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Pool Report: Karen Leigh’s Going Away to Cambodia Party

In case you haven’t already heard, Bloomberg’s Karen Leigh is ditching DC and the White House for Phnom Penh.

Press corps friends gathered at Stetson’s last night to send her off to Cambodia… Bonney Kapp, Mike Memoli, Christina Bellantoni, Athena Jones, Lizzie O’Leary, Heidi Przybyla, Kristen Jensen, Kim Chipman, Phil Elliott, Jeff Mason, Rebecca Sinderbrand, Rachel Streitfeld, Perry Bacon, Andrew Jones, Liz Reiter, Christina Jamison and Devin Symons were all there.

Bloomberg’s Karen Leigh Packs DC Bags for Cambodia

Bloomberg’s Karen Leigh is “trading in golf pool and helo landings for the splendors of Phnom Penh.” She’ll still be working for Bloomberg, and additionally the Cambodia Daily, just now in the home country of Maddox Pitt.

FBDC caught up with Leigh as she packs her bags for a big move from Washington…

Why Cambodia? Credit my overwhelming desire to see monks riding tandem bikes.

What differences do you anticipate going from covering the White House to working in the “splendors of Phnom Penh,” as you put it? How are you preparing? It’s going to be hot, loud and crowded — a lot like White House briefings. To prepare, I’ve been getting massages, spending as much time as possible with the friends and getting on a seriously first-name basis with Jack and Stella.

What and who will you miss most in DC? Late night walks around the monuments. Biking along the canal. Fighting with White House security when I forget my Hill pass. Forcing Georgetown tourists onto the street. Running home to shower after Marine One departures. Our Colonel, Al Hunt. My favorite boss, Robin Meszoly. Descriptions of Phil Elliott‘s home cooking. Making Jeff Mason sing (ask him for selections from “South Pacific.”) Soliciting life advice from the goddess-like Julie Mason. Tennis with Perry Bacon. Never having to pay for drinks (Mike Memoli). The questionable tie fashion of Keith Koffler and Hans Nichols. Julianna Goldman, Athena Jones, Christina Bellantoni and Sunlen Miller, all lovely, who have brightened many a pool. And Roger Runningen, who was there on my first day at the White House last January and coined my nickname — Annette — based on the “American President” character who, like me, was excited on day one she could barely get through the Northwest Gate.

You campaigned hard for Julie Mason‘s White House Correspondents Association (successful) election and now you’re skipping town. What does this mean for campaign promises of White House South Lawn ice luges and briefing room massages? I’ll be working from afar to ensure that each promise is fulfilled. The luge tournament will be timed for the Vancouver Olympics and I’m working on getting Gibbs to cut a hole in the podium so we can use it as a massage table.

After the jump, Leigh’s goodbye messages for her media friends…

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Behind the Scenes With Katie at the White House

Katie Couric takes us behind the scenes of her interview with President Obama this week, with guest appearances by CBS’ White House correspondents Chip Reid and Bill Plante, CBS political director Steve Chaggaris, Deputy White House press secretary Bill Burton (“the enforcer”), White House director of broadcast media Dag Vega and even WaPo‘s Perry Bacon (grilled by the CBS Evening News anchor on his stake-out notes).

More Sotomayor Coverage Notes: WaPo

WaPo will have live video coverage and commentary by Post political reporters as Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings begin this morning. Jerry Markon and Ben Pershing kick off coverage at 10am and Perry Bacon picks up at 11am. The Fix will also look at the five Senators to watch during the hearings.

Previously Announced: ABC, C-SPAN, PBS and CNN.

Sasha’s Send Off From Print To Glossy

Last night at Poste, friends of Sasha Issenberg gathered to celebrate his move from The Boston Globe to the magazine Monocle. He starts today as a Washington correspondent.

We, unfortunately, weren’t able to make it, but hear these folks did: Peter Canellos, Lisa Wangsness and the Boston Globers, Jay Newton-Small, Jill Zuckman, Kelly O’Donnell, Athena Jones, Lisa Lerer, Bonney Kapp, Tracy Sefl, Mark Salter, Sunlen Miller, Jose Antonio Vargas, Ana Marie Cox, Juliet Eilperin, Mike Madden, Mark Paustenbach, Scott Mulhauser, Brian Weiss, Perry Bacon, Anne Dickerson, Christina Bellantoni and Jonathan Martin.

Also spotted at a nearby table… tennis’ Martina Navratilova.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: General Motors President & CEO Fritz Henderson and a roundtable with former President Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson, CNBC’s John Harwood, BBC’s Katty Kay, author Joshua Cooper Ramo and former Chief Economist at the US Department of Labor Dr. Bill Rodgers

CBS’ Face the Nation: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, WaPo’s Perry Bacon and CBS’ Lara Logan

ABC’s This Week: US Ambassador to the UN Dr. Susan Rice and a roundtable with former President Bush speechwriter David Frum, Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haas, HuffPost’s Arianna Huffington, ABC’s Martha Raddatz and columnist George Will

Fox News Sunday: President’s Senior Advisor David Axelrod, Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC), former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)

CNN’s State of the Union: General Motors President & CEO Fritz Henderson, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: BBC’s Matt Frei, “The President’s Secret IMs” author Danielle Crittenden, political analyst and author Keli Goff, former Chicago Tribune managing editor and Washington bureau chief Jim Warren and Chicago Sun-Times’ Carol Marin

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Former Secretary of State James Baker, Foreign Policy’s Moises Naim, Financial Times’ Martin Wolf and NYT’s Nicholas Kristof

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell, WaPo’s Anne Kornblut, NY Magazine’s John Heilemann and HD Net’s Dan Rather

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: CNBC and NYT’s John Harwood, ABC’s Martha Raddatz, WSJ’s David Wessel and NBC’s Pete Williams

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA), Bloomberg’s Doron Levin, Hans Nichols, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Roll Call’s Emily Heil

Will update throughout the day as bookings change.

Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers, House Minority Leader John Boehner and a roundtable with New York Times’ Thomas Friedman, NPR’s Michele Norris and Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes.

  • This Week: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and a roundtable with former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina, the New York Times’ Paul Krugman along with ABC News’ Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts, and George Will.

  • Face the Nation: Vice President Joe Biden (Live).

  • Fox News Sunday: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a roundtable with Brit Hume, Fox News Senior Political Analyst, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: House Majority Whip, Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) will be interviewed by David Lightman, Congressional Corrspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, and Perry Bacon of the Washington Post.

  • State of The Union with John King: Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I-NY), Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), Jeff Zeleny, White House reporter, The New York Times, Chip Reid, chief White House correspondent, CBS News and Geoff Morrell, Pentagon press secretary.

  • Chris Matthews Show: Bob Woodward of the Washington Post; Kelly O’Donnell of NBC News; Howard Fineman of Newsweek; and Anne Kornblut, Washington Post White House correspondent.

  • Fareed Zakaria, GPS: Ashraf Ghani, former Afghan Finance Minister, Barnett Rubin, Center on International Cooperation, Steve Coll, New American Foundation, Rory Stewart, author, “The Places In Between”, Michael O’Hanlon, Brookings Institution and David Kilcullen, author, “The Accidental Guerilla”

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel.

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, The Washington Post’s Colbert King and syndicated columnists Mark Shields and Charles Krauthammer.

  • Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Dan Balz of The Washington Post, Pete Williams of NBC News, Karen Tumulty of TIME Magazine and Martha Raddatz of ABC News.

  • Huckabee: Nina Gilbert and her 70 students from Ivy Preparatory Academy will share video of their trip to DC. Also, FOX Business Network’s Liz Claman and Tracy Byrnes, Financial Advisor Dominick Tavella.

  • WaPo Announces New White House Team

    An internal memo from Washington Post Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli, obtained by FishbowlDC:

      Looking Ahead at the White House and in Congress

      Though we’re all still waiting for the curtain to finally come down on the 2008 presidential campaign, an equally compelling and competitive story begins Wednesday morning. In anticipation of the next administration we’ll be reorganizing the National staff over the next few months and want to begin that process by filling some essential jobs.

      Anchoring our coverage of either a McCain or Obama White House will be four reporters. Three of them were central to our excellent campaign coverage this year: Mike Shear, Anne Kornblut and Chris Cillizza. They will be joined by a seasoned veteran – Mike Fletcher, who covered the Bush White House with distinction before moving to Financial, just in time to chronicle the powerful economic shocks of the last year.

