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This Week In Pool Reports

The holidays and the primaries have given us a backlog of pool reports, but there are some gems in here, including holiday plans, the royal treatment of the presidential pups, and the “biggest bling” the Secret Service has ever seen.

  • “President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice lighted candles and stood silently in the grotto, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, down steep stone steps beneath the altar of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. A guide named below explained the setting but neither Bush nor Rice said anything there audible to your pool.” — Mark Silva, Chicago Tribune

  • Peres made some highly complimentary comments to POTUS, saying that POTUS has ‘introduced character into politics,’ and then discussed the peace process. Transcript coming. POTUS joked back to Mr. Peres that he was ‘following your example,’ prompting Mr. Peres to remark, ‘Be careful.’ POTUS then said, ‘I come as an optimistic person and as a realistic person. I come with high hopes.’” — Jon Ward, Washington Times

  • “No news, except this bipartisan shocker: Rahm Emanuel will be with POTUS all day today. (No, he didn’t fly in on the plane.) Your pool will refrain from smart aleck remarks.” — Sheryl Stolberg, New York Times

  • “Your bleary eyed pool reported at 7:15 a.m. for a Saturday morning of vicarious exercise. We loaded into the 13-vehicle motorcade at 7:25 for some quality van time. POTUS, wearing a bright blue biking jacket, climbed into his SUV at 8:23. Two bicycles, emblazoned with ‘United States of America,’ were mounted on a backup vehicle. The trip to the Secret Service training facility in Beltsville was uneventful. The exerciser in chief and his entourage entered the Beltsville complex at 8:48 while his journalistic camp followers trooped into the visitor’s center and sampled its culinary delights.” — Dave Cook, The Christian Science Monitor

  • “At Camp David with the president and first lady, according to the White House, are their twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna; the first lady’s mother, Jenna Welch; the president’s sister, Doro Bush Koch, and her family; and the
    president’s brother, Marvin, and his family. ‘Like most Americans,’ Perino said, the president was ‘enjoying time with his family.’” — Bob Hillman, Politico

  • “Earlier, your pool arrived on the plane to find the presidential pooches, Barney and Miss Beazley, scampering about the press cabin. The door to the guest cabin was open and, in a new spirit for the new year, White House staff accomodated your pool’s request for a tour. The president’s housekeeper sat the dogs in the comfy cabin chairs: Beazley
    scampered onto the table to sniff the array of candies and M and Ms.
    Those dogs ride in style.” — Stolberg

  • “Ed spent the weekend at the ranch and was initiated in the protocol of presidential brush-clearing to make a path for the biker-in-chief. ‘I did not get to use the chain saw,’ says the counselor. ‘I was relegated to the raking. New guy.’ The Bushes spent New Year’s eve with two other couples, friends from Texas. The girls and Jenna Welch had already gone. They did not stay up to watch the motorcycle dude fly across the football field, as did your pooler (and as did Gillespie himself, in the staff trailer on the ranch, after grilling some steaks with other staffers.)” — Stolberg

  • “Some color now on the enormous bling given to POTUS at the palace, after the receiving line and before the meeting. It is a large encrusted necklace with a medallion at the bottom — the medallion was handcrafted by skilled artisans with 18K gold, and it has a handpainted enamel American flag. The necklace is set with hundreds of natural, precious rubies, emeralds and diamonds. Secret Service called it the biggest bling they’ve ever seen–photogs came up with official bling of the highest order.” — Ward

  • “At 7:33 POTUS came through a door across the room from us, and an officer said, ‘Attention on deck.’ All the sailors stood, and the officer said, ‘At ease.’ The sailors broke into loud and enthusiastic applause as POTUS walked into the room and waved to them. POTUS then walked to the chow line and joined in with a few sailors — he grabbed a plate and deposited pancakes and bacon on the plate, adding a generous dose of syrup to the flapjacks. He stood in chow line next to Seaman Kevin Key, an intel specialist from Wisconsin, and said, ‘Smile, your mother may be watching,’ prompting laughter from press and some sailors who heard. POTUS also joked with photographer Pablo Monsivais of the AP, seeing him and saying, ‘Pablooo.’ He also spoke to Matt Spetalnick of Reuters, saying ‘thank you for all the suggestions, I can figure out what to eat,’ after Matt and another reporter suggested he scoop up some eggs or fruit.
    POTUS then sat down at a table in the middle of the room, and the pool was ushered out.” — Ward

  • “Having just experienced the joys myself of a dry state in Kuwait, I was also interested to learn that in Bahrain, Wednesday night is when things go wild. That’s because many Saudis drive across the causeway connecting the two countries to escape their countries’ alcohol ban.” — Ward

  • “After touching down at the Al Asyl Landing Zone, our caravan wends down a straight but hilly road thru desert, a few camels on the right, another incomg helo about to land. Tufts of grass among the sand. A group of four horses further along on the other side. Vast areas of nothing and noone except three riders on horseback along other side of fence-fences lining parts of roadway. The road changes from paved and becomes all wet sand. Rain is now dripping all over the van windshield, yet there is a hazy backlight illuminating the clouds.” — Jane Aaron, Chicago Jewish News

  • “The Crown Prince shows POTUS aprx six falcons which are perched on stands about a foot off the ground in the left center area. The Crown Prince picks one up and pets it and POTUS also admires and strokes the bird. The men spend time enjoying the creatures and then turn to a small tent perpindicular to the first one.” — Aaron

  • Morning Reading List, 12.27.07

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  • Most of you spent more than $400 on holiday presents.

