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WH v. FNC: The Debate Continues

Last week, we posted a poll asking you to weigh in on the White House war with Fox News. The response was overwhelming – both in the number of folks that responded as well as the outcome. Based on our poll, only 21% of you thought that Obama’s attack on Fox News was appropriate presidential behavior.

The debate continued this weekend on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with Howard Kurtz. HuffPo’s Nico Pitney, TWT‘s Amanda Carpenter and Jane Hall, a former FNC contributor, joined Kurtz to hash out the topic further.

Not surprisingly, Pitney said that taking on Fox News was the right thing to do. “If the Republican National Committee had a television network, how would it be any different?” he argued.

While Hall said, the battle makes the White House “look like a bunch of whiners.”

FishbookDC Class of 2009: Early Projections

Most Likely to be a Headline
After all these years, Cox still rocks your socks. Air America’s Ana Marie Cox is devastating the competition with almost 60% of the vote.

Most Ambitious
Early projections show that this one is going to come down to ABC golden boy, Jake Tapper and boy wonder Tommy McFly of Mix 107.3. Tapper’s got Tommy by 10% but we’ve got 24 hours of voting to go.

Most Mysterious
Dave Hughes aka “DCRTV Dave” is dominating this category with a strong lead and good voter turnout. Well played, Dave.

Most Likely to Join the Administration
No surprises here. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews & HuffPo’s Nico Pitney have remained in a dueling lead.

Most Competitive
Only I can see the actual vote count but it’s pretty pathetic for a category honoring allegedly “competitive” journos. A few votes could swing this election either way. For now, WaPo’s Chris Cillizza and Politico’s Glenn Thrush are nearly tied up. That said, if we don’t see some action soon, we’ll be forced to rename the category “All Talk and No Walk.”

Biggest Rebel
Only 5% of the vote separates rebellious writers John Stanton of Roll Call and Julie Mason of the Examiner.

Hardest Working
Voters are working overtime for CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Roll Call’s Shira Toeplitz. These two have led the pack all day. For now, Blitzer’s got first place but it’s still anyone’s game.

Class Clown
CQ’s Craig Crawford came out of nowhere to take the lead over WaPo’s Dana Milbank and TPM’s Matt Cooper but there are no winners yet. A little campaigning or a good practical joke could tip the scales in any clown’s favor.

Biggest Heartthrob: The Ladies
Oh my goff! It’s a battle royale between WUSA-9′s Angie Goff and CNN’s Brianna Keilar but for now, Goff’s in the lead.

Biggest Heartthrob: The Guys
NBC’s resident hunk, Luke Russert has held on to first place but a good showing from supporters of WaPo’s Dan Zak and CQ’s Phil Mattingly are keeping things interesting.

Cutest Couple
NPR’s Geoff Bennett & HuffPo/People’s Beth Perry are leading with 25% of the vote but the competition is fierce. CNN’s dynamic duo John King & Dana Bash, TWT’s Sonny Bunch & Roll Call’s Elizabeth Brotherton and Bloomberg’s Tim Burger & Examiner’s Kiki Ryan are hot in pursuit.

You can vote for your favorites in every category after the jump.

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FishbookDC Day 1 Down: “The Mosts”

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Voting for the first five categories of FishbookDC 2009′s Summer Superlatives has been open for only 24 hours but the competition is well on its way. Here’s how things are playing out:

MOST COMPETITIVE
It’s no surprise that the competition is ferocia in the “Most Competitive” category. Politico’s Glenn Thrush and WaPo’s Chris Cillizza are tickity-tack tied up for the first place spot. Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich is tailing them and she’s not apologizing for it.

MOST AMBITIOUS
In the “Most Ambitious” category, ABC’s Jake Tapper is killing it with 43% of the votes. Mix 107.3′s boy wonder – Tommy McFly has managed to pull into second with 20%…

HEADLINER
Ana Marie Cox is dominating with 62% of the votes for “Most Likely to be a Headline.”

MOST MYSTERIOUS
With 55% of the vote, DCRTV webmyster webmaster Dave Hughes is leading Politico’s Mike Allen in the “Most Mysterious” category.

MOST LIKELY TO TAKE A GIG W/ THE ADMIN
You’ve got HuffPo’s Nico Pitney and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews running neck-and-neck in this category.

We’ve just opened up the other 5 categories for your input but you’ve got less than 48 hours to cast your votes! All polls close at 11.59 PM on Thursday and the winners of 2009′s FishbookDC will be announced on Friday.

