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Morning Reading List, 11.19.07

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  • National Journal reports, “Average time spent consuming news on a typical workday,” broken down by type of Washingtonian.

  • The Pew Talk Show Index for November 4-9 shows, Dennis Kucinich’s call to impeach Vice President Cheney made nary a blip with the general media last week but it was a big story on in the talk media, especially on the left side of the talk radio dial. Meanwhile the many angles of the 2008 campaign gave everyone grist to talk about.”

  • Deb Howell weighs in on Tim Page.

  • Media General D.C. Bureau Shuffle Cuts Staff, Expands Web

  • NYT on Shep Smith: “Fox Cable Guy Edges Into the Big Pay Leagues

  • When it comes to Newsweek’s hiring of Rove and DailyKos, CJR says they “couldn’t be more predictable.”

  • From DCRTV:

      Adrienne Mitchell will host a new show on DC-based XM Satellite Radio’s presidential election channel “POTUS ’08″ (XM-130) starting Monday, 11/19. The former WTOP anchor and editor will host “The Race” weekdays from 7 PM to 9 PM. The show will focus on the campaign news of the day, plus interviews with journalists and newsmakers…..

  • Inside Cable News & Brian Stelter: Together.

  • Jack Shafer on “Big Media Octopuses, Cutting Off Tentacles” and “Why Newspapers Love the Striking Screenwriters

  • Inside Cable News’ What’s Hot/What’s Not.

  • Local Oscar hopes for Sean and Andrea Nix Fine and Ted Leonsis.

  • Can you answer CQ’s political Trivia for November 16?

  • An RCN release announced, “RCN Corporation … will be a Corporate Partner of MLS Cup 2007, Major League Soccer’s Championship game between the New England Revolution and the Houston Dynamo, which will be held Sunday, November 18, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.”

  • “SAIS International Reporting Project (IRP) Fellows Libby Casey, a reporter with KUAC-FM in Fairbanks, Alaska; Eliza Barclay, a freelance print reporter in Mexico City; and Krista Kapralos, a reporter with the The Herald in Everett, Washington, will discuss their overseas reporting experiences. Members of the public should RSVP to IRP at irp@jhu.edu or 202.663.7726.”

  • Check out FNC’s Carl Cameron new blog from the campaign trail.

  • Huffington Post’s Eat The Press writes, “Nice Try, CBS, But Rather’s Lawsuit Has Merit”

  • The AP reports, “New York Times Co. said Friday its ad sales from continuing operations dipped 0.7 percent in October on softness in its publishing division. Total revenue from continuing operations edged up 1 percent.”

  • Matt Welch writes, “The funniest thing about anti-media activists — whoops, I mean “public interest groups” — is that their sky-is-falling brief against big media consolidation always (and I mean always) disintegrates on contact with what I like to call “personal experience.” As in, theirs. And mine.”

  • National Journal’s Bill Powers writes, “The leading candidate is a woman, and trailing her are a mixed-race man and a white man. Thus, the contest must be all about gender and race, right? Well, no. But that’s how the media coverage of the Democratic presidential race often reads.”

  • From Mike Allen’s Playbook, “The next time you stop by the White House press room, be sure to admire Julie Mason’s rocking ‘rocket-red’ ‘do. Ed Henry has a new 20-YEAR calendar. Playbook booked him for his birthday in 2009 – we were both open!”

  • Public Eye reports, “Game, set, match, asterisk. The contest/discussion about who or what will be Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ is over. It’s Steroids. Yesterday’s federal indictment of Barry Bonds only sealed the deal.”

  • Susan Katz Keating reports, “This just in… The New Republic is scrambling to fill ‘an immediate opening’ for an editor to run its fact-checking shop. What happened to the old fact-otum? Has the prior chief been banished in the wake of L’Affair Beauchamp? As you will recall, Scott Thomas Beauchamp, an Army private, created quite a stir with his wild stories of American soldiers misbehaving in Iraq. The stir became a scandal when it turned out the stories were fabricated. Now it looks as if TNR wants to make sure this type of thing doesn’t repeat itself.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes,Mimi Valdes Ryan has a tough job. On Nov. 5, she became the top editor of Latina, a magazine and Internet operation, which is run by Latina Media Ventures and caters to Hispanic women.”

