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Sunday Show Notes

• Conflicts between the White House and Fox News remained a topic of discussion on the Sunday shows this weekend. This is after White House communications director Anita Dunn appeared on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” last week and said of Fox, “Let’s not pretend they’re a news network…”

On “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” senior advisor David Axelrod said of Fox News, “It’s not really news. It’s pushing a point of view. The bigger thing is that, other news organizations, like yours, ought not treat them that way… We’re going to appear on their shows, we’re going to participate. But understanding that they represent a point of view.”

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” with John King and said, “While it’s clear what the white house and what Anita said, the concentration of the white house isn’t about what Fox is doing.”

On FOX News Sunday former adviser to President Bush Karl Rove said, “This is a White House engaging in its own version of the media enemies list. And it’s unhelpful for the country and undignified for the president of the United States to so do.” (h/t TVNewser)

And B&C‘s Marisa Guthrie weighed in on Howard Kurtz‘s show on CNN: “Fox News doesn’t thrive on access from the administration. They’re the opposition. They thrive on agitation.”

Related– NYT‘s David Carr: The Battle Between the White House and Fox News and AP’s David Bauder: Picking a fight: Obama vs Fox News.

• That was CBS political analyst John Dickerson filling in for Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation.”

• In MTP’s “Take Two” on the web, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, Maria Shriver, John Podesta and David Gregory discuss the impact of Gloria Steinem– this convo ties into NBC’s reporting on “A Women’s Nation.” Shriver also addressed her recent apology for being caught talking on her phone while behind the wheel.

• And does MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow belong on “MTP”? Someone certainly thinks so…

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Former First Daughter Becomes “Today” Correspondent

A brunette Jenna Bush Hager will be joining the “Today Show” and working as a correspondent out of NBC’s Washington bureau, the AP reports.

She’ll contribute education stories about once a month and her first piece should air some time in September. Jenna’s 27 now, living in Baltimore and working as a teacher.

“Today” executive producer Jim Bell apparently approached the former first daughter with the idea after a few appearances on the show to promote her book “Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope.”

“I think she can handle it,” Bell said in an interview with AP’s David Bauder. “I think she knows something about pressure and being under some scrutiny. When she came here for a handful of appearances, she knocked it out of the park.”

Jenna won’t be covering politics or talking about her experiences in the White House. “I don’t think it’s that interesting,” she said in this AP article. “I’m pretty normal.”

Photo via AP.

Obama & The Press: A Match Made In Ratings Heaven?

“Obama should change his middle name from Hussein to Nielsen,” said Gail Shister, a writing instructor at the University of Pennsylvania (and TVNewser columnist) to AP’s David Bauder for a piece on President Obama’s relationship with the networks.

Strong public interest in the president and his policies explains why so many people in television, magazines and newspapers want to speak to him, said Mark Whitaker, Washington bureau chief for NBC News.

Jon Banner, veteran executive producer of ABC’s “World News,” said the White House has clearly sought to make Obama more available to networks than recent presidents have been. Obama is personally popular, more so than his policies at this point, and he’s his own best salesman, he said.

And the President delivers with ratings, as Bauder points out:

• Bauder calls NBC’s “Inside the Obama White House” a hit, for a network that’s starved for hits.

• He says two of the three most-watched episodes of “60 Minutes” last TV season were devoted to Obama, topped by the 25.1 million people who watched Steve Kroft conduct the first postelection interview with the president-elect in November.

• And that CBS’ “Face the Nation” had its biggest audience of the year when Obama appeared in March.

• ABC’s prime-time discussion with the president on health care last month did better in its time slot than anything else ABC had put on in six weeks. The “Nightline” that completed the discussion that night beat David Letterman and Conan O’Brien in the ratings.

Related: Politico‘s Michael Calderone writes “Obama coverage pays for networks” and Greg Sargent’s The Plum Line: “The Press Corps Versus The White House, Part Two” on last week’s health care town hall meeting.

Morning Reading List 07.01.09

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

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NEWSPAPERS

WSJ: Gannett Co., the largest U.S. newspaper publisher by daily circulation, will cut between 1,000 and 2,000 jobs out of its 41,500-person work force in response to continuing revenue declines. The cuts will come from the U.S. Community Publishing division, which consists of more than 80 local dailies.

TV

Check out mediabistro’s Laurel Touby on Carlos Watson‘s 11am hour on MSNBC today.

