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Pro Publica: Innovative or Insane?

Steiger190.jpgWe’re intrigued by the idea of a nonprofit group dedicated to advancing investigative reporting. But what a sorry state of affairs the Fourth Estate is in that newspapers aren’t willing to fund this work with their 11-20 percent profit margins.

Here’s a small sampling of how the rest of the media world is responding to Pro Publica, which will be run by former WSJ editor Paul E. Steiger with two Californians’ (Herbert M. and Marion O. Sandler) money:

Robert Stein puts it succinctly: “In an implied rebuke to junk journalism, a rich California couple is underwriting investigative reporters to give away their work to mainstream media. It won’t work.”

Media Buyer Planner is a little more kind: “A challenge to the company will be the fact that, outside of news from wire services, the largest newspapers are generally loathe to publish investigative work from other organizations. Experts, however, say that that resistance is dissolving in the face of financial struggles.”

Radar is cheeky: “A crack team of investigative journalists will form the nonprofit group Pro Publica and, with the guidance of pre-Murdoch WSJ editor Paul E. Steiger, will tackle the big stories that waning newspaper and magazine budgets have had trouble funding. And will save the world.”

Brit Hume is just ugly about it: “But a closer look at the group suggests it is not a politically neutral operation prepared to let the chips fall where they may. The Pro Publica organization was created by Herbert and Marion Sandler — former owners of one of the country’s largest mortgage and banking companies. The Sandlers made about $2.5 billion when they sold it. They are major Democratic political donors, who gave all their campaign contributions to Democrats in 2006. They have also been longtime critics of President Bush.”

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Katie Couric: I Was The Only Skirt At White House Meeting Before Bush Speech

katie_couric_skirt.jpgFrom Katie Couric‘s CBS News blog comes this missive on the state of women in television news journalism, 2007:

Last Wednesday, President Bush gave his address to the country about “the new way forward” for Iraq, and lots of journalists—including me, of course—were in Washington to cover it. But before the Big Speech, there was the little-known Big Meeting.

The White House invited all the network anchors, and some cable anchors, along with the Sunday political show hosts to a meeting with unnamed VERY senior administration officials. (Obviously I know their names, but the agreement was that in order to attend the meeting, we couldn’t reveal the people who spoke to us.)

And yet, the meeting was a little disconcerting as well. As I was looking at my colleagues around the room—Charlie Gibson, George Stephanopoulos, Brian Williams, Tim Russert, Bob Schieffer, Wolf Blitzer, and Brit Hume—I couldn’t help but notice, despite how far we’ve come, that I was still the only woman there. Well, there was some female support staff near the door. But of the people at the table, the “principals” in the meeting, I was the only one wearing a skirt.

Are you sure about that, Katie? Russert’s been known to wear a skirt under the Meet The Press desk — particularly during primary season — and we’ve all caught Brian Williams sporting flat-front khaki shorts while delivering the Nightly News. And Schieffer? Forget about it.

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  • Oprah: Opens school for girls in Africa. [AP via USAT]
  • Daily News‘ Ben Smith: Joins new D.C. publication The Politico. [NY Sun]
  • 50 Cent: To launch G-Unit Books on Thursday. [Gawker]
  • Long Island Beaches: To get wi-fi in 2007. [Daily Intel]
  • FX’s Dirt: Promo ad spree includes convenient full page across from Page Six. [WWD]