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Afternoon Lede Check – 7.14.14

Reid: Judge Judy would toss Obama lawsuit in ‘half a second.’ Thunderstorm watch posted for region. Three dead, 4 injured after 3 shootings in DC.

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

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Former Senate Hopeful Liz Cheney Talks ‘Farting’ on Wyoming Campaign

At today’s POLITICO Playbook Lunch with Dick, Lynne, and Liz Cheney, seated next to her parents, Liz recalled a story from her Senate campaign that left a foul look on some faces. At a Wyoming parade, Liz recalled a ‘briefing’ she had with the children of her extended family set to pass out candy on rules of behavior.

Topics addressed: No farting, which she referred to as, “A good life lesson.”

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Best Quotes from the Sunday Shows – 6.22.14

In a pre-recorded interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Norah O’Donnell sat down with President Barack Obama to discuss the threat of ISIS on the United States: ”But I think it’s important for us to recognize that ISIS is just one of a number of organizations that we have to stay focused on al-Qaeda in Yemen is still very active and we’re staying focused on that. In North Africa, you’re seeing organizations including Boko Haram that kidnapped all those young women that is extreme and violent. And this is going to be a global challenge and one that the United States is going to have to address but we’re not going to be able to address it alone. And as I said yesterday, what we can’t do is think that we’re just going to play whack-a-mole and send US troops occupying various countries wherever these organizations pop up. We’re going to have to have a more focused, more targeted strategy and we’re going to have to partner and train local law enforcement and military to do their jobs as well.”

On whether ISIS is more dangerous than al Qaeda, Sen. Marco Rubio told O’Donnell: “Well certainly, potentially more dangerous today than al Qaeda. They are an extremely radical group with increasing capabilities and a very clear design. They want to establish an Islamic caliphate in sections of both Syria and Iraq and other places, potentially Jordan is next at some point. And then they want to launch attacks in the exterior, external operations, including targeting our homeland. This is an extremely serious national security risk for the country if they were to establish that safe haven of operation.”

Former Vice President Dick Cheney on ABC’s “This Week:” “Now, I don’t intend any disrespect for the president, but I fundamentally disagree with him. I think he’s dead wrong in terms of the course he’s taken this nation and I think we’re in for big trouble in the years ahead because of his refusal to recognize reality and because of his continual emphasis upon getting the U.S. basically to withdraw from that part of the world.”

On the growth of ISIS, as a guest on “FOX News Sunday,” California Congressman Kevin McCarthy said in his first interview since winning the House Majority Leader position vacated by Eric Cantor: “I think the key part is lay out what we want to do for the entire region, to stop the momentum of this growth, we cannot allow them to continue to grow. By not acting, now, they have half a billion dollars. They’re growing each and every day…By our lack of action has allowed them to grow. So, build an overall strategy that moves that momentum backwards.”

On what he would do given the situation in Iraq, Sen. Rand Paul told CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union:” ”I think we have to understand first how got here and then we have to decide as a country where we are going…I think there’s chaos in the Middle East, and I think the chaos is because we have created a vacuum. Before the Iraq war, I think there was somewhat of a standoff between Sunni and Shiite, had been for maybe 1,000 years off and on…But now we have a chaotic situation. We have a vacuum. And I think one of the reasons why ISIS has been emboldened is because we have been arming their allies. We have been allied with ISIS in Syria. They have had a safe haven because we have been arming the rebels to keep Assad away from them.”

Weekend Show Preview – 6.22.14

Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked:

Sunday:

CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL); Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); CBS’s Mike Morell, fmr. deputy CIA director; WaPo’s David Ignatius; PBS’s Tavis Smiley; Wilson Center’s Robin Wright; CBS’s John Dickerson

“Fox News Sunday”Kevin McCarthy (R-CA); Howard Schultz, Starbucks president and CEO; Cleta Mitchell, Attorney for Tea Party groups targeted by IRS; Julian Epstein, former top Democratic House Staffer; FOX contributor George Will; Judy Woodruff,co-anchor and managing editor, PBS NewsHour; Heritage Action for America’s Michael Needham; Fox News Political Analyst Juan Williams.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” : TBA

ABC’s “This Week” : Former VP Dick CheneySonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court Associate Justice; Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN); Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL); ABC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent Terry Moran; FOX News Anchor Greta Van Susteren

Univision’s “Al Punto” : TBA

CNN’s “State of the Union Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chairman, Select Intelligence Committee; Bob WoodwardCarl Bernstein; CNN’s S.E. Cupp; CNN’s Donna Brazile; Daily Beast’s Kristen Soltis AndersonPenny Lee, Democratic strategist

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GQ‘s “50 Most Powerful in DC” List: One Degree of Obama


Photo from GQ.com.

