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Weekend Show Preview – 8.24.14

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

Highlights include Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO) on ABC’s “This Week” and CBS’s “Face the Nation” and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on “FOX News Sunday.”

Not all lineups have been announced. But click through for those that are and we’ll continue to update throughout the day.

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ABC’s Westin Wins Award, Addresses Tough Times

westin.jpg ABC News President David Westin received the First Amendment Leadership Award by the RTDNA (Radio TV Digital News Association) Thursday evening in Washington at the Ritz.

He spoke candidly of the importance of the First Amendment and of the trying times news organizations like ABC finds itself in today.

“In recent years we’ve seen pillars of our journalistic community go into bankruptcy,” Westin said. “We’ve seen our best institutions undergo cuts. And sometimes, wave after wave of cuts. People are asking whether some news organizations can survive at all. It’s against that backdrop that last week I announced a fundamental transformation of ABC News.”

He gave a serious shout out to D.C.-based correspondents.

“The First Amendment also asks that we employ beat reporters who develop their expertise and their sources over the years so that they can sort through the chaff and find and explain the kernel of wheat that no one else will find.

“Examples of these at ABC News right here in Washington are reporters like Martha Raddatz on foreign affairs and Jake Tapper on politics and the White House and Pierre Thomas on justice and Jonathon Karl on Capitol Hill and Lisa Stark on aviation and regulation and Terry Moran on the Supreme Court.”

Apart from Westin, award winners included: NBC’s Brian Williams, RTDNA President Emeritus Barbara Cochran, National Assoc. of Broadcasters Education Foundation President Marcellus Alexander, and Harvey Nagler, V.P. of CBS Radio News.

Too see all of the speeches from the dinner visit the RTDNA website here.

Read Westin’s full remarks after the jump…

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Taking Out The Trash

What we almost missed today…

• Above, William Shatner does Sarah Palin on Conan O’Brien.

• We’re all wondering what Palin will do next… “Inside Radio” just can’t “quit making things up,” speculating that she could take to the airwaves next.

• We told you yesterday about changes that NPR had made to its website and mobile apps. Today, Mediaite catches up with NPR News executive editor and editorial director for digital media Dick Meyer.

• ABC’s senior justice correspondent Pierre Thomas has landed an exclusive with Attorney General Eric Holder. The interview, which will include questions on closing Guantanamo and the Bush administration’s interrogation practices, will air tomorrow on Nightline. You’ll also see excerpts on GMA and World News.

• CNN’s chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour is launching a show on CNN International, aptly named Amanpour, to air weekdays at 3pm and on Sundays at 2pm. “I want this show to stir the global conscience. I have witnessed so much that it’s time to start making real sense of it all,” she said in a release.

• And more news at CNN tonight- Latino in America, anchored by Soledad O’Brien, will air this October.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA), Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) and a roundtable with NBC’s Tom Brokaw and CNBC’s Erin Burnett

CBS’ Face the Nation: White House Council of Economic Advisors’ Austan Goolsbee, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), Slate’s John Dickerson and NYT’s Jackie Calmes

ABC’s This Week: Vice President Biden’s Chief Economic Advisor Jared Bernstein, Sen. Ken Conrad (D-ND), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Rep. Michael Pence (R-IN) and a roundtable with ABC’s Donna Brazile, George Will, Betsy Stark and former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich

Fox News Sunday: White House Council of Economic Affairs chair Christina Romer, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) and chief White House photographer Pete Souza

CNN’s State of the Union: White House Council of Economic Affairs chair Christina Romer and Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH)

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: CBS’ 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL)

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Time’s Joe Klein, WaPo’s Kathleen Parker, BBC’s Katty Kay and NBC’s Mark Whitaker

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Autos Task Force Chief Steve Rattner, Bloomberg’s Rich Miller, Margaret Carlson and <a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/Kate-OBeirne-profile.html”>Kate O’Beirne and former CBS broadcaster Billy Packer

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NYT’s Jackie Calmes, LA Times’ Doyle McManus, National Journal’s Alexis Simendinger and ABC’s Pierre Thomas

Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Roll Call’s Emily Pierce, Steven Dennis, Lauren Whittington, and Emily Heil

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: former NY Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Bill and Melinda Gates, NYU Stern Business School’s Roy Smith, Cherry Hill Research President Henry Blodget and The Atlantic’s Megan McArdle

Taking Out The Trash, 03.20.07

  • Picking the next president is easier than picking the NCAA College Basketball Champ.

  • NPR Files For Streaming-Royalty Rehearing

  • Michael Murphy joins Fox News Channel’s Washington bureau as the Senior Manager of Media Relations. He was formerly an account supervisor at Ketchum Public Relations in DC.

  • Congrats to The Hill for scoring some front-page love on last night’s Colbert Report.

  • Crawling through commercials at MSNBC

  • Dear Author.com reports that Sterling Publishing’s Union Square Press imprint will be putting out a book titled “The United States v. I. Lewis Libby” in April. “The book will be edited by investigative journalist Murray Waas of the National Journal.”

