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Howard Dean To Guest Host MSNBC’s Countdown

Former Vermont governor, former presidential candidate, Democratic National Committee chairman, author, CNBC contributor, and now guest MSNBC host… Howard Dean‘s keeping busy.

He’ll guest host Countdown with Keith Olbermann this Tuesday and Wednesday. Lawrence O’Donnell will guest host tonight and MSNBC analyst Richard Wolffe will guest host again Thursday and Friday. Olbermann returns to cable next week.

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RNC Taps Microsoft Vet as New Media Director

FishbowlNY reports: A day after former DNC chairman Howard Dean jumped to CNBC, the RNC snagged Todd Herman – a former executive at Microsoft and MSBNC.com – as its new director of new media.

Herman, a streaming video expert, had most recently founded and run SpinSpotter, a Web site devoted to using crowd-sourcing to find truth on the Internet.

He explained the rational for accepting his new position on his blog:

First, I am a Father and Husband; that’s normal, and the meaning of my temporal-existence. In fact, it’s why I decided to accept my current professional role as director of new media for the Republican National Committee. That and the reality of the new-left: Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid and President Obama’s professional political staff show alarming signs of being hard-core authoritarian elitists convinced of their own might, wisdom and infallibility and their Neitzchian belief that if I only gave my daughter over to The State she’d be better for it… but, I digress. I’ll let Jonah Goldberg do the opining.

Matthews Re-Signs with MSNBC, Dean Joins CNBC

From TVNewser: The New York Times’ Bill Carter reports MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews is staying with the network, in a deal set to last “at least four years.”

The terms of the deal were not disclosed, and one unnamed executive said, “Whether he took a slight cut or got a slight raise, it’s nobody’s business.”

Matthews had been considering a Senate run in his home state of Pennsylvania, but told his staff January 7 he was staying at MSNBC. Matthews was clear in the article that he hadn’t used the possibility of leaving as a negotiating tool. “I think it’s unfair people think like that,” he said. “That’s sacrilegious.”

Also breaking this morning: Former DNC Chair Howard Dean is now a CNBC contributor, kicking off his new gig guest-hosting this morning. From HuffPost: “The move comes at a time when CNBC is under intense pressure to change its format and criticism for its failures to report or foresee much of today’s economic crisis. In this regard, Dean — who worked on Wall Street after graduating college and has family ties to the financial sector, but has nevertheless been an early critic of the business practices that contributed to the current recession — should be a refreshing presence, particularly for progressive economists.”

Morning Reading List, 11.17.08

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Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Obama supporter Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), Clinton supporter Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA) and Tom Brokaw, Michael Eric Dyson and Amb. Andrew Young.

  • Face the Nation: Howard Dean, The Washington Post National Editor Rajiv Chandrasekaran, McClatchy Newspapers Chief Pentagon Correspondent Nancy Youssef and CBS News Chief Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan.

  • This Week: Dean and Sens. Jim Webb and Lindsey Graham and a roundtable with The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel, Republican strategist Dan Senor, and ABC News’ Cokie Roberts and George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Sens. John McCain and John Kerry, and a panel with Brit Hume, Washington managing editor of FOX News; Mara Liasson of National Public Radio; Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard, and Juan Williams of National Public Radio. The Power Player is Newseum executive director Joe Urschel.

  • Late Edition: Clinton supporter Rep. John Murtha, Obama supporter Sen. Christopher Dodd, and Sens. Dick Durbin and John Cornyn, and Rev. David O’Connell, Catholic University President. A roundtable with CNN’s Ed Henry, Candy Crowley, and Bill Schneider.

  • Chris Matthews Show: NBC’s Ron Allen, BBC’s Katty Kay, The Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan, U.S. News & World Report’s Gloria Borger

  • Reliable Sources: Townhall.com’s Mary Katharine Ham, Chicago Tribune’s Clarence Page, Politico’s James Kotecki, Time’s James Poniewozik, St. Petersburg Times’ Eric Deggans, Buzzmachine.com’s Jeff Jarvis

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Cardinal Francis George, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, President, will be interviewed by Jay Tolson, U.S. News & World Report, Senior Writer & Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA Today

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN)

  • This is America: Roger Wilkins, Deborah Simmons of the Washington Times, Jabari Asim of the NAACP’s Crisis magazine, Michelle Bernard of the Independent Women’s Forum, Rev. Dr. Morris L. Shearin Sr. of the Israel Baptist Church, and Fath Davis Ruffins of the Smithsonian Institution.

