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Afternoon Reading List 07.22.13.

Washington goes nuts over Nate Silver’s switch to ESPN — After the news broke that NYT’s Nate Silver was leaving the NYT for ESPN and ABC News, TPM editor Josh Marshall wrote a short blog post Saturday about it for TPM’s editor’s blog, calling it a “massive blow for the Times.” Other than that, it was a pretty standard post about what he’ll be doing at his new workplace and what will happen to FiveThirtyEight, his blog that has essentially been leased to the Times since 2010. Apparently Marshall had more to say. On Sunday afternoon, he published another post that was mostly an excerpt from Sunday’s Playbook, pulled from Politico’s Mike Allen. Surrounding the lengthy excerpt were some of Marshall’s feelings on matter, including that he, “as a news consumer,” finds Silver’s new focus on weather, economics, and education more fascinating. He also confirms suspicions that Silver was getting bored of politics as an exclusive realm.

Why you should read it: Marshall provides some insight into Silver’s move, but honestly most of the information comes from the Playbook excerpt, which has a lot of information in it and is worth a read itself.

How realistic is “The Newsroom?” — Aaron Sorkin’s widely popular HBO show “The Newsroom”, set two years in the past, follows the fictional ACN News Night team as it covers events that grabbed real headlines, such as Occupy, Troy Davis’ execution and Anwar Al-Awlaki‘s death by drone strike. The Atlantic’s Ashley Fetters compares the depiction of events in the second episode of the second season to real news coverage of the events. Fetters notes the similarity of the quick rise of coverage of the Occupy Wall Street rally in Zuccotti Park and ACN’s coverage of Occupy on the show. Down to the day, Sorkin portrayed the coverage of the rally with accuracy. Fetters continues through more examples, including a scene where two control room operators watch decade-old footage of anchor Will McAvoy’s first shift as anchor on September 11, 2001, which lasted 16 hours. Fetter compares this with Peter Jennings’ roughly 17-hour shift that day.

Why you should read it: Let’s be honest, you probably anxiously awaited season two and watched the second episode as soon as it came it out. And for those of you who don’t regularly watch it (or more accurately, just don’t admit to it), this may convince you to start.

 

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‘Style Guy’ Finds Tom Brokaw’s Hair ‘Elegant,’ Donald Trump-Brand Clothing Line ‘Sleazy’

GQ celebrated the release of its fall/winter issue last night with a soiree at The Huxley featuring “Style Guy” Glenn O’Brien. The event was hosted by Robert Finfer, Founder and CEO of Integrity Capital Partners and Co-Founder of Tomahawk Capital, LLC.

Dropping in on a cocktail party attended by a well-known fashion/style critic, we expected to see guests decked out in their finest attire. And we did. But we also spotted a few questionable choices, like a sequined dress that didn’t fit so well (pictured right).

That’s neither here nor there.

FishbowlDC sat down with O’Brien himself for a quick Q&A to get his expertise on style in the news media world.

FBDC: What’s your media diet like?
GOB: I read the New York Times every morning. I try to watch Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert when I can. But I don’t watch the evening news or anything like that.

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The FishbowlDC Interview With Vintage Fashion Blogger and Olympic Sangria Drinker Lisa Rowan

Say hello to Lisa Rowan, a fashion blogger for Goodwill of Greater Washington and an online communications consultant. She contributes to the Goodwill’s fashion blog and represents the organization at events and workshops. She also writes about vintage and consignment clothing for Quarterlife202.com. Rowan formerly worked as a Community Host for TBD, but as Robert Allbritton‘s Titanic began to sink, she was laid off in March. She earned a B.A. in history from the University of Maryland and is expected to earn an M.A. in Arts and Liberal Studies from Georgetown in December, 2013. Rowan was kind enough to photograph her favorite item of clothing. She wrote in late one night to say, “I’m back and full of sangria! 1. Dress photo attached. I didn’t even Instagram it, but I did do my best to make the sparkles stand out. It’s tough when all your walls are yellow or ivory. Maybe you can run it through Blingee? 2. Resume attached for your reference. It’s pretty boring. 3. [Re: TBD] I got laid off when everyone else did. I left in mid-March, about halfway through the marathon of last-day ‘happy’ hours. (We called them ‘sad hours.’)” Follow Rowan’s unique, self-deprecating wit on Twitter at @Lisatella. As for her photograph, she says: “Please note that I don’t actually have jaundice and that one of my weak points is naming image files.”

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be? Champagne.

How often do you Google yourself? With Google Alerts, self-Googling comes to you!

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)? “My dad gave me the same advice.”

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Elizabeth Holmes, style reporter at the Wall Street Journal. She can embrace the fun side of her beat, but has her thumb on related economic issues, too.

Do you have a favorite word? I like a lot of words. Playing favorites would be unfair.

Who would you rather have dinner with – CNN’s Anderson Cooper or ABC’s Katie Couric or Dr. Phil. Tell us why. Anderson Cooper would be the sassiest. And he sounds like a picky eater, which would make me look like a culinary adventurer in comparison.

