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Will Digital Ads Kill the 30-Sec TV Campaign Ad?

daisyadOn Monday, the National Press Club will host a panel of campaign and digital ad experts moderated by Eleanor Clift of “The McLaughlin Group” and Newsweek-The Daily Beast. The topic: the future of TV campaign ads. Pointedly, is there one?

The time is not too godawful — it’s 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the National Press Club.

A bit about what’ll be discussed: “For more than 60 years the public and political reporters have been both intrigued and outraged by the 30-second TV commercial promoting candidates for office. From LBJ’s Daisy ad to Reagan’s ‘Morning in America,’ the TV spot has been a defining element in many campaign cycles. Yet as more Americans turn to websites and mobile devices to get information, is the classic commercial on its last legs? And if it is, what does the future look like?”

Who’s on the panel? Read more

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National Press Club Hosts Panel of Digital Age Ad Experts

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The National Press Club will host a panel of campaign and digital ad experts October 7. Promptly at 9 a.m., Eleanor Clift will moderate a panel discussion about campaigns and the digital future. The panel will be made up of Matthew Gagnon, Director of Digital Strategy for the Republican Governors Association, Jenna Golden, Political and Advocacy Team (@jigolden), Taryn Rosenkranz, Senior Advisor, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (@tarynrosenkranz), Rena Shapiro, Political Director for Pandora, and Erin Vieira, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Sales Manager for Undertone.

To register for this event, please follow this link.

Eleanor Clift Drives a Prius

After The Atlantic‘s Women of Washington brunch Saturday featuring MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Newsweek‘s Eleanor Clift was spotted outside the Ritz Carlton waiting on valet to retrieve her car.

After chatting a few minutes with a chipper fan who recognized her, a blue Prius pulled up that belonged to Clift. “Of course she drives a Prius,” I said. “She’s socially responsible!” remarked her fan.

Redford Revisits ‘All The President’s Men’

It’s been 37 years since the Watergate scandal was captured in the movie “All the President’s Men.” The anniversary was marked Thursday at the Newseum with a screening of “All The President’s Men: Revisited,” a documentary about the movie. The White House Correspondents’ Association and Discovery hosted the event.

Prior to the screening, actor Robert Redford, documentary producers Andrew Lack and Laura Michalchyshyn and famed Watergate journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein walked a red carpet.

Woodward was at the center of a minor media scandal earlier this year when he suggested that he had been threatened by a White House official. Once a thorn in the side of Republicans, Woodward’s claim won him fans on the right and several appearances on FNC’s “Hannity.”

Asked what he makes of Woodward’s tendency to stir trouble on both the left and the right, Redford told FBDC, “it means he’s doing a good job.”

“We don’t live in a world where everybody’s one way or the other,” he added. “There’s a lot of gray there. I think if somebody’s doing their job, they’re going to provoke people who don’t want to see the job well done.”

In remarks before the film, WHCA President and FNC Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry said this year’s WHCA dinner is trying to focus on the scholarship that WHCA offers aspiring journalists rather than the celebrities who will be attending. He said Redford agreed to attend the screening in that same spirit.

Fun fact: The documentary contains a scene wherein TV commentator Ben Stein starts crying at the memory of President Richard Nixon‘s final speech as president.

Following the film was a panel discussion with Redford, Bernstein, Woodward, Henry and Newsweek‘s Eleanor Clift.

When asked about the state of journalism today Redford said… Read more

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Quotes of the Day

Schieffer’s crush on Paltrow intensifies

CBS “Face the Nation” Host Bob Schieffer completes Politico‘s “Answer This” interview in which he answers the question, “What would you attempt to do if you knew that you could not fail?” His reply: Gwyneth Paltrow. Read the full interview here. Re-read FBDC’s Matt Dornic‘s FishbowlDC interview with Schieffer from Friday in which he also discusses Paltrow. In that interview he called Paltrow his unfulfilled item from his bucket list. Even journalists like Gawker’s vulgar Jim Newell are starting to talk. “Bob Schieffer seriously wants to bang Gwyneth Paltrow.” Come on Newell, this is Schieffer for God sakes. Show some respect.

National Review campaign correspondent Jim Geraghty (who, in dim lighting, could pass for Newsweek‘s Eleanor Clift‘s cousin) remarks, “Oh, Facebook, just stop it.”

Is Roland Martin game for Dancing With the Stars?

“I say we start a campaign to get @rolandsmartin on #DWTS next season!” — An Orlando-based Roland Martin follower named LaRon Hickman. Looks like the “Washington Watch” host and CNN Contributor doesn’t object — he did proudly retweet the notion.

Washingtonian Editor reads at least three newspapers

“Today’s my 1st day as a 3 newspaper household (NYT, WP, WSJ), which I realize is 3 more than the 17 neighbors in my building get combined.” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff. Congratulations?? We hope he doesn’t become a hoarder. A better question: How many of those neighbors read Washingtonian?

Late-night ‘retard’ insensitivity with Dan Riehl

“OK, I know sum [sic] people hate the word, but Barry looks like the class retard in this pic.” — BigGov Contributor and blogger Dan Riehl. See the picture of President Obama here.

This won’t go over well at the office…

“I think it’s funny that @FoxNews’ resident anti-LGBT pseudo-shrink @KeithAblow has the word “blow” in his last name.” — Syndicated columnist and progressive radio personality Karl Frisch.

Help! Fix Howie’s Teleprompter!

