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Few things are guaranteed to make Beltway wonks’ hearts go pitter-pat quite like a romantic dedication on National Public Radio.
Roll Call executive editor and romantic husband Mort Kondracke dedicated Saturday’s public radio programs to his bride, America’s Promise CEO Marguerite Kondracke. The occasion was her “milestone” 65th birthday.
“Today’s programs are made possible in part by Mort Kondracke, in honor of his wife Marguerite’s milestone birthday,” announced three different WAMU hosts three times during the day on Saturday.
Thursday wasn’t just another day in the life of CQ CEO Bob Merry whose departure from his home of 22 years is imminent, it was party central.
As happens at these events, the tributes were plentiful, but the crowd favorite was from Victoria Monroe of the advertising department. “Actually, I’m very glad Bob could join us tonight. He initially said he couldn’t make it because he was going to be hiking the Appalachian Trail… Before speaking tonight I had two thoughts. First, how do you toast a charismatic, popular, visionary and successful leader? And, second, I am so glad that that is not at all relevant tonight.”
And, “Bob, we were hoping to get President Obama to call in and wish you well. We requested just 5 minutes of the President’s time, but the White House said he couldn’t do it. But Joe Biden did say he’d be glad to call in for about 3 hours,” Monroe went on.
Part Two: Dinner with friends and colleagues at Teatro Goldoni hosted by publicist Janet Donovan, who is also a publicist for CQ.
That portion of the evening was “off the record,” but we managed to snag this one photo from them. In attendance: Al Hunt, Jeff Stein, Craig Crawford, Mort Kondracke, Myra McPherson, David Rapp, Bruce Drake, Margaret Warner, Keith White, Jerome Cramer, and Judy Woodruff.
Washington Whispers reports that Fox News’ The Beltway Boys with Fred Barnes and Mort Kondracke is going off the air and no replacement has yet been named. “Those in the know say that Barnes and Kondracke remain hot properties within the Fox family and will stay on to discuss political issues during special broadcasts and Bret Baier’s nightly Special Report,” the blog says.
The Atlantic and National Journal turned to the big dogs to get a read on the state of traditional journalism.
They polled 43 prominent journalists on whether journalism has been helped or hurt by the Internet- 65 percent said it has been hurt more, while 34 percent said it has been helped more.
On the coverage of President Obama- of 45 respondents, 71 percent say it has been “about right,” 22 percent say it’s been “too easy” and 7 percent say it has been “too tough.”
Those polled include: Peter Beinart, Gloria Borger, David Brooks, Carl Cannon, Tucker Carlson, Jonathan Chait, Roger Cohen, Steve Coll, Sam Donaldson, Bob Edwards, James Fallows, Howard Fineman, Frank Foer, Ron Fournier, Jeffrey Goldberg, Jeff Greenfield, Glenn Greenwald, David Gregory, Mark Halperin, Christopher Hitchens, Al Hunt, Mort Kondracke, Jim Lehrer, Ruth Marcus, Joshua Micah Marshall, Chris Matthews, Jane Mayer, Doyle McManus, John Micklethwait, Dana Milbank, Markos Moulitsas, Katherine McIntire Peters, Todd Purdum, Cokie Roberts, Eugene Robinson, Tom Shoop, Roger Simon, Scott Simon, Ray Suarez, Nina Totenberg, Linda Wertheimer, Leon Wieseltier, Juan Williams, Judy Woodruff, Fareed Zakaria.
Read the rest of The Atlantic/NJ’s findings here.
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