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GQ‘s “50 Most Powerful in DC” List: One Degree of Obama

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Forget Kevin Bacon.

President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden may be excluded from GQ‘s “50 Most Powerful in DC,” but looks like most of the list’s top half are one degree of separation from the West Wing.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag, Senior Advisor David Axelrod, Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner and National Economic Council Director Larry Summers (tie), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, former VP Dick Cheney and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts round out the top ten. The list may be a changing-of-the-guard from the Bush administration, but it’s a DC no-brainer.

Your DC media types are represented by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos at #31, Politico‘s John Harris #43 and The New Yorker‘s Jane Mayer and NYT‘s Scott Shane tied at #27.

Politico points out White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, though #20 on the last list, did not make the cut this time around.

The mag will celebrate the list with a party tonight at 701. And though obviously overlooked for “50 Most Powerful,” FBDC will be there. Check back tomorrow for dets.

The complete list, as polled by “journalists, congressmen, lobbyists, think tankers, and influence peddlers,” can be found here.

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Who’s The Most Sought After Sunday Show Guest In Washington?

David Gregory, Bob Schieffer and George Stephanopoulos at CSIS yesterday.

It’s a million dollar question- and the answer will really surprise you. Who is the most sought after Sunday show guest in Washington? Bob Schieffer, David Gregory and George Stephanopoulos all agree: Bo the dog.

In a rare joint appearance, the hosts of “Face the Nation,” “Meet the Press” and “This Week” took questions took questions at this month’s CSIS and Texas Christian University Schieffer School of Journalism Dialogue: “A Sunday Show Summit.”

More realistically, the Sunday show hosts said they’d like to book First Lady Michelle Obama. Schieffer pointed out ABC’s get with Hillary Clinton, saying he’d like to interview the Secretary of State. Stephanopoulos returned the compliment, telling Schieffer, Face had the “strongest May” with former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Now once they land the guest, how do they get them to talk? “Ask the obvious question,” Schieffer advised. Gregory said sometimes it’s ok to be quiet- “Let them talk,” citing a recent interview with Defense Secretary Robert Gates in which he compared Presidents Bush and Obama for the first time.

We give props to a young freelancer in the audience who asked the panel quite frankly, “How can I be you?” The oldest and most experienced member of the panel, Schieffer, answered that while we don’t know where journalism is going, “there will always be a need for reporters.”

On the future of journalism, all three expressed love for newspapers, but skepticism for their future in print. Gregory referenced Ben Bradlee that there is a “fundamental demand” for newspapers in communities. All agreed whether it was online or in print, it was the information that was most important.

The Internet, the “first avenue that doesn’t have an editor,” as described by Schieffer, puts a “special responsibility” on the mainstream media, Stephanopoulos said. “I feel like an editor,” he said, sifting through blogs for facts every week.

Other topics covered include healthcare (all agree the President needs one domestic achievement soon and that he wants it to be healthcare) and the balance of coverage on politics and the economy during the campaign (all thought mainstream media did a good job, learning and explaining economics and covering an election “historic in every way,” as described by Schieffer).

As for their roles on Sunday mornings, I think even his competitors can agree with Gregory here. “This is still the place to really hear somebody out and learn something.”

Someone Reserve @SecDefGates On Twitter!

WebNewser points this out- CNN’s Barbara Starr asked Secretary of Defense Robert Gates about the impact of social networking on reporting out of Iran at today’s Pentagon briefing.

Gates also revealed that he’s not on Twitter or Facebook (yet).

This Week In Pool Reports

Ummm… does Martin Sieff have a crush on Condi, or is it just us?

  • “President Bush and Salvadoran President Antonio Saca wore dark suits andblue ties as they made statements to the press pool in the Oval Office, although they took no questions. Mr. Bush, who also wore black cowboy boots, glanced occasionally at some Sharpie scrawlings on the back of a white cardon an end table. He seemed in high spirits. The fireplace behind the two leaders was festooned with pine roping, gold ornaments and pine cones the size of footballs. Elsewhere in the Oval, a Christmas tree was decorated with elaborately frosted cookies shaped like squirrels, bears and moose. In the shadow of the tree sat Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Press Secretary Dana Perino stood behind the president’s desk.” — Bill Sammon, Washington Examiner

  • “A radiant and beaming secretary of State Condoleezza Rice hosted the dinner, attended by a galaxy of Middle East diplomats, notables, and American experts.” — Martin Sieff, UPI

