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Rep. Weiner Cracks on Republicans With House Mouse Senate Mouse

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) today in his public lessons of politics to his Republican colleagues gave Fox Business Senior Washington Correspondent Peter BarnesHouse Mouse Senate Mouse a major shout-out. Weiner reasoned his Republican counterparts could stand to read the children’s book to find out how a bill is passed. Barnes wrote the book with his wife, Cheryl Shaw Barnes.

Watch the C-SPAN video of Weiner’s House floor speech during the bill on federal spending debate here.

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FNC Party Draws Animated Mix of Journos, Pols, Bigwigs And a String Quartet

Roger 2.jpgIf you’re a political star gazer, the FNC pre-party to the Radio & TV Correspondent’s Dinner was the place to be Wednesday night as famous faces filled the room adorned in spring. As guests poured in and the party reached comfortable capacity, partygoers were greeted by a giant red Fox News emblem on the wall. If they were talent, well-known or just plain glam, photographers on hand asked them to strike a pose and then directed them across a bridge created especially for the party.

Fox News President Roger Ailes and his wife (above), Elizabeth, were one such couple directed to walk slowly across the bridge. The flashbulbs went wild.

Ailes is no wall flower. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) immediately engaged. “How are you?” Issa asked. In chimed Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), one of a few Democratic lawmakers there: “He’s fair and balanced,” Cummings said, cracking himself and those in his midst up.

Ailes also laughed. He then explained to Issa, who had begun bashing conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh, that Fox News is different. “We have a phone on the set,” he said. “Anyone can call and correct us on the set.”

Cummings said Ailes “has been really wonderful to us,” meaning the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). “We may have a situation where we disagree about things but it doesn’t mean we can’t socialize because that’s how I think you break through,” he said. “A lot of people will talk about each other but not to each other.”

Cummings said he has known “Roger” for years. When the congressman presided over the CBC, it was FNC that worked with the CBC to sponsor the presidential debates.

Meanwhile, in walked Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) alone. The senator briefly scanned the room, spoke to no one. Soon he sidled up to conservative radio personality Laura Ingraham who was decked out in an ice blue mermaid dress, sleeveless, with ruffles cascading to the floor.

“You look great, man” Ingraham told Specter, marveling at his appearance since the senator survived his cancer scare. “You’re a fighter.” Specter chatted comfortably with Ingraham for a long while. Later Specter’s wife, Joan, joined them.

FNC’s Jennifer Griffin was also there. In a sleek auburn bob wig, she explained that she, too, was recovering from cancer. The correspondent looked radiant and charmed the room of partygoers.

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Roger Ailes with Valerie Jarrett. Photo courtesy of FNC.

Find out what Pay Czar Kenneth Feinberg calls his wife at parties and which journos and other V.I.P’s were there after the jump. Also, see more party pictures…

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Morning Reading List 07.14.09

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

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

TV

There may be widespread cuts coming to WRC, NBC’s channel 4, after a newsroom reorganization and switch to new digital technologies, according to WaPo.

Did you know that Fox Business Network’s Peter Barnes is also a children’s book publisher? He’s profiled in WaPo.

ONLINE

NYT’s Brian Stelter reported that web traffic (or more accurately, lack of) may have been the reason behind WaPo’s sudden dismissal of columnist Dan Froomkin. He’s since moved off to HuffPost and Arianna Huffington is confident. “I have no doubt that Dan, both as an editor and as a writer, will be a traffic magnet for us.”

MAGAZINES

Since his arrest by Iranian authorities last month, Maziar Bahari‘s employer, Newsweek has been making pleas for his release. The magazine’s editor-in-chief Jon Meacham again called for Bahari’s release with an article detailing the foreign correspondent’s work in an effort to dispel allegations that he is a subversive or spy. (h/t FishbowlNY)

Is BusinessWeek only worth $1?

NEWS NOTES

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pushed for the release of the two US journalists currently detained in North Korea. “The two journalists and their families have expressed great remorse for this incident,” Clinton said Saturday. “And I think everyone is very sorry that it happened. What we hope for now is that these two young women would be granted amnesty through the North Korean system and be allowed to return home to their families as soon as possible.” (h/t Politico)

Shenanigans: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) is starting an all female (bipartisan) congressional softball team. Their first game is this evening at 7:35pm at Guy Mason Field and the journos are getting involved too. The first pitch will be thrown by Cokie Roberts and CNN’s Dana Bash will serve as the announcer.

Is DC the real winner in this recession?

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Think you work harder than Bill Burton? WaPo‘s Michael Shear reports: “In a city where work can border on obsession, the Obama staffers stand out. They are not quite the walking dead, but their eyes are frequently ringed with the bags that accompany exhaustion. “This is a place, because of the stress, the schedule and the sheer hours, that just chews people up and spits them out,” said press secretary Robert Gibbs, whose alarm clock is set to 4:30 a.m., though he ignores the early ring more often these days.”

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, Politico

THE REVOLVING DOOR and JOBS after the jump…

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Coverage Plans For Obama Address

From TVNewser

Every network will cover President Barack Obama’s Address to Congress tonight at 9pmET. Following Obama’s speech is Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Republican response.

Each network’s coverage plans after the jump.

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Morning Reading List, 09.19.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • An ABC release announced, “ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ extended its run as the #1 evening newscast last week, winning among Total Viewers, Households, and Adults 25-54 for the nineteenth time in twenty-one weeks. The ABC broadcast averaged 7.70 million Total Viewers and a 1.9/8 among Adults 25-54, outperforming NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ by 380,000 Total Viewers and 20,000 key demo viewers.”