    Note: The guest lists for Tim Russert and CN8′s Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham were unavailable.

  • Morning Reading List, 11.16.07

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  • An ABC release, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday November 11, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Face the Nation.’ This is the third week in a row that ‘This Week’ beat ‘Face the Nation’ among the key Adults 25-54 demo. Among Total Viewers, it marks the fifth time in seven weeks that ‘This Week’ outperformed ‘Face.’”

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of November 5, 2007, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ increased among total viewers and Adults 25-54 compared to last year while both ‘Letterman’ and NBC’s ‘Leno’ declined double digits. ‘Nightline’ also continues to close the gaps with ‘Letterman’ and ‘Leno’ among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54. In addition, ‘Nightline’ posted its best A25-54 delivery since November 27, 2006 and posted its best Total Viewer delivery since April 30, 2007.”

  • An 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, November 11, 2007. On Sunday, the Russert-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 3.404 million total viewers.”

  • Modern Luxury announced, “Coming September 2008, Modern Luxury Media will launch the luxury magazine that New York has been waiting for: Manhattan magazine. Reflecting the lifestyle of New York’s luxury elite, Manhattan will deliver the best in fashion, watches, jewelry, shopping, home design, art, dining, nightlife, celebrity interviews, real estate and the social scene – all in one gorgeous, glossy package. The best of luxury happens right here in Manhattan and Manhattan magazine will cover it all.”

  • Pew reports, “News about the Iraq war does not dominate the public’s consciousness nearly as much as it did last winter. Currently, just 16% of Americans name the Iraq war as the news story that first comes to mind when asked what has been in the news lately. In December and January, a period when U.S. policy toward Iraq and President Bush’s troop surge drew extensive news coverage, far greater numbers named the Iraq war as the first story that came to mind.”

  • TVNewser reports, “CNN is taking some hits from Presidential candidate Sen. John McCain. McCain issued a statement accusing the network of stooping ‘to an all-time low’ for criticizing him for not stepping in when a woman at a McCain event in South Carolina asked. ‘How do we beat the bitch?’”

  • BusinessJournalism.org reports, “The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism has awarded 12 fellowships apiece to its weeklong ‘Business Journalism Professors Seminar’ and ‘Strictly Financials Seminar’ for working journalists, both to be held in Jan. 7-10 in Tempe, Ariz.”

  • Beltway Blogroll reports, “When Democrats gather in Denver in late August next year for their presidential nominating convention, dozens of bloggers will be there with credentials in hand.”

  • Denver Westword reports, “The economic challenges facing journalism are grave, but they haven’t managed to kill one of the industry’s most venerated traditions: the all-expenses-paid trip of dubious news value. Despite planned remarks by Democratic National Committee chairman (and recovering screamer) Howard Dean, the 2008 Democratic National Convention’s Fall Media Walk-Through, staged on November 13 at the Pepsi Center, didn’t promise to generate significant headlines. Nevertheless, representatives of media organizations planning to cover next August’s bash flocked to Denver by the hundreds. Most of them learned next to nothing, but they ate very well.”

  • The Time they aren’t a changing reports, “Mayors and school officials have been trying to expel ‘unfit’ teachers for the better part of a century. But since public school teachers have tenure, they are virtually impervious to such efforts. Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein have aggressively taken on the union in the fight to make teachers more accountable.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Tribune Co., the U.S. newspaper publisher being taken private, rose in New York Stock Exchange trading on optimism billionaire financier Sam Zell will get regulatory approval to complete the $8.2 billion buyout.”

  • Online Media Daily reports, “‘It’s anyone’s game’ in video advertising, according to Todd Stevens, the executive producer and co-founder of Expanded Books, speaking during a panel discussion on video production during the OMMA Video conference Wednesday. Stevens’ fellow panelists said online ads are poised to disrupt the traditional TV ad business.”

  • Arts Technica reports, “Comcast’s traffic management practices have landed the cable giant in court. Yesterday, a California resident filed a lawsuit in state court accusing Comcast of breach of contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and violating the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act.”

  • Chicago Tribune reports, “Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama on Wednesday presented himself as something of a start-up who has some similarities to one of the world’s best-known technology companies. Saying he believes, like Google Inc., that change comes from the ‘bottom up,’ the Illinois Democrat outlined an ambitious plan to bring greater access for all to government information and technology.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Google Inc. and other online advertising companies would fare better in a U.S. recession than Internet companies did during a collapse of the industry in 2000, Sanford C. Bernstein analysts said in a report today.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Across the country, aspiring writers are using Craigslist not just as a place to offload their futons, but as a pixeled writing workshop where they test their stabs at social satire on some of the more than 30 million visitors that the site draws each month. Their personal ads ostensibly seek a soul mate, but what they’re really looking for is an audience.”

  • Portfolio reports on the Huffington Post, “The popular political blog is about to turn a corner—into the black, into culture and business, and maybe even into paying its contributors. Sort of.”

  • CNet News reports, “YouTube co-founder Steve Chen, speaking at the NewTeeVee Live conference today, confirmed that high-quality YouTube video streams are coming soon.”

  • Washington Post’s Lisa de Moraes writes, “Prime Time for Reading? Survey Looks at Viewers’ Plans During Strike”

  • Denver Post reports, “Soft ad sales pushed MediaNews Group Inc., owner of The Denver Post, into a quarterly loss, according to an earnings report the newspaper publisher filed Wednesday.”

  • Reuters reports, “Pearson Plc, the London-based publisher of the Financial Times, said a Rupert Murdoch-controlled Dow Jones & Co Inc could be a threat in Europe but might provide a boost to the FT in the United States.”

  • A release announced, “HDNet, the nation’s leading high-definition television network, announced today that it will present a live, national broadcast of the sixth Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum. The Forum is the nation’s only presidential forum in which all candidates have the opportunity to answer essential concerns of African-Americans and Latinos.HDNet, the nation’s leading high-definition television network, announced today that it will present a live, national broadcast of the sixth Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum. The Forum is the nation’s only presidential forum in which all candidates have the opportunity to answer essential concerns of African-Americans and Latinos.”

    Jobs

  • Student Press Law Center is offering a SPLC Journalism Internship.

  • The National Academies is looking for an Assistant Editor.

  • Education Writers Association is looking for a Part-time Development Associate.

  • The Avenue News — Chesapeake Publishing is looking for a News Editor.

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • Morning Reading List, 11.12.07

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  • Hooray for hair conditioner.

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of October 29, 2007, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ increased among total viewers and Adults 25-54 compared to last year while both CBS’ ‘Letterman’ and NBC’s ‘Leno’ declined.” Also, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday November 4, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ won the key Adults 25-54 demo, outperforming both CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ and NBC’s ‘Meet the Press.’”

  • The New York Observer reports on The Atlantic’s anniversary party, “‘This is so offensive! Why is there a visible VIP area where people are gorging themselves on drinks and shrimp?’ said Steve Ruddy, a 35-year-old actor who lives in the West Village. ‘This is the strangest event I’ve ever been to,’ said Linda Lakritz of the Upper West Side. She said she was expecting a gift bag, and got a copy of The Atlantic instead. ‘It made me really sad,’ said Jennifer Vanasco, another member of the audience. ‘I expect something more from The Atlantic. I mean, I can get this from New York magazine.’”

  • XM-Sirius Merger Made Simple: One Is Always Less Than Two

  • Gannett Blog reports, “A private investment company, Brandes Investment Partners, disclosed today that it has nearly doubled its ownership stake in Gannett. Brandes now owns 11.25% of GCI vs. 6.6% as recently as March 15. The firm was already Gannett’s single-biggest stockholder, after buying a chunk of shares around February of this year. That’s when it appears to have emerged for the first time as GCI’s top investor.”

