Daily Archives: June 9, 2014

NEW: Four wire services exit fulltime Treasury presence (

A Romenesko reader writes: “The Big 4 wires – AP, Bloomberg, DJ, Reuters – are giving up staffing the Treasury press room, as of late last week. They complain there’s no news and no access, so they’re taking their ball and going home.”

Here’s the memo from Bloomberg’s Chris Wellisz:

From: Chris Wellisz [BLOOMBERG/NEWSROOM]
To: [numerous addresses]
At: June 5 2014 12:43:13

Folks, the news you have all been waiting for. We no longer need to staff the Treasury press room, effective immediately. Almost all press releases will be distributed by email.
** The exceptions: TICS, monthly budget statement, semiannual FX report, the budget green book, quarterly refunding, and FSOC annual report. We will send folks over to cover those releases as needed.
* press room stays open, and we keep our equipment.
* Treasury will continue to do their weekly off record briefing. They will also make officials available from time to time and give us advance notice.
Free at last!

Former Wall Street Journal reporter David Wessel, who spent time in the Treasury press room in the late 1980s, writes in an email: “I do remember the Fed faxing over press releases and Marty Crutsinger of the AP ringing a bell (like the one on a Navy ship) when we could push the ‘send’ button.”

Update: AP spokesman Paul Colford writes — “‘Abandon’ is inaccurate. For AP, this is purely a technical move. We are keeping our equipment at Treasury and, of course, we continue to report on the department. We will get vital information just as fast and we will still report on major events from our workstation inside the Treasury press room. However, we are confident that we don’t need to be rooted to a desk in the Treasury press room all day, every day.”

- From 1945

– From United Press, 1945

* From 1945: Scribe irritated by new ornate Treasury press room (
* From 2011: Fed’s statement late today because Treasury press room copier jammed (

DANFormer Bowling Green and Indiana basketball coach Dan Dakich reported exclusively on his ESPN-affiliated radio station in Indianapolis that West Virginia basketball transfer Eron Harris is headed to Michigan State. Other outlets used the item and failed to mention Dakich, prompting these tweets:

John Walters, a former Sports Illustrated reporter now with Newsweek, set Dakich straight: “You are media, Dan. U don’t get to drop in and drop out when it suits you.”

More Walters: “Don’t show up on TV umpteen times per year and then say, ‘I’m not media.’ U are. That, or don’t cash the checks.”

Dakich responded: “Not your media lets put it that way..too many saying too much about things they don’t know.. Have to cash checks got kids n school.”

University of Arizona’s Brett Fera, who tipped me off to this, writes in an email: “It’s always fascinated me when athletes (or politicians, for that matter) jump into TV or Radio and still hold the ‘I’m not media’ card loud and proud.”

* @dandakich
* @jdubs (John Walters)

Comedy, meet Angry

* Jon M. Huntsman Sr. is interested in buying the Salt Lake Tribune. “We should never have any political or religious organization filter our news,” he says. (The rival Deseret News is Mormon Church-owned.) ( | Huntsman lowers the sale price of his home to $34 million. (
* Report: At least 50 Orange County Register employees – including “the biggest names in the newsrooms – say yes to the buyout. (
* Time Inc. begins trading as an independent company today, and starts off with $1.3 billion in debt. (
bobdave* David Letterman: “Every time I go out, people think I’m Bob Schieffer. It’s crazy.” (
* News Corp Australia accuses Daily Mail of plagiarism and calls its journalists “copy snatchers and parasites.” (
* Raleigh News & Observer columnist Josh Shaffer helps a Waffle House waitress get the $1,000 tip that her bosses denied her. (
* Michael Wolff suggests CNN hire “legendary interviewer” Jeremy Paxman, “the most famous broadcaster in Britain.” (
* Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira‘s interview show is “an overnight cult success.” (Thank Deadspin for that.) (
* An employee of St. Louis sports talker KFNS-AM is arrested for fighting with a co-worker. A punch was thrown. (
cash* Laughing to the bank: Satirical news site The Daily Currant brings in as much as $500,000, “split between two people who are hardly doing any work.” (
* You’ll be the Man of the Hour if you can carry out all of these responsibilities – and not get paid to do it. (
* A Denverite says Maureen Dowd should stick to booze and prescription meds. ( | Dowd on how to get high. (
* “The obituaries on the back page of The Economist make my week,” writes Isabelle Fraser. (
* Sports columnist T.J. Simers takes the Orange County Register’s buyout. The ex-LATer joined the paper last September. (