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FishbowlDC’s “Overexposed in ’09″

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Yep, ’tis the season for annual year in review “lists.” And though we too find them annoying, we couldn’t help but to create one of our own. So, we give you “Overexposed in ’09″ – 9 news topics that we’d rather see benched for 2010.

9. Michelle’s Magic Garden: Growing organic veggies is super cool in certain circles but we hope news stories about the First Lady’s au natural tomatoes will take a cue from Smith & Hawken and shut down this year.

8. Bo-ring: Sorry Bo, but you’ve become exhausting. We love dogs but the FDOTUS domination during Barbara Walters‘ interview with Michelle Obama pushed us over the edge. Unless Bo knocks up one of Paris Hilton‘s pooches, we don’t want to hear about it next year.

7. The Helen Thomas Diaries: her upcoming book, her anniversary, her birthday, her seat in the WH briefing room. A legend? Yes. But we’ve written her name more times in 2009 than we care to count.

6. Bronzed Boner: No further mention of House Minority Leader John Boehner‘s (R-OH) bronzed bod or the pronunciation of his surname would be most appreciated. We know his last name is not pronounced “Boner” and we’re fully aware of his tendency to tan.

5. Newsertainment: Say what you will about Glenn Beck but we’re over the media frenzy around the Fox News shock jock. Lesson learned – opinion programs blur the line between entertainment and information but covering Beck’s every comment only validates the importance of his “opinions.”

4. Salahi Scams: Not much would surprise us about the Salahi’s at this point. If you’ve done business with them, they probably screwed you. If you’ve spoken to them, they surely lied to you. Oh, Tareq and Michaele…we’ve had fun but it’s time to move on.

The top 3 topics after the jump.

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PBS Amps Up Rating System

mo-9.jpegPBS, for the first time ever, is implementing a full-time rating service.

With this new full-time demographics rating service, the network seeks weekly ratings for more than 40 of its programs, including PBS NewsHour, Dinosaur Train (which we’re sure many of you watch) and Sesame Street for any First Lady Michelle Obama fans out there.

Last month she appeared on the beloved kid show, saying, “It’s probably the best thing I’ve done in the White House.”

Through improved data reporting, states a release, agencies will better understand how PBS sponsorship will benefit clients.

PBS has held a Nielsen contract since the 1980s; the new service is a marked increase, from 12 weeks to 52 weeks a year.

Chuck Todd’s Exclusive With First Lady

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NBC cameraman Jim Long tweets this photograph of Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd’s exclusive with a faux First Lady Michelle Obama overseas in Oslo. Her laughing faux husband, President Obama, sits nearby.

Morning Reading List 11.11.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Today is Veterans Day.

More “Sesame Street” for you- First Lady Michelle Obama guests in a segment about vegetables. Take note. What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

TPM: Family Feud: How Much Is Moon Church Conflict Driving Wash Times Turmoil?

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“Morning Joe”: The Drinking Game. We suggest playing with mimosas.

Some of our favorite TV pundits are making nice in New Orleans this week at the Bipartisan Policy Center’s “Take the Poison Out of Partisanship” conference. Natives Mary Matalin and James Carville, Mandy Grunwald, Dan Barlett, Hilary Rosen, Steve Schmidt and Joe Trippi are all there. More dets on Politico Click.

And Evening News ratings, courtesy of TVNewser.

ONLINE

Tammy Haddad makes what we think is her Politico debut– TamCam catches up with the New Yorker‘s media writer Ken Auletta.

NEWS NOTES

Oprah, Barbara Walters, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly- more to be announced- have interviews lined up with “Going Rogue” author Sarah Palin. (h/t Playbook)

Letterman latest.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Helen Thomas on “presidents and the power of the press.”

Fox News wishes Anita Dunn well.

More on Dunn via Politico: “In an e-mail, Dunn said: ‘It’s an honor to serve the nation and the President and I have been fortunate to be given this opportunity at this critical time in our history. I look forward to continuing to work for the President’s agenda for change in the future.’”

AWARDS & EVENTS

CQ-Roll Call Group and Political Wire’s Taegan Goddard will host an “Early Election Preview” next Tuesday from 8:30am-10:30am at the Columbus Club at Union Station. Register here.

JOBS

TPM is hiring a publisher.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

First Lady of Glamour

First Lady Michelle Obama graces the December cover of Glamour magazine, the “Women of the Year” issue. This interview is also the debut of CBS’ Katie Couric as a Glamour columnist. The First Lady is just one of five “Women of the Year,” each with their own cover, and they’ll all be honored at Carnegie Hall in Novemeber.