Forget Kevin Bacon.

President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden may be excluded from GQ‘s “50 Most Powerful in DC,” but looks like most of the list’s top half are one degree of separation from the West Wing.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag, Senior Advisor David Axelrod, Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner and National Economic Council Director Larry Summers (tie), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, former VP Dick Cheney and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts round out the top ten. The list may be a changing-of-the-guard from the Bush administration, but it’s a DC no-brainer.

Your DC media types are represented by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos at #31, Politico‘s John Harris #43 and The New Yorker‘s Jane Mayer and NYT‘s Scott Shane tied at #27.

Politico points out White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, though #20 on the last list, did not make the cut this time around.

The mag will celebrate the list with a party tonight at 701. And though obviously overlooked for “50 Most Powerful,” FBDC will be there. Check back tomorrow for dets.

The complete list, as polled by “journalists, congressmen, lobbyists, think tankers, and influence peddlers,” can be found here.

Morning Reading List 09.11.09

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.

Happy Birthday to Becky Lee and tomorrow to Karen Leigh and Jill Jackson!

Today is, of course, the anniversary of Sept. 11th. The networks will have special coverage- on ABC tonight, Jim Sciutto will have special reports on NYPD’s counter-terrorism unit on “World News” and on “Nightline,” Bob Woodruff will interview author Jon Krakauer about his upcoming Pat Tillman book. On CBS, Katie Couric will explore some remaining questions from the tragedy on the “Evening News.” And on NBC, “Nightly News” will have a special “Making a Difference” segment on national service along with their coverage of the day’s news.

On cable today- MSNBC began airing “9/11/01: The Today Show,” a three-hour program showing how the events unfolded live. In the evening, MSNBC will show a two-hour “9/11: As It Happened” special chronicling NBC’s coverage that day with limited editing. On CNN later today, Anderson Cooper will do a special edition of “AC360″ from Afghanistan, as he has all week. And on Fox News, at 10pmET, “Fox News Reporting, 9/11: Timeline of Terror” will air, which includes interviews with Ari Fleisher, Dick Cheney, and Condoleezza Rice. Jon Scott, who was anchoring for FNC on 9/11/01, will anchor “Happening Now” from Ground Zero. Bret Baier will host “Special Report” from Pentagon Memorial Park at 6pmET. (h/t TVNewser)

What know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

E&P: The Washington Post‘s foreign staff plans to boost Middle East coverage, while also focusing more on enterprise and in-depth stories over breaking news in coming months. The 14-person overseas staff is not expected to increase, but may see some transferring to increase the presence in the Middle East and Far East.

TV

21.2 million total viewers watched President Obama’s address to congress on the networks Wednesday night, ranking NBC, ABC and CBS.

Another 9.5 million watched on the three cable news networks, ranking Fox, MSNBC, CNN.

Mark your calendars… Jenna Bush Hager will make her debut as an NBC “Today Show” correspondent one week from today. For her first piece to air Sept. 18th, the former first daughter will profile Dalton Sherman, an 11-year-old motivational speaker from Dallas who made headlines across the country last year after giving an inspiring speech at his school’s pep rally.

Is Fran Drescher heading to cable news? Washington Whispers hears that the actress, who was once speculated to run for office too, is in talks with Fox and MSNBC. There is that 11am hour open at MSNBC…

John Stossel leaves ABC for Fox News and Fox Business Network.

ONLINE

Has Drudge lost his touch?

Former mediabistro-er Rebecca Fox joined the Morning Media Menu today to talk about the newly launched Sexy Beast, the entertainment and fashion section of The Daily Beast.

NEWS NOTES

It’s Media Matters vs. WaPo‘s Dana Milbank.

And on a lighter note this morning, the 17 best news bloopers ever, courtesy of HuffPost.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

President Obama penned this op-ed in the NY Daily News to mark the 9/11 anniversary. “Every year on this day, we are all New Yorkers.”

Why Mediaite thinks President Obama should go on “The Factor” with Fox’s Bill O’Reilly.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico, Daniel Lippman

Who’s The Most Sought After Sunday Show Guest In Washington?


David Gregory, Bob Schieffer and George Stephanopoulos at CSIS yesterday.

It’s a million dollar question- and the answer will really surprise you. Who is the most sought after Sunday show guest in Washington? Bob Schieffer, David Gregory and George Stephanopoulos all agree: Bo the dog.

