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QUOTES of the LONG WEEKEND Part II

We’re back with an unusual second edition of quotes. Bear with us while we catch up from the weekend.

Excuses. Excuses.

“It’s hard for me to get interested in things where other dude’s genitalia are involved.” — The Daily Caller‘s TV writer Jeff Poor in a weekend message to me as to why he hadn’t written about Weinergate. Despite’s Poor’s frankly (get it?) poor attitude regarding Weinergate, The Daily Caller has covered the story.

NPR host gets stuck near restroom. Repeatedly.

“Why does United always put me and my wife, with scads of miles, in last row? Think they’ll replace LAVATORY sign w/ SIMONS.” — NPR’s Scott Simon in a weekend tweet.

Howie says he hasn’t drank the Oprah Kool-Aid

“I’m the only one here who’s not on drugs.” — CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Host Howard Kurtz on his Sunday program after two of his guests began gushing about Oprah and admitting their habit. One guest, Baltimore Sun‘s TV and Pop Culture Critic David Zurawik, admitted to drinking the Oprah Kool-Aid during and after he interviewed her. Another acknowledged mainlining Oprah with an IV drip.

Politico journo gets pensive about life

“I’m at the stage in my life when friends are getting dogs. Next they get wives and husbands, then children, right? #alldownhill?” — Politico‘s Byron Tau in a weekend tweet.

Tapper sticks to Memorial Day, eliciting praise from Weiner

“And on a personal note, our family lost my great uncle David Edwin Palmatier in WWII.” — ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper in a Monday tweet. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), even amidst a stressful Weinergate, tweeted a compliment at him, saying, “Excellent Memorial Day feed going on over at @jaketapper.”

Inskeep offers drug warning

“Lahore airpt anncment: sweet woman’s voice w/ sax music: ‘Drug trafficking is a serious offense that carries the death penalty’” — NPR “Morning Edition” Host Steve Inskeep in a weekend tweet.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“I am in desperate need of a jackfruit bubble drink. Craving solved.” — Metro Weekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg in a weekend tweet. Astonishingly, Bugg wins this award twice in one day. He apparently found his bubble drink at the Vietnamese eatery Banh Mi DC Sandwich.

 

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“This thunderstorm smells so good from the steps of the National Gallery. Rain on stone.” — The Atlantic‘s Senior Editor Alexis Madrigal in a weekend tweet with this accompanying photograph.

Fake Jim says F–k You to Sports Tweeters

“[Insert unnecessary sports-related tweet on my twitter work account to demonstrate to people that I'm interesting]” — Fake Jim VandeHei in a weekend tweet.

Cute journo kid speaks up

“6 yr old: ‘It’s Mother’s Day, so mom doesn’t have to talk. I will speak for her.’” — NPR’s Steve Inskeep in a Sunday tweet.

Why Murphy wore Bow Tie on ‘MTP

“Re: bow-tie ?’s 1.) Yes, tied it myself 2.) Wore it in honor of my friend the late Kam Kuwata, who loved MTP, the Dem party, and bow ties.” — GOP Consultant Mike Murphy in a Sunday tweet. On Sunday morning he appeared on NBC’s “MTP” and subsequently got a variety of questions about his bow tie including a remark from host David Gregory that he was wearing it.

Just in case you need this editor…

“My phone is extremely dead while I’m out running errands so I’m on the back up. Try e-mail/facebook if you need me.” — Politico‘s Asst. Editor for “2012 Live” Jedd Rosche in a weekend tweet perhaps to fellow editors who think he may want to sleep, eat, breathe or do laundry on the weekends.

Tschida’s bus complaint

“Love being careless, but when the bus just never arrives it’s ANNOYING!” — ABC7′s Wild Train rider Stephen Tschida in a delicious weekend transportation tweet.

The perfect day: Pedicure and National Review

“Got a pedicure today and read National Review instead of Cosmo - great issue, esp on healthcare, Syria, Libya. Left mag behind for others.” — GOP Pundit and Fox News Contributor Dana Perino in a weekend tweet.

The Observer

“As a Southerner I love my hats, but the ones at the Derby this year seem crazier than usual. I blame the British.” –  NJ “The Hotline’s” Jessica Taylor in a weekend tweet.

