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Politico Hires Todd Purdum, But He’ll Remain at Vanity Fair

Politico has hired Todd Purdum to be Senior Writer at Politico. He will, however, continue his affiliation with Vanity Fair as the mag’s Contributing Editor.

Politico Editor John Harris and Vanity Fair Editor Graydon Carter announced the news jointly this morning.

“Todd, in his more than 30 years in journalism, has fashioned a deserved reputation as one of the most perceptive reporters and elegant stylists of his generation,” said Harris in a release. “He’ll do at POLITICO what he has done throughout his career: write stories that vividly capture people in the news and the combination of circumstances and motives that explain their actions. POLITICO will be Todd’s home for the wealth of more in-the-moment reporting and observations that are in his head and his notebook at any time.”

Purdum has been National Editor at VF since 2006.

“We’re delighted that Todd will continue to be Vanity Fair’s man in Washington, as he has been for the past seven years, covering everything from national politics to pop culture,” said Carter. “I expect that his parallel work for POLITICO will put him in the thick of daily Washington coverage in ways that are sure to benefit all.”

Before VF, Purdum spent 23 years at NYT.

 

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Christopher Hitchens Dies

One of Washington’s most revered writers, Vanity Fair‘s Christopher Hitchens, has died. He spent much of the week surrounded by family and loved ones at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Washington media outlets have been preparing for the news. Hitchens is survived by his wife, Carol Blue, and their daughter, Antonia, and his children from a previous marriage, Alexander and Sophia. He was 62.

Vanity Fair announced the news just before midnight Thursday:

It is with tremendous sadness that Vanity Fair announces the death of our contributing editor and dear friend Christopher Hitchens. Christopher died today from pneumonia, a complication of esophageal cancer, at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

“There will never be another like Christopher. A man of ferocious intellect, who was as vibrant on the page as he was at the bar,” said Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter. “Those who read him felt they knew him, and those who knew him were profoundly fortunate souls.”

Dec. 16, 2011: Goodbye from Christopher Buckley….read here.

See the CBS “60 Minutes” interview with Hitchens from earlier in the year.

June 4, 2010: The Original Announcement: “I have been advised by my physician that I must undergo a course of chemotherapy on my esophagus. This advice seems persuasive to me. I regret having had to cancel so many engagements at such short notice.” See here.

July 2008: Hitchens gets waterboarded at the request of VF Editor Graydon Carter. Watch here.

His final interview with Richard Dawkins.

Could Hitchens ever be a Christian? The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg declares on Dec. 13, 2011, that Hitchens has not found God.

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VF Names Mike Allen to New Establishment List

Whoever thought Politico‘s Mike Allen and Justin Timberlake would share the same hemisphere? But here we are in the media twilight zone as Vanity Fair releases its 2011 New Establishment List.

The list “identifies the top 50 of an innovative new breed of buccaneering visionaries, engineering prodigies, and entrepreneurs—’The Age of Information gives way to a burgeoning Age of Technology,’” as VF Editor-in-Chief Graydon Carter puts it.

Allen sails in at #39. Timberlake trails behind him at #50. Other notables: Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg (#1) Jay-Z (#21), Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert (#28), and Tyler Perry (#44).

See the full list here.

Donald Trump the Editor: ‘Who is Ben Smith?’

VF Daily blogger Juli Weiner is the latest writer to be flogged by her new editor Donald Trump. The presidential hopeful sent Weiner’s real editor, Graydon Carter, a print-out of a March 17 blog post on Trump’s presidential campaign marked up with questions like “Who is Ben Smith?” and accusing Carter of not getting “the Trump Thing.”

Trump circled Weiner‘s byline and wrote, “Bad Writer!” He also circled Politico blogger Smith’s name, asking in bold black marker, “Who is Ben Smith?” In this case, Trump was right. It was first and only reference and Weiner had no explanation of who he is.

See the marked up post here and decide whether or not you’d want Trump as your editor.

Morning Reading List 09.29.09

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 Gwen Ifill! A tipster points out that today also marks her ten year anniversary as managing editor and moderator of PBS’ “Washington Week.” U2′s Bono is in town for tonight’s concert at FedEx Field. There’s a private screening of Michael Moore‘s new film “Capitalism: A Love Story” tonight at the Uptown. FBDC will be there so look for coverage tomorrow. How to plant an item on Page Six. How to plant an item on FishbowlDC.

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

TV | ONLINE | BOOKS | NEWS NOTES

TV

CNN has launched an iPhone app.

NBC’s Hoda Kotb and Natalie Morales, CBS’ Russ Mitchell, ABC’s Brian Ross and CNN’s John Roberts will be presenters at this year’s RTNDA awards on October 12th.

Check out CBS correspondent Byron Pitts‘ remarkable story here.

Maria Shriver is back at NBC– as a guest editor for a week of special coverage on women, NYT reports. She’ll be a guest on “Meet the Press” October 18th and much of NBC’s coverage will be based on her project, “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything.”

And SNL newbie who dropped the f-bomb on Saturday’s show won’t be fired.

ONLINE

Katie Couric interviews The Daily Beast founders Barry Diller and Tina Brown on her webcast, to air today and every Tuesday. Check out a sneak peek of Diller’s comments on the future costs of web content here.