The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either Gabby Sidibe (“Precious” etc..) or Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas). Who will it be? (Neither is not an option.) Gabby Sidibe. Hollywood!

What swear word do you use most often? Fucking.

You’ve just been told the big news: You get to have your own Sunday morning talk show. Who will be on your roundtable? (Pick four journalists or pundits types.) Ann Curry, Brian Williams, Amanda Hess, The Rev. Al Sharpton. I think Amanda and Al would get along great.

On a serious note for a moment, if you could have dinner with a person who has died, who would it be? Peter Jennings.

Who is your favorite Boybander and why? (Ezzy, Hazy, Weigel, Attackerman, Beutler) Are these not those boys from One Direction?

When you pig out what do you eat? Cookies. So many cookies.

What is your absolute favorite item of clothing in your closet? We want the fabric, the brand, the store and the price if possible. If it’s a certain kind of underwear we don’t want to know about it. On one of my last vintage buying trips to an undisclosed location, I found a slinky evening dress by Palm Beach designer Ann Herwig that’s from some time in the early 1960s. It’s got a scoop neck, an open back, and ivory sequins from shoulder to toe. I bought it for $60, had the zipper repaired, and kept it for myself. God only knows when it will ever make it out of the closet.

Pick one: Mad Men, Scandal or True Blood. Mad Men.

Have you ever had a tarot card reading? No.

Have you ever had a near-death experience? I have felt like death on a number of occasions, but have never actually approached it.

Ever been arrested? No.

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Cubes: Tour of ABC News Headquarters

Here’s an inside look at ABC News. In this episode of mediabistroTV’s “Cubes,” David Muir, weekend anchor of “World News,” gives us a behind-the-scenes tour of the ABC News headquarters.

The ABC complex on Manhattan’s upper west side is home to ABC News, “Live! with Kelly,” and local New York station WABC. Diane Sawyer also makes a cameo in the video (as do her dozens of Emmys).

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Fmr. TV Newsman’s Home to be Auctioned Off

Today at 2 p.m. there will be a trustees’ sale of former TV newsman Howard K. Smith‘s 4.39-acre home in Bethesda. The ad says the “property is believed to offer future townhome development opportunity.”

The auction is being held at the Circuit Court for Montgomery County at the Court House Door, 50 Maryland Ave., Rockville, Md.

The home is 7, 258 square feet and consists of six bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths.

Smith, a former foreign news correspondent for CBS and anchor and commentator for ABC, was known for his controversial ways. For example, from the Museum of Broadcast Communications: “Following the 1977 arrival of Roone Arledge as head of ABC News, Smith found himself being used less and less. In 1979, he resigned from ABC, denouncing Arledge’s evening newscast featuring Peter Jennings, Max Robinson, Frank Reynolds, and Barbara Walters as a ‘Punch and Judy Show.’” More on Smith… “In 1940 he joined United Press as their correspondent in London and Copenhagen, and in 1941 joined CBS news, where he replaced William Shirer as CBS’s Berlin correspondent. The last American correspondent to leave Berlin after war was declared, he reached safety in Switzerland with a manuscript that described conditions in Germany, which became the basis for his best selling book Last Train from Berlin.”

Kaplan Returns to ABC News as EP for “This Week”

CBS Evening News EP Rick Kaplan is returning to ABC News where he spent more than 20 years as a producer for “Good Morning America,” “Nightline,” “PrimeTime Live,” and “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.”  In his new role, Kaplan will take the reins of “This Week with Christiane Amanpour.”

Kaplan, who has served as president of both MSNBC and CNN in the past, will be filling the role left by former EP Ian Cameron who left the show last fall.  He will be based in New York and commute to Washington weekly for “This Week.”  Fun fact:  In his 40 years in the news business, Kaplan has won 44 Emmys, 8 Murrows, 4 DuPonts, 2 RFK’s and 2 George Foster Peabody Awards.

Morning Reading List 07.27.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

From yesterday’s Playbook- David Gregory‘s son Max celebrated his seventh birthday by throwing out the first pitch at Saturday’s Nationals-Padres game. Politico‘s Jonathan Martin‘s in Alaska covering Sarah Palin‘s last day- follow his updates on Twitter. What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | WEST WING REPORTAGE | IN MEMORIAM | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

CJR: NYT is now making as much from circulation as from ads.

WaPo apologized in Saturday’s paper for altering an RFK photo: “As many readers noticed, an image of Robert F. Kennedy on the front of the July 8 Style section was reversed, making it appear as though he parted his hair on the opposite side of how he normally wore it. This was an improper manipulation. The Post’s policy is to use the technique only for photo illustrations clearly labeled as such.” (h/t DCRTV)

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The Daily Beast brings us the 7 Best Moments from Sunday Talk.

Quote of the weekend: “As so often’s the case in Washington, the debate comes down to a three-letter word ending in X… of course I’m talking about ‘tax!’” -Mike Viqueira on MSNBC Saturday morning (h/t Mediaite).

Are TV ratings affected by the health care discussion? Politico’s Michael Calderone takes a look here.

Political analyst and author Richard Wolffe filled in for Keith Olbermann Friday on Countdown- for the first time.

