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WaPo’s Paul Farhi Details White House Influence Over Pool Reports

2013obamahenry660The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi published a piece Tuesday night on White House influence over pool reports. Farhi details accounts by McClatchy’s Anita Kumar, the Dallas Morning NewsTodd GillmanThe Washington Post’s David Nakamura, and The Huffington Post’s Jennifer Bendery in which White House press officers declined to release pool reports with specific references from that day.

“Journalists who cover the White House say Obama’s press aides have demanded — and received — changes in press-pool reports before the reports have been disseminated to other journalists. They say the White House has used its unusual role as the distributor of the reports as leverage to steer coverage in a more favorable direction.”

Read the full story here.

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White House Correspondents’ Association Elects Reuters’ Jeff Mason 2016-17 President

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Jeff Mason, via Twitter

The White House Correspondents’ Association elected Reuters’ Jeff Mason president for 2016-17 over Fox News White House producer Wes Barrett in a vote tallied 172 – 23.

A newspaper seat and a photographer seat of the Association board were filled by The Dallas Morning News‘ Todd Gillman and The New York Times‘ Doug Mills, respectively.

Current president – McClatchy’s Steven Thomma – Tweeted out the news Wednesday. Prior to Mason’s term, The Wall Street Journal‘s Carol Lee will serve as president for the 2015-16 session.

Did POTUS Really Make a BJ Joke?

At Wednesday night’s LGBT fundraiser in Los Angeles, POTUS cracked a joke about his wife’s physical fitness that went like this:

“I want to thank my wonderful friend who accepts a little bit of teasing about Michelle beating her in pushups — (laughter) — but I think she claims Michelle didn’t go all the way down. (Laughter.) That’s what I heard.”

The evening’s pooler, Todd Gillman from the Dallas Morning News wrote the joke up this way:

“He warmed up with some jokes about the first lady’s appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show. “Michelle outdoes me in pushups as well,” he said, after saying that she’s taken some criticism on her technique “because she doesn’t go all the way down” – a line that he let hang, naughtily, provoking laughter from the crowd.”

The consensus is that POTUS was joking about her level of fitness and not her oral skills. But, that didn’t stop the Washington press corps from having fun with this topic. We take a look at the issue with Storify.

 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day


Journo witnesses oatmeal disaster

“Old man just spilled oatmeal all over his shirt. Thought he could lazily spoon his breakfast without consequence. Now heading to restroom.” — FBDC and The Blaze’s Eddie Scarry in the EavesDropCafe.

Important Question to Ponder: “Even if you’re a hard-core partisan, is it really stimulating to watch hour after hour of TV that just repeats your view of the world?” — Politico‘s Alexander Burns.

TIPS FROM THE POOL, INTO THE DEEP END

White House Pooler Todd Gillman of the Dallas Morning News focused on movie references in a Pool Report last night in Beverly Hills: “The president appeared before 600 or so hooting, hollering supporters at an LGBT campaign fund-raiser in a ballroom at the Beverly Wilshire – the ‘Pretty Woman’ hotel. They gave him a prolonged standing ovation, chanting “Four more years!” after an introduction from a gay Army doctor. The stage was striking. Obama spoke from a lectern, no seal, with an enormous American flag draped behind him like the scene in ‘Patton,’ his head not even reaching the top of the fourth stripe.”

Self-appointed media critic

“I hear after last night MSNBC is changing its slogan from ‘Lean Forward’ to ‘Bend Over’” –  CNN Contributor and RedState.com Editor Erick Erickson.

Quote Taken out of Context

“No lisa, but I sure don’t want to eat this crappy breakfast.” — Jason Koebler, tech writer for U.S. News & World Report and music writer for Washingtonian.

Leibovich doubts chumminess of morning show teams

“As citizens, we should all strive for the warmth, rapport and genuine love that seems to pervade morning TV teams. Sarcasm, dudes, sarcasm…especially love how close the morning TV teams appear on those billboards.” — NYT‘s Mark Leibovich getting his Twitter on this morning.

