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BREAKING: John Solomon To Replace Pruden At The Washington Times

The Washington Times has named John F. Solomon as executive editor. He succeeds Wes Pruden, who will retire after 25 years at the paper.

Solomon hails from the Post where he’s headed the paper’s investigative reporting team. Previously, he was the Associated Press’ director of Multimedia Investigative Reporting, assistant bureau chief, news editor and reporter in Washington, DC.

Pruden will continue his column, “Pruden on Politics.”

>Is Fran Coombs upset?

>Is this hire, coupled with the Washington Times’ new marketing plan, a sign of a vastly different paper, being taken in a vastly different direction?

>MediaMatters is sure to say “no” to the above question, having written about Solomon in the past. Although, to be fair: Despite its good work from time to time, MediaMatters’ mission is to basically not like anybody.

>What does this mean for the Post’s Interactive Investigations Section? Who will do the Post’s “Things You Didn’t Know” about the candidates feature?

The Next WT Editor-in-Chief

Lots of talk about who is going to replace Wes Pruden as editor-in-chief of the Washington Times. The Don Mattingly candidate (i.e. the favorite for the position) remains Fran Coombs, but remember: Mattingly didn’t get the job.

Harry Jaffe looks at the job description, as does Howard Kurtz.

One of the more interesting parts of the job description?

    The new editor must have “respect for the vision of the founder of News World Communications and The Washington Times, which aims to further the values of faith, family and freedom, while conveying a global awareness, urbanity and sensitivity.”

On a related note, we hear that lots of Times employees — especially Metro reporters — are wondering what the heck ever happened to that big strategic plan promised by Washington Times President Thomas McDevitt.

Stacy McCain Resigned?!?

ccainstacy2.jpgThat’s what we’re hearing this evening, that Washington Times Assistant National Editor Robert Stacy McCain called National Editor Ken Hanner today and declared his intention to resign.

Why? Well, McCain was the person mentioned in our earlier blind item. During a heated moment in the Times newsroom yesterday, McCain’s temper rose over what others described as his frustration with having too many jobs to juggle (the same sources also confirm that McCain does, in fact, contribute in myriad ways for the newspaper).

Sources told FishbowlDC that they heard McCain get into a charged debate with Deputy National Editor Victor Morton and then, fully irate, McCain proceeded to storm into Hanner’s office where voices were raised and “I quit” was overheard by those outside Hanner’s door. This carried into the newsroom — “a yelling fit,” said one — and everyone in the newsroom heard and watched McCain’s dramatic exit.

Upon leaving the newsroom, McCain violently slammed through a pair of heavy steel doors, kicking them open and nearly hitting Assistant Metro Editor Lyn Pusey, who just barely dodged the flying doors.

But the assumption was that McCain would return to work on Wednesday and all would be well, but that did not happen. And now we hear that McCain called into Hanner today to confirm his desire to quit. Still, word is that this has happened before (a few times, even) and there is some speculation tonight that Managing Editor Fran Coombs is prepared to try to sooth McCain’s ruffled feathers and try talk him back into the newsroom.

Stay tuned…(for what it’s worth, McCain’s Facebook page still has him with the paper…)

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Separated At Birth: Rajiv Chandrasekaran

This week’s Separated At Birth is Washington Post’s new National Editor, Rajiv Chandrasekaran.

According to My Heritage’s nifty Face Recognition:

Chandrasekaran…
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…looks like Owen Wilson?
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Heath Ledger?
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And, Matt Lauer?
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Did you miss our earlier Separateds? Or just want to see them again? Check out Wes Pruden, Chris Cillizza, Dana Perino, Dan Steinberg, David Martin, David Bradley, Linda Greenhouse, Laura Sessions Stepp, William Arkin, Paul Singer, Ben Bradlee, John Yang, Armstrong Williams, Howard Kurtz, Tony Kornheiser, John Harris, Len Downie, David Corn, Bob Woodward, Jeff Zeleny, John McCaslin, John Hendren, Lesley Lopez, Elizabeth Shogren, Norah O’Donnell, Chris Matthews, Tim Russert, Brit Hume, Wolf Blitzer and David Gregory

The Washington Times Hates All You Leakers

(Alternate headlines: “Pruden Gets Pissed,” or, “To Mark Their 25th Anniversary, The Washington Times Acts Boldly And Bravely In Their Effort To Be The First Leak-Free Newsroom In Human History”)

The Washington Times recently added this privacy notice to the bottom of all emails (which you can’t delete):

    The information contained in this electronic transmission is intended for the exclusive use of the individuals to whom it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged and confidential, the disclosure of which is prohibited by law. If the reader of this transmission is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. In addition, any unauthorized copying, disclosure or distribution of the material in this e-mail and any attachments is strictly forbidden.

Was someone upset about all of those leaks?

We’ve also gotten our hands on a paper memo sent by Wes Pruden to all Times employees yesterday(they were put in their mailboxes):

    STAFF:

    This warning should not be necessary, but here it is: Memoranda about internal affairs at The Times, directed as a matter of courtesy to members of the staff, are meant to be confidential and not for outside distribution. This means they are not to be leaked or otherwise dispatched to other publications or Web sites. We look forward to many good things at The Times over the next few months as we expand our resources and reach, and from time to time the staff will be kept informed. When the public is to be informed this will be done by appropriate officers of the company. Violations of this policy will be regarded as insubordination, and dealt with accordingly, up to and including termination of employment. Have a little respect for yourself and your colleagues.

Yeah, seriously.

Separated At Birth: Wes Pruden

This Week’s Separated at Birth is Washington Times’ Wes Pruden.

According to My Heritage’s nifty Face Recognition:

Pruden…
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…looks like Robert De Niro?
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Jason Alexander?
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And, Patrick Swayze?
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Did you miss our earlier Separateds? Or just want to see them again? Check out Chris Cillizza, Dana Perino, Dan Steinberg, David Martin, David Bradley, Linda Greenhouse, Laura Sessions Stepp, William Arkin, Paul Singer, Ben Bradlee, John Yang, Armstrong Williams, Howard Kurtz, Tony Kornheiser, John Harris, Len Downie, David Corn, Bob Woodward, Jeff Zeleny, John McCaslin, John Hendren, Lesley Lopez, Elizabeth Shogren, Norah O’Donnell, Chris Matthews, Tim Russert, Brit Hume, Wolf Blitzer and David Gregory

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