  • TVNewser reports, “ABCNews.com Changes, Again”

  • The Huffington Post reports, “Why Does Fox News Favor Giuliani? Well, Lots Of Reasons”

  • Politico’s Ryan Grim looks into “The art of the leak”

  • Murdoch’s free WSJ.com could hurt parts of Dow

  • E&P reports, “It’s not often you see The New York Times’ editorial board joining forces with outsiders to promote political discussions. But that is just what the newspaper’s opinion-makers are doing through the ’10 Questions’ project, an online effort aimed at getting presidential candidates to answer YouTube-style questions chosen by online users.”

  • Guardian reports, “Gannett, the US newspaper chain, is to cut 45 jobs in the newsroom at its flagship title, USA Today. The paper will start with voluntary redundancies and then, if that doesn’t provide the full quota, it will demand mandatory redundancies.”

  • Wall Street Journal reports, “Google Inc. made a big splash last week with its new software for cellphones. But that’s far from the limit of the Internet giant’s wireless ambitions — which could include running its own mobile network.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “A key U.S. lawmaker urged Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin to delay his plans for a Dec. 18 vote on a media-ownership rule change that would benefit Tribune Co. and News Corp.”

  • FT.com reports,Rupert Murdoch’s six children are getting an early Christmas present after the family trust Mr Murdoch controls sold more than $360m worth of News Corp shares. The cash pay-out follows a $600m bonanza received by the siblings in February — at the time the biggest distribution of Mr Murdoch’s fortune.”

  • B&C reports, “Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) will be the first presidential candidate to picket personally with Hollywood’s striking writers”

  • Lisa de Moraes writes, “David Letterman’s overall audience with reruns was on par with the previous week with original episodes — 4 million viewers. And he gained eyeballs in TV’s key demographic groups, including the Holy Grail — the 18-to-49-year-olds.”

  • CNBC reports, “A video made by the Writers Guild is circulating the web. As of now, it’s been seen 111,000 times on Youtube. It dramatically argues that the studios are cashing in on digital distribution and the writers aren’t getting a penny.”

  • Beet TV reports, “The Nielsen numbers for online traffic at newspapers, which came out yesterday, show a significant jump in unique visitors to the NYTimes.com for October.”

  • New York Post reports, “The lucrative business of selling Web ads has become so fragmented — and easy to do — that even Martha Stewart has thrown her hat in the ring by setting up an online advertising network.”

  • Reuters reports, “Leading European publishers are coming to terms with what teenage boys and men have known for years — the Web beats magazines in grabbing their eyeballs.”

  • Business Week reports, “IAG delivers precise data on which TV ads are resonating. Now it’s headed online”

  • Folio reports, “Time Warner’s third quarter numbers were released recently, and while overall revenues rose nine percent over same period 2006—despite revenue declines from AOL—Time Inc.’s revenues were flat.”

  • Bed Bugs Found in Fox News Channel Newsroom

  • Poynter Online Steve Outing reports, “This week I gave a presentation to one of Sandra Fish’s journalism classes at the University of Colorado, Boulder. (It was an overview of social media and citizen journalism initiatives). I hadn’t been in front of a bunch of college students in a while, so I took the opportunity for a quick news-consumption quiz. I did a pretty good job of guessing in my head beforehand what the responses would be, but my prediction proved a little off when it came to print editions of newspapers.” Check out the results here.

  • E&P’s Greg Mitchell writes, “The New York Times Op-Ed page hasn’t been this hot in a long time. Now we are experiencing Columnist Wars, with Bob Herbert this week joining in a rapidly escalating battle between Paul Krugman and David Brooks – largely over an incident involving Ronald Reagan at a local fair over 27 years ago.”

