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Christa Robinson to Tribune

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Christa Robinson, DC native and longtime head of communications for CNN, has landed a new job. The fourteen-year vet left the company in February when new network chief Jeff Zucker replaced her with Allison Gollust. In an email to friends and colleagues, Robinson announced that she has accepted a new role as chief communications officer of Tribune Company starting today.

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Palin, Cee Lo Create Spectacle @ MSNBC After Party


While attendees at another post-WHCD party struggled to gain admittance due to their host’s chronic and unapologetic guest list failures, MSNBC’s guests breezed though check-in and down a sprawling red carpet to the Italian Embassy.  Rather than watching celebrities make their way to an isolated VIP space, MSNBC’s guests rubbed elbows with the likes of Glee’s Jayne Lynch, SNL’s Andy Samberg, Valerie Jarrett, Meghan McCain, Eliot Spitzer, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), Bristol Palin with aunt Molly McCann and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL).

Perhaps the weekend’s best event, MSNBC’s soiree drew a huge array of journalists – many from competitive networks.   CNN was represented by Ed Henry and Shirley Hung Henry, Edie Emery, Peter Hamby, Mark Whitaker, Sam Feist, Roland Martin, David Bohrman, and Christa Robinson.  We spotted ABC’s Rick Klein, Jim Sciutto and Polson Kanneth, as well as CBS’s Christine Delargy.  Fox News anchor Bret Baier was there.   And so was Greta Van Susteren who made quite an entrance when she and husband John Coale appeared with Todd and Sarah Palin.  The family Palin was swarmed by cameras and party-goers only moments before Cee Lo Green took the stage to perform a short set including his hit song “F**k You.”  As Palin posed for what seemed like thousands of photos, Todd, Bristol and Molly conversed with the hoards of guests who circled their table in the room’s far corner.

“We’re still getting used to this,” Sarah’s sister Molly admitted to FishbowlDC.  “I find it kind of exciting but I’m not around it all the time,” she added.

As we turned away, we nearly bumped into WaPo‘s Ezra Klein who was doing a drive-by “Mean Girls” impression.  The liberal blogger laughed out loud and rolled his eyes as he passed by Palin-palooza.  Back on the dance floor, another former governor was getting a different kind of attention from one Kiki Ryan.  The fearless reporter’s blonde ambition must have been in overdrive on Saturday because we hear she tried to persuade Eliot Spitzer to shake his groove thing.  He kindly declined:

From @burgerinfo:
@keeekster(@Italian Em):Mr. Spitzer,would you like to dance?
Spitzer: Dancings not really my forte
@keeekster:Thats not what I hear #winning

Besides our favorite celebrity bartender and TV host Rachel Maddow who spent the evening slinging drinks, NBCers like Luke Russert, Kelly O’Donnell, Domenico Montanaro, Phil Griffin, Tanya Hayre, Ed Schultz, Dylan Ratigan, Erika Masonhall, Betsy Fischer, Savannah Guthrie and Contessa Brewer were among the guests gifted Starbucks swag, a slice of pizza and bottle of Fiji as they left the fete in the morning’s wee hours.

CNN’s Lucky Penny Party

Whoever says a penny won’t get you anywhere, probably wasn’t on the guest list for CNN’s private party following the Congressional Correspondents Dinner last night.  While most attendees of the dinner trickled out of the ballroom for an obligatory nightcap at the NCTA reception, the lucky few holding one of CNN’s lucky pennies (left) partied the night away at Lincoln. Guests at the top-secret fete were treated to live music, an open bar and  a sneak preview of the glam resto-lounge set to open its doors to the public in mid-April.  CNN’s Piers Morgan, Edie Emery, Jill Chappell, Jennifer Scoggins, Sam Feist, Michelle Jaconi, Megan Grant, Christa Robinson, Peter Hamby, Alexander Mooney, Jeff Simon, Peter Morris, Evan Glass and Ed Hornick entertained dinner guests and friends of the network until well after midnight.  Spotted mingling on the copper penny-tiled floors were Embassy of Poland’s Art Orkisz, Victoria Michael, AAA’s Peter Nonis, ABC News’ John Hendren, WaPo‘s Amy Argetsinger and WJLA’s Philip Stewart and Rebecca Cooper.

CNN's Bethany Crudele and Ed Hornick

The scene at 12.45p h/t Jeff Simon

Morning Reading List, 11.29.07

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Good morning Washington.

  • Fine, fine … we’re sucking it up and joining Facebook.

  • Your folks are Democrats, well, mostly.

    NEWSPAPERS

  • “Four years into the war, Iraq correspondents would give their reporting mixed, but generally positive reviews and think they have covered the U.S. military more effectively than they have covered the citizenry of Iraq,” a Pew release announced.

  • Harry Jaffe writes, “How to Poke Don Graham and Not Get Fired for It (Hint: Try Facebook)”

  • One Mediabistro reader wants to know, “Does the Washington Post really drug test?”

  • This morning check out “a special video series entitled, ‘A Nation Divided,’ illustrating the Iraq war’s influence on the presidential campaign by award-winning producer Travis Fox” on washingtonpost.com. “The three-part series focuses on populations in three primary states: Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire.”

  • The AP reports, “A Banc of America analyst downgraded shares of the New York Times Co. Wednesday, saying Wall Street expects unrealistically strong spending from luxury and national advertisers.”

  • Reuters reports, “Nearly 90 percent of U.S. journalists in Iraq say much of Baghdad is still too dangerous to visit, despite a recent drop in violence attributed to the build-up of U.S. forces, a poll released on Wednesday said.”

