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Novak Steps Out

In today’s Yeas & Nays column, I have an item about Bob Novak‘s appearance at David Smick‘s book party last night.

Kurtz: Post’s Obama-Heavy Coverage Is “Indefensible”

Earlier today, Howard Kurtz held his weekly chat where he covered such topics as his “whining” about media access to Presidential candidates, the Post’s reaction to Bob Novak‘s retirement/cancer diagnosis, and the Post’s coverage of the Presidential race. Some excerpts:

Washington: Your column yesterday was one of the biggest whine pieces I have read in a long time. What do you want, to have access to the candidate from the time he brushes his teeth until he puts on his PJs? Sometimes constant media access is bad — let the candidate breathe a bit. It’s not like the media is completely shut out.

Howard Kurtz: The whining is in your imagination. I wasn’t complaining about the limited access — I didn’t even ask for an interview — but I was reporting on how significantly the McCain campaign strategy has changed when it comes to the press. This is a candidate who told me on his plane in January that even if he won the GOP nomination, he wouldn’t limit access to reporters because “that destroys credibility.” And besides, he said, “I enjoy it a lot. It keeps me intellectually stimulated, it keeps me thinking about issues, and it keeps me associated with a lower level of human being than I otherwise would be.”

Managing the media is a major challenge for every presidential campaign, which is why I report on it.

Washington: What are the feelings inside The Post newsroom about the condition of Bob Novak? I imagine some of the folks there know him pretty well.

Howard Kurtz: Actually, most people here don’t know him at all. Novak’s column was distributed through the Chicago Sun-Times and he had no professional connection to The Post, other than the fact that we ran his column. My feeling is that the diagnosis is quite sad and that whatever you think of Novak’s journalism and his political views, he’s a guy who kept on reporting till the age of 77, well after most of his contemporaries had retired.

Re: Too many Obama photos: Howard: I’d like to take exception to the Post’s ombudsman’s criticism that there were too many photos of Obama as compared to McCain in the paper’s coverage. This reminded me of the surveys that showed how much coverage of the Bush administration was positive or negative. In that case, Fox’s coverage was shown to be about 50-50, and this was viewed by some as fair. But if most of the news surrounding the administration is bad (a struggling occupation of Iraq, budget concerns, investigations of administration officials), “fair” reporting would actually show an imbalance toward negative reporting. I would bet most of the coverage of the Hoover administration was pretty negative.

Also, if Obama is a historic figure in presidential politics and if he undertakes photogenic events — including a campaign that draws large crowds in the U.S., and a tour of the Middle East and Europe that includes meetings with major figures and a speech in front of 200,000 people — isn’t that going to cause your paper and others to print more photos of him? I’d love to know the photographic breakdown of the 1980 campaign, where I bet Reagan won the photo war. Your thoughts? Thanks.

Howard Kurtz: One hundred and twenty-two photos of Obama and 78 of McCain during the same period? Come on. That’s indefensible, and I’m not going to try to defend it. I’m not saying there has to be a 1-for-1 quota–Obama was in the news far more during his overseas trip, and of course there would be more pictures of him that week. But there has to be a rough balance. We’re not electing the most photogenic president, or at least that was my understanding. By the way, I keep making the same point about television air time, magazine covers and so on.

The Project for Excellence in Journalism says McCain’s coverage equalled Obama’s last week for the first time in the general election. A midcourse correction? Well, some of it had to do with the Paris/Britney ad.

Novak Retires

Boy, this has been a rough few months for Washington’s journalism community: Bob Novak is retiring, thanks to a dire prognosis of his brain tumor. Our thoughts are with him.

Morning Reading List, 07.25.08

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Novak Office Update

David Freddoso, a reporter for Bob Novak and the Evans-Novak newsletter, is heading to National Review Online, where he will become a Capitol Hill reporter.

Novak has hired Charlie Spiering, a staff writer with the Rappahanock News, to help with his column. Novak has also partnered with Tim Carney to help write the newsletter. Carney previously worked with Novak before taking an editing position with Regnery books. Carney will cover all things political for the Evans Novak Political Report and continue to edit Regnery books.

Speaking of Novak, the Prince of Darkness told a Dezenhall Resources crowd yesterday that his favorite young journalists are Stephen F. Hayes, Christopher Caldwell (his son in law) and Susan Schmidt. He also said that Michael Kelly was one of the best journos there ever was. Also: He said that, when CNN launched, at the White House they called it the Chicken Noodle Network.

Morning Reading List, 08.03.07

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  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the No. 1 Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, July 29 in all categories.”

  • MarketWatch reports, “Regulatory approval for the pending buyout of Dow Jones & Co. by News Corp. may not be easy, a Federal Communications Commission official warned Wednesday.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Five people just signed on for what may be the most thankless task in journalism: making sure that Rupert Murdoch plays fair with his new acquisition, The Wall Street Journal.”

  • CQ’s Weekly Trivia.

  • >”More GOPers Join YouTube Debate”

  • In Public Eye’s second installment of a conversation with Josh Rushing, they “talked about American media, Pat Tillman, Jon Stewart and how, when you really think about it, Qatar is a little like Delaware.”

  • E&P reports, “The new Washington, D.C.-based Politico publication and and, in an article by Alicia Shepard posted last night, examines the editorial pages of more than 50 newspapers and found that more and more have been calling for a troop withdrawal or other change in direction in Iraq.”

