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Presidential Offspring are Ripe for the Picking

Proving that being the offspring of a President can be good for business, NBC News has made Chelsea Clinton a full time special correspondent.  The NYT reports that Clinton will start immediately and will file reports for the “Making a Difference” series, seen on Nightly News.  This follows the pattern of NBC hiring Jenna Bush to contribute to the “TODAY Show” and MSNBC recently hiring Meghan McCain as a contributor.  No word on whether NBC has made the decision to hire Amy Carter as Special Contributor to Lockup: Violence Behind Bars. One can only hope.


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A Young David Gregory Shows off Red Hair and Freckles

NBC’s “Today” Show played an embarrassing game of show and tell on Friday by showing school pictures of the hosts.

“My little girl who is at school now, she will not smile, not even on the retakes, she refuses,” NBC “Meet the Press” host David Gregory told the other hosts that included Meredith Viera, Jenna Bush, Tamron Hall and Al Roker. Bush made fun of herself midway through the segment as a picture of her younger self with glasses appeared on screen. “I mean, okay, I can’t even take myself seriously,” she said as the others laughed.

Gregory went temporarily silent as his picture flashed on the screen. “Hey Freckles!” Roker shouted out. Gregory, who didn’t look overly thrilled to have the picture on display, remarked, “That’s Encino Little League. In the valley.” Bush razzed him, saying, “You were a ginger! You were a ginger! You look like a valley kid.”

Watch here on HuffPost from a post earlier today.

“9 @ 9″: Laura, Jenna & Leno

NBC’s Jay Leno adjusted his “10 @ 10″ segment for Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager last night– the former First Lady was in Texas so Leno called the Q&A “9 @ 9.”

One of the new “Today” show correspondent’s questions: “Mom, since you moved home to Texas have you received any funny housewarming gifts?” And answer: “I have received one very funny gift that I got from a friend of mine he bought it. It’s a Laura Bush bobble head doll. He bought it at the Constitutional Center in Philadelphia. It was on the clearance shelf.”

Morning Media Menu Dishes on Jenna Bush “Today” News

Jenna Bush was the topic of the day on mediabistro’s Morning Media Menu, hosted by GalleyCat’s Jason Boog and AgencySpy’s Matt van Hoven. We told you last night that the daughter or former President George W. Bush would be joining the “Today Show” as a contributing correspondent, focusing on education. Listen in below.

This Week In Pool Reports

It is a big week as POTUS plants a tree and meets the pontiff.

  • “The event was open press, but here are a few particulars. Pope Benedict XVI emerged from an Alitalia plane in his traditional white garb. He did not kiss the ground upon descending the stairway to the tarmac. He was greeted by President Bush, Mrs. Bush, and Jenna Bush. The group proceeded down a red carpet, past an honor guard and into the terminal, where they remained for about 15 minutes. Then the Pontiff, the president, Mrs. Bush and Jenna walked back outside and the pope descended into a large black limo, part of a motorcade of the type usually used by visiting heads of state. No, there was no sign of the Popemobile. The Pontiff was whisked away and the president immediately proceeded to his motorcade, your pool struggling as usual to stay with him.” — Keith Koffler, CongressDaily

  • “A few miscellaneous facts provided by the White House to the pool: — The Boeing 777 on which the pope arrived is designated ‘Shepherd One.’ — This is the first time the president of the United States has ever greeted a head of state (the pope being not only the leader of the Catholic Church but the ruler of Vatican City State) at the airport.” — Koffler

  • “Motorcade to and from Andrews was normal. At one Beltway crossing, there were no cars to be seen in either direction at all, during rush hour. This conjured up images best summarized by Mark Knoller of CBS, who remarked that the papal arrival had probably inspired an obviously unintended but unfortunately significant outcry of the Lord’s name being taken in vain up and down 495.” — Koffler

  • “The most perilous part of our journey occurred at approximately 4:40 p.m. just outside the POTUS ranch, as the driver of Camera One — we will call him a ‘senior press advance representative’ — attempted to turn the van around on the narrow road and ended up stuck with the rear of the vehicle in the ditch. A swift rescue was carried out by the Secret Service; poolers in the van chose to remain put in order to stave off panic.” — Dan Eggen, The Washington Post

