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Battle of the Hat Ladies

A fiery battle between two prominent hat ladies is heating up on Cable TV. In the past few weeks, the “All Fired Up” woman — Edith Childs — appeared on Rev. Al Sharpton‘s MSNBC program. But as political Washington knows, Rep. Federica Wilson (D-Crazytown)  is also well known for wearing bizarre hats on TV. They range from pink and shiny to canary yellow to black and bold. Though her look detracts from her message and makes her look like a mental hospital escapee, her defiance on the matter is impressive. No stylist in the world could stop her. She won’t appear on TV without her signature cowboy hat.

Who wears it better?

We think the “All Fired Up” lady wins. Hands down.

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Morning Reading List, 12.03.07

Good morning Washington. It’s Julianne Moore’s birthday today, which means it’s a great day, and, amazingly, it falls only one week after Freckle Pride Day.

  • You think J-school is a waste of time.


  • Can you answer CQ’s Political Trivia for Nov. 30?

  • “The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies announced … that Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism will assume responsibility for the administration of the AltWeekly Awards.”

  • Deborah Howell on “Throwing a Flag on the Taylor Coverage.” And Clark Hoyt on “Fact and Fiction on the Campaign Trail.”

  • Stung by Politico Report, Giuliani Puts Up His Dukes

  • Amy Argetsinger agrees that J. Freedom du Lac’s name is coolest.

  • Howard Dean addresses the Gridiron Club.

  • A Project by American University Students in The Washington Post reports, “Election year after election year in recent decades, candidates and the media have spent significant energy courting young voters and reporting on how they view issues and campaigns. Yet, year after year, voting data shows that the turnout of young voters has been disappointingly low.”

  • One Georgetown resident has something to say about newspaper delivery.

  • This Friday at Busboys & Poets Tony Deifell shows scenes from upcoming film & tells stories from Seeing Beyond Sight.

  • His Extreme-ness says,Howard Kurtz Is Right!”


  • A release announced, “During November when the stock market has swung wildly, viewers tuned to CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, for fast, accurate, actionable and unbiased business news. In measured ratings, CNBC had its best November in total viewers since 2000 in
    Business Day and its best November in the key adults 25-54 year-old
    demographic since 2003. It was also CNBC’s best month in Business Day
    programming in total viewers since August 2002.”

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for November sweeps, ABC News’ ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ in both Total Viewers and the key Adults 25-54 demo. This is the second consecutive November sweep ‘This Week’ beat ‘Face the Nation.’ This was also ‘This Week’s’ best November sweep performance among both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 since 2001.”

  • Hostage Taker Talks With CNN’s DC Bureau

  • 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, November 25, 2007 in all categories.”

  • ABC announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of November 19, 2007, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ was up in Total Viewers (16%) and in the Key A-25-54 demo (7%) verses a year ago, while both ‘Letterman’ and ‘Leno’ declined in both categories double digits verses the same week a year ago. In addition, ‘Nightline’ continues to close the gaps with ‘Letterman’ and ‘Leno’ among total viewers and Adults 25-54.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Comcast Corp., the biggest U.S. cable-television provider, said regulators have no support for a proposed rule that would limit its growth.”

  • MediaWeek reports, “While November saw little change atop the cable news heap, with Fox News Channel retaining its perch at the peak with an average prime time delivery of 1.41 million viewers, the month will end on an up note for at least one other network. MSNBC will close out November within firing distance of CNN, averaging 230,000 viewers in the key adults 25-54 demo versus CNN’s 232,000.”

  • A release announced, “CN8 ‘Your Morning’ spotlights the upcoming presidential election, presenting contender views on major political issues in ‘Candidates Scorecard,’ a week-long programming series debuting Monday, Dec. 3 from 6-8 a.m. Political experts throughout CN8’s Maine to Virginia footprint inform viewers where the four leading Democratic and five leading Republican candidates stand on critical subjects such as the war in Iraq, immigration policy and national health care.”

  • A PBS viewer writes,Gwen Ifill had a Fox News moment on the Nov. 26 NewsHour when she referred to ‘Hamas seized power’ … Would she refer to Bush winning the Presidency as ‘Bush seized power’ when he actually won the second election (the first one, seizing power is still a question). Hamas actually won a democratic election. Are there Israeli sensors on PBS who check the wording of these reports? Insertions of words such as this taints the fair and unbiased reporting reputation of PBS.”

