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“[John] Boehner, having previously likened the health care bill to Armageddon, was now so apoplectic you had to wonder if he had just discovered one of its more obscure revenue-generating provisions, a tax on indoor tanning salons.”
NYT’s Frank Rich in a column Sunday on the rage surrounding the recently passed health care measure brings up the “perennially copper-faced” Republican Majority Leader from Ohio.

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Late Reading List 10.22.09

What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday (besides “Goatee Gamble” and “Karaoke in the Capital”)…

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TV

Whoops! MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer called Jesse Jackson Al Sharpton on live TV yesterday. Video.

NEWS NOTES

WaPo‘s Reliable Source: Yul Kwon, winner of “Survivor: Cook Islands” in 2006, was appointed deputy chief of the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz is following the “Foxified debate over whether the White House is being mean to a certain network.” And Tucker Carlson‘s take on The Daily Beast.

Meanwhile, in an interview with NBC White House correspondent Savannah Guthrie yesterday President Obama said it wasn’t something he’s “losing sleep over.”

Regardless, Fox News’ ratings are unaffected.

Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson and Bret Baier mentioned on the air that MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow were at the White House this week for an off-the-record chat with President Obama. We now hear Eugene Robinson, E.J. Dionne, Ron Brownstein, John Dickerson, Frank Rich, Jerry Seib, Maureen Dowd, Bob Herbert, Gloria Borger and Gwen Ifill were also there. (h/t TVNewser)

AWARDS & EVENTS

PBS’ Gwen Ifill will receive an honorary degree and will give the commencement address to the 2010 graduating class of St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

Morning Reading List 09.18.09

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

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TV

Cable and networks are beginning to announce their coverage of the G-20 summit next week. Via TVNewser, business nets’ plans.

On NBC, Brian Williams will anchor “Nightly News” from Pittsburgh on the 24th with White House correspondents Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrie contributing to “Nightly” and “Today.”

John Harwood and Carl Quintanilla will be in Pittsburgh for CNBC.

Fox News scored best primetime demo of 2009.

Glenn Beck on the cover of Time mag.

And in Politico, is Glenn Beck the new Rush Limbaugh?

NEWS NOTES

NY Observer: Sue Naegle, the president of entertainment for HBO, said that she still talks with the NYT‘s Frank Rich and The Daily Beast’s Tina Brown on a recurring basis. Brown has already teamed up on one project, optioning a Tom Wolfe book for an hour-long series. Rich is working on a project with the actor James Gandolfini.

Slate: Why the press can’t get enough of Harvard or Yale murders.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

How a factual error in Slate ended up in a White House speech.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Daniel Lippman

Allbritton and VandeHarris Make VF’s “New Establishment 2009″ List

Politico‘s Robert Allbritton, John Harris, and Jim VandeHei join the ranks of Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett and Eric Schmidt (though we question his #5 ranking we suffered through Gmail glitches for hours yesterday) for the first time this year on Vanity Fair‘s annual top 100 Information Age powers list.

By our count, Allbritton and VandeHarris (sharing #84) are the only true DC’ers to make the list- other media types include faux-newsman Jon Stewart (48), PBS’ Charlie Rose (60), CBS’ Leslie Moonves (58), NBC Universal’s Jeff Zucker (61), CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo and Erin Burnett (sharing 69), NYT‘s Bill Keller (75), Fox News’ Glenn Beck (81), NYT‘s Frank Rich (83), TMZ’s Harvey Levin (85), HuffPost’s Arianna Huffington (88) and NYT‘s Paul Krugman (93).

Morning Reading List 07.27.09

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From yesterday’s Playbook- David Gregory‘s son Max celebrated his seventh birthday by throwing out the first pitch at Saturday’s Nationals-Padres game. Politico‘s Jonathan Martin‘s in Alaska covering Sarah Palin‘s last day- follow his updates on Twitter. What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

CJR: NYT is now making as much from circulation as from ads.

WaPo apologized in Saturday’s paper for altering an RFK photo: “As many readers noticed, an image of Robert F. Kennedy on the front of the July 8 Style section was reversed, making it appear as though he parted his hair on the opposite side of how he normally wore it. This was an improper manipulation. The Post’s policy is to use the technique only for photo illustrations clearly labeled as such.” (h/t DCRTV)

TV

The Daily Beast brings us the 7 Best Moments from Sunday Talk.

Quote of the weekend: “As so often’s the case in Washington, the debate comes down to a three-letter word ending in X… of course I’m talking about ‘tax!’” -Mike Viqueira on MSNBC Saturday morning (h/t Mediaite).

Are TV ratings affected by the health care discussion? Politico’s Michael Calderone takes a look here.

Political analyst and author Richard Wolffe filled in for Keith Olbermann Friday on Countdown- for the first time.

ABC’s Nightline is thriving in late night.

Willie Geist‘s way, way too early on MSNBC debuted today with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs as the show’s first guest. NYT profiles Geist and takes a look at the show here.

And Octomom’s getting a reality show.

NEW NOTES

Washingtonian’s Harry Jaffe profiles TV stations and Politico owner Robert Allbritton in August’s mag. A preview here.

Former WaPo executive editor Len Downie has joined the Board of Directors of the Center for Investigative Reporting.

NYT‘s Frank Rich on why and how Walter Cronkite was “the most trusted man in America.”

And journalism in America after Walter Cronkite, Tim Russert and Peter Jennings, WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz in today’s Media Notes: If there were still a most trusted man in America, in our cynical, irony-drenched, somebody-must-be-lying culture, it sure wouldn’t be a journalist. Too many people find the media to be biased, inaccurate, sensational, simplistic or irrelevant for a Walter Cronkite figure to stride among us today.

AFP: Fifty-nine journalists have been killed around the world so far this year, in an alarming rise from 2008 that has become a “bloodbath” of the media, a watchdog said Thursday.

Could anyone be a photojournalist in DC these days? Mediaite: Out with the Old, In with the New.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Star struck at the White House?

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

JOBS after the jump…

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Morning Reading List 06.015.09

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Happy Birthday to Dana Bash! Former Fishbowler Patrick Gavin is filling in for Politico‘s media blogger Michael Calderone this week- don’t read! What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

The AP announced at the IRE Conference in Baltimore this weekend plans to distribute watchdog and investigative journalism from nonprofit organizations to its 1,500 member newspapers. More details in this press release.

Potential buyers of the Boston Globe are emerging.

Related- NYT‘s David Carr: What Price Would You Put On The Boston Globe?

TV

From The Daily Beast- the 7 Best Moment From Sunday Talk.

NYT‘s Maureen Dowd takes a look at the new look of TV, high definition. MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell: “But people like authenticity. And if it means they see more of my wrinkles and freckles, and where I tried to wipe clean where my kid spit up on my shoulder, so be it.” CBS’ Bill Plante: “You go in knowing every mole and random facial hair will be visible to somebody watching closely.”

FOX News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace is featured in a Q&A with the Boston Globe‘s Doug Most. He talks about why he’s a registered Democrat (because he lives in D.C.), his favorite TV show (“24″) and his most memorable interview (this one). More at TVNewser.

HLN anchor Robin Meade and former President George H.W. Bush were skydive partners Friday in Maine. They celebrated his birthday and also sat down for a lengthy interview, with questions on the economy Judge Sonia Sotomayor and his son’s legacy. TVNewser has the highlights here.

Is MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough the new face of the Republican Party? Christopher Buckley explores that idea on The Daily Beast.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper will sit down with UNHCR ambassador Angelina Jolie and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for interviews to air on World Refugee Day June 18th.

ONLINE

Why are Twitter-ers annoyed with CNN? WebNewser has the answer.

“Twitter is the teeny bopperification of America, the dumbification of America.” That was CBS Sportsline’s Gregg Doyel, debating CNN’s Rick Sanchez yesterday also on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with Howard Kurtz.

More from Kurtz in today’s WaPo: “Twitter users are exchanging more than just 140-character bursts of blather about their daily lives: They are guiding their friends and followers to the latest news, information, gossip, snark, and a pulsating, real-time debate. Old-style news outlets would kill for that sense of belonging.”

HuffPost’s Nico Pitney has been liveblogging about the situation in Iran, with the latest pics and video. Read in here.

MAGAZINES

From NYT, Conservative Magazines: Their Vision Isn’t G.O.P’s. “At The Weekly Standard, the point is “to air our views,” said Fred Barnes, executive editor of this newsy, inside-the-Beltway magazine. “A lot of people want to write for us about the future of the Republican Party. We’re not that interested in that. We’re not that interested in the future of Republicans or conservatives. We’re interested in Obama.’”

NEWS NOTES

In light of Laura Ling and Euna Lee‘s situation in North Korea, NYT‘s Brian Stelter takes a look at the new dangers facing today’s journalists.

Why did White House senior advisor David Axelrod leave journalism? In a commencement speech at DePaul University near Chicago, he said of his start in media, “Journalists heped save the republic, and I wanted to be a part of that. But, over time, things changed. By the mid-1980s, journalism was becoming more business than calling. The front office began to take over the newsroom. The emphasis went from veracity to velocity, from reporting to receipts.” (h/t Chicago Sun Times)

WEST WING REPORTAGE

NYT‘s Frank Rich: “The Obama Haters’ Silent Enablers.”

Politico’s Calderone: “Obama, W.H. woo the Gray Lady.”

