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All That … For 14 Seconds of Action

From Rick Dunham‘s White House pool report over the weekend:

    A brief, bizarre pool spray from the IMF. Tony Fratto’s more substantive readout of what we missed is below.

    Your pool waited for an hour on the White House driveway for an impromptu presidential drop-by at the G20 session taking place at the International Monetary Fund building.

    Pool left South Driveway at 6:16 for the three-block drive to 19th and Pennsylvania. Four minutes later, we scrambled inside IMF Bdg.

    After waiting three minutes in the lobby, pool was ushered into Conference Hall 2. President Bush was seated next to Guido Mantega, Brazil’s finance minister. Mantega was accompanied by Henrique Meirelles, identified to us as governor of the Central Bank of Brazil.

    The Brazilians were seated to Bush’s left. Flanking him on the right were U.S. Treasury Secretary Paulson and Fed chair Bernanke. Sitting immediately behind the President were National Security Adviser Steve Hadley and WH Chief of Staff Josh Bolten.

    No remarks for the press.

    Ten — count ‘em, ten — seconds after we were ushered in, we were ordered to leave. The whole thing was over in exactly 14 seconds, according to the count of the photo pool.

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Houston Chronicle Lays Off Mason, Roth

Regular readers of Julie Mason‘s Beltway Confidential Blog may have noticed her October 3 post, in which she cryptically declared: “The blog fades to black, Beltway Confidential is no more — this rodeo is up.”

So what’s the deal? Turns out Mason, the Chronicle’s White House correspondent, and Bennett Roth, the paper’s national political correspondent, were laid off this week by the paper as part of a larger buyout/layoff program that has trimmed the paper by approximately 80 people.

The loss of Mason and Roth means that the Chronicle’s DC bureau now only has three people: Bureau chief Rick Dunham, congressional correspondent Stewart Powell and business reporter David Ivanovich. This is down from 10 just a few years ago.

Morning Reading List, 09.29.08

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Get In Shape Journos!

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The National Press Club held its annual 5K over the weekend (above, Houston Chronicle’s Rick Dunham).

Full results here.

Dunham Talks About Pool Reports Policy

After our post yesterday — “WHCA: Sticking With New Pool Report Policy” — Houston Chronicle D.C. Bureau Chief Rick Dunham sent in the following note:

    Thanks for your most recent item. A couple of thoughts here.

    Ann Compton is correct on all of the factual points. Since I am the de facto leader of the Gang of Eight, as Ann has dubbed us, I would argue with just one thing. We are not “smaller” newspapers. (I guess you could argue that almost every newspaper is smaller than it was a year ago, both in circulation and page size.)

    USA Today, one of our newspapers represented, is #1 in circulation among U.S. dailies. The Houston Chronicle, my paper, is #9. The Chicago Tribune is #8. The others at the meeting were Dallas (#13), San Diego (#24), Cox Newspapers (#18 Atlanta, Austin), Hearst (Houston plus #12 SF, San Antonio and Seattle) and McClatchy (Miami, #19 Minneapolis, #25 Sacramento and much more).

    The three papers on the other side of this are the NY Times (#3) and Wall Street Journal (#2), which attended the meeting, and the Washington Post (#7), which did not.

    The ten largest papers in the country are divided on this, with three favoring the WHCA action, four opposed (if you include Gannett’s Arizona Republic) and three (LA Times, NY Post, NY Daily News) not having taken a public position, to my knowledge. If “smaller papers” means those outside the top ten, I think they would be close to universally negative on the policy.

    Ann is right: Our recent discussions have been productive. She and we want to work toward a solution to the dual issues of (1) declining press travel caused by newspaper economics and rising costs of White House travel and (2) what kind of right the public has to information from inside the presidential bubble and who has the right/responsibility/power to make those kinds of decisions. I give Dean Baquet a lot of credit for coming to this with an open mind and understanding the nuances of a WHCA policy that the vast majority of his newspaper colleagues in Washington view as unacceptable and unsustainable. Issues remain, but I think that all of us are working to see if we can reach a consensus solution without shutting down or limiting pool access.

This Week In Pool Reports

Happy Birthday POTUS! Nothing says 62 like a wooden box. How so?

Join us after the jump…

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DC Journos Pay Respect To Ivins

From Shenanigans:

    A Texas Mafia of journos gathered Friday night at the National Press Club’s Reliable Source to toast Molly Ivins, who died last week of breast cancer. Like several others present, organizer Rick Dunham, now of Business Week, worked with Ivins at the now-defunct Dallas Times Hearld in the mid-1980s. So did Washington Posties Bill Turque and Chuck Babington, Bloomberg’s Bob Drummond, and the Politico’s own Beth Frerking.

Lots more details here.