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3 Press Club Events

The National Press Club has a trio of events coming up that you might find interesting. Check em out:

1) January 11 - James Carville and Mary Matalin – Love & War: 20 Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home

WHAT: James Carville and Mary Matalin discuss their new book LOVE & WAR. Must purchase tickets online ($5.00 members/ $10.00 general).
WHO: James Carville, Mary Matalin, and the National Press Club
WHERE: The National Press Club, Ballroom, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC
WHEN: Saturday, January 11, 2014; 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

2) January 13 - Ms. Quote: Why Are Women Missing From the News?

On Monday, Jan. 13, a panel at the National Press Club will explore these issues and strategies for change. Panelists include Matt Winkler, editor-in-chief Bloomberg News, Sally Buzbee, AP Washington bureau chief, Ken Strickland, NBC Washington bureau chief, Ruth Marcus, Washington Post op-ed columnist, Anna Palmer, Politico senior Washington correspondent, and Jill Zuckman, managing director SKDKnickerbocker. Linda Kramer Jenning, Georgetown University journalism instructor and Washington editor of Glamour, will moderate the panel.

WHAT: Expert panel on women in the news. Must purchase tickets online ($10.00).
WHO: Bloomberg News, AP, NBC, Washington Post, Politico, SKDKnickerbocker, Georgetown University, Glamour Magazine
WHERE: The National Press Club, Conference Rooms, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC
WHEN: Monday, January 13, 2014; 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

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Fox News Blasts Politico: “Liberal Slant Revealed”

Fox News put Politico on blast this morning, charging the site with ‘liberal bias’ after the Daily Caller exposed that Politico reporter Andy Barr was leaving journalism for a job with the Democratic Party in Arizona.  As Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell discussed Barr’s beat and coverage on “Fox and Friends,” FNC ran banners that read “SITE’S LIBERAL SLANT REVEALED” and “BARR’S EXIT EXPOSES POLITICO’S TRUE COLORS.”

Though the story is not nearly as sensational as FNC’s headlines, Barr’s departure does represent another hash mark in the list of journos who have hung up their hats for jobs in politics.  For example, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is the former Washington bureau chief of TIME magazine. Politico’s Jonathan Allen left the publication for a gig with Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) and then returned to Politico less than a year later. CNN senior producer Sasha Johnson is now at the Department of Transportation.  Both Jill Zuckman and Peter Gosselin left their jobs with Tribune to join the Obama Administration.  As did longtime ABC and CBS News reporter Linda Douglass who left broadcast journalism for a job at the White House.  Douglass, like Jonathan Allen, eventually returned to media.  She’s now a VP and Head of Communications for Atlantic Media, which owns National Journal and The AtlanticSteven Rattner, Obama’s car czar, spent nine years writing for the New York Times.  And Moira Bagley, former Roll Call reporter and Daily Caller Opinion Page editor, now works as communications director for Senator Rand Paul (R-KY).

UPDATE: It was brought to our attention that FNC’s morning package was not just sensational but also hypocritical. In 2010 Megan Whittemore, who once covered Capitol Hill for Fox News and FoxNews.com, joined the office of now House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) as a deputy press secretary. On the flip side, we almost forgot about WaPo reporter turned Biden flack Shailagh Murray.

Despite the sensational banners, generalizations and tabloid approach to journalism, “Fox and Friends” has a point.  What do you think: does a reporter’s departure for a job in politics prove slanted coverage in the past?

Courtovich Hosts Journos For Annual Gaucho


Courtovich took this pic of Gaucho decorations.

Jim Courtovich, managing partner of Kearsarge Global Advisers, hosted his annual Gaucho party Saturday night. And he delivered with a great menu (pineapple martinis and chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches were crowd pleaser), late night party (Bob Schieffer’s midnight appearance) and a stellar guest list…

Savannah Guthrie, Betsy Fischer, Jonathan Martin, Jessica Yellin, Matt Cooper, Tammy Haddad, Jeff Zeleny, Julie Mason, John Harwood, Karen Finney, Anne Kornblut, Kasie Hunt, Erin McPike, Sasha Issenberg, Kiki Ryan, Christine Delargy, Rick Klein, Mark Murray, Abby Livingston, Michael Falcone, Ashley Parker, Libby Leist, Amie Parnes, Jay Newton Small, Lizzie O’Leary, Athena Jones, Sunlen Miller and Phil Elliott were just some of the media-types in attendance.

Politico‘s Mike Allen and NYT‘s Mark Leibovich also just missed each other at the party.

Also: Austan Goolsbee, Stephanie Cutter, Juleanna Glover, Christina Sevilla, Michael Feldman, Jill Zuckman and Sasha Johnson.

Chicago Trib‘s McCormick To Bloomberg

FBDC has learned that Chicago Tribune‘s John McCormick will join Bloomberg News, based in Chicago. McCormick will continue to cover a wide range of political news.

>>UPDATE: We somehow failed to put two and two together here earlier. Less than a month ago, the Chicago Tribune announced that McCormick would replace Jill Zuckman in Washington. What’s up with that? Fill us in.

Jill Zuckman’s DC Replacement Announced

John McCormick will replace Jill Zuckman in Washington for the Chicago Tribune. Zuckman left the Tribune in February for a job as the Department of Transportation’s director of public affairs and assistant to Secretary Ray LaHood.

Playbook had this Chicago Tribune memo this morning:

I am pleased to announce that John D. McCormick is the Chicago Tribune’s newest Washington reporter. He will cover the Obamas, the Illinois delegation and other Chicagoans making their mark in the nation’s capital. McCormick started at the Chicago Tribune in May 2002 and has done general assignment, political, database and project reporting. His introduction to Illinois politics started shortly after his arrival here, when he covered Lisa Madigan’s first campaign for attorney general in 2002. More recently, he reported on the race to replace Rahm Emanuel, a contest that elected Mike Quigley as the newest member of Congress from Illinois. He first reported on Obama in July 2003, while helping with coverage of the U.S. Senate primary. In January 2007, he was assigned to cover the then-junior senator from Illinois, eventually writing stories about Obama from nearly 40 states during the two-year campaign, transition, inauguration and first 150 days in office. It was the third presidential campaign McCormick had covered in his career. Before joining the Tribune, McCormick was the computer-assisted reporting coordinator at The Des Moines Register. Besides Illinois and Iowa, he also worked at newspapers in Minnesota, his native state. At least initially, John will split his time between the Tribune’s Washington Bureau and Chicago. In this specialist role, he will report to the Metro desk and will team with Mike Dorning to cover this vast beat. Together, they will be Chicago’s eyes and ears in Washington.

Johnson Follows In Zuckman’s Footsteps

CNN senior producer Sasha Johnson will join former Chicago Tribune reporter Jill Zuckman over at the Department of Transportation later this month.

Johnson will take on a new role as press secretary for the Department under Secretary Ray LaHood beginning May 19th, according to Politico.

Sasha’s Send Off From Print To Glossy

Last night at Poste, friends of Sasha Issenberg gathered to celebrate his move from The Boston Globe to the magazine Monocle. He starts today as a Washington correspondent.

We, unfortunately, weren’t able to make it, but hear these folks did: Peter Canellos, Lisa Wangsness and the Boston Globers, Jay Newton-Small, Jill Zuckman, Kelly O’Donnell, Athena Jones, Lisa Lerer, Bonney Kapp, Tracy Sefl, Mark Salter, Sunlen Miller, Jose Antonio Vargas, Ana Marie Cox, Juliet Eilperin, Mike Madden, Mark Paustenbach, Scott Mulhauser, Brian Weiss, Perry Bacon, Anne Dickerson, Christina Bellantoni and Jonathan Martin.

Also spotted at a nearby table… tennis’ Martina Navratilova.

Revolving Door: Cox’s Scott Shepard to Sen. Kerry Staff

FBDC has learned Scott Shepard is leaving Cox’s Washington, DC Bureau to join the staff of Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) as a speechwriter.

Journos to government is becoming a bit of a trend these days. We told you this weekend about Chicago Tribune’s Jill Zuckman‘s move to the Obama administration as Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s director of public affairs. Even more interesting, Shephard is the second journo to join Sen. Kerry’s staff this year. Former LA Times managing editor Doug Frantz is now the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chief Investigator under Sen. Kerry. (h/t Calderone)

Update: FBDC reported in December Cox would shutdown its Washington Bureau in April 2009

Zuckman to Obama Administration

Chicago Tribune’s Jill Zuckman joins President Obama’s administration as the Department of Transportation’s director of public affairs and assistant to Secretary Ray LaHood.

Zuckman was a Washington-based correspondent at the Tribune and also made frequent appearances on MSNBC and Fox News.

She is the second Tribune reporter to take a job in the administration. Peter Gosselin is now the chief speech writer for Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. This move is somewhat of a trend- Jay Carney, formerly of Time Magazine, is now Vice President Biden’s communications director and CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta is supposedly among the top picks to become the next surgeon general.

Hotline Profiles Zuckman

From here:

    Jill Zuckman is chief cong. corr. of the Chicago Tribune. She has been covering nat’l and cong. affairs for 16 years, including the last three WH campaigns. She joined the Tribune in 2000 and before that she worked at the Boston Globe and CQ. But today she’s our Friday Feature:

    Where’s your hometown? What was it like growing up there?

    Rockville, Maryland. Like R.E.M said, don’t go back.

    What’s your most embarrassing on-the-job moment? (Or as embarrassing as you’d like to reveal?)

    Displaying my musical ignorance in a profile of John Kasich when he was running for president. I wrote that his favorite musical group was The Radioheads.

    If you could interview any deceased person, who would it be and why?

    Strom Thurmond, but only if I can ask him how he feels about the news that he’s related to Al Sharpton.

    What is your biggest weakness (and not your job interview biggest weakness)?

    Glazed doughnuts on Sen. McCain’s bus.