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CQ Roasts & Toasts Bob Merry

Thursday wasn’t just another day in the life of CQ CEO Bob Merry whose departure from his home of 22 years is imminent, it was party central.

Part One: Cocktail reception on the rooftop of The Hay Adams with colleagues Mike Riley, Bruce Drake, Ken Sands and Loesje Troglia.

As happens at these events, the tributes were plentiful, but the crowd favorite was from Victoria Monroe of the advertising department. “Actually, I’m very glad Bob could join us tonight. He initially said he couldn’t make it because he was going to be hiking the Appalachian Trail… Before speaking tonight I had two thoughts. First, how do you toast a charismatic, popular, visionary and successful leader? And, second, I am so glad that that is not at all relevant tonight.”

And, “Bob, we were hoping to get President Obama to call in and wish you well. We requested just 5 minutes of the President’s time, but the White House said he couldn’t do it. But Joe Biden did say he’d be glad to call in for about 3 hours,” Monroe went on.

Part Two: Dinner with friends and colleagues at Teatro Goldoni hosted by publicist Janet Donovan, who is also a publicist for CQ.

That portion of the evening was “off the record,” but we managed to snag this one photo from them. In attendance: Al Hunt, Jeff Stein, Craig Crawford, Mort Kondracke, Myra McPherson, David Rapp, Bruce Drake, Margaret Warner, Keith White, Jerome Cramer, and Judy Woodruff.

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CQ Politics Announces New Fall Lineup

An internal memo from CQ’s Bruce Drake, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    Since the networks are doing it, I wanted to announce the new fall line-up for CQ Politics. As you all know, Peggy Girshman is leaving her job after Election Day to join the Kaiser Family Foundation, Marie Horrigan is off soon after that to the West Coast, and we are adding a White House correspondent to help CQ Politics and CQ in general cover the new President,. So, I’m delighted to be able to make these announcements: Kathy Rizzo will take Peggy’s place as Executive Editor, moving from her post as editor of Inside Congress. Kathy has threatened me with all sorts of dire things if I launch into a flowery appreciation of what she has accomplished here and why I chose her, so suffice it to say there could not be a more perfect match for this job. Adriel Bettelheim will become our new White House correspondent. I have admired his work even before I joined CQ, and his ideas for how to cover the transition and the new administration will ensure that we meet our goal of doing this coverage in a way that is distinctive and focuses on stories that go beyond the routine. Emily Cadei will join CQ Politics’ reporting staff, even though she will have to pry Marie’s fingers off the saga of Staten Island. I’ve had several chances during my time here to work with Emily, and she will be an excellent addition to the staff. Last but by no means least, Tom Whitmire will be promoted to Web Manager for CQ Politics, taking on the chief accountability and responsibility for keeping us up and running, and the development necessary to continue building out and improving the site. Tom has been a rock for CQ Politics, and this is well-deserved recognition of his work. Aside from Tom, the start dates for Kathy, Adriel and Emily will be worked out to ensure the least possible disruption of the newsroom. There has been one change in our plans. The position originally posted as Deputy Executive Editor has been recast as an Assistant Editor. That job is still open for application, and Kathy will be leading the hire on it, so if any of you are interested in that position, let her know soon. I’m excited about these personnel moves and about the future of CQ Politics, which already has notched as many page-views this month as it did in September, when we set a record. It’s been a company-wide effort, and that’s why it is particularly satisfying to bring aboard fellow CQ-ers.

Girshman: The CQ Announcement

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From the release:

    Congressional Quarterly Inc., the nation’s premier provider of news, analysis and information on Congress, politics and public policy, today announced that Peggy Girshman, longtime executive at National Public Radio (NPR), has been named executive editor of its newly created Consumer Publishing division. The appointment was effective July 3, 2007, and Girshman will report to the general manager of Consumer Publishing, Bruce Drake.

    Girshman joins Drake, formerly vice president of news at NPR, in a recently formed enterprise to expand CQ’s offering of in-depth coverage of politics and government on its free-content Web site. This new effort will build on CQ’s success with CQPolitics.com, created during the 2006 midterm election cycle. The expanded free-content site, aimed at a larger, beyond-the-Beltway audience, will strategically complement CQ’s core business of providing unparalleled news and analysis to its paid subscribers.

CQ Changes

Bruce Drake, former vice president for news at NPR (and formerly of the Politico), started yesterday at CQ in the new position of General Manager of CQ Consumer Publishing. He’s going to be expanding their Internet presence.

And Clea Benson was hired to replace CQ Weekly magazine writer Jill Barshay, who left to become the New York bureau chief for Marketplace Radio.

From the announcement:

    To the newsroom:

    I’m happy to announce that Clea Benson, a reporter in the state capitol bureau of the Sacramento Bee, will be joining the Weekly as economics policy writer, reporting to John Cranford.

    Clea, who currently covers government spending in Califormia for the Bee, comes to CQ with a broad range of experience writing about issues local, state and national. In addition to the state budget, she has reported on Gov. Schwarzenegger’s management of hot-button issues such as health care and immigration.

    Before joining the Bee, she was a reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she covered local government and politics, urban issues and social services and where she was part of an investigative team whose series on police failure to respond to sexual assaults was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

    Clea’s a graduate of Bryn Mawr and has a master’s in journalism from
    the University of California at Berkeley.

Morning Reading List, 04.13.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • You think NBC should not have dropped Imus.
  • From a tipster: “check out sudarsan r’s front page first person piece in today’s washpost. it’s incredible.”
  • From a tipster: “Re: to drop Imus or to not drop Imus. All the handwringing of late overlooks an important point: Imus isn’t funny. Why doesn’t the DC press corps acknowledget his point? Or would it just underscore our ongoing insecurities and competitive nature? DC press vying to go on his show reminded me of the odd couple in high school. The hot, straight-A student who dated the dumb jock. She had nothing in common with him. But she lacked the self-confidence to ignore the high school social structure. Popularity trumped common sense. Did anyone who went on Imus REALLY think he was funny or interesting or worth the hype? Or did they just find pleasure in the attention?”
  • A few readers wrote in about Ana Marie Cox’s recent piece in time. Said one: “How does someone who essentially made her name by writing about ‘ass fucking’ moralize about ‘childish crudeness?’” Gawker says, “Ana Marie Cox’s Damascene conversion involves the voice of Imus saying ‘nappy-headed hos.’”
  • “Let us drink to unspeakable pleasures, Madam Speaker” is leading the caption contest with “Dalia, let me give you my surgeon’s number. He can fix that” in a close second.
  • An NBC release announced that “Meet The Press with Tim Russert” was number one in “the key demographics women, men and adults” for April 8. “Among the key demographic adults 25-54, the NBC program had
    a 1.1 rating, +38% more than CBS’ 0.8, a +57% lead over ABC’s 0.7, and +175% more than FOX’s 0.4 rating.”

  • An ABC release announced that “Nightline” beat CBS “Late Night with David Letterman” “in both Total Viewers and the key Adults 25-54 demographic” for the week of April 2. The last time “Nightline” beat “Letterman” “in both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 was September 4, 2006. In addition, ‘Nightline’ grew week-to-week in Total Viewers. ‘Letterman’ aired original programming last week.”
  • The Gallup Organization is looking for Internet Webcast Producer.
  • His Extremeness asks, “Is Dana Perino Ahead Or Behind The Laugher Curve?”
  • Romenesko gives us an Imus round-up:
    • Los Angeles Times: “The radio host should have been fired long before his racist remarks about Rutgers’ women’s basketball team.”
    • Time: “The Imus Fallout: Who Can Say What?”
    • New York Times: “This Time, the Shock Jock’s Sidekick Couldn’t Shield the Boss”
    • Newsweek: “The Ugly Truth”
    • EJ Dionne on “Saying No To Fox News.”
    • AJR: “Kicked to the Curb”
    • Slate: “Pullout Method: How fast can Don Imus’ sponsors get away?”
  • “CBS is announcing the creation of the CBS Interactive Audience Network, which will include new content deals with online distributors including AOL, Microsoft, CNET, Comcast, Joost, Bebo, and Brightcove, among others. All content will be supported by advertising and free to the consumer.”
  • Bloomberg reports, “Cable giant Comcast is buying online movie-ticket seller Fandango and says the companies will create a new Web site for viewing films and television shows. The new Fancast.com will start in the summer and allow users to view shows on demand on television, the Internet or mobile devices.”
  • YouTube to Post Presidential Candidate Videos
  • Chicago Tribune reports, “InfoWorld, a 29-year-old computer magazine, is publishing its final print copies. Death is attributed to plummeting print revenues and declining readership. The magazine’s online version, however, is thriving. Killing off print to focus on online is seen as a growing trend.”
  • Reuters reports, “New York Times Co. investors should not expect the Sulzberger family to change the way it runs the company despite pressure to scrap its dual-class share structure, says advisor Steven Rattner of the Quadrangle Group. Going private would only create new problems, he says.”
  • “Technorati, a blog search and ranking site, is acquiring The Personal Bee, a news aggregator that lets people organize and share content around specific topics.”
  • New York Times reports, “CBS News plans to install a new level of editorial oversight to its Web site since revelations that the CBS anchor Katie Couric read a plagiarized commentary on the site last week. CBS News execs say they are stunned that anyone would so blatantly copy someone else’s work.”
  • “A new report from Nielsen/NetRatings reveals that network Web sites are seeing much of their traffic from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., with NBC.com leading the rankings.” Also, B&C reports, “NBC affiliates are expected to get a new media player on their Web sites this summer.”
  • From a reader: “Re Obama. Obama likes Cameron a lot. When Obama made his first trip to New Hampshire, he basically told Obama’s people that their preparations were inadequate — telling them to double the size of venues booked, etc. He was right. And I understand that Obama made a point of thanking him during the trip.”
  • Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “High-profile candidates and the accelerated pace of the 2008 presidential election campaign have drawn the public into the race earlier than in past election cycles.”
  • DCRTV reports, “A WAMU source tells someone who tells DCRTV that the American University public radio news talker has ‘lost their last reporter. They have a news director with no news staff.’”
  • Also from DCRTV: “The National Labor Relations Board has issued a complaint against CNN, upholding unfair labor practice charges by the National Association Of Broadcast Employees And Technicians-CWA, contending that the cable network illegally tore up union contracts for field camera crews and other technical workers serving its DC and NYC news bureaus in 2003.”
  • NBC announced, “The NBC News Broadcast is the Only Network Evening Newscast Honored with the Prestigious Award.”
  • Dean Starkman asks, “What Would The Audit Do?”

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  • Politico Changes

    We’re hearing of some, shall we say, ‘employee reshuffling’ over at the Politico…What’s going on over there?”

    >UPDATE: Although we’ve reported some of this already (Bruce Drake, for instance), the number of Politico’s employees hired during the Capitol Leader phase who have moved on to other things (including photo editor Pat Ryan, most recently) is three.

    Also, former Postie Bob Reeder has been hired by the Politico for short term to oversee photo overhaul.

    Bruce Drake Steps Down From M.E. Position At Politico

    FishbowlDC has learned that the Politico’s Managing Editor, Bruce Drake, is stepping down from that position, but will serve as a consultant for the Politico for at least a few months.

    You’ll recall that Drake was hired during the “Capitol Leader” phase of the Politico and we’ve seen several people, including Marty Tolchin, take on revised roles in Politico World. It is likely that Drake’s new position within the organization is a similar revision.