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#TBT: Fidel Castro on Meet the Press

Fidel CastroHappy Throwback Thursday, mis amigos!

In the spirit of yesterday’s news out of Havana, NBC dusted off an old clip from their archives.

On April 19th, 1959, Fidel Castro appeared on “Meet the Press” in Washington, DC and was asked by host, Lawrence Spivak, about his feelings on the American people, ”to the people of the United States, sincerely, what I think about the citizens of the United States [is] that they are very nice and noble people…”

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Morning Reading List, 08.13.08

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Morning Reading List, 02.22.08

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  • Most of you don’t know a journo cheating on his/her spouse, but just barely.


  • A reader tells us, “There has been no mention of the fact that Marilyn Thompson left the NYT in protest over them not running the McCain story. She is now back at the Washington Post. Wheels within wheels.”

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  • Check out CQ’s video “Losing Pretty or Winning Ugly” where Craig Crawford gives his take on what Hillary Clinton’s options are going forward, and some wrestling moves are in the forecast.

  • The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “The public remains highly engaged in the presidential campaign, and strong majorities say the campaign is important, easy to follow, interesting and informative. Relatively few Americans (28%) say the campaign has been too negative thus far. Two-thirds (66%) say it has not been too negative. By comparison, nearly half of the public (47%) found the campaign to be too negative at a comparable point in the 2004 election.”

  • Scripps Howard Foundation Names Judges for Annual Journalism Awards

  • A reader asks, “Oh, Posties … did you get your Diaz-Balarts confused? Today’s ‘In the Loop’ Washington Post pg A13 Photo of Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart with caption — ‘Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart still considers Fidel Castro a threat’. Then a quote from Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart — ‘We’ve been waiting, hoping for the moment of Castro’s death …’ So, who was it? Okay, let’s take it from the top: Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R–FL–21st) Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R–FL–25th) Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D–CA–47th) Rep. Linda Sanchez (D–CA–39th).”

  • TVNewser has a round-up for FBNY’s reporting on The New York Times story on John McCain’s relationship with Telecom lobbyist Vicki Iseman.

  • Romenesko also has a round-up of NYT related chatter from MSNBC’s First Read, and Horse’s Mouth.

  • And, Wonkette asks, “Why Did The Times Publish This Funny Story About John McCain’s Sex Affairs?”

  • Mark your calendars! Len Downie will be on the Q&A Café April 10.

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  • TVNewser reports, “Fox News Channel finished as the fourth most-watched basic cable news channel in prime time last week, after USA, TNT and TBS. This was the sixth week in a row that FNC has finished in the top 5. CNN finished at #20 while MSNBC was #28. This comes one week after Super Tuesday, when FNC finished at #3, CNN was #8 and MSNBC was #26 in prime time. Only CNN saw a significant drop week-to-week. FNC also ranked in seventh place in the total day, with CNN (#23) and MSNBC (#29) trailing for the week.”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “Comcast shares have been on the upswing since last week when the firm unveiled a dividend, but at least one analyst thinks the run-up has gone too far. The dividend and a stock-buyback update ‘were positive developments, but they have little to do with valuation or fundamentals, yet the stock is up 15% since the earnings report,’ Credit Suisse analyst Bryan Kraft said in downgrading the cable giant’s stock from ‘outperform’ to ‘neutral.’”

  • TVNewser reports, “PBS viewers have spoken. Thousands of them. It was on February 17 that a story by the The New York Times’ Charles McGrath asked Is PBS Still Necessary?. ‘There are not only countless more channels to chose from now,’ McGrath wrote, ‘but many offer the kind of stuff that in the past you could see only on public TV, and in at least some instances they do it better.’ Public response was fierce, with readers posting hundreds of comments online at the Times. PBS’ Jim Lehrer mentioned the article on The NewsHour, inviting viewers to share their thoughts. A NewsHour spokesperson tells TVNewser that the program has received, to date, almost 5,000 comments via phone, email, and online postings.”

  • Howard Kurtz writes, “News Networks Bump Clinton Out of Picture”

  • TVNewser warns,Anderson Cooper Better Watch Out For Mike Gravel

  • New York Post reports,Daryn Kagan’s ‘Breaking the Curse’ won the 2008 Gracie Award for Outstanding Documentary. It aired on PBS.”

  • O’Reilly Unintentionally Questions Whether FNC is ‘Responsible News Agency,’” reports TVNewser.

  • Up next Thursday on WETA’s Author, Author! is Jane Austen panel discussion with Carol Pippen, Professor of English at Goucher College and editor of the Jane Austen Society of North America newsletter. Text interviews with Laurie Viera Rigler (Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict), Margaret Sullivan (The Jane Austen Handbook) and Syrie James (The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen).

