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It’s not everyday that a writer reveals intricate details about his relationship with a key source in a story. Or, that he writes that a source “declined to talk to me on the record” – implying to some readers that the source sang in some fashion.
Kurtz: I want to ask Peter this last question, you write that “Emanuel declined to talk to me on the record.” What should we read into that?
Baker: “Exactly what it says,” he said, with a laugh of surprise at the question.
Baker wrote in his story: “Emanuel (who declined to talk to me on the record for this article) generally shrugs off most of the commentary, scorning the armchair critics who haven’t spent time in the White House or Congress actually trying to accomplish something.”
As with most reporters, it’s a given, a cardinal rule of the trade that Baker will never fess up to how much they spoke or what they spoke about. Atypical, however, are Baker’s in-depth remarks in his profile regarding his relationship to Emanuel over the years.
Julie Moos, director of Poynteronline, said there are a variety of things to infer by the way Baker reported this story. “Maybe that was part of the deal and that, in fact, what Rahm Emanuel wanted to communicate was that he didn’t officially cooperate but that unofficially, he did,” she told FishbowlDC. “You don’t know motives and you don’t know specific nature of the relationship and what you have here is an implication.”
She suggested that journalism is shifting in the areas of transparency and objectivity. “The way the sourcing was handled [in Baker's story] was maybe in that new gray area because in the traditional journalistic idea of objectivity is there is no conflict of interest, no relationship between the source and the reporter other than information,” she said. “That’s something we value. Well, obviously as journalism is evolving there are people who disagree, [who believe] that it’s preferable for journalists to be transparent about any prejudices and not have any prejudices in their reporting. In some cases, does transparency give you all the credibility you need? For some audiences, that increases your credibility, for some audiences it decreases your credibility.”
“Like a lot of reporters, I met Emanuel in the 1990s when he was at the Clinton White House. He was then, as now, aggressive, relentless and driven. He always had a pithy attack line on Republicans to share or a scooplet on some modest forthcoming presidential initiative to peddle. He liked reporters and understood what made a good story. he also understood that the relationships he was building were good for him.”
After leaving the White House, Baker said Emanuel kept up their relationship. “Along the way, he stayed in touch, calling me unsolicited to trade gossip or point something out about George W. Bush’s White House that he thought deserved more scrutiny from the news media,” he wrote. “He managed to get around so much that an editor at a major newspaper at the time recalled finding Emanuel’s name on the expense account of virtually every reporter covering Washington for that paper.”
In the next graph, Baker writes, “Just a few weeks before the election, we met for one of those expense-account dinners, and he flatly rejected any suggestion that he might become chief of staff.” (So was Baker referring to his own paper when reporting about the bureau’s bevy of expense account dinners with Emanuel?)
Moos said readers prefer transparency. “Sometimes it has to do with not just sourcing but funding,” she said. “So in a story about a story between vaccines and autism, you want to know if research was funded by a pharmaceutical company so you can assess the information yourself. Sourcing has the same value. It helps readers judge the information, whether there was any ulterior motive. Especially in political stories there are often reasons to share information that have little to do with public enlightenment.”
Like Emanuel to Baker, the NYT writer declined to talk to me on the record for this story about his sourcing, except to say, “I will let the story speak for itself.”
For anyone who missed it, read Baker’s story here.
• CBS’ Face the Nation:
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• CNN’s State of the Union: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D), AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and CNN’s Mary Matalin and James Carville.
• Fox News’ Fox News Sunday: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn), Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). Round table: Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, columnist Charles Krauthammer and NPR’s Juan Williams
• CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Lauren Ashburn, managing editor and executive producer, USA Today Live; Lola Ogunnaike, pop culture commentator; Robin Liss, president and CEO, Reviewed.com; Steven Levy, author, “The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness.”
• CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Director of National Economic Council Larry Summers and Iran Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.
• Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education Arne Duncan.
• CNN’s Amanpour: Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive; Michelle Montas, Haitian journalist and acting chief of the UN mission to Haiti; Amy Wilentz, author of ‘The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalie’ and Leader of the UK Conservative Party, David Cameron.
We’ll update as we get ‘em.
• ABC’s This Week: Christina Romer, Chair of Council of Economic Advisers and roundtable with ABC’s George Will, Liz Cheney, Bloomberg News’ Al Hunt, PBS New Hour’s Judy Woodruff and Robert Reich of The American Prospect.
• CNN’s State of the Union: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Christina Romer of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, Dem. Strategist Donna Brazile, Liz Cheney
• CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, “The Edge of Disaster” author Stephen Flynn, Exec. Dir. 9/11 Commission Philip Zelikow and NYC Deputy Commissioner of Counter-Terrorism Richard A. Falkenrath.
• Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt:
• Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Austan Goolsbee, staff director and chief economist on the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board and Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) with panelists Robin Givhan of WaPo, Air America’s Ana Marie Cox, XM’s Joe Madison, Black America’s Deborah Mathis, Roll Call TV host & Philadelphia Tribune columnist Robert Traynham and News One’s Smokey Fontaine
• CNN’s Amanpour: General David Petraeus
We’ll update as we get ‘em.
• NBC’s Meet the Press: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Rev. Al Sharpton
• CBS’ Face the Nation: Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), CBS News
• ABC’s This Week: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani and a roundtable with ABC’s George Will, NYT‘s David Brooks, Mother Jones‘ David Corn, PBS’ Gwen Ifill and WaPo‘s Bob Woodward
• Fox News Sunday: NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci
• CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WMAL’s Chris Plante, The Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik, St. Petersburg Times‘ Eric Deggans, Foundation for the Defense of Democracy’s Cliff May and New America Foundation’s Reihan Salam
• CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Former CIA officer Reuel Gerecht, Claremont McKenna College’s Minxin Pei, Harvard’s Roderick MacFarquhar and
“The Age of the Unthinkable” author Joshua Cooper Ramo
• Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: White House Communications Director Anita Dunn and White House Budget Director Peter Orszag
• Washington Watch with Roland Martin: U.S. Army (Retired) Major General John Hawkins, Council on American Islamic Relations National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper; Business and Media Institute Director Dan Gainor, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), WPFW-FM and The Final Call’s Askia Muhammad, Democratic strategist Karen Finney, Urban Radio’s April Ryan, Comcast and Roll Call TV’s Robert Traynham, Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson and News One/Interactive One’s Smokey Fontaine
• CNN’s Amanpour: Ha’aretz correspondent for Occupied Lands’ Amira Hass, former U.S. diplomat Aaron David Miller, Center on Law and Security’s Karen Greenberg, Norwegian Defense Research Establishment’s Thomas Heggehammer and U.S. Coordinator for Counterterrorism’s Daniel Benjamin
Will update as we learn them.
• NBC’s Meet the Press: Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), NBC military analyst and former US Southern Command Commander-in-chief Ret. Gen. Barry McCaffrey and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Ret. Gen. Richard Myers and a roundtable with Atlantic Media political director Ron Brownstein, WSJ‘s Paul Gigot, BBC’s Katty Kay and WaPo‘s Bob Woodward
• CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), WaPo‘s David Ignatius and Brookings’ Michael O’Hanlon
• ABC’s This Week:
• Fox News Sunday:
• CNN’s State of the Union: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA), Assistant Surgeon General Ann Schuchat and CNN political contributors Claremont Institute’s William Bennett and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile
• CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: The Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik, TheWrap.com’s Sharon Waxman, former CBS VP of Morning Broadcasts Steve Friedman and White House Communications Director Anita Dunn
• CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Richard Haass, CFR’s Stephen Biddle, Pakistani Ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani and De Beers chairman Nicky Oppenheimer
• Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: White House economic adviser Lawrence Summers
• Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Ret. Major General John Hawkins, Brookings’ Michael O’Hanlon and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and a panel with Chicago Tribune‘s Clarence Page, American Urban Radio Networks’ April Ryan, conservative columnist and political analyst Tara Wall and Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson
• CNN’s Amanpour: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
Will update as we learn them.
NBC’s Meet the Press: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), former DNC Chairman Howard Dean, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) and a roundtable with CNBC’s Erin Burnett, author Joshua Cooper Ramo and NBC’s Chuck Todd
ABC’s This Week: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) and a roundtable with ABC’s George Will, Cokie Roberts, Sam Donaldson and NYT‘s David Brooks
Fox News Sunday: Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Service Employees International Union President Andy Stern and a panel with Fox News’ Brit Hume and Fox News’ contributors NPR’s Mara Liasson, Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol and NPR’s Juan Williams
CNN’s State of the Union: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Democratic strategist and CNN political contributor Donna Brazile, former RNC Chairman and former White House counselor Ed Gillespie and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)
CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WaPo‘s Ceci Connolly, Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody, NYT Book Review’s Sam Tanenhaus, Air America’s Ana Marie Cox, Washington Examiner‘s Chris Stirewalt, TVNewser’s Gail Shister and Time‘s television critic James Poniewozik
CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, former Afghan Diplomat Masood Aziz, “The Places In Between” author Rory Stewart, “Limits of Power” author Andrew Bacevich and WSJ‘s Bret Stephens
Will update as we learn them.
