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Kurtz: Shoe Thrower Doesn’t Deserve “Reporter” Label

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Earlier today, Howard Kurtz held his weekly chat where he answered several questions — as might be expected — about President Bush and the Iraqi shoe-throwing incident (as well as other topics.) Some excerpts:

Ocala, Fla.: Can we expect American journalists to follow the lead of their Iraqi colleague and get tougher with the president?

Howard Kurtz: I knew it! I was telling people yesterday, just wait, some folks will say this is how American reporters should have been treating the president.

Perhaps you’re being sarcastic. Television has had a grand time replaying the footage, and I suppose it’s humorous, and Bush handled it well. But it still makes me uneasy. What if the shoes had been laced with something dangerous? I find it fairly amazing that this guy could get so close as to hurl something hard at the president.

Medord, Ore.: Good morning, Mr Kurtz. May I inquire as to why you apparently felt compelled to belittle Iraqi reporter Muntather Zaidi by referring to him as a “reporter” (ironic quotation marks yours)? I read carefully that section for context and saw no justification offered for that demeaning and belittling use of pejorative quotation marks. I don’t know what he did to earn your ridicule — especially when you actually refer to people like Blanquita Cullum and Jane Hamsher as journalists without the dripping sarcasm. I am genuinely curious. Thanks.

washingtonpost.com: Jumping the Gun (Post, Dec. 15)

Howard Kurtz: I happen to have a master’s degree in journalism, and in my studies, I have never encountered our professional duties being defined as including throwing shoes at public officials. Someone who does that is not, in my humble view, as “reporter.”

Last word on the “shoe” incident: If it were an Iraqi politician who threw the shoe, I could understand; that’s not saying I condone it, just that I could understand how, in an environment where politicans throw things (including punches), it could happen. However, a journalist, regardless of where they are from, should have a higher, impartial standard in which they cover the news, even if they represent a news organization with a political “bent”; they should not be making or even be part of the news they’re covering.

Howard Kurtz: Well said.

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Tony Snow Tributes

Earlier on FishbowlDC: “In Memoriam: Tony Snow

Join us after the jump for a round-up of remembrances of Tony Snow, who passed away on Saturday.

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Photo Caption Contest

For this week’s caption contest, we have this picture of President Bush with some members of the military.

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(Photo Credit: AP)

Send your entries through the box below, or e-mail them to us at fishbowldc AT mediabistro DOT com.

Bartiromo Scores Bush Interview

CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo will chat with President Bush today in Washington on CNBC’s “Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo” at 4 p.m.

Topics will include the economy, the Presidential election, housing, the subprime market, Greenspan, interest rates and Bernanke’s job as Fed Chairman and energy independence.

No CNN?

TVNewser notes that, during today’s press briefing by President Bush, “FNC interrupted a live report on illegal immigration as the President appeared at the mic. MSNBC was in a commercial break, and then took the event live, before moving on to coverage of yesterday’s GOP debate. CNN did not to take the Rose Garden event.”

How To Say Something Without Saying Anything At All

President Bush showed reporters how to do just that today when he delivered the following remarks after a breakfast with community leaders in Missouri:

    THE PRESIDENT: How is everybody doing? Thank you for joining me. I’m visiting with some of the area’s finest citizens. We talked about businesses and opportunities and sports and culture. It’s good to be with you. Thank you. I hope you leave here with the sense that I’m upbeat about the future of this country. I believe strongly we can do anything we put our minds to do.

    Thank you all for coming.

    END

Bill Plante’s Having None of This Garden Party

As Karl Rove embraced President Bush today following an emotional farewell announcement on the South Lawn, the solemnity of the moment was shattered by Bill Plante of CBS, who bellowed to Bush: “If he’s so smart, how come you lost Congress?”

How Russert Got It

Rep. Ray LaHood, who was part of the meeting this week at the White House with President Bush on Iraq, shed some light on how Tim Russert found out about the meeting. Speaking on C-SPAN, he says that Russert was the one to call the Members after the meeting.

(sorry, in advance, for the CAPS)

    Host: GOING BACK TO THE MEETING OF JOHN’S COLUMN IN THE “NEW YORK POST” POINTS OUT THAT SOMEBODY WALKED OUT OF THAT MEETING AND CALLED TIM RUSSERT.

