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A Sunday Slight From Slate’s Weisberg

Slate Editor-in-Chief Jacob Weisberg had a simple question on Sunday. “Why is Bette Midler on This Week roundtable?” he asked.

Weisberg confused (not really) Bette for FOX Business Network’s Liz Claman. Good eye – there is a resemblance. But we also see a hint of Melissa Rivers.

 

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TNR Makes Changes to Web Team and Announces Brand New Class of Reporter-Researchers

Today TNR.com Editor Greg Veis announces two additions to its web team: Barron YoungSmith and Seyward Darby (pictured above) have been named deputy editors. Both are former reporter-researchers at the magazine.

Chloë Schama (below right) has replaced Darby as Assistant Managing Editor. Schama is a former Assistant Literary Editor at the magazine. She has an M.Phil. in English from Cambridge and graduated from Harvard. Schama is the author of Wild Romance: A Victorian Story of a Marriage, a Trial, and a Self-Made Woman (Walker Books 2010).

Laura Bennett (below left) has been named Assistant Literary Editor. She graduated from Yale where she was editor-in-chief of the The Yale Herald and the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship.

TNR also introduced its 2010-2011 class of reporter-researchers. Find out who they are and see where they might go. We have the list as well as noteworthy alumni after the jump…

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Slate Sets Its WHCA Dinner Table

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Slate will attend Prom. No celebs, but fun should be had. The big names at the table are solely those of Slate descent. Dinner guests include: Jacob Weisberg, David Plotz, Mickey Kaus, John Dickerson, Vijay Ravindran, Dahlia Lithwick, and John Alderman.

News Notes: Media Types and Pols at “First Draft of History”

• Today’s schedule at the Atlantic‘s “First Draft of History,” Washington’s Ideas Forum at the Newseum… CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo interviews Larry Summers, Jacob Weisberg interviews Brian Schweitzer, Howard Fineman interviews Drew Faust, John Sexton, Ruth Simmons and Shirley Tilghman, James Fallows interviews Eric Schmidt, and Margaret Carlson interviews Walter Isaacson and Eugene Robinson. Carlson will also make the event’s closing remarks this evening.

Earlier today Steve Schmidt and Robert Shrum were interviewed by CNN’s John King, Alan Greenspan was interviewed by David Leonhardt, Jeff Bewkes was interviewed by Jeffrey Goldberg, Carol Browner was interviewed by Ronald Brownstein, and Cory Booker was interviewed by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

• Check out some of yesterday’s interviews- Fox News’ Chris Wallace interviewed Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, NBC’s David Gregory interviewed Sen. John McCain and “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams interviewed David Petraeus.

• A full schedule, live video feed and blogging by Matt Cooper can be found here.

Morning Reading List 07.21.09

Good morning FishbowlDC!

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Happy Birthday to CNN’s Mark Preston. What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

Boston Globe: The Boston Globe‘s largest union, which represents nearly 700 editorial, advertising and business office workers, overwhelmingly approved a package of $10 million in wage and benefit cuts last night, ending more than three months of tense bargaining and brinksmanship.

From WaPo managing editors Liz Spayd and Raju Narisetti‘s online chat yesterday (h/t Poynter). “Paid wall for the Web site?: There’s a lot of chatter on the Web about moving newspaper’s Web content behind a paid wall. Any chance of that happening at WaPo? Spayd and Narisetti: Nothing imminent though we are constantly evaluating ways to get paid for our content.”

TV

Walter Cronkite‘s voice will stay as the intro to the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.

Because of Pres. Obama’s news conference Wednesday night, CNN is shifting the schedule for the first night of “Black in America 2.” On Wednesday, it will air at 9pmET, but will be back on at 8pmET on Thursday.

Black Retort critiques CNN’s “Black in America” here.

CNN’s Campbell Brown spoke about the state of journalism in a recent interview, saying her network is the only one on cable “doing journalism.” Check out the clip on HuffPost.

CNBC’s Trish Regan announced on the air yesterday that she is expecting twins.

MAGAZINES

Newsweek has yet to see a bump from the redesigned mag.

NEWS NOTES

The Examiner‘s JP Freire‘s take on NJ‘s newly launched 3121, an online networking tool designed exclusively for all congressional members and staff.

Politico on Mary Matalin‘s lesser known role in DC… editor-in-chief at Threshold Editions.

Eight questions from the Economist for Slate’s Jacob Weisberg, including: “In the great shake-up that is now occurring in the media do you think anything of value will be lost?” His answer: “There’s a great deal at risk. The financial basis of the leading organisations that perform large-scale systemic news reporting has collapsed, and it’s not clear what, if anything, will replace it. Certain categories of coverage—foreign, local, investigative—don’t look economically viable on a for-profit basis at the moment. This is a political and societal problem as well as a business one because of the vital role that the kind of journalism traditionally performed by newspapers plays in democracy. We need to find new hybrid models to support it.”

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

JOBS after the jump…

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Weisberg Chimes In on “Foreign Policy” Purchase

Earlier on FishbowlDC: “So That’s What Susan Glasser Will Do Next…”

Slate Group Editor-in-Chief Jacob Weisberg sent out an email to Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive staffers this morning, obtained by FishbowlDC, in which he elaborates on the purchase of Foreign Policy magazine.