  • NewsBusters reports, “Young conservatives looking to get into mainstream journalism face a very difficult path according to veteran journalist Bob Novak.”

  • Howie Kurtz looks into John Edwards and News Corp.

  • E&P reports, “JetBlue Airways and The New York Times have announced the launch of ‘Times on Air,’ an exclusive in-flight video magazine.”

  • AP reports, “AOL continued to lose subscribers and advertising growth slowed, signaling trouble for the online media company’s recent shift in strategy.”

  • In Fox News, Giuliani Finds a Friendly Stage

  • The Huffington Post announced that in partnership with Yahoo! and Slate, a date has been set “for the first-ever online-only presidential candidate mashup. The event is set for September 12. It will be moderated by Charlie Rose, and all eight Democratic candidates have agreed to take part (we are in discussions with the Republican campaigns for a GOP candidate mashup to follow later in the year).”

  • reports, “An interesting news aggregation site has launched, with some non-obvious-yet-blue-chip names behind it: is a new aggregation site which mixes human/editorial curation with algorithm-driven methods.”

  • A tipster tells us that Charlie Gibson is in DC “doing interviews for the Billy Graham special (which airs August 10 on 20/20) and for a political series slated to air on World News later this fall.”

  • NewsBusters reports, “Katie Couric Denounces Hillary-Cleavage News as ‘Disgraceful’, a ‘New Low’”

  • The Washington Post announced, “Monica Hesse is joining the Style staff as a two-year intern. During her summer here, she has used her boundless curiosity for matters both mundane and unusual to report with zeal and write with zest. Working with Ann Gerhart on the features side, she has revealed a world of secret Girl Scouts, bad Samaritans, Netflix cheaters, five-second rulebreakers and conflicted Janeites. She’ll continue to explore human behavior, with a particular interest in how we wield the digital tools of our age.”

  • reports, “Time Inc. will roll out online social networking to some of its weekly magazine sites by the end of this year or early ’08, following Sports Illustrated’s success in that area, said John Squires, executive vp, Time Inc.”

  • A reader writes in, “Re: your Who’s Right? post. Roll Call’s coverage of the Stevens story has been picked up and cited by The Washington Post, US News & World Report, Politico, and the San Francisco Chronicle. My guess? Roll Call’s the one to trust on this story!”

  • David Ignatius writes about “The Path That Led To Murdoch”

  • The Pew News Interest Index found, “An overwhelming majority of the public (87%) says celebrity scandals receive too much news coverage.”

  • Variety reports, “Cable TV’s record number of original series this summer is paying Nielsen dividends. Ad-supported cable, as a category, averaged its best-ever audience share in July with 62.6%, while broadcast nets hit a record-low 28.1%.”

  • “American University’s Center for Social Media and Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property are undertaking a multifaceted project. ‘Copyright and Fair Use in Participatory Media,’ to promote standards for the use of copyrighted materials in user-generated media that is broadcast over the internet. This project builds on the two organizations’ success in helping to establish ‘best practices’ for fair use by documentary filmmakers.”

  • E&P reports, “At a recent press conference at Camp David, President George Bush insulted BBC political editor Nick Robinson, the Daily Mirror reports.”


  • Revolution Health Group is looking for a Marketing Copywriter and a Web Producer.

  • A Full Service Advertising Agency in Washington DC is looking for a Graphic Designer/Art Director.

  • Daily News-Record is looking for a Feature writer.

  • Times Community Newspapers is looking for a Reporter.

  • NAIFA is seeking an Experienced Print and Web Editor and an experienced Web & Graphics Designer.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Managing Editor and an Associate Producer, Social Media
    & NPR Programs

  • Penton Media is looking for an Editor.

  • SmartBrief is looking for a Copy desk chief.

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  • Aw, That Ain’t Nice, Larry

    From Sunday’s “Reliable Sources” on CNN:

      Larry Flynt
      : I don’t care what anybody thinks about me. I told Tucker Carlson earlier in the week when he referred to me as a slimeball for breaking up Vitter’s marriage, I said, yeah, that’s right, I’m a slimeball and you still can’t dance.

    Journo Ringtones

    This is, admittedly, a trend we’d like to see more of: Media ringtones. You can have Chris Matthews yell “Let’s play Hardball!” every time your cell phone rings (but, come on, we’d much rather hear his “HA!” laugh. Who will make FishbowlDC’s day and send us a .wav of that?!?).

    What are some other good cell phone ring tone ideas?

  • Tim Russert talking about dad.

  • Bob Novak saying “That’s bullshit.”

  • George Stephanopolous saying, “And now, the Sunday Funnies.”

  • John McLaughlin saying “Issue number four!”

  • David Shuster’s trademark, “I’m David Shuster, for Hardball, in Washington.”

  • John Bresnahan screaming at someone.

  • Any word spoken by Katty Kay in that accent of hers.

  • Joe Scarborough saying, “This is morning Joe.”

  • Wolf Blitzer saying, “You’re in the Situation Room.”

  • Tony Snow rocking out to some Jethro Tull.

  • Don Imus saying, “What I said was awful, just awful, and, and idiotic, a really stupid, idiotic awful thing to say..”

  • Christopher Hitchens saying, “If you gave Falwell an enema, he could be buried in a matchbox.”

  • A greatest hits mash-up of deep throated gurgles from Bob Edwards, Lou Dobbs, Brit Hume, Eugene Robinson and Carl Kasell.

  • Happy National Columnists Day!

    Someone go hug Bob Novak. (Related)