A Boy Bander Given

“At a bar in Cleveland Park cultivating a smug sense of superiority.” — Juiceboxer Matt Yglesias, liberal blogger and Center for American Progress fellow, in a weekend tweet.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

On Thursday WUSA9′s DC Community Web Producer Simon Landau writes, “Tomorrow is Friday. After that it will be Saturday!” (Though he may be baiting us with this, we’re giving him the award anyhow. Congratulations Simon on this pointlessness.)

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day II

“It’s a beutlerful day.” — Slate‘s Chris Beam playing off — we can’t fathom why — TPM Brian Beutler‘s name.

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The Cherry Blossoms by Washington freelance photographer Patrick Ryan, whose blog is www.snarkinfested.com.

Political director wants spring to meet its deadline

“Dear spring, you are so NOT #winningthefuture” — ABC News’s Amy Walter in a weekend tweet. But Media Matters Communications Associate Tyrone Gale begs to differ this morning, saying, “High in DC rumored to approach 85-90 today, highs of 60 and 70 all week. #SpringHasSprung.”

In a weekend tweet… WaPo columnist Gene Weingarten went on a quest to make new friends by sharing this: “‘Please don’t follow me unless you have at least 500 followers.’ #mostobnoxioustweetever.”

What your DVR says about you

“I think your DVR says a lot about you. For example, I record: The Golden Girls, Murder She Wrote, E! Fashion Police, House Hunters International, Law & Order CI/SVU, Chelsea Lately and Degrassi. Clearly I have TV Bipolar Disorder (not in the DSM IV)” — CNN.com’s Ed Hornick in a weekend Facebook update.

Host gets stopped by stranger

“A lady in Georgetown just stopped me on the street and asked if people who live in DC get to vote. I said ‘For what?’” — Tim Corrimal in a weekend tweet. Corrimal produces a radio show on Tim Corrimal.com MeatFreeRadio.com.

FNC host and anchor hang out in Sin City

“In Vegas. Going to meet Bret Baier with OTR staff.. Bret is here w/ friends so we are meeting.” — FNC “On the Record” host Greta Van Susteren in a weekend tweet.

Inskeep getting hooked on Miley

“Five words describe driving 6yr old lately: Miley Cyrus song on ‘repeat.’” — NPR’s Steve Inskeep in a Monday morning tweet.

Aussi-born reporter is huge Ke$ha fan

“Ke$ha deserves a lifetime achievement award for music that simultaneously works for both time-outs at an NBA game and a strip club #wizards” — WSJ video reporter Neil Hickey in a weekend tweet.

The Prognosticator

“I hear Al Gore will be getting fat this week.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler in a weekend tweet.

The Critic

“There is no coherence to a NBC ‘Meet the Press’ roundtable.” — The Daily Caller‘s media writer Jeff Poor in a  weekend tweet.

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Dealing with ‘Tinkerbell’

“6 yr old wrote note to Tinkerbell, left by bed: asked Tinkerbell to write back. Somehow, her mom got Tink to do this.” — NPR’s Steve Inskeep in a morning tweet. He added, “Thing is, when a 6 yr old writes to Tinkerbell & gets a reply, she will write again expecting a reply.”

Roll Call‘s Beckwith fills in for Bruno

“My first day on the job as @brunodebbie’s temporary replacement for @rollcall. So far, much less dancing on tables.” — Roll Call‘s Ryan Beckwith in a Monday tweet. Debbie Bruno has left the publication.

Be CAREFUL of all caps

“Typing in all capital letters is perceived to be shouting, so only do it when addressing foreigners or the elderly. #GreatestHits” — Fake AP Stylebook in a Monday tweet. Are you listening HuffPost/AOL’s Jason “I LOVE MY ALL-CAPS PHRASES” Linkins.

FNC’s Perino is talking male hair trends

“Disturbing trend of men’s hair dye. Guys should have a pro do it. Otherwise looks like a fisher price character’s helmet hair.” — Dana Perino, FNC Contributor, and former Press Secretary in President Bush’s White House.

Reporter wants more Zzzz’s

“Getting older: I can do one most-of-the-night vigil w/a sick kid, but two *kicks my butt. #yawn.” — Agence France-Presse’s Olivier Knox in a Tuesday morning tweet.

