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G. Gordon Liddy Ends 20-year Radio Run

Conservative radio show host G. Gordon Liddy has retired. His final show was in July but the party celebrating his two-decade career at Radio America was held last night in a small room at Capitol Hill Club.

The Liddy you probably have in your head is an older, bald gentleman with a distinguished black mustache; the guy in the Rosland Capital commercials. But he’ll be 82 in November and now, he looks like a bald gentleman with a distinguished white mustache.

When Liddy showed up to his party (thinly catered; food was largely limited to vegetables, pigs in a blanket and steak quesadilla slices), he was immediately greeted and handed a glass of red wine. “Thank you,” he said. “You deserve it,” one of his fans replied.

After Liddy had taken a few photos with people who knew him (whether he knew them in return is another story), FishbowlDC asked what he’ll miss about his radio program. “Callers,” he said, barely audible over the crowd. “I’ve heard me speak before but I don’t know what all of the callers are thinking, saying. I found that very stimulating.”

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) made a five-minute stop to the party. She was in and out before the guest of honor even arrived. But before she could leave we asked for her thoughts on Liddy’s retirement. “When I’ve been on his show, I’ve just enjoyed the interviewer that he is,” she said. Blackburn said Liddy often asks questions “you really wouldn’t expect.” She said she’s going to “miss that spontaneity.” Side note: Our interview with Blackburn flew by so fast we didn’t have time to give her a heads up that she had lipstick smudged on her teeth.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get the same spontaneity from Liddy that Blackburn has come to know and love. When asked if he had any parting advice for the news media, he did what conservatives in the business do: talk about the liberal bias. “There’s a liberal media which are totally in the tank for Obama and can’t be trusted to report fairly and accurately,” he said. “Then you’ve got the Washington Times, which is good; the Washington Examiner, which is good; Fox News which is good and you’ve got talk radio helping to balance the scales.” Liddy then took a moment to kiss a conservative journo’s ass: He described WaPo‘s Charles Krauthammer as someone “very worthwhile to listen to.”

The party, co-sponsored by the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Shirley & Banister Public Affairs, was attended by roughly 50 people. It lasted for two hours between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. We assume Liddy has an early bedtime.

Notables: Roll Call HOH‘s Warren Rojas, the Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard and The Hill’s Colby Hochmuth.

Spotted in the crowd: These pairs of shoes side by side. No, neither of them belong to conservative pollster Frank Luntz.

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FishbowlDC Interview with Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis

Say hello to The Daily Caller‘s Matt Lewis. He is a senior contributor for The Daily Caller. He is also editor of ‘The Quotable Rogue: The Ideals of Sarah Palin In Her Own Words.’ More often than not, you can find the unquestionably friendly reporter with dimples on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with Howard Kurtz on Sunday. His colleagues find him “helpful and knowledgeable” around the office. We asked his boss, Tucker Carlson, what kind of human being Lewis is. He replied, “Matt is a great guy: low-key, hard working, relentless honest and decent.” Previously, Matt was a columnist for the now defunct Politics Daily, and before that, he was a blogger for Townhall.com. Matt grew up in Frederick County, Md., and graduated from Shepherd College (now University) in Shepherdstown, WV. Like any blogger, he can fall prey to the occasional bad mood. “If you’re a blogger, your mood is contingent on whether you have written anything good lately,” he tells me in a phone conversation this afternoon. “If too much time elapses and I haven’t written anything I’m proud of, I start to get a little testy, which is totally not good.” He does see his glass half full: “Any day as a writer beats working at a fast food restaurant.” This is a fate he escaped narrowly just after college when he worked briefly at a Roy Rogers in Frederick, Md. He was earning $30,000 a year in  management program. “I was utterly miserable doing it,” he said. “I ended up quitting. I’ve come to learn, whether it s a relationship or a job, you usually know within the first day whether or not it’s going to work. It took me a couple of months to figure it out, but I finally did pull the plug on that.” Moving on to other topics, I wondered about Lewis’s thoughts on the hoodie. “I actually like hoodies and I wear them all the time,” he said. “I was going to tape an episode of bloggingheads the other night. I literally had to take off a hoodie and put on another shirt because I was afraid people were going to think I was mocking it. They’re very comfortable. It’s a brilliant invention.” Lewis wasn’t always a reporter. He started off doing campaigns. He initially thought his calling was to be a political operative. In 1998 he managed a campaign for a male candidate running for the Maryland State Senate. He became the youngest and the first Hispanic Republican ever elected to the Maryland State Senate. “That’s the part I love, the passion, the romance of being a kind of revolution and beating the machine,” he said. But the more entrenched he got into politics, he began to see that at the professional level “they suck the excitement out of it. You know the type…the douchebag type,” he said, explaining that he started his own blog in 2004 and began writing for Human Events. His first paying writing job was for Townhall.com, where he worked for two years. “It took me an evolution to find myself and find my calling.”

