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Quotes of the Day

Coffee shop dwellers behaving badly

“Women at Dupont @Starbucks actually told me they needed the 2nd table at a packed shop for their books. Really.” — Metro Weekly‘s White House Correspondent Chris Geidner.

The media, Herman Cain, and  sexual harassment

“The focus on his private life was totally justifiable. I was not a big fan of the original Politico story, which I felt had some holes in it and didn’t have on-the record sources. But [it] led to other women coming forward. It led to Ginger White.” — Steve Roberts, syndicated columnist and professor of media and public affairs at GWU, on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”

Arianna’s tired of Herman

“BREAKING: I’d like to announce I’m suspending reading anything further about the candidacy of Herman Cain.” — AOL HuffPost‘s Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington.

AnonymASS Tipster of the Week

“Yaaaay, someone told you that George Will and Major Garrett aren’t women (ie they have penises, just like the ones in your cute little picture)! and look at you – you fixed it! Good girl! Now, just one more and you’ll be all set! Jennifer Rubin is a woman (ie, she doesn’t have a penis). Just fyi. Keep up the great work, Betsy, you’re so awesome. everyone thinks so!!” — a regular weekly AnonymASS Tipster. A little while later, ASS added, “Jennifer Rubin has a vagina. Can you put a vagina next to her name in your sexist rant about the Sunday shows? Thanks! Have a great weekend!” Thank you, ASS, your comments are always appreciated.

Hey, if Gawker’s editors don’t mind…

“When’s Huckabee gonna jam with Ted Nugent and Trump‘s cock in his mouth?” — Gawker Political Editor Jim Newell in a weekend observation.

Speaking of Gawker, they picked up on this dirty D.C. headline on Friday in the Washington Examiner: “Reader Fingers Murder Suspect.”

Was it taffeta?

“Still haven’t gotten used to spending more for a tank of gas than I did for my prom dress.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.

And the function of a spokesperson is…?

“Me: ‘Why is X not happening?’ Spox: ‘I encourage you to email our press@organization w/ questions like that.’ Uh. But. Aren’t you…?” — Agence France-Press’s Olivier Knox.

‘Normalbrag’ versus Humblebrag

“There is a hot woman in my kitchen wearing one of my shirts and watching me cook. I am not paying her and we are not related. #normalbrag” — Reason Magazine Associate Editor Mike Riggs (in a relatively recent tweet).

Convo Between Two Journos

Today’s exchange is between Politico’s Keach Hagey and Jennifer Epstein.

Hagey: “Fox News now talking about how Herman Cain probably wants a gig on Fox News.”

Epstein: “Meta”

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“His Girl Friday” On a Tuesday

Clooney and Roberts.

Cokie and Steve Roberts agree: as journalists who are married and work together, the secret to their success is to “edit… gently.”

Both discussed Howard Hawks‘ 1940 comedy “His Girl Friday” with Nick Clooney at Tuesday evening’s Reel Journalism Film Series, presented by American University’s School of Communication and the Newseum.

Illustrating the strains their hectic schedules must have on any journo couple– Cokie chatted in person, but Steve pre-taped the interview.

The film focuses on Rosalind Russell as Hildy Johnson and Cary Grant as Walter Burns– journos and former spouses fated to chase after the story and each other.

Steve Roberts recalled his first impression of the film was that it seemed– in some ways–to present an unrealistic or cartoonish view of journalism. Cokie Roberts said she respectfully disagreed with her husband, save for one factor. “What I find unbelieveable is her power as a female journalist in a 1940s newsroom,” she said. “We were told that women could not deliver the news because our voices were not authoritative enough.” Roberts followed up with the charge that women in their different roles – perhaps most notably as mothers – have always had authoritative voices.

The next Reel Journalism event will be a screening and discussion of “Absence of Malice” in January. And NBC’s Brian Williams is slated to be the guest.

Special thanks to Maggie Barrett.

Coverage Plans: President Obama’s Tuesday Address

President Obama will address the nation from West Point 8pmET tomorrow on his Afghanistan plans. TVNewser reports that all networks will carry Obama’s primetime address. And we’re beginning to hear just how the nets and cable will cover…

CBS: Katie Couric will anchor CBS’ live broadcast at 8pmET.

ABC: Charlie Gibson will anchor ABC’s live coverage. He will be joined by George Stephanopoulos, Jake Tapper, Martha Raddatz, senior foreign correspondent Jim Sciutto in Kabul and ABC News consultant Ret. General Jack Keane. Terry Moran will anchor “Nightline” from West Point beginning at 11:35pmET. Also at 8pmET, political director David Chalian and senior political reporter Rick Klein will anchor ABC News NOW’s live coverage on Aaron Katersky, Ann Compton and Steve Roberts will cover it on radio.

