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Morning Reading List 08.27.09: A Kennedy Edition

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NEWS NOTES | NEWSPAPERS | TV | RADIO | ONLINE | BOOKS

NEWS NOTES

Yesterday, we saw countless commentators and anchors recall memories of Senator Kennedy in the daytime, and hour-long specials produced in the evening. WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz notes that much of the coverage has a “personal tone” lent to it by the reporters who brought us that coverage. He wrote:

“There was an unmistakably personal tone to the tributes, the anchors and correspondents sounding as though they, and the country, had lost a friend. Diane Sawyer talked about Kennedy’s megawatt smile. Andrea Mitchell called him “the greatest senator of our generation.” Brian Williams, who had flown during the night to Hyannis Port, observed: “I hope his Irishness… isn’t lost in all this.” Geraldo Rivera called him a “mentor.”

…Washington can be the smallest of towns, and many in the media recounted touching encounters with the late senator. Chris Matthews, a Type 2 diabetic, spoke of Kennedy calling him with advice after the “Hardball” host had an attack of hypoglycemia. Paul Begala, a Democratic strategist, recalled on CNN that when his father had received a cancer diagnosis, Kennedy called and “gave me the name of one of the world’s foremost experts in cancer treatment. He said, ‘He’s expecting your call. I just talked to him.’ And he helped pave the way to get my father the treatment that, frankly, saved his life.”"

And from Slate‘s Jack Shafer: “Not everybody in the press adored the Kennedys, of course. But those who did-like famed New York Times reporter, editor, and columnist James “Scotty” Reston-attended to the family’s legend like priests on retainer.”

Politico captured these Kennedy memories from various Washingtonians, including CBS’ Bob Schieffer and former Kennedy press assistant Terri Robinson.

NEWSPAPERS

E&P: The Boston Globe literally stopped the presses at about 1:30am to change the paper’s front page and several inside pages to include the Kennedy’s death yesterday.

E&P‘s blog takes notes of where leading newspapers placed the first mention of the Chappaquiddick accident in their Senator Kennedy obits.

FamousDC poked fun at Politico yesterday for its extensive coverage of Senator Kennedy’s death on the web. Today, the paper was out with a special edition, “Remembering a Legend.” (h/t Playbook)

TV

The Daily NewsDavid Hinckley commentates that yesterday’s cable coverage “lined up as neatly as the punch line in a joke about the alleged political agendas of those channels.” He writes:

“On the left: MSNBC, which went wall-to-wall Kennedy the entire day, interspersing fresh reactions with warm remembrances of his life and times.

On the right: Fox News, where Kennedy was the main story all day – but where it was often used as an opener to discussions of the health-care plan he endorsed, which faces heavy criticism and an uncertain fate.

In the middle: CNN, which stayed wall-to-wall longer than Fox and incorporated more Kennedy features, but broke off as well for other stories.”

C-SPAN has already announced that it will air live coverage Senator Kennedy’s Celebration of Life memorial service from 7-9pm tomorrow and on Saturday, the funeral mass from 10:30am-12:30pm and the burial service at 5:30pm at Arlington National Ceremony. We’ll have more coverage plans on FBDC later today.

RADIO

Nancy Reagan joined “The Ron Reagan Show” on Air America last night to discuss Senator Kennedy. You can listen in now here.

And former CBS News correspondent Roger Mudd, who famously asked Senator Kennedy why he wanted to be president just before officially announcing that he would run, called into Sirius XM Radio’s POTUS show. You can listen to that interview here.

ONLINE

WebNewser takes notes of Kennedy video coverage on the web.

And msnbc.com is opening Kennedy coverage to their readers with FirstPerson.msnbc.com.

