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TWT Names New Editorial Page Editor

After Brett Decker quit his job as TWT Editorial Page Editor in November 2012, the paper slid former controversial Editor Wes Pruden into the job. But just temporarily. True to their word, they’ve finally named a new editor to their opinion pages — it’s David Keene. He was appointed Sunday, according to a release distributed this morning. Previous editorial page editors included the now deceased Tony Blankley and Tony Snow.

Most recently, Keene stepped down as president of the National Rifle Association. He is also a former GOP presidential advisor to Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and candidates Bob Dole and Mitt Romney. He was also an aide to former Vice President to Richard Nixon, Spiro Agnew.

But for anyone who feared (or hoped) that Pruden might drift back into retirement, it just isn’t happening. “The Times also announced that Editor Emeritus Wesley Pruden, who came out of retirement to reorganize the opinion pages in January, will remain in a full-time capacity directing and producing editorials,” says the release. He will also continue writing his twice-weekly column.

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Quotes of the Day

Journo stops to tweet touching moment

“Sitting on porch with Fix Jr as nice wind blows and temps in 70s. Hard to imagine a better day.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

Important Question to Ponder: “Is there an episode of Three’s Company that does NOT revolve around some misunderstanding?” — Politico Senior Political Reporter Jonathan Martin.

Journo Snobbery

“NYT reporter nxt to me rolls eyes when I say I work for huffpost, then pulls out pen and paper as I pull up Tweetdeck #thisisnewmedia #wsf12.” — HuffPost‘s Rebecca Searles.

Weekend travel woes

“I’m within mere moments of an @ABC7Stephen-style Amtrak breakdown.” — CNN’s Matt Dornic on Friday night Amtrak ride between New York and D.C. referring to ABC 7 Correspondent Stephen Tschida who once had an unforgettable journey between D.C. and Philadelphia.

Speaking of train complaints…

On Sunday night, CNN’s Lizzie O’Leary was aggravated by different things aboard the train: “BRING BACK THE OLD CHEESE PLATE. #Amtrak,” she wrote. And this: “You, bro on the cell phone, are in the Quiet Car. Where I do not mess around.”

Actress was ‘well spoken’

“Talked to actress Gabrielle Union at the Komen kick off. She was well spoken, addressing the Planned Parenthood controversy head on.” — Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab. So what did Union, who lost a friend to cancer, say that was so eloquent? The quote: “Since she passed my sense of urgency has greatly expanded and increased — it just sucks.” Schwab “reported” that Union “didn’t flinch” when asked about the recent Komen/Planned Parenthood controversy. “I can say as a proud Democrat that I don’t bat an eyelash supporting Komen and I don’t bat an eyelash supporting Planned Parenthood because ultimately their goal is the same: saving women’s lives,” she said. That’s a lot of still eyelashes, right, Sticky?

Baier remembers deceased colleague, puts sons in matching outfit

“Happy Birthday to our friend Tony Snow.. he would have been 57 today. We miss him!” — FNC’s Bret Baier on Snow, former White House Press Sec. and Fox News anchor, who died from cancer in 2008. In less touching news from Baier… he dressed his boys in matching outfits over the weekend and then tweeted it out for the world to see. Fortunately, he said, he didn’t have to wear the same outfit. Really, fortunately? We’d have paid good money (well, maybe $10) to see the picture of the whole fam dressed head to toe in matching frocks. Kind of like that horrible Mike Huckabee family photo fiasco.

Reporter enjoys teeny bopper musical influences.

“May have to #WIrecall that ‘Call Me Maybe’ song. Just caught myself starting to car jam to it. Fortunately Waka Flocka intervened.” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese.

Comm Director Has Frustrating Fios Weekend

Heritage Foundation’s Comm Director Rory Cooper can’t say enough against FiOS.
“Going on four weeks of major @FiOSTV fail. 3 wks no on demand. 2 days of reset every 10 mins. Can’t even watch it anymore. Argh.” Cooper added, “We get this screen and then full reset every 15 mins on @FiOSTV Maddening. @VerizonSupport.”

Stanton’s stance on England’s Jubilee

“I’d rather smoke bath salts with Jeffrey Dahmer than watch the queen’s #jubilee.” — Roll Call‘s John Stanton.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.


Morning Reading List 07.13.09

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The 7 Best Moments from Sunday Talk, brought to us by The Daily Beast.

