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Separated at Birth: WSJ’s Neil King

Who wouldn’t want to be compared to Clooney? The pairing is WSJ politics scribe Neil King, who formerly covered oil, OPEC and international energy issues, and George Clooney. Born and raised in Boulder, Colo., King is married to VP Biden‘s Communications Officer Shailagh Murray, formerly a political reporter at WaPo. He has worked out of the Washington bureau since 1999.

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Fox News Blasts Politico: “Liberal Slant Revealed”

Fox News put Politico on blast this morning, charging the site with ‘liberal bias’ after the Daily Caller exposed that Politico reporter Andy Barr was leaving journalism for a job with the Democratic Party in Arizona.  As Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell discussed Barr’s beat and coverage on “Fox and Friends,” FNC ran banners that read “SITE’S LIBERAL SLANT REVEALED” and “BARR’S EXIT EXPOSES POLITICO’S TRUE COLORS.”

Though the story is not nearly as sensational as FNC’s headlines, Barr’s departure does represent another hash mark in the list of journos who have hung up their hats for jobs in politics.  For example, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is the former Washington bureau chief of TIME magazine. Politico’s Jonathan Allen left the publication for a gig with Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) and then returned to Politico less than a year later. CNN senior producer Sasha Johnson is now at the Department of Transportation.  Both Jill Zuckman and Peter Gosselin left their jobs with Tribune to join the Obama Administration.  As did longtime ABC and CBS News reporter Linda Douglass who left broadcast journalism for a job at the White House.  Douglass, like Jonathan Allen, eventually returned to media.  She’s now a VP and Head of Communications for Atlantic Media, which owns National Journal and The AtlanticSteven Rattner, Obama’s car czar, spent nine years writing for the New York Times.  And Moira Bagley, former Roll Call reporter and Daily Caller Opinion Page editor, now works as communications director for Senator Rand Paul (R-KY).

UPDATE: It was brought to our attention that FNC’s morning package was not just sensational but also hypocritical. In 2010 Megan Whittemore, who once covered Capitol Hill for Fox News and FoxNews.com, joined the office of now House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) as a deputy press secretary. On the flip side, we almost forgot about WaPo reporter turned Biden flack Shailagh Murray.

Despite the sensational banners, generalizations and tabloid approach to journalism, “Fox and Friends” has a point.  What do you think: does a reporter’s departure for a job in politics prove slanted coverage in the past?

Fish Food

(A sprinkling of things you might have missed…)

*Tina Brown continues to parade around her famous friends to write things for Newsweek. Now, it’s Ted Danson‘s turn. The “Cheers” star wrote over the weekend about his”favorite mistake,” a crime he committed when he was 11. Danson and three friends, a Hopi Indian, a Navajo, and the son of an archaeologist drove around town knocking down billboards. His father wasn’t happy with him. Read the account here.

*The Atlantic‘s John Hudson wonders when Shailagh Murray, WaPo-reporter-turned-Biden-flack, stopped writing for her old boss about her new boss. WaPo communications manager Jennifer Lee would only say that the Post does “not comment on personnel matters.” The Atlantic reports in an update that the paper declined further comment. Hmm…

*WCP destroys a WaPo story. Lydia DePillis, in a post titled “Dear WaPo: Biking is Not That Hard,” the writer skewers Post reporter Ann Scott Tyson, who portrays bicycle commuters as “hardbitten road warriors who brave adverse conditions” (DePillis’ words). The portrayal has her rolling her eyes, she writes. “I think the Post needs to find another frame.”

*Slate wants to know how you, if you were a reader of Slate (and you might be, so listen up), would avert a nuclear disaster in Japan. Because if there’s one group of people who knows anything about averting nuclear disasters, it’s random people on the Internet. As evidenced by some sample responses received thus far: “Let two helicopter hold a big plastic funnel as a third one is throwing in the water. In that manner the water can be poured more precise than just let it plunge somewhere above the plants.” Also: “Duct tape and WD-40 works for everything.” And, of course: “Send the Sensational She-Hulk in to deactivate the reactor. She’s done it before and survived with a coating of sentient cockroaches.” Why didn’t the Japanese think of these?

Fish Food

(A Sprinkling of Things We Think You Ought to Know…)

*Note to Readers: Next week I’m taking off and leaving the site in the trusted hands of my co-editor Matt Dornic and intrepid intern Alec Jacobs. I will be gadget free, so don’t bother writing unless it can wait a week. So even if Ezzy is pregnant, I don’t need to hear about it. But please be sure to tell Matt and Alec. Send your tips and insights to Matt: FishbowlMatt@gmail.com and to Alec: alecsjacobs@gmail.com.