  • Mother Jones reports, “With all the articles that have been written about the TV writers’ strike (how crappy the signs are, Eva Longoria’s strike breaking, neonatal guild members birthed onto the picket line, career-change opportunities for Hollywood hacks, and Dowd’s space filling), no attention has so far been paid to the real victims here.”

  • Washington Post reports, “Rupert Murdoch’s announcement this week that he expects to stop charging for access to the Wall Street Journal’s Web site is the latest example of a publisher giving up on the subscription-based business model — a significant shift in the evolution of online content.”

  • Fool.com reports, “Murdoch announced at a meeting of News Corp. shareholders Tuesday: ‘We … expect to make [WSJ.com] free, and instead of having 1 million [subscribers], having at least 10 [million to] 15 million in every corner of the earth.’”

  • Washington Post reports, “The District will have to renegotiate a proposed deal to bring broadcasting company Radio One to the city after D.C. Council members rejected a plan to give the developers city-owned land worth $6 million on which to build the project.”

  • B&C reports, “Veteran Fox News Channel critic Robert Greenwald (Outfoxed) opened a second front in his campaign against the top-rated cable news channel, this time aiming to get advertisers to drop their sponsorships.”

  • Wall Street Journal’s John Fund writes, “Lou Dobbs for President? Don’t laugh. After months of telling reporters that he “absolutely” would not consider leaving his highly-rated CNN show in which he crusades against free trade and illegal immigration, Mr. Dobbs posted a commentary on his Web site last week predicting a surprise new presidential candidate in 2008.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “CBS Corp., its chief executive and Chairman Sumner Redstone, said a lawsuit filed by former news anchor Dan Rather is an attempt to ‘settle old scores’ and should be dismissed because of its ‘far-fetched allegations.’”

  • AFP reports, “The emergence of ‘smartphones’ has put the Internet, music and videos in the palm of the consumer’s hand, but the technology will need a flow of advertising cash to reach its full potential.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “CBS Corp., owner of the most-watched television network, probably would take the biggest hit in a prolonged strike by TV and movie writers.”

    Jobs

  • The Magazine Group is looking for a Circulation Manager.

  • National Geographic Society is looking for an International Book Licensing Representative.

  • The Virginian-Pilot is looking for a Special Sections Editor.

  • International Center for Journalists is seeking a Training Editor — Persian.

  • Army Times Publishing Company is looking for a Reporter to cover Federal Government.

  • Maryland Beachcomber/Worcester County Times/Ocean Pines
    Independent is looking for a Paginator.

  • Worcester County Times is looking for a staff reporter.

  • National Public Radio is looking for an Editorial Director, NPR Digital Media.

  • Howard University is looking for a Director of Communications and a Publications Manager.

  • The Hill is looking for a Political Editor.

  • Edleman is looking for a New Media Account Supervisor.

  • BusinessWeek Magazine is looking for a Correspondent for business, money, policy and politics and a legal Correspondent.

  • Center for Independent Media is offering an Online News Fellowship

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    This Week In Pool Reports

    Protestors just seem to be as fun as they used to be, Bill Plante is a snazzy dresser and the POTUS breaks his own precedent.

  • “While answering audience questions that were read by a moderator, Vice President Cheney was heckled by an anti-war protestor wearing a T-shirt that said: ‘End the War in Iraq Now.’ She stood up at the back of a very large, very full banquet room (at least 1,000 people) and said, rather half-heartedly, ‘Don’t attack Iran!’ It was not clear whether Mr. Cheney even heard the woman, who was led away without a fuss. A few minutes later, another protester, this one a man, shouted something similar and was also ushered out peacefully. (Sorry, no red-painted hands or screams of ‘Don’t tase me, bro!’) The vice president appeared to hear the second heckler because he paused for a beat, although he made no mention of the interruption. As for Mr. Cheney’s remarks, he at one point said, ‘I’m not a big Jimmy Carter fan.’” — Bill Sammon, The Washington Examiner