  • HuffPo doesn’t like Fox’s coverage of the Hillary campaign office hostage situation.

  • Crains New York reports, “ABC News said Thursday that it reached a tentative new contract with workers represented by the Writers Guild of America East that includes a 3.5% wage increase and a one-time signing bonus.”

  • Reuters reports, “A U.S. economic recession could hammer those media and entertainment companies that rely heavily on advertising next year, curtailing experimentation when the industry needs it most.”

  • CJR’s Gal Beckerman writes, “CNN Needn’t Apologize”

  • Los Angeles Times’ Tim Rutten writes about the recent CNN debate, “In fact, this most recent debacle masquerading as a presidential debate raises serious questions about whether CNN is ethically or professionally suitable to play the political role the Democratic and Republican parties recently have conceded it.”

  • Erin Burnett Apologizes, Wishes Bush a Great Weekend

  • Jeff Gannon writes, “CNN’s YouTube Republican presidential debate will go down in history as one of America’s biggest media scandals alongside Dan Rather’s fake documents and Will Duranty’s Pultizer Prize-winning pro-Stalin proganda for The New York Times.”


  • Can Youth Sports Coverage Pay Off Online?”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “The Disney CEO said Thursday that cable TV companies need a Google-like search mechanism if VOD is to reach its full potential. Type in ‘rat DVD’ at Google and you’ll easily find ‘Ratatouille,’ he said, but that’s far from the case for VOD.”

  • Former ‘Bowler Garrett Graff discusses “Prehistoric Pols.”

  • Is ZocDoc coming to D.C.?

  • FishbowlNY has a stocking stuffer idea – The Larry Craig Talking Action Figure.

  • MediaPost reports, “To the agency world, digital is like that stalking cyborg in James Cameron’s sequel ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day.’ That’s according to Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post.”

  • Reuters reports, “Facebook is good for keeping up with high-flying buddies, MySpace is for teenage offspring and the BlackBerry is a full-time addiction, according to top media executives who were quizzed on their personal media habits at this week’s Reuters Media Summit.”

  • AJR reports, “With an arsenal of technology — including handheld digital video cameras, satellite dishes and laptops — seven ABC News journalists who took on new posts around the world this fall may be set to change the definition of ‘foreign correspondent.’”

  • Information Week reports, “Online retailer Amazon on Thursday launched in public beta its question-and-answer Web site that lets users share knowledge with each other, and offers rewards to those who consistently provide quality information.”


  • Check out some more pics from CQ’s party last week.

  • The AP reports, “A woman and her son have sued The National Enquirer, claiming the supermarket tabloid fabricated stories that said she gave birth to a son fathered by Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy.”


  • ABC News goes inside a White House Christmas.


  • The Post editorializes on the XM-Sirius merger.

  • The McGraw-Hill Companies is looking for a Sales Assistant, BusinessWeek (DC Bureau).

  • The Hill newspaper is looking for a Publicist.

  • Defense News is looking for an IT Staff Writer.

  • National Public Radio is looking for an Editorial Assistant, Tell Me More, a Production Assistant, Tell Me More, an Assistant Editor, Tell Me More, an Associate Editor, Tell me More and a Production Assistant, Arts & Information.

  • Examiner Newspapers has Design openings in D.C. area. and is looking for Design Directors.

  • Hanley Wood, LLC is looking for a Senior Graphic Designer Multifamily Executive.

  • FOX News Channel is looking for a Field Producer-Fox NewsEdge.

  • Federal Reserve Board is looking for a Manager, Editing.

  • CBS News is looking for a Video Editor.

  • Army Times Publishing is Seeking Writers/Reporters.

  • PBS Newshour is looking for a Communications Assistant.

  • Voice of America is looking for talent for the Zimbabwe Project.

  • The News Virginian is looking for a Sports Ace.

  • The New Republic is looking for a Reporter-Researcher.

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • Morning Reading List, 11.30.07

    Good morning Washington.

  • You think Facebook is stupid (but admit it — you secretly love it).