    NEWSPAPERS

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “In the beleaguered newspaper industry, one chief executive has long stood out as the golden boy: Gary Pruitt. He skillfully managed the McClatchy Co. chain and last year engineered the $4.6 billion takeover of Knight Ridder Inc., one of the largest in the history of the business.”

  • Following our item yesterday, FishbowlDC heard from Post ombudsman Deb Howell, who confirmed that she’s staying at the Post for a third year.

  • In case you were wondering, “Fishwrap vs. Fishbowl” — there is no connection.

  • Mike Allen’s Playbook reports, “OOPS: A reporter was kept off Clinton’s press charter today because the reporter didn’t have her ID.”

  • The New York Times reports, Sylvan Fox, the first ‘rewrite man’ to be singled out for a Pulitzer Prize, died on Saturday at New York University Medical Center. Mr. Fox, who also worked as a reporter and editor for The New York Times, was 79 and lived in Manhattan.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Free news online will cost journalism dearly”

  • Check out Omnivoracious’ “Reviewing the Reviewers

  • WTOP’s Mark Segraves will start writing a monthly column for Hill Rag papers, the first one will be in January.

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    TV

  • From DCRTV:

      Yes, that’s DC TV and radio veteran Frank Herzog (right) in the new “National Treasure 2: Book Of Secrets” movie. The current WTOP news anchor, who used to be the radio voice of the Redskins and a sports anchor at Channels 9 and 7, appears with star Nicolas Cage, who is talking to the president, played by Bruce Greenwood, at his birthday party at Mount Vernon. As they are looking at a map at George Washington’s home, Herzog walks up and says: “Happy Birthday, Mr. President,” and the president says: “Thanks, Frank.” Also, Herzog played a dance contest judge in 2006′s “Step Up,” which was filmed in Baltimore…..

  • The Washington Times reports, “The Federal Communications Commission doesn’t need a procedural overhaul, despite criticism from Capitol Hill as well as commission Democrats, Commissioner Robert M. McDowell told reporters last week.”

  • The AP reports, “The Republican chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is disputing Democratic assertions that a new rule loosening restrictions on media ownership is full of loopholes and will lead to a wave of mergers and fewer choices for consumers.”

  • TVNewser reports, “MSNBC’s Chris Matthews is back in Washington for Hardball, but he began his day in New York, guesting on Morning Joe, sans Scarborough. As Willie Geist and Mika Brzezinski were thanking Chris for his appearance he jumped in and gave a classic Matthews yelp. ‘This is the greatest show in the morning. This is better than Imus! Haaaa.’”

  • Inside Cable News is just wondering — is this TMI?

  • A release announced, “Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby daily tracking polls in Iowa kick off today with one of the most competitive presidential elections in modern history just around the corner. This partnership brings together the biggest and the best in the news and polling industries, teaming up Reuters – one of the largest news agencies in the world — with one of the most renowned pollsters in the world, and C-SPAN, the groundbreaking source for news about our federal government.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Romney Takes Break From Bird-Flapping to Call Out Carl Cameron”

  • TVNewser reports, “ABC will be setting aside a Saturday night of entertainment programming next week and will air back-to-back Republican and Democratic candidate debates. Moderated by ABC’s Charles Gibson, the debates will take place in New Hampshire Saturday, Jan. 5 and are being produced in conjunction with Facebook and WMUR-TV. During the debates, Facebook users will be able to participate in groups, which will ‘provide a companion to the televised debates.’”

  • Huffington Post reports,Chris Matthews Imitates Vampires, Flunks Geography”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Talking Points Memo reports, “Bill Clinton Was Kinda Right, Media Is Obsessed With Horse-Race And Is Toughest On Hillary.” (Hat Tip Playbook)

  • Huffington Post’s Jay Rosen writes, “The Hill Restores Armstrong Williams to Legitimacy. Why?”

  • Machinist presents, “The year in technology”

  • A reader writes in, “DUUUUDE!!! That was the most unhappiest of ‘happy hour’ clips of all time. Thanks for sending me into a dark hole of despair for Christmas, Gavin!!” Whoops.

  • The Seattle Times reports, “When Jim Romenesko isn’t running the premier Web page about journalism-industry news, he is monitoring two other subjects: unusual news stories at ObscureStore.com and the world’s largest coffee-shop chain at StarbucksGossip.com.”

  • CBS’ Chip Reid shares, “Five Things I Learned in Ten Days With Edwards”

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    RADIO

  • News Busters reports, “Once again, those class-warring liberals are organizing a luxury cruise. This time, it’s National Public Radio talk show host Diane Rehm.” For more info, click here.

