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Washington Ideas Forum Comes to Close

That’s a wrap!  The second and final day of the Washington Ideas Forum came to a close this afternoon following a lively panel discussion featuring Margaret Carlson, NBC’s Chuck Todd, Atlantic Media’s Ron Brownstein, Charlie Cook and CNN’s John King.  The crew discussed a variety of topics but ultimately landed on the media’s role in politics and why a very disenchanted American public believes that Washington is broken and disconnected.  Chuck Todd conceded, admitting that Americans have a lack of faith in the media because ”we’re doing a poor job covering the recession.”  Todd went on to explain that the media makes a spectacle out of issues that aren’t of great concern to the average citizen.  “Rahm leaving, Rahm not –that’s why the media doesn’t have the trust of the public.  It’s just stupid,” he said. 

But journalists weren’t the headliners for most of  the event, attended by a ”who’s who” of media, business and the political set.  Director Spike Lee, Governor Haley Barbour, Richard Holbrooke, Senator Jim Webb, Tony and Heather Podesta, and  Ahmed Chalabi all took to the stage today.  Spotted taking in a few sessions were CBS’s Chris Isham, The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove, Slate‘s Dave Weigel, HuffPost’s Sam Stein, NYT‘s Maureen Dowd, CNN’s Edie Emery and Michelle Jaconi, Sally Quinn and The Atlantic‘s Marc Ambinder

Members of the media view interviews from the press room.

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Quote of the Day

Mother’s Day hell

“Why am I being made to jump through fiery hoops in order to get credit card charges reversed on Mother’s Day flowers not delivered? Why?” –The Daily Beast’s (and formerly WaPo) Lloyd Grove in a Monday tweet.

Journalist recalls joys of no Internet

“My younger colleagues are learning the joys of the old days when there was no email // what if there was no internet!?”
Congress Daily’s Bill Swindell in a Monday tweet.

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Politico’s Tightly Controlled Allbritton Brunch Message

Dominating the world takes skill, thought, finesse, lots of meetings — and not letting hardly anyone in to cover your brunch except for your own reporters. And even then, you don’t let many of your own reporters attend.

Politico’s publisher Robert Allbritton held a brunch for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this year for the the first time on Sunday at his gorgeous, multi-million dollar Georgetown home. PR strictness was at an all-time high: The only one to really officially cover it was Politico with their own Patrick Gavin and Amie Parnes. The piece read like an upper crust, high society report. Not surprisingly, it was descriptive, tasteful and void of any of the typical musings party coverage might have. The story headline: “Allbritton Brunch: The New Party in Town.”

Some Politico reporters expressed irritation that even they couldn’t get into the exclusive brunch. FishbowlDC was told that Allbritton’s wife, Elena, held complete control over the guest list, but that does not appear to be the case.

Noteworthy is the fact that NYT Magazine’s Mark Leibovich, who recently wrote an 11-page tome on one of Politico’s stars, Mike Allen, attended the brunch. WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger, who co-writes “The Reliable Source”, was invited to Allbritton’s brunch, but did not attend. “Once you get past the Big Event of Saturday, there’s an element of diminishing returns in all these follow-up events, reporting-wise,” Argetsinger told FishbowlDC. “I would have loved to have seen the house, but I had a TV spot in the a.m. (which got canceled by the car bomb), and then had to spend the day in the office writing the column. So I skipped all the Sunday parties.”

The Washington Examiner’s Tara Palmeri was not invited, but got into the event because she accompanied The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove. Rumors of NYP‘s Page Six attending had swirled, but nothing turned up in the column today. Even Grove has not published anything yet on the Allbritton brunch, and if it doesn’t happen in the next few days, it won’t likely happen. He did see to it to report on PR maven Tammy Haddad’s Saturday “Garden Party.”

Palmeri’s item on the Allbritton brunch was the only one that revealed any personality whatsoever going on at the brunch — it was on the bickering between ABC’s Jake Tapper and FNC’s Chris Wallace over a late guest they both had on their Sunday morning shows. Read it here.

This photograph below reveals a possible press strategy for next year’s Allbritton brunch. They could do what Haddad did at her “Garden Party” and cordon off the press in a pen for maximum party message control.

Then again, that might take away from the dignity of the party.

Full Disclosure: FishbowlDC requested to attend the party but was turned down.

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Daily Beast Putting Death Knell on White House Press Corps

coffin_lg.gif The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove has put a dreary spin on the state of the White House Press Corps. Grove’s boss, Editor Tina Brown, doesn’t do much to help the attitude that the White House is determining its own press. Brown, in promoting Grove’s piece, in a tweet said: “Hey White House press corps, are you aware you are now irrelevant?”

