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Weekend Show Preview – 8.10.14

On Tuesday we gave you the ratings for the August 3 Sunday Shows in the DC Market.

Who’s on the talk shows this weekend?

Highlights include Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein on “Face the Nation,” the CIA’s John Brennan and Ron Patrick on “Al Punto,” and Zalmay Khalilzad, former Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, and the UN on “State of the Union.” 

Not all lineups have been announced. But click through for those that are and we’ll continue to update throughout the day. Read more

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Fusion’s Jorge Ramos Goes Inside the CIA

Screen Shot 2014-06-03 at 14.32.26Airing Tuesday night at 10 on Fusion (available in DC via RCN and Dish) will be a special edition of “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos” featuring interviews with CIA Director John Brennan, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), CIA analysts, and key players in the case against former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, accused of releasing one of the largest leaks of classified information in modern American history.

Recruitment is a major focus of the interview, as the intelligence agency works to bring in younger individuals with a sound technological understanding. Ramos also sits down with Justin Jackson, former deputy director for the National Clandestine Service, and the CIA’s Center for Mission Diversity Director Carmen Middleton who explain “how hiring new faces with different opinions ​actually benefits the organization.”

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DC Journos Rack Up Polk Awards

polkawardThe winners of the 2013 George Polk Awards were announced Sunday and DC journalists were well represented among them. Out of 30 journalists honored, 8 were from DC. WaPo did particularly well, with their journalists taking home awards in 3 of the 13 categories.

The George Polk Awards in Journalism are conferred annually to honor special achievement in journalism. The awards, which place a premium on investigative and enterprise reporting that gains attention and achieves results, were established in 1949 by Long Island University to commemorate George Polk, a CBS correspondent murdered in 1948 while covering the Greek civil war.


Below is a list of all the winners from the DC area:

Best National Security Reporting: WaPo‘ s Barton Gellman for  ”U.S., British intelligence mining data from nine U.S. Internet companies in broad secret program” about the Edward Snowden leaks. This award was shared with Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras of The Guardian.

Best National Reporting: WaPo‘s Eli Saslow for ’Waiting for the 8th“ about the lives of the people who receive assistance from the federal food stamp program.

Best Political Reporting: WaPo‘s Rosalind S. HeldermanLaura Vozzella and Carol Leonnig for ”McDonnell apologizes, repays loans“ about the scandal that led to the indictments of Gov. McDonnell (R-VA) and his wife.

Best Business Reporting: Center for Public Integrity’s Alison Fitzgerald, Daniel Wagner, Lauren Kyger, and John Dunbar for After the Meltdown” demonstrating that regulators and prosecutors have failed to hold a single major player on Wall Street accountable for the reckless behavior that sparked the 2008 financial crisis.

Great job, y’all! And keep up the good work!


Weekend Show Preview 12.27 – 12.29

SundayShows12Who’s on the weekend shows this week? Glad you asked:

–CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Guest Host: Major Garrett, Frmr. Dir. of NSA Michael Hayden, WaPo‘s Barton Gellman, NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, Snowden legal advisor Jesselyn Radack, TIME‘s Jefferey Kluger, James Fallows of The Atlantic, NPR’s Laura Sydell, Seth Fletcher of Scientific American

–”Fox News Sunday“: Howard Dean, AEI resident fellow Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Rep Mike Rogers (R-MI), Rep Adam Schiff (D-CA); Panel: Brit Hume, NPR’s Mara Liasson, Scott Brown, Joe Lieberman

–NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Rep Darrel Issa (R-CA), Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX); Round table: Jon Huntsman, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Robin Wright and WaPo‘s Eugene Robinson

–ABC’s “This Week“: George Stephanopoulos reviews “2013 Game Changers”

–CNN’s “State of the Union“: Candy Crowley features the top 10 political stories of 2013 with  S.E. Cupp, Donna Brazile, Republican strategist Ana Navarro, and Center for American Progress’ Neera Tanden

–PBS’s “Washington Week“:  Gwen Ifill reviews top stories of 2013 with 16 of her panelists

–BTV’s “Political Capital: Author Michael Novak

We’ll update ‘em as we get ‘em.  

