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Weekend Show Preview: 5.23 – 25

Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked!


CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.); Sen. John Thune (R-SD); Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.); David Finkel, author of Thank You For Your Service; Col. Tom Manion, author of Brothers Forever; WaPo‘s Dana Priest; Ben Carson, author of One Nation; Jarrett Bell, USA Today Sports; TIME’s Sean Gregory; Steven Silverman, plaintiff’s attorney in NFL lawsuit

“Fox News Sunday”Derek Bennett, chief of staff of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America; Dr. Margaret Moxness, a VA hospital whistleblower; Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)

NBC’s “Meet the Press” : TBA

ABC’s “This Week” : Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; former Utah governor Jon HuntsmanPaul Rieckhoff, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America CEO and founder

Univision’s “Al Punto” José Manuel Mireles, leader of the militia in Michoacán, Mexico; John O. Brennan; director, Central Intelligence Agency; María Antonieta CollinsBarbara Walters; musician Carlos Santana

CNN’s “State of the Union” : Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN); Penny Lee, former director, Democratic Governors Association; Corey Dade, blogger at The Take, The Root, NPR contributor; Alex Castellanos; Wes Moore, Army veteran, advocate, filmmaker

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The Atlantic Publishes its Annual ‘Ideas’ Issue

The July/August Atlantic ‘Ideas” issue is out. In addition to the 14 Biggest Ideas of the Year, Lori Gottlieb has a piece that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser, “How to Land Your Kid in Therapy.” The gist: It might not be so wise to block your children from rejection and unhappiness.

A few of their trends (for better and worse) facing America today:

The Rise of the Middle Class – Just Not Ours — by FT‘s Gillian Tett

Elections Work — by PBS’s Gwen Ifill

Nothing Stays Secret — by WaPo Investigative Reporter Dana Priest, whose upcoming book is: Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State.

Gay is the New Normal — by Jonathan Rauch, Contributing editor, The Atlantic

The Maniac Will be Televised — by Walter Kirn, author of two books, Up in the Air and Lost in Meritocracy

Controversial WaPo Series Goes Live

A controversial new investigative series by William M. Arkin and Dana Priest has just gone live on A look at the national security and intelligence system, the series was highlighted by Foreign Policy and the Washington Times after the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Diplomatic Security Bureau at State released documents warning contractors, employees and industry partners of the investigation that some say “harms national security” and “pushes the boundaries of intelligence reporting.”

Today’s piece includes:

•Some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on Top Secret programs related to counter-terrorism, homeland security, and intelligence at over 10,000 locations across the country. Over 850,000 Americans have Top Secret clearances.

•Redundancy and overlap are major problems and a symptom of the ongoing lack of coordination between agencies.

•In the Washington area alone, 33 building complexes for Top Secret work are under construction or have been built since September 2001.

You can view it online at Also check out the documents obtained by FP here and TWT here.

Top 10 Works of Journalism of Decade Include D.C. Scribes and Judges


As alerted to us by Jay Rosen, a journalism professor at NYU, the faculty at NYU have chosen the top 10 works of journalism in the United States for the past decade between 2000-2009.

Some D.C. journos made the cut.

Number 6
Jane Mayer
The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals, 2008
A thorough and damning investigation, based on her New Yorker articles, of the Bush administration’s more questionable tactics in the war on terror. Read the piece here.

Number 9
Anne Hull, Dana Priest (reporters) and Michel du Cille (photographer)
Soldiers Face Neglect, Frustration at Army’s Top Medical Facility, February 2007, The Washington Post
This two-part, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of abuses at Walter Reed Army Medical Center exposed the substandard treatment soldiers received at this Washington, D.C., hospital and led to firings, resignations, government investigations and efforts to better care for those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Read the piece here.

Read the full list here.

Judges outside NYU including D.C.’s own Juan Williams of NPR: Madeleine Blais (University of Massachusetts), Gene Roberts (former editor Philadelphia Inquirer and New York Times), Dorothy Rabinowitz (Wall Street Journal), Morley Safer (60 Minutes), Ben Yagoda (University of Delaware), Eric Newton (Knight Foundation), Leon Dash (University of Illinois), Juan Williams (NPR), Sylvia Nasar (Columbia) and Greil Marcus (cultural critic).

Washington Mourns Loss of Former WaPo Ombudsman

90774-1.jpgOver the weekend, the Washington D.C. journalism community learned that WaPo’s former ombudsman Deborah Howell died after being struck by a car while walking across a street in New Zealand. Howell was 68.

Reaction to her death has been intense and emotional.

