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‘Murdoch’s World’ Shines a Light on Reporters’ Interactions With Fox News

foxnewslogoWe picked up a copy of NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik‘s “Murdoch’s World: The Last of the Old Media Empires” this week. In the book, which has gotten attention for its reporting on Fox News and News Corp, Folkenflik details his own interactions with the Fox News media relations department, including his previously-documented 15-month stint on the department’s “blacklist” (which Folkenflik says is internally referred to as “Irena’s doghouse”).

He also offers a detailed report on efforts to discredit a Crain’s New York reporter, Matthew Flamm, by planting a false tip that Bill O’Reilly would anchor the network’s election coverage in 2008. After Flamm ran with the story, Fox News SVP of media relations Irena Briganti told TVNewser: “Flamm is so far off the mark it’s embarrassing and his ‘reporting’ lacks any semblance of credibility.” Folkenflik reports that a former Fox News staffer confirmed the media relations department had been behind the whole thing.

(For more on this: The Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple has the emails between Flamm and the fake producer; Flamm offers his own account of the incident at Crain’s New York.)

“There are moments when the essence of Fox News can be discerned mostly clearly in the maneuvers of its public relations department, not on the airwaves,” Folkenflik writes in “Murdoch’s World.”

Folkenflik appeared on Chris Hayes‘ show on MSNBC last night alongside one-time Fox News mole Joe Muto and The Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox, who weighed in on the Fox News details from “Murdoch’s World.” Watch: Read more

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The Ticker (Saturday Edition): Kurtz, Kennedy, Spitzer…

> Tomorrow on Reliable Sources, Howard Kurtz will talk with Ana Marie Cox and Chris Stirewalt about the latest Cable News War: Olbermann vs. Beck. TVNewser columnist Gail Shister will also be on to talk about Jay Leno‘s primetime debut. CNN, 10amET tomorrow.

> Monday on GMA, Ted Kennedy Jr. and Patrick Kennedy, sons of the late Senator Edward Kennedy will talk about “True Compass,” Sen. Kennedy’s memoir which comes on out Tuesday. ABC, 7am Monday.

> He went from the “Sheriff of Wall Street” to “Client 9″ and on Monday former NY Gov. Eliot Spitzer talks with the Early Show’s Harry Smith on the anniversary of Lehman Brothers’ collapse…and probably a bit about his own political collapse, but we’ll see. CBS, 7am Monday.

O’Donnell, Haddad, Cox Being Considered For DC’s Real Housewives?

Our old pal Patrick Gavin writes about Bravo TV’s search for The Real Housewives of Washington, DC. Among the names being tossed around, MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell, Newsweek/Haddad Media’s Tammy Haddad and Air America’s Ana Marie Cox. O’Donnell’s casting is probably a non-starter since she already works for the company that produces the show. Also, she’s no NeNe.

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Norah O’Donnell with husband Geoff Tracy at Tammy Haddad’s Garden Party in April 2008. In addition to twins Grace and Henry, Norah gave birth to Riley last July.

Greta Van Susteren To The Rescue

greta_5-18.jpgYou never know who you’ll run into on the New York-to-Washington Amtrak train — or which journalist may be coming to the rescue of a fellow journalist.

Nikki Schwab of U.S. News & World Report writes that Air America Radio host Ana Marie Cox fell ill on the train due to an allergic reaction, and FNC’s Greta Van Susteren jumped in to save her.

“If she hadn’t been there, I don’t know what would have happened. It would have been a thousand times worse,” Cox said.

Writes Schwab: “A food allergy sufferer herself, Greta was ready with a backup plan: She carries an EpiPen epinephrine shot for her own emergencies.”

(illustration by Ed Wexler for U.S. News & World Report)

Haddad Talks WHCA Dinner Partying, Issues Challenge to Ana Marie Cox, on the “Menu”

whc_5-4.pngToday on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu we’re joined by Tammy Haddad of Haddad Media.

Haddad just launched a new Website, WHCInsider.com, that keeps track of all the events surrounding the upcoming White House Correspondents Association dinner, as well as the White House press corps in general.

“We thought we’d shine a little spotlight on it, because the White House correspondents association, the sponsor of the event…they don’t want to do anything to promote themselves,” said Haddad of the reason behind the launch. “They don’t want to look like they’re making money off covering the President off covering the United States.”

Once the WHCA dinner ends after this weekend, Haddad says the Website will continue its focus on the correspondents themselves. “When we started talking about the site, it was all about the weekend,” she said. “What we found is this great big wide open space that’s uncovered.”

So how does she think the press corps are doing during Pres. Obama’s first 100 days? “I think they’re doing a terrific job in explaining why the decisions are made,” Haddad said.

Also discussed: how the economic situation is affecting the WHCA dinner and events (hint: not much), her “challenge” to White House press corps doubter Ana Marie Cox and her role in the new Newsweek.com.

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The Ticker: Geist, Bolling, Cox…

> Morning Joe’s Willie Geist will be one of the judges for tonight’s Miss USA Pagaent (NBC, 7pmET). Other judges include blogger Perez Hilton and SNL’s Kenan Thompson.

> “Eric B.” (or, Fox Business Network’s Eric Bolling) is in the running to be Esquire magazine’s Best Dressed Real Man. His personal style: “Classic and tailored with a hint of ‘All American.’”

> Ana Marie Cox writes today in The Washington Post about the need to “get rid of the White House press corps.” The “experienced journalists at the top of their game” are “wasted at the White House, where scoops are doled out, not uncovered,” she writes.