  • WTOP reports, “When President Bush appeared with D.C. firefighters after the fire at the Old Executive Office Building, it wasn’t by chance. Not that anybody thought it was, but it wasn’t orchestrated by the West Wing press office either. It was the brain child of D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson Alan Etter.”

  • In the latest installment of Blogs The Famous Media Reads, His Extremeness presents XM’s Rebecca Roberts.

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    JOBS

  • Bisnow on Business is seeking a smart, experienced and energetic editor.

  • The New Republic is looking for reporter-researchers for the 2008-2009 internship program.

  • The Society of American Florists has a great job for a newbie writer-editor.

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  • This Week In Pool Reports

    Hopped up pine cones decorate the White House this holiday season, Miss Beazley is lonely, Barney is packing on the holiday pounds and who knew attending church is so expensive?

  • “The president, accompanied by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson, stood in front of the fireplace. The mantle was festooned with greenery, gold ornaments, and gigantic pine cones that looked like they had been on steroids.” — Dave Cook, Christian Science Monitor

  • “After his meeting, Bush allowed the pool in at the bottom. When we arrived, he was sitting at the head of a U-shaped table. You will have the transcript shortly; the only unscripted moment came at the end when Bush ignored a shouted question about Iran’s demand for an apology but grinned broadly. ‘You can mark down I chuckled,’ he said.” — Michael Abramowitz, Washington Post

  • “First honoree was Scorsese. Kind words offered by Cameron Diaz, Francis Ford Coppola and Robert DeNiro. Ms. Diaz said Scorsese’s genius lies in his ‘understanding of the depth and disturbance of people’s ambitions.’ Said DeNiro to Scorsese: ‘If you were directing me tonight I would have already whacked Steve Martin.’” — Ken Herman, Cox Newspapers

  • “Rev. Leon also reminded all that it’s budget time at Saint John’s and pledge cards conveniently were placed in the programs. For the math challenged, the card includes a handy by-income annual gift chart. For example, if your annual household income is $150,000, your ‘approximate annual gift’ would be $4,500 if you opt for 3 percent and $15,000 if you opt for 10 percent. Please submit your cards ‘as soon as possible,’ says Rev. Leon, ‘so we can prepare a sober budget for our parish.’ Which brings us back to today’s attempted pool-report theme, which is sobriety and why it’s good for you. By way of theme development, we note these schedule items in the church program. On Wednesday, there is an AA meeting at noon and, at 7 p.m., a champagne tasting. Ideally, nobody will be at both events.” — Herman

  • “While all of you were still sound asleep (you missed a spectacular sunrise, plus a wicked cool pattern of vapor trails in the cold blue sky over the White House), your pool was herded into press vans on the South Lawn. Your commander in chief, unlike you, was not abed (no visions of sugarplums dancing in his head). He was in the Sit Room at 7:30 a.m. (not clear if there was a ‘situation,’ or whether he was there in a suit, his biking outfit, or a bathrobe). No word if he talked on the Maxwell Smart Code of Silence phone there, either.” — Joseph Curl, Washington Times

  • Two Marine One choppers flew the river as the motorcade crossed the bridge, fueling speculation that the President would, as rumored, head off to catch the noon Army-Navy game in Baltimore. But as The Most Powerful Man in the World waited at the light at 14th and C Street, press wrangler Chris Byrne said nuh uh, full lid coming. As the stream of suspicious black vehicles turned onto Pennsylvania Avenue, the standers on the sidewalks figured out who was behind the tinted windows of the SUV loaded with Trek bikes, and waved. It was noted in the Press One van that every one of them waved with all five fingers. Back at the White House, Miss Beazley sat alone in the sun on the South Lawn next to a soccer ball, and got quite yappy as passersby petted the portly Barney.” — Curl

  • This Week In Pool Reports

    Ummm… does Martin Sieff have a crush on Condi, or is it just us?

  • “President Bush and Salvadoran President Antonio Saca wore dark suits andblue ties as they made statements to the press pool in the Oval Office, although they took no questions. Mr. Bush, who also wore black cowboy boots, glanced occasionally at some Sharpie scrawlings on the back of a white cardon an end table. He seemed in high spirits. The fireplace behind the two leaders was festooned with pine roping, gold ornaments and pine cones the size of footballs. Elsewhere in the Oval, a Christmas tree was decorated with elaborately frosted cookies shaped like squirrels, bears and moose. In the shadow of the tree sat Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Press Secretary Dana Perino stood behind the president’s desk.” — Bill Sammon, Washington Examiner

  • “A radiant and beaming secretary of State Condoleezza Rice hosted the dinner, attended by a galaxy of Middle East diplomats, notables, and American experts.” — Martin Sieff, UPI