Funny, we didn’t think National Review Contributing Editor Jim Geraghty bore any clear resemblance to Newsweek‘s Eleanor Clift. But who knows? Maybe CNN “Reliable Sources” Host Howard Kurtz had spun himself around so many times that he didn’t know who was who.

On his Sunday program, Geraghty and Clift planted strange smiles on their faces as Kurtz introduced them to America as each other. Chicago Sun Times‘ Washington Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet got to play herself.

Howie’s flub: “Joining us now, Lynn Sweet wash bureau chief and columnist for the Chicago Sun Times, Eleanor Clift, contributing editor at Newsweek and The Daily Beast and a panelist on the McLaughlin Group and Jim Geraghty, contributing editor at National Review.”

Geraghty took a moment away from getting his hair cut today to talk to FishbowlDC. He said he knew the error was happening, but didn’t think it was a big deal. “Are you really going to write about this?” he asked. (Well, of course we are. What does he think I’m doing on the phone with him? I used the silent trick and waited for him to say more.) “Out of the corner of my eye it looked like they were flipped. Not much you can do about it. I’m sure it’s not the biggest snafu I’ve ever seen in cable news. I’m sure most people at home can figure it out. I look forward to this fascinating and in-depth article.”

The photographs above are Geraghty’s and Clift’s parade of awkward faces as Kurtz introduced them. In the moment, Clift seemed to take the whole thing in stride, as if to say, ‘Who cares? So I’m Geraghty today. Anyhow, Howie…’

Battle of the Brunches Continues…

The mystery of the competing WHCD brunches continues.

Instead of attending the Allbritton brunch in Georgetown, NYP Page Six’s Tara Palmeri chose the McLaughlin/Thomson Reuters brunch at the Hay Adams, which we’re now learning had no Creative Coalition stars, and no stars for that matter unless you count actress Morgan Fairchild, who was also at Tammy Haddad‘s garden party Saturday, a huge draw. “More long time friends of John [McLaughlin] and a mix of Thomson Reuters folks,” said a source who was there. “Pretty much his traditional group.  He actually prefers catching up with old friends in a relaxed atmosphere.”

Faces in the crowd: Georgette Mosbacher , Ann and Lloyd Hand, Eleanor Clift, Wendy Diamond, Mary Amons with her dad,  Mark and Rose Barondess ( Former CNN host Larry King‘s former lawyer), and lefty radio host Bill Press.

L to R: Mark and Rose Barondess Wendy Diamond Mary Amons with her father.

 

The National Press Club: Beat the Deadline 5K

The National Press Club goes on the record with its annual Beat the Deadline 5K, Saturday, July 17, in the heart of the nations capitol.

The race salutes journalists and their news sources, attracting national news personalities, media professionals, politicians, and pundits. Among this year’s lineup are CNN’s Jill Dougherty, Newsweek‘s Eleanor Clift, ABC News’ Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein, Washington Post Misfits Vick Hallett and Lenny Bernstein, and ABC/WJLA’s Courtney Robinson. Race proceeds go to NPC’s non-profit Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library to benefit training and scholarships for journalism. For complete race details and online registration, visit www.press.org/5K.

Statements on Robert Novak’s Passing

• Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): “For more than half a century, Robert Novak explained the politics and the personalities of Washington to readers across the country through a mix of tireless shoe leather reporting and the kind of keen insight that can only be gained through years and years of dedication to a craft. He was a Washington institution who could turn an idea into the most discussed story around kitchen tables, Congressional offices, the White House, and everywhere in between. Elaine and I extend our deepest sympathies to the entire Novak family.”

Eleanor Clift in Newsweek: “On television, we were rarely on the same side. Bob Novak reveled in his hardline views. I was one of those bleeding-heart liberals whose views he routinely ridiculed. It was the mid-’80s, and we would sometimes drive out together on Friday afternoons to the NBC studio to tape The McLaughlin Group. The top would be down on his LeBaron convertible, and he always wore his Chicago Cubs cap. I considered him a friend, and he was instrumental in getting me on the show, which at the time was all male.”

Al Hunt in Politico: “Bob couldn’t have been a lawyer or a professor – you can’t imagine Bob as anything else besides the kind of hell-raising journalist that he was. Bob didn’t hide his views as a dyed-in-the-wool conservative. But he was incredibly hard on hypocrisy from the right. He never cared much that he wasn’t invited to White House dinners, even by Republicans – it was almost a point of pride.”

Continued after the jump and more to come…

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If Joe Curl, Dana Milbank and Mike Allen Were In A Street Fight, Who Would Win?

TWT political correspondent Joe Curl took your questions in an online chat today and here’s a real gem:

If you, Dana Milbank and Mike Allen were in a street fight, who would win? by Washington, D.C.

Answer: I get this question a lot. Milbank writes the Washington Sketch column for The Washington Post. He is the embodiment of Soren Kierkegaard, a small, funny but brooding little man who oozes snark (although I don’t know if Dana is a critic of Hegelianism or if he has ever written under the pen name Hilarius Bookbinder, as the little pained Dane did). Allen, as everyone no doubt knows, is a Politico reporter who sleeps 12 minutes a day and knows everything about everybody in Washington. If the street fight were a smackdown, Milbank would win. And Allen would likely win any other brawl because he would simply never, ever stop — the guy is tenacious. But under Ultimate Fighting Championship rules, I would definitely win because I know how to do a rear naked choke and a flying scissor heel hook (that’s the way I took down Eleanor Clift after a joint appearance on Fox).

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