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Meacham’s Debut Story for TIME

In his first story for TIME, Jon Meacham address a simple question: “What if there’s no hell?”

He looks at the “growing furor” over a new book by a pastor who says there may be no hell and that anyone can have a place in heaven no matter their sins. Meacham writes that Bell’s book, Love Wins, “has ignited a new holy war in Christian circles and beyond…. To take away hell is to leave the church without its most powerful sanction.” The pastor says, “I have long wondered if there is a massive shift coming in what it means to be a Christian. Something new is in the air.”

Read the story here.

Ezra’s Lip Service

WaPo‘s Ezra Klein’s lips took center stage last night during his interview with Charlie  Rose. Perhaps the black background set off those pillows of flesh that look like house made glistening veal medallions. Or maybe Klein wears lip gloss?

So suggested Mediaite’s Rachel Sklar on Twitter last night. She wrote, “Kids, that was a terrific @CharlieRoseShow. Now, if he’d only book more women,” and linked to this. (Even with gloss, Ezra doesn’t count.)” She continued, “This is a great and illuminating Charlie Rose. I like how Jon Meacham frames things historically. Tho Ezra Klein needs less lipgloss.”

When asked for comment by FBDC, Sklar said she was only joking about Klein’s lips. She now thinks it was a Blistex reaction. “Oy I was just being funny,” Sklar said. “I didn’t actually think he was wearing, like, a shimmer frost, it was more the sheen of a Blistex (which I favor, btw). I just noticed as I watched (and I watch a lot of Charlie Rose, and as I noted, there are a lot of men on Charlie Rose!) Actually I have never even thought about makeup for the Charlie Rose show before. So that’s an indicator of how little Blistex must have actually been glistening on his lower lip to trigger my notice.”

We sent Klein a note to offer him a chance to comment. As you might imagine, he hasn’t returned the email and it’s doubtful he will since he claims to have cut FishbowlDC off for the more dignified pastures of CJR.

In the meantime, Sklar wants to emphasize how great the Rose show was last night…

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Ron Reagan Releases “My Father at 100″

Tammy Haddad, Ted Greenberg and Jon Meacham will join hoteliers Connie Milstein and JC de La Haye Saint Hilaire to celebrate the publication of Ron Reagan‘s new memoir, “My Father at 100,” marking the 100th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan‘s birthday.  The event will be held on January 24th at the Jefferson Hotel from 6.30-8.30 pm and is strictly invitation-only.

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Quote(s) of the Day


Scribe blames Beck for bagel debacle

“Glenn Beck fans have invaded the Watergate area. Line at local coffee place so long I can’t even get a bagel this morning.”
- NJ “The Hotline’s” Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson in a morning tweet.

Come on, get to the point

“I learned that Jon Meacham is really eloquent but it takes him a long time to get there.” – MSNBC “Morning Joe” Co-host Mika Brzezinski on this morning’s program regarding what she learned about the former Newsweek editor.

And now, for the cheesiest pickup line since Watergate…

“Is this Maxim? Or a place for locals to get political news? Kara being easy on the eyes is the worst kept secret since Watergate.”
- Attorney Donald Edmond in a tweet earlier this week regarding TWT‘s Kara Rowland being on our “Fishbowl’s Finest” beautiful D.C. media list.


Meacham Out, Harman In


Politico‘s Mike Allen is reporting that Jon Meacham, Editor of Newsweek, is on his way out. In the meantime, the magazine is reportedly being sold to 91-year-old Sidney Harman, husband to Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.).

An excerpt:
The sale is a painful concession for Donald E. Graham, chairman of The Washington Post Co., who personally chose the buyer from among several well-heeled bidders. He had stuck with the magazine, part of his company since 1961, through years of heavy losses.

WaPo’s Shales Calls Meacham ‘Pompous and Dreary’


WaPo’s Tom Shales was online earlier today chatting harshly on a range of topics. They included Betty White’s SNL appearance (he loves her), PBS host and Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham (he can’t stand him) and seeing Rue McLanahan naked (we’re not sure where he is on this one, but he thinks she’s the weakest of the Golden Girls).

On Meacham:
Need to Know: Do you think part of the problem with the show (also called “Need to Know”) is that Jon Meacham is kind of a pompous guy?
Shales: Pompous? yes. And dreary.

Shales said Meacham looked like he’d been “left out in the rain” while his co-host and NPR veteran Alison Stewart “looked as though she would have been more comfortable in Clinton’s lap.” (This would be former President Bill Clinton, the show’s debut interview.) More Shales’ thoughts on Meacham’s PBS show here in a May 11 post.

On seeing Rue McLanahan in the nude:
Shales: Ah, great details! I have seen Rue naked. No, not at my house. She posed a la Marilyn Monroe for a nudie pin-up before she decided to work in television. Naughty-naughty! I don’t think the nude photo ever really hurt her career. I thought she was the weakest Golden Girl – I mean, the character was so over-drawn, all that sex talk (why I found it embarrassing!!! – hey, I sound like I’m older than Betty White)…

Read the entire conversation here.


From CNN to Pages of WaPo: Is Kurtz Double Dipping?


