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Archives: August 2007

Politico Tweaks

Some news out of Politico offices…

…first, some have been operating out of its DC bureau in the Charlie Palmer steakhouse building for a while…

…expect a minor paper redesign on Tuesday…

…VandeHarris will begin writing a regular column on power and politics

…Mike Allen’s “Playbook” has added a team of reporters, who will compile a ranked list around the clock of the top 12 stories driving the political conversation.

Is Tony Snow Getting Cranky?

From yesterday’s WH press briefing:

    MR. SNOW: Thank you for the question. I’ve already given my answer.

    Q No, you didn’t.

    MR. SNOW: Yes, I did. Okay, I gave the answer I’m going to give.

    Q Your tolerance level seems to be slipping. (Laughter.)

    MR. SNOW: It’s — really? Am I getting cranky like you? (Laughter.) Wow. (Laughter.)

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Name Games

Remember back when we showed you how the Politico’s deal with CBS prevented Tim Russert from mentioning the paper by name? Or how Dana Milbank referred to the Politico as a “Capitol Hill newspaper”? Or how the Politico wouldn’t mention Roll Call?

We have another example in the “Sssh…don’t mention Publication X by name” category: The Hill’s A.B. Stoddard, appearing on MSNBC Tuesday, elected to refer to Roll Call as “the Washington newspaper” instead of by name.

    It’s not so much what the Statesman turned up. I think that the real story here is what the newspaper in Washington turned up…

Morning Reading List, 08.31.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press’ was the dominant Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week in all categories across the country and in Washington, D.C.” On Sunday, August 26, the program averaged 3.325 million total viewers, 40% more than second place CBS “Face the Nation”, a 50% advantage over third place ABC “This Week”, and 173% more than FOX “News Sunday”.

  • Reuters reports, “The CNN cable television news network said on Thursday it would stop using the Reuters news service, ending a 27-year relationship, to cut costs and invest in its own news gathering operations.”

  • A GLAAD release announced, “The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) today called on Tucker Carlson, NBC News and MSNBC to apologize for remarks made on Tuesday night that appear to condone violent assault.”

  • Media types a big percentage of The Palm’s new faces.

  • We hear Mike Causey stepping down from his on-air duties on Federal News Radio.

  • B&C reports, “The Supreme Court has given the solicitor general an extra month to decide whether to ask for high-court review of the federal appeals court decision that the FCC has not sufficiently justified its crackdown on cussing.”

  • Boston Phoenix’s Sharon Steel poses a very good question, “Why can’t more writers be smart enough to be beautiful, handsome, or at least cute”

  • Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Henniger writes, “It’s the possibility that too many people now simply don’t much care about the major media anymore.”

  • The Tampa Bay Business Journal reports, “The slowdown in the residential real estate industry is not just affecting buildings and mortgage lenders. It seems to be having a significant impact on newspapers as well.”

  • Talking Biz News reports, “The joint venture between The Wall Street Journal parent Dow Jones & Co. and IAC/InterActive Corp. aimed at developing a personal finance web site for younger readers by the end of the year is getting closer to reality. Ron Lieber, the former Journal columnist who is managing editor of the operation, which was announced back in March, tells Talking Biz News that a blog called FiLife written by the venture’s writers started about 10 days ago.”

  • E&P reports, “In its latest broad survey of the industry, issued Wednesday, Fitch Ratings says newspapers are doing even worse than it expected at the beginning of the year.”

  • DCeiver writes, “DC’s Media Hotties Demonstrate Uselessness of Media in August”

  • One Village Voice reader responds to this. “I think that was and is a very useful site for a working writer, a resource, and something for which Laurel Touby should be thanked. … I read Tricia Romano’s (hostile and not well-written) piece, ‘The $23 Million Boa’ [August 15–21], and found myself liking Touby and respecting her more than before (nice pictures, too). I think Romano’s cynical, even nasty reportage suggests a great deal about what’s wrong with journalism today.”

  • ClickZ reports, “Survey: Web Video Watchers Favor News Clips and Shorter Ads”

  • reports, “U.S. Internet advertising spending is poised to overtake radio advertising for the first time, providing a reminder that broadcasters need to be more aggressive in their embrace of online opportunities.”

  • The AP reports, “Trying to better compete with rivals Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp., Yahoo Inc.’s president announced in a staff memo Wednesday its plans to reorganize the company’s leadership. Yahoo’s president Susan Decker announced that Gregory Coleman, the company’s global sales executive vice president, will leave in February as his responsibilities are folded into a new division.”

  • New York reports, “Bad news has brought good news for business news cable channel CNBC: With a boost from the credit crisis and a rollercoaster stock market, the channel posted its best August numbers in five years.”

  • Atoosa Rubenstein gives Forbes “a little surfing lesson.”

  • A Washington Capitals release announced, “The Washington Capitals and Bonneville International Corporation have reached a two-year agreement that will put broadcasts of all 82 Capitals games on Bonneville stations. The new Talk Radio 3WT, on 1500 AM, 107.7 FM and 820 AM, will be the flagship station for the broadcasts, carrying Capitals games plus pre-and postgame shows on some of the region’s strongest radio signals.”

  • The Business Journal of Phoenix reports, “State Rep. Mark Anderson, R-Mesa, is considering a challenge of freshman Democratic Congressman Harry Mitchell in next year’s elections. … Anderson is a Realtor and a member of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church. If elected, he would be the only member of Congress to be part of the Unification Church.”

  • Jackie Berkowitz is leaving Fox News’ PR shop to pursue a higher degree in communications.

  • Mother Jones’ stories took first and second place plus an honorable mention in the Medill School’s John Bartlow Martin Awards.


  • Reading Is Fundamental is looking for a Web Designer/Developer.

  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education is looking for a Director of Integrated Marketing.

  • The News and Advance is looking for a Lifestyle/entertainment writer.

  • Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram is looking for a Washington, D.C. Correspondent.

  • The Baltimore Sun is looking for a News Producer.

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  • Goodman Leaves Post For NYTimes…

    FishbowlDC has learned that the Washington Post’s Peter S. Goodman is leaving for the New York Times…

    Patton Heads To C-SPAN

    erinpattone5.jpgErin Patton (a hottie) is leaving the Washington Post to join C-SPAN, where she will travel with C-SPAN’s “Campaign ’08″ bus.

    She told the Post: “It’ll be a great opportunity to see the heartland, track candidates on the campaign trail, AND if I am lucky, still see Dan Balz, Chris Cillizza, Dana Milbank, Ann Kornblut and the rest of the Post political team.”

    In an internal email obtained by FishbowlDC, the Post’s Tina Gulland called Patton a “truly special human being.”

    You, Too, Can Have Tom Sietsema On Your Speed Dial

    From his chat yesterday:

      Alexandria, Va.: While I don’t agree with the person who “took dinner reservations” on his/her cell phone, I used to have this same problem with my old home #. I would always tell people they had the wrong number, that “No, I’m sorry, this is not the # for the Fish Market.”
      However, sometimes people would actually leave reservation messages for the restuarant on our (very obviously personalized) answering machine. I kind of felt like those people got what they deserved..

      Tom Sietsema: Uh huh.

      I sympathize. My home number — also personalized — is one digit off from a popular national call-in show on TV. I can’t begin to tell you what it’s like to listen to the five or so (passionate!) messages I listen to when I get home at night, or the number of times I’ve been woken up by people who want to share their political opinions with me.

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    Guess Who Was Back In The WH Press Briefing Room Today?

    Les Kinsolving!