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Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Obama-Biden transition team co-chair Valerie Jarrett, House Majority Whip James Clyburn, Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) and a roundtable with White House historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Newsweek’s Jon Meacham and Chicago Sun-Times’ Mary Mitchell.

  • Face the Nation: Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, New York Times’ David Brooks and Politico’s John Harris.

  • This Week: Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), George Will, Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Cynthia Tucker, Newsweek’s Fareed Zakaria and former White House adviser David Gergen.

  • Fox News Sunday: Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA).

  • Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Sen. Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California, Jessica Yellin, CNN correspondent and Richard Stengel, managing editor, Time Magazine. Note: Late Edition airs live from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Chris Matthews Show: HDNet’s Dan Rather, Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Cynthia Tucker, New York Times’ David Brooks and Elisabeth Bumiller.

  • Post Politics Program with Emily Freifeld and Ed O’Keefe on XM’s POTUS ’08: Shailagh Murray, Mike Shear, Juliet Eilpern, Chris Cillizza and Dan Balz.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Josh Bolton, White House Chief of Staff is interviewed by Anne Kornblut, Washington Post and Jennifer Love, AP

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Longtime presidential advisor, civil rights leader and banker Vernon Jordan on Obama’s election.

  • Reliable Sources: Jessica Yellin, CNN correspondent, Jake Tapper, senior political correspondent, ABC News, Doyle McManus, Washington bureau chief, Los Angeles Times, Michel Martin, host, National Public Radio, Clarence Page, columnist, The Chicago Tribune, Stephanie Miller, nationally syndicated talk show host, Amy Holmes, CNN political contributor and Michael Medved, nationally syndicated talk show host.

  • Fareed Zakaria — GPS: Brent Scowcroft, former National Security Adviser, Walter Isaacson, president, The Aspen Institute, Jon Meacham, author, ‘American Lion’, Robert Caro, author, ‘Master of the Senate’ and Joseph Ellis, author, ‘American Creation’

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, The Washington Post’s Colbert King and syndicated columnists Mark Shields and Charles Krauthammer.

  • Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Fred Thompson and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), and a roundtable with Washington Post’s David Broder, NBC’s David Gregory, NPR’s Michele Norris and NBC political director Chuck Todd.

  • Face the Nation: Obama strategist David Axelrod, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

  • This Week: Axelrod and McCain manager Rick Davis, and a roundtable with Time’s Mark Halperin, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, former Bush strategist Matthew Dowd and George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Davis, Obama manager David Plouffe and Karl Rove and a panel with Brit Hume, Fox News Washington Managing Editor, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • Late Edition: Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), VA Gov. Tim Kaine (D), Republican strategists Alex Castellanos, Ed Rollins and Leslie Sanchez, Democratic strategists Donna Brazile, Paul Begala, Hilary Rosen, former White House adviser David Gergen, and James Carville, CNN’s Candy Crowley, Campbell Brown, John King, Bill Schneider, Howard Kurtz, and Gloria Borger, Washington Times’ Tara Wall. Note: This is a special three hour show.

  • The Post Politics Program with Emily Freifeld and Ed O’Keefe: Govs. Jim Douglas of Vermont, Butch Otter of Idaho and Ted Strickland of Ohio and washingtonpost.com’s Francine Uenuma and Chris Cillizza.

  • Chris Matthews Show: Time’s Joe Klein, BBC’s Katty Kay, Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson and MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell.

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) and Democratic strategist Tad Devine.

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.

  • Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: T.J. Rooney, Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairman; Jeff Jubelirer, Republican media consultant; and Shira Toeplitz and Emily Heil of Roll Call.

  • Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet The Press: Former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.), NBC’s political director Chuck Todd, David Brooks of the New York Times, Jon Meacham of Newsweek magazine, Andrea Mitchell of NBC News, and Joe Scarborough of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

  • Face the Nation: Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), former Rep. Rob Portman (R-OH), Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt and The Washington Post’s Dan Balz.
  • This Week: Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Thomas Friedman of The New York Times, David Gergen of Harvard University, ABC News political consultant Donna Brazile, and ABC News’ George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Senator John McCain, (R-AZ), Republican Presidential Nominee and a panel with Brit Hume, Fox News Washington Managing Editor, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News

  • Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Karen Finney, Democratic National Committee Communications Director, Cyrus Krohn, Director of the Republican National Committee’s E-campaign, David Drucker, Roll Call and Emily Heil, Roll Call

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Writer Christopher Buckley and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D)

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Washington Post’s Colbert King, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas and syndicated columnists Charles Krauthammer and Mark Shields.

