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Posts Tagged ‘Rhonda Schwartz’

Morning Reading List, 07.19.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Good for you. You like swimming.

  • We agree with DCist: This really is the greatest headline ever.

  • Say hello to Baby Baier.

  • UPI reports, “Dow Jones firings predicted under Murdoch”

  • A reader asks, “how many get out of jail free chances does Wash Times get — another Stan Rittenhouse ad in Wash Times today.

  • The Obama Girl will be in October’s Playboy.

  • Reuters reports, “USA Today publisher Gannett Co. Inc. said on Wednesday that its revenue fell, but profit rose with the sale of some newspaper assets. ”

  • From Information Week: “Old Media More Trusted Than New When It Comes To Politics”

  • We hear that the Politico’s isn’t done hiring: Look for up to a dozen more reporters and editors hired over the summer and some more high level ad sales folks.

  • B&C reports, “More consumers are accessing television and movies online.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “The main U.S. newspaper auditing group said Tuesday that it would begin tallying online readership as well as print-edition circulation in a boost to an industry where advertising sales have suffered from a migration of readers to the Web.”

  • DCRTV reports, “Sources say Nathan’s Of Georgetown owner Carol Joynt is close to making a deal that would put her hybrid talk-show-in-a-restaurant, ‘The Q&A Cafe,’ on TV this fall in Washington and in other locations across the country. We’re told that the project hinges on whether she can come to agreement with Interface Media Group, the DC-based production company that would provide technical video and editing support for the weekly program.”

  • TVNewser reports, “CNN really, really wants more submissions for next Monday’s debate in conjunction with YouTube.”

  • Edward J. Delaney discusses the country’s best graduate writing programs and how to compare them.” And he tells us “Where Great Writers are Made”

  • TVNewser reports, “This morning, ABC News president David Westin announced Rhonda Schwartz will now lead the investigative unit.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports “Even as News Corp. negotiated to buy Dow Jones & Co. over the past few weeks, a grim reality was increasingly evident to executives on both sides of the discussion: The downturn in the newspaper industry is getting worse.”

  • “Almost 75% of U.S. Internet users streamed video online in May, according to a report released Tuesday by ComScore Inc., a Reston, Va. –based Internet measurement and analysis company.”

  • reports, “The four-month hiatus between Portfolio’s first two issues is about to end, as will the momentary lull in scrutiny of the new business magazine. The September issue is expected to look different — what some have called a redesign, a spokeswoman calls the ‘tinkering’ intended to take place in the lag between issues one and two.”

  • The AP reports, “Google Inc. is expanding a test program that lets online advertisers buy ad space in newspapers, as the publishing industry struggles to offset business that has moved to the Internet. Google Inc. is expanding a test program that lets online advertisers buy ad space in newspapers, as the publishing industry struggles to offset business that has moved to the Internet.”


  • Legal Times is looking for an Advertising Director.

  • The Roanoke Times is looking for a Multimedia producer.

  • Public Citizen is looking for a Press Officer.

  • Stars and Stripes is looking for a Copy Editor.

  • A Fast Growing B2B Publishing Enterprise is looking for a Writer/Reporter.

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    DC Madam: ABC News “Did A Tremendous Disservice To The American People”

    The latest email from Deborah Jeane Palfrey, aka the ‘DC Madam,’ mentions her deal with ABC News:

      Simultaneously, during the period when the decision to take the records off the market was made, Senior Executive Producer Rhonda Schwartz for Brian Ross, of ABC News, in New York approached Mr. Sibley and me about the records. Told ABC News “does not pay for information”, they nonetheless would incur in our circumstance the expense of culling the billing invoices for possible witnesses, leads and general information, which ultimately could be beneficial to my defense. Having gotten estimates at the time for the cost to research and back-track telephone numbers, along with subsequent owner data (tens of thousands of dollars), we gladly accepted ABC’s offer of assistance. In return, ABC asked that they be given exclusivity regarding the first public interview with me and more importantly, all of the phone records for years 1993 to 2006. While the laborious task of copying and transferring the enormous amount of data to ABC was ongoing, the Government went to Judge Kessler, ex parte (without the presence OR knowledge of my criminal defense attorney at the time, Mr. A.J. Kramer) and obtained the current restraining order prohibiting either my civil counsel, Mr. Sibley or me from further distribution of the records. The Government’s justification for the temporary injunction was witness harassment and intimidation — having abandoned its prior rationalization, i.e. asset forfeiture. Consequently, ABC received ONLY 80% of years 2002 thru 2006. Contrary to popular belief, they never had a complete set of all 13 years. In the final analysis, it really didn’t matter whether ABC had 4 years or 13, their constant assurances and reassurances to Mr. Sibley and me that they could be trusted with my story — for the almost two months they researched 2002 to 2006 — fell flat on May 4, 2007, when the much hyped, sweep’s week 20/20 broadcast failed to deliver even one revelation; this despite, a major ad campaign blitz on the part of the network to the contrary. Both Mr. Sibley and I can attest to the fact — having been an integral part of the 7 1/2 week vetting process — that there were and are noteworthy names to be named, in the four years. Why ABC chose to jump ship seemingly at the eleventh hour would be pure speculation, here. The bottom line is that they did and by doing so, they did a tremendous disservice to the American people.