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David Broder: Sept. 11, 1929 – March 9, 2011

Reporters, politicians and pundits honor the passing of WaPo‘s Broder

“OF ALL THE EPITAPHS that might fit him – journalist, columnist, commentator, author, teacher, student of politics – we think our friend and colleague Dave Broder, who died Wednesday at age 81, would probably be most pleased with the one-word description we offer.” — A WaPo editorial with the headline: “David Broder: Reporter.”

“Like so many here in Washington and across the country, Michelle and I were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of a true giant of journalism, David Broder.  David filed his first story from our nation’s capital before starting as a junior political writer on the 1960 presidential election.  In the decades that followed, he built a well-deserved reputation as the most respected and incisive political commentator of his generation – winning a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of Watergate and earning the affectionate title of Dean of the Washington press corps.  Through all his success, David remained an eminently kind and gracious person, and someone we will dearly miss.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this difficult time.” — A statement from President Obama.

“What I didn’t realize until I joined The Post in 1972 was that his influence on his colleagues was even greater than his influence on his readers. He saw to it that the newest and rawest members of the national staff, of which I was one, received top assignments that resulted in Page One stories, even if that meant that he took a back seat.” — Former WaPo White House Correspondent Lou Cannon in an op-ed on Broder in WaPo this morning.

“Interviewing them, Broder once said, invariably reminded him “that the American people don’t always have all the information in their hands, but their judgment is just about always sharp. You’ll find that they don’t make a hell of a lot of mistakes.” This was not a cynical reporter.” — WaPo Associate Editor Robert Kaiser in an op-ed on Broder in WaPo this morning.

“He could laugh with us at our mock annoyance in a way that told us he didn’t share this exalted estimate of his own skills. He once told me there were “too many days” when he wasn’t David Broder either.” – Jack Germond in an op-ed for Politico.

WaPo legend David Broder has died. RIP to the man who defined what it meant to be a political journalist.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza in a Wednesday tweet.

“I will never forget the first call from David Broder back in the 1984 Jackson campaign. He went beyond the process stories. Rest in peace!” — Democratic pundit and CNN Contributor Donna Brazile in a Wednesday tweet.

“Broder was on the campaign trail getting scoops and stories to the end. Never rested on his laurels.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Wednesday tweet.

News of the yes, that’s weird

“Male on Metro, approx 25 yrs old, staring at me while sucking his thumb. But that’s cool, it’s not weird.” — The Takeaway’s Capitol Hill radio correspondent Todd Zwillich in a Wednesday tweet.

Scribe has faraway hots for Walsh

“I like to pretend Joan Walsh was hot once upon a time.” — The Daily Caller‘s Jeff Poor in a Wednesday tweet regarding Salon‘s Editor-at-Large Joan Walsh who often appears on MSNBC’s “Hardball” with Chris Matthews.

Journo wishes scribes luck on frantic Wednesday coverage?

“R.I.P. David Broder – & good luck to media reporters, trying to cover his passing & Schiller resignation at NPR. Busy day on the media beat.” — Politico‘s Ken Vogel in a Wednesday tweet. Thanks Ken!

Washingtonian Editor acknowledges his dorkiness

“As a dork, I recall the 1st time I saw David Broder in person: Press room of the 1995 NGA convention in Vt. I was 14. #rip.” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff in a Wednesday tweet.

Note to HariHei: Journo sarcasm

“Because god forbid Outlook go one whole day without crashing.” — Politico Pro Web Producer Alex Guillen in a Thursday morning tweet.

WaPo Book Editor seeks San Fran getaway

“San Francisco friends: I’m looking for a furnished 3 bdrm place for June-Aug. Must be in Santa Clara County. Any leads appreciated.” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles in a Thursday tweet.

Blogger calls Sen. Reid ‘a clot’

“Roses are red, violets are not, but one thing’s for sure: Harry Reid is a clot.” — The Daily Caller‘s Jim Treacher in a Wednesday tweet. He links to a story about Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) challenging Republicans who are trying to do away with federally funded cowboy poetry festivals.

