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Weekend Show Preview – 7.13.14

On Monday we gave you the ratings for the July 6 Sunday Shows in the DC Market.

Who’s on the talk shows this weekend?

“Fox News Sunday” has Amb. Dennis Ross. Rick Santorum is headed to NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Attorney General Eric Holder is slated for ABC’s “This Week.” And CNN’s “State of the Union” landed Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Donna Edwards (D-MD), Aaron Schock (R-IL), and Beto O’Rourke (D-TX).

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WHCA and GW Host Panel on Diversity in WH Press Corps

20140428_113410On Monday, the White House Correspondents’ Association and GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs hosted a panel to discuss the past, present, and future of minority journalists in the White House press corps. The panel comprised Fusion’s Jim Avila; former WHCA President Ed Chen, currently with the Natural Resources Defense Council; WaPo managing editor Kevin Merida; David Nakamura, White House reporter for The Washington Post; AP’s Sonya Ross; NBC News Washington bureau chief Ken Strickland; and NBC News White House reporter Kristen Welker and was moderated by American Urban Radio Network’s April Ryan.

The discussion took place more than 70 years after Harry McAlpin of the Atlanta Daily World became the first black journalist to cover a White House news conference and 100 years after the first White House Correspondents Dinner.

“Some of the traditional ways to get to a place like the White House coverage – those still exist, but there’s other ways,” said Merida, referring to less traditional and often more digital coverage of the White House.

Strickland added, “The reason why it’s important to have diversity for more than just diversity’s sake is that many of the issues covered in Washington largely affect diverse populations…You want those voices at the table, to have the discussion.”

To watch the full panel conversation in entirety, look to GW’s website later in the week.

GW Explores Diversity Among White House Press Corps

correspondents1924-960The Monday before the 2014 White House Correspondents Dinner, the WHCA and GW will examine diversity among the White House press corps, 70 years after the Atlanta Daily World’s Harry McAlpin became the first black journalist to cover a White House news conference. The panel comprising media from The Washington Post, the Associated Press, and NBC News, among others, will explore ”the roles that minority journalists have played in the White House press corps throughout the years, where they are today, and what more must be done to create a press corps that reflects the growing diversity of America.”

Slated for Monday, April 28th at 11am, media interested in attending should contact Nicole Carlotto at nfcarlotto@gwu.edu.

A full list of those participating and event logistics after the jump.

Photo credit: White House Correspondents, 1924. Digitized glass negative, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. (via http://www.whca.net/history.htm).

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All A-Twitter: Journos Weigh In On Sam Youngman’s Take Down of “This Town”

It seems most journos aren’t buying Sam Youngman‘s Politico story. Here’s a sampling of some of the best tweets out there right now:

 

 

 

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WaPo Reorganizes White House Team

Kevin Merida, one of WaPo‘s more adept internal memo writers, has co-authored “exciting changes” to the publication’s White House team.

His begins with high drama: “We’re marking the dawn of President Obama’s second term…”

The highlights: Scott Wilson, who won a couple of important-sounding awards last year, will be White House Bureau Chief; David Nakamura will forge on as a member of team, focusing on (yawn) immigration reform — never fear, his Pool Reports are a fun read; Philip Rucker, who covered Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, will cover Obama, gun control, and the President’s complex relationship with Congress; Felicia Sonmez, who “seems to never sleep”, will head up digital White House coverage; Zachary Goldfarb joins the team as a economic policy writer.

See the full memo…

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Superstitious Obama Aides Won’t Shave

TIPS FROM THE POOL, INTO THE DEEP END

WaPo‘s David Nakamura sheds important light on the abundance of facial hair in POTUS’ midst today in an afternoon Pool Report. Personally, we hope they choose among the above looks:

“Obama worked the crowd after his remarks, then boarded af1 at 11:35 wearing his leather aviator jacket. Of note, several WH staffers incl Jon Favreau, Ben Rhodes and Bobby Schmuck –all on the trip–were sporting several days worth of facial hair. A source said it was superstition ritual for the election and they won’t shave until after the election is over. We are rolling for Las Vegas shortly.”

Morning Oopsy: WaPo’s Nakamura Gives Himself Bad Marks for Homework Slip-up

TIPS FROM THE POOL, INTO THE DEEP END

WaPo‘s David Nakamura has a pretty good sense of humor where White House Pool Reports are concerned. Yesterday afternoon he credited CBS White House Radio Correspondent Mark Knoller with saving him on a quote from President Obama‘s campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

“Pooler inadvertently quoted Jen Psaki as saying that millions of people have access to ‘affordable homework’ when the inimitable Mark Knoller pointed out the correct quote should be “affordable health care.’ … Pooler regrets the error and gives himself an ‘incomplete’ grade on transcription.”

The original error reads as follows and permits readers to see where Nakamura’s brain got tripped up: “(On president giving himself an ‘incomplete’ on economy) Psaki “The question he was asked was what grade he would give himself. And they clearly haven’t done his homework because he’s said that countless times. We know despite the fact that millions of people have access to affordable homework and there have been 29 straight months of private sector jobs growth, the troops have been taken out of Iraq, he feels there’s more to do for the American people and the middle class….There’s more work that needs to be done and he wants the American people to send him back for four more years. … What an incomplete means is that there’s more work he wants to do. The alternative is to go back to the old playbook of failing policies and failing grades.”

From McDonald’s to Gwen Stefani’s Nursery: Top 13 Places Where WH Pool Reporters Go To Wait

A large part of pooling with the White House involves patience and what can amount to hours and hours of waiting for very little news. The places journos must linger are routinely included in the reports, but more and more they’re turning into elaborate explanations of where “your pooler” is, or more importantly, where they are forbidden from going. Most often they wait it out in food courts. But waiting also happens in garages, outside restaurants, in cars, vans, laundry rooms and on the lawn. Even a closet, as The Orlando Sentinel‘s Bill Nelson knows too well. He was memorably placed in one during a fundraiser last year attended by Vice President Joe Biden.

13. Vans: “There’s lots of waiting… Often in vans for hours and hours,” Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein says.

12. Food courts: “When I was covering the White House, I came to believe in the concept of pool karma. A miserable eight-hour day at the Andrews Air Force Base food court while POTUS played golf would be followed by an eight hour protective hold poolside at the Beverly Hilton.”– ReutersSam Youngman.

11. Outside McDonald’s: After waiting more than hour outside of a McDonald’s in early August, freelance journalist Matt Laso wrote, “The pool now smells like grease and is daydreaming of fresh vegetables.”

10. School cafeteria: While in New Hampshire, Christian Science Monitor’s David Grant filed from “what looks like the school cafeteria.”

9. Laundry room: “[S]everal industrial strength washing machines were lined up and sports equipment, such as football helmets, were piled up in metal cages,” WaPo‘s David Nakamura wrote in a report of a college laundry room he was put in to wait. On the bleached bright side, Nakamura told us he was “pleasantly surprised at how good the Internet was in that laundry room.”

8. Outside dry cleaners: Pooling with POTUS earlier this month, Politico‘s Epstein filed from outside a dry cleaners. Sounding upbeat about it, she says “It was only about 70 degrees, so not uncomfortable.”

7. Various locations around Graceland: “When [former President] Bush took former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to pay homage to Elvis, the Japanese leader kept dropping to one knee and singing, while the pool looked on stoically,” Sirius/XM P.O.T.U.S. Channel’s Julie Mason says. “Reporters couldn’t believe their relentless, sanguinary ascent up the pitiless ladder of corporate media led them to…the Monkey Room.”

6. W. Hotel bar: This month WaPo‘s Scott Wilson pooled with POTUS for a fundraiser at the W. Hotel where he was made to wait at the hotel bar. “But no drink for me (just some club soda),” Wilson said.

5. Back deck, nursery room and garage of Gwen Stefani’s home– Pooling with FLOTUS at singer Gwen Stefani’s home in California was WSJ‘s Erica Orden. A back deck, nursery and garage sound like terrible, musty places to wait. But it was Stefani’s house and that’s something. We asked Orden if the nursery smelled like baby poop but she didn’t respond.

4. House in Hawaii with pest problem: One one of the Obama family’s Hawaii getaways, Politico‘s Epstein pooled along. She, with other reporters, were kept in a house next door. “It had just been sold and had bug infestations in the bathrooms,” she said. The house did have a pool — Epstein and the other reporters were sure to spend time by it (though she says she never actually got in).