If you were a combined carbonated beverage, which would you be? Too personal. Next question.

How often do you Google yourself? I Googled myself twice while answering these questions. But this is because I am paranoid and needy – not because I’m narcissistic – there’s a difference.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)? I’ve found it’s best not to directly confront editors. Instead, it’s best to sneak into their offices and move things around on their desks until they slowly go insane.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Kirsten Powers has been doing terrific work of late. Her columns on important issues like sex trafficking and liberal hypocrisy regarding misogyny have been both eloquent and heroic.

Do you have a favorite word? Milieu.

Who would you rather have dinner with – Salon’s Joan Walsh, WaPo’s Ezra Klein or Maureen Dowd. Tell us why. Maureen Dowd. She can be funny. She has a flirty quality about her that’s utterly likeable. And I’m willing to bet that, off the clock at least, she’s capable of dropping the partisan BS for an evening. (Call me, MoDo!)

What’s your funniest TV blooper moment? Fortunately, most of my bloopers have occurred off camera. But I once narrowly averted appearing on NBC’s “Today” show as a medical expert (when an intern escorted me from the MSNBC green room to the wrong set).

What swear word do you use most often? Without a doubt, the f-bomb. But now that I have a little boy, my wife is trying to break me of that f-ing habit.

Now for a really serious moment: What is your dream job, money and practicalities aside? I’ve always wanted to pretend to be an architect.

When you pig out what do you eat? Dark chocolate.

What is your absolute favorite item of clothing in your closet? We want the fabric, the brand, the store and the price if possible. If it’s a certain kind of underwear we don’t want to know about it. Two words: Sweater vest. Or else… I do have a pair of cowboy boots I got in Austin that I’m pretty proud of. (Pictured here.)

Pick one: Kim, Khloe, or Kourtney? Kourtney.

Have you ever had a tarot card reading? Never.

Have you ever had a near-death experience? I’ve had several close calls: There was the time I caught a gas can on fire. There was the other time when I was riding my lawn mower up a steep hill (with the blade engaged) and it popped a wheelie. And there was the time the lifeguards had to pull me out of the water at Ocean City, Md.

Find out Lewis’s relation to the always suave “Uncle Rico” after the jump…

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Luntz Pens New Book

Frank Luntz, self-proclaimed “Word Doctor” and FNC contributor, has a new book out this week, WIN: the Key Principles to Take Your Business from Ordinary to Extraordinary.

An e-mail release says Luntz is making public for the first time “the list of the ‘secret’ words and phrases from my two decades of public opinion research that I have used for presidents, prime ministers, CEOs and those in the public spotlight.”

On his list of secret phrases that work:

  • “Imagine,” which Luntz calls “the most powerful word in the English language” because of how inspiring it is.
  • “Believe in better,” which Luntz says was originated by Newscorp Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch.
  • “You decide,” which Luntz says is “not paying homage to Fox News. Instead: “The lesson of 2010 is that Americans want control of their lives back and they don’t want Washington or Wall Street making their decisions for them.”
  • “You deserve”: Luntz says this comes from DNC Chairman Tim Kaine.

Fun fact: Luntz was once called America’s “hottest pollster” by The Boston Globe. You decide.

