By: E&P Staff
In today’s edition, Fox New anchor Tony Snow is rumored to be taking the position of White House Press Secretary vacated by Scott McClellan, Daily News gossip columnist Lloyd Grove reportedly is looking for a new job and Seattle’s newspapers (despite their disputed JOA) will negotiate separately with unions on new labor contracts.
Fox News Anchor Tony Snow Will Likely Tak White House Spokesman Position
CNN sources close to the White House said Monday that Fox anchor Tony Snow is likely to accept the job as White House press secretary, succeeding Scott McClellan. The sources said they expect him to announce his decision within the next few days.
Countdown for Lowdown?
Grove’s three-year contract with the News expires in September, according to sources with knowledge of the deal. A renewal seems unlikely, considering the paper’s editor in chief, Martin Dunn, is on record calling Grove a “f—ing idiot” whose “page is stupid.”
Seattle Papers Will Negotiatiate Separately With Union
The Seattle Times notified the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Monday of its decision to bargain independently with the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild, which represents about 750 employees at the two papers. The Guild’s existing contracts with both papers expire July 21; negotiations are to start next month.
Condi Sitting Next to Nick Lachey at Correspondents Dinner?
ABC is bringing Rice, Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson , Gen. Peter Pace and “Dancing With the Stars” winner Lachey; People magazine nabbed Mary Cheney, “Grey’s Anatomy’s” Isaiah Washington , John Legend and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges ; Bloomberg gets Michael Chertoff, Gov. Mitt Romney, New York Giant Tiki Barber , tennis babe Anna Kournikova and Melina Kanakaredes .
Can Newspapers Do Blogs Right?
“Reporters, trained to put aside opinion, make uninteresting bloggers. And it’s notoriously hard to manage, in parallel, a daily news cycle and regular updates for breaking news,” writes Nick Denton, publisher of Gawker Media.
Students At Newspaper Silenced
“In the People’s Republic of West Hartford, high school students with unpleasant viewpoints should be seen but not heard,” writes Rick Green. “Consider the recent railroading of two Hall High School students, Ezra Silk and Ben Kudler, who had the audacity to try to spark debate about alcohol abuse.”
Famed Prison Journalist Released
Billy Wayne Sinclair, a convicted killer who won awards as an inmate journalist and called attention to a 1980s Louisiana pardon-selling scandal, was out of prison and on his way to Houston Monday night. Sinclair gained fame for his work on The Angolite, the inmate publication at Louisiana State Penitentiary, and often traveled — unshackled but accompanied by guards — for speaking engagements outside prison walls. He became known as a journalist along with Wilbert Rideau, a fellow Angola inmate who was released from prison last year.
‘Rapid City Journal’ Editor to Retire
Peggy Sagen, who has been battling ovarian cancer for almost three years, is retiring as editor of the Rapid City Journal, a job she has held for 11 years. “My doctor has been urging me to quit for some time,” said Sagen, 56, who will stay on part time until a new editor is hired. She said she made the decision because of the disease’s progressive toll and the debilitating effects of chemotherapy.
Philly ‘Daily News’ Columnist Rotan Lee Dies at 57
Daily News columnist Rotan E. Lee died this morning after a sudden illness. An opinion page columnist for the paper for nearly a year, Lee had also written a column for the Philadelphia Tribune for at least three years. He was also a radio talk show host on WURD 900-AM. In addition to his media work, Lee was a noted attorney and a partner at the Center City law firm of Zarwin, Baum and had served as president of the Philadelphia School Board.