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Howard Kurtz Gets Unintentionally Ironic

In the new Fox News First morning newsletter by Chris Stirewalt today is a promo for Fox News media writer Howard Kurtz. To be sure, the newsletter is reminiscent of Politico Playbook in that it highlights their own, including Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry and Karl Rove. Here Stirewalt has Kurtz wondering whether Al Jazeera America, which launches today, can be — cough cough — unbiased. Come on Howie, considering the network who’s wondering, seriously?

AL JAZEERA AMERICA DEBUTS
Al Jazeera, a network that many Americans still associate with Usama bin Laden videos, launches its American channel in about 50 million homes today. The new outfit is spending heavily on bold-face names like Soledad O’Brien. Today Howard Kurtz asks: Can it shake its reputation for bias and fulfill its promise of more serious news and less fluff?

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Incest Desk: Examiner in Bed with FNC

This morning we present a very special “Incest Desk” to unveil the ongoing love affair between the Washington Examiner and Fox News.

It’s not only the Yeas & Nays gossip column that’s guilty of having makeout sessions with FNC all over town, it’s now the editorial page, which has an even deeper love for the network that parallels all the great loves — Heidi and Spencer, Tina and Ike, Michaele and Tareq, Whitney and Bobby.

The op-ed celebrates FNC’s 15th anniversary and is so raw and gushing that it’s embarrassing. They say people have lost faith in journalism and journalists. But not in foxy Fox News. A sampling of their sweet nothings: 1. “If television news survives long into the future, it will largely be as a result of Fox News.” 2. Citing a WaPo quote, they explain that FNC anchor Bret Baier goes into his morning office meeting and does what most people who call themselves journalists do. That is to say he – gasp! – determines what’s news in a “balanced” manner. They write, “Baier’s claim makes sense to Washington Examiner editors and reporters who worked with him and other Fox journalists in preparing for the Iowa Republican presidential debate in August that was co-sponsored by our two new organizations.” 3. But the best line is saved for last. “If other news organizations refuse to heed the lessons of Fox News’ success, they will be even further behind the next time Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes pop the bubbly in an anniversary celebration.”

Did Fox News write this for them?

To be sure, FNC has returned the love. FNC Managing Editor Bill Sammon used to work at the Examiner as did FNC Digital Politics Editor Chris Stirewalt.

 

 

Who Does Fox News PR Favor? (It’s Not Hard to Tell…)

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It’s no secret amongst Washington reporters that Fox News PR has a Black List. It includes reporters, editors and pundits, and just about anyone who occasionally looks at them cockeyed or has an ounce of audacity to question their journalism methods or – god forbid – phone the person or network they are attempting to slam. The Black List is a seasons, reasons and lifetime endeavor. Sometimes you’re on the list. Sometimes not. Sometimes you’re on and off in the same week. But these days, one thing is clear: Fox News PR has found a comfortable landing strip in the Washington Examiner.

Today’s story about Geraldo Rivera celebrating his 40th anniversary on air is just one example. Earlier this week they had that whopper of a story on Shepard Smith not wanting to watch those falling tower images. In June there was the war between Fox News and Bloomberg – this item was, to borrow the catch phrase, a fair and balanced approach on the war for Helen Thomas‘s White House seat. The Yays & Nays team indeed reported both sides. But also in June, Fox News went straight to the Examiner after Politico published a story about Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace getting escorted from his seat at a Nats game when he sat in seats belonging to former President Bush aide Karl Rove. The network gave a reaction to Politico’s scoop in The Examiner. Fox News made sure the story that published in the Examiner was a more Fox-friendly version than the more sharp-elbowed version that ran in Politico.

There’s a clear nexus between Fox News and the Examiner.

That Fox News Washington Managing Editor Bill Sammon and Chris Stirewalt went from the Examiner to Fox certainly doesn’t hurt. Add to that the fact that current columnists Byron York, Michael Barone are Fox News contributors and you have more than a solid Fox News-Examiner bond.

One last Fox-y detail: A visitor to the Examiner offices told FishbowlDC this week that Editor Stephen Smith‘s office TV is typically tuned to – guess what – Fox News.

Newsflash to DCRTV! Your Headline is Confused

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It’s more than 24 hours later and DCRTV doesn’t appear to know that it’s not Steve Smith (the Washington Examiner‘s editor) who’s going to Fox News, it’s Chris Stirewalt, the political editor.

Examiner’s Stirewalt to Fox News

In an email to staff this morning, Washington Examiner Editor Steve Smith announced that Chris Stirewalt will be joining Fox News as a political analyst. See memo from Smith below:

It is with a mixture of sadness (for us) and happiness (for him) that I announce that Chris Stirewalt is joining Fox News as a political analyst. His contributions to the Examiner are almost too numerous to list. He expertly directed our White House, Congress and politics coverage. He wrote a fresh, perceptive and witty political column twice a week. He rose at dawn every weekday to comment on the news, often sardonically, in Morning Must Reads, which has become an addiction for thousands of people across the country; he took time out from his desk duties to show the Examiner flag on television, making more than 40 national TV appearances last year alone; he offered snappy headlines and sure-footed news judgments as we put together the paper every day; and, above all, he brought the gift of laughter to the newsroom. Chris arrived 2 1/2 years ago after a distinguished newspaper and television career in West Virginia. He leaves us as one of America’s brightest young political commentators. Please join me in wishing him every success.

