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Morning Reading List, 09.19.08


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This Week In Pool Reports

Don’t call Bush a lame duck. Call him “first among equals”. More of the week’s adventures in the West Wing after the jump…

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Morning Reading List, 07.17.08

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Bush Dodges Question About McClellan’s Book

In President George W. Bush‘s press conference today, he dodged a question by CNN’s Ed Henry about former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan‘s book “What Happened.”

    I have had no comment, and no comment now on Scott’s book.

>UPDATE, from TVNewser:

    One person not in attendance: the dean of the White House press corps, Helen Thomas. Insiders tell us 87-year-old Thomas, who has covered every president since Kennedy, has not been feeling well the past few weeks. Her seat in the front row will be empty.

President Bush Visits The Snow Family

Today, President George W. Bush visited the home of the late Tony Snow, who passed away on Saturday.

From a pool report just filed by the New York Times’ Steven Lee Myers:

After the president made his statement in the Rose Garden, he boarded the motorcade with Laura Bush and departed at 1:23. At one point the presidential limousine, with an escort but in normal traffic because this was an “off the record” trip, pulled beside a Tourmobile but just at the moment most of those aboard seemed concentrated on the Jefferson Memorial.

The motorcade proceeded uneventfully down the George Washington Parkway, drove, stop and go, through Alexandria and passed the Beltway before turning off and winding to the Snow home. The press office asked the pool not to make public the address. The motorcade arrived at 2:10, and the pool is now holding in the vans.

In addition, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino addressed the passing of her predecessor during today’s White House press briefing:

MS. PERINO: Hello, everybody. First I’d like to spend a moment just sharing a word about our friend and former White House Press Secretary, Tony Snow. We appreciate all of the emails and outreach that you did to me and for Jill and the children this week — this weekend, after we got the terrible news about his death on Saturday morning.

President Bush always says that you never know what sort of hand you’re going to be dealt with, and sometimes you’re dealt a hand that you didn’t expect and that you don’t want to play, but that you have to play it. And I think all of us can agree that Tony Snow played his cards to the best of his ability and in a way that we would all aspire to.

During his first White House press briefing on May 16, 2006, Tony said, “I feel every day is a blessing,” and throughout the next 16 months people around the world witnessed him live up to the statement.

At this podium, Tony was a passionate advocate of the President’s policies, a devoted public servant, and a true gentleman. He was also a lot of fun. He greeted each day with enthusiasm and each question with a smile — but I think he usually won out in the arguments.

During his last briefing on September 12, 2007, Tony said, “This job has been the most fun I ever had.” And most importantly, Tony always made clear that his family came first, and that’s why today our thoughts and prayers are with Jill and his three lovely children, Kendall, Robbie and Kristi.

And as I announced this morning, the funeral service will be on Thursday, July 17th, at Catholic University, at the Basilica. The President and Mrs. Bush will attend.

In Memoriam: Tony Snow

dc Tony Snow NPC Battle Of The Bands071.JPGAnother sad loss for Washington journalists and Americans everywhere: Tony Snow passed away today after his long bout with cancer. “Snow died at 2 a.m. at Georgetown University Hospital, according to former employer Fox News,” writes the AP.

President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush issued the following statement:

    Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of our dear friend, Tony Snow. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Jill, and their children, Kendall, Robbie, and Kristi. The Snow family has lost a beloved husband and father. And America has lost a devoted public servant and a man of character.

    Tony was one of our Nation’s finest writers and commentators. He earned a loyal following with incisive radio and television broadcasts. He was a gifted speechwriter who served in my father’s Administration. And I was thrilled when he agreed to return to the White House to serve as my Press Secretary. It was a joy to watch Tony at the podium each day. He brought wit, grace, and a great love of country to his work. His colleagues will cherish memories of his energetic personality and relentless good humor.

    All of us here at the White House will miss Tony, as will the millions of Americans he inspired with his brave struggle against cancer. One of the things that sustained Tony Snow was his faith – and Laura and I join people across our country in praying that this good man has now found comfort in the arms of his Creator.

TVNewser notes Tony Snow’s final interview, which was on CNN.

Take a walk with us down memory lane…

Tony Snow’s first WH Press Briefing.

Tony Snow on the Colbert Report, The Daily Show

When Tony said goodbye to the WH …

Howard Mortman‘s favorite Tony Snow / Helen Thomas moments

Tony Snow Sings The SpongeBob Squarepants Theme Song.

Snow Beats Schieffer In “Battle of the Bands

We’ll be collecting and posting your memories of Tony Snow as we receive them:

Morning Reading List, 04.14.08

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  • You think Anderson Cooper is the next anchor of the CBS Evening News, but one reader writes in, “Dude, you know who’s perfect to take Katie’s chair? GWEN IFILL. She should be on your poll list. She has print cred, already anchors an evening news program much of the time as Lehrer’s substitute, and has the all the gravitas it took to moderate the VP debate in 2004.”

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry because this business can break your heart in all sorts of ways”

  • This week’s classes include Interviewing Techniques, Travel Writing Boot Camp and Humor Writing.


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  • Business Week reports, “This could go down as the year the newspaper broke—the year that the melting icebergs finally fragmented; the year that the old ways were definitively unmasked as unsustainable amid steepening revenue declines and a steady procession of buyouts and layoffs. The story is substantially different for Pearson’s London-based Financial Times. Like other major British upmarket newspapers, it winced its way through staggering losses earlier this decade, losing $60 million-plus in 2003 and more than $17 million in 2004. Unlike others, it has staged a remarkable turnaround.”

  • Portfolio’s Kevin Maney writes, “I just want to point out that from my particular point of view, the Pulitzers seem completely disconnected from what works with readers in journalism. I was at USA Today for 22 years. We didn’t ‘chase’ Pulitzers, but we certainly desired them. The paper nominated my columns a few times. It nominated exceptional pieces by very talented colleagues many, many times. The journalism establishment judging the prizes never gave USA Today the nod to win.”

  • Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “With the presidential campaign in something of a lull, public interest in campaign news has declined. Last week, 33% of the public paid very close attention to campaign news, down from 44% in mid-February. Public interest in the campaign, which had consistently surpassed attentiveness to previous presidential contests, is now comparable to the level measured in April 2004″

  • Reuters reports, “Shareholders should withhold their votes for three nominees to the New York Times Co board, a key shareholder services group said on Thursday. Shareholders should vote withheld for current board members David Liddle, Ellen Marram and Thomas Middelhoff, RiskMetrics’s Institutional Shareholder Services unit said in a report released on Thursday and written on April 9.”

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  • A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert” was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, April 6, 2008 in all categories. On Sunday, the Russert-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 3.478 million total viewers”

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday, April 6, 2008, ABC News’ ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers. This is the 18th time this season and sixth consecutive week ‘This Week’ beat ‘Face’ in Total Viewers”

  • A reader asks, “RE: Radio-TV dinner. ‘CNN personalities Gloria Borger, Ed Henry, Dana Bash, Jessica Yellin and Carol Costello are expected to attend.’ When did reporters become ‘personalities’?”

  • And another curious reader asks, “How in the hell are all these people going to Wednesday’s dinner on the same night as the Dem Pa. debate?”

  • A C-SPAN release announced, “C-SPAN … will bring the voters and issues of Pennsylvania to its national audience the week of April 15-22. Among the highlights featured in the week-long election special will be LIVE programming from eight Pennsylvania cities, interviews with voters and elected officials, and one-on-one discussions with students at eight area colleges. C-SPAN’s signature morning program, Washington Journal, will be LIVE from Pennsylvania each morning at 8:30 am ET. Washington Journal will originate from C-SPAN’s Campaign 2008 Bus, which will be traveling the state meeting voters and exploring local opinions on national issues”

  • UPI reports, “The Los Angeles Press Club said it plans to honor U.S. broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff with its Daniel Pearl Award.”

