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Ed Henry Recalls Being Told to ‘Zip it’

Four former White House Press Secretaries joined former CNN White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief Frank Sesno at George Washington University last night for candid conversation.

Press secretaries from the Clinton administration – Dee Dee Myers (now a contributing editor for Vanity Fair) and Mike McCurry – joined Bush 43 press secretaries Dana Perino (now a FNC contributor) and Ari Fleischer at the university’s Lisner Auditorium. Another Clinton flack, Joe Lockhart, planned to attend, but couldn’t due to complications following surgery.

The event, broadcast on C-SPAN and P.O.T.U.S. radio, opened with remarks from CNN’s current White House correspondent, Ed Henry (he and Lockhart are fellows at GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs this year). Henry spoke about “sparring” with several press secretaries during his five years at the White House, and recounted a story about the late Tony Snow, who once lost his temper in a briefing and told Henry to “zip it.” The next day, they put it behind them. It’s important, he said, for the press secretary and the press corps to have a “healthy dose of respect” for one another.

With that, the press secretaries were introduced, and Sesno posed the first question: Was President Obama’s sit-down with Bill O’Reilly before the Superbowl a good idea or a bad one? All agreed it was a “great” idea. “Everyone in America’s in a good mood,” Perino said. Fleischer thought Obama “scored some points for going over to the lion’s den.”

McCurry, along with the rest of the panel, lamented allowing TV cameras in the briefing room, which he said had turned briefings into political theater and weren’t good for public discourse. “It was an idiot who allowed TV cameras” into the briefing room, he joked. (He was the one who first introduced the cameras.)

Each panelist spoke about the relationship the press secretary has with the press. You always see the press secretary defending the president, Perino said, but “you never see” him or her “defending the press to the president,” which is a big part of the job. Others agreed.

But the relationship isn’t always friendly. “Reporters play the aggressive role,” Fleischer said. He charged they also demand an unrealistic amount of access. “They won’t be satisfied till there’s Oval Office cam.” McCurry agreed: “They’re always bitching and moaning about something.”

A few specific reporters were mentioned…

Also: Find out what Perino thinks of AOL/HuffPost

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AP Changes

A staff notice from AP DC Bureau Chief Ron Fournier (via Mike Allen’s Playbook)…

    Terry Hunt, the AP’s award-winning White House Correspondent, will lead our coverage going forward. He will work with news leaders in Washington, New York and overseas to bring cohesion to AP’s coverage, whether it emerges from the markets, from the Treasury, from the Capitol or from anywhere around the world this global story develops. He will generate and assign stories and oversee short- and long-term planning with other formats and departments.


    I’m pleased to announce that Jennifer Loven will succeed Terry Hunt as White House Correspondent. Jennifer, who has reported on the Bush White House for The Associated Press since 2002, is a leader at the AP and in the White House press corps. She is president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. Jennifer has been a Washington reporter for 11 years. Prior to joining the White House staff, she covered the Pentagon post-Sept. 11, the telecom and housing industries and Illinois regional issues. Loven covered the Michigan legislature and state politics from 1996-97 and was the AP’s lead breaking news and features writer in Detroit from 1994-1996. She is a native of Charlotte, N.C., and a graduate of the University of Virginia and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

ALSO: Read Jay Newton-Small‘s piece in Sunday’s Washington Post Outlook section, titled, “The AP Is Breaking More Than News.”

This Week In Pool Reports

Hey tourists! Were you on a Tourmobile staring at the Jefferson last week? Look to your left next time — that was the President.

More after the jump…

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SPJ Honors

If you attended the Society of Professional Journalists 2007 Awards Dinner this week, you would have seen Mark Knoller, Terry Hunt, Muriel Dobbin and Bob Franken get inducted into the D.C. Journalism Hall of Fame. Reginald Stuart was honored for his Distinguished Service.

In addition, the winners of the Dateline Awards for Excellence In Local Journalism were announced (full list after the jump.

Even though the breakup between Franken and CNN was not completely harmonious, one reader points out that CNN did buy a table for the event, “proof there IS such a thing as an amicable divorce.”

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To Do: Tonight

(Although good luck getting tickets, we hear)

Tonight at the National Press Club, Tony Snow turns the tables and questions members of the White House Press Corps. David Gregory of NBC; Sheryl Stolberg of NYTimes; Terry Hunt of Associated Press; Mark Knoller of CBS Radio; Richard Wolffe of Newsweek and April Ryan of American Urban Radio.

The event is co-sponsored by the White House Correspondents’ Association and the National Press Club. It’ll be broadcast live on C-SPAN @ 8pm from the main ballroom of the NPC.