Read “Death of the White House Press Corps” here.

Gregory’s Quest to be King

s-DANCE-DAVID-GREGORY-large.jpgThe Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove interviews NBC “Meet the Press” Host David Gregory in his lengthy “Off the Air” feature. It’s a shock to receive the URL, which reads (in part): david-gregory-off-the-air.

Gregory (very much ON the air), began hosting the show in December 2008 after the beloved Tim Russert died.

Standout Quotes:

1. “We’re still on top after my first year.”

2. “I want to be agenda-setting.”

3. “It’s not who is a better hustler or booker.”

4. “I don’t think dancing on Meet the Press would be a good idea.”

5. “…those times when we got beaten on a Sunday, I hated it.”

Gregory tells Grove that ass-kissing “comes with the territory.” On people sucking up to him: “…in some cases people are nicer sometimes, they curry favor because they want to be on the program.”

Read Grove’s Gregory interview here.

Sunday Show Notes: CNN in HD, Norah for Chris, Ratings, and George

• CNN’s “State of the Union with John King” debuted a new open in HD yesterday.

• MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell filled in for Chris Matthews on his Sunday show for the first time yesterday.

• Your Sunday show ratings for last week, courtesy of TVNewser. Sunday, Sept. 6th, NBC’s “Meet the Press” took first in total viewers and the demo, ABC and CBS mixed it up- “This Week” placed second in total viewers, while “Face the Nation” placed second in the demo. Check out the numbers here.

• And on the Daily Beast, the 7 Best Moments from Sunday Talk.

• Also on the Daily Beast, ABC’s George StephanopoulosCatches Up” with Lloyd Grove on his relationship with the Clintons and Rahm Emanuel, his appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” and what he says sets him apart from his Sunday show competitors- “My experience in Congress, in the House, in presidential campaigns, in the White House, I hope it’s one of the things that sets me apart on Sunday morning and in my day-to-day work—that people know that I’ve been there, that I understand the issues, that I understand the politics, that I’ve lived it. Not just talked about it.”

And after the jump, check out video on CBSNews.com from Steve Kroft‘s interview with President Obama, which aired on “60 Minutes” last night…

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Morning Reading List, 10.24.08

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Good morning Washington.

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We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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We Read Lloyd Grove’s 4,251 Word Profile of Katharine Weymouth So You Don’t Have To…

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Above: Katharine Weymouth, continuing her “Who Says Publishers Can’t Be Sexy?” campaign

The highlights of Lloyd Grove‘s Portfolio piece after the jump…(and do not forget to click on this stunning graph, which really hammers home the tough spot the Washington Post is in…)

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Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo, CNBC’s Erin Burnett, Newsweek’s Jon Meacham, Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan, Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, NBC’s Political Director Chuck Todd

  • Face the Nation: Senators Lindsey Graham (R-NC) and Jack Reed (D-RI) and Ana Marie Cox, Time.com, Roger Simon, Politico.com and Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Time Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief.

  • This Week: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and a roundtable with Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Cynthia Tucker, Time Magazine’s Jay Carney, ABC News Claire Shipman and George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM), Governor Ed Rendell (D-PA), former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors Glenn Hubbard and a panel with Brit Hume, Jill Zuckman, Bill Kristol and Juan Williams. The Power Player of the Week is Eli Manning.

  • Late Edition: Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mowaffak al-Rubaie, Iraq National Security Adviser, Gov. Janet Napolitano (D-AZ), Sen. Obama campaign supporter, Grover Norquist, president, Americans for Tax Reform, Laura Tyson, former economic adviser for Pres. Clinton, Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), Sen. Clinton campaign supporter; Bill Schneider, CNN senior political analyst, Mark Halperin, senior political analyst, TIME magazine, Jessica Yellin, CNN congressional correspondent

  • Chris Matthews Show: Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune; Elisabeth Bumiller of the New York Times; Norah O’Donnell, MSNBC Chief Washington correspondent; and John Heilemann of New York magazine

  • Reliable Sources: Eric Deggans, media critic, St. Petersburg Times, Michael Medved, conservative talk radio host, Byron Pitts, national correspondent, CBS News, Andrea Peyser, columnist, New York Post, Lloyd Grove, contributor, New York Magazine, Ali Velshi, CNN senior business correspondent, Jim Cramer, host of “Mad Money”, CNBC, Steve Wilson, investigative reporter, WXYZ Detroit

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Assistant Treasury Secretary for Financial Markets, Anthony Ryan will be interviewed by Wall Street Journal Chief Economics Correspondent, Greg Ip, and Washington Post Economics Reporter, Neil Irwin.

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin

  • This is America: A roundtable with Eleanor Clift of Newsweek, David Boaz of the Cato Institute, Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune, Fox News political analyst columnist Linda Chavez, TV news political analyst columnist Bob Franken, and Deborah Simmons of the Washington Times.

