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On the Podcast: Larry King steps down; Press release buzzwords, and Politco’s Patrick Gavin

On our weekly podcast this morning, we discussed the end of Larry King’s long run on CNN, and what it means for PR. Next, we looked at a recent analysis of press releases revealing the most overused words–there are 161,000 “leaders” out there!

We then turned to Politico’s Patrick Gavin to find out more about what makes the publication’s newsroom tick.

Reporters are expected to know their beat on day one, have a personal brand and be incredibly fast. “Everyone [in D.C.] is fighting to post something or tweet something 15 seconds before the next person, and strangely that matters,” said the multimedia reporter and former editor of mediabistro’s FishbowlDC.

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We asked Gavin about accusations from the media that a beat reporter would have reported the Rolling Stone Gen. Stanley McChrystal profile differently, holding back some of the damaging items to maintain access and the relationship. “I have a hard time believing that a beat reporter would sit on that story,” he said.

We also managed to squeeze in discussion of what’s behind Dave Weigel‘s resignation from the Washington Post.

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Bloomberg White House Correspondent Joining NRDC as Federal Communications Director

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Bloomberg White House correspondent and outgoing White House Correspondents’ Association president Edwin Chen announced he is leaving Bloomberg News to join the National Resources Defense Counsel as federal communications director, where he will handle media strategy.

In an email to Politico, Chen said:

My regret over leaving one of the world’s largest — and certainly the most ambitious — news organizations is offset by a sense of urgency in resuming doing the Lord’s work, particularly after the BP oil spill. That debacle was a divine signal to redouble my efforts to help clean up the environment, help America kick its petroleum addiction, and help public officials find the wisdom and courage to do the right thing to combat climate change before it’s too late.

Chen was previously with the NRDC from March 2006 to January 2007. Politico’s Patrick Gavin — and former mediabistro.com FishbowlDC editor — calls the move, “a big blow for Bloomberg News.”

Less Laughter in White House Press Room

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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs cracked a joke about Sarah Palin during his daily press briefing this past Tuesday. Former George W. Bush Press Secretary Dana Perino didn’t think it was funny.

Now, Politico reports that the media may be tiring of Gibbs’ shtick. Reports Politico’s Patrick Gavin:

Back in May, Politico analyzed the press briefings and found that the instances of laughter – as indicated by “(Laughter)” being noted in the official transcript – occurred more than 10 times per day during press secretary Robert Gibbs‘s briefings.

But the laughter has been reduced by half in recent months: In the first six months of the Obama administration, briefings produced an average of 179 laughs per month. Over the past six months, the average has dropped down to 89.

This could be due to the fact that Gibbs has had to address a number of serious issues in the last few months, including health-care reform stalling, Scott Brown winning Ted Kennedy‘s Senate seat in Massachusetts and continued concern about job growth and the economy.

Is Robert Gibbs America’s Funniest Press Secretary?

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Maybe. But we do know he has elicited a lot more laughter in the White House press briefing room than his predecessors. As Politico’s Patrick Gavin points out:

There have been more than 600 instances of “(Laughter.)” during his regular press briefings – an average of more than 10 laughs per day.

Dana Perino, George W. Bush’s last press secretary, got all of 57 laughs in her first four months. Scott McClellan, another Bush press secretary, got just 66 laughs in his first four months.

Gibbs even bests the late Tony Snow, whose jocular performances – dubbed “The Tony Snow Show” by some – drew a relatively paltry 217 laughs during his first four months on the job.

Longtime CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller said that Gibbs is “more inclined to make a wisecrack than any press secretary” he’s covered. Is this an issue, given the domestic and foreign challenges we currently face? Gavin mentioned it, but none of the sources he spoke with brought it up.