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YouTube Video Wins Peabody Award

Here’s a sign of the times for ya. This 25 second video by Samantha Stendal and Aaron Blanton just won a Peabody:

Check out the whole list of winners, including  here.

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NatGeo to Broadcast TV Show from Space

National Geographic Channel LogoNational Georgraphic Channel President Howard Owens announced today “Live from Space,” a two-hour television event from Arrow Media to be broadcast live from the International Space Station (ISS) and Mission Control in Houston this March. Cameras will be with astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata on the ISS, while astronaut Mike Massimino (most notably known for fixing the Hubble Telescope) will broadcast live from Houston.

From space, Mastracchio and Wakata will give viewers a tour of the ISS and  show how they live for months in microgravity. They’ll also conduct never-before-broadcast experiments that demonstrate the real-world value of the science conducted on the floating laboratory. Astronauts, flight controllers and researchers will be also featured in segments from the ISS and NASA Mission Control.

There will also be something called a “social media telescope,” the details of which are forthcoming. We’re pretty sure this will be a way for astronauts to check out celebrity selfies from space. Hooray science!

Christie, Not an Expert on Iran, Offers No Opinion On Iran

0627_chris_christieGovernor Chris Christie (Rish-NJ) showed remarkable restraint on Sunday by declining to offer an opinion on the collapse of the Iran nuclear talks -a subject which he knows nothing about. Pressed by both ABC’s George Stephanopoulos and CBS’s Norah O’Donnell to offer some opinion, no matter how ill-informed, on the delicate foreign policy issue having absolutely nothing to do with his current job, Christie explained:

“I’m a Governor of New Jersey, and I think there are a lot of people you could ask and probably will have on the program who are significantly better briefed on this than I am.  And I think when guys like me start to shoot off on opinions about this kind of stuff, it’s really ill-advised.  So I’ll leave it to Secretary Kerry and the folks that are in charge of this to make decisions about where we go.”

This is a break from past Presidential hopefuls, who have shown a willingness to spout off on just about any subject, regardless of how much they may or may not know about it. O’Donnell and Stephanopoulos were clearly flummoxed by Christie’s reasonable approach to being informed about things and quickly moved on to other subjects.

Christie also suggested that the national GOP might learn a thing or two from his re-election victory -namely how to win over Hispanics, black people, and women. It seems his strategy with said groups was quite simple -he, like, you know, tried a little:

“And showing up:  What I mean by that is you can’t just show up six months before an election and then groups, who have not normally voted for you and expect that they are going to vote for you.  I’ve been working on this for four years, going to places like Irvington, New Jersey, one of our cities were I got 4.7% of the vote four years ago…But you go there, you listen and you present your views and that’s the way you bring people into your movement.”

Journo Asks: Can I Wear Undies to the Gym?

images-1This week we featured a remark from Politico‘s Roger Simon declaring that he had underwear older than a guy who just turned 30. NRSC Strategist Brad Dayspring was particularly grossed out by this. Well, today we have another underwear situation on our hands.

It’s New York Mag’s D.C. reporter Jonathan Chait, who apparently wants to wear his boxers to the hotel gym because he forgot to pack workout attire.

Chait got a number of surprising pieces of advice, one of which was to double up on his boxers and head to the gym. “Intriguing,” Chait said on Twitter. “Can I get a ruling on this?” Read more

Awwww….

Your touching moment of the weekend…

 

 

J-School Grads With Skills You Can Use?

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To those who think journalism may be going down the drain, the Knight Foundation has a ray of hope and a plan to educate students so they have the skills newsrooms need when they graduate.

Is this really possible?

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Aide’s Terrible Slip of the Twitter Tongue

15740027Top White House aide Dan Pfeiffer may soon think twice about shooting the breeze on serious topics on Twitter, especially when the n-word can quickly become the b-word. When the Assistant and Senior Advisor to President Obama shot out a tweet with “bigger” in it this morning, the word came back with an “n” in place of the “b.”

The Twittersphere went nuts.

And word is getting out fast. Outlets like Politico, TWT and The Daily Caller are already publishing posts on it.

The offending tweet at 9:50 a.m. was to NYT‘s Jonathan Martin: “@jmartNYT also a much nigger factor on the right.”

Just four minutes later Pfeiffer wrote, “Obviously a horrendous typo in my previous tweet. My apologies.”

But in cases like these, the damage was done. Read more

Bardella Hasn’t Read This Town, Come Again?

Cover of This TownKurt Bardella, the Capitol Hill aide who infamously worked for Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), was fired for leaking journalists’ emails to NYT writer Mark Leibovich and then rehired six months later, says he hasn’t even read This Town.

Seriously.

He spent months secretly (well, until he got caught) sharing emails with Leibovich and meeting with him to quietly assist with his book depicting what can be the sickening nature of some Washington insiders. And then he doesn’t bother to read the entire chapter devoted to him that was also published in the NYT magazine? Do we even believe this?

Asked about Endeavor Strategic Communications, his new firm, and whether he’s capitalizing on the attention he received in This Town, Bardella told FishbowlDC this week, Read more

Meet Mark Leibovich’s Monster

image004As the clock struck 5:16 p.m. Wednesday, the email blast arrived. Or rather, Kurt Bardella, one of the star monsters in NYT‘s Mark Leibovich‘s summer blockbuster, This Town, had risen from the ashes or the lava (Hollywood will figure out the proper visual). Meet Washington’s latest entrepreneur. Meet the town’s former Washington insider, the headline blared. Bardella is starting his own strategic communications firm, strategic being the key word, in that he gets to chose his own “adventure.”

Within mere moments, Politico‘s Jake Sherman, whose own emails may have leaked their way to Leibovich’s inbox for the book via Bardella’s untrustworthy fingertips, tweeted the news. And there Bardella was: out there in the aftermath of a book that would make him both famous for Washington and as infamous as one of the book’s other main characters, Tammy Haddad.

Back in April, I was in the grips of yet another White House Correspondents Dinner pre-party, not Tammy’s to which I’d been pointedly not invited. This one, an unusual warehouse party in Georgetown thrown by National Journal. I didn’t notice a whole lot of White House correspondents outside of ABC’s Ann Compton. One of the more interesting details about the party was that the toilets on the main floor were malfunctioning, so attendants stood outside the restrooms telling guests that they’d have to wait. Or better yet, they’d have to fight their way upstairs to the V.I.P. floor to use the commode. Upstairs, the smell of urine wafted into the hallway.

image002Back downstairs, I ran into Bardella who had flopped into an easy chair on the far side of the room. I’d known Kurt since his days in Rep. Brian Bilbray‘s (R-Calif.) office and had always enjoyed our interactions and found him helpful. By this point, it was well known that Bardella would figure into Leibovich’s book. So I asked him about it. Was he nervous, worried? Would he be embarrassed? While he wouldn’t comment at all on the record, he indicated that he might at a later point and went into a myriad of thoughts I can’t repeat because of our off the record agreement. But one thing I was instantly struck by was Bardella’s ultra-relaxed manner about the whole thing. He knew this was coming. Everybody knew this was coming. And his body language screamed that he didn’t have a care in the world about it.

Fast forward seven months, here we are at Bardella 2.0. Or is it 3.0.? The “2″ might’ve been when his former boss, House Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), temporarily fired him in February, 2011, and he went to work for The Daily Caller while simultaneously writing op-eds for Politico, the publication that got him fired in the first place for leaking those emails to Leibovich for his book. It was Editor-in-Chief John Harris who spoke with Issa and pushed him on whether his own reporters’ emails or phone calls had been improperly shared.

At the time, in a Sunday letter to Issa, Harris wrote, “The practice of sharing reporter e-mails with another journalist on a clandestine basis would be egregiously unprofessional under any circumstances,” Harris wrote. “As the editor-in-chief of POLITICO, my concern is heightened by information suggesting that POLITICO journalists may have had their reporting compromised by this activity.”

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Journo Couple Gave Few Hints They’d Elope

images-3WaPo recently sent out a rather personal internal memo revealing that “The Reliable Source” writer Amy Argetsinger is not only leaving the gossip beat but she’s pregnant and engaged to former Bloomberg reporter and JDA VP of Public Affairs Bill McQuillen.

This week the couple made it official.

On Wednesday they both simultaneously took to their respective Facebook pages (because it’s the easiest place to make a big announcement, right?) to announce that they’d tied the knot. He said: “Bill McQuillen is married to Amy Argetsinger. And she said: “Amy Argetsinger is married to Bill McQuillen.”

Short and sweet. No details. And for some, no warning.

In fact, the news struck some as so strange that they thought it might be a prank?

However… Read more

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