  • FCC Relaxes Digital-TV Transition Order

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  • “Due to an overwhelming amount of requests, the final EPpy Awards entries deadline has been extended to Friday, February 29th”

  • Adotas reports, “Perhaps the death of newspapers has been greatly exaggerated. It seems website audiences are actually growing, Scarborough Research, a newspaper audience ratings service reports.”

  • NMA reports, “Facebook has suffered its first ever drop in unique users after 17 months of growth. The figures from Nielsen Online revealed a 5% drop in UK numbers between December 2007 and January 2008.”

  • Wonkette reports,Helen Thomas Still Hates Bush, Loves (John) Kennedy

  • The New York Observer reports, “In the spring of 2005, when asked about Arianna Huffington’s plan to launch a news-aggregating blog to compete with the Drudge Report, Matthew Drudge did not seem too impressed. … It took a while, and surely the brighter prospects on the left side of the aisle have changed things since Mr. Drudge was acting as the steam vent for a country fed up with the Clinton White House. But, nearly three years into its existence, is getting there, with unique visitors logging on at three times the rate they did just six months ago.”

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  • Time Managing Editor Rick Stengel asks, “Should Newspapers Still Be Taking Sides?”

  • Reuters reports, “Reed Elsevier announced the acquisition of U.S. risk-management business ChoicePoint Inc for $4.1 billion, including debt, and said it would intensify a cost-saving drive and sell an advertising-dependent information business.”

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  • Tony Snow accepts job with O’Reilly.”

  • Radio Business Report reports, “Fox News Radio fed the press pool this time down in Africa for President Bush’s visit this week. But in Tanzania, there are no ISDN lines. Fox News found a solution and was able to transmit the broadcasts over the Internet and provide that ability to the other networks-ABC, AP, CBS, NPR and VOA. This is the first time that a network news pool had access to an internet transmission.”

  • DOJ Merger Decision Shadows XM, Sirius

  • Huffington Post’s Sam Stein reports, “Air America, one of the country’s more powerful radio networks and a major progressive megaphone, is switching ownership.”

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  • Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America is looking for a Business Writer/Editor.

  • A DC-based website is looking for an Editor-in-Chief. The site deals with the personalities, business and news of Washington. The Editor-in-Chief will oversee the entire editorial process from story assignment to publication for 7+ electronic newsletters. News experience and a sense of humor are a must and knowledge of one or more of the following local business communities is desirable: commercial real estate, legal, technology/government contracting, trade association, finance, and medical. For more info, contact

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  • Morning Reading List, 11.14.07

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  • You find NBC’s Green Week theme journalistically troubling.

  • An ABC release announced, “For the week of November 5-9, ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ won among Households (6.3/12) and tied for first place among the Adult 25-54 rating (2.3/9). Among Total Viewers, the ABC broadcast averaged 9.18 million, with just 50,000 separating ABC and NBC for the week. This marks ‘World News” best delivery among Total and key demo viewers in more than eight months (week of February 26, 2007).”

  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the No. 1 network evening newscast, winning the week of November 5-9, 2007 in both total viewers and among the key demographic adults 25-54.”

  • Gannett Blog reports, “Gannett disclosed that revenue at its U.S. newspapers rose just 11% in the third quarter from the year-ago period, a Gannett Blog reader reminded me today. That’s down from 12% growth in the first and second quarters — a rate that was already below the industry average.”

  • reports, “According to a report by Global Media Intelligence in association with its partner Merrill Lynch, movies no longer make money in large part because of the ever-growing participation deals studios make with stars, directors and producers.”

  • AP reports, “About 500 unionized news writers could soon join their creative colleagues on the picket line. The writers, employees of CBS News television and radio, are expected to overwhelmingly approve a strike authorization. Represented by Writers Guild of America East, the writers were scheduled to vote Thursday.”

  • “With the exception of the war in Iraq, international affairs tend not to generate major media interest. But General Pervez Musharraf’s Nov. 3 declaration of emergency rule in Pakistan proved to be a dramatic exception to that rule — and there may be several disquieting reasons why,” according to the Pew News Coverage Index for November 4-9.

  • The Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund, “a national pro-life Political Action Committee, officially launched its online 2008 campaign efforts with the unveiling of a new website to highlight pro-life candidates.” According to the release, “The website,, allows Susan B. Anthony List members to bundle contributions for pro-life Congressional candidates, access political updates about key Congressional races, register to vote and engage in pro-life advocacy efforts.”

  • TVWeek reports, “An online powerhouse is getting ready to take on TV. Twentieth Television has entered a deal with Internet mega-site Yahoo! to develop a series featuring popular Web videos for syndication that could air next year.”

