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Human Events Snags Audrey Hudson

Award-winning investigative journalist Audrey Hudson is joining Human Events as the paper’s congressional correspondent. Editor Jason Mattera said that Hudson’s “reporting will hold this radical administration accountable for its big government schemes. So get ready, libs!”

Hudson said she was “honored” to join the Human Events team, and called the publication “the traditional must-read for conservatives.”

Human Events appears to be making it a habit to hire conservative women who worked on Capitol Hill. Emily Miller, a former aide for ex-Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) worked for Human Events and is now at TWT.

Hudson, who is from Kentucky, worked on Capitol Hill as a spokeswoman in both the House and Senate. She joins Human Events from TWT, where she covered Congress, Homeland Security, and the Supreme Court. One of Hudson’s reports, on drug experiments being carried out on veterans, won her first prize in investigative reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Sigma Delta Chi award for Public Service.


NPR Parties Hard on 40th Birthday

If all you’ve ever wanted was an NPR button, today is your lucky day. They’re celebrating their 40th birthday by giving out buttons at Chinatown Coffee Co. Hurry up before they run out which, if this bucket of buttons is any indication, will be never.

They’re celebrating in a few other ways, too. Like with popsicles! The Pleasant Pops food truck will be parked outside NPR’s D.C. offices at 2 p.m. giving out free popsicles. They specifically stressed that FishbowlDC readers are welcome to the popsicles.

NPR lovers with Twitter accounts are encouraged to change their avatars to one of the NPR-themed pictures found here and the organization will be posting “vintage” photos from their 40 years throughout the day.

Finally, at the end of the day, NPR wants tweeters to tweet out what NPR person they’d most like to have cake with, and tag their tweets with “#happybdayNPR.”

Feel free to partake in all, some or none of these birthday festivities.


iWatch News Launches Today

Today marks the launch of the Center for Public Integrity’s new project: a free investigative news website updated daily.

iWatch News will feature stories on money and politics, health care, national security, government accountability and, of course, waste, fraud and abuse. The site already features an in-depth series on sexual assault on college campuses and the lack of law enforcement and consequences for sex offenders. We’re told to expect “deep-dig stories” on Medicare fraud and transparency in state governments in the near future. They plan to publish around 15 major reports every year.

The site will also feature daily original reporting and fact checking. CPI Director of Communications Randy Barrett told FishbowlDC: “Too often bogus ‘facts’ become accepted ‘truth’ simply by being repeated often enough. We want to shoot that down.”

“Quality investigative reporting is increasingly rare,” CPI’s executive director William E. Buzenberg said in a statement. Barrett echoed that: “You used to see this kind of [investigative] coverage often in…newspapers. Not anymore. We want to fill that vacuum.”

CPI is a non-partisan nonprofit, and accepts donations from individuals and foundations. They hope to also raise money later this spring with a digital edition available to annual subscribers.

Murdoch Pulls a Bristol Palin

Bristol Palin wasn’t the only one to shirk the press this weekend. FishbowlDC ran into NewsCorp CEO Rupert Murdoch at the WSJ‘s WHCD pre-bash. We asked who he was most looking forward to meeting at the dinner, but he wouldn’t give us an answer.

“I’m not giving any interviews tonight, sorry,” he said. We tried one more time, but he didn’t budge: “No, I’m sorry.” Murdoch was polite enough, but would it have killed him to just say “Mila Kunis“?

Osama or Usama?

A annoyed Anonymous Tipster writes in:

Why is FOX now saying it is “Usama” when before has stated “Osama”? Which is it really? USAma gives him USA at the beginning of his name – or – Osama is just one letter away from Obama. Is that why? C’MON FOX!!!!

Though Fox seems to be the only news source that uses this particular spelling, it is also the spelling preferred by United States intelligence agencies. The FBI’s “Most Wanted List,” now updated to reflect bin Laden’s death, has the name spelled “Usama.” The CIA’s website also spells bin Laden’s name with a “U.”

