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PEPPER PARTY? “I could eat grilled peppers all day #offeralsoappliestovarietiesthathavebeenroastedblisteredstuffedsauteedorpickled #andanythingwoodgrilled” — Roll Call HOH writer Warren Rojas. Artwork credit: Austin Price.

A day in the life of a Senate reporter

“A senator said this to me today: ‘I think you’re working on a nothingburger story about conflict.’” — National Journal‘s Amy Harder.

Fournier dumps his diet

“I’m in the grocery store

Whole lot of carbs here

June Two-Nine I dump diet”

National Journal‘s Ron Fournier, who felt called to write a bizarre poem at the market last night.

Not to be beaten by WaPo‘s Weingarten, who looked at toilet paper and thought…

“Why are there pix of babies on packages of toilet paper? Babies are the only people who don’t use toilet paper.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten, in between calls to proctologists. He must’ve missed the ones with rabbits and dogs.

The Observer

“Wolf Blitzer is so nice. He just explained [to]] the CNN reporter on the ground in Istanbul how to tighten the straps on the gas mask.” — Anup Kaphle.

Bureau Chief controls his inner villain

“How I haven’t throat punched somebody yet today is just absolutely beyond me.” — BuzzFeed‘s John Stanton.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:49 a.m.

Journo marvels at promptness of Facebook ad stalking

“Well, it took Facebook exactly 1 minute after I googled for rental cars to display rental car ads everywhere. FB beginning to resemble the shopkeeper who sees you look at something, won’t stop asking you if you want it and drives you out of the store.” — Tecnology reporter Ry Rivard, who writes for Inside Higher Ed.

Two-in-one special at the salon 

“Hair salon has no A/C today. Ugh. Free Hot yoga with haircut. Lol” — Rebecca Bredholt, Vocus Marketing Consultant and Managing Editor.

Anonymous Tipster to FishbowlDC: “If you think that’s bad you should hear the kind of actual horseshit Wonkette tries to sell partners and advertisers in private.” This was in reaction to this story published Tuesday.

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Nets Announce Coverage of Oval Office Address

President Obama will make his first address on the oil spill from the Oval Office tomorrow evening. This comes after his tour of the region today, but before he meets with BP execs on Wednesday.

Each network will carry the address, which begins at 8pm. Katie Couric, Lester Holt (substituting for Brian Williams) and Diane Sawyer will anchor CBS, NBC and ABC’s special reports, respectively. Fox will also carry the address.

FishbowlDC hears nets expect the President will speak for about 15 mins. And we anticipate that CNN, Fox News and MSNBC will also air the President.

NBC cameraman Jim Long announced on Twitter that he’s the pool camera tomorrow night – “Planning for the President’s Oval Office address to the nation tomorrow. One camera, one microphone, one atomic clock…no mistakes.” (

This interrupts a repeat of NCIS on CBS, new episodes of “Losing it with Jillian” on NBC and “Hell’s Kitchen” on Fox and Jimmy Kimmel’s NBA Finals pre-game show on ABC.

UPDATE: CNN anchors Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, who will be live from the Gulf Coast, along with Candy Crowley and John King, will provide coverage of President Barack Obama’s address on the oil spill crisis.

Morning Reading List 09.21.09

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The Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce toasts Kiki Ryan’s new position with Politico at the Silver Spring home of Jessica Hoy on Sunday.

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Happy Birthday to Kiki Ryan, on her first day at Politico with Click! What know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…



WaPo interviews Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

WaPo ombudsman Andrew Alexander examines the paper’s ACORN coverage after they were flooded with angry callers prompted by Fox News’ Glenn Beck. “It’s tempting to dismiss such gimmicks. Fox News, joined by right-leaning talk radio and bloggers, often hypes stories to apocalyptic proportions while casting competitors as too liberal or too lazy to report the truth. But they’re also occasionally pumping legitimate stories. I thought that was the case with ACORN…”


Tom DeLay makes his debut on “Dancing with the Stars” this fine evening.

“So you’re trying to ambush the ambusher?” Friday at the Values Voter Summit, a staffer caught up with FNC producer Jesse Watters, known for his ambush interviews which end up on “The O’Reilly Factor.” TVNewser has the video.

NYT‘s Brian Stelter caught up with CBS’ Katie Couric, who says she’s staying in the anchor chair, and also will start hosting a weekly interview webcast on, beginning tomorrow. Her first guest will be Glenn Beck.

The night after he hosts the President, David Letterman will have a second President, when Bill Clinton joins him on “The Late Show” Tuesday. Obama tapes “The Late Show” today around 4pm.


A study by the University of Maryland reveals, shockingly, that the vast majority of politicians’ tweets are about themselves.


Bloomberg has submitted its bid for BusinessWeek mag.

Esquire named its 75 Best People in the World- journos whos make the cut include Fox News’ Shepard Smith, CBS’ Lara Logan, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Pat Buchanan, NBC’s Lester Holt and Rupert Murdoch.


Journos are losing jobs at three times the rate of average workers.