Morning Reading List 06.11.13

Party spokesmen drop gloves on Twitter — Twitter often turns into a channel for digital mud-slinging, and here at FBDC, we love #TwitterFights. For this Senate election cycle, spokesmen for both parties have taken to the social network to bash each other in what Politico’s James Hohmann calls “an often juvenile game of Twitter one-upmanship.” NRSC communications director Brad Dayspring is at the front lines for the Republicans, while DSCC press secretary Justin Barasky is leading the fight for the Democrats. Though many Tweets concern Senate races or political issues, some are just personal jabs. Both sides, however, say the constant Twitter exchanges (both Dayspring and Barasky have posted to their profiles over 50 times in one day) are meant to drive a message and rally activists on their side. They’ve called each other stalkers, dogs, used insulting baseball metaphors and started pointed hashtags, along with much more. Dayspring says it’s not just about putting the other side down, but also giving an audience, however limited, a look inside the minds of Senate campaigns. It seems both sides are pretty intent to out-Tweet the other.

China’s claim of US cyberespionage gains credibility — China and the U.S. have been pointing fingers at each other over cyber attacks and network breaches of top institutions within their countries. As NJ’s Brian Fung reports, the U.S. blamed China for the hackers that breached the networks of NYT and the Wall Street Journal while a spokesperson for China’s defense ministry pointed out that 63 percent of attacks on the ministry’s websites come from U.S.-based IP addresses. China also said it had “a mountain of data” showing the U.S. is engaged in operations against Beijing that involve not just hacking but cyber espionage, a claim that as not received much traction in the U.S.  Now that the NSA’s sophisticated surveillance of Americans has been revealed, Fung points out that China’s claims are more believable. Adam Segal, an expert on cybersecurity and China, said, “there is no doubt, even before the weekend’s revelations, that NSA conducted espionage against China.”

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Morning Reading List 06.10.13.

Americans are sick of politics — National politics have been dominating the news lately, and as Salena Zito reports for Real Clear Politics, Americans are tired of it. The piece opens with an overheard couple at a restaurant in Dupont Circle deciding which tourist stop to visit next. Though they had two “Obama for America” tote bags with them, they made it clear the White House was not a place they wanted to see. They instead chose museums and other sites that had nothing to do with politics. Instead of partisan fatigue that occurs frequently in a party’s second term in the White House, Zito says the country is suffering from a bipartisan political fatigue. Starting with the 2012 election cycle, national politics has saturated the media. There was the fiscal cliff dilemma, the controversial gun control bill and now the news cycle is being consumed with the growing list of government scandals. Unfortunately for the sanity of Americans, it doesn’t look like political scandal coverage is going anywhere soon.

How “Verax” leaked NSA information — Speaking of government scandals dominating the news cycle, the newest scandal involving the NSA’s secret surveillance of Americans through large private communications companies has been in the spotlight since the news broke last week. And as of Sunday afternoon, the whistleblower who leaked the information has dominated the headlines as he came forward and identified himself as Edward Snowden. WaPo’s Barton Gellman details his communication with Snowden, or, as Gellman knew him for a while, Verax. The code name is Latin for “truth teller.” The 29-year-old used BRASSBANNER as a code name for Gellman and decided that getting the information out was worth risking being jailed for the rest of his life. Snowden leaked information to the reporter about the data mining operation PRISM, which collects surveillance data from Microsoft, Google, Facebook and other large communications companies, as well as giving Gellman a 41-slide powerpoint detailing the program. WaPo published only four of the 41 slides out of concern for national security. While waiting for the newspaper to consult with government officials to determine the national security risks, Snowden contacted Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian, who broke the story on the NSA’s secret collection of Verizon phone data on Wednesday. Snowden is now seeking asylum in a country with “strong internet and press freedoms,” and hopes global reaction to the leak will be positive so that a country will offer him asylum. If not, he says, he understands he may be behind bars for the rest of his life, but he’s alright with that.

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TIME Takes WaPo‘s Gellman

This morninig, TIME Managing Editor Richard Stengel announced that the magazine has hired Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Barton Gellman. Gellman has spent almost two decades at the Washington Post.

At TIME, Gellman will write cover stories and feature pieces on government, politics, national security and technology. He also plans to write an occasional column for, called CounterSpy, on personal privacy and security in the digital age.

See Stengel’s memo after the jump.
This morninig, TIME Managing Editor Richard Stengel announced that the magazine has hired Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Barton Gellman. Gellman has spent almost two decades at the Washington Post.

At TIME, Gellman will write cover stories and feature pieces on government, politics, national security and technology. He also plans to write an occasional column for, called CounterSpy, on personal privacy and security in the digital age.

See Stengel’s memo after the jump.

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Morning Reading List, 01.13.09


Good morning Washington.

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

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Barton Gellman: The FishbowlDC Interview

PH2007062500510.jpgSay hello to Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman (his website), author of the new book, “Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency.”

What word do you routinely misspell? Condoleezza

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? “Hail Columbia”

What time did you get up this morning? 6:20 (with Benjamin, my one-year-old)

When did you last cry and why? When did you?

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? ~100, way more trapped in the spam filter

What’s your favorite letter? U betcha.

What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? Three way tie: Marion Barry, Saddam Hussein, Dick Cheney.

Read the rest when you click below…(and see previous FishbowlDC interviews: Julie Mason, David Shuster, Joe Curl, Alex Pareene, Peter Beinart, Jonah Goldberg, Megyn Kendall, Ana Marie Cox, Jim Brady, Howard Mortman, Amy Argetsinger, Jose Antonio Vargas, Chuck Todd, Tom Gottlieb, Kelly Ann Collins, David von Drehle, David Lat, Mark Leibovich, Zain Verjee, David Plotz, Paul Kane, Karen Travers, Mark Halperin, Hugo Gurdon, Greg Kelly,Ken Rudin, John Dickerson, Anne Schroeder, Spencer Ackerman, Bret Baier, Bob Sellers, Greta van Susteren, Danielle Jones, Jonathan Salant, John McCalla, Pam Hess, Ryan Grim, Marc Ambinder, Marty Kady, Jack Shafer, Annie Lou Bayly, Jerry Zremski, Charlie Cook, Dave Hughes, Howard Fineman, Katie Tarbox, Mark Segraves, Chris Cillizza, Tom Sietsema, Bill Triplett, Robin Givhan, David Brody, Norah O’Donnell, Carl Cannon, Jordan Lieberman, David Folkenflik, Molly Henneberg, Ernesto Londono, Brody Mullins, Aaron Blake, Martha Raddatz, Andrew Sullivan, Christina Bellantoni, Shane Harris, Nora McAlvanah, Adam Nagourney, Erin McPike, Mike Memoli, Ju-Don Marshall Roberts, Arthur Delaney, Chris Mincher, Rachel Sklar, Laura Sullivan, Jeff Kosseff, Matthew Cooper, Scott McCrary, Dan Reilly, Jennifer Griffin, Ari Shapiro, Jonathan Kaplan, Rick Klein, Mike Allen, Olivier Knox, Erik Wemple, Nathan Burchfiel, Andrea Mitchell, Mike DeBonis, Anne Kornblut, April Ryan, Amy Morris, Keith Koffler, <strongMark Silva, Ann Compton, Mark Knoller, Betsy Fischer, Katherine O’Hearn, Pamela Brown, Beverly Kirk, Wendell Goler, Glenn Kessler, Susan Page, Michael Crowley, Claudia Milne, Kelly Dinardo, Bruce Becker, Michael Rogers, Paul Schur, Diana West, Eric Nuzum, Bill Adair, Jonathan Ward, Jennifer Sergent, Jeffrey Goldberg, Ken Silverstein, Dana Milbank, Mark Murray, Katherine Lewis, Joe Mathieu, Chrystia Freeland, Sam Youngman, Christopher Dorobek, Greg Mitchell, Candy Crowley, Steve Chaggaris, James Pindell, Linda Kramer, Reid Wilson, Jay Newton-Small, Dan Steinberg Susan Ferrechio, Matt Labash, Gene Weingarten, Ron Allen, Kimberly Dozier, Perry Bacon, Jim Mills, Erin Hartigan, Lindsay Applebaum, Bob Madigan, Gene Gibbons, Nico Pitney, John Mercurio, Jason Reich, Mark Stencel, Helene Cooper, Tom Gjelten, Joe Strupp)

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Did The WaPo Get Scooped…Again?!?

So the Washington Post is running its “Angler” series about Dick Cheney and which was penned by Post reporter Barton Gellman. The book doesn’t come out until tomorrow, but Murray Waas has been publishing excerpts at the Huffington Post and on his own personal blog.

(You’ll recall that the Washington Post has been unable to maintain its exclusive on Bob Woodward‘s book excerpts…)