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Posts Tagged ‘Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby’

Taking Out The Trash, 03.20.07

  • Picking the next president is easier than picking the NCAA College Basketball Champ.

  • NPR Files For Streaming-Royalty Rehearing

  • Michael Murphy joins Fox News Channel’s Washington bureau as the Senior Manager of Media Relations. He was formerly an account supervisor at Ketchum Public Relations in DC.

  • Congrats to The Hill for scoring some front-page love on last night’s Colbert Report.

  • Crawling through commercials at MSNBC

  • Dear reports that Sterling Publishing’s Union Square Press imprint will be putting out a book titled “The United States v. I. Lewis Libby” in April. “The book will be edited by investigative journalist Murray Waas of the National Journal.”

  • Sometimes you just can’t win…First, they’re a “GOP Shrill” then “It’s Unanimous: All Dem-Friendly Stories This Morning at The Politico.”

  • From a tipster: “Just noticing that ABC has item about 1984 ad, something reported in the Washington Times a week ago.”

  • Huh? What is this website all about?

  • Howard Kurtz reports, “Fifteen percent of stories on the network evening news in each of the last two years were reported by minorities, an all-time high that is more than double the level of 1990.” Women reported 28 percent of the pieces, just under the high-water mark of 29 percent set in 2002.

  • Is “spraying bullets“?

  • From a tipster: “There’s a new Jeff on K Street. Patch beats Birnbaum to the (same) story … by six days. Who’s editing In The Loop?! “Retailers, Banks Duke It Out Over Transaction Fees” – Jeff Patch, The Politico (March 14, 2007) “Retailers, Credit Card Companies Quibble Over Footing The Bill” – Jeffrey H. Birnbaum, The Washington Post (March 20, 2007) )”

  • The AP reports that “about one-third of the people living in the national’s capital are functionally illiterate, compared with about one-fifth nationally, according to a report on the District of Columbia.”

  • Cathy Seipp’s daughter, Maia, informs Seipp’s blog readers of her current condition.

  • CBS Leans On Sources & ‘Our Partners At’ To Say Gonzales Is A Goner

  • Roll Call made its own March Madness fun, matching each school in the NCAA tourney with its Representative. They will fill in the winners as the tournament progresses.

  • Wolf Blitzer drives himself to work!

  • E&P reports that despite the toll the Iraq War is taking on papers, “top news outfits, from The New York Times to Associated Press, remain committed to covering the war, with no immediate plans for cutbacks.”

  • If FNC & CBC Partner For Debates… Will We See A ‘Massive Grass-Roots Backlash?‘”

  • The AP has a piece on NBC and ABC Iraq correspondents Richard Engel and Terry McCarthy, both of whom have been covering the war since the beginning. “This week their respective networks will be showcasing their work, which has included dodging bullets and escaping carjackings while trying to hold onto a personal life at home.” (via Eat the Press)

  • Over the weekend, Slate points out that The Post apparently isn’t much fond of firearms. In a recent piece by Paul Duggan on the overturned ban on handguns, there are phrases like “lawsuit that gutted the District’s tough gun-control statute,” “recruited a group of strangers to sue the city and bankrolled their successful litigation” and even the headline refers to the “lawyer who wiped out [the] D.C. gun ban.”

  • Who will win the “I’m Not A Political Genius But I Play One On TV” award?

  • Washington Whispers reports that Scott McClellan “is shopping a book proposal around and hopes to land a deal this month.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is also writing a book on his roots and his start in Washington. And… former Sen. Fred Thompson is planning more fundraisers for convicted perjurer Lewis “Scooter” Libby. “Friends say it will help him show conservatives that he not only believes in the Bush team but is not a fair-weather friend.”

  • National Journal’s Andrew Noyes reports that C-SPAN “recently decided after some haranguing to expand access to its repository of footage from congressional hearings, federal agency briefings, and White House events.”

  • Washington Whispers also reports, “White House spokesman Tony Snow, takes a center-stage role in PBS’s two-hour special, The Boomer Century 1946–2046, on March 28. It will show three pics of Snow: as a kid, playing his rock flute, and dressed up as the prez’s spokesman.”

  • In DCist’s opinion, 94.7 “the Globe” is “not half bad.”

  • Acorn Media Group, “a leading independent global media company,” announced in a release that Miguel Penella is taking over as the new Chief Executive Officer effective April 1.

  • TVNewser reports that David Bloom’s wife, Melanie Bloom, spoke to MSNBC’s Chip Reid yesterday about her husband’s work and his untimely death.