  • “Dana Perino took time away from her turkey to brief a few lucky poolersabout President Bush’s Thanksgiving plans. The President telephoned 12 U.S. servicemen and women from Camp David towish ‘happy thanks’ to them and their families, Perino said, telling them ‘how proud he is of them.’ She said he asked for God’s blessing on the
    members of the military he called. Bush is spending the holiday with the First Lady, Barbara and Jenna, who celebrated a birthday this weekend, and Sec. Rice, plus Henry Hager and members of his family. ‘It’s a great sacrifice to be away from your children and if it wasn’t anoble cause he would not ask them to do it,’ she said. ‘He knows that it’s
    tough work but it’s necessary work and he is proud of them.’ She said Bush told them: ‘When you tell your parents you’ve been talkingwith the president, half of them will think you’re fibbing, but you can tell them its true.’” — Geoff Earle, New York Post

  • “The motorcade snaked along Main Street, past gawkers and a furniture store with a sign out front that said, ‘Welcome President Bush — 10% Off Sale Today.’ Alas, bargain-hunter that he is, POTUS did not stop to peruse the credenzas.” — Peter Baker, The Washington Post

  • Morning Reading List, 11.13.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • You think The Washington Post’s reaction to Tim Page was too harsh.

  • Mitt Romney Loses Coveted Endless Simmer Endorsement”

  • Is that CBS’s Matthew Felling hosting the Kojo Nnamdi Show today?

  • Get ready for tomorrow’s Meet the Press party…and Rush Limbaugh?!?

  • New York Times presents, “Stray Questions for: P.J. O’Rourke

  • New York Post reports,Jack Ford, the son of the late President Gerald Ford, is teaming up with magazine entrepreneur Don Welsh to launch a new publishing company, Mountain Time Publishing.”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “Presidents and candidates have graced the covers of men’s style mags going back to John F. Kennedy, who posed in the Oval Office for the March 1962 issue of GQ. … For men, these magazines offer an opportunity to shape their images. … So why is a women’s fashion magazine a minefield for Hillary Clinton? It’s a double standard to be sure. A male candidate appearing in a men’s magazine is getting his message out. A female candidate appearing in a women’s magazine is falling into a stereotype and opening herself up to criticism for caring more about her looks than the issues.”

  • Reuters reports, “Investors punished shares of the Walt Disney Co and other large media companies on Friday after U.S. consumer sentiment hit a two-year low and sparked worries about cuts in advertising, analysts said.”

  • AP reports, “AOL, a subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. said Monday it purchased Yedda Inc., a social search question and answer service.”

  • Tech Check reports,Marc Andreessen Warns ‘Old Media’ Over Writers’ Strike”

  • Mel Karmazin, chief executive officer of Sirius Satellite Radio, met with the Tribune editorial board Wednesday to discuss the proposed merger of Sirius with XM Satellite Radio, shock jock Howard Stern and the intense competition in media markets.” Check it out here.

  • Andrew Sullivan speaks candidly” to Jennie Rothenberg Gritz “about why he supports Barack Obama, how he became a blogger, and why he’s not afraid to change his mind.”

  • Ad Age reports,Peggy Northrop is leaving her post as editor in chief at More magazine to become editor in chief of Reader’s Digest”

  • Washington Times reports, “Hollywood producer Joel Surnow dismissed as ‘nuts’ the notion that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton can be elected president and said he and other conservatives in the entertainment industry are leaning toward supporting Republican Rudolph W. Giuliani’s presidential campaign.”

  • Redding News Review won its first “Black Web Award.” Congrats!

  • The PEJ Talk Show Index for the week of Oct. 28-Nov. 2, 2007 shows, “Thanks in part to the Democrats’ spirited debate in Philadelphia, last week was the biggest week of the year for the presidential campaign in the universe of radio and cable talk shows. The main course was the Democratic front runner who got carved up by hosts and pundits of various political stripes.”

  • The Independent reports, “The editor of ‘Time’ magazine, Richard Stengel, tells Ian Burrell why even his publication can’t afford to stand still if it wants to compete in an increasingly hi-tech industry.”

  • Journalism.co.uk reports, “Ifra will launch a vertical search engine for the newspaper industry in January, its CEO claimed.”

  • AP reports, “The first lead story on MinnPost.com, a new daily news site, is a 1,400-word report on the Minnesota Democratic Party’s finances. It’s not the kind of flashy tidbit guaranteed to goose online traffic. But flash isn’t the idea at MinnPost, a venture staffed mostly by recent casualties of newspaper downsizing.”

  • Internet News reports, “A few years ago, it might have seemed far-fetched to imagine representatives from traditional media stalwarts like The New York Times and MTV Networks urging others to follow their lead in adapting to survive an evolving online environment. But the times, they are a-changing.”

  • Check out Nick Sweezey’s contestant interview from Jeopardy!

  • Reason’s Marty Beckerman interviews Matt Taibbi, “Rolling Stone’s controversial chief political reporter on Campaign 2008, following Hunter S. Thompson, and his new book.”

  • WTTG launched a new Web site. Check it out here.

  • CNN reports, “The man who revealed that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA said that he was ‘extraordinarily foolish’ to leak her name. Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage was a source of the CIA leak to columnist Robert Novak. Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in an interview broadcast Sunday that he did not realize Plame was a covert agent when he discussed her with syndicated columnist Robert Novak.”