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“I feel zombified this morning.” — Metro Weekly‘s Randy Shulman in a Tuesday morning tweet.

Watch out…

“Weather Alert: A Tornado Watch is in effect for the Washington Region until 10am” — NBC Washington in an early Tuesday morning tweet.

Weather, wildfire outrage

“Ok DC area, I know we have had some crazy weather warnings but this has to be a first for me…severe weather alert warnings for WILDFIRES?” — Kat Aragon, CNN makeup artist, in a Monday night tweet.

Uh oh. Simon wants to move again?

“Superficial but… Two days in Cairo makes me want to return. For a city of 22 mln pple it has charm, and a sense of post-Mubarak optimism.” — WaPo India Bureau Chief Simon Denyer in a Tuesday morning tweet. In January he left Washington for New Delhi after leaving Reuters as D.C. Bureau Chief.

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And the Worst-Sounding Breakfast Award goes to…

“Easy Sunday breakfast: Cook and drain some frozen peas. Thickly slice and cook bacon. Toss together with lots of salt and pepper. Done.” — Chef Ezra Klein in a Sunday tweet. Professor. Doctor. Blogger. What’s next? We’re not Food Network experts or anything, but this doesn’t sound so good, Ezzy. Maybe add fresh figs? (FYI: Klein moonlights for a food blog called the Internet Food Association. Last year he revealed that he was adding fresh figs to his diet.)

White House correspondent en route to Paris

“Woke up mid-flight to discover a napkin on my lap on which was scrawled “Kentucky 76-69″ Awesome!!!” — The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Sam Youngman in a weekend tweet on a flight to Paris.

Heads up GQ‘s Ana Marie Cox: Drinking Game Alert

“Libya drinking game. If Pres O says, “let me be clear,” turn off the tv and drink half-bottle of Jack.” — National Review Online‘s Greg Pollowitz in a Monday morning tweet. President Obama is scheduled to give an address on Libya tonight.

The Critic

“Missing from the NYT profile of Astoria, OR: It was the backdrop for Kindergarten Cop” — Politico Deputy Politics Editor Sara Libby in a Monday morning tweet. Most necessary part: “h/t Jonathan Martin.”  Libby links to the piece here. (We h/t Libby of course…)

Journo loses her mother

“Still, in the wake of my mother’s death- rain feels more like tears than luck. So I went inside.” — TIME‘s Jay Newton-Small in a weekend tweet on the passing of her mother. She also wrote: “Guess it’s lucky. My father proposed to my mother during the monsoon. And I was born in a thunderstorm.” Our condolences to her.

Now this is dedication…

“Ha! I’ve used TBD so much in tweets that my iPhone corrected a typo to tbd. (Was trying to write “the.” Looks like I thumbed “tbe.”)” — TBD Community Engagement Director Steve Buttry in a Monday tweet.

Ever the observer…

“With the recession technically over, the New Yorker profiles Christian Louboutin. It’s a fun piece. Loubi practically profiles himself.” — The Daily Caller‘s “Daily Baller” Mike Riggs in a Monday morning tweet. (We thank Riggs for the excuse to run a photograph of beautiful shoes and note his expertise and ease with Loubi lingo.)

Fake Jim V.  wants to know what the hell happened…

“Juicebox Mafia? James Hohmann still drinks Capri Sun totally non-ironically. Where’s our trend piece?” — FakeJimVandeHei in a Sunday tweet. To return to a dead PoliticoMouse is truly awful. Thank God FakeJimV is alive. Here he (or she) is referring to Politico‘s young whippersnapper James Hohmann, a former WaPo intern, in reaction to NYT‘s incredibly softball Sunday Style section piece on Boy Banders WaPo’s Klein, Slate‘s Dave Weigel etc… (More on the death of PoliticoMouse and that NYT Style story later…)

Why Gibbs shouldn’t take Facebook job….

While the rest of D.C. is commenting on former White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs‘ potential move to Facebook, WUSA’s Angie Goff throws a wet towel on the idea with this Monday morning tweet: “Researchers say Facebook could cause depression.” Goff’s story link hails from Fox News’s website, which runs an AP story today about how Facebook presents a “skewed view” about what’s really going on. Oh the irony…

Slate‘s Shafer makes a request

“Please subscribe to the NYT so I’ll have it to kick around.” — Slate media writer Jack Shafer in a weekend tweet.

