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Morning Reading List 10.09.12.

1. Daily Caller attacks ABC flack – In a story today by The Daily Caller brass, Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel, they go after ABC for the choice of Martha Raddatz moderating tonight’s VP debate. After all, President Obama attended her wedding and her then-husband, his. In the piece, they pointedly go after ABC flack David Ford. “ABC flacks refused to answer his questions. They hid the information from public view,” they write, adding, “A network flack named David Ford sent a statement to sympathetic liberal news outlets attacking [DC reporter Josh] Peterson for daring to question Raddatz’s impartiality.” Read the story here. We reached out to Ford for comment on the story and accusations. His email this morning says he’s traveling for the VP debate and will only be checking his email periodically.

2. Women and R-E-S-P-E-C-T — Speaking of Raddatz, this morning WaPo‘s Paul Farhi wonders whether a woman will get more respect than PBS’s Chief Boring Correspondent Jim Lehrer did. Tonight it’s Raddatz, next week we’ll see CNN’s extremely well-liked Candy Crowley take the hot moderator’s seat. Farhi quotes sources who say men will go after a female moderator as easily as they have their male counterparts. He also quotes linguistics prof Deborah Tannen, who says a woman cutting men off may be viewed as “aggressive.” Farhi asks, “Isn’t equality grand?” Read the story here.

3. Love him or hate him, Joe Biden doesn’t change — Craig Crawford, a pundit and blogger, rehashes a story he wrote for the Orlando Sentinel in 1987. It wouldn’t be timely, except the material is more than timely, as are his experiences and observations about VP Biden. “Talking to Joe Biden is a physical contest. First, he stands practically on your toes, stares right between your eyeballs and says loudly, ‘So what’s up?’” The story includes an interesting detail on the warning Jill Biden received from Joe’s brothers before marrying him. Read the story here.

The FishbowlDC Interview With ABC7′s Van Cleave


Kris Van Cleave may be the first person to ever send his responses to our lengthy FBDC Interview off a smartphone. We noticed the “Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4GLTE smartphone” signature on his email and thought 1. Who answers this many questions on a phone?!” 2. Who has a 4GLTE?! He told us he didn’t actually answer all of the questions on his phone, but said his responses “may benefit from a spell check.”

Van Cleave is going on six years as a general assignment reporter for ABC7/WJLA. He has received multiple awards over the span of his journalism career, including a Regional Edward R. Murrow Team Coverage Award for reporting on the the 2009 Metro collision.

Before coming to D.C., Van Cleave was a reporter in San Diego and Colorado Springs. As for his personal life, he kept it brief: “Not married, no kids.” He didn’t always want to work in TV news. “I thought maybe I could be a sports announcer,” he said, “but the desire to eat overwhelmed that.” His family moved to LA before high school and an anchor, Ross Becker, took him under his wing and he remains a close friend and mentor to this day.

Van Cleave said watching the media cover the 1993 Southern California wildfires and the 1994 Northridge earthquake sold him on TV. His dream job: to be a network correspondent. But he says he has a “wonderful situation” at WJLA.

Let’s begin.

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be?

Diet Barq’s…plenty of bite, but fewer calories.

How often do you Google yourself?

Hourly. I also spend time each day looking for a unicorn.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)?

“Wow (boss who won’t be named), you’re the same age as my parents!”

Who is your favorite working journalist and why?

Martha Raddatz—she’s one of my news heroes. Her reporting is fearless — she goes to some of the most dangerous places on earth time and again. Her coverage of U.S. troops abroad and here at home has been compelling, heartfelt, and powerful. Plus, she’s gracious and more than willing to help a younger reporter get better.

Do you have a favorite word?

Schweinefleisch! Hard to work into a sentence, but fun to say.

Who would you rather have dinner with – FNC’s Bill O’Reilly, NBC’s Brian Williams or ABC’s Diane Sawyer? Tell us why.

Diane. I haven’t had the opportunity to meet her yet. Brian Williams would be a close second. When I was in college he let me shadow him for part of a day. I’ve always been grateful for that.

The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either CNN’s Candy Crowley or FNC’s Greta Van Susteren (significant others will understand). Who will it be?

How quickly are we dying out?

What swear word do you use most often?

The one that starts with F and its many variations.

You’ve just been told the big news: You get to have your own Sunday morning talk show. Who will be on your roundtable? (Pick four journalists or pundits types.)

