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Powell On ‘CBS This Morning’: Nothing Wrong With Opening Diplomatic Relations With Cuba

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 9.42.34 AMFormer Secretary of State Colin Powell joined “CBS This Morning” from Washington to discuss the recent shift in U.S. policy toward Cuba. Although the retired army general, like former President George W. Bush, supported the economic embargo on Cuba while in office, Powell now believes that the time has come to open a new chapter in U.S.-Cuban relations:

“As secretary of state, I supported it and even strengthened the sanctions against Cuba,” said the former Secretary of State. “But I think it’s now time to turn that page of history. I don’t see anything wrong with opening diplomatic relations with Cuba. We have diplomatic relations with other nations just as oppressive as Cuba. It’s a way to talk, it’s a way to make your point.”

Powell pointed out that it is unlikely Cuba will not get off the lost of sanctions any time soon, however, having an ambassador in Cuba is an effective way of opening a positive dialogue between the two nations.

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Miller Gets Gossip Column on


Emily Miller‘s new gossip column, “Emily’s Post” launched on today. Miller, who’s held gigs with ABC, NBC, for Condoleeza Rice, Tom DeLay, Rick Lazio and Colin Powell addresses her past in the press as well as the ongoing drama surrounding her reputation as a “woman scorned” in the Jack Abramoff scandal in her debut column.

“Having been fodder for every gossip column in town, starting today I’m turning the tables — and becoming one D.C. gossip columnist who fully gets what it’s like to be on the receiving end,” Miller says in her premier post.

Check out “Emily’s Post” here.

This 11-Year-Old Probably Has Gotten More Access Than You

Unless you’re the AP’s Jennifer Loven, 11-year-old Damon Weaver has probably gotten more questions in to President Obama than you have.

Weaver interviewed the President late last week at the White House, focusing, fittingly, on education. The young reporter from Florida even did a press avail on the South Lawn afterwards, appearing on the morning shows and cablers.

Weaver has quite the resume tape. He’s already interviewed politicos like Vice President (then presidential candidate) Joe Biden, Colin Powell and Caroline Kennedy, Hollywood stars like Samuel Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, Chris Tucker and has reversed the mic on some of our own, including David Gregory, Larry King, Megyn Kelly, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

Looking for a fall intern? Little Weaver’s probably over-qualified.

Who’s The Most Sought After Sunday Show Guest In Washington?

David Gregory, Bob Schieffer and George Stephanopoulos at CSIS yesterday.

It’s a million dollar question- and the answer will really surprise you. Who is the most sought after Sunday show guest in Washington? Bob Schieffer, David Gregory and George Stephanopoulos all agree: Bo the dog.

In a rare joint appearance, the hosts of “Face the Nation,” “Meet the Press” and “This Week” took questions took questions at this month’s CSIS and Texas Christian University Schieffer School of Journalism Dialogue: “A Sunday Show Summit.”

More realistically, the Sunday show hosts said they’d like to book First Lady Michelle Obama. Schieffer pointed out ABC’s get with Hillary Clinton, saying he’d like to interview the Secretary of State. Stephanopoulos returned the compliment, telling Schieffer, Face had the “strongest May” with former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Now once they land the guest, how do they get them to talk? “Ask the obvious question,” Schieffer advised. Gregory said sometimes it’s ok to be quiet- “Let them talk,” citing a recent interview with Defense Secretary Robert Gates in which he compared Presidents Bush and Obama for the first time.

We give props to a young freelancer in the audience who asked the panel quite frankly, “How can I be you?” The oldest and most experienced member of the panel, Schieffer, answered that while we don’t know where journalism is going, “there will always be a need for reporters.”

On the future of journalism, all three expressed love for newspapers, but skepticism for their future in print. Gregory referenced Ben Bradlee that there is a “fundamental demand” for newspapers in communities. All agreed whether it was online or in print, it was the information that was most important.

The Internet, the “first avenue that doesn’t have an editor,” as described by Schieffer, puts a “special responsibility” on the mainstream media, Stephanopoulos said. “I feel like an editor,” he said, sifting through blogs for facts every week.

Other topics covered include healthcare (all agree the President needs one domestic achievement soon and that he wants it to be healthcare) and the balance of coverage on politics and the economy during the campaign (all thought mainstream media did a good job, learning and explaining economics and covering an election “historic in every way,” as described by Schieffer).

As for their roles on Sunday mornings, I think even his competitors can agree with Gregory here. “This is still the place to really hear somebody out and learn something.”

Brokaw Appointed to Commission on WH Fellowships

Yesterday, the White House released a list of 28 people that President Obama has appointed to the Commission on White House Fellowships. Among the group selected by the President is NBC’s Tom Brokaw.

From the release:

The White House Fellowship is America’s most prestigious program for leadership and public service, providing young individuals with experience working at the highest levels of the federal government. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors and complete service activities throughout the year. Alumni of this non-partisan program include former Secretary of State General Colin Powell, retired U.S. Army General Wesley Clark, and author Doris Kearns Goodwin.

I’ve always considered it strange for active journalists to be appointed to positions that align them with government agencies, political parties or politicians. This may be an exception to the case but does anyone else find it “too close for comfort?” Weigh in.

The full WH release after the jump.

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Sunday Show Ratings: “Meet” Slides, Steph Pulls Second

For the week of May 11, NBC’s “Meet the Press” held its first place spot but Gregory’s lead continues to slip. ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” closed the YOY gap with “Meet” for the 16th consecutive week.

More interesting, “Meet” held its first place spot but the show dropped 23% compared to May 2008 and posted its lowest total viewer delivery for a May Sweep since 1993.

In third this week, CBS’ “Face the Nation” stands a chance to shake things up on Sunday with guest Colin Powell slated for this weekend’s broadcast.

Week of May 11, 2009:

3,280,000 (total) 1,180,000/.9 (demo)
2,800,000 (total) 980,000/.8 (demo)
2,140,000 (total) 740,000/.6 (demo)
1,330,000 (total) 530,000/.4 (demo)

May Sweep 2009:

3,190,000 (total) 1,140,000/.9 (demo)
2,720,000 (total) 900,000/.7 (demo)
2,550,000 (total) 880,000/.7 (demo)
1,260,000 (total) 490,000/.4 (demo)

Powell to Face the Nation

This Sunday, former Secretary of State and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell will make his first Sunday morning talk show appearance since the new administration took office.

Powell will join CBS News’ Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer for a special Memorial Day Weekend edition of “Face the Nation” on May 24th.

Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet The Press: IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan, MI Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D), former MA Gov. Mitt Romney (R), former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Wal-Mart Pres./CEO Lee Scott, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and a roundtable with Chicago Sun-Times’ Mary Mitchell and NBC political director Chuck Todd.

  • Face The Nation: Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Georgetown University’s Michael Eric Dyson.

  • Fox News Sunday: Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and a panel with Brit Hume, Washington Managing Editor of Fox News, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News. The “Power Player” is Worcester Wreath pres. Morrill Worcester.

  • This Week: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and a roundtable with PBS’ Gwen Ifill, the New York Times’ Paul Krugman, The Wall Street Journal’s Gerald Seib, and ABC News’ George Will.

  • Late Edition: Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), former Clinton economic adviser Gene Sperling, Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore, Republican strategist Ed Rollins, Democratic strategist James Carville, former White House adviser David Gergen, CNN’s Dana Bash, CNN’s Bill Schneider and CNN’s John King.

  • The Post Politics Program with Ed O’Keefe and Emily Freifeld: The Post’s Chicago bureau chief Peter Slevin, Post’s Kari Lydersen, Jeff Smith and Jerry Markon and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).

  • Chris Matthews Show: Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson and Washington Post’s Ceci Connolly.

  • After Party: New Republic’s Peter Beinart,’s Amanda Carpenter, Chadderdon Group’s Liz Chadderdon, Washington Times’ Brian DeBose, Feehery Group president John Feehery and Nation’s Christopher Hayes.

  • Reliable Sources: Chicago Tribune’s Clarence Page, Chicago Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet, Chicago Tribune’s John McCormick, Hollywood Reporter’s Ray Richmond,’s Sharon Waxman and filmmaker Rod Lurie.

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

  • GPS: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas and syndicated columnists Mark Shields and Charles Krauthammer.

  • Comcast Kickoff: Molly Henneberg, the FNC correspondent and lifelong Red Skins fan, will be a guest on the Comcast Kickoff show this Sunday before the Red Skins game. The show airs from 11AM to 1PM ET.

  • Photo Caption Contest

    For this week’s caption contest, we have this picture of Colin Powell at a recent festival in London.


    Send your entries through the box below, or e-mail them to us at fishbowldc AT mediabistro DOT com.

    Morning Reading List, 10.22.08


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