Journo smacks down Newt for cheating

“So apparently #newtgingrich cheated on women because he loved america so much. #todayinwtf” — TNR‘s Deputy Online Editor Seyward Darby in a Wednesday tweet.

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Morning Reading List 06.24.09

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What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…



NYT: After months of bitter struggle that included a threat to shut down The Boston Globe, the New York Times Company and the paper’s largest union reached a tentative contract settlement on Tuesday night, with employees agreeing to significant cuts in wages, benefits, and job security.

WaPo’s Katharine Weymouth spoke Saturday at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism’s commencement- the school also honored Roxana Saberi with its Medal for Courage. Weymouth said, “I believe firmly that great journalism – the need for good old-fashioned beat and enterprise reporting — has never been more important. Certainly no one would argue that there isn’t enough news to report anymore. Nor do I believe that people’s interest or engagement in the news has changed. What has changed is the number of voices out there, the role that media plays in our lives and the business model that has supported journalism. This is a time of great transformation — but it’s also a time of great anticipation and creativity.” Read her speech here.


Playbook reports this morning that there are “so many technicians and journalists are on the grounds that the Secret Service ran out of laminated “PRESS” passes and was giving “TOUR” tags to reporters.”

See how cable news ratings increased with coverage of Iran- Fox News ranked third in all of cable in primetime last week.

“Real World” is coming to DC, as you’ve heard, but there are major cuts coming to MTV.


The Iran election has increased new traffic to Twitter. Hitwise notes traffic to rose 13% June 12 compared with the previous Friday and was up 23% June 17 versus the prior Wednesday. (h/t WebNewser) has announced it is producing a daily half-hour program about the crisis in Iran. “Nightline: Iran in Crisis” will be broadcast at 11:30am and available on the Nightline section of and on ABC News NOW, the network’s 24-hour digital channel.


Roxana Saberi is working on a memoir of her arrest, sentence and release in Iran, to be published by HarperCollins in March 2010, according to the AP.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is penning a memoir expected out in spring 2011, a few months after former President George W. Bush’s book comes out, the AP points out. In an interview with the AP, Cheney said, “I want my grandkids, 20 or 30 years from now, to be able to read it and understand what I did, and why I did it.”


We seriously did not believe this when we first heard it, but now there’s video proof. Remember Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the Moon, an American icon? Just in time for the moon-landing anniversary, he’s teaming up with Snoop Dog and Talib Kweli to record his latest track, “Rocket Experience.” You have to see this for yourself at FishbowlLA.


Peter Osnos asks on The Daily Beast, “Does the Press Love Obama More Than Reagan?” Osnos checks in with ABC’s Sam Donaldson and WaPo’s Lou Cannon and David Hoffman.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, Politico

JOBS after the jump…

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Morning Reading List 06.22.09

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 (belated) Father’s Day, particularly to John Harwood, who received a fitting gift from MSNBC co-anchor Norah O’Donnell on-air Friday. Check out how CNN’s John King commemorated Father’s Day on “State of the Union” here. Also, we find this a little unfair, but HuffPost has a poll up, “Will the kids outshine their famous media dads?” DC’s Luke Russert ranks second out of nine most likely to.

Happy Birthday to Mike Allen, who officially celebrated 45 this weekend. And also to Brit Hume (h/t Playbook). What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…



NYT: Over the past year, the Boston Globe‘s union pursued a strategy of “frustration and delay,” while the company publicly said little about The Globe. As a result, employees were in the dark about the seriousness of the paper’s financial situation and the management proposals.


Fox’s Shepard Smith is profiled in Sunday’s NYT, “a study in contrast.” “While Mr. Smith does not draw the same attention as other evening anchors on the channel, his 7 p.m. show, “The Fox Report,” is having its best year, up 36 percent to almost two million viewers a night. He has beaten his cable news channel competition for 92 straight months. His coverage of the museum killing beat CNN and MSNBC combined. So why do some Fox viewers believe he does not belong? Maybe because Mr. Smith has established a record that seems antithetical to the image Fox has earned as a purveyor of conservative orthodoxy. He is the “voice of the opposition on some issues,” according to Bill Shine, Fox’s senior vice president for programming.”

