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HuffPost Names Attendees of Off-the-Record Meeting with President Obama

The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone named a group of reporters and columnists President Barack Obama met with – off-the-record – prior to his Wednesday night statement on ISIS.

“The group, which met in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in an off-the-record session, included New York Times columnists David Brooks, Tom Friedman and Frank Bruni and editorial writer Carol Giacomo; The Washington Post’s David Ignatius, Eugene Robinson and Ruth Marcus; The New Yorker’s Dexter Filkins and George Packer; The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg and Peter Beinart; The New Republic’s Julia Ioffe; Columbia Journalism School Dean Steve Coll; The Wall Street Journal’s Jerry Seib; and The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky, a source familiar with the meeting told The Huffington Post.”

The New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker first reported on Saturday the meeting’s happening, not naming those in attendance, and clarifying that “people unaffiliated with The Times” contributed to his report.

For more, click on over to The Huffington Post.

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Weiner This, Weiner That

There are so many Weiner stories to keep up with these days, we waded through the pile and picked out a few you should probably take the time to read.

NYTThe Freak Show As Fable (Frank Bruni)

The takeaway: “Weiner is the poster boy for a subspecies of lawmakers who are really noisemakers, maestros of the cable-ready kerfuffle, their sights set on MSNBC or Fox News or Politico, their need for notice constant.”

Note: Interesting that Bruni tosses Politico in with MSNBC and FNC. More interesting is that he sums up Weiner’s comm. director’s words for former-intern Olivia Nuzzi, printed in Talking Points Memo after she wrote a tell-all in The Daily News, as something he calls the “sisterhood of the traveling thong.” However, he doesn’t seem to have actually paid much attention to how the Daily News/Weiner intern/TPM/Morgan story developed after it broke. This is especially odd seeing how it’s been roiling in the news cycle for the better part of a week and he should have at least some depth to write about.

That brings us to New York Magazine…

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American Spectator Editor Has Thoughts on Weiner

There’s no way to write “weiner” or “Weiner” without it sounding dirty. Turns out it’s difficult to even discuss former ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) without at least one penis joke popping into the conversation.

Such was the case last night at the launch of the new conservative media outlet, Rare, at the Newseum where American Spectator founder Editor-in-Chief Bob Tyrrell was mingling and toasting his longtime friend and Editor-in-Chief Brett Decker (both pictured at right). Asked if he was worried about Rare digging in his readership, he remarked, “I’m not nervous about much of anything, especially after a glass of wine.”

The longtime conservative Washington editor reasoned, “Financially we’re a lot stronger than the liberal media. Rare is starting out, I think it looks very promising.” Tyrrell joked about the Washington Post constantly changing it’s bottom line. And what about TWT‘s ongoing financial issues? “They’re still coming out everyday,” he replied.

Turns out Tyrrell is quite the talker after a little vino. We’re not suggesting he was inebriated, just that he was ready to let his hair down a little and dish, especially on the recent NYT Magazine story about Weiner. Asked to name the rarest thing about himself, Tyrrell hemmed and hawed and struggled to come up with an answer. Instead he said, “Answering this question assumes that I’m a narcissist. You want a narcissist? Ask Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer. Weiner? Hell, he’ll even send you a picture!”

Asked if he’d read the lengthy weekend magazine story on Weiner, Tyrrell said that there have been a shocking three NYT stories on Weiner in recent days, including a piece by Frank Bruni. “I found it soporific,” he said of the magazine feature (which means it induced drowsiness, much like a narcotic). “He’s interested in you women, so how you feel about him matters.”

And then, the penis joke. Read more

NYT Scribe’s Bizarre Description of Politicians

Frank Bruni used to be the food critic for NYT. Since he left that post, he’s continued writing for the paper on a wide range of issues. Most recently, stinky congressional perfume.

Bruni argues that with more and more celebs putting their names on cologne and perfume, D.C. politicians need their own. As far as I can tell, this is a satirical piece from Bruni, but usually satire has hints of humor. This just reads like a fever dream that Bruni once had where he fantasized about what members of Congress smelled like. (Spoiler alert: They smell like martinis, shirt starch and shamelessness.)

Now, this is a odd idea to begin with. It’s not like these politicians are popular people. Just look at the approval ratings of Congress and you’d know that a minority of Americans like what they see. Why would anyone want to smell like Congress? Bruni writes, “Think about it. Actors, athletes, models and singers have signature scents. Snooki has two. So why not one for the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee?” Gee, Frank…  I don’t know why no one ever made the connection that since people buy merchandise that’s been endorsed by professional athletes, they’d be JUST as willing to buy stuff from Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Ill.) whose brand might be Au de Fatass, a lovely blend of his favorite foods, shrimp and Cheetos. Or Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), whose scent may be something young, fresh, beachy and Dominican.

