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NY Times, CNN, Reuters, The Economist Among Favorites For World Leaders

Top-20-Most-Followed-Media-Twitter-Accounts-207x270According to a study done by the international PR firm, Burson-Marsteller, The New York Times (@NYTimes) is the most popular Twitter handle among world leaders.

The firm’s analysis, which included heads of state, governments and ministers of foreign affairs, found that around 22% of these 647 Twitter accounts followed The NY Times. Among the other more popular news sources found by the study were @Reuters, @CNNbrk, @TheEconomist and @BBCWorld, respectively.


Burson-Marsteller’s team also found that CNN”s Christiane Amanpour and Fareed Zakaria are the most followed personalities by these world leaders, with The New York Times’ Nicholas KristofPaul Krugman and Thomas Friedman behind them.

Putin strikes me as a NY Times kinda guy, given his love of free press and humorous op eds.

(h/t Twiplomacy)

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Weekend Show Preview, 6.6 – 6.8

Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked:


CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), David Rohde of Reuters, Thomas Friedman of NYT, Peggy Noonan of WSJ, David Gergen of Harvard, Michael Gerson of WaPo, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)

“Fox News Sunday”: Fmr. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Gen. Jack Keane, military parents Cheryl Brandes and Ken Luccioni, George Will, Mara Liasson of NPR, Steve Hayes of The Weekly Standard, Juan Williams

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: preempted by coverage of Premier League soccer

ABC’s “This Week“: Hillary Clinton, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Matthew Dowd, Alicia Menendez of Fusion, Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), Fmr. Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM), Paul Gigot of WSJ, Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight

Univision’s “Al Punto”:  Guatemalan Ambassador to US Julio Ligorria, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Spanish Ambassador to US Ramón Gil-Casares, Enrique Bermudez and Jorge Pérez Navarro of Univision Sports, salsa dancers Beberly Devers and Kevin Tellez

CNN’s “State of the Union: Sec. of State John Kerry, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton of the National Security Network, Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin of the Family Research Council, Gen. James Mattis, Donna Brazile, Jackie Calmes of NYT, Ana Navaro

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Weekend Show Preview: 4.11 – 4.13.

SundayShows12Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked:


CBS’s “Face the Nation” : Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown University; Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica and The Atlantic; Evan Wolfson, Freedom to Marry; Tavis Smiley, PBS; Peter BakerThe New York Times; Leigh GallagherFortune; Michael GersonThe Washington Post; and Frank RichNew York Magazine

“Fox News Sunday” : Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC); Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI); Ways and Means Committee; Ranking Member Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI); and Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA)

NBC’s “Meet the Press” : TBA

ABC’s “This Week” : Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.); Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky); James Carville, Democratic strategist; Laura Ingraham, syndicated radio host; and Robert Reich, former Clinton Labor Secretary

Univision’s “Al Punto” : Luis Guillermo Solís, President-Elect of Costa Rica; Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill); Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla); Arianna Huffington; Natalia Lizeth López, Mexican Indigenous activist; and Franco De Vita, Venezuelan singer and songwriter

CNN’s “State of the Union” : 9 amJeff Densmore, director of engineering, Dukane Seacom; Ken Christensen, president, Integrated Aviation Solutions; Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), chairman, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), chairman, National Republican Congressional Committee; and Liz Mair, former RNC online communications director.  12 noonArnold Carr, sonar technology expert and Stephen Trimble, aviation journalist, Flight Global

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Weekend Show Preview, 4.4 – 4.6

SundayShows12Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked:


CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Dan Pfeiffer, Thomas Friedman of Showtime’s “Years of Living Dangerously,” Heidi Cullen, Chief Climate Advisor for “Years,”  Todd Purdum of Politico, Amy Walter of Cook Political Report, John Dickerson of CBS

“Fox News Sunday”: Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Gen. Michael Hayden, Brit Hume, Elise Viebeck of The Hill, Liz Cheney, Juan Williams

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Fmr. Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen, Shaun McCutcheon, Robert Weissman of Public Citizen, Kathleen Parker of WaPo, Fmr. Sen. John Sununu (R-NH), Fmr. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-TN), Steve Case of America Online, author Michael Lewis, Kevin Tibbles of NBC, 