Let’s make Sunday morning TV something to see…Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter, Bill Maher and Rachel Maddow. Perhaps we could have Pugil Sticks?

On a serious note for a moment, if you could have dinner with a person who has died, who would it be?

Either of my grandfathers. I never got meet them.

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A Message for Today’s Journos From Michelle Fields

Over the holiday weekend, C-SPAN brought us a gift that we will always cherish: An interview with “Video Journalist” Michelle Fields from The Daily Caller. It’s an hour long, but really worth the time to sit down with the ones you love to see one of the rising stars of journalism showing people how it’s done.

C-SPAN‘s founder, Brian Lamb, interviewed her. Lamb begins with a softball and asks her to describe what she does for a living. Michelle admits, ”What we’re doing is almost like citizen journalism. Which is basically when an individual who doesn’t have that much training in journalism has the tools of modern technology to capture a live event, but doesn’t’ have a background in journalism.” Hear that kids? Screw school and hard work. Get an iPhone and go capture yourself a job in journalism. Really, Michelle. You’re off to a super start. There’s 58 and a half more minutes to go. At this point I should make a stiff drink for this compelling next hour on the state of journalism. C-SPAN had the audacity smart sense to bill this as a discussion that would contrast today’s journalism versus the days of WaPo‘s Ben Bradlee and Bob Woodward (yes, that Woodward, the one who handled Watergate). Who better to enlighten us than Fields? She met them at a recent book party for MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.

Michelle continues her line of thinking on what makes her so different. When talking about her reporting on the Occupy movement, she says, “We’re not doing what a typical journalist does. Which is they go..  They have their mic, they do their standup, maybe interview two or three people, put together B-Roll.” Hear that, Martha Raddatz? All those trips to Iraq PALE in comparison to the time that Michelle braved the front lines of Wall Street. Later in the interview, she opines on the differences between the today’s reportage and yesterday and tells us that “people want biased journalism.  They want people to tell them what their opinion is.” Lamb follows up and asks her what she thinks of that mentality. She says, ”It’s impossible to not be biased.  I don’t think there’s a need to try and not be biased.  Because it’s impossible.  I don’t see the problem with biased reporting.” I must have been asleep during that portion of my journalism classes. The part where they tell aspiring journos to give people their opinions and put as much bias in your reporting as you want.

As the interview winds down, Lamb asks where Michelle would like to see her career go. She says she would like to be “in the media. As a journalist. Maybe an anchor.” Let’s not get carried away, Michelle. Reality can be a dear friend sometimes. Lamb asks if America is ready for an anchor who gives opinions and Michelle doubles down on her journalistic philosophy. “I think people want opinions.  People want someone to tell them what to think.”

And who better to tell me what I think than Michelle Fields? She graduated from college in May. She boasts to Lamb about the millions of page views her clips attract and says fans write her and tell her she’s the only journalist they trust. The whole interview is so unintentionally hilarious. Please invest an hour and watch below. You might even learn something.

Sunday Morning Panels: Only Males Need Apply

This week we once again assess the number of ding-a-lings scheduled to appear on the Sunday morning talk show roundtables. This feature appears to be catching on. At a Cartoons & Cocktails event at the Newseum last night, a FishbowlDC reader asked about the frame for our beautiful artistic penis picture. It was a proud moment. More importantly, let’s hope the powers that be remember to put more women on their panels in the weeks to come. The numbers this week are pretty dismal. But as usual, NBC’s Chris Matthews has his usual 50 percent female panel.

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: 0

Kevin Madden, GOP Consultant
John Dickerson, Slate, CBS News Political Analyst

(Noteworthy: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is one of the guests)

NBC’s “Meet the Press”: 1

David Brooks, Columnist, NYT
Harold Ford, Jr., Former Congressman (D-TN)
Jack Welch, Former Chairman and CEO, General Electric
Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News

(Noteworthy: Sec. of State Hillary Clinton is one of the guests.)

ABC’s “This Week”: 2

Martha Raddatz; ABC News; Rick Stengel, TIME Managing Editor; Donna Brazile, Democratic Strategist; Matt Dowd, ABC News; Frank Luntz, Republican Pollster; Jake Tapper, ABC News; George Will, ABC News.