  • The Boston Globe reports, “As the television writers’ strike slowly gnaws its way through the TV grid, the question arises: What else is there to watch? Doesn’t Al Gore have some kind of television channel, among his many worthy pursuits? Maybe nobody there’s on strike.”

  • The New Republic’s Michael Crowley writes about, “Clinton’s strategy for crushing the media.”

  • Randy Bennett, Vice President of Audience and New Business Development for the Newspaper Association of America writes about the new Imagining the Future of Newspapers Blog. “We asked 22 of some of the more insightful thinkers we know to provide their perspectives on how newspapers can shape their own future. Some are currently employed by newspapers, but most are outside observers (analysts, futurists, academics, customers, etc.) without a vested interest in the success or failure of new business or journalistic approaches. There were no restrictions. All were free to write on any aspect of the newspaper business and offer up positive or negative prognoses. The goal: stimulate ideas and discussions about the newspaper franchise 5-10 years from now. We will be posting several commentaries a day (to give you time to digest) over the next week.”

  • The New York Times’ Public Editor writes,Sheryl Gay Stolberg, who covers the White House for The Times, gets a steady stream of complaints from readers about a curious issue. These readers, like Susan Lonsinger of Bakersfield, Calif., object to the fact that The Times refers to President Bush as Mr. Bush on second and later references in news articles. They think that’s disrespectful and that he should always be called President Bush.”

  • Deborah Howell writes, “A new president will be elected a year from now. Voters will look to the mainstream media, to alternative bloggers and to the candidates’ Web sites to help decide who that president will be. A perennial complaint is that the media cover politics too much as a horse race instead of reporting more on the candidates’ backgrounds, where they stand on issues and how they would lead the nation. But is it true? I intend to find out — at least at The Post — and report back to readers.”

  • The Columbia Tribune reports, “Consider the name: Pulitzer. Joseph Pulitzer and the prize named after him enjoy recognition and respect, especially in this town, home to the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism. But how many people, including working journalists, know and appreciate the rich stories — both human and historical — behind those coveted gold medals? As it turns out, not very many, said Roy Harris Jr. — the author of ‘Pulitzer’s Gold’ — whose book fills a huge gap of knowledge about the coveted Public Service awards given for coverage of some of the biggest stories of the past 90 years, including the Ponzi scheme, the Great Depression, civil rights, Watergate, the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and Hurricane Katrina.”

  • “FBNY discusses Slovenia, the age gap in comedy, the profitability of print media and a few other things” with The Onion’s Scott Dikkers.

  • CNN.com reports, “So, what exactly is news in a virtual world? CNN has opened an I-Report hub in the virtual world of Second Life. CNN aims to find out by opening an I-Report hub in Second Life, a three-dimensional virtual world created entirely by its residents.”

  • The New York Times reports, “The Federal Communications Commission is preparing to impose significant new regulations to open the cable television market to independent programmers and rival video services after determining that cable companies have become too dominant in the industry, senior commission officials said.”

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  • This Week In Pool Reports

    You can’t tell us a drunk, unnamed screech owl does not provide amusing imagery.

  • “After the travel pool left the Inn at Perry Cabin we waited a short time to join the presidential motorcade leaving the Cheneys
    residence. White House aides informed us that Maryland Crab Cakes were served at lunch, an important distinction for some of the local correspondents in tow. The president and pool left St. Michaels a little ahead of schedule. Pool landed at Fort McNair around 2:30 p.m., and returned to White House around 2:50 p.m., when Lid was called.” — Jason Dick, CongressDaily

  • “Short helicopter ride from the Beltsville Secret Service facility across the Chesapeake Bay was uneventful save pooler’s memories of untold hours on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge dreaming of salt water taffy or crab cakes while stuck in traffic. A sizable crowd met President Bush at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Before discussing the executive order he would soon sign, the president pointed out to the crowd of fishing enthusiasts, journalists, bystanders and girl scouts that First Lady Laura Bush had skipped the event and had headed to the St. Micheal’s weekend home of Vice President Dick Cheney ahead of their later scheduled lunch. ‘I guess you could say she’s the taster,’ Bush said, to laughter.” — Dick

  • “Bush told the crowd he would be heading out to do a little fishing, because, referring to Cheney, ‘The Secret Service won’t let me go hunting with him,’ likely referring to Cheney’s infamous 2006 hunting accident, when he shot his friend Henry Whittington in Texas while quail hunting.” — Dick

  • “After a short helicopter ride to the Secret Service training facility in Beltsville, Maryland, and a swift motorcade to the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge grounds, President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush took a brief tour of the Patuxent Research Refuge before connecting at about 8:45 a.m. with the travel pool at Cash Lake and meeting a screech owl. The screech owl was tended to by Glenn Olsen, the veterinary medical officer at the research center. The screech owl, looking a bit sleepy and wary of the dozens of visitors and cameras, has no name, your pool was informed. The reason? He’s a research animal and they don’t get names here at the Patuxent facility. He is also not endangered and is quite common in the eastern United States, the president was informed by Olsen. The reason for the nameless screech owl’s apparent drowsiness, we were informed, is he is primarily a nocturnal creature, prompting Bush’s first early morning quip for the pool: ‘Like the press corps. They sleep by day and fly by night.’” — Dick