Breitbartonian attacks BuzzFeed Ben

“Someone needs to tell @BuzzFeedBen that when a politician says “jump,” the followup question is “why?”, not ‘how high?’” — Breitbart.com’s Ezra Dulis (Always exciting to hear about yet another Ezzy on the planet.)

Regional Reporters Assoc. Elects its Board

The Regional Reporters Association elected its officers and board members Friday. All results were unanimous:

Your 2011-2012 RRA board:

President Joseph Morton, Omaha World-Herald (he was also last year’s president)
Vice President Matt Canham, Salt Lake Tribune
Treasurer Malia Rulon, Gannett News Service
Secretary Herb Jackson, The Record
Erika Bolstad, McClatchy
Michael Coleman, Albuquerque Journal
Todd Gillman, Dallas Morning News
Matt Laslo, Freelance
Paul Merrion, Crain’s Chicago Business
Bart Sullivan, Memphis Commercial Appeal
Bill Theobald, Gannett News Service
Peter Urban, Stephens Media
Karoun Demirjian, Las Vegas Sun

Obama Mentions Couch Threat

TIPS FROM THE POOL…INTO THE DEEP END


Dallas Morning News White House Pooler Todd Gillman covered the 19-vehicle motorcade this morning to a bill signing at Harriet Tubman Elementary School. The bill: Healthy, Hungry-Free Kids Act of 2010. Gillman noted that POTUS‘s “biggest applause line” happened when he told the crowd that if he didn’t get the bill passed that FLOTUS might end up punishing him. He writes:

He emphasized that threat a moment later as FLOTUS began speaking, and thanked him for working to get the law passed. Obama moved into the microphone and interjected, “Because I would have been sleeping on the couch.” For emphasis he turned back the students and others seated behind them on the stage in the school cafeteria, and smiled.

That seemed to throw her off stride a bit but she recovered. “We won’t go into that. Let’s just say it got done. Don’t need to go down that road,” she said.

Seriously Descriptive ‘Rear Flap’ Pool Report

THE DEEP END…TIPS FROM THE POOL

The Dallas Morning News‘s Washington Bureau Chief Todd Gillman in a weekend White House Pool report gets keenly descriptive, even touching on the rear flap of President Obama‘s coat as he arrived at Andrews Air Force Base under “gorgeous blue skies, blustery.”

He is wearing dark blue blazer, dark grey slacks, light colored shirt, no tie.He jogged to the top of the stairs, the rear flap of his blazer inverted and flapping in the wind, and waved from the top.

> Update: AP’s Manuel Balce Ceneta captures the “rear flap” of which Gillman writes.

Pres. Obama Sits Down With Regional Newspaper Reporters

President Obama sat down with reporters from regional newspapers yesterday. From Politico the list of lucky reporters involved in the roundtable interviews:

Albuquerque Journal – Michael Coleman

Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Bob Keefe

Cleveland Plain Dealer – Stephen Koff

Dallas Morning News – Todd Gillman

Denver Post – Mike Riley

Des Moines Register – Philip Brasher

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette – Sylvia Smith

Kansas City Star – David Goldstein

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Craig Gilbert

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Kevin Diaz

New Orleans Times-Picayune – Bruce Alpert

Orlando Sentinel – Mark Matthews

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – James O’Toole

Richmond Times-Dispatch – Neil Simon

The Birmingham News – Mary Orndo

Leubsdorf To Retire, Gillman Takes Charge of DMN’s DC Bureau

From the Dallas Morning News (via Romenesko):

    Carl Leubsdorf, the longtime Washington bureau chief of The Dallas Morning News, will retire at the end of this year after a career as a top national affairs writer.

    Mr. Leubsdorf will continue to write his column for The News, as he has since 1981. The column will be published online every week and once every two weeks in the printed newspaper.

    “I’ve had a wonderful run, and I’ll be glad that I can keep my hand in,” he said.

    Todd Gillman, a Washington correspondent with The News, will take over as bureau chief.

Taking On Todd

A recent White House pool report describes how President Bush took on Dallas Morning News reporter Todd Gillman:

    Reporter: “Mr. President — you excited about your house in Dallas?”

    President: “Todd, why do you care? You live in Washington, DC.”

Todd says he’ll survive.

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