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Weekend Show Preview, 6.6 – 6.8

Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked:


CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), David Rohde of Reuters, Thomas Friedman of NYT, Peggy Noonan of WSJ, David Gergen of Harvard, Michael Gerson of WaPo, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)

“Fox News Sunday”: Fmr. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Gen. Jack Keane, military parents Cheryl Brandes and Ken Luccioni, George Will, Mara Liasson of NPR, Steve Hayes of The Weekly Standard, Juan Williams

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: preempted by coverage of Premier League soccer

ABC’s “This Week“: Hillary Clinton, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Matthew Dowd, Alicia Menendez of Fusion, Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), Fmr. Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM), Paul Gigot of WSJ, Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight

Univision’s “Al Punto”:  Guatemalan Ambassador to US Julio Ligorria, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Spanish Ambassador to US Ramón Gil-Casares, Enrique Bermudez and Jorge Pérez Navarro of Univision Sports, salsa dancers Beberly Devers and Kevin Tellez

CNN’s “State of the Union: Sec. of State John Kerry, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton of the National Security Network, Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin of the Family Research Council, Gen. James Mattis, Donna Brazile, Jackie Calmes of NYT, Ana Navaro

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Right, Left Take Marks On Marathon Bombings

Chalk it up to the often sick, sad world we live in.

The bomb smoke had barely cleared in Boston when some in the media strapped on their red and blue helmets and took partisan pot shots.

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof was the first national media figure to bring out the guns. “Explosion is a reminder that ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) needs a director,” he tweeted Monday just after two bombs had exploded at the Boston Marathon. “Shame on Senate Republicans for blocking appointment.” Accompanying Kristof’s tweet was a link to a WaPo story on the ATF’s ongoing status without a full-time director. He has since deleted the tweet and said that he “take[s] it back.”

On CNN, National Security Analyst Peter Bergen said that the attack may have been executed by al-Qaeda or “another kind of right-wing extremism.”

On MSNBC, Chris Matthews said that “normally, domestic terrorists, people tend to be on the far right.” He immediately amended his language to “just extremists.”

Esquire‘s Politics writer Charles Pierce cautioned readers against “jumping to conclusions” that the attack may have been executed by foreigners. But, noting that Monday was Patriots Day, he took a trip back in time to remember that it was “waterer of the liberty tree” Timothy McVeigh who bombed a federal building in Oklahoma City.

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Debates for the Highbrow

Do you like your debates elevated, intelligent and well, smarter than a TMZ reporter?

Tonight at 9 p.m.  ET, Bloomberg Television (Comcast Channel 103 in Washington) will debut a new season of Intelligence Squared US (IQ2 US). Bloomberg PR describes it  as “the Oxford-style debate series that features world thinkers going head to head in a battle of ideas and persuasion.” The series describes itself similarly “as an exciting contest of ideas, wit and persuasion.” The idea behind the series is that they are to be highbrow debates sponsored by the Rosenkranz Foundation, a public policy institute founded by CEO and private equity magnate Robert Rosenkranz (his insurance holding company has assets over $5 billion; he’s a member of the Yale University Council and the Dean’s Council of Yale’s Architecture School; the philanthropic Rosenkranz Foundation donates to not only IQ2US, but think tanks, universities and the arts with a special focus on Asian art).

Not  sounding highbrow enough for you yet?

Some politicos and journalists to be featured in the new season’s debates include include Bob Bauer, White House counsel under President Obama; Nir Rosen, the controversial war reporter whose writings on Iraq have appeared in The Washington Post, The New Yorker, TNR among others; Ayyan Hirsi Ali, author of “Infidel” and fatwa victim; and Peter Bergen, terrorism analyst for CNN.

Tonight’s debate:  “Treat terrorists like enemy combatants, not criminals.” Four-star general and former CIA Director  Michael Hayden and Marc Thiessen, former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, will debate David Frakt, former lead defense counsel with the Office of Military Commissions, and Stephen Jones, who was lead defense lawyer for Timothy McVeigh, mastermind of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Bloomberg first began airing these “highbrow” debates last year and aired 11 debates, including one on cyberterrorism in Washington. The next debate is scheduled for Oct. 11:  “Islam is a religion of peace.” WAMU in Washington will be presenting tonight’s debate on Thursday at 9 p.m. (ET).