NBC’s Meet the Press: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and a roundtable with PBS’ Tavis Smiley and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough
CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) and former DNC Chairman Howard Dean
ABC’s This Week: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and a roundtable with 2008 Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman, WaPo‘s Kathleen Parker, former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich and ABC News’ George Will
Fox News Sunday: Former White House Faith-Based Initiative Director and St. Vincent College President Jim Towey, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Assistant Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs Tammy Duckworth and a panel with former senior advisor to Kerry and Gore campaigns Tad Devine, former senior advisor to McCain campaign Nicolle Wallace and Fox News contribtors Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol and NPR’s Juan Williams
CNN’s State of the Union: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and CNN contributors Republican strategist William Bennett and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile
CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: NewMajority.com editor David Frum, WaPo‘s Anne Kornblut, Chicago Tribune‘s Clarence Page, CBS “60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft and CBS “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager
Will update as we learn them.
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Catching up on the Morning Reading List after a week out sick… Belated Happy Birthdays to Nora McAlvanah, Kelley McCormick and Sol Levine who celebrated last week. Happy Birthday today to Ron Bonjean! What know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…
The Boston Globe takes a look at filling the void of a city paper after it closes.
The Daily Beast brings us the 7 Best Moments from Sunday Talk.
On CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with Howard Kurtz yesterday: “I always thought that he should have gone on “Oprah,” because, you know, Oprah is a dog lover herself.” -sports columnist Drew Sharp on Michael Vick seeking forgiveness through the media.
For the fourth time this year, Fox News beat the combined totals of MSNBC, CNN, HLN and CNBC in primetime in both Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo. More on how Fox is flourishing during the Obama administration on FBDC later today.
President Obama had a town hall meeting in Grand Junction, Colorado Saturday, where he commented on TV coverage. “Yesterday I held a town hall in Belgrade, Montana. And we had a pretty good crowd. Some were big supporters of reform, some had concerns and questions, some were completely skeptical. And I got tough questions, but even though Montanans had strong opinions, they didn’t shout at one another, they were there to listen and that reflects the American people and what our democracy is about. A lot more than what’s been covered on TV the last several days.”
HuffPost is launching a feature today called “HuffPost Social News” using Facebook Connect, which will allow readers to create a personalized social networking-like HuffPost news page.
How’s AOL doing as print news is having a hard time? Pretty OK, according to the NYT.
Is Gibbs too jolly? Former Nixon and Ford deputy press secretary Jerry Warren visited the White House Friday, where he told Politico White House press secretary Robert Gibbs can be “too jovial about serious things.” “That can be dangerous,” he said. “Otherwise, I think he’s a fine man.”
President Obama has issued an “informal edict” for White House profiles, in light of long pieces on Valerie Jarrett and other staffers in the NYT magazine. From Peter Baker and Jeff Zeleny online Saturday: “But when a New York Times Magazine profile of Ms. Jarrett last month explored the old scratchiness [between her and Emanuel], White House officials said the normally calm Mr. Obama erupted with anger. An informal edict went out: no more cooperating with staff profiles. As a result, Mr. Emanuel declined a formal interview for this article.” (h/t Politico‘s Calderone)
President Obama had this editorial “Why We Need Health Care Reform” in NYT Saturday.
And just for fun this morning… like “Mad Men?” Like media? Mediaite combines your loves here.
JOBS after the jump…
NBC’s Meet the Press: National Security Advisor James Jones, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker and a roundtable with NYT‘s David Brooks, CNBC’s Erin Burnett and Newsweek‘s Jon Meacham
CBS’ Face the Nation: National Security Advisor James Jones, Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
ABC’s This Week: Former DNC Chairman Howard Dean, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and a roundtable with ABC’s Sam Donaldson, ABC contributor and former Bush strategist Matthew Dowd, WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan, ABC’s Cokie Roberts and Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haas
Fox News Sunday: National Security Advisor James Jones, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Walter Reed Army Medical Center Commander Maj. Gen. Carla Hawley-Bowland and a panel with Fox News contributors WSJ Paul Gigot, NPR’s Mara Liasson and Weekly Standard‘s Stephen Hayes and WaPo‘s Ceci Connolly
CNN’s State of the Union: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice, Republican pollster Bill McInturff and Democratic pollster Peter Hart, Democratic strategist CNN’s Donna Brazile, former White House counselor and former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie, “The Battle for America 2008″ author Dan Balz and Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA)
CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Time’s Mark Halperin, “Why You’re Wrong About the Right” author S.E. Cupp, Air America and the Daily Beast’s Ana Marie Cox and White House Office of Health Reform communications director Linda Douglass
CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Will update as we learn them.