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Viagra, Bohn and Weingarten

“60 Minutes just cut to the Viagra Sports Report, which informed us that the leader of the PGA tourney is ‘Jason Bohn.” — WaPo’s Gene Weingarten in a Sunday tweet.

Computer rage

“Robert Schlesinger is about to throw his computer through his office window.” –A rather whimsical Facebook status update from U.S. News & World Report’s Robert Schlesinger.

Brotherton lost on ‘Lost’ charms

“Everybody is talking about the mysteries of the show ‘Lost.’ I might be the only person in America who thinks that show is dumb.” — Roll call’s Elizabeth Brotherton in a weekend Facebook message.

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“Panic grips Washington as Mother Nature, who apparently knows the old Klingon proverb about revenge being a dish best served cold, bears down on the city with the full brunt of her wrathful so on and so forth.”
Robert Schlesinger , deputy editor at U.S. News & World Report, remarks on the snow in a Facebook post.

These fish are appropriately called “Snow White Discus Fish”.


Battle of the DC Book Party

On any given night in DC, champagne flutes are raised for a new book by a journo, a politico, and last night was no exception.

Boston Globe editor Martin Baron and Washington Bureau Chief Peter Canellos hosted a book party at the office for “Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy.”

In attendance: Susan Milligan, Lisa Wangsness, Sasha Issenberg, Thomas Oliphant, Ana Marie Cox, Mike Allen, Michael Scherer, Lynn Sweet, Karen Tumulty, Nancy Youssef, Jonathan Martin, Robert Schlesinger, Richard Stengel, Nora McAlvanah, Erin McPike, Nina Easton and George Condon.

Across town at Ristorante Tosca, Playbook tells us about a party hosted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rahm Emanuel, James Carville, Mary Matalin and George Stephanopoulos for Stanley B. Greenberg’s “Dispatches from the War Room: In the Trenches with Five Extraordinary Leaders.”

In attendance: Rahm Emanuel, Senator Dodd, Michael Feldman, Mandy Grunwald, Walter Isaacson, Joel Johnson, Eileen McMenamin, John Podesta, Hilary Rosen, Rick Stengel, Jessica Yellin, and Jill Zuckman.

Rumsfeld Puts Schlesinger To Sleep

From Hotline’s “Friday Feature”:

    Robert Schlesinger is deputy editor for opinion at U.S. News & World Report where he oversees all opinion content, writes a column and contributes to the Thomas Jefferson Street blog. He is the author of the narrative history White House Ghosts: Presidents And Their Speechwriters, and has also worked at The Boston Globe and The Hill. He teaches political journalism at the Boston Univ. Washington Journalism Center and his work has appeared in The Washington Monthly, People, and The Weekly Standard, among other places. But today he’s our Friday Feature: …

    What’s your most embarrassing on-the-job moment? (Or as embarrassing as you’d like to reveal?)

    Nodding off during a Rumsfeld press conference at the Pentagon … and having friends notice it on TV.

Morning Reading List, 11.20.08

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U.S. News Expands Online Opinion Section

From the release:

    U.S. News Media Group, in further extending its online offerings and commitment to news analysis and service journalism, today unveiled an expanded Opinion section at The overhauled Opinion section presents viewpoints covering the ideological spectrum, including new blogs, a daily array of op-ed columns, and interactive features for readers.

    Anchoring the revamped Opinion page is the Thomas Jefferson Street blog, which features provocative, entertaining, and insightful commentary and analysis on politics, foreign affairs and other topics. A half-dozen U.S. News writers contribute to TSJ:

  • Michael Barone: A well-known political commentator and U.S. News senior writer, Barone is principal coauthor of The Almanac of American Politics.

  • Robert Schlesinger: The U.S. News deputy editor in charge of opinion content, Schlesinger has also written for the Boston Globe, the Hill, the Washington Monthly, and, among other publications and is the author of White House Ghosts: Presidents and Their Speechwriters.

  • Sam Dealey: A U.S. News contributing editor, Dealey has written for a variety of publications, including Time, GQ, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

  • Bonnie Erbe: A U.S. News contributing editor, Erbe hosts PBS’s weekly news analysis program, To the Contrary With Bonnie Erbe.