Weisberg admits that “This might seem an odd fit because of our emphasis on web-only publication. But FP is an excellent match in terms of subject matter, audience, and overall sensibility.”

Weisberg also elaborates on Susan Glasser‘s job description.

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Morning Reading List, 12.10.07

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Good morning Washington.

For those of you wondering why we’re not including the Politico, Roll Call and The Hill in our “Pictures of Morning Papers” feature — which we’d love to do — it’s because a.) Politico and Roll Call are usually a day behind in posting theres and b.) The Hill hasn’t put one up since Nov. 28.

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  • You don’t think the Hillary Clinton campaign is sitting on some big story on Obama.

    NEWSPAPERS

  • Washington Post’s Deborah Howell writes, “Stories about rumors are tricky and easily misconstrued. A Nov. 29 story and headline that explored Barack Obama’s ‘connections to the Muslim world’ and rumors that he is Muslim were met with a swift Internet reaction that left some staffers stunned at its ferocity. Even Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles was ‘so upset’ that he took the unusual step of taking potshots at the story in an editorial page cartoon.”

  • AP reports, “Newspaper publishers, entering 2008 with some of the worst economic conditions in many years, said Wednesday they hope to bring even more readers — and ad spending — to their Web sites with expanded offerings of news, advertising and video.”

  • New York Times’ Clark Hoyt writes, “On Oct. 12, retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, the former top military commander of American forces in Iraq, delivered a scathing denunciation of the Bush administration’s ‘incompetent’ management of the war — and an equally blistering denunciation of the news media.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Tribune Co., the newspaper publisher being taken private by real estate billionaire Sam Zell, plans to reduce borrowings by $500 million and confirmed the deal will close this year, sending the stock up nearly 8 percent.”

  • Page Six reports, “There’s a reason why it took so long for Ben Bradlee, 86, to receive the Legion of Honor from France, as the legendary Washington Post editor did last week. In the 1950s, when Bradlee was Newsweek’s Paris-based European bureau chief, he was expelled from the country for trying to interview leaders of Algeria’s revolutionary rebel army. His expulsion was repealed many years later, but the French are slow to forgive.”

  • Forbes.com reports, “You know what ails The New York Times Co.–eroding circulation, falling advertising revenue through the first three quarters of the year and the looming threat of stronger competition from The Wall Street Journal and its soon-to-be-owner Rupert Murdoch.”

  • Poynter Online reports, “Adapting to a changing news, information, and advertising economy means that newspapers must adapt the technology they use — not just online, but for print editions too.”

  • “Four veteran black sports journalists are taking a voluntary buyout offered at USA Today, wiping out its NBA coverage team, the USA Today staffers told Journal-isms on Saturday.”

  • SND Update Blog reports, “J. Ford Huffman, deputy managing editor of design at USA TODAY, one of the paper’s original architects and a 25-year veteran, has accepted a buyout — one of as many as 43 rumored to be pending (management sought 45 according to recent media reports).”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer reports, “The World Health Organization publicly spanked the New York Times last week for breaking an embargoed study about measles. The offending article was a 60-word news brief by Celia W. Dugger in the paper’s Nov. 29 edition. No matter that the Times broke the embargo accidentally and apologized to WHO. The organization issued an e-mail announcing to the press corps the punishment—a two-week suspension of all Times reporters from the WHO media distribution list.”

  • The Center for American Progress reports, “Think Again: Reporting Iraq Is a Lot Harder than it Looks”

  • Bill Walsh, “national copy desk chief at The Washington Post and proprietor of The Slot: A Spot for Copy Editors, offers up the next set of well-edited bites” for Metrocurean.

  • Jeff Gannon writes, “The Old Media barely missed a toe-tapping beat in their relentless coverage of the Larry Craig ‘scandal’ to mention that a staffer for Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell was arrested last week by the FBI after showing up for a sexual rendezvous with someone he believed to be a 13 year-old boy. The handling of the ‘incident’ by the Old Media provides a textbook example of pervasive liberal media bias I discuss in my book, ‘The Great Media War, A Battlefield Report’.”

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    TV

  • NBC Now Will Air Freedom’s Watch Ad

  • Satellite TV on the Move, at Fox News” (and more from TVNewser)

  • An ABC release announced, “ABC News Nightline will air original programming next week. Shows for the week include: a story about Oprah Winfrey campaigning with Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama, an interview with Kay Warren, wife of famous evangelist Pastor Rick Warren and a profile of Francis Ford Coppola.”

  • BusinessWeek reports, “Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin has suffered a number of setbacks in his increasingly lonely fight against the cable companies. Martin, of course, is determined to place tighter regulations on the industry by restricting the reach of companies and allowing subscribers to pay only for the channels they want. Now, Democratic and Republican lawmakers—as well as Martin’s fellow commissioners—are questioning his selective use of data to support his campaign.”