D.C. journo mentality

“Actually having a weekend = long Sunday night of work. :( ” — WaPo Social Media Producer Katie Rogers in a weekend tweet.

NPR’s Inskeep in Disneyland karaoke hell

“At Disneyland: 6yr old too terrified to visit Haunted Mansion, so we stand in New Orleans hearing jazz band play Back Home Again in Indiana.” — NPR’s Steve Inskeep in a weekend tweet from Disneyland. He continues: “You haven’t lived until you step into House of Blues, adjacent to Disneyland, & discover it’s a karaoke bar with $18 drinks.” And this: “p.s. Karaoke singer now belting out “Dancing with Myself”- it may take between $36 and $54 to make this right.”

F&@# Smoking!

“I quit smoking almost exactly three years ago. It remains one of the best things I’ve done. Ever. Seriously, fuck smoking.” — Journalist, author, and media critic Craig Silverman in a weekend tweet. He writes the “Regret the Error” website and works for PBS Media Shift.

Mika learns a thing or two from “Playbook”

“Thanks to Politico for the reminder that it’s my father’s birthday.” — MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinksi this morning on “Morning Joe” in a silent shout-out to Mike Allen, who included it in this morning’s “Playbook.” Mika’s father, who often appears on the program, is Zbigniew Brzezinksi, former U.S. National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter.

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Rough Hawaiian waters by CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry

Weighty matters

“Well, I just weighed myself post-xmas dinner. I immediately regret this decision.” — Roll Call‘s HOH writer Elizabeth Brotherton in a weekend tweet.

Scribe calls Amtrak ‘a disgrace’

“Amtrak gets the gas face. They are a disgrace. $91 tickets for an overbooked train where me and my girl had to stand.” — TWT‘s Eli Lake in a weekend tweet.

Journo spends leisurely day in bed

“Miami windy and COLD. Just turned on the HEAT. But keep reminding myself it’s still warmer than DC.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida in a weekend tweet. He left for Miami after Christmas. So far, no travel disasters. Before that, he alluded to his recent train debacle, saying, “So glad NOT traveling today. But feeling holiday fatigue anyway. Yikes, 1PM and still in bed! Gotta rally for tennis.” Human Events Senior Editor Emily Miller pleaded with Tschida, saying, “Can’t you just take a short train ride for your fans, Metro even?”

Arianna spends holidays with ex

“Christmas eve dinner w/ my ex (hello huffpost divorce!) our daughters & my sister. Merry Christmas everyone!” — HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington makes the holidays work with her ex, Michael, as described in a weekend tweet. In 2009, the pair traveled together with their daughters for their 12th anniversary from being divorced. They make it a point to celebrate all Christmases and their daughters’ birthdays together.

Writer misses holiday cheer escape

“I miss Tower Records on Xmas Day. It was a great place to escape friends, family, & good will for an hour of mindless browsing.” — Slate‘s media writer Jack Schafer in a weekend tweet.

Catanese knocks MTP guest choice

“The likelihood of Valerie Jarrett making news is incredibly low.” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese in a weekend tweet. White House aide Jarrett appeared on NBC’s MTP this past weekend.

Storm — what storm?

“Big NE snowstorm strikes DC-midday accumulations range from 0 cm to 0 inches, depending on location.” — NPR‘s Steve Inskeep in a weekend tweet making fun of D.C. weather forecasters.

Journo gets obscene amount of …

“30 pairs of white athletic socks for Christmas? My life is complete.” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Executive Editor Reid Wilson in a weekend tweet.

A break in the buzz

“I love the relative silence of new media world today.” — As usual, National Review Online scribe Kathryn Lopez rather enjoys when journos take a break.

Dangerous Christmas thought

“Literally heading over the river and through the woods to Grandmama’s house. Hope she doesn’t get run over by reindeer before we get there.” — CNN Contributor Erik Erickson in a weekend tweet.

NPR’s ‘Morning Edition’ Hits the Ancient Road

gtr1.JPG.jpeg For the next two weeks, NPR News’ “Morning Edition” will travel the Grand Truck Road, which connects some of the world’s great landmarks and some of its worst conflict zones.

