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CPI Hires Media Relations Specialist in Wake of Pulitzer Controversy

Fresh off their controversial Pulitzer win, the Center for Public Integrity announced today the hiring of a new Media Relations Specialist, William Gray. Gray had been an operations producer at C-SPAN, handling breaking news and live and overnight coverage for each of the three C-SPAN networks. The announcement says Gray will be responsible for “enhancing exposure and outreach for the organization’s landmark journalism.”

CPI has been embroiled in a back and forth with ABC News over whether reporters Brian Ross and Matt Mosk should have been given more credit for a series of articles written about black lung disease in coal miners in West Virginia. ABC News President Ben Sherwood has requested that CPI reporter Chris Hamby share his Pulitzer with Ross and Most. CPI contends that Hamby did almost all the work on the story and that ABC merely repackaged his reporting for television. You can read Sherwood’s letter to CPI here, and CPI Executive Director William Buzenberg‘s response here.

CPI also announced today the hiring of Eleanor Bell as  multimedia producer. She comes to the Center from a different ABC -the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She had been a multimedia reporter there.

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Ben Sherwood is Pretty Excited About Emmys

ABC News Prez Ben Sherwood sent the following email to the news division regarding ABC’s seven Emmy wins. CBS also got seven awards; NBC earned three and CNN reeled in two. Just so happens the whole world gets to see Sherwood’s note. Imagine that! See who got shout-outs. And congrats to World News Tonight Producer Judy Isikow, the woman who should take the day off…

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How Wrong Was ABC News’ Brian Ross?

Brian Ross‘ week ended with a bang Friday. While reporting on the Aurora theater shooting, the ABC News journalist said live on the air that he found someone who shared the same name as the alleged shooter on a local tea party group’s web page.

“There is a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado, page on the Colorado Tea Party site as well, talking about him joining the tea party last year,” Ross said that morning on GMA. “Now, we don’t know if this is the same Jim Holmes – but this is Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado.” (As an aside, in news reports the shooter is referred to by his full name James Holmes.)

The tea party Holmes — who, it turns out, is not the shooter with the same name — told The Daily Caller, “Really, seriously, how do we take a journalist seriously when it’s pretty clear they really haven’t done any sort of check on their facts?”

Ross and ABC both issued apologies:

“An earlier ABC News broadcast report suggested that a Jim Holmes of a Colorado Tea Party organization might be the suspect, but that report was incorrect. ABC News and Brian Ross apologize for the mistake, and for disseminating that information before it was properly vetted.”

Even so, The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart mocked Ross on his show last night. “[ABC News Anchor] George Stephanopoulos is in the middle of  doing a lot of things,” Stewart said. “But I’m assuming that he was under the impression Brian Ross checks out the sh-t he says on-air before saying it, since Brian Ross is their chief investigative correspondent and not, let’s say, the office gossip.”

But in the hyper-fast, ultra-competitive, increasingly-politicized news environment we now live in, is Ross entirely at fault for reporting that someone with the same name as Holmes is affiliated with the tea party? Bad taste, probably. But irresponsible? Answer in our Fish Poll below. We’ll run the results tomorrow.

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A book signing not to miss: WaPo Associate Editor and Pultizer Prize-winner David Maraniss will be at Politics & Prose this Wednesday at 7 p.m. to discuss his book, Barack Obama: The Story. From the site: “Starting in Kenya and Kansas before Obama’s birth, Maraniss traces the influences the future president absorbed in Hawaii, Indonesia, New York, and Chicago, influences which shaped his developing political career.”

Congresswoman Berkley disses Bloomberg scribe: It’s safe to say that NBC’s Brian Williams shouldn’t feel threatened by the latest package from Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols, who does his best ever Gayle King/Brian Ross impersonation (no, not really, we’re joking). Nichols ever so suavely visits The Source Restaurant in downtown Washington to cover a fundraiser for Las Vegas Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley‘s Senate race. In the clip we learn that House Maj. Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who invited lobbyists to the fundraiser, ate cantaloupe. We never find out what Berkley ate for breakfast because Berkley tells him how inappropriate he is when he “catches” her exciting the fundraiser and tells him to call her office, which translates loosely to: “Go to hell.” She tells him, “I think this is an inappropriate way to talk to people. You’re welcome to call my office.” Watch here.