Which politicos get their own cologne? Read more

NYT’s Bruni Goes All ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

NYT‘s Frank Bruni went all “Fifty Shades of Grey” on the MSNBC “Morning Joe” gang this morning as he told them he’d like some pain NOW thank you very much.

“We’re not talked to like adults, we’re talked to like children and I think it’s our own fault because it’s what we’ve shown we’ve wanted here. …When you listen to both candidates it’s like a contest to say you’ll feel less pain under me, you’ll feel less pain under me.  I don’t mean to get all 50 Shades of Grey on you, but I’d like some pain now.”

Host Mika Brzezinski was the only one who seemed to get the weirdness of it, replying with a semi-sarcastic, ironic,  “Okay.”

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Quotes of the Day - Wacky Road to the White House Edition


The travel agent

“Perry dropping out to spend more time with his Niggerhead Ranch.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler.

Journo has vivid imagination

“I would just about empty my bank account for someone to yell ‘GET OFF THE STAGE, HIPPIE’ during this pre-debate rundown #fits” — ReutersSam Youngman.

Obesity alert

“Sure, I’ll eat these free cookies at the debate file. Haven’t eaten enough down here. #obesity” — RealClearPoliticsScott Conroy.

Warming up the audience

“What you are missing at home: Press file is watching feed of what I would describe as a crowd fluffer: ‘ARE YOU EXCITED TO BE HERE??’” — Yahoo! News‘s Holly Bailey.

Holding out until bitter end

“The field is set. There is one last chance to avoid a Romney nomination. I won’t fall in line until all other choices are exhausted.” — BigGov’s and CNN Contributor Dana Loesch.

Question to ponder…

“Newt wanted an ‘open’ marriage. Did that also include an ‘open’ extramarital affair?” — Mother Jones‘ Washington Bureau Chief and MSNBC Contributor David Corn.

Howeesha’s unusual proposal

“I’ve decided DC needs a ‘Rent a Mom’ service for when you’re sick. I’d pay top dollar for some pillow fluffing and soup right about now.” — The Hill‘s Howlma (a.k.a. Judy Kurtz).

Reporter set to retire?

Stephen Colbert used a story of mine for his latest Super PAC ad. Well, now I can retire.” — Yahoo! News‘s Chris Moody.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“‘Gently heated yoga.’ What does that mean?” — Elahe Izadi, a race and class reporter for DCentric, an NPR Project Argo blog on WAMU 88.5. We have no explanation for the dense tweet. (But shhh…she is a former TBDer.)

Gingrich’s daughters: Something suddenly came up?

“Gingrich’s two daughters were set to do all morning shows to respond to Marianne interview. Now, they cancelled; per @bnurretoday” – NBC Chief Political Correspondent Chuck Todd.

The Ass Kisser

“It will take incredible guts and self possession for Newt to do well tonight” — Political Commentator Dick Morris. He added, “Imagine doing this with your ex wife coming on one hour after the debate to blow you to hell!”

Disrespectful or inventive?

“What would I serve for #cnndebate if I didn’t have to work? No question I would start with a Mitt Martini since he doesn’t drink. Add olives.” — CNN Commentator Donna Brazile.

Such pettiness…

“Is John King going to make those annoying ‘um’ sounds during each candidate’s answer again?” — TPM Assistant Editor Igor Bobic. To which NJ‘s Ethan Klapper reached skyward and replied, “Oh God.”

Question of the hour

“Who are all these women who willingly sleep with Newt Gingrich and how can we help raise their self-esteem? #ewwww” — Kenny Rufino, Creative Director, Crown Publishing.

Convo Between Two Journos

“After all Rick Perry‘s gaffes to date, how can we be sure he won’t mistakenly show up? #CNNdebate” — NYT‘s Frank Bruni. To which NJ Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier wrote, “You made NJ newsroom lol.”

Sen. Scott Brown is a Hot (Journalism Topic)

medium_scott-brown.jpg In a recent issue of New York Magazine, John Heilemann wrote a lengthy profile of the newly elected Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.). The NYT’s Frank Bruni also profiled the senator in the magazine this past Sunday.

And tonight, there’s more Brown.

He will appear tonight on CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report” at 7 p.m. Unlike his other interviews, he isn’t likely to discuss the Cosmo naked magazine spread or SNL’s sexy skit. Instead, it’s time to get serious and tackle tougher subjects like his first major tax-cutting policy proposal.