  • John Aloysius Farrell: A U.S. News contributing editor, Farrell is an award-winning Washington reporter who has written for the Boston Globe and the Denver Post, and is the author of Tip O’Neill and the Democratic Century.

  • Morgan E. Felchner: The U.S. News deputy editor in charge of political coverage, Felchner was previously editor of Campaigns & Elections and the Voting in America book series.

The magazine will also do like every other publication on the planet and add these unoriginal features:

    “Two Takes” — opposing opinions on a relevant topic. …

    “Public Opinion,” a daily question posed to readers. …

    “Blog Buzz,” a round up of the day’s most popular blog topics; …

    “Data Points,” a collection of data on a topical issue; as well as cartoons and quotes about current events and featured reader comments.

Party Photos: DCI Fetes Journos

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Above: Sometimes journo Doug “Fine, I’ll temporarily suspend my ‘I don’t do blog photos’ policy for you, Gavin”, former journo Moira Bagley, Best Journo Hair Carl Hulse and Loved By Journos Ron Bonjean.

More after the jump…(and were you there for Tammy Haddad‘s party for Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead last night?)

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Morning Reading List, 04.18.08


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  • You think Mo Rocca is not a funny guy.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Two college degrees, five years of experience, a stellar reputation = $18,000/year with no expenses or health insurance. Somebody tell my bill from MasterCard that this is priceless.”


  • Robert Schlesinger joined US News & World Report last week as deputy assistant managing editor, opinion. And this week, his book, White House Ghosts: Presidents and Their Speechwriters, was published.

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  • The Guardian reports, “The US version of the Wall Street Journal could be rolled out to other parts of Europe following its launch in London.”

  • MarketWatch reports, “New York Times Co. said Thursday it swung to a first-quarter loss, hurt by a charge and a steep decline in advertising revenue at its newspapers, giving another indication that the environment remains highly challenging for the industry.”

  • Forbes has a Q&A and with “Los Angeles Times Publisher David Hiller

  • A reader writes in, “Further proof of the redundancy of three hill pubs: RollHilliTico is using the same photographer for the same Byrd story … a story that’s older than The Nile (aka ‘denial’)”

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  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday, April 13, 2008, ABC News’ ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers. This is the 19th time this season and seventh consecutive week ‘This Week’ beat ‘Face’ in Total Viewers. ‘This Week’ is also the only Sunday discussion program to grow among Total Viewers and the key Adults 25-54 demographic season to date.”

  • A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, April 13, 2008 in all categories. On Sunday, the Russert-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 4.016 million total viewers”

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  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “To keep up with the exploding popularity of Internet video, many companies are scrambling to get their content on the Internet. They’re not scrambling fast enough. That’s according to a recent study conducted by online-content distributor Akamai Technologies, which found that most content is pirated within hours of hitting the Web. The unauthorized consumption typically begins the morning following an online broadcast and gets progressively larger throughout the day. Within 72 hours, illegal file sharing can erode nearly 20% of the online audience for an average primetime TV show.”

  • The AP reports, “New data released Wednesday show online views of videos soared 66 percent in the U.S. in February from a year earlier, with TV networks grabbing just a pittance of those eyeballs.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Google Inc., owner of the most popular search engine, faces a deteriorating market for consumer advertising after incurring a drop in business from financial firms.”

  • The AP reports, “Comcast to skip latest FCC network management hearing”

  • Check out, “a user-driven politics opinion Web site” that launched its Beta version. “The social networking community presents the opinions of users, along with the opinions of public figures and organizations, in an issues-based structure that reflects the grassroots nature of public discourse as it changes. The site also features functions for searching and comparing of results.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “Yahoo Inc. moved closer to outsourcing its search advertising to Google Inc. after an initial test of the system yielded what the two firms deemed positive results, people familiar with the matter said. A partnership could give Yahoo some needed leverage as it tries to ward off an unwelcome $42 billion bid from Microsoft Corp. Some view the potential pact as mere gamesmanship, particularly in light of antitrust concerns that a Google-Yahoo linkup would likely raise.”

  • The AP reports, “With little fanfare, AOL began occupying new headquarters in New York this week to bring itself closer to the heart of the media and advertising industry as it transforms itself into an ad-supported business. About 300 senior executives and content producers, many already located elsewhere in the city, were the first to move to the new digs at 770 Broadway in Greenwich Village, once home to the grand Wanamaker department store.”

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  • reports, “CondéNet International, the digital arm of Condé Nast, is embarking on an aggressive online strategy in the UK and then worldwide. Following the relaunch of in the UK next week, new plans will be drawn up for all of CondéNet’s major properties, such as Glamour and GQ. The designs, platforms and ad models will then be adopted for these brands internationally. Previously each magazine site in each country was standalone, a standard setup in magazine publishing.”

  • Folio reports, “With dwindling newsstand and advertising revenue, slashed marketing budgets, skyrocketing postal and production costs — and, oh yeah, that recession thing — consumer magazine publishers need be innovative, perhaps more than ever before, to survive. And they’re probably going to have to blow up the church-state boundary between advertising and editorial, too. Those were the bullet points that dominated a lively discussion among some 700 advertising and publishing executives at the 12th annual New York Magazine Day Wednesday.”

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  • Reuters reports, “Shares of global information company Thomson Reuters Corp fell in their debut on Thursday on concerns over a financial industry downturn. The new company, formed by Thomson’s purchase of Reuters for more than $16 billion in cash and stock, hopes its portfolio of products, ranging from financial to legal and health care, will help it ride out the credit crisis.”

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  • Dana Press is looking for a Production Assistant, Publishing, an Assistant Editor, an Administrative Assistant, Publishing and an Executive Assistant for Publishing.

  • MarketWatch is looking for a Radio Anchor — Freelancer.

  • Education Writers Association is seeking a Seminar Program Coordinator.

  • Freedom House is seeking a Managing Editor, English (Iran Programs)

  • “b, a new entity from the Baltimore Sun Media Group, is searching for an organized, cool-headed and skilled journalist to help launch Baltimore’s free daily and Web site for young adults.”

  • SIGNAL Magazine is looking for an Assistant Editor.

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  • Morning Reading List, 03.28.08

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  • You think it was not out of bounds to ask Chelsea the Monica Lewinsky question.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I find it insulting that people with god given talents and produce revenue increasing abilities working in this newspaper biz today, have their positions cut out from under them in efforts to streamline and save costs. All my contacts will no longer work with this great publication. Most likely they’ll follow me to wherever else is smart and lucky enough to have me!”


  • Robert Schlesinger is starting next month at US News & World Report, creating and running their new online opinion section.

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  • Reuters reports,Sam Zell in his latest memo tells Tribune employees — the ones who haven’t been spiked — that he’s happy to see them so hard at work coming up with new ideas to help the publisher and broadcaster thrive. Employees have been so helpful, in fact, that Tribune has created an online ‘IdeaBank’ for submissions, rather than the talktoSam AT address that he’s been using. As he explains below, this will let other people in the company see them.”

  • The Chicago Tribune reports, “Congrats to Mike Wilbon and his wife, Sheryl,on the birth of their first child. Matthew Raymond Wilbon arrived Wednesday, weighing 9 pounds, 11 ounces and stretching to 22 inches long.”

  • Mark Potts reports, “The boys (and girls) on the bus in the 2008 Presidential campaign could fit into a much smaller vehicle, according to The New York Times: Far fewer news organizations are staffing the campaign this year, largely because of cutbacks in newsroom budgets.”

  • AJR reports, “A veteran editor says farewell to the world of dailies and finds happiness running a weekly in the home of baseball’s Hall of Fame.”

  • E&P reports, “Wall Street calls Microsoft’s generously priced but unwelcome bid for Yahoo Inc. a ‘bear hug’ — but will it be newspapers who get squeezed? Some of the newspaper industry’s new-media gurus think so. No matter who wins, they say, the fight will distract Yahoo at a crucial time in the rollout of its next-generation online ad tools for the 600-plus papers in the newspaper consortium.”

  • Richard Johnson, editor of New York Post’s Page Six column, calls other celebrity blogs “parasites.”

  • Washington City Paper’s City Desk asks, “WaTi: Better Reporting, Please”

  • Business Wire reports, “SABEW Announces Winners in its 13th Annual Best in Business Journalism Contest”

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  • A NBC release announced, “‘Hardball with Chris Matthews’ kicks off
    its 2008 college circuit as the ‘Hardball College Tour’ hosts Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama live at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Wednesday, April 2, 5-6 p.m. ET, and will re-air at 7 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET. Matthews will interview Sen. Obama on key issues of the 2008 presidential election, including the economy and the Iraq war, with West Chester students also having the opportunity to question the candidate.”

