That, and other news, in today’s Roundup and Recap.
Journalist Roxana Saberi was released from prison in Iran after an appeals court reduced her jail term to a two-year suspended sentence. Saberi worked as a freelancer for NPR and the BBC and had been accused of spying following her arrest in January for buying a bottle of wine.
Cameras in the Court: David Mark of Politico writes that the departure of Justice David Souter means that a vocal opponent of televising the Supreme Court’s proceedings will be gone. (Souter had said it would happen “over my dead body”). C-Span is likely to press the case, but there are still doubts that a televised court will happen anytime soon.
Meantime, Dahlia Lithwick of Slate writes that videos of possible court candidates are suddenly appearing on YouTube, including some unguarded moments from the likes of Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the 2nd Court of Appeals.
More on the Dinner: Extensive post-mortems this morning on the White House Correspondents’ Assn. dinner.
Patrick Gavin of Politico landed an interview with Jon Bon Jovi — and offers a recap of all of the events. (The list of Hollywood types making some sort of appearance seems to go on and on — Jon Hamm, Ricky Schroeder, Kevin Bacon…) Politico also has highlights of an after-after party hosted by political consultant Mike Feldman, CAA agent Michael Kives and Philippe Reines.
The Washington Post’s Reliable Sources has a great report on the Vanity Fair/Bloomberg party, the most exclusive of all the events, at the French Ambassadors’ residence. The message: If you are at a party sponsored by media outlets, on a weekend that celebrates reportorial gusto, don’t expect things to be off the record. Vanity Fair’s take on the night is here.
Katty Kay writes on the Daily Beast that even with all the star power, D.C. won’t change under the Obamas. “While the Vanity Fair afterparty in the elegant pseudo chateau of the French Ambassador provided a welcome antidote to the grim Hilton, the evening didn’t persuade me that D.C. is now the hip city we were promised.”
Andrew Sullivan posts a reminder of press dinners of the past. Specifically, he links to an excerpt from this book that details President Nixon’s efforts to use racial humor and make light of the GOP’s southern strategy.
Finally, a shout out to Todd C. Wiggins, who captured this video of my interview with RNC chairman Michael Steele who, among other things, talks of the GOP wanted to forge better ties to the entertainment business.