You can vote for all the “Mosts” after the jump or by scrolling through the posts on the blog.

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FishbookDC’s Summer Superlative Candidates: The “Mosts”

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The long-awaited moment is finally here. We reviewed your nominations and narrowed them down to those that were well-supported or well-deserved. Below are your 2009 candidates for the “most” categories. Voting will begin (for real this time) tomorrow. Until then, start planning your votes.

Most Likely to be a Headline
FNC’s Bret Baier
Air America’s Ana Marie Cox
NYT’s Maureen Dowd
NBC’s David Gregory

Most Mysterious
Politico’s Mike Allen
TWT’s Stephanie Green
“DCRTV Dave” Dave Hughes
Examiner’s Jeff Dufour

Most Ambitious
ABC’s Jake Tapper
TWT’s John Solomon
Washingtonian’s Garrett Graff
ABC’s Rick Klein
WaPo’s Ezra Klein
CTV News’ Saadia Van Winkle
Mix 107.3′s Tommy McFly

Most Likely to Join the Administration
HuffPo’s Nico Pitney
Time’s Richard Stengel
Newseek’s Howard Fineman
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews
The Atlantic’s Chris Bodenner
HuffPo’s Dan Froomkin

Most Competitive
Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich
National Journal’s Erin McPike
CQ’s (soon to be FP) Josh Rogin
WaPo’s Chris Cillizza
Politico’s Glenn Thrush

Morning Reading List 08.31.09

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.

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

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | BOOKS | NEWS NOTES | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

The Boston Globe printed an editorial Friday supporting appointing an interim replacement to Senator Kennedy’s vacant seat. The paper writes: “There is no mourning period when it comes to ensuring adequate representation for Massachusetts residents in the US Senate. Important votes on health care and climate change draw near. Surely the governor can find a temporary replacement whose views are consistent with those of Kennedy and the Massachusetts voters who kept faith with him since 1962.”

Just how far in advance do newspapers write obituaries? Slate has the answer here.

And on a lighter note, WUSA sports anchor Brett Haber will be penning a sports column for USA Today.

Freedom Communications, Inc., which owns the Orange County Register is expected to declare bankruptcy this week and news layoffs are apparently imminent at the San Francisco Chronicle.

TV

CBS’ Bob Schieffer already knows what he’s doing May 21st, 2010… giving a commencement speech at the Rochester Institute of Technology in NY. The school year is only just starting and commencement seems far off, but the school must be proud- they’ve already sent out the press release.

Were you looking for Katie Couric during Senator Kennedy’s funeral coverage this weekend? She explains on Twitter that she dropped her daughter off at college for her freshman year.

Fox News’ Julie Banderas tied the knot.

ONLINE

HuffPost is on the move in DC again. The growing website has moved its bureau three times- from K St. to Dupont Circle, now finally settling on 17th and Pennsylvania Ave., right across the street from the White House (so Nico Pitney can just run over when he gets called for a question– we kid, we kid!)

BOOKS

A new “encyclopedia of journalism” is being released under the direction of GWU School of Media and Public Affairs professor Christopher Sterling. The encyclopedia will be a six-volume set of books covering print, broadcast, Internet journalism, U.S. and international perspectives, history, technology, legal issues and court cases, and ownership and economics.

NEWS NOTES

CBS’ Cami McCormick, who was injured in Afghanistan last week, is in stable condition after undergoing successful surgeries. TVNewser has more.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Fox News’ Major Garrett took your questions from Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard.

ABC White House producer Karen Travers took on the very difficult task of taste testing Obama-ritas and Barack-My-World ice cream this week on Martha’s Vineyard. Check out her web piece here.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser

JOBS after the jump…

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Morning Reading List 07.24.09

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 Birthday to Dan Reilly and Eamon Javers! What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | WEST WING REPORTAGE | IN MEMORIAM | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

Is NYT keeping the Boston Globe after all?

The Ann Arbor News has printed its final edition.

TV

VF is torturing its intern with cable news.

Final numbers are in for Wednesday’s Obama news conference (via TVNewser). 24.68M Total Viewers watched on 11 networks. That’s down 14% percent from the 28.81 million who watched Obama’s last newser in April, off 39% from Obama’s second news conference in March, and down 50% from his first primetime newser in February

More numbers for you- there are now more TV sets than people in the US, according to a new Nielsen study.

