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Press and Politicos Gather for Opinion Awards


*Photos by ImageLink for The Week.

The Week hosted its 8th annual Opinion Awards at the W Hotel last night.  Held to celebrate the year’s top opinion writers, the event boasted a potent dose of press and political power.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory emceed the event honoring The Week‘s Cartoonist of the Year Tom Toles of WaPo, WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan who won Columnist of the Year, and Blogger of the Year John Sides, the voice behind TheMonkeyCage.org.  Mixing with The Week’s winners were guests like Sen. Lindsey Graham, Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” WaPo‘s Roxanne RobertsDebbie Dingell, Diane Danner, WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, Grover Norquist, Gene Robinson, Terry McAuliffe, Robin and Austan Goolsbee and Margaret Carlson.  Representing The Week were EIC Bill Falk, Publisher Steven Kotok and Jessica Sibley.

But the evening’s most interesting “guest” may have been His Excellency Minister Plenipotentiary for Artistic Endeavors for the Embassy of the Bahamas – you remember good old Nelson Lewis, right?  The 26-year-old Fox News and “Laura Ingraham Show” alum who was exposed late last year for impersonating a Bahamian diplomat, Rolling Stone writer and Rep. Jack Kingston, somehow managed to make his way into a picture with Roxanne Roberts and John Sides (check it out in the slide show above).  Organizers confirmed that His Excellency was not on the guest list and therefore did not attend the dinner. But that didn’t stop him from mingling on the rooftop terrace after the event.  One guest recalls hearing Lewis tell another party-goer that he works for PBS. Perhaps he’s taking over Newshour for Jim Lehrer?

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Morning Reading List 05.20.09

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NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | NEWS NOTES | AWARDS | JOBS | REVOLVING DOOR

NEWSPAPERS

Are newspapers less liked than airlines?

NYT: Newspaper employees no longer dominate fellowships.

TV

As noted on TVNewser, CNN’s Anderson Cooper said his “teabagging” comment was “stupid, silly.” He spoke at UCLA Sunday and was asked about the comment. “I think it’s an incorrect statement to say I was, in any way, trying to disparage legitimate protests,” said Cooper.

Rush Limbaugh has challenged MSNBC to go 30 days without saying his name. Limbaugh says the cable network is trying to “build its ratings on my back.”

ONLINE

NEWS NOTES

E&P reports AP is quietly offering buyouts that include $500 for each year of service and increased pension benefits to several hundred veteran employees, according to AP and a News Media Guild statement.

Politico’s Jonathan Martin had the scoop this week that John Coale, “Washington-area Democratic donor and onetime adviser” to Sarah Palin and Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren‘s husband suggested Palin help pay down some of Hillary Clinton’s campaign debt.

Speaking of Greta… Nikki Schwab of U.S. News & World Report reported this week that blogger and Air America Radio host Ana Marie Cox suffered an allergic reaction on the train, and Van Susteren jumped in to save her. “If she hadn’t been there, I don’t know what would have happened. It would have been a thousand times worse,” Cox said.

Who is President Obama’s biggest critic? Politico says it might be columnist Charles Krauthammer.

AWARDS

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour and Candy Crowley and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow are among the honorees of the Women’s Media Center’s first annual WMC Media Awards. Check out the release here.

Non-profit investigative newsroom ProPublica announced the winners of its first ever Investigative Governance Prizes yesterday. Find out who the winners are here.

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