The Pew Research Center reports TV news devoted 28 hours to Michael Jackson coverage and 93% of cable airtime (h/t TVNewser). Early in the week the media gave ongoing attention to protests over the Iranian election. And by the end of the week Iran filled 19% of the newshole, making it the No. 1 topic of the week. By Wednesday attention shifted to the third biggest story of the week – the affair of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford. But the passing of the “King of Pop” on Thursday, the #2 story of the week, dominated late week coverage. The TV nets devoted more than 28 hours to Jackson’s life and death. The cable nets devoted 93% of their airtime to Jackson on Thursday and Friday.

Tom Shales‘ in WaPo on why TV critics are needed more than ever: “Sadly, there are people who maintain that TV critics are anachronisms, unnecessary luxuries in a fidgety digital age. Unfortunately, some of those people happen to be newspaper editors. At more than just a handful of papers around the country, the job has simply been abolished.”

ONLINE

TVNewser profiles Aaron Brown and asks about Twitter. He’s doing a PBS series “Wide Angle.” “My students made me open a Twitter account, but I have never Twittered or read a Tweet,” he says. “It’s self-indulgent nonsense. I don’t get it. I’m 60. I’m not sure I’m supposed to get this stuff.”

MAGAZINES

Vibe Magazine is shutting down.

NEWS NOTES

About that Todd Purdum piece on Sarah Palin in VFPolitico: “A hard-hitting piece on Sarah Palin in the new Vanity Fair has touched off a blistering exchange of insults among high-profile Republicans over last year’s GOP ticket — tearing open fresh wounds about leaks surrounding Palin and the internal wars that paralyzed the campaign in its final days.”

And Craig Crawford in CQ: “Now they tell us. John McCain’s staffers are lining up to anonymously trash Sarah Palin and feed a news media assault against the 2008 GOP running mate. These pathetic wimps offer nothing but unattributed quotes to Vanity Fair saying they felt she wasn’t up to snuff and whining that she refused to properly study up on policy issues.”

WEST WING REPORTAGE

AP’s David Bauder writes about the selective coverage of the Obama girls, Sasha and Malia. “Images are great when they can be controlled. And when it comes to the Obama kids, the White House can be very controlling. Sasha and her 10-year-old sister Malia have been shielded carefully from the public, but they are by no means invisible.”

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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…

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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.”

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Morning Reading List 06.01.09

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Catching up on birthdays… Happy Birthday to Pete Seat, CBS’ Frank Thorp.

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

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TV

CNN was launched 29 years ago today.

Daily Beast has the 7 Best Moments From Sunday Talk.

AP’s David BauderCheney, Powell interviews winners for Schieffer“: “The interviews continued a good run for “Face the Nation,” which had its largest audience in five years when Obama appeared on March 29. With an average of 2.55 million viewers each week during May, “Face the Nation” is right behind ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, at 2.72 million viewers. Both broadcasts are up 3 percent over May 2008, according to Nielsen Media Research.”

Brian Williams will anchor an NBC News special “Inside the Obama White House” tomorrow and Wednesday night at 9pmET/PT. Playbook reports NBC taped 150 hours at the White House- and the specials are each one-hour long. You can follow InsideObamaWH on Twitter here, check out WhiteHouse.msnbc.com and more details here.

WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz‘s Media Notes: “A tired-sounding Willliams, who covered the Clinton White House and was an intern in the Carter White House, was delighted at the level of access, which will continue with interviews tomorrow. ‘There’s stuff we’ve never seen of how the White House operates,’ he says. ‘We were pretty stunned at how much we were able to record and how natural events seemed to be.’”

TVNewser also reports NBC may have violated pool rules in the Prince Harry interview.

Campbell Brown returns to CNN tonight from maternity leave. Playbook reports her guest on “No Bias, No Bull” will be former president Jimmy Carter, who will tell her “the advice he’d give Obama before he heads to the hotbed of the Middle East.”

Friday was Jay Leno‘s last night on NBC’s The Tonight Show. Conan O’Brien takes the reins tonight and Leno moves to primetime. NYT asks will it work?

MAGAZINES

Friday was Peter Kaplan‘s last day at The Observer- a history of the “Kaplan era” here.

NEWS NOTES

AP: As global powers debate how to punish North Korea for its nuclear defiance, two American journalists seized nearly three months ago face a trial this week in Pyongyang on charges that could land them in one of the country’s notorious labor camps.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

TNR: Since the inauguration, Washington Post legend Bob Woodward has been quietly reporting a new book on the Obama White House. “I’m in the preliminary stages of working on it,” Woodward confirmed recently. “I’m working on it and making progress.”

Richard Wolffe‘s book “Renegade: The Making of a President” hits book shelves. HuffPost has an excerpt.