Politico‘s executive editor Jim VandeHei, publisher Robert Allbritton, editor-in-chief John Harris and senior political correspondent Ben Smith made an appearance on Charlie Rose Tuesday (where was Mike Allen- it could have been a VF reunion).

Tonight, Charlie Gibson hosts a special edition of “20/20″ on ABC- “Over a Barrel: The Truth About Oil.”

Who’s watching Willie Geist‘s 5:30amET MSNBC show? “Drug dealers, hookers, drunks coming home from bars…” Nice.

ONLINE

WebNewser: AP added its name to the list of media companies aggressively seeking to protect their content. The AP board of directors Thursday tasked AP with creating a news registry that will tag and track all AP online content in order to ensure compliance with terms of use.

NEW NOTES

Eekk… NRO asks “Is Nico Pitney Huffington Post’s Jayson Blair?”

WEST WING REPORTAGE

What was the headline from President Obama’s Wednesday prime-time presser? Probably Obama’s answer to the Chicago Sun-TimesLynn Sweet‘s question on the arrest of Harvard Prof. Henry Louis Gates.

Jon Stewart had a field day with President Obama’s pitching skills on the Daily Show. Now Major League Baseball has pulled the video, which it owns, so it can’t be seen in re-runs or online clips.

IN MEMORIAM

AP: Walter Cronkite was remembered as a great journalist, sailor, friend and father during services yesterday. “I just feel so terrible about Walter’s death that I can hardly say anything,” said longtime CBS newsman and 60 Minutes commentator Andy Rooney.

NYT: Walter Cronkite told his children from time to time that he was “just” a reporter, one who had “just ended up reporting bigger and bigger stories.”

And Howard Kurtz‘s write-up (who we noted yesterday was there with a notepad) of the funeral at WaPo.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

JOBS after the jump…

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Who Will Get Called On Tonight? A Look Back At Obama’s Pressers

Tonight is President Obama’s fourth prime-time press conference, fifth overall. Each presser has lasted about an hour and averages 13 reporters’ questions. Fox did not air Obama’s 100th day press conference, the third, on the network and will not tonight either.

In his first prime-time press conference Feb. 9th, the President called on, in this order: AP’s Jennifer Loven, Reuters’ Caren Bohan, CBS’ Chip Reid, NBC’s Chuck Todd, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, ABC’s Jake Tapper, CNN’s Ed Henry, NYT‘s Helene Cooper, Fox’s Major Garrett, WaPo‘s Michael Fletcher, Helen Thomas, HuffPost’s Sam Stein and NPR’s Mara Liasson.

In his second prime-time press conference March 24th, Obama called on, in this order: AP’s Jennifer Loven, NBC’s Chuck Todd, ABC’s Jake Tapper, CBS’ Chip Reid, Univision’s Lourdes Meluza, Stars and Stripes’ Kevin Baron, CNN’s Ed Henry, Fox News’ Major Garrett, Politico‘s Mike Allen, Ebony’s Kevin Chappell, ABC Radio’s Ann Compton, TWT‘s Jon Ward and AFP’s Stephen Collinson.

In his third prime-time press conference April 29th, the President called on, in this order: AP’s Jennifer Loven, Detroit NewsDeb Price, ABC’s Jake Tapper, CBS’ Mark Knoller, NBC’s Chuck Todd, Reuters’ Jeff Mason, CBS’ Chip Reid, CNN’s Ed Henry, NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny (“surprised, troubled, enchanted and humbled”), Telemundo’s Lori Montenegro, BET’s Andre Showell, Time‘s Michael Scherer and WaPo‘s Jonathan Weisman.

President Obama’s fourth presser was during the day, in the briefing room June 23rd and he called on, in this order: AP’s Jennifer Loven, HuffPost’s Nico Pitney (remember this?), Fox’s Major Garrett, USA Today‘s David Jackson, CBS’ Chip Reid, NBC’s Chuck Todd, ABC’s Jake Tapper, McClatchy’s Margaret Talev, EFE’s Macarena Vidal, Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols, American Urban Radio Network’s April Ryan and CNN’s Suzanna Malveaux.

Will the AP’s Jennifer Loven go five-for-five? Will President Obama snub Fox? Will HuffPost’s Nico Pitney get called on again? And who do you want to see called on tonight? Tell us.

RELATED: From US News & World Report: Press Getting More Adversarial With Obama: Some expect Obama’s news conference to take on a more negative tone.

