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FishbowlNY’s 2009 Lists: In Memoriam

cronkite.jpgOur favorite part of any award show is the memorial montage commemorating the lives of all those who passed away in the past year. While this year’s headlines were populated by the tragic deaths of celebrities and other bold-faced names — from Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett to Patrick Swayze and Senator Ted Kennedy — our industry lost quite a few of its prominent members in 2009 as well. Here, a look back at some of the media’s brightest stars we said goodbye to this year:

Former anchorman Walter Cronkite was perhaps the biggest name in the media world to pass away in 2009, and he was honored by a star-studded memorial in September.

A number of famous columnists also left us without their prolific narratives about politics, celebrities and the English language in 2009. Conservative columnist Robert Novak died in August from a brain tumor, Vanity Fair‘s Dominick Dunne passed away later that month after a battle with bladder cancer. The New York Times‘ “On Language” columnist, William Safire, died in September from pancreatic cancer. Another columnist who we had the pleasure of working with last year, men’s wear expert Stan Gellers, died suddenly last winter, just a few months after the publication he had contributed to for more than 50 years, DNR, folded.

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“60 Minutes” Creator Don Hewitt Dies

Hewitt_8.19.jpgThe summer of death rolls on, this time claiming the life of legendary CBS News producer and “60 Minutes” creator Don Hewitt, who reportedly died this morning.

Hewitt, who was 86, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March, TVNewser reported. Despite his illness, Hewitt attended Walter Cronkite‘s funeral last month.

Cronkite, Novak, Hewitt. Some people say that these sorts of things come in threes. We think someone should start keeping a close eye on Andy Rooney.

TVNewser: Don Hewitt – 1922-2009

One Last Thought On Robert Novak|Newsday Rejects Ad Chastising Parent Co.|Time Inc. Buys Detroit Home|More Reaction To Reader’s Digest Ch. 11 News|Is Anyone Profiting From Gawker’s Threesome Video?

FishbowlDC: One final thought about Robert Novak‘s death today: “There’s no question if you walked out of here and I dropped dead, my obit would probably have [the Plame affair] in the lede.”

New York Times: Cablevision-owned Newsday has rejected an ad by the Tennis Channel chastising the cable provider for not carrying the network.

Detroit Free Press: Time Inc. has purchased a house in Detroit’s West Village that will serve as the media company’s home base as it covers the Michigan city’s struggles to survive the recession.

Paid Content: More reactions to the news that Reader’s Digest Association will likely file for Chapter 11.

Mediaite: The NSFW Eric Dane-Rebecca Gayheart threesome video is racking up big page views for Gawker. But since Nick Denton reinstated page view bonuses at the Web media company, is anyone profiting from the onslaught of clicks? Unfortunately, the popular post’s writer, Gabriel Snyder, is Gawker’s managing editor, so he’s not eligible for the page view bonus, although he will get a bonus for overall increased traffic to the site.

Conservative Columnist Robert Novak Dies

rnovak.jpgVeteran journalist Robert Novak died this morning after battling brain cancer for the past year. He was 78.

Best known for his conservative political columns, syndicated around the country, and appearances on cable news, Novak was at the center of the Valerie Plame controversy after he outed her as the CIA agent married to Bush critic Joe Wilson.

In July 2008, Novak made headlines after running down a pedestrian while driving his black corvette. A week later, it was announced that doctors had discovered a brain tumor. When he retired shortly after, Novak told the Chicago Sun-Times, his home paper since 1966, that his prognosis was “dire.”

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Robert Novak is Dead at 78

novak.jpgRobert Novak and his 45 year old column has died of cancer reports CNN.

More at our sister blog, FishbowlDC.

Ann Coulter Turns Down Film Role

afpcoulter3.jpgIt seems even Ann Coulter doesn’t want to play Ann Coulter. Page Six of the New York Post has the details:

The leggy conservative has turned down an offer from director Doug Liman to appear in “Fair Game,” his left-leaning film about the Valerie Plame affair starring Naomi Watts as the CIA agent whose cover was blown by columnist Robert Novak. Sean Penn, who plays Plame’s underemployed husband Joseph Wilson, was pushing to have Coulter in a scene where she’d be screaming invectives at him. But Coulter said no.

The Fund for American Studies Call For Entries

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The Fund for American Studies‘ Institute on Political Journalism’s annual Clark Mollenhoff Award for professional journalists entry deadline is March 16th.

Cash money in prizes. Oooh. Cash money.

We posted the entire release after the jump but they also have the Robert Novak Collegiate Award for excellence in college reporting. Was he an excellent college reporter? Because we’ve always thought there should be a plumber award named after him. Get it? Leaks? Plumbers? Cough.

After the jump…

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RNC ‘O8: At Times Just a Big Familiar Media Party

100gg3132.jpgSo, by this point you know that FBNY is here in St. Paul-Minneapolis for the RNC along with FishbowlDC, and TVNewser. But that is not the limit of familiar faces! Here’s a short round-up of people who we seem to be spending a lot of time with, be it at the buffet, the CNN Grill, Sammy Hagar concerts, or extended walks around the ever-shifting Xcel barricade.

  • Rachel Sklar has been interviewing media conventioners about their first convention: Laura Ingraham has some choice words about Chris Rock dating back to 1996.
  • Ana Marie Cox is doing triple duty, covering both conventions for Swampland, CQ, and (the not to be missed) Twitter (“John McCain PUT DOWN the White House!”).
  • Tim Carney, our favorite Conservative Libertarian (also the “new Robert Novak“) has posted a convention preview (Palin pick: “a high-risk/high-reward decision.”)
  • Rex Sorgatz, former Minneapolite and current FBNY direction giver, is Radaronline‘s RNC correspondent. Did you know there’s a statue of Mary Tyler Moore here…spinning!
  • We Want What the Carney’s are Having!

    rIpn8Yqi4bhs9dnhycC3AO41_400.jpgWhatever Mr. and Mrs. Carney were feeding their kids it seems to have worked! Via FishbowlDC comes word that Eagle Publishing will continue to publish Robert Novak‘s Evans-Novak Political Report under the leadership of senior reporter Timothy P. Carney. Carney was apparently a protege of Novak’s; in his 2007 memoir Novak described him as “maybe my best political reporter since I began hiring them in 1982.”

    For our purposes Carney also happens to be the younger brother of Dealbreaker editor in chief (and sometime FBNY numbers consultant) John Carney. (UPDATE: Apparently, there is another Carney brother, Brian, who’s the on the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal! The NYC water dept. should use the Carney’s for an ad campaign.) We asked John what exactly was in the Carney family cereal that resulted in such illustrious family accomplishments.

    We were raised in a bar full of writers called The Lion’s Head, where you were judged not by the principles you held but by your ability to articulate them and defend yourself from criticism. Also we could stay up past bedtime as late as we wanted so long as we were reading.
    Words to live by!

    Robert Novak Announces ‘Immediate Retirement’

    Novak-735490.jpgRobert Novak, the well-known columnist and political pundit who last week was diagnosed with a brain tumor, has announced he is retiring effective immediately.

    Novak, 77, made headlines last month after running down a pedestrian while driving his black corvette, the following week-end it was announced doctors had discovered a brain tumor. Novak told the Chicago Sun-Times, his home paper since 1966, that “the details are being worked out with the doctors this week, but the tentative plan is for radiation and chemotherapy,” however, he also said the prognosis is “dire.”

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