In a rare joint appearance, the hosts of “Face the Nation,” “Meet the Press” and “This Week” took questions took questions at this month’s CSIS and Texas Christian University Schieffer School of Journalism Dialogue: “A Sunday Show Summit.”

More realistically, the Sunday show hosts said they’d like to book First Lady Michelle Obama. Schieffer pointed out ABC’s get with Hillary Clinton, saying he’d like to interview the Secretary of State. Stephanopoulos returned the compliment, telling Schieffer, Face had the “strongest May” with former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Now once they land the guest, how do they get them to talk? “Ask the obvious question,” Schieffer advised. Gregory said sometimes it’s ok to be quiet- “Let them talk,” citing a recent interview with Defense Secretary Robert Gates in which he compared Presidents Bush and Obama for the first time.

We give props to a young freelancer in the audience who asked the panel quite frankly, “How can I be you?” The oldest and most experienced member of the panel, Schieffer, answered that while we don’t know where journalism is going, “there will always be a need for reporters.”

On the future of journalism, all three expressed love for newspapers, but skepticism for their future in print. Gregory referenced Ben Bradlee that there is a “fundamental demand” for newspapers in communities. All agreed whether it was online or in print, it was the information that was most important.

The Internet, the “first avenue that doesn’t have an editor,” as described by Schieffer, puts a “special responsibility” on the mainstream media, Stephanopoulos said. “I feel like an editor,” he said, sifting through blogs for facts every week.

Other topics covered include healthcare (all agree the President needs one domestic achievement soon and that he wants it to be healthcare) and the balance of coverage on politics and the economy during the campaign (all thought mainstream media did a good job, learning and explaining economics and covering an election “historic in every way,” as described by Schieffer).

As for their roles on Sunday mornings, I think even his competitors can agree with Gregory here. “This is still the place to really hear somebody out and learn something.”

Morning Reading List 06.24.09

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What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | BOOKS | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | REVOLVING DOOR | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

NYT: After months of bitter struggle that included a threat to shut down The Boston Globe, the New York Times Company and the paper’s largest union reached a tentative contract settlement on Tuesday night, with employees agreeing to significant cuts in wages, benefits, and job security.

WaPo’s Katharine Weymouth spoke Saturday at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism’s commencement- the school also honored Roxana Saberi with its Medal for Courage. Weymouth said, “I believe firmly that great journalism – the need for good old-fashioned beat and enterprise reporting — has never been more important. Certainly no one would argue that there isn’t enough news to report anymore. Nor do I believe that people’s interest or engagement in the news has changed. What has changed is the number of voices out there, the role that media plays in our lives and the business model that has supported journalism. This is a time of great transformation — but it’s also a time of great anticipation and creativity.” Read her speech here.

TV

Playbook reports this morning that there are “so many technicians and journalists are on the grounds that the Secret Service ran out of laminated “PRESS” passes and was giving “TOUR” tags to reporters.”

See how cable news ratings increased with coverage of Iran- Fox News ranked third in all of cable in primetime last week.

“Real World” is coming to DC, as you’ve heard, but there are major cuts coming to MTV.

ONLINE

The Iran election has increased new traffic to Twitter. Hitwise notes traffic to Twitter.com rose 13% June 12 compared with the previous Friday and was up 23% June 17 versus the prior Wednesday. (h/t WebNewser)

ABCNews.com has announced it is producing a daily half-hour program about the crisis in Iran. “Nightline: Iran in Crisis” will be broadcast at 11:30am and available on the Nightline section of ABCNEWS.com and on ABC News NOW, the network’s 24-hour digital channel.

BOOKS

Roxana Saberi is working on a memoir of her arrest, sentence and release in Iran, to be published by HarperCollins in March 2010, according to the AP.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is penning a memoir expected out in spring 2011, a few months after former President George W. Bush’s book comes out, the AP points out. In an interview with the AP, Cheney said, “I want my grandkids, 20 or 30 years from now, to be able to read it and understand what I did, and why I did it.”

NEWS NOTES

We seriously did not believe this when we first heard it, but now there’s video proof. Remember Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the Moon, an American icon? Just in time for the moon-landing anniversary, he’s teaming up with Snoop Dog and Talib Kweli to record his latest track, “Rocket Experience.” You have to see this for yourself at FishbowlLA.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Peter Osnos asks on The Daily Beast, “Does the Press Love Obama More Than Reagan?” Osnos checks in with ABC’s Sam Donaldson and WaPo’s Lou Cannon and David Hoffman.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, Politico

JOBS after the jump…

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Morning Reading List 05.14.09

Good morning FishbowlDC!