  • The Washington Blogger Meetup has a Meetup tonight! To RSVP and see who else is going, click here.

  • Congrats to Washington Examiner columnist La Shawn Barber for her “Daily Show” appearance last night.

  • Broadcasters Urge FCC to Reject Digital Transition Mandates

  • AP reports, “If you’re not plugged into the Internet, you still have to buy the whole newspaper even if you only want to do the crossword puzzle. But online, that and other stand-alone features are increasingly popping up all over the Web.”

  • Matthew Felling will finish out the rest of the week on MSNBC’s
    “Morning Joe.”

  • Blitzer, Matthews try to woo Ellen

  • Murdoch’s Choice: Paid or Free for WSJ.com?

  • Roger and Me: Some CNBC Staffers Are Pining for Ailes

  • FCC Draws Fire for Emmys Bleeping

  • Bloomberg reports, “News Corp., the media company controlled by Rupert Murdoch, expects to save $100 million after its acquisition of Dow Jones & Co. and might scrap the fee for reading the Wall Street Journal’s Web site.”

  • For Time Warner, a time to break up?”

  • AOL takes on The Big Apple. CNet News.com reports, “770 Broadway is in a notably ambiguous location, to the point where AOL could really stake a claim to one of a handful of Manhattan locations depending on how it wants its new “advertising, not access” incarnation to be branded.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “The Emmy telecast on Fox attracted 13.1 million viewers, the fewest since 1990, as the television industry’s annual awards show faced competition from football, baseball and reality programs.”

  • Portfolio’s Mixed Media reports, “You heard it here first, folks: The New York Times is indeed putting paid to its paid-content program, TimesSelect.” Content Bridges reports, “So the New York Times’ decision to eliminate Times Select tonight at midnight leaves its emerging online business in a more precarious state — in that one-legged balancing position that any yoga newbie knows is a tough position to maintain.”

  • “CBS White House correspondent Jim Axelrod — you might remember him as the fellow labeled ‘defeatist’ by then-White House press secretary Tony Snow — was involved in another tense exchange last week, this time with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.” Public Eye has the details.

  • Indiana Daily Student reports, “When Bob Woodward uncovered the first details of the Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein in 1972, he worked against a government that clouded itself in secrecy and became infamous for hiding important information from the American people. Woodward believes the current administration is much the same.”

  • “Pictures of the Year International is beginning its 65th year as the world’s oldest and one of the most prestigious photojournalism competitions and collections. POYi has just scheduled dates for our 2007-08 program. An advance look at the categories and guidelines will be posted on this Web site at www.poyi.org in early December”

  • AScribe Newswire reports, “TechPresident.com, a data-rich, nonpartisan group blog that covers real-time, online activity of the 2008 presidential candidates — and chronicles online content from voters who will elect them, is this year’s $10,000 Grand Prize winner in the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism.”

  • New York Business reports, “The New York Times Book Review said Monday that it will redefine and expand its best seller lists starting with the Sept. 23rd issue.”

  • Bill Steigerwald writes, “Is Morton Kondracke a conservative op-ed columnist? Are David Broder, Cokie Roberts and Thomas Friedman centrists? That’s what Media Matters for America, the left-wing media watchdog outfit in Washington, would have you believe.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “New York Times Co., Lee Enterprises Inc. and McClatchy Co. fell to decade-long lows in New York Stock Exchange composite trading after Merrill Lynch & Co. cut its ratings on the three newspaper publishers to ‘sell.’”

  • Business 2.0 reports, “Newspaper ad sales are expected to decline 5 percent in 2007, so it’s no surprise that print publications are eager to squeeze more cash out of their Web sites. One obvious source: local advertising, which accounts for more than 80 percent of ad spending but less than 20 percent of Internet ad sales.”

  • “News Corp. said its $5.2 billion acquisition of Dow Jones & Co., a deal that will give Rupert Murdoch control of the Wall Street Journal, probably will close in about two months,” Bloomberg reports.

  • From CJR: “Our Score: Murdoch 2 — Journalism 0. No Ingrassia book, Varadarajan quits as readers learn to play Austrialian rules”

  • “Nielsen’s Adweek Media is launching a business networking site, At the Roundtable, for professionals in advertising, marketing and media.” Check it out here.

  • Portfolio reports, “Once in a while, Maureen Dowd is terrific. More often, she’s lazy, smug and shallow, trafficking in little but caricature and innuendo. Her most recent column, on Hillary Clinton’s perceived weakness on military issues, contains a prime example of Dowd at her worst.”

  • Howard Kurtz writes, “O.J. was back. O.J. was proclaiming his innocence. O.J. was doing the perp walk. The Juice was under arrest, and television was magically transported back to the mid-1990s, when all of America argued about every facet of the double-murder case. … ‘It’s the story that just doesn’t go away,’Fox News host Greta Van Susteren, who has interviewed Simpson several times, said by phone from Las Vegas.”

  • Peter Barnes, Jenna Lee, Nicole Petallides and Cody Willard are joining the FBN anchor team.” TVNewser has the details.

  • Also from TVNewser, “Weatherman Tony Perkins, a former GMAer, is now part of Washington, DC’s WTTG-TV/Fox 5 morning team.”

    Jobs

  • National Association of Manufacturers is looking for a Web Designer.

  • NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation has an opening for Washington Producer position.

  • Fox News Channel is looking for an Associate Producer.

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