The Late-Night Headache Story

At 10:38 p.m. last night, The Daily Caller broke a story by Jonathan Strong about presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) getting stress related migraines that require heavy duty medication. The publication allowed for off-the-record sourcing to protect ex-employees who provided information.

The hour was a strange one to break a story. But consider that other news outlets and reporters, such as ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross, were reportedly hot on the trail of Bachmann’s migraines and subsequent use of pills. Ross escorted Bachmann to her car and was grabbed roughly by two security guards, as reported on Twitter about 30 minutes ago by TIME‘s Senior Correspondent Michael Crowley. So time was of essence. A favorite line in the story involved Bachmann’s shoes. Strong wrote, “To staff, Bachmann has implausibly blamed the headaches on uncomfortable high-heel shoes, but those who have worked closely with her cite stress, a busy schedule and anything going badly for Bachmann as causes.”

Members of the online media didn’t take long to pounce on the story in both favorable and unfavorable ways. Drudge picked it up pretty quickly this morning. The Atlantic‘s Joshua Green wrote a spin-off story about how Bachmann, if elected president, would be one in a long line of presidents with ailments. He went deep into the bowels (pun intended) of history, writing about the anal fissure of James Garfield, the colonic polyps of George W. Bush and a flu that caused George H. Bush to vomit on the Prime Minister of Japan.

Politico blogger Ben Smith, who has had sharp differences with Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson in the past, meanwhile, took the opportunity to go on the attack. He insisted on Twitter that suggesting that migraines make Bachmann unsuitable for the Oval Office is wrong and should be reworded. “Daily Caller suggests migraines make Bachmann unfit to be POTUS,” he wrote.

Carlson fired back in a few tweets, “We did not suggest that. Please correct. That’s a direct quote from a former aide, not editorializing from us, as the piece makes clear.”

Smith replied, “”Maybe ‘raises question’ rather than ‘suggests.” He later appeared to minimally apologize to Strong, writing, “Serves me right for tweeting your interesting, well-reported story which has no implications for ’12. Apologies, misread. Though I think somebody hacked your account and tweeted that the headaches were “potentially disqualifying.”

Smith and Strong are apparently back on relatively good terms this afternoon.

But not everyone even at Politico shared Smith’s critiques. Mike Allen, who hasn’t linked to The Daily Caller in a long while, featured it in this morning’s Playbook. And Ken Vogel publicly praised Strong, showing that those at Politico don’t necessarily speak for the entire publication. “Kudos to @j_strong & @DailyCaller for the responsible way they handled Michele Bachmann migraine scoop #SolidJournalism,” Vogel wrote on Twitter.

The FishbowlDC Interview With HuffPost Hill’s Eliot Nelson

Say hello to HuffPost Hill’s writer  Eliot Nelson. He’s the humorous voice behind HuffPost‘s evening newsletter and has the official title of Politics Staff Writer. Born and bred in New York City, he moved to D.C. post college and took a thoroughly unenjoyable job for a children’s advocacy group. He then became a press intern for House Whip Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), where he says he wrote press releases and “carpet bombed” his savings. Nelson now spends his days finding unusual videos of animals sneezing, a kid playing the ukulele, a cat that doesn’t really want the lights out or the best make out music ever. He breaks more serious news about lobbyists and lawmakers, but the tone stays loose. Reporters from all over Capitol Hill get routine mentions in the newsletter as readers get story previews, news on fundraisers and more. Nelson’s pet peeve: People in Washington who don’t say “thank you” when you hold a door open. “Entitled schmucks,” he says. Enjoy.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Dr. Pepper, Distinguished Louise and Abraham B. Moskowitz Chair of Media Studies at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

How often do you Google yourself? Not often. I do Altavista myself pretty regularly.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? “Hey, why don’t we give Jason Linkins a vuvuzela? That’s just what our office needs!”

