That averages out to a delay of roughly 28 minutes a day – a total of 8 hours and 50 minutes for the month.”

There was speculation yesterday that President Obama would make a surprise appearance in Gibbs’ daily press briefing. When he didn’t, a few reporters were left disappointed, including CBS’ Mark Knoller. Read through here.

Also at the WH yesterday- Bob Woodward. Mike Memoli tweets his run-in.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, Politico

JOBS after the jump…

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Taking Out The Trash

What we almost missed today…

Helene Cooper taught us a new word on NBC’s “Chris Matthews Show” Sunday. “There is a group of women who cover the State Department and foreign policy in Washington right now and they meet secretly and call themselves the ‘diplo-babes.’” Way to tell us something we don’t know, Helene.

Christopher Beam and Chris Wilson continue to spoof President Obama’s Facebook page on Slate.

• Also from Howard Kurtz‘s Media Notes today: Progressive radio returns to Washington this month as Air America takes over 1050 AM, which had been Federal News Radio, under a deal with Bonneville International. The station, which plans to add local programming, launches months after Redskins owner Dan Snyder pulled the plug on ratings-challenged OBAMA 1260.

“Too Much?” -Wanda Sykes

Last night’s entertainment Wanda Sykes is already causing a bit of a stir over these cracks on Rush Limbaugh- “I think Rush Limbaugh was the 20th Sept. 11th hijacker, but he was so strung out on Oxycontin he missed his flight” and “I hope this country fails?” I hope his kidney fails!”

Sykes also poked fun at President Barack Obama for recently giving the Queen of England an Ipod and First Lady Michelle Obama for patting the Queen on the back- “Like she just slid into home plate — way to go, queen!”

Another classic line: “It’s funny to me that photographers have never caught you smoking, but they always catch you with your shirt off. I know you’re into this transparency thing, but I don’t need to see your nipples.”

There’s been some reaction already- Pat Buchanan on MSNBC dayside and on CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz.

President Obama To WHCD Crowd: “All Of You Voted For Me” (Except Fox)


WHCA President Jennifer Loven and President <a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/Barack-Obama-Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

President Barack Obama was certainly a hit last night, opening with a teleprompter joke and cracking himself up. Here are some highlights:

On his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: “Arlen, you know what I always say, ‘If you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em.” And he joked Clinton sent him down to Mexico just in time for swine flu- “She pulled me into a hug and gave me a big kiss and told me I should get down there.”

You can also apparently look for “How to Shoot Friends and Interrogate People” by former Vice President Dick Cheney on bookshelves soon.

The best line of the night was by far: “Most of you covered me. All of you voted for me,” turning to apologize to the Fox table, where Glenn Beck was reportedly pumping his fists.

First Lady Michelle Obama- in a pink sleeveless dress, of course- has “the right to bear arms,” according to the President. And today’s a tough day for Rahm Emanuel because “he’s not used to saying the word day after mother.” And apparently both the President and Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) are people of color- his words!

On RNC chairman Michael Steele- he’s “in the house tonight. Or as he would say, ‘In the heezy.’”

He said he’s so good that he’ll complete the next 100 days in 72- “and on the 72nd day, I’ll rest.”

“I must confess I really didn’t want to be here tonight. But I had to come. That’s one more problem I inherited from George Bush.”

He did make a serious note about the state of journalism: “A government without newspapers, a government without a tough and vibrant media of all sorts is not an option for the United States of America.”

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WHCA board member CNN’s Ed Henry, NBC’s Brian Williams and WHCA Treasurer Politico’s Mike Allen.

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TVNewser: Autograph-Seeking Journalist ID’ed

From TVNewser:

Politico has the details about an autograph-seeking journalist who interrupted President Barack Obama‘s signing ceremony last night and was escorted out by Secret Service.

An official identifies the journalist as Robert Feuereisen of Jewish World Review, “a New York-based Web site which features primarily conservative Jewish writers,” according to Politico.

The editor of the site confirms it was Feuereisen as well, saying his “12-year-old son had bought an inaugural magazine of some sort for $8, and ‘his kid just drove him crazy,’” writes Politico.

“He’s harmless, to put it mildly,” said the editor, Binyamin Jolkovsky.

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