UPDATED Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey, Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS), Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA), NYT‘s David Brooks, WaPo‘s E.J. Dionne, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Republican strategist Ed Gillespie and NBC’s Tom Brokaw

CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Republican political consultant Ed Rollins

ABC’s This Week: DNC Chairman Tim Kaine, RNC Chairman Michael Steele and a roundtable with Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, Republican Pollster and Consultant Frank Luntz and ABC’s Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts and George Will

Fox News Sunday: Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) and a panel with Fox’s Brit Hume, Fox/NPR’s Mara Liasson, Fox/Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol, Fox/New York Post‘s Kirsten Powers

CNN’s State of the Union: Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey, Virginia Governor-Elect Bob McDonnell (R), Republican pollster Bill McInturff, Democratic pollster Peter Hart, CNN’s James Carville and Mary Matalin and former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Time‘s Joe Klein, AP’s Beth Fouhy, “Googled” author and The New Yorker media columnist Kevin Auletta

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Aspen Institute’s Walter Isaacson, “The Years of Lyndon Johnson” author Robert Caro, WSJ’s Peggy Noonan, “Creating Black Americans” author Nell Irvin Painter and former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: The Atlantic‘s Andrew Sullivan, NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, New York Magazine‘s John Heilemann and WaPo‘s Kathleen Parker

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: WaPo‘s Ceci Connolly, NJ‘s James Barnes, Politico‘s John Harris and ABC’s Martha Raddatz

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: House Minority Whip Eric Cantor

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: RNC Chairman Michael Steele, DNC Chairman Gov. Tim Kaine, Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), commentator and author Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, WaPo‘s Michael Fletcher, Democratic strategist and pollster Cornell Belcher; Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson, syndicated columnist and author Deborah Mathis, Comcast Network’s, Roll Call TV’s and Philadelphia Tribune‘s Robert Traynham and News One’s Smokey Fontaine

Will update as we learn them.

Morning Reading List 10.14.09

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.

Above, Eva Longoria paid a visit to the “Situation Room” yesterday. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer looks happy to see her. The actress was in town for the White House’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration last evening. Check out video of the Obamas dancing on stage with Jennifer Lopez. Gloria Estefan, Marc Anthony, Jose Feliciano, Los Lobos, the New York bachata band Aventura, the Mexican singer Thalia and others performed. What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

TV | ONLINE | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES | AWARDS & EVENTS

TV

Does Fox News’ Major Garrett have swine flu?

And speaking of Fox News, has the cable network outsmarted the White House?

ONLINE

A sneak peek of this week’s @katiecouric. Couric interviewed pollster and “What Americans Really Want…Really,” author Frank Luntz.

MAGAZINES

After weeks of speculation, Bloomberg LP announced that it has agreed to acquire BusinessWeek from McGraw-Hill Cos.

NEWS NOTES

PEJ: The conflict in Afghanistan was the top story the week of October 5-11, according to a report by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. It was the first time the topic has been the No. 1 story since the News Coverage Index launched in January 2007.

NYO goes “Behind The Atlantic‘s Brave Thinkers.”

AWARDS & EVENTS

The Murrow Awards.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico, NJ‘s Wake-Up Call and Last Call!

Taking Out The Trash

What we almost missed today…

• Sen. Arlen Specter switched parties today from the GOP to the Democrats. Who was first to report? WaPo’s Chris Cillizza had it on The Fix at 11:51am, Bloomberg first on TV at 11:57am, according to TVNewser.

• Is Hollywood ready for Frank Luntz? TheWrap reports the pollster and Fox News contributor is heading out west.

Bob Schieffer isn’t the only DC journo with roots in Fort Worth, Texas. The Star-Telegram catches up with Fox News’ Jim Angle. “The thing about Schieffer is Texans have a – there’s a certain way of looking at the world that is similar for a lot of Texans. The thing I liked about Schieffer was, he was always looking for the funny little story about some local guy that captured the essence of some broader issue. Every time I’d see him, we’d start swapping stories,” Angle says.

Morning Reading List 03.02.09

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Its day 42 covering the Obama administration and one month down for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | RADIO | MAGAZINES | ONLINE | NEWS NOTES | JOBS

NEWPAPERS

From Sunday’s WaPo, Howie Kurtz‘s Media Notes, “Under Weight of Its Mistakes, Newspaper Industry Staggers.”

