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Obama’s “Late Night” With Letterman

Yesterday, Robert Gibbs refused to give the WH press corps a preview of President Obama’s “Late Show with David Letterman” appearance…

Q. Does the President have any funny anecdotes for David Letterman tonight?

MR. GIBBS: Well, I’m not going to preview them here, for goodness sakes.

Q. Well, so we can get ready. (Laughter.)

MR. GIBBS: So that you can get ready? Well, that was first and foremost on the President’s mind this morning. No, he’s had a good rapport with David Letterman for quite some time. We did this before he became a senator and again on the presidential campaign, so it should be – I think it will be fun. But I also think, again, I think it’s a way of talking to people that may not get their news all from traditional outlets. So I think that’s an important way to continue the conversation.

But well before the airing, details of the taping hit the web… topics ranged from the First Family’s summer vacation to health care, Afghanistan, Iraq and the economy – where he even made some news on unemployment (Reuters ). “Your job is more difficult than my job, that’s what I learned here tonight,” Letterman ribbed.

The infamous Top 10 List was reasons the President agreed to come on the show, spilled over Twitter:

10. Heard the lady with the heart-shaped potato was going to be here (more on that here)

9. Thought it would be fun to watch someone else get heckled

8. Has something to do with that whole “cash for clunkers” thing

7. Everyone since President Teddy Roosevelt has been here

6. In this economy, someone offers you $600, you take it

5. We told him Megan Fox would be here

4. Needed a place to hang out until check-in time at this hotel

3. Honestly, I have no idea

2. Said “yes” without thinking, like Bush did with Iraq

1. Wanted to congratulate Dave on the big Emmy win(sigh, he actually lost)

And on race, the President reminded everyone, “First of all, I think it’s important to realize that I was actually black before the election.”

More clips at CBS.com.

Morning Reading List 09.21.09

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The Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce toasts Kiki Ryan’s new position with Politico at the Silver Spring home of Jessica Hoy on Sunday.

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.

Happy Birthday to Kiki Ryan, on her first day at Politico with Click! What know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

WaPo interviews Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

WaPo ombudsman Andrew Alexander examines the paper’s ACORN coverage after they were flooded with angry callers prompted by Fox News’ Glenn Beck. “It’s tempting to dismiss such gimmicks. Fox News, joined by right-leaning talk radio and bloggers, often hypes stories to apocalyptic proportions while casting competitors as too liberal or too lazy to report the truth. But they’re also occasionally pumping legitimate stories. I thought that was the case with ACORN…”

TV

Tom DeLay makes his debut on “Dancing with the Stars” this fine evening.

“So you’re trying to ambush the ambusher?” Friday at the Values Voter Summit, a ThinkProgress.org staffer caught up with FNC producer Jesse Watters, known for his ambush interviews which end up on “The O’Reilly Factor.” TVNewser has the video.

NYT‘s Brian Stelter caught up with CBS’ Katie Couric, who says she’s staying in the anchor chair, and also will start hosting a weekly interview webcast on CBSNews.com, beginning tomorrow. Her first guest will be Glenn Beck.

The night after he hosts the President, David Letterman will have a second President, when Bill Clinton joins him on “The Late Show” Tuesday. Obama tapes “The Late Show” today around 4pm.

ONLINE

A study by the University of Maryland reveals, shockingly, that the vast majority of politicians’ tweets are about themselves.

MAGAZINES

Bloomberg has submitted its bid for BusinessWeek mag.

Esquire named its 75 Best People in the World- journos whos make the cut include Fox News’ Shepard Smith, CBS’ Lara Logan, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Pat Buchanan, NBC’s Lester Holt and Rupert Murdoch.

NEWS NOTES

Journos are losing jobs at three times the rate of average workers.

WaPo: The Federal Communications Commission’s proposal of new rules to prevent companies such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from deliberately blocking or slowing certain Web traffic is expected to advance with three votes out of the five-member agency, according to sources.

Reliable Source noticed a documentary film crew following Van Jones this weekend.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

The pool reported yesterday that NYT‘s Tom Friedman played a round of golf with President Obama yesterday, prompting all sorts of “the green is flat” jokes in our Twitterverse.