  • Multichannel News reports, “CNN will engage a multiplatform effort to cover Pope Benedict’s first official papal visit to the United States next week, officials said Thursday. Online as well as on CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN en Español, CNN Radio and Headline News, CNN will report on the pope’s address to the United Nations, his meeting with President George W. Bush, his visit to Ground Zero in New York and other events.”

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  • ValleyWag reports, “Is the Drudge Report shrinking? One blog thinks so, and cites Alexa data — by far the most inaccurate of the website-measurement sites — to prove it. Is Drudge shrinking? No, but it also isn’t growing as fast as some other sites, including the 3-year old Huffington Post.”

  • Club for Growth is starting a new blog, called VP Watch, “dedicated solely to all the speculation, rumors, gossip, research, etc. about potential vice-presidential picks.”

  • Beet.TV reports, “Charlie Rose, the thinking person’s late night talk show host, has undertaken an ambitious plan to edit 4000 hours of archives into short Web videos under four minutes. A library of some 800 clips will be available when the portal/syndication platform launches this summer.”

  • is up and running, headed by Roger Marmet, the former head of Discovery’s TLC.

  • Crains New York reports, “ has career goals. The news Web site announced on Thursday an agreement with Monster Worldwide Inc. that makes the online job site the exclusive career services provider for”

  • WebProNews reports, “AOL has launched the AOL Technology Network, which includes the blogs Engadget, Switched, TUAW (The Unofficial Apple Weblog), and the DownloadSquad. AOL says its Technology Network will give users a resource to compile information about technology news and products. For advertisers it will allow them to integrate ad campaigns across the network of sites.”

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  • Crain’s New York reports, “Thursday morning, Dow Jones ripped the veil off its new glossy weekend magazine WSJ., from The Wall Street Journal. At a presentation for advertisers the publisher laid out the latest page in its strategy to capture more consumer luxury advertising. The unit of News Corp. also introduced the title’s editor, Tina Gaudoin, who last fall launched the Times of London’s luxury magazine, Luxx.”

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  • The PEJ Talk Show Index for March 31-April 6 shows, “Two liberal radio hosts, Randi Rhodes and Ed Schultz, generated headlines and a backlash last week for their rhetoric in attacking Hillary Clinton and John McCain. And some conservative talkers see pro-Barack Obama media bias behind the calls on Clinton to withdraw”

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  • National Public Radio is looking for an Assistant Product Manager, Marketing.

  • SNL Financial, LC is looking for a Reporter, Financial News.

  • The Democratic National Convention Committee is looking for a Deputy Press Secretary in Denver. Interested individuals should submit resume and cover letter to with “ATTN: Deputy Press Secretary” in the subject line.

  • American Architectural Foundation is looking for a Manager, Communications.

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  • This Week In Pool Reports

    Dubai is fancy fancy. POTUS gets his groove on and do you know what goat brain tastes like? Ask Mark Silva.

  • “Bush greeted, shook hands and posed for pictures with workers throughout the facility, and used ‘hola’ to greet the numerous Hispanic workers. At the conclusion of the tour, Bush delivered his remarks on the need for an economic stimulus package, and admiring the ‘Stander,’ asked Wright to ‘crank this sucker up.’ After receiving a demonstration from Wright, Bush took the reigns, going forwards and backwards on the ‘Stander’ while waving to the press corps. Bush called it a ‘fine looking machine.’” — Andy Leonatti, CongressDaily.

