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Weekend Show Preview, 4.18 – 4.20

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

Sunday:

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Gov. Deval Patrick (D-MA), TIME‘s Michael Duffy, WaPo‘s David Ignatius, Peggy Noonan from WSJ, John Dickerson of CBS, more guests possible…

“Fox News Sunday”: Russian Ambassador to US Sergey Kislyak, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, George Will, Rana Foroohar of TIME, WaPo‘s Robert Costa, Evan Bayh, President of Mount Vernon Estate Curtis Viebranz

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), Chuck Todd of NBC, David Brooks of NYT, Radhika Jones of TIME, David Shribman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Author Jo Becker, Kevin Tibbles of NBC

ABC’s “This Week“: Anchored by Martha Raddatz, Rep. Michael McCaul, Fmr. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, Donna Brazile, S.E. Cupp of CNN, Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard and Jeff Zeleny

Univision’s “Al Punto”: Guest Host María Elena Salinas, Venezuelan oppo politician Henrique Capriles Radonsky, Al Cardenas of the American Conservative Union, Katherine Vargas from the White House, Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD), writer Martín Caparrós

CNN’s “State of the Union“: Stu Rothenberg, the DNC’s Mo Elleithee, the RNC’s Sean Spicer, Tom Tarantino of IAVA, Sen John Walsh (D-MT), Iraqi Ambassador to US Lukman Faily, Australian Ambassador to US Kim Beazley

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Live-Blogging: Downie Interview

DownieLen_L.jpgWe’re at Nathans Georgetown right now and live-blogging the “Q&A Cafe” interview of Washington Post Executive Editor Len Downie, Jr. by host Carol Joynt. (In chronological order)

  • Sitting with Jim Kimsey, Victoria Michaels and Pam Sorensen (with whom, one’s thirst can be quenched) before the interview, Downie confesses to them that both he and Don Graham read the Sports section first thing in the morning (not together natch…). He also brags about the number of comics in the Washington Post and how it compares with other papers.
  • Says Downie to the table: “I figure that the people who interview ought to subject themselves to interviews once in a while.”
  • Ben Bradlee put a whoopee cushion under Downie’s seat. Just kidding.
  • Downie’s working on his beach figure, declining the food and saying “I don’t need to eat that much anyway.”
  • Joynt, referring to the Post’s Pulitzer sweep, says “It’s certainly been a good week for Len Downie and the Washington Post.” (applause) “I planned this allthe way along,” she jokes. “The DC Madam last spring, Len Downie this spring.” (laughter)
  • He’s explaining to the table how the paper comes to me…editorial meeting…what gets put on the website…what holds for the paper, etc. “Starting about 4 in the afternoon, I leave my office and go to the news desk in the news room….People start lobbying us. … We talk and discuss various things and start to make decisions.” I like to walk around I walk around and visit people. … I usually work until about 8 o’clock.”
  • Beach figure be damned: Downie digs into his lunch.
  • On the website: “It’s doing really well. We have about 15 million unique visitors doing well. 10 million page views a day. It’s doing very well. It’s really increased our readership and what I really like is all the multimedia stuff.”
  • Is the Internet a threat? “We used to think so. … I no longer think of us as a newsroom. I think of us as a multimedia newsroom. … The print audience is shrinking as the web audience grows.”
  • “I’m really amazed at how many people listen to our podcasts,” said Downie. “A lot of our podcasts are tops on iTunes and that really surprises me, it really does.”
  • “We’re still working on how to best deliver our content to handheld devices.”
  • Interview begins…
  • Joynt: “Did you ever think you would win in a group that included Bob Dylan.” (Laughter) Downie: “Ha, no I didn’t.”
  • Referring to how the Virginia Tech reporters donated their prize to charity, Downie joked, “We have other ways of rewarding them.”
  • The Pulitzer Public Service award is his favorite, “because that’s why we’re in this business: To service the public.”
  • “I call Steve Pearlstein ‘The Scold’ because, like me, he’s always scolding everyone.”
  • On Jo Becker, who left for the New York Times: “We’ll still get her back somehow.” Referring to Becker’s husband, Serge Kovaleski, who was a key decision to move to New York, “We call him the ‘Traitor’ in the newsroom.”
  • Referring to Becker/Bart Gellman’s “Cheney” series: “At first we didn’t like that story … we thought it’d be too hard to do.”

    More after the jump…

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  • Ceremony Highlights

    Fun details from this afternoon’s WaPo/Pulitzer ceremony.

    Jo Becker
    came back to the Post newsroom…

    Highlight of the ceremony was Gene Weingarten’s speech. He gave props to WPNI, since it was their idea to videotape the Joshua Bell performances and for giving his story a multimedia dimension.

    Said Weingarten: “It’s customary to thank one’s spouse at these things, and I have a wonderful spouse. But she had nothing to do with this. But then I thought, if Hillary Clinton can claim 35 years of government experience… my wife WROTE this!”

    Pulitzers Announced…WaPo Cleans Up

    Where the WaPo took home the gold:

    Public Service:

      Awarded to The Washington Post for the work of Dana Priest, Anne Hull and photographer Michel du Cille in exposing mistreatment of wounded veterans at Walter Reed Hospital, evoking a national outcry and producing reforms by federal officials.

    Breaking News Reporting:

      Awarded to The Washington Post Staff for its exceptional, multi-faceted coverage of the deadly shooting rampage at Virginia Tech, telling the developing story in print and online.

    National Reporting:

      Awarded to Jo Becker and Barton Gellman of The Washington Post for their lucid exploration of Vice President Dick Cheney and his powerful yet sometimes disguised influence on national policy.

    International reporting:

      Awarded to Steve Fainaru of The Washington Post for his heavily reported series on private security contractors in Iraq that operate outside most of the laws governing American forces.

    Feature Writing:

      Awarded to Gene Weingarten of The Washington Post for his chronicling of a world-class violinist who, as an experiment, played beautiful music in a subway station filled with unheeding commuters.

    Commentary:

      Awarded to Steven Pearlstein of The Washington Post for his insightful columns that explore the nation’s complex economic ills with masterful clarity.

    (Oh, and Bob Dylan won a Pulitzer, too)

    As E&P notes, this is the second biggest sweep by a single paper ever (the NYT took home seven in 2002, thanks to its Sept. 11 coverage).

    And: Does this silence some of the anti-Len Downie chatter (accurate or not) we’ve been hearing recently?

    Congrats to all.

    Congrats Jo and Bart!

    From WaPo:

      Reporters Barton Gellman and Jo Becker have won a George Polk Award for their Washington Post series last year describing Vice President Cheney’s substantial and largely hidden influence on Bush administration policy, Long Island University officials announced.

    See more winners here.

    Morning Reading List, 06.26.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • What you’ve missed out on during the endless Paris Hilton coverage.

  • An NBC release announced that “The Chris Matthews Show” was “the number-two rated Sunday morning public affairs show topping CBS’s ‘Face the Nation,’ ABC’s ‘This Week’ and ‘FOX News Sunday’ in households nationally for the week ending June 17, 2007.”

  • How dare you call the Extreme-ness “unknown.”

  • Check out mediabistro.com’s DC Courses and Semninars.

  • Slate launched Slate V Monday, their new video magazine.

  • The Politico will co-sponsor another Republican debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, this time with CNN and the Los Angeles Times.

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Authors Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr. have had to labor not only to escape the shadow of Watergate reporting hero Bernstein but also to cope with the particular loathing the Clinton camp has reserved for their biography, ‘Her Way.’”

  • Fox’s Liguori, About to Step Into the Senate’s Line of Fire

  • Internet radio stations to protest royalty hikes

  • Pearlstine’s Plame Book Blames Everyone

  • Ah, the bickering continues:

      Wait, so let me get this straight: The Hill, who were the winners through the agreed-upon seven innings, were the ones who were so upset at the prospect of losing? Wouldn’t it be the team that wanted to extend the game past the ending point — in much the same way grade-school children are wont to do — that would be the one pathetically desperate not to lose?

    And another: “RC vs. Hill = R-E-M-A-T-C-H”

  • Patrick Ruffini on the Politico’s redesign.

