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Twitter Reacts To Fournier’s Parenting Piece

I’ll say this about this piece by National Journal’s Ron Fournier: It was honest. The lengthy story, which chronicled the relationship he’s had with his son is undoubtedly a tough, emotional read. Fournier readily admits he hasn’t been a great father. I cringed when I read this part about Fournier agreeing to not force his child to play sports anymore. His son, Tyler, hated sports. But, Fournier made him participate for YEARS.

“By the time he reached his teens, he could sense that something was amiss. After a dozen years of butting heads about sports, which he had come to hate, Tyler and I struck a deal. He could give up sports if he promised to exercise three days a week and join an extracurricular club in school. We were sitting on the sofa in the family room when he grabbed my hand and shook it. ‘You got a deal,’ Tyler said. Then he grew quiet. I asked what was wrong. ‘I was afraid you wouldn’t like me as much if I stopped playing sports.’”

While it’s a fascinating read, it does come across as a peek inside the therapy sessions that Fournier’s kid will be having in a matter of years. It’s all so….  public. Sometimes, the best writing is the most difficult to read. In this case, I just came away hoping that Fournier had learned from his past mistakes.

The story made the rounds throughout the day on Friday, Twitter reacted, with many effusively praising Fournier… Read more

Frank Rich on the ‘Great Theater’ of Politics and Pop Culture

In the final installment of this week’s Media Beat interview, Frank Rich, New York magazine columnist and executive producer of HBO’s Veep, discusses the meshing of politics and pop culture. Having covered Broadway for years, he says the nonstop spectacles, gaffes and minutiae that become “news” just make his job more fun.

“To watch [President Obama and Mitt Romney] grapple on the one hand with the changes in the news media [and] on one hand with the world of The Voice and American Idol, The Daily Show, and SNL, it’s fascinating,” Rich explained. “But people forget this didn’t used to be the case. It was considered a huge deal when Bill Clinton played the saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show 20 years ago. It’s a development that’s spiraling; it’s developing. It’s interesting to watch. It’s great theater.”

Watch the full video for Rich’s take on that supposed liberal media bias and to find out what he thinks the “real danger” in today’s news reporting is.

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Part 1: Veep Executive Producer on DC: ‘Young People Jockeying for Power in Offices that Look Crummy’
Part 2: Frank Rich Compares New York Times and New York Magazine

WHCA Board Considers Taking Pool Reports from WH

FishbowlDC Exclusive:The White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) board late last month discussed a proposal to post pool reports written by reporters on its own website, seizing control from the White House, which has long distributed the reports.

The issue has been a dicey one over the years. During the George W. Bush administration, the White House refused to say who was on the distribution list of more than 1,000, which included lobbyists and government officials across town.

Why, board members asked during the meeting, do the pool reports still go through the filter of the White House press office? White House veteran George Condon of Congress Daily, called to appear because of his knowledge on the issue, explained that it started with the Eisenhower administration when poolers used carbon paper. It was simply faster to have the official White House stenographers help get the information out.

But the practice continued into the Internet age, and, despite the ease of group mailing, reporters traveling in a tight pool with the president still send their reports directly to the White House, which forwards them to reporters.

The board discussed whether it would be feasible to post pool reports on the WHCA website for reporters to access, which means the WHCA — not the White House — would decide who can view them. No decision was made, but the board agreed to have an association “town hall” to discuss how to change the pool report guidelines.

One little tidbit that emerged during the meeting also involved the pool, but concerned who should remain in the small group in the case of a national emergency.

Condon noted that on 9/11, the Bush White House shrunk the press pool from 12 members to five, causing controversy. When that happened, former President Bill Clinton apparently called Ron Fournier of the AP to reveal that the Bush WH had invoked the “nuclear bunker pool.”

Nobody in the press had heard of such a special pool and nothing ever came of it. Condon suggested outlining guidelines before the next crisis.

The WHCA, which voted to raise the cost of the annual dinner to $225 per seat, also decided to continue its tradition of having a holiday party.

