MediaWatch: January 1991

Vol. Five No. 1

Revolving Door: Another Decade, Another Job

Another Decade, Another Job. Two reporters who became political operatives in the 1980s have changed careers for the 1990s. Both have set up public relations firms. J. Wilson Morris, Director of Information for the Democratic Steering Committee under former House Speaker Jim Wright, has helped create Bailey, Morris & Newhall. From 1972 to 1978 Morris was a Washington Post reporter....

William Kling, News Director for Paul Weyrich's conservative Free Congress Foundation and Coalitions for America since 1986, left last year to create Kling Communications. From 1959 to 1971 Kling was a Washington-based national political reporter for the Chicago Tribune. In 1979 he became Press Secretary to U.S. Senator John Warner, a Virginia Republican. Before jumping to Weyrich's operation, Kling spent four years reporting for The Washington Times.

Post's Kind of Republicans. In November, MediaWatch recounted a survey which found that every Washington Post reporter or editor registered to a political party, but one, was a Democrat. Well, a November Washingtonian story revealed you can work for the Post after working for a Republican, so long as he was liberal. Editorial writer Patricia Shakow was a Legislative Assistant to the late Senator Jacob Javits of New York from 1964 to 1977....

Colbert King, who joined the editorial writing staff last summer, served as Republican Staff Director to the Senate District of Columbia Committee under then Senator Charles (Mac) Mathias in the mid-1970s. King soon reformed himself, however, becoming Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for international legislative affairs in 1977 for Jimmy Carter. Two years later President Carter appointed King U.S. Executive Director of the World Bank.

Museum Work. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has hired a media relations director, Roll Call reported. Elizabeth Rose, Press Secretary to liberal Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) since she left the Dukakis presidential campaign, will coordinate media for the museum set to open in 1993 on Washington's Mall. In 1986-87 Rose worked in the Public Broadcasting Service national headquarters as an editorial associate.

Burke's Back. David Burke, long-time ABC News Vice President and President of CBS News from 1988 until last September, has joined the Dreyfuss Corporation as Chief Administrative Officer. It's a return engagement for Burke. He worked for the New York investment firm for a few years after he left Senator Ted Kennedy's office in 1971 where he had been Chief of Staff.