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Separated at Birth: TheBlaze’ Eddie Scarry

Today we have a special match. It’s TheBlaze‘s illustrious Eddie Scarry and the boy that once vied to be a BuzzFeed intern. We also think he has a pinch of Ralph Macchio (“Karate Kid”) and a sprinkling of Daily Kos‘s Markos Moulitsas in him.

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Peter Ogburn contributed to this report. (We love you Eddie!)

 

BREAKING: Journo Discovers Sunny is a Menace to Michelle Obama’s Garden

The Hill‘s Features Editor Emily Goodin went to White House Wednesday to hang out in Michelle Obama‘s garden. She wrote, “Gorgeous day in the WH garden. Lots of Halloween decorations up on South Lawn but we’ve been asked not to take pics.”

So what does she do? She takes to Michelle’s garden and snaps pictures of the supersized vegetables. Apparently Sunny the dog is a “menace” to the garden, especially the tomatoes — hence this prime example of Why Washington D.C. Gossip Sucks. Soon Elmo and Rosita were in the garden — no idea why, not really dying to know.

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NJ’s Oliphant Moves into Writing Role

Unknown-6Seriously, folks, this is not a veiled demotion.

Jim Oliphant, who has been the National Journal deputy magazine editor for almost two years, is moving into a strictly writing newsroom role. So they’re on the hunt for his replacement, while letting him do what he loves as senior writer.

See the gushing internal memo from Editor Tim Grieve. Read more

Cusack’s Plays Get Noticed

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Watch out Hollywood. The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack is on the move and has received honors for two plays he wrote. “The Promise” won second place in the World Series of Screenwriting in the action/adventure category. The play has also been named one of eight finalists in a screenplay contest run by the All Sports L.A. Film Festival. The winner of the contest will be named an at awards ceremony in North Hollywood in November.

“The Promise” is about the man behind the greatest sports upsets of all time and a reporter who helps him in his spiritual quest for one last championship.

According to Pat Battistini of the All Sports LA Film Fest, they received an overwhelming amount of films and scripts. “The Promise has advanced to our ‘Elite Eight,’” Battistini explained in an email. “We will be announcing the ‘Final Four’ and winner at our Awards Ceremony on Monday, November 11 at 6pm at the El Portal Theater in North Hollywood.”

Another play Cusack wrote, “Safe and Effective,” which is about a political conspiracy to conceal a cure for cancer, has been named a quarterfinalist in the “Just Effing Entertain Me” screenplay contest.

Cusack, with his silver streaked locks, is something of a thespian and has appeared in episodes of the HBO series “Veep.”

A Little Birdy Tells Us…

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FishbowlDC has learned hat the British invasion of DC is in full swing: The Daily Mail and its world-beating web traffic are looking to hire a new deputy U.S. political editor to work with former Daily Caller executive editor David Martosko. He’s been chatting up a handful of veteran reporters around town, telling them that it’s more of a reporting job than editorial. If you haven’t gotten that lunch invitation yet and you don’t mind using words like “whilst” and “cock-up” in your copy, maybe you should make the first move.

In case you want to read more on “cock-up” see here.

Morning Chatter

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Fish-1FishbowlDC Fan Club Board

President: WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten.

Vice President of Useless Affairs: Wonkette‘s Rebecca “Facts Never Get in the Way of My Stories” Scheinkopf

Resident know-it-all: Commentary’s John Podhoretz (a.k.a. Podwhore)

Dreams about FishbowlDC: Washingtonian‘s Ben Freed

Biggest Fan Ever: Slate‘s Dave Weigel

Sunset photo expert: Fox News’ Ed Henry

Words of #ThisTown Wisdom

“It’s the one thing you can’t do in Washington – don’t screw up and tell the truth.” — CNN Contributor Kevin Madden on “Out Front” Wednesday night.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:03 a.m.

images-1Important Q to Ponder

“Jon Stewart vs CNN. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? Know more by following ‘Know More’ with @dylanmatt.” — WaPo Executive Editor and expert internal memo writer Kevin Merida.

Anonymous email to FBDC: “I imagine, even tho it doesn’t launch for a few days, that you could write the John Harris “internal” memo to staff now on the Politico magazine, tho don’t know how you can top the last few. All of Washington is in awe of Politico self-congratulatory messages.”

WTF?

“Senate just passed a bill to ‘improve provisions relating to the sanctuary system for surplus chimpanzees.’” — Politico‘s Manu Raju.

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The Boy Scout

“Was going to Vine Roger Daltrey rehearsing ‘Stand by Me’ in Stat Hall but was informed no audio/visual per management.” — NBC’s Luke Russert.

