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POLITICO Magazine Previews Why Charles Lewis Left ’60 Minutes’

81Unr0QUbhLSunday night, POLITICO Magazine published “Why I Left 60 Minutes,” select passages from the founder of the Center for Public Integrity Charles Lewis‘s book 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity, published last week.

Lewis chronicles his career trajectory, at 24 years old joining ABC News’ Special Reporting Unit, disbanded a year after his arrival, later with CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” and eventually founding CPI.

“When I would propose exclusive stories up the ladder, for example, I would frequently receive notes back saying, ‘I haven’t read this in the New York Times‘ as the rationale for not pursuing them,” writes Lewis of his time at ABC. “I found it sobering to realize that the news organization I worked for didn’t consider the work of finding the actual truth about a complicated situation economically efficient or even necessary.” Read more

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Morning Reading List 10.20.09

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.

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

NEWSPAPERS | TV | RADIO | NEWS NOTES | IN MEMORIAM

NEWSPAPERS

Cuts at NYT was the topic of discussion on today’s Morning Media Menu with FishbowlNY’s Amanda Ernst.

Duke’s Chronicle catches up with WaPo‘s Dana Priest on investigative reporting.

TV

Booking Wars: Is Don Imus having a hard time booking CNN, MSNBC and CNBC talent on “Imus in the Morning” on FBN?

Former NBC White House and Washington correspondent Kevin Corke has landed a new gig in Miami. He writes on Facebook: “FINALLY GOT A JOB! I am the new main anchor at WTVJ (NBC) in Miami. Thanks to everyone for the well wishes and prayers throughout. Come see me in South Florida!” We’ll have a Q&A with Corke on FBDC later today.

Maryland Public TV celebrates 40 years.

RADIO

NPR’s “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me” is on the road. NBC’s Brian Williams will join the show from Carnegie Hall this week for the “Not My Job” segment.

NEWS NOTES

The debate over health care reform is back as the biggest story last week, according to Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. This is the highest level of coverage since President Obama’s prime-time speech the week of September 7-13. But, obviously, late in the week, “balloon boy” captivated the media.

IN MEMORIAM

CBS remembered legendary CBS newsman Don Hewitt, who died in August, yesterday at the Time Warner Center. Morley Safer, Andy Rooney, Bill O’Reilly, Diane Sawyer, Charlie Gibson, Mike Wallace, Rome Hartman, “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager, Les Moonves, actor Alan Alda and Hewitt family were present. “Don was utterly incapable of small talk,” said Safer. “Don liked to boast he could cut the Lord’s prayer in half and make it better.”

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

NPC Remembers Cronkite and Hewitt


Rather, Kalb, Schieffer and Schorr last night at the National Press Club.

Marvin Kalb moderated a discussion between Bob Schieffer, Daniel Schorr and Dan Rather last evening at the National Press Club called “A Tribute to Walter Cronkite and Don Hewitt.”

They shared their favorite stories and memories of the “most trusted man in America” and the creator of “60 Minutes.” And they reacted to comments the President made at Cronkite’s memorial service in New York last week. “We find ourselves wondering how he would have covered the monumental stories of our time. Would he have been able to cut through the murky noise of the blogs and the tweets and the sound bites to shine the bright light on substance?”

They agreed with how the President ended that thought too: “And somehow we know that the answer is yes. The simple values Walter Cronkite set out in pursuit of, to seek the truth, to keep us honest, to explore our world the best he could, they are as vital today as they ever were.”

NPC Remembers Cronkite and Hewitt

The National Press Club will hold “A Tribute to Walter Cronkite and Don Hewitt” this Wednesday evening. Former CBS newsman Marvin Kalb will moderate a panel of Bob Schieffer, Dan Rather, and Daniel Schorr, who will all share personal ancedotes about the “most trusted man in America” and the creator of “60 Minutes.”

This event is free and open to the public, though seating is limited. You can RSVP at 202-662-7501.

Belated Reading List 08.26.09

You know its a big news day when you ditch the Venti for the Starbucks “jug.” Guess the desk.