  • “Motorcade carrying POTUS and FLOTUS departs presidential ranch at approx. 5:55 p.m. Arrives at nearby Broken Spoke Ranch at 6:02 p.m. Pool settles into a very nice BBQ and beer meal under sunny skies and a light breeze. Tent and porta-john at our disposal.” — Eggen

  • “POTUS departs fundraiser via motorcade at 8:40 p.m. Arrives at presidential ranch at 8: 48 p.m. A ‘senior press advance representative’ again attempted a U-turn but this time was successful. Lid called at 8:50.” — Eggen

  • “POTUS and FLOTUS each took hold of a commemorative shovel. POTUS quipped that he was ‘getting ready to shovel,’ then he paused and added, ‘dirt.’ Some laughter from the assembled at this. They shoveled dirt onto the rootball of the replacement Scarlet Oak, which
    was about 20-25 feet tall. After hand shakes and introductions with the decendents of the 23rd U.S president, POTUS turned to the pool and said, ‘Thank you all. Pleasure shoveling in front of you.’” — Eric Rosenberg, Hearst Newspapers

  • Morning Reading List, 03.27.08

    Good morning Washington. Dana Bash and John King will get married on Cape Cod over Memorial Day weekend.

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  • You would rather hang out with Barack Obama over Michelle.


  • Atlantic Names New Publisher Jay Lauf

  • More Changes to ABC News Executive Ranks

  • Andrea Jones is leaving her position as Executive Director of ABC News and Emily Lenzner is taking her place.

  • Linda Greenhouse Returning To Yale Law School in 2009 as Journalist-in-Residence

  • A release announced, “Michael Flagg, a veteran business reporter and editor at the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and the Washington Post, has joined the Washington, D.C. office of Manning Selvage & Lee (MS&L) as senior vice president. His appointment is effective immediately.”

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  • The Washington Times won seven awards in the 2007 Virginia Press Association’s annual competition for writing, photography, artwork and news design.

  • A reader asks, “Why was McCain off limits with the media? Is it because of his advanced years or because he’s a war hero or both? everything was coming up roses for McCain with the Media. Guess that was good for him, since his senior moments crop up every once in awhile.”

  • Finding Political News Online, the Young Pass It On

  • Huffington Post’s Thomas Edsall presents, “Interview With Walter Pincus On The State Of The Press”

  • Romenesko has “Tribune innovation chief Lee Abrams’ e-mail to staff”

  • AJR asks, “Why is the media consensus so often wrong about political campaigns? And isn’t there a better way to cover elections?”

  • The AP reports, “New York Times Co. President and Chief Executive Janet Robinson received total compensation valued at $2.1 million in 2007 but got no stock options, reducing her pay 38 percent from a year ago, according to calculations by The Associated Press.”

  • AJR reports, “Why news organizations have to act much more boldly if they are to survive”

  • Check out Green Room Girl’s latest pictures featuring Howard Wolfson and David Brooks.

  • Nielsen Online Names Top 30 News Sites

  • Portfolio’s Mixed Media reports, “The New York Times has been around for 156 years. For all that time, it has trusted its readers, more or less, to find what they’re looking for. Not anymore. Today saw the introduction of ‘Inside the Times,’ a new multi-page index of that day’s highlights, in print and online, which runs on pages 2, 3 and 4 of section A. The purpose is ‘to help readers navigate and mine the paper and its Web site,’ according to an editor’s note.”

  • Politico, Viacom, Paramount Vantage are teaming up to present a private screening of the new Rolling Stones, Scorsese Shine a Light film on the eve of the White House Correspondent’s dinner, April 25th at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.

  • Kelly Flynn writes, “No news is bad news for Kearsley journalism students”

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  • Mark your calendars! On April 2, nine women will speak at the “Women on the World” at the Chamber of Commerce, including Daryn Kagan, Jenna Bush, Andrea Koppel, Kelly O’Donnell and Donna Brazile. For more on what Kagan has been up to, click here.

  • A CNN release announced, “Following a campaign coverage strategy of creating mini-bureaus in key political battleground states, CNN has parked the CNN Election Express in Philadelphia this week to create a full-time reporting presence for the April 22 Pennsylvania primary.”