  • The Washington Social Diary reports on “the gala affair that was held to honor the Iraq and Afghanistan wounded who reside at Walter Reed Army Hospital.”

  • A release announced, “Navy TV, a new online TV network featuring the U.S. Navy 24 hours a day on demand, was launched today at Hosted by the United States Navy Memorial and created for all to use and enjoy, Navy TV plans to showcase a variety of cutting-edge short videos highlighting today’s Navy at sea around the world as well as classic clips from the service’s proud history.”

  • The University of Maryland announced, “Award-winning journalists will discuss the techniques, hazards and rewards of covering the most difficult stories of our time when they gather in Shoemaker 2102 beginning at 2 p.m. Nov. 19. D.C.-area anchor Mike Walter of WUSA-TV will join Australian journalist Gary Tippet of The Age and Natalie Pompilio, a writer based in Philadelphia who has provided on-the-ground coverage of the war in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina. All are members of The Dart Society, an organization that provides outreach to journalists who cover trauma.”

  • AP reports, “News Corp., the media company controlled by Rupert Murdoch, spent $1.7 million to lobby the federal government in the first half of 2007, according to a disclosure form.”

  • CNET reports, “no one should be surprised that newspapers are struggling and that newspaper alliances springing up to tackle online ads have that whiff of desperation.”

  •’s new music blog Post Rock recapped Bruce Springsteen’s concert at the Verizon Center. Check it out here.

  • Huffington Post’s Jason Linkins reports, “Bob Schieffer’s big weekend get? GOP presidential contender Mike Huckabee! He’s surging! Dynamic! And how best to play up your guest’s surging dynamism? Well, it’d probably be wise to avoid asking questions that were posed to the candidate just days before on Hardball. Unfortunately, Schieffer spent a lot of his time covering the same well-worn ground on Sunday morning.”

  • Washington Post reports, “Earlier this year, Google quietly added a new feature to its maps program, a tool that allows users to customize driving directions by clicking and dragging on a map to create a detour. A few months later, the developers of Gmail, Google’s free e-mail program, unveiled an upgrade to allow messages to synchronize with other e-mail systems. The alterations to these popular programs are minuscule compared with two larger recent news events: Google’s announcement of a partnership, called Android, to make it easier to navigate the Web on cellphones, and its introduction of OpenSocial, a cooperative effort to make it easier for developers to create tools for social networking sites such as MySpace.”

  • New York Daily News reports,Dan Rather was in Cuba Monday, hoping for a gift from above in the form of an interview with Fidel Castro. He’d been told it wasn’t going to happen, but he’s not giving up. ‘I have no expectations,’ said Rather. ‘Do I have hope? I always have hope. You drive to the heart of the story and give yourself your best chance.’ It’s been that way for the past year, since news legend and former CBS anchor Rather joined Mark Cuban’s HDNet.”

  • AP reports, “News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch said Tuesday he intends to make access to The Wall Street Journal’s Web site free, dropping subscription fees in exchange for anticipated ad revenue.”

  • The Daily Record reports, “Sandy Hillman has resigned as vice chairman of Baltimore ad agency Trahan Burden Charles to start her own public relations agency.”

  • The Fayetteville Observer has a “Q&A with Bob Woodward”

  • Wired reports,Barry Diller Says He Might Like to Buy AOL”

  • Richard Benedetto writes in Politico, “In wartime, low death toll is news, too”

  • The San Francisco Chronicle reports, “The crowd of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs making big bets on a global revolution in green technology added one more big name Monday: Al Gore. The former Democratic vice president and recent Nobel Peace Prize winner announced he is joining the prestigious Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a partner in the firm’s effort to finance global warming solutions.”

  • Dow Jones reports, “Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin is expected to unveil his plans for reforming the agency’s media ownership rules as soon as Tuesday, which could pave the way for the proposed sale of Tribune Co. (TRB) to receive regulatory approval.”

  • Martin writes in the New York Times, “If we don’t act to improve the health of the newspaper industry, we will see newspapers wither and die.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Cable-television companies including Comcast Corp. are fighting a plan by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to claim new regulatory powers.”

  • B&C reports, “MSNBC Monday launched its redesigned Web site. Surfers will be able to customize the site to reorder the stories any way they like, says the news channel, including tabs that allow them to access up to 15 stories in each section. Those stories will also have more videos, photos, and slide shows.”

  • CNBC reports, “News Corp Chairman Rupert Murdoch said on Tuesday the company had made a strong start to the second quarter with the global credit market squeeze so far not having much affect on forward advertising.”

  • Huffington Post’s Alex Leo asks, “When Is a Scandal Like a Gate?”


  • Post-Newsweek Media, Inc. is looking for a Publisher.

  • DBC Public Relations Experts is looking for a New Media AE.

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