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Archives: July 2009

Imus Calls Dobbs a “Grassy Knoll Nut”

This morning Fox‘s Chris Wallace joined Don Imus to discuss the ongoing, media-stoked Obama birth certificate issue. Wallace called out CNN and Imus piled on, describing his “friend” Lou Dobbs as a “Grassy Knoll Nut.” Unless you’ve been living under a rock – or actually working on something important – you’ll know that Dobbs recently demanded Obama’s original birth certificate, despite CNN President Jon Klein declaring the story “dead”.

President Obama Digs Maddow’s Fashion Sense

Last night on the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow showed off her “Obama pants.” In an interview last fall, Maddow says that the President broke the ice by complimenting those pants.

Maddow and O’Brien went on to talk about Obama’s brew brouhaha, Sarah Palin and fishing.

(h/t HuffPost)

The Hill Makes NYT‘s Front Page!!!

Ba ha! Wonder what put this guy to sleep? You can’t make this stuff up.


Morning Reading List 07.30.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…



WaPo online features an interactive map of DC-area foreclosures. Have fun.


ABC News announced it has hired Dr. Richard Besser as Senior Health and Medical Editor and at the same time has promoted 30-year ABC News health veteran Dr. Tim Johnson to Chief Medical Editor. Dr. Besser currently serves as director of the Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response at the CDC and will join ABC in September.

Glenn Beck talks about his President Obama “racist” comments on his radio show.

Priceless moments in cable news on MSNBC yesterday with Donny Deutsch and Dan Abrams here and here. And Dylan Ratiganneeds improvement.”


Gawker joined mediabistro’s Morning Media Menu today.


Politico 44 points out President Obama poked a little fun at Newsweek‘s latest cover story at a town hall meeting in North Carolina yesterday. They report: “I don’t know whether you’ve seen the cover of the latest Newsweek magazine on the rack at the grocery store, but the cover says: ‘The Recession is Over,’” Obama said, prompting chuckles in the audience. “I imagine you might have found that news a little startling,” he continued, to more laughter. “I know I did.” Check out the video here.


What ever happened to slow-news summers? Politico‘s Michael Calderone asks.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

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Reality, Referenced:Palin is to Dowd as Obama is to Nussle

Maybe it’s related to the Real Housewives of DC or because a group of perfect strangers is being forced to live together in a house only blocks from my office…Whatever the cause, I’m beginning to feel a little like Jim Carey in the Truman Show.

Even political journos are referencing reality TV. In an article earlier this month, Politics’ Karen Nussle called President Obama the “first “American Idol president.” Nussle went on to say, “the reality TV phenomenon has changed the way we “judge” those whom we see in public.”

Yesterday morning on MSNBC, NYT‘s Maureen Dowd told Willie GeistSarah Palin is the first person to fuse politics with reality TV.”

A clip from Nussle’s piece and Dowd’s MSNBC spot (minute 3) from yesterday morning, below.


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Today’s Most Popular Stories 07.29.09

Each day, Ashley Estill surfs your sites for the most popular stories of the day. Here are the top headlines for July 29, 2009:

Washington Post: Banita Jacks Found Guilty of Murdering Daughters

Washington Times: EXCLUSIVE: Defense analyst in spy case was FBI double agent

Washington Examiner: Frank threatens banks to stop foreclosures

N.Y. Times: Microsoft and Yahoo Reach Deal on Search Partnership

L.A. Times: Microsoft-Yahoo partnership faces big obstacle in antitrust regulators

USA Today: 911 caller in Gates case says she’s glad truth is out

CQ Politics: Ominous Signs for Obama on Economy, Health Care

The Hill: Blue Dogs strike deal: No health vote before recess

Politico: Henry Waxman wins breakthrough on health bill

ABC News: Holder: Homegrown Terror Threat Increasing

CBS News: Coroner Delays Jackson Autopsy Results

Fox News: Military Poised to Help FEMA Battle Swine Flu Outbreak

MSNBC News: The science behind the swimsuit war

CNN: Wife of terrorism suspect says FBI tricked her

Wall Street Journal: Obama Defends Health Agenda

NPR: Audience Picks: 100 Best Beach Books Ever

Roll Call: Grassley Says Progress, but No Deal on Health Care

National Journal: How To Succeed As A Special Envoy

Blogging the Bill: Free Marketers Divide and Conquer Health Care Bill

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Interesting concept… is “recruiting bloggers” to read and recap individual sections of the House bill on health care. Each reviewer posts findings from their section to a forum where visitors can read and review the individual posts.

The group was formed to “defend Free Market principles and the people that espouse them.” The site seems to have a pretty apparent political agenda but the “divide and conquer” concept is pretty cool.

Check it out at

David Corn’s Blog Move From CQ to AOL’s PoliticsDaily

Like Sarah Palin, Mother Jones’ David Corn says he’s leaving– leaving the blog he writes for CQ. Unlike Palin, Corn’s taking on a new gig, moving to AOL’s PoliticsDaily. He’ll start later this week and joins some big names there- Lynn Sweet, Jill Lawrence, Walter Shapiro, and Carl Cannon, to name a few.

From his farewell post:

The media world we reporters, commentators, bloggers and Twitterers now live in is ever-changing and ever-churning. Many of us need to tap-dance on multiple platforms simultaneously. It can be exciting–but also tiring. I long for those summers when I worked for a weekly magazine that went biweekly–and there was no website beast to feed. But that was then.

These days, journalists are like many other Americans: you never know where the cliff’s edge is. Security is ephemeral. And outlets are declining, even as the digital revolution allows for a greater and freer (in all meanings of the word) flow of information. Still, within this uncertain environment, great work is being done by professionals who care about the business of creating and disseminating important news and commentary. I’ve been fortunate to be part of one of these experiments:

White House Happy Hour Contest

Speculation has been brewing over tomorrow’s highly-publicized White House “Beer Summit”, designed by Pres. Obama to smooth over “stupidly”-gate by bringing together Harvard Prof. Henry Louis “Skip” Gates and Cambridge, Mass Police Department Sgt. James Crowley. They’ll convene Thursday at a picnic table outside The Oval Office around 6pmET, weather permitting. And the desire to know what the trio will be drinking has DC media peeps in a froth. Do you think they’ll stick to the script or will they delve into what will surely be a plethora of tasty beer options?

What’s YOUR guess?! Email your responses before 5pmET tomorrow to We’ll let you know who won Friday morning.

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TWT Scores Air-Time via CBS News Partnership

Yesterday was a big day for the Washington Times. First, the paper got a plug from a very unlikely source – Nancy Pelosi. Then, they scored big by partnering with CBS News on a made-for-TV version of Amanda Carpenter‘s investigative piece about Legal Services Corp.

A quick visit to today offers a fresh TWT story filed under the “CBS Investigates” section of the site. Could a second day of “TWT for CBS” signal a tighter partnership than conveyed in Solomon’s staff memo about the deal?

Last night’s joint video venture below and John Solomon‘s memo to staff after the jump.

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