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And The New Co-Editors Of FishbowlDC Are…

BriannaDamonMeet Brianna Ehley and Damon Marx. Starting Monday, they are your new FishbowlDC Co-Editors.

Brianna, a Minnesota native, covers the Capital for The Fiscal Times. Damon, a DC native (Potomac, MD actually), has worked in the front office of the Wizards while attending the University of Miami.

Tip them early and tip them often. As always, is where to find them. And don’t forget there’s always the Anonymous Tip Box on the homepage.

Today marks my last day swimming in the fishbowl. Starting Monday I’ll be with PBS NewsHour as director of audience engagement and communications. Thanks for diving in with me for the last year or so, and stay tuned for what Brianna and Damon will stir up.

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Cokie Roberts’ Dog is Missing!

Photograph by Carina Thornton of Fuzzypants Pet Photography.

Bethesda Patch has the scoop this afternoon on longtime Washington journo Cokie Roberts search for her “timid black lab.” The pup fled the day she picked her up. The reward: $100.

With an abundance of dog meat chatter as of late, let’s hope the worst hasn’t happened. But then again, has anyone checked 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.?

Read more details.

What Does George Do to Unwind?

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos will soon delve into a schedule so crazy few would want it.

In a new promo video we learn what the returning star of “This Week” who also hosts “GMA” with Robin Roberts does to unwind. Here’s a hint: Work and more work.

0105 GEORGE 30 from ABC News Promos on Vimeo.

Olbermann Has Guardian Angel in Kristol

Just as conservative journalists and politicians came out in droves and backed the left-leaning Juan Williams when NPR fired him, at least one conservative is giving voice to the idea that MSNBC ought to hang on to Keith Olbermann. That would be The Weekly Standard‘s Editor Bill Kristol, who is also a Fox News contributor. Politico’s Simmi Aujla broke the news earlier today the news that Olbermann has been suspended indefinitely for donating to Democratic candidates.

The headline of a Weekly Standard blog post: Keep Keith!

An excerpt:

…He’s not a reporter. It’s an opinion show. If Olbermann wants to put his money where his mouth is, more power to him.

Perhaps Olbermann violated NBC News “policy and standards.” But NBC doesn’t have real news standards for MSNBC—otherwise the channel wouldn’t exist. It’s a little strange to get all high and mighty now.

We requested comment from HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington, who has been interviewed by Olbermann many times, on the suspension. She’s traveling in the Middle East and was unavailable. A D.C. newspaper editor who has appeared on MSNBC numerous times but wished to remain anonymous, said Olbermann shouldn’t be suspended.”What’s the big deal? Everyone knows Olbermann is a liberal. So he gave money to a party he loves? Shocking. He is a hypocrite but who isn’t in politics? NBC should have dealt with it internally but not suspended him.” Even so, the editor has a rough time watching Olbermann and doesn’t too often.  “I love Morning Joe, but can’t watch Keith or Chris. Keith is sooo snarky.”

Here Come the Boehner (Boner) Jokes

We’re only at the beginning of a really long road of Speaker presumptive John Boehner boner jokes. Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday night shared a rare post election video he joked was “from House Minority Leader John Boehner’s camp to familiarize the American public with the future Speaker of the House.”

Kimmel calls this clip “Get to Know John Boehner (Not Boner).” A confident male does the voice over, and instructs sternly, “It’s Boehner, not boner,” and gives examples of really bad boner jokes such as, “Where ya goin’ Boner?” Kimmel ultimately cracked, “It’s the reason his brother Dick stayed out of politics altogether.”

Watch here.

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.

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