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FishbowlDC Interview: Spy Guy Jeff Stein

stein4.jpg If you don’t read Jeff Stein‘s Spy Talk blog on CQPolitics.com, you’re missing out. It’s chocked full of quick reads about real spies, espionage, the CIA, FBI and Secret Service.

Don’t be scared off by its tag line “Intelligence for Thinking People” — I read it regularly. We caught up with CQ‘s resident spy guy for a FishbowlDC interview that required neither intelligence nor thinking. Here’s what we learned:

What does your morning reading list include? All the major nupes — WaPo, NYT, WSJ — in paper, since I’m allergic to electrons before coffee. In fact, I just started a new policy of not looking at my Blackberry until I’ve finished them.

How did you start writing your beat? SpyTalk, which began as a weekly column in 2005, was the joint idea of me and the top editors here — Bob Merry, David Rapp (both of whom have since left) and Mike Mills (who has just returned).

What was the proudest moment in your career? Maybe the successful 2002 debut of CQ/Homeland Security, which I was hired originally to launch, making money and winning an Online News Association award in its first year.

Have you ever been worried about your personal safety due to the nature of your beat? Only once, when my main source for stories about about U.S.-based anti-Castro Cuban terrorists, was murdered.

Who is your favorite fictional spy and why? Smiley, of course: Stoic, patient, clever and empathetic — to a point.

What’s your favorite spy book? “The Quiet American,” by Graham Greene.

What is the biggest misconception about spies or spying? That it’s anything like James Bond or Jack Bauer.

How many times have you visited the Spy Museum? It’s a great place to meet sources.

What working journalist do you respect the most (excluding CQ/RC)? Walter Pincus, investigative reporting’s Lou Gehrig.

What single person has played the biggest role or has had the biggest influence on your career? The late, great David Halberstam, who opened doors for me with editors in New York.

If you could spy on one person undetected, who would it be? Jane Harman. Just kidding. Osama Bin Laden, of course.

More Q&A after the jump…

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Morning Reading List, 12.13.07

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  • Your coworkers shouldn’t expect any gifts from you this year.

    NEWSPAPERS

  • Regarding this, a reader writes in, “Other young reporters at the Post, just fyi: Philip Rucker, who just covered the Maryland General Assembly special session, 23. Megan Greenwell, who just returned from Baghdad, 23. Metro reporter Jenna Johnson, 22″

  • The Huffington Post takes on Politico: “Obama Questionaire Exposes Publication’s Bias”

  • The New York Times reports, “In the last few months, Rupert Murdoch has moved into an office at Dow Jones & Company, publisher of The Wall Street Journal. He has pushed the paper’s editors for shorter articles and more hard news. He has personally wooed reporters he wants to keep out of his competitors’ hands. And last week, he oversaw the replacement of top executives, including The Journal’s publisher, with his own lieutenants. And he hasn’t even bought the company yet. That will change on Thursday, when in all likelihood shareholders will vote to approve the sale of Dow Jones to Mr. Murdoch’s company, the News Corporation. But Mr. Murdoch has already seized the reins of Dow Jones and The Journal, setting in motion what amounts to an overhaul of the look, content and staff of one of the world’s most prized newspapers.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “The U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans to vote next week on rules that would let companies own a newspaper and television station in the same market, defying members of Congress who wanted a delay.”

  • The New York Post reports, “A budding feud is developing between Vanity Fair columnist Michael Wolff and Wall Street Journal reporter Sarah Ellison, both of whom now have book deals to write about Rupert Murdoch and News Corp.’s takeover of Dow Jones.”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “Wall Street continues to turn sour on media and entertainment stocks heading into 2008, even though several sector biggies already are seeing their stocks near their 52-week lows.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “I’m naming David Halberstam and Norman Mailer, who died in 2007, as my Journalists of the Year.”

  • Regret The Error brings us, “The Year in Media Errors and Corrections”

  • Crains New York reports, “The advertising marketplace really is as gloomy as it looks. Total measured advertising expenditures grew just 0.2% to $108.2 billion in the first nine months of the year, according to TNS Media Intelligence.”

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    TV

  • MSNBC will present live coverage of the Des Moines Register Democratic presidential debates tomorrow, as will C-SPAN.

  • TVNewser reports, “CNBC and Yahoo! are getting into the content sharing business. CNBC announced an agreement to distribute video and text stories from CNBC, CNBC Europe, CNBC Asia, and CNBC.com to Yahoo! Finance users in the United States and worldwide.”

  • TV Board writes, “It’s been a while since I’ve contributed a post to this board, and much of that time has been spent thinking about some recent developments taking place at Google, and how they may ultimately reshape the way we plan, buy, watch and think about television. The development that’s had me thinking the most was Google’s deal to license demographic ratings data from Nielsen. This surprised me for several reasons. First and foremost was that I thought the industry was heading in the opposite direction, that demos were doomed, and that it would be Nielsen that would ultimately need to license data from Google — not the other way around.”

  • Check out WETA’s Bethanne Patrick’s recommendations for top titles for the holidays–books to put under the tree, around the menorah, or near the Festivus pole.

