National Press Club

Author: Muslim Brotherhood takes pragmatic, flexible approach to West

May 2, 2011 | By Keith Hill | khill@bna.com

Even though Muslim Brotherhood organizations around the world are comprised of like-minded individuals acting through informal networks, the Muslim Brotherhood is not monolithic, Lorenzo Vidino said at an April 27 Newsmaker.

Vidino, author of "The New Muslim Brotherhood in the West," spoke about the Muslim Brotherhood globally, focusing mostly on Europe and North America.

Read more

Public media executive urges tripling of federal funds for non-profit broadcasting

April 27, 2011 | By Robert Webb | rewebb@aol.com

Congress needs to triple rather than cut the $450 million non-profit media receive annually, Bill Kling, CEO of American Public Media, said at an April 26 National Press Club event on the future of broadcasting.

Congress received "500,000 letters, e-mails and phone calls opposed to the cuts threatened by the House and supported by some members of the Senate," Kling said. The cuts were not made, but media leaders fear they still might be.

Joyce Slocum, interim president and CEO of NPR, said the public radio network "gets little of its funding from the federal government."

Read more

Center for Public Integrity launches daily investigative news site

April 26, 2011 | By Joan Mooney | jhmooney@verizon.net

The Center for Public Integrity is launching a daily news site, iwatchnews.org, with a plan to sell 25,000 to 50,000 subscriptions in the first year for $50 a year through Center memberships, according to an executive and two journalists who spoke about their initiative at the National Press Club on April 25.

The Center is 20 years old, but iwatch news is just a few weeks old and is still in the testing phase. The goal, the speakers said, is to make money from a digital platform while doing what old media does best – investigative journalism.

Read more

Karzai opponent says corruption a bigger threat to Afghanistan than Taliban

April 25, 2011 | By Peter Hickman | pjhickman@hotmail.com

Former Afghan foreign minister and 2009 presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah told an April 21 Newsmaker audience that military success against the Taliban will mean little if Afghanistan's corrupt government cannot win over its own people.

Abdullah, chairman of the Afghan Coalition for Hope and Change, also met with Department of State officials and members of Congress during his visit.

Read more

Airline workers announce global alliance to protect rights

April 20, 2011 | By Robert Webb | rewebb@aol.com

Airline union leaders from five continents announced the birth of One World of Labor Coalition as a response to the globalization of airline operations at an April 20 Newsmaker.

John M. Conley, international administrative vice president of the Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, was designated the organization's coordinator.

With airlines forming global alliances, unions are increasing their worldwide leverage. "We should not suffer in collective bargaining agreements," Conley said.

Read more

Loverro: 'No way' Redskins get fully government-financed D.C. stadium

April 19, 2011 | By Pat Host | phost@iwpnews.com

ESPN 980 AM personality and Washington Examiner columnist Thom Loverro said there is "no way" the Washington Redskins will get a predominantly government-financed stadium in an effort to move back to the District.

Addressing the Young Members Committee's "Media: On Tap" April 18 in the First Amendment Lounge, Loverro was asked if he could see the Redskins returning to the District in a decade and how the District's financial relationship with the federal government could play a role in that.

Read more

Turner, Pickens urge quick climate action to save nation, planet

April 19, 2011 | By Robert Webb | rewebb@aol.com

Billionaires Ted Turner and T. Boone Pickens called for quick action by Congress and the American people on energy and climate change to help save the nation and planet at an April 19 National Press Club luncheon.

Pickens, a legendary oil man who chairs the hedge fund BP Capital Management, was once skeptical about climate change but said he now believes it to be a real threat.

He has major concerns with "what is going into the atmosphere," he told a packed ballroom.

Read more

'Funaticals' deliver religious comedy, dispel stereotypes

April 18, 2011 | By Peter Hickman | pjhickman@hotmail.com

Stop us if you've heard this one.

An African-American convert to Islam, a Christian Egyptian woman, an Egyptian Muslim--all comedians--and three Afghan-American sisters go into the National Press Club on April 14 and...hold a Newsmaker. Seriously.

The first three are members of "FUNATICALS," a Middle Eastern/South Asian/Jewish/Christian comey group that was in Washington as part of its Taking Comedy to the Extreme's 'We Come in Peace' tour. The sisters are the founders of PlanetPix Media, prodcer of the Funaticals tour.

Read more

British professor says Pakistan won't cease fight against terror

April 15, 2011 | By Robert Webb | rewebb@aol.com

Despite all its internal distress, Pakistan will continue to help the United States and its Western allies fight terror, Anatol Lieven, professor in the War Studies Department of King's College, London, told an audience at the National Press Club on April 14 in an event sponsored by the International Correspondents Committee.

He said it would be a terrible blow to Pakistan, no matter what it thinks of the United States and its allies, to end its anti-terror partnership.

Read more

Too soon to predict nuclear power’s future, Newsmakers panelist says

April 14, 2011 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver | HeatherForsgrenWeaver@gmail.com

It is too soon to know what impact the Japanese crisis will have on the future of nuclear power, former Rep. Phil Sharp, D-Ind., told a National Press Club Newsmakers audience April 14.

“I would be very reluctant to think that some action in Congress is going to make it or break it, some action in Japan is going to make it or break it,” said Sharp, who participated in a forum.

“I think we are a bit premature to either write this off or to believe it is going to move forward,” said Sharp, who is now president of Resources for the Future, a policy think tank.

Read more