  • “Bush is lunching with biz leaders at the Whole Hog Cafe. They are in a back room around a big table. Bush had what appeared to be a heaping plate o’ barbecue. Pool was shown in very briefly at the top. ‘I’m looking forward to some good northwest Arkansas barbecue,’ the president said. And ‘the longer you take my picture, the less time I have to eat it.’ As we were getting the old heave-ho, the president added his usual admonishment to ‘stop off at the counter and buy something. Put some money in the local economy.’ — Julie Mason, Houston Chronicle

  • This Week In Pool Reports

    Some leftover Aussie details, POTUS makes a new friend and say cheese!

  • “POTUS and the other leaders emerged from the Sydney Opera House at about 1:15 p.m. in brown Drizabone (it’s a trade name — www.drizabone.com.au) coats, just above the knee, with different colored collars: pink, blue, green and yellow. POTUS had blue. The coats had APEC Austalia 2007, with the APEC star logo embroidered on the left side, near the lapel.” — Sheryl Stolberg, New York Times

  • “After a bit more rustling, a voice from the back of the press corps, which numbered about 200: ‘Okay, Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m Matt, the house photographer. Let’s see a big smile.’ At which point POTUS smiled, but not a hearty smile, more a forced one. Someone shouted out and asked the leaders to wave, and they all did — all using their right hands, excpet for POTUS, who used his left. It was kind of a lame wave, about halfway up his body. One leader wore a matching hat: Stephen Harper of Canada. POTUS apparently knew better.” — Stolberg

  • “Just a photo op. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was already in the room admiring the view with Australian PM John Howard when POTUS arrived. Howard let out a robust, ‘Morning, George,’ to which Bush replied, ‘How are you?’ Howard then asked, ‘Did you sleep well?’ but your pool could not hear the president reply.” — Maura Reynolds, Los Angeles Times

  • “The rooftop executive lounge had a stunning view of Sydney harbor, with the bridge to the left and a more or less top-down view of the roof of the Opera House. A table was set up in the glassed-in corner with fruit plates already laid. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab entered after Bush to accompany him at the breakfast.” — Reynolds

  • “It took a South Korean president to make POTUS and Putin look best friends again. Lots of warm words, jokes and consensual language in brief press remarks after their meeting. POTUS looked relieved.” — Andrew Ward, The Financial Times

  • Condoleezza Rice was caught in the press scrum leaving the room, commenting to no-one in particular that she was hurrying to catch a ride. But she was stopped in her tracks by Putin, who was lingering outside the room. ‘Condi! Condi!’ he called after her as she strode away. Rice turned back and the pair embraced warmly before going their separate ways.” — Ward

  • “US officials in the meeting: Rice, Jeffrey, Schwab, Price, Perino. Short, uneventful motorcades to and from the Marriot. We now have a lid, with POTUS back at the InterCon.” — Ward

  • Morning Reading List, 09.05.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington and Happy September.

  • You are not ready for summer to be over. We aren’t either.

  • Can you answer CQ’s Political Trivia? No peeking!

  • What did you think of the Politico’s redesign?

  • The Washington Post reports, “John Jay Geddie, 70, a reporter and editor who started a newspaper in Loudoun County three years ago, died Aug. 22 at Inova Fairfax Hospital of kidney failure and pneumonia related to treatment for skin cancer. He lived in Sterling.”

  • Spend an evening with Peter Bagge, reason’s resident cartoonist, tonight at 1747 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC. Doors open at 6.30 p.m.; program begins at 7 p.m. RSVP to mailto:events@reason.com

  • Getting Ready in the Granite State

  • It doesn’t happen often: Olbermann bests O’Reilly.

  • Politico’s Jonathan Martin is “venturing off the eaten path” with his new feature, Trail Mix. “Now I’m asking you to ensure that all my surprises are good ones. I want to hear about the best, most out-of-the-way kitchens in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.”

  • Felling to take a taste of Morning Joe.

  • B&C reports, “The Third Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in Philadelphia will not allow C-SPAN to televise the oral arguments in CBS’ challenge of the Federal Communications Commission’s indecency finding against the Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake Super Bowl reveal back in 2004.”

  • Some of you wondered what happened to the Politico’s planned “Welcome back to Congress” issue yesterday. One Politico’r explains: “The Tuesday issue was, in essence, a welcome back issue, focusing on all the fight ahead, as you can see from stories. We will not be doing big full special issues, rather more targeted and focused coverage of specific areas.”

  • See Martha Raddatz’s interview with Gen. Petraeus. This is Raddatz’s 14th trip to Iraq.

  • The media’s Katrina malpractice

  • Mediabistro is hosting “The Future of Design” tonight, a panel discussion on what’s driving change in the design industry. The event is 7-9 pm at Cooper Union’s Wollman Auditorium, 51 Astor Place in New York. Cash bar reception to follow at Central Bar, 109 E. 9th Street. For more info, click here.

