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Weekend Show Preview, 2.7 – 2.9

SundayShows12Who’s on the public affairs shows this weekend? Glad you asked:

PBS’s “Washington Week” Janet Hook of WSJJim Tankersley of WaPoHelene Cooper of NYTDoyle McManus of the LA Times.

ABC’s “This Week“: Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), CNN’s S.E. Cupp, David Plouffe, and ABC’s Jeff Zeleny.

CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Sen. Dick Durban (D-IL), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Rep. Pete King (R-NY), 

“Fox News Sunday”: Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), CIA Museum curator Toni Hiley, George Will, AP’s Julie Pace, Laura Ingraham, Juan Williams

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), Jonathan Allen of Bloomberg, Amie Parnes of The Hill, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, NYT‘s David Brooks, WaPo‘s E.J. Dionne, Mona Sutphen, Mike Needham

CNN’s “State of the Union“: Sec. of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano

Univision’s “Al Punto” : U.S. Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID), U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), former Press Secretary of Mexico Rubén Aguilar

BTV’s “Political Capital” : Gen. Jim Jones

CNN’s “Reliable Sources” : CNN’s Christiane AmanpourSally Kohn and Will Cain, The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald, Carl Bernstein, NYT‘s Bill Carter

 

We’ll update ‘em as we get ‘em (email fishbowlpatrick@gmail.com).

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What’s In Your Media Diet?

More than ever, there isn’t just one newspaper or outlet where people get their news. So we took to the streets to find out where people in D.C. are flocking for information. Known for its aloofness, Washington is filled with people who are often in a mad rush to get somewhere important. So some didn’t want anything to do with us. But many did, and here’s what they had to say.

Alejandro Camacho, property manager

“Real estate and cooking,” he said, when asked for his media diet, citing Urban Turf as his go-to website.

Matthew Lambert, employee at Federal Reserve
New York Times mostly, Washington Post. The opinion section is the best part of the paper. E.J. Dionne, Eugene Robinson, Maureen Dowd.” Asked which paper he prefers, he smiled. “New York Times. It’s more substantive. Washington Post has gotten a little more conservative.”

FishbowlDC Interview With Knight Kiplinger

Say hello to Knight Kiplinger, Editor in Chief, Kiplinger publishing (Kiplinger Letters, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, Kiplinger.com). We spoke by phone this morning just after he did his ritualistic yoga exercises. He spends 20 minutes each morning doing stretches and poses to put himself in a good frame of mind. “I don’t watch much TV,” he noted quickly into the call, saying the Fishbowl interview wasn’t necessarily ideal for someone who doesn’t watch a lot of TV. (We’ll keep that in mind.) “I’m not older than dirt, but I came up through newspaper journalism and print journalism so that’s kind of my bias in my news diet.” Asked about the current state of journalism, Kiplinger’s thoughts are enlightening. POLITICO reporters, you may want to stop reading now. “I think we’ve seen the decline of careful consideration, the emphasis is on quick response, the immediate reaction,” Kiplinger said. “The best journalism is not always the fast journalism. The first analysis is often not carefully considered. Good journalism takes time. It takes reporting. We’ve seen a decline of in-depth reporting. A newspaper reporter had eight or ten hours to do hard reporting, deep reporting, talking to many, many sources before writing a story. The internet has forced everyone to work faster and that sometimes undercuts journalistic quality. So that is the problem.” Here’s the point where WaPo‘s Ezra Klein should stop reading. “These days a lot of young journalists, they all want to be columnists, giving the world their opinions,” he said. “Journalists try to build themselves into a brand, into a marketable entity that can move from periodical to periodical. Of course, that’s what columnists have always done.” Kiplinger sees danger signs. “With too much emphasis on celebrity, the content of journalism gets short shrift. A bigger threat to quality journalism is the unwillingness of young adults to pay for journalism. Older adults will still pay for content. They comprise the subscription-paying readership.” Kiplinger still gets two newspapers at home: WaPo and TWT. At the office he reads WSJ and NYT. “I look through them very rapidly,” he says of WaPo and TWT, saying he prefers to read them in print than online and can do so faster. He particularly enjoys WaPo‘s Metro section. He’s also a relentless reader of obituaries. “In my next life I am going to be an obit writer,” he says. Moving along, he has grave concerns about the industry: “Revenue on internet is not sustaining high quality journalism,” he said. But on a positive note, he added, “the internet has given everyone [a medium]…that is a powerful force, a positive force. This trend will continue.” On the future of journalism: “There will be fewer jobs in traditional journalism for young journalists who want to be the reporter, who want to tell the story of modern life. I don’t want to sound like a curmudgeon. We’re in the throws of a great democratization of media. Editing today is a luxury many media feel they can’t afford. You don’t have the level of trust that you once had. Traditional media were gatekeepers to information. They were the mandarins who selected what they thought the public needed to know.” Kiplinger is on Twitter, but he’s not enthralled by it. “Yeah I tweet,” he said. “If you went to my Twitter account you’d see I tweet infrequently. I try to restrain my tweets to kind of broader observations about things going on in the economy. I work very hard to condense and distill. I don’t have a Twitter support staff as a lot of semi-celebrity journalists do.” As an aside, he notes…“There are some people who think I am a celebrity. I just think I’m an ink-stained wretch. I’m not a hyperactive tweeter.” On family…He’s a longtime choral singer and met his wife in the Washington Chorus in 1979. Incidentally, his daughter also met her fiance in the Washington Chorus (a detail reported in WaPo earlier this week). Facebook? “I don’t do Facebook at all. I don’t think the world is that interested in my daily life, and even if they are, I don’t want to share it with them.” Finally, I asked…what one piece of wisdom should every journalist know? He replied, “There’s no substitute for hard reporting.”

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be?  

Schweppes Tonic Water (with real quinine), my teenage favorite, even before I started adding gin.

How often do you Google yourself?

Rarely (Just noticed they now have photos of the search subject, too!)

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)?  

To the owner of the first newspaper I worked for, at 22 years old: “Reporters ought to earn as much as the layout guys with their razor blades and paste pots.”  (He disagreed.)

You have an intriguing name. What is the story behind it?

It was my maternal grandmother’s maiden name (full name: Daphne Knight). No relation to the Knight publishing family, darn it.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why?

David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal.  No one explains complex economic issues with more clarity and common sense than Wessel.

Do you have a favorite word?

I’m told I overuse “unconscionable,” so maybe that’s it.

Who would you rather have dinner with – CNN’s Candy Crowley, ABC’s Martha Raddatz or Fox News’ Megyn Kelly? Tell us why.

I’m sure each of them would be a fine dinner companion, but I’d rather dine with Renee Montagne of NPR, co-host of “Morning Edition.”  She’s a brainy journalist (Phi Beta from Berkeley), award-winning correspondent in South Africa and Afghanistan, adept anchor—and she sounds like a very nice person (based on interviews I hear regularly, and ones I’ve done with her while I was in the DC studio and she was at NPR West in California).

The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either Scandal’s Kerry Washington, any of the women from FNC’s “The Five” or MSNBC’s S.E. Cupp. Who will it be? (None is not an option.)

I don’t know any of these women on sight (don’t watch much TV), so you pick one for my blind date, and I’m sure she and I will be able to save the Earth together. [Okay, we'll play your game. We pick Helen Thomas. That's what you get for not answering.]

What swear word do you use most often? “Damn!”…used sparingly.

You’ve just been told the big news: You get to have your own Sunday morning talk show. Who will be on your roundtable? (Pick four journalists or pundits types.)

Cokie Roberts, David Frum, Kathleen Parker, David Brooks. (Back-ups for when someone is traveling or out sick: Peggy Noonan and E. J. Dionne.)

On a serious note for a moment, if you could have dinner with a person who has died, who would it be?

My zany and wise mother, Gogo Kiplinger (1919-2007)

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Separated at Birth: Bloomberg’s Al Hunt

Today we’re pairing three Washington D.C. media types. Here we have Bloomberg Washington Bureau Chief Al Hunt with Democratic strategist Peter Fenn and WaPo‘s E.J. Dionne. We nearly threw in actor Jack Lemmon at the last moment and restrained ourselves.

E.J. Dionne Pleads for The American Prospect

WaPo Opinion Columnist E.J. Dionne took the scenic root in a recent column in which he urges readers of good quality journalism to invest in the The American Prospect, which could close in June if it doesn’t raise the funds it needs to survive.

Dionne never even mentions The American Prospect until the fifth graph. Instead he talks about his love of opinions — all opinions — and reading those with whom he disagrees like National Review and Human Events. Once perched on the Prospect, he spends the remaining five graphs explaining why he is pleading for you to save it.

He even gives a major shout-out to budding opinion journos like our Ezzy (WaPo‘s Ezra Klein) and more.

“The maddening aspect of The Prospect’s crisis is that it has been innovative in dealing with the new online world that, as an opinion-lover, I also appreciate (even if I would insist that opinionated writing can never substitute for the relentless daily reporting of the traditional news outlets). The magazine gave a start or a big push to some of the best younger progressive online writers now gracing us with their views. They include Ezra Klein, Matt Yglesias, Jonathan Cohn, Kate Sheppard, Dana Goldstein, Laura Secor and Jonathan Chait.”

Spotted: WaPo’s E.J. Dionne Out to Lunch

WaPo op-ed columnist and political commentator E.J. Dionne was spotted out to lunch this afternoon at Pesce (a restaurant after our own hearts) off Dupont Circle. He was dining with a blonde woman. His meal consisted of ice water and Caesar’s Salad.

As loquacious as ever, Dionne was heard talking about a column he wrote on Kennedy in 1998. The woman listened attentively and didn’t appear bored by the political chatter.

Here he is above at the table.

Update: We’ve corrected the above to reflect that Dionne wrote his column on Kennedy in 1998 not 1968. He wrote into FishbowlDC: “Greetings. E. J. Dionne here.A friend sent me this and I just wanted the record to be clear: I wasn’t old enough to write a column on Robert Kennedy’s death! I was talking about a column I wrote in 1998 on the 30th Anniversary of the death of my dad, who also died in 1968. Glad you have a source at Pesce, a lovely place.” Indeed, E.J., we have our fishy spies at all the best spots around town.

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Quotes of the Day

Duffy Buttry in shades. (The pooch belongs to JRC Employee and former TBDer Steve Buttry and wife, Mimi.)

TBD reporter longs for longer hair

“Sometimes I miss having long hair.” — TBD‘s Jeremy Binckes in a Tuesday tweet.

A WaPo columnist’s sure fire solution to nation’s problems

“Maybe divine intervention is the realistic solution to this problem,” — WaPo Columnist E.J. Dionne on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow program Tuesday night.

The Observer

“The way Jay Carney just attacked Chuck Todd for asking a very legitimate question was very Robert Gibbs-like.” — Rory Cooper, Communications Director for Heritage Foundation, in a Tuesday tweet.

The Observer II

“Wow. A really … odd guy with a megaphone outside the WH. Even weirder than the norm.” — TWT White House reporter Kara Rowland in a Tuesday tweet.

WaPo blogger critiques the critics

“The economy is about to crater, but reporters are spending time trying to discredit each other’s reporting.” — WaPo‘s Greg Sargent who writes “The Plum Line” in a Tuesday tweet.

Bio of the Day

Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein: “Her senior thesis, ‘Slaves and Slavery at Princeton’ was the first extended examination of the university’s ties to slavery and won the C.O. Joline Prize for American History.”

Journo Hate

“Aww, thin-skinned @DavidShuster blocked me, just like his boss @KeithOlbermann. The shit doesn’t fall far from the asshole, or something.” — Conservative writer and radio host Derek Hunter in a Tuesday tweet. Hunter helped found The Daily Caller.

Former WHCA dinner guest weighs in on underground acne

“#IHateItWhen You can feel a zit coming on but can’t see it yet so you don’t know where to put the acne medicine.” — The lovely Alyssa Milano in a Tuesday tweet. She attended the White House Correspondent Assoc. Dinner in late April and many of the red carpet events that went along with it.

Journo has amnesia?

“Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Now that TWO Democrats participated in lewd sexual behavior forcing resignations, how many other dems do?” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle in a Tuesday tweet. Of course he fails to mention the litany of R’s who’ve also been involved in sex scandals including former Sen. Larry Craig, former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford, former Sen. John Ensign, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Rep. Mark Foley and the shirtless former Rep. Chris Lee, to name more than a few.

 

WaPo’s E.J. Dionne to Moderate Economic Insecurity Event

dionne.pngWaPo columnist E.J. Dionne will emcee a forum on July 22 at the New American Foundation.

The topic: Economic insecurity of American families.

At the event, the Rockefeller Foundation & Yale University economic security expert Jacob Hacker plan to launch the “Economic Security Index” (ESI), ie. a measure of income insecurity. The ESI promises to highlight new statistics on the percentage of American families with a 25 percent or greater income loss prior to and in 2010.

The presentation takes place from 10a.m. – 11:30a.m.

For a list of the wonky-sounding people on the panel…

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Media Matters’ ‘Toxic Talk’ Party for Bill Press Turns Up Powerful Pols and Scribes

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Man of hour Bill Press and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer

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Press hugs Lanny Davis with Rep. Clyburn nearby

Despite POTUS’s Office address, Media Matters partied down Tuesday night by hosting a book party at its downtown HQ for lefty radio host Bill Press, author of Toxic Talk.

“Was a great time,” remarked Dan Henning, Press’s spokesman. “Awesome speeches by [House Majority Whip James] Clyburn and [Sen. Byron] Dorgan and Media Matters President Eric Burns.”

Also there: Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (was to speak but was late, “skipped down his long list of evening events to make sure he got to BillÂ’s”, said his aide; Rep Maxine Waters (D-Calif.); Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.), WaPo‘s E.J. Dionne, Mother Jones‘ D.C. Bureau Chief David Corn, Politico‘s Patrick Gavin, ABC 7′s Leon Harris, XM talk show host Joe Madison, Karl Frisch; Media Matters founder David Brock, former Clinton WH Counsel Lanny Davis, even conservative commentator Ron Christie; and David Shuster showed up at the end.

“Media Matters throws a solid party,” Henning added. Cuisine included “lobster, some sort of mushroom quesadilla contraption that was amazing, bacon wrapped scallops, etc. Two good bars, too. Lots of books sold, Politics & Prose was there.”

Sunday Show Preview 02.21.10

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NBC’s Meet the Press: General David Petraeus, Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), WaPo’s E.J. Dionne, WSJ’s Peggy Noonan, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).

CBS’ Face the Nation: Exclusive interview with former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

ABC’s This Week (with Terry Moran): Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA), Gov. Edward Rendell (D-PA)and roundtable with George Will, Donna Brazile, Matthew Dowd and Arianna Huffington.

CNN’s State of the Union (with Candy Crowley now): Gov. Jim Douglas (R) Vermont; Gov. Deval Patrick (D) Massachusetts; Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.; Susan Molinari (R) former U.S. Representative, and former Democratic NJ Gov. Jon Corzine.

Fox News’ Fox News Sunday: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Governor Haley Barbour (MS-R), Gov. Jennifer Granholm, (D- Michigan) and Steve Grove, Head of News and Politics at YouTube.

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Christine Brennan, USA Today, ABC News contributor; Jason Whitlock, Kansas City Star; ESPN contributor; Lisa Bloom, CNN legal analyst

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Alexis Simendinger of National Journal, CNN’s Gloria Borger, Jackie Calmes of The New York Times and Politico’s Eamon Javers.

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: James Baker, former U.S. Secretary of State; Abu Bakr al-Qirbi, Yemeni Foreign Minister

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie, WaPo’s David Ignatius, NYT’s Helene Cooper, Politico’s John Harris.

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Deficit committee co-chairmen Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, Bloomberg’s Rich Miller, Hans Nichols, Indira Lakshmanan, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne.

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and John Boyd, Jr., president of the National Black Farmers Association.

CNN’s Amanpour: Bernardo Alvarez Herrera, Venezuelan Ambassador to the U.S.; Michael Shifter, VP for policy and director of the Andean Program at the Inter-American Dialogue; Leopoldo Lopez Mendoza, former District Mayor of Caracas

C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.)

We’ll update as we get ‘em.

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