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Rather Discusses Watermelon Analogy

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On Sunday, HDNET’s Dan Rather appeared on NBC’s Chris Matthews‘ show and used a watermelon analogy. Since then he has encountered reactions he never expected.

An excerpt:
“I was talking about Obama and health care and I used the analogy of selling watermelons by the side of the road. It’s an expression that stretches to my boyhood roots in Southeast Texas, when country highways were lined with stands manned by sellers of all races. Now of course watermelons have become a stereotype for African Americans and so my analogy entered a charged environment. I’m sorry people took offense.”

Read Rather’s entire first-person essay here.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: President’s Council of Economic Advisers Chair Dr. Christina Romer, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI), former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) and CNBC’s Jim Cramer

CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT)

ABC’s This Week: National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and a roundtable with ABC’s George Will, former Bush White House counselor Ed Gillespie, HuffPost’s Arianna Huffington, the Center for American Progress’ John Podesta and American Urban Radio Networks’ April Ryan

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Inex Tenenbaum and a panel with Fox News analysts the Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, Liz Cheney and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Sen. John Thune (R-SD), National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers, CNN’s Donna Brazile, William Bennett and Suze Orman

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: The Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik, “Beat the Press” on WGBH’s Emily Rooney, former NBC “Today” executive producer and former CBS’ “Early Show” senior executive producer Steve Friedman, USA Today‘s Christine Brennan, CBS Sportsline’s Gregg Doyel and pop culture commentator Lola Ogunnaike

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: “The Skeptical Environmentalist” author Bjorn Lomborg, NYT‘s Paul Krugman, “The American Future” author Simon Schama, “Start Up Nation” author Dan Senor and FT‘s Chrystia Freeland

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: HD Net’s Dan Rather, NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell and NYT‘s Andrew Ross Sorkin and Helene Cooper

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny, WaPo‘s Dan Balz, LAT‘s Janet Hook and Politico‘s Eamon Javers

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and Bloomberg’s Rich Miller, Kristin Jensen, Julianna Goldman, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), McClatchy’s Bill Douglas, TWT‘s Deborah Simmons, Democratic strategist Karen Finney, Roll Call TV and Philadelphia Tribune‘s Robert Traynham, Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson and News One/Interactive One’s Smokey Fontaine

CNN’s Amanpour: Top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal

Will update as we learn them.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett, John Podesta, Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Maria Shriver

CBS’ Face the Nation: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-

ABC’s This Week: White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod and a roundtable with WaPo‘s EJ Dionne, NYT‘s Paul Krugman, WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan and ABC’s Jake Tapper and George Will

Fox News Sunday: Terry McAuliffe, Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), Sen. John Thune (D-SD)

CNN’s State of the Union: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) and CNN’s Democratic strategist Donna Brazile and William Bennett

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WaPo and ESPN’s Michael Wilbon, CBN’s David Brody, B&C‘s Marisa Guthrie and AmericaBlog.com’s John Aravosis

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: CNAS’ Thomas Ricks, “Superfusion” author Zachary Karabell, “Keynes: The Return of the Master” author Robert Skidelsky, The Econonist‘s John Micklethwait and Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: HD Net’s Dan Rather, NYT‘s Helene Cooper, The Atlantic‘s Andrew Sullivan, and NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Time‘s Karen Tumulty, AP’s Charles Babington, NJ‘s James Kitfield and Politico‘s John Harris

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Secretary of the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and a panel with Urban Radio’s April Ryan, Roll Call TV and Philadelphia Tribune‘s Robert Traynham, Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson and Democratic strategist Julian Epstein

CNN’s Amanpour: CSIS’ Sarah Mendelson, Human Rights Watch’s Tom Malinowski, Queen Rania of Jordan, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway

Will update as we learn them.

