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Posts Tagged ‘Steve Pearlstein’

Office Politics, About Offices

A touchy subject has been percolating at WaPo as of late.

As we’ve reported, Ned Martel recently stepped down as Editor of the Style section after a few years of numerous complaints and an exodus of reporters who didn’t care for his condescending management style. Sure, some people like Howard Kurtz liked his style, but then again Kurtz liked it so much that he left for The Daily Beast. Martel now writes for the 2012 campaign.

The switch in title required an office move. So they’ve moved Martel into Columnist Steve Pearlstein‘s old office. Pearlstein, in turn, moved into the late David Broder‘s office, which is at least fitting in the sense of one Pulitzer Prize winner replacing another.

Can you imagine the outrage if Martel had moved into Broder’s office? Some Posties wonder why Martel even gets an office, seeing as not every campaign trail writer does.

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WaPo’s Milbank as Santa Claus

santa-9.jpeg WaPo’s Dana Milbank manages to play a relatively serious Santa while chatting with Pulitzer Prize-winning Post Columnist Steve Pearlstein save for the big belly patting and pulling on his beard — traditional Claus moves.

No, Milbank doesn’t look remotely like our Santa here. But we’ll give it to him, he plays a mean Santa in his own right.

See the Milbank Santa show here.

Morning Reading List, 01.23.09

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Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), BP Capital Management founder/chair T. Boone Pickens and a roundtable with New York Times’ Tom Friedman, BBC’s Katty Kay, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and PBS’ Tavis Smiley.

  • Face the Nation: Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), Newt Gingrich and Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA).

  • This Week: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) and a roundtable with New York Times’ Paul Krugman, Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts and George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Sen. Jon Kyl, (R-AZ), Sen. Byron Dorgan, (D-ND), Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), Fmr. Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, Candidate for RNC Chairman/ (R) Fmr. Lt. Gov. of Maryland, and a roundtable with Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Charles Krauthammer, Syndicated Columnist & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Rep. Charles Rangel, (D) New York, Ted Turner, Author, “Call Me Ted”, Leslie Sanchez, Republican strategist; CNN political contributor, James Carville, Democratic Strategist; CNN Political Contributor, and CNN’s Ed Henry and Suzanne Malveaux.

  • The Chris Matthews Show: Newsweek’s Howard Fineman, CNBC’s Erin Burnett, Time’s Michael Duffy and NPR’s Michele Norris.
  • Reliable Sources: Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik, Washington Examiner’s Julie Mason, AP’s Beth Fouhy, KTVA Anchorage News’ Matthew Felling, Washington Times’ Tara Wall, CNN’s Lola Ogunnaike, St. Petersburg Times’ Eric Deggans, Washington Post’s Steve Pearlstein and New York Times’ Joe Nocera.

  • GPS: Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns, author Stephen Cohen, counterterrorism expert David Kilcullen, author Barnett Rubin and author Shirin Ebadi.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Rep. John Larson (D-CT) will be interviewed by Hartford Courant’s Jesse Hamilton and Politico’s Martin Kady.

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Republican governors Charlie Crist of Florida and Mark Sanford of South Carolina.
  • Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Bill Clinton. Tom Brokaw will moderate a debate between Colorado Senate candidates Mark Udall (D) and Bob Schaffer (R).

  • Face the Nation: Barack Obama.

  • This Week: John McCain, and a roundtable with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, The Washington Post’s Steve Pearlstein, The American Prospect’s Robert Reich, and ABC News’ George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R) South Carolina/McCain Supporter
    Sen. John Kerry, (D) Massachusetts/Obama Supporter and a panel with Brit Hume, Fox News Washington Managing Editor, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News. And the Power Player of the Week is Dr. Cristian Samper, Director of the National Museum of Natural History.

  • Late Edition: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, New York Times’ Thomas Friedman, CNN’s Gloria Borger, CNN’s John King, CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin, GOP strategist Alex Castellanos, Dem strategist Hilary Rosen, GOP strategist Leslie Sanchez and Dem strategist Donna Brazile.

  • CN8′s Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Paul Waldman, Media Matters; Deborah Simmons, Washington Times; and David Drucker and Elizabeth Brotherton of Roll Call.

  • The Chris Matthews Show: David Brooks of the New York Times; Andrea Mitchell of NBC News; Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post; and Katty Kay, BBC Washington correspondent.

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke.

  • Reliable Sources: Washingtonpost.com’s Chris Cillizza, ABC’s Jake Tapper, CNN’s Jessica Yellin, GOP strategist Amy Holmes, New Republic’s Michelle Cottle, New York Times’ former investigative journalist David Cay Johnston and PBS’ David Brancaccio.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen will be interviewed by AP’s Charles Babington and Wall Street Journal’s Sarah Lueck.

  • GPS: Premier Wen Jiabao of China and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

  • Inside Washington: Nina Totenberg of NPR, Washington Post Deputy Editorial Page Editor Colby King, Newsweek Assistant Managing Editor Evan Thomas, and Syndicated Columnist Charles Krauthammer.

  • Live-Blogging: Downie Interview

    DownieLen_L.jpgWe’re at Nathans Georgetown right now and live-blogging the “Q&A Cafe” interview of Washington Post Executive Editor Len Downie, Jr. by host Carol Joynt. (In chronological order)

  • Sitting with Jim Kimsey, Victoria Michaels and Pam Sorensen (with whom, one’s thirst can be quenched) before the interview, Downie confesses to them that both he and Don Graham read the Sports section first thing in the morning (not together natch…). He also brags about the number of comics in the Washington Post and how it compares with other papers.
  • Says Downie to the table: “I figure that the people who interview ought to subject themselves to interviews once in a while.”
  • Ben Bradlee put a whoopee cushion under Downie’s seat. Just kidding.
  • Downie’s working on his beach figure, declining the food and saying “I don’t need to eat that much anyway.”
  • Joynt, referring to the Post’s Pulitzer sweep, says “It’s certainly been a good week for Len Downie and the Washington Post.” (applause) “I planned this allthe way along,” she jokes. “The DC Madam last spring, Len Downie this spring.” (laughter)
  • He’s explaining to the table how the paper comes to me…editorial meeting…what gets put on the website…what holds for the paper, etc. “Starting about 4 in the afternoon, I leave my office and go to the news desk in the news room….People start lobbying us. … We talk and discuss various things and start to make decisions.” I like to walk around I walk around and visit people. … I usually work until about 8 o’clock.”
  • Beach figure be damned: Downie digs into his lunch.
  • On the website: “It’s doing really well. We have about 15 million unique visitors doing well. 10 million page views a day. It’s doing very well. It’s really increased our readership and what I really like is all the multimedia stuff.”
  • Is the Internet a threat? “We used to think so. … I no longer think of us as a newsroom. I think of us as a multimedia newsroom. … The print audience is shrinking as the web audience grows.”
  • “I’m really amazed at how many people listen to our podcasts,” said Downie. “A lot of our podcasts are tops on iTunes and that really surprises me, it really does.”
  • “We’re still working on how to best deliver our content to handheld devices.”
  • Interview begins…
  • Joynt: “Did you ever think you would win in a group that included Bob Dylan.” (Laughter) Downie: “Ha, no I didn’t.”
  • Referring to how the Virginia Tech reporters donated their prize to charity, Downie joked, “We have other ways of rewarding them.”
  • The Pulitzer Public Service award is his favorite, “because that’s why we’re in this business: To service the public.”
  • “I call Steve Pearlstein ‘The Scold’ because, like me, he’s always scolding everyone.”
  • On Jo Becker, who left for the New York Times: “We’ll still get her back somehow.” Referring to Becker’s husband, Serge Kovaleski, who was a key decision to move to New York, “We call him the ‘Traitor’ in the newsroom.”
  • Referring to Becker/Bart Gellman’s “Cheney” series: “At first we didn’t like that story … we thought it’d be too hard to do.”

    More after the jump…

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