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HuffPost Names Attendees of Off-the-Record Meeting with President Obama

The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone named a group of reporters and columnists President Barack Obama met with – off-the-record – prior to his Wednesday night statement on ISIS.

“The group, which met in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in an off-the-record session, included New York Times columnists David Brooks, Tom Friedman and Frank Bruni and editorial writer Carol Giacomo; The Washington Post’s David Ignatius, Eugene Robinson and Ruth Marcus; The New Yorker’s Dexter Filkins and George Packer; The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg and Peter Beinart; The New Republic’s Julia Ioffe; Columbia Journalism School Dean Steve Coll; The Wall Street Journal’s Jerry Seib; and The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky, a source familiar with the meeting told The Huffington Post.”

The New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker first reported on Saturday the meeting’s happening, not naming those in attendance, and clarifying that “people unaffiliated with The Times” contributed to his report.

For more, click on over to The Huffington Post.

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Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked:


CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Daniel Dellinger of the American Legion, Michael Bloomberg, Fmr. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Chris Christie, Jackie Calmes of NYT, Jerry Seib of WSJ, Katrina Vanden Huevel of The Nation, and CBS’s John Dickerson.

“Fox News Sunday”: Dick Cheney, Lynne Cheney, Scott Reed from U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Brit Hume, Kirsten Powers of USA Today, Karl Rove, Juan Williams

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Glenn Greenwald, Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Chuck Todd, Dr. Ben Carson, Carolyn Ryan NYT, more guests TBA…

ABC’s “This Week“: Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard, Peggy Noonan of WSJ, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Fmr. Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI)

Univision’s “Al Punto”:  Mexican militia member José Manuel Mireles, CIA Director John O. Brennan, María Antonieta Collins, Barbara Walters, Carlos Santana

CNN’s “State of the UnionSen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Gov. Deval Patrick (D-MA), Newt Gingrich, Amy Walter from the Cook Political Report, Anita Dunn, more guests TBA…

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New Show Alert: WSJ Launches ‘DC Bureau’

WSJ announces the debut of “DC Bureau,” a new weekly politics show hosted by the stern and serious-looking Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Seib, who also writes the weekly ‘Capital Journal’ column. The first show, a special 30-minute segment, airs today at 11 a.m. ET, on and WSJ Live, and will feature an interview with President Obama’s senior adviser David Axelrod and Mitt Romney’s senior strategist Kevin Madden.

The show will also feature interviews and analysis from veteran reporters and editors such as Deputy Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker, senior economics editor David Wessel and senior political reporter Neil King.

WSJ’s Mullins and Farnam Take Swipes at Media

WSJ‘s Brody Mullins and WaPo‘s Tim Farnam accepted the National Press Foundation’s Dirksen award Tuesday night at the Washington Hilton along with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and CNN’s Dana Bash, who also won awards. The WSJ award-winning story involved congressional travel overseas. Farnam was formerly with WSJ.

In their acceptance speech, Mullins and Farnam took hard, humorous jabs at members of D.C.’s media, including a right hook to WaPo‘s Marcus Brauchli (pictured at left) that some considered a low blow. There was also that cutting remark about Human Events Senior Editor Emily Miller. (Formerly with Politics Daily; once flacked for indicted Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas). In 2006, Mullins won his first Dirksen award for his piece, “Behind Unraveling Of DeLay’s Team, A Jilted Fiancee,” which discussed another ex-DeLay flack, Michael Scanlon, who was formerly engaged to Miller (pictured below).

A speech excerpt:

Brody: Tim and I want to thank the National Press Foundation for this honor. And we’d like to thank the Mayor, who was here with us earlier. For providing us transportation in a beautiful black Navigator. I can’t believe – on such short notice – that he was able to find one that — complied  — with our requirement for a grey interior. As Cissy said, this is the second time I’ve stood on this stage and it’s remarkable to see how much has changed in just four short years in the media establishment here. For example — Four years ago, Marcus Brauchli was overseeing the decline of one of the most prestigious newspapers in America. Today, Marcus is overseeing the decline of one of the most prestigious newspapers in America.

Farnam: Four years ago, Mike Allen was staying up all night so he could email inside scoop to his closest friends.   I’m sorry “Friend/Sources.”

Brody: Four years ago, the bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal was … Jerry Seib.

Farnam: Four years ago, the Washington press corps was a self-absorbed, insecure bunch who only cared about hobnobbing with the political elite. And that was before Emily Miller got her press pass. Four years ago, the newly elected Chairman of the Oversight Committee was busy with a high-profile investigation into allegedly improper emails sent by Republican staffers.

