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WaPo Reorganizes White House Team

Kevin Merida, one of WaPo‘s more adept internal memo writers, has co-authored “exciting changes” to the publication’s White House team.

His begins with high drama: “We’re marking the dawn of President Obama’s second term…”

The highlights: Scott Wilson, who won a couple of important-sounding awards last year, will be White House Bureau Chief; David Nakamura will forge on as a member of team, focusing on (yawn) immigration reform — never fear, his Pool Reports are a fun read; Philip Rucker, who covered Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, will cover Obama, gun control, and the President’s complex relationship with Congress; Felicia Sonmez, who “seems to never sleep”, will head up digital White House coverage; Zachary Goldfarb joins the team as a economic policy writer.

See the full memo…

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Did WaPo Get Spurned by WH Press Office?

This morning WhiteHouseDossier.com’s Keith Koffler casts the White House press office in a dark light as he writes about the “petty treatment” WaPo allegedly received for writing a story they disliked. He says White House press aides all but ensured the pub would get scooped.

Koffler points to a story WaPo published today that says President Obama didn’t fulfill his promises regarding the housing market. As a result, he writes, the press office appeared to give news of a Las Vegas jaunt today to outline borrowers refinance to “chief” WaPo competitors such as WSJ and NYT.

The incident hit home for the former longtime White House reporter, who had his own rough experiences. What happens to a reporter who crosses them? An excerpt: “I assume Post White House Reporter Zachary Goldfarb reporter, who wrote the story, got the full fusillade of profanity-laced fake fury from the White House press office, which is routinely served up to those who write articles the White House doesn’t like. The purpose of such treatment, and the denial of the housing ‘scoop’ to the Post, would be to get inside Goldfarb’s head so that he doesn’t try this again.”

Koffler told FishbowlDC that he believes White House press aides continue to bully reporters into reporting what they want. He recalled his own bad memories, saying, “Some of it was funny. One told me, ‘You’re really going to win a fucking Pulitzer Prize for this one.’ Another, less funny, remarked that my article was ‘horseshit,’ demanding to know sources.”

We requested comment from the White House Press Office. Deputy Press Secretary Joshua Earnest replied blandly, “I talked to Keith occasionally when he worked for Roll Call, but I haven’t really heard from him since he left to start his own blog a year or so ago.”

More on Koffler’s charges against the WH press office…

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Morning Reading List, 01.06.09

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We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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Morning Reading List, 01.05.09

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Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: NJ Gov. Jon Corzine (D), former Rep. Rob Portman (R-OH), Wall Street Journal’s Paul Gigot and Discovery Channel’s Ted Koppel.

  • Face the Nation: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), CO Gov. Bill Ritter (D), Richmond Mayor Doug Wilder, Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL) and Dr. C. Fred Bergsten, Director, Peterson Institute for International Economics.

  • Fox News Sunday: McCain manager Rick Davis, Obama strategist David Axelrod, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) and a panel with Brit Hume, Fox News Washington Managing Editor, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • This Week: Lawrence Summers, Former Treasury Secretary, James Baker, Former Treasury Secretary, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Chairman, Financial Services Committee, Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Minority Whip and a roundtable with The New York Times’ Paul Krugman, The Washington Post’s Dan Balz, and ABC News’ Cokie Roberts and George Will.

  • Late Edition: Steve Forbes, Robert Reich, former Pres. Clinton Labor Secretary, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), Washington Times’ Tara Wall, Democratic strategist Paul Begala, Republican strategist Leslie Sanchez, Democratic strategist James Carville, CNN’s Gloria Borger, Candy Crowley and Ed Henry.

  • Reliable Sources: CNN’s Candy Crowley, ABC’s Lynn Sherr, Politico’s Roger Simon, New York Times’ Frank Rich, San Francisco Chronicle’s Debra Saunders, CNN’s Ali Velshi and Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik.

  • The Post Politics Program with Ed O’Keefe and Emily Freifeld on POTUS ’08: Jennifer Agiesta and David Broder.

  • GPS: Soros Fund Management chair George Soros, Columbia University’s Earth Institute director Jeffrey Sachs, Washington Post’s Sebastian Mallaby, Peterson Institute for International Economics’ Fred Bergsten

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, James Lockhart will be interviewed by Zachary Goldfarb, Washington Post, Reporter, & Dawn Kopecki, Bloomberg News, Finance Reporter.

  • Inside Washington: Washington Post’s Colbert King, NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.

  • Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Robin Weissmann, Pennsylvania Treasurer and Obama supporter; Renee Amoore, McCain supporter; and Erin Billings and Emily Heil of Roll Call.

  • Beyond the Politics: Brookings Institution’s William Galston, National Review’s Andrew McCarthy, Washington Times’ Tara Wall and Princeton University professor Cornel West. Note: Beyond the Politics is airing in place of This Week in Politics

  • Chris Matthews: Newsweek’s Howard Fineman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Cynthia Tucker, Washington Post’s David Ignatius and CNN’s Gloria Borger.

  • Political Capital with Al Hunt: McCain economic adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Obama economic adviser Jason Furman and DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).

