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Afternoon Lede Check – 8.28.14

Obama: Russia responsible for violence in Ukraine (USA Today). Ex-gov, wife spent many nights together (WTOP). Arrest made in murder of man found in 2 bags in Laurel (CBS 9).

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

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WTF? With Matt Lewis

Matt Lewis of The Daily Caller and more recently of The Week keeps his readers guessing “WTF?” and that’s why we like him. One day he’s dissecting the history of angels and comparing them to journalists. The next he’s praising the Redskins’ RG3. The next he’s suggest Republicans adopt “fresh” ideas like returning back to ideology espoused by former President George W. Bush.

Today Lewis does a few things under a column headlined “The working class epidemic of demoralization.” First, Lewis bemoans the “disconnect” between coastal elites and everyone else in “flyover” country.

That’s a real problem worthy of looking into. While reading, we looked forward to what thoughts or insight Lewis might have to share on the matter. But before we knew it, Lewis had shifted into commentary about the destructive behavior poor people engage in while imitating the rich.

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WTF? With Matt Lewis

When The Daily Caller‘s Matt Lewis wrote on election night that the GOP needed “some fresh ideas,” he apparently meant old ideas that still stink. In his latest column for The Week, Lewis says “Republicans ought to take a second look at George W. Bush‘s political philosophy.”

During his presidency, Bush was known to label his political views as “compassionate conservatism,” characterized by promoting the helping of others while encouraging accountability (ie. No Child Left Behind).

“Of course, they wouldn’t have to call it compassionate conservatism,” Lewis reasons, “That brand is obviously tarnished. But it is an uplifting mission statement to serve as a feel-good umbrella for their other policy ideas.”

Lewis says it’s a winning philosophy that would appeal to both “the urban hipster” and “the guy in rural Ohio.” Wow, really? … Read more

Morning Reading List 11.13.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! MSNBC threw Jeff Corwin a party at Occidental last night to celebrate “100 Heartbeats,” a book and documentary on endangered species and climate change.

What we know and what we’re reading this Friday the 13th…

TV | NEWS NOTES | AWARDS & EVENTS

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Barbara Walters will interview Jenny Sanford.

Speaking of Walters, she was apparently disappointed Trig couldn’t make her interview with Sarah Palin. He had a cold.

Lou Dobbs will make his first post-CNN appearance on Fox News’ “O’Reilly Factor,” reports Daily Finance. He will join Bill O’Reilly Monday evening in a “cable exclusive.”

CNN’s John Roberts on Politico‘s podcast.

“South Park” parodied Glenn Beck.

A beaver urinated on a CBS correspondent on yesterday’s “Early Show.” The must-see clip.

NEWS NOTES

Layoffs at AP.

Katie Couric‘s picks in Forbes Mag for the seven most powerful figures in media.

Obama’s campaign manager David Plouffe will buy Sarah Palin‘s new book.

President George W. Bush spoke at SMU yesterday- what it looked like on cable.

AWARDS & EVENTS

“Real Housewives of New York” husband Simon van Kempen joined Carol Joynt in the Q&A Cafe yesterday at the Ritz in Georgetown. Check out Politico Click’s coverage- which includes DC housewives- here.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

WHCA Board Considers Taking Pool Reports from WH

FishbowlDC Exclusive:The White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) board late last month discussed a proposal to post pool reports written by reporters on its own website, seizing control from the White House, which has long distributed the reports.

The issue has been a dicey one over the years. During the George W. Bush administration, the White House refused to say who was on the distribution list of more than 1,000, which included lobbyists and government officials across town.

Why, board members asked during the meeting, do the pool reports still go through the filter of the White House press office? White House veteran George Condon of Congress Daily, called to appear because of his knowledge on the issue, explained that it started with the Eisenhower administration when poolers used carbon paper. It was simply faster to have the official White House stenographers help get the information out.

