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DC Media Dominates Mediaite’s 2014 ‘Very BEST in Media’ Awards

Mediaite-LogoMediaite released its 2014 “Very BEST in Media“ awards this afternoon, and without a doubt, the journalists of Washington won the day.

From CNN’s Jake Tapper being named “Best Cable News Host” for his show The Lead, to Fox News Sunday‘s Chris Wallace as the “Best Sunday Show Moderator” — across the board, DC’s newspeople dominated the list.

As the website points out, the selections were not based on ratings or popularity, but who, in their opinion, ”did important, smart, or entertaining work, Nielsen be damned.”

Among the other honorees mentioned by Mediaite were CBS White House Correspondent, Mark Knoller, for “Best Media Twitter Account”; The Washington Post‘s T. Rees Shapiro for “Best Reporting”; and Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic for ”Best Print/Web Columnist.”

A big FishbowlDC congrats to all!

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Jake Tapper To Former CIA Director: ‘You’re Really Defending Rectal Rehydration?’

Tapper and HaydenOn “The Lead” with Jake Tapper yesterday afternoon, former CIA director, Michael Hayden, stopped by the show to share his thoughts on the recently released “torture report.”

Things got a little tense, however, when Jake directed the conversation toward the “unauthorized activities” mentioned in the report, citing the always fun subject of rectal rehydration – one of the more talked about aspects of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report.

“No, stop! That was a medical procedure,” said the former director. “That was done because of detainee health — that the people responsible there for the health of these detainees saw that they were becoming dehydrated. They had limited options in which to go do this. It was intravenous with needles, which would be dangerous with a non-cooperative detainee; it was through the nasal passages..”

“Pureeing hummus and pine nuts and,” Tapper sarcastically interjected.

Hayden quickly responded, “Jake, I’m not a doctor and neither are you, but what I am told is this is one of the ways that the body is rehydrated; these were medical procedures. To give you a sense …”

“You’re really defending rectal rehydration?” Tapper asked with a smirk of disbelief.

“What I’m defending is history,” said Hayden. “To give you a sense as to how this report was put together — this activity, which was done five times and each time for the health of the detainee, not part of the interrogation program, not designed to soften him up for any questioning. The committee, the Democrats on the committee, have used one half-assed unwarranted comment in one e-mail to justify the story that you have now bought hook, line and sinker that we use this to abuse other human beings.”

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‘Baking A Difference’: Dog Tag Bakery’s Grand Opening

unnamedDog Tag Bakery will be celebrating its grand opening at 10 AM tomorrow morning in Georgetown. The altruistic enterprise combines two things everybody should love, delicious baked goods and helping veterans.

Co-founded by Father Rick Curry and Constance Milstein after bonding over their love of baking, Dog Tag Bakery was created to help serve the nation’s veterans and their families.  With its partnership with Georgetown University, the bakery is part of a work-study program that will allow more veterans to acquire the skills they need to build a successful civilian career.

CNN’s Jake Tapper will be serving as master of ceremonies for the event, while General George W. Casey Jr. (Ret.) and Army Sergeant Major Billie Jo Boersma are slated to say a few words as well.

The occasion will begin with the breaking of bread and a blessing over the bakery. Along with some tasty free samples, the event will feature live music, face painting for kids, and a visit from Uncle Sam.

For more information, visit dogtaginc.org or use the hashtag #BakingADifference on Twitter.

The bakery is located at 3206 Grace Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

CNN Prepares For Digital ‘Reboot’

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CNN.com will be getting a facelift come January, Capital New York reports. Although the redesign is not finalized, one addition that is certain is a live “ticker” on the site with scrolling headlines, much like the one already on CNN TV.

“The real difference in our approach has been to get a television operation to think digital first,” O’Keefe tells Capital. “We have this enormous audience, we reach just about everyone you could potentially want to reach. But if CNN is going to make the full-scale transition to digital in general, not just CNN Politics or CNN Money, you have got to think about where the audience is, rather than constantly trying to drive them back to you.”

The site is also taking the lead of the popular politically-focused “Hambycast” for other digital series. Reports Capital:

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‘Kissing the Ring’ – Face The Nation’s 60th Anniversary Celebration

105748_0258Bigwig politicians, reporters and DC socialites, all showed up Monday night to the Newsuem in downtown Washington to honor Bob Schieffer and 60 years of exceptional journalism by Face The Nation. In something rarely seen in Washington, the evening began with a moment of agreement and lightheartedness between partisans.

“I’ve had 101 appearances on ‘Face the Nation,’ which exactly matches my age,” joked Senator John McCain, ”The first time I was on, … Bob … and I had an in-depth discussion about the aviation policies of Calvin Coolidge. … I have been on a number of shows. Always I’m reluctant to do so, I’m sure you know. [Laughter.] … I want to thank Mary Hager, who has been with Bob as his producer for all this time. … For a very short statement, I think next is the Vice President. That will be interesting. [Laughter.]”

