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Sites Abuzz With News of Jenny Sanford Divorce

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, wife of South Carolina GOP Gov. Mark Sanford is making the split official: she’s filing for divorce, reports Fox News.

We should have known it was only a matter of time. On Walters’s special the other night, when Walters asked if the governor was the love of her life, she replied just a tad too sharply, “Obviously not.”

More on Jenny’s reasoning from HuffPo after the jump…

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Morning Reading List 07.06.09

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Happy Birthday to NBC’s Athena Jones! What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…



NYT ombudsman addressed David Rohde‘s kidnapping in Saturday’s paper. Clark Hoyt: Had I been in [executive editor Bill] Keller’s shoes, I would have done what he did for [David] Rohde and his companions, even though Keller acknowledged, “I’ll never know for sure whether our silence had any impact whatsoever on David’s fate.”


How Sarah Palin’s news broke on TV this holiday weekend, from TVNewser.

Sunday show ratings: “Meet the Press with David Gregory was #1 again last week and for the second quarter of 2009, but the gap continues to narrow. “Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer” was second in Total Viewers last week while “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” was second in younger viewers.

From TVNewser: Schieffer’s show is up 13% in both Total Viewers and A25-54 viewers compared to last year. “This Week” is up 15% in Total Viewers and up 7% in the demo versus last year. This was the smallest Q2 gap between “This Week and “Meet” since 1998.

Even Admiral Michael Mullen can’t resist the CNN magic wall. On Sunday’s “State of the Union” with John King, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff used the magic wall to describe situations for US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Dan Abrams‘ “Huffington Post meets Gawker” website Mediaite launched early this morning. Editor-at-large Rachel Sklar did an email interview with Gawker and WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz caught up with Abrams and others involved in today’s Media Notes.

Salon: How blogs changed everything.


Gov. Mark Sanford‘s book on ‘policy beliefs’ has been shelved. From his publisher: “Sentinel has agreed to release Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina from his contract to write a book about fiscal conservatism, which was to be called WITHIN OUR MEANS and was scheduled for publication in March 2010. This is a mutual decision. We wish Governor Sanford the best.” (h/t HuffPost)


You heard Sarah Palin‘s news this weekend. Now Politico reports her attorney threated Saturday to sue mainstream news organizations if they publish “defamatory” stories on whether or not Palin is under federal investigation. Newly launched Mediaite weighs in: “Palin blames the media (again), and everyone comes out a winner.”

HAT TIPS: mediabistro

REVOLVING DOOR and JOBS after the jump…

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FishPoolDC: Our Insider’s Notes from Today’s Press Briefing

A truly brief pre-holiday weekend briefing started with Press Secretary/WH School Marm Robert Gibbs‘ scolding of NBC’s Chuck Todd for another late entrance (though no one heard a two-minute warning). “Three times — you’ve got to go to detention hall,” RG announced. (Chucky T was allowed to stay.)

But… Free Ice Cream?!: With more grim economic numbers out this morning, Gibbs continued to keep the bar low on short-term employment data. Asked if the WH still expected to see 10% unemployment this year, Gibbs said, “Absolutely,” adding, “in the next two to three months — I think it’s quite clear that we’ll hit that number.” He noted POTUS’s “impatience” and said, “He sees this economy through the eyes of the American people, and obviously the American people are continuing to hurt.” (On a completely unrelated up side, Gibbs wondered aloud if a ringing cell phone was an ice cream truck. “Ice cream sandwiches are on me,” he said. So… at least we have that going for us.)

Salons are for Hair and Nails: When Gibbs recognized WaPo‘s Michael Shear after an unusually early “thank you” from AP’s Liz Sidoti to close the briefing, Shear’s intro of “On healthcare…” drew laughs from all corners. Rumors of WaPo‘s salon-style healthcare gatherings with Obama officials and the controversial $25,000 price tag for lobbyist tickets has sparked a significant journalistic ethics debate around town. “The Counsel’s office has advised me to ask Mike exactly how much each of these questions is costing,” Gibbs cracked. NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny, next to Shear, made his seatmate squirm as he asked Gibbs to weigh in on the salon idea. RG said no verdict had been rendered but that the salons “would likely exceed what the Counsel would feel, in this case, would be appropriate.”