TVNewser: ABC’s Bob Woodruff returned to Iraq today for the first time since being injured by a roadside bomb in January 2006. He is traveling with Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and will be reporting for ABC News’ broadcasts and platforms. His first report will air tonight on “World News with Charles Gibson.”

Woodruff blogs about his decision on The World Newser. “I feel extremely privileged to be back to reporting and to have recovered as well as I did. It is an honor for me to continue to highlight the stories of this conflict to our audience,” he writes.

Fox News Justice correspondent Shannon Bream‘s featured in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. She describes covering the Sotomayor hearings as “great for a legal geek like me.”

WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz profiles CBS The Early Show‘s Maggie Rodriguez.

PBS’ Jim Lehrer will interview Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke, TVNewser reports.

More on Fox News remembering Tony Snow.

More on Anderson Cooper‘s interview with President Obama in Ghana here and here.

ONLINE

NYT: Findings suggested traditional news sites were typically ahead of blogs by two and a half hours when a story line spread.

NEWS NOTES

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the U.S. is now seeking “amnesty” for Current TV journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee who have been detained in North Korea since March.

“I cannot think… of any other politician, not a president, not a vice president, not a candidate, whose children have been so readily focused on and trashed and ridiculed by mainstream media.” That was radio host Michael Medved on Kurtz’s Reliable Sources yesterday on CNN.

Drew Barrymore is shooting a movie in the NY headquarters of the AP this week.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro

THE REVOLVING DOOR and JOBS after the jump…

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Fox News Remembers Tony Snow

Sunday marks the one year anniversary of Tony Snow‘s passing and to honor the former White House press secretary and Fox News contributor, the network will air packages in remembrance. They’ll include words from friends and colleagues, including President George HW Bush, President George W Bush, Bill O’Reilly, Greta Van Susteren, Chris Wallace, Bret Baier, Juan Williams, Dana Perino, Karl Rove and Newt Gingrich.

Griff Jenkins, Snow’s former radio producer and long-time friend, will also share his memories and stories about Snow on several programs throughout the day.

Earlier in the week Perino penned this piece in Politico remembering Snow.

>>TVNewser has more remembrances, including comments from PBS’ Judy Woodruff, CNN’s Ed Henry and ABC’s Robin Roberts.

Dana Perino Remembers Tony Snow

This upcoming Sunday marks one year since the death of former White House press secretary Tony Snow. His successor Dana Perino pens this piece “Remembering Tony Snow’s life” in today’s Politico. An excerpt:

He had his finger on the pulse of what Americans were thinking, and his fan base grew quickly. His coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks as a reporter gave him the foundation to argue forcefully and convincingly about the importance of keeping our country safe and for supporting our troops. As my predecessor as press secretary, he was brilliant at the podium, with a star quality the White House briefing room had never seen.

Tony didn’t always sweat the details, which sometimes left us scrambling to fill in the gaps. He was almost always a few minutes late, and that wasn’t the easiest thing to be in our punctual White House. Needing to keep his weight up after the cancer treatments, he liked to eat pancake sandwiches for breakfast — getting a stack of cakes and a side of sausage and putting it all together before smothering it in butter and syrup. He loved vanilla lattes and had his assistant, Ed Buckley, run down to the mess to get him several in a day – Ed made it clear he was “picking up for Tony.”

He had dreadful taste in ties, and so we kept spares to switch out before he went on TV. He was charmingly forgetful, regularly losing his wallet and his BlackBerry, sometimes both in one day. One of his BlackBerrys was actually found in a winter boot a few weeks later – it was summer.

RTCA Dinner Wrap-Up

We think the President said it best- “The jokes may not be as good, but neither is the guest list.”

There were no TomKat or Ashton and Demi sightings. The biggest star (and highest dress slit) in the room was former Miss California Carrie Prejean, followed in star power by actor Tate Donovan and Angelina Jolie‘s brother James Haven.

But the 2009 RTCA dinner did light up the Washington Convention Center with DC journo star power- those attending included Andrea Mitchell, Chris Matthews, Lara Logan, Chip Reid, Major Garrett (check him out with Prejean in a photo after the jump), Chuck Todd, Jonathan Karl, Bill Plante, Savannah Guthrie, Ed Henry, Bill Press, Contessa Brewer, Luke Russert, Maureen Orth, Willie Geist, Mika and Joe, Judy Woodruff, Lawrence O’Donnell (and Norah and Kelly), Nancy Cordes, Steve Capus, David Bohrman, Robin Sproul, Heidi Collins, Carl Cameron, John Harwood, Mike Allen and Mark Whitaker to name a few.