Bobbie Battista, formerly of CNN, is now in on the jokes at the Onion News Network- also part of the entertainment at Friday night’s RTCA dinner.

Anderson Cooper, Tom Brokaw, and Ted Turner all make the wowOwow list of “Sexy Gray-Haired Men From Politics, Business and Hollywood”.


Google is experimenting with adding Wikipedia to news search results.

WaPo’s Howard Kurtz takes a visit to Gawker’s headquarters in NY for this week’s Media Notes.


NYT: David Rohde, a New York Times reporter who was kidnapped by the Taliban, escaped Friday night and made his way to freedom after more than seven months of captivity in the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan. More on how he escaped from NYT here.

Related- E&P: At least 40 news organizations observed a news blackout about the situation. And CSM: Should the media have kept quiet?

TVNewser has an update on Walter Cronkite‘s health here.


Bloomberg’s Al Hunt penned this piece for Sunday’s NYT, “Letter from Washington: On Message and on Everywhere.” “There will be no real Mr. Obama confidants in the press corps – no Ben Bradlee as in the Kennedy administration or Lou Cannon in the Reagan years – who have an authoritative, inside pipeline or are the president’s Boswells-in-waiting… To be sure, some of his aides are less measured. Rahm Emanuel, Mr. Obama’s chief of staff, actively courts journalists, even going with some of his favorites to a recent Bruce Springsteen concert. No one works the press more diligently than the special Afghanistan-Pakistan representative, Richard C. Holbrooke. The Obama team simultaneously courts and criticizes the media. It’s forever working the referees, complaining about stories, sometimes with no justification, in the hope of getting a better call next time.”

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, Politico

JOBS after the jump…

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Help Wanted at WaPo Foreign: Hoffman Out

Internal WaPo memo announcing open post left by Foreign AME David Hoffman:


After a storied career that has both epitomized and shaped our journalism, David Hoffman has decided to move on. Newcomers may know David only as the tireless, driven, knowledgeable and slightly intimidating AME for Foreign.

And that he is. He has masterfully led one of our premier staffs for the past four years, through wars, floods, terrorist attacks, nuclear threats, plane crashes, elections, revolutions and a wide range of enterprise. Under David, the staff has thrived and raked in acclaim and awards. He’s an insightful editor and a steady, calm voice for correspondents engaged in what’s often high-wire, high-impact journalism in difficult and dangerous places.

David came to The Post from Knight-Ridder in 1982, covering the Reagan White House through the summits with Gorbachev, the 1984 election campaign and the Iran-contra scandal. David was as tough and serious a reporter as he is an editor. He recounts that on the eve of an interview he, Lou Cannon, and Juan Williams had with Reagan, the president made a note of it in his diary: “3 journalists who usually kick my brains out.”

In 1988, David covered the first two years of the first Bush White House.He was later The Post’s correspondent in Jerusalem, and by 1995 had moved on to Russia for the last, wild years of the Yeltsin era. On returning to Washington, he became foreign editor and then AME, and he helped lead our coverage of the Afghan and Iraq wars. In recent years, he’s been an early, ardent champion of global, thematic enterprise journalism.

Although David has many ideas and offers that will keep him busy, including possibly another book, he will remain affiliated with the paper as a writer. We’re delighted with that, and you can expect to see his byline return to our pages.

With David stepping down as AME, we’re looking for someone to take over Foreign. This coverage is and will remain central to The Washington Post.

Our readers’ interest in world affairs has never been higher. Whether it’s coverage of the Iraq and Afghan wars, the emergence of new powers like China and India, the challenges posed by North Korea and Iran, or the cultures and forces that define our age, The Post is committed to foreign news. Nothing of consequence that happens in the world doesn’t somehow end up getting played out or played back in Washington.

If you are interested, or have thoughts or input to make about potential candidates, please see one of us by June 17.

Marcus Liz

June 3, 2009