BOOKS

Senator Kennedy’s memoir “True Compass” will go on sale September 14th, according to the publisher and via NYT. The autobiography has been five years in the making.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

CBS’ Face the Nation: White House senior advisor David Axelrod, Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) and historian Douglas Brinkley

ABC’s This Week: Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and a roundtable with NYT‘s David Brooks, Arianna Huffington, 2008 Nobel Prize Winning Economist Paul Krugman, George Will and Donna Brazile

Fox News Sunday: White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, Minority Whip Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and a roundtable with Fox News contributors senior political analyst Brit Hume, NPR’s Mara Liasson, Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and White House senior advisor David Axelrod, Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Paul Begala, Republican strategist and CNN contributor Alex Castellanos, CNN political contributor and Fellow of the Claremont Institute William Bennett and National Urban League’s Marc Morial

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Politico‘s Roger Simon, The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza, the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Debra Saunders, USA Today‘s Christine Brennan, media commentator Callie Crossley and USA Today Live’s Lauren Ashburn

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, University of Tehran’s Seyed Mohammad Marandi, NYU’s Nouriel Roubini, US News & World Report‘s Mort Zuckerman and “Ascent of Money” author Niall Ferguson

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Newsweek‘s Howard Fineman, NPR’s Michele Norris, Time‘s Michael Duffy and WaPo‘s Ceci Connolly

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NYT‘s Peter Baker, WaPo‘s Michael Fletcher, NJ‘s Marilyn Werber Serafini and WSJ‘s David Wessel

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR) and Bloomberg’s Rich Miller, Kevin Hassett and Margaret Carlson

RELATED: Sunday Show Ratings- July 19th (via TVNewser)

“The War Room” Reunites At Reel Journalism Screening

George Stephanopoulos, Dee Dee Myers and Paul Begala were at the Newseum Monday for a special screening of “The War Room,” as part of Nick Clooney‘s Reel Journalism series.

It was a reunion of sorts- “The War Room” is a documentary on President Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign and the organization who ran it, including the three aforementioned.

Some ancedotes via Politico:

“The Lewinsky thing,” said Begala. “That was hard for everybody, and it was hard for me.”

“When I went to Little Rock” to campaign for Clinton, said Myers, “all of my friends thought I was insane. … It seemed like a great adventure. … It was beyond-my-wildest-dreams interesting.”

“You see the huge cell phones, no BlackBerrys, no e-mail,” said Stephanopoulos. “You got pink phone messages throughout the day. We were wearing handsets. … You were on the phone all day long!”

Read on here.

A Can’t-Miss “Reel Journalism” Event: The War Room

The Newseum and American University will host another Reel Journalism event on Monday, May 18th at the 7PM.

Screening:
“The War Room,” a documentary released in 1993, takes a behind-the-scenes look into the Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign.

Who:
Host Nick Clooney will lead a discussion about the love-hate relationship between candidates and the press with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, CNN’s Paul Begala and former press secretary for Pres. Clinton, Dee Dee Myers.

For more info, click here.

What’s On Paul Begala’s IPod?

Paul Begala is willing to do a lot in the name of Willie Nelson. His music pick on the Daily Beast:

If there’s a better CD this year than Willie and the Wheel, I’ll two-step over to your house, kiss your ass, say it smells like roses- and give you an hour to draw a crowd. As an old Austinite, we have a name for people who don’t believe in Willie Nelson: atheists. Nelson has teamed up with Asleep at the Wheel, the high priests of Western Swing. Ray Benson, the hub of the Wheel, is the real deal, and so is his band. Austin Music City calls Willie and the Wheel “One of the finest albums ever recorded. Download it, uplink it, iTune it or just buy it- it’ll put a spring in your step and beat back the recession blues.

Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Fred Thompson and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), and a roundtable with Washington Post’s David Broder, NBC’s David Gregory, NPR’s Michele Norris and NBC political director Chuck Todd.