  • The Examiner announced the addition of two reporters — Leah Fabel who most recently worked on a web-based project on the role of faith in American and Freeman Klopott who for the past 14 months has been covering city government, environmental issues and general assignments for the Keene (N.H.) Sentinel.


  • How about some straight talk to go along with newspaper transformation?”

  • Editors say news in print will stay


  • The AP reports, “The desire for greater control over how search engines index and display Web sites is driving an effort by leading news organizations and other publishers to revise a 13-year-old technology for restricting access. Currently, Google Inc., Yahoo Inc. and other top search companies voluntarily respect a Web site’s wishes as declared in a text file known as ‘robots.txt,’ which a search engine’s indexing software, called a crawler, knows to look for on a site.”

  • Washington Post reports, “AOL has begun flooding the Web with dozens of new and updated products, many of which do not even bear its famous name, in an attempt to expand its network and reach people wherever they may be. With a partner, it runs edgy celebrity gossip site TMZ. It recently started Bluestring, a site that scours the Internet for one’s photos, videos and music and stores them in one place online. And it has unveiled a video search engine called Truveo used by Microsoft’s Web sites, the technology portal CNet and others.”

  • Check out the latest Washington Social Diary.

  • Salon’s Joan Walsh on “Integrity and slime, in old media and new


  • Big local tv news: “WJLA Grabs Top Spot At 11 p.m. From WRC”

  • Matthew Felling wonders why Ann Coulter is on C-SPAN (perhaps it’s because she wants to be the WH press secretary)

  • A look at PBS’ Newshour.

  • reports, “The four US television networks in a pay dispute with Hollywood television writers over online video advertising are in line to generate $120m of revenues in 2007 from free web streaming of their content, according to a leading media buyer.”

  • The Chicago Tribune reports, “With little time to spare for Tribune Co., the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission proposed regulatory relief Wednesday that would help Chicago billionaire Sam Zell close the $8.2 billion deal to take the media conglomerate private by year’s end.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Coming off a setback at the hands of the cable television industry, the head of the Federal Communications Commission moved to reassert himself on Wednesday by proposing that the commission quickly adopt a rule that would prevent Comcast, the nation’s biggest cable company, from becoming larger, commission officials said.”


  • His Exrtreme-ness tells us, “A rare night out for Extreme Mortman yesterday as we joined the steadfastly magnificent folks at Reason magazine to hear ‘Confessions of a Political Hit Man: An Evening with Roger Stone.’ We found the literary libertarian company pleasing — and Roger Stone even more pleasing still.”

  • Jon Fine’s media predictions for 2008.


  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Schedules Researcher, Committees Reporter and an Assistant Documents Editor.

  • Thompson Publishing Group is looking for an Experienced Editor and an Editor/Writer.

  • Northern Virginia Daily is seeking a Bureau Chief.

  • Voice of America is looking for a Web journalist.

  • The Bay is looking for a Local/Breaking News Reporter.

  • The Navy League of the United States is seeking an Assistant Editor.

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • Morning Reading List, 11.28.07

    Good morning Washington.

  • You think the White House Christmas party for journalists is actually kinda fun.


  • Reuters reports, “XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc expects car radio sales to remain solid even if the most dire projections of slowing U.S. auto sales come true, Chairman Gary Parsons said on Monday.”

  • The AP reports, “Arbitron Inc. is delaying the rollout of a new ratings system for radio stations in nine markets following complaints from broadcasters that the system’s samples were too small to provide reliable data.”

  • An NPR release announced, “NPR News, which is producing a live audio-only national Democratic candidates’ debate on Tuesday, December 4 in Des Moines in association with Iowa Public Radio, is expanding its election-related programming with a special Iowa Caucus edition of the daily afternoon talk show, Talk of the Nation, to air live on Monday, December 3, also from Des Moines.”


  • 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, November 18, 2007.”

  • A CNN release announced, “CNN, YouTube and the Republican Party of Florida on Wednesday, Nov. 28, will offer the second of two unprecedented debates that will feature the presidential candidates responding to video questions submitted on YouTube directly from people across the country and around the world. Anderson Cooper will moderate the two-hour Republican presidential candidate debate live on CNN/U.S., CNN International and from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. (ET) Headline News will also broadcast the debate live with a real-time analysis of the reaction of a focus group of undecided voters displayed on the screen. The debate will be held at the Mahaffey Theater at the Progress Energy Center for the Arts in St. Petersburg, Fla. The eight major Republican presidential candidates are confirmed to attend.”