      Mike Shear learned most of what he needed to know about politics on the Virginia staff, and as our lead reporter in the Republican race
      demonstrated an impressive range writing enterprise and breaking news while hop-scotching among long-ago campaigns for people named Huckabee, Giuliani and Romney. Anne came to the Post from The New York Times last year, bringing with her a deep knowledge of Democratic politics, particularly related to Hillary Clinton. Since last summer, she has brought the same perceptiveness and writing skills to her coverage of Barack Obama. Chris crammed a decade’s worth of coverage in the last two years, writing analysis and breaking stories on our website, as well as enterprise stories
      and a column in the paper. He will continue his must-read political blog, The Fix. Mike Fletcher is ideally prepared to cover a presidency that will have to cope with massive economic challenges.

      For the 111th Congress convening in January, Shailagh Murray will be back in place on Capitol Hill, after a terrific sojourn documenting the rise of Obama. She will rejoin Paul Kane, who has stayed on the Hill and had an incredibly busy autumn covering the 110th Congress. Joining this strong team will be Perry Bacon, who in his year and a half since coming here from Time Magazine has spent time with every major presidential candidate and written perceptively and engagingly about them all.

      In the weeks ahead, we’ll have more to say about the new shape of our
      national coverage. In the meantime, we’re thrilled with the new team that will soon take the field.

      Marcus, Phil, Rajiv, Bill

    And Cillizza sent the following email to his email list:

      All,

      As the election draws to a close, I wanted to say thank you to everyone on my email list for traveling on this journey with me.

      I also wanted to let you know the plans for The Fix after tomorrow’s election. The Fix will continue but rather than being focused primarily on the campaign, we will turn our attention to the White House.

      I will be part of a four-person team tasked with covering the transition and the White House — hoping to break news and provide analysis of the politics and the policy of either President McCain or President Obama. I’ll be writing for The Fix and the paper.

      Thanks to all for your support and kind words throughout this election season and for your continued backing as we take The Fix to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

      Have a great election day tomorrow.

      Best,
      Chris

    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.

  • Morning Reading List, 12.13.07

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  • Your coworkers shouldn’t expect any gifts from you this year.

    NEWSPAPERS

  • Regarding this, a reader writes in, “Other young reporters at the Post, just fyi: Philip Rucker, who just covered the Maryland General Assembly special session, 23. Megan Greenwell, who just returned from Baghdad, 23. Metro reporter Jenna Johnson, 22″

  • The Huffington Post takes on Politico: “Obama Questionaire Exposes Publication’s Bias”

  • The New York Times reports, “In the last few months, Rupert Murdoch has moved into an office at Dow Jones & Company, publisher of The Wall Street Journal. He has pushed the paper’s editors for shorter articles and more hard news. He has personally wooed reporters he wants to keep out of his competitors’ hands. And last week, he oversaw the replacement of top executives, including The Journal’s publisher, with his own lieutenants. And he hasn’t even bought the company yet. That will change on Thursday, when in all likelihood shareholders will vote to approve the sale of Dow Jones to Mr. Murdoch’s company, the News Corporation. But Mr. Murdoch has already seized the reins of Dow Jones and The Journal, setting in motion what amounts to an overhaul of the look, content and staff of one of the world’s most prized newspapers.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “The U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans to vote next week on rules that would let companies own a newspaper and television station in the same market, defying members of Congress who wanted a delay.”

  • The New York Post reports, “A budding feud is developing between Vanity Fair columnist Michael Wolff and Wall Street Journal reporter Sarah Ellison, both of whom now have book deals to write about Rupert Murdoch and News Corp.’s takeover of Dow Jones.”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “Wall Street continues to turn sour on media and entertainment stocks heading into 2008, even though several sector biggies already are seeing their stocks near their 52-week lows.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “I’m naming David Halberstam and Norman Mailer, who died in 2007, as my Journalists of the Year.”

  • Regret The Error brings us, “The Year in Media Errors and Corrections”

  • Crains New York reports, “The advertising marketplace really is as gloomy as it looks. Total measured advertising expenditures grew just 0.2% to $108.2 billion in the first nine months of the year, according to TNS Media Intelligence.”

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    TV

  • MSNBC will present live coverage of the Des Moines Register Democratic presidential debates tomorrow, as will C-SPAN.

  • TVNewser reports, “CNBC and Yahoo! are getting into the content sharing business. CNBC announced an agreement to distribute video and text stories from CNBC, CNBC Europe, CNBC Asia, and CNBC.com to Yahoo! Finance users in the United States and worldwide.”

  • TV Board writes, “It’s been a while since I’ve contributed a post to this board, and much of that time has been spent thinking about some recent developments taking place at Google, and how they may ultimately reshape the way we plan, buy, watch and think about television. The development that’s had me thinking the most was Google’s deal to license demographic ratings data from Nielsen. This surprised me for several reasons. First and foremost was that I thought the industry was heading in the opposite direction, that demos were doomed, and that it would be Nielsen that would ultimately need to license data from Google — not the other way around.”

  • Check out WETA’s Bethanne Patrick’s recommendations for top titles for the holidays–books to put under the tree, around the menorah, or near the Festivus pole.

  • PRWeek reports, “Talking head Chris Matthews is a former political operative acting as a consultant to news mediaThe day may come when the ‘news’ is an all-out battle of competing political factions, each trying to insinuate its position into the mind of the populace by using the media as a giant host, just as viruses use the human body. Who are we kidding? That day came long ago. But the media does not seem to be in a hurry to discourage the transition.”

  • “FOX News Channel’s E.D. Hill started ‘Operation Holiday Thanks’ this season to deliver holiday greetings to wounded soldiers at various military hospitals around the world. In just a few weeks, Hill has already received 30,000 cards from viewers wanting to send holiday wishes to the soldiers.”

  • A Comcast release announced, “plans to build out a 92,000-square-foot, 500-seat regional call center in Largo, Md. at 1301 McCormick Drive. The new call center will primarily house customer service agents who will provide technical support for Comcast High-Speed Internet (CHSI), Comcast Digital Voice (CDV) and various advanced video products. Comcast currently employs more than 4,000 local employees throughout the Region, supporting the company’s 1.1 million Potomac Region customers.”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Wonkette wants to know what you think about the site’s redesign.

  • Reuters reports, “‘w00t,’ an expression of joy coined by online gamers, was crowned word of the year on Tuesday by the publisher of a leading U.S. dictionary. Massachusetts-based Merriam-Webster Inc. said “w00t” — typically spelled with two zeros — reflects a new direction in the American language led by a generation raised on video games and cell phone text-messaging.”

  • Regret The Error brings us, “The Year in Media Errors and Corrections”

  • Romenesko has a lot to offer on the Bacon-Daly situation.

  • Seth Mnookin writes, “Can you hear me now? The Daly fiasco echo chamber, day two.”

  • Information Week reports, “Google accounted for more than six of 10 online searches in the United States in November, more than triple the amount of its closest rival Yahoo, a Web metrics firm said Tuesday.”

  • The Obama story, Perry Bacon and the ‘thin blue line’ of American journalism.”

  • Dotards and Maybe Fools: Bacon Gate Turns Into a Brawl

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “The Writers Guild of America is under new and mounting pressure from its ranks to get back to the bargaining table. A number of union members are unhappy that the negotiations with the major Hollywood studios that broke off Friday night were sidetracked by issues secondary to the one the writers see as central: how they will be paid when their work shows up on the Internet.”

  • Check out The Rags Show, a blog written by “a written word activist who comes from that not-so-fictional community called Homelesstown USA.”

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    RADIO

  • Did you miss US News and World Report’s Ken Walsh on NPR’s On the Media program this weekend? Listen to it here.

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    REVOLVING DOOR

  • TVNewser reports,David Pogue, personal technology columnist for The New York Times, is joining CNBC as a contributor.”

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    JOBS

  • LegiStorm is looking for a Project Manager for the LegiStorm Web Site.

  • National Press Foundation is seeking a Program Assistant.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Researcher and a Schedules Researcher.

  • The Atlantic Media Company is looking for a Staff Correspondent to cover the White House for National Journal.

  • The American Prospect is looking for a Staff Writer.

  • Carnegie Endowment is looking for a Web Director.

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