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Morning Reading List 06.03.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Happy Birthday to Mix 107.3′s Tommy McFly! Another Happy Birthday goes to Elizabeth Thorp, celebrating this weekend.

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Graydon Carter in Vanity Fair on newspapers, “The Paper Chase”: My suggestion to newspapers everywhere is to give the public a reason to read them again. So here’s an idea: get on a big story with widespread public appeal, devote your best resources to it, say a quiet prayer, and swing for the fences.


The first NBC special “Inside the Obama White House” aired last night. As the president and Brian Williams were driving to get burgers, Williams asked President Obama whether when he’s watching cable TV and lands on a news channel and sees a debate underway about him, does he stop and watch? An interesting answer from the President– “I generally don’t. Mainly because I don’t find most of the cable chatter very persuasive. I’ve used this analogy before, it feels like WWF wrestling. Everybody’s got their role to play. I know a lot of these guys. And if Pat Buchanan is having a conversation with Chris Matthews or talking to Keith Olbermann, everybody’s got their set pieces and, so, I don’t feel as if I’m learning anything from the debate.”

CNN’s Campbell Brown returned from maternity leave Monday to her regular 8 p.m. EST timeslot. The show had a new name, a new look, a new EP, and, perhaps most notably, a new opening: The show has dropped “No Bias, No Bull” from the title. More at TVNewser.


NPR’s Diane Rehm will receive the AAUW/NASPA Women of Distinction Award at the University of Maryland on Thursday at the 2009 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. Other honorees listed here.


Politico’s Mike Allen is switching to Saudi time with the President. His widely read Playbook was out at about 5:30am today.


Stephen Colbert to guest edit Newsweek? True. NYO: Since Newsweek’s redesign, the magazine’s editors have sent out a statement that they intend to sever any and all connection to the turgid, dusty newsweekly of yore. And for the next issue that hits newsstands on June 8, Comedy Central funnyman Stephen Colbert will be Newsweek’s guest editor.

From Playbook today: The American Society of Magazine Editors “Best Cover Contest” for 2009 includes among its 10 categories: “Best Obama Cover (featuring President Barack Obama).”


Forbes asks can Knight Foundation head Alberto Ibarguen save the news business? “Ibarguen is directing a multi-year plan to spend $100 million on 130 projects dedicated to new media and the future of news. They range from projects on community-financed reporting and media “test kitchens” at universities to a new journalism institute in India.”

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REVOLVING DOOR and JOBS after the jump…

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Colbert Dings Byron York & Washington Examiner

Last night, Stephen Colbert nailed columnist Byron York & the DC Examiner for being “racist.” The hit stems from a column York wrote about skewed presidential approval ratings due to the President’s popularity in the black community. See for yourself:

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Tip/Wag – Forced Smoking & Grizzly Best Man
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Gay Marriage

FishPoolDC: Our Insider’s Notes from Today’s Press Briefing

OMG! POTUS?!: A surprised press corps leapt to its feet as Obama dropped in on this afternoon’s briefing, “I’m sorry that Gibbs is screwing this up,” he joked. “There’s a job to do, you’ve got to do it yourself.” Press Secretary Robert Gibbs slid to the side for his boss, saying, “It’s way cooler than it seems” in response to Cool Guy-in-Chief’s remark that the briefing room was “kind of cool.” An already higher-than-average number of photogs grew as journalists from every corner documented the spontaneous visit. Upon conclusion of his remarks (contextualized below), Obama ignored shouted questions: “So with that, I would like you to give Robert a tough time again,” he said as he slipped back into the depths of the West Wing.

The SCOTUS Scoop: In fact, Obama had come by to announce that he had just received official word of Supreme Court Justice David Souter’s retirement, repeating a few points about what he’d be looking for in a nominee — the biggest likely being that he prefers someone with a “diversity of experience” — not necessarily a lifelong judge. Gibbs had been reluctant to answer questions on the hypothetical announcement, joking that he had “asked at the mess” and no one at the White House had heard from Souter on his decision to leave the bench (either formally or informally). “I guess he wasn’t in the mess today,” CBS’s Mark Knoller quipped upon Obama’s exit.

