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DC Madam: ABC News “Did A Tremendous Disservice To The American People”

The latest email from Deborah Jeane Palfrey, aka the ‘DC Madam,’ mentions her deal with ABC News:

    Simultaneously, during the period when the decision to take the records off the market was made, Senior Executive Producer Rhonda Schwartz for Brian Ross, of ABC News, in New York approached Mr. Sibley and me about the records. Told ABC News “does not pay for information”, they nonetheless would incur in our circumstance the expense of culling the billing invoices for possible witnesses, leads and general information, which ultimately could be beneficial to my defense. Having gotten estimates at the time for the cost to research and back-track telephone numbers, along with subsequent owner data (tens of thousands of dollars), we gladly accepted ABC’s offer of assistance. In return, ABC asked that they be given exclusivity regarding the first public interview with me and more importantly, all of the phone records for years 1993 to 2006. While the laborious task of copying and transferring the enormous amount of data to ABC was ongoing, the Government went to Judge Kessler, ex parte (without the presence OR knowledge of my criminal defense attorney at the time, Mr. A.J. Kramer) and obtained the current restraining order prohibiting either my civil counsel, Mr. Sibley or me from further distribution of the records. The Government’s justification for the temporary injunction was witness harassment and intimidation — having abandoned its prior rationalization, i.e. asset forfeiture. Consequently, ABC received ONLY 80% of years 2002 thru 2006. Contrary to popular belief, they never had a complete set of all 13 years. In the final analysis, it really didn’t matter whether ABC had 4 years or 13, their constant assurances and reassurances to Mr. Sibley and me that they could be trusted with my story — for the almost two months they researched 2002 to 2006 — fell flat on May 4, 2007, when the much hyped, sweep’s week 20/20 broadcast failed to deliver even one revelation; this despite, a major ad campaign blitz on the part of the network to the contrary. Both Mr. Sibley and I can attest to the fact — having been an integral part of the 7 1/2 week vetting process — that there were and are noteworthy names to be named, in the four years. Why ABC chose to jump ship seemingly at the eleventh hour would be pure speculation, here. The bottom line is that they did and by doing so, they did a tremendous disservice to the American people.

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Morning Reading List, 05.22.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Don’t be so shocked — yes, journos lean a little bit to the left

  • MSNBC Pre-Empts Tucker For Blair Special

  • ABC announced that the “World News” webcast “is available at a new, earlier time, 12:30 pm ET, on and ABC News Now. On-demand viewing is available shortly thereafter on the website, via Apple’s iTunes or RSS readers, and on mobile phones. The webcast previously aired at 3 pm, ET.”

  • Today, Nathan’s Q&A will feature DC Madame Deborah Jeane Palfrey, and they are expecting a full house. Sharing the spotlight will be “The Travel Detective” Peter Greenberg.

  • Matthew Yglesias takes Mickey Kaus’ assignment on the whippersnapper factor in the blogosphere.” And, he does it “bullet-point style.”

  • Newsweek’s Robert J. Samuelson said, “the sky-is-falling view of the news business is way off the mark.”

  • Did any DC Tribbers raise their hand?

  • The Press Club is hosting a magazine writing panel this Thursday at 7 p.m.

  • Who’s Best at Reporting?

  • From DCRTV:

      DCRTV hears that DC-based XM Satellite Radio suffered a major outage on Monday. We’re told that the New York Avenue firm’s XM3 satellite lost its downlinking capability for some “unknown reason.” Their engineers are working on a fix. XM does have backup satellite capacity. Says a late afternoon statement from XM: “We are experiencing a temporary degraded performance issue, which has affected some of our customers. We expect to return to normal service levels this evening”…..

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education takes a closer look inside the U.S. News & World Report’s college rankings, including asking what the rankings do for U.S. News. Also, The Baltimore Sun reports, “ Alvin P. Sanoff, a former Sun reporter who covered the 1968 riots here before moving on to launch U.S. News & World Report’s annual ‘America’s Best Colleges’ editions, died of pancreatic cancer Thursday at Georgetown University Hospital. The Bethesda resident was 65.”

  • Andy Sullivan, Reuters reporter by day and rocker by night, has posted the tunes from his old band, Steeplejack, on the web for your listening pleasure. Also, mark you calendars — Sullivan will be performing with the Karl Straub Combo on Saturday, June 16 at the Quarry House Tavern in Silver Spring.

  • Tom Mesereau, Michael Jackson’s attorney, took a shot at some legal pundits: “There are some very professional legal analysts out there — but there are also some absolute monstrosities like Nancy Dis-Grace.” Page Six reports, “Mark Geragos also whacked Grace, calling her a ‘yapping, bleached blonde former prosecutor on Court TV.’ He went on to remark on the undue influence of Fox’s Greta Van Susteren on high-profile cases: ‘Our favorite expression coming in the morning before the judge was, WWGS — ‘What would Greta say?’ No matter what the ruling was the night before, whatever Greta would say that night, we’d have to revisit that ruling if she didn’t agree.’”

  • The Wall Street Journal asks, “Should the FCC Curb TV Violence?”

  • Amanda Long announced, “I will never buy another ‘separate’ from Ann Taylor.” This is largely due to the fact that she is leaving her position as Assistant Managing Editor of Washington Business Journal to work for, a Canadian retailer of yoga, dancer and fitness apparel that is coming to D.C.

  • Express’ Michael Grassexamines the words of writer, observer and provocateur Gore Vidal.”

  • Google CEO Eric Schmidt discussed the “always-on nature of the Internet generation and its effect on the global political landscape” as a key note address at the 2007 Personal Democracy Forum Friday.

  • The New York Times reports, “As the movie business goes through a generational shift, many ex-titans of the media are being forced to take stock, searching for meaning beyond getting a favored booth at the Grill.”

  • Reuters reports, “Time Warner Inc.’s chief executive said on Friday the board is considering another stock buyback and other options, but quashed talk of spinning off its flagship Time Inc. publishing business.”

  • From a reader: “The new Post Points Web site is terrible — and that’s beyond the condom-esque logos. The site takes forever to load and often times out. If you put in the Express code or do the daily quiz you often get an error and points are not awarded. And the pending points doesn’t update at all. If you do a restaurant review you get no credit for it. It’s just bad news. The Post should have waited until all the kinks were worked out with the site before it launched the program — now it’s just going to loose a lot of interest.”

  • B&C reports, “A decision on Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl half-time reveal won’t come until close to the end of the year, at the earliest. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has set Sept. 11, 2007, as the date for oral argument in the case, CBS confirms.”


  • Stars and Stripes is looking for Copy Editor.

  • Al Arabiya News Channel is looking for a Producer.

  • Washingtonian Magazine is looking for an Administrative Assistant for the Photography Department.

  • The Monitor on Psychology, the monthly magazine of the American Psychological Association, seeks a science writer for its Washington, D.C. based staff.

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

  • So, Who’s Gonna Get The DC Madam’s Phone Records?

    From WTOP:

      The former owner of an escort business said she has reached a deal to share her records of up to 15,000 client phone numbers with a media organization.

      “I have decided to hand over all phone records, logs and invoices (including those presently unknown to the government) to what I believe to be one of the most reputable and respected investigative news organizations in the country, to assist me with my needs,” Deborah Jeane Palfrey, 50, wrote in an e-mail to WTOP Radio.

      She did not identify the news organization or give details of the arrangement. Palfrey’s civil attorney, Montgomery Blair Sibley, would not say whether his client was getting paid, or if she was simply getting investigative assistance with uncovering the names associated with the phone numbers.

    For all this attention, there better be somebody good on this list.

    What do you think?