But the practice continued into the Internet age, and, despite the ease of group mailing, reporters traveling in a tight pool with the president still send their reports directly to the White House, which forwards them to reporters.

The board discussed whether it would be feasible to post pool reports on the WHCA website for reporters to access, which means the WHCA — not the White House — would decide who can view them. No decision was made, but the board agreed to have an association “town hall” to discuss how to change the pool report guidelines.

One little tidbit that emerged during the meeting also involved the pool, but concerned who should remain in the small group in the case of a national emergency.

Condon noted that on 9/11, the Bush White House shrunk the press pool from 12 members to five, causing controversy. When that happened, former President Bill Clinton apparently called Ron Fournier of the AP to reveal that the Bush WH had invoked the “nuclear bunker pool.”

Nobody in the press had heard of such a special pool and nothing ever came of it. Condon suggested outlining guidelines before the next crisis.

The WHCA, which voted to raise the cost of the annual dinner to $225 per seat, also decided to continue its tradition of having a holiday party.

Morning Reading List 09.16.09

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.

What know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

Slate’s Jack Shafer on WaPo‘s Katharine Weymouth: “One of the things Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth has got to learn is that she can’t pretend that the newsroom floats in its own accountable-only-to-Brauchli ether at the same time she is telling editors (plural) enough with dwarf-leg stories.” Read on.

Yesterday in WaPo- “Controversy Over How, Why Post Piece Was Killed, If Publisher Weymouth Involved.”

New culture editor at NYT- Jon Landman, the deputy managing editor.

TV

Norah O’Donnell is in NY, co-anchoring the 9am hour of the “Today Show.” She tweets, “I may cook on TV!” and that she and her husband Chef Geoff have just finished their baby food cookbook, out in 2010.

In what NBC is calling a “world exclusive interview,” Ann Curry will sit down with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran. This is his first interview since the June elections and will air on “Today” tomorrow and “Nightly News” Friday.

It appears there may be more cuts looming at NBC News- NYO reports another round of voluntary buyouts are being offered. What will that mean for the DC bureau?

ONLINE

Facebook has crossed 300 million users worldwide.

This is your blog, courtesy of mediabistro.

NEWS NOTES

Sarah Palin has officially signed on with the Washington Speaker’s Bureau (via PoliticalWire).

When asked about the latest ACORN scandal, ABC’s Charlie Gibson told Chicago talk radio hosts that he hadn’t heard about it and “maybe this is just one you leave to the cables.”

Which brings us to this piece “Divide between right, mainstream media” by Mike Allen and Michael Calderone in Politico… “The right-wing media’s single-minded focus on a handful of targets over the past months and its success in pushing those stories into the mainstream have underscored the sharp divide between traditional news organizations and the bloggers and talk show hosts aggressively pursuing an ideological agenda.”

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Remember when former President George W. Bush called former NYT reporter Andrew Clymer a “major league asshole?” He does, and now he’s offering his advice to Kanye West in a very entertaining piece on the Daily Best. “…I congratulate you on being chosen for our club, The Cussed Out by Higher Authority Who DidnÂ’t Believe Microphones Work Club. Should we ever meet, I will show you the secret handshake, but I can tell you it involves an extended middle finger.”

Also on the Daily Beast today- a collection of the best OTR-gone-public comments.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Daniel Lippman

More Statements On Cronkite’s Passing From Around Town, Country

Former President George W. Bush: “Walter Cronkite was an icon of American journalism who shaped his profession in countless ways during his decades on the air. Tonight, his family is in our thoughts and prayers.”

Former President George H.W. Bush: “Barbara and I join the nation in mourning the passing of Walter Cronkite. As a pioneer in television journalism, he was a towering, respected figure. Many Americans heard it from Walter first that President Kennedy had died, or that man had walked on the moon. He is already missed.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “Walter Cronkite was the face and voice of American journalism for generations. A giant in his field, he set the standard for news even today: fair and thorough.