  • TVNewser reports, “This morning marked new NBC/MSNBC analyst Harold Ford, Jr.’s first appearance on Morning Joe. Co-anchor Joe Scarborough brought up his time in congress with Ford, and how the pair ‘transcended politics,’ as they sat on opposite sides of the aisle.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “U.S. advertising spending was little changed in the fourth quarter as a weakening economy prompted marketers to cut newspaper and radio ads, according to TNS Media Intelligence.”

  • USA Today reports, “Advertisers and marketers, struggling to keep up with changing consumer habits, are about to make massive investments in new digital and out-of-home media platforms, according to a forecast out today from research firm PQ Media.”

  • A release announced, “FOX 5 finishes the March 2008 news race as the #1 choice for late news in key adult demographics, announced Duffy Dyer, the station’s Vice President and General Manager. ‘FOX 5 News Edge at 11′ and ‘FOX 5 News at 10′ rank #1 in their respective time periods.”

  • reports, “Assuming this week’s release of fourth quarter GDP data confirms an official recessionary economy, marketers, media companies, economists and unofficial economic pundits will weigh in with appropriately reactionary forecasts of ad industry doom and gloom.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “Over the past two years, Lynda Clarizio has helped build, AOL’s ad network, into one of the hottest properties in online advertising. Her reward: She gets to try to clean up one of the Internet company’s messiest divisions.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “The two biggest U.S. cable providers, Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc., are discussing a plan to provide funding for a new wireless company that would be operated by Sprint Nextel Corp. and Clearwire Corp., people familiar with the talks say.”

  • The New York Observer reports, “On the morning of Friday, March 21, Chris Wallace woke up at his home in Washington, D.C., grabbed some fruit and yogurt, and turned on the Fox News early show, Fox & Friends. Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade were talking about Barack Obama’s recent characterization of his grandmother on a Philadelphia radio show: She was a ‘typical white person, who, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn’t know, there’s a reaction that’s been bred into our experiences that don’t go away and that sometimes comes out in the wrong way.’ ‘Can you say ‘typical white person’ if you’re white?’ asked Mr. Doocy. Of course not, noted Ms. Carlson. There’s no way that Senator Hillary Clinton could use the phrase ‘typical black person,’ they noted. ‘So there is a certain double standard in society,’ said Ms. Carlson. And also: ‘I sort of take offense at that line: ‘typical white.” Mr. Wallace was getting a little bit annoyed. ‘I didn’t think it was fair. I didn’t think it allowed Obama to make his point,’ Mr. Wallace later told The Observer in a telephone interview.”

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  • 24/7 Wall St. presents, “The Twenty-Five Most Valuable Blogs”

  • Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert writes, “How dreadful was the news coverage last week surrounding the official release of Hillary Clinton’s public White House schedule from her eight years as first lady? So bad that I found myself in rare (unprecedented?) agreement with at least two prominent conservative bloggers who noticed the same thing I did: The Beltway press corps is, at times, a national embarrassment.”

  • Huffington Post’s Rachel Sklar reports, “Hillary Clinton’s Bosnia Story A Hit On YouTube!”

  • presents the winner of the 2008 Goat Awards.

  • Media Week reports, “Time Inc., which has been hit by sweeping layoffs in recent years, has continued to pare its head count in its quest for cost-savings, albeit in smaller ways. This Old House shed four people in the past few weeks in communications, production and TV production, while at Sports Illustrated, a handful of people were laid off from the title’s Picture Collection archive. (Some of the SI staffers were to be assigned to other positions in the company, a Time Inc. spokesperson said.)”

  • Mesh Media Strategies reports, “I was privileged to join a group of bloggers, along with TV news executives and personnel from the Washington DC area, Monday night for a reception and private tour of the soon-to-open Newseum in the nation’s capital. In a word, it is spectacular.”

  • The Annenberg School for Communication at USC Online Journalism Review reports, “J-schools need to encourage and develop, not inhibit, students’ passion — not only for the favorite topics, but for the craft of journalism itself.”

  • MinOnline reports, “Tribune Media Services (TMS), the content syndication and licensing division of Chicago-based Tribune Company, will launch a new weekly political commentary magazine called Opinionated: Voices and Viewpoints on America and the World.”