(When we requested comment, Miller asked only, “Who’s Farnam?” “After being told he is a Washington Post reporter, Miller said ‘I’m surprised that the Washington Post‘s editors would allow him to defame a fellow reporter.”)

More Mullins and Farnam as well as the C-SPAN video…

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Bussey Out at WSJ D.C. Bureau; Seib in

In a letter from WSJ‘s Managing Editor Robert Thomson to staff, he announced that D.C. Bureau Chief John Bussey is heading to NY to be promoted. Jerry Seib will be taking over. Check out the carefully worded explanation as to why this all is happening below in bold. We’re not saying it’s not true, just that it’s a new one in explaining an apparently complex situation.

Dear All,
We are making a fundamental change to the structure of our Washington Bureaus. After three years as Bureau Chief, John Bussey will move to New York to write a weekly column (and more) on international business and be promoted to Assistant Managing Editor and Executive Business Editor.

The Newswires and Journal teams will be combined and led by the adroit Jerry Seib, with two Deputy Bureau Chiefs, Matthew Rose, who will oversee the day-to-day running of Journal coverage, and Rob Wells, who currently heads the Newswires operation and will have an enhanced role overseeing real-time reporting.

In his role as Chief of a unified bureau, Jerry will continue to write his market-moving Capital Journal column once a week and provide leadership for all of our journalists in Washington.

The change in structure reflects our need to identify and develop emerging themes ahead of the competition, and to maximize the use of our very talented Newswires team. Integration is possible now because of the excellent work done by Rob and John to improve communication and coordination between the two bureaus, which covered the mid-term elections with much distinction.

We should laud John for his work in restructuring the bureau, promoting emerging talent and developing coverage at a time when our audience has grown significantly, and our national and international role as a trusted source of political and economic news has expanded.

Jerry will take up his new role early next month, and report to Matt Murray and Neal Lipschutz. Join me in congratulating Jerry on his ascension, and John, Rob and Matthew on their promotions.

Late Reading List 10.22.09

What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday (besides “Goatee Gamble” and “Karaoke in the Capital”)…



Whoops! MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer called Jesse Jackson Al Sharpton on live TV yesterday. Video.


WaPo‘s Reliable Source: Yul Kwon, winner of “Survivor: Cook Islands” in 2006, was appointed deputy chief of the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau.


WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz is following the “Foxified debate over whether the White House is being mean to a certain network.” And Tucker Carlson‘s take on The Daily Beast.

Meanwhile, in an interview with NBC White House correspondent Savannah Guthrie yesterday President Obama said it wasn’t something he’s “losing sleep over.”

Regardless, Fox News’ ratings are unaffected.

Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson and Bret Baier mentioned on the air that MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow were at the White House this week for an off-the-record chat with President Obama. We now hear Eugene Robinson, E.J. Dionne, Ron Brownstein, John Dickerson, Frank Rich, Jerry Seib, Maureen Dowd, Bob Herbert, Gloria Borger and Gwen Ifill were also there. (h/t TVNewser)


PBS’ Gwen Ifill will receive an honorary degree and will give the commencement address to the 2010 graduating class of St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

More NPF Notes

(Earlier: “Party Photos: National Press Foundation Dinner“)

Some more notes from Thursday’s National Press Foundation Dinner (full list of winners and honorees here):

-”Despite buyouts and layoffs, we need to keep doing our jobs, honestly and aggressively, now more than ever.” WSJ’s John Wilke (winner of one of the Everett McKinley Dirksen Awards for Distinguished Reporting of Congress)

-1250 people in the audience (most ever)

-They raised $800,000, $100,000 over last year.

-WSJ’s Jerry Seib paid tribute to ABC’s John McWethy in his remarks.

-In his remarks, the Houston Chronicle’s Jeff Cohen (recipient of The Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award) urged attendees to “keep fighting” for a federal shield law.

-The Washington Post’s Dana Priest, who along with Anne Hull, won the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism, said that “things have not been fixed as much as they should have” at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. “There’s so much work to be done.”

-Mocking his age, the NYT’s Thomas Friedman (who took home the W. M. Kiplinger Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award) quoted from Pete Seeger’s “My Get Up And Go Has Got Up And Went” during his remarks.

    I get up each morning and dust off my wits

    Open the paper and read the obits

    If I’m not there, I know I’m not dead

    So I eat a good breakfast and go back to bed

Friedman assured the audience that he’s “only been on book leave for four months…I’ll be back….”