  • CN8′s Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Bruce Josten from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    Note: The guest lists for Tim Russert was unavailable.

  • Morning Reading List, 10.22.07

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  • The White House bids farewell to Josh Deckard.

  • A NBC release announced, “‘Meet the Press,’ the longest running television show in the world, reached a programming milestone, airing its 3,000th broadcast last Sunday, October 14. In addition, according to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press’ topped the competition on Sunday, winning in all categories across the
    country and in Washington D.C.”

  • Deb Howell’s weekly column. Clark Hoyt’s too.

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday October 14, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ beat CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers for the fifth straight week. This marks the sixth time in seven weeks ‘This Week’ outperformed ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers. ‘This Week’ is also the only Sunday discussion program up year-to-date (4%) among Total Viewers.”

  • PEJ Talk Show Index for Oct. 7-12 shows, “The debut of Fred Thompson as a GOP debater helped make last week the second-biggest week of the year in the talk show universe for the 2008 presidential campaign. But so did a talk brouhaha over a more tangential topic involving the debate.”

  • Herald Sun reports, “Speaking at News Corp’s annual meeting of stockholders in New York, Mr. Murdoch, said the global media giant’s proven track record spoke for itself. ‘Revenues have grown an average of 14 percent a year over the past five years and operating income is up 14 percent a year on average over the past four years,’ he said.”

  • Food Service Monthly has started a blog! Check it out.

  • PBC announced that “White House Chronicle” now airs on the Washington-Baltimore area’s three major PBS affiliates: WHUT-TV, Channel 32, WETA-TV, Channel 26, and WMPT-TV, Channel 22. Also, XM Satellite Radio will air “White House Chronicle” on P.O.T.U.S. ’08 (Channel 130) every Saturday, beginning Oct. 12.

  • New York Times reports, “Media companies are often criticized for not taking enough risks in choosing television shows, authors, movies and musicians. But when it comes to technology start-ups, their appetite for risk appears to be on the rise.”

  • InternetNews.com reports, “Leading Internet and media companies teamed up … to set ground rules for dealing with copyright infringement in videos uploaded to user-generated content Web sites — and demanding stronger efforts on the part of content hosts.”

  • Reuters reports, “U.S. communications regulators cited conservative commentator Armstrong Williams on Thursday for violating a ban on ‘payola’ in promoting the Bush administration’s education plan.”

  • USA Today reports, “Google’s third-quarter revenue jumped 57%, but a hiring binge and product speculation left Wall Street wondering what the search giant wasn’t revealing.”

  • A reader tells us that NBC4 anchor Wendy Rieger. said her weekly Going Green reports on NBC4 (Tuesdays at 5:00pm) and has been picked up on by New York folks and “mandated that all NBC affiliates show her reports or take up the cause on their own. Even Brian Williams started his own Going Green segment on Nightly News, mainly from what Wendy started here. Way to go!”

  • Rieger is also hosting a gay-youth assistance fundraiser, SMYAL, on November 4. Click here for more details.

  • AP reports, “To test claims by users that Comcast Corp. was blocking some forms of file-sharing traffic, The Associated Press went to the Bible. An AP reporter attempted to download, using file-sharing program BitTorrent, a copy of the King James Bible from two computers in the Philadelphia and San Francisco areas, both of which were connected to the Internet through Comcast cable modems. We picked the Bible for the test because it’s not protected by copyright and the file is a convenient size. In two out of three tries, the transfer was blocked.” Also, the AP reports, “Comcast Corp. actively interferes with attempts by some of its high- speed Internet subscribers to share files online, a move that runs counter to the tradition of treating all types of Net traffic equally.”

  • From Wonkette: “Flipping though an advanced copy of Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson, one item popped off the page. Apparently, Thompson used to date Sally Quinn of The Washington Post: ‘He was always pumping me,’ she says of the late journalist’s thirst for Washington gossip.”

  • Find out why his Extreme-ness calls Campaigns & Elections Magazine’s Walter Alarkon “The Best Political Reporter Today.”

  • Roll Call is holding an Adjournment Contest! “Guess, to the minute, the exact date and time that the second chamber of Congress will adjourn sine die for the first session of the 110th Congress. The person who comes closest to the actual time wins. If there is a tie, Roll Call will hold a drawing to determine the winner.” The winner gets a $500 gift certificate to Fogo de Chão. Email your entry to contest@rollcall.com by 5 p.m. Oct. 26.

  • CQ wants to know what you think about CQPolitics.