  • “Air force one took off at 2:29 after a fairly sluggish motorcade made its way past the Egyptian security guards staring out at the desert, the mountains and the sea. The security guards tried to stop our back part of the convoy at the airport, but only for a moment. No gaggle. In fact, no anything, except cheeseburger and fries, followed by lasagne, with a couple of movies in between.” — Daniel Dombey, Financial Times

  • “While a crush of about 40 mostly local photographers held a scrum on a stairway, a voice from the top of the stairs called out, ‘I would like to answer your questions! Any questions? Too late.’ And with that, POTUS turned around and disappeared into his meeting.” — Richard Wolf, USA Today

  • “The president wore a full-length robe, which was black, with bluish-silver trim, and he seemed eminently pleased. Only later, when he sat beside the king and took it off, did it become clear that the robe was lined with fur. A Saudi said that the robe is called a farw — the pool looked up the spelling. Ambassador Fraker, Bolton, Gillespie, Perino and Elliot Abams followed in their own robes, or fara. Abrams, when asked by Newsweek, said he was allowed to keep it, suggesting these were gifts for all. A few minutes after the main group, Rice arrived, fresh from Baghdad and wearing no robe.” — Steven Lee Myers, The New York Times

  • “Al Jandriyah Farm might have conjured images of the dusty scrub of Crawford, for those who have been there, or even horse country in Kentucky, but in fact it is a 2,000-acre of oasis in the desert, reminding the pool more of a golf resort than anything like last night’s desert encampment outside Abu Dhabi.” — Myers

  • Trainers lead out four of the king’s horses, which mostly just posed; they were very nice looking animals. Among them was Alysheba, the winner of the Kentucky Derby in 1987 (in a time of 2:03 2/5, for those who follow these matters). The horse, now 24, was said to be the king’s prized champion, and is a now a retired stud. Apparently his first owner was a Texan, but that requires further research. A foreign trainer there, whose name unfortunately the pool didn’t have time to get as the pool was rushed to the motorcade, said that Alysheba won $6.5 million ‘back when money was money,’ making the pool wonder what was considered money now, if not that.” — Myers

  • “Your pool caught up with the president at an arrival ceremony at the palace/museum open-air entrance area, as the program was already underway. With drums beating and performers chanting, he held a sword over his right shoulder, and swayed arm-in-arm to the music with his host, identified as Prince Salman, the governor of Riyadh. He seemed to get into the dance, leaning further to the right and then left and slightly dipping his shoulders as he shifted his balance. He displayed a sheepish grin. He was wearing a blue suit; no overcoat.” — Jim Gerstenzang, Los Angeles Times

  • “Each was asked to introduce himself and his/her company before speaking. The president went first and said: ‘I’m George W. Bush. I’m the president of the United States.’” — Gerstenzang

  • “The motorcade rolled from the cultural center in Dubai at 12:50 pm local and rolled out along Dubai Creek, with its relatively low high-rises, and then on through downtown, with its relatively high high-rises. What will be the world’s tallest building is only one among many with cranes atop them in a city that appears intent on building an instant high-rise skyscape. Dramatic curves and points and odd balancing acts seem to drive the edgy architecture. We headed to the legendary hotel, the Burj el Arab, and on the way we passed Ski Dubai, the indoor ski slope which contains five slopes and looks, from the outside, like an overblown air mattress. It’s supposed to be freezing cold in there. It’s warm and balmy out here. At the Burj el Arab, a white, tall, sail-like building on the beach, actually built out on a jetty jutting into the water, we marveled at the lofty helipad at the top where some tennis stars have played for a promotional event.” — Mark Silva, Chicago Tribune

  • “There was goat brain on the buffet in the pool hold in Dubai today. I cannot report what it tastes like.” — Silva

  • “The drizzle had ended by the dance’s end, and then four robed men came out with hunting falcons on their arms — fabulous big birds of light brown tones with dark markings, and they approached Bush, who briefly took a bird on his arm and handed it back. ‘Beautiful birds,’ Bush said. With this, we were led out and motorcaded to the cultural center past the famous Dubai creek, which was not active on this national holiday — declared so for the Bush visit. Your pooler dubbed it Freedom Day.” — Silva

  • Morning Reading List, 01.23.08

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  • You are calling it right now – The Patriots are going to win the Super Bowl.