The coverage has been full of stories of the woman WaPo’s Dana Priest called “a junkyard dog” in the workplace and a woman who “so clearly embraced outside the workplace.”

Read more of Priests’ memories.

Read WaPo’s obituary on Howell.

Politico’s Michael Calderdone detailed the emotional weekend tweets about Howell in his column. The Associated Press story published a heartening story about Howell’s impact on journalists.

Morning Reading List 10.20.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…



Cuts at NYT was the topic of discussion on today’s Morning Media Menu with FishbowlNY’s Amanda Ernst.

Duke’s Chronicle catches up with WaPo‘s Dana Priest on investigative reporting.


Booking Wars: Is Don Imus having a hard time booking CNN, MSNBC and CNBC talent on “Imus in the Morning” on FBN?

Former NBC White House and Washington correspondent Kevin Corke has landed a new gig in Miami. He writes on Facebook: “FINALLY GOT A JOB! I am the new main anchor at WTVJ (NBC) in Miami. Thanks to everyone for the well wishes and prayers throughout. Come see me in South Florida!” We’ll have a Q&A with Corke on FBDC later today.

Maryland Public TV celebrates 40 years.


NPR’s “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me” is on the road. NBC’s Brian Williams will join the show from Carnegie Hall this week for the “Not My Job” segment.


The debate over health care reform is back as the biggest story last week, according to Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. This is the highest level of coverage since President Obama’s prime-time speech the week of September 7-13. But, obviously, late in the week, “balloon boy” captivated the media.


CBS remembered legendary CBS newsman Don Hewitt, who died in August, yesterday at the Time Warner Center. Morley Safer, Andy Rooney, Bill O’Reilly, Diane Sawyer, Charlie Gibson, Mike Wallace, Rome Hartman, “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager, Les Moonves, actor Alan Alda and Hewitt family were present. “Don was utterly incapable of small talk,” said Safer. “Don liked to boast he could cut the Lord’s prayer in half and make it better.”

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Diane Graces Cap File‘s Fall Issue

It’s ABC’s Diane Sawyer who graces the cover of the latest Capitol File, but the mag’s real “it” girl is new Editor-in-Chief Sarah Schaffer. FBDC caught up with Schaffer for the scoop on the fall issue, which should hit newsstands October 1st…

Diane Sawyer’s on the cover- what timing! Was she picked before her big announcement as the new “World News” anchor? And why?

We’re thrilled to have Diane Sawyer on the cover, and at such an important time in her career as she prepares to take over the helm at “World News.” We chose her for our fall issue because we admire her body of work, warm spirit and long career in journalism. We’ve had this cover planned for a long while now, but as it turns out the timing worked perfectly for her- and for us! In our interview she talks about her journo mentors and favorite stories, as well as her early days working in the Nixon White House. It’s a good read.

What new features can we will see in this issue and can we expect to see in future issues?

Where do I begin? We’ve made some design tweaks and pumped up our coverage of the District’s food and fashion scenes. We’re also introducing a new special section called Obsessions. It’s an annual guide to what we’re, as the name suggests, obsessed with right now in Greater Washington. And more than ever before we’re taking a peek inside the lives of the people who define Washington’s culture-politicians, power players, media types, artists, philanthropists and local business leaders- with features like our On the Record piece, a first-person essay (this month’s is by Mark Shriver; he talks about his family’s legacy) and our Life of the Party page, which polls two politicos- one from the left and one from the right- on their hobbies, passions, annoyances and favorite DCisms.

Sawyer has a three-page spread, in which she discusses what has changed in journalism over the course of her career, her favorite and most harrowing interviews and even dabbles into her personal life.

You’ll also recognize a certain contributor’s name this issue of Cap File. Matt catches up with a few DC media types, including Luke Russert, George Stephanopoulos, Ed Henry, Amy Holmes and Dana Priest this fall about their favorite local haunts.

Some dets from Sawyer’s Cap File interview after the jump…

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FishbowlDC’s Brag Book: Meet Derek Wallbank

bragbook_100x100.gif Good morning FishbowlDC! Meet our friend, Derek Wallbank. Wallbank was most recently a researcher at CQ Daybook and Maine beat writer for CQ Politics. Before CQ, Derek was a K-12 reporter and politics blogger for the Lansing State Journal in Michigan.