  • Sometimes you just can’t win…First, they’re a “GOP Shrill” then “It’s Unanimous: All Dem-Friendly Stories This Morning at The Politico.”

  • From a tipster: “Just noticing that ABC has item about 1984 ad, something reported in the Washington Times a week ago.”

  • Huh? What is this website all about?

  • Howard Kurtz reports, “Fifteen percent of stories on the network evening news in each of the last two years were reported by minorities, an all-time high that is more than double the level of 1990.” Women reported 28 percent of the pieces, just under the high-water mark of 29 percent set in 2002.

  • Is washingtonpost.com “spraying bullets“?

  • From a tipster: “There’s a new Jeff on K Street. Patch beats Birnbaum to the (same) story … by six days. Who’s editing In The Loop?! “Retailers, Banks Duke It Out Over Transaction Fees” – Jeff Patch, The Politico (March 14, 2007) “Retailers, Credit Card Companies Quibble Over Footing The Bill” – Jeffrey H. Birnbaum, The Washington Post (March 20, 2007) )”

  • The AP reports that “about one-third of the people living in the national’s capital are functionally illiterate, compared with about one-fifth nationally, according to a report on the District of Columbia.”

  • Cathy Seipp’s daughter, Maia, informs Seipp’s blog readers of her current condition.

  • CBS Leans On Sources & ‘Our Partners At Politico.com’ To Say Gonzales Is A Goner

  • Roll Call made its own March Madness fun, matching each school in the NCAA tourney with its Representative. They will fill in the winners as the tournament progresses.

  • Wolf Blitzer drives himself to work!

  • E&P reports that despite the toll the Iraq War is taking on papers, “top news outfits, from The New York Times to Associated Press, remain committed to covering the war, with no immediate plans for cutbacks.”

  • If FNC & CBC Partner For Debates… Will We See A ‘Massive Grass-Roots Backlash?‘”

  • The AP has a piece on NBC and ABC Iraq correspondents Richard Engel and Terry McCarthy, both of whom have been covering the war since the beginning. “This week their respective networks will be showcasing their work, which has included dodging bullets and escaping carjackings while trying to hold onto a personal life at home.” (via Eat the Press)

  • Over the weekend, Slate points out that The Post apparently isn’t much fond of firearms. In a recent piece by Paul Duggan on the overturned ban on handguns, there are phrases like “lawsuit that gutted the District’s tough gun-control statute,” “recruited a group of strangers to sue the city and bankrolled their successful litigation” and even the headline refers to the “lawyer who wiped out [the] D.C. gun ban.”

  • Who will win the “I’m Not A Political Genius But I Play One On TV” award?

  • Washington Whispers reports that Scott McClellan “is shopping a book proposal around and hopes to land a deal this month.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is also writing a book on his roots and his start in Washington. And… former Sen. Fred Thompson is planning more fundraisers for convicted perjurer Lewis “Scooter” Libby. “Friends say it will help him show conservatives that he not only believes in the Bush team but is not a fair-weather friend.”

  • National Journal’s Andrew Noyes reports that C-SPAN “recently decided after some haranguing to expand access to its repository of footage from congressional hearings, federal agency briefings, and White House events.”

  • Washington Whispers also reports, “White House spokesman Tony Snow, takes a center-stage role in PBS’s two-hour special, The Boomer Century 1946–2046, on March 28. It will show three pics of Snow: as a kid, playing his rock flute, and dressed up as the prez’s spokesman.”

  • In DCist’s opinion, 94.7 “the Globe” is “not half bad.”

  • Acorn Media Group, “a leading independent global media company,” announced in a release that Miguel Penella is taking over as the new Chief Executive Officer effective April 1.

  • TVNewser reports that David Bloom’s wife, Melanie Bloom, spoke to MSNBC’s Chip Reid yesterday about her husband’s work and his untimely death.

  • A reader offers his take on the hot (or lack there of) D.C. journos:
      That’s somewhat ridiculous! There are literally thousands of working journalists in the D.C. area. To assume that not one of them — I’m referring to girls here, since that’s my particular focus — isn’t “hot” is just a ridiculous generalization. The short answer is “yes.” In fact, there are “hot,” or attractive, women at small local papers in the suburbs, at papers in the Baltimore area, at papers, radio stations, television stations and internet sites throughout the D.C. area, and at many of the bureaus of the larger national publications in those offices at the National Press Building. There are attractive women at newsletters, publishers, p.r. firms, lobbying firms, marketing firms, and whatever else type of journalism office you can name. All you need to do is head out to social events (not even the high-end glitzy ones — those are bogus) such as happy hours, get-togethers, parties and Press Club functions, and you’ll see that there are literally plenty of attractive single women in journalism throughout the Baltimore and D.C. metropolitan areas.

  • Gawker’s “ThemTube: Spinning Tucker’s Bow Tie

  • In addition to losing some comics from the Post, DCist reports, “There’ll be a few other changes, too, including the removal of some panel cartoons in favor of others and the tossing-in of six-days-a-week Scrabble Gram and Stickelers puzzles.”

  • DCeiver exposes the Washington Post’s sports bias.