Cheers, Steve

Stephen G. Smith
Editor
The Washington Examiner

Kurtz Discusses Sex Scandals on “Reliable Sources”

WaPo’s Howard Kurtz convened a Sunday roundtable on his show, CNN’s “Reliable Sources”, to discuss the many sex scandals of 2009.(I know, but someone’s got to do it,” Kurtz tweeted, for those who possibly thought it unseemly or not serious enough.)

Those at the table took easily to the topic: “2009: the Age of Sex Scandals”. They included The Examiner’s Chris Stirewalt, Bill Press, syndicated radio talk show host and intern to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Lauren Ashburn, president of Ashburn Media, and CNN’s Jessica Yellin.

Kurtz showed footage of candid moments we’ve seen with GOP South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, former presidential hopeful Sen. John Edwards (D-S.C.) and CBS’s David Letterman.

At one point HLN and “The View’s” Joy Behar flashed on the screen, saying, “Let’s tell it like it is. He’s a dog and people do not like him.” That “dog” was Edwards.

Roundtable participants ate up the topic, not wanting to move on when Kurtz forged ahead to 2009′s dire economic situation.

Press remarked, “The sex stuff is easy and media take the easy route.”

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), former DNC Chairman Howard Dean, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) and a roundtable with CNBC’s Erin Burnett, author Joshua Cooper Ramo and NBC’s Chuck Todd

CBS’ Face the Nation: Senior White House advisor David Axelrod, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker and Politico‘s Roger Simon

ABC’s This Week: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) and a roundtable with ABC’s George Will, Cokie Roberts, Sam Donaldson and NYT‘s David Brooks

Fox News Sunday: Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Service Employees International Union President Andy Stern and a panel with Fox News’ Brit Hume and Fox News’ contributors NPR’s Mara Liasson, Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Democratic strategist and CNN political contributor Donna Brazile, former RNC Chairman and former White House counselor Ed Gillespie and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WaPo‘s Ceci Connolly, Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody, NYT Book Review’s Sam Tanenhaus, Air America’s Ana Marie Cox, Washington Examiner‘s Chris Stirewalt, TVNewser’s Gail Shister and Time‘s television critic James Poniewozik

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, former Afghan Diplomat Masood Aziz, “The Places In Between” author Rory Stewart, “Limits of Power” author Andrew Bacevich and WSJ‘s Bret Stephens

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Time‘s Joe Klein, NYT‘s Helene Cooper, Newsweek‘s Howard Fineman and WaPo‘s Ceci Connolly

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NYT‘s Peter Baker, AP’s Charles Babington, USA Today‘s Joan Biskupic and LAT‘s Doyle McManus

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) and Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols, Kristin Jensen, Rich Miller, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Will update as we learn them.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA) and a roundtable with National Review‘s Rich Lowry, NPR’s Michele Norris, WaPo‘s Eugene Robinson and NBC’s Chuck Todd

CBS’ Face the Nation: Former Secretary of State General Colin Powell and Harvard University psychiatrist Dr. Alvin Poussaint, as part of the “Children of the Recession” series

ABC’s This Week: Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen and a roundtable with Donna Brazile, NYT‘s David Brooks, WaPo‘s E.J. Dionne and ABC’s George Will

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), Karl Rove and “Power Player” Bugles Across America founder Tom Day

CNN’s State of the Union: Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Mary Matalin and James Carville

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Bill Maher, Chicago Tribune‘s Clarence Page, Washington Examiner‘s Chris Stirewalt, Time‘s Karen Tumulty

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: “Foreign Affairs” editor Gideon Rose, “The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global” Fawaz Gerges, WSJ‘s Bret Stephens, “The Geopolitics of Emotion” author Dominique Moisi, “Reimagining India” author Nandan Nilekani and former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: WaPo‘s David Ignatius, BBC’s Katty Kay, Time‘s Michael Duffy and AP’s Jennifer Loven

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NYT‘s David Sanger, WSJ‘s Naftali Bendavid, Time‘s Karen Tumulty and NJ‘s John Maggs

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner

Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Roll Call‘s Keith Koffler, David Drucker, Jackie Kucinich and Emily Heil

Will update throughout the day as we learn them.

Barone to Wash Examiner as Senior Political Analyst

Political commentator Michael Barone adds senior political analyst to his resume today. He joins the Washington Examiner with Byron York and Chris Stirewalt, where he will have a twice-weekly column on the paper’s new politics page.

“Byron, Chris, and Michael give us a lineup of political analysts equal to any in the country,” editor Stephen Smith said in a release today. “For people interested in the subject, The Washington Examiner has now become essential reading.”

Barone is “a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and for 18 years a senior writer at U.S. News & World Report.” He is also the co-author of “he Almanac of American Politics.”

Full release after the jump…

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Morning Reading List, 01.22.08

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Good morning Washington. Eleven years ago today, the Senate confirmed Madeleine Albright as secretary of state. And it’s Diane Lane’s birthday! (Hat Tip: MicCheckRadio).

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