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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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Pew Looks at 2014 Newspaper Coverage of Potential 2016 Presidential Candidates

PRC-Logo-2The Pew Research Center, which today announced that Michael Dimock will take over tomorrow as president, released a study on media coverage of potential candidates in the 2016 presidential election. Using LexisNexis, Pew analyzed mentions of potential presidential campaigns in 15 of the top U.S. newspapers from Jan. 1 – Sept. 27, 2014.

Tied for the most mentions of a possible 2016 run for president is Hillary Clinton and NJ Gov. Chris Christie with 82 stories while 2012 Republican candidate Mitt Romney was mentioned 74 times. With just more than a quarter of the coverage received by Clinton, the highest other Democrat is Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren with 22 mentions, followed by VP Joe Biden with 18.

The report goes on to compare Republican and Democrat mentions thus far this year and potential presidential candidate coverage two years prior to the 2008 and 2012 elections. For the full look at Pew’s ‘News in the Numbers,’ click here.

President Obama Pens Huff Post Op-Ed on Family-Friendly Workplace Policies

Working_families_summitCorresponding with today’s first ever White House Summit on Working FamiliesPresident Barack Obama penned “Family-Friendly Workplace Policies Are Not Frills — They’re Basic Needs” for The Huffington Post on the challenges of working parents and how the country can properly address them.

“Family leave, childcare, flexibility and a decent wage aren’t frills,” writes Obama. “They’re basic needs. They shouldn’t be bonuses — they should be the bottom line.”

The all day event at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Woodley Park is sponsored by the Center for American Progress, The White House, and the U.S. Department of Labor and is set to include the President, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden.

For the op-ed, click on over to The Huffington Post, or click through for the summit’s live stream. Read more

Biden Snaps Selfie with Ride 2 Recovery

Vice President Joe Biden spoke to – and takes a selfie with – Ride 2 Recovery before sending them off on a 350 mile trek from DC to VA Beach.

 

What Happens When VPOTUS Goes to Costco?

It was a momentous occasion in Washington, D.C. The District’s first Costco opened. The location is in Fort Lincoln and it brought quite a draw for it’s first day: namely, VPOTUS Joe Biden. According to pool reports, Biden walked up, flashed his Costco card and strolled through the store enjoying samples and shopping for items like children’s books, fire logs, a TV and an apple pie. God bless America. One enterprising salesman at the store even tried to sell Biden some tires! According to the pool report, Biden said, “”Hey man I don’t need tires,” he said “I don’t drive anymore.”

Naturally, Twitter had a field day. ReutersSam Youngman was thoroughly impressed with the tire salesman. He tweeted, “I have finally decided on my vote for Time’s Man of the Year: The Costco employee who tried to upsell Biden some tires.”

Plenty of others weighed in…. Read more

Lawyer Warns Jen Rubin of ‘Streisand Effect’

WaPo‘s Jennifer Rubin tweeted late last month that she was working to have an imposter removed from Twitter. Today, the fake account is still up, active and causing all kinds of trouble.

“I’m sure it’s fun for the @JRubinBIogger account to fool people, but it’s extremely unfair to @JRubinBlogger,” a sympathetic Dave Weigel of Slate tweeted Saturday. New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait questioned, “How can there be two Twitter accounts with the same name?” Rubin chimed in to explain that the fake Rubin’s username is spelled with a capital “i” instead of a lowercase “l” in “Blogger.” Though the fake account generally tweets things that parody conservatives and the bio on the fake account says “Not the real Rubin, duh,” the font Twitter uses renders the two names indiscernible.

Rubin told Weigel and Chait that “we are taking legal action.” Asked if “we” refers to WaPo and whether she has retained a lawyer, Rubin told FishbowlDC, “We are asking Twitter to remove it.”

Twitter is only six years old and even younger in terms of mainstream popularity. As with everything else on the Internet, laws that govern it aren’t quite set in stone. David L. Hudson Jr., a lawyer and scholar with the First Amendment Center who also teaches media law at Vanderbilt University, compared Rubin’s problem to cyber squatting — a practice wherein one person buys an obvious domain name that would be beneficial to someone else. For example, it would be like V.P. Joe Biden purchasing the domain “PaulRyan.com.”

If [Twitter impersonators] get to be enough of a problem there may have to be another law passed,” Hudson said. He called it a “balancing act,” of protecting someone’s privacy and publicity rights while also protecting the right “to comment and parody and otherwise engage in protected speech.”

Hudson wouldn’t comment on whether Rubin could make a case in court, but said “generally” courts are applying existing law to new media.

And existing media law is tricky enough. “Parody is generally permissible under the law,” said Erik Pelton, a trademark and copyright attorney in Virginia. “Several areas of law could intersect in these cases,” he said, “including rights of publicity, which are complicated because they vary significantly by state.” Pelton added that even at the state level, it is “difficult” to determine what law to apply and said that if something “is clearly a parody based on its tone and substance,” it would be “difficult to shut down.”

Lastly, Pelton warned that Rubin should be cautious of the “Streisand effect,” a phenomenon that occurs when attention is inadvertently directed at something by complaining about it.

Wong on Biden: “An Amazing Comedian”

Fresh off his RTCA performance last Wednesday, comedian Joe Wong joined John Dickerson on CBS’ “Washington Unplugged” earlier today. He called performing at the dinner a “very exciting experience” and Vice President Joe Biden an “amazing comedian.”

I personally think Wong & Biden has a nice ring to it, if the two Joes ever decide to take this show on the road…

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Vice President Biden to “The Daily Show”

Set your Tivos… Vice President Joe Biden will be a guest of Jon Stewart‘s on “The Daily Show” next Tuesday.

This will be Biden’s sixth appearance, but his first time back since being elected Vice President. His last appearance was when he was still a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in August 2007.

GQ‘s “50 Most Powerful in DC” List: One Degree of Obama


Photo from GQ.com.

Forget Kevin Bacon.

President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden may be excluded from GQ‘s “50 Most Powerful in DC,” but looks like most of the list’s top half are one degree of separation from the West Wing.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag, Senior Advisor David Axelrod, Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner and National Economic Council Director Larry Summers (tie), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, former VP Dick Cheney and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts round out the top ten. The list may be a changing-of-the-guard from the Bush administration, but it’s a DC no-brainer.

Your DC media types are represented by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos at #31, Politico‘s John Harris #43 and The New Yorker‘s Jane Mayer and NYT‘s Scott Shane tied at #27.

Politico points out White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, though #20 on the last list, did not make the cut this time around.

The mag will celebrate the list with a party tonight at 701. And though obviously overlooked for “50 Most Powerful,” FBDC will be there. Check back tomorrow for dets.

The complete list, as polled by “journalists, congressmen, lobbyists, think tankers, and influence peddlers,” can be found here.

This 11-Year-Old Probably Has Gotten More Access Than You

Unless you’re the AP’s Jennifer Loven, 11-year-old Damon Weaver has probably gotten more questions in to President Obama than you have.

Weaver interviewed the President late last week at the White House, focusing, fittingly, on education. The young reporter from Florida even did a press avail on the South Lawn afterwards, appearing on the morning shows and cablers.

Weaver has quite the resume tape. He’s already interviewed politicos like Vice President (then presidential candidate) Joe Biden, Colin Powell and Caroline Kennedy, Hollywood stars like Samuel Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, Chris Tucker and has reversed the mic on some of our own, including David Gregory, Larry King, Megyn Kelly, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

Looking for a fall intern? Little Weaver’s probably over-qualified.

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