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Let’s start with a tweet of images by Dallas News Reporter Jesus Jiménez that encapsulates the political stage’s transition from chaos to normalcy in just a few short weeks in January. This was, of course, before all the Bernie Sanders mitten memes.

Amid the backdrop of a raging pandemic (here’s the 200-page White House coronavirus plan), reporters are joining the vaccine rollout beat. The newest additions to our running list of COVID-19 reporters are ABC News Reporter and Producer Adam Kelsey (fresh off 2020 campaign coverage), and Berkshire Eagle North County Reporter Francesca Paris. Business development people in logistics should pay attention to this reporting for contract opportunities. The federal government is ramping up vaccine distribution. Leadership Connect has a large team in Washington updating info for all new federal appointments (as well as another team on congressional moves).

On to this week’s news media hot links. Freshmen public relations people on the Hill should pay special attention to immigration reporters, coronavirus reporters and dozens of new White House correspondents.

The D.C. Movers & Shakers are still rolling in on the third week of January with moves at:

Speaking of Fox News Channel, which surprisingly landed in third place in cable rankings for the presidential election, there’s decision desk fallout from that early call for Arizona. Among other layoffs, such as Politics Editor Chris Stirewalt, Senior Vice President and Managing Editor Bill Sammon is leaving. In other Foxland news, Maria Bartiromo is getting a tryout in the 7 p.m. slot; and there was a curious provision in a settlement with the family of Seth Rich.

Other hot links include:

CNN’s Daniel Dale, who must have set some sort of record for fact-checking, says his job isn’t over just because there’s a new administration.

One of the biggest highlights of the week was the presidential inauguration, which was well covered by the media. We leave you with one speech of note from National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, who has some serious ambitions.

Baz Hiralal

Baz Hiralal

Managing Editor, Thought Leadership