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Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, Fmr. Sen. Sam Nunn (D-GA) and Nuclear Threat Initiative Co-Chairman and CEO, Fmr. Sen. Fred Thompson (R-TN) and Fmr. Chair, State Dept.’s International Security Advisory Board, Fortune’s Nina Easton and NBC’s Chuck Todd

CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)

ABC’s This Week: Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and a roundtable with ABC’s Sam Donaldson, NYT‘s Bill Keller, former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich, ABC’s Cokie Roberts and ABC’s George Will

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), Rep. Pete Hoekstra, (R-MI), Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Karim Sadjadpour, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and a panel with Fox News and Weekly Standard‘s Stephen Hayes, NPR’s Mara Liasson, Washington Examiner‘s Byron York and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN)
*More guests to be announced

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Salem Radio’s Michael Medved, PBS’ Martin Savidge and Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Middle East Forum director Daniel Pipes, New America Foundation’s Afshin Molavi, Newsweek’s Christopher Dickey, Columbia University’s Sree Sreenivasan and “Here Comes Everybody” author Clay Shirky

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: WaPo‘s Bob Woodward, the Daily Beast’s Tina Brown, Time‘s Joe Klein and CNN’s Gloria Borger

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: TWT‘s Barbara Slavin, WSJ‘s David Wessel, Time‘s Karen Tumulty and NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Repulibcan minority leader Rep. John Boehner

Will update as we learn them.

Book Bash: “The Emperor’s New Clothes”

At Ellen and Gerry Sigal‘s book party for 9/11 Commissioner and Mayer Brown Partner Richard Ben-Veniste, talk veered from Obama’s mission to the Middle East to Watergate (Ben-Veniste was chief prosecutor). His new book, The Emperor’s New Clothes, covers five riveting cases with which Ben-Veniste was associated and the Sigals’ living room looked like Kennedy Center Honors. From Congress, former Senators Ted Stevens and Paul Sarbanes, Congresswoman Jane Harmon and Congressman John Dingell and lobbyist wife Debbie. Media wunderkinds included Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff and Howard Fineman, Sam Donaldson, Daniel Schorr, Nina Totentenberg, Elizabeth Drew, Kim Eisler (Washingtonian) and the New York Times Neil Lewis. Lewis found plenty of time to chat with Senator Stevens’ wife Catherine – perhaps about Senator Stevens’ trial which Lewis covered for the Gray Lady.

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Sam Donaldson and Richard Ben-Veniste

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Elizabeth Drew, Michael Isikoff and Howard Fineman

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Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari

CBS’ Face the Nation: Former Vice President Dick Cheney

ABC’s This Week: National Security advisor General James Jones and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and a roundtable with ABC’s Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts and George Will and former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich

Fox News Sunday: Commander of the United States Central Command Gen. David Petraeus and Fmr. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and a panel with Weekly Standard and Fox News’ Bill Kristol, NPR and Fox News’ Mara Liasson, WSJ’s Kimberley Strassel and NPR and Fox News’ Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: Commander of the United States Central Command Gen. David Petraeus

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Gideon Yago, Time’s Joe Klein, The Daily Beast’s Rachel Sklar, Wash Times’ Amanda Carpenter

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Dalai Lama, Aqil Shah of Columbia University, former UN Undersecretary General Shashi Tharoor and “War of Necessity, War of Choice” author Richard Haass

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: WaPo’s Bob Woodward, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Time’s Richard Stengel and BBC’s Katty Kay

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Politico’s Eamon Javers, LAT’s Doyle McManus, USA Today’s Joan Biskupic and the AP’s Charles Babington

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Bloomberg’s Lizzie O’Leary, Craig Torres, Indira Lakshmanan, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) and Roll Call’s Keith Koffler, Emily Pierce, and Emily Heil

Will update throughout the day as we learn them.

“First Lady of the Press” Unplugged


Jan Smith Donaldson, Stephanie Green, Helen Thomas and Nikki Schwab with Teatro Goldoni Chef Enzo Fargione. Photo courtesy of Janet Donovan.

A group of about twenty women in DC media gathered at Teatro Goldoni last week to honor one who paved the way- Helen Thomas.

Hosts Janet Donovan and Christine Warnke started a game that proved to be a fascinating lesson in history and journalism. Each around the table- which included WaPo’s Mary Ann Akers and Amy Argetsinger, CSPAN’s Greta Wodele, Gloria Dittus, Jan Smith Donaldson and Chicago Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet- asked Thomas one question, on the record.

Ever wondered which President Thomas would have most wanted to sleep with? TWT’s Stephanie Green went there, and asked. “None,” Thomas was quick to reply- though she did share an anecdotal story about a walk home shared with President John F. Kennedy.

Her favorite active journalist? ABC’s Sam Donaldson, though she insists it’s not just because she was seated next to his wife (as Jan pumps arms in air). And least favorite? “Maybe a few people on Fox. They don’t like me either,” she says.