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FP Celebrates a Year of Success

In an email this morning, Foreign Policy’s Susan Glasser praised her staff for a solid year of growth since the relaunch of (5 times more traffic since last year). Glasser congratulated the FP team for “a record-breaking 5.8 million pageviews in December and more than 45 million page views for the year.”

The memo also addressed upcoming announcements like the launch of a new blog and a new deal to feature FP content on

While many are dodging pink slips, it’s great to hear that some outlets are celebrating success. Congrats to FP!

Glasser’s full memo after the jump.

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Anderson to Afghanistan

Anderson Cooper will head to Afghanistan to anchor “AC360″ next week for the anniversary of September 11th. Dr. Sanjay Gupta will also be embedded to deliver reports on field trauma surgery. Cooper will be joined by analyst Peter Bergen and “AC360″ will have field reports from correspondent Michael Ware.

On a related note… after the jump, check out moving video from CBS’ Lara Logan and Don Lee shot on a recent trip to Afghanistan, while embedded with troops. The CBS webcast “Washington Unplugged” also included an update from CBS radio’s Harvey Nagler on the condition of Cami McCormick, recently injured in Afghanistan.

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Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet The Press: First Lady Laura Bush, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States Said Jawad and Ted Turner, Author, “Call Me Ted”

  • This Week: Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) of the Armed Services Committee and Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) of the Foreign Relations Committee. A roundtable with ABC News’ Matthew Dowd, Donna Brazile, Torie Clark, and George Will.

  • Face the Nation: “A Look At An Historic Election: Annual Books and Authors Show” with authors Bob Woodward, Fareed Zakaria, Michael Eric Dyson and Jane Mayer.

  • Fox News Sunday: Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-SC), Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D-MO), Sen. Saxby Chambliss, (R-GA) 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.

  • Late Edition: Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), Peter Bergen, CNN terrorism analyst, Sajjan Gohel, director of international security, Asia-Pacific Foundation, Ron Gettelfinger, UAW President, Maj. Gen. Mark Hertling, Commander, Multi-National Division-North, Ed Rollins, Republican strategist, CNN political contributor, James Carville, Democratic strategist; CNN political contributor, David Gergen, CNN senior political analyst; former presidential adviser, Amy Walter, CNN political contributor; editor-in-chief, The Hotline, Ed Henry, CNN White House correspondent, Bill Schneider, CNN senior political analyst.

  • The Chris Matthews Show: Washington Post’s David Ignatius and Ceci Connolly, NBC News Washington Bureau Chief Mark Whitaker and BBC’s Katty Kay.

  • Reliable Sources: Larry Hackett, managing editor, People magazine, Amy Argetsinger, columnist, The Washington Post, A.J. Hammer, host, “Showbiz Tonight,” Headline News, Carlos Diaz, weekend co-host, “Extra”, Eitan Gorlin, filmmaker, Dan Mirvish, filmmaker, Dana Perino, White House Press Secretary, Joan Walsh, editor-in-chief,, Jim Geraghty, contributing editor, National Review.

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

  • Post Politics Program with Emily Freifeld and Ed O’Keefe: Lori Montgomery, Jennifer Agiesta of the Washington Post polling unit and Eli Saslow. The show now airs on POTUS: Sirius 110/XM 130.

  • GPS: Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State, Ashley Tellis, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Stephen Cohen, Brookings Institute.

  • Morning Reading List, 08.23.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Update on yesterday’s Tammy Haddad / Hardball story:

      Clarification from MSNBC: “Tammy remains MSNBC’s VP, Washington and will continue to oversee all of our political coverage, including super Tuesdays, primary coverage, debates and the College Tour.”

  • You admitted it. You do in fact miss your interns. It’s the reason why that is up for debate.