Who is your favorite working journalist? Ryan Grim.

Do you have a favorite word? “Blows” e.g., “Ryan Grim really blows.”

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Can I opt for tea and biscuits with Sheila Jackson Lee?

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? My BlackBerry is in a constant state of butt-dial.

When did you last cry and why? When I discovered that “Iron Man 2″ wasn’t a documentary about the resurgence of Mexico’s fledgling iron ore extraction industry.

What word do you routinely misspell? “Ammendment,” “Lindsay Graham,” “Eyjafjallajökuull.”

What swear word do you use most often? Tie: “Poppycock” and “Balderdash.”

What word or phrase do you overuse? Ed O’Keefe should really win a Pulitzer.

What TV show do you have to watch?
CNN’s “Parker Spitzer.”

Where do you shop most often for your clothes? I always raid Sam Stein‘s closet after he goes on one of his epic JoS. A. Bank binges.

Find out which female actress Nelson wants to play him in a movie after the jump…

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Sunday Show Preview: 02.28.10


NBC’s Meet the Press: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), WH Director of Health Reform Nancy-Ann DeParle, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), President and CEO of National Urban League Marc Morial, BBC’s Katy Kay and Atlantic Media’s Ron Brownstein.

CBS’ Face the Nation: Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Politico’s Jim Vandehei

ABC’s This Week: Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), NYT’s Paul Krugman, ABC’s George Will, Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts.

CNN’s State of the Union (with Candy Crowley now): Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Fox News’ Fox News Sunday: Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Dale Earnhardt Jr. and a panel with Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, Liz Cheney and NPR’s Juan Williams.

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WaPo’s Dana Milbank, David Frum of, The Nation’s Katrina Van Heuvel, ABC News’ Brian Ross, Fred Francis.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: John Dickerson of SLATE Magazine and CBS News, TIME’s Karen Tumulty, WSJ’s Naftali Bendavid, David Shepardson of The Detroit News

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: The Soros Foundation’s George Soros, Columbia University’s Simon Schama, FT’s Lionel Barber

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: NBC News Capitol Hill Correspondent Kelly O’Donnell, Washington Post Columnist David Ignatius, TIME Assistant Managing Editor Michael Duffy, Washington Post Columnist Kathleen Parker

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), Bloomberg’s Mike Firn, Lizzie O’Leary, Julianna Goldman, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne.

CNN’s Amanpour: Ehud Barak, Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense

C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Sunday at 10:00 AM / 6:00 PM
This week’s guest is George Miller (D-Calif.). Guest reporters are Perry Bacon of WaPo & Steven Dennis of Roll Call.

We’ll update as we get ‘em.

Morning Reading List 09.29.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Happy Birthday to Gwen Ifill! A tipster points out that today also marks her ten year anniversary as managing editor and moderator of PBS’ “Washington Week.” U2′s Bono is in town for tonight’s concert at FedEx Field. There’s a private screening of Michael Moore‘s new film “Capitalism: A Love Story” tonight at the Uptown. FBDC will be there so look for coverage tomorrow. How to plant an item on Page Six. How to plant an item on FishbowlDC.

What know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…



CNN has launched an iPhone app.

NBC’s Hoda Kotb and Natalie Morales, CBS’ Russ Mitchell, ABC’s Brian Ross and CNN’s John Roberts will be presenters at this year’s RTNDA awards on October 12th.

Check out CBS correspondent Byron Pitts‘ remarkable story here.

Maria Shriver is back at NBC– as a guest editor for a week of special coverage on women, NYT reports. She’ll be a guest on “Meet the Press” October 18th and much of NBC’s coverage will be based on her project, “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything.”

And SNL newbie who dropped the f-bomb on Saturday’s show won’t be fired.


Katie Couric interviews The Daily Beast founders Barry Diller and Tina Brown on her webcast, to air today and every Tuesday. Check out a sneak peek of Diller’s comments on the future costs of web content here.


Publication of Sarah Palin‘s new book is being moved up from next spring to November 17th and the anticipated title is “Going Rogue: An American Life.” Did this piece in Slate by John Dickerson inspire the title? (h/t Mike Allen)

Palin’s memoirs were also a topic of discussion on today’s mediabistro Morning Media Menu.

