The Wall Street Journal reports, “In the beleaguered newspaper industry, one chief executive has long stood out as the golden boy: Gary Pruitt. He skillfully managed the McClatchy Co. chain and last year engineered the $4.6 billion takeover of Knight Ridder Inc., one of the largest in the history of the business.”
Following our item yesterday, FishbowlDC heard from Post ombudsman Deb Howell, who confirmed that she’s staying at the Post for a third year.
Mike Allen’s Playbook reports, “OOPS: A reporter was kept off Clinton’s press charter today because the reporter didn’t have her ID.”
The New York Times reports, “Sylvan Fox, the first ‘rewrite man’ to be singled out for a Pulitzer Prize, died on Saturday at New York University Medical Center. Mr. Fox, who also worked as a reporter and editor for The New York Times, was 79 and lived in Manhattan.”
The Los Angeles Times reports, “Free news online will cost journalism dearly”
Yes, that’s DC TV and radio veteran Frank Herzog (right) in the new “National Treasure 2: Book Of Secrets” movie. The current WTOP news anchor, who used to be the radio voice of the Redskins and a sports anchor at Channels 9 and 7, appears with star Nicolas Cage, who is talking to the president, played by Bruce Greenwood, at his birthday party at Mount Vernon. As they are looking at a map at George Washington’s home, Herzog walks up and says: “Happy Birthday, Mr. President,” and the president says: “Thanks, Frank.” Also, Herzog played a dance contest judge in 2006’s “Step Up,” which was filmed in Baltimore…..
The Washington Times reports, “The Federal Communications Commission doesn’t need a procedural overhaul, despite criticism from Capitol Hill as well as commission Democrats, Commissioner Robert M. McDowell told reporters last week.”
The AP reports, “The Republican chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is disputing Democratic assertions that a new rule loosening restrictions on media ownership is full of loopholes and will lead to a wave of mergers and fewer choices for consumers.”
TVNewser reports, “MSNBC’s Chris Matthews is back in Washington for Hardball, but he began his day in New York, guesting on Morning Joe, sans Scarborough. As Willie Geist and Mika Brzezinski were thanking Chris for his appearance he jumped in and gave a classic Matthews yelp. ‘This is the greatest show in the morning. This is better than Imus! Haaaa.'”
Inside Cable News is just wondering — is this TMI?
A release announced, “Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby daily tracking polls in Iowa kick off today with one of the most competitive presidential elections in modern history just around the corner. This partnership brings together the biggest and the best in the news and polling industries, teaming up Reuters – one of the largest news agencies in the world — with one of the most renowned pollsters in the world, and C-SPAN, the groundbreaking source for news about our federal government.”
TVNewser reports, “Romney Takes Break From Bird-Flapping to Call Out Carl Cameron”
TVNewser reports, “ABC will be setting aside a Saturday night of entertainment programming next week and will air back-to-back Republican and Democratic candidate debates. Moderated by ABC’s Charles Gibson, the debates will take place in New Hampshire Saturday, Jan. 5 and are being produced in conjunction with Facebook and WMUR-TV. During the debates, Facebook users will be able to participate in groups, which will ‘provide a companion to the televised debates.'”
Huffington Post reports, “Chris Matthews Imitates Vampires, Flunks Geography”
A reader writes in, “DUUUUDE!!! That was the most unhappiest of ‘happy hour’ clips of all time. Thanks for sending me into a dark hole of despair for Christmas, Gavin!!” Whoops.
The Seattle Times reports, “When Jim Romenesko isn’t running the premier Web page about journalism-industry news, he is monitoring two other subjects: unusual news stories at ObscureStore.com and the world’s largest coffee-shop chain at StarbucksGossip.com.”
CBS’ Chip Reidshares, “Five Things I Learned in Ten Days With Edwards”
News Busters reports, “Once again, those class-warring liberals are organizing a luxury cruise. This time, it’s National Public Radio talk show host Diane Rehm.” For more info, click here.
WTOP reports, “When President Bush appeared with D.C. firefighters after the fire at the Old Executive Office Building, it wasn’t by chance. Not that anybody thought it was, but it wasn’t orchestrated by the West Wing press office either. It was the brain child of D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson Alan Etter.”
In the latest installment of Blogs The Famous Media Reads, His Extremeness presents XM’s Rebecca Roberts.