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How Can I Make This About Me?

We have a few candidates for this feature today. We’ll begin with tried and true me-hound Howard Kurtz, Washington Bureau Chief of The Daily Beast and host of CNN’s Reliable Sources. Over the weekend as Mike Wallace’s family no doubt began mourning his death, Kurtz wrote on Twitter, “As I write, Mike Wallace once cursed me out over an
unflattering story — but in a good natured way. What an incredible life and career.” In a subsequent lengthier piece, he wrote more about his interactions with Wallace.

“In 1994 I reported that he had secretly taped a conversation with a reporter, Karon Hall, who thought she was just providing background information to the program and did not want to go on the air. CBS wound up reprimanding Wallace for ‘a violation of journalistic ethics.’ The next time I spoke to him on the phone, he greeted me with thusly: ‘Hello, you prick.’ But he said it good-naturedly, having realized he was wrong.”

Really…can Howie be absolutely certain that Wallace really didn’t think he was a prick? In another zinger, as Kurtz puts it on the close of the piece, he writes of Wallace once again insulting/complimenting him during an interview: “This wasn’t work. This was a joy to come to this office every day and see people buzzing up and down the halls doing stories and reading a Kurtz column and saying he’s full of —.”

Meanwhile, Josh Gerstein over at Politico has a mildly interesting piece of grief porn about how he once got scooped by Wallace and watched him jump over a fence. Apparently old people can jump over fences. Read here. A much better example of getting scooped by Wallace comes from Seymour Hersh in The New Yorker. Read that here.

This grief porn by Patch Editor Todd Richissin is also well worth a read. Far better than Kurtz’s incessant patting himself on the back, this one speaks more brashly of how the author once made Wallace cry. Well, his eyes welled up. That counts.

In the not so egregiously annoying category, Mitt Romney advisor Kevin Madden recalls his Wallace experience on Twitter: “I was fortunate enough to work w/ Mike Wallace & his team on a 60 Minutes profile of Gov. Romney during the ’08 race.”

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Ambassador Holbrooke to Keynote ICFJ’s Awards Dinner

Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke will keynote the International Center for Journalists’ 25th Anniversary Awards Dinner this November. He will also be honored for his “distinguished career in public service.”

The New Yorker‘s Seymour Hersh will receive the ICFJ Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism that night, and Cao Junwu of China and Chouchou Namegabe Nabintu of the Democratic Republic of the Congo will receive the Knight International Journalism Award.

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos will serve as the master of ceremonies and the dinner will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

A Look At The Future Of Investigative Reporting, Just In Time For IRE Conference

TVNewser contributor Alissa Krinsky‘s timing sure is good. She has a piece up on the future of investigative journalism just in time for the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference this weekend, held this year in Baltimore.

Krinsky also interviews Aram Roston, who was formerly with NBC based in DC and who now freelances for publications like GQ. “For years, people have been talking about how it was in the ‘good old days,’” he says. “Obviously, [investigative TV reporting is] maybe not where it was, but there are very powerful [network] units, and they’re doing really good work.”

Read on here.

Speakers at the IRE conference include: WaPo‘s Bob Woodward, VF‘s Donald Barlett and James Steele, NYT‘s Jill Abramson and Dean Baquet, ABC’s Brian Ross, investigative reporter Seymour Hersh, CBS’ Armen Keteyian and Byron Pitts, and David Simon, creator of “The Wire” and a longtime Baltimore journalist. CNN-US President Jon Klein will also give this year’s keynote address. More info is available on IRE’s website.

Morning Reading List, 03.19.08

Good morning Washington.

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  • Most of you read the Drudge Report every single day.


  • Helen Fessenden is joining Congress Daily as managing editor of the PM edition.

  • Former Technology Daily Staff Writer Michael Martinez has moved onto WAMU, where he is now a producer at the Kojo Nnamdi Show.

  • Why isn’t your local newspaper surviving on the Web? Because there are too many media outlets selling the exact same news.”

  • Mark Carter Named CCJ Executive Director and Goldenson Chair at the Missouri School of Journalism

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  • “In a week when the Democrats dominated campaign coverage, presumptive Republican nominee John McCain may have been the candidate to fare the best in the media, according to a Project for Excellence in Journalism study of campaign coverage from March 10-16.”

  • Somewhere East of Eden: Why the St. Pete Times model can’t save newspapers

  • McClatchy sees revenues fall

  • Too Much Access? McCain Campaign Reporter: ‘It Gets To The Point Where You Just Want Them To Shut Up Sometimes’

  • Former GW University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg tells us that free newspapers have returned to GW’s campus. “Two years after the ‘second termination’ students once again have access to free newspapers. I confess I am delighted as I trust are Donald Graham and Arthur Sulzberger. I know that newspaper readership is going down all over the country but I’m pleased at least on my campus, it is not going down without a fight.”

  • Newspaper Marketing Taking a Hit from the Do-Not-Call List?