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Jake Tapper to GOP Senator on Climate Change: ‘What are you talking about?’

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On his show Wednesday night, CNN’s Jake Tapper discussed the new deal struck between the U.S. and China to reduce carbon emissions with Senator James Inhofe (R-OK). Inhofe, the likely new chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, unsurprisingly bashed the agreement.

Jake started off by asking the senator, “You say you’re against this plan because you think China is getting off too easy and because you simply don’t believe China will do enough to reduce its carbon footprint. But is that really your issue with the deal? I thought you didn’t think carbon emissions were a problem?”

“No, I don’t think so. In fact, science has totally changed since 2001,” responded Inhofe, not citing the science that had ‘changed,’ “Back then, everything was global warming and we’re all going to die and all that, and then as we realized, Jake, what the cost was going to be.”

Later, Tapper would redirect the discussion back to climate change itself, ”Without getting into remedies, let’s just talk about manmade climate change itself.  There is a scientific consensus overwhelming that climate change is real, that at least partly manmade, that some action must be taken. You’ve called it a conspiracy. What are you talking about?”

Inhofe replied that the notion that the “science is settled and the overwhelming scientific analysis comes to that conclusion” is “just not correct.” The senator went on to claim that there were “not hundreds, but thousands of scientists” who disagree.

Tapper would eventually move on, but not before reiterating, ”Well, the overwhelming majority of scientists disagree with you, but I do want to move on to one other topic in the news.”

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Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper to Anchor CNN’s ‘Election Night in America’

best_wb_ac_10.03.12-300x168Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper will lead CNN’s coverage of the Tuesday, November 4 midterm elections, being billed as “Election Night in America.” Coverage will start at 5pm and Blitzer and Cooper will be joined by “The Lead” anchor Jake Tapper for analysis and chief national correspondent John King operating the “CNN Magic Wall.”

Also slated for air time: Gloria BorgerDavid GergenDana BashCandy CrowleyMichael Smerconish, Paul Begala, Jay Carney, S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter, Newt Gingrich, Van Jones, Kevin Madden, and Ana Navarro.

In addition to televised and online coverage, New Yorkers can turn their attention to the Empire State Building where CNN has affixed a “vertical LED-illuminated ‘meter’” on the top of the building’s spire. As nationwide Senate results come in, red or blue lighting on the meter will indicate which political party has gained control of the Senate.

And at 9 pm on CNN en Español, the network will broadcast “Voto Latino 2014,” to be anchored by Juan Carlos LópezPatricia Janiot and Fernando del Rincón.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Jake Tapper to Moderate NH Senate, FL Governor Debates

CNN DIGITAL EXPANSION 2014CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Jake Tapper will hit the road later this month to moderate two important debates ahead of the November midterm elections.

On Tuesday, October 21 at 7 pm and in partnership with Jacksonville’s WJXT, Tapper will join WJXT anchor Kent Justice to co-moderate a live, one-hour gubernatorial debate between Democrat Charlie Crist and his Republican challenger Gov. Rick Scott.

And later that week in New Hampshire, Blitzer will join NH1 News political director and anchor Paul Steinhauser, who left CNN in August after 28 years, in moderating a debate for a NH Senate seat between Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and her Republican challenger Scott Brown.

Microsoft’s Bing Pulse tool will track reaction to both conversation by online focus group participants.

Hey Isn’t That…Bob Schieffer on Bonappetit.com?

bobSchiefferFirst it was Jake Tapper. Now, Bob Schieffer.

The editors over at Bon Appétit must be feeling a bit political as they’ve recently added CBS “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer to its “Morning Routine” lineup.

The 5 decades news veteran spoke with the magazine on a variety of food-related topics including lunching with sources, how he likes his coffee, and passes to healthy eating.

“People always think of reporters as having glamorous jobs where you go out and have these big, fancy lunches with very important people. I’ve been a reporter for 50-something years, and I can count on my nose the number of stories I got at a lunch or a cocktail party,” Schieffer told Bon Appétit’s Rochelle Bilow. ”What I’ve discovered is that lunch is for eating. The way you get stories is by calling up the same people every day and asking them the same questions. I’m just an old beat reporter, you know. I’ve never really worked at social occasions—which may be why I enjoy social occasions.”

For the full feature with Schieffer, click on over to Bon Appétit.

Sen. Bernie Sanders at CNN & NJ’s Politics on Tap: ‘If I run, I will run to win’

20140916_190340-2Tuesday night at Sixth Engine, CNN and National Journal reconvened for its second installment of “Politics on Tap.”

Headlining the evening was Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who sat down with CNN’s “The Lead” host Jake Tapper and National Journal editorial director Ron Fournier to discuss a possible 2016 run for president.

“If I run, I will run to win,” declared Sanders. Read more

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