Pitney v. Milbank: Round II

Nico Pitney claims on HuffPost that Dana Milbank called him a “dick” at the end of their segment on CNN’s Reliable Sources this weekend.

Howard Kurtz Twitters that it didn’t happen- “Dana Milbank did not call Nico Pitney a dick or anything else after their Reliable debate, @anamariecox. It was civil. I was there.”

Update: Kurtz later tweeted after Nico “made clear” that Milbank was whispering when he called him a dick:

“OK, Nico Pitney says Dana Milbank whispered the epithet while I was reading tease for the next block. Missed that!”

I say…who cares??? Enough with the Jerry Springer journalism already!

Reactions from the Web:

Gawker: “The Huffington Post being called on at Obama pressers has been a great source of crunchiness! To the media, of course, because the general public could honestly give a shit.”

Time’s Michael Scherer: “If you want to know what’s wrong with the current state of America’s political discourse, take some time to watch this Sunday’s CNN’s Reliable Sources, where two American journalists acted like petulant politicians, abandoning any pretense to reasonable discussion so they could launch specious attacks on each other’s integrity.”

DC Journo Face-Off: Pitney V. Milbank

HuffPost’s Nico Pitney and WaPo‘s Dana Milbank appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz yesterday to further discuss Pitney’s Iran question at President Obama’s press conference last week.

Pitney said he was given a heads up from the White House, but said, “From beginning to end, there was no planning involved. I was the one who posted that I was going to be soliciting — that I was soliciting questions from Iranians. I chose the question.”

Milbank: “What I have never done in my life, Howie, is worked in collusion with an administration, whether it’s this one or another one. I believe that whether it’s Nico Pitney, with ‘The Huffington Post,’ or whether it’s Carl Cameron, with Fox News, the White House should not be calling somebody the night before saying, we are going to call on you if you ask a question on a particular subject asked in a certain way.”

And as things heated up, Pitney called Milbank “pathetic” for posing multiple questions to the President at a campaign stop about how he looked in a bathing suit. At one point Kurtz had to warn them, “You two are going to have to take this outside.”

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Morning Reading List 06.29.09

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 Birthday to Erin McPike who turned 26 yesterday! What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

From AdAge: Why the NYT Co. will be in business until at aleast 2012.

NYT sets a July 8th deadline for bids for the Boston Globe.

TV

In memoriam: TV infomercial star Billy Mays was found dead in his Tampa home this weekend.

The DailyBeast brings us the 7 best moments from Sunday talk. Sen. Mitch McConnell on Mark Sanford, Tony Blair on Iran, and of course, Dana Milbank vs. Nico Pitney.

Dr. Nancy Snyderman‘s hour medical show debuts today on MSNBC. WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz takes a look here.

Other changes at MSNBC to debut today: Dylan Ratigan‘s two-hour show, Contessa Brewer will anchor the 2pm hour with rotating co-anchors and Norah O’Donnell will fill in anchor and continue to do Today and Weekend Today. MSNBC also revealed new HD graphics this weekend.

Al Jazeera debuts in Washington July 1st- will Americans tune in?

Go inside the home of Fox’s Bret Baier in WaPo here.

ONLINE

NBC Nightly News‘ website reached an all-time record with more than 3.4 million video streams Thursday due to the death of Michael Jackson, according to WebNewser.

NYT asked the co-founder of Wikipedia for his help when David Rohde to keep the news off of the website.

MAGAZINES

Forbes profiles Philip Anschutz, the man who owns the Examiner and who just purchased The Weekly Standard. “Worth an estimated $5 billion, billionaire Philip Anschutz founded Qwest Communications and owns or controls stakes in some 100 businesses. He is now quietly building a small empire of social-networking sites, newspapers and a leading conservative weekly.” Read on here.

NEWS NOTES

NYT: “”Check the source” may be the first rule of journalism. But in the coverage of the protests in Iran this month, some news organizations have adopted a different stance: publish first, ask questions later. If you still don’t know the answer, ask your readers.”

AP also reports dozens of journalists are among those jailed in Iran.

Will Michael Jackson be the turning point for TMZ? LATimes takes a look here. And the AP on how his death was Twittered, texted and Facebooked.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

John Dickerson on Slate: How Obama is using the media to destroy and improve the traditional press conferece.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro

REVOLVING DOOR and JOBS after the jump…

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