  • The San Jose Business Journal reports, “Yahoo Inc.’s HotJobs feature on Tuesday launched a search ranking algorithm called REAL — Relevance, Engagement, Availability and Location. Sunnyvale-based Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) said the system is part of an overall strategic initiative designed to ‘make the recruiting process more efficient using Yahoo technology and to provide recruiters with unique insights into job seeker behavior.’”

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  • Reader’s Digest’s Carl Cannon was interviewed on C-SPAN by Bob Schieffer this past weekend. Check out the interview here.

  • What you missed last night: Atlantic Media’s Journalism on Tap, a panel discussion on the upcoming election.

  • reports, “Financial market turbulence, housing bubble bursts, Bear Stearns collapses — no wonder advertising isn’t looking rosy (or that most publishers don’t want to go on the record and talk about it). As the end of the first half draws near for magazines, business looks soft. Through April, the latest Media Industry Newsletter numbers show ad pages declined for most fashion titles and the unpredictable economy makes it impossible to predict how things will end up by June, much less the entire year.”

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  • A release announced, “Beginning Wednesday, April 2, at 9 p.m., the National Symphony Orchestra will return to the airwaves of Classical WETA 90.9 FM. Performances are being drawn from NSO archives, and most broadcast programs will feature repertoire from multiple NSO concerts. These two-hour broadcasts will take place on the first Wednesday of each month for the next year. WETA’s John Chester will host. The series is made possible by WETA’s Friends of Classical Music, including Patricia Sagon.”

  • The Wall Street Journal writes, “The Justice Department’s approval this week of the XM-Sirius satellite radio merger was a long time coming — maybe too long given that the deal was announced more than a year ago. Still, credit Antitrust Division chief Thomas Barnett for making the right call in the end.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “One of the marquee deals of the now-faded corporate buyout boom was close to collapse Tuesday night, a victim of the credit-market turmoil that began last summer. The planned $19 billion privatization of the nation’s largest radio broadcaster, Clear Channel Communications Inc., looked increasingly likely to fall through as the private-equity firms and banks backing the transaction failed to resolve their differences over final financing terms, people familiar with the matter said. It would be one of the biggest leveraged buyouts yet to implode as the upheaval in global credit markets has made it nearly impossible for banks that financed such deals to spread their risk by packaging their loans for sale to other investors. That’s left many banks exposed to massive losses they have been trying to avoid.”

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  • GalleyCat answers the question, “How’s Book Publishing Handling the Election?”

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  • Politico is looking for a Weekend Editor.

  • Human Events is hiring a Manager Editor.

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  • Morning Reading List, 09.28.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • 2 Amy’s wins the pizza poll!

  • 2 Clintons, 2 Stories — But Just 1 To See Print

  • Juan Williams: Bill O’Reilly Not A Racist

  • A NBC release announced that “Meet the Press with Tim Russert” “posted an impressive ratings win, outperforming the Sunday morning public affairs competition in all categories during the third quarter of 2007. According to Nielsen Media Research data, the NBC program attracted 3.088 million total viewers during the third quarter,” a 32% lead over ABC’s “This Week”, a 38% advantage over CBS’s “Face the Nation” and a 175% lead over “FOX News Sunday”.

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ beat CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers during the 3Q. This marks the first time that ‘This Week’ beat ‘Face the Nation’ since 3Q 2002. In addition, ‘Meet the Press’s’ 3Q total viewing lead over ‘This Week’ was 35% smaller versus 3Q 2006.”

  • Set your TiVo! A NBC release announced, “In her first-ever live television interview, Jenna Bush sits down with NBC News’ Ann Curry Monday, October 1 on NBC News’”

  • Again: Kurtz v. Silverstein.

  • Washington Post’s “The Post Politics Program,” aired on XM Satellite Radio’s POTUS ’08 program for the first time yesterday. The daily “The Post Politics Podcast” will air each weekday between 2:45 and 3 p.m. ET during “POTUS Live with Joe Mathieu.”