The mag hits newsstands next week, but you can get a preview here.

Morning Reading List 10.27.09

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Ain’t interactive media just grand? The ladies of the Reliable Source interact with their commenters. Ah, the irony…

What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday…

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Why George Stephanopoulos doesn’t need ‘Good Morning America.’

NBC “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams will return to Afghanistan this week. He will file a report for tonight’s “Nightly News” broadcast and will report live starting Wednesday through the rest of the week.

NEWSPAPERS

USA Today still touts itself as the circulation leader…

Omblog: Do WaPo editors care what readers think about the redesign?

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Major Garrett explains Feinberg interview: Had ‘standing request’ with Treasury

Yeas and Nays: What’s on Michelle Obama‘s iPod? Sting, Stevie Wonder, Sarah Bareilles and Mary J. Blige…

AWARDS & EVENTS

Dick Durbin, Anne Castle and Olcay Unver join The Atlantic for The Atlantic‘s Water Summit: Global Experts Tackling the 21st Century’s Top Environmental Concern on October 29 from 8:00AM – 2:15PM at the National Press Club.

Tonight’s “Ten @ Ten” Starring…

First Lady Michelle Obama.

“The Jay Leno Show” will be joined by the First Lady via satellite Friday for “10 @ 10,” Leno’s ten rapid fire questions.

Other DC-ers to have participated in the “10 @ 10″ include Rep. Barney Frank, Sen. John McCain, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and TV newser Chris Matthews.

Michelle on Prevention

Check out First Lady Michelle Obama on the cover of November’s Prevention and the mag’s exclusive interview.

(h/t FishbowlNY)

Morning Reading List 08.18.09

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.

That’s Rob Thomas above- Mix 107.3′s Tommy McFly hosted a concert and Q&A with the musician yesterday at Gibson Guitar Shop in Chinatown.

Happy 21st Birthday to future DC journo Elyssa Dornic! What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…

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According to the Daily Kos/Research 2000 Poll, twenty-somethings aren’t watching cable news. Eighty-two percent of respondents, between the ages of 18 and 29, said they “never” watch Fox, followed by MSNBC (75 percent) and CNN (65 percent). (h/t Calderone)

Daljit Dhaliwal, a former CNN and BBC anchor, will replace Martin Savidge as anchor of the PBS program “Worldfocus” beginning Aug. 31st. Savidge will move to a special correspondent role. “Martin Savidge has been restless to get out in the field,” his EP Marc Rosenwasser said.

ONLINE

Cuts at Salon.

Wikipedia has hit 3 million articles. And still FishbowlDC doesn’t have an entry.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

What is the First Lady reading on her summer vacay? Michelle Obama shares her summer picks for herself and the Obama girls on Oprah.com.

White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers graces the cover this month of her hometown glossy Michigan Avenue.

White House speechwriter Jon Lovett turned 27 aboard Air Force One, Playbook reports this morning: Press Secretary Robert Gibbs led him to the conference room up front. The President and a cake were waiting, and the boss led a rendition of “Happy Birthday.”

NEWS NOTES

President Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Buzz Aldrin, Nick Clooney (in his son George’s place), Les Moonves, Sean McManus, Bob Schieffer, Katie Couric, Tom Brokaw and Andy Rooney are among those who may speak at the memorial service of Walter Cronkite in September in NY.

Didn’t make the Hill‘s annual 50 Most Beautiful People list? They, the “Fab Fifty’s 50 Most Fabulous People,” feel your pain (via Playbook).

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

JOBS after the jump…

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PBS Funding Expected to Increase Under Obama

PBS chief Paula Kerger is hopeful for a funding increase under the Obama administration next year- from $430 to $450 million.

The Hollywood Reporter took note of Kerger’s comments at a recent press tour- they report: Asked if she’s noticed any difference between the administrations of Obama and George W. Bush, Kerger said, “The best way to answer that question is, coming out of the administration, we received full funding for public broadcasting for the first time in eight years.”

The AP also reports federal money makes up about 15 percent of public broadcasting’s funding, with other sources including corporations and viewers.

And it’s not just funding that’s benefiting from the Obama administration. The President has taped an intro for the 40th anniversary of “Sesame Street” and Michelle Obama made an appearance on the show earlier this month. Check out the First Lady on “Sesame Street” after the jump…

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