FNC’s “Fox News Sunday”: 1 (Proudly blacklisted by Fox News PR since June 2010. We’ll get you the names as soon as we can hunt them down.We may have to rely on our Cabbage Patch friend Matt Mackowiak when he reveals the FNC guests in Politico Mike Allen’s Saturday Playbook.)

UPDATE: The panel: Brit Hume, David Drucker, Kimberley Strassel and Juan Williams

(Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and GOP Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann appeared on the program.)

NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show”: 2

TIME‘s Michael Duffy and Kelly O’Donnell, NBC News
David Ignatius, WaPo
Gloria Borger, CNN

CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: 1

Jim Lehrer, PBS

(Amy Holmes appeared on the program.)

WETA’s “Washington Week with Gwen Ifill”: 2

ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, Doyle McManus, LAT, Dan Balz, WaPo, and Gloria Borger, CNN. (Airs on Friday and repeats on Saturday.)

We’ll update as we receive the info.

 

Sunday Morning Panels: Only Males Need Apply

It’s that time once again to see how many meat popsicles are appearing on the Sunday morning political talk show circuit. Last week fared a bit better than the week before. This week isn’t looking so good for the female population.

 

 

NBC “Meet the Press”: 1

Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Vice Chairman, House Democratic Caucus
Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction
Mike Murphy, Republican Strategist
E.J. Dionne, Columnist, WaPo
Peggy Noonan, Columnist, WSJ

The Chris Matthews Show: 2

Nia Malika Henderson, WaPo, John Heilemann, NY Magazine, Rana Foroohar, TIME, David Ignatius, WaPo.

ABC’s “This Week”: 1

Matt Katz, Statehouse Reporter, Philadelphia Inquirer
Mark Penn, Democratic Strategist
Howard Schultz, CEO, Starbucks
Jake Tapper, Senior White House Correspondent
Nicolle Wallace, Republican Strategist, Author, It’s Classified
George Will, ABC News, WaPo

Fox News Sunday: 1

Brit Hume, FNC, Mara Liasson, NPR, Bill Kristol, The Weekly Standard, Juan Williams, FNC

CBS’ “Face the Nation”: No roundtable, 0 female guests

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.)
Gov. Haley Barbour (R-Miss.)

CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: 2

Lauren Ashburn, founder, Ashburn Media Company
John Avlon, Newsweek/The Daily Beast
David Frum, FrumForum.org
Erin Burnett, anchor, OutFront
Eric Deggans, media critic, St. Petersburg Times

Note to Readers:  On ABC’s “This Week,” Jonathan Karl did not end up appearing on the program. The above report has been changed to reflect this. He was originally scheduled to appear on the program but in a subsequent schedule was taken off. Chrstiane Amanpour interviewed Martha Raddatz, who was not on the panel, but reported in from Afghanistan.

Jon Stewart to Headline Woodruff Event

The Bob Woodruff Foundation announced today that “The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart will emcee this year’s Stand Up for Heroes event. The 2011 Grammy Award-winning band Train will perform live.

The event is scheduled for June 16 at the Ronald Reagan Building. The release says Washington’s “most powerful” and “influential” people will be on hand. The evening will be hosted by Bob and Lee Woodruff and will include a reception and dinner. WaPo‘s Bob Woodward, ABC News’ Martha Raddatz and PBS’s Judy Woodruff will attend in addition to more than 60 wounded warriors and their caregivers.

Proceeds will aid the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

NYT’s Helene Cooper Wins Urbino Press Award

Italian Ambassador Giulio Terzi announced Wednesday night that the recipient of the 2011 Urbino Press Award is Helene Cooper, White House Correspondent for NYT. The award is given each year to an American journalist “for distinguished reporting on the ever-changing world.”  Cooper, born in Monrovia, Liberia, had to flee the country after the 1980 coup. She wrote about her experiences in the war-torn African country in her memoir, The House at Sugar Beach.

Previous winners include: ABC’s Martha Raddatz, NYT Columnist Thomas Friedman, WaPo’s David Ignatius and NPR’s Diane Rehm.

Cooper’s remarks: “I’m incredibly honored to receive this year’s Urbino Press Award, for both professional and personal reasons. Professionally, I’m thrilled and humbled to share a stage with David Ignatius, Tom Friedman and Martha Raddatz—they are all first-rate chroniclers of the world around us. And personally for me,  there is no higher honor than being recognized by the cultural heirs of Baldassare Castiglione, Elisabetta Gonzaga and Federico da Montefeltro—a trio who epitomized Renaissance cool as far as I’m concerned. Grazie mille, Urbino.”