CNN: Wolf Blitzer, joined by CNN’s Campbell Brown, Anderson Cooper, John King, Christiane Amanpour, Fareed Zakaria and senior political analysts Gloria Borger and David Gergen, will anchor the cabler’s live coverage beginning at 8pmET. “360″ will air live at 10pmET and “Larry King Live” will air live at midnight.

C-SPAN: Live coverage begins at 8pmET, likely on C-SPAN2 (if Senate is done for the day), plus coverage on C-SPAN Radio and live-streaming on

We’ll continue to update.

Morning Reading List 10.08.09

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Happy (one-day-belated) 13th birthday to Fox News Channel! What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…



The Chicago Sun-Times is a step closer to new publisher.


CNN’s SNL “fact-check” has received some backlash.

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann devoted an hour to his “Special Comment” on last night’s “Countdown.” Tune in here.

Just after CBS’ Lara Logan appeared on “Charlie Rose” to discuss Afghanistan and war coverage this week, Rose hosted NBC’s Richard Engel and Max Cleland, former Senator and head of the Veterans Administration, and Vietnam veteran. That show re-airs tonight at 8pm.

Logan and other CBS-ers David Martin, Byron Pitts, Scott Pelley and their producers shared stories of their experiences reporting in Afghanistan on last night’s “Evening News.” There was also a voiceover from Cami McCormick, who was injured in Afghanistan this summer. Watch here.


At noon today, C-SPAN will host a live webcast with Sen. Tom Harkin and guest reporters NYT‘s David Herszenhorn and The Hill‘s Jeffrey Young.

Google is also dabbling in books.


Five ways to save mags.


Steve Roberts and Cokie Roberts hosted a party at their home last night to celebrated his new book “From Every End of This Earth.” Guests included: George Stephanopoulos, Judy Woodruff, Geoge Will, Andrea Mitchell and Alan Greenspan, Charlie Cook, Rick Klein and Bill Nichols, as well as Rep. Barney Frank and Anita McBride. (h/t Click)

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Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and a roundtable with former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN), GOP strategist Mike Murphy, Vanity Fair’s Dee Dee Myers and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough

ABC’s This Week: OMB Director Peter Orszag, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and a roundtable with Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg, Karl Rove, The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel and ABC’s George Will

CBS’ Face the Nation: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel

Fox News Sunday: Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)

CNN’s State of the Union: Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, CNBC’s Suze Orman and Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI)

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: GWU professor of media and public affairs Steve Roberts, CNN’s Stephen Hayes and Barbara Starr, political analyst and author Keli Goff and former NY Post gossip columnist Liz Smith

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Bloomberg’s Lizzie O’Leary, Julianna Goldman, Ellen Pinchuk, Kate O’Beirne and Margaret Carlson

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: WaPo’s Dan Balz, NYT’s Peter Baker and ABC’s Martha Raddatz

Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: former House Republican Leader Tom DeLay and Roll Call’s Erin Billings, Lauren Whittington and Emily Pierce

Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL)

  • Face the Nation: Sens. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Jack Reed (D-RI).

  • This Week: John McCain and a roundtable with former Bush strategist Matt Dowd, ABC’s Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts and George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Karl Rove. The “Power Player” is economist Ben Stein.

  • Late Edition: McCain and a forum with Obama, and a roundtable with CNN’s John King, Candy Crowley and Joe Johns.

  • Chris Matthews Show: Time’s Joe Klein, Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, New York Times’ Elisabeth Bumiller and CNN’s Gloria Borger.

  • Reliable Sources: Time’s Mark Halperin, CNN’s Candy Crowley, GWU professor Steve Roberts, National Review’s Jim Geraghty, political analyst Keli Goff,’s Sharon Waxman and New York Post’s Adam Buckman.

  • GPS: Author Bernard-Henri Levy, Die Zeit editor Josef Joffe, author Jonathan Mahler, author Joseph E. Stiglitz, European Foundation for Democracy’s Irshad Manji and economist Adrian Wooldridge.

  • This Is America with Dennis Wholey: Richard Stearns, President of World Vision.

  • Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Luke Bernstein, executive director of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, Democratic Media Consultant J.J. Balaban as well as Erin Billings and Emily Heil of Roll Call.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) will be interviewed by Environment and Energy Daily’s Ben Gemen and Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Power.

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D).

  • The Roberts Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree

    Cokie and Steve Roberts’ daughter, Rebecca, tells the Washingtonian how she returned to Washington from San Francisco with her husband, Dan Hartman, and their three boys in tow. Roberts, 36, answered the call of WETA, where she now hosting a daily talk show, The Intersection.

    When Roberts returned home, she really returned home. She is living on the third floor of her parents’ Bethesda home with her happy brood as they await the renovations on their Glover Park home to be completed.