  • American University announced, “American University’s Center for Social Media, a center within the School of Communication, will host a lecture by Keith Richburg as part of the ‘Foreign Correspondence and the Future of Public Media’ speaker series at 12:45 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12 in the university’s Mary Graydon Center, Room 324.”

  • FCC Moves to Place Restrictions on Cable TV

  • An ABC release announced, “In a special Veterans Day edition of ‘Nightline,’ Vanity Fair and ABC News’ Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross partner to take a harrowing look at the other war seldom talked about in eastern Afghanistan. Over a six month period, ‘Vanity Fair’s’ Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington were embedded with the Second Platoon of the 173rd Airborne and given unprecedented access to the ongoing ground war. … The report brings the viewer inside soldier life in one of the most dangerous region of the war on terror in Afghanistan at a time when the major U.S. ally in the region, Pakistan, roils from a dire political crisis. Brian Ross and ‘Vanity Fair’s’ report on the war in eastern Afghanistan will air on ‘Nightline’ Monday, November 12, 2007 at 11:35pm (ET/PT).”

  • Inside Cable News reports, “CNN is trying a new gimmick during commercial breaks; a countdown clock with a progress bar that keeps track of how long until a program resumes…”

  • Wall Street Journal reports, “IAC/InterActiveCorp., which recently announced plans to split off several major businesses, today launched a comedy news site as part of its broader push into online media and entertainment.”

  • A release announced, “The Magazine Group took home 11 Pearl Awards at a November 8 ceremony in New York City. Among the Washington, DC-based firm’s honors were four Gold, three Silver and four Bronze awards. Sponsored by the Custom Publishing Council, the fourth annual Pearl Awards saluted the best in design, editorial and strategic initiatives for B2B and consumer custom publications. A panel of marketing executives, academics, journalists, designers, corporate strategists and publishers evaluated 572 entries from 29 companies.”

  • Washingtonian has the details of the Yahoo summit where Karl Rove “revealed what ad his party would have run if Howard Dean had become the Democrat’s presidential nominee in 2004.”

  • A release announced, “RCN Corporation, a leading provider of video, data, and voice services to residential and business customers, announced today that it has become an official sponsor of
    American University Athletics.”

  • The News Interest Index shows, “Currently, just 16% of Americans name the Iraq war as the news story that first comes to mind when asked what has been in the news lately. In December and January, a period when U.S. policy toward Iraq and President Bush’s troop surge drew extensive news coverage, as many as half or more named the Iraq war as the first story that came to mind.”

  • A release announced, “Yahoo! Inc. … announced that the New York Daily News, the fifth largest newspaper in the United States, has become the largest newspaper to join the Newspaper Consortium.”

  • TVNewser reports, “CNBC sure has a fan in Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH). Today, during Senate floor remarks, he said he was working out at the gym this morning when Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) appeared on the network.”

  • Huffington Post reports, “YOU! Should recycle, but you probably already do — because lovin’ Mother Earth has never been more front-and-center in the national — nay, global — consciousness…and you heard it from Time’s annual “Person of the Year” panel first.”

  • A release announced, “My Damn Channel, an entertainment studio and new media platform, … announced the launch of the Big Fat Brain Channel. Two original episodic comedy series will debut this month from web video veterans Troy Hitch and Matt Bledsoe, who have designed the My Damn Channel site and produced many of its promotional videos including ‘Landlord 2027,’ ‘Doggy,’ ‘The Dizruptor’ and ‘The Way of Harry’ series.”

  • Poynter Online reports, “NPR’S Laura Sullivan named Daniel Schorr journalism prize winner.”

    Jobs

  • The Hill newspaper is looking for Reporters and a Features writer.

  • Washington and Lee University is looking for a Reynolds Program Coordinator.

  • Al Jazeera International is looking for an Assistant Producer.

  • Access Intelligence, LLC is looking for an Assistant Managing Editor.

  • American Lung Association is looking for a Vice President, Communications.

  • Argus Media is looking for a Power & fuels reporter.

  • The Israel Project (TIP) is looking for applicants for a Media Fellowship is open to undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent college or graduate school alumni who are starting their careers in journalism or strategic communications/Israel advocacy.

