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Goodbye, Hello

Okay, folks: That’s it.

This is my last post on FishbowlDC. As I noted earlier, I begin a new position at Politico on Monday and, as a result, I am saying goodbye to FishbowlDC and the Washington Examiner. I won’t repeat my earlier fond farewells, opting instead to just say this was a lot of fun and it’ll be missed.

I hope that many of you will remain fans, friends and followers over at the Politico, and you can still find me via email, Facebook and Twitter.

We also have some exciting news here at FishbowlDC: Matt Dornic is the new editor and Christine Delargy contributing. Dornic runs local PR shop 3 Dog Agency and Delargy works in broadcast news in DC. They begin on Monday, so please drop them a note next week and say hello.


In addition to Matt and Christine, we’ll be hearing from other FishbowlDC contributors in the coming months as well.

Some other changes at the Washington Examiner with regards to the Yeas & Nays column I’ve co-authored with Jeff Dufour for over two years: Kiki Ryan will replace me and join Dufour in covering Washington’s “people, power and politics.” From the announcement:

    Also joining the staff is Kiki Ryan, who has been working part time on the popular Yeas & Nays column since September. She replaces the departing Patrick Gavin as Jeff Dufour’s partner.

    Before coming to The Examiner, Ryan spent six months as an editorial intern at CQ, worked for a Hollywood marketing firm and was a summer intern for Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif.

    “Kiki is as comfortable on Capitol Hill as she is at Cafe Milano,” Smith said. “She and Jeff will give our readers fascinating glimpses of how this town works.”

As you can tell, it’s a significant improvement to the paper’s aesthetics.




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Good luck to Matt, Christine and Kiki.

MSNB-Hee Hee

Check out the giggling fest between Norah O’Donnell and Jonathan Capehart :30 seconds into this clip:

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The Revolving Door

  • We hear that Hotline’s Chris Bodenner is going to help out Andrew Sullivan with his website (Sullivan already has one ghostwriter).

  • Roll Call National Account Executive Richard Brown has parted ways with the Capitol Hill paper. Both Brown and Roll Call’rs are mum about why.

  • Morning Reading List, 01.30.09


    Good morning Washington.

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    We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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    Happy Hour

    Layoffs Hit US News

    We hear that U.S. News has trimmed its sails today, letting go of five (or eight, depending on which tipster to believe) employees. The cuts hit the mailroom, library and fact-checkign department.

    More are expecting to come as the magazine shifts to a new online focus.

    Doug Johnson: The FishbowlDC Interview

    dougjohnson.pngSay hello to Voice of America’s Doug Johnson.

    What word do you routinely misspell? Bureaucrat, followed closely by bureaucracy.

    What’s the name of your cell phone ring? “Theme from NBC Mystery Movie”

    What time did you get up this morning? 5:30am

    When did you last cry and why? Ask my therapist

    How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? Two to three hundred, most from overseas

    (Previous FishbowlDC interviews: Julie Mason, David Shuster, Joe Curl, Alex Pareene, Peter Beinart, Jonah Goldberg, Megyn Kendall, Ana Marie Cox, Jim Brady, Howard Mortman, Amy Argetsinger, Jose Antonio Vargas, Chuck Todd, Tom Gottlieb, Kelly Ann Collins, David von Drehle, David Lat, Mark Leibovich, Zain Verjee, David Plotz, Paul Kane, Karen Travers, Mark Halperin, Hugo Gurdon, Greg Kelly,Ken Rudin, John Dickerson, Anne Schroeder, Spencer Ackerman, Bret Baier, Bob Sellers, Greta van Susteren, Danielle Jones, Jonathan Salant, John McCalla, Pam Hess, Ryan Grim, Marc Ambinder, Marty Kady, Jack Shafer, Annie Lou Bayly, Jerry Zremski, Charlie Cook, Dave Hughes, Howard Fineman, Katie Tarbox, Mark Segraves, Chris Cillizza, Tom Sietsema, Bill Triplett, Robin Givhan, David Brody, Norah O’Donnell, Carl Cannon, Jordan Lieberman, David Folkenflik, Molly Henneberg, Ernesto Londono, Brody Mullins, Aaron Blake
    , Martha Raddatz, Andrew Sullivan, Christina Bellantoni, Shane Harris, Nora McAlvanah, Adam Nagourney, Erin McPike, Mike Memoli, Ju-Don Marshall Roberts, Arthur Delaney, Chris Mincher, Rachel Sklar, Laura Sullivan, Jeff Kosseff, Matthew Cooper, Scott McCrary, Dan Reilly, Jennifer Griffin, Ari Shapiro, Jonathan Kaplan, Rick Klein, Mike Allen, Olivier Knox, Erik Wemple, Nathan Burchfiel, Andrea Mitchell, Mike DeBonis, Anne Kornblut, April Ryan, Amy Morris, Keith Koffler, <strongMark Silva, Ann Compton, Mark Knoller, Betsy Fischer, Katherine O’Hearn, Pamela Brown, Beverly Kirk, Wendell Goler, Glenn Kessler, Susan Page, Michael Crowley, Claudia Milne, Kelly Dinardo, Bruce Becker, Michael Rogers, Paul Schur, Diana West, Eric Nuzum, Bill Adair, Jonathan Ward, Jennifer Sergent, Jeffrey Goldberg, Ken Silverstein, Dana Milbank, Mark Murray, Katheri
    ne Lewis
    , Joe Mathieu, Chrystia Freeland, Sam Youngman, Christopher Dorobek, Greg Mitchell, Candy Crowley, Steve Chaggaris, James Pindell, Linda Kramer, Reid Wilson, Jay Newton-Small, Dan Steinberg Susan Ferrechio, Matt Labash, Gene Weingarten, Ron Allen, Kimberly Dozier, Perry Bacon, Jim Mills, Erin Hartigan, Lindsay Applebaum, Bob Madigan, Gene Gibbons, Nico Pitney, John Mercurio, Jason Reich, Mark Stencel, Helene Cooper, Tom Gjelten, Joe Strupp, Barton Gellman, Jed Babbin, FamousDC, Judy Woodruff, Robb Harleston, Todd Zwillich, Carrie Dann, Jim Newell, Roger Simon, Ann Coulter, Steve Scully)