  • Thomson Financial reports, “Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services said the US economic slowdown will hurt some media and entertainment companies, as the cutbacks in consumer discretionary spending could be reflected in as diverse areas as the number of attendees at The Walt Disney Co’s amusement parks and ad revenue at Time Warner Inc’s magazines or News Corp’s newspapers.”

  • Newspapers Should Focus on Local News — But Not Forget Bigger Picture

  • The New York Times reports, “The New York Times Company has struck a deal with a pair of hedge funds that want to shake up the company, giving the funds two seats on the board in order to avoid a proxy fight, the two sides announced Monday. The agreement with Harbinger Capital Partners and Firebrand Partners marks the first time since the Times Company went public in 1967 that it has accepted directors nominated by outsiders, Times Company executives said.”

  • Market Watch reports, “The New York Times Co. said Tuesday that its advertising revenue for February fell 6.6% to $148 million.”

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  • Candy Crowley: “I was so sleep deprived once that I found myself brushing my teeth with moisturizer.”

  • Jay Rosen: “Obama Tells the Best Political Team on Television: You Guys Have a Choice…

  • From DCRTV:

      DCRTV hears that Tucker Carlson is planning to heard straight to Fox News as soon as his NBC/MSNBC contract is up, and his non-compete clause expires. Carlson ain’t happy that his MSNBC show got axed. Also, look for former WMAL News Director John Matthews to also wind up at Fox News, in some behind-the-scenes gig, we’re told. More soon…..

  • Study finds TV’s war coverage is way down

  • Ben Stein explains how business news became the new Victoria’s Secret catalog

  • An ABC release announced, “ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson’ placed first among Adults 25-54 for the week of March 10-14. The ABC News broadcast averaged a 2.0/8 and 2.51 million, outperforming NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ by 60,000 demo viewers and tying in the demo rating/share. Among Total Viewers, the ABC News broadcast averaged 8.1 million, placing second.”

  • Check out The Arch Campbell Variety Show at the Arlington Drafthouse, “a monthly fun and unique live stage show hosted by Arch Campbell.” It is this Friday, March 21. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

  • Media Daily News reports, “Big video content producers need to come up with aggregate ratings that combine television viewing with online video consumption, says Patrick Keane, vice president and chief marketing officer for CBS Interactive, speaking Monday morning at MediaPost’s OMMA Global conference in Hollywood. The combined rating would provide media buyers with a cross-platform option that’s simpler and more detailed in terms of data, because of online metrics.”

  • Washington Post reported yesterday, “The Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will rule on the government’s standards for policing the public airwaves for the first time since the court agreed 30 years ago that a midday radio broadcast of comedian George Carlin’s ‘seven dirty words’ monologue was indecent.”

  • The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “Comcast Corp. is asking a federal appeals court to overturn a Federal Communications Commission rule enacted in December that bars it from making a major cable acquisition.”

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  • A Slate release announced, “Slate, the daily online magazine, today launches a legal blog featuring some of the most prominent voices in law. ‘Convictions,’ the law blog, will include daily commentary from a wide range of legal professionals, including Slate’s Jurisprudence columnists Dahlia Lithwick and Emily Bazelon and top litigators and law professors across the country.”

  • We should have online rules.

  • CNet reports, “It might not be Austin’s South by Southwest Interactive, but New York City will be getting its own digital-culture festival. Called Internet Week New York (OK, they could have picked a better name), it will span June 3 to 10 and encompass several existing events like Federated Media Publishing’s Conversational Marketing Summit, Advertising Age’s Advertising 2.0 conference, and the 12th annual Webby Awards.”

  • Norman Geras writes, “Was Czechoslovakia in 1975 a better place politically than the US is in 2008? I know what my answer to that question would be. But what is Tim Dowling’s answer? I couldn’t tell you. All I can do is point you towards the set of comparisons he offers. … There you go — low approval ratings for both Husak and Bush.”

  • Terry Heaton writes, “When the Internet bubble burst early in the new millennium, many smart people learned the harshest of all business lessons: when the money’s gone, there is no business. Great ideas aren’t self-sustaining, and when the investors decide they’ve given enough, it’s over, unless you can actually make money. Business is business, and while many of us frolicked in the coolness of innovation, those who paid attention to the bottom line were stressed to the max. In the end, it’s always about the money.”

  • Pulitzer Prize nominee George Archibald has had another run in with the Middleburg, Virginia police. This time he was received a “misdemeanor citation for having a quiet backyard barbecue.” If you missed the earlier police episode, check it out here.

  • Huffington Post takes a look at “The Reporting Team That Got Iraq Right”

  • The Press Gazette reports, “Reuters today launched a unique multimedia online documentary called ‘Bearing Witness’ which pays tribute to its 100 correspondents who have reported from Iraq over the last five years of war.”

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  • Pajamas Media reports, “Four short segments of conservative views were enough to flood NPR with angry phone calls and email. So much for ‘fairness,’ writes Pam Meister.”