IN MEMORIAM

WaPo: Irving Kristol, 89, a forceful essayist, editor and university professor who became the leading architect of neoconservatism, which he called a political and intellectual movement for disaffected ex-liberals, like himself, who had been “mugged by reality,” died Friday.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Daniel Lippman

President Obama to Make “Late Show” Appearance Next Week

Well, Jay Leno didn’t get a prime time interview with the President last night, but David Letterman will get a late night one next week.

Broadcasting & Cable reports and the White House confirms to the press corps that President Obama will make the first appearance ever by a sitting president on the “Late Show” next Monday.

Morning Reading List 08.25.09

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.

In honor of DC’s Restaurant Week, we’re bringing back a little Patrick Gavin flavor. Photo above- what restaurant did FBDC dine at for lunch yesterday? Send us your guesses and we’ll share who go it right in tomorrow’s Morning Reading List. What know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…

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TV

Anna Wintour graced David Letterman‘s “The Late Show” yesterday.

VH1 has cancelled “Megan Wants a Millionaire” and “I Love Money 3,” both which featured dead murder suspect Ryan Jenkins.

RADIO

We’re really hoping NPR keeps this feature… “Dumbest Story of the Week.” First up, the fuss over Michelle Obama’s “short” shorts.

ONLINE

Time.com managing editor says long form journalism is not working online. (h/t BeetTV)

MAGAZINES

Readers Digest Association Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

BOOKS

The latest in publishing… books without jackets.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

What is Kal Penn up to while everyone else at the White House is vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard? NJ fills us in… he “has been given new busywork responsibilities like opening mail and answering Politico interview requests.”

And what do President Obama’s book picks say about him? Slate’s John Dickerson here.

NEWS NOTES

Stars & Stripes: As more journalists seek permission to accompany U.S. forces engaged in military operations in Afghanistan, many of them could be screened by a controversial public relations firm contracted by the Pentagon to determine whether their past coverage has portrayed the U.S. military in a positive light.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser

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Palin-Palooza: Media Spoofs, Speculations and Spectacles

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NY Times: Maureen Dowd walks a mile in Sarah Palin‘s parka with a spoofed diary entry.

HuffPo
on David Letterman on Palin: Was it something I said?

NY Observer speculates “Palin to Punditry? Probably Not.”

Washington Examiner looks at Palin’s ability to maintain the media’s attention.

Politico questions the effect her resignation will have on book sales?

Politics Daily
dives into the Palin/media dynamic with “Sarah ‘Barracuda’ Palin and the Piranhas of the Press

HuffPo on Noonan on Palin: Horrifying

No plan for Palin at WaPo…er, according to her attorney

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.

Gov. Palin Makes TV Rounds

In what was originally billed as an exclusive, NBC Today Show‘s Matt Lauer interviewed Gov. Sarah Palin this morning.

We learned later this morning just how exclusive Lauer’s interview was- Palin also did an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer this morning, to air later today on The Situation Room.

On Today, Lauer asked Palin if she would be the “future of the GOP.” “Absolutely not necessarily,” said Palin. But it was the topic of David Letterman that was the focus of the interview, Palin saying, “a sad commentary on where we are as a culture, as a society, to chuckle and laugh through [such] comments.”

See Lauer’s full interview after the jump…

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Morning Reading List 02.04.09

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We’re dropping the “Muesli”… just join us after the jump!

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Morning Reading List, 07.17.08

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Good morning Washington. Where can you find the above bathroom in Washington, D.C.? Email us your guesses.

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We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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Morning Reading List, 03.21.08

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  • Most of you will watch NCAA basketball this weekend.

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • A release announced, “Science News, the weekly magazine of the Society for Science & the Public, has named Judy Lewis its new advertising manager. The announcement was made by Elizabeth Marincola, president and publisher of Science News.”

  • An AARP release announced, “AARP, the largest membership organization for people 50+, today announced that renowned travel expert Peter Greenberg has signed on to become AARP’s new travel editor at large.”