  • The New York Observer reports, “Rumors have been flying recently that Tucker Carlson could soon be on the way out at MSNBC. In a report that aired this morning on NPR, Phil Griffin, a senior vice president at the cable network, described Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews as part of the MSNBC ‘brand’. Asked whether Mr. Carlson was also part of that brand, Mr. Griffin replied: ‘He is right now.’”

  • “TVNewser has learned Fox News Channel will ring in the New Year with a special called “U Party With Fox News 2008.” Bill Hemmer and Megyn Kelly will host the live two-hour special from Times Square beginning at 11pmET New Year’s Eve.”

  • Inside Cable News reports, “There was a change made to the MSNBC crawl this morning. The time bug was moved from the right side by the Live bug down to the left corner on the crawl. Unfortunately that change may have contributed to a problem around 11am where the crawl would not refresh data. It’s been off the air ever since.”

  • A tipster writes in, “The real reason Thompson is mad at Fox is because Carl Cameron focused on Thompson’s gucci loafers on his first day in Iowa. Thompson has never forgiven Cameron or Fox… and hearing criticism from Barnes and Krauthammer was more fuel on the fire”

  • TVNewser reports, “CNN has announced the names of 18 finalists for the first CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute. The project is the culmination of a five-month audience nomination process through which ‘ordinary people will be recognized for accomplishing extraordinary things.’ CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Christiane Amanpour, host the event which will air live on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Espanol next Thursday at 9pmET.”

  • The Washington Post reports, “Discovery Communications abandoned plans to sell or seek an equity partner for its Discovery Times channel and will rebrand it as Investigation Discovery, focusing on crime and forensics programming.”

  • The AP reports,Howard Stern finds himself listening to something different these days: ‘The Howard Stern Show,’ on satellite radio. Unlike his last years on terrestrial radio, where Stern felt his voice was neutered and his program sterilized, the still undisputed king of the shock jocks loves what he’s hearing now.”

  • Why they gotta hate on tucker?

  • Web Videos Aim Questions At GOP Field

  • NewTeeVee reports, “TV Guide, which canceled its online video awards ceremony and television special out of respect for the Writers Guild of America strike … has named its award winners in a fanfare-free press release. And there’s not a little guy in sight.”

  • From The Hollywood Reporter, “The writers strike is threatening to put on ice the December 10 Democratic presidential debate hosted by CBS News as the party’s front-runners say that they won’t cross a picket line.”


  • Confederate Yankee reports, “1/18 Infantry, Second Brigade Combat Team, First Infantry Division, rotated out of Iraqi several weeks ago to their home base in Schweinfurt, Germany. This included noted fabulist Scott Thomas Beauchamp. Whether Beauchamp is still in Germany or has been allowed home on leave is rather irrelevant; he matters quite little now that he has established that he will not support his dark fantasies on the record. What does matter is that Franklin Foer and The New Republic have lost yet another excuse in their continued failure to account for the actions of the magazine’s editors since ‘Shock Troops’ was first questioned. July 18, over four months ago. Now that Beauchamp is out of the war zone and back in western civilization, Foer is unable to claim that he military is muzzling his communication or that of his fellow soldiers.”


  • AJR reports, “Even the most committed newspaper industry pessimist might begin to see a little sunshine after talking to Randy Bennett. Yes, the print business is ‘stagnant,’ acknowledges the Newspaper Association of America’s new-media guru. And yes, he says, newsrooms are under pressure. But — and here comes the sun — newspapers have staked out a solid position on the Internet, he says.”

  • Newsosaur reports, “The decline in newspaper print advertising — now tracking to a 10-year low — is actually far steeper when you factor out the inflation that masks the severity of the deterioration. Minus inflation, sales are about 20% lower than they were in 1997.”