  • AOL takes page from blogs, relaunches news

  • Scott Collins: “The Democrats are dead wrong not to debate on Fox News.”

  • Mickey Kaus fact checks Tim Russert.

  • How did you celebrate National Columnists Day?
  • Reuters reports, “The family and colleagues of Alan Johnston, a BBC reporter kidnapped by Islamists in Gaza, urged his captors on Monday not to harm him after he appeared in a video wearing what he said was an explosive belt.”

  • WAMU announced it will turn off its two online music streams today, in recognition of a “Day of Silence” for webcasters across the country. “The online stream of WAMU’s BluegrassCountry.org and WAMU 88.5 Channel 2 on wamu.org — which broadcasts music content from WTMD in Towson, Md. — will go silent for a day.” Visitors to the sites who click on the streaming audio links will instead hear a recorded statement. The station’s on-air broadcast on 88.5 FM, as well as its HD on-air signals, will not be affected. The Internet radio “Day of Silence” is being organized by SaveNetRadio.org, a coalition of artists, labels, listeners, and webcasters. It is meant to represent the silence that could occur when new online music royalty rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) take effect July 15.”

  • Regarding Jo Becker a reader writes, “Also, is correct for Post to refer to her as a ‘staff writer’ when she is obviously a staff writer now at Times?”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Broadcast television’s annual springtime sales bazaar drew to a close Friday with the five networks surpassing their estimates by ringing up a combined $9.3 billion in commitments for prime-time commercial spots for the coming TV season.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.’s shares are ‘undervalued’ because the company is unlikely to succeed in combining with larger rival XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. and offers a better product, Merrill Lynch & Co. said.”

  • Deborah Howell addresses the updates FOIA so badly needs, “Reporters use FOIA a lot less than businesses do, probably one reason the U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports reform, along with about 100 other organizations.”

  • Parents Television Council President Tim Winter will testify before the Senate Commerce Committee on issue of television violence at the “Impact of Media Violence on Children” hearing at 10 a.m. today.

  • Anita Kumar from the St. Petersburg Times is joining the Washington Post as a new statehouse correspondent in Richmond.

  • The Deal reports, “The proposed $17.52 billion Thomson-Reuters merger is expected to result in an asset sale in order to win regulatory approval.”

  • Ronald Aronica and Mtetwa Ramdoo, business analysts, weigh in on Tom Friedman’s book with a critical analysis.

  • New York Business.com reports, “Publisher David Carey was pressing the flesh last week during the final stretch of his race to fill Conde Nast Portfolio’s second issue with ads. He met with clients to share enthusiastic e-mails from some of the business title’s high-profile readers, media buyers say. His efforts to retain all his advertisers haven’t been entirely successful.”

  • PBS Tells Producer Not To Hire Conservatives.”

  • Roger Aronoff thinks, “This has been a rough year for Tim Russert, though you wouldn’t know it the way he is treated by the media.”

  • RenewAmerica responds to WashingtonTimes

  • The New York Times reports, “This week, Mr. Binn will announce that his magazine company, Niche Media, will merge with Greenspun Media Group of Las Vegas — which publishes Vegas, Wynn and Venetian Style, among other magazines — and Ocean Drive Media Group, which publishes Ocean Drive and Ocean Drive Español and several other magazines.”

  • Emily Lenzner is leaving NPR to fill in for ABC’s This Week Editorial Producer Ilana Drimmer, who will be on maternity leave through the end of the year.

  • MinOnline reports, “‘Gossip’ Remains Advertising Stronger Than ‘Real’ News And Business.”

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  • Not A Bad Day At The Office

    Beat this Woodward: Jo Becker scored front page stories in both the New York Times and the Washington Post this morning.

    Becker recently left the Post to join the Times after she finished work on the Cheney series (her husband, Serge Kovaleski, a former Post reporter, went to work at the Times about a year ago…Apparently the NYT doesn’t have the Post’s anti-nepotism policy — they can’t hire someone who’s married to someone who already works there).

    We also hear that the Post had to have some carefully negotiated deal when Becker left about how she couldn’t work on any Cheney stories at the Times until the Post series she had worked on was in print.