  • The DC Metro Moms Blog officially announced yesterday. It is a collaborative group of moms writing about their lives in Washington, D.C. Check it out here.

  • Jessica Taylor is starting as a Staff Writer/Online Producer at NationalJournal.com this week.

  • From the College Democrats Weekly Update 9/2/2007: “The UF College Democrats have received an invitation to see Helen Thomas speak in Orlando! On Friday, September 21 at 7 p.m., Helen Thomas, White House correspondent and author, will give a talk at the Orlando Public Library. … Tickets are $50 for non-library card holders.”

  • A reader points out this goof on the CBS Evening News: “Couric is in Iraq, got an intv with Bush. Swell, right? They ran the package and an audio track was missing on playback so we couldn’t hear the natural sound (troops cheering, etc.) AND at least one Bush soundbite had no audio so we could see him talking but couldn’t hear anything. This was the trip that was supposed to boost ratings…right? Whoops.”

  • A reader provides clarification on this, pointing out that podcasts are completely separate from paid downloads. Providers of paid downloads make a deal with iTunes for the programs to be sold at the iTunes online store. Providers of podcasts host the programs on their own sites — and iTunes simply provides links to the podcasts, grouped by subject or provider. So there is no “deal” regarding podcasts between iTunes and the vast majority of podcast producers, meaning you will still be able to get the MTP podcast on iTunes.

  • The Independent’s Stephen Glover writes, “The press has a new growth area — writing about itself on Wikipedia.”

  • Vanity Fair’s Michael Wolff writes, “In every newsperson, not just Rupert Murdoch, there’s the dream of owning a newspaper—my paper. This retro dream is why, for the past six months, every Wednesday morning, I’ve been on a conference call about the subject of software design and digital engineering as it relates to the news. Although the discussion is specifically about how to make the news exciting (come on, guys, if it bleeds it ledes), it is often as tedious an hour as any I remember from high-school math. I’ve been able, however, using the mute button, to shower during these calls.”

  • AP’s David Bauder writes, “South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson turned to Woodruff for a ‘Nightline’ report on his recovery and return to public life this week following a brain hemorrhage. The Democrat probably figured no other reporter would better understand what he went through. Woodruff has quietly returned to work full time at ABC following the January 2006 bombing in Iraq that nearly killed him, already traveling to Cuba, Syria and throughout the United States to report stories.”

  • Over Labor Day weekend, PolitiFact.com was launched, “a new Web site from the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly that scrutinizes the accuracy of claims made by presidential candidates.”

  • CJR takes a look at Talking Points Media.

  • Check out TVNewser’s five questions with Fox News Channel’s Carl Cameron, the host of a GOP Presidential debate tomorrow night.

  • Freelance Switch offers this PSA: “The 10 Biggest Mistakes Freelancers Make, and How to Avoid Them.”

  • Salon has a confessional from a gossip addict.

    Jobs

  • The Hill newspaper is looking for an Online Video Producer.

  • The United States State Department is looking for a U.S. Diplomat/Foreign Service Officer.

  • www.HealthCentral.com is looking for a Web content producer.

  • Farmworker Justice is looking for a Communications Coordinator.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Supervising Senior Producer, All Things Considered, a Research Manager, Special Projects and a Listener Corespondence Supervisor.

  • Al Jazeera English is looking for a Package Producer, an Editor of the Day and a News Editor.

  • DISCUS is hiring a public relations manager with strong interest in luxury consumer goods PR. Three to five years public relations/special event/journalism experience required. $50K+ and outstanding benefits. Fax, e-mail or mail resume with cover letter to: FAX: 202-682-8896, HR@discus.org or Human Resources, 1250 Eye Street NW Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005.

  • Congressional Quarterly is hiring a Politics Reporter, a Social Policy Editor, a Multimedia Web Producer and a Homeland Security Reporter.

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  • This Week In Pool Reports

    This week in the pool reports, POTUS has car trouble, he passes up the chance to try jump rope and there is a Polish Barney.

  • “President Bush used his appearance at the Hispanic prayer breakfast to keep up the pressure for a comprehensive immigration reform package. It was a welcome message to a friendly audience of Latino religious leaders, given in a familiar formulation and between bouts of presidential throat-clearing. Seasonal allergies or a cold, perhaps?” — Todd J. Gillman, Dallas Morning News

  • “The motorcade had a military helo escort to Fiumicino Rome International Airport, and, surprise, surprise, as Gomer Pyle would say — the 747 AFOne awaited us, after we had been told the runway was too short in Albania for big bird. Maybe a rich uncle built a runway this week? We do share core values.” — Mark Silva, Chicago Tribune

  • “The motorcade from the Vatican to the U.S. embassy moved through busy downtown streets lined with curious onlookers, many packing digital cameras. Dozens and dozens of cops also lined the route. And, here at least, there were no signs of the strong anti-Bush sentiment that pervades this country. Not far from the embassy, the president’s car stalled, stopping the motorcade for maybe five minutes. It eventually started back up and completed the trip. But right at the embassy gates, the limo had troublesqueezing through gate so Bush got out, reportedly waved to the crowd and walked in.” — Michael Fletcher, Washington Post

