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FNC’s Henry: ‘I have a Sincerity You Can’t Make Up’

FNC’s newest White House correspondent Ed Henry has no apparent self-esteem issues. When AdWeek asked him about his style for a recent interview, he spoke of his own sincerity. It’s also adorable that he’s already comfortably on a first-name basis with “Roger.” That would be FNC President Roger Ailes.

You have to have a certain style to attract those viewers. What about your style? How would you describe it? I’m an old print reporter, just like Brit Hume here at Fox. I started with Jack Anderson, the muckraking newspaper columnist, and he had a certain style. You had to write lively copy and cut to the heart of the story. I’ve heard from Roger [Ailes] and other people at Fox that one of the reasons they wanted to hire me was I have a sincerity that you can’t make up. I’m passionate and that has to come out. I love politics. I love breaking news, I love bringing context to big stories, and you can’t fake that. And I like to have a little bit of fun on air, and that is something Fox does better than anyone else.

Read the full interview here.

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Fishbowl5 With National Press Club’s New Prez

Meet AP‘s Mark Hamrick, a new V.I.P. in town. The Washington, D.C.-based online video producer and business correspondent was sworn in as National Press Club President Saturday night. Watch the video with President Obama here.

1. You’ve been elected President of the Press Club. How does it rank with other great moments in your life? It ranks right up there with our wedding and the birth of my son, Christopher. As I told those on hand in the ballroom, it will probably be the best, largest such gathering before my funeral, except I got to be present for this one.

2. You’ve worked for AP for a quarter century. How does that feel and how do you think you’ve changed as a person and journalist in that time? First, as a person, I hope I’ve developed more empathy. As a journalist, my sense of mission has only grown stronger. On the job, I’ve learned to trust my instincts and intuition more. I think more about trying to make emotional connections to people with my work.

3. Your dad worked for AP. Did you always know you’d go into the journo business? My dad brought home a cassette recorder from his work in the 1960s and I was immediately fascinated by it. I knew I wanted to go into radio very early and was hanging out at my first station when I was 15 years old. I was employed soon after that doing newscasts and everything else one did around a small station. I went to a presidential news conference with my dad when Ford was visiting Topeka, saw the network reporters there like Tom Brokaw and knew that was what I wanted to do.

4. What improvements do you think need making at NPC? What is your platform for change or doesn’t it need it? The National Press Club has never been stronger financially. I want us to seek higher-profile speakers, including those who can participate in discussions about journalism. The public is eager for it, given what I’m seeing in the social networking space. Another project we’ve started is with a new Diversity Committee, which will help us to reach out to a variety of groups and individuals. We can do a better job telling the story of the National Press Club and why it presents a compelling value to prospective members.

5. Assess the state of journalism today and where it’s going. What do you miss from the “old” days and what do you think is exciting about today’s version of journalism? I miss the journalists from earlier generations, like Walter Cronkite and Christopher Glen from CBS and succinct writers like Art Buchwald and Jack Anderson. But I don’t yearn for those days. The pace of change in technology and media is breathtaking.  And, as in the past, people are always interested in knowing about good stories, no matter in video, radio or in print.

A bonus question…

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More Bad Press for Howie

WaPo‘s media columnist and CNN “Reliable Sources” host Howard Kurtz has been getting walloped with bad press as of late. The most recent thwack came Wednesday when Columbia Journalism Review in a lengthy story by Zachary Roth slammed him for staying silent on TNR Editor and Owner Martin Peretz‘s blog post earlier this month: “Muslim life is cheap. I wonder whether I need honor these people and pretend that they are worthy of the privileges of the First Amendment which I have in my gut the sense that they will abuse.”

CJR sharply criticizes Kurtz for making a big splash on former UPI White House scribe Helen Thomas‘s slur that got her tossed out, but staying mum on Peretz. FishbowlDC has requested comment from Kurtz. CJR further pounds away at Kurtz’s “top media critic” status, writing:

A clear pattern of racism on the part of the editor of a major political opinion magazine would seem to be an important issue for America’s best-known media critic to address, so yesterday CJR gave Kurtz another bite at the apple. We asked whether he’d now had a chance to focus on the question, or even whether he’d like to comment more narrowly on the appropriateness of Peretz’s most recent anti-Muslim diatribe. Kurtz hasn’t responded.

But CJR‘s criticism of Kurtz is a walk in the park with puppies and babies if you consider the Washington City Paper‘s recent slicing of the longtime media writer…

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