  • Smithsonian Magazine Online is looking for an Editorial Intern.

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • Morning Reading List, 05.04.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Overwhelmingly, you would not wear a yellow “Tony Snow” bracelet as a reporter covering the White House.

  • House Radio and TV Gallery Director Tina Tate Leaves for the Newseum

  • Did you enjoy World Press Freedom Day yesterday?

  • An NBC release announced that “Meet the Press with Tim Russert”
    was “the top-rated Sunday morning public affairs program, placing first in all categories both nationally and in Washington, D.C. for the week ending on Sunday, April 29, 2007.” On Sunday, “Meet” attracted 3.269 million total viewers, 18% more (+498,000) than CBS’s “Face the Nation,” a 26% lead over ABC’s “This Week,” and a 165% advantage over FOX “News Sunday.”

  • An ABC release announced, “Nightline” “continued its growth trend in both Total Viewers and the key Adults 25-54 demographic while its competitors declined” for the week of April 23. “Compared with the same week a year ago, ‘Nightline’ increased 8% in Total Viewers delivering 3.37 million.”

  • Leon Harris makes Wayne Brady look like Malcolm X

  • Newsday reports, “Cablevision Systems Corp. and the Tribune Co., which owns Newsday, are moving to take their businesses private. And Rupert Murdoch, chairman and chief executive of News Corp., is looking for a little respect, some say, with his $5 billion bid for Dow Jones & Co. and its Wall Street Journal. Analysts and media experts describe it as the transition and turmoil that has become a reality for media companies.”

  • B&C reports, “Senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama has asked Democratic National Committee Howard Dean to make video of the Democratic presidential debates publicly available free and unrestricted, according to a copy of the letter supplied by Moveon.org.”

  • The Pew News Index for the week of April 23 shows, “While the media’s top story last week was the Iraq policy debate, the public remained focused on the aftermath of the shootings at Virginia Tech University.”

  • An update on this: “The DC Hazmat team performed field tests on the powder and reported to us that the substance is benign. Thanks for your patience and cooperation.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “CBS Corp., owner of the most-watched U.S. television network, said first-quarter profit fell 9 percent on a slide in earnings from TV and tax expenses from the sale of radio stations.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Despite two Dow Jones rejections, analysts see signs that” Rupert Mordoch, “or a competitor — will take over” Dow Jones & Co.

  • A Politico employee who asked not to be named notes that Politico steals the Post’s “top salesman. The next day they wont even mention we are cohosts of the debate; the times and everyone else does.”

  • And another reader offers this: “The Washington Post’s pre-debate story today seemed interesting, if only to exemplify the trite nature of the Post. The A04 story by Michael D. Shear on the first Republican debate mentions the event will air on MSNBC but omits the fact that the debate is also sponsored by The Politico. Anyone with more than a cursory interest in political journalism, such as the Posties, would know that The Politico will play a large role in the debate: using its editors as moderators, streaming it on its web site, etc. This raises an interesting question, which Howard Kurtz will likely ignore as usual: Is there a policy at The Washington Post to ignore The Politico in articles when they would otherwise mention other news outlets? Of course, we know this is not the case when the Post is bashing The Politico. How petty and ridiculous of them.”

  • Wired offers a preview of “The first piece of citizen journalism created by Assignment Zero, a ‘pro-am’ collaboration between Wired and NewAssignment.net, explores crowdsourcing.”

  • A reader says, “the #’s are out for the first weekend of sweeps and the news in the sunday show arena isn’t that MTP won — they always win — but that they really didn’t do too well with Biden for the whole hour.”

    Jobs

  • Legal Times is looking for a reporter to cover Congress and the White House, a lobbying reporter and a senior editor.

  • Mergermarket is looking for a Pharmaceutical/Litigation Reporter.

  • No-Va Living Magazine is looking for a Real Estate Freelance Writer.

  • PBS Newshour is looking for a Managing Editor for News and a Coordinating Producer for By The People.

  • The News and Advance is looking for a Sports designer/copy editor and a lifestyle copy editor/page designer.