The road stretches across South Asia through India to Pakistan, from Calcutta to New Delhi, Lahore to Peshawar and beyond.

A team of NPR correspondents and producers plans to explore the lives of young people along this ancient route in a series of special reports on “Morning Edition” and at NPR.org from May 12-21. During the trip, NPR.org will offer an interactive feature that traces the journalists’ exploration of the road, offering stories and images, plus maps, photo galleries and audio slideshows.

NPR’s reporting team includes foreign correspondents Philip Reeves, from New Delhi, and Julie McCarthy, from Pakistan. Host Steve Inskeep will anchor their coverage, returning to a region he began visiting shortly after 9/11.

“Everyone says this is the hottest, absolutely worst possible time to go to South Asia,” Inskeep said in a release. “I don’t mind. It’s exciting to try to look beyond the headlines in India and Pakistan. We want to find how the news affects the next generation. And we want to do that along a road that holds a special place in the minds of people who know it.”

NPR To Interview Pres. Obama Today

NPR’s Michele Norris and Steve Inskeep will interview the President today with a focus on foreign policy, previewing Obama’s trip to the Middle East later this week.

According to the release, the interview will take place in the White House library and will air in two parts- tonight on All Things Considered and tomorrow on Morning Edition. You can also listen to the entire interview on NPR’s website beginning this evening at 7pm.

Morning Reading List, 03.14.08

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Good morning Washington. It’s Einstein’s birthday!

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  • If you were Spitzer’s wife, you would not stand with him through two press conferences.

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  • Tanya Ballard has left washingtonpost.com to join NPR.com

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “Many Americans are tracking the details of the 2008 president campaign — the charges, countercharges and controversial advertisements — extremely closely. Large majorities say they have heard at least something about the rumors that Barack Obama is a Muslim; Hillary Clinton’s 3:00 a.m. phone call ad; and George Bush’s endorsement of John McCain. And the revelation that a top foreign policy advisor to Barack Obama had referred to Clinton as a ‘monster’ also registered with a large percentage of the public.”

  • Salon’s Glenn Greenwald writes, “The Politico today published one of the most blatantly one-sided, journalistically flawed “news” articles on the Iraq War in quite some time and promoted it as its featured story, filled with dramatic proclamations certain to attract (by design) significant attention. The central theme is one which the political establishment is most desperate to believe — that Americans are now supporting the Iraq War again and this will drastically re-shape the presidential race in favor of the pro-war McCain.”

  • Locy, Former ‘USA Today’ Reporter, Using Her ‘Anthrax’ Contempt Case To Teach J-School Students

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  • An 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, March 9, 2008 in all categories. On Sunday, the Russert-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 4.204 million total viewers”

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of March 3, 2008, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ increased among the key Adult 25-54 demographic (7%) while both CBS ‘Letterman’ and NBC’s ‘Leno’ declined double digits. ‘Nightline’ also tied ‘Letterman’ in the A25-54 rating (1.3). ‘Nightline’ also continues to close the gaps with CBS’ ‘Letterman’ and NBC’s ‘Leno’ among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54.”

  • Did the Press Service Spitzer?

  • A release announced, “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer will originate from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the week of April 21, the week of the Pennsylvania primary — a delegate-rich contest which may help decide the Democratic nominee for President. Anchored by Jim Lehrer from the studios of public television station WQED — America’s first community-supported public television station — The NewsHour will take an in-depth look at the Pennsylvania electorate as well as critical national issues seen through a Pittsburgh lens.”

  • TVNewser reports, “This morning on Fox & Friends, Steve Doocy welcomed back Megyn Kelly from her honeymoon. Sort of.”

  • Media Life reports, “With voters turning out in record numbers for the presidential primaries and two Democrats still locked in a tight race for the nomination, cable news networks have seen their ratings soar over the past six months.”

  • Variety reports, “In a polite but firmly worded letter, a powerful House committee has informed Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin that he has two weeks to turn over a truckload of information and documents that lawmakers say are needed for an ongoing investigation into Martin’s management practices and decisionmaking processes.”

  • Media Matters asks, “After blasting press for yukking it up with ‘the people they’re charged with covering,’ will Matthews challenge Russert on Gridiron dinner?”

