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Today’s Reading List 10.12.09

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Hope you’re enjoying a three-day Columbus Day weekend. Happy Birthday to Chris Wallace (h/t Playbook). And now, hopefully, everything you need to know in DC media today in one post…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | NEWS NOTES | AWARDS & EVENTS

NEWSPAPERS

How’s M. E. Sprengelmeyer doing at with the Guadalupe County Communicator? NYT catches up with the former Rocky Mountain News Washington correspondent.

TV

Fox News vs. the White House…

Above, White House communications director Anita Dunna again commented on Fox News, this time on CNN’s “Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz” on Sunday. “The reality of it is that Fox often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party,” Dunn said in the interview posted above.

NYT: “Attacking the news media is a time-honored White House tactic but to an unusual degree, the Obama administration has narrowed its sights to one specific organization, the Fox News Channel, calling it, in essence, part of the political opposition.”

In other TV news…

PBS’ “Frontline” premieres a new season tomorrow with “Obama’s War,” a documentary on the war in Afghanistan, which includes an interview with General Stanley A. McChrystal. Preview here.

ABC’s Cynthia McFadden will sit down with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Moscow for an interview to air on “Nightline,” “GMA” and “World News Tonight” Wednesday. More dets here.

Is Lou Dobbs moving to Fox Business Channel? The CNN anchor apparently met with Roger Ailes.

Take two. People.com reports Jimmy Kimmel‘s dating a longtime staffer.

How does NBC’s Savannah Guthrie read the news on the “Today Show” set? No shoes and polka dot socks, Mike Allen revealed in Playbook this weekend.

FishbowlNY’s Amanda Ernst makes her debut on “Today.” And she gets rowdy with NBC’s Hoda Kotb.

Jamie Gangel had an exclusive with Rush Limbaugh for “Today” and NBC platforms. Part one is here and part two airs tomorrow. On the media, Limbaugh said, “I know how to yank their chain” (h/t TVNewser).

And that was CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo hosting NBC’s coverage of the Columbus Day Parade in NY today.

ONLINE

Politico on Think Progress.

HuffPost has launched a new section today on hot-button issues. “Impact” includes a widget so that readers can “plot a course of action,” if they want to donate to a cause, for example (h/t NYO).

And HuffPost notes: “Progressive bloggers were in an uproar Sunday night after a White House “adviser,” speaking on condition of anonymity, urged them to “take off their pajamas” and get serious about politics. NBC White House correspondent John Harwood relayed the quote during a segment he shot for Nightly News following a massive gay rights rally in Washington.”

CBS’ Michelle Levi made her debut in front of the camera on “Washington Unplugged” Friday. She’s one of the daily webcast’s producers.

NEWS NOTES

Richard Gere turns the camera on two of our fave Politico reporters.

And this is definitely worth a click… Fun with Photostop, President Obama and other awards, courtesy of Time, here.

AWARDS & EVENTS

Mark your calendars… CBS’ Bob Schieffer, TPM‘s Christina Bellantoni, TWT‘s Stephanie Green and Liz Glover, Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz, Hotline‘s Quinn McCord, Mother Jones’ David Corn, Politico‘s Chris Frates and Politics Daily’s Lynn Sweet and Melinda Henneberger are among some of the journos coming out for “Karaoke in the Capital” Wednesday, October 21st. Check back tomorrow for some dets (and trash talking).

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