    Also, drop us a line to let us know who else you’d like FishbowlDC to interview. They must work in the Washington area and you must include their email address.

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    Is Rahm Emanuel Stephanapoulos’ #1 Source?

    After reading John Harris’ piece in Politico yesterday about long-standing morning phone calls between James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, Paul Begala and Rahm Emanuel, we had to wonder if it was Emanuel whom Stephanopoulos called during this Q&A Cafe interview last fall.

    During the interview, Stephanopoulos had to step out of the interview briefly to confirm a phone call he received from ABC News informing him that there’s a deal on Capitol Hill re: the bank bailout.

    Carol Joynt (host): Who did you talk to to find out that information?

    George: I’m not going to tell you… My first call is to someone who knows and will tell me.

    Joynt: On the Hill?

    George: Yeah.

    Bye Bye Baltimore

    The Baltimore Examiner is folding. What does this mean for the Washington Examiner? In a staff memo, Clarity Media CEO Ryan McKibben details his vision going forward:

      In the case of the Washington Examiner, you have proven the success of our unique model. You have developed a strong newspaper organization with credible reporting, presented in tight readable articles, while maintaining a sharp focus on local news, consistently scooping your newspaper competition. The recent shift of home delivery to two days a week while expanding single-copy circulation has also been successful. We’ve become more efficient while growing advertising revenue.

      Beyond proving the success of our model, the Washington Examiner has gone further, to become a strong and credible chronicler of national politics and public policy. Your balanced and professional reporting of events in our nation’s capital, together with a growing and robust opinion section, has resulted in a scrappy, aggressive newspaper that is gaining attention and respect.

      New Investments in the Washington Examiner

      This has given us the confidence to make new, major investments in the Washington Examiner. We are increasing our “news hole” to accommodate these improvements:

      * An expanded “Commentary” section with additional op–ed contributors with strong and original voices …
      * A daily page devoted to “Politics”…
      * A weekly page on “national security” — and the addition of two contributing columnists who will write about defense issues …
      * A weekly page on K Street that will examine lobbying and the role of special interests …
      * The addition of talented columnists and contributors — including two new columnists who will each write twice a week for the Politics page and a lobbying columnist/reporter who will write a column for the new K Street page …
      * We’ve hired acclaimed columnist Timothy P. Carney to produce a weekly op-ed column …
      * The strengthening the Examiner’s investigative journalism by adding two investigative writers who will delve into issues of national importance for our Opinion pages …
      * Finally, we’ve invested in the future of the Washington Examiner by making substantial upgrades to its website — including a new design and vastly improved functionality that will be launched at the end of March 2009.
      * To ensure the growth and success of we have hired three new web editors, including an online managing editor, Matthew Sheffield, founder of

      Today, we are saddened by the harsh reality that the financial synergies we had hoped would develop relative to the Baltimore Examiner did not materialize. At the same time, we are encouraged that the basic model underpinning the Washington Examiner and San Francisco Examiner has been successful. And in the case of the Washington Examiner, your hard work is evolving the newspaper into a highly regarded, alternative national editorial voice in our nation’s capital.

      We very much appreciate the job that you do … and we look forward for many more good things to come from the Washington Examiner.


      Ryan McKibben

      President & CEO

    Morning Reading List, 01.29.09


    Good morning Washington.

    Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line or let us know in the tips box below.

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