  • A reader writes in, “perhaps Facebook is more trouble than it’s worth — it’s just another vehicle for self-important journos who are more about capped teeth than reporting…”

  • Politico’s Ken Vogel reports, “Colbert ‘run’ risks breaking law”

  • Lloyd Grove interviews Donnie Deutsch for Portfolio.com, “and gets the adman and CNBC host to address the Ann Coulter interview, his show as a vehicle to pick up women, future marriage and the Fox Business Network.”

  • A reader writes in: “It would be great if Stu Rothenberg started speaking in the third person. George is getting upset!”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “Comedy Central is getting more of Jon Stewart. The network said late Thursday that it has signed an extension with the ‘Daily Show’ host that will keep him around until at least 2010. Stewart’s contract would have expired at the end of 2008.”

  • Mixed Media reports,Tony Snow, the Fox News host-turned White House spokesman-turned unemployed guy, has signed on to be the keynote speaker at this year’s American Magazine Conference. Larry Hackett, managing editor of People, will conduct a Q&A with him. The conversation will be on the record — a good thing, since an attempt three years ago to keep Bill Clinton’s AMC remarks from leaving the room was contemptuously ignored by journalists in attendance. A spokeswoman for the Magazine Publishers of America declined to say if Snow — who left his job as White House spokesman saying he needed to make more money would be paid for the appearance.”

  • Bloomberg reports,Dean Singleton’s MediaNews Group Inc., the largest closely held U.S. newspaper publisher, plans to triple sales from its Internet sites by 2012.”

  • B&C reports, “The Federal Communications Commission issued its first fines for a station airing Armstrong Williams’ Department of Education-paid-for plugs for its ‘No Child Left Behind’ initiative. Station-owner Sinclair Broadcast Group doesn’t plan to pay the fine and said it will take the commission to court.”

  • To clarify, Major Garrett is currently the Chief Congressional Correspondent for FNC, but he was on the trail for the 2004 Presidential race and the 2006 mid-term elections.. he is not new to the campaign trail and has experience on the road covering the beat in previous elections.

  • Check out Mixed Media’s critique of Newsweek’s new design.

  • Mark your calendars! The Washington Blogger November Meetup is Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at 7:00 PM at RFD. Click here for full details.

  • Michael Getler, the PBS Ombudsman, writes, “Frontline, the outstanding (my opinion as well as that of many others) documentary series marked the beginning of its 25th season this week with another look into the often-closed world in which Vice-President Dick Cheney operates. The hour-long debut on Tuesday evening, Oct. 16, was titled ‘Cheney’s Law.’ It was produced by Michael Kirk, who could reasonably be labeled Minister of the Interior for his efforts, over the past six years, in turning out ten Frontline programs that, in one way or another, probed those activities of the Bush administration—whether one agrees with them or not—that have largely developed and been carried on out of public view.”

  • E&P reports, “Although Washington Post Radio was dropped last month after an unsuccessful 18-month run, the paper is still dealing with the fallout. A Newspaper Guild complaint that newsroom staffers had to perform extra work on the broadcast outlet has sparked a National Labor Relations Board hearing set for next week.”

  • National Journal’s William Powers writes, “Some good news about the media has actually been making headlines. When was the last time that happened? 1974? The bombshell is ProPublica, a brand-new investigative journalism outfit to be launched in January by one of the most respected figures in the newspaper business, longtime Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Paul Steiger.”

  • This week’s TV Q&A from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Rob Owen responds to questions about ads on WPXI, Jerry Seinfeld’s ‘Bee Movie’ minisodes on NBC and HBO’s ‘Five Days.’”

  • A release announced, “Inspired by Lions For Lambs (starring Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise), MGM and YOUTUBE have extended the opportunity to submit videos to Youtube in order to win $25,000 for a charity of the winner’s choice. Participants have until October 24th to submit a 90 second video explaining thoughts on key issues and causes in today’s world.” For more info, click here.

    Jobs

  • Thompson Publishing Group is looking for an Editor/Writer.

  • The Cecil Whig is looking for a Web-savvy copy editor.

  • The Virginian-Pilot is looking for a Business Reporter.

  • Jamestown Foundation is looking for a Publications Coordinator.

  • The Frederick News Post is looking for a Copy Editor.

  • FDCH is looking for an In-House News Transcriber.

  • The Associated Press is looking for a Satellite Coordinator.

  • Migration Policy Institute is looking for a Director of Communications.

  • Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is looking for a Technical Editor.

  • The Advisory Board Company is looking for an entry level writer.

  • Exchange Monitor Publications, Inc. is looking for Reporters.

  • The Current Newspapers is looking for a full-time reporter.

  • The Associated Press is looking for a Systems Engineer

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Supervising Senior Producer, Weekend Edition, Sunday and an Assistant Editor, Digital Media News.

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