AP: Another Obama relative has a book deal. A memoir by George Obama, the president’s half brother and a resident of Huruma, Kenya, will be published by Simon & Schuster in January 2010. George Obama, 27, shares the same father with his famous, older half sibling.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro, HuffPost Media

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Noon Reading List: 05.11.09

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It is day 112 covering the Obama administration and week 15 for us. Sorry for the late start- we’re still recovering from WHCD weekend. What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

“A lack of vision is to blame for newspapers’ woes,” writes WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz.

TV

NBC responds to a Page Six item today about Luke Russert to TVNewser. “It’s unfortunate that a gossip column would choose to attack a hard working, talented young man who is getting a great start as a broadcast journalist,” a NBC News spokesperson said.

ONLINE

Reuters: News Corp. will introduce “micro payments” for articles and premium subscriptions to The Wall Street Journal’s Web site. “Once we have your details we will be able to charge you according to what you read, in particular, a high price for specialist material,” said Journal editor Robert Thomson.

NEWS NOTES

NYT‘s Frank RichThe American Press on Suicide Watch“: Without [journalists'] enterprise, to take a few representative recent examples, we would not have known about the wretched conditions for our veterans at Walter Reed, the government’s warrantless wiretapping, the scams at Enron or steroids in baseball.

And from Maureen Dowd in NYT: “I dreamed that Spock saved our planet, The Daily Planet of journalism,” writes Maureen Dowd.

And Time asks, “As Newsrooms Cut Back, Who Covers the Statehouse?

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Politico: Members of the White House press corps are grumbling about a spate of background briefings by “senior administration officials.” “We’ve been concerned about the needless use of ‘on-background’ briefings when it comes to sharing straightforward information,” AP spokesman Paul Colford said.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro

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Schieffer and A-List Media Panel Grace Fort Worth, Texas

From a FBDC guest blogger (and proud mother of a certain DC journo) in Fort Worth, Texas:

Each year, Bob Scheiffer invites noted members of the media to his namesake journalism school at TCU. As always, Wednesday night’s event was entertaining, interesting and timely. This year’s panelists, David Brooks, Trish Regan, Gwen Ifill and Mark Sheilds, with Schieffer moderating, shared their perspective on President Obama, the stimulus package, Afghanistan, the recent firing of Rick Wagoner and the changes facing journalism.

As one might expect, they didn’t agree on all of the topics, but the consensus was that President Obama is a very calm, self confident decision maker and politician. They discussed whether or not Obama has “bitten off more than he can chew” in his policy initiatives.

Some of the more insightful moments were when Ifill noted that comedian Jon Stewart, not the mainstream media, took on CNBC’s Jim Cramer. Brooks discussed the constitutionality of the government taking over corporate duties and the intricacies of Afghanistan and the nature of the Taliban. Shields reflected on the great loss of investigative reporting if papers continue to fail, and cited Walter Reed Hospital in Washington as an example. Regan explained the nature of the banking and Wall Street environment to the Main Street of Fort Worth.

Questions from the audience ranged from the media’s treatment of Obama to the governments authority “to fire” corporate executives. The Schieffer Symposium brings the very best media analysts to Ft. Worth, and our community is very fortunate to have this event each year! At $15.00 per ticket, it’s a wonderful learning experience. Past guests have included: Tim Russert, Tom Brokow, Judy Woodruff and Bob Woodward.

Our guest blogger’s wish list for next year: Maureen Dowd, Charlie Gibson, Ted Koppel and Frank Rich.

Also check out the AP’s Schieffer Symposium coverage here and the Star Telegram’s here.

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Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: President’s Council on Economic Advisors Chair Christina Romer and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and a roundtable with The Week’s David Frum, BBC’s Katty Kay, CNBC’s Steve Liesman and PBS’ Tavis Smiley

CBS’ Face the Nation: National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers and NYT’s Thomas Friedman

ABC’s This Week: National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and a roundtable with BusinessWeek’s Jim Ellis, The American Prospect’s Robert Kuttner, NYT’s Frank Rich and ABC’s George Will

Fox News Sunday: President’s Council of Economic Advisors Austan Goolsbee, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), Rep. Barney Franks (D-MA), Moody’s Economy.com’s Mark Zandi and FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair

CNN’s State of the Union: Former Vice President Dick Cheney and Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA)

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Tucker Carlson, The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik, Stephanie Miller, “The Difference” author Jean Chatzky

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: CNBC’s Erin Burnett, Newsweek’s Howard Fineman, WaPo’s Anne Kornblut, Wall Street Reporter/NYT’s Andrew Ross-Sorkin

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Former US Senator and presidential candidate Bill Bradley, Bloomberg’s Christine Harper, Lizzie O’Leary, Mike Tackett, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Time Magazine’s Michael Duffy, Slate’s John Dickerson and NBC’s Mike Viqueira

Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: MPAA’s Dan Glickman, former communications director to Sen. Ben Nelson David DiMartino and Roll Call’s Emily Heil

Morning Reading List, 12.04.08

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