She commented that people often ask her what it was like to be a woman reporter- “Well I’ve never been anything else,” adding “nobody ever told me when I grew up in Detroit and went to public schools that it was a man’s world.”

And her advice for young journos? “You’re only as good as your last story.”

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Morning Reading List 04.20.09

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Its day 91 covering the Obama administration and week 12 for us. Happy Birthday to Politico’s Carol Lee. What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | AWARDS | JOBS | REVOLVING DOOR

NEWSPAPERS

Former Senator Rick Santorum makes $1,750 per column at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Politico’s Mike Allen addresses critics over the paper and site’s “torture memo” story here.

TV

On the Daily Beast, 7 Best Moments From Sunday Talk.

ABC’s Sam Donaldson on This Week says he’s like to ask Fidel Castro before he dies if he killed President John F. Kennedy. “In his dying breath I’d like to be at [Castro's] bedside and say, did you do it? Meaning November 22, 1963.”

Is PBS “recklessly promoting” Al Jazeera? Via Romenesko: Fox News’ Eric Shawn is concerned about public TV’s “WorldFocus” airing reports from Al Jazeera English, while PBS ombud Michael Getler isn’t so bothered. “I think it is a plus for American viewers to see and understand what is on Al Jazeera English, and that viewers of public broadcasting are quite able to make up their own minds about whether what they are watching has news value or is propaganda.”

Radio talk show host and regular cable news guest Michael Smerconish was on CNN’s Reliable Sources this weekend to talk about his new book “Morning Drive: Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Talking.” Check out his dish about Fox News’ Glenn Beck, NBC’s David Gregory and CNN’s Larry King here.

NYT‘s David Carr: Cable news stations have been criticized for “event-izing” all manner of minor news occurrences — President Obama’s first news conference comes to mind. But the Tax Day Tea Party was all but conceived, executed and deconstructed in the hothouse of cable news wars.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer returned to his grad school at Johns Hopkins last week to deliver a speech “President Obama and the World.” More at Yeas & Nays.

Is the Nanny getting a cable news show? Find out at Washington Whispers.

ONLINE

A lesson in proper Facebook etiquette via FishbowlLA.

NEWS NOTES

DCRTV checks out former WUSA anchor Mike Walter‘s documentary “Breaking News, Breaking Down.

TWT’s “Anguish of story can haunt journlists“: Journalists who peer into the abyss of war, crime, and natural disasters as part of their jobs can end up as emotionally scarred as the victims they never imagined joining. “Journalists can experience powerful frustration and demoralization,” said Dr. Frank M. Ochberg a psychologist who specializes in trauma.

Also from TWT- a sitdown with “State of Play” director Kevin Macdonald. “There have been plenty of Washington-set political thrillers, so he tried to make his new by ‘approaching the characters in a different way” and “showing Washington in a different way.’”

More on “State of Play” from DCRTV: Longtime DC sportscaster Frank Herzog gets a part. Also, Chris Matthews, Lou Dobbs, Jim Vance, Jule Carey, Chris Gordon, Eun Yang, and Denae D’Arcy play TV “reporters” in the movie.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Richard Wolffe on the Daily Beast: “Inside the Obama Family PR Machine.”

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro, Romenesko, Playbook, Calderone

AWARDS, JOBS and REVOLVING DOOR after the jump…

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Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: White House National Ecomonic Council Director Larry Summers and a roundtable with Fmr. Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN), Fmr. House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX), Time’s Rick Stengel, WaPo’s Steven Pearlstein, and Fortune Magazine’s Nina Easton

CBS’ Face the Nation: Senior White House Advisor David Axelrod, Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA) and NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre

ABC’s This Week: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, House Republican Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and a roundtable with ABC’s George Will, Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts and WSJ columnist Peggy Noonan

Fox News Sunday: Former CIA Director Michael Hayden, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Power Player of the Week opera singer Denyce Graves

CNN’s State of the Union: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) and Gov. David Paterson (D-NY)

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WashTimes’ Amanda Carpenter, Air America and The Daily Beast’s Ana Marie Cox, CNN’s Frank Sesno and “Morning Drive: Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Talking” author Michael Smerconish

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, U.S. Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke and “Jihad” and “Taliban” author Ahmed Rashid

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: The Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan, NYT’s Helene Cooper, WaPo’s David Ignatius and BBC’s Katty Kay

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Politico’s Eamon Javers, WaPo’s Spencer Hsu, ABC’s Martha Raddatz and NPR’s Tom Gjelten

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Bloomberg’s Christine Harper, Lizzie O’Leary, Jose Enrique Arrioja, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Former-communications director for the Republican National Committee Danny Diaz, former-communications director for the Democratic National Committee Karen Finney and Roll Call’s Emily Heil

Will update throughout the day as we learn them.

Atlantic/NJ Poll of Prominent Journos Says Journalism Hurt By Internet; Obama Coverage “Right”

The Atlantic and National Journal turned to the big dogs to get a read on the state of traditional journalism.