  • E&P reports, “Nearly two-thirds of Americans do not trust press coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign, according to a new Harvard University survey, which also revealed four out of five people believe coverage focuses too much on the trivial — and more than 60% believe coverage is politically biased.”

  • CJR reports, “Just when you thought it was safe to spread open The New York Times and eat a turkey and cranberry sandwich, Mark Halperin turns in a Week in Review op-ed that kills the appetite. He’s decided that the national press spends too much pushing horse race manure, while ignoring leadership and character, which he says can be found in the oats of candidates’ ‘full lives and public record.’ Points for originality!”

  • AJR reports, “As U.S. news organizations have backed away from foreign news coverage, the Associated Press’ international report has become increasingly vital.”

  • The New York Observer reports,Bill Keller announced moments ago in a memo that there will be layoffs at The New York Times. He wrote that it will not affect reporters, but a hiring freeze will be strictly enforced.”

    RADIO

  • USA Today reports, “Friendly satellite radio rivals Sirius (SIRI) and XM (XMSR) enter the final month of 2007 with reasons to be wary. They have to worry whether the softening economy will hurt new car sales — the largest generator of new satellite radio subscribers.”

    TELEVISION

  • Another Disclosure Debacle for CNN

  • DNC Cancels Democratic Debate; Was To Be Moderated by Katie Couric

  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the most-watched network evening newscast, winning the week of November 19-27, 2007. The NBC broadcast posted its best total viewer delivery since February 12, 2007 and its best advantage since December 18, 2006.”

  • Eric Boehlert writes, “Last Friday marked something of a milestone for ABC’s widely acclaimed news program Nightline when it aired a detailed look at life inside the chaotic emergency room at the 28th Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad. The significance? It was the first time since July 18 that Nightline had broadcast a firsthand news report from Iraq examining the on-the-ground effects of the still-unfolding war there.”

  • Media Week reports, “More than 18 months after The New York Times pulled out of its joint cable venture with Discovery Communications, the Discovery Times Channel is shedding its outdated moniker.”

  • TVNewser tells us that Fox News has pimped their “Election Newsgathering Vehicle.”

  • Think Progress pointed out yesterday, “Coal Industry Sponsoring Tonight’s CNN/YouTube Republican Presidential Debate”

  • Presidential Debate Canceled Amid CBS Strike Plans

  • TVNewser reports, “November marked 14 months in a row that Countdown with Keith Olbermann has topped CNN’s 8pmET program in the A25-54 demo; and the 12th month in a row in the total viewer category.”

  • TVNewser reports, “CNN says Headline News continues to have ‘its best year on record.’”

  • Bill Hemmer On The Difference Between FNC And CNN

  • The Examiner reports, “The news of the untimely death of Redskins star Sean Taylor traveled quickly Tuesday morning. CNN was the first to break the news around 5am Tuesday but soon after that local outlets WTOP, WMAL, NBC4, FOX5, ABC7 and CBS9 all were reporting the sad news of death of Taylor as the lead news story.”

  • Washington Post reports, “The Federal Communications Commissions voted for a set of watered-down cable regulations late last night, as increasing tensions among the agency’s five members allowed the industry to largely avoid tough rules.”

  • St. Petersburg Times takes a “Peek inside CNN’s inner sanctum”

  • Marty Kaplan writes, “CNN spokeswoman Christa Robinson wrote HuffPo’s media relations vp saying that my post about how the CNN/YouTube Republican Debate was rigged was ‘pretty infuriating.’”

  • Check out Green Room Girl’s newest pics here.

    BOOKS

  • Huffington Post reports, “Writing on Editor and Publisher this morning, Public Affairs Books founder and editor-at-large Peter Osnos addresses the media frenzy that’s greeted the announcement of Scott McClellan’s forthcoming volume, What Happened. In summation, Osnos is seemingly shocked–shocked!–that the marketing strategy his company pursued with regard to McClellan’s book has actually worked in the manner that was intended.”

    MAGAZINES

  • Mixed Media asks, “What is Peter Carlson’s beef with Details?”

  • Karen Tumulty shares what it is like to write for a newsweekly.

  • Niche Media announced, “With a Holiday 2007 launch, Niche Media will debut Trump Magazine, the quintessential guide to luxury living and the entrepreneurial spirit. Trump Magazine will be published quarterly with a distribution of over 100,000 copies that will be hand-delivered to Trump properties, residences, and golf courses and sold in select cities across the country.”

    ONLINE MEDIA

  • A release announced, “Sen. John McCain will be the third presidential candidate, and first Republican, to participate in the groundbreaking MySpace/MTV Presidential Dialogue series. The interactive Dialogue will take place at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH with an in-person audience of university students, and for the first time, be simultaneously broadcast live on MTV, MySpace (www.myspace.com/election2008), MTV’s www.ChooseOrLose.com, cross-carriers on MTV Mobile, and translated live into Spanish via ImpreMedia’s LaVibra. Today www.myspace.com/election2008 and www.ChooseOrLose.com will begin accepting user-submitted video questions (30 seconds or less) on the issues that matter most to young voters in the upcoming elections. Submissions will be accepted through Sunday, December 2, and the video with the highest ratings and community response on Monday will be posed to Sen. McCain during the evening Dialogue.”

  • Poynter Online’s Steve Klein writes on the coverage of Sean Taylor’s death, “It is, however, to point out that when it came down to keeping up with the story, the best and timeliest source of information was La Canfora’s blog.”

    JOBS

  • Federal News Radio AM 1050 is looking for a Web Writer.

  • American Association for Justice is seeking Legal Content Editor.

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