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Its day 91 covering the Obama administration and week 12 for us. Happy Birthday to Politico’s Carol Lee. What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…
Former Senator Rick Santorum makes $1,750 per column at the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Politico’s Mike Allen addresses critics over the paper and site’s “torture memo” story here.
On the Daily Beast, 7 Best Moments From Sunday Talk.
ABC’s Sam Donaldson on This Week says he’s like to ask Fidel Castro before he dies if he killed President John F. Kennedy. “In his dying breath I’d like to be at [Castro’s] bedside and say, did you do it? Meaning November 22, 1963.”
Is PBS “recklessly promoting” Al Jazeera? Via Romenesko: Fox News’ Eric Shawn is concerned about public TV’s “WorldFocus” airing reports from Al Jazeera English, while PBS ombud Michael Getler isn’t so bothered. “I think it is a plus for American viewers to see and understand what is on Al Jazeera English, and that viewers of public broadcasting are quite able to make up their own minds about whether what they are watching has news value or is propaganda.”
Radio talk show host and regular cable news guest Michael Smerconish was on CNN’s Reliable Sources this weekend to talk about his new book “Morning Drive: Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Talking.” Check out his dish about Fox News’ Glenn Beck, NBC’s David Gregory and CNN’s Larry King here.
NYT‘s David Carr: Cable news stations have been criticized for “event-izing” all manner of minor news occurrences — President Obama’s first news conference comes to mind. But the Tax Day Tea Party was all but conceived, executed and deconstructed in the hothouse of cable news wars.
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer returned to his grad school at Johns Hopkins last week to deliver a speech “President Obama and the World.” More at Yeas & Nays.
Is the Nanny getting a cable news show? Find out at Washington Whispers.
A lesson in proper Facebook etiquette via FishbowlLA.
DCRTV checks out former WUSA anchor Mike Walter’s documentary “Breaking News, Breaking Down.
TWT’s “Anguish of story can haunt journlists“: Journalists who peer into the abyss of war, crime, and natural disasters as part of their jobs can end up as emotionally scarred as the victims they never imagined joining. “Journalists can experience powerful frustration and demoralization,” said Dr. Frank M. Ochberg a psychologist who specializes in trauma.
Also from TWT- a sitdown with “State of Play” director Kevin Macdonald. “There have been plenty of Washington-set political thrillers, so he tried to make his new by ‘approaching the characters in a different way” and “showing Washington in a different way.'”
More on “State of Play” from DCRTV: Longtime DC sportscaster Frank Herzog gets a part. Also, Chris Matthews, Lou Dobbs, Jim Vance, Jule Carey, Chris Gordon, Eun Yang, and Denae D’Arcy play TV “reporters” in the movie.
WEST WING REPORTAGE
Richard Wolffe on the Daily Beast: “Inside the Obama Family PR Machine.”
AWARDS, JOBS and REVOLVING DOOR after the jump…
This year’s Pulitzer Prize winners weren’t supposed to be announced until 3pm today, but Unattributable.com points out someone managing the website accidentally gave us a little preview in a couple of categories and if the slip-up is accurate, someone at NYT is adding another Pulitzer to the paper’s record.
This is also the first time that Pulitzer Prizes will be awarded to online-only entries.
A DC-based public relations agency is looking for a freelance oped ghostwriter.
Politico’s Meagan Bond’s farewell note via Playbook: “After nine crazy months at POLITICO, I’m off to try something new for awhile. Starting Monday, I’ll be working as an Interactive Associate Producer at Home Front Communications. I’ll be helping develop videos and online content for The Gates Foundation, International Rescue Committee, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and other great non-profits around the world. The hope is that we’ll help them tell the stories about their work and the lives they are impacting more effectively… so don’t hesitate to reach out if you know anyone or hear anything pertinent! It’s been a fun, exhausting, educational and neurosis inducing (thanks Kim and Sara) experience.”