Today’s FishbowlDC comment of the day (with regards to yesterday’s post on “A Bullpen of M.E.’s?”): Reader “thefrontpage” writes, “So 100 of your most talented a loyal and hard-working reporters, editors and photographers are basically forced out–and then you add some more upper-management? What possible sense does that make? Answer: It doesn’t make any sense. No sense at all. When you lose talented people like Richard Harrington, Eve Zibart, Judy Sarasohn, Stephen Barr, Pat Myers, Barry Barriere, David Broder, Bob Woodward, Peter Carlson, Tim Page and dozens of others, under the explanation of budget problems, then why on earth just turn around and add some expensive upper management positions? That makes no economic sense, and it’s an insult to the people who were forced out..” Keep the FishbowlDC discussion going by dropping your comments here.
The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “McCain Remains Much Less Visible than Obama”
Get better Jonathan Kaplan who “after the Portland Press Herald decided to close its Washington, D.C. bureau today, I went for a short one hour bike ride in Rock Creek Park and, on the way back, hit a spot in the road that sent me flying over my handle bars, tumbling onto my shoulder, bending my neck at an odd angle and breaking my left broken collar bone.”
Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren writes, “MS/NBC just got caught with its pants down trying to ‘cook the books’ to somehow look #1 in something. Apparently MS/NBC bragged yesterday in a press release about being # 1 in the 5pm time slot for its show Hardball …but in order for that to happen, MS/NBC’s Hardball had to count -without telling YOU — the spiked numbers for the Special about Tim Russert that happen to air in that 5pm time slot. But Hardball was not that Special and so to use it to boost its numbers is ‘cooking the books.'”
“This weekend on the BLOOMBERG TELEVISION program ‘Conversations with Judy Woodruff,’ Woodruff interviews Condoleezza Rice about North Korea, human rights in China, Iran and the current presidential race. ‘Conversations with Judy Woodruff’ airs on Saturday at 11AM ET and is repeated throughout the weekend. “Conversations with Judy Woodruff” can also be seen on Bloomberg.com”
E&P reports, “Fox News Airs Revised Photos of ‘NYT’ Staffers — Sifton Calls It ‘Disgusting.'” Media Matters has more here.
A release announced, “ABCNEWS.com continued to garner double digit traffic growth in June 2008 in unique visitors, page views and video views versus the same time the previous year. ABCNEWS.com reached 18.5 million uniques for the month, an increase of 33% compared with the same time last year, according to ABC’s measurements. The site had 188.7 million page views, up 58% from the previous year and video views increased by 73% compared to the same time last year.”
The Washington Blogger July Meetup will take place Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 7:00 PM at Regional Food and Drink. To RSVP, click here.
From Washingtonian’s weekly Kliman Online chat: “… This week I’m launching what I hope will become a regular contest in this space: ‘You Be the Critic.’ The prize: a gift certificate for dinner for two (value: $150) at Hooked, in Sterling, which we awarded two stars (‘worth the trip’) in the July issue of the magazine. The chef, Richard Beckel, has stops at Le Bernardin, Citronelle and the Caucus Room on his resume, and Cynthia Hacinli, in her review, praised the restaurant’s ‘effortless charm, intimacy, and attention to detail.’ Here’s the contest: In 75 words or less, tell me about a dish you’ve enjoyed recently at any area restaurant — and why. I don’t care if it’s a four-star restaurant, or a one-star restaurant. Knowledge of food is important, but not primary; remember, this is a writing contest — what matters is your ability to describe an experience so fully that others can almost taste what you yourself tasted. Be funny, be creative, be passionate, be sly, be irreverent. Deadline: July 10th, by noon. Send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘You Be the Critic.’ And be sure to include your name, address and telephone number. The winner (and a few runners-up) will be announced in my chat on Tuesday, July 15. …”
A release announced, “Eight U.S. journalists have been awarded International Reporting Project (IRP) Fellowships at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) for the 2008 program, including the first recipients of fellowships supported by the Stanley Foundation and the PBS program ‘FRONTLINE/World’.” For the full list of journalists, click here.