  • “Dana Perino took time away from her turkey to brief a few lucky poolersabout President Bush’s Thanksgiving plans. The President telephoned 12 U.S. servicemen and women from Camp David towish ‘happy thanks’ to them and their families, Perino said, telling them ‘how proud he is of them.’ She said he asked for God’s blessing on the
    members of the military he called. Bush is spending the holiday with the First Lady, Barbara and Jenna, who celebrated a birthday this weekend, and Sec. Rice, plus Henry Hager and members of his family. ‘It’s a great sacrifice to be away from your children and if it wasn’t anoble cause he would not ask them to do it,’ she said. ‘He knows that it’s
    tough work but it’s necessary work and he is proud of them.’ She said Bush told them: ‘When you tell your parents you’ve been talkingwith the president, half of them will think you’re fibbing, but you can tell them its true.’” — Geoff Earle, New York Post

  • “The motorcade snaked along Main Street, past gawkers and a furniture store with a sign out front that said, ‘Welcome President Bush — 10% Off Sale Today.’ Alas, bargain-hunter that he is, POTUS did not stop to peruse the credenzas.” — Peter Baker, The Washington Post

  • Life on the Road with Jim Long

    NBC cameraman Jim Long shows you what life is like for reporters, as they travel around the world with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.


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  • You were unimpressed with The Sopranos finale.

  • From TVNewser: “What’s it like for the U.S. television network pool that accompanied Robert Gates on his around the trip May 30 through June 6? NBC News cameraman Jim Long has produced a two-part video to show you.”

  • Check out Clark Hoyt’s first column as the New York Times’ Public Editor and Public Eye’s review.

  • The Examiner reports, “Tuesday night in Baltimore, the Orioles and Nationals renew the ‘Battle of the Beltway’ with both teams’ fans getting to choose which set of announcers they want watch or listen to.”

  • USA TODAY announced in a release that they are offering “an innovative text messaging service that provides real-time news and information to users through their mobile phones.”

  • David Bauder writes, “Fox spent half as much time covering the Iraq war than MSNBC during the first three months of the year, and considerably less than CNN, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism.”

  • D.T. Max looks inside the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, “the literary archive of the University of Texas at Austin, contains thirty-six million manuscript pages, five million photographs, a million books, and ten thousand objects, including a lock of Byron’s curly brown hair.”

  • The Observer asks, “If the net is killing newspapers, why are they doing so well?”

  • Mark Bowden writes, “Every newsroom in the country is dealing with layoffs and cutbacks. The trend lines are far more worrisome today than they were when I started, and much as I loved my career in newsrooms, I think twice today before advising any young person to seek a job in one. But I still do recommend it, and I still think newspapers will survive.”

  • Alexandra Nicholson is the new communications manager at USA Today.

  • Mark Potts writes, “There’s a lot of talk about media convergence, about traditional reporters spreading their craft into new media in ways that are as facile as what they do in print. But for all the talk, there aren’t enough sterling examples of beat reporters plying their trade as well–or better–in the new media as they do in the old.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Journalism fellowship programs are feeling the fallout of the media industry’s turmoil.”

  • John Harrington catches news outlets “giving credit where credit isn’t due.”

  • Mary Anne Ostrom looks at “How Google, YouTube power their way to center of 2008 campaign”

  • AP reports, “YouTube co-founder Steve Chen said on Saturday consumers in many parts of the world will have access to the popular video-sharing Web site on their mobile phones by next year.”

  • Netly News looks at the Prodigy and MySpace parallels. “I wonder if Myspace isn’t doing the same thing for social networks, and whether it’s headed for a similar fate at the hands of Facebook.”

  • According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Yahoo is launching a new celebrity-oriented Web portal in a partnership with the syndicated newsmagazine ‘Access Hollywood.’”

  • Bloomberg reports, “The U.S. Federal Communications Commission began its review of Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.’s proposed $4 billion purchase of XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. after a delay of more than one month.”

  • Glenn Harlan Reynolds reviewed Andrew Keen’s How Today’s Internet Is Killing Our Culture.

  • Some reader reaction to this:

    -”Didn’t USA Today already partner with the Politico. How are they juggling the Politico and ABC News?”

    -”Is it at all curious that the Politico is partnered with a different network this time than for the Reagan library debate on MSNBC”

  • James Pethokoukis has been named Assistant Managing Editor for the “Money & Business” section of U.S. News & World Report, replacing Tim Smart who was recently promoted to Managing Editor.

  • New York Times reports, “Takeover Zeal in the News Industry Is Seen Subsiding”

  • B&C reports, “In the race to capitalize on the popularity of broadband video, newspapers are continuing to take a page from TV stations’ playbooks by producing increasingly sophisticated newscasts and other Web programs. And although the newscasts may not pose a threat to stations’ ratings, newspaper executives are hoping they will help secure their lead over broadcasters in the battle for local ad revenues on the Web.”

  • E&P reports, “Amid champagne corks and moving boxes, New York Times staffers selected all the news that was fit to print for a final time at their century-old headquarters on Saturday. The newspaper’s Manhattan employees were busy packing up their storied stone building in Midtown and moving the newsroom into a shining new tower just a few blocks away.”


  • AFF is looking for the next editor-in-chief of its quarterly magazine, Doublethink.

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