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  • ABC Pushes Mags to File Sales Figs. Faster

  • Random Mumblings reports, “In what could only be viewed as a perverse and often baffling development, author and New Yorker magazine writer Malcolm Gladwell said last week a story he told in an early February segment of public radio’s ‘This American Life’ is, well, a complete tall tale. In the story, recorded at a New York club called the Moth, Gladwell recounts his early days as a cub reporter at that august bastion of journalism, Ben Bradlee’s The Washington Post.”

  • Jury Still Out on Future of Newsweeklies

  • On The Media’s Brooke Gladstone talks to The Atlantic’s David Samuels who penned the cover story that featured Britney Spears on the magazine’s cover. Also, listen to New Yorker correspondent Seymour Hersh discuss the “on-the-ground reporting behind his Pulitzer Prize winning scoop” from 1968.

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  • Financial Week is looking for a Reporter.

  • National Geographic Society is looking for a Researcher, Senior NGM.

  • Scholastic is looking for an Event Associate — Part-time.

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  • Morning Reading List, 10.03.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • An ABC release announced, “For the twenty-first time in twenty-three weeks, ‘ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson’ was the most watched evening newscast among Adults 25-54. The ABC broadcast averaged a 1.9/8 and 2.39 million among key demo viewers, 220,000 more than NBC’s ‘Nightly News.’ This marks ABC’s greatest demo advantage over NBC in nearly two months (week of July 30, 2007). Among Total Viewers, only 20,000 separated ABC (7.65 million) and NBC (7.67 million).”

  • A CNN release announced, “For the second time this year, CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer at 4p dominated the P25-54 demo, raking first among all cable news nets for the month of September.”

  • Poynter Online reports, “Video game technology and narrative theory combine to create story forms never before possible”

  • Dan Froomkin on Dana Perino on Seymour Hersh.

  • Video blogger James Kotecki joins Politico.” His welcome video can be found on’s homepage.

  • The National Press Foundation 25th Annual Awards Dinner will be held February 28, 2008. Mark your calendars!

  • Check out U.S. News’ “Capitol Bobbles.”

  • Who Actually Attended The NSA’s Secret Reporter Seminars?”

  • “Gannon: Helen Thomas was treated like ‘mafia don’”

  • The Swamp reports, “At some point either tonight or in the morning, the 100,000th reader’s comment would be posted here in the Swamp. It was tonight. We looked forward to reading it, and perhaps making note of it as well. (We are)”

  • ‘Tim Russert’ Moves To MSNBC

  • Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “For the last half year, thanks in part to vigorous noisemaking by the National Book Critics Circle and its energetic president, Swarthmore grad John Freeman, the publishing world has done almost as much talking about the ‘book review crisis’ as it has about the rectangular objects it sells. So far in September, no fewer than five panels in New York, at venues from Columbia Journalism School to Scandinavia House, have been devoted to some version of the ‘The Vanishing Book Review.’”

  • Bartiromo & Matthews To Moderate GOP Debate

  • MinOnline asks, “Why Can’t Magazines Collaborate With Agencies To Explore The Value Of Print Media?”

  • B&C reports, “ANALYSIS: Why the Networks Hate Premiere Week”

  • E&P reports, “You can only envy Facebook’s traffic, unless you’re Google or Facebook rival MySpace. A sophisticated and slick ‘social utility,’ the website has grown to 42 million members. It’s no wonder. Facebook is a truly useful and fun social networking tool — and it’s addictive.”

  • CJR’s Paul McLeary writes, “I’m curious to see what the reaction of The New York Times will be, if any, to John Burns’ comments about Iraq this past weekend. Accepting Colby College’s Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism Burns ventured into that no-no area for Times reporters: offering personal opinions outside the pages of the paper.”

  • PEJ News Coverage Index: The ‘Tyrant on Tour’ Coverage Tops the News — September 23-28, 2007″

  • Starting last night and continuing for the next three Mondays this month, “World News” will air with limited commercial interruptions thanks to a single sponsor (adding about 5 minutes of extra time to each broadcast). Airing in conjunction with the sponsorship arrangement is a special series — “Key to Success” — that will examine solutions to some of the country’s most pressing problems. For more details, click here.

  • AASFE’s announced the winners of the 2006 Best Sections contest for the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors at the conference Thursday afternoon in Savannah. For the list, click here. They also announced the winners of AASFE’s 19th annual writing competition.

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates adores the press, and he doesn’t care who knows it. Well, he’s a tad more direct than that—Gates adores the press, and he wants everybody to know it.”

  • Monday night on News Hour, Judy Woodruff spoke with Charlayne Hunter-Gault about the deadly attack on peacekeepers in Darfur. Charlayne spoke with Judy from Khartoum.

  • Poynter Online reports, “Attending events remotely, following proceedings through streamed technology and otherwise, has become more common over the past few years. But in the coming week, Shanghai will be breaking a couple of records in this field. The Special Olympics 2007 (meant for athletes with intellectual limitations) starts Oct. 2 in Shanghai. The achievements of 7,500 athletes will be broadcast on a special site, Special Olympics Live.”


  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation is looking for a Producer.

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