(A Sprinkling of Things we Think You Ought to Know…)
Three “deeps” from CNN’s Christiane Amanpour: From the University of Rhode Island wesbite: “According to Christiane Amanpour, URI class of 1983, ‘URI changed my life forever and it has a deep, deep, deep place in my heart.'”
Guilty as charged! NBC’s Chuck Todd at Washington University in St. Louis spoke on the media covering “political stunts” such as the Mitt Romney etch a sketch. This quote was reported this week in the independently run student newspaper called Student Life: “Do you completely ignore it? Or [do you see it as] the campaigns are engaging on this and it’s your job to cover what the campaigns are engaging on?” Todd said. “You end up guiltily covering some of these petty things.“ Read the full story by Michelle Merlin here.
Has Ifill crossed a line? HuffPost‘s Christina Wilkie reported late Thursday that the Media Research Center, a well-established conservative outlet, is criticizing PBS’s anchor Gwen Ifill for emceeing an event last night at Whitman-Walker Health clinic where Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius will receive an award. In a nutshell, MRC thinks Ifill is crossing a line. Read the full story. Earlier in the day, just after lunch, WaPo‘s Erik Wemple reported that he asked Ifill about it. She said she won’t be endorsing Sebelius, nor did she know who she’d be honoring. “I really do try to do the arm’s-length thing,” Ifill told him. Wemple’s piece doesn’t bash Ifill. Quite the contrary. He says unless he sees an HHS puff piece he is “disinclined to grouse” about her appearance. Meanwhile, elsewhere in WaPo, the event appeared on D.C. Wellness Calendar. The way it reads sounds fishy: “’Be the Care’ Gwen Ifill hosts ceremonies honoring Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Whitman-Walker Health, 1701 14th St. NW. 202-797-3510. www.whitman-walker.org. $150, minimum donation.” Meanwhile, elsewhere in WaPo, around dinner time in a weird meta exercise, “The Reliable Source” gossip column reported Wemple’s news just in case readers missed it earlier in the Opinion Section, which can be found with the new online web navigation tool by scrolling to Gaithersburg and back.