“From the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, to the war in Vietnam, to the landing on the moon 40 years ago next week, Walter Cronkite delivered the news and provided trusted commentary on the events that shaped our history. Like millions of Americans, he was a fixture in my home.

“Let us honor the legacy of Walter Cronkite by remembering the essential role that a free press plays in our democracy, and by protecting the right of journalists to report the news.”

Senator John McCain: “I’m saddened to learn of the passing of Walter Cronkite – one of the most influential newsmen of our time. I will never forget our memorable visit together to Hanoi on the 10th anniversary of the fall of Saigon.”

Statements from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Neil Armstrong also after the jump…

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Morning Reading List 06.19.09

Good morning FishbowlDC!

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Tonight’s the Radio & TV Correspondents Association Dinner. Scroll down FBDC for all the dets. What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

The Boston Globe union has set a date to vote on a new contract, though no agreement has been met with the newspaper’s owner, NYT.

NYT executive editor Bill Keller on his reporting on Iran in E&P. “Do people in the media crit game really think editors are supposed to be desk jockeys who never go get a sense of the story?” he writes. “Or is the idea that when a big, exhausting news breaks visiting editors should hole up in the hotel?”

TV

Long Live the Nightly News! Fortune: Despite a steady erosion in their collective audience and an aging viewership, the big three nightly newscasts are hardly dead. Actually, they draw an average 21 million viewers every night. Andrew Tyndall says there’s a good reason for that — they’re still the best daily snapshot of news on television.

Vice President Joe Biden just isn’t pulling the ratings for Sunday shows that he used to. TVNewser has the numbers of his last appearances on “Meet the Press” versus past appearances on “This Week” and “Face the Nation.”

ONLINE

Today was TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer‘s last day on the Morning Media Menu. Listen in here.

NEWS NOTES

It appears the legendary Walter Cronkite is gravely ill. He is 92.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Daily Finance “Obama takes on Fox News, loses“: When is Barack Obama going to learn that presidents shouldn’t play press critic? It didn’t work for Richard Nixon. It didn’t work for Bill Clinton or George W. Bush. It didn’t help John McCain win the White House, and it won’t help Obama, who vented his frustration with Fox News Wednesday.

CNN’s keeping tabs on WH Press Secretary Robert Gibbs‘ tardiness. “Gibbs was a total of 13 hours and 46 minutes late to his own press briefings in the month of May alone. Of the 19 briefings held by Gibbs in May, the White House officially pushed the scheduled start time back 14 times (although: one time they actually made it earlier.) That averages out to a delay of roughly 28 minutes a day – a total of 8 hours and 50 minutes for the month.”

There was speculation yesterday that President Obama would make a surprise appearance in Gibbs’ daily press briefing. When he didn’t, a few reporters were left disappointed, including CBS’ Mark Knoller. Read through here.

Also at the WH yesterday- Bob Woodward. Mike Memoli tweets his run-in.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, Politico

JOBS after the jump…

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Cable By The Numbers

According to reports released by ThinkProgress

2 to 1: Appearances by Republican congressmen on the cablers two weeks ago to discuss the House stimulus package as compared to their Democratic counterparts (51 Republican appearances, 26 Democrat)

75: Appearances by Democrats in week two of the stimulus debate, as compared to 41 Republicans

ThinkProgress tallied interview segments about the stimulus on CNBC, Fox Business, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC for three-day periods. Fox News had the closest balance in the first week of stimulus coverage, 8 Republican appearances and 6 Democrats, but in week two “fair and balanced” didn’t ring quite as true- 24 Republicans and only 11 Democrats on FNC.

Supposedly liberal, MSNBC favored Republicans in that first week of coverage 15 to 9, but in week two, MSNBC was the only cable network to host more Democratic members than Republican (17 Dems, 12 GOP).

What press Secretary Robert Gibbs has to say and growing FNC ratings after the jump…

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Morning Reading List, 01.22.09

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Good morning Washington.

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We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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