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Morning Reading List 07.02.09

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Happy Birthday to NYT‘s Peter Baker and a big congratulations to Roll Call‘s David Meyers, whose daughter Sophie Rose Meyers was born on June 16th– coincidentally Roll Call‘s birthday!

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



David Rohde, the NYT reporter who escaped the Taliban returned to his newsroom to thunderous applause.


TVNewser: As viewers for two of the three network newscasts drop off, NBC “Nightly News” with Brian Williams has grown in viewership over the last year, and had its best Q2 in three years. The broadcast added 86,000 viewers in the second quarter of 2009 vs. Q2 ’08. Not huge growth, but growth nonetheless.

CBS’ Bob Schieffer tells Washington Whispers he’s not sure why his “Face the Nation” ratings are going up. “I have no idea. We have not changed a thing… We are doing what we’ve always done, just to try to get the key newsmaker of the week and ask them the obvious question.”

NBC “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer, CNN’s Larry King and ABC “Nightline” anchor Cynthia McFadden are all heading to Neverland.


TWT editor John Solomon will join NPR’s Kojo Nnamdi Show in the noon hour to discuss the local and national media landscapes and where he see the Times fitting in.


AP: Is Twitter the news outlet for the 21st century?


CNN: Prior to revelations of an extramarital affair that effectively brought an end to his political career, Mark Sanford was preparing to publish a book outlining his policy beliefs. Sentinel, a conservative imprint of Penguin Group, has included a book by Sanford in their Spring 2010 catalogue.


How TMZ gets scoops.

Politico‘s Patrick Gavin is out in Aspen for the 2009 Ideas Festival we told you about earlier this week. He fills us in on a panel on the future of journalism with Aspen Institute President (and former CNN President) Walter Isaacson, WaPo‘s Katharine Weymouth and ABC News President David Westin. “We will look at anything and are taking a wait-and-see approach,” said Weymouth. “We think about a ton of things. Everything is open.” When asked whether print papers will always be around, Weymouth said, “I don’t know. I don’t predict. Nobody knows.”

NPR points out that “as some newspapers are going out of business and many more are shedding costs, a lot of investigative journalists who have devoted years to exposing government corruption and corporate scandals are leaving their newsrooms,” some even pursuing careers as private investigators.

Slate‘s Jack Shafer: Michael Jackson‘s death isn’t the first time the press has woven a wardrobe of flimsy garments from thin threads. Editors everywhere appreciate that readers always love to read about Topic A and are intent on being served truckloads of Topic A when Topic A is red hot, even if the product is dross.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro

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Morning Reading List 07.01.09

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



WSJ: Gannett Co., the largest U.S. newspaper publisher by daily circulation, will cut between 1,000 and 2,000 jobs out of its 41,500-person work force in response to continuing revenue declines. The cuts will come from the U.S. Community Publishing division, which consists of more than 80 local dailies.


Check out mediabistro’s Laurel Touby on Carlos Watson‘s 11am hour on MSNBC today.

The Pew Research Center reports TV news devoted 28 hours to Michael Jackson coverage and 93% of cable airtime (h/t TVNewser). Early in the week the media gave ongoing attention to protests over the Iranian election. And by the end of the week Iran filled 19% of the newshole, making it the No. 1 topic of the week. By Wednesday attention shifted to the third biggest story of the week – the affair of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford. But the passing of the “King of Pop” on Thursday, the #2 story of the week, dominated late week coverage. The TV nets devoted more than 28 hours to Jackson’s life and death. The cable nets devoted 93% of their airtime to Jackson on Thursday and Friday.

Tom Shales‘ in WaPo on why TV critics are needed more than ever: “Sadly, there are people who maintain that TV critics are anachronisms, unnecessary luxuries in a fidgety digital age. Unfortunately, some of those people happen to be newspaper editors. At more than just a handful of papers around the country, the job has simply been abolished.”


TVNewser profiles Aaron Brown and asks about Twitter. He’s doing a PBS series “Wide Angle.” “My students made me open a Twitter account, but I have never Twittered or read a Tweet,” he says. “It’s self-indulgent nonsense. I don’t get it. I’m 60. I’m not sure I’m supposed to get this stuff.”


Vibe Magazine is shutting down.


About that Todd Purdum piece on Sarah Palin in VFPolitico: “A hard-hitting piece on Sarah Palin in the new Vanity Fair has touched off a blistering exchange of insults among high-profile Republicans over last year’s GOP ticket — tearing open fresh wounds about leaks surrounding Palin and the internal wars that paralyzed the campaign in its final days.”

