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News Notes: Scarborough, Brooks, Ling & Lee

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• We told you earlier today about one HuffPost columnist’s campaign for Joe Scarborough in 2012. The “Morning Joe” anchor confirmed on MSNBC this morning that he would not running for president, joking “I am being drafted by the Huffington Post, which is going to help me a hell of a lot in those early, conservative Republican states.”

TNR takes a look at the “bromance” between NYT‘s David Brooks, a more conservative columnist, and President Obama.

• Freed journos Laura Ling and Euna Lee, of CurrentTV, broke their silence today with this LAT op-ed on conditions with they were imprisoned in North Korea.

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Morning Reading List 08.17.09

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.

Catching up on the Morning Reading List after a week out sick… Belated Happy Birthdays to Nora McAlvanah, Kelley McCormick and Sol Levine who celebrated last week. Happy Birthday today to Ron Bonjean! What know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

The Boston Globe takes a look at filling the void of a city paper after it closes.

Is the Tribune‘s boss Sam Zell on his way out?

TV

The Daily Beast brings us the 7 Best Moments from Sunday Talk.

On CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with Howard Kurtz yesterday: “I always thought that he should have gone on “Oprah,” because, you know, Oprah is a dog lover herself.” -sports columnist Drew Sharp on Michael Vick seeking forgiveness through the media.

For the fourth time this year, Fox News beat the combined totals of MSNBC, CNN, HLN and CNBC in primetime in both Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo. More on how Fox is flourishing during the Obama administration on FBDC later today.

President Obama had a town hall meeting in Grand Junction, Colorado Saturday, where he commented on TV coverage. “Yesterday I held a town hall in Belgrade, Montana. And we had a pretty good crowd. Some were big supporters of reform, some had concerns and questions, some were completely skeptical. And I got tough questions, but even though Montanans had strong opinions, they didn’t shout at one another, they were there to listen and that reflects the American people and what our democracy is about. A lot more than what’s been covered on TV the last several days.”

Jerry Seinfeld will be Jay Leno‘s first guest when his new show debuts on NBC Sept. 14th.

More funny guys in the media news this morning… Steve Harvey‘s joining ABC’s “GMA.”

ONLINE

HuffPost is launching a feature today called “HuffPost Social News” using Facebook Connect, which will allow readers to create a personalized social networking-like HuffPost news page.

Arianna Huffington needs some help picking 100 people who are using new media to change the world.

How’s AOL doing as print news is having a hard time? Pretty OK, according to the NYT.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Is Gibbs too jolly? Former Nixon and Ford deputy press secretary Jerry Warren visited the White House Friday, where he told Politico White House press secretary Robert Gibbs can be “too jovial about serious things.” “That can be dangerous,” he said. “Otherwise, I think he’s a fine man.”

President Obama has issued an “informal edict” for White House profiles, in light of long pieces on Valerie Jarrett and other staffers in the NYT magazine. From Peter Baker and Jeff Zeleny online Saturday: “But when a New York Times Magazine profile of Ms. Jarrett last month explored the old scratchiness [between her and Emanuel], White House officials said the normally calm Mr. Obama erupted with anger. An informal edict went out: no more cooperating with staff profiles. As a result, Mr. Emanuel declined a formal interview for this article.” (h/t Politico‘s Calderone)

President Obama had this editorial “Why We Need Health Care Reform” in NYT Saturday.

NEWS NOTES

Laura Ling and Euna Lee posted a video to say thank you on CurrentTV.

And just for fun this morning… like “Mad Men?” Like media? Mediaite combines your loves here.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser

JOBS after the jump…

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Morning Reading List 08.07.09

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.

The latest Auto-Tune the News (featuring Pat Buchanan!) above. Plenty of upcoming birthdays to celebrate this morning- Alex Baldinger, Marc Ambinder and David Bass, plus a special birthday we’ll celebrate more on the blog later. For now, what we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

NYT has finally confirmed that the Boston Globe is up for sale.

TV

Judge Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed by the Senate yesterday just after 3pm- what it looked like on cable.

More on Richard Wolffe on and not on MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann.”

And WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz‘s Media Notes on the Olbermann/Bill O’Reilly feud: “Out and a Bout.”

Lastly in TV, why Joe Scarborough is cool.

RADIO

GWU is launching a radio and web-based educational series exploring the role of press in democracy. “This Just In,” produced in association with the Newseum, will air weekly for an hour and will be hosted by veteran network correspondent Sam Litzinger with support from GWU students in the School of Media and Public Affairs. More dets here.

ONLINE

Slate‘s Jack Shafer hasn’t been served enough “Mouthpiece Theater” just yet.

More this morning from Shafer: “Will Marcus Brauchli Please Grow a Spine?

And on that note- Dana Milbank‘s loss has been Andy Cobb‘s gain. Politico reports “Two Dudes and a Web Cam” hasn’t been a wild YouTube success- that is, until Milbank’s beer summit video flopped, opening the door for Cobb’s satire.

FT looks to introduce a pay-per-article system by next summer.

Politico‘s Jonathan Martin‘s filling in for Ben Smith on the blog (h/t Playbook).

BOOKS

Playbook also reports this morning that Mitt Romney has named his book due out in March- “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness.”

