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Buffet-Gate…Part Two

Earlier on FishbowlDC: “For WaPo Big Wigs, A Special Buffet

We told you about some grumblings over at the Washington Post regarding Rajiv Chandrasekaran‘s special buffet on election night. One Postie writes in to us, claiming that “it was even worse”; namely, that at around 2 A.M., the big wigs began popping champagne bottles in Rajiv’s office at the newsdesk in the center of the newsroom, followed by picture taking.

For WaPo Big Wigs, A Special Buffet

So…

Each election night at the Washington Post, a big buffet spread is provided to staffers, many of whom stay up late and work hard while the results roll in. It’s not only a tradition, but a fairly democratic one at that: Staffers like the fact that everyone from Don Graham on down gets a plate and waits in line and it can provide for some fun encounters.

But lots of Posties are grumbling about what they saw on Election Night: A separate buffet held in the office of National editor Rajiv Chandrasekaran that struck many as a bit exclusive and elitist. Other seen snacking with Rajiv: Post political editors Tim Curran and Bill Hamilton.

What’s Up Weisman?

All Posties can do lately is talk about the latest rumor: That Jonathan Weisman — who left the Washington Post for the WSJ this month — was considering returning to his old paper.

What sparked all of this? Namely: That Weisman asked to meet with the Post’s national editor, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, at Caribou Coffee, and that the Wall Street Journal canned a planned front page story by Weisman.

Weisman told Politico’s Michael Calderone that the rumors were “dead wrong” and that the coffee was purely social, but Posties tell FishbowlDC that they’re not buying the denial.

“The rumors are absolutely true,” one Postie tells us. “He’s running through a couple of bumps in his new place.”

Still, from both Weisman’s own statement on the matter and what Posties themselves are guessing, Weisman isn’t likely to actually make the switch back.

Morning Reading List, 10.30.08

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Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Obama supporter Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), Clinton supporter Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA) and Tom Brokaw, Michael Eric Dyson and Amb. Andrew Young.

  • Face the Nation: Howard Dean, The Washington Post National Editor Rajiv Chandrasekaran, McClatchy Newspapers Chief Pentagon Correspondent Nancy Youssef and CBS News Chief Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan.

  • This Week: Dean and Sens. Jim Webb and Lindsey Graham and a roundtable with The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel, Republican strategist Dan Senor, and ABC News’ Cokie Roberts and George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Sens. John McCain and John Kerry, and a panel with Brit Hume, Washington managing editor of FOX News; Mara Liasson of National Public Radio; Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard, and Juan Williams of National Public Radio. The Power Player is Newseum executive director Joe Urschel.

  • Late Edition: Clinton supporter Rep. John Murtha, Obama supporter Sen. Christopher Dodd, and Sens. Dick Durbin and John Cornyn, and Rev. David O’Connell, Catholic University President. A roundtable with CNN’s Ed Henry, Candy Crowley, and Bill Schneider.

  • Chris Matthews Show: NBC’s Ron Allen, BBC’s Katty Kay, The Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan, U.S. News & World Report’s Gloria Borger

  • Reliable Sources: Townhall.com’s Mary Katharine Ham, Chicago Tribune’s Clarence Page, Politico’s James Kotecki, Time’s James Poniewozik, St. Petersburg Times’ Eric Deggans, Buzzmachine.com’s Jeff Jarvis

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Cardinal Francis George, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, President, will be interviewed by Jay Tolson, U.S. News & World Report, Senior Writer & Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA Today

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN)

  • This is America: Roger Wilkins, Deborah Simmons of the Washington Times, Jabari Asim of the NAACP’s Crisis magazine, Michelle Bernard of the Independent Women’s Forum, Rev. Dr. Morris L. Shearin Sr. of the Israel Baptist Church, and Fath Davis Ruffins of the Smithsonian Institution.

    Note: The guest lists for Tim Russert and CN8′s Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham were unavailable.

  • The Post Pays Tribute To Aldin

    The Post held a touching tribute yesterday before the general staff meeting to honor fallen journalist Salih Saif Aldin.

    Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Megan Greenwell, Jackie Spinner, Nelson Hernandez, and Josh White (on behalf of Naseer Nouri) all gave touching tributes.

    Details on the fund follow.

      Subject: A fund to benefit the family of Salih Saif Aldin

      To the newsroom, A memorial fund has been established to benefit surviving family members of our colleague, Salih Saif Aldin, including his six-year-old daughter Fatima. Checks should be made payable to The Salih Saif Aldin Memorial Fund and dropped off or mailed to Rebekah Davis at the Foreign Desk. We are sorry but cash cannot be accepted. Those outside the newsroom who wish to contribute can mail their check to The Salih Saif Aldin Memorial Fund, c/o Foreign Desk, 1150 15th St NW, Washington DC 20071.

    More from yesterday’s Fox 5 news segment (pardon the commercials):

    Separated At Birth: Michael Clements

    This week’s Separated At Birth is Washington Life managing editor and local artist Michael Clements.

    According to My Heritage’s nifty Face Recognition:

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    …looks like Gavin Rossdale?
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    John Cusack?
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    And, Robert De Niro?
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    Did you miss our earlier Separateds? Or just want to see them again? Check out Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Wes Pruden, Chris Cillizza, Dana Perino, Dan Steinberg, David Martin, David Bradley, Linda Greenhouse, Laura Sessions Stepp, William Arkin, Paul Singer, Ben Bradlee, John Yang, Armstrong Williams, Howard Kurtz, Tony Kornheiser, John Harris, Len Downie, David Corn, Bob Woodward, Jeff Zeleny, John McCaslin, John Hendren, Lesley Lopez, Elizabeth Shogren, Norah O’Donnell, Chris Matthews, Tim Russert, Brit Hume, Wolf Blitzer and David Gregory

    Separated At Birth: Rajiv Chandrasekaran

    This week’s Separated At Birth is Washington Post’s new National Editor, Rajiv Chandrasekaran.

    According to My Heritage’s nifty Face Recognition:

    Chandrasekaran…
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    …looks like Owen Wilson?
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    Heath Ledger?
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    And, Matt Lauer?
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    Did you miss our earlier Separateds? Or just want to see them again? Check out Wes Pruden, Chris Cillizza, Dana Perino, Dan Steinberg, David Martin, David Bradley, Linda Greenhouse, Laura Sessions Stepp, William Arkin, Paul Singer, Ben Bradlee, John Yang, Armstrong Williams, Howard Kurtz, Tony Kornheiser, John Harris, Len Downie, David Corn, Bob Woodward, Jeff Zeleny, John McCaslin, John Hendren, Lesley Lopez, Elizabeth Shogren, Norah O’Donnell, Chris Matthews, Tim Russert, Brit Hume, Wolf Blitzer and David Gregory

    The Post’s National Desk

    A number of you have written in confused about how Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s recent promotion affects the Washington Post’s National Desk. To help you out, here’s the pecking order, in order of rank:

      1. Susan Glasser, AME/National

      2. Bill Hamilton (National politics editor) and Rajiv Chandrasekaran (National Editor). Rajiv will oversee all other national coverage more generally, including national security, Supreme Court, science, the Post’s bureaus, etc.

      3. Tim Curran (National politics editor) and a half dozen other assignment editors.

      4. Lowly reporters.

    What’s the difference between Tim and Bill? Curran has the same job that John Harris had before he left last winter. Curran is responsible for running the coverage day in and day out (assigning and editing political stories). Hamilton is a rank above Tim and oversees politics coverage more generally, focusing broadly on enterprise, deeper stories, longer-term planning, etc.

    Chandrasekaran Wins Samuel Johnson Prize

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    From the AP:

      A vivid account of life inside Baghdad’s Green Zone won Britain’s richest nonfiction book prize on Monday.

      “Imperial Life in the Emerald City,” by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, bureau chief in Baghdad for The Washington Post from April 2003 to October 2004, took the $60,000 Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction.

      The book paints a picture of waste, incompetence and thwarted intentions within the Coalition Provisional Authority appointed to run U.S.-occupied Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. It contrasts life in the heavily fortified Green Zone with the chaos unfolding outside.

      Human rights lawyer Helena Kennedy, who headed the award’s judging panel, said the book was “up there with the greatest reportage of the last 50 years” and praised Chandrasekaran’s writing as “cool, exact and never overstated.”

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