  • Face the Nation: Obama strategist David Axelrod, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

  • This Week: Axelrod and McCain manager Rick Davis, and a roundtable with Time’s Mark Halperin, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, former Bush strategist Matthew Dowd and George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Davis, Obama manager David Plouffe and Karl Rove and a panel with Brit Hume, Fox News Washington Managing Editor, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • Late Edition: Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), VA Gov. Tim Kaine (D), Republican strategists Alex Castellanos, Ed Rollins and Leslie Sanchez, Democratic strategists Donna Brazile, Paul Begala, Hilary Rosen, former White House adviser David Gergen, and James Carville, CNN’s Candy Crowley, Campbell Brown, John King, Bill Schneider, Howard Kurtz, and Gloria Borger, Washington Times’ Tara Wall. Note: This is a special three hour show.

  • The Post Politics Program with Emily Freifeld and Ed O’Keefe: Govs. Jim Douglas of Vermont, Butch Otter of Idaho and Ted Strickland of Ohio and washingtonpost.com’s Francine Uenuma and Chris Cillizza.

  • Chris Matthews Show: Time’s Joe Klein, BBC’s Katty Kay, Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson and MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell.

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) and Democratic strategist Tad Devine.

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.

  • Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: T.J. Rooney, Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairman; Jeff Jubelirer, Republican media consultant; and Shira Toeplitz and Emily Heil of Roll Call.

  • Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: NJ Gov. Jon Corzine (D), former Rep. Rob Portman (R-OH), Wall Street Journal’s Paul Gigot and Discovery Channel’s Ted Koppel.

  • Face the Nation: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), CO Gov. Bill Ritter (D), Richmond Mayor Doug Wilder, Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL) and Dr. C. Fred Bergsten, Director, Peterson Institute for International Economics.

  • Fox News Sunday: McCain manager Rick Davis, Obama strategist David Axelrod, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) and a panel with Brit Hume, Fox News Washington Managing Editor, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • This Week: Lawrence Summers, Former Treasury Secretary, James Baker, Former Treasury Secretary, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Chairman, Financial Services Committee, Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Minority Whip and a roundtable with The New York Times’ Paul Krugman, The Washington Post’s Dan Balz, and ABC News’ Cokie Roberts and George Will.

  • Late Edition: Steve Forbes, Robert Reich, former Pres. Clinton Labor Secretary, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), Washington Times’ Tara Wall, Democratic strategist Paul Begala, Republican strategist Leslie Sanchez, Democratic strategist James Carville, CNN’s Gloria Borger, Candy Crowley and Ed Henry.

  • Reliable Sources: CNN’s Candy Crowley, ABC’s Lynn Sherr, Politico’s Roger Simon, New York Times’ Frank Rich, San Francisco Chronicle’s Debra Saunders, CNN’s Ali Velshi and Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik.

  • The Post Politics Program with Ed O’Keefe and Emily Freifeld on POTUS ’08: Jennifer Agiesta and David Broder.

  • GPS: Soros Fund Management chair George Soros, Columbia University’s Earth Institute director Jeffrey Sachs, Washington Post’s Sebastian Mallaby, Peterson Institute for International Economics’ Fred Bergsten

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, James Lockhart will be interviewed by Zachary Goldfarb, Washington Post, Reporter, & Dawn Kopecki, Bloomberg News, Finance Reporter.

  • Inside Washington: Washington Post’s Colbert King, NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.

  • Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Robin Weissmann, Pennsylvania Treasurer and Obama supporter; Renee Amoore, McCain supporter; and Erin Billings and Emily Heil of Roll Call.

  • Beyond the Politics: Brookings Institution’s William Galston, National Review’s Andrew McCarthy, Washington Times’ Tara Wall and Princeton University professor Cornel West. Note: Beyond the Politics is airing in place of This Week in Politics

  • Chris Matthews: Newsweek’s Howard Fineman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Cynthia Tucker, Washington Post’s David Ignatius and CNN’s Gloria Borger.

  • Political Capital with Al Hunt: McCain economic adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Obama economic adviser Jason Furman and DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).

  • Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Democratic strategist Paul Begala and Republican strategist Mike Murphy, and a roundtable with NBC’s David Gregory, PBS’ Gwen Ifill, Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan, NBC political director Chuck Todd and Des Moines Register’s David Yepsen.

  • Face The Nation: Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM) and The New York Times’ David Brooks.