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Morning Reading List 05.04.09

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It is day 105 covering the Obama administration and week 14 for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

From WaPo’s Howard Kurtz: The New York Times Co. said last night that it is notifying federal authorities of its plans to shut down the Boston Globe. After down-to-the-wire negotiations did not produce millions of dollars in union concessions, the Times Co. said that it will file a required 60-day notice of the planned shutdown. Read on here.

NYT: The Globe‘s union put out a statement saying it had made a proposal that exceeded management’s demands.

WSJ checks in with Warren Buffet on the future of the newspaper business. “For most newspapers in the United states, we would not buy them at any price,” he said in response to a question about whether he would consider investing in newspapers. “They have the possibility of going to just unending losses.”

TV

NYT reports NBC has plans to expand SNL’s Weekend Update will expand with half hour specials during prime-time, as well as the usual segments in Saturday Night Live.

Read about the work the Woodruff Family is doing through the Bob Woodruff Family Foundation here.

RADIO

Slate takes a look at Cokie Roberts.

ONLINE

Tammy Haddad joins the crew at the Morning Media Menu today. Listen in here.

Are bloggers attention-seekers? An evaluation in The Economist here.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Check out the results of TVNewser’s poll grading the White House press corps here.

Just who is watching news scorecards on President Obama? The nets, according to AP’s David Bauder here.

NEWS NOTES

PBS’ Jim Lehrer will be awarded the WFUV Charles Osgood Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism this week.

Fox News goes behind the scenes with “rising wheelers and dealers in Washington.” This week- DNC Press Secretary Hari Sevugan.

Reporters Without Borders launched a hunger strike yesterday to protest the imprisonment of Iranian-American reporter Roxana Saberi in Tehran.

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Taking Out The Trash

What we almost missed today…

• Politico reports: “Following Eugene Robinson‘s Pulitzer win for Commentary, staffers broke out the bubbly in the Washington Post’s newsroom, according to sources.”

• Robinson also got a congratulatory shout-out from Chris Matthews on tonight’s Hardball on MSNBC, where he is an contributor.

• Are we seeing more diversity on the Sunday shows since President Obama has taken office? AP’s David Bauder takes a look here. TVNewser also takes a look at the Sunday shows coverage of Tax Day Tea Parties here.

• CQ columnist and National Security editor Jeff Stein hosted an online discussion today on Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) and NSA wiretapes. Check it out here.

Morning Reading List 03.09.09

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Its day 49 covering the Obama administration and week six for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

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NEWPAPERS

Jim Bellows died Friday. He was 86 and had Alzheimer’s disease. From AP: ” Jim Bellows, a famed editor who transformed struggling newspapers in Los Angeles, Washington and New York, nurtured the careers of Tom Wolfe and Jimmy Breslin and helped make “Entertainment Tonight” a TV hit, has died… For two decades beginning in the 1960s, Bellows took big-city newspapers that were fighting losing battles against large-budgeted giants and spiced them up with scrappy reporting and columns that often took jabs at their rivals.”

A longtime Rocky Mountain News reporter James Meadow died Sunday after a serious mountain biking accident. Friends and family have started a Facebook group here. Tributes to Meadow can also be found at “I wany my Rocky,” a blog dedicated to the paper.

In other news, a NYT story this weekend reports that the LA Daily News is going to try an experiment this summer wherein readers get to choose their own news. From FishbowlNY: The plan is to let readers customize their own papers with news stories they like and then print them in their own homes (so sort of like a dead tree RSS feed?).

McClatchy will cut 1,600 more jobs, or 15 percent of its workforce, as part of its restructing.

To thoughts on how to save newspapers: from NYT “United, Newspapers May Stand” and from the Christian Science Monitor “Professors could rescue newspapers.”

TV

WaPo’s Marc Fisher says DC is “suddenly hot” in primetime. “But with the election of Barack Obama, the shift of economic power from New York to the District, and the evolution of a voracious celebrity culture to include politicians and even campaign strategists, TV is rediscovering Washington. No longer is the city simply a collection of marble icons to be glommed onto police procedurals and other basic formats of television drama.”

Tell him something good. Mmmhmm. AP’s David Bauder reports NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has received thousands of responses after asking viewers for some good news on his broadcast.

NYT also reports NBC is considering extending Nightly News to an hour long broadcast.

RADIO

How many people actually listen to Rush Limbaugh? “According to what Limbaugh delights in calling “the drive-by media,” the number varies wildly. Is it 30 million (Pat Buchanan on MSNBC), 20 million (Time magazine, ABC News), 19 million (Fox News), 14 million (CNN), or “14.2 million to about 25 million” (The Washington Post)?” Answer from WaPo’s Paul Farhi, maybe. Read more here.

