Hollywood on the Potomac


January 8, 2014

Rumor has it that if you walk into any cocktail party in Washington you’ll be rubbing elbows with the CIA where half the guests are agents. We’re not sure how that stands up on the truth-o-meter, but it was certainly the case at the screening of ABC’s new TV mini-series “The Assets” at the International Spy Museum.

The Assets” is a fact-based miniseries that follows the Aldrich Ames case as told by Sandy Grimes in her book Circle of Treason, co-authored with Jeanne Vertefeuille.  Grimes is a former CIA agent who helped uncover one of the most notorious traitors in US history during the cold war.  Ames is a former CIA  counter intelligence officer who in 1994 was convicted of spying for the Soviet Union and Russia.  Color him orange: Federal Bureau of Prisons #40087-083, courtesy of Allenwood U.S. Penitentiary.


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December 26, 2013

“Dogfight” is not about the NSA vs. Edward Joseph Snowden, though it could be if you subscribe to the ‘one thing leads to another’ philosophy of life. Silicon Valley provided Snowden with the tech tools needed to operate and expose mountains of classified documents in the first place. Because it’s headline news we asked author Fred Vogelstein what he thought of the situation.

“I don’t think he was a traitor,” he said. “I think if you go back and we look at the whole Daniel Ellsberg Pentagon papers thing … we look at that whole incident with the benefit of hindsight.  Granted I was still a kid then, but if my memory serves, there were a lot of people calling Daniel Ellsberg a traitor too …that went on for a for a very, very, very, long time and that there was a pretty good sized debate over it.”

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On Media Success & Bias

December 18, 2013

CNN’s  Chief Washington Correspondent and host of “The Lead” Jake Tapper is everywhere these days – last night on a panel for Anchorman2 at The Newseum, this morning getting his caffeine fix also at The Newseum for a panel discussion spearheaded by Politico’s Mike Allen for a special media roundtable about policy, politics and the news of the day.

Tapper was joined by Peter Baker, White House Correspondent, The New York Times and author, “Days of Fire” – Mark Leibovich, Chief National Correspondent, The New York Times Magazine and author, “This Town” – Kelly O’Donnell, Capitol Hill Correspondent, NBC News.

A big issue of the roundtable was once again as to whether the media is biased. Seems that the bias gravitates to the left.  “Most of my colleagues, I have no idea what their politics are, but think about it. I live in northwest Washington, none of my neighbors are evangelical Christians, I don’t know a lot of people in my kid’s preschool who are pro-life,” Leibovich said.

Tapper finds it a bit more complex than left vs. conservative.

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