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Morning Chatter

“No, I told you I don’t watch the news. … I don’t watch the news.”Rachel Jeantel, star witness in the George Zimmerman trial during cross examination, discussing how she knew this was thought to be a “racially charged event.”

Defending Glenn Greenwald

“The smears against @ggreenwald begin: Glenn has not been kind to me in the past, but these attacks are disgusting.” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza, who links to this story.

Advice for NPR

“#NPR pull on your Big Boy Pants. Declare independence from federal handouts.” — WTOP VP of News and Programming Jim Farley.

Phew! Glad that’s settled!

“To be clear, I’m not editorializing, I’m asking questions out loud. I don’t know the answers.” — The Guardian‘s National Security Editor Spencer Ackerman.

Dan Savage reacts to DOMA decision

“Human rights are universal, marriage is a human right, gay people are human, we exist in this universe. #NotThatComplicated.” — Syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage, who was recently in Washington for a book signing at the W.

Reporter complains in Paris

“Hey, Paris: I was cool with McDonalds, sorta OK with Starbucks. But SUBWAY? Get it together.” — Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox.

Hey Bolt Bus: What the hell?

“Dear @BoltBus: can someone please explain to me why I’m on I-97 towards Annapolis right now? This is worst route to DC I’ve ever seen.” — Reason mag’s Preston Cornish.

Dedication is…

“NOTE: your pooler explored the possibility of an in-flight pool report via a call from Air Force One. But by the time we were preparing to make the call, the transcript of the previous exchange with Carney was already being sent out to the list.” — NYT’s Michael Shear in a White House Pool Report en route to Africa.

And decency is…

“Congrats to @newtgingrich, @stefcutter, @VanJones68 & @secupp: new hosts of new Crossfire. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. #CNN” — CNN Contributor Paul Begala.

Black bear in Maureen Orth’s hood 

“So this is the black bear that was running around my mom’s neighborhood this AM in #DC Red Panda started trend.” — NBC’s Luke Russert. Orth writes for Vanity Fair. By far the worst response to Luke’s tweet came from retired San Diego-based “white liberal guy” Bob LaPolla, who wrote, “@LukeRussert it was your dad reincarnated.” WTF planet are you living on, LaPolla?

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Quotes of the Day

“I don’t get this guy. Just strange movements. Weird. I just don’t get it.” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” Co-host Mika Brzezinkski on Psy, the South Korean SMOKING rapper and dancer after the show ran a clip of Tommy LaSorda being perplexed and unamused by Psy performing some moves at Dodgers Stadium during a game.

Journo snoozes in White House briefing room

“When Jay Carney is 30 minutes late, I take naps in the briefing room.” — MetroWeekly‘s Justin Snow.

SOS: Tweeting and untweeting

“Dernit! how do you unretweet a tweet on this new version of twitter tweetdeck??” — WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart.

WHAT HAPPENS IN MEXICO STAYS IN MEXICO – “It’s an early morning call for the press and WH staff as we wait to load the charter for Obama’s trip to Mexico.” — NYT‘s Michael Shear with the accompanying photograph.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 5:07 a.m.

Crossing our fingers for Stephen Tschida’s new condo

“So I won the bidding war. Now I have to win over the condo board.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida in his war quest to purchase a new condo. As some who have been following his saga know, the Condo Board on his last potential bid fell through because of his adorable dogs. Except…a few days ago he wrote, “Kids… holding my breath and waiting to put pen to paper… seller went for MY OFFER! enough of bidding wars… and *#%&@#! condo boards!” We agree and hope the new one isn’t reading this.

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

 

Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols Pulls a Neil Munro

President Obama went into today’s press conference with a list of reporters who were permitted to question him. AP. NBC. CNN. Fox News. Telemundo. If your name wasn’t on the list, forget it. You were SOL.

So Bloomberg‘s Hans Nichols opted for the next best thing: A Daily Caller Neil Munro-style shouted question out of turn. As Nichols posed his question, you could see reporters like FNC’s Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry and others snickering in the row ahead. Nichols clearly had no regrets:  “I asked POTUS if he is open to short term extension on the SPENDING side of fiscal cliff, Jan 1 deadline. #deathstare,” he wrote on Twitter. NYT’s Michael Shear seemed impressed: “In the ongoing battle for more access to the president, Hans Nichols is my new hero. Way to go.” And NYT‘s Peter Baker added, “Hear Hear.”

(Funny, this wasn’t the White House media reaction to Munro back in June.) In response to that, some online referred to Nichols as a “friendlier” Munro.

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Shot/Chaser

One notable journo who made waves in the Fields of Opportunities in Iowa this week was Politico’s Mike Allen. Who else can land in Iowa and obtain an EXCLUSIVE with second-tier candidate Rick Perry? With the latest showing Perry in FIFTH place among the field, surely he’s a very busy man. So, today, we present Shot/Chaser, an examination of Allen’s presence in the Hawkeye State.

SHOTMike Allen sits down stands up with Governor Rick Perry to talk about the recent rumors from Perry’s staff that his campaign was poorly run. When Allen asks Perry if he took some responsibility for the dysfunction in the campaign, Perry will hear NONE of it.