BOOKS

Publication of Sarah Palin‘s new book is being moved up from next spring to November 17th and the anticipated title is “Going Rogue: An American Life.” Did this piece in Slate by John Dickerson inspire the title? (h/t Mike Allen)

Palin’s memoirs were also a topic of discussion on today’s mediabistro Morning Media Menu.

The Daily Beast is taking on book publishing, Beast Books.

NEWS NOTES

“60 Minutes” EP Jeff Fager and VF Editor Graydon Carter announced that the two organizations have teamed up to create a monthly poll with results revealed on “60 Minutes” and in the magazine.

CBS announced yesterday another partnership with GlobalPost to expand its foreign reach via the site’s 70 correspondents scattered among 50+ countries. Dets here.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico, NJ‘s Wake-Up Call and Last Call!

Morning Reading List 06.03.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Happy Birthday to Mix 107.3′s Tommy McFly! Another Happy Birthday goes to Elizabeth Thorp, celebrating this weekend.

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

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NEWSPAPERS

Graydon Carter in Vanity Fair on newspapers, “The Paper Chase”: My suggestion to newspapers everywhere is to give the public a reason to read them again. So here’s an idea: get on a big story with widespread public appeal, devote your best resources to it, say a quiet prayer, and swing for the fences.

TV

The first NBC special “Inside the Obama White House” aired last night. As the president and Brian Williams were driving to get burgers, Williams asked President Obama whether when he’s watching cable TV and lands on a news channel and sees a debate underway about him, does he stop and watch? An interesting answer from the President– “I generally don’t. Mainly because I don’t find most of the cable chatter very persuasive. I’ve used this analogy before, it feels like WWF wrestling. Everybody’s got their role to play. I know a lot of these guys. And if Pat Buchanan is having a conversation with Chris Matthews or talking to Keith Olbermann, everybody’s got their set pieces and, so, I don’t feel as if I’m learning anything from the debate.”

CNN’s Campbell Brown returned from maternity leave Monday to her regular 8 p.m. EST timeslot. The show had a new name, a new look, a new EP, and, perhaps most notably, a new opening: The show has dropped “No Bias, No Bull” from the title. More at TVNewser.

RADIO

NPR’s Diane Rehm will receive the AAUW/NASPA Women of Distinction Award at the University of Maryland on Thursday at the 2009 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. Other honorees listed here.

ONLINE

Politico’s Mike Allen is switching to Saudi time with the President. His widely read Playbook was out at about 5:30am today.

MAGAZINES

Stephen Colbert to guest edit Newsweek? True. NYO: Since Newsweek’s redesign, the magazine’s editors have sent out a statement that they intend to sever any and all connection to the turgid, dusty newsweekly of yore. And for the next issue that hits newsstands on June 8, Comedy Central funnyman Stephen Colbert will be Newsweek’s guest editor.

From Playbook today: The American Society of Magazine Editors “Best Cover Contest” for 2009 includes among its 10 categories: “Best Obama Cover (featuring President Barack Obama).”

NEWS NOTES

Forbes asks can Knight Foundation head Alberto Ibarguen save the news business? “Ibarguen is directing a multi-year plan to spend $100 million on 130 projects dedicated to new media and the future of news. They range from projects on community-financed reporting and media “test kitchens” at universities to a new journalism institute in India.”

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro

REVOLVING DOOR and JOBS after the jump…

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Oh Captain, My Captain: Late Night at VF/Bloomberg Bash

If you are like most of Washington, you didn’t get inside the Bloomberg/VF after-party on Saturday evening. Here are a few choice pics of what you missed:

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Captain Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama with Captain Sully Sullenberger …the pilot who landed the plane in the Hudson.

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WH Speechwriter Jon Favreau with Graydon Carter

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WH Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel with Eva Longoria Parker

Want to see more pics from the weekend’s most exclusive event? Check out Bloomberg.com/afterparty.

The After-Parties: Vanity Fair & Bloomberg

So just who made the cut at the highly exclusive Vanity Fair/Bloomberg after-party at the gorgeous residence of French Ambassador Pierre Vimont? It was impossible to get in if you weren’t on the list- Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford got turned away at first, but we saw him inside shortly after.

No pics allowed so we’ll list the guests for you… Celebs-wise we have Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Rashida Jones, Jon Bon Jovi, Owen Wilson, Jason Bateman, Natalie Portman, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Brad Hall, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Dennis Leary, Tim Daly, Kerry Washington, Glenn Close and BJ Novak.

Journos: Katie Couric, Lara Logan, Chuck Todd, Savannah Guthrie, Dana Bash, John King, Charlie Rose, Graydon Carter, Rick Kaplan, Steve Kroft, Steve Chaggaris, Tammy Haddad, Bill Plante, Terry Moran, Jon Meacham, Andrea Mitchell, Richard Stengel, John Dickerson, Al Hunt, Michael Calderone, Roxanne Roberts, Amy Argetsinger, Edie Emery, David Gregory, Betsy Fischer, Maureen Orth, John Harris, Mike Allen, David Shuster, Jim VandeHei, Jake Tapper and Margaret Carlson.

Also Mayor Michael Bloomberg, David Axelrod, Jon Favreau, Mayor Adrian Fenty, Larry Summers, Mark Warner, Eric Holder, Desiree Rogers,

Morning Reading List, 11.26.08

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Morning Reading List, 10.10.08

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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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