3. President’s Palace in Delhi: WaPo‘s Wilson pooled with Obama and the First Lady for the State Dinner in India in 2010. He said the press was held in a sitting room for the event but called the palace the “most exotic” place he’s ever been held.

2. The Sit Down Cafe and Sushi Bar: Epstein identified this venue as a favorite place of one of the White House press aides to take reporters while in Chicago. A look at the restaurant’s website shows there’s WiFi, beer, wine and sake (on Mondays bottles are 50 percent off).

1. The private basketball court of a Crocs co-founder: “We played White House staffers in ping-pong and enjoyed snacks served by waiters in white dinner jackets,” SiriusXM’s Mason said.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day


Cell Phone Abuse! “Alarm… Set! (Yeah yeah, fixing my shattered phone tomorrow. Oh Apple store… I am coming for u!)” — CNN Correspondent Brooke Baldwin.

Josh Marshall dings Politifact

“Awesome: Politifact manages to ‘fact-check’ a claim which is totally unsubstantianted [sic] and still look like idiots.” — TPM‘s Josh Marshall. Read the Politifact story here.  

You can’t take WaPo‘s White House scribe anywhere

“Your pooler also notes that David Nakamura, all around good guy and great co-pooler, accidentally spilled his Cobb salad on the plane’s brand new carpet. and promptly cleaned up the mess thoroughly.” — TWT‘s David Boyer in a Monday Pool Report. AF1 was en route to JFK where they were catching helos to Stamford, Conn. for two fundraisers. WaPo‘s David Nakamura needn’t worry. The oil should blend in seamlessly.

Blogger lashes out about masturbatory tweet

Last week DCStakeOut blogger and Institute of Public Accuracy’s Sam Husseini wrote a tongue-in-cheek tweet upon the death of Gore Vidal. Like Vidal, Husseini wrote that he, too, had a lot of sex. “Like Gore Vidal, I had 1000 sexual encounters by the time I was 25. Of course, I was the only one in the room for most.” We ran it in Morning Chatter with the headline, “Blogger (jokingly) boasts of sexual prowess?” And guess who flipped out yesterday on Twitter? “How is that boasting of sexual prowess?” he asked on Twitter. He said somehow we didn’t get that he meant that he’d been, ahem, polishing the family jewels, not sleeping with 1000 people. Thanks for that Husseini! We’re such idiots and wouldn’t have possibly gotten that without your help. When we joked that we needed to add an update and pronto, he snapped, “@FishbowlDC You do that. Learn to read while you’re at it. You’re literally the only person who didn’t get that.” Some might remember Husseini. He was suspended from the National Press Club in November of 2011 after he questioned Saudi Arabian Prince Turki al-Faisal in a way head honchos found “unseemly” and then became outraged when NPC officials somehow didn’t want him acting like an asshole brave journo toward their guests. He was eventually taken off suspension but not without club officials thinking him a nuisance. This was the second time he’d been suspended.

Journo alerts the masses on addiction story

“Doing a deep dive into the scientific literature on addiction. So fascinating. Also, feel free to holler if this is your field. #longwrites” — The Atlantic‘s Alexis Madrigal.

Headline from the AP in London: “Man Sets Fire to Home by Microwaving Socks, Undies.” Read the story here.

 

Pool Reporter Kept in Laundry Room

TIPS FROM THE POOL…INTO THE DEEP END


WaPo‘s David Nakamura was acting a little Rodney Dangerfieldesque Thursday as he traveled with President Obama to Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. but didn’t actually see the President. As noted below, Pool reporter conditions were not all that hot.

“Obama made remarks on Romney tax plan, contrast of their visions for middle class, rehashing many of the lines and themes from his speeches in Ohio yesterday. after remarks, pool was escorted to the press hold in the Rollins College sports laundry and storage room, where several industrial strength washing machines were lined up and sports equipment, such as football helmets, were piled up in metal cages. Obama is  planning to address the BlogHer Conference by closed circuit video and pool is told we will get the sound piped in to us, which we will endeavor to transmit to you all.”

In another report, he wrote about the obvious lack of communication between the WH Press team and reporters: “Obama, still presumably somewhere at Rollins College, though pool was not told where, addressed the BlogHer Conference, going on in New York City, through a closed circuit video feed.”

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