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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.

Medal of Honor Doc Premiers at Supreme Court

Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito,Jr. and Sonia Sotomayor probably didn’t have far to go when they attended the premiere of “Medal of Honor: A History” by producer Ed Hooper last night at the Court, followed by a dinner also attended by 30 Medal of Honor Recipients.

“Medal of Honor: A history” is a hour long documentary on the history of the medal – not the recipients, but the medal itself and how it rose from a decoration no one wanted to become the nation’s highest honor. It’s narrated by Gary Sinise. It features interviews with service branch historians and the U.S. Senate historian, and illustrates how a medal is created at the mint. This is the first time a history of the medal has been assembled anywhere.

Today is National Medal of Honor day and the festivities will carry on at Arlington National Cemetery where the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation will honor 3 Citizen Honor recipients for heroic deeds in a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

(h/t Janet Donovan)

Wolf Blitzer, Robert Siegel Receive National Press Foundation Awards

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and NPR’s Robert Siegel were honored last week by the National Press Foundation at their 31st Annual Awards Dinner at the Washington Hilton.

Blitzer received the  Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism, which recognized his “energy, encyclopedic knowledge of politics and unique ability to handle multiple story lines while continuing to inform the public.”

Siegel was given the W.M. Kiplinger Award for Distinguished Contributions to Journalism. He was being honored for “his insightful interviewing and calm demeanor that elevates his broadcasts.”

Other Washington journos who received awards include Mark Drajem of Bloomberg News, Maureen Groppe of Gannett’s Washington bureau, David A. Fahrenthold of WaPo, and the Boston Globe Washington bureau.

See the whole list of honorees here.

CNN’s Arwa Damon Receives Oxfam Award

Tonight, CNN’s Arwa Damon will be at the Newseum in downtown DC to collect Oxfam America’s first ever “Right the Wrong” Award. The award comes as Damon returns from a reporting stint in Turkey, where she has been covering anti-government protests. But for the past few weeks, Damon has been been covering a much more dangerous beat -the civil war in Syria. Indeed, Oxfam is recognizing her tonight for her “fearless reporting on conflict and humanitarian disasters in Syria.” (A great example of which can be found here.)

“It is a bit surreal,” she says of the contrast between the chaos of a war zone and the pomp of an awards ceremony.

“I am more comfortable being out there, dirt under my nails, amongst it all. But of course it’s phenomenally flattering and I think it does serve as a platform to highlight all the issues that we are covering out there.”

Damon is perhaps uniquely suited to cover the war for CNN -she is the quadrilingual, half-American granddaughter of former Syrian Prime Minister Muhsin al-Barazi. He was deposed and executed in 1949 during one the coups that wracked the early days of the independent Syrian state. She grew up in Morocco and Turkey, graduated from Skidmore College in New York, and began her career shortly after 9/11. At the time, she was working at a Turkish textile company, but in the face of the anti-Arab backlash taking hold of the country, she decided to dedicate her life to a higher purpose than hawking robes and carpets.

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DC Journos Rack Up Polk Awards

polkawardThe winners of the 2013 George Polk Awards were announced Sunday and DC journalists were well represented among them. Out of 30 journalists honored, 8 were from DC. WaPo did particularly well, with their journalists taking home awards in 3 of the 13 categories.

The George Polk Awards in Journalism are conferred annually to honor special achievement in journalism. The awards, which place a premium on investigative and enterprise reporting that gains attention and achieves results, were established in 1949 by Long Island University to commemorate George Polk, a CBS correspondent murdered in 1948 while covering the Greek civil war.

 

Below is a list of all the winners from the DC area:

Best National Security Reporting: WaPo‘ s Barton Gellman for  ”U.S., British intelligence mining data from nine U.S. Internet companies in broad secret program” about the Edward Snowden leaks. This award was shared with Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras of The Guardian.

Best National Reporting: WaPo‘s Eli Saslow for ’Waiting for the 8th“ about the lives of the people who receive assistance from the federal food stamp program.

Best Political Reporting: WaPo‘s Rosalind S. HeldermanLaura Vozzella and Carol Leonnig for ”McDonnell apologizes, repays loans“ about the scandal that led to the indictments of Gov. McDonnell (R-VA) and his wife.

Best Business Reporting: Center for Public Integrity’s Alison Fitzgerald, Daniel Wagner, Lauren Kyger, and John Dunbar for After the Meltdown” demonstrating that regulators and prosecutors have failed to hold a single major player on Wall Street accountable for the reckless behavior that sparked the 2008 financial crisis.

Great job, y’all! And keep up the good work!

 

ABC’s Ann Compton Receives WPCF Lifetime Achievement Award

The Washington Press Club Foundation will award ABC News Radio’s White House correspondent Ann Compton its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented at the 70th Annual Congressional Dinner on Feb. 5 here in Washington. The WPCF was founded in 1919 to ensure that women established an equal place in the newsroom. Their dinner this year will hosted by CNN’s Brianna Keilar and feature speeches from Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD).

From the press release:

Ann’s award-winning career in journalism, almost exclusively at ABC News, has brought her into the center of countless major news stories. Compton has covered national historic events and has reported on seven U.S. presidents. But to her fellow colleagues,Ann is known to always be willing to extend a helping hand. She has served as a generous mentor to scores of young journalists, graciously imparting her experience and wisdom so others can share in the success of a story well reported.

Congratulations Ann, from all of us here at FishbowlDC!

Politifact Lie of the Year: “You Can Keep It”

Suck it Obama! You done been called out! Jake Tapper labeled Barack Obama “Liar-in-Chief” just moments ago on his show, “The Lead”. Well actually it was Politifact (and 59% of the country) who bequeathed the title upon POTUS, declaring that the now-infamous phrase, “If you like your plan, you can keep it,” was 2013′s lie of the year. Interestingly, this very same statement was called a “half-truth” by Politifact in 2012. Back then, they wrote:

Obama has a reasonable point: His health care law does take pains to allow Americans to keep their health plan if they want to remain on it. But Obama suggests that keeping the insurance you like is guaranteed.

In reality, Americans are not simply able to keep their insurance through thick and thin. Even before the law has taken effect, the rate of forced plan-switching among policyholders every year is substantial, and the CBO figures suggest that the law could increase that rate, at least modestly, even if Americans on balance benefit from the law’s provisions. We rate Obama’s claim Half True.

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Haley Sweetland Edwards is One of Longform.orgs Best of 2013

An article by Washington Monthly‘s Haley Sweetland Edwards has been named one of Longform.org’s best political pieces of 2013. Edwards wrote a lengthy piece for the July/August edition of the magazine detailing the inner workings of a shadowy cabal of doctors that sets reimbursement rates for medical procedures. If it sounds arcane, Edwards’ article about the Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (or RUC for short) is actually a fascinating look at what is wrong with our health care system today.

Check out the story here, and a big FishbowlDC Congratulations to Haley! Longform.org will be naming their “Most Entertaining”, “Most Popular”, and “Top Ten Overall” stories tomorrow. If any of those happen to be DC-area names -which, come on, is pretty likely -we will let you know!

FBDC Readers Correctly Predict TIME‘s Person of the Year!

Hooray y’all! We did it! Last month, we ran a poll asking you all to pick the TIME’s Person of the Year and you chose (The Cool) Pope Francis. Well TIME officially announced the selection of “The People’s Pope” today on Twitter at 7:43 AM. This is great, as it indicates that the FishbowlDC readership is a very savvy and “in the know” demographic -which means we can charge advertisers more money! Hooray Pope Francis! Here’s why TIME magazine chose him:

For pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world’s largest church to confronting its deepest needs, and for balancing judgment with mercy, Pope Francis is Time’s 2013 Person of the Year

For the whole story, go here.

Photo Wars: Daily Caller’s Halloween Hillary

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In which we find photographs on partisan news sites that run the worst possible picture of a person from the opposing party.

Clicking over to Daily Caller was a frightful decision this morning as they ran a piece about some leaks coming among the highest levels of government. In doing so, they almost made me spill my coffee because located at the top of their homepage, was a picture of former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton looking hellfire pissed, possibly about to shoot lasers from her eyes. Read more

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