ABC’s “This Week“: Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Rep. John Carter (R-TX), Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Donna Brazile, Newt Gingrich, Bill Kristol, Alicia Menendez of Fusion

Univision’s “Al Punto”: Rep. Joe García (D-FL), activists Jaime Valdez and Marisa Franco, radio host Fernando Espuelas, activists Jersey Vargas and Mario Vargas

CNN’s “State of the Union“: 9:00- Rep. Nancy Pelosi (R-CA), Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Rep. Dutch Ruppersberg (D-MD), Kitty Higgins from  NTSB, Nick Sabatini from FAA, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA); 12:00- Penny Lee of Democratic Governors Assoc., Ross Douthat of NYT, Corey Dade of NPR, satellite expert Ken Christensen, pilot Karlene Petit

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NPR & Wilson Center Partner Up

Executives at NPR and The Wilson Center think the country deserves civil discourse. In that vein, they’ve created a year-long public event series called “The National Conversation.” They will co-produce the series. Each event will feature leaders, experts and government officials. A NPR journo will moderate as the Wilson Center plays host.

The first event is June 20. It’s called: “Should the U.S. Change, Contain, or Engage Nuclear ‘Outliers’ — Iran and North Korea?”

A panel will feature the Wilson Center’s International Security Studies Director Robert Litwak and NYT Columnist Thomas Friedman. Steve Inskeep, host of NPR’s Morning Edition, will moderate. In September, The National Conversation examines security issues in a post 9/11 world.

More dates and series topics will be announced as they are confirmed.




NYT’s Helene Cooper Wins Urbino Press Award

Italian Ambassador Giulio Terzi announced Wednesday night that the recipient of the 2011 Urbino Press Award is Helene Cooper, White House Correspondent for NYT. The award is given each year to an American journalist “for distinguished reporting on the ever-changing world.”  Cooper, born in Monrovia, Liberia, had to flee the country after the 1980 coup. She wrote about her experiences in the war-torn African country in her memoir, The House at Sugar Beach.

Previous winners include: ABC’s Martha Raddatz, NYT Columnist Thomas Friedman, WaPo’s David Ignatius and NPR’s Diane Rehm.

Cooper’s remarks: “I’m incredibly honored to receive this year’s Urbino Press Award, for both professional and personal reasons. Professionally, I’m thrilled and humbled to share a stage with David Ignatius, Tom Friedman and Martha Raddatz—they are all first-rate chroniclers of the world around us. And personally for me,  there is no higher honor than being recognized by the cultural heirs of Baldassare Castiglione, Elisabetta Gonzaga and Federico da Montefeltro—a trio who epitomized Renaissance cool as far as I’m concerned. Grazie mille, Urbino.”

Cooper is scheduled to receive her prize in a ceremony in Urbino on June 3.

A Spot of Tea and The FishbowlDC Interview With the Guardian’s Richard Adams

Say hello to the Guardian‘s Richard Adams, who blogs on U.S. politics and culture from the publication’s Washington bureau. “I’ll just get some tea,” he says politely in his British clip when we met recently at a tea house by the White House. He carries a Financial Times under his arm — his kind of rag since he started out there “after University” covering currencies and bond markets. The Brits can claim Adams as one of their own. At the Guardian since 2001, he is officially a British citizen, though he hails from New Zealand where he was born and raised. Adams shares his name Richard Adams, author of the children’s novel Watership Down, which wrecks havoc on his self Google searches. “He’s really old, really nah-sty,” Adams quips. “He has this thing where animals are pure and good whereas people are horrible.” Adams rather likes people – some people. “I watched the Brady Bunch growing up,” he says. “Completely weird. I didn’t understand a lot.” He says he most identified with Alice, the maid.

He isn’t a huge fan of Washington. “It’s rather clean and well organized,” he says, noting his move here in 2006. “But it’s also a very transient place. It’s a one-industry town and that industry is bullshit.” But he calls it “paradise” for reporters: “It’s a good place to be a journalist. For some reason it’s a bad place to be a human being.” I ask about the Royal Wedding. “I’m not the least bit excited about it,” he says. “We think the monarchy should be abolished. [By "we" he means The Guardian.] I really don’t give a shit about the Royal Wedding.”