From DCRTV: “Even though its circulation numbers continue to plunge, the Washington Post is raising its subscription delivery price from 41-cents to 49-cents per weekday and Saturday. Beginning Monday, 3/2. That’s a 19.5 percent hike. The newsstand daily price is 75-cents. No hike in the Sunday $1.50 price…”

WaPo Ombudsman Andrew Alexander takes on the George Will “Dark Green Doomsayers” from two weeks ago, criticized for fuzzy facts on global warming. “Opinion columnists are free to choose whatever facts bolster their arguments. But they aren’t free to distort them.”

RADIO

ABC Radio broadcaster Paul Harvey died Saturday at the age of 90. From Reuters: “Working out of Chicago, Harvey started his show each day by barking, ‘Hello, Americans, this is Paul Harvey! Stand by for news!’ and would sign off with a forceful ‘Paul Harvey…good day!’”

Statements from President George W. Bush, Paul Harvey Jr. and ABC Radio Networks President James Robinson can be found here, and a profile from WaPo’s Marc Fisher here.

MAGAZINES

HuffPost has a review of this week in magazines, including First Lady Michelle Obama, French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and Silda Wall Spitzer, the wife of disgraced former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer, all in Vogue.

ONLINE

Hearst announced the end of last week that its newspapers will begin to hold back some content from print for the web, allowing them to begin charging for digital news.

From WaPo’s Potomac Confidential, “Bloggers Can’t Fill the Gap Left by Shrinking Press Corp.”

NEWS NOTES

Washington Whispers asks “…is Frank Luntz, the former Republican golden boy who provided the party with so many winning words and phrases, the model of modern, Obama-style bipartisanship or a GOP traitor?” Luntz makes regular cable tv appearances.

JOBS

Al Jazzera is looking for a Senior Washington Correspondent.

Berkeley is accepting applications for two investigative reporting fellowships.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro, Romanesko

Morning Reading List, 07.29.08

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Good Morning Washington.
Above, one of the magazines in Frank Luntz‘s collection.

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We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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Morning Reading List, 01.15.08

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Good morning Washington. It’s the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Wikipedia. (See King’s Wikipedia entry here.)

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REVOLVING DOOR | NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE MEDIA | MAGAZINES | RADIO | JOBS

  • You think Hillary Clinton was “edgy” on “Meet”

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • The Washington Business Journal reports, “Gannett Co. Inc. has named the chief executive of online ad company PointRoll Inc. to be its new chief digital officer, as it seeks to expand its online operations. Chris Saridakis, who was named PointRoll chief executive after McLean-based Gannett acquired the company two years ago, will oversee digital operations at Gannett’s newspapers and television stations. He will report directly to Gannett chief executive Craig Dubow.”

  • J. Peter Freire is the new Managing Editor of The American Spectator. Freire first came to the Spectator as an intern and editorial assistant under a journalism fellowship from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • The real Dowd scandal

  • Washington Post’s Deb Howell writes, “Here’s what happened in New Hampshire: Reporters lost their natural skepticism and took what they thought was happening and projected it far past the facts. The experts were wrong, the polling a disaster. The Post, luckily, didn’t poll late in New Hampshire and wasn’t among those making a bad call.”

  • The Virginian-Pilot’s Joyce Hoffman writes, “Coming on board as public editor with the news that Landmark Communications, and with it The Virginian-Pilot, is likely to be sold is a daunting endeavor. An end to the century-old tradition of leadership by a family with a historic commitment to public service journalism is a troubling prospect for Hampton Roads.”

  • Richard Just writes, “What happened at the Supreme Court 20 years ago tomorrow has been long forgotten by most Americans — if they ever heard about it at all. Unlike the better-known decisions of the last century, the ruling handed down on Jan. 13, 1988, had nothing to do with race or abortion rights. It didn’t become fodder for presidential candidates and hasn’t galvanized voters on either the left or right. Yet over the past two decades, the court’s ruling in Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, which concerned high school newspapers, has had far-reaching consequences. Not only has it changed the way journalism is taught at many schools, it has made it more difficult for high school students to learn the important lessons about democracy that come from publishing — or simply reading — serious newspapers.”

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    TV

  • A release announced, “MSNBC presents special live coverage
    … of the Michigan primary, as well as the Democratic presidential debate live from Nevada. Coverage begins with ‘Hardball with
    Chris Matthews’ live from Las Vegas at 5 and 7 p.m. ET, ‘Tucker’ live at 6 p.m. ET and ‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann’ at 8 p.m. ET.”