All Perry can do is look at Allen asking “Got a name?” over and over again. To his credit, Allen bounces back strongly by staring at Perry the way my dog looks at me when I turn on the coffee grinder in the morning.

CHASER - Mike Allen. LITERALLY. According to Michael Shear of the NYT, Allen chased down an SUV with Mitt Romney to give him a gift.

Politico’s Roger Simon tweeted to Shear that they were Politico T-shirts. What else would they be, FishbowlDC T-shirts?

WaPo’s Shear to NYT

segment_8458_140x90.jpg WaPo‘s White House scribe Michael Shear is heading to the NYT. Check out this afternoon’s breaking news on it here at Yahoo!News.

Shear has been with WaPo for the past 18 years.

WaPo to Track Obama’s Promises

Today WaPo launches “Obama’s Promises” an online resource that tracks the President’s campaign promises.

Several political reporters are contributing to the project with White House Reporter Michael Shear and graphic designer Karen Yourish assuming lead roles.

So far, the site is peachy on Obama with categories divided up as follows: To Do (3), In Progress (15) and Completed (7). There are no negative-sounding categories such as “broken promises,” though the site shows clearly that Obama’s “In Progress” category is highest.

“Change Washington” is among the “kept promises”. An example: “Ban registered lobbyists from working in the administration on areas in which they have lobbied over the previous two years and bar officials who leave the administration from lobbying the executive branch for the duration of Obama’s presidency.”

Other journos and designers working on the project include: Juliet Eilperin, Michael A. Fletcher, Anne E. Kornblut, Alec MacGillis, Philip Rucker, Scott Wilson; Design: Wilson Andrews, Jacqueline Kazil,and Laura Stanton.

Check out the feature here.

Morning Reading List 07.14.09

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

TV | ONLINE | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | JOBS

TV

There may be widespread cuts coming to WRC, NBC’s channel 4, after a newsroom reorganization and switch to new digital technologies, according to WaPo.

Did you know that Fox Business Network’s Peter Barnes is also a children’s book publisher? He’s profiled in WaPo.

ONLINE

NYT’s Brian Stelter reported that web traffic (or more accurately, lack of) may have been the reason behind WaPo’s sudden dismissal of columnist Dan Froomkin. He’s since moved off to HuffPost and Arianna Huffington is confident. “I have no doubt that Dan, both as an editor and as a writer, will be a traffic magnet for us.”

MAGAZINES

Since his arrest by Iranian authorities last month, Maziar Bahari‘s employer, Newsweek has been making pleas for his release. The magazine’s editor-in-chief Jon Meacham again called for Bahari’s release with an article detailing the foreign correspondent’s work in an effort to dispel allegations that he is a subversive or spy. (h/t FishbowlNY)

Is BusinessWeek only worth $1?

NEWS NOTES

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pushed for the release of the two US journalists currently detained in North Korea. “The two journalists and their families have expressed great remorse for this incident,” Clinton said Saturday. “And I think everyone is very sorry that it happened. What we hope for now is that these two young women would be granted amnesty through the North Korean system and be allowed to return home to their families as soon as possible.” (h/t Politico)

Shenanigans: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) is starting an all female (bipartisan) congressional softball team. Their first game is this evening at 7:35pm at Guy Mason Field and the journos are getting involved too. The first pitch will be thrown by Cokie Roberts and CNN’s Dana Bash will serve as the announcer.

Is DC the real winner in this recession?

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Think you work harder than Bill Burton? WaPo‘s Michael Shear reports: “In a city where work can border on obsession, the Obama staffers stand out. They are not quite the walking dead, but their eyes are frequently ringed with the bags that accompany exhaustion. “This is a place, because of the stress, the schedule and the sheer hours, that just chews people up and spits them out,” said press secretary Robert Gibbs, whose alarm clock is set to 4:30 a.m., though he ignores the early ring more often these days.”

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, Politico

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FishPoolDC: Our Insider’s Notes from Today’s Press Briefing

A truly brief pre-holiday weekend briefing started with Press Secretary/WH School Marm Robert Gibbs‘ scolding of NBC’s Chuck Todd for another late entrance (though no one heard a two-minute warning). “Three times — you’ve got to go to detention hall,” RG announced. (Chucky T was allowed to stay.)

But… Free Ice Cream?!: With more grim economic numbers out this morning, Gibbs continued to keep the bar low on short-term employment data. Asked if the WH still expected to see 10% unemployment this year, Gibbs said, “Absolutely,” adding, “in the next two to three months — I think it’s quite clear that we’ll hit that number.” He noted POTUS’s “impatience” and said, “He sees this economy through the eyes of the American people, and obviously the American people are continuing to hurt.” (On a completely unrelated up side, Gibbs wondered aloud if a ringing cell phone was an ice cream truck. “Ice cream sandwiches are on me,” he said. So… at least we have that going for us.)