President Obama to Speak at Cronkite Memorial

The White House confirms today that President Obama will attend and speak at a memorial service for Walter Cronkite in NY next month. AP reports the speakers list is not yet complete, but Bill Clinton, Katie Couric, Andy Rooney, Buzz Aldrin, Bob Schieffer and Tom Brokaw are expected.

And Mickey Hart, Wynton Marsalis, Michael Feinstein, Jimmy Buffett and the U.S. Marine Corps band are anticipated performers.

Morning Reading List 08.18.09

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That’s Rob Thomas above- Mix 107.3′s Tommy McFly hosted a concert and Q&A with the musician yesterday at Gibson Guitar Shop in Chinatown.

Happy 21st Birthday to future DC journo Elyssa Dornic! What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…

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TV

According to the Daily Kos/Research 2000 Poll, twenty-somethings aren’t watching cable news. Eighty-two percent of respondents, between the ages of 18 and 29, said they “never” watch Fox, followed by MSNBC (75 percent) and CNN (65 percent). (h/t Calderone)

Daljit Dhaliwal, a former CNN and BBC anchor, will replace Martin Savidge as anchor of the PBS program “Worldfocus” beginning Aug. 31st. Savidge will move to a special correspondent role. “Martin Savidge has been restless to get out in the field,” his EP Marc Rosenwasser said.

ONLINE

Cuts at Salon.

Wikipedia has hit 3 million articles. And still FishbowlDC doesn’t have an entry.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

What is the First Lady reading on her summer vacay? Michelle Obama shares her summer picks for herself and the Obama girls on Oprah.com.

White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers graces the cover this month of her hometown glossy Michigan Avenue.

White House speechwriter Jon Lovett turned 27 aboard Air Force One, Playbook reports this morning: Press Secretary Robert Gibbs led him to the conference room up front. The President and a cake were waiting, and the boss led a rendition of “Happy Birthday.”

NEWS NOTES

President Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Buzz Aldrin, Nick Clooney (in his son George’s place), Les Moonves, Sean McManus, Bob Schieffer, Katie Couric, Tom Brokaw and Andy Rooney are among those who may speak at the memorial service of Walter Cronkite in September in NY.

Didn’t make the Hill‘s annual 50 Most Beautiful People list? They, the “Fab Fifty’s 50 Most Fabulous People,” feel your pain (via Playbook).

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

JOBS after the jump…

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Lee & Ling Back in the USA

Current TV journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee just arrived safely back in the United States, in Burbank, CA. Their release from North Korea was negotiated by former President Bill Clinton yesterday. He accompanied the women home today and released this statement by email: “I am very happy that after this long ordeal, Laura Ling and Euna Lee are now home and reunited with their loved ones.”

Ling and Lee are speaking now in the airport hanger and we hear we may hear from President Obama at the White House this morning. The President the journos’ families last night to “express his relief that they will be reunited shortly,” according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Current TV was co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore and he is also there for their arrival.

And video from the WashingtonPost.com:

Journos Pardoned in North Korea

Breaking — The AP reports that North Korean media say leader Kim Jong Il has pardoned two American journalists and ordered their release during the visit of former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Former Pres. Clinton Heading to North Korea to Negotiate For Detained Journos

We learned late tonight that former President Bill Clinton is heading to North Korea to negotiate the freedom of detained American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, the AP reports.

The journos were arrested in March and sentenced to 12 years of hard labor in June for illegally entering the country and engaging in “hostile acts.”

On NBC’s “Meet the Press” two weeks ago Secretary Hillary Clinton said the State Department was working on the reporters’ situtation “literally every day.”

>>UPDATE: White House press secretary Robert Gibbs released this statement by email Tuesday morning: “While this solely private mission to secure the release of two Americans is on the ground, we will have no comment. We do not want to jeopardize the success of former President Clinton’s mission.”

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?”

TV

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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Morning Reading List, 01.09.09

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

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