  • USA Today reports, “Here’s a bit of cheery news for media executives concerned about the softening economy. Political campaigns likely will spend more than $4.5 billion on ads and marketing in the 2008 election season, a 64% leap from 2004 — the last cycle with a presidential race — research and consulting firm PQ Media says in a report out Thursday.”

  • Times Online reports,James Murdoch, the chief executive of BSkyB, is expected to step down today to take on the job of running News Corporation’s European and Asian operations. Mr Murdoch will be replaced by Jeremy Darroch, who is the chief financial officer of BSkyB. Sky is 39.1 per cent owned by News Corp, parent company of The Times.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Last week’s CNN/YouTube debate propelled the CNN program into the top 10 in all of cable news programs, the first time in more than two years that a single CNN program has cracked the top 10. The ranking is compiled by total viewers, Live +SD.”

  • B&C reports, “Some 1,500 communications attorneys, lobbyists and their guests, including a few ink-stained scribes, took refuge from the picture-postcard snow to gather at Washington, D.C.’s Hilton hotel Wednesday night for the annual Federal Communications Commission chairman’s dinner.”

  • Reuters reports, “According to the New York Post, the most recent rumblings rise from NBC, which is expected top make cuts in its news division, particularly at NBC News and MSNBC.”

  • A release announced, “MSNBC’s Decision 2008 coverage continues
    with a ‘Super Tuesday,’ Dec. 11, highlighted by in-depth analysis of the latest local and national poll numbers as the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary approach and the races heat up.”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Washington City Paper’s Black Plastic Bag reports, “In response to the broken neck suffered by CNN anchor John Roberts, the media-insider blog FishbowlDC went with a Busta Rhymes reference. For the record, we here at BPB would’ve gone Shaolin-style with ‘Protect Ya Neck.’”

  • Slate launched its first portable widget: the official Bushisms Generator. You can read random Bushisms, hand-picked by Slate’s editor Jacob Weisberg by embedding the widget on your site. To embed the widget, visit this URL and hit “code” to copy and paste the HTML code directly on your site: http://www.clearspring.com/widgets/471f80ec102ef440

  • James Brady “is raising the question of just how much help you are allowed to have in putting your own name on the title page of a serious book. Am I nitpicking here or raising a legitimate question?”

  • Arianna Huffington writes, “Huckabee Tries to Shoot the Messenger, But Wounds His Campaign Instead”

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    MAGAZINES

  • A reader says, “scherer worked at salon, mother jones and the nation. hmm, i wonder what his political inclinations are? and yet, if time hired someone who had worked at the weekly standard, national review and wash times, there would be an uproar.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Macrovision, a California-based distributer of digital content, is buying TVGuide in a $2.8 billion deal.”

  • National Journal’s Bill Powers writes, “According to the media, we’re supposed to have learned all kinds of things from the rise of Mike Huckabee. … What I’ve taken away from the Huckabee phenomenon is that we should stop worrying so much about horse race journalism.”

  • NewsBusters reports, “Try to remember a time in September when it was reported that the Hillary Clinton campaign showed its ‘hard-nosed media strategy’ by getting GQ magazine to spike a piece on Clinton team in-fighting by threatening to pull access to Bill Clinton for GQ’s planned December ‘Man of the Year’ cover package. Well, that ‘Man of the Year’ issue is out, and there was no bucking, only fawning.”

  • Can you answer CQ’s Political Trivia for Dec. 7?

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    RADIO

  • Fenty offers part of budget surplus for Radio One development

  • From DCRTV:

      WAMU’s Diane Rehm picks up a CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Palliative Care Award from the Greater Washington Partnership For Palliative And End-of-Life Care. For a January 2007 interview with author Calvin Trillin concerning “About Alice.” The award will be presented tonight during a reception at DC’s Sibley Hospital…..

  • In a recent online chat, Going Out Gurus took “a moment to remember Tom Terrell, the critic, promoter and DJ, who passed away last week after a long battle with prostate cancer.”

  • Public Eye reports, “You probably don’t know this, but there was yet another presidential debate the other day. You didn’t see it. But don’t feel bad — not that you would — but nobody saw it. It was on National Public Radio. And the reviews have been positive, save for the little ‘it put me to sleep’ factor. But all the plaudits got this writer thinking how you could repackage the debate, draw a crowd and inform a potentially large size of the electorate.”

    WEST WING REPORTAGE

  • Texas Monthly interviews Dan Bartlett.

  • The New York Post reports, Karl Rove, the controversial and long-time senior adviser to President George W. Bush, is shopping a memoir in an auction that will kick off today and likely result in a seven-figure payday.”

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    REVOLVING DOOR

  • A tipster tells us that the new Communications Director for Rep. Brian Baird is Rachel Irwin, former Maine Press Secretary for Senator Olympia Snowe.

  • Maura Judkis is the newest addition to U.S. News as a web producer. “She will be working closely with Ben Harder on the new Science site and with Sara Clarke on the Money & Business site.”

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    JOBS

  • Nationaly Syndicated Radio is looking for Top level support staff.

  • National Journal is looking for a Staff Correspondent.

  • Regent University is seeking a Journalism Professor for Interactive Journalism program.

  • AARP is looking for a Multimedia Producer and a Daily News Editor.

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