  • Looks like lots of people are making this mistake.

  • The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs will host “Reporting from Iraq: the View from the Ground Up,” a forum on news reporting of the war featuring journalists who reported from the scene. It is this Thursday 8-10:30 p.m.

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  • TV Decoder reports, “As previously noted, Fox appears best positioned to weather the writers’ strike. ABC, on the other hand, may be hurt by it the most. Why? ‘Because it has the biggest scripted hits — and because its audience, heavily female, is most susceptible to being stolen away by ‘American Idol,” Bill Carter reported in Saturday’s Times.”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “In the latest fallout from the writers strike, CBS has trimmed its development slate, letting go of about 20 projects, most of them dramas.”

  • Fortune reports, “Headlines about Oprah Winfrey last week focused, quite rightly, on the icon’s plans to start her own cable television channel. But there’s another story to be told about Winfrey’s partner in the venture, Discovery Communications, and how its relatively new CEO is on a mission to remake the company.”

  • Variety reports, “Media and entertainment stocks have been sluggish for months, but things could well take a turn for the worse today. Bearish signs were everywhere Monday despite U.S. markets being closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Major plunges in markets in Europe and Asia suggested a boomerang hit Stateside today. Stock index futures pointed to a grim start to the week, possibly a loss of 400 points or more for the Dow. One mark being watched closely is 20%. With a particularly rough session, the market could register a 20% pullback from its peak in October, which would statistically qualify this as a bear market. The current bull market began in 2002.”

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  • Poynter Online’s Steve Klein reports, “Since I first looked at the new White House blog, Trip Notes From The Middle East (which debuted on Jan. 8 with a couple posts by White House Press Secretary Dana Perino), there have been eight more posts by Ed Gillespie, Counsellor to the President; Stephen Hadley, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs; Bill McGurn, Assistant to the President for Speechwriting; Joshua Bolten, White House Chief of Staff; and on Jan. 16, none other than George W. Bush — well, you know who he is!”

  • UPI reports, “The New York Times agreed Monday to offer it’s online Web content to AT&T wireless customers at no extra charge to subscribers. According to Nielsen Online, registered 17.2 million unique visitors in December 2007, helping secure its place as one of the country’s leading newspapers. Based in San Antonio, AT&T, similarly, is the country’s largest wireless company, reported.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Yahoo! Inc., owner of the most- visited U.S. Web site, will cut about 700 jobs, or 5 percent of its workforce, as it reorganizes to compete with Google Inc., according to a person with knowledge of the plans.”

  • The Washington Note reports, “Facebook is no longer a college kid rolodex. It’s becoming part of emerging new media in the country — a distribution network for causes as well as news and opinion.”

  • Regarding this, The New York Post reports, “That three staffers — a writer, a photographer and an editor, former lobbyist Megan Carpentier — have been fired at Wonkette since Ken Layne took over the political Web site in DC. ‘He’s putting in place his own team,’ said owner Nick Denton.” And from Eat The Press: “Another Gawker Media Staff Shake-Up: Wonkette Editor Fired”

  • A tipster points us to this, the District Taxi Fare Estimator. “The estimator will help you determine if your cab fare in the District will cost more or less under the time and distance meters, which are scheduled to replace zones in April. You may choose one of our sample routes, or try your own by entering starting and destination addresses, or by dragging the green and red map markers. Remember, these are estimates. Actual fares will vary, depending upon how much time is spent stopped or slowed in congested traffic.”

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  • A release announced, “At noon, Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, WAMU 88.5′s weekly look at local politics will change names and broaden focus. Newly renamed, The Politics Hour with Kojo and Jonetta now will include comprehensive coverage and analysis of both local and state politics in Maryland and Virginia, in addition to the news and newsmakers in District politics. The monthly ‘Virginia Politics Hour’ and ‘Maryland Politics Hour’ episodes of The Kojo Nnamdi Show will be incorporated into the newly revamped Politics Hour, giving listeners a weekly source for the latest news from the Washington, D.C., suburbs and the statehouses in Annapolis and Richmond.”