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It is day 115 covering the Obama administration and week 15 for us. Happy Birthday to David Gelles and Rebecca Adelman! What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | RADIO | ONLINE | NEWS NOTES | AWARDS | JOBS | REVOLVING DOOR

NEWSPAPERS

NYT columnist and author Thomas Friedman returned a $75,000 speaker’s fee. LAT reports that the reversal came after a “misunderstanding” about the engagement with the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution — and How It Can Renew America.”

TV

One of the biggest stories this week was the murder of five American troops by a fellow sergeant at Camp Liberty in Baghdad. In her report, ABC’s senior foreign affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz had video from inside the clinic where the shooting took place. “Just a few weeks earlier, on her 20th reporting trip to Iraq, she had spent an afternoon at Camp Liberty in Baghdad,” reports The New York Observer’s Felix Gillette. “Ms. Raddatz had spent an entire afternoon interviewing the clinic’s staff members for her report on how the military was coping with the recent uptick in suicides.”

TVNewser reports news orgs were asked not to name the “other woman” during interviews with Elizabeth Edwards. In three TV interviews, Hunter, “the other woman” in the John Edwards affair, Rielle Hunter, was not mentioned.

On the same note, AP reports that it was twice denied interviews with Edwards’ because it refused to omit the name of Edwards’ mistress from its articles about Elizabeth and her book. The article quotes Michael Oreskes, the AP’s vice president and senior managing editor who said simply, “We don’t let other people edit our wire.”

ABC financial correspondent Bianna Golodryga joined the Morning Media Menu today to talk about covering the financial crisis and the differences between working for network and cable news.

RADIO

In memoriam, from NYT: Robert R. Pauley, a former president of the ABC Radio network who championed radio at a time when television was replacing it as a dominant medium, died on May 2. When Pauley became the president of the network in 1961, he reinvigorated it, in part by emphasizing live events, especially sports.

ONLINE

NYT: Craigslist will close its erotic services category, which critics have said is a forum that fosters prostitution and other illegal activities. To replace it, the company has created a category called adult services, in which postings will be reviewed by employees.

NEWS NOTES

Reuters: North Korea said it would put two U.S. journalists it arrested in March on trial on June 4, ratcheting up tension with Washington. Analysts said the reclusive North sees the two reporters as bargaining chips to try to win concessions.

Time Mag asks, Dick Cheney: Why So Chatty All of a Sudden?

There was some confusion at Columbia University over whether Attorney General Eric Holder‘s Graduate School of Journalism commencement speech on May 19th would be open or closed to the press. Page Six caught up with a rep from the school- “There is nothing at all we want to hide.”

AWARDS

UCLA’s Anderson School of Management announced the finalists for its 2009 Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. WSJ and NYT had the most finalists, with seven each across multiple categories. Bloomberg, “60 Minutes” and CBS were also recognized with a handful of nominations each, while now defunct magazine Portfolio received three nods. FishbowlNY has the complete list of awards here.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro

JOBS and REVOLVING DOOR after the jump…

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President Obama To WHCD Crowd: “All Of You Voted For Me” (Except Fox)


WHCA President Jennifer Loven and President <a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/Barack-Obama-Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

President Barack Obama was certainly a hit last night, opening with a teleprompter joke and cracking himself up. Here are some highlights:

On his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: “Arlen, you know what I always say, ‘If you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em.” And he joked Clinton sent him down to Mexico just in time for swine flu- “She pulled me into a hug and gave me a big kiss and told me I should get down there.”

You can also apparently look for “How to Shoot Friends and Interrogate People” by former Vice President Dick Cheney on bookshelves soon.

The best line of the night was by far: “Most of you covered me. All of you voted for me,” turning to apologize to the Fox table, where Glenn Beck was reportedly pumping his fists.

First Lady Michelle Obama- in a pink sleeveless dress, of course- has “the right to bear arms,” according to the President. And today’s a tough day for Rahm Emanuel because “he’s not used to saying the word day after mother.” And apparently both the President and Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) are people of color- his words!

On RNC chairman Michael Steele- he’s “in the house tonight. Or as he would say, ‘In the heezy.’”

He said he’s so good that he’ll complete the next 100 days in 72- “and on the 72nd day, I’ll rest.”

“I must confess I really didn’t want to be here tonight. But I had to come. That’s one more problem I inherited from George Bush.”

He did make a serious note about the state of journalism: “A government without newspapers, a government without a tough and vibrant media of all sorts is not an option for the United States of America.”

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WHCA board member CNN’s Ed Henry, NBC’s Brian Williams and WHCA Treasurer Politico’s Mike Allen.

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