    Guest: WELL THAT, ARTICLE IS NOT ACCURATE, EITHER. SOMEONE SHOWED ME THAT ARTICLE, AND, YOU KNOW, IT’S JUST, IT’S SIMPLY NOT ACCURATE, YOU KNOW. I MEAN, IT’S NOT. I MEAN, I KNOW THAT TIM RAN A STORY THROUGHOUT THE DAY ON WEDNESDAY ABOUT WHO WAS THERE AND WHAT WAS SAID. BUT I DIDN’T CALL TIM RUSSERT, BUT –

    Host: THEY DIDN’T SAY YOU DID.

    Guest: NO, NO, I KNOW.

    Host: THEY JUST SAID SOMEBODY IN THE MEETING CALLED TIM RUSSERT. BUT WHAT WOULD BE ACCURATE, TIM RUSSERT CALLED SOMEBODY?

    Guest: THAT IS CORRECT, THAT’S PROBABLY WHAT HAPPENED.

    Host: THERE WERE 11 PEOPLE THERE –

    Guest: THAT’S RIGHT. I’M SURE HE WENT THROUGH THE LIST AND CALLED SOMEBODY.

Two Ways Of Looking At This

Either President Bush just mocked/laughed at the Politico or he gave Mike Allen a free opportunity to promote his publication on national television…

Rough transcript from watching Bush’s press conference:

    Bush: Who do you work for?

    Allen: Politico.com

    Bush: Would you like to take a minute to explain to the American people what politico.com is?

FishbowlDC readers are quick on the feedback:

  • So who put the bug in Bush’s ear to pump the Politico? Was it Tony Snow? What the heck was that!!??

  • OMG. Shameless self promotion from Mike Allen, courtesy of Prez Bush!!!

  • Dude the President just asked about Politico. F*cking shoot me.

  • just now – Presidential press conference: Mike Allen: “I’m Mike Allen, with politico.com …” POTUS: “What’s politico.com ?” Mike Allen: “It’s anew political newspaper and website.” David Gregory: “Yeah, it’s really good.” POTUS: “What a testimonial. I’ll have to check it out.” Chuckles and grumbles ensue.

  • I don’t know what Politico is, however I will soon find out. I thought it was rude and unnessesary for Pres. Bush to single out their reporter on his special report, today, Feb. 14. How rude and ignorant. Like I said , I do not know what Politico is about,but his remarks to their reporter were plain , downright, IGNORANT. Did he single anyone else out? No . Enough said

  • Does David Gregory have to comment or gesture on EVERY f*cking transgression at Bush’s press conferences? Please, someone muzzle him… literally!

  • I thought the Politico reference just made the president look like a tool. I saw only the back of Mike’s head, but from even that I could tell he was embarrassed. Should the leader of the free world maybe, uh, be occupied by more important things? Ugh indeed.

  • Separately, why does there always seem to be a dearth of people who are appalled by Bush’s behavior in these press conferences? Dude, you’re not clever. The level of obnoxia in his answer to Peter Baker was infuriating.

  • It shows Bush is 1) obsessed with, and very well aware of, the media culture in Washington. And 2) wanted to give a boost to his friend (Albritton)’s new project. (The Bushes and the Albrittons go way back…) Also note how WJLA played the entire exchange during its noon news…

  • There is only one way at looking at this….There are so many “haters” in DC! Go Politico BTW their paper rocks!

  • this comment sums it up for me: Dude the President just asked about Politico. F*cking shoot me. If we were voting, that’s my choice. Seriously.

  • One day after Mike Allen’s glowing interview of Rove, Bush let’s Allen – writing for a new pub, usually a sign you don’t get to ask questions at presidential pressers – ask a question. Then he gives Mike the chance to do some free advertising. Coincidence?

  • If Bush didn’t know what The Politico is, he sure as hell does now…as does everybody who was watching the press conference.

  • Re: Bush/Politico You seriously can’t buy that kind of attention. Awesome for Politico. But it is hard not to wonder a little if there was a mite of planning on Bush’s side (esp in light of his conenction to the backer). If so, Allen clearly wasn’t in on it.

Ana Marie Cox weighs in:

    The Politico: David Gregory Likes It.

    I can’t be the only person who wonders if the thing that Bush wanted Mike to “explain to the American people what’s that all about” might be the “dot-com” portion of the name, not the title of the enterprise.