  • Eric Boehlert writes, “MSNBC host and former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough caused a media stir last week when he claimed that on-the-clock MSNBC newsroom employees brazenly jeered President Bush while watching his 2003 State of the Union Address. Personally, I don’t buy it. At least not the way Scarborough described it”

  • The Politico has hired Sara D’Angelo as its new media coordinator and producer. Sara joins them from WTOP Radio

  • Gross Generalizations About Old And New Media

  • Tribune’s Phil Rosenthal writes, “there’s no reason to think Tribune Co. shareholders, as a group, will reject at Tuesday’s meeting the second half of billionaire Sam Zell’s plan to take the company private at $34 per share through considerable debt and an employee stock ownership plan.”

  • From Eat the Press: “‘I’m Sorry, Brian Williams!’: Truth And Wristiness, Part II”

  • Bloomberg reports, “ComScore Inc., seeking to give its customers more detailed information on the habits of Web users, changed its method of measuring Internet searches to include queries sent to search engines by other Web sites.”

  • From a tipster: “Is that Tucker on Washington Post Radio this morning? It is!”

  • Jack Shafer: “Already Chewed News: What my beloved newspaper has been reduced to serving.”

  • According to a release, “The 2007 MacArthur Fellows, awarded by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, will be announced on Tuesday, September 25th. … Awarded to talented individuals in a variety of fields who have shown exceptional originality in and dedication to their creative pursuits, MacArthur Fellows receive $500,000 grants that are bestowed with no conditions — recipients may use the money as they see fit.”

  • has “A Few Tips for Media Types Who Strive to Do Wrong Better”

  • “Last week was one of the most varied in the news so far this year. The week’s biggest story, the 2008 presidential campaign, made up only 8% of the news hole in PEJ’s weekly News Coverage Index, which examines 48 different news outlets.”

  • “One in four adults read no books at all in the past year, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll released Tuesday.”

  • From Information Week’s Stephen Wellman, “Chalk this one up to the great moments in unintentional irony department. I just received an invitation to “the industry’s first BlogWorld and New Media Expo.” What’s interesting is that the only people who can get in with a media pass are traditional press. Just what kind of blog and new media show is this?”

  • From Meetup: “The Organizer of The Washington Blogger Meetup stepped down without nominating a successor. If no one steps up as
    organizer by September 6, this Meetup will disappear forever.
    You can keep this group of 390 Bloggers together by taking over
    as Organizer.” For more info, click here.

  • CNN’s Peter Bergen will offer “an insightful progress report on the war on terrorism” today at a luncheon at the Capital Hilton Hotel presented by the NCC International Committee. Register here.

  • Tonight, The Newseum and the National Archives present “50 Years After Little Rock: The Media and the Movement” at 6:30 p.m. at the National Archives at 7th and 9th Streets, N.W.

  • Poynter Online reports, “As Crain’s ChicagoBusiness (a clear competitor to BusinessWeek-Chicago) notes, BusinessWeek is going to launch a local print edition in Chicago as a ‘guinea pig’ and move into other cities if it’s successful in the Windy City.”

  • Gawker asks, “How Is The Nearly Ad-Free ‘New Republic’ Surviving?”

  • Hollywood Reporter reports, “Personal time that consumers spend on the Internet is rivaling their TV time, with user-generated content and networking sites among the most popular destinations for entertainment seekers.”

  • Chicago Tribune’s Steve Johnson writes, “If you’ve paid any attention to news-and-information Web sites lately, you’ve noticed that most are trying to dress them up with the latest Internet fad, video. These efforts are only intermittently effective. A reporter or columnist reading his piece aloud just feels like a naked ploy to keep you glued to the site a little longer, unless that writer has the vocal charisma of James Earl Jones. A video of a profile subject, on the other hand, can greatly enhance a print story.”

  • The Extreme-ness, in perhaps his most Extreme post ever, calls the Washington Post Sunday Magazine’s “Guess What’s Different About These Photos” “stupid” and does a bit of Photoshopping himself.

  • From DCRTV reports,Emmanuel Touhey is the new producer for public radio outlet WAMU’s nationally syndicated ‘The Diane Rehm Show.’ He spent the past nine years working as a producer with DC-based C-SPAN, covering Congress and the White House. Touhey is a native of Ireland, and came to the US in 1993. He began his career as an intern at BBC Radio in Northern Ireland.”

  • It’s Dennis Kucinich v. ABC News.