Perennial words of wisdom

“A lot of reporters using a lot of time today criticizing other reporters, time that could be spent, well, you know, reporting…” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

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“Free dessert idea: If you like your flan, you can keep it.” — Politico‘s Blake Hounshell.

Convo Between Two Media Types

This morning’s conversation is between RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer and BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins.

Sean Spicer: “Hey @BuzzFeedPol how u haven’t written abt these videos youtube.com/playlist?list=… @BuzzFeedBen @mckaycoppins @BuzzFeedAndrew”

McKay Coppins: “@seanspicer weird forum for this Sean. I think you have my email.”

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Summer Superlatives: BEST BANGS

And the winner is… Breitbart News‘ and Townhall‘s Lisa DePasquale. The choices included U.S. News’ Nikki Schwab, HuffPost‘s Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim (who got a huge plug from his boss Arianna Huffington), NBC’s Russert, and first lady Michelle Obama. DePasquale won with 30.89 percent of the votes. Grim came in a close second with 27.34 percent. Russert’s side-swept bangs, however lovely they are, didn’t fare so well — he got just 19 votes.

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MOST DESPISED FLACK IN WASHINGTON

And the winner is… Breitbart News Matthew Boyle with 40.48 percent of the vote. In second place at 19.64 percent is NRSC Communications Director Brad Dayspring. Other options included: Clintonland’s Philippe Reines, White House Press Sec. Jay Carney.

FUNNIEST JOURNO IN WASHINGTON

And the winner is… Reason.com Editor Nick Gillespie with 313 votes. Runner up is The Daily Caller‘s Will Rahn who got 176 votes. Other options included: BuzzFeed‘s John Stanton, Yahoo! News‘ Olivier Knox, NJ‘s Elahe Izadi and The Sunday Times‘ Toby Harnden.

Author Readies Ezra Klein for Sainthood

images-3On Sunday, the NYT ran a dialogue among readers on “The Rise of Incivility.” Online of course. People are jackasses online – didn’t you know? And lately cyberbullying has been in the forefront of peoples’ minds as some teens are tragically turning to suicide for relief.

Enter the so-called expert in the dialogue: Mitch Horowitz, who apparently hasn’t heard of Google. If he had, he might have a clue what he’s talking about. Instead, he’s just the author of the the forthcoming One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life. And someone who thinks WaPo‘s Ezra Klein is the epitome of “good humor and adult responses within the political discussion.”

Oh really?

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BuzzFeed Brews: A Social Experiment

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Probably the most socially interesting part of “BuzzFeed Brews” Monday night was the pre-gathering in the upstairs bar of Jack Rose saloon, where guests were ushered before the doors downstairs opened.

In a word: awwkward.

People don’t really talk to one another anymore. They tweet, text, check their email and do anything to avoid human contact. One guy was even reading a magazine. For 10 or so torturous minutes, guests stood around in semi-tortured poses, each staring into his or her electronic devices.

A horrible commentary on life, indeed.

Things had to improve from here… Read more

Michael Douglas Loves D.C. Media Interns

AndrewDubbsActor Michael Douglas was apparently a big hit with Washington media interns last night at the U.S. Peace Institute. Not only did he show himself not to be a diva with our intern, but Hollywood on the Potomac‘s intern fared just as well.

“Truly amazing. Finally got to meet Gordon Gekko,” Andrew Dubbs, a fall intern for the socialite site and 19-year-old student at American University.

Dubbs hails from Woodside, Calif. and is completing a double major in Film and Business.

Certainly this gives him bragging rights. At least momentarily.

Fishbowl5 With Daily Caller’s Pappas

993522_645733617938_1294773376_nLate last week, The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas broke the story on reporter Audrey Hudson, whose home was raided by federal agents from the Department of Homeland Security. During the 4:30 a.m. visit, they took many of her files, legal documents she had acquired through a FOIA request. We wanted to learn more from Pappas’ about the reporting of the story.

1. Without asking you to betray confidences, what can you share about the way this story came to you? In your story, the reporter says it was the only way she could inform her sources that their names may have been leaked.

A source tipped me off to it. At first, the story seemed too outrageous to be true: the feds raided a reporter’s home and took files exposing her sources? I’d never met Audrey before. But fortunately when I reached out to her, the story checked out and she was anxious to share her experience with me. Her lawyer gave her the go-ahead to go public with it. She was up front about why she was taking to me: she wanted her sources to know that they may have been been exposed. And she wanted to do this without reaching out to them directly, potentially putting her sources at more risk.

2. Does this story make you afraid for the future of journalism, not that it already doesn’t have enough problems?

I think the story is more about law enforcement than journalism. They had no problem taking her files, even though the search warrant did not give them permission to do so. Read more

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