WaPo: The Federal Communications Commission’s proposal of new rules to prevent companies such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from deliberately blocking or slowing certain Web traffic is expected to advance with three votes out of the five-member agency, according to sources.

Reliable Source noticed a documentary film crew following Van Jones this weekend.


The pool reported yesterday that NYT‘s Tom Friedman played a round of golf with President Obama yesterday, prompting all sorts of “the green is flat” jokes in our Twitterverse.


WaPo: Irving Kristol, 89, a forceful essayist, editor and university professor who became the leading architect of neoconservatism, which he called a political and intellectual movement for disaffected ex-liberals, like himself, who had been “mugged by reality,” died Friday.

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Kennedy Coverage on TV Tonight and Tomorrow

Tonight a “Celebration of Life Memorial Service” will be held for Senator Ted Kennedy at the JFK Library in Boston. Saturday, the Senator’s funeral services will be held in Boston and in Arlington National Cemetery. Here’s how it will be covered (via TVNewser):

CNN: Beginning at 7pmET, Campbell Brown and Wolf Blitzer will anchor coverage the memorial.

Tomorrow CNN’s special programming will begin at 10amET with Blitzer and Anderson Cooper anchoring the funeral Mass coverage. John King will be providing additional reports on the ground. Blitzer and Cooper will again anchor for coverage of the Arlington services starting at 4pmET. CNN’s regular programming will feature updates throughout the rest of the day.

Fox News: Shepard Smith will anchor memorial coverage from 7-9pmET followed by a special edition of “The O’Reilly Factor” at 9pmET. “On the Record” will air at 10pmET.

Tomorrow Fox News will have “Fox & Friends” at 7amET with Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson, and Brian Kilmeade until 10amET when Smith will anchor special coverage of the funeral Mass with Martha MacCallum on location in Boston. From 5-7pmET, Chris Wallace will anchor coverage of the Arlington National Cemetery services. At 7pmET, Smith will host a special edition of “FOX Report” until 8pmET.

MSNBC: Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, and Rachel Maddow will anchor coverage of the service from 6-10pmET. At 10pmET, MSNBC will re-air “The Kennedy Brothers” documentary followed by “Headliners & Legends: Ted Kennedy” at 11pmET.

At 8amET, MSNBC will broadcast a special “Morning Joe” with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. Starting at 10amET, Matthews and Olbermann will anchor coverage of the funeral Mass. At 2pmET, MSNBC will again run “The Kennedy Brothers” documentary. From 3-6pmET, MSNBC will have coverage of the burial services.

PBS: The service will be covered on “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” which will feature footage from it in west coast broadcasts.

ABC: Saturday morning, Kate Snow will anchor “GMA” from the JFK Library in Boston. At approximately 10:30amET ABC News will broadcast live coverage of the funeral Mass anchored by Charlie Gibson. At approximately 5:30pmET, Gibson will anchor coverage of the burial service. Throughout the coverage, George Stephanopoulos, Terry Moran, Snow, John Berman, and Susan Milligan will be joining Gibson. Gibson will also anchor “World News” in the evening.

CBS: CBS News will cover the memorial live Saturday morning starting at 10amET with Harry Smith anchoring from New York, and Bob Schieffer, Nancy Cordes and Wyatt Andrews in Washington.

NBC: Starting at 10amET, Brian Williams will anchor NBC News coverage of the funeral Mass. At 5:30pmET, NBC News coverage will resume for the burial service. NBC News’ coverage will be supplemented by reporting from Andrea Mitchell, Anne Thompson, Kelly O’Donnell, Lester Holt, Mike Taibbi, Mike Viqueira, Norah O’Donnell, and Savannah Guthrie.

CSPAN: The Mass will air live 10:30amET-12:30pmET from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Boston and the burial service live at 5:30pmET from Arlington National Cemetery.

Kennedy Coverage: Thursday Broadcast Network Plans

As you’ve seen on cable this afternoon- Senator Kennedy and family are motorcading to Boston from Hyannis. The approximate arrival time is 4pm at the JFK Library. The Senator will lie in repose at the library from 6pm on.

TVNewser has compiled the following network coverage plans:

• ABC’s Charlie Gibson will anchor portions of the motorcade in special reports as well as “World News” from the JFK library in Boston.

• CBS will have a live special report when the motorcade arrives in Boston, but could feature break-ins earlier. The special report will be anchored by Russ Mitchell in New York. Tonight, Katie Couric will host “Evening News” from Boston.

• NBC tells TVNewser that, for the most part, MSNBC will cover the daytime events. On “Nightly News,” Lester Holt will anchor from the Kennedy Library with Andrea Mitchell, Kelly O’Donnell and Mike Taibbi reporting.

Guthrie Anchors Weekend Nightly

NBC’s Savannah Guthrie took a break from the White House briefing room to anchor Saturday’s “Nightly News” in Lester Holt‘s place. While she was in NY, Guthrie also co-anchored Saturday’s “Today Show.”

Remembering Russert: DC And Beyond Reflect

This past Saturday marked the one year anniversary of the death of Tim Russert. The journalism icon was remembered this weekend throughout DC and beyond- with tributes in his hometown newspaper, The Buffalo News, on NBC by his former colleagues, and also by his former competitors.