  • PRWeek reports, “Talking head Chris Matthews is a former political operative acting as a consultant to news mediaThe day may come when the ‘news’ is an all-out battle of competing political factions, each trying to insinuate its position into the mind of the populace by using the media as a giant host, just as viruses use the human body. Who are we kidding? That day came long ago. But the media does not seem to be in a hurry to discourage the transition.”

  • “FOX News Channel’s E.D. Hill started ‘Operation Holiday Thanks’ this season to deliver holiday greetings to wounded soldiers at various military hospitals around the world. In just a few weeks, Hill has already received 30,000 cards from viewers wanting to send holiday wishes to the soldiers.”

  • A Comcast release announced, “plans to build out a 92,000-square-foot, 500-seat regional call center in Largo, Md. at 1301 McCormick Drive. The new call center will primarily house customer service agents who will provide technical support for Comcast High-Speed Internet (CHSI), Comcast Digital Voice (CDV) and various advanced video products. Comcast currently employs more than 4,000 local employees throughout the Region, supporting the company’s 1.1 million Potomac Region customers.”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Wonkette wants to know what you think about the site’s redesign.

  • Reuters reports, “‘w00t,’ an expression of joy coined by online gamers, was crowned word of the year on Tuesday by the publisher of a leading U.S. dictionary. Massachusetts-based Merriam-Webster Inc. said “w00t” — typically spelled with two zeros — reflects a new direction in the American language led by a generation raised on video games and cell phone text-messaging.”

  • Regret The Error brings us, “The Year in Media Errors and Corrections”

  • Romenesko has a lot to offer on the Bacon-Daly situation.

  • Seth Mnookin writes, “Can you hear me now? The Daly fiasco echo chamber, day two.”

  • Information Week reports, “Google accounted for more than six of 10 online searches in the United States in November, more than triple the amount of its closest rival Yahoo, a Web metrics firm said Tuesday.”

  • The Obama story, Perry Bacon and the ‘thin blue line’ of American journalism.”

  • Dotards and Maybe Fools: Bacon Gate Turns Into a Brawl

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “The Writers Guild of America is under new and mounting pressure from its ranks to get back to the bargaining table. A number of union members are unhappy that the negotiations with the major Hollywood studios that broke off Friday night were sidetracked by issues secondary to the one the writers see as central: how they will be paid when their work shows up on the Internet.”

  • Check out The Rags Show, a blog written by “a written word activist who comes from that not-so-fictional community called Homelesstown USA.”

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    RADIO

  • Did you miss US News and World Report’s Ken Walsh on NPR’s On the Media program this weekend? Listen to it here.

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    REVOLVING DOOR

  • TVNewser reports,David Pogue, personal technology columnist for The New York Times, is joining CNBC as a contributor.”

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    JOBS

  • LegiStorm is looking for a Project Manager for the LegiStorm Web Site.

  • National Press Foundation is seeking a Program Assistant.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Researcher and a Schedules Researcher.

  • The Atlantic Media Company is looking for a Staff Correspondent to cover the White House for National Journal.

  • The American Prospect is looking for a Staff Writer.

  • Carnegie Endowment is looking for a Web Director.

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    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • Morning Reading List, 06.25.07

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  • According to the PEJ Talk Show Index for June 10-15, “That marked only the second time all year that immigration was the leading talk subject.”

  • Washington Post reports, “A graduate student who drove David Halberstam when the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist was killed in a car crash will be charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter, the prosecutor said Thursday.”

  • Richard Stengel on “The Chris Matthews Show”? Somewhere, Glenn Greenwald wonders if Ana Marie Cox will blog about it.

  • Great media movies.

  • A reader writes in about this, “wolf i s more like 5’7.” From another reader: “I have stood next to Wolf Blitzer, who is not tall. 5’8″ is generous.”

  • Check out former Hill newspaper writer Peter Savodnik’s latest piece in GQ.

  • From The Hollywood Reporter: “The global entertainment and media industry will expand at a 6.4% compound annual growth rate over five years to hit $2 trillion in 2011, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers report released Thursday.”

  • The Washington City Paper reports, “anyone with a stake in the doings of Fenty’s administration is going to find the scoop in the Post, with the competition trailing by a good 20 furlongs. And the competition has a problem with that.”

  • AP reports, “The New York Times Co. plans to raise the cover price and home-delivery rates for the newspaper next month.”

  • Forbes offers excerpts from Gary Pruitt, chairman, president and chief executive of McClatchy, at the Newspaper Association of America’s annual Mid-Year Media Review in New York. Huffington Post takes a closer look at the review.

  • Check out Judy Miller on Blogging Heads.

  • The Chicago Tribune reports, “Confidence appears to be ebbing on Wall Street in Tribune Co.’s ability to pull off a complex, $8.2 billion deal to take itself private in partnership with Chicago billionaire Sam Zell.”

  • Reuters reports, “The major U.S. TV networks, after a slow start to the annual advertising negotiating season, have completed most of the prime-time commercial deals at prices above a year ago.”

  • “Beet.TV has learned that The New York Times will make the embed code of its video clips available to the public by early fall. This means that many of the paper’s videos will be freely used and posted to blogs and Web pages.”