  • “Teeny news flash: ‘Fine thanks,’ POTUS says, asked how he feels. But he doesn’t look it.” — Sheryl Stolberg, New York Times

  • “We drove down some winding roads to reach the Polish president’s spectacular seaside retreat. It is very wooded — sort of the Polish Camp David — but right on the sea, which is truly sparkling. President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria, along with their dog Titus, a black Barney lookalike, greeted Potus and Flotus at the centerpiece building of this five villa estate.” — Stolberg

  • “Bush spent about a half an hour at the new facilities of the Boys and Girls Club of South Central Kansas, which are very impressive. As we awaited POTUS entry into the spanking new gymnasium, AP White House reporter Deb Reichmann took an impressive whirl in the jump rope line, but Bush declined an offer to join in when he showed up. ‘No thank you,’ he laughed. He noted to one little girl, ‘Looks hard,’ and she concurred, ‘It’s hard.’” — Michael Abramowitz, Washington Post

  • Morning Reading List, 06.01.07

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  • You think tanning is not so much sexy, but cancer causing.

  • The Association of Health Care Journalists launched a new website.

  • Check out Norah O’Donnell on the forthcoming cover of Pregnancy magazine.

  • NPR Joins Appeal of Online Music Royalties

  • A reader tell us, “please note that the white house transcript referred to ‘Mr. Thomas.’ did helen get a sex change?”

  • CNN.com’s Beta Site Is Online

  • SPECIAL REPORT: As Cuts Trim News Pages and Newsrooms — What Gets Lost?

  • We hear that hardly any Politico’ers went to their own party at Lounge 201 Wednesday night.

  • This year’s BookExpo speech by Alan Greenspan “is off-limits to recording devices. Instead, the Maestro will speak directly to booksellers and publishing types — aided by an onstage Q&A conducted by his wife, NBC newswoman Andrea Mitchell.”

    <LI>”The Kaiser Media Fellowships in Health

  • A CNN release announced that for the network’s New Hampshire debates the first hour will have the “candidates address questions from CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, WMUR-TV political director Scott Spradling and New Hampshire Union Leader State House bureau chief Tom Fahey. In the second hour, candidates move from behind their lecterns to the front of the stage to field queries directly from an audience of more than 100 undecided registered voters.”

  • Are there no more standards in journalism?

  • Cox Newspapers reports, “While President Bush is in Europe next week for G8 meetings and several other stops, Press Secretary Tony Snow will remain stateside to talk to conservatives about the immigration bill backed by the president. Snow said his exact schedule remains a work in progress, but he will head out from Washington to speak at several events and on radio shows around the country.”

  • Luxury mags: So hot right now.

  • “The editors of Poynter Online have asked the Tidbits team to publish a series of posts exploring each of the winning projects and ideas” from the Knight News Challenge. “We’ll focus on what’s journalistically new or different about each project, how the grantees are getting started, why they think they were selected, likely opportunities and pitfalls — and questions that the grantees have for you, Tidbits readers!”

  • Eric Boehlert writes, “Isn’t former New York Times reporter Jeff Gerth writing the definitive book about Hillary Clinton sort of like Judith Miller deciding to write the definitive book about Iraq’s WMDs? It just doesn’t add up.”

  • “Gilmore Girl Lauren Graham graces the cover of Capitol File this season and confesses that she was thisclose to beating everyone’s favorite Hardballer on ‘Celebrity Jeopardy’ of all things. ‘I almost beat Chris Matthews on ‘Celebrity Jeopardy.’ He took me in the end, but I came close. He got me on opera; he knows everything about opera.’”

  • Book TV on C-SPAN2 announced today live coverage of BookExpo America starting at 8 a.m. ET on Saturday. C-SPAN also announced plans to air two, live “Road to the White House” events from Des Moines, Iowa starting today at 3:30 pm with an hour-long town hall with Sen. John McCain and employees at the Des Moines-based Nationwide Insurance Company.

  • The Bivings Report’s Steve Petersen has the details on Wednesday night’s journalism workshop at the Cleveland Park Library where “Nationally known writer and photographer Bill Adler and former MSNBC chief Washington correspondent turned freelance multimedia journalist Brock Meeks pitched the citizen driven hyper local news site NowPublic to attendees.”

  • A reader writes, “The pole-vaulter story ran the day after a holiday. The only surprise is that anybody would be surprised that the bar is lower for A1 stories the day-after a slow news day.”

  • PRWeek reports, “FAIR faces proposition of critiquing mainstream media, while also seeking coverage in such outlets.”

    Jobs

  • The Townsend Group is looking for a National Sales Manager.

  • National PR firm is looking for a Senior Account Executive/Account Manager.

  • Island Press is looking for a E-Content Editor.

  • Home Front Communications is looking for a Media Relations Specialist.

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