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Mariane Pearl to Speak on Press Freedom Tuesday

Mariane Pearl, a French freelance journalist for Glamour and the widow of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, will be on Capitol Hill Tuesday for a panel on defending press freedom.

Pearl’s husband was murdered in Pakistan by members of Al-Qaeda in 2002, and the experience formed the basis of her memoir, “A Mighty Heart,” which was later adapted into a movie starring Angelina Jolie. Pearl’s visit is part of a series of events to mark World Press Freedom Day, co-sponsored by the Congressional Caucus for Freedom of the Press and the National Endowment for Democracy.

Pearl will be joined on the panel by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Egyptian blogger Wael Abbas, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Esther Brimmer; Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Michael Posner, and Carl Gershmann, president of NED.

In May of last year, President Obama enacted the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act, aimed at protecting American journalists around the world.

Details…The panel, “Defending Press Freedom in the 21st Century,” begins at 9 a.m. in the Capitol Visitors Center, rooms SVC 210/212.

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What Really Happened to Daniel Pearl?

This afternoon at the National Press Club, the Center for Public Integrity officially released their report, nine years in the making, of what really happened to WSJ reporter Daniel Pearl, kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan in 2002.

CPI worked on The Pearl Project in conjunction with former WSJ reporter and Pearl’s colleague Asra Nomani (pictured), Georgetown University Journalism Director Barbara Feinman Todd, and more than 30 students. The project was funded by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

Following an introduction from CPI director Bill Buzenberg, a pretty sweet three-course lunch was served: an asparagus and mushroom salad, chicken breast with couscous and vegetables, and a fruit tart.

After lunch, Todd and Nomani got down to business: They detailed their findings, identified the men involved in but never convicted of Pearl’s murder, and revealed that the self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed had actually carried out the murder.

Angelina Jolie never showed as was rumored (or did in disguise). Others attended: Bill Kovach, former Washington bureau chief for the New York Times and now the Chairman of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ Advisory Committee, Connie Lawn, White House correspondent for USA Radio Network, and Mike Freedman, executive producer of the Kalb Report.

The Pearl Project’s full report, “The Truth Left Behind,”can be read here.

Jolie’s Publicist Sends Scolding E-mail

Late last night we heard from Angelina Jolie‘s publicist after reporting the apparent disastrous news that Jolie may appear at the Center for Public Integrity’s luncheon on Jan. 20 that will release a special report on slain WSJ reporter Daniel Pearl.

We stand by our reporting. It is true that it has been quietly discussed that she may attend. Just because a publicist is denying the possibility or insisting that we said “confirmed” (when we did not) doesn’t mean that is true. As one journo who has been put through the ringer by PR types put it to me this morning, “PR people are just liars!” Not all, but in some cases that might apply.

Below is Media Talent Group’s Oren Segal‘s email. In other news about being scolded for our item, the Center for Public Integrity’s Media Relations Manager Steve Carpinelli wrote me another note and we’re mending our differences. He warmly agreed to lighten up about this whole matter.

Hopefully Oren can do the same. Okay Oren?

Dear Betsy,

Angelina is not confirmed to attend this event. Moving forward please fact check with us. Thank you.



Oren Segal
Media Talent Group
9200 Sunset Blvd., Suite 550
West Hollywood, Ca. 90069

Morning Reading List, 09.15.08


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This Week In Pool Reports

The Bushes celebrate the festival of lights, and taunt the pool with food they can’t have.

  • “The Oval Office had a festive atmosphere, with a Christmas tree decorated with large golden ornaments beside the Rose Garden door and an arrangement of large pine cones above the fireplace. Officials milling behind POTUS’s desk included Hadley, Negroponte and Perino. Bush said he was looking forward to lunch with the president but warned it may not be as good as the food he enjoyed during his last trip to Italy.” — Andrew Ward, The Financial Times

  • “The president marked the Jewish festival of lights at Hanukkah reception. About a hundred guests filled the Grand Foyer for a 20-minute candle lighting ceremony. Six festive Christmas trees were in the corners, but the focus of the tableau was a menorah that once belonged to the great-grandfather of slain Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl. Pearl’s parents sat in the front row with the First Lady as Mr. Bush recounted the miracle of Hanukkah, and the stories of Daniel Pearl and the family candelabrum. The transcript has already moved. The president drew a parallel between Maccabees’ fight against religious oppression, and Pearl’s ‘lifelong pursuit of truth and tolerance.’ Two Jewish cabinet members were on hand, Michael Chertoff and Michael Mukasey. Like most of the men in the crowd, they wore yarmulkes. The who’s who included Elliott Abrams, Ken Mehlman, Josh Bolten, Rep. Eric Cantor, and White House chief of protocol Nancy Brinker. A man sitting in front of Mehlman wore a yarmulke decorated with a “W” and the words ‘The President.’” — Todd Gillman, Dallas Morning News

