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The love/hate relationship between technology and news: NYT media writer David Carr had a piece Sunday about the budding bromance between technology and news, after the two have been at odds with each other for the better part of their relationship. But with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos buying WaPo and eBay founder Pierre M. Omidyar starting a newly conceived news site with Glenn Greenwald, it’s becoming apparent that there may be an actual future for journalism and technology.
Why you should read it: The news game is changing. Don’t be stuck riding the bench when your team gets a new coach. Read more here.
Obama to give Rose Garden rally: According to Daily Caller’s Neil Munro, this morning, the President was scheduled to speak with consumers, small business owners, and pharmacists about the new healthcare law in the Rose Garden. Munro, who made himself famous in the Rose Garden, points out that since most early Obamacare success stories have either been outright lies or erroneous exaggerations, this is an attempt to save face and earn political points before the 2014 elections by pointing out Obamacare’s successes while claiming its failures unacceptable.
Why you should read it: The Rose Garden healthcare awareness rally will probably not answer why numerous companies have reduced employment and reduced workers’ hours to escape the high cost of the Obamacare regulations, but this story does. Read more here.
How does Fox News handle mean commenters?
Morning has spoken — MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski and CBS’s Gayle King usually spend their mornings talking alongside Joe Scarborough and Charlie Rose to television viewers. But the two spent a late morning recently talking with NYT‘s Philip Galanes over an early lunch. As Galanes notes, lunch comes mid-morning when your day starts at 3:30 a.m. The trio discussed the differences in dynamics between themselves and the co-hosts of Brzezinski’s “Morning Joe” and King’s “CBS This Morning.” They also talked about their favorite interviews they’ve done and about parenting, with Galanes guiding the conversation. Overall, it reads like a few friends chatting about work and life over brunch.
Why you should read it: Galanes is as much a part of the piece as King and Brzezinski, which makes for an quirky, entertaining dynamic. When he suggests Mika is just a sidekick to Joe, Gayle jumps in and says Mika is no “mouseburger.” Galanes’ interview offers glimpse into their lives outside the studio. Plus, bonus points on the headline: “For two female news anchors, morning has spoken.” Read more
National Security reporter David Morrison lost his job as a columnist for CQ in April. Then he died in his sleep in his Washington apartment on June 5. At 59. “My guess is was just plumb worn out,” wrote Spytalk‘s Jeff Stein in a lengthy memorial column for AND Magazine.
His life was rather dramatic. Writes Stein, “At the time, Morrison was looking for freelance work, the last chapter of a career that once produced some of the smartest, elegantly wrought reporting on national security issues around, even while he was reeling from heroin.”
Morrison left no note. His death was not considered or thought to be a suicide.
The reporter worked at National Journal in the 80s. He graduated from the Columbia School of Journalism. The story that put him on the map, writes Stein, was that of his heroin addiction that ran on the cover of the Washington City Paper in 1995. The byline reads: “By Anonymous.” NYT David Carr, formerly of WCP, had edited his work. It was Jack Shafer, now at Reuters, who edited his cover story.
In the story, some of his fellow journalists described him as “a talented and lovely soul” and “wise, funny, and grumpy.” Morrison’s brother said he’d been clean from drugs for 19 years and was a recovering member of Narcotics Anonymous.
Quotes of the Day
RAINING IN THE ROSE GARDEN: “Overheard: ‘Melt the Press.’ @MarkLandler of NYT pops out a Georgetown umbrella.” — NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro with the accompanying photograph. And NBC’s Luke Russert: “The #Marines holding the umbrellas at this presser are unbelievably cool, had no idea there’s military protocol for umbrella holding.”
“In my first job as a sports reporter, my editor had me hold the umbrella over him & his camera on the sidelines. Good times.” — HotAir’s Mary Katharine Ham.
Politico Playbook Publish Time: 5:48 a.m.
From the Dept. of Bragiculture…
“So much happening-impt stuff must be slipping by for bandwidth lack. Just in my niche, turned in 7 stories in past 4 days & 8th mostly done.” — NYT‘s Charlie Savage.
ABC “Scandal” finale fallout
“So Fitz is porking a black woman to bring diversity to the Republican Party? Wow. #StartedFromATwerkNowWereHere” — Javonni Brustow, Washington editor of The DC Pundit.
“Oh damn Fitz just went rogue! And quotes Dillon Thomas to boot!” — Essence and theGrio.com‘s Sophia Nelson.
“Damn, Fitz just went Bulworth on Mellie! @ScandalABC #Gladiators” — Washington Watch and Tom Joyner Show regular Roland Martin.
“When @tonygoldwyn saw this two page monologue for the first time at the table read, he gasped. Then he dove in.” — Scandal creator and writer Shonda Rhimes.
“Mellie is going to fuck everybody. #Scandal” — @emokidsloveme.
“Liv. #shutitdown and call a locksmith.” — Avid “Scandal” watcher Shawna Thomas of NBC News as Olivia Pope nearly gets killed. And later, after Fitz sees a video in which Olivia, his mistress, has sex with another man, she writes, “OK Fitz. She is not a virgin nor your wife and she didn’t know that guy was charged w/ bedding/protecting her. STOP BEING A CHILD.”
“Can’t even type. This ending kills me! #scandalfinale” — Actress Kerry Washington, who plays Olivia Pope.
“Lemme get this straight, the season finale of Scandal is on during #ScandalWeek? THIS TOWN” — TPM Assistant Editor Igor Bobic.
Brian’s Stelter’s walk on the moon
“I vividly remember my first time watching ‘The Office.’ It was May 2005, on my laptop, on a train from Baltimore to NY.” — NYT‘s Brian Stelter. And were you simultaneously monitoring your Tumblr account, Facebooking, and checking your MySpace?
The power of ass kissing
Journo annoyed by mouth breather
“This kid who is mouth breathing next to me really needs to get off the train. Can’t deal. #imsoannoying” — Roll Call‘s Emily Cahn.
Unnecessary Tweet of the Day
“Intrigued by Cool Ranch tacos tho I’m normally not a Taco Bell fan & hearing cool ranch flavor gets overwhelmed by filling. Anybody tried?” — Washington Examiner‘s Philip Klein.
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Howard Kurtz‘s apology, delivered on live national television Sunday, has been received as any dramatic apology would be. Some people are buying it. Some aren’t.
On his CNN media news program “Reliable Sources,” Kurtz offered his side of the story on what led to the mea culpa in the first place: Deadline pressure and his own lack of due diligence were to blame for his erroneous report last week that NBA player Jason Collins, who had just come out as gay, didn’t disclose that Collins his prior engagement to a woman. Collins had, in fact, been open about the engagement, mentioning it in a column for Sports Illustrated.
On Friday we questioned whether Kurtz would cover his own ass by covering his own ass on the show. He did. And for the occasion, CNN brought in NPR’s David Folkenflik and Politico‘s Dylan Byers to probe him.
There was plenty of in-house love for Kurtz. In a separate segment on the show, attorney Lisa Bloom was on to discuss coverage of the Jodi Arias case. Before offering her legal analysis, she said she would take a second to “go off script.” She praised Kurtz for “raising the bar” for journalistic accountability (while rattling off her own media resume).
“Kudos to Howard Kurtz,” tweeted Kurtz’s CNN colleague Piers Morgan. “He took his Jason Collins-clanger on the chin today like a Mike Tyson right hook.”
“Not one of us is perfect. We all make mistakes,” Van Susteren wrote. At the start of the year, Kurtz had to offer a separate apology for wrongly attributing a quote to Van Susteren about then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
On the other side of the fence… Read more
Three weeks after moving into 529 9th St. in Chinatown, The New Republic officially celebrated its new office space on Friday.