  • A reader offers his take on the hot (or lack there of) D.C. journos:
      That’s somewhat ridiculous! There are literally thousands of working journalists in the D.C. area. To assume that not one of them — I’m referring to girls here, since that’s my particular focus — isn’t “hot” is just a ridiculous generalization. The short answer is “yes.” In fact, there are “hot,” or attractive, women at small local papers in the suburbs, at papers in the Baltimore area, at papers, radio stations, television stations and internet sites throughout the D.C. area, and at many of the bureaus of the larger national publications in those offices at the National Press Building. There are attractive women at newsletters, publishers, p.r. firms, lobbying firms, marketing firms, and whatever else type of journalism office you can name. All you need to do is head out to social events (not even the high-end glitzy ones — those are bogus) such as happy hours, get-togethers, parties and Press Club functions, and you’ll see that there are literally plenty of attractive single women in journalism throughout the Baltimore and D.C. metropolitan areas.

  • Gawker’s “ThemTube: Spinning Tucker’s Bow Tie

  • In addition to losing some comics from the Post, DCist reports, “There’ll be a few other changes, too, including the removal of some panel cartoons in favor of others and the tossing-in of six-days-a-week Scrabble Gram and Stickelers puzzles.”

  • DCeiver exposes the Washington Post’s sports bias.

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    Taking Out The Trash, 03.13.07

  • Most of you are looking forward to the NCAA College Basketball Tournament. Woo-hoo!

  • A tipster informs us that Bloomberg’s Paul Basken is leaving for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • A reader tells us, “People are ignoring the Len/Phil memo because editors are not policing it. Laws don’t matter if they are not enforced.”

  • A reader asks, “Woah — why did Hagel just single out Dana Bash in his prez announcement press conference? He went on and on, a little odd.”

  • House Democrats will host a press conference today, calling on news networks to address the Media Matters Sunday Show Report. The presser is at 11 a.m. on the Cannon Terrace. Reps. Maurice Hinchey, Lynn Woolsey and Marcy Kaptur will attend, along with Media Matters’ Senior Fellow Paul Waldman. Check out the report here.

  • Lost of comments about the Washington Times in this Washington Post online chat (about this article).

  • Hinchey also released a statement on the pending presser. “My colleagues and I will be appealing directly to the major networks to do the right thing and provide equal opportunities for Democrats, who control both chambers of Congress, to appear on these shows and give their perspectives on the important issues of the day.” Is it us, or is there a threat in there?

  • More from the Fox v. Nevada Dems debate…

  • His Extremeness points out a hilarious exchange between Rich Little and his “ageless contemporary” Sam Donaldson.

  • Steve Chapman has the real take-away from the Libby trial. “Reporters who thought they had the privilege of keeping their sources secret, no matter what, found they were living in a fool’s paradise.”

  • Colin McEnroe outlines why “Meet The Press” is no longer a Sunday morning must see.

  • The Post has the Libby trial through the eyes of a juror (oh, and a former Post reporter).

  • Byron Calame reports that Bill Keller acknowledged that the New York Times “could have been quicker in responding to the Post’s stories” on Walter Reed.

  • The family of slain journalist David E. Rosenbaum could be the motivation for improving emergency services in Washington. In return for dropping their $20 million lawsuit, “the District has agreed to establish a task force that will come up with recommendations to improve how emergency services are delivered.”

  • Albany Times Union’s Rex Smith on the Libby trial: “What you need to understand is that all the conniving and strategizing about media placement and messages can actually serve citizens well. It’s not as evil as it sounds. Not evil, that is, if reporters do their jobs well and turn official spinning into spun yarn, and the full garment of news coverage readers have a right to expect.”

  • Wonkette is the proud winner of a Bloggie. Congrats!

  • In covering the “election” of Joe Baca as chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), Adventures of the Coconut Caucus discovers “that apparently NPR doesn’t know any Latinos.”

  • Congrats to the GW Hatchet for winning 16 Region 2 Mark of Excellence Awards. The SPJ awards will be presented during the Mark of Excellence Luncheon at the upcoming Spring Conference, March 30-31, 2007, in Richmond, Virginia. The conference will be held at Virginia Commonwealth University.

  • There are so few real watershed moments, but Tim Rutten finally found one. “When it comes to relations between prosecutors and the press, the trial of former vice presidential Chief of Staff I. Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby is one of them. … What set Libby’s trial apart from others of its type was this simple fact: Of the 19 witnesses called to testify, 10 were journalists.”

  • Despite talk that newspapers are dying, the print product will continue to exist “from now ’til eternity,” predicts industry observer Samir Husni. Print media simply need to do a better job of showing how their stories relate to readers, he says. Also: Tabloid headlines provide a “small thrill.”