Morning Reading List 09.30.09

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A White House reporter used the made-for-SNL-word “strategery” in a question posed to press secretary Robert Gibbs at yesterday’s briefing. Funny man Gibbs, referring to the SNL newbie who dropped the F bomb this weekend, joked, “I’m going to curse in a minute.” (h/t HuffPost)

Where did the month of September go? What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

TV | RADIO | ONLINE | BOOKS | NEWS NOTES

TV

Missing the Joe of “Morning Joe?” Joe Scarborough has apparently been recovering from sinus surgery this week.

Fortune‘s profile of Charlie Rose.

CNN’s John Roberts has an awkward moment with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

In “Hollywood” news… HBO’s “Big Love” has been filming in DC– Bill Paxton and Chloe Sevigny have been spotted shooting at Union Station, outside the White House and in Dupont Circle. Jon got the boot from TLC’s “Jon and Kate Plus Eight.” And the “Real Housewives” have no idea who Nancy Pelosi is.

RADIO

NPR’s Vivian Schiller profiled by More.

Barbara Walters interviewed Arianna Huffington on her SIRIUS XM radio show. An excerpt from Arianna: “I’m fine to be called a liberal. My problem is that with the analysis that sees everything is divided as right versus left. When you have major alliances among people who are liberals, people are who are conservatives agreeing on things like reforming Wall Street, on things like not escalating in Afghanistan, on things like providing healthcare for the uninsured. Because many people in business know that they have to carry the cost, and it’s weighing down their businesses.”

ONLINE

TWT‘s Christina Bellantoni: A Facebook poll asking whether President Obama should be assassinated has sparked an Internet uproar – with new polls calling for the offending poll creator’s arrest and other social-networking sites questioning their policies amid an unprecedented level of online vitriol.

Daily Candy (which we LOVE) has unveiled a new look.

BOOKS

The e-book of Sarah Palin’s “Going Rogue” has been delayed by the publisher to apparently stress hardcover sales.

John Dickerson: Sarah Palin took the name of her memoir from this (unflattering) Slate article.

And apparently, David Letterman has an advance copy of Palin’s memoir. (h/t Wake Up Call)

NEWS NOTES

NYT‘s executive editor Bill Keller on pay model in NYO: “In the end, I think it will come down to a gut call about what we think the audience will accept and how we think the market will evolve…Everybody wants it to be a well-informed, well-considered gut call, but it’s a gut call.”

Dan Rather‘s case against CBS has been dismissed.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico, NJ‘s Wake-Up Call and Last Call!

NPC Remembers Cronkite and Hewitt


Rather, Kalb, Schieffer and Schorr last night at the National Press Club.

Marvin Kalb moderated a discussion between Bob Schieffer, Daniel Schorr and Dan Rather last evening at the National Press Club called “A Tribute to Walter Cronkite and Don Hewitt.”

They shared their favorite stories and memories of the “most trusted man in America” and the creator of “60 Minutes.” And they reacted to comments the President made at Cronkite’s memorial service in New York last week. “We find ourselves wondering how he would have covered the monumental stories of our time. Would he have been able to cut through the murky noise of the blogs and the tweets and the sound bites to shine the bright light on substance?”

They agreed with how the President ended that thought too: “And somehow we know that the answer is yes. The simple values Walter Cronkite set out in pursuit of, to seek the truth, to keep us honest, to explore our world the best he could, they are as vital today as they ever were.”

NPC Remembers Cronkite and Hewitt

The National Press Club will hold “A Tribute to Walter Cronkite and Don Hewitt” this Wednesday evening. Former CBS newsman Marvin Kalb will moderate a panel of Bob Schieffer, Dan Rather, and Daniel Schorr, who will all share personal ancedotes about the “most trusted man in America” and the creator of “60 Minutes.”

This event is free and open to the public, though seating is limited. You can RSVP at 202-662-7501.

“First Draft of History” Event Announced

Invitations for the “First Draft of History,” a Newseum event sponsored by The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute are being extended today. The invite-only, all on-the-record event will include interviews and panel discussions with folks like Larry Summers, Janet Napolitano, Michael Bloomberg, David Petraeus, Lindsey Graham and Eric Schmitt.

The October 1-2 event will also feature media heavy hitters as interviewers. Charlie Gibson, Brian Williams, Dan Rather, David Gregory, Chris Matthews, Maria Bartiromo, Chuck Todd, Chris Wallace and Jim Lehrer will represent the broadcast side. Print journos include James Bennet, David Brooks, Howard Fineman, Gene Robinson, Ron Brownstein, E.J. Dionne, Jeffrey Goldberg, James Fallows and Michael Kinsley.

For more details, click here.

Taking Out The Trash

• So you think you can dance, Tom Delay? Actually, yes he can, according to someone who knows- Emily Miller on Politics Daily.

• How’s Fox News during the Obama administration? Pretty darn good, AP reports.

WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz disagrees with Dan Rather; says a presidential commission is not needed to save newspapers in today’s Media Notes column.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a roundtable with former adviser to Pres. George W. Bush, Karen Hughes, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Democratic Strategist Bob Shrum and Politico‘s Roger Simon

CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and a roundtable with WaPo‘s Kevin Merida and WaPo‘s Kathleen Parker

ABC’s This Week: Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and a roundtable with ABC’s Donna Brazile, Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts, George Will and WaPo‘s Bob Woodward

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen, John Cornyn (R-TX) and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and a roundtable with Fox News’ contributors radio talk show host Laura Ingraham, NPR’s Mara Liasson, Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) and CNN’s Mary Matalin and James Carville

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Conservative radio host Michael Medved, Keli Goff, BBC World News America anchor Matt Frei and Al Jazeera English anchor Sir David Frost

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: NBC’s Pete Williams, HDNet’s Dan Rather, NYT‘s Helene Cooper and USA Today‘s Joan Biskupic

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: LAT‘s Doyle McManus, WaPo‘s Ceci Connolly, WSJ‘s Deborah Solomon and NJ‘s James Barnes

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols, Mike Tackett, Heidi Przybyla, Vin Weber and Margaret Carlson

Will update as we learn them.

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Morning Reading List 06.17.09

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Happy Birthday to Christina Wilke! What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | MAGAZINE | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

The Boston Globe‘s union talks will continue next week.

TV

Nielsen conceded making an error and is performing a recount after the company’s ratings on Tuesday initially indicated that ABC’s “World News” most likely had its smallest audience ever, AP’s David Bauder reports. This re-look was at the request of ABC.

In light of the network’s White House special, TVNewser points out the White House health reform communications director is former ABC News correspondent, Linda Douglass.

“I’m not a journalist… If I wanted to be a journalist, I would be Charlie Rose and bore the snot out of people and have fourteen people watching me. I am a guy that firmly believes what I believe. I’ve done my homework. I am a student of history. Now, I can either present that to you in a Charlie Rose sort of way, or I can be entertaining.” -Fox News’ Glenn Beck in this GQ Q&A.

ONLINE

BayNewser profiles the State Dept. staffer who called Twitter to ask them to delay maintenance to allow Iranians to continue tweeting. You’d be surprised to find out it was Jared Cohen- a 27-year-old whiz kid whose job is to advise the State Dept. on how to use social media to promote U.S. interests the Middle East.

NYT‘s Brian Stelter joins the Morning Media Menu today. You can listen in here.

MySpace will lay off about 30% of its workforce.

MAGAZINES

The Atlantic takes a look at why The Economist is thriving while Time and Newsweek fade- includes a video interview with Michael Hirschorn.

NEWS NOTES

NYT: Iran revokes press credentials for foreign journalists and orders journalists not to report from the streets.

More at B&C: News orgs battle to cover Iran rallies.

Dan Rather pens this piece “Tehran, Twitter and Tiananmen” for the Daily Beast- “The shift in the media landscape over the last two decades means there’s no comparison between Tehran and Tiananmen.”

HAT TIPS: mediabistro

JOBS after the jump…

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