ABC’s Nightline is thriving in late night.

Willie Geist‘s way, way too early on MSNBC debuted today with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs as the show’s first guest. NYT profiles Geist and takes a look at the show here.

And Octomom’s getting a reality show.

NEW NOTES

Washingtonian’s Harry Jaffe profiles TV stations and Politico owner Robert Allbritton in August’s mag. A preview here.

Former WaPo executive editor Len Downie has joined the Board of Directors of the Center for Investigative Reporting.

NYT‘s Frank Rich on why and how Walter Cronkite was “the most trusted man in America.”

And journalism in America after Walter Cronkite, Tim Russert and Peter Jennings, WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz in today’s Media Notes: If there were still a most trusted man in America, in our cynical, irony-drenched, somebody-must-be-lying culture, it sure wouldn’t be a journalist. Too many people find the media to be biased, inaccurate, sensational, simplistic or irrelevant for a Walter Cronkite figure to stride among us today.

AFP: Fifty-nine journalists have been killed around the world so far this year, in an alarming rise from 2008 that has become a “bloodbath” of the media, a watchdog said Thursday.

Could anyone be a photojournalist in DC these days? Mediaite: Out with the Old, In with the New.

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Star struck at the White House?

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

JOBS after the jump…

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FishbowlDC Interview: Rising Star – ABC News’ Jake Tapper

JT.jpgUnless you live under a rock, you’ve undoubtedly heard the name “Jake Tapper.” As a White House correspondent for ABC News and one of news media’s fastest rising stars, Tapper has quickly established “golden boy” status in Washington. We got to know the golden boy a little better in this FishbowlDC interview:

What has been the biggest surprise about your gig as a WH correspondent?
How collegial the atmosphere is, how intellectually stimulating the stories usually are, how under-the-microscope reporters are.

If you could describe Robert Gibbs in only one word, what would it be?
Gibbsian.

Who is your favorite person to follow on Twitter?
I follow 200+ people, so I wouldn’t want to slight anyone. But I do love the pun wars of @oknox and @jetjocko.

What single person has played the biggest role or had the biggest influence on your career?
David Carr when he was at Washington City Paper convinced me to take the plunge and become a full-time journalist. Diane Sawyer and Good Morning America were the first ones to put me on the teevee on a regular basis. Diane, Charlie Gibson, David Westin, Peter Jennings and Ted Koppel all provided invaluable help and guidance.

Will Stephanopoulos overtake Meet the Press?
Unquestionably.

You’ve been called “the new David Gregory.” Flattering or annoying?
Inaccurate. We’re quite different.

Your career wasn’t the most obvious path to WH correspondent: from the Washington City Paper to VH1 and the Sundance Channel. Was your diverse background a help or hindrance in the pursuit for your current gig?
Almost any experience outside the DC-media-political-industrial complex is a plus, whether it’s being an attorney like Savannah and Chip or working for an alternative weekly, or any of the rich and diverse experiences of some of my colleagues.

What does your morning reading list include?
All the emails that the brilliant members of the ABC News team have sent throughout the night, the NYT, WP, and WSJ, The Note, Playbook, Huffpo, Drudge, TPM, Instapundit…I get on the web and surf.

How many emails do you receive a day? How many do you answer?
Too many; not enough.

What is one of life goal that you’ve yet to check off your list?
There aren’t any. I married a wonderful woman, have an amazing kid with another one on the way, have a job I enjoy and great friends and family — they’re all checked off.

What subject line in an email grabs your attention?
“CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS PROPOSAL FROM NIGERIA.”

Who would you cast as Jake in “Tapper,” the movie?*
I would suggest Daniel Day Lewis/Scorcese but the studio would insist on Seth Rogen/Apatow. We’d compromise and go with Paul Rudd/Ramis. It wouldn’t do very well, but that would be my fault.

*Tapper posed the same question to his “followers” on Twitter and “friends” on Facebook. Here are their suggestions:

Removing those actors who are no longer living, their suggestions are: Rin Tin Tin, Leslie Nielsen, Toby Maguire, Brad Pitt, Woody Allen, John Cusack, John Cryer, Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Christian Slater, Will Ferrell, John Malkovich, Brad Chase, Vince Vaughn, Matt Dillon, Jake Gyllenhal, Billy Boyd, Matthew Fox, Jack Black, Fred Savage, John Edwards, Ben Stiller, Borat, James Marsden, Josh Charles, Kermit the Frog, Sam Donaldson, George Stephanopoulos, Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey, Luke Wilson, Johnny Depp, Ryan Reynolds, Mark Ruffalo, Matt Damon, Dominic West, Steve Carrell, Kevin costner, Paul Rudd, Norm McDonald, Chris Noth, Aaron Eckhart, Rob Livingston, Viggo Mortensen, Jeremy Piven, Bill Pullman Nicolas Cage, Gerard Christopher, Ben Affleck, Zach Quinto, Ed Norton, Jeremy Northam, Christian Bale, Chris Cooper, Tom Hanks’ son, Jason Sudeikis, Mel Gibson, and Morgan Freeman.

Morning Reading List, 08.27.08

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Good morning Washington.

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