At a party, it’s the makings of a Seinfeld episode to catch someone double dipping his chips and dip. But it is occasionally permissible for CNN and WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz to host “Reliable Sources” on CNN and then use that same material for his WaPo “Media Notes” column. In reverse, Kurtz has used his WaPo column and turned it into material for his show.

Illegal, no. But is it ethical to regurgitate your own reporting for multiple news sources? In an ever changing journalism profession where journos hold down multiple jobs, no doubt this gets confusing.

Kurtz typically quotes from a variety of reporters and publications in his WaPo “Media Notes” column, not just CNN. But check out Kurtz’s column from today’s edition of WaPo and watch what he does with his CNN interview Sunday with Newsweek’s Jon Meacham.

Overstretched editor?

Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham is dismissing criticism that his media moonlighting hurt the magazine that The Washington Post Co. put up for sale last week.

“There seems to be an impression… that I stole Don Graham’s car from his driveway and have been driving it around for a couple of years,” he says, referring to the Post Co. chairman. His bosses felt his visibility — from writing a Pulitzer-winning biography of Andrew Jackson to co-hosting the new PBS program “Need to Know” — “ultimately helps the magazine,” he told me in a CNN interview.
(Read more from the WaPo column after the jump…)

Watch the CNN video here from Kurtz’s TV interview with Meacham on the Washington Post Company sale of Newsweek in which Kurts announces that he works for the Washington Post Company.

Kurtz responded to FishbowlDC’s request for comment:
“I almost never use material from “Reliable Sources” for The Washington Post, but in recent weeks I had two newsworthy interviews, one with Robert Gibbs and the other with Jon Meacham. In both cases I asked my editor if he wanted me to include some highlights as a secondary column item, and in both cases the answer was yes. Lots of other Web sites picked up the Gibbs interview, but we waited eight days before mentioning it in the newspaper.

“As for the program, since we cover the week’s hot media issues, sometimes there’s a bit of overlap with what I’ve written, so in consultation with the producers, I sometimes mention information I’ve already reported so as not to artificially withhold it from CNN viewers.”

In August 2009, Media Matters jumped on Kurtz for what it deemed a “conflict of interest” of working for WaPo and CNN and not properly disclosing that he worked for CNN after defending it. See that story here. (On his CNN show Sunday, Kurtz states clearly that he also works for the Washington Post Co. as noted above.)

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Newsweek‘s Meacham Responds to Palin Cover

Palin newsweek.jpg “We chose the most interesting image available to us to illustrate the theme of the cover, which is what we always try to do,” Newsweek‘s Jon Meacham told the Huffington Post in response to attacks on the mag’s “sexist” cover featuring Sarah Palin.

See HuffPo for the full story.

Morning Reading List 11.12.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Long-time CNN anchor Lou Dobbs has decided to leave the cable network. He made this announcement on last night’s show and this is effective immediately. TVNewser has more details and Hotline has the text of his announcement. Looks like NYT‘s Media Decoder broke the story. And here’s how Media Matters reacted. Could Dobbs be considering a future run for political office?

Happy Birthday to Pamela Dornic! What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…




CNN’s Dana Bash was the keynote speaker at the 20th Annual Washington PR Woman of the Year ceremony. On changes in journalism, Bash said, “I’m on all the time,” she says. “Most of my TV pieces are online – there is almost no difference.” (h/t Local Kicks)

Fox’s Sean Hannity to Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart: you’re right about video.

Cuts at Al Gore’s Current TV.

US TV viewing reached an all time high in 2008-09.


Gawker hears about layoffs at Newsweek. Politico has editor Jon Meacham‘s memo to staff.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is on the cover of Latina magazine.


Fort Hood coverage dominated the news week, according to Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

TMP: Are former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley looking to launch a consulting firm?

“A Lesson in Journalism
,” from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

On a lighter note… Pamela’s Punch’s Pamela Sorensen on “The Wide World of Washington Gossip.” FBDC and some of our friends get shout-outs!


More Helen Thomas today… From Washington Whispers: “I think the press is very confused about who is Obama. What are his convictions? Why doesn’t he fight?” she asks. For her part, Thomas says she has firm convictions and thinks she could even do a better job in the Oval Office. “If elected, I will serve,” she says with a smile.


“Inside Tim Russert‘s Office” opens at the Newseum Friday the 20th, but the press are invited for a sneak peek of the exhibit Wednesday the 18th from 10am to 2pm. Highlights of the exhibit.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

What Did You Do For Lunch?

If you’re certain White House reporters, the answer could be lunch with President Obama…

Politico reports that CNN’s David Gergen, WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, Newsweek‘s Jon Meacham and Howard Fineman, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s Cynthia Tucker, Politico‘s Mike Allen, NPR/Fox’s Mara Liasson, TPM‘s Josh Marshall and NYT‘s David Brooks, Andy Rosenthal, and Gail Collins joined the President, David Axelrod, Anita Dunn, Bill Burton and Robert Gibbs for an off-the-record lunch today.

Lunch apparently lasted two hours and green salad, halibut and pear tart were served.