  • “What’s a party without a nosh? The feast reportedly included potato latkes, apple latkes, baby lamb chops and smoked salmon. Alas, the pool was ushered out and didn’t get to partake.” — Gillman

  • Apparently a light rain did not stop the president from riding. The bikes that they pulled off the back of the cars back at the white house were quite muddy.” — Jason Embry, Cox Newspapers

  • The POTUS sat, lips zipped and smiling, afterward, as the pool was being ushered out and an intrepid pooler called out the question: What are the American people to make of the CIA’s destruction of videotapes? And the pool, which had been asked not to ask questions, was shown the door. The president’s body language, however, appeared positively upbeat.” — Mark Silva, Chicago Tribune

  • Morning Reading List, 04.17.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Overwhelmingly, you think the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner/Weekend is sorta sad and pathetic.

  • Tom Shales on the national coverage of the Virginia Tech tragedy.

  • Pew Research Center wants to test your news knowledge with this quiz.

  • To do tonight: “To celebrate Doublethink’s spring issue, join us for a launch party at the Science Club tomorrow, Tuesday, April 17th at 6 p.m. The editors and writers of the magazine will be there, so come by and raise a glass. The address is 1136 19th Street NW, and the nearest Metro stops are Farragut North on the Red Line and Farragut West on the Orange and Blue. We’ll be on the second floor. As always, there is no cover and there are beer, wine, and rail drink specials.”

  • The Extreme-ness catches an Imus oldie, but goodie.

  • Best-Informed Also View Fake News, Study Says

  • Norah O’Donnell has a baby shower and is pretty close to selecting “incredibly Irish” names.

  • The case against citizen journalism (from TNR, natch).
  • New York Times’s Kit Seelye takes a look at Conde Nast’s new Portfolio.

  • A reader points out that the “daily notebook from NEWSWEEK’s political team” hasn’t been updated in two weeks.

  • Portfolio calls “enigmatic asset manager” Bruce Sherman “the scariest guy in journalism.”

  • Portfolio editor-in-chief Joanne Lipman tells Jon Friedman, “We’re not comparing ourselves to anybody,” she said. “She underscored that Portfolio won’t seem like a ‘homework’ assignment.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Readers were the first to abandon U.S. newspapers. Then advertisers and investors. Now analysts are joining the exodus.”

  • AP reported that Daniel Pearl “was added to the 30,000 names etched on the Holocaust Memorial Wall” in Miami Beach on Sunday “to honor the American journalist who was abducted and killed by terrorists in 2002.”

  • A Pew nationwide survey shows, “Americans are no more or less likely now than in 1989 to be able to identify political leaders or know key details about major events in the news.”

  • Smithsonian Magazine is looking for a Six-Month Writing Intern.

  • Tom Curley, the chief executive of The Associated Press, explains “why the newspaper industry is so nervous — some say paranoid — about Yahoo and Google.”

  • Washington Whispers reports Gen. George Casey, the new Army chief of staff who has known Martha Raddatz “for years,” called her book, “Terrific job on the book … especially for a girl!”

  • AP’s David Bauder reports, “Democrats, Fox News Channel lock horns”

  • Washington Post reports, “Richard Dawkins, the famed Oxford scientist who had a bestseller with ‘The God Delusion,’ … recently he has ramped up his atheist message, further mixing his defense of evolution with his attack on belief.”

  • David Weinberger, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, warns that “A lot of the blogosphere does not make sense if viewed from the point of view of a business model.”

  • New York Times reports Al Jazeera English is now available on YouTube.

  • Media Week notes that the demise of “as a standalone raises questions about” the “sustainability” of an online only magazine.

  • Eat The Press looks at how Politico doesn’t let “the absence of actual facts get in the way of a story.”

  • New York Times reports that AOL Founder, Stephen M. Case, “plans to unveil his new company’s Web site for consumers, , which has built a growing audience since a test version went online in January.”

  • Washingtonian has chef/owner of Marcel’s, the French-Belgian dining room in Foggy Bottom, and the soon-to-open Brasserie Beck at 11th and K, Robert Wiedmaier participating in an online chat today at 11 a.m. You can submit questions here.

  • A tipster tells us, the “dude who resigned from the toledo blade under fire, once worked for the blade and pittsburgh post-gazette’s washington bureaus.”