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  • Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America is looking for a Director of Public Affairs.

  • Campaigns & Elections’ Politics magazine is looking for an Editorial Assistant.

  • Northern Virginia Daily is looking for a bureau chief.

  • NewsUSA is seeking a Manager Editor.

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  • Trude Feldman Leaves The White House


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    It’s the end of an era, in many ways: FishbowlDC has learned that long-time White House reporter Trude Feldman will no longer cover the White House: The White House canceled her pass.

    The frail and diminutive Feldman was a regular presence at the White House and certainly did her part to contribute to the notion that the White House press corps is full of characters.


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    Feldman was frequently cited in White House transcripts as being associated with “Trans Services” but she was perhaps most famous for the fact that, well, no one really knew for whom she worked or where he work appeared.

    John Gizzi once praised Tony Snow by recalling the attention he paid to Feldman:

      Bounding back up the stairs and into the room to retrieve it, I found — to my surprise — Tony all alone with Trudy Feldman, whose outlets for columns are a mystery to most in the press corps. But Tony Snow was in no hurry and gave her the attention he would a network bureau chief.

    Martha Brant wrote this in 2003:

      Only the peculiar club of White House press secretaries really understands what it’s like to work both sides. They don’t get together very often. Maybe once a year they’ll see each other at academic panels or charity events. When they do, they often talk about the reporters who plagued them. “I don’t think you could put five of us in a room for more than an hour without sooner or later the conversation circling back to Trudy Feldman,” says Clinton’s Jake Siewert, who now works at Alcoa. Feldman, who worked for several small publications but was a big headache, rivals only Helen Thomas in their reveries.

    Or this:

      Gerald Ford’s press secretary, Ron Nessen, who was also on the panel, noted that there are three things that haven’t changed in the 30 years since he manned the podium: reporters Helen Thomas, Les Kinsolving and Trudy Feldman.

    She did occasionally score an interview, like this one with Bill Clinton (taken from the September 29, 1998 Jerusalem Post):

      “What has really been helpful to me in the last several months, and particularly in the last few weeks, is religious guidance that I have been given about atonement from the Yom Kippur liturgy, to remind me that while it is unusual for the president to be in a public situation like this, the fundamental truth is that the human condition – with its frailties and propensity to sin – is something I do share with others,” Clinton said in an interview last week with Trudy Feldman, a White House-based journalist, that was published in The Washington Post.

    Or Ronald Reagan (taken from October 30, 1981 Washington Post):

      In an interview two weeks ago with journalist Trudy Feldman, Reagan raised the possiblity of PLO participation in such talks, although he stated the standard caveat that the organization must first recognize Israel’s right to exist.

    And in 2002, President George W. Bush joked with the short Trude:

      President Bush. I can’t see you. Trudy [Trudy Feldman, Trans Features], you’re blocking her vision.

    ABC’s Ann Compton (also president of the White House Correspondents’ Association) told FishbowlDC: “White House reporters have long heard of her tenacity in trying to reach administration officials. Dora Bush said that she and her husband once changed their home phone number and the first call they got on their new number was Trude.”


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    For the record: Although she is cited in White House transcripts (and in the news reports above) as “Trudy Feldman,” her official name is “Trude B. Feldman” and her last association was with the World Tribune Company.


    According to the Tribune’s website, her last article for them was in December 2006 and she is described thusly:

      Trude B. Feldman, a veteran White House and State Department correspondent, met Gerald R. Ford when he was a congressman. She also covered his vice presidency and presidency and has often interviewed him since he left the presidency. Ms. Feldman has interviewed every U.S. president since Lyndon B. Johnson; and every U.S. vice president from Hubert H. Humphrey to Al Gore. She is a contributing editor for World

    Happy trails, Trude.


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