  • This Week In Pool Reports

    The new briefing room gets christened by Helen Thomas; POTUS and FLOTUS do a party drop-in for Dan Bartlett; it’s July in D.C. — yes, it is hot; and POTUS is not exactly a good luck charm for the Nats.

  • “POTUS was in fine fettle this morning as he, FLOTUS, and WHCA President Steve Scully performed the ceremonial ribbon-cutting at the spanking new Brady Briefing Room. Before a stand-room-only crowd of reporters and SAOs, Scully made introductory remarks, noting that nowhere else does the press sit this close to the head of state. He also reminded that Nixon tried to bump the press operation into the OEOB, and were it not for the efforts of UPI’s Merriman Smith and Helen Thomas, there we would surely be. Helen’s still with us in the front row, just to make sure.” — Linda Feldmann, Christian Science Monitor

  • “POTUS, wearing a dark suit and lovely magenta tie, then took the podium: ‘Welcome back to the White House. We missed you — sort of.’” — Feldman

  • “The motorcade pulled up alongside Joe and Freddy Slyman’s Restaurant, at St. Clair and 31 St. The sign proclaims it the home of ‘Cleveland’s Biggest Corned Beef Sandwich.’ The place, a tiny neighborhood joint in a part of the city that appears now to be largely Asian, was packed to the gills even before your pool squeezed in. The president posed for pictures with the proprietor, urged your pool to ‘make sure you all buy some sandwiches,’ and then sat down at a long table with aides including Rove and Hagin. A waitress said the corned beef sandwiches are ‘this high,’ holding her fingers about two inches apart, and said they sell for $8.25. Your pool was then returned to our vans, where we are working our way through some of these Slyman’s sandwiches. We’re holding.” — Maura Reynolds, Los Angeles Times

  • “The POTUS and the FLOTUS walked (in excessive heat) across the street from the White House to Blair House to attend Dan Bartlett’s going-away party. Both members of the First Couple in dark suits (Mrs. Laura Bush in pantsuit, for fashion writers). The POTUS was asked about a possible troop redeployment. He smiled at your pool and waved. The POTUS and FLOTUS were preceded by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who arrived by SUV. Karl Rove walked in after the First Couple entered the building. The POTUS and Mrs. Bush stayed about 15 minutes, then walked back across the street to the White House.” — Susan Milligan, Boston Globe

  • “The main thing is that it was hot. The press corps was in a pen to the west of the Portico; … The president went to the east (furthest from the entrance) end of the visitors’ pen and commenced several minutes working the rope line, shaking hands and posing for pictures. When he reached the west (closest to the entrance) end, he said ‘Gotta go! and entered the White House at 1:07 p.m. It was still hot.” — Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun

  • “POTUS visited the final game of the Cubs vs. Nats series tonight, watching the home team lose a few runs to the boys from
    Chicago but going back to the White House before the ninth inning. Final score, four Cubs, two Nats. … Sitting in a skybox between 425 and 426, POTUS and company snacked on peanuts, crackerjacks, all-beef hot dogs, nachos, chicken tenders, soda and water. … This was the fourth Nats game POTUS attended at RFK since baseball returned to the District in April 2005. The Nats are now 2-2 with POTUS in attendance.” — Zachary Goldfarb, Washington Post

  • Rising Star Finalists

    mblogo.jpgAfter the jump, you’ll find the finalists for FishbowlDC’s Rising Star competition. Congrats to everyone for being nominated and making it into the 2nd round in our first “Rising Star” competition. The winners will accompany mediabistro.com and FishbowlDC to the National Press Foundation Dinner, with a seat next to a high-profile guest (and if you’re a high profile guest who wants to go, let us know).

    Plus: We’ll be giving away seats to lucky winners we’ll pick at random. Click here to enter the raffle (send your name, affiliation and contact info).

    Now, before you write in to complain about so-and-so not getting included, etc., etc., let’s explain a few things.

    1.) If you didn’t get nominated, you didn’t get considered. The pool of contenders was chosen by you.
    2.) Some (actually, many) people were not included because, in our opinion, they were already “risen”, not “rising” (For instance: Ed Henry was nominated. Funnily enough, so was Helen Thomas). So, for some of you, it’s a compliment.
    3.) We did our best to limit the number of finalists from each publication, from certain beats, and from each medium (print, radio, broadcast, etc.).
    4.) Most importantly, we’re well aware that the list is imperfect. We did our best. Our apologies in advance if you felt snubbed. Dorian, Inky and Patrick discussed the finalists but the finalists were mostly determined by consulting with employees at various news organizations for their insight, thoughts and advice.

    Okay, so this is how it’s going work: After the jump is the list of finalists. If you’re already attending the National Press Foundation Annual Awards Dinner on February 22, let us know. Unfortunately, we’ll have to remove your name from consideration, since that means you won’t be able to sit with us (*tear*). Also, if you simply don’t want to be considered, please also let us know. Then, with the list tweaked as/if needed, we will open up voting Thursday morning and it will go through Monday.

    Click below for the finalists…

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