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Posts Tagged ‘Ira Shapira’

A Soirée for Manuel Roig-Franzia

An unusual group of Washington journos is convening on June 23 at the home of Politico‘s Lois Romano and politico bigwig Sven Holmes to celebrate The Rise of Marco Rubio by WaPo‘s Manuel Roig-Franzia. Expect to sip on cocktails made with special rum from the Shapira Family Distillery. The book is scheduled for release on June 19.

Apart from Romano and Holmes, the journalists and publicist types on the host committee are: Robert Draper, a contributor to GQ and NYT Mag, WaPo “In the Loop” writer Al Kamen (who almost never makes appearances on the Washington cocktail circuit), Michael Manganiello, a partner at HCM Strategists, WaPo’s Maralee Schwartz, Ian Shapira and Peter Wallsten, and SKDKnickerbocker’s Jill Zuckman.

Please note: Sven Holmes’ title is so crazy Washington long that we’re putting it after the jump.

Correction: The invitation read Ira Shapira and has since been corrected as has our post above. Thanks to AnonymASS who alerted us by writing in this: “It’s IAN Shapira not IRA … espeically if you’re touting his family’s spirits company, you would think you’d know how to get his name correct.” — Thanks Ass, you’re right and that is just lovely.

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WaPo’s Shapira Questions Journos ‘Sniffing Out’ Other Journos

dog-sniff.jpg WaPo’s Ian Shapira is irate with Politico’s Patrick Gavin, who has been filling in on the “On Media” page.

Why? In a story Gavin published yesterday regarding the potential purchase of the TWT, Shapira claims Gavin sought to find out who Shapira’s sources are — a practice that makes Shapira “grimace”. To read Gavin’s post, he’s reporting on the reporting that has been done about on TWT’s potential sale, which is in line with what media writers do — they cover what the media is covering. In addition, it appears Gavin is questioning the accuracy of WaPo’s reporting, which is essential in a story like this when sources have motives.

FishbowlDC sought comment from Gavin but he declined. Gawker, however, has taken Shapira to task with this post. “In how many ways is Ian Shapira wrong?” writes Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan. “Let us brainstorm.”

An excerpt from Shapira’s story:
…Politico reporter Patrick Gavin’s story was in part about who my sources might have been.

“Who’s doing the leaking?” he asked. I grimaced. Why would another reporter seek to expose anonymous sources? I can understand why company or government officials, or anyone threatened by the release of unauthorized information, might feel motivated or obliged to sniff out those who were giving information to reporters.

…But it’s rare for journalists to try to out a competitor’s unnamed sources. Presumably, reporters don’t have quite the same interests as government prosecutors or corporate chiefs. Even as we are competing on a story, reporters share a mutual interest in preserving a free-flowing environment — in making potential sources feel comfortable providing important information to reporters without feeling as if they are therefore subject to being exposed by a reporter’s peers. To Gavin’s credit, he didn’t actually create a list of names of people who might have been my sources, but his speculation about even just one name bothered me.”

Read Shapira’s full story here.