Playing catch-up… Whitney Kuhn, Megan Grant, Nu Wexler, Meredith Harman, Kirit Radia, Clarice Feldman, Ann Limpert and David King all correctly guessed that FBDC dined at Brasserie Beck on Tuesday. And Happy Birthday to Ben Bradlee.

Washington and the world woke up today to the news that Senator Ted Kennedy had lost his battle with brain cancer. FBDC has covered that story today; now here’s what else was happening in DC and media this Wednesday…

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Katie Couric has been named the 2009 recipient of the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media. The CBS “Evening News” anchor will speak at the awards ceremony October 8th at Neuharth’s alma mater, the University of South Dakota. Past Neuharth award recipients include Couric’s CBS colleague Bob Schieffer (2006), the late CBS newsmen Don Hewitt (2004) and Walter Cronkite (1989).

Fox News’ Chris Wallace- and his yellow Lab Winston- are featured in the upcoming fall issue of Capitol File. Get a sneak peek here.

The Jackson family will the subject of a new A&E reality television show, though the details remain sketchy. NYT‘s Brian Stelter has what we know so far.

And Kate Gosselin (FBDC confession: “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ is a guilty pleasure) will co-host “The View” on ABC September 14th and 15th while Elisabeth Hasselbeck is on maternity leave.

ONLINE

Not all too surprising considering the demographic of Tweeters FBDC follows– NYT reports it isn’t teens driving Twitter’s popularity.

MAGAZINES

Elle has offered a homeless girl an internship this fall.

NEWS NOTES

According to Pew, Afghanistan has received just two percent of all news coverage since January 1st, prompting NPR to ask: Where’s The Afghanistan Coverage?

In a rare interview, Jayson Blair talks about how he went from disgraced journo to life coach.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser

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Morning Reading List 08.24.09

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 Mike Memoli, who celebrated yesterday, Major Garrett and David Gregory. It is Restaurant Week in DC! What hot spots are you hitting up? What know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

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George Stephanopoulos traveled to the Grand Canyon for Sen. John McCain’s first interview since returning from Afghanistan and Iraq on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough did the roundtable on NBC’s “Meet the Press” this weekend, a week after Rachel Maddow‘s possible rating bump for the Sunday show.

CNN’s “Reliable Sources” talked Bill O’Reilly vs. Jon Stewart.

The Daily Beast brings us the Top 7 Moments From Sunday Talk.

And a more abbreviated version from Marc Ambinder- the Sunday shows in seven sentences or less.

In other TV news, former Senator Rick Santorum called President Obama’s position on cable news “unprofessional” in an appearance on Fox News’ “On the Record” with Greta van Susteren.

ONLINE

Is Helen Thomas on actually Twitter now? We’ll fill you in later on the blog.

Speaking of Twitter- do conservatives have the upper hand on Twitter? Some liberal bloggers say so.

CBS will interview Ezra Klein for the webcast’s “Unplugged, Under 40” segment this weekend- timely for Restaurant Week since among other things, Klein’s a foodie for WaPo online.

CraigsList has added 140 cities.

And Slate has introduced a new news aggregator.

MAGAZINES

Maureen Dowd: Is Anna Wintour human?

WEST WING REPORTAGE

“I have specific instructions from the President for the press corps. He wants you to relax and have a good time. Take some walks on the beaches. Nobody is looking to make any news, so he’s hoping that you guys can enjoy Martha’s Vineyard while we’re there. And the second thing I’ll say is, of course the First Family would very much appreciate if you respect the privacy of the girls while they’re out here on vacation.” -Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton, yesterday’s gaggle on Air Force One.

NEWS NOTES

Howard Kurtz in today’s WaPo Media Notes: The debate over health-care reform has severely tested the media’s ability to untangle a complex story. In many ways, news organizations have risen to the occasion; in others they have become agents of distortion. But even when they report the facts, they have had trouble influencing public opinion.

