Christine O'Donnell was going to Face the Nation on Sunday. Now she isn't. She canceled at the eleventh hour. The Senate nominee from Delaware also kissed off "Fox News Sunday." So she's not taking Sarah Palin's advice to "speak through...
The Washington City Paper posed the question about D.C.'s mayor: "Is Adrian Fenty a Jerk?" He may have been--many of his fellow politicians thought so--and that may explain why he got his clock cleaned this week despite widespread acknowledgment that he had improved city services and schools. But if the coverage is any indication, the results were largely about race. And in a way that I find troubling: The African-American mayor was essentially accused of caring too much about white people and appointing too many white people. I am not exaggerating.
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The White House lashes out at the magazine after it published a cover story that accuses President Obama of adopting "the cause of anti-colonialism" from his Kenyan father. Updated with Robert Gibbs meeting with Forbes editors.
| September 16, 2010; 2:37 PM ET |
Categories: Latest stories, Top story | Tags: Barack Obama Sr., Dinesh D'Souza, Dreams from My Father, Forbes, Kenyan, Obama, Robert Gibbs, anticolonial
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Karl Rove may be feuding with Christine O'Donnell these days, but for all the delicious infighting, the Republicans don't have a monopoly on this sort of sniping. Now Rachel Maddow has become a target of some on the left. Lanny Davis, the Democratic stalwart and former Clinton White House aide, has called her "sanctimonious and intolerant" in an interview on Talk Radio Network's syndicated "America's Morning News." There's more, but first, the back story.
Veteran Fox News correspondent Brian Wilson is leaving the network -- and the breakup isn't pretty. The former Washington bureau chief is a familiar face in D.C., but he hasn't been on the air in six weeks and there are clearly some hard feelings. Unlike Major Garrett, the White House correspondent who quit to join the National Journal, Wilson doesn't appear to have another job lined up. Nor is his contract believed to be up.
"60 Minutes," it turns out, wants more than an hour. The long-running CBS newsmagazine is taking part of its act online, with a weekly feature called "Overtime." Starting Sept. 26, the new site will feature three stories each week with original content, some drawn from the latest program and others from its archives. In short, a program launched in 1968 is going digital in 2010. Says Executive Producer Jeff Fager: "So much goes into the reporting of a '60 Minutes' story and often there's more original material that doesn't make the broadcast, or interesting back stories we don't get to share with the viewer."
Conservative pundits are split on Christine O'Donnell's victory, just as they were on her Delaware primary campaign. The question of the hour: What does it mean? With Karl Rove whacking away at her, several prominent commentators on the right are somewhere between distraught and distressed over the O'Donnell win, while others are angry at the Architect. Check out Michelle Malkin taking on her fellow Fox contributor: "Rove came across as an effete sore loser instead of the supposedly brilliant and grounded GOP strategist that he's supposed to be. Expect more Washington Republicans to start sounding like tea party-bashing libs as their entrenched incumbent friends go down."
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The conservative movement is being split wide open by Christine O'Donnell's candidacy. The tea party favorite, in case you're not familiar, is battling veteran Delaware politician Mike Castle today for the GOP Senate nomination. She is also backed by Sarah Palin. But some Republicans just don't think O'Donnell is qualified, and that her nomination could cede the old Joe Biden seat to the Democrats. One glimpse of the civil war came in this piece by John McCormack: "Court documents obtained Saturday by THE WEEKLY STANDARD reveal surprising new details about the gender discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit filed by Christine O'Donnell in 2005 against her former employer, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, a conservative non-profit based in Delaware.
There was a time in Washington when Jack Anderson was a hero, the columnist who kept unearthing Richard Nixon's dark secrets, a Pulitzer winner who revealed the administration's secret tilt toward Pakistan in its war against India. But Anderson's reputation would have been shredded had anyone learned that he paid off the source who slipped him the classified documents on Pakistan. Here's how it went down: Anderson bought some undeveloped California land from Navy yeoman Charles Radford, using an old high school friend as a middleman to disguise the transaction. "It was really a payoff," Anderson acknowledged a few months before his death. Anderson made the admission to author Mark Feldstein, an associate professor at George Washington University. When Feldstein worked as an Anderson intern in the 1970s, he says, "I looked up to him and admired him. He certainly had his warts, God knows. I certainly realized that his later career turned embarrassing. Any of us who worked for him knew the tactics he used were not the ones I teach in journalism school." But, he says, "the blackmail and bribery came as a shock."
| September 13, 2010; 10:00 PM ET |
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President Obama spent about an hour talking about the economy the other day. You could be forgiven for not knowing that. He held a rare news conference Friday to talk up the administration's efforts to goose the moribund economy and blame the Republicans for not cooperating. But while most of the reporters quizzed the president about the economy, there were questions about the economy, there were a couple of questions about the Koran-burning craziness and the mosque--and that's what dominated the news coverage. In fact, I searched some major papers in vain for a single sentence about Obama's economic responses. I know he had made similar points in speeches earlier in the week, but let's face it: What do Americans most care about right now? Unemployment, or some blustering pastor threatening to burn a bunch of books? Now turn the question around: What do the media care most about?
There are certain writers, because of their ideological opinions or inflammatory style, who you'd expect to draw plenty of nasty criticism. It sort of comes with the territory. But Ben Smith is not one of them. The Politico blogger is a mainstream guy who talks to both sides and isn't pushing a point of view. The Daily Beast says he's getting hammered just the same.
With news and gossip leaping off every laptop screen, smartphone and Facebook page, the common wisdom these days is that traditional news outlets are doomed. But a funny thing happened on the way to the funeral: People are spending more time following the news, rather than giving in to other distractions. Traditional media are holding onto mindshare: A new Pew Research Center study says that on a given day, Americans spend 57 minutes a day getting the news from television, newspapers or radio, just as they did in 2000. But they spend an additional 13 minutes each day consuming news on the Web--a figure that doesn't even include stories viewed on cell phones. Highly educated folks, not surprisingly, are driving the increase.