National Press Club

Human Rights Advocates Call for Guantanamo Accountability

October 22, 2009 | By Mike Smith |

Human rights advocates, lawyers and Common Cause said the United States violated Geneva Conventions in treatment and interrogation of detainees in Iraq and at a military detention facility in Cuba and that former Vice President Richard Cheney should answer for the abuses at an Oct. 16 Newsmaker.

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Prof Outlines Sports Stats to Illuminate Players, Teams

October 21, 2009 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

When fans read an account of their favorite football team’s game in stories in the morning paper or on the Web, a three-yard plunge by the star fullback is recorded as three yards, whether the play gains a first down or falls far short of the marker.

But those two results vary in their impact on the game, and that difference should be reflected in the statistics that journalists use to describe the contest, according to an academician who spoke at an Oct. 20 Newsmaker.

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Please Welcome 48 New Club Members

October 20, 2009 | By Myron Belkind, Club secretary |

The Board of Governors approved 48 member applications Oct. 19, bringing the total so far this year to 345, compared to 368 for the same period last year.
The new members are:

Gary Gentile – Platts, Sr. Writer; Carlos G. Hamann - Agence France-Presse, Editor/Reporter; Dana Milbank - Washington Post, Columnist; Michele Salcedo - The Associated Press, Newsperson; Andrea Shalal-Esa – Reuters, Correspondent; Kyung Song - The Seattle Times, Reporter; Cynthia A. Tucker - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Columnist

Active Non-Resident

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Military Rescinds Ban on Images of War Dead

October 20, 2009 | By John M. Donnelly |

In the wake of protests by the National Press Club and other news organizations, the U.S. military command in eastern Afghanistan rescinded a ban on the publication of photos depicting slain U.S. military personnel.

NPC President Donna Leinwand, a reporter with USA Today, had criticized the move in an Oct. 16 statement.

"The U.S. military should not determine what is and is not news," Leinwand said. "Censoring journalists who cover war and permitting only government-approved news and photographs undermines our country's fundamental commitment to a free and independent press."

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Private Equity Exec Outlines Plan to Plug Lending Gap

October 19, 2009 | By Jamie Loftus |

A private equity executive outlined her plan to revive lending to small and middle market companies at an Oct. 15 Newsmaker.

Lynn Tilton, CEO of Patriarch Partners, said that her public-private investment proposal would plug the lending gap while faltering banks recover.

The plan would utilize unused TARP funding to encourage qualified private investors to provide rescue financing to companies shut out of bank loan or credit markets.

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Schieffer, Dowd, Tarde to Roast Friedman; Reserve Now for Nov. 13 Fourth Estate Award

October 19, 2009 | By Jerry Zremski |

Bob Schieffer of CBS's "Face the Nation," New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd and Jerry Tarde, editor in chief of Golf Digest, will join the National Press Club in roasting and toasting Thomas Friedman at the National Press Club's 37th annual Fourth Estate Award dinner on Nov. 13.
Each year the NPC honors a journalist for his or her lifelong contributions to the profession, and this year's award will be presented to Friedman, a New York Times columnist who has won three Pulitzer Prizes.

Two-tier ticket pricing for NPC members is:

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National Press Club Decries Embedding Censorship

October 18, 2009

The U.S. military’s decision to bar embedded reporters in Afghanistan from publishing photographs of U.S. military personnel injured or killed in action hampers journalists' ability to independently report the war and the public's right to know.

\"The U.S. military should not determine what is and is not news," National Press Club President Donna Leinwand said. "Censoring journalists who cover war and permitting only government-approved news and photographs undermines our country's fundamental commitment to a free and independent press."

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Ventriloquist Dunham, "Little People in Boxes" Trade Barbs

October 15, 2009 | By Lorna Aldrich |

How does a stand-up comedian react to having his act viewed 90 million times on YouTube in the past two years? Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, appearing at the Club with his “little people in boxes” Oct. 12, said he was surprised by three things: developing an international following, performing in arenas when his previous highest aspiration had been to play theaters and finding that “I have three daughters, and I’m actually cool.”

He expressed amazement that people in Helsinki could shout lines from his DVDs.

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Sheehan Describes Start of Cold War

October 13, 2009 | By jJoseph Luchok |

“Without Bernard Schriever we might not be here this evening. We might be irradiated dust,” Pulitzer Prize-winning author Neil Sheehan told a Club audience Oct. 7.

Sheeham's new book, "A Fiery Peace in a Cold War," tells the story of the Cold war from its beginning.

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Thomas Friedman to Receive NPC Fourth Estate Award

October 12, 2009

Thomas Friedman, the ground-breaking New York Times foreign affairs columnist and author, will receive the 2009 Fourth Estate Award, the National Press Club's highest honor.

The award is bestowed annually to an individual who has achieved distinction for a lifetime of contributions to American journalism. And that’s just what Friedman, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and author of best-selling books such as “Flat, Hot and Crowded,” has done, said Donna Leinwand, NPC president.

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