  • This Week: Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (D), Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (R), Florida Senator Mel Martinez (R), and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown (D) and a roundtable with Time Magazine’s Karen Tumulty, The Wall Street Journal’s Gerald Seib, The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel, and ABC News’ George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Karl Rove, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D), and a panel with Brit Hume, Fox News Washington Managing Editor, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News. The Power Player of The Week is Brooks Jackson, Director, Factcheck.org

  • Late Edition: Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), McCain economic adviser Nancy Pfotenhauer, Republican strategist Alex Castellanos, Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen, Republican strategist Leslie Sanchez, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile and CNN’s Candy Crowley, Gloria Borger and Ed Henry.

  • The Post Politics Program with Ed O’Keefe and Emily Freifeld on POTUS ’08: Jennifer Agiesta, Libby Copeland, Perry Bacon, Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.) and washingtonpost.com’s Food blogger Kim O’Donnel.

  • CN8′s Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: McCain supporter and Congressional candidate Craig Williams, as well as Roll Call’s Emily Pierce, Steven T. Dennis and Emily Heil.

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation chairman Sheila Bair.

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas and syndicated columnists Charles Krauthammer and Mark Shields.

  • Chris Matthews Show: Time’s Richard Stengel, NPR’s Michele Norris, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Washington Post Writers Group’s Kathleen Parker.

  • GPS: Bill Gates, former Singaporean Ambassador to the U.N. Kishore Mahbubani, Singapore Institute of International Affairs’ Simon Tay and foreign policy analyst Raja Mohan.

  • Reliable Sources: Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, political analyst Keli Goff, Townhall.com’s Amanda Carpenter, CBS’ Bob Schieffer, The Hill’s A.B. Stoddard, CNN’s Ed Henry and syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker.

  • Networks Wanna Begala

    A lot of you have been asking why Paul Begala (contracted with CNN) has been making appears on “those other networks”…like MSNBC today.

    It’s not because he’s parted ways with CNN. Rather, he’s got a book out so CNN is encouraging him to promote it…even on other networks.

    Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Rudy Giuliani, Bob Woodward and NBC’s Chuck Todd.

  • Face the Nation: Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano (D), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), former MA Gov. Jane Swift (R) and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).

  • This Week: Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), McCain Victory chair Carly Fiorina, former Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan and a roundtable with George Will, Democratic strategist Paul Begala, Time’s Jay Carney and ABC’s Claire Shipman.

  • Fox News Sunday: Former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles (D), Alaska Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell (R-AK) and Karl Rove. The “Power Player” is Pentagon Memorial Fund president Jim Laychak.

  • Late Edition: Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R), New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Republican strategist Alex Castellanos, Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen and Washington Times’ Tara Wall.

  • The Post Politics Program with Ed O’Keefe and Emily Freifeld: Segments of Bob Woodward‘s May 2008 interviews with President Bush, Retiring Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr., Jennifer Agiest and Chris Cillizza.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) will be interviewed by New York Times’ Edmund Andrews and Wall Street Journal’s Damian Paletta.

  • The Chris Matthews Show: Mark Whitaker, NBC News Washington Bureau Chief; Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta Journal Constitution; Patrick Healy of the New York Times; and Katty Kay, BBC Washington correspondent.

  • Reliable Sources: Houston Chronicle’s Julie Mason, Washington Post’s Anne Kornblut, CNN’s Frank Sesno, St. Petersburg Times’ Eric Deggans, Kansas City Star’s Aaron Barnhart and truTV’s Lisa Bloom.

  • Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: DNC communications director Karen Finney, Republican strategist Rich Galen, Roll Call’s David Drucker and Roll Call’s Emily Heil.

  • Fareed Zakaria’s GPS: New York Times’ Tom Friedman, Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens, Council on Foreign Relations managing editor Gideon Rose, NYU’s Moral Courage Project director Irshad Manji, and author Greg Mortenson.

  • This Is America with Dennis Wholey: Reg Weaver, former President of the National Education Association.

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