Salons are for Hair and Nails: When Gibbs recognized WaPo‘s Michael Shear after an unusually early “thank you” from AP’s Liz Sidoti to close the briefing, Shear’s intro of “On healthcare…” drew laughs from all corners. Rumors of WaPo‘s salon-style healthcare gatherings with Obama officials and the controversial $25,000 price tag for lobbyist tickets has sparked a significant journalistic ethics debate around town. “The Counsel’s office has advised me to ask Mike exactly how much each of these questions is costing,” Gibbs cracked. NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny, next to Shear, made his seatmate squirm as he asked Gibbs to weigh in on the salon idea. RG said no verdict had been rendered but that the salons “would likely exceed what the Counsel would feel, in this case, would be appropriate.”

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Obama’s 100th Day Media Preview

UPDATED:

As you know, TODAY marks the President’s first 100 days in office. FBDC has compiled a list of coverage, events and/or special reports for the event. We’ll continue updating throughout the day so send us your organization’s info and plans to be added to the mix.

Last Night

On ABC’s “Nightline” at 11.35PM, White House correspondent Yunji de Nies looked at Michelle Obama’s first 100 days.

Today

PRINT

Diageo and National Journal Group’s The Hotline will mark President Obama’s 100th day in office with a new Diageo/Hotline poll, conducted by FD. The results will be unveiled at an 8.30 AM breakfast for reporters, editors, columnists and bloggers at The Watergate.

The Washington Post is running a special print section to include a piece by veteran political journalist Dan Balz. Balz will discuss what can really be understood from a president’s first 100 days and what kind of president Obama is becoming. WaPo’s White House team will present key moments of the administration and decisions made so far. In addition, the section will offer a historical comparison of past U.S. president’ accomplishments in their first 100 days.

TELEVISION

Embedded video from CNN Video

CNN National Report Card – First 100 Days: Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, John King and Soledad O’Brien will head up coverage and open up interactive voting on questions throughout the night. Anderson Cooper 360 Special – CNN National Report Card begins at 11pm.

ABC News will broadcast live coverage of the press conference. Charles Gibson will be joined by George Stephanopoulos and Jake Tapper.

PBS and The NewsHour will provide live coverage of the presser. Ray Suarez will anchor.

CNBC’s Dennis Kneale will anchor coverage live from CNBC global headquarters in Engelwood Cliffs, NJ.

C-SPAN 2 will broadcast live from the prez’s presser

Bloomberg will cover the conference live and feature commentary from Former McCain Advisor Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Laura Tyson, former Clinton White House Adviser.

MSNBC will follow the conference and the GOP response with special live editions of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” at 9PM, “The Rachel Maddow Show” at 10 PM, and “Hardball with Chris Matthews” at 11 PM.

Katie Couric will anchor for CBS News’ Special Report.

NBC News’ Brian Williams will anchor coverage on NBC. Williams will be joined by David Gregory and Chuck Todd.

ONLINE

Check out Politico’s video gallery: Obama’s First 100 Days

HuffPo’s 10 in 100: With a little help from some well-known political figures, HuffPo’s Sam Stein compiled a list of the top ten most under-appreciated stories from the President’s first 100 days in office. Find out what made the cut in the categories of health care, communications, education, transportation, cities, Muslim relations, Pakistan, cars, forests and tone by checking out HuffPo here.

ABC News Digital will feature text stories, video highlights and slideshows devoted to President Obama’s first 100 days in office and ABC News NOW; co-anchored by Rick Klein and Yunji de Nies will stream live from the press conference.

CNN.com will host an interactive event for television viewers and online users to grade the President’s first 100 days. Users will instantly be able to give their own letter grades during a brief window of time. Those real-time report cards will appear on-air and online.

CBS News will feature coverage from 9 -10 PM on their political Webcast Washington Unplugged followed by Katie Couric‘s Webcast at 10PM.

WaPo.com’s special package will feature a roundtable discussion on Barack and Michelle Obama’s first 100 days in the White House with Dan Balz, Michael Shear and DeNeen Brown. Robin Ghivan will offer commentary on a narrated photo gallery focused on Michelle Obama. The package will also offer an index quantifying how Obama spent his first 100 days in office and what was happening in the world around him.

TIME photographer Callie Shell documents the President’s historic start on the job with a Photo Gallery: Behind the Scenes with Obama.

Tomorrow

SIRIUS XM Radio will broadcast “The Power Breakfast,” a special edition of The Joe Madison Show on The Power, XM channel 169 on Thursday, April 30 starting at 6 am ET. XM listeners will hear live panel discussions with Rep. James Clyburn, Rep. John Conyers, Rep. Barney Frank, Rep. Charles Rangel, Rep. Bennie Thompson and Rep. Donald Payne.

Taking Out the Trash

What we almost missed today…

So why did CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta turn down the Surgeon General job? Howard Kurtz and Michael Shear have a diagnosis. “One source close to him said Gupta was very disheartened by [Tom] Daschle’s fate and fearful he was not going to get a prominent role in the health-care reform process… Gupta has built a lucrative media empire that includes appearances on CBS as well as CNN and book deals. Soon after his interest in the job became public, he had expressed concern to friends about the financial impact on his wife and children.”

Today was Andy Merten‘s last day at msnbc.com in the Wash bureau. Good luck at law school, Andy!

Smart kid won’t need this… the layoff song, courtesy of FishbowlLA.

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