  • A panel of journalists discussed the future of newspapers at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 8 conference March 31 in Clear Lake and found that the “future of newspapers uncertain.”

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko

  • Morning Reading List, 03.30.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • You laughed at Karl Rove. Not with him.

  • An NBC release announced that “Meet The Press with Tim Russert” won the week ending March 25 in all categories, both nationally and in Washington, D.C. “Meet” attracted 44% more viewers than CBS “Face the Nation,” 66% over ABC “This Week” and 248% more than FOX “News Sunday.”

  • Michael Getler didn’t love the “News War” finale.

  • Rachel Sklar has a “Dispatch From The ASNEs.”

  • From a reader: “Don’t ask why I remember this, but I recognize that NYT photo from the Kyle Sampson story: it’s from a Kit Seelye article from winter 2003ish about snowmobilers in Yellowstone.”

  • Another NBC release announced that “The Chris Matthews Show” was “the number-two rated Sunday morning public affairs show for the week ending March 25, 2007.”

  • The Pew weekly News Interest Index shows that while public interest in the Iraq war remained high last week, the fallout from the firing of eight U.S. attorneys by the Justice Department “failed to gain much traction with the public.”

  • Cousin TVNewser reports that David Gregory, and Don Imus had a friendly debate over which really is the number one nightly news show.

  • The AP reports, “Traditional media are seen to be fighting an uphill battle against Internet news and citizen journalists, despite questions over the credibility of the Web.”

  • Media Matter reports that Drudge has linked “to Politico 45 times during its two-month existence.”

  • Jay Rosen reports that Tim Porter and Michele McLellan have “change or die” findings from their tour of American newsrooms.

  • Paul Bedard reports that Bernadine Healy was giving her future son-in-law a hard time at her book party on Tuesday for his dangerous habit — rugby.

  • The Washingtonian’s write-up of last night’s Media Research Center awards gala.

  • BBC reports, “Among those calling for a bloggers’ code of conduct is Tim O’Reilly — one of the web’s most influential thinkers.”
  • Huffington Post’s Ankush Khardori asks, “Do Newspapers Need Ombudsmen?”

  • Poynter released the results of the EyeTrack07 study this week to the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Check out the results here. E&P has more on the study.

  • TVNewser reports, “ABC’s Chief White House Correspondent Martha Raddatz reported from the North Arabian Gulf on Wednesday, where she was the only Western journalist aboard the USS Eisenhower.”

  • Jonathan Chait, the new author of TRB, “talked with TNR Editor Franklin Foer about the role of a column and the challenges of writing one.”

  • From Cynopsis:

      Discovery Communications yesterday announced it would buy the 25% ownership stake in Discovery held by Cox Communications in exchange for $1.275 billion in cash, and the Travel Channel and its related business pieces. It is likely Cox will spin the network and put it up for sale. The end result for Discovery is it will now be owned by Liberty Media with a now 66% stake, and Advance/Newhouse with 33% ownership. The deal is expected to close in early third qtr 2007.

  • Theodora Blanchfield has been promoted from staff writer to Associate Editor at Campaigns & Elections magazine

  • IANS reports, “The murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Pakistan will be the subject of an investigative journalism seminar being planned by Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies.”

  • “The Loudoun Times-Mirror was honored March 24 as the best weekly newspaper in Virginia for its circulation size.”

  • Salon’s Rebecca Traister takes a look at Fox’s “Conserva-babe and star-in-the-making Rachel Marsden.”

  • Check out the 2007 RTNDA Regional Murrow Award recipients, including two awards for WTOP.

  • The Washington Times reports, that House lawmakers “said they are committed to a Feb. 17, 2009, deadline for transitioning to digital TV.”

  • Reuters reports, “Yahoo Inc. will offer international news from reporters working with U.S. newspaper publisher McClatchy Co., including a blog written by Iraqi staffers, the companies said on Wednesday.”

  • The AP is looking for a photographer in the Baltimore bureau.

  • E&E Publishing is seeking a Production Assistant for E&ETV.

  • No-Va Living Magazine is seeking a freelance Statistician/Researcher.

  • And we have some photos from the Week Opinion Awards:
      Bill Falk, Chip Bok, Michael Kinsley and Josh Fruhlinger

      Bill Falk, Justin Smith and Terry McAuliffe

  • And more:

    (L to R) Rhoda Glickman, former Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Beth E. Dozoretz, Senior Vice President, Value Options Healthcare join iVillage (a division of NBC Universal) President, Deborah Fine, Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, President of Women in Cable Telecommunications and Phyllis E. Greenberger, President and CEO, Society for Women’s Health Research in Washington D.C. for an advisory board meeting to launch iVillage Cares, a new national women’s advocacy program.