  • A tipster tells us, “Your account of Brad Pitt’s visit to the Post reminded me of a story from 1993, when Denzel Washington spent several days in the Post newsroom preparing for his part as an investigative reporter in the movie version of ‘The Pelican Brief.’ The scene was pretty much the same. Washington used then-National editor Fred Barbash’s office as a base for interviewing various reporters and editors. Barbash asked White House reporter Ann Devroy to take Washington to a White House briefing. Devroy agreed, but as she told some of us later she had absolutely no idea who Washington was until they were walking down 15th Street and passersby started doing double-takes and pointing at the actor. ‘What exactly do you do?’ Devroy asked. Washington explained who he was and what he was doing. ‘Oh,’ Devroy said. ‘I
    couldn’t figure out why people were making such a big deal about the
    new intern.’”

  • 5 Questions for Judy Woodruff.

  • PR Web reports, “Former CNN news anchor and ABC News correspondent Carol Lin has signed with Paul Schur, President of Washington, D.C.,-based PS & ASSOC, to represent her in all areas of public and media relations.”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “Dick and J. Edgar Diss Kay Graham

  • OJR reports, “Markos Moulitsas at DailyKos this week raised an important issue to which all journalists who cover the Web ought to show greater sensitivity. Moulitsas complained about a Wall Street Journal article which claimed that Moulitsas’ website held a position on campaign finance reform that is, in fact, the opposite of Moulitsas’ position.”

  • Poynter Online has a letter from Nancy Schwerzler, former Baltimore Sun Washington Correspondent: “Regarding NY Sun’s article on NSA press briefings: It is hardly surprising that the NSA has conducted ‘seminars’ for reporters in an attempt to influence how they reported on national security issues.” Read the full letter here.

  • CJR asks, “Can the government help the press? Should it?”

  • Economist reports, “Although healthier than newspapers, consumer magazines have problems”

  • Regarding the Washington Times hiring freeze question, a reader tells us, “wash times hiring freeze question — there hasn’t really been one. in recent months they brought on sarah carter, andrea billups, and some others. but might be worth exploring how they are poaching metro desk and moving folks to national.”

  • Can you answer CQ’s Political Trivia this week?

  • Fox 28 reports, “A Pentagon source said Wednesday that certain Time Warner e-mails and Web sites have been blocked on Army computers around the world due to a security breach.”

  • reports, “A US-based copyright watchdog has sunk its teeth into Google by sending a report alleging copyright violations on Google Video to members of Congress.”

  • AP reports, “Microsoft Corp. and its hardware partners are trying to bridge the divide between home computers and TV sets this holiday season with the release of several ‘media extenders.’”

  • CNet reports, “The first of the Webcast presidential dialogues put together by MySpace and MTV will debut on Thursday, September 27, with an appearance by former Democratic Sen. John Edwards as he meets with students at the University of New Hampshire.”

  • Multichannel News reports, “News Corp.’s Fox News group, in an overhaul of its online video strategy, is expanding the quantity of video content on and plans to debut enhanced ‘community’ features on the site of the forthcoming Fox Business Network channel.”

  • E&P reports, “Ever since seven newspaper companies announced with much fanfare an alliance with Internet giant Yahoo in November 2006, scant detail has emerged concerning the revenue upside newspapers expected to reap. More outfits have joined the deal — as of now 17 companies and roughly 400 newspapers — and there is still questions about when the partnership will find its legs.”

  • CNet reports, “Social-media sites are visited mainly by early technology adopters and pose thorny privacy problems but are an increasingly viable channel for news distribution for overwhelmed Internet consumers, panelists at the Emerging Technology Conference said on Wednesday.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “The U.S. Federal Communications Commission should review the practice of advertisers paying television programmers to feature products in shows to make sure disclosure rules are followed, two lawmakers said.”

  • CNN is dealing with some fall out from the “happy negro” comment.


  • BNA is looking for a Reporter for Pension & Benefits.

  • University of Maryland University College is looking for a Journalism & Photojournalism adjunct professors.

  • The Free Lance-Star Publishing Companies is seeking a Passionate Visual Journalist.

  • The Distilled Spirits Council is looking for a PR Manager.

  • Slate’s Washington D.C. office is hiring a one-year editorial assistant. More details on Craigslist.

  • International Center for Journalists is seeking an Editor.

  • National Public Radio is looking for an Editor for All Things Considered.

  • Stars and Stripes is looking for a Web Assistant.

  • Hanley Wood, LLC is looking for a Graphic Designer.

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