They polled 43 prominent journalists on whether journalism has been helped or hurt by the Internet- 65 percent said it has been hurt more, while 34 percent said it has been helped more.

On the coverage of President Obama- of 45 respondents, 71 percent say it has been “about right,” 22 percent say it’s been “too easy” and 7 percent say it has been “too tough.”

Those polled include: Peter Beinart, Gloria Borger, David Brooks, Carl Cannon, Tucker Carlson, Jonathan Chait, Roger Cohen, Steve Coll, Sam Donaldson, Bob Edwards, James Fallows, Howard Fineman, Frank Foer, Ron Fournier, Jeffrey Goldberg, Jeff Greenfield, Glenn Greenwald, David Gregory, Mark Halperin, Christopher Hitchens, Al Hunt, Mort Kondracke, Jim Lehrer, Ruth Marcus, Joshua Micah Marshall, Chris Matthews, Jane Mayer, Doyle McManus, John Micklethwait, Dana Milbank, Markos Moulitsas, Katherine McIntire Peters, Todd Purdum, Cokie Roberts, Eugene Robinson, Tom Shoop, Roger Simon, Scott Simon, Ray Suarez, Nina Totenberg, Linda Wertheimer, Leon Wieseltier, Juan Williams, Judy Woodruff, Fareed Zakaria.

Read the rest of The Atlantic/NJ’s findings here.

Sam Donaldson Stops By Newseum for Some Q and A


Photo by Tricia Barba for DCRTV

ABC News veteran Sam Donaldson has interviewed every president since Jimmy Carter. So who’s the smartest person he knows? George Stephanopoulos.

Donaldson was on hand this Sunday for the Newseum’s “Inside Media” discussion to answer this and more. He took questions from the audience and had this to share regarding presidential news conferences, “A press conference is a business transaction, not a social occasion. The president comes to use it, and reporters are there for business to get information.”

Journos Gather at Ritz for RTNDF First Amendment Dinner

Last night was the First Amendment Awards Dinner at the Ritz Carlton, the 19th annual hosted by RTNDF.

The dinner was emceed by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who started by thanking his wife Kathleen (away on a skiing trip), his “ambassador to the human race.” He also thanked Rod Blagojevich, Sen. Roland Burris and Rahm Emanuel for producing numbers for Hardball and MSNBC. (A dinner guest points out to us that Matthews was still wearing his Hardball makeup.)

CNN’s Jack Womack presented the first award of the evening to colleague Susan Grant, the First Amendment Service Award. Grant joked she was sure “the board had run out of deserving journalists.”

ABC’s Charlie Gibson and Sam Donaldson brought a comedy act to present the Leonard Zeidenberg Award to Cokie Roberts. Some of their back-and-forth… Charlie: “Get your hands off me… I’m somewhat perturbed I have to share the podium with Sam.” Sam: “Women like older men- that’s me,” and Charlie: “Much older.”

Donaldson introduced a story about Roberts saying, “you can check this story, though I wouldn’t, it’s a good story,” to which Gibson replied, “like most of Sam’s stories.” Donaldson went on to tell about the time on the This Week with David Brinkey that John Tower asked what a womanizer was and Cokie looked at him and said, “I think most women know it when they see it, Senator.”

At her last dinner, RTNDF President Barbara Cochran honored the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with a special award, which was accepted by Alberto Ibarguen. To much applause, Cochran called prompt freeing of detained journalist Roxana Saberi in Iran.

And the last award of the evening was presented to Google’s Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt by PBS’s Judy Woodruff, as the whole room pondered, what would we do without Google?

In attendance: Dana Perino, CNN’s newly acquired State of the Union EP Michelle Jaconi, sitting next to Gloria Borger, who received a warm hello from Linda Douglass, Rome Hartman deep in conversation with Sam Donaldson at the cocktail hour, Mike Allen blackberrying away outside the Ritz, Lara Logan back from maternity leave, Google’s Bob Boorstin, Mark Whitaker with new deputy bureau chief Antoine Sanfuentes, David Bass, Emily Heil, Karen Travers and so on.

Donaldson, Gibson, Woodruff and Womack to Present at RTNDF Dinner

You can expect a star-studded (in DC journo terms) event next Thursday, March 12th at the Ritz.

ABC’s Sam Donaldson and Charlie Gibson, PBS’ Judy Woodruff and CNN’s Jack Womack will all be on hand to present First Amendment Awards at RTNDF’s dinner. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews will emcee the dinner.

From the release: Gibson and Donaldson will present the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award to Cokie Roberts. Woodruff presents the First Amendment Leadership Award to Google Inc. and Eric Schmidt, chairman and CEO of Google. Womack will present the First Amendment Service Award to Susan Grant, Executive Vice President of CNN News Services.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will also be presented with a special award for the support of First Amendment issues and Sunshine Week by RTNDF President Barbara Cochran.

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