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PRNewser: Dan Abrams, CEO of Abrams Research, spoke about the similarities between publicists and journalists at the Media Relations Summit earlier this week.

FishbowlDC: National Journal staffer James Kitfield won his third Gerald R. Ford Prize for Defense Reporting. In 1995, he became the first person to win the award more than once.

Financial Times: Google CEO Eric Schmidt said in an interview the company was thinking about buying a newspaper, but instead it will likely only help media companies make their Web sites better.

Editor & Publisher: The Associated Press is offering buyouts to over 200 veteran employees who are close to retirement.

Random Night Out: Pictures from last night’s Jamaican-themed party hosted by Thrillist.com.

Google CEO to AP: Why All the Fuss?

fsmggggoogle-doodle.jpgGoogle CEO Eric Schmidt participated in a short Q&A following speech at the Newspaper Association of America convention during which he addressed the AP‘s decision to crack down on news aggregators.

With respect to the Associated Press, we at Google have a multimillion dollar deal with the Associated Press not only to distribute their content but also to host it on our servers. So I was a little confused by all of the excitement in the news in the last 24 hours. I’m not quite sure what they were referring to. But we have a very, very successful deal with the AP and hopefully that will continue for many, many years.

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I Want Media’s ‘Media Person of the Year’

journalist08.jpgA the year draws to a close get prepared for the usual onslaught of lists! We all know Time‘s Person of the Year is a non-compete, but I Want Media, which has just launched its yearly Media Person of the Year poll may provide a slightly more open playing field. Here are your choices: Arianna Huffington, Rachel Maddow, Sam Zell, Rupert Murdoch, Tina Fey, The Twitter Trio, Mel Karmazin, Jason Kilar, Eric Schmidt, and closest to our hearts, “The Laid-Off Journalist” (also, Page Six’s pick).

Think they left some out? They are also taking nominations. We would argue that due to his magazine and newspaper selling power (not to mention the YouTube fireside chats) Barack Obama is a obvious but viable choice. Also, how about the citizen journalist, or Tina Brown? Let us know your suggestions!

Arianna Huffington Hosts The Rachel Maddow Show

Arianna Huffington subbed in for Rachel Maddow on her show last night (as for any previous bad blood incurred between Arianna and MSNBC? According to TVNewser, it’s all water under the bridge). In this segment she talks to Google’s Eric Schmidt about Barack Obama and the Internet presidency — Schmidt says one of the great winners of the election was the Internet, itself. Arianna, upset by the fact Obama will have to give up his Blackberry, suggests that Google create an application called Google President just for him (not a bad idea, actually!). After the jump Arianna talks to recent major book-deal recipient 538.com’s Nate Silver (a side note: we heard the two book deal Silver made with Penguin was based solely on two pages of bullet-pointed ideas, and some printouts of blog entries).

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The King Speaks and Jerry Yang Shows Up

SV200814.jpgDan Cox, on special assignment for FishbowlLA, covering the 2008 Sun Valley Media Conference.

As Herb Allen‘s Sun Valley retreat started to wind down Friday afternoon, some key executives were already boarding their Lear Jets and scooting home, missing out on speeches from the two RICHEST men in the world. They will all miss former Microsoft chair Bill Gates and Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett tomorrow. Mediabistro will stick around in Sun Valley in beautiful weather (82 degrees and sunny) to gather up whatever crumbs can be taken from the rich men talks.

A presentation by Jordan’s King Abdullah II was well received by a few hundred conference-goers, but nobody wanted to talk about what the Jordanian said. Maybe they were concerned about their oil stocks. Security wasn’t especially heavy for the King, but the feeling on Herb Allen campus was that if any disruptions were started, the crack NYPD-filled security staff would take them down.

Yang_7.11.jpgYahoo! CEO Jerry Yang showed up in Sun Valley just in time to get an earful of complaining in the media about the earthworm status of the Yahoo!/Microsoft merger talks. He did meet quietly with the Google boys, co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page as well as CEO Eric Schmidt, but that was presumably made to discuss the display advertising deal that the two companies cut a few weeks back.

Meanwhile, Yahoo! President Sue Decker practically threw her arms up and gave in to media queries about what’s going to happen.

“Forget tomorrow, but in six months where will you be and where will Yahoo! be?” asked one intrepid journo.

“I have no idea,” Decker moaned.

Google’s Eric Schmidt: “We Took the Position That the World is Better Off With An Independent Yahoo!”

SV200810.jpgDan Cox, on special assignment for FishbowlLA, covering the 2008 Sun Valley Media Conference.

Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin and CEO Eric Schmidt stunned the hardened journalist crowd at the Sun Valley Media Conference with an unscheduled 75-minute press conference at which they discussed everything — Google, Microsoft, Yahoo! — and their brethren.

A news conference is unusual for the Sun Valley confab because they don’t often cater to journalists and especially not through lengthy pressers.

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So what started as a short sit-down with Schmidt turned into a fascinating ride into the minds of the Google executives. And it may be the only time this week, the journos will be faced with deadlines and a hefty pile of interview info to sift through.

The Google trio were relaxed and somewhat light-hearted about the discussion, but they’re ultra-serious about how they handle business.

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LAT in 90 Seconds

dinnerandasow.jpgDinner and a Show: Here’s an alternative to all those summer evenings you won’t be spending at the movies.

youtubelogo.jpgViacom’s Suit Against YouTube: Most illuminating part of the story?

Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt, speaking to investors last week, said he wasn’t concerned about the tough talk. And he made light of the TV industry’s complaint that Google was acting too high and mighty: “I’m sure we’re arrogant. But I have learned that as part of being a player in the media industry, part of negotiations is that everything is leaked and you are sued to death.”

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Stating the Obvious: Patt Morrison dedicates this week’s rumination to the realization that LA denizens sure do have a lot of interesting accents. Garsh.

Google ‘Chariman’ Business Card

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A reworked scene from 2000′s American Psycho:

Patrick Bateman: New card. What do you think? Picked them up from the printer’s yesterday.

Sergey Brin: Good coloring.

Bateman: That’s Bone. And the lettering is something called Silian Rail.

Brin: It’s very cool, Bateman, but that’s nothing. Look at this.

Bateman: That is really nice.

Brin: Eggshell with Romalian type. What do you think?

Bateman: Nice.

Larry Page: Jesus. That is really super. How’da nitwit like you get so tasteful?

Bateman: I can’t believe that Larry prefers Sergey Brin‘s card to mine.

Page: But wait. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Raised lettering, pale nimbus … white.

Bateman: Impressive. Very nice. Let’s see Eric Schmidt‘s card.

[card thrown on table]

Bateman: Look at that subtle off-white coloring. The tasteful thickness of it. Oh, my God. It even has a watermark … Wait a minute. Is “chairman” mispelled? Jesus.

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