The Daily Beast is taking on book publishing, Beast Books.


“60 Minutes” EP Jeff Fager and VF Editor Graydon Carter announced that the two organizations have teamed up to create a monthly poll with results revealed on “60 Minutes” and in the magazine.

CBS announced yesterday another partnership with GlobalPost to expand its foreign reach via the site’s 70 correspondents scattered among 50+ countries. Dets here.

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A Look At The Future Of Investigative Reporting, Just In Time For IRE Conference

TVNewser contributor Alissa Krinsky‘s timing sure is good. She has a piece up on the future of investigative journalism just in time for the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference this weekend, held this year in Baltimore.

Krinsky also interviews Aram Roston, who was formerly with NBC based in DC and who now freelances for publications like GQ. “For years, people have been talking about how it was in the ‘good old days,’” he says. “Obviously, [investigative TV reporting is] maybe not where it was, but there are very powerful [network] units, and they’re doing really good work.”

Read on here.

Speakers at the IRE conference include: WaPo‘s Bob Woodward, VF‘s Donald Barlett and James Steele, NYT‘s Jill Abramson and Dean Baquet, ABC’s Brian Ross, investigative reporter Seymour Hersh, CBS’ Armen Keteyian and Byron Pitts, and David Simon, creator of “The Wire” and a longtime Baltimore journalist. CNN-US President Jon Klein will also give this year’s keynote address. More info is available on IRE’s website.

Morning Reading List: 100 Days

Good morning FishbowlDC!

Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

It is day 100 covering the Obama administration and week 13 for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…



AdAge: WSJ is threatening to reclaim its weekday circulation crown from USA Today for the first time since September 1999. If USA Today falls another two percentage points while WSJ holds steady, WSJ will once again claim the largest paid weekday circulation in the U.S.


TVNewser takes a look at life after layoffs for broadcast journos.

ABC’s Brian Ross‘ investigative reporting was questioned in an article on the front page of NYT in yesterday’s paper. TVNewser reports NYT’s reporting was questioned but one of the reporter’s sources. Read on here.

“So, if planes go into buildings, well, don’t blame Barack Obama, blame Dana Priest and the chaos that occurred after that, ’cause that was — when her article came out, from that point forward, this secret CIA program was dead on arrival.” -MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough on Morning Joe yesterday in a discussion about torture. Read in context at Media Matters.


Congrats to WAMU’s Diane Rehm, who has again made the cut for “Top 10 Most Powerful Programs On Public Radio,” according to the fall 2008 study by Audience Research Analysis.

AP: Clear Channel Communications Inc., the largest owner of U.S. radio stations, said yesterday it is cutting 590 jobs, including some on-air personalities, in its second round of mass layoffs this year amid pressure from the recession and evaporating advertising budgets.


Vanity Fair studies media Darwinism- which sites will survive? Gives an outlook for Politico, Slate, Drudge, even PerezHilton.


Are there more cuts ahead at Conde Nast?


Politico reports the WH press office blasted out an email yesterday “specifically to reporters that the White House considers focusing mainly on the negative when it comes to ethics issues” under the subject “Fair and/ or Balanced.”


Senators Ted Kennedy and John Kerry, and most of the Massachusetts delegation, have sent letters of support for the Boston Globe to NYT’s Arthur Sulzberger.

B&C: SCOTUS has backed the government’s power to regulate the broadcast of so-called “fleeting expletives” on live television. The decision Tuesday reverses and remands a lower court ruling that the FCC did not justify its change in policy on fleeting expletives.

NYT: The Justice Department has begun an inquiry into the antitrust implications of Google’s settlement with authors and publishers over its Google Book Search service. The inquiry does not necessarily mean that the department will oppose the settlement.

From Reliable Source: “The only thing I have against her is that she threatens to surpass me in attracting the left’s hatred.” -Ann Coulter extolling Sarah Palin in the “Time 100″ ranking of the world’s most influential people, due out next week.

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