“The convenience of the location played a big part,” Chief Operating Officer Sloan Eddleston told FishbowlDC. The office, which sits over the International Spy Museum, features a newsroom with some 30 computers, a library for reporters seeking a quiet respite and a spacious roof deck with a view of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (another selling point).
Eddleston said the space was renovated before the TNR crew could move in and that changes to the office were paid for by the owners of the building. He said TNR has signed a multi-year lease, but declined to say how many years.
Notably, most of the computers in the office are desktop PCs with only two or three Macs. Asked if any of the staffers gripe over who uses which computer, TNR Editor-in-Chief Franklin Foer said no. Actually, most of the computers go unused. “I think you find that most people have laptops,” Foer said, “and they’re working off Macs.”
Foer said it’s “very sweet to be in a place that is our home and will be our home for a long time.” Previously, TNR was taking up shelter in an office sublet by the American Grain Council.
The party featured two fully-stocked open bars and another bar where attendees could sample different liquors. WaPo‘s media reporter Erik Wemple was spotted taking a shot of something dark before heading out onto the deck. Catering included copious amounts of humus and cheese, veggie spreads and an assortment of chips.
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FishbowlNY: Happy Birthday to NYT media scribe David Carr‘s twin daughters who turn 25 today. The site resurrects a raw essay by Carr from 2008 in which he candidly discusses the girls and his former drug addiction.
FishbowlLA: Ian Zering and the Chippendales? FishbowlLA brings us this dollop of joy about the former “Beverly Hills: 90210″ star who this summer will host the “Chippendales Revue” in Vegas. Let’s hope he’s not fat for it, as TMZ recently charged. Read here.
TVNewser: Is there enough coverage of Kermit the abortion provider? We’re not sure, but there appears to be enough coverage of the lack of coverage on Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Nonetheless, our sister site brings us the news that FNC host Kimberly Guilfoyle will be in the courtroom this afternoon and will report back to “The Five.” Kermit the frog can’t be happy about any of this.
It’s Fish Poll time.
When WaPo‘s Bob Woodward, a guy who has figured out how to bring out the toddler in Democrats and Republicans, claimed on Wednesday that he was threatened by the White House, a media debate started over what exactly constitutes a “threat.”
After Woodward said this week that it was the Obama administration which came up with the sequester idea, a White House official (Gene Sperling, Director of the White House Economic Council) emailed Woodward to say he’d “regret staking out that claim.”
In a subsequent interview with Politico, Woodward maintained that it was indeed a threat. “Come on,” he said. “I think if Obama himself saw the way they’re dealing with some of this, he would say, ‘Whoa, we don’t tell any reporter ‘you’re going to regret challenging us.’”
Some sided with Woodward. Others said the “regret” line was nothing, similar to telling someone he’d be proven wrong in time… Read more
“I don’t know she is,” he said when asked if we could send Miller his regards at the red carpet premier of Netflix’s “House of Cards” last night at the Newseum. FishbowlDC explained that Miller tipped off the FBI about details surrounding the Jack Abramoff scandal, as portrayed in the film “Casino Jack,” starring Spacey himself. “Oh,” Spacey said, sort of recalling who Miller is. “Hi! Sure. I don’t know what you’re asking me,” he said. Then his handlers moved him along.
“House of Cards” tells the story of Francis Underwood, played by Spacey, a congressional Democrat who wheels and deals his way to the top of the political world. Michael Dobbs, the creator, told FishbowlDC that he wrote the story “as a form of therapy” after having worked as the chief of staff to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the late ’80s.
The Washington news corps. plays a heavy, fictional role in the show, which is based on the original 1990s BBC series of the same name. James Foley, one of the show’s directors, said while working on story lines he’d ask himself whether it would be believable if he saw it reported on CNN. If not, he’d ask the lead writer for adjustments to the script. He also said actual on-air talent from CNN make cameos in the show, including… Read more
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