And Craig Crawford in CQ: “Now they tell us. John McCain’s staffers are lining up to anonymously trash Sarah Palin and feed a news media assault against the 2008 GOP running mate. These pathetic wimps offer nothing but unattributed quotes to Vanity Fair saying they felt she wasn’t up to snuff and whining that she refused to properly study up on policy issues.”


AP’s David Bauder writes about the selective coverage of the Obama girls, Sasha and Malia. “Images are great when they can be controlled. And when it comes to the Obama kids, the White House can be very controlling. Sasha and her 10-year-old sister Malia have been shielded carefully from the public, but they are by no means invisible.”

HAT TIPS: mediabistro

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Morning Reading List 06.25.09

During his press conference yesterday afternoon, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford was identified as (D) on Fox News. The incorrect (D) on the lower third banner appeared for about 7 seconds.

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



The State newspaper in South Carolina had copies of emails between Gov. Sanford and a woman named Maria for six months before they printed them yesterday. NYT has a look at this unique story here.


THR: Fox News is on track to have its most-watched year ever, showing significant ratings growth despite having just come off a high-flying election year. With the second quarter coming to a close, Fox News averaged about the same number of viewers as the top three other cable news networks combined.

TVNewser has a round-up from Variety of what TV journos have to say about Iran. ABC’s Jim Sciutto: “A few times we had people come up and say, ‘We’ve seen plainclothesmen looking at you, making phone calls,’ and then we’d have to move again.”

Speaking of Iran, the LATimes criticized MSNBC for not breaking into taped programming this weekend to cover Iran.

A must-see clip from MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Poor Mika.


Facebook keeps getting more like Twitter.


Bob Schieffer‘s younger brother has officially kicked off his run for governor of Texas. Tom Schieffer, a Democrat and a former ambassador to Australia and Japan during the administration of President George W. Bush, announced his candidacy in Fort Worth this morning, as reported by TVNewser.


And if you haven’t had enough of this story… NYT has more on HuffPost’s question at President Obama’s news conference here.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, Politico

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You’re “Roasting” & We’re Toasting: DC Media’s Open Season on Sanford

Check, check…is this thing on? If not, it should be because some of FishbowlDC’s fav. journos are reminding us why we love DC media so much with an unofficial “roast” of South Carolina’s jet setting governor, Mark Sanford.

The unofficial open mic night included one of the funniest quotes we’ve heard come out of cable news:

“In defense of Sanford’s aides, ‘I’m getting some Argentinean tail’ sounds a lot like ‘I’m on the Appalachian Trail’…”

We’re not certain who is responsible for this most excellent statement but whoever you are, you’ve just earned our admiration and your spot in FishbowlDC history as the second recipient of the “Jared Allen Award for Under-Appreciated Journalists.”

And the winner for “Best Adaptation of Facebook Photos” is….J.P. Freire from the Washington Examiner:

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One time, Mark Sanford and I were planning a hiking trip in the Appalachian Mountains. But Mark at the last minute called me up and said, “Hey! Let’s go to Argentina!” and I was like, “Well, sure!” So off we went. This is the Buenos Aires airport. The landing was a little bumpy.

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We went and checked the Obelisk of Argentina. Mark was like, “This is so exotic!!!” And then he snickered and nudged me a little. Haha! I didn’t really get his joke, but I was just happy to be there. This guy’s totally going to be president in 2012.


Mark told me about Avenida Florida, where all these great leather jacket shops are. “You can get great leather products here, JP!” he said. I got this cool biker jacket. Mark got something, but I don’t know what it was. He just told me it was a surprise.

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Mark (or, as I called him, M-rod) and I were supposed to meet at this tango restaurant, but he never showed up. But what a show that was!!! I couldn’t track the guy down, but I had a really good steak. Since I had my own ticket, and I was tired, I went home. I sure hope he found his way back!

J.P., fine work. We salute you.

And last but certainly not least, we present the award for “Best Original Soundtrack to a Political Scandal” to….NBC’s Chuck Todd for his Facebook status update to the tune of Evita’s “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”:

Don’t cry for him, Carolina. The truth is he never left you. All through his wild days. His mad existence. He kept his promise. Don’t keep your distance…

So in closing, we raise a glass to Todd, Freire and whoever it was that said “Argentinean tail.” Cheers and well done!