  • On Ben Bradlee, Radar reports, “The Grumpy Legend of American Journalism sounds off on JFK, Watergate, Iraq, Hillary Clinton, and Carl Bernstein’s strange choice in women”

  • A tipster tells us, “Check out new website by Capitol News Connection, Ask Your Lawmaker

  • reports, “Are new online business models just substituting “pennies for dollars” for media owners? That was the woeful conclusion of Mort Zuckerman, publisher of the New York Daily News and US News and World Report, according to the detailed minutes of a recent inquiry into media ownership by the UK House of Lord’s Communications Committee released Friday.”

  • Miami Herald reports, “I’m sure that since Tim Page is a music critic for The Washington Post and won a Pulitzer Prize, he’s a fine journalist. But he did something stupid recently when he sent an aide to Washington’s ex-mayor, Marion Barry, an angry e-mail demanding to be taken off the solicitation list for some cultural initiative that Barry was pitching. ‘Must we hear about it every time this crack addict attempts to rehabilitate himself with some new — and typically half-witted — political grandstanding?’ Page asked. (Barry, you’ll recall, served six months after he was videotaped in an FBI drug sting in 1990.) The Post was embarrassed when Page’s e-mail came to light and apologized profusely to Barry. Then the paper’s executives did something astonishing: They did not fire Page.”

  • The Center for Citizen Media reports, “One of the most amazing episodes in modern American journalism has emerged from a flagrantly inaccurate and misguided Time magazine column by Joe Klein. He’s a political writer whose work in this case may become Exhibit A for what’s wrong with the craft today.”

  • Washington Post reports,Randel G. ‘Randy’ Barnett, 56, a freelance writer whose work appeared in Baltimore Magazine, the Washingtonian and Baltimore Business Monthly, died of an aneurysm Oct. 27 at his home in Falmouth, Mass.”

  • AJR reports, “News organizations are embracing video on their Web sites in a big way. The quality ranges from bad to basic to superb. And for some journalists, the advent of video is a terrific new career opportunity.”

  • Washington Times reports, “Gannett Co. this month started an approach for its newspapers that targets advertising to specific ZIP codes.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Washington Post Co.’s Kaplan education division, expanding in Asia, plans to buy a majority stake in a Chinese business that prepares students to enter U.K. Universities.”

  • The New York Observer reports, “Oops! Former Observer reporter Ben Smith, who now has a blog for The Politico that’s a favorite of campaign junkies, wrote a post earlier today about this ‘independent pro-Hillary site,’ which offers to pay people $1 for every pro-Hillary comment they post online. He declared the site ‘the worst idea of the cycle.’ Problem is, the site’s a parody — as posts like this one, on the benefits of dictatorship, or this one, which urges supporters to put Hillary bumper stickers on strangers’ cars, make clear.”


  • Wall Street Journal reports, “Google Inc. wants to offer consumers a new way to store their files on its hard drives, in a strategy that could accelerate a shift to Web-based computing and intensify the Internet company’s competition with Microsoft Corp.”

  • Fiona Spruill, editor of the Web newsroom, is answering reader questions Nov. 26-30. Questions may be e-mailed to ”


  • Monday, the Huffington Post reported, “White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said she has discussed Scott McClellan’s forthcoming book with the president, and Perino said President Bush ‘has not and would not knowingly pass false information.’”

  • Washington Whispers reports, “Giddins, spokesperson for the Iowa Democratic Party, and her counterpart, Mary Tiffany, at the Iowa Republican Party, are throwing a New Year’s Eve party for the swarms of media folk who will be spending the bulk of the holiday season in the Hawkeye State reporting in the days leading up to the all-important January 3 caucuses.”


  • US News & World Report is looking for a SEO/SEM Specialist, a Manager, Audience & Business Development: Money and a Manager, Audience and Business Development: Health.

  • The Dana Foundation is looking for a Web Journalist, Dana Press Dept.

  • The Advisory Board Company is looking for a Staff Writer: Health Care Monthly and a Health Care Editor.

  • Arcom Publishing, Inc is looking for a Reporter, a Copy Editor and an Ad Layout Coordinator.

  • Jane’s seeks a Maritime Reporter.

  • is looking for a Web Intern.

  • Southern Maryland Newspapers is looking for a regional sports reporter.

  • MCT is seeking a Creative Features Editor.

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext