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D.C. Lawyer Who Repped Hostages in ‘Argo’ Faced Down Death Threats and Love

The story portrayed in Ben Affleck‘s new movie, Argo, has a special place for attorney John Coale, who is married to FNC anchor Greta Van Susteren. For one thing, back in the day he represented three of the six hostages portrayed in the movie in a lawsuit against Iran. For another, it led him to the love of his life.

The year was 1979. In December, the Iranians let the African Americans and women go free after about a month. Canadians assisted the six hostages in the movie in getting out of the country. “I filed suit for most of theses diplomats in December of ’79 way before the rest were freed,” Coale explained to FishbowlDC. “This really pissed off the Carter administration. Part of the deal to free the other hostages after 444 days was that my suits had to be dismissed.”

Coale remembers threats on his life. “The suits were a big deal to the Iranians,” he said. “I had death threats etc from the crazy Iranians plus I was not high on the State Department’s list of people they liked.”

On the upside, the experience led him to his wife. “The great thing about it for me was that I hired Greta to do research, fell in love and the rest, as they say, is history.”

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Find the DC Journos in “State of Play” Deleted Scenes

If you can peel your eyes away from Ben Affleck and Robin Wright Penn long enough, you just may notice some more locally familiar faces in the deleted scenes of the 2009 political thriller “State of Play.”

FishbowlDC spotted BBC’s Katty Kay, WaPo‘s E.J. Dionne, CBS’ Bob Schieffer and his assistant Kaylee Hartung in a scene left on the editing room floor– a scene these journos know well, a press conference on Capitol Hill.

The production company invited a few media types to the set last year to star as extras.

Nerd Prom: That’s A Wrap

Some leftover inside scoops from the WHCD, affectionately called Nerd Prom by DC journos…

• The real story with Ben and Jen– Jennifer Garner cancelled on host CBS earlier last week and Ben Affleck at the last minute because he was “very sick.”

• We spotted Julia Louis Dreyfus texting from her table to “The New Adventures of Old Christine” co-star Wanda Sykes, the night’s entertainment. We caught up with her at the VF/Bloomberg party and she said she just couldn’t believe her friend was up there on stage with President and First Lady Obama.

• My fingers are still hurting from all the Twittering I was doing- WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza to Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC today. Check out his weekend Tweets here.

• ABC’s George Stephanopoulos‘ picks for President Obama’s best lines of the night here.

Rachel Sklar tells us Why the Nerd Prom Matters at the Daily Beast. “It’s fashionable to deride the Correspondents’ Dinner-or “Nerd Prom,” as it was dubbed on Twitter-but the fact is, such events can be damned useful. Perhaps not for the person sitting beside Tom Cruise, unless you’re looking for the latest news on Thetan-spotting, but for reporters working a beat and juniors coming up in the ranks, these events provide a great opportunity for meeting, greeting and making an impression.”

• Does the WH press corps really call WHCA President AP’s Jennifer Loven “McLoven” like NBC’s Brian Williams joked during his WHCD presentation? Sklar had the chance to ask her- “No, Brian just thinks that’s hilarious.”

• DUH! Overheard: The Hill newspaper to Alan Greenspan, “Excuse me, sir. We’re trying to get a picture of Ms. Mitchell.” Too bad the Ah, ha! moment came too late- after being corrected by Greenspan: “That’s my wife.”

• And check out coverage of John McLaughlin‘s annual Sunday brunch here.

• Mix 107.3′s Tommy McFly caught up with Andrea Mitchell, Keith Olbermann and others…

Morning Reading List, 01.27.09

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Morning Reading List, 01.23.09

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Morning Reading List, 01.22.09

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Morning Reading List, 08.15.08

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Morning Reading List, 06.11.07

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  • Most of you didn’t watch The Sopranos, but for the true fans, you thought Tony would live.

  • Check out the 2006 IRE Award Winners here.

  • Dan Gillmor writes, “Journalism’s old guard is in a panic. With the latest bad news … it’s no wonder that people who care about the traditional journalism business are frightened.”

  • Reuters reports, “An Internet entrepreneur and a Wall Street group have joined a list of potential rivals to News Corp.’s $5 billion bid for Wall Street Journal publisher Dow Jones & Co. Inc., an adviser to the Dow Jones employee union said on Thursday.”

  • Eric Rauchway tells us what he learned at the blogging panel, a.k.a “Historical Scholarship and the New Media.” Ben Adler gives his own take on the experience.

  • The National Press Club is hosting a travel writing trade panel June 28 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Lisagor Room. The event is open to the public. Reserve online or by calling is 202-662-7501.