Morning Reading List, 04.08.08

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Good morning Washington. It’s the birthday of Kofi Annan and Chuck Todd! And, on this day in 1986, Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. And TVNewser gives us an update on Tucker Carlson’s TV show. Speaking of TV, ruin your morning TV folks by finding out how your salary compares to that of your colleagues.

A tipster tell us that at the end of the WaPo’s Pulitzer ceremony yesterday (see their coverage today), “they had a moment of silence for the families of the Va. Tech victims. They’re giving the prize money to a Va. Tech charity.” We should also note that the WaPo’s Ann Hornaday was a Pulitzer finalist in the “Criticism” category (“for her perceptive movie reviews and essays, reflecting solid research and an easy, engaging style”).

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REVOLVING DOOR | NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE MEDIA | MAGAZINES | RADIO | NEWS NOTES | JOBS

  • At an office pool party, you would not jump in the pool.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I am angry, and exhausted, at how little money I have. I love this work, and I will live with what it pays. But … my God. Some days, particularly when I’m working late, it’s hard to take.”

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • Alisha Johnson is the new as Associate Publisher for the National Journal Group.

  • An ABC release announced, “Cathie Levine has been promoted to Vice President of Communications for ABC News, it was announced today by Jeffrey Schneider, Senior Vice President of Communications for ABC News, to whom she reports.”

  • A release announced that “seasoned political strategist,
    Michael Meehan” has joined Virilion as Senior Vice President. Also, Melissa Boasberg has joined the firm as Vice President.

  • Dow Jones reporter Corey Boles is switching beats. He is no longer covering the FCC and instead covering Congress.

  • Politico’s Aoife McCarthy is joining Glover Park.

  • A release announced, “The American Association of School Administrators today announced the selection of Daniel A. Domenech as the association’s new executive director. Domenech succeeds Paul D. Houston, who will retire on June 30 after leading AASA as executive director for 14 years.”

  • Tim Taylor, a former Roll Call intern, has been hired as a staff writer and Jen Bendery has moved over to Roll Call from CongressNow, also as a staff writer.

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • More WHCA Dinner news.

  • The New York Times reports, “Since taking control of the Tribune Company in December, Sam Zell has drawn a lot of attention in journalism circles for speeches laced with profanity, political incorrectness, insults and self-deprecating humor. But all the twittering and tut-tutting over Mr. Zell’s remarks — and his suggestions that some reporting jobs are not needed — masks a more serious concern. With the newspaper industry going through an unexpectedly sharp contraction, Tribune is struggling under $12.8 billion in debt, and its financial condition has deteriorated, creating what specialists say is a very real risk of credit default in the next year or so.”

  • Wonkette reports, “This week, Fred Thompson, Robert Mueller, Tom Ridge, Juan Williams, Marion Barry, Ben Bernanke, Ken Mehlman, Robert Novak, Dana Milbank, Mark Warner, and David Frum were all spotted being various degrees of famous at various places by our spies and operatives. … ‘I’m pretty sure I saw Dana Milbank and family leaving Pizzeria Paradiso Friday night. I smiled at the little girl, she did not smile back. Maybe the good pizza was too overwhelming.’”

  • Gawker reports, “Like all good cabals, the New York Times’ contingent of gays has some known members—and other figures who remain in the shadows, the uncertainty adding to the paranoia of homophobic right-wingers. Out Magazine, putting the Times’ ‘gay mafia’ at number 12 in its power list, names nine Times reporters and editors: Richard Berke, Ben Brantley, Frank Bruni, Stuart Elliot, Patrick Healy, Adam Nagourney, Horacio Silva, Stefano Tonchi, and Eric Wilson. But Intelligencer’s Chris Rovzar thinks the gay magazine has underestimated the true extent of the network.”

  • Washington Post’s Joel Achenbach writes, “The Post has just won six Pulitzer Prizes, which looks like a typo. It was a newsroom-wide triumph — Metro, National, Investigative, Foreign, Financial, Magazine. Within that Variety Pack of journalism, there’s a common ingredient — something we too seldom discuss when we cogitate about how to reinvent the business model: Reporting.”

  • Modern Arts Notes reports, “The Washington Post’s Gene Weingarten has won the feature reporting Pulitzer Prize for a story mocking Washingtonians for failing to recognize classical violinist Joshua Bell as he played in the city’s acoustically challenged subway. The story was ‘gotcha’ tripe of the silliest sort.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “The newest batch of Pulitzer Prize winners is scheduled to be announced Monday afternoon. When the cheering for the recipients fades, many of them will ponder the inevitable question: What’s next?”

  • A release announced, “Nine foreign journalists have been awarded John S. Knight Fellowships for the 2008-09 academic year at Stanford. The international fellows include two journalists in exile—an Ethiopian online editor who is currently in exile in London, and a Chinese online editor in exile in North Carolina—and the program’s first fellows from Belarus and Iraq.” For the full release, click here.

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    TV

  • CBS & CNN In Talks…Again?

  • Reuters reports, “Nielsen Co, a provider of market research and media services, said it agreed to acquire IAG Research Inc, a television and Internet audience research firm, for $225 million to strengthen its media business.”

  • TVNewser reports, “The women of ABC News, Cokie Roberts, Kate Snow, Victoria Clarke, and Raelyn Johnson made up the round table of another ‘Girlfriends’ Guide’ on ABC News NOW. This one was all about politics.”

  • Howard Kutrtz writes, “She is trailing in a highly competitive contest against her male rivals, is occasionally covered in a condescending way and faces predictions that she’ll be forced out of the race. Katie Couric understands what Hillary Clinton is going through.”

  • The New York Times reports, “The 2008 presidential race truly is about change: Tucker Carlson of MSNBC, Paula Zahn of CNN and John Gibson of Fox News were swept out of the way to make room for newsier programs that treat each night like election night — a Super Tuesday that never ends.”

  • TVNewser reports that MSNBC’s Race for the White House with David Gregory was live from the Washington Nationals new ball park yesterday.

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • MSNBC.com’s Video Success

  • Radio Ink reports, “New media and digital are still a focus for broadcasters, says Wachovia analyst Marci Ryvicker in her roundup of ‘Takeaways From SNL/Kagan Radio/TV Summit,’ but, she notes, ‘There is still no consensus on the appropriate revenue/profit model, which leads us to believe that we are at least five (if not 10) years away before new media/digital opportunities have any financial significance in the broadcast space.’”

  • A release announced, “YouTube, the leading online video community that allows people to discover, watch and share originally created videos, and C-SPAN, the cable public affairs network, have partnered to launch a nationwide online and television broadcast initiative. The videocentric program allows voters the opportunity to voice their views on the issues most important to them in the 2008 election.
    The ‘YouTube Voter Video on C-SPAN’ initiative is an Internet/cable broadcast collaboration centered around the upcoming Pennsylvania primary that encourages voters to respond to the question ‘What issue in this election is most important to you, and why?’”

  • A release announced, “Kiplinger.com (www.Kiplinger.com), the leader in personal finance advice and business forecasting, announces the launch of its new Business Travel Center. The online center serves as a guide for businesses and their employees to make the most of their travel dollars using resources from Kiplinger.com and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “AOL’s move to New York this month may signal the last chance for Time Warner Inc.’s Internet division to convince investors it has a future in advertising.”

  • The Independent reports,Dana Dunne is spreading the word about AOL and its $850m purchase of Bebo, a move that he sees as a return to AOL’s roots”

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    MAGAZINES

  • Mr. Magazine announced, “Drum roll please… from a field of 715 new magazines launched in 2007, Condé Nast Portfolio is our choice as The Most Notable Launch of the Year.”

  • Vote for the leaders, artists, enterpreneurs and thinkers who, in your opinion, deserve a spot on this year’s Time 100″

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    RADIO

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “As real-estate magnate Sam Zell tries to rejuvenate ailing newspaper and television empire Tribune Co., he is turning to another, more freewheeling medium: radio.”

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    NEWS NOTES

  • Media Daily News reports, “Like hapless George Costanza in ‘Seinfeld,’ legacy media companies are desperately trying to convince their shareholders that shrinkage is a transient phenomenon. Investors should not judge them by a few bad quarters, they argue, because it’s all part of the ‘transition’ to digital publishing. The economic waters are so chilly that any company would look bad. But a broad survey of the fortunes of big media companies from 2003-2007 suggests that recession or no, they will end up smaller and confirm George’s worst nightmare: Shrinkage is here to stay.”

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    JOBS

  • A washingtonpost.com release announced, “the launch of DCTechJobs.com, a Web site exclusively for Washington DC area tech jobs as well as news and information related to that industry. Technology jobs are listed alongside the most up-to-date tech news, giving users a site that is focused solely on the industry that interests them.”

  • “NLGJA-DC is offering a fellowship to help a student or beginning journalist attend ‘NLGJA Goes to Washington,’ our 2008 National Convention & 5th Annual LGBT Media Summit, taking place August 21-24 at Washington, DC’s Hilton Washington Hotel.”

  • Politico/Politico.com is looking for a National Account Executive.

  • Dana Press is looking for a Web Journalist.

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