  • B&C reports, “The Federal Communications Commission continues to draw a lot of legal fire for its decisions. In the wake of almost two-dozen legal challenges of its newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership ruling, the FCC was hit again Wednesday by a suit from Comcast over its decision to reinstate a 30% cap on cable’s share of multichannel-video providers.”

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  • The Guardian reports,Jim Buckmaster, chief executive of Craigslist, has accused US newspaper publishers of actively encouraging journalists to write negative stories about the online classified advertising company.”

  • Reuters reports, “Time Warner Inc’s AOL Internet division will buy social network Bebo for $850 million in cash, bolstering its consumer Web offerings even as the media conglomerate mulls splitting off the business.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “Google Inc. plans to announce a new service that Web publishers can use to manage their online ad sales and serve up ads each time a consumer pulls up a Web page.”

  • Media Week reports, “Advertisers and media companies are beginning to embrace the power of widgets, particularly those thousands of mini-applications that have sprouted up on social networks like MySpace and Facebook.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Yahoo intends to join OpenSocial, a Google-led alliance that is developing a common set of standards so developers can create programs that run on many social networks and other Web sites, according to a person with direct knowledge of Yahoo’s plans.”

  • The Press Gazette reports, “Traditional media companies should not fear internet search giant Google but work with it to increase online audience and make more money from the web.”

  • I’m a journalist: I must confess all in my new blog

  • The Guardian reports, “The Wall Street Journal’s digital chief executive has said that it is looking to expand politics and sports coverage and admitted that the “soft” US economy has meant a slip in online display advertising.”

  • What Did the FCC Do About That? GAO Says Agency Doesn’t Track How It Handles Complaints”

  • Blogging and Newspapers, a Lesson in How Not to Brand and Market

  • Bad News Travels Fast, And Furiously

  • MediaShift reports, “Semi-Pro Journalism Teams Give Alternative View of U.S. Elections”

  • AOL to Buy Bebo to Compete In Social-Networking Market

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  • Local stations are wary of NPR’s embrace of podcasts and other new ways to deliver its news programs.”

  • Reuters reports, “Sirius Satellite Radio Inc Chief Executive Mel Karmazin said on Wednesday he hoped U.S. regulators would rule by the end of March on the proposed merger of Sirius and XM Satellite Radio Inc”

  • The Washington Times reports, “National Public Radio listeners who tuned in to ‘Morning Edition’ during the last four days of February found some atypical programming around 6:30 a.m. during the broadcasts. ‘Conversations with Conservatives’ was heard during morning-drive time with host Steve Inskeep and a conservative of the day with much on his mind.”

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    JOBS

  • Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. is looking for a Reporter with Legal Background.

  • Patuxent Publishing is looking for a General Assignment Reporter.

  • The Catholic Review is looking for a Managing Editor.

  • Imre Communications is looking for an Art Director and a Production Manager.

  • National Journal Group is looking for a Reader Relations Associate.

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  • Morning Reading List, 12.21.07

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    Good morning Washington. You don’t plan on watching any college football games on New Years Day. And, this morning, Kiefer Sutherland celebrates his 41st birthday sober, and in jail.

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  • E&P reports, “The Washington Post put together a quick audio slideshow that deconstructs Barack Obama’s fashion choices. Surfacely it seems that Obama is almost always wearing the same dark suit, and often without a tie. Robin Givhan and Nancy Donaldson look closer to see what these vestments signify. According to them, it shows that Obama is a modern leader, echoing the relaxed but still professional mindset of the American workforce.”

  • John Boehner is a fashion cop for reporters.

  • Bloomberg reports, “The chief executives of Gannett Co. and Media General Inc. personally lobbied top U.S. regulators before winning exceptions to rules that limit newspaper and broadcast ownership in the same markets.”

  • New York Times’ David Pogue explores, “The Generational Divide in Copyright Morality”

  • Chicago Tribune reports, “A new era at Tribune Co. began taking shape Wednesday with the departure of Chairman and Chief Executive Dennis FitzSimons and the expected arrival of new leadership under Chicago billionaire Sam Zell. The changing of the guard represents a make-or-break proposition for the 160-year-old media concern, struggling to transform itself for the Internet age by going private in a daring, debt-laden $8.2 billion deal.”