  • “The pre-dusk drive took about five minutes, and the pool then held at the vans for a little over an hour. We were given little white bags with dinner, not candy, inside (though as we walked up the South Lawn driveway upon return, holding the little baggies, someone remarked that we did look like a horde of well-dressed trick-or-treaters descending upon the president to demand candy, not answers!). The dinners included either roast turkey or grilled vegetable sandwiches, depending on your luck. One pool member’s verdict on the veggie sandwiches: ‘Cold and mushy.’” — Jon Ward, Washington Times

  • “The protesters were our old friends Code Pink-Medea Benjamin and the now infamous Desiree ‘bloody hands’ Ali-Fairooz, along with a few others. Another person wearing a Bush mask, with blood on the chin, a ‘war criminal t-shirt,’ and a black cape, of all things, walked around giving the Nazi
    salute.” — Ward

  • “POTUS took the unprecedented step this morning of inviting the pool reporters, sans TV cameras, into the Oval Office for a preview of the speech he will give at the Heritage Foundation this afternoon. This was the first time he has invited reporters into the Oval Office for a small pen and pad like this. It was POTUS’ idea to do this.” — Ward

  • “Mr. Bush declined to answer a question by Bill Plante of CBS, although he did remark to the newsman: ‘I like the way the hanky matches the tie.’” — Sammon

  • “The president stopped at the cashier and picked up an order, apparently placed in advance. It included, in full, three racks of pork spare ribs, Saratoga chips (kettle fried), onion straws and the inn’s barbeque sauce, according to the press office. The president appeared to insist on paying, but left it to someone else to settle the bill. The president’s aide, Barry Jackson, a local, said the ribs were the best in the world. The president carried them in a large white paper sack back to the motorcade, which arrived at the airport uneventfully, though the friendly crowd at the gate had grown considerably. Air Force One departed at 7:30 p.m. and returned to Andrews at 8:30 p.m.” — Steven Lee Myers, New York Times

  • This Week In Pool Reports

    Vice President Cheney and his trip to Chicago takes center stage in this pool round-up. We can hardly think of a funnier sight than Cheney mobbed by little girls in the American Girl store.

  • “VPOTUS rode into Chicago in a 16-vehicle motorcade accompanied by more than a half-dozen police motorcycles. In traffic en route to the city, the motorcade passed a white van filled with school kids giggling and gesturing. ‘I Farted,’ said the hand-scribbled sign one held up to the window.” — Peter Baker, Washington Post

  • “It appeared, though, that for all the tough lines, VPOTUS took out a few of the toughest. An advance text of prepared remarks given to your pool ahead of time had him saying that “the new Democratic majority resembles nothing so much as the McGovernite Party of the early 1970s.” As delivered, though he still compared them to George McGovern, he dropped the words ‘McGovernite Party’ and said “that old party” instead. Likewise, the prepared text had VPOTUS mocking Sen. Harry Reid for claiming the American people supported the Democrats’ war supplemental. ‘Harry Reid may be the only man in America who thinks we need to spend millions of dollars fighting crickets in Nevada in order to win a war in Iraq,’ said the text. But VPOTUS skipped that in the actual speech.” — Baker

  • “Afterward, VPOTUS and Liz Cheney made an OTR stop at the American Girl Place around the corner to pick up a gift for her daughter’s seventh birthday party tomorrow. The place was jammed with mothers and daughters hunting for the latest American Girl dolls, clothes and storybooks. At first, many in the intense mob didn’t even recognize VPOTUS. But then a few noticed and began to swarm him. ‘The vice president’s here!’ someone called out. ‘Say, ‘Hi, Mr. Vice President,” another mother instructed her daughter. VPOTUS played blocking back, distracting the crowd by posing for photographs with little girls, two and three at a time, while Liz made her selections.” — Baker

  • “VPOTUS, reserved as ever in a crowd, nonetheless took on all comers, agreeably shaking hands and sometimes even smiling for the cameras. He had a wary look in his eye whenever an adult approached, almost as if wondering whether someone would confront him. But none did and everyone seemed excited or at least intrigued to see a famous person up close.” — Baker