  • USA Today is looking for an editorial writer and an Assignment Editor for Leisure Travel and Food/Fine Dining.

  • BBC World News is looking for a TV Producer.

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • This Week In Pool Reports

    Mixed emotions this week in the pool between the news of Tony Snow and Wednesday night’s festivities. FLOTUS makes a fashion faux pas and John Boehner has a little trouble with the letter “G”.

  • “FLOTUS wore a shimmering purple/green dress — which the pool will bet dollars-to-doughnuts is the same dress she wore to last year’s Library of Congress National Book Festival gala (which just so happens to be the last time this pooler was pool for a black tie event.) Thankfully, no other attendees were also wearing it.” — Ian Bishop, New York Post

  • “As the First Couple waited off stage during the pre-dinner mingling period, DNC chief Howard Dean chatted away with folks. GOP co-boss Mel Martinez, less than 20 feet away, stood alone behind his chair at table #95, nursing a glass of red wine. ‘It’s been a long day,’ Martinez quipped. Ten minutes later they were sitting together at the same table, separated by Tim Russert.” — Bishop

  • “President Bush said he got a call from Tony Snow, 51, who was resting at the hospital. POTUS was informed that Snow’s cancer had returned. ‘He told me that when they went in and operated on him they found cancer. It’s a recurrence of the cancer that he thought that he had successfully dealt with in the past. His attitude is, one, that he is not going to let this whip him, and he’s upbeat. My attitude is, is what we need to pray for him, and for his family,’ Bush said, adding that he’s looking forward to his spokesman returning to the White House after he rebounds.” — Kenneth R. Bazinet, Daily News

  • “Mystery of the day: What WERE they talking about?? Bush and House speaker Nancy Pelosi engaged in a lengthy — about 15 minutes — and animated conversation at the outset of the ceremony, before the speechifying had begun, as the airmen filed into the Rotunda. He arched his eyebrows at times; she gesticulated. They leaned toward one another, then back, laughing at times, appearing serious at others. Much comment in the press corps about whether they were cutting a deal, or arguing over, the Iraq supplemental.” — Sheryl Stolberg, New York Times

  • John Boehner, the House Republican leader, mispronounced Tuskegee throughout his speech, creating some awkward tension in the audience. He said Tuskee-gee, with a soft G, as in gee whiz. People tittered, but the full extent of the embarrassment did not become clear until Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, rose to follow him. McConnell stood up and quickly pronounced Tuskegee correctly, and with great emphasis, drawing a huge cheer from the crowd.” — Stolberg

  • Taking Out The Trash, 02.02.07

  • This is the one time of year commercials get some love.
  • C-SPAN reports that New York Times Baghdad correspondent John Burns confirms that he’ll remain in Iraq until mid-summer before moving to London to become bureau chief. Burns confirmed it during a taping of Q & A on Friday.
  • In his online chat today, Jonathan Weisman notes, “Reporters on television — and in on-line chats — put themselves into a perilous place. We are supposed to keep our opinions ourselves, and at the same time, be engaging and fun. That said Tom Ricks’ book Fiasco definitely takes a strong point of view, backed up extensively by facts, and no one has jumped
    on him.” (Hat Tip: Romenesko)

  • Julie Mason reports, “A suspcious package prompted the evacuation of the press corps’ temporary White House press room on Jackson Place this morning. A dog apparently sniffed out some explosives in a car parked nearby.” Don’t worry. It was a false alarm.
  • This weekend on C-SPAN2, Book TV will air an “Encore Booknotes” program with columnist Molly Ivins. In 1998, C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb interviewed Ivins about her latest book, “You Got to Dance With Them What Brung You: Politics in the Clinton Years” for the award-winning author interview series “Booknotes.” The interview airs on Saturday at 1:15 pm ET and Sunday at 9:30 a.m ET.
  • RockCritics.com’s Jason Gross picks his best music writing for 2006. Among the winners are the Washington Post’s Philip Kennicott and Hank Stuever. Somewhere, Josh du Lac quietly weeps…and not over concerns that his name isn’t as cool as Russ McCracken’s.

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