*Q & A Cafe Canceled: New York Social Diary blogger and Q & A Cafe Host Carol Joynt has canceled her Cafe for next week. Read the full details here. “It was to be an interview with the colorful Rhode Island politician, and ex-con, and urban transformer, and author, Vincent “Buddy” Cianci. However, there were not enough reservations for the Ritz Georgetown to justify going forward…”

*VP hires WaPo reporter: VP Biden announced today that Shailagh Murray will be his Communications Director. She starts next month.  She succeeds Jay Carney, who was appointed by the President as White House Press Secretary.  Murray was at WaPo since 2005.

Shuffle in National Politics Team at WaPo

WaPo brass announced a slew of beat changes and a few open positions for their National team today.  The shuffle is well summarized in the memo below: 

“We are pleased to announce several staff moves that will enhance our coverage of Congress and the White House as we head into the postelection future.

Shailagh Murray, one of this town’s keenest observers of the legislative process, will remain anchored on the Hill but take on a new role that focuses more broadly on the political dynamic between the White House and Congress. She will pay special attention to the relationship between Democrats and the president as their party regroups for 2012. Shailagh’s sophisticated understanding of politics and policy will help us chart how a divided government confronts the great economic challenges that are sure to be themes of the next campaign.

Paul Kane, who has an encyclopedic knowledge of Congress and its members, will lead our coverage of the new GOP House majority. Paul is one of the most respected correspondents on Capitol Hill. And his deep experience and sourcing will help us aggressively and authoritatively chronicle the biggest congressional power shift since 1948.

Phil Rucker, one of our most versatile writers, will bring his energy and eye to the Capitol, capturing the spectacles, dramas and small tales that animate Congress. Whether covering the news on the Senate floor or illuminating the hallway chit-chat, he will help bring to life the institution and its characters.

David Fahrenthold, a graceful writer known for decoding complex subjects, will leave the environmental beat for the challenge of making Congress accessible. He will help explain the institution’s rules, rhythms, people and legislation—whether drawing portraits or distilling complicated policy debates.

Felicia Sonmez, one of our sparkling new talents, will anchor a congressional blog aimed at breaking news and housing all that is hot and relevant in Congress. She and fellow Deputy Fix Aaron Blake had splendid runs as campaign bloggers under The Fix banner. This new blog, to which others will contribute, will provide quick, fun, edgy takes that drive the Capitol Hill conversation. PostPolitics Managing Editor Chris Cillizza will post a separate note seeking a successor to Felicia.

On the White House beat, Perry Bacon will take on a new role: following the president. He will be the reporter who most closely tracks the president’s movements, traveling with him often and mining the daily schedule for newsy developments, features, analyses and surprises. Perry is an astute analyst of the political landscape and will bring a fresh voice to the second phase of the Obama presidency.

His arrival will create more room for ace correspondents Scott Wilson and Anne Kornblut to drill deeper into White House decisionmaking and presidential relationships, to unearth news and mount significant enterprise that will help readers better understand the man in the Oval Office.

We are adding to our White House team a fourth player whose charge will also be to discover the undiscovered. There will be a separate posting for that assignment. ”

Kevin      Marilyn     Wes     Steven

Congressional Women’s Softball Game: Journos v. Members

young survivors.jpg We’re not generally in favor of reporters lobbing softballs to Members…but tonight is different.

This evening, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, will face off against the women members of the Capitol Hill press corp led by CNN’s Dana Bash and WaPo‘s Shailagh Murray for the 2nd Annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game.

Michelle Fenty will throw the honorary first pitch while MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell and Boston Globe‘s Susan Mulligan step in as announcers. The game will benefit the Young Survival Coalition (YSC), an organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women and breast cancer.

The game is being held at Guy Mason Field – 3600 Calvert St. NW from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm tonight.

Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet The Press: Rahm Emanuel, Incoming White House Chief of Staff, Tom Brokaw, NBC News, David Brooks, New York Times, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Presidential Historian, Tavis Smiley, Host, PBS’s Tavis Smiley, Chuck Todd, Political Director, NBC News.

  • Face the Nation: Incoming National Economic Council director Lawrence Summers, Georgetown University Michael Eric Dyson and Slate’s John Dickerson.

  • This Week: David Axelrod, President-elect Obama’s senior adviser and a roundtable with The Brookings Institution’s E.J. Dionne, PBS’ Gwen Ifill and ABC News’ Donna Brazile, Matthew Dowd, and George Will.

  • Face The Nation: Lawrence Summers, President-Elect Obama’s designee to be the director of
    the National Economic Council.

