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Weekend Show Preview 12.27 – 12.29

SundayShows12Who’s on the weekend shows this week? Glad you asked:

–CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Guest Host: Major Garrett, Frmr. Dir. of NSA Michael Hayden, WaPo‘s Barton Gellman, NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, Snowden legal advisor Jesselyn Radack, TIME‘s Jefferey Kluger, James Fallows of The Atlantic, NPR’s Laura Sydell, Seth Fletcher of Scientific American

–”Fox News Sunday“: Howard Dean, AEI resident fellow Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Rep Mike Rogers (R-MI), Rep Adam Schiff (D-CA); Panel: Brit Hume, NPR’s Mara Liasson, Scott Brown, Joe Lieberman

–NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Rep Darrel Issa (R-CA), Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX); Round table: Jon Huntsman, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Robin Wright and WaPo‘s Eugene Robinson

–ABC’s “This Week“: George Stephanopoulos reviews “2013 Game Changers”

–CNN’s “State of the Union“: Candy Crowley features the top 10 political stories of 2013 with  S.E. Cupp, Donna Brazile, Republican strategist Ana Navarro, and Center for American Progress’ Neera Tanden

–PBS’s “Washington Week“:  Gwen Ifill reviews top stories of 2013 with 16 of her panelists

–BTV’s “Political Capital: Author Michael Novak

We’ll update ‘em as we get ‘em.  

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Have You Hung Up on This Man Lately?

As  you read this, freelance investigative conservative  journalist Evan Gahr is likely dialing up another unsuspecting media reporter or editor to pose one important question:

Why aren’t you writing about my story?

Forget email. Gahr’s a phone guy and his phone number hunting skills are pathologically effective — he’s dug up WaPo‘s Don Graham‘s home number, Kevin Merida‘s home and work numbers, Jonathan Capehart, Eugene Robinson, Erik Wemple, Politico‘s Hadas Gold and more. He says Politico’s Dylan Byers now recognizes his number and won’t pick up. WaPo‘s Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt has not returned his emails (but only because he couldn’t find his phone number). So far, many journos have allegedly hung up on him – count Merida, Wemple, The Daily Caller‘s Jordan Bloom and TWT‘s Jennifer Harper among them.

The story he’s referring to is a lawsuit filed against WaPo by a black sales employee who is charging race and age discrimination. He wrote about it last Wednesday for The Daily Caller.

A conversation with Gahr goes something like this. Read more

Black Ad Employee Sues WaPo for Discrimination

So far mums the word around WaPo about a federal lawsuit being brought forth by a black advertising department employee for age and race discrimination. The news first surfaced in a story by Evan Gahr for The Daily Caller published Wednesday. It’s his first freelance story for the publication. He says there are more to come.

Lawsuits can be complex so we’ll boil it down for you.

The Plaintiff: a longtime employee, David DeJesus, 59, who claims he was abruptly fired only to be replaced by a younger, white man. DeJesus has an 18-year employment record at WaPo and has won awards for his sales performance. At the crux of the suit is the treatment of DeJesus by his Caucasian boss, Noelle Wainwright, who he alleges treated him in a demeaning manner that she did not extend to white employees. According to the story, “DeJesus was actually reinstated at the Washington Post early this year following binding arbitration required by the paper’s union contract.”

WaPo‘s defense from court papers: “Some or all of Plaintiff’s purported claims are barred because, even if the Post were found to have considered any impermissible factors in any decisions or actions with respect to Plaintiff, which the Post denies, no such decisions were motivated by impermissible factors and the Post would have taken the same action regardless of any impermissible factors.”

Noteworthy: The lawsuit states that between 2009 and 2011 WaPo fired at least 18 black employees over the age of 40.

The status: Discovery reportedly begins later this month.

Who spoke to Gahr from WaPo and who didn’t? Read more

Afternoon Reading List 07.16.13.

Simon says Zimmerman trial is all about race — Since the jury’s verdict in the George Zimmerman trial was announced, many media figures, celebs and pols have made their opinions on the decision known, many dealing with race. Politico’s Roger Simon weighs in with a column in which he uses the trial to discuss what he calls “the most important undiscussed issue in America today.” Simon argues that the killing of Trayvon Martin and Zimmerman’s trial were both about race. He cited the 46 days it took for police to arrest Zimmerman, during which many public figures, including President Obama, called for further investigation into the shooting. The charge of second-degree murder that was brought against Zimmerman, Simon argues, is “a classic case of overcharging.” Race, Simon writes, should be discussed without agony, but “that day has not yet arrived.”

Why you should read it: There are a lot of columns and articles circulating after the jury announced their verdict, but few as well-constructed as Simon’s.

Black Americans ‘not allowed to be children’ — As we’ve said, many columnists have begun writing about the Zimmerman verdict. Eugene Robinson of WaPo puts his two cents in with a column in which he argues that Martin’s youth was taken from him because he was black. As Robinson writes, “black boys in this country are not allowed to be children. They are assumed to be men, and full of menace.” Black Americans, Robinson argues, feel such a close connection with this case because they have 17-year-old sons who they know are boys and who would have been frightened and not known what to do in Martin’s case. Martin, Robinson writes, wasn’t fighting against just Zimmerman on the night he was fatally shot, but also “against prejudices as old as American history, and he never had a chance.”

Why you should read it: As is the case with Simon’s column, Robinson uses the Zimmerman trial and verdict to discuss the broader issue of race and specifically the youth of black Americans in a thoughtful column.

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What’s In Your Media Diet?

More than ever, there isn’t just one newspaper or outlet where people get their news. So we took to the streets to find out where people in D.C. are flocking for information. Known for its aloofness, Washington is filled with people who are often in a mad rush to get somewhere important. So some didn’t want anything to do with us. But many did, and here’s what they had to say.

Alejandro Camacho, property manager

“Real estate and cooking,” he said, when asked for his media diet, citing Urban Turf as his go-to website.

Matthew Lambert, employee at Federal Reserve
New York Times mostly, Washington Post. The opinion section is the best part of the paper. E.J. Dionne, Eugene Robinson, Maureen Dowd.” Asked which paper he prefers, he smiled. “New York Times. It’s more substantive. Washington Post has gotten a little more conservative.”

Testosterone-Filled Roundtable

We’re not extreme feminists here in the Fishbowl. But NBC’s “MTP” roundtable was oozing manliness this week with an all-male panel and a nearly all white male panel at that. The roster included GOP Strategist Mike Murphy, NBC’s Chuck Todd, Politico‘s Johnathan Martin, WaPo and MSNBC’s Eugene Robinson and Gov. Terry Branstad (R-IA). Host David Gregory even joked about how they were all sitting around a “boardroom-like table” because that’s hilarious. And all guffawed.

All six men wore dark suits. Branstad and Robinson wore nearly identical red-striped ties. Two of the men — Murphy and Branstad — are particularly pasty and could use some sunshine. Martin looked like he ran into trouble with his hair gel.

Females apparently weren’t available for the panel because they were hanging out over at ABC “This Week’s” roundtable hosted by Jake Tapper in Ames, Iowa. The women around that table included Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, Radio Iowa News Director Kay Henderson, ABC News Political Director Amy Walter. Males included George Will and ABC News’ Matthew Dowd.

Go white males!

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

QUOTES of the DAY


Journo wants to lose those last galling three pounds

“3 pounds from my goal! Almost back to fighting weight but I CAN’T get there. Living on tuna and lettuce. What does it take to lose 3lbs?” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida in a Thursday tweet.

Can Weiner teach Lawrence O. a thing or two on Twitter?

“I still don’t know how to attach photographs to tweets. Maybe Anthony Weiner can teach me that next time he’s on the show.” — MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on his program, “The Last Word,” last night.

Author wants to capitalize on Weinergate

“Need to find a way to get new readers out of this #weinergate thing. Um. Let’s see. I’m pretty sure it’s not a picture of me, either?” — Chick Lit Author Jennifer Weiner in a Thursday tweet.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Enjoyed a toasted marshmallow #milkshake at the Georgetown Ritz tonight. Recommend a stop the next hot day….” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff in a Thursday night tweet. Oh boy, Graff really likes milkshakes. In July of 2010 he wrote a whole piece about where to find the best milkshakes in the Washington area in which he included a different toasted marshmallow variety that he muckraked at Good Stuff Eatery. He called it the “most adventurous” of the region’s milkshakes because who doesn’t find “adventure” in a milkshake? He opined, “While many ice-cream stands have good shakes, having one alongside a burger is a hot-weather treat.” But you know what would be a real treat? To never have to read that demented phrase, hot-weather treat, ever again.

On a good note…

“Our politicians may not know how to agree on a budget, but their sexting skills are the envy of the world.” — Comedian and satirist Andy Borowitz in a Thursday tweet.

WaPo‘s Eugene Robinson delves into Weinergate

“In politics, it’s pretty much an immutable rule that if they’re talking about your underwear, you have a problem.” — WaPo columnist and MSNBC Political Analyst Eugene Robinson in a Friday morning op-ed on Weinergate. It’s worth a look. Read here. He also says, “I have never taken a beefcake picture of my crotch.”

NPR’s Carvin reveals greatest hardship of his job

“In some ways the real-time RTing of fighting is the worst, because I get to experience the panic/fear of my sources as it happens. #spjchat” — NPR’s Andy Carvin in a chat with Society of Professional Journalists Thursday night.

 

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

QUOTES of the DAY

NBC’s Norah O’Donnell in Ireland posing with “Pat the Baker” and fruit loafs.

Meghan McCain still can’t stand Sarah Palin

“I just really don’t want to go home to Phoenix and run into her at the grocery store.” — The Daily Beast Columnist Meghan McCain on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night when asked about former V.P. hopeful Sarah Palin and whether she’ll run for Prez. McCain attended the same party as Palin at MSNBC’s after party to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. “Rachel Maddow was bartending and I heard she makes like lethal drinks and she made me drink and it was like gasoline,” she said. She and Palin never came face to face at the party. “She was, we didn’t say hi,” she pointedly told Leno. (She explains her atrocious outfit in an earlier tweet, saying, My jeans were Siwy by @MichelleSiwy tonight! LOVE siwy jeans – all I wear. Top by Tucker. Bought my earrings off a street vendor in NYC.)

Obviously an avid Weigel TV watcher

“It’s @daveweigel on MSNBC — with his infamous Morse Code blinking.” — The Daily Caller‘s TV writer Jeff Poor in a Monday night tweet regarding Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

Uh oh.

“I’ve finally reached my natural position on @mediaite ‘s power grid.” — Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher in a Monday tweet. Find out here.

CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry in London: “On my way into Buckingham Palace (always wanted to say that).”

Journo at steak house in Des Moines

“Just ate dinner at a steakhouse with the slogan, ‘We kill it, you grill it.’ I kinda like you Des Moines.” — Politico‘s Kendra Marr in a Monday tweet.

Knoller, the handbag expert

“Even at a brief ceremony, Queen Elizabeth carries her handbag. Most women in executive positions let an aide carry their handbag.” — CBS Radio White House Correspondent Mark Knoller in a Tuesday morning tweet.

HuffPost‘s Sam Stein wants cooking advice

Stein: Help needed: Made chili tonight. But in process touched super hot pepper seeds. Now my fingers and forehead are on fire. what shld i do? (Backstory: Stein recently sliced off the top of his index finger and wound up in the ER; Understandably, journos weren’t dying to advise him.)

Stein: Milk not working to calm violent sting/burn from the chili peppers. Yikes. What’s plan B? Do I dare follow [WaPo Eugene Robinson's] advice?”

ABC News’s White House Correspondent Jake Tapper replied, “Stop cooking, you are a hazard in the kitchen.”

And Robinson: “Uh, don’t amputate.”

 

We Need Your Help: Who’s Funniest?

The official word on why the Commedia crown is still in contention: Upon late-night review of Friday’s performances at the National Press Club, the judges who included former CNN Pentagon correspondent Jamie McIntyre and Fox News Business reporter Rich Edson noticed a few errant chads hanging loosely in the applause. This casts doubt on their decision to award WCP‘s Brooke Hatfield the Commedia crown and title of “DC’s Funniest Journalist.” Others who had the most clapping in the first round of voting include the following performers: Award-winning documentary producer and former anchor at WUSA Mike Walter and WaPo columnist John Kelly.

So the jury is STILL out.

Congress (i.e. the powers that be at Commedia del Media) has mandated a re-vote to commence immediately prior to total government shutdown. We’ve agreed to host the vote.

The finalists are:

1. Mike Walter: Watch here.

2. Brooke Hatfield: Watch here.

3. John Kelly: Watch here.

Watch the videos. Cast your vote. We’ll tally the numbers.You’re on the honor code to vote just once.

Write us at FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com.

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist Elected to Pulitzer Board

Columbia University announced today that perhaps the deepest baritone-voiced journalist in Washington, Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and associate editor at WaPo, has been elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board.

In 2009, Robinson, an MSNBC political analyst, won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for his columns about the 2008 presidential campaign and the election of President Barack Obama.

Backgrounder: Robinson began his journo career at the San Francisco Chronicle, covering such stories such as the trial of kidnapped newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst. He joined WaPo in 1980 as city hall reporter, covering the first term of Marion Barry, D.C.’s most controversial mayor ever.

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