IN MEMORIAM

“He didn’t want to go… He loved it, it was so much a part of him, it was his baby.” -”60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager on Don Hewitt‘s reluctance to give up the job at the age of 81 on yesterday’s “Reliable Sources” on CNN.

“60 Minutes” also paid tribute to Hewitt on last night’s show.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser

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Morning Reading List 08.21.09

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Above, check out MSNBC’s Chris Matthews‘ appearance on “The Colbert Report.” What know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

Boston Globe: Two of the three groups bidding on The Boston Globe made it to the next round and have been invited to a series of onsite meetings at the newspaper in early September. Stephen Taylor leads one group that is planning to visit the Globe around Labor Day. The other group is Platinum Equity.

TV

Bill O’Reilly now vs. Jon Stewart.

RADIO

Susan Page is filling in for Diane Rehm on WAMU while she recovers from a cracked pelvis (h/t DCRTV).

IN MEMORIAM

Remembering Don Hewitt: TVNewser has a collection of Don’s best quotes. Our personal favorite, “There are four words that every child knows: Tell me a story. That’s the secret.”

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser

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Morning Reading List 08.20.09

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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.

Above, Jon Stewart‘s “moment of Zen,” starring CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and kid-journo-genius Damon Weaver. “Why do they call you Wolf… is that because you have a lot of hair on your face?”

After work tonight, join Bloomberg’s Karen Leigh at Stetson’s on U St. for goodbyes before her re-location to Cambodia. What know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…

TV | NEWS NOTES | IN MEMORIAM | JOBS

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Former Fox News anchor E.D. Hill and Meghan McCain will be filling in for Elisabeth Hasselbeck on “The View,” starting in September while Hasselbeck is out on maternity leave.

Variety fills us in on “The Jay Leno Show.” They’ll keep his best-known comedy bits, such as the “Jaywalking” segment, his riffs on headlines and 99¢ Only Store advertisements, which will run in the final quarter-hour of the new NBC series.

The editors of TVNewser read Playboy– for the articles, like this one on “Family Guy” creator and FOX comedy mastermind Seth MacFarlane. “There are things I don’t like about FOX, most notably Fox News, but [Rupert] Murdoch is clearly a shrewd businessman first and a conservative second… He seems to be much more of a critical thinker than the guys he employs at Fox News. If Sean Hannity could think as critically as Rupert, I might like him,” McFarlane said in Playboy.

NEWS NOTES

There’s another hottest list in DC– and it’s not FBDC’s hottest media types! Mediaite takes a look at the “new hottest-on-the-Hill list in town -The 50 Most Fabulous People on the Hill- the brainchild of two wet-behind-the-ears congressional aides, who think that there are some flaws with The Hill‘s list.”

IN MEMORIAM

CBS News has announced that this Sunday “60 Minutes” will devote its entire hour to the news magazine’s creator and former executive producer, Don Hewitt, who passed away yesterday. The “60 Minutes” correspondents are working on individual segments that will tell the story of the legendary newsman’s life, and lasting contributions to the TV news industry.

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Don Hewitt 1922-2009

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Legendary CBS News producer and “60 Minutes” creator Don Hewitt died this morning. Hewitt was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year.

CBS News has this tribute to Hewitt online.

CBS Pays Tribute To Walter Cronkite


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Katie Couric anchored this special report. CBSNews.com has a special section commemorating the life and work of Walter Cronkite. It includes video from some of Cronkite’s most memorable reports, including his final Evening News broadcast.

Sunday’s “Face the Nation” was guest-anchored by Harry Smith, who was joined by Bob Schieffer, John Glenn and historian Douglas Brinkley to commemorate Cronkite. Check out Schieffer’s remembrances here.

“That’s the Way it Was: Remembering Walter Cronkite” aired in place of “60 Minutes” Sunday, with comments from Pres. Barack Obama, CBS News colleagues Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Don Hewitt and Katie Couric, as well as George Clooney, Robin Williams and Spike Lee. Susan Zirinsky, who once produced for Cronkite, was the executive producer.

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