  • Fox News Sunday: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Incoming White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs and a panel with Brit Hume, Fox News Senior Political Analyst, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • CNN’s State of The Union with John King: President-elect Barack Obama, David Axelrod, senior Obama adviser, Ed Gillespie, Bush White House counselor, Dana Perino, Bush White House press secretary, Dee Dee Myers, former Clinton White House press secretary, Dan Lothian, CNN White House correspondent, April Ryan, White House correspondent, American Urban Radio Networks

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad.

  • GPS: Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan, Pat Buchanan, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s John O’Sullivan and New Yorker’s Hendrik Hertzberg.

  • Chris Matthews Show: HD Net’s Dan Rather, New York Times’ Helene Cooper, NBC Washington bureau chief Mark Whitaker and BBC’s Katty Kay.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Sen. Judd Gregg, (R-NH), Ranking Member on the Senate Banking Committee, will be interviewed by Shailagh Murray, Washington Post Congressional Reporter, and Martin Kady, The Politico Congressional Reporter.

  • Morning Reading List, 12.09.08

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    Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Obama-Biden transition team co-chair Valerie Jarrett, House Majority Whip James Clyburn, Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) and a roundtable with White House historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Newsweek’s Jon Meacham and Chicago Sun-Times’ Mary Mitchell.

  • Face the Nation: Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, New York Times’ David Brooks and Politico’s John Harris.

  • This Week: Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), George Will, Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Cynthia Tucker, Newsweek’s Fareed Zakaria and former White House adviser David Gergen.

  • Fox News Sunday: Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA).

  • Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Sen. Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California, Jessica Yellin, CNN correspondent and Richard Stengel, managing editor, Time Magazine. Note: Late Edition airs live from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Chris Matthews Show: HDNet’s Dan Rather, Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Cynthia Tucker, New York Times’ David Brooks and Elisabeth Bumiller.

  • Post Politics Program with Emily Freifeld and Ed O’Keefe on XM’s POTUS ’08: Shailagh Murray, Mike Shear, Juliet Eilpern, Chris Cillizza and Dan Balz.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Josh Bolton, White House Chief of Staff is interviewed by Anne Kornblut, Washington Post and Jennifer Love, AP

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Longtime presidential advisor, civil rights leader and banker Vernon Jordan on Obama’s election.

  • Reliable Sources: Jessica Yellin, CNN correspondent, Jake Tapper, senior political correspondent, ABC News, Doyle McManus, Washington bureau chief, Los Angeles Times, Michel Martin, host, National Public Radio, Clarence Page, columnist, The Chicago Tribune, Stephanie Miller, nationally syndicated talk show host, Amy Holmes, CNN political contributor and Michael Medved, nationally syndicated talk show host.

  • Fareed Zakaria — GPS: Brent Scowcroft, former National Security Adviser, Walter Isaacson, president, The Aspen Institute, Jon Meacham, author, ‘American Lion’, Robert Caro, author, ‘Master of the Senate’ and Joseph Ellis, author, ‘American Creation’

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, The Washington Post’s Colbert King and syndicated columnists Mark Shields and Charles Krauthammer.

  • Paul Kane Jumps From Post.com To Post

    Further complicating our understanding of what the heck the difference is between these washingtonpost.com reporters and Washington Post reporters (and why the Post makes such a distinction), the Post announced today that washingtonpost.com’r (and massive Eagles fan) Paul Kane’s Capitol Hill domination continues: He’s jumping to the print edition. (See Kane’s FishbowlDC interview here.)

    In an internal memo obtained by FishbowlDC, management writes:

      We’re happy to announce that Paul Kane, the Capitol Briefer for
      washingtonpost.com, will make the leap back to the world of old media to become one of our congressional correspondents.

    You’ll recall that Shailagh Murray — one of the paper’s two lead congressional correspondents — left the beat to cover the presidential campaigns. They’re shifting Kane into her role, and someone new will be picked to replace Kane on the Capitol Briefing blog.

    Some side questions:

  • If this is considered a promotion by the paper (and all signs suggest that it is), how does that make the washingtonpost.com writers feel? Does it reinforce the (historically high, but recently improving) tensions between Post/post.com?

  • Or should this move (really a reverse move, technologically speaking, given the online-to-print switch), be seen as a sign of positive synergy between the print and dot-com entities? And is our confusion between Post & post.com exactly the point (namely, that synergy can occur when the lines and boundaries are blurred)?

    The Post isn’t the only place with this notable old media/new media situation. Ana Marie Cox’s title, for instance, is with “Time.com” but, for all intents and purposes, she’s a “Time magazine reporter” (with print articles and all that). Since almost every reporter now writes for both print and online editions, isn’t it time to drop these distinctions?

    We digress…

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