  • We hear the Washington Times tree is back up. The first one had its needles fall off.

  • Washington City Paper reports, “To this day, the Washington Post lives by the guiding principles of fabled publisher Eugene Meyer, who decreed, among other things, the following: ‘As a disseminator of news, the paper shall observe the decencies that are obligatory upon a private gentleman.’ And these days that means not publishing the word ‘dick’ in the Style section.”

  • DCist reports, “Metro fares aren’t the only thing going up in price in D.C. If you’re in the habit of purchasing a copy of the Washington Post from a vending machine or a sidewalk hawker on your way to work in the morning, take note: the cost of the daily paper is about to go up by 15 cents. The Post’s newsstand price will become 50 cents beginning on Dec. 31. The company cited a decline in the paper’s circulation and advertising revenue as the reason for the increase.”

  • The AP reports, “The National Press Foundation will honor half a dozen journalists at its 25th anniversary dinner in February.”

  • The New York Times reports,Claudia Payne, special sections editor, is answering reader questions Dec. 18-21. Questions may be e-mailed to askthetimes@nytimes.com.”

  • Wonkette reports, “Editors at the Associated Press have picked the year’s top 10 stories, and we expected the presidential campaign to be like, you know, top five or something, right? Well, it lands in at #8 — coincidentally one spot ahead of the immigration debate.”

  • Drudge reports, “McCain Pleads with NY Times to Spike Story”

  • The AP reports, “Newspaper publisher McClatchy Co. said Thursday revenue fell 9.2 percent in November, primarily from a sharp drop in classified ads as jobs and real estate listings continue to migrate online.”

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  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday, December 16, 2007, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ posted 3.12 million total viewers, the program’s best total viewer delivery since the week of February 4, 2007. In addition, ‘This Week’ increased the most of the Sunday discussion programs among Total Viewers compared to last year, a significant 28%.”

  • Also from ABC: “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of December 10, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ beat CBS’ ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ and NBC’s ‘Leno’ among Adults 25-54 for the third week in a row. The last time ‘Nightline’ beat ‘Letterman’ and ‘Leno’ three weeks in a row in the demo was May 1995.”

  • 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, December 16, 2007. On Sunday, the Russert-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 4.205 million total viewers.”

  • “CNN and NBC/MSNBC have released their coverage plans for the Iowa Caucus, Thursday Jan. 3.” Check out the full details at TVNewser.

  • A C-SPAN release announced, “C-SPAN will air a Special **LIVE** ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE, Sunday, December 23rd at Noon (ET), and will re-air in the normal Road to the White House timeslots of 6:30 & 9:30 pm”

  • TVNewser reports, “CBS News Sunday Morning continues as the #1 Sunday morning news program, and it’s growing. Last Sunday the Charles Osgood program drew 5.34M Total Viewers, up 12% year-to-year.”

  • An ABC insider tells us, “Hilarity has ensued at our bureau after a widely attended ‘facebook seminar’ earlier this month. It’s now commonplace to see highly regarded producers and correspondents asking interns about ‘poking’.”

  • USAToday reports, “If you plan to dance at your New Year’s Eve party, you might want to pick up some moves from White House correspondent David Gregory, who boogied this morning to Mary J. Blige music.” Check out the video here.

  • One year after her departure, Kathleen Matthews’ picture has finally been removed from the banner welcoming visitors to WJLA in Rosslyn.

  • Forbes reports, “Despite a growing cadre of viewing alternatives like the Web and repeat-heavy schedules on the broadcast networks, people are still watching television, a new survey finds.”

  • B&C reports, “Hearst-Argyle is taking participatory democracy into the newsroom. The broadcaster is asking viewers and Web surfers to submit videos about the upcoming New Hampshire primary to the station Web sites of its WMUR-TV Manchester, N.H., and WCVB-TV Boston as well as the stations’ YouTube channels.”

  • Check out the latest installment from Green Room Girl.

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Beet TV reported yesterday, “Earlier today I interviewed Cynthia Farrar, the CEO and producer of PurpleStates.TV. Tomorrow, the first of nearly a dozen video segments produced by her new company and reported by non-professional citizen journalists, go up on the Op-Ed pages of the NYTimes.com The videos will be uploaded through February 5, ‘Super Tuesday.’”