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • My Ten Point Plan to Reinvent The Newspaper Business.” By Ted Leonsis.

  • We’ve been asked a few Politico-related questions lately, so here are the answers: Although their chats have basically disappeared lately, the have not been permanently cancelled and may resume some day in the future. As for why some of the columns have disappeared from the home page as a result of the redesign, it’s not because they’re cancelled but rather they’ve been moved to different parts of the website because they aren’t updated as frequently.

  • Before the Chronicle’s Editor at Large, Phil Bronstein, interviewed noted journalist Carl Bernstein, at San Francisco’s Jewish Community Center they hooked up backstage for a lively conversation about current events.

  • The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “On the eve of Barack Obama’s major speech on race and politics, most Americans said they had heard at least a little about the videos showing the Rev. Jeremiah Wright making racially-charged statements to his Chicago congregation. At the time of the survey, however, there was greater public awareness of other recent campaign events. More Americans said they had heard a lot about Geraldine Ferraro’s statements asserting that Obama’s race has been a major advantage in his campaign than had heard about videos of Wright preaching to his congregation.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “As newspapers across America shrink in readership, page count and format, the price of the paper they are printed on has been rising, piling yet another worry onto the industry.”

  • Reuters reports, “Several top U.S. newspaper publishers said on Thursday they will devote online advertising space to a new network that wants to make it easier to place ads on hundreds of newspapers’ Web sites at a time.”

  • Reuters reports, “Media General Inc urged shareholders on Wednesday to reject board candidates proposed by dissident investor Harbinger Capital Partners, saying the nominees are not good enough to guide the newspaper and television company.”

  • The Washington Independent reports, “How Two Leading Journalists Played the Public to Help Bush Sell His War”

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    TV

  • Schieffer to Face the Nation a Bit Longer

  • Some readers didn’t like Gwen Ifill’s interview with Sen. Obama.

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday, March 16, 2008, ABC News’ ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54. This is the 15th time this season ‘This Week’ beat ‘Face’ in Total Viewers and the 13th time beating CBS among the key Adults 25-54 demo”

  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, March 16, 2008 in all categories. On Sunday, the Russert-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 4.218 million total viewers”

  • A NBC release announced, “NBC News Middle East Correspondent and
    Beirut Bureau Chief Richard Engel has been named the 2007 winner of the Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism. Engel was chosen for this outstanding work in MSNBC’s ‘War Zone Diary.’ The one-hour documentary, which was compiled from Engel’s video diary, gives a rare and intimate account of the everyday realties of covering the war in Iraq.”

  • Portfolio reports, “The commission schedules a second public hearing on network neutrality after a cable company stacked the first one.”

  • An ABC release announced, “ABC News, the National Constitution Center and WPVI-TV will host a Democratic Presidential Candidate debate in Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 16th. The live 90-minute debate, moderated by ABC News anchors Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos, will air from 8-10 PM ET/PT on the ABC Television Network. The debate between Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will be held at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The format of the debate and information about media credentialing will be announced at a later date.”

  • The Huffington Post reports, “During Barack Obama’s media blitz last Friday, in which he started here on the Huffington Post and continued to hit the three cable news stations, he spoke with MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann about the controversial statements of his former paster, Jeremiah Wright. Last night, David Letterman presented the ‘Barack Obama ‘Uh’ Count,’ in which they parsed his appearance with Olbermann and counted the verbal pauses of the candidate often praised for his eloquence.” Watch it here.

  • AdAge.com reports, “Broadcast-network TV’s place in the media landscape is changing, acknowledged NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker this morning, and as such, consumers can probably expect less scripted fare, but more shows aimed at reaching broad swaths of audience.”