Booyakasha!: Still on the topic of SCOTUS nominees, Gibbs fielded a question from CBS’s Chip Reid, who cited an old Obama quotation that listed groups of people that an ideal candidate could relate to, among them the “journalist who shakes things up.” Reid noted that he liked that character, and Gibbs shot back: “That mythical person has approval in this room.” (Since we’re approaching its anniversary, this exchange calls to mind Stephen Colbert‘s WHCD speech in which he labeled the White House intrepid reporter as “fiction.”)

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Brokaw, Colbert, G-Strings And G-Spots… TMI

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Obama’s European Trip – Tom Brokaw
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor NASA Name Contest

NBC’s Tom Brokaw was a guest of Stephen Colbert to talk about President Obama at the G20 Summit. And then there was this exchange:

“Sir you’ve covered a bunch of these economic summits, you know, back before it was the G20, back when it was just the G.” -Colbert

“It was never the G-string, often just the G.” -Brokaw

“Did they meet at the G-spot?” -Colbert

Taking Out The Trash

What we almost missed today…

• We told you earlier today in the Morning Reading List about a rumor circulating on DCRTV that WaPo was considering the possibility of ending the paper’s Saturday publication. Tonight we learn from WaPo’s Joel Achenbach that this is not the case. “Not under consideration. Not gonna happen. Move along folks, nothing to see here,” he says here.

Stephen Colbert sat down with NAA president John Sturm to talk about the death of newspapers. (h/t MediaJobsDaily)

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Better Know a Lobby – Newspaper Lobby
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor NASA Name Contest

Cowboy Schieffer’s An AnchorMAN

Have you ever watched Face the Nation and thought to yourself, “God he’s manly…”

Well someone out there has. CBS’ Bob Schieffer is one of 11 on this blog’s “Manliest Anchormen of All Time” list.

Also making the cut- Edward R. Murrow, Eric Sevareid, Peter Jennings and Walter Cronkite, as well as current newsmen Anderson Cooper and Jon Stewart.

And for comic relief- Ron Burgundy.

Check out the complete list and the Manliest Anchorman “Hall of Shame”- Sean Hannity, Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, Bill O’Reilly and Stephen Colbert- here.

Where Are They Now? Bush’s Press Office

Former Deputy Assistant Press Secretary to Pres. George Bush, Pete Seat, who spent his time in the White House corralling the media, is now trying his hand on our side.

Seat now has a column his local newspaper, the Northwest Indiana and Illinois Times that will run every other Thursday.

His first column “Remembering 43: The Trailblazer” tackles a question posed by Stephen Colbert, “Is George W. Bush a great president or the greatest president?”

Whether in the Oval Office, aboard Air Force One or at the president’s Crawford, Texas, ranch, I saw a man that embodied his Secret Service code name, Trailblazer. He tackled the biggest issues of the day, without regard for how it would shape popularity polls. He was a man not burdened by his position, but an ordinary man, with an extraordinary job, focused on doing what was best for our country.

You can read the rest of his column here.

In the next couple of weeks, FishbowlDC will catch up with members of Pres. Bush’s press office, as well as staffers from Sen. McCain’s and other Republicans campaigns.

Morning Reading List, 01.29.09


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Colbert Gets Roasted

Stephen Colbert attended Friday’s Spina Bifida Association celebrity roast in D.C. (the event was founded by Al Hunt and Judy Woodruff) and found himself being roasted by such folks as Dana Perino, Rahm Emanuel and Sen. Orrin Hatch.

Read write-ups here and here.

See video here.

See Liz Glover’s photos of journos-in-attendance here.

Morning Reading List, 09.22.08

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