  • PolitiFact is a finalist in the prestigious DigitalEdge awards by the Newspaper Association of America for best overall news site along with the Star-Tribune of Minneapolis and washingtonpost.com. You can find out more here.

  • WebProNews reports, “Bloggers from the left, center, and right sides of the political spectrum opened a group blog on Newsweek.com called The Ruckus.”

  • The LCV just launched a new website “calling the Sunday talk show hosts to task for ignoring the issue of global warming.” Check it out here.

  • Hotline’s On Call announced, “check in often between Christmas and New Year’s for On Call’s up-to-date coverage of the presidential contest.”

  • The AP reports, “Antitrust regulators approved Google Inc.’s $3.1 billion purchase of DoubleClick Inc., clearing the way for a formidable combination in the burgeoning online advertising sector. Microsoft Corp. and AT&T Inc. have lobbied heavily against the deal, but the Federal Trade Commission gave it the go-ahead Thursday.”

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    MAGAZINES

  • In the first edition of The Atlantic’s politics roundtable, Marc Ambinder, Ross Douthat, and Matthew Yglesias predict which candidates will win the primaries and debate whether Hillary’s slide is a media fabrication. Check it out here.

  • A reader points out “a notable first for DC: NYMag.com suggests that the DC food scene has something that New York doesn’t. ha.”

  • Starting this week, much of CQ content is now accessible and easy to read on your handheld device. “The new handheld-optimized pages include news stories from CQ Weekly and CQ Today, CQ Transcripts, CQ BillAnalysis and many other services.”

  • Popular Mechanics has published its first ever Geek the Vote — an online guide to all the candidates’ stances on issues related to science and technology including energy policy and climate change, gun control, science education and infrastructure investment. Check it out here.

  • The New Republic reports,Max Brantley, the editor of the alternative weekly Arkansas Times, has feuded with Mike Huckabee since the presidential candidate first appeared on the political stage during his failed 1992 Senate run. A liberal columnist married to a circuit judge appointed by Bill Clinton, Brantley penned weekly columns antagonizing Huckabee for his staunchly conservative social views, opaque campaign finance disclosures, and acceptance of gifts during his time in office. ‘Huckabee would believe I covered him obsessively, and he’d be right about that,’ Brantley says.”

  • The New Republic’s Sean Wilentz writes, “Opinion-slingers are mooning over Barack Obama’s instincts. Don’t they remember how badly that worked out last time?”

  • The Atlantic’s Megan McArdle writes, “the wild, drunken office Christmas party used to be a staple of television, books, and movies. Now I feel as if it’s dropped pretty thoroughly out of the popular imagination; the only example I can think of recently is a fleeting scene in Bridget Jones’ Diary. Were office holiday parties really that much wilder in the past? Or have we just stopped noticing, literarily?”

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    RADIO

  • A NPR release announced, “NPR News and South Carolina ETV Radio (the state’s public radio network) will present an audio-only Republican Presidential Debate, to be broadcast on NPR Member stations and webcast live from 2:00-4:00PM (EST) on Wednesday, January 16. NPR News journalists and hosts Steve Inskeep, Michele Norris and Robert Siegel will act as moderators.”

  • So far, there has been over 3000 comments in response to Bryant Park Project blog post asking Ron Paul supporters to identify themselves.

    WEST WING REPORTAGE

  • Potomac Flacks reports, “Preparing your boss for a MTP appearance isn’t an easy assignment (especially when it’s the full hour)! Many a guest has recruited high-priced talent to do their best Russert in hopes of better preparing for the grilling they will receive on Sunday. Word on the street was that former Bush Administration flack, Adam Levine did the best Russert impersonation in town. Looks as though he has some serious competition after Romney’s appearance last Sunday.”

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    REVOLVING DOOR

  • A tipster tells us that Steve Valentini, the circulation director for Politico, is jumping ship and going over to the Examiner.

  • On Jan. 2, Quin Hillyer is leaving Citizens United to begin work at the editorial page of the Washington Examiner as Associate Editor.

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    JOBS

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Director of Business Development, an Editor for Morning Rundown and an Editor for the
    Afternoon Rundown
    .

  • The Daily Progress is looking for an Assistant City Editor.

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