Cooper is scheduled to receive her prize in a ceremony in Urbino on June 3.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

QUOTES of the DAY

“My son is a big fan of World News and Martha Raddatz!” – George D. Sanchez, Assignment Desk Editor at ABC News, in a Wednesday tweet. Raddatz is a reporter for ABC News.

Uh oh.

“A GOP presidential debate on National Coming Out Day. Oh, dear.” — Metro Weekly‘s White House correspondent Chris Geidner in a Wednesday tweet in response to the GOP holding a presidential debate at Dartmouth on Oct. 11.

Journo says there’s harm in making a cute kid gov

“I know the little kid is cute, but isn’t Chris Christie just encouraging kids to whine by making him honorary governor?” — WaPo‘s Aaron Blake, who writes for “The Fix” blog, in a Wednesday tweet. He’s referring to this kid from this story.

Sex with Ari Fleischer: Page 5

“[Lisa] Baron only makes it to page five before she’s describing a sexual encounter with Ari Fleischer, the former press secretary for George W. Bush, in a Greenville, S.C., hotel room.” — WaPo‘s Stephen Lowman in a story Wednesday about Life of the Party, a book about a former “press tart” for Republicans like Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) among others. What we mean by this is she worked for Republican lawmakers. She refers to herself as a “press tart.” Read the full story here.

Fish: It’s what’s for dinner tonight

“Pistachio Crusted Halibut. Yum. Five bucks my date tonight @NorahODonnell orders this dish this evening.” — Chef Geoff Tracy ( NBC’s Norah O’Donnell‘s hubby)  in a Wednesday night tweet.

Unusual Girl Talk: ‘XOXO’

Laurie David: Anyone experiencing twitter rage? Girlfriend retweets other friends tweets, not yours? Whats the etiquette? New to tweeting, need advice.

Arianna: @Laurie_David I think the best thing to do is to email your girlfriend about the issue and I’m sure she will happily oblige xoxo :–)

Laurie David: @ariannahuff Just curious. Ever experience any twitter rage?

Arianna: @Laurie_David Noooooo….not worth it…life is too short!

Unnecessary/Necessary Tweet of the Day

“Just had very rare antelope with chestnut and potato purée. Yes, it was awesome.” — Metro Weekly‘s Sean Bugg in a recent tweet. We really couldn’t decide whether this was worthy of “unnecessary” or “necessary,” but since he ate antelope, rare no less, we’re on the fence. And please, don’t tell us it tasted like chicken.  “Antelope was tasty,” Bugg reports to FishbowlDC. “More like venison. Very rare though.”

Wolf Shines at RTDNF First Amendment Awards

The Radio Television Digital News Foundation held court last night at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Washington D.C..   Journalists from around the country attended the black-tie affair to celebrate the 2011 First Amendment Award recipients: CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Hearst’s David Barrett and Raycom’s Susana Schuler, and pay tribute to the tenth anniversary of September 11th.  The program also honored nine reporters who displayed special poise and bravery during the 9/11 attacks.  ABC’s Martha Raddatz, ABC Radio’s Ann Compton, Warren Levinson of AP Radio, CBS’s Byron Pitts, CBS Radio’s Charlie Kaye, Jeanne Meserve of CNN, Rick Leventhal of Fox News, NBC’s Rehema Ellis and NPR’s Melissa Block all received special recognition for their dedication to journalism during the national crisis.

Guests at the event were treated to a luxe, three-course meal including scallop appetizer, tender beef entree and tasty chocolate pastry dessert.  And though the dinner was delightful, the highlight of the night was certainly the presentation of the Leonard Zeidenberg Award to Wolf Blitzer.  The award was presented by Turner Broadcasting Chairman and CEO Phil Kent who gushed, “I love this guy”  before playing a hilarious video tribute to the Wolf-man (below and worth the watch).

*Interesting side note:  Blitzer takes off on a whirlwind tour with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton next week.  Among their destinations: Egypt and Tunisia.

ABC News’ Raddatz Goes on Fighter Combat Mission

ABC News’ Martha Raddatz recently earned bragging rights as the first journalist to fly on a combat mission in a bomb-laden air force fighter jet.

After months of preparation she took to air and will first report on her experience tonight on World News with Diane Sawyer.

Check out her reporter’s notebook here.

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