  • A CNN release announced the network “will dedicate the 8 p.m. hour each weekday to the latest election news coverage from the campaign trail in a new program, CNN Election Center. Building on CNN’s successes and ratings wins from both the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primaries, CNN Election Center will be anchored by members of the ‘Best Political Team on Television’ from the New York-based CNN Election Center and on the trail by CNN anchor John Roberts.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Broadcasting & Cable published an editorial today that served as a call to the networks to focus more energy on presidential news coverage. It also applauded ABC News for its debate coverage, which rated extremely well, and its New Hampshire special, which didn’t, but was the only network that gave the primary a half-hour.”

  • The Washington Times reports, “A legal battle over advertisements for a new documentary about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton illustrates the folly of current campaign-finance laws, says the attorney for the producers of the film, which premieres tonight in Washington. ‘Hillary: The Movie’ is ‘a political documentary like Michael Moore or Al Gore has made,’ said James Bopp, who went to federal court last week to represent the movie’s producers. Yet the conservative group Citizens United, which produced the Clinton film, must ‘go to court to get permission to advertise the film… because of McCain-Feingold,’ he said.”

  • His Extreme-ness reports, “If you saw John Kerry on ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ Sunday morning, you saw him talking about his endorsement of Barack Obama. And you probably also saw him successfully pull off a tough stunt — banning something he didn’t want from the show.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Rep. Ron Paul took part in last Thursday’s GOP debate on Fox News after being excluded in the New Hampshire forum. His supporters were, well, less than happy with Fox News over the decision to leave out Paul from the N.H. forum, as Frank Luntz explained.”

  • TVNewser reports that MSNBC announced in a press release how it plans to handle hosting a debate and covering the Michigan primary tonight. The debate will take place at 9 p.m.
  • PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler writes, “The press, the pundits and the polls all got a big black eye this week after forecasting, with considerable certainty, a big victory for Sen. Barack Obama in the Democratic primary in New Hampshire. Much has already been written and broadcast about this episode. Newspapers and television networks have had stories about how everybody got it wrong and what the various reasons may have been. I don’t have much to add to this other than to wonder if individual news organizations — aside from their obvious, next-day follow-up stories — took some time to conduct their own in-house post-mortems to figure out if this glaring error in polling and news judgment should alter in some fundamental way the manner in which they approach political coverage. It’s not as though it hasn’t happened before.”

  • This Wednesday at Nathan’s Q&A cafe will feature Amy Holmes, described as “a three-fer: female, black and republican. There’s not much we won’t be able to politically slice and dice.”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Hotline’s On Call is covering the Michigan primary live tonight.

  • Poynter’s Steve Klein reports, “No one has been more supportive of bloggers and more critical of mainstream media than Ted Leonsis, the former AOL executive who owns the NHL Washington Capitals. (OK, well maybe Mark Cuban is close.) Leonsis has paid to send independent bloggers to cover Caps prospects in Russia, and when long-time Washington Times hockey writer Dave Fay died late last year, no one was kinder. So when Leonsis shelled out $124 million over 13 years last week to keep his franchise player, Alex Ovechkin, in town — it was the biggest contract in Washington D.C. sports history — Leonsis had a right to expect some accurate coverage in the MSM and some honest passion from the bloggers. But to read the owner’s very active blog, Ted’s Take, it doesn’t appear he got a great deal of either.”

  • Christopher Hitchens Watch reports that Hitchens has quit smoking. No, really.

  • Be sure to c heck out Breitbart TV. Ed Driscoll reports, “About a minute into the latest B-Cast by Liz Stephans and Scott Baker of Breitbart.TV (whom we interviewed a few weeks ago on PJM Political), they casually mention that their previous show attracted about 400,000 views.”

  • Marc Fisher reports, “Living in a city without a full-time jazz station, I have to rely on CDs and downloads to hear my fill of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. But to discover new jazz from singer Madeleine Peyroux or pianist Bruce Barth, it’s necessary to reach past broadcast radio to online music services, music blogs and pay satellite radio. But now comes NPR Music, a sprawling Web site from National Public Radio on which I can listen to the NPR jazz (or classical or folk or indie rock) shows that don’t air on Washington’s public stations — as well as tap into song lists, video and audio of concerts, music-related stories from NPR’s news shows and a raft of programs from public stations across the country.”

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    MAGAZINES

  • Wonkette reports, “Campaigns & Elections magazine was one of those old insider trade magazines for people that simply couldn’t get enough of campaign tactics and other campaigners in the off-season — but there’s nary an off-season anymore. So, C&E redesigned the magazine (it’s shiny!), started writing about politics and threw a swanky party with an open bar in a big black room to celebrate.” For pics, click here.

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    RADIO

  • Former CBS Public Eye editor Matthew Felling is hosting “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” today at noon on WAMU 88.5, talking Macs and Movies.

  • The Redskins’ Tumultuous Season Didn’t Gain Yardage on Sports Radio

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    JOBS

  • CommunicationWorks is looking for a Media Manager.

  • mediabistro.com is looking for mediabistro.com Instructors.

  • Widmeyer Communications is looking for an Account Manager and a Senior Associate/Assistant Vice President.

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education is looking for a Technology Writer.

  • WTOP Radio is looking for a Reporter.

  • WFED Radio is looking for a Reporter.

  • AARP is looking for a Managing Editor — AARP Bulletin.

  • SourceMedia is looking for a Reporter, The Bond Buyer/Washington Bureau.

  • Strauss Radio Strategies, Inc. is seeking PR Pros Specializing in Broadcast.

  • Youth Today is looking for a Publisher and a Managing Editor.

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    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • Morning Reading List, 10.04.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Trader Joes edged out Whole Foods as the grocery store du jour.

  • An NBC release announced, “As the competitive gap between ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ and ABC ‘World News’ continues to narrow, ‘Nightly News’ became the most-watched network evening newscast during the week of September 24-28, 2007.”

  • NBC also announced that Brian Williams “will moderate a debate among the Democratic presidential candidates Tuesday, Oct. 30, 9-11 p.m. ET, live on MSNBC from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa. This is one of six DNC-sanctioned debates this fall; it is the second debate moderated by Williams. The debate will also stream live on MSNBC.com and re-broadcast on Telemundo
    in Spanish.”

  • An ABC release announced, “In an election season tradition, ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ will feature a special series — ‘Who Is?’ –- that explores the rarely seen private side of the presidential contenders. Through in-depth interviews with the candidates, anchor Charles Gibson goes beyond their standard stump speech to explore their backgrounds, the intimate details of their lives, and the events that have brought them to this point in their political careers. The series debuts on Thursday, October 4 with Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico, and continues weekly through December on ‘World News’ and its webcast.”

  • Washingtonpost.com announced it is launching a local blog directory “that makes DC-area blogs more accessible to our readers. The directory will include a searchable database and a dynamically updated list featuring fresh posts. It will also have a section of editor’s top picks, recently added blogs, and resources for bloggers such as legal tips and ways to avoid spam.”

  • AP reports, “The Federal Communications Commission is doing a swell job communicating with lobbyists, but with the public? Not so good, according to a government report.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Former White House Press Secretary, and FNC host Tony Snow makes his first visit to the Late Show with David Letterman” tonight.

  • The Hill reports, “Juan Williams, the liberal-leaning pundit of Fox News and NPR, is not a happy camper these days — the word ‘happy’ being the source of his ire.”

  • The Free Radio Alliance is sponsoring Free Radio Across America Day with a picnic on Capitol Hill to mark the official launch of the alliance on October 10 from 12-2.

  • The Gate presents the “first-ever Most Presidential Laughter From A Woman Contest!”

  • Huffington Post’s Eric Kuhn interviewed Cal Thomas about his latest book he wrote with Bob Beckel, Common Gourd.

  • Reuters reports, “Aspiring writers were on Monday challenged by two publishing groups to prove their readership appeal online to win a coveted publishing deal. The Penguin Group said it was teaming up with Amazon.com and Hewlett-Packard to launch an international writing contest that aimed to search for the next great novel with the winner to be published by Penguin.”