He also put a positive spin on the doom-and-gloom scenarios being realized in newsrooms everywhere. “More people are engaged in journalism than ever before…I intend to stick around to see how this story ends.”

Friedman thanked his wife, Ann, and his “other family, my New York Times family,” saying “without these two families I would have had a lifetime with a lot less achievement.”

WSJ Names Seib Executive Washington Editor, Bussey Named DC Bureau Chief

FishbowlDC has learned that the WSJ’s Jerry Seib will become an assistant managing editor and executive Washington editor. John Bussey succeeds him as Washington bureau chief.

Seib will resume his weekly column, “Capital Journal” and join with online Executive Editor Alan Murray to expand the Journal’s online coverage (including a real-time version of Washington Wire). He will also be the D.C. bureau’s go-to person for TV appearances and events.

The new assignments begin Nov. 1 and John will report to Deputy Managing Editor Bill Grueskin.

Washington Wire Changes

John Harwood is taking a 2-4 month break from the Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire so he can finish a book about politics that he and Jerry Seib have been writing. In the meantime, Mary Lu Carnevale will fill in. In the print edition, the feature has also been bumped back a few pages, but no word if that’s a permanent thing or not.

WSJ Changes

From an email from the WSJ’s Jerry Seib (“Nik” refers to Nik Deogun):

    To all:

    I wanted to officially inform you of some changes that I’m quite sure you all, being good reporters, know full well already…

    Much to my regret, Nik is leaving us this spring to return to New York to become editor of the Money and Investing section. He will be replacing Dave Kansas, who is becoming president of an exciting new personal finance Internet business Dow Jones is starting with IAC. The paper’s gain in having Nik available to step into this important role is very much the bureau’s loss. In his time here, Nik has become not only an integral part of everything that happens in Washington, but a beloved (and I use that word with all sincerity) colleague of everyone here. Nik is a talented editor, a wonderful news person and a great friend to lean on. On a personal note, I don’t want the moment to pass without saying how much I have benefited from having Nik here and from developing a real friendship with him, one that will endure. We don’t have a precise date for Nik’s departure yet, but whenever it comes we wish him all the best, obviously.

    Filling Nik’s role as deputy, though in a somewhat different fashion, will be an old friend of mine and some others in the bureau, Monica Langley. Monica is one of the most powerful reporters and writers on the paper, and has produced the absolute best profiles and many of the best stories in general that the WSJ has published in recent years. Monica’s role will be to try to help us all do more of just those kinds of stories in Washington, and to continue to write some of them for us here. She will lead a small group of reporters engaged in investigative and projects work, and be available to work with reporters and editors from across the bureau when they have ideas for profiles, projects, or just generally unconventional reporting ideas. I have known Monica for two decades, from the time she and I were junior reporters here in this bureau, and when she and Roger Wallace, her husband, were neighbors of Barb and me in AU Park. In addition to her time here, Monica has filled a series of other jobs and roles at the WSJ, in New York and her native Knoxville, Tenn.. She also practiced law for several years (which helps her decipher what a lot of our sources try to get away with), and wrote a best-selling book. Monica is, among other things, a great, fun and lively personality to have around the bureau, and I’m delighted she will be back among us. Incidentally, Roger is a talented television producer and has been named executive producer of TV news for Belo Corp.’s Washington bureau. Langley Grace Wallace will start third grade at Sidwell Friends next fall.

    Monica will be a welcome addition to our very strong editing team–David, Laurie, Jake, Kathy, Mary Lu and Winston–which has been stretched thin over the last couple of years as we do more and more for a paper and an online news site that have grown more and more complex. My gratitude and thanks go out to all of them for what they do every day for the Journal. They have very difficult jobs, and are stretched thin. With that in mind, and because Monica will be playing a particular role focused on projects and investigations, I’m also happy to let you all know that Matthew Rose, who has been among us for months now as a satellite page-one editor, will be joining the bureau as an editor, running a group of reporters. Matthew is, as you all know by now, an extremely talented editor and will be a great addition to the bureau. Few people on the staff are as adept at Matthew at shaping page-one copy, and I look forward to putting his skills to work for the bureau overall, and for his group of reporters in particular. We will be working out the precise date of Matthew’s transition to the bureau in the next week or two.

    These changes will require some rewiring of the editing/reporting groups in the bureau, which I will be doing over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, I wanted to let you all know what’s up, and to ask you in welcoming Monica and Matthew to the bureau. As for Nik, we will find a suitable way to say goodbye in the next few months.


Looks like Langley will edit Glenn Simpson (who’s returning to Washington with his WSJer wife Mary Jacoby), John Wilke and Brody Mullins.