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So How Did Jimmy Kimmel Do?

By now, POTUS has enough roasts under his belt to deliver a smooth comedy routine most every time. So, we all knew he would nail it. The real pressure was on the outsider, Jimmy Kimmel. You never know what you’re going to get. There was the uncomfortable, biting commentary of Stephen Colbert and then the blandness and desperation of Rich Little. Last year’s performer, Seth Myers, scored high marks, so the bar was set high for Kimmel. Though the reaction ranges from great to lukewarm to awful, he could have chopped a few minutes off his set. Kimmel devoted a section to Keith Olbermann and his unfriendly departure from Current TV. Naturally, the ultra-sensitive Olbermann took to Twitter to weigh in. We turned to Twitter to storify Kimmel’s performance.

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Morning Reading List, 04.26.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • You have no love for Rich Little.

  • San Francisco Chronicle Washington Bureau Chief Marc Sandalow is taking a leave of absence to write a book on Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

  • Community Associations Institute is looking for an Editor.

  • Newspapers debate online reader comments

  • American Society of Landscape Architects is looking for a Meetings and Special Programs Coordinator.

  • Mark Burnett, MySpace Team Up for a Competition to Pick a Political Candidate

  • A Media Role in Selling the War? No Question.

  • Journalists and John McCain: Is The Honeymoon Really Over?

  • Thompson Publishing Group, Inc. is looking for an Editor.

  • Inside Higher Ed is looking for a Audience Development Manager for their Online Publication.

  • National Geographic Society is looking for an Art Director.

  • The pregnant and positively glowing MSNBC anchor, along with “Meet the Press” producer Michelle Jaconi, party-thrower extraordinaire (and lobbyist) Juleanna Glover Weiss and Mary Amons, is hosting a book party for Jill Kargman, author of “Momzillas,” at the Ralph Lauren store at the Collection at Chevy Chase on Tuesday.”

  • The Associated Press is looking for an Editorial Assistant.

  • MacNeil/Lehrer Productions is looking for an Online Interactives Editor, an Online Associate Editor and a Director for Online News Hour Extra.

  • Media Biz reports, “According to a report released by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas Tuesday, media companies announced 4,391 layoffs during the first quarter of this year, up 93 percent from the 2,271 layoffs in the first three months of last year.”

  • “More than 60% of the minutes on the cable and radio talk shows” were about Don Imus, according to PEJ’s Talk Show Index for the week of April 8 to 13.

  • David S. Evans, founder of management consulting firm Market Platform Dynamics, writes, “Make no mistake: The only way to stop the slide of the newspaper industry into oblivion is to replace the traditional paper “form factor” with a technology that can compete with pay-per-click, per-per-action and contextual advertising.”

  • The Pew News Interest Index shows, “The shootings at Virginia Tech University overshadowed all other news stories last week — both in terms of coverage and public interest. Fully 45% of Americans paid very close attention to the tragedy and 56% said it was the single news story they followed more closely than any other last week. However, interest in the Virginia Tech shootings was considerably lower than interest in the Columbine High School shootings which occurred almost exactly eight years earlier.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Tribune Co. began a $4.28 billion tender offer, the first stage of the newspaper publisher’s planned buyout by billionaire Sam Zell. Tribune, owner of the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, is offering to buy back 126 million shares at $34 each, according to a statement from the Chicago-based company today. The purchase will be financed by bank loans and $250 million from Zell.”

  • Tonight, Blank Rome’s Kelly R. Bobek will be presented the “Distinguished Member Award” from Women in Government Relations at the organization’s annual Spring Gala.

  • Peter Beinart and Jonah Goldberg ask, “Are reporters too nice to John McCain?”

  • Time Magazine asks its readers, “Who do you think should be on this year’s list of TIME’s most influential people?” Readers can rate their top choices of the 200 candidates and rate their top choices.

  • E&P reports, “Anyone thinking the declines in circulation should ease when the Audit Bureau of Circulations releases its spring numbers on Monday will be disappointed. According to industry sources, overall daily circulation for the six months ending March 2007 is expected to sink approximately 2.5% while Sunday will drop around 3.0%.”

  • The Irish Times reports, “The emergence of the mobile phone and the rise of text messaging poses a significant threat to writing standards in English,” according to the Ireland’s Department of Education chief examiner in the subject.

  • The Rappahannock Voice’s James Gannon explores “what the controversy over Robert Chappell’s ban on the press” at a Virginia Tech memorial service “was about — and what it was not about.”

  • C&E has confirmed former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, former DCCC Chairman and Rep. Vic Fazio , and Joe Trippi as speakers for the August “All Things Political” training conference.

  • Politco’s Ryan Grim writes, “Green: The New Red, White & Blue,” a documentary now airing on Discovery and the Discovery Times Channel, is facile and superficial, with an underlying streak of arrogance. In short, it’s a Thomas Friedman work.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “New York Times Co. shareholders, led by Morgan Stanley, withheld 42 percent of their votes from directors to protest the Sulzberger family’s control over the company. An average of 52.5 million of the 124.2 million shares voted declined to support the directors’ re-election, the company announced on its Web site following the annual shareholder meeting in New York.”

  • Greg Sargent writes, “You won’t be surprised to hear that Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post is willing to stoop to extraordinary depths of dishonesty to smear Dems, but this one is quite remarkable. Check out the rewrite that The Post has done on an AP story it ran today. The Post’s version is far, far, far worse — almost comically so, in fact — for Harry Reid and the Dems than the AP story was in its original form.”

  • The Washington Business Journal reports, “The Washington Post’s Kaplan education division continues to expand through acquisitions, this time planning to acquire an investment management school in Australia.”

  • Reuters reports, “Google Inc. has knocked Microsoft Corp. from its perch as the world’s top-ranked brand,” according to findings released by Financial Times and market research firm Millward Brown.

  • Washington Post’s Paul Farhi and Frank Ahrens reports, “Federal regulators, concerned about the effect of television violence on children, will recommend that Congress enact legislation to give the government unprecedented powers to curb violence in entertainment programming, according to government and TV industry sources.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. became the nation’s largest satellite broadcaster with a network of hundreds of antennas that were built and operated in violation of U.S. Federal Communications Commission rules. At least a third of the 800 antennas that beam XM’s radio channels to millions of customers were placed in unapproved locations or emitted signals that were too strong, according to a review of FCC filings.”

  • Reuters reports, “The number of people visiting U.S. newspaper Web sites rose 5.3 percent during the first quarter, an industry group said on Monday, even as publishers reported slower online advertising sales growth.”

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  • Prom: Rich Little

    Let’s just put this right out there and move on: Rich Little kinda stunk. The whole thing made us feel that we were not at the White House Correspondents Dinner, but rather frozen in a 1970s moment…stuck in a basement somewhere with orange carpeting, flower patterned couches, wood paneling and a black and white television with rabbit ears.

    Although Little had months to prepare for this, his impersonations still were stuck in the previous era: Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Johnny Carson (Dana Carvey’s is better). His impersonations of presidents 41, 42 and 43 were weak. His most current impressions were Arnold Schwarzenegger (again, Dana Carvey’s was better) and John McCain (who seems like an old relic himself nowadays). His Andy Rooney impersonation wasn’t half bad, if only because it was a conduit for such jokes as, “If you were scared half to death twice what would happen to you?” and “If the signs makers –people who make signs–if they go on strike, what the hell do they hold up?”

    The worst part of Little’s routine was easily the “Poke a Little Fun in Washington” sing-a-along he used in between each personations and which made us feel like we were at a Rotary Club somewhere.

    See it at the beginning of this clip:

    The best part was David Letterman’s “Top Ten George W. Bush Moments”:

    Here, President Bush explains why he won’t be funny.

    Question: It’s admirable that President Bush wants to honor the VT victims by not being funny, but isn’t it sort of odd to say “I won’t be funny but I’ll let others be funny for me as I sit back and laugh”? Wouldn’t a real tribute be to skip the event all together?

    Watch the entire event here:

    Harry Shearer thinks that Bush’s decision to skip the funny stuff was a bit odd:

      But it’s okay to crack jokes every other year while we’re at war and hundreds of young people the same age as the VT students are dying in Iraq directly because of the decisions of the man doing standup? If this Presidential moment wasn’t crass and cheesy, wrapping his reluctance to engage in the ritual inside a sanctimonious concern for–the sentiments of the families who couldn’t care less what was going on at the Hilton, the delicate feelings of those in the room who’d had to work in Virginia this week?–then I don’t know crass and cheesy.

      And I think I do.

    Oh, and what did President Bush think of Little’s routine? He thought it was “absolutely perfect.”

    From E&P: “Bush Doesn’t Joke at WHCA Dinner Due to Virginia Tech Killings — But Rich Little Says ‘Nuts’”

    (Oh and the Canadians didn’t appreciate Little’s Canadian jokes.)

    Morning Reading List, 04.19.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Potbelly — Oh so good. All melty and toasty (and cheap), it is your favorite lunch spot.

  • Shales: “NBC Broadcasts An Eerie Epilogue

  • ASIS International is looking for an Editor/Reporter for Security Management Magazine.

  • The Media Research Center, a conservative business and media watchdog, is looking for a Staff Writer.

  • The Times Community Newspapers is looking for a Reporter.

  • Southern Virginia a.m. is looking for a Sports Editor.

  • The Baltimore Sun is looking for a sports web producer.

  • The Project on Government Oversight is looking for an Investigator.

  • WAMU is seeking an “Ace Reporter.”

  • A Chicago-based Internet financial news service is looking for a Capital Markets Reporter in D.C.

  • Telesur is looking for a General Assignment Reporter/Producer (Spanish-English).

  • In one tipsters opinion, “russert looks like kidnapper Micheal Devlin much more than your choices!!!!”

  • Media Life reports, “While young people, the 13-to-24 set, do in fact spend more time than older people on the internet and with even newer media such as text messaging, it’s not at the expense of traditional media. Rather it comes on top of it, according to a new study by Deloitte & Touche, the management consulting firm.”

