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Former NPR’s Bob Edwards: Quite a Sex Pot

A good rule of thumb to live by: Never let a jealous fiancé anywhere near a computer. Social media is an obvious no-no. Case in point: WRTI news anchor Windsor Johnston, who apparently seethed with jealousy when adoring female fans of her future husband, Sirius XM Radio host and former NPR Host of “Morning Edition”  Bob Edwards, began complimenting him. Windsor, who didn’t turn into a green-eyed monster, claims it was a friend who shot off nasty emails to a woman in Ohio.’s Dan Gross had the scoop Wednesday.

One of the missives that Windsor didn’t write: “Are you unaware that Bob Edwards is engaged to be married? If you EVER post on his page again – well, you’d be smarter than you look.” She also didn’t accuse the woman of being in menopause even though the woman is just a few years older than Windsor, who is 34.

Edwards, 64 and obviously sexy, was NPR’s first host of “Morning Edition.” He held the job from 1979 to 2004. Despite high ratings, in 2004 NPR removed Edwards and brought in Steve Inskeep and Renée Montaigne to replace him. Colleagues like Cokie Roberts were none too pleased.


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Atlantic/NJ Poll of Prominent Journos Says Journalism Hurt By Internet; Obama Coverage “Right”

The Atlantic and National Journal turned to the big dogs to get a read on the state of traditional journalism.

They polled 43 prominent journalists on whether journalism has been helped or hurt by the Internet- 65 percent said it has been hurt more, while 34 percent said it has been helped more.

On the coverage of President Obama- of 45 respondents, 71 percent say it has been “about right,” 22 percent say it’s been “too easy” and 7 percent say it has been “too tough.”

Those polled include: Peter Beinart, Gloria Borger, David Brooks, Carl Cannon, Tucker Carlson, Jonathan Chait, Roger Cohen, Steve Coll, Sam Donaldson, Bob Edwards, James Fallows, Howard Fineman, Frank Foer, Ron Fournier, Jeffrey Goldberg, Jeff Greenfield, Glenn Greenwald, David Gregory, Mark Halperin, Christopher Hitchens, Al Hunt, Mort Kondracke, Jim Lehrer, Ruth Marcus, Joshua Micah Marshall, Chris Matthews, Jane Mayer, Doyle McManus, John Micklethwait, Dana Milbank, Markos Moulitsas, Katherine McIntire Peters, Todd Purdum, Cokie Roberts, Eugene Robinson, Tom Shoop, Roger Simon, Scott Simon, Ray Suarez, Nina Totenberg, Linda Wertheimer, Leon Wieseltier, Juan Williams, Judy Woodruff, Fareed Zakaria.

Read the rest of The Atlantic/NJ’s findings here.

Morning Reading List, 10.15.08


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Morning Reading List, 08.19.08


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Morning Reading List, 12.12.07

Good morning Washington. Seven years ago today, Bush v. Gore was decided. And happy birthday Frank Sinatra. (Hat tip: MicCheckRadio)

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  • You could give up MySpace if you had to, but the real question is, do you even use MySpace?


  • The PEJ News Coverage Index for December 2-7 shows, “For most of the year, the American media have been far more preoccupied with the war in Iraq than with growing tensions between the U.S. and Iran. But last week, a new intelligence report sparked a heated debate over policy toward the leadership in Tehran.”

  • Thompson Financial reports, “Bear Stearns on Monday lowered its rating on the U.S. entertainment sector to market underweight from market weight, saying it expects fundamentals to deteriorate in 2008. Year-to-date in 2007, the entertainment group has fallen 4.4%, underperforming the S&P 500s 5.4% rise, the firm said.”

  • A reader writes, “Re: Chris Daly. He also spells ‘Barack’ wrong and suggests there’s no place for politics in religion. What a sterling journalist he is.”

  • BtoB reports, “Advertisers wary of plan to drop subscription firewall”

  • ClickZ reports, “News Corp’s U.K. tabloid newspaper The Sun is linking print to mobile phones in an effort to make the paper more interactive and enable more efficient ROI measurement for advertisers. The system uses barcodes called Quick Response or QR codes to grant users access to Internet content on their cell phones.”

  • CJR has “Eight Questions Reporters Should Ask Huckabee

  • A reader asks, “so both papers have a feature on the new caps coach today. Ted Leonsis on his blog thanks the post for their story and totally ignores the washington times feature, even though it was the main story on the front page. interesting, no? and the times is the only area paper he doesn’t link to on his blog. also interesting.”

  • Baltimore Sun reports, “Army blocks ‘narratives’ of heroism”

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  • C-SPAN will air today’s Des Moines Register Republican Candidates Debate beginning at 2pm.

  • Sales Prime Wins For MSNBC

  • Check out TVNewser’s “Debate Ranker

  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the most-watched network evening newscast, winning the week of December 3-9, 2007. During the week, the Williams-led newscast averaged 9.473 million total viewers, … On Monday, ‘Nightly’ beat CBS ‘Evening News’ by +3,272,000 million viewers, the largest single day advantage since December 29, 2006. Season-to-date, ‘Nightly’ leads ‘World News’ by +16,000 viewers.”

  • A PBS release announced The Newshour with Jim Lehrer “launches a high-definition broadcast beginning on Monday, December 17, 2007. The new format will deliver superb video resolution and higher-quality audio, and will result in a richer experience for the increasing number of viewers who watch the program on an HD television set.”

  • An ABC release announced, “For the week of December 3-7, ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ averaged 9.32 million Total Viewers and a 2.3/9 among Adults 25-54. The ABC broadcast tied for first place with NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ among Households, averaging 6.4/12 for the week.”

  • TVNewser reports, “ABC Banishes Ron Paul/Stossel Interview to the Web”

  • B&C reports, “The House Judiciary Committee scheduled a hearing Wednesday (Dec. 12) at 2 p.m. on media consolidation and former CBS anchor Dan Rather is leading the witness list.”

  • MinOnline reports, “Striking Writers Guild of America members won 56% of the vote in IWANTMEDIA.COM’s poll. They are in the news now, but the far bigger story in 2007 was Rupert Murdoch nearly doubling Wall Street Journal parent Dow Jones & Co.’s value with News Corp.’s announced $5 billion bid ($60 per share) in May that was accepted by the controlling Bancroft family in July after much rancor. Expected pre-Christmas close of the deal will put Rupert back in the headlines (not that he has ever left) and make him ‘Media Person’ if IWANTMEDIA.COM’s Patrick Phillips did a recount.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Clinton and Buffett First on FBN”

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  • Washington Post reports, “These days you can Google just about anything, from your favorite celebrity’s pet to your boss’s middle name. But using the biggest search engine to get information about the government often falls short.”

  • The Huffington Post goes German.

  • Check out CitizenJane Politics, the new site for women to follow the 2008 elections. “CJP is a women’s oriented, non-partisan source for voting info, candidate positions, political backgrounders, original interviews and a daily blog.”

  • Market Watch reports, “Online video Web site YouTube, owned by Google Inc. will expand a pilot program that puts ads in its online videos allowing amateur users to make revenue off ads that are put in their homemade videos, the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site Monday, citing company sources.”

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  • Media Life reports, “For the longest time, the fortunes of the magazine industry were predictable, rising when the ad economy was good, sinking when marketers cut back on their spending. That started to change several years ago. Magazines began coming back from the ad recession that set in in 2001, but it was no longer a case of a rising tide lifting all ships. In particular, business titles and newsweeklies continued to struggle. It was a selective recovery.”

  • Glamour Magazine launched “Glamocracy”, “a political blog on the 2008 election where five young women from different points on the political spectrum weigh in on the race for president.” Among the bloggers is Rebecca Roberts, host and managing editor of “POTUS 08″ on XM Radio and daughter of Cokie Roberts. Check out her first post here.

  • Don’t forget that today Michael Barone, principal author of The Almanac of American Politics, will be at the Barnes & Nobel in Potomac Yards for a book signing at 7 p.m.

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  • A XM release announced, “that select XM original music, news and sports series are now available as free podcasts for download through and Apple Inc.’s iTunes Store. Beginning today, consumers can download XM content hosted by Bob Edwards, James Carville, Luke Russert, Mike Krzyzewski, Barry Switzer and Opie & Anthony, as well as exclusive XM music and comedy programming.

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  • The Pew Charitable Trusts is looking for Managers, Make Voting Work.

  • Herald-Mail Company is looking for a Page Designer.

  • PBS Interactive is looking for an Executive Coordinator.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Producer and an Editor for Digital News.

  • McClatchy-Tribune Regional News is looking for an Assistant News Editor.

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    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • Journo Ringtones

    This is, admittedly, a trend we’d like to see more of: Media ringtones. You can have Chris Matthews yell “Let’s play Hardball!” every time your cell phone rings (but, come on, we’d much rather hear his “HA!” laugh. Who will make FishbowlDC’s day and send us a .wav of that?!?).

    What are some other good cell phone ring tone ideas?

  • Tim Russert talking about dad.

  • Bob Novak saying “That’s bullshit.”

  • George Stephanopolous saying, “And now, the Sunday Funnies.”

  • John McLaughlin saying “Issue number four!”

  • David Shuster’s trademark, “I’m David Shuster, for Hardball, in Washington.”

  • John Bresnahan screaming at someone.

  • Any word spoken by Katty Kay in that accent of hers.

  • Joe Scarborough saying, “This is morning Joe.”

  • Wolf Blitzer saying, “You’re in the Situation Room.”

  • Tony Snow rocking out to some Jethro Tull.

  • Don Imus saying, “What I said was awful, just awful, and, and idiotic, a really stupid, idiotic awful thing to say..”

  • Christopher Hitchens saying, “If you gave Falwell an enema, he could be buried in a matchbox.”

  • A greatest hits mash-up of deep throated gurgles from Bob Edwards, Lou Dobbs, Brit Hume, Eugene Robinson and Carl Kasell.

  • Morning Reading List, 04.24.07

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  • What do Tony Kornheiser and Scooter Libby have in common? Admittedly not much, but they did both make The Phoenix’s List of 100 Unsexiest Men, 2007.

  • Reuters reports, “The Huffington Post political blog has signed on Web media company Yahoo Inc. and online news site Slate to help host two debates among presidential hopefuls ahead of the 2008 election.”

  • The Washingtonian has more coverage from the WHCA parties here .

  • Lawmakers Urge Bush to Reconsider Broadcasting Cuts

  • Magazines, Online And Off

  • Helena Andrews reviews the fashion from the WHCA Dinner and says, “The original Wonkette, Ana Marie Cox, wore an emerald green reflective ensemble that might have looked better on the set of ‘Wicked.’” Then again, Andrews thinks Los Angeles is a great city so we’re suspicious of her judgment…

  • Rem Rieder writes, “I have two major objections to the dinner. The first is that it suggests a coziness between newsmakers and the people who cover them that just isn’t healthy. … The other problem is the carnival aspect, the competition for the get, the parade of (sort of) celebs, the coveted after-party tickets.”

  • Today, American University’s School of Communication is hosting its Finale Reception for its Mentoring Program and they are expecting a few big-name alumni/DC media including CBS News’ 48 Hours Investigates producer Susan Zirinsky, NBC 4 anchor Wendy Rieger and XM Satellite Radio’s Bob Edwards.

  • Julie Mason shows us just why the stakeout can sometimes be a bit anti-climatic.

  • A reader tells us, “If we were to follo Bruce Johnson’s well-meaning criterion, there would be no day for celebration. Each festivity would be canceled on a daily basis, based on Darfur alone. Let us remember the victims, but let us also go on living. The victims would want us to, while remembering them. It is people like Cho who would want to rob us of even these perhaps frivolous but joyful celebrations.”

  • Ralph Hanson points out that the Post “crossed a new diversity barrier” last week — “not interracial dating, they’ve done that a time or two; not gay dating — no lesbians yet, but one male-male date. No, this time they had a man in a wheelchair and a woman who was not.”

  • In one reader’s opinion, “The redesign is awesome — the new features are full of great info and it’s much easier to navigate through the stories.” Vandi — is that you?

  • Gawker reports that near “catfight” broke out at John McLaughlin’s post-White House Correspondent’s Dinner brunch between Ana Marie Cox and Eric Alterman. “Cox confronted Alterman about recent comments he had made concerning Time’s recent hirings, specifically, the hiring of Cox.”

  • Reason Editor-in-Chief Nick Gillespie talked with National Journal’s Jonathan Rauch “about the 2008 presidential race, the Iraq War, the state of contemporary journalism, and more.”

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • Taking Out The Trash, 02.09.07

  • David Francis has moved to the top spot in our Rising Star competition. Vote here.

  • Matt Taibbi notes a change in Joe Klein’s columns. “I was initially confused because my original impression of Joe Klein, from afar, had been that of a gossipy, bourgeois suck-up to the Clinton administration. When I came home in 2002, however, the columns I saw under his name seemed to have been penned by a gossipy, bourgeois suck-up to the Bush administration.”

  • We have another campaigner! From a reader, “[redacted] is using myspace for her campaign!”

  • Washington Post’s Michael D. Shear chronicles why Sen. Jim Webb has become the latest media darling.

  • DCist critiques “the creepy name and the glowing spermatozoa” of the Washington Post’s onBeing logo. Oh, and it critiques the new site.

  • Regarding this, a reader writes, “Hey, if 34% of my blind dates resulted in a second date, that would be a huge improvement”

  • Another reader: “Could it be possible that the rising stars in the lead are because they’re in television and announced it on air??” Now that would be funny. All transcripts and clips welcome…

  • From DCRTV:

      New XM Deal For Bob Edwards – 2/8 – DC-based XM Satellite Radio re-signs public radio icon Bob Edwards (right) to a multi-year deal. Edwards will continue to host the XM Public Radio (XM-133) channel’s flagship program, “The Bob Edwards Show.” Terms were not disclosed. In 2004, Edwards jumped from DC-based National Public Radio to XM. Edwards says he appreciates the “creative freedom afforded me by XM to pursue stories that might never have been aired by traditional terrestrial broadcasters. The audience reaction has been outstanding and I look forward to continue bringing the unique stories of America to the XM audience in the years ahead.” Edwards hosted NPR’s “Morning Edition” for almost 25 years…..

  • One-time WJFK employer Peter Rosenberg now works at McDonalds? (Sort of)