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Reporter Punched in Face for Tweets

nainanUnknownThis might be the most spectacular thing to happen to Washington journalism in modern times.

On Wednesday night Daily Beast foreign policy reporter Josh Rogin (above left) was socked in the face for trash tweeting comedian Dan Nainan at the D.C. Improv. The comedian (above right) was arrested in the incident.

The event was the semi-annual “Funniest Celebrity in Washington” contest. Not so funny, right? (Well, actually, it’s still a little funny.)

WaPo reported the news at 12:17 a.m. Thursday morning. U.S. News & World Report beat them to the punch [insert laughter track here] by at least an hour.

Will this stop the relatively mild-mannered Rogin from writing what he pleases in the future?

Rogin told FishbowlDC… Read more

Full Disclosure: WaPo’s Wemple Really F%@ked Up TBD

WaPo‘s opinionated media blogger Erik Wemple wrote a down and dirty piece Monday on Robert Allbritton‘s purchase of Capital NY. Nothing that remarkable in it except for his own disclosures of what a failure he believes he was at TBD. Actually who knows…maybe the story had juicy nuggets, but we were all tunnel vision on those full disclosures. And not one, but two. Come on, Erik Wemple Blog! Couldn’t have been all your fault. Stop being so hard on yourself!

A. “That same year, Allbritton launched Washington-area news site TBD.com, a generously funded project that fizzled in near-record time under the editorial guidance of the Erik Wemple Blog.”

Some 14 graphs later…

B. “By acquiring Capital, the Politico brain trust shows that it’s learned some things since the quick and spectacular failure of TBD.com under the editorial guidance of the Erik Wemple Blog.”

Wemple goes on to discuss the reasons TBD may have tanked, and funny, some seem to have little to do with him. Read more

Howard Kurtz Gets Clock Cleaned, But Who’s the Dirty Old Perv Now?

I’m getting tired of this. Yet I’m also fascinated. Another day, another round of punches for Fox News’ media correspondent Howard Kurtz.

“Howard Kurtz is a Cad, Part IV” screams a post published Sunday by “Ken” on the site All things Democrat. (Sunday tends to be a holy day in which people tend to avoid lying, cheating and being overall perverts, but maybe Ken has been taking a long nap.)

“Ken” recaps their interest with Kurtz, which he says began with the Boston Marathon bombing and Kurtz’ despicable coverage of praising CNN owning up to its mistakes but bashing Fox News for following CNN. They stroll through a number of Kurtz’ screw ups, including the Jason Collins debacle, in which Kurtz said the gay athlete hadn’t revealed his engagement to a woman when, in fact, he had.

Eventually “Ken” makes it around to Part IV of their exhaustive “series” of Kurtz bashing in which he says he wasn’t surprised Kurtz was hired by Fox News, as if it’s a bad thing to be fired by Daily Beast‘s Tina Brown and then snagged by the nation’s highest rated cable news network. “Some folks were surprised when Kurtz was picked up by Fox, but not me,” Ken wrote. “Fox, with their situational ethics and blatantly partisan outlook and Kurtz, being a cad, seem like a natural fit from my perspective.”

“Ken,” seems to have forgotten that he’s coming from nationally “blatantly partisan” perspective, in this case, Democratic. The site, founded in 2006 by progressive Wisconsin Dem Doug Marquartd, claims to have bloggers who provide (cough cough) “smart analysis and opinion on the latest political news, issues and hot topics of interest to Dems.”

Which leads them to Part IV of their series: “Ken” nails Kurtz for being a “dirty old man” and for “leering at at pictures of someone who is related to someone that is in his field of expertise.”

For the purposes of his story, he explains, he will use Kurtz’ own tactics to write about his family members.

Holy sh-t is this about to get good.

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FNC’s Perino Loses Miley Cyrus But Not Twitter

Here’s one way to get away from all things Miley Cyrus: Go to a cruise ship in the Congo. That’s what Fox News “The Five” Co-host Dana Perino did. The hospital ship, where she is, is called “Africa Mercy” and provides healthcare training for struggling communities in West Africa.

Freedom at last. But not from Twitter. Jasper alone wouldn’t survive that. Perino has been tweeting up a storm since she has been on the ship. Some of the tweets are pretty touching actually. See Twitchy for a more elaborate outpouring.

 

Journo Scratches Running With Bulls Off Bucket List

At this point we don’t question Yahoo! NewsChris Moody‘s nerve. But we do wonder about his sanity. Read more

Slate Writer Wants Life in Pajamas

Slate technology columnist Farhad Manjoo (he had us at his name) has a spectacularly funny first-person story out today about hiring a virtual personal assistant in India. He refers the first one as Mr. F and the second as Mr. P. We like Mr. P better because Mr. F is a wreck and takes too long to do simple tasks. Mr. P is still somewhat of a wreck.

As Manjoo explains it , he tried to outsource his life because he wanted to free himself of life’s annoying details. He says he’s always “teetering on the edge of work-life chaos.” At one point Manjoo has Mr. P transcribe one of his interviews — the result is disastrous.

“I had a dream,” Majoo writes in his piece. “Some people yearn for wealth, others fame. Me, I’ve always aimed for a life free of annoyance, of drudgery, of all of the little pointless things you’ve got to do to keep living and working—things like answering email and changing out of your pajamas and making sure you show up to appointments on time.”

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One Way to Get Into WaPo’s Good Graces

At 10 pounds, 12 ounces and 22 inches, Cian Joseph Mara, son of Pat Mara, is the obvious choice for President of WaPo‘s new fan club.

Mara (the adult) is the Ward I rep to the D.C. Board of Education.

Can he (the baby) live up to the title?

There’s a New Ezra in Town

In happy baby news, Rebecca Gale, who writes the Hill Navigator advice column for CQ Roll Call, gave birth to a boy Wednesday.

“We are thrilled to share with everyone that Ezra Alan Margolies joined the family at 10:28 this morning, weighing in at a lean and mean 6 pounds, 6 ounces,” wrote Gale’s husband, Warren Margolies in a group email. “Mom and baby are both doing great and resting up as we speak.”

Ahem. Did he say Ezra?

“We are totally in love with him,” Gale told FBDC by email. “So happy.”

Congrats to the parents. And welcome, Ezra Alan Margolies, to the Fishbowl! With a name like that you’re bound to go far and do great things. Just please don’t block us on Twitter someday. Read more

CBS News’ O’Donnell’s ‘Typical’ Week of Work and Training

Norah O’Donnell, CBS News anchor, is training for her first half-marathon (a little over 13 miles) and today she shared a typical week of training with the readers at Self, where she’s just started blogging.

Her biggest challenge? Fitting in training time while sometimes pulling 12 and 14 hour days at work (she should probably check in with Ariana Huffington to get some life/work balance perspective). Twice in her “typical” week she had to take rest days that seemed as much about accommodating her schedule as they were an actual need for rest. Though sometimes those things go hand-in-hand.

And still, O’Donnell logged, by our count, an impressive 20-some miles and even strength training to top it all off. Not bad for such a busy anchorwoman.

Best of luck to O’Donnell. We’ll be waiting to hear the race results.

HMOW: Camera Phone Edition

Three D.C. media types were out on the town at a bar on P Street Thursday night and thankfully ran into this, our Hot Mess of the Week. Please journos, don’t try this, even while off the clock.

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