Moving on. What’s his daily reading diet? It’s Twitter, he says sheepishly. “I know that makes me sound like a 15-year-old.” From there he moves to the NYT, but says a person can’t escape Politico, which he claims is embarrassingly eating WaPo‘s lunch. “They mug you,” he deadpans, rolling his eyes. He dabbles in WSJ and The Economist. On Sunday he flocks to the NYT wedding section.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Beer

How often do you Google yourself? Never. There’s a novelist named Richard Adams, who wrote Watership Down, and he has the first 10,000 entries on Google. Occasionally I get sweet emails from schoolchildren saying how much they like the book.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor? I once slagged off my news editor to a colleague on the tube in London, unaware he was sitting beside us reading a newspaper. He took it rather well. The walk from the station to the office was awkward. [Translation of slag is: to be rude.]

Who is your favorite working journalist? I wish I could write like Michael Kinsley. Otherwise, Edith Zimmerman.

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Sarah Palin. Of course.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? “Alert”

What word do you routinely misspell? Washignton

What swear word do you use most often? You’re asking a British journalist?

What word or phrase do you overuse? Awesome

What’s your dream job? Six months as Editor of the Washington Post. I’d turn it around.

What TV show do you have to watch? Project Runway. It’s awesome. (He also likes The Office, 30 Rock, Law & Order UK on BBC America, Al Jazeera, and Japanese NHK.)

Where do you shop most often for your clothes? In theory, Jil Sander. In practice, J Crew.

Whom do you prefer for daytime talk, Dr. Phil, Ellen, Oprah, Tyra or the women of The View? The View. I think it’s a really clever format. [Who’s his favorite female host?] “It’s not Elizabeth Hasselbeck, he says. “Barbara Walters presides over it with a regal presence, which I quite like.”

Pick one: Leno, Letterman or Conan? They’re all rubbish.

If you were trapped on a deserted island, which public official would you want to be trapped with and why? Chris Christie. Because if things went badly wrong, I could eat him.

What’s the best advice you ever received in the course of your career? Always be nice to people over the phone, because you never know. That was from Robert Thomson, when he was at the FT.

Find out Adams’ most embarrassing moment after the jump. It involves blood…

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A Big Night for Foreign Policy

Susan Glasser and the crew from Foreign Policy have a lot to celebrate this year – the 40th anniversary of their mag, a successful relaunch of, 1000% website traffic growth (10 million pageviews a month), and a  National Magazine Award.  Add those accomplishments to the release of their second annual “100 Global Thinkers” list and you’ve got good cause for a party.  And that’s exactly what the publication is doing tomorrow evening at the Corcoran Gallery.

Glasser, Don Graham and the editors of FP are hosting an invitation-only fete with two dozen global thinkers from around the world.  Slated to attend are big names such as bestselling author and columnist Thomas Friedman, US Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Sen. John Kerry and Brazilian and Turkish Foreign Ministers.  The event will feature a special discussion with PBS’s Gwen Ifill, a dinner buffet and live jazz.

FishbowlDC will bring you the details of the party on Wednesday but you can check out FP‘s 2010 “100 Global Thinkers” list now.  Click here.

Woodruff, Friedman Slated for “Creative Economy” Event


PBS Newshour’s Judy Woodruff will moderate a panel on the creative economy and innovation that includes NYT’s Thomas Friedman, Director’s Guild of America’s Paris Barclay, Vanderbilt University’s Bill Ivey, author and economist Stephen E. Siwek and Sarah Rosen Wartell. The panel is part of a September 21, 2010 event, co-sponsored by Comcast and the Center for American Progress from 12.00- 2.00 pm at the C4AP’s office.

Space is limited and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and not guaranteed. To RSVP or for more information, click here.

FBDC Cribs: NYT Columnist

Unlike MTV Cribs, FBDC was not invited to this palatial pad but we found it interesting enough to post anyhow.

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So what Washington-based New York Times columnist calls this Maryland mega-manse “home-sweet-home?” Answer after the jump.

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