  • Chris Matthews Show: Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan, BBC’s Katty Kay, NBC DC bureau chief Mark Whitaker and Washington Post Writers Group’s Kathleen Parker.

  • Reliable Sources: CNN’s Gloria Borger, Time’s Mark Halperin, AP’s Beth Fouhy, writer Christopher Buckley, Washington Times’ Tara Wall, HuffingtonPost.com’s Rachel Sklar and CBS’ Lara Logan.

  • GPS: New York Times’ Paul Krugman, Financial Times’ Martin Wolf, New York Times’ Joe Nocera, Columbia Business School Dean Glenn Hubbard and Rania Al Abdullah, Queen of Jordan.

  • This is America with Dennis Wholey: Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal, author of “Patriotic Grace”

  • Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: NJ Gov. Jon Corzine (D), former Rep. Rob Portman (R-OH), Wall Street Journal’s Paul Gigot and Discovery Channel’s Ted Koppel.

  • Face the Nation: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), CO Gov. Bill Ritter (D), Richmond Mayor Doug Wilder, Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL) and Dr. C. Fred Bergsten, Director, Peterson Institute for International Economics.

  • Fox News Sunday: McCain manager Rick Davis, Obama strategist David Axelrod, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) and a panel with Brit Hume, Fox News Washington Managing Editor, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • This Week: Lawrence Summers, Former Treasury Secretary, James Baker, Former Treasury Secretary, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Chairman, Financial Services Committee, Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Minority Whip and a roundtable with The New York Times’ Paul Krugman, The Washington Post’s Dan Balz, and ABC News’ Cokie Roberts and George Will.

  • Late Edition: Steve Forbes, Robert Reich, former Pres. Clinton Labor Secretary, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), Washington Times’ Tara Wall, Democratic strategist Paul Begala, Republican strategist Leslie Sanchez, Democratic strategist James Carville, CNN’s Gloria Borger, Candy Crowley and Ed Henry.

  • Reliable Sources: CNN’s Candy Crowley, ABC’s Lynn Sherr, Politico’s Roger Simon, New York Times’ Frank Rich, San Francisco Chronicle’s Debra Saunders, CNN’s Ali Velshi and Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik.

  • The Post Politics Program with Ed O’Keefe and Emily Freifeld on POTUS ’08: Jennifer Agiesta and David Broder.

  • GPS: Soros Fund Management chair George Soros, Columbia University’s Earth Institute director Jeffrey Sachs, Washington Post’s Sebastian Mallaby, Peterson Institute for International Economics’ Fred Bergsten

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, James Lockhart will be interviewed by Zachary Goldfarb, Washington Post, Reporter, & Dawn Kopecki, Bloomberg News, Finance Reporter.

  • Inside Washington: Washington Post’s Colbert King, NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.

  • Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Robin Weissmann, Pennsylvania Treasurer and Obama supporter; Renee Amoore, McCain supporter; and Erin Billings and Emily Heil of Roll Call.

  • Beyond the Politics: Brookings Institution’s William Galston, National Review’s Andrew McCarthy, Washington Times’ Tara Wall and Princeton University professor Cornel West. Note: Beyond the Politics is airing in place of This Week in Politics

  • Chris Matthews: Newsweek’s Howard Fineman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Cynthia Tucker, Washington Post’s David Ignatius and CNN’s Gloria Borger.

  • Political Capital with Al Hunt: McCain economic adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Obama economic adviser Jason Furman and DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).

  • Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Democratic strategist Paul Begala and Republican strategist Mike Murphy, and a roundtable with NBC’s David Gregory, PBS’ Gwen Ifill, Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan, NBC political director Chuck Todd and Des Moines Register’s David Yepsen.

  • Face The Nation: Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM) and The New York Times’ David Brooks.

  • This Week: Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (D), Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (R), Florida Senator Mel Martinez (R), and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown (D) and a roundtable with Time Magazine’s Karen Tumulty, The Wall Street Journal’s Gerald Seib, The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel, and ABC News’ George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Karl Rove, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D), and a panel with Brit Hume, Fox News Washington Managing Editor, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News. The Power Player of The Week is Brooks Jackson, Director, Factcheck.org

  • Late Edition: Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), McCain economic adviser Nancy Pfotenhauer, Republican strategist Alex Castellanos, Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen, Republican strategist Leslie Sanchez, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile and CNN’s Candy Crowley, Gloria Borger and Ed Henry.

  • The Post Politics Program with Ed O’Keefe and Emily Freifeld on POTUS ’08: Jennifer Agiesta, Libby Copeland, Perry Bacon, Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.) and washingtonpost.com’s Food blogger Kim O’Donnel.

  • CN8′s Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: McCain supporter and Congressional candidate Craig Williams, as well as Roll Call’s Emily Pierce, Steven T. Dennis and Emily Heil.

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation chairman Sheila Bair.

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas and syndicated columnists Charles Krauthammer and Mark Shields.

  • Chris Matthews Show: Time’s Richard Stengel, NPR’s Michele Norris, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Washington Post Writers Group’s Kathleen Parker.

  • GPS: Bill Gates, former Singaporean Ambassador to the U.N. Kishore Mahbubani, Singapore Institute of International Affairs’ Simon Tay and foreign policy analyst Raja Mohan.

  • Reliable Sources: Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, political analyst Keli Goff, Townhall.com’s Amanda Carpenter, CBS’ Bob Schieffer, The Hill’s A.B. Stoddard, CNN’s Ed Henry and syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker.

  • Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Bill Clinton. Tom Brokaw will moderate a debate between Colorado Senate candidates Mark Udall (D) and Bob Schaffer (R).

  • Face the Nation: Barack Obama.

  • This Week: John McCain, and a roundtable with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, The Washington Post’s Steve Pearlstein, The American Prospect’s Robert Reich, and ABC News’ George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R) South Carolina/McCain Supporter
    Sen. John Kerry, (D) Massachusetts/Obama Supporter and a panel with Brit Hume, Fox News Washington Managing Editor, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News. And the Power Player of the Week is Dr. Cristian Samper, Director of the National Museum of Natural History.

  • Late Edition: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, New York Times’ Thomas Friedman, CNN’s Gloria Borger, CNN’s John King, CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin, GOP strategist Alex Castellanos, Dem strategist Hilary Rosen, GOP strategist Leslie Sanchez and Dem strategist Donna Brazile.

  • CN8′s Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Paul Waldman, Media Matters; Deborah Simmons, Washington Times; and David Drucker and Elizabeth Brotherton of Roll Call.

  • The Chris Matthews Show: David Brooks of the New York Times; Andrea Mitchell of NBC News; Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post; and Katty Kay, BBC Washington correspondent.

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke.

  • Reliable Sources: Washingtonpost.com’s Chris Cillizza, ABC’s Jake Tapper, CNN’s Jessica Yellin, GOP strategist Amy Holmes, New Republic’s Michelle Cottle, New York Times’ former investigative journalist David Cay Johnston and PBS’ David Brancaccio.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen will be interviewed by AP’s Charles Babington and Wall Street Journal’s Sarah Lueck.

  • GPS: Premier Wen Jiabao of China and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

  • Inside Washington: Nina Totenberg of NPR, Washington Post Deputy Editorial Page Editor Colby King, Newsweek Assistant Managing Editor Evan Thomas, and Syndicated Columnist Charles Krauthammer.

  • Big Cuts At Newsweek

    Radar magazine has the news. But fear not, Howard Fineman, Evan Thomas and Jonathan Alter aren’t going anywhere (natch).

    Tipsters: Tell us how this affect’s the DC bureau and who’s leaving.

    Morning Reading List, 03.04.08

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  • You think Hillary will win Ohio.

    NEWSPAPERS

  • Rush and Malloy reports, “It must be exasperating to be Christopher Hitchens. Recently voted the fifth most important intellectual in the world, Hitchens was nice enough to the respected war correspondents on the panel he moderated Thursday at the IFC theater, but he eviscerated members of the audience whose comments or questions he deemed not quite up to par.”

  • The Press Gazette reports,Rupert Murdoch’s acquisition of the Wall Street Journal will not have an impact on the Financial Times because there is a ‘fundamental difference’ between the two titles, the FT Group chief executive has told analysts”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “Wash Post editor says controversial piece was ‘tongue-in-cheek’”

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    TV

  • An ABC release announced, “ABC News NOW’s wall-to-wall coverage of the March 4 Presidential primaries and caucuses will be available LIVE on the Homepage, the Politics section and the ABC News NOW site on ABCNEWS.com. Coverage will begin on Tuesday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m., ET and continue until 11:00p.m., ET.”

  • A CN8 release announced, “As all eyes follow the campaign trail, tune in to CN8, The Comcast Network on Tuesday, March 4 at 9 p.m. CN8 Political Director Lynn Doyle hosts a special extended two-hour edition of ‘It’s Your Call,’ featuring live, expert analysis of the pivotal primary elections in Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas and Vermont. Doyle will be joined in studio by CN8 Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief Robert Traynham; CN8 political analysts Brad Brewster, Bill Pascrell III and Steve Ayscue; and political commentator Joe Watkins, all of whom will provide viewers with an inside look at the candidates, platforms and issues impacting these states.”

  • A Bloomberg TV announced, “Bloomberg’s Peter Cook will anchor live business & the ballot coverage from Bloomberg World Headquarters in New York … Bloomberg’s Lizzie O’Leary will be with the Obama campaign, Margaret Popper with the Clinton campaign, and Hans Nichols with the McCain campaign. Bloomberg contributors Stephanie Cutter and Terry Holt provide political analysis. And Kathleen Hays talks to top Wall Street economists for their perspective.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “Despite fears of a recession and a crippling writers’ strike that has left television broadcasters bleeding viewers, ad buyers and network executives say the annual ad-buying ritual known as the ‘upfront’ is likely to be stronger this year than last.”

  • Dow Jones reports, “Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) has found allies in its fight to convince the Federal Communications Commission that it was doing nothing wrong when it slowed customers’ access to certain applications on its high speed Internet network.”

  • Brit Hume spoke to David Barron of The Houston Chronicle and he reflected on the election and talked about both Obama and Clinton, as well as past elections.

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Bloomberg reports, “AOL, the Time Warner Inc. unit trying to catch up to Yahoo! Inc. and Google Inc. in Internet traffic, plans to start at least a dozen Web sites in the next six months to attract more advertisers.”

  • The New York Review of Books writes, “Wikipedia: The Missing Manual”

  • The Times Online reports, “New York Times under fire for slow switch to online”

  • The Press Gazette reports, “Jobs question as Reuters’ £8.7bn merger is agreed”

  • Blogger News Network reports,Maureen Dowd starts her New York Times column on Sunday, ‘Channeling her inner Cheney, Hillary Clinton dropped a fear bomb, as Michelle Obama might call it, implying in a new ad that if her opponent is elected, your angelic, innocent, sleeping children could die in a terrorist attack’ — a reference to her latest campaign ad (video link), which asks when the phone rings at 3 a.m. in the White House because something has happened ‘in the dangerous world,’ who do you want answering the phone? Not to be outdone, Dowd’s counterpart Frank Rich titles his column, ‘McCain Channels His Inner Hillary’ and writes that the presumptive GOP candidate ‘is emulating almost identically the suicidal Clinton campaign against Mr. Obama. He has mimicked Mrs. Clinton’s message and rhetorical style, her tone-deaf contempt for Mr. Obama’s cultural appeal, and her complete misreading of just how politically radioactive the war in Iraq remains …’ And recently within two days of each other, Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman and Dowd both argued that Barack Obama is channeling his inner woman. (Goodman: ‘Now we see a woman running as the fighter and a man modeling a ‘woman’s way’ of leading.’ Dowd: ‘The first serious female candidate for president was rejected by voters drawn to the more feminine management style of her male rival.’) So McCain is channeling his inner Hillary who is channeling her inner Cheney, and Obama is channeling his inner woman — which should mean that like McCain he is channeling his inner Hillary since she is the only woman in the race — but doesn’t, since Hillary is channeling her inner Cheney. Got that?”

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    MAGAZINES

  • Newsweek’s Evan Thomas writes, “Is the mainstream press unbiased? No, but we aren’t ideological. What we really thrive on is conflict.”

  • The Business and Media Institute reports, “New York’s senior Democratic senator, Charles Schumer, told an audience the evolution of the modern Democratic Party and its success with young voters can be traced to the party’s adaptations to the death of older news sources like the national news and weekly news magazines.”

  • AdAge.com reports, “Mags Grow Online but Still Dwarfed by Web Bigs”

  • Folio’s Mark Newman writes, “Editors vs. Art Directors: They make a great team—but the editor is always right.”

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    RADIO

  • Bloomberg Radio announced, “Bloomberg Radio will begin coverage of March 4th primaries from 7pm-11pm ET tomorrow. Tom Moroney will host a special edition of Bloomberg ‘Simply Put.’ Hear Bloomberg Radio Nation wide on satellite radio: XM channel 129 or Sirius channel 130. In New York City, tune into 1130 on the AM dial”

  • An NPR release announced, “NPR News will offer live comprehensive broadcast and webcast coverage of the March 4 primaries starting at 10:00 PM (ET) with NPR newsmagazine All Things Considered hosts Robert Siegel and Melissa Block as anchors. The special is slated to conclude at 11:00 PM (ET). Voters in Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont will be participating in this round of primaries and the results from this critical day of primaries may determine the Democratic nominee for President.”

  • Barron’s reports, “XM Satellite Radio (XMSR) and Sirius Satellite Radio (SIRI) today extended their merger agreement, which had been set to expire tomorrow, to May 1. The two companies continue to wait a decision on the deal from the FCC and the Department of Justice.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “The Supreme Court this week may reopen for the first time in more than 30 years the debate over what qualifies as an ‘indecent’ broadcast. The media environment has changed dramatically since 1978, when the court last ruled on this issue: Today’s viewers and listeners are exposed to the more freewheeling cable TV, Internet and ‘shock jocks’ on satellite radio.”

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    BOOKS

  • New York Magazine reports, “The Hachette Book Group recently distributed hundreds of Sony Readers to its editors and publishers. ‘People are evangelical about it,’ says publisher Jonathan Karp, who has about 30 submissions on his Reader. ‘If you’re traveling, this is so much easier than lugging around manuscripts. It’s good for reading in bed, too.’ Agents selling to Hachette’s imprints are now required to e-mail their texts to acquiring editors, who download them to their Readers; paper manuscripts are no longer routinely circulated.”

  • Radar reports, “The mere mention of technology or sociology makes me want to run to The Hills and hide. Once nestled comfortably in the folds of a vapid yet soothing conversation between Heidi and Spencer at Don Antonio’s, I often forget that science even exists. It might be, however, that my aversion to expanding beyond the reaches of gossip and reality TV, makes me the ideal target audience for Clay Shirky’s excellent Here Comes Everybody, The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. All it took was peppering social-networking theory with a little blogging, Facebook, and Paris Hilton context to get me in step with the CNET crowd!”

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    JOBS

  • Atlantic Media Company is offering an Editorial Diversity Fellowship.

  • National Geographic Society is looking for an Communications Specialist

  • Human Rights Campaign is looking for an Editorial & Web Content Manager.

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  • Imus Fallout: Journos Explain Why They Did The Show

    David Brooks on “Meet the Press“:

      Well, you know, I did the show about a half a dozen times, and Gwen and I have talked about this. But I, I, I have the lamest excuse for why I did it, which is I didn’t know what he said. And when I did the show, it was like C-SPAN. You’d go on, you’d talk about Iraq. And I confess, I didn’t listen to the show except for the five minutes before when I went on, I’d hear it over the phone.

    John Harwood on “Meet the Press”:

      People thought it was a cool place, an edgy place to get a different kind of audience than they would to watch their one-minute speeches on the floor on C-SPAN.

    More from Harwood:

      And, Tim, there’s willful avoidance by a lot of us of exactly what is the content of some of this material that we embrace in different ways for the things that are advantageous. A year ago, the White House correspondent’s dinner, it’s coming up this week, I met Ludacris, the rapper, and I came home and told my teenage kids. They thought it was the coolest thing in the world. I’m sure that they have listened to Ludacris’ music. I don’t have the slightest idea what’s in his music, but maybe if this, the effect of this is I pay a little more attention and everybody gets a little bit more involved, that might be a good thing.



    Howard Kurtz
    , in Newsweek:

      He once called Washington Post reporter Howard Kurtz, a regular on the show, a “boner-nosed, beanie-wearing Jew boy.” Kurtz considered it part of the game. “I wasn’t thrilled, but I just shrugged it off as Imus’s insult shtik,” says Kurtz, who has said that Imus helped make one of his books a best seller. “I don’t believe for a second that he doesn’t like Jewish people.”

    Howard Fineman, in Newsweek:

      “I wanted to be where the action was on my beat,” says NEWSWEEK’s Howard Fineman, an Imus regular. “The show, however unsavory it could be, was one of those places. I thought, or perhaps only imagined, that being on the show gave me more clout on the beat.”

    Evan Thomas, in Newsweek:

      NEWSWEEK’s Evan Thomas, another regular guest on the show, sometimes wondered if Imus went too far. “But I rationalized my appearances by pointing to other prominent journalists and politicians who did it, too,” he says. “I was eager to sell books, and I liked being in the in crowd.”

    David Gregory, in Newsweek:

      If some of Imus’s material made his guests queasy, they reassured themselves that Imus was just putting on an act—an equal-opportunity abuser who went after everyone. “He occasionally accused me of being drunk or being queer,” says NBC chief White House correspondent David Gregory, a frequent guest on the show. “Imus was living in two worlds. There was the risqué, sexually offensive, sometimes racially offensive, satire, and then there was this political salon about politics and books. Some of us tuned in to one part and tuned out the other … Whether I was numb to the humor that offended people or in denial, I don’t know.”

    Howie Kurtz and Tony Kornheiser, on “Reliable Sources“:

      KURTZ: But did anyone ever say to you on this — the things that he would say, “How can you go on this show when he’s making fun of blacks and women?”

      KORNHEISER: No. Did anyone say that to you?

      KURTZ: No.

      KORNHEISER: No. And nobody said it to me. And so, was my moral compass down? I suppose it was. And I watch people now say, “I would never go back on again.” And, “Now that I know this and I know that, I would never go back on again.” But, no, nobody said that to me. And it seemed that that was the radio show.

      KURTZ: Well, you know, I always made a distinction between somebody trying to be funny and somebody speaking out of anger, but maybe I had a blind spot on this.

    Clarence Page, on “Reliable Sources“:

      KURTZ: … why did Tim Russert and Bob Schieffer and Brian Williams and Jeff Greenfield and Dan Rather and Tom Brokaw go on? They wouldn’t want to be associated with a totally offensive show, would they?

      PAGE: It’s a hard call. It’s a hard call for me.

      Don was very nice to my book when it came out. That’s why we go. There’s kind of a coincidence. Ninety percent of the pundits who come on have or have had books to sell.

      I mean — and then also, David Brooks made an interesting point. You know, for us Washington dweebs, it’s kind of fun to be with the bad boy who was always in the back of the room throwing spit balls. That’s Don Imus. It’s a different audience than we usually talk to.

    Kurtz on “Reliable Sources”:

      KURTZ: Now, a lot of people have taken note of the fact that this was nine years ago, Imus was picking a fight with me. And I didn’t hear this and I wasn’t on it at the time, but he said that I was a boner-nosed, beanie-wearing Jew.

      So I went on the next day and I gave him a hard time. And my feeling was, this was his insult schtick. This was — you know, I grew up listening to Don Rickles say it. Did he not like Jewish people? He had people on with names like Fineman and Greenfield all the time.

      Maybe I should have been more offended, but, you know, to me this was Imus, the locker room guy, as opposed to Imus, the guy who could have a pretty smart conversation about media and politics. Right?

    Ana Marie Cox, on “Reliable Sources”:

      Why was I doing it in the first place? And I realized it was to gain entry to the boys club. You know? And who would not want to be a part of this club?

      You know, all of these people who I look up to in Washington, Tim Russert, David Gregory, Brian Williams, and I had this thing in common with them. And really, one of the very few women he had on. I looked at the list of guests that he had in the past six months — 65 men, 11 women, and one black person.

    On a side note, it is interesting to look at the men/women ratio on Imus’ show. Using Media Matters document as a resource, it breaks down like this:

      Number of men on the show since 1/1: over 65, most more than 3 times a piece.

      Number of women on the show: 11. (Not counting Mrs. Imus)

      Number of women on the show more than once: three (Mary Matalin, three times, Claire McCaskil, twice, Ana Marie Cox, three times)

    Will Other Washingtonians Say “No” To “Imus”?

    MediaMatters has the comprehensive list of Imus guests for 2007, including such Washingtonians as Howard Fineman, Tim Russert, Andrea Mitchell, David Brooks, Mary Matalin, Bob Schieffer, Chris Matthews, Judy Woodruff, Jim Lehrer, Evan Thomas, Pat Buchanan, Chris Wallace, Paul Begala, Howard Kurtz, David Shuster, Thomas Friedman, George Stephanopoulos, Kelly O’Donnell, Jim Miklaszewski, Stuart Taylor Jr., David Gregory and Anne Hull.

    Ana Marie Cox
    has said no mas to Imus. Will anyone else? And, more importantly, should they?

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