As well as Robert Gibbs, Bill Burton and Laura Capps, Michael Steele (actually seated at a CBS table with Burton), Dana Perino, Samantha Powers, Ken Salazar (donning a cowboy hat), Austan Goolsbee, Gordon Johndroe, David Axelrod, Eric Holder, Sen. Susan Collins, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Leon Panetta and Rep. Glenn Nye.

The dinner was a little unconventional than most. Before dinner was served, there were various performances by JibJab, the Onion News Network and Sweet Honey on the Rocks (a favorite of Michelle Obama, though she did not attend). RTCA chair and the evening’s emcee Heather Dahl introduced President Obama, who left soon after this remarks. The date of the dinner actually changed a few times to accommodate the President’s schedule.

The Joan S. Barone Award was presented by CBS’ Bill Plante to NBC congressional correspondent Mike Viqueira for his coverage of the bailout story on the Hill. Viqueira dedicated his award to Mary Dorman, the NBC Washington bureau’s longtime assignment desk manager who died early this year of cancer. The Bloom daughters also presented an award in their father David Bloom‘s memory. BBC’s Rome Hartman accepted on behalf of Orla Guerin. A video tribute to Bill Headline, Tony Snow and Tim Russert, all who passed this year, was also shown.

More photos after the jump…

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FishPoolDC: Our Insider’s Notes from Today’s Press Briefing

CNN must have jinxed the briefing start today when they announced at 2:05 that it would start “shortly.” The 2:30 start was pushed back a half hour at 2:15, leaving several reporters outside the briefing room to sigh, “too late to go back” to their offices before the actual event…

School’s (Not?) Out for Summer: In answer to Lynn Sweet‘s query about the president’s suggestion during education remarks this morning that he would advocate for a longer school day or school year, WH Press Secretary Robert Gibbs noted that this is a proposal that has been discussed in the education community for the last decade, though he did “hope that my son didn’t hear that portion of today’s speech.”

Summer Reading?: Gibbs was asked to compare POTUS and VPOTUS remarks on opening talks with elements of the Taliban. When he suggested that all reporters take a look at the transcript, he was challenged on whose he was referencing. “I’d certainly read both,” he said to much laughter. “That’d be awkward, wouldn’t it?” he added, and then promptly retracted from the potential for some obvious Biden-verbosity jokes.

Name that Tune: He had almost made it through the briefing, but Fox’s Wendell Goler couldn’t reach the trigger quickly enough to silence his ringing cell phone. “Busted!” he joked. Though the entire room was amused by the ring tone, this reporter among others was sad to admit that we are obviously not hip enough to recognize the tune. Wendell wouldn’t tell. The incident led some to amusingly recall when ABC’s Martha Raddatz accidentally played a little “Ridin’ Dirty” during a Tony Snow briefing in the Bush Administration.

“Happy Day 50!”: The corps has joked before about the n-th day of the administration (one of the many statistics that is tallied reliably by the legendary Mark Knoller of CBS Radio), and today it was ABC Radio’s Ann Compton who referenced the “50th day” as she asked whether the president was irritated by the constant criticisms that he might be trying to tackle too much at once. Gibbs chuckled that he’d have to reference his chart on presidential happiness back at his office. “Can you release that?” Knoller asked. “We’re not that transparent,” Gibbs quipped.

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Row for Snow

From the Washington Times:

    The memory of former White House spokesman Tony Snow will endure upon the choppy waters of the Potomac River.

    The West Potomac High School Crew Boosters are currently holding weekly raffles to purchase a rowing shell to be christened the “Tony Snow,” named in honor of the former presidential press secretary and longtime Washington journalist, who died in July at age 53.

    And get this: last week’s raffle winner was none other than Jay McConville, a neighbor, close friend and bandmate of Mr. Snow’s.

    All the more appropriate, considering Mr. Snow’s rock ‘n roll band, “Beats Working,” played only one year ago at a West Potomac crew team benefit. Mr. Snow’s daughter, Kendall, rows on the girls’ varsity shell.

Morning Reading List, 09.23.08

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Good morning Washington. Do you know what grocery store this is? (Hint: It’s in Rep. Bilbray‘s district). Email us if you do. (And, after the jump, find out just who that young journo was that we posted yesterday…and who guessed it correctly).

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Morning Reading List, 09.15.08

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Good morning Washington.

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