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This Week In Pool Reports

Tourists complicate a presidential car ride, POTUS speaks out on Libby, FLOTUS looks “hip” and Maine experiences a Russian invasion.

  • “POTUS’s little pre-4th afternoon jaunt to Beltsville was significantly complicated by holiday beachgoers and — we were told — a traffic accident. The trip to Beltsville ended up taking about an hour and 10 minutes, compared to 30-35 minutes on typical weekends. It was literally a crawl for the first half hour or so. For the return trip police held traffic off the parkway at least momentarily, significantly speeding our progress.” — John D. McKinnon, Wall Street Journal

  • “He took two questions, both on Libby. In response to the first, he declined to rule out a complete pardon for Libby at a later time. ‘As to the future I rule nothing in and nothing out,’ he said. But he also reiterated that he thought Libby’s non-prison punishments should stand. He described the commutation of prison sentence as a ‘very difficult decision.’ He reiterated that Libby’s punishment was ‘severe.’ He said he took into consideration Libby’s background and service to his country.” — McKinnon

  • “Fresh from his face-to-face with leader-for-life Hugo Chavez — in which the Russian president nodded grinningly as the Venezuelan president told him ‘the empire must understand that it cannot dominate the world’ — Vladimir Putin today came to the empire to visit its soon-to-depart, lame-duck president at dad’s place. And the former KGB man with the see-through soul was all smiles, presenting bouquets of flowers to first lady Laura Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush, double kissing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and heading out (without your pool) for a boat ride with the Most Powerful Man in the World — and his dad.” — Joseph Curl, Washington Times

  • “As the pool milled about near the flag pole (whipping in the wind, four flags: U.S., presidential seal, Texas, Maine), Barbara appeared at the door of the main residence, stepping out to chat with a few people gathered at the circular driveway, including Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin. At about 5:30, Rice and FLOTUS came out another door, walked down a driveway, and
    posed for pictures with Barbara (Hagin the shooter). FLOTUS was wearing a quite hip Hoodie, Condi, an orange sweater and white slacks.” — Curl

  • “Last: The little squire of Kennebunkport has gone Cyrillic — everywhere, signs are written in Russian (including the Clam Shack, with it’s 1-lb. ‘cahabny 43 onapa’ (lobster 43 roll) at $15.50 — a bargain for Russians with phonies Franklins). Stuck in the roll: A U.S. and Russian flag on toothpicks. On Saturday, a trio of Russian press poolers (wearing their official badges) shot everything — a pair of black bikers parked by Dock Square (‘Look, Boris, black people! In Maine!); the village’s lone horse-and-buggy carriage (‘Well, the last superpower is still horse-powered, hmm?’) and even took a picture of your pooler eating a cahabny roll, which
    he expects landed well in the motherland.” — Curl

  • “As the press walked out, the pool passed a sign that said: ‘CAUTION: PRESIDENT ON SEGWAY — SLOW DOWN.’” — Curl

  • Greta’s Goings On

    Greta van Susteren will host “On the Record” tonight and Wednesday from Los Angeles. Tuesday night, Greta will host the show live from The Reagan Library, where she will interview Douglas Brinkley, the editor of “The Reagan Diaries.” On Wednesday, Greta will interview U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and will again host the show from LA that night.

    Morning Reading List, 05.17.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • In your opinion, the Fox debate had much better format and questions than the MSNBC/Politico debate.

  • TNR opines that Rupert Murdoch’s “intention to purchase a crown jewel of U.S. journalism, The Wall Street Journal … should be a pivotal moment for liberals — a time to dial back their relentless hostility to newspapers and start crusading for them.”

  • From a reader, “Re: the poll. Fox sent a message last night with the debate — Dems, listen up — we are fair and will ask more interesting questions. We won’t just go down the line, we will actually tailor each question to each candidate, and oh by the way we will ask followups. This from a CNN viewer who usually think Fox sucks. I was at the Dem MSNBC debate and that one was much better than the GOP one in Ca. Food for thought.”

  • Tom Glocer writes “the most important letter I have ever written as chief executive of Reuters.”

  • Variety reports, Calendar editor Lennie LaGuire is “one of those who is leaving the Los Angeles Times as part of a corporate cost-cutting move to eliminate 100-150 jobs at the paper.”

  • Gilbert Cranberg notes that with newspapers moving full speed ahead online, print readers, including him, “not only do we miss out on what’s put online, we’re shortchanged on what’s in print.”

  • Public Eye’s Matthew Feeling reports, “truth is that the ‘Daily Show’ is actually just a nice dessert or digestif, after a meal of Real News Roughage.”

  • A ton of you agree with Christopher Hitchens and some readers weighed in:

      “I agree with the Hitch — with this caveat. I may be getting old, but I find the practice of public grave dancing unbelieveably distasteful. Yes, it’s news, and yes, it’s valid to judge someone on their merits. But what’s with the glee to piss on the body before it’s even cold?”

      “It is a shame how it only took 12 hours for Hitchens to dance on the grave of Jerry Falwell in an effort to sell more books.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “James Ottaway Jr., whose family controls 5.2 percent of the voting rights at Dow Jones & Co., predicted the company won’t be sold to Rupert Murdoch.”

  • New York Observer reports, “At Forbes.com, the online arm of the 90-year-old Steve Forbes — run publication — which now famously includes rock star Bono as an investor — nine editorial staffers have recently fled, according to a former staffer.” One staffer, Lisa Lerer joined Politico earlier this week.

  • Jeffrey Immelt, chairman and CEO of NBC Universal parent General Electric, reiterated Tuesday that he has no current plans to sell the entertainment unit and also said GE has no interest in acquiring Dow Jones & Co.,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

  • Wired reports, “CBS Chief Isn’t Worried About YouTube or Google — ‘As Long as We Get Paid’”

  • AMNY reports, “XM announced Tuesday that it has suspended Long Island shock jocks Gregg ‘Opie’ Hughes and Anthony Cumia and ceased broadcast of their show for 30 days, effective immediately. The duo had issued an apology last week after airing a segment in which a guest expressed desire to have sex with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, as well as First Lady Laura Bush and Queen Elizabeth.”

  • Reuters reports, “Time Warner Inc.’s AOL Internet unit said on Wednesday it purchased a controlling stake in Adtech AG, a German online advertising management company, to expand the volume of ads it delivers to big Web sites in Europe.”

    Jobs

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Foreign Policy Writer.

  • Niche Media Holdings, LLC is looking for an Associate Editor.

  • Alert Global Media is seeking an experienced reporter.

  • The McLaughlin Group is looking for a television producer/writer.

  • PBS is looking for an Associate Director/Content Manager.

  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly is looking for a versatile Writer/Business Reporter.

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  • Taking Out The Trash, 01.12.07

  • With a third of the votes, Fox was where most of you tuned in for President Bush’s speech.

  • A NBC release announced that “Meet the Press with Tim Russert” was the number one public affairs program for the week ending January 7, 2007, “winning all categories.” “Meet” attracted 4.223 million viewers, an 18% lead over CBS’s “Face the Nation”, 51% more than ABC’s “This Week”, and a 212% lead over FOX’s “News Sunday.”

  • Cousin TVNewser reports that Reese Schonfeld calls MSNBC’s ratings rise “almost incredible.”

  • A reader asks, “Does this NationalJournal.com2.0 have anything to do with the NBC 2.0?” Answer: No.

  • Reuters reports that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice “let slip her media preferences” stating over an open mic on Thursday, “I love every single one” of Fox News network’s correspondents and also favors CBS anchor Harry Smith.

  • Actually, the Baltimore Sun is not “in negotiations with the Tribune Co. to purchase The Baltimore Sun.”

  • A tipster writes in, “Sorry, but the coolest journalism name in DC is Kukula Glastris of the Washington Monthly.”

  • Reports show future looks strong for media

  • Newspapers…and After?”

  • Wolf Blitzer welcomed new CNN correspondent Brianna Keilar to the D.C. bureau on The Situation Room today…

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