  • “As the two emerged onto the street, several hundred people were waiting to watch. Some in the crowd pointed excitedly and scattered applause broke out. But a few protesters were on hand as well, holding up signs such as ‘Cheney War Profiteer,’ ‘Cheney War Criminal’ and ‘You Suck, Dick.’ (Another good reason granddaughters should not be reading pool reports.)” — Baker

  • “A couple little newslets: Vice President Cheney’s plane hit a bird as it was landing here in Chicago this morning, but Air Force Two touched down safely and no one aboard even noticed, according to Lea Ann McBride. ‘The landing was safe,’ McBride said. ‘The VP was notified immediately after his speech.’ Mechanics are now checking the plane to make sure it will be safe to fly back. No word on the condition of the bird.” — Baker

  • This Week In Pool Reports

    Vice President Cheney is a not so secret “VSAO”, warm is a very subjective state of mind, there is a flurry of activity at the Rove household and what makes POTUS’s hands so soft?

  • “A very ‘senior administration official,’ one who might, say, ride in a black limousine with D.C. license plates 800-200, fired out of the Executive Drive-way at 10:44 a.m. for a six-minute bounce to the Omni, shooting down a closed-off E Street Expressway to Rock Creek Parkway (where a jogger ran with one arm up, one finger extended, apparently testing for a head wind) and up onto Calvert Street. A black Suburban rode the entire way with the back hatch and side windows open; clearly visible, men in black with very large guns. The ‘VSAO’ entered through the back door at 10: 50 and =as on stage in the Regency Ballroom at 10:56. … OK, it was Cheney, Vice President Dick Cheney. Sheesh.” — Joseph Curl, Washington Times

  • “The vice president thanked the crowd of 1,200, mostly men hearing those little VFW hats, for the ‘warm welcome.’ Warm, if he considers “tepid” warm. Some could say ‘cool;’ they applauded for about 20 seconds, then sat.” — Curl

  • President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush left the White House at 6:20 a.m. and were driven to dinner at the home of Karl and Darby Rove in the upscale Palisades neighborhood of Washington. Your pooler sent Mr. Rove a playful e-mail asking if he would mind sending a doggy bag to the press vans waiting outside. Sure enough, a short while later, an emissary arrived bearing gifts — sausage and quail wings. These were eagerly accepted, despite the fact that by now the pool was already scarfing down pepperoni-and-mushroom pizza from Domino’s. No word on whether all this activity, including the presence of a massive motorcade on Mr. Rove’s tiny street, riled the neighbors, most of whom are Democrats.” — Bill Sammon, Washington Examiner

  • “The last time there was news made at Mr. Rove’s house was nearly three years ago, when hundreds of protesters surrounded the brick structure and pounded on the windows, literally chasing Mr. Rove and his terrified family from room to room in their own house.(Ironically, they were demanding the relaxation of immigration laws. — Sammon

  • “‘Space Jam’ and ‘Jesus’ version of trash talk’ were among the themes of the Rev. Luis Leon’s sermon to President Bush, First Lady Laura Bush and scores of other worshippers at St. John’s Church this morning. … By way of explaining ‘trash talk,’ the Rev. Leon recalled the film ‘Space Jam’ (starring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny) and his own experience of hearing such talk on the basketball court from a young relative who, according to the Rev. Leon, asked him: ‘You want a part of me?’ (Your pooler believes the proper trash talk phrase here is: ‘You want a piece of me?’)” — Sammon

  • “After an hour-long chopper ride here, Bush made an unscheduled stop to a poor black neighborhood here, wiped out by the storm. Trees upended, walls ripped off houses. Men in hardhats were helping to clear debris; people in t-shirts and jeans sifted through what remained of a house where two people died as they sought shelter from the storm. … ‘He’s very nice, loving and warm. He’s got very soft hands,’ said one resident, Felicia Stafford. The torrnado blew the roof off her house and let the rain in, ruining her wood floors.” — Sheryl Stolberg, New York Times