“Meet the Press” anchor David Gregory marked Russert’s legacy on Sunday’s show. “He’s here, still teaching by examples, offering the lessons of a full life we can emulate.”

Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

TVNewser: One Year Later: Remembering Tim Russert

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Politico: Remembering “Meet the Press” host Tim Russert

The Buffalo News: Russert Remembered on Anniversary of His Death

Matt Cooper: Tim Russert, Me And The CIA Leak Case

CBS’ Bob Schieffer‘s commentary on Sunday’s “Face the Nation”: “We have a wall of TV sets in our office where we monitor the competition, and on Sundays I still find myself looking at those screens expecting to find that big, round Irish face of Tim Russert.”

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos: “It was fun to cover politics with Tim and an honor to compete against him.”

FOX News Sunday’s Chris Wallace (via TVNewser): “I don’t think the basic goal of political talk shows has changed at all since Tim’s tragic death. We are still trying to get our national leaders off their talking points – to react in real time – and explain their policies and actions. I never would have admitted it while he was alive, but he was the best at that. And a year after his death, all of us on the Sunday morning beat are still trying to live up to the standard he set.”

NBC’s Tom Brokaw (via TVNewser): “It’s testimony to Tim’s legacy that politicians, journalists, and viewers alike still refer to the high standard of his work and say how much they miss him. We were lucky to have him for as long as we did – and we must always be mindful of his commitment to the place of vigorous journalism in the public arena.”

NBC’s tributes from Chris Matthews, Andrea Mitchell and more continued after the jump…

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Morning Reading List, 01.22.09


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Morning Reading List, 01.09.09


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Morning Reading List, 05.10.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Most of you have a book in you, somewhere.

  • NBC announced that “Lester Holt will become anchor of the top-rated Saturday and Sunday editions of NBC ‘Nightly News,’ effective immediately. According to the release, “In addition to this new role, Holt will continue to co-anchor the weekend editions of ‘Today.’ He will also serve as a fill-in anchor and correspondent for ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ and the weekday ‘Today’ program.”

  • A reader offers “another snapshot of the Capitol Hill pubs: Months in Existence: Roll Call: 624 The Hill: 156 Politico: 4 Looks like somebody is growing pretty quickly…”

  • Seattle Times reports, “Microsoft thinks the advertising business model for traditional media — venues where advertisers still channel most of their spending — will fall apart faster in the coming five years.”

  • Check out the online chat Washington Post ombudsman Deborah Howell did yesterday, discussing “her weekly column and her role in improving public understanding of the newspaper and journalism.”

  • The New York Observer has the run down of Tuesday night’s Time 100 gala.

  • E&P reports, outgoing New York Times Public Editor Byron Calame said, “The prospect of Mr. Murdoch owning the Journal is disturbing and disconcerting to me.”

  • Potomac Flacks is looking for a new blog contributor. If you are interested in being a contributor, please contact Matt Mackowiak at

  • CNET reports, “While Microsoft is working to catch up to Google in areas such as search, it is also looking to technology to provide new types of Internet content and advertising that it hopes will change the rules of the game.”

  • From a reader: “I think CBS should change the name of their newscast to ‘CBS Evening Blues’”

  • Ben Smith reports that yesterday “Rubert Murdoch introduced Bloomberg at News Corp.’s announcement that the company is going green.”

  • Reuters reports, “Old media turns combative against new media”

  • David Bauder reports, “In TV’s worst spring in recent memory, an alarming number of Americans drifted away from television the past two months: More than 2.5 million fewer people were watching ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox than at the same time last year, statistics show.”

  • Forbes reports that Google “is in the early stages of a partnership with publishers such as the New York Times Co. and Tribune to sell print ads in newspapers, part of the company’s broader efforts to move into traditional, offline forms of advertising.”

  • The AP reports, “Macy’s Chief Marketing Officer Delivers Tough Love Speech to Newspapers”

  • Forbes reports, “Analysts say competition concerns will be the deal’s main stumbling block” in the deal between Thomson and Reuters Group.

  • The AP reports, “News Corp. President Peter Chernin told a cable industry gathering Tuesday that ‘this is a world in which the big get bigger.’” The AP also reported from the conference, Comcast Corp. Chief Executive Brian Roberts showed off “new technology that enabled a data download speed of 150 megabits per second, or roughly 25 times faster than today’s standard cable modems.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Simon & Schuster Inc. announced that it is launching a digital video channel to promote the company’s authors and forthcoming releases.”

  • Reuters reports, “Media executives on Tuesday criticized potential further U.S government involvement in regulating what Americans watch on television and called on industry lobbyists to prepare for a battle in Washington.”


  • Environment & Energy Publishing, LLC is seeking a senior reporter.

  • Safety Net Hospitals for Pharmaceutical Access Staff is looking for a Writer/Newsletter Editor.

  • Thompson Publishing Group is looking for an Energetic Reporter/Editor.

  • American Society for Engineering Education is looking for an Editor.

  • America’s Promise/The Alliance For Youth is looking for a Web Content Manager.

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