  • FT.com reports, “Nielsen, the US-based audience measurement firm, is to begin tracking mobile phone users’ media consumption as part of an effort to provide wireless carriers, advertisers and entertainment companies with more accurate data about mobile phone usage.”

  • Ben Affleck loves to yell during “Hardball.”

  • MarketWatch reports, “It’s almost a footnote in some of the news stories and press releases on News Corp.’s negotiations to take over Dow Jones & Co., but the inclusion of Rupert Murdoch’s son, James, at the bargaining table could be sending a significant signal on where News Corp. is heading.”

  • Gay Programming Steps Out On Satellite and Digital

  • E&P reports, “With the exception of exports leveling off and producer inventories rising, April newsprint statistics released this week by the Pulp and Paper Products Council (PPPC) were all negative.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Trading in options to buy Netflix Inc. shares surged to the most since January 2004 on speculation the largest provider of movie rentals via the mail may be acquired.”

  • Christian Post reports, “Americans who watch more hours of television tend to be less committed to classical virtues such as honesty and fairness and less likely to value religious principles, according to a conservative media watchdog.”

  • MediaBiz reports, “Sirius announced after the market closed Tuesday that it had received a $250 million loan from Morgan Stanley (MS).”

  • A reader writes:
      wemple: The problem with Kornheiser is that he’s in great demand. Late this month, he’ll leave the Post airwaves and won’t return in full force until next January, following his season in ESPN’s Monday Night Football booth. Gulland won’t say what the station will do to fill the programming void that he’ll leave. farhi: Kornheiser has become so valuable to the station, executives said, that his show will continue, with his name, even after he leaves it at the end of this month — as he prepares for his second season as an analyst on ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Football.’ WTWP morning man David Burd will host ‘The Tony Kornheiser Show,’ along with Kornheiser’s current sidekicks. Kornheiser will call in to the show from time to time, Farley said, but will not have a regular slot on the program; Kornheiser is committed to ESPN until the end of the football season.

  • A reader writes, “Shouldn’t the Washington Times intern know how to proof before posting and not just rely on spell check?? ‘getting soar muscles from carrying heavy bags’.”

  • According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Time Warner Inc. chairman and CEO Richard Parsons on Thursday signaled more clearly than ever that he might drop at least his CEO title in the next year or two and again backed president and COO Jeffrey Bewkes as his heir apparent.”

  • Since becoming the Discovery Channel’s chief three years ago, Jane Root “has helped pull the nature channel out of a ratings slump with shows featuring, in no particular order, people battling nature, people living in prison, people saving the planet, and so on,” reports BusinessWeek.

  • Deb Howell’s weekly column.

  • A Harris Interactive poll on newspapers and their online sites, that was released at the World Association of Newspapers conference in Cape Town, shows that “five years out, readers expect online to overtake TV networks as their main source of news in four of the seven countries.”

  • Jeffrey F. Rayport writes, “To judge from ad-industry publications, advertising is in crisis. The stories of upheaval in how agencies serve clients, create value and get paid might readily suggest that advertising as a profession and business is dead, or dying. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

  • Marty Kaplan writes, “Within 24 hours, no primate on the planet will be unaware of Paris Hilton’s transfer from the pokie to the ankle bracelet, but it is a safe bet that within weeks or even months, relatively few Americans will know the big news going down now in Iraq. That’s because journalism is distributed in two flavors: push and pull.”

  • AP reports, “Twelve major universities will digitize select collections in each of their libraries — up to 10 million volumes — as part of Google Inc.’s book-scanning project.”

  • According to the Hollywood Reporter, “The head of the National Association of Broadcasters is urging Sirius Satellite Radio CEO Mel Karmazin to end his attempt to merge the nation’s two satellite radio companies and accusing the executive of misleading the public about the deal’s benefits.”

    Jobs

  • AAAS is looking for a Communications Officer and a Communications Associate.

  • National Journal Group is looking for a Staff Writer/Online Producer for NationalJournal.com and a Staff Correspondent for Government Executive Magazine.

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education is looking for an Editorial intern.

  • A downtown DC publishing company is looking for a Graphic Designer.

  • Smithsonian Publications is looking for a Production Coordinator.

  • The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer is looking for a NewsHour Administrative Assistant.

  • Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive is looking for a Senior Producer and a Sports Producer.

  • The Map Network/NAVTEQ is looking for a Copy Editor, a Financial Analyst/Accountant, a Senior SQL Developer, a Director of Marketing, a Director of Business Development a Manager Destination and Event Sales and an Ad Sales Representative.

  • The Atlantic Media Company is looking for an Account Manager.

  • C-SPAN is hiring a temporary Political Producer.

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