Even after a pretty rough day at work, our boy Derek took some time to catch up with FishbowlDC. He responded to his interview before I even opened my computer this morning. Talk about calm during crisis and knowing how to rock a deadline…


What working journalist do you most admire and why? The journalist I still try and live up to is a guy named Thomas P. Morgan who used to work for a small alternative weekly in Lansing Mich. He covered city hall and used to smoke everyone on that beat. Not just win, but leave people in his wake. Now, Tom’s a smart guy, but I put his success down to the simple fact that he flat out outworked everyone else. He didn’t take kindly to spin and didn’t let someone’s B.S. get in the way of cold, hard facts. I’ve always looked up to him for that.

Among active journalists in the D.C. area, I’m a big fan of Dana Priest, Jake Tapper and my friend and former colleague Jon Allen. Priest because she is an investigative reporter without peer, in my estimation. Tapper is probably the most tenacious questioner in the White House Press Corps this side of Helen Thomas. And Allen, to me, is the best reporter covering Congress full stop.

Proudest moment in your career? I find most of my biggest successes in journalism have happened because other folks decided they had better things to do with their time than chase a story any more.

For example, one night in April 2008, I decided to pop over to a giant block party in East Lansing called Cedar Fest that some folks had thought was going to turn ugly. Most TV crews and reporters buggered off after 1 a.m., assuming everything would be OK, but I decided to stay and watch because I got a sense the crowd was going to get unruly. That night turned out to be one of the worst riots in Michigan State University history, and I wound up filing the final version of my story at 7 a.m. while reeking from tear gas. My paper was the only professional media organization to provide a comprehensive play-by-play of what happened that night, mainly because most other reporters just gave up and went home to bed.

What is something that most people don’t know about you? My wife and I are big renaissance fair aficionados. She dresses up for it, though I have so far managed to not have to wear the dreaded kilt. Even in plain clothes, what better way could there be to spend a Saturday than drinking mead while watching a joust and cheering on your favorite horseman in a loud, moderately obnoxious faux-British accent?

What’s your guilty pleasure? Diet fruity-flavored soda, like diet Sunkist or Fresca. My dad always told me that the orange soda would turn my skin that color, which is just as well I suppose because despite growing up in Miami, Fla., I seem wholly incapable of tanning. Orange glow is the next best thing, right?

If you’re looking for a hardworking reporter with experience in newspaper, magazine, online and visual journalism – including video, consider Derek Wallbank. He specialize in campaigns and elections, politics, education, breaking news and soft features. More importantly, FishbowlDC guarantees that he won’t wear period garb to work…unless you’re into that.

You can check out one of Derek Nigel Wallbank’s recent articles here, catch up with him on LinkedIn, Facebook or by contacting FishbowlDC. We’d be more than happy to get you his contact details.

Read Derek’s responses to the rest of our questions after the jump.

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WaPo Ombudsman Addresses Concerns About The Paper’s Quality Amidst Recent Changes

In Sunday’s paper, WaPo ombudsman Andrew Alexander addressed readers’ concerns of compromised quality, less watchdog reporting and less depth, amidst announcements of recent changes. He assures readers that while staff morale may seem low, that commitment remains high. “There’s anxiety, but immense pride. Most view the changes as painful but necessary. Some say they’re overdue. I agree,” Alexander writes.

In the piece, WaPo executive editor Marcus Brauchli said he expects “some diminution of quality.” “This is a year of exceptional changes,” he said. “We’re willing to endure some distraction in the short term in order to be stronger in the long term.”

And Dana Priest (who Alexander points out is a Pulitzer Prize-winning report for the Post): “We are journalists not because of the good pay or the bankers’ hours, but because we love The Washington Post and its role in making the country stronger and better. Those motivations are not going to disappear. They will just compete with the chaos of a transition from the present to what is at the other end of this long, dark media industry tunnel.”

Washingtonian Names 50 Top Journos

washingtonian top 50 FBDC.jpgIn the June issue of Washingtonian, the mag’s executive editor Garrett Graff takes his old Fishbowl fins out for a spin to write the quadrennial review of Washington’s “50 Top Journalists.”

The piece evaluates the city’s rising stars, anchors, behind-the-scenes movers and shakers and the best reporters at “explaining what news means.”

ABC’s Jake Tapper, NBC’s Chuck Todd and CBS’ Lara Logan were no surprise but the “rising stars” category was interesting. The category included WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, Politico’s Jonathan Martin, FNC’s Chad Pergram, HuffPo’s Sam Stein, WaPo’s Anne Kornblut, NJ’s Shane Harris and WRC-TV’s Lindsay Czarniak to name just a few.

Check out the June issue of Washingtonian for the full list.

*Pictured: Wapo’s Dana Priest, FOX’s Carl Cameron, Time’s Karen Tumulty