NEWS NOTES

Anderson Cooper had the first interview with Lisa Ling on CNN’s “360″ last night. Ling revealed that her sister Laura Ling and Euna Lee, American reporters for Current TV who were detained in North Korea until this week, did “very briefly” cross into the country.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser

REVOLVING DOOR and JOBS after the jump…

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President Obama’s Statement on Lee & Ling’s Release

Just shortly after Euna Lee and Laura Ling‘s arrival back in the United States, President Obama made this statement on the White House South Lawn.

“The reunion that we’ve all seen on television I think is a source of happiness not only for the families but for the entire country,” the President said (via White House press release).

Obama’s full statement after the jump…

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Current TV Comments on Lee & Ling’s Release

As we told you earlier, former Vice President and Current TV co-founder Al Gore was there for freed journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling‘s arrival back in the United States just a little while ago. Yesterday when the announcement came that North Korea would in fact release the detained journos, Current TV posted one of its first comments about the ordeal.

“All of us at Current are overjoyed at Laura and Euna’s safe return,” Gore and co-founder Joel Hyatt said in the statement. “Our hearts go out to them — and to their families — for persevering through this horrible experience. We will have more to say in the days and weeks ahead. But for now, all our thoughts are with Laura and Euna and their families, who have shown remarkable courage and initiative for the 140 days of this ordeal.”

(h/t FishbowlNY)

Lee & Ling Back in the USA

Current TV journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee just arrived safely back in the United States, in Burbank, CA. Their release from North Korea was negotiated by former President Bill Clinton yesterday. He accompanied the women home today and released this statement by email: “I am very happy that after this long ordeal, Laura Ling and Euna Lee are now home and reunited with their loved ones.”

Ling and Lee are speaking now in the airport hanger and we hear we may hear from President Obama at the White House this morning. The President the journos’ families last night to “express his relief that they will be reunited shortly,” according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Current TV was co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore and he is also there for their arrival.

And video from the WashingtonPost.com:

Morning Reading List 08.05.09

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Happy Birthday to Taylor Griffin! What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

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TV

In TV entertainment news… Paula Abdul is leaving “American Idol.” And TLC’s “Jon & Kate Plus Eight”‘s ratings have plummeted after its one month hiatus.

ONLINE

Wired reports the U.S. Marine Corps has banned Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and other social media sites from its networks, effective immediately.

Msnbc.com is being honored with the National Press Club’s Online Journalism Award for “The Elkhart Project.”

Also, according to Playbook: While in Elkhart, NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd will pose questions to President Obama from msnbc.com users and Elkhart residents.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

In honor of the President’s birthday yesterday, Mediaite conjures up what the “media elite” would wish Obama. One of our personal faves… “Happy 48th! I hope your birthday is surprising, enchanting, humbling and troubling.” -NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny.

NEWS NOTES

NYT reports today that both Clintons — the former president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — played a role in the trip and Euna Lee and Laura Ling‘s release. The trip was a result of weeks of back-channel conversations, and the journalists’ boss, Al Gore, was among the people considered for the humanitarian mission.

WaPo additionally reports that North Korea’s official news agency had claimed Clinton had issued an apology on behalf of Lee and Ling. However, the Post emphasized that U.S. officials have denied that any apology was offered.

Health care is still dominating the headlines, according to the Pew Research Center.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, FishbowlNY, TVNewser, Politico

IN MEMORIAM and JOBS after the jump…

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Bill Clinton Meets With Journos Detained in North Korea, ABC Reports

ABC’s Martha Raddatz is reporting that former President Bill Clinton, who is in North Korea, has met with detailed journos Laura Ling and Euna Lee. He hopes that the pair will return to the U.S. tomorrow.

Former Pres. Clinton Heading to North Korea to Negotiate For Detained Journos

We learned late tonight that former President Bill Clinton is heading to North Korea to negotiate the freedom of detained American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, the AP reports.

The journos were arrested in March and sentenced to 12 years of hard labor in June for illegally entering the country and engaging in “hostile acts.”

On NBC’s “Meet the Press” two weeks ago Secretary Hillary Clinton said the State Department was working on the reporters’ situtation “literally every day.”

>>UPDATE: White House press secretary Robert Gibbs released this statement by email Tuesday morning: “While this solely private mission to secure the release of two Americans is on the ground, we will have no comment. We do not want to jeopardize the success of former President Clinton’s mission.”

Secretary Clinton on MTP: We Work on Reporters Ling and Lee’s Situation “Every Day”

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was NBC’s David Gregory‘s guest for the full hour of yesterday’s Meet the Press.

Among the topics discussed- international affairs, health care, Sarah Palin, what it’s like to work with her former presidential campaign opponent, and the two reporters imprisoned in North Korea since March.

Gregory: Finally on this, two U.S. captives, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, two journalists in captivity now; is there a feeling that some of the tough talk that you had with the North Koreans this week, this sort of exchange of insults, does it make their situation more dangerous?

Clinton: We believe that this is on a separate track. This is an issue that should be resolved by the North Koreans granting amnesty and allowing these two young women to come home as quickly as possible.

Gregory: Are you making progress?

Clinton: Well, we have—are certainly pursuing every lead we have. The messages that we’ve received from the young women both through our protecting power, the Swedish ambassador, and through the messages and phone calls they’ve had with their families are that they’re being treated well, that they have been given the supplies that they need. But obviously, they want to resolve this, as we do, and we work on it literally every day.

This exchange begins about 8 minutes into the clip above. (h/t BayNewser)

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