    (L to R) Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, President of Women in Cable Telecommunications, Phyllis E. Greenberger, President and CEO, Society for Women’s Health Research, Patricia de Stacy Harrison, President and CEO, Corporation for Public Broadcasting join iVillage (a division of NBC Universal) President, Deborah Fine in Washington D.C. for an advisory board meeting to launch iVillage Cares, a new national women’s advocacy program.

  • Taking Out The Trash, 03.16.07

  • Valerie Plame on Capitol Hill today.

  • More Money, Less Booty For BET

  • An NBC release announced that “Meet the Press with Tim Russert” won the week ending Sunday, March 11, 2007 in all categories both nationally and in Washington, D.C. The show attracted 3.599 million total viewers, a 28% advantage over “Face the Nation”, a 31% lead over “This Week” and 159% more than “News Sunday”.

  • TNR also had a story recently on the Comedy Central/Rahm Emanuel story.

  • CJR’s Paul McLeary outlines, “How TalkingPointsMemo Beat the Big Boys on the U.S. Attorney Story.”

  • E&P reports that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s confession that he killed former Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, “brought back powerful memories of Pearl’s horrific death” for Paul Steiger, the Wall Street Journal’s managing editor.

  • American Journalism Review senior contributing writer Lori Robertson spoke with Dana Priest and Anne Hull about their Walter Reed series.

  • Priest discussed the story yesterday in a chat.

  • Eric Alterman looks at why the Bush administration’s firing of eight federal prosecutors won’t just go away.

  • Meanwhile, Powerline doesn’t think it is a story, or rather a scandal, at all.

  • Taking Out The Trash, 03.15.07

  • Imus is not a big hit among media folk.

  • Politico’s Ben Smith reports that it isn’t just the Nevada Democrats who are on the anti-Fox bandwagon. The CBC Political Education and Leadership Institute is has jumped on too.

  • In the wake of the Libby trial, Jack Shafer notes, “The press (including me) may have overreacted in regarding special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald as some sort of Torquemada, and our fears of a shredded First Amendment are starting to look a little overwrought.”

  • From DCRTV:

      XM Ups Straley – 3/14 – DC-based XM Satellite Radio promotes Kevin Straley to senior VP of news, talk, and sports programming. He had been VP for talk programming. Before joining XM in 2001, Straley was program director for Boston talker WRKO…..

  • Silent treatment: Solving the press’s credit problem”

  • Media Fight Request to Close Parts of Israel Lobbyists’ Trial

  • “Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, …confessed to the beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.”

  • More on…

  • Coming newspaper wars: The freebies

  • This blogger weighs in (not positively) on the Politico.

  • “‘Fair & Balanced’ Could Enter Hall of Fame

  • The Associated Press reports that Charles Forelle, James Bandler and Mark Maremont from The Wall Street Journal won this year’s Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting for their expose on top business executives who manipulated stock options to reward themselves massive payouts. The prize is $25,000. NPR’s Daniel Schorr won the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism.

  • A reader notes that yesterday was the first day in more than a week that Jeanne Cummings was not on Politico’s front page.

  • Wired News and announced the launch of Assignment Zero yesterday, “an attempt to bring together professional writers and editors with citizen journalists to collaborate on reporting and writing about the rise of crowdsourcing on the Web.” Jay Rosen is serving as executive editor. The Washington Post’s Joel Achenbach describes it as “a bit like Wikipedia-meets-Woodward-and-Bernstein.” (Hat Tip: Romenesko)

  • Dude, did the Politico hire the same voice artist that did that Geico ad for their new video?

  • A reader asks, “So… I don’t get it. Are you suggesting that if City Paper wrote a story (on a somewhat pegless, evergreen topic) that The Washington Post shouldn’t even bother? Can’t tell, you might just be joking, but it’s a mentality that affects too many journalists as it is, prompting them to talk themselves out of stories they really should be writing because they don’t want to make the six or seven people who actually read both sources to think that they’re behind the curve. Who loses? The average readers.”

  • A reader weighs in on Politico’s chat: “I find it really annoying that the politico chat was upside down. Reading from the bottom up annoys me.”

  • The Washington Examiner is hiring a Payroll Coordinator and a Sales Assistant.

  • Congressional Quarterly is hiring a User Interface Designer and Developer.

  • Fox News Channel is hiring a producer for their Washington DC bureau.

  • Marketing Associate, Atlantic Media Company

  • Web Developer, U.S. News & World Report