  • One reader weighs in on the Post-condom debate: “I think the Post Points look more like little blue diaphragms (which gives an indication of how old I am!!)”

  • Readers are up in arms over yesterday’s cartoon in Roll Call. Some of the comments we received:

    • “I found today’s editorial cartoon in Roll Call to be insensitive, appalling, and downright disrespectful to those grieving over Monday’s horrific events. Perhaps because I am a May ’06 graduate of VT, or perhaps just because I’m an emphatic human being (as I know that most people are in the wake of this tragedy), I think the decision to run this cartoon was utterly tasteless. Shame on you, Roll Call.”

    • “I guess the cartoonist at Roll Call didn’t know anyone at VT. Glad to see they are able to make light of a harrowing, tragic situation.”

    • “In an already overly-desensitized world, Roll Call’s cartoon today pushed things over the top. Have some tact.”

    • “The RJ Matson cartoon in Roll Call today is disgraceful. RJ should be ashamed and what the hell was Roll Call thinking putting that in their paper? Truly just pathetic!”

  • USA Today reports, “AOL boss predicts it will be No. 1 site on the Internet again.”

  • His Extremeness calls Rich Little, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”

  • Pew’s weekly News Interest Index shows, “Americans, both black and white, generally agree with the punishment radio host Don Imus received for the racist and sexist remarks he made about the Rutgers University’s women basketball team. Nonetheless, there are substantial racial differences in views of Imus’s punishment, and an even bigger gap in opinions about news media’s coverage of the story.”

  • Chronicle of Higher Education’s Robin Wilson had a near Wolf experience in her hotel’s fitness center in Blacksburg, Va.

  • Michael Getler explains PBS’s role in the ousting of Imus.

  • Reuters reports, “Tribune Co. will have to mount some persuasive arguments why regulators should allow real estate mogul Sam Zell to take the media company private, Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps said on Tuesday.”

  • A reader of The Volokh Conspiracy offers a case for press restrictions.

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  • Have A Safe Weekend


    The New York Times interviews WHCA performer Rich Little and gives us a flavor of what we’re in for:

      Mr. Little said he was an especially well-chosen guest for the dinner after the dust-up over the offensive comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team by the radio host Don Imus (to whom he twice mistakenly referred as “Amus.”)

      “There’s a fine line between freedom of speech and being disrespectful and racist,” Mr. Little said. He said when he imitates Mr. Bush at Saturday’s dinner, “It won’t be anything on him personally. I don’t do that anyway, and I think it would be in bad taste.”

    (Photo Credit)

    Scully: Don’t Believe The Hype

    You know all those rumors that the choice of Rich Little was based, in part, on a desire to play it safe following Stephen Colbert’s performance last year? Not true, says WHCA President Steve Scully:

      TO: White House Correspondents’ Association
      FR: Steven Scully, President WHCA
      RE: April 21st Dinner

      The White House Correspondents’ Association never dictates or censors the content of a press dinner entertainer’s act. Recent stories have indicated we set down certain guidelines to the agency that handles Rich Little’s booking, asking that he not mention Iraq and refrain from criticizing the president. This is not true.

      As president of the association, my advice to the MPI Agency in Los Angeles when we booked Rich Little in December was to follow the time-honored Washington motto the annual Gridiron Dinner: “SINGE, BUT NEVER BURN.”

      We are thrilled that Mr. Little has accepted our offer to share his unique brand of political humor and presidential impersonations at our annual dinner, created to raise money for the WHCA Scholarship program.

    Taking Out The Trash, 1.17.07

  • “I eat neocons for breakfast,” is leading the photo caption contest. Voting closes Wednesday afternoon.

  • The New York Times reports that “an unlikely pair,” Eli Broad and Ronald W. Burkle are deciding today “whether their unlikely partnership should go forward in serious pursuit of the Tribune Company.”

  • Lionel Gelber Foundation announced the finalists for this year’s Lionel Gelber Prize yesterday, recognizing the best books on international affairs. They include: Robert Kagan’s Dangerous Nation, Margaret MacMillan’s Nixon in China: The Week That Changed the World, David Malone’s The International Struggle Over Iraq: Politics in the UN Security Council 1980-2005, Thomas E. Ricks’ Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq and Lawrence Wright’s The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. The winner of the $15,000 prize will be announced March 6 and the award ceremony will be held March 27 in Toronto.

  • A reader notes, “Now the question is, who will bring Colbert to the dinner?”

  • Some more reader feedback on this: “Rich Little, eh? That’s a long way to go to prove an anti-Colbert point, isn’t it? Who’s up after Rich, maybe Waylon and Madame?

  • And another tipster asks, “Rich Little? What Soupy Sales or Nipsey Russell weren’t available? From Colbert to this guy?”

  • A reader writes, in response to this, “I, and others, have been taught since elementary school that you can use the so-called ‘serial comma,’ and that it is not grammatically incorrect.”

  • Professor Sonya Huber-Humes offers a critique of journalism in the “Real Who, What, When, and Why of Journalism.”