In other Limbaugh news, HuffPost points out on his show Friday, he suggested Sen. Ted Kennedy would not see the health care reform legislaton pass. “Before it’s all over, it’ll be called the Ted Kennedy memorial health care bill,” they report Limbaugh said.

ONLINE

President Obama revealed to the NYT in last week’s interview that he doesn’t read FishbowlDC, or more specifically, blogs. From the transcript: Q: “No blogs?” “I rarely read blogs.” More on President Obama’s NYT interview on FBDC later today.

Just when everyone’s moved on to hating Twitter, The Weekly Standard’s Matt Labash wants to remind us, he still hates Facebook, calling the networking site, “dull– mind-numbingly dull.”

MAGAZINES

Check out 2008′s best and worst selling magazine issues (spoiler, President Obama is on the cover of a lot of the best selling ones.)

NEWS NOTES

From Howard Kurtz‘ Media Notes, “Obama Say Hola to a More Inclusive Press Strategy,” reaching out to Hispanic media.

Thank goodness for free newspapers at the White House. Washington Whispers tells us before becoming President Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel used to swipe newspapers from roommates Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg and his wife Rep. Rosa DeLauro. Emanuel lives in their basement apartment while in DC.

Slate’s Glenn Greenwald tackles the issue of anonymous political sources here.

REVOLVING DOOR

From DCRTV: Weekend news anchor Jennifer Ryan will be leaving Channel 9/WUSA as of this weekend. A source tells us that, by losing Ryan, “the station is breaking up the longest running anchor team with her and Bruce Johnson.” As a budget cutting move, WUSA recently replaced its weekend morning newscasts with infomercials.

From Playbook: Former press secretary to Vice president Cheney Megan Mitchell is now Communications Director for Rep. John Culberson (R-TX). Also moving on, Matt Mackowiak finishes two years as press secretary for Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).

JOBS

CongressDaily is looking for a House leadership reporter.

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Morning Reading List 03.06.09

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Its day 46 covering the Obama administration and one month down for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

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NEWPAPERS

Rep. Frank Wolf called for a NYT reporter at a hearing on the Hill yesterday to explain why with everything going on, they ran a story on President Obama’s graying hair on page 1. From Washington Whispers, “‘The New York Times has a front-page story today on the fact that Barack Obama’s hair is turning gray, and the chairman is having a great hearing with great witnesses and they have never even covered this,’ Republican Wolf barked. ‘Do we wonder why our factories are empty and we’re in a period of decay on this issue? I think the media, quite frankly, whoever is with the New York Times, you just aren’t doing your job.’”

From the Denver Post, “‘Individuated’ news tested,” in a MediaNews Group trial run, readers will pick the daily information sent to them. They call it the “newspaper of the not-too-distant future.”

TV

From the AP’s David Bauder, “Obama administration goes after cable chatter.”

In the same week we learned MSNBC’s Chris Matthews doesn’t know who D.L. Hughley is, CNN cancels the show. TVNewser reports first the show will end its run at the end of this month and the decision was Hughley’s.

RADIO

More on Rush Limbaugh vs. Team Obama in Howard Kurtz’ Media Notes today, “Healthy Debate.”

From DCRTV: “Paul Harvey substitute hosts Gil Gross and Doug Limerick will be replacing the radio veteran, who died Saturday. Gross will handle the 8:30 morning report, the 15-minute midday report, and the Saturday midday show. Limerick will do the afternoon report and Saturday morning edition. Harvey’s show airs locally on WMAL.”

MAGAZINES

Sources tell Folio: Martin Peretz, editor-in-chief and former longtime part owner of Washington, D.C.-based The New Republic, is in negotiations to reacquire the assets of the magazine from CanWest Global Communications.

The Daily Beast asks, “Is the New Republic a Toxic Asset?

ONLINE

NEWS NOTES

What is it like to travel inside Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s press bubble? Find out here. “… The dozen Washington-based journalists who follow her wherever she goes complained that they’d been frozen out of the behind-the-scenes details just as abruptly as the stymied motorists forced to watch her drive by under the baleful stares of red-bereted Palestinian soldiers toting AK-47s… one correspondent for a prominent East Coast daily whined that he felt ‘like we’re the traveling Russian press.’”

Check out podiumpundints.com, a blog by former presidential speechwriters.

JOBS

Women in Film & Video has a job fair this weekend.

Looking for a freelance writing gig? Check this out.

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