So tipster, while “Usama” may in fact put “USA” at the front of his name, Fox seems to be going along with U.S. intelligence on the spelling.

Osama bin Laden Dead: The Front Pages

The AP is reporting that the Newseum’s website has crashed, as people frantically try to check out the museum’s collection of newspaper front pages from all over America and the world in light of Osama bin Laden’s death.

Paul Sparrow, a senior vice president at the Newseum, told the AP that the site was processing more than 2,800 transactions per second when it crashed. Despite the crash, we’ve collected some D.C.-area newspaper pages and website homepages below.



The Daily Beast:

The Daily Caller:

The Hill:

Roll Call:


But Politico‘s print edition:


The Washington Times:


And for fun, the NYP:


And finally, the Hoy in Chicago, IL, whose staff must have gone to bed by the time the news broke:

Roll Call‘s Pre-WHCD Party

Before the pre-parties at the Washington Hilton billowed out into the hallways and while there was still some order, FishbowlDC caught up with Roll Call Senate reporter David Drucker at the publication’s party. Though invited to the pre-bash, Drucker didn’t have a ticket to the dinner.

We asked who he’d bring if he had his choice of any Hollywood star. He hesitated. Despite being from L.A., he said, he couldn’t think of one. Eventually, chosen Sean Penn, who was, of course, already taken and there with Mother Jones‘ Washington Bureau Chief David Corn. And if he had to choose one person out of D.C. to bring, he gave the most obvious answer: “My wife.”

We also bumped in to Jessica Stone, White House correspondent for China Central Television. Though she’s been a White House correspondent for nearly a year, she too wasn’t invited to the dinner. If she could bring any movie star as her date, she said she’d take George Clooney. And on the D.C. side – Sec. of State Hillary Clinton or Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey. “Colin Powell would be cool, too,” she added.

Overheard at the Roll Call party before the crowd came:

“It’s easy to get drinks.” “That’s the kind of party I like!”

After the line at the bar got long:

“It’s bloody ridiculous! I’m going to go over to National Journal.”

Guests appreciated the strong drinks and bowls of mixed nuts at the few tables in the hotel’s Northwest Room.

Celeb Asks, ‘Oh! Helen Thomas, Is She Still Alive?’

ABC’s pre-WHCD party was one of the places to be Saturday night before the big dinner began.

“Modern Family” stars Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson made an appearance just moments before ABC’s White House correspondent Jake Tapper. On his way out, Stonestreet chatted up Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. We asked the actor which D.C. type he’d most like to meet. His first answer was “the President, obviously,” but we pushed him for something more creative. “Oh! Helen Thomas, is she still alive?”

Also spotted at ABC: the meeting of “Glee” star Jane Lynch and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar; Christiane Amanpour; actress Elizabeth Banks; Attorney General Eric Holder; and “Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos with his comedian wife, Ali Wentworth.

Fox News’ Giant bin Laden Oopsy

Fox News must have been in a rush to get the Osama bin Laden news up on their website. This banner was displayed across the site last night:

Lucky for us, Fox was there to “confrim” the death of “Bin Landen.”

But they were far from the only ones to make a mistake last night. MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell accidentally tweeted that Obama was the one who had been shot and killed. The Daily Caller has a screenshot of her tweet here. Mediaite has even more of these flubs, from Keith Olbermann and CBS radio’s Mark Knoller.

Condi Gets Out of Town for ’30 Rock’

While celebrities flocked to D.C. for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this weekend, at least one famous-for-D.C. type made her way out of the city for a guest spot on NBC’s “30 Rock.”

Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State to President George W. Bush, appeared in just one scene, playing herself, as Alec Baldwin‘s (Jack Donaghy’s) ex-girlfriend. Donaghy was forced to come to Rice for help when his girlfriend, played by Elizabeth Banks, was kidnapped by North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il. The acting was sub-par, but Condi did her best.

Banks, by the way, was in Washington for the WHCD.

Check out Condi after the jump… Read more