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Morning Reading List 10.07.09

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.

Yesterday’s featured desk was Christina Bellantoni‘s new office at TPM. Ken Hanner is the only FBDC reader to guess it correctly. Today we have Uncle Sam spotted by a reader panhandling for $12 trillion in Dupont yesterday.

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

TV | ONLINE | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | AWARDS & EVENTS

TV

Tom DeLay has quit “Dancing with the Stars.”

David Letterman‘s apology episode brought in huge ratings.

In that spirit, Mediaite brings us “Top Ten On-Air Apologies.”

Tonight on “Countdown,” Keith Olbermann will present a Special Comment for the full hour on the need for and meaning of health care reform in the United States, “Health Care Reform: The Fight Against Death.”

CBS’ Dave Price joined the Morning Media Menu earlier today to discuss how he’s going to get across the country on only 50 bucks.

WaPo: Jay Leno‘s sinking ratings are causing pain for the NBC stations that air his new show — with at least one striking exception: Washington’s WRC-TV.

Evening news ratings here.

ONLINE

AP is considering selling stories to online customers earlier for a fee.

NEWS NOTES

Fox News’ Shepard Smith is the only newser to make AskMen’s 40 most influential men list. He’s #31– topping the list at #1 is fictional Don Draper from “Mad Men,” beating out even President Obama.

Rush Limbaugh has officially put in a bid for the St. Louis Rams.

HuffPost: NY Post editor Sandra Guzman, who spoke out against a controversial cartoon the paper ran comparing the author of the president’s stimulus package to a dead chimpanzee, has been fired from her job, the paper confirmed.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Politico‘s Mike Allen reported yesterday that David Axelrod met with Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes in NY two weeks ago during the President’s visit to the UN. “The two discussed news coverage and the relationship between the organizations. An FNC spokesperson tells POLITICO that Ailes and Axelrod had a “cordial conversation” over coffee…”

Time‘s Michael Scherer further reports, Axelrod said in an email, “I’ve known Roger for a long time. …We chatted from time to time during the campaign. I was going to be in NY, so we got together for a cup of coffee.”

AWARDS & EVENTS

NJ‘s James Kitfield and Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. have been recognized by Military Reporters & Editors for their coverage of the U.S. military and national security during 2008.

NPC is hosting a political reporting workshop Saturday, October 17th. Keynote speaker is USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page. Dets and registration info here.

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And The Cubicle Belongs To…

Joe Curl, Ken Hanner and Thomas Carter all correctly guessed that this cubicle belongs to TWT‘s Christina Bellantoni.

If you look close enough, you can see her name plate in the picture, as a commenter points out. Thanks for playing “Guess Whose Cubicle…”

Former WaTimes’rs Go At It!

We can’t tell if this is funny or pathetic…

In an email obtained by FishbowlDC, former Washington Times national editor Ken Hanner (now at Human Events) takes on former Washington Times reporter George Archibald over why “the Washington Times is no longer a conservative paper”:

    From: Ken Hanner
    Subject: Hey
    To: George Archibald
    Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2008, 10:03 AM
    George, I noticed in a recent blog you asked:

    “Where’s the anger? Where’s the rage?
    Who among all the heavily endowed conservative groups – the Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, and American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., the Manhattan Institute in New York, all the conservative and libertarian groups in California and around the country, are ginning up conservative troops with good speakers for TV-radio, sending out good op-ed pieces to newspapers and magazines, doing all-nighter on all of the above to fight the war we are in against the socialists and collectivist pro-big federal government controlling fellow-travelers?”

    ———————–
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    We can’t tell if this is funny or pathetic…

    In an email obtained by FishbowlDC, former Washington Times national editor Ken Hanner (now at Human Events) takes on former Washington Times reporter George Archibald over why “the Washington Times is no longer a conservative paper”:

      From: Ken Hanner
      Subject: Hey
      To: George Archibald
      Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2008, 10:03 AM
      George, I noticed in a recent blog you asked:

      “Where’s the anger? Where’s the rage?
      Who among all the heavily endowed conservative groups – the Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, and American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., the Manhattan Institute in New York, all the conservative and libertarian groups in California and around the country, are ginning up conservative troops with good speakers for TV-radio, sending out good op-ed pieces to newspapers and magazines, doing all-nighter on all of the above to fight the war we are in against the socialists and collectivist pro-big federal government controlling fellow-travelers?”

      ———————–

      Well, George. Wouldn’t the pre-eminent conservative newspaper, The Washington Times, be the most logical one to lead the charge?
      Oh, that’s right, they aren’t really conservative any more. Thanks in large part to you. Good work, George.

The Story With Stacy McCain

A source tells FishbowlDC that Assistant National Editor Robert Stacy McCain has been removed from the Washington Times national desk (for now, at least). However, he will continue to be involved with the paper’s website (both in a writing and editing capacity) and will continue to do the paper’s culture briefs.

That just means that National Editor Ken Hanner needs to find a new editor for the national desk.

Stacy McCain Resigned?!?

ccainstacy2.jpgThat’s what we’re hearing this evening, that Washington Times Assistant National Editor Robert Stacy McCain called National Editor Ken Hanner today and declared his intention to resign.

Why? Well, McCain was the person mentioned in our earlier blind item. During a heated moment in the Times newsroom yesterday, McCain’s temper rose over what others described as his frustration with having too many jobs to juggle (the same sources also confirm that McCain does, in fact, contribute in myriad ways for the newspaper).

Sources told FishbowlDC that they heard McCain get into a charged debate with Deputy National Editor Victor Morton and then, fully irate, McCain proceeded to storm into Hanner’s office where voices were raised and “I quit” was overheard by those outside Hanner’s door. This carried into the newsroom — “a yelling fit,” said one — and everyone in the newsroom heard and watched McCain’s dramatic exit.

Upon leaving the newsroom, McCain violently slammed through a pair of heavy steel doors, kicking them open and nearly hitting Assistant Metro Editor Lyn Pusey, who just barely dodged the flying doors.

But the assumption was that McCain would return to work on Wednesday and all would be well, but that did not happen. And now we hear that McCain called into Hanner today to confirm his desire to quit. Still, word is that this has happened before (a few times, even) and there is some speculation tonight that Managing Editor Fran Coombs is prepared to try to sooth McCain’s ruffled feathers and try talk him back into the newsroom.

Stay tuned…(for what it’s worth, McCain’s Facebook page still has him with the paper…)

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