  • MarketWatch reports, “NBC Universal plans to sell owned-and-operated television stations in Miami and Hartford, Conn. to place more emphasis on its outlets in the top 10 U.S. markets, according to an internal memo sent to employees Wednesday.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “The Sundance Channel, the cable network built around Robert Redford’s annual film festival, is for sale and Cablevision Systems Corp. may be the eventual buyer, according to Pali Research.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “Confusion surrounded the buyout of Clear Channel Communications Inc. yesterday amid escalating tensions between the private-equity companies behind the deal and the banks that have agreed to finance it. As a key deadline approached, it was unclear whether the deal would close, some 16 months after it was announced. These doubts prompted a nearly 9% drop in Clear Channel’s shares to $32.60, below the $39.20 per share Thomas H. Lee and Bain Capital LLC agreed to pay for the company in May, suggesting the market is betting the transaction won’t close. If the deal isn’t completed by the end of a so-called marketing period, which ends next week, Clear Channel could turn to the courts to force the private-equity concerns and the banks to finish the deal.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Okay, rule #1 for cable news anchors, don’t talk to the press, even blogs, especially blogs, unless your boss or PR knows about it. Or, if you’re gonna do it, don’t use your name! FNC’s Ainsley Earhardt learned that the hard way. We hear she was given a talking to this morning after she talked to a blogger, on more than one occasion, about her fill-in gig on Fox & Friends Weekend. A TVNewser reader tipped us off to the existence of the blog Carpe Diem late yesterday.”

  • A reader tells us, “Marvin Kalb, still very much alive, was the last network news hire of Edward R. Murrow. (At least so he said at one of his Newseum sit-downs).”

  • Hotline’s On Call reports, “ABC News sent out its official announcement for the 4/16 Dem debate in Philly. However, 4/16 has another meaning for a lot of Washingtonians — it’s the night of the annual Radio and TV Correspondents Dinner. The dinner is considered the secondest biggest event of the Washington ‘prom season’ — right after the White House Correspondents Dinner — and typically features all the big-name DC media types. An ABC spokesperson said that date was chosen because it was the night that worked in the candidates’ schedules. No word yet on how much of ABC presence there will be at the dinner. George Stephanopoulos is listed as co-moderator of the debate, along with Charles Gibson.”

  • Huffington Post presents,Richard Engel’s Emotional Return To The Palestine Hotel: ‘This Is Where My Colleagues Were Killed’”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • The Economist reports, “Social networking will become a ubiquitous feature of online life. That does not mean it is a business”

  • Venture Beat reports, “Online ad network Federated Media, which serves Web sites like VentureBeat and hundreds of others with ads it gets from large companies, is close to raising a $30 million round at a $200 million pre-money valuation, according to a well-placed source.”

  • DCist reports, “The literary Web site Hitotoki (pronounced hee toe toe key) is looking to launch a D.C. edition, but the editorial staff is facing a small problem — they need content. … If you’re interested in writing for Hitotoki, download a submission form or check out the site’s temporary D.C. page. Stories should be 200-500 words long, focus on a single moment in a specific place and authored by someone who either lives in or has visited the city.”

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    MAGAZINES

  • Why the National Magazine Awards are a crock

  • The Press Gazette reports, “The Financial Times is to give its FT Wealth supplement an upmarket relaunch to target the interests of the ‘very wealthy’ global citizens. Published quarterly, the tabloid will now appear as a magazine in a ‘unique’ format.”

  • Mr. Magazine names “the 30 most notable launches of 2007″

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    WEST WING REPORTAGE

  • Jezebel reports, “Remember Bush Administration spokespretty Dana Perino and that tough time she had remembering just what the Cuban missile crisis was? Well the other day she had another little missile crisis on Fox News Sunday, which is to say, she explained, she doesn’t really know what a missile is sorta, because, um, totes, kthanxbai, she was born a girl.”

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    JOBS

  • The Gazette is looking for a Reporter, a Business Writer and a Copy Editor.

  • The Catholic Review is looking for a Seasoned Staff Writer.

  • The Free Lance-Star Publishing Companies are looking for a Photojournalist.

  • The Army Times Publishing Company is looking for a News Editor for Marine Corps Times.

  • Condé Nast Publications is looking for a Brides.com Online & Local Print Account Executive.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Supervising Senior Editor.

  • Stars and Stripes is looking for an Editor-Page layout/design.

  • Dow Jones & Company is looking for a Reporting Assistant.

  • Need To Know News is looking for a Broadcast Reporter.

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