  • This Week In Pool Reports

    Someone please give Mark Silva a vacation day! Pool reports from abroad read like a comedy of errors. Oh, and Bush has big plans to “do something” with earmarks. Hmm…

  • “Alighting from the aircraft, and looking tired, POTUS walked to the White House without saying anything to the waiting media. As he approached the building entrance, the sound of a barking, welcoming dog could be heard but the animal remained out of view. A cold and damp evening. A steady rain, which started about an hour before the president’s arrival had stopped when Marine One touched down. Your pooler is too wet and grumpy to muse about that.” — Rick Tomkins, UPI

  • “We were able to stand outside in a covered breezeway of the mess hall, and watch the vice president step out of the mess, fully dressed in suit and tie, and walk through the breezeway toward us speaking with a two-star general, Maj. Gen. David Rodriguez, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, in camouflage-uniform. They walked toward us speaking cheerfully, but the VP did not appear inclined to even recognize us standing there at the end taking pictures and waiting for crumbs, so we asked, how was the mess? ‘Breakfast was excellent,’ said Cheney, passing on with a smile, at 7:37 am Bagram base time.” — Mark Silva, Chicago Tribune

  • “That said, our friendly base bus driver couldn’t find these Koele Barracks last night, after our planned brief stop at Bagram turned into a sleep-over. After we nearly had a collision on the tarmac with a fuel tanker, our bus wandered around the base in search of someone who knew where the barracks were. They were in a large section of the base where all these B-Huts are arranged chock-a-block in aisles filled with rainwater and mud and lined with soggy sandbags. This is the housing where most of the base soldiers live. ‘It’s like summer camp,’ one senior officer told us, ‘except you have to stay for a year.’ — Silva

  • “Bush said the economy was ‘cooking’ — an apparent up-tick from this morning, when it was ‘good.’ He also said he intended to ‘do something’ about earmarks in appropriations bills, and touched on education and health care. — Geoff Earle, New York Post

  • “The Monday morning Oman rush-hour paid a serious price for the passage of this motorcade — which lost one of its formal limousines en route to mechanical failure, with the motorcade stopping to rearrange passengers, and this was not long before the non-English speaking driver of the press pool van started receiving incoming cell phone calls with a musical ring.” — Silva

  • “The pool has had no words with the vice president on this day, which makes it no different, so far, from any other day of the weeklong tour of the Pacific Ocean that Cheney made last week. But poolers persist in requesting some interviews. He looks pretty chipper, near the end of a week-long odyssey.” — Silva

  • “He was wearing a blazer and slacks — looked like a greyish blazer to me, but then I’m somewhat color blind.” — Tomkins

  • “AF Two stopped for refueling in Singapore after experiencing some
    electrical problems following our departure from Sydney. Described as a power surge on the airplane, it had the effect of rendering our cabin electrical outlets inoperative, shutting down the galley – crackers and cheese were circulated in consolation – and cancelling the inflight film festival, though the film menu already had been limited by an airborne censor’s determination that “Idiocracy” contains sexually inappropriate content. And I always thought it was just a bad title.” — Silva

  • “Obviously, in the pool report on Kabul, the reference to the attack at Bagram being aimed at shaking the Pakistani govt should say the Afgan government. Been in both places and slept in barracks.” — Silva

  • This Week In Pool Reports

    In this week’s installment, Vice President Cheney is entertained by a bikini clad woman, Pres. Bush pigs out at Porker’s, the Imperial Palace is revealed to be a facade and it seems even the Japanese hates Yankees fans (kidding people. No hate mail please). And lets not forget Mark Silva’s 3,865 word pool report. Is that a new record?

  • “The flight to Guam had lasted longer than three hours, Jack Nicholson, Leonard DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Mark Whalberg starred in the midair show, The Departed, and the vice president arrived in apparent good cheer. And this was before the young woman wearing a bikini top and a hip-hugging skirt appeared on a riser toward the rear of the audience in the hangar. To our untrained eyes, she appeared to be a hula girl. But we were informed that she is a ‘chamorrita’ — which is an affectionate term for young women who dress like this in Guam, where natives are called ‘chamorras.’” — Mark Silva, Chicago Tribune

  • “POTUS left the convention center around 1:50 p.m., and a few short minutes later the motorcade came to a surprise halt in downtown Chattanooga outside Porker’s Bar-B-Que, a two-story brick place that evoked memories of the 50s, with Coca-Cola signs and some neon decor. As the name implies, it’s a barbecue joint. The hand-painted picture on the glass front window shows a pig reclining atop flames, above the motto: ‘We don’t squeal.’ (Your pooler could make the obvious joke about squealers and leaks, but she will refrain.)” — Sheryl Stolberg, New York Times

  • “At the Imperial Palace, just a few American reporters were escorted through the old bureaucratic warrens of the building, past peeling paint and busted pipes and through the service corridors up into the ceremonial show-case of the palace.” — Silva

  • “The press hotel is quite close to the embassy, and after arriving at the hotel we were greeted by some extremely loud sound trucks that were parked just outside some barricades that had much of the street outside the hotel closed. They were playing music and blaring chants, mostly in Japanese. They were extremely loud, and had to be audible at the nearby embassy. They dispersed after several minutes, however. But there was one unmistakable chant blaring from one of the trucks, in a Japanese accented male voice chanting in English: ‘Yankee Go Home, Yankee Go Home.’” — Silva

  • “Still sunny/freezing. But this time, as your pooler waited in the cold outside the Oval Office, she was entertained by sight of Barney and/or Miss Beazley, who ran around a bit in the snow-covered lawn, but were not at all interested in chasing after a ball that was thrown in their general direction by a member of the White House staff.” — Malia Rulon, Gannett News Service

  • Taking Out The Trash, 02.01.07

  • Seems PR professionals are the best lovers, and one reader tells us why: “It goes without saying that PR people are better lovers. We are adaptable, we have mastered the art of addressing multiple needs at once, we are adventurious, curious, and generally enthusiastic and high-energy individuals. Really…everyone should want to sleep with us.”

  • Josh Gerstein reports, “The Washington Post has quietly retreated from a legal battle with Vice President Cheney by dropping a lawsuit demanding Secret Service logs of visitors to his office and residence.”

  • Howard Kurtz gives his report on how Judith Miller handled “her testimony under duress.”

  • Harry Jaffe asks, “Is the sassy, iconoclastic section that the Washington Post’s Ben Bradlee created back in 1969 headed for the scrap heap of journalistic history? Signs point that way.”

  • A reader notes, “BTW not a single update on the Critique Board since Jan 17. not a single open-forum comment since then and, of course, no new critiques (are they ever going to resume?)”

  • Check out Bill Sammon’s Wikipedia entry, another journo to have the honor.

  • “The Chris Matthews Show” announced today that it “is launching a four-part series dedicated to the major issues that will affect the 2008 presidential primaries.” The series will include panelists Dan Rather, Bob Woodward, Joe Klein and Jim Cramer.

  • AP reports, “The New York Times Co. posted a $648 million loss for the fourth quarter on Wednesday as it absorbed an $814.4 million charge to write down the value of its struggling New England properties, The Boston Globe and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.”

  • A Pew release announces, “Three deeply intertwined subjects — the debate over U.S. strategy in Iraq, the speech defending that strategy, and the emerging campaign to succeed that speech’s author — finished in a virtual tie for the top story in the news last week according to PEJ’s News Coverage Index.”

  • C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” is going to broadcast from Mount Vernon on Friday from 8-10 a.m. where James Rees, executive director of Mount Vernon, will tour the museum’s new Donald W. Reynolds Education Center with C-SPAN host Brian Lamb. In the first hour of the show include call ins from the C-SPAN studios.