  • Public Eye takes a much closer look at MSNBC’s report about journalists contributing to political campaigns. Business Week also weighs in. Matthew Yglesias calls it “fundamentally misguided.”

  • “There’s a new Web site called Real People Real Stuff where anyone can post a classified video.”

  • Jon Friedman writes, “‘Cyberphobia’ afflicts many Time Inc. writers.”

  • Reuters reports, “Internet advertising and access spending by U.S. consumers will rise each year by double digits on average through 2011, fuelled by high-speed connections and social networking and entertainment sites, according to a forecast released on Thursday.”

    Jobs

  • The Media Research Center is looking for a communications director since Michael Chapman has left, reports Bluey Blog.

  • SNL Financial, LC is looking for an Insurance News Reporter.

  • Richmond.com is looking for a News Reporter.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for an Editor of Real-Time and Web News.

  • Washingtonpost.com is looking for a Developer for Editorial Tools, an Application Developer for Editorial Tools and a Sports Editor.

  • The Project On Government Oversight is looking for a “strategic thinker for Director of Communication.”

  • A Washington DC based think tank focused on transatlantic relations is looking for an Online Producer/Web Editor.

  • Religion News Service is looking for an Editorial and Publishing Assistant.

  • Council on Foreign Relations is looking for a Associate Director, Communications and Marketing.

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • To Do Tomorrow

    Head to NYC:

      A memorial service for the Pulitzer Prize-winning war reporter and author David Halberstam is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Tuesday at Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, in Manhattan. Mr. Halberstam died on April 23 at the age of 73.

      The service, which is open to the public, is to include speeches by the journalists Dexter Filkins, Gay Talese and Anna Quindlen and a performance by Peter Yarrow of the group Peter, Paul and Mary.

    Morning Reading List, 05.14.07

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  • Collars down. Seriously.

  • The San Francisco Chronicle reports, “Police handed their investigation of a car crash that killed Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Halberstam to the district attorney’s office on Thursday without recommending whether criminal charges should be filed.”

  • Schieffer v. Snow: It’s on…

  • A conversation with Jim Lehrer.”

  • Senate Press Gallery Ejects Consumer Journalist

  • Reuters reports, “Google Inc. has become more comfortable doing big acquisitions but still sees small technology deals as its primary thrust for buying businesses, its chief executive said on Thursday.”

  • The Los Angles Times reports, “Under a policy announced Thursday, the Motion Picture Assn. of America said its movie raters would take into account “‘depictions that glamorize smoking or movies that feature pervasive smoking outside of a historic or other mitigating context.’”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Thomson Corp. agreed to sell its textbook and educational testing for $7.75 billion in cash to fund its $17.5 billion offer for Reuters Group Plc and create the biggest financial news and information company.”

  • NYU’s Patrick Phillips offers some end of semester advice to budding journalists: “Perhaps to no surprise, I strongly recommend that each of you start your own blog.”

  • Investors Business Daily reports, “blogging has evolved into a marketing tool, creating a new field: ghost blogging. Business owners and entrepreneurs have found that blogging can build buzz, create a bond with customers and give them better placement in search results.”

  • The Boston Globe reports, “Thomson Corp.’s potential $17.5 billion acquisition of Reuters Group PLC, the global financial and general news organization, could affect its 900 employees in Boston, media specialists said yesterday.”

  • PEJ Talk Show Index for the week of April 29-May 4 shows “GOP Debate has Talk Shows Buzzing.”

  • One reader asks, “Is that a wedding ring on Ari Shapiro’s hand, or is he single? Enquiring minds want to know: he’s definitely a nominee for Hottest media type!”

  • PC Magazine reports, “Representatives from YouTube, Sling Media, HDNet and others appeared before a House Energy and Commerce telecom subcommittee to discuss the future of video entertainment. Providers and lawmakers have grappled with a variety of issues that could change the way consumers access online video content, including net neutrality, copyright concerns and bandwidth issues.”

  • NAM’s Pat Cleary announces, “After ten great years here at the NAM, the blogger-in-chief will be packing up the saddle bags and heading a few blocks away to join Fleishman-Hillard as Director of Digital Public Affairs.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Facebook, the social networking Web site, is adding free classified ad listings.”

    Jobs

  • Dow Jones is looking for a reporter.

  • Patrick Henry College is looking for an Editorial Writer/Web Content Specialist.

  • The News and Advance is looking for a Sports editor.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for an Environmental Reporter.

  • The Gazette is looking for a General Assignment Reporter.

  • The Virginian-Pilot is looking for a Director of Photography.

  • AAMVA is looking for a Publication Specialist.

  • The Salt Lake Tribune is looking for a Washington D.C. Reporter.

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • BREAKING: David Halberstam Killed In Car Crash

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    Enormously sad news out of California…David Halberstam was a friend and colleague to numerous Washingtonians and a valuable contributor to journalism.

    From ABC News:

      JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR DAVID HALBERSTAM HAS BEEN KILLED IN A CAR CRASH IN CALIFORNIA

    Read more about Halberstam’s life and career here.

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