  • NBC also announced, “‘The Chris Matthews Show’ was the number-two
    rated Sunday morning public affairs show topping ABC’s ‘This Week,’ CBS’s ‘Face the Nation,’ and ‘FOX News Sunday’ in households nationally for the week ending March 23, 2008.” NBC tells us that the show had a 3.7 HH in D.C — easily beating FOX, This Week, and Face the Nation.

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of March 17, 2008, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Letterman’ among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54.”

  • A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, for the week ending Sunday, March 23, “Meet the Press” was top-rated, attracting 4.575 million total viewers”

  • TVNewser reports, “Following yesterday’s announcement of a reorganization of the operations and finance areas of ABC News, TVNewser has learned as many as 21 jobs have been eliminated. However, insiders tell us a number of new jobs have already been posted, and that those who were cut are being encouraged to apply for the added positions. In the end, the insider figures around 11 jobs will be lost.”

  • TVNewser is tracking “Presidential Candidates’ Time on the Tube”

  • Nikki Finke asks, “Has NBC Uni’s Jeff Zucker Lost His Mind?”

  • TVNewser reports, “‘Pimped Out’ Makes a Second Appearance on MSNBC”

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  • The Washington Business Journal reports, “Former AOL directors Laurence Hooper and Dan Goodman launched a new venture on Facebook Wednesday. Leesburg-based Loladex is a local search engine that uses recommendations and ratings from online social networking platforms to return more specific results.”

  • Washington City Paper’s Mike DeBonis marks two years of City Desk.

  • reports, “Competition in the wire service world has just been slashed. Shareholders of The Thomson Corporation and Reuters Group have agreed to the acquisition of the latter.”

  • The Australian reports,Les Hinton, the new chief executive of Dow Jones & Co, which owns The Wall Street Journal, expects strong growth for the business in the Asia-Pacific region while yesterday saying he was increasingly unlikely to make the group’s entire website free.”

  • From The Washington Post’s Peep Chat on Monday, a reader named “Pinky” asks: “Which color Peep tastes the best? I say the pink. They are also the prettiest.” And Dan Zak responds: Hi Pinky. You sound like a very attractive person. I think I was 8 years old the last time I actually ate a Peep, so I consulted fellow staffers. Justin says ‘Brown is the color of flavor’ but Holly says ‘The brown cocoa ones are awful.’ So there’s that. Joe Heim says avoid the yellow Peeps, but, as a rule, I don’t believe anything Joe says.”

  • Politico’s Anne Schroeder Mullins and Jeffrey Ressner asks, “What up with all the thumbs on the scale?”

  • Eric Lichtblau shows Slate readers, “The inside drama behind the Times’ warrantless wiretapping story.”

  • The Scotsman reports, “Internet the last word for teenage readers.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Finding Political News Online, the Young Pass It On”

  • The AP reports, “The popular video-sharing site YouTube is giving contributors more details about who’s watching their video clips and when, offering advertisers additional insights they can use to target their pitches. The free program, known as YouTube Insight, also could help bands schedule their concerts and help anyone time the release of a new video.”

  • Washington City Paper’s Amanda Hess writes, “For this week’s Show & Tell, I spoke to a group of local writers, educators, and nonprofit staffers working to start up a creative writing center for District youth, ages 6 to 18. The 19 volunteers have a lot of ideas for the project, but their Capitol Letters Writing Center is still very much a work-in-progress: Currently, they’ve got no location, no students, and no money. Why don’t we help them out!” Learn how here.

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  • Check out Campaigns and Elections’ Political Broadcast Manual.

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  • Media Nation reports,Paul La Camera, general manager of WBUR Radio (90.9 FM), e-mails Media Nation about a recent report by Adam Reilly at that he may bring former Boston Globe and sometime Boston Herald columnist Mike Barnicle to the public-radio powerhouse to do commentary.”

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  • The Associated Press is looking for a Financial Impact Editor.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Senior Producer Segments, Morning Edition.

  • Sourcemedia is looking for a Reporter.

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