  • HowardOwens.com has “Twelve things journalists can do to save journalism”

  • The Nation reports, “The ongoing fallout over Bill O’Reilly’s recent racial comments is stoking tensions between Fox News and NPR.”

  • Media Biz reports, “For shareholders of big media companies, 2007 has so far been one to forget. All of the major media conglomerates have trailed the market. News Corp. (NWS) has been the best performer, gaining 5 percent. Shares of CBS (CBS) and Walt Disney (DIS) are relatively flat, up only 1 percent and 2.3 percent respectively. CBS’ former corporate sibling Viacom’s (VIAB) stock has fallen 5 percent this year. And then there’s my parent company Time Warner (TWX). It’s stock has plunged more than 15 percent in 2007.”

  • AdAge.com reports, “The nation’s 100 Leading Media Companies over the past year concocted more than a dozen major mergers, acquisitions and spinoffs with a total value topping $85 billion.”

  • FT.com reports, “In spite of that frosty reception, the Huffington Post has emerged as the fifth most popular blog on the web, according to Technorati, the internet tracker. The blog claims to attract 3.5m unique users a month.”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “Yahoo plans to unveil a revamped search engine that it says delivers faster, more relevant and engaging results than market leader Google, which handles more than half of the Web’s search requests.”

  • New York Times reports, “As if we needed any more evidence that the bubble is back in Silicon Valley, technology media company IDG plans to revive that hallmark publication of the dot.com era, the Industry Standard.”

  • Washingtonian’s Harry Jaffe writes, “Newcomers Make Waves at Post.com”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “After two decades of cutbacks in international bureaus, ABC News is bucking the trend by creating one-person operations that will dramatically boost its coverage in Africa, India and elsewhere.”

  • New York Post reports, “American Media’s long nightmare may finally be over. The publisher of Star and The National Enquirer yesterday released its quarterly earnings report for the period ending June 30, 2007 – which the company said brings its fiscal reporting requirements to the SEC up to date for the first time in 20 months.”

  • Poynter Online’s Amy Gahran tells us, “What’s Coming Next in Contributed Content.”

  • Reuters reports, “Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Business Network says everyone has the right to strike it rich in America and it aims to show even the smallest investor how to do it. Seeking to dislodge incumbent business cable channels CNBC and Bloomberg Television, Fox Business said its rivals deliver financial news in a language understood only by the experts on Wall Street.”

  • USAToday reports, “The Web has an unlikely new rival when it comes to ‘interactive’ advertising: magazine pages.”

  • The International Center for Journalists announced the 2007 participants in the International Journalism Exchange. “The leading editors from 12 countries, including Zimbabwe, will spend time at U.S. publications such as the Los Angeles Times, the Houston Chronicle, Science magazine, and The Detroit News, among others.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman reports, “‘People tell me that my biggest character flaw is that I’m a Pollyanna,’ the general manager of the New York Times’ Web site, NYTimes.com, told me. However, she couldn’t help but frown when pondering the reaction to the recent decision to kill the TimesSelect program.”

  • Mediabistro.com announced the launch of “360° Daily Angle,” “a joint video blog with NYC TV, the largest source of original programming about New York City lifestyle, culture, entertainment and history, and the official television network of the City of New York.”

  • The Atlantic announced in a release, “This November, The Atlantic will celebrate 15 decades in publishing.” Yesterday, the 150th anniversary issue was released online (subscription required). The magazine will be available on newsstands October 16.

  • Eric Boehlert writes, “For years, journalist Juan Williams has straddled the divide between two unique media worlds; the thoughtful and erudite journalism of National Public Radio (NPR), where Williams serves as an analyst, and the rowdy hothouse at Fox News, where Williams works as a contributor. Most of the time, the two worlds don’t collide. But recently they did, and NPR has the bruises to show for it.”

  • NewsBusters reports, “Frank Luntz Slams GOP Front-Runners, But NPR Omits His Tavis Ties”

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  • National Geographic is looking for a Editor, Copy.

  • National Geographic is looking for a Senior Producer — Web Content

  • National Consumer Magazine is looking for a Sales Representative for D.C., Philly, Baltimore

  • U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is looking for a Communications Specialist.

  • The Cecil Whig is looking for an A-1 reporter.

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