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), and WashPost’s Tom Ricks, author of “The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008″

ABC’s This Week: National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers, Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele and a roundtable of Former GOP Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich and ABC’s Claire Shipman and George Will

CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Council of Economic Advisors Christina Romer

CNN’s State of the Union: Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC)

Fox News Sunday: National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)

Chris Matthews’ Show: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, NYTimes’ David Brooks, NPR’s Michelle Norris and Time’s Michael Duffy

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA)

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Time’s Michael Duffy, AP’s Charles Babington, NYTimes’ Jackie Calmes and WashPost’s Ceci Connolly

Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet The Press: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and a roundtable with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, BBC World News America’s Katty Kay, Al-Arabiya’s Hisham Melhem, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and The New York Times’ David Sanger.

  • This Week: Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY), U.S. Senate Appointee Roland Burris (D-IL) and a roundtable with The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel and ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, Cokie Roberts, and George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Former President George H.W. Bush and a panel with Brit Hume, Washington Managing Editor of Fox News, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Saeb Erakat, chief Palestinian negotiator, Gov. Jon Corzine (D), Governor of New Jersey, Gov. Mark Sanford (R), Governor of South Carolina, Mitt Romney (R), former presidential candidate; former Governor of Massachusetts, Ed Rollins, Republican strategist; CNN political contributor, James Carville, Democratic strategist; CNN political contributor, Amy Walter, CNN political contributor; editor-in-chief, The Hotline, Gloria Borger, CNN senior political analyst and Ed Henry, CNN senior White House correspondent.

  • Chris Matthews Show: Erin Burnett of CNBC; David Brooks of the New York Times; Joe Klein of Time magazine; and Norah O’Donnell of MSNBC.

  • Reliable Sources: Jonathan Martin, Politico, Carol Marin, anchor, WMAQ Chicago, Michel Martin, host, “Tell Me More” NPR, Jim Warren, former managing editor, The Chicago Tribune, Phil Bronstein, executive editor, The San Francisco Chronicle, Len Downie, executive editor, The Washington Post and Jessi Klein, writer and comedian.

  • C-SPAN’s In Depth: Author and journalist Bill Gertz

  • Inside Washington: Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, The Washington Post’s Colbert King, Politico’s Jeanne Cummings, and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.

  • Fareed Zakaria — GPS: Sam Palmisano, CEO, IBM and Gilles Kepel, author, “Beyond Terror and Martyrdom”

  • Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), BP Capital Management founder/chair T. Boone Pickens and a roundtable with New York Times’ Tom Friedman, BBC’s Katty Kay, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and PBS’ Tavis Smiley.

  • Face the Nation: Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), Newt Gingrich and Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA).

  • This Week: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) and a roundtable with New York Times’ Paul Krugman, Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts and George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Sen. Jon Kyl, (R-AZ), Sen. Byron Dorgan, (D-ND), Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), Fmr. Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, Candidate for RNC Chairman/ (R) Fmr. Lt. Gov. of Maryland, and a roundtable with Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Charles Krauthammer, Syndicated Columnist & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Rep. Charles Rangel, (D) New York, Ted Turner, Author, “Call Me Ted”, Leslie Sanchez, Republican strategist; CNN political contributor, James Carville, Democratic Strategist; CNN Political Contributor, and CNN’s Ed Henry and Suzanne Malveaux.

  • The Chris Matthews Show: Newsweek’s Howard Fineman, CNBC’s Erin Burnett, Time’s Michael Duffy and NPR’s Michele Norris.
  • Reliable Sources: Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik, Washington Examiner’s Julie Mason, AP’s Beth Fouhy, KTVA Anchorage News’ Matthew Felling, Washington Times’ Tara Wall, CNN’s Lola Ogunnaike, St. Petersburg Times’ Eric Deggans, Washington Post’s Steve Pearlstein and New York Times’ Joe Nocera.

  • GPS: Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns, author Stephen Cohen, counterterrorism expert David Kilcullen, author Barnett Rubin and author Shirin Ebadi.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Rep. John Larson (D-CT) will be interviewed by Hartford Courant’s Jesse Hamilton and Politico’s Martin Kady.

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Republican governors Charlie Crist of Florida and Mark Sanford of South Carolina.
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