  • SFist asks, “Is Digg Going To Be A ‘Classified Killer’ Too?”

  • Rapt VP: Free Online Content Could Tip The Balance For Newspapers”

    The Fallout Round-Up:

  • In a “release,” Hottest Male in PR Nominee Ben Goldstein said, “I commend the Manjoo Commission for their findings. The report certainly confirms suspicions that our legal team had during the recount. …That being said, the courts have spoken and while I disagree with their ruling, I must respect it so that our democratic institutions shall remain intact. My ego, however, has fallen apart like Britney Spears trying to simultaneously manage her kids and a liter of Boone’s Farm in the ball pit at Chuck E. Cheese.”

  • Brian Beutler says, “Thank you to Farhad Manjoo</strong — no doubt one of Salon's courageous outsiders–for having the stones to make public what I and nearly all of liberal Washington were too selfish to report ourselves."

  • Kay Steiger says, “I guess it must be a slow news month.”

  • Jossip has this to say: “Which just goes to show, only ugly people care about looking good online.”

  • Don Whiteside at Metroblogging says, “Don’t get me wrong, it’s a pretty well prepared article and nicely linked to a bunch of related and supporting information. But I can’t be the only person who thinks he’s more likely to find a sober Kennedy than an accurate online poll, can I?”

  • Atlantic’s Matthew Yglesias points us to the hotties themselves for a response!


  • Banyan Global is seeking Communications Analyst for International Development.

  • The Center for American Progress is looking for an Editor for

  • Voice of America is looking for a News Division/writer.

  • National Public Radio is looking for an Associate Producer, NPR Digital: Arts & Features.

  • The Hill newspaper is looking for an Online Producer.

  • The Institute of Medicine is looking for a Communications Officer.

  • Vandenburgh Media is looking for an Administrative Assistant.

  • ThinkFoodGroup is looking for an Assistant to Chief Creative Officer/Chef

  • Kelly McCormack is leaving The Hill to join the Peace Corps

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  • Morning Reading List, 07.12.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • The Swamp reports, “One of the numbers dialed out from Palfrey’s phone on the afternoon of Jan. 3, 2001 matches that of the Tribune national desk.”

  • The New America Foundation and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is hosting a discussion on the Iraqi Sunni insurgency’s media campaign with Daniel Kimmage and Kathleen Ridolfo, followed by commentary from James K. Glassman and Jeffrey Gedmin. Schwartz Senior Fellow Peter Bergen will moderate the question and answer session. To RSVP for this event, today 12:15-1:45, email with name, affiliation, and contact information.

  • The NPF is heading to Sydney Australia for a program with the International AIDS Society, but they will be blogging from there and posting resources from the seminar. Check out the agenda here.

  • CNN’s Nancy Lane Becomes Senior VP

  • MSNBC First To Report Lady Bird’s Death

  • For Marvin Kalb, “It’s Certainly a Long Way From ‘Meet the Press’
  • News Corp. to Launch Rival to CNBC

  • From a reader: “Palfrey and Washington City Paper…maybe she was placing ads?”

  • Gina Sacripanti has joined the Washington Examiner as our Director of Business Development and Marketing. Most recently, she was Chief Operation Officer for FDIC Federal Credit Union. She focused on Business Development and Marketing for that company.

  • Veteran ABC News reporter, Ann Compton, held a “mock White House news conference” at the Presbyterian Homes retirement community in Evanston, Illinois.

  • Compton got a presidential shout out.


  • Congressional Quarterly’s House Action Reports is looking for a Reporter/Analyst.

  • Worcester County Times/Maryland Beachcomber/Ocean Pines
    Independent is looking for a Reporter.

  • The Urban Land Institute is looking for an Editor.

  • Thompson Publishing Group is looking for an Experienced Editor.

  • TechTarget is looking for an Editor for a new telecomm Site.

  • is looking for an Editor.

  • The News Virginian is looking for a Copy Editor/Page Designer.

  • Inside Washington Publishers is looking for print and online reporters.

  • Smithsonian Publications is looking for a Advertising Production Coordinator.

  • National Geographic Society is looking for a Manuscripts Coordinator.

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext