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Kerry Washington Graces Cover of Vanity Fair

For all you Washington journalists who are obsessed with ABC’s “Scandal” this should be of interest. Kerry Washington, the political activist and actress who regularly shows up to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, will appear on the August cover of Vanity Fair.

Contributing Editor David Kamp interviewed Washington extensively for his story. In it, they discuss her upbringing and the phenomenon of her “Scandal” character, Olivia Pope. She tells him, “One of the most profound things for me about the show is the number of white women of all ages who come up to me and say, ‘I want to be Olivia Pope.’”

Washington explains to Kamp that she sees the role of fixer as inherently feminine: “What I think is cool about Olivia is that she fully owns being a woman. There’s a very nurturing sense of ‘I’m going to take care of you—don’t worry about it. I’m gonna be your mom in this situation. You come stay in my office, have a cup of tea, and let my gladiators take care of you.’ There’s something very maternal about it. But there’s also something very executive about her, and I mean ‘executive’ in a presidential way.”

Washington says she is not Pope and insists she is not as smart as the character she plays. In fact, she prepares by reading CNN legal correspondent’s Jeffrey Toobin‘s The Nine to better understand the workings of the Supreme Court: “I have to learn things to be her all the time.” She also speaks regularly with Judy Smith, the real-life D.C. crisis-management expert upon whom Olivia is loosely based.

The August issue of Vanity Fair hits newsstands and the iPad, Nook, and Kindle on July 9. Read more

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Morning Reading List 06.10.09

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What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning.

NEWSPAPERS | TV | MAGAZINE | NEWS NOTES | AWARDS | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

Boston Globe: The New York Times Co. has hired an investment bank to manage the possible sale of the Boston Globe, and the company plans to request bids for Boston’s major daily in the next couple of weeks, according to two people who say they may make offers on the newspaper.

Poynter has the letter Globe staffers sent to Sulzberger- “We believe you don’t want us to take a 23 percent pay cut.”

TV

TVNewser reported first yesterday that Steve Doocy‘s son Peter is joining Fox News.

Check out CBS Early Show executive producer Zev Shalev on the Morning Media Menu here.

MAGAZINES

Not everyone is enjoying Newsweek’s latest issue, guest edited by funny man Stephen Colbert.

Washingtonian is looking for your nominations for Washington’s best-dressed. You can stuff the ballot box with Matt’s name here.

NEWS NOTES

Check out Carl Bernstein on The Daily Beast here.

Who decides what’s news? Politico takes a look at “media gatekeepers” here.

AWARDS

From WaPo: Staff writer Tara Bahrampour has been named the senior recipient of the German Marshall Fund of the United States’ 2009 Peter R. Weitz prize for excellence and originality in U.S. reporting on Europe and the transatlantic relationship.

FishbowlNY is all over the Mirror Awards- Vanity Fair and The New York Times both took home two of the six prizes. David Carr and David Barstow took home prizes for the Times, while VF‘s Seth Mnookin and David Kamp each snagged an award. The New Yorker‘s Ian Parker and Wired.com’s Clive Thompson also won.

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