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Kurtz Commended For Facing Fire

Howard Kurtz‘s apology, delivered on live national television Sunday, has been received as any dramatic apology would be. Some people are buying it. Some aren’t.

On his CNN media news program “Reliable Sources,” Kurtz offered his side of the story on what led to the mea culpa in the first place: Deadline pressure and his own lack of due diligence were to blame for his erroneous report last week that NBA player Jason Collins, who had just come out as gay, didn’t disclose that Collins his prior engagement to a woman. Collins had, in fact, been open about the engagement, mentioning it in a column for Sports Illustrated.

On Friday we questioned whether Kurtz would cover his own ass by covering his own ass on the show. He did. And for the occasion, CNN brought in NPR’s David Folkenflik and Politico‘s Dylan Byers to probe him.

There was plenty of in-house love for Kurtz. In a separate segment on the show, attorney Lisa Bloom was on to discuss coverage of the Jodi Arias case. Before offering her legal analysis, she said she would take a second to “go off script.” She praised Kurtz for “raising the bar” for journalistic accountability (while rattling off her own media resume).

“Kudos to Howard Kurtz,” tweeted Kurtz’s CNN colleague Piers Morgan. “He took his Jason Collins-clanger on the chin today like a Mike Tyson right hook.”

The compliments also poured in from elsewhere. FNC anchor Greta Van Susteren wrote on her Gretawire blog that everyone should “stop slapping Howie Kurtz.”

“Not one of us is perfect.  We all make mistakes,” Van Susteren wrote. At the start of the year, Kurtz had to offer a separate apology for wrongly attributing a quote to Van Susteren about then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

At TVNewser, our sister site, Gail Shister wrote after the apology that she hopes CNN head Jeff Zucker will continue to support Kurtz.

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Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), former DNC Chairman Howard Dean, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) and a roundtable with CNBC’s Erin Burnett, author Joshua Cooper Ramo and NBC’s Chuck Todd

CBS’ Face the Nation: Senior White House advisor David Axelrod, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker and Politico‘s Roger Simon

ABC’s This Week: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) and a roundtable with ABC’s George Will, Cokie Roberts, Sam Donaldson and NYT‘s David Brooks

Fox News Sunday: Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Service Employees International Union President Andy Stern and a panel with Fox News’ Brit Hume and Fox News’ contributors NPR’s Mara Liasson, Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Democratic strategist and CNN political contributor Donna Brazile, former RNC Chairman and former White House counselor Ed Gillespie and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WaPo‘s Ceci Connolly, Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody, NYT Book Review’s Sam Tanenhaus, Air America’s Ana Marie Cox, Washington Examiner‘s Chris Stirewalt, TVNewser’s Gail Shister and Time‘s television critic James Poniewozik

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, former Afghan Diplomat Masood Aziz, “The Places In Between” author Rory Stewart, “Limits of Power” author Andrew Bacevich and WSJ‘s Bret Stephens

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Time‘s Joe Klein, NYT‘s Helene Cooper, Newsweek‘s Howard Fineman and WaPo‘s Ceci Connolly

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NYT‘s Peter Baker, AP’s Charles Babington, USA Today‘s Joan Biskupic and LAT‘s Doyle McManus

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) and Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols, Kristin Jensen, Rich Miller, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Will update as we learn them.

Morning Reading List 08.19.09

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.

Happy Birthday to Emily Goodin and Mary Matalin! What know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | RADIO | WEST WING REPORTAGE | NEWS NOTES | IN MEMORIAM | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

NYT ran an op-ed Sunday by President Obama and has actually decided not to charge syndication clients who want to run the piece after some complaints from editorial page editors.

TV

Fox News was the second most-watched basic cable channel in primetime last week, only behind USA. FNC was 5th overall in Total Day viewership. MSNBC was 24th in primetime and 32nd in Total Day. CNN ranked 26th in prime and 23rd in Total Day. And Glenn Beck, in particular, had a great week, ratings-wise.

Also, a good week for MSNBC in primetime.

Gail Shister profiles CNN’s Michael Ware for TVNewser.

RADIO

NPR has selected the three budding journos who will participate in a year-long intensive training and reporting program at NPR and member stations- congrats to Carolyn Beeler, Habiba Nosheen and Sam Sanders. More at FishbowlNY.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Earlier this week former deputy press secretary to Presidents Nixon and Ford Jerry Warren said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs can be “too jovial about serious things.” Now, the Daily Beast’s Lee Siegel calls Gibbs “smug.” Poor guy can’t win.

From Esquire: How to Field Questions Like the President.

NEWS NOTES

NJ reports former ABC newsman John Miller, whose also had stints with the NYPD and LAPD, is leaving his public affairs role at the FBI to help lead reform efforts for the intelligence community. NJ’s sources say Miller will move to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

IN MEMORIAM

Obituaries for Robert Novak in NYT, WaPo, WSJ, Slate, the Chicago Sun-Times and Newsweek.

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JOBS after the jump…

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Obama & The Press: A Match Made In Ratings Heaven?

“Obama should change his middle name from Hussein to Nielsen,” said Gail Shister, a writing instructor at the University of Pennsylvania (and TVNewser columnist) to AP’s David Bauder for a piece on President Obama’s relationship with the networks.

Strong public interest in the president and his policies explains why so many people in television, magazines and newspapers want to speak to him, said Mark Whitaker, Washington bureau chief for NBC News.

Jon Banner, veteran executive producer of ABC’s “World News,” said the White House has clearly sought to make Obama more available to networks than recent presidents have been. Obama is personally popular, more so than his policies at this point, and he’s his own best salesman, he said.

And the President delivers with ratings, as Bauder points out:

• Bauder calls NBC’s “Inside the Obama White House” a hit, for a network that’s starved for hits.

• He says two of the three most-watched episodes of “60 Minutes” last TV season were devoted to Obama, topped by the 25.1 million people who watched Steve Kroft conduct the first postelection interview with the president-elect in November.

• And that CBS’ “Face the Nation” had its biggest audience of the year when Obama appeared in March.

• ABC’s prime-time discussion with the president on health care last month did better in its time slot than anything else ABC had put on in six weeks. The “Nightline” that completed the discussion that night beat David Letterman and Conan O’Brien in the ratings.

Related: Politico‘s Michael Calderone writes “Obama coverage pays for networks” and Greg Sargent’s The Plum Line: “The Press Corps Versus The White House, Part Two” on last week’s health care town hall meeting.

Morning Reading List, 12.22.08

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Good morning, Washington. Which Washingtonians feature the above framed message in their bathroom?’ Think you know? Email us with your best guess. AND: Join us after the jump to find out if you guessed our last contest correctly.

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Morning Reading List, 12.08.08

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Good morning, Washington. These seats are from the bar of what DC restaurant? Email us with your best guess and we’ll include correct guessers in tomorrow’s Morning Reading List.

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Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet The Press: Former Secretary of State James Baker, former Commerce Secretary William Daley, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), and a roundtable with CNBC’s Erin Burnett, former Wall Street Journal Detroit bureau chief Paul Ingrassia and NBC political director Chuck Todd.

  • Face the Nation: Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee.

  • This Week: Obama Senior White House adviser David Axelrod, Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Richard Shelby (R-AL), and a roundtable with George Will, American Prospect’s Robert Kuttner, Huffington Post’s Arianna Huffington and New York Times’ David Brooks.

  • Fox News Sunday: Axelrod, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and House Minority Leader John Boehner 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. The “Power Player” is Air Force One.

  • Late Edition: Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI), Steve Forbes, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, Republican strategist Ed Rollins, Democratic strategist James Carville, CNN’s Gloria Borger and Joe Johns.

  • Reliable Sources: Philadelphia Inquirer’s Gail Shister, Broadcasting & Cable’s Marisa Guthrie, Lisa Bloom, Daily Beast’s Tina Brown, CNN’s Ed Henry, New Republic’s Michelle Cottle, Washington Times’ Christina Bellantoni and comedian Andy Kindler.

  • GPS: Former VP Al Gore, New York Times’ Tom Friedman, Harvard Univ. prof. Niall Ferguson and Princeton Univ. School of Public and Int’l Affairs dean Anne Marie Slaughter.

  • Post Politics Program with Emily Freifeld and Ed O’Keefe: Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Phil Rucker, Nikita Stewart and Mike Ruane. The show now airs on POTUS: Sirius 110/XM 130.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), newly elected Minority Whip will be interviewed by Washington Correspondents David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers, and Paul Kane, Washington Post.

  • Chris Matthews Show: Washington Post’s Bob Woodward, NBC’s David Gregory, BBC’s Katty Kay and CNN’s Gloria Borger.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 11.21.08

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    Good morning Washington. What DC restaurant is featured above? Think you know